The Sand Box

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So, at my stay at 1 Hotel South Beach, I completely enjoyed the Rooftop Bar, but on their main pool deck, they also have amazing dining as well.

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The Sand Box offers cantina-style poolside dining by Tom Colicchio, with an exceptional view of the beach. You can sit at the bar, or have the option of lounging underneath a cabana to enjoy your beverage and food.

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To drink, I ordered their Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita. Made with fresh watermelon and jalapeño, you get just the right balance of a refreshing, sweet drink with a kick of heat from the peppers. Basically, it’s heaven. 

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Then to start, I had their Guacamole with Chips. The guac is rich and creamy, with hints of citrus, bringing out the flavor of the avocado. The chips were the perfect, crispy, shovels to scoop up the guac, adding a nice balance of salt and crunch. 

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For my entree, I had the Pescado Tacos (yuca-crusted Lionfish, black kale slaw, avocado and chipotle-lime aioli). I loved these small, but mighty, tacos. I really loved that the Lionfish, light, flakey and tender, was crusted in yuca, giving it a bit of a bigger crunch. The only thing I’ll say about the fish, is that I wish there was a touch of salt or seasoning to the yuca, to give it a little boost to enhance the mild flavor of the fish. But, I will say, that the black kale slaw with the chipotle-lime aioli was actually the star of this dish. It added a nice texture, a crunch and creamy combo, and a really zesty zing from the lime that really complimented the mild flavor of the fish. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Sand Box
Location: 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Without a doubt. The view is killer, and Mexican inspired food is one of my most favorite cuisines.
Would I recommend it? For sure. Warning: you may not want to leave the hotel ever. And, I guess, why would you? Beach, pool, drinks, food, done. 

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Rooftop Bar At 1 Hotels

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This past week, I was in Miami for a little vacation and escape from the never ending NYC winter. I stayed at the brand new 1 Hotels South Beach, which was totally breath taking. Everything there is focused on sustainability, organic and eco-friendly materials, and offering farm to table with some of their dining options. They currently have three dining offerings on premises, and the adjoining Beachcraft opening as well.

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The hotel is one of the only (if not the only) in Miami Beach to host a rooftop pool, and a gorgeous one at that. The Rooftop Bar there serves drinks and a menu of raw seafood, salads, burgers and a little dessert too. I started with a lovely glass of Rose to kick things off, going perfectly with the warm weather and cool breeze surrounding.

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Next, I ordered the Tomato Salad (watermelon, arugula, cypress point loblolly cheese, cancha, balsamic). It’s a smaller portion, but so light, refreshing and filled with flavor. Tomato and watermelon salads are usually a common summer salad with feta cheese, but I really liked the pairing of the loblolly cheese, giving it a bit of a sharper, less salty taste and adding a nice dynamic between the sweetness of the watermelon and tomato, the acidity from the balsamic and the bit of crunch of the cancha (pretty much a fancy version of corn nuts).  

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I also had their Sliders (wild salmon, pickled mustard seeds, horseradish, brioche). Now, I was a little surprised when these arrived with cheese on them, since it wasn’t in the description, and even more, what kind of cheese it was, but I was so hungry I didn’t even bother to ask. I will say, it was tasty, so I can’t complain, but should probably be added to the menu description. The brioche buns are buttery and soft, adding a nice richness to the little tender salmon burgers, which get a bit of a kick from the horseradish. 

The Shorts:
Name: Rooftop Bar
Location: 1 Hotels 2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Now, to get to the roof, you need to be a guest at the hotel, so, it’s technically not open to the public. But, I had an incredible stay there, so, next the time I’m back, I’ll be up there in a second. 
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. The view of the beach is gorgeous, the rooftop is beautiful, and the food and drinks are really great.