South Beach, Florida
April 6, 2010
I hate to say it again, but research pays off. Part of my vacation planning always involves spending some time researching what the locals eat and jotting down some possibilities in different areas of town to help guide us when we're out sightseeing and begin to get a bit hungry. I know some of you will say that finding that hidden gem on your own is part of the vacation experience. However, from my experience, you don't often find that gem; and in more cases than not you find a dirty rock.
Charlotte Bakery is definitely a case of research helping me to find somewhere I would have never gotten to on my own. Charlotte Bakery was quite aways away from our hotel and took some dedication to locate. It happens to be on a more "adult" South Beach street with a few liquor stores and adult clothing stores. I'm pretty sure my typical travels and sightseeing would not have brought me by it and even if they did I doubt my curiosity would have been piqued enough to actually enter and try it. But I'm so glad tripadvisor.com and urbanspoon.com (my two go to vacation restaurant advice sites) did not steer me wrong. So on one beautiful Miami morning Erik and I decided to allow our morning run to end sweetly. We decided to take advantage of the distance Charlotte Bakery was from our hotel by incorporating the trip into our run, enjoying some breakfast pastries, and then walking back while exploring various South Beach neighborhoods.
On Charlotte Bakery's website they state that they hope that the experience of their bakery is so special that you have to tell a friend, "In South Beach, you have to go to Charlotte Bakery."
Well there wish has been fulfilled, I have no qualms about telling you all this. "If you're in South Beach, Charlotte Bakery is a must!"
Total price: Ummm, are you beginning to pick up on a trend? I have no idea what the price was, but it was reasonable for bakery pastries.
Overall Rating: 4 buckeyes