Miami’s steamy days, balmy nights, and perfect location on the shores of a turquoise bay and ocean mean one thing: Miamians want to chow down and booze it up by the water. And then a funny thing happens. They realize … there’s a remarkably lame shortage of waterfront restaurants and bars.
Go down to SoBe, and what do you get? Pretty much, nada. You can enjoy drinks with a barely-there view of the ocean from the Ritz and the marina at Monty’s – meh. Otherwise, there are pricey dining options at Lido or the Rusty Pelican.
But sometimes, you just want a cheap pitcher of beer to share among friends, a big-ass plate of wings, and a shrimp po’ boy with your view. Which brings us to Shuckers.
Shuckers was once a legitimately divey-looking restaurant with a ramshackle bay view deck nestled inside a Best Western hotel in North Bay Village. Then tragedy struck Shuckers in 2013 when the deck collapsed into the bay — in the midst of a pretty busy night at the restaurant. I have no doubt that the entire ordeal was nothing short of a nightmare for all those involved. But on the bright side? Shuckers remodeled and reopened with a brand-spanking new deck, umbrella-topped tables, a sprawling bar, and a gazillion tv’s playing sports day and night.
What if you’re enjoying a day sailing around on the bay with your peeps? (Lucky you – and can I meet your friends??) Boaters can cruise in and park their craft at Shucker’s dock.
The grub is tasty, the prices reasonable. In particular, the steamed clams are a broth-filled bowl of garlicky goodness, the burgers are a force to be reckoned with, and the “Bom” brownie is, indeed, la bomba.