For some reason, good Asian food is hard to find in South Beach. And the Drunken Dragon itself is hard to find -- but the food it worth the hunt. Actually, it hides in plain sight on the "quiet side" of Miami Beach. After we moved here last year, we walked by this strip mall on Alton a hundred times before we realized that the black glass windows with a large red "MARKET" sign over them hide Drunken Dragon, a lovely, busy restaurant with some Korean BBQ tables and a medley of Asian cuisines. They call themselves "an Asian gastro pub,' a reasonable description.
The restaurant on a Tuesday night was almost full and quite lively with a playlist that was all over the place, but the four of us could still converse, always a plus. We hadn't reserved a BBQ table, but as it was our first time we were eager to try and share a variety of dishes. There wasn't a loser among them.
We loooooved the crispy bok choy with garlic and plum; our friend who'd never had it before marveled at it. The roasted beet salad was yummy but small enough that none of us got more than a taste. We ordered one D&D Rice dish with shrimp, and we loved the flavors -- sour cream sambal, cotija cheese, cashews -- that we wolfed it down and immediately ordered the chicken version. Loved that too. I thought we ordered bbq short ribs, but I don't see them on the online menu, so it might have been Crack Spare Ribs. Whatever. They were fabulous. Order ribs. That was probably our favorite dish. The Japanese Berkshire sausages were also a hit. We ordered a dessert to share, and i can't remember the name, but it came in a jar and we liked it a lot, so don't turn down the dessert list.
There is valet parking available, and not much street parking; Uber is popular here. But if you're staying on the Ocean Drive (east) side of the beach, it's an interesting walk through the two-story Art-Deco residential area in the middle to Alton at 14th on the west side. We always find some architectural detail to marvel at or a landscaping idea to squirrel away. From most hotels from 5th to 20th, it's about a 20-minute walk, very safe. (The billion-dollar sandbar is only about a dozen short blocks from east to west.) You can also take the South Beach Local bus, which loops around Washington and Alton continuously -- for only a quarter!