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good crawfish in south fl??

We went last Tuesday and tried all the NOLA/Bayou specialties. Got there at 7pm and they were out of crawfish by 7:45pm. We only got half the mudbugs we wanted since we ordered multiple small plates first. Waitstaff totally overwhelmed though restaurant was not full. Ate out on patio and after initial ordering, felt totally neglected, difficult to get attention for additional dishes, check etc.

Apr 07, 2013
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lunch with Elderly (but spry) Aunt and Uncle drivable from 41st Street, Miami Beach

I believe Joe's is open for lunch Tues-Sat 11:30am-2pm (though the take-away is open every day with lots of tables to sit and enjoy). Friday is most crowded, any other day shouldn't be a problem. I prefer main dining room. There is free self parking in their lot across the street or you can valet. They have a 'classic' menu item that includes all the favorites.

Mar 17, 2013
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lunch with Elderly (but spry) Aunt and Uncle drivable from 41st Street, Miami Beach

Consider Milos or Joe's for lunch.

Mar 15, 2013
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Pride & Joy - - PART II

Four of us went to Pride and Joy last night after Happy Hour drinks at Bloom (across the street) and before the movie at O Cinema (around the corner). It wasn't as bad as I expected after all the terrible reviews and the patio seating was pleasant enough. Service was good too. The BBQ St Louis Ribs and Brisket-not so much- but the fried chicken, potato salad and draft beers were all very good.

Jan 26, 2013
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Looking for decent Bakery (Bread)

There is a great baker from Montreal who sets up inside the Delaware Chicken Farm produce area (441 south of Sterling) ONLY on weekends. He has all kinds of great crusty breads. We do not live in that area but were lucky enough to stumble upon him once and bought as much as freezer would hold. They thaw and bake beautifully.

Dec 24, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lunch near Miami seaquarium?

Yes, EWB. Oasis and Donut Gallery are downright cheap and surroundings reflect that. RP menu is still inexpensive compared to Cantina at RC where fajitas or fish tacos are $30 each at lunch. Haven't been to RP and don't know anyone who has, just thinking of what is nearby and not a fast food chain.

Nov 06, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lunch near Miami seaquarium?

Having been to Seaquarium with (other people's) kids, I can say that everyone comes out hot, tired and hungry and not in the mood for anything fancy or far. If you are in that situation, consider Oasis Cafe (cuban), Donut Gallery (no donuts just B/L closes early, counter service only), or maybe the recently redone Rusty Pelican (haven't been but may be a distraction if kids can eat outside)....all on way back to Miami, inexpensive, fast and easy.
We tried to drive into the park at the tip of Key Biscayne for Boater's Grill but it was a weekend and ranger said we had to pay entrance fee.

Nov 05, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Roast Half Duck

Try Sage Cafe and Oyster Bar on Harrison St downtown Hollywood. I had the roast half duck there a few weeks ago, but it was a little sweet for me what with the raspberry sauce and mashed sweet potatoes, but skin was crispy, service was excellent and Sunday is half-price wine night.

Sep 16, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lobster Deals in Broward?

Just back from Maine where you can buy lobsters everywhere for $3.99 a pound (they will even steam them for you for free or maybe $1), but they are the soft-shells. If you want the hard-shells, even at the source (right off the boats at the lobster piers) it is still $12-$15/lb.

Aug 25, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Dim Sum in Miami

I have always enjoyed Tropical too, but live approximately equidistant between P Ho and Tropical so go whenever I get to either area around lunchtime. Have errands out west in a few weeks so will head to Tropical then. And wait for a weekend to go back to PH. BTW the leek dumplings at PH were one of the better items yesterday, but still really like the Tropical version, skins are much better.

Aug 24, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Dim Sum in Miami

Had a disappointing lunch at Chef Philip Ho today. Most of the dumplings stuck to the paper and tore apart when lifted with chopsticks. Tripe and turnips was tasteless. All bones, fat and gristle on pork ribs w/black bean sauce, no truffle flavor and scallop taste was 'off' in those dumplings, lava custard roll was too sweet and filling was grainy. A few of the other dishes were ok, but not worth the drive and not nearly as good as previous visits. Will try to come on a weekend next time when more traffic = better quality 9hopefully).

Aug 23, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Miami Spice 2012 Edition

We went to Barceloneta this week also. Sat at the bar and enjoyed the eight course meal. Plenty of food. (The couple next to us were so upset they weren't given the Miami Spice menu, with each new course we received they became more disappointed and frustrated). We had the salted caramel mousse dessert and it was OK, not one of my favorite flavors, but the bread pudding seemed too heavy after so many courses. I was wondering if you have three people how they do sharing, or if four can you try all the dishes since there are two choices for most courses. The sharing thing always gets me confused so we go as a couple for those menus.

Aug 23, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Korean BIbimbop in Miami?

I had it at Bloom also and liked it. I asked the waiter to leave the bowl without touching for at maybe ten minutes while we ate other dishes so rice got crusty before stirring in egg. They have an excellent homemade hot sauce there also, you must ask for it, not on tables. I had a version at Pubbelly but bowl wasn't hot enough for crust to form.

Aug 23, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

How do you like to be addressed by your server?

Here in Miami where english is a second language to the majority of the population, the term of choice (mostly for those who grew up speaking spanish) when speaking to a woman is "Lady". I know it is meant to be respectful (like señora) but it really sounds awful to me. Hate it.

Jul 25, 2012
ruthless2 in Not About Food

soft shell crabs

Yes, Delaware Chicken Farm. I bought the last two they had Friday afternoon, they were kind of expensive at 6.95 each. I was told they will get cheaper as water gets warmer and more crabs shed their shells. Will go down to 4.95 each shortly. They also had (cajun) crawfish. They come in live and they cook them there, not very spicy but there is easy remedy for that. Long drive from south beach but whenever I am near that area I stop. Great new bread baker from Montreal at farm stand next door.

Jun 12, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Looking for decent Bakery (Bread)

Old Heidelberg Deli on SR 84 in Ft Lauderdale. German Sourdough, probably not the same as San Francisco version. Interesting place, separate deli and restaurant.

Feb 01, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Looking for decent Bakery (Bread)

Epicure Market (Miami Beach) has corn rye, as well as several other types of rye bread. Their challah and french breads are good also.

Jan 25, 2012
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Have researched a week of good eating; looking for input and info about particular dishes to order

Please be aware that either a trip to The Everglades (the 3rd largest national park in the lower 48) or a driving trip to Key West is an all day affair. See http://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm for info on the Everglades to determine what you might want to do there. Their website also notes big construction going on by US 41 to Shark Valley (15 mile bicycle loop) suggesting you allow additional 30 min. If you go south down past Homestead you can go to Flamingo and take a ranger led boat ride up into Whitewater Bay. If down that way stop at Robert is Here, a farm stand with every imaginable tropical fruit and veg which they will let you taste as well as the famous strawberry milkshakes. There is a whole self-guided driving tour of the area there with stops at Schnebly's tropical winery, Burr's Berry Farm, and more www.redlandriot.com It is a four hour drive each way to Key West, mostly 45 mph many times two lanes. Maybe only drive to Islamorada (MM 80- still 80 miles from Key West) but you will still get a taste of the keys....or further south to the 7 mile bridge and take tram/walking tour of small but historic Pigeon Key. Lots of places to stop and eat on both bay and ocean Key Largo to Islamorada.

Dec 20, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

70 yr old birthday party

Would they consider Chinese/dim sum? Chef Philip Ho in Sunny Isles has areas that look like they can be closed off, reasonable prices, and fun with all the little dishes. Lots of free parking, too.

Nov 29, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Pubbelly or Yard bird?

Yardbird takes reservations and is larger so you have a better chance of being seated, probably better, more familiar food for kids. We did not have a great experience there - 4 of us on a Thursday evening around 6pm, high top by open kitchen. Ordered drinks and bottles of wine, which was better than food which was only ok. Service was intrusive and rushed. Items came out randomly, though we waited to order mains until we had almost finished small plates. Fried chicken not crisp, had been kept in warming oven. Sides came out after chicken finished. Wanted to love it, but didn't. Will probably give it another try, maybe at lunch. Easy to run up a tab for food at pub belly as everything is extra, even bread. Again, good, not great IMO.

Nov 29, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Sunday dinner rec in Hollywood

Fulvio's 1900 is on Harrison near Hollywood Blvd, upscale Italian. Excellent wines, I think they own a wine bar next door. Not on ocean but nearby. You might check with them as they were planning opening a place on the beach.

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Fulvio's 1900
1900 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020

Nov 11, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Do Any Real Sub Shops Still Exist In The Dade/Broward Area That Still Make Old Fashion Subs?

I live in Miami Beach so don't get up there too often either, but saw it on DDD and thought I'd give it a try. Very old school place. My husband and I usually order one italian and one steak onion cheese with cherry peppers and sos (#90 with provolone). Around $6 each. Didn't love the meatballs.

Oct 10, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Do Any Real Sub Shops Still Exist In The Dade/Broward Area That Still Make Old Fashion Subs?

You might try Sonny's Famous Steak Hoagies in Hollywood. Order an Italian Mixed. They bake their own rolls and it has been there for 50+ years. I used to enjoy Atlantic City Subs also in Hollywood until they closed a few years back.

Oct 09, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Tudor House

Portion sizes are inconsistent. Some are large, some small...even on Miami Spice menu. As I recall, Chicken liver mouse was larger than scallop crudo (though not free like at BLT steak), fried Chicken much larger than fish, same for desserts. Manhattan was delicious, but small for $15. Food was very good as was setting and service.

Sep 27, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Half-Priced Wine Nights?

Tuesday at Sardinia.

Sep 24, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

New chalkboard specials at La Camaronera

Go! But know they close EARLY, maybe 5pm, and it is all stand up around the u-shaped counters. No seating.

Sep 15, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

New chalkboard specials at La Camaronera

They have added chalkboard specials and moved staging areas around in the 'kitchen/cook space' since I was at Camaronera last month. There were nine new items today including ceviche, chile spiced mixed seafood, sauteed scallops and shrimp in a 'ajillo' brandy sauce. There is one guy manning the new ceviche station by the window and the saute pans where the soups used to be. The other fry stations and soups are still there, just rearranged and moved down a bit. All the old favorites are still there including the ever popular 'pan con minuta' for the bargain price of $4. Now one of the specials has it (whole butterflied fried yellowtail sandwich for the uninitiated) with pineapple coleslaw for $6. Nice additions for those who want to try something new or 'not fried'. The corvina ceviche was a large serving and quite good, especially with the addition of their green hot sauce, for $8. Fish is always super-fresh and high turnover.

Sep 12, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

10/31 it has to be the best meal EVER

Four of us had a terrible meal and horrible restaurant experience at The Forge back in December and I wrote about it on opentable. I included a private note to the restaurant and my email with specifics but never heard a response from them. Memorable for being very expensive and disappointing. (I, too am originally from Boston)

Sep 10, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

dare I ask...diet ginger beer?

Are you still looking for DIET Ginger Beer for a Dark and Stormy? I just found one.....Barritts Bermuda Stone Diet Ginger Beer. ZERO Calories, Sugar Free, only 24 mg of Sodium in a 12 oz bottle. Featured on Gosling's Rum website. Perfect for mixing with their Black Seal Rum. I bough a 4-pack at Total Wine in Miami-about 15 miles away, but looking for a source close to my home in Miami Beach.

Aug 22, 2011
ruthless2 in Greater Boston Area

Something Near Sun Life/Land Shark/Dolphins/Joe Robbie Stadium

The Mahogany Grill on NW 183rd St, Miami Gardens. Upscale soul food, lounge with bar menu, entertainment sometimes. Not a lot of choices in that area.

Aug 02, 2011
ruthless2 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale