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Hi itry -

Help us imagine which city you might see from your balcony.

AG

Has Michy's reopened?

dudley>

Consider stopping by OOlite near Lincoln Mall.

AG

Check Please South Florida

YIKES!

Watched these videos & visited Rebel House in Boca Raton which was really lousy. My guess is this show must be pay to play (?) Sad choice.

AG

Should this vacationer from SF bother with Tropical Chinese?

Oliver,

There is a distinction to be made between "no frills family-run hole in the wall roadside type of places" and the newfound "artisanal" spots where the meat is curated from bespoke purveyors. So the hot dogs at Edgar's are not haute dogs [ie. Chicago's Hot Doug's] but just as you suggested, hot dogs with mountains of tasty crap on them. Edgar's is a Latin storefront and some of your best culinary experiences here in town may well be found in storefronts. The chivito spot is also not using neat meat, but the belly busting layered sandwich has a certain greasy appeal (particularly when you need to soak up some ardent happy houring). I think we can help you find the best of BOTH worlds...

Taqueria Morelia is a funky Mexican storefront that caters to locals and our transient agricultural workforce in Homestead. Should you drive there from Hallandale? Nope. But now that I've seen your tripscape pdfs, I'd suggest crafting a day trip to the Upper Keys on Friday with stops en route to sample the unique area cuisine.

People who drive this route like to hit the cinnamon bun stand run by the Dunkers (German Baptists) called Knauss Berry Farm for buns and strawberry shakes and the weekend market called Bargain Town (which is very close to Coral Castle) and then Robert is Here and Card Sound Road to Alabama Jacks and Robbies to feed the Tarpon and so on down to the glass bottom boat tour at Pennekamp Park (or better yet a snorkel over the coral reef is essential if you guys are good swimmers).

A few quick notes about your groovy pdfs:

Jumbo's is closed.
Jerry's Deli is closed.

On South Beach morning, add this - www.mdpl.org/tours/guided-walking-tours/

Captain Jim's is a good pick (they run their own boats so you will indeed find quality fish).
Taking out fried food can lead to soggy suppers.

Add 27 Restaurant to the Broken Shaker stop.

Find Bread & Butter http://www.breadandbuttercounter.com/

Find Clive's Cafe or Enriqueta's near Midtown for lunch when you go to see the art walls… (storefronts to be sure)
www.wynwoodmiami.com/map.php

Pick Tom Jenkins over Shorty's any day of the week (but not Sunday or Monday because they are closed).

Enjoy!

AG

Should this vacationer from SF bother with Tropical Chinese?

Oliver>

Gotta say, I agree with the hounds on this one. I wouldn't seek out Cuban food in San Francisco so I can't imagine bothering with storefront Chinese or Mexican here. If you want to sample BlackBrick in Midtown, Chef Hales is doing some fun, upscale riffs on Asian dishes. Likewise Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau has vacation destination worthy style - but perhaps not for a San Franciscan.

I'm sure you can get feedback on your "extensive dining itinerary" if you want to have the locals vet your other choices :)

AG

Dining group

Hi jpr,

I totally understand how hard it can be to afford great group dinners. Check out ALGONQUIN:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!for...

www.facebook.com/AlgonquinDinnerClub

You can also CREATE your own group via meet-up (or through your local newsletter, apartment building or house of worship bulletin board), to see if there are like-minded folks in your area who want to dine with you.

AG

Arriving at Turnberry Isle tomorrow w/ my girls ( 7 and 2.5)- spots that are kid friendly and I can still feel like a grown up?

Hi MRS>

If you need to get out of the hotel for a while, Tuesday nights at Haulover Beach (west side of the bridge) are FOOD TRUCK night. Grab a few pool towels and make it picnic night! 5-930pm

AG

Ft Lauderdale

Poppy>

For casual seafood, stop by Kelly's Landing:

http://www.kellyslanding.com/full.html

AG

Who Is Your Favorite Miami Food Blogger

taiga>

After allllll these years on CHOW, I'm sure you've seen @Frodnesor's blog. He eats, shoots, tweets, blogs AND footnotes.

FOOTNOTES!

If you want to read very detailed descriptions, see what all his meals look like, and get proper citation all in one go -

www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

AG

South Beach with kids?

S>

Because you are in a tourist-friendly area, the walking is scenic & fun. All hotels adjacent to the Setai have restaurants too. The walkway behind your hotel faces the sea which makes a 10 minute walk really lovely for you & the kids. Most of the options suggested are closer than the Betsy Hotel. The steakhouse at the Betsy - BLT Steak - is very good & serves all day long. If you walk south on Collins day or night, you'll find convenient storefront shops for a quick bite (nothing CHOWhoundy). Also there is a free electric SWOOP cart ride (you must tip the driver) Call (305) 409-6636 http://www.theswoopride.com/locations/

AG

South Beach with kids?

Sasicka>

At 15th & Collins is a walk-up taco spot called Taquiza (outdoor venue, smallish bites, kid-friendly atmosphere).
Across the street at the Z Ocean Hotel, Front Porch Cafe is a reliable place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Info:
www.frontporchoceandrive.com/
Check out the back patio dining at the Vintro Hotel, Klima on 23 Street and Oolite near Lincoln Mall (where there are free movies under the stars Wednesday nights - http://www.mbculture.com/Scroll.aspx?...

)

AG

Corsair (Aventura)

CDaddy>

Pesto looks so good. Wondering - was the pork minced?
I'm used to porchetta rounds served sliced.

I love anything served under a perfectly cooked egg.
Will have to check it out soon.

AG

Bodega South Beach

Bodega South Beach

Bodega's back room is fun late night & the taco truck (an art-directed Airstream trailer dropped into a garage on 16th west of Alton Rd facing Dunkin Donuts) provides artful cover for the frat party... but $50 for 2 sandwiches, 2 beers & chips definitely makes this a "South Beach eatery" and not a "bodega." #cavEATemptor

TP - have you ventured over the bay to Coyo yet?

AG

Miami mega list: feel free to comment! (wall of text!)

Good Morning Captain,

Quite a lot to do in very few days… love the idea of fun & cheap. I'll help out with the beach portion of the program. There is a 90 minute walking tour of the Deco district leaving Ocean Drive every morning at 10am - mdpl.org

Satisfy your fried chicken fix at Joe's Takeaway where they will pack up lunch for you to enjoy in South Pointe Park (cruise ships start to pass by @4ish). Add mojitos to the list of things to try at Tap Tap and perhaps a 4pm stop at Monty's Sunset for weeknight happy hour. Leave Burger & Beer to Tuesdays when you can customize your burger for a flat rate $10. Add onion rings and you're all set. Definitely do not miss Abbey Brew which is right next door to Yardbird where I like brunch weekends and the nice variety of bourbon. Try the fried green tomato dish, share the platter of Lewellen's chicken and save room for dessert. Check the Abbey Facebook for specials, keg parties, bourbon nights and free hotdogs weekends etc. Across the way, try the Mexican food (tacos cheap/sandwiches costly) at Bodega on 16th and hit the back room parties going on there after dark. Cviche105 just opened on Lincoln Rd. if you're after Peruvian.

At Lost Weekend after 4pm add steak sandwiches & hand cut fries to your "try" list. More sandwiches at La Sandwicherie. Put Broken Shaker on your cocktail list. If you're after beer deals, Yard House near Shake Shake off Lincoln Mall has a huge selection of brews and a daily happy hour that starts weeknights 3-6pm. BurgerBeast.com posts the food truck locations and I believe Tuesday nights at Haulover Beach Park would work best for you. Finally, try Tongue & Cheek for happy hour daily 4-8pm which includes the $10 Family Meal - a chef's selection that changes nightly.

Happy Trails.

AG

Cantina La Veinte--Brickell

Hi ElC,

Living in San Diego, you've got plenty of great options for Mexican food. As you suggested, we have many Latin ex-pats here in Miami cooking food you'll find more dazzling than most of the Mexican restaurants in South Florida.

That said, one Mexican spot on Calle Ocho I like is Mi Riconcito - 1961 Southwest 8th Street. The other is in Hallandale - Chapultepec 23 Northwest 2nd Avenue. If you do move to Miami, you're bound to find many more great spots for awesome Latin fare ...

AG

Dumpling King in North Miami Beach (near King's Palace)

@non:

I know! I've been remiss & I'll try to do better...
It is in the same little shopping center & formerly Shing Wang. Bubble Tea in full effect plus very pleasant & affordable little dumplings.
Merry Christmas to you :) Please let me know what you think.

AG

Dumpling King in North Miami Beach (near King's Palace)

Soup Dumplings in South Florida? Yep. This tiny spot next door to Burger King makes a credible soup dumpling and tender pan seared pork dumplings too. Little more than a Boba Tea storefront, I'm confident my old-school Chow Buddies are ready for a new adventure.
237 NE 167th St. in North Miami Beach

Solo Dining- 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 1 breakfast

pickle>

Love Stoupsy's for quick Greek and Fratelli Milano is also a quick walk from your hotel 4 lunch or dinner. Inexpensive Italian, mom & pop operation, twin brother chefs do all fresh entrees & Italian bread/pastry. There is a filled pasta with pear that's pretty great... They deliver too! www.ristorantefratellimilano.com

All of the rest of the info on this thread is spot on! You may need to stay longer to fit it all in.

+1 to BlindMind's River Oyster Bar suggestion and afterward hit Tobacco Road next door for live music and a non-threatening atmosphere for solo visitors. Also great for lunch on the back deck or happy hour Fridays at 6pm

http://tobacco-road.com/menus-specials/

AG

Dinner in Marathon and Key West

M>

We like no-name pub but for a group of guys in Key West you've got to hit 2 cents!

www.2centskw.com/

Seriously schwing-inducing!

AG

Dim Sum in Miami

Fro-

Not to be a gerbil but perhaps a stickler:

Jumbo/Noodle/WTF is open, under new management, and cleaner... and I know this because we ate there yesterday and it was - without a hint of sarcasm -> merely adequate neighborhood Chinese food.

Dim sum was via checklist. Servers (some the same folks as last d.b.a./iteration) were unusually friendly and prompt. Place was crowded with locals and "landsmen." Usual suspects...

I'm thinking future 163rd Street Chinese food ventures may only include King Palace BBQ & Sang's - in a pinch.

In this region - Philip Ho is the way to go (though service is still SPOTTY). And Hakka$an remains the best on MIAMI Beach.

LAX2MIA is spot on about NYMart!

http://www.fourcourses.net/2012/02/pl...

AG

Help with itinerary

Goa>

Sunday brunch at MGFD is my favorite thing > Hedy the pastry chef's sweet cakes are amazzzing.

If you like fine Japanese fare, try to get into NAOE one night if you can score reservations (or try Yakko San or Makoto if you can't). Otherwise - Sustain is probably a good pick in Midtown.

Check a website like opentable.com to see what is open on the 4th. I'd suggest a waterside table at Gibraltar in the Grove if you want to be outdoors. Otherwise walk into town and have ceviche at Jaguar. You can hit a Downtown restaurant or bar that's high in a building -- like LEVEL 25 at the Conrad to see ALL the fireworks from a bird's eye view (9pm).

I'd skip Enriqueta's in favor of Morgan's or Crumb on Parchment Tuesday. In fact, have C on P pack up a few sandwiches for you to take on your Glades tour along with a hefty can of Deep Woods OFF! mosquito repeller because the hot humid swampy bugfest that is the Everglades is pretty daunting in the summertime. Upon your return to civilization, try GiGi.

AG

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NAOE
175 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

22nd Birthday Ideas & Reccomendations

gp>

Hit https://www.facebook.com/wokstar for a great Asian cooking class!

AG

SoBe recommendations please (Researched)!!

indie>

If you mean 600 Ocean Drive on South Beach, I can help. A few basic caveats: Joe's crabs are out of season and with a group averse to spending $$$, you may do better at Grill Fish. Likewise, the check at Pubbelly for 8 people will also be sticker-shocking.

To get where you need to go - take the 25 cent shuttle:

http://www.southbeach-usa.com/maps/so...

At happy hour M-F 4pm - visit Monty's at the Marina. Also see Room, Ted's Hideaway, and check out this listing:

http://miamibeachmedia.com/2011/06/18...

To please a group of young SoBe partiers on a budget:

1. Fratelli la Bufala (not so usual Italian
)2. Indomania (fun for groups + vegetarian items too)
3. Taverna Opa (goofy Greek grilled seafood, mezze)
4. Tap Tap (Haitian with great mojitos, music Thursdays)
5. Bernie's LA Cafe (Latin) next door to JimmyZ (mofongo Fridays)
6. Clarke's (gastropub)
7. Otentic (French)
8. Miss Saigon (Vietnamese)
9. Las Olas (Cuban Sandwiches)

My guide is here www.tinyurl.com/SOBE-AG

Enjoy!

AG

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Indomania
131 26th St, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Urgent: Pizza delivery in downtown Miami and ceviche in South Beach?

SP>

DeRodriguez Ocean at the Bentley on Ocean Drive has a dozen+ ceviche options. Downtown, I like Fratelli Milano on 1st.

www.ristorantefratellimilano.com/

AG

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Fratelli Milano
213 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

Looking for a restaurant with a "Florida" feel. Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood

chinese roast duck in Miami?

riz>

So glad you found PK!

We love roast duck but I find it hard (and messy) to make at home. I think it is only the Pei Pa ducks that are a weekend offering but that may have changed. While the shops and restaurants along that corridor are no match for the Chinatown districts in many other cities, it is fun exploring the markets and restaurants around there.

AG

NEED YOUR HELP: Please critique my Miami/SB itinerary!

themiguel>

Here is my version of your plan w/some vacation-friendly tweaks. Last weekend in May is www.viernesculturales.org on SW 8th Street so have your Mexican food and then see the Calle late afternoon.You can also buy tix to the hop on hop off bus to combine sightseeing and dining www.graylinemiami.com/

Fri -

LUNCH: Skip Versailles and hit nearby Riconcito Mexicano 1961 SW 8th Street
DINNER: Walk Design District before dusk (galleries & showrooms are open) then have drinks & apps at Sra Martinez then dinner @Michael's - late drinks Mai Tardi

Sat -

LUNCH: Joe's Takeaway by the water in South Pointe Park then drinks Smith & Wollensky outdoor bar (cruise ships pass by late afternoon
)DINNER: Check out Wynwood galleries before dusk & a drinks (only) at Wynwood Kitchen before dinner at JimmyZ Wynwood

Sun-

LUNCH: Do Sunday Ssam at Sakaya Kitchen MidTown
DINNER: food trucks at Haulover Beach 108/Collins Av near the kite flying kiosk (look for the kites)

AG

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Sra Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

Smith & Wollensky
1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar
2550 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Bachelorette Party Heading to Miami: Need Hip/Semi-Affordable Suggestions please!

chris>

You might consider limiting your search to South Beach if you don't want the hassle of transporting 10+ girls around town (kind of a buzz kill). As TP mentioned, a goofy night of dancing on the tables and mezze small plates at Taverna Opa South Beach is a popular bachelorette party destination. Nearby find ROOM - a chill bar at 100 Collins or Pre-Game at Monty's at the marina 300 Alton Rd. (do NOT do dinner at Monty's but definitely half priced happy hour as the sun sets 4-8pm) and then Opa and then Room (or Abraxas on Meridian).

If the bride might prefer a wine tasting and tapas - check out Wine Depot/ Bistro 555 http://www.winedepotmiami.com/ or hit Fratelli la Bufala for a few bottles of vino and the "La Bufalata" appetizer platter which is one of my favorite things for a group night out. http://www.flbmiami.com/menu.html

You might also consider Burger & Beer Joint on the west side of town were there are meat, fish and veggie options, a rocking soundtrack and 99 bottles of beer (provided your girls aren't the "oooh I'll just have a salad" type). Nearby - find Purdy lounge for a flip flops wearing locals vibe.

TP> I have to say the creepy advance photos of HAVEN on UD look like they bought the discarded sets from TRON 3D. More money than taste...

AG

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The Burger & Beer Joint
1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

chinese roast duck in Miami?

riz>

Have you visited the few Chinese shops along 163rd/167th Street that comprise our VERY modest "Chinatown?" PK Oriental Market 255 NE 167th Street, Miami 305-654-9646 opens on Saturday morning and sells regular roast AND Pei Pa ducks to the first shoppers (the make 3 of the fried Pei Pa ducks on Saturday and 3 on Sunday). For a sit-down meal - King Palace 330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339 is my favorite and Sang's and HK Noodle have the glass boxes with hanging ducks, chicken and pork on display.

AG