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Anything newer or on the way to Dade?

read this in the herald today
Loftin's 1116 Ocean, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant inside Casa Casuarina, opens to the public Friday night.

Best breakfast and lunch spots DC

Thanks for the great recommendations. The dim sum brunch tasting menu at Cafe Atlantico sounds great. Will also try to go to Brasserie Beck one day and Matchbox.

Search not helping... current "hip" places in South Beach?

Listen to AG. In addition, I would throw Bond St and Nobu into the dinner mix (still hip)and def hit Plunge bar, Aero and Mokai. I would add The Florida Room @ The Delano into the late night equation. NO NEED to leave South Beach

Best breakfast and lunch spots DC

DC Hounds, I'm looking for the best spots for lunch/breakfast/brunch. Staying at the Hotel Monaco but willing to travel a reasonable distance via cab. In town for a wedding so I unfortunately have no time for dinner (no mini-bar for me) Any must spots for lunch? *will be there over a weekend if that matters*
Thanks in advance CF

fun hip eats and drinks girls weekend FLL

You said you wanted fun/lively atmosphere, correct? I gave you spots that COMBINE that and food. if FOOD is #1 priority, contrary to your initial post go to Valentino's or Casa D'Angelo. Wait, even better, go follow the opinions on those other online "review sites" and have fun at PF CHANGS

fun hip eats and drinks girls weekend FLL

What about China Grill and Cafe Martorano?

China Grill is doing a 6 course tasting menu for $69 (except Sat) plus
Beginning Friday, September 19th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunset Fridays at China Grill Fort Lauderdale offers complimentary Ketel One Cosmopolitans for ladies with the music of DJ Anthony Pisano and Joey Martorano

Cafe Martorano
3343 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

China Grill FTL
1881 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Wine Dinners in Dade/Broward

Chef Allen's Wine Down Wednesday returns 9/24 $59 w/ wine
menu link

Best Meatballs /meatball hero in Ft Lauderdale?

Ah Meatballs one of my favorite topics. Ok my favorites meatballs in Ft. Lauderdale are at Cafe Martorano and Noodles Panini (las olas). Noodles Panini is open for lunch. I get the Meatball app but they do have a meatball panini on the menu.

Noodles Panini
821 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

S.FL: Duck, Duck...Goose!

I concur with the Gourmet Diner and Bouchon du Grove (excellent last time I was there) recs and would add the pasta with duck confit at Valentino's in Fll.

Miami Spice 2008

Lunch Winner- Abokado (Mary Brickell Village-downtown Miami)

I was in the Brickell area today around lunch time and figured it was a good
opportunity to finally try Abokado. They are one of the few restaurants that are open for lunch on the weekend AND offering a spice menu. I was hesitant to do the spice menu at first because I really wanted to try some of their interesting rolls. However, after reviewing the menu it became obvious that their spice menu was a great deal based on their regular prices. My meal would have easily been 2x more. (whether the normal prices are too high can be the topic of another post and irrelevant to this one)

In a nutshell, the meal was very good and much better than I anticipated. I did go in with low expectations despite being a big fan of the sushi chef from his prior stint at Bond St. I have no idea if he is still affiliated with Abokado but I assume so since I have not seen anything to the contrary.

I started with the Crispy Cheese which is a combination of roasted tomato, gorgonzola, cilantro, queso blanco and wrapped in a spring roll. It comes with a chili based dipping sauce. The spring roll portion was light and did not interfere with the cheese and roasted tomato. Portion size was small (2) but that was fine for a four course lunch. Probably not somethimg I would normally order but it worked and I enjoyed it.

Next up was the Himachi Tiradito. This combination was serrano pepper, cilantro, guacamole and a chil ponzu sauce. This was a good size portion with I think 6 pieces of Himachi. (Tiradito is similar to sashimi.) Flavor combinations worked well and the Himachi was fresh. I would order again.

For the next course I opted for the Revolucion roll. (2 other roll options were available) The roll was a good size and the individual pieces were sized perfectly. Oh yeah, the roll was spicy tuna with asparagus topped with albacore tuna and a ginger ponzu sauce. Great roll. Fresh and a tasty combination. Rice played a small roll and did not get in the way.
I also had the opportunity to try the spicy snow crab roll which I haven't seen outside of New Orleans and was very good. For dessert I opted for the yuzu cheesecake. Not a dessert person but this was a nice end to the meal.

I would definitely recommend trying their spice menu if you are in the area and I look forward to going back for dinner and trying more of their rolls and sushi.

Dine out Lauderdale recommendations

Completely disagree with you about Lola's. Been back a couple of time over the past month and everything was very good. Moreover, the chef has continued to change the menu. Yes some favorites remain but there have been additions along the way.

Anything newer or on the way to Dade?

The Grill on The Alley- Aventura Mall

I'm not familiar with this place and traveling to the Aventura Mall for food does little for me but it is new and post worthy.. (that being said I had a surprisingly good lunch at the Cafe in the New Nordstrom's. No lie)
Lax, are you familiar with the LA spot?

Paradigm - The Test Kitchen (Trump Sunny Isles)

Curious if they offer a wine pairing option? I would assume so . Thanks for the chowdown work

Broward "spice" 2008

Rickl, I've done China Grill for Miami Spice a few times over the years and they are very generous and do a very good job for Spice. Chodorow takes it seriously (Tuscan, Kobe).
I've had a couple outstanding meals at Cero. However, the Hotel just changed management from St. Regis to The Ritz. Doubt that will have any affect on the restaurant but just wanted to bring that to your attention

Dine out Lauderdale recommendations

Crew, if you are going to be on 595/turnpike I would recommend heading a little further west on 595 and hitting Char-hut for a burger, Better than 5 guys and Jack's

Oliver's Bistro

Rondo, that was beach bbq and I think it was/is completely overrated on this board. Gave both locations a couple of chances and was really underwhemled each time and I'll leave it at that.

Broward "spice" 2008

Preview starts 9/15

Dine out Lauderdale recommendations

Skybar wine preservation

should I save my money and use it to buy wine??

Sep 10, 2008
The Chowfather AKA sobe in Wine

Casual Seafood in Fort Lauderdale

For casual in that area I would recommend Southport Raw Bar and Kelly's Landing. If you want to go a little less casual I would hit 3030 Ocean.
Raboi, I've never been to Fish but have heard horrendous reports.

3030 Ocean
3030 Holiday Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Kelly's Landing-New England
1305 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Southport Raw Bar
1536 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Altamar on Sobe

Don't get there as often as I would like but it remains one of my favorite spots on the beach.

New Chefs (Miami)

Nemo's- After many years as Mark Militello’s talented chef de cuisine at Mark’s South Beach and a short stint at Mark’s Las Olas, Larry LaValley is now Executive Chef at Nemo’s

It should also be noted that Chef gerdy Rodriguez is no longer affiliated at 1Bleu (Regent Bal Harbour)

Cutting Edge Cooking in Sunny Isles (?!) – Neomi’s Grill

Beefeater Steak House

Never been but it's still there

2 nights, 2 dinners Fort Lauderdale

FYI, Sage is opening on Harrison St. in Downtown Hollywood in October in the old Michael's Kitchen spot.

Dim Sum in Miami?

Frod, I haven't been over in that area recently. Is this located in the Jumbo's spot? Any idea if it is same ownership with name change? Was it the same Dim Sum menu?


Spicy black cod miso- Oishi Thai (NMB, just as good if not better than Nobu's version- seriously)
Mixed ceviche- Goyo el Pollo (Downtown Hollywood)
Fried Clam Bellies- Tie Kelly's Landing (Ft Laud) & Tark's (Dania Bch)
Lobster Roll- Kelly's Landing

Anything newer or on the way to Dade?

I'll actually paste it as well since the Herald pulls their online content quickly.

And finally, another monstrous restaurant plans to open on South Beach, in the South of Fifth area in that massive space at the corner of first and Washington. Good news is, it's not a steakhouse. It's Au Pied de Cochon, and it hails from Paris, Mexico City and Atlanta. The French bistro will be open 365 days, 24 hours a day, which will require more than just a pig's foot for good luck to survive. The space used to be a gym and a modeling agency; now it will serve foie gras and steak frites. How delicious is that irony? We wish them luck and a speedy completion so that maybe next summer, when things are crawling along at an escargot's pace, those stuck here without a ticket out can pretend they're on the Left Bank instead of feeling left behind.

In addition to the 600 steak houses that plan to open this season, we'll finally get something new. Adding to his ever-growing edible empire, Jeffrey Chodorow will open his famed Asia de Cuba restaurant during Art Basel at the yet-to-open Mondrian South Beach at 1100 West Ave. The restaurant will offer a fusion of Asian and Latin cuisines.

Le Tub - Does it live up to the hype?

I don't think that grill can handle more than 3-4 of those burgers at a time. Check it out next time.

How About A New What Are You Drinking ?

2005 Toulouse Pinot Noir Anderson Valley per the recommendation of Lane Myers oops I mean iwantmytwodollars. Great call, thanks.

Aug 29, 2008
The Chowfather AKA sobe in Wine