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Hot sauce - What do you have in the house

Crystal
Frank's
Hog's Breath
Sambal oelek
Shula's
Sriracha
Tabasco (I only have for guests, btw it's the only one that has vinegar as main ingredient)

Jan 26, 2008
eatnbmerry in General Topics

Valentines Day... Emeril's or Barton G's??

Now that's a winning romantic combo rec!!

Jan 25, 2008
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Three Generations in South Beach

Agree, but at Joe's if you sit at one of their booths in the back it doesn't seem so big of a place don't you think?

Jan 25, 2008
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Michael's Genuine - Miami Design District

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Michael's Genuine - Miami Design District

I agree. It was a joke based on Klein's recent review of Domo Japones which I don't know if you've seen?

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Michael's Genuine - Miami Design District

I know I know. Going next week for sure. When someone like you says "Place is absolutely still firing on all cylinders" I have quickly learned to jump to! Cause good eats are sure to be had!

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Michael's Genuine - Miami Design District

I'm a sucker for sweetbreads and have never felt guilty because of their overwhelming cholesterol content. To paraphrase the Greek saying: everything in moderation a lot :). Your description of the salad is scrumptious and definitely puts a trip to Michael's on my must do ASAP list.

Thanks as always for your perceptive report. BTW, did you have trouble finding parking a la Klein?

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best sushi in South Florida?

Akashi on US 1 next to Sunset Place mall has always been a solid place for sushi and I have always liked their rolls in particular. A casual place, albeit dark room, with friendly service and decent prices. Not bad at all, although definitely not in Matsuri's class, but then I haven't found any down here that are so far. BTW, for those of us who frequently eat maguro sushi you may want to read the link below.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/din...

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Anyone tried Moonchine on Biscayne (Miami)

Too bad about Yuga. Here's a chance for a non-chain place to take root in the Gables like l2m wishes for and it appears to be washed into the very same taste pool that gives birth to them.

I really don't know how that tide will change if the Yuga type places can't experiment and bring new taste adventures into the hood!

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in Florida

Anyone tried Moonchine on Biscayne (Miami)

Wow Frod I've never read you being so blasé ("never been sufficiently motivated to walk the extra 3 blocks to Yuga") about a place that you hadn't tried. Is it because you feel Su Shin Izakaya offers about the same food/quality or more because you have not liked what you've heard about Yuga?

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in Florida

Ravenous Pig / Orlando

Thanks for the personal note! Can't wait to try your food, hopefully, way before summer (the tart will have to wait for a return visit then). BTW, are you still doing the whole pig roast on weekends? Saturday or Sunday? or Both?

Thanks again.

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in Florida

Anyone tried Moonchine on Biscayne (Miami)

Interesting points. So after "dumbing down the menu" is there anything left that you still like? Or has it all gone to "Americanized sushi and noodles"?

Jan 25, 2008
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Uni at a Fish Store compared to Sushi Uni

Pic is to say nothing else "mouth watering". Thanks for the info too!

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in General Topics

2 New Design District Spots

Nicely written!

Especially good points about reviewing resto after barely open, only 2 meals, etc. Also, I thought that VPE's statement about nobody came by to say hello was way out of line as well. Most food critics I have known prefer to dine in the "background".

Lastly, I happen to enjoy Fernandez but more for the writting itself than any recs.

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in Florida

Licorice

+1 licorice jelly bellies

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in General Topics

Uni at a Fish Store compared to Sushi Uni

Great pics! Thanks for taking time to find, upload, etc.

Jan 25, 2008
eatnbmerry in General Topics

New Restaurant South Miami

Surprised you agree with her palate in this case since she does like Ver Daddy's (or at least did, who knows maybe another MD switch-a-roo :). Or is it better to say that we are all allowed our little indulgences? Be they a greasy rib or taco.

Jan 24, 2008
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TOP PIZZA IN FLA

"I've been to both a FTL location (on US1) and newer Aventura location and both were solid."

So far so good!

Like sobe and I agree, their menu is small enough that expansion should not hurt QC. Operative word being should. Having said that, they apparently do have an ambitious expansion plan going forward from what I've heard/read.

Jan 24, 2008
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Hit & Miss Report - Miami Visit Jan 2008

"better than any coal oven pizza in NYC, and I've had them all so that is the highest compliment I can give them"

"High praise indeed" I assume based on your statement that you are including Grimaldi's as well? Based on that assumption, do you mind elaborating on what exactly made Anthony's better? I happen to have tried Anthony's for the first time recently and as an old Queens kid was also impressed by their pie BTW.

Also thanks for detailed info, Pilar's sounds especially interesting.

Jan 24, 2008
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Anyone tried Moonchine on Biscayne (Miami)

There's a relatively new place in the Gables called Yuga that supposedly is doing an upscale mixed Asian menu. Perhaps Frod who seems to know the Gables pretty well has an experience to relay.

I've ate numerous times at the owners other resto, Lan Pan Asian ( I think meant to have a lower price point than Yuga) underneath the Dadeland Station mall. They have a great variety of items leaning towards Thai but with Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese (yes sushi also) dishes as well. Surprisingly, the varied dishes I've tried (nothing real fancy) have all been straightforward, clean and fresh tasting renditions and prices are also very reasonable. If you like Asian cuisine in general, you should enjoy it. Below is a link to their menu:

http://lanpanasian.com/

Jan 24, 2008
eatnbmerry in Florida

TOP MULTI-UNIT INDIES IN FLA

A Mr. Potato Head post on the wings thread reminded me that Keg South with three locations in Miami-Dade deserves a mention here as well.

The original in Pinecrest is a local institution and not only serves solid wings but does a great job with burgers and fries to go along with a pitcher of their ice cold brew. They also have a bigger/newer/cleaner (yes you can read more "sanitized" and less original mojo) spot out by Tamiami Airport along with a down Homestead way locale.

Definitely an indie worthy of a visit!

Jan 24, 2008
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2 New Design District Spots

LMAO!

Jan 24, 2008
eatnbmerry in Florida

TOP WINGS IN FLA

Good recs.

Like them both and the Keg does a nice job with their burgers to boot. Look forward to trying Ricky's since a lot of hounds seem to share your opinion.

Jan 24, 2008
eatnbmerry in Florida

TOP PIZZA IN FLA

I too like Steve's pizza and have been eating them for many years now (they also have a location in South Dade on US 1 and 170 something).

But after recently trying the Anthony's in Aventura on 179, when on that side of the world in the future I will be skipping Steve's and heading straight there. That's not to say that Steve's has gone down hill, it's just to say that Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is that darn good.

Jan 24, 2008
eatnbmerry in Florida

Old-School Cuban in SOBE

If you take Karma's advice and head over to 'Little Havana" you won't find more old school setting or a better traditional cuban sandwich (since Latin American on Coral Way went byebye) than that offered at Ayestaran off of calle ocho and 27th.

The atmosphere is the real deal (been around 40 or so years and some of the waitresses too), the people eating there are real cubanos, and the food sticks in a good way. Hard to beat all around for real old time cuban. And as an added plus, you can use the nearby Domino Park (really Maximo Gomez Park) as prop if you want. Throw in some cafecito and it doesn't get much more cubano than that!

Jan 24, 2008
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sobe delivery or takeout for large group

Not familiar. But have you thought of Macaluso's Market? They have some great heroes (meatball, sausage, Italian meats, daily specials) along with some tasty salad options as well. You should check them out for sure. They might even be willling to "cook up" something special for your group.

Jan 24, 2008
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Food Quotations

LOL! It sounds like a movie I vaguely remember? Was it Rob Roy?

Jan 24, 2008
eatnbmerry in Not About Food

TOP PIZZA IN FLA

And with that GREAT pie and wings why would you!

The menu does list an "Italian Tuna" and "Coal Oven Roast Beef" (guess you can forget about bloody rare like I like my rb :). But like you probably wouldn't order a pizza at Sonny's(like Net said, the cheesesteaks are WAY TOO GOOD!) I don't think I'll be pinch hitting these for the pie and/or wings any time soon either!

Jan 24, 2008
eatnbmerry in Florida

TOP PIZZA IN FLA

While I agree that Rustica offers some great topping choices and is one of the better choices currently available to us, how can you ever say "the crust is thin and crispy"?

Jan 24, 2008
eatnbmerry in Florida

TOP PIZZA IN FLA

I whole heartedly agree with Frod's "Don't pre-judge. It's darn good pizza, chain or no chain". However, expansion does always bring into question QC and the jury is still out awaiting the all important test of time.

In their corner, I like the fact that they limit (at least so far)their menu to pizza, wings, two focaccia (basically the pizza dough) sandwiches, one salad, and a NY style cheesecake. So hopefully not a lot to go wrong.

Jan 24, 2008
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