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Favorite eats in Boca Raton area.

I tried Madras Cafe for Indian on powerline/Mcnab in Pompano Beach, had really tender & well spiced butter chicken, surprisingly service was very good. However the naan bread was dissappointing so if that is a sticking point then get the naan somewhere else.

I also tried Lilly's on east palmetto & it seemed everything my party ordered was not available that day & the waitress was not too kind either, cute location though, but probably won't return. Look forward to trying more over the next couple of weeks.

Favorite eats in Boca Raton area.

Thanks for all the recommendations, now I am ready to try some good eats. I will update you as I try these places out. First stop is Bluefin or Daimatsu

Best Food in Miami/Ft Lauderdale Area

Try Michy's on 6927 Biscayne Blvd, always great, lots of options to try various plates as you can get small portions. IL Gabbiano in downtown Miami has a great view & very good Italian food. If you want to hit Fort Lauderdale, Johnny V's has an interesting menu & awesome cheese selection. I second Michael's & would add North 110 to your list.

Feb 10, 2008
pierrem in Florida

Favorite eats in Boca Raton area.

I will be spending 3-4 nights per week for the next 3 months in Boca. Are there any restaurants that are worth trying? I would like to avoid chain restaurants. I love ethnic places & hole in the wall joints, but am also up for places like Mark's...

Dining Near MIA Airport

You should go to IL Gabianno, it is awesome - fresh & creative pasta with attentive service & killer views. They have valet service. The owners of this place are friendly & passionate about what they do. Let me know when you try it. The linguine bolognese & the lobster risotto is to die for.

Feb 09, 2008
pierrem in Florida

Dining Near MIA Airport

Not far from the airport is Chispa, they have a in Doral:
http://www.chisparestaurant.com

There is not tons of restaurants by the airport. I would definitely second Michy's & Michael's & even North 110 in North Miami Beach. All of these are amazing chefs that put out creative food & have service to back it up which is hard to find in Miami.

Feb 09, 2008
pierrem in Florida

Soprano's on Lincoln Rd - So Beach?

I worked as a hotel concierge back when I was doing my MBA & this place would always ask us to send guests. I refused to send guests there because this is a total tourist trap that lacks freshness. If you must eat Italian on the beach, then try Tiramisu or Macaluso's. IL Gabbiano in downtown Miami is great & great views too.

2 New Design District Spots

I tried Domo Japones last night & would definitely agree that our meal was dissappointing. The chef lacks the creativity that is expected at a restaurant like this. The service was great until our server had two more tables & then he could not be found. Best sushi I had was surprisingly the sushi tempura, not tons of battered tempura tails like at other sushi restaurants. The lobster roll & the nigiri did not seem fresh. We are going back for drinks tonight after we try oishi thai in Aventura. Maybe we will try again in the future, it is nice to get away from the beach.

Feb 09, 2008
pierrem in Florida

Best cheese/wine shop in Miami?

I came across Laurenzo's in North Miami Beach & had some amazing proscuitto while I was there, but was not too impressed with their cheese selection. Any idea where I can find a good selection of cheese?

Jan 26, 2008
pierrem in Florida

Michy's

I could not agree with you more. Michy's is definitely a gem in the Biscayne corridor. David is always very pleasant and does a great job making the customers feel welcome. I have dined there several times & have personally seen Michelle test her food & if it does not pass her inspection she will do it all over again. I think it is great that everyone takes so much pride in the work that they do at Michy's. I would probably mention that Michy's really is in the upper eastside/Belle Meade area of Miami as Little Haiti is west of Biscayne blvd. Next time try the croquettes, they will redefine your idea of croquettes. Another great place to try is Michael's Food & Drink in the Design District & North 110 in North Miami Beach.

By the airport code I take it you are from New Orleans? How is John Besh's places doing these days?

Jan 26, 2008
pierrem in Florida

Central American Eats Miami

Karmalaw: Nice recommendation on Honduras Maya, I tried it this weekend & would agree that their baleadas are better than Adelita's.

Best divey joints in Little Haiti, Little Havana

I second Chez Rosie & Chef Creole, try the fried shrimp or the oxtail at Chez Rosie.
Yambo on 1643 SW 1st street has cheap Nicaraguan good & for El Salvador's national dish (pupusas) try Altakat on SW 8th & 32nd Avenue, surprisinly they have valet on weekends. You can try the national dish of Honduras (baleadas) at Honduras Maya on 69 NW 27th avenue. All of these are affordable options. Have fun exploring.

Jan 21, 2008
pierrem in Florida

Best Brunch in South Beach?

The Setai hotel now was a brunch which is pretty impressive, along the lines of Ritz Carlton. You may want to check out A La Folie on Espanola Way, they specialize in crepes & are tucked away in a very cute area of the beach. I would not get too caught up in going to something like Nikki Beach unless you are going for the scene.

Jan 19, 2008
pierrem in Florida

Best Brunch in South Beach?

Front Porch cafe is nice for the beach. To get away from the madness try Creek 28 or Talula, both on north ends of South Beach. Miami Beach definitely lacks brunch spots. Don't expect Chicago or NYC type brunches.

Jan 13, 2008
pierrem in Florida

Central American Eats Miami

The panamanian restaurant you described sounds amazing, I will check it out for sure. The challenge with Guatemalan restaurants is that I have yet to find a food that is local to their culture. For instance, they serve pupusas but that is borrowed from El Salvador. Is there anything on the menu at Antigua Guatemala that is not borrowed from a neighboring country? Keep in mind, I am from Central America. Thanks for your details...

Central American Eats Miami

I had some really great Nicaraguan food at a small restaurant called "Yambo" near calle ocho today. My meal of carne asada & rice n beans cost $6. Lots of locals were there which is always a good sign. Another good find for Honduran food is Adelita's cafe between 26th & 27th street on the east side of Biscayne blvd. They make their national dish "baleadas", total bill was $5. If anyone else knows of any other authentic non-trendy restaurants please add on. I think alot of us get too caught up in the glamorous miami food when there is alot of great reasonable priced food if you are willing to make a little drive. Ciao.