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NYC Hound in Miami for a few days

I would suggest trying:

SugarCane (for a cool Miami/Latin vibe, with excellent latin and asian tapas style dishes)

Pub Belly (a nice evening place to stop by..generally strong, if rich food, and great beers.)

Francesco's (Coral Gables, a very strong Peruvian foodie place.)

Jaguar (For lunch, in Coconut Grove, great vibe and nice pan - Latin choices, great ceviche as well as grilled entrees, churrasco is excellent.)

Try an oddly named place called "Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita" on a Thursday night, for a drink only, on the terrace bar (This is a raucous place, with a great, colorful, cheery, Colombian singles scene...one of those "only in Miami" places. Unique and fun.)

Just up the street in Brickell is The River Seafood & Oyster Bar. This place has fantastic oysters, incredibly fresh fish, and generally great food. Underrated, I think this place is a star. And it is just up road in Brickell from "Dolores...but you Can Call Me Lolita," so you could conceivably walk to it from there.

Hiro's Yakko San..near Aventura, great pub-style place, Japanese, open very late.

IceBox Cafe (A great Miami Beach spot that has a bit of a SoHo vibe. It's great for lunch, off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Great salads, smoothies, desserts. )

Garcia's (for lunch, a classic fish shack on the Miami River, terrific and fresh fish and stone crabs. Place with real character...everyone from the police to the mayor to musicians show up.)

AltaMar is great, too, for seafood, if a bit less original than those on list above.

Enjoy.

Apr 07, 2011
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

New, coming to Miami in 2011

Milos is a spectacular restaurant in Manhattan. More than a bit surprised to hear they are coming to SoFi in SoBe. I would be very surprised if it lasts long here. That's a real restaurant with a business following, a professional crowd, and super high end fish. Maybe I'll be proven wrong. But that's happy news. In the space where Au Pied Cochon was?

Feb 01, 2011
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

New or Coming to Miami / Dade - 2010 Edition

I went to Wynwood Kitchen last night and have some comments--they break out into two rather extreme points of view. The place broadly reminds me of an East Village Manhattan restaurant--reasonably strong and simple food, but more than a bit of an attitude problem.

First, the host/maitre d' of this restaurant (at least the one on duty last night) is one of the more pompous, pretentious, idiotic, and unethical that I have encountered in five years of living in Miami. I don't think so highly of this town, and individuals like this tend to justify my point of view. To be fair, we showed up without a reservation in the early parts of the evening, but there were almost a dozen empty tables for two. (I even offered the maitre d' a $20 tip for a table, but he implied I would have needed to tip him $100 for the table.)

That said, we sat at the bar, and put ourselves in the hands of an amiable bartender. He guided us through a variety of mostly smaller courses, but his judgement was superb. The sausages he brought (lamb and beef) were excellent, as was a fried artichoke dish as well as mussels in a marina sauce. The wine list was fairly strong and well priced--I had a great glass of Antinori for $9!

Overall, the food here is actually simple pub-oriented fare--nothing spectacularly sophisticated, but it is prepared perfectly, and I liked the big courtyard, where one can experience the cool murals of Wynwood. It is possible children would like that!

I was put off by the maitre d', though, his ridiculous attitude, and more than a bit of pretentiousness at this place. Those two factors would give me pause to return, and I think the restaurant will need to overcome this and change if it is to succeed and stay alive in Miami. (The summer is only a few months away, and only a few of us will be here!)

Not sure how soon I will be back.

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

Jan 16, 2011
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Wynwood kitchen & bar

I went to Wynwood Kitchen last night and have some comments--they break out into two rather extreme points of view. The place broadly reminds me of an East Village Manhattan restaurant--reasonably strong and simple food, but more than a bit of an attitude problem.

First, the host/maitre d' of this restaurant (at least the one on duty last night) is one of the more pompous, pretentious, idiotic, and unethical that I have encountered in five years of living in Miami. I don't think so highly of this town, and individuals like this tend to justify my point of view. To be fair, we showed up without a reservation in the early parts of the evening, but there were almost a dozen empty tables for two. (I even offered the maitre d' a $20 tip for a table, but he implied I would have needed to tip him $100 for the table.)

That said, we sat at the bar, and put ourselves in the hands of an amiable bartender. He guided us through a variety of mostly smaller courses, but his judgement was superb. The sausages he brought (lamb and beef) were excellent, as was a fried artichoke dish as well as mussels in a marina sauce. The wine list was fairly strong and well priced--I had a great glass of Antinori for $9!

Overall, the food here is actually simple pub-oriented fare--nothing spectacularly sophisticated, but it is prepared perfectly, and I liked the big courtyard, where one can experience the cool murals of Wynwood. It is possible children would like that!

I was put off by the maitre d', though, his ridiculous attitude, and more than a bit of pretentiousness at this place. Those two factors would give me pause to return, and I think the restaurant will need to overcome this and change if it is to succeed and stay alive in Miami. (The summer is only a few months away, and only a few of us will be here!)

Not sure how soon I will be back.

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

Jan 16, 2011
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need breakfast spot during layover in MIA

By all means, try IceBox first, It's in terminal D, near the lower numbered gates (around D7 or so).

Failing that, you could check out a fun place called "Palacio de los Jugos" on 5721 W Flagler Street. It's a classic place. Kind of a mix of smoothies and fried Latin food, but the real thing!

Jan 02, 2011
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Smoke T Southern Kitchen & Tap

Very positive impression! I had dinner there Sunday night with my whole clan (including two young children) and found something for everyone--football games and many screens + foosball for my son, kids menu for my daughter, solid wine selection for the wife, and a great beer selection for me. The chicken and ribs were quite solid. Not the best I ever had, but very good. Enthusiastic if not consistent service, good wings, solid ribs, nice chicken breast. I'd come back. Good solid performance. They tell me that they are opening an Asian BBQ place soon. This place is part of the same ownership group that runs Town in So. Miami.

Oct 12, 2010
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lunch at Miami Airport

A nice new alternative in the airport is IceBox Cafe, which just opened a branch in the Miami airport. It's the same IceBox from Miami Beach. The new place is located in Terminal D of MIA, but around gate ten, meaning you will likely need to take the Airtran shuttle to get there. It's not as fab as the Lincoln Road location, but the meatloaf is a solid dish, and the ambience is cool. It's progress and a nice alternative to La Carreta.

Oct 07, 2010
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Norman's 180

Lots of history and apparent emotions from the replies above! I had a nice lunch the other day, the most notable element was a woman seated at a neighboring table who by all accounts was there on a, ahem, professional assignment. Even the waiters came by to share a snicker. Good cold cucumber soup, too!

Sep 18, 2010
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Sakaya Kitchen - Midtown Miami

Have been three times, and each time the experience has been better. Terrific ribs and brussell sprout rice bowl. Place over-indexes in a major way in the price vs quality ratio.

Sep 18, 2010
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Bulldog BBQ - North Miami

Uh, I guess. It's a small place in a non-descript strip mall in Aventura. Not the most likely spot for "serious BBQ." My view is mostly based around perspective that one can take a family there after a day at the nearby mall, or theaters, and it is a solid place the owner puts a lot of individual effort into--like a "bulldog," and I like that. I agree that it is not the most serious BBQ place one could pick. It's a great place from my point of view though, I think we need more places like this in So. Florida.

Jan 09, 2010
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Key West Recommendations?

Just returned from Key West. We ate at a number of places, and a few really stood out:

-1- Hogfish Grill. If you are ok with the industrial dockside setting (with more than one or two lonesome, stray dockside denizens lurking around restaurant ), the fish was as fresh as I've tasted in some time. My grouper tasted as though it came out of the water that day. (It did.) And the Jerk Chicken Wings were superb. No privacy though--we sat at a long shared table with a random group of people--including a federal judge and some friendly campers--but all in all, this was a great dinner and it felt like a true Key West experience.

-2- The Key Colony Inn (Key Colony Beach, around a half hour drive North of Key West, I think Marathon Key) had a super family lunch. Also incredibly fresh fish, great chowder, bread baked in house, and great service. Inexpensive for the care and quality of the food.

-3- Salute (Key West Beach) - I think owned by the same folks who own Blue Heaven, they have a great lunch by the sea, featuring seafood and salads. I found both the food and the very attentive service a notch or two better than Blue Heaven.

-4- Baby's Coffee - Worth stopping by on way out of town. Best coffee in KW. Classic place with a lot of attitude.

-5- Camille's - Nice family restaurant with a sincere, caring owner from Philly. Again, great value-to-quality ration. Try the tuna tartare to start. I hear breakfast is great there, too.

Finally, I always love Seven Fish--but getting a table there seemed impossible, so we didn't have the chance to eat there this time.

Jan 01, 2010
YonaShyml in Florida

Bulldog BBQ - North Miami

I agree with the original post. We returned tonight to Bulldog, and the overriding impression we have is that this place is the real thing--not so much from the BBQ purists view, but from the sense that its owner/chef Howie really cares and is deeply involved in making the place whatit is. The wings and ribs were super tonight, even my difficult to please kids enjoyed it all. desserts are a pleasant surprise; try the milk and cookies. Wish we had this closer to us in Dadez. all in all, the Miami area needs more places like Bulldog. It's the real deal and rates an A in this foodie's book.

Dec 25, 2009
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Any edible Chinese restaurants in Miami Beach area?

Tony Chan's Water Club-- a club I do not need to be a part of . I ate there Saturday. Hakkasan it ain't! Stick with the appetizers, like the lettuce chicken wrap.

Only benefit: close to nearby Arsht Center.

Nov 23, 2009
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Perbacco - East Village - thoughts?

We ate there last night, a cold Spring Saturday night, while on a weekend in NY from Miami. I found the service warm, attentive, and engaging. The food was different, but quite good--clearly some thought has been put into every dish, as each dish seemed to represent something slightly different. A pasta with raisins, almond slivers, for example--a merluzzo over polenta in a pesto broth. The only dish that went slightly off was a special "chocolate foam" creatiion last night--kind of like a weak mousse. All in all, a solid, creative, warm, place. I think the two stars NY Times review is on the spot. Enjoyed it and I would return.

Apr 12, 2009
YonaShyml in Manhattan

Dim Sum in Miami?

We tried heading over to the place that replaced Jumbo. The menu looked great, but I was a bit concerned about the neighborhood. We had more than a few people cruise by our car, and I was concerned for my children's safety. Perhaps it was the liquor store in the same market. We passed on it, headed to Sang's which apparently was having a private party that night--so no go there, either! :( Does Sang's do this frequently?

Feb 10, 2009
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

da Campo Osteria - Fort Lauderdale

We went tonight, a reasonably large group of us--eight in all, six adults, and two little children. Overall impression?: I was very impressed with the food, which was largely terrific (even by NY standards), but the restaurant had some pretty odd quirks which were a bit ludicrous. They're having issues with their electrical power, so the lights dimmed up and down several times, and the restaurant was extremely dark. We consulted the manager, who did his part to help, but the lights kept dimming. Service was generally attentive and solid.

The food? Terrific grilled sardine appetizer (a special), a very strong tuna spaghetti "bolognese" (also a special, but great), really strong mozzarella made table side, and great fish dishes, too.

It was expensive--the tab came to just under $600 for our party, including one pricy bottle of Chianti ($90).

Overall, I give it a very strong rating, though I hope Da Campo gets its electrical act together, as that was really the only issue holding it back. B+ / A- range for me.

Nice that we have this in So. Florida.

Jan 25, 2009
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Ocean Prime, Aventura: Anyone Been?

I have eaten there once. I found it highly overpriced with mediocre food. Pretentious place to boot. I will likely never return. Two other people I have spoken to (each of whom visited separately) had similar experiences. The decor was nice, though! And they had nice wines by the glass.

Jan 08, 2009
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Anything newer or on the way to Dade?

Bummer about Cefalo's. The place was good, and a welcome addition to the Grove, though there was far too much space / capacity in there. They had a large market I never used, and an overpriced wine store, with middling selections marked up beyond belief. For a few months, Cefalo's made a terrific chicken wings appetizer, roasted with garlic, with some Aioli on the side. But then...poof...they stopped serving it.

Jan 04, 2009
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best Breakfast spots, bagels - deli/appetiz in Dade/ Broward?

I've only been down here three and a half years and do not get the chance to get around too broadly beyond Dade / Miami Beach. Where is Sage? (And Epicures Salmon / Egg / Onion salad is amazing. Even my kids eat it.)

Jan 02, 2009
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

6 nights in South Beach

Michy's
Azul
MIchael's Genuine (Terrific overall experience/food)
Pascal's on Ponce (Overall excellence)
Ortanique (Excellent "Floribbean")
Sardinia (One of the very best spots)
Francesco's (Excellent Peruvian)
Prime 112 (Great steak)
Dining Room at Setail (Extremely Pricy!)
Alta Mar
Il Gabbiano

Jan 02, 2009
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best Breakfast spots, bagels - deli/appetiz in Dade/ Broward?

The Bagel Emporium on South Dixie Highway, just across from University of Miami has the best bagels in the Coral Gables area. The texture is consistently chewy. (My point of view comes from NY / Manhattan "H&H" style bagels, so I view these as the best.)

For smoked fish, Epicure absolutely rules--they have the best nova scotia and whitefish by a large margin, also their whitefish salads and nova/onion salad (which they only make occasionally) are excellent. In my view, by far and away, Epicure is the best for smoked fish & lox, though their bagels are quite weak and bland.

Also of note: Roasters & Toasters in South Miami makes a solid, respectable whitefish salad and has bagels that are a close second to Bagel Emporium.

Jan 02, 2009
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

South Florida Best Dining

Try Michael's Genuine in the Design District, AltaMar in Miami Beach, Michy's on Miami's "Upper East Side," or IceBox just off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. All of these will give you a piece of what you seek. And Francesco's (mentioned below) is an excellent place. I would also recommend "Ideas" in the Grove, which is a Spanish cuisine-focused version of what you seek.

Dec 25, 2008
YonaShyml in Miami - Fort Lauderdale