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Good Restaurants on Eight Street between Gables and Downtown Miami

Mr Yum on Calle ocho!

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Mr Yum
1945 SW 8th St, Miami, FL

Suggestions for a Sunday night (last night in Toronto) dinner?

We will be coming back from a friend's cabin on lake Sunday around 7 and wanted to have a great last night dinner in Toronto.
We are staying Downtown. We went to Papillon and also to Colbert Lane and had drinks at Pravda.

Any suggestions??

Los Olivos & Paso Robles

Quick trip to a blending party at Gelfand Vineyards tooks us back to Los Olivos Merchant Cafe again (we were out here in July and ate there 2x and previously in 08)

we enjoy sitting at the bar and getting insightful info from the bartenders. This time Ian was super knowledgeable in local wines, blends and syrahs. We started w the fresh squash blossoms filled w goat cheese and pine nuts in a pink peppercorn sauce. It was delicious.
The chilled cucumber soup was good too.

The winner of this detour (we were headed from Sta Barbara to Paso robles and decided to stop in for lunch) was without a doubt the spinach and ricotta homemade raviolis in a light delicate creamy sweet wine sauce topped w crispy fried onion strips. The sauce was the perfect consistency, w a slight wine flavor and a touch of sweetness. very tasty.

Dinner was in Paso at Artisan (we had been for lunch in July). We started with a California burrata, prosciutto and pea shoots with sweet local peaches. The peaches were a special touch on a usual prosciutto and melon dish. The baby herbed meatballs w gnocchi were good (not as good as in july for some reason). We then shared a special of grass fed, free range local veal over a truffled risotto in a wine reduction. Cooked perfectly and all the flavors worked well and stood on their own.
We had a side of jalapeno cornbread (came piping hot in little corn mold oven trays) w/ a lavender honey butter. The cornbread literally melted in your mouth. The butter could have used a bit more lavender and honey. the flavors were wonderful on the bites where we actually able to taste the flavors.
Desert was a fig torte with a goat cheese cream cake and lemon sorbet.

The blending party at Gelfand was a treat. We blended and came up w our own concoction of 2 types of wines (Menage a Blend and their SFR). Their Petite Syrah and Syrah are killers! Worth a try!!

Tonight we are off to Villa Creek for dinner in Paso. Will post on that later.

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Artisan
1401 Park St., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Los Olivos Cafe
2879 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Sep 26, 2009
txantxo in California

Shiso (sushi in miami beach)

just make sure they get the reservation right and that they dont try to move you later. see my experience with that below.
the prices are very reasonable and normal both for drinks and rolls. The ingredients and all fruits used in the drinks are fresh and tasty. they have a good variety of sake for a Miami sushi spot and Frederico (server) is knowledgeable and patient and will take his time explaining each drink and ingredient

Shiso (sushi in miami beach)

tpigeon: I totally disagree with the vibe. I felt that for S beach it was very laid back and local. no pretension at all.

Shiso (sushi in miami beach)

I agree about sitting at the bar and the Truffled Edamame. See below my RT of earlier post on Shiso:
My friends and I went to celebrate my belated bday and had a mixed bag experience. She had called to make reservations, and the night before the actual rez they called her to ask where she was. She proceeded to confirm it was for the following night, as the person on the phone asked everyone (w/out putting her on hold) where the rez book was.

The decor of the place is warm and inviting and an eclectic mix of Mexican art and large iron chandeliers with brick walls & warm glow lighting, reminiscent of boston, sao paulo or some little place in a sophisticated but living room -like comfortable corner somewhere. The music was loungy, brasilian jazzy and perfect for the place.

We loved the drinks, and unlike other posts, found them reasonable or even below other S beach spots.

We did HATE the fact that the generous and wonderful server, Frederico, had to ask us to move from our "couchy" lounge table to a hard 4 top w/ benches (we were 5) bc they were expecting a party of 20 that had specifically requested the table we were at. We obliged, only to see that the party of "20" arrived almost 1 hour late, and were not 20, but 4, then 5 or 6 (same as our group). We reached an agreement that someone in the "20" were friends w the bar tender, and were getting favored. It was extremely rude and made for some frustration, which we chose to spin towards humor and laughter.

our new spot had some water dripping due to the AC above, and one of our friends asked for a Tuna Poke and an umbrella. It lightened up our moods and we proceeded to enjoy giving them a hard time due to their lack of professionalism and hospitality. I ordered a bottle of sake and was reminded that it was a 720 ML, which I responded saying, that I was going to share it with my "20" new friends that took our spot.

I will say that the food ALL took over 1 hour. We ordered all RAW, or rolls and I am not sure how it could possibly have taken that long. The portions were very small, but original, fresh and beautifully presented and tasty. We all shared the Eel Coconut Roll (topped w/ fresh shredded coconut), Spicy Tuna & shrimp tempura roll. All were good. The Tuna Poke did not come out w the rest and took at least another 35 mintues. We were told (and the server apologized again) that the chef was alone as his sous chef had quit a few days before and walked out.
Regardless, the wait was excessive. I was temped to offer to jump behind the bar and slice & dice my own Tuna Poke.
Towards the end of our meal, we did get a nice apology from one of the owners, who sent over a complimentary sake and split of champagne. I felt they tried to make up for the several "mistakes" in service.

We laughed quite a bit about the entire experience and made the best of it. I would only recommend this place if you have lots of patience, or if you are up for chilling out and just having a few drinks. Make sure to request the "lounge" when you make reservations, and dont, i mean DO NOT be fooled into moving bc a large party is coming.

Shiso

My friends and I went to celebrate my belated bday and had a mixed bag experience. She had called to make reservations, and the night before the actual rez they called her to ask where she was. She proceeded to confirm it was for the following night, as the person on the phone asked everyone (w/out putting her on hold) where the rez book was.

The decor of the place is warm and inviting and an eclectic mix of Mexican art and large iron chandeliers with brick walls & warm glow lighting, reminiscent of boston, sao paulo or some little place in a sophisticated but living room -like comfortable corner somewhere. The music was loungy, brasilian jazzy and perfect for the place.

We loved the drinks, and unlike other posts, found them reasonable or even below other S beach spots.

We did HATE the fact that the generous and wonderful server, Frederico, had to ask us to move from our "couchy" lounge table to a hard 4 top w/ benches (we were 5) bc they were expecting a party of 20 that had specifically requested the table we were at. We obliged, only to see that the party of "20" arrived almost 1 hour late, and were not 20, but 4, then 5 or 6 (same as our group). We reached an agreement that someone in the "20" were friends w the bar tender, and were getting favored. It was extremely rude and made for some frustration, which we chose to spin towards humor and laughter.

our new spot had some water dripping due to the AC above, and one of our friends asked for a Tuna Poke and an umbrella. It lightened up our moods and we proceeded to enjoy giving them a hard time due to their lack of professionalism and hospitality. I ordered a bottle of sake and was reminded that it was a 720 ML, which I responded saying, that I was going to share it with my "20" new friends that took our spot.

I will say that the food ALL took over 1 hour. We ordered all RAW, or rolls and I am not sure how it could possibly have taken that long. The portions were very small, but original, fresh and beautifully presented and tasty. We all shared the Eel Coconut Roll (topped w/ fresh shredded coconut), Spicy Tuna & shrimp tempura roll. All were good. The Tuna Poke did not come out w the rest and took at least another 35 mintues. We were told (and the server apologized again) that the chef was alone as his sous chef had quit a few days before and walked out.
Regardless, the wait was excessive. I was temped to offer to jump behind the bar and slice & dice my own Tuna Poke.
Towards the end of our meal, we did get a nice apology from one of the owners, who sent over a complimentary sake and split of champagne. I felt they tried to make up for the several "mistakes" in service.

We laughed quite a bit about the entire experience and made the best of it. I would only recommend this place if you have lots of patience, or if you are up for chilling out and just having a few drinks. Make sure to request the "lounge" when you make reservations, and dont, i mean DO NOT be fooled into moving bc a large party is coming.

new worth-visiting Restaurant in Solvang, CA

Reading your post about the serving staff, was almost like dejavu.
I will say your mention of the maytag souffle awakend my tastebud memory and wishing I lived locally!

Jul 31, 2009
txantxo in California

new worth-visiting Restaurant in Solvang, CA

Root 246 is a Bradley Ogden restaurant in Solvang, near Los Olivos. The restaurant is open 7 days and the decor is welcoming, modern and well done.
The wine list contains good local selections from the region (although the wait staff needs additional training or the supposed "knowledgeable" manager, should not have said she was too busy to come over and answer question.

Regardless of the lacking service, the food was creative, much of it local/organic and delicious.

Unique drinks worth trying: Laughing Buddah, a vodka cocktail w/ ginger and several other ingredients.

The local squid ceviche was refreshing and delicious and served w/ an iced slush of watermelon on a spoon. Beautiful presentation and the iced watermellon gave a sweetness to the ceviche that balanced the entire dish

I am not a big fan of chicken but my husband had the "shake & bake" chicken and it was very good. The best part in my opinion was that it was served over a creme fraiche whipped potatoes w/ large raisins and an apple slaw.

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Root 246
420 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463

Jul 24, 2009
txantxo in California

Paso Robles must do lunch

In between wine tastings, I would suggest doing what I just did on my quick trip to the Central Coast: stop in to Artisan for lunch and a wonderful bottle of wine. We had the 04 Justin Isoceles (had tried the 05 and 06 before) and amazing, fresh local food and service w/ a smile. ENHOY, I would if I lived closer!

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Artisan
1401 Park St., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Jul 24, 2009
txantxo in California

Good Restaurants on Eight Street between Gables and Downtown Miami

I would agree w/ others that Hy-Vong is a little gem. On 7th (where 8th street is one way) the new Graziano's is worth a visit. I live 2 blocks from the Gables Graziano's and visit regularly. Very diverse menu, food always fresh, well made and service is exceptional.

south beach

I agree. Casale's. service leaves something to be desired, but the food is simple, tasty and it's an appropriate place for kids.

Mexico City Restaurants Re-Open TODAY (May 6, 2009)

will be in DF for one night tonight. any suggestions of any interesting places in polanco? Usually go to jaso when in town but want something different.

May 10, 2009
txantxo in Mexico

Am I the only northerner who misses Cheese-only shops....

awesome! thanks for the info. will check out classes for 09! there's also a place in the Gables, that has cheeses. not an over the top selection, but ok compared to what S Florida has to offer. Gusto Fino, its a little shop on LeJeune and Salzedo (i think) 3 or 4 blocks west of Miracle Mile.

Dec 13, 2008
txantxo in Florida

Terrible attitude at Quattro S Beach

I made res for Halloween thru my VIP Open table acct and specifically requested outdoor seating. I included my cell and asked they contact me if this was not possible so I could make other plans as I have people in town that want to dine and watch costumed passer-byers.

I happen to be on Lincoln Rd and stopped in to confirm my res (last Sunday) and was told by the Maitre'd that outside (40 tables or so) were for friends of the owner only. He offered a window table for 6 so we could see out.

2 days later i got a call w/ more attitude saying outdoor (as per my original request) was unavailable to the "public" and I mentioned that I had stopped in spoken to a specific person and that HE offered window table. She proceeded to rudely tell me that i could not pick a table and that she would not guarantee anything and that we'd get what was available regardless of what I had been told.

I understand the owner wanting to host his friends, but out of courtesy for patrons, this should either be kept quiet (so as to not offend) or posted upfront so that people like myself who have been there more than once, have people in town, make a reservation and later find its too late to get a table at other locations and that they cannot accomodate.

Wonder if they would have this attitude w/ locals mid July/ Aug when the tourists are not here for "season"!?

Am I the only northerner who misses Cheese-only shops....

There's a wine shop on the corner of Sunset Dr (72nd St) and Galloway Rd (87th Ave) called Sunset Corners that has a cheese section. They often have intersting selection. The cheese monger there is very knowledgeable and although its not Artisanal, compared to what we find in S Florida, its a good options. Had a Fresh Burrata from California she had just flown in that was spectacular!

Oct 30, 2008
txantxo in Florida