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Oolite Restaurant - New from Kris Wessel - SoBe near Lincoln Road

In addition to those items already mentioned, I really enjoyed the snapper crudo w pepitas & litchis. And yes, it's great to see the BBQ shrimp back in action. Very solid cocktails at the bar, too.

Jul 22, 2014
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Black Brick

Those lobster dumplings with the fenugreek drawn butter are pretty awesome.

Jul 22, 2014
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Anyone know of a good Moroccan restaurant in South Florida?

I think Moroccan Nights in Surfside closed years ago. I recently had a surprisingly good meal at Fez on EspaƱola Way in South Beach (surprising because I'd long ago given up on finding good food on EspaƱola Way). Menu has lots of modernized touches and most of what I had was very well done.

Jul 22, 2014
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1826

Only once for a relatively small sample at the bar, but what I had was mostly very good. Definitely worth a try.

Jul 22, 2014
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Rabbit

You'll sometimes find it in the freezer case at Epicure, Whole Foods, and even Publix occasionally.

Jul 22, 2014
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Must Eats in Miami

Yakko San is a favorite of mine but doesn't fit your desire to stay near the hotel / convention center area.

In downtown area my top suggestion right now, particularly given your guidelines, would be Niu Kitchen. I've only been once, but was very impressed (and others who have been have had consistently good reports). Catalan place, just opened this past month, small (maybe 25-30 seats), short menu, very reasonably priced, and great food.

Also downtown and fitting your request: Nemesis, another small, quirky place with great food - a bit pricier but not outrageous.

A little further north in Wynwood, might want to hit Zak the Baker for breakfast or lunch. Primarily a bread baker but there's a short menu of different things on toast, a salad, a soup and maybe a couple other things - everything I've had has been just delicious. Not open Saturday (it's kosher).

Also in Wynwood you might want to check out Kush, a burger joint type place. I've not been, but they're the same folks who opened Lokal in Coconut Grove which gets pretty good reviews.

Just a bit further north is Midtown and the Design District where there are several options. Sakaya Kitchen for counter service Asian fusion w fresh ingredients (I'm a big fan of the crackling duck sandwich, the banh mi buns, and the kalbi "chunk'd" tater tots), and the chef/owner recently opened a more straight Chinese place (w table service) across the street, BlackBrick, which is another favorite of mine. Next door, Salumeria 104 is solid for Italian and pretty reasonably priced (almost nothing over $20).

In Design District, Michael's Genuine is a classic and also not outrageously expensive. More casual is their pizza place Harry's Pizzeria around the corner. I also like Oak Tavern nearby. Also close by, Mandolin Aegean Bistro for very good Greek/Turkish food (mostly outdoor seating).

For places nearby the convention that will open up a lot of South Beach options, you may want to search "budget South Beach" or something similar as there are several posts on the subject on this board. Quickly off the top of my head, and focusing on lunch options since you'll be there during the day, may want to check out Hua Hua's Tacos, the very recently opened Oolite right across from convention center (chef used to be at Red Light, a long-time favorite of mine), Chalan on the Beach, Pubbelly Sushi and PB Steak. Plus Shake Shack on Lincoln Road is always good.

Jul 04, 2014
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One night in South Beach

If you're Southern you will not likely be moved by Yardbird's shtick.

Memorable? I'd probably start with Bazaar. Pubbelly can be a lot of fun, not as upscale. The Dutch does some very good food, maybe not as unique an experience as Bazaar. Macchialina if you like Italian. Milos for very good (and very expensive) Mediterranean seafood.

Jul 02, 2014
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South Beach with my 87 year old Dad (who has celiac disease)

I've described the Dutch before as a place where people wear t-shirts and jeans, but they cost $200. It is a bit scene-y, but not so much out on the back terrace, which is a nice place for a meal. I like the Dutch - quite a bit - but it is kind of pricey, and I can see someone of a certain generation having a bit of sticker shock looking at the menu.

Jun 13, 2014
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Dim sum.

Not authentic compared to what?

Jun 11, 2014
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8th grade graduation lunch on South Beach midweek

Do you have any business relationship with them?
http://www.miamiculinarytours.com/tou...

Jun 11, 2014
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South Beach with my 87 year old Dad (who has celiac disease)

Do you have any business relationship with them?
http://www.miamiculinarytours.com/tou...

Jun 11, 2014
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Blue Willie's BBQ

FWIW, Katz's in NY say they brine their corned beef for 4 weeks and the pastrami for 2-4 weeks.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/ho...

They're a slightly bigger operation.

Jun 10, 2014
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Dade/Broward multigenerational lunch

BlackBrick
Blue Collar (well, they often have gargantuan portions, but that shouldn't be a strike against them)
Indomania (check to make sure they're open, they usually close at some point over the summer)
Macchialina
Bar Meli

Jun 10, 2014
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South Beach with my 87 year old Dad (who has celiac disease)

Milos is probably a good call, especially if you've confirmed his dress-up outfit as you've described passes their muster. The food is already very simple (not a slight) and doesn't need much. And you've gotten some good advice about their lunch and early-bird specials (and potentially prohibitive pricing otherwise).

As an alternate I might also suggest Restaurant Michael Schwartz in the Raleigh. It's quieter and more peaceful than most South Beach places, nice seating indoors and out, and I'm sure they'd accommodate a request to make something plain for Dad.

Jun 10, 2014
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restaurant seeker

Move?

May 21, 2014
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Wynwood Recs, Please

A strong second for lunch at Zak the Baker. Very short menu - basically a handful of various things on toast (their bread is the real draw), a soup of the day, a salad or two - but it's super tasty and refreshing. And a +1 for Panther as well - world class coffee place, and they're now carrying True Loaf baked goods too. I've not tried Kush yet but hear good things. Unfortunately both of these are more daytime places than evening, and it sounds like you were looking for evening places.

May 21, 2014
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Group dinner in South Beach.....Suggestions?

This is a duplicate of another thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/976133
where I already responded.

As for the suggestion of Michael's Genuine, you could get a group of 16 into the second dining room space - not sure you'd even have to buy out the whole room for a group that size - but for a group dinner given what you've described, I'd just as soon stay on South Beach and go to the Raleigh.

May 20, 2014
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Looking for 'Locals' Restos with Good Food

Do the calzone at Lucali - it's more budget friendly, it's a good portion for one person, and it's possibly better than the pizza.

May 19, 2014
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Group dinner in South Beach... Suggestions?

Assuming you want to stay in South Beach, I'd suggest the Dutch or the Raleigh - both have beautiful outdoor areas (that are still relatively cool), enough space to handle a group, and very good food.

May 19, 2014
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Where can I get Stone crabs in Miami Beach besides Joe's (who served me frozen claws twice)?

They serve stone crabs the day BEFORE season opens. It seems to me the two alternatives are either (1) they are breaking the law; or (2) they are serving last year's claws.

May 03, 2014
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Chinese Food Reception - Where in SoFla?

I would check out Pine Court Chinese Bistro in Sunrise, in the same plaza as the New York Mart. I've only been once but had a good meal there. It's big enough to accommodate though you may have to buy it out for the night.

May 03, 2014
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Where can I get Stone crabs in Miami Beach besides Joe's (who served me frozen claws twice)?

I kind of doubt Joe's is buying pre-frozen crabs, but I have little doubt that they freeze their own, and that those frozen crabs make their way on to some platters. They have a charity event called "Claws for a Cause" every year the day before season opens - so what, exactly, could they be using other than last years' frozen claws?

And this purely anecdotal, but when I've occasionally gotten a "dud" claw in a batch (watery, clingy meat, muted flavor), it tends to be early in the season - when I suspect they are probably mixing some frozen ones in with the fresh until supply is at full capacity.

May 03, 2014
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Fun Place for daughters 23rd B-day. Have resv at Barton Gs.

I normally have high regard for LargeLife's opinions, but must diverge here. I've only been to Barton G once, and none of the food was particularly good and some was actively bad.

Bazaar is an excellent suggestion. Fun atmosphere, clever presentations, and the food is excellent too. Don't miss the liquid nitrogen caipirinhas to start, and the paletas (which come in a big ice bucket) to finish.

Apr 25, 2014
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Crawfish a new contender in town

It would appear to be this place, called The Hot Pot:
http://southflorida.menupages.com/res...

Apr 25, 2014
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Foodie Visitors love to Eat: Love to hear your suggestions.

Apr 24, 2014
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Looking for 'Locals' Restos with Good Food

Sunset Harbour is ground zero for good eating on South Beach these days - the Pubbelly places are solid (my favorites are Pubbelly and PB Steak, but I enjoy Pubbelly Sushi too when in the right frame of mind) and are geared toward locals not tourists. Sardinia is also very good, and there's a new Panther Coffee there too. Burger & Beer Joint is OK.

I just went to Oliver's Bistro for the first time recently (not my choice) and it was not as bad as I expected for a place whose menu ranges includes escargot, satay chicken, hummus, shrimp tacos, lasagna, madras chicken curry & beef bourguignone. I would not choose to go back but it does seem to have a local following (especially for brunch).

A bit more upmarket on South Beach, and not so much locals' haunts (but still very good), I like Bazaar and the Dutch; Milos has good food but is phenomenally expensive.

Outside South Beach, your best dining destination is probably Design District / Midtown: Michael's Genuine (a place with a national reputation but still very much a local following), Harry's Pizzeria, Oak Tavern, MC Kitchen, Sugarcane, BlackBrick, Salumeria 104, Bocce Bar; also just north of the Design District is Mandolin Aegean Bistro. Most of these places are places where you can very comfortably eat at the bar.

Further up Biscayne Boulevard there's Blue Collar, The Federal, and Michy's (more upscale but one of the best restaurants in town), I also like Bar Meli around the corner on 79th St. (same owner as the now closed Anise Taverna and Ouzo).

Apr 23, 2014
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When does Lucali open in Miami and where?

And Tripadvisor is useless. Just a note: Lucali is not cheap - I think the prices have dropped some, but a plain pie used to be $26 (but at least is big enough to feed 2 people); by comparison especially, the calzone is an incredible bargain.

Apr 23, 2014
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HAND ROLLED BAGELS

Sage is the best. And Einstein's really are even more terrible than the average terrible bagel. They are so flabby that even when they're toasted they're still all floppy.

Apr 23, 2014
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HAND ROLLED BAGELS

Try going a little further south to Josh's Deli in Bal Harbour - hand rolled and he's recently installed a wood burning oven to bake where they're baked.

Apr 23, 2014
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Coral Gables area Traditional Breakfast place

Though I've heard on and off that Bread & Butter is doing breakfast, I'm not convinced it's actually happening (or is happening consistently) - I've been by there weekday mornings anyway and it's not open. Think they must just be doing a Sunday brunch.

Apr 22, 2014
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