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simple, delicious, local Miami fare

I have not - will have to check it out.

about 7 hours ago
Frodnesor in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

simple, delicious, local Miami fare

I've always been troubled by how to spell "ungepatchked" (not sure that's right, but I know exactly what you mean).

You should check out:
- Oolite (South Beach)
- Mignonette (Edgewater, near downtown)
- Garcia's (on Miami River)
- La Camaronera (on Flagler close to Coral Gables)

I've not been, but I also hear good things about FiFi's on North Beach for a simple seafood place.

South beach this week! Need lounge dinner lounge ideals 40th B-day

The Dutch and 1826 are both very good calls. I actually prefer the bar in the Dutch to the W hotel bar but both are nice. 1826 has a bar/lounge area upstairs from the restaurant too. Regent Cocktail Club in the Gale is a very good classic cocktail bar. Bar Centro on the patio behind Bazaar is also fun. As a plus, all of these are fairly close to each other (The Dutch is a few blocks north but the others are all within about a block of each other).

Kosher restaurant near Miami airport

Your best option may be to head to Zak the Baker in Wynwood, which will be about 15 minutes away. It is a simple place, both food (menu basically consists of a about a half-dozen open face toasts on their excellent bread, a salad and soup of the day, and maybe a few other things) and format (order at the counter, eat at some rustic home-made tables) but everything is really delicious and satisfying.

There are also several places congregated around 41st Street in Miami Beach, which is a pretty straight shot east on the causeway from the airport.

Best Burger Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

I can't even begin to explain it. In a bowl, kind of balanced on top of some french fries.

Best Burger Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

Michael Mina 74 burger gets a serious deduct for being served in a bowl.

Montreal / Quebec City - 5 days - several questions


Quebec City (1): We had a very nice dinner at Legende par la Taniere. Exactly what I was looking for: very local and seasonal focus to the ingredients, done in a contemporary, creative style. With a few exceptions, almost all the menu is available in either 1/2 or full portions so you have a chance to sample a number of dishes. Standout items included a "from the fisherman" platter with about a dozen small samples of various cold seafood items, an elk carpaccio topped with tofu and seabuckthorn ice cream (sounds like a car wreck but it worked), and lamb fries (look it up if you don't know) with fiddlehead ferns and Jerusalem artichokes.

Quebec City (2): We also visited Aux Anciens Canadiens for something more old school. It felt a wee bit hokey, but we weren't completely surrounded by tourists (at least a few tables were speaking French, anyway). I suspect this isn't the best rendition of tourtiere and Quebec meat pie you'll find, but at least now I've tried them (and Quebecois pea soup, and pig knuckle, and meatballs, and salt pork grillades, and baked beans).

We took a brief drive out to Ile d'Orleans and I wished we'd given ourselves more time to spend out there, the area was very charming. As it was, we just let the kids pick strawberries for half an hour and then took off for Montreal.

Montreal (1): We chose Lemeac over L'Express as it was walking distance from where we were staying. Very solid classic French bistro. Smoked herring with potato salad, boudin with apples and celery root puree were both very satisfying. The only sort of miss, surprisingly, was the salmon tartare, which was somewhat bland (there's an option to get it with truffle oil, which we declined, as I usually find most uses of truffle oil sort of overpowering & cloying). Desserts were all very classic and very good (chocolate mousse, creme brulee, rum baba).

Montreal (2): Au Pied de Cochon. Sadly we'd missed the seafood season, which apparently finishes up very early in August, so no plateaus for us this visit. Too bad. I'm sure much has been said on this board about APDC, so I will just add a few hopefully new observations: (1) I don't hear many folks talk about the marinated herring dish there, but we thought it was excellent (I know, who goes to APDC for herring? We were missing the seafood platters desperately). (2) the APDC salad now includes sauteed duck hearts, livers and gizzards, in addition to the brick of pork trotter on top. (3) The $9 smoked meat sandwich "appetizer" special was delicious, and (perhaps needless to say given this is APDC) substantial enough to be a meal itself.

The kids ran out of steam one night and so I did not get to try to fill that "like 400 Coups" slot I'd asked about (we ordered in from Omnivore instead, which was some perfectly serviceable Lebanese food). I was very intrigued by the menu at Le Serpent, though, and would be curious to hear thoughts on it.

As for Portuguese, we didn't get to it this time either, but I did notice that people were lining up at Rotisserie Serrano in Mile End pretty much from the moment it opened, and by the smell emanating from the open door, I could guess why.

As for Portland -> Quebec City, we did not discover much worth eating along that stretch either.

Thanks for the suggestions and insights.

You can see pictures of these meals here:
Legende par la Taniere
Aux Anciens Canadiens
Au Pied de Cochon

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

I should have been more clear: the posts they have put up here on CH do not use my photos - others on their website do.

Aug 20, 2014
Frodnesor in Site Talk

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

I see. Well, while I'd welcome more participation from actual industry insiders, these particular posts are not from an "industry insider" of any type. Although their username and the name of their website is "Miami Food Reviews," their website is used almost exclusively to post material written by the restaurants themselves, press releases, and verbatim quotes from restaurant websites. It's pretty much the definition of spam.

They also use content that doesn't belong to them, as at least two of the photos used on their website are mine, for which they do no not have permission. I've now also confirmed that they have posts which falsely claim to have been authored by Melissa Clark (the cookbook writer and NY Times columnist).

Now they're using Chowhound as a platform to republish that material - which is not in any way an opinion or discussion - and it seems the answer from Chowhound is "we don't care" (I flagged their posts as spam days ago - they remain up, though one of my comments in response was deleted).

More participation from industry insiders would be a great thing. This has nothing to do with that ostensible goal. If Chowhound wants to become a bulletin board for posting press releases, that's about the last thing I need to read more of, and will probably be the end of my participation in and visiting of this site.

Mignonette - Miami

I second this on all fronts. Paid my first visit for lunch Saturday, ate oysters in just about every form possible (raw, rockefeller, bienville, and oyster loaf) and everything was great. The peel & eats were excellent - wild Florida shrimp, not overcooked into pencil erasers. I'm with you on the heads-on thing, but even with that knock, these were still some of the best I've had.

Looking forward to getting back for a dinner soon.

Some pics here:

Black Brick

I can only speak from (very limited) experience about Japan, but I think you're absolutely right that there's much more of a sense of "plying a craft" there. But I also think you can literally count on your two hands the number of independent Miami restaurateurs getting rich in the restaurant biz - and that is probably overstating it.

While I'm sure most people who open restaurants here hope to make lots of money from it, I also think (with some exceptions) that most places peg their prices at what they need to in order to cover their costs, repay their investors, make a living, and (hopefully) stay in business - not what they might want in order to buy Maseratis and luxury yachts. Indeed, few have the market clout to do otherwise.

Do I wish Miami was a place where you could consistently find great $10 meals in pleasant, stylish surroundings? Absolutely. I just don't know if that's realistic. But I tend to throw my support to the places that at least come close.

Black Brick

Probably almost exactly the same as you'd pay anywhere else you got a $15 3-course or dim sum set lunch, had a drink and tipped 20%. Isn't that kind of the nature of dining out? Are there cities that don't charge you for drinks or don't expect you to tip?

Even without the set menu, most apps run $7-10 and most mains are in the $15-20 range except for seafood items. For a city that was just reported to have the 14th highest real estate values in the world, that seems pretty midrange to me (and not remotely different from any number of other cities I've recently visited).

Is it more expensive than a hole in the wall Chinese restaurant? Sure. But it's in Midtown, your elbows won't stick to the table, and you're going to get sustainably farmed Laughing Bird shrimp instead of from some dingy Thai factory farm using slave labor. Sometimes those things are worth a couple bucks.

Montreal / Quebec City - 5 days - several questions

I'm in the end stages of planning a 5 day visit to Montreal & Quebec City (3 days in the former, 2 in the latter). We were just in Montreal last summer, so to calibrate I can tell you what we liked and not:

- Au Pied de Cochon - epic meal, mostly centered around a gigantic seafood platter.
- Les 400 Coups - another really good meal - this was before Jette and Demers left.
- Lawrence - nice brunch, not exceptional, but don't know that we got a full feel for the place from what we ordered.
- Le Filet - disappointing. Had about a half-dozen dishes, nearly all of them the seafood was overwhelmed by the sauces.
- Schwartz's, St. Viateur - Institutions worthy of the title.

So here are my questions:
- Is the summer seafood thing still going on at APDC or is it already over? I just took a look at the online menu and didn't see the seafood platters listed, which would be a crushing disappointment.
- Other recommendations of the same ilk as 400 Coups? i.e., contemporary in style with local, seasonal ingredients, in a place that has a not overly fussy vibe? I've currently got Au Cinquieme Peche, Chez l'Epicier, Hotel Herman, Tripes & Caviar and Tuck Shop on my list. Tripes & Caviar really intrigues me, but may be a bit extreme for the rest of the family.
- Classic French bistro: Lemeac or L'Express or does one not particularly stand out over the other?
- Maison Publique? Should I put this in the contemporary category, the classic bistro category, or another, and would you pick it over any of the other places I've mentioned?
- Portuguese: our last visit to Montreal I was intrigued to see several Portuguese restaurants. Did a little research and turned up Helena and Ferreira as apparent front-runners (and also interested in Ferreira sibling Taverne F). Are any (or others) so good that you'd recommend over the other places above?
- (I should note: so far not been able to get a reservation at any of the Joe Beef places; based on our disappointing experience at Le Filet, have crossed Le Club Chasse et Peche off our list, which seems oft-recommended)
- In Quebec City, our current game plan is to do one night at either Legende or Chez Boulay, and the other night at L'Affaire est Ketchup or Patente et Machin. For lunches, was considering Aux Anciens Canadiens (about which opinion seems to be mixed) and Le Lapin Saute. Other suggestions welcomed.
- Is there anything good for lunch on the way between Portland Maine and Quebec City (i.e. along Route 73 and 173)?

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.

Black Brick

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

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
Frodnesor in Florida


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


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

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.

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.

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.

Dim sum.

Not authentic compared to what?

8th grade graduation lunch on South Beach midweek

Do you have any business relationship with them?

South Beach with my 87 year old Dad (who has celiac disease)

Do you have any business relationship with them?

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.

They're a slightly bigger operation.

Dade/Broward multigenerational lunch

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)
Bar Meli

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.

restaurant seeker


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.

Group dinner in South Beach.....Suggestions?

This is a duplicate of another thread:
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.