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Should this vacationer from SF bother with Tropical Chinese?

No. Tropical is decent but given your options around SF, not worth a visit while on vacation. I think it's Taqueria Morelia you mean. I've not been, but suspect you can do better at any number of taquerias in the Mission.

Shorty's is a place whose reputation and longevity are better than the actual food. In Miami, I prefer Sparky's (downtown) for BBQ and prefer Blue Willy's up in Pompano even more (small sample size, but what I had was very good).

Given your interest in old school places, I might suggest Dairy Belle as an addition to your list, a streetside shack type place in Dania with good poutine and sandwiches (it's Quebecois).

Also around the North Beach neighborhood of Miami is a good opportunity to sample a wide swath of Latin American flavors. I see you've already got Moises Bakery on your list, but you could add Buenos Aires Bakery (Argentinian empanadas and churros), Cholo's Grill (Peruvian), Las Perradas de Edgar (Colombian hot dogs), Chivitoteca (Uruguayan sandwiches), Sazon (Cuban), plus Las Vacas Gordas around the corner for Argentinean parrillada, all pretty much in walking distance of each other.

For a little old and new at the same time, you might want to check out the Vagabond on Biscayne Boulevard around 73th Street. The Vagabond is a gorgeous old 50's era motel that's been pretty lovingly restored, and they've just opened a new restaurant inside with some very contemporary (and mostly, very good) food. Also nearby, in another old 50's motel, is Blue Collar, which has hearty, updated diner style food.

Another new restaurant that sort of feels like it has old bones is Mignonette, just up the street from the S&S Diner (just north of downtown). Oyster bar and seafood, and one of my favorite new places in Miami (and same chef/owner as Blue Collar).

Long weekend in Miami Beach coming up

Oolite hits the locavore and veg friendly buttons, Bazaar actually has a lot of veg friendly options, Indomania does a vegetarian rijsttafel, Maoz for fast food (falafel). Also Taquiza for something quick (huitlacoche tacos, rajas tacos, totopos with guacamole, elote).

I haven't been yet, but hear good things about 27 Restaurant in the Freehand, whose menu also has lots of vegetarian options, much with a local tilt. Matador Room (a new Jean-Georges place) is another I've not yet gotten too, but suspect you could put together a good vegetarian meal, menu is sort of in the spirit of his ABC Kitchen in NY.

Aventura, higher end.

Sage are the best bagels in town.

most vegan-friendly city in south Florida?

Others may be able to respond better than myself, but I'm not really convinced there's a "vegan scene" anywhere in South Florida. Having said that, I think Miami is becoming increasingly accommodating to vegan diners.

Off the top of my head, Choices Cafe, Jugofresh, Mi Vida Cafe, are all (I believe) entirely vegan. Basil Park in Sunny Isles has lots of vegan menu items. Green Gables Cafe in Coral Gables also. Oolite in South Beach recently rolled out a vegan tasting menu.

Seeking restaurant near the Adrienne Arsht Center

You've got a lot of good ones there. You could also add to your list:

La Latina - good areperia, relatively close by to Arsht and open till 5am on weekends. On NE 2nd Ave. across from Midtown.

Limon y Sabor - decent Peruvian on Biscayne, open til midnight.

gastroPod - check weekend hours for the Pod 2.0 in Wynwood.

If you're leaving Arsht at 10:30ish, by the time you get car and get out of there you are probably not going to make places around the Gables that close at 11.

Who Is Your Favorite Miami Food Blogger

(blushing) Thanks guys.

As TP notes, there's a column on the right side of FFT where I keep a reading list of other local blogs. I've been meaning to ask the same question, honestly, as I don't go actively searching for new blogs and have been curious if there's anything good I should add to the list.

(Note to Miami food bloggers: this is the perfect opportunity for some graceful self promotion ...)

A few that I do check out:

- I learned just what a valuable resource Burger Beast is when I was on the west coast of FL for a little weekend trip recently. The scope of his coverage - on the opposite coast from his usual turf - was pretty staggering: every slightly interesting looking hole in the wall I'd spot, he'd been to and written about. BB does a good job getting backstory and history on these places.

- is a fun read with some personality and good photo work.

- - infrequent posts and home cooking, not restaurants, but always plenty interesting.

- Personally video isn't my thing (for some reason I just get annoyed watching videos on a computer screen), but I think ChatChow produces nice videos with chef profiles and interviews.

- has several contributors and a variety of content and viewpoints - not just the garden variety press release regurgitation.

- takes some nice photos but doesn't seem to have much content.

That Chowfather guy is a hack, tho. ;-


(edited to add: functioning links, hopefully)

South Beach with kids?

Taquiza is at 15th Street but only about a 10 minute walk from the Setai. Restaurant Michael Schwartz in the Raleigh is between 17th and 18th, even closer - and with lots of outdoor seating is fine with kids (we took a group ranging from under 10 to over 80 there and everyone was happy). The Dutch is closer still, only a block away, and as a hotel restaurant is accustomed to serving all ages.

Can anyone vouch for Sultan, the kebab place around 20th?

I haven't been to BLT Steakhouse in the Betsy in ages, though it was good when I was there. I also haven't eaten on the east end of Lincoln Road in ages, but you've got Rosinella and Paul Bakery both down that way, either of which would be easy with kids.


James Seyba is gone but Sasha Ariel (who had been at Zak the Baker) is in, and has been over there for a little while already. Assuming they get the permitting issues fixed it's still in good hands.

Aventura, higher end.

Concur that there doesn't seem to be much new in that area on the higher end other than Corsair. I suppose there's Ikra, new restaurant by a Ukranian restaurateur in Sunny Isles, but there's nothing on their menu that looks remotely interesting to me. Not exactly high end, more of a mid-market place, but I hear raves about Basil Park (including from Chowpops), a healthy-eating focused sibling to Timo.

There's a new Italian place in Surfside called Tiberio that I've heard some good things about, haven't tried.

Looking for Fresh ramen noodles, Miami/ft lauderdale

In the refrigerator case at Japanese Market on 79th St. Causeway in Miami they have a few varieties of ramen noodles.

Bourbon Steak--Is there a Cut They Specialize in?

My favorite when they have it is the rib-eye cap, which is my favorite cut on the cow. It's not a big steak - usually ~8oz. - but full of flavor (it's the outside part of the ribeye, the "chain" the runs along the top of the rib steak outside the ribbon of fat - also called "deckle" or spinalis dorsi). But that's largely a matter of personal preference.

The burger is indeed excellent too, as it includes the off-cuts from all of their steaks which is some pretty good quality meat.

If you're going solo, it's nice to sit at the bar. Others will have to answer your question regarding cigar lounge (there is, as I recall, a big-screen adjacent to the bar but that's inside an area that is presumably a no smoking zone).

Ironside Pizza

I made a weekend lunchtime visit a couple weeks ago, so it's been verified "on the ground" as well.

Pubbelly Lunch Tripe Alert -SOBE

It's a new era.

Pubbelly Lunch Tripe Alert -SOBE

Please do that thank you.

Cafe Boulud

I have had only good experiences at Cafe Boulud which includes a dinner visit within the past couple months. The menu changes seasonally so it's hard to suggest particular items but I've yet to have a miss there. And yes, it is very much a distinguished Palm Beach crowd.

Hakkasan Miami. Very good even by LA standards.

Wow - I wonder why they don't post that menu on the website. My last lunch visit - which was some time ago - they were only doing prix fixe.

Pubbelly Lunch Tripe Alert -SOBE

I guess I should visit here more often. Missed this.

Miami mega list: feel free to comment! (wall of text!)

You say "the west side of Little Haiti" like that's a terrible thing. It certainly can be a dodgy neighborhood but the same can be said of many other places on this lengthy agenda. If you're heading that way, I also like B&M Market, a Caribbean place on 79th St. near NE 2nd Ave. with good oxtails and curry goat. Since you've got an interest in drinking establishments, Boteco, also on 79th St., may be a draw, a Brazilian place with good caipirinhas and a full menu as well. And, tying in with your interest in architecture, the stretch of Biscayne Boulevard running from about 50th St. to 79th St. includes the Biscayne Boulevard Historic District or "MiMo" ("Miami Modern") district, a stretch of buildings (mostly motels) from the 1950's and 1960's.

Restaurant recs for a long weekend

If you want to be on South Beach and are looking for something kind of fancy, go across the street from 1826 to Bazaar or head up the beach to Michelle Bernstein's new place Seagrape (have a drink in the 1930's Room in back before or after, it's a beautiful space).

There are plenty of Cuban restaurants - if you want an experience, either El Palacio de los Jugos (the original on Flagler) or Versailles are a good call - otherwise, say what neighborhood you plan to be in and folks can try to steer you accordingly. Chef Creole is Haitian, not Cuban.

Coral Gables area Traditional Breakfast place

It is nice that they serve breakfast all day.

One night in Coral Gables?

Haven't been to Jaguar in a long time (you're correct that it's in Coconut Grove not Coral Gables), it is the same owners as Talavera in the Gables but a different menu (Jaguar is more focused on ceviches, Talavera has a more expansive Mexican menu). I prefer Talavera but Jaguar's good.

Coral Gables area Traditional Breakfast place

Cafe Curuba (Ponce & Almeira) is a charming little coffee shop with a short selection of prepared pastries and other stuff. Their coffee comes from Panther Coffee and Counter Culture and they handle it well.

I've not been to Pasion del Cielo (Giralda & Galiano) but it seems to be popular too. Not sure if they have anything to eat there but I'd assume they've got something.

There's also Threefold Cafe on Giralda, which also uses Panther Coffee and has a full breakfast menu including cooked dishes (eggs, waffles). I thought it was kind of expensive ($13 avocado toast!) and only OK, but it was a while ago that I visited and maybe it's improved.

Hakkasan Miami. Very good even by LA standards.

I have not been in some time but their current online menus only list a prix fixe weekend dim sum menu which include about a half dozen dim sum items total. (Neither of the items you ask about are included). During weekdays they are only open for dinner and only have a couple of dim sum "platters" with an assortment of dumplings and the like. Don't know if the situation on the ground is any different.

It's unfortunate - because they do make some exceptionally good dim sum, even though it is astonishingly pricey - but the Miami Hakkasan really is not a dim sum restaurant. It's particularly disappointing to me because the dim sum we had at Hakkasan in London (this was a long time ago, before they started expanding around the globe) was some of the best I've had anywhere.

Miami and Keys Report

So glad you liked B&M Market, I'm a fan too. It is a dodgy looking place in a dodgy neighborhood but they're very nice folks there and the food is good.

Seattle couple coming in February. Need recs

Breakfast at Josh's Deli if you're staying at the St. Regis is a no-brainer. If you don't mind a little ride you can also go up to Sage Deli in Hallandale for bagels (not sure that's worth the cab ride).

Second on sushi at Makoto, which is one of the best places for sushi in Miami and happens to be across the street from St. Regis.

Particularly since you mention oysters & seafood I'd suggest Mignonette - open for lunch and dinner (and Sunday brunch) and very much a non-touristy, locals type place.

I've not been to Yardbird or T&C in a long time and probably should fix that. Joe's is really not very touristy despite being a major tourist destination - there are still plenty of locals who go regularly and if you've never been it is something you ought to do (open for lunch too and probably easier to get into).

For Cuban relatively close by to Bal Harbour, I like Sazon at Collins & 73rd. Nearby there's also Moises Bakery (Venezuelan baked goods), Buenos Aires Bakery (Argentinian baked goods and other stuff), Chivitoteca (Uruguayan sandwiches), La Perrada de Edgar (Colombian hotdogs), Cholo's Grill (Peruvian) if you're looking for local flavor.


No but their website says they're the best in Miami, so they must be.

Or maybe it says they "Were the best in Miami" (but aren't any more), I can't quite make it out.

Need Miami restaurant recommendation

Eating House is another good option if you're looking for something more contemporary that's also in good proximity to the airport. Michael's Genuine is also an easy cab ride from MIA.

Help--12 people need great Italian

Second the recommendation, only thing is it may be tough fitting a group of 12 into Macchialina. Proof may be a better bet and easier access to/from the airport. Short menu but everything I had has been great.

Cantina La Veinte--Brickell

Miami is not known for its Mexican food and it is not exactly a strong suit. But if you're fixated on Mexican ...

For a bare bones taqueria I like Viva Mexico (f/k/a Con Sabor a Mexico Carnitas Estilo Michoacan) on 12th Street. I like some things at Cheen Huaye in North Miami quite a bit (sopa de lima, cochinita pibil). I also think Talavera in Coral Gables does some things pretty well (I like their ceviches and huaraches). I've had some good tacos at Jacalito on 8th Street and it looks like their menu may have expanded since I was last there.

I went for the first time to the newly opened Taquiza on South Beach (15th & Collins) and really enjoyed it: Steve Santana is making his own tortillas from scratch and they're excellent. Choose from a few fillings - carnitas, al pastor, lengua, pollo, barbacoa and huitlacoche - $3 each. Also good, the carne seca (beef jerky) with mole spices, and the guacamole with totopos (a sort of crispy / chewy masa cracker - and yes, they do charge for them).

Coincidentally, I was just at Cantina la Veinte for lunch today - I thought some of the food was pretty good (the cochinita pibil in particular) but, yeah, it is really pricey. On the other hand, the restaurant is genuinely beautiful. I asked for extra tortillas for the pibil and was not charged extra.

I've not explored Homestead myself but likewise hear good things about Taqueria Morelia and a couple other places I can never remember.

Dumpling King in North Miami Beach (near King's Palace)

Thanks for the tip - went for the first time today for lunch (it's Christmas Day, so it's a Jewish tradition). Soup dumplings were not the most delicate casing I've ever had, but far from the worst either, and they were hot and the broth and pork filling were quite tasty. Pan fried pork dumplings were solid too. Little Miss F and I ate so many dumplings that neither of us had any appetite for dinner.