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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.

about 3 hours ago
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15 Steps Brunch

Good timing: a write-up of the new place from Miami New Times:

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shorto...

about 18 hours ago
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15 Steps Brunch

I've not been since 15 Degrees became 15 Steps, and there's no menu posted online, but it looks like it's still a "farm to table" concept, and FWIW, the new chef - Jeremy Ford - had been at James Dean Max's 3030 Ocean, which is also where the former chef Paula DaSilva was before opening 15 Degrees (and, as it turns out, where she's now gone back).

It'd be nice if someone could make a diagram of that.

1 day ago
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Miami Street Food?

This is probably your best resource on Miami food trucks:

http://miamifoodtrucks.com/

I'm not sure how recently the "active" food truck list has been updated - I know that I see some on there that are no longer in existence.

I've also done this list of twitter accounts, which I know hasn't been updated for some time (but for the most part, if they're still tweeting they're likely still in action):

https://twitter.com/frodnesor/lists/m...

Unlike some cities where the trucks operate independently with their own locations, Miami's tend to be found in "gatherings". Upcoming events are also listed on the "Miami Food Trucks" website I linked to above.

There aren't a lot of markets of the type you're thinking of that have food stalls, but you may enjoy Palacio de los Jugos in Miami (go to the original one on Flagler, there are several spin-offs), and the Yellow Green Market in Hollywood.

Apr 17, 2014
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Miami with Kids!

"overpriced for meh food" is a perfectly apt description of Barton G. Prime Italian isn't that great either - if you're set on going, be advised that portion sizes are tremendous (which I guess makes up for the price point some) and the kids should definitely consider sharing.

Good suggestions from CF and TP. All of the Pubbelly places (Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi, PB Steak) probably particularly good.

If you're looking for something a bit more upscale (since you've got Prime Italian and Barton G on your list) I might suggest instead Restaurant Michael Schwartz at the Raleigh Hotel. We just had a very nice meal there with a big family group, the outdoor seating on the back patio is kid-friendly, and they even had a kids' menu for the younger members of our party.

Apr 15, 2014
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Need to plan a very nice 25 person dinner in Miami

On South Beach I'd consider the Dutch (patio is great for a big group), Tongue & Cheek (may be too big for their private room but they could probably still set you up), Estiatorio Milos (if price really is not a huge concern, as it can be very expensive; they've got a nice private room that could probably accommodate). It's not a huge place, but you might check with PB Steak too to see if they could fit your group.

If you're willing to go back to the mainland, check on buying out the second room at Michael's Genuine. I'd also look into DB Bistro or Edge Steak in the Four Seasons.

Apr 09, 2014
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dolci di sicilia

Somehow missed this thread but this place is very good and perilously close to my house.

Apr 03, 2014
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La Caja China Pig Roast - First Timer Advice Needed

Haven't used them myself, but looks like these folks will rent a caja china:

http://www.cachepartyrental.net/cooking.php

Alternatively, I've never done it myself but I've seen home-made cinder-block caja china type setups, and this looks like how it's done:

http://globetrotterdiaries.com/recipe...

Mar 30, 2014
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South Beach Breakfast / Brunch on Weekday?

I went to Front Porch a couple years ago and thought it had declined from what it had been years before then.

Mar 30, 2014
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Miami/SoBe: any don't-miss NOT fine dining but great food?

Thanks for the follow-up, always good to hear back from visitors. But ...

1. Joe's Stone Crab went through one substantial remodel / expansion several years ago, but looks pretty much exactly the same as it has for as long as I've been going (and from everything I've seen, looked much the same for several decades prior). It probably looks like the one in Chicago because the one in Chicago was designed to look like the original here. If it looks "chain-y", it's because chain restaurants (steakhouses like Morton's come to mind) have tried to duplicate that look. But Joe's (Miami anyway) is the real deal.

2. Were you splitting one order of crabs between two people? If so, I'm not sure I'd call that "supplementing a larger order" to get another 1/2 order.

3. If someone sneezed ON your food, sure; but otherwise, I can't understand why a restaurant owes you anything - whether a "gesture" or a free dessert - because a diner at another table has a sneezing fit. Are they supposed to bring a dessert to everyone at the 10 tables around this guy too?

4. "when I mentioned I'd probably be talking about it online" - ugh. Talk about icky factor.

5. The key lime pie IS frozen before serving. Though I agree sometimes it's a little too frozen.

Mar 12, 2014
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Cafe Boulud

That seems extremely unlikely as the website is still up and the sous chef is still tweeting dishes from Cafe Boulud as of a week ago.

Mar 10, 2014
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Miami/SoBe: any don't-miss NOT fine dining but great food?

Universally recommended is probably overstating it as to Puerto Sagua. It's the Cuban equivalent of a greasy spoon diner.

The food at News Cafe was never particularly great in the first place and went downhill many years ago. Though I stopped going with any regularity a long time ago, I was there once within the past couple years and it was as mediocre as ever. The people-watching as between Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive is roughly equivalent - and the "beach view" from News Cafe may be somewhat overstated. With Ocean Drive plus a wide paved boardwalk between the hotels and the beach, you don't actually see that much, if any, of the beach from the Cafe.

Mar 07, 2014
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Cafe Boulud

I've not been often, but have been a few times over the past several years and it's consistently very good and certainly one of my favorites in Palm Beach.

Mar 07, 2014
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Upscale Cuban restaurant in Miami or Miami Beach?

Good to hear a good report on OLA, it's been off my radar for a long time now but was great for a time several years ago. The raspado de pato was one of my favorite dishes for a while.

Oddly, there is nothing on the website now indicating it's a Douglas Rodriguez place. Instead it talks about Horacio Rivadero, who is one of his disciples - and who recently opened The District in the Buena Vista neighborhood. Presumably D-Rod is no longer involved in it.

Mar 03, 2014
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Lorenzo - SOBE

Which makes the rush to publish a review rather puzzling. But this of course a more general issue with the newspapers pushing to review earlier and earlier in order to compete with other outlets instead of trying to distinguish themselves by being more reliable and authoritative. The restaurant will not get re-reviewed, and so that will basically stand as the Herald's review of it, even though it may not be representative of the experience in 3 months.

Mar 01, 2014
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Best Bunch Places in Miami

I don't know that Perricone's is overrated, since I don't hear many people raving about it, but maybe I'm not looking in the same places.

Anyway ... Michael's Genuine does an excellent brunch and when it's not too warm it's nice to sit out on the patio (though all the Design District construction puts something of a damper on that). I also think PB Steak on the Beach does a good brunch. Eating House in Coral Gables is a lot of fun. Other places to consider would include Zuma (never been but hear good things for those who like the expensive but AYCE style rather than a la carte); Edge Steak in the Four Seasons; Josh's Deli in Surfside; Blue Collar on Biscayne; the Federal, also on Biscayne; Tongue & Cheek on the Beach.

Feb 12, 2014
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Group Dinner - Hollywood down to SoBe

Bourbon Steak in Aventura does a great job with those kind of things, they've got a couple very nice private rooms.

Feb 11, 2014
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Just Moved to Miami Shores, looking for best foodie finds in the area

I live very close to D'bella and we get delivery from them every once in a while but it's nothing special.

From the Shores I would go north to King's County Pizza in NMB.

Feb 11, 2014
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Hand Sliced Nova/Really Good Jewish Appetizing

Josh's Deli in Surfside cures all their own fish and slices to order. Selection (other than smoked salmon) varies. No place else like it.

Other than them, I think everyone buys their stuff from Acme. Sage Deli in Hallandale, Epicure Market (Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, and now Coral Gables) slice to order. Sage has the full selection of usual Jewish deli stuff (salmon, sable, whitefish, chubs, etc.).

Feb 11, 2014
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Food recs near Fontainebleau, one nice, one casual

Forge is still open and just brought in a new chef, Christopher Lee from NY. They did a major decor overhaul a few years ago (still over the top, just in a different way now) as well as a menu overhaul with Dewey Losasso. Dewey left just a short time ago (for Acqualina in Sunny Isles).

Feb 11, 2014
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aventura, hollywood, hallandale--south beach--reasonable--fresh--

The Whole Foods in North Miami (Biscayne near 125th) seems to be better kept than the Aventura one.

Couldn't disagree more on the latter point. Josh's Deli makes everything in house, from the cured fish to the pastrami & corned beef to the mustard. The smoked salmon is excellent, and I like his pastrami too (much more so than the same packaged stuff you'll find at every other Jewish deli). The corned beef I find better in the hash than on its own. He just recently started doing dinner a few nights a week with a menu that sort of uses traditional deli dishes and ingredients as a jumping off point - I particularly liked the pastrami tartare and the sauteed "chopped" liver on rye toast.

Feb 01, 2014
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Black Brick

Noodles don't travel particularly well. You'll want to get the egg rolls out of the box so they don't steam and get soggy. Everything else out to do pretty well.

Jan 31, 2014
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Food recs near Fontainebleau, one nice, one casual

For more casual options I'd suggest heading north to the North Beach area around 71st Street & Collins. Here's an earlier post with several suggestions:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9061...

Jan 30, 2014
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Best Pervian, talking hot green sauce and rotisserie chicken? Aventura vicinity

La Granja is definitely Peruvian style rotisserie chicken - though I've not tried and can't speak to whether it's any good.

Jan 29, 2014
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Best Pervian, talking hot green sauce and rotisserie chicken? Aventura vicinity

I've been struggling to fill the same hole since Edy's Chicken & Steak closed years ago near my home.

Jan 28, 2014
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aventura, hollywood, hallandale--south beach--reasonable--fresh--

I've never had the shrimp curry at Yakko-San (and I have made it a personal mission to try everything on the menu, so thanks for that reminder) - but I suspect it is like the katsu curry, made in a thick sauce using a (typically fairly mild) Japanese curry mix.

For me, the shrimp dish to get there is the shrimp chili sauce, which are fried (but not heavily battered) and then coated in a sticky red chili sauce, served over crispy noodles.

Jan 27, 2014
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Upscale Cuban restaurant in Miami or Miami Beach?

Versailles is not a hole in the wall, but it's also not what I'd consider a white-tablecloth place. Yes it's got mirrors and chandeliers everywhere, but it's also got formica tables and paper placemats and laminated plastic menus. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just not sure it's what OP is looking for.

Jan 23, 2014
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MIAMI/SOUTH BEACH MUST TRY RESTAURANTS

Well done.

Jan 19, 2014
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Upscale Cuban restaurant in Miami or Miami Beach?

I really like what they're doing at Bread & Butter in Coral Gables. I've only been for lunch, and they have a somewhat more expansive dinner menu. It's not super fancy - more gastropub than white tablecloth - but it's modern and contemporary in style (both atmosphere and food) but still very much grounded in Cuban cuisine.

Otherwise, I've not been in ages, but there was a time that Ola on Miami Beach would fit the bill.

Jan 16, 2014
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What to Order at Bazaar?

That is so great to hear. Glad you enjoyed.

The greens dish must have been the brussel sprouts, which come with a very assertive lemon puree.

Jan 15, 2014
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