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15 Steps Brunch

I have not been but I believe 15 steps is a new concept that replaced 1500 degrees. The main chef of 1500 degrees is not associated with 15 steps.

1 day ago
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best Pasta Miami Beach/South Beach

You have been to the places with the best pasta. My personal favorites are scarpetta and macchialina. The new black spaghetti clams is particularly good at macchialina. I also have come to appreciate the mushroom pasta they have had on the menu forever.

I did really like the carbonara dish at restaurant Michael Schwartz but still think the ones I mentioned above are the champs.

Apr 18, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

PB Steak or Macchialina

Macchialina

Apr 13, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Xi'An Famous Foods

+ 1 on Cumin Lamb without spice. I can't even imagine it...

Apr 10, 2014
tpigeon in Manhattan

Need to plan a very nice 25 person dinner in Miami

I would do the Dutch.

Apr 09, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Miami with Kids!

I would add Pubbelly to the mix as well. Normally, I wouldn't for the kids but they have excellent hamburgers and hot dogs on the menu right now, plus the mcbelly sandwich on the regular menu would probably appeal to them as well.

Lucali is a particularly great place to take the kids as the nutella pizza is killer and they have an open area where the kids can watch how the pizza gets made (lots of kids are fascinated by this, I see them standing around watching the pizza get made all the time).

PB Steak, Lucali and Pubbelly are all in the same area and you have the option of going to Emack and Bolio's for some very good ice cream afterwards as well...

Apr 06, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

South Beach Breakfast / Brunch on Weekday?

I went to the front porch café recently and thought it declined from what it was years ago.

Mar 29, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

South Beach Breakfast / Brunch on Weekday?

Best bet is probably the Dutch. Never been for breakfast but they have a great pastry chef. It also does the hip thing as it is a good place to be during WMC.

Mar 28, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

SoBe Gourmet Basket Delivery?

Nevermind. Laduree does not ship. Misread your post.

Mar 17, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

SoBe Gourmet Basket Delivery?

Macarons from Laduree. I know it is not a diverse food basket but that would make a great gift.

Mar 16, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Will be in So. Beach week of St. Patrick's day....

Good choices. At PB steak Get the tartare sliders and ceviche taquitos. For a main I would go with the bacon chop over the steak, or if you want fish, the black cod miso (just like nobu's but cheaper).

Mar 14, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Will be in So. Beach week of St. Patrick's day....

I would do Scarpetta or Cypress over any of those. If you do Scarpetta, I would not do Macchialina on the same trip.

Mar 13, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Will be in So. Beach week of St. Patrick's day....

Problem is you said you went to a bunch of places and we have no Idea where you have been.

Mandolin is very good, Yardbird is good but overrated, I already recommended Macchialina, and Blue Collar is very good. Mandolin is a casual place not special occasion...cypress room is more special occasion.

Mar 13, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

Joe's must have been laughing at the online threat. Talk about a place completely immune to yelp reviews...

Mar 13, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Will be in So. Beach week of St. Patrick's day....

Get the calzone at lucali and go to macchialina. There is now a Restaurant Michael Schwartz on the beach and the Cypress Room (Design District) is Michael Schwartz's new high end place. If you want to hit midtown, I would do Blackbrick (new Chinese place very good).

Mar 12, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

I am going to have to disagree on the people watching. There is no equivalent of a segafredo or doraku during happy hour on ocean drive as far as people watching goes. While Lincoln road has declined, there are some pretty good spots left.

Mar 07, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

Just don't go there with overly high expectations. Puerto Sagua is good but probably won't knock your socks off.

Mar 06, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Miami Brunch on a Budget

Can't go wrong there...

Mar 03, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lucali

Yes, for takeout it is a no brainer. The pizza deteriorates while the calzone actually improves. The sauce destroys the pizza crust...

Mar 03, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Laduree Coming to SOBE

Expensive, but really great.

Mar 02, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lucali

I have come to the conclusion that the calzone is better than the pizza. I find myself ordering the calzone almost every time now.

Needless to say it is a much better value than the pizza. It is a great bargain in what can be considered an otherwise expensive place.

Mar 02, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

18% Gratuity Included...Wha???

Many European and Latin American tourists don't pay tips because it is not done in their respective countries. So most of the places that are tourist dependent charge the 18% automatically because of this as they get a lot of these tourists.

Mar 02, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

News Café was never good in the first place, pretty much the same as all their restaurants. There is no reason to revisit it. Doing so is masochistic.

Mar 01, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

Sorry, just assumed it as it is what most people rave about there. A bad assumption on my part.

Mar 01, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Miami Brunch on a Budget

In SOBE:

You can try Restaurant Michael Schwartz on the beach -- never been -- heard good things but don't think their brunch has the all you can drink mimosas. It is a great place to go on a Sunday.

Barceloneta and PB Steak have great brunches and outdoor seating but I don't think the outdoor seating is an amazing experience at either spot. Barceloneta does have an all you can drink offer PB steak does not.

The standard qualifies as a cool place with decent food to hang out on a Sunday but serves a regular lunch menu.

Mar 01, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

Funny, I thought the same of Yardbird's chicken...

Feb 28, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

No worries.

Feb 28, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

If the OP is set on doing the art deco, Yardbird is a bit far. Joe's takeout is an option but can be expensive (not if you get the fried chicken though, it is an incredible bargain).

Puerto Sagua is Cuban, cheap and good and is right in the art deco district by the shopping so if your heart is set on Cuban and art deco, look no further. It is kind of a hole in the wall though.

BTW Susabella, I am not sure if you are referring to CF's Michael Schwartz rec when talking about the design district, but in case you are, he is referring to the newer Restaurant Michael Schwartz on the beach, not his DD restaurant.

Feb 28, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

So you pick a place with mediocre food in the middle of ocean drive with nothing but tourists?

To the OP. If you want to be in the art deco area, eat at Puerto Sagua or Otentic and walk around the area afterwards. You can even stroll on the beach.

Feb 27, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

Superior food and superior people watching.

Feb 26, 2014
tpigeon in Miami - Fort Lauderdale