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Driving from Orlando to Vero Beach - anywhere work a stop along the way?

There's Amici's in Melbourne off Exit 191, Wickham Road, about a 1/2 mile east of I-95 on your left. There are a number places in Melbourne a little further down. You can google Melbourne restaurants. But nearer I-95 you'll fine mostly chains. And Do NOT take the Turnpike down to Vero Beach, nothing along that route at all.

Jan 22, 2015
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Miami mega list: feel free to comment! (wall of text!)

I didn't see Puerto Sagua or Abuela's Kitchen on your SoBe list for Cuban food. These aren't high end, just good honest food. If you're in Wynwood area, drop by the Wynwood Brewery for their highly praised craft brews.


It's been a while since I've walked along the malecon there and places have come and gone in the meantime. For example Fernando's 100% Agave, one of the better places to go for anything, is no longer around. Most of the places along the malecon are geared toward what can best be described as passable tourist-Mex because they cater to cruise ship passengers down for the day for the beach and familiar bar food. You can check out the Krazy Lobster in the Playa Beach Club, if it's still around. Or Oxtanah on the south side of Calle Sierra and the malecon. Both have(had) good ceviche and will do whole fried fish. For an A.I.on the malecon for the day, Nohoch Kay is a place to consider. But you have to book through a 3rd party service and the number of guests per day is limited. Jaime used to have a great seafood restaurant up in Play del Carmen and he's a great host/chef. If available he'll get you a whole fish prepped correctly.

Jan 05, 2015
crewsweeper in Mexico

Gainesville Christmas dinner

The Gainesville Sun's on line edition has a listing of places open on Christmas.


Based on that list, I'd say Albert's in the University Hilton would be your best bet. Couple of Chinese places open with regular menus if you wish to do your own "Christmas Story" :)

Dec 23, 2014
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Fort Lauderdale short visits

Yes, if you're staying anywhere along SE17th, CFB's links are good ones. A lot of cruisers enjoy Kelly's Landing. It's got a bit of a New England vibe to it. Additionally, Tom Jenkins BBQ is very close by. And if you're looking to bring a couple of bottles of wine on board, Total Wine is located in the Harbor Shops off SE 20th.

Starbucks crumb topped coffee cake - what happened???

I noticed that the sizes of the scones and other pastries seem smaller as well. Not quite the "mini" but no more than 3 bites to finish. And the prices on some items are higher than before. No more Grande and scone/coffee cake for under $5.

Dec 18, 2014
crewsweeper in Chains

Need to buy a fully cooked paleta (smaller/front leg roast) for December 24th in Miami

Would the Butcher Shop on Dixie Highway in Pinecrest/Palmetto area either have the cut or know who can roast one for you?

Or contact Three Guys from Miami via email and see if they know anyone or perhaps are taking orders.

I think Casavana Catering offers one as part of a packaged Christmas meal. Not sure if that'd work for you.

Rogue Hot Stout

These things aren't beer, in the more traditional way we think of beer...they're more like mixology and alchemy style cocktails all the rage for people who'd never drink a true Manhattan or Martini. Creativity leads to improvements and change for some things but fails miserably most of the time.

Dec 03, 2014
crewsweeper in Beer

Budweiser loses out to craft beer in US

It seems like Bud and Miller and Coors own attempts to capture a segment of the craft beer market via their own brands doesn't pan out well. Bud's "crown" or black label (not Carling) type brands have either disappeared or get shelved in less prominent spots. So they reach out an buy up craft breweries which continue make their own beers while increasing their distribution territory. But I see Bud lite type products reaching to younger people, especially Michelob in the premium space and all the beer flavored lime juice for the country/margaritaville party set. And if you give those "loyal" drinkers (loyalty based on the concert sponsor of entertainer endorsement $)a bottle of anybody's craft brew, especially any IPA in the race for the hoppiest hops, they'll gag and spit it out dump the rest down the drain and grab another of their latest fav aluminum bottle. I don't see Bud and company disappearing anytime soon. So if you want to avoid any Big Beer related brews, carefully read the labels before buying.

Nov 26, 2014
crewsweeper in Beer

Seafood Resturant

At one time there used to be a couple of places in Cape Coral that had good shrimp but last time I was through the area a couple of years ago, both had closed.

If you head up toward Ft Meyers along US 41, there's the Skip One. They've been around a long time serving Gulf shrimp. I think they have another location in FM Beach

Nov 19, 2014
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Pabst Brewing completes $700m sale

Wouldn't mind seeing a few cans of Rainer either. Got me through grad school. Used to regularly cart a couple of cans with me to the beach in the afternoon to do my course reading. Then stop by the old Kings Head Inn and grab a pint (or two) of John Courage (another that's bitten the dust) before busing on back to my apartment.

Nov 17, 2014
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Blue Willie's BBQ

I had dinner here two weeks ago. Not impressed. 1) it was 7 PM and only one couple in the whole place and they left while I was waiting on my food. Ribs were okay, little tug and a red ring but not much smoked flavor. Smoked beans tasted like they were from a can and no smoke unless they poured liquid smoke into the pot. Mac n Cheese was okay but I've had way way better.

Conversely the following night I had a great grilled snapper at Sabor a Peru on Biscayne before I headed out to the airport.

SKEETER'S Big Biscuit House

There's an old thread on here regarding the chain.


Sep 17, 2014
crewsweeper in Florida

SKEETER'S Big Biscuit House

I think it went out of business in the mid 90s ('95?). The original owner sold it in the early 90s ('91 or '92?)to a chain and the chain went belly up a couple of years later. None of the locations outside of Gainesville had any real success, from what I understand.

Sep 17, 2014
crewsweeper in Florida

Cocoa Beach/ Cape Canaveral

If you are in the area on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, an early dinner at one of the places along the ship canal in Port Canaveral could be fun as you can watch the large cruise ships depart as well as see a lot of recreational boat traffic. None of the places are 5 star quality, but all have decently prepared seafood and outdoor seating. Grills and FishLips are the more popular spots, with reasonable prices.

For pizza, Kelsey's, Papa Vitos and A NY Pizza House, all along A1A, are good local, non-chain choices. I believe all will deliver to most Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral hotels.

Sep 10, 2014
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Palm Beach County openings 2014

BJs in other Florida locations offer their own interesting craft brews. The food is good, as long as you aren't expecting 5 star gourmet, and the menu, while large, is geared toward the typical gastro-pub selections. There are good craft breweries in the area, like Funky Buddha and Wynwood for drinking but not sure if they have decent food. There was a food truck outside FB last year when I sampled the breweries wares. It would be nice to see a brewery/gastro-pub that offered their own selections geared to go with their menus, ala, all the beer pairing rec you see on other sites and on BrewDogs.

Curaçao recommendations

It's been some time, since I was on the island, but as I recall the Wine Cellar in Willemstad, near the historic church being restored, had great food and service. For a special dinner Landhuis Misje in Sabana Westpunt with it's outdoor garden is a must do, IMO. I've heard some good things about Sol Food at Playa Kaliki, but never ate there. There are a number of places along the harborfront, like Iguanas, where you can grab a nice lunch and watch the harbor traffic and the swing bridge to Otrabanda. Down the Willemstad coast toward the Aquarium is Rozendahls. They have really good food including some local style dishes and a nice covered courtyard, on the more expensive side for dinner.

so whats the best beer to get to make a black and tan

Harp's Lager is the most common. Guiness makes a Kilkenny Cream Ale.

Smithwick's Ale or Murphy's Red Ale(better paired with Murphy's Irish Stout, IMO) are good too.

Jun 23, 2014
crewsweeper in Beer

Tony Bourdain does D.F.

I'm in agreement. His move to CNN and also the networks on those cooking contest shows really shows a changed Tony, in many ways. And Parts Unknown is less and less about food. CNN is suffering ratings and while anxious to bring in more viewers can't seem to let go of the cheap 20/20-Dateline crapola they dish out 24/7; which is why few are watching.

May 07, 2014
crewsweeper in Mexico

St. Martin and area

Oh. Forgot about seafood. There's a fresh fish market in Simpson's Bay near the drawbridge and police station. Also, I have heard that Skipjack's restaurant in Simpsons Bay will sell fresh fish. You can also try the local docks in Simpson Bay as many charter fishing vessels go out of here.

St. Martin and area

Look at the bakeries in Marigot. Sarafina's(?) and on Wednesday's there a small local fresh market. As I recall there are a couple of decent wine/cheese shops down near the harbor there too. Also Le Sucriere in Simpson's Bay has good breads and pastries. To the extent that you can take on already cooked provisions, a short trip up to Grand Case and a visit to the lolos would make for some good eating. Le Grand Marche has several stores around the island, Cole Bay and Phillipsburg and maybe Simpsons Bay. It's a pretty good "one stop" shopping place. I think the Cole Bay store has slightly different selections than the Phillipsburg store.

Top Craft Beer bars in Fort Lauderdale

Don't forget Tequesta Brewing and Inlet Brewing in Jupiter or Due South in Boynton Beach. Worth the long drive.

Anyone seen blanton's gold, or straight from the barrel, in Cozumel?

Also check the MEGA store on Melgar. They have a large selection of liquors, though not as much as Covi. Not sure about the Blanton's as I've never looked for bourbon there. But descent mescal selections last time we were there. Second Veggo's Xtabentum rec. Give the DuFry shops at the piers a good once over as well.

Feb 24, 2014
crewsweeper in Mexico

Great Taqueria in Tallahassee

Just saw your post. That's across town from us. But I've been hoping to stop by if I'm in the area. It's the type of Mexican place I tend to favor. Keep missing it from the airport because I forget and turn right onto Cap Circ. So thanks for the report. Do you recall if they had gorditas on the menu? Haven't had a huarache in a couple of years. Last time I was in FLL, I missed getting to Dona Raquels.

Feb 13, 2014
crewsweeper in Florida

Best Meat and Three in Montgomery, Alabama?

Davis Café on North Decatur. Martin's on Carter Hill Road. Or Jim N Nick's on Rte 80 for BBQ.

Feb 13, 2014
crewsweeper in Central South

Anything new and worth checking out in Cozumel?

I checked some old pictures at home last night. And you're correct. The name IS Paradise Cafe. After Wilma, someone called the rebuilt place Rasta's Bar and I guess that's what I've known it as since. Still good ceviche though and a good beach vibe to hang at. But I lean toward Playa Bonita's gorditas version, more because I like good gorditas in all their varieties.

Feb 11, 2014
crewsweeper in Mexico

Anything new and worth checking out in Cozumel?


Is the old Bob Marley/Rasta Bar now Paradise Cafe?
I think Albertos from the West side has a new place up around Punta Chiqueros, haven't been but the food at Albertos was generally pretty good for beach food. Also Chen Rio in the past has done a great job with seafood. Their whole snapper is amazingly good. ITs just before Coconuts if coming from the south.

In San Miguel, OP, it's worth heading to Kintas for one night. I'm hearing that a newer place on Melgar between Calle 2 and 4 is getting good vibes, (Ile? ) but haven't really seen anything on it nor been there.

Feb 10, 2014
crewsweeper in Mexico

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

I'm giving a NAY to the new Tallahassee store. Picked over selections. Nothing appetizing, even in the freezer case, except a decent selection of wines and craft beers at reasonable prices versus local liquor stores. Even the coffee selections looked skimpy in unattractive containers. I'l look for the KIND bars next time I walk in but these are readily available elsewhere around here at similar pricepoints.

Feb 04, 2014
crewsweeper in Chains

Drive MIA to Orlando--anything "don't-miss" close to main highways?

If there's more than 2 cars in the lot and/or more than 4 people in the bar, be prepared to wait 45 minutes or more for your food.

Jan 30, 2014
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Visiting Tallahassee - Where to eat?

Where are you staying?

Downtown fine dining, I'd say Cypress on East Tennessee near Monroe, Shula's in the Hotel Duval or 101 on West Colelge or Avenue Eat Drink on East Park.

Midtown: Mockingbird, or Bella Bella both on Monroe near 5th and 6th.

Pizza: Momo's out in Market Square or on Tennesee or Dave's Pizza Garage in Midtown behind Brueggers Bagels, or Joe Mama's just down Monroe for a bit more upscaled joint. I'm hearing good spin on Mike's Stone Baked south of FSU, but haven't had it yet.

Sushi: We like Kiku's in market Square, Masa's on Monroe (midtown); and Siam Sushi, shopping center off West tharpe and Monroe, which also has decent Thai dishes. Rengthai and Tan's Asian off Captial Circle NE are 2 other Thai/Asian places to look at. Tans has good Indonesian dishes.

Sandwiches: Any Hopkins Eatery.

Burgers (non chain-mostly): Ted's Montana Grill on Capital Circle NE (now the chain's out of the way), Chubo's in the EspositosCenter (behind Tan's) if he's open, Zaccadoos on Apalachee Parkway, Vertigo on Lafayette off Apalachee Pkwy and Meridian, Voodoo Dog on S Macomb downtown, Prime Time on West Tennessee, or Bird's Aphrodisiac Oyster Bar on N. Bornough,Woodchuck Cafe on West Tharpe (also good breakfast) or Monk's also on West Tharpe (has another name, but I forget what it is).

Food Trucks: Best bet is to head for Food Truck Thursday (if you're here on a Thursday). It's held on West Tharpe Between Monroe and MLK Bld.

I'm sure others here have their favorites.

Jan 16, 2014
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