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BISCAYNE
Serving the communities along the Biscayne Corridor, including Arch Creek East, Bay Point, Bayside, Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena
Vista, Design District, Downtown, Edgewater, El Portal, Hibiscus Island, Keystone Point, Miami Shores, Momingside, North Bay Island,
North Miami, Oakland Grove, Palm Grove, Palm Island, Sans Souci, Shorecrest, Star Island, Wynwood, and Venetian Islands

www.BiscayneTimes.com


Volume 6, Issue 8


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The only sound in the world, it
seems, is the rhythmic splashing of
paddle on sun-speckled water. Boat
traffic is light, the wind low on this week-
day morning. A silent current propels us
north as we paddle our brightly colored
kayaks along downtown Miami's bayfront.
Rick Poston, a third-generation
Miamian whose grandfather helped build
Henry Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel at the
mouth of the Miami River, is my travel
companion. It's his 66th birthday. A vol-
unteer with the Florida Paddling Trails
Association, Poston is a steward for the


Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater
Paddling Trail, overseeing a segment of
the statewide trail that stretches from
John Pennekamp State Park to the north-
ern end of Biscayne Bay. He had good-
naturedly agreed to come on this some-
what quixotic mission.
We are looking for portals into
Miami's soul. More specifically, we are
looking for waterfront access points.
Where and how can the average person
get to the bay at any point along the ten-
mile stretch from downtown's high-rise
canyons to the mangrove forests of Oleta


River State Park? Not just get to the
water, but get in it to cool off, swim,
launch a boat, or just float around.
The waterfront, after all, is synony-
mous with Miami. It is one of the main
reasons millions flock here for vacations
and new lives. It is a point of meditation,
a source of sustenance literally and spiri-
tually, an ecological wonderland.
But for many Miamians, perhaps
most, the waterfront remains out of
reach, concealed behind the walls of
condominiums and private homes, or
posted with signs prohibiting fishing,


swimming, loitering, and a host of other
innocent activities. As a 2006 study by
the Trust for Public Land put it: "...A
surprising number of South Florida resi-
dents rarely encounter the beautiful
waters that characterize our community."
"Who is the waterfront for?" asks
Greg Bush, a founder and current vice
president of programs for the Urban
Environment League of Greater Miami.
"Is it for the people with the fancy con-
dos that overlook the water?" Bush

Continued on page 14


Dining Guide


Miami's biggest
and best listings.
Page 50


Community News

Boulevard
construction
was a bad
dream.
Page 26 '


Park Patrol

Miami's oldest
cemetery is
no picnic.
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Our Correspondents


Why Liberty -
City is not
Cuba.
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October 2008







COMMENTARY: PUBLISHER'S LETTER


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


PUBLISHER & EDITOR
Jim Mullin
jim.mullin@biscaynetimes.com
INTERNS
Andrew Leins
andrew.leins@biscaynetimes.com
Erin Polla
erin.polla@biscaynetimes.com
CONTRIBUTORS
Victor Barrenchea, Pamela Robin Brandt,
Terence Cantarella, Bill Citara, Wendy
Doscher-Smith, Kathy Glasgow, Jim W.
Harper, Lisa Hartman, Jen Karetnick, Jack
King, Derek McCann, Frank Rollason,
Silvia Ros, Jeff Shimonski
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Marc Ruehle
marc.ruehle@biscaynetimes.com
OFFICE MANAGER
Wilmer Ametin
wilmer.ametin@biscaynetimes.com
ART DIRECTOR
Marcy Mock
marseadesign@mac.com
ADVERTISING DESIGN
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for articles and press releases. Submitted
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content. All submitted material becomes the
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out authorized written consent from the pub-
lisher is prohibited.
The Biscayne Times is published the first
week of each month. We are hand delivered
to all the homes along both sides of Biscayne
Boulevard from downtown and the Venetian
Islands to Arch Creek.
The neighborhoods we serve include: Arch
Creek East, Bayside, Biscayne Park, Belle
Meade, Buena Vista, Davis Harbor, Design
District, Edgewater, El Portal, Keystone Point,
Magnolia Park, Miami Shores, Morningside,
North Miami, Oakland Grove, Omni, Palm
Grove, Sans Souci, Shorecrest, Wynwood,
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Jack King: Angry Rants
and Visceral Hatred?
Jack King's opinion piece "Four
Decades of Lessons Unlearned"
(September 2008) concludes with this
line: "This country needs Barack
Obama." But he never really tells us
why. All he writes is that he doesn't like
the current administration, he doesn't
think we are doing the right things, and
believes Americans aren't working
together. Well, most of us are working
together, but perhaps not in some left-
wing communal manner that would suit
Mr. King better.
What he fails to explain is why
Barack Obama is qualified to be
President of the United States. The
U.S. Senate had been in session only
143 days between his taking office as
a senator and declaring himself a
candidate for president. As the editor
of his law school's review, he never
wrote anything for publication. In
fact as a professor of law, he never
wrote anything.
His job as "community organizer"
(also known as "outside agitator") was
really just leading others to rely on gov-
ernment handouts. This is not the
resume of a leader, nor is it preparation
for being president.


Mr. King's "Lessons Unlearned" is
nothing but an angry rant from a man
with visceral hate for anything and any-
one he disagrees with. Biscayne Times
readers deserve better.
Susannah Worth
Miami Beach

Fleeing Palm Bay Towers
Was the Smartest Thing
We Ever Did
My wife and I owned an apartment at
Palm Bay Towers for a few years, and it
was the most terrifying living experi-
ence I'd had since my freshmen year in
college, more than 20 years ago. We
were harassed so much from the condo
commandos at Palm Bay that we decid-
ed to sell our apartment. It was a diffi-
cult task just to be on the elevator with
such challenging people.
I found Rob Jordan's article ironic
("Up Close and Personal and
Vicious," September 2008) because the
condo commandos referred to our two
rescued, ten-pound poodles as vicious,
but the article showed that the people
were the vicious ones, and our dogs
were scared of them.

Continued on page 6


A TALE OF CONTNTS


COVER STORY
D istant Sh ores................................................. ..........................


COMMENTARY
F eedb ack .......................................................... ..........................
M iam i's K ing ................................................. .................. . 10
W ord on the Street ........................................ .................... 12

OUR SPONSORS
B izB uzz .......................................................... .................. . 8
Advertiser Directory......................... ... ................... 8

NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS
Kathy Glasgow: Cuba's Open Doors........................................ 20
Jen Karetnick: A Country Club in Terminal Decline ...................22
Frank Rollason: Hair in the Hood.......................................... 24

COMMUNITY NEWS
The Boulevard Is Back! ................................. ..... .............. 26
Market Rebounds! ................................ ........ ......... 28
Further Adventures of the Boulevard's Big Man ......................28
The High Cost of Pumping Gas ......................................29


POLICE REPORTS
Biscayne Crim e Beat ........................................ ....... ....... 32


ART & CULTURE
Female but Maybe Not Feminist.................... ... ............ 34
A rt Listings ....................................... ............ . ............... 36
C culture B riefs .............................................. ......................... 39

PARK PATROL
Miami City Cemetery: Dying To Get In.................................. 40

COLUMNISTS
Kids and the City: A New Take on Book-of-the-Month Club..... 42
Tech Talk: Mac vs. PC Making the Switch........................... 43
Pawsitively Pets: One Command Solves the Problem .................44
Harper's Environment: Kill Baby Kill...................................... 46
Your Garden: Butterfly Magnets and Wind Victims................ 48

DINING GUIDE
Restaurant Listings ................................ ............ ......... 50
W ine: Red W hite & You.............................................................. 52


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Candidate Forums

In anticipation of the November 4
general election, two candidate
forums have been organized for
the benefit of Biscayne Corridor vot-
ers. On Wednesday, October 29, the
two candidates vying for the state
senate from District 35, Democrat
Dan Gelber and Republican Dean
Santoro, will speak and take ques-
tions. Also on that date, the four can-
didates for Clerk of the Circuit Court
- Darrin McGillis, Alfredo Perez,
incumbent Harvey Ruvin, and Julio
Valido will do likewise.
On Thursday, October 30, candidates
for county property appraiser (a first
for Miami-Dade), will appear. They are
Pedro J. Garcia, Eddie Lewis, Gwen
Margolis, and Jim Shedd.
The forums will take place at
American Legion Post 29 and will
begin at 6:30 p.m. The post is locat-
ed on 64th Street east of Biscayne
Boulevard, close to the bay. For
more information, contact Bob
Powers, president of the Palm Grove
Neighborhood Association and
forum host, at 305-299-0052.
Jim Mullin


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COMMENTARY: FEEDBACK
Letters editor would find a new correspondent for
.................................................................................... the Biscayne Park area, som eone who
Continued from page 4
Continued from page 4 would actually focus on Biscayne Park and
We want to thank the residents of its relationship to today's issues in general.
Palm Bay Towers because we sold our So you can imagine my horror and a
condo before the condo market crashed, disappointment when I opened my
We purchased a beautiful home, the poo- September Biscayne Times and found
dies are happy, and we come home to that the Dave Barry/Carl Hiaasen
peace every night. wannabe (which, trust me, she is not)
Matt Bain was still writing her dribble and drab stu-
Baywood pidity, the only change being that she is
telling us about a place that once again is
not Biscayne Park and has nothing to do
Amid the Parking Meters, with Biscayne Park.
Don't Forget Pedal Power Fernando Garcia-Urbina
Regarding Elizabeth Joyce's article Biscayne Park
"Round One of the Parking Wars"
(September 2008), as the Upper Eastside Miami's True Grit Makes
continues to think through its parking for Great Storytelling
needs with the help of the Miami
Parking Authority, I hope all concerned I applaud Biscayne Times for two
standout pieces of journalism in the
will remember to provide bicycle park- staout issue. I he alys wndere
ing close to those vibrant new shops and ugt ssue e wys dee
about those two properties the City Inn
caf6 along the Biscayne Corridor.
Ping in s y conenien ie acs hotel and the Boulevard Theater ("Edifice
Putting in sturdy, convenient bike racks Complex"). Writers Terence Cantarella
would do a lot to help workers and the Complex"). Writers Terence Cantarella
shops' patrons save on gas money while (City Inn) and Erik Bojnansky (Boulevard
Theater) really brought things to life and
reducing noise, fumes, and traffic conges- e te i an e ha ay rfug
tion on neighborhood streets. reported min an even-handed way, refusing
John D. Ho ins to vilify the property owners and examin-
Miami ing the facts from several angles.
Mr. Cantarella's article was particu-
larly good journalism. I have to com-
Wendy's Value: Reminding mend him for 1) sheer bravery and 2)
Us We're Not the Only real descriptive prowess. His prose is
Crazies what I might expect from a national
I've long been a fan of Wendy publication such as The New York
Doscher-Smith's "Neighborhood Times. I feel proud to find him painting
such a vivid (if hideous) canvas right
Correspondents" columns, but she has such a vd (f hideous) canvas ght
reached new heights of hilarity with her ere i Miami.
These are both stories about real
report from upstate New York ("Miami These are both stoes about real
Has No Monopoly on Weirdness," Miami landmarks, owned by real Miami
September 2008). Knowing Wendy as characters. If we want happy tourist sto-
the animal lover she is, I can actually ies, we can always sna on Deco Drive.
picture her stalking the poor woodchucks I'm glad someone has the courage to
in Endicott's Grippen Park. portray the grittiness that gives the
It is my fervent wish that you keep Magic City its real texture.
Dale Hershman
Wendy on staff. She translates so well no
matter where she lives, and let's face it, Miami
she lets us know that crazies live up Bugged by Jen's Bug
North too!
Pam Stack Column
Kendall After reading Jen Karetnick's column
"Land of the Free, Home of the Bug"
(August 2008), I had to write. We live in
Wendy's Value: Belle Meade and we use a service that
Unplugging Her Computer sprays for termites in our roof and crawl
and Staying Far, Far Away spaces, and we haven't had a bug prob-
I was ecstatic when I read that Wendy lem in ten years. It's a lot less disruptive
Doscher-Smith was going to stop writing than tenting, and the pets don't freak out.
her inane, boring, badly written, and just Good luck to her!
plain stupid column. I had hopes that the Alain Boyer
Belle Meade


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Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible


By Pamela Robin Brandt
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In summertime the livin' is supposed
to be easy, but foodies practically
need a whole dedicated PDA to keep
track of restaurants' weird, cut-back
summer schedules. Fans of Greek food
in this paper's area, however, can finally
free up that RAM. As of October 20, the
folks at Ariston Restaurant will be
going back to their normal, easy-to-
remember schedule. The North Beach
restaurant will be open for both lunch
and dinner, seven days a week.
No need to wait till Halloween to dress
up in silly clothes and score treats.
Chef/owner Alex Richter of the Royal
Bavarian Schnitzel Haus extends an
invite to "wear your lederhosen or dirndl
and party with us" every night in
October, from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. (mid-
night on Fridays and Saturdays), during
the German eatery's month-long
Oktoberfest. Along with seasonal food
specials, most served in cast-iron skillets,
there's Paulaner's classic, creamy-head-
ed, malty Oktoberfest-Marzen (consid-
ered throughout Germany to be the
Oktoberfest beer by which all others are
judged) and smooth, sweet, wheat-based
Hefeweizen. Though it's a perfect occa-
sion to enjoy the Haus's biergarten,


there's also a take-out Oktoberfest menu
for those who'd prefer an at-home festi-
val for 10 to 100 people.
Did we mention that the above irre-
sistible beers are served in humongous
one-liter steins? So suffice to say that
there couldn't be a better month for
Shuichi Take Fitness Club's October
special: 20 percent off all one-on-one fit-
ness packages for new club or at-home
clients. Additionally, any current member
who refers a new member will receive an
extra month of membership.
The Upper Eastside Green Market
gets in on the Halloween fun with its
return to regular operation at Legion Park
(66th Street and Biscayne Boulevard) on
Saturday, October 25. Neighborhood kids
are invited to dress up in their scariest
Halloween costumes and join a parade
around the park at 10:00 a.m. Judges will
select the best of them at 11:00 a.m. The
market this season will feature organic
and locally grown produce, plus arts and
crafts. Market maven Claire Tomlin says
a licensed kitchen will be added for ven-
dors who want to cook on the spot.
For serious d6cor mavens, having the
same couch as someone else would be
akin to Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton
showing up at the Oscars wearing the
same dress. But patrons of the Upper
Eastside's Casca Doce Studios, founded


by Brazilian interior designer Ana
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shop's new line of furniture and acces-
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Venezuelan architect Fernan Hernandez
is exclusive, not available anywhere else
in town. Pieces debuting this month
include a lounge chair, a cocktail table,
and artwork made from bamboo.
Being a do-gooder always feels good,
and occasionally it tastes good, too.
During October at Edible Arrangements
- where the "flowers" are actually cun-
ningly carved fresh fruit ten percent of
the purchase price for two special bou-
quets will be donated to the National
Breast Cancer Foundation, according to
owner Reda Monem. The featured
arrangements are the $55 Breast Cancer
Awareness bouquet (fresh strawberries
hand-dipped in pink chocolate, in a pink
ribbon-adorned pot) or the $59 Awareness
Celebration bouquet (the same chocolate-
dipped strawberries plus pineapple daisies
and stars, honeydew and cantaloupe blos-
soms, and skewered grape stalks).
At Children's Village Montessori
School and Daycare, a weeklong book
fair sponsored by Scholastic Press,
October 13-17, will enable teachers and
students to enrich classrooms with books
of their choice (as long as Scholastic pub-
lishes them). How it works, according to


school office manager Mariela Monica:
Scholastic sends the school hundreds of
titles, in English and Spanish; teachers
and kids go through the literary treasure
chest and make "wish lists"; parents
come to the fair, buy the books, and
donate them to the school. Hours of the
fair, which is open to the general public
also, are noon to 6:00 p.m. Monday-
Wednesday, and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, with special events
(including family story times and an
exhibit of books created by the kids
themselves) on the fair's final day.
Remember South Beach in the fun, low-
rent, early 1990s, when drag queens and
Jody McDonald's attitude-free afternoon
tea dances ruled? Well, probably you don't
remember, especially if you were there.
But the new Sunday evening (6:00-11:00
p.m.) Good Life party at 55th Street
Station's News Lounge will bring it all
back, with McDonald spinning tunes, per-
formances by local legends like drag diva
Shelly Novak, complimentary champagne
toasts at sunset, and select cheap drinks
for the rest of the night. There's also
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COMMENTARY: MIAMI'S KING


The Three Amigos vs. the Dynamic Duo

Our Congressional delegation: The good, the bad, and the useless


By Jack King
BT Contributor


If you have not been living under a
rock for the past year, you might
have noticed that there is an election
campaign for President of the United
States going on, and to say the least, it is
quite contentious. Many people decry
these nasty elections, but there is great
historical precedent. The first three
United Sates elections for president
(George Washington twice and John
Adams once) had only one candidate.
That all changed in 1800, when Thomas
Jefferson, Adams's vice president, ran
against him and won. By all accounts
written at the time, it remains the nastiest
presidential election in American history.
It might seem that this election is even
nastier, but that's only because the
advent of the 24/7 news cycle and the
Internet have our face stuck in it more
than we care to admit or care to like. Go
vote for whomever you like. I am.
Beneath the presidential contest on our
ballots there would normally be a race
for a senate seat, but we are spared that
this year in Florida. However, we still
have action in the five area congressional
seats. Or at least some action.
Representatives Debbie Wasserman
Schultz and Kendrick Meek, who repre-
sent about two-thirds of the population in
Miami-Dade County, have drawn only
token opposition, and for good reason.
Both are highly regarded by their con-
stituents for their good work. They are
highly respected in Congress and are
considered to be effective legislators.
Wasserman Schultz is listed as the top
legislator in the Florida delegation by


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Congress.Org, a watchdog group that
rates members of Congress on their
power and effectiveness. She is also
ranked 24th in the House of
Representatives, out of 435 members.
Meek is not far behind, being ranked
fourth among the Florida delegation.
What this means is that they actually
accomplish things, not just add their names
to bills on which they didn't have any
input and didn't do any work, a common
practice among Congressional slackers.
The other three from South Florida
turn out to be not quite as good. The
three amigos Lincoln Diaz-Balart,
Mario Diaz Balart, and Ileana Ros-
Lehtinen have been in Congress for
years, yet we have little to show for it.
The Diaz-Balart boys are two peas in a
pod. Their father was Rafael Diaz-Balart,
a well-to-do, wheeling, dealing member
of the Cuban aristocracy. His sister,
Mirta, was married to Fidel Castro. The
Diaz-Balart family, along with most of
the Cuban aristocracy, were big support-
ers of Castro until the wheels fell off.
When the family got to Florida, they took
up where they'd left off. Rafael became a
power broker and a force to be reckoned
with. He taught his boys well. Lincoln and
Mario worked their way up through local,
regional, and state government. Lincoln was
elected to Congress in 1992; Mario in 2002.
When they arrived in Washington, they
got the surprise of their lives: Nobody cared
that they were Cuban. In political
Washington, every Hispanic was a Mexican.
And then came the Republican takeover
of Congress in 1994. The brothers imme-
diately sold their souls to the Republican
devil. They swore to vote exactly the way
the party told them, and in exchange they


could have anything they wanted to keep
Fidel Castro bottled up on the island.
What a way to treat your uncle!
It was all truly wonderful for them.
They were living the life the family
thought they were going to have in
Havana, only now the American govern-
ment is paying for it. This really is the
American way.
The third amigo, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
came to Congress in a slightly different way.
She, along with Lincoln Diaz-Balart, was
bom in Havana (a fact, interestingly enough,
that has been left off both their official
Websites; Mario was bom in the United
States) and came to Miami at an early age.
She was elected to take the seat of Rep.
Claude Pepper, who passed away in 1989.
Rather than being raised as a profes-
sional politician, she was an educator.
She also votes the Republican Party line
almost all the time with one excep-
tion: gay rights, of which she is an
ardent supporter. I have never figured
out where this comes from, but certainly
something turned her head around.
While the Diaz-Balart boys have done
nothing in Congress, Ros-Lehtinen has
actually tried, though she's not been very
successful, unless it's on issues that have
near unanimous political support.
She also gets her head spun around on
a regular basis. A case in point was her
support of the federal/state purchase of
the land south of Lake Okeechobee from
Big Sugar to return the Everglades to
something close to what it originally
was. Just about everyone thought it was
a great idea, and then along comes her
husband, Dexter Lehtinen, who repre-
sents the Miccosukee Indians. He
stopped the deal because the Indians


wanted their cut. Any possibility that
Dexter had some inside information?
And the power ratings of the three
amigos? Ros-Lehtinen does with best
with a ranking of 16 out of 25 in Florida,
and 288 out of 435 in the House of
Representatives. Lincoln is 19th in
Florida and 358th in the Congress. Mario
is at 20th and 379th. Those are some
powerful numbers!
All three legislators have drawn serious
opposition this year, and it's about time.
Annette Taddeo is running against Ros-
Lehtinen and is hammering her on her
connection to the pharmaceuticals indus-
try, another area where Ros-Lehtinen has
shown poor judgment in the past.
Former Cuban American National
Foundation director Joe Garcia is run-
ning against Mario, and the way Mario is
running his campaign, it seems he only
wants to keep his seat so he doesn't have
to get a real job.
Lincoln has drawn the toughest opposi-
tion in former Hialeah mayor Raul
Martinez. This race has some odd history.
In the late 1980s, Dexter Lehtinen, who
was then the acting U.S. Attorney in
Miami, indicted then Mayor Martinez on a
slew of corruption charges, just as Martinez
was getting ready to run for the vacant
Claude Pepper seat. Martinez eventually
beat all the charges, but his run for
Congress was dead. Somewhere in the back
of my sick-o mind, I wish Martinez were
running against Ros-Lehtinen this time.
More than anything else, these con-
tests will show us how much Miami has
grown up over the past 20 years. Your
guess is a good as mine.

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Wolfgang Roth and Partners Fine Art are pleased to present their inaugural exhibition,
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by the German photographer. Wackerbarth has photographed and interviewed over 600 people
in over 33 countries in 32 different languages. Ranging in class, race, and ethnicity from famous
artists to Romanian street children, his subjects represent an unbiased cross section of humans
whose faces and thoughts have been documented and exhibited a portrait of mankind.
Located at the Newton Building_ 201 N.E. 39th Street.
/ MIAMI ART MUSEUM STAFF EXHIBITION /
Walking through the galleries of Miami Art Museum it is easy to sense the energy that permeates
through the works of art on view. But another, less public, source of creative energy flows deep
within the core of MAM. MAM's Director Terence Riley recognized this characteristic and opened
the door to an exhibit that highlights the creativity of the MAM staff. Located at the Buena Vista
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In honor of Hispanic History Month... Women artists celebrate la cultural Latina. Curated by
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including those iconic figures who never had email accounts, expresses itself through
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and at times a tad on the dark side, but always entertaining. Located at the Melin Building
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COMMENTARY: WORD ON THE STREET


Who are you voting for in the presidential election and why?
SCompiled by Victor Barrenechea BT Contributor


Larlos uetastro
Manager
Upper Eastside
Obama, because we need
someone who can provide
change for our country.
McCain is too old, and
we need someone with
fresh ideas. I'm not say-
ing McCain wouldn't
change things, he just
wouldn't change things
enough. The idea Obama
presents he doesn't
come from the old-style
of politics. He's a new
kind of politician. It's
going to be my first time
voting. I'm very excited.


Jason Jlmenez
Business Owner
Buena Vista East
Basically, I'm voting for
Barack Obama because
after the last eight years, we
definitely need a change. I
just think he's a lot more
progressive on the issues.
He's actually looking out
for the people. I saw him
speak and there was a tan-
gible feeling of hope in the
room. People do believe in
him. Also McCain made a
very bad VP choice. She
has no experience, she's
anti-choice. The possibility
of her being in office if
something happens to
McCain scares me.


Natallye Alzerreca
Store Manager
Downtown
Obama, just because I
think that if we vote for
McCain, it'd be like
another Bush. Obama has
a lot of change in mind.
He's more concerned
about Americans. Bush
backs up McCain on a lot
of issues. It'd be another
sequel of the disaster that
was the Bush administra-
tion. To me, McCain
looks very fake, the same
way Bush is very fake.


Andrew Sperber
Sales
Midtown
I'm not voting. I feel the
vote is tainted because I
feel there are too many
uninformed voters, and I
feel there should be a
mandatory test in order to
be allowed to vote that
would measure people's
awareness on the issues. I
personally don't feel
informed enough to vote.
Most people vote based on
minimal awareness of the
politics behind each candi-
date, and my vote would
be outweighed by theirs.


Key ilaz
Cook
Upper Eastside
I'm not voting for any-
one. I've never voted.
Being a convicted felon, I
don't think I have the
right to vote, but I never
had any interest in doing
it anyway. I've never been
into politics. I'm a work-
ing man, just struggling
day by day to raise a six-
year-old girl. The econo-
my is just bad. Prices are
up, gas is up. If I were to
vote, I'd maybe pick
McCain because of his
military background.
Hopefully, whoever wins
will make our country
stronger and better.


Matthew Minor
Bar Manager
Downtown
Obama. We need change.
We've had eight years of
one of the least successful
administrations in
American history. Obama
is trying to make a better
tomorrow. The decisions
made in the next few
years are going to affect
our children and their
children. There's not a lot
to be said about McCain.
He's a proven politician.
He's a war veteran. Those
are good qualities for a
president, but Obama is
more for the people -
not just the wealthy, but
the poor too.


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which stretches from 9th to 12th streets.
The only apparent activity this morning
isn't really activity at all someone
dozes by the water. A few steel ladders
scale the imposingly high seawall at long
intervals, but otherwise there is no way
of reaching the tae tawater
Limited as it is, Bicentennial Park rep-
resents a historic step forward for Miami
in terms of waterfront access. Less than
40 years ago, the area was a collection of
old warehouses, port facilities, and a
contaminated oil depository. In the
Seventies, the city carved out a water-
front parcel, and began transforming it
into a 30-acre park. Before then, the
issue of waterfront access was barely a
whisper in Miami thanks to geography
and politics.
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gobbled up waterfront land. Over time,
most of these properties were broken up
and developed as condominiums or
smaller private homes. A few were deed-
ed to the city or county as parkland,
according to Parks. Even with the newly
available waterfront, however, local resi-
dents didn't necessarily rush to take
advantage, Parks says. Herself a native
of Miami Shores, Parks recalls thinking
of Biscayne Bay as dirty. The ocean was
the destination. "You wouldn't go to the
bay," she recalls.
As late as the 1960s, waterfront lots
along the Miami River and parts of the bay
were used for parking garages. At least one
trailer park occupied prime waterfront real
estate near 109th Street. "It's interesting the
way people viewed waterfront," Parks says.
"They just didn't seem to appreciate it."
That lack of appreciation was reflect-
ed in Biscayne Bay itself. The bay strug-
gled for decades with fluctuating salinity


levels owing to the canal and water-con-
trol system. Direct discharge of sewage
into the bay and its tributaries continued
until the 1950s.
Conditions have improved markedly
since the county created a management
plan for the bay in the Eighties. Today the
overall health of the bay and its seagrass
beds is "outstanding" and people should
not think twice about swimming or fish-
ing, according to Susan Markley, a senior
biologist with the county's Department of
Environmental Resources Management.
As Poston and I paddle on, he points out
the Miami Herald building just north of
the MacArthur Causeway. He helped build
it as a young ironworker before shipping
off to Vietnam with the Marine Corps.
Now a structural engineer, he has spent
years inspecting waterfront buildings such
as the Herald's headquarters, which he's
certain is headed for the wrecking ball.
"This is going to be a condo," he predicts.


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We pause for a few minutes to appre-
ciate the building's private waterfront,
lined with benches, palms, and flowering
plants. No one is enjoying the view at
this hour. But then, only Herald employ-
ees are allowed there. It's fenced off to
the public.
Not much farther along, we glide past
Margaret Pace Park. Remodeled five
years ago, the eight-acre park is a water-
front gem amid the new, sparkling condo
high-rises that line N. Bayshore Drive
between 17th and 21st streets. Again, not
much activity on a weekday morning,
but we spot a couple of areas where
adventurous souls could slide a kayak
into the water or go for a dip.
From Pace Park, it is a while before

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we come upon another good water
access spot. In the meantime, there are at
least a dozen dead-end streets in the 20s
and 30s that allow at least a glimpse of
the bay, albeit crowded by parked cars
and "No fishing, swimming, or loitering"
signs. There's plenty of grassy space to
stretch out where 28th Street meets an
inlet, and another shoreline empty lot
between 31st and 32nd streets, both
unbuilt high-rise sites. A few condomini-
um parking lots here and there command
priceless waterfront views.


More hopeful are the occasional small
waterfront walkways where newer build-
ings meet the bay. A 1979 amendment to
Miami's city charter requires that all
newly constructed buildings be sited at
least 50 feet back from the water to
allow for public walkways.
Longtime Miami attorney and activist
Dan Paul, the amendment's champion,
recalls, "The government was primi-
tive. They didn't stand up and show
any leadership to the public in terms of
preserving these places." Since then,
however, local government has not
become as enlightened as Paul had


hoped. Using a provision in the charter,
the city commission has granted numer-
ous waivers to the mandatory setback.
"People feel helpless, powerless about a
lot of the decisions made about the water-
front," Poston says. Developers, he points
out, are generally the largest contributors
to local political campaigns. One of their
primary concerns is protecting their stake
in waterfront land. "The waterfront,"
Poston says with a nod toward the shore.
"That's where the money is."
For some, the waterfront is also a kind
of sanctuary. At 27th Street, a man hold-
ing a bible stares out on the blue expanse.


He seems to be intoning prayers. Nearby
is a solitary fisherman, seated on an
upturned bucket and holding his fishing
rod as though it were an afterthought.
Urban anglers like him seem to be the
most common waterfront habitues.
Crossing under the Julia Tuttle
Causeway at 36th Street, we come across
a few little waterfront spots in quick suc-
cession. There's Stears Park, a tiny,
dog-friendly piece of green below and
between the causeway's east-bound and
west-bound lanes. Then there's Magnolia

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Park, a somewhat grander open space
that features a waterfront gazebo and
riprap in place of a seawall. Tiptoeing
into the water looks quite possible here,
but signs clearly prohibit such frivolity.
Between 40th and 50th streets is the
private community of Bay Point. You
can look at the sprawling homes from
the water, but good luck to any nonresi-
dent trying to get past the guard gate and
anywhere close to the waterfront.
Next up is Morningside Park, a grand
dame of bayfront parks, stretching from
50th Terrace to 55th Terrace. The nearly
40-acre park inside the historic
Morningside neighborhood offers not
only a wide boat ramp but also a smaller
ramp and floating dock for paddle craft.
Kayak rentals are available here Friday
through Sunday for only $5 an hour.
Another boat-ramp option is nearby at
Legion Park. It's not so much in the park
as next to it, at the end of 64th Street,
though it is managed by the city's parks
department. The floating docks here and
at Morningside double as great ways to


slip into the water for a swim.
A few blocks north of Legion Park is
Baywood Park, a shoebox-size green
space at 70th Street favored by dog-
walkers. A seawall cancels the likelihood
of getting in or out of the water. In fact,
high seawalls and private homes block
access to the water from here north to
the 79th Street Causeway.
Just past the causeway, Poston and I
decide to call it a day. As we pull up to a
seemingly abandoned dock, Poston
recalls coming to the spot when it was
Mike Gordon's restaurant, one of the
area's only bayfront eateries. Now a
lonely-looking sales center announces
plans for two 20-story condominium
towers called Oasis.
On another day, I set out from Pelican
Harbor Marina just off the 79th Street
Causeway. My paddling partners for the
first few hundred yards are Marsha
Colbert and Pamela Sweeney, manager
and environmental specialist respectively
of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve.
The state-protected preserve is made up
of two separate portions of the bay, one
to the north of Biscayne National Park
(our location) and one to the south. In


all, the preserve encompasses 69,000
acres, or 107 square miles of submerged
land. Combined with the 256-square-
mile Biscayne National Park, it is a body
of water spreading more broadly than the
Netherlands Antilles.
Colbert and Sweeney speak energeti-
cally and enthusiastically about the bay,
its unique attributes, all the wonders it
has to offer. Including the preserve and
the national park. Biscayne Bay, they
explain, is a shallow lagoon with an
average depth of six to ten feet. It is car-
peted with seagrass beds and inhabited
by more than 500 species of fish and
more than 800 bottom-dwelling benthicc)
species, such as shrimp, crabs, sponges,
and spiny lobsters.
Endangered creatures such as sea tur-
tles and manatees roam these waters. So
do all feather of birds. The bay is a major
stopover for migrating North American
shorebirds, with several islands serving
as important rookeries, boisterous with
the racket of different avian conversa-
tions. "People drive to the Keys to inter-
act with species that are right here,"
Colbert says with some exasperation.
After exploring a few islands that have


been replanted with native species as
part of a county project, we go our sepa-
rate ways.
In quick succession, there's a long, nar-
row inlet between 83rd and 84th streets
and another between 86th and 87th.
There's Lake Belmar at 89th Street and
Lake Ward at 90th Street. Two gardeners
on their haunches look up at me and
wave. A maid in uniform scurries from
one room to another across an elegant
house's patio. But it's all private property.
No parks and nowhere to sit by the water
here. And then, all of a sudden, there is.
At 94th Street a dramatic seawall rises
up to a green railing. This is Miami Shores
Village Bayfront Park. It's about three
blocks long, a narrow but pleasant strip of
parkland. A long-haired young man on a
bench is the only person using it on this
day. Signs prohibit fishing and dog-walk-
ing. A prominent security camera surveys
the scene from its perch on a tree.
At the foot of 105th Street, an elderly
gentlemen is sitting on a bench at the
mouth of the Biscayne Canal. The spot is
owned by the Shores Condominium,

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Continued from page 16
where he lives. He says doesn't know of
anywhere for a regular Joe to get to the
water between the canal and Oleta State
Park. He's half right.
Past a ghostly empty marina around
112th Street, at the foot of the Broad
Causeway at 123rd Street, is a unique lit-
tle locale. It's called North Bayshore
William Lehman Park. Badly damaged
during Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the
pocket park's wooden boardwalk
remains closed, leaning precariously
over the water. It's a shame, because it
looks like a good spot to get up close
and personal with the bay. People used
to fish from it, hoping to land something
big from the offshore reef.
The rest of the park is open, and
there's even a worn-down patch of
shoreline that would be perfect as a ramp
for your kayak or canoe. The park,
owned and maintained by the City of
North Miami, is open from sunrise to
sunset and offers great views of the
Intracoastal Waterway and a few islands.
From the Broad Causeway north to the
campus of Florida International


University, it's pretty bleak for seekers
of the waterfront: private homes and
condos all the way not even a dead-
end street.
The sense of opportunity lost continues
up to FIU, where the shoreline becomes
something altogether different. In places
sandy or rocky, in others lined with man-
groves, the coast here is calm and invit-
ing. There are plenty of great waterfront
walking trails, one of which you can
reach from NE 135th Street in the Arch
Creek East neighborhood, and plenty of
beautiful spots to sit and take in the view.
Low-lying areas close to the water
abound. Unfortunately most of them are
studded with signs prohibiting fishing,
swimming, and "watercraft landing."
More and more cities in the U.S. and
abroad are realizing the potential of their
waterfronts as public resources. As of
last year, New York City had about 60
miles of waterfront access in the plans or
under construction. New York law man-
dates new buildings provide public
access to the waterfront and "view corri-
dors" from the street.
Unlike many cities, however, Miami's
waterfront was never abandoned or


blighted by large-scale industrial devel-
opment. Therefore other cities' tactics
for reclaiming waterfront land ease-
ments from private property owners, the
use of eminent domain, or simply mak-
ing cheap purchases haven't been
available to Miami. But, says Ann
Breen, co-director of The Waterfront
Center, a Washington-based nonprofit
educational group, there is hope for the
Magic City.
After all, Milwaukee managed to
avoid private-property issues on its river-
front by building a public promenade out
over the Milwaukee River using stilts.
Philadelphia's city planners got moving
on the long-stagnant Penns' Landing
waterfront when a University of
Pennsylvania group held public meetings
on the subject and presented a civic
vision for redevelopment.
"It takes leadership," Breen says.
Miami needs political and business offi-
cials to team up with other community
leaders on a plan for meaningful public
access, Breen argues. "Somebody's got
to step up to the plate," she says. "I feel
sorry for Miami. It deserves better."
There has been no shortage of talk and


planning for waterfront access over the
years, especially in the City of Miami.
Ever since passage of the so-called Dan
Paul amendment mandating a 50-foot
setback, many city officials have envi-
sioned grand waterfront plans. Despite
this, Miami 21, the massive land-use
document intended as a blueprint for the
city's long-term development, sets forth
no specific intention to increase water-
front access.
There are, however, separate proposals
for promenades and green spaces along
the water at locations such as Dinner
Key in Coconut Grove and Bicentennial
Park. There is also a stated goal to con-
tinue downtown's baywalk, now little
more than a connection from the Miami
River's mouth to Bayfront Park, well up
the river and as far north along the bay
as possible.
As more people begin to appreciate the
value of the waterfront, they will
demand more access to it, Dan Paul
believes. "The public," he notes, "has
been asleep from the point of view of
their rights."

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Here in Miami, we keep them locked shut
By Kathy Glasgow
BT Contributor


Her legs were painfully scabbed
and scarred by recent surgery,
but last month my tough little
mother-in-law marched me down a
muddy dirt road in eastern Cuba to con-
sult Barbarito.
Most of my husband's huge extended
family lives among the hills and moun-
tains outside Santiago, in cobbled-
together homes offering neither modern
amenities nor security from weather or
intrusion. The full force of Hurricane Ike
had missed us, but even as my suegra
and I were picking our way along a gully
to Barbarito's cavelike altar-room, the
storm was laying waste to parts north
and west across the island.
We peeked into a little shack where
two massive, hard-looking women in
dirty Spandex were mired in a beyond-
repair sofa. A crate of incongrously
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threshold appeared (only to me, I'm
sure) portentous of something. My moth-
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high tables behind him were statues and
figurines of santos and orishas, along
with their favored offerings and all the
other objects and talismans that collect
on altars.
Barbarito's demeanor is opaque; his
eyes are downcast, his speech barely
audible. His skin is the color of fresh
blood mixed with dark chocolate, and
there's no gray in his hair. A smoothly
curved, deep scar runs from his right
temple to the jaw.
He's never asked me for money, but
his counsel has always been on target.
However, like all such small-town holy
men with a reputation for expertise on
the astral and spiritual planes, Barbarito
is not necessarily highly regarded by
everyone in the community. A lot of peo-
ple, including most of my in-laws, don't
go so far as to call him a fraud but dis-
miss him as ineffectual. They would con-
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Several years ago Barbarito was the
victim of an unusually (for Cuba) violent
attack. A man from a local family, one of
six or seven foul-tempered brothers,
walked to Barbarito's property (I still
couldn't say exactly which little shacks
and patios comprise "his" property or
who exactly lives there besides Barbarito
and his 20-something son), and during
an extended rampage, laid waste to
everything in sight, including the spiri-
tista's beloved santos; smashed furniture
and dishes and walls; and sent the goats
and chickens and children fleeing.
(Barbarito's long scar did not come from
that incident. My mother-in-law doesn't
know what caused it, and I haven't had
the nerve to ask him.)
I don't know of any reason for the
rampage other than alcohol. There are
probably many details nobody has the
patience to explain to me in a context I
could immediately understand. Barbarito
has recovered and replaced what was
broken. The attacker, forever afterward
identified as the man who trashed
Barbarito's place, was nevertheless not


prosecuted or punished (at least on the
material plane). He died while in his 40s,
though, about two years ago. All of those
brothers are dead now, except one, who
lives in Miami.
I was thinking about violence and safe-
ty, about feeling secure and fearless in
one's own home, as I rode in a bus across
Cuba last month. I know most of these BT
columns from Liberty City have centered
on crime and delinquency, and I don't like
to obsess on those things because I feel
I'm falling into the classic trap of assum-
ing (and assuming everyone else assumes)
that Liberty City is nothing but a ghetto.
But it's true that a community's level of
crime is a basic indicator of quality of
life, and my husband and I have been
struggling to deal with the crime-related
decline in our own living standards.
When I was in Cuba, I naturally com-
pared conditions there with those in
Liberty City, which superficially has
some of the same demographics (to
begin with, a dysfunctional economy and
majority black population). Cuba is a
Third World country, and standards of
living for the most part are low despite
touted recent investments from China,


Venezuela, and other friendly nations.
Still, the plumbing problems at my
house are nothing compared to those of
most Cubans. I thought my trips to the
island would eventually inure me to the
absence of running water and air condi-
tioning, the indecent sanitation, the
grime and rot of utterly dilapidated
dwellings, and their total lack of privacy.
Instead I grow less accustomed.
Whenever I'm there, I daydream about
what paradise it must be to stay in a
hotel and take a shower and dress with-
out my clothes immediately sticking to
my sweat-slicked body. I'd still be read-
ing Granma or Juventud Rebelde with
breakfast, though, sadly aware that the
state continues to insult the intelligence
of the Cuban people.
So I don't think I have any romantic
feelings left for Cuba, unless my profound
love for the music of Paulito FG counts.
But there's something I kept noticing this
last time nothing new, but given the
environment of fear in which I've been
living the past few years, something pre-
cious and puzzling. It's the open doors.
An image: the big tourist bus ViaAzul
- speeding away from the sun over the


potholed highway at dusk, the countryside
verdant in the rainy season, cattle herds
restless before the approaching darkness,
and then a country house where ordinary
people are wrapping up an ordinary day's
activities, clearly visible in the yellow
overhead light, there for anyone on the
highway to observe.
My first thought on seeing these bucol-
ic snapshots was a vague mental montage
of some old movie scenes in which
strangers arrive at a modest farmhouse
way out on a country road and proceed to
murder everyone in the hard-working
farm family. What an American reaction!
Then I thought about the house in
Havana I'd just left, where neighbors,
friends, and family come and go, day
and night, and how the doors and win-
dows are rarely shut. It's not that crime
doesn't exist in Cuba; it's not that people
aren't conscious of crime or want to pre-
vent it. But the fear and stress and off-
the-charts violence that we in the United
States now consider normal and unavoid-
able that doesn't exist in Cuba. At
least not yet.

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NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS: MIAMI SHORES


A Country Club in Terminal Decline


By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

In my business, the oft-repeated saw
that "you can't write what you don't
know" has always been gospel to me.
I've mentioned the Village's pink ele-
phant ye olde Miami Shores Country
Club a few times in this column. But
as my knowledge of the place has come
anecdotally, I decided I should become
personally acquainted.
Aside from the fact that it took eight
years for me to set foot in the door -
nothing to do with the anti-Semitic histo-
ry of the property and me being a Jew and
everything to do with an absence of com-
munity recruitment it wasn't difficult.
The first event I attended there, just a few
weeks ago, was a bar mitzvah, a very
nicely handled one at that. My husband
and I were impressed enough with the
facilities, dressed up and on best behavior
as they were, that we could picture hold-
ing Zoe's celebration there in a few years.


So I took a friend up on his invitation
to meet my husband and me for drinks
there one Friday night so I could see
what the place was really all about, age
spots and all. The friend, who joined
about a year ago on a golf and social
membership, has always been honest


about its pitfalls, including a lack of out-
reach and a social-member register
where the median age is about 82. But
he sees so much possibility in this prop-
erty and thinks if we enroll, and per-
suade some other mutual friends to do
likewise, we can revitalize the club by


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sheer numbers. Get the majority seat, so
to speak.
I see his point. After all, the Miami
SShores Country Club is the only fully
Stocked bar and true liquor license in
- town (or to be technical, straddling or
c even a mite over the Miami Shores/North
Miami border). I've never been a fan of
country clubs in general, but the social,
economic, and purely legal value of hav-
ing a Village haunt where we could hang
out with neighbors and have a safe, short
walk home (for those of us on the west
side) is tremendous.
My husband and I agreed to the invita-
tion. We had drinks at an attractive,
roomy sunken bar. But without miniature
egg roll appetizers and their attendant
aroma floating through the room, we got
a good idea of what it really smelled
like: a pervasive undercurrent of must,
mildew, and assorted adult diapers. And
what it looked like: It was dominated by

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Decline
Continued from page 22
the longstanding Old Guard. If their
glares mean anything and I think they
do we "young" (read: middle-age)
whippersnappers don't stand a chance.
Every Friday night is the same: They
dress as if for a wedding or bar mitzvah,
greet each other effusively at happy hour
while snacking on cheese cubes that
have seen better methods of refrigera-
tion, and then adjourn to a dining room
that never fills up, let alone turns tables.
Meanwhile at the bar, a few couples
might down a quick hamburger after a
tennis game, or a drinker or two will put
away martinis after 18 holes on the golf
course. But nowhere will you see the
kind of group we comprised: making
merry and more than ready for some
social life in the Shores. Weeknights,
you can imagine, are even less active.
I'm not saying the Miami Shores
Country Club needs to turn into some kind
of pub just to please my friends and neigh-
bors. And I'm sure golf fees and banquets
bring in enough to keep it running at a
bare-bones level. But when you look clos-
er even just at the carpet you get the


feeling the income is really not enough.
Frankly, I was shocked by the death rattle
you can almost hear in these rooms. And
no, it's not coming from the current clien-
tele, though they will die off eventually,
and from the looks of some of them, soon-
er rather than later. No, Miami Shores
Country Club is a ghost property in the
making. But why? Doesn't anybody
involved in this venture want to prevent a
terminal decline?
Apparently not. Staff I questioned
about possible improvements just
shrugged, as if they've heard these plans
before and nothing has happened. And
though my friend was enthusiastic
enough to inform a board member that
he'd brought in two new couples for the
evening, the board member didn't even
say hello, let alone try to recruit us.
The Miami Shores Country Club could
actually be a kind of rousing retro suc-
cess. In this depressive economic cli-
mate, which is only going to get worse,
folks want to stay close to home and are
looking for affordable and dependable
entertainment. The Miami Shores
Country Club could provide that, if it
cared to. At $300 annually, its social


membership rate is reasonable enough.
But presently there's no real reason to
purchase one.
It's not too late to reinvigorate these
halls. My friend who brought us to the club
is bursting with ideas to attract new mem-
bers: Open the bar and dining room to
Shores residents once a month, following
the example of the Aquatic Center. That
keeps the so-called riffraff out, but exposes
a whole new potential membership. Send
event calendars with coupons to new
Shores homeowners and offer ten-percent
discounts on Sunday brunch as an introduc-
tion (once you've got them there, give them
a tour). Heck, why not send coupons to all
homeowners within Village limits. In the
time I've lived here, I've never received
any kind of mailer or invitation from the
Miami Shores Country Club. In this age of
virtual advertisement, you'd think they'd at
least have an e-flyer announcing weekly
gatherings and opportunities. If you were a
member, you could look forward to these
events and plan your week around attend-
ing; if you weren't, they might make you
consider becoming one.
What kind of events roster are we talk-
ing about? Certainly livelier than the one


that exists now with the once-weekly
golf and tennis tournaments and seafood
buffet. Other than that, it's all about
some high school's senior prom and
someone's wedding reception. These are
fine things to hold there, but they only
fill the weekend. There are plenty more
days and opportunities for income
potential to consider.
I'd begin by welcoming the whole com-
munity instead of catering to golfers and sen-
iors. I'd promote Family Nights, where par-
ents could come in for happy hour and their
children could watch DVDs or go one
better and install a game room for teenagers.
Parents would be happy to know where their
kids were at night, and maybe the pre-driving
set would actually welcome a semi-cool
place to hang out and see their friends from
the area. No doubt the coins would roll in.
When I brainstorm about it, I can see
how the Miami Shores Country Club
might become a powerful social force for
the Village again. But as it stands, I'm
not going to bother trying to change an
institution from the inside when I don't
even like the way it smells.

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By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

Slather than limit my monthly writ-
ing to political screeds, I've
decided to take an occasional
detour into some of the Upper Eastside's
more eclectic offerings. For my first
excursion, I've chosen a local business
called Chop Shop Barbershop at 7283
Biscayne Blvd.
The phrase "chop shop" transports me
to my younger days. Back in those days
(and still, I suppose), a chop shop was the
name given to a place where stolen cars
were taken in the dark of night, quite lit-
erally to be chopped into pieces. The
car's body was of no consequence and
thus was dismantled with saws and torch-
es to glean the much-sought-after treas-
ures inside transmissions and even
entire engines before the light of day.
The particular Chop Shop I've discov-
ered locally, however, falls into a differ-
ent category altogether. It is actually an


"urban barbershop" that is the entrepre-
neurial brainchild of brothers Amir and
Edward Youssef.
Back in a galaxy far, far away -
known as New York City Edward (or
Big Ed as he is affectionately and aptly
known by locals) was cruising through a
particularly seedy part of the Bronx one
evening when he spotted two neighboring


establishments a chop suey restaurant
and a barbershop both with partially
defunct neon signs. Of course, the sig-
nage on the left, for the restaurant, had
only the word Chop illuminated. Above
the business on the right only the word
Shop was still glowing.
Big Ed pounced on the fortunate acci-
dent, deciding he'd stumbled upon a


brilliant name for a barbershop. More
than ten years ago, he and Amir opened
the first Chop Shop, in Elizabeth, New
Jersey. But things did not go very well.
They were located in a ghetto neighbor-
hood not very conducive to survival -
either for the brothers or their business.
So they picked up and moved to Miami.
Amir began working as a waiter in
local restaurants (the Forge, Monty's,
and the like), but he kept alive his dream
of opening another Chop Shop. Shortly
after Amir and Big Ed moved here, the
9/11 attacks took place in New York.
Amir's mother told the boys not to come
back. "It is very difficult here for Arabs
or those of Arab descent," Amir remem-
bers her telling them: "You two stay in
Miami and make your livelihood there."
They took her advice and began plan-
ning in earnest to open their second
Chop Shop. It all finally came together
two years ago, when the Chop Shop
made its debut on the MiMo Historic
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Hair
Continued from page 24
District section of Biscayne Boulevard.
In the beginning they had just two barber
chairs. They now boast eight busy chairs
for the barbers, who sport black smocks
with bright yellow Chop Shop logos.
So just what is an "urban barbershop"?
I can tell you it is different from any bar-
bershop I've ever visited. By way of
explanation, there's an old country-and-
western song by Tom T. Hall that
describes the secret to longevity as
"faster horses, younger women, older
whiskey, and more money."
Well, you could say Chop Shop
Barbershop is built around a lifestyle
that's about faster and sleeker cars, beau-
tiful women, parties, rap music, and of
course, more money.
Put another way, hip-hop is the rock
and roll of the current generation.
Remember how our parents charged that
the rock-and-roll culture, spawned dur-
ing the time of Elvis and the Beatles,
would be the ruin of our generation? I
hope we learned from those fallacies and
can be more tolerant of today's younger
set. After all, the hip-hop generation will


eventually be lamenting whatever pop
culture movement takes its place.
Chop Shop caters to the hip-hop genera-
tion's young urban men (and a few women),
ages 4 to 40. Its customers are predominant-
ly black and Latino, with a sprinkling of
white boys don't forget Eminem! The
hip-hop look they come in for is an exercise
in precision. Razor cuts around the scalp
and beard makes the hair look like it's been
applied, much like the snap-on hairpieces of
our toy cowboys and Indians of old. There
is a very distinct line where the forehead
stops and the hair begins.
You don't really get this type of look
at your average mainstream barbershop,
which usually caters to people like me,
who just want to get a quick a haircut
and get on with our day. We're really not
looking for a hairstyle to make any state-
ment except, "We keep ourselves
groomed and presentable." But the urban
hairstyle says, "Here I am. Deal with it!"
And Chop Shop, straight down to its
d6cor, is one of the places filling the
demand of that market.
Not unlike the set of a rap video,
everything in Chop Shop is sleek and
bright, just like the cars and motorcycles


the lifestyle glorifies picture The Fast
and the Furious and Tokyo Drift.
The waiting-area chairs are actually
car seats mounted on polished aluminum
diamond plates. The walls are covered
with photos of beautiful cars and beauti-
ful women sharp and snazzy, but just
tasteful enough that daddies can bring in
their little boys and bond with them in
the world of hip-hop. Photos of local
clients and celebrities also grace the
walls. Which ones? Chris Nufiez from
Miami Ink, Shannon Briggs (the heavy-
weight boxing champ), former Atlanta
Falcon Andre Rison, Sticky Fingaz of
the rap group Onyx (don't tell me you
haven't heard of Sticky Fingaz!), and
many other TV personalities.
So just how does he market his baby?
First, he never forgets the clients and
always shows respect. "Of course, we
are here to make money," Amir notes,
"but you do that through respecting your
client, and that brings them back."
Ultimately he and Big Ed would like to
create a Chop Shop franchise, but that's
not so easy. Amir explains that although
several celebs have offered him money
for the name and the look, "once you sell


the name, you have nothing."
"It will come in time," Amir adds.
"We have to keep things in perspective.
We are just two young entrepreneurs
from Jersey trying to impact the market
- trying to bring 'urban' to the main-
stream, and it can't be rushed."
Based on the observations of this good
'ol Miamuh boy, the brothers are off to a
strong start. In fact I just might have to
drop in for a "fade" or "blow out" cut, or
even a "bigen" dye job one of these days.
Don't believe me? Just wait and see.
The shop is open seven days. For more
information visit www.chopshopbarber-
shop.com or call 305-756-8102.

Crime Update
You may recall my June column about
seeing a burglar carrying a large saw on
his shoulder and following him out of
Belle Meade ("A Week in the Life").
After the property owner he'd victimized
and I spent a year going to court about
his case, the culprit recently accepted a
plea deal for seven years in prison. It
was worth the effort!

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COMMUNITY NEWS



The Boulevard Is Back!

Construction nightmares are but a memory, though not everyone is smiling


By Erin Polla
BT Intern

The bulldozers are gone. The

asphalt has been steamrolled. The
dust has settled. And Biscayne
Boulevard, after four years and $45 mil-
lion worth of reconstruction, has its
game on smooth and wide and flow-
ing freely. According to the Florida
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thousands of drivers and inflicted serious
damage on many Boulevard businesses,
officially concluded on Tuesday, July 1.
Now we have the landscapers, cutting
holes in sidewalks and planting trees,
applying nature's balm to help heal the
wounds. That work is scheduled to be
finished in December. The wounds, how-
ever, will linger. Those business owners
who managed to survive the construction
I.1li ullik i nw n nii Hll i'l f t nI" ill l did Ioh i


simply could not tolerate the congestion,
found alternative routes, and have stuck
with them.
Surely you remember why. Driving
practically anywhere along the
Boulevard was often a nightmarish expe-
rience accelerating briefly, braking
suddenly, inching along in bumper-to-
bumper traffic. Multiple sections were
narrowed to one lane each way, some-
timic. FI '.\i cc]k, And .it ,rie pIrinlt 'cli-


The last phase of the project took
place within Miami city limits, from
87th Street southward. People engaged
with that stretch of the Boulevard -
whether drivers or bus riders or business
owners suffered the longest. With that
in mind, and with a guarded sense opti-
mism, the BT sought to conduct an
unscientific survey. We attempted to con-
tact as many businesses as possible along
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6. Ueco unearis, u i-/ o lb
7. Gustavo Olivierl Antiques, 631 537-2811
8. Big Daddy's Liquors, 305 757 1917
9. Miami Subs Quickway, 305 757 0730
10. Laundry Partners, 305 759 3990
11. Estrella Insurance, 305 757 5900
12. Shorecrest Dry Cleaners, 305 751 5828
13. Sweetcakes, 305 333 5894
14. Studio Blue Bamboo, 305 762 4044
15. Ralph Choeff Architect, 305-892-6262
16. Dr. Lynn Labrousse Chiropractor, 305757-5117
17. MAD.E. Miami Antqes and Design Expo, 3057572044
18. Don Bailey Floors, 866 721 7171
19. Cartronics, 305 751 5598
20. East Side Chiropractic, 305 403 2595
21. Surprise Barber and Beauty Salon, 305 754 0205
22. Gifts and Occasions, 786-312-6867
23. D & F Tax Multi Services, 786-472 5537
24. Pineapple Blossom Tea Room, 305 754 8382
25. Monique Fashions Boutique, 786 663 8875
26. Unisex Beauty Salon, 305 751 5003
27. Classy Dry Cleaners, 305 754 6300
28. Youth Expressions, 305 758 3831
29. Fairwind Sunglasses, 305 7580057
30. Jiffy Lube, 305-758-1101
31. Biscayne Tire and Auto, 305 759 0925
32. Bistro 82, 305 403 2995
33. McDonalds, 305 7560400


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39. LtatLe UICOUIIL Iisuiallce, ,U //- s-z l Y
40. USA Nails, 305 757 6698
41. Check Cashing, 305-758-8526
42. Cafe Chin Fung, 305-758-5414
43. Fast Jewelry #2, 305 754 5042
44. 79 Cafe, 786 991 3304
45. Elida-Elitu Fotos y Formularlos, 305 7590059
46. Wendy's, 305 576 4488
47. CITGO Gas, 305 754 5031
48. Advanced Auto Parts, 305 757 2220
49. The Boulevard Theater, 305-756-0121
50. Red Light Regional Dining, 305 757 7773
51. Motel Blu, 305 757 8451
52. Center of Art, 305 490 4551
53. Gourmet Station, 305 762 7229
54. No Fear Computer Sales and Repairs, 305-759-5146
55. Broadway Art and Framing, 305 754 1773
56. Class One Barbershop and Beauty Salon, 305-7580823
57. Lambda Passages, 305 754 6900
58. Galata Towers Shop 2, 305 759 8470
59. Ver Daddy's Taco Shop, 305 303 9755
60. Royal Budget Motel, 305 754 7901
61. Metro Force Security, 305 759 1010
62. Oyuki Clothing Boutique, 305 722 0672
63. Mr. B Custom Tailor, 305 758 4180
64. Maude Beauty Salon, 305 758 3935
65. Rafiul Food Store and Beauty Supply, 305-756 3000
66. Yao Animal Hospital, 305 751 8552


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73. Moshi Moshl, 786-2209404
74. Le Cafe, 305 754 6551
75. Meduhr Body Waxing and Nails, 305 758 5750
76. Wrapstars, 305 756 5755
77. Chop Shop Barber Shop, 305 756 8102
78. Quiznos, 305 754 2400
79. Che Sopranos, 305 754 8282
80. King Motel, 305 757 2674
81. Camelot Inn, 305 751 3877
82. Hiperfit, 305 762 3999
83. Moonchine, 305 759 3999
84. DP Printng Signs and Copies, 305 757 2282
85. Jimmy's East Side Dinner, 305 754 3692
86. Eastern Video, 305-759-7111
87. Dogma Grill, 305 759 3433
88. Karma Car Wash and Cafe, 305-759-1392
89. Rapunzel Salon, 305 756 3909
90. Jamboree Lounge [Marcy: no phone]
91. Casa Toscana, 305-758-3353
92. Tyler Galleries, 305 759 4242
93. Uva 69, 305 754 9022
94. Saturn Motel, 305 757 8891
95. Michy's, 305 759 2001
96. Hlho Batik, 305 754 8890
97. Wine 69, 305-7590122
98. Una Luna Boutique, 305-758-1771
99. Soma Day Spa, 305 757 7662


100. BP Gasoline, 3U0 -54 2522
101. Starbucks, 305-758-1619
102. Subway, 305 758 7990
103. Casca Doce Studio, 305 757 6001
104. ABB Body Waxing, 305 756 7794
105. The Boutique Kitchen, 305 7560084
106. Biscayne Inn, 786 235 2300
107. Kingdom, 305 757 0074
108. VN Nails, 305-757-1597
109. Smile Mobile, 3059607380
110. Rio's Flowers, 305 751 0993
111. New World Health Centers, 305-754-8966
112. Mercy Supermarket, 305-759-7737
113. Davis Motel, 305 759 5823
114. Julian Chang, 305 751 8900
115. Rebel, 305 758 2369
116. Underdog Denim Boutique, 305-756-5151
117. Freckles, 305 754 0570
118. Motel South Pacific, 305-756-0105
119. Sinbad Motel, 305-751 3110
120. Cleanway Cleaners, 305 756 8226
121. Morningside Liquors, 305-754 2221
122. Europa Car Wash and Cafe, 305 754 2357
123. Leo's Touch Hand Car Wash, 305 751 7906
124. Andlamo Pizza, 305 762 5751
125. Burger King, 305 751 3130
126. Chandl Liquors, 305 751 5775
127. To Go Sushi, 305 759 0914


128. Ihe Honey Iree, 3U0 -59 1696
129. Canela Cafe, 305 756 3930
130. Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins, 305 7626796
131. Kim's Valet Cleaners, 305 758 7405
132. Planet Lighting, 305 757 5001
133. In Motion Dance Center, 305 751 2229
134. Bhoom Shanti Fashion and Decor, 305 758-8282
135. Glo, 305 758 2727
136. World Wide Photo, 305-756-1744
137. Motel Best Value Inn, 305-7518696
138. Bayside Motor Inn, 305 754 4581
139. Bank of America, 305 576 4200
140. Publix, 305 573 8601
141. CVS, 305-576-4347
142. Wachovia, 305 573 0399
143. Luna Cafe, 305-573-5862
144. Art By God, 305 573-0161
145. Denny's, 305-573-8901
146. Shell Gasoline, 305-576-7172
147. Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, 305 576 5832
148. McDonalds, 305 573 6064
149. Polio Tropical, 305-572-9844
150. Wendy's, 305 576 4488
151. Regions Bank, 305 576 2984
152. Bays Inn Midtown, 305 572 9550
153. Midtown Inn, 305 573 7700
154. Walgreens, 305-573-0130
155. Sun Inn Chinese, 305-576-1728


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question: Three months after the end of
roadway construction, how's it going?
We didn't include businesses operating in
office buildings, and it's possible we missed
a few others. If you think your business
should have been included with the map
and listings below, please drop us a line.
Convenience stores and similar small
businesses report severe damage during
construction, and unfortunately not much
has changed since it ended. Amil Rahmn,
of Mercy Supermarket (6600 Biscayne
Blvd.), says, "We're dying and can't
even pay our rent." A nearby bodega,
Rafiul Foodstore and Beauty Supply
(7400 Biscayne Blvd.), echoes that grim
assessment. "It's been three or four
nonthll and till nothing. No one even
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employee Mohammed Faruque, pointing
to a black-and-orange sign on the front
of the building announcing that the store
is for sale.
Jino Dwe of Cartronics (8250
Biscayne Blvd.) says the construction
chased away customers and ruined his
business. "They are not coming to
Biscayne anymore," he laments. "It
killed all of us."
A clerk at Fast Jewelry #2 (7917
Biscayne Blvd.), who wishes to remain
anonymous, boils over with frustration:
"Things are extremely slow. Nothing has
changed since the construction ended.
It's still dirty, there are still bums, and
there is still crime."
High expectations of booming busi-
ness along a post-construction Boulevard
have been met for some. Kenny Beck of
Broadw'i Art and FraminQ ("551
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open-air restaurant "did all right during
the construction, but business has picked
up tremendously."
Stacey Robinson of Karma Car Wash
and Caf6 (7010 Biscayne Blvd.) points
out that not only are they doing "won-
derfully," another upside to the end of
construction is the beginning of social
cohesion. "The community has grown,"
she says, "and now they're coming
together more."
Make that literally as well as figura-
tively. Today you can walk up and down
the Boulevard without dodging heavy
equipment or twisting an ankle. And
while there appears to be much more
window-shopping, it isn't always trans-
lating into sales. Says Carl Masello of
Miami Antique and Design Expo (8330
Biscayne Blvd.): "Things are not really
that Qrcat More people come in but they-

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"More people come in now," he says.
"They are coming back. It's only a little,
but it's an increase."
Though it may seem counterintuitive,
some businesses actually did better during
the chaos of construction. As Yani Yuhara,
part-owner of the Japanese restaurant
Moshi Moshi (7232 Biscayne Blvd.),
explains, "The completion of the con-
struction is a double-edged sword. Traffic
is moving smoothly, but people are just
passing us now. At least with the slower
traffic, people could see us and our sign."
Rick Dagostno of Underdog Denim
Boutique (6665 Biscayne Blvd.) agrees.
"Now that it's done," he says, "it's a
freeway. Cars are just zooming by."
Over at Moonchine, the Thai-
Vietnamese restaurant (7100 Biscayne
Blvd.), Preedaporn Satiraprapkul sums it
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156. Pronto Supermarket, 305-573 3831
157. Boulevard Liquors, 305 573 4974
158. Starbucks, 305-576-1379
159. Nativo Design, 305 573 1011
160. Max Muscle, 305 395 7794
161. Kore, 3055738211
162. Sabor a Peru, 305 573 9637
163. Sunbelt Rentals, 305 572 9980
164. Service Center, 305 5720090
165. Subway, 305 576 5099
166. Granite Transformations, 786 497 3003
167. Papa John's, 305 576 7272
168. Money Gram, 1 8009269400
169. I.D. Art Supply 305 576 5222
170. Lulgl Hair Styles, 305 571 7279
171. Delicias Peruanas Restaurant. 305 573 4634


172. Harmony Body Waxing and Nails, 305576-1551
173. Long Lire Rock & Other Obsessions, 305 2003612
174. Shirley Pear Lingerie Boutique, 305-572-1326
175. Creative Office Solutions, 305 407 8907
176. Junior's Pet Grooming, 305-571 1818
177. Latin Cafe 2000, 305 576 3838
178. Marlo the Baker, 305 438 0228
179. Personal Touch Valet Cleaners and Tailors,
305-438 0008
180. T.O. Cutz Barbershop, 305 572 0606
181. Minuteman Press, 305-571 0377
182. The Loft Sofas, 786 228 8981
183. Kom Furniture and Accessories, 305 576 4566
184. L and R Grocery 305 576 6309
185. Sumba Graphic Design and Printing,
7862828510


186. Tip Top Cash Checking, 305 573 9820
187. Le Paris Beauty Salon and Spa,
305 5736139
188. Omni Business Services, 305 576 7755
189. Metro PCS and Vigo [Marcy: no phone]
190. K and S Dry Cleaners, 305 571 1919
191. Public Storage, 305 5738266
192. Subway, 305571 9088
193. Stoal Outdoor Concepts, 305-573-1117
194. La Provence French Bakery, 305 576 8002
195. Sounds Good Stereo, 305 576 4665
196. Maino Churrascaria, 305 571 9044
197. Braman Motors, 886821 5416
198. Par Invest Private Mortgages, 305 571 9666
199. Bengal Modern Indian Cuisine, 786 683 5382
200. National Eagle Bank, 305 576 1957


201. Staples, 305-5731680
202. Bacardi, 305-5738511
203. Court Furniture Rentals, 305 576 0660
204. OXXO Cleaners, 305 933 9915
205. The Daily Creative Food Company,
305-573-4535
206. Salad Creations, 305 576 5333
207. Paul Anthony Salon and Day Spa,
305571 7277
208. Citibank, 305 577 3097
209. Synergy Wellness, 305 371 5775
210. The Scoot, Skate, and Bike Company,
305-358-7004
211. Body Temple Day Spa, 305-371 0029
212. Pet Place, 305 372 2433
213. Bin No. 18. 786-235-7575


214. Sake Room Sushi Lounge
305-7550122
215. Milan Kitchens, 3053729030
216. Downtown Divas, 305 808 9588
217. Herval Furniture, 3053771221
218. Abrams Fabric, 305 379 8997
219. Burger King, 305 379 0468
220. Checkers, 305 579 2117
221. Marriott Hotel, 305 374 3900
222. Miami International University of
Art & Design, 305 428 5700
223. Oriental Rug Co., 305 374 3976
224. Concert Association of Florida
305 808-7446
225. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts,
305949 6722


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Further Adventures of the Boulevard's Big Man

Eric Silverman and his Vagabond Motel may soon be in the market business


By Terence Cantarella
BT Contributor

Market reports have dominated
the headlines for months now.
Bad debts, rising inflation,
housing bubbles, and government
bailouts have become topics of conversa-
tion for even the most financially illiter-
ate among us. But along the Biscayne
Corridor, there's been market talk of a
different sort talk that has more to do
with orchids, honeydews, and organic
vegetables than mortgages or Wall Street.
We're speaking, of course, about farm-
ers markets.
On September 17, in a 6-2 decision,
the Miami Planning and Advisory Board
(PAB) approved the creation of a special
"Market District" along Biscayne


Boulevard from NE
51st Street to NE 77th
Street. The proposed
district, which now
must be ratified by the
city commission,
would allow qualifying
property owners to
operate outdoor mar-
kets in front of their
businesses on
Saturday and Sundays
from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00
p.m. Until recently, a
temporary special- September 4
events permit was persuaded a
required for such activity, and it had to
be renewed weekly.
The new ordinance aims to bring more
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Most everyone.
Boulevard businesses, while also taking a
step toward creating a more pedestrian-
friendly environment, similar to neighbor-
hoods in other U.S. and European cities.


To qualify for an open-air market, a
property must measure at least 15,000
square feet. Very few properties in the des-
ignated area are that large. Exactly how
many remains unclear maybe three,
maybe four. But one man whose property
does qualify, and who plans to take full
advantage of the new law when it takes
effect, is Eric Silverman. His historic
Vagabond Motel at 7301 Biscayne Blvd. is
considered the premier property along the
Boulevard's Upper Eastside, and he is fer-
vently working toward opening an outdoor
weekend market in his large front parking
lot by Saturday, November 1.
Silverman expects that other business-
es eventually will set up shop indoors at
the Vagabond. A vintage store, a fish

Continued on page 30


Market Rebounds!

No, not Wall Street the Upper Eastside very own green version


By Nina Korman
Special to BT

SL region Park is the best market
I've ever done. The communi-
-Jty's reception has just been phe-
nomenal," says Claire Tomlin of the Upper
Eastside Green Market, which after years
of anticipation began this past January and
took a brief hiatus over the summer.
Tomlin should know. For more than a
decade she has produced green markets
in South Florida on Lincoln Road, in
Normandy Isle, in Aventura Mall, and on
Fort Lauderdale's Los Olas Boulevard.
This year she will add new ones in


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Claire Tomlin with supporter Commissioner Marc
Sarnoff: More vendors, more products.


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Reopening on
' Saturday, October 25,
the Upper Eastside
,z incarnation promises to
be better than ever. Its
new name, the Upper
Eastside Marketplace,
will reflect the addition
of vendors offering
juried, handmade arts
and crafts along with
those returning to sell
fresh produce, plants,
and specialty food


items. (The number of vendors will total
50, up from last season's 30.)
Ironically, a new "market district"
along Biscayne Boulevard, recently
endorsed by Miami's Planning Advisory
Board to help Vagabond Motel owner
Eric Silverman establish his own outdoor
market, has inadvertently bolstered
Tomlin's business. Hence the inclusion of
previously excluded arts-and-crafts items.
A few activists from nearby neighbor-
hoods have expressed concern that the
two markets might cancel each other out.
Tomlin, however, is not worried about the

Continued on page 30


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The High Cost of Pumping Gas

A popular service station attracts a police chief's wife and crooks too


By Erik Bojnansky
Special to BT

The Sunoco gas station on the cor-
ner of N. Miami Avenue and 54th
Street is in the news again. BT
readers may recall its last mention in
these pages. That was back in May,
when we recounted the harrowing story
of attorney Abbie Cuellar and her
encounter with thugs who leaped from
their car and began shooting at her as she
drove up NE 4th Court ("Perception vs.
Reality"). Cuellar had just left the
Sunoco station, and some observers
speculated that she may have been tar-
geted while buying gas there.
Such speculation was based on the sta-
tion's reputation as a hot spot for crime.
"That's a hub of activity," says Miami
Police Maj. David Magnusson, who until
recently commanded the department's
North District. "This gas station is very
big, clean, and centrally located [and]
bad people go where people park." That
reputation has been reinforced several
times recently, most notably on
September 7. That's when Noreen
Timoney, wife of Miami Police Chief
John Timoney, was robbed.
Because the station and its commercial
plaza are big and busy, some people
become complacent and let down their
guard. "You feel you are safer,"
Magnusson says. That can result in peo-
ple neglecting to take basic precautions,
like locking car doors. A thief can
pounce and swipe a car's valuables with-
in seconds, especially, Magnusson adds,
if they're good at it.
Noreen Timoney pulled her Lexus into
the station at about 9:30 a.m. on that


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Sunday. While she was preoccupied with
her gas transaction, facing the pump, she
didn't notice that a Nissan Maxima had
pulled up alongside her car, maybe 15
feet away. Apparently she also didn't
notice that her front passenger door was
unlocked, a fact that did not escape the
attention of Nissan's occupants.
The Sunoco station's surveillance video
camera caught it on tape: A young man, a
passenger in the Nissan, steps out of the
car, crouches down low, and takes five
quick steps over to Timoney's vehicle. He
then smoothly opens the passenger door,
reaches in and grabs her purse from the
front seat, closes the door, and scurries
back to the Nissan. He jumps in and the
car takes off. Timoney saw none of this,
and didn't even realize until minutes later
that her purse was missing. Her loss in
cash, jewelry, credit cards, and other
items was estimated at more than $2700.
The incident wasn't reported by the
Miami Herald until six days later, and
then it was only a brief item with no
reporter's byline, buried inside the local
section. But it certainly caught the


attention of CBS 4
reporter and com-
mentator Jim
DeFede, a former
Herald columnist.
His resulting story,
"A Tale of Two
Thefts: Why It's
Good to Be the
Chief's Wife," com-
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that took place not far Police report: The contents of Noreen Timoney's


away, at the discount stolen purse.
gas station on
Biscayne Boulevard at 54th Street.
Once Timoney realized she'd been
robbed, it didn't take long for police to
show up in force six patrol cars, bur-
glary-unit detectives, and a crime-scene
technician. The victim on Biscayne
Boulevard parked her 2008 Mercedes at
a pump, locked her doors, and went
inside to prepay for gas. During those
brief moments, and in broad daylight,


thieves smashed her car window,
grabbed her purse, and sped off.
According to DeFede's report, the police
who responded wouldn't even dust for
fingerprints, though a handprint was
clearly visible. "The disparate treatment
between how the police handled the two
identical incidents raises questions as to

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Adventures
Continued from page 28

market, bookstore, coffee shop, and
artists' spaces are just some of the enter-
prises he imagines in his revived venue
(see BT's September cover story, "Big
Man on the Boulevard"). Silverman's
ultimate goal is to create a bustling gath-
ering place, complete with indoor retail,
the outdoor market, a swimming pool,
and even a pool bar. The Vagabond, he
claims, holds the only full liquor license
on the east side of the Boulevard from
downtown to at least NE 132nd Street.

Market
Continued from page 28

imminent competition to the north at the
Vagabond, graciously saying, "It's a pret-
ty property and I just wish him the best."
Broadening the focus of her market,
Tomlin says she'll be responding to the
public's desire for organic goods, having
formed an alliance with a South Florida
farm growing four acres of organic pro-
duce. Eggplant will be harvested in late
October. Tomatoes and squash will be


"That's the drive-home side," he reasons.
"So the opportunity is there."
Silverman was the leading proponent
of the Market District, and as the only
property owner with concrete plans for
an outdoor market, his motel has been a
major focus at public meetings. The over-
whelming majority of neighboring busi-
nesses and residents support Silverman's
plan, as evidenced by a petition he circu-
lated, as well as a show of hands at
recent meetings of the MiMo Biscayne
Association and a September 4 communi-
ty meeting at Legion Park. Some locals
have even billed him a visionary set to

ready by November. "I couldn't be hap-
pier," she says. (Full disclosure:
Biscayne Times is a market sponsor.)
While hard economic times are bad for
most people, Tomlin notes they are oddly
favorable for market producers. Potential
vendors hoping to raise extra cash have
inundated her with phone calls. But folks
wanting to make and sell grandma's
banana bread can't legally produce it out
of their own home kitchen. So Tomlin
has made arrangements with a fully
licensed kitchen at the nearby American


transform the MiMo Historic District, the
strip of Biscayne Boulevard from NE
50th Street to NE 77th Street known for
its midcentury motels designed in the
unique, modernistic style known as
Miami Moder (MiMo).
Some local preservationists and home-
owners associations haven't been so eas-
ily sold on the idea. Among their con-
cerns are traffic, sanitation, and a fear
that an outdoor market would provide
Silverman and other owners of historic
properties with a convenient way to
avoid costly restoration work, generating
income instead from open-air markets.

Legion Post #29, where would-be ven-
dors can rent space, whip up their home-
made creations, then peddle them at the
marketplace.
Quality vendors are important, but
ultimately Tomlin understands a lovely
setting in Legion Park can't be beat.
"Families really enjoy coming to the
park," she notes. Catering to them, she
has planned concurrent events, such as
horticultural lectures and cooking
demonstrations by Boulevard chefs. On
opening morning this month, kids are


Teri D'Amico, a local interior designer
who shares credit for coining the term
"MiMo," voiced her objections at the
September 4 community meeting, taking
many residents by surprise with the
intensity of her opposition. "This is not a
good thing for the neighborhood," she
insisted. Her fear was that the area will
become something akin to a flea market
or junk bazaar.
That issue was addressed at the
September 17 PAB meeting. Discussion
mainly centered on enforcement of the
Continued on page 31

invited to don costumes for a Halloween
parade, then participate in a judged cos-
tume contest and bob for apples.
Afterward parents can enjoy an organic-
food presentation.
"It has proven to be a real community
happening," Tomlin says of the market. "It
becomes like a town square." Neighbors
can mingle, shop, and enjoy the outdoors
every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. through the middle of May.

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Sunoco
Continued from page 29
whether Timoney's wife received prefer-
ential treatment," DeFede said in his
September 17 report.
Major Magnusson, who now oversees
the police department's communications
division, insists the differing responses
had nothing to do with Noreen Timoney
being the chief's wife, but everything to
do with her being the third victim in a
series of car burglaries at nearby gas sta-
tions. Officers responding to Timoney's

Adventures
Continued from page 30
terms of the proposed new law, which
contains lots of specifics. For example,
the markets are limited to the sale of
handmade crafts, fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, prepared raw foods, and drinks
derived from fresh fruits and vegetables.
No outdoor market may be located closer
than 1500 feet to another outdoor mar-
ket, and display areas can only be along
the Biscayne Boulevard frontage and 25
feet from any residential property.
The ordinance also states that market


call quickly realized there was a pattern,
Magnusson says: "By the third time, we
realized something was going on."
Between the Sunoco's surveillance tape
and other descriptions provided by wit-
nesses, a suspect was in custody within
hours. He is 18-year-old Alvens Loriston.
Since this past January, Magnuson
notes, there have been four car break-ins
at the Sunoco station, as well as one bat-
tery and one assault in which a police
officer was injured. Dawan Malik, owner
of Trendsetters clothing store, which is

hopefuls must obtain a Class 2 Special
Permit, issued by the city's planning
department. Among other things, the per-
mit requires any applicant to provide a
detailed business plan. "We work closely
with the NET office to help us get feed-
back," explained Assistant Planning
Director Carmen Sanchez. "We issue the
Class 2 permit. If they [property owners]
don't behave, we'll get the complaint
and we'll refer it to the enforcement
department." If owners fail to comply,
the permit is revoked and the market is
instantly out of business.
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located within the Sunoco plaza, believes
far more than four break-ins have taken
place at the station. "It's probably more
like four a month," he says. Malik likes
his business location because there's lots
of foot traffic, but he fears it's only a
matter of time before someone tries to
rob his store unless the landlord
makes the plaza safer. "You need 24-
hour security," he warns, "because you
never know what can happen."
Sunoco station manager Atiq Khaw
insists the plaza is safe and that serious

there weren't enough limitations in the
ordinance and warned that good intentions
sometimes go awry. Nina West, another
board member, believed a review period
should be included in the ordinance. The
proposal passed 6-2, and then was amend-
ed to include a review after four years.
Arva Moore Parks, the PAB chair-
woman and respected Miami historian,
concluded the meeting on a positive
note. "I hope in four years we'll have a
totally revived MiMo District and no one
will want to waste time with this," she
said of the review provision.
"You have the best people there," noted


incidents are rare. He argues this point
inside his bustling convenience store, as
he steps behind a transparent wall of
thick glass that protects the cash register.
But an eavesdropping customer flatly
contradicts him as she leaves the store.
"The whole area is crime!" she says
loudly. "There's nothing here but crime!"
Responding with a smile, Khaw says,
"She is telling you, subtly, that you
should leave before you get robbed."

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board member Janice Tarbert, speaking of
the Upper Eastside generally. "You're
going to be enormously successful."
Tarbert just may be right. The
Biscayne Corridor lacks a focal point
similar to Miami Beach's Lincoln Road
or Coconut Grove's CocoWalk, an oft-
heard lamentation from residents. The
Vagabond market project may prove to
be a testing ground for what could
become a very popular idea.
Now, if we could only do something
about those financial markets.

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Benefits of Raising
Children The Palin
Effect?
6400 Block of NE 2nd Avenue
Victim was living with a new boyfriend for
more than a year. He was on the rebound
after a bitter divorce. One night the ex-wife
entered the home through the unlocked
front door and started an argument with the
girlfriend. The boyfriend heard the com-
motion and came out of the shower, naked.
Seeing the old goods, the ex-wife attacked
the girlfriend, punching and slapping her
before the ex-husband pulled her away.
The identity of the former wife has been
confirmed, but at press time charges have
not been filed. Victim is concerned because
the ex-wife "has small children."

The Long and
Winding List
900 Block ofBiscayne Boulevard
Man was living large in a 512-unit build-
ing where all but 12 of the apartments are


Biscayne Crime Beat

SCompiled by Derek McCann


empty owing to construction. Residing in
such exclusiveness, and supervising the
property, the man was a constant victim
of theft. He stopped calling police after
he was allegedly told by one of Miami's
finest: "Stop calling after every robbery!"
However, he methodically compiled over
two months a record of stolen items. The
list included, among other things, 20


garbage disposals and 20 kitchen sinks.
He continues keeping the list.


If It Fits, You Must Convict
7900 NE 2nd Ave.
Doctor had secured his practice at four in
the afternoon, but when he returned the
following day at 9:00 a.m., he found his


glass door busted open. He had experi-
enced a similar incident at another loca-
tion. Speaking with a neighborhood
denizen one day, the doctor learned of a
possible suspect. Police were called and
approached the suspect, who was hang-
ing out at a convenience store. They
brought him downtown for voluntary fin-
gerprint and DNA samples. DNA found
on glass shards from the broken door
matched the man's DNA. He was arrest-
ed, though he wouldn't admit to the
break-in. He did, however, did offer that
he'd helped to move furniture two years
earlier which may explain the DNA sam-
ples. At least this worked for O.J.

Love in the Time
of Pepper Spray
300 Block NE 82nd Street
A woman had broken up with her
boyfriend five months earlier, but now
he was calling from Broward, where, he

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said, he'd been in a fight. He needed a
place to crash. The ex-girlfriend refused.
According to the police report, "She
have a new boyfriend now and do not
want him to come over." (It's unclear if
the officer was attempting to capture the
local patois or whether that's just how
the officer writes.) Predictably the ex-
lover, thinking he still had a chance and
not wanting to be alone, came over and
banged on the woman's door. He man-
aged to pry it open and grabbed her
neck. Did her new boyfriend save the
day? No. She took care of business her-
self by unloading on her ex with a can of
pepper spray, which officially cemented
their breakup. Note to new lover: When
it's time, you'll know.

Bottoming Out on
Internet Addiction
700 Block ofNE 22nd Street
More than once in "Biscayne Crime
Beat" we've detailed instances in which
criminals have broken into homes and
slept in their victims' beds, sometimes
without stealing anything. In this


instance, the object of interest was a
computer, not to steal but to use. The
victim arrived home and noticed an unfa-
miliar odor in the air. Her computer was
turned off, though she had left it on.
When she booted up, strange e-mails and
passwords appeared on the screen. The
intruder, it seems, had used her home as
a cyber caf6. No arrests, but it is classi-
fied as a burglary.

Battered, Saved,
Then Robbed
7800 Block NE Miami Court
A distraught woman was temporarily liv-
ing in a domestic-violence shelter. Upon
going to sleep, she placed her valuables
(wallet and cell phone) under her pillow
as a safety precaution. However, when
she awakened the next morning, the items
were gone. She explained to police that
she had tossed and turned in her sleep.

Losing a Good
Customer
100 Block ofNE 1st Street
Even longtime customers can't be trusted
anymore. This man entered an establish-


ment he has patronized on a regular basis
and asked to see a particular Rolex
watch. His wife was waiting outside in
the car, so he asked if he could show it
to her before he made his purchase. The
store owner comfortably agreed since
this was a customer he knew, a customer
who had pumped much money into his
business. However, the man got into his
car and simply drove away. Numerous
attempts have been made by the owner
to reach him, but to no avail.


Rooftop Hygiene
1200 Block ofN. Miami Avenue
Police responded to a burglary-in-
process report. An alert citizen had
called police when she saw a man rum-
maging through her neighbor's back-
yard shed. Then the man ran to the
front house. By the time police arrived,
the man was on the roof. Dressed in
black shorts and a black wife-beater, he
was using a hose to wash himself.
When he gave in to police, he
explained his need to shower. This did
not impress the officers. He was
promptly arrested.


Slipped a Miami Mickey?
900 Block NE 2nd Avenue
A man had been at a popular nightspot and
claimed he had only one drink. Hours later
he awoke from some kind of blackout and
found himself at the intersection of Miami
Avenue and 20th Street. His money, not
surprisingly, was gone. He claims police
were in the area, but they refused to file a
report. The man believes he had been
drugged by a mysterious enemy.

The Passion of the Score
NE 14th Street and 1st Avenue
An amorous man had hit it off with two
women, getting it on in the corner of a bar.
The trio decided it was time to get a room.
The man drove the two women in his car
and stopped at an ATM machine to with-
draw cash to pay for what surely would be
a gloriously sleazy night. While he was at
the machine, however, he couldn't find his
bank card. He turned around and saw the
two women running away. Apparently
they had pinched the card during their ten-
der embraces at the bar.

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CULTURE


Female but Maybe Not Feminist


A couple of guys put together a show by


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By Victor Barrenechea
BT Contributor

es, Miami may have Naomi
Fisher, Wendy Wischer, and
Cristina Lei Rodriguez. But
compared to the number of Miami
men making names for themselves in
the art world, it seems our female
artists have yet to break through the
artistic glass ceiling.
"It's just the reality of the way it is,"
says local artist Pepe Mar. "[Just] go to
Chelsea [the New York City gallery dis-
trict] or something, and count the num-
ber of male solo shows versus women
solo shows." In response to this local
predicament, Mar and Miami painter
Aramis Gutierrez have curated an all-
female exhibition, "The Continuing
Adventures of Our Heroine," which
opens later this month at the David
Castillo Gallery.
"We were kind of picking up on the
fact that there are not that many female
artists in Miami," says Gutierrez, who,
like Mar, is represented by the gallery.
"It was nice to put a spotlight on some
emerging female artists."
Shows of this nature are not without
precedent. Recent exhibitions, such as
"Global Feminisms" at the Brooklyn


"I wonder if people think 'mascul
work is more aggressive and 'fen
work is more passive."



Museum in New York, and the traveling
"WACK: Art and the Feminist
Revolution," have certainly put a spot-
light on femme-centric art. Locally, too,
there's the current "Dark Continents"
show at North Miami's Museum of
Contemporary Art, which explores the
connection between feminism and
nature. But "Continuing Adventures"
doesn't address typical issues of femi-
nism and gender politics; in fact, very
few the works contain any kind of overt-
ly feminist subject matter.
"I think we wanted to avoid a stereo-
typically 'feminist' show," Gutierrez
explains. "We just wanted to do a show
about people making art who happen to
be female which kind of is an


A-


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Guest Room, an oil painting by newcomer Natalya Laskis.


underrepresented niche in the
Miami art scene."
The show brings together
seven artists, each at a different
stage in her career. You have
Michelle Weinberg, Francie
Bishop Good, Lee Materazzi,
and Susan Lee-Chun. Only two
non-Miamians will be taking
part: Jaimie Warren
from Kansas City
line' and the wildly suc-
lale' cessful New York
photographer Cindy
Sherman. They will
all be joined by
newcomer Natalya
Laskis, a young painter for
whom this is only the second
show in a gallery setting, and
the first ever in Miami.
Laskis, who paints in oils,
says, "I think this is more The loi
important than [my other
show]. People will be more critical of the
work because of my association with
Hernan." She is referring to perhaps
Miami's best-known artist, Hernan Bas,
for whom she works as an assistant and
whom she considers something of a men-
tor. "He's a big influence on my work,"
she acknowledges, though she won't go
so far as to consider herself his prot6g6e.
Most of her work is about her twin sis-
ter and based on photos she has taken on


go for Lee-Chun's fictional corporation,

family trips to Thomasville, Georgia.
Lakes, streams, and hunting lodges
evoke a mood of quiet tranquility and
nostalgia. Each finished painting is
marked by some obscuration of detail
that Laskis achieves by limiting the
amount of brushstrokes. The goal, she
says, is show more with less.
Photographer Lee Materazzi, also
represented in the show, says she thinks
the exhibition may raise questions


about what constitutes a feminine aes-
thetic, wondering whether it's a partic-
ular sensitivity or a particular way of
stylizing that makes a work "feminine."
"I wonder if people think 'masculine'
work is more aggressive and 'female'
work is more passive," she says. Her
own work is often compared to that of
Erwin Wurm, which leads her to con-
clude that neither gender can corner
the market on the specific traits a work
can embody. Even Mar and Gutierrez
characterize their work as having a
predominantly "feminine" sensibility.
"I think in Miami, there are a lot of
male artists who speak in a feminine
voice," says Gutierrez.
For this show, Materazzi will have
three photographs, each depicting some-
one caught in exaggeratedly complicated
and cluttered domestic situations. "I try
to pick [situations] that an everyday per-
son has trouble with," she
explains, "these frustrating
moments you encounter in
everyday life." Hose, for
example, depicts a man
tangled up in an uncoiled
garden hose, while
Underwear Drawer shows
a woman engulfed in piles
of clothing, her head stuck
in an unkempt dresser
drawer. In each photo-
graph, the subject's face is
obscured, so that while the
surrounding circumstances
seem fraught with tension,
the people themselves
appear quite relaxed,
almost accepting of their
discomfort. The absurdity
of the domestic situations
tinge the works with an
element of dark humor.
The Suz. Korean-American per-
formance artist Susan Lee-
Chun will execute a project titled You're
Cordially Invited to Tea Time, in which
she will not physically participate. "I've
always been the instigator," she explains.
"This time I want people to come into the
work on their own."
Her piece, which touches upon issues
of ethnicity and identity, centers on a
company known as The Suz and repre-
sents the different aspects of Lee-Chun's
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personality through characters she
has created and performed
throughout her career. Meet
"Sue," Lee-Chun with a blond
wig, who represents an
Americanized Asian. There's the
more aggressive "Sioux," who
rejects that assimilation and is
characterized by a headpiece with
a protruding rhino horn. Then
there's "Su," the bridge between
the two. Headshots of the three
characters combine to create The
Suz company logo. .
Lee-Chun hopes to occupy the
space with a quasi-corporate tea
party that's almost Starbucks- Mid
like. Viewers will be encouraged
to sit on pillows emblazoned with The
Suz's company images, atop an octago-
nal platform. As soon as four people
seat themselves, a professional caterer
will be instructed to serve tea. The
setup will be decorated in an Asian
style Lee-Chun describes as not
Korean, but rather generic Asian.
"People feel like it's all kind of the


helle Weinberg's


same," she says. "Race tends to over-
simplify branches of ethnicity."
Very subjective and personal world
views seem to be the common threads
among all the works on display, be it
Sherman's costumed self-portraits or
Weinberg's collages that simultaneously
romanticize and criticize the notion of
1950s housewives.


All in all, Gutierrez and Mar
agree that the discovery of a younger gen-
eration of local female artists was the
most exciting part of putting this show
together. "You do find all these little
pockets where artists are working that you
just didn't think about," says Gutierrez.
"Hopefully, this show will influence some
of the younger female artists."


Among the domestic situations explored
by Lee Materazzi.


"The Continuing Adventures of Our
Heroine" opens October 11 at David
Castillo Gallery, 2234 NW 2nd Ave.,
Miami. For hours and more information
call 305-573-8110; or visit www.castil-
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ART LISTINGS


WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN DISTRICT
ART + DESIGN NIGHT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11

ABBA FINE ART
233 NW 36th St., Miami
305-576-4278
www.abbafineart.com
Through October 31:
"Recent Installations" by Pip Brant and "Filatim" with
Pip Brant, Natasha Duwin, Debra Holt, Kerry Phillips,
and Ja Young Yoon
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

ALBERTINI ARTS
190 NW 36 St., Miami
305-576-2781
www.albertiniarts.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS
2134 NW Miami Ct., Miami
305-438-0220
www.alejandravonhartz.net
Through November 1:
"Last Days of Summer" with Soledad Arias, Fabian
Burgos, Gabriel and Gilberto Colaco, Marta Chilindron,
Geni Dignac, Eugenio Espinoza, Juan Raul Hoyos,
Silvana Lacarra, Malu Stewart

AMAYA GALLERY
2033 NW 1st PI., Miami
917-743-2925
www.amayagallery.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

AMBROSINO GALLERY
2628 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-891-5577
www.ambrosinogallery.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

ART FUSION
1 NE 40th St., Miami
305-573-5730
www.artfusiongallery.com
October 3 through December 24:
"Fusion V A Global Affair" with various artists
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

ART GALLERY AT GOVERNMENT CENTER
111 NW 1st St., Suite 625, Miami
305-375-4634
www.miamidadearts.org
October 6 through November 28:
"Passersby and Home Decor" by Carol K. Brown

ART ROUGE
46 NW 36th St., Miami
305-448-2060
www.artrouge.com
Through October 8:
"Art Rouge Lurie Galleries September Group Show"
with Cheryl Maeder, Patricia S. Gutierrez, Jason
Poteet, Gay Germain, Doris Mayoral, John Berry,
Jorge Blanco, Tom Brewitz, and Kevin Duffy
Through October 25:
"Fire, Earth and Scriptures" by Juan Gaitan
Reception October 11, 7 to 11 p.m.

ARTFORMZ
171 NW 23rd St., Miami
305-572-0040
www.artformz.net
Through October 4:
"Associates 08" with Mark Baum, Marlene de Lazaro,
John Frazee, Matthew Kracheck, Kimberly Maxwell,
Venessa Monokian, Rebecca Newell, Gisela Savdie,
Jovan Villalba, and Mark Wojcik
October 11 through November 8:
"Every Picture Tells a Story" with Fabian De La Flor,
Donna Haynes, and Rosario Rivera-Bond and "Mr.
& Mrs. Candidate" with David Rohn and Danilo de
la Torre
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.


BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX
561 NW 32nd St., Miami
305-576-2828
www.bakehouseartcomplex.org
Through October 3:
"Walls Without Boundaries" with
various artists and "New
Acquisitions" with various artists
October 11 through November 3:
"A-B(o)MB" with various artists and
"Concern for the Future: Uganda"
by Charlotte Southern
Reception October 11, 7 to 11 p.m.

BARBARA GILLMAN GALLERY
4141 NE 2nd Ave. #202, Miami
305-573-1920
www.artnet.com/bgillman.html
Ongoing show by Bill Leech

BERNICE STEINBAUM
GALLERY
3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami
305-573-2700
www.bernicesteinbaumgallery.com


Kris Knight, Spook, oil on canvas, 2008, at
Spinello Gallery.


Through October 4:
"Mimicry" Maria Fernanda Cardoso
October 11 through November 1:
"Mad Cow" by Billie Grace Lynn and "Wish You Were
Here" by Betty Rosado
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

BKHF GALLERY
1929 NW 1stAve., Miami
305-432-2807
www.bkhfgallery.com
Through October 8:
"German Photography Today" with Martin Denker,
Hans Kotter, Dandita Hofer, Hannes Norberg, Thomas
Ruff, and Thomas Struth

CAROL JAZZAR CONTEMPORARY ART
158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores
305-490-6906
www.cjazzart.com
By appointment: carol@cjazzart.com
October 17 through November 8:
"From dark to light......and back to darkness" with
Kevin Arrow, Farley Aguilar, Kuhl and Leyton, and
Matthias Saillard
Reception October 17, 7 to 10 p.m.

CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION
541 NW 27th St., Miami
305-571-1415
www.visual.org
October 11 through November 21:
"Photographer Poet" by Clarence John Laughlin
Reception October 11, 7 to 9 p.m.

CHELSEA GALLERIA
2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-576-2950
www.chelseagalleria.com
Through October 8:
"Pushing the Envelope" by John Westmark, Vanessa
Tomchik, Yasmin Spiro, and Tonel
October 11 through November 3:
"Sections of Time" with Eduardo del Valle and Mirta
Gomez
Reception October 11, 7 to 11 p.m.

CITY LOFT ART
61 NE 40th St., Miami
305-438-9006
www.euartgallerymiami.com
Ongoing exhibition "Acrylart" with various artists
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

COLLINS BUILDING
139 NE 39th St., Miami
lostflipflop@gmail.com
Through October 17:
"SCHADENFREUDE" with Jesper Alvaer, Brock
Enright, Christopher Russell, Al Jaffee, George
Woodbridge, and more


DAMIEN B. CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER
282 NW 36th St., Miami
305-573-4949
www.damienb.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY
2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-573-8110
www.castilloart.com
Through October 4:
"Tuttle" with various artists
October 11 through November 1:
"The Continuing Adventures of Our Heroine" with Lee
Materazzi, Natalya Laskis, Susan Lee-Chun, Francie
Bishop Good, Michelle Weinberg, and Cindy Sherman
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

DETAILS FACTORY
2085 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-573-1729
Call gallery for exhibition information.

DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS
2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami
305-576-1804
www.dlfinearts.com
October 11 through November 1:
"24 Hours" by Ralf Peters and a solo show by Trisha
Brookbank
Reception October 11, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY
3938 NE 39th St., Miami
305-573-4046
www.diasporavibe.net
October 9 through November 18:
"Caribbean Crossroads Series Stitches in Time" by Erman
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

DORSCH GALLERY
151 NW 24th St., Miami
305-576-1278
www.dorschgallery.com
Through October 4:
"A Mechanical Advantage" by Robin Griffiths and
"Yonder" by Brandon Opalka
October 11 through November 8:
"A Stone's Throw" by Mark Koven and "Classroom" a
curatorial experiment
Reception October 4, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Reception October 11, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE
51 NW 36th St., Miami
305-573-9994
www.dotfiftyone.com
Through October 25: "Perpendicularity" by Mark Indig
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.


EDGE ZONES CONTEMPORARY ART
2214 N. Miami Ave., Miami
305-303-8852
www.edgezones.org
Call gallery for exhibition information.

ELITE ART EDITIONS GALLERY
151 NW 36th St., Miami
305-403-5856
www.elitearteditions.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

ETRA FINE ART
10 NE 40th St., Miami
305-438-4383
www.etrafineart.com
October 11 through October 30:
"Memories: Large Format" by Marco Otero
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY
2247 NW 1st PI., Miami
305-448-8976
www.snitzer.com
Through October 4:
Solo show by Loriel Beltran
October 11 through November 18:
"The Unexplained" by Hernan Bas
Reception October 11, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN
194 NW 30th St., Miami
305-573-2130
www.galerieperrotin.com
Through November 15:
"The Undoing" by Daniel Arsham, "AXIOM" by Conrad
Shawcross, and "Saturated" by KAWS

GALLERY DIET
174 NW 23rd St., Miami
305-571-2288
www.gallerydiet.com
Through October 4:
"Tempest Prognosticator" by Andrew Mowbray
October 11 through November 1:
"A Strange Day in July" by
Samantha Salzinger
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

GARY NADER FINE ART
62 NE 27th St., Miami
305-576-0256
www.garynader.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

GO GO GALLERY
2238 NW 1st PI., Miami
305-576-0696
www.gogogallery.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE
3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami
305-576-1645
www.hardcoreartcontemporary.com
Through October 4:
" New Media Festival III Edition" with various artists
and a solo show by Vanessa McKnight
October 11 through November 22:
"A Slice of the Action" by Jonathan Stein and Carl
Pascuzzi and "80-150 Times a Second" by
Irene Pressner
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY
Temporary location:
314 NW 24th St., Miami
305-576-1880
www.haroldgolengallery.com
October 11 through November 1:
"Living Dead" with Pooch and Paul Torres
Reception October 11, 7 to 11 p.m.


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Art Listings

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IN-DEPENDENT GALLERY SPACE
175 NW 22nd St., Miami
305-672-1002
www.in-dependent.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

JULIO BLANCO STUDIO
164 NW 20th St., Miami
305-534-5737
www.onemansho.com
Through October 11:
"Body Language -A OneManShow" by Julio Blanco
October 11 through November 8:
"The Project Room" by Julio Blanco
Reception October 11, 7 to 11 p.m.

KARPIO + FACCHINI GALLERY
1929 NW 1st Ave., Miami
305-576-4454
www.facchinigallery.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

KEVIN BRUK GALLERY
2249 NW 1st PI., Miami
305-576-2000
www.kevinbrukgallery.com
Through November 11:
Solo show by Christian Curiel
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

KUNSTHAUS MIAMI
3312 N. Miami Ave., Miami
305-438-1333
www.kunsthaus.org.mx
Call gallery for exhibition information.

LEITER GALLERY
6900 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
305-389-2616
Call gallery for exhibition information.


LOCUST PROJECTS
105 NW 23rd St., Miami
305-576-8570
www.locustprojects.org
Through October 31: "Dream-Cum-Tru" by Clifton Childree
Through December 31:
"New Work (wall painting)" by Ed Youngs

LUIS ADELANTADO GALLERY
98 NW 29th St., Miami
305-438-0069
www.luisadelantadomiami.com
Through October 8: "Never Back to School" by Luis Rodrgo
October 11 through November 30
"Vanishing Point" by Ricky Rayns
Reception October 11, 6 to 8 p.m.

LYLE O. REITZEL GALLERY
2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-573-1333
www.artnet.com/reitzel.html
Through October 15: "Starting Over" with various artists

MIAMI ART GROUP GALLERY
126 NE 40th St., Miami
305-576-2633
www.miamiartgroup.com
Ongoing show with Jeff League, James Kitchens,
Jamali, Hessam Abrishami, Goli Mahallati, Tom
Rossetti, Ismael Gomez, and more

MIAMI ART SPACE
244 NW 35th St., Miami
305-438-9002
www.miamiartspace.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

MIAM-DADE COLLEGE, CENTER GALLERY
300 NE 2nd Ave.,
Bldg. 1, Room 1365, Miami
305-237-3696
www.mdc.edu
Call gallery for exhibition information.


Hernan Bas, Tarot Reading, char-
coal and graphite on blue paper,
2008, at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery.

MIAMI EVENT SPACE
7820 NE 4th Ct., Miami
305-438-9002
www.miamieventspace.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ART AND
DESIGN
1501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
305-428-5700
www.mymiu.com
October 10 through October 24: "Dade County Public
Schools Faculty Exhibition" with various artists
Reception October 10, 5 to 9 p.m.


MILOU GALLERY
17 NW 36th St., Miami
305-573-8450
Through October 25:
"The Pucker-Up Project" with Perry Milou, Thomas
Dellapenna, and Denise Fike

PANAMERICAN ART PROJECTS
2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-573-2400
www.panamericanart.com
Through October 18:
"Vanishing" with Pablo Soria, Luis Camejo, and Ryder
Cooley
October 25 through November 22:
Solo shows by Pedro Pablo Oliva, Rene Francisco,
and Ryder Cooley
Reception October 25, 6 to 9 p.m.

PRAXIS INTERNATIONAL ART
2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-573-2900; www.praxis-art.com
October 11 through October 31:
A solo show by Ruben Torres Llorca
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

SPINELLO GALLERY
2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
786-271-4223
www.spinellogallery.com
Through October 4: "Emotional Response Can Be
Deconditioned" by Federico Nessi
October 11 through November 1:
"So Long Scarecrow" by Kris Knight
Reception October 11, 7 to 11 p.m.

STEVE MARTIN STUDIO
66 NE 40th St., Miami
305-484-1491; www.stevemartinfineart.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

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ART & CULTURE


Art Listings
Continued from page 37
SUYU ART GALLERY
12399 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami
561-201-2053
www.suyucultural.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

TWENTY TWENTY PROJECTS
2020 NW Miami Ct., Miami
786-217-7683
www.twentytwentyprojects.com
Through October 5:
"AND THEN" by Mark Gibson

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI PROJECTS SPACE
2200 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-284-2542
October 3 through November 21:
"Where Are U Now?" alumni exhibition with various
artists
Reception October 3, 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibit located at the College of Arts and Sciences
Gallery, 1210 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables

UNDERCURRENT ARTS
3449 NE 1st Ave., Miami
305-571-9574
www.undercurrentarts.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

UNTITLED 2144
2144 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
305-576-2112
www.untitled2144.com
Through October 25:
"Euro Photo Group Exhibition" with Domiziana
Giordano, Emanuela Gardner, Pierre Sernet, and
Alejandro Garmendi
October 30 through December 2:
Solo show by Burhan Dogangay
Reception October 30, 7 to 10 p.m.


WALLFLOWER GALLERY
10 NE 3rd St., Miami
305-579-0069
www.wallflowergallery.com
myspace.com/wallflowergallery
Call gallery for exhibition information.


Matthias Saillard, Untitled 5
from Luan Series, Pilot pen on
paper, 2008, at Carol Jazzar
Contemporary Art.

WHITE VINYL SPACE
3322 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-776-1515
www.whitevinylspace.com
Call gallery for
information.


MUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITS

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami
305-455-3380
www.cifo.org
Through October 5:
Solo show by Isabel Munoz

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST
ART MUSEUM
11200 SW 8th St., Miami
305-348-0496
http://thefrost.fiu.edul
Call for operating hours and exhibit information.

LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables
305-284-3535; www.lowemuseum.org
Through November 2:
"Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie
Museum of Egyptian Archeology"

MIAMI ART MUSEUM
101 W. Flagler St., Miami
305-375-3000; www.miamiartmuseum.org
Through October 12:
Solo exhibition by Sean Duffy
Through November 2:
"Selections from the Permanent Collection" with vari-
ous artists
October 16 through January 25:
"Moving Through Time and Space" by Chantal
Akerman
October 31 through January 18:
"MBE: A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and
Child" by Yinka Shonibare

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
770 NE 125th St., North Miami
305-893-6211; www.mocanomi.org
Through November 9:
"Dark Continents" with Ida Ekblad, Hadassah Emmerich,


Naomi Fisher, Elke Krystufek, Marlene McCarty, Claudia
and Julia Muller, Paulina Olowska, and more
October 11 through November 9:
"The Blue Ribbon" by Pablo Cano

MOCA AT GOLDMAN WAREHOUSE
404 NW 26th St., Miami
305-893-6211; www.mocanomi.org
Through October 11:
"Selections from the Permanent Collection" with vari-
ous artists

THE MARGULIES COLLECTION
591 NW 27th St., Miami
305-576-1051
www.margulieswarehouse.com
Call for operating hours and exhibit information.

THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION
95 NW 29th St., Miami
305-573-6090
www.rubellfamilycollection.com
Call for operating hours and exhibit information.
Through November 28:
"Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection"
by Hernan Bas; "John Stezaker: Works from the Rubell
Family Collection" by John Stezaker; and "Euro-
Centric, Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell
Family Collection" with various artists

WORLD CLASS BOXING
Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St., Miami
305-438-9908
Appointment only: dennis@worldclassboxing.net
Through October 18: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
curated by Desiree Cronk with Peter Garfield, Candida
Hofer, Catherine Opie, Gabriel Orozco, Sean Duffy,
Alice Channer, Thomas Demand, and more

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Culture Briefs


From Brazil With Passion
Milton Nascimento joins the offspring of
another Brazilian legend, Antonio Carlos
Jobim, to celebrate the 50th anniversary
of one of their nation's greatest gifts to
the world: bossa nova. On October 4,
Paulo and Daniel Jobim, the bossa nova
maestro's son and grandson, will reprise
many Jobim classics. Adding
Nascimento's singular vocal interpreta-
tions promises an original musical expe-
rience. The performance, presented by
the Rhythm Foundation, takes place at
the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300
Biscayne Blvd.) and begins at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $38.50 to $78.50. Call 305-
949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.

Dragon Boats and
Egg Rolls
Chinese Dragon Boat festivals intend-
ed to honor the legend of the dragon and
patriotic poet Qu Yuan date back 2000
years. The United Chinese Association of
South Florida keeps the tradition alive in
Miami. On October 4 and 5, more than
30 teams will race across Biscayne Bay,
each accompanied by a drummer. On
land there's plenty more entertainment:
international dance, food, and music; a
"dragon land" kids area; a kite competi-
tion; even an egg-roll-eating contest. The
fun takes place at Haulover Beach Park
Marina (10800 Collins Ave.). Races
begin at 9:30 a.m. daily; the entertain-
ment kicks off around 11:00 a.m.
Admission is free. Call 305-345-8489 or
visit www.miamidragonboat.com.

Wet Dreams
Hundreds of images depicting
University of Miami School of
Architecture students' visions for a pub-
licly accessible Miami waterfront prom-
enade are on view from noon to 5:00
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until
November 7 at the Miami-Dade College
Freedom Tower (600 Biscayne Blvd.).
Speakers for the "On the Waterfront:
Miami's Seven-Mile Promenade" sym-
posium on October 6 at 5:00 p.m.
include Miami Mayor Manny Diaz,
Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff,
UM School of Architecture Dean
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and others. A
reception follows from 6:00 to 8:00
p.m. Admission is free to all events.
Call 305-284-5002 or visit
www. arc.miami. edu/rsvp-for-events.


A New Season From
Tigertail
Tigertail Productions, the 29-year-old
arts organization whose motto is "art
with edge," launches its new season on
October 7 with a free party from 7:00 to
9:00 p.m., hosted by home furnishings
boutique Open Doors (7300 Biscayne
Blvd.). The party will preview new
shows, and the eclectic Alfredo Triff Trio
will play. Then on October 10, Tigertail
presents the trio of classically trained
Dutch jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans,
guitarist Anton Goudsmit, and pianist
Harmen Fraanje at the Byron Carlyle
Theater (500 71st St., Miami Beach).
Tickets are $25 general admission, $15
seniors/students, and $50 VIP. Call 305-
324-4337 or visit www.tigertail.org.


Not the Straight Man
New York Times best-selling author
David Sedaris brings his self-deprecat-
ing, autobiographical, and sometimes
scatological brand of humor to the
Adrienne Arsht Center at 8:00 p.m.
October 15. From Naked to Barrel
Fever to Me Talk Pretty One Day, his
books have sold more than seven million
copies, and he has received Best Spoken-
Word Album and Best Comedy Album
Grammy nominations. Sedaris's insights
rip through varied topics, from family to
drug use to being gay. He'll sign copies
of his new tome, When You Are Engulfed
in Flames, after the show. Tickets are
$35 to $60. Call 305-949-6722 or visit
www.arshtcenter.org.

Murderous Mystery Tour
If there's one thing the Magic City has in
spades besides sunshine, it's Mystery,
Mayhem, and Vice so that's the per-
fect name for the Historical Museum of
Southern Florida's upcoming three-hour


coach tour, which departs from museum
headquarters (101 W. Flagler St.) at 1:00
p.m. on October 18. Guide Paul George
will spin true tales of murderous mob-
sters, drug smugglers, and other bad
guys and gals galore as the bus rattles
from the Miami City Cemetery to Al
Capone's Palm Island home to the South
Beach doorstep of ill-fated designer
Gianni Versace, and beyond. Tickets are
$44 (HMSF members pay $39); advance
reservations and payment are required.
Call 305-375-1492 or visit
www.hmsf.org.

Fright Night Comes to the
Enchanted Forest
Halloween Haunted Trails at the
Enchanted Forest Park (1725 NE 135th
St.) offers a kinder, gentler fear factor.
On October 25 scare-lovers can stroll
phantasmal paths, take a hayride (fright-
ening if you suffer from allergies), have
their faces painted, and watch dance
performances. Costume contest partici-
pants are guaranteed a prize. The park
is open from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. and
admission is free for kids who are North
Miami residents. Refreshments will be
sold on-site. Call 305-895-9840 for
more information.

Cheetahs Invade Miami
The high-pitched squeals echoing
through the city aren't the cries of majes-
tic cats but the elated wails of "tweens"
begging their parents to take them to the
Cheetah Girls (TCG) show at the
American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne
Blvd.) on October 25. Hot on the heels
of their third Disney movie, The Cheetah
Girls: One World, TCG perform the
Bollywood-inspired music of their One
World Tour beginning at 6:00 p.m. sharp.
Tickets are $32.25 to $42.25. Call
Ticketmaster at 305-358-5885 or visit
www.aaarena.com.

Halloween Meets Dr.
Dolittle
A two-day homage to the scariest holi-
day this side of Thanksgiving will pos-
sess Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle
Trail, Watson Island) from 10:00 a.m. to
6:00 p.m. on October 25 and 26. In
addition to its trademark animal
exhibits and shows, Jungle Island's
annual Halloween Spooktacular will
offer kid-friendly activities such as
Creepy Cookie decorating, a Goblin


Pie-eating contest, Magical Arts and
Witch Crafts, a bounce house, a DJ,
games, and more. Vie for prizes during
the costume contest (noon to 3:00 p.m.)
at the Garden Outpost. Admission is
$29.95 plus tax for adults, $23.95 plus
tax for kids. Call 305-400-7000 or visit
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MIAMI

CITY CEMETERY

SSEXTONS

Scaretastic Cemetery
Peripatetic historian Paul George cele-
brates his birthday on October 31 by
leading visitors through one of South
Florida's most historic graveyards. The
Ghosts of Miami City Cemetery Night
Walking Tour (8:00 to 10:00 p.m.)
exposes the tombstones marking this
city's most mysterious deaths, earliest
settlers, and original movers and shak-
ers. Flashlights and advance reserva-
tions are suggested; costumes are
optional. Park inside the front gate of
the cemetery (1800 NE 2nd Ave).
Tickets are $30 (HMSF members get in
for $25). Call 305-375-1492 or visit
www.hmsf.org.

Boulevard Haunts
The MiMo Biscayne Association pres-
ents MiMo-Ween, a series of Halloween-
themed parties and events along
Biscayne Boulevard from 55th to 77th
streets on October 31. There will be kid-
friendly activities from 4:00 to 8:00
p.m., with a children's costume contest
set for 7:30 p.m. sharp at the Upper
Eastside Garden (7244 Biscayne Blvd.).
Adults can party the night away in cos-
tume after 9:00 p.m. at various local
haunts, including Kingdom (6708
Biscayne Blvd.), UVA 69 (6900
Biscayne Blvd.), Che Sopranos (7251
Biscayne Blvd.), and the haunted house
at Red Light (7700 Biscayne Blvd.). For
a full list of activities, visit
www.MiMoBoulevard.org or call
305-758-6144.


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PARK PATROL


Dying to Get In

A rich history underfoot at Miami city cemetery
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By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
Here's a holiday affair you won't
read about in Martha Stewart
Living: a cemetery party! Just
assemble your least-favorite family
members and drive over to the Miami
City Cemetery it's open 365 days a
year. This cemetery isn't just for
Halloween anymore, although the
Historical Museum's tours that evening
are legendary. On any day, it's the most
historic place in Miami.
It's also quite green and shady, having
been given the Fairchild touch in its
early days, and managed today by the
parks department of the City of Miami.
Bring your picnic blanket and commune
with nature's finest dust.
Don't miss the historic marker and the
small, Spanish-tiled "visitor's center" in
the middle of the park. A line of plaques
pay tribute to the cemetery's sextons,
including its first, known as "Mad
Russian" Korsakoff. There is also a
bizarre marker in the floor for a time cap-
sule buried here in 2004 by the Omni
Community Redevelopment Agency. The
bathrooms tend to be locked, and the cur-
rent sexton may be nowhere to be found.
This ten-acre plot was purchased from
Mary Brickell by the fledgling City of
Miami in 1897 at a cost of $750. It is list-
ed on the National Register of Historic


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Places and the Florida Jewish Heritage
Trail. Who knew? The Jewish section,
along with the black section, the
Confederate section, the Catholic section,
and more, were products of their times.
Lest we forget our history of segregation,
it is all laid out here in black and white, in
the form of 9000 people, six feet under.
Strolling among the vaults and tomb-
stones, you browse a who's who of early


Miami. The first body buried here, in
1897, was an unidentified black man with
no marker. In the western, black section,
several tombstones bear witness to black
men who signed Miami's original charter
of incorporation in 1896. Lying against
the fence is Miami's first black lawyer,
Richard E. S. Toomey. Judge Lawson E.
Thomas was a pioneering legislator and
reportedly the first black judge in the
South. Nearby is the tombstone of
Bernard Mackey, a member of the popu-
lar singing quartet the Ink Spots.
You'll also come across Dr. James
Jackson (of hospital fame); John Sewell,
Miami's third mayor (1903-1907); and
Julia Tuttle, the "mother of Miami." Near
the center is a lovely Art Deco mau-
soleum inscribed simply with "Burdine."
Some of the mausoleums are boarded-
up, a testament to the graveyard thieves
who repeatedly have stolen decorative
entrances. Some gravestones are worn
and neglected; others are quite stately.
While mostly historic, the cemetery still
witnesses about 15 burials a year. New
arrivals vying for the 1000 remaining
plots must be related to someone previ-
ously interred.
The strangest-tomb award goes to Mr.
William Miller, who left this inscription
to describe his wife's remains: "The body
of Carrie Barrett Miller was moulded in


many reminders that
was a founding member of
federate States of America.


this solid block of concrete December
4, 1926. After the body has gone to dust,
her sleeping form will remain." In other
words, he placed her body inside the
chamber and poured concrete over it.
This parklike cemetery sits two blocks
west of Biscayne Boulevard in a forgot-
ten block, across the street from the 18th
Street Caf6. Lost souls of the living vari-
ety drive, pedal their bikes, or amble
down the paved road that divides the
cemetery into equal halves of north and
south. At either end of this "Central
Avenue" are arched iron gates that read,
"City of Miami Cemetery."
Two attractive structures surround the
cemetery. Immediately north is the his-
toric and beautiful Temple Israel of
Greater Miami. To the south, the modern
PARC Lofts dominate an empty skyline,
although that is changing too. Next to it
is another, taller loft project.
But the large empty lot immediately
south of the cemetery reveals the pervasive
ugliness of the Omni area. (A shopping
mall may or may not be built there.) The
overall impression outside of the cemetery
is: "Drive through as fast as you can."
Inside the cemetery, however, is dap-
pled shade and rows of coconut palms.
Getting back to the cemetery's Catholic
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PARK PATROL
Cemetery
Continued from page 40
section, look for the tomb of John B.
Reilly, the first mayor of Miami. You
can also find Frank Kanen, the father of
the Redland.
One of the two roundabouts along
Central Avenue is dedicated to the
Confederate Army. Many tombstones
throughout the cemetery feature the
inscription "C.S.A." for the Confederate
States of America. There is also an
American Legion section with many vet-
erans of World Wars I and II memorial-
ized with simple, ground-level tablets.
The Jewish section was added in 1915
and walled in as prescribed by tradition.
The white wall is quite low, but the
entrance has an imposing black iron gate
adorned with large Stars of David. Many
tombstones contain both English and
Hebrew inscriptions. A common date of
death is 1918, the year of the Spanish
flu epidemic.
The Historical Museum of Southern
Florida exposes the cemetery's spookiest
elements with tours on Halloween
evening and on November 1. The
Halloween event (see "Culture Briefs,"


page 39) also corresponds with the
birthday of its guide, Dr. Paul
George, the undisputed guru of
Miami's history. His tours are high-
ly recommended.
The cemetery welcomes lovers
of tropical plants, as there are
many varieties here, and even a
few showpieces. Some of the sinu-
ous gumbo limbo trees have
snaked their roots around tiny
tombstones. Other tree trunks pro-
vide a dark backdrop for white
angelitos lindos.
Although run by the parks
department, the Miami City
Cemetery will never be a park in
the traditional sense. Tossing a
Frisbee would be possible, but
improper. Having a picnic is prop-
er, but possibly disconcerting. The
clear theme in this park is death.
Still, anyone with an interest in It m;
Miami's history must visit this
place. It reminds us of the early families
who came here and created something
out of nothing. It also reminds us that
Miami was racially (and religiously) seg-
regated for most of its history.


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ay not be a true park, but it is lovely, it's open 365 days a year, and it's free.


When it was created, this cemetery
was located in woodlands north of the
city's limits. Those woods and bound-
aries are long gone, but fortunately its
silent residents have held fast to this


sliver of green space in Miami's con-
crete jungle.
Resting in peace here is a good thing.

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THE CITY


A New Take on the Old Book-of-the-Month Club

Kids receive quality literature centered on the Jewish experience


By Jenni Person
BT Contributor

Snyone who has been reading this
column for any amount of time
ows that my kids have a lot of
books. I annually provide suggested sum-
mer reading ideas, I have promoted that kids
read banned books, and I've covered LGBT
family reading suggestions. I make no
secret of the fact that I believe reading is
central to our kids' development, and read-
ing together is one of the most basic and
enriching ways we can affect our kids' lives.
Clearly, I'm a fan of kiddie lit. So when I
was approached some months ago to serve
as the local professional for a national
Jewish kids' book initiative, I stopped to
consider it and took up the offer.
Modeled after Dolly Parton's Imagination
Library, the PJ Library sends a new, age-
appropriate Jewish kids' book monthly to
the homes of Jewish children across the
country. In Miami-Dade, 1800 of the free
subscriptions are available for children ages
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to western Massachusetts, where it originat-
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Kids from 6 to 12 years old can experi-
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and designed by Edgar Caraballo, Carolina
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and educators who have taught in a variety
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The program includes a series of classes
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COLUMNISTS: TECH TALK


Mac vs. PC: Making the Switch

SThere s a reason you never see an Apple store empty


By Marc Stephens
BT Contributor

Maybe it's because I'm a tech
guy, but everyone in my orbit
who makes "The Big Switch"
always seems to tell me about it first.
Voice low, eyes wide, they confess to
buying an Apple the way one admits to
robbing a liquor store, or running off
with another woman: Having loved their
sleek and functional iPods and iPhones
for years, they finally broke down and
crossed all the way over to the Dark
Side. And yes, they are inevitably happi-
er as a result.
PC makers abound, but there's only
one Apple, which creates both advan-
tages and disadvantages for prospective
buyers in terms of price, software inte-
gration, and overall compatibility. With
only 6.5 percent of worldwide market
share compared to Dell's 31.4 percent
(all stats are from Gartner, Inc.), Apple
may be a small player in absolute terms,
but they remain a definite "prime mover"
as measured by growth and influence.
And it's not hard to see why. Both the
iPod and iPhone remain the gold stan-
dard in personal-service hardware two
near-miraculous pieces of machinery, as
practical and well-designed as they are
addictive. Who wouldn't be tempted to
thrust their daily computing chores into
the 21st Century at long last, and with
the same company that made music and
communication so much fun?
But first the downside. For better or
worse, we live in a PC-oriented world,
with some 90 percent of networks, soft-
ware, and other interfaces geared toward


the generalized Windows-based person-
al-operating system. Apple computers by
necessity remain the odd men out.
Whether at work, at home, or on vaca-
tion, iMacs and MacBooks often require
a specially dedicated support apparatus
to function and/or connect properly. In
fact a lot of hotels and workplaces won't
even support them at all! I myself have
seen commercial, open-access wireless
networks reject a Mac connection out of
hand, and for no discernible reason, even
though these same networks will accept
Japanese- and German-made PCs with-
out so much as a hiccup. Anecdotal or
not, such examples are real, and must be
taken into account. Remote computing
remains a hit-or-miss proposition even
under the best of circumstances; travel-
ing with a Mac may sow additional
uncertainty into the mix, which on a
business trip can be an absolute killer.
Alongside such proprietary hardware
obstacles, most people who switch from
PC to Mac must also learn to navigate
the inevitable "two-timing" challenge.
Unlike longtime Apple owners, a PC
user also faces the irreducibly back-
breaking chore known as "migration" -
i.e., relocating all of your resident pro-
grams, games, and vital work processes
to a new and different computing plat-
form. Laziness and/or technical difficul-
ties often follow, so that in many cases
this transformation is never fully real-
ized, leaving our poor idealistic Mac
owner with a shameful PC crutch sitting
back home in his den not to mention
the massive headache of switching back
and forth from machine to machine,
depending upon the task at hand.


Which brings us to disadvantage #2:
Monopolist economics. With so many
big-league manufacturers jockeying for
your computing dollar, the PC industry
benefits from all the advantages inherent
in good old capitalistic competition, not
just in terms of quality, but also with
regard to price and service. A bigger
market means more players, which in
turn means more products, from the
machines themselves to third party appli-
cations to their integral operating sys-
tems and software.
Random Silicon Valley geniuses
fomenting the next seismic computing
breakthrough are logically going to con-
centrate on the PC market first, with
Apple coming as an afterthought, if at
all. And with HP, Dell, Acer, et al., all
selling similar PC-based computers,
prices are bound to keep dropping -
toward the $700 to $800 range as of
now for a respectably powerful Inspiron
laptop, as opposed to a loaded
MacBook, which can run you twice
that. Quite a persuasive demonstration
of varying market approaches, given
that Apple is still a monopoly while the
PC has been "open-source" for nearly
three decades!
But Apple is also a smart, innovative
company, yielding numerous advantages
for its customers as well. Fewer targets
equals fewer opportunities for mischief,
meaning that most of the bad guys
hacking networks and writing viruses
over in Bulgaria aren't all that interest-
ed in assaulting Macs in Miami.
Moreover, a sleek and tactile design
aesthetic suffuses the entire Apple prod-
uct line, making them a joy to use,


especially when compared to the PC's
conventionally boxy posture and overall
trial-by-committee demeanor.
Then there are the many operating-
system advantages to consider. The gen-
eral Microsoft Windows graphic inter-
face was likely lifted from the
Macintosh decades ago anyhow, and for
all the MS-Windows iterations since
that time, the Mac operating system still
enjoys a well-deserved reputation for
stability and dependability far beyond
that of XP. Besides, if it is Windows
interoperability you want, the Mac
operating system now comes preloaded
with Apple's "Boot Camp," a built-in
Windows interface that allows all
Microsoft-related software to run local-
ly, as if it were resident on a genuine
PC. If not, most business suites (includ-
ing MS Office, QuickBooks, and Web
browsers) are also available in fully
functional Mac versions, and Mac
browsers are configured for seamless
use of nearly all major Internet sites.
In the end, it's been my experience
that people in nontech industries often
do best with a Mac. When your profes-
sion consists of logging into various
disparate computer networks at multi-
ple companies, it definitely pays to
conform. Otherwise the choice is yours.
So I'll leave you with just one final
question: Have you ever seen an Apple
store empty?
Me neither.

Have a tech question? E-mail it to Marc
Stephens at tectalkl "at" bellsouth.net

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COLUMNISTS: PAWSITIVELY PETS


One Command Solves the Problem


When your dog behaves badly, don't hiss at him try this


By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

Many times I get calls from
prospective clients with out-of-
control dogs untamed, wild
animals that pull them down the street,
jump on them, jump on their friends and
children, steal food off the counter.
Sound familiar? Perhaps this could be a
dog you know or own!
People are always asking me what to
do, what tone of voice to use, or to
explain to them their dog's underlying
motives. Common belief: "He's trying to
dominate me!" Sometimes when I enter
a client's house, they are pointing and
hissing like a snake at their boisterous
pet. A certain television personality
would have them believe hissing is a
cure for everything.
Well, I'm here to say you don't need
to hiss, yell, or become an advanced
canine-obedience star to make your dog
behave at home. In fact you need to do
less. A lot less. And you and your dog
need to get happy "sit happy," that is.
Sure, your dog knows how to sit, but is
he "sit happy"?
A sit-happy dog is pleased to always be
sitting. He "throws" sits at you wherever
you are. Sitting is a major problem-solver.
Your dog cannot jump on people or count-
er-surf if he's sitting. In fact, most dogs
bark less, if at all, when sitting as opposed
to standing. Of course, all dogs know how
to sit, but I'm sure some of you are think-
ing: "I ask Frankie to sit but he still jumps
on me!" This is because he is not sit
happy, yet. So let's all get happy!
Remember I said you have to do less?
Well, it's true. From now on, you have


one task: to reinforce sitting. Stop yelling,
saying no, and talking to your dog in gen-
eral if he is not sitting. Your job now is to
give him what he wants only if his hind
quarters are on the ground. So let's start
practicing.
Bring a bag of tasty kibble or
even better, delicious treats, on YouI
your next walk. Every 20 feet county
or so, stop and ask your dog to dogs b
sit. When he does, reward him
with a tasty morsel. Continue
stopping and asking him to sit
all throughout the walk. Most
dogs catch on quickly that your stopping
means they should be sitting. You can
even do this around the house. Most of


your dogs probably follow you around.
Walk back and forth from room to room,
treats in hand. Stop walking and look at
your dog. When he sits, give him a small
treat. He will never know when you will


r dog cannot jump on people or
r-surf if he's sitting. In fact, most
lark less, if at all, when sitting as
opposed to standing.



reward him, and he will start sitting more
in hopes you will.
Is Frankie jumping on friends and


:family? He must now sit to greet them.
He must not be able to get petted by or
be near humans if his rear isn't firmly
planted on the floor. This is very hard for
' most dogs, as jumping up to greet is nat-
ural canine behavior. But practice makes
" perfect, and in time it will come.
Catch him in the act. If your dog is sit-
ting, whether you asked him to or not,
reward him with a treat, ear rub, atten-
tion, whatever he likes. He will start to
sit more and more by sheer reinforce-
ment of the reward.
Make him sit to get everything he
wants in life. Think of "sit" as a dog's
way of saying please. It is his way of
asking politely for something. Does he
want to go outside? He has to sit at the
door. Does he want you to throw the
ball? Again, he should sit. Waiting for
his dinner? You guessed it, sit. Sit sit sit!
If your dog wants to be let in to the dog
park to play with his friends, he must sit
before you open the gate. This is called
using "life rewards." He will sit for
everything he wants in life.
I once had a client, a female college
student with a hyperkinetic new
Weimaraner puppy who could not sit
still if his life depended on it. Like a
whirling Dervish, he spun around her
apartment as if the furniture were race-
track pylons. Young Chino pounced on
everyone he met and dragged this poor
girl everywhere he wanted to go. He
was too strong for her, and growing by
the day.
Naturally part of the cure for him was
exercise, as all dogs need. But then we
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Chino "sit happy." I needed to find out
what made this puppy tick. I learned that
Chino was bonkers for tennis balls, com-
pletely obsessed by them. Great! I told
my client that from now on, she would
carry a tennis ball or two wherever she
went. He would have to sit to get her to
throw it or toss it to him. She could also
just show it to him to get his focus on a
walk or distract him before he got into
trouble if need be.


We used treats in our program, too, as he
was also very food-motivated. By the third


By the third class, Chino was
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me off-leash and sat, wagging
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dog. He ran up to me off-leash and sat,


wagging his stump of a tail. On a walk, he
stayed close to his owner and stared at her
the whole way, hoping to earn his
prized possession, sitting every
a few seconds in hopes of a
Hp to cookie or ball-toss.
Remember to watch your
his
timing. Your dogs hind end
should be down on the
ground when you reward him.
Your dog may still try some
of the bad behavior for a while, as it
worked perfectly for him in the past. Just


ignore it. Remember, you have only one
job: Reward sitting. By focusing on one
command, you can have an exceptionally
well-behaved dog who will also be
happy, sit happy. Perhaps more impor-
tant, you will be happy.

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COLUMNISTS: HARPER'S ENVIRONMENT


Kill Baby Kill


Why would county commissioners want to make it easier to hurt manatees?


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
Why does Miami always find a
way to screw things up? Just
when our manatees were feel-
ing cozy and protected WHAM! -
along comes the S.S. County
Commission. This death ship is currently
holding public hearings, at a cost of
$700,000, about weakening Miami-Dade
County's protections for the federally
endangered species.
Even Gov. Charlie Crist took a
moment out of the tanning salon last
year to halt a state committee from con-
sidering a downgrade of the manatee's
status. These gentle giants need safe-
guarding just as children walking to
school need crossing guards. No debate
necessary.
Meanwhile, all five council members
in the City of North Miami approved
stronger waterways ordinances on
September 9, which will help to protect
manatees visiting those canals and parts
of Biscayne Bay.
But enough about them; let's get back
to me. I have been to manatee heaven
and hell. Last summer, in 15-feet-deep
water off South Beach, peering directly
down with my goggles, I saw a huge
dark shape slowly fill my field of vision.
After a moment's panic, I saw that I was
floating above an aggregation of seven
manatees. There, within earshot of the
nightclubs, was nature at her best. But
that was then.
Flash-forward to this summer's vaca-
tion in Vero Beach and a day trip to
nearby Sebastian Inlet State Park, popu-
lar with the surfing crowd and akin to a


Commissioner Natacha Seijas is "no fan" of these slow-moving creatures.


combination of Miami-Dade's Haulover
and Oleta parks. From the fishing pier
jutting into the Atlantic, I spied two
undulating manatees headed toward the
beach. One parked itself in the gentle
surf at the shoreline. But the surfers were
not so gentle with the languid
sea cow.
Here's where the manatee Natac
and I entered hell together. that r
The surfers were imbibing sance.
while tossing around a foot- "Cr
ball, and they took the mana-
tee's presence about as seri-
ously as their drinking games.
Can you catch the football if I throw it
near the manatee's tail? Hey, how about
jumping over its back for a Hail Mary?
Can you hit the manatee in the face
when it surfaces to breathe?
When we three horrified onlookers


tried to intervene, we were mocked and
very much outnumbered by the crowd of
young people. Their response: "Dude,
why do you have to ruin our party?"
When the situation got worse, we plead-
ed with the lifeguard to do something.


ia "Barracuda" Seijas has stated
manatees are "dumb" and a nui-
Thanks, Miami, for re-electing the
uella de Vil of Biscayne Bay."


Instead the "lifeguard" told us to leave
the beach and to stop bothering his
friend, who had just threatened to punch
me in the face.
At some point while I was searching for
a park ranger, filing an official complaint


with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, and venting frustration about
the ignorance and hostility of Sebastian
Inlet's locals, the manatee swam away.
Although I believe most people fall
into the camp of wanting to save mana-
tees, there are clearly Floridians who
could care less. The latter respect the
manatee about as much as most highway
drivers respect armadillos. It is some-
what easier to forgive the millions of
tourists to these parts who have no idea
what a manatee is and how few there are
left. These people, the indifferent and the
ignorant, are why manatees must be
fiercely protected.
They must also be protected from the
ignorance of Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Natacha "Barracuda"
Seijas, who has stated publicly that man-
atees are "dumb" and a nuisance.
Thanks, Miami, for re-electing the
"Cruella de Vil of Biscayne Bay," as
local commentator Jim DeFede has
dubbed her.
Seijas appointed a law-breaker to the
14-member committee that is reviewing
Miami-Dade County's 1995 Manatee
Protection Plan. Her appointee, Dick
Bunnell, is still on probation and was
fined $150,000 in 2004 for failing to
obtain federal permits to build docks in
protected waterways, as reported in June
by the St. Petersburg Times (http://tam-
pabay.com/news/environment/wildlife/art
icle615077.ece).
"A lot of people have a business inter-
est on the [Miami] River. That's as plain
as day," says Pamela Sweeney, a mana-
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with the state-established Biscayne Bay
Aquatic Preserve. "Lots of folks on the
[manatee-review] committee feel that our
plan is too rigid and offers too much pro-
tection. But our plan is considered very
efficient and one of the most respected."
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) agrees,
and they sent a letter on December 18,
2007, to Carlos Espinosa, director of the
Miami-Dade Department of
Environmental Resources
Management, explaining, "We At Miar
believe that the existing plan is
scar
a good one that works to pro-
tect manatees while still direct- course
ing coastal development proj- mo
ects to appropriate locations in
the county." They went on to
state that "four manatee carcasses have
been removed this year from the [Miami]
River, including deaths from watercraft
and entanglement."
Hello, Miami commissioners! You are
wasting your time and taxpayers' money.
The FWC is not going to approve a
weaker plan! The review committee


needs to stop catering to special interests,
meaning dock builders and developers.
Its next public meeting, set for October 1,
will include FWC officials and
Sweeney's Manatee Awareness Group
(see www.miamidade.gov/derm/mana-
tee_agendas_and information.asp).
According to Sweeney, at previous meet-
ings the public has voiced the opinion that
the plan should be strengthened instead of
weakened. Manatees must be protected
from extinction. The only thing in Miami



ni Seaquarium. take a look at the
s on manatee Phyllis. then ask
If: Why would Miami want to put
re of these creatures at risk?


that needs to disappear from existence for-
ever is this committee. But sadly, too many
people don't seem to care enough to do
anything. "We have a crisis on our hands
with people's apathy. The threats just keep
increasing," says Katie Tripp, director of
science and conservation for Maitland-
based Save the Manatee Club.


Tripp thinks statewide efforts during the
past 30 years have helped stabilize the man-
atee population, which reached a peak of
3300 individuals in the 2001 aerial count.
Last year's count found 2817 individuals.
"But we don't really know how many man-
atees is enough," she says. Moreover, she
adds, "If we protect manatees, we protect all
types of aquatic species."
One of the saddest commentaries on
the plight of the manatee is that scientists
use propeller scars to identify individuals
because the majority of them have been
struck by motorboats. Tripp says one
manatee was found to have 50 distinct
scars from 50 separate hits.
In addition to fast-moving boats,
threats to the manatee include loss of
habitat, red tide (toxic algae blooms),
and cold stress syndrome from water that
dips below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Their
temperature sensitivity is what causes
manatees to migrate like snowbirds -
their numbers swell to around 200 in
Miami's waterways in the winter.
Tripp describes the population on
Florida's east coast as "stable." But sta-
bility should not be mistaken for securi-
ty. In 2007 Miami-Dade recorded 13


deaths, of which only 4 were classified
as natural. And with an increasing
human population and growing boat traf-
fic, South Florida is a dangerous place
for manatees.
As residents, though, we can do our
part to make the environment safer for
them by educating children and neigh-
bors about these magnificent mammals.
People who live on the water can obtain
free "manatee safety" signs from the
Save the Manatee Club. For more infor-
mation call 800-432-5646 or e-mail edu-
cation@savethemanatee.org.
Anyone witnessing a problem involving
manatees should immediately call the
FWC hotline at 888-404-3922 (*FWC or
#FWC from a cellular phone). A second
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COLUMNISTS: YOUR GARDEN


Butterfly Magnets and Wind Victims
Suggestionsfor attracting butterflies and avoiding toppled trees


By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor
Last fall I began noticing large
numbers of butterflies at Jungle
Island, where I work. During the
past several years, I would see the occa-
sional butterfly or two that would blow
in with the wind from somewhere off-
shore of Watson Island, and of course the
many smaller species of butterflies and
moths that were utilizing the tiny flower-
ing plants in the lawn areas. But when I
started seeing dozens of large butterflies
at one time, I took notice. One day last
fall I saw large numbers of Julias, an
attractive migratory species from South
America, congregating in a single area of
the park.
This congregating has continued
intermittently since last year. The
Julias were mostly in a very dense
area of vegetation. When I made my
way inside the area, I found that a
weedy passion vine had established


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Passion flowers are a larval food plant for many species of butterflies.


itself and was growing throughout and
over many of the other plants. This
vine is Passiflorafoetida, originally
from South America but which has


naturalized in many other tropical
zones of the world. Julia butterflies
breed on passion vines. Now I let the
vine grow until it becomes a nuisance,


and then pull out almost all of it, leav-
ing a little bit to grow back.
Be aware this plant is an invasive
exotic and should not be purposely prop-
agated, but if it does show up in your
garden, you can control it for the butter-
flies, as well as for the flowers, which
are very attractive. Ever since we've
been cultivating this passion vine, there
has been a fairly stable population of
Julias in the park. One time I took a
photo of a group of Julias and was able
to count 25 in a single cluster.
Another plant that does a great job
attracting butterflies is the Fire Bush,
Hamelia patens. The Fire Bush we are
growing at Jungle Island is what would
be called, in the nursery trade, an African
Fire Bush. This is not the typical Fire
Bush that used to be found in South
Florida, with softer, often chewed-up
leaves, more brittle branches, and a
shorter life span. The plants, at least at

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Jungle Island, will grow into a very large
shrub or small tree. The leaves are shiny
and waxy looking, and it flowers pro-
fusely. Through DNA analysis we know
that this form of Hamelia originated in
Mexico, was brought to Europe, Africa,
and Asia in the 1800s, and is now start-
ing to naturalize in our area.
I have seen dozens of butterflies
being attracted to the flowers of this
Fire Bush. On a recent hot afternoon
(butterflies are most active at the
hottest time of the day), I
counted four different butter-
fly species within 15 minutes Whey
visiting two large plants at the bul
park. These two plants are last
underneath a large Lysiloma
tree, which also happens to be
in flower small, cream-col-
ored, powder-puff flowers.
This is one of the best viewing areas in
the park for butterflies. Sulphur-col-
ored butterflies along with whites,
greens, and some other color variations
that I have not been able to identify are
profuse here.


For many years I have been growing
different species of pipe vine. These
were always short-lived vines with very
exotic-looking flowers. At the park we
have several plants of Aristolochia ele-
gans (pipe vines) growing in containers
in our two plant nursery areas. Pipe
vines are larval food plants for a number
of species of Swallowtail butterfly. When
we started placing some of these contain-
er plants in different locations, I started
noticing Swallowtail butterflies flying
throughout the park. This is the first year
I've begun to see this species regularly.


1 I started seeing dozens of large
tterflies. I took notice. One day
fall I saw large numbers of Julias
eating in a single area of the park.


Hurricanes are devastating events for
gardens. The high winds we had recent-
ly reinforced a few horticultural princi-
pals for me. One is that native plants
don't necessarily withstand high winds
better than other plants. I know this


goes against current plant dogma, but
our recent high winds came from a
direction opposite that of Hurricanes
Katrina and Wilma of a few years ago.
This exposed certain trees at the park to
wind stresses they had not experienced
since being planted within the past five
years. Two pigeon plums, Coccoloba
,;i L ,;if.1;,, were blown over. Both of
these native trees were planted close
together, were about 15 feet tall, and
were very healthy, with nice canopies.
The root balls had pulled half-way out
of the ground.
When we pulled both trees out to
replant them, I was amazed at the small
size of the root balls. They were the size
of a 14-inch nursery container, with a
few straggling roots outside this dense
area. Both trees had been in containers at
one time and had become root bound.
All of the main structural roots reached
to what had been the edges of the pot
and turned down. Being planted in the
ground for five years had not been
enough for these trees to send out stabi-
lizing roots that would support the trees
in high winds.
You can check this out for yourself.


Go to a healthy-looking tree that has
been planted in the ground for a few
years, push and pull on the trunk, and
watch the ground. Do you see the ground
cracking eight to ten inches away from
the trunk in a circular fashion? If you do,
this tree was probably pot bound at some
point in its life before being planted in
the ground. The main structural roots are
likely pointed down where the ground is
cracking. This tree, whether a native or
not, is a good candidate for wind-throw
during the next hurricane because of
poor root-system structure.
Don't plant root-bound trees and
expect them to stand up to high winds.
And don't plant trees with poor branch
structure and expect them to withstand a
strong storm. Have your trees pruned
professionally on a regular basis.

Jeff 'N/in...r,i, is an ISA-certified munic-
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Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
Designs ofFlorida. Contact him by e-
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RESTAURANT LISTINGS

Six more Biscayne Corridor restaurants added this month! Total: 193. Look for 4M


Restaurant listings for the BT Dining
Guide are written by Pamela Robin
Brandt. Every effort has been made to
ensure accuracy, but restaurants
frequently change menus, chefs, and
operating hours, so please call ahead to
confirm information. Icons ($$$) represent
estimates for a typical meal without wine,
tax, or tip. Hyphenated icons ($-$$$)
indicate a significant range in prices
between lunch and dinner menus, or
among individual items on those menus.
$= $10 and under
$$= $20
$$$= $30
$$$$= $40
$$$$$= $50 and over




Brickell / Downtown

Abokado
900 S. Miami Ave.,
305-347-3700
www.abokadosushi.com
Hamachi chiles rellenos? Shiso leaf "nachos" topped
with raw spicy tuna, kaiware sprouts, and other Asian
ingredients? The Viva, a sushi roll that starts with stan-
dard Japanese stuff (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado),
adds typical Latin sabor (jalapeno, cilantro), wraps it all in
a flour tortilla, and garnishes it with South of the Border
heat (spicy snow crab mix)? Miami hasn't tended to initi-
ate too many food "firsts," but this Japanese/Pan-Latin
fusion place is surely one. Intended as the groundbreaker
of an international chain, this stylish indoor-outdoor
eatery features inventive makis (executed by Hiro Asano,
formerly Bond Street's sushi maestro), plus LatAmer/
Asian small plates and meals like pasilla chile-braised
short ribs with wasabi-shintake grits. Prices are higher
than at neighborhood sushi spots, but in keeping with
Abokado's Mary Brickell Village neighbors. $$$$

Acqua
1435 Brickell Ave., Four Seasons Hotel
305-381-3190
Originally an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, this com-
fortably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs in 2006 (to
Patrick Duff, formerly at the Sukhothai in Bangkok),
resulting in a complete menu renovation. Thailand's
famed sense of culinary balance is now evident through-
out the global (though primarily Asian or Latin American-
inspired) menu, in dishes like yuzu/white soya-dressed
salad of shrimp tempura (with watercress, Vidalia onion,
avocado, pomegranate), a tender pork shank glazed with
spicy Szechuan citrus sauce (accompanied by a chorizo-
flecked plantain mash), or lunchtime's rare tuna burger
with lively wasabi atoli and wakame salad. For dessert
few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled
with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard. $$$$$


Azul
500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254
Floor-toceiling picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay.
But diners are more likely to focus on the sparkling raw
bar and open kitchen, where chef Clay Conley crafts
imaginative global creations many of them combina-
tions, to satisfy those who want it all. One offering, "A
Study in Tuna," Includes tuna sashimi, Maine crab, avo-
cado tempura, and caviar, with several Asian sauces.
Moroccan lamb is three preparations (grilled chop, hans-
sa-marinated loin, and bastilla, the famed savory-sweet
Middle Eastern pastry, stuffed with braised shank), plus
feta and smoked eggplant. Finish with a vanilla souffle
your way, a choice of toppings: chocolate, raspberry, or
creme anglaise. $$$$$

Bali 4 I3
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, down-
town has secret stashes -- small joints catering to Asian-
Pacific cruise-ship and construction workers. Opened
circa 2002, this cute, exotically decorated cafe has sur-
vived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is
delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will
want Indonesia's signature risttafel, a mix-and-match col-
lection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on
rice. Once you're hooked, there's great gado-gado (veg-
gies in peanut sauce), nasi goring (ultimate fried rice),
and laksa, a complex coconut-curry noodle soup that's
near-impossible to find made properly, as it is here. Note:
bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500
On the Conrad's restaurant/lobby-level 25th floor, the
expansive, picture-windowed space around the corner
from the check-in desks used to bejust a lobby exten-
sion. Now it's The Bar, which is notjust a watering hole
with panoramic views. At lunch it's an elegant sandwich
bar; at night it's a raw bar (with pristine coldwater oys-
ters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos. That's just
the Basque word for tapas, but as interpreted by Atrno's
chef Michael Gilligan, there's nothing mere about the gen-
erously portioned small plates. They range from tradition-
al items like cod fish equixada (a zingy bacalao salad)
and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes to inventive
inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-stuffed
empanadas, or Asian-inspired soft-shell crab in airy tem-
pura batter. $$$

Blu Pizzeria e Cucina
900 S. Miami Ave. (Mary Brickell Village)
305-381-8335
www.blurestaurantsgroup.com
More than a mere pizzeria, this spot sports a super-sleek
Upper Eastside (of Manhattan) interior. If that's too formal,
opt for a casual patio table while you study the menu over
an order of warm, just-made gnocchetti (zeppole-like bread
sticks, with prosciutto and savory fontina fondue dip), or
creamycentered supply alla romana (porcini-studded toma-
to and mozzarella rice croquettes). And don't worry The
place looks upscale, but prices of even the fanciest
seafood or veal entrees don't exceed $20. The fare fash-
ioned by chef Ricardo Tognozzi (formerly from La Bussola
and Oggl) is wide-ranging, but as the name suggests, you
can't go wrong with one of the thincrusted brickoven piz-
zas, whether a traditional margherita or inventive


asparagl e granchi (with lump crab, lobster cream, moz-
zarella, and fresh asparagus). $$-$$$

Cafe Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
305-913-8358
www.mandarinoriental.com/miami
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space
as its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more
spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,
owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered ter-
race directly on the waterfront. The food is Asian-inspired,
with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents (sushi, plus
creative fusion dishes like tangerine-anise spiced short
ribs with scallion pancake, or a tempura-battered snapper
sandwich with lemon atoli). For the health-conscious, the
menu includes low-cal choices. For hedonists there's a
big selection of artisan sakes. $$$-$$$$$

Caribbean Delight
236 NE 1st Ave
305-381-9254
Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been
serving her traditional homemade island specialties to
downtown office workers and college students since the
early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the week-
day lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried
cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well
served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry.
All entrees come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and
salad, so no one leaves hungry doubly true thanks to
the home-baked Jamaican desserts. $

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
www.doloreslolita.com
It's hard to figure why a Mediterranean/Latin restaurant
(with Asian touches) would be named after a line in a
1950s novel about a New England pedophile. But every-
thing else about this casually stylish spot is easy to
understand and easy on the wallet. All entrees cost
either $18 or $23, a price that includes an appetizer -
no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham
croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom
sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales. And all
desserts, from tiramisu to mango carpaccio with lemon
creme, are a bargain $2.50. The best seats in this hip
hangout, housed in the old Firehouse 4, are on the
rooftop patio. $$$

Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608
This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a lot
of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of food
onto its menu, and a very large amount of informal retro
California-style fusion food onto its plates. To the familiar
Latin American/Italian equation, the owners add a touch
of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but more health conscious).
Menu offerings range from designer pizzas and pastas to
custardy tamales, but the bistro's especially known for
imaginative meal-size salads, like one featuring mandarin
oranges, avocado, apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied
pecans, and chicken on a mesclun bed. $$

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries


about the seafood's freshness; on their way to the rustic
outside dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners
can view the retail fish market to see what looks fresh-
est. Best preparations, as always when fish is this fresh,
are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season,
Garcia's claws are as good as Joe's but considerably
cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular -
grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahl mahl, fried, grilled, or
blackened. The place is also famous for its zesty
smoked-fish dip and its sides of hushpupples. $-$$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901S. Miami Ave., 305-455-4757
www.grimpa.com
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery at Brickell
Plaza is more sleekly contemporary than most of Miami's
rodizio joints, but no worries. The classic sword-wielding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish --
16 cuts at dinner, 12 at lunch. And included in the price
(dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting
buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts,
and cheeses, plus additional accompaniments like irre-
sistible cheese bread -- served tableside. A pleasant,
nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart
passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango
chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurn. $$$$-
$$$$$

Indochine
638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1525
www.indochinebistro.com
Indochine has succeeded by morphing from mere restau-
rant into hip hangout. Copious special events (art open-
ings, happy hours with DJs, classic movie or karaoke
nights, wine or sake tasting) draw everyone from down-
town business types to the counterculture crowd. Not
that there's anything "mere" about the range of food
served from three Asian nations. Light eaters can snack
on Vietnamese summer rolls or Japanese sushi rolls,
including an imaginative masago-coated model with
mango, spicy tuna, and cilantro. For bigger appetites,
there are Thai curries and Vietnamese specialties like
pho, richly flavored beef soup with meatballs, steak
slices, rice noodles, and add-in Asian herbs and sprouts.
$$-$$$

Iron Sushi
120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000
(See Miami Shores listing)

La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800, www.laloggia.org
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm-feeling Italian
restaurant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing
downtown; when it first opened, eating options in the
courthouse area were basically a variety of hot dog wag-
ons. With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin
agnollotl in sage butter sauce, cilantro-spiced white
bean/vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, and souffle
di granchi (crabmeat souffle atop arugula dressed with
honey-mustard vinaigrette), proprietors Jennifer Porciello
and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that
returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the
afternoon, fueled by the Lawyer's Liquid Lunch, a vodka
martini spiked with sweetened espresso. $$$

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DINING


GUIDE


Red, White, and You


Agreeable wine for $12 or less


By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

Around about the middle of October, we all start

feeling a little crabby.


We're still in the meat of hurricane season, and
there's another six long weeks yet to go. The summer's
heat and humidity have long since gotten old, and those
of us who can't afford to get out of Dodge until the
snowbirds begin their annual migration south are feel-
ing seriously aggrieved.
But that's not why we're feeling crabby.
October 15 is the opening of stone crab season, time again
to gorge ourselves silly on the ocean-sweet, dense, delicately
flavored meat of Menippe mercenaria, preferably dredged
through gallons of creamy mustard sauce and accompanied
by a loaf of crusty French bread and simple green salad.
And of course, a chilled bottle of light, crisp, refresh-
ing white wine.
To paraphrase the great satiric songwriter Tom
Lehrer, I have a few modest examples here some
familiar, others perhaps not but all wines that will
play well with South Florida's favorite crustacean (and


just about anything else that comes out of the water), mentioning Sauvignon Blanc, and some of the best val-
and still leave enough pennies in your pocket to add a ues of this fish-friendly wine now come from Chile. The
couple of more jumbos to the pile. 2007 Natura is very refreshing, with the kind of sharp
Pinot Grigio may be the best known and most popu- grapefruit-citrus-green-apple acidity that can cut through
lar Italian white, but if enough people try Bellini's Ih rlic i icliic.. of shellfish like lobster and scallops.
2007 Vernaccia di San Gimignano, all that could lim.illy there is Pinot Grigio. Not from Italy,
change. This is a lovely wine, made from the tolliiiu where too many Pinot Grigios taste as
Vernaccia grape, that balances a delicate acidity I .i ..liicJ out as yesterday's laundry. The 2007 Clos
with a pronounced minerality and crisp citrus, du Bois comes from California, where riper grapes
peach and melon flavors. N ''I' c it a pleasing spice and fruitiness without com-
And while we're on the letter V, Portugal's Vinho Ir I~"smising its essential lemon-lime character and its
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Neblina is characteristic of the varietal, with a pale L The Bellini Vernaccia di San Gimignano,
gold-green color, faint lemon-lime and green apple Neblina Vinho Verde, and Martin Codax
aromas, and a slight spritz and sweetness on the palate. Albarifo are all available at Total Wine in North
A little less characteristic is the 2006 Martin Miami for $10.99, $8.99, and $11.99 respec-
Codax Albarifio, and that's a good thing. The typi- tively (14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-3270).
cally lush, floral aromas and flavors of Spain's pre- The Natura Sauvignon Blanc and Clos du Bois
mier white-wine grape are here more restrained; in their Pinot Grigio can be found at most Publix, including
place are smoke, Meyer lemon, peach and pear lean- the Biscayne Commons Publix (14641 Biscayne
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wines like Sancerre and Muscadet.
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La Moon 4=
144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209
At four in the morning, nothing quells the post-clubbing
munchies like a Crazy Burger (a heart-stopping Colombian
take on a trucker's burger: beef patty, bacon, ham, moz-
zarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an area
corn pancake "bun") unless it's a Supermoon perro, a
similarly overloaded hot dog. For less dainty eaters,
there's a bandeja paisa, a mountainous construction con-
taming char-grilled steak, pork belly pork-enriched beans,
rice, plantains, eggs, and arepas. One hardly knows
whether to eat it or burrow in to spend the rest of the
night. While this tiny place's late hours (till 3:00 a.m.
Thursday 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) are surprising,
the daytime menu is more so. In addition to all the cho-
lesterol-packed Colombian classics, there's a salad
Nicolse with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango
salsa, and other yuppie favorites. $-$$

Latitude Zero
36 SW 1st St., 305-372-5205
Potted plants are the only sign outside this narrow store-
front that the room inside is worlds more charming than
standard downtown Latin eateries. This urban oasis is an
artsy little white-tablecloth place (with alternating red
tablecloths warming up the feel), but with no-tablecloth
prices. While much of the menu is Miami's generic Latin
mix, there la a separate Ecuadorian section that's a
playlist of that country's culinary greatest hits.
Standouts: encebollado, a centuries-old fishermen's soup
given national individuality by yuca and zingy hits of lime;
lighter caldo de bola, veggle-packed broth with plantain
dumplings; and cazuelas, thick layered casseroles of
mashed plantains and tomato-enriched seafood. No clue?
Try a bandera, a mixed plate of Ecuador's most distinc-
tive dishes, including shrimp ceviche. $$

Novecento
1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
www.bistronovecento.com
For those who think "Argentine cuisine" is a synonym for
"beef and more beef," this popular eatery's wide range
of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will
be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for


traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative
Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia
(lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapenos, basil, and
the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or
crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable
are entree salads like the signature Ensalada
Novecento: skirt steak slices (cooked to order) atop
mixed greens coated in rich mustard vinaigrette with a
side of housemade fries. $$-$$$

Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862
www.theoceanaire.com
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire may seem
more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack.
But while many dishes (including popular sides like bacon-
enriched hash browns and fried green tomatoes) are iden-
tical at all Oceanaires, menus vary significantly according
to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean
Bernal (formerly at Merrick Park's Pescado) supplements
signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly
marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The dally-chang-
ing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish
seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish,
amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bar's cold-
water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$

Pasha's
1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116
The original branch on Miami Beach's Lincoln Road was
instantly popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern
fast food made with no trans fats or other nutritional
nasties is served at the three newer outlets. The prices
are low enough that one might suspect Pasha's was con-
ceived as a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business
School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek
and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from common classics
like falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muham-
mara (tangy walnut spread), silky labneh yogurt cheese,
and chicken adana kebabs with grilled veggies and aloli
sauce. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh,
from scratch, daily. $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080
www.peoplesbarbque.com
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs
(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back


several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown
institution. But the chicken is also a winner, plus there's a
full menu of soul food entrees, including what many afi-
cionados consider our town's tastiest souse. Sides include
collards, yams, and soft mac and cheese. And it would be
unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet potato
pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop half iced tea,
half lemonade. $-$$

Perricone's
15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449, www.perricones.com
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from
Vermont), this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's
first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad (with pig-
nolias, raisins, apples, and basil) is a favorite; dinner's
strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma
Jennie's old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses
filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sunday's
$15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an
omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, sal-
ads, and more remains one of our town's most civilized
all-you-caneat deals. $$

Prime Blue Grille
315 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-5901
www.primebluegrille.com
This truly 21st-century steakhouse targets today's health-
minded gourmets by serving only certified-organic Brandt
beef antibiotic- and hormone-free, as well as dry-aged,
butchered in-house, and smoke-seared by Prime Blue's
intense wood-burning grills and ovens. For noncarnivores,
the menu gives equal time to fish, all caught wild, and
offers dozens of cooked vegetable and salad options,
including build-your-own. There's also a raw bar and a
small steak/seafood retail counter. The decor is as mod-
ern as the menu. Instead of the stuffy men's club look,
you have a soaring, light-hued, open-plan, indoor/outdoor
space, with panoramic Miami River view. $$$$

Provence Gril
1001 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-1940
The cozy terracotta-tiled dining room (and even more
charming outdoor dining terrace) indeed evoke the south
of France. But the menu of French bistro classics covers
all regions, a Greatest Hits of French comfort food: coun-
try-style pate mason with onion jam, roasted peppers
and cornichons; steak/frites (grilled nb-eye with pepper-
corn cream sauce, fries, and salad); four preparations of


mussels; a tarte tatin (French apple tart with roasted wal-
nuts, served a la mode). Deal alert: An early-bird prix-fixe
menu (5:30-7:30 p.m.) offers soup or salad, entree,
dessert, and a carafe of wine for $44 per couple. $$$-
$$$$

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915
www.therivermiami.com
This casually cool Miami River-area jewel is a full-service
seafood spot, as evidenced by tempting menu selections
like soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish,
and remoulade. There are even a few dishes to please
meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni
and cheese. But oyster fans will still find it difficult to
resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large
selection of bivalves (often ten varieties per night), espe-
cially since oysters are served both raw and cooked -
fire-roasted with sofnto butter, chonzo, and manchego. To
accompany these delights, there's a thoughtful wine list
and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001
www.rosamexicano.com
A branch of the original Rosa Mexicano that introduced
New Yorkers to real Mexican food (not Tex-Mex) in 1984,
this expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining expe-
rience that's haute in everything but price. Few entrees
top $20. The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly
- festive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn't
fear; though nachos aren't available, there is nothing
scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly
made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-
habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature gua-
camole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegran-
ate margantas ensure no worries. $$$

Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life is complicated. Food should be simple. That's owner
Armando Alfano's philosophy which is stated above the
entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since it's
also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano
hails from Pompeii), it's fitting that the menu is dominated
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entrees such as spinach- and ncotta-stuffed crepes with
bechamel and tomato sauces. There are salads and sand-
wiches, too, including one soy burger tojustify the other half
of the place's name. The most enjoyable place to dine is
the secret, open-air courtyard, completely hidden from the
street. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompa-
ny his "-i .... I 1.111 1. events featuring local musi-
cians and artists. $-$$

Taste of Bombay
111 NE 3rd Ave.
305-358-0144
No surprise that a place called Taste of Bombay would be
an Indian restaurant. And depending mostly on the pre-
dominant nationalities of downtown construction workers
at any given time, Taste of Bombay has also served
sushi, Philippine, and Chinese food. Best bet, though, is
the all-you-caneat Indian buffet lunch spread, featuring
six changing entrees (a mix of meat, poultry, fish, and
vegetable curries) plus veggie pakoras, rice, salad, chut-
neys, hot naan bread, and a dessert. The place looks
plain outside, but it's pleasantly exotic enough inside for
a bargain business lunch. $$

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave.
305-374-1198
www.tobacco-road.com
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone),
gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot
has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live
music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from
lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The
kitchen is especially known for its chill, budget-priced
steaks, and burgers, including the mega-mega burger, a
trucker-style monster topped with said chill plus cheddar,
mushrooms, bacon, and a fried egg. There's also surpris-
ingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club
with lemon aloli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty
ribs, perfect accompaniment to the blues. $$


Midtown / Design District

Adelita's Cafe
2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but Inside it's
bigger, better, and busier than it looks. Unlike many Latin
American eateries, which serve a multinational melange,
this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-
pleaser. On weekends especially the two casual dining
rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare like
baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (Honduras's take on
tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed with seafood or
meat and veggies, and more. To spend ten bucks on a meal
here, one would have to be a sumo wrestler. $

Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, located on the ground floor of one of
midtown's new mixed-use condo buildings, the decor is a styl-
ish mix of contemporary cool (high loft ceilings) and Old World
warmth (tables made from old wine barrels). Cuisine is simi-
larly geared to the area's new smart, upscale residents: cre-
ative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger inter-
nationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie plat-
ters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly,
Venezuelan-born chef Alfredo Patino's former executive chef
gigs at Bizcaya (at the Ritz-Carton Coconut Grove) and other
high-profile venues are evident in sophisticated snacks like
the figciutto, a salad of arugula, gorgonzola dolce,
caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free
parking in a fenced lot behind the building. $$

Bleu Moon
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-373-8188
Deep inside the Doubletree Grand, this restaurant, which
has panoramic Biscayne Bay views and an outdoor deck,
is one of the few upscale dinner spots near the Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts. The eclectic menu is
more Mediterranean than anything else, from old-fash-
ioned favorites like lasagna to contemporary creations


like gnocchi with sun-dried tomatoes, sweet pea pure,
pine nuts, and ricotta salata. But a few seafood sauces
reflect Asian influences, and tropical Latin touches
abound. Some of the most charming dishes are modern-
ized American, and done well enough to make you nostal-
gic for 1985: creamy (but not gunky) lobster bisque, lump
crab cake with fried capers, and a retro arugula salad
with caramelized walnuts, bacon, gorgonzola, fresh
berries, and raspberry vinaigrette. $$$$

Brosia
163 NE 39th St., 305-531-8700
www.brosiamiami.com
The reputation that Arthur Artile amassed after years as
executive chef at Norman's and Chispa has made the
Design District's Brosia an instant hit. The menu is
Mediterranean-inspired, with a few items like gazpacho
Caprese fusing cuisines, but most retaining regional
individuality: Moroccan mussels in curry broth; shrimp
and clams (with garlic, chorizo, and sherry) that scream
"Spain!" The stylish space is a draw, too. Inside, all
mahogany leather, and luxuriant intimacy; outside, seat-
ing on an extensive patio shaded by a canopy of old
oaks. And the convenient all-day hours (even breakfast)
give it the feel of a real neighborhood restaurant. $$$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909
If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves
supremely satisfying Italian, American, and French bistro
food were within walking distance of every Miami resi-
dent, we'd be a helluva hip food town. Located in the inti-
mate space that formerly housed Restaurant A, it's the
love child of Quebequoise chef Claude Postel and his wife
Callie, who runs the front of the house with exuberantly
friendly charm. Like true Parisian bistros, it's open contin-
uously, every day (until midnight!), with prices so low
(starters $5-8, entrees $8-15) that one really can drop in
anytime for authentic nllettes (a scrumptious spiced meat
spread, like a rustic pate) with a crusty baguette, steak
with from-scratch fntes, salmon atop ratatoullle, or many
changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is
free parking. And it's well worth a drive. $$


Charcuterie
3612 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7877
This Design District old-timer has hung on for close to
20 years as the District has gone through its mood
swings. But it's no worse for the wear. The
upstairs/downstairs space looks good as new, and is
still almost impossibly cute. The menu, chalked daily on
a blackboard, still features well more than a dozen typi-
cal French bistro specials like chicken Dionalse or
almond-crusted trout in creamy, lemony beurre blanc.
And the salads, soups, and sandwiches are still, invari-
ably, evocative. Rough-cut pate de champagne, topped
with cornichons on a crusty buttered baguette is an
instant trip to Paris. Though weekend nighttime hours
were instituted several years ago, dinner is an on-again,
off-again thing, so call first. $$-$$$

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is famil-
iar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pas-
tries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept dif-
ferentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers (like the Biscayne
Times: tuna salad with hummus, cucumber, roasted pep-
pers, arugula, and sprouts on multigrain bread), giving
diners something to chat about. For those who'd rather
Have It Their Own Way both sandwiches and salads can
be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of
main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for
the creatively minded. $

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot,
as it was at the original Delicias, run by members of the
same family, eight blocks north on the Boulevard. There
are differences here, notably karaoke on weekends and
a kitchen that doesn't shut down till the wannabe
American Idols shut up, around 2:00 a.m. But the food is
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ceviches, and for those who like their fish tangy but
cooked, a mammoth jalea platter (lightly breaded, fried
seafood under a blanket of marinated onions -the fish
and chips of your dreams). As for nonseafood stuff, no
one who doesn't already know that Peru practically invent
ed fusion cuisine (in the 1800s) will doubt, after sampling
two traditional noodle dishes: tallerin saltado (Chinese
Peruvian beef or chicken lo meln) or tallenn verde (Ital
Latin noodles with pesto and steak). $$

Domo Japones
4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474
www.domojapones.com
Thin-sliced, whitefish usuzukurl sashimi garnished with
sea salt and blood orange sauce; a scallop sushi roll fla
vored with truffle oil and cured plum; miso-glazed black
cod. If the fare at Domo Japones, housed in the romantic
cally renovated old Buena Vista post office, sounds
unusually inventive and trendy, there's a logical explana
tion: Chefs Nao Higuchi and Timon Balloo are Nobu and
SushiSamba veterans, and owner Amir Ben Zion part
nered in Bond Street. Harder to explain are maki comb-
nations like shrimp and prosciutto with pineapple ginger
sauce, or prices more South Beach than Biscayne
Corridor. But sushi till midnight Thursday through
Saturday (11:00 p.m. Monday Wednesday) is a major
neighborhood upgrade. $$$$

18th Street Cafe
210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006
www.l8thstreetcafe.com
Most of the seating in this cool little breakfast/lunch room is
in a sort of giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that
makes the space feel expansively lightfilled, and quite nicely
gentnfies its whole evolving Midtown block. This pioneering
place deserves to survive, even if just considering the roast
beef sandwich with creamy horseradish -an inspired classic
combination that makes one wonder why more places in this
town don't serve it. (We'll debate later) Other culinary high
lights of the classic "Six S" repertoire (soups, sandwiches,
salads, sweets, smoothies, specials) might include a
turkey/pear/cheddar melt sandwich, and really sinful marsh
mallowtopped brownies. $

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
3401 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown), 305-571-8345
www.fiveguys.com
Like the West Coast's legendary In-NOut Burger chain, this
East Coast challenger serves no green-leaf faux health food.
You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher
dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait. Which
you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order,
not steamtabled. Available in double or one-patty sizes,
they're welldone but spurtinglyjulcy, and after loading with
your choice of 15 free garnishes, even a "little" burger makes
a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajunspiced) are also superior,
hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes; a changing sign
reports the spuds' point of origin. $

Fratelli Lyon
4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-2901
www.fratellilyon.com
This Italian cafe has been packed since the moment it
opened. No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyon's


pioneering Lyon Freres gourmet store on pre-gentrified
Lincoln Road (1992-97), anotherjoint that was exactly
what its neighborhood needed. The restaurant's artisan
saluml, cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils, and more
on the ingredientdriven menu are so outstanding that
one can't help wishing this restaurant also had a retail
component. Well, maybe later. Meanwhile console your
self with the sort of salamis and formaggl you'll never
find in the supermarket (as well as rare finds like culatel
lo -prosclutto royalty), including a mixed antipasto
esplosione that would feed Rhode Island. Entrees
include properly al dente pastas, plus some regional
specialties like Venetian-style calves liver, rarely found
outside Italy. $$$

Grass
28 NE 40th St.
305-573-3355
After a couple of years in hiatus, this Design District
restolounge has reopened in the same outdoor courtyard
space. What's new: "MediterAsian" chef Michael Jacobs
and a menu that travels beyond pan Asian and
Mediterranean influences into the Amencas. Entrees
range from lowbrow comfort food (cunningly reinvented
mini pot pies) to high-status extravagance (stone seared,
authentic Kobe steak). For healthy grazers, raw-bar selec
tons include ceviches and a large seafood platter (lob
ster, shrimp, and lump crab with housemade dipping
sauces). There's also a snack menu (pristine coldwater
oysters, a crab salad timbale, parmesan truffle shoe
string fries, mini-Kobe burgers) served till the wee hours,
providing a welcome alternative to the Boulevard's fast
food chains. $$-$$$$$

Kafa Cafe
3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-438-0114
www.kafamidtown.com
Opened in late 2007 by a brother/sister team (both orig-
nally from Ethiopia, via San Francisco), this breakfast/lunch
spot is located in the casually stylish indoor/outdoor multi
roomed Midtown space formerly housing Uva and Stop
Miami. Nothing on the menu tops $8, and portions feed an
army (or several starving artists). Signature item is the for
midable Kafa Potato Platter -a mountain of wondrously tex
tured home fries mixed with bacon, ham, peppers, onion,
and cheese; eggs (any style), fresh fruit, and bread accom
pany Lunch's burgers, salads, and overstuffed sandwiches
(like the roast beef supreme, a melt with sauteed mush
rooms, onion, sour cream, and cheddar on sourdough)
come with homemade soup or other sides, plus fruit. Not
full yet? The pair plans expanded night hours with an
authentic Ethiopian menu, pending wine/beer license
approval. $

Latin Cafe 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd.
305-576-3838
www.latincafe2000.com
The menu is similar to that at many of our town's Latin
cafes, largely classic Cuban entrees and sandwiches,
with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin
America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed
seafood), or paella Valenclana from Spain, which many
Miami eateries consider a Latin country. Whatjustifies
the new millennium moniker is the more modern, yupp-
fied/yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive,
rustic wooden deck. Delivery is now available. $$


Lemoni Cafe
4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/sal
ads/starters primer. What it doesn't convey is the
sparkling freshness of the ingredients and the care that
goes into constructing these mostly healthy snacks.
Entree-size salads range from an elegant spinach salad
(with goat cheese, pears, walnuts, and raisins) to chunky
homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens a
hefty helping of protein without typical dell style mayo
overload. Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed
paninis, or wraps, all accompanied by side salads)
include a respectable Cuban, but the deceptively nchtast
ing light salad cream that dresses a veggie wrap might
tempt even hardcore cholesterol fans to stick with the
sprouts. $-$$

Lost & Found Saloon
185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008
www.thelostandfoundsaloon-miami.com
There's an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friend
ly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday
only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its
neighborhood. It's now open for dinner six nights a week,
serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices.
Dishes like pinon and pepitacrusted salmon, chipotle
drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable
tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and
salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon
crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $

Maino Churrascaria 4M
2201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-571-9044
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the fea
tures one expects at a rodlzlo-style restaurant, including
all you-caneat meats carved tableside and a lavish buffet
of salads, sides, saluml, and hot prepared dishes. What
sets Malno apart from typical rodlzlo palaces is its family
run feel, intimate rather than intimidating, plus its atten
tion to every detail (immediately obvious in the classy rus
tic/elegant decor, highlighted by striking onyx accents
bars, tabletops, and more). While it's rare at most rodlzlo
joints to get meat done less than medium, Malno's eager
to-please servers here are happy to convey custom cook
ing preferences to the kitchen -and they're English speak
ing, too. One other welcome difference: As well as the
one-price (hefty) feast, there are a la carte starters and
pastas for lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some
lunch specials. Free parking, too. $$-$$$$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St., 305-438-0228
(See North Miami listing)

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550
Longawaited and an instant smash hit, this truly neighbor
hood-oriented restaurant from Michael Schwartz, founding
chef of Nemo's in South Beach, offers downtoearth fun
food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor set
ting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes
range from cuttingedge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped
celenac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple
comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with
panfried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken.
There's also a broad range of prices and portion sizes ($4
$8 for snacks and small plates to $24-$39 for extra-large


plates) to encourage frequent visits from light-bite as well
as pig-out diners. Michael's Genuine also features an
eclectic and affordable wine list, and a full bar, with cut-rate
weekday happy hour cocktails. $$-$$$$

Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731
www.mikesvenetia.com
There's no sign out front, but this family-owned Irish
pub, on the pool deck of a waterfront condo building
across from the Miami Herald, for more than 15 years
has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local
journalists -and others who appreciate honest cheap
eats and drinks (not to mention a billiard table and 17
TV screens). Regulars know daily specials are the way
to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast
turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big
burgers and steak dinners are always good, and happy
hour appetizers (like meaty Buffalo wings) are always
half price. Additionally, a limited late-night menu pro
vides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$

Orange Cafe + Art
2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070
The paintings hanging in this tiny, glassenclosed cafe are
for sale. And for those who don't have thousands of dollars
to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten
bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chon-
zo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil
on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted ed-
bles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the
Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and
house-baked pastries. $

Out of the Blue Cafe
2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-3800
www.outofthebluecafe.net
Forget impersonal chain coffeehouses. This artist friendly,
independent neighborhood cafe serves a full selection of
coffee drinks made with the award winning beans of
Intelligentsia, a roasting company that works directly with
artisan growers to encourage sustainable agriculture
and one helluva good cup ofjava. Also served: breakfast
and lunch sandwiches, imaginative salads, soups, home
made pastries and creamy fresh fruit smoothies. With
tables, sofas, and lounge chairs inside an old Midtown
house, plus free wireless Internet access, the space is
also just a pleasant place to hang out. Owner Carmen
Miranda (real name) says beer and wine will soon be
available. $

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St., 305-722-7369
www.pacifictimemiami.com
Everyone knows Jonathan Eismann's original, now
defunct Pacific Time, for many years Lincoln Road's
only serious contemporary restaurant. The question is:
How different is its new incarnation? Very, and it's all
good, starting with far superior acoustics (no more
voice-shredding conversations!), an admirably green
ecological policy and a neighborhood friendly attitude
(including kid-oriented dishes, plus continuous service
of inventive small plates and bar snacks). The food is
also more intriguing -simultaneously complexly refined
and accessibly clean. While the addition of

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Mediterranean influences to PT's former Pacific Rim
menu may sound confusing on paper, trust us: A meal
that includes a butter-grilled asparagus with prosciutto,
soft-cooked egg Milanese, and preserved lemon; plus
an Asian-accented creamy corn/leek soup with Peeky
Toe crab dumplings, coriander, and mustard oil makes
perfect sense on the tongue. $$-$$$$

Pasha's
3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201
(See Brickell/Downtown listing)

Pizzafiore
2905 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-0900
Those seeking dainty designer pizzas can fuhgeddaboudit
here. At this New York-style pizzeria (which has roughly
the same menu as North Beach's original Pizzafiore, but
independent ownership), it's all about heftiness. A spe-
cial slice/soda deal features two pizza triangles bigger
than most Miami mini-skirts. Whole pies come medium
(large), large (huge), and extra-large (think truck tire). And
with fully loaded pizzas like the Supreme Meat Lover
priced only a few bucks more than a basic tomato/
cheese, it pays to think big about toppings too. Other
Italian-American fare is also available, notably pastas and
subs. $-$$

Primo's
1717 N. Bayshore Dr.
305-371-9055
Relatively few people except hotel guests and condo
residents are familiar with the Grand's restaurants
(except for Tony Chan's). The imposing, cavernous
lobbyjust doesn't have that "do drop in" locals' hang-
out vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great
addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-
oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic
pepperoni to trendy prosclutto/arugula would be draw
enough. But pastas are also planned to please: diners'
choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and
extras. And the price is right, with few entrees (whether
traditional veal piccata or seared ahi tuna) topping
$20. The capper: It's open past midnight every day but
Sunday. $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St.
305-755-0122
www.sakeroom.com
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge, which
offers South Beach sophistication without the prices
or attitude, thanks to charming proprietor Mano Cicilia.
Among the seafood offerings, you won't find exotica or
local catches, but all the usual sushl/sashimi
favorites are here, but in more interesting form,
thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy
srracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many more. Especially
recommended: the yuzu hamachi roll (chopped Pacific
yellowtail with scallions, sesame, roe, citrusy dressing,
and refreshing shlso leaf), the lobster tempura maki
(with veggies, chive oil, and an oddly wonderful tomato
sauce), and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-
sour mayo and a salad. $$-$$$


Sheba
4029 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1819
www.shebamiami.com
Combining contemporary Design District chic with tradi-
tional African craft (from its adjacent art gallery), Sheba's
spacious setting is a soothing place to discover the exot-
ic offerings of Miami's only Ethiopian eatery. Once diners
adjust to eating with their hands (using inerja, the sour-
dough crepes accompanying entrees, as a utensil), the
food is quite accessible. Both wats (meat and poultry
stews) and tibs (sauteed dishes incorporating the familiar
multicultural "holy trinity" of onions, tomatoes, and pep-
pers) tend, like Cuban cuisine, to be spiced with complex-
ity, not fire. A Best of the Best platter for two enables din-
ers to sample most of the menu. $$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291
Some things never change, or so it seems at this diner,
which is so classic it verges on cliche. Open since 1938,
it's still popular enough that people line up on Saturday
morning, waiting for a seat at the horseshoe-shaped
counter (there are no tables) and enormous breakfasts:
corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy
pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia
sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict, all
in mountainous portions. The lunch menu is a roll call of
the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu
and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888
The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, a
huge bayside condo/resort hotel, looks far too glitzy to
serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food.
The presentation is indeed elegant, but the American
dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more
authentic and skillfully prepared than those found else-
where in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail
(minced with mushrooms in lettuce cups). Moist sea
bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion,
ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking
duck is served as three traditional courses: crepe-
wrapped crispy skin, meat sauteed with crisp veggies,
savory soup to finish. $$$-$$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775
Both bistro and retail wine shop, this Design District spot
is run by Florent Blancher, an energetic young Frenchman
who was previously a wine distributor. His former gig led
to connections that mean if wine lovers don't find the bot-
tle they want in W's selection of roughly 200-labels
(which emphasizes boutique and organic growers),
Blanchet can probably get it within 24 hours. Food is
sophisticated light bites like a shrimp club sandwich with
pancetta and sun-dried tomato aloll; smoked duck salad
with goat cheese croutons and a poached egg; and
chocolate fondant. At night there are tapas. $-$$

Zuperpollo Biztro Reztocafe
3050 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-8485
www.zuperpollo.com
Occasionally there's a sign out front of the office building
housing this bistro, indicating that a branch of the popu-
lar Uruguayan eatery Zuperpollo (on Coral Way, since
1986) is within. Otherwise, since the restaurant opened


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in 2006, locals have basically had to intuit its presence -
way in back, past a guard desk and an elevator bank,
behind an unmarked door. Once there, diners discover an
extensive pan-Latin menu of breakfast food, salads, sub-
stantial meat and fish entrees, homemade pastas and
soups, desserts, and sandwiches, including Uruguay's
famed chivito, sometimes called "a heart attack on a
bun": beef, bacon, ham, eggs, mozzarella, plus sauteed
mushrooms and red peppers. And naturally, from the
rotisserie, there's the signature zuper chicken. $-$$


Upper Eastside

Andiamo
5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751
www.andiamopizza.com
Sharing a building with a longestablished Morningside
car wash, Andlamo is also part of Mark Soyka's 55th
Street Station which means ditching the car (in the
complex's free lot across the road on NE 4th Court) is no
problem even if you're not getting your vehicle cleaned
while consuming the brick-oven pies (from a flaming open
oven) that are this popular pizzeria's specialty. Choices
range from the simple namesake Andlamo (actually a
Marghenta) to the Godfather, a major meat monster.
Extra toppings like arugula and goat cheese enable din-
ers to create their own designer pies. Also available are
salads and panini plus reasonably priced wines and
beers (including a few unusually sophisticated selections
like Belgium's Hoegaarden). $$

Boteco
916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street, formerly known for its live bait
and auto repair shops, is rapidly becoming a cool alt-cul-
ture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic
indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially
bustling on nights featuring live music, It's even more
fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an
informal fair and the menu includes Brazil's national
dish, feioada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and
cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from
unique, tapas-like pastels (shrimp and hearts of palm-
stuffed turnovers) to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also
appealing and budget-priced. $$

The Boutique Kitchen
6815 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0089
What the sure-handed sensibilities of Haitian-American
chef/owner Jean Sebastlen (whose culinary training
came from notable NYC fine-dining restaurants) does to
his menu's basic dishes raises them to new heights,
while keeping them comfortingly homey Melt-in-your-
mouth oxtail comes with gently herbed polenta and
thyme-spiked honey dressing; an equally slow-cooked
roast pork sandwich is elevated by horseradish mayo
and impeccable housemade slaw. And as for desserts:
one bite of the peach cobbler, made by the chef's
dynamic coowner/mom Evelyne, almost makes one feel
sorry for the Starbucks at the other end of this little
shopping strip. $-$$

Le Cafe
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551
For anyone who can't get over thinking of French food as
intimidating or pretentious, this cute cafe with a warm


welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is the
antidote. No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just classic
comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh oys-
ters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast),
Nicolse salad, quiche, and homemade creme brolee. A
respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as
is the housemade sangria. Top price for entrees is about
$14. $-$$

Canela
5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-3930
When this atmospheric little neighborhood oasis opened,
the formula was Cuban cooking at lunch, Catalan tapas
at night. The menu is now more uniform: contemporary
Spanish and pan-Latin tapas, sandwiches, salads, sides,
and entrees at all hours, just a far more elaborate selec-
tion at night. The tapas list is especially impressive, with
all the usual Hispanic meat and cheese favorites but also
an unusually large selection of seafood and vegetarian
items such as espinaca a la catalana (spinach sauteed
with pine nuts and raisins). Must-not-miss items include
ultra-creamy croquetas (ham, cheese, chicken, spinach,
or bacalao), grilled asparagus with aloli, and habit-forming
Brazilian cheese bread. $-$$$

Captain Crab's Take-Away
1100 NE 79th St., 305-754-2722
The drive-through window says "fast food," and so do
this long-lived seafood shack's low prices. And indeed
there are three Captain Crab's Take-Aways (the others
are in Carol City and Fort Lauderdale), all related to
the sit-down Crab House restaurants. But there the
resemblance to McFauxFood ends. For about the price
of a bucket of the Colonel's chicken you can get a
bucket of the Captain's savory garlic crabs. The King's
burger meal or the Captain's similarly priced fried (or
garlic boiled or New Orleans-spiced) shrimp meal? No
contest. Also popular: crab cakes and conch (fried or
in fritters and chowder). For fish haters, spicy or garlic
chicken wings are an option; for kids, cut-price "first
mate" meals. $-$$

Casa Toscana
7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-3353
www.casatoscanamiami.com
Tuscan-born chef/owner Sandra Stefani cooked at
Norman's (and briefly ran the Indian Creek Hotel's restau-
rant) before opening this Upper Eastside jewel, a wine mar-
ket/eatery whose 30 original seats have been supplement-
ed by a wine room/garden for tasting events and private
dining. Stefani travels regularly to Italy to find exciting, limit-
ed-production wines and inspiration for truly Tuscan-tasting
daily special dishes with honest, authentic flavors, such as
grilled wild boar sausages with lentil croquettes. Favorites
that show up often on the menu include pear and ncotta
ravolini with sage butter sauce, grilled eggplant slices rolled
around herbed goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, and a
light ncotta tart with lemon and rosemary $$$

Che Sopranos
7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282
This branch of a Miami Beach Italian/Argentine pizzeria,
housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy
patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola
pizza (a classic Marghenta topped with arugula, prosciutto,

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and shredded parmesan) doesn't do the trick, the New
World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled
eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sand-
wiches, dinner entrees (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti,
lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts
(tiramisu or flan). $

Chef Creole
200 NW 54th St, 305-754-2223
Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner
Wilkinson Sejour's two tiny but wildly popular establish-
ments. While some meatier Haitian classics like gnot
(fried pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available -
and a $3.99 roast chicken special is a hard deal to resist
- the glistening fish display that greets diners as they
walk in makes it clear that seafood is the specialty here:
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce), lambl fri (a mountain of perfectly tenderized fried
conch), poison gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter
sauce), garlic or Creole crabs. Note for ambiance-seek-
ers: The Miami branch has outdoor tikl-hut dining; North
Miami's outlet, a former Carvel, has the same food but
lacks the tropical charm. $-$$

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3433
www.dogmagrill.com
What could Induce downtown businessmen to drive to
the Upper Eastside to eat at a few outdoor-only tables
just feet from the busy Boulevard? From the day it
opened, people have been lining up, even in summer's
sweltering heat, for this stand's sauce-garnished, all-
beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot dogs. The 22
varieties range from simple (the Classic, with ketchup,
relish, and chopped onion) to the elaborate (the
Athens, topped with a Greek salad, including extra-vir-
gin olive oil dressing) to near-unbelievable combina-
tions like the VIP, which includes parmesan cheese and
crushed pineapple. $


East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351
Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger
soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer
entrees like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also
has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild
mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choic-
es. The East Side Salad includes goat cheese, walnuts,
and cranberries; quaffs include imported Peroni beer. As
for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by
the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and
Grande mozzarella (considered the top American pizza
cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered out-
door picnic tables. $

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Low profile would be an understatement for this place.
Housed in a yellow building that's tucked in back of a
parking lot behind a small grocery store, it's nearly invisi-
ble from the street. Inside, though, it has the comfortable
feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive
Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Rastafari owner Immanuel
Tafari cooks up meat and dairy-free specials, like
Jamaican pumpkin/chayote stew in coconut milk, that
depend on what looks good at that morning's produce
market. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet
plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served
for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like
vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato
pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry
waffles with soy sausage patties. $

Gourmet Station
7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229
Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with no
time to cook, has been trendy for years. But the Gourmet
Station has outlasted most of the competition. Main rea-
son: deceptive healthiness. These are meals that are
good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for you.
Favorite items include precision-grilled salmon with lemon-
dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with home-
made BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food. For lighter


eaters, there are wraps and salads with a large, interest-
ing choice of dressings. Food is available a la carte or
grouped in multimeal plans customized for individual
diner's nutritional needs. $$

Hiro's Sushi Express
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
(See North Miami Beach listing)

Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmy's respects the most
important American diner tradition: Breakfast at any hour.
Admittedly the place closes at 4:00 p.m., but still. There
are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles for sweet-tooth
eaters; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face
frittatas for those preferring savories; and a full range of
sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash
browns, even hot oatmeal. Also available are traditional
diner entrees (meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions),
plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken
soup. $-$$

Karma
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-1392
A real car wash with meticulous detailing takes time. But
killing an hour is a pleasure at this stylish car
wash/tapas bar, where the elegant light fare occasionally
even outshines the hand-washed automobiles.
Vegetarians do especially well, with crusty baguette sand-
wich combos like brie, walnuts, and honey, or another
featuring grilled artichokes and buttery St. Andre cheese.
Lower carb items range from an imported olive assort-
ment to an antipasto platter with Spanish Cantimpalo
chorizo, manchego cheese, and garbanzos. There are
breakfast and dessert pastries too. Beverages include
organic coffee and soy chain lattes, as well as wines and
an extensive beer list featuring Belgian brewskis. On
Thursday nights the car wash transforms into a chic
lounge until 2:00 a.m. $-$$

Kingdom
6708 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-0074
This newly renovated, indoor/outdoor sports bar serves
low-priced but high-quality steaks, plus more typical bar
food that's actually far from the usual premade,
processed stuff. Philly cheese steak sandwiches, big
enough for two, are made from hand-sliced rib eye; sides
include fries and beer-battered onion rings, but also light-
ly lemony sauteed spinach. And the burgers rule, particu-
larly the Doomsday, a cheese/ bacon/mushroom-topped
two-pound monster that turns dinner into a competitive
sport. But even the smallest Queenburger (a half-pounder
that's no sissy) is a perfectly seasoned contender. No
hard liquor, but the beer list makes up for it. $$

Luna Cafe
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-5862
www.lunacafemidtown.com
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building may not
seem a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery,
but once inside, the charming decor and the staff's ebul-
lient welcome indeed are reminiscent of a cafe in Italy.
The kitchen's outstanding feature is a brick oven, which
turns out designer pizzas (greater in variety, lesser in cost
on the lunch menu, in effect till 4:30 p.m.) and crisp-
skinned roast chickens. Otherwise the menu holds few
surprises except the prices, surprisingly low for such a
stylish place. No dish exceeds $22. $$-$$$

The Lunch Room
7957 NE 2nd Ave., 305-722-0759
Hidden in Little Haiti, this Thai/Japanese spot, which
opened in 2005, remains one of the Upper Eastside's
best-kept secrets. But chef Michelle Bernstein (of
Michy's) and other knowledgeable diners wander over
from the Boulevard for simple but perfect pad Thai, chill
grouper 1.I1.11 i1 1,1. ..- I fillets in a mouthwatering
tangy/sweet/hot sauce), silky Asian eggplant slices in
Thai basil sauce, and other remarkably low-priced special-
ties of Matilda Apirukpinyo, who operated a critically
acclaimed South Beach Thai eatery in the 1990s. Though
the casually cute indoor/outdoor place is only open for
weekday lunches, "cantina" dinners can be ordered and
picked up after hours. $

Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a resume that
includes top-chef gigs at upscale eatenes like Azul, not to
mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a


homey restaurant in an emerging (but far from fully gentrified)
neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white
almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue
cheese croquetas. Though most full entrees also come in
half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add
up fast. Table-to-table conversations about the food are com-
mon, something that only happens at exciting, if not flaw-
less, restaurants. And at this one, the star herself is usually
in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$

Moonchine
7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Like its Brickell-area older sibling Indochine, this friendly
indoor/outdoor Asian bistro serves stylish fare from
three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are
also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad
Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire
sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted gar-
lic). But the cafe also carves out its own identity with
original creations, including yellow curry-spiced
Moonchine fried rice or Popeye's Salad (spicy tuna, avo-
cado, spinach, masago roe, sesame seeds, and a
scrumptious sweet/hot kimchee dressing). Nearly every-
thing is low in sodium, fat, and calories except
desserts (notably the chocolate bomb). There's also an
impressive sake list, too. Coming soon: a large rear
patio for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$

Moshi Moshi 4ES33
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
"Spruced up" is a supreme understatement for the
space, formerly the Haitian hole-in-the-wall Fidele. Now a
boutique Japanese eatery, this younger sibling of South
Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a
sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even
more striking than the hip decor is the food's unusually
upscale quality But this isn't surprising given the own-
ers' previous work: Toshi Funhata and Hiro Terada were
executive chefs at SushiSamba and Doraku; Yanl Yuhara
is an ex-Benlhana manager. Sushi ranges from pristine
plain individual nigir (all the usuals plus rarer finds like
toro) to over-the-top maki rolls like the signature Moshi
Moshi (tuna, white tuna, salmon, avocado, masago,
tempura flakes, spicy mayo). Tapas also go beyond
standards like edamame to intriguing dishes like arabiki
sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank with a
superior pop/spurt factor; rarely found in restaurants
even in Japan, they're popular Japanese home-cooking
items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (rich-
er/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest
appetites. $-$$$

One Ninety
26 NE 54th St., 305-758-7085
www.oneninetyrestaurant.com
When the original One Ninety, a hip Nuevo Hippie hangout
in residential Buena Vista, closed because of rent increas-
es in 2004, loyal patrons from all walks of life mourned the
loss. In its new Little Haiti location, the space is much
smaller but the loose vibe is the same, as are the eclectic
live bands and some old food favorites: bacalao cake with
onion, cuke, and tomato salad with lemony aloli sauce;
ncotta-walnut agnolotti with butter and sage; and chef Alan
Hughes's unique black-pepper-spiked white chocolate
mousse (now presented as one of a five-item chocolate
medley). $$-$$$

Pineapple Blossom Tea Room
8214 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8328
www.pineappleblossom.com
The interior of this pineapple-yellow building is a soothing
oasis offering traditional full English tea service or a
more zingy tropical fruit-flavored Caribbean variation.
Whether your chosen brew is steaming Earl Grey or pineap-
ple-mint iced tea, the scones (with thick cream and jam),
tea cakes, cookies, and desserts, are hometown treats.
Owner Frances Brown is a pastry chef. There's more sub-
stantial fare, too. Innovative wraps like Caribbean shrimp
salad with tropical fruit salsa; salads such as warm goat
cheese with fresh greens, tomatoes, dried cranberries, and
candied cashews. Also offered are tempting takeout bas-
kets like the Tea for Two (with tea, jam, scones, and cook-
ies), great for gifts or for at-home teas. $-$$

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-7773
Only in Miami: From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Kns
Wessel's intentionally downwardly mobile retro-cool river-
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can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees (Florida's own
half mammal/half meatloaf) while enjoying eclectic
regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-range-
marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet
corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried
green tomatoes). The menu is limited, which makes
sense with a chef-driven place; and it changes daily,
which also makes sense at an ingredient-driven place.
But several signature specialties, if they're available, are
not to be missed: BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire
and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini
conch fritters, and homemade ice cream. $$-$$$

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party
noises emanating from a new outdoor blergarten, this
German restaurant is owner Alex Richter's one-man
gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninvit-
ing stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare
includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst,
hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy gar-
licwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory
yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally,
schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chick-
en, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different
sauces. $$-$$$

Soyka
5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117
www.soykarestaurant.com
This expansive, contemporary hangout was often credit-
ed with almost single-handedly sparking the revitaliza-
tion of the Biscayne Corridor's Upper Eastside. Now that
the hype has calmed down, Soyka remains a solid
neighborhood restaurant that, like restaurateur Mark
Soyka's previous ventures (notably Ocean Drive's pio-
neering News Cafe and the Van Dyke on Lincoln Road)
is a perfect fit for its area. Comfortably priced yuppie
comfort food like meatloaf with mashed potatoes, crab
cakes with spicy-sweet slaw, a wild mushroom/smoked
mozzarella pizza, or a Cobb salad may not be revolution-
ary fare, but Soyka continues to thrive while more ambi-
tious, nationally publicized restaurants like OLA have
come and gone. $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the fairly standard menu of sushi-bar specialties plus
a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes,
there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki
that's admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size:
six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus,
avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt)
roes, and special sauces. Also popular are red and
orange dragon rolls, similarly sauced makis of fried
shrimp plus veggies, topped with, respectively, raw tuna
and salmon. Thai dishes come with a choice of more
than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or
green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional
honey sauce. $$$

Sushi Square
7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3100
At this tiny, trendy place, you won't find a menu dominat-
ed by the kinds of makis offered by most Miami sushi
houses: Americanized, cream-cheese-stuffed, tempura-
flake-covered. Instead numerous sushi rolls are filled
with Japanese ingredients: the gobo shlso (Japanese
mountain burdock root and shlso leaf); the shitake maki
(sweet soy-simmerd shitake mushroom). And many oth-
ers are uniquely imaginative, like the Key West (key lime-
marinated salmon, chives, cilantro pesto, and pear).
There are equally unusual soups, salads, and starters,
too. But if nothing appeals, the chef enjoys a challenge.
Tell him, as Diaghilev instructed Sartre, to astonish you.
$$-$$$

UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022
Owned by Sinuhe and Michael Vega of the bakery Cane a
Sucre now defunct but one of the Biscayne Corridor's
first cool, contemporary cafes in the Midtown area this
outdoor/indoor wine bar serves the same purpose on the
Upper Eastside, helping to transform a scuzzy commuter
strip into a hip place to hang out. As for the food served,
there are Cane's fresh-baked breakfast pastries, as well
as more substantial lunch and dinner fare: a salad of


tempura-battered rock shrimp atop chayote slaw, elegant
sandwiches like the Franco-Cuban Le Habanero (pulled
pork, imported French ham, pepperjack, cornichons, and
Dyon mustard on a housemade baguette), and a night-
time tapas menu. $$-$$$

Ver-Daddys Taco Shop
7501 Biscayne Blvd.
305-303-9755
At this soulful taco shop, the menu descriptions are in
common English ("cinnamon puffs" drizzled with honey
and lime, not "bunuelos"). But taco fillings range from the
commonplace (ground beef, shredded chicken) to more
unusual pork in chill verde, fried potato, or Baja battered
fish (authentically garnished with Mexican crema and
cllantro-spiked cabbage). And all offerings can be loaded
with other garnishes from the kitchen refinedd beans,
cheese, crema) or less perishable offerings from a salsa
bar. For the heath-minded, oils are nonhydrogenated, and
sauces/seasonings are all housemade and free of
preservatives. $

Wine 69
6909 Biscayne Blvd.
305-759-0122
From the name, one might think this is just a wine shop.
It's actually about wine, food, and art, and how they work
together. Wines, about 200 labels, are available retail (at
35-50 percent of their marked prices, which are for in-
house drinkers), with 40 sold by the glass. But the
place's specialty is comparative flights of various wine
types from different regions. Food, designed for pairing,
includes a new $25 three-course dinner. But the menu is
mostly light bites with intriguingly inventive touches: a
seared Cajun tuna salad with wasabi sauce; crab cakes
with Asian snracha chill sauce; a three-cheese souffle.
Especially impressive are some nicely priced
cheese/charcutene platters, served with fig tapenade,
cornichons, fresh fruits, bread, and multiple sauces. And
the art part encompasses revolving exhibits, plus an art
lecture series featuring wines picked by owner Ben Neji to
compliment the art. $$




Barchetta on the Bay
1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-2228
Location, location, location. The truth of the old real
estate cliche could not be better illustrated than at this
reasonably priced Italian restaurant. While pastas like
lobster ravioli in tomato/cream vodka sauce are under
$20, and no meat or seafood entree exceeds $30, the
spectacular setting on Biscayne Bay is priceless. Floor to
ceiling picture windows serve as the expansive indoor
dining space's rear wall, but the primo seats are out-
doors, in sheltered banquettes and patio tables where
the water view, and carefree tropical party feel, is unim-
peded. $$-$$$$

Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway; 305-864-4889
Tucked into a mall best known for housing the Happy
Stork Lounge, this little luncheonette joint services big
appetites. Along with the usual grilled churrascos, there's
an especially belly-busting bandeja paisa (Colombia's
sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried
egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans). But do not
miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de costilla, if
this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily changing home-
made soups. Arepas include our favorite corn cake: the
hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, came
desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice,
beans, and cheese. Garnished with even more over-the-
top abandon are Colombian-style hot dogs like the Perro
Rico, topped with chicharron, chonzo, cheese, a quail
egg, and pineapple to cancel out the cholesterol. Ha! But
who cares? Strap on the med emergency bracelet and
bring it on. $-$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway; 305-861-0143
Inside a small market that is, nevertheless, widely con-
sidered Miami's premier source of Japanese foodstuffs,
the "Sushi Deli" restaurant component is nothing more
than a lunch counter to the left of the entrance. But chef
Michlo Kushl, who worked for years at the Sushin,
Miami's first full-service Japanese restaurant, serves up
some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: tradi-
tional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned sea-
weed, more rice, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed


into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich
squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some
unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do
daily entrees, like curried beef stew, that typify Japanese
home cooking. $

Mario the Baker
1700 79th St. Causeway
305-867-7882
(See North Miami listing)

Oggi Caffe
1666 79th St. Causeway
305-866-1238
www.oggicaffe.com
This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a
pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restau-
rants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide
range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily,
remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele.
Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant
crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional
forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghetti-
nl (with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes). For
those tempted by too much, ultra-accommodating
servers have been known to allow half orders of two
pastas. $$-$$$

Shuckers Bar & Grill
1819 79th St. Causeway
305-866-1570
"Cheap eats and a million-dollar view" is the sound bite
manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor
beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint
dates from South Beach's late 1980s revival, but the
kick-off-your-shoes vibe not to mention the pool tables
and jukebox couldn't be farther from SoBe glitz. The
food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings,
conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners
featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen,
fish. And since about half of the establishment is shel-
tered, the bites and bay view rock even when the weather
sucks. $-$$


Sushi Siam
1524 NE 79th St. Causeway
305-864-7638
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)


Ariston
940 71st St., 305-864-9848
It took a Greek place (Ouzo's, which moved to bigger
SoBe quarters in 2007) to break the curse of this former
restaurantjinx location. And Anston continues the lucky
streak with classical Greek cuisine based on recipes of
co-owner Thanasis Barlos's mom Nonl Barlou, and exe-
cuted by CIA-trained chef Alexia Apostolidis. Skip the
menu's puzzling Italianesque and generic Euro-American
selections and concentrate on authentic treats like the
lightest, most savory whipped tarama (caviar spread)
west of Athens; ultra-rich tzatzlki (Greek yogurt with
cukes, garlic, and olive oil); bracing avgolemono (egg-
thickened chicken/lemon soup); char-grilled sardines with
greens and citrus dressing; or an inspired
eggplant/ground beef moussaka, bound here with an
almost sinfully custardy bechamel. $$-$$$

Cafe Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305-867-0106, www.primapasta.com
Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run North
Beach landmark has now taken over the block, with an
outdoor terrace and multi-roomed indoor space whose
walls are full of photos of their clientele (including nation-
al and local celebs). Particularly popular are homemade
pastas, sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence rather
than Italian simplicity: crabmeat ravioletti in lobster cream
sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with seafood. Veal
dishes, such as plccata with white wine-lemon-caper
sauce, are also a specialty Though romantic enough for
dates, the place is quite kid-friendly and on the ter-
race, they'll even feed Fido. $$$


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Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222
www.tamarindthai.us
When an eatery's executive chef is best-selling Thai cook-
book author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect major
media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe
address. Instead Bhumichitrjoined forces with Day
Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal who'd moved to
Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neigh-
borhood place. Some standout dishes here (like shrimp
and corn cakes with plum sauce, deep-fried sweet and
sour fish, and roast duck with tamarind sauce) are fea-
tured in the chef's latest tome, Vatch's Thai Kitchen, but
with Tamarind's very affordable prices (especially at
lunch), you might as well let the man's impeccably
trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$



Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311; www.ironsushi.com
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branch-
es elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is
fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami. And why
do Miamlans eat here? Not ambiance. There isn't any
But when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where food-
les know their fish, tout the seafood's freshness, we lis-
ten. And though the bargain prices, and many menu
items, are similar to those at other fast-food sushi
places, there are some surprisingly imaginative makis,
like the Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of
curry mayo. And where else will you find a stacked sushi
(five assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$

Village Cafe
9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-6453
www.villagecaferestaurant.com
There's an official Village Hall a few blocks up the road,
but a popular vote would probably proclaim Village Cafe


the community center of Miami Shores. Few residents
can resist starting the workday with unique breakfast
treats like a pressed paninl of ham, Brie, and
caramelized apples. Later locals gather over a balsamic-
dressed cranberry blue chicken salad (a grilled breast on
romaine with gorgonzola, walnuts, and dried cranberries),
pan-fried blue crab cakes with beurre blanc and crisp
cayenne-fried onions, wonton-topped salmon Oriental, or
homemade pasta. As for dessert, the pastry case
speaks for village residents: Let them eat (fresh-baked)
cake! $-$$

C6te Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112
305-754-9012
If every Miami neighborhood had a neighborhood restau-
rant like this low-priced little French jewel, it'd be one fan-
tastic food town. The menu is mostly simple stuff: break-
fast croissants, crepe, soups, sandwiches, salads,
sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a
Tunisian-style brlk (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna,
onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side
salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads,
and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French
technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the
stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafe's
baguette sandwiches. $-$$



Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd.
305-892-1411
If it's Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish. If it's Saturday, it must be ajiaco. Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl. But veggies and
garnishes vary, and this modest Colombian eatery is a
handy spot to comparison-test such typical stews.
Adventuresome eaters may want to try another Saturday
special, mondongo (tripe soup, similar to Mexico's
menudo). For Colomblanculsine novices, a Bandeja Paisa
(sampler including rice, beans, came asada, chicharron,
eggs, sauteed sweet plantains, and an arepa corn cake)


is available every day as are antojitos "little whims,"
smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with
Colombian sausage). And for noncarnivores there are sev-
eral hefty seafood platters, made to order. $$

Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435
While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels,
one can't actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to
Its location next to a firearms shop. But there's a lot of
other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range
of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time,
with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular. But
what's most important is that this is one of the area's few
sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy
outside, challengingly chewy inside. Those puffy half-
donuts most places pass off as bagels aren't even con-
tenders. $

Bamboche
13408 Biscayne Blvd, 305-947-6339
Buried in a strip mall perpendicular to the Boulevard,
Bamboche is worth the hunt on one of those head-split-
ting Saturdays, for a Haitian specialty not found in many
area restaurants: bouillon tet cabrt, a soup packed with
greens (like spinach, cabbage, cress, string beans) and
root veggies that is reputed to be a miraculous hangover
remedy. Along with bouillon, weekend specials include
more unusual dishes like fritay, fried street snacks.
Haitian standards (grlot, tassot) are available daily, as are
fresh-squeezed juices, lattes, and almost two dozen
desserts. $

Bar-B-Que Beach Sports Bar & Grill 4C i
12599 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-3141
On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights (starting at
about 9:00 p.m.), there's karaoke at this expansive
eatery, though from the decor mixing Wild West rusticity
with Key West flip-flops dangling from the ceiling -- it's
hard to know whether to brush up your Jimmy Buffett
medley or "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." Concentrate instead
on the barbecue, honest stuff that has been low-tempera-
ture smoked for 12 to 14 hours till tender yet resilient
(not falling-off-the-bone, a sure sign of par-boiled
cheaters' barbecue). Ribs are meaty (except for the aptly
named, bargain-priced "bucket of bones," and while
chopped pork may not totally satisfy North Carolina pulled
pork purists, nothing within a 1000-mile drive ever does.
Biggest winners: succulent sliced brisket and delightfully
juicy chicken. $$

Burritos Grill Cafe
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041
www.burritosgrillcafe
Originally a friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that
garnered raves for its limited menu of terrifically tasty treats,
Mano and Karna Manzanero's cafe is now in more sizable
and atmospheric quarters. But the friendly, family-run (and
kid-friendly) ambiance remains, as do the authentic Yucatan-
style specialties. Standouts include pocchuc, a pork loin
marinated in sour orangejuice and topped with pickled
onions and chiltomate sauce (roasted tomato/chill); tacos
al pastor, stuffed with subtly smoky steak, onion, cilantro,
and pineapple; sinful deep-fried tacos dorados (like fat flau-
tas); and signature burntos, including the Maya, filled with
juicy cochinlta plbil, refried beans, and pickled onions. $$


Canton Cafe
12749 Biscayne Blvd, 305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes, ranging from all the old Chinese-
American classics (chop suey moo goo gal pan, pu pu plat-
ters) through newer Americanized fusion favorites like honey
garlic chicken, teriyaki beef, and crab Rangoon. But there
are also about two dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards
like kung po shrimp, ma po tofu, and General Tso's chicken.
And there are a few imaginative new items, like the intrigu-
ingly christened "Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore cur-
ried rice noodles, crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts,
and Mongolian beef (with raw chills and fresh Oriental basil).
Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner. $$

Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim
even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica
tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the fresh-
ness of its seafood (much of it from Capt. Jim Hanson's
own fishing boats, which supply many of Miami's most
upscale eateries). Now there's a casual but pleasantly
nautical side dining room with booths, and more recent-
ly added, a sushi bar stocked largely with flown-in
Japanese fish just as pristine as the local catch.
Whether it's garlicky scampi (made with sweet Key West
shrimp), housemade smoked fish dip, grilled yellowtail
(or some more exotic local snapper, like hog or mutton),
perfectly tenderized cracked conch, or conch fritters
(with just enough batter to bind the big chunks of
Bahamlan shellfish), everything is deftly prepared and
bargain-priced. $$

Casa Mia Trattoria 4S
1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the
Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming
indoor/outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighbor-
hood regulars. But even newcomers feel like regulars
after about ten minutes here, thanks to the staff's gen-
uinely Italian ebullience. The delightful Italian accents
don't hurt, either. As for the menu offerings, they're
mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary
items as well. Housemade pastas are good enough that
low-carb dieters should definitely temporarily fuhgedda-
boudit, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or bet-
ter yet, delicate fagottini "beggar's purses" stuffed with
pears and cheese. $$

Cheen-huyae
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some of the usual Tex-Mex dishes at this
cute spot, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted
Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one
can sample Caribbean Mexico's most typical dish:
cochinlta plbil? It's currently LA's trendiest taco filling
(and morning-after hangover remedy). But that city could-
n't have a more authentically succulent version of the
pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish than Cheen's -
earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges,
meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap.
To accompany, try a lime/soy/chill-spiced mlchelada, also
authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that
ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$

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Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy.; 305-893-4246
(See Miami listing)

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779
www.chipotle.com
Proving that national fast-food chains don't have to be bad
for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what
the company calls "food with integrity" The fare is simple,
basically tacos and big burntos: soft flour or crisp corn tor-
tillas stuffed with chipotle-mannated steak or chicken
chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented
pork carnitas, all with choice of fresh garnishes. But these
bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial
color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones). Additionally, all
pork, plus a large and growing percentage of the grill's beef
and poultry is raised via humane and ecologically sustain-
able methods. And the food, while not the authentic Mex
street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $

DiBono's
15979 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-3330
www.louiesbrickoven.com
A pocket flashlight isn't a bad idea if you want to read the
menu in this mood-lit room. But who needs to read it?
There's a coal-fired brick oven, so order pizza, which comes
out of the ultra-hot enclosure with a perfect crust beautiful-
ly blistered, crisp outside, chewy inside. Appealing toppings
include the Calabrese (Italian sausage, caramelized onions,
kalamata olives, mozzarella, tomato sauce) and a more mod-
ern mix of mozzarella, tomato sauce, onion, thin-sliced pro-
sciutto, and arugula drizzled with olive oil. For those craving
more crunch than the latter pie's arugula salad, there are fla-
vorful veggies from a hardwood-fired grill. Wings from the
bnck oven (spiced with roasted garlic and Italian herbs,
topped with grilled onions) are a smoking' starter. $$-$$$

D.J.'s Diner
12210 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-5250
Located in a Best Western motel, this place, run by a
Chinese-American family, serves mostly basic American
diner fare burgers, sandwiches, about a dozen dinner
entrees, fresh-baked apple pie, and, oddly, a whole sec-
tion of Caesar salad variations. But it's also a secret
source for Chinese food, mostly chow mien/chop suey-
type dishes, but also a few dishes such as eggplant with
garlic sauce and ma po tofu that are a step up in authen-
ticity. $-$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255
When Sla and Nicole Hemmatl bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added "Hanna's" to the name, but changed lit-
tle else about this retro-lookng French/American diner, a
north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get
a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato
sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg let-
tuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with gar-
lic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from
Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destina-
tion. $$-$$$


Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of
Miami's first, there's a full stock of vitamins and nutition-
al supplements. But the place's hearty soups, large vari-
ety of entrees (including fresh fish and chicken as well as
vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with
secret "sun sauce" (which would probably make old
sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way
to get healthy An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popu-
lar with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen
yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu.
$-$$

Ichi
13488 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-9334
Half sushl/sashiml, half cooked Japanese dishes, the menu
is relatively small but covers most of the traditional favorites
and a few surprises. Popular makis include the Dream
(shrimp tempura, avocado, Japanese mayo, and masago),
the vegetanan Popeye spicy spinach roll, and the deep-fried
Crispy a nceless salmon and veggie roll. Among cooked
items, there's a large list of teryakis, and a few dishes pre-
pared with a different twist panko-breaded pork or chicken
katsu cutlets, for instance, that eschew the standard sweet
sauce for curry $$

Jerusalem Market and Deli
16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080
Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus,
and klbbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur,
arguably the world's most interesting meatball) are native to
many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese
chef/owner, like this eatery's Sam Elzoor, is at the helm,
you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elabo-
rate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cab-
bage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel
sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with
housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich
and tart tahina. For home cooks, there's also a limited
selection of imported spices and staples. $-$$

Le Griot de Madame John
975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333
When Madame moved her base of operations from her
Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal
one, and still mostly takeout), she began offering numerous
traditional Haitian dishes, includingjerked beef or goat tas-
sot and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish
rubbed with salt before poaching with various veggies and
spices). But the dish that still packs the place is the gnot:
marinated pork chunks simmered and then fried till they're
moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside. $

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant
hit, as much for being a hip hangout as for its carefully
crafted Tex-Mex food. Though Lime is now franchising, the
chain's concept is "fast casual" rather than fast food -
meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredi-
ents aren't canned-type crapola. Seafood tacos are about
as exotic as the standard menu gets, but the mahl mahl
for fish tacos comes fresh, never frozen, from a local sup-
plier, and salsas are housemade daily Niceties include low-
carb tortillas for dieters and many Mexican beers for
partiers. $


Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd
305-899-9069
www.littlehavanarestaurant.com
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance that's several
steps up in elegance from the majority of neighborhood
eateries, this place features live Latin entertainment and
dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a
night out, notjust a meal. It's also a good choice for din-
ers who don't speak Spanish, but don't worry about
authenticity Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojo-
marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy
ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and
fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce
seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$

Maleewan Thai & Sushi
2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0393
Redecorated (tasteful bamboo-matted walls, silk flowers)
since the days many days this space was occupied
by the kosher sushi spot Tani Guchi's Place, Maleewan is
now a cozy neighborly nook at which to enjoy all the stan-
dard Japanese and Thai selections. Cooked sushi is the
strong suit here, particularly the signature mammoth-size
Maleewan roll, given zing by pickled Japanese squash
and savor by a crispy yellowtail tempura topping. If you're
craving more creative fare, check out the handwritten spe-
cials board on your way in. $$

Mama Jennie's
11720 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-3627
For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint
has been drawing students and other starvation-budget
diners with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti
and meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal
marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and
other Italian-American belly-busters. All pasta or meat
entrees come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either
soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens,
tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers)
that's a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance,
notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mama's
charm. $-$$


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250 NE 25th St., 305-891-7641
www.mariothebakerpizza.com
At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian: spaghetti and meatballs,
lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs. No
imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New
York-style medium-thincrusted pizzas; the top topping here
is the savory housemade sausage. And no one leaves with-
out garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed
garlic ($4 a dozen, $3 per half-dozen, which won't even last
the ride home). New branches are now open in Miami's
Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village. $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228
www.meltingpot.com
For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots
were standard dorm accessories. These days, however,
branches of this chain (originating in Maitland, Florida, in
1975) are generally the only places to go for this blast-
from-the-past eating experience. Fondues are available a
la carte or as full dip-it-yourself meals. Start with a wine-
enriched fourcheese fondue; proceed to an entree with
choice of meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion
herbed wine, bouillon, or oil; finish with fruits and cakes
dipped in your favorite melted chocolate. Fondue eti-
quette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot
must kiss all other table companions, so go with those
you love. $$$

North One 10
11052 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-4211
www.northonel0.com
For most chefs a Miami-to-Manhattan move is generally
considered one of those offers you can't refuse. But after
helming several NYC restaurants for China Grill
Management, the homegrown married team of chef Dewey
and sommelier Dale LoSasso returned to do their own
thing in their own neighborhood. The menu is "creative
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and eggs" (a grilled NY strip with truffled goat cheese fritta-
ta, herb demiglace, and hash browns); a stone crab hot
dog the chef invented for a Super Bowl party. The award-
winning wine list inspires playfully themed pairing events
like an Italian food/wine "Godfather" dinner. But it's not
South Beach, so prices are reasonable, and parking is
free. $$$-$$$$

Nuvo Kafe
13152 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-1441
Though the neighborhood is decidedly ungentnfied, the
interior of this cafe is an oasis of cultivated Caribbean
cool and subtly sophisticated global fare. Haitlan-born,
Montreal-schooled chef Ivan Dorval formerly cooked at
the Oasis Cafe in Miami Beach, as well as the Delano,
and the varied background is reflected in cuisine that's
chiefly creative Caribbean but with influences from the
Middle East, Asia, Greece, and Italy Homemade, health-
oriented dishes include velvety ginger pumpkin bisque,
unusually refined conch fritters (light batter, monster
chunks of conch), West Indies crab cakes with citrus
aioli, and a signature lavish, but only slightly sinful,
Citadel Raw Fruit Pie. $$-$$$

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338
www.oishithai.com
At this stylish, dramatically minimalist Thai/sushi spot,
the regular Thai and Japanese dishes are as good as any-
where in town. But the way to go is the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chef's fanatic
devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the
kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock
shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu
Matsuhisa's "new style sashimi" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). Formerly all
Japanese-influenced, the specials menu now includes
some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal mas-
saman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet
mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$


La Paloma
10999 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0505
Step into La Paloma and you'll be stepping back in time,
circa 1957. Adorned with antiques (some even real) and
chandeliers, the over-the-top plush decor was the
American fine-dining ideal half a century ago (though
actually the place only dates from the 1970s). Cuisine is
similarly retro-luxe: old-fashioned upscale steaks, chops,
and lobster, plus fancier Continental fare. If you have a
yen for chateaubriand, duck a I'orange, oysters
Rockefeller, French onion soup, trout almondine, wiener
schnitzel, and peach Melba, it's the only place in town
that can deliver them all. A huge wine list fuels the fanta-
sy. $$$$

Paquito's
16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldn't
be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is
impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to
be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if
the kitschy decor alone doesn't cheer you, the quickly
arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the
mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food
ranges from Tex-Mex burntos and a party-size fajita plat-
ter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find tradi-
tional preparations like albondigas spicy, ultra-savory
meatballs. $$-$$$

Pasha's
14871 Biscayne Blvd., 786-923-2323
www.pashas.com
(See Miami: Brickell / Downtown listing)

Paul Bakery Cafe
14861 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-4443
www.paulusa.com
From one rural shop in 1889, the French bakery known
simply as Paul has grown to a worldwide chain, which for-
tunately chose to open its first U.S. outlet in our town.
One bite of the crusty peasant loaf, the olive-studded
fougasse, or another of the signature artisan breads
transports you right back to France. As authentic as the


boulangerle breads are, the patisserie items like flan nor-
mande (a buttery-crusted, almond-topped apple-and-cus-
tard tart) arejust as evocative. For eat-in diners, quite
continental soups, salads, and sandwiches are equally
and dependably French. $$

Plein Sud
12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-2355
The Boulevard may not be the Champs-Elysees, but din-
ers could be fooled once inside this evocative French
bistro. The ambiance is Old World, and the menu is solid
and well executed. Starters range from country comfort
(Lyonnaise sausage with warm, vinegary potato salad; a
charcuterie platter with homemade pate) to urban sophis-
tication (Maine lobster tall with celery remoulade).
Entrees include long-stewed, creamy blanquette de veau,
or a precision-cooked steak-fntes (rib eye with crisp shoe-
string fries). For dessert there is the ubiquitous tarte
tatin, caramelized apples atop puff-pastry crust. $$-$$$

Sara's
2214 NE 123rd St., 305-891-3312
www.saraskosherpizza.com
While this mainly vegetarian kosher place is best known
for its pizza (New York-style medium crust or thick-crusted
Sicilian, topped with veggies and/or "meat buster" imita-
tion meats), it's also offers a full range of
breakfast/lunch/dinner vegetarian cuisine of all nations,
with many dairy and seafood items too. Admittedly the
cutesle names of many items baygels, bergerrbite,
Cezarrrr salad, hammm, meat-a-ball, schmopperrr may
cause queasiness. But the schmopperrr itself is one hel-
luva highoctane veggie burger. $-$$

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5588
www.scorchgrillhouse.com
Though some food folks were initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our
area's few Vietnamese restaurants, it's hard to bear a
grudge at a friendly, casual neighborhood place that
offers monster ten-ounce char-grilled burgers, with pota-
toes or salad, for $8.50; steaks, plus a side and a


sauce or veg topper, for nine bucks at lunch, $15 to
$18.75 (the menu's top price) at night; and three-dollar
glasses of decent house wine. Many other grilled meat
and seafood items are also offered, plus pastas, salads,
gooey desserts, and specials (events as well as food).
$-$$

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202
At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-
thin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar
fluff) doesn't do the trick. Open till 3:00 or 4:00 a.m.,
Steve's has, since 1974, been serving the kind of comfort-
ing, retro pizzas people crave at that hour. As in Brooklyn,
tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano flavor.
Mozzarella is applied with abandon. Toppings are stuff that
give strength: pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, onions, and
peppers. $

Sun City Cafe
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-6955
Super-stuffed crepes, made to order from scratch, are
the main specialty here some sweet (the Banana Split:
fresh strawberries, sliced bananas, candied walnuts, ice
cream, and Nutella or dulce de leche), some savory (the
Sun City Steak: beef, mushrooms, onions, red peppers,
Swiss cheese, and Al sauce). But there's also a smaller
selection of custom-crafted wraps, salads, sandwiches,
and sides, plus smoothies, coffee drinks, even beer or
wine. Free WI-FI encourages long, lingering lunches. $

Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama, this sushi spot seems to have
taken its cue from Philippe Starck: Delano-like sheer
floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is
over the top, featuring monster makis: the Cubbie
Comfort (spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tem-
pura, plus avocado, jalapenos, and cilantro, topped with
not one but three sauces: wasabl, teriyaki, and spicy
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flakes; the spicy/sweet sauce-drenched Hawaiian King
Crab, containing unprecedented ingredients like toma
toes, green peppers, and pineapple. To drink there are
boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails as exotic
as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$

Twenty-One Toppings
14480 Biscayne Blvd., #105, North Miami
305-947-3433
A shoo-in to top many future "Best Burger" polls, this
little joint serves sirloin, chicken, turkey, and white
bean patties, topped with your choice of one cheese
from a list of seven, one sauce from a list of twelve,
and three toppings from a list of 21. And since the
chef/co-owner is a culinary school grad who has
trained in several cutting-edge kitchens (including David
Bouley Evolution), the garnishes ain'tjust ketchup.
There's Asian vinaigrette, gorgonzola, grilled portobel
los, much more. If choosing is too confusing, try the
chefdesigned combos.$-$$

Two Chefs Too
2288 NE 123rd St
305-895-5155
www.twochefsrestaurant.com
At this much-anticipated spin-off of Jan Jorgensen's
South Miami Two Chefs, there are some differences in
the menu. But the concept of New American comfort
food -familiar favorites modernized with the chef's ele
gant, unexpected creative touches s the same. So
are many much-loved dishes likejuicy bacon wrapped
meatloaf, flavored with a fusion Chinese black bean bar
becue sauce, and perfect dessert souffles (with creme
chantilly plus caramel or chocolate sauce). New and
notable: knockout artisan cheese platters (with choice
of inventive garnishes: brioche frites, celery escabeche,
Dijon mustard sauce, marinated olives, much more)
that, with wine (from a relatively high-priced but high
quality list) make an idyllic light meal in themselves.
$$$$


Tokyo Bowl
12295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-9400
This fastfood drivethru (unexpectedly serene inside) is
named for its feature item, big budget-priced bowls of rice
or noodles topped with cooked Japanese-style items like
teriyaki fish (fresh fish sauteed with vegetables), curried
chicken and veggies, spicy shrimp, or gyoza dumplings in
tangy sauce. There's also an all you-caneat deal -sushi
(individual nigir or maki rolls) plus tempura, teriyaki, and
other cooked items for $14; three bucks more for sash-
mi instead of sushi. $-$$

Venezia Pizza and Cafe
13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808
No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here. No
imported designer ingredients either. The pies are New
Yorkstyle, but the dough is made fresh daily and the
cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered America's
finest pizza topper). Also on the menu are Italian American
pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs, simple sal
ads, and a few new protein adds grilled chicken breast,
fried fish, or a steak. $-$$

Wong's Chinese Restaurant
12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313
This old timer's menu reads like a textbook on how to
please everyone, with food ranging from traditional
Chinese to Chinese American to just plain American.
Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo
wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried
rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop
suey or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And
snowbirds will be pleased to find a number of dishes that
are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not
common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken,
twice-cooked pork, Lake Tung Ting shrimp, and peppery
kung po squid. $$

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451
The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indie
fast food joint, and new owners have done little to change
the timetested formula except to stretch operating hours


into the night and expand its classic griddled-orfried
things menu to include a few health-conscious touches
like Caesar salad, plus a note proclaiming their oils are
free of trans fats. Otherwise the famous steak sandwich
is still a traditional Philly thin-sliced beef, cheese, and
onions on a buttered Italian roll (with tasty housemade
sour cream/horseradish sauce served on the side so as
not to offend purists). Extras like mushrooms are possi
ble, not imposed. Drippin' good burgers, too. And unlike
MacChain addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer
with the good grease. $-$$

Zipang
14316 Biscayne Blvd., 305-919-8844
It's appropriate that the name of this small strip-mall
sushi spot refers to Japan's first and only sparkling sake
-something most Americans have never heard of, mak
ing the reference pretty much an insider's joke. Since
opening several years ago, the restaurant itself has been
one of our town's best-kept secrets. But the perfection
ist chef/owner's concentration on quality and freshness
of ingredients has made Zipang the pick of sushi
cognoscenti like Loews's executive chef Marc Ehrler,
who has named the unpretentious place his favorite
Miami eatery, while admitting the obvious: "Nobody
knows it." $$-$$$




Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St.; 305-945-1722
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran
is many diners' favorite on the 163rd/167th Street
"Chinatown" strip because of its superior decor. But the
menu also offers well-prepared, authentic dishes like pep
pery black bean clams, sauteed mustard greens, and
steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions, plus
Chinese American egg foo young. Default spicing is mild
even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chill icons, but
don't worry; realizing some like it hot, the chefs will cus
tomize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request. $$


Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822
Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor
eatery (which is covered, but otherwise open-air) is a rare
surprise for nature lovers, especially since an eagerto
please young couple took over the daytime-only conces
sion, upgrading the menu, at the start of 2008. The fea
tured item is still the housesmoked fish this historic
venue first started producing in 1938 three varieties
(salmon, mahl mahl, and the signature blue marlin), avail
able in a sampler, salads, sandwiches/wraps, or a
delightfully mild smoked fish dip that may be Miami's
best. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and
delectable brisket. Other new additions include roasted
red pepper hummus, crab cakes, a delightfully light home
made Key lime chiffon pie, daily specials, and on week
ends, fish fries (with live music). For basic diners there
are burgers and hot dogs. Entry is directly from 163rd
Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission
fee. $

China Restaurant
178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549
When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion
dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese
cuisine in the world won't scratch the itch. So the menu
here, containing every authentically inauthentic Chinese
American classic you could name, is just the ticket when
nostalgia strikes -from simple egg rolls to pressed
almond duck (majorly breaded boneless chunks, with
comfortingly thick gravy). $-$$

Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave., 305-770-0434
Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a
far more substantial and tasty rotl, a Caribbean mega
crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for
the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a
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more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other cur-
ries to choose from, including beef, goat, conch, shrimp,
trout, and duck. Take-out packages of plain rotl are also
available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty
portable lunches. $

El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910
www.graninka.com
Somehow, when setting off to try Key Biscayne restau-
rants (like Miami's original Gran Inka), we never make it
past Jimbo's. So luckily the newer branch of this upscale
Peruvian eatery offers the same menu. Though diners will
find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's
other expected traditional specialties, all presented far
more elegantly than most in town (notably a picture-per-
fect causa con camarones, mashed potatoes layered with
shrimp), the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are
unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted
from recipes by Peru's influential nikkel
(Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, deli-
cately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no
fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with
rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$

Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687
One of Miami's first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amus-
ing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and
cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a peren-
nially popular snack stop after a hard night at the area's
movie multiplexes (or strip clubs). The sushi menu has few
surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the
nicely priced yakiton, skewers of succulently soy-glazed and
grilled meat, fish, and vegetables; the unusually large vanety
available of the last makes this place a good choice for vege-
tarians. $$

Hiro's Sushi Express
17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776
Tiny, true, but there's more than just sushi at this mostly
takeout spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the main-
stay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex cre-
ations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats
like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available a la carte or
in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But
there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakiton
skewers, tenyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles.
Another branch is now open in Miami's Upper Eastside. $

Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-0064
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night,
many come here for a bite of something different. The special-
ty is Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions so
diners can enjoy a wide vanety of the unusual dishes offered.
Standard sushi isn't missed when glisteningfresh strips of raw
tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and
dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Dishes
depend on the market, but other favontes include goma ae
(wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic
stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fned with tender steak
bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper i. .i i 1 i, ii
sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$


Heelsha
1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393, www.heelsha.com
If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or
Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's
sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, it's because
chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa.
Their new menu's mix-and-match option also allows din-
ers to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable
with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar
Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a
Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. Early-bird
dinners (5:00 to 6:30 p.m.) are a bargain, as some dish-
es are almost half-price. Lunch is served weekends only
except by reservation, so call ahead. $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-2244
(See Miami Shores listing)

JC Food
1242 NE 163rd St., 305-956-5677
Jumbo's regular menu offers a large percentage of hard-
to-find traditional Chinese home-cooking specialties (many
using fresh and preserved Asian vegetables): pork with
bitter melon, beef with sour cabbage, chicken with mus-
tard green, cellophane noodle with mixed-vegetable
casserole. Still, most diners come for dim sum, a huge
selection served at all hours. These small plates include
chewy rice noodle rolls filled with shrimp or beef, leek
dumplings, crisp-fried stuffed taro balls, savory pork-stud-
ded turnip cake, pork/peanut congee, custard croissants,
and for the brave, steamed chicken feet. $$

Kyung Ju
400 NE 167th St., 305-947-3838
Star of the show at this long-lived Korean restaurant (one
of only a handful in Miami-Dade County) is bulgogi. The
name translates as "fire meat," but isn't a reference to
Koreans' love of hot chills. Rather it refers to Korean-style
barbecue, which is really not barbecued but I'i,. i1 I 1 i11. I
after long marination in a mix of soy sauce, sesame,
sugar, garlic, and more. Lovers of fiery food can cus-
tomize with dipping sauces, or the eatery's many little
banchan (included side dishes, some mild, others mouth-
searing). Pajun, a I. .1.1 ,IIi. I I pancake, is
a crowd-pleasing starter. And if the unfamiliarity seems
too scary altogether, there's a selection of Chinese food.
$$-$$$

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309
Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an
unatmosphenc mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic
inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically
draped booths) has been a popular destination for rea-
sonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly
soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but
the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They
aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian
eatery, too. $$

King Buffet
316 NE 167th St., 305-940-8668
In this restaurant's parking lot, midday on Sundays, the
colorful display of vivid pinks, greens, and blues worn by


myriad families arriving for dinner in matching going-to-
church outfits is equaled only by the eye-poppingly dyed
shrimp chips and desserts displayed inside on the buf-
fet table. Though there's an a la carte menu, the draw
here is the 100-item (according to advertisements) all-
you-can-eat spread of dishes that are mostly Chinese,
with some American input. It's steam-table stuff, but the
price is right and then some: $5.95 for lunch, $8.95 for
dinner. $-$$

King Palace
330 NE 167th St., 305-949-2339
The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue
(whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a
glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best
made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining
room entrance. There's also a better-than-average selection
of seasonal Chinese veggies. The menu is extensive, but
the best ordering strategy since the place is usually packed
with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables,
and point. Servers will also steer you to the good stuff,
once you convince them you're not a chop suey kinda per-
son. $$

Laurenzo's Market Cafe
16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381
www.laurenzosmarket.com
It's just a small area blocked off by grocery shelves,
buried between the wines and the fridge counters no
potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style
snack space. But when negotiating this international gour-
met market's packed shelves and crowds has depleted
your energies, it's a handy place to refuel with eggplant
parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, steam-
tabled but housemade from old family recipes. Just a few
spoonfuls of Wednesday's hearty pasta fagiole, one of
the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for
hours. $-$$

Lemon Fizz
16310 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-6599
www.lemon-fizz.com
Like wraps? Then you'll love this Middle Eastern cafe's
version made with saj, a circular Syrian flatbread similar
to pita but much thinner, moister, and all-around better.
Upon order, diners can watch the chef customcook their
saj (on a scorching-hot, flying-saucer metal dome of the
same name), then roll the beautifully surface-blistered
bread around one of 27 stuffings, including za'atar and
EVOO, brined olives and labneh (creamy yogurt cheese),
falafel, steak, even dessert fillings like strawberries and
Nutella. Also available: soups, salads, and substantial
globally topped rice bowls, plus fresh fruitjuices and
smoothies. $

Little Saigon
16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377
This is Miami's oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant,
but it's still packed most weekend nights. So even the
place's biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since
it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in
the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef
noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments
that make it notjust a soup but a whole ceremony), and
many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humon-
gous. $-$$


Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333
Don't be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes
in the window. At this small Chinese bakery the real finds
are the Chinatown-style baked buns and other savory
pastries, filled with roast pork, bean sauce, and curried
ground beef. Prices are under a buck, making them an
exotic alternative to fast-food dollar meals. There's one
table for eat-in snackers. $

Matador Argentinean Steakhouse
3207 NE 163rd St., 305-944-6001
With Latin panlla places spreading here as fast as kudzu,
it's hard to get excited about yet another all-you-can-eat
meat spread. But Matador offers far more for the money
than most. One dinner price ($24.95, $27.95 weekends)
includes a salad bar of more than 30 items, unlimited
grilled proteins (many cuts of beef, sausages, chicken,
pork, assorted veggies, and even fish upon request),
crunchy steak fries, a dessert (typically charged extra else-
where), and even more fun, a bottle of quite quaffable wine
per person. $$$

Panya Thai
520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566
Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, there's no shortage of
genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panya's
chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional
and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesn't
automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please
Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan
(chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind
dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad, a study in
sour/sweet/savory balance); broad rice noodles stir-fried
with eye-opening chill/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and
chill-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$

PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St., 305-654-9646
While there are three other sizable Asian markets on this
strip between 1-95 and Biscayne Boulevard, PK has the only
prepared-food counter, serving authentic Chinatown barbe-
cue, with appropriate dipping sauces included. Weekends
bring the biggest selection, including barbecued ribs and pa
pet duck (roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly
free of subcutaneous fat). Available every day arejuicy soy
marinated roast chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and
whole roast ducks hanging, as tradition dictates, beaks
and all. But no worries; a counterperson will chop your pur-
chase into bite-size, beakless pieces. $

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076
Open late (12:30 a.m. most nights) since 1990, Sang's
has an owner who previously cooked in NYC's Chinatown,
and three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese
food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white
menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese
fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole,
tender salt-baked chicken, even esotenca like abalone with
sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum,
served until 4:00 p.m. A limited live tank allows seasonal
seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. More
recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying
savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$

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Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St
305-654-4008
www.shingwangrestaurant.com
At this unique Talwanese eatery, run by a trio of Talpel-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry and meats in
the budget-priced entrees ($6.95) are mock imitations
made from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables. But don't
mock it till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or
smoking' duck, with slices that mimic the charcuterie item
down to convincing faux fat. Other main dishes feature
recognizable veggies or noodles, including appealingly
chewy curried chow fun. As for the rest of the name: icee
is shaved ice, an over-the-top dessert that's a sort of a
slurpee sundae, with toppings that vary from the familiar
(fresh fruits) to the weird (grass jelly, sweet corn, kidney
beans, rice balls, chocolate pudding). And the bubble tea
is a must-not-miss. Using housemade syrup (as opposed
to most establishments' store-bought stuff), the cold,
refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors (mango, taro,
even actual tea), all supplemented with signature black
tapioca balls that, slurped through large are a guaranteed giggle. $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St, 305-944-9697
Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when
is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to
North Miami Beach's "Chinatown" strip has become a
popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other
Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh,
nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen
staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and
the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most impor-
tant, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood
strikes. $-$$

Tuna's Garden Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-2567
When Tuna's moved in 2006 from the marina space it had
occupied for almost two decades, it lost its waterfront loca-
tion, its old-fashioned fish-house ambiance, and its outdoor
deck. But it has gained a garden setting, and retained its
menu of fresh (and sometimes locally caught) seafood -
some fanclfied, some simple (the wiser choice). Also contin-
uing are Tuna's signature seasonal specials, like a Maine
lobster dinner for a bargain $15. Open daily till 2:00 a.m.,
the place can sometimes feel like a singles bar during the
two post-midnight happy hours, but since the kitchen is
open till closing, it draws a serious late-night dining crowd,
too. $$




Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
305-830-2625
www.anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com
The last four digits of the phone number actually spell
"COAL." And that's what it's all about here -- a coal-fired
oven (like that at Lombardl's, Patsy's, John's, or
Grimaldl's in New York) producing the intense 800-degree


heat to turn out, in a mere three or four minutes, a pie
with the classic thin, crisp-bottomed, beautifully char-bub-
bled crust that fans of the above legendary pizzerias
crave -- at any cost. Expect neither bargain-chain prices, a
huge selection of toppings (these aren't the kind of
clunky crusts you overload), nor much else on the menu
except a hefty salad and some onion-topped chicken
wings that are also coal-oven tasty. Anthony's does just a
few things, and does them right. $$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura Mall,
305-792-9330
www.bellalunaaventura.com
If the menu here looks familiar, it should. It's identical to
that at the Upper Eastside's Luna Cafe and, with minor
variations, at all the rest of Tom Billante's eateries
(Rosalia, Villagglo, Carpaccio), right down to the type-
face. But no argument from here. In a mall a setting
more accustomed to food court, steam-tabled stuff -
dishes like carpaccio al salmon (crudo, with portobel-
los, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dress-
ing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with
pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit famil-
iar, air. $$-$$$

Bourbon Steak
19999W. Country Club Dr.
(Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)
786-279-0658
www.michaelmina.net
At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard
award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare
starts. There are also Mina's ingenious signature dishes,
like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot
pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood
starters and sides (duck fat fries!) for noncarnivores to
assemble a happy meal. But don't neglect the steak -
flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American
"Kobe," swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and but-
ter-poached prime nb, all cooked to perfection under the
supervision of on-site executive chef Andrew Rothschild,
formerly of the Forge, meaning he knows his beef. (Mina
himself is absentee.) $$$$$

Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave; 305-935-2900
www.chefallens.com
After 20 years of success in the same location, many
chefs would coast on their backlog of tried-and-true dish-
es. And it's doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would freak
out his many regulars by eliminating from the menu the
Bahamlan lobster and crab cakes (with tropical fruit chut-
ney and vanilla beurre blanc). But lobster-lovers will find
that the 20th anniversary menus also offer new excite-
ments like tandoon-spiced rock lobster, along with what
might be the ultimate mac'n'cheese: lobster crab maca-
roni in a Frls vodka sauce with mushrooms, scallions,
and parmesan. The famous dessert souffle's flavor
changes daily but it always did. $$$$$

Fish Joint
2570 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
305-936-8333
Unless one's mind is already made up before getting
here and stuck on steak, pasta, or some other


land-based dish loyal repeat customers know to
ignore the small printed menu and wait for the table-
side presentation of about ten catches-of-the-day,
arrayed on a tray. Servers identify each fish, explain
how it's to be prepared, and take your order.
Whether it's a simple sauteed fillet or a slightly more
complex preparation like shrimp/crab-crusted
grouper, the kitchen's veterans know precisely how
to cook fish. All entrees come with suitable starch
and green-type vegetable, plus various other comple-
mentary freebies, so starters, salads, and sides
aren't necessary. $$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
305-792-2902
Reminiscent of an intimate Tuscan villa, chef Neal
Cooper's attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well
as the ambiance. As in Italy, dishes rely on impecca-
ble ingredients and straightforward recipes that don't
overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about
with that perfection. Fresh fettuccine with white truffle
oil and mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else.
Neither does the signature Polio Al Mattone, marinat-
ed in herbs and cooked under a brick, require preten-
tious fancification. And even low-carb dieters happily
go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound
of potatoes alla Toscana, fried herb-sprinkled French
fries. Located west of Biscayne Boulevard in the Davis
Plaza shopping mall, across from Ojus Elementary
School. $$-$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St.
305-626-8100
Formerly Ruby and Jean's Soul Food Cuisine, a popular
but strictly neighborhood cafeteria, Mahogany Grille has
drawn critical raves and an international as well as
local clientele since retired major league outfielder
Andre Dawson and his brother Vincent Brown acquired
the place in early 2007. The diner decor is gone,
replaced by white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany.
The food is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion,
heaping platters from several African diaspora regions:
Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits with shrimp,


sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean (conch-
packed fritters or salad), and the Old South (lightly but-
termilk-battered fried chicken). The chicken is perhaps
Miami's best, made even better with the Grille's waf-
fles. $$-$$$

Pilar
20475 Biscayne Blvd.
305-937-2777
www.pilarrestaurant.com
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman
Van Aken and Mark Militello. He has been executive
chef at Ruml, and cooked at NYC's James Beard
House. Armed with those impressive credentials, Fredel
and his partners launched Pilar (named for
Hemingway's boat) aiming to prove that top restaurants
can be affordable. Consider it now proven. Florlbbean-
style seafood is the specialty, dishes like fried
Bahamlan cracked conch with fresh hearts of palm slaw
and Caribbean curry sauce, rock shrimp spring rolls with
sweet soy glaze, and yellowtail snapper with tomato-
herb vinaigrette and a potato/leek croqueta. Don't let
the strip-mall location fool you. The restaurant itself is
elegant. $$-$$$

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8
305-466-9033
The real soup man behind this franchise is Al Yeganeh,
an antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made noto-
rious, on a Selnfeld episode, as "the soup Nazi." On the
menu: ten different premium soups each day (from a
rotating list of about 50). The selection is carefully bal-
anced among meat/poultry-based and vegetarian; clear
and creamy (like the eatery's signature shellfish-packed
lobster bisque); chilled and hot; familiar (chicken noodle)
and exotic (mulligatawny). All soups come with gourmet
bread, fruit, and imported chocolate. Also available are
salads, sandwiches, and wraps, a la carte or in soup-plus
combos. $-$$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd.
305-932-8955
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