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CONTENTS


COVER STORY
1 125: Strive to Survive
COMMENTARY
6 Feedback: Letters
10 Miami's King: Jack King
12 Word on the Street
OUR SPONSORS
8 BizBuzz
NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS
18 Jen Karetnick: Florida Avocados: Show Some Respect!
20 Wendy Doscher-Smith: The Return of Autumn's Nocturne
22 Frank Rollason: Revolutionary Concept: Put Urban
Sprawl to a Vote
COMMUNITY NEWS
24 Guns Can Change Everything
24 Welcome To Your Traffic Nightmare
25 Tarnished Jewel of the Boulevard
25 New Look, New Name, Big Party
POLICE REPORTS
32 Biscayne Crime Beat
ART & CULTURE
34 A Space of Their Own
36 Art Listings
39 Culture Briefs
PARK PATROL
40 Biscayne Park: Lonely, Lost, and Doomed to Concrete
COLUMNISTS
42 Kids and the City: Kids + Books = Success
43 Harper's Environment: Transforming Miami in
Eight Easy Steps
44 Pawsitively Pets: How To Talk Like a Dog
46 Your Garden: Miami's Chainsaw Massacre
DINING GUIDE
48 Restaurant Listings: Six new eateries this month!
50 Wine: Red, White, and You and Thanksgiving


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New York State triage of oddities and
mysteries?
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slippers big enough to hide a ferret,
vegetable stands with a barn full of
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places that have made your life miser-
able while entertaining the daylights
out of us.
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We will survive. But once in
awhile we will think of you writing
happy columns somewhere down
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sunshine, how the light dapples the
surface of your swimming pool, and
about the latest mambo kings swirling
you across some SoBe dance floor. And
there will be bitterness.
Just go. No goodbyes.
But if you could give us just one
more winter, just a few more stories of
your fingers desperately scrabbling for
purchase as you drag yourself along the
frozen pathways, yearning for Cuban
coffee but knowing that the only cup of
joe in town is at the mini-mart at the Gas
N Go.
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we can go our separate ways in peace.
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Wendy, We'd Love It If
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ber's issue, "The Grass Is Greener, the
Mowers Are Louder," was one of the
worst things I have ever read in my life!
Then comes "Eros Interrupted"!
She should go out and get a life
instead of complaining about everything
around her. I bet she can't maintain a
healthy relationship, because I can't
imagine anyone who would put up with
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This Dog Good, That Dog
Bad, My Dog Gone
When Lisa Hartman says that pit bulls
with a normal temperament are "highly af-
fectionate with people, even strangers and
children," I know what she means ("The
Sweetness of Pit Bulls," September 2009).
This past January a stray dog wan-
dered into my Miami Shores backyard.
I initially thought he was a Great Dane/
Lab mix. Then I was told by various
experts that the dog was a pit bull. He
had all of the great traits that the breed
is known for: goofy lovability, loyalty,
devotion, high energy, and the sweetest
disposition in the world.
A neighbor obtained a dog from
Miami-Dade Animal Services that
could have been the twin of my dog, and
they certified her as a Terrier/Lab mix.
When I tried to get my dog certified as
"nonconforming" by Animal Services,
in order to receive rabies shots and a
license, they said, "No, he conforms to
pit bull standards." (Pit bulls are banned
throughout the county.)
The officer admitted that by the old
checklist, he would have been fine, but with
the new checklist, his residency in Miami-
Dade County was doomed. Why are they
allowed to keep changing the standards?
As my dog romped, kissed, wiggled,
and generally endeared himself to the
crowd at Animal Services, I was crying
like a baby. The officer apologized, as
she said he was a great and wonderful
dog, but ultimately her hands were tied
by the law. I had to send him to a foster
home run by pit bull saviors in Tampa.
My 90-year-old mother cried
as well, saying she had never loved a
dog the way she loved him. She is the
daughter of a dog show expert, and as a
teen had shown dogs at Madison Square
Garden. She has known hundreds of
dogs over the years.
We are still mourning the loss of
Mr. Wiggles, the sweetest dog ever.
If anyone finds themselves in the
same situation, contact Dahlia Canes via
the Miami Coalition Against Breed-Spe-
cific Legislation as she may be able to
help you. Visit www.mcabsl.wildapricot.
org for more information.
The county's law is ridiculous.
Owners make a dog bad, not the breed.
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Miami Shores
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Could there be any better way
to start the holiday season
than to do something wonder-
ful for others while having a wonderful
time yourself? On November 13 at 7:30
p.m., Unity on the Bay's first annual
fundraising gala offers a semi-formal
evening at the Doubletree Grand
Hotel, featuring dinner, live musical
entertainment by neo-soul singer/
songwriter Karen Iglesias and the
jazzy Starlight Trio, a silent auction,
and the chance to benefit Community
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Speaking of spirituality, do guitar
gods count? Thanks to the Miami
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downtown's Gusman Theater (174 E.
Flagler St.; 305-374-2444), you'll have a
chance to worship blues/rock hero Joe
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supporting his top Billboard album The
Ballad ofJohn Henry. Bonamassa, who
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inspiring career as a 12-year-old prodigy
opening for B.B. King. Tickets are $37
and $47, available from Ticketmaster.
To spruce up for this season's
special events and parties, hit Hannah
& Her Scissors (611 NE 86th St.; 305-
772-8426). Which is actually sort of
one-stop shopping for those seeking
beautiful/beautifying holiday presents.
This month, proprietor Hannah Lasky
is offering gift certificates for 20% off.
Mention Biscayne Times and the offer is
good till January 2010.
For further fashion-savvy aug-
mentation, New York jewelry designer
Alanna Bess will be showing and selling
her new collection at Midtown Consign-
ment (2328 N. Miami Ave.; 305-573-
5307) during this month's Wynwood
Gallery Walk on November 14, 7:00 to
10:00 p.m. "At her September Gallery
Walk show at the store, she completely
sold out all her pieces," reports manager
Lauren Turchin.


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Xtreme enhancement?
Welcome to new adver-
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will decorate your bod with traditional,
Oriental, and tribal designs, or any other
idea you have. They also touch up (or
cover up) your inferior tattoos from
lesser joints. Bring in their ad for 10%
off. Come on, you know you want a tat.
And your kids really want one.
You'll want your home looking
good, too, so head on over to Beau
Living (8101 Biscayne Blvd., suite 102;
305-751-1511), where a new collection of
contemporary furniture has arrived
just in time for high-season entertain-
ment. And to complement the unique
dining sets, sofas, and lighting i iainm 1
no other showroom in Miami has,"
promises design coordinator Pamela
Coronel), a new collection of wall art is
scheduled to arrive next week.
Don't have a home to spruce up,
yet? New advertiser Sandra Edelman,
a broker associate at Turnberry Interna-
tional Realty (305-785-6055; sandy@turn-
berryrealty.com) can help find clients the
perfect home or second home. Edelman
is also a certified REO specialist (lender-
owned property taken by foreclosure or a
deed in lieu of same) and, in her off-work
hours, is a baker. Hmmm. Does this
mean homemade cookies at the closing?
To forestall foreclosures, attorney
Jake Miller will be conducting another
free seminar on loan-modification
solutions on Wednesday, November 4,


at 7:00 p.m. Location is the Wachovia
Bank building (12550 Biscayne Blvd.,
suite 601; ). Space is limited, and Miller
reports that his previous two seminars
"got a very good turnout." So make sure
to register at www.HelpMeModifyNow.
com/FreeSeminars or call 305-758-2020.
Readers with older relatives or loved
ones unable to live on their own will want
to check out new advertiser Seraphim
Therapeutic Adult Day Care (638 NE
83rd Terr.; 305-757-0018). Owner Juliette
Payen, R.N., calls her facility Miami's
Holistic Center for Seniors. The motto:
"Our goal is to enhance physical health
and mental alertness." At the same loca-
tion, Seraphim also operates an assisted-
living facility that feels more like a home
than an institution, with amenities such as
surround-sound systems, Internet access,
aromatherapy, a lovely garden, house-
keeping and laundry service, as well as
medical necessities.
Remember the year Fido ran off
with half the Thanksgiving turkey? For
more species-appropriate celebrations,
the Doggie Bag Caf6 has expanded its
normal Saturday and Sunday hours to
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Smiling Pets
Animal Clinic (7310 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-
710-7266). A safe, air-conditioned space
is also available for private holiday parties
featuring homemade gourmet dog food,
decorations, games, and, says Miami's
premier pet party planner Laly Albalate, a
pool "with life guard on doody!"


For human
holiday parties,
Miss Jane's Music
Studio (155 NE
96th St., Miami
Shores) has a
unique addition:
Santa's Singers. Though the studio
specializes in childhood music educa-
tion (newborn to senior high), the singers
are an adult group, offering traditional
carols and popular holiday tunes to liven
up your office party or other functions.
For rates/availability: 305-757-6500 or
singers@missjanesmusic.com.
Meanwhile, here's a gift for you,
courtesy of new advertiser Anise Tav-
erna (620 NE 78th St.; 305-758-2929). To
honor the festive riverfront Greek/Medi-
terranean restaurant's first anniversary,
owners Liza and Gennaro "Gigi" Meoli
offer Biscayne Times readers a $20 gift
certificate this month. The Meolis are
also celebrating a new addition to the
dining area (which longtime fans think
of as the third and best incarnation of
the proprietors' former hotspot Ouzo's):
Meoli's Food & Wine Bar, where
Monday-Thursday happy hour (6:00-
7:00 p.m.) features complimentary hours
d'oeuvres. And don't forget the monthly
outdoor lamb roast, on November 28.
Personally, with all the new eater-
ies that have recently opened along the
Biscayne Corridor, including Yogen Friiz
(100 S. Biscayne Blvd.; 305-371-5117, www.
yogenfruz.com), we're finding fewer and
fewer reasons to travel elsewhere. But those
trekking to South Miami will be relieved
to hear, according to Alex Leonard (a.k.a.
"Frozen Guy"), that the froyo chain will be
opening its second location there this month.
He promises to announce two more new
locations in December's issue for those
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COMMENTARY. MIAMI'S KING


Sailing With Sarnoff


A sunny day, a city coinini\\i ner, a story deadline


By Jack King
BT Contributor

A couple of years ago I was
stuck in Minneapolis.
Maybe "stuck" isn't the
right word. I was actually staying with a
friend whose father had just died and she
asked me to hang around and watch the
house. It was a beautiful summer in the
northern Midwest and I was relegated to
jogging in the park every morning and
then heading out to Lake Minnetonka to
sail all day.
It wasn't long before BT publisher
and editor Jim Mullin called and wanted
to know about my column. I advised
him that I was out of town, which meant
nothing to him. He was promised a
column and he wanted a column.
I couldn't see him taking something
on my summer sailing exploits, a revival
of the elementary school "what I did
on my summer vacation" paper. "How
about I do an interview with newly
elected Miami Commissioner Marc Sar-
noff?" Sounded good to me, but at that
moment anything would have sounded
good to me.
"Great," Mullin said. "Have it to me
by tomorrow afternoon." (Mullin may be
an old-time editor with an amazing abil-
ity to look way ahead, but he has none of
the endearing old-editor traits swear-
ing like a sailor, smoking like a chimney,
drinking like an unemployed Irishman.)
Fortunately Sarnoff was around and
was answering his phone. He'd not been
in office very long and was still finding
his way. Sarnoff is a very smart guy, but
the attorney in him was having difficulty
trying to figure out why issues that were


crystal clear to him were confusing to
his colleagues on the commission dais.
He spent a lot of time on the short end of
4-1 votes.
I stayed away from those issues,
primarily because there would be no
clear answers. Instead we went for his
vision for the city. It worked out very
well so well I thought it was time to
do it again.
To say that Sarnoff has changed in
the meantime would be an understate-
ment. He still loses battles, but he's
getting closer to winning the wars. He's
aligned himself with mayoral candidate
Tomas Regalado, who was leading as
this was being written, and with some
commission candidates who were also


Sarnoff could end up with at le
two new allies and three vote
all it takes to run the City of Mia
that happens, it'll be time for a I
interview.


ahead at this writing. It's possible Sar-
noff could end up with at least two new
allies and three votes is all it takes to
run the City of Miami. If that happens,
it'll be time for a third interview. For
now I wanted to know briefly what
the heck has happened to city finances.
JK: Let's start with the budget
shortfall. What is it and what can we do
about it?
MS: For 2010 it is $118.5 million.
The total value of the police giveback is
$9 million. Fire is giving back $10 mil-
lion. Unclassified employees are giving
back quite a bit in pay reductions and


cell-phone allowances. We're selling cars
and other surplus items. We have bond
money of $15 million to upgrade the
computer system and that is being put
off and the money is going to the general
revenue fund.
$118.5 million is more than 20
percent of the total budget. That's a lot
of cell phones and cars.
In the City of Miami, 80 percent
of the budget is employee costs, and we
have reduced both workforce and sala-
ries considerably.
Okay, let's say this works for 2010.
What about the budget for 2011? It looks
like many of these cuts are temporary
and won't be there in 2011.
That's a much bigger problem. My
guess is that we'll have the ad
valorem [property] tax rev-
ast enue drop along with other
S is revenues. I'm guessing that
mi. If budget will be about $480
third million ten percent less
than 2010. The biggest prob-
lem will be fire and police,
and the pension fund. The
pension fund is the big problem because
the payment could be between $101
million and $151 million, depending on
what the stock market does. Let's say
we have the worst case scenario, where
we have to pay $151 million out of $470
million in revenues to the pension plan.
That doesn't leave us much to operate
with. [Note: That's down from $520
million in 2009.]
That's going to be quite a reduction
in personnel. Will there be any disrup-
tion ofservices?
There will be some disruption of
services, but you don't want disruption


of police and fire-rescue. And you
don't want a significant disruption in
public works. The next place that will
have a significant resource problem
will be the parks.
In my discussions with other com-
missioners, I get the feeling that city
manager Pete Hernandez was just lying
to everybody about budget issues. Do
you feel that way?
It's true that we have gone into the
reserves three of the last four years. I
think there is a way of spinning things.
No doubt we were deficit-spending, but
it didn't seem that way when the budgets
were presented. We found out about it
at the mid-year reports. This year we
will have overspent the budget in the
neighborhood of $17 million to $21 mil-
lion. The spin games have been played
in many areas, including the Marlins
stadium. This has all shown me that this
administration was not well equipped
to handle this type of economic melt-
down. A lot of the bureaucrats here have
no understanding what the guy in the
street in going through. There is a huge
disconnect.
Speaking of the Marlins, are we
going to be able to payfor the stadium?
The parking garage has already
gone from $94 million to $118 million.
The Marlins are supposed to pay us
$10.14 per parking space per game, but
the rate on the bonds will determine
whether this is enough. The last bonds
sold for the stadium were at a rate of 8.1
percent, but they'd been capped by the
county at 7.75 percent. [The county man-
ager] had to get the commissioners to go
to the higher rate.


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What are you doing to save the planet?


Compiled by Cathi Marro


BT Contributor


Randy Blakely
Stylist
Sans Souci
I'm becoming more con-
scientious for environmen-
tal and financial reasons.
When it comes to natural
resources, I try not to be
piggish or wasteful. I've
even installed a tankless
water heater at home. I'm
more careful about how
much lighting is going
on and I'm switching to
energy-saving light bulbs.
I keep my car in better
running order so it doesn't
effect the environment
in a negative way and
I don't frivolously drive
around.


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George Cvejanovich
University Professor
Miami Shores
Even though research is
showing that climate change
might be a natural rather
than manmade phenom-
enon, I believe we should all
be stewards of the earth. I
recycle, drive less, keep the
A/C low, and am switching
to CFL bulbs. Because we
believe in zero population
growth, my wife and I have
raised only two responsible
children. Also in my profes-
sion, I teach about political
and social issues so that we
have a better-informed next
generation with a reduced
carbon footprint.


wp--? -
Patricia Castillo
Designer
Design District
Personally, I recycle, I try
not to waste water, and
I use CFL light bulbs. I
have been ecologically
minded since high school.
We all need to take care
of each other, and this is
a nice way to do that. If I
see others wasting water
or leaving lights on, I give
them a little nudge. I want
to see Miami be more like
San Francisco, where they
have recycling bins every-
where. In California their
consciousness is geared
toward the ecology.


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North Miami Beach
Any old fabrics or samples
from the showroom are
donated to [the students at]
MIU or DASH. When no
one is here in the show-
room, I turn down the
lights to conserve energy.
Also I reuse computer
paper by writing on the
other side. With this econ-
omy, things are kind of
slow, so we try to conserve
energy and save money by
keeping the air condition-
ing a little warmer. We're
looking into possibly
using solar or wind power
in the future.


Zachary Beer
Teacher
North Miami
I'm a liberal Democrat
who has an ecological
conscience. As a public-
school teacher, any time
I don't have to make a
photocopy, I don't. I use
my Promethean board
in the classroom. It only
takes the students a few
minutes to copy down the
information and it saves
180 sheets of paper each
time! Also I drive a lot
and with the cost of gas
and the impact on the
environment, I've decided
that my next car will be a
Prius hybrid.


Kenneth Mills
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Miami
I plan and schedule where
I need to drive and make
several stops on the way
so that I don't have to
keep going back and forth.
It's also better for my
mental health to not be
out on the road so much.
I'm not buying so many
cleaning products either.
One product can do many
things. And all the fumes
from some of those prod-
ucts make me wonder if
I'll have cancer some day.
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Clothing designer Rucht D'Oleo has been the driving force behind a new business group.

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was a sign that things were going in the
right direction. It was, she noted with
satisfaction, a far more robust scene


than the Friday six months
earlier when she and Maria
Cecilia Vega, owner of the
Flower Boutique, watched
a much smaller crowd and
wondered if, by banding
together, they and other
merchants might trampo-
line off the MOCA event,
create more customers for
themselves, and in general
raise the area's profile.
That was the gen-
esis of the NoMi Art and
Business Association. By
October it had had two
meetings and a brand-new


wanted to be here because it was across
from a cultural institution."
While Cutler doesn't rely on walk-
ins for business, more browsers and ame-
nities could only help. "We're trying to
create a synergy," she explains. "We need
a fabulous restaurant on the street. My
clientele is not going anywhere, but this
needs to be brought up to a higher level."
Today there is a groundswell of
optimism about 125th Street, a sharp
turnaround in attitude following the July
2008 announcement that Starbucks would
be shuttering its open-air coffee shop on
MOCA's plaza (despite assiduous lob-
bying by city officials), and the fact that
Dogma Grill, the hip hot-dog joint, lasted
just a short time at its 125th Street loca-
tion. It seemed like the commercial strip
was falling back into a slumber of tax
offices, cell phone stores, and marginal
businesses that would wink in and out
among chronically empty storefronts.
Yet just under the radar, a few art
galleries, high-end antique stores, and
other sophisticated businesses quietly
began moving in. ArtNexus, the respect-
ed international art magazine, bought
the old hardware store building at 125th
Street and 8th Avenue. Editorial offices
fill the second floor, while the store-
front is leased to Stripe, another gallery

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D'Oleo says of the September evening,
noting that store traffic was up about 30
percent. "You see, we just need to put in
a little more effort, and we're going to
get a better neighborhood for everyone."


Just under the
radar, a few
art galleries,
high -end
antique stores,
and other
sophisticated
businesses
quietly have
begun moving
in along
125th Street,


logo which the city agreed to print as
a banner and hang along the street. Most
members agreed to stay open on MOCA's
jazz nights. It seemed to be paying off.


Her group plans a
brochure, possibly with a
map, and it has a Facebook
page. They'd like to attract
more galleries, boutiques,
and restaurants while
encouraging a pedestrian-
friendly environment. At
the very least, the asso-
ciation wants to awaken
South Florida to the recent
changes on 125th Street.
Susan Cutler, an asso-
ciation activist and owner
of Gallery Vermillion,
specializing in American
and European Modern-


ist furniture, lighting, and accessories,
moved to her 125th Street storefront five
years ago. The draw: MOCA. "I looked
at many other areas," she says, "but I


North side of 125: The storefront spaces were too small for some art
galleries but just right for other merchants.


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of Modernist furnishings. Gustavo
Olivieri Antiques, also a purveyor
of 20th Century decorative arts and
design, opened across the street. In
October 2008, Amy Alonso, owner of
Fache Arts & Amy Alonso Gallery and
designer of the NoMi Art and Business
Association logo, moved from Wynwood
to a prime spot on the MOCA plaza.
The nascent renaissance, however,
has been struggling to gain traction
during the worst economic downturn in
generations, and it's unclear whether the
city, MOCA (owned and operated by the
city), and the merchants themselves can
muster the commitment and resources
necessary to maintain the momentum.
Financial challenges abound, most no-
tably the collapse of Biscayne Landing,
the monumental development project at
Biscayne Boulevard and 154th Street.
Ambitiously designed as a city within
the city (see the BT's "Suspended Habita-
tion," October 2009), Biscayne Landing
was supposed to become North Miami's
economic engine. It has run out of gas.
With tax revenues down, city of-
ficials, who serve one of the most diverse
populations in Miami-Dade County, find
themselves squeezed between the future
of 125th Street and other pressing needs.
For example, they must find a way to fund
a long-planned MOCA expansion, which
supporters believe would do more than
anything else to boost the area, while also
providing services that some say more


-S
S film center didn't pan out either, though
Greenwich Studios, founded by legendary
Producer Ivan Tors, is still a busy facility.
S And earlier this decade, a cluster of art
Galleries weren't able to gel into a district.
"What happened is that [the area]
m simply did not achieve the expectations
People had at the time," notes Bramson,
who allows that today could be different.
x "There seems to be a renaissance going
on. Very nice antique shops are moving
in." A cultural beacon like MOCA, he
believes, will be crucial. "That is your
key in any developing area that's
what is going to help bring North Miami
to the point it should have been in the
past."
Scott Galvin, a veteran North
Miami City Councilman, argues that
today's growth is different for an-
other reason: Stores and galleries are
coming to the area on their own, not in
response to government incentives. "It


directly benefit the city's neediest citizens.
Moreover, a recent study by the Urban
Land Institute warned that MOCA's expan-
sion, while necessary, may not, on its own,
be enough to attract the 20 or more galler-
ies and antique stores needed to cement the
area as a destination.
This is not the first time 125th Street
has shown promise. The first blossoming
can be pegged to the 1926 opening of the
Pueblo Feliz, says local historian Seth
Bramson, who has written a number of


Maria Cecilia Vega helped create the business group, even though her
flower shop is near Biscayne Boulevard.


The monthly Jazz at MOCA nights have been a boon to nearby shops
and restaurants.


books about the, area including Boule-
vard ofDreams: A Pictorial History ofEl
Portal, Biscayne Park, Miami Shores, and
North Miami (The History Press, 2007).
"It was a fabulous entertainment center
with a Spanish theme," says Bramson,
adding that it was a victim of the 1926
hurricane. "People early on had faith in
northeast Dade County."
One high point came in the 1950s,
when many of today's 125th Street
structures were built. But the opening of
the 163rd Street Mall in 1956 siphoned
off much of the strip's clientele. Expecta-
tions that North Miami would become a


is driven by them," he says. "That's why
it's going to succeed. Obviously, I've
seen other encouraging moments that
didn't last."
And the ducks do seem to be queu-
ing in a row. Rents remain substantially
lower than in other commercial areas
- in the range of $12 per square foot
compared to $45 per square foot in the
Design District and a whopping $150 per
square foot in South Beach. Also the city
earlier this year passed a rezoning plan
allowing for increased height and density

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in some areas of the downtown corridor,
which could make it much more attrac-
tive to developers.
Perhaps the most promising develop-
ment is this: North Miami seems to have
moved beyond an era characterized by
an east-west divide that bore unattractive
overtones of racial and class conflict, with
the more affluent Sans Souci and Key-
stone Point residents vying with poorer
Haitian Americans for control of city hall.
North Miami is arguably the most
diverse municipality in the most diverse
county in the United States. Haitian
Americans and African Americans make
up half the population of some 60,000,
with the other half composed of roughly
equal parts Hispanics and non-Hispanic
whites. Friction arising from this diver-
sity peaked during the tenure of Joe Ce-
lestin, the nation's first Haitian-American
mayor, who was elected in 2001. The
city's council chambers became a stage
for unprecedented civic melodrama and
upheaval. To call it disruptive would be
an understatement. "The divide absolute-
ly existed six or eight years ago under
an administration that was much more
bombastic," says Galvin. "It was a very
unsettled time at city hall."
In 2005 Kevin Burns became mayor
and ushered in an era of growth and
pragmatism, a legacy residents hope will
now be carried on by newly elected Mayor
Andre Pierre, a well-respected Haitian-
American attorney. He symbolically bridg-
es any perceived divide as he lives in Sans
Souci while maintaining close ties with
the Haitian-American community. Says
Galvin: "Mayor Pierre will play a huge role
in making that [divide] disappear."
No doubt Pierre is going to need
every ounce of his reservoir of good
will as he and the city council grapple
with an array of seemingly intractable
financial problems. First among them is
the city's commitment to expand MOCA.
The project, estimated to cost $18 mil-
lion, would nearly double the museum's
size by adding 24,000 square feet.
Pierre recognizes MOCA's im-
portance to the city's overall economic
health, and the 125th Street corridor in
particular. "As you know, the City of
North Miami has been struggling to
establish a downtown presence," he says.
"MOCA is the grand marquee, the des-
tination for our downtown. MOCA has
been a dream for us to achieve."


At the moment,
however, its ex-
pansion costs and
the city's reduced
revenues are looking
more like a night-
mare. Already the
city plans to divert
about $2.8 million
from its Commu-
nity Redevelopment
Agency (CRA) to
the general fund in
hopes of retaining
workers and popular
programs. The CRA,
meanwhile, is suffer-
ing directly from the
failure of Biscayne
Landing, which was
supposed to funnel
millions to the
agency for affordable
housing and other
revitalization efforts.
The CRA has al-


Mayor Andre Pierre is facing some very difficult financial decisions.


MOCA director Bonnie
Clearwater: "What wasn't here in
the past was a critical mass. We
can now define a district."

ready earmarked $1.7 million for museum
expansion, and Credit Suisse, which fore-
closed on Biscayne Landing's developers,
says it intends to honor earlier commit-
ments to give the museum $8 million over
eight years. The city council (sitting as
the CRA board) this month is expected
to debate a $28 million bond issue, some
portion of which could be directed to


MOCA. A design and construction con-
tract is now being reviewed by architects
Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, original
designers of the museum.
Mayor Pierre, however, expresses
misgivings about moving ahead with such
an expensive undertaking before all the
funding is either in hand or, at the very least,
identified. "That's where [museum director]
Bonnie Clearwater and I differ," Pierre says.
Before we go out to engineering and archi-


tects I want to know where
the money is coming from."
Still, he says, he and
C klii n\icl are working
closely together to procure
funding, though public
support for the effort is not
a sure thing. "I just got an
e-mail from a constituent
who is against this bond,"
Pierre relates, "and is not
in favor of putting much
money in MOCA."
How a highbrow
enterprise like the Museum
of Contemporary Art came
to exist in North Miami,


contemporary art from around the globe.
Through it all, she has never lost sight
of the fact that the museum is a public asset.
As she puts it: "The community grows from
here." In addition to placing a high value
on numerous programs for North Miami
residents young and old, Clearwater sees
the expansion project as vital to the city's
commercial growth "The new building will
triple exhibition space," she says. "Every
night people will be looking for restau-


North Miami
seems to
have moved
beyond an era
characterized
by an east-
west divide
that bore
unattractive
overtones
of racial and
class conflict,


always a decidedly middle-brow town,
is a tale in itself. But suffice to say that
Clearwater, the museum's vivacious
and visionary director since its open-
ing in 1996, has carefully shepherded
MOCA to its current enviable position
as a universally respected showcase for


rants and caf6s." As they
do, they'll also discover the
growing presence of art and
design businesses, which is
creating an identity. "What
wasn't here in the past was
a critical mass:," C I \ci i I
adds. "We can now define
a district."
A huge boost to that
emerging identity was the
arrival ofArtNexus. Founder,
editor, and publisher Celia
Sredni de Birbragher says
it was her daughter Fran-
cine, long associated with
MOCA, who encouraged


her to buy the building. "Why not buy near
the museum?" she says. "I know the city is
determined to boost this area. It has all the
potential to become important, and the as-
sociation can really help make that happen."

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Genaro Ambrosino knows all about
potential. His celebrated art gallery across
the street from MOCA was in the vanguard
of 125th Street's


"The new
building wi
triple exhibition
space, says
MOCA director
Bonnie
C earwater,
"Every night
people will
be looking for
restaurants
and cafes,"


last revival.
In 2003 he
purchased the
building where
Gallery Vermil-
lion, D'Oleo De-
signs, and others
are located. For
three years he
tried to make a
go of it in North
Miami, but in
2006 packed up
and moved to
Wynwood. He's
since closed that


gallery to pursue other interests.
He says the city, while supportive in
spirit, didn't take the decisive moves and
spend the money that would have helped the
area bloom. Ambrosino's list of missed op-
portunities includes a protected crosswalk


Gallery owner Amy Alonso moved into a prime spot


next to the MOCA plaza.

linking the MOCA plaza with the north
side of 125th Street, lower speed limits, a
landscaped median, and shade trees. But
there were other problems outside the city's
control. For example, many gallery owners
needed bigger spaces than those provided by
the storefronts along the commercial strip.
Also some landlords were not
inclined to hold out for just the right
tenants. Ambrosino says he would leave


his storefronts vacant rather than rent to
what he considered an incompatible busi-
ness. "One was empty for 11 months,"
he recalls. "But how do you convince
someone who depends on that income to
hold onto an empty space for months?"
Finally Susan Cutler of Gallery
Vermillion came along: "Susan, by having
a high-quality store with a really nice look
and high-quality stuff, helped turn the area


into what it is now a modern-antiques
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Florida Avocados: Show Some Respect!


at least one of which you 'll love


By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

The large green avocado flew past
my windshield just as I turned
south onto 10th Avenue from NE
96th Street. The suddenness of the ver-
dant orb spinning through my peripheral
fields caused to me slam on my brakes
for a second and it was at that moment
that I also registered the presence of two
young boys, laughing and launching the
heavy fruits at each other over the hoods
of moving vehicles.
Luckily, my daughter, son, and I
weren't rear-ended by the car behind
us, and we didn't smash into the one
in front; both must have also braked in
response to the unexpected missiles.
Unfortunately for the boys, and to the
profound embarrassment of my daughter,
I wasn't going to let their behavior slide
just because we were all safe. I lectured
them in my sternest teacher voice about
what criminal acts they might be held


responsible for were they to cause an
accident, with or without injury, during
their avocado toss.
I know two people this season alone
whose windshields have been cracked by
falling avocados (a good reason not to park
under a laden tree). The fruit, which can
grow up to five pounds and be bigger than
your head, certainly don't need any extra
propulsion to cause some serious demolition


In truth, though, I was less upset
about potential damage these kids
could have caused than I was about the
disrespect they were showing to the
avocados, that is. As hard as they are,
our avos also bruise easily, both exter-
nally when dropped and internally from
their rattling pits, and then they mold or
rot instead of ripening. And let's face it,
the Florida avo has enough problems,


2 beginning with image.
The local fruit, some 60 thin-skinned
Varieties that are still listed in a few
b culinary texts as "alligator pears," have
Been slow to gain not only acceptance
but their deserved esteem in the market-
1 place. Our avos, whose exteriors come
5 in an array of colors ranging from bright
Green to dull red to glossy black, are
dismissed as soggy in texture (the term
a should really be juicy, as these arefruit,
i after all) and dilute in flavor.
Even plenty of South Florida home
cooks, constantly presented with a sad
lack of choice in our own Publix back-
yard, believe the petite Hass avo, a creamy
descendant of Mexican species, is superior
to the ones grown here, whose origins are
the West Indies and Guatemala. Given the
national dominance of the Hass, it might
be astonishing to realize that Florida was
actually the first U.S. state to grow an
avocado tree.

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Avocados
Continued from page 18

That planting took place in 1833.
California caught on more than two de-
cades later, recording its first planting in
1856. According to U.S. News and World
Report, "about 60,000 Floridians have at
least one avocado tree growing in their
yards. Florida's avocado industry brings
in about $30 million annually." That is
second only to California. And it is a lot
of fruit: Florida avos, which have early-,
mid-, and late-blooming seasons just like
mangos, are available seasonally from
July to March.
Yet when you do find West Indian
and Guatemalan avos, both here and
in countrywide supermarkets, they're
frequently stickered with the brand name
"SlimCado," which also says "Lite" on
it. This ploy works because, with an
average 80 percent water content, Florida
avos pack fewer calories than the denser
Mexican varieties and there's no
better way to sell a product to an Ameri-
can than to tout it as a diet food.
Despite public perceptions that they
are fattening, avocados are undeniably


good for you. Nutrient-dense, they con-
tain more potassium than bananas and
are one of the few plentiful fruit sources
of folic acid. They're high in fiber and
contain a cholesterol-fighting substance
called beta-sitosterol. Florida avos pro-
vide all this plus vitamins B6, C, and E
- for half the fat of a Hass.
Most of us only eat avos as guaca-
mole, the consistency of which calls for
a velvety Mexican variety like the Hass.
But because our avos hold their form
and don't collapse into pure as quickly
as the Hass, these more firmly fleshed
varieties are better suited to marinated
salads with tomatoes, hearts of palm, and
onions; dishes like soups, crepes, pastas,
and omelets (yes, you can cook avos,
but only lightly or they will turn bitter);
and chunky muffins and quick breads
where you want more moisture and less
pronounced flavor.
Denisse and Peter Schnebly, owners
of Schnebly Redland's Winery, also
believe in guacamole so much so
that they recently sponsored the "Holy
Moly Redlands Guacamole" event in
order to break the world record for the
largest serving of the stuff, which was


previously set at 4011 pounds, 12 ounces,
back in 2007 by the Mexican Avocado
Industry in California. Drawing on
four high schools from the South Dade
area, along with various mentors such
as super chefs Allen Susser and Michael
Schwartz, the event's mission statement
was as multi-pronged as a fork, and
included raising money for the schools'
culinary-arts programs as well as creat-
ing new and interesting recipes for avos.
But mostly the attempt pictured
here and which succeeded with 4114
pounds of edible guacamole made from
12,000 pounds of Loretta and Beta
varieties (that's approximately 5000 to
6000 avos!) was to raise awareness,
Denisse Schnebly says, of the local
growers' needs.
What exactly are those needs? At
the moment, the most important one to
address is survival. The Florida Green
Skin Avocado industry is experiencing
a lethal threat: Laurel Wilt. This deadly
disease was brought south by the Redbay
Ambrosia beetle in stacks of firewood.
Local communities, especially those
like Miami Shores, where backyard
avo trees are very prevalent, must be


educated about the signs and symptoms,
or we are likely to face another citrus-
canker affair. If we don't want to lose
healthy 80-year-old trees to Laurel Wilt
paranoia, we need to know what sick
trees look like and treat or destroy them
ourselves as soon as possible.
To spot Laurel Wilt, look for discol-
oration of the leaves, particularly near
the crown, and wilting or drooping foli-
age. (Google "Laurel Wilt Disease" for
helpful Websites.) To avoid accidentally
transporting the beetle, which makes
its home in the bark even after destruc-
tion, don't use anything but locally cut
firewood, and don't bring firewood from
your home to a state park or other camp-
site. Always purchase your firewood near
where you are planning to burn it.
That way you won't just be showing
Florida avocados some much-needed
respect, you'll be saving them too. If that
means future mischief-makers will have
plenty of ammunition for avocado wars,
so be it. I can multi-task. In addition to
cooking with avos, I've recently become
pretty good at scolding kids.

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The Return of Autumn's Nocturne


By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

Ah, November. Great! In truth,
November never won any "Best
of" awards in my book. Unlike
most Americans, I am not consumed
with edible consumption. Quite the
contrary. Staring down a plateful of
any food, let alone an overflowing table
full of the stuff, is a daunting, even
frightening experience. Thus cramming
my gaping maw until I want to puke up
turkey, potatoes, beans, marshmallowed
yams, cranberry pure, and pumpkin pie
never held appeal.
As a child growing up in Miami,
Thanksgiving consisted of the dreaded
"child of divorce" shuffle from one side
of my family to the other, a version
of the usual custodial battles with
some festive spirit sprinkled on top.
The fights over which relatives spent
the most time with me just added to
the jovial Thanksgiving moment. I


Let S see, what s there to be thankful for


definitely not November up north


suppose if I could have split myself in enjoyed was actually a brunch, and a ri-
two, familial get-togethers might have diculously over-the-top one at that. Hell,
flowed better. Alas, I don't splinter. it only took 30 years' worth of staring
As I grew older, I got smart and tried grimly at stuffed carcasses and candied
to spend holidays with friends. Everyone root vegetables to achieve it.
else's dysfunctional relatives seemed The brunch, held at a luxury Coconut
much more palatable. Given all this, it's Grove hotel, consisted of more than the
odd that the first Thanksgiving I truly standard fare. I can still see the spread.


Oversized stone crab claws perched
daintily on ice, neighboring a full raw
bar, cheeses from every country worthy
of producing quality hardened dairy
products. There were "carving" stations,
of course. But it wasn't just turkey and
roast beef, along with all the gourmet
trimmings, that impressed. The brunch,
set up in the sunny courtyard, had ad-
ditional stations, the most important of
which were dessert stations, ranging
from every type of chocolate creamy
fluff to tangy key lime tartlets. No pump-
kin pie in sight. Instead we had some
sort of spiced pumpkin souffle.
And for once no Thanksgiving
drama ensued. Well, unless you count
the fact that my husband, Jeremy, stuffed
himself so full he had to walk around
the property to distract himself from
the seemingly probable hurl. The lack of
familial fuss, so often associated with
the holidays (there's a reason the end

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of the year boasts the highest suicide
rate) stands out as the best part of that
Thanksgiving. Beyond the absurdly
lavish spread, the lack of people awk-
wardly forced in front of my face across
a table added to my enjoyment.
After we ate, my father and Jeremy
and I (just the three of us at this meal)
walked over to the docks at Monty's on S.
Bayshore Drive. The sun felt good on my
bare arms (unlike most other places in
the country, including my current home,
the MFT, or Merciless Frozen Tundra of
Binghamton, New York, you can bare
your arms without frostbite warnings in
Miami in November) and a slight breeze
swept over us and through the trees
before settling on the otherwise slightly
choppy, Biscayne Bay water lapping at
the bobbing sailboat hulls.
Now that I live in the MFT, Novem-
ber and its companion, Thanksgiving,
have assumed a new pallor of horror.
This is because, for one, it gets dark here
by 3:30 p.m. (By dark I mean no light,
not to be confused with no sun. There is


rarely any sun in the MFT in November.)
This year there will be a void of
stone crab legs and light breezes on
Thanksgiving. This is my choice. The
thought of flying down to a sunny, green
place only to return to a frigid, grim
icebox is, frankly, more depressing than
my early years of pushing mashed pota-
toes around my plate.
As I write this it is 80 degrees
in Miami, complete with, I can only
imagine, subtle bay breezes. But here
snow is falling outside my window, the
central heat is cranked up and a space
heater is whirring at my feet. The sky,
as usual, is a palette of varying shades
of stoic grays, not unlike the zombie
skin tones I recently mixed for a pho-
tography class shoot.
And there is something else: I am
eating oatmeal. This is cause for con-
cern. I never ate oatmeal until I moved
to the MFT. Grits, yes. But oatmeal,
in any flavor, remained the perennial
enemy. One reason I now partake in
the oatmeal-eating is that I need to
stay warm. It is that time of year again
in the MFT. The Cold Time, which
precedes the You Are Totally Screwed


Because It's So Cold time.
In other words, it is fall. Only this
year, CT arrived early, and not even
the die-hard MFTers are happy about it.
Snow before Halloween (now there's a
holiday I cherish) is just, well, not cool.
It is a portent of a harsh winter one
of many portents this year, including a
steady rush of rain that indicates this
winter will indeed be a darker shade of
miserable. If that is possible.
While we are on Halloween: Miam-
ians take for granted that they can just
wear whichever Halloween costume they
want Biscayne Boulevard Buxom
Buddy, Little Miss Miami Muffet, what-
ever. Bring it on. But in the MFT, unless
you plan on dressing up as a snow leop-
ard (after you've slaughtered it for the
fur) you are going to be very, very cold.
And after Halloween, it's all over.
What's left is the great seven-month-long,
white void. However, there is, of course,
Thanksgiving.
Last year, once again, I participated
in a family Thanksgiving. This time
it consisted of my husband's family
around the table. And really, although
nobody was screaming at anyone else,


formal Thanksgivings these days aren't
much different from those when I was a
kid. But now that I'm a vegetarian, the
holiday takes on yet another macabre
affectation. It really is pretty gruesome,
the turkey prep. Filling the turkey's be-
headed, cold, hollowed-out carcass with
flavored "stuffing." Ewww. The "carving
of the bird"? Barbaric.
This year we really should head
down south to Miami for Thanksgiving,
but the return to the MFT's particular
brand of ugly is blinding and the cold is
biting. So Jeremy and I arrived at a com-
promise. We are going to go to Hershey,
Pennsylvania, for Thanksgiving. Alone.
Instead of soaking up other people's
problems like so many yeast rolls dipped
in gravy, I am going to soak myself in
a tub of chocolate foam in the Hershey
Hotel spa. Rather than pretending to
like people whom I can't stand, I will
luxuriate in licking chocolate fondue
residue from my fingers. For all of this I
will give my heartfelt thanks, and I won't
have to break some poor bird's wishbone
in the process.

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Revolutionary Concept: Put Urban Sprawl to a Vote

Amendment 4 would do just that, which is why developers hate it


By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

A s residents in the City of Miami, as
well as throughout Miami-Dade
SCounty, have been struggling to
control unbridled growth and development
on the local level, an opportunity to control
it from the state level is coming our way in
November of 2010 -just 12 short months
away. I'm speaking of the proposed Amend-
ment 4 to the Florida State Constitution, as
promoted by the grass-roots group known
as Florida Hometown Democracy.
Simply stated, Amendment 4 man-
dates that changes to a local growth plan,
known as a "comprehensive development
master plan," approved by a city or coun-
ty's elected representatives must then go
to voters for final approval or rejection. A
local comprehensive plan, usually referred
to as a Compp plan," is the road map for
a community's future development, and
theoretically is to be followed by elected
officials to assure that development is


compatible with the plan and with the
community's resources and desires.
Millions of taxpayer dollars are
spent crafting these plans in order to
provide for orderly, affordable growth,
and to ensure that our communities
aren't swamped by tidal waves of out-
of-control development. But in much of
Florida, it hasn't worked out that way.
Too many city and county commissions


are too willing to blindly approve
developer-backed changes to comp
plans. After all, in Florida the business
of land development is politics. Over
the years, developers in this state have
virtually taken control of the political
process through the use of generous
campaign contributions.
Amendment 4 will give the people a
vote on growth, and that, in turn, should


permanently alter the existing dynamic
between developer and politician. Our
local situation provides a classic case
study: Condo project after condo project
going belly up and sitting empty in the
center of downtown Miami, which was
supposed to become a pedestrian-friend-
ly mecca. Take a drive around downtown
on an evening with no events at the Arsht
Center or the American Airlines Arena
and you will find a ghost town.
Another example, this time at the
county level: The constant fight over
moving the Urban Development Bound-
ary, which was created in 1989 as a kind
of western wall beyond which develop-
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Today some of our county commissioners
don't see it as a firm law, or even as a real
boundary, but merely as a "guideline."
Here we are, still under water
restrictions, and we have elected of-
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the development boundary farther west
into the Everglades, the very area that
supports and protects our drinking-water
aquifer. It is the hydraulic pressure of the
fresh water in the Everglades that keeps
salty sea water in the ocean and not en-
croaching into our fresh-water reserves.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas must be
doing back flips in her grave!
Not surprisingly, Amendment 4 drives
the entrenched development machine
crazy. It's easy to understand why. The
endless changes, overlays, exceptions,
and variances pushed by developers have
made them rich, but they've also led to the
overdevelopment that has heavily contrib-
uted to the economic crash affecting us all.
Under Amendment 4, these plan changes
would ultimately have to come before
voters, and we would know best, after all,
what is in our own "public interest."
Here's a real-world case-in-point:
The Marlins baseball stadium that busi-
nessman Norman Braman so doggedly
fought against would have automati-
cally come before voters for approval or


rejection. From the outset of his battle,
Mr. Braman said: "Take it to the voters
and I will live by their decision. If they
approve it, I will end my lawsuit."
Those opposed to Amendment 4 say
it will just encourage more lawsuits like
Braman's, or that we'll constantly be at
the voting booth making decisions on
hundreds and thousands of little things.
The truth of the matter is that lawsuits
opposing commission land-use actions -
after they've been approved by voters -
will probably become a thing of the past.
Arguments contending that we'll constantly
be voting on minutiae also don't hold water.
Once our elected officials grasp that the
objective of Amendment 4 is to ensure
adherence to our comp plan, the number
of ill-conceived proposals to change it will
plummet. Truly worthy changes deemed to
be in the best interests of the community
will be strengthened by support from voters.
Here's another argument in opposi-
tion to Amendment 4: "This is what we
elect these people to do. Commissioners
are supposed to make the tough deci-
sions and look out for our best interest."
Well, we can see how well that concept
has worked. I rest my case!


Keep in mind that politicians think
short-term literally what is left in
their term of office and perhaps a re-elec-
tion bid until they are termed out. (Some
communities have imposed term limits
on elected officials and others have not,
which is another can of worms, especial-
ly in Miami-Dade County, where com-
missioners can be re-elected indefinitely,
and where an incumbent commissioner
has not lost an election in 15 years.)
Unfortunately, many times elected of-
ficials make decisions in their own narrow
self-interest rather than in the long-term
interests of the community as a whole,
leaving residents and business owners
holding the proverbial bag when they
leave office usually a heavy bag loaded
with financial obligations. And often it's
not just current residents who end up on
the hook, but also future generations.
Take a good look at our elected of-
ficials. Too many have not done a good job
representing us. On the other hand, they
have done a splendid job representing the
interests of the sprawl machine. They are
directly responsible for much of Florida's
economic disaster. Do we really want to
continue with a broken, corrupt status quo?


The U.S. Supreme Court says voters
can take back the power when their
elected representatives have screwed up.
(I'm paraphrasing, of course!) We already
get to vote on charter issues and some
bond and tax issues. Now it's time we step
up and reclaim power over the growth of
our communities.
In the coming months, when you
spot a letter to the editor, a column, or
a blog in opposition to Amendment 4,
Google the author. Chances are that he
or she makes a living from sprawl -
lately known by the buzz words "smart
growth" or "green growth." The "say
anything" campaign against Amendment
4 will soon be spreading like a virus. Im-
munize yourself now!
Amendment 4 should be brought
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merits, with the objective of having our
local elected officials approve resolutions
supporting it as a necessary addition to our
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Guns Can Change Everything

A Miami Shores family terrifying ordeal has rekindled debate about guarding neighborhoods


By Christian Cipriani
Special to BT

Five years ago attorney Jeffrey
Davis, his wife Yasmin, and
their young family moved from
Coral Gables to Miami Shores and into
a sprawling 1958 home overlooking
Biscayne Bay at 9275 N. Bayshore Dr.,
two doors down from Arquitectonica's
legendary Pink House. Despite seven
years enjoying the exclusive comforts of
Coral Gables, Davis found the city too
anonymous and transient, and grew tired
of having neighbors whose names he
didn't know.
In his view, Miami Shores offered
the prospect of genuine community a
throwback to his native Long Island,
where families walked their dogs and
mingled in the street after dinner, and
where you could bump into your kids'
teachers at the grocery store.
Davis has a warm intensity about
him, and early on a recent morning he's
already busying about his sunny, double-
height living room, suited up for a day at
the office. He gets animated talking about
the house. They took it down to the studs
to create their dream home, finishing it


with white marble
floors, sleek stain-
less-steel staircas-
es, furniture from
the likes of Mies
van der Rohe and
Isamu Noguchi,
and colorful South
American land-
scape paintings.
But now
floodlights, sirens,
motion detectors,
panic buttons, Scene of the crim<
gate locks, and (insert) and his wil
a flat-screen TV pulled into their di
constantly broad- when they were as
casting views from
security cam-
eras have become part of their designer
interior. Sitting before a stack of crime
statistics, neighborhood maps, and notes,
Davis recounts how he was forced to turn
his castle into a fortress after three armed
assailants targeted him and his wife.
This past September 26, a Saturday,
the couple met friends for dinner in Fort
Lauderdale. Around 12:30 a.m. they ar-
rived home in their rented minivan (one of
their cars was being repaired), and Yasmin


stepped out to open the garage door.
Seconds later, two young black men
stormed up the driveway, shouting at her.
With the car windows up, Davis says he
didn't notice the commotion at first, and
when he did, he admits wondering if they
needed help. But in a split second every-
thing became clear. The two intruders had
guns. They cocked their pistols sideways
and one man started yelling: "Gimme the
bag, ho! F-ing bitch! Gimme the bag!"


Fearing their house keys were in her
purse, Yasmin hesitated and froze. Davis
began making as much noise as possible
-yelling and blaring his horn to distract
'- them and alert neighbors.
5 The irony is that, while you would
never guess it from looking at him, Jeff
SDavis is a gun-owner with a conceal-and-
carry permit. He's strictly a range shoot-
er, not a hunter, and owns his weapon for
home protection. At that very moment he
could have been legally armed and in a
position to apply lethal force, but he was
not carrying his gun.
The scene carried on for what seemed
like a full minute an eon in a crisis -
while Davis helplessly watched a man
point a gun in his wife's face and shower
her with profanity. The gunman then tore
the purse from Yasmin's arm and, along
with his accomplice and a third man who'd
been watching from the street, the trio ran
around the comer and fled in a getaway
car parked in front of an abandoned house
across from the Davis residence.
Shaken, Jeff and Yasmin got back
in the car, locked the doors, and dialed
911. The operator transferred them not
to Miami Shores police but to the Miami
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Welcome To Your Traffic Nightmare
SWhen FDOT is done with the Boulevard, they say it'll be sweet, but until then...


t's back! Just when Miamians thought
it was safe to come back to Biscayne
Boulevard after those dark years of
intense road construction, the barriers,
dust, and bulldozers have returned, this
time farther south, on the hectic stretch
below 36th Street.
As every commuter knows by now,
we're not talking lane closures in the
middle of the night. This is a massive
reconstruction project from the Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT),
estimated to last two years, costing $16
million, and resulting in one-lane travel
in each direction on one of Miami's major
arteries. It begins at the intersection where
1-195 traffic pours onto (and out of) the
Boulevard, and will extend down to just
north of the Adrienne Arsht Center.


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Looks good on paper, but on the street right now, it's not good at all.


In a sad twist of fate, this is also the
area that developers targeted not so long
ago to create the engine for a new urban
environment where gleaming condos
and art centers would help populate


the decrepit streets with eager crowds,
whose needs would be fulfilled by a
pedestrian-friendly influx of businesses.
Then the real estate boom went bust, the
economy went south, and the view of the


I-
8 Boulevard went from shiny and bright
to cloudy and bleak. And then in August,
the barricades went up.
8 "Oh, we really can't believe how
bad business has become," says Carmen
Caamano, a manager of Pronto Super-
market, which expanded into bigger digs
just last year. Pronto is located on that
part of the Boulevard where the first
segment of reconstruction is under way
(between 35th and 28th streets), complete
with a concrete barrier in the middle of
the thoroughfare that makes crossing the
road impossible for people, cars, and
chickens alike. "I think we are losing half
our business."
But let's stand back. Contrary to what
locals may believe, the FDOT project was
not intended as an evil plot to destroy the
Edgewater neighborhood. It is an attempt

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Special to BT


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Tarnished Jewel of the Boulevard

- Abandoned by its owner, the iconic Vagabond Motel faces an uncertain future -


By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

When Eric Silverman bought
the Vagabond Motel at 7301
Biscayne Blvd. for $4 million
and announced his intention to restore
the 1950s complex to its former glory,
he generated publicity not just in Miami
but across the nation. After all, Silver-
man often repeated, Frank Sinatra had
stayed there. More significantly, he said
he hoped his renovation would spark
a South Beach-like renaissance along
Biscayne Boulevard's somewhat seedy
motel row.
"Keeping some of the treasures
that are really Miami is important to
us," the silver-haired investor told the
Miami Herald in January 2006, not
long after purchasing the property. "We
think the beauty is to blend the old with
the new."
But that promise was never real-
ized. Instead the 22,154-square-foot
historic landmark became home to a
small clothing store run by Silverman's
wife, and a sparsely attended weekend
farmers market. Those operations ended
more than three months ago, and today


August 2008: Silverman strikes a pose for the BTs cover story "Big Man
on the Boulevard."


Silverman, once a ubiquitous figure on
the motel grounds, is nowhere to be seen.
Weeds have overtaken the landscaping.
Code enforcement notices announce a va-
riety of violations. City workers recently
cleaned up some of the garbage and graf-
fiti littering the property.


Where did Silverman go? Vagabond
neighbors who used to see him regularly
don't have a clue. After agreeing to speak
with the BT, Silverman, a Davie resident
who once headed Hugo Boss USA and
Dolce & Gabbana's Western Hemi-
sphere operations, did not return several


: subsequent phone calls seeking comment.
SHis business partner and cousin, Octa-
' vio Hidalgo, could not be reached. The
number for Eric Silverman and Associ-
ates, a realty firm, has been disconnected.
b The company Silverman and Hidalgo
used to purchase the Vagabond, Milano
at Ocean Drive LLC, officially became
inactive as on September 25.
Fran Rollason, president of the MiMo
Biscayne Association, doesn't know
his whereabouts but does know that he
struggled to succeed. "He just had a hard
time making his vision happen," she says.
Teri D'Amico, co-founder of a
movement to preserve examples of
Miami Modem ("MiMo") architecture,
somewhat quirky buildings constructed
between the 1940s and 1960s, says Sil-
verman's effort to revive the Vagabond
was doomed. She feels she should know:
D'Amico briefly worked for Silverman
as the Vagabond's interior designer. "This
guy doesn't take care of his property,"
she says flatly. "He made it worse than
before he bought it."
The Vagabond's previous owners,
David and Wen-Yang Lin of Vagabond

Continued on page 28


New Look, New Name, Big Party


By Mark Sell
Special to BT

Like Cinderella at the ball, down-

town Miami Shores blossomed for
one evening in the form of a street
fair on Friday, October 2. It was down-
town's debut as "Village Place at Miami
Shores." Also like Cinderella, the area's
empty storefronts are seeking princes
with magic slippers in the form of paying
customers and clients who create happy
tenants and landlords.
The fair was a roaring success, with
an estimated 4000 to 5000 people attend-
ing double projections. More than 64
concessions and attractions representing
nearly every neighborhood institution or
business of consequence offered throb-
bing reggae, mellow jazz, face-painting,
ice cream. Popcorn, and just about any-
thing in between.


Village Place makes its Miami Shores debut, and now comes the hard part


Village Caf6 gave away
300 meals and served 269 ,
inside before inning out of
food. The tiny C6te Gour-
met took 120 seatings for its
French cuisine and served 100
bottles of wine. A WSVN-
Channel 7 mobile crew
cranked out DVDs of kids
doing mock weather reports.
"I have headed up
a lot of initiatives, and I
have never seen such wide
support and participation," A good tin
says organizer Jim McCoy, will they c'
a commercial real estate
broker with Holly Realty in Coral Gables,
ex-mayor of Miami Shores, and former
president of the Greater Miami Shores
Chamber of Commerce, which has driven
efforts for a downtown revival since the
middle 1990s. "We started three months


ie was had by all: Nic
ome back and shop?


ago and figured we'd do a little ribbon-
cutting with our tails between our legs.
But we were blown away by the support."
This time the support didn't come
just from the usual suspects. Trump Inter-
national, Citibank (and not coincidentally,


Holly Realty) threw their corporate
weight behind it, as did Barry Univer-
sity, the Playground Theatre, the Miami
Shores Fine Arts Commission, WPBT-
Channel 2, Miami Shores Village Hall,
and the Chamber, among others. All the
area's schools participated.
The reason for the party: Celebrating
the $4.5 million, two-year gussying-up of
NE Second Avenue, complete with road
work, broadened sidewalks, fresh oak trees,
outdoor seating, and freshened storefronts
with new awnings, sprinkled with the oc-
casional pioneering boutique and salon.
However, the more serious agenda
was to introduce potential landlords and
investors to Miami Shores with a bus
tour and cocktail reception preceding the
street fair. The "Village Place" name and
notion caps an effort of the last dozen

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Gun
Continued from page 24

Beach Police Department. It took yet an-
other transfer to reach the Shores police.
Davis is still disgusted by the in-
eptitude of the 911 operator, but credits
Shores police for showing up within
three minutes, and with several squad
cars. At that point, however, little could
be done, so they took a report and ad-
vised the Davises to drive around in the
morning and look for the stolen purse.
The next morning they did just that,
and to their astonishment they found the
purse near the intersection of NE 96th
Street and NE 10th Avenue the only
point of access to their neighborhood.
However, an important date book filled
with sensitive information was lost, as
was her wallet.
After watching someone threaten his
wife's life and verbally degrade her, Davis
vowed he will never again allow anyone
to put him in that position. Today Yasmin
is fearful. She won't go to Publix alone at
night, as she often used to. She won't even
take out a garbage bag. They both find
themselves looking over their shoulders.


Beyond outfitting his home -
with an array of high-tech
security devices, Davis has
been aggressively lobbying his
neighbors, drumming up sup-
port for a contentious crime- -
prevention idea: a guardhouse,
paid for by the neighbors
through a voluntary tax. --
Any discussion of neigh- "
borhood security measures
in Miami Shores must begin
with the village's cultural
and generational evolution, Miami Sho
and the many heated debates NCOP area
over community, security, Officer Pro
and identity that have ac-
companied decades of sometimes-painful
growth. As idyllic as the Shores appears,
it has experienced its share of criminal
activity, which has exacerbated the fear
and insularity that sparked community
tensions throughout the 1980s.
By the late 1980s, those tensions had
come to a head, and citizens voted to close
off 65 streets, severely limiting points
of entry to its eastern enclaves (more
closures were approved in 1991). Jeff
Davis's house, for instance, is accessible


res police have divided the village into
is, based on the Neighborhood Contact
gram.

by vehicle only from NE 96th Street, as
are all residences east of NE 10th Avenue.
Barricades block every single street that
once intersected with the avenue and
with Shorecrest streets to the south. This
maze of dead-ends was one of first times,
if not the first time in America that such
barricades were employed at the level of
town planning. In an odd twist, the only
other place this had been done on such a
large scale is the very city the Davises left
Coral Gables.


The 1980s barricade debate caused
friction within the village. Dividing
east and west was seen as symbolically
provocative, as the east was mostly
older, wealthy non-Hispanic whites,
and the west was increasingly popu-
lated by West Indian and Latin Ameri-
can immigrants. The view from inside
the barricades was simple: People just
wanted to avoid being robbed of their
possessions and having their lives
threatened. But the perspective from
outside barricades was starkly dif-
ferent: They represented a physical
declaration of privilege. Today, with
non-Hispanic whites comprising less
than half the village, efforts to isolate
neighborhoods can look more and more
like desperate self-preservation.
And while the barricades certainly
did not eradicate crime, they slowed
the rate of crime growth as compared
with surrounding municipalities, espe-
cially for crimes like home and vehicle
burglaries. They forced traffic patterns
onto main roads, making it harder for
criminals to case the neighborhood, and
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to improve it. Like so much of the nation's
transportation infrastructure, Biscayne
Boulevard was long overdue for an over-
haul. So in 2003, a two-part redesign was
conceived: a reconstruction project from
NE 15th Street to NE 35th Terrace (which
began August 24, to be completed in two
years); and a smaller resurfacing project
from NE 36th Street to NE 38th Street
(which began October 26, to be completed
by February 2010).
The bulk of the work for the recon-
struction project includes:
Reconstructing the roadway.
Replacing drainage and water-main
systems.
Reconstructing sidewalks, drive-
ways, and curb ramps to meet Americans
with Disability Act standards.
Replacing curbs and gutters.
Upgrading lighting, traffic, and
pedestrian signs and signalization.
Installing new landscaping and
irrigation.
The contractor, American Engineer-
ing and Development, is limited to


working about five or six blocks at a time,
according to Maria Palacios, FDOT's
public information officer. Work began
on the west side of the roadway, from
north to south, and will continue on the
east side of the roadway from south to
north, dividing the project into six differ-
ent work zones. Palacio says each zone
will take about four months to complete.
During the section closures, some side
streets will be open, others not. Various side-
walks and driveways will be closed. Heavy
equipment and hard-hatted people will be
moving around. Dust and noise will be ubiq-
uitous. And drivers just might want to use
NE 2nd Avenue to avoid the whole thing.
This is not, to put it mildly, what
many business owners had envisioned for
their Boulevard at this stage of the game.
Orange Grooming opened up two
months ago in the 2900 block of the
Boulevard, according to Mylenne Suero,
just a week after she found out about the
imminent construction. Had she known
earlier, she would have chosen a loca-
tion for her pet-grooming business in
the Upper Eastside, "where they already
went through this, and it is at least all
over for them." (As the BT reported in


numerous stories, that four-year construc-
tion project devastated small businesses.)
For Suero it's too soon to know what
toll this traffic nightmare will take, but
customers have been complaining.
Farther south, where traffic is still
flowing (though not for long), Alfredo
Patino, chef/owner of the restaurant Bin
No. 18, says he's looking at options. He
may open a back entrance, facing the
rear parking lot, or put up foliage to
screen the construction in the front. If the
customers disappear, he might just leave,
a grim scenario everyone in Edgewater
wants to avoid. "I hope the city can work
with us small businesses," says Patino,
who would welcome some type of finan-
cial assistance. But in a deep recession
and in a city that is virtually broke, that
may be wishful thinking.
Caamano of Pronto Market says she
has called the city a number of times
already but has received no response. She
remembers that on one windy day, the dust
and debris from the construction literally
invaded the market. When the two lanes
that are now open on Pronto's east side of
the Boulevard are eventually closed, she
says, "I just don't know what we'll do."


Interestingly, Biscayne Boulevard's
very origins can be traced to efforts to
bolster northside development during
troubling times. "The abrupt fall of
the Miami boom was cushioned in the
first part of 1926 by the conception of
Biscayne Boulevard. Like the anesthesia
which prepares our nerves for the shock
of the surgeon's knife, the creation of
Biscayne Boulevard kept Miami going
during the summer of 1926, despite the
discovery that $50,000 lots no longer
could be sold for one-tenth of that
amount, or that the 'summer tourist
season' of 1925 was nothing but a delu-
sion," wrote Kenneth Ballinger in his
1936 book Miami Millions.
For some the deconstructed Boulevard is
not a complete debacle. Those drivers who
by choice or mistake get stuck in one-lane
traffic behind a car turning left might dis-
cover a gem of a business that was otherwise
overlooked. Says the cashier at Boulevard
Liquors, who didn't want to give his name:
"They are sitting out there in traffic and see
for the first time that we are here, and they
go, 'Hey, let's get some beer!'"

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Motel Inc., are suing to foreclose on the
property, claiming they are owed $2.7
million on a mortgage. Several other
lenders are on the hook for as much as
$1.7 million. Gary Anstey placed a lien
on the property in September 2007 after
Silverman and Hidalgo allegedly failed
to pay him $26,000 for improvements
made to the motel property. Unpaid prop-
erty taxes run to nearly $200,000.
According to the city's code enforce-
ment director, Mariano Loret de Mola,
the Vagabond has been slapped with at
least $5000 in fines for violations that
include operating an outdoor market
without a license, not having a valid
business tax receipt, improper outdoor
storage of materials, and failure to regis-
ter a vacant building.
It's been a long fall from the Vaga-
bond's heyday.
Built in 1953 by Sidney Goldberg
and designed by B. Robert Swartburg (ar-
chitect of Miami Beach's Delano Hotel
and Bass Museum), the Vagabond quick-
ly became a popular post-war destination


Where once there was landscaping,
now there are weeds.

for vacationing families thrilled to drive
down U.S. 1 to Miami's warm weather.
The Vagabond's popularity was such, in
fact, that it supposedly hosted stars like
Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, and Dean
Martin, though such accounts may be
mixed up with the Vagabond Club, which
also operated during the 1950s and 1960s
in downtown Miami.
Silverman's original plan was to
create a moderately priced boutique
resort and spa, with a restored pool
area and lobby, a clothing store, and a
restaurant. But his plans changed repeat-
edly. Months after taking ownership, he
decided to turn it into a condo hotel. In
December 2007, he announced plans to


City officials say the motel has been
slapped with at least $5000 in fines
for code enforcement violations.

transform it into an office and retail com-
plex. Affordable studios for artists was
another idea. The next year it was going
to become a farmers market and he
even helped persuade the city commis-
sion to pass a special law allowing it.
Silverman was perpetually dogged by
zoning conflicts and permits he needed
but didn't acquire for this or that activity.
He ran afoul of some nearby residents
who complained that allegedly lax secu-
rity was attracting petty criminals. His
fellow property owners along the Bou-
levard were divided in their sympathies.
The city, however, tried to help keep the


Vagabond dream alive by granting him
temporary permits for new signage and
finding ways for him to legalize his farm-
ers market. But by that time, it's likely
Silverman was distracted by the foreclo-
sure action launched by the Lins.
In a response to the foreclosure this
past March, Silverman and Hidalgo's
attorney, Brandy Gonzalez-Abreu,
claimed the Lins had essentially led her
clients to believe they were willing to
negotiate new terms. Instead Silverman
and Hidalgo were served papers that
"unfairly surprised and harmed [them] by
making refinancing efforts... difficult, if
not impossible."
Gonzalez-Abreu, who did not return
calls from the BT, also claimed the Lins
sold her clients the Vagabond under false
pretenses, failing to mention that half of
the motel property was zoned C-l com-
mercial and the other half R-3 residential,
halting the renovation project and costing
Silverman and Hidalgo revenue they had
anticipated and needed. (At Silverman's
request, the Miami City Commission
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Village Place
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years to revive a once-vibrant downtown
that for more than a generation has been
noted largely for its somnolence.
The elemental riddle of NE Second
Avenue persists: Will they come? If so,
will they spend? Which comes first: the
tenants or the sewers? Unlike nearly any
other downtown in South Florida, Miami
Shores is on septic tanks.
"The reality is you cannot be a pedes-
trian-friendly downtown without restau-
rants and cafes, and you cannot have more
caf6s without sewers," says Ruben Matz,
who with his wife Gladys owns much
of the southeast and northwest corer of
the avenue at NE 96th Street. Matz is


promoting a special assessment district
and says the county is showing some
interest in helping confirm 2009 costs for
a sewer system. He says 70 percent of
downtown property owners have signed a
petition of willingness to tax themselves
in order to install a sewer system.
For more than a generation, down-
town Miami Shores has been fallow
as a retail center, its postwar bustle
an ever-fleeting memory. The current
revival effort is an outgrowth of a late-
1990s design charette involving 100
interested citizens. During that event
and ever since, residents have returned
with similar ideas: caf6s and restaurants
(ethnic preferred but not necessary); a
good bookstore or two; children's stores;
perhaps even an alehouse or two. The


Some say the hoopla is fine, but
without sewers, all the talk is just
hot air.


village council has responded by loosen-
ing restrictions, relaxing outdoor seating
rules, and easing the path to a wine and
beer license.
Most important, during the mid-
2000s, ownership of downtown real
estate changed, with a new generation of
visionary owner-investors. Ruben Matz
bought up blocks near 96th Street and
NE Second Avenue. Ari Sklar bought
the old Howard Johnson's site on the
southwest corer of 95th Street and built
the Starbucks building. Investor James
Quinlan purchased the 9999 Building
and sold it to Alex Edelman. At the
same time, Miami Shores was growing
younger and slightly more affluent as

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Gun
Continued from page 26

making residents more cognizant of un-
known vehicles. But even that has been
criticized for creating an overly suspi-
cious citizenry.
Today crime in Miami Shores
far from rampant, but in Jeff Davis's


relatively small police sector (known as
an NCOP area after the Neighborhood
Contact Officer Program) there have al-
ready been 17 burglary and theft-related
crimes this year. This in just a six-square-
block radius.
Which is why Davis is pushing
neighbors to consider a guardhouse at the
NE 96th Street and 10th Avenue entrance


- the same one his wife's attack-
ers used that would photograph the
license plate of any unregistered vehicle.
(Because the streets are public, access
cannot be denied to any driver seeking to
enter the area, though information can be
recorded for every vehicle.)
Currently he is gathering cost
estimates, data, and support from


neighbors, though he hasn't ap-
proached officials. And given the
village's history with such efforts
to isolate the eastern wing of Miami
Shores, he may meet with hostility -
though nothing to match what hap-
pened in his driveway.

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Vagabond
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C-l in December 2007.)
By 2009 much of the goodwill ex-
tended to Silverman by the city and many
of his neighbors had evaporated. This
past March D'Amico collected signa-
tures from more than 20 property owners,
including some who once supported
Silverman's market concept, claiming the
dilapidated condition of the Vagabond
attracted drug dealers and prostitutes and

Village Place
Continued from page 29

a popular destination for families and
same-sex couples with buying power.
Two major surveys bore out this
desire for change. More than 95 percent of
respondents said they wanted more retail,
57 percent said they would patronize food
establishments at least once a week, 81
percent wanted a bookstore, 85 percent a
gourmet food store, nearly 97 percent more
restaurants. More than two-thirds said they
thought downtown Miami Shores looked
worse than the rest of village.


demanding that the city stop granting
Silverman "special exceptions."
On May 13, Silverman was found
guilty of five code citations related to
his unpermitted market and given two
weeks to correct them. "Instead of fixing
everything," D'Amico says, "he closed
up everything."
If Silverman has indeed given up
on the Vagabond, D'Amico believes
the motel will be the better for it. She
says it's looking better already, thanks
to the city. "Someone will buy it," she

At the Village Place street fair, Sean
Saladino was digging his scooper hard into
avat of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie
Dough ice cream to feed a snaking, growing
line across 96th Street He was in front of his
promised sit-down ice cream-and-panini-and-
WiFi hangout, Miss Moo's, where the cow on
the sign promises "MOOING SOON!"
"So when are you opening?" he heard
yet again.
"Three weeks," he barked, not look-
ing up from the cone assembly line.
Opening day now looks closer to
mid-November. The reason: delays get-
ting a water permit from county agencies.


predicts. "It is a unique property. It has
so much potential."
Michael Cannon, a respected real
estate analyst and managing director of
Integra Realty Resources-AREEA/
South Florida, examined Silverman's
project several years ago on behalf of
a client who considered extending a
mortgage. Cannon agrees with D'Amico
that the Vagabond is special and has a
"tremendous history." But he cautions that
the Boulevard's motel row is still in tran-
sition. "It took 25 years for Ocean Drive

Saladino says he finally got the needed per-
mits October 21, but neither he nor Matz,
his landlord, expected such an ordeal.
Saladino's story within the successful
street event represents the promise and
peril of NE Second Avenue and downtown
Miami Shores. The promise: a willing,
organic community, great demographics, a
central location, and plenty of enthusiasm
and good will. The perils: still-unproven
market support, a clattering local economy,
problematic parking, and the eternal issue
of septic tanks and water lines.
Saladino, a Miami Shores resident
who has run nightclubs in South Beach,


to become what it is today," he observes,
adding that it may take another 20 years
before the MiMo District is no longer
considered a risky investment.
For her part, Fran Rollason hopes some-
thing positive will happen with the Vaga-
bond and soon Its current condition, she
says, is "a disaster for the neighborhood."

BT contributor Terence Cantarella con-
tributed to this story.

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still comes down firmly on the side of
promise. "This was obviously a dif-
ferent crowd from South Beach," he
notes. "In South Beach, an event like
this would have bombed. South Beach is
on marketing overload. They are jaded.
People respond to a marketing concept
in Miami Shores. There's real enthusi-
asm here."
If enough people buy a panini, grab
an ice cream, and take a stroll, a thriving
downtown Miami Shores could be more
than a fairy tale.

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Letters
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Memo to Media: Poodles
Also Bite
I read Lisa Hartman's "The Sweetness
of Pit Bulls" and there is at least one
point I disagree with. To the best of my
knowledge, Italy like Holland has also
done away with breed-specific legisla-
tion, which I believe is illegal and reeks
of neo-Nazism.
However, Lisa is correct regarding
media reports. Overzealous reporters
appear to have only one dog breed in
their vocabulary: pit bulls. If a Maltese
poodle bites someone, they will report
it as "another pit bull attack." Some may
call this media hype. I call it BS.
Selwyn Marock
Ontario

High Praise for a Low-Rise
Boulevard
I disagree with my good friend
Frank Rollason over the debate on a 35-
foot height limit for the MiMo Historic
District ("The Beast That Cannot Be


Tamed," September 2009). It should have
come as no surprise that Commissioner
Marc Sarnoff acted on a promise he
made to a number of residents, neigh-
borhoods, and homeowner associations
who endorsed the height limit not just
Morningside activist Elvis Cruz.
Where does the gloom-and-doom
scenario come from? Lincoln Road,
Miracle Mile, and a host of other com-
mercial districts around the nation seem
to do very well without the 53-foot,
81-foot, and upward of 120-foot heights
that had been proposed for Biscayne
Boulevard under Miami 21, our new
zoning code.
Building heights played no part
in the renaissance that took place on
Biscayne Boulevard. It was the establish-
ment of the historic district, championed
by the MiMo Coalition and the city's
historic preservation officer that stimu-
lated the change.
The claims that height limits will
negatively affect existing businesses
make no sense. It is the commercial
property owners who are protesting.
Those same property owners one day
will most likely raise rents so high
that the current businesses will be


forced out in favor of large corporate
concerns, as seen in the Grove and
South Beach.
Commissioner Sarnoff's action
was made to protect homeowners and
residents of the Upper Eastside, and to
fulfill a campaign promise he made to
them when he first ran for office.
Jack Spirk
Shorecrest

MiMo District: Kitsch
Could Be the Key
I want to praise Commissioner Marc
Sarnoff for standing by his campaign
promise on a 35-foot height limit. More
than a year ago, we in Shorecrest gath-
ered over 350 names on a petition that
supported the height limit, and presented
it to the full city commission. I'm grate-
ful that Sarnoff stuck to his guns.
At the same time, and to be fair,
I understand why there is support for
higher building limits in the MiMo area,
as you need great numbers of residents
to support local businesses. We cannot
always count on people coming over
from Miami Beach or other communities
to support a burgeoning MiMo District.


The MiMo Biscayne Association
works very hard to promote the area and
its businesses, and let's not forget that
this area is trying to clean up a darker
period in its history when the Boulevard
was overrun with "street activity."
Real estate investors want the
biggest bang for their bucks, but
maybe looking backward to some-
thing that was unique is the best way
to go forward. Maybe we need to
think about what MiMo could become
if it played up its origins more effec-
tively, flourishing through charming
small hotels, lovely restaurants, and
businesses that will create a draw,
including foot traffic.
People in Miami are fickle. They
are always looking for the next big
thing. A row of wonderful 1950s-style
motels decked out with neon, vibrant
colors, and swimming pools might
bring visitors in droves. If we can work
;., rt. to re-create a marvelous and,
yes, even kitschy gateway to Miami,
the area might be more successful than
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POLICE REPORTS


Biscayne Crime Beat

Compiled by Derek McCann


Beautification Comes with
a Price
500 Block NE 82nd Street
Miami residents live on the Ameri-
can Riviera, a place where aesthetic
wonders rule the day. However, we
attract subversive scum who also ap-
preciate this beauty. This poor chap
planted flowers all along his backyard
and was proud of his accomplishments.
A day or so later all the flowers were
gone, ripped from the ground by some
criminal flower-power reject. There are
no leads, only weeds where once there
had been beauty.

Just Following Police
Orders
100 Block ofNE 49th Street
Police were dispatched to the scene of a
reported burglary. When they arrived,
they saw a man struggling with a win-
dow-unit air conditioner. This happened
before any change in our weather, so the


man's motive was understandable. The
police told him to drop it, and he readily
complied. Thud! He was arrested. The
air conditioner was now broken. But the
owner did get it back.


Jalousies Are Increasingly
Dangerous
700 Block ofNE 75th Street


A man came home to the unfortunate
news that his living room had been
ransacked. Many items were missing
as the criminal seemed to have taken
his time. Apparently the jalousie win-
dows on the door had been removed,
the metal screen behind them pried
open. The burglar then simply reached
in and unlocked the door. Jalousie win-
dows are great for air circulation, but


Boulevard residents must remember
that they're from a different era, a time
when people (if you can believe this)
actually left their doors unlocked.

No Peace for
Crackheads
6500 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
In busy Miami, everyone is entitled to
a little solitude even crackheads, we
imagine. This druggie was looking for
a quiet place to smoke and stumbled
upon a vacant HUD property. An oasis
of tranquility amid the city's hustle
and bustle. So he sauntered onto the
property to take in some good old-
fashioned Miami rock. But police on
routine patrol spotted him and prompt-
ly arrested him. The man admitted to
his need to smoke the crack. Perhaps
in the future he'll see the wisdom
of going to a respectable Boulevard
crack house.
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Crime Beat
Continued from page 32

So This Is How You Start a
Business
100 Block o i:... ,' i,."- Boulevard
Video cameras observed a man leaving
a restaurant with a red tool box and a
book of some sort. The man was an ex-
employee who had worked in the pastry
kitchen. He'd been fired just the night
before. The book he stole was a pastry
cookbook, something exclusive to the
restaurant. When the manager called
him at home, he admitted to taking the
book, and that he was in the process of
making photocopies. At press time, the
book had not been returned. BT readers:
Be on the lookout for new bakeries along
the Boulevard.

Terror by Mail
600 Block ofNE 80th Street
Victim went to hang his clothes in
the back of his apartment, then left
the premises. When he returned, he
discovered that his apartment had
been burglarized and that his clothes


were missing. A week earlier he, he
told police, he'd received a mysterious
letter in the mail, warning him that
he was being watched. There are no
suspects yet.

Maybe He'll Pay for Bail?
401 Biscayne Blvd.
A man enjoyed a nice meal at a popular
Bayside Marketplace eatery. Nothing
wrong with that, except that he walked
away without paying. This is common
in Miami. What is not common is to
walk past the same eatery several hours
later, which is what this mooching fool
did. Restaurant employees spotted him
and pointed him out to police. As he was
being cuffed, the man admitted to eating
the meal, but offered: "Yes I eat, but I
don't pay. I never pay for food." Well, he
won't have to pay for the meals at county
jail either.

Taken for a Ride in the
Worst Way
NE 79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard
Victim was waiting for a bus when a
four-door, dark-colored vehicle pulled up.


He was asked if he wanted a ride, and
he accepted, entering the vehicle, which
did take him to his destination. Unfor-
tunately for this passenger, $135 was
missing from his shirt pocket by the time
he was dropped off. Somehow the driver
managed to take it while he had his other
hand on the steering wheel. The poor
victim didn't even have money to get
back home.

If You Can't Trust Your
Broker, Who Can You
Trust?
2000 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
In the cutthroat world of real estate,
your average broker is looking for an
edge in this downward economy. This
victim went on vacation and left a key
with his broker so she could show the
apartment in his absence. No one else
had a key to the apartment. According
to a neighbor, a suspicious couple, one
of them a broker, entered the apart-
ment one morning without authoriza-
tion. Several items were stolen. No
word yet if the broker's client will be
putting in an offer.


Hanging Out: Miami Style
200 Block ofNE 29th Street
This victim went out of town for a couple
of weeks and was sickened to return to
a burglarized apartment. His gun was
among the items stolen. The perpetrator
had entered the apartment without any
sign of forced entry, and ate his food,
smoked cigarettes, and adjusted the air
conditioner as he looted the residence.
There may be witnesses, but neighbors
have thus far refused to cooperate.

No Interest, Easy Withdrawal
1800 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
In yet another example of Miamians using
special places in their homes as banks, this
man, we gather, laundered nearly $3000
behind his bathroom mirror. One day,
needing to make a withdrawal, he found
that the money was gone. He called police
and admitted he had broken up with his
girl friend that same day, but is not sure
if she took the money! (The police report
also used an exclamation point.) The
money has not been located, and neither
has the former girlfriend.
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A Space of Their Own

MAMMk new show sets its sites on space


By Victor Barrenechea
BT Contributor

One of the most interesting things
about the Miami art scene over
the years has been its penchant
for hosting exhibitions in unorthodox
venues. Dorsch Gallery had its auspi-
cious beginning in a Coral Way apart-
ment. Few will forget the now defunct
Edgewater artist-run art-space the House,
which was in an actual house, as were
the sprawling group shows that artist
Eugenia Vargas periodically hung up, in
her own home. Today you can find art in
warehouses, studios, garages, farmlands
in Homestead, and in unoccupied store-
front real-estate.
"I think a lot of artists today have
this attitude toward the white cube,"
theorizes Miami Art Museum cura-
tor Rene Morales, referring to the four
white walls that make up the traditional
gallery space. "One of the ways to
chip away the dominance of the white
cube is to go back.. .to collapse the
boundaries between the white cube and
domestic, every-day commercial envi-
ronments." It's a progression that has
its roots in the 1960s and 1970s, when
artists began to subvert the relationship
between artworks and the spaces in
which they were shown. In essence, the
art itself challenged the physical institu-
tions it occupied.
This month the Miami Art Museum
is unveiling a new exhibition entitled
"Space as Medium," featuring a dozen
works by local, national, and internation-
al artists, all of whom attempt to explore
the ambivalent and sometimes hostile
- attitude artists developed in the 1960s
toward the traditional gallery space that
continues to this day, and has dictated
much of the course of contemporary art.
It was largely during the 1960s, with
the advent of conceptualism and mini-
malism, that artists began to reject the
idea of the traditional white cube. They
put works on the floor or drove them
through walls, and began to experiment
with the way artworks addressed the
space in which they were shown. In the
art heartland of New York, in order to
accommodate the new realities of the
contemporary aesthetic, art began to
migrate from the predictable gallery
spaces to the warehouse districts. On


one hand, the new
warehouse spaces
largely provided what
the new works called
for, but younger gal-
leries looking to show
contemporary work
also found these more
unorthodox spaces
much more appealing
as well.
The movement
was a precursor to
what happened locally
in the earlier part of
this decade, in places
like Wynwood. Nico-
las Lobo, a local artist
who was involved
in that burgeoning
art scene, is fittingly
represented in this
current show with
Terrazzo Glide Slope,
an eight-foot-long,
sloping, V-shaped
sculpture that sits
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Terrazzo Glide Slope by Nicolas Lobo.


museum. Although it is essentially a
copy of a previous Lobo sculpture that
stretched to 40 feet, the piece charts
the V-shaped route along which aircraft
departing from Miami International Air-
port travel eastward toward the Atlantic.


As such the work is placed ii
lery in physical alignment with t
head air route. "It relates to the
in its orientation, but it also relate
what's happening outside in the
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Another seismic change that origi-
nated in the 1960s was that people began
to refer to art in terms of "works" rather
than objects. Art would no longer be
a mere source of visual pleasure, but
would take on a whole new dynamic.
The emphasis shifted to the process
rather than the product. In "Space as
Medium," English artist Simon Star-
ling's Nachbau highlights this paradigm
shift, as a work in which process plays a
huge, even preeminent, role.
The story behind Nachbau goes
back to the early 20th Century, when
photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch
took archival installation shots of pieces
on display at the Folkwang Museum in
Essen, Germany, where Renger-Patzsch
was the museum's in-house photographer.
Much of the artwork on display then -
including works by Henri Matisse and
- Paul Cezanne was later banned by the
Nazi government; some of it disappeared,
and the museum itself was destroyed in
1944. It was rebuilt after the war, and is
undergoing another renovation.
inder. The Turner-prize winning Starling
"documents" this process of destruction
and rebirth he's painstakingly recre-
ated the displays in these Renger-Patzsch
archival photographs, in some cases
using original works. But other works,
lost to time, have been meticulously
recreated in order for Starling to shoot
exact replicas of the photos. It's these
photos by Starling that will be on display
at MAM, says Morales, "The project is
about repressed history, or history that
gets erased. It's really about the erasure
of memory on multiple levels: historical,
social, and institutional."
German artist Katharina Grosse
plays with space in way that is much
more abrasive. Known for ambitiously
large works that often involve huge piles
of dirt arranged around found objects
and then colored with broad streaks of
rainbow-hued acrylic paint, she inun-
dates the space with a blast of utter mass
and vibrant colors. According to Morales,
the work will be "a dirt installation
toward the back of the gallery to sort of
n the gal- punctuate the show." The installation
he over- can be seen as a critique of the tradi-
gallery tional space, in the way that it overwrites
tes to and overwhelms the institution with its
world,"
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Space
Continued from page 34
sheer size and boldness. In fact the work
seems to exist in spite of the space where
it is presented.
For practical and aesthetic pur-
poses, MAM is removing all of its
carpeting in the exhibition. "I hope
that sense of change will be jolting
enough to make you start thinking of
the space before even encountering the
artwork," says Morales. One such work
that relies on plain, white, uncarpeted
floors is Ryan Gander's Errata tossed
back to the horizon.
While walking through the Tate
Museum in London, Gander noticed a
photographic work by Canadian artist
Tim Lee, in which the horizon line
within the work aligned with the floor
of the Tate when the viewer looked at
it from a certain angle. Gander took
a picture of the work from that angle,
digitally removed the figure in the image,
and blew it up to a size approximating
that of a human body. As a result, there's
a strange visual play between the two
horizons in Gander's photograph, and
the space in which it's being exhibited.


Dirty Yoga, a previous installation by Katharina Grosse, similar to what
will go on view at MAM.


It forces the viewer to observe the work
from different angles and engages them
directly with the space.


By coincidence or not, this show
about the limits of confines and space
comes at a time when the museum itself


is breaking out of its current structure:
There is a proposed remodeling of the
Flagler Street location, and then the
move to the 200,000-square-foot build-
ing, designed by Herzog & de Meuron,
to be built in Bicentennial Park.
And by coincidence or not, di-
rector and architect Terence Riley
recently announced his resignation,
stating, "We are now ready to break
ground on a building that is poised
to be one of the greenest art muse-
ums ever built in the Americas. As
such, this is the right moment for
me to pursue other interests and for
MAM to smoothly transition to a
new leader." The man who came to
build the building is now leaving it to
others to fill the space in tradi-
tional and nontraditional ways.

"Space as Medium" opens November 20
and runs ;i,. ,i, li February 28 at the
Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St.,
Miami. For hours and more information
call 305-375-3000 or visit www.miam-
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ART LISTINGS


WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN DISTRICT
ART+ DESIGN NIGHT
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

101/EXHIBIT
101 NE 40th St, Miami
305-573-2101
www 101exhibit com
Through November 14
Solo show by Jason Shawn Alexander
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

ABBA FINE ART
233 NW 36th St, Miami
305-576-4278
www abbafineart com
Through November 12
"Recent Painting" by Emanuele Cacciatore
November 14 through December 18
"ZING" with various artists
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS
2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-438-0220
www alejandravonhartz net
November 14 through February 6
"Beloved Structure The Argentine Legacy" curated by
Eva Grinsteln with Fabian Burgos, Martin Di Paola,
Marcolina Diplerro, Veronica Di Toro, Luclo Dorr, Silvia
Gurfein, Silvana Lacarra, Adriana Minolitl, Karma
Pelsajovich, Pablo Siquler, and Andres Sobrino
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

ARNO VALERE ART GALLERY BY RICART
3900 NE 1st Ave Miami
305-576-5000
www valerericartgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

ART FUSION
1 NE 40th St, Miami
305-573-5730
www artfusiongallery com
Through December 23
"FUSION VI CREATIVE VIBRATIONS" with various
artists
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

ART GALLERY AT GOVERNMENT CENTER
111 NW 1st St, Suite 625, Miami
305-375-4634
Call gallery for exhibition information

ARTFORMZ
171 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-572-0040
www artformz net
Through November 7
"Carnivale of Souls" with Gisela Savdle and Rai Escale
November 14 through January 5
"Money Makes Art" with Natasha Duwin, Rai Escale,
Donna Haynes, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Rosario
Rivera-Bond, PJ Mills, Ray Paul, Sibel Kocabasl,
Anja Marals, Gulllermo Portleles, Gisela Savdle, and
Henning Haupt
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX
561 NW 32nd St, Miami
305-576-2828
www bacfl org
November 13 through November 20
"Black and White Photography"
with various artists
November 28 through January 1
"North Pole Installations" by Xavier Cortada
Reception November 13, 7 to 10 p.m.
Reception November 28, 7 to 11 p.m.

BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL
180 NE 39th St, #210, Miami
By appointment info@basfisherinvitational com
www basfisherinvitational com
November 12
"Bas Fisher Invitational Portfolio Edition Benefit"
Reception November 12, 7 to 10 p.m.


BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLERY
3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-573-2700
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
Through November 7
"Glass Cities" by Courtney Johnson
November 14 through January 3
"Hope Yes We Can" by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

BUICK BUILDING SPACE
3841 NE 2nd Ave suite 103, Miami
305-316-4669
Through November 15
Solo show by Mila Vidallach

CALDWELL / LINFIELD GALLERY & STUDIO
8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami
305-754-2093
www susannacaldwell com
Through June 30
"Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture" by
Susanna Caldwell

CAROL JAZZAR CONTEMPORARY ART
158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
305-490-6906
www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
Through November 15
"Into the Wild" with Elizabeth Condon, John Defaro, Ai
Kijima, Luls Garcla-Nerey, Lilian Garcla-Rolg, Juanita
Meneses, and Michelle Weinberg

CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION
541 NW 27th St, Miami
305-571-1415
www visual org
Through November 23
"Prophet Without Honor" by Clarence John Laughlin

CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-292-0411
www charest-welnberg com
Through November 21
"Into The Void The Ballad of the Martyr as Told by
Ingres" with Robert Davis and Michael Langlols
Reception November 14, 6 to 9 p.m.

CHELSEA GALLERIA
2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-576-2950
www chelseagalleria com
November 14 through November 28
"Good Things, Small Packages" with various gallery
artists
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

CITY LOFT ART
61 NE 40th St, Miami
305-438-9006
www cityloftart com
Through December 31
"Light and Colors" with Ekaterina More, Elmar Hund,
and Virginia Erdle
Reception November 14, 7 to 10:30 p.m.

CS GALLERY
787 NE 125th St North Miami
305-308-6561
www chirinossanchez com
Through November 27
Solo show by Jorge Chirinos

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

DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY
2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-8110
www castilloart com
Through November 7
"Everyday Travails" by Adler Guerrier


Joan Mir6, Oiseaux, 1968, cast
bronze, 1981, at the Margulies
Collection.

November 14 through December 1
"Everybody Suz-ercisel" by Susan Lee-Chun
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS
2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-1804
www dlfinearts com
Through November 7
"Dewdrop Cloud Machine" by Chris Natrop
Through November 25
"Doping Pulpa" by Clemencla Labin and "Metaforas de
la naturaleza" by Paula Otegui
Through November 28
"Fugitive Dreams" by Cecilia Paredes

DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY
3938 NE 39th St, Miami
305-573-4046
www diasporavibe net
Through December 17
"Native Intelligence" by Aimee Lee

DIMENSIONS VARIABLE
171 NE 38th St, Miami
dv
dimenslonsvarlable net
Call gallery for exhibition information

DINA MITRANI GALLERY
2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-486-7248
www dinamitranlgallery com
November 14 through January 2
"Twilight" by Carlos Injalba
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

DORSCH GALLERY
151 NW 24th St, Miami
305-576-1278
www dorschgallery com
Through November 14
"New Work" by Jenny Brillhart, "Venting" by Richard
Haden, and "Recorded Eyesight" by John Sanchez
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE
51 NW 36th St, Miami
305-573-9994
www dotflftyone com
Call gallery for exhibition information

EDGE ZONES CONTEMPORARY ART
47 NE 25th St, Miami
305-303-8852


www edgezones org
Through November 10
"Sharing the Press Miami" with Astrld Dallns, Regina
Jestrow, Lucinda Linderman, Jose Perez, Hans Rasch,
Brian Reedy, Gregg Rivero, Javier Sasleta, Kar
Snyder, Barry Sparkman, Tom Virgin, and Kim Yantis
November 14 through November 25
Solo show by George Bethea and "Drawing Show" with
Marlov Barrios, Santiago Castillo, Lisette Morel, Vickle
Pierre, Gustavo Roman, Lydia Rublo, Veronica Scharf
Garcla, Jonathan Small, Sara Stltes, and Gretchen
Wagoner
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

ETRA FINE ART
10 NE 40th St, Miami
305-438-4383
www etrafineart com
November 1 through November 30
Alessandro Ciffo and Agostino Rocco
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

FACHE ARTS
750 NE 124th St North Miami #2
305-975-6933
wwwfachearts com
Call gallery for exhibition information

FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY
2247 NW 1st PI Miami
305-448-8976
www snitzer com
November 14 through November 28
"How the Land Lies" by Michael Vasquez
Reception November 14, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

GALLERY DIET
174 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-571-2288
www gallerydlet com
Through November 7
"My faith yes my faith" by Richard Hoglund
November 14 through December 19
"Second Skin" with Brian Burkhardt, Liz Cohen, Charley
Friedman, Jim Gladstone and Richard Hoglund, Peter
LaBler, Julie Lequin, Pla Lindman, Abby Manock,
Daniel Milewskl, Shana Moulton, and Clifford Owens
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

GALLERY I/D
2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-778-4568
Call gallery for exhibition information

GIOVANNI ROSSI FINE ART
2628 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
561-251-1375
www glovannlrossifineart com
November 12 through January 5
"War Beau" by Angelbert Metoyer
Reception November 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE
3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-1645
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
Call gallery for exhibition information

HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY
2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-989-3359
www haroldgolengallery com
Through November 7
"SWEETNESS and LIGHT" with Rick "Dienzo" Blanco
and Valery Milovic
November 14 through December 5
"Mass Apeel" with Luls Diaz
Reception November 14, 7 to 11 p.m.

ICON ART IMAGES GALLERY / STUDIO
147 NW 36th St, Miami
305-576-4266
www cashappeal com
Call gallery for exhibition information


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INTERFLIGHT STUDIO GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St Loft 206, Miami
305-573-1673
www flightstudlogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

KELLEY ROY GALLERY
50 NE 29 St, Miami
305-447-3888
www kelleyroygallery com
November 14 through December 1
"Summer in the City" by Fran Bobadilla
Reception November 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

KEVIN BRUK GALLERY
2249 NW 1st PI Miami
305-576-2000
www kevinbrukgallery com
November 14 through November 28
Solo show by Su-en Wong
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

KUNSTHAUS MIAMI
3312 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-438-1333
www kunsthaus org mx
Through November 29
"Departure and Return" by Luls Kerch

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

LOCUST PROJECTS
155 NE 38th St, Miami
305-576-8570
www locustprojects org
November 14 through December 30
"Decollage" by Francesca DiMattlo
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

LURIE-KAVACHNINA GALLERY
46 NW 36th St, Miami
305-448-3060
www lurle-kavachnina com
November 14 through January 10
"Apothecary Luxe" by Alonso Mateo
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

LYLE O. REITZEL GALLERY
2441 NW2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-1333
www artnet com/reltzel html
November 14 through November 30
Solo show by Luclano Segundo Planes
Reception November 14, 7 to 11 p.m.

MARIO FLORES GALLERY
12502 NE 8th Ave, North Miami
561-201-2053
www marlofloresgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

MIAMI ART SPACE
244 NW 35th St, Miami
305-438-9002
www mlamlartspace 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
Through November 7
Solo show by Cundo Bermudez
Through November 21
Glambologna Exhibit

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ART AND
DESIGN
1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
305-428-5700
www mymlu com
Call gallery for exhibition information


Michael Vasquez, The Lay of the
Land, triptych (detail), acrylic on
canvas, 2009, at Fredric Snitzer
Gallery.

MUSEO VAULT
346 NW 29th St, Miami
305-571-1175
www museovault com
Through November 5
"Dust to Life" by Shle Moreno

OUR HOUSE WEST OF WYNWOOD
3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
305-490-2976, www oh-wow com
Call gallery for exhibition information

PANAMERICAN ART PROJECTS
2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2400
www panamericanart com
Through November 7
Paul Manes and Armando Marino
November 14 through January 2
"Denarrations" with Rodrigo Facundo, Crlstina Lucas,
Aernout Mik, Jorge Perlanes, Tracey Snelling, Vibeke
Tandberg, and Nina Yuen
Reception November 14, 6 to 9 p.m.

PRAXIS INTERNATIONAL ART
2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2900
www praxis-art com
Call gallery for exhibition information

PRESSITON ART GALLERY
4100 N Miaml Ave, Miami
786-925-2930, www pressitonart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

SUMMER GALLERY
82 NE 29 St, Miami
305-441-2005, artnet com/sammergallery html
Through November 30
"Masters on Paper" with Grls, Matta, Lam, Torres-
Garcla, Glelzes, and Dominguez

SETH JASON BEITLEE FINE ARTS
250 NW23 St, #202, Miami
305-438-0218, www sethjason com
November 14 through December 30
"Recent Works" with John Henry and Carl Myers
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

SPINELLO GALLERY
155 NE 38th St, Miami
786-271-4223 www spinellogallery com
November 6 through December 10
"LITTLEST SISTER 09" with Troy Abbott, Zach Balber,

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7 pm "IRAQ: PRESENT AND FUTURE"

Participants: Gema Martin Munoz, Director General of Casa Arabe, Mohamed Al Daradji,
director of the film Ahlaam and Matias Zibell, BBC correspondent in Iraq in 2005.


November 13
7 pm


USA PREMIERE: AHLAAM
Mohamed Al Daradji, (Iraq, 2006, 105'. Fiction)
The film will be followed by a Q&A session with the director.


November 18 TURTLES CAN FLY


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November 25
7 pm


Lakposhtha Parvaz Mikonand.
Bahman Ghobadi, (Iran/Iraq, 2004, 95'. Fiction)


UNDEREXPOSURE
Oday Rasheed, (Iraq/Germany, 2005, 74'. Fiction)


December 2 IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS
7 pm James Longley, (USA, 2006, 94'. Documentary)



December 9 IRAQI SHORT FILMS (DOCUMENTARY)
7 pm From the Independent Film & Television College, Baghdad- IFTCV.
A Candle for the Shabandar Cafe. Emad Ali, (Iraq, 2007, 23'.)
A Stranger in his own country. Hassanain Al Hani, (Iraq, 2007, 10'.)
Leaving. Bahram Al Zuhairi, (Iraq, 2007, 23'.)


December 16
7 pm


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Al Hayat Ma Baada Al Suqut.
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Art Listings
Continued from page 37

Bhakti Baxter, Sandra Bermudez, Blackbooks, Pablo
Cano, Alejandro Contreras, Julie Davidow, Renlel Diaz,
Jose Felix Perez, Pachi Glustinian, Michael Glidden,
Enrlque Gomez De Molina, Felice Grodin, Alex Hera,
Alvaro Ilizarbe, Krls Knight, David Lerol, Nick Lobo, Lee
Materazzl, Franco Mondini Rulz, Victor Muniz, Federico
Nessl, Skot Olsen, Christina Pettersson, Kerry Phillips,
Vickle Pierre, Job Piston, Manny Prleres, Retna,
Santiago Rublno, Samantha Salzinger, Oliver Sanchez,
George Sanchez-Calderon, Tawnle Silva, Jen Stark,
Tatlana Suarez, TM Sisters, Vadis Turner, TYPOE,
Tatlana Vahan, Michelle Welnberg, Agustina Woodgate,
and more
Reception November 6, 7 to 10 p.m.

STASH GALLERY
162 NE 50 Terr, Miami
305-992-7652, www myspace com/stashgallery
Through November 14
Solo show by Sue Zola

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

SWAMPSPACE GALLERY
3821 NE 1st Ct, Miami
swampstyle@gmall com
Call gallery for exhibition information

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI PROJECTS SPACE
2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-284-2542
Call gallery for exhibition information

UNTITLED 2144
2144 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
305-576-2112, www untitled2144 com
Call gallery for exhibition information


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

WOLFGANG ROTH & PARTNERS FINE ART
201 NE 39th St, Miami
305-576-6960
www wrpfineart com
Through November 14
"Women in Photography" with Helmut Newton, Bert
Stern, Nobuyoshl Arakl, and David LaChapelle

YEELEN ART GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
954-235-4758
www yeelenart com
Through November 22
"Kanzo" by Jerome Solmaud

MUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITS

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018N Miam Ave, Mami
305-455-3380
www clfo org
Through November 8
"Shifting Constructs CIFO 2009 Grants and
Commissions Exhibition" with Miguel Amat, Gabriel
Antolinez, Suwon Lee, Juan Carlos Leon, Ricardo
Rendon, Jose Rulz, Dora Longo Bahia, and Oscar
Munoz

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST
ART MUSEUM
11200 SW 8th St, Miami
305-348-0496
http //thefrost flu edu/
Through December 7
"En Vista" with Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gomez
Through January 10


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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons,
Prayer for Obama II, Polaroids,
2008, at the Bernice Steinbaum
Gallery.

"The Missing Peace Artists Consider the Dalai Lama"
with various artists and "I a c u n a in t e s t i m o n y"
by Navjot Altaf

LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
305-284-3535
www lowemuseum org
Through January 24
"Kitchen Dreams" by Ricky Bernsteln and "Tree of
Paradise Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire"

MIAMI ART MUSEUM
101 W FlaglerSt, Miami
305-375-3000
www mlamlartmuseum org
Through January 17
"Guillermo Kuitca Everything, Paintings and Works on
Paper, 1980 -2008" by Guillermo Kuitca
November 20 through February 28
"Space as Medium" with various artists and
"Metamorphosis" by
Carlos Bunga


MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
770 NE 125th St North Miami
305-893-6211
www mocanoml org
Through November 8
"Pivot Points 3" with Magdalena Abakanowicz, Rita
Ackermann, Cory Arcangel, Roni Horn, Hank Willis
Thomas, Uta Barth, Lothar Baumgarten, Dawoud Bey,
COOPER, Gregory Crewdson, Tracey Emin, Anna
Gaskell, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Adler Guerrier, Dan
Flavln, Mark Handforth, Nancy Hayes, Zoe Leonard,
Allan McCollum, Yoko Ono, Catherine Ople, and
Richard Pettibone

THE MARGULIES COLLECTION
591 NW 27th St, Miami
305-576-1051, www margulieswarehouse com
November 18 through April 30
"Masters of Surrealist Sculpture" with Joan Mir6 and
Isamu Noguchl, "100 Years of Photography 1909-2009"
with Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Helen Levitt, Danny
Lyon, Cindy Sherman, Justine Kurland, Alec Soth, Jeff
Brouws, Olafur Eliasson, and Anastasia Khoroshilova,
and "Depression Bread Line" by George Segal

THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION
95 NW 29th St, Miami
305-573-6090
www rubellfamilycollection com
Call for operating hours and exhibit information

WORLD CLASS BOXING
Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-438-9908
www worldclassboxing org/
November 14 through January 29
Sylvie Fleury and Raymond Pettibon
Reception November 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

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Culture Briefs


It's Fun and Free and You
Don't Have To Be a Prodigy
The Adrienne Arsht Center presents
its first Family Fest of the season on No-
vember 7 at 11:30 a.m. Kids will learn
about the arts in an engaging outdoor en-
vironment on the plaza at the Ziff Ballet
Opera House. Hands-on demonstrations,
puppet-making, workshops in dance
and song, and a 2:00 p.m. performance
by the Miami Music Project, playing
favorites by Strauss, Grieg,
and Copland. Arrive before
noon to take advantage of free
parking in lot C, across from
the center. For more informa-
tion call 305-949-6722.

Faster Than a
Speeding Bullet -
Really
The U.S. Air Force
Thunderbirds have not roared
overhead since Hurricane Andrew
demolished the Homestead Air Reserve
Base. But now they're back with their
sensational aerobatics for the free Wings
Over Homestead show on November
7 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the air
base (29050 Coral Sea Blvd.). In addi-
tion to the Thunderbirds, there will be 15
other gravity-defying shows, including
the Navy's F-18 Demo Team and the B-2
Spirit Bomber. Also on display: more
than 30 aircraft, from a DC-3 to a hulk-
ing B-52, plus memorabilia and food
vendors. Consider earplugs. Visit
www.wingsoverhomestead.com or call
305-224-7330.


Best Reason to Pull an
All-Nighter
Miami City Ballet performances, a
pajama run on Ocean Drive, Art Deco
walking tours, comedic performances,
aerial acrobats, an oceanfront breakfast
by Whole Foods, more than 130 events?
Sleepless Night is back on November
7, part of an international movement
that promotes free events. The night
begins at 6:00 p.m. and spans 13 hours
between Ocean Drive and 71st street
in Miami Beach. Free shuttles close
to parking garages will be available to
transport patrons from adventure to
adventure. A full itinerary can be found
at www.sleeplessnight.org.


Our Very Own Intellectual
Stimulus Package
The world may be reeling from
the economic downturn but there's one
thing bibliophiles will always attend:
the Miami Book Fair International,
which runs November 8-15. Readers
from around the region will converge
on Miami-Dade College's downtown
Wolfson campus to see their favorite
authors, like Miami's own Ana Menen-
dez and Mia Leonin, along with other
notables like Al Gore and Joyce Carol
Oats. Admission is $8 and compli-
mentary tickets are required for many
events. For more information call 305-
237-3258. Visit www.miamibookfair.
com for a complete schedule.

Return of the Bad Boy
What better way to spend a Friday
night than with Anthony Bourdain,
bad boy of the culinary world. Bourdain
will be back in Miami November 13,
and this time he's bringing along two of
his best friends, famed chefs Jacques
Pepin and Eric Ripert, among the
best in the biz. As part of the Adrienne
Arsht Center's Celebrity Chef Series,
P6pin and Ripert will battle head-to-
head, live on stage. The twist? Mystery
ingredients. Tickets range from $25 to
$200. The fun begins at 8:00 p.m. Call
305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.
org for more information.


How To Achieve Scholastic
Excellence: Eat, Drink, and
Be Merry!
Doctors Charter School of Miami
Shores will hold its fourth annual "Eve-
ning in the Courtyard" fundraiser on
November 13 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Attendees will enjoy exquisite wines,
delectable hors d'oeuvres, and first-rate
entertainment under the stars. (Age
check: Must be 21.) Tickets are $50 per
person, with proceeds supporting the
successful "A" middle and high school,
which can boast that 100 percent of last
year's graduating class went on to col-
lege. For tickets call 305-762-5175 or visit
www.doctorscharterschool.org.

Go South, Then Go Green
Plastic bags and high-fructose corn
syrup are so last season. Spend a day or
a weekend at the Great Green Family
Festival at Miami-Dade County's Fruit
& Spice Park outside Homestead to learn
more about living a truly green lifestyle.
Organizers promise everything from alter-
native energy and green vehicles and fuels
to medicinal herbs and a local farmers
market. Live music and entertainment for
the whole family. Admission is $8 and kids
under 11 are free. Event dates and hours
are November 14-15, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. For more information call 305-247-
5727 or visit www.fruitandspicepark.com.


A Short Riverwalk for a
Short River
Unlike many cities with rivers
running through them, Miami
doesn't have much of a riverwalk -
at least not yet. But that's not stopping
the folks at Urban Tour Host from
inviting us to their second annual
Downtown Miami Riverwalk
Festival and Boat Parade, Novem-
ber 21. What riverwalk we do have
wraps around the InterContinental Hotel
and One Miami Condo towers, where the
river meets Biscayne Bay and where you'll
see some terrific public art. Best access
is from Bayfront Park, where there will
be entertainers, food tasting, art displays,
and activities for kids all free from
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 305-416-6868.

A Circa 1980 Battery-Operated
Dust Buster? Eureka!
Call it the Mother of All Garage
Sales. On November 21 the City of
North Miami Beach once again gives
you a chance to clear out your garage -
or possibly pick up some absolutely es-
sential doodads. The annual garage sale
takes place at the Mishcon Park parking
lot (16601 NE 15th Ave.) from 8:00 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. To register as a seller call
305-948-2986 or visit city hall at 17011
NE 19th Ave., fourth floor. The city is
offering 100 vendor tables free to early
registrants, but they'll go fast.

Move Over, Snoopy
Before you sit down to turkey dinner
with all the trimmings, kick off the holiday
season with North Miami's 35th annual
International Thanksgiving Day
Parade on (no surprise) Thanksgiving Day,
Thursday, November 26. Don't forget the
lawn chairs and come early to claim the
best seats (in our opinion, the shaded ones).
It has all the fun of the Macy's Thanksgiv-
ing Day Parade but with a homespun flavor
and much better weather. (Snoopy should
consider moving to Miami.) The event
runs along NE 125th Street between 5th
and 12th avenues and begins at 10:00 a.m.
Call 305-895-9840 for details.

Compiled by BT interns Mandy Baca and
Matt Ruckman

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PARK PATROL


Lonely, Lost, and Doomed to Concrete

Miami oldest park deserves better than the future it faces


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
s your park smarter than a fifth
grader? That probably depends upon
which city you call home. When
it comes to Biscayne Park, which is
located in the City of Miami, we may
need to rephrase the question, to lower
our expectations somewhat say, down
to preschool. Even a four-year-old can
draw a square and color it green. Add a
sun and a pretty rainbow and you've got
Miami's oldest and loneliest park.
Not to be confused with the village
of the same name, this Biscayne Park is
stuck between its long past and poten-
tially promising future. Its current read-
ing on the park-odometer: pathetic.
As the oldest park in the City of Miami
proper, and second in age in the county
only to Lummus Park in South Beach, you
would think that Biscayne Park would
be a grande dame. But she doesn't even
qualify as frumpy. She's invisible. She's
the unwanted grandmother who was put
away in a home, locked up, and forgotten.
On the other side of the fence are all her
friends, enjoying the lovely shade in the
historic Miami City Cemetery. Both are
managed by the City of Miami's Parks and
Recreation Department.
From within the cemetery, visitors
have no idea that another park exists
on the other side of the northern fence,
because it looks exactly the same as the
southern view of an empty lot.
Biscayne Park is a large, monoto-
nous rectangle of almost nothing but


Looking east toward Biscayne Bay: The towers could be reflected in the
grass.


grass. Last year concrete benches and
immature oak trees were added along
the fence's perimeter, but these addi-
tions give it about as much character as a
Walmart parking lot.
Parking lots! There are plenty nearby.
Two oversize lots and an open field sit in
between forlorn Biscayne Park and the
nearest main thoroughfare of NE 2nd
Avenue. What would a fifth grader do?
He would connect the dots, blast away
the parking lots, and create one of the
largest green spaces near downtown.
That is my expansive dream for Biscayne
Park. Upgrade the dream by returning
the park to one of its original uses as a


park offered shade to counteract the heat
that will be generated by pouring more
concrete over existing grass. Miami is
paradise paved over. And no, this park
offers no shade whatsoever. None.
The heat wave of October made visit-
ing this Biscayne Park an insult added to
the injury of its dull appearance. Perhaps
I'm missing some depth of meaning
created by grass in a large rectangle sur-
rounded by a white metal fence. Is this
a tribute to uber-minimalism and our
post-apocalyptic future? Toss in a fire
station at one end, dilapidated houses
along one side, the cemetery on the other,
the offices of the civil rights organiza-
tion PULSE at the eastern border, and
Biscayne Park starts to feel edgy.
The edginess (and ugliness) comes
when approaching the park from the
east on 19th Street, after passing the


Students from a nearby charter school get lots of sunshine way too
much sunshine.


nursery, and it could rival nearby Marga-
ret Pace Park as an urban jewel.
So what is the City of Miami planning?
A skateboard park.
In fact the skateboard park is a done
deal for this neighborhood, as the propos-
al period ended October 23 and Miami's
Community Redevelopment Agency has
already set aside $1 million for the project.
The proposal states that the skateboard
portion will consume a maximum of one
and a half acres, or 65,340 square feet,
which equates to roughly one-third of the
current grassy field.
A skateboard park might be a good
idea if: 1) Miami was not already over-
run by concrete, and 2) this particular


beautiful Temple Israel. If approaching
the park from the west, the open space
offer surprisingly interesting vistas
of the high-rises of downtown Miami
and Edgewater. It almost feels as if the
condos should be reflected in the grass.
But Biscayne Park remains invisible
between its strange bedfellows and lack of
access to a major street. The only reason
I found the park at all was a chance visit
to Temple Israel next door. Look over
there! Is there a park on the other side of
that fence? Or is it just another abandoned
condo project? It's a well, it has signs
calling it a park, so it must be.

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The park's main patrons are the middle-
school students of the Aspira Eugenio
Maria De Hostos Youth Leadership Charter
School, located adjacent to the park's
northwestern corner. During the week, they
play volleyball and soccer on the sprawling
fields, unless those fields have sprouted mud
puddles that are clearly visible in the park's
center after a rain storm.
While the students enjoy games, non-
participating (lazy) kids huddle around
the benches in the corner near one of the
few shade trees (technically outside the
park). Before the benches were installed
last year, the kids used to sit in the dirt,
according to their P.E. teacher.
The P.E. teacher said that his stu-
dents don't need a skateboard park, but
they could use courts of the basketball,
tennis, or other variety. They could also
use exercise bars and a basic playground
for their younger siblings.
But alas, the fate of Biscayne
"Skateboard" Park has already been de-
cided. The redevelopment will undoubt-
edly bring new patrons to the park, and


If you didn't see the sign, you'd have to wonder: Public park or failed
condo project?


Temple Israel's Moorish main
sanctuary, built in 1926. Architect
Kenneth Treister later added a
jewel-box of a chapel.

skateboarders may join the area's busy
street traffic. May God grant them the
wisdom to wear helmets.
The most immediate upgrade needed
in Biscayne Park is water fountains. Per-
haps the fire station next door could extend


a hose through the fence and open the
spigot. Some restrooms would be nice, too.
The second-biggest need at the park
is landscaping especially in the cor-
ners, where the look tends toward dirt,
rocks, and litter. It's not a good look.
Perhaps the skateboard park, sched-
uled to open next year, will accomplish
the Herculean feat of integrating this
patch of green into a neighborhood
struggling to define itself.
If you really want to dream about the


park's potential, look at Google Maps
and imagine it as the center of a green-
way stretching west on 18th Street from
Margaret Pace Park to the cemetery and
Biscayne Park, and then south along NE
1st Avenue, where there are numerous
vacant lots.
This being Miami, it will never
happen. But even a fifth-grader has a
right to dream.

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COLUMNISTS: KIDS AND THE CITY


Mixing It Up in Miami

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By Jenni Person
BT Contributor


will never, ever forget the first time
I read to my own child. That simple
act was accompanied by a profound
sense of crossing an important threshold
into parenthood. It was our first night
together, literally just a few hours after
pushing her out into the world. I was in
my postnatal bed with newborn Goldi
on my chest and a copy of the Rosemary
Wells version of Mother Goose.
A lifetime of imagining what it
would mean to be a mommy flashed
through my mind as my voice transmit-
ted the same words spoken by gen-
erations of parents into my own baby's
consciousness at whatever level a
four-hour-old experiences.
We all know how important it is to
read to our kids from the moment they're
born. I assume I'm preaching to the
choir when I underscore that this early
connection to literature feeds all kinds of
intelligence, from verbal skills to critical
thinking. Recent studies have quantified
the tremendous intellectual advantages
bestowed on infants whose parents speak
and read to them frequently. By the time
they enter school, the effects are obvious
and substantial these children are far
better prepared for learning than kids
whose early years were bereft of such
verbal activities.
Reading is important because it
exercises our imaginations. Flexing
that muscle leads to sharpening skills
across all aspects of life, and bolsters
our children's success throughout their
lives. It expands problem-solving skills
- from the basics of decoding and


comprehending to fostering the creativi-
ty it takes to innovate in any field. And it
is essential in learning how to get along
with people in relationships that span the
spectrum from personal to professional.
Reading keeps us busy, informed and
it keeps us company. Thus it's important
to build a lifelong connection to reading.
While we supposedly live in a cul-
ture that values all these things, some-
how we still seem to encounter a lot of
blithering illiteracy and woeful lack of
ability to articulate. Either I'm becoming
less tolerant or this distressing situation
is actually on the rise. Worse, it appears
to be more and more acceptable.
But recently my heart was wrenched
as I witnessed a grown man who was
unable to read. He very cleverly, yet so
sadly, attempted to cover his illiteracy.
All I could think about was how every
day must be so painful for that man. And
how blessed my six-year-older reader
is even given the fact that she still has


some issues with reading confidence.
We really must keep our kids growing as
confident readers, and do our part to sup-
port an overall culture of literacy.
So how do I keep my kids engaged in
reading amid a world of distractions, many
of them digital? For me it's all about tear-
ing the words off the page. I do it through
the dynamic use of my voice, my body,
and sometimes song. In addition, there is
always dialogue with the kid, which can
mean Goldi's or Izzi's running com-
mentary about the book as I read from it,
interspersed with questions from me.
As I read a Noah story recently, I
asked Izzi how he imagined it might feel
to be responsible for as many animals
as Noah was in the Ark compared to
how Izzi has three cats to feed.
If we'd been reading Caps for Sale,
Izzi would be asked what it must feel like
to have that huge stack of caps on his
head, and he'd be chiming in "Ca-aaaps,
caps for sale 'ifty' cents a caaap!" in all


the right places, as well as "tss, tss, tss,"
p just as the monkeys respond to the ped-
i dler. Books that rhyme or use repetition
Share great as they make it really easy for
u kids to join in the "reading" on their own
m level.
Another way to promote literacy and
a deep relationship with books for our
Skids is to provide them with opportuni-
Sties to see books come to life. Children's
theater, like the Playground Theatre
in Miami Shores, which imaginatively
produces children's plays, is a good
example. Another is the terrific program-
ming at Miami Book Fair International's
Children's Alley.
Anyone who has been reading this
column for a while knows that I'm a major
fan of the Miami Book Fair. Every year
I'm completely awed by how extraordinary
it is. That our entire diverse community
comes together in downtown Miami thirst-
ing for literary experience just sends me
soaring to all kinds of heights.
In addition to simply exposing our kids
to a bounty of books and active reading as
we wander through crowds of book enthu-
siasts at the fair, Children's Alley each year
includes stages where storytellers and local
performing artists bring stories to life. It
also doesn't hurt that kids get to cuddle up
and be photographed with some of their
favorite literary characters talk about
tearing stories off the page!
See you there!

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COLUMNISTS: HARPER'S ENVIRONMENT


Transforming Miami in Eight Easy Steps


If Copenhagen can do it, we can do it


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Dear Mayor Diaz: Heading to
Copenhagen this year for the most
important climate change summit
ever? As the former head of the U.S. Con-
ference of Mayors, your participation is
crucial. We Americans are primarily urban
creatures, and our cities are where the
battle over energy use will be won or lost.
Arriving in Denmark, you will see
rows of white windmills on the water
(clean energy, check). Stepping out of
the train station from the airport, you'll
be run over by bicycles (human-powered
transport, check). Bicycles are every-
where. Taxis carry bike racks. Single
women cycle at 3:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. It
doesn't matter in Copenhagen day or
night bicycles rule the road.
Take a look at the construction of
streets there. The bike lane is slightly el-
evated, thereby separating cyclists from
cars and buses. Traffic lights are timed
for cyclists instead of cars. Walking is
encouraged by huge pedestrian-only
zones imagine Lincoln Road times
ten and you start to get the picture.
Could Miami ever be a Copenhagen
or an Amsterdam? All three are flat cities
with large waterfronts, where sustainable,
healthy lifestyles are encouraged. Unless
things change, all of them will be underwa-
ter by the next century, as result of global
warming causing sea levels to rise.
Certainly the American way out of
this crisis will be unique, but we can take
cues from nations with a higher standard
of living than ours, but lower levels of
consumption. My recent excursion to
Copenhagen has inspired me to propose
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the following eight targets for a healthier
Miami within 40 years. By 2050, Miami
can achieve these goals:
1. AN AWARE, EDUCATED
PUBLIC Nothing changes in a
democracy without education.
But schools alone cannot bear this
burden, as Miami attracts immense
numbers of visitors and immigrants
who need constant educating. Do not
let anyone trash our city, and give
multiple opportunities to recycle on
the street. Take actions that send the
right messages to everyone.
2. HEALTHIER LIFESTYLES
People who care for their personal
health are more likely to care about
nature's health, too. Human-powered
transportation (walking, cycling)
promotes health at both levels. Eating
local produce is better for you and for
the earth. Health is a global concept
that we can experience locally.
3. INTEGRATED TRANSPORTA-
TION Human-powered transport
must assume its rightful place in front
of all others. Walkable communi-
ties. Bikeable streets. A user-friendly
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train systems that repurposes existing
tracks. We can do this.
4. GREENER AND BLUER SPACES
The tree-canopy goals and master park
plans are already in place. Do not allow
unbridled development to crush our
plans. With property values dropping,
now is the time to acquire more green-
ways and park space.
5. STREETS OF WHITE GOLD The
idea to paint all roofs and streets white
(or at least light instead of dark) is being
promoted by Steven Chu, the U.S. Energy
Secretary. Blacktop becomes whitetop.
It makes perfect sense in our climate and
can be encouraged with a simple discount
on white paint. And it adds a little more
"magic" to our Magic City.
6. RECYCLED WATER Miami has
decided that we must reuse our
wastewater, and that change should
come quickly. Clean water is always
number-one. Then promote other
reuse strategies. Compost more. Re-
cycle more. Please make it easier for
everyone to recycle. You can start by
placing recycling bins in all city and
county parks.


7. BE PLEASED WITH 80 DEGREES
Come on, folks. We live in a warm,
lovely climate, and we need to embrace it
indoors and out. No school should set its
air conditioning below 78 degrees. Open
windows and turn off the A/C in the
winter. Get more fresh air. Sweat a little.
Wear lighter clothing. Heat is cool.
8. WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY
LEADERSHIP Where is Miami going
to find any sun and wind? Someone is
going to become very rich if they can
discover it. When they figure out how
to harvest clean energy here, they can
teach the entire hurricane-prone world
how to do it. Miami can lead the way.
Northern European cities like Co-
penhagen may have thousands of years of
history, but Miami has something else. It
has the opportunity to stop the madness of
"fast" cities and replace it with the languid,
tropical sway of a palm tree in the breeze.
In other words, Miami cannot become Co-
penhagen or any other city for that matter.
We can and should borrow the best ideas
from the entire world.
Sustainable living shares the
common goal worldwide of living within
the earth's means. But each place must
follow the edict of thinking globally
while acting locally, which will differ
from place to place.
Mayor Diaz, please take our wishes and
ideas along to the international community
meeting in Copenhagen this December.
Even though you'll no longer be mayor, keep
bringing back the best ideas for our city.
We need you. The world needs you. As you
know, Miami's future is the world's future,
and vice versa. Don't let us drown

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COLUMNISTS: PAWSITIVELY PETS


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By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor


We humans always look for
ways to cope with stress or
uncomfortable situations.
We can become passive-aggressive,
combative, excessively verbal, or
completely nonverbal. Many of us have
rituals we perform lighting up a
cigarette and pouring a drink, pretend-
ing to check our text messages when
someone is staring at us, energeti-
cally cleaning our homes. Some of our
stress-coping behaviors may even get
to the point of obsessive compulsive-
ness unless we learn a different way of
dealing with particular situations.
Animals aren't much different. We've
all seen signs indicating that a dog may be
in stress: drooling, heavy panting with-
out exercise or heat, chewing, changed
behavior, hiding and growling to name
a few. But as highly social animals, canines
(wolves and domestic dogs) have developed
elaborate nonverbal methods for calming
themselves and those around them, be they
humans or other dogs.
In fact dogs are excellent communi-
cators and conflict-solvers and avoiders.
When problems arise, they are usually
the result of human interference. Some-
times the problem stems from dogs not
being allowed to socialize enough with
their own species, leading to the dog
losing his canine social language and
being uncomfortable and spastic with
other dogs. Another problem results from
humans not recognizing the subtle sig-
nals dogs are giving them. That can lead
to people ignoring the signals or acting


How To Talk Like a Dog

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mildly aggressive toward
the animal owing to a
lack of understanding.
Here is an example:
You need to take your
obedience-trained dog
to the vet. He watches
you get dressed, put on
lipstick, and grab your
purse and also his
leash. He knows this is
not going to be a walk in
the park because you're
not in your normal
shorts and running shoes.
To him this scenario usu-
ally means something a
bit unpleasant.
You are running late,
and with some tension in
your voice, you call him
to come to you which
is not your usual "Let's
go walkies!" Saturday
voice, either. Your dog
looks away from you.
You think he plainly de-
cided to ignore the com-
mand he knows so well,
so you call him again, more assertively
as the clock is ticking.
This time he sits down and scratches
himself, looks at you and, seeing the
daggers in your eyes, takes a small
step toward you, then finds an imagi-
nary scent on the floor and sniffs at it.
Incensed now at his lack of obedience,
you give a final command: "I said come!
Get over here now!" This time he comes
to you, taking a wide circular route and
sneezing the entire way. He approaches


enraged, having only a bunch of useless
shots of profiles and tongues hanging out
to show for all your work.
All this lip-licking, scratching,
looking away, sneezing, and other easily
misread behaviors is part of a complex
canine language. These behaviors are
known as "calming signals," a term
coined by Turid Rugaas, a Norwegian
dog trainer and behavior specialist. They
are a dog's way of not only coping with
stress and calming himself, but calming
those around him.
You've probably seen a dog at a bark
park who somehow seems to get along
with the neighborhood bully dog. He
knows just what to do and how to act
to calm the more aggressive dog. For
example, the bully dog approaches the
park and immediately sees a large dog
he would like to deal with right away
(possibly his own way to cope with what
he fears).
He doesn't know that cool-headed
"Jackson" has wonderful dog signals and
knows how to calm down the big guy.
Jackson sees the rogue dog approaching
him straight on, and with a nonstop stare.
Jackson looks away to calm him and let
him know he is no fighter. Now the bully
(usually just a dog with less social grace)
jumps in Jackson's face, but Jackson
doesn't make eye contact and sniffs the
ground. Maybe he yawns, another signal
that he is no threat. Maybe Jackson
freezes and doesn't move at all. Eventu-
ally the bully dog either befriends him
or just moves on. I have seen this happen
many, many times. One of my own dogs
is quite good at it, when dealing with
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finally go.
Here is another example: You want
to take your dog's photograph for your
annual holiday card. The second you're
ready to snap the picture, your dog turns
his head. You try again, coaxing him
to look at the ominous device pointing
straight at him. He turns his head again.
And again. Now you try harder. You talk
faster and louder, telling him: "Watch
me, watch me!" He finally does, but
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"growly" dogs and when assisting me
with their lessons.
The fascinating thing about this
secret language of dogs is that we
humans can use many of their signals
to calm the dogs in our life. Say, for
example, your dog is afraid of loud noise.
Next time that annoying Harley-David-
son roars by, you could yawn repeatedly
without eye contact to convey calmness.


Or when faced with a dog who is not
confident around people (and perhaps
is acting aggressively toward you), you
can avert your gaze or blink repeatedly,
letting him see that you are not focused
on him and therefore not a threat. You
can also turn sideways rather than facing
him head on.
Looking to adopt a dog from a shel-
ter? Try some calming signals yourself.
While other people are in front of the
cages, looming over the dogs, point-
ing and yelling at them to "Sit!" you


should crouch down i si yourself),
face turned to the side, and remain quiet.
Avert your gaze. Yawn. Breathe slowly
and deeply. Smile. Say hello to them in
a soft, friendly manner. Keep looking
away from them. Then just see who gets
a better response from the dogs!
It is amazing how much we can "see"
when we open our eyes to new ways of
looking. One of my favorite quotes from
Turid Rugaas is this: "When dealing
with dogs, we always have a choice of
how to behave: We can be calm, friendly,


reassuring, or we can be threatening. But
why would we ever want to be threaten-
ing to a dog? For me, the choice is easy."
My sentiments exactly!

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Miami's Chainsaw Massacre
- There is a right way and a very, very wrong way to prune your tree -


By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

R recently I had to clean up the
debris from a large branch that
ad fallen out of a Royal Poin-
ciana. From afar it seemed to be a very
healthy tree; it had a nice straight trunk
and a symmetrical canopy. However, a
closer look revealed structural prob-
lems. It was at least 20 years old and had
never been properly pruned. That meant
branches were growing in all directions,
including inward, and it had "bunches"
of smaller branches growing from the
same points.
Royal Poinciana is notorious for this
kind of growth, especially when branches
have been broken off in a storm or pruned
improperly. Many new branches will grow
out below an old limb cut or break. Poor
connections develop between these new
branches and the old ones.
This tree definitely went through sev-
eral hurricanes that caused some damage.
The unchecked new growth was similar
to what happens when a tree's branches
are cut down to stubs. This is commonly
known as "topping" or "hat-racking."
Topping may be one of the worst
pruning practices that can be inflicted
upon a tree. However, many of us in
the past, myself included, cut trees
in this manner as it was the accepted
wisdom. We have since learned
through experience and a lot of sci-
entific evidence that this method is
simply not acceptable. Now it is also
illegal in many municipalities, includ-
ing the City of Miami.
The most common rationale for
topping is to reduce the size of a tree.


Homeowners often
feel their trees have
become too large, and
they fear they'll pose
a hazard, particularly
during a hurricane.
Topping, however,
does not reduce the
hazard. In fact, top-
ping will not only
make a tree more
hazardous in the long
term, it will cause
very rapid new growth,
quickly returning the
tree to its previous
overgrown state.
Topping removes
50 to 100 percent
of a tree's foliage.
Because a tree's
leaves manufacture


A recently "topped" Royal Poinciana: Not just ugly,
but showing many potential structural problems.


the food it needs to
live, removing them can often lead to
unforeseen problems, such as insect or
mite infestations. The severity of the
pruning also triggers a sort of survival
mechanism. Since the tree needs to
put out a new crop of leaves as fast as
possible, dormant buds on the branches
burst to life, growing in multiple shoots
below each cut.
The survival mechanism that causes
a tree to produce multiple shoots comes
at great expense. Unlike normal branch-
es that develop within a socket of over-
lapping wood tissues, these new shoots
are anchored only on the outermost
layers of the branches that have been cut.
They grow quickly too quickly.
Unfortunately, these shoots are prone
to breaking when the foliage gets too


heavy, and especially during windy con-
ditions. The irony is that while the goal
was to reduce the tree's height to make it
safer, it has been made more dangerous
because of the poor connections between
the new branches and the old wood. Top-
ping creates hazards!
The preferred location to make a
pruning cut is just beyond the branch
"collar" (swollen area), at the point of
branch attachment. The tree is bio-
logically equipped to close this wound,
provided the tree is healthy enough and
the wound is not too large. The exposed,
recently cut wood tissue will begin to
decay. Normally a tree will "wall off," or
compartmentalize, this decaying area.
But few trees can defend the multiple
severe wounds caused by topping.


An acquaintance approached me
. recently because he heard I was an ar-
Sborist. He asked me why the large tree in
Shis front yard that needed some mainte-
B nance had received two bids with almost
S a $2000 disparity between them. Why
Were the bids so different?
I asked him if the tree was valuable
to him. Would he get the same price if
he sold his house and property with or
without the tree? He said that one of the
reasons he bought the house was because
of the tree. I then asked him if the two
bids had come from certified arborists.
Apparently only the high bid was from a
certified arborist.
I explained that the tree was an
investment, and that if he wanted it to
be as healthy as possible for as long as
possible, he would need to get the proper
care for it. A bona fide arborist needs
continuing education credits to maintain
his or her arborist certification. Obvi-
ously some arborists are better than
others, depending on their education,
experience, and talent. But all certified
arborists will provide better and more
knowledgeable service than tree-trim-
mers who have no rigorous training. Be
sure to check credentials before you
contract for work.
Periodic pruning isn't done just to make
a tree look good. It should also attempt to
reduce the risk of structural failure.

.i. \I,,,. ,,ii.-,' is an ISA-certifiedmunic-
ipal arborist, director of horticulture at
Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
Designs of Florida. Contact him atjeff@
tropicaldesigns. com.

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RESTAURANT LISTINGS


The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 205.


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
$$= $20
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$$$$= $40
$$$$$= $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 (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado), adds
Latin sabor (Jalapeno, cilantro), wraps it in a flour tortilla,
and garnishes it with heat (spicy snow crab mix)? Miami
hasn't tended to initiate too many food "firsts," but this
Japanese/Pan-Latin fusion place is surely one 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,
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, a tender pork shank glazed with
spicy Szechuan citrus sauce, or lunchtime's rare tuna
burger with lively wasabi aioli and wakame salad For des-
sert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled
with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard $$$$$

Andi
141 SW 7th St.
786-871-7005
www.andurestaurant.com
This space's futuristic fairyland decor, highlighted by
hanging glass pendants, makes it popular as a stylish
hangout as much as a restaurant -- and loungers are
rewarded with a bar menu ranging from the traditional
(zataar-spiked hummus) to the trendy (artichoke puree
with feta), calamari with Meyer lemon brown butter is


especially recommended Tip While entrees and sides on
the changing main menu are also mostly Mediterranean,
some of the kitchen's best shots stretch the concept
considerably So don't miss the fries with chipotle/Key
lime aioli $$$

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
305-524-5234
www.area31restaurant.com
Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant
(named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas
to South America) isn't a glamorous dining setting But
we'd eat outside From the expansive terrace of the
Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of
Brickell s high-rises actually make Miami look like a real
city Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the
most impressive The food is impeccably fresh regional
fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style
The cocktails are genuinely creative Luckily you don't
have to choose one or the other $$$-$$$$

Azul
500 Brickell Key Dr.
305-913-8254
Floor-to-ceiling 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 imag-
inative global creations many of them combinations,
to satisfy those who want it all One offering, "A Study
in Tuna," Includes tuna sashimi, Maine crab, avocado
tempura, and caviar, with several Asian sauces Moroccan
lamb is three preparations (grilled chop, harlssa-man-
nated loin, and bastilla, the famed savory-sweet Middle
Eastern pastry, stuffed with braised shank $$$$$

Balans
901S. Miami Ave.
(Mary Brickell Village)
305-534-9191
www.balans.co.uk
Open until 4 00 a m on weekends, this London import
(Miami's second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than
its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the
same simple yet sophisticated global menu The indoor
space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friend-
ly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which
comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side
salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly
solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miami's
more relaxing experiences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave.
305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, downtown
has secretstashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe
has survived and thrived for good reason The homey cook-
ing is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new Novices will want
Indonesia's signature rjsttafel, a mix-and-match collection
of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice Note
bring cash No plastic accepted here $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave.
305-503-6500
On the Conrad's 25th floor, The Bar's picture-windowed
space is notjust a watering hole with panoramic views At


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BRICKELL / DOWNTOWN

Prelude
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
305-949-6722
Though the opening of Barton G s elegant performing
arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the food's
actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot
The concept is prx fixe Any three courses on the menu
(meaning three entrees if you want) for $39 Highlights
include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder,
beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mus-
tard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces, and over-the-top
playhouse desserts, one with a luscious creme fraiche ice
cream pop $$$$

Solymar
315 S. Biscayne Blvd.
305-371-3421
Housed in the stunning space with great water views
originally occupied by Prime Blue Grille, Solymar simi-
larly pursues the power lunch crowd with steaks and
seafood, but with a stronger Latin accent There's more
emphasis on snacks, too, making happy hour a great
time to sample $2 50 tapas like conch fritters with spicy
Argentine pink sauce and palmito salad, sparkling-fresh
Amarillo chill-spiked Peruvian shrimp ceviche, or fes-
tive fish/lump crab sliders, along with half-off drinks
$$$-$$$$

Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St.
305-373-3303
www.tremiami.com
"Bistro" actually sounds too Old World for this cool
hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La
Loggia, but "restolounge" sounds too glitzy Think of it
as a neighborhood "bistrolounge" The food is mostly
modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents a
prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese,
gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calama-
ta olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce
But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawtfor
Grandpa Vinnie too $$-$$$



lunch its an elegant sandwich bar, at night it's a raw bar
(with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar
serving pintxos That's just the Basque word for tapas, but
here there's nothing mere about the generously portioned
small plates They range from traditional items like cod
fish equixada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes
to inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-
stuffed empanadas $$$

Caf6 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


Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct.
786-871-7660
www.waxys.com
While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for "fun") Irish
pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxs, the
location is far superior -- on the Miami River, with waterfront
deck And none of Miami's Irish eateries offers as much
authentic traditional fare Especially evocative imported
oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread,
puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls, lunchtmes imported
Irish bacon or banger butty" sandwiches on crusty baguettes,
served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped
in Waxyscurrysauce $$

Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave.
305-371-9993
www.woktown.com
Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist decor (with
communal seating), and predominance of American veggies
on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by Shai
Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) may initially
seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables Wrong
Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garlic-
coated edamame), salads, and have-it-your-waystr-fries, fried
rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor The proof a
startlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/ginger/scal-
lion dressing Bubble tea, tool $$




MIDTOWN I WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICT

Maitardi
163 NE 39th St.
305-572-1400
maitardimiami.com
Though we admired the ambitious approach of Oak Plaza's
original tenant, Brosia, this more informal, inexpensive,
and straightforwardly Italian concept of veteran Lincoln
Road restaurateur Graziano Sbroggio seems a more uni-
versal lure for the Design Districts central "town square
The mostly outdoor space remains unaltered save a wood-
burning oven producing flavorfully char-bubbled pizza
creations, plus a vintage meat slicer dispensing wild boar
salamino, bresaola (cured beef), and other artisan salumi
Other irresistibles fried artichokes with lemony aoli, sea-
food lasagna with heavenly dill-lobster sauce $$-$$$



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 For the
health-conscious, the menu includes low-cal choices
For hedonists there's a big selection of artisan sakes
$$$-$$$$$

Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254
Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been
serving her traditional homemade island specialties to

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DINING GUIDE


Red, White, and You

SAgreeable winefor $12 or less


By Bill Citara
BT Contributor
Everyone likes to say there's
much we should be thank-
ful for this time of year but,
frankly, it's a lot more fun to tell other
people what they should be thank-
ful for. People like David Letterman,
who should be thankful his wife isn't
Lorena Bobbit.
Jon and Kate Gosselin should be
thankful anyone gives a damn.
The Miami Dolphins should be thank-
ful they had another Chad hanging around.
Republicans should be thankful
Democrats have no spine.
Democrats should be thankful Re-
publicans have no clue.
In truth, we all should be thankful
things aren't even worse. You know they
could be.
And I'm thankful I don't have to
try to match a bunch of wines with the
traditional Thanksgiving dinner more
than once a year.
That, not to put too fine a point
on it, is a bitch. Try finding one wine
that goes well with turkey (white meat
and dark), stuffing (which usually has
sausage and/or some type of fruit),
gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes,
cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie it's
enough to give even the most dedicated
cork dork a mental hernia.
So this year I thought: Let's try to
drink outside the box. Weeding through

Restaurant Listings
Continued from page 47

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 $
Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave.
305-403-3103, www.doloreslolita.com
From the stylish setting in Miami's historic Firehouse No
4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees,
which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed
pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost
either $18 or $23 And the price 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 The best
seats are on the glam rooftop patio $$$
Ecco Pizzateca & Lounge
168 SE 1st St.
305-960-1900, www.eccomiami.com
Masterminded by Aramis Lone (of PS14) and partner
Brian Basti, this hip hangout was designed to entice


all the usual vinous sus-
pects Cabernet, Merlot,
Chardonnay, Sauvignon
Blanc in search of those
with the elusively right
balance to pair with every-
thing on the Thanksgiving
Day table requires more
time and money than we
have here. (Pinot Noir is
the one exception because
it's incredibly versatile and
- dammit! it's Pinot
Noir.) If we look at other
varietals, however, we just
might find better wines for
less money that go better
with our annual turkey day O
pig-out.
Thankfully, we did.
First the whites. We
looked for white wines that
were fruit-forward, even
with a bit of residual sugar,
to pair more gracefully
with the sweet components
of the typical Thanksgiv- II1
ing spread. (Drinking a dry
wine with even a modestly
sweet dish can make the
wine taste bitter.)
How can you not
love a wine that calls itself
Goats Do Roam? This
South African product
takes after its humorous namesake

downtown workers to linger after office hours And even
without the expansive, casual-chic space as bait, interna-
tionally award-winning Italian pizza chef Massimo Fablo
Bruni's exquisitely airy, burn-blistered pies, made from
homemade dough, could do the trick The rest of the
organically oriented menu may also great, but with pizzas
like the cream/mushroom-topped Blanca beckoning, we'll
never know $-$$$
Eos
485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel)
305-503-0373
Unlike their Michelin-starred New Adriatic restaurant
Anthos, in Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael
Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia has influences
ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean
region, and even Latin America Unchanged is Psilakls'
solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that
makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste acces-
sible So skip the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly cus-
tardy egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin risotto, or
any raw seafood item, especially the unique marlin with
pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck $$$-$$$$
Fratelli Milano
213 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-2300
Downtown isn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but it's expe-
riencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night That
includes this family-owned rlstorante, where even new-
comers feel at home At lunch it's almost impossible to


(think C6tes du Rh6ne)
by blending three of that
region's iconic grapes:
Viognier, Grenache Blanc,
and Roussanne. The 2009
vintage is great stuff -
fragrant and full-bodied,
tasting of ripe peaches and
tropical fruit, floral but
not sweet, with a tangy
lemon-lime backbone. It's
also a killer value at $7.99.
Climbing the sweet-
floral ladder, we come
to the 2007 Domaine
Toussaint Vouvray.
It's 100-percent Chenin
Blanc in the classic floral,
honeysuckle, ripe apricot
Vouvray style, with a lush,
almost creamy texture and
a sweet lemonade finish.
Up a notch from there is
the 2007 Jekel Monterey
Riesling, an excellent
choice for those who
really don't like dry wines
but with enough spicy
acidity to balance its plush
honey, peach, and mango
flavors.
Of course we must
have a Pinot Noir, and for
that and affordable wines
in general, it's tough to
beat the Blackstone line. This Monterey

resist paninl, served on foccacla or crunchy clabatta,
even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and com-
plementary flavors During weekday dinners, try generous
plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus, home-
made pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio, or
delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula $$-$$$
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 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 dining
deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the
retail fish market Best preparations are the simplest
When stone crabs are in season, Garcla's claws are as


winery's 2007 California Pinot delivers
a lot of varietal character for its $9.99
price tag, with aromas of tart cherries
and strawberries, toast, and black olives
that carry through to the palate.
With its crisp, candy-ish raspberry
flavors, mineral-spice undertones, and
bracing acidity, the 2007 Georges Du-
boeuf Beaujolais-Villages gives plenty
of French love to an American celebra-
tion. The 2005 Santa Cristina Sangio-
vese offers a very different flavor profile
- blackberries, earth, and caramel in
the nose; blue and blackberries, miner-
als, and sweet spices on the palate.
It's enough to make a guy feel
downright thankful.

The Goats Do Roam, Vouvray,
and Pinot Noir are available
at North Miami's Total Wine &
More (14750 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-354-3270) for $7.99, $11.99
and $9.99, respectively. The
North Miami Beach ABC Fine
Wine & Spirits (16355 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-944-6525) carries the
Riesling ($10.99) and Beaujolais
($8.49), while the Sangiovese
can be found for $9.49 at the
Biscayne Commons Publix and
other Publix stores with decent
wine selections (14641 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-354-2171).

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good as Joe's but considerably cheaper The local fish
sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper,
or mahi mahi $-$$
Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza
305-455-4757
www.grimpa.com
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly
contemporary but no worries The classic sword-wielding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish
And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the
traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared
foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses A pleasant, nontra-
ditional surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion
fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney,
along with the ubiquitous chimichurrl $$$$-$$$$$
II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd.
305-373-0063
www.ilgabbianomiami.com
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this
ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace)
the perfect power lunch/business dinner alternative
to steakhouses And the culinary experience goes way
beyond the typical meat market, thanks in part to the
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flood of freebies that's a trademark of Manhattan's II
Mulino, originally run by II Gabblano's owners The rest
of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth And the
champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black
truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$

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 draw every-
one from downtown 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 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 Italian restaurant
was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown
With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti
in sage butter sauce and cilantro-spiced white bean/
vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, 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
$$$


La Moon
144 SW 8th St.
305-860-6209
At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like
a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a trucker's burger
beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and
a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake bun While this
tiny place's late hours (till 6 00 a m Friday and Saturday)
are surprising, the daytime menu is more so In addition
to Colombian classics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled
fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other
yuppie favorites $-$$

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr.
305-372-2333
www.leboudoirmiami.com
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously,
with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/
pate, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and
complete American breakfasts At lunch, generously
salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresistible But
sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the
choice tough And do not skip dessert Superb sweets
include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy
lemon tarts, traditional Madelelnes, airy layered mousses,
and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with daily-
changing fillings $-$$


MIA at Biscayne
20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-642-0032
www.miaatbiscayne.com
At this expansive, ultra-glam restolounge, the eclectic,
mostly small-plate menu ranges from the expected
(grilled skirt steak with chimichurr, new-style ceviches,
and luxe sushi rolls) to a small but tantalizing selection
of chef Gerdy Rodriguez's signature creations Lunch fare
includes modernized Minuta" fish sandwiches (avocado/
habanero vinaigrette-dressed hamachi on non Kaiser
rolls), while dinner offers edgier inventions like confit
pork belly with a panko-crusted egg yolk capsula, the yolk
nitrogen-frozen before frying to achieve a crisp crust and
delightfully improbable oozing interior $$$


Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.
305-938-9000
www.mannyssteakhouse.com
Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse
retains basically everything but the famed name (from
the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains
Miami's most intentionally masculine steakhouse
Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything
is humongous dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the
Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in
rlbeye, described as part meat, part weapon"), king crab
legs that dwarf the plate, cocktail shrimp that could swal-
low the Loch Ness monster whole, two-fisted cocktails
that would fell a T-Rex Not for the frail $$$$$

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 eaters 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
the entree salads $$-$$$

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 menus vary significantly according to regional
tastes and fish Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supple-
ments signature starters like lump crab cakes with his
own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche
The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection
includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pompa-
no, 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 Lincoln Road was instantly
popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food
is served at several newer outlets The prices are low
enough that you might suspect Pasha's was a tax write-off
rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it
was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes Dishes
range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like
muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh
yogurt cheese 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 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 gentrlfled amenities At lunch chicken salad is a
favorite, dinner's strong suit is the pasta list, ranging
from Grandma Jennie's old-fashioned lasagna to chichi
flocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola And
Sunday's $15 95 brunch buffet ($9 95 for kids) fea-
turing an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and
bagels, salads, and more remains one of our town's
most civilized all-you-can-eat deals $$

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Provence Grill
1001 S. Miami Ave.
305-373-1940
The cozy dining room (and even more charming outdoor
terrace) evoke the south of France But the menu of
French bistro classics covers all regions country-style
pate mason with onion jam, roasted peppers, and
cornichons, steak/frites (grilled rib-eye with peppercorn
cream sauce, fries, and salad), and four preparations of
mussels Deal alert An early-bird prlx-fixe menu (5 30-
7 30 p m) offers soup or salad, entree, dessert, and a
carafe of wine for $44 per couple $$$-$$$$

Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661
www.puntinodowntown.com
The first U S venture of a hotelier from Naples, this
stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for
dinner as well as lunch Ambiance is fashionably cool
Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan The
food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional
But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple an
antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and
housemade marinated veggies, crisp-fried calamari and
shrimp, airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of
melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil $$-$$$

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave.
305-530-1915
www.therivermiami.com
This casually cool 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 find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves
silly on the unusually large selection, especially since
oysters are served both raw and cooked fire-roasted
with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego There's also
a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on
tap $$$

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave.
786-425-1001
www.rosamexicano.com
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-habane-
ro-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature guacamole
en molcajete, made tableside A few pomegranate mar-
garitas 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


its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food
(Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is
dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisti-
cated Italian entrees There are salads and sandwiches,
too The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-
air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to
accompany local musicians and artists $-$$

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 There's also surprisingly elegant fare, though,
like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli A meat-
smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$

Urbanite Bistro
62 NE 14th St., 305-374-0662
www.urbanitebistro.com
Ambitious but neither pretentious nor pricey, this multi-
room, indoor/outdoor bistro is just the sort of friendly
hangout the neighborhood needs Chef Frank Imbarlina's
menu features hip contemporary fare like natural boar
chops with a savory-sweet soy/chopped pecan crust Fish
fans and vegetarians will find equally enjoyable large and
small plates potato-wrapped local pompano, beautifully
seasoned veg siu mai, shrimp corndogs with mustard and
mango dips Other pluses include an imaginative late-
night menu and free valet parking $$-$$$


Midtown / Wynwood / Design District

Adelita's Caf6
2699 Biscayne Blvd.
305-576-1262
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside
its bigger, better, and busier than it looks Unlike many
Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the
source and proves a crowd-pleaser On weekends espe-
cially, the 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 $

Bay View Grille
1633 N. Bayshore Dr. (Marriott Hotel)
305-536-6414
This expansive restaurant has no outdoor component, but
floor-to-ceiling windows and a multi-level layout means
every table has a Biscayne Bay view, which we find par-
ticularly enjoyable in the morning, over a fresh asparagus
and Boursin cheese omelet or huevos a la cubana (fried
eggs and cheese on black beans) Lunch and dinner
menus are a greatest hits" mix (steaks, pasta, Caesar
salad), featuring appealing local accents like a hefty fried
or blackened grouper sandwich on clabatta roll, with
remoulade sauce $$-$$$

Bengal
2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy


banquettes And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine"
to match the look Classicists, however, needn't worry
America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here,
though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and
presented with modern flair All meats are certified halal,
Islam's version of kosher which doesn't mean that
observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can
$$$

Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a stylish mix of
contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables
made from wine barrels) Cuisine is similarly geared to
the area's smart new residents creative sandwiches
and salads at lunch, tapas and larger internationally
themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at
night Though the place is small and family-run friendly,
chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the
figciutto arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions,
pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto Free parking behind
the building $$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave.
305-456-5909
If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves
supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking
distance of every Miami resident, we'd be a helluva hip
food town Like true Parisian bistros, it's open continu-
ously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in
anytime for authentic rlllettes (a rustic pate) with a crusty
baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop rata-
touille, or many changing blackboard specials Portions
are plentiful So is free parking $$

Captain Joe Seafood & Pasta Grill
3401 N. Miami Ave.
(Shops at Midtown)
305-573-6111
This Shops at Midtown eatery begins at 8 00 a m with
with eggs, pancakes, French toast, and bagels After
that its a seafood-oriented menu of fast-casual food
Best values are combo platters such as shrimp and a
grilled kebab, a hefty fried or grilled fish sandwich, or
a Caribbean paella The last is more like a pilaf than
Spain's saffron-rich creation, but is packed with enough
mussels, fish, calamari, chicken, and small shrimp to feed
two $

Clive's Caf6
2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277
Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American
breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall
has served for more than 30 years Since about 1990,
though, when owner Pearline Murray ("Ms Pearl" to regu-
lars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native
Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk
chicken has been the main item here Other favorites
savory rice and pigeon peas, eye-opening onion/vinegar-
flavored escovitch fish, sweet plantains, and cabbage that
redefines the vegetable $

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd.
305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is
familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and
pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept


differentiates the place Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne
Times, giving diners something to chat about Sandwiches
and salads can also 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 nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family The food is as tasty as ever, especially
the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who
like their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter
As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion
cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle
dishes tallerin saltado and tallerin verde $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St.
305-381-8006
www.18thstreetcafe.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 expansive This pioneer-
ing 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 Other culinary
highlights include a turkey/pear/cheddar melt sandwich,
and really sinful marshmallow-topped brownies $

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
3401 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
305-571-8345
www.fiveguys.com
No green-leaf faux health food here You get what the
name says, period, with three adds kosher dogs, veg-
gie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they're well-done
but spurtinglyjuicy, and after loading with your choice of
free garnishes, even a little" burger makes a major meal
Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut
in-house from sourced potatoes $

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 Lincoln
Road (1992-97), another joint that was exactly what its
neighborhood needed The restaurants artisan salumi,
cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils, and more are so
outstanding that you can't help wishing it also had a retail
component 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
Chef Michael Jacobs's menu travels beyond pan-Asian
and Mediterranean influences into the Americas Entrees
range from comfort food (cunningly reinvented mini pot
pies) to high-status extravagance (stone-seared, authentic

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Kobe steak) For healthy grazers, raw-bar selections
include ceviches and a large seafood platter There's also
a snack menu (pristine coldwater oysters, a crab salad
timbale, parmesan-truffle shoestring fries, mini-Kobe
burgers) served till the wee hours, providing a welcome
alternative to the Boulevard's fast food chains $$-$$$$$

The Girrrlz of Sandwich
555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo)
305-374-4305
Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups,
sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette
sandwiches (like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed
with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed cafe,
hidden on the Venetia condo's mezzanine Owners Ana
Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the
freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crust-
ed empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are
all baked in-house On Saturdays the grrrls II even deliver
you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed $

Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave.
305-438-0488
The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Cafe District,
this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually
cool as one would hope and as affordable There's
a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and
respectable vino for under $30 And few can resist
delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative
Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara Pastas are
fresh, produce is largely local, the mosaic-centered decor
is minimalist but inviting And no need to be wary of the
warehouse district at night Valet parking is free $$-$$$

Kafa Cafe
3535 NE 2nd Ave.
305-438-0114, www.kafamidtown.com
Operated by a brother/sister team (both originally from
Ethiopia), nothing on the breakfast and lunch menus tops


$8, and portions feed an army (or several starving art-
ists) Signature item is the formidable Kafa Potato Platter
- home fries mixed with bacon, ham, peppers, onion,
and cheese, accompanied by eggs, fresh fruit, and bread
Lunch's burgers, salads, and overstuffed sandwiches
come with homemade soup or other sides, plus fruit
Dinner features an authentic Ethiopian menu, plus beer
and wine selections $-$$

Latin Caf6 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 Whatjustifles the
new millennium moniker is the more modern, yupplfled/
yucafled ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic
wooden deck $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
305-571-5080
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/
salads/starters primer What it doesn't convey is the
freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes
into their use Entree-size salads range from an elegant
spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky
homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens
Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninls, or
wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respect-
able Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-
tasting light salad cream $-$$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
3201 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
305-576-5463
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an
instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout
as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food The concept
is "fast casual" rather than fast food meaning nice
enough for a night out It also means ingredients are


always fresh Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the
menu gets, but the mahl mahl for fish tacos comes from
a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily Niceties
include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers $

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 pepita-crusted 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
2201 Biscayne Blvd.
305-571-9044
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the fea-
tures you expect, including all-you-can-eat meats carved
tableside and a lavish buffet What sets Maino apart from
typical rodlzlo palaces is its family-run feel, intimate rather
than intimidating, plus its attention to every detail While
its rare at most rodlzlojoints to get meat done less than
medium, Maino will cook to order One other welcome
difference There are a la carte starters and pastas for
lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some lunch spe-
cials 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
An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented res-
taurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth


fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor
setting Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but
dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with
whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to
simple comfort food deviled eggs, homemade potato chips
with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken
There's also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to
encourage frequent visits Michael's Genuine also features
an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar $$-$$$$

Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor
305-374-5731, www.mikesvenetia.com
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the
Venetia condo, 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 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 A limited late-night menu provides pizza,
wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m $-$$

Orange Caf6 + Art
2 NE 40th St.
305-571-4070
The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed 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
chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach,
and basil on a crusty baguette Other artfully named and
crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas
(like the Matisse, flocchi pouches filled with pears and
cheese), and house-baked pastries $

Out of the Blue Caf6
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

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Intelligentsia, a roasting company that works directly with
artisan growers to encourage sustainable agriculture
Also served breakfast and lunch sandwiches, imaginative
salads, soups, homemade 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 $

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St., 305-722-7369
www.pacifictimemiami.com
Everyone knew Jonathan Eismann's original Pacific Time,
for many years Lincoln Road's only serious restaurant
How different is its new incarnation? Very, and its all
good, starting with far superior acoustics, an admirably
green ecological policy, and a neighborhood-friendly
attitude While the addition of Mediterranean influences
to the Pacific Rim menu may sound confusing, trust us
A meal that includes a butter-grilled asparagus with pro-
sclutto, 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
Dainty designer pizzas? At this New York-style pizzeria, it's
all about heftiness A special 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 $-$$

Pizzavolante
3918 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-5325
At this tiny pizza/mozzarella bar, Jonathan Eismann's
inspired topping combos and astonishingly high-quality
ingredients prove that star-chef skills are not wasted on
humble fare Carnivores must try the Cacciatorini an
ultra-thin and crispy crust with indescribably rich guancia-
le (cured, unsmoked pork cheek bacon), pungent artisan
pepperoni, grana padano, locally made mozzarella, and
Italian tomatoes For meatless pies, we recommend the
Bianca, a thyme-seasoned pizza whose plentiful cheeses
are beautifully balanced by bitter arugula Bring a crowd
and taste half-a-dozen different mozzarellas $$

Primo's
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn't have
that do drop in" locals' hangout vibe But this lively Italian
spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood The
pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings rang-
ing from classic pepperoni to prosclutto/arugula would
be draw enough But pastas also please diners' choice
of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras And the
price is right, with few entrees 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 Among the
seafood offerings, you won't find exotica or local catches,
but all the usual sushi/sashiml favorites, though in
more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy srlracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many
more Especially recommended the yuzu hamachi roll,
the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp
with hot-and-sour mayo and a salad $$-$$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave.
305-373-4291
Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic
diner Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday
mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter 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 The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual sus-
pects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the
daily blackboard specials $-$$

Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave.
305-573-5474
No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this
lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper
Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the
area But it's no absentee celebrity-chef gig Bernstein
is hands-on at both places Her exuberant yet firmly
controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen
hot and cold tapas on the menu Items are frequently
reinvented Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego
croquetas with fig jam, white bean stew, crisp-coated
artichokes with lemon/coriander dip, and buttery bone
marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced
by tiny pickled salads $$$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr.
305-374-8888
The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand,
looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized
Chinese food But the American dumbing-down is minimal
Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared
than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but
flavorful yu pan quail 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 tra-
ditional 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 Blanchet, 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
bottle they want, Blanchet can probably get it within 24
hours Food is sophisticated light bites like a shrimp club
sandwich with pancetta and sun-dried tomato aioli, and
smoked duck salad with goat cheese croutons and a
poached egg At night there are tapas $-$$


Upper Eastside

Andiamo
5600 Biscayne Blvd.
305-762-5751
www.andiamopizza.com
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside
car wash, Andiamo 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, along with
executive chef Frank Crupi's famed Philly cheese steak
sandwiches Also available are salads and panini plus rea-
sonably priced wines and beers, including a few unusually
sophisticated selections like Belgium's Hoegaarden $$

Anise Taverna
620 NE 78th St.
305-758-2929
www.anisetaverna.com
The new owners of this river shack are banking on Greek
food and festivity for success a good bet, judging from
their wildly popular previous eatery, Ouzo The mainly
mezze menu ranges from traditional Greek small plates to
creative Mediterranean-inspired dishes like anise-scented
fish croquettes with spicy aioli But don't neglect large
plates like whole grilled Mediterranean fish (dorade or
branzino), filleted tableside The interior is charming, and
the outdoor deck on the Little River is positively romantic
$$-$$$

Bistro 82
8201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-2995
As with Latin American food, much Middle Eastern res-
taurant fare blurs borders, making it hard to pinpoint
individual countries' culinary characteristics Here, though,
national identity is strong Virtually all dishes, from savory
falafel to sweet k'nafeh (a traditional cheese breakfast
pastry that doubles as dessert), are crafted from the
authentic Lebanese recipes of owner Mona Issa's mom
Casually exotic decor makes the spot dateworthy too,
especially on Saturday nights when belly dancing is fea-
tured $$

Boteco
916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-
culture 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 Sunday, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal
fair and the menu includes Brazil's national dish, feijoada,
a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats
But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like
pastels to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also appealing and
budget-priced $$

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
oysters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast),
Nicoise salad, quiche, and homemade creme brulee A


respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as
is the housemade sangria Top price for entrees is about
$14 $-$$

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 But there
the resemblance 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 For fish haters, spicy or garlic
chicken wings are an option $-$$

Casa Toscana
7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-3353
www.casatoscanamiami.com
Tuscan-born chef/owner Sandra Stefani cooked at
Norman's before opening this Upper Eastside jewel,
whose 30 original seats have been supplemented by a
wine room/garden for tasting events and private dining
Stefani travels regularly to Italy to find exciting, limited-
production wines and inspiration for truly Tuscan specials
with honest, authentic flavors, such as grilled wild boar
sausages with lentil croquettes Menu favorites include
pear and ricotta raviolini, grilled eggplant slices rolled
around herbed goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, and
a light ricotta 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 Margherlta topped with arugula, pro-
sclutto, 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,
sandwiches, 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 popular establishments
While some meatier Haitian classics like grlot (fried pork
chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3 99
roast chicken special seafood is the specialty here
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce), lambl frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
son gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic
or Creole crabs The Miami branch has outdoor tikl-hut
dining $-$$

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 for this stand's sauce-gar-
nished, all-beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot dogs
The 22 varieties range from simple to the elaborate (the
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olive oil dressing) to near-unbelievable combinations like
the VIP, which includes parmesan cheese and crushed
pineapple New addition thick, juicy burgers $

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 choices, including imported Peronl
beer As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or
bythe slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande
mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese) Best
seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables $

Europa Car Wash and Caf6
6075 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-2357
Giving new meaning to the food term fusion," Europa
serves up sandwiches, salads, car washes, coffee with crois-
sants, and Chevron with Techron Snacks match the casual
chicness sandwiches like the Renato prosciuttoo, hot capplc-
ola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers, and Romano cheese
dressing), an elaborate almond-garnished Chinese chicken
salad, H&H bagels, the world's best, flown in from NYC
And the car cleaning are equally gentrlfled, especially on
Wednesday, when ladies are pampered with $10 washes
and glasses of sparkling wine while they walt $

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Housed in a yellow building that's nearly invisible from the
street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach
bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean
vegan food 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 popular for years But the
Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition
Main reason 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
homemade BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food Food is
available a la carte or grouped in multimeal plans custom-
ized for individual diner's nutritional needs $$

Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys 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, eggs any style,
including omelets and open-face frittatas, 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 $-$$

Kingdom
6708 Biscayne Blvd.
305-757-0074
This indoor/outdoor sports bar serves low-priced but high-
quality steaks, plus more typical bar food that's actually
far from the usual 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 lightly lemony sauteed spinach And the
burgers rule, particularly the Doomsday, a cheese/bacon/
mushroom-topped two-pound monster that turns dinner
Into a competitive sport No hard liquor, but the beer list
makes up for it $$

Luna Caf6
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 and crisp-skinned roast chick-
ens Otherwise the menu holds few surprises except
the prices, unusually low for such a stylish place No dish
exceeds $22 $$-$$$

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
Its a restaurant Its a lounge But its decidedly not a
typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami
Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-
trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin bordello-red decor,
romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar enter-
tainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated
retro food served with style and a smile For those feeling
flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to
make- In her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756
Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first
being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant
Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant
where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural
flavors An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled
organic meat and fish dishes Try the steak frites -
organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurrl and
fresh-cut fries Vegetarians will love the organic portabella
foccacla Dine either inside the architect-designed restau-
rant or outdoors on the patio Beer and wine $-$$$

Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appearanc-
es, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from
fully gentrlfled 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 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 sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian
bistro serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand,
and Vietnam Menus are also similar, split between tradi-
tional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations
like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cllan-
tro, roasted garlic) But it also carves out its own identity
with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried
rice Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories
A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment
$$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd.
786-220-9404
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshl Moshl 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 Sushi ranges from
pristine individual nigirl to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas
are intriguing, like arablki sausage, a sweet-savory pork
fingerling frank, rarely found in restaurants even in Japan,
they're popular Japanese home-cooking items And rice-
based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct.
305-758-9932
www.the55thststation.com
Mark Soyka's new News is, as its name suggests, more a
friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a
full-fledged eatery Nevertheless the menu of light bites
is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio
and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part
of the reason visitors stay for hours Especially recom-
mended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup, a brie,
turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette,
and what many feel is the original cafe's Greatest Hit
creamy hummus with warm pita $

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One Sumo
7281 Biscayne Blvd.
305-758-7866
The concept here is fast-food Fitness -- capital "F"
intended In fact, though some call this minimalist space
a smoothie joint, its numerous drink blends (categorized
by function -- preworkout, low-glycemic, kid-pleasers,
and more, all fruit-sweetened without added sugars) are
deliberately termed shakes to differentiate them from
not-necessarily healthy smoothies Additionally there's
solid sustenance that goes beyond standard gym snacks
Asian-inspired rice or low-carb salad plates, topped with
freshly flash-grlddled beef, chicken, seafood, or veggie
terlyakis $-$$

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd.
305-757-7773
From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Krls Wessel's inten-
tionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant,
you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoying
eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-
orange-mannated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with
sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried
green tomatoes) Not surprisingly, the chef-driven menu is
limited, but several signature specialties, if 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 $$-$$$

Revales Italian Ristorante
8601 Biscayne Blvd.
305-758-1010
Owned by two couples (including former Village Cafe chef
Marion Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former
space of Frankle's Big City Grill, and fulfills much the
same purpose in the neighborhood as an all-day, family-
friendly place with affordable prices The menu Includes
wraps and elaborate salads of all nations But simple
yet sophisticated Italian specialties like spaghetti ai


flume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of
cream) or yellowtail frangalse (egg-battered, with lemon-
caper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here $$-$$$

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 res-
taurant is owner Alex Richter's one-man gentrification project
transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one
pils at a time The fare includes housemade sausages (mild
veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy
garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup, savory yet
near-greaseless potato pancakes, and, naturally schnitzels,
a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, 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 credited
with almost single-handedly sparking the revitalization of
the Biscayne Corridor's Upper Eastside Soyka remains
a solid neighborhood restaurant that 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 revolutionary fare, but Soyka
continues to thrive while more ambitious, nationally pub-
liclzed restaurants have come and gone Take-out orders
and breakfast are now available $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selec-
tion 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, let-
tuce, toblko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special
sauces Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a
dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green cur-
ries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey
sauce $$$


UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
305-754-9022; www.uva-69.com
Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuhe
Vega, this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-cafe and lounge
has helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to
hang out Lunch includes a variety of salads and elegant
sandwiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahl-mahl with
cilantro aloli and caramelized onions on housemade foc-
cacla) Dinner features a range of small plates (poached
figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle)
and full entrees like sake-marinated salmon with bonlato
mash and Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach
$$-$$$

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
ground beef and shredded chicken to more unusual pork
in chill verde or Baja battered fish (authentically gar-
nished with Mexican crema and cilantro-splked cabbage)
And all offerings can be loaded with other garnishes from
the kitchen (refried beans, cheese, crema) or less perish-
able 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
You might think this is just a wine shop, but it's actually
about wine, food, and art, and how they work together
Wines are available retail (discounted 35-50 percent
for In-house drinkers), with 40 sold by the glass Food,
designed for pairing, includes a $25 three-course dinner
The menu is mostly light bites with Intriguingly inven-
tive touches a seared Cajun tuna salad with wasabi
sauce, crab cakes with Asian srlracha chili sauce The art
Involves revolving exhibits, plus an art lecture series fea-
turing wines picked by owner Ben Neji $$

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337
A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most wel-
coming cafe, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa
Bernardo (who co-owns the place with attorney Abble
Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs
grown on the bakery's window sills Bernardos pan con
lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are
legend But she also crafts treats not found at average
Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan
bread Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats pro-
duced by a few friends candies, cupcakes, and exotically
flavored flans $




Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway; 305-864-4889
Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork
Lounge, this little luncheonette services big appetites
Along with the usual grilled churrascos, there's bandeja
paisa, Colombia's sampler platter of grilled steak, sau-
sage, chicharron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and
beans Don't miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa
de costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily


homemade soups Arepas include our favorite corn cake
the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, care
desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice,
beans, and cheese $-$$

The Crab House
1551 79th St. Causeway
305-868-7085, www.crabhouseseafood.com
Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired
by Landry's in 1996 and is now part of a chain But
the classic decor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths,
outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days
Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20
lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics
will be happiest sticking to a la carte favorites like the
All-American fisherman's platters, or global specials like
Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally $$$-$$$$

Edy's Chicken & Steak
1624 79th St. Causeway
305-864-9958
What differentiates Edys from other chicken joints is
the signature Peruvian polio a la brasa, char-broiled in
a wood-fired rotisserie The rotation makes the bird self-
baste, keeping even the white meatjuicy under its crispy,
nearly fat-free skin Spicing is also superior Owner Edy
Dernovsek's dozen-ingredient marinade recipe came
from a visit to Peru, but has been tweaked with spices
from her hometown Chlang Mai, Thailand The result
is subtly mouth-warming heat absent from average chain
chickens $-$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143
Inside a small market that is widely considered Miami's
premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the "Sushi Deli"
restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch coun-
ter But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found
nowhere else in town Example traditional Osaka-style
sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, 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 cre-
ations also tempt, as do daily entrees $

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 restaurants) as
well as a neighborhood eatery And the wide range of bud-
get-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 spaghettini, with sea scallops,
shitakes, and fresh tomatoes $$-$$$

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 Thejoint

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dates from South Beach's late 1980s revival, but the
kick-off-your-shoes vibe 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 $-$$

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




Ariston
940 71st St.
305-864-9848
Arlston's classical Greek cuisine is based on recipes of
co-owner Thanasis Barlos's mom Noni and executed by
CIA-trained chef Alexia Apostolidis Concentrate on the
menu's 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 $$-$$$

Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St.,
305-867-0106, www.primapasta.com
Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run 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 national 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
Though romantic enough for dates, the place is quite kid-
friendly- and on the terrace, they'll even feed Fido $$$

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr.
305-861-6222, www.tamarindthai.us
When an eaters executive chef is best-selling Thai
cookbook 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 are featured
in the chef's latest tome, but with Tamarind's very afford-
able prices, 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
Miamians eat here? Not ambiance There isn't any But
when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies
know their fish, tout the seafood's freshness, we listen
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? $-$$

CBte Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighbor-
hood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel The
menu is mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants, crepe,
soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more sub-
stantial 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 ingre-
dients, classic French technique, and meticulous atten-
tion to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold
together the cafe's baguette sandwiches $-$$

Village Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave.
305-759-2211
After closing for several months in early 2009, this
cafe, spruced up to look like a bistro rather than a lun-
cheonette (but with the same bargain prices), has been
reopened The kitchen has also been rejuvenated, with
head honcho Adam Holm (Whitticar's original sous chef)
serving up new, globally influenced dishes like mint/
pistachio-crusted lamb or tuna tartare with srlracha aioli,
plus reviving old favorites like pork tenderloin with ginger-
caramel sauce $$-$$$




Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411
If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-
cuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice,
beans, care asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet
plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day,
as are antojitos "little whims," smaller snacks like cho-
rizo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage) And
for noncarnivores there are several 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 $

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


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desserts $

The Bridge
2286 NE 123rd St., 305-891-8282
Since the original Mark's Place, eateries in this space
have come and gone rapidly, but with 18 successful
restaurants in Uruguay, The Bridge's owners have con-
fidence in their winning formula Prices are affordable,
ambiance is warm, cocktails are formidable And food is
a crowd-pleasing mix of continental and Latin steakhouse
fare an entrana with fries for traditionalists, a pork chop
with strawberry sauce, apple mash, and glazed carrots
for more elegant tastes Note The chivito sandwich here
(tenderloin steak, bacon, ham, melted cheese, and olives
on a baguette) may be Miami's most satisfying sinful
pleasure $$-$$$

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
www.bulldog-bbq.com
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howle Klelnberg, whose indoor elec-
tric smoker turns out mild-tasting cue that ranges from
the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-
smoked salmon and veggie plates There are also creative
comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads,
and sweets Sides include refreshingslaw, beans stud-
ded with "burnt ends" (the most intensely flavored outer
barbecue chunks), and sweet potato or chipotle-spiced
fries The cost is comparatively high, but such is the price
of fame $$-$$$

Burritos Grill Caf6
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, Marlo and Karma 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
poc-chuc, a marinated pork loin, tacos al pastor, stuffed
with subtly smoky steak, onion, cilantro, and pineapple,
sinful deep-fried tacos dorados, and signature burritos,
including the Maya, filled with juicy cochinlta plbil, refried
beans, and pickled onions $$

Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd.
305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However, 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 intriguingly
christened "Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore curried
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 freshness
of its seafood, much of it from Capt Jim Hanson's own
fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants Now
there's a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room
with booths Whether it's garlicky scampi, smoked-fish
dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is
deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St.
305-899-2770
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the
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outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood
regulars But even newcomers feel like regulars after
a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience
Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with
some contemporary items as well Housemade pastas are
good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break,
especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet,
delicate fagottini beggar's purses" stuffed with pears
and cheese $$

Ch6en-huyae
15400 Biscayne Blvd.
305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, 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 cochinita pibil? Cheen's authen-
tically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinat-
ed pork dish is earthly aromatic from achiote, tangy from
bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in
a banana leaf wrap To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-
spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly
the best thing that ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$

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

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 din-
ner entrees, fresh-baked apple pie, and, oddly, a whole
section 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
authenticity $-$$




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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 nutri-
tional supplements But the place's hearty soups, large
variety 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
popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd
Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the
menu $-$$

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 take-out), she began offer-
ing numerous traditional Haitian dishes, including jerked
beef or goat tassot 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 grlot marinated pork chunks simmered and then
fried till they re moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely
flavored outside $

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd.,305-899-9069
www.littlehavanarestaurant.com
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, 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 diners 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 $$$

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 meat-
balls (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 mine-
strone) 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 $-$$

Mario the Baker
13695 W. Dixie Highway
305-891-7641, www.mariothebakerpizza.com
At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian spaghetti and meat-
balls, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs
No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the
New York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas, the top top-
ping here is the savory housemade sausage And no one
leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and
smashed garlic New branches are now open in Miami's
Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village $

Petit Rouge
12409 Biscayne Blvd.
305-892-7676
From the mid-1990s (with Neal's Restaurant and later
with II Migliore), local chef Neal Cooper's neighborhood-
oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers While
this cute 32-seat charmer is French, it's no exception,
avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and
nouvelle bistro fare frlsee salad with lardons, poached
egg, and bacon vinaigrette, truite Grenobloise (trout with
lemon/caper sauce), consomme with black truffles and
foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect
pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts
for dessert $$$

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), its also offers a full range of breakfast/
lunch/dinner vegetarian cuisine of all nations, with many
dairy and seafood items too Admittedly the cutesie
names of many items baygels, bergerrbite, Cezarrrr
salad, hammm, meat-a-ball, schmopperrr may cause
queasiness But the schmopperrr itself is one helluva
high-octane veggie burger $-$$

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
comforting, 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 $

Tokyo Bowl
12295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-9400
This fast-food drive-thru (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-can-eat deal sushi
(individual nigirl or maki rolls) plus tempura, teriyaki, and
other cooked items for $14, three bucks more for sashimi
instead of sushi $-$$

Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808
No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here No
imported designer ingredients either The pies are New
York-style, 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 salads, and a few new protein adds grilled
chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak $-$$

Wong's Chinese Restaurant
12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313
The 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 New
Yorkers will 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
$$

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 time-tested formula except to stretch operat-
ing hours into the night and expand its classic 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 Drippin good burgers, too And unlike MacChain
addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer with the good
grease $-$$




Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this vet-
eran 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 Ilke
peppery 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 is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured
item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue
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salmon, mahl mahl, and the signature blue marlin But
the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable
brisket Other new additions include weekend fish fries
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) $-$$

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 burritos soft flour or crisp
corn tortillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or
chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-
scented pork carnitas But these bites contain no evil
ingredients (transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics,
growth hormones) And the food, while not the authentic
Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty,
too $

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 roti, a Caribbean mega-
crepe made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for
the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in
a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and
more chickpeas But there are about a dozen other cur-
ries from which to choose Take-out packages of plain roti
are also available, they transform myriad leftovers into
tasty, portable lunches $

El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St.
305-940-4910, www.graninka.com
Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find
ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other
expected traditional specialties, all presented far more
elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian
fusion creations are unique Especially recommended are
two dishes adapted from recipes by Peru's influential nik-
kei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura an exquisite,
delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with
no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with
rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2255
When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late


1990s, they added Hanna's" to the name, but changed
little else about this retro-looking 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 lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid
salad with garlic dressing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-
melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal
dinner date destination $$-$$$

Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St.
305-948-3687
One of Miami's first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an
amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi
and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it
a perennially popular after-hours snack stop The sushi
menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable Most
exceptional are the nicely priced yakiton, skewers of suc-
culently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables,
the unusually large variety available of the last makes this
place a good choice for vegetarians $$

Hiro's Sushi Express
17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776
Tiny, true, but there's more than just sushi at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makis are the
mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more
complex creations 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, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, 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 rare taste of Japanese home
cooking, served in grazing portions Try glistening-fresh
strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed
with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso
mustard sauce Other favorites include goma ae (wilted
spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic
stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender
steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/
sweet/tangy chill 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 menu's mix-and-match option allows diners 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 $$-$$$

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

Jerusalem Market and Deli


16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080
Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hum-
mus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bul-
gur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a
Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaters Sam Elzoor, is at
the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement There
are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or
stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a com-
mon falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also
stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus
unusually rich and tart tahina $-$$

Kabobji
3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484
www.EatKabobji.com
This place makes a very good tahini sauce In fact that
alone is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this
bright, cheery eaters delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-
garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma
They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-
tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare) It's
hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters
and wraps, but there's also a roster of full entrees (with
soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian
and seafood meals for noncarnivores $$

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St.
305-940-6309
Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmo-
spheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside
(especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths)
has been a popular destination for reasonably 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 Palace
330 NE 167th St.
305-949-2339
The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbe-
cue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed
in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes,


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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 $$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800
(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-945-6381
www.laurenzosmarket.com
Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge
counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this
cafeteria-style space But when negotiating this interna-
tional gourmet 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,
housemade from old family recipes Just a few spoonfuls
of Wednesday hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily
soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours
And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-
fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies
outside Napoli $-$$

Little Saigon
16752 N. Miami Ave.
305-653-3377
This is Miami's oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant,
but its 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 not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and
many other Vietnamese classics The menu is humon-
gous $-$$

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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 $

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, branch-
es of this chain are generally the only places to go for this
eating experience Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese
fondue, proceed to an entree with meat or seafood, plus
choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil),
finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate
Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer
in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go
with those you love $$$

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-4338
www.oishithai.com
At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical
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) The specials
menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as
veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling
filet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$


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), broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening
chill/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil, and chill-topped
Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce $$-$$$

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 burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic
Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional 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 Caf6
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
fortunately chose to open its first U S outlet in our town
One bite of the crusty peasant loaf, the olive-studded
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boulangerle breads are, the patisserie items like flan
normande are just as evocative For eat-in diners, quite
continental soups, salads, and sandwiches are equally
and dependably French $$

Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd.
305-405-6700
www.pizzafusion.com
Saving the earth one pizza at a time" is the motto at this
franchise of the only pizza chain to require third-party
organic restaurant certification at all locations Their
gluten-free crusts make it mighty friendly to pizza fanatics
with food allergies Starters, salads, desserts, and organic
wines/beers are also served And delivery is available in
hybrid cars, of course Specials unique to this NMB fran-
chise include Sunday-Thursday happy hours, a free Kids
Organic Club class on Saturdays, 10 00-1100 a m, and
varied Monday-Wednesday freebies $-$$

PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St.
305-654-9646
Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between 1-95 and
Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter,
serving authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate
dipping sauces included Weekends bring the biggest
selection, including barbecued ribs and pa pei 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, beaks and all But no
worries, a counterperson will chop your purchase into
bite-size, beakless pieces $

Racks Italian Bistro and Market
3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall),
305-917-7225
The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-
bite description impossible Its part Italian market, with
salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out
prepared foods, part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks
like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially
enjoyable on the waterfront deck), part rlstorante (pastas
and other Big Food), part pizzeria What's important All
components feel and taste authentically Italian Just don't
miss the coal-oven pizza Superior toppings (including
unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light
yet chewy crust make Racks' pies a revelation $$

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave.
305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one of
the Carnegie Dell's mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well,
Roasters will dwarf them Consider the Carnegie-style"
monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound
of succulent meat (really 14 pounds, we weighed it), for
a mere 15 bucks All the other Jewish deli classics are
here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced
nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-
bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served
with sour cream and applesauce $$

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St.
305-947-7076
Sang's has 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 esoterica like
abalone with sea cucumber The extensive third menu
offers dim sum, served until 4 00 pm A live tank allows
seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and
scallion Recently installed a Chinese barbecue case,
displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling
attached $$$

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008
www.shingwangrestaurant.com
At this unique Taiwanese eatery, run by a trio of Taipei-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats
in the budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock imita-
tions 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 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 bub-
ble tea is a must-not-miss Using housemade syrup, the
cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors (mango,
taro, even actual tea), all supplemented with signature
black tapioca balls that, slurped through large-diameter
straws, 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 popu-
lar late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian
restaurants And why not? The food is fresh, nicely pre-
sented, and reasonably priced The kitchen staff is willing
to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is
reliably fast Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment
is in place when the mood strikes $-$$

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, its 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 $-$$

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 sheer floor-to-ceiling
drapes, for starters The sushi list, too, is over the top, fea-
turing monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort spicy tuna,
soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jala-
penos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces
wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy mayo Hawaiian King Crab
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peppers, and pineapple Boutique wines, artisan sakes,
and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-932-0630
www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com
The reincarnated Tuna's has gained new owners, a new
name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a
newly impressive selection of raw-bar specialties cold-
water oysters from the Northeast, plus Blue Points,
Malpecs, Island Creeks, and more Traditional house
favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish
from local waters Open daily till 2 00 a m, the place can
get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is
open till closing, Tuna's draws a serious late-night dining
crowd, too $$-$$$



Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
305-830-2625
www.anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com
Coal is what it's all about here a coal-fired oven (like
that at Lombardi's, Patsys, John's, or Grimaldi's in New
York) producing the intense 800-degree heat to turn
out, in mere minutes, a pie with the classic thin, crisp-
bottomed, beautifully char-bubbled crust that fans of the
above legendary pizzerias crave Expect neither bargain-
chain prices, a huge selection of toppings, nor much else
on the menu Anthony's does just a few things, and does
them right $$

Bar Rosso
19004 NE 29th Ave., 305-933-3418
www.barrosso.com
Bar Rosso calls itself a vinoteca," and we'd agree the
snappy, made-up word suits this casually stylish wine


bar and restaurant, where the fare is Italian, American,
and Italian-American There are plenty of pastas and
wood-grilled meat and fish entrees, but artfully garnished
cured meat or cheese selections and small plates are the
best way to sample chef Josh Medina's creativity, from
espresso-braised short ribs to salad specials like fresh
golden beets with grilled radicchio, goat cheese, arugula,
and a unique cumin-raisin vinaigrette $$-$$$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura Mall,
305-792-9330, www.bellalunaaventura.com
If the menu here looks familiar, it should It's nearly iden-
tical to that at the Upper Eastside's Luna Cafe and, with
minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billante's eateries
(Rosalia, Villagglo, Carpacclo), right down to the typeface
But no argument from here In a mall a setting more
accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al sal-
mone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices,
and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in
creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of
fresh, albeit familiar, air $$-$$$

Bourbon Steak
19999 W. 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 for noncarnivores to assemble a happy
meal But don't neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged
Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe," swoonwor-
thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime
rib, all cooked to perfection $$$$$

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


dishes And it's doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would
freak out his many regulars by eliminating from the menu
the Bahamian lobster and crab cakes But lobster-lovers
will find that the 20th anniversary menus also offer new
excitements like tandoori-spiced rock lobster, along with
what might be the ultimate mac'n'cheese lobster crab
macaroni in a Frls vodka sauce with mushrooms, scal-
lions, and parmesan The famous dessert souffle's flavor
changes daily, but it always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
305-792-2902
Chef Neal Cooper's attractive trattoria gets the food right,
as well as the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impec-
cable 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, marinated in herbs and
cooked under a brick And even low-carb dieters happily
go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound
of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries
$$-$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100
Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an inter-
national clientele since retired major league outfielder
Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place
in 2007 Today it's white tablecloths and, naturally,
mahogany The menu is a sort of trendy yet tradi-
tional soul fusion of food 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 buttermilk-battered fried chicken) The chicken is
perhaps Miami's best $$-$$$

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 Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed
with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife
launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to
prove that top restaurants can be affordable Consider
it proven Florlbbean-style seafood is the specialty fresh
hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock
shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snap-
per with tomato-herb vinaigrette Forget its strip-mall loca-
tion The restaurant itself is elegant $$-$$$

Pizza Roma
19090 NE 29th Ave.
305-937-4884
Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not
Rome's wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New
York-style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to
fold in half for neat street eating Unlike chains, though,
this indie is accommodating, so if you want your crust
thin and crisp, just ask Also featured are Italian-American
entrees like baked manicotti (that's mani-goat", for those
not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches,
here called bullets," to put you in a Sopranos frame of
mind $$

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
notorious, on a Seinfeld episode, as the soup Nazi
On the menu ten different premium soups each day
The selection is carefully balanced 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, sand-
wiches, and wraps $-$$

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19575 Biscayne Blvd.
305-932-8955
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