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

June 2010

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tephen Bittel, head of Terranova
Corp., knows what the future likely
holds for a very large piece of land at
Biscayne Boulevard and 79th Street. But
he won't tell. He will hint, maybe drop a
tantalizing clue. But Bittel, whose firm

manages the aging Biscayne Plaza shop-
ping center, will not say precisely which
retailers may want to lease space there.
He will say that the ambitious plan
of five years ago to demolish the oddly
shaped center and replace it with a

reported $400 million, mixed-use devel-
opment featuring at least one tower up to
52 stories high, is off the table at least
for the moment.
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rise buildings behind it," he says during
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1 At the Corner of Yesterday and Tomorrow
6 Feedback: Letters
12 Jack King: Miami As Municipal Money Pit
10 BizBuzz
28 Gaspar Gonzalez: Return to Sender
30 Frank Rollason: Coming to a Halfway House Near You
32 Wendy Doscher-Smith: Miami Makes the Grade
34 Jen Karetnick: Home-Field Advantage -- For All It's Worth
36 Grab a Paddle and Ride the Dragon
37 How Does Your Garden Grow?
38 Women Helping Women Helping Wynwood
39 Two Communities, One School
50 Biscayne Crime Beat
44 Anne Tschida: Big Space, Very Big Ambitions
46 Art Listings
49 Events Calendar
52 The Curse of the Ancients
54 Kids and the City: Daddy Dearest
55 Your Garden: Bromeliads Are Easy, Lovely, and Risky
56 Harper's Environment: Bioblitz Comes to Biscayne Bay
57 Vino: After the Storm -- Eat, Drink, and Be Sweaty
58 Pawsitively Pets: Mo' Pets, Mo' Problems
60 Word on the Street: What would you change about Miami?
61 Restaurant Listings: 228 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants!


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SLetters to the Editor

True Fact: Not All Realtors
Are Unscrupulous
I am compelled to respond to Gaspar
Gonzalez's article "As the Market Turns"
(May 2010). In the interest of full and
immediate disclosure, I am a Realtor who
lives and works in the neighborhoods Mr.
Gonzalez references in his article.
One of the most trying parts of my
job is working daily with the not-so-
scrupulous among us Realtors, those
who do not approach the job with the
best interests of the client at heart. I can
commiserate with Mr. Gonzalez and
his negative experience with a number
of Realtors, but I am also compelled to
stand up for the hardworking, ethical
core of our industry who work tirelessly
in the best interests of their clients.
I can't help but take immediate offense
to Mr. Gonzilez's imbalanced and one-sided
testimonial used to broadly condemn Real-
tors. Instead of entirely passing the buck,
perhaps Mr. Gonzalez and his wife should
have taken abit more seriously the job of
finding a Realtor they could trust. A little
due diligence is clearly in order when one is
considering a life-changing purchase.
With a relatively minor investment
of time and effort, I am certain Mr.
Gonzalez and his wife would have found
a Realtor they could trust, one with their
interests at heart and not blindly in pur-
suit of the "sacred" sale, one who would
be candid and honest about the trying
reality of today's real estate market.
There are those in the industry who
follow this approach, not just because it's
the right thing to do, but because a client
whose trust is earned is a client rarely
lost. It's the right approach for long-term
and market-immune success.
Mr. Gonzalez's one-sided portrayal
is at best irresponsible journalism, and
it stinks of sour grapes. I expected more
from Biscayne Times!
Nate Miller
Palm Grove

Unscrupulous Realtors?
Well, Yes...
Great story by Gaspar Gonzalez. I really
enjoyed reading it. As far as Realtors are
concerned, he hit the nail on the head,
sad to say. Keep the good stories coming.
Anthony J. Cantey
Cantey Realty and Investments

Gaspar's Take on Me?
Joke: "What is the difference between
people who have a voter registration card
and those who have a real estate license?
Not everyone has a voter registration
card." I've told this joke several times,
and I still laugh every time at the irony.
I'm sorry that the day we met,
Lane and Gaspar were absent a sense of
humor. Unfortunately an unethical or in-
experienced real estate agent can quickly
sour the reputation of otherwise experi-
enced business professionals. Contrary
to what Lane and Gaspar may think, we
are not a bunch of gypsies with a crystal
ball to the future. And although many
people feel we should work for free, it is
my business policy not to do so.
Lane and her husband obviously
had a rough time of it. I appreciate their
need to vent. No one knows better how
difficult this market is than those of us
who work it daily. However, Lane and
Gaspar would be well advised not to
measure everyone by the same yardstick.
The job of a good Realtor is to make
the difficult process of home purchase
and selling look easy. I have had several
customers get their real estate licenses
only to learn that this is not easy money.
They later call to tell me they had no idea
of the complexities of my job and how
they appreciate what I do.
Let's face it, if it were easy to offer
fair and unbiased representation in real
estate, Lane and Gaspar would be making
millions as Realtors and smiling ("They
all smile") all the way to the bank.
"Tiffany Safire"
"As the Market Turns"

Realtors As Greedy,
Self-serving Bimbos?
Thanks a Lot
Gaspar Gonzalez makes us (real estate
agents) out to be a total bunch of bimbos.
Not a decent bone in our selfish, self-
serving, greedy bodies
I would say greedy heads, but we all
know our heads are empty.
Thanks for such a narrow view of
our profession.

William E. Mathisen
Wemco Realty Services
Upper Eastside

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How To Run a Government
Like a CEO
Frank Rollason is 100 percent on target
when he says that with a strong mayor,
there is no need for a county manager
("We Can Trust Our County Commis-
sioners," May 2010). We also don't need
64 county departments and myriad
bureaucrats to head them.
County government performs six
basic functions (aside from corrections,
which should be managed by the state;
and the airport/seaport, which are profit-
able, monopolistic enterprises): police,
fire/rescue, parks, building and zoning,
transportation, and solid waste.
Six department directors is all you
need and no assistants or secretaries,
since the Internet has obviated the need
for any such support staff, which hinders
rather than helps the flow of information.
We need only about one-fifth the bureau-
crats we now have in the county.
Like any other private or public
organization, Miami-Dade County needs
a chief executive with power to hire and
fire, tempered only by civil-service rules
that protect rank-and-file employees.
All management-level employees (those
bureaucrats) should serve at the pleasure
of the elected chief executive, as happens
at the federal level.
Last but not least, no one in munici-
pal government should earn more than
$100,000 per year. Period.
If the county commission would
implement these reforms, we would
gladly pay them a decent salary.
Xavier Suarez, former mayor
City of Miami (1985-93)

It's Nice to Have Someone
Writing About Our Village,
I am writing in response to Gaspar
Gonzalez's column "Uncivil War" (May
2010), regarding the Biscayne Park/FPL
Franchise agreement. I am happy Bis-
cayne Park has someone writing about
our village not just a general story
under a Biscayne Park heading. Thanks
for getting us more publicity! And in gen-
eral I enjoy Mr. Gonzalez's writing style.
What I don't like is Mr. Gonzalez's
tendency to leave out pieces of informa-
tion that don't coincide with his view of
the issue. Anyone who writes as well as




In Kabul, Afghanistan, Rep. Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen met with Army Lt.
Ronald C. Riley of North Miami,
who loves his BT, regularly sent to
him by friends back home.
he does should make sure his writing is
fair and balanced.
A good example of lack of balance
was his comment that "those on the com-
mission who favored signing the agree-
ment tended to compensate for their lack
of expertise with surefire certainty, as if
being absolutely committed to something
were the same as being right." You could
say the same thing about anyone on any
side of an issue.
As for his statement that Biscayne
Park didn't bother to hire experts an
experienced utilities lawyer on the cali-
ber of FPL's experts it may have been
a result of his having lived in Biscayne
Park only since late last year. He may
not have been aware of the more than
two years of heavy-duty negotiations and
research that went into this matter. He
might also want to check the Village's fi-
nancial situation. I am wondering where
he thinks we could have come up with
that kind of money.
Mr. Gonzhlez criticized Mayor
Roxanna Ross's suggestion at the April 6
meeting to hold a "workshop" as part of
that meeting because he believed there
was no time to prepare and no experts in
the room. Elected officials should always
come prepared for full discussion on
agenda items and never assume how a
vote will go.
There ended up being two workshops:
April 17 and 24. Even though they were
asked to have their experts attend, neither
Commissioner Bryan Cooper nor Com-
missioner Steve Bernard had anyone there.
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BizBuzz: June 2010
Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Time
Schnitzel Haus
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N o argument, Miami
summers are hot.
But so are the special
events and deals BT adver-
tisers come up with to keep locals here
- and happy. For example, you can start
summer with a bang or rather a pop! -
at family-style Acquolina (124 S. Federal
Hwy, Hallandale; 954-454-2410). This
month the trendy/friendly Italian restau-
rant is offering a free glass of champagne
to diners who mention the BT
From June 11 to July 11, think of the
Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus (1085
NE 79th St., 305-754-8002) as the Soccer
Haus. The eatery will open at 2:00 p.m.
daily to show all the important World Cup
matches on huge screens. A free drink for
those wearing soccer jerseys.
To honor that other June event,
Father's Day, Mike's at Venetia (555 NE
15th St., 9th floor) offers free billiards
every Sunday and Monday this month,
with a food or drink purchase.
Both fathers andfutbol are big deals
at the famed furniture showrooms of
Herval USA (2666 NE 189th St., 305-
466-2606; 1730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
377-1221). For a 10% discount, just say
the Father's Day Soccer Special magic
words: "World Cup 2010."
Nowhere to put that new furniture
from Herval? Call new advertiser Star
Construction Company (305-893-4101).
Staff will help meet your budget for a
family room or any other remodeling job.
In the market for a whole new
residence? Call real estate agent Bryan
Halda (305-754-3778). A senior partner/

associate at
Gray & As- :
sociates and a Smiling Pets
returning BT adver-
tiser, he's a multimil-
lion-dollar producer
who's nevertheless as
empathetic to first-
time buyers seeking
studio apartments as to
celeb clients wanting
waterfront mansions.
From business disputes or loan mod-
ifications to restraining orders, DUIs, and
criminal defense, new advertiser attorney
William Reich (786-431-2938) handles
them all. Reich is a former assistant state
attorney, meaning he's seen it all.
At locally treasured trattoria II
Migliore (2576 Miami Gardens Dr., 305-
792-2902), diners mentioning the BT will
receive one of the eatery's famed des-
serts for free. That's one per table, but
they're plenty big enough to share.
For froyo fans, Miami's latest Yogen
Friiz (14881 Biscayne Blvd.) offers a 10%
discount this month to Aventura residents
with proof of residence.
Dr. Raul Jimenez of the brand-
spanking-new Biscayne Veterinary
Center (5841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-575-
1190) says all his super high-tech equip-
ment is up and running smoothly and
that the facility is prepping for 24-hour
emergency service. Bow wow!

SAt Bagels & Company
(11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
892-2435), owner David Cohen is bring-
ing back his wildly popular $5 Friday
special: a huge deli sandwich with pur-
chase of a beverage. Check out David's
ad in the Dining Guide for details, plus
many more on other weekdays.
Lunchtime = eating, right? Not nec-
essarily. It now can mean exercising at M
Power Project gym (9301 NE 6th Ave.),
which presents the Lunchbox Special,
an isometric/plyometric/weight workout
aimed at working women. Call Cornell
(305-758-8500) for details and registration.
One might assume that Top Chef
contender and new advertiser Howie
Kleinberg's new Bulldog Caf6 (19048
NE 29th St., 305-931-9244) is a clone of
his Bulldog Barbecue (15400 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-940-9655). Yes, some caf6
dishes incorporate Howie's barbecue, but
the menus are quite different. Solution:
Taste test at both.
For pasta lovers who just can't find
their dream date, meet new BT advertiser

By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor

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Yes Pasta! (14871 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-944-1006), a fast-casual spot
where you do the creating mixing
and matching your ideal pasta/sauce
combo and they do the cooking.
Fewer armoires, more exotic
woods. Those are a couple of new home-
design trends you'll find at new adver-
tiser Scan Design (3025 NE 163rd St.,
305-944-8080), which has specialized
in high-quality contemporary furniture,
and nothing else, since 1969.
Meanwhile, lovers of vintage ac-
cessories will find a trove at 55th Street
Station's newest addition, Night Owl
(5580 NE 4th Ct., 305-989-9995). The
shop's name is explained by its late hours:
Thursday-Saturday from 5:00-11:00 p.m.
Check Night Owl out after dining at
the Station's flagship Soyka Restaurant,
where managing partner Frankie Crupi
reports there's a new team: executive chef
Paul Suriel, a Joe Allen (NY and Miami)
alum; general manager Patricia Fer-
raro, who's revitalizing the wine list; and
pastry chef William Newcomb, renowned
for his awesome sticky date pudding.
Oops. Is that sticky date pudding on
your suit? We know you want to lick it
off, but instead bring it to Shores Clean-
ers & Laundry (9478 NE 2nd Ave.; 305-
756-4434), a new advertiser known for
quality dry cleaning at affordable prices.
New customers score with $21 worth of
free cleaning.
Admit it: In your heart, you're a
flamenco dancer. Done! Starting June
24 Dancewear and the North Miami
Arts Collective has a six-week begin-
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June 2010

This August 24th we will have our chance
to elect an ethical leader who will stand up
for children. Sandy Moise, an educator,
PTA mom and involved community member
is running for Miami-Dade School Board,
District 2. Now is the time to leave behind
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Miami As Municipal Money Pit
Tombs Regalado got elected mayor and then got the bad news: We're definitely broke

By Jack King
BT Contributor

When Miami Mayor Tomhs Re-
galado announced that he was
running for the city commis-
sion some 14 years ago, I was skeptical
that he could do the job if he won. He's
been a long-time journalist and televi-
sion commentator, and it's been my ob-
servation that journalists make horrible
politicians (and politicians make horrible
journalists). Plus he was running on the
coattails of former Mayor Joe Carollo,
not exactly one of Miami's greatest lead-
ers. Fortunately that relationship didn't
last too long.
But he did get elected and he did
do the job. Over time became quite a
populist, keeping an eye out for the
little people and for the budget. He
was on the wrong end of 4-1 votes for
a number of years. Yet he still asked
questions for which people wanted an-
swers. In the recent past, Manny Diaz's
management combo of Joe Arriola
and Pete Hernandez never bothered to
answer them.
I was also skeptical that Regalado
could be elected mayor, but he won hand-
ily, thanks in no small part to Diaz's sup-
port of Joe Sanchez's mayoral bid. With
that kind of endorsement, the election was
a walk in the park for Regalado. However,
the minute he was sworn in as mayor, he
confronted a daunting challenge: cleaning
up the mess left by Diaz & Co.
Mayor Regalado agreed to sit down
with me and answer some questions about
the city and its finances. Here goes:
What has changed in your first six

What has /
changed in the
last year is the [
information we
have received ,
about the city's
finances. A year
ago we suspected
we were broke.
Now we know we
are broke. Even
though the city
received money
in the billions, in
the last ten years
we spent more
than we received. Now we have an $87
million deficit in the next budget that we
will have ready by September. What is
the problem? It is employee salaries, ben-
efits, and pensions. These three items are
86 percent of the total budget. Health-
care from 1999 to 2009 grew almost 100
percent. Plus we have been spending
money on consulting and master plans
that are not used.
From 2000 to 2007, the general
revenue fund was growing at 7 percent a
year. During that time, our expenditures
rose by 89 percent. In 2008 revenue fell
by 3.6 percent and is still falling.
The largest increases by department
over 2000-2007 were fire at 111 percent,
police at 69 percent, and pensions at 316
percent. If we don't fix the structural
problems with the city's finances, we
have only two options: Raise taxes to
the max, or we don't raise taxes and
I call the governor and the state takes
over the finances of the city. There is a
third option: Bankruptcy, and we are
looking into that also. That would give

the courts control of the city. We don't
want to do that.
Would you consider selling off city
We would only sell off assets to
replenish the reserve fund.
What about the Knight Center in
Every year we pay $5.5 million
to pay off what we owe on the Knight
Center, but nobody wants to buy it. It is
too small for a convention center and too
small as a concert venue. Plus the Uni-
versity of Miami, a partner in the Knight
Center, was allowed by the previous
administration to walk away from their
obligation [in exchange] for not suing
the city over their Orange Bowl contract.
That allowed the Marlins' stadium to be
Are the police, fire, and civil em-
ployees' unions ,i,. *.,,,,,10' with the city
during the budget process?
The police and civil employees
are, but the fire department has not
yet. Without union participation in the

budget process, we won't have a budget.
Last year the commission voted to have
layoffs starting in October, but it did
not happen. By February we had to lay
off people.
What happened with the layoffs?
Did former city manager Pete Hernan-
dezjust ignore the wishes of the city
That is exactly what happened. He
did nothing.
The job market is still weak in
Miami. Any;ii.,i,1 J, on how the city can
help the situation?
The stadium and the tunnel were
all sold on the jobs idea, but people are
now realizing that construction jobs are
temporary. And the county has nothing
to help the jobs issue.
What about Watson Island the
Flagstone development and Jungle
Years ago we were warned about
Flagstone and were told to make sure
they have the money to do the project.
We pulled the item from the last com-
mission meeting because there was just
one outstanding issue with the project:
money. They seem interested building
the mega-yacht marina, but the hotels
are not going to happen.
And Jungle Island? That's another
headache. They are not paying rent.
We have to pay the taxes [$800,000
a year] and $1.5 million a year on the
federal loan. We need to resolve this.
This was something that was deliber-
ately left for the next administration to
deal with.

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real estate firm Bittel founded. "There
is obviously not an acute need for more
residential product in South Florida
today." Bittel personally has a small
equity interest in Biscayne Plaza, which
is owned primarily by Allen Greenwald
of The Greenwald Group, a South Miami
property development firm; and Edward
Easton of The Easton Group, a Miami
real estate concern.
The demise of that grandiose plan
was a relief to many nearby residents, who
feared high-rises would ruin the ambiance
of their single-family-home communities.
And those eager to save more of
Biscayne Boulevard's singular structures
are now hoping there is time to make
their case that the plaza, the adjacent
Admiral Vee Motel, and other build-
ings along the Boulevard should become
part of the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard
Historic District.
The City of Miami created the
district in 2006. It runs from 50th Street
to 77th Street along the Boulevard, and
protects buildings designed in the flashy
post-war style known as Miami Modern
from being torn down or substantially al-
tered. (All other structures in the district
are protected as well.) Many argue that
the shopping center, Admiral Vee, and
other buildings north of 77th Street share
the MiMo style and deserve safeguard-
ing as well.
"It's a shame they are not part of the
historic district now," says Nancy Lieb-
man, a preservation advocate instrumen-
tal in helping gain protection for South
Beach as well as Biscayne Boulevard. "I
think the original parts have great value

This undated photo from the collection of Seth Bramson shows the popular Juniors Restaurant and the
Admiral Vee behind it.

Look beyond the nearby fast-food
chains, noisy buses, speeding cars, and
oblivious pedestrians and you'll see the
plaza's personality unfold. It has a strange
configuration, bisected by NE 81st Street,
which runs past the former Admiral Vee
Motel and down the length of the center,
stopping just shy of the antique auto busi-
ness of Ted Vernon, whose property hugs

those a balconied second floor row sits
mostly vacant. The lawyers who once
worked there left when the federal gov-
ernment moved its immigration agency
out of the 12-story structure across 79th
Street. Glass-enclosed catwalks link the
main buildings, and concrete stairways
lead to the second floor.
Then there is the Admiral Vee Motel,

nonprofit Project Access Foundation,
which provides low-cost mammography
to South Florida women. Michel is also
CEO of South Miami's Larkin Commu-
nity Hospital. In 2006 Michel and other
executives associated with the hospital
paid $15.4 million to settle federal and
state civil healthcare fraud charges involv-
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as historic-quality buildings and should
be included."
Drivers zipping by Biscayne Plaza
may not realize they are passing a piece
of Miami history. It was built in 1954
and designed by Robert Fitch Smith, then
dean of the University of Miami School
of Architecture. He created it to echo and
comment on the nation's emerging car-
centric culture. It was Miami's very first
suburban shopping center.

the Little River and who, over the past
several years, has been embroiled in a
lawsuit with the plaza's owners.
Parking is in the plaza's center,
an inversion of the typical mall design.
From there you can take it all in. On the
north side is a long building now occu-
pied by Big Lots, Foot Locker, and sev-
eral other stores. On the west is President
Supermarket, Radio Shack, and Payless
Shoes. Along the east and south sides are
a row of fashion and shoe shops. Above

now just known as 8000 Biscayne Blvd. It
was built in 1957, reportedly designed by
Maurice Weintraub as a classic example
of MiMo architecture. Its soaring, glass-
fronted second-story lobby is now used for
photo shoots and film production, as is the
original second-story swimming pool.
According to county records, Dr.
Jack Michel bought the building in 1995
for $350,000. Michel recently opened
a ground-floor medical clinic fronting
the Boulevard. The doctor also runs the

admission and treatment of patients.
Michel declined to be interviewed for
this article. However, Carlos Suarez, who
with Michel owns Glasshaus Studios at
the former motel, says Michel bought the
Admiral Vee with the idea of revamping
and preserving the property while attract-
ing members of Miami's arts community.
Glasshaus coordinates photographic and
video productions at the property.

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"Our goal is to build a creative hot
spot," Suarez says, noting that Michel
has already put about $500,000 into
cleaning, painting, and repairing the
property. Other firms, such as a photo
company and casting company, also have
space in the building. Suarez, a former
creative director of Ocean Drive maga-
zine, says the next phase might include
renting the remaining former motel
rooms to a variety of interior designers.
There are also discussions about opening
a restaurant, Suarez says.
Visitors gazing from the retro pool
deck to the shoppers below may marvel
at Miami's diversity, but they may not
realize they are also perched at one of the
area's most important intersections, a fact
that could play into the plaza's future.
It's a straight shot down 79th Street
and across the causeway to Miami
Beach. Go west and you end up at the
Hialeah Park racetrack. "It's the most
strategic intersection north of down-
town," says Allan Shulman, one of five
architects invited in 2006 by Home

Biscayne Plaza was built with parking lots in the center, the inverse of
typical shopping center designs.

Miami magazine to reimagine the plaza.
"Biscayne Boulevard and 79th Street is a
regional connector, from Hialeah straight
to North Beach."
Still, at the moment the plaza's main
draw remains low-cost shopping. And
any new tenants are likely to continue
in that mold, according to Terranova's

Stephen Bittel. "My guess," he says, "is
that it will be a part of the most success-
ful part of retailing today, which is value
or discount shopping, because consumers
of all levels from the most wealthy to
the less wealthy are interested in get-
ting better value for their dollar. I think
today we have a number of value chains

that would be valuable additions."
Bittel adds vaguely that the proper-
ty would serve the community best with
a great supermarket. And what about
any revamping? Rebuilding? "I think the
current view is to continue as a shopping
center," he says. "What it looks like and
how it is configured depends a lot on
what tenants are attracted to it."
Speculation abounds. Would Presi-
dent Supermarket stay? Could Publix
be interested? Whole Foods? And what
about Walmart? The site is too small for
a full-size store, but the Arkansas behe-
moth has recently opened its "Neighbor-
hood Market" grocery stores in Broward
and Palm Beach counties. More dollar-
type stores? Lower-cost clothing? While
many people living along the Biscayne
Corridor may hanker for more midscale
retailers, the plaza also serves neigh-
borhoods to the west of the Boulevard,
including Little Haiti and Little River.
As Bittel negotiates with potential
tenants, others look to the City of Miami
for help in mapping the area's future.
Ellen Uguccioni, the city's historic pres-
ervation officer, is preparing a report on

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how many of the structures between 77th
Street and 87th Street have the archi-
tectural integrity to become part of the
historic district. Commissioner Marc Sar-
noff requested the study. "I've heard the
stretch of Biscayne Boulevard between
77th and 87th streets referred to as a rela-
tive 'no-man's land' by residents who feel
left out from all the positive attention and
growth that the MiMo Historic District
has enjoyed," Sarnoff writes in an e-mail.
"A number of residents in the Shorec-
rest area have been interested in this idea
and it deserves to be explored," he contin-
ues. "If the study comes back and identifies
properties within the additional ten blocks
that should be preserved, then we should
move forward. That is up to the experts
to weigh in on, and I trust their decisions.
As far as specific properties like Biscayne
Plaza and the Admiral Vee Motel, I'll
leave that up to the recommendations of
the historic preservation team."
Bittel doesn't think the plaza will
make the MiMo cut. "I don't think
there's much at the property I would call

Allan Shulman's reimagined plaza: "Not only would it be redeveloped, it
would turn into a new civic center for a new neighborhood."

architecturally unique," he says, while
noting it does have a few interesting
facets. "The problem is, preserving an
interesting minor component often pre-
cludes redevelopment or rebuilding. That
is needed at the property, and it's what
the community wants."
Yet the same recession that stalled
the big development at the plaza has also

squeezed city hall's budget meaning
completion of the historic-preservation
report could take longer than anticipated.
So nailing down big changes at the shop-
ping center could be a protracted process.
Slow changes seem appropriate for
a swath of land that was once a straw-
berry farm. That's the plaza's early re-
corded beginnings, says Antolin Garcia

- Carbonell, a local historian, architect,
o and author. He has a special affection
, for the area as his early years were spent
Living just across the Little River.
By the late 1940s, developers
E realized that the Little River area had
4 become a vital center, its shops serving a
Growing suburban community. "It was a
8 thriving commercial area with theaters,
bakeries, and second only to downtown,"
says Carbonell.
Plans for the center began in the
early 1950s. "By early 1955, most of the
center was finished," he notes. Car-
bonell, whose research encompasses old
newspaper stories and ads in addition to
personal experience, says some stores,
including the Neisner variety chain,
advertised for an all-female staff: "They
very much wanted housewives to come
work for them."
Early tenants included J.C. Penney,
W.T. Grant, and the Lerner Shops. The
plaza also attracted banks, drug stores,
and popular restaurants like Junior's.
MiMo experts say the center was also
designed to reflect the car culture sweep-
ing America and to harmonize with the

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Biscayne Boulevard motels going up at
the same time.
"Miami's first shopping plaza
was built at a location where increas-
ing numbers of auto-mobile residents
and seasonal vacationers converged,"
writes Marilys Nepomechie, a professor
of architecture at Florida International
University, who contributed a chapter on
the plaza to Miami Modern Metropolis:
Paradise and Paradox in Midcentury
Architecture and Planning. The book
was edited by Allan Shulman.
"Accordingly," Nepomechie contin-
ues, "it blended elements of commercial
and resort architecture to create a modern
composition at once functional and the-
atrical, calibrated for maximum appeal at
speeds both vehicular and pedestrian."
The plaza, she explains, was the
gateway to Miami's "Motel Row." She
writes: "The structure was a celebration
of life as a dynamic proposition facili-
tated by the car; the automobile formed
the unambiguous center of a composition
at once urban and suburban."

Glass-enclosed catwalks connect the main buildings, this one crossing
over NE 81st Street.

Then in 1957 the Admiral Vee
Motel opened. "It was one of about four
or five motels along Biscayne Boulevard
that tried to be full service, sort of like a

small resort," Carbonell says.
The motel's namesake was a
racehorse, a grandson of the great Man
O'War. The name also provides a clue

to the motel's place in time. It's easy to
imagine vacationing families leaving the
Admiral Vee, speeding over the cause-
way to the ocean early in the day, then
later heading straight out 79th Street to
the Hialeah racetrack, which reopened
last year after a major makeover.
However, the plaza's reign was short.
Also in the mid-1950s, the 163rd Street
Mall opened. "It pulled people away," Car-
bonell says, noting that even in its heyday
the plaza was a working-class and middle-
class kind of place. If \\ ever needed a
nicer outfit, we would go to Burdines."
In addition, the area was quickly
transforming into a red-light district.
"There was always a certain amount of
sleaze," Carbonell recalls.
A search of Miami News archives
shows what he means. The Gaiety Club at
78th Street and Biscayne (hours 10:00 p.m.
to 5:00 a.m.) was raided by the state at-
torney's office for running a crooked poker
game in which one fellow lost more than
$38,000. Another Miami News item from
1958 tells of"stripteuse" Gina Marie's
upcoming appearance at the Gaiety.

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By the mid-1970s, says Carbonell,
the whole intersection was adult enter-
tainment. Later came racial clashes. One
by one, stores pulled out. Also hurting
the shopping center was the decision to
make NE 82nd Street one-way going
west. Reversing that decades-old change
would be the first step in revitalizing the
area, he says.
That road reversal was included in
the Biscayne Plaza imaginary plan ar-
chitect Allan Shulman created for Home
Miami magazine. Shulman has served on
the Miami Beach Historic Preservation
Board, among other preservation groups,
and has restored or designed renova-
tions for a number of Miami area hotels
and other buildings, including Biscayne
Boulevard's Vagabond Motel and the
Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach. He
also is on the faculty of the University of
Miami's School of Architecture.
Shulman envisioned the plaza finally
taking its place as a regional axis, bringing
together local communities, though using
public transport as well as automobiles.

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Looking north from the former second-floor lobby of the Admiral Vee
Motel, now Glasshaus Studios.

"Not only would it be redeveloped by
retaining the old mall, but it would turn it
into a new civic center for a new neighbor-
hood," he says. "It's a strategy."
Shulman's plan adds another story
to most of the existing buildings, moves
parking to the top of one building, and

replaces much the current parking area
with green space. A new mid-rise office
tower would be at the front of the proper-
ty near the intersection of 79th Street and
the Boulevard. Three residential towers
would overlook the Little River. "When
you think about preserving the structure

in order to provide some memory of
what this place is," Shulman says, "it
isn't about preserving it in amber."
A key feature is the realization
of Florida East Coast Railway's long-
discussed commuter line. In Shulman's
vision, there would be a stop at the plaza,
along with light rail on 79th Street, con-
necting the plaza with both Miami Beach
and Hialeah Park.
"There was a reason this was
placed here," Shulman observes. "It's the
entrance to the City of Miami. It was a
hub. One of the things we increasingly
think about is how Miami developed in a
chaotic way, and the opportunity for the
city going forward is to connect things. It
stimulates a more continuous urban life."
Shulman and his wife, Rebecca
Stanier-Shulman, live not far from Bis-
cayne Plaza and have seen the Boulevard
transformed over the past several years.
"It is increasingly getting the critical mass
as a neighborhood," he says. No\\ people
are walking on the Boulevard. Biscayne
Boulevard has really sprung back to life."
Upscale restaurants have moved in,
while several motels have undertaken

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period-accurate restorations. Crime
has fallen. Some in nearby neighbor-
hoods credit historic designation for
the changes and believe continuing
preservation northward would accelerate
the trend. "Little by little, neighborhoods
are going historic," says Jack Spirk,
president of the Shorecrest Homeown-
ers Association. "Historic designation
increases property values and also helps
stabilize the market." Spirk believes the
plaza could be an anchor for the MiMo
District, offering parking to visitors
while shuttles ferry them to shops and
restaurants along the Boulevard.
Plaza preservation proponents
underscore that they don't favor freezing

the property in time. Stopping progress
is not the point, says Teri D'Amico, an
interior designer long involved in historic

One of the staircases, in the exuberant MiMo style,
leading to the plaza's second story.

preservation efforts. "When you look at
a property that big, you can't possibly
retain all of it," she says. The key is to

thoughtfully reuse structures, making
sure to protect key elements. D'Amico,
who helped introduce the term MiMo,


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A remnant of the old Neisner variety store, where a
nickel actually had some buying power.

says that extending historic designation to
include the plaza and Admiral Vee would
also lead to revitalization west of Bis-

cayne Boulevard. "Seventy-ninth Street
is a pretty significant street, with a lot of
historic buildings on it as well," she says.

Any plan to ambitiously redo the
plaza, historic or no, will have to take
into account Ted Vernon of Ted Vernon

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he can be found, most days, in one of his
three buildings along the Little River.
Inside is a collection of vintage automo-
biles that makes you want to reach for
a fedora and highball. There is a whole
flock of 1930s-era cars Packards,
Rolls-Royces, and Lincolns interspersed
with Ford Model-Ts.
But Vernon is not one of those
laconic car guys. In fact he is irrepress-
ible, a true character. Vernon's various
occupations have included, or include,
professional wrestling and acting. He's
a longtime film producer as well. On the
day a reporter comes to visit, he has just
returned from playing an Everglades tour
guide who, let's just say, would not be a
credit to the National Park Service, in a
film called Hell Glades.
"There are two ways of looking at it,"
Vernon says. "I have a very valuable piece
of property because I'm on the water. If
they want to develop and offer waterfront
property, they have to own me."
Biscayne Plaza's owners, Vernon
says, offered to buy his land, but he

The plaza's second floor is virtually empty, but a Ted Vernon: "That shopping center should come
number of ground-floor businesses are bustling, down and something beautiful should be put in its
including a Big Lots outlet. place. It's horrible."

rejected their bid. Now he is in a legal
battle, dating from 2005, with the
owners over access to his property,
according to court documents. Vernon,
customers, delivery men, and visi-
tors must pass along 81st Street or cut
through from 79th Street to get to the
business. Neither Vernon nor Terrano-
va's Bittel would discuss the lawsuit, but
the men agree on one thing: No historic
designation for the properties.

"I think that shopping center should
come down and something beautiful should
be put in its place," says Vernon. "It's not
something to preserve. It's horrible."
For his part, Bittel ventures a few
thoughts about the future. Miami is
just in the beginning stages of transi-
tioning from an auto-centric commu-
nity to a more urban environment, he
believes, and Biscayne Boulevard, for
all the recent activity, is nowhere near

becoming the kind of live-work-play area
where mixed-use developments work.
"It would be my guess that this [the
plaza] is likely to be a redeveloped or
rebuilt retail center for some time in the
future," he says. "What you can do is
tempered by what the community will
support, what can be financed, and what
makes good business sense."

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Of all the mailboxes in all the towns, why did the Postal Service have to

By Gaspar GonzAlez
BT Contributor

I miss my mailbox. No, not the one
at my house. I'm talking about the
big blue baby that used to sit near
the corner of NE 113th Street and 9th
Avenue, at the edge of our community
park. I noticed it the first day we moved
into the village, since
it was only two

blocks from my front
door. Those first few
months, I took advan-
tage of the mailbox
to drop off holiday

beginning to fall and my
neighbors were walking
their dogs or chatting
with each other on the
street. It became a happy
ritual, and it made me
feel connected to the
community. (Okay, I
admit it it also made

I had a hard time believing that the
only mailbox within the village limits of
Biscayne Park had so little traffic that
it would qualify for removal.

cards to friends and
family, business let-
ters, and the occasional bill payment. It
was convenient, and I liked having an
excuse to go for a walk around the block
in the middle of the day, a small respite
from being anchored to my desk at home.
Sometimes I would make my mail
run a little later, just as evening was

me feel a little like
quintessential '60s sub-
urban dad-slash-man of
mystery Don Draper, but
we're all entitled to our
little fantasies.) I came to
love that damn box.

take ours?
Then one day it was gone. It was
sometime in February. Upon discovering
its absence, I went over to village hall
and inquired about it. "Oh, yes," they
told me, "the Postal Service came and
got it." Were they replacing it with a
newer one or was it gone for good? No
one seemed to know.
A few days later, I had my answer.
A story in the Miami Herald (recycled
from the Sun Sentinel) explained that
the Postal Service, having suffered a
nearly $4 billion shortfall in revenue in
2009, was declaring war on underused
mailboxes. According to the article,
Uncle Sam was targeting mailboxes that
received fewer than 25 pieces of mail per
day. In Miami-Dade, that translated to
about 270 box casualties.
I had a hard time believing that my
mailbox the only mailbox within the
village limits of Biscayne Park had
so little traffic that it would qualify for

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removal. I asked my mail carrier what
he thought. He told me that the box
had always collected a good amount
of mail, adding that the same was true
of at least one other recently recalled
box on Biscayne Boulevard. Just as
I suspected: The Postal Service was
collecting boxes pell-mell. Biscayne
Park residents had been victimized by a
random repossession.
Now, I know what some will say:
The Internet has rendered snail mail
a quaint relic. Nobody mails anything
anymore. In this age of electronic mail,
PINs, and online banking, there's no
need to ever lick an envelope. But it
isn't true. For starters, not everyone has
joined the Internet revolution. Many
older and lower-income residents don't
even own a computer.
And even those of us who do most of
our communicating, shopping, and bill-
paying via the Internet usually have one
or two items every month we drop in the
mail. And what about invitations, photos,
thank-you notes, and all the other things

that people my wife, in particular
- still prefer to send the old-fashioned
way? A wired world may mean a lot
less traditional mail is generated, but it
hasn't made such correspondence extinct.
Remember what my mail carrier told me
- our box was doing a brisk business.
I understand the Postal Service is
facing tough times. I might even agree
that some mailboxes needed to go. But
why ours? We only had one. Compare
that to Miami
Shores, which,
for a commu- Biscayne Park m;
nity its size, is municipality in all I
bulging with a mailbox. I don't
boxes. Count that makes me fee
'em: There's cit
one on Park
Drive at NE
94th Street, one
at the corner of NE 95th Street and 2nd
Avenue, another at the corner of NE
96th Street and 4th Avenue, and the
bank of drive-through mailboxes on NE
98th Street, just across from, oh what's
that place called, the post office.
That's enough to give anyone mail-
box envy, but the one that really gets

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me is at the corner of NE 102nd Street
and 12th Avenue. And, no, that's not a
typo. NE 102nd Street and 12th Avenue.
Somehow a box located in a secluded
residential area east of the Boulevard,
with virtually no through traffic, has
managed to escape the Postal Service's
careful study of underused boxes. (Or
maybe if you live in an upscale neigh-
borhood close enough to the water,
you're entitled to your own private mail
drop.) El Portal
has only
now be the only one mailbox
iami-Dade without outside
ow about you, but village hall
ike a second-class but then,
en. there's a large
post office
just beyond
the village
limits at NE 84th Street.
That leaves only Biscayne Park
residents without easy access to a public
mailbox. In fact Biscayne Park may now
be the only municipality in all of Miami-
Dade County without such a box. I don't
know about you, but that makes me feel
like a second-class citizen.

Sure, village residents could drive
east to Biscayne Boulevard or north to
NE 125th Street or, as I'm forced to do
now, the Miami Shores Post Office, but
that's a pain. My mail carrier encour-
aged me leave outgoing mail for him in
my residential mailbox, but that seems to
me to put an undue strain on him. What
if he doesn't have mail for me that day?
Should I still expect him to walk up my
driveway to see if I have mail for him?
(Few of us have those mailboxes with the
little red flag.) Should he be expected to
do that for every single home in Bis-
cayne Park? What if I need a piece of
mail to get out before one o'clock?
I want my mailbox back. I'm not
alone. The village commission passed
a resolution a few months back asking
the Postal Service to return it. So far, no
response. Perhaps, as I've already heard
from some corners, you can't fight the
Postal Service. But we can try. Who
knows? Maybe a letter-writing campaign
would work, even if we do have to drive
into the Shores to send the message.

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relocation of homeless sex offend-
ers from under the Julia Tuttle Cause-
way bridge has sparked a backlash
from homeowners in the Upper Eastside,
in particular the Shorecrest neighborhood,
where 13 of the offenders have been placed.
Residents' concerns were first aired at a
well-attended Town Hall meeting on April
21, which was covered by the BT ("Mr.
Mayor, Can You Please Tell Them To Be
Quiet?" May 2010).
At the meeting, residents learned
from Miami City Commissioner Marc
Sarnoff that the city had no control
over the relocation of the offenders, that
it was entirely a county issue. Subse-
quently, county Commissioner Audrey
Edmonson received numerous e-mails
and phone calls from citizens complain-
ing about the concentrated grouping of
sexual offenders in one small commu-
nity. Edmonson responded by organizing

another community meeting to address
the subject. It took place May 17 at
Legion Park.
The star of the show was not the com-
missioner or the other dignitaries in at-
tendance, including Miami Mayor Tomis
Regalado, Commissioner Sarnoff, and
state Rep. Ronald Bris6. Rather the star
was Edmonson's invited guest, Ron Book,

chairman of the county's Homeless Trust.
Months earlier Book had stepped forward
to help solve the problem of homeless sex
offenders, which had garnered embarrass-
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him to explain how 13 offenders ended up
in Shorecrest.
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clearly stating that she did not have a
solution at hand. She was there to listen,
to gather suggestions, and then move
forward to develop a plan to resolve
the matter. It poured rain that night,
which caused Book to run late, so David
Raymond, executive director of the
Homeless Trust, spoke first, providing an
overview of the Trust's role in the reloca-
tion process.
Raymond gave a concise synopsis of
the actions taken by the Trust to elimi-
nate the filthy squatters' village that had
evolved under the causeway bridge. Just
as he was finishing, Book entered the au-
ditorium. It was all downhill from there.
For those who don't know Ron Book,
perhaps the most influential political
lobbyist in Florida, suffice to say that he
is an expert on just about any topic you
might want to discuss. He made it abun-
dantly clear that he was better informed
than anyone in the room on the subject of

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sexual offenders and predators.
He'd been through a terrible ordeal
involving a predator (a female nanny)
who lived in his home and assaulted his
daughter for several years. "So don't you
tell me about the pain and the anguish,"
he snapped, "because I have lived through
it and know it better than any of you!"
Well, that introduction certainly set
the tone for the rest of the evening. One
resident after another attempted to voice
their frustrations and worries, only to be
rebuked by Book, who acted as a buffer
between the exasperated residents and the
elected officials, who sat mum on the dais.
Book went on and on about how up-
standing the politicians were and how won-
derful the Homeless Trust is, and then he
finally got around to Commissioner Edmon-
son's question: How did 13 sexual offenders
end up being housed in Shorecrest?
Book's response: "We ran the
Shorecrest ZIP code and it just popped
up as an eligible site. So I drove it and
determined that it would be a good fit
to relocate the sexual predators." What

could be more simple!
It was a despicable display of grand-
standing by Book, especially when
compared to the manner in which David
Raymond addressed the residents earlier in
the evening. Book should have folded his
tent, sat at the dais, and allowed the public to
speak and the elected officials to respond.
Mayor Regalado presented a some-
what disjointed discourse on the history of
the Homeless Trust, from the time when
Miami police violated the civil rights
of the homeless, resulting in the now
infamous Pottinger Agreement, which for
years has tied the city's hands in dealing
with the homeless street population.
Book opined that he didn't think the
Pottinger Agreement was all that bad and
that "we have it and we are living with
it." Sort of like living with a fatal disease
until it kills you.
Then a member of the audience asked
question about a different constitutional
issue. This gave Commissioner Sarnoff
the opportunity sidestep the constitutional
issue but emphasize again that the county
had full responsibility for the sexual of-
fender/predator issue and that it was not
the responsibility of the City of Miami.

This made everyone feel a lot better,
though it caused Commissioner Edmon-
son to twitch a little as another tire from
the proverbial bus ran across her back.
In response to a murmur from the
crowd about how many sexual offenders
had been relocated to Coconut Grove,
where Sarnoff lives, the commissioner
commented that he empathized with the
residents because he lives on a block
with four offenders and that hordes of
them live within a half-mile of his home.
A subsequent check on the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement website
(updated daily) showed exactly one of-
fender located within a half square mile of
the commissioner's home and two within
one square mile. So either a bunch moved
out or a bunch moved in over the course
of 24 hours, depending upon whose stats
you want to believe. (An elected official
who lives in a gated community, has no
children, and has just two offenders lo-
cated within a square mile of his home is
going to find it difficult to elicit sympathy
from a room full of residents who were
obviously at wit's end.)
I also searched a specific Shorec-
rest residence in the vicinity of the

relocations and found that there are
14 offenders within a half square mile
and 63 within one square mile. The 13
relocated to Shorecrest are all serious
sexual predators, according to Ron Book
- "real bad guys," as he put it.
One young mother pleaded for help:
"I cannot walk the streets around my
home without my husband with me.
This is not me, this is not how I want to
live!" Even when prodded by a vocifer-
ous resident demanding to hear from his
elected officials, who sat silent before
their constituents, only Commissioner
Edmonson responded.
But then the resident was cut off
by Book, who taunted the man to
"heap your complaints and insults
upon me, sir. I am paid the big bucks
to take your abuse!"
All in all, it was a pretty pathetic show,
hardly a shining example of how to solicit
input from the public to address a very real
problem and work on a solution. I applaud
Commissioner Edmonson for calling the
meeting, but next time she should leave the
experts at home and just listen.

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By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

Returned to this city from a year-plus
stint in the Merciless Un-Frozen
Tundra (MUFT), otherwise known as
Binghamton, New York, five months ago.
Now it's time for my Miami report. Let's
make that Miami's report card. This is
particularly fitting since I am here at-
tending school. And not just any school.
Ahhhhrt school. But we'll get to that.
Plus I am leaving for the summer
to go back to the MUFT. (Insert requi-
site groaning, whining, bitching, and
suicide threats from previous columns.
Or if you're the impatient type, just wait
for the next column because I'll be at it
again with fresh gripes.)
In one of my ahhhrt school photog-
raphy classes, when we hand in assign-
ments to be shredded like a gazelle
outrun by lions, uh, I mean critiqued, we
are graded equally on creativity and on
technical skill. It's a 50/50 split. I think

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- After months of diligent studying, it time for a report card -

that is fair. So I'm going to apply this
rule to how I grade Miami.
But since we're talking about a city,
I'm skipping creativity and technical
skill as grading criteria, although I could
make an argument to include them. I'm
going to consider "environment," which

includes three elements I'll use: weather,
aesthetic appeal, and socioeconomic
climate. This means I am going to have
to add three grades in order to arrive
at one final one. That's math! And my
grades in math were.... Well, I'll just do
the best I can.

I give Miami an A- for weather. I'm
? sorry, Miami, but I'm docking you for
Extreme summer heat and humidity.
, Otherwise I'm sold. So work on that, will
Sya? Really. It's so indulgent and adoles-
- cent to be that muggy for that long.
1 As we know, the sun shines in
SMiami. A lot. That means you can wear
= next to nothing, which makes for a thin-
ner population, which arguably makes
for a healthier population. Okay, I said
arguably. Which leads me to the next
category: aesthetic appeal.
We all know Miami is no slacker in
that arena. Hell, the world knows that.
The funny thing is, even if people don't
arrive here fit and thin (they usually
don't), many inevitably end up that way.
A coincidence? I think not.
Just sip on sun and ocean cock-
tails, nibble on palm tree fronds, and
colon cleanse with copious amounts of
peer pressure to look perfect for a few

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Representative Ronald Brise

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El Portal Village Hall
500 N.E. 87th Street, El Portal
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
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weeks and I swear the pounds will melt
away like that ice cream cone that once
was a yummy treat and is now a sticky
fright in your hand. Now do you see
why I'm taking points off for weather?
Tsk, tsk!
But why, assuming you munch
on subtropical vegetation, drink salty
water, and get insulted or intimidated
continuously by hot women, will you
lose weight? Duh! It's the Miamet! Get
it? Miami + Diet = Miamet. Maaaybe
I'm not so bad at math after all! If
you don't get it, it may be too late for
you. (See "Miamon" below.) I've seen
Miamet affect women and men of all
ages and ethnicities.
Of course, you need to exercise more
than your jaw muscles once you go on
the Miamet. I'm talking about exercis-
ing caution. Alert level: Orange. See, if
you are not careful, after a few weeks
on the Miamet, you risk morphing into
a Miamon. And while every action has
its consequences, this one in particular
should be avoided at all costs.

What's a Miamon? Well, it's sort
of like a tampon, only human and with
fewer brain cells. I know what you are
thinking. Since Miamons are every-
where, how do you identify one and
therefore know which behavior to not
emulate? Let me provide a few, brief,
anecdotal situations:
(Be forewarned: The following are
not fictional. And they all happened
within a week. Repeatedly.)
Miamon example #1: You are trying
to pull out of a parking spot. Simple,
right? Not so fast. Literally. Because
there is a person standing behind you.
On their cell phone. Oblivious. (Note:
This characteristic of living in a state of
sheer oblivion is a fundamental trait of
the Miamon.)
Miamon example #2: You live in
a condo and the fire alarm goes off at
4:00 a.m. You call the front desk and
ask if this is a real fire or yet another
false alarm. The person manning the
front desk tells you they will check with
"security" and call you back in five
minutes. (Note: The that blatant stupid-
ity and disregard for human life are both
Miamon traits.)

Miamon example #3: You are in line
at a certain smoothie place. There is a
woman in front of you who is insisting
the cashier shorted her by five cents. The
cashier has explained that did not happen
and reviewed the receipt a few times to
prove it. There are eight people behind
you in line. They are beginning to growl.
The nickel-hungry woman won't shut up,
get out of the way, and let other people
order. (Note: Being inconsiderate is a
hallmark of the Miamon.)
I could go on. Point is, you won't be
able to totally avoid the Miamons. You
cannot outsmart them. And no, sorry to
say, listening solely to public radio and
sticking to bookstores won't save you. So
at least try not to become one.
When I factor the Miamet and
Miamons into Miami's overall grade, I
have to assign an A for the Miamet and
an F for Miamons. That's a C. Add in the
A- for weather and we have a B? But I'm
still grading.
And now I am considering socioeco-
nomic factors within the environment.
Well, this gets tricky. Miami scores
well for diversity, cultural offerings (oh,
shut up NYC-ers. If you think NYC

is so much better, please move back,
slush your way around Broadway and
to the museums in the winter, sweat on
the germ-infested subways during the
summer, and give us space) and...and
that's it.
On the down side we have a lot of
Entitled Douche Bags roaming around.
The Entitled Douche Bags or EDBs vary
slightly from the Miamons. Not every
Miamon has four Lamborghinis or five
trust funds or eight servants or a ten-
bedroom house. But every EDB is, by
definition, a Miamon.
Confused? Fine. Let's move on.
Diversity = A. Cultural offerings =
B. EDBs = F. So what's the total? Hold
on while I punch these letters into my
calculator. Oh, I can't do that. Should
have assigned numerical grades. An A-
for weather, a B for aesthetic appeal and
a C- for socioeconomic climate. So 90 +
83 + 70 = 243, divided by 3 = 81.
There you have it. Miami by the
numbers. Final grade: B.
Hmmm. Maybe I should have re-
ceived better grades in math.

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Home-Field Advantage
It not whether you win or
By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

Lately I've been thinking about
home. I mean home as in Miami
Shores, not home as in the town
of my birth. Maybe it's because this year,
I haven't traveled much at all. Discount-
ing quick trips to the New Jersey-New
York area to visit family or attend social
events, I haven't stayed in one place so
long since I was pregnant with my son.
He's ten in October.
Still, for someone who adores travel-
ing, I've enjoyed just as much being
home. I know that sounds contradic-
tory, but for 13 years I worked out of my
house, spending days at a time writing
in my office, where my desk is parked
under a window that looks directly into
the dense greenness of a sapodilla tree.
These days I value whatever time I
actually get at home, which is very little.
If I'm not in my home-away-from-home
at school, I'm driving my kids to their

various sports activities. And now that
my children have joined the circuit of
young, traveling athletes, I have another
way to think about home.

- For All It's Worth
lose, it forget that!

Home-field advantage to parents
means you don't have to fight the
commute. But I've discovered that for
some coaches, especially those in the

countywide, kid-pitch baseball league
that Miami Shores takes part in, home-
field advantage means you can cheat,
prevaricate, and verbally abuse the chil-
dren under your care.
To their credit, the coaches from the
Miami Shores teams have stayed remark-
ably cool-headed in the face of outright
game-theft. But then, the Miami Shores
ball club managers weren't the ones
indulging their inner poor sports. Those
with such impressive tantrum routines,
the John McEnroes of the diamond, who
try to convince umpires that a run scores
on a third out and who deliberately
miscount the stats out loud to confuse
matters in their favor those coaches
hail from Coral Gables.
We got our first taste of the Coral
Gables coaches' determination to win at
all and any costs one extremely hot Sat-
urday afternoon. The kids had already
been playing for an hour and 35 minutes;

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games are scheduled for one hour and
20 minutes. Coral Gables, in its final ups
at bat, had failed to score the necessary
runs to win. So we started to cheer and
rise only to sink down in disbelief
when the umpires signaled for another
inning. Apparently you don't leave a
Coral Gables baseball game until you
lose. So that's precisely what our hot,
sweaty, and bewildered boys of prema-
ture summer did. They played until they
lost. Then the game was over and we
could all go home to soothe their nine-
year-old souls.
Another venture to Coral Gables
ended during the top of the third inning,
when a thunderstorm blew in. Rather
we ;h,.. i'rt it had ended. But this time
Coral Gables was winning. So even
though thunder was rumbling, electric-
ity was streaking across the sky, the first
fat drops were falling, and it was clear
from both bruised horizon and iPhone
radar that we were in for a dangerous
South Florida washout, the rival coaches
insisted we stay. "You have to wait 15

minutes before we can officially call the
game," they told us. If you leave before
a game is called, you're walking out and
that's a forfeit. We stayed.
But after the 15 minutes was up, they
changed the rules and said we needed
to wait half an hour. "It's going to pass
over," they said. By this point a dozen
adolescents in the dugout were push-
ing, squirming, climbing the fence, and
throwing baseballs at each other's heads
- accidentally, of course. It was also
7:30 at night. So we grabbed our kids
and got them in the cars just before the
clouds broke open to flood U.S. 1 with
several inches of rain in under an hour. It
was a helluva drive home.
Meanwhile, in my mind, I see the
other team still sitting there, their cleats
soaking in puddles, hungry and shiver-
ing while their coaches congratulated
them on waiting us out, because of
course "there's no crying in baseball."
Even when you get hit in the head with a
baseball. Or lightning.
Nor was their behavior any better
when they were the visiting team. On
one occasion, celebrating a teammate's
birthday, the Gables players sprayed

about ten cans of Silly String all over the
Miami Shores field, and their coaches
seemed oblivious to the mess it made. In
the end, a couple of parents made a half-
hearted attempt to get the kids to clean
up after themselves, then one caring
mom did the rest of the job herself.
Still, what concerns me most is how
the Coral Gables coaches scream at their
players if they fail to steal a base or if
they don't round third and head home
even if the pitcher has the ball and the
play technically is dead. The ploy is to
tempt inexperienced pitchers to throw
(or overthrow, which is what usually
happens) home and keep the play in
perpetual motion, and the umps either
don't realize the ball went back to the
mound or, if the game is in the Gables,
don't care.
Other times, if the batter doesn't
take a cut at a strike, you can hear one
of them screech, "Swing that stick!
You've got a stick in your hands! Use
it you're not a lawn ornament to just
stand there!" Worse, however, is when
the pitch goes awry and the batter
flinches. "Don't back away from the
plate! Lean into it! Take one for the

team!" this maniac likes to shout.
As a former athlete, an occasional
coach, a full-time educator, and always,
always, always a mom, I have a serious
problem with an overwrought adult telling
any nine-year-old kid to deliberately step
into a badly pitched hard ball so he can
be beaned and gain first base. That's not
the way to play. That's the way to lose a
perfectly good set of teeth because you fol-
lowed such stupid advice. You're supposed
to try to hit the ball, not get hit by it.
Of course, we're also talking about
the same guy who lied to his team the
last time they played Miami Shores,
telling them they tied when they actually
lost. If the tie were an actuality, our boys
would have taken their last ups, but we
didn't have to because we were lead-
ing. Fortunately for this coach, none of
his players figured this out. In a case of
City Beautiful versus Village Beautiful,
we may lose more often than not when
it comes to baseball runs. But when it
concerns karma and IQ points? Whether
home or away, Miami Shores is clearly in
the lead.

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Grab a Paddle and Ride the Dragon

An ancient Chinese sport finds a home in modern Miami

By Terence Cantarella
BT Contributor

On the quiet Oleta River in North
Miami Beach, where tall man-
grove forests grow along the
ancient shorelines and block out the
noise of the city beyond, a nine-person
crew sits in a long, hand-painted boat,
waiting for an order. Bent forward, arms
poised at the ready, their fists clench long
wooden paddles. A steersman, standing at
the stern, grips the skiff's rudder by the
handle and issues his command: "Go!"
The crew lets loose, plunging their
paddles into the murky water, using
the strength of their upper bodies to
push their 40-foot Chinese dragon boat
upriver. The vessel glides along at
an impressive speed, each paddler
pummeling the water in sync until,
250 meters along, the steersman
calls for an intermission. "Let it
ride!" he yells.
The paddles come up, the pad-
dlers catch their breath, and peace
returns to the winding waterway
- until they repeat the drill mo-
ments later.
Every weekend the scene plays
out the same way. The Puff Dragon
Boat Racing Team (Puff, for short) -..
races their dragon up and down the The
placid Oleta until as they like to bov
say they've drained their tanks.
That an ancient Chinese sport
should find a home on an urban river in
North Miami Beach may seem strange
to some, but to 27-year-old Biscayne
Park resident Sam Trotter, it makes
perfect sense: "South Florida, being
outside on the water, meeting people and

getting exercise
- that to me is a
Trotter and
wife Kate Benson
joined Puff just
two months ago,
but like many
newbies, they've
quickly become
diehard dragon-
boaters. And
even though a
competitive streak
runs through the
heart of the team,
Benson insists the
niche sport is as

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boats feature a dragon head at the
v and a tail at the stern.

much a social affair as it is a sports bout:
"There's a lot of camaraderie. And it's
still kind of underground, so you feel like
you're part of a club. Besides, what other
team sport can you do where you get to
be out on the water? This is Miami. Don't
you want to be out on the water?"

Founded seven years ago by Michael
.Chen, Puff is one of about five dragon-
boat racing teams in Miami-Dade County
Sand currently boasts some 50 permanent
members, ranging from buff, young out-
door enthusiasts to well-ripened weekend
warriors (including a 73-year-old part-
time paddler). Some members show up
to the weekly training runs religiously.
Others, only occasionally.
As a young man in Hong Kong,
watching dragon-boat races from the
window of his home, Chen was never
too impressed with the sport. "Too damn
slow," he thought. It wasn't until many
years later, living in South Florida and
looking for a way to get outdoors and re-
connect with his cultural heritage, that he
decided to take up dragon-boating. That's
when he realized just how satisfying -
and fast racing dragons can be. "You
don't realize how fast it is until you're in
the boat," he says.

Chen participates in local races
Twice a year. He competed in Tampa last
Month, raced in New York last August,
and travels to Hong Kong every year
Sfor an annual dragon-boat festival there
S(seven Puff members will accompany
- him this summer). The sport has even
shaped his world view. "Putting a bunch
of people in a boat and having them work
together toward the same goal," he con-
tends, "makes the world a better place. If
you want world peace, everyone should
go dragon-boating."
Dragon-boating, in fact, may be the
biggest sport you've never heard of. In
2006 Time magazine reported that "more
than 75 dragon-boat festivals were held
in 31 states and 70 cities across the coun-
try, with participation up 20 percent over
2004, to 54,000 people." More recent
surveys show considerable increases in
those numbers, and the sport has been
called one of the fastest-growing water
sports in the world, with annual festivals
being held in more than 50 countries.
Begun in China, dragon-boating
arose more than 2000 years ago as a
way to appease mystical river dragons
who had sovereignty over water, rain-
fall, and floods. Tied in to that yearly
custom is the legend of Qu Yuan, a
patriotic poet who drowned himself in
a river after the defeat of his homeland
by a rival army. The dramatic bard's
suicide fell on the day of the annual
dragon-boat festival and villagers are
said to have raced out in their dragon
boats to look for him, tossing rice
dumplings into the river to distract fish
from eating his body.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?
If it that untidy heap of a thing at Midtown Miami, very, very slow

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor
Last year publicists for Midtown
Miami promised that a "true fan-
tasy spectacle" with an "endless
arrays of blossoms and texture" would
be completed in the spring of 2010 and
"leave you speechless." As envisioned
by landscape architect Harry Nelson,
"World Gardens at Midtown Miami"
would consist of an array of international
garden styles crammed into a vacant
2.5-acre parcel that would also include a
100-foot-long reflecting pool, art exhibi-
tions, poetry readings, even free concerts.
(See "Gardens Grow in Midtown At
Least for Now," BT, December 2009.)
Now it's summer and the park isn't
finished. In fact, it doesn't appear to be
even close to finished.
Instead of a fantasy spectacle, there
are large tangles of trees and shrubs,
many of which are still potted, and
several large mounds of dirt ranging in
color from white to brown to black. An
above-ground "pond" (really a large
tank) sits in the middle of the evolving
World Gardens; work on the reflect-
ing pool has barely begun. Irrigation
hoses snake across the property, while
patches of mud border uneven paths cut
by tractors and trucks. Towering above
the plants, dirt piles, and scattered
equipment are a number of trees, some
close to 75 feet tall, many of them still
bound with rope, some having lost all
their leaves.
Many Midtown residents and
business owners are wondering what's
up. "For months they would move
plants here and there. I never saw a big

Landscaper Harry Nelson: "Everything in life is computed in dollars and
cents, but this is about education and enjoyment."

crew of people working," says Heidy
Andradem, a 33-year-old resident of the
Midtown 2 condo.
Andradem says that when she first
moved to Midtown several months ago,
the parcel was just being dug up. She's
moving out this month. "I was hoping
[World Gardens] would be done in two
weeks," she says, "but it took forever and
it looks like crap."
The lack of progress also troubles
Jeff Shimonski, director of horticulture
at Jungle Island and the BT's garden
columnist. "It seems very haphazard, like
there's no plan," Shimonski says, having
recently visited the site. "It's just piles of
fill all over the place." Worse, Shimonski
fears for the long-term health of some of
the trees: "They should not be tied up or
cut back like they have been."

Nelson, though, asserts that after
personal and logistical setbacks, work is
now proceeding at World Gardens. He
says his sister's death this past October,
record-breaking cold snaps, and a lack
of suitable soil have contributed to the
delays. "I watched my sister die for nine
months," he recounts. "This garden is
going to be dedicated to her." Thanks
to significant donations of soil, Nelson
assures that development of the garden
is now on track and that it should be
substantially finished by July.
Deborah Samuel, director of opera-
tions at Midtown Miami, says Nelson has
struggled not only with personal tragedy
but also with broken promises. "A lot of
people who were committed [to World
Gardens] in the beginning did not neces-
sarily come through," she says. "Any

E time you have construction, you have a
Little bit of confusion and aggravation."
Tired of seeing what he calls medio-
cre landscaping work, Nelson, a 30-year
veteran of the industry who says his
- client list has included the late Gianni
Versace and "Hollywood directors and
playwrights," dreamed of building a
string of public gardens across the nation
that would showcase different styles,
invite public participation, and educate
a new generation of landscape designers.
He teamed up with former client Jos6
Acosta, a computer software engineer
who felt Miami needed more green space.
Samuel, who also previously em-
ployed Nelson as a landscaper, leased
them a vacant piece of land owned by her
boss, Joe Cayre, principal of Midtown
Equities, for three years at a dollar a year,
including free water, electricity, and secu-
rity services. (Midtown Equities built
most of Midtown Miami, except for the
Shops at Midtown. Located to the west,
along N. Miami Avenue, the Shops at
Midtown were developed by Ohio-based
Developers Diversified Realty.)
Once the real estate market turns
around, Midtown Equities plans to
develop an entertainment complex where
World Gardens is now rising, but until
then, Nelson's "prototype" would high-
light several distinct garden styles: Italian,
English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and
what he refers to as modern, fantasy, and
At some point Acosta backed away
from the project. Contacted by the BT,
Acosta says he relocated to California
to find work. His earlier responsibilities

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Women Helping Women Helping Wynwood

From a ,matll group offive came a big idea for many

By John Hood
Special to BT

On a clear and steamy Tuesday
evening in the middle of May, a
swarm of Miami's most active
art operatives assembled in a vast
compound known as Whale & Star. The
18,000-square-foot warehouse is the
headquarters of artist Enrique Martinez
Celaya, who'd thrown open his massive
doors on behalf of a cause that, over the
past half year, has become near and dear
to the neighborhood known as Wynwood.
(For more about Martinez Celaya, see
page 44.)
That cause is the Women of Wyn-
wood, and it could very well serve as a
blueprint for other sections of town.
Formed in November of last year
after five neighborhood activists per-
suaded 100 like-minded women to chip
in $250 each in order to better serve
the burgeoning arts neighborhood, the
Women of Wynwood (WOW) is, at
its core, an employment program for
homeless women. At large, though, it's
an effective way to beautify a bustling
section of town and save a few lives at
the same time.
The initial five consisted of Thea
Goldman, Yvette Garcia, Nina Johnson,
Dina Mitrani, and Rhonda Mitrani -
each deeply involved in Wynwood, Gold-
man as owner/operator of Joey's Italian
restaurant, the other four as gallery heads.
Each also happens to be highly persua-
sive. So when Goldman approached the
others with the concept, it didn't take
long for them to put it into play.
Goldman says she was inspired by
the SoHo Partnership, the New York City

Dina Mitrani, Glendina Roseborough, Thea Goldman, and Shawntina
Jones: With a $100,000 grant, the Women of Wynwood are looking at a
bright future.

initiative that has been putting homeless
men and women to work since 1992.
Like SoHo, Wynwood is a former indus-
trial neighborhood that's become a center
of art and culture. Unlike SoHo, however,
Wynwood has perhaps more than its fair
share of homeless. Part of the reason is
the numerous state- and city-run agen-
cies located within the neighborhood's
boundaries. Another might be its proxim-
ity to Overtown. Mostly, though, it's
simply that homelessness is a fact of life
in Miami.
So what to do? Well, if you're like
Thea Goldman and Constance Margulies,
you do whatever it takes.
After raising the initial $25,000, Gold-
man got with Margulies, who runs Over-
town's Lotus House shelter for women
and children, and together they created the
"job pilot program" that is WOW. Gold-
man says their goals were clear: "Secure

our streets, clean our streets, and market
our streets." And they'd use Lotus House
residents to do so.
At the beginning, WOW fielded a
staff of ten part-time employees who
acted as "ambassadors" for the neighbor-
hood while keeping the streets "cleaner
than Lincoln Road." Eventually, though,
they decided to switch to two full-time
staffers. "The thing is, a part-time job
doesn't get anyone out of homelessness;
a full-time job does," says Goldman.
"And these two have become fully eman-
cipated as a result of this program."
The two Goldman is referring to are
Shawntina Jones and Glendina Rosebor-
ough, who have both been with WOW
since its inception. Jones had been
employed by the Port of Miami before
complicating circumstances brought
her to Lotus House. Roseborough had
a long-time job at the Russell Plating

Factory. Now, backed by WOW, the two
8 are not only gainfully employed, they've
. moved out of Lotus House and into
| homes of their very own.
- If Goldman, Margulies, and the rest
& of the women have their way, Jones and
Roseborough will be but the first in a long
Line similar success stories. "Ideally there'd
be three teams of two [full-time staffers],"
adds Goldman, "and enhance that with
some additional part-time help, depending
on what's going on in the neighborhood."
As anyone who frequents the monthly
gallery nights knows, a lot is going on in the
neighborhood. In fact the art scene indirectly
gave rise to WOW, which is itself a sort of
offshoot ofthe 150-memberWynwoodArts
District Association (WADA), which Gold-
man co-chairs with developer David Lombardi,
who has long held a considerable stake in the
area WADA's primary goal promoting and
protecting the neighborhood through, among
other things, clean, safe, and marketable streets
-are now WOW's goals too.
Then there are individual efforts,
such as the one undertaken by Butter
Gallery owner Francisco De La Torre
(better known as Paco), whose plan to
donate a portion of the bar proceeds
taken in at each month's art walk has
expanded to include Arte 23, Dot Gallery,
and Plant the Future.
Of course it takes more than a few
hundred thirsty arts patrons to finance
a program like WOW, which was the
impetus behind the get-together at Whale
& Star. Seems that Miami City Com-
missioner Marc Sarnoff has also taken a
liking to WOW and WADA, and to prove
it he came through with a check for a

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Two Communities, One School

Parents from very different backgrounds have transformed Morningside Elementary

By Margaret Griffis
BT Contributor

An ethnic, socio-economic, and
geographic divide once threat-
ened to undermine Morningside
Elementary School, but a new garden
could be the olive branch that brings
families and administrators together.
Michael Loveland is a local educator
and professional sculptor who has one
child enrolled at the school and another
on the way. He's also a vice president of
the Parent Teacher Association, which
has been instrumental in the school's
turnaround the past several years. His
latest PTA project is a major overhaul
of the school grounds. "I've been to so
many schools that don't have nice cam-
puses," Loveland says. "Areas like this
can be utilized better."
Part of the grounds now consists of
8-by-8-foot planter boxes, one for each
grade level. Teachers and students work
on the plots throughout the year, growing
vegetables and other plants. Static areas
elsewhere on the campus are home to a
native hammock and a fruit orchard. A
wetlands marsh was planted in a flood-
prone location. Says Loveland: "My
biggest goal for all this plant life to be
put in the school was foremost to teach
these kids respect for nature, to change
the mentality of these kids, that food just
doesn't come from Publix, that it grows
on trees. You have to nurture [the fruits
and vegetables] and take care of them, and
they'll take care of you." But the project
didn't go off without one major hitch.
At the last minute, Loveland received
a donation of 300 palms, some rare, from
Metrozoo and the University of Miami. In

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Michael Loveland, Bindi Loveland, and Sonya Ballard with Morningside
Elementary student stars Amelie Subirats, Amanda Zion Fischer, Israel
Zion, and Tajah Zion.

late April, nearly 200 volunteers, mostly
UM students, helped plant the trees in a
single day. But because the extra palms
weren't on the approved site plan, custodi-
ans ripped out about half of them and piled
them behind the school. Several parents
notified Loveland of the potential disaster.
Eventually Loveland picked up about
85 trees that weren't replanted, repotted
them himself, and is tending to them at his
home. He hopes by autumn the school will
find new spots for them on campus, or the
PTA may sell them at a fundraiser.
While he admits to a bad lapse in
communication, Loveland also praises the
current administration, headed by principal
Kathleen John-Louissaint, for its open at-
titude in allowing parents an involved role
in school affairs. This was not always so at
Moringside, which is located in the Palm
Grove neighborhood between Biscayne
Boulevard and the FEC railroad tracks.
The previous principal, Josette Paris,
was popular with Haitian-American parents
living in Little Haiti, west of the school.
But to some of the new parents moving

into more affluent neighborhoods east
of the school Bayside, Momingside,
Belle Meade, Palm Grove the principal
seemed to be running her own personal
fiefdom and, they believed, she had very
low expectations for the students in her
care. A rift began to develop along ethnic
and economic lines, pitting east against
west, rich against poor, new families
against established ones. Nothing less than
control of the school was at stake, and the
children's futures hung in the balance.
With the advent of standardized test-
ing, some parents' worst fears appeared
to be confirmed. Morningside Elementary
earned a "D" grade in its first report card.
From 2001 to 2005, the school improved
to a "C," which was still unacceptably
low to the affluent parents. They tried to
work with Paris. While she was not as
openly caustic as the principal at Coconut
Grove Elementary School, who recently
told a parent to "eat sh- and die" in an
e-mail, Morningside Elementary par-
ents say she made them feel unwelcome
and effectively shut them out. Just as

many parents began to lose hope (and
8 considered sending their kids to private
. schools), Paris was removed as principal
Sin 2006 following allegations of physi-
4 cally abusing a teacher.
John-Louissant took over as principal
for the 2006-2007 school year and created
a bridge between the two groups of par-
ents. Since then Momingside has earned
a consistent "B" grade and successfully
implemented a dual-language magnet pro-
gram offering French, Spanish, and Hai-
tian Kreyol as part of daily coursework.
One parent, Dr. Marilyn Csete, who
is a member of the school's Educational
Excellence School Advisory Council and
a former Momingside Elementary student
herself, witnessed the growing pains:
"What happened to Moringside, with all
of the refugees that came in, is that you had
a group of parents who aren't tremendously
visible. If those who know the system don't
advocate as a group together [with immi-
grant parents], it doesn't happen."
During the 2008-09 school year, 62
percent of the students attained "high
standards in reading." They also reached
68 and 83 percent in math and writing,
respectively. Clearly, increased parental
involvement is working.
Csete is thrilled with the new garden
and loves the "warmer, multicultural
environment" that is unique to the school.
She wants to continue working with the
administration to make Morningside
an "A" school academically, a coveted
honor she believes is within reach. It can
be accomplished, she says, if parents of
all backgrounds continue to be involved
with the school and with each other.

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The exotic world of myth and legend
has morphed into a competitive inter-
national sport complete with standard-
ized rules and equipment. Typically, 20
paddlers seated in pairs power a boat,
although upward of 50 are common.
A steersman controls the rudder and a
drummer sits at the bow, beating out a
rhythm for the paddlers. Red, green, or
blue scales adorn the sides, and a colorful
dragon head and tail are fitted to either
end of the boat for races.
A distinctly festive attitude, however,
prevails. In China yearly dragon-boat
festivals are vivacious affairs where
alcohol flows, food is abundant, and
paddlers are known to party late into the
night. In Miami, too, the annual dragon-
boat regatta, which pits paddling teams,
corporate workforces, police, firefighters,
and other local groups against each other,
often feels like an oversize, Asian-themed
block party.
True to that spirit, Puff (named for a
certain "Magic" dragon, but also an acro-
nym for Paddles Up For Friendship/Fun)
ended their recent Oleta River practice
at the historic Blue Marlin Fish House,
on the river near the team's launch site.
Seated around a table in the shade, five
Puffers raised beers to toast their enliven-
ing workout: "To dragon-boating!"
Balu Vandor, a lithe Hungarian
who's been hitting the paddles for five
years, breaks down the formula for
good dragon-boating in between swills
of lager: "It's 49 percent technique, 51

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whopping $100,000.
According to Samoff's office, the
money is part of the $255 million Home-
land Defense/Neighborhood Improvement
Bond Program, passed by city voters in
2001. Today an oversight board monitors the
program, but the city commission has some
discretion in awarding grants to worthy proj-
ects and organizations that can range from
public safety to parks and recreation. Sarnoff
has given similar grants to neighborhood as-
sociations in Coconut Grove and the MiMo
District. And, as he indicated at the event, he
believes this is money well spent.
"Women of Wynwood is a wonderful
organization," Sarnoff said in a follow-up
e-mail message the BT. "Even though
WOW is fairly new, they have gained the

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percent timing." The sport's collabora-
tive nature, he says, means that some
people's personalities just don't work in
Conversely, photographer Kate
Benson says that Puff has spawned more
than a few long-term relationships and
even one marriage: "You didn't know
dragon-boating was so romantic, did
"But first and foremost," founder Mi-
chael Chen insists, "we're competitive.
We want to win." He says Puff has two
races coming up in the next six months,
and some members will try out for Team
USA, which will represent the U.S. in the
World Dragon Boat Championships in
Tampa next year.
Chen, however, is no party-pooper.
"A lot of people in Miami say they like
to party," he says, "but we have more
parties in one month than they have all
year." He believes Miami has the poten-
tial to be a world destination for dragon-
boaters because of the weather and water.
And the inclusive nature of his team en-
sures the advancement toward that goal:
"We want new members, we embrace all
people, we're apolitical, and we respect
that everybody is a unique being."
"Let's put it this way," he says,
fingering a silver paddle pendant hanging
from his neck chain. "We all just love this

For information about Puff visit www.
meetup.com/puffpower. The first three
practices are free, then it's $10 a month.

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respect and admiration of thousands of
Wynwood stakeholders and visitors. I am
honored to support WOW."
At Whale & Star the art swarm
greeted Sarnoff's support with the
requisite applause. Goldman, Margulies,
and the rest of the WOW women seemed
purposefully pleased. But the bright-
est smiles in the room came from Jones
and Roseborough. After all, that check
ensures they've each got a good job with
good folks in a good neighborhood, and
that they'll have those jobs for some time.
Perhaps more important, Wynwood
will have on hand two women who've
helped transform the neighborhood in
ways they surely couldn't have imagined
before becoming charter members of
WOW. As Thea Goldman put it: "They're
grateful. But we're more grateful."

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Critics say the World Gardens site "looks like crap" and that "every
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included maintaining an Internet pres-
ence for World Gardens on Facebook and
via a website gardensforthepeople.org,
which sought volunteer gardeners and,
briefly, financial contributions. Earlier
this year, the sites stopped asking for
donations, and both sites were shut down
last month. According to Nelson's publi-
cist, Ashley Kehoe, a nonprofit organiza-
tion devoted to assisting World Gardens
has not yet been formed.
Online issues have not been Nelson's
principal concern. He's been preoccupied
with unprecedented cold temperatures
and the lack of suitable soil. "This was
originally a rail yard, and it was not com-
municated to me that there was no usable
soil on the entire property," he says. As
a result, Nelson says he had to scramble
to find some 800 truckloads of soil,
while plants that were already delivered
remained in pots. Some of them did lose
their leaves in the cold weather, but are
now recovering. However, he does ac-
knowledge the chill killed 24 mussaenda
trees he imported from the Philippines.
Jeff Shimonski, though, says he spot-
ted dead and dying trees during his May
27 visit, including four potted trees and
two planted Canary Island date palms.
There is some "beautiful" plant mate-
rial at the site, Shimonski says, but he
believes Nelson "cut back way too hard"
on many of the royal oak and palm trees,
leaving them vulnerable to parasites. He
also wonders why Nelson didn't test the
soil when Samuel offered him the land.
Mixing different soils improperly, he
warns, can create a "parched" water table

that inhibits root growth and kills the
vegetation above.
Nelson insists he is treating the
imported soil with care, though he does
admit that the effort is costing many
thousands of dollars more than what
he'd budgeted for World Gardens. That
budget, and all other financial details,
remains confidential. Nelson declines to
identify any donors of money or in-kind
services. "Everything in life is computed
in dollars and cents," he says, "but this is
about education and enjoyment. No one
is specifically taking credit for what they
are doing.... I work 14 hours a day."
Tony Barbera, owner of Primo Pizza,
east of the garden, is not impressed. Once
an ardent supporter of World Gardens,
he's lost faith. "It's going nowhere," he
says. "It's not looking very good at all.
Every business owner in the entire com-
plex hates it." Barbera also complains
that a "wall of trees" blocks the view of
his business from potential customers
strolling the Shops at Midtown.
Nelson theorizes that critical business
owners like Barbera are blaming World
Gardens for their own flawed business
operations. "If your pizza isn't good,
then nobody eats it," he fumes. But to ac-
commodate their concerns, Nelson plans
to expand walkways through the garden,
opening clearer views of businesses on
both sides.
Deborah Samuel predicts that the
grumbling about World Gardens will
disappear once it's finished. "At the
end of the day, everyone will be happy,"
she says. "No one will remember the

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The only alternate sources of revenue
to come out of the workshops that were
certain and verifiable were to increase the
various utility taxes. Everything else was a
bunch of mnu bc.s" with no estimate of the
costs of collection or equipment. You can't
run a city on "maybes."
Mr. Gonzalez mentioned 157 people
signing a petition to have their taxes raised
but never mentioned how many people
didn't want them raised. He didn't mention
that a majority of voters in Biscayne Park
would need to vote to approve going above
the ten-mill cap, nor did he mention the
negative effect such a high property tax
rate would have on home sales espe-
cially the many foreclosures in our city. It
could even push some people over the edge
and cause more foreclosures. If properties
don't sell, property values don't go up and
the millage rate stays up likely for more
than two years.
Only one city in the state of Florida
Indian Creek has ever voted to
go above ten mills. As a homeowner I
can't control my millage rate or property
evaluation or when/if my tax rates goes
down. But I can use less electricity and
pay less in franchise fees. As for the
various other "hidden taxes," same thing
not everyone utilizes the utilities and
services that have those taxes, so not
everyone pays all those taxes.
He criticized Vice-Mayor Al Chil-
dress's motion to approve signing the
agreement with FPL and my second of
the motion, and claimed that a vote was
to be taken immediately, without giving
Commissioners Bernard and Cooper
"one last opportunity to articulate their
opposition to the measure."
Not exactly! He failed to mention
that I stated my second was "for discus-
sion," and neither of us said a vote had
S to be taken immediately. Rather than
prevent Commissioners Bernard and
Cooper from speaking, they began an
approximately 20-minute discussion that
included the possibility of going under
S the Miami-Dade contract, and even
asked that the original motion be with-
drawn in favor of Commissioner Coo-
per's motion to go with Miami-Dade.
Once the original motion was not
withdrawn, Commissioner Cooper was
recognized and given time (he spoke
for 20 minutes) to make his various
points. When he finished, Commissioner
Bernard was given his turn (yes, we are

recognized by the mayor the chair
- and take our turns to speak). There
was no effort at that point to "call the
vote" and silence him, as Mr. Gonzalez
seemed to imply.
After approximately 15 minutes of
speaking, Commissioner Bernard began
a PowerPoint presentation, including dis-
secting the actual contract, the Transmis-
sion Line Siting Act, and many previously
discussed issues. The "call the vote" did
not occur until he had been speaking for
40 minutes. He continued speaking for
approximately another 20 minutes.
Now, I realize it makes for a more
"exciting" story to imply some sort of
group effort to silence one or more com-
missioners, but it just didn't happen that
way. What did happen was the mayor
(the chair!) attempted to encourage us to
get our points across without filibuster-
ing. It is possible to be both "transpar-
ent" and concise.
Mr. Gonzalez claimed the mayor
continually interrupted Commissioner
Bernard. What he called "interrupting"
was the mayor, as chair of the meet-
ings, trying to run a meeting where we
actually get to the point and get things
accomplished. Endless talking does
not guarantee a better job gets done
and does not make for more "transpar-
ency." It's just paralysis by analysis. Mr.
Gonzalez never mentioned the com-
ments that often came across as sarcastic
and disrespectful, frequently aimed at
the mayor, and the frequent interruptions
of the attorney and others while they
were trying to answer questions.
Mr. Gonzalez mentioned the
Miami-Dade contract as being a good
compromise, but did not mention the
many points the mayor brought forward
that showed the Biscayne Park contract
is better than the Miami-Dade contract.
Nor did he mention how much Biscayne
Park would actually receive of the fran-
chise fees or the length of time it might
take to get those monies from the county.
What do we do while we are waiting? He
also did not mention that, in the last five
years, every city whose FPL franchise
agreement has come up for renewal has
voted in favor of renewing.
In closing, I do agree with Mr.
Gonzhlez on one thing: No one should
demean someone for disagreeing with
them. But that should apply equally to
those who voted against signing FPL,
not just those who voted for it.
Commissioner Bob Anderson
Village ofBiscayne Park

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Another chapter is being added to
the ever-evolving story of Wyn-
wood as an art center. While
some galleries have closed their doors
or decamped from the area (recently,
for instance, Kevin Bruk), others have
replaced them. It's hard to keep up with
all the comings and goings over the past
year. But one of the latest arrivals is
worth paying closer attention, as it is a
unique concept and could signal another
transformative moment for Miami.
Without much fanfare, internation-
ally acclaimed artist Enrique Martinez
Celaya opened his studio in a handsome,
slate-gray warehouse next door to the
Fredric Snitzer Gallery. But to call this
massive, 18,000-square-foot space a
"studio" is an understatement. It does
serve as his work space and houses his
art, but it also includes apartments for
residencies and internships, a research
library, an archive, offices, and his small
publishing concern, Whale & Star Press.
Martinez Celaya, whose work can
be found in museums and collections all
over the world, is in fact on a mission.
Not only is this sprawling space the end
point of a "life-long search for a place to
work meaningfully in and for the world,"
it also aims to become something of a
spiritual and academic center, a combi-
nation scientific laboratory and aesthetic
monastery. Not your average studio, nor
your average ambition.
It's why Martinez Celaya's arrival
here is noteworthy.
On a recent afternoon, the artist is
standing in one of the renovated, high-
ceilinged rooms, contemplating four
large-scale paintings that at this point
have very little color. Almost immedi-
ately several things become clear: There
is an order and a discipline to the whole
enterprise, and a quietness that does
indeed evoke a monastery. Then Mar-
tinez Celaya explains that the paintings
will be part of an installation in the fall,
in the world's biggest cathedral, St. John
the Divine in New York City. That ce-
ments the initial impression.
Whether the mostly figurative works
will look anything like they do now,
however, is a question mark. Part of
Martinez Celaya's process can include

SSpace, Very Big Ambitions

lal artist Enrique Martinez Celaya sets up shop in Wynwood with lofty tiil --
erasing entire entities in his paint-
ings, and then maybe adding them
back in at the last minute. His "
materials have also included tar
and his own blood. One thing these
paintings won't be, he says, "is
made for the white-cube gallery, '
the space that says 'this is serious 4

art. It will De ior a catnearal, ior a
very different audience."
Martinez Celaya has always
been conscious of how and where
his work is exhibited, and it stems
from his philosophical views on
life and art-making, which come
full circle here at the Whale & Star
center. A big fan of German philoso-
phy, Martinez Celaya stresses that
he wants the space to be a hub of se-
rious intellectual growth, away from r
the commercialized aspects of the There i
gallery and art-fair worlds, with ap-
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like this one.

prenticeships, lectures, and workshops to
promote "an atmosphere in which visitors
and participants are encouraged to reflect
on art's ethical role free of the expecta-
tions of the marketplace and academia."
This unique view has developed
over a unique life and career trajectory.
Although Cuban-born, the artist had
never spent much time in Miami until
just a few months ago, when he decided
to leave his out-of-the-limelight studio
in Delray Beach, and his much more
hectic base in Los Angeles. He had a
show of five large-scale paintings here
at MAM in 2007, but otherwise his
work has mostly been shown and
frequently bought in art centers like



tork spaces

California, New York,
SBerlin, and London.
Raised in Puerto
Rico and Spain, Marti-
nez Celaya got his first
degree in hang on
applied physics and
electrical engineer-
ing, and another one
in quantum electronics
at the University of
California, Berkeley.
But while science had
always fascinated
him, art tugged more,
and he would go on to
receive an MFA at the

University of Califor-
nia, Santa Barbara.
His often somber and melancholy
imagery, perhaps reflective of life in
exile (his show at MAM was called
"Nomad"), would be picked up by mu-
seums and galleries across the country
and Europe, including the Whitney and
Metropolitan museums in New York,
and would increase in price by the year.
Although best known for his large paint-
ings, he also works with sculpture and
installation one fascinating exhibit
was the final stage of his Beethoven
cycle, for the Berlin Philharmonic. He
would garner awards, including the
National Artist Award from the An-
derson Ranch Arts Center, and become
a visiting presidential professor at the

University of Nebraska.
But the ever-mobile artist wasn't
content to let his philosophical views
on life express themselves only through
paintings and sculptures; he also wanted
to write. Hence, the birth of Whale &
Star, which has been publishing his writ-
ings for a decade.
Now sitting atop a highly successful
career at a relatively young age (he was
born in 1964), Martinez Celaya wants to
branch out yet again.
Back in the new studio, wearing a
black "Whale & Star" T-shirt (as do the
other employees there), he describes
why he ended up in Wynwood, and
what's up next. First off, he needed
more space. Already the collection of
his works in the studio number 240. As
part of the mission to interact meaning-
fully with the world, Martinez Celaya
also wanted room to involve the com-
munity. Delray Beach was too small for
both those needs.
Miami's dominant Latin culture was
one draw. Although born and bred in
the tropics, he says he's "never really
worked within such a strong Latin pres-
ence." And while Wynwood is an art
center, "it is also very working-class, it's
the type of neighborhood I want to reach
out to."
So he decided on Miami, a fascinat-
ing "city of contrasts, one that is starting

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Martinez Celaya's studio library reflects his commitment to a fully
engaged intellectual life.

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to coalesce." But it's not there yet. "I
think it's trying too hard to define itself,"
he says, "to define a look or a 'Miami
School.' That's commodifying things too
much. It doesn't have to do that."
Rejecting such branding, Martinez
Celaya also doesn't want people to

confuse Whale & Star with previous
models, such as Andy Warhol's factory:
"I want this to be a serious research
lab," conducive to critical thinking as
well as creating.
He wants to bring in historians and
heavy-weight advisors to help facilitate
this vision. He wants residencies and
selective and rigorous workshops, which

Enrique Martinez Celaya: Cuban-
born but a newcomer to Miami.

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one-third to be exact.

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Exacting precision is a Martinez
Celaya trait. It's what makes him think
his private venture will differ from the
proliferation of others around town,
specifically the private collections. For
instance, an upcoming series of 20 lec-
tures will be highly curated, something
he doesn't think he sees elsewhere, and
they will be published cataloguing is
a big part of the mission.
To advance these goals, residents,
interns, and visitors will get stipends,
help with travel, and room for free.
Some of the most intriguing entries
into the local art scene have been private
ventures, which can be frustrating.
Public discourse and interaction within
public institutions is needed for Miami's
further development.
Nonetheless, Martinez Celaya's is
an interesting and noble experiment,
one that can only benefit Miami in the
long run if it works. On a more basic
level, we have easier access to viewing
the work of an important artist who now
calls Miami home, a welcome new chap-
ter in any case.

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Art Listings


101 NE 40th St, Miami
www 101exhibit com
Through June 8
"ZEITGEIST" by Marcus Antonius Jansen

12345 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami
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Through June 14
"Alternate Realities" with Randy Burman, Tom Welnkle,
and Steve Radzi

233 NW 36th St, Miami
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2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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Through June 30 "the constructive elan" with various artists

1 NE 40th St, Miami
www artfusiongallery com
Through June 23 "Inner Visions" with various artists
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

46 NW 36th St, Miami
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Through June 9 "Blue Rose Journey" by Evelyn Valdlrlo

171 NW 23rd St, Miami
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Through August 20 "small wonders (art) salon" with
Haruml Abe, Gustavo Acosta, Eric Anfinson, Duane
Brandt, Pip Brandt, Leah Brown, Bill Burke, Stephanle
Cunningham, Angl Currer, Rai Escale, Shady Eshghl,
Christian Feneck, Luls Garcla Nerey, Paul Glass, John
Gurbacs, Bryan Hiveley, Judy King, Jacek Kolasinskl,
Greg Latch, Lella Leder Kremer, Silvia Lizama, Jules
Lusson, John Martini, Lauren McAloon, Lulsa Mesa,
Venessa Monoklan, Hugo Moro, Carol Munder, Sam
Perry, Ron Plenlak, Barbara Rivera, David Rohn,
Gustavo Roman, Sara Rytteke, Beatricia Sagar, Edgar
Sanchez Cumbas, John Sandell, Claudia Scalise,
Gretchen Schargal, Sharl Schemmel, Carolyn Schlam,
Nina Surel, Peter Symons, Chu Teppa, Paloma Teppa,
Krlstin Thlele, Jackle Tufford, Jovan Villalba, Daniel
Viloly, Tom Virgin, and Ramon Williams
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561 NW 32nd St, Miami
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180 NE 39th St, #210, Miami
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June 12 through June 26 "School's Out For Summerl"
with the entire 9th grade class of DASH
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

795 NE 125th St, North Miami
www bashagallery net
Through June 30 "Recession Art" with Bob Arbogast,
Claudia Castillo, Allyson Krowitz, Arnaldo Rosello, Jorge
Chirinos Sanchez, Kar Snyder, and Pedro Wilson

3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
June 12 through September 3
Nancy Friedemann and Jill Cannady
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

100 NE 38th St, Miami
www borinquenhealth org
Romero Britto, Igal Fedlda, Frangols Gracla, Clarice
Desousa, Andre de Plessel, Allen Benowitz, Rara Kuyu,
and Gabriella Llascovitz
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2320 N Miami Ave, Miami
www brevards com
Through August 31
"NonDuality" by John Brevard

2301-2303 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www buttergallery com
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8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami
www susannacaldwell com
"Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture" by
Susanna Caldwell

98 NW29 St, Miami
www calixgustav com
Through June 29
"Sticky and Sweet" with Eurydice, Carl Pascuzzl, Diane
Arrieta, Jonathan Stein, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, and
Spunk and the Orange Kittens
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

297 NW 23rd St, Miami
www cafelnamlaml com
Through June 5
"Back in the Club Days" by Kiki Valdes

158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
Through June 13
Jen Stark and Rory MacArthur

541 NW 27th St, Miami
www visual org
Through July 9
"Darby Bannard The Miami Years" by Darby Bannard
and "Beyond the Daily Life" with Guerra de la Paz and
Teresa Dlehl

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
www charest-welnberg com
June 4 through August 21
"10 Years" by SunTek Chung
"Within an Arrow's Range" by Pedro Barbelto
Reception June 4, 8 to 10 p.m.

61 NE 40th St, Miami
www cityloftart com
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Claire Fontaine, Change, quarters,
steel box-cutter blades, solder,
and rivets, 2006, at the Museum of
Contemporary Art.

787 NE 125th St North Miami
www chirinossanchez com
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2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www castilloart com
Through June 5 "Gallery Projects" with Adler Guerrier,
Aramis Gutlerrez, Qulsqueya Henrlquez, Susan Lee-
Chun, Pepe Mar, Glexis Novoa, Leyden Rodriguez-
Casanova, Frances Trombly, and Wendy Wischer
June 12 through July 3 "DCG Open" with various artists
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
www dlfinearts com
Through July 6 "The Inspired Dream Contemporary
Australian Aboriginal Art" with various artists
Reception June 12, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

3938 NE 39th St, Miami
www diasporavibe net
June 10 through July 22 "Exodus" with Rosamary
Barrios-Hernandez, Chantal James, Ines Amado,
Marlene Ramirez-Cancio/Fulana, Monique Diaz, Maria
Lino, Aurora Molina, Tulu Bayer, Aleli Egues, Jorge
Rojas, and more
Reception June 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

171 NE 38th St, Miami
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Through June 12 "The funny guy that sticks his hand in
the paint can" by Carlos Rigau
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www dinamitranlgallery com
June 12 through August 28
curated by Orlando Estrada with various artists
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

151 NW 24th St, Miami
www dorschgallery com
Through June 5
"Drying Flowers in a Microwave" by Corin Hewitt and
"Haptic" by Jacob Robichaux
June 11 through July 10
"in direct quote" by David Marsh and "a flawed
providence" with various artists
Reception June 11, 7to 10 p.m.


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51 NW 36th St, Miami
www dotfiftyone com
Through July 8 "Sesera" by Jose Luls Landet and
"Tableaux" by Amalia Caputo

2441 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www dpmgallery com
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47 NE 25th St, Miami
www edgezones org
June 12 through June 26 "Burning in his own hell" by
Eduardo Sarmlento and "Marking" by Vincent Hemphill
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

10 NE 40th St, Miami
www etrafineart com
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750 NE 124th St North Miami #2
wwwfachearts com
Through June 25 "Streets" by Amos Miller

2247 NW 1st PI Miami
www snitzer com
Through June 26
"Paper" with various artists

600 Biscayne Blvd Miami
Through June 5
"Creatures" by Liliam Cuenca

125 NW23 St, Miami
www galerlehelenelamarque com
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2085 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www galleryschuster com
Through July 3
"Photography" by Juliane Eirich

174 NW 23rd St, Miami
www gallerydlet com
Through July 3
"The Sunday Painter" by JJ PEET
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2531 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www galleryld com
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2628 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www glovannlrossifineart com
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1 NE 40th St #5, Miami
www godonamerica com
Through June 8
"BildoReliefos" by Alain Godon

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3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
Through July 3 "Soul without face" by Sabrna Montiel-Soto
June 12 through July 3 "These Things from Behind" by
Manuela Covini
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www haroldgolengallery com
June 10 "Polyblend" with various artists
Located at the Bahia Mar Hotel on 801 Seabreeze
Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
Reception June 10, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

147 NW 36th St, Miami
305-606-5157, www cashappeal com
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250 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-573-1673, www interflightstudlo com
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123 NW 23rd St, Miami
www kabecontemporary com
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50 NE 29th St, Miami
www kelleyroygallery com
Through July 31 Tom Seghi

3312 N Miami Ave, Miami
www kunsthaus org mx
Through June 30
"Gay Rights are Human Rights" with Oscar Aguirre,
Carlos Arias, Nan Goldin, Lothar Muller, Dulce Pinz6n,
Ivan Pulg, Leonardo Ramirez, Gulllermo Riveros,
Rafael Rodriguez, and Wulf Treu

96 NW 29th St, Miami
www ilanalllienthal com
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155 NE 38th St, Miami
www locustprojects org
Through June 26
"How To Read A Book" curated by Michael Wilson with
Becky Beasley, Guy Ben-Ner, Lorin Davies, Harrell
Fletcher, Jeff Gabel, Anna Gray and Ryan Paulson,
Graham Parker, Christina Pettersson, Leanne Shapton,
Eve Tremblay and Matt Wlegle
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www artnet com/reltzel html
Through June 10 "Open Mind" by Raul Recio

244 NW 35th St, Miami
www mlamlartspace com
June 12 through 'July 7 "20(12) Twenty Twelve"
curated by Kiki Valdes with Reinler Gamboa, Kiki Valdes,
David Tamargo, George Sanchez-Calderon, David Marsh,
Brian Gefen, John Sevigny, Raul Perdomo, Alvaro Ilizabe,
Eric Torriente, and Oliver Sanchez
Reception June 12, 6 to 11 p.m.

Kris Knight, Pull, oil on canvas,
2010, at Spinello Gallery.

300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
Bldg 1, Room 1365
www mdc edu
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1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
305-428-5700, www mymlu com
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3618 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-9531, www mirlamfernandes com
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346 NW 29th St, Miami
www museovault com
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3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
305-490-2976, www oh-wow com
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2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2400, www panamericanart com
June 12 through August 15 "Summer Salon a
selection of works under $2,500" with various artists
Reception June 12, 6 to 9 p.m.

2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2900, www praxis-art com
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82 NE 29th St, Miami
artnet com/sammergallery html
June 12 through August 1
"Constructive art from the 50s & 60s" with Carmelo
Arden Quin, Carlos Cruz Diez, Maria Frelre, Bolivar
Gaudl, Antonio Llorens, Juan Mele, J Altabe, Miguel
Vidal, Eduardo Jonqulers, Rodolfo lan Uricchlo, Jesus
Soto, and Costigliolo
Reception June 12, 6 to 9 p.m.

250 NW 23rd St, #202, Miami
305-438-0218, www sethjason com
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155 NE 38th St, Miami
www spinellogallery com
June 12 through July 3
"A Deadly Nightshade" by Krls Knight
Reception June 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

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162 NE 50th Terr, Miami
www myspace com/stashgallery
June 5 "Lil' Miss Fortune" by Evo Love
Reception begins at 7 p.m.
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80 NE 29th St, Miami
Through July 31 "Steel Redemption" by George Schroeder

3821 NE 1st Ct, Miami
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10 NE 3rd St, Miami
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3322 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-776-1515, www whitevinylspace com
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201 NE 39th St, Miami
305-576-6960, www wrpfineart com
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2242 NW 1st P Miami
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250 NW 23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
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CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018N Miam Ave, Mami
www clfo org
June 5
"Paper My Silhouette," event for children and parents
taught by Emma Galler, featuring instruction in
Victorian-era cut-paper silhouettes and contemporary
portraits Free for CIFO members, $5 per child
nonmenbers Limited space
Activities from 1 to 3 pm

23 NE 41st St, Miami
www delacruzcollection org
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10975 SW 17th St, Miami
thefrost flu edu
Through August 29 "Volf Roltman From MADI to The
Ludic Revolution" by Volf Roltman
Through August 1 "Paul Strand in Mexico" by Paul
Through September 5 "Tap-Tap Celebrating the Art

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J.J. Peet, Shift, acrylic on panel,
2010, at Gallery Diet.

of Haiti" with Jacques Nicolas Bellin, Edouard Duval-
Carre, FanFan, Gerard Fortune, Jean-Enguerrand
Gourgue, Yvens Leger, Lesly, Fritznel Obin, Gerard
Paul, Jacques Pierrette, Lionel Simonis, Jean
Thermidor, Jacques Valmidor, and Wagler Vital
Through October 3 "Spiritual Healing Shamans of
the Northwest Coast" with Cicero August, Ken McNeil &
Stan Bevan, Dempsey Bob, Kevin Cranmer, Edward S
Curtis, John Hagen, Aubrey LaFortune, Don Lelooska,
Darren McKenzle, Ed Archie NolseCat, Bill Reid, Terry
Starr, Ray Watkins, and Reg Williams
Ongoing "The Figure Past and Present Highlights
from the Permanent Collection" with Carlos Alfonzo,
Jose Bedla, Manuel Carbonell, Edouard Duval-Carre,
Thornton Dial, Carel Fabrltius, Augustin Fernandez,
Red Grooms, Luls Jimenez, Jacob Lawrence, Auguste
Rodin, Rufino Tamayo, and Purvis Young

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
www lowemuseum org
Through June 6
"Annual Masters of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition"
with various artists
June 26 through October 31

"Jaguar's Spots Ancient Mesoamerican Art from the
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami" with various

101 W FlaglerSt, Miami
www mlamlartmuseum org
Through June 20
"The Embodied Experience of Color" by Carlos Cruz

770 NE 125th St North Miami
www mocanoml org
June 3 through August 22
"Economies" by Claire Fontaine

591 NW 27th St, Miami
www margulieswarehouse com
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95 NW 29th St, Miami
www rubellfamilycollection com
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Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
www worldclassboxing org/
June 12 through July 30
"Mystic Visage" curated by Desiree Cronk and "Girls in
4/4" by Katie Murray
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Events Calendar

Art, Design, and Indian Ke
Latin Music Mix
It Up
Remember vinyl? Of course
you do. Chances are you
have some of those old
classics stashed in a closet,
protected by plastic covers.
Remember the album art?
Often it was as memorable
as the music. This was an international
phenomenon, and was particularly strong
in the Spanish-speaking world. A unique
show imported from Spain by Miami's
Centro Cultural Espafiol and called
";Mira Qu3 Lindas!" unites music and
album art with a display of more than 500
iconic Latin album covers and a series of
concerts featuring innovative bands from
Spain and Latin America: Xperimento,
Clorofila (Nortec), Las Nancys Rubias,
Perrozompopo, and more. The multime-
dia extravaganza, which includes music
and design workshops, runs through
Saturday, June 19 at Awarehouse (550
NW 29th St.). All events arefree, but a
$10 donation is recommended. For a full
schedule of events, visit www.ccemiami.
org or call 305-448-9677.

Summer Shorts Brings You
the World in Ten Minutes
The 15th season of Summer Shorts at
the Arsht Center kicks off on Thursday,
June 3 and runs through Sunday, June
27 in partnership with City Theatre. The
program features two different series of
one-act plays, each 5 to 20 minutes long.
Signature Shorts plays are hilarious and
heartfelt, while Undershorts productions
are provocative and adults-only. Tickets
are $25 but a special offer is available for
those who want to see both programs and
catch dinner at Prelude by Barton G up-
stairs. Times vary. Visit www.arshtcenter.
org for more information.

At Last! A Reason to Visit
Coconut Grove
The village comes alive with culture
Thursday, June 3 through Sunday,
June 6 to celebrate the first black
settlers in South Florida at the 34th
annual Goombay Festival. A full
schedule of events, including gospel
services, a historical pioneer brunch,
and the main event the colorful
Goombay Street Festival will keep

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both adults and children entertained.
Be sure to check out the Lil' Bahamas
"All Tings Bahamian" Cultural Village
and Straw Market for charming one-
of-a-kind crafts and great food. Some
events require admission. Visit www.
goombayfestivalcoconutgrove.com or
call 305-448-9501 for details.

Not Far Offshore,
History Awaits
Jump back in time and explore Indian
Key, a state historic site in the Upper
Keys. Occasionally occupied since the
1730s but never permanently settled,
the island and its surrounding waters
are dripping with history. (Sorry.) This
is a guided canoe tour in which you'll
also snorkel and roam the uninhabited
island terrain. Miami-Dade's Eco-
Adventures program advises you to
gather at A.D. Barnes Nature Center
(3401 SW 72nd Ave.) on the morning
of Wednesday, June 9. Price is $85.
For maximum enjoyment, remember to
bring water, sun protection, a change
of clothes along with your bathing suit,
a light lunch, and comfortable closed
shoes. Snorkel gear provided. Call
305-365-3018 for departure time and to
make reservations.

Seraphic Fire's Soulful Side
Sing hallelujah for Seraphic Fire's
foot-stomping, hand-clapping annual
summer gospel concert. This year's
program, "It Is Well with My Soul," will
reprise many of the choral ensemble's
gospel hits, including "Amazing Grace"
and "I'll Fly Away." Also this year the
group has scheduled one of its five

concerts in
BT territory,
June 10, at
.. St. Martha
S-_ Catholic
Church in
Miami Shores. It is sure to sell out, as
are concerts at the other four locations,
so get your tickets now. They are $35 at

Let the Thunder
Boats Roar!
Here's another tagline for Miami: Birth-
place of open-ocean racing and high-per-
formance boat manufacturing. Join thou-
sands of fans from all over the country
Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June
13 as they converge on Haulover Beach
Park (10800 Collins Ave.) for an action-
packed, ear-splitting weekend at the third
annual Sunny Isles Beach Offshore
Powerboat Challenge. Other activities
include a "Rum Runner Festival" with
food, drinks, and entertainment, meet
and greet the racers, a rock concert fea-
turing the Evil Monkeys, and the Miss
Offshore 2010 contest. Best of all, it's
free. Event times vary, so visit www.
offshoreevents.net or call 305-792-1706
for specifics.

Mangohead Heaven
For foodies summer in Miami means
one thing: mangoes, mangoes, and more
mangoes 150 varieties to be exact.
Mango Mania will overtake the Fruit
and Spice Park in the Redland (24801
SW 187th Ave.) on Saturday, June 12
for a special one-day event. Learn how
to grow them, protect them from insects
and disease, and prepare them in a zil-
lion ways. And of course you'll be able
to taste a wide variety. Then roam the
park to see the rest of the summer fruits in
bloom. Park admission is $8 for adults and
$1.50 for children. Call 305-246-5727 or
visit www.fruitandspicepark.org.

If Life's a Stage,
Here's a Chance for
Kids to Live It
Ignite your child's imagination
this summer. The PlayGround
Theatre (9806 NE 2nd Ave.),
Miami Shores's premier perform-
ing arts institution, offers two
summer theater camp sessions.
Session one runs from Monday, June 14
through Friday, July 9. Students will
learn acting, music, dance, improvisation,
and theater games. The program ends
with a bang a grand finale performance
created by the students. Camp hours are
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call the theater for
registration and pricing: 305-751-9550.

A Musical Theater Premiere
for the Whole Family
It's a busy summer for City Theatre. In
addition to Summer Shorts, the troupe
will unveil a world-premiere musical
at the Arsht Center. Camp Kappawa-
nna follows Jennifer Jenkins, a quirky
12-year-old, on her adventures at summer
camp. Music is by the multi-talented
Lisa Loeb with book by Marco Ramirez,
a local with a growing national reputa-
tion. Catch the show (appropriate for
ages seven and up) while it's at the Car-
nival Studio Theater for a limited run,
Thursday, June 17 through Sunday,
June 27. Tickets are $25. For show times
and tickets, visit www.arshtcenter.org.

Give Paul George a
Megaphone and Put Him on
a Boat in the Miami River -
Now That's Entertainment
Does your father really need another
patterned tie? Shake up dad's life this
Father's Day with an exciting tour of the
Miami River. Join HistoryMiami's lo-
quacious historian and master tour guide,
Paul George, on Saturday, June 19 for
an exhilarating boat ride up and down
the river. You'll see and learn about
the famously mysterious Miami Circle,
rugged tugboats, rusty Haitian freighters,
colorful houseboats, and chilling stories
of the river's darker side. Price is $39 for
museum members and $44 for non-
members. Call 305-375-1492 for more
information and to make reservations.

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Compiled by Derek McCann

Lame Roommates
600 Block ofNE 83rd Street
Our victim "secured" his room and went
to visit a friend in Overtown. During this
excursion, he received a phone call from
a mystery voice telling him: "Just know I
have your stuff come get it if you want
it." How nice...involuntary layaway. He
was then confronted in Overtown by the
suspect, who wore red Puma sneakers
that belonged to the victim. The victim
managed to escape and came home to a
ransacked room. Amazingly, the bur-
glary had occurred in the presence of the
victim's roommate, who assumed the per-
petrator had permission to be in the room,
despite the fact that he came in through the
window. No arrests have been made and
those red Pumas are still on the loose.
Cleanliness Is Next to
200 Block of NE 55th Street
Man arrived home and saw a Boulevard
scumbag in his home. Mr. Scumbag

came uninvited and was rum-
maging through his bedroom.
The victim screamed, prompt-
ing the criminal to jump out
the window. Then the victim
bravely gave chase in an effort
to retrieve his laptop (the vermin
was carrying it), but was easily
outrun. Police came to process
prints but the exit window was
covered with dirt and heavy dust,
so prints were unable to be taken.
Miamians, clean your windows
and ready yourself for your next robbery!

Doubletree Double-cross
1700 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
It amazes Crime Beat when victims contin-
ue to push the proverbial envelope by trust-
ing their fellow human beings. If we've
learned one thing by now, it is this: People
in Miami are manipulative sleaze! (Okay, a
slight exaggeration, but you know what we
mean.) This victim left his $11,000 Rolex
watch on a nightstand at the Doubletree

Hotel. The cleaning lady came in while he
was present and engaged him in a lively
conversation. After this discussion, the
victim took a shower. The cleaning lady
left and so did the watch. There is no video
of the incident and there are no witnesses.
Victim filed a police report but the watch
has yet to be returned. Please, wear your
bling at all times.

From Bump and Grind to
Bump and Run
200 Block ofNE 18th Street

A woman was waiting to be seated at
a restaurant when someone behind her
began to "bump and grind," rubbing up
against her body. The victim later told
police that this strange person looked "a
bit out of place." We gather the rubbing
part cemented this opinion. A minute
or two later, the touchy and inappropri-
ately feely private dancer disappeared,
Sand with that so did the victim's wallet,
which had been inside her purse. Man-
agement told police it was the second
consecutive day that this had occurred.

Good for Dogs, Great for
800 Block ofNE 80th Street
This victim's home was secured in its
usual manner, with the ADT alarm system
activated. (Aren't alarms great for peace
of mind?) Hours later, the victim found
that her television was missing from her
kitchen. The alarm never went off. And
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why not? The suspect apparently entered
through the dog door at the rear of the
house. The puppy portal, it turns out, was
not wired into the alarm system. Animal
lovers are a kindly lot, but our criminals
are brighter. Still, Fido is more important
than a lousy television.

Five Guys and the Missing
Shops atMidtown Miami
A woman was savoring a delectable
burger at Five Guys Famous Burger and
Fries (a great addition to the neighbor-
hood) when she flung her purse over her
chair. Within minutes her wallet was
gone. At least they didn't take her burger.
The good news is that there is video of
the entire incident. With any luck, the
burger bandit will be brought to justice.

Meeting New People in Miami
5500 Block of i:... ii,. Boulevard
Having difficulty making new friends
in a hot-and-cold city, a lonely man

befriended a stranger one sleepy Sunday
afternoon. And what do people who
make it into Crime Beat normally do
when they meet someone new? Right.
They invite the new obsession over for
the night, usually at one of the finer
Boulevard motels. The lonely man felt so
comfortable with this damsel that he fell
asleep while watching television. Costly
mistake. His somnambulism led to the
forfeit of his wallet as his new friend
disappeared into the humid night.

The New Food Stamps:
Three Square Meals
Behind Bars
2900 Block of i: ,.. ,i.' Boulevard
A man came into a store and began
grabbing several food items and bottled
water. When he went to the counter, he
advised the store owner that he had no
money and asked if the owner would let
him leave with his goodies. The owner
refused, at which point the suspect
grabbed the tip jar and ran southbound
down the Boulevard. A police officer
doing routine surveillance flagged him
down. The man explained his dilemma

to the cop and asked for compassion
and understanding. He was promptly
arrested and hauled off to jail, where he
won't have to steal his food and drink.

Flesh-ripping Barbed Wire
No Match for Dogged
6900 Biscayne Boulevard
An employee arrived at UVA 69 res-
taurant at 5:30 in the morning and was
startled by an intruder. The employee
chased the suspect west to NE 4th Court,
where the suspect dropped his backpack
and eventually escaped. To gain entry
to the restaurant, the crook apparently
climbed over a barbed-wire fence and
pried open the back door. What would
motivate someone to take such risks?
Liquor. The thief made off with eight
bottles of hooch, which have not been
recovered. Is it time for an AA meeting?

More Costs Associated with
6200 Biscayne Boulevard
A man locked his motel room door and
ventured out because he had burned

through his last cigarette and needed
one desperately. He was gone some 45
minutes (must have smoked up a storm)
and came back to find that his room had
been burglarized. He had walked to the
infamous Mercy Supermarket, which
fortunately did not figure in a police
item this month but was sure to make an
appearance in Crime Beat nonetheless.
Victim moved all his items to another
room but is still missing his laptop -
and is still smoking.

Is It Really This Easy To
Make an Arrest?
NE 15th Street and Biscayne Boulevard
A police officer intentionally left a
bicycle unattended in an effort to solve
the mystery of many reported thefts in
the area. Within minutes a man came
by, grabbed the bike, and began to
pedal away. The officer gave chase and
quickly stopped him. The man admitted
to taking property that was not his, but
stated (like Dorothy): "He just wanted to
go home." Haven fallen into the officer's
little trap, he was quickly arrested.
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The Curse of the Ancients

- Bad things happen when you mess with the spirits of the dead -

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Remember the lesson we learned
from the hit 1982 movie Polter-
eist? Never, never, never build
your house on top of an ancient Indian
burial site. So where did Miami's mega-
developer Jorge Perez build his largest
project? Exactly where he shouldn't
have: atop an ancient Indian burial site.
The curse of the Miami Circle is
unfolding before our eyes. The latest
news is that Perez and his partners have
been forced to return a majority of the
$1 billion ICON Brickell complex to
its lenders. Is it just another casualty of
the collapsed housing market? Or could
there be deeper, ancestral forces at work?
Today ICON Brickell and its freaky
totemic columns sit between two very
new parks it created accidentally: the
Miami Circle Park and Brickell Park.
Both parks nearly disappeared into the
vortex of the hyper-development years,
but somehow they survived to inflict
their curses on future generations.
Brickell Park is a sliver of land on the
south side of ICON Brickell that reaches
from Brickell Avenue to Biscayne Bay.
Following construction, the develop-
ers agreed to deed it back to the City of
Miami in perpetuity. Perez would never
want it back, I assume, because the prop-
erty is doubly haunted.
The most obvious haunting is by the
Brickell family, who built their mansion
here during the early years of Miami's

The only visible sign of improvement at Miami Circle Park is a
new seawall.

history of exploitation by immigrants from
the north. The Brickells loved the property
so much they buried themselves here in a
granite mausoleum with Ionic columns.
The inside of the mausoleum, open and
eerily empty, holds berths for six.
In 1946 daughter Maude Brickell
gave up her ghost, so to speak, and
moved the parents to Woodlawn North
Park Cemetery. In 1989 the original
Brickell mausoleum was listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
Did somebody misplace its marker?
The park's only signage at the Brickell
Avenue entrance has a vague reference
to the Brickell family. Something this

historic, which
has survived the
demolition of nearly
everything else
around it, deserves
an explanation.
At least these
graves are empty.
The greatest mystery
of Brickell Park are
its unmarked graves.
"I believe 13 individ-
uals were removed
and all of those were
reinterred," says Bob Archaeo
Carr, executive di- in 1999.

, Archaeologist Carr says the use of the
, area as a cemetery has been known for
at least a decade. "It is considered sacred
ground by some," he says.
Carr refers to Brickell Point as "a
huge complex," noting that historically it
was not divided into parcels of real estate
as it is today. Certainly its mysterious
past is much bigger than the towering
condos that cover most of the property
now. In addition to ancient human re-
mains, the site has revealed various tools,
a midden or "trash mound" of shells used
by Indians, and skeletons of a logger-
head turtle, a bottlenose dolphin, and a
requiem shark buried there deliberately.
The best modern feature of both
parks on Brickell Point are views of the
waterfront, and eventually a walking
path here will be incorporated into the

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rector of the Archaeo-
logical and Historical
Conservancy and the
man who first docu-
mented the Miami
Circle site. And where
were they buried for
a second time? "They
were reinterred in the
park," says Carr.
The unmarked
human remains
relocated somewhere
within Brickell
Park are most likely
Tequesta Indians, the
group that inhabited
Brickell Point some
2000 years ago.

City of Miami's plans to create an ex-
tended Bay Walk and River Walk. Miami
Circle Park will be a centerpiece.
Currently the undeveloped Miami
Circle Park is accessible, although con-
struction expected to begin this summer
may soon restrict access. For its own
protection, the actual circle has been cov-
ered with soil (reinterred, so to speak), but
bumps in the grass make it easy enough to
locate in the park's center.
Uncovered in 1998 prior to con-
struction of an earlier condo project, the
Miami Circle property was purchased
in 1999 by the State of Florida for $27
million, using our tax dollars, of course.
Its status remained unclear until 2008,

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when the state subleased the property
for 44 years to the Historical Museum of
Southern Florida, which recently decided
to change its name to HistoryMiami.
(Pause and reflect.) In January of 2009,
the site became Florida's 41st National
Historic Landmark.
Unfortunately a visitor who stumbles
upon the site today would learn next to
nothing. Absolutely nothing is marked,
not even the circle itself, and the only
sentence about the Miami Circle is on
a small billboard above the Brickell
Bridge. Pity.
In August 2009, the ground-breaking
for Miami Circle Park took place with
great fanfare and a range of dignitaries,
including Florida's Secretary of State,
Kurt Browning, and then-Miami Mayor
Manny Diaz. A two-phase architectural
plan was unveiled, and phase one was
scheduled for completion by the spring
of 2010. But it looks like nothing has
happened since then. As of May 2010,
the only part of the park that appeared
finished was a portion of the seawall that

Somewhere in Bricke Park the remains of 13 ancients have How it might ook: An architecture rendering
Somewhere in Brickell Park the remains of 13 ancients have How it might look: An architectural rendering

been reburied.

collapsed in 2007.
According to George Zamanillo,
a vice president of HistoryMiami and
coordinator of the Miami Circle Park
project, the cost of phase one has risen
from initial estimates of $750,000 to
$990,000. But he promises that those
funds are fully available.
Zamanillo explains the delays in con-
struction as a series of steps to arrange
permits, equipment, and contracts. Phase
one will offer access by car, but park-
ing space is still being negotiated with
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cavern underneath the bridge that would a ritual involving chanting and pungent
offer ample parking. Donate it already! smoke. Her stage, on a circle constructed
Phase one will create a walkway near the bridge, is decorated with bright
but will not expose the ancient circle for plastic flowers. Beside it flies a very, very
public viewing. The limestone would tattered American flag.
quickly start flaking if not protected At the August groundbreaking,
from the elements, says Zamanillo, and Hummingbird-Ramirez opened the cer-
finding a way to showcase it properly emony with these words: "The ancestors
will require many more years and much are here."
more funding. They are indeed. They can be moved,
Despite the park's bland appear- and re-moved, but the ancestors don't
ance, it comes to life once a week. On seem to be letting go.
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By Jenni Person
BT Contributor

M ommy blogs abound. But what
are daddies reading to boost
and validate their parenthood?
How do they find communities that inform
approaches to their role? Mommy manuals
abound. They range from prenatal to post-
partum. Daddydom relies almost solely on
The Expectant Father. Locally the parent-
ing website MomsMiami hosts a roster of
mommy bloggers and one dad.
My own dad probably never even
thought of reading anything related to
parenting unless it was staring back at
him between other articles in the pages
of the New York Times, Wall Street
Journal, or Journal ofAccountancy. But
our generation is different, with couples
getting pregnant instead of just moms,
and diaper bags designed for dads.
Salvation is found in the blogosphere,
which is rich with daddy blogs. Many are
accessible through the daddy blog portal
dad-blogs.com. It is here that dad's voice
is heard, sharing the trials of father-
hood, advice, and parenting hypotheses.
From single dads to stay-at-home-dads
(SAHDs) to work-at-home-dads to regu-
lar co-parenting dads a cacophony of
fatherly voices resonates online.
I asked some of my daddy friends
about what they read. I learned about
straightforward, instruction-manual
online resources and books. A lot of the
men around me were avid readers during
pregnancy and the toddler years, drink-
ing in the popular What To Expect...
books and the like. Some were manual
wonks. Some were curious. Some needed
to look interested. They also mused that

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they fizzled out on the reading as their
babies grew, more confident perhaps
from all the earlier reading, they pre-
ferred to trust their instincts.
Babycenter.com, an online resource for
baby gear, also serves as an advice portal.
One dad I spoke to loves receiving monthly
e-mails from the site with developmental
information tailored to his toddler's age.
He also relies on the website baby411.
com, which he refers to as "the Consumer
Reports of baby products."
He appreciates both the abundant
safety information and honest appraisals
such as: "You don't need to buy the $700
stroller there really is a $300 one that
does all the same stuff." He arrived at
this website through its originating book,
Baby Bargains. Experienced parents, he
says, directed him to buy the book "at
conception." In addition to Baby411 and
the Baby Bargains book, there are also
Toddler 411 and Toddler Bargains books.
This dad also shared that he reads
whatever is on the Internet and laughs

that everyone on the Internet "becomes
an expert." He enjoys sharing this
"expert advice" himself as he tweets or
posts on Facebook parenting stuff he
thinks is cool and wants to share with his
fellow parent followers and friends.
Other reading resources approved of by
dads are the free local parenting monthlies,
South Florida fA ... ; and li ni Family.
My own partner, who occasionally
reads and responds on MomsMiami, is
voluntarily inundated with parent reading
from About.com. He receives developmen-
tal e-mails from ages our kids have moved
out of all the way up to teens, uncharted
territory for us by about six years still!
This is not about being compulsively
prepared, though as an educator he feels
it helps keep him informed for the range
of age populations he encounters in his
work each week. But here is the other
cool thing about my partner: As an edu-
cator he writes a weekly parenting piece
himself. In his field of Jewish education,
he provides parents a contemporary and

progressive take on the weekly Torah
portion as a means of inspiring and
validating their parenting. Luckily for
everyone, this comes from a very real
place as he is a parent himself.
In honor of Father's Day, celebrated on
June 20, and my appreciation for my life part-
ner and co-parent, here is one of his pieces.
Inspired by the Torah episode in which Jacob
is favored by mom and Esau's birthright is
swiped, the theme is truly universal:
"In Toldot (literally, generations) tales
of manipulation, sleight of hand, and pa-
rental favoritism both repulse and remind
us that families still must contend with
similar issues today.... Why can't our early
prototypical family simply 'love each child
and share everything equally?' Perhaps
the Torah is teaching us about how elusive
fairness and objectivity can be.
"As parents and educators we are
challenged by two forces. In one sense
we seek to model fairness and objectiv-
ity. We want our children to learn that by
playing fair, being rewarded for follow-
ing rules, and by remaining open-minded
there is much to be gained. At the same
time we know that both parenting and
education must be differentiated.
"All children do not respond to the
same systems, modalities, or even con-
tent. Some will love language arts more
than the sciences. Some will be at their
best with sweat on their brow. Some need
minimal oversight while others need that
helping hand with regularity. The notion
of inheritance has a long history, and it
begins with Abraham's legacy. The ques-
tion posed to us is: What qualities do we
want our children to inherit?"

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Bromeliads: Easy, Lovely, and Risky
SRisky? Yes, because they 're attractive to both humans and mosquitoes

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

Bromeliads have always been a
major part of my plant collec-
tions. This is such a diverse,
hardy group of plants and I think
a welcome addition to any kind of
garden or landscape. There are bro-
meliads with edible fruit like the
pineapple, some that are quite tiny and
make great epiphytes to grow upon the
trunks of your palms, and other large
species that can be wonderful accent
plants in a landscape setting.
One drawback to a bromeliad collec-
tion is the fact that many species collect
water in the center cup or the axils of the
leaves. These diminutive bodies of water
make fine breeding sites for mosquitoes.
Some species of these insects are native
and co-evolved with our native bromeli-
ads. Other types of mosquitoes some-
times found breeding in these plants are
exotic species that have naturalized in
our state. A few are known as serious
disease vectors.
Recently I published a paper in the
trade journal of the American Mosquito
Control Association on how, over the
past four years, I've been able to control
mosquitoes at Jungle Island without
spraying. This project came about be-
cause of the large collection of brome-
liads at the park and the need to stop
spraying for mosquitoes.
If we could end mosquito spraying,
then the landscape at the park would be
completely sustainable and maintained
without pesticides. This would enable
beneficial insect populations to become
established at the park. Ironically, after

sampling for four
years on a regular
basis and identifying
the species that breed
there, I found that the
bromeliad collection
only contributes a
very small percentage
of the mosquitoes that
breed there. Storm
drains and small
containers of water -
whether tree holes or
old car tires lying on
the ground are the
major source of our
bad mosquitoes, the
aggressive biters and
Pesticides should
only be used as a
final option for the
control of insects in

Canistrum aurantiacum is an easy bromeliad to grow
that will flower several times a year in a large bed.

your home from
mosquitoes to roaches. Remember,
when you use pesticides, you are only
killing the vulnerable insects. Those
that survive will pass along their resis-
tance to their offspring, which is why
new pesticides are constantly being
introduced to the market.
Here is the secret to 100-percent-
effective mosquito control without
chemicals: sanitation. That's right. Clean
up your yard! I've done surveys in a
number of areas around Miami and this
has quite often been the case. I'm always
surprised at the mosquitoes I find in
some of the "better" neighborhoods. In
my surveys, I've found some of the worst
and most aggressive species successfully
breeding in small pockets of water that

collected on plastic tarps used to cover
barbecue grills, inside the saucers under-
neath potted plants outside, in clogged
up rain gutters, and in a wide range of
other unnoticed locations. It only takes a
couple of ounces of water to successfully
breed mosquitoes.
Did you know that dog heartworm is
transmitted by mosquitoes? How much
money do you spend on heartworm
medicine for your pets? There are very
limited options for the control of this
parasite, which can develop resistance
to the chemicals used in treatment. Ask
your veterinarian. Better yet, ask your
dog what he thinks.
While on the topic of valuable ani-
mals, in 2009 there were 75 horse cases

Sof eastern equine encephalitis and seven
Horse cases of West Nile virus reported
, in Florida. These are all diseases trans-
4 mitted by mosquitoes that can breed in
Containers in our yards. There were also
Three human cases of West Nile virus
^ reported in Florida, only one of which
was contracted out of state.
Ever hear of "breakbone fever,"
better know as dengue fever? This is an-
other mosquito-borne disease, and it can
cause serious illness, including internal
bleeding. We used to have outbreaks in
the United States, but improved mosqui-
to control has kept it in check for many
years. Well, that changed last summer in
Key West, when 22 cases were reported,
mostly in residents of the Old Town area
this more than 70 years after the last
major epidemic in Florida.
From mid-October 2009 to April
of this year, no new cases were re-
ported. Then one positive individual was
identified who had not recently traveled
outside the United States, indicating that
it's very likely this person contracted the
dengue virus locally. This is not a good
sign. We are the cause of these diseases,
a result of our poor housekeeping.
We can control mosquitoes that
breed in our bromeliads with certain
types of bacteria or insect growth regu-
lators that are nontoxic to mammals and
birds. We can also simply wash out the
water that collects in the leaf axils once
a week to remove the mosquito larvae.
This will certainly help control the
spread of disease. But until we get seri-
ous about picking up after ourselves, we
may be in for some nasty surprises.

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Bioblitz Comes to Biscayne Bay
The goal: Identif as many plants and t/i/intal/ as possible in 48 hours

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

People love to count things. Some
people count calories, some count
birds, and some use the Census to
count people. A different type of inven-
tory took place recently in Biscayne
National Park, the closest national park
to Miami. During a 24-hour period from
April 30 to May 1, thousands of people,
including me, fanned out across the park
to find as many species as possible.
Called a "bioblitz," this intensive survey
captures a snapshot of what is currently living
within a given area. National Geographic,
which sponsored the bioblitz in Biscayne
National Park, called it the first marine-based
bioblitz. With boundaries that stretch from
offshore of Key Biscayne in the north to Key
Largo in the south, Biscayne National Park is
mostly underwater in Biscayne Bay and the
Atlantic Ocean
Homo sapiens were identified as one
of more than 800 species during the 24-
hour bioblitz, but there were not many
other mammals on the list. A prelimi-
nary list posted on the website of the
National Park Service did not include the
dolphin or manatee, although manatees
are known to congregate in the effluent
around Turkey Point's nuclear power
plant, located just south of the park's
Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
The total number of species is expected
to rise significantly as scientists review
photographs, DNA samples, and other
evidence. One major discovery was a new
phylum of Tardigrades, commonly called
"water bears." These bizarre, microscopic
creatures that look like pudgy caterpillars
can live almost anywhere and under almost

any condition including in
Also identified were 22
species of ants that had not
previously been documented in
the park. On the animal side, the
most common creatures were
insects, fish, corals, and birds.
Rarely seen birds identified on
this day included the mangrove
cuckoo, bay-breasted warbler,
and nesting roseate spoonbills.
On the plant side, 11 lichen
were documented here for the
first time, and several potential
"champion trees," known to

have survived Hurricane Andrew, were
seen on Totten Key. A champion tree is the
largest of its kind in the U.S.
This event attracted major natural-
ists from across the country, but it also
drew at least 1300 school children from
Miami-Dade County. These children and
other volunteers added breadth to the
count, and it was a major educational ex-
perience for them. One group of students
from South Dade Senior High School
became nature photographers for the day
with help from National Geographic.
Presentations took place during both
days, and a Biodiversity Festival helped
to conclude the event in fitting style. This
year has been proclaimed the International
Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations.
I signed up for a free snorkel trip,
and about 25 people loaded onto the
Amoray Diver at 4:30 p.m. Among us
were a handful of experts in geology,
coral, and other marine organisms. With
somewhat windy weather, we headed out
of Convoy Point at the park's headquar-
ters toward the sheltered side of Elliott

For many students, the bioblitz was a major
educational experience.

Key, found University Dock, and hopped
into shallow water near the shoreline.
When the water is no more than a few
feet deep, you stop looking for sizeable fish
and start gazing into the crevices of plants,
sponges, and corals. We had an exciting
moment when one of our scientists found a
seahorse and invited the snorkeling crowd
to see it. The green critter of about three
inches was amazing, to say the least. Its tail
was curled around a thin black branch, and
it remained still as the giants stared at it.
I found another fish that curled around
my fingers, but it could not be identified
accurately. Looking like a miniature eel, the
slender, copper-colored creature seemed to be
a baby pipefish. Later the fish-identification
expert on board said that juvenile pipefish are
extremely difficult to identify at the species
level, but luckily we got a photo, which could
be used later for a positive ID.
At many points the snorkelers were
crawling in the sand instead of floating, be-
cause the water was so shallow. With the low
tide, we could not approach the mangrove
roots, where fish fry are known to gather.

After snorkeling, people on the boat
excitedly swapped stories about seeing
giant sea slugs and upside-down jellyfish.
Deeply-marked books for identifying fish
and invertebrates in these waters were passed
around, and snorkelers swapped stories about
the little stone crab that got away.
Later that evening, night divers were
excited to see black, gag, and red groupers on
the reef. Park scientists were relieved that no
one saw the invasive and poisonous lionfish,
a Pacific fish that has become established in
the Atlantic, most likely owing to pet owners
flushing unwanted fish into the sea.
Exotic and invasive trees remain
a huge problem within the park, just
as they are a gigantic problem within
nearby Everglades National Park. Efforts
to control them continue in both parks.
The plight of endangered species
was featured at the park's entrance. An
installation of 360 colorful flags, coordi-
nated by local eco-artist Xavier Cortada,
showed an endangered species for the
earth's 360 degrees of longitude.
Biscayne National Park is home to
several endangered species, including the
West Indian manatee and the American
crocodile. Underwater, elkhorn coral and
staghorn coral struggle to survive.
Surely there are thousands upon
thousands of smaller species within
the park that were not identified during
the bioblitz, but that was not the point.
The point was that thousands of people
visited the park with the intention of dis-
covering everything and taking nothing.
Everyone should try abioblitz. How many
flora and fauna canyou find in one day? Start
counting and see where it takes you.

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After the Storm Eat, Drink, and
Red, white, and you: Agreeable winesfor $12 or less
By Bill Citara Peak Sauvignon Blanc.
BTContributor Substitute alcohol for
sugar and this wine could
t's that time of year again, and if the be adult lemonade; it's
various meteorologists, forecasters, a bracingly tart, crisp
soothsayers, fortune tellers, and read- number that gives a little
ers of chicken entrails are right, the 2010 green apple and melon at
H-word season is going to be a bitch, first sip and then explodes
Which is all the more reason to lay in a with a burst of lemon. I'd
serious stock of liquid refreshment, pair it with slightly altered
Yeah, yeah, I know. A gallon of water Niqoise salad, a bag of pre-
per person per day. But when the power washed greens with canned
is out and the food in your refridge smells tuna, tomatoes, onion, and
like a month-old salmon, and the constant cucumber, bulked up with -
blatting of generators is like a drill press canned white beans and
to the cranium, see how much relief you'll jarred artichoke hearts in a -
get from a damn glass of water. A glass (or lemon-herb vinaigrette.
several) of crisp, chilled Sauvignon Blanc Antinori's 2008
or light, fruity Pinot Noir? Well, that's Orvieto Classico Campo-
something else entirely. grande adds some richness
It's the little things like something and fruitiness to the Geyser red peppers, saffron, and a small dice of
good to eat and drink that can make Peak's lemony acidity, with flavors of onion and zucchini. Stir in slices of Span-
a big difference when the conveniences apple and orange and tropical fruit in ish chorizo (cured, not fresh like Mexican
of day-to-day life suddenly go bye-bye. a fuller-bodied but still well-balanced chorizo) and maybe some canned shrimp
So I scribbled out a list of what wines wine that can play well with a variety and it's done.
I'd like to drink and what I might cobble of foods. Here again, canned tuna can Moving on to reds, there's the
together from my nonperishable emer- be your best friend. Mix it with a bit of Angeline 2008 California Pinot Noir.
agency food supplies that would actually Minute Rice, then add pine nuts, raisins, Don't give up on this one if it opens
resemble a meal. Call it "wine-food pair- capers, chopped green onion, and olives, with a blast of sweaty gym socks. That
ing for the hurricane-impaired." and use it to stuff jarred Spanish piquillo disappears within seconds and leaves
Two caveats. One, I'm assuming you peppers. you with a nose of candy strawberry and
have a supply of nonperishable foods Fuller bodied still is the Monticello raspberry fruit with the faintest touch of
and a decently stocked pantry. And, two, Verdemar 2008 Albarifio. You don't often Burgundian funk. Not a lot of complex-
that you have some kind of heat source find an Albarifio for $12, and this one ity but very drinkable, perhaps with a
not dependent on electricity, whether a doesn't have the richness and complex- veggie panini that spreads a hoagie roll
charcoal or propane grill, campfire stove, ity of its pricier brethren. Still, after a bit with a pesto made from finely chopped
or one of these butane canister burners of a funky open, it shows off green apple, jarred artichokes, parsley, pine nuts,
you can get at Amazon for $40. If you grapefruit, and mineral flavors, with hints and canned Parmesan, then fills it with
don't, well, there's always peanut butter of the floral character that makes Albarifio grilled or sauteed eggplant, zucchini, red
and a spoon. so engaging. With this I'd make an imita- pepper, and red onion.
Let's start off with whites. On the tion paella, using Minute Rice cooked with The intensely spicy, berryish flavors
lighter side, we have the 2008 Geyser canned chicken stock, tomatoes, jarred of the 2008 Tapefia Garnacha can

Be Sweaty

hold their own against equally spicy
food, especially when you consider
the wine's tangy cherry fruit and
dusky-earthy undercurrents. A platter
of impromptu nachos would be just
the ticket, thick-cut chips layered
with canned black beans, jarred salsa,
fresh guacamole, bagged chicken, and
goopy nacho cheese sauce.
Zinfandel and pizza are a classic
combination, so the 2007 Cline Cali-
fornia Zinfandel and a throw-together
pizza should make a perfect couple. This
is a dark, dusky, powerful Zin, with bold
black cherry fruit, plenty of pepper and
spice, a good shot of toast, and black
olive nuances. Get a Boboli crust and
slather it with jarred tomato sauce, pep-
peroni, mushrooms, and olives and top
with slices of American cheese. Toss it
on the grill to crisp the crust and melt
the cheese and thumb your nose at
Mom Nature.

The Biscayne Commons Publix
(14641 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-
2171) is the source for the Antinori
Orvieto and Monticello Albarifo, at
$9.99 and $12.19, respectively. The
Cline Zinfandel ($9.99) and Geyser
Peak Sauvignon Blanc ($9.49) can
be found at the North Miami Beach
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits (16355
Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-6525),
while Tapefa's Garnacha sells
for $10.99 and Angeline's Pinot
Noir for $11.99 at the North Miami
Beach Total Wine & More (14750
Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-3270).

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Mo' Pets, Mo' Problems
STen tips for managing your menagerie

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

Wen I was growing up, most
people I knew had a single
dog, and possibly a cat. But
as the importance of pets in our lives
grows, so does the number of them we
live with. After all, they say pet people
are healthier, and owning a pet can
lower your blood pressure. Imagine how
healthy and stress-free we would be with
two or more animals, right?
Those of us living with more than
one animal know that isn't always the
case. In fact many pet owners wind up
giving up or abandoning one or more
of their pets when the going gets "ruff."
Many problems that arise in multi-pet
households can be avoided with a little
common sense. Whether you're thinking
of adding to your family or your house
already resembles Wild Kingdom, being
proactive and having realistic expecta-
tions can help you keep the peace.
Socialize your dog when young.
Animals don't necessarily have to fight
"like cats and dogs." Early exposure to
different animals other dogs, cats,
birds will help ensure future house-
hold harmony. If you have a puppy,
invite friends' pets over often to get your
animal accustomed to sharing space.
Get one dog under control before
adding a second. As a dog trainer, I gen-
erally cringe at the thought of someone
trying to raise two puppies at once. Two
dogs teething, chewing, digging, needing
potty training, socializing, and every-
thing else! What a nightmare!
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dog to befriend the first dog, or "hope" it
will keep the first dog busy. But just like
children, each dog should have its own
quality time with you to bond and be
trained. Best to get one dog trained and
obeying you before adding more animals
to the family.
Would your current pet really
want another furry family member?
As social as domestic pets may be, many
are perfectly content being on their own,
especially if they weren't well social-
ized or don't like to share the spotlight.
Special thought should also be given to
age and type of animal you are thinking
of adding. With few exceptions, most
geriatric animals are miserable having
an obnoxious pup jumping all over them,


biting their ears, and wanting to play all
day. Dogs of the same sex have a higher
tendency to fight than mixed households.
Also some people have "rescue syn-
drome" and can't say no to an animal in
need of a home. As kind as it is to rescue,
you shouldn't accept just any animal into
your current pack.
Who is the new pet for? If the
answer is anyone other than you (not
your child or your cat), proceed with cau-
tion. Animals are wonderful to own but
they are time-consuming, expensive, and
some animals like birds can live upward
of 40 years! Make sure you're ready to
take responsibility for another life.
Are you willing to give the new pet
sufficient time to adjust? How long?

Things don't always go smoothly; you'll
need to give your pets time to develop a
relationship. Sometimes that never hap-
pens and they cannot be together unsu-
pervised. Would you be willing to hire
a trainer and possibly use strict manage-
ment for the duration of the animals'
lives? A friend of mine needs to keep her
male dog separated from her husband's
male dog at all times. In that situation,
however, the dogs still have a high quality
of life as the owners are dedicated, knowl-
edgeable, and do a lot of activities with
them separately.
Spaying and neutering dogs also
helps lessen tension, so make sure to
"de-sex" all parties as soon as possible.
Daily exercise will help as well.
Keep the first pet's schedule
relatively intact. His life should not
change overnight with the arrival of the
newcomer. Keep his walks with you the
same, let him sleep in his same spot, feed
him first, and so on. Integrate the new
animal slowly with short, fun meetings.
Do not throw a new pet in the face
of the first one. A small pet such as a
kitten or bunny that can be picked up
does not want to be held in front of the
jaws of a larger animal. It's better to keep
a dog on a leash and under your control
and let the other animal approach when
ready. Make sure an animal like a cat
has an escape route if they are feeling
threatened. Supervise, supervise, and su-
pervise. Have animals leashed or be sure
you have them under physical control
just in case.
Keep initial meetings short and
sweet. Use lots of positive reinforcement
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to show your dog that when the new
animal is around, great things happen
for him! Feed him lots of high-value
treats when the new animal is in view,
and have the treats go away when the
newcomer is not in sight. With lots of
quick, pleasant meetings, your pet will
be happy to see the new animal because
it means wonderful things for him!
If you are dealing with dogs, train

them separately as well as together.
Practice a lot of impulse-control cues
such as "leave it," "drop it," and "stay."
Impulse-control exercises are handy in
many ways, from stopping a dog that
chases cats ("Leave it!") to having them
wait calmly while you fix them dinner.
Do not let bad behavior become rehearsed
and hope it will go away on its own.
As a general rule, the more animals
you have, the better trained they need to
be. You owe it to your animals to give
them every opportunity to succeed, and

training them how to behave is a neces-
sary part of the equation.
Your pets don't need to do every-
thing together. Their names are Ted and
Alice, not TedandAlice the hybrid
that is always asked to sit at the same
time. Get over your guilt that you need
to pet both, give a treat to both, and do
everything else at the same time. They
are separate beings.
With more animals in the house,
there is certainly more to love and lots
of fun times ahead. Common sense,

careful planning, and realistic expecta-
tions will allow you to enjoy your multi-
pet household.

Lisa Hartman is head dog trainer and
founder ofPawsitively Pets. You can
reach her atpawsitivelypetsonline@
yahoo.cor or www.pawsitivelypetson-
line.com. You can also keep up with
her and her dogs on Facebook at www.
profile, to/dogtrainer.

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What is one thing you'd like to change about Miami?

Compiled by Cathi Marro -BT Contributor
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Adam Kahn
Better driving! I've lived
in different states, and it
seems when I moved here
that people drive crazy
- running red lights, not
using blinkers, cutting
me off, constantly on cell
phones and not paying
attention. Miami has the
highest insurance rates in
Florida because of all the
accidents and uninsured
drivers. And this area of
Biscayne Boulevard has
the highest rate in Miami.

Lisa Mozloom
Belle Meade
I would want to change
peoples' hearts in the
way they see dispar-
ity and who has money
and who doesn't. I wish
people would invest time
in others who have less to
understand how relation-
ships with other people
can change their lives
and transform a commu-
nity. Then they can stop
complaining about their
own problems.

Leo Leonard
Car Wash Owner
Juvenile delinquents
should clean up Biscayne
Boulevard and the beach-
es. There's too much
trash on the streets! The
system plays with these
kids too much. They are
constantly in and out of
jail. We should give them
something to do and
then they may stop going
in and out of jail. This
needs to happen!

William Serrano
Business Owner
The police. They are arro-
gant and overpowering of
the citizens. They prey on
regular citizens instead of
looking for criminals. This
one guy got a ticket and
the cop said, as he handed
it to him: "Thank you for
buying the City of Miami."
Also I was once fondled
by a female cop. Another
cop friend of mine knew
her and said that she's just
a bitch!

Sybil Dratt
RetiredArt Teacher
North Miami
It bothers me to make
a phone call and have to
press 1 to speak in English.
It's like being in a foreign
country, and you have to
speak Spanish in order to
conduct any type of busi-
ness. I do speak Spanish,
but I think people should
speak English in this coun-
try. When my ancestors
came here, they learned
English and passed it on to
their children.

David Moran
I would like to change the
way people view diversity.
We should view it as an
asset. We need to shave
off and refine the egocen-
tric perspective that we all
have. We need to not only
see but also value and ap-
preciate what others bring
from across the board.
We need each other to be
whole and complete.

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Brickell / Downtown

900 S. Miami Ave., 305-347-3700
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 $$$$

1435 Brickell Ave., 305-381-3190
Four Seasons Hotel
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 aloli and wakame salad For des-
sert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled
with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard $$$$$

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-524-5234
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 It's 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 $$$-$$$$

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 $$$$$

901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191
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-friendly out-
door terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes
with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a

lobster club o on onn toast, some surprisingly solid Asian
fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miami's more relax-
ing experiences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, downtown
has secret stashes -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 lunch its
an elegant sandwich bar, at night its a raw bar (with pristine
coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos
That's justthe Basque word for tapas, but here there's
nothing mere about the generously portoned 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 $$$

Botequim Carioca
900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-675-1876
If Brazil's cuisine were defined by the USA's Brazilian
restaurants, the conclusion would be that Brazilian people
eat nothing but rodlzlo (all-you-can-eat meat), and weigh,
on average, 400 pounds This Brazilian pub broadens
the picture, with a menu that offers entrees, especially at
lunch, but highlights Brazilian tapas -- mega-mini plates
meant for sharing Must-not-misses include pasteles
filled with shrimp and creamy catupiry cheese, beautifully
seasoned bolinho de bacalau (fried salt cod dumplings),
and alplm frlto (house-special yuca fries, the best in
town) $$$

297 NW 23rd St.
This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor
venue is described as an "art gallery/lounge," and some
do come just for cocktails like the hefty cafe con leche
martinis But don't overlook chef Gully Booth's 12-item
menu of very tasty tapas The signature item is a truly
jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder At
one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart
proclaimed it the best she'd ever had Our own prime
pick melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos,
so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure $$

Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space
as its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more
spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,
owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace
directly on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired, with a
few Latin and Mediterranean accents For the health-con-
scious, the menu includes low-cal choices For hedonists
there's a big selection of artisan sakes $$$-$$$$$



Sushi Maki
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779
Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables
will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branch's
menu But the must-haves are some inventive new
dishes introduced to honor the eatery's tenth anniver-
sary- and Miami multiculturalism sushi tacos (fried
gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso,
chill-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-
marinated Asian/Latin tiraditos, addictive rock shrimp
tempura with creamy/spicy dip Also irresistible four
festive new sake cocktails $$-$$$


Lim6n y Sabor
3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739
In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now
light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with
seafood a specialty Portions are huge, prices low, qual-
ity high Especially good are their versions of pescado
a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a
creamy, zesty sauce), jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish,
mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/
lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chill cream
sauce $$

Lemon Twist
908 71st St., 305-865-6465
In warm weather, we like to hit this French bistro for
either a cornichon-garnished charcuterie platter (includ-
ing mouthwatering Rosette de Lyons salami, hard to find
in Miami) or the frlsee salad with lardons and poached
egg Add iles flottantes (merengue islands on a creme
anglaise pond) and a glass of wine, et vollal A perfect
Parisian light supper But there's honest heftier fare,
too, like the steak/frites entrecotee with choice of sauce,
housemade fries, and a salad), and rich fig tarts $$$

Cvi.che 105
105 NE 3rd Ave.
Fusion food -- a modern invention? Not in Peru, where
native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more
than a century But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches
and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin
Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood cre-
ations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish
in citrus-spiked chill/cream sauce) But traditional fusion
dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed
with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun,
as well as surprisingly affordable $$

Miami Shores Country Club
10000 Biscayne Blvd.
Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities
of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public -
always, lunch and dinner Not surprisingly, ambiance
is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both
bar and indoor/outdoor dining room The surprise is the
food -some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other
dishes quite contemporary an Asian ahi tuna tower, a
lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken
salad, and fresh pasta specials Prices are phenomenal,
with dinner entrees $9 to $17, drinks average $3 to $4
There's live jazz on Thursday and Friday nights, too $$

Yes Pasta!
14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006
The space, formerly a Pasha's, isn't posh But
minimalism fits a partially self-service Italian eatery
centering on a DIY concept mix-and-match pastas
Diners choose one of seven pasta types, then one
of 15 sauces, ranging from simple tomato/basil to
funghi e tartufi (wild mushrooms in truffle sauce),
decadent Alfredo, creamy yet clean-tasting Flaminia
(pureed yellow peppers with black pepper), and more
Also available are panini (on excellent bread), salads,
soups, imported salumi or cheese platters, desserts,
and several wines $$

124 S. Federal Hwy.
Attention, nostalgic NYC and NJ emigres Remember
driving downshore for fabulous Italian-American seafood
dinners? This friendly yet elegant eatery's garlicky clam
chowder, baked clams oreganata, and pasta with clam
sauce all featuring fresh Long Island littlenecks or top
necks bring back those good times Also don't miss
signature spledini (savory mozzarella/anchovy/porcini
sandwiches, a grilled cheese on steroids) or an inven-
tive strawberry salad All dishes come in two sizes "half"
(meaning large) and "family style" (gargantuan)

The Democratic Republic of Beer
255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161
The food here? Beer is food The DRB serves 400 beers from
55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40
DeuS (an 115% alcohol Belgian methode Champenoise
brew) But for those favoringsolid snacks, tasty global small-
ish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recom-
mended), chorizo with homemade cilantro Juneo, or steak
tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy
salsa Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isn't
open that early But it is open late -- tll 5 00 a m $$

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Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
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
Masterminded by Aramis Lone (of PS14) and partner
Brian Basti, this hip hangout was designed to entice
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 June also great, but with pizzas
like the cream/mushroom-topped Blanca beckoning, we'll
never know $-$$$

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
custardy, 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 its experi-
encing 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
resist paninl, served on foccacla or crunchy clabatta, even
the vegetarian version bursts with complex and comple-
mentary 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 equa-
tion, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but
more health conscious) Menu offerings range from design-
er 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 good as Joe's but
considerably cheaper The local fish sandwich is most popu-
lar grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahl mahl $-$$

Giovana Caffe
154 SE 1st Ave., 305-374-1024
If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained
only one item -- pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not
drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -- we'd be happy
But the cafe, formerly lunch-only but now serving weekday
dinners, is alsojustly famed for meal-size salads like grilled
skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-dressed spinach (with
spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese,
and almonds), or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine
nuts, golden raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist $$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757
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-
dltlonal 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
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
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 $$$$$

638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1525
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
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 cllantro-spiced white bean/veg-
etable 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 truckers 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 clas-
sics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared
salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites $-$$

La Provence
1064 Brickell Ave., 786-425-9003
Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate
a great meal to come But when Miamians encounter such
bread -- crackling crust outside, most, aromatic, aerated
interior -- its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but
from La Provence Buttery croissants and party-perfect pas-
tries are legend too Not so familiar is the bakers cafe com-
ponent, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic
tastes But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade
Nicolse on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-
owner David Thau's Provencal homeland $$

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233
At this French bakery/cafe mornings start seriously, with
choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterle/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
Madelenes, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-mac-
aroon sandwich cookies with daily-changing fillings $-$$

Martini 28
146 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414
This stylish little lunch-only spot, a labor of love from
a husband-wife chef team, serves what might well be
the most impressive meal deal in town From an ambi-
tious, daily-changing menu of fare that's geographically
eclectic but prepared with solid classic technique, diners
get a choice of about ten entrees (substantial stuff like
steak au poivre with Madeira cream sauce and roasted
potatoes, or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard
sauce, potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and
housemade dessert For just $9 99 Told ya $

MIA at Biscayne
20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-642-0032
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 hamachl 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
Formerly Manny's 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 $$$$$

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 downtown
office workers and college students since the early 1990s
Most popular item here might be the weekday 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 $

Morgans Restaurant
28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678
Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home,
Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced
contemporaryAmerican cuisine compelling enough to attract
hordes Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort
food the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable, shoe-
string frites that rival Belgium's best mouthwatering maple-bast-
ed bacon, miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and
apricot/soy-glazed), even a "voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich"
-- definitely a "don't ask, don'ttell your cardiologist" item $$-$$$

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
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 tradi-
tionalists, 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 ravl-
ohi with creamy saffron sauce Especially notable are the
entree salads $$-$$$

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Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire June
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 supplements 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 pompano, parrot fish, amberjack But even
flown-in fish (and the raw bar's cold-water oysters) are
ultra-fresh $$$$

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 pltas to lemonade is made
fresh, from scratch, daily $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs
(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back sever-
al 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 aficionados consider
our town's tastiestsouse 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 $-$$

15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449
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 $$

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, tarra-
gon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef

carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil
dipping sauces, and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one
with a luscious creme fralche ice cream pop $$$$

Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661
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 plat-
ter 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
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 din-
ers, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese But oyster
fans will find it difficultto resist stuffing themselves silly on
the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are
served both raw and cooked fire-roasted with sofrito but-
ter, 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
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
it's also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food
(Alfano hails from Pompeii), it's 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 $-$$

Thai Angel
152 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9748
Inside a colorful courtyard that rather resembles
Munchkinland, this downtown insider's secret" serves seri-
ous Thai food till 9 00 p m daily Tasty classics like the four
curries (red, green, panang, and massaman) come custom-
spiced -- mild to authentically brain-searing -- and are so
affordable there's no guilt in splurging on superb house
specials like crisp-coated duck or fresh snapper (whole or

filleted) in tamarind sauce The young chef has a heavenly
hand at tofu, too, so vegetarians are very well-served $$

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198
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 aloli A meat-
smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$

Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303
Bistro" actually sounds too Old World for this cool hang-
out, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but
restolounge" sounds too glitzy Think of it as a neighbor-
hood blstrolounge" The food is mostly modernized Italian,
with Latin and Asian accents a prosclutto-and-fig pizza with
Brazilian catupiry cheese, gnocchi served either as finger
food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aloli), or plated with
orange-ginger sauce But there are tomato-sauced meat-
balls with ringawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too $$-$$$

Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660
While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun")
Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxy's,
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, lunchtime's
imported Irish bacon or banger butty" sandwiches on
crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter par-
ticularly terrific dipped in Waxy's curry sauce $$

Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993
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
Shal Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) June
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-way
stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh
flavor The proof a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with
sesame/ginger/scallion dressing Bubble tea, tool $$

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
it's 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)
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 particularly
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 grou-
per sandwich on clabatta roll, with remoulade sauce $$-$$$

2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes 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 pre-
sented with modern flair All meats are certified halal,
Islam's version of kosher which doesn't mean that obser-
vant 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 contempo-
rary (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 figclutto arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramel-
ized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto Free park-
ing 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, its 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-
toullle, or many changing blackboard specials Portions
are plentiful So is free parking $$

Buena Vista Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945
At this casual cafe/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista
Bistro's Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French
fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond
croissants, and other delights At lunch cornichon-
garnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade
pates, sinfully rich pork rlllettes, superb salami, and other
charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crust-
ed, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs

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little more than a fast-food combo meal As for Postel's
homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Pars-
Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we June
have to kill you $-$$

The Cheese Course
3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681
Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with
complimentary prepared foods, this place's self-service cafe
component nevertheless became an instant hit Impeccable
ingredients and inspired combinations make even the
simplest salads and sandwiches unique -- like bacon and
egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red
peppers, avocado, and chipotle Juneo Cheese platters are
exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild
to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies,
nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads $$

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.
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.
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
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue
No green-leaf faux health food here You get what the name
says, period, with three adds kosher dogs, veggie burgers,
and free peanuts while you wait Which you will, just a bit
since burgers are made fresh upon order Available in double
or one-patty sizes, there well-done but spurtingly jucy, 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
This Italian cafe has been packed since the moment it
opened No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyon's
pioneering Lyon Freres gourmetstore 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 $$$

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, authen-
tic 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)
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 $

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 $$-$$$

La Provence
2200 Biscayne Blvd.
(See Brickell / Downtown listing)

Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd.
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 Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries
consider a Latin country Whatjustifles the new millennium
moniker is the more modern, yuppifled/yucafled ambiance,
encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
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 paninis, or wraps, all accompanied by side sal-
ads) include a respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a
deceptively rich-tasting light salad cream $-$$

Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488 ...................................................
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Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 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
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 pfion 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.
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the features
you expect, including all-you-can-eat meats carved tableside
and a lavish buffet What sets Malno 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 rodizio
joints to get meat done less than medium, Malno will cook
to order One other welcome difference There are a la carte
starters and pastas for lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and
some lunch specials Free parking, too $$-$$$$$

163 NE 39th St., 305-572-1400
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 Grazlano Sbrogglo seems a more universal
lure for the Design Districts central town square The
mostly outdoor space remains unaltered save a wood-burn-
ing oven producing flavorfully char-bubbled pizza creations,
plus a vintage meat slicer dispensing wild boar salamino,
bresaola (cured beef), and other artisan saluml Other
irresistibles fried artichokes with lemony aoll, seafood
lasagna with heavenly dill-lobster sauce $$-$$$

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066
Inside this converted 1940s home's blue-and-white dining
room -- or even more atmospherically its tree-sheltered gar-
den -- diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece
and Turkey Make a meal of multinational mezes a Greek
sampler of creamy tzatzlki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant puree,
and airytarama caviar spread, and a Turkish sampler of
hummus, fava puree, and rich tomato-walnut dip The meze
of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolin's fresh-
baked flatbread, almost a full meal in itself $$-$$$

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

Mercadito Midtown
3252 NE 1st Ave.
Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge,
festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a
bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously
smooth margaritas But the main must-haves here are
tacos, encased in a rarity genuinely made-from-scratch
corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed Of 11 varieties, our
favorite is the carnitas (Juicy braised pork, spicy chill de
arbol slaw, toasted peanuts) A close second the hongos,
intensely flavorful hultlacoche and wild mushrooms, with

manchego and salsa verde -- a reminder that vegetarian
food need not be bland $$-$$$

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St.
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
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck ofthe Veneta
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 wayto 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 latenight menu
provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m $-$$

Orange Caf6 + Art
2 NE 40th St.
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
Forget impersonal chain coffeehouses This artist-friendly,
independent neighborhood cafe serves a full selection
of coffee drinks made with the award-winning beans of
Intelligentsia, a roasting company that works directly with
artisan growers to encourage sustainable agriculture
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.
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 June sound confusing, trust us
A meal that includes a butter-grilled asparagus with pro-
sciutto, 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 $$-$$$$

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

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

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ultra-thin and crispy crust with indescribably rich guancla-
le (cured, unsmoked pork cheek bacon), pungent artisan
pepperoni, grana padano, locally made mozzarella, and
Italian tomatoes For meatless pies, we recommend the
Blanca, a thyme-seasoned pizza whose plentiful cheeses
are beautifully balanced by bitter arugula Bring a crowd
and taste half-a-dozen different mozzarellas $$

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 $$

Primo Pizza Miami
3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555
Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant
most everywhere Today many places now offer authentic
Italian or delicate designer pizzas But a satisfying Brookyn-
style street slice? Fuhgedit Thankfully that's the speciality
of this indoor/outdoor pizzeria big slices with chewy crusts
(made from imported NY tap water) that aren't ultra-thin
and crisp, but flexible enough to fold lengthwise, and medi-
um-thick -- sturdy enough to support toppings applied with
generous all-American abandon Take-out warning Picking
up a whole pie? Better bring the SUV, not the Morris Mini

4029 N. Miami Ave., 305-227-2378
Unlike most urban barbecuejoints, this neo-rustic road-
house uses a genuine wood/charcoal-fired Bewley pit from
Texas to flavor its subtly smoky slow-cooked barbecue And

anyone with working taste buds will discern the difference
in chef/owner Jonathan Eismann's vinegar-basted North
Carolina-style pulled pork, his tender-firm (rather than inau-
thentically falling-off-the-bone) dry-rubbed spareribs, succu-
lently fatty briskets, and juicy chickens Tabletop housemade
sauces (particularly a piquant mustard-cider St Louis potion)
are enhancers, not essentials $$-$$$

Sakaya Kitchen
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-8096
This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an iza-
kaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop)
But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing
things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on
street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily
from quality fresh ingredients French Culinary Institute-
trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so we'd
advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken
wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns
with sweet chill sauce and homemade pickles $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122
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 sushl/sashiml favorites, though in
more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy srracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many
more Especially recommended the yuzu hamachi roll,
the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp
with hot-and-sour Juneo and a salad $$-$$$

Salsa Fiesta
2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245
The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini
chain, this "urban Mexican grill" serves health-conscious,
made-fresh-daily fare similar in concept to some fast-
casual competitors But there are indeed differences
here, notably pan-Latin options black beans as well as
red, thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a

side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal
nachos) Other pluses include weekday happy hours with
two-for-one beers -- and free parking $-$$

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 Bernsteln 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 figjam, 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 $$$

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353
This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln
Road's SushlSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane
lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than
the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as
three kitchens -- normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill
-- make clear Chef Timon Balloo's LatAsian small plates
range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo
to intensely smoky-rich short ribs At the daily happy hour,
select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple klmchl)
are discounted $$-$$$

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, meatsauteed
with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish $$-$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave.
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

5600 Biscayne Blvd.
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

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executive chef Frank Cr upl'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.
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 cro-
quettes 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 $$-$$$

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 Caf6
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),
Nicolse 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 $-$$

Casa Toscana
7001 Biscayne Blvd.
Tuscan-born chef/owner Sandra Stefani cooked at
Norman's before opening this Upper Eastsidejewel,
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 $$$

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 tiki-hut
dining $-$$

7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282
This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bun-
galow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural
bases If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita
topped with arugula, prosciutto, 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 parmi-
glana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato
salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan) $

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Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3433
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
Athens, topped with a Greek salad, including extra-virgin
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 Peroni beer As for the pizza, they are
classic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with
fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (con-
sidered the top American pizza cheese) Best seating for
eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables $

La Q-Bana
8650 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-2550
In case you were wondering if its too good to be true -- it isn't
El Q-Banos owners are indeed related to the family that oper-
ates the original three Palacios de los Jugos -- which means
no more schlepping way out west Recommended are moist
tamales, tasty sandwiches (especially the drippingly wonderful
pan con lechon), rich flan, and the fresh tropical juices that
justify the aforementioned excesses For even heartier eaters,
there's a changing buffet of daily specials and sides $-$$

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 $$

Go To Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers
original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green
parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avo-
cado, sweet plantain, and spicy Juneo), or a wonderfully
healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach,
rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry Health ensured,
you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs fried
dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with
quills -- really a delectable crunchy noodle mix $

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Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd.
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmy's respects the most
important American diner tradition Breakfast at any
hour Admittedly the place closes at 4 00 p m, but still
There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles, 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 $-$$

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 sand-
wiches, 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, particu-
larly the Doomsday, a cheese/bacon/mushroom-topped two-
pound monster that turns dinner into a competitive sport No
hard liquor, butthe beer list makes up for it $$

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-5862
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building June not
seem a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery,
but once inside, the charming decor and the staffs 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 $$-$$$

Luna Corner Pizza
6815 Biscayne Blvd., 305-507-9209
At this cheerful takeout/delivery place (masterminded by
the Amatruda family, pizza-makers in Italy since 1968), the
concept is fast but high-quality whole pies or single slices
Sauce is from flavorful San Marzano tomatoes, and toppings
include imported salami picante, pleasantly spicier than
American pepperoni Proprietary electric ovens, designed
to transform Luna's secret 24-flour formula into perfectly
pliable/foldable crusts in under five minutes, ensure consis-
tently street-neat eats despite the slices' massive size (big
pies are 20-inchers) $

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 light-
ing, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the
ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and
a smile For those feelingflush, home-style fried chicken isjust
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
foccacia Dine either inside the architect-designed restau-
rant or outdoors on the patio Beer and wine $-$$$

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 $$$-$$$$

7100 Biscayne Blvd.
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
traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion
creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura,
tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic) But it also carves out its
own identity with original creations, including yellow cur-
ry-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 Moshi Moshi is
a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese
tapas bar) Even more striking than the hip decor Is the
food's unusually upscale quality Sushi ranges from
pristine individual nigirl to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas
are intriguing, like arabilk 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
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 $

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd.
From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Krls Wessel's
intentionally 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-marinated, sous-vide-cooked
Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-
breaded Old South fried green tomatoes) Not surpris-
ingly, the chef-driven menu is limited, but several signa-
ture 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.
Owned by two couples (including former Village Cafe chef
Marion Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former
space of Frankie'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 frangaise (egg-battered, with lemon-
caper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here $$-$$$

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St.
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises
emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German res-
taurant is owner Alex Richter's oneman 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 $$-$$$

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5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117
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 June not be revolutionary fare, but Soyka
continues to thrive while more ambitious, nationally pub-
licized 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, lettuce,
tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauc-
es Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen
sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the
inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce $$$

UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022
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 sand-
wiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahi-mahl with cilan-
tro aioli and caramelized onions on housemade foccacia)
Dinner features a range of small plates (poached figs with
Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle) and full
entrees like sake-marinated salmon with boniato mash and
Ponzu butter sauce, and crispyspinach $$-$$$

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337
A true communityjewel, this bakery is also a most wel-
coming cafe, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa
Bernardo (who co-owns the place with attorney Abbie
Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs
grown on the bakery's window sills Bernardo's 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, sausage, chicharron, fried
egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans Don't miss margin-
ally 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, came desmechada (shredded flank steak), plan-
tains, rice, beans, and cheese $-$$

The Crab House
1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085
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 $$$-$$$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143
Inside a small marketthat is widely considered Miami's premier
source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli" restaurant com-
ponent is nothing more than a lunch counter But chef Michio
Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town
Example traditional Osaka-stye 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
creations 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
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 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)

Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305-867-0106
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
When an eatery's 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 Bhumichitr joined 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
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

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Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry
Juneo 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 Cafe
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/

Colombian-cuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler includ-
ing rice, beans, came asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed
sweet plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every
day, as are antojitos "little whims," smaller snacks like
chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage)
And for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood plat-
ters, madeto 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 $

Bocca Ristorante Italiano
1699 NE 123rd St., 305-891-4899
One word Spaghetti chitarra alla carbonara Okay, four
words But this one dish alone (housemade pasta whose
square-cut, irregular texture perfectly traps maximum
amounts of a luscious pancetta/egg yolk/cream sauce)
is reason enough to return many times to this friendly
little trattoria Owing to a low-visibility location, Bocca
is one of those "best kept secret" spots But an $18 95
three-course prlx fixe menu should convince even the

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
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 authen-
tic 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
June, filled with juicy cochinlta plbil, refried beans, and
pickled onions $$

Canton Cafe
12749 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes 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 $$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the
Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/
outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly 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 fagottinl- "beggar's purses" stuffed with pears
and cheese $$

15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must
But the specialty is J unean-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, tangyfrom
bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in
a banana leaf wrap To accompany, try a lime/soy/chill-
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)

pistachio-crusted lamb or tuna tartare with srlracha aloli, jaded that this easy-to-miss place is a must-not-miss $$ Captain Jim's Seafood
plus reviving old favorites like pork tenderloin with ginger- 12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812 D.J.'s Diner
caramel sauce $$-$$$ Bulldog Barbecue This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even 12210 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-5250
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655 when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in Located in a Best Western motel, this place, run by a
^ I^ [ol;t /l l I The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its sea- Chinese-American family, serves mostly basic American
NO T MTop Chef contender Howle Klelnberg, whose indoor electric food, much of it from Capt Jim Hanson's own fishing boats, diner fare burgers, sandwiches, about a dozen din-
smoker turns out mild-tasting cue that ranges from the which supply many top restaurants Now there's a casual ner entrees, fresh-baked apple pie, and, oddly, a whole
Los Antojos expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot- but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths section of Caesar salad variations But it's also a secret
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411 smoked salmon and veggie plates There are also creative Whether it's garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellow- source for Chinese food, mostly chow mien/chop
If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads, tall or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked
national dish If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both and sweets Sides include refreshing slaw, beans stud- conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and ..................... ..........................
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suey-type dishes, but also a few dishes such as eggplant
with garlic sauce and ma po tofu that are a step up in
authenticity $-$$

Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St, 305-893-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of
Miami's first, there's a full stock of vitamins and nutritional
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 sneak-
ers 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 offering numerous tra-
ditional Haitian dishes, includingjerked 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 there moistly tender
inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside $

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-9069
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place fea-
tures live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it
a good choice when diners want a night out, not just 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-saucejoint has
been drawing students and other starvation-budget din-
ers with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and
meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala
topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-
American belly-busters All pasta or meat entrees come
with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty min-
estrone) 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
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 pre-
tense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bis-
tro fare frlsee salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon
vinaigrette, truite Grenoblolse (trout with lemon/caper
sauce), consomme with black truffles and foie gras, cov-
ered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect pommes frites,
and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert $$$

2214 NE 123rd St., 305-891-3312
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" imitation meats),
its also offers a full range of breakfast/lunch/dinner vegetar-
ian 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
- June 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 Cafe
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 pep-
per 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 operating 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 like
peppery black bean clams, sauteed mustard greens,
and steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions, plus

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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
began producing in 1938, available in three varieties
salmon, mahl mahl, and the signature blue marlin But the
smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable bris-
ket Other new additions include weekend fish fries Entry
is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park
entrance No admission fee $

Caf6 Boogalu
14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-1900
This fast-casual Brazilian eatery is the first U S branch of a
chain from Recife, where, legend has it, the food is unusu-
ally tasty owing to the magical influence of a sacred African
rhinoceros named Boogalu, who escaped from a private
zoo into the region's jungles some 150 years ago Judge for
yourself by sampling our more modern pick, the Boogalu
salad (sesame-topped shrimp, mixed greens, sun-dried
tomato, and mozzarella, with an unusual sweet peach dress-
ing) For heavier eaters there are rhino-size steak, chicken,
seafood, and pasta entrees for mouse-size prices $$

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
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 to rtillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated
steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef bar-
bacoa, 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 curries
from which to choose Take-out packages of plain roti are
also available, they transform myriad leftovers into tasty,
portable lunches $

Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse
3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall)
The rodlzlo formula is familiar Pay one price ($39 90 for
dinner, $29 90 at Sunday brunch), then eat till you drop
from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive selec-
tion of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausage, and fish (16 varl-
eties at dinner, 5 at brunch) carved tableside by costumed
waiters What spectacularly differentiates Flamma its set-
ting on the Intracoastal Waterway But also spectacular is
a Monday-Thursday two-for-one dinner deal with a coupon
available at Flamma Unbelievable but true $$$$

El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St.
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) $$$-$$$$

3507 NE 163rd St.
When a cup of regular American joe is as complex and
boldly flavored as a gourmet coffeehouse's priciest brews
-- but cheaper -- the creator deserves support, especially
when the coffee is organic and the company supports
fair trade and sustainable production To accompany
the admirable coffees and teas, G serves paninis plus
sweets ranging from guava-stuffed croissants to gelato
Service is speedy, but a relaxed ambiance, comfortable
contemporary decor, and free WiFi all encourage luxuriant
lingering $

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
When Sla and Nicole Hemmatl bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added Hanna's" to the name, but changed
little else about this retro-looking French/American diner,
a north Mlami-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
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 grou-
per with hot/sweet/tangy chill sauce Open till around
300 am $$

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1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393
If unusual Bangladeshl 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, its because
chef/owner Bithl 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 klbbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bul-
gur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a
Lebanese chef/owner, like this eatery's Sam Elzoor, is at
the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement There
are elaborate dally 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 $-$$

3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484
This place makes a very good tahini sauce In fact that
alone is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this
bright, cheery eatery's 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 klbbl 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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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
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 international
gourmet markets 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's
hearty pasta faglole, one of the daily soup specials, could
keep a person shopping for hours And now that pizza mas-
ter 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 noo-
dle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that
make it notjust a soup but a whole ceremony), and many
other Vietnamese classics The menu is humongous $-$$

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 bakerythe 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 Theres one table for eat-in snackers $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228
For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were
standard dorm accessories These days, however, branches
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
At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chef's 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
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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 $$-$$$

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 $$-$$$

Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd., 305-405-6700
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 pel 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 Kitchen
3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall)
The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-
bite description impossible It's part Italian market, with
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enjoyable on the waterfront deck), part rlstorante (pastas
and other Big Food), part pizzeria Whats 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 1 4 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 $$

Salsa Fiesta
2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245
The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini
chain, this urban Mexican grill" serves health-conscious,
made-fresh-daily fare similar in concept to some fast-
casual competitors But there are indeed differences
here, notably pan-Latin options black beans as well as
red, thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a
side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal
nachos) Other pluses include weekday happy hours with
two-for-one beers -- and free parking $-$$

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076
Sangs 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 cas-
serole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like aba-
lone with sea cucumber The extensive third menu offers
dim sum, served until 4 00 p m 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
At this unique Talwanese eatery, run by a trio of Talpel-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats in the
budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock imitations made
from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables But don't mock it
till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or smoking' duck,
with slices that mimic the charcuterie item down to convinc-
ing 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 bubble tea is a must-not-
miss Using housemade syrup, the cold, refreshing boba
comes in numerous flavors (mango, taro, even actual tea),

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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 100 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
Though some food folks were initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our area's
few Vietnamese restaurants, it's hard to bear a grudge at a
friendly, casual neighborhood place that offers monster ten-
ounce char-grilled burgers, with potatoes 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 Juneo Hawaiian King Crab
contains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green
peppers, and pineapple Boutique wines, artisan sakes,
and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$

Sushi Sake
13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242
Chic Asian-accented decor, video screens, 99-cent drink
deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not
just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too That
said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood
is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not
frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places) Also
notable All sauces are housemade Cooked makls like a
crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but it's as
sashimi that the fish's freshness truly shines $$-$$$

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630
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 oys-
ters 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
Coal is what its all about here a coal-fired oven (like
that at Lombardi's, Patsy's, 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 $$

Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
19003 Biscayne Blvd.,
One word flagels And no, that's not a typo Rather these
crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed)
are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -- and a special-
ty at this bustlingJewish bakery/deli, which, since 1988,
opens at 6 30 a m -- typically selling out of flagels in a
couple of hours Since you're up early anyway, sample
elaborately garnished breakfast specials, including unusu-
ally flavorful homemade corned beef hash and eggs For
the rest of the day, multitudes of mavens devour every
other delectable deli specialty known to humankind $$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330
If the menu here looks familiar, it should Its nearly identical
to that at the Upper Eastside's Luna Cafe and, with minor
variations, at all the rest of Tom Bllante's eateries (Rosalia,
Villagglo, Carpacclo), right down to the typeface But no argu-
ment from here In a mall a setting more accustomed to
food court dishes like carpaccio al salmon (crudo, with por-
tobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dress-
ing) 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
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," swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and
butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection $$$$$

Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave., 305-935-2900
After 20 years of success in the same location, many
chefs would coast on their backlog of tried-and-true
dishes And its doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would
freak out his many regulars by eliminating from the menu
the Bahamlan 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
This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the
ambiance As in Italy. dishes rely on impeccable 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 mush-
rooms 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 $$-$$$

Fuji Hana
2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080
A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese
dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like
the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/
tempura makl. topped with more tuna and served with a
luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a
longtime favorite But vegetarians -- for whom seafood-
based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield
-- might want to add the place to their worth a special
drive" list, thanks to chefs' winning ways with tofu and all-
around accommodation to veg-only diets $$-$$$

The Grill on the Alley
19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall),
Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood every-
where and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks,
you'd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -- or
in the new millennium This upscale mini chain salutes
America's great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with pro-
digious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus
classics like creamy chicken pot pie New retro dishes are
added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday night's
prime rib special a $32 hunk ofjuicy beef that'll take
care of Mondays meals too $$$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100
Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an interna-
tional 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 traditional 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 $$-$$$

Mo's Bagels & Deli
2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555
While the term old school" is used a lot to describe this
spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in
1995 Itjust so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind

that it seems to have been here forever Example Lox and
nova aren't pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced
from whole slabs And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy cham-
pions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs As compli-
mentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the
succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm,
generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here $$

Peppermill on the Waterway
3595 NE 207th St., 305466-2016
Charming Alpine decor and elegant yet accessible tra-
ditional Continental comfort foods make this indoor/
outdoor restaurant a perennially popular special-occasion
place to take the parents Definitely don't tell the folks'
cardiologist about indulging in fine-dining fare from the
precholesterol-obsession era trout almondine with beurre
blanc, salmon with hollandaise and creamed spinach, or
for super-splurgers, lobster thermidor While seafood is
a specialty, butter-sauteed breaded schnitzels like the
chicken Holsteiner (topped with capers, anchovies, and
an egg) are a treat $$$-$$$$

20475 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-2777
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman
Van Aken and Mark Militello He has been executive chef
at Rumil 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 indle is
accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp. just
ask Also featured are Italian-American entrees like baked
manicotti that'ss manl-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,
The real soup man behind this franchise is Al Yeganeh, an
antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made notori-
ous, on a Seinfeld episode, as the soup Nazi On the
menu ten different premium soups each day The selec-
tion 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, sandwiches, and wraps $-$$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-8955
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