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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

July 2010

Volume 8, Issue 5

So long ago that Google never heard
of him, a man named Charlie
Pujols had a bait store at the north
end of the Port of Miami, which was
being moved from the mainland to
Dodge Island. A few of the old port's

cargo warehouses still stood, totter-
ing, between the bait store and Miami
Bayfront Park. That's where I met a new
friend, Biscayne Bay. The bay didn't
speak aloud though I thought I heard
it whisper, "Shut up and fish" but

it had a welcoming manner and let me
hang out with it whenever I had time.
I went to Charlie's late at night,
after work at a place a lot of local people
still called the Miama Hurled. The city
was changing fast in the late 1960s but it

wasn't unusual to meet people who spoke
the Y'all dialect.
At 1:00 a.m. we could walk across
the street from the Herald to Charlie's,
where Bicentennial Park is now, and
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July 2010


1 Five Things Fishing Has Taught Me About Life
6 Feedback: Letters
12 Jack King: The Assault on Obama & Company
10 BizBuzz
28 Jen Karetnick: No Espaiol and No Beach
30 Frank Rollason: Big Guys and Little Government
32 Gaspar Gonzalez: On the Clock
34 Wendy Doscher-Smith: A Sign From Below
36 The Life and Times of Roberta Sherwood
36 A New Leaf
37 Take This Park, Please!
42 Biscayne Crime Beat
44 Anne Tschida: What We Talk About When...
46 Art Listings
49 Events Calendar
50 North Miami's Out-of-Sight Delight
52 Kids and the City: On the Road Again
53 Your Garden: The Deadliest Cut
54 Vino: Our Summertime Fire Up the Grill Drill
56 Pawsitively Pets: Problem Pooper? Put His Nose in It!
58 Word on the Street: Which Hurricane Was Your Worst?
59 Restaurant Listings: 233 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants!


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Letters to
How About It, Kids? Let's
Make a Garden!
Erik Bojnansky's story about World
Gardens at Midtown Miami ("How
Does Your Garden Grow?" June 2010)
highlights a commendable concept
and ambitious undertaking. Citizen-
generated garden creations offer unique
opportunities and challenges for com-
munity activism and citizen involvement.
Unfortunately, as is so often the case
with such undertakings, the results often
seem to pale when measured against the
initial objectives. Notwithstanding such
realities, the initiative of Harry Nelson
and his cohorts in this egalitarian under-
taking speaks well of their intentions and
objectives in making our community a
greener and more beautiful place.
However, a few disconcerting
issues reflected in the article require
The State of Florida's Department
of Business and Professional Regulation
licenses the practice of landscape archi-
tecture. The current records of DBPR
do not list "landscape designer" Harry
Nelson as a licensed landscape architect
in Florida.
The issue of poor soil condi-
tions on the site would likely have been
revealed to an experienced South Florida
landscape architect or to a competent,
qualified horticulturist.
Mr. Bojnansky appears to have
attributed an inaccurate term, "parched
water table," to the noted local horti-
culturist Jeff Shimonski, who likely
observed the possibility of perched
water table in his assessment of plantings
at World Gardens at Midtown Miami. A
perched water table occurs when an im-
permeable layer of material (rock, clay,
compressed soil, etc.) exists below the
surface, but above the primary aquifer
of a geographic region. Depending on its
position within the substrate, such im-
permeable layers may "trap" and retain
excessive quantities of water, generally
within the root zones of plants. This will
result in soil saturation and the subse-
quent exclusion of appropriate levels of
oxygen within the root zone, leading to
root rot and declining plant vigor, and
ultimately plant failure.
Ted Baker, fellow
American Society ofLandscape

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Driving Aimlessly, Letters
in Hand
Like Gaspar Gonzalez, I'm very an-
noyed at the lack of postal boxes where I
live, in North Miami ("Return to Sender,"
June 2010). There used to be three boxes
behind the CVS next to the Publix at NE
6th Avenue and 127th Street, but now
there are none.
I too drive around hoping to see a
letter carrier or get to a post office. This
is ridiculous. I can't put out my mail
because I live on a street in North Miami
where children walk to and from el-
ementary school. I've found my mail on
the lawn or ripped up. So it's a problem
Thanks for letting me vent.
Susan Bogusky
North Miami

Driving to the Shores:
What Could Be Worse?
I agree with Gaspar Gonzalez.
I work from home and have a small
business that requires mailing out
monthly invoices.
Without a mailbox, I now have to
take my invoices to the Miami Shores
post office, which means driving there
just to mail them!
Jovita Nalepa
Biscayne Park

Not Just a Thank You, a
Huge Thank You
I enjoyed the story by Margaret Griffis
about Morningside Elementary School
( T\ o Communities, One School," June
2010) but want to point out that the ar-
ticle neglected to mention the hard work
Sandy Moise has done with us to make
this school a better place. It was she who
put us in contact with the University of
Miami to work on a garden plan at the
school in the first place. We owe her a
huge thank you.
Michael Loveland

So It Is True: Getting a
Voter Registration Card Is
Gaspar Gonzilez's cover story "As the
Market Turns" (May 2010) was wonder-
ful. Not only did I enjoy it immensely, I

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laughed out loud at some points.
I wish I'd read something like that
before we bought our house two and
a half years ago. It seems to me that
around these parts, anybody can get a
Realtor's license. Some of those traps
the Gonzflezes avoided, we fell for.
Please continue such wonderful
articles, and maybe do a follow-up on the
same subject.
Franco V. Arias
Jacques E. Christin
North Bay Village

How to Buy a House Like a
Here is a little-known secret about how
to reply to a real estate agent who asks
for c\clusi\ itl." Simply reply, "Okay,
but I want you to sign an agreement that
you are my exclusive agent, meaning you
cannot conspire with the sellers and their
agent, and you will do your best to get us
the best price and total deal."
Do not sign a realtor-buyer form.
It's not in your interest.
Also $12,000 for closing costs
and "extras" seems suspect on the
$200,000 house Gaspar Gonzalez
and his wife bought. Always get an
itemization of closing costs, and then
compare them competitively. For
more information about all this, go to
By the way, this is the way million-
aires have bought houses for years.
Jim Anderson

A Good Writer in Search of
a Story
I write this with some trepida-
tion. By his own description, Gaspar
Gonzalez, Biscayne Times's "Neighbor-
hood Correspondent," is new to Biscayne
Park, having moved here in December
2009, and I welcome him. There's no
doubt that wherever there are gatherings
- in larger municipalities or "burgs"
like ours there are different types of
people. Our neighborhood, the Village,
is a bit more heterogeneous than some
this size, and we have our distinct and
sometimes differing types, too.
At the moment we are more polarized
than usual. For whatever reasons, over the
past couple of years a vocal faction has
emerged. This faction consists of people

who could be called, for simplicity's sake,
whiners, complainers, and naysayers.
They present themselves as something of a
fringe and are notable for identifying evil
forces in the universe, powerful entities,
and crusading against them.
These entities have variously been
the City of North Miami, FPL; and more
recently, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Sometimes this faction has even identi-
fied the Village itself as an aggressor
against the residents.
Don't ask. I can't explain it myself.
All the accused are portrayed as
having muscled and misused the humble
citizenry of Biscayne Park, and all have
been considered worthy of confrontation
and crusade. To listen to the complaints,
one can hear a distinct "rise up against
the tyrant" theme.
I don't know Mr. Gonzalez. I intro-
duced myself to him at a meeting a few
weeks ago, but I think he was otherwise
engaged. So I don't know how he got
where he did, but it's clear he has joined
the crusades. It is clear, at least, that he
has a special fondness and empathy for
the crusaders.
Or maybe he just likes telling their
story. In the absence of anything more
substantial, it's a pretty colorful and
engaging story to tell.
I don't know, for example, if he
personally agrees that FPL ("Uncivil
War," May 2010) and the USPS ("Return
to Sender," June 2010) are out to mistreat
the residents of Biscayne Park. Maybe
he just takes these rhetorical positions
because they make better copy.
If USPS victimizes and deprives a
small and seemingly powerless com-
munity of its one mailbox, while giving
the rich and powerful of Miami Shores
whatever they want, there's an interest-
ing story to tell.
If USPS just pulled some boxes
because they weren't much used, Mr.
Gonzalez has to look for something else.
I see he relied heavily on, and made his
case around, the impressionistic report
of the letter carrier, to the effect that the
box was significantly used. I don't know
that a lot of reporters would consider that
an adequate source, especially consider-
ing the allegation.
Anyway, I welcome Mr. Gonzalez
to Biscayne Park, and I do think he is a
very good writer. May he keep up the
great storytelling and find some good
and meaningful stories to tell.
Fred Jonas
Biscayne Park

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BizBuzz: July 2010
Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor

After spending the past month
working in NYC, BizBuzz
wants to assure Biscayne
Times readers this: It's just as hot
and humid up there, and they don't
have their A/C as
together as we do. a. A
Nor do they have -
Miami's uniquely
relaxed, locals-
oriented summer
party scene.
Which brings
us to July's offer -
from GG Salon -
and Spa (9063 Masl
Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-9719): Orga-
nize a spa party of at least six people,
purchasing $40 or more of services
each, and the host gets his/her services
free. Partiers can bring their own eats
and music; owner Gloria Gonzalez will
arrange for drinks appropriate to all ages
and occasions.
"Pasta & Music" is definitely our
idea of a party, and also Flaminia Mo-
rin's. The owner of Yes Pasta! (14871
Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006) is offer-
ing a free chef's choice appetizer with
any pasta order on the night of the event:
July 23, starting at 6:00 p.m. Call ahead
for more details.
Let's say you have some visiting
friends who are seeking an affordable
vacation hotel, or maybe you'd like to
try the trend toward staycations mini
breaks in your own area. If so, then
Circa 39 Hotel (3900 Collins Ave., 305-
538-4900, www.circa39.com) fits the bill.
From the family that owns the gorgeous
Palms Hotel up the block, this chic, full-
service boutique hotel has everything re-
quired for R&R&R (rest and relaxation,
plus romance): cool and comfortable
rooms, tranquil pool deck, courtyard
dining, beach privileges, a bar/lounge, an
intimate in-house bistro, and all manner
of Internet access, if you must work a bit.
Rates? Unbelievably low, and lower still
with Circa 39's summer special, running
through September: Pay for three nights,
get the fourth free.
It's the first anniversary for Hannah
and Her Scissors in its new location
(611 NE 86th St., 305-772-8426). And as

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usual, when celebrity t"
hair artist Hannah
Lasky celebrates, BT readers get the
gifts. For the whole month of July pa-
trons purchasing a Keratin treatment (the
deep conditioning straightening/smooth-
ing process that gets rid of summer frizz-
monster hair) also receive a free haircut.
Congrats, Hannah!
Need some serious smile improve-
ment too? Dental Options (11645
Biscayne Blvd., suite 204, 305-892-
2960) has just expanded, with a new
state-of-the-art Aventura office at 2991
NE 191st St., suite 804 (305-466-2960).
And no worries. The dental work is
not just high-tech and high quality, but
gentle. Mention the BT for a new patient
special: $59 for an exam, digital X-rays,
and cleaning.
For serious shoppers, Herval USA's
famed furniture showrooms (2666 NE
189th St., 305-466-2606 and 1730 Bis-
cayne Blvd., 305-377-1221) offer a Fourth
of July special: 10% off all purchases.
Just say, "Happy Independence."
This month at A & A Village
Treasures in Miami Shores (9702 NE
2nd Ave.), new items include a 12-photo
"Impressions of Cuba" exhibit by local
artist Vanessa Vallejo. And for those who
like wearing their art, there are additions
to the stock of Rava Designs' one-of-a-
kind, semi-precious jewelry (featuring
chunky beads of chalk turquoise, purple-
dyed agate, white marble, etc.), which
the treasure chest's owners Amado Mesa
and Anthony Kylor, describe as "very
Sex in the City II."

The printing business
has certainly changed since new adver-
tiser Alko Printing (3208 NE 2nd Ave.,
305-573-3634) opened its doors in 1981.
Owner Koko Jourbadjian would say the
same of his Midtown neighborhood,
where he has operated continuously for
all those years. From dicey to pricey.
Alko is a primo choice for jobs that go
way beyond your home inkjet, from all
manner of large-format work (including
complete car wraps that transform your
auto into a promo tool) to high quality
(yet affordable) stationery, postcards,
and business cards that truly impress.
Koko also specializes in graphic design
that makes your business's corporate
identity pop.
Worried about debt? Join the
extremely long line. Fortunately new ad-
vertiser Bankruptcy Law Clinic (10800
Biscayne Blvd., suite 925, 305-663-3281)
can stop harassing creditor phone calls,
wage garnishment, repossession, and
other financial problems no matter how
deep. And the initial consultation is free,
with no obligation.
Those with impressive real estate
portfolios face different issues than the
masses and need a lot of specialized
expertise to manage them. So welcome
to new advertiser Lincoln Esq., PA (46
NE 6th St., 305-755-9295). Directed by
attorney Timothy C. Lincoln, the micro-
niche practice assists affluent families
with property management, estate plan-
ning, trusts, asset protection basi-
cally that whole range of confusing stuff

people haven't the time or knowledge to
handle themselves.
Meanwhile, attorney Jake Miller
(12550 Biscayne Blvd., suite 800, 305-
758-2020) continues his very popular,
free "What's Best for You" seminar
series, for homeowners in mortgage dis-
tress. This month's programs, on July 14
and 20 at 6:00 p.m., focus on principal
reduction very im-
portant, he explains,
"because everyone is
upside-down that
is, owes more money
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The Assault on Obama & Company
Nouveau idiots, many of them in Florida, are leading the charge

By Jack King
BT Contributor

When Barack Obama broke

onto the national political
scene two years ago, I won-
dered if his campaign would be nothing
more than an anomaly. After all, few
minority candidates for national office
had made it past simply getting into the
race, and never had one gone to win a
national election. Whether you like it
or not, a majority of the people in this
country are still pretty racist. It may not
be like it was in the 1920s, but it's racist
just the same.
It wasn't long into the campaign
that I heard people saying Obama was
different and had a real chance to be
elected. Turns out they were right.
Before long, the nonbelievers start-
ed the scare campaigns: He's a commu-
nist, he's a socialist, he's a fascist, he's
a Muslim, he's not an American. It was
started by conservative Republicans who
were really mad that they had taken such
a shellacking in two consecutive elec-
tions. They began calling Obama names
and laying on labels, many of which
they really didn't understand. They just
sounded bad and that's what they wanted.
The Republicans would argue that
the Democrats called George Bush lots
of names, and they're somewhat right.
However, the fodder for name-calling
came straight from Bush himself. Does
anyone remember "mission accom-
plished," "I am the war president," and
"misunderestimated," just to name a few.
Add these to his glaring policy blunders
like Iraq and Katrina and you don't need
to call him names. He does it to himself.

And one last thing about name-
calling and the blame game. George
Bush and his cronies started the war in
Afghanistan. They started the war in
Iraq. They gave us the policies that led
to the collapse of the economy. Now Re-
publican leaders and right-wing talking
heads are saying that these wars and the
economy belong to Obama. Certainly he
has inherited them, but they will forever
belong to Bush, and Bush should be for-
ever grateful to Obama for finding ways
to end the wars and rebuild the economy.
Of course name-calling in politics is
nothing new, but this time it has embold-
ened a group of older, white Americans
who were none too pleased to have a black
president who had some solid but different
ideas for improving the nation. This group
eventually came to be known as the Tea
Party. The movement gained momentum
with platitudes like lo%\ci l ,w\S" and "less
government," along with "keep your gov-
ernmental hands off my Social Security."

More recently Tea Party zealots
have been marginalizing themselves at a
national level, and their name-calling is
just not sticking. Florida's Marco Rubio,
an early darling of the Tea Party set, was
well ahead in the U.S. Senate race, but
now trails Gov. Charlie Crist badly, with
other candidates nipping at his heels,
and for good reason.
Rubio, while professing political
conservatism, has been living a pretty
opulent lifestyle on his Republican Party
credit card, all while not paying his own
bills. Add to that the fact that his entire
platform is cutting taxes and reducing
the size of government, but he has no
plans for how to do it. To say that he is
shallow would be an understatement.
With the Tea Party losing steam
nationally, two new and bizarre politi-
cal phenomena have arisen. The first is
a sizable group of very wealthy people
who are willing to put their own money
into major campaigns to get themselves

elected. Florida's two are Jeff Greene,
running for the U.S. Senate, and Rick
Scott, running for governor. Both have
zillions of dollars and could conceivably
put as much as $100 million each into
their campaigns. And they both come
with lots of baggage. Greene made most
of his money betting that the housing
market would collapse. Nothing like bet-
ting against America and then telling the
electorate you're the one who can fix all
the problems.
Rick Scott is not much better. He
ran a healthcare company in such a
wonderful way that he (and many others)
bears responsibility for the mess that
healthcare is in now. Oh yeah, his com-
pany paid $1.6 billion in penalties.
The second phenomenon is that the
Florida Tea Party has been registering
virtual unknowns to run in state legislative
races. So far they have about 20, mostly
in north and central Florida, which makes
sense. The Florida Tea Party is based in
Orlando and it seems that many of their
candidates have come from Disney World.
Two people who we haven't heard
from in Miami are Alex Sink, running
for governor, and Kendrick Meek, run-
ning for the U.S. Senate. Sink has done
little campaigning here and doesn't have
much name recognition. Meek has done
zero campaigning in South Florida. If
he has a campaign strategy, it must be a
deep dark secret.
What have we learned so far in this
campaign season? The electorate doesn't
want nouveau idiots who are all platitudes
and no plans, nor long-time political
hacks who are all platitudes and no plans.

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buy a package of frozen shrimp or squid
or mullet, which I'm pretty sure cost
less than two bucks each. We would
sit on the concrete bulkhead, fishing
until the sky grew light. If you sat right
on the concrete, bugs would nip your
rear end and crawl up your pants legs.
I kept a cheap folding lawn chair in the
trunk of my cheap car. If I got hungry
or thirsty, I could put down my rod
and reel (also cheap) without concern
for theft while I walked a few yards to
Charlie's store for a Cuban sandwich
and a beer, both cheap.
Half a dozen to half a hundred
people might be there, depending on
whether the shrimp were running. When
they were, we bait dunkers were joined
on the bulkhead by family teams of
shrimp-netters. They brought Coleman
lanterns, big coolers half full of ice, and
long-handled dip nets with fine mesh.
The shrimp always came with an
entourage of predatory fish, most desir-
ably the edible snook and snapper but
also the inedible tarpon, and once in a
while you could catch one. Usually
we fished for mangrove
snapper, seldom big but
plentiful and good to eat.
If you cut your bait into
little pieces and stuck it
on little hooks, you could
catch moonfish, also known as
lookdowns. Their sloping foreheads
and the placement of their eyes made
them seem to be searching for a lost
contact lens.
On the first night at Charlie's I
caught a cutlass, commonly called a
ribbonfish, even though it resembles
a shiny fighting sword more than a
ribbon. With its great fangs, it looks so
ferocious it could frighten you half to
death when you pull it into the light. I cut
the line at the hook and dropped them
back in the water. Others left them for
dead on the ground. I had never seen
or heard of them before, and I've never
caught one anywhere else.
It didn't matter much what I
caught, or whether I caught anything
to keep. If I spend half a day prepar-
ing and drive a long way, it matters
only a little more. Fishing is supposed
to be a contemplative sport. When the
fish aren't biting, don't fuss. Con-
template. It's still better than almost
anything else you could be doing.

1e caught a lot of squirmy and slimy.
Shardhead catfish Over the years I unintentionally
V off that seawall caught and deliberately released hundreds
near Charlie's, and handled of hardhead catfish before one twisted
them carefully. They keep a loose and a pectoral fin jabbed me be-
shot of poison under the skin tween the right thumb and forefinger. The
that covers the spines of their hand reddened and swelled. At Jackson
fins. If one pokes you, it Memorial Hospital I took an agonizing
teaches a painful lesson, injection directly into the wound. Then I
With a small towel for was sent to a specialist in Hialeah.
traction, I learned to grip Yes, a catfish-wound specialist. I
catfish tightly around the forget his name but I remember what
gills, pressing the pectoral he told me. He developed the specialty
fins against the body while during his training residency in Corpus
I used pliers with the other Christi, where he treated hundreds of
hand to remove my hook. people who limped in from the Padre
It's like the way you hold Island beaches. Catfish gathered there
a snake so it can't bite you. Snakes are in enormous schools, waiting in the
squirmy but not slimy and are easier to shallows for someone to step on them.
grip than toothless catfish, which are "Tell me again how this happened,"
the catfish specialist said
after treating and bandaging
c ughta t my hand. I repeated: I was
W e cau ht a lt of trying to get my hook back
hardhead catfish. when the fish twisted and
They kee a shot of oison stabbed me.
T"How much do you pay

under the skin that covers for fish hooks?"
und te sI th fns Back then, in boxes
the spines of their fins. of 50, they cost, let's see,
If one pokes you, it teaches a fraction less than three
Sione p cents apiece.
a painful I lesson. "What did they charge
you at the emergency

Fishing Hole 1
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Bay's best off-track places for explo-
ration and discovery. Unless you're
awfully intense about catching fish,
it's a wonderful boat ride in case
you're skunked. The two-mile north
branch begins in Greynolds Park
West. Use the entrance at 17530 W.
Dixie Hwy., follow the road to the fork,
bear right, pass the boathouse, and
go another half mile. Just before the
picnic pavilion on the right, pull over
and look for a gap in the mangroves
to launch your kayak or canoe. On
weekends a paddle-boat conces-
sion operates there. Much of the
mangrove-trimmed route up to 202nd
Street feels more like the Everglades
than North Miami Beach or Aventura.
There are nine finger canals and three
manmade lakes along the way. The
waterway is a spawning nursery. Look
for small barracuda, snook and jacks
below Miami Gardens Drive. North of
there, fish for butterfly peacock and
largemouth bass. Snook may be in
mangrove patches.

room?" Something like $250.
"It's going to cost you another
hundred here," the doc said. No%, how
much did you say a fish hook costs?"
See? Fishing teaches valuable lessons:
dangerous wildlife, petty economics.

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President Nixon likely
would have fallen between
the pad and the boat -
dunked for sure, with a
realistic chance of being
squished when the boat
bobbed back.

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Continued from page 14
O ne time on
Biscayne Bay,
I watched
history almost
being made. The
Vietnam war might A P
have ended sooner
- or not. The Wa-
tergate scandal might never
have happened. President
Richard M. Nixon
might have fallen
into the bay and
been squished be-
tween a houseboat
and the concrete
bulkhead of a
helicopter pad.
To set the scene: Nixon had a friend,
Charles G. Rebozo, who owned a bank
on Key Biscayne and a waterfront house
on Bay Lane. Nixon took over the place
next door. The Coast Guard barricaded
that side of the island south of the Key
Biscayne Yacht Club channel, guard-
ing it with two speedboats propelled by
schmillion-horsepower Magnum Marine
engines. A helicopter pad, still there
today, was constructed over the shallows.
Fishermen weren't happy. The
barricaded zone was one of the bay's
best places to fish for spotted sea trout.

Incoming waves and boat wakes
rebounded off the bulkhead
of the helicopter pad,
creating turbulence.
Early in 1972,
Nixon made his
mission to China, re-
opening long-frozen
diplomatic relations. It
was a significant geo-
political achievement,
yet one that failed to thrill
the public. Someone
o thought that should be
Returning from
China, the president
went to Key Bis-
cayne, where it was
arranged for two decorated houseboats
full of Republicans shouting Hooray! to
clear the security zone and pull up beside
the helicopter pad.
Nixon was let out to greet them and
we media were let in to watch. We were
not made to stand behind a barricade.
No Secret Service agents interfered as
I approached the stern of the nearest
boat. Rubber fenders hung over its rail,
protecting the hull from scrapes while
creating a gap of several inches between
it and the helicopter pad.
Nixon, not the spontaneous type,
looked unsure of what to do. An aide

e Another section of the Oleta River
runs from Snake Creek Canal to the
Intracoastal Waterway, with its mouth
opening on the south side of the Sunny
Isles Causeway. Motorboat access is
best from the Intracoastal. Snook and
snapper swim here. Further upland, if
your boat is low enough to get under
the NE 163rd Street bridge, you can
enter Maule Lake at its southeast
corner. Tarpon may congregate in the
middle. Follow the north shore of the
lake eastward to another channel that
can take you into Little Maule or back
to the Intracoastal.
Maule Lake can also be reached
by paddling south from the launch
site inside Greynolds Park. You have
to paddle under the bridges that span
Biscayne Boulevard, W. Dixie High-
way, and the railway. Incoming or out-
going, the tide often runs through that
shallow, narrow inlet fast enough to
overpower a solo paddler going the
opposite way. It's a job for two.

spoke to him. He stepped to the edge
of the pad to shake hands with people
on the boat. They had to reach across
the gap.
The water was choppy, the boat
bobbing sideways as the captain tried to
hold it against the helicopter pad. He was
not invited to tie up. I started to shout,
"Be careful!" '
Nixon and an athletic-looking gent
on the boat stretched toward each other.

As their
hands touched, the boat bobbed away
and Nixon was caught leaning over the
I've lost the name of the guy on the
boat. I remember he owned a chain of
dry-cleaning shops in Wheeling, West
Virginia. He had muscular forearms,
bigger hands than Nixon, and a stronger
grip. He grabbed Nixon's hand firmly,
stiffened his arm, leaned across the
watery gap, and held tight until the boat
bobbed back to the pad and the president
recovered his balance.
If not for that effort, Nixon likely
would have fallen between the pad and
the boat dunked for sure, with a real-
istic chance of being squished when the
boat bobbed back.
Later someone said to me: Suppose
you'd been that guy on the boat what
would you have done?
I think I have more conservative
than liberal fishing friends. I don't know
if they're ashamed of Nixon, but this I do
know: Fishing is apolitical.

you to
value what you
have. You learn
not to fret much about the
great fishing you can't afford
because it's half
a continent or
half a world
Bay is about 35
miles long, with
most of its south-
ern section in Biscayne
National Park. Numerous scientific
studies have documented the decline in
the abundance and size of virtually every

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fish species, despite state size and bag
The decline began earlier in the
northern part of the bay. People who
have fished it for a long time will say
you should have been there 10 years ago.
Others will say no, 20 years ago. Better
yet 30, 40, or 50 years ago.
I know such a person: Alan Sher-
man of Miami Shores. He knows what
the fishing was like in all five of those
decades. Sherman grew up on the bay,
had jobs in his youth running head boats
offshore from Haulover and Castaways
marinas. They're called head boats be-
cause they charge fishermen X dollars a
head. Sherman makes his living by guid-
ing fishing-doers on the bay. In ancient
times he could stick to the north end with
confidence that his clients always would
succeed. Not any more.
Perhaps more than anyone else,
he has witnessed the decline of north
bay fishing from fabulous to great to
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the place well and
search for fish until
you find them.
Says Sherman:
"I don't really want
to be negative about
the bay. On the other
hand, I miss the huge
amounts of ladyfish
that once were every-
where, especially in
the Oleta River in the
late '50s and into the
'60s. These fish would

Veteran fishing guide
Alan Sherman: These
giant high-rises have
cut off the sun that once
shined on the entire bay,
changing the way the
water once was.

feed on schools of small bait fish that no
longer are there. The thousands of tarpon
that would roll on the surface in Maule
Lake near Eastern Shores are gone.
"Dumbfoundling Bay was loaded
with fish and shallow mud flats that
housed sawfish, large schools of snook,
a few redfish, black drum, tarpon, sea
trout, huge schools of mullet, large jack
crevalle, sharks, ladyfish, and occasion-
ally bluefish, mackerel, and kingfish.
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Today that portion of water has been
dredged so that builders could put up
giant high-rises that house thousands of
people. I
"These giant high-rises have cut
off the sun that once shined on the entire
bay, changing the way the water once
was. The dredged areas, some as deep as
30 feet, have become stagnant, and only
a few schools of tarpon that can breathe
air from the atmosphere canlive there."
The scientific studies convert
to data what Sherman and the bay ,
have experienced daily for decades, -
although it took him a while to un- r
derstand fully what he was seeing at
close hand as it was going on. Sherman
again: "In the '60s, I remember that
the area known as Interama [now FIU
and the Biscayne Landing develop-
ment] was being used as a landfill. I
didn't know at the time that hazardous.
materials were being dumped there,
but around then I noticed the waters .P
from the Oleta River south starting to
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become less clear and the fish popula-
tions in these areas starting to diminish.

"It oc-
curred to me
that there might
be a correlation
between the
discolored water
and diminish-
ing numbers of
jacks, ladyfish,
snappers, snook,
and tarpon
because of the
landfill, but then
again it could
have been from
the increase
in chemicals
that were being
pumped into the
bay from Greyn-

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drift across the flats, then :ii :1- :.i
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olds Park dam or the one in the Biscayne
Canal that many years later would come
to light.
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Five Things
Continued from page 22

"Also in that same time span, a
lot of construction and dredging was
taking place in the Eastern Shores area
- an area that I always thought of as a
gathering area for snook, mullet, jacks,
and ladyfish. Today you see hardly
any mullet, ladyfish, and snook in that
area, and the huge schools of tarpon are
almost gone in Maule Lake and Dumb-
foundling Bay."

people who live
P alongside the
bay don't often
fish the obvious waters where they live.
You seldom see anyone on the seawall of
a waterfront home with a hook and line
over the side. Once in a while there's a
floating bait bucket tied to a post or a
cleat, a clue that someone there fishes
somewhere, sometimes.
Some of them have no docks, or
docks that sag in ruins. Why spend extra
money to live on the water they use so
passively? I asked a dockless
friend who lives on a finger
channel in Keystone Point,
and she said she lives there
because she likes it.
At night, bright dock
lights close to the water
will attract forage fish,
and the forage fish will
attract game fish es-
pecially my favorite, the
common snook.
People who
have dock lights often
neglect to turn them
on at night. Maybe
their FPL bills are too
high already, I don't know.
It's frustrating to go into channel

after channel with scarcely a light lit. I
have fished for snook under such condi-
tions in other places where, local people
swear, owners perversely keep their
lights off on purpose. They consider the
fish their private property.
If I ever return to night fishing, I
will keep a gas lantern on my boat. I will
slip into one of those channels, hang my
light from one of those docks, and wait
for the fish to find it. I will publish a
story about it, and then people who think

Fishing Hole 4
Along the Venetian Causeway, east of
the toll plaza, snook often lurk in the
shadows of bridges that connect the
causeway's six islands. Weave a boat
among them slowly, casting baits as
close as you can to seawalls, bulk-
heads, and docks. Some of those are
lit at night, with prey and predators
meeting for dinner. Stay outside the
circle of light, casting baits into it. Often
you can hear the loud splashes of fish
attacking shrimp and other forage.
I- --- -----/

they own those fish will sit out in the
dark with shotguns, waiting for someone
like me to come along.
Little by little by little you're
learning this here faster than I did there
I figured out that to catch snook you
must look for them in snook habitat, such
as mangroves or places where forage
lures them, such as lighted docks. You
have to present the right bait, natural or
artificial, in just the right way, which
varies with time, tide, and location.
Working all that out requires the pa-
tience that fishing is supposed to teach us.


ally a snook
is caught
accidentally while
fishing for something
else, or just dunking
bait for whatever
fish may find it. I
caught my first
snook that way
because the bay
and I had devel-
oped a relationship.
I believe it felt sorry
for me.

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I was in a wheelchair with a cast
on my right leg, a trophy for reckless
base-running during a softball game.
My home was an efficiency on NE 25th
Street in the second apartment building
from the bay. It wasn't a good place to
fish, but it was the best available.
I'd wheel the chair out there, car-
rying rod and reel across my lap with a
package of bait in a bag dangling from
the left handgrip, and a book in another
bag dangling on the right.
That was not sport as much as therapy

Fishing Hole 5
Biscayne Bay's spoil islands, distributed
more or less evenly along the Intracoast-
al, are the products of long-ago dredg-
ing. Several are maintained as parks by
Miami-Dade County. Snapper, sea trout,
ladyfish, and pompano can be caught
along the edges.
None of these five fishing holes is
a secret. All are known to supply good
fishing, but not all the time. Successful
anglers keep moving, seldom giving any
spot more than half an hour to produce
action. When the bite dwindles here, they
move to there.

Occasionally a snook
is caught accidentally. I
caug t my first snook
that way because the bay
and I had developed a
relationship. I believe it
felt sorry for me.

for cabin fever. Now and then I'd get a bite
from a puffer or lizardfish, very scarcely
a too-small snapper. Tides and currents
brought to my bulkhead Styrofoam cups,
empty cigarette packets, an impressive se-
lection of tubular latex products. I was able
to indict Salem and Newport smokers as
the worst litterers. Second place: drinkers
of canned Busch beer, the popular-priced
kin of Budweiser.
On the day the bay felt sorry for
me, I ran out of bait early. Back in the

apartment I searched the
fridge for substitutes. I
had learned that if you
run out of bait and you're
nowhere near home, open
your cooler and raid your
lunch. Chicken (skin on)
stays on the hook fairly
well. Hard salami emits
grease, an attractant.
Prosciutto falls apart too
easily. If you've caught
a few fish, fillet one and

use the guts. Almost any fish's
liver is good bait. Liverwurst is useless.
This time, scavenging around the
fridge, the best I could do was a stale
drumstick from Colonel Sanders' store.
"No fish would eat this," I told myself.
"What else you got?" myself asked.
I cut the chicken leg into strips,
stuck one on a hook, flipped it into the
bay, and got a bite.
For dinner that night, I ate snook.

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By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

L A h, so you speak Spanish?"
1.. This is the question I invari-
kably get when I travel abroad
and, when asked by various individu-
als where I am from, confess that it is
Miami. Sometimes the query is in Span-
ish; other times in English. But no matter
what language is spoken to me first, I
always answer the same: "No."
My negative response is followed
by two reactions. Either I receive an
incredulous look, usually accompanied
by a shrug, or if the conversation has
been in English, I hear: "Where exactly
in Miami do you live?" As if there must
be a part of Miami where only uno-lin-
gual gringas reside, a section unknown
to the world at large particularly the
Spanish-speaking world.
Of course, when I reply Miami
Shores, I next hear: "Oh, how nice. You
live near the beach." Then my (dyed)

No Espaniol and No Beach

ow can a person like me live


blond hair is taken into account, my
(preserved) figure is glanced over, and
my (lingering) intelligence along with
my interest in my destination, the culture
of wherever I am visiting is visibly
dismissed. I am just another arrogant

in a place

that speak
for a glob

like this without Spanish?
of OLA and D. Rodriguez I was
practically interrogated. A Venezuelan
blogger, who spoke English as well as
her mother tongue, was particularly
vehement. "Why don't you speak it?"
she demanded. Isn t Spanish the official
language of Miami? Don't you have
bilingual private schools? How can you
represent Miami if you don't speak Span-
ish? It's not logical that you don't know."
She continued to badger me, and
after a while, she refused to speak to
me in English. Whenever our guides or
colleagues would start a conversation
that I could understand, she'd deliber-
ately cut in with a Spanish comment and
direct the flow of language to her liking.
Thanks to her, I would have spent a great
deal of time not comprehending the pro-
who refuses to acknowledge gram, except that I speak the universal
ing English is not enough. language: food.
tly, though, on a trip to Panama In reality, I can obviously understand
al food conference of Latin some Spanish words: cerveza, vino

chefs called Panama Gastron6mica -
including our own Douglas Rodriguez

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blanco, polio, cerdo. In other words, I am
fluent in what I call "menu Spanish." (In
fact, I don't discriminate. I can decipher
menus in French, Italian, and Portuguese
as well.) I also know how to get to a
bathroom, find a bank, arrange for a taxi,
and get to the airport. Simple phrases
aren't beyond me, though I might get
the order of words incorrect. My accent
is largely understood if muddled. And I
can, thanks to heredity, roll my Rs. But I
can't tell people with honesty that "hablo
un poquito de espahol solamente,"
because I don't. Wielding that kind of
confidence opens a verbal floodgate that
I have no hope of translating.
More to the point, Spanish is not the
authorized language of Miami. Though
I know it's controversial, we still are part
of the United States at least last time I
checked. When I encounter hostility such
as the kind from the Venezuelan woman,
I think of Montr6al. No one is surprised to
find out that you might be a native of that
officially bilingual city but don't speak
French. Folks just figure your heritage is

Anglo-Saxon instead of Norman, or that
your French-Canadian parents felt you
should assimilate instead of being isolated,
both geographically and socially, in the
French part of the city.
Nor do I claim to represent the Magic
City. My personal ancestry, unlike many
who live in Miami now, is not Hispanic.
All you need to do is look at my name
to know that I come from Ukraine or,
if you're not that familiar with Russian
surnames, Eastern European stock.
Or maybe I do represent Miami.
After all, when you travel to other places,
you are the country you come from,
apparently. So you might as well be the
city, too. In that case, I am the perfect
face for it: I didn't grow up here.
What I understand, but don't appreci-
ate, is that travelers the world over believe
that only Hispanics live in Miami. This is
largely the fault of the media, who put in
the background not only native Miamians
(I believe the appropriately sneering word
is "Crackers") but the largest immigrant
community of Haitians in the nation -
even after a devastating earthquake that
could be used to change immigration and
repatriation laws.

I don't bother explaining to people
like the Venezuelan, who talked in-
sultingly about me in Spanish to other
people right in front of my face (and
yes, I know enough of the language to
figure that out), that I took French in
high school, and that we only needed two
years of a foreign language to graduate.
Regrettable? Yes. Fortunately the
United States school systems do a much
better job these days, starting children
in grade school on Spanish or French.
There are also options for bilingual
private schools, which in my days of
secondary schooling were unheard
of. I'm very proud to say that both my
children are in the native Spanish classes
at school, and that they already speak
conversationally if not fluently. But that's
because they had an advantage I didn't: I
hired them a Honduran nanny who spoke
only Spanish to them until they were
five or so. Angela was a wonderful first
teacher, and they will always have her to
thank for their skills.
For me, hindsight wears glasses.
Had I known I was going to wind up in
Miami, I might have taken the Spanish
curriculum instead. Then again, I might

have still followed my whim. And I can't
say my French classes were a waste of
time. It does help me here because
whether the census agrees or not, we
have almost as many Haitians as Hispan-
ics. This is as true for the Village Beauti-
ful as it is for the Magic City in general.
I also don't clarify that my own ears
seem to be deaf to foreign languages.
I was born with some gifts for which I
remain exceedingly grateful, but having
a head for languages is not one of them.
But then, I can't paint. I can't even
conceive of the desire to paint. Should
I bemoan this inability to communicate
through art, too?
I like living in Miami precisely
because of the fluid wash of multiple
languages over my ears. I don't feel
it's necessary to comprehend everyone
all the time. Sometimes it's okay not
to understand and get by with a smile.
It's acceptable not to be logical like
naming a city Miami Shores when it
really doesn't have a beach. It certainly is
more appealing than being criticized in a
language you might share.

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Big Guys and Little Government
The influence of unions may have declined nationally, but not within the City of Miami

his is the story of politicians and
unions, an updated version of
David and Goliath. In the City of
Miami, politicians historically play the
role of David, but with a twist: They
don't always slay the Goliath unions. In
fact they often have no desire to van-
quish Goliath, particularly in periods
of financial security, when a politician's
primary concern is re-election. (Okay,
politicians generally obsess over re-
election all the time.)
Unions are powerful forces in Miami
politics because they can heavily influ-
ence the outcome of local elections. They
work hard to support their candidates by
running phone banks, sending out direct-
mail pieces, cajoling their families and
friends into voting for favored candi-
dates, campaigning outside the polls on
election day. Needless to say, politicians
covet such help. And as the unions have

said for years and years: "Politicians
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union is here forever!"
In good economic times, Miami
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problem exercising their responsibilities
- namely, ruling the city in any manner


they wish as long as it does not tread
on the rights and benefits of the union
Goliath. Well, we all know how the
story finally played out. Goliath slew
all his mighty enemies until he met the
one adversary who was pure of heart,
came with no intended malice, but didn't

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hesitate in using lethal force to take care
of business.
Today in the City of Miami, the
Goliath unions appear to be on the verge
of receiving the stone of death from
the normally timid David politicians.
Because it is not in the best interest of
politicians to make a mortal enemy of
the unions, make no mistake: If the stone
is hurled, it will be because the unions
have allowed for no other choice.
I love how it is the dastardly unions
that have put the city in the fix it's in.
Those darn union leaders do what union
leaders do all over the country since
the time of Samuel Gompers: Advocate
for their members and negotiate for the
highest wages and benefits management
is willing to deliver. Never, and I repeat,
never has management gone to the rank
and file and said, "Hey, employees, the
city is in pretty good financial shape this
year, so how about we give you a raise or

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improve your pension or health benefits."
That just does not happen because that is
not management's role.
We have in the State of Florida what
is called the Public Employees Relations
Commission (PERC), which outlines
how negotiations are to take place in
good faith: honorably, morally, and legal-
ly. These are the principles upon which
collective bargaining is based. The union
leadership does what it does on behalf of
its members and the administration does
what it does on behalf of the city's tax-
payers in an effort to negotiate contracts
that are fair, equitable, and not only
result in a legally binding compact for
both parties but which also allow for a
level of service to the citizens that results
in a safe, clean, efficient, and effectively
run government.
The crux of the problem lies with the
elected officials. They are the ones who
control the reins on this runaway wagon,
and they are the ones who have consis-
tently abdicated their responsibility to say:
No, we just cannot afford it. And why do

they fear saying no? Because they fear
the power of the unions when it comes to
elections. That is the bottom line.
When we have elected officials who
are more concerned with being re-
elected than doing the public's business,
and in a businesslike manner, the city
only digs itself deeper into a financial
hole. Oh, they talk the talk, but they will
not walk the walk until the fire is so hot
under their collective rear ends that they
have no choice but to do the right thing,
even if it injures them politically.
In the City of Miami, that time has
come, and it will result in the implemen-
tation of Draconian cuts regardless of
what measure or combination of mea-
sures is chosen. And when the proverbial
dust settles and the city limps forward
until the next fiscal crisis (and sadly,
there will be a next), our municipal
employees will continue to do what they
do best serve the citizens of our great
city with pride and professionalism.
Our general employees will continue
to provide professional service in myriad
ways. Our solid-waste workers will
continue to clean our city streets and col-
lect our garbage, our police officers will

continue responding to life-threatening
situations requiring split-second deci-
sions on the use of deadly force, and our
firefighters will continue to enter build-
ings engulfed in flames and in danger
of collapse in order to save the lives of
strangers they have never met and will
probably never see again.
All this drama could have been
avoided with a little bit of what I
call "tincture of spine" in the elected
officials, instead of the typical marsh-
mallow syndrome that seems to be
pervasive during election season. So all
you residents and business owners who
rail against tax increases, and rightly so,
keep in mind that the purpose of a local
government is to provide those services
to its citizens which they cannot readily
provide for themselves and that takes
lots of good employees.
It goes back to the days of kings and
their kingdoms protecting the serfs
with their armies so the kingdom could
survive. The services for health, safety,
protection from evil, and from the rav-
ages of fire are the essence of why local
governments were formed. Not for pro-
viding salaries and benefits for elected

officials. Not to provide lifetime pen-
sions to commissioners who hold office
for as few as seven years. Not to pay for
their cars or their car insurance, and not
to prolong their desire to continue to
hold office.
Public office is a calling based on
the premise of public service. It is not
supposed to be a full-blown career. We
are seeing the backlash against the pro-
fessional politician in various state and
local elections. It will only grow as we
approach the November elections.
Get the picture! Yes, Miami's em-
ployee contracts are out of whack and
need to be brought back under control,
but not at the expense of union-busting
in the name of fiscal responsibility. The
collective bargaining system works well
when all participants do their part and
exercise their individual roles properly.
The unions may ask for a trip to
Hawaii, and management may counter
with a trip to Vero Beach, but elected
officials cannot come back with a trip to
the French Riviera and then say, "Those
dastardly unions stuck it to us again!"

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By Gaspar GonzAlez
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An experiment: I'm going to try

to abide by the Biscayne Park
Village Commission's new
proposed time-limit rule and write this
column in the next ten minutes. Accord-
ing to the ordinance passed on first
reading at the June 8 commission meet-
ing and scheduled for a second reading
on July 13 that's how much time soon
may be allotted to commissioners wish-
ing to speak on a particular topic before
the mayor can essentially shut them up.
I'll stay on track by inserting time
checks (0:00) in the text. Okay, here I
go... starting.. now!
It would appear that the new rule is,
in part, the product of the recent and
highly contentious FPL franchise
agreement vote; specifically, the second
reading of the ordinance, at which Com-
missioner Steve Bernard attempted, at
length, to point out the ways in which the

On the Clock
Park and you're afan of democratic principles, time may be running out for you

agreement was a bad deal for Biscayne
Park. Mayor Roxanna Ross and commis-
sioners Bob Anderson and Al Childress
had long made up their minds to approve
the agreement and saw Commissioner
Bernard's continued dissection of the
deal as nothing more than a desperate

attempt to forestall the inevitable "yes"
vote. Things got pretty testy that night.
(To save time, please refer to my column
"Uncivil War," in the BT's May issue.)
(2:30) So now, the same three com-
mission members who voted for the
FPL franchise agreement have voted to

regulate the amount of time any com-
missioner may speak on any matter
before the commission. Once a commis-
sioner's ten minutes are up, it's the mayor
who decides whether that person may
continue. The mayor's decision to limit
comments can only be overturned by a
majority vote of the commission, which
is to say three of the other four members
would have to overrule her.
The official reason given for the new
ordinance, according to Mayor Ross and
commissioners Anderson and Childress, is
that commission meetings are taking way
too long. To help make their case, they like
to cite the fact that the monthly meeting
has gone as late as 1:00 a.m. on occasion.
And they're right, that is a pretty
long night. But where else is the work
of governing Biscayne Park going to
happen if not at the commission meet-
ing? Florida's "Government in the
Sunshine" laws prohibit members of

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the commission from privately discuss-
ing or debating any issue that might
come before the commission prior to the
monthly meeting, so cutting down on the
amount of time that individual members
have to present their findings or views on
a particular matter at that meeting can
only mean decisions will be made on the
basis of less information and with less
accountability since commissioners
will barely have enough time to state, in
a thoughtful manner, why they're actu-
ally for or against something.
Of course, that probably would suit
certain commissioners just fine. One in
particular I won't mention him by
name because that's another of the new
rules; residents are not allowed to direct
their comments at any one commis-
sioner, but can only address the commis-
sion as a whole gives the impression
that he'd like to be able to leave the car
engine running while he pokes his head
into the meeting to read off his votes.
(6:25) I understand if some folks in
Biscayne Park may not want to sit in a

room for five or six hours on a Tuesday
night, listening to opinions that run
contrary to theirs. I understand if they
don't want to take the time to think
through every issue and every vote that
will eventually affect all of us who live
in the village. Maybe they'd rather spend
that time with their families, or watch-
ing America's Got Talent, or getting a
few extra winks of beauty sleep. All of
which is fine, because there's no law that
says anyone
has to run for
a seat on the The mayor would hi
commission, label comments "b
But having impertinent, island
run for and abusive, or dispara
won- that the offen
seat, it would
be nice if
some commis-
sioners would try a little harder to give
the impression that, one Tuesday night
a month, they don't have something else
they'd rather be doing. Or if the meet-
ings are taking so long, why not schedule
two during the month, and divide up the
agenda? After all, as a former president
liked to say, governing is hard work.


But then, the new rule change,
as well as a new "code of conduct"
ordinance that also passed on first read-
ing aimed at monitoring not only
the public behavior of commissioners,
but of any resident who sits on a vil-
lage board or attends a village meeting
may not be designed primarily to
keep meetings shorter. (That's just an
added benefit.) No, the two ordinances,
taken together, point to a desire to stifle
opinions and
views that are
e broad powers to different from
Iligerent, personal, those held by
rous, threatening, a majority of
ing" and to punish the commis-
ing party. sion; in this
case, Mayor
Ross and
ers Anderson and Childress, who these
days are simpatico on virtually every
issue of note. (Not just the FPL fran-
chise agreement or the very ordinances
I'm writing about, but also, for example,
a tax hike on our electric and water
bills, also passed on first reading at the
June commission meeting.)

(8:42) Indeed, given the current
dynamic of the commission, the two
ordinances affording the mayor broad
powers to label commissioner comments
"belligerent, personal, impertinent, slan-
derous, threatening, abusive, or dispar-
aging" and to punish the offending party
- would seem to have only one practical
application: To keep the questions and
objections of the minority commis-
sioners Bernard and Cooper to a
minimum. Or put another way, this is the
"We have three votes to your two, so be
careful what you say and keep it short
because what you think doesn't really
matter anyway" rule.
It's like a super-streamlined version
of democracy, one without, as Stephen
Colbert might say, all the messy, time-
consuming "democracy-ness" of regular
(9:53) I could add more, but I see the
clock is against me, so I'll just close by
encouraging my fellow residents to turn
out for the July 13 meeting and weigh in
on these proposed ordinances while
there's still time.

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By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

At night a giant silver and yellow
Lego glows outside the bedroom
window of my Brickell-based
Cotel (condo/hotel). It could be a sign of
the End of Days. But it's not. I will miss
the glowing Lego high-rise, which reli-
ably bids me goodnight.
I am already engaging in "sun
checks," whereby I constantly glance
over my shoulder to ensure the sun is
shining, because I am MUFT-bound
(Merciless Un-Frozen Tundra, a.k.a. up-
state New York) for the summer. By the
time you read this, I will be there, 1300
miles away. There is no neon Lego there.
Only a sign outside my dining room
window that reads, "Dead End."
For me this move is the End of Days.
But I'm onto something bigger here:
Everyone's end! The glowing Lego,
while comforting in its own ominous
way, is too obvious to be a Doomsday

A Sign From Below

Leaving Miami with dead frogs as The End approaches

sign. They want you to question if it's
just a building. I can confidently assert
that the Lego is not The Sign, because
I have found The Sign. And it is only
appropriate that the first manifestation of
The End rears its head in Miami, home
to chaos-mongers and heathens. So what
does The Sign look like?

Frogs. Specifically, dried-up, rock-
hard frogs.
I hear that within the pages of the
Bible, a "rain of frogs" occurs. Well,
I'm telling you that the Bible got it
wrong. The frogs don't fall from the
sky. Sorry, Bible. Close, but no burn-
ing bush.

See, these mummified frogs appear
often in the Brickell area. If you think
that's odd, well, here's something odder.
It occurred to my father's girlfriend, Sue,
who discovered the latest dehydrated
frog, that I would like one of these hard-
ened critters for my "photo projects."
She was right. A mostly dehydrated
frog is one hell of a find. My photog-
raphy is prop-centric, so a dehydrated
frog counts. Ranks, even. And I'm not
speaking solely about the smell. But I
could be. That's because the frog, whom
I promptly named "Frogg-art!" still stank
when Sue presented him to me.
Sue had planned on leaving him in a
plastic bag at the reception desk, but she
didn't have one. (Upon discovery, she
just scooped him up in a large leaf.) So
she went to the Cotel restaurant, with the
frog-in-a-leaf, and asked for a bag.
Sue thought she slipped Frogg-art!
by the reception woman unnoticed. She

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didn't. Fast forward to the next day.
RW: "Was that a dead frog your
mom brought over?"
Me: "Um, yes. Sue, my dad's girl-
friend, brought him for me."
RW [raised eyebrows]: "Oh...."
But let's back up. Luckily for me, I
answered my phone when Sue called
from the reception desk. If I hadn't, she
would've left the bag hanging on my
doorknob with a note inside. I would
have opened the door and dropped dead
from fright.
Anyway, I could tell by the ex-
cited tone of her voice that she had
something good really good. This
concerned me a bit. If you knew Sue,
you might understand.
After recovering from the initial
image of frog corpse (Frogg-art! is far
removed from Kermit), I did photo-
graph him. With fake pink roses and
sunflowers. After all, Frogg-art! needed
to decay with dignity! Although he was
decomposed beyond the icky maggot
phase, and was as hard as granite, which

I determined by tapping him with a Bic
pen, he did stink under the strobes.
Sue shrugged and suggested I kick
him over the balcony. This notion hor-
rified me for several reasons. First, it
would be wrong to mishandle the dead
like that, and seeing as how this was
The Sign, I'd be meeting my maker
soon enough. Second, what if Frogg-
art! killed someone on the way down?
This real "rain of frog" presented too
many problems. I could just see the
mathematical word problem: "If a few
ounces of stiff frog travels from the
28th floor of a Miami-based Cotel at a
speed of 85 m.p.h. at the same time a
German tourist pauses to clean up after
his miniature poodle...." And there
would be headlines: "German tourist
struck dead by falling frog amphib-
ian apocalypse suspected."
We decided to keep Frogg-art! on the
balcony, on his leaf and in the open bag,
so he could air out. And there he sat for
another week while I tried to gather up
my courage to approach him again.
Then I decided it was time to take
action. Frogg-art! had to accompany me
on my drive back to the MUFT. And

he wasn't going to ride shotgun for
23-hours all skanky. I contacted a few
friends who specialize in mummification.
Real scientists. Real mummification.
I had decisions to make. Did I want
to preserve Frogg-art! as a mummy or as
a skeleton? The skeleton option sounded
appealing, but the process seemed daunt-
ing: boiling, carefully monitoring tem-
peratures, multiple thermometers, sifting
tiny bones through a sieve. Especially
for my small Cotel kitchen. Besides, I
already had to do battle with the "drain
worms" once a month, when the industri-
al-strength Draino infusion wore off and
the teeny wigglers found the strength
to chomp and slurp their way up the
kitchen sink pipe in an attempt to reach
their Mecca the glorious fluorescent
radiance of the overhead light panel.
Adding a boiling frog to the mixture
would surely summon a pissy Animal
Warlord. And seeing as I have not been
to the gym in quite a while, that was
begging for a proper ass-whuppin'!
Just as I was gathering my freeze-
dry frog preservation materials (baking
soda, non-iodized salt, and Tupperware,
in case you ever need to know), Sue

informed me she had found yet another
frog. This one was a bit more desiccated
than Frogg-art! Was I interested?
She left this one hanging on my door.
I peered in and saw a small foot. I gasped,
then marched him outside and docked him
next to Frogg-art! I called Sue and asked
her to come over and witness the frog-pres-
ervation process. Unlike Frogg-art!, Frog-
gcake, as he is now known, was completely
flat. No need to pen-tap this one. And yet
he was still stinky.
I gave them the treatment. The salt
and baking soda kill any remaining
microorganisms, thus eliminating the
smell while preserving the skin detail.
The same process is utilized in mold-
abatement for books.
So I coated my new buddies,
slipped them in between the Eggo
chocolate chip pancakes and the ba-
nanas foster ice cream, shut the freezer
door, and asked Sue if I should expect
any more found-object deliveries.
Her answer: "No! I do not want to be
known as the Crazy Frog Lady."
"Well," I thought, "I don't either." Ha!

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The Life and Times of Roberta Sherwood

She was the most famous Miami entertainer you never heard of

By Antolin Garcia Carbonell
Special to BT

In 1956 Biscayne Park resident Ro-
berta Sherwood, a mother of three
caring for her disabled husband, was
improbably trying to support her family
as a nightclub singer. Her voice, which
critics compared favorably to Ethel Mer-
man's, was in great shape, but Sherwood
herself was not exactly glamorous. In
fact she was a bit dowdy. Onstage in her
horn-rimmed glasses, she would drape a
sweater over her evening gown to ward
off the air-conditioned chill. She was also
somewhat eccentric. While singing, she
was in the habit of keeping time by tap-
ping on a hand-held cymbal.
Down to $10-a-night appearances in
third-rate bars around Miami, she greatly
appreciated the engagement she landed at
Murray Franklin's off-beat Miami Beach
nightclub. Her pay: $150 per week.
Comedian Red Buttons tipped off
syndicated columnist Walter Winchell


September 1, 1956: Life magazine photographer Nat Farbman caught
Sherwood in her trademark sweater and horn-rimmed glasses at the
Riverside nightclub.

about Sherwood's unappreciated talent.
Winchell recalled years later: "I found

her in a caf6 at Miami Beach... sing-
ing love songs, torch songs, sitting' on

, the porch songs 'You're Nobody
'Til Somebody Loves You,' 'Cry Me A
River,' 'Take Your Shoes Off Baby and
Start Runnin' Through My Mind' and
so many other greats."
Following the tip from Buttons,
Winchell wrote in his widely read
column: "Attention Networks, Recording
Execs, et. al: Take the fastest plane, train,
or bus and go to Murray Franklin's place
opposite the Roney Plaza, Miami Beach,
and find yourself a gold mine named
Roberta Sherwood!"
The world listened. Within two
weeks, Earl Wilson wrote in his compet-
ing syndicated column: "Rocking chairs
in a night club! Murray Franklin, Jack
Benny's double, has them in his screw-
ball spot which also features on the walls
'college pennants' from Atlanta, Alcatraz,
and Lewisburg penitentiaries. Plus won-
derful woman singer Roberta Sherwood."
Not long after that, the Miami
News's Herb Rau reported: "Things have
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A New Leaf

When the economy tanked, Alberto Lorenzo turned to what he knew best


By Gaspar GonzAlez
BT Contributor
Alberto Lorenzo knew he'd
end up in the cigar business.
"Blood always wins out," says
the 38-year-old, sitting in his store near
Quayside Towers. Lorenzo grew up in the
tobacco-rich region around Cabaiguin
in central Cuba. "My great-grandfather,
my grandfather, my grandmother, my
uncles," he says, ticking off relatives on
the fingers of his left hand. "They all
worked in tobacco."
Still, the route taken by Lorenzo to
the family business proved more than a
little circuitous. In 1997 he joined almost
30 other refugees aboard a rickety boat
bound for the Florida Keys. The trip took
a harrowing three days. "Our motor gave
out and we drifted, hiding out in man-
groves as we went along," says Lorenzo.
"We made it by the grace of God."
Afterward he settled in New York,
where he went to work for a cleaning and
maintenance company. "I swept floors,"

Alberto Lorenzo: "Customers will come in here and ask, 'How can you
make such a great cigar and only charge $8?'"

he says with a mixture of pride and
bemusement. Lorenzo moved to Miami
in 2001 and eventually started his own
cleaning company. He built his business

steadily among his clients was the
Walgreens chain until the economy
tanked. "I didn't want to know about the
cleaning business anymore," he laughs.

In October 2009, he opened Lorenzo
) Tobacco.
Originally Lorenzo had envisioned
8 the operation as a combination cigar
". factory where he'd roll his own brand
a- and smoke shop, but, he explains, "the
i, permits took too much time." So except
ca for small rolling table in the corner, he
dedicated the space to retail.
The only cigars you'll find in the
shop are ones Lorenzo makes himself,
using tobacco from the Dominican
Republic, Honduras, and Ecuador. His
father, Antonio who left Cuba in 2004
and is today a cigar manufacturer and ex-
porter in the Canary Islands comes to
Miami for two or three months at a time
to help with production.
The two men are the product of a
long tradition, one whose secrets Lorenzo
is willing to share, up to a point. Explain-
ing that the tobacco leaves he receives
from his suppliers are not always to his
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Take This Park, Please!

A lush, undeveloped piece of waterfront land could become a Miami park

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

kip Van Cel crouches as he walks
quietly through the grass and
verdant foliage, pointing toward the
Little River. The red eyes of a yellow-
crowned night heron stare back at him.
"Look!" he says. "Do you see it?" The
bird strolls casually toward the river bank
and disappears from view.
Wildlife is not an unusual sight in
this untamed riverfront forest of oak
trees, coconut palms, and gumbo limbos,
Van Cel says. He should know. He owns
the vacant property and visits twice a
day. He's even set up a gazebo. He also
gave it a name: Manatee Bend, after the
manatees he often spots swimming up
and down the Little River.
Yet what he really loves about this
property is the location. It may seem like
something you'd stumble across in the
backcountry of the Big Cypress or Ever-
glades National Park, but it's in the heart
of urban Miami, a stone's throw from the
busy intersection of Biscayne Boulevard
and NE 79th Street, in the residential
neighborhood known as Palm Grove.
"This doesn't exist anywhere else in
the City of Miami," says Van Cel. "It's
just incredible, and I'd like to see it as a
park." Then he shakes his head and utters
a mantra he repeats often when speaking
about his unique property: "If they can't
see the value of this land, then I can't
help them."
Van Cel, former publisher of Biscayne
Times, is referring to the people who run
the City of Miami. In December of last
year, he paid $280,000 in cash for the
1.2-acre parcel, which is located one block
west of the Boulevard along NE 77th
Street Road. He then offered to sell it to
the city on one condition that it forever
remain a public park. His asking price was
the property's appraised value: $635,000.
At first Miami officials seemed
interested. This past March the city com-
mission unanimously passed a resolution
supporting the purchase of Manatee
Bend and turning it into Little River
Waterfront Park. To finance the deal, the
cash-strapped city would use funds from
Biscayne Bay/Miami River Land Acqui-
sition Trust Fund.
The trust fund was created in 1985,
part of an arrangement by which the state

t the city not recently paid $2.6 million
':i for a small parcel of land (less than one
acre) at 1814 Brickell Ave. Van Cel was
offended by what he considered a very
bad deal for taxpayers. Making matters
z worse, he says, the land is "on the wrong

A lovely jungle of trees and plants and tranquility in the heart of the city.

allowed the city to use some 13 acres of
public bayfront land for the construction
of Bayside Marketplace. Each year the
marketplace's owner would transfer to
the fund 7.4 percent rent money collected
from retailers. That money can only be
used by the city to buy waterfront land
for parks, and only with the approval of
Florida's governor and his cabinet.
This past May, Gov. Charlie Crist
and his cabinet gave their blessings to
the city's proposal to use $550,000 from
the trust fund to buy Van Cel's property
and to create Little River Waterfront Park.
Additional money ($185,000) would
come from the Florida Inland Navigation
District (FIND), a state agency that funds
public waterfront projects.
Neighborhood activists were
thrilled. "Oh yeah, we have a lot of
people in the Upper Eastside who see
this as potential parkland," says Eileen
Bottari, president of the North Palm
Grove Community Organization.
Then, without explanation, Miami's
new city manager, Carlos Migoya, with-
drew the application just prior to FIND's
annual land-acquisition meeting on June
19, says T. Spencer Crowley III, an attor-
ney who serves as Miami-Dade County's
representative on the board of the Inland
Navigation District. "I was really hoping
to see that land get acquired, but it looks

like that's not going to happen, at least
not this year," says Crowley, who visited
Manatee Bend, very much liked what he
saw, and wrote a letter to Migoya urging
him to at least assess the property's
value before withdrawing the application.
(Migoya did not respond to messages
from the BT.)
While it's true that money for the
purchase of Van Cel's property would not
come from the city's general fund, Miami
taxpayers would need to pay for the new
park's maintenance. And therein lies the
problem, says Commissioner Marc Sar-
noff, whose district includes Palm Grove.
The city is facing a financial crisis in
the form of an anticipated $101 million
shortfall that will likely mean dramatic
cuts in services, reduced benefits for
unionized employees, and an untold
number of layoffs.
All this is under consideration
now, as city administrators struggle to
prepare a balanced budget for fiscal year
2010-2011, which begins October 1.
According to Sarnoff, Migoya is not in a
mood to acquire any additional parkland.
"He equally thinks that for someone to
make a profit of $250,000 in less than
four or five months is not appropriate,"
Sarnoff adds.
Van Cel says he would have been
more flexible with his asking price had


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or not

side of Brickell."
Sarnoff, who advocated for the
Brickell parcel's purchase this past
January, defends the buy: "There are
30,000 people living within a mile of
[the Brickell property]. That is a stag-
gering number. If you look at it from a
per-capita user basis, it is the cheapest
park the city ever acquired."
Van Cel counters that his offer to the
city was much better: $12 per square foot
for his land versus $73 for the Brickell
property. However, he's not surprised the
city backed out of buying Manatee Bend,
given its "poor history" of resource man-
agement. "But don 't get me started," he
huffs. "I might start a newspaper."
In March 2003, Van Cel did just that
as the founder of this publication, then
known as Biscayne Boulevard Times.
After shortening the name to Biscayne
Times, he sold it to current BT owner Jim
Mullin in February 2007. Aside from
newspaper publishing and his active in-
terest in art (as both creator and curator),
Van Cel invests in real estate. "There's a
reason they call it real estate," he jokes.
"Because if all else fails, at least you can
drive by it."
Van Cel's penchant for real-estate
deals would eventually lead him to
Robert Gray, once an official in the
administration of President Dwight
Eisenhower and former head of Hill
& Knowlton, among the world's most
influential public relations firms. After
retiring as chairman of the firm in 1992,
Gray moved to Miami Beach, co-founded
Gray & Associates Properties Inc., and
embarked in a new career as a developer.
County records show that in Decem-
ber 2004, Gray purchased 19,360 square
feet of riverfront land at 457 NE 77th
St. Rd. for $985,000. A month later he
bought another 33,558 square feet of
adjacent property for $1.5 million.
Gray then demolished the two single-
family homes that occupied the lots, but
he kept the luxuriant vegetation, says
Bryan Halda, senior vice president of

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changed at Murray Franklin's. Now you
have to fight your way into the room
and practically make a reservation for a
rocking chair. And it's only the begin-
ning. Roberta Sherwood just signed with
Decca." Ten days later, Irving Berlin
himself dropped in at Murray Franklin's.
At the age of 43, and seemingly
overnight, Sherwood had become the
"Cinderella of Song."
Sherwood had made her Miami sing-
ing debut on New Year's Eve 1933, when
Don Lanning, her future husband, intro-
duced her as part of the musical review
at his Silver Slipper nightclub. Lanning
was by then well on his way to becom-
ing, according to the Miami News's Jack
Kofoed, "The
choice for
Miami's of-
ficial master of
A talented
actor and singer,
Lanning first ap-
peared in Miami
in 1923, with
leading roles in
several tour-
ing company
of Broadway
hits. Follow-
ing a stint at
film star Harry
Richman's New York nightclub, he went
on tour again. Then, in 1929, a fire de-
stroyed Richman's club. Lanning decided
to return to Miami, where he directed
several musical reviews that toured the
South. He was perfectly positioned in
1933 to mount a spectacular show for the
opening of the Silver Slipper, a former
speakeasy going legitimate with the
repeal of Prohibition.
Sherwood quickly became the
Silver Slipper's main attraction. In
April 1934, the Miami News hailed her:
"Ethel Merman does not sing 'Smoke
Gets in Your Eyes' as well as Roberta
Sherwood." She continued to headline
at the Silver Slipper through 1936,
but performed at other clubs as well.
By 1942, the Miami News reported,
she had appeared in 18 clubs, a South
Florida record.
In 1937 Lanning opened his own
supper club at 7800 Biscayne Blvd.,

where the former INS office building
now stands. Lanning's club was an
instant hit. He bought a house on nearby
NE 74th Street in 1938 and married
Sherwood a year later. With two sons,
born in quick succession during World
War II, Sherwood worked out the seam-
less routines that made her complicated
life possible. After a full day of house-
work and child care, she put her sons to
bed, dressed elegantly, and was on stage
by 8:30 p.m. At 10:00 p.m. she took a
break from singing, raced home, breast-
fed her youngest, and returned for the
second show.
Her stage persona emerged during
this time. Columnist Kofoed noted that
she "discovered that she likes the percus-
sion department and annexed herself a
cymbal to beat time to her singing at Don
and Sher-
wood closed
the Biscayne
Boulevard club
in 1947, when
t their third son
was born. After
S running the
Fiesta Club
M in downtown
Miami for a
couple of years,
they took over
the Neptune
Room at the
Robert Richter
Hotel on Collins
Avenue in 1950. They also purchased a
$25,000 home in Biscayne Park but kept
the NE 74th Street house in Miami's
Upper Eastside. Sherwood made her first
televised appearance in 1951 as a guest,
along with choreographer Bob Fosse, on
Cavalcade ofStars.
In August 1953, Lanning was
diagnosed with cancer and had one of
his lungs removed, the only treatment at
that time. Sherwood and Lanning then
decided to sell their Upper Eastside home
and, despite Lanning's illness, use the
proceeds to open a new club at 225 NE
79th St. This club failed, and the family
faced a bleak 1955.
After her discovery at Murray
Franklin's club, Sherwood's career
took off. She released her first album
in March 1956 and moved her act
up Collins Avenue to the Eden Roc,

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Gray & Associates Properties. "He is a
tree-lover and he didn't want to remove
any of the greenery on the property,"
Halda recalls. Gray even hired a horticul-
turist to ensure that the 60-unit condo-
minium he wanted to develop could be
"built around the trees there," says Halda.
Before Gray could break ground, the
real estate bubble burst and economic
turmoil followed. He put all 1.2 acres of
his Little River land, which had cost him
nearly $2.4 million, on the market for
$1.4 million.
By October 2009, Gray had slashed
his price to $635,000. Upon learning of
this, Van Cel pounced. In December he
made a very low offer of $285,000, but
he could pay cash and could close on the
purchase before year's end two things
that appealed to Gray. Just ten days after
striking a deal, the land was Van Cel's.
Halda says he was surprised Gray
would sell the land so cheaply and
so quickly. "It may have been for tax
benefits, I don't know," he says. (Gray
divested himself of Gray & Associates
Properties in December 2008, according
to public records.) Whatever the reason,
Van Cel is certain the city would not have
been able to purchase the property as
quickly as Gray wanted. "There's just no
way," he says.
Eileen Bottari says she's frustrated
with Miami's slow pace when it comes
to parks. Yet she remains optimistic that
Little River Waterfront Park will one day
become a reality unless Van Cel sells

it to a private developer. "I am hoping,"
she says, "along with other people in the
neighborhood, that Skip will try to be
patient and see what transpires at the end
of this year or the beginning of next."
For his part, Marc Samoff says he
will attempt to get the city to ic isit" the
park in a few months. "If things work
out [with the upcoming budget] we will
acquire this park," he promises.
Van Cel, however, is skeptical. He
now has the property listed at $824,000
and has been getting plenty of offers for
all or part of Manatee Bend. Even after
being down-zoned under the new Miami
21 zoning overhaul, a developer could
still build a 40-unit condo there.
One of the offers Van Cel is consider-
ing: $299,000 for just under a half-acre
from a New Yorker interested in build-
ing a house there. If that sale were to go
through, Van Cel says he might keep the
rest of Manatee Bend for himself. He
might put up a high-tech, prefabricated
house, or build an art studio. "Maybe it
will be the Palm Grove Yacht Club," he
muses, "but for kayaks only."
Bryan Halda, who lives near Van
Cel's property, says he has his own
ideas for the land. "If I had the money to
purchase it, I would put a dog park on
part of it," he says. The rest would be
dedicated to beloved animals who have
passed on. "I would do a pet cemetery for
some of the parcels," Halda says. "I've
lived in Belle Meade for 17 years and
there is no place close by to have a nice
respectful burial for a dog."

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has forced many growers to cut comers in
the way the crop is cultivated and cured
- Lorenzo walks over to a small wooden
chest, opens the top, and tells me to take
a whiff. "What do you smell?" he asks.
It's an herb familiar to Cubans. Lorenzo
will not reveal the name of it (and asked
me to keep quiet about it as well), but it's
the key to his cigars' distinctive flavor.
"When the tobacco gets here, I wet
it with a 'tea' made from the herb, and
I let the leaves sit for 20 to 40 days," he
says. "The tobacco will soak that in and
acquire a very pleasing taste." After some
prodding, he also admits to applying a bit
of sweet wine to the leaves a specific
kind of sweet wine, which he also won't
name. The secretive nature, like the cigar-
making skills, runs in the family: "My
grandfather waited until he was 80 before
he told my father the herb he used."
products of
Lorenzo's "When the tobacco
labors line it with a "tea' made
the shelves I let the leaves
of his shop; days. The tobacco
nine varieties pleasing
of smokes, all
labeled with
the black-and-
red Lorenzo band. Prices run from $1.50
to $12, though Lorenzo suggests the best
bargains are found somewhere in the
middle. "Customers will come in here,"
he says, "and ask, 'How can you make
such a great cigar and only charge $8?'
Because I can."
(Among the more intriguing options
is a medium-size, torpedo-shaped cigar
wrapped in Nicaraguan and Connecticut
tobacco. The darker Nicaraguan and
lighter Connecticut leaves give the cigar
the look of a candy cane, a two-tone swirl
from top to bottom.)
So far, walk-in traffic at the store,
located just around the comer from
the now-vacant La Paloma restaurant,
has been good. "I get customers from
Quayside, from Miami Shores the
country club, especially and from a
lot of the island [communities] around
here," says Lorenzo.
It's easy to see why. Lorenzo To-
bacco, which includes a cozy smoking
lounge with four couches, is an inviting
space, more informal even than the fami-
ly-owned shops of Little Havana. Case in
point: In the middle of my conversation

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with Lorenzo, a tall, 50-ish man in a
black T-shirt walks in, grabs a handful
of cigars out of a box, holds them up for
Lorenzo to see, then presses a couple of
bills into the owner's hand. "Take one
more," Lorenzo tells him. The man does,
nodding appreciatively as he steps back
out onto the street.
Despite such loyal regulars, what
Lorenzo hasn't been able to do and
what may eventually cost him his shop
is generate Internet sales. "That was
always the idea," he explains. "I intended
the store as a showplace for the brand,
but most of my business was supposed
to come from national and international
sales." The problem is not a lack of
demand, but an inability to charge cus-
tomers through his website.
Lorenzo says his bank (and credit
card processing machine provider),
Wells Fargo, will not allow him to ring
up either Internet or phone sales, only
in-store transactions. "They tell me: 'The
credit card
laws have
gets here, I wet changed,'"
from the herb, and says Lorenzo,
>it for 20 to 40 clearly exas-
vill acquire a very peratedby the
taste." situation. "So
who's been
around more
than a couple of years gets to do business,
but I can't. Is that it?" He's currently talk-
ing to other banks about their policies and
is even thinking about hiring a lawyer.
The snafu has taken some of the
joy out the enterprise for the normally
upbeat Lorenzo. "I'm making enough to
maintain the store, but no profit," he says.
By now he would have liked to have a
flat-screen TV in his smoking lounge, but
he can't justify the purchase.
If he can't get the credit card mess
straightened out, he may leave Miami
altogether. "My father keeps telling me to
join him in the Canary Islands," he says,
adding that a regular client pointed out
one ironic advantage to relocation. "He
said, 'Hey, you might finally be able to
sell your cigars in the U.S.'"
For now, they're still available only at
his North Miami store.

For more information about Lorenzo To-
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Roberta Sherwood
Continued from page 38

which announced, "Roberta Sherwood,
America's heartbeat set to music. Decca
recording star courtesy of Murray
Franklin." Two days after her premier,
Walter Winchell wrote, "Roberta Sher-
wood opened at Eden Roc and con-
finned the raves about her song styling.
She doubles at Murray Franklin's....
Real loyalty to the man whose showcase
elevated her to success."
Earl Wilson interviewed Sherwood
after her June opening at New York's
Copacabana: "'I've been playing the tank
towns for 30 years, but the closest I ever
got to the big city before was Elizabeth,
New Jersey.' ... She was born in St.
Louis, daughter
of Bob Sher-
wood, theater
and circus guy.
'I was hanging
by my teeth at
12.... Atmy
age, you can't
belt all the time,
so I got some
resting songs.'"
She opened with
Mickey Rooney
in Las Vegas in
August, and in
October was the
subject of an
extensive profile
in Life magazine
by writer Joe McCarthy.
Winchell flew in with Joe DiMaggio
for her October opening at the Club Mo-
cambo in Los Angeles. Lucille Ball and
Debbie Reynolds also attended the open-
ing. Syndicated writer Hedda Hopper
described the scene: "During an hour of
song, she took your heart out, squeezed
it, patted it, and gave it back to you.
When the orchestra struck up 'Auld Lang
Syne,' everyone in the place rose. She
left tears in sophisticated eyes. Roberta
is a combination of Libby Holman, Ethel
Merman, and Judy Garland. At 43 she
has come full circle in one of the greatest
success stories in show business."
Sherwood told another columnist:
"No matter what happens, I'll never let
anyone try to glamorize me.... If you put
me in mink and fancy clothes, it wouldn't
be me. I'd lose my personality."
She returned to Miami for PTA meet-
ings and fund-raising performances for
the marching band at her sons' school,

North Miami High. Following her hus-
band's death in February 1960, she made
guest appearances on The Donna Reed
',/i. .' and The Lucy I,. .11, then tried to
spin off a TV sitcom, Mother the Most,
based on her life as a working mother
and singer raising three sons in Miami.
She also had a small part in the 1963
movie The Courtship of Eddie Father.
She also included her sons in many of her
guest appearances, paving the way for
their subsequent show-business careers.
By the early 1960s, Sherwood found
it harder to spend time in Miami, but
neighbors occasionally ran into her
shopping for groceries at Little Farm or
dining with friends at the Persian Room
in the Shalimar Motel on the Boulevard.
She missed Miami's beaches, but the
Biscayne Park
house was a
financial burden,
so she sold it
reluctantly in
1965. Whenever
she was in town,
however, she'd
drive by for a
last known
Miami appear-
ance was in
October 1980
at the Gusman
Performing Arts
Center's "Noon-
time Lively Arts
Series." She toured nationally with the
Russ Morgan Orchestra through 1983
and performed in Los Angeles as late
as 1987. Spending her final years at her
Sherman Oaks apartment, surrounded by
family and friends, Sherwood died at age
86 in July 1999.
Herb Kelly's Miami News review of
her 1959 opening at the celebrated Latin
Quarter nightclub in Miami Beach best
captures Sherwood's special gifts: "When
Roberta Sherwood starts singing, an air
of wholesomeness prevails.... It would
not be surprising to see her break off a
song and start doing the dishes. A won-
derful performer, she is still a housewife
and mother. Her act is warm and the
audience is hers when she enters, singing
'Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.' She
strolls around the tables, shakes hands,
adjusts her sweater, and peers at guests
through her horn-rimmed glasses."

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Compiled by Derek McCann

Watergate Miami
1700 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
On the first day in her new furnished
apartment, a happy tenant arrived home
to find that the place had been ransacked.
She called the owner immediately and
the owner told her that no one else has
access to the apartment. The owner is a
journalist in New York and had a suspect
in mind a certain someone who might
be looking for information about a story
the owner was investigating. Right now
the only "story" is that this poor tenant
had a rude awakening. The missing item
is likely her sense of security.

They Won't Save This
Guy's R6sume
4200 Block ofNE 2nd Avenue
Applying for jobs can be stressful and de-
meaning, so this chap decided to try a dif-
ferent approach. He went in person to an
office building and asked a woman if any
jobs were available. He was told there were
none. The job seeker then moved along to

other offices and tried this with
other potential employers. The first
woman got up from her desk and
tried to follow him. Soon she saw
him leave the building and get into
a waiting car, which took off. An
employee in the building then
discovered that his wallet was
missing from his desk. There are
no leads. But finding the right
desk at exactly the right moment
does demonstrate some type of
marketable skill.

The Absence of No Must
Mean Yes, No?
100 Block ofNE 25th Street
Officer on patrol observed a man pushing a
shopping cart with a stove inside. The man
looked suspicious. (Doesn't everyone?)
He stopped the man and asked where he
got the stove assuming Home Depot
in North Miami was too a long trek. The
suspect took the officer back to a home a
block away and said that he simply kicked

the door in and entered the kitchen area
and then took the stove. He innocently told
the officer that no one stopped him so he
thought it was okay. He was arrested and
the stove (unsure about the shopping cart)
was returned to its rightful owner.

One More Time: This Is
Not Mayberry R.ED., So
Lock Your Doors!
100 Block ofNE 50th Street
A man left his back porch door unlocked
and went about his business. When he

returned home, he found he had been
burglarized. Three televisions from three
different rooms were stolen, including a
huge, old-school tube television the unin-
vited guest must have had trouble lifting.
Nothing else was taken as this was ap-
parently a genuine television junkie. We
implore the citizenry of Miami not only
to always lock your doors but get away
from your televisions and read Crime
Beat more thoroughly.

Too Much Dunkin'
Donuts Coffee?
400 Block ofBrickell Avenue
An overly excited officer writing a
police report sprinkled it with excla-
mation points. "At 1300 hours was the
last time she saw her ring!" But "the
doors and elevators work by keycard!"
This officer must be a newbie who
can't fathom that there are crimi-
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keycard systems but have the audacity
to steal someone's valued ring. Either
that or it's simply too much caffeine.

Make That Ex-Girlfriend
800 Block oJ /: ... i." Boulevard
Our victim arrived home and saw that
his bedroom and living room had been
emptied and vandalized. The bedroom
closet was cut apart and his clothes
were on the floor. All ornaments in
the condo were broken includ-
ing all tables and lamps. His Armani
shoes were cut up (now that's a crime).
Money was missing from his safe.
There were no signs of forced entry,
but victim has a suspect his girl-
friend. Hey, doesn't your significant
other flip out like that?

More Boulevard
Motel Drama
5900 Block oJ i:,... ,' i.- Boulevard
A sexually starved man visited Camil-
lus House and found a fine specimen he

hoped could satisfy his appetite. Appar-
ently the online dating thing is becom-
ing passe and Camillus House is now
the happening place. They both got on
a bus and then rented a room at one of
the Boulevard's finer establishments.
After the act, victim took the obligatory
shower and placed his wallet in conspic-
uous view on the nightstand. The suspect
checked out with an extra $500 to
take him back to Camillus house, this
time likely in a cab.

Dog Snatcher on
the Loose
NE 31st Street and Biscayne Boulevard
Victim chained her beloved dog outside
the Pronto Supermarket and went
inside to shop for groceries. When
she returned, the dog was gone! Two
witnesses gave conflicting statements
about a pair of "Latin" girls carrying
the dog into a car (a Dodge Neon or a
Pontiac G6). Dog is a three-year-old
Havanese Terrier with a light brown
spot on her back. She goes by the name
of Sophie. Please contact the BT should
you have any information.

Even This Purse Got
3100 Block ofN. Miami Avenue
A woman was shopping at Target in the
Shops at Midtown Miami and placed her
purse inside her shopping cart. She then
struck up a conversation with a kindly
store security guard. After this discussion,
she turned and noticed her purse was gone.
The security guard was so wrapped up in
the chitchat he didn't see anything. While
we admire his intense attention to the cus-
tomer, we ask for a little caution in dealing
with customers in the future. Pay attention!
Afternoon Nap Horror
1000 Block ofNE 80th Street
This couple was dozing in bed when
they noticed their air-conditioner was
acting up. It shook from side to side and
appeared to be moving. The man got up
to investigate, and as he did the entire
unit fell into the bedroom and behind
the unit was an unidentified male! He
brazenly tried to enter the bedroom but
the victim pushed him out. The suspect
fled by motorcycle. Crime Beat aficiona-
dos, please secure those air-conditioners
- or stay awake at all times.

Pickpocket Alert
54th Street and Biscayne Boulevard
In many locations around Miami in
the past month, victims are being
bumped or lightly fondled (and not in
a good way) by criminals. Wallets are
being stolen. We suggest placing your
wallets in your front pocket and being
aware of your surroundings.

Puzzling Pronouns Perk Up
Police Report
100 Block oj i: ,.. ] ic'.- Boulevard
This victim, who police report as a "he,"
met the suspect and they spent time talk-
ing near the water. At this juncture, the
suspect asked the victim if he was a boy
or a girl. After that, the report gets fuzzy.
It states that the victim responded that
"he was a girl." The suspect then asked
"him" for sex. The victim refused be-
cause it was too soon and he (or she) had
just met him. The offended suspect then
reached over and grabbed "his" purse.
Possibly a pre-op drag queen and a very
confused (or very tired) police officer.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Art

New local art arrives at MAM

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Felecia Chizuko Carlisle's Untitled (Sketches), mixed media installation, 2010.

By Anne Tschida
BT Contributor

W en we talk about the art
scene in Miami today, it's not
about whether it has arrived,
it's about where it is going. For more
than a decade now, Miami has developed
a solid visual arts community, with its
institutions, museums, collections, and
a base of artists finding firm roots. And
of course, Art Basel Miami Beach has
helped add international depth and an
extra level of scrutiny.
Along the way, museums and
galleries have highlighted examples
of Miami's growth, more often than
not focusing on the vibrant, emerging
young artists.
Now the Miami Art Museum
(MAM) wants to give us a little more.
N %\\ Work Miami," opening up in
mid-July, aims to present a broader, more
mature art scene than has been shown in
the past. It's a noble ambition, and one
that could benefit Miami at this point.
But first, the curators of this exhibition
want to emphasize that this is not a com-
prehensive survey of Miami's scene; it is
a snapshot of a moment in the summer
of 2010.
Peter Boswell, MAM's assistant
director for programs and senior cura-
tor, and Rend Morales, associate curator,
are sitting at a table in the foyer of the
museum this hot, sunny morning, talking
about the genesis of the show. They've
been making the rounds of studios and
galleries for months now, looking for
new works and "not the usual suspects,"
says Boswell. "We were looking for stuff
that jazzed us up, and hadn't really been
seen before."

They came to a decision as they vis-
ited swaths of the city to include emerg-
ing, midcareer, and established artists,
but in the end to limit the total amount
of work so it wouldn't feel like a Miami
grab bag.
"We really wanted to highlight the
variety of approaches that artists take
today," says Morales. "Ten years ago
artists just weren't as exposed to as much
as they are today. It's so diverse, and not
just multiculturally."
As we walk through the spaces that
will soon house the work of about 35
artists, Morales and Boswell explain that
it's not just Miami that has grown in the
21st Century, but the art world itself.
Says Morales: "Yes, Miami has been
exposed to international art because of
Basel and the [growth] of the collections
here, but the Internet has changed the
world as well."
So in tandem with our kinetic globe,
Boswell and Morales don't want this
show to be static, or just paintings "hang-
ing on walls for one night." Throughout
the run of the show, there will be perfor-
mances, videos, and even artists working
in the museum at certain times. There
will be a room designated for works that
relate to the environment, a "rock and
roll" room with pop-referenced art, and
sound installations.
It does seem a departure from the
all-Miami shows of the past well-
received exhibitions such as "The House
at MoCA" and its follow-up TI\ w ls in
Hyperreality," and MAM's own "Miami
in Transition" which were intended
to introduce audiences to Miami's talent.
Nc%\% Work" wants to introduce new
techniques, styles, and approaches with
the assumption that the Miami creators

Kevin Arrow, Untitled (slide), LCD light box and transparency, 2010.

themselves are already recognized.
And while this is a locals-only
exhibit, reflecting the multicultural back-
grounds of the artistic hands, Boswell
makes it clear he thinks there is no such
thing as a "Miami flavor" or style: "It's a
more interesting reality than that."
What will this reality entail for those
visiting MAM to see the show? Because
the curators didn't want Ni%\% Work
Miami" to be a survey and crammed
with works, some artists will get their
own rooms, others entire walls or ex-
tensive floor space. Beatriz Monteavaro
will make a black-light sculpture in one
room, while Felecia Chizuko Carlisle

will project imagery and continue to
work on abstractions as the show goes
on in her "studio" of a room. Sound
artist Gustavo Matamoros will take over
the elevator with his acoustic art, and
Tatiana Vahan will create a video instal-
lation for the front foyer.
Gean Moreno, an artist and writer,
along with Ernesto Oroza, are creating a
tabloid catalogue that can be found in the
reading/visitors room, where they will
also have crafted furniture for the space
(the catalogue will also be distributed
around town). The collective Talking

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Head Transmitters will be conducting
interviews in another room, and Kevin
Arrow will set up a thrift-store-like
installation in yet another.
In the "rock and roll" main area,
artists such as Manny Prieres, Bert
Rodriguez, and Don Lambert will create
kinetic pieces. In the alternative-ap-
proaches space, highlighting works that
are traditional maybe in essence but not
in method, artists such as Lynne Golob
Gelfman, Bob Thiele, Mette Tommerup,
and Frances Trombly whose "paint-
ing" is a stretched, hand-woven canvas
- will be shown. The duo of Guerra de
la Paz will be unveiling a new series,
based on Greco-Roman torso sculptures
but still made from their trademark
found clothing, in this case shoulder
pads and skin covering of polyester lace.
And Fabian Pefia will cover a wall with
a piece made from bug parts. Robert
Chambers, Jacin Giordano, Jim Drain,
and Michael Genovese, along with
others, will also contribute to the mix.
It's a mix that is intentional, says
Morales, a grouping of artists who are

Don Lambert, Flatland, maple, archival paper, Dibond, motors, and
controller, 2009.

new, well established, or somewhere in
between and all are part of Miami's
now substantial art community. In fact
Morales was a co-curator of the 2006

MAM show "Miami in Transition,"
which featured 21 artists, none of whom
are in this show but most of whom are
still active, so one clear goal was to

highlight yet another group of artists to
underscore the heft of the scene here.
The cohesion of this particular show
comes from the new work that he and
Boswell saw in the making, in its depth
and diversity. "Because of the global
nature of art today, there is a new con-
versation" with the rest of the art world
that makes Miami far less provincial
than it once was, Morales suggests.
While the art world used to follow
dictated trends formulated in art hubs, in
the 21st Century, artists are familiar with
work being created all over thanks
to travel and the Internet and there-
fore such art centers are less important.
Combine that with a South Florida
demographic that is uniquely multicul-
tural, and Miami has a lot to say. "The
diversity of approaches," says Morales,
"is what they have in common."

... I- Work Miami" at the Miami Art
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101 NE 40th St, Miami
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Through July 29
Isabelle du Toit, Larassa Kabel, Ernest Trova, Pat
Rocha, Ignatius Widiapradja, Roger Arvid Anderson,
Michael Lucero, Curtis Lafollette, Cindy Wynn, Lepo,
Troop, Albert Paley, Aaron M Brown, Michael Costello,
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2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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1 NE 40th St, Miami
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July 2 through September 22
Reception July 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

171 NW 23rd St, Miami
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Through August 20
"small wonders (art) salon" with Harumi Abe, Gustavo
Acosta, Eric Anfinson, Duane Brandt, Pip Brandt,
Leah Brown, Bill Burke, Stephanie Cunningham, Angi
Currer, Rai Escale, Shady Eshghi, Christian Feneck,
Luls Garcia Nerey, Paul Glass, John Gurbacs, Bryan
Hiveley, Judy King, Jacek Kolasinski, Greg Latch,
Leila Leder Kremer, Silvia Lizama, Jules Lusson,
John Martini, Lauren McAloon, Lulsa Mesa, Venessa
Monokian, Hugo Moro, Carol Munder, Sam Perry,
Ron Pieniak, 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,
Kristin Thiele, Jackie Tufford, Jovan Villalba, Daniel
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561 NW 32nd St, Miami
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180 NE 39th St, #210, Miami
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July 10 through September 12
"WEIRD MIAMI" with Autumn Casey, Adler Guerrier,
Jason Hedges, Nick Lobo, Justin Long, Isabel Moros,
Peggy Nolan, and Alyse Emdur
July 18, August 15, and September 19
"WEIRD MIAMI BUS TOURS" artist-led bus tours
with Christy Gast, Clifton Childree, Kevin Arrow, Adler
Guerrier, and more
Reception July 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

795 NE 125th St, North Miami
www bashagallery net
Through July 31 "Jewels of Art"
with Bob Arbogast, Claudia Castillo,
Allyson Krowitz, Arnaldo Rosello,
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3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
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Nancy Friedemann and Jill Cannady

100 NE 38th St, Miami
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Ongoing Fredric Sni
Romero Britto, Igal Fedida, Frangois
Gracia, Clarice Desousa, Andre
de Plessel, Allen Benowitz, Rara Kuyu, and Gabriella
Reception July 10, 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
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July 10 through September 1
"The Passing" with Jovan Karlo Villalba, Catalina
Jaramillo, and Richard Herzog
Reception July 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
www cjazzart com
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541 NW 27th St, Miami
www visual org
Through August 20 "Darby Bannard The Miami Years"
by Darby Bannard and "Beyond the Daily Life" with
Guerra de la Paz and Teresa Diehl

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
www charest-weinberg com
Through August 21
"10 Years" by SunTek Chung
"Within an Arrow's Range" by Pedro Barbeito

61 NE 40th St, Miami
www cityloftart com
Through July 31
"The Beauty of Women" by Minakshi De

r, Religious Smiles, Lambda print, 2010,
tzer Gallery.

787 NE 125th St, North Miami
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2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www castilloart com
July 10 through August 31
Group show with Adler Guerrier, Aramis Gutierrez,
Quisqueya Henriquez, Susan Lee-Chun, Pepe Mar,
Glexis Novoa, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Frances
Trombly, and Wendy Wischer
Reception July 10, 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

3938 NE 39th St, Miami
www diasporavibe net
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

171 NE 38th St, Miami
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July 10 through August 31
"Yellow and Gold" by Felecia Chizuko Carlisle
Reception July 10, 7 to 11 p.m.

2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www dinamitranigallery com
Through August 28
curated by Orlando Estrada with various artists

151 NW 24th St, Miami
www dorschgallery com
Through July 10
"in direct quote" by David Marsh and "a flawed
providence" with Rene Barge, Jenny Brillhart,
Richard Haden, Michelle Hailey, Corin Hewitt, Annie
Hollingsworth, Jungil Hong, Jonathan Laustsen,
Brandon Opalka, Ralph Provisero, Clement Valla, Neal
T Walsh, and Jay Zehngebot

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

2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www dpmgallery com
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47 NE 25th St, Miami
www edgezones org
July 10 through July 31 "A Fragmented Anomaly" with
Teo Freytes and Luls Padreda
Reception July 10, 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 July 17 "Streets" by Amos Miller

2247 NW 1st PI Miami
www snitzer com
July 10 through August 25
"Boy, Oh Boyl" with various artists
Reception July 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

125 NW23 St, Miami
www galeriehelenelamarque com
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2085 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www galleryschuster com
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174 NW 23rd St, Miami
www gallerydiet com
July 9 through July 31
"What is found there" Fabienne Lasserre
Reception July 9, 6 to 8 p.m.
Reception July 10, 7 to 9 p.m.

2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www galleryid com
Through July 7
"Rise" with various artists
July 10 through August 28
"{Sundara} Faces of India" by Karolina Wojtasik
Reception July 10, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

2628 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www giovannirossifineart com
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1 NE 40th St #5, Miami
www godonamerica com
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3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
July 10 through September 4
"IMPACT" by Troy Simmons and "Tar and Feathered"
by Julie Frlel
Reception July 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www haroldgolengallery corn
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250 NW 23rd St, Miami
www interflightstudio corn
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123 NW 23rd St, Miami
www kabecontemporary corn
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46 NW 36th St, Miami
www lurle-kavachnina corn
Through August 31
BATTLEFIELD" with Billy Corben, Alex Nahon,
Somy All, Marie Komphavong, Adrian De Brasi,
Marlano Costa Peuser, Alex Guofeng Cao, and
Angela Lergo

50 NE 29th St, Miami
www kelleyroygallery corn
Through July 31
Tom Seghi

3312 N Miami Ave, Miami
www kunsthaus org mx
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96 NW 29th St, Miami
www ilanalilienthal corn
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155 NE 38th St, Miami
www locustprojects org
Through July 10
"The LAB" with Omar Alvarez, Leslie
Chavez, Jason Flores, Luna Goldberg,
Kevin Hobbs, Ximena Izquierdo,
Vanessa Lacayo, Asher Mones, and
Christina Quinlan

2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www artnet com/reitzel html
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101 W Flagler St, Mimai
www mdpls org
www society4preservation org
Through September 19
"Florida Arcane" by Raul J Mendez

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244 NW 35th St, Miami
www miamiartspace corn
Through July 7 "20(12) Twenty Twelve"
curated by Kiki Valdes with Reinier Gamboa,
Kiki Valdes, David Tamargo, George
Sanchez-Calderon, David Marsh, Brian
Gefen, John Sevigny, Raul Perdomo, Alvaro
Ilizabe, Eric Torriente, and Oliver Sanchez

300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
Bldg 1, Room 1365
www mdc edu
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1501 Biscayne Blvd Miami
www mymiu corn
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3620 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
n rule 305-573-9531
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9th July 11 through July 30
"Brazil in Blue" with various artists
, at 346 NW 29th St, Miami
y. 305-571-1175
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3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
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2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www panamericanart com
Through August 14
"Summer Salon a selection of works under $2,500"
with Francis Acea, Gustavo Acosta, Jose Benito,
Ernesto Berra, Andrea Cote, Carlos Estevez, Daniel
Joglar, Ted Larsen, Armando Marino, Santiago Porter,
Magnus Sigurdarson, Tracey Snelling, Pablo Sorla, and
Enrlque Camejo

2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www praxis-art com
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82 NE 29th St, Miami
artnet com/sammergallery html
Through August 1
"Constructive art from the 50s & 60s" with Carmelo
Arden Quin, Carlos Cruz Diez, Maria Freire, Bolivar
Gaudi, Antonio Llorens, Juan Mele, J Altabe, Miguel
Vidal, Eduardo Jonquiers, Rodolfo lan Uricchio, Jesus
Soto, and Costigliolo

250 NW 23rd St, #202, Miami
www sethjason com
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155 NE 38th St, Miami
www spinellogallery com
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162 NE 50th Terr, Miami
www myspace com/stashgallery
July 10
"Visual Intercourse" with ABSTRAK and
Reception July 10, 7 to 11 p.m.

80 NE 29th St, Miami
Through July 31
"Steel Redemption" by George Schroeder

3821 NE 1st Ct, Miami
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July 10 through July 30
"M T Your Pockets" with Maitejosune Urrechaga and
Tony Kapel
Reception July 10, 6 to midnight

2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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10 NE 3rd St, Miami
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3322 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www whitevinylspace com
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201 NE 39th St, Miami
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2242 NW 1st PI Miami
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CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Miami Ave, Miami
www cifo org
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23 NE 41st St, Miami
www delacruzcollection org
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10975 SW 17th St, Miami
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Through August 29 Volf Roitman From MADI to The
Ludic Revolution" by Volf Roitman
Through August 1 "Paul Strand in Mexico" by Paul Strand
Through September 5 "Tap-Tap Celebrating the Art
of Haiti" with Jacques Nicolas Bellin, Edouard Duval-

M. i

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I, and artificial gold leaf on canvas,
at Dorsch Gallery.

Care, 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 McKenzie, Ed Archie NoiseCat, Bill Reid, Terry
Starr, Ray Watkins, and Reg Williams
Ongoing "The Figure Past and Present Highlights
from the Permanent Collection" with Carlos Alfonzo,
Jose Bedia, Manuel Carbonell, Edouard Duval-Carrle,
Thornton Dial, Carel Fabrltius, Augustin Fernandez,
Red Grooms, Luls Jimenez, Jacob Lawrence, Auguste
Rodin, Rufino Tamayo, and Purvis Young

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
305-284-3535, www lowemuseum org
Through October 31 "Jaguar's Spots Ancient
Mesoamerican Art from the Lowe Art Museum,
University of Miami" with various artists

101 W FlaglerSt, Miami
www miamiartmuseum org
July 18 through October 17 "New Work Miami 2010" with
Kevin Arrow, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Jim Drain, Lynne
Golob Gelfman, Michael Genovese, Jacin Giordano,
Guerra de la Paz, Adler Guerrier, Don Lambert, Gustavo
Matamoros, Beatriz Monteavaro, Gean Moreno and
Ernesto Oroza, Peggy Nolan, Fabian Pena, Christina
Pettersson, Vickie Pierre, Manny Prieres, Christopher
Stetser, Talking Head Transmitters, Robert Thiele, Mette
Tommerup, Frances Trombly, Tatiana Vahan, Marcos
Valella, Viking Funeral, and Michelle Weinberg

770 NE 125th St, North Miami
www mocanomi org
Through August 22 "Economies" by Claire Fontaine

591 NW 27th St, Miami
305-576-1051, www margulieswarehouse com
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95 NW 29th St, Miami
305-573-6090, www rubellfamilycollection com
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Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
www worldclassboxing org/
July 10 through July 30
"Mystic Visage Selected works from the Debra and
Dennis Scholl Collection" with various artists
Reception July 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

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Events Calendar

Cocktails and Dancing at
Gusman's Flickin' Summer
The Gusman Center is featuring four
films for dancing fools in its second
annual Flickin' Summer Movie Series.
Dirty Dancing kicks it off on Thursday,
July 8, reminding us that Patrick Swayze
will live forever on screen, and continues
on following Thursdays with Breakin' 2:
Electric Boogaloo, Saturday '.i t Fever,
and Footloose. All screenings are at 7:00
p.m., with a happy hour at 6:00 and a DJ
dance party right after. Tickets are $10
from Ticketmaster or at the Gusman box
office (174 E. Flagler St.). Special offer:
Buy three tickets at the box office before
the day of the show and get a fourth for
free. More information: 305-372-0925.

Luuuucy! He's Home!
Desi Arnaz or at least his pioneer-
ing Latin sounds finds a home at the
Arsht Center from Thursday, July 8 to
Sunday, July 11 for the extravaganza of
the conga king's greatest hits, Babalu.
The brainchild of his daughter Lucie
Arnaz, the show features his signature
songs plus other faves with a Cuban
beat (and a 15-piece band), dancers, and
a special conga-playing appearance by
Desi Arnaz, Jr. It's the closest we'll get
to the old Tropicana. Performances start
at 7:30 p.m. in the Knight Concert Hall.
Tickets $35 to $70 available at www.
arshtcenter.org, or call 305-949-6722.

Out in the Tropics, It's All Cool
There's a good chance you've never
encountered a performance festival like
this one both in caliber and content.
Out in the Tropics is queer, racy, quirky,
and unquestionably groundbreak-
ing. For instance, in its first-ever U.S.
appearance, the Cuban troupe Teatro
El Public takes center stage Thurs-
day, July 8 and Friday, July 9 at the
Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd.), 8:00
p.m., to reinterpret Fassbinder's classic
cult film The Bitter Tears ofPetra Van
Kant (hint: three female characters are
played by men). On Sunday, July 11
at 7:00 p.m. at the Colony, Sara Felder
performs a one-women show starring
herself, her girlfriend, and a Jewish
wedding (hint: it also involves juggling
and knife-throwing). The event runs July
7-11; tickets range from $25 to $35 and

are available at Ticketmaster
and the Colony. Go to www.
fundarte.com or 305-316-6165
for more details.

The Triumph of the
Refugee, Miami Style
The Haitian and hip-hop-fla-
vored play Refugee from Marc
Joseph is semi-autobiographical. But then,
stories about struggle and escape from
oppressive lands and adapting to new,
sometimes cold and indifferent shores is
an essential part of Miami's biography as
well. From Friday, July 9 to Sunday, July
11 the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212
NE 59th Terr.) will be the venue for the
song-and-dance tale of a refugee whose
experience reflects the trials and triumphs
of so many in this town. Shows at 7:00
p.m., tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the
door. Proceeds go to the Haiti Rebuilding
Project. Call 305-960-2969.

Hispanic Theater Festival
XXV: Latin Script At Its Best
For ten days this month, Miami again
hosts one of the premier events in the
theater world when the Hispanic Theater
Festival presents its 25th anniversary
season. The diverse fare includes treats
such as Filo al Fuego (Blade to the
Heat), a boxing play set in 1960s Miami
about (what else?) love, violence, and sex,
a production of Miami's Teatro Prome-
teo, with English subtitles, Friday, July
9 and Saturday, July 10 at 8:30 p.m. at
the Miami-Dade College Auditorium,
Wolfson Campus. For tickets call 305-
237-3262. Then there's Teatro Avante's
Por Las Tierras de Colon (Across
Columbus's Land), also with English
subtitles and directed by festival founder
Mario Ernesto Sanchez, about a couple
caught in Colombia during rioting in
1948. It's onstage at the Carnival Studio
Theater at the Arsht Center July 28

through July
31. For tickets call 305-949-6722. More
details at www.teatroavante.com.

The Caribbean Rhythm Is
Gonna Get You
Considered originators of the zouk
sound, Kassav' (from the Creole for
a cassava dish) meshes mesmerizing
rhythms from the French Caribbean. But
Kassav' has moved far beyond those
island confines, and the 14-piece big
band needs a venue like the Fillmore
at the Jackie Gleason (1700 Washing-
ton Ave., Miami Beach) to do it justice.
Courtesy of the Rhythm Foundation, you
can groove to zouk on a dance floor, or
just listen up in seats on Saturday, July
10. Concert starts at 8:00 p.m., and tick-
ets are $40 from Ticketmaster or from
outlets found at KassavMiami.com. Call
305-672-5202 for more information.

The Mother of All Mango
While Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
(10901 Old Cutler Rd.) hosts the biggest
annual mango festival around this
year for the 18th time the ancestral
and spiritual home of the king of fruits is
India. This year's festival is an homage
to the subcontinent's jewel, which has
been cultivated there for thousands
of years. (By comparison, we've only
grown the mango for 150 years.) As
in the past, the weekend of Saturday,
July 10 to Sunday, July 11 will be jam
packed with tasting and workshops and

cooking demos, but it will also fea-
ture India-centric topics and dishes,
yoga, and even a Bollywood dance
performance. Admission is $20
for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10
for kids. Call 305-667-1651 or visit

Yes, She Can and Does
Go Home Again
T The premiere of Mary Jane, a quiet,
Haitian-American film, takes place at
the Gusman Center on Saturday, July
17. The story is narrated by a 26-year-
old woman who takes the audience back
home to face her past, and to the uncle
who molested her as a child. While
making the film, the producers encoun-
tered child-victim advocates who opened
their eyes to the sadly multi-ethnic,
multi-cultural world of abuse. This is
their fight in motion. The film screening
is at 8:00 p.m. and there's a Q&A with
the producers at 7:30. Tickets are $25 in
advance. Call 305-372-0925.

Film in the Foliage
Elusive Landscape may be one of the
most original ways to make us pay atten-
tion to our lush surroundings, by project-
ing handmade, 16mm films directly onto
trees in our neighborhood parks. Artist
Dinorah de Jesfis Rodriguez focuses her
camera on our natural surroundings, and
the resulting moving images will next
be shown on the foliage of Legion Park
(6447 NE 7th Ave.) on Saturday, July 17,
from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Ricardo Lastre
will provide music. Ignoring our envi-
ronment is costly, but this event is free.
See elusivelandscape.blogspot.com.

The Day of the Lizard
They come creeping and crawling and
slithering and that's just the lizards!
Men, women, children, and cold-blooded
creatures gather once a year at the Miami
Science Museum (3280 S. Miami Ave.)
for Lizard Day on Sunday, July 18 from
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., where proud
owners enter their companions in reptilian
beauty contests. Afterward owners and
gawker visitors alike can sample insect cui-
sine prepared on-site by a professional chef.
The combo can't be beat! Lizard registra-
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North Miami's Out-of-Sight Delight

It s tucked away in a mangrove forest, which suits the joggers and quirky kickballers

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

The University of Florida Gators
may romp in "The Swamp," but no
real alligators and no significant
wetlands exist in that part of the campus.
In our neighborhood, however, there is
a stadium that rises out of a mangrove
forest. Almost invisible until you get
there, the North Miami Athletic Stadium
is a real swamp baby that finally is grow-
ing into its skin.
Opened in 1985, The Other Swamp
sat for years in its lonely, woodsy
encampment on 151st Street with no
neighbors except for the North District
Wastewater Treatment Plant, hidden even
deeper within the woods. Perhaps the
stadium was built by the City of North
Miami to distract people from the wizard
of sewage behind the mangrove curtain.
The concealed stadium seems
strangely displaced from nearby Bis-
cayne Boulevard, where it could have
been a landmark, and from Florida
International University's Biscayne
Bay Campus. It stands about a half-
mile away from either entity, and no
sidewalks lead directly to the stadium
property, although there is a sidewalk
on the other side of the four-lane road
that skirts by the field.
The stadium's fate changed in recent
years as a spate of construction projects
brought it into the light. Most notori-
ously, the twin towers of the ill-fated
Biscayne Landing project loom across

Excellent running track, expansive bleachers, and Astroturf, which isn't
so bad.

the street from the stadium in their own
morass of obscurity and unrealized
splendor. Two much more successful
projects, however, ensure that the sta-
dium will have a steady stream of users.
The David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center,
a public school and home of the mighty
Dolphins, has been bringing soccer
moms and kids to this side of town
since 2006. Its cheery squash-yellow
walls stand a stone's throw away from
the stadium. In 2009 the Alonzo and
Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne
Bay Campus, home of the mighty
Sharks, popped up next to the stadium's
parking lot. The modern school in

& In years past, when the field was grass,
z the stadium hosted both a men's and a
Women's semi-pro football league, and it
has been the site of some serious soccer
matches. Earlier this year it hosted a one-
time soccer showdown between teams
representing City of North Miami Mayor
Andre Pierre and Miami-Dade Super-
intendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho.
Created to promote participation in the
2010 census, the "Clash of the Bureau-
crats" ended in a tie.
This summer the stadium's sports
scene has turned into a quirk-fest worthy
of the screwball comedy Dodgeball. An
adult kickball league relaunched on June
17 and expects to play every Thursday,
with additional "meetings" held at the
North Miami Beach Miller's Ale House.
Part of the World Adult Kickball As-
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Biscayne Landing's lonely twin towers loom over the stadium.

the mangroves, with its angled, slate
gray, windowless facade, was designed
by Miami's famed architectural firm
With school kids running in and out
of the stadium all day, it remains closed
to the public on school days until 3:30
p.m. Then all hell breaks loose.
Actually the stadium can be a haven
for solitude or the place to meet up. For
years it has been a popular site for pick-
up soccer games, and teams still con-
gregate here on weekends and evenings.
These visitors even enjoy an outdoor
shower in one corner of the stadium, cre-
ated by someone who ingeniously tied a
hose onto a fence.
The main reason to visit the sta-
dium now is to hit the fresh Astroturf.

WAKA, the league is open to everyone
over the age of 21 and costs $69.95 for
the season.
Another adult league debuting at
the stadium this summer is coed recre-
ational flag football. This group plans
to play every Monday from July 26 to
September 27, because apparently that
is the time of year when football goes
coed. This romp costs $75 to join and
is coordinated by the Miami Sport and
Social Club.
Having undergone renovations in
2009, the stadium is high in quality. It
shines with a new Astroturf field sur-
rounded by a springy orange track. The

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artificial green turf may not be every-
one's favorite to play on, but a big plus
is that it never needs trimming. As a
testament to the lack of mowing, three
large clipping collectors sit idle on one
of the facility's few remaining patches
of grass.
The quarter-mile track, ready for its
close-up, draws a steady stream of walk-
ers, joggers, and sprinters to its well-
marked, blood-orange surface. Some
visitors follow their inner Rocky and hit
the bleachers, hopping up and down the
silver steps. For jogging, the track feels
wide open, although it is harshly exposed
to the daytime sun.
The extensive bleachers can ac-
commodate thousands, and on top
of the western bleachers perches an
announcer's (bachelor) pad with a win-
dowed office below (for privacy) and
an open-air viewing platform above
(for starlit nights). In the evenings, the
stadium produces its own daylight with
massive floodlights.
Considering the thin number of

I ne Tacilily Teaiures a incKea-oui
announcer's booth, which could
double as a bachelor pad.

visitors on any given day, the facility has
a large number of bathrooms with func-
tioning water fountains. The main pea-
green restrooms stand at the stadium's

SThe entrance sign to
the park calls it the Ronald
L. Book Athletic Track,
named after a prominent
lobbyist, but it is doubtful
that anyone calls it any-
thing other than the North
Miami (Athletic) Stadium.
S a Hidden in the rear of the
park (near the sewage
plant) stands a large,
rusty plaque embedded
The springy quarter-mile track attracts simple in sturdy coral rock dating

strollers and serious sprinters.

entrance on the southeast side, near the
high school, and they appear to remain
open during park hours.
Another set of restrooms on the
park's northwest end (near the sewage
plant) appear to be on permanent
lockdown. Near this building stands
another green rectangle, a men's locker
room underneath the Myrna A. Pavilack
scoreboard. The locker room probably
should be locked but wasn't the first
time I visited. Also near the scoreboard
is the long jump pit, in case you feel the
need to leap.

the stadium to 1985. At the
front, next to the concession
stand area, is a new plaque dating its
renovation to 2009.
NoMi's stadium in the woods is
ready to rumble. It may gain prominence
now that the City of North Miami is
not getting funding from the doomed
Biscayne Landing project to build a pro-
posed Olympic training center.
Anyone know a professional rugby
team looking for a home? They will
probably feel welcome in the eclectic city
that built its stadium in the swamp.

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By Jenni Person
BT Contributor

Ah, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of
summer! This happens to be a
busy summer for our family,
with lots of transitions going on. So
instead of one big family vacation, our
travel this summer will be a medley of
short trips.
We really enjoy these mini vacations
that have us eating up Florida asphalt
and strengthening our already abundant
love for the Sunshine State. We'll take
any excuse to find ourselves in different
corners the state, and highly recommend
discovering places you may not know -
from Gatorland (www.gatorland.com)
in Orlando to the Florida Black History
Trail (www.visitflorida.com/articles/
the-florida-black-heritage-trail) to real
mermaids and a pirate-themed water
park at Weeki Wachee Springs State
Park (www.weekiwachee.com) to sponge
docks and great Greek restaurants in
Tarpon Springs.
I could go on and on with ideas for
interesting family trips around Florida.
I also feel very strongly that this is the
time to support the areas most vulner-
able to the negative economic impact
of the oil explosion in the Gulf. These
areas are likely dropping their prices to
entice tourists. As fellow Floridians, we
should get out and support them, even if
it means sticking to the pool to avoid tar
balls and oily water at the beaches. Truth
is, my kids are just as happy to spend full
days in the chlorine than in the sand and
Wherever you travel this summer
- whether you're staying in-state or

On the Road Again

This summer consider a Florida family vacation

globe-trotting, remember to take your
museum and zoo membership cards with
you. Pretty much all of them are good
for reciprocal programs across North
America. We missed the opportunity to
save more than $50 on admission to the
very cool Mote Aquarium in Sarasota
(www.mote.org) because we didn't have
our Metro Zoo cards with us.
If you haven't done so already, it's
worth joining, say, the Miami Science
Museum at $95 for the year, which is
about the same as two visits for a family
of four. The membership gets you reci-
procity at more than 270 science centers,
plus discounts on things like summer
camps and gift-shop items (great for the
birthday gifts you need to buy through-
out the year), as well as invitations for
special museum events. So remember:
Bring your membership cards with you
on the road.
I have another summer travel tip:
If your kid uses a footstool to be inde-
pendent at home for washing hands,

brushing teeth, and so on, bring one
for use at hotels. Izzi, my adamantly
independent four-year-old, very sweetly
wandered around the hotel room on that
Sarasota trip looking for "the stool" so
he could wash his hands and get himself
a glass of water.
At most other places where he spends
time home, school, Mom-Mom's, and
our friends' homes stools are available,
and he innocently thought there would be
one at our hotel. He was very frustrated to
learn there wasn't. I felt awful, especially
given that I'd written a very pointed note
to Disney about 18 months ago suggesting
they stock their hotel rooms with footstools
since they serve this same height-chal-
lenged preschool set.
We parents need to take charge and
bring our own! You can throw one in the
car or you can buy a folding one for your
suitcase, or pick up a cheap one at Target
for $2.50 while on the road unless
you're visiting some very rural or rustic
place, in which case a footstool will

probably be the last thing your kid will
be thinking about.
Summer is also a great time to pull
out that rainy-day list and make sure
you're on top of all your parenting vi-
sions. Here are a couple of things to put
on that list if you haven't already:
Voluntary Pre-K program (VPK).
All children who turn four prior to
September 1, 2010, are eligible for free
education through the VPK program.
Designed to encourage early-childhood
development and learning, VPK makes
it easier for families to gain access to
fee-based programs. Sometimes, in a
private-school setting, the VPK offsets a
portion of the tuition, while in other pro-
grams it covers tuition in full. For more
information about the VPK program and
registering your four-year-old, check out
Florida Pre-Paid College Plan. At
the other end of the education spectrum
is the Florida Pre-Paid College Plan,
which helps parents squirrel away money
for their kids' college tuition. I'm always
surprised how many parents I encounter
who don't know about or aren't par-
ticipating in this. With various options,
you can lock in today's tuition rates and
have college paid for affordably at any of
Florida's public colleges and universities
in advance of need. It functions as a stan-
dard 529 college savings account (and is
one of the better ones nationally), so that
if your child ends up attending a school
outside the system or in a different state,
you still have college savings available to
use toward tuition. For more information
go to www.myfloridaprepaid.com.

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The Deadliest Cut

Palm trees are not

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

Every day when I drive home I
pass a home whose owners re-
cently planted some very expensive
Canary Island date palms in the front yard.
These four palms are beautiful matching
specimens that certainly cost thousands of
dollars each when they were installed. A
few weeks ago I was shocked to see that
the palms had been "pineappled," meaning
all the lower fronds had been trimmed off
so the remaining fronds resembled the top
of a pineapple.
Many people believe this common
practice makes the palms look more at-
tractive. Property management companies
regularly trim off all the lower fronds for a
"hurricane cut" that supposedly keeps the
palm from blowing over in a storm. Let
me tell you what you are really doing to
your expensive investment when you prune
palms in this manner.
In South Florida, there are many dis-
eases and insects that attack palms. Did
you know that some of the fungal dis-
eases fatal to palms have been proven to
be transmitted by pruning tools? These
tools include chain saws, hand saws, and
hand clippers. Landscapers and arborists
need to sterilize their tools every time
they finish trimming an individual palm
before they move onto the next. Since
chain saws are nearly impossible to ster-
ilize, hand saws or clippers should be the
only tools used to cut off palm fronds.
Do you know what else happens when
you cut off a green palm frond or cause
any other type of wound to the trunk? You
may attract one of several species of palm
weevils to lay their eggs. These are large

weevils up to two or
three inches long, usu-
ally all black and dis-
playing long "snouts."
Some species have
attractive red marks or
patterns on their hard
exoskeletons. These
large insects are attract-
ed to stressed palms,
which include newly
planted palms and
those which have been
recently pruned. When
palm weevils arrive at
an appropriate site, they
can lay several hundred
eggs in a month. When
these eggs hatch, the
larvae, which can grow
as large as your thumb,
eat themselves into and
throughout the heart

toy poodles, so don't prune them to look cute
,companies for an explanation regarding the
.* "hurricane pruning" that had been done
previously to these palms.
After a freeze or severe cold damag-
es and burns palm fronds, I have learned
S that if I cut off too many of the damaged
',.*,c fronds, the new leaves that come out

A butchered Canary Island date palm, ready food
for palm weevils.

and trunk of the palm.
It only takes about 20 larvae to kill a large
Canary Island date palm.
Another result of extreme pruning:
loss of important nutrients. When trees
and palms have leaves that are beginning
to die, certain nutrients are put into a
soluble form and pulled out of the older
foliage and usually sent to new growth.
Palms mobilize potassium, one of the
important plant macronutrients, and
perhaps other nutrients from the older
leaves. If the older leaves or fronds are
continuously cut off, the new growth will
eventually show nutrient deficiencies and
palm health will be affected. Extreme
pruning done on a regular basis has
been shown to be fatal to certain species
of palm owing to nutrient deficiencies.

Palm fronds should not be removed if
they still have green on the leaflets or
midrib. They are still manufacturing and
supplying food to the palm.
A typical indication of regular
removal of green fronds is "penciling."
This is the section of trunk directly
underneath the head of the palm (where
all the existing fronds are connected)
that keeps getting skinnier and skinnier.
Eventually these "penciled" trunks snap
off from the weight above, and the palm
is killed.
I often see palmetto palms in large
developments with this manmade damage.
When the heads of these palms snap off
in a hurricane, I hope the property owners
contact their landscape maintenance

may break off in windy conditions. The
new leaves are soft. The lower, older and
stiffer fronds not only help support the
newest fronds until they become mature
and stronger, but there has also been a
loss of nutrients to the newest growth,
making the new fronds more susceptible
to wind damage.
If a palm has a crown shaft like a
royal palm, with the green part under-
neath the frond that clasps and surrounds
the upper part of the trunk, then the palm
is self-cleaning. The fronds should be
allowed to drop off on their own and not
be cut off. Palms that are not self-clean-
ing, like Canary Island date palms and
palmetto palms, have no crown shaft,
meaning dying and dead fronds will
hang on the palm for a long time. It is
best to cut off the fronds once they turn
completely yellow or brown.
One exception to the rule of not
pruning the green parts of a palm is the
removal of palm fruit. Coconuts and
other large palm fruit can be hazardous
and should be removed, especially before
an expected hurricane.

. 1I /ii,,i,.,, i,'i is an ISA-certified munic-
ipal arborist, director of horticulture at
Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
Designs of Florida. Contact him at jeff(
tropicaldesigns. comn.

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After the Storm Eat, Drink, and
Red, white, and you: Agreeable wines for $12 or less
By Bill Citara of blessedly affordable, bar- finding a simple, inexpensive,
BT Contributor becue-friendly wines. They're and easily available pink
guaranteed to make ribs, bubbly was a no-brainer. Ko-
S o the big day, July 4, our nation's brisket, pork shoulder, chicken, rbel's NV Brut Rose fills the
birthday, has come and gone. It didn't even tofu go down easier, bill quite nicely. It gives off a
feel all that celebratory, did it? Like one Let's start with the token bit of funk when first opened
of those birthdays when your dog gets hit by whitey, the Santa Julia but settles down to reveal
a car, which thenjumps the curb and crashes 2009 Torrontes. This lush, / pleasant cherry-strawberry
into your living room, where it knocks your aromatic grape, considered flavors with enough acidity
new flat-screen TV off the wall, causing it to the white-wine grape of and effervescence to balance
burst into flames and almost bum your house Argentina, is becoming my the fattiness of grilled meat.
down because the fire department responded new favorite pour; think a Now for the hard stuff,
to the wrong address. fuller-bodied Albarifio at half red wines that can stand up to
You know, one of those birthdays. the price. This one shows off all the char- the heartiest 'cue a grillmaster can muster,
But despite it all we persevered, acteristics of the varietal, opening with beginning with the Louis Jadot 2008
marching in time to perform the ritual honeysuckle and tropical fruit aromas and Beaujolais-Villages. This isn't sweetish,
charring of the flesh a.k.a. barbecue segueing to flavors of peach, mango, and grapey Beaujolais Nouveau but a crisp,
because if you can't transform a few hunks orange. I think it's terrific, and with grilled lean wine with tart cherry and strawberry
of innocent animal protein into blackened, chicken, fish, veggies, and, yes, tofu, it flavors very tart by Nouveau or Califor-
desiccated, meat-flavored cinders, what the would make an excellent partner. nia standards, and with a long citrus finish.
hell kind of birthday would it be? It seems appropriate in this age of That and fairly high acidity make it another
Operating on the assumption that we'll the Tea Party and other abominations to wine that can cut the richness of grilled
continue with the barbecue charring all include a token pinko, and since there's pork and beef.
summer, Vino has roused himself from his something indescribably satisfying about Next comes a second French prod-
Valium-induced torpor to present a handful drinking sparkling wine with barbecue, uct, the 2007 Jean-Luc Colombo "Les

Be Sweaty

Abeilles" C6te du Rh6ne. A blend
of 50-percent Grenache, 30-percent
Syrah, and 20-percent Mourvedre, it's
a truly delightful wine. It kicks off with
red cherry-raspberry flavors from the
Grenache and Syrah, leavened by the
earthy-tobacco character of the Mourve-
dre. The fruit is tangy but not tart, with
hints of anise and soft underlying acidity.
Very nice, and hard to stop drinking.
With all the candy-cane wines that
have come out of Australia over the past
many years, I tend to regard inexpensive
Aussies with a pretty jaundiced palate, so
the Penfolds 2008 "Rawson's Retreat"
was a very welcome surprise. Three-
quarters Shiraz (Syrah) to one-quarter
Cabernet Sauvignon, it's lusciously aro-
matic, filling the schnozz with big, bold
blueberry and blackberry fruit, tossing
in a little leather, tobacco, and black
olive on the side. It's not quite so com-
plex in the mouth, but the fruitier Shiraz
and earthier Cabernet play extremely
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well together and have "barbecued bris-
ket" splashed all over them.
One of the best-value California
winemakers you've never heard of is
Bogle, and the Bogle 2008 Old Vine
Zinfandel is one more bottle of proof. It
displays everything you love about Cali-
fornia Zins bracing black cherry-ber-
ry fruit, lots of spice and black pepper, a
generous dollop of oak. What it doesn't

display is that jammy, overly ripe, port-
like fruit of some California Zins, which
means you can drink more than a glass
without your taste buds going limp.
The big dog in this tasting is no
surprise here Carmenere, specifically
the 2008 Santa Rita Reserve. Black-
berries, cassis, allspice, black pepper,
dust, earth, even a squinch of diesel all
run around like crazy in your mouth. If
you want a wine that really kicks butt -
pork and otherwise you've come to
the right place.

And now I've got to go get that car
out of my living room.

The North Miami Beach Total Wine
& More (14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
354-3270) is the source of the Bogle
Zinfandel and Santa Julia Torrontes,
$8.97 and $8.99 respectively. The
Korbel Rosd ($10.99) and Jadot
Beaujolais ($9.99) can be found
at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits (16355
Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-6525),
while the Jean-Luc Colombo C6tes

du Rh6ne is at Aventura's Cellars
Wine & Spirits Warehouse (21055
Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-936-
9433) for $11.99. Get the Penfolds
"Rawson's Retreat" at the Biscayne
Commons Publix (14641 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-354-2171) for $8.99,
and the Santa Rita Carmenere for
$11.99 at the Whole Foods Market
(21105 Biscayne Blvd, 305-933-
1543) in Aventura.

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Problem Pooper? Put His Nose in It!
Five persistent myths regarding dog behavior and what to do about them

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor
Some myths just won't die. Regard-
less of the fact that they may have
been proven beyond a doubt to be
inaccurate, they are passed down from
one generation to the next. In health mat-
ters, we've all heard "feed a cold, starve
a fever," along with many other so-called
remedies we would never think of using
today. The world of dog training and
behavior is no different. Below are some
of the most common training myths and
some answers for the problems at hand.

If your dog has an "accident," you
should show it to him and rub his nose
in it.
It is amazing that this piece of advice
is still making the rounds. In truth you
should never punish for such "accidents"
or the dog may be afraid to potty in front
of you. This can lead to sneaky behavior
as the dog feels it is only safe to elimi-
nate when you're not looking. Smacking
the dog with a newspaper is just as bad.
Your touch and presence should be
comforting to your dog, not scary! A
better system would be to reward the dog
for eliminating in the right spot, and su-
pervise and avoid accidents in the wrong
areas. After all, we know our dog has to
go; it is where he eliminates that we care
about. Accidents mean we goofed up
somewhere and didn't take him out often
enough or supervise him well enough.

Aggressive dogs need a "firm hand."
Most aggression stems from fear and a
lack of socialization early on in the dog's

development. The dog has had a bad ex-
perience or not enough experience with
people, other animals, or specific situa-
tions. Furthermore, some aggression has
been reinforced intentionally and unin-
tentionally by
the owner. An
example of An example o
this is when reinforcement: The
the owner of pets her little prec
a small dog okay..." as the dog
pets her little the do
precious and
coos, "It's
okay..." as the
dog snaps and growls at the doorman.
In a case like this, the dog is receiving
affection and attention and being told it's
okay to act uncivilized.
Sometimes an owner punishes the
dog for his aggressive display. But this


only goes after the symptom (.t io \\li ini
biting, and so on), not the cause. The root
of the problem is still there and possibly
made worse by punishment and stress.
In any case, the best protocol for aggres-
sion is desensi-
tization and
unintentional a counter-
ner of a small dog conditioning
us and coos, "It's program in
iaps and growls at which the dog
rman. learns to be
around and
possibly even
enjoy the object of his irritation.

If your male dog "humps" you or an-
other dog, he is trying to be dominant.
Dogs mount for many reasons. The
most obvious one is that they are

aroused. If your dog is constantly
mounting and isn't neutered, doing so
will take the edge off and lessen the
behavior. But even altered dogs hump
sometimes, including female dogs. It
is a natural action for animals and still
enjoyable to do whether fixed or not.
Sometimes it arises because of nerves
or too much pent-up energy.
When I worked at shelters, I would
let dogs in the play yard and they would
mount other dogs male and female -
constantly. They'd been in a kennel so
long they didn't know what to do with
themselves during play time. Sometimes
the mounted dogs cared, sometimes
they didn't. You can also teach the dog
to respond to "Off!" or another com-
mand that tells him you would like that
behavior to stop.

If your dog growls or snaps at you
when you try to take something away
from him, he is trying to be "alpha."
If I ask ten people what alpha means
to them, I'll get ten different answers.
Actually we contemporary trainers
rarely if ever talk in those terms. I don't.
But thanks to the transmission of old,
bad information, terms suggesting pack
rank are kept alive for new generations
of dog owners.
Dogs hold onto items and try to
keep them from you because they are
important to them. It's called "resource
guarding." This is a hard-wired behavior
that would keep a dog alive in the wild.
He certainly wouldn't last long if he gave
up his dinner and safe living spot to any
animal who desired it.
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Getting angry and taking items
from him may exacerbate the problem.
Now the dog may consider you a threat,
a thief who takes all things important,
and he'll hold onto his possessions more
tightly. A better course of action would
be to teach the dog that it pays off ex-
tremely well to give up things through
careful and systematic training and a
behavior-modification program.

If your dog jumps on you, you
should knee him in the chest.
The dog only wants to say hello
to you! Hurting him would not
be the answer. A kinder strategy "Re
would be to teach him a more behavi<
mannerly way to say hello and the wil
get your attention, such as a living
"sit to greet." The dog is taught
that the only way someone will
acknowledge him is if his butt is firmly
planted on the floor. With a little practice
and the reward of getting to greet you (you

now reach down to pet him), most dogs
pick this up in no time.

source guarding" is a hard-wired
or. He certainly wouldn't last long in
Id if he gave up his dinner and safe
spot to any animal who desired it.

There is usually a bit of legitimacy
or reason behind "old wives' tales" and
myths. That's how they came into

existence. But just like swallowing a
spoonful of turpentine to fight illness,
we usually have a more modern explana-
tion and a better solution to the problem.
Lisa Hartman is head dog trainer and
founder ofPawsitively Pets. You can reach
her at tom i. li p, h t .. i \ui .... ... 11
or www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com. You
can also keep up with her and her dogs on
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Which hurricane was the worst you've experienced?

Compiled by Cathi Marro BT Contributor

Naila Boodhoo
Design District
Hurricane Andrew
[August 24, 1992] is the
one I remember most
vividly especially the
shock of a city that wasn't
prepared. My friend had
no electricity for two
weeks. Luckily our house
was fine, but our other
property was destroyed. I
couldn't sleep through it.
The loud, howling sound
of the wind during a hur-
ricane is unforgettable!

Tom Klimetz
Store Owner
Hurricane Donna in the
1960s. I was a little kid
and I was terrified! I was
so small, I didn't know
what to expect. I remem-
ber seeing my dad going
out to close up all the
doors. We owned a busi-
ness and there was damage
to the store. The windows
were blown in. I've been
through all of the hurri-
canes down here but that
was the worst because I
was so young.

Terry Alfonso
Education Administrator
Miami Shores
Hurricane Andrew was
the worst. My mom was a
hospital administrator so
she was at work. My dad
and my grandfather slept
through the whole thing,
and I sat up in bed with
my guitars, listening and
feeling the whole house
shaking only to be
followed by three weeks
without electricity in
Miami summer heat. And
we were very lucky. The
whole thing: Not fun!

Patrick McMillan
Learning Center Director
North Miami Beach
Definitely Andrew. That's
the one that affected more
people. I went down south
to volunteer lifting trees
and such. Some houses
weren't in living condition
anymore. I lived on the
northern end of Dade so
we only lost power. We
were equipped with food
and everything, though.
I've been camping
before and I think those
kind of survival skills
come in handy.

Yuliana Rodriguez
Pet Spa Owner
North Miami
Wilma was the worst for
me. We had a store room
over on 125th Street and
the storm blew the air
conditioning off the top
of the building. We were
boarding dogs in there and
my mom, our co-owner,
was out of town. I had to
take care of everything by
myself. I kept both doors
open, but it was pretty
scary. It was very uncom-
fortable, but luckily none
of the animals was hurt.

Rene Bacallao
My first year living here
was 1992, and I had just
bought a house. I heard
about it on a Saturday,
then on Monday, Andrew
hit! I put plywood up
inside my windows. I
secured the plywood in
place with two-by-fours.
I ended up with only two
cracked windows, an
orange tree down, and
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The real shock was in
the morning, when I saw
that the neighbors' roofs
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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 228.

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 aioli 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.
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, harissa-man-
nated loin, and bastilla, the famed savory-sweet Middle
Eastern pastry, stuffed with braised shank $$$$$

901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village)
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 on onion 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 secretstashes- small joints catering to cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe
has survived and thrived for good reason The homey cook-
ing is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new Novices will want
Indonesia's signature rijsttafel, 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 it's
an elegant sandwich bar, at night its a raw bar (with pristine
coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos
That'sjust the 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 res-
taurants, the conclusion would be that Brazilian people eat
nothing but rodizio (all-you-can-eat meat), and weigh, on
average, 400 pounds This Brazilian pub broadens the pic-
ture, 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 aipim
frito (house-special yuca fries, the best in town) $$$

297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792
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 Guily 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., 305-913-8358
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 $$$-$$$$$

Cvi.che 105
105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454
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 $$



Sandwich Bar
40 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-0622
This cool hideaway has a limited menu Which is a good
thing when it means everything served is solidly crafted by
hands-on chef/owners, two of whom amassed sous-chef
chops at Cioppino and Sardinia The main fare is imagnative
sandwiches on fresh breads, an especially delicious creation
features slow-braised short ribs, caramelized onions, and
melting muenster and provolone cheeses Finish with fine-
shaved Aloha Ice topped with fresh fruit and other full-flavored
syrups, all housemade, plus rich condensed milk A sno-cone
for sophistcates $

270 Biscayne Blvd Way, 305-577-0277
This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San
Pellegrino's list of the world's best restaurants, and a similar
menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robata-
grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks
Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work
your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample
temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores Our favorite
is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso
dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks $$$$


Prosecco Ristorante
3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-438-2885
Its sheltered location, in a showroom buildings central atrium,
makes Prosecco not the Design Districts easiest-to-find
Italian eatery/enoteca But the owner's longtime experience
in Tom Billante restaurants like Carpaccio tells you the place
is a people-pleaser, with food and wine that's accessible,
affordable, and worth the hunt Beautifully garnished carpac-
clos (like mustard-vinaigrette-dressed smoked salmon with
baby beets, purple potatoes, and a soft-cooked egg), pastas
like ricotta and spinach- stuffed agnolott with sage/butter
sauce, and similar temptations ensure you'll return $$$

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 favoring solid snacks, tasty global small-
ish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recom-
mended), chorizo with homemade cilantro Julyo, 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 -- till 5 00 a m $$

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


Balans Biscayne
6789 Biscayne Blvd
It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third
Miami venue finally opened, and rather quietly-- which
has an upside Its easier to get a table here (and to park,
thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln Road
or Brickell This, along with the venue's relatively large, open-
to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed,
neighborhood-focused vibe The fun menu of global comfort
food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese
souffle through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast,
fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as
reliably well $$-$$$

Bulldog Caf6
190048 NE 29th Ave.
The bulldog is the same as at Bulldog Barbecue, pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, but the menu is quite
different atthis newer venue in Loehmann's Plaza -- basically
suburban shopper-fnendly fare like salads, sandwiches, and
flatbreads That said, the dawg has designed some knock-out,
BBQ-enhanced items, including a smoked-brisket sandwich
with caramelized onions, blue cheese, and horseradish
cream, and a Cuban sandwich with pulled pork barbecue,
plus Black Forest ham and Dijon mustard That one is pretty
much an "ultimate" $$

Tonino Lamborghini's Caffe Corsa
600 Silks Run Rd., #1210
The new Village at Gulfstream Park (a massive
Mediterranean-via-Vegas mall adjacent to the racetrack) has
a zillion eateries StIll, the spot-on authenticity of this modish
cafe's food makes it stand out The chef is from Rome, so
spaghetti carbonara is a great choice Its the real thing No
heavy faux-Alfredo sauce, just the savory classic combo of
pancetta, shallots, and creamy eggs Additionally all cheeses
and cured meats are top-end imports, so even loungers
seekingto simply sip and snack can enjoy a genuinely Italian,
gimmick-free graze $$$

either $18 or $23 And the price includes an appetizer
-- no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham
croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom
sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales The best
seats are on the glam rooftop patio $$$

Ecco Pizzateca & Lounge
168 SE 1st St., 305-960-1900
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, internationally award-
winning Italian pizza chef Massimo Fabio Bruni's exquisitely
airy, burn-blistered pies, made from homemade dough,
could do the trick The rest of the organically oriented
menu July also great, but with pizzas like the cream/mush-
room-topped Bianca beckoning, we'll never know $-$$$

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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 Psilakis'
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 panini, served on foccacia 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, Garcia'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 also justly 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-
ditional surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion
fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney,
along with the ubiquitous chimichurri $$$$-$$$$$

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 free-
bies that's a trademark of Manhattan's II Mulino, originally
run by II Gabbiano'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 cilantro-spiced white bean/
vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors
Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw
a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just
stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyer's
Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened
espresso $$$

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

La Provence
1064 Brickell Ave., 786-425-9003
Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indi-
cate a great meal to come But when Miamians encounter
such bread crackling crust outside, moist, aromatic,
aerated interior -- its likely not from a restaurant's own
kitchen, but from La Provence Buttery croissants and

party-perfect pastries are legend too Not so familiar is
the bakers cafe component, whose sandwich/salad
menu reflects local eclectic tastes But French items
like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nigoise on artisan
bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thau's
Provengal 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, charcuterie/pate, or
smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete
American breakfasts At lunch, generously salad-garnished,
open-faced tartines are irresistible But sophisticated
salads and homemade soups make the choice tough And
do not skip dessert Superb sweets include rich almond/
fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional
Madeleines, 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 chimichurrin, new-style ceviches,
and luxe sushi rolls) to a small but tantalizing selection
of chef Gerdy Rodriguez's signature creations Lunch fare
includes modernized "Minuta" fish sandwiches (avocado/
habanero vinaigrette-dressed hamachi on non Kaiser
rolls), while dinner offers edgier inventions like confit
pork belly with a panko-crusted egg yolk capsula, the yolk
nitrogen-frozen before frying to achieve a crisp crust and
delightfully improbable oozing interior $$$

Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.,305-938-9000
Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse
retains basically everything but the famed name (from
the original Manny's 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 pattes),
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
contemporary American 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 ravi-
oli with creamy saffron sauce Especially notable are the
entree salads $$-$$$

Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire July seem
more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish
shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional
tastes and fish Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supple-
ments signature starters like lump crab cakes with his
own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche
The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection
includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pom-
pano, 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 pitas 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 tastiest souse And it would be unthinkable to call it
quits without homemade sweet potato pie or banana pudding,
plus a bracing flop half iced tea, half lemonade $-$$

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 gentrified 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

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fiocchi 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 prlx 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 fraiche 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 difficult to 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 Thats 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), its fitting that the menu is
dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisti-
cated Italian entrees There are salads and sandwiches,
too The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-
air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to
accompany local musicians and artists $-$$

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 anniversary- 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 $$-$$$

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 pm 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 "bistrolounge" The food is mostly modernized Italian,
with Latin and Asian accents a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with
Brazilian catupiry cheese, gnocchi served either as finger
food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aloli), or plated with
orange-ginger sauce But there are tomato-sauced meat-
balls with ri'gawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too $$-$$$

Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct.
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 Waxys curry sauce $$

Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave.
Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist
decor (with communal seating), and predominance of
American veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food
eatery, owned by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo
Japones veteran) July initially seem akin to those air-
port Oriental steam tables Wrong Custom-cooked by
Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garlic-coated edama-
me), 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.
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside
its bigger, better, and busier than it looks Unlike many
Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the
source and proves a crowd-pleaser On weekends espe-
cially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying
authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas
(Honduras's take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups
packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more $

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

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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 figciutto 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 rillettes (a rustic pate) with a crusty
baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop rata-
touille, or many changing blackboard specials Portions
are plentiful So is free parking $$

Buena Vista Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave.
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 rillettes, superb salami, and other
charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crust-
ed, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs
little more than a fast-food combo meal As for Postel s
homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest,
a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we July have to
kill you $-$$

The Cheese Course
3451 NE 1st Ave.
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 Julyo 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
regulars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their
native Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled
jerk chicken has been the main item here Other favorites
savory rice and pigeon peas, eye-opening onion/vinegar-
flavored escovitch fish, sweet plantains, and cabbage that
redefines the vegetable $

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is
familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and
pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept
differentiates the place Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne
Times, giving diners something to chat about Sandwiches
and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an
unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes,
breads, and condiments for the creatively minded $

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as
it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family The food is as tasty as ever, especially
the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who
like their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter
As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion
cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle
dishes tallerin saltado and tallerin verde $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006
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, veg-
gie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they're well-done
but spurtingly juicy, 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, rarelyfound 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, authentic 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'll even deliver
you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed $

Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave.
The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Cafe District, this
stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as
one would hope and as affordable There's a five-buck
half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino
for under $30 And few can resist delicatelythin, 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 Whatjustifies the
new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppified/
yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic
wooden deck $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/
salads/starters primer What it doesn't convey is the
freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes
into their use Entree-size salads range from an elegant
spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky
homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens

Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninis, or
wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respect-
able Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-
tasting light salad cream $-$$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
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 mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from
a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily Niceties
include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers $

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, quality
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 chili cream sauce $$

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 pinon and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-
drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable
tacos average $5-$8 Also available big breakfasts and
salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon-
crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list $

Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd.
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the features
you expect, including all-you-can-eat meats carved table-
side and a lavish buffet What sets Maino apart from typical
rodizio palaces is its family-run feel, intimate rather than
intimidating, plus its attention to every detail While it's rare
at most rodizio joints to get meat done less than medium,
Maino will cook to order One other welcome difference
There are a la carte starters and pastas for lighter eaters
and noncarnivores, and some lunch 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 Graziano Sbroggio seems a more universal
lure for the Design District's 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 salumi Other
irresistibles fried artichokes with lemony aioli, seafood
lasagna with heavenly dill-lobster sauce $$-$$$

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Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave.
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 tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant puree,
and airy tarama 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 chili de
arbol slaw, toasted peanuts) A close second the hongos,
intensely flavorful huitlacoche 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
restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-
earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/
outdoor setting Fresh, organic ingredients are empha-
sized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef
cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and choco-
late 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 of the
Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a
popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journal-
ists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and
drinks Regulars know daily specials are the way to go
Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey
with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh Big burgers
and steak dinners are always good A limited late-night
menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00
am $-$$

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, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and
cheese), and house-baked pastries $

Out of the Blue Caf6
2426 NE 2nd Ave.
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 it's 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 July 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
ultra-thin and crispy crust with indescribably rich guancia-
le (cured, unsmoked pork cheek bacon), pungent artisan
pepperoni, grana padano, locally made mozzarella, and
Italian tomatoes For meatless pies, we recommend the
Bianca, a thyme-seasoned pizza whose plentiful cheeses
are beautifully balanced by bitter arugula Bring a crowd
and taste half-a-dozen different mozzarellas $$

1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn't have
that "do drop in" locals' hangout vibe Butthis 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 prosciutto/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 Buta 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-
thenticallyfalling-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 chili 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
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Fri. & Sat. Open till 3 a.m.

After Hours Dining

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seafood offerings, you won't find exotica or local catches,
but all the usual sushi/sashimi favorites, though in
more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy sriracha, 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 Julyo 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 Bernstein is hands-on at both
places Her exuberant yet firmly controlled personal touch
is obvious in nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the
menu Items are frequently reinvented Keepers include wild
mushroom/manchego croquetas with fig jam, white bean
stew, crisp-coated artichokes with lemon/coriander dip, and
buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and
balanced by tiny pickled salads $$$

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353
This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln
Road's SushiSamba 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 kimchi)
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, meat sauteed
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 aloli, and
smoked duck salad with goat cheese croutons and a
poached egg At night there are tapas $-$$

Upper Eastside

5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside
car wash, Andiamo is also part of Mark Soyka's 55th

Street Station which means ditching the car (in the
complex's free lot across the road on NE 4th Court) is no
problem even if you're not getting your vehicle cleaned
while consuming the brick-oven pies (from a flaming open
oven) that are this popular pizzeria's specialty, along with
executive chef Frank 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, its 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), Nicoise
salad, quiche, and homemade creme brulee A respectable
beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as is the house-
made 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 Eastside jewel,
whose 30 original seats have been supplemented by a
wine room/garden for tasting events and private dining
Stefani travels regularly to Italy to find exciting, limited-
production wines and inspiration for truly Tuscan specials
with honest, authentic flavors, such as grilled wild boar
sausages with lentil croquettes Menu favorites include
pear and ricotta raviolini, grilled eggplant slices rolled
around herbed goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, and
a light ricotta tart with lemon and rosemary $$$

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 griot (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), lambi 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 tlki-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-
giana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato
salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan) $

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

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sauce-garnished, all-beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken
hot dogs The 22 varieties range from simple to the elabo-
rate (the Athens, topped with a Greek salad, including
extra-virgin olive oil dressing) to near-unbelievable combi-
nations 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-Bano s 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 (prosciutto, hot cappic-
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 gentrified, especially on
Wednesday, when ladies are pampered with $10 washes
and glasses of sparkling wine while they wait $

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.
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 Julyo), 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 $

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 July not
seem a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery,
but once inside, the charming decor and the staff's ebul-
lient welcome indeed are reminiscent of a cafe in Italy
The kitchen's outstanding feature is a brick oven, which
turns out designer pizzas and crisp-skinned roast chick-
ens Otherwise the menu holds few surprises except
the prices, unusually low for such a stylish place No dish
exceeds $22 $$-$$$

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
It's a restaurant It's a lounge But it's decidedly not a
typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami
Forbidding from the outside, on the inside it's like a time-
trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin bordello-red decor,
romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar enter-
tainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated
retro food served with style and a smile For those feeling
flush, home-style fried chicken isjust like mom used to
make in her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd.
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 chimichurri 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.
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appear-
ances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but
far from fully gentrified neighborhood Just be glad she
did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly
creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas Though most
full entrees also come in half-size portions (at almost
halved prices), the tab can add up fast 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 $$-$$$

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Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd.
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 nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas
are intriguing, like arablki sausage, a sweet-savory pork
fingerling frank, rarely found in restaurants even in Japan,
they're popular Japanese home-cooking items And rice-
based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct.
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 Kris 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 nois-
es emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German
restaurant is owner Alex Richter's one-man gentrification
project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th
Street one pils at a time The fare includes housemade

sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork
bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard
and catsup, savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes,
and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded
pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen dif-
ferent sauces $$-$$$

5556 NE 4th Court
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 July 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,
tobilko (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 sandwiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahi-
mahi with cilantro 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
crispy spinach $$-$$$

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337
A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most wel-
coming cafe, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa
Bernardo (who co-owns the place with attorney Abbie
Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs
grown on the bakerys 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 market that is widely considered Miami's premier
source of Japanese foodstuffs, the "Sushi Dell" 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-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned
seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square
box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares While raw
fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi
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 $$$

Lemon Twist
908 71st St.
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 liles flottantes (merengue islands on
a creme anglaise pond) and a glass of wine, et voilal 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 $$$
Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr.
When an eatery's executive chef is best-selling Thai
cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect
major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a
fancy SoBe address Instead Bhumichitr joined forces
with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal who'd
moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no
sushi) neighborhood place Some standout dishes
here are featured in the chef's latest tome, but with
Tamarind's very affordable prices, you might as well let
the man's impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work
for you $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave.
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branch-
es elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is
fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami And why do
Miamians eat here? Not ambiance There isn't any But
when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies
know their fish, tout the seafood's freshness, we listen
There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the
Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry
Julyo And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five
assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$

CWte Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112
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 substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brlk (but-
tery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes,
and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad But everything
is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with
impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and
meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid
ribbons that hold together the cafe's baguette sand-
wiches $-$$

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Miami Shores Country Club
10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363
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 $$
Village Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-759-2211
After closing for several months in early 2009, this
cafe, spruced up to look like a bistro rather than a lun-
cheonette (but with the same bargain prices), has been
reopened The kitchen has also been rejuvenated, with
head honcho Adam Holm (Whitticar's original sous chef)
serving up new, globally influenced dishes like mint/
pistachio-crusted lamb or tuna tartare with sriracha aioli,
plus reviving old favorites like pork tenderloin with ginger-
caramel sauce $$-$$$

Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411
If it's Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-
cuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice,
beans, came asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet plan-
tains, 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 non-
carnivores there are several hefty seafood platters, made
to order $$
Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435
While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels,
one can't actually buy a gun here The nickname refers
to its location next to a firearms shop But there's a lot of
other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range
of sandwiches and wraps Breakfast time is busy time,
with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular But
what's most important is that this is one of the area's few
sources of the real, New York-style water bagel crunchy
outside, challengingly chewy inside $

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howie Klelnberg, whose indoor electric
smoker turns out mild-tasting 'cue that ranges from the
expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-
smoked salmon and veggie plates There are also creative
comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads,
and sweets Sides include refreshing slaw, beans studded
with "burnt ends" (the most intensely flavored outer barbe-
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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
authentic Yucatan-style specialties Standouts include poc-
chuc, a marinated pork loin, tacos al pastor, stuffed with
subtly smoky steak, onion, cilantro, and pineapple, sinful
deep-fried tacos dorados, and signature burritos, including
the Julya, filled with juicy cochinlta pibil, refried beans, and
pickled onions $$

Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd.
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However, there are also about
two dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards like kung po
shrimp, ma po tofu, and General Tso's chicken And there
are a few imaginative new items, like the intriguingly
christened "Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore curried
rice noodles, crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts,
and Mongolian beef (with raw chills and fresh Oriental
basil) Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner $$

Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy.
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even
when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in
front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its sea-
food, much of it from Capt Jim Hanson's own fishing boats,
which supply many top restaurants Now there's a casual
but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths
Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellow-
tail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectlytenderized cracked
conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and
bargain-priced $$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St.
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 staff's 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 fagottin "beggar's purses" stuffed with pears
and cheese $$
15400 Biscayne Blvd.
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must
But the specialty is Julyan-rooted Yucatan cuisine So why
blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean
Mexico's most typical dish cochinmta pibil? Cheen's authen-
tically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinat-
ed pork dish is earthly aromatic from achiote, tangy from
bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in
a banana leaf wrap To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-
spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly
the best thing that ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$
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Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy.
(See Miami listing)

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

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.
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 griot 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, notjust a
meal It's also a good choice for diners who don't speak
Spanish, but don't worry about authenticity Classic Cuban
home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado,
topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated
on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like
pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-
pleasers $$$

Mama Jennie's
11720 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-3627
For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has
been drawing students and other starvation-budget 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
pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle

bistro fare frsee salad with lardons, poached egg, and
bacon vinaigrette, truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/
caper sauce), consomme with black truffles and foie gras,
covered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect pommes
frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert

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
- July 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 nigiri or
maki rolls) plus tempura, teriyaki, and other cooked items for
$14, three bucks more for sashimi instead of sushi $-$$

Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808

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 $-$$

Yes Pasta!
14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006
The space, formerly a Pasha's, isn't posh But minimal-
ism 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, rang-
ing 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 $$

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Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St.
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
Chinese-American egg foo young Default spicing is mild
even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chili icons, but
don't worry, realizing some like it hot, the chefs will cus-
tomize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request $$
Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St.
Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor
eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured
item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue
began producing in 1938, available in three varieties
salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin But the
smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable bris-
ket Other new additions include weekend fish fries Entry
is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park
entrance No admission fee $
Caf6 Boogalu
14480 Biscayne Blvd.
This fast-casual Brazilian eatery is the first U S branch of a
chain from Recife, where, legend has it, the food is unusu-
ally tasty owing to the magical influence of a sacred African
rhinoceros named Boogalu, who escaped from a private
zoo into the region's jungles some 150 years ago Judge for
yourself by sampling our more modern pick, the Boogalu
salad (sesame-topped shrimp, mixed greens, sun-dried
tomato, and mozzarella, with an unusual sweet peach dress-
ing) For heavier eaters there are rhino-size steak, chicken,
seafood, and pasta entrees for mouse-size prices $$

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 cur-
ries 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 rodizio 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 vari-
eties at dinner, 5 at brunch) carved tableside by costumed

waiters Whatspectacularly 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 $$$$
El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910
Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find
ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other
expected traditional specialties, all presented far more
elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian
fusion creations are unique Especially recommended are
two dishes adapted from recipes by Peru's influential nik-
kei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura an exquisite,
delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with
no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with
rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$
3507 NE 163rd St.
When a cup of regular American joe is as complex and
boldly flavored as a gourmet coffeehouse's priciest brews
-- but cheaper -- the creator deserves support, especially
when the coffee is organic and the company supports
fair trade and sustainable production To accompany
the admirable coffees and teas, G serves paninis plus
sweets ranging from guava-stuffed croissants to gelato
Service is speedy, but a relaxed ambiance, comfortable
contemporary decor, and free WiFi all encourage luxuriant
lingering $
Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added "Hanna's" to the name, but changed
little else about this retro-looking French/American diner,
a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983 Customers
can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf
in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce,
iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid
salad with garlic dressing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-
melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal
dinner date destination $$-$$$

Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St
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 reli-
able Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori,
skewers of succulently soy-glazed and grilled meat,
fish, and vegetables, the unusually large variety avail-
able of the last makes this place a good choice for
vegetarians $$
Hiro's Sushi Express
17048 W. Dixie Hwy.
Tiny true, but there's more than just sushi at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makis are the
mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more
complex creations like multi-vegfutomaki, and a few
unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki),
available a la carte or in value-priced individual and party
combo platters But there are also bento boxes featuring
tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and
udon noodles Another branch is now open in Miami's
Upper Eastside $
Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy.
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the
night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese
home cooking, served in grazing portions Try glistening-
fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta
- mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming
honey-miso mustard sauce Other favorites include
goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame
sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-
fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grou-
per with hot/sweet/tangy chili sauce Open till around
3 00 am $$

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1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393
If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango)
or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's
sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because
chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa
Their menu's mix-and-match option allows diners to pair
their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more
than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles
to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus
reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$

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

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

3055 NE 163rd St.
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 kibbi naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare) It's
hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters
and wraps, but there's also a roster of full entrees (with
soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian
and seafood meals for noncarnivores $$

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

King Palace
330 NE 167th St., 305-949-2339
The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbe-
cue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed
in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes,
the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks
by the dining room entrance There's also a better-than-
average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies The menu
is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the
place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks
good on nearby tables, and point $$

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

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381
It's 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 fagiole, 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 not just 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 There's 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.
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
Matsuhisa's "new style sashimi" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) The specials
menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as
veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling
filet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

Panya Thai
520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566
Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, there's no shortage
of genuine Thai food in and around Miami But Panya's
chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional

and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere Plus he doesn't
automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to
please Americans Among the most intriguing moo khem
phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with
fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya
salad), broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening
chill/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil, and chill-topped
Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce $$-$$$

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
salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out
prepared foods, part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks
like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aloli, especially
enjoyable on the waterfront deck), part rlstorante (pastas
and other Big Food), part pizzeria What's important All
components feel and taste authentically Italian Just don't
miss the coal-oven pizza Superior toppings (including
unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light
yet chewy crust make Racks' pies a revelation $$

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one of
the Carnegie Dell's mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well,
Roasters will dwarf them Consider the "Carnegie-style"
monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound
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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 Taiwanese eatery, run by a trio of Taipei-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats in the
budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock 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), all supple-
mented with signature black tapioca balls that, slurped
through large-diameter straws, are a guaranteed giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St.
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 popular late-night gathering
spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants And why not? The
food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced The
kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request and
the servingstaff is reliably fast Perhaps most important, kara-
oke equipment is in place when the mood strikes $-$$

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd.
Though some food folks were initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our area's
few Vietnamese restaurants, its hard to bear a grudge at
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$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 Julyo Hawaiian King Crab con-
tains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green pep-
pers, 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 makis 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 it's all about here a coal-fired oven (like that
at Lombardi's, Patsys, John's, or Grimaldi's in New York)
producing the intense 800-degree heat to turn out, in mere
minutes, a pie with the classic thin, crisp-bottomed, beauti-
fully 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., 305-935-4029
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 bustling Jewish bakery/dell, 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 dell 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 Billante's eateries (Rosalia,
Villaggio, Carpaccio), 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 it's
doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would freak out his many
regulars by eliminating from the menu the Bahamian lobster
and crab cakes But lobster-lovers will find that the 20th
anniversary menus also offer new excitements like tandoorl-
spiced rock lobster, along with what might be the ultimate
mac'n'cheese lobster crab macaroni in a Frls vodka sauce
with mushrooms, scallions, and parmesan The famous des-
sert 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 maki, 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), 05-466-7195
Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood everywhere
and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks, you'd never

know you were dining in a shopping mall -- or in the new mil-
lennium This upscale mini chain salutes America's great grill
restaurants of yesteryear, with prodigious portions of char-
broiled meats and seafood, plus classics like creamy chicken
pot pie New retro dishes are added quarterly, but our favorite
remains Sunday nights prime rib special a $32 hunk ofjuicy
beef that II 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 It just 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., 305-466-2016
Charming Alpine decor and elegant yet accessible traditional
Continental comfort foods make this indoor/outdoor res-
taurant 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-obses-
sion era trout almondine with beurre blanc, salmon with hol-
landaise and creamed spinach, or for super-splurgers, lob-
ster 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 Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed
with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife
launched Pilar (named for Hemingway's 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.
Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not
Rome's wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-
style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in
half for neat street eating Unlike chains, though, this indie is
accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just
ask Also featured are Italian-American entrees like baked
manicotti that'ss "mani-goat", for those not from NJ) big
enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called "bullets,"
to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind $$

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8
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 $-$$

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