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August 2010 Volume 8, Issue 6


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CONTENTS
COVER STORY
1 Across the Bay: It's Safe to Visit Miami Beach Briefly
COMMENTARY
6 Feedback: Letters
12 Jack King: AMad Dash for Money
10OiR SPONSORS
COMMUNITY NEWS
28 May the Best Candidate Win
30 Mural, Mural on the Wall...
30 Boulevard Vision: Slow Down, Park, Shop
40NEIGHBOcHkOOD C RRESPONDENTS
42 Frank Rollason: A Flooded Neighborhood Dries Out
44 Gaspar Gonzalez: Splendor in the Grass
46 Wendy Doscher-Smith: Hot As Hades and Hilarious Too
POLICE REPORTS
62 Biscayne Crime Beat
ART & CULTURE
48 Anne Tschida: Journey to the Center of the Art
50 Art Listings
53 Events Calendar
PARK PATROL
54 Quiet and Peaceful and Calm in Aventura
COLUMNISTS
56 Vino: Beat the Heat with Something Pink
57 Word on the Street: If you could go back to school,
what would you study?
58 Kids and the City: Too Much To Do, Not Enough Time
59 Your Garden: Bee All and End All
60 Pawsitively Pets: Digs, Darts, and Doesn't Want to Sit
DINING GUIDE
65 Restaurant Listings: 234 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants!


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~ Letters to
More Evidence That
Skimming Can Be Harmful
You have done your readers a great dis-
service with the publication of the Pawsi-
tively Pets column headlined "Problem
Pooper? Put His Nose in It!" (July 2010).
The headline quotes the nwth instead
of the advice offered by columnist Lisa
Hartman.
A correct headline would read:
"Problem Po per? Don 't Put His Nose
in It!"
Sadly, many people who like to gt
information by skimming headlines will
read the erroneous headline and continue
to do the wrong thing in trying to train
their dogs.
Carrie Thiel
Redmond, Washington


Thedlloberta We
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I just wanted to say what a pleasure
it was to read Antolin Garcia Car-
bonell's story about singer Roberta
Sherwood ("The Life and Times of
Roberta Sherwood") in the July issue
Of Biscavne Tilles.
Mr. Carbonell does have a unique
way of sticking to the facts of a story, yet
making it both entertaining and relevant
to the readers. At age 66, I knew some
of the Roberta Sherwood story, but
certainly not as much as Mr. Carbonell
revealed, all of it fascinating as it relates
to our local community.
Thanks for sharing.
hl/Chael Epstein
Kendall


The Roberta I Knew
All Too Well
I had the privilege of working with
Roberta Sherwood on a cruise ship in about
1970. The cruise director, being a young
piss ant, said to me: "She'll open and do 15
minutes or less, and you'll do 45."
I said, "Are you out of your f---ing
mind? Not only will I not close and do
45, I'll open and do the 15! If you don't
want to get laughed out of show busi-
HOSs, you'd better do what I say. I will not
follow Roberta \I, II ... ;
He had never heard of her.
I Said, "Believe me, the audience
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He was insistent that I close and threat-
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Election day is Tuesday, August 24.
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do as he ordered. Typical cruise director.
I refused, of course, and won the day.
He would t speak to me for the rest of
the cruise, and indeed tried to get me fired.
Roberta? She got a standing ovation
and two encores. Great gal!
John Regis
Sherman Oaks, Cahifornia

YOu Can Live in Miami
without Speaking Spanish,
but Not Really
Surely Jen Karetnick knows that
South Florida has few large industries
other than the travel and entertainment
sector. Travel and entertainment depends
on the goodwill of our guests.
When marketing in Latin America,
one advantage Miami has over other
destinations in the United States is the
perception that Miami is a fully bilingual
chty. Of course, Miami is not fully bilin-
gual, but it s close.
I find it odd that Jen would trumpet
her linguistic deficiencies rather than
try to remedy them ("No Espaiiol and
No Beach," July 2010). Doing so would
indeed put her in a position to better

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COMMENTARY:' FEEDBA CK


and how he reports it. Anyone expecting
to read his column and find out simply
what is going on in Biscayne Park in
a straightforward and factual way -
would be making quite a mistake. Facts
don't much come into it.
There are a few that are carefully
woven into the story, sort of like a collage,
to provide something that could easily be
mistaken for grounding, but the story is
just as strong without any facts at all. In
fact some fiction is far more engaging, and
certainly more colorful, than just plain fact.
It's pretty clear Gaspar knows that.
There's a ton of ad hominem focus,
and it's all one way. Just to give BT read-
ers one example, a couple of months ago
Gaspar asserted that three of our village
commissioners had already made up
their minds to vote for acceptance of a
franchise agreement with FPL, and he
seemed to want to leave the impression
that the other two commissioners hadn't
made up their minds.
Is this really what he meant? Is it
what he actually believes? There was no
one in this whole unpleasant affair who
was more rigid and intransigent than the
two commissioners who voted against the
agreement absolutely, positively no one.
If Gaspar had to describe the dif-
ference between protracted, endlessly
detailed, ponderous, redundant explaining
and explaining and explaining and ex-
plaining, to people who either could easily
make up their own minds or people who
weren't even there and weren't interested,
on the one hand, and mindless, grind-
ing filibuster on the other, could he have
described that difference?
Gaspar has expressed some con-
cern, if I read him correctly, about
protection of Florida's "Government in
the Sunshine" laws. Does the fact that
the commissioners he favors have pre-
cisely the same opinions about precisely
the same unconnected topics, and have
spoken to precisely the same outside
sources, suggest anything shady to him'?
Suppose these two commissioners lived
directly across the street from each other
and had been seen entering each other's
houses. Gaspar figures they were talking
about the Marlins?
Did Gaspar already take a dim
view of the residents of Biscayne Park
when he decided to move here, or did
that come later? America'S Got Talent?
Beauty sleep? Does he think that's
what keeps people away from those

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Letters
Continued from page 6
represent our area to those who would
promote it.
Michael O 'Kane
Buena Vista East


A Beacon Shining Brightly
Amid the Squalor of South
Florida or Something
Like That
Because I am a strong proponent of
publicly giving pats on the back to good
businesses as well as slaps on the hand
to bad ones (I'm a big fan of Angie's List
for this), I wanted to drop a line to say
something about Biscayne Times.
In the two years since I moved to
Miami (I live in Edgewater), I've spent a
lot of time railing against the poor qual-
ity of work and social conduct I often
encounter here, so I thought I should
acknowledge something that has really
impressed me namely, Biscayne Times.
I find the BT consistently well put
together, helpful, informative, useful,
interesting, and with significantly fewer
errors than I find in most things printed
down here. For a free neighborhood
paper, that's not too shabby!
Keep up the good work!
Amy Mcl~enna
Edgewater

Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick
In his column "On the Clock" (July 2010),
Biscayne Park correspondent Gaspar
Gonz~lez effectively presented his view-
point in ten minutes. Our Biscayne Park
commissioners can do the same.
Mr. Gonzalez proved that the
proposed time-limit rule allows adequate
time for expression.
L~ynn Fischer
Biscayne Park


Fred to Gaspar: For a
Newcomer, You Sure Were
Quick to Pick a Fight
In case there was any lingering doubt,
it is now clear, after four consecutive
monthly columns, that Gaspar Gonz~lez
has taken up arms. He is using his posi-
tion as a regular BT contributor to make
the case for himself and his partisans.
Is this considered a proper use of the
"Neighborhood Correspondents" role?
Like his partners, Gaspar is a bit
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When the Topic Is Sex
Offenders, Consider Me an
Expert
I read with great interest Frank Rollason s
column "Coming to a Halfway House
Near You" (June 2010). I am a registered
former sex offender living in Maine and
have watched this whole mess come down
around the ears of Ron Book, chairman of
the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.
I'm surprised that no one has raised the
issue of geographic residency restrictions
on offenders being instrumental in creat-
ing the problem, and that Mr. Book himself
championed every residency restriction that
resulted in those 13 former offenders being
moved into the Shorecaest community.
At any rate, the article was profes-
sionally written, a rarity in the media
when the topic is sex offenders.
Calvin Shelton
Maine

NO Manatees, but a Lot
Of CrOCS
Thanks for a great, well-written, and
comprehensive story from Jim W. Harper
about the survey of species in Biscayne
National Park ("Bioblitz Comes to Bis-
cayne Bay," June 2010). I would like to
correct one small error in the story, found
in this sentence: "A preliminary list posted
on the website of the National Park Service
did not include the dolphin or manatee,
although manatees are known to congre-
gate in the effluent around Turkey Point's
nuclear power plant, located just south of
the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center."
Actually, manatees do not congregate
around Tinker Point "effluent' because there
is no effluent. When it was determined many
years ago that overheated water coming
out of the plant was killing off things in an
"ever-widening plume of death" FPL dug
some 160 miles of canals that act like a giant
mediator, dispersing heat before the water is
returned to the plant. The canal amea is huge
and is easily visible from space. Readers can
check it out on Google Earth.
The canals, however, do have is a sizable
population of American crocodiles that deish
the isolation and the high, dry ground nlear
saltwater for nesting. The berms between the
canals also contain small frshwater ponds,
which are critical forn~ewiv hatched young.
Gary Bremen, park ranger
Biscavne National Park

Editor's note: Owing to an editing error,
the Bioblitz time period was inaccurately
described as 48 hours. It was 24 hours.


Lette rs
C Lninued frmpg;'"'" 8
commission meetings?
One of Gaspar's heroes likes to
complain about being "bullied." How's
the Kool-Aid? What flavor did Gaspar
choose? He does get a choice of flavors, at
least, doesn t he? There is no greater bully
in Biscarne Park than his friend. It would
shock me to be told he didn t know that.
His friend is not that subtle. And Gaspar
has been here since December.
So what does Gaspar figure would
be more democratic? How about if we let
the 2 end of a 3-2 vote prevail, if the 2
feel really, really strongly about some-
thing. We'll give them urgency points
or something. Would that make it seem
more democratic to Gaspar?
Up until now, we've gotten sloppy
about democracy, and, as Gaspar says
used the "streamlined version." We just
took votes and let the majority determine
the outcome. Heartless, huh? Lacking in
subtlety, for sure.
In closing, I think I missed the
whole point of Gaspar's "On the Clock"
complaint in the July BT. I thought he
was going to say ten minutes wasn't
enough to explain something satisfactori-
ly. He did a perfect job in 9:53. Does that
mean he actually agrees that ten minutes
is enoug rim tand was simply proving

m aopar s article was so viciously
slanted that I feel sure he made his point
just as he intended to, and that any seem-
ing lapse of content or nuance wasn t
caused by insufficient opportunity to ex-
plain. He explained. Boy, did he explain,
Fred Jonas
Biscavne Park

Jim to Miami: Take Your
Pick Chapter 7 or
Chapter 11
Jack King did a good job with his
column "Miami as Municipal Money
Pit" (June 2010). Let's hope we see more
input from Mayor TomBs Regalado. We
would all like to learn how the Miami
budget doubled in ten years. Can we have
details, please?
I do recall one bit I nearly choked
on: A front-page story in the Herald,
outlined how Miami gave huge pension
increases. I'm for declaring bankruptcy
so we can realign our exorbitant union
COntracts and pensions.
Jim 4nderson
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By Jack King
BT Contributor

Ona very nice Friday afternoon
not long ago, I got an e-mail
From Jim Mullin, our intrepid
leader here at the BT. The message was a
bit agitated, so before I slipped on a pair
of my best dress flip-flops to go out with
friends, I thought I should give him a
call. His voice was animated as he asked
me what I knew about the proposed twin
electronic billboard towers across the
street from the Arsht Center.
Not much, I told him. I really knew
more than I let on, but I felt it wasn't
going to be a big deal. I know that when
someone proposes something in this town,
that doesn't mean it's going to happen.
Does anyone remember the Mercy Hospi-
tal condo high-rises, the Flagstone luxury
condo/hotel complex on Watson Island,
the condos lining the Miami River, and
many other pipe dreams?
Yes, you might point to the
Midtown Miami development and say
there's one dream come true. Well, less
than half of it has been built, and that
was with some $100 million in public
money. Not exactly a rousing econom-
ic success.
Sensing that the boss wanted me to
check out this project, I humbly agreed.
But why? What's wrong with a big new
parking garage in an area that needs one?
And those 300-foot digital advertising
towers rising from atop the garage? Towers
that are patently illegal under federal, state,
county, and city codes? Well, this is Miami,
and our wonderful city commission votes
all the time to do illegal things. So again,
what's the big deal?


their project. When it came time to vote,
Plummer would vote against it, but the
proposal would pass 4-1. At election time,
Plummer would be grilled about the de-
spised project in their neighborhood. He'd
say, "Don't blame me. I voted against it."
Just before I hung up with Mullin,
he got in one more. "Did you see that the
commission is raiding the Community Re-
development Agency to pay for their office
staffs?" Wait a minute, I thought. That's
just crazy. There's no legal way to do that.
Granted, the city had already played
fast and loose with some $500 million
from the Overtown-Park West CRA
- the cost of Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones's support for a new Marlins
stadium. Mayor Manny Diaz promised
her the money, she voted for the stadium,
got indicted, and then learned the city is
broke and most likely will renege.
This one is different. The two
commissioners who oversee CRAs in
their districts Sarnoff and Richard
Dunn want the agencies to pay their
office staffs for CRA-related work. It's
probably legal, but certainly not a nice
thing to do.
All of this revolves around the
desperate need to generate revenue. City
officials have few options. They can't
raise taxes. They can't raise fees. And
they're reluctant to lay off hordes of
city employees or slash their pensions,
though that's exactly what must be done
to save serious bucks.
I understand why the city is frantic,
but please, let's not ruin Miami with ill-
conceived projects that could be with us
for many years.

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Mullin mused about Miami Mayor
Tomis Regalado having gone over to
the dark side because he negotiated such
a controversial development deal in
private. I'm not sure private negotiations
are illegal, but they sure look bad. Then
again, most final negotiations over such
ventures are conducted privately, then
brought to the commission for final ap-
proval. Plus I drove by Regalado's house
the other night and the lights were still
on. No darkness there.
Miami Commissioner Marc Sar-
noff's support for the twin-towers project
does raise some questions. When Sarnoff
ran for election, he made a big deal of
not liking any billboards. That's a pretty
safe position to take since virtually all
billboards in the City of Miami are ille-
gal. Unfortunately it's been impossible to
get them removed, and Sarnoff seems to
have shifted gears on the issue. Instead
of trying to get them removed, he's


forced them to pay more, much more. It
used to be in the thousands; now it's in
the millions.
Perhaps realizing that he would be
on the wrong end of a 4-1 commission
vote, Sarnoff changed his approach to
the advertising towers, going after the
most money and concessions he could
get before voting in favor of it. At elec-
tion time, however, this vote could come
back to haunt him.
If Sarnoff were a better student of
Miami history, he might have opted for
the Plummer Strategy. J.L. Plummer was
a city commissioner for nearly 30 years
and was a master at promoting an issue
and then voting against it.
It worked like this: A proposal
would come before the commission that
Plummer liked but the people in the
Grove (his home area) didn't like. So he
would privately extract concessions from
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COVER STORY


Across the Bay
Continued from page 1

they die young.
Most of us managed the transition
and grew up, and Miami Beach, to an
unexpected extent, has grown up too,
helped along by money, Art Basel, and
the sense that the party might be, if not
over, waning a bit.
The fact is that most truly hip kids
now avoid the Beach like the plague. In-
stead they head for Biscavne Times ter-
ritory: downtown Miami, Wynwood, the
Design District, and the Upper Eastside.
In an odd way, the phenomenon re-
flects the experience of many BT readers
who once lived in the emergent Miami
Beach or spent copious amounts of time
cavorting there. You survived the South
Beach craziness, found your perfect
partner, moved across the bay, bought
a home, started a family, and haven't
looked back. Or even been back. Too
many blurry memories, too much traffic
congestion, too many parking hassles.
too high a price to pay in stores, res-
taurants, and elsewhere.
Miami Beach may no longer be cool
for young hipsters, but it has matured such
that, more and more, there is great stuff for
grownups to do while not getting ripped
off by valets or dissed by surly waiters.
In short, it's safe to go back to the
Beach at least for a short visit. It was
always deeper than we all thought, and
once you confront the city without a
hangover, it's sort of interesting.
Our heads and hearts (and wallets)
remain faithful to the Biscarne Corri-
dor, but now and then it's fun to venture
abroad. So with the help of a seasoned
guide (yours truly), here we go.

A~RT SMART
The Wolfsonian-FlU Museum
Founded by Micky Wolfson in a former
Washington Avenue storage building,







the Wolfsonian is celebrating its 15th
anniversary this year and has remained a
beacon of intelligence amid the waste-
land of Washington Avenue. The mu-
seum's Dynamo Caf6 is also a perfectly
smart place to eat.


When completed, Collins Park will run
from the Bass Museum to the sea.

that includes the Waldorf-Astoria in New
York, the Breakers in Palm Beach, and
the Biltmore in Coral Gables.
On Friday evenings, the museum
offers free admission. The gift shop
stocks an inviting selection of clever
and unique objects plus a wide range of
books, while the Dynamo Caf6 features
lunch specials and "Energy Hours" with
two-for-one beer and wine discounts.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washing-
ton 4ve., 305-535-2680, www.wolf~fiu.edu.
Parking: Those in the know and
the lucky park behind the building
in several free spots controlled by the
museum. Just let the security guard
know you're there and are visiting the
museum. Otherwise there's a small park-
ing lot across Washington Avenue and a
large public garage to the south, just off
Washington Avenue.

The Bass Museuni of Art
The Bass, which will host an exhibition
of work by London-based film artist
Isaac Julien during Art Basel, is kick-
ing it on all different levels lately, from
kid-friendly attractions to way adult
contemporary material. Downstairs, a
new permanent exhibit, the Egyptian
Gallery, contains everything from a
statuette of Osiris, king of the afterlife,
to a very dead mummy. The 63-inch-long







man spent eternity in a coffin from the
beginning of 26th Dynasty. Kids dig the
black teeth and frozen smile.
Upstairs, the "Human Rites" show
mixes borrowed contemporary work with

Continued on page 18


The glittering lobby of the Wolfsonian-FIU, the Beach's museum
of "thinkism."


The Bass Museum of Art appeals to both kids and adult kids.


For this year's Art Basel, the Wolf
will have Isabella Rossellini hosting
their show "Speed Limits," an exhibi-
tion that e xp~lolies the role of speed in







modern life and honors the hundredth
anniversary of Italian Futurism." But
the collection is a marvel at any time,
encompassing 120,000 objects spanning
the years 1885 to 1945 and mostly re-
lated to the decorative and propaganda
arts and issues of modernity.


In addition to displays from its
permanent collection, the museum cur-
rently is featuring two shows, "Advertis-
ing for Health," which explores "nearly







a century of advertising for medicine,
pharmacy, and public health," and which
includes rare posters and other intriguing
objects; and also "The Grand Hotels of
Schultze & Weaver," a delightful exhibit
that features everything from renderings
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COVER STORY


Across the Bay
Continued from page 16

pieces from the Bass's permanent collec-
tion, from a sculpture of a Buddhist monk
from the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) to
Rirkrit Tiravanija's "Buddha Project:' 200
hand-carved wooden Buddha figurines
arranged on stainless-steel shelves. On
the staircase wall is Thomas Hirschhorn s
Necklace CNK, an eight-foot-long chain of
gold wrapping paper with the CNN logo
as a bling emblem.
The Bass sponsors an eclectic
music series and art programs for par-
ents and their children. Like the Wolfso-
nian, the museum store here brims with
intelligent stuff.
Bass Auseuin of rt, 2121 Park 4ve.,
305-673-7530, www.bassinuseuin.org.
Parking: A public lot sits next to
the museum, and a much larger lot is
across Collins Avenue. Plenty of street
parking as well.

Collins Park Arts District
This is kid wonderland. Just north of the
Bass, on 22nd Street, are the offices and
studios of the Miami City Ballet, with
plate-glass windows that let you watch
dancers rehearse. The adjacent regional
branch of the Miami-Dade Public Li-
brary system was designed by famed
architect Robert A. M. Stern and is a
first-rate, beautiful facility with a great
reading room for children.
Collins Park itself is undergoing
a landscape overhaul, which is near-
ing completion. When done it will offer
a clear vista from the Bass Museum
to the ocean and the boardwalk along
the sand. By the way, that boardwalk,
which begins at 46th Street, has been
extended southward to include a broad,
lovely stretch from 22nd Street down to
Lummus Park at 14th Street. Bicycles are
permitted on the new section, allowing
for a traffic-free ride all the way down to
5th Street.
Parking: Use the expansive new
public lot off Collins Avenue between
21st and 22nd streets.

CLA~SSICA~L GA~S
The New World Symphony
Later this year the NWS will move into
its new, Frank Gehry-designed concert
hall and campus just north of Lincoln
Road. The 100,000-square-foot com-
plex is Gehry's first project in Florida,
and it also includes his high-tech
parking garage with an advanced LED


South Pointe Park has been
transformed into a waterfront gem.

Museum Bilbao or Disney Concert Hall
in Los Angeles. At this point in his career,
Gehry says, he'd rather be "doing classi-
cal-music venues than anything else."
The NWS campus also reflects
Gehry and musical director Michael
Tilson Thomas's strong belief in the
potential that advanced technology holds
for the future of classical music. The new
center will have some 17 miles of fiber-
optic cable for Internet2, allowing for
real-time collaboration with composers,
musicians, and conductors around the
world a lab for creating hybrid forms
of classical music and a truly global
musical meeting house.
The Gehry building and the West
8 park will instantly change the South
Beach landscape for civilized people,
creating a remarkable setting for sophis-
ticated music and art, pouring over a city
that is shaking off its lingering sun and
fun clich~s.
New WorldSvinphonv, 305-673-3330,
www.nws.edu.
Parking: There's the old public
garage west of the NWS complex, the
vast lot across from the convention
center, and soon, Gehrv's own garage.

WALLK THIS WALIY
South Pointe Park
On the southern tip of Miami Beach,








at the foot of Washington Avenue, the
formerly hardscrabble, 19-acre park has
been transformed by Hargreaves As-
sociates, known for Chicago's Parkview

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Frank Gehry's high-tech home for the New World Symphony will
instantly change the Beach's cultural landscape.


lighting system woven into a steel-
mesh skin.
Outside the NWS building, a
7000-square-foot projection wall will








loom over an adjacent 2.5-acre park de-
signed by the renowned Dutch firm West
8. Throughout the season, NWS concerts
will be broadcast live and free in the
park via robotic HD cameras mounted in
the concert hall.


After a series of parties during Art
Basel, the building will have an official
opening week of festivities commencing
January 25, 2011, during which London-








based filmmaker Tal Rosner and video
artist Casey Reas will present their spe-
cially commissioned art video, utilizing
the projection wall.
Gehrv's low-key NWS design is a
marked departure from his Guggenheim


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West. With some $22 million at their
disposal, the designers created a water-
front green space unlike any other in
South Florida. It opened in March of last
year. From the serpentine trails through
artfully arranged dune grass to sweeping
vistas from the park's new "green moun-
tain" to kids' fantastical water features

tooth roffN esh doggi w ara t dthe b oad
ful LED light towers South Pointe
Park is now a feast for the senses and a
terrific place to wander and explore. (The
outdoor patio at Smith & Wollensky res-
taurant remains the best place to take in
all the passing strollers and cruise ships.)
From here you can walk to the
Miami Beach Marina, then loop back







and make the jaunt up to Ocean Drive.
At sunset, when those Art Deco gems are


The western end of Lincoln Road now boasts a hot Canyon Ranch offers serenity plus a full medical staff.
parking garage and a cool garden.


backlit by the setting sun, it's still one of
the most beautiful panoramas in America.
South Pointe Park, 1 Washington
Ave., 305-673-7006, miamibeachfl~gov/
parksandrecreation.







Parking: A 200-car public lot is at
the park's entrance. Another public lot


sits at the foot of Ocean Drive.

Lincoln Road
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this
year, the Road is indisputably the town







center of South Beach. The promenade
was designed, of course, by the late


Morris Lapidus of Fontainebleau and
Eden Roc fame. And now two great
architecture firms have buildings to
complement Lapidus's vision, Gehry
Partners and Herzog & de Meuron, the
lauded Swiss team that has designed the
Miami Art Museum's future home.
Gehry's New World Symphony
building sits at the eastern end of the
Road. At the western end is Herzog &
de Meuron's contribution, an open-air,

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sculptural, gravity-defying park-
ing garage and retail center. Jacques
Herzog describes the building as
quintessential Miami Beach: "All muscle
without cloth." The top floor boasts a
25,000-square-foot event area with non-
stop views. At ground level, acclaimed
landscape architect Raymond Jungles
has created a soothing garden with
cypress trees, ponds and fountains, and
thousands of Pedra Portuguese stones.
Artist Dan Graham, who had a retro-
spective at the Whitney last fall, added
his kidney-shaped, interactive glass
sculpture Morris, a kid-friendly piece







meant to evoke the lines of the Fontaine-
bleau and Eden Roc, and to honor the
visionary of Miami Beach.
Midway along the Road is the great
independent bookstore Books & Books,


The highly rated Essensia restaurant at The
Pa Ims Hotel.


which has moved to a stylish interior
space, keeping its ever-popular caf6 on







the mall. This is a great place to practice
Miami's principal sport people-watch-
ing and to eat well. Chef Bernard
Matz is also a handy historical reference
to Miami Beach. In the mid-1980s, he


was owner of the pioneering Wet Paint
Caf6, located in the building next door







and the restaurant that launched chef
Douglas Rodriguez.
I was there on opening day of
Books & Books 20 years ago, and at the
recent 20th anniversary party as well. I


once had an office in the space where the
new store is located, and even now, I'm a







regular. Why change a good thing? De-
spite the crowds and parking challenges,
Lincoln Road is still worth the trip.

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The Hotel oozes atmosphere.




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Parking: There are public lots
behind Epicure market on Alton Road,
surface lots along the Road's north side,
and also the new Herzog & de Meuron
garage, which is underutilized so far.

WEEKEND RETREAT
Since the 1950s, Miami Beach has been
a city of big, brash hotels. The cast is
always changing: The Fontainebleau
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its doors last year, as did the Grand
Beach Hotel; and the exclusive Soho
Beach House, the Florida outpost of the
London-based hotel/club, will open this
October just south of the Fontainebleau
and could change the game.
In the meantime, many Beach
hotels and their spas are prospecting
close to home for customers to keep head
counts up in a down economy. In fact,
they're looking squarely at BT territory
and those of you who are still consider-
ing summertime staycations. Here are a
few possibilities for civil lobby life.


Essensia restaurant (rave reviews), and
a fun Tiki bar by the pool. Perfect for a
getaway, especially as the hotel is now
offering discounts for Florida residents.
The Palms, 3025 Collins 4ve., 305-534-
0505, www.thepalinshotel.coin.
Parking: Onsite valet.

The Setai
This is a playground for fans of interna-
tional opulence, with two great restau-
rants, the Restaurant at the Setai and the
Setai Grill. Service in Miami Beach can

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central courtyard and its reflecting pool
could be anywhere in the high-roller
world, and has nothing at all to do with
Miami. The Setai, 2001 Collins 4ve.,
305-520-6000, www.setai.coin.
Parking: Onsite valet or use the big
public lot at 21st Street.

The Betsy
The Betsy, which opened last year in
the old Betsy Ross Hotel, is a small (63
rooms and suites), luxury boutique inn for

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The Standard Miami is hidden and tranquil and healthy and tosses in a
happy hour for good measure.


Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa
Situated at the former Carillon Hotel,
completely retooled by Arquitectonica
and opened in late 2008, Canyon Ranch
is an all-inclusive lifestyle intensive-care
unit, with a 70,000-square-foot "Well-
ness Spa," an Aquavana thermal suite, a
full-blown medical staff, delicious and
healthy food, and a serene ambiance
- unlike many other hotels in Miami
Beach. Throughout the summer, they re


offering special room-rate packages for
locals. Canvon Ranch, 6801 Collins 4ve.,
305-514-7000, www.canvonranch.con.
Parking: Onsite valet.

The Palms Hotel & Spa
A lodging with a AAA Four Diamond
rating, the Palms spent $20 million being
re-engineered by famed local architect
Allan Shulman, and remains a real gem.
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grown-ups. It has a sleek basement night-
club, a rooftop spa and "wellness garden"
with ocean views, and a fantastic restau-
rant, BLT Steak. Lately it has evolved into
a kind of cultural salon, with appearances
by authors, filmmakers, and such. The
Betsy: 1440 Ocean Dr., 305-531-6100,
www. thebetsvhotel. com.
Parking: Onsite valet or use the
public garage at 13th Street and Col-
lins Avenue.

The Hotel
A Miami Beach classic. Designer Todd
Oldham just finished an extension of The
Hotel above the News Caf6, overlook-








ing Ocean Drive, Lummus Park, and the
ocean beyond. Oldham also revamped
the AAA Four Diamond Wish restaurant,


and the patio there
is one lovely setting.
The rooftop pool
and Spire Lounge
have atmosphere to
burn. The Hotel, 810
Collins 4ve., 305-531-
2222, www.theho-
telofsouthbeach.cot.
Parking: Onsite
valet or use the public
garage at 7th Street
between Collins and
Washington avenues.


an entire day of positive thinking. Better
yet, they also have a new happy hour
with cheap drinks.
The Standard, 401sland 4ve.,
Miami Beach, 305-673-1712 www.stan-
dardhotels. coni miami.
Parking: Onsite valet with
summer discounts or surface parking
across the street.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
The iconic Beach behemoth reopened
awhile back after zillions ivere dropped
on renovations, and now it is lobbing out
everything: top-flight restaurants like
Gotham Steak, Scarpetta, and Hakkasan,
the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa, a Kids
Adventures program, and lots more. In
these tough times, the hotel is also of-
fering an array of summer specials for
locals, including $35 prix-fixe dinners,
and is recasting itself as a family resort.
Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins 4ve.,
305-538-2000, www~fontainebleau.coni.
Parking: Onsite valet or use the
large public lot north of the adjacent
Eden Roc Hotel.

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has top restaurants for adults and fun stuff for kids.


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luxury spa hotel created by Andre Balazs
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It's About Kids, So May the Best Candidate Win

Questions for District 2 candidates, M~iami-Dade school board


By Mark Sell
Special to BT


ceed Solomon C. Stinson, arguably
the most powerful man in the Mi-
ami-Dade School system, in the District
2 election August 24. Stinson, 72, is step-
ping down after representing the district
for 14 years. His half-century with the
school system, including 36 years as a
teacher or administrator, extends back to
the time of segregation.
Stinson runs school board meet-
ings crisply while dispensing patronage,
wisdom, and professional advice behind
the scenes. He is little seen in the schools.
Valued for his institutional knowledge,
he is also perceived by many to operate
in an autocratic fashion with a strong
hidden hand.
A year ago he anointed Ronda
Vangates, a politically seasoned school
district bureaucrat, as his successor, with
a $500 contribution. Later he hosted a
fundraiser for her attended by superinten-
dent Alberto Carvalho. Judging from her
$70,000-plus in contributions, school-
system functionaries, lobbyists, attorneys,
vendors, and unions are betting on her, as
are a broad range of small contributors.
Yet this race is no sure thing. It offers
a contrasting roster of candidates in a
summer of discontent.
Sandy Moise, an assistant prin-
cipal, and Vanessa Woodard Byers, a
school district budget director, have cast
themselves as reform candidates. They
were singled out favorably by the Miami
Herald editorial board, which endorsed
Byers. Former State Rep. Darryl Reaves,
who forced Stinson into a runoff four
years ago, is back again. Former State
Rep. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, in
the race for more than a year, brings ex-
perience in Tallahassee and in classrooms
and schools.
District 2, which covers much of the
Biscayne Corridor from Overtown to
North Miami, and from Biscayne Bay to
Hialeah, encompasses pockets of wealth
and vast swaths of Miami-Dade's poor
and beleaguered middle classes, who
regularly abandon the base schools for
magnet, charter, and private schools.
When parents flee, funding drops.
All candidates promise better acces-
sibility. Unlike Stinson, who does not


even have a website for
District 2, they have either
embraced the new world of
social media or are at least
surrendering to it.
In alphabetical order,
the candidates are:
Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall, 68, who offers
a platform of emphasis
on the arts, and better use
of technology and proven
teaching methods. She
is the No. 2 fundraiser at
$56,000, including $20,000
in loans to her own cam-
paign. Major contributors
include trial lawyers such
as Robert Burlington, Andy
Haggard, and Stuart Z.
Grossman, the Intemnational
Longshoreman's Union and
firefighters' unions, and
former Congresswoman
Carrie Meek.
Vanessa Woodard
Byers, 53, a district budget
director and 28-year school
employee. She is the daugh-
ter of educators, a graduate
of Florida A&M, and mother
of a daughter murdered six
years ago on the eve of her
college graduation. Byers
says the pain propelled her
into public service and a
commitment to the young.
She sees her budgeting
experience as a strong asset.
An Internet-sanyv creator
of "Blogging Black Miami"
and other blogs, she vows
greater accessibility for stu-
dents, teachers, and parents
while keeping a close eye
on waste in the system. She
is the No. 4 fundraiser at
$12,522, including $7248 in
loans to herself.
Sandra "Sandy" Moise,
44, an assistant principal at
MAST Acadenw and found-
ing dean of the Parent Acad-
emy. She has been active in
the Greater Miami Chamber
of Commerce and the Chil-
dren's Trust, has promoted
public-private partnerships,


and has criticized some
school board members as too
removed from the schools,
students, and parents. Sup-
porters include former school
superintendents Merrett
Stierheim and Rudy Crew,
David Lawrence, and ex-
school board member Betsy
Kaplan. She is the sister-in-
law of medical entrepreneur
Rudy Moise, who is rn~ning
to become the first Haitian-
American member of the
U.S. Congress. She has raised
approximately $25,000.
Darryl Reaves, 49, a
former state representative
and son of the late state Rep.
Jefferson Reaves, a former
educator. He runs a govemn-
ment consulting business
and reported $11,975 in con-
tributions, including $9350
in loans to himself. Four
years ago he ran against
Solomon Stinson and forced
him into a runoff. Although
he criticized Stinson harshly,
he has lately gone out of
his way to praise Stinson's
leadership. Reaves seeks to
end the FCAT and replace it
with another test.
Ronda Vangates, 39, is
the district superintendent of
performance improvement,
curriculum, and instruction.
A mother at 16, she graduat-
ed from Northwestemn High,
worked her way through
Florida A&M, and earned
a law degree from Nova
Southeastern. Even before
law school, Vangates devel-
oped an affinity for public
policy, and was a top staffer
to several local elected of-
ficials. Notable contributors
include lobbyists Ron Book,
Eric Sisser, and Robert Levy,
Rev. Victor Curry, the law
firm Becker & Poliakoff, af-
fordable housing developer
Otis Pitts, and former school
board member Demetrio
Perez.


Vangates endured controversy in
2007, when, as the school district's chief
of investigations, she ordered a halt
to a school police investigation of an
incident in which a star Northwestemn
football player was accused of having
sex on campus with a 14-year-old girl.
Vangates stepped down from her position
after a scathing grand jury report, which
did not mention her by name. She was
cleared of wrongdoing by the district's
inspector general and by prosecutors.
Still, Vangates earned further notoriety
when a security camera outside a school
board meeting caught her lunging and
screaming at a former district employee
who criticized the investigation into the
incident. Two people restrained her, but
no complaint was filed. She now makes
close to $115,000 a year.
The school board position pays
roughly $40,000 per year. School system
employees who run and win are gener-
ally guaranteed their present pay during
their school board terms, which is why
candidates are often senior school system
employees.
Biscavne Times asked each of the
candidates specific policy questions
to get a sense of their differences and
similarities. Excerpts from their written
responses appear here. For a longer ver-
sion of their replies, and one additional
question, please visit the BT website:
www. biscaynetimes.com.

How would you J. s, s;; r,,,h i your pri-
orities and management style from those
ofSolomon Stinson? Which aspects of
his leadership would you retain? Which
would you change?
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall I will
draw on my experience and knowledge
as a teacher, reading specialist, assistant
principal, principal, executive director,
and state legislator, along with input
from the citizens of Miami-Dade County
to develop my vision of what needs to
be done to address the exigencies of the
school system. My top priorities are en-
suring the safety of students, improving
the quality of academics, ending misman-
agement and waste, and ensuring that the
concerns of teachers are addressed.
Vanessa Woodard Byers My
priorities and management style are

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approval because of the banners attached to
~lr ~those walls.
Building department spokeswoman
SMiriam Rossi tells the BT that the depart-
*h ment's concern is "the manner in which
Sthe banners have been installed on the
facade." In a high wind, she explains,
they could effectively become sails and
tear off parts of the building.
The county's zoning department,
L *meanwhile, has its own complaint: The
murals are illegal. County law forbids
...the installation of signs within 600 feet
Sof an expressway, and the City Inn is less
than 150 feet from I-95. Other county
.:gi laws deem such signs a public nuisance.
Furthennore, according to department
spokeswoman Hilda Castillo, building
have taken "murals" are explicitly prohibited in
;, and they've unincorporated Miami-Dade County.
Last year the county went to court
seeking an injunction against the hotel's
lot below (no owners. The Burstyns argued that the
m, the Burstyns county code is unconstitutional because
ording to John it doesn't offer a variance procedure.
wy~er, the work They also argued that, in this instance,
building depart- the county doesn't have the authority to
n unincorporated enforce state statutes relating to murals.


By Terence Cantarella
BT Contributor


The lights are off, the windows and
on the corner are gone. Gone, too.
are the unsavory characters and unsus-
pecting tourists who have converged at
Miami's notorious City Inn hotel for the
past two and a half decades.
But it wasn't the hundreds of calls to
police over the years, or the 75 recently
issued county and state violations that
forced the 12-story inn's closure this past
June. It was the mesh advertising banners
hanging on the outside walls, a familiar
sight to I-95 conunuters as they approach
NW 79th Street.
This past February, Miami-Dade
County's Unsafe Structures Board upheld
an earlier county determination that the
City Inn is "dangerous to human life and
welfare." Among the violations noted
during an inspection: an accumulation
of debris, unsanitary conditions, deterio-
rated structural parts, and fire, electrical,
and mechanical hazards.
The owners, brothers Sam and Judah
Burstyn, were given two options: Demol-
ish the building or repair it and pass a


40-year "recertification" inspection. The
Burstvns chose to salvage their hotel,
corrected the violations, and submitted
the required inspection report which
was promptly rejected.
The problem: The Burstvns first need a
pennit approving repairs they made to the
building's outer walls. The county's build-
ing department, meanwhile, won't issue
that pennit because of an ongoing legal
fight over the large advertising banners
(a.k.a. murals) attached to those walls. And
since a county-imposed time limit to obtain
all necessary pennits expired in May, the
City Inn's certificate of occupancy was
revoked, forcing the owners to vacate and
board up the building.
For the Burstyns, it is now a race against
time. This fall the deadline for bringing the
property back into full compliance will also
expire, giving the county the right to demol-
ish the City Inn. The Burstvns, however, are
mounting an interesting legal defense that
could not only put them back in business,
but could also set a countvwide precedent
for conunercial property owners.
The battle first began for the City Inn
back in 2005, after Hurricane Wilma blew
through town and ripped large chunks of
concrete from the hotel's facade, crushing at


The City Inn's owners t
their fight to the courts
won so far.

least two cars in the parking
injuries). Following the store
repaired their walls and, acc
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was approved by the county
ment. (The hotel is located i
Miami-Dade County.) But, i
building department recently~


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yr revoked that


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By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

When the Florida Department of
Transportation first embarked
on the renovation of Biscayne
Boulevard, state officials promised to
mix traffic flow with pedestrian-friendly
enhancements. Now, nearly three years
after FDOT completed work on the
roadway in Miami's Upper Eastside, res-
idents there say vehicles whiz through
the neighborhood, making it more dan-
gerous than ever to cross the street.
"Even with the light, you can't go
across," complains Margaret Tynan,
a longtime Belle Meade resident and
president of the community's homeowner
association. "You have to have three sets
of eyes."


A proposal by two urban planners
from the University of Miami's School
of Architecture aims to change all that
by using trees, furniture, on-street park-
ing, and medians. Called the "Biscayne
Boulevard Streetscape Vision," the
plan, commissioned by a local business
group, calls for narrowing a portion
of the Boulevard and installing classy
enhancements that will make the corridor
resemble Miracle Mile in Coral Gables,
forcing automobiles to slow down and
giving drivers a chance to take notice of
the area.
"You don't want cars going 50 miles
per hour in this corridor," says Chuck
Bohl, director of the UM's Real Estate
Development and Urbanism graduate
program, who presented the concept to
Miami residents on July 20.


Using funds from the City of Miami,
the National Trust for Historic Preser-
ration, and the Knight Foundation, the
MiMo Business Improvement Commit-
tee paid Bohl and UM colleague Jaime
Correa $20,000 to create a streetscape
plan for the Boulevard between 61st and
77th streets. Bohl and Correa had previ-
ously designed streetscapes for Miracle
Mile and Giralda Avenue in the Gables.
Upper Eastsiders attending the
streetscape's unveiling generally wel-
comed the idea of a pedestrian-friendly
Boulevard, though some were skeptical of
another ingredient in the professors' vision:
eliminating a 35-foot height limit for build-
ings along those 16 blocks. "I don't know
about that," says Palm Bay resident Joseph
Canale. "To me the most important thing is
quality of life. We fought very hard to get


that height restriction."
Bohl, however, thinks the 35-foot
limit is poison. It will, he believes, stifle
the creativity of architects and thwart the
construction of new storefront retail and
mixed-use projects. "It will chew up the
district," he wamns, referring to the MiMo
Biscayne Boulevard Historic District.
The historic district was created in
2006, an effort to preserve the 1950s-era
motels along the Boulevard between 50th
and 77th streets designed in the exuberant
style now known as Miami Modernl or
MiMo. The historic designation protected
existing structures from demolition or
significant alteration, but many homeown-
ers living east and west of the Boulevard
still feared that, in the future, buildings

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more focused on community-building
and open communication with parents,
students, and the general public. In fact, I
plan to have regular community gather-
ings with District 2 constituents. I would
come to board meetings fully prepared
to address issues affecting District 2
and the community at large. Since I am
more comfortable using the Intemnet, I
would establish an Intemnet presence for
District 2 by establishing a website and
interacting with Intemnet-savvy District 2
constituents via social networking plat-
forms such as Facebook and Twitter. For
District 2 constituents more comfortable
communicating using traditional means,
I would schedule regular and frequent
face-to-face meetings.
Sandy Moise Dr. Stinson is an experi-
enced, knowledgeable educator who has a
clear understanding of the important role
of a school board member as a policymak-
er. As with all elected officials, a school
board member is a public servant who
needs to be responsible to and held ac-
countable by the community. An effective


school board member must be visible,
visit the school in the district, know his
or her constituents, be vigilant of what is
taking place in the schools, always knowl-
edgeable of the issues in the community
and responsive to the constituents. I will
be visible in each and every neighborhood
in our very diverse district, which includes
rich and poor alike, and operate with an
open-door policy so that all stakeholders
can voice concerns and join the decision-
making process.
Darryl Franklin Reaves My priori-
ties are students, teachers, and communi-
ties. We must encourage parents to get
their children education-ready beginning
from birth. Students should come to kin-
dergarten knowing the alphabet, colors,
and shapes, and have a vocabulary of at
least 3000 words. This prepares a child
to be a student with whom a teacher can
work. I will focus on getting teachers
professional salaries. And we must get
the community involved in the educa-
tional process. I prefer to manage on the
horizontal plain. I am not the boss as
your board member. I am your partner in
education.


Ronda A. Vangates I am commit-
ted to working cooperatively with the
superintendent and his administration to
make sure that the needs of District 2 are
met. I am also committed to developing
"demand communities" that recognize
that every student, in every neighbor-
hood, at even, school, has the right to a
high-quality education.

With declining taxable property
values (down 13. 4 percent this year), how
would you maintain services, or at least
minimize harm, to students who face
cuts in extracurricular activities, sports
programs, and counseling?
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall The
foundation of every decision that I make
or policy that I develop is the examina-
tion of what effect it will have on the
classroom. I will work to ensure that our
children have a safe learning environ-
ment, that they have the tools to be suc-
cessful, and that the needs of educators
are addressed. Guidance and counseling
are essential to student development and
have a direct effect on the classroom.
Vanessa Woodard Byers Such a
significant decline in potential revenue


is difficult to overcome without reduc-
tion in the level of services and/or more
vigorous efforts to increase revenue by
securing funding from external sources
such as foundation grants and contribu-
tions from business entities. This declin-
ing revenue also requires development of
innovative ways to deliver services. One
such example is the virtual school initia-
tive recommended by Superintendent
Carvalho. Schools will use technology to
teach our students in a large classroom
environment and not violate class-size
rules.
Sandy Moise Arts play a proven role
in improving students' achievement and
encouraging them to develop creative so-
lutions to challenging problems, a work-
force skill in high demand. Extracur-
ricular activities and sports help children
develop leadership and team-building
skills. We also must provide appropriate
counseling services to children and their
families, as health, social, and emotional
issues affect the ability to leamn. These
areas should be non-negotiable. We need
to take a closer look at our nonsalary

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expenditures to see if there are areas that
we can temporarily cut in order to contin-
ue to provide direct services to children.
I would also like to see greater transpar-
ency with contracts and purchases, and
would support posting all purchases to
the district's website.
Darryl Franklin Reaves We must
protect teacher positions and the breadth
of courses (including arts, music, and
special education services) that provide
students with a broad education. The
cuts must first come in administration
and ancillary projects and programs.
Classrooms are sacrosanct. Employee
contracts take priority. People make this
system work. We must broaden the role
and support staff of the Inspector General.
Equally, we must broaden the staff of
the Ombudsman to do a more thorough
review of all contracts and the manage-
ment of properties and resources.
Ronda A. Vangates Since 2008 our
public school system has slashed $400
million from its budget. Further cuts to
public education would adversely impact
our classrooms. The base student allocation
must be increased. Funding for our music
and arts programs must be increased. Fund-
ing for school safety programs must be
increased. Therefore it is incumbent upon
all of us to demand that the Florida Legisla-
ture adequately fund public education. With
nw experience in the Florida House and
Florida Senate I am uniquely prepared to
begin constructive dialogue with legislators
across this state and build a parent-student
lobby to demand that Miami-Dade County
receives its fair share.

District 2 has a concentration of un-
derutilized and underperforming schools
and a relatively high rate of poverty and
crime. How would you increase teacher
retention and reduce administration
turnover at such schools?
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall
Teachers in underperforming schools
generally work in more challenging envi-
ronments and under added stress. Those
circumstances make it difficult to develop
longevity and tenure in most cases. To
attract more teachers to work and remain
at these schools, we can look at incentive
programs that include, but are not limited
to, student loan forgiveness, home-buyer
grants, and low-interest loan facilities.
Vanessa Woodard Byers Yes,
there are many underutilized schools


in District 2, but we must be cognizant
of wky those schools are in that condi-
tion. First, schools outside District 2
and private schools are perceived as
better schools because of school grades,
although school grades alone are not the
determining factor as far as what is best
for a student. Secondly, remember that
many gifted and talented students are
recruited away from their home school
in District 2, leaving vacant student
stations and some students in need of
additional classroom resources. I would
ask the superintendent to provide more
professional development to teachers
and administrators and to increase the
compensation for staff at underperform-
ing schools. A proven effective veteran
teacher or administrator should be paired
with respective new instructional or
administrative staff and serve as a re-
source to help then hone their teaching or
administrative skills.
Sandy Moise School administrators
and teachers need more support, guid-
ance, and autononw to do their jobs. The
way we treat our administrators and
teachers is reflected in how our children
are treated in schools and classrooms. I
will work to raise the quality of early
learning programs, ensure that we use
standardized assessments as a tool to
inform teachers, parents, and students
about their strengths and weaknesses,
and discourage the practice of teaching
to the test. Teachers need autonomy to be
creative in their teaching methods, and
connect learning to the real world. I will
also work to recruit, prepare, and reward
outstanding teachers, and help to find
them affordable housing. I will work to
provide all children with a strong founda-
tion so they can access higher education
through college or technical training, and
encourage more high school career and
technical training.
Darryl Franklin Reaves District 2
has underutilized schools because parents
rightfully don't want their children in
failing schools. We must use underutilized
space to lower school sizes. Second, par
and treat teachers as professionals and
provide teachers with instructional materi-
als. Third, demand parental involvement. I
will implement "It Takes A Village." (See
nw website DarrylReeavesccom.)I will
organize community stakeholders par-
ents, homeowner groups, business owners,
clergy, and other interested people in
the effort to help parents get their children
learning while they are babies. Children
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that will discourage visitors
from walking the district, particularly at
night. Bohl also points out that buildings
taller than 35 feet are fairly common in
the Upper Eastside, "and they are not
monstrosities."
During last year's city commission
debate over the 35-foot limit, a compro-
mise proposal was offered: 53 feet. It was
defeated. Bohl laments that lost opportu-
nity, and says a 53-foot limit would allow
for "decent infill" of the Boulevard's many
vacant lots. Attorney Barb~ara Gimenez,
secretary of the MiMo Business Improve-
ment Committee and a Belle Meade
resident, is optimistic that the streetscape
plan can persuade Miami officials that
they made a "serious error" enacting the
35-foot limit. "I'm still hopeful that it's
not a permanent change," she says.
But Sarnoff vows he won't budge on
the height question and doesn't under-
Stand why it should be so inhibiting. For
one thing, he notes, Boulevard property
owners can "sell" their previously allowed
height and density rights to developers
elsewhere in the city. For another, he says.
"When they had 80, 90, or 120-foot height
limits at the height of the development
boom, nobody built there."
Another supporter of the 35-foot rule
is Elvis Cruz, president of the Morning-
side Civic Association. He argues that


the restriction helps protect the "historic
scale" of the MiMo District. "In the 27
blocks of the MiMo District, there are
only four buildings above three stories [35
feet]," he says in an e-mail to the BT. "The
vast majority are only one or two stories."
A building 53 feet tall would "hurt the
quality of life for the homes behind it,"
he asserts. "Every neutral architect I've
spoken to has told me the proper respectful
scale that should be allowed next door to a
single-family home is 3 stories/35 feet."
Scott Timm, executive director of the
MiMo Business Improvement Commit-
tee, admits that the 35-foot limit is likely
a "done deal" now that it's part of the
Miami 21 zoning code: "Since so many
people worked for so long on Miami 21,
I don't see any changes to this coming in
the immediate future."
Yet Timm is fairly confident that
many of the streetscape suggestions will
be accepted by FDOT, which has princi-
pal jurisdiction over Biscayne Boulevard.
"I showed the plan documents to two
FDOT representatives," he says, "and
they were very receptive."
The streetscape plan offers three
scenarios, all of them incorporating street
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want to know that someone cares and is
involved. Teachers are encouraged when
they know that they have a partner from
the home involved.
Ronda A. Vangates Administrators,
teachers, and employees who work in
District 2 are extremely committed to
providing all of our students with high-
quality instruction. The key to recruiting
and retaining these dedicated employees
is by recognizing their hard work, re-
specting their profession, and rewarding
them with a competitive salary.
In District 2, inany parents or
guardians are overworked, financially
struggling, new inanigrants, or simply
absent. How would you increase parental
involvement in education?
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall As a
principal I was very proactive in engaging
parents, even going so far as to make home
visits. I also required parents that were not
employed or othenvise busy to join their
children who were assigned to in-school


suspension. As principal I hired many of
the parents of children who attended my
school as teacher's aides. This effort almost
instantly improved behavior and learning.
With many parents being unemployed, that
is a program that we can utilize.
Vanessa Woodard Byers It is true
that many families in the district are
struggling financially, but let's be clear
in framing the challenges before parents
and the public school system. Our com-
munity is suffering, though some families
suffer more than others. I would have
more meetings and activities in District 2
neighborhoods to bring school governance
to the people. I would also work with
community-based organizations to present
educational and cultural activities de-
signed to make public education a priority
in our children's lives. When possible and/
or requested, I would also engage parents
in continuing their education to enhance
their basic skills that would provide
greater access to higher-paying jobs.
Sandy Moise My tenure as founding
dean of the award-winning and nationally
replicated Parent Academy provided a
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The court agreed on both counts and
dismissed the case.
According to the Burstvns' attorney
that ruling means the county s puni-
tive actions are illegal. He is appealing
those actions and insists the City Inn will
reopen for the upcoming winter season.
The county is not alone in its op-
position to the Burstvn banners. Back
in 2007, the Florida Department of
Transportation ordered that the murals
be removed after finding them to be in
violation of Florida laws that forbid the
unpermitted installation of signs within
view of an interstate highway system.
The Burstvns' appeal of that order was
heard just last month. The court had not
ruled by press time.
Even with favorable rulings all around,
the Burstvns would still have to submit to
public hearings for a zoning variance to le-
gally hang their contentious murals. That's
a lot on egal wrangling, but the lucrative
nature of the banners almost certainly
makes it worthwhile. It's not clear how
much revenue the City Inn dmaws from the
advertisements, but past media reports have
estimated that a single mural can draw any-
'vhere from $10,000 to $40,000 a month in
advertising fees, depending on its size and


location. With two of the largest murals in
the county, and roughly commuter 100,000
views per day, the City Inn's advertising
fees are likely at the upper end of the
spectrum. Even though the building is
shuttered, advertisers presumably con-
tinue to pay. (Sam Burstvn did not return
messages from the BT.)
Ironically, the City Inn may not end
up taking advantage of a favorable ruling
for long. Two years ago, after this re-
porter spent a harrowing night at the City
Inn ("Edifice Complex," August 2008),
owner Sam Burstvn told the BT he was
hoping to demolish the hotel and replace
it with 356 units of workforce housing.
More recently, county records show that
one Edgar Duarte visited the building
department in May, claiming to represent
a party who has a contract pending to
purchase the property. (Duarte did not
respond to an e-mail seeking comment.)
Nevertheless the Burstvns hope to
hang murals on other properties they own
in South Florida, according to paperwork
filed with a state agency. And of course a
courtroom triumph for the Burstvns could
mean a potential triumph for every other
commercial property owner in Miami-
Dade who can qualify for a variance to
install giant advertising murals.
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sidewalks. All of them also take into ac-
count the Boulevard's design after FDOT s
reconstruction: four 11-foot-wide lanes -
two northbound, two southbound sepa-
rated by a 12-foot-wide turning lane.
In Scenario 1, the traffic lanes would
be "pinched" by up to a foot each, and
the 12-foot turning lane would exist
only at intersections. This would create
enough room for on-street parallel park-
ing on both sides of the roadway, an
historic feature of the Boulevard.
Scenario 2 calls for a kind of virtual
median running up the center of the Bou-
levard. It would be designated only by
painted stripes. Trees would be planted in
the median area. There would be no on-
street parking in this option as the traffic
lanes would not be pinched.
Scenario 3, the most expensive to
implement, would pinch the traffic lanes
to allow for parallel parking, and also
include a true median with curbs, soil,
landscaping, and trees.
Timm says FDOT thought the first
two scenarios were possible. "They liked
Scenario 1 because it didn't involve any
construction other than restriping the road-
way," he recounts, "and they liked Scenario


2 because it preserved the existing 11-foot
travel lanes and only required minimal
construction in the center median area."
Ironically, medians were part of
FDOT's original reconstruction plans
for the Boulevard, recalls Bob Flanders,
a longtime Upper Eastside activist who
lobbied in the 1990s for federal and state
funding to renovate the thoroughfare.
"We really, really wanted it," he says.
However, a number of Boulevard
business owners really, really hated the
thought of medians, fearing they would
prevent customers from turning their cars
to get to their businesses. "They went
absolutely crazy Flanders remembers.
"I tried to tell them that medians work in
North Miami but they wouldn't listen."
Womn down by merchant opposition,
FDOT killed the median idea in 2004.
No future forums on the Biscayne
Boulevard Streetscape Vision have been
scheduled. Timm says the vision is not
actually a plan, just a first step. "All of
this is still very tentative," he says. "I'm
looking forward to meeting with city
and FDOT officials over the next several
months to refine how this might work."
Refinement number one: Finding a
money source, as yet unidentified.

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foundation for my school board mission.
It makes a difference when we welcome
parents as full partners in their children's
education, inform parents of their rights,
responsibilities, and the educational op-
portunities available, and provide work-
shops and access to community resources.
At the academy we built connections with
numerous community organizations to
give parents access to free tax preparation
information on the Eamed Income Tax
program through the Human Services Co-
alition, and information on the Children's
Trust's 211 Helpline. We stressed staff
professional development, quality adult
education, and help for parents in navigat-
ing the public school system. I have seen
many District 2 parents attempt to become
involved, but give up toying because they
were not even acknowledged.
Darryl Franklin Reaves I will
develop Community Learning Labora-
tory Intemnet Satellites (CLLIS). Within
communities using county and city
facilities close to homes (not schools)
- I will establish Internet sites so that


parents and students will have access
to computers and the Internet. This
will help parents plug into the school
system's website. They can follow their
child's progress, attendance, and interact
with teachers. They can leamn parenting
skills, proper diets for their children,
and enhance their skills to become
gainfully employed. Many students in
District 2 have no space at home to do
homework, let alone a computer. These
satellites will provide them that space
and access to computers. Technology
is the future. The chalkboard and chalk
are yesterday. Using computers and the
Internet energizes students and parents.
Ronda A. Vangates Student achieve-
ment has a direct correlation to the level
and quality of parental involvement. I
would strongly advocate for the creation
of community-based programs that pro-
vide families with wrap-around services
that address the needs of the student and
the entire family unit. Parental involve-
ment should be comprehensive in its
approach and holistic in its outcomes.


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a truck comes to your curb and emp-
ties your, well, empties.
But what kind of stuff should you
recycle? Should it be cleaned before you
leave it for pickup? Should boxes be flat-
tened, newspapers bundled? Should your
recyclables be sorted?
Guidelines are on the Miami Shores
Village website (www.miamishoresvil-
lage.com). Good recycling practices
include keeping all newspapers dry;
removing all caps, lids and rings; and
crushing all containers except glass. Bad
recycling practices include no magazines
or other types of paper; no foil or alumi-
num, including disposable cooking trays;
no cans that held soup, vegetables, or pet
food; no cardboard of any kind.
There's no mention of Styrofoam.
There's no mention of putting glass
containers in one bin and newspapers in
another. As for cleaning the containers, I
think you should, but there's an overlap on

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Traveling to other locales, whether
they be national or international,
Tcan be a test of will: The airports
have delays, the accommodations may
not be what you wished for, the locals
unfriendly. Thus the circumstances, and
how you function within them, reveal
something about your character per-
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or an element that is strong but one you
didn't know you had. Either way, you
learn from the moment and grow.
I find that you can bring similar real-
izations home with you, as they pertain to
the place you've chosen to live. You visit
Other cities and towns, and no matter how
large or how small they are, yours shines
in some areas, and in others pales in com-
parison. Whatever discoveries you make
can only benefit your community.
For instance, let's talk recycling.
You would think Miami Shores is


pretty structured about this. You pay
$420 per year to Village Hall for the
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the website owing to poor design, and all
I can read is "Rinse and dry all..." before
a notice about household hazardous waste
questions blocks out the rest of the instruc-
tion. (Here's a tip: Use Internet Explorer as
your web browser. The village's site seems
designed for it and it alone.)
Apparently nw husband and I are
terrible recyclers. Given our dining-out
lifestyle, we always have a plethora of
take-out containers, and Jon insists on
recycling them. I don't like leaving food
jars outside for animals to scavenge, so
even after (if?) they're rinsed, I always
screw the lids back on. We throw in all
sorts of cans I'm a soup addict -
and I have never once in nw memory
crushed a plastic soda bottle or empty
containers of kitty litter.
To top things off, I immediately
throw catalogues and junk mail directly
from the mailbox into the recycling bin
so they don't even make nw already
messy house even more cluttered.
I've watched the Public Works De-
partment in rain (when the newspapers


are soaking wet, and not kept dry as
requested) or shine, and no one seems
to care. The only items the workers have
ever taken out of my bins and left on
nw lawn like spare car parts are pizza
boxes. Otherwise, everything goes in
the truck's great maw. It does make me
wonder if sorting gets done on the other
end (wherever that is), or if it all just
winds up in a landfill that no one would
ever acknowledge. After all, isn't the ap-
pearance of recycling just as good as the
actuality of recycling?
Still, if that were the case, it would
be nice if we had recycling waste con-
tainers placed around the public areas of
the Shores. The Field House makes an
effort there's always a couple of bins
placed near a door so kids done with
soda cans can toss them in that direction
- but they are always spilling over. How
hard would it be, and how much would it
cost, to set up an all-in-one, systematic
approach to throwing away our trash in
this town: bottles down this chute, cans
down this one, all other trash here?
Recently in Chicago, Jon and I
admired the efficiency with which we
could properly recycle almost all our


garbage this way. I'm sure it's not a
perfect system, what with kids and visi-
tors not quite getting the idea correctly.
But imagine the ease of collecting bags
of mostly bottles, mostly cans, and
mostly decompositionals from each site,
and knowing exactly how and where to
deliver each.
Chicagoans also have a lovely
idea for keeping dog poop in check.
Dog poop is something Miami Shores
residents like to complain about a lot,
so this might interest you. In the more
public areas, they spread mulch around
certain sections, with signs marking
the area: "Walk Your Dog Here." This
is where it's not only permissible to
walk your dog but easiest to clean up
after him. The mulch absorbs odor
and prevents the more solid biological
waste from sticking to the grass. Sure,
you'd have to replace the mulch from
time to time, but you can make mulch
from the downed tree limbs that Public
Works collects. Sounds like a win-win
to me.
Of course, you can go one step fur-
ther and add doggie stations with pull-
down plastic poopie bags to use gratis,


and a fountain to fill doggie water bowls.
But that would be asking too much. And
we'd probably have to add another hole
to the waste containers: "Dog Doo and
Diapers Here." Or maybe just "Hazard-
ous Waste" would do.
Oh, so you're thinking that dogs
aren t allowed in the public areas of
Miami Shores? Well, it's also time to get
rid of that antiquated rule. I'm not sure if
anybody's noticed, but there are at least
a handful of pups around every time I go
to watch nw kids play sports. It's obvi-
ously a law no one enforces anyway. So
why not make it clean and safe for dog
owners and fellow canine lovers to spend
their time outdoors together?
Not that I'm thinking either of these
suggestions will be taken seriously. After
all, requests for a dog park get repeat-
edly shot down. For nwself, I've vowed
to be a better recycler, at least according
to Miami Shores guidelines. The only
problem is, I'm not sure if that makes me
a better world citizen, or if I'm making
the world a better place to live.


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She had lived in his house for many years.
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Unusually high tide, he wrote, flooding
was guaranteed. He invited me to come
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took him up on the offer.
This is how I first met Margaret
Tynan, the current president of the Belle
Meade Homeowners Association. To say
she bent my ear is an understatement. I
contacted Public Works Department as-
sistant director Albert Dominguez, who
visited to see what could be done on a
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at NE 8th Avenue. We also found that
there were several outlets in the seawall
that were not operating correctly, al-
lowing salt water to enter the neighbor-
hood during high tides. Mr. Dominguez
quickly had the malfunctioning flappers
repaired and placed in working order.
Sending portable pumps to Belle
Meade became a routine procedure
whenever heavy rains hit the neighbor-
hood. Through all of this, Margaret
kept up the pressure through letters and
phone calls. Then one of her communi-
cations landed on the desk of Commis-
sioner Johnny Winton, whose District 2
included Belle Meade. In a meeting with
the commissioner, I explained the prob-
lem and he began the process of sponsor-
ing a storm-water improvement project
through the Public Works Department.
Though there was no money avail-
able, Commissioner Winton pushed the
issue and eventually a project to build a
permanent pumping station picked up
steam and was moved from Public Works
to the Capital Improvements Department




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for funding, design, and construction.
In 2005 my wife and I were looking
for a home in the Upper Eastside and
found a lovely house in Belle Meade, of
all places. One of our first visitors was
Margaret Tynan, who informed me that
the pump-station project was "going
nowhere" and could I look into it? My
inquiries revealed that construction was
scheduled to have begun in about six
months but that the pumping station had
been reclassified as "not necessary."
I quickly made inquiries and was
matter-of-factly informed that the
engineering firm hired by the city had
concluded that a pump station was not
required to drain the flood waters ef-
fectively. As incredulous as this sounded,
the Capital Improvements director
supported the conclusion. I suggested
we schedule a discussion item before the
city commission with the city having
their engineers make a presentation fol-
lowed by a presentation by an engineer
representing Belle Meade.
That suggestion resulted in the
director "taking another look at it,"
which in turn resulted in a short phone
call informing me that the original


engineering firm did not calculate the
potential flooding conditions appropri-
ately and their services were terminated.
A new engineering firm had been hired
to redesign the project, and the pumping
station was back on the active list!
So the project was back on track
after another six-month delay for
redesign, but only from the Little River
south to 74th Street. The blocks south of
74th Street were not included and would
continue flooding. Enter Commission
Marc Sarnoff, the current commissioner
for the Upper Eastside, who obtained
additional funding at the request of the
Belle Meade Homeowners Association
so that the entire neighborhood would
be included.
Today Belle Meade enjoys the ben-
efits of an expansive, $14 million storm-
water improvement project, including a
state-of-the-art pumping station the
largest storm-water pumping station in
the City of Miami, I might add! The city
also created a landscaped setting at the
pump station, with benches and palms
provided by the homeowners associa-
tion so residents can sit by the Little
River and relax and watch the boats as


they pass by.
We still have issues that need to be
tweaked. Of primary concern is the run-
off of storm water from Biscayne Bou-
levard, which rushes eastward along the
side streets into Belle Meade, increasing
water levels above and beyond the capac-
ity of our pumping system. Public Works
is following up on this issue with FDOT
as the Boulevard's drainage system is
their responsibility.
I would be remiss not mentioning
a few individuals who made this all
materialize: Joe Morffi and Maurice
Hardy, the city's on-site project man-
agers; county Commissioner Audrey
Edmonson, who ran interference with
DERM and the water department, and
Rita Lagace (a resident on Belle Meade
Island who works for county Commis-
sioner Carlos Gimenez), who assisted in
resolving water department issues.
All in all, it's been a huge win for the
Belle Meade community, and serves as
evidence that you can fight city hall -
but you're more likely to succeed if you
approach it as a cooperative venture.

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the days since I last revved up the
mower. Can it really be two weeks
already? In truth, it's been closer
to three, which, given our hothouse
climate this time of year, means the
grass in certain parts of the yard
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Longtime homeowners are
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postwar suburbanites, from the first
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to mow their lawn once a week (or
risk having Mr. Levitt do it for them and
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the reasons my wife and I bought
in Biscayne Park was the gener-
ous size of the lots; in our case,
8600 square feet. Factor in that
our home is about 1300 square
feet, and roughly 85 percent of
our property is green space. You
could argue that we really bought
a huge yard with a small struc-
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one mowing that huge yard. The
first time, I opted to have some-
one else do it. After all, I was
still busy unpacking, my wife
was eight-and-a-half-months
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alternate route to Mount Sinai should
my wife's labor pains coincide with
rush hour.
I'd seen a couple of guys mowing
my neighbor's yard and asked them to
come over to my place when they were
finished. Working with one of those
industrial-size mowers that looks like
a cross between a floor polisher and a
spaceship, they knocked out my yard in
about 30 minutes. They also, unfortu-
nately, knocked out a couple of chunks
from the decorative brick pathway lead-
ing up to my front door.
Over a beer a couple of days later,
I complained to a friend of mine about
the difficulties of finding good help. He
shook his head. "You've got to shoot
your own dog," he said. What he meant,
of course, is that there are some things
you just can't delegate. Granted, he lives
in a high-rise on Brickell with no yard to
maintain, and I'm pretty sure the closest
he's ever come to shooting his own dog
is watching Old Yeller when he was a
kid, but I knew he had a point.


My father was even more direct.
"You don't need someone to mow your
lawn," he told me, offering his own
record of do-it-yourself lawn mainte-
nance as Exhibit A: 40 years as a hom-
eowner and not once and I mean not
once had he ever paid anyone to cut
his grass. Nor, when I was younger, did
he ever make me do it. I often wondered
why that was. I suspected it was be-
cause he knew that, back then,
I didn't possess the patience to
do a thorough job, or the care I'
to mow around his cherished eth
plants. But I think it also had My
to do with the fact that he had
grown up on a farm in Cuba;
to him, having someone else
tend your piece of earth makes
about as much sense as having them
breathe for you.
I can't say I feel exactly the same
way about it, but I've firmly embraced
the D.I.Y. ethic when it comes to yard
work. My wife refers to it as my Edward
Scissorhands routine: I typically get up
early, make myself a cup of coffee, and
wait for the clock to strike 8:00 a.m.
before cranking up my mower, so as not


everything else I do in my life, mowing
the lawn is a contained task. The minute
I'm finished, I can survey my work and
know whether I've done a good job. And
my yard looks nice. Instant gratification.
In retrospect, I should have known
that there's something terribly addictive
about the whole thing. I still remember
hearing how, a number of years ago, the
actor Richard Widmark at the time in
his 70s would mow his 40-acre spread
in Connecticut, then, not satisfied with
that, would continue on to his neighbor's
properties and mow their lawns. (His
neighbors, incidentally, were Walter
Matthau and the author William Styron.)
All this hyperactive grass-cutting led to a
grisly accident in which the actor almost
lost a leg. Afterward his only question for
the doctors, according to Widmark him-
self, was "not 'Will I ever act again?' but
'Will I ever mow again?'" True story.
I promised my wife that my mowing
compulsion would never reach such
levels. She seemed relieved. My neighbors
were disappointed. They liked the idea of
my coming over to do their lawns.

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Then I tackle my yard in sections the
rear right quadrant, then the left, fol-
lowed by the side yard (large enough
that a friend in the construction busi-
ness once joked that if the neighborhood
were being laid out today, they would
have plopped down another house there),
and finally the front lawn. No special
technique, though I do make a point of


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leaving the clippings on the grass, to
nourish new growth,
It takes me about an hour and a
half to do the job right, and that doesn't
include edging and trimming. My dad
will occasionally drop by to help out
and visit with his grandson but I
make sure the grunt work falls to me. By
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exact) when I prayed for the sun to go
away. But as my daddy used to say, life
is strange.
Okay, my daddy never said that. Jim
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people. "People are strange." Well, I do
not find people all that strange, but I've
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also not perpetually stoned.
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fact, as the cliche goes. How ap-
ropos, seeing as how the MUFT
is, for me, hell on earth (to invoke
yet another cliche). I say "hell
on earth" because it is gray and
cold here. (Which, I realize, is
ironic, since it is neither gray nor
cold in hell, iconically speaking
anyway.) And not only has it been
hotter than hell, which is to say, it
has been hotter than Miami (100
degrees every day, or so say vari-
ous thermometers), but along with
that very strange phenomenon, it
has been very sunny. Indeed aber-
rations abound.
As I've stated in previous
columns, the people who call the
MUFT home are a hearty bunch. (Note:
I am not one of them, even though I own


( extreme northerners can take a heap
)of misery. In stride, no less. With an an-
2 novingly Okay! attitude.
,gNegative 12 outside?, No problem!
9 The cheery MUFTer dons two T-shirts
4 instead of one.
SFour-month hospital stay owing to
1 slipping on ice and fracturing spine?
= Gee, the lime-flavored Jell-O with sus-
" pended mystery cubes is great here!
No money left for incidentals like, oh,
I don't know, say, food after hospital stay
sucks away all money like so much root
beer float slurped-up through a striped
straw? Well, we'll just carry on now!
But there is one thing any self-
respecting MUFTer cannot take and
will not abide by! And that unspeak-
ably evil thing is? Pedophilia? Nope.
Those annoying Mentos mints TV ads?
Uh-uh. "MJ" tribute #4605? Oh wait,
I already sort of covered that with my
first mention here.

Continued on page 47


a home here. To me this is a temporary
stop-over.) These freaks of nature er


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hell." And on and on.
This heat hatred spread
church signs. "Hot enough
one. "We are Prayer Condi
touted another.
As a proper Miamian,
tions confused me. "Are t
stupid," I thought? Or bli:
answer is neither. They at
tioned earlier, vampiric. ~


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Hot
Continue eion page 46

Anyway, the one thing a tried-and-
true MUFTer, Pioneer o' the Land, Stoic-
Faced and Stony-hearted Soldier for the
Great Northern Cause can't take is this:
The sun shining for more than one day.
And the heat. Oh, lord! Not the heat!
Anything but the heat!
Needless to say, I got a good laugh
out of watching cruel Mother MUFT
work her magic by putting a few choice
cliches into action in recent weeks,
cliches like "shoe on the other foot" and
"taste of your own medicine."
The MUFT was melting, and thus it
follows so were her kin. Of course, the
arbiter of popular opinion is now Face-
book. So I didn't need to venture any
farther than my own laptop to see the
reactions to The Heat roll in like the tide.
Which is part of an ocean, which does
not exist in the MUFT.
The reaction to the heat wave was
a tsunami of bitching and moaning, the
likes of which I had never heard uttered
from any proud Smile-While-You-Are-
Dying-Stiff-Upper-Lip MUCFTer before.


And it filled my heart with joy!
So, it was true. The MUFTers could
be broken! They were human after all.
Like any good vampire, the MUF-
Ters can't handle the heat. However,
unlike any good vampire, the MUFTers
aren't designed to explode. This makes
sense, as they are, we've finally deter-
mined, human. But while there are no
chunks o' head thumping on the asphalt
or strings of


And they wouldn't say, "B:
They would say "Sheesh!"
after they dried themselves
accumulated ice crystals, l
coarse salt on a margarita 1
their bathing suits, follow:
community pool in Februa
temperature would be 4 de
On Facebook, the post'
Gems like "Hot enough for


he cheeks that
:a pale MUFTer
,lush. looks more
the same face in
ee heat.


itch, please!" in those horror movies when somebody
But only gets locked in a cellar for years. When
s off, brushing they are finally freed, they shield their
ike so much eyes from the sun and then spend the
rim, from remainder of their days in a crypt of
ng a dip in the their choosing. That's kind of like how
ry. And the the MUFTers feel about the bright sun.
grees, not 40. They need their cozy coffins.
s started. And if I thought the MUFTers were
r you?" and a sorry-looking lot in the cold, what
It's all your with their grim reaper shuffles and Mi-
fault! You chelin Man coats, things weren't look-
brought the ing so hot (ha ha) for them when placed
heat back in the other extreme. That redness of
with you! I the cheeks that can nicely accent a
don't live here pale MUFTer face, like nature's blush,
for the heat!" looks more like heatstroke on the same
and "It's face in 100-degree heat.
hotter than As it turns out, Momma MUFT gets
the last laugh. It seems the roaring heat
d to store and wave has burbled down to a tepid, limp-
yet" stated wristed handshake. MUFT gray (I swear
tioned!" this should be a color in the pantone, like
"Tiffany Blue.") is back. She has sunk
these reac- her fangs in deep and her minions are ap-
hese people peased. And once again I am shackled to
nd? The her skies, no coffin or crypt required.


intestines
flying like so
much silly
string, when
the sun goes
strong, the


That redness of tl
can nicely accent
face, like nature's b
like heatstroke on ~
100-degr~


MUFTers do
erupt with
indignant fury.
I, of course, caught the brunt of the
MUFTER Mob Madness in mega doses.
Just as I was blamed for bringing the
cold weather (40s in January) to Miami
when I arrived for school, I got verbally
slammed for the heat wave in the MUFT
when I returned for summer. Temps in
the 40s? Bitch, please! Proper MUFTers
would scoff at such "inconveniences."


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CULTURE


Journey to the Center of the Art

~~ A bus tour explores weird M~iami origins and influences


By Anne Tschida
BT Contributor


or many people, even art aficio-

difficult to grasp. Not because of
willful ignorance or disdain, but likely
because the origins and inspirations
behind conceptual and abstract works
are harder to ascertain. More often than
not, when an artist is on hand to talk
about his or her work, the observer walks
away with a fuller experience.
What if artists were also to talk about
their physical, social, and environmental
influences while actually showing them
to you?
That was the kernel behind the
nonprofit gallery space Bas Fisher
Invitational's "Weird Miami Artist-Led
Bus Tours," which kicked off last month
and concludes in September. Miami, as
we all know, is brimming with the most
unusual sites and sounds imaginable.
(Or not imaginable, as the case may be.)
The artists who live and breathe here
ingest that weirdness, and it informs
their work. Why not take a bus tour
with them?
On a steamy Sunday in July, a yellow
school bus pulled into the Design Dis-
trict, where the Bas Fisher is located, to
pick up members of first Weird Miami
tour. The bus was almost full and, thank-
fully, air-conditioned. Adler Guerrier
would be our guide. His work, in particu-
lar his photography, often addresses the
urban world around us, and the politics
involved in making it. So the bus-riders
were whisked off, first to Allapattah, a
gritty section of Miami just west of the
Design District.
We visited a store run by the hospita-
ble Pops, who sells ancient wigs and hair
gels and whose successful retail days
were clearly long in the past. We then
ate watermelon at a fruit and juice outlet
run by Bom-bo, whose plants and herbs
were, on the other hand, thriving.
Moving farther north and way west,
the flea market on 79th Street and NW
31st Avenue was jumping, with the
dozens of barbershops and hair salons
that line the outer rim of this indoor
marketplace jam packed. One of the most
popular items here: huge medallions -
bedecked with jewels in the shape of
skulls, Jesus, and Mickey Mouse.


Back-tracking east, a chicken and
Shrimp joint called Jumbo's, on NW 7th
SAvenue in Liberty City, was another
stop, as was a locals bar with incredibly
cheap beer. We finished up at a barbecue
1 place, also in Liberty City. Elapsed time:
SMore than five hours.
ala These various inner-city econo-
8 mies that we interacted with were what
SGuerrier wanted us to experience -
Sthe same dynamics he plumbs in his
own artwork. There were no obvious
art stops on the way no gazing at
murals, no gallery visits.
"Anyone who gets the chance to have
Sa conversation with Adler can under-
stand the amount of thought and insight
re he puts into his work," says the origina-
tor of the tours, Agatha Ware, who, along
with artists Naomi Fisher and Jim Drain,
run Bas Fisher. She says the idea came
from a similar artistic outing. "There is
an artist collective up in New York called
the Flux Factory, who do tours around
strange sites, and I thought it would be
great to do a project here."
Guerrier was an obvious choice for
..a Miami-centric project guide: "Many
of his photographs focus on different
Miami neighborhoods, and his ability
to edit and make connections between
[them and] his ideas made him a great
choice to lead one of the tours," she says.
"Plus he's a super nice and fun guy!"
From the sounds of it, the next two
tours will be helmed with equal enthu-
siasm. Along with artist Kevin Arrow,
Clifton Childree known for his
humorous and bizarre, sepia-toned films
will lead the August tour.
How will this adventure proceed?
"First, we'll shake off our hangovers
with some early-morning sing-a-longs on
the bus, then go eat some breakfast. Fish
and grits?" Childree suggests.
They too will delve into the city,
but into "different communities, dif-
ferent characters, and neighborhood
histories, [both] their successes and
their conflicts," he says. The tour may
incorporate outdoor art, storytelling,
performance, and a "pinch of music and
Animalss" The mystery is intentional. As
F:' Ware puts it: "We'll load onto the big
yellow school bus and be completely at
the artists' mercy."

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Outside of Pops' store in Allapattah, artist guide Adler Guerrier (in blu
shirt) gives a neighborhood history lesson.


Weirdness that floats: Miami River sculpture from Justin Long.


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Tour stop: Beer and bar food in a nautical setting.






























































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Continued from page 48
But we do get some hints about
the path. For the September ride, artist
Christy Gast will focus on rivers. Gast
had a recent show at Gallery Diet, which
included an evocative film about the
ghosts of two survivalists who once
lived in a cave in Utah. "My tour will
explore holy Miamians past and present
have used land adjacent to rivers," Gast
explains. "We will travel to several ripar-
ian locations, meeting with specialists in
each place, and will do a bit of hiking."
In this way, Gast can let people in on
the process. "I think the tours let people
see what's behind our art, what we find
interesting, and what inspires us."
So far "Weird Miami" has proved
very popular, and Bas Fisher would
like to expand it next year, grants and
donations permitting. Ware adds that the
tours also serve a broader purpose.
"Most important," she says, "I
think this project is necessary for every
community. We are so used to our daily
routines that we need to step out of our
comfort zones a bit, let go of all of the
control it's good for us. I rvould love


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exhibit to see work by nine artists who
have already found some nooks and
crannies that are worth exploring. For
anyone who ever watched a weather-
beaten freighter laden with used (stolen?)
bicycles float down the Miami River,
wondering where they were headed,
Justin Long's great installation will
ring a bell. Peggy Nolan's strange and
wonderful archival photos, hung around
an upholstered chair in a quiet setting,
will stir up emotions about what was and
what is.
Experiencing Miami comes in many
forms, but it's ahvays about the journey.

"Weird~ianti artist -Led Bus Tours :
Sundqvt august 15, with artists Kevin
4rrow and Clifton Childree: Sundqvt
September 18, with Christy Gast and
surprise guests. "Weird Mianti Visitors
Center" exhibition, ;i,, , ;i, Septem-
her 18, at the Bas Fisher Invitational,
180 NE 39th St., Suite 210, Miami. For
a se, s;r,, times and bus tour reservations,
e-mail info~tbas~fisherinvitational. coni.


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A collage of life past and present in an installation by Peggy Nolan as
part of the Visitors Center exhibit.


it if people devised their own adven-
tures with their friends. Rent a bus, a
car, borrow dad's RV and hit the road
- meet new people, explore different


places, make new experiences.
But if the RV isn't available at the
moment, you can stop in at the Bas
Fisher "Weird Miami Visitor Center"


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

101/EXHIBIT
101 NE 40th St, Mlaml
305-573-2101
www 101exhibit com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

12345 WEST DIXIE STUDIO AND GALLERY
12345 W Dlxle Hwy, North Mlaml
305-895-2956
www 12345westdlxle com
Through August 15
"Urban Landscapes" by Paul Morris

ABBA FINE ART
233 NW 36th St Mlaml
305-576-4278
www abbafineart com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS
2630 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-438-0220
www alejandravonhartz net
Call gallery for exhibition Information

AMIY ALONSO GALLERY
750 NE 124th St North Mlaml #2
305-975-6933
www alonsored com
Through August 20
"Streets" by Amos Miller

ART FUSION
1 NE 40th St Mlaml
305-573-5730
www artfusiongallery com
Through September 22
"TRANSLUMINESCENT FANTASIES" with various
artists
Reception August 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

ARTFORMIZ
171 NW 23rd St Mlaml
305-572-0040, www artformz net
Through August 20
"small wonders (art) salon" with Haruml Abe, Gustavo
Acosta, Eric Anfinson, Duane Brandt, Pip Brandt,
Leah Brown, Bill Burke, Stephanle Cunningham, Angl
Currerl, Ral Escale, Shady Eshghl, Christian Feneck,
Luls Garcla Nerey, Paul Glass, John Gurbacs, Bryan
Hlveley, Judy King, Jacek Kolasinskl, Greg Latch,
Lella Leder Kremer, Silvia Llzama, Jules Lusson,
John Martinl, Lauren McAloon, Lulsa Mesa, Venessa
Monoklan, Hugo Moro, Carol Munder, Sam Perry,
Ron Plenlak, Barbara Rivera, David Rohn, Gustavo
Rom~n, Sara Rytteke, Beatricia Sagar, Edgar Sanchez
Cumbas, John Sandell, Claudla Scalise, Gretchen
Schargal, Sharl Schemmel, Carolyn Schlam, Nina
Surel, Peter Symons, Chu Teppa, Paloma Teppa,
Krlstin Thlele, Jackle Tufford, Jovan Villalba, Daniel
Vlnoly, Tom Virgin, and Ramon Willilams
Reception August 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

ARTSEEN GALLERY
2215 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-237-3559
http //artseenspace wordpress com/
August 14 through 28
"Young Blood New Wave" with Roman Arevalo, Devin
Caserta, Autumn Casey, Leo Castaneda, Christina
Dostaler, Reinler Gamboa, Michelle Gomez, Michelle
Jean, Mellssa Leandro, Danielle Levine, T Ellott
Mansa, Corallna Meyer, Chottlp Nlmla-Or, Asser Saint-
Val, Adriana Sanchez, Nabila Santa-Crlsto, Vincent
Serrltella, sleeper, Paul A Smith Jr, Patty Suau, Danae
Tarragona, JosB L Telot, Juan Travieso, Jovan Karlo
Villalba, and John Witty
Reception August 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX
561 NW 32nd St Mlaml
305-576-2828, www bacfl org
Call gallery for exhibition Information


BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL
180 NE 39th St #210, Mlaml 4
By appointment Info@
basfisherinvitational com
www basfisherinvitational com
Through September 12
"WEIRD MIAMI" with Autumn Casey,
Adler Guerrier, Jason Hedges, .
N colas Lobo, Justin Long Isabel .
Moros, Peggy Nolan, and Alyse ,-*
Emdur *;
August 15 and September 19
"WEIRD MIAMI BUS TOURS" artist-
led bus tours with Christy Gast,
Clifton Childree, Kevin Arrow, Adler
Guerrier, and more

BASHA GALLERY
795 NE 125th St North Mlaml
305-891-4624
www bashagallery net Karen Rifa!
Through August 31
"Jewels of Art" with Bob Arbogast, inStallation
Claudla Castillo, Allyson Krowitz,
Arnaldo Rosello, Jorge Chirinos
Sanchez, Karl Snyder, and Pedro Wilson

BERNICE STEINBAUMI GALLERY
3550 N Mlaml Ave Mlaml
305-573-2700
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
Through August 31
Nancy Friedemann and JIll Cannady

BORINQUEN ART GALLERY
100 NE 38th St Mlaml
305-491-1526
www borinquenhealth org
Ongoing
Romero Britto, Igal Fedlda, Frangols Gracla, Clarice
Desousa, Andre de Plessel, Allen Benowitz, Rara Kuyu,
and Gabriella Llascovitz
Reception August 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

BREVARDS GALLERY
2320 N Mlaml Ave Mlaml
305-576-5747
www brevards com
Through August 31
"NonDuality" by John Brevard

BUTTER GALLERY
2301-2303 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-303-6254
www buttergallery com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

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

CALIX GUSTAV GALLERY
98 NW 29 St Mlaml
305-576-8116
www callxgustav com
Through September 1
"The Passing" with Jovan Karlo Villalba, Catalina
Jaramillo, and Richard Herzog
Reception August 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

CAROL JAZZAR CONTEMPORARY ART
158 NW 91st St Mlaml Shores
305-490-6906
www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION
541 NW 27th St Mlaml
305-571-1415
www visual org
Through August 20
"Darby Bannard The Mlaml Years" by Darby Bannard


DORSCH GALLERY
151 NW 24th St Mlaml
305-576-1278
www dorschgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

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

DPMI GALLERY
2441 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-576-1777
www dpmgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

EDGE ZONES CONTEMPORARY ART
47 NE 25th St Mlaml
305-303-8852
www edgezones org
Call gallery for exhibition Information

ETRA FINE ART
10 NE 40th St Mlaml
305-438-4383
www etrafineart com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY
2247 NW 1st Pl Mlaml
305-448-8976
www snitzer com
Through August 25
"Boy, Oh Boyl" with various artists

GALERIE HELENE LAMIARQUE
125 NW 23 St Mlaml
305-576-6095
www galerlehelenelamarque com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

GALERIE SCHUSTER MIIAMII
2085 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
786-266-2445
www galleryschuster com
Through August 5
Jullane Elrich

GALLERY DIET
174 NW 23rd St Mlaml
305-571-2288
www gallerydlet com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

GALLERY I/D
2531 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-778-4568
www galleryld com
Through August 28
"{Sundara} Faces of Indla" by Karolina Wojtaslk

GIOVANNI ROSSI FINE ART
2628 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
561-251-1375
www glovannlrossifineart com
Call gallery for exhibition
Information

GODONAMIERICA
1 NE 40th St #5, Mlaml
786-362-5546
www godonamerica com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE
3326 N Mlaml Ave Mlaml
305-576-1645
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
Through September 4
"IM PACT" by Troy Simmons and "Tar and Feathered"
by Julle Frlel
Reception August 14, 7 to 10 p.m.


Continued on page 51


s, Abandoned, site-specific
1, 2010, at the de la Cruz Collection.

and "Beyond the Dally Life" with Guerra de la Paz and
Teresa Dlehl

CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St Mlaml
305-292-0411
www charest-welnberg com
Through August 30
"Within an Arrow's Range" by Pedro Barbelto

CITY LOFT ART
61 NE 40th St Mlaml
305-438-9006
www cityloftart com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

CS GALLERY
787 NE 125th St North Mlaml
305-308-6561
www chirinossanchez com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY
2234 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-573-8110
www castilloart com
Through August 31
Group show with Adler Guerrier, Aramis Gutlerrez,
Qulsqueya Henrlquez, Susan Lee-Chun, Pepe Mar,
Glexls Novoa, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Frances
Trombly, and Wendy Wischer

DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS
2043 N Mlaml Ave Mlaml
305-576-1804
www dlfinearts com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY
3938 NE 39th St Mlaml
305-573-4046
www diasporavibe net
August 12 through September 23
"Carib-bean, The Way You Like It" with Paul Chang,
Murlel Jean-Jacques, Carol Jamle, Susan Mains,
Monica Moncrise, Lisa Remeney, Patricia Roldan,
Norma Trimborn, and Brian Wong Won
Reception August 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

DIMENSIONS VARIABLE
171 NE 38th St, Mlaml
dv@dimenslonsvarlable net
dimenslonsvarlable net
Through August 31
"Yellow and Gold" by Felecla Chlzuko Carllsle

DINA MIITRANI GALLERY
2620 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
786-486-7248
www dinamitranlgallery com
Through August 28
"DISPOSABLE NOSTALGIA FOR THE STILL IMAGE"
curated by Orlando Estrada with various artists


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August 2010


LILIENTHAL ART STUDIOS
96 NW 29th St Mlaml
305-573-2002
www Ilanalllienthal com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

LOCUST PROJECTS
155 NE 38th St Mlaml
305-576-8570
www locustprojects org
Through August 31
"The LAB" with Omar Alvarez, Lesle
Chavez, Jason Flores, Luna Goldberg,
Kevin Hobbs, Xlmena Izqulerdo,
Vanessa Lacayo, Asher Mones, and
Christina Qulnlan

LYLE O.VREIT7EL GALI.ERY

305-573-1333 Felecia CI
www artnet com/reltzel html inStallatio
Call gallery for exhibition Information

MAIN LIBRARY 2ND FLOOR
EXHIBITION SPACE
101 W Flagler St, Mlmal
305-375-2665
www mdpls org
www soclety4preservation org
Through September 19
"Florida Arcane From the Soclety For the Preservation
of Lost Things and Missing Time"

MIIAMII ART SPACE
244 NW 35th St Mlaml
305-438-9002
www mlamlartspace com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

MIIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, CENTER GALLERY
300 NE 2nd Ave Mlaml
Bldg 1, Room 1365
305-237-3696, www mdc edu
Call gallery for exhibition Information


ART &( CULTURE


Art Listings

Continued from page 50

HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY
2294 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-989-3359
www haroldgolengallery com
Through August 7
"Polyblend" with various artists

INTERFLIGHT STUDIO
250 NW 23rd St Mlaml
305-573-1673
www Interflightstudlo com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

KABE CONTEMPORARY

305-573-8142
www kabecontemporary com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY
46 NW 36th St Mlaml
305-448-3060
www lurle-kavachnina com
Through August 31
"IDENTITY + RESISTANCE YOUR BODY IS A
BATTLEFIELD" with Billy Corben, Alex Nahon, Somy
All, Marle Komphavong, Adrian De Brasl, Marlano
Costa Peuser, Alex Guofeng Cao, and Angela Lergo

KELLEY ROY GALLERY
50 NE 29th St Mlaml
305-447-3888
www kelleyroygallery com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

KUNSTHAUS MIIAMI
3312 N Miaml Ave Miaml
305-438-1333
www kunsthaus org mx
Call gallery for exhibition Information


NINA TORRES FINE ART
2033 NW 1st Pl Mlaml
305-395-3599
www ninatorresfineart com
August 5 through August 21
"Off the Leash In Collaboration with FlU" with Margarita
Benitez, Hugo Fernandez, Samuel Gualtlerl, Andrew
Horton, Llzzle Hunter, Yasmln Kahlaf, Abigall Lells,
J~llilan Mayer, Crlstina Molina, Jeroen Nelemens,
Tommy Nolan, Jesse Peterson, Hans Rasch, Sterling
Rook, Nicole Soden, Deryls Tena, Alex Trimino,
Humberto Torres, and Mellssa Wallen
August 25 through September 8
Aracell Salcedo
Reception August 5, 7 to 10 p.m.
Reception August 25, 7 to 10 p.m.


3100 NW 7th Ave Mlaml
305-633-9345
www oh-wow com
August 13 through August 31 "DADARHEA" with
Devin Flynn, Jim Drain, Naoml Fisher, Ara Peterson,
Joe Grillo, Takeshl Murata, Francine Spelgel, Mellssa
Brown, Marle Lorenz, Todd James, Brian Belott, Jessle
Gold, Michael Willilams, Erin Krause, Alvaro Ilizarbe,
Jen Stark, Friends With You, Billy Grant, Laura Grant,
Allson Kuo, Eric Fensler, and more
Reception August 13, 8 p.m.

PANAMIERICAN ART PROJ ECTS
2450 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-573-2400
www panamericanart com
Through August 14 "Summer Salon A Selection of
Works Under $2500" with Francis Acea, Gustavo
Acosta, JosB Benito, Ernesto Berra, Andrea Cote,
Carlos Estevez, Daniel Joglar, Ted Larsen, Armando
Marlrlo, Santiago Porter, Magnus Sigurdarson, Tracey
Snelling, Pablo Sorla, and Enrlque Camejo


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In, 2010, at Dimensions Variable.



IVIAIVIINTERNA110NAL UNIVERSITY OFARTAND DESIGN
1501 Biscayne Blvd Mlaml
305-428-5700, www mymlu com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

MIIGUEL PAREDES GALLERY
2311 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-450-5154, www miguelparedes com
August 14 Miguel Paredes
Reception August 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

MIIRIAMI FERNANDES GALLERY
3620 NE 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-573-9531, www mirlamfernandes com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

MIUSEO VAULT
346 NW 29th St Mlaml
305-571-1175, www museovault com
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Art Listings
Continued from page 51
PRAXIS INTERNATIONAL ART
2219 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-573-2900
www praxis-art com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

SAMMNER GALLERY
82 NE 29th St Mlaml
305-441-2005
artnet com/sammergallery html
Call gallery for exhibition Information

SPINELLO GALLERY
155 NE 38th St Mlaml

ww~w2 spn~e21allery com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

STASH GALLERY
162 NE 50th Terr, Mlaml
305-992-7652
www myspace com/stashgallery
Call gallery for exhibition Information

SWAMIPSPACE GALLERY
3821 NE 1st Ct Mlaml
swampstyle@gmall com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

UNIVERSITY OF MIIAMII PROJECTS SPACE
2200 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-284-2542
Call gallery for exhibition Information

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


WHITE VINYL SPACE
3322 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-776-1515
www whitevinylspace com
Ongoing "New Work" by Sklp Van Cel

WOLFGANG ROTH & PARTNERS FINE ART
201 NE 39th St, Mlaml
305-576-6960, www wrpfineart com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

YEELEN ART GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St Unit 306, Mlaml
954-235-4758, www yeelenartcom
Call gallery for exhibition Information

MIUSEUMI & COLLECTION EXHIBITS

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)

305-455-3380, Iw fo r
Call for exhibitlon wformato n

DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART
SPACE
23 NE 41st St Mlaml
305-576-6112
www delacruzcollection org
Through October 2 "Abandoned" by Karen Rlfas

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST
ART MUSEUM
10975 SW 17th St, Mlaml
305-348-2890, thefrost flu edu
Through August 29 "Volf Roltman From MADI to the
Ludic Revolution" by Volf Roltman
Through August 1 "Paul Strand In Mexico" by Paul Strand
Through September 5 "Tap-Tap Celebrating the Art
of Haltl" with Jacques Nicolas Bellin, Edouard Duval-
CarrlB, FanFan, Gerard FortunB, Jean-Enguerrand
Gourgue, Yvens Leger, Lesly, Fritznel Obln, Gerard
Paul, Jacques Pierrette, Llonel Simonls, Jean
Thermidor, Jacques Valmidor, and Wagler Vital
Through October 3 "Spiritual Healing Shamans of


Kevin Arrow, Felecla Chlzuko Carllsle, Jim Drain, Lynne
Golob Gelfman, Michael Genovese, Jacin Glordano,
Guerra de la Paz, Adler Guerrier, Don Lambert,
Gustavo Matamoros, Beatriz Monteavaro, Gean
Moreno and Ernesto Oroza, Peggy Nolan, Fablan
Per~a, Christina Pettersson, Vickle Pierre, Manny
Prleres, Christopher Stetser, Talking Head Transmitters,
Robert Thlele, Mette Tommerup, Frances Trombly,
Tatlana Vahan, Marcos Valella, Viking Funeral, and
Michelle Welnberg
Through November 7
"Focus Gallery Purvis Young" by Purvis Young

MIUSEUMI OF CONTEMPORARY ART
770 NE 125th St North Mlaml
305-893-6211
www mocanoml org
Through August 22
"Economles" by Claire Fontaine

THE MIARGULIES COLLECTION
591 NW 27th St, Mlaml
305-576-1051
www margulleswarehouse com
Call for exhibition Information

THE RUBELL FAMIILY COLLECTION
95 NW 29th St Mlaml
305-573-6090
www rubellfamilycollection com
Call for exhibition Information

WORLD CLASS BOXING
Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St Mlaml
305-438-9908
www worldclassboxing org/
Call for exhibition Information


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Jim Drain, Untitled, video, 2010,
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the Northwest Coast" with Clcero August, Ken McNell &
Stan Bevan, Dempsey Bob, Kevin Cranmer, Edward S
Curtis, John Hagen, Aubrey LaFortune, Don Lelooska,
Darren McKenzle, Ed Archle NolseCat, Bill Reld, Terry
Starr, Ray Watkins, and Reg Willilams
Ongoing "The Figure Past and Present Highlights
from the Permanent Collection" with Carlos Alfonzo,
JosB Bedla, Manuel Carbonell, Edouard Duval-CarrlB,
Thornton Dial, Carel Fabrltius, Augustin Ferndndez,
Red Grooms, Luls Jim~nez, Jacob Lawrence, Auguste
Rodin, Rufino Tamayo, and Purvis Young

LOWE ART MIUSEUMI, UNIVERSITY OF MIIAMI
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 Miaml" with various artists

MIIAMII ART MIUSEUMI
101 W Flagler St Mlaml
305-375-3000, www mlamlartmuseum org
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Art Off the WallS
As part of Miami Art Museum's in-
teractive outreach for its big, ongoing
"New Work Miami 2010" show, it
is holding several AfterHours eve-
nings, two this month. On Thursday,



gets to keep it. On Thursday, August
19, Ana Mendez will perform her
choreographed experimental piece,
and on both nights various artists will
be on hand to talk about their work, or Na
just to work. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in
1010 W. Flagler St.; $5 for members,
$15 nonmembers. Call 305-375-3000 or
visit www.miamiartmuseum. org.

Let There Be Light... and
Stars.. and Pink Flo dy
Laser lights, stars, and Pink Floyd
- what more could you want for a
Fabulous First Friday at the Miami
Science Museum (3280 S. Miami Ave.)
this August 6? Starting at 7:00 p.m. is
the "Legends of the Night Family Laser
Show," then at 7:30 the free Planetarium
star show, the rooftop observatory view-
ing at 8:30, followed by Pink Floyd's
"Wish You Were Here" at 9:00, with
more music later. Laser show admission is
$4 for children, $8 for adults. Call 305-
646-4256 or visit www.miamisci.org.

From Africa with DrumS
The dance ensemble Delou Africa will
be presenting the inaugural African
Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival start-
ing on Friday, August 6 and running
through Sunday, August 8 at the Little
Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th St.).
Focused on traditions from West Africa
in particular, the festival will include
performances, concerts, drum and dance
workshops by African instructors, and
a marketplace. There's also a raffle for
two round-trip tickets to South Africa
in the euphoric wake of its World Cup
festivities. For the full festival sched-
ule, go to www.delouafrica.com or call
305-960-2969

The Nerve of These Films!
For ten years now, North Miami's
Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE
125th St.) has been hosting the local film
festival Optic Nerve, which highlights


LI Highlights this year include
1 two docs, one about the cur-
Srent president called Lula,
Son ofBrazil, and another
about the country's prodi-
gious impact on world music,

Beon0 Ian a Baodlan

willbe screened at Miami
Beach's Colony Theatre, 1040
Lincoln Rd. Call 305-600-3347
or go to www.inffinito.com for
details and tickets.


Brick by Brick by
Brick by Brick by
Brick
== That's right, those seriously
cool sculptures the life-
size cello, the staircase, the female bust
- are all made from that childhood
building block, the Lego. "Replay" is
the second show by incredibly popu-
lar Lego artist Nathan Sawaya at the
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
(1650 Harrison St.). The show awakes
the inner imp no matter what your age.
On Sunday, August 15, the center will
hand out awards for the "Florida Brick
Creation Challenge" to the winners of
age groups 6-10, 11-17, 18 and over, and
the team/families categories a chance
to see Sawaya's sculptures along with the
best of Florida's little Lego creationists
(it's also the last day of the show). Call
954-921-3274; $7 for nonmembers, $4 for
children between 4-17, free for toddlers.


Get Ready for Crime
Time, Miami
For the closing of the exhibit "Crime in
Miami," HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler
St.) will host Scene of the Crime, a
lecture and film screening about the
nefarious life of our region on Sunday,
August 29 at 2:00 p.m. Favorite story-
teller Paul George and the director of the
Wolfson Florida Moving Image Archive,
Rene Ramos, will discuss television and
film coverage and show old clips hidden
from view for decades. How noir of
Miami. Also check out the other show -
not about man's debacles, but nature's:
"Natural Disasters in the Caribbean,
1495-2010." It's all free. Call 305-375-
1492 for lecture information.


IDlssir ~
the~ Caribbe~an -.
short films and videos,
often experimental
ones. The latest edi-
tion will unspool on
Friday, August 6,
with screenings at 7:00
and 9:00 p.m. Featured artists will in-
clude the collective 3PQ, Barron Sherer,
Susan Lee-Chun, Juan Carlos Zaldivar,
and 17 others. It's free, but the festi-
val's popularity has exploded in recent
years, so reservations are required. Call
305-893-6211 or e-mail rsyp rs y
mocanomi.org.


These Kids Are All Right
By Ailey
Six weeks of a unique, full-scholarship
dance camp will culminate in 100
Miami-Dade students showing off their
newly acquired techniques in a free
AileyCamp Miami performance at the
Arsht Center on Saturday, August 7 at
7:00 p.m. Miami was one of only nine
cities to get the camp this year, which
was founded by the famed Alvin Ailey
in 1989. The students studied classic
ballet as well as modern, jazz, and West
African dance all of which will find
expression during this performance in
the Knight Concert Hall. For the free
tickets go to arshteenter.org.

Paradise for a Day for Free
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic
Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd.) is almost
always open, but it's not always free. On
Sunday, August 8 and the next three
Sunday after that, it will be, from 9:30
a.m. till 4:30 p.m. But don't leave your
wallet at home. After experiencing the
83 acres of tropical forest and flowers
and lakes, you may want to take home a


few of the fabulous plants on sale. And
prick up your ears from noon through
4:00 p.m., as there will also be live
music, including a barbershop quartet.
Find out more at 305-667-1651 or www.
fairchildgarden.org.


Staying Alive for the
Gusman
The best way to help out the financially
struggling downtown Gusman Center for
the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.)
is to attend it! (The city has threatened
to stop funding the historic theater.) So
make a date with this month's Flickin'
Summer films at the center, with pre-
movie happy hour and an after-movie
boogie party. And what better dancin'
flicks than Saturday .;i Dr Fever on
Thursday, August 12, followed by Foot-
loose on Thursday, August 26. Screen-
ing time is 7:00 p.m., and for ten bucks
admission you just might keep the center
alive. Call 305-372-0925 or go to www.
gusmancenter.org/events for the com-
plete list of upcoming shows and more
on how to save the Gusman.

The Reel Rio
For its 14th year, the Brazilian Film
Festival has distanced itself from other
winter film events and moved to August.
The eight-day fest, running from Friday,
August 13 to Saturday, August 21, was
the first foreign Brazilian film festival
when it debuted here in 1996 (there are
now ten worldwide) and has premiered
some international hits in the past.


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PARK PATROL


Aventura 1 Waterways Park (nonresidents $5) is a yawn


in a good way


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor


Sit at this time of year, the infield's clay
r'is meticulously combed and primped
like a movie star.
The playground is also a sight to
Behold. It sports a huge green tarp
Stretched over the rectangular space,
which makes it shady for most of the day.
SThere is even a separate shaded sitting
area for adults.
The most unusual feature of the
playground's high-end equipment are
its rock-climbing walls. Since when did
South Florida's children need to learn
how to rock climb? The walls are short
enough that children will probably not
be injured when they fall onto the extra-
springy matting below.

you wihl idn ab bak ll eour tiad
picnic pavilion that can be reserved by
Aventura residents. Additional picnic


Aventura, the City of Excellence.
could also be the city of the
Future. Like the shopping mall
at its center, Aventura has parks that are
clean and commercialized. The residents
must be paying a pretty penny for them
because of their prime locations and
their high quality. Their exclusivity is
guaranteed by an admission fee that will
keep most visitors away and by a rule
limiting residents to one guest per visit.
This model of semi-privatized parks
brings to mind the transformation of our
public highways into toll roads. If you
want thehbeetter, faster lans o have to
As for Aventura's dog park, the price
of admission is residency. The gate at
Waterways Dog Park can only be opened
by swiping a residency card, so you'll be
looking at the price of a condo to get in.
The main section of Waterways
Park, separated from the dog park by a
sliver of property from the Gulfstream
Park racetrack (another pay-per-view
park), is free to residents and $5 per
day to visitors ($3 to minors). Its main
features are a baseball diamond joined
with a multipurpose athletic field and a
shaded playground.
Don't be fooled by the name "Wa-
terways." The main section has no water
features, and only the separate dog
park has a view of a canal. The location,
however, is a curiosity because of the


not part of the


county line. Think of it like the Arizo-
na-Mexico border, where, in this case,
the parkland is keeping out the residents
of Broward County. The park's other
border, its entrance, is keeping out the
residents of Miami-Dade County who
don't live in Aventura.
The location of Waterways Park at
the border of Hallandale in Broward
County offers an across-the-fence view
of the sprawling Gulfstream complex,
although the racetrack itself is too far
away to be appreciated. You may catch a
glimpse of the horses and jockeys exer-
cising, which might be worth the price of
admission to Waterways Park.


Even though no one uses the baseball diamond this time of year, the
infield's clay is meticulously combed and primped like a movie star.


Another noteworthy aspect of this
park is its emptiness. Understandably, no
one wants to visit a park without a pool
during the summer, though I'm told that
after 4:00 p.m. the playground picks up
a few patrons. But the park's main users
are surely the children in the Aventura
sports leagues during the school year.
Waterways Park's amenities still
sparkle with the newness of its re-
opening in May 2008. The previously
passive park space was reborn with
every inch reordered and replanted. The
baseball field is so perfect it looks like a
movie set. Even though no one is using


tables are located in a shady nook next
to the playground.
A walking path leads around the
seven-acre park and provides the best
views of the racetrack. The path also
features two exercise stations with
instructional signs on how to use the
equipment to perform pushing, pulling,
and stretching exercises.
One thing seriously missing from
the park's open space is shade. The
newly planted trees are small, and only
a remnant of mature growth exists

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Quiet and Peaceful and Calm


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Yes, there is a water view (of a canal), but it's scant and
main park.







PARK PATROL


these warnings:
"Due to potential problems, un-neu-
tered male dogs may be asked to leave
the park."
"Female dogs in heat are not permit-
ted in the park"
"Outdoor fires or barbeques are not
permitted."
To enforce these rules, an attendant
is on duty each day after 4:00 p.m.
An advanced safety feature at both
parts of Waterways Park are lightning
warning systems. The parks close when
the systems blast their horns.
A little lightning might improve
these parks, because they are so sani-
tized they feel constricting. At the same
time, safety always has to come first,
and Aventura's parks have that part
down pat. The threat of lawsuits has
been minimized.
All in all, Waterways' two parks are
a lovely yawn. If they were near down-
town Miami, they'd be overrun with
activity. As they stand in Aventura, they
are quiet and peaceful and calm. And
that, my friends, is priceless.

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The basketball court features a view of Gulfstream Park racetrack,
another pay-per-view park.


Wate rways


outside of the fence.
Waterways park hosts several ath-
letic leagues for kids during the school
year. From September 21 to October 16,
flag football practices and games will
be held. The cost is $110 for residents
and $132 for nonresidents. Other sports
leagues include soccer and baseball, and
field lights allow for play at night.


Aventura's dog park, a separate sec-
tion of Waterways Park, is 1.5 acres of
grass and shade. Opened in July 2008,
this section of the park does have large,
shady trees. Surprisingly, most of the
grass is intact.
The park receives around 70 dog-
walkers a day, and it is a nice place for
them to do their business. There are two
stations for drinking water and show-
ers, and a central, shaded pavilion for
humans to relax.


High-end equipment at the
playground includes a climbing
wall for young mountaineers.

What is disturbing about his park,
however, is the list of rules. Imagine that
you're enjoying a leisurely walk with
Fido along the park's winding, concrete
path, and then your eyes are hit with


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Beat the Heat with Something Pink
Red, white, and you: Agreeable wines for $12 or less


By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

n summer's heat and humid-
ity have your head in a vise
Wand are cracking it like a stale
walnut, most Americans reach for a cold
beer. I, on the other hand, reach for a
glass of chilled ros6, unquestionably the
more intelligent choice.
How is that? Let me count the ways.
Beer is made from hops, which es-
sentially are weeds. Ros6 is made from
grapes, the Nectar of the Gods. Beer
wraps a steel-belted radial of gross,
jiggly flab around your middle. Ros6
makes you suave and svelte, like a cross
between Cary Grant and Bond, James
Bond. Beer makes you say things like
"Boy howdy!" and imagine that Sarah
Palin isn't a gibbering dolt. Ros6 makes
you erudite and perspicacious and under-
stand that Sarah Palin really is a gibber-
ing dolt.
Beer is touted so incessantly that its
ads appear to be printed on the inside of
your eyelids and can always be counted
on to interrupt your enjoyment of manly
televised sporting events. Ros6 isn't adver-
tised at all, so you will never miss a single
second of watching one group ofbehe-
moths screw another group of behemoths
into the turf at Dolphin Stadium. True, ros6
doesn't have the enological equivalent of
the Swedish Bikini Team, but some people
might consider that a plus.
Therefore, having established the
obvious superiority of ros6 to sniff -
beer, let us turn our attention to this list
of fine summer beverages.
It's interesting to note that none of
the ros~s sampled here were produced


domestically, being
either over our self-
imposed price limit
of $12 a bottle or the
kind of icky-sweet, ,
Kool-Aid swill
that makes even
beer taste good by
comparison.
The French are
masters of the art
of pink winemak-
ing, taking their
ros~s seriously
and pricing them
accordingly, as
wines as diverse as
Domaine Ott and
Billecart Salmon
Ros6 will attest.
Coming down from that lofty perch
but still eminently drinkable are a trio
of French products, beginning with my
favorite, the Domaine de Jarras 2008
"Vin des Sables" Gris de Gris. It's a
blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Cari-
gnan from grapes grown in the sandy
soils (hence "Wines of the Sand") of the
Gulf of Lion, a stretch of coastline be-
tween Marseilles and the Spanish border.
It's also a really lovely wine, pale and
delicate, with light strawberry and floral
aromas that hint at violets. It tastes like
strawberries, too, with a lemon-orange
backbone that carries through to the
long, lingering finish. Its lightness and
delicacy make it an ideal hot-weather
wine, also a wine perfect with mild-
flavored fish like sole and hogfish.
Moving up the intensity ladder is the
2008 Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue
RosC, another three-grape blend (Syrah,


Mourvedre,
Counoise) from
the area around
Marseilles. In the
nose it shows off
strawberry and
raspberry aromas
with a distinct
rose-petal fra-
El~ grance, while
on the palate it
sharpens those
berry flavors with
a pronounced
lemony acid-
ity, making it a
good partner to
any thing from
shrimp cocktail
to barbecue.
Fuller-bodied and fruitier still is the
2008 Red Bicyclette. It has pretty much
the same flavor profile as the Colombo
- strawberries and raspberries, with a
citrusy foundation to keep them honest
- just dialed up a bit. A cog in the mam-
moth Gallo wine empire, it also has the
advantage of being easily available.
No list of high-quality, easy-
on-the-pocketbook wines would be
complete without a few wines from
Spain, and when it comes to bubbly, no
Spanish cava producer so consistently
hits the sweet spot of price to quality
as Segura Viudas. Their nonvintage
Brut RosC is yet another example, with
a pretty rose-petal color and abundance
of tiny, pin-prick bubbles, not to men-
tion flavors of plums and berries, with
a yeasty kick and earthy, limestone-
like character that adds both interest
and complexity.


The Muga 2009 Rioja RosC was
something of a schizoid puzzle. One
personality was a stinky, earthy aroma
like a shovelful of wet peat moss that
leapt out of the bottle immediately upon
opening. The second was a pleasantly
ripe berry nature that slowly revealed
itself with aeration. It ended up being a
fairly nice wine if you can just get past
that initial earth fart.
We've got to get at least one Italian in
here, and that would be Banfi's Centine
2008 RosC. Lots of minerals, strawberry-
orange fruit and hauntingly smoky nuances
in the nose, a crisp minerality balanced
by ripe berry fruit on the palate make it a
good all-purpose wine, whether for sipping
or pouring with food, certainly better than
one of those stupid, weedy, flabby, you
know, beers.


The Biscayne Commons Publix
(14641 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-
2171) has the Banfi Centine and
Red Bicyclette roses for $11.99
and $9.99, respectively, while the
Aventura Whole Foods Market
(21105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-933-
1543) carries the Domaine de
Jarras for $7.99 and the Segura
Viudas Brut Rose for $10. The
Muga Rioja Rose is available at
the North Miami Beach Total Wine
& More (14750 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-354-3270) for $10.99, while the
Jean-Luc Colombo can be found at
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Denise Palacios
Administrative Assistant
Design District
More math courses for
sure, because I have to
take the GRE and I don't
remember this subject well.
Also I would take more
social and behavior classes
because I believe they
really do help in dealing
with people on a daily
basis. I'm in the works
to go to Barry University
for a degree in Mental
Health Counseling.


Maria Izenman
Store Owner
Mi~o Historic District
Just for fun I would like
to study cooking. But I
wouldn't want to do it
for a living. My dad used
to be a chef and he had
to work on weekends
and holidays. I wouldn't
want to work those long
hours in the hot kitchen.
Even working retail is
hard for me because I
too have to work on holi-
days and weekends.


John Wicker
Musician
Miami Shores
If I could go back to
school, I would study
music for two reasons: 1)
They say, "If you had to
do it all over again, you
would do the same thing"
and 2) I don't see me
doing anything else! At
one point I thought I was
going to be a dentist, but
there's no way I could do
that. Having my hand in
someone else's mouth?
No way!


Stephen Aaron
Manager
Mi~o Historic District
I would study organic
farming and sustainable
horticulture. I'd like to
work on saving original
seed strains that are not
hybridized. With geneti-
cally modified foods and
hybridized seed strains,
big companies own
the trademarks and we
cannot grow them. Soon
original seeds may be
wiped out and we'll have
to pay big companies to
grow anything!


Beth Hackney
Legal Assistant
Brickell
I asked myself that a few
years ago. I already went
to school for business,
worked in a law firm for
five years, then realized
I wanted to do something
else. So I am studying
music now. If I could go
back to school for a third
time, I'd study linguistics
because I've always liked
languages and want to
learn more.


Felton Grant
Pet Stylist
North Miami Beach
I would study medicine.
In the times we are in,
medical professionals are
doing well and not getting
laid off. Also it is a spiri-
tual way of giving back
and feeling important. In
medicine you do more
than just heal the physical
incident, you heal people's
minds and they receive
even more than that. It's a
trust thing the patient
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COLUMN/STs:' KIDS AND THE CITY


By Jenni Person
BT Contributor

Toward the end of 2009 I made a
promise to myself that I would
accomplish two things by the end
of the year. I was going to take guitar
lessons and apply to graduate school.
Yes, classic midlife-crisis symptoms. I
did both.
I started studying guitar weekly
with a musician friend, and by the end
of December I had been accepted into
a low-residency Master of Fine Arts
program at a small school in Vermont. In
late January, I found myself knee-deep in
snow and graduate studies, completing
an eight-day residency in Vermont and,
upon my return to Miami, commencing a
semester of field work.
The subsequent five months of critical
thinking, reading, and writing
deepened my efforts as an arts
producer, wandered through I realized
my work running the PJ to do. i
Library (a free-book prognan that I wr
for Jewish kids up to eight
years old resident in Miami),
complicated time available
for my family, and totally
derailed those guitar lessons. As much as
possible, I brought my flunily into my work,
exposing them to projects and performances,
and inviting their feedback. Yes, even a four-
year-old's perspective is enlightening.
This past spring I had the opportunity
to meet and hear Wendy Mogul, author of
the parenting book Blessings ofa Skinned
Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise
Self-Reliant Children. In an age of helicop-
ter parenting, Skinned Knee has become
a runaway favorite among parents aiming


at that place where I had to make choices
in order to balance my professional life
and my family life. So it is with mixed
emotions that I write this as my last
column for Biscayne Times.
The last five-plus years have been ex-
tremely rewarding. This work has become
an important part of my relationship to our
community and my own parenting. Yet this
is that challenging moment we as parents
face, a moment I've written about several
times. It's the challenge of finding equilib-
rium, deciding what is best for ourselves as
individuals and as flunilies.
Sometimes, something's gotta give.
Unfortunately, at this point in my life
the most logical thing that's gotta give
is this column. It demands and deserves
time and attention, and I'm worried I
will no longer have that time.
I got married because love draws
me to my partner. I want to be near him
every chance I get. That love produced
two kids who, in turn, I also want to be
near every chance I get. Yet I am none-
theless an individual with my own needs
to fulfill. So I pursue my professional
dreams, and part of that process requires
trimming other commitments in order to
assure that space will be available for my
family and for my sanity.
My sincere thanks to those who of
you who have followed this column and
my family's evolution over the past five
years, or any part of those years. I wish
you good luck and deep fulfillment in
your own choices and family life. I look
forward to our continued meetings and
interactions at the playgrounds and wher-
ever else our kids may take us.

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of` 1111 cohlol 40-something moms and
dadsil \\ It II Isids still in the single digits
- 11.110 i~LhIt the normal route (gradu-
ate school before kids), I'm glad my kids
are witnessing my academic pursuit.
The message I hope they're getting is
to engage with learning, follow your
dreams, make things move.
Just as I was about to begin my next
semester, a professional opportunity
that I've been working toward for quite
a while revealed itself this summer. I
seized the opportunity without reducing
my existing work load. Well, until now.
I realized I can't do everything I
want to do or all will suffer. I had arrived


-There are only 24 hours in the
to raise independent, confident
kids.
One of the things she
touched on in her presenta-
tion is the importance of our
kids seeing us living our lives,
not shielding them from it.
She suggested telling them
something specific about our
own day when they get in
the car after school, rather
than asking them the hugely
open-ended "How was school
today?" I interpret this as
trust-building and modeling at
once. Here is a specific thing
I did, how does that relate to
what you did? Therein lies a -
real conversation. We're let- .
ting them into our lives, mod-
eling responsible behavior.


d I can't do everything I want
So it is with mixed emotions
ite this as my last column for
Biscayne Times.



This is a reminder that everything we
do has the effect of an instant replay on the
Jumbotron (oh my god, I just made a sports
reference check my pulse). Everything
we do serves as modeling for our kids.
How we take care of ourselves, how we
relate to our partners, how we relate to our
work, how we handle our successes and as
well as failures.
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COLUMNISTS.' YOUR GARDEN


By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

Over the years, many of the plants
I have grown were started from
Seeds collected from flowers
I'd pollinated. I've always been inter-
ested in pollination ecology, and have
learned that some plants are pollinated
by wind, some by insects or bats, and
that some plants do it themselves. I had
to figure out how nature meant it to be
accomplished.
I have always hand-pollinated the
sausage trees at Jungle Island. If you
want lots of fruit, that's the most reliable
to make it happen. While working up in
the canopy to access the flowers, I would
often find lots of honey bees going for
the nectar. Sometimes I'd have to gently
push them out of the flower with my
hand. I've never been stung. The bees
and I have always coexisted peacefully.
There are many species of bees, both
native and nonnative, in South Florida.
The bee we are most familiar with here
is the European honey bee, an introduced
exotic species from which we now get
our honey and which pollinates many of
our food crops.
Bees are very closely related to
wasps and ants. They evolved from a
certain group of wasps and have very
similar morphology or body structure,
but they certainly differ from wasps in
the way they raise their young. Bees
collect pollen and nectar to feed their
larvae in a well-constructed nest. Wasps
feed their larvae other insects. Bees are
vegetarians and wasps are carnivores.
Wasps are part of the beneficial insect
guild. Their larvae eat lots of the insects


Sthe State of Florida recommends that
.~all wild honey bee colonies found in
proximity to people be eradicated by a
certified pest control operator because
Sof the possibility that the hive has been
2 taken over by Africanized honey bees.
I very reluctantly agreed and signed
two contracts. The other contract was
for my roofer to cut a hole into my new
roof to remove any existing honey combs
or hive sections after the bees had been
killed. If there are no bees to guard the
hive (since they will have been poisoned)
other insects will move in to consume
the remains of the hive and honey. This
is not a good thing to have in the walls or
ceiling of your house.
Well, the bees were killed, the roof
cut open, hive removed, and roof rebuilt.
This was an expensive lesson. I know
bees will eventually return. There are
too many tasty flowering plants in my
yard to resist. I also know that a good
nesting place will eventually be redis-
covered by a new swarm of bees. So I
have gone over the entire roof to make
sure there are no tiny little holes that
insects can crawl through.
One other thing: If you need to hire
someone to remove a bee hive, make
sure they are really a certified pest con-
trol operator with the proper equipment
and knowledge. Otherwise everyone
could be in for a nasty surprise.

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that attack our plants.
During the past decade or so there have
been serious problems with bees in gen-
eral. The European honey bee has suffered
"colony collapse disorder," the cause of
which has not been positively determined.
Overuse of pesticides is one possible cause.
I have definitely seen bees killed by widely
used agricultural chemicals.
Another bee issue is the invasion of
African honey bees. Their presence has
been officially established in Florida;
they may have been here since the 1980s.
African honey bees look identical to the
European variety, the main difference
being their behavior. They can be very,
very aggressive.
I have always been aware of feral bee
hives. These are hives not managed by a
beekeeper and kept inside a white box.
If you work outside, occasionally you'll
see swarms of bees searching for a place


to nest. This is what bees do. Once they
find a suitable location, they set up house
and go about the business of building
their hive and raising their young.
The vast majority of people never
notice them in the landscape, but if they
have a garden or orchard, they certainly
benefit from these bees by the pollination
they perform while collecting nectar and
pollen for their hive.
My house has a new roof on it and
one day I was surprised to see that bees
had taken up residence inside it by gain-
ing access through a tiny, quarter-inch
gap between boards underneath the
flashing (the metal strip along the edge of
the roof). I called around to find a com-
petent bee keeper to remove and relocate
the hive as I did not want honey leaking
through the ceiling of my living room.
Much to my dismay, I was told that the
bees would have to be killed. Apparently


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Three common pet problems and how to fix them


By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor



overflowing lately. Many of you
have similar questions about your
pets. Here are three of the most common.

My Dog Digs
Hi, Lisa. Every morning when I leave my
dog in the yard as I get ready for work,
he digs a giant hole. I have tried catch-
ing him in the act and telling him .."
but it doesn 't help. Can you? -Elena M.
Dogs dig for a number of reasons.
Mainly they dig because that's what
dogs do! It's fun and it's in their genetic
makeup to do so. Many breeds, such as
terriers, are bred to chase animals in
small burrows or holes in the ground and
try to dig them out. Other dogs dig out of
boredom. They are alone and there isn't
anything better for them to do. Some are
trying to escape, which, of course, can
also be caused by boredom. Sometimes
there is something the dog desires on the
Other side of the fence, such as another
animal or human companionship.
Whatever the reason for Spotty's new
interest in landscaping, there are things
you can do to alleviate the digging di-
lemma (and save your yard). Taking your
dog on regular walks will provide him
with mental stimulation and a chance to
experience the outside world up close
and personal. You can also provide more
interesting toys in the yard for those
times you must get ready for work. Treat
balls, buster cubes, Kongs, and bones are
all toys created to occupy your dog and
give him a job when you can't.


safety zone in the house. For added as-
surance, have a "Don't Let the Dog Out!"
sign on your door. You can also have
the humans practice their own behavior:
Every time they reach for the doorknob
they must look for the dog before they
open it.
After the training of the humans,
the dog should be trained not to dart as
well. With your dog on a leash, slowly
open the front door a few inches. As
soon as the dog moves toward it, shut
it again quickly. Repeat. The dog will
learn he is not getting out. As he catches
on, tell him "Wait," and open the door
a little more each time. Once he starts
waiting, you can praise him and toss a
treat behind him away from the door.
This will cause him to back up farther
into the house.
You can practice wait (meaning do
not move forward) even without the
door. Stand in front of your dog and tell
him to wait. Take one step backward.
Immediately praise him if he didn't move
and toss the treat behind him. Repeat.
Take a step toward him if he tries to
move forward. Practice a lot at the door
on-leash for safety. If you choose, you
can practice release word (like "free"),
then walk him through the threshold. But
mainly practice that wait means do not
move forward, period!

Sit Doesn't Mean Sit
I have a silly problem. I can 't get my
dog to sit! LOL. I am trying to lure him
to sit with a treat, but every time I do,
he jumps up for the treat. I eventually
tried pushing on his hind quarters, to
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You can even have him dine al fresco
by giving him his meals in the Kong
while he is in the yard. Naturally, the
simplest solution would be to play with
him and not leave him alone out there
without supervision. If you believe your
dog really just enjoys digging, a great
compromise is to build him his very own
sandlot or digging spot. Direct him to
the sand or selected area and praise him
for using it. In the long run, combin-
ing many of these practices is the best
solution.

My Dog Darts
Lisa, I don 't know if there is a remedy for
this. It seems whenever I leave my front
door open, my dog Spike bolts ;i,,.;,rgi, it
as fast as he can. I live on a busy street


and am afraid he could get hurt. Any
suggestions? -Mark G.
Door-darting, as we call it, is a
serious and potentially dangerous issue.
When a dog bolts, he certainly isn't
thinking about his safety or looking both
ways when he crosses the street. The first
question that I would ask: Why is the
door open in the first place? I personally
have never had a reason to leave my front
door wide open and I simply don't forget
to close it.
The easiest solution would be man-
agement. Shut the door behind you! But
if you live with kids or other people, it
is hard to ensure everyone remembers.
Having an extra barrier such as a baby
gate that automatically swings closed
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no avail. He rights it. Lisa, what can I
do? -Janet D.
Oddly enough, Janet, I come across
this problem with clients all the time!
First, we never want to physically force
a dog into a position. It is always best for
them to move themselves. As for luring,
I find that what most clients do wrong
is they move the lure too high and too
often. They also do not wait.


With your dog standing, hold a treat
directly in front of his nose. Now raise
it about two inches over his
head and stop moving. Wait.
Have patience that as he looks a
up, his rear end will drop. If dog
you keep moving the lure, he sit wi~
will keep moving his body.
As soon as his rear hits the
ground say, "Yes!" And give
him the treat. Repeat.
You can also just capture the behav-
ior. Be armed with treats and just wait


him and keep practicing. Your dog will
be sitting on your cue in no time!

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for your dog to sit. As soon as he does,
tell him "Yes!" or "Good!" Then toss

re a silly problem. I can't get my
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Biscayne Crime Beat

Compiled by Derek M~cCann
who happened to be already in the
county jail for other violations.
He claimed he was forced into the
robbery by a mystery sleazebag,
but only one type of shoe print was
found at the scene. He was charged
with the crime. Some children
grow up wanting to be astronauts.
but this hapless perp has never
wavered on his career path of
break-ins. Oh well, just 13 more
years until retirement.


Juveniles Violate House of
Wo rship
8300 Block ofAE 2nd avenue
God's house is no longer safe. An em-
ployee at a church noticed three suspicious
juveniles hanging around the church long
after the last service had ended. They
weren t looking to be saved, according to
the victim. He got them to leave but later
found that the tvke hoodlums had kicked
in the door to the snack room and stolen
several items. The victim knows one of
the suspected juveniles and gave his name
to the police. There will be no turn of the
cheek in this incident.

AARP ShenaniganS
100 Block of AE 78th Street
Fingerprints continue to be the stan-
dard for catching Boulevard scum. This
victim found his apartment burglarized
and $3500 in items missing. Detectives
surveyed the scene and lifted prints from
the broken-in door. They traced the prints
back to a 52-year-old seasoned criminal


the manager learned that the work room
indeed had been burglarized: several
generators were taken, and just in time
for hurricane season. The victim believes
she knows the suspect because she had
been offering him two hours of work
each week so he could buy cigarettes.
Thanks to her enabling, those generators
will buy quite a few cartons.

A Car Is Not a Safe
Deposit Box
700 Block of NE 80th Street
We continue to be amazed at the utter
naivete of our Miami citizenry. This
victim parked his car in his vard. In fair-
ness, his home is secured by a steel fence
around the property, but fences are made
to be jumped. The clueless victim left his
car trunk open. Within hours, items with
an estimated value of $5000 were taken
from his vehicle. That is not a misprint.
This is either insurance fraud or another
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shattered and an intruder had made his
way into the building, stealing copper
cable (a very common crime in Miami).
Police were contacted but there are no
leads. Guess FPL is relieved.

The High Cost of
Cancer Sticks
7200 Block of AE 4th Court
An office manager working late hours
heard a loud noise coming from the
work room but didn't think anything was
wrong as the alarm did not go off. Later


An Inconvenient Truth
(About Miami)
8200 Block ofAE 2nd avenue
Victim departed his building and later
advised police that the glass solar panel
on his roof was still intact. We gather he
is very proud of his well-meaning effort
to conserve power. However, the crimi-
nal elements along the Biscayne Corridor
evidently have not read Al Gore's book.
The next day, the poor budding tree-
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easy score for Miami s opportunistic
thieves. Lock your trunks, please!

Just Another Sweltering
Miami Night
5200 Block of AE 2nd Court
Sometimes languid summer nights can
be downright thrilling. A woman (victim
#2) was smoking a cigarette in her back-
vard when an intruder forced her way
into the house via the back door. Victim
#2 gave chase but was unable to stop the
intruder from beating victim #1, who
was lying on the couch, with her fists.
The mother of victim #1 called police
and the Sugar Ray Leonard wannabe
locked herself in the bathroom. Victim
#1 did not want to press charges. The
police left, but received another phone
call from the same residence indicating
that the intruder had now begun attack-
ing victim #2. Victim #2 managed to lock
herself in a bedroom. This time police cor-
nered the pugnacious intruder and made an
arrest. Will there be a round three? Crime
Beat promises to bring it to you.


Drunken Duo Detained
900 Block of i ., ,,I y.. Boulevard
Two guys entered a bar and starting
banging down cocktails. They drank
the night away, had a great time, and
solved the world's problems from their
barstools, running up a tab of $360 in
the process. They attempted to pay with
a credit card but the card was declined.
With the booze speaking loudly now,
they refused to pay despite being warned
several times by staff that police would
be summoned. The drunks then threat-
ened staff, but by this time officers had
arrived. The delinquent duo resisted
arrest and were smacked down on the bar
and handcuffed. Don't invite these guys
to your next keg party.

Speaking of Kegs
3600 Block Biscqvne Boulevard
A man entered this gas station's conve-
nience store and grabbed a keg of beer
from the back. He carried the large keg
out the door and made no attempt to pay.
For unknown reasons, the employees of
the gas station did not have the abil-
ity to stop him, and simply watched as
he loaded the keg into a Honda Accord


and fled east toward Miami Beach. No
arrests have been made. More evidence
that Miami Beach evildoers are invading
our beautiful, crime-riddled city.

Even Bathroom StallS
Aren't Secure
401 Biscavne Blvd.
This woman was in a bathroom stall
at Bay side Marketplace, taking care
of business. She had placed her purse
on a hook inside the stall. Amazingly,
someone reached over the top of the
stall and grabbed the purse. The victim
screamed, but being in such a com-
promising position, she was unable to
run out and chase the thief. Next time,
we recommend wrapping your purse
around your legs, even at the risk of
tumbling off the toilet.

Get Rich Quick!
AT 83rd Street and Biscqvne Boulevard
A man was approached at a bus stop by
two Boulevard opportunists. They told him
they had an idea for making some quick
money. Sounds like a plan! The man got
into their car and they drove around the
area. The twosome then asked the man for


his watch, claiming that one has to give
money to get money in return. The gullible
man acquiesced and was then "asked to
leave the vehicle. He never saw his watch
or the twosome again. To make matters
worse, he had to trudge back to his bus
stop without even a courtesy ride.

Goggle Eye's Plight
1 AT 78th Street
A gal known as Goggle Eye was ap-
proached on the street by a woman who
noticed Goggle Eye's pretty laptop. She
claimed she could get that laptop on a
high-speed Internet network if she came to
her house. Goggle Eye agreed because, you
know, she wanted to check out her Face-
book page at a stranger's house. Wouldn t
you? When she got there, the woman
grabbed her laptop, told her to leave, and
showed her a bulge in her pocket, which
we assume was a gun. Goggle Eye was
fortunate to flag down a police officer
soon after exiting and they both re-entered
the apartment. The laptop was returned.
Goggle Eye will soon be looking for an
Internet connection near you.

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Bnliekll / Downtown

Abokado
900 S. Miami Ave., 305347-3700
Hamachi chiles rellenos3 Shiso leaf "nachos" topped with raw
spicytuna, kalware sprouts, and other Asian Ingredients', The
Vlva, a sushl roll that starts with standard Japanese (spicy tuna,
cucumber, avocado), adds Latn sabor (Jalapeio, cilantro), wraps
It In a flour tortilla, and garnishes It with heat spicy snow crab
mix)7 Mlaml hasn attended to Inlt~ate too many food "firsts," but
this Japanese/Pan-Lat~n fusion place is surely one Prices are
bihe k sn rt nihe hod shi pos bu In keeping with

Acqua
1435 Brickell Ave., 305-381-3190
Four Seasons Hotel
Originally an Itallan/Mediterranean restaurant, this comfort-
ably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs In 2006. resulting
Inaucnmrpl Imeru renovation nThallan soufamhed se s
(though primarily Asian or Latin American-Inspired) menu,
In dishes Ilke yuzu/white soya-dressed salad of shrimp tem-
pura, a tender pork shank glazed with spicy Szechuan citrus


bda a t er-uste esrt oile wihsnul h wamc nor II II
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) Isnt ta glamorous dining setting But we d eat out
side From the expansive terrace of the Eplc condo and hotel
on the Mlaml River, the views of Brickell s high-rlses actually
make Mlaml look Ilke a real city Its hard to decide whether
the eats or drinks are the most Impressive The food Is Impec-
cably fresh regional fish, prepared In a clean Mediterranean-
Influenced stye The cocktalls are genuinely creative Luckily
you don t have to choose one or the other $$$-$$$$

Azul
500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-9138254
Floor-tcellng picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay But
dinerskatre more likely to focus on th sparkling a Iwavrea bal

creations many of them combinations, to satisfy those who
want It all One offering, "A Study In Tuna," Includes tuna
sashiml, Maine crab, avocado tempura, and caviar, with
several Asian sauces Moroccan lamb Is three preparations
(grilled chop, harlssa-marinated loln, and bastilla, the famed
savory-sweet Middle Eastern pastry, stuffed with braised
shank $$$$$

Balans
901S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village),
305-534-9191
Open until 4 00 a m on weekends, this London Import
(M~laml 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 outdoor ter-
race, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an allur-
Ingly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on
onlon toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion Items, and a
cocktail Is one of Mlaml s more relaxing experiences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305358-5751
While Indoneslan food Isn t easy to find In Miaml, downtown
has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe
has survived and thrived for good reason The homey cook-
Ing Is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new Novices will want
Indonesia s signature rrlsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of
small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice Note bring
cash No plastic accepted here $-$$


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Half Moon Empanadas
192 SE ist Ave., 305-379-2525
As with South Beach s original Half Moon, you can get wraps
or salads But i~s this snackeryis unique take on Argentine-
srl ne I nas ta rmakesdtosueeim natural orbnationa
fried, so relatively gullt-f ree -- are amply stuffed with fillings
both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and
creative the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/mozzarella/
plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options At just
over two bucks aplece, they re a money saving moveable
feast $

Sparky's Roadside Restaurant & Bar
204 NE ist St., 305-377-2877
This cowboyocuteseaterfas c~hefs/o~wners jone Cl-r inna ur-

ism, Instead utlizinga hickory/applewood-stoked ratisserle
smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow cooked,
complexly dry-rub fusion rlbs, chopped pork, brisket, and
chicken Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-
match housemade sauces sweet/tang tomato-based,
Carolinas-Inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian hoslsn with
lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero Authent~city
aside, the quality of the food Is as good as much higher-priced
barbecue outfits $-$$

MIDTOWN / DESIGN DISTRICT

Fin
4029 N. Miami Ave., 305-227-2378
Like the other restaurants In Jonathan Elsmann s Design
District mint empire, this upscale fish house Is Intended to be
product-driven rather than chef-driven, a place where you~ II
find some of Mlaml s freshest seafood Everything on the
changing menu was swimming no more than 48 hours earlier
That said, don t expect platters with fries and slaw From an
amuse of tuna tartare through entrees Ilke Alaskan hallbut
with preserved lemon rlsotto and lemongrass nage, the menu



Ecco Pizzateca & Lounge
168 SE ist St., 305-960-1900
Masterminded by Aramis Lorle (of PS14) and partner Brian
Bastl, this hip hangout was designed to entice downtown
workers to Ilnger after office hours And even without the
expansive, casual-chic space as balt, Internationally award-
winning Itallan plzza chef Massimo Fablo Brunl s exquisitely
alry, burn-blistered ples, made from homemade dough,
could do the trick The rest of the organically oriented menu
May also great, but with pizzas Ilke the cream/mushroom-
topped Blanca beckoning, we II never know $-$$$
Eos
485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373
Unlike their Michelln-starred New Adriatic restaurant Anthos,
In Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael Psilakls and
restaurateur Donatella Arpala has Influences ranging way
beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean region, and even
Latin America Unchanged Is Psilakls~ solid creativity, and a
beautiful sense of balance that makes even very unfamiliar
combinations taste accessible So sklp the safe stuff and
go for the luxuriantly custardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster
and sea urchin rlsotto, or any raw seafood Item, especially


The Bar a ee .25 ( onad5 Htel)
On the Conrad s 25th floor, The Bar s picturewindowed space
is not justa watering hole with panoramic views At lunch its
an elegant sandwich bar, at night its a raw bar (with pristine
coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos Thats
Just the Basque word for tapas, but here there s nothing mere
about the generously portioned small plates They range from
traditonal Items Ilke cod fish equlxada and saffron sauteed
Spanish artchokes to Inventive Inspirations Ilke fole gras and
goat cheese-stuffed empanadas $$$

Botequim Carioca
900 Biscayne Blvd., 305675-1876
la B azll cusn aeedfndb the USe~ Brzla aeP6 0ng

pounds This Brazllan pub broadens the picture, with a menu
that offers entrees, especially at lunch, but highlights Brazllan
tapas -- mega-minl plates meant for sharing Must-not-misses
Include pasteles filled with shrimp and creamy catuplry cheese,
beautifully seasoned bolinho de bacalau (f ried salt cod dump-
Ings). nd alplm fnlto (housespecial yuca fries, the best In

Cafeina
297 NW 23rd St., 305438-0792

khse eg nl fof r a l cut-o o Ir n o r o tdoo r venue Is

overlook chef G ully Booth s l2-item menu of very tastytapas
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., 305-9138358
Though the Mandarin Orlental 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-conscious, the menu
Includes low-cal choices For hedonists there sa big selection of
artsan sakes $$$-$$$$$


1 5 NE 3r Ave., 305577-3454
Fusion food -- a modern Inventionl, Not In Peru, where native
and Euro-Asian Influences have mixed for more than a century
But chef Juan Chipoco gves the ceviches and tiraditos served
at this hot spot his own unique spin Specialt~es Include flash-
marinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema
de rocoto (sliced fish In citrus-splked chill/cream sauce) But
traditonal fusion dishes Ilke ChinesePeruvian Chaufa fried rice
(packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamarl) are also
fun, as well as surprisingly affordable $$

The Democratic Republic of Beer
255 NE 14th St., 305372-4161
The food here', Beer is foodl The DRB serves 400 beers from
55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS
(an 115% alcohol Belglan methode Champenoise brew) But
for those favoring solid snacks, tast global smallish plates
Include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended),
chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo, or steak tacos, served
Mexican-stye with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa Sadly for
breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB Isnt open that early But It
is open late -- till 5 00 a m $$

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305403-3103
From the stlsh setting In Mlaml s historic Firehouse No 4, one
would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees, which range
from Nuevo Latnestyle ginger/orange-glazed pork tenderloln to
a platter of Kobe minl-burgers, all cost either $18 or $23 And
the price Includes an appetzer -- no low-rent crapola, either,
but treats Ilke Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with
Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplanttim-
bales The best seats are on the glam rooftop patio $$$


features Elsmann s dist~nct~ve Asian and Mediterranean-
accented touch $$$-$$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775
This venerable wine shop and blstro, where diners can
enjoy boutique bottles for retail price plus $15 corkage, has
acquired new owners, a new chef, and a new menu, which
added more globally Inspired tapas and entrees without los-
Ing the French classics that made It a neighborhood favorite
Outrageously rich croque monsieur sandwiches, or an admi-
rable stea/f retes with p ppery cream sauce, almost make

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Flip Burger Bar
1699 NE 123rd St., 305-741-3547
Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere In South Beach, are still
rare farther north One reason this easy-temiss venue is a
must-not-miss for North Mlaml locals The hefty half-pounders
on fresh brloche bunsInnedude a scramptlou e h/ Fwr mn

a jalapeio/chipotle scorcher There are even turkey and veg-
gle varlations Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered
onlon rings, a top-drawer beer Ilst, budget priced combo
specials, conversat~on-f friendly acoustcs, and a South Beach
rarity free parking $-$$





Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY
3427 NE 163rd St.
305-949-3318
In the l980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swal-
lowed Manhattan -- and transformed public perceptions of
Chinese food In the NY metropolitan area Before bland
faux-Cantonese dishes After lighter, more fiery fare from
Szechuan and other provinces This Mlaml outpost does
serve chop suey and other Americanized Items. but don t
worry Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empire~s Special
Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy spa
clalt~es, and you II be a happy camper, especially If you re an
ex N~ew Yorker $$



the unique marlin with plstachlo, apricot, and house-cured
speck $$$-$$$$

Fratelli Milano
213 S. Miami Ave., 305373-2300
Downtown Isn tyeta 24/7 urban center, but it~s experiencing
a mint explosion of eateries open at night That Includes this
family-owned rlstorante, where even newcomers feel at home
At lunch it~s almost Impossible to resist paninl, served on focca-
cla or crunchy clabatta, even the vegetarian version bursts with
complex and complementary flavors During weekday dinners,
try generous plates of rlsotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus,
homemade pastas Ilke seafood-packed fettuccine al scogllo, or
delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula $$-$$$

Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305858-0608
This festively decorated Indoor/outdoor blstro packs a lot of
part spirit Into a small space, a large varletyof food onto Its
menu To the familiar Latin American/Itallan equation, the

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owners add a touch df Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but more health
conscious) Menu offerings range from designer pizzas and
pastas to custardy tamales, but the blstrds especially known
for Imaginative meal-size salads, Ilke one featuring mandarin
oranges, avocado, apple, blue cheese, raisins, candled cans,
and chicken on a mesclun bed $$

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305375765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this vener-
able Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries about the
seafood s freshness, on their way to the dining deck overlooking
the Mlaml River, diners can view the retail fish market Best
preparations are the simplest When stone crabs are In season,
Garcla s claws are as good as Joe~s but considerably cheaper
The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail
snapper, or mahl mahl $-$$

Giovana Caffe
154 SE 1st Ave., 305374-1024
If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained
only one Item -- pear and gorgonzola ravioll 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 Ilke grilled skirt steak atop
sweetly balsamic-dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes,
bacon, hard-bolled eggs, blue cheese. and almonds), or an
especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins,
apples, and basl. an Itallan twist $$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza, 3054554757
This expansive Indoor/outdoor Brazllan eatery is sleekly con-
temporary, but no worries The classic sword-wlelding 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 buf-
fet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and chees-
es A pleasant, nontraditional surprise unusual sauces Ilke
sweet/tart passion fruit or mlnt, tomatabased BBQ, and mango
chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurrl $$$$-$$$$$

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305373-063
Its location at the mouth of the Mlaml River makes this ultra-
upscale Itallan spot (especially the outdoor terrace) the perfect
power lunch/business dinner alternative to steakhouses And
the culinary experience goes way beyond the typical meat mar-
ket, thanks In partto the flood of freebles that's a trademark of
Manhattan s II Mullno, originally run by II Gabblano~s owners
The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth And
the champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioll with black
truffles Worth every penny $$$$$

Indochine
638 S. Miami Ave., 305379-1525
Indochine has succeeded by morphing from mere restaurant
Into hip hangout Coplous special events draw everyone from
downtown business types to the counterculture crowd Not that
there~s anything "mere" about the range of food served from
three Asian nations U~ght eaters can snack on Vietnamese
summer rolls or Japanese sushl rolls For bigger appetites, there
are Thal curries and Vietnamese specialties Ilke pho, richly fla-
vored beef soup with meatballs, steak slices, rice noodles, and
add-in Asian herbs and sprouts $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
120 SE 3rd Ave., 305373-2000
(See Mlaml Shores lsting)

La Logga Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St., 305373-4800
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Itallan restaurant
was unquestionably a pioneer In revitalizing downtown With


alternatives Ilke amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnollot~ In sage
butter sauce and cllantrospiced white bean/vegetable salad
dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porclello and Horatio
Olivelra cont~nueto 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 mart~ni spiked with sweetened
espresso $$$

La Moon
144 SW 8th St., 305860209
At four In the morning, nothing quells the munchles Ilke a Crazy
Burger, a Colomblan take on a truckers burger beef patty,
bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with
an arepa corn pancake "bun "While this tiny placds late hours
(till 6 00 a m Friday and Saturday) are surprising, the daytime
menu is more so In addition to Colomblan classics, there~s a
salad Nicolse with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango
salsa. and other yuppie favorites $-$$

La Provence
1064 Brickell Ave., 786425-9003
Great baguettes In the bread basket, many believe, Indicate
a great meal to come But when Mlamlans encounter such
bread -- crackling crust outside, most, aromatic, aerated Interior
-- its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La
Provence Buttery croissants and part-perfect pastries are leg-
end too Notso familiar Is the bakery~s cafe component whose
sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes But French
Items Ilke pan bagnats (essentially salade N golse on artisan
bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thau s
Provengal homeland $$

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr., 305372-233
At ths French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously, with
choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterle/pite, or
smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete
American breakfasts At lunch, generouslysalad-garnished,
open-faced tart~nes are Irresist~ble But sophisticated salads
and homemade soups make the choice tough And do not sklp
dessert Superb sweets Include rich almond/fresh raspberry or
properlytangy lemon tarts, traditional Madelelnes, alry layered
mousses, and addictve minl-macaroon sandwich cookies with
dally-changngflllngs $-$$

Martini 28
146 SE ist Ave., 305577-4414
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 ambitious, dally-changing menu
of fare that's geographically eclectic but prepared with solid
classic technique, diners get a choice of about ten entrees (sub-
stant~al stuff Ilke steak au polvre with Madelra cream sauce
and roasted potatoes, or pignollacrusted salmon with DIlon
mustard sauce, potatoes, and vegges), plus soup or salad and
housemade dessert For just $9 99 Told ya $

MIA at Biscayne
20 Biscayne Blvd., 305642-0032
At ths expansive, ultra-glam restolounge, the eclectic, mostly
small-plate menu ranges from the expected (grilled skirt steak
with chimichurrl, new-stye ceviches, and luxe sushl rolls) to a
small but tantalizing selection of chef Gerdy Rodriguezs signa-
ture creations Lunch fare Includes modernized "Minuta" fish
sandwiches (avocado/habanero vinalgrette-dressed hamachi
on nonl Kalser rolls), while dinner offers edgier Invent~ons Ilke
confit pork belly with a pankacrusted eggyolk capsula, the yolk
nitrogen-frozen before frying to achieve a crisp crust and delight-
fully Improbable oozing Interior $$$

Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.,305-938-9000
Formerly Mannyis Steakhouse, Mlaml s Chophouse retains
basically everything but the famed name (from the original


crab legs that dwarf the plate, cocktail shrimp that could swal-
low the Loch Ness monster whole, two-fisted cocktalls that
would fell a T-Rex Not for the frall $$$$$

Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE ist Ave., 305381-9254
Originally from Jamalca, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving
her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown dfice
workers and college students since the early 1990s Most
popular Item here might be the weekday lunch special dflerk
chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but
even vegetarians are well served with dishes Ilke 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., 30573-9678
Housed In a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home,
Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes Internationally Influenced
contemporary American cuslsne 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 Belgum s best, mouthwatering maple-
basted bacon, miraculously terrific tdfu (crisply pankacrusted
and apricot/say-glazed), even a "voluptuous grilled cheese
sandwich" -- definitely a "don t ask, don ttell your cardiologist"
Item $$-$$$

Novecento
1414 Brickell Ave., 3054050900
For those who think "Argentne cuisine" is a synonym for "beef
and more beef," this popular eateryis wide range of more
cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation
Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for tradit~onalists, but
the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino Items Ilke a
new-stye ceviche de chernia (lightly Ilmemarinated grouper
with Jalapefios, basl. and the refreshing sweet counterpoint
of watermelon), or crab ravioll with creamy saffron sauce
Especially notable are the entree salads $$-$$$

Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305372-8862
With a dozen branches natonwide, Oceanaire May seem more
All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus
vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish Here In
Miaml, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters Ilke
lump crab cakes with his own Ilghtly marinated, Peruvian-style
grouper ceviche The dally-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 $$$$

Pasha's
1414 Brickell Ave., 305416-5116
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 sus-
pect Pasha s was a tax writeoff rather than a Harvard Business
School project which It was by founders Antonlo Ellek and
Nicolas Cortes Dishes range from falafel and g/ros to more
unusual Items Ilke muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky
labneh yogurt cheese Everything from pltas to lemonade Is
made fresh, from scratch, dally $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 3053738080
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued rlbs
(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back several
generations) are the main draw at this Overtown Institut~on But
the chicken is also a winner, plus there~sa full menu of soul
food entrees, Including what many aficionados consider our
town s tast~estsouse And It would be unthinkable to call It quits
without homemade sweet potato ple or banana pudding, plus a
bracing flop half Iced tea, half lemonade $-$$


amenities At lunch chicken salad is a favorite, dinners strong
sult is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennie~s old-
fashioned lasagna to chichi flcchi purses filled with fresh pear
and gorgonzola And Sundayis $15 95 brunch buffet(j$9 95
for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon
and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our town s
most civilized all-you-can-eat deals $$

Prelude
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-9496722
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, tarragon-Inflected corn/
bacon chowder. beautifully plated beef carpacclo with horserad-
Ish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces, and over-the-
top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious creme fralche Ice
cream pop $$$$

Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305371-9661
The first U S venture of a hoteller from Naples, this stylish little
place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as
lunch Amblance Is fashionably cool Milanese rather than effu-
slvely warm Neapolitan The food too Is mostly contemporary
rather than traditional But In true Itallan stye, the best stuff
stays simple an antipasto platter of Imported cold cuts with
crostinl and housemade marinated vegges, crisp-fried calamarl
and shrimp, alrygnocchl with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of
melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil $$-$$$

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., 30530-1915
This casually cool jewel Is a full-service seafood spot, as evl-
denced by tempting menu selections Ilke soft-shell crabs with
grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade There are even
a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, Ilke short
rlbs with macaroni and cheese But oyster fans will find It
difficult to resist stuff Ing themselves silly on the unusually
large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw
and cooked fire-roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and
manchego There s also a thoughtful wine Ilst and numerous
artisan beers on tap $$$

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001
This expansive Indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experl-
ence 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 nonsophistcates needn t fear,
though nachos aren t available, there Is nothing scary about
zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn
tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream
sauce), or Rosa s signature guacamole en molcajete, made
tableside A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries
$$$

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 Cloppino and Sardlnla The main fare Is Imagina-
tive sandwiches on fresh breads, an especially delicious
creation features slow-braised short rlbs, 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 $

Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE ist St., 305-381-9511
Life Is complicated Food should be simple That~s owner
Armando Alfano~s philosophy, which Is stated above the

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Mannyis In Minneapolls), and remains Miami's most Intention-
ally masculine steakhouse Here, ensconced In your black Perricone's
leather booth, everything is humongous dry-aged choicegrade 15 SE 10th St., 305374-9449
steaks Ilke the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce Housed In a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont),
boneln rlbeye, described as "part meat part weapon"), king this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area s first gentrlfled


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entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since it~s
also the formula for the truest traditional Itallan food (Alfano
halls from Pompell), its fitting that the menu Is dominated by
authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Itallan entrees
There are salads and sandwiches, too The most enjoyable
place to dine Is the secret, open-alr 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 parentSushl MakI In the Gables will
find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branch s menu
But the must-haves are some Inventive new dishes Intro-
duced to honor the eatery~s tenth anniversary and Mlaml
multiculturalism "sushl tacos" (fried gyoza skins with fusion
fillings Ilke 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
Irresistble four festive new sake cocktails $$-$$$

Thai Angel
152 SE ist Ave.
305-371-9748
Inside a colorful courtyard that rather resembles
Munchkinland, this downtown "Insider s secret" serves
serious Thal food till 9 00 p m dally Tasty classics Ilke the
four curries (red, green, panang, and massaman) come
custom-spiced -- mild to authentically brain-searing -- and are
so affordable there s no gullt In splurging on superb house
specials Ilke crisp-coated duck or fresh snapper (whole or
filleted) In tamarind sauce The young chef has a heavenly
hand attofu, too, so vegetarians are very well-served $$
Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave.
305-374-1198
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone),
gay bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has
been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music,
primarily blues But It also offers food from lunchtime
to late night (on weekends till 4 00 a m) The kitchen Is
especially known for Its chill, budget-priced steaks, and
burgers There~s also surprisingly elegant fare, though, Ilke a
Norwegian salmon club with lemon aloll A meat-smoker In
back turns out tasty rlbs $$


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 Loggla, but
"restolounge" sounds too glitzy Think of It as a neighbor-
hood "bistrolounge "The food Is mostly modernized Itallan,
with Latin and Asian accents a prosclutto-and-fig plzza with
Brazllan catuplry cheese, gnocchi served either as finger
food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aloll), or plated with
orange-ginger sauce But there are tomato-sauced meatballs
with rlfgawt for Grandpa Vlnnie, too $$-$$$

Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct., 786871-7660
While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for "fun")
Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys,
the location Is far superior -- on the Mlaml River, with
waterfront deck And none of Mlaml 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 particularly
terrific dipped In Waxys curry sauce $$
Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993
Judging from the takeout window, the minimalis decor
(with communal seating), and predominance of American
veggles on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by
Shal Ben-Ami (a Miss Ylp and Domo Japones veteran) May
Initially seem akin to those airport Orlental steam tables
Wrong Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/
garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-your-way stir-
fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor
The proof a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/
glnger/scallion dressing Bubble tea, tool $$
Zuma
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
305-577-0277
This Mlaml River restolounge has a London parent on
San Pellegrino s Ils of the world s best restaurants, and a
similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates
(robata-grilled Items, sushl, 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 carnl-
vores Our favorite Is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with
yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished
tofu rocks $$$$


Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave., 3054565909
If a neighborhood eatery Ilke this one which serves supremely
satisfying blstro food were within walking distance of every
Miaml resident, wed be a helluva hip food town U~ke true
Parlslan blstros, its open continuously, every day, with prices so
low that you can drop In anytime for authentic rlllettes (a rustc
pite) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites,
salmon atop ratatoullle, or many changing blackboard specials
Portons are plentiful So is free parking $$

Buena Vista Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave., 3055763945
At this casual cafe/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bdsro~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 pites, sinfully rich pork
rlllettes, superb salami, and other charcuterle classics) are
Irresistble, and a buttery-crusted, custardy quiche plus per-
fectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo
meal As for Postel s homemade French sweets, If you grab
the last Parls-Brest, a prallne butter-cream-filled puff pastry,
we May have to kill you $-$$
The Cheese Course
3451 NE ist Ave., 786-2206681
Notso much a restaurant as an art~sanal cheese shop with com-
pllmentary prepared foods, this places self-service cafe comps
nent nevertheless became an Instant hit Impeccable Ingredients
and Inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and
sandwiches unique Ilke bacon and egg, elevated by handcraft-
ed cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle
Mayo Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor
preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate
fruits, veggles, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads $$
Clive's Caf6
2818 N. Miami Ave., 3055760277
Some still come for the Inexpensive, heartyAmerican break-
fasts and lunches that this homey holeln-the-wall has served
for more than 30 years Since about l990, though, when
owner Pearline Murray(" Ms Pearl" to regulars) and cook Gloria
Chin began emphasizing their native Jamalcan specialtles, the
Intensely spiced grilled Jerk chicken has been the main Item
here Other favorites savory rice and pigeon peas, eye-opening
onlon/vinegar-flavored escovitch fish, sweet plantains, and cab-
bage that redefines the vegetable $

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Midtown /Wynwood / Design District
Adelita's Caf6
2699 Biscayne Blvd., 30576-1262
From the street (which Is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but Inside it~s
bigger, better, and busier than It looks Unlike many Latin
American eateries, this one stcks close to the source and
proves a crowd-pleaser On weekends especially, the dining
rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare Ilke
baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (Honduras s take on
tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed with seafood or
meat and veggles, and more $

Bay View Grille
1633 N. Bayshore Dr. (Marriott Hotel), 3055366414
This expansive restaurant has no outdoor component, but floor-
to-celling windows and a mult-level layout means every table
has a Biscayne Bay view, which we find particularly enjoyable
In the morning, over a fresh asparagus and Boursln cheese
omelet or huevos a la cubana (f ried eggs and cheese on black
beans) Lunch and dinner menus are a "greatest hits" mix
(steaks, pasta, Caesar salad), featuring appealing local accents
Ilke a hefty fried or blackened grouper sandwich on clabatta roll,
with remoulade sauce $$-$$$

Bengal
2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305403-1976
At this Indlan eatery the deor Is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts "Modern Indlan Culsine" to
match the look Classicists, however, needn t worry America s
favorite familiar north Indlan flavors are here, though dishes
are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern
flair All meats are certified halal, Islam s version of kosher
- which doesn t mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat
here, but Muslims can $$$
Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a styllsh mix of contempo-
rary jhigh loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine
barrels) Culsine Is similarly geared to the area s smart new
residents creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas
and larger Internationally themed Spanish, Itallan, or French
charcuterle platters at night Though the place Is small and
family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophistcated
snacks Ilke the figclutto arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramel-
Ized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosclutto Free parking
behind the building $$


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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 differenti-
ates 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 Ilke
their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth lalea platter As for
nonseafood stuff, Peru practically Invented fusion cuisine
(in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle dishes tal-
lenln saltado and tallerin verde $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006
Most of the seating In this cool Ilttle breakfast/Iunch room
Is In a sort of giant bay window, backed with banquettes,
that makes the space feel expansive This pioneering place
deserves to survive, even If just considering the roast beef
sandwich with creamy horseradish an Inspired classic
combination that makes one wonder why more places In
this town don t serve It 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 Ave., 305-571-8341
No green-leaf faux health food here You get what the
name says, period, with three adds kosher dogs, veg-
gle burgers, and free peanuts while you walt 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 july, 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 Itallan cafe has been packed since the moment It
opened No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyon s
pioneering Lyon Freres gourmet store on Lincoln Road
(1992-97), another joint that was exactly what Its neighbor-
hood needed The restaurants artisan saluml, 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 region-
al specialtles Ilke Venetlan-style calves Ilver, rarely found
outside Italy $$$

Grass
28 NE 40th St., 305-573-3355
Chef Michael Jacobs s menu travels beyond pan-Asian
and Mediterranean Influences Into the Americas Entrees
range from comfort food (cunningly reinvented mint pot
ples) 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, par-
mesan-truffle shoestring fries, minl-Kobe burgers) served
till the wee hours, providing a welcome alternative to the
Boulevard s fast food chains $$-$$$$$


The Girrriz of Sandwich
555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo)
305-374-4305
Rlot Grrrl DIY spirit shines In the homemade soups, sweets,
salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette sandwiches
(like prosclutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed with a unique
sumac vinalgrette) at this concealed cafe, hidden on the
Venetla condo s mezzanine Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia
Sarkis scour local markets dally for the freshest of Ingredl-
ents, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and
sinful Ghirardelll chocolate cake) are all baked In-house
On Saturday the grrrls II even deliver you an elegant (yet
Inexpensive) breakfast In bed $

Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave., 3054380488
The first new restaurant In the Wynwood Cafe District, this
stylish Indoor/outdoor Itallan hangout Is as casually cool as
one would hope and as affordable Theres sa five-buck
half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino
for under $30 And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-
crusted pizzas Ilke the creative Dolce e Plccante or orgas-
mic Carbonara Pastas are fresh, produce Is largely local,
the mosalc-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., 305-576-8002
(See Brickell / Downtown Ilstng)

Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd.
305-76-3838
The menu Is similar to that at many of our town s Latin
cafes, largely classic Cuban entrees and sandwiches, with
a smattering of touches from elsewhere In Latin America,
such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood),
or paella Valenclana from Spain, which many Mlaml eateries
consider a Latin country What justifles the new millennium
monlker Is the more modern, yupplfled/yucafled ambulance,
encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
305-571-5080
The menu here reads Ilke your standard sandwiches/salads/
starters primer What It doesn t convey Is the freshness of
the Ingredients and the care that goes Into their use Entree-
size salads range from an elegant spinach (goat cheese,
pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky homemade chicken salad
on a bed of mixed greens Sandwiches (cold baguette subs,
hot pressed paninls, or wraps, all accompanied by side sal-
ads) Include a respectable Cuban and a veggle 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 mahl
mahl for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas
are housemade dally Niceties Include low-carb tortillas and
many Mexican beers $

Lim6n y Sabor
3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786431-5739
In this dramatically renovated space, the room Is now Ilght
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 onlon/pepper/llme salsa), and yuca
In hotvet fruity rocoto chill cream sauce $$


Lost & Found Saloon
185 NW 36th St., 305576-1008
There~s an artsy/alternat~ve feel to this casual and friendly
Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only
breakfast and lunch joint In 2005, has grown with Its neigh-
borhood Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving
Southwestern-stye fare at rock-bottom prices Dishes Ilke plion
and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotledrizzled endive stuffed with
lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8 Also available
big breakfasts and salads, heartsoups, housemade pastries
Ilke lemoncrusted wild berry ple, and a hip beer and wine Ilst $

Main Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd., 305571-9044
This very upscale Brazllan steakhouse has all the features you
expect, Including all-you-can-eat meats carved tableside and a
lavish buffet What sets Malno apart from typical rodlzlo palaces
is Its family-run feel, Intimate rather than Int~midating, plus Its
attention to every detail While it~s rare at most rodlzlo joints
to get meat done less than medium, Malno will cook to order
One other welcome difference There are a la carte starters and
pastas for lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some lunch
specials Free parking too $$-$$$$$

Maitardi
163 NE 39th St., 305572-1400
Though we admired the ambitious approach df Oak Plaza s
original tenant, Brosla, this more Informal, Inexpensive, and
straightforwardly Itallan concept df veteran Lincoln Road res
taurateur Grazlano Sbrogglo seems a more universal lure for
the Design District~s central "town square" The mostly outdoor
space remains unaltered save a wood-burning oven producing
flavorfully char-bubbled plzza creations, plus a vintage meatslicer
dspensing wild boar salamino, bresaola (cured beef), and other
artisan saluml Other Irresistbles fried artichokes with lemony
aloll, seafood lasagna with heavenly dill-lobster sauce 5$$-$$

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave., 3055766066
Inside this converted 1940s homds blue-and-white dining
room -- or even more atmospherically, Its tree-sheltered garden
-- diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both G reece and
Turkey Make a meal of multinational mezes a Greek sampler
of creamy tzatzlkI yogurt dip, smoky eggplant puree, and alry
tarama caviar spread, and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava
puree and rich tomatewalnut dip The meze of mussels In lem-
ony wine broth is, with Mandolin s fresh-baked flatbread, almost
a full meal In Itself $$-$$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St., 305438-0228
(See North Mlaml lsting)

Mercadito Midtown
3252 NE ist Ave., 7863690423
Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned
with graffit~-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican
street market, just for the dangerously smooth margarltas But
the main must-haves here are tacos, encased In a rarity genu-
Inely madef rom-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed Of
11 varleties, our favorite is the carnitas (Julcy braised pork, spicy
chill de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts) A close second the hon-
gos, Intensely flavorful hultacoche 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., 3055736550
An Instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restau-
rant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth fun food
In a comfortable, casuallystylsh Indoor/outdoor setting Fresh,
organic Ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from
cuttng-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celerlac, celery
salad. and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food deviled
eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onlon dip, or a
whole wood-roasted chicken Therds also a broad range of
prices and portion sizes to encourage frequentvisits Michael~s
Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine Ilst and a full
bar $$-$$$$


Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 3053746731
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetla
condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and
dinner hang-out for local journalists and others who appreciate
honest cheap eats and drinks Regulars know dally specials are
the wayto go Dependingon the day, fish, churrasco, or roast
turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh Big burgers
and steak dinners are always good A Ilmited late-night menu
provides plzza, wings, rlbs, and salad till 3 00 a m $-$$

Orange Caf6 + Art
2 NE 40th St., 305571-4070
The paint~ng 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 Plcasso chorizo, prosclutto, man-
chego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette
Other artfully named and crafted edibles Include salads, dally
soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, flcchi pouches filled
with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries $

Out of the Blue Caf6
2426 NE 2nd Ave., 30573-3800
Forget Impersonal chain cdffeehouses This artist-friendly,
Independent neighborhood cafe serves a full selection df coffee
drinks made with the award-winning beans of Intelligentsla,
a roasting company that works directly with artsan growers
to encourage sustainable agriculture Also served breakfast
and lunch sandwiches, Imaginative salads, soups, homemade
pastries, and creamy fresh-f ruit smoothies With tables, sdfas,
and lounge chairs Inside an old Midtown house, plus free wire-
less Internet access, the space is also just a pleasant place to
hang out $

Pasha's
3801 N. Miami Ave., 305573-0201
(See Brickell/Downtown Ilstng)

Pizzavolante
3918 N. Miami Ave., 3055736325
At this tiny plzza/mozzarella bar, Jonathan Elsmann s Inspired
topping combos and astonishingly high-quality Ingredients prove
that star-chef skills are not wasted on humble fare Carnivores
must try the Cacclatorinl, an ultra-thin and crispy crust with Inde
scribably rich guanclale (cured, unsmoked pork cheek bacon),
pungent artisan pepperoni, grana padano, locally made moz-
zarella, and Itallan tomatoes For meatless ples, we recommend
the Blanca, a thymeseasoned plzza whose plentiful cheeses
are beautifully balanced by bitter arugula Bring a crowd and
taste half-a-dozen different mozzarellas $$

Primo's
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305371-9055
The Imposing cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn t have that
"do drop In" locals~ hangout vibe But this Ilvely Itallan spot is
actually a great addition to the neighborhood The pizzas alone
- brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic
pepperoni to prosclutto/arugula would be draw enough But
pastas also please diners~ choice of starch, with mix-and-match
sauces and extras And the price is right, with few entreestop-
ping $20 The capper It~s open past midnight every day but
Sunday $$

Primo Pizza Miami
3451 NE Ist Ave., 305535-2555
J ust a few years ago, chain plzza joints were dominant most
everywhere Today many places now offer authentic Itallan or
delicate designer pizzas But a satisfying Brookyn-style street
slice', Fuhgedit Thankfully that's the specialityof this Indoor/
outdoor pizzeria blgslices with chewy crusts (made from
Imported NY tap water) that aren t ultra-thin and crisp, but
flexible enough to fold lengthwise, and medium-thick -- sturdy
enough to support toppings applied with generous all-American
abandon Take-out warning Plcking up a whole ple3 Better
bring the SUV, not the Morris Mint


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Prosecco Ristorante
3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305438-2885
Its sheltered location, In a showroom buildings central atrium,
makes Prosecco not the Design Districts easlest-to-find Itallan
eatery/enoteca But the owner s longtime experience In Tom
Blllante restaurants Ilke Carpacclo tells you the place Is a
people-pleaser, with food and wine that's accessible, afford-
able, and worth the hunt Beaut~fully garnished carpacclos (like
mustard-vinalgrettedressed smoked salmon with baby beets,
purple potatoes, and a soft-cooked egg), pastas Ilke ricotta and
spinach-stuffed agnolotti with sage/butter sauce, and similar
temptations ensure you II return $$$


4029 N. Miami Ave., 305-227-2378
Unlike most urban barbecue joints, this neo-rustic roadhouse
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 Elsmann s vinegar-basted North Carolina-
style pulled pork, his tender-firm (rather than Inauthentically
falling-off-the-bone) dry-rubbed spareribs, succulently fatty
brlskets, and Julcy chickens Tabletop housemade sauces
(particularly a piquant mustard-cider St Louls potion) are
enhancers, not essentials $$-$$$

Sakaya Kitchen
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-7578096
This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery Is more an Izakaya
(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 dally
from quality fresh Ingredients French Cullnary Institute-
trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so we d advise
Immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings
and Chinese-Inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet
chill sauce and homemade pickles $$


form, thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy
srlracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many more Especially recom-
mended the yuzu hamachi roll, the lobster tempura makl,
and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-sour Mayo and
a salad $$-$$$

Salsa Fiesta
2929 Biscayne Blvd., 3054008245
The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan minI
chain, this "urban Mexican grill" serves health-conscious,
made-f resh-dally 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, delight-
fully 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 Georgla sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs
Benedict The lunch menu Is a roll call of the usual suspects,
but most regulars Ignore the menu and go for the dally
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 Bernsteln has opened In the area But it~s
no absentee celebrlty-chef glg Bernsteln Is hands-on at both
places Her exuberant yet firmly controlled personal touch
Is obvious In nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the
menu Items are frequently reinvented Keepers Include wild
mushroom/manchego croquetas with fig Jam, white bean
stew, crisp-coated artichokes with lemon/corlander dip, and
buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and
balanced by tiny pickled salads $$$


clear Chef Timon Ballods LatAsian small plates range from
subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo to Intensely
smoky-rich short rlbs At the dally happy hour, select dishes (like
steamed pork buns with apple klmchl) are discounted $$-$$$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305374-8888
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 Miaml, Ilke delicate but flavorf ul
yu pan quall Molst sea bass fillet has a beautifully bal-
anced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/
salty sauce And Peking duck is served as three traditional
courses cripe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauteed with crisp
veggles, savory soup to fnsh $$-$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775
Both blsro and retail wine shop, this Design District spot Is
run by Florent Blanchet, an energetic young Frenchman who
was previously a wine disributor His former glg led to con-
nections that mean If wine lovers don tfind the bottle they
want, Blanchet can probably get It within 24 hours Food is
sophisticated Ilght bites Ilke a shrimp club sandwich with
pancetta and sun-drled tomato aloll, and smoked duck salad
with goat cheese croutons and a poached egg At night there
are tapas $-$$


Upper Eastside
Andiamo
5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside car
wash, Andlamo Is also part of Mark Soyka s 55th Street
Station which means ditching the car (in the complexes
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 ples (from a flaming open oven) that are this
popular plzzeria s specialty, along with executive chef Frank
Cr upl s famed Philly cheese steak sandwiches Also avall-
able are salads and paninl plus reasonably priced wines and
beers, Including a few unusually sophistcated selections Ilke
Belglum s Hoegaarden $$


their wildly popular previous eatery, Ouzo The mainly mezze
menu ranges from traditional Greek small plates to creative
Mediterranean-Inspired dishes Ilke anise-scented fish cro-
quettes with spicy aloll But don t neglect large plates Ilke
whole grilled Mediterranean fish (dorade or branzlno), filleted
tableside The Interior Is charming, and the outdoor deck on
the Little River Is positively romantic $$-$$$

Balans Biscayne
6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191
It took longer than expected, but this Brit Import~s third
Mlaml venue finally opened, and rather quietly -- which
has an upside It~s 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 $$-$$$

Boteco
916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street Is rapidly becoming a cool alt-
culture enclave thanks to Inviting hangouts Ilke this rustic
Indoor/outdoor Brazllan restaurant and bar Especially
bustling on nights featuring live music, it~s even more fun
on Sunday, when the fenced backyard hosts an Informal
fair and the menu Includes Brazil s national dish, feljoada,
a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats But
the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pastels
to hefty Brazllan entrees, Is also appealing and budget-
priced $$

Le Caf6
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-7544551

OChef 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 Haltlan classics Ilke grlot (fried pork
chunks) and oxtall stew are also available and a $3 99
roast chicken special seafood Is the specialty here
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce), lambl frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
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275 NE 18th St., 305-7550122 This chic Indoor/outdoor space Is an offspring of Lincoln
Sake takes a back seat to sushl and sophisticated decor Road s SushlSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane Anise Taverna
- at this small but sleek restolounge Among the seafood lounges In NYC and Las Vegas, but more Informal than the 620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929
offerings, you won t find exotica or local catches, but all the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three The new owners of this river shack are banking on Greek
usual sushl/sashiml favorites, though In more Interesting kitchens -- normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -- make food and festivity for success a good bet, judging from


Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
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or Creole crabs The Mlaml branch has outdoor tlkl-hut
dining $-$$

DeVita's
7251 Biscayne Blvd., 3057548282
This Itallan/Argent~ne plzzerla. housed In a charming bungalow
and featuring a breezy pato. covers multcultural bases If the
Old World Rucola plzza (a classic Margherlta topped with aru-
gula. prosclutto. and shredded parmesan) doesn t do the trick,
the New World Especial (a Latin ple with hearts of palm and
boiled eggs)Just might Also available are pastas. salads. sand-
wiches. dinner entrees (eggplant parmigana with spaghetti
lomlto 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 Boulevardl, From the day It opened. people
have been Ulning up for this stand s sauce-garnished. all-
beef. soy veggle. turkey. and chicken hot dogs The 22 varl-
etles range from simple to the elaborate (the Athens. topped
with a Greek salad. Including extra-virgin olive oil dressing) to
near-unbelievable combinations Ilke the VIP. which Includes
parmesan cheese and crushed pineapple New addition
thick. Julcy burgers $
East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351
Minestrone. sure But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger
soup', Similarly many Itallan-American plzzerlas offer entrees
Ilke spaghetti and meatballs. but East Side also has pump-
kin ravioll In brown butter/sage sauce. wild mushroom
ravioll. and other surprisingly upscale choices. Including
Imported Peronl beer As for the plzza. they are classic ples,
available whole or by the slice. made with fresh plum tomato
sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top American
plzza 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 It~s too good to be true -- It isn t
El Q-Bands owners are Indeed related to the family that oper-
ates the original three Palaclos de los Jugos -- which means
no more schlepping way out west Recommended are most
tamales. tasty sandwiches (especially the drippingly wonder ul
pan con lechon). rich flan. and the fresh tropical julces that
Justify the aforementioned excesses For even heartier eaters,
therds a changing buffet of dally 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 crols-
sants. and Chevron with Techron Snacks match the casual
chicness sandwiches Ilke the Renato (prosclutto. hot capplc-
ola. pepper Jack cheese. red peppers. and Romano cheese
dressing). an elaborate almond-garnished Chinese chicken
salad. H&H bagels. the world s best. flown In from NYC
And the car cleaning are equally gentrlfled. especially on
Wednesday. when ladles are pampered with $10 washes
and glasses of sparkling wine while they walt $
Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-7544050
Housed In a yellow buildingthats 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 Ilke vegetarian blue corn tacos,
desserts Ilke sweet potato ple. and a breakfast menu featuring
organic blueberry waffles with say sausage pattes $


sourmer station
7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305762-7229
Home-meal replacement geared to workaholics with no t~me
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 Favorlte Items Include precision-
grilled salmon with lemon-dlll yogurt sauce. and lean turkey
meatloaf with homemade BBQ sauce sin-f ree comfort food
Food is available la la carte or grouped In multimeal plans cus-
tomized for Individual diners nutritional needs $$

Go To Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 3057590914
This friendly family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original
surprises Ilke the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-
coated makI stuffed with crispy fried shrimp. avocado. sweet
plantain. and spicy Mayo). 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 $

Jinmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 3057543692
Open for more than 30 years. Jimmyis respects the most Impor-
tant 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 anystye. Including omelets
and open-face frittatas. and a full range of sides biscults and
sausage gravy. grits. hash. hash browns. even hot oatmeal Also
available are traditional diner entrees (meat loaf. roast turkey
Silver and onions). plus burgers. salad platters. and homemade
chicken soup $-$$

Kingdom
6708 Biscayne Blvd., 305757-0074
This Indoor/outdoor sports bar serves low-priced but high-
quality steaks. plus more typical bar food that's actually far from
the usual processed stuff Philly cheese steak sandwiches,
big enough for two. are made from hand-sliced rlb eye. sides
Include fries and beer-battered onlon rings. but also lightly
lemony sauteed spinach And the burgers rule. particularly the
Doomsday. a cheese/bacon/mushroom-topped two-pound
monster that turns dinner Into a competitive sport No hard
Liquor. but the beer Ilst makes up for It $$
Luna Corner Pizza
6815 Biscayne Blvd., 305507-9209
At ths cheerful takeout/delivery place (masterminded by the
Amatruda family. plzza-makers In Italy since l968). the concept
is fast but high-quality whole ples or single slices Sauce is from
flavorful San Marzano tomatoes. and toppings Include Imported
salami plcante. pleasantly spicler 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 consistently street-neat eats despite the
slices~ massive size (big ples are 20-Inchers) $

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
Its a restaurant It~s a lounge But it~s decidedly not a typical
Mlaml restolounge. or Ilke anything else In Mlaml Forbidding
from the outside. on the Inside its Ilke a time-tripto a cabaret
In pre-WWll Berlin bordellared decor. romantically dim Ilght-
Ing. show-tune Ilve plano bar entertainment. and to match the
ambulance. elegantly updated retro food served with stye and
a smile For those feeling flush. home-stye fried chicken is just
Ilke mom used to make In her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305751-8756
Big changes have come to Karma the car wash. the first being
a separate new name for the revamped restaurant Metro
Organic Blstro. an all-organic finedining restaurant where
simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors An
entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat
and fish dishes Try the steak frites organic. grass-fed skirt


steak with organic chimichurrl and fresh-cut fries Vegetarlans
will love the organic portabella foccacla Dine either Inside the
architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio Beer
and wine $-$$$

Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305759-2001
Don t even ask why Michele Bernstein. with a top-chef resume,
notto mention regular Food Network appearances. opened
a homey restaurant In an emerging but far from fully gentrl-
fled neighborhood Just be glad she did. as you dine on white
almond gazpacho or Impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese
croquetas Though most full entrees also come In half-size
portions (at almost halved prices). the tab can add up fast The
star herself is usually In the kitchen Parking In the rear off 69th
Street $$$-$$$$

Moonchine
7100 Biscayne Blvd., 3057593999
U~ke Its Brickell-area sibling Indochine. this friendly Asian blstro
serves fare from three nations Japan. Thalland. and Vietnam
Menus are also similar. spilt between traditional dishes Ilke pad
Thal and East/West fusion creations Ilke the Vampire sushl roll
(shrimp tempura. tomato. cilantro. roasted garlic) But It also
carves out Its own identity with original creations. Includingyel-
low curry-spiced fried rice Nearly everything is low In sodium.
fat and calories A large rear pato is Inviting for dining and
entertainment $$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
This offspring of South Beach old-tmer Moshl Moshl is a cross
between a sushl bar and an Izakaya (Japanese tapas bar) Even
more striking than the hip decor Is the food s unusually upscale
quality Sushl ranges from pristne Individual niglrl to over-the
top makI rolls Tapas are Intriguing Ilke arablkI sausage. a
sweet-savory pork fingerling frank. rarely found In restaurants
even In Japan. they re popular Japanese homecooking Items
And rice-based plates Ilke Japanese curry jricher/sweeter than
Indlan types) satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305758-9932
Mark Soylka 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 Ilght bites is along
with other lures Ilke an Invitng outdoor pato and rest rooms
that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors
stay for hours Especially recommended are fat minl-burgers
with chipotle ketchup. a brie. turkey. and mango chutney
sandwich on crusty baguette. and what many feel Is the original
cafes Greatest Hit creamy hummus with warm pita $

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-7773
From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Krls Wessel~s Intention-
ally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant. you can
enjoy regional wildlife Ilke manatees while enjoying eclectic
regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-orangemarl-
nated. sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce)
to comfort jcrispy-breaded Old South fried green tomatoes)
Not surprisingly. the chef-driven menu is Ilmited. but several
signature specialtles. If available. are notto be missed BBQ
shrimp In a tangy Worcestershire and cayenne-splked butter/
wine sauce. Irresistble mint conch fritters. and homemade Ice
cream $$-$$$

Revales Italian Ristorante
8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010
Owned by two couples (Including former Village Cafe chef
Marlon Reyes). this eclectic eatery occupies the former
space of Frankle~s Big City Grill. and fulfills much the same
purpose In the neighborhood as an all-day. family-friendly
place with affordable prices The menu Includes wraps and
elaborate salads of all nations But simple yet sophisticated
Itallan specialtles Ilke spaghetti al flume (with pancetta,
tomato. garlic. basll, and a touch of cream) or yellowtail fran-
galse (egg-battered, with lemon-caper-wine sauce) are the
must-haves here $$-$$$


Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St., 305-7548002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises
emanating from a new outdoor blergarten. this German res-
taurant Is owner Alex Richter s one-man gentrification project
transforming a formerly uninvitng stretch of 79th Street one
pils at a time The fare Includes housemade sausages (mld
veal bratwurst heart 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 pattes served
with a half-dozen different sauces $$-$$$

Soyka
5556 NE 4th Court, 305759-3117
This expansive. contemporary hangout was often credited
with almost single-handedly sparking the revitalizat~on of the
Biscayne Corridor s Upper Eastside Soylka remains a solid
neighborhood restaurant that is a perfect fit for Its area
Comfortably priced yuppie comfort food Ilke meatloaf with
mashed potatoes. crab cakes with spicy-sweet slaw. a wild
mushroom/smoked mozzarella plzza. or a Cobb salad May not
be revolutionary fare. but Soyka continues to thrive while more
ambitious. nationally publicized 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 sushl-bar specialtles plus a small selection of
Thal 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. toblko flying fish).
masago (smelt) roes. and special sauces Thal dishes come
with a choice of more than a dozen sauces. ranging from tradl-
tlonal red or green curries to the Invent~ve. such as an uncon-
ventional honey sauce $$$

UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022
Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuhe Vega.
this casual outdoor/indoor Eurocafe and lounge has helped
to transform the Boulevard Into a hip place to hang out Lunch
Includes a varlety of salads and elegant sandwiches Ilke La
Minuta (beer-battered mahl-mahl with cilantro aloll and cara-
melized onions on housemade foccacla) Dinner features a
range of small plates (poached figs with Gorgonzola cheese and
honey balsamic drizzle) and full entrees Ilke sake-marinated
salmon with bonlato mash and Ponzu butter sauce. and crispy
spinach $$-$$$

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-7543337
A true communitylewel. this bakery is also a most welcoming
cafe. serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who
co-owns the place with attorney Abble Cuellar) that are home-
made right down to the herbs grown on the bakery~s window
sills Bernardds pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted
Cuban pastries are legend But she also crafts treats not found
at average Cuban bakeries. Ilke pizzas using housemade
Indlan naan bread Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats
produced by a few friends candles. cupcakes. and exotically
flavored flans $



Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway, 3058644889
Tucked Into a mall best known for Its Happy Stork Lounge.
this little luncheonette services big appetites Along with the
usual grilled churrascos. therds bandeja palsa. Colombla s
sampler platter of grilled steak. sausage. chicharron. fried egg.
avocado. plantains. rice. and beans Don t miss marginally
daintler dishes Ilke sopa de costilla. If this rich shortrib bowl Is
among the dally homemade soups Arepas Include our favor-
Ite corn cake the hefty Aura. stuffed with chorizo. chicharron.

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carne desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice,
beans, and cheese $-$$

The Crab House
155179th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085
Established In 1975, this Mlaml fish house was acquired by
Landryis 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 stcking to a la
carte favorites Ilke the All-American fisherman s platters, or
global specials Ilke 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 Mlami~s premier
source of Japanese foodstuffs, the "Sushl Dell" restaurant com-
ponent is nothing more than a lunch counter But chef Michlo
Kushl serves up some sushl found nowhere else In town
Example traditional Osaka-style sushl layers of rice, seasoned
seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed Into a square
box, then cut Into lovely onebite sandwich squares While raw
fish is always Impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushl
creations also tempt, as do dally entrees $
Mario the Baker
1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882
(See North Mlaml Ilstng)

Oggi Caffe
1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-8661238
This cozy, romantic spot started back In 1989 as a pasta fac-
tory supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as
a neighborhood eatery And the wide range of budget-friendly,
homemade pastas, made dally, remains the main draw for Its
large and loyal clientele Choices range from homey, meaty
lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioll with creamy lobster sauce,
with occasional forays Into creative exotica such as seaweed
spaghettinl, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes
$$-$$$

Shuckers Bar & Grill
1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-8661570
"Cheap eats and a million-dollar view" Is the sound bite
manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach


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vibe could 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, 305864-7638
(See Mlaml / Upper Eastside listng)



Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305867-0106
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 Argentineltallan
Indulgence rather than Itallan simplicity crabmeat ravioletti
In lobster cream sauce, black squid Ink Ilnguinl heaped with
seafood Though romantic enough for dates, the place is quite
kid-friendly- and on the terrace, they'll even feed Fldo $$$
Lemon Twist
908 71st St.
305865465
In warm weather, we Ilke to hit this French blstro for either
a cornichon-garnished charcuterle platter (Including mouth-
watering Rosette de Lyons salami, hard to find In Miaml)
or the frlsee salad with lardons and poached egg Add Iles
flottantes (merengue Islands on a creme anglaise pond) and
a glass of wine, et vollal A perfect Parlslan Ilght supper But
there s honest heftier fare, too, Ilke the steak/frites (entre-
cote with choice of sauce, housemade fries, and a salad), and
rich figtarts $$$
Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr., 305861-6222
When an eatery~s executive chef Is best-selling Thal cook-
book author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you d expect major medla
hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address
Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an
old Thal school pal who d moved to Miaml) at this unpre-
tentious, authentic (no sushl) 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., 305754-0311
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches
elsewhere In town), this mostly takeout mint chain is fast
becoming the Sushl Joint That Ate Mlaml And why do Mlamlans
eat here', Not ambulance There Isn t any But when friends from
the Pacific Northwest, where foodles know their fish, toutthe
seafood s freshness, we listen There are some surprisingly
Imagnat~ve makis, Ilke the Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and
drizzles of curry Mayo And where else will you find a stacked
sushl (five assorted makis) birthday cake', $-$$
Obte Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012
If only every Mlaml neighborhood could have a neighborhood
restaurant Ilke this low-priced Ilttle French lewel The menu is
mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants, crepe, soups, sand-
wiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials
Ilke a Tunislan-style brlk (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna,
onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad But
everything is homemade, Including all breads, and prepared
with Impeccable Ingredients, classic French technique, and
meticulous attention to details down to the stylsh plaid ribbons
that hold together the cafe s baguette sandwiches $-$$

Miami Shores Country C~lub
10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305795-2363
Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this
classy l939 club are now open to the public -always, lunch
and dinner Not surprisingly, ambulance 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 ahl
tuna tower, a lavish candled-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chick-
en salad, and fresh pasta specials Prices are phenomenal, with
dinner entrees $9 to $17, drinks average $3 to $4 There~s live
lazz on Thursday and Friday nights, too $$

Village Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305759-2211
After closing for several months In early 2009, this cafe,
spruced up to look Ilke a blstro rather than a luncheonette (but
with the same bargain prices), has been reopened The kitchen
has also been rejuvenated, with head honcho Adam Holm
(Whittcars original sous chef) serving up new, globally Influ-
enced dishes Ilke mlnt/pistachlcrusted lamb or tuna tartare
with srlracha aloll, plus reviving old favorites Ilke pork tenderloln
with glnger-caramel sauce $$-$$$


Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305892-1411
If It~s Sunday, It must be sancocho de gallina, Colombla s
national dsh If It~s Saturday, It must be ajiaco Both are thick
chicken soups, full meals In a bowl For Colomblan-cuslsne
novices, a bandeja palsa (sampler Including rice, beans, carne
asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet plantains, and an
arepa corn cake) Is available every day, as are antolltos "little
whims," smaller snacks Ilke chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with
Colomblan sausage) And for noncarnivores there are several
hefty seafood platters, made to order $$

Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305892-2435
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 therds a lot of other stuff aside from
bagels here, Including a full range of sandwiches and wraps
Breakfast time Is busy t~me, 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 $

Bulkldo Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305940-9655
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious Top
Chef contender Howle YWelnberg whose Indoor electric smoker
turns out mild-tasting ~cue that ranges from the expected pulled
pork, rlbs, brisket, and chicken to hot-smoked salmon and
veggle plates There are also creative comfort food starters
Ilke BBQ chicken flatbread, salads, and sweets Sides Include
refreshingslaw, beans studded with "burnt ends" (the most
Intensely flavored outer barbecue chunks), and sweet potato or
chipotle-spiced fries The cost Is comparatively high, but such is
the price of fame $$-$$$
Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305891-1041
Originally a friendly Ilttle l25th Street hole-In-thewall that
garnered raves for Its Ilmited menu of terrifically tasttreats,
Marlo and Karina Manzanerds cafe Is now In more sizable
and atmospheric quarters But the friendly, family-run (and kid-
friendly) ambulance remains, as do the authentic Yucatan-style
specialtles Standouts Include poc-chuc, a marinated pork loln,
tacos al pastor, stuffed with subtly smoky steak, onlon, cilantro,

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and pineapple. sinful deep-fried tacos dorados. and signature
burritos. Including the Maya. filled with julcy cochinlta
plbll, refried beans. and pickled onions $$
Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2882
Easily overlooked. this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However. there are also about
two dozen spicler. Szechuan-style standards Ilke kung
po shrimp. ma po tofu. and General Tso s chicken And
there are a few Imaginative new Items. Ilke the Intriguingly
christened Shrimp Lost In the Forest." Singapore curried
rice noodles. crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts,
and Mongollan beef (with raw chills and fresh Orlental
basil) Delivery Is available for both lunch and dinner $$
Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim
even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica
tables In front of the fish counter. owing to the freshness
of Its seafood. much of It from Capt Jim Hanson s own
fishing boats. which supply many top restaurants Now
there sa casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room
with booths Whether it~s garlicky scampl. smoked-fish
dip. grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper. perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters. everything Is
deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$
Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770
Tucked away. off to the side on the approach to the
Broad Causeway and the beaches. this charming Indoor/
outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood
regulars But even newcomers feel Ilke regulars after
a few minutes. thanks to the staffs Itallan ebullience
Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with
some contemporary Items as well Housemade pastas are
good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break,
especially for the tender gnocchl with pesto or better yet,
delicate fagottinl beggar s purses" stuffed with pears
and cheese $$
Cheen-huyae
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here. If they must
But the specialty Is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine


So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample
Caribbean Mexico~s most typical dish cochinlta plbil?
Cheen s authentically succulent version of the pickle-
onlon-topped marinated pork dish Is earthly aromatic
from achlote. tangy from bitter oranges. and meltingly
tender from slow cooking In a banana leaf wrap To
accompany. try a lme/soy/chill-spiced mlchelada. also
authentically Mexican. and possibly the best thing that
ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$
Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246
(See Mlaml lsting)
D.J.'s Diner
12210 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-5250
Located In a Best Western motel. this place. run by a
Chinese-American family. serves mostly basic American
diner fare burgers. sandwiches. about a dozen dinner
entrees. fresh-baked apple ple. and. oddly. a whole section
of Caesar salad varlations But it~s also a secret source for
Chinese food. mostly chow mlen/chop suey-type dishes.
but also a few dishes such as eggplant with garlic sauce
and ma po tofu that are a step up In authenticity $-$$
Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment. one of
Mlaml s first. there sa full stock of vitamins and nutrl-
tlonal supplements But the place s hearty soups. large
variety of entrees (Including fresh fish and chicken as well
as vegetarian selections). Lighter bites Ilke miso burgers
with secret sun sauce" (which would probably make old
sneakers taste good). and dally specials are a tastier
way to get healthy An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner Is
popular with the former long-hair. now blue-hair. crowd
Frozen yogurt. fresh julces. and smoothies complete the
menu $-$$
Le Griot de Madame John
975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333
When Madame moved her base of operations from her
Little Halti home to a real restaurant (though a very
Informal one. and still mostly take-out). she began offer-
Ing numerous traditional Haltlan dishes. including jerked
beef or goat tassot and an Impressive poisson gros sel (a
whole fish rubbed with salt before poaching with various
veggles and spices) But the dish that still packs the place
Is the grlot marinated pork chunks simmered and then
fried till they~ re mostly tender Inside. crisp and Intensely
flavored outside $


Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd.
305-899-9069
In addition to white-tablecoth ambulance. this place fea-
tures lve Latin entertainment and dancing. making It
a good choice when diners want a night out. not just a
meal It~s also a good choice for diners who don t speak
Spanish. but don t worry about authenticity Classic Cuban
home-style dishes Ilke mojo-marinated lechon asado,
topped with onions. and Julcy ropa vieja are translated
on the menu. not the plate. and fancler creations Ilke
pork filet In tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-
pleasers $$$
Mama Jennie's
11720 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-3627
For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has
been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners
with prodigious portions of lasagna. spaghetti and meat-
balls (the latter savory yet lght-textured). veal marsala
topped with a mountain of mushrooms. and other Itallan-
American belly-busters All pasta or meat entrees come
with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty mine-
strone) or a salad (mixed greens. tomatoes. cukes. brined
olives. and pickled peppers) that's a dinner In Itself
Rustic roadhouse ambulance. notably the red leatherette
booths. add to Mama s charm $-$$
Mario the Baker
13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641
At this North Mlaml Institution (opened In 1969) food Is
Itallan-American. not Itallan-Itallan spaghetti and meat-
balls. lasagna. eggplant parmiglana. 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 Mlaml 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 Migllore). local chef Neal Cooper s neighborhood-
oriented Itallan 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 blstro fare frlsee salad with lardons. poached
egg. and bacon vinalgrette. truite Grenoblolse (trout with
lemon/caper sauce). consomme with black truffles and
fole gras. covered by a buttery puff pastry dome. perfect


pommes frites. and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts
for dessert $$$
Sara's
2214 NE 123rd St., 305-891-3312
While this mainly vegetarian kosher place Is best known
for Its plzza (New York-style medium crust or thick-crusted
Sicllan. topped with veggles and/or meat buster" Imita-
tlon meats). it~s also offers a full range of breakfast/
lunch/dinner vegetarian cuisine of all nations. with many
dalry and seafood Items too Admittedly the cutesle
names of many Items baygels. bergerrbite. Cezarrrr
salad. hammm. meat-a-ball. schmopperrr May cause
queasiness But the schmopperrr Itself Is one helluva
high-octane veggle burger $-$$
Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202
At the end of a debauched night of excess. some paper-
thin designer plzza 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 Ilke
terlyakI fish (fresh fish sauteed with vegetables). curried
chicken and veggles. spicy shrimp. or gyoza dumplings In
tangy sauce There s also an all-you-can-eat deal sushl
(Individual niglrl or makI rolls) plus tempura. teriyaki. and
other cooked Items for $14. three bucks more for sashiml
Instead of sushl $-$$
Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd.
305-940-1808
No frozen plzza crusts or watery mozzarella here No
Imported designer Ingredients either The ples are
New York-style. but the dough Is made fresh dally. and
the cheese Is Grande (from Wisconsin. considered
America s finest plzza topper) Also on the menu are

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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 barbacoa. or herb-
scented pork carnitas But these bites contain no evil
Ingredients (transfats. artificial color/flavor. antiblotics,
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Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave.
305-770-0434
Wraps are for wlmps At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela. originally from British Guyana. the wrapper Is
a far more substantial and tasty rotl. a Caribbean mega-
crepe made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for
the flatbread Is probably jerk chicken. bone-in pieces In
a spiced stew of potatoes. cabbage. carrots. onions. and
more chickpeas But there are about a dozen other cur-
rles from which to choose Take-out packages of plain rotl
are also available. they transform myriad leftovers Into
tasty, portable lunches $
Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse
3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall)
305-957-9900
The rodlzlo formula Is familiar Pay one price ($39 90
for dinner. $29 90 at Sunday brunch). then eat till you
drop from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive
selection of beef. pork. lamb. poultry. sausage. and fish
(16 varleties at dinner. 5 at brunch) carved tableside
by costumed walters What spectacularly differentiates
Flamma Its setting 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 specialtles. 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 nlk-
kel (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Ylmura an exquisite.
delicately sauced tiradito de corvina. and for those with
no fear of cholesterol. pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with
rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$
G-Coffee
3507 NE 163rd St., 305-956-5556
When a cup of regular American loe Is as complex and
boldly flavored as a gourmet coffeehouse s priclest brews
-- but cheaper -- the creator deserves support. especially
when the coffee Is organic and the company supports
fair trade and sustainable production To accompany the
admirable coffees and teas. G serves paninls plus sweets
ranging from guava-stuffed croissants to gelato Service is
speedy. but a relaxed ambulance. comfortable contemporary
decor. and free WIFI all encourage luxuriant Ilngering $
Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2255
When Sla and Nicole Hemmatl bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Plerre Lejeune In the late
1990s. they added Hanna s" to the name. but changed
Little else about this retro-looking French/American diner.
a north Mlaml-Dade Institution since 1983 Customers
can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots. meatloaf
In tomato sauce or boeuf bourgulgnon In red wine sauce.
Iceberg lettuce and tomatoes. or a mushroom and squid
salad with garlic dressing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-
melt couples from Venus and Mars. It remains the Ideal
dinner date destination $$-$$$

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

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Itallan-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 Ilke a textbook on how to please
everyone. with food ranging from traditional Chinese
to Chinese-American to just plain American Appetizers
Include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings A
crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or
French fries Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey,
or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on) And New
Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of
Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common In Mlaml
cold sesame noodles. Hunan chicken. twice-cooked pork
$$

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd.
305-891-1451
The grlddle has been fired up since 1954 at this Indle
fast-food joint. and new owners have done Ilttle to
change the time-tested formula except to stretch operat-
Ing hours Into the night and expand Its classic menu to
Include a few health-conscious touches Ilke 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 $-$$
Yes Pasta!
14871 Biscayne Blvd.
305-944-1006
The space. formerly a Pasha s. Isn t posh But minimalism
fits a partially self-service Itallan eatery centering on a
DIY concept mix-and-match pastas Diners choose one
of seven pasta types. then one of 15 sauces. ranging
from simple tomato/basil to funghl e tartufl (wild mush-
rooms In truffle sauce). decadent Alfredo. creamy yet
clean-tasting Flamlnla (pureed yellow peppers with black
pepper). and more Also available are panini (on excellent
bread). salads. soups. Imported saluml or cheese platters
desserts. and several wines $$


Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests). this vet-
eran Is many diners~ favorite on the 163rd/167th Street
Chinatown" strip because of Its superior decor But the
menu also offers well-prepared. authentic dishes Ilke
peppery black bean clams. sauteed mustard greens,
and steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions. plus
Chinese-American egg foo young Default spicing Is mild
even In Szechuan dishes marked with red-chill Icons. but
don t worry. realizing some Ilke It hot. the chefs will cus-
tomize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request $$
Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822
Located Inside Oleta River State Park. this casual outdoor
eatery Is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured
Item Is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue
began producing In 1938. available In three varleties
salmon. mahl mahl. and the signature blue marlin But
the smokehouse now also turns out rlbs and delectable
brisket Other new additions Include weekend fish fries
Entry Is directly from 163rd Street. not through the main
park entrance No admission fee $
Caf6 Boogalu
14480 Biscayne Blvd.
305-949-1900
This fast-casual Brazllan eatery Is the first U S branch
of a chain from Recife. where. legend has It. the food Is
unusually tasty owing to the magical Influence of a sacred
African rhinoceros named Boogalu. who escaped from a
private zoo Into the region s jungles some 150 years ago
J udge for yourself by sampling our more modern pick. the
Boogalu salad (sesame-topped shrimp. mixed greens,
sun-drled tomato. and mozzarella. with an unusual sweet
peach dressing) For heavier eaters there are rhino-size
steak. chicken. seafood. and pasta entrees for mouse-
size prices $$
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
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Hiro's Sushi Express
17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776
Tiny. true. but there s more than just sushl at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makls are the main-
stay (standard stuff Ilke Callfornia rolls. more complex cre-
ations Ilke multi-veg futomakl. and a few unexpected treats
Ilke a spicy Crunch & Callente makl). available la la carte or
In value-priced Individual and party combo platters But there
are also bento boxes featuring tempura. yakltorl skewers,
teriyaki. stir-fried veggles. and udon noodles Another branch
Is now open In Mlaml s Upper Eastside $

Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-0064
After sushl 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 scal-
hions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard
sauce Other favorites Include goma ae (wilted spinach,
chilled and dressed In sesame sauce). garlic stem and
beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits),
or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/sweet/tangy chill
sauce Open till around 3 00 a m $$

Heelsha
1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393
If unusual Bangladeshl dishes Ilke fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onlon. green pepper. and pickled mango)
or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa. Bangladesh s
sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar. it~s because
chef/owner Blthl Begum and her husband Tlpu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renalsa
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 Indlan styles
to exotica like satkara. flavored with a Bangladeshl citrus
reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-2244
(See Mlaml Shores lsting)l

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

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

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309
Since the 1980s this restaurant. located In an unatmo-
spheric mint 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 Indlan 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 Indlan eatery. too $$

King Palace
330 NE 167th St., 305-949-2339
The specialtles 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 Ilve fish swimming In two tanks
by the dining room entrance There s also a better-than-
average selection of seasonal Chinese veggles 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 lsting)
Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381
It~s ust a small area between the wines and the frldge
counters no potted palms. and next-to-no service In this
cafeterla-style space But when negotiating this Interna-
tlonal gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has
depleted your energies. it~s a handy place to refuel with
eggplant parmesan and similar Itallan-American classics,
housemade from old family recipes Just a few spoonfuls
of Wednesday hearty pasta faglole. one of the dally
soup specials. could keep a person shopping for hours
And now that plzza master Carlo Is manning the wood-
fired oven. you can sample the thinnest. crispest ples
outside Napoll $-$$

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

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333
Don t be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes
In the window At this small Chinese bakery the real finds
are the Chinatown-style baked buns and other savory
pastries. filled with roast pork. bean sauce. and curried
ground beef Prices are under a buck. making them an
exotic alternative to fast-food dollar meals There s one
table for eat-in snackers $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228
For 1950s and 1960s college students. fondue pots were
standard dorm accessories These days. however. branch-
es of this chain are generally the only places to go for this
eating experience Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese
fondue. proceed to an entree with meat or seafood. plus
choice of cooking potion (herbed wine. boulllon. or oil),
finish with fruits and cakes dipped In melted chocolate
Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer
In the pot must kiss all other table companions. so go
with those you love $$$

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338
At this stylish Thal/sushl spot. try the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical
devotion to fresh fish. as well as the time he spent In
the kitchen of Knob broiled miso-marinated black cod.


rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce. even Nobu
Matsuhisa s new style sashiml" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) The specials
menu Includes some Thal-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 Thal food In and around Mlaml 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 Thal basll, and chill-topped
Diamond Duck In tangy tamarind sauce $$-$$$

Paquito's
16265 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-5027
From the outside. this strip-mall Mexican eatery could 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 marlachl
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
Ilke alborndigas spicy. ultra-savory meatballs $$-$$$

Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd.
305-405-6700
Saving the earth one plzza at a time" Is the motto at this
franchise of the only plzza chain to require third-party
organic restaurant certification at all locations Their
gl uten-f ree crusts make It mighty friendly to plzza 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 freebles $-$$

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 rlbs and pa pel duck
(roasted. then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free
of subcutaneous fat) Available every day arelulcy. 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)
305-917-7225
The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-
bite description Impossible It~s part Itallan market. with
saluml. cheeses. and other artisan products plus take-out
prepared foods. part enoteca (wine bar. featuring snacks
Ilke addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aloll. especially
enjoyable on the waterfront deck). part rlstorante (pastas
and other Big Food). part pizzeria What~s Important All
components feel and taste authentically Itallan Just don t
miss the coal-oven plzza Superior toppings (Including
unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly Ilght
yet chewy crust make Racks~ ples a revelation $$


Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your Idea of food porn one of
the Carnegle Dell s mile-high pastrami sandwichesl, Well.
Roasters will dwarf them Consider the Carnegle-style"
monster containing. according to the menu. a full pound
of succulent meat (really 1 4 pounds. we weighed It). for
a mere 15 bucks All the other Jewish dell classics are
here too. Including perfectly sour pickles. silky hand-sliced
nova or lox. truly red-rare roast beef. and the cutest two-
bite minl-potato pancakes ever eight per order. served
with sour cream and applesauce $$

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076
Sans has three menus The pink menu Is Americanized
Chinese food. from chop suey to honey garlic chicken The
white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic
Chinese fare salt and pepper prawns. rich beef/turnip
casserole. tender salt-baked chicken. even esoterica like
abalone with sea cucumber The extensive third menu
offers dim sum. served until 4 00 p mA Ilve tank allows
seasonal seafood dishes Ilke lobster with ginger and
scallion Recently Installed a Chinese barbecue case.
displaying savory Items Ilke crispy pork with crackling
attached $$$

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008
At this unique Talwanese eatery. run by a trio of Talpel-
trained female chefs. all seafood. poultry. and meats
In the budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock Imita-
tlons made from wheat gluten. tofu. and vegetables But
don t mock It till you try the quite beefy pepper steak. or
smokln~ duck. with slices that mlmic the charcuterle Item
down to convincing faux fat Other main dishes feature
recognizable veggles 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 (f resh fruits) to the welrd (grass lelly. sweet corn.
kidney beans. rice balls. chocolate pudding) And the bub-
ble tea Is a must-not-miss Using housemade syrup. the
cold. refreshing boba comes In numerous flavors (mango.
taro, even actual tea). all supplemented with signature
black taploca balls that. slurped through large-dlameter
straws. are a guaranteed giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697
Open until 1 00 a m every day except Sunday (when Is
closes at midnight). this relatively new addition to North
Miaml Beach s Chinatown" strip has become a popu-
lar late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian
restaurants And why not3 The food Is fresh. nicely pre-
sented. and reasonably priced The kitchen staff Is willing
to customize dishes upon request. and the serving staff Is
reliably fast Perhaps most Important. karaoke equipment
Is In place when the mood strikes $-$$

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5588
Though some food folks were Initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our
area s few Vietnamese restaurants. it~s hard to bear a
grudge at a friendly. casual neighborhood place that
offers monster ten-ounce char-grilled burgers. with pota-
toes or salad. for $8 50. steaks. plus a side and a sauce
or veg topper. for nine bucks at lunch. $15 to $18 75
(the menu s top price) at night. and three-dollar glasses of
decent house wine $-$$

Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama. this sushl spot seems to have
taken Its cue from Philippe Starck sheer floor-to-celling
drapes. for starters The sushl Ilst. too. Is over the top.
featuring monster makls Ilke the Cubble Comfort spicy

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cado, jalapeios, and cilantro, topped with not one but
three sauces wasabl, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo Hawallan
King Crab contains unprecedented Ingredients Ilke toma-
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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 sushl bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too That
said, the sushl Is Impressive, mainly because seafood
Is delivered dally and all except the shrimp Is fresh, not
frozen (as Is customary at most Mlaml sushl places) Also
notable All sauces are housemade Cooked makls Ilke a
crunch-topped Mlaml Heat are most popular, but it~s as
sashiml 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 specialtles cold-
water oysters from the Northeast, plus Blue Points,
Malpecs, Island Creeks, and more Traditional house
favorites remain, and the emphasis Is still on fresh fish
from local waters Open dally till 2 00 a m,. the place can
get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen Is
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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 Lombardl~s, Patsyis, John s, or Grimaldl s In New
York) producing the Intense 800-degree heat to turn
out, In mere minutes, a ple with the classic thin, crisp-
bottomed, beautifully char-bubbled crust that fans of the
above legendary plzzerlas 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 It~s nearly Iden-
tical to that at the Upper Eastside s Luna Cafe and, with
minor varlations, at all the rest of Tom Blllante s eateries
(Rosalla, Villagglo, Carpacclo), right down to the typeface
But no argument from here In a mall a setting more
accustomed to food court dishes Ilke carpacclo al sal-
mone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices,
and lemon/tomato dressing) and Ilngulne 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 Mlna, a multiple James Beard
award win ner, steakhouse fare Is just where the fare
starts There are also Mlna s Ingenlous signature dishes,
Ilke an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot
ple, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood
starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy
meal But don t neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged
Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American "Kobe," swoonwor-
thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime
nib, all cooked to perfection $$$$$

Bulldog Caf6
190048 NE 29th Ave.
305-931-9244
The bulldog Is the same as at Bulldog Barbecue, pugna-
clous Top Chef contender Howle Klelnberg, but the menu
Is quite different at this newer venue In Loehmann s
Plaza -- basically suburban shopper-friendly fare Ilke sal-
ads, sandwiches, and flatbreads That said, the dawg has
designed some knock-out, BBQ-enhanced Items, Including
a smoked-brlsket sandwich with caramelized onions, blue
cheese, and horseradish cream, and a Cuban sandwich
with pulled pork barbecue, plus Black Forest ham and
DIgon mustard That one Is pretty much an "ultimate "$$
Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave., 305-935-2900
After 20 years of success In the same location, many
chefs would coast on their backlog of tried-and-true
dishes And it~s doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would
freak out his many regulars by ellminating from the menu
the Bahamlan lobster and crab cakes But lobster-lovers
will find that the 20th anniversary menus also offer new
excitements Ilke tandoorl-spiced rock lobster, along with
what might be the ultimate mac n cheese lobster crab
macaroni In a Frls vodka sauce with mushrooms, scal-
hions, and parmesan The famous dessert souffle s flavor
changes dally, but It always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
305-792-2902
This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the
ambulance As In Italy, dishes rely on Impeccable Ingredl-
ents and straightforward recipes that don t overcompll-
cate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfec-
tlon Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild
mushrooms needs nothing else Nelther does the signa-
ture Pollo 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 Thal and Japanese
dishes, plus some appealing contem porary creations (l ike
the Splcy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an Inside-out tuna/avocado/
tempura makl, topped with more tuna and served with a
luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a
longtime favorite But vegetarians -- for whom seafood-
based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield
-- might want to add the place to their "worth a special
drive" Ilst, 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)
305-466-7195
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 millennium This upscale mint chain
salutes America s great grill restaurants of yesteryear,
with prodigious portions of charbrolled meats and sea-
food, plus classics Ilke creamy chicken pot ple New retro
dishes are added quarterly, but our favorite remains
Sunday nights prime rlb special a $32 hunk of Julcy beef
thaf~ll take care of Mondayis meals too $$$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St.
305-626-8100
Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an Interna-
tlonal 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 Mlaml 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 dells
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 champions, not those machine-made puffy
poseurs As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the
massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami
sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mojm) spirit shines
here $$

Peppermill on the Waterway
3595 NE 207th St.
305-466-2016
Charming Alpine decor and elegant yet accessible tra-
dltlonal Continental comfort foods make this Indoor/
outdoor restaurant a perennially popular special-occasion
place to take the parents Definitely don t tell the folks~
cardiologist about Indulging In fine-dining fare from the
precholesterol-obsession era trout almondine with beurre
blanc, salmon with hollandalse and creamed spinach, or
for super-splurgers, lobster thermidor While seafood Is
a specialty, butter-sauteed breaded schnitzels Ilke the


chicken Holstelner (topped with capers, anchovies, and
an egg) are a treat $$-$$$
Pilar
20475 Biscayne Blvd.
305-937-2777
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman
Van Aken and Mark Milltello He has been executive chef
at Ruml, and cooked at NYC s James Beard House Armed
with those Impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife
launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to
prove that top restaurants can be affordable Consider
It proven Florlbbean-style seafood Is the specialty fresh
hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock
shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snap-
per with tomato-herb vinalgrette Forget Its strip-mall loca-
tlon The restaurant Itself Is elegant $$-$$$

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

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8
305-466-9033
The real soup man behind this franchise Is Al Yeganeh, an
antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made notorl-
ous, on a Seinfeld episode, as "the soup Nazi On the
menu ten different premium soups each day The selec-
tlon 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 (mulllgatawny) All soups
come with gourmet bread, fruit, and Imported chocolate
Also available are salads, sandwiches, and wraps $-$$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd.
305-932-8955
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Asking pr~ce: 518.75 PSF FSG


Creative Office Spaces
Asking price: 515 S18 PSF FSG


occupancy Malalre jmpl paved
park~ng.convenientr access a central
locarion and professional
mannaemenr


MIAMI SHORES
85 NW 102 ST
Great Starter Home
Asking price: 5229.000


3 bed! 2 bath grear starler home or greal
properry for investor. Close to the Jacktson
Hospital. un.I learures all original brlll-ilnj and
mold~rlgs hardrrood floors and large yard New ,
marnna and park jusjt blocks awvay


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bath jrarrer home ~n Miaml Shores! The property
has a brand new k~rchen m~o ene barhroomr and
new central AC wirb rrasher and dryer included.
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This beautifully renorared 4 Ded 3 5 barn home
silr on a weell manicured lot Structural
renovanonsj includee Impact wv~ndowsr Ibrougllout
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MIAMI BEACH
235 Lincoln Road
Signature Building in Miami Beach
Asking price: 532 PSF Gross


DOWNTOWN
100 NE1st Ave
The Historic Post Office Building
PriC9 upon request


Sustainable
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Bah ,pft erIV e eal~u most progressive neighborhood. A
upgrades .0 adallion to elegant step away from landmark eater~es
common areas at a great Dr~ce per so cafe and some of mle most uniqule
ft Multtlie floor Dians clvailable shopp~ng M~am. haj to Offer


CentrJIasl Busins D~strict' The H~storic
Post Office Ballding .5 avallable for a
variety of end uses .0 born Off~ce ana
Reta.I Full floor plates ava.IaDie


UPPER EAST SIDE
736 NE 67ST
Unbeatable Price East of Biscayne
Asking price: 5239.000


Style Hone
$189,000


This home Fearures 2 Deal 2 Darns wuooa noorr.
pa r LOae Ir lhe ced n ov re-ler hE j
Slae this property .i wualk~ng d~ltance lo aalans
Srar bucks dog park and more Take advantage
of a greal pr~ce for this locations


DESIGN DISTRICT
177 NE 44 ST
Design District Historic Beautyl
Asking price: 5349,000


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Mediterranean Revival 3 Dea : 2 Dath bult .0 mle
robring 1920; 5 xpansve. 11gn finlea rooms,
wood floonrs wvork~ng Lf~rplace II s on~quef with
a romamilc balcony overlooking rhe b~sroric tree
Inned srreers of Buena V~sra East


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