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April 2011

1 The Trouble With Golf
8 Feedback: Letters
12 Miami's King
14 Picture Story
16 BizBuzz
34 Museum Park Party Poopers
34 Waterfront Park Stays Afloat
35 Design District Dilemma
35 The Further Adventures of Biscayne Plaza
36 Get Ready, Get Set, Vote!
44 Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer: No Signs of Nightlife
46 Gaspar Gonzalez: Good Fences, Good Neighbors
48 Jen Karetnick: Of Mangos and Mitzvahs
50 Frank Rollason: Miami Ink
52 Wendy Doscher-Smith: No Place Like Home
54 Anne Tschida: Mapping Vizcaya
56 Galleries + Museums
59 Events Calendar
60 Biscayne Crime Beat
62 Small Pleasures: Normandy Isle
64 Kids and the City: Happy Meals for Everyone
65 Going Green: Water, Water Everywhere
66 Vino: Death, Taxes, and Cheap-o Wine
67 Your Garden: A Tasty and Zesty Foe
68 Pawsitively Pets: Curb Your Crazy Canine
73 Restaurant Listings: 262 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants!


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Miami's First Immigrants:
Perhaps Not What You
Congratulations to HistoryMiami
(formerly the Historical Museum of
Southern Florida) as it celebrates its 70th
anniversary. But I was most disappointed
that there was no mention in the story
"That Was Then" by Margaret Griffis
(March 2011) of the fact that the first
wave of immigrants were Bahamian
Americans and southern blacks, who
came to build the railroad after Julia
Tuttle persuaded Henry Flagler to extend
the rail to South Florida.
Thankfully, because of due dili-
gence and dialogue with historian Arva
Parks, women's commissions, and the
Black Archives, an artist sculpted those
contributors to Miami's history on the
skirt of the Julia Tuttle statue unveiled
recently at Bayfront Park. Lest we forget.
Marcia Saunders

Why I Changed My Mind
About Jen Karetnick:
Perhaps Not What You
I just got around to reading the
March issue of Biscayne Times. As
always, I read the letters first, and my
initial reaction to the letter by Kendra
Borja about Jen Karetnick's column
"Money Makes the Shores Go 'Round"
(February 2011) was that it was a bit
Then I read Karetnick's meandering
and slightly confusing column "Chefs
and Poets and Views of the Bay" (March
2011), about poets and placemats, which
suddenly segued into a most favorable
review of a yet-to-be-opened restaurant.
After that I changed my opinion about
that letter - particularly the fact-check-
ing part.
I moved to North Bay Village
in 2003. At that time, the restaurant
space on the 79th Street Causeway that
Karetnick discusses was closed and in
disrepair. I was told by various neighbors
and family members that it had been
closed a while, and had once been -
most notably - a restaurant and night-
club frequented back in the day by the
Rat Pack. I never heard about the KGB
connections. Regardless, I can't imagine
why Karetnick would leave out the most
interesting fact about its history; it's
glamorous, Old Hollywood connection!
Unexpectedly, renovation com-
menced one day. Much of the building

was demolished, leaving only the front
wall intact. However, the first restaurant
that finally opened after the year-long
construction was Roger's, which lasted
a while but closed after a short run. It
then became Barchetta on the Bay, which
struggled and failed (brave and crazy
to open an Italian restaurant across the
street from one of the best in the area,
Oggi, especially since service and food
at Barchetta were both uneven and
It closed again. Then we heard it
was an after-hours club, and someone
took down the part of the sign that said
"Barchetta On"f and just left The Bay.
Now more renovations are under way,
portions of the red brick facade are being
painted white as I write this. But amus-
ingly, just before that, someone tried to
open an upscale gentleman's club, but
the city and residents went berserk at the
idea and blocked it.
Speaking of the city, I wondered
why no reference at all was made to
the city in which this restaurant space
is located. Karetnick authors a column
about Miami Shores, and in this par-
ticular piece she also mentions Miami
and Miami Beach, plus a number of
cities outside of South Florida. Why not
mention our city by name, rather than
making a vague reference to the restau-
rant being located "on the causeway?"
It just might help visitors interested
in dining there to actually find it a little
more easily, once it finally opens.
Susan V. Powers
North Bay Village

Editor's note: Roger's replaced
Landry's Seafood, which undertook the
major construction at the site of today's
Trio on the Bay, which is now open.

Making Jokes at a Child's
Expense? Don't Get Me
What a hypocritical piece of com-
mentary from Crystal Brewe ("When Par-
ents Are No Longer Cool," March 2011).
What a nasty "joke" emerged from her
subconscious to inflict upon her daughter
by saying, "I don't think you will have to
worry, sweetie. You will probably end up
with legs like mommy's."
Did she realize the potential for
harm to her daughter's emotional well-
being? I don't think she has an inkling of
how loaded and dangerous her meanness

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is toward her daughter ("Her eyes liter-
ally welled up with tears").
She has made her point quite clear
about when parents are no longer cool.
Unfortunately, the person here required
to grow a thick skin in her household
is not her, but her daughter. If at her in-
nocent and tender age of six, her mother
is making such insidious "jokes," there
seems to be no chance that her daughter
will be the recipient of loving and uplift-
ing compliments from her. She should
not worry about her child's responses
wounding her. Rather she should worry
about how loaded and dangerous her own
"jokes" are to her daughter's developing
self-esteem and love of herself.
Noaris Burgos

Mayor to Danny: Keep
Those Investments Coming
It was great to read Erik Bojnan-
sky's article on Danny Reyes and his
continued investment in the Village of El
Portal ("Big Changes in Tiny El Portal,"
February 2011). I have known Danny for
about 15 years, after I first got involved
in El Portal politics.
He is not just a great businessman,
but a friend to the El Portal community.
His support of projects and activities
with our youth and seniors is commend-
able and greatly appreciated.
We in the village extends our
thanks to Danny and wish him much
success in his business ventures.
Mayor Daisy Black
Village of El Portal

Mr. Commissioner, You
Now Have the Floor
As a Village of Biscayne Park
Commissioner elected over a year
ago, I would like to comment on two
letters published in the February issue
of Biscayne Times, one by resident
Barbara Kiers; the other by resident
Milton Hunter; as well as past articles
by Gaspar Gonzalez.
To start, Gaspar has provided us
with insight, critique, and humor, along
with a much-needed lampooning of
behind-the-scenes power brokers. He has
helped shine a light on what some call
the "RAC Block" (initials of the mayor's
last name and those of two commis-
sioners up for election this December),
helping residents pay attention to their

voting record. So it is not surprising that
Gaspar has come under attack. And yet
he has been very kind to label those who
have resisted reform efforts and govern-
ment transparency as taking a "Chamber
of Commerce" approach.
Barbara Kiers, on the other hand,
whose February letter effectively stood
against Milton Hunter's letter in the
same issue, recognized a darker side.
She bravely labeled as "Gestapo-like"
the tactics that the majority ruling block
has resorted to. Many have witnessed
their repeated attempts to shut down
healthy debate at commission meetings,
ignore parliamentary procedure, censor
articles from our Village newsletter,
keep facts away from the public and
out of official minutes that serve as
our public record, and past efforts to
create Village laws that would restrict
free speech by residents and commis-
sioners who disagree with them, which
the State Attorney's office clearly have
labeled unconstitutional.
How else does Kiers's "Maybe He
[Gaspar] Does Know a Thing or Two" stand
up to Hunter's cry of "Enough Already"?
First, Hunter's letter quotes an "in-
vestigative report" by a hired-gun defense
attorney - Robert Soloff - whose effort
clearly was to shield our manager, and the
ruling block's association with her, from
the alleged wrongdoing identified by a
former finance clerk of the Village. (Soloff
is best known for his failed attempt to
defend Joe's Stone Crab, when they were
easily found guilty of longstanding dis-
crimination against women.)
Second, Hunter conveniently did
not mention the allegations of the former
finance clerk, who resigned in protest
against manager Garcia, and how I
tried to investigate because the majority
(Mayor Ross and Commissioners An-
derson and Childress) apparently would
not. Also the allegations against the
manager included both verbal and physi-
cally demonstrable harassment directed
against the finance clerk - all because
she apparently tried to do right according
to law, ethics, and fiscal best practice.
Hunter also ignores that the staff
member was trying to make sure that
payroll records were not falsified, and that
wrongful budget transfers were not per-
formed under duress. He wrote that you
can read the report in its entirety, but it is
clear from what he withheld that he prob-
ably hopes you never will. And he does

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Commentary: MIAMI'S KING

One Vote Leads to Another

Alvarez is tossed out, and now 14 others want in

By Jack King
BT Contributor
Our recent recall vote that got rid
of Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos Alvarez and Commis-
sioner Natacha Seijas came as a bit of
surprise to me. Granted, both of them
needed to go, but the election results
were overwhelming: nearly 90 percent of
voters wanted them out.
It was a moment like nothing we've
seen. Florida's governors have removed
many an elected official for cause or
indictment, but seldom are they recalled,
primarily because the process is difficult
- and expensive.
This one would not have been
successful had it not been funded by bil-
lionaire auto magnate Norman Braman.
I wonder how many other commission-
ers would have been thrown out had the
money been there to collect signatures in
every commission district.
Seijas, whom the blog Eye On
Miami refers to as "Vile Natacha," had
rubbed just about everybody the wrong
way, including her most ardent support-
ers. I'm not quite sure how someone with
her mean-spirited disposition got elected
in the first place, but this is, after all,
Miami-Dade County.
Alvarez was something else. He'd
been moderately successful as chief
of the county's police department, and

other than a massive ego, he didn't have
too many negatives. Elected mayor in
2004, he started off his first term by
picking a fight with the commission over
who should be in charge. He lost that
one big time, which left him with pretty
much nothing to do.
County manager George Burgess
handled the day-to-day work. Alvarez was
supposed to be the visionary and lead the
county into the 21st Century, but he had
no idea what he was doing. Despite that,
in January 2007 he persuaded voters to
give him the powers of a "strong" mayor.
It didn't take long for his strong suit to
come to the forefront - building massive
bureaucracies, starting with his own office.
When he first took over, the mayor's
staff and budget were relatively modest.
Then it ballooned to nearly 50 assistants
making more than $100,000 a year, and
a multimillion-dollar office budget to
match. After doing nothing for a few
years, he decided to get involved in two
areas that became his Waterloo.
First there was the boondoggle of
a new stadium for the Florida Marlins.
Alvarez was their biggest cheerleader,
touting the great economic benefits for
residents from Homestead to Opa-locka.
According to him, pigs would fly, manna
would fall from heaven, and all our
economic woes would vanish. Of course,
it turned out to be just another load of BS
being shoveled out of county hall.

After the deal was inked, we
learned that the Marlins, supposedly
losing money, were in fact making a ton
of dough and could have built the place
themselves. Not to worry! We have 50
years to pay off the debt, now estimated
at $2.4 billion, most of it back-loaded so
the really big bills are crammed into the
final ten years. Don't you think that's a
nice present for your grandkids?
Then came Alvarez's budget bril-
liance. County spending was rocketing
out of control at the same time revenue
was evaporating, so Alvarez came up
with a novel scheme: Raise property
taxes. Anyone with half a brain could see
this was the perfect time to raise taxes.
The economy was tanking, people were
losing their homes left and right, and the
jobless rate was soaring. So in Alvarez's
mind, it made perfect sense to jack up
tax rates and give thousands of county
employees a salary boost.
How did we get Alvarez in the first
place? Recall that in 2004, Alvarez was
running against Commissioner Jimmy
Morales. Alvarez was tall, in great shape,
dressed well, and had the ego. Morales
was short, frumpy, wore ill-fitting suits,
and was a marvelous public servant.
Our shallow electorate couldn't see

through Alvarez's facade, and he rolled
over Morales.
On May 24, we'll have a chance to do
a better job selecting a leader. And what a
chance it is. As of this writing, we have 14
mayoral candidates, a number of whom are
unemployed. You can tell because they have
"former" in their titles, among them Marcelo
Llorente, Jos6 Cancio, Roosevelt Bradley,
and Luther Campbell -yes, that Luther
Campbell. Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina will
be in the running if he can resolve his legal
problems. (A Hialeah mayor with legal prob-
lems? Who would have thought?) That leaves
county Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, the
only candidate who has a job and no legal
problems. What a novel concept!
I was hoping Morales might run,
but he quickly quashed that idea. Too
bad. He would have made a great mayor.
A couple of other election notes: The
Miami Herald editorial board recom-
mended against the recall. Talk about
being out of touch with your community.
Also there are two Julio Robainas on the
ballot. The Hialeah Julio is running for
county mayor and the South Miami Julio
is running for the District 7 commission
seat being vacated by Gimenez.

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Downtown Miami Not

So Long Ago

A view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiami

By Paul George
Special to the BT
his classic photograph of Miami
in the early 1950s captures the
heart of downtown in its heyday.
The city's popular Bayfront Park is the
venue for the R.C. Gardner Band Shell
(seats are visible in the left foreground),
a favorite gathering place for concerts.
To the right of the band shell stands
the newly completed main branch of
the Miami public library. West of the
library, across Biscayne Boulevard, lies E.
Flagler Street, the city's most important
thoroughfare, and the center of shopping,
dining, and movie theaters.
Most of the tall buildings in the photo-
graph were products of the great real estate
boom of the mid-1920s. The McAllister

Hotel, built between 1917 and 1926, and the
Columbus Hotel, to the right of it, complet-
ed in 1926, are across from the library. They
represented two of a cluster of six buildings
comprising South Florida's first skyline.
Directly behind the McAllister Hotel
is the Alfred I. DuPont Building, con-
structed at the end of the 1930s. Across
from it is the beautiful Ingraham Building.
Farther west is the towering Dade
County Courthouse with its ziggurat roof At
28 stories, the courthouse was the tallest build-
ing in South Florida for 35 years, until 1963.

To order a copy of this photo, please
contact HistoryMiami archives manager
Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@
historymiami. org.

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buyer, this spacious 2 bed/1 bath offers family room, tiled,
updated kitchen and a large back yard with fruit trees No
upgrades needed Close to shops and transit
Offered at $70,000
Madeleine Romanello, P.A. 305.282.2133

350 NE 24th St., Miami * Boutique luxury building with 360 Harbor Island Dr., North Bay Village * Luxury
views of Biscayne Bay Central location at Biscayne Blvd building with marina, gym, sauna, 2 pools, clubroom,
and NE 24th St 15,000 sq ft pool terrace, 10 ft ceilings, valet Bay/ocean views and low maintenance fees 1 and 2
expansive terraces Financing available City24condo com beds from 1,250+ sq ft Right off of 79th, Biscayne Bvld
Offered from $175,000 - $450,000 Offered from $155,000
David Carolan 305.610.3251 Mario Ojeda, P.A. 305.790.6168
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1446 LenoxAve. #3, Miami Beach * Historic 1,320 sq 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. #3A, Miami Beach * Restored
ft 2 bed/2 bath by park Top floor, front corner, no shared L Murray Dixon Vaulted ceilings, 2 decorative fireplaces,
walls 9 ft ceilings, oak floors, terrace, new a/c and stainless steel kitchen, marble baths, hardwood floors,
impact windows Renovated with private garage and impact windows Pet friendly Courtyard and pool
Offered at $474,900 Offered at $399,000
Jeffrey J. Wilkinson, P.A. 305.213.1495 Nate Miller 305.803.8808
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200 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami * 1605 sq ft , 2 bed/2 5
bath residence with balconies in every room 24-hour
concierge, valet, assigned parking, 5 pools and room
service from Area 31 Furnished and unfurnished
Rent from $4500-$5500/month
Dean Bloch 917.848.9485

Sunny Isles Beach * 4372 sq ft venue seats 200+
indoor and out, with ample parking Fully-equipped and
completely renovated, with 4 COP liquor license and 5am
closing Turnkey operation
Offered at $195,000 Lease 15k/month/triple net
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Spring has officially arrived and
you know what that means: spring
cleaning, the one time of year when
it's not enough to just let your iRobot
vacuum gobble up dust balls. But BT ad-
vertisers can help out during this month's
heavy-duty cleaning and reorganizing of
your household.
To illuminate your soon-to-sparkle
space, Specialty Lighting & Bulbs
(13611 Biscayne Blvd., 305-423-0017)
is continuing its grand-opening special
through April: 20% off all lamps plus
ceiling and wall fixtures, with mention
of this issue's ad. And nothing would
provide an instant spiffiness factor like
one of the shop's crystal chandeliers.
"We have a large selection," promises
Specialty's Bradley Chalmers.
Have your cleaning efforts uncov-
ered some new or gently used furniture or
accessories to sell? Or want to buy some?
New advertiser 360 Furniture Consign-
ments (18340 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-627-
3148) can assist you, whether the property
is one item or an entire estate, and every-
thing's priced to ensure value and savings.
The shop also offers complete services
for certified personal property appraisals,
liquidation, and charity auctions.
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starting afresh. If you're looking for a
new home, Majestic Properties recently
released a list of its Top 10 producers
in 2010: Darin Feldman, Susan Gale,
Donna Bloom, Pilar Corredor, Barbara
Hagen, Jeanne Mockridge, Kyle Haas,
Josh Stein, Ingrid Caruso, and David
Nguah. Give 'em a ring.
Looking to rent rather than buy?
Check out new advertiser East Wind
Apartments (305-757-7588), a gated,
beautifully landscaped, completely
renovated MiMo gem of a courtyard
complex in the Upper Eastside. The
one- and two-bedroom units feature
stainless-steel appliances, granite coun-
ters, washer/dryer, and more. The place
is pet friendly, too.
Speaking of pets, two new advertis-
ers remind readers that canines also need
spring cleaning. Master groomer Jos6
Coraspo, who has been working in the
Aventura/Sunny Isles area for a decade,
announces the opening of his new salon
Miami Doggy Style (161 Sunny Isles
Blvd., 305-944-4450). As well as bathing/
grooming, the facility does boarding and
day care - with pampering.
Don't feel like leaving home, pet
owners? Call 305-968-1106 and Doggie's
Groom Mobile will come to you. This
month the company has a special offer
for multiple-pet households: Groom one
dog at regular price and get 10% off
grooming of your second dog.


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People need pampering, too, and
BT readers will find it at a discount this
month at Anastasia Molchanov Salon
(7242 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-7755),
where all anti-aging treatments are 20%
off. The salon also offers 15% off all
salon services for what they call Nc%\\
Faces." Hmmm. Can we get Angelina Jo-
lie's? For answers to this and other press-
ing questions, call Kathy at 305-756-7755.
While a new advertiser, Uni K
Wax Center is hardly new to town. The
original South Beach center is credited
with inventing the Brazilian bikini wax
back in 1993, when normal bikini waxes
weren't extreme enough for SoBe strings.
Uni K's three centers in BT territory
(14671 Biscayne, 305-940-9898; 1815 NE
123rd St., 305-917-1221; 900 S. Miami
Ave. #242, 305-329-3155) will eradicate
unwanted body hair from nose to toes.
Some historians believe that the
practice of spring cleaning may have
originated with the Jewish practice
of thoroughly cleansing the house in
preparation for Passover. An equally

wise preparation would be making
reservations for the traditional Passover
dinner at Magnum (709 NE 79th St.,
305-757-3368) on April 19; the four-
course feast is only $35. Owner Jeffrey
Landsman notes that dinner reservations
for Wednesday, April 13, for a Magnum
special event when local star singer Van-
essa C will be performing, "are already
almost all filled - though people can
come to the bar for the show. There's
no cover." (There's actually live piano-
bar entertainment every night. Special
events like this are just, well, special.)
Entertainment on a grander scale
comes courtesy of Florida Grand Opera,
which is presenting two simultaneous
productions throughout April and May:
Mozart's Don Giovanni and a newly com-
missioned Cyrano by David DiChiera.
The latter premieres a new aria. For sneak
peeks, FGO is offering two special events,
a look at Cyrano at Alliance Franqaise
on April 6, and an interactive Family Day

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at the Arsht Center on April 30. For info:
One entertainment option Miami
has been missing is a full-time art-
house cinema, specializing in first-run,
indie, foreign, and niche-market movies.
Not anymore, since the opening of 0
Cinema in Wynwood (90 NW 29th St.,
305-571-9970). Conceived by Miami Gay
& Lesbian Film Festival veterans Vivian
Marthell and Kareem Tabsch, the theater
is currently boutique-size (50 seats) but
expansion to 130 seats is planned. For
details: www.o-cinema.org.
For kids (age 8 up), The Play-
ground Theatre (9806 NE 2nd Ave.)
presents the world premiere of The Red
Thread, an original play (with music
and dancing) inspired by Chinese
folklore: The adventures of a young
heroine and her two greedy tapestry-
stealing older sisters. Performances
begin April 13. For a full schedule, go
to www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.
Performing is also one activity
your 4-10-year-old kids can enjoy at
Miami Country Day School Summer
Camp (9601 NE 107th St., 305-759-2843
x200 or www.miamicountryday.org) -
along with swimming, fishing, boating,
team sports, treasure hunts, a media pro-
gram with new iMac lab, treasure hunts,
and field trips to magic shows, pizza par-
ties, and more. Sessions run June 20 to
July 8 and July 11 to 29, but don't delay.
Registration before April 15 earns you a
significant discount.
On April 15, the Rhythm Founda-
tion offers tax relief: the group's second
Big Night in Little Haiti. After mailing
off all your money to the blood-sucking
feds, head for Little Haiti Cultural
Center Plaza (212 NE 59th Terr.) for free
festivities including a Haitian carnival
costume show, gallery exhibits, music,
and more. The celebration runs roughly
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Are you a singer yourself, with a
vocal group of 3 to 25 performers? The
Shops at Midtown (305-573-3371) wants
you to compete for a grand prize, includ-
ing a $20,000 donation to your charity of
choice, $5000 in MasterCard gift cards,
a chance to work with Emmy-award-
winning singer/songwriter Kevin Briody,
and a live performance at The Shops in
October. The contest starts April 15, and
the deadline for uploading videos of your
group performing is May 31. To register

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To those who complain that our
town has no culture, Miami Beach
Culture has a suggestion: Visit their
website, www.mbculture.com. There
are roughly 50 events listed on April's
calendar of events.
As the weather heats up, outdoor
entertainment options, like Surfside 3rd
Thursday, a monthly food-themed street
fair that's been running since November,
begin to wind down. So do catch this
year's finale on April 21, from 6:00-9:00
p.m., when foodies can "taste the world
on two blocks" along Harding Avenue
from 94th to 96th streets. The event,
sponsored by the Surfside Tourist
Bureau, will also feature a free concert
from 7:00-9:00 p.m., plus spectacular
strolling mariachis whose sombreros are
larger than most Miami walk-in clos-
ets. Go to www.visitsurfsidefl.com for
further info.
Ever notice how summer seems
hotter when you're lugging around extra
pounds? It's time to call new advertiser
Slender Fit U (1400 Biscayne Blvd.,
786-477-6194), where a combination of
muscle-preserving/fat-releasing hCG
products, low-cal diet, and close supervi-
sion from medical director Jorge Valdes
and program founder and "hCG guru"
Geri Correa promise permanent weight
losses of one-half to two pounds per day.
Frankly, definitions of hCG, a "complex
amino-peptide molecule," baffle us. But
the motto "Get Slim, Skip the Gym" we
totally get.
Just writing that made us hungry.
And since we're writing at 2:00 a.m.,
we're happy to report that the expansive
new location of late-night dining favorite
Yakko-San (3881 NE 163rd St., in the
Intracoastal Mall; 305-947-0064) is
finally open. The kitchen is now state-
of-the-art, but the tasty Japanese tapas
dishes are still the same.
American and European-inspired
late-night bites are now available at just-
opened new advertiser Trio on the Bay
(1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1234),
a glamorous new bayfront restolounge
from nightlife impresario Gerry Kelly,
restaurateur/GM Louie Spetrini, and
Klime Kovaceski, former chef/owner of
Miami Beach's Crystal Cafl. The trio
promises daily white-tablecloth dining,
meaning big food (pecan-crusted trout,
etc. at normal dinner hours; tapas are for
night owls), weekend nightlife, and a pri-
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Hey, pizza lovers, want your pie
with mozzarella and basil, or with deep-
fried falafel balls and a side of hummus?
You can get either at new advertiser
Egyptian Pizza Kitchen (Buena Vista
Avenue in the Shops at Midtown, 305-
571-9050), and Middle Eastern or north-
ern Mediterranean entries, sandwiches,
and starters, too.
At Bagels & Company (l, 11, 4
Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435), owner
David Cohen's April deals focus on
breakfast: a different, specially priced
entrde each weekday. Plus a side (home
fries, grits, oatmeal), plus bagel or toast,
plus coffee, tea, or OJ. See this issue's ad
for details.
Attention North Miami smoothie
addicts: It's no longer necessary to
schlep to downtown's Smoothie King
(2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5464) for
your fix. A new drive-through location,
which also carries healthful solid snacks
plus supple-
ments, is now Let BizBuzz
open at 12607 Let BizBuzz b
Biscayne Blvd. you indulge in a
(305-981-8660). yourself into sh<
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are actually in
order for several
other BT advertisers for recent expan-
sions, including one that has garnered
national media attention: century-old
realty firm Douglas Elliman's huge
new flagship offices at 1111 Lincoln
Rd. Relocation to the 3500-square-foot
digs (with killer views) signals the start
of a dramatic growth spurt throughout
Miami-Dade County for the NY-based
real estate giant.
Kudos to TotalBank on the
grand opening of a brand-new North
Miami branch (1865 NE 123rd St.,
305-982-3350), bringing to 14 the total
of Miami-Dade County TotalBanks.
The new branch has 24-hour ATM,
plenty of free parking, and is, quite
frankly, orders of magnitude nicer
than the old digs.
The Doggie Bag Caf6 & Boutique
at Smiling Pets Veterinary Clinic
(7310 Biscayne Blvd., 305-710-7266) has
expanded into the food-truck trend with
Doggie Diner on Wheels. The mobile
cart serves organic and human-grade
meals for pups, plus "dogserts" and
cocktails such as the blueberry Mut-
tini. To see scheduled dog cart stops or
reserve the diner for pooch parties: www.


Congrats, too, to Surecare
Pharmacy (8955 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
751-3000). April marks the business's
six-month anniversary. No need to
bring a gift, though. In fact, Surecare's
staff is giving one to readers transfer-
ring prescriptions from other pharma-
cies: a $20 coupon for over-the-counter
product purchases.
Curiosity continues to climb
regarding possible tenants at Baypoint
Center (3915 Biscayne Blvd.), where
transformation from old-school office
building to streamlined New Millen-
nium commercial center nears comple-
tion. Nothing is definite yet, but we, as
foodies, were heartened to hear from
Lyle Chariff - whose Chariff Realty
Group (305-576-7474) is handling leas-
ing - that along with medical tenants,
"we're also negotiating with two longtime
South Beach restaurant tenants." Yes!
In South Florida, April is the
month that
your guide as with idyllic
:asty treat, whip weather and
pe, or go wild at ends in a heat
lal sale. wave that
sends us flee-
ing inside to
our air-condi-
tioned cocoons till October - except for
boaters, who still have those sea breezes.
Customers of Keystone Point Marina
(1950 NE 135th St., 305-940-6238) also
have hydration, thanks to the thought-
ful marina's summer promotion: a free
bottle of water with fuel purchases. Ad-
ditionally, Keystone has a free pump-out
station, so large-boat owners can empty
their waste tanks into city sewers instead
of our waterways. Now, that is great
spring cleaning.
Lastly, we hate to bring up hur-
ricane season already, but it's time to
start preparations. If you don't have safe
indoor spaces for your car, the Miami
Parking Authority can easily relieve
you of that worry with its Miami Vehicu-
lar Protection program offering sheltered
parking in MPA garages. The applica-
tion window opened April 1. Investigate
at www.miamiparking.com/en/custom-
ers/mvp-program.aspx. As for other
hurricane prep essentials - the gallons
of vodka, the dominos, etc.- you're on
your own.)

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Trouble With Golf

It's farewell to fairways as abandoned courses offer choices: more parks or more houses

By Jim W. Harper
Photos by Silvia Ros

Floating above metropolitan Miami,
you see a distinct pattern: row
upon monotonous row of single-
family homes and very few hints of open
green space. (You don't need an airplane
to do this; you can use Google Earth.)
Looking from Miami's downtown
northward, the few "greenish" spaces
you can spot are most likely golf courses,
both active and abandoned, especially
as your eye travels up the Biscayne

Corridor toward Broward County. The
only significant acreage of natural,
public space sits along the Oleta River.
With that one exception, no park in
Biscayne Times territory is larger than a
golf course.
Golfers can choose among many
places to play their game, but tens of
thousands of children here have no-
where to run and frolic freely. At less
than 1000 acres of total parkland, the

City of Miami notoriously has the least
amount of public green space per capital
of any major city in the United States, as
ranked in 2010 by the Trust for Public
Land. Its acreage would need to quadru-
ple just to reach the recommended ratio.
By comparison, New York City has
twice as much parkland per person, and
Los Angeles three times. Miami-Dade
County, while better at 12,848 acres,
also falls short.

National and state parks protect
huge areas, but they are not nearly as
accessible for daily use. Oleta River
State Park in the City of North Miami is
Florida's largest urban park at more than
1000 acres, but practically no one lives
within walking distance. The entire City
of Miami park system could fit inside
this single location.
Today, right now, we have a unique op-
portunity to expand accessible park space.

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With the real estate market in
shambles and the golfing industry fol-
lowing suit, large chunks of open space
are now up for grabs. Dozens of golf
courses across South Florida are already
shuttered, so this is the moment to ask
ourselves: What is the best use of these
open spaces? How can we repurpose
them? And who should benefit?
Don't get too excited yet. The devel-
opment vultures are circling above the
dying and dead golf courses, and where
you may see a new public park, they see
thousands of new homes.
First let's see where Florida may be
headed by Googling "Governor Scott"
and "golf courses." Holy Dave Barry! It
may sound like an urban legend, but last
month two bills were actually introduced
in the state legislature to create coun-
try-club-style golf courses, complete
with hotels and liquor licenses, within
Florida's state parks.
Oleta River State Park will now be
known as Mangrove Isle Country Club.
That's a joke, but the crazy concept has
approval from the top.
"It's preposterous," says Alberto
Pozzi, general manager of the publicly
owned Miami Shores Country Club. "I
mean, the thought of converting good
parkland into golf courses in this
economy? It's inexplicable how the idea
would even have been considered. It's
beyond me. When you have a situation
where very, very, very few golf courses
are viable, the thought of building a trail
of golf courses on public property is just
inexplicable. It makes no sense."
The controversial golf-in-every-
park bills purportedly were hatched after
a private meeting between Gov. Rick
Scott and golfing legend Jack Nick-
laus. Introduced in March by Sen. John
Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) and Rep.
Patrick Rooney (R-West Palm Beach),
bills SB 1846 and HB 1239 proposed to
establish the "Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail,"
with at least five Nicklaus-designed
courses scattered in state parks across
Florida. Oh, and they would be exempt
from local regulations.
It was Caddyshack meets Wall Street.
Once the public got wind of these
shenanigans, the outcry from all corners
was so swift and forceful that the bills
were pulled within a few days. But the
question remains: What were they think-
ing? (Implied question: What were they
drinking that they later hoped to drink
at the 19th hole of the golf resort at their
favorite state park?). The editor of Golf

Alberto Pozzi, Miami Shores general manager: "The thought of
converting good parkland into golf courses? It's preposterous."

In the past decade, northeast Miami-Dade County has lost four courses
and gained zero.

Weekly figured the story had come from
the satirical news source The Onion, and
he dubbed it "The dumbest idea of 2011."
In reality, no one is laughing about
the golfing industry. Hundreds of courses
around the nation have closed in the past
three years (including 375 public courses,
according to the National Golf Founda-
tion), and considering that Florida has
more golf courses than any state (more
than 1100), it also has the most to lose. In
order to survive, courses must change.
The entire industry must change.
"We've changed and adapted better
than most. We're confident that we'll do
well," says Pozzi of Miami Shores, who
reports seeing a 17-percent increase in
rounds played this season over last year.
He credits this success to better weather
and to the country club's transition from
a private, members-only operation to a
semi-private one that offers both mem-
berships and visitor passes. The golf
course has been open to the public since
the early 1990s. In 2009 the public was
welcome to use all the club's facilities.
The Miami Shores Country Club
may be owned by local residents, but it is
managed by a private company, Profes-
sional Course Management, which is
Pozzi's employer. The management con-
tract calls for annual rent of $25,000, plus
another $75,000 should the country club
generate more than $3 million in a year.
Miami Shores's finance director,
Holly Hugdalh, says the municipality
took in the full $100,000 in 2009 but just
$25,000 last year. Still, she asserts it's
a good deal for the Shores. "Most cities
show a loss on their country clubs," she
says. "It's a big hole in the water. Look
at Miami Springs." (In June the Shores's
golf course is slated to close for three
months to undergo some $750,000 in
Alberto Pozzi, a tall, gray-haired
gentleman originally from Uruguay, says
our area mirrors the national trend of
recent golf-course closures. In the north
part of Miami-Dade County alone he
counts four, but there are actually more
countywide. In Broward County, the
Sun-Sentinel reports that 11 courses have
closed in the recent past.
Pozzi has his theories about the
disintegration of the local golf scene. For
one thing, the retirees and snowbirds
who used to flock here - golf's primary
audience - are fleeing South Florida for
other parts of the state, where the cost

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of living is lower. Local and national
trends also reflect an excess of housing
developments tied to golf courses. So an
increase in courses has been met with a
shrinking supply of golfers.
Other factors have contributed to
the sport being less popular now than in
previous decades, not least of which has
been the soaring cost of a round of golf.
During the peak winter/spring season,
it costs $99 to play the Miami Shores
course. That's relatively cheap. A round
at Doral's Blue Monster during the high
season currently costs $325. Even the
publicly owned Miami Beach Golf Club
charges $200 per round between Decem-
ber and April.
Pozzi also points to another, unique
factor that, in addition to the recession,
is causing the number of South Florida
golfers to shrink: Miami as immigration
magnet. Simply put, Miami's vast immi-
grant community lacks the same cultural
connection to golf as previous genera-
tions. On top of that, working parents
nowadays have little leisure time.

A train runs through it: Miami Shores CC presents golfers with a unique hazard.

Golfing in Miami-Dade may be a
smaller slice of the tourism pie than in
other counties, but it has a sizable impact
nonetheless. A 2009 report from the Uni-
versity of Florida found 8400 acres of
maintained turf on 48 golf courses in the
county that generated of $288 million
annually and provided 2364 jobs. The

National Golf Course Owners Associa-
tion reports that the industry in Florida
was valued at $7.5 billion in 2007, equal
to the revenues from all other major
spectator sports in the state combined,
including auto racing, horse racing, foot-
ball, basketball, and baseball.
All of those numbers are surely falling.

Golfing peaked around 1990, accord-
ing to a 2010 report by the National Golf
Foundation, and its immediate future
is dire. "Between 500 and 1000 public
courses are expected to close with the
next five years," it states in the study "The
Future of Public Golf in America." (The
designation "public course" means that
membership is not required to play on the
course, not that it is publicly owned.)
In Florida, rounds of golf played are
down 5.8 percent from 2009 to 2010, and
down 8.4 percent by comparing Decem-
ber 2009 to December 2010, according to
GolfBusiness, the official publication of
the National Golf Course Owners Asso-
ciation. According to the association, the
year 2006 was a turning point for golf,
when closures of courses nationwide
for the first time outnumbered openings.
Last year 107 courses closed while just
46 opened.
Still, there are some bright spots
locally for the golfing industry. Johnson
and Wales University runs an active
golf-management program, and Barry
University's men's golf team, coached by

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Jimmy Stobbs, a former touring pro golfer
who grew up in Miami Shores. In Aven-
tura the 300-acre Fairmont Turnberry Isle
Resort and Golf Club has two award-
winning, 18-hole golf courses. Golf
membership, limited to invitation-only,
costs a whopping $65,000 nonrefundable
or $150,000 refundable. This exclusivity
may be working. "Where most clubs went
wrong was by taking drastic measures,
such as waiving initiation fees and dues
for new club members," says Amy Cohen,
director of membership. "Instead we
maintained our pricing strategy in addi-
tion to adding more affordable nonrefund-
able categories, making us an excellent
value for the money."
With the possible exception of
Fairmont Turnberry, golf courses that
are part of strictly private country
clubs do not fare well in Miami. "There
are four private clubs in Miami-Dade
County, a county with a population of
over two million people," notes Alberto
Pozzi. "Nationally you probably have
three to four times the number of private

Haulover Beach Park: Remnants of the 9-hole course that is no more.

clubs per capital " Data on private clubs
is limited, but the trend is clear for all
types of golf courses, says Pozzi: "The
industry has been in a state of crisis for
some time now." (In addition to Miami
Shores and Fairmont Turnberry, the only
courses still operating in northeastern
Miami-Dade County are Greynolds Park
in North Miami Beach and Westview

Country Club near Miami-Dade Col-
lege's north campus.)
Regarding one decaying local golf
course, the people of Bal Harbour and
its wealthy surrounding communities
spoke loud and clear about what they
wanted to happen. Four years after a
series of community meetings, they are
finally getting rid of it. Last year the

county allowed Haulover Beach Park's
small golf course to expire. It will be
resurrected as the area's largest unen-
cumbered green space.
"There are no great lawns in our
area," says Miami-Dade County Com-
missioner Sally Heyman, whose district
includes Haulover and who laments the
overall dearth of parks in our area. "The
idea came from input from the commu-
nity. It's been a long time coming."
She says the golf course's bumps
will be smoothed out and left open
for concerts, pick-up games, and other
community events. This past February
21, more than 4000 people swarmed
over the golf course for Haulover's
annual kite festival, and Heyman
sees such gatherings as the future:
"Wouldn't this be great to do more than
once a year?"
A small golf course within a large
county-operated park, Haulover offers
an ideal laboratory for transforming a
single-sport course into multi-use green
space. It's diminutive size means it'll
be easier to find solutions to the myriad

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With waterfront views like this, Haulover's course will make for a The former Williams Island Country Club has been sold, and resold,

great park.

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problems such transformations can
present. At other withering golf courses
in our part of the county, however, the
acreage is much greater and the stakes
are much higher.

In the past decade, at least four of
our area's golf courses have died. Says
Pozzi: "California Golf Club and Wil-
liams Island Country Club have been
closed for at least six to seven years, and
nothing is happening there. Presiden-
tial Country Club has been closed for
nearly three years, and again, nothing is

happening there."
Clustered around 1-95 and the edges
of North Miami Beach, the abandoned
properties are lying fallow, but things
are in fact happening behind the scenes.
The 148-acre Williams Island prop-
erty, once affiliated with the Aventura
residential development but located just

west of 1-95 at NE 195th Street, is slated
to become 860 low-cost housing units.
"They will develop it. There are very few
inland sites like that," says Alan Matus,
CEO of Williams Island Associates, the
original developer.

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Matus says a Canadian company
bought the mortgage from Ocean Bank
within the past six months. That pur-
chase capped a round-robin of trans-
actions. After the golf course was re-
zoned to residential in 2004, Williams
Island Associates sold the property to
the residents of the Williams Island
residential development in Aventura.
Later the property was bought for $48
million by Transeastern Properties,
which sold it and then regained it when
the next buyer, Tousa, went bankrupt.
Now it looks like it'll be marketed to
Canadian snowbirds.
The most publicized activity has
been at the 183-acre former California
Golf Club, located west of 1-95 just off
Ives Dairy Road. Thousands of residents
around the property are being petitioned
to change its zoning from golf course to
residential. The property's owner, busi-
nesswoman and philanthropist Liliane
Stransky, dreams of creating Le Club
Resort, a community of elegant homes
with an equestrian centerpiece.

In a letter posted on the website of
Le Club Resort, she writes: "Le Club
Resort will be a vibrant community
filled with lush community parks and
shared spaces, lakes, areas for civic
uses, a network of bicycle, pedestrian,
and equestrian paths, a dog park, and
more. The property will include large
single-family home estates, townhomes,
and multi-family units spread spa-
ciously throughout the property.... At
this time, I am seeking your consent,
and the consent of all of my neighbors,
to allow me to go before the county
commission to enable the transforma-
tion of the abandoned golf course into a
neighborhood asset."
Stransky's website shows elaborate
plans for "a low-density residential (ap-
proximately six dwelling units per gross
acre) development situated amongst Zen
Gardens, Parks, the Equestrian Center
and the Club House." It also claims
that 65 percent of the property will be
preserved as open space, but the plans
reveal most of that area consists of a
rectangular lake.

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Calls to the property manager of
Presidential Estates were not returned.
The golf course sits idle inside the
private, walled community that abuts
the east side of 1-95 near the Broward
County line.
Functional Westview Country Club,
founded in 1948 and sitting on 180 acres
at 2601 NW 119th St., is reportedly
headed for limbo. One knowledgeable
source, who asked not to be named, says
the members of Westview recently voted
to sell the entire club to an individual
who has plans to create a private country
club - without golf. Matus of Williams
Island Associates says that sagging
membership is ruining Westview and
other clubs. "There's a lot of concern,"
he says. "Golf courses are becoming
very difficult to run due to annual mem-
bership renewal."
When a golf course dies, the prop-
erty can become overgrown with weeds,
or it can be repurposed. Even going
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future Le Club Resort.

example of what can happen to a large
former golf course comes from Pem-
broke Pines in southern Broward County.
Although the city's commission
approved a housing development for the
former Raintree Golf Resort in 2006, the

plan collapsed along with the real estate
market. The city bought the 112-acre
property for $9.1 million in 2009 and
plans to devote one-third of the property
to wetland restoration and public parks.
Currently in the permitting process, the

property may also house public works
buildings and commercial properties.
The city is seeking grants to fund
the conversion of the golf course into
a park. Do they think that other golf
courses should be similarly converted?
"I hope not, because it would mean
another South Florida business has
failed," says Chuck Vones, Jr., assistant
director of parks and recreation. "But if
it does happen, and the city is fortunate
enough to have forward-thinking elected
officials like the ones in Pembroke Pines,
who understand the value of open space
and park property for the future of the
community, it will be a very wise deci-
sion to purchase it."
Other communities are doing the
same. In Deerfield Beach, residents want
to transform the Tam O'Shanter Golf
Course into a cemetery. The Village of
Royal Palm Beach six years ago bought
the 160-acre Traditions Golf Course for
$4.5 million and are now using grants
to help create the Royal Palm Beach
Commons Park. Near Tampa, the Lemon
Bay Conservancy went door-to-door col-
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golf course for $750,000. Union
County, New Jersey, did it. Rich-
mond, Indiana. Onsted, Michigan.
National City, California. And so
on. In many cases, portions are
zoned for development while other
portions are reserved for parkland.
This is a new formula for
a new era, and many believe
the math works out well. Golf
courses once were considered the
golden ticket for housing develop-
ments, a belief that led to a boom
in residential golfing communi-
ties up through the 1990s - and
to a glut of courses and housing
units. But research now shows
that parks can be more valuable
than golf courses when it comes
to enhancing property values.
After all, people want to live near
beautiful parks. The future of golf in Miami looks bleak,
Despite the evidence of golf's but parks advocates are smiling.

decline and despite the energetic
creativity being shown by municipali-
ties nationwide, here in Florida we get
the "Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail." Though
the bills have been withdrawn, they can
be put back in the hamper at any time.
Should they end up as law, there would
be consequences.
For example, a course would be
required to be built in Jonathan Dickin-
son State Park Martin County. The local
Audubon chapter posted on its website
a manifesto in opposition: "Designing
and constructing new courses in areas
of high environmental sensitivity such
as Jonathan Dickinson State Park will
result in undesirable impacts to the very
natural resources that the Florida Park
Service is working diligently to pro-
tect.... The clearing of natural habitat
and the introduction of fertilizers and
pesticides would impose unnecessary
impacts on an area that is managed to
sustain populations of native flora and
fauna.... Golf courses in Florida are
facing challenging times economically,
and Audubon of Martin County sees no
reason to impact ecologically valuable
habitat for the purposes of what may not
be a fiscally responsible initiative."
The battle to preserve Jonathan
Dickinson State Park and Florida's other
parks, none of which now has a golf course,
becomes very confusing because it pits
one "Audubon" against another. The orga-
nization Audubon International supports

the golf course trail in state parks. It turns
out that this "Audubon," which operates
separately from the conservation organiza-
tions using the same name, receives fund-
ing from the U.S. Golf Association.
"Their purpose is to work with golf
course developers, and our purpose is
to preserve habitat," says Eric Draper,
executive director of Audubon of Florida.
It did just that in Tennessee. Audubon In-
ternational designated several courses of
the Tennessee Golf Trail as a "Certified
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary." The 11
courses of the Tennessee Golf Trail were
built within state parks, and three of
them were designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Other states have golf trails, and
some also have courses inside state
parks. But the coupling has not proven
successful. The Tennessee Center for
Policy Research reports that every
course of the Tennessee Golf Trail loses
money, and the system as a whole has
lost $7 million since 2005.
So what will happen to golf in our
area? Will Oleta River State Park trade
in its mountain-biking trails for links?
Will there be thousands of new homes
built on the abandoned golf courses?
Don't blink or turn a blind eye,
because before you know it, what little
green space we have left could be cov-
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Museum Park Party


Activists' legal challenge to the art and science museums get a boost

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor
On November 10, 2010, officials
from Miami-Dade County and
the City of Miami posed in white
hard hats while hoisting shovels to mark
the groundbreaking of a new $220 mil-
lion Miami Art Museum (MAM). And
in a recent press release, the Miami Sci-
ence Museum's board of directors vowed
to commence construction later this year
on their $275 million new home.
To help pay for the new museums,
scheduled for completion in 2013 and
2014, the county is kicking in up to $220
million in taxpayer-funded bond money,
and Miami is handing over 30 acres
of publicly owned waterfront property
known as Bicentennial Park. Once both
museums are complete, Bicentennial
Park becomes Museum Park.
But a pair of lawsuits filed by activ-
ists Elvis Cruz and Grace Solares, along

with Miami Neighborhoods United
(MNU), claim Museum Park is illegal.
"It is pretty cut and dry: They have no
business leasing the land to the science
museum or the art museum because the
terms of that lease are directly contrary
to the city's charter," says Linda Carroll,
attorney for Cruz, Solares, and MNU, an
organization representing 18 homeown-
ers associations across Miami.
Despite the efforts of city and
museum legal teams, those lawsuits are
making their way through the courts. On
February 15, the Third District Court
of Appeal summarily denied a petition
from the city that sought to dismiss the
lawsuit targeting MAM. That failed
move was an appeal of Circuit Court
Judge Barbara Areces's earlier refusal to
dismiss the MAM lawsuit outright.
"This is, my friend, again another
victory for the little people," Solares, an
MNU board member, wrote in an e-mail
after the appeal court decision.

MAM's new home has won raves from critics - for its design.

Miami Deputy City Attorney Warren
Bittner says his office will not comment on
"ongoing litigation." MAM's attorney, Joe
Serota, stresses that this is just the begin-
ning. "We are in the very early stage of the
case and the success rate of a motion to
dismiss is very low," he says. "To say this is
some kind of loss to the city is not accurate."
On May 9, Judge Areces will rule on a
motion to dismiss the suit against the Miami
Science Museum. "We think we have a well-
founded motion to dismiss," says Douglas
Halsey, the science museum's lawyer.
Should that happen, Serota says he'll
ask Areces to take a second look at the
MAM case. "I think that opens the door
for us to say, 'Judge, what about us?'"
Critics of the Museum Park deal felt
that Bicentennial Park could have been
rejuvenated with far less taxpayer money,
and they bristled at prospect of valuable
public land being handed over to a pair

of influential nonprofits.
Among those critics was Cruz, a
founding member of MNU, who sued the
City of Miami in November 2009 to stop
MAM. MNU joined Cruz's suit a few
months later. By November of last year,
Cruz, MNU, and Solares (who works
for Carroll as a paralegal) had filed a
second suit to stop a new Miami Science
Museum from being built in Bicentennial.
Aside from infringing on the city's
comprehensive plan, which Carroll says
forbids public buildings from being con-
structed in areas vulnerable to flooding
(like Bicentennial Park), the attorney as-
serts that the Museum Park plan violates
a city charter amendment Miami voters
approved a decade ago. Known as the
Carollo Amendment after former Miami
Mayor Joe Carollo, the law prohibits

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Waterfront Park Still Afloat

The City of Miami may yet purchase Manatee Bend in the Upper Eastside

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor
The City of Miami could ink a deal to
buy 1.2 acres of riverfront land in the
Palm Grove neighborhood as early
as this month, according to a representative
of a state agency. When and if that happens,
the fenced-off forest of coconut, oak, and
gumbo limbo trees will be on its way to a
new life as an urban waterfront park.
"It's a beautiful piece of land and
it is going to make a beautiful park,"
beams Eileen Bottari, president of the
North Palm Grove Community Organi-
zation. Bottari and other area activists
have been trying for more than two
years to get the city to purchase the land,
which hugs the Little River at 457 NE
77th Street Rd., and turn it into a park.
"There's so little access to the water
right now," Bottari adds, "so it would be

wonderful to have this."
Spencer Crowley, Miami-Dade
County's representative to the Florida
Inland Navigation District (FIND), a
state taxing district that funds waterway
improvements along Florida's east coast
between Miami-Dade and Nassau coun-
ties, says it's possible the city will have a
contract this month to buy the land from
its owner, Skip Van Cel.
The sooner a deal is done, the easier
it will be for the city to obtain a $117,500
grant from FIND, Crowley explains.
"It would really be best to have a final
price [by April 1]," he says. "But if they
don't, there may be ways we could still
ultimately contribute 25 percent of the
purchase price."
Van Cel, a real estate investor and
former publisher of Biscayne Times, says
his asking price is $635,000. However,
he's somewhat skeptical that the city,

which backed away from buying his land
last summer, will close a deal with him.
"I'll believe it when I see it," he says.
Van Cel calls the land Manatee
Bend, after the manatees he often sees
swimming by. He insists he's selling the
property to the city at a discount because
he wants to see it become a park: "I've
never offered the property to anyone but
the city at this price, as I'd like to see it

preserved for public use."
City spokeswoman Cristina Fer-
nandez says two appraisers were sent in
early March to determine the value of
Manatee Bend, a process that was to be
completed within 45 days. If the ap-
praisals are higher than Van Cel's asking
price, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff,
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Design District Dilemma

In order to grow, you need customers, who need parking, which
isn't there

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor
To build or not to build a parking
garage in Miami's Design District.
That's the question facing the
Miami Parking Authority's board of
directors, and they must answer it by
July 6.
If the agency decides not to build
on the property it owns at 3800 NE 1st
Avenue, it will be required to sell the
31,520-square-foot parcel for "at least
$1.26 million" to someone who will build
a garage there. So says a new agreement,
drafted this past March 2, between the
parking authority and Dacra, the Design
District's largest property owner. The
agreement also stipulates that the garage
must include 404 spaces and 15,000
square feet of ground-floor retail.
Art Noriega, CEO of the parking au-
thority, says he doubts his agency, which
is self-governing but is overseen by Mi-
ami's mayor and city commission, will
be able to build the garage, putting the

odds at just 20 to 30 percent. "It is more
likely that we will bid it out [for pur-
chase]," he says. Noriega also believes
that Dacra will likely be the buyer.
"We've been trying to get this built
for seven years," says Dacra president
and CEO Craig Robins. "The neighbor-
hood needs parking. We want customers
to be able to park in a cost-effective way."
Steven Gretenstein, Dacra's chief
operating officer, believes a 400-space
parking garage is just a drop in the bucket
for the district's future needs. At the park-
ing authority's March 2 meeting he said,
"We think it's a minimal addition to the
neighborhood, that we're going to need
probably more like 1000 or 1500 addi-
tional parking spaces in the neighborhood
over the next five to ten years."
Finding parking in the Design
District can be a crap shoot. During a
recent weekday afternoon visit, the BT
had no problem finding a spot on the
main drag, NE 40th Street, just west of
NE 2nd Avenue. Store managers and
business owners, however, are adamant

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Architectural rendering of the parking garage designed by Timothy
Haahs & Associates.

that during the day, when restaurants are
busy and shops and galleries are open,
parking is impossible.
During special events such as the
Second Saturday art walks, which draw
hundreds of locals and visitors, and the
annual Art Basel fair, which attracts
tens of thousands, parking is at an even
greater premium.
Kristin Chucci, assistant manager of
United Nude shoe store, says that once
or twice a week she'll see a car towed
away, often belonging to a visitor who
inadvertently parked in a loading zone.

"They pay to park," she says, "but they
get towed anyway."
Jeff Morr, president of Majestic
Properties on 40th Street, says that even
though Robins provides $3 valet service
for Design District patrons, the need
for more parking is acute: "There is no
reason not to build a parking garage here."
Morr also predicts that parking
prospects will worsen as more restau-
rants and fashion houses move into the
district. For example, developer Asi
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The Further Adventures

of Biscayne Plaza
There's a new supermarket, and a fledgling farmers market, but

definitely no Walmart
By Karen-Janine Cohen
BT Contributor
Calling it a renaissance would be a
wild stretch, but recent events at
Biscayne Plaza, the iconic shop-
ping center at 79th Street and Biscayne
Boulevard, are giving nearby residents
hope that one day small retailers, yoga
studios, and caf6s might join with anchor
tenants to create the kind of neighbor-
hood nexus they've long desired.
Mindy McIlroy, a top executive at
Terranova Corp., the Miami Beach-based
firm that manages the center, says several
million dollars will be spent on upgrades,
and ink is almost dry on a lease with a

national "soft-goods," retailer. "We need
some of those big-name retailers to come
to Biscayne Plaza to drive leases into the
smaller spaces," she says.
Sabor Tropical Supermarket
swooped in at the last minute to replace
President after that chain balked at
signing a long-term lease. Sabor not only
signed a ten-year lease, but agreed to
spend more than a million dollars on im-
provements. A Saturday farmers market
has been at the plaza since February, and
plans are afoot to attract local artists to
vacant second-story office spaces.
McIlroy, herself an Upper Eastside
resident, has taken a personal and public
interest in the center. "This really speaks

A Saturday farmers market is drawing new customers to Biscayne Plaza.

to me," she says of the plaza. "I know
that corner is irreplaceable real estate.
It's such a powerful corner."
And after years of wild rumors
(Publix? Target? Walmart?) and resi-
dents frustrated by Terranova's opacity

about its intentions, McIlroy is reach-
ing out to homeowner associations and
neighborhood groups from all areas that
border the plaza to keep them apprised

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Get Ready, Get Set, Vote!

On April 12, Miami Shores will have seven choices

By Mark Sell
BT Contributor
Here's your cheat sheet for ques-
tioning Miami Shores candidates,
seven of whom are jostling for four
open seats on the Miami Shores Village
Council, and the chance to wrestle with a
looming million-dollar budget shortfall.
If the watchword in 2009 was
"change," the word for 2011 is "creativ-
ity," which you can read as a euphemism
for doing without. The winners will
need to find ways to save money, avoid
layoffs, cut services as little as possible,
raise fees carefully, and generally try not
to make too many people unhappy.
Candidates for the dollar-a-year posi-
tions include three incumbents: Steve Loff-
redo, 58, an attorney and on-and-off council
member since 1987; Prospero Herrera, 49,
director of support services at Miami-Dade
College; and businessman Hunt Davis, 41.
Former Mayor Jim McCoy, 47, a com-
mercial real estate broker, has jumped in
and is running a notably aggressive cam-
paign. Three political newcomers are also
in the mix: attorney Angela Alvero, 45;
retired police captain and attorney Robert
Swan, 60; and Jesse Walters, 55, a former
convention and visitors bureau executive
in suburban Philadelphia.
The four winners will join current
(and three-time) mayor Al Davis, 71,
whose term ends in 2013. Former Mayor
Herta Holly will step down as she reaches
her ten-year term limit. The first and
second top vote-getters usually become
mayor and vice mayor, respectively, and
win four-year terms. The others will serve

two-year terms. Miami Shores Village has
a strong village manager and weak mayor
form of government, in which the mayor
serves as tie-breaker on the dais and as
the "face" of the village to the Miami-
Dade League of Cities and other groups.
Voters can question and meet the
candidates at 7:00 p.m., April 6, during a
candidates' forum at the village's Com-
munity Center (9617 Park Dr.), where
they will also vote from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00
p.m. on Tuesday, April 12.
Miami Shores has felt the same lash as
other municipalities, with 25-percent cuts in
property tax revenues, 10-percent decreases
in department budgets, cuts in state and
federal revenue sharing, and now the budget
shortfall that will demand creativity.
Some recent or current and pro-
spective council members have felt the
recession's sting in their own work lives.
Donald Shockey, who ran in 2009 as an
avatar of change and dose of energy, had
to quit. He lost his position as an urban
planner shortly after the election and,
after a long search, took the only job in
his field he could find, at the NATO com-
pound in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Hunt Davis, councilman from 2007-
2009, who lost by a squeak to Prospero
Herrera, was appointed to serve out a
two-year term rather than the four to
which Shockey was elected. That's why
the council has four openings this time
rather than the usual two or three.
Of the candidates, Jim McCoy is
running the most vigorous campaign. You
might surmise that he's bucking to reclaim
his old job as mayor, although he will not
say it. "The village needs a cheerleader

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and a face," he says, citing his
substantial community ser-
vice as former Greater Miami
Shores Chamber president,
Doctors' Charter School
champion, and 2010 Village
Citizen of the Year. |
McCoy is also registered p
as a lobbyist for Barry Uni- ." .
versity, which he says he did Jesse Walte
as a precaution in his status
as a mediator between Barry's interests
and the village's. He was the commercial
broker in a failed March deal for Barry
to acquire the Everett Building on the
9600 block of NE 2nd Avenue in a short
sale at slightly more than half the $4.5
million purchase price.
As of this writing, the building is on
the verge of going back to the original
owner, ex-Mayor Henry Everett, in a
deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. McCoy was
a partner in it with owner Ruben Matz
before selling his interest at a significant
loss in January 2009. If Everett gets the
building back, Matz will have lost two

of the three downtown city
blocks he purchased at the
height of the boom. The
property is behind in taxes
to the tune of $308,000.
McCoy says that, if
elected, he will end his
lobbyist/mediator arrange-
ment with Barry and will
recuse himself from coun-
cil matters involving the
university. Village insiders unanimously
say relations with Barry have improved
markedly over the last two years, and all
candidates place good relations with the
university as a top priority.
Hunt Davis promises attentiveness
to the budget and a hard look at fees and
taxes, as well as youthful energy as the
youngest candidate. He is Al Davis's
nephew and vice president in the family
business, Rampmasters Inc., which
builds and supplies ramps. While both
Davises are mindful of the village purse,

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Cymbal plans to build 80,000 square feet
of office and retail at 41st Street and NE
1st Avenue, while Dacra intends to add
1.5 million square feet of hotel, residen-
tial, and retail to the 500,000 square
feet the company already controls in the
Design District. Says Morr: "The Design
District is going to be an alternative to
Lincoln Road and Bal Harbour."
While Art Noriega could not tell the
BT how many MPA-controlled park-
ing spaces currently exist in the Design
District, he's aware of the need for more.
"There is certainly a parking shortage,
and there's a need for a garage," he says,
"but the issue is where to build the garage
and how can you afford to build it?"
In 2004, soon after the parking au-
thority bought the parcel for $1.1 million,
Dacra won a bid to lease 300 spaces in a
future 400-car garage that was estimated
to cost $8 million. The lease rate was
never determined as the parking author-
ity never built the garage. "The problem
was that we couldn't figure out a way to
build the garage cost-effectively, where
it would make sense for the kind of
demand," Noriega recounts. "We couldn't
make the numbers work up to this point."

Waterfront Park
Continued from page 34

whose district includes the property,
says he will ask his colleagues on the
commission to buy the property. But if
the appraisals don't match, then, he says,
"We could have a problem."
Van Cel bought Manatee Bend
from Robert Gray, a former Eisen-
hower administration official and retired
public-relations executive credited with
helping to sell the Persian Gulf War to
the American people in 1991. Intending
to build condos, Gray bought the land for
$2.4 million in January 2005. In Decem-
ber 2009, at the height of the recession
and the depth of the real estate market's
collapse, Van Cel purchased Gray's land
for a mere $285,000 in cash.
When Van Cel offered to sell Mana-
tee Bend to the city last year, Miami
administrators initially responded enthu-
siastically, lining up two funding sources
outside the city's besieged general
fund to pay for it. In May 2010, Miami
officials received the blessing of Gov.
Charlie Crist and his cabinet to obtain

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He adds that the site is also not the
easiest place to develop a garage. "It is a
little tight," he notes. "Because it's such
a small, condensed, tightly bounded dis-
trict, you don't have a lot of options."
In October 2010, Robins asked the
parking authority to sell him its land for
$1 million so he could build the garage
himself. (Noriega says the land, which is
now being leased to a landscaping busi-
ness, is now worth $1.25 million.) When
Noriega replied that state law required
the parking authority seek bids in order
to sell property, Robins settled for an
agreement that gave the parking author-
ity until this month to decide whether to
build a garage or sell the land.
A month ago that timeline was
extended, giving the parking authority
until July 6 to make a decision, June 30,
2012, to start construction, and Novem-
ber 30, 2013 for completion. Otherwise
it must sell the land to someone who
intends to build the garage to the speci-
fications created by Timothy Haahs &
Associates, the consulting firm hired to
design the garage.
During the March meeting, Dacra's
attorney, Neisen Kasdin, claimed his client
had spent $250,000 for the garage's design
and development. He asked that Dacra be

Continued on page 43

$550,000 from the $1.5 million Biscayne
Bay/Miami River Land Acquisition
Fund, financed by Bayside Marketplace
rent proceeds. Miami was also on track
to obtain $185,000 from FIND.
Then city manager Carlos Migoya
slammed on the brakes, withdrawing
Miami's FIND application in June 2010
after balking at the $450,000 profit Van
Cel stood to make. (Van Cel says a pri-
vate assessment firm he hired last year
valued the property at $1.1 million.)
Spurned by Miami officials, Van
Cel put Manatee Bend on the market for
$800,000. He says he later changed his
mind and drew up plans to build eight
cottages and a spiritual center on the
property. "My sense was that it should
be preserved in some fashion," Van Cel
says. "Eight units are not offensive."
After Migoya resigned and was
replaced as manager by Tony Crapp,
Sarnoff again pushed for the property's
possible purchase. This past February
his office allocated $3400 to pay for the
two appraisals. "The city is doing its due

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and while Uncle Al supports his nephew
actively, they are not clones in their
approaches or votes. Where Al Davis is
garrulous, bearlike, and instinctive, Hunt
Davis is cerebral, physically compact,
and analytical, as befits his Vanderbilt
M.B.A. pedigree. Hunt's strong suit is
his diligence in budget matters.
Steve Loffredo offers nearly 30
years of institutional knowledge, legal
expertise, experience with downtown,
and creative approaches to saving
money or gathering revenue. He says
he wants to hold the line on layoffs
and seek ways to cut costs with the
least pain. One of his most promi-
nent ideas this year is a composting
program to recycle waste and save
money. He is a champion of downtown
development, but says "the village
cannot create the market."
Prospero Hernera, who has served four
years in his most recent stint and two in a
previous term, considers his knowledge
of downtown and budget matters to be his
strengths. His main budget priority is to raise
fees for nonvillage residents and promote NE
2nd Avenue as a destination for financial,
legal, medical, and other professional ser-
vices. While he was a mover behind rebrand-
ing NE 2nd Avenue as "Village Place," retail
lease signing have stalled.
Jesse Walters, a veteran execu-
tive who grew a suburban Philadelphia
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leasing public land for more than five
years. It also requires that the land be
leased to the highest bidder. The only way
around those requirements is if a majority
of the city's voters approves the deal.
But the Museum Park plan gives each
museum a lease of up to 99 years, for
which they pay $2 a year. Carroll argues
that the lease value of Bicentennial, which
has never been put out to bid, exceeds $40
million. "If the city wants to lease Bicen-
tennial for 99 years, and if the museums
want it, take it to the voters," she declares.
"But elected officials want to turn a deaf
ear to what the charter says."
Serota counters that the charter
amendment doesn't apply to this deal.
"There is an exception in the charter for
this kind of property," he explains. "It
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from $300,000 to $2.2 million. He pres-
ents himself as a spirited and creative
candidate who promises a needed jolt
to the council. He plans to focus much
of his attention on the country club and
downtown Miami Shores, proposing a
downtown "czar" as a one-stop shop for
permitting and zoning issues. Walters
vows not to increase property tax mill-
age. He also notes that he was "the only
nonincumbent who actually attended the
budget hearings."
Robert Swan, a member of the
Miami Shores Code Enforcement
Board, the Country Club Advisory
Board, and the Miami Shores Mobile
Patrol, pledges to "spend only what is
absolutely necessary on programs for
the Shores." He also proposes saving
costs by pooling the village's pension
funds with the State of Florida's, and
medical insurance with Miami-Dade
County, which negotiated a popular, rel-
atively low-cost package with AvMed.
Attorney Angela Alvero, a four-year
resident and member of the Recreation
Advisory Board, cites her community
involvement, legal skills, enthusiasm,
and creativity as assets, and her love of
the community as a prime motivation
in her decision to take the plunge while
relatively new to the village.
The candidates all say they are "not
running against each other." That amity
may come in handy as they have their
work cut out for them.

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public park for a museum." The com-
prehensive plan also allows museums in
public parks as a conditional use, he adds.
The city and museums have argued
that state statute requires "special
injury" must be shown for individuals
to have standing to challenge Museum
Park, hence their continuing motions for
dismissal. In MAM's case, Judge Areces
ruled that Cruz and MNU did have stand-
ing to challenge the museum's lease, but
asked for more evidence of their right to
enforce the city's comprehensive plan.
Carroll remains confident of her
clients' challenge to both museums. "I
feel equally strongly that the arguments
presented take a plain read of the char-
ter," she says. Should the judge agree,
the lawsuits demand that the leases be
voided and the museums kicked out of
the park.

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Biscayne Plaza
Continued from page 35

of events. So far her efforts seem to be
paying off.
"I'm enthusiastic about the future
and I have a lot of faith in her, and what
she's trying to do," says Jack Spirk, im-
mediate past president of the Shorecrest
Homeowners Association.
McIlroy is even willing to confront
rumors. While Terranova has talked to
Walmart over the years, and the Arkansas
retailer may ultimately find a spot along
the Boulevard, McIlroy states flat out:
"They are not coming to Biscayne Plaza."
Still, she knows that making Bis-
cayne Plaza work is like fitting together
a jigsaw puzzle. While the more affluent
neighborhoods to the east and across
the causeway would like to see upscale
retailers - Whole Foods is mentioned
often - it's the working-class areas to
the west that supply the center with most
of its customers.
And the plaza's owners, Green-East
#2 Ltd. (Stephen Bittel, Terranova founder,
has a small stake) not unreasonably want
to make money. "From the retail perspec-
tive, it's a balance between the profitability
goals and the desires of the investors, and
marrying that up with what the community
wants to see," McIlroy says.
The farmers market, run by the
Urban Oasis Project, could be one step
in assembling that puzzle. It's pulling
shoppers from all the adjacent neighbor-
hoods. On a recent Saturday, Alejan-
dra Slatapolsky arrives at about 11:00
a.m. and is soon absorbed in selecting
arugula while eyeing an assortment of
organic tomatoes. "I love this," enthuses

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Continued from page 38

diligence," he says.
Although Miami officials must reapply
for a FIND grant, spokeswoman Fernan-
dez says the $550,000 grant from Bayside
Marketplace's rent is still available. As for
FIND, Crowley says his board will rank
applications in June and July. If Miami's
application for Manatee Bend makes the
cut, funds will be available by October 1.
But over the past year, land values
may have dropped in that part of Miami.
According to the Miami-Dade County Ap-
praiser's website, Manatee Bend was worth
slightly more than $1 million in 2009. Last
year, however, the county slashed its value
to $264,757, a dramatic drop that Van Cel

the North Bay Village resident, there
with her husband and one-year-old girl.
She first came to the market several
weeks earlier. On this trip, she even
ventures into Sabor. "We started coming
to the plaza because of this [the farmers
market]," she says.
The covered stalls hold an abun-
dance of well-priced organic produce:
corn, beans, greens of all kinds, giant
red onions, and edible nasturtium plants
with yellow blooms. Also under the
canopy is flute player and entrepreneur
Gregory Norflee, selling a variety of
African-American and African-themed
goods, such as dashiki shirts.
Each week brings more custom-
ers, says Melissa Contreras, a founder
of Urban Oasis, which aims to provide
healthy produce to all of Miami's resi-
dents, including areas such as Liberty
City that traditionally have few organic
and farm-fresh produce options. "It takes
a while for any market to be established,"
she says. "Last week was so crowded we
could hardly keep up."
Biscayne Plaza's neighbors can't be
blamed for clutching at small signs of
progress at the center, whose ups and
downs the last few years have included
a close brush with demolition as well
as the possibility of joining the nearby
MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic Dis-
trict. (That plan, still under consideration
by the city, has been modified and would
now only include portions of the plaza
bordering the Boulevard.)
Few Miami shopping centers come
with such an interesting past. Built in
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disputes. Assessments made by the county
and those made by private appraisers
significantly different, he says.
His own recent research indicates
that Manatee Bend is now worth
between $700,000 and $725,000, still
substantially more than his $635,000
asking price. The fact that Manatee
Bend is a vacant waterfront property
zoned for multifamily use also makes it
rare, he adds.
Regardless of the differing apprais-
als, Van Cel says he is so interested in
seeing Manatee Bend become a public
park that he's delayed his development
plans. "I'm taking a wait-and-see at-
titude," he says.

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the auto-centric aesthetic that underlies
the design of nearby motels and other
Boulevard buildings. Tucked up against
the center is the old Admiral Vee Motel,
a masterpiece of midcentury Miami
Modern architecture. The plaza was once
home to such staples of Americana as J.C.
Penney's and the Lerner Shops. But over
the years, residents saw one store after
another leave for bigger, enclosed malls.
About five years ago Green-East was
ready to raze the mall and replace it with
a $400 million mixed-use development,
complete with high-rise towers. Then the
real estate market went bust. In the wake
of the demise of that plan, the property
seemed to look more forlorn with each
passing year, upkeep an afterthought.
Immigration lawyers whose offices once
filled the second floor left when the fed-
eral government moved its immigration
agency out of the 79th Street building
across the street. Many in the neighbor-
hood despaired last year when even Big
Lots picked up its lawn furniture, dog
beds, ramen noodles, and fled.
Yet as commercial real estate comes
back, Green-East seems willing to give the
plaza another chance - at least for now.
It will take more than goodwill, how-
ever. The farmers' market, which like
all local markets goes on hiatus in the
summer, will only have use of the plaza
until the end of the year - unless Rafael
Castro, who owns Sabor Tropical, can
be persuaded that customers the market
pulls in offset any loss in produce sales.
And the name of that soft-goods
retailer remains to be seen. McIlroy
says the announcement will come in
about two to three months. She also
says a number of artists have called to

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Continued from page 38

"reimbursed" $30,000 for past expenses if
the garage is built by the parking authority
or another company, and $150,000 if those
companies fail to build it. MPA board
members balked, noting that such ex-
penses are simply costs of doing business.
Kasdin withdrew the request.
Even without a reimbursement
clause, Noriega believes Dacra will end
up being the garage's developer. "They
don't inherently have an edge," he says,
"but they have a lot more information

ask about the second-floor spaces, and
hopes some will move in by August. She
needs about a dozen to start. The plaza's
owners back the initiative, she says,
which could also include murals on some
buildings. "We must figure out a way to
reintroduce the community to Biscayne
Plaza," she adds. "I think creative indi-
viduals bring energy and enthusiasm."
Some say that if Biscayne Plaza's
owners want to make it more than a
placeholder for eventual development,
they should court higher-end stores
now, even locating them alongside value
chains. "It needs more density," says
Bob Powers, president of the Palm Grove
Neighborhood Association. "You can
have your dollar stores, but what does a
dollar store bring to the neighborhood?
People who buy dollar-store stuff."
The area is without middle-of-the-
road stores, he says, such as a Sears.
"The plaza needs to do an evaluation
of what is there, what is the market,
who spends money in that area, and
what is lacking."
As gas gets more expensive, Powers
observes, people are looking to move
closer in to Miami, intensifying an ongo-
ing trend. "The neighborhood is already
becoming more middle-class."
Both Powers and Spirk believe the
next step is to persuade Green-East and
Terranova to consider green space. Spirk
would like to see areas behind the mall
bordering the Little River become a park.
Powers says landscaping would go a
long way toward making the plaza more
welcoming. "They need trees," he says.
"They need trees in that parking lot. If
they relandscape that place, it would
make all the difference in the world."

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[on the garage design] and they own a
significant portion of the district."
Nevertheless Steve Rhodes, another
Design District property owner, thinks
Dacra will have plenty of competitors.
"Oh, absolutely. Any developer will take
a shot at that," he says. "It's a profitable
venture - having a parking garage and
having retail downstairs."
Rhodes says he's tempted to make
a bid himself, though he has never de-
veloped a garage. "But you know, I have
partners who probably will jump at the
chance," he says.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTURA

No Signs of Nightlife

Aventura has everything anyone could want
after-hours place

By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer this column
BT Contributor clubs. You 1
where the y
Like to begin my columns with a cute sip Champ
lead-in or some kind of little anecdote to of dawn. T
get readers in the mood for my chosen wasn't actu;
topic or point, but this month I choose to one or two
withhold all verbal foreplay and get right to ately - unr
the matter at hand. I want to talk about the such), I dec
nightlife in Aventura. Or better yet, ask why to include b
isn't there any to speak of? The for
As a town, Aventura's reputation for dirty, no-fr
having the best of everything precedes to drink a t
it: the best shops, the best mall, the best up to the b;
doctors. But when it comes to nightlife, intimate sp
the city falls w-a-a-a-a-y short, or heavy ci
Let me clarify my definition of "night- ings of soft
life," because when I first set out to write tables. The

except a good

, I was thinking mostly night-
know, late-night dance clubs,
oung and beautiful dress to kill,
igne, and party till the break
ien, after realizing that there
ally one of those here (save for
sad little places that desper-
successfully - masquerade as
ided to expand my parameters
'ars and lounges.
mer I define as down-and-
ills establishments in which
eer and hang (as in, "belly
ar"). The latter I consider
aces often adorned with sheer
irtains, and filled with group-
is, comfy chairs, and low
se places often sell bar bites

for nibbling. They're great for conversa-
tion, sipping martinis, and unwinding
with friends.
Justin's is one such place. Located
in a strip mall on Biscayne Boulevard, it
has had a modicum of success, meaning
it hasn't changed names, concepts, or
gone out of business after a few years
in the same spot. I really wanted to chat
with the folks at Justin's, but after a few

calls and an e-mail, I got no return call. I
even left a message on their reservation
line. Oh, well.
Let's move to a third and final
category: restaurants that try to offer a
"bar scene." To be perfectly fair, there are
a few in the area - technically North
Miami Beach - that are making this
work, including Houston's, Morton's,
and Miami Prime Grill. (As always, I


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find it pathetic that Aventura residents
flock to safe, "vanilla," chain restaurants
and won't support independently owned
places in their own community, but
that's a topic for another column.)
Miami Prime Grill is primarily a
sports bar and grill, and it's probably
one of the only independent eateries in
the area that offers good food, a big bar,
multiple big-screen TVs, great specials,
and has a following. On any given night
you can find guests ranging from college
students to the early-bird-special crowd
eating at a table or chilling by the bar.
Farther up the road, there's the
"scene" at the Village at Gulfstream Park,
which is minimal at best, at least thus far
in its short life. The Yard House, though,
is usually jammin' (while the adjacent
Prime Bar is empty). Now, while my
disdain for chains is apparent, and Yard
House is a chain, I do like it. It's invit-
ing. And I believe that that is where most
every Aventura place misses the mark.
The d6cor is off, the warmth isn't there,
and the service is spotty at best. And
that's just for cocktails!
As for clubs, they're simply not
happening at all. The establishment that

currently resides in the old Ivy space was
briefly a restaurant and wine bar (which
took a year to die, give or take a few
months) before becoming a "high-end
dance club." But it simply doesn't have
the right make-up. Small, in the middle
of a residential neighborhood, and off the
main street, it isn't set up for success. (I
believe they recently incorporated a burger
joint into the
space. I have
not been there I want a good nc
so I cannot where I can go f
rightfully offer and just hang out
commentary, much
but still, that
does say some-
thing about the
state of business, doesn't it?)
Aventura is also partially to blame.
As a city, it does not really have the right
demographics to sustain a club scene.
We lack the allure of South Beach or
even the "spring break" reputation of
Fort Lauderdale, and don't have anything
approaching a Young Circle like in Hol-
lywood. We have families and 45-plus-
year-olds, as opposed to 20-something
hardcore clubgoers. We also lack "star


power." No J.Lo, Marc Anthony, Kar-
dashians, or Dwyane Wade living here.
All we have is Dennis Rodman, and well,
quite honestly... we're all over that.
As a 44-year-old woman, I want a
good neighborhood joint where I can
go for a drink, a bite, and just hang out.
But I also like to "play" sometimes, and
that requires more of a club setting. I
want some-
thing close to
ghborhood joint home; after
r a drink, a bite, all, drinking
It's not asking so and driving
is it? don't mix. It's
not asking so
much, is it?
ently not, because a place just like that
opened more than a year ago. Okay, it
was in Hallandale Beach, not Aventura,
but still, very close. The club, MI-VI, was
at the Village at Gulfstream Park and
seemed to be doing well. It had South
Beach nightlife impresario Gerry Kelly
behind it. And then it vanished. Just like
that. It was fun while it lasted, though.
All of which made me think: "Let
me call Gerry." He is one of South

Florida's most knowledgeable people on
the subject of clubs. I'll get his take on
the situation. If anyone could shed light
on the subject of why nothing - not
clubs, not lounges - seems to catch on
here, it would be Kelly. "Aventura is an
upscale, posh community," he told me
over the phone. "Everyone lives in a
gated community. There are ordinances
that prohibit clubs from staying open
past 2:00 a.m., and that's when the clubs
get going. Nightclubs are a business. It's
a formula. You need the mystique, the
star power, the right clientele. Right now,
LIV at the Fontainebleau is the hottest
nightclub. All the Aventurans who do
want to be out are driving down there.
It's all about 'see and be seen.'"
And perhaps that's okay. We don't
really need a "club scene" here, although
it is creeping north. By the time you read
this, Kelly's new venture, Trio on the
Bay, on the 79th Street Causeway, will
be open. What we need is a place for
locals to go when they want a mellow
night out of the house that is welcoming
and fun. Enough.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARK

Good Fences, Good Neighbors

Let the debate begin: Chain-link? Masonry? Nothing?

By Gaspar GonzAlez
BT Contributor
As most readers know, I'm a big
fan of participatory democracy. I
like to see residents get involved
in local issues, make their feelings
known. With rare exceptions - the
debate around last year's FPL franchise
agreement, for example - there doesn't
seem to be enough of that in Biscayne
Park. Or at least not until a real hot-
button topic comes up. Now, apparently,
we have one.
The code review board has spent
some time crafting new language to cover
the installation of previously verboten
fencing. This may not seem like a big deal
to an outsider, but in Biscayne Park, we

take our fences - or lack thereof - very
seriously. Some residents, citing security
and quality-of-life concerns, want them.
Others, noting Biscayne Park's "open-
ness," are staunchly opposed.
What's a local government to do?
Ours, smartly - albeit rather late in the
process - held a workshop to encourage
dialogue and solicit thoughts and ideas.
Presided over by the code review board
and village commission, the meeting
was held on February 24 and was, by
turns, illuminating, funny, and madden-
ing. In other words, a great example of
democracy in action.
A little background: The village code
currently allows no side fences (along
the street side) for corner lots. The board
sought to change this in response to

requests from those homeowners, p.
who complained that corner lots
often have very small backyards,
thereby making the side yard the
logical place for cookouts, par-
ties, and other family activities.
Without a fence on the side, they
maintain, there's virtually no
privacy. Fair enough.
But like a loose thread that
you pull on, the process eventu-
ally brought up the question of
fences in front yards, which are
also banned. (For what it's worth,
I think any fence that faces a street
should be considered a front-yard fence,
but hey, I'm not on the board.)
Eventually - following input by
the village commission at its February

meeting - potential changes discussed
at the workshop came to include: allow-
ing four- to six-foot-high side fences on
corner lots, with most traditional fencing
material except chain-link being deemed
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up to six feet in height, so long as the
upper half or more consists of ornamen-
tal ironwork or some other see-through
feature; and eliminating height restric-
tions on hedges.
The board and commission got an
earful. One gentleman spoke passion-
ately about his desire to fence in his front
yard in order to prevent his child from
running into the street, as well as to keep
a dog for protection. (He told of once
having to forcibly remove a panhandler
who wandered onto his property during
a family barbecue.)
Other fence advocates preferred to
make an aesthetic case. A landscaper
who lives in the Park argued that hom-
eowners should be allowed to "express
themselves." Another resident said that
he had already spent $5000 on an elabo-
rate gate, but that it had just been sitting
in his yard for the past few years because
he isn't allowed to install it.
On the opposing side, many empha-
sized the historic "garden" layout of the
community, with one resident offering
the opinion that people buy in Biscayne
Park precisely because there are no
fences allowed.

That may be going a bit far, but the
folks who spoke that night all made
good points. Security and privacy are
legitimate issues for many residents. It's
also true that, if people are willing to
take on ownership of a house, with all
the expense and responsibility that that
entails, they probably should be given
some latitude when it comes to tailor-
ing the property to their taste. And yes,
Biscayne Park is a community with a
unique character that we should cherish
and work to preserve, and that should be
taken into consideration as well.
But that's what makes this a textbook
civics lesson - any fair resolution will
require some degree of compromise. I
don't have a corner lot and I don't want
a fence in my front yard; I live along a
large median, and I like the way that my
yard runs out to the green. I also don't
necessarily want to tell my neighbor that
he can't have a fence just because I don't
want one.
On the other hand, if he does put up
a fence, I'd like to know that it isn't going
to be so obtrusive or unsightly that it will
ruin my enjoyment of the neighborhood.
I imagine most residents - protective of

their own rights, respectful of their neigh-
bors' - are in a similar place.
The upshot of the workshop was
that the code review board realized
it needed more time to come up with
better language regarding what it would
and wouldn't allow. The extension was
granted by the village commission at its
March meeting, with instructions to the
board to come back with a "comprehen-
sive plan," which seemed clear enough,
until, at the same meeting, a majority of
the commission also voted to rescind its
previous directive to the board to author
guidelines for six-foot fences in front
yards. So "comprehensive" looks to be
a relative term. The board may produce
guidelines for front-yard fences in its
final report if it chooses, but is under no
obligation to do so.
Judging by the March 22 meeting of
the board - which I also attended - it
now seems to be leaning toward okay-
ing front-yard fences that are primarily
decorative in function: no more than three
feet high, and perhaps limited to stone
or masonry construction. This wouldn't
address the security concerns of front-
yard-fence advocates - and a three-foot

front-yard fence may look funny next to a
six-foot side fence - but it's a conversa-
tion-in-progress. The board next meets on
April 12. Let's hope they come up with a
truly comprehensive plan that avoids the
"hodgepodge" that so many fear.
And speaking of fear... While the
various meetings have been mostly
constructive affairs, there has been
one unfortunate tendency among some
residents and board members: When-
ever they want to express opposition to
allowing certain types of fencing - say,
vertical rods or the dreaded chain-link
- they worry aloud that, if we were to
do so, we might become "like Hialeah"
or "like Kendall." (Incredibly, there even
has been mention of Venezuela!)
Surely we can express our views
on what constitutes a desirable neigh-
borhood aesthetic without disparaging
surrounding areas and, by extension, the
people who live there. After all, while
the thought of Biscayne Park becoming
another Hialeah is appalling to some, old
Myamuh, circa 1950, was no paradise,
either. Y'all get what I'm saying?

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Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI SHORES

Of Mangos and Mitzvahs

When everything comes of age, all at once

By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor
Forget showers. April, it seems, is
the month for bar mitzvahs and bat
mitzvahs. My daughter's contem-
poraries are beginning to celebrate that
milestone, as are the kids of some of our
friends from high school and college.
We've been invited to six this month,
both in and out of town. Though that's
not very many if you think about what
the teens who grow up in very Jewish
areas do. They go to several parties
every weekend. Unfortunately we won't
be able to attend all.
The "when it rains, it pours" idiom
also applies to mangos this time of year.

April is the month when I can see if the
Miami Shores mango trees are going to
have a record season or, like last year,
if our local varietals are taking a break
from producing anything at all. This
year skews to the former. All over the
village, including a tree I never noticed
smack in the middle of Miami Country
Day's courtyard, we had a very healthy
bloom, right on time, and the fruit has
set beautifully.
At Mango House, we have tons of
maturing mangos, and only a modest
amount of self-reduction is littering
the yard. Which is a very good thing,
because my dogs have discovered a
newfound taste for baby fruit. (And
we have just gotten down the weight of

the dachshund, whose disc rupture in
October left her briefly paralyzed, and in
emergency surgery that was more expen-
sive than my engagement ring.)
Speaking of expensive, how do mitz-
vahs and mangos hang together? Not
because I alliterate constantly, although
that is the job of the poet, but because

I multi-task about my responsibilities
wherever I am - in my sleep, at my jobs,
in my car (where I practically live these
days). It's also because now is when my
daughter is just beginning to heat up on
her own bat mitzvah studies. To begin
with, she's chosen her "mitzvah proj-
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something good and charitable that
shows her to be worthy of becoming a
valuable adult member of Jewish society.
And I've promised to help her.
Zoe has always been passionate
about raising money for Operation Smile,
the organization that donates medical
services for fixing children's cleft palates
and other facial deformities. She likes
it because it's about kids and helping
them feel good about themselves; I like it
because it's worldwide, instead of focus-
ing on just one country. So this year the
mangos are going to mouths - medi-
cally speaking, as well as literally.
In other words, if you a see a green-
eyed 12-year-old peddling fruit door
to door around the Shores - no doubt
she'll be trailed by her skinny little
brother, struggling with mangos that
weigh as much as two pounds each -
rest assured it's for a charitable concern.
She's going to put the funds raised
toward her mitzvah project.
Of course, that's barely going to
make a dent in the overall haul. So
naturally there's a second plan in the
works. This summer I'm going to be
testing recipes for a book, Romancing

the Mango: Recipes for the Obsessed, for
University Press of Florida. The recipes
will be mine, yours, and ours. That's
right - if you have a mango recipe that
you treasure and think is unique (please,
no mango salsa!), feel free to send it to
me (romancingthemango@gmail.com)
for possible inclusion in the book.
There's no payment, aside from a
copy of the book, but you'll have the
joy of knowing several things: You'll be
donating to Operation Smile, because
proceeds from Romancing the Mango
will eventually be heading there, as well
as my favorite charity, Doctors Without
Borders (alas, publication date isn't until
2013, so you'll have to wait awhile for
that satisfaction). You'll be published
alongside some superstar chefs from
Miami, including Andrea Curto-Ran-
dazzo, Douglas Rodriguez, and Michael
Schwartz. And you'll be able to use the
mangos from Mango House.
Yes, I'm going to be giving away my
mangos the same as usual. There'll be
hundreds a day at the height of summer,
so those who e-mailed me last year
and received the disappointing news of
"nope, nothing" can rest assured that this

year is quite a different story. All I ask is
that you wait until June, bring your own
bags and boxes, and don't come in the
middle of the night. Oh, and if you could
pick up a couple of rotten mangos and
bag them at the same time, that would
help, too, especially with the rodents.
You see, just like bat mitzvahs and
mangos, rodents are very much on my
mind of late. Those enabling squirrels
are dropping juicy bits right into my
dachshund's mouth. Just today I had to
pry a completely skinned, little green
mango from her jaws, one she scooped
up after it bounced off her long, pointy
head. And we're finally starting to see
fruit rats, also called roof rats, with their
dark coats and long tails. A pair of these
rats can produce four to six litters per
year, with four to eight pups in each litter.
That's an average of 30 new rats annu-
ally from just one mama and papa, and
these babies become sexually mature in
only two or three months.
Why I am suddenly such an expert?
Last week a dead one was outside the
pair of French doors that open into my
bedroom. And as I write this, a live one
is hiding behind my refrigerator. This is

courtesy of my cat, Monkey, who found
him among the immature mangos and
decided to bring him into the house to
play with during a thunderstorm. Hence
the reason why every single light in my
house is on and I am upstairs in my office
hiding - er, writing - and waiting for
pest control to come eradicate him.
These may be just desserts, the
karmic equivalent of "open mouth, insert
foot." Only a couple of columns ago, I
was relating the tale of my friend Robb
and his oven-glove-and-colander tech-
nique for catching wayward rats, and
joking that he should get himself "more
effective cats." Looks like I have dyslexic
ones, who not only don't keep them away
from the house but do me the extra cour-
tesy of bringing them into my bedroom.
I have the awful feeling that I'm
going to be putting Critter Control on
speed dial. And as I contemplate the
amount of gift-giving and plane-ticket-
buying I'm doing for this round of bar
mitzvahs, I wonder if there's a similar
service for coming-of-age ceremonies.

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Miami Ink
Budget gaps, dishonest politicians, heartbreaking stories
business as usual in the morning paper

By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor
Last month I read a column in the
Herald's sports section titled "The
Heat just can't catch a break," and
as I read through the rest of the paper, it
occurred to me that all of South Florida
just can't catch a break. The hot news topic
that day was the tragic death of Nubia
Barahona. It was a sad chronicle of one
bumbling misstep after another by almost
every agency that had responsibility for a
piece of this poor little girl's predicament.
No one paid attention to the pleas and
the red flags, and Nubia paid the ultimate
price with her life. Of course the obliga-
tory Blue Ribbon Panel was installed to

"get to the bottom of this" and ensure that
it will "never happen again."
We now know many of the gory de-
tails of the miserable existence of Nubia
and her brother Victor, and that "heads
have rolled," nI%%\ systems have been
put in place," and "more case workers
will be hired to limit the case loads." So
we can all go back to feeling confident
that this will never happen again. Right!
(If there can be one last, small measure
of justice for Nubia, my wish would
be for the courts to restore her original
family name so her grave will not carry
the name of the bastards who took her
life, and she can rest in peace.)
One related tidbit that did catch
my eye was that one of the individuals

trying their best to inform DCF (Florida
Department of Children and Families)
of the plight of these children called the
Miami-Dade Police Department, only
to be told to call DCF directly! It was
a case of the old "not my job" response,
with a child's life hanging in the bal-
ance. As far as something like this never
happening again, there was a story on
the same day under the headline T\\ o

kids' bodies found in canal." They were
the children of a mother who was also
slain and discarded like a piece of trash.
These children, too, were under the
auspices of DCF. Another case ending in
another tragedy for our community. We
just can't catch a break!
But back to that day's paper. There
was another article, this one on the
front page of the local section: "Alvarez


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criticized over transit group." It con-
cerned a group of county transit em-
ployees working on the Miami-Dade
mayor's behalf to defeat the upcoming
recall election - while they were on the
clock. How it happened was anybody's
guess. There was the hue and cry from
the mayoral wannabes about this being
an abuse of power and a dastardly use of
taxpayer money. Even more ironic was
the outrage of county Commissioner Na-
tacha Seijas. (Talk about the pot calling
the kettle black!)
However, for pure comic relief, noth-
ing matched county manager George
Burgess doing his best Sergeant Schultz
impersonation: "I know nothing... Noth-
ing!" This guy has been a piece of work
since being named county manager, hiding
behind everything and everyone whenever
a controversial issue hits the proverbial fan.
Down the road, when Alvarez
reflects on his tenure as mayor, he will
perhaps begin to see that Burgess was
greatly responsible for his fall from
grace. Can you believe the gall of this
guy to offer himself for the position
of CEO of Jackson Hospital! I cannot
imagine a responsible board (or even an

irresponsible one) saying, "Hey, let's get
this Burgess guy! He's done a great job
for the county and I'm sure he won't run
us any deeper into financial ruin!"
Fortunately Burgess had enough
sense to fall on his own sword when
the mayor lost the recall by a landslide,
resign from his position as county man-
ager, and remove his name from consid-
eration for the Jackson Health System. I
particularly liked his quote at the press
conference: "I need to take a break."
George, you may take a break - a long
one, we hope - but our community just
can't catch a break!
Another article: "Miami revenue
shortfall threatens reserve." Here we
have another shoe dropping in the ongo-
ing budget woes of the City of Miami. It
appears the projected revenues from red-
light cameras, the tax on video gaming
machines, hiked safety inspection fees
for vehicles (whatever that is), additional
fees to use city swimming pools, and
increased boat-docking rates have fallen
far short of the expected $18 million.
The city may - and I emphasize
may - receive approximately $10 mil-
lion from those sources. Or something

like that, give or take, according to the
city's financial guru, Larry Spring.
The commission, being informed of
the situation, took no action other than
a hand-wringing session that resulted in
comments like "We have to be realistic in
our projections." The most priceless quote
came from Commissioner Marc Sarnoff,
addressing the shortfall in anticipated red-
light-camera revenue. "I warned them all
along," the commissioner stated. "I said
people are going to change their pattern
of behavior." Of course, he voted for the
cameras and for the budget that included
the unrealistic revenue projections he now
says he knew were inflated to begin with.
The city just can't catch a break!
Finally, there was an article headlined
"Miami officer accused of scheme." It told
of a Miami police officer, Vernell Reyn-
olds, allegedly falsifying documents -
including a birth certificate - to make it
appear that her sister is the legal guardian
of her own son. In this scheme, because
the sister is considered low income,
Reynolds's son was eligible for $7000 in
scholarships to attend a private school.
Reynolds, incidentally, is a past presi-
dent of the Miami Community Police

Benevolent Association, which represents
black officers. You cannot make this stuff
Officer Reynolds denies wrongdoing,
and her attorney has said that she "vigor-
ously intends to fight these charges in
court." Meanwhile, as per police depart-
ment policy, Reynolds has been relieved
of duty with pay while under investiga-
tion. If she is eventually found guilty, I
wonder if the department will recover
the salary she received while awaiting
trial. That would seem fair. But don't
count on it. The Miami Police Depart-
ment just can't catch a break!
So what is the thread that weaves its
way through all of these stories? That
thread is public service and what it means.
Public service is a special calling. Some-
times, in extreme cases, it may mean
giving one's life, and that sacrifice is read-
ily accepted by those who serve honor-
ably. Those who do not are hardly worth
the ink it takes to write of their misdeeds.
And yet the papers are full of their stories
every day - at least, when we catch them.
Give me a break.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI AT LARGE

No Place Like Home

Yes, Miami is crazy and chaotic, but it's way better than anywhere else

By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

G reen! Green! Everything is
so green!" This might be
V 1 my response to a The Life
and Times ofKermit the Frog special
on PBS or my dismay at the substances
clogging my throat and nostrils for
the past 12 days while I fend off the
Deathstar Phlegmatica of a cold I've
been battling.
Actually, it's neither. Rather, this
is always my gleeful response as I peer
out of the car window at all the life,
the sheer lushness, both of plants and
diversity of people, in my native city.
This most recent outburst came after

landing at MIA in January. I should note
that my gleeful response while staring
out the airplane window at the decidedly
unfrozen city beneath the mammoth
steel wing is always tempered with: "Oh,
shit! I hope I don't die upon impact and
not get to take in the green of my native
city in person." Yeah, I love to fly the
friendly skies!
It's been three years since my hus-
band and I packed up our furniture, dogs,
ferret, and ourselves, and headed north
for his job. Very north, to upstate New
York or, as I prefer to call it, New Yuck.
Lord God, what a colossal mistake! And
I'm here to tell all you whippersnappers
not to take the same misstep into the
utter, icy slush of despair. For the love of

all that is holy, don't ever leave this city!
I mean it. I don't care what kind of
life you think you will have, what kind
of opportunity you are after, what you've
been guaranteed, if there are millions
of virgins waiting for you in the Prom-
ised Land of Wherever It Is That Is Not

Here... It doesn't matter. It will suck.
You can argue with me if you'd like.
I don't care. The Voice of Experience
comes with deaf ears. Seriously. Just
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counterbalanced by a very dynamic city.
That's right. The same city you shake
your fist at while sitting on the Palmetto,
helplessly chugging $3.60-a-gallon
unleaded gas.
The same city you live in where
not everyone speaks English as a first
language. Oh, boo hoo, poor you. Let
me tell you something: You won't give a
rat's hairless ass which language anyone
is speaking when you are two-feet deep
in snow and your gray fingers are so
numb you can't grasp the house key to
escape the outside hell -your outside
hell. And while I'm on it: Do you know
what it is like to actually understand
what other people are always saying?
All the time? I didn't until I moved away
from Miami. Well, that sucks, too! I ran
out of gauze to stuff in my bloody ears
listening to all the stupid things people
discussed. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
And while I'm still on it - on the
topic of multiculturalism - do you
know what it is like to be surrounded by
white people all the time? It's horrify-
ing. Try it. God, it's boring. So many pot
roasts, so little time. Better yet, try get-
ting a decent cup of coffee. Good luck,

bucko! I hope you like brown water with
your leche.
Look, you may not be aware of this.
I know I wasn't. And I'm aware of every-
thing. To a fault. Ask anyone who knows
me. Being that aware kinda ruins your
life a little bit.
Know what else does? Moving
from Miami to some other place. At
the time we decided to leave, it seemed
like a golden opportunity. Hell, we even
thought our prayers had been answered.
My husband was employed by a compa-
ny in the boating industry. The country
was on the brink of a depression. Fact:
When funds run low, pleasure crafts get
washed up in the tide of life and take a
back seat to priorities like eating and
paying expensive healthcare costs. My
husband was nervous. There had been
some cuts at work and he didn't want to
be next.
That's reasonable. What wasn't reason-
able is what came next. This ridiculous,
seemingly too-good-to-be-true job oppor-
tunity. And you know what they say about
something that seems too good to be true,
right? (And what they say about cliches,
and the size of your feet, and...screw it!)

The point is: It was too good to
be true. Duh. I knew upstate New
Yuck would not be a stunning oasis of
opportunity and a veritable hotbed of
aesthetic pleasure, but talk about your
underestimations. I was now living
in hell, and the best part was - are
you ready for this - I put myself
there! Yes! My fault! I encouraged
my husband to take that job because it
seemed like the wise thing to do, the
adult thing to do, the responsible thing
to do. And he agreed. What a couple of
idiotic nincompoops!
Problem is, I never thought a
geographical location served as a home,
as something that made you feel com-
fortable and complete. You don't hear
a lot about that. You hear an awful lot
about "the importance of family." Snarf!
Family is supposed to be there for you.
Okay, well, for some that may be true. I
guess it is even true for me because, if it
weren't for my family, I wouldn't be here
typing this in the air conditioning of my
Brickell co-tel (you know, condo-hotel).
Assuming I had not bashed my head to
a pulp with a chunk of frozen river, I
would be typing it in upstate New Yuck.

However, family means people and
people means ulterior motives and, most
likely, disappointment. A city is not selfish.
A city is reliable. Like a dog. You know
what to expect. You get unconditional love,
something very few families or people are
able to provide. Miami is always here. The
sun is (almost) always out.
It is a chaotic city, but even that is
predictable. Sure, the guts of the city
change. The city breathes and your
favorite restaurant goes out of busi-
ness. The city stretches and the roads
become more congested. A dog barks,
but then rests.
I've come to the realization that a
city - this city - is ultimately what is
here for me. For you. Unconditionally.
With all its foibles and wonders. I feel it
in the whisper of the breeze that wafts
off Biscayne Bay, where manatees rest,
and in the creak of the palm fronds. I
hear it in the sounds of the flocks of wild
parrots and I taste it in the tangy flesh
of the carambolas from my childhood
backyard tree. And I never should have
forsaken it.

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Culture: THE ARTS

Mapping Vizcaya

In his latest work, Cuban artist Ernesto Oroza navigates the famed
estate's history, both real and imagined

By Anne Tschida
BT Contributor
Visiting Vizcaya Museum and
Gardens is a quintessentially
Miami experience. The view of
Biscayne Bay is spectacular. The gardens
are lush and tropical. And the interior
design of the faux Italianate villa is so
over-the-top, so wannabe A-list as to be,
well, so Miami.
The house was built by one of South
Florida's first transplanted tycoons, a
product of the Gilded Age, James Deering.
He wanted his mansion to look as though
it had been around for centuries, like a real
Old World landmark. So in 1916 he had
his designer, Paul Chalfin, appropriate a
mish-mash of styles from the 16th to 20th
centuries for the new structure.
In 1953 this quixotic specimen of
grandeur and excess - really, a Disney-
fied version of a European castle, years
before anyone had even heard of Uncle
Walt - became a museum, run to this
day by Miami-Dade County.
This history, simultaneously real and
imagined, organic and borrowed, captivat-
ed Ernesto Oroza, a Cuban-born artist who
spent a year walking the museum. The
more he walked, the more he noticed the
quirky secrets of the villa - on the floors,
the walls, and even in the mix of visitors
flowing in and out. Oroza eventually came
up withArchetype Vizcaya, the latest in the

Contemporary Arts Project series commis-
sioned by the museum.
Oroza has literally mapped out the
normally unseen highlights of Vizcaya
in an artful brochure, which includes a
legend with numbers and symbols. On
a sunny, cool day, he points out some of
his explorations.
When he first started making his
rounds, he says, he noticed what was
constantly under his feet: the floors
made of marble, terrazzo, wood, tile,
different styles all shoved together,
sometimes in a single room.
In particular it was the marble that
really caught his eye. It is, he explains,
the ultimately "contaminated" material.
Over thousands of years, minerals and
weather have infected the stone, impos-
ing on it that unique quality of veins
running through it. "To mineralogists,
these shapes that we consider beautiful
are, in fact, impurities that invaded the
rock," Oroza explains. "Any piece of
marble in Vizcaya may be considered
the diagram of a similar process of con-
tamination that has occurred during the
life of the building."
And, he adds, marble shouts out
wealth, another central theme of Viz-
caya. From ancient times until today,
marble columns, sculptures, and espe-
cially floors have signaled to visitors that
money and power inhabit a space. And
Vizcaya is covered in it.

James Deering, a Gilded Age tycoon, found Miami to be the perfect place
for his visions of faux grandeur.

Vizcaya was designed in the era of Cecil B. DeMille, and any
resemblance to a larger-than-life movie set is intentional.

Modeled on 17th- and 18th-century
Venetian floors, the marble layerings
in the villa were imported, likely from
North Africa, another way for moguls
like Deering to flag wealth "and worldly
experience," says Oroza. "It was from
the beginning meant to be a showroom."

As you move from room to room
with Oroza's map, you see the begin-
nings of Miami as a place where outside
influences and manufactured identities
dominate. We reinvent ourselves here all
the time. "History" is malleable. Pasts
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Take the Breakfast Room.
It is decorated in a pseudo-
Chinese style, popular in
the late 19th Century, with
lacquered furniture (actually
crafted by a Cuban team) and
a painting of a South China
Sea fishing scene (actually
painted in the late 1600s by
a Frenchman). As the new
deputy director for collections
and curatorial affairs, Fla-
minia Gennari-Santori, who
is overseeing the art series,
quips: "Look closely. One of
the fishermen was really born
in 1916!" The original painting
was expanded to fit the wall,
which meant adding figures
and subjects. Talk about impo-
sition and contamination.
Other stops on the map
reveal subtle points that
would go unrecognized
without some help from
Oroza, such as details in the
550-year-old rug depicting
the "Hand of Fatima." Artist E
Oroza's own interven- an inst
tions are few, and are pasted
on Plexiglas barriers in certain rooms:
silhouettes depicting invasive plants that
have been imported to Miami through
the years, endangering the native
vegetation. The Plexiglas itself is its
own, strange intervention, says Oroza
- something that jumped out at him,
like the floors. When the villa became a
museum, these Plexi plates were in-
stalled to keep visitors from harming
valuable objects or venturing too deep
into the rooms. But as Oroza points out,
they were haphazardly placed, in some
cases protecting relatively unimportant
works, while other more precious pieces
stood completely exposed.

Oroza gathered amateur videos of parties, weddings, and galas held at
Vizcaya, which unspool in a continuous loop.

-rnesto Oroza's Espacio Provisional,
allation within his Archetype Vizcaya.

A third segment of this unconven-
tional art exhibit involves Oroza's "map-
ping" of the people who have passed
through Vizcaya over the past half-cen-
tury. Using the Web, he gathered ama-
teur videos of quinceaheras, weddings,
parties, and star-studded concerts, which
unspool in a continual loop (Oroza adds
to it when he can) in the South Gallery.
This study of human interventions at the
site leads him to understand something
else about Miami. As a relatively recent
arrival from Cuba, Oroza says he had
never visited the museum. But once he
started hanging out, he saw how central
the place has become to the local Cuban

community, another important layer in
Miami's multilayered history.
From Deering to Chalfin, from the
property's African and Japanese plant
species to exile families celebrating
coming-of-age rituals - and even the
hands behind this exhibit (the Cuban
Oroza and Italian Gennari-Santori) -
Vizcaya reflects so many of the influ-
ences that make up the broader cultural
terrain here.
Oroza has devised a clever way to
uncover all this. As Gennari-Santori
writes in the exhibit's introduction:
"The map directs us to look at the
surfaces beneath our feet and, in doing
so, breaks our normative viewing habits
and frees us to participate in an inten-
sive treasure hunt for curious artifacts.
Oroza's map is an object in its own right
that can be taken home and enjoyed as a
piece of art or wallpaper, or in any way
one wishes."

Archetype Vizcaya is a highly con-
ceptual work from a very intellectual
mind, but it can be engaged on almost
any level. If you've never been to this
amazing museum, here's your excuse;
follow the map through the house, or
just take the opportunity to wander and
stumble on some interesting tidbits.
Circling back to the idea that Vizcaya
was, from its inception, supposed to be a
showroom, Oroza points out it was designed
in the era of Cecil B. DeMille, and any
resemblance to a larger-than-life movie set is
intentional. "It was made to be photographed,"
he says. "It was made to be catalogued." And
of course it was made to be explored.

Archetype Vizcaya by Ernesto Oroza
runs ;li. -it-h May 29 at the Vizcaya
Museum and Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave.;
305-250-9133; www.vizcayamuseum.com.

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April 9 through May 12
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Reception April 9, 7 to 9 p.m.

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Through June 9
"The Pulse of Nature" by Debra Holt
April 9 through June 9
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2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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April 9 through June 4
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"TIMELESS TREASURES" with various artists
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April 2 through April 31
"Abe's Penny Livel" with Lee Materazzi, Francie Bishop
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Cruz, Nicole Doran, Patti Her & Sleeper
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561 NW 32nd St, Miami
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Donna Lee Steffens, Jason Snyder, Patricia
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"Between the Layers MIA Master's Thesis
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Reception April 8, 7 to 10 p.m.
April 17
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April 19
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3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
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Through April 30
"The Second and the Seventh" by
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2248 NW 1st PI, Miami
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Through April 8
"Paper Work" by Admir Jahic and Comenius
Roethlisberger, Jorge Chirinos Sanchez, Laura Medina
Solera, Pablo Lehmann, and Taras Kovach
April 9 through May 13
"The City" by Zhanna Kadyrova
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180 NE 39th St, Miami
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2301-2303 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami
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Ongoing "Seductive Assemblages and Wood
Sculpture" by Susanna Caldwell

158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
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By appointment carol@cjazzart com
Through April 24
"spillage traces, evidence and presence" with Stacy
Lynn Wadell, Shoshanna Weinberger, Andre Leon
Gray, and Ronny Quevedo
"tapando el sol con un dedo places, spaces and
ascension" with Steffani Jemison, Jamal Cyrus, Hamlet
Lavastida Cordovi, and Glexis Novoa

758 NE 125th St, North Miami
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541 NW 27th St, Miami
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"Across America" by Clyde Butcher

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
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Through May 21
"The Forest" by John Espinosa

71 E Flagler St, Miami and Villa 221
221 NE 17th Street, Miami
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April 9 through May 14
"ELEMENTAL" by Reinler Gamboa
Reception April 9, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
61 NE 40th St, Miami
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April 9
"Light Meets Color" with various artists
Reception April 9, 7 to 10:30 p.m.

787 NE 125th St, North Miami
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Shops at Midtown Miami
Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd , Miami
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April 9 through May 9
"Visions" with Michael Grecco, Lynn
Goldsmith, and Daniel Azoulay
Reception April 8, 6 to 9 p.m.

2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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April 9 through May 7
"Family Matters" by Jillian Mayer
Reception April 9, 6 to 9 p.m.

2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
www dlfinearts com
April 9 through May 7
"M2 TA (Metro Cuadrado Tension Admisible)" by
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Reception April 9, 2 to 9 p.m.

3938 NE 39th St, Miami
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April 29 and April 30
"Low Lives 3" with various artists around the world
Reception April 29, 8 to 11 p.m.
April 30, 3 to 6 p.m.

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"You Are Always Here" by Catalina Jaramillo
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April 8 through May 7
"Material" by Jenny Brillhart
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April 7 through June 5
"Miamicito" with various artists

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"Earth's Fertility " by Ileana Tolibia and
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"The Forest for the Trees" by Hernan Bas

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"Children of Haiti 2009" by Sophia Torrents
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April 8 through May 7
"Greenish Hermeticism" by Nathlie Provosty
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April 9 through May 31
"Masters in Sculpture" with Arman, Albahrani,
Atchugarry, Botero, Cardenas, Chia, De Stables,
Di Rosa, Di Suvero, Dubuffet, Escardo, Farhan,
Haring, Henry, Hudson, Larraz, Lichtenstein, Negret,
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Samantha Salzinger, Untitled 2, ink jet print, 20
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2628 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
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April 9 through May 14
"Relocation Show" with various artists

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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April 9 through May 7 "Paper Cut" by various artists
Reception April 9, 2 to 11 p.m.

147 NW 36th St, Miami
(305) 576-4266
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April 1 through April 30
"Miami Heat Art Exhibition" with Kirk Maggio, Erika
King, Gary Longordo, Justyn Farano
Reception April 9, 6 to 10 p.m.

123 NW 23rd St, Miami
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Through May 10
"CIRCUS MUNDI" by Adriana Jebeleanu

50 NE 29th St, Miami
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April 7 to May 7 "Untamed Rhythms" by Neltje
Reception April 9, 2 to 9pm

48 NW 29th St, Miami
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William John Kennedy's Fine Art Photography
Collection of Early Pop Artists
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198 NW 24th St, Miami
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155 NE 38th St, Miami
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Through April 30 "Purgatory (False Ceiling)"
by Typoe
Reception April 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

7337 Harding Ave , Miami Beach
(305) 704-7879
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April 7 through April 8
"Lou's Beer Garden Art Showcase" by John
Miller and Simone Corrado
Reception April 7, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

3030 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
http //maormiami org/
April 9 through May 27
"Leaving Egypt" curated by Eric Charest Weinberg
Reception April 9, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
April 19
"Passover Seder" hosted by Chabad in Midtown
Doors open 8 p.m., seder begins 8:30 p.m.
$42 adult per person, $26 child, $72 sponsor RSVP
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36 NW 36th St, Miami
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244 NW 35th St, Miami
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300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
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April 1 through April 15
"Art 4 Love" by Chad Love Lieberman
Reception April 1, 6 to 10 p.m.

346 NW 29th St, Miami
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177 NW 23rd St, Miami
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April 9 through May 31
"Far East and Middle East Meet Miami" with
Burhan Dogancay, Dinorah Delfin, Haruna Sato,
Silas Shabelewska, Kwon Soon Ik, Paul Ching-
Bor, Hussien Edalatkhah, Niki Kouhpayma,
Phil Kyp Chang
Reception April 8, 6 to 9 p.m.

New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd St, Miami
April 14 to May 20
"Bey[on]d Paper Books, Prints and Drawing Exhibition"
by various artists
Reception April 14, 6 to 9 p.m.

2033 NW 1st PI, Miami
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2561 N Miami Ave, Miami
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2600 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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"The African Caribbean" works by
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Reception April 9, 5 to 10 p.m.

2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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Through May 7
"Colorforms" with Louis Cameron, Michelle
Carollo, Gisela Insuaste, Doreen McCarthy,
Freddy Rodriguez, Ines Raiterl, Julio Suarez,
Marela Zacarlas

82 NE 29th St, Miami
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Through June 30 "Small Reprieve" by Jim
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155 NE 38th St, Miami
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April 9 through May 28
"Collectivism" by Agustina Woodgate
Reception April 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

162 NE 50th Ter, Miami
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April 23 through May 13
"Suicide Love and Epiphanies" by Billy Keats
Reception April 23, 7 to 11 p.m.

3821 NE 1st Ct, Miami
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3223 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
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"First Lady Fantasy & Neon Art" by David Mayberry
Reception April 9, 6 to 10 p.m.

2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
April 9 through May 1 "Creativity Driven by Southern
Hospitality" by Sean Smith
Reception April 9, 6 to 10 p.m.

3322 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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eriberto Mora, Wisdom, oil on canvas, 201
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800 Lincoln Rd , Miami Beach
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April 8 to May 8
"Winning Artl" with Anthony Ardavin, W Andre
Allen, Adriana Carvalho, Tony Chimento, Wendy
Coad, Tom Cocotos, Pablo Contrlsciani, Alfonso
Corona, Xavier Cortada, Matu Croney, Natasha
Duwin, Eurydice, Susan Feliciano, J Kevin Foltz,
Katerina Friderici, Luls Garcia-Nerey, Rosa Naday
Garmendia, Jaime Gil, Peter Hammar, Alex
Herla, Kathy Kissik, David Leroi, Jules Lusson,
Ena Marrero, Gustavo Matamoros, Rene Barge,
Venessa Monokian, Hugo Moro, Brandon Opalka,
Alexkey Sabido, Beatricia Sagar, Damian Sarno,
Lissette Schaeffler, Franklin Sinanan, Nina Surel,
Lisa Switalski, Alexandra Trimino, Antonia Wright,
David Zalben, Lulsa Mesa
Reception April 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
www bassmuseum org
April 1 through July 3
"An Invitation to Look Selections from the
Permanent Collection of The Bass Museum
of Art"
with various artists
Reception April 28, 7 to 10 p.m.

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Miami Ave, Miami
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April 9 through April 23
"POST The 2011 NWSA BFA Candidates'
Visual Arts Exhibition" with Nicole Burko,
Franky Cruz, Karla R Davila, Gustavo
Gonzalez, Mauricio Gonzalez, Nanjoo Hong,
Stacye Jones, Herman F Kaizedo, Jessie
Latino, limchoy lee, Inga Loyev, Veronika Lugo,
Melissa Mastroeni, Maria Fernanda Mayorga,
Denisse Monge, Natalia (Macky) Ortelli,
Francis Pisfil, Colin
Sherrell, Dominique Thomas, Sam Ubinas, and
Zonia Zena
Reception April 9, 7-10 p.m.

23 NE 41st St, Miami
11, www delacruzcollection org
Opening April 9
"Amor Infinitus" by Kevin Arrow
Reception April 9, 7 to 10 p.m.
April 15
Lecture with Scott Rothkopf
Lecture April 15, 7 p.m.

10975 SW 17th St, Miami
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Through April 17
"Gran Torino Italian Contemporary Art" with Alighiero
Boetti, Marco Gastini, Piero Gilardi, Giorgio Griffa, Lulgi
Mainolfi, Marlo Merz, Glulio Paolini, Gluseppe Penone,
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorlo, Salvatore
Astore, Nicola Bolla, Botto&Bruno, Paolo Leonardo,
Simone Martinetto, Pierluigi Pusole, Valentina Ruospo,
Filippo di Sambuy, Diego Scroppo, Francesco Sena,
Lulgi Stoisa and Fablo Viale
Through April 17
"Aesthetics & Values 2011" with Daniel Arsham, Jose
Bedia, Ivan Toth Depena, Jacin Giordano, Fabian
Pena, Karen Rifas, Crlstina Lei Rodriguez, John
Sanchez, Jen Stark, and Antonia Wright
Through April 17
"Frame This" with graduate students of FlU
Through April 24
"As of 24-03-07" by Maria Brito
Through April 24
"Women in Motion Fitness, Sport, and the Female
Figure" in the Wolfsonian-FlU Teaching Gallery with
various artists
Through October 31
"From Old to New" with various

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
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April 16 to June 5
"UM Faculty Exhibition" by Ivan Alberht
April 16 to May 8
"Annual Juried Student Competition Exhibition" with
various artists
Through April 24
"The Changing Face of Art and Politics" with various
Through May 15
"American Documentarlan" by
Frank Paulin

101 W Flagler St, Miami
www miamiartmuseum org
Through April 10
Robert Rauschenberg
Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection"
Through August 28
"Anchor Gallery" by Mark Dion
Through June 26
"The Wilderness" with various

770 NE 125th St, North Miami
www mocanomi org
Through June 5
"At Capacity" with works from the permanent collection
Through June 5 "Open Process" with Jessica
Laurel Arias, Autumn Casey, Domingo Castillo, and
Tatiana Vahan and "At Capacity Large-Scale Works
from the Permanent Collection" with John Baldessar,
Dara Friedman, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jene Highstein,
Edward and Nancy Kienholz, Louise Nevelson, Dennis
Oppenheim, Jack Pierson, Ragnar Kjartansson, and more

591 NW 27th St, Miami
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Ongoing "AFRICA Photography and video" with various
artists, and "Large Stone Carvings" by Jene Highstein,
"Broken Mirror Painting" by Michelangelo Pistoletto,
"Contemporary Paintings" with William Beckman, Oliver
Dorfer, Jonathan Meese, Chris Ofili Tal R, and more, and
"Brian Alfred Digital Animation" by Brian Alfred

95 NW 29th St, Miami
www rubellfamilycollection com
Through August 26
"How Soon Now" with Cecily Brown, Thea Djordjadze,
Huan Yong Ping, Matthew Day Jackson, Analia Saban,
Ryan Trecartin, Kaarl Upson, and David Wojnarowicz,
and "Time Capsule, Age 13 to 21 The Contemporary
Art Collection of Jason Rubell" with George Condo,
Robert Gober, Andreas Gursky, Keith Haring, Cady
Noland, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Cindy
Sherman, Rosemarle Trockel, and more

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170 NW 23rd St, Miami
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The TransAtlantic Connection Is Back
The North Beach Band Shell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) has been quiet for too long, un-
dergoing renovations (good) but leaving an eerie silence in place of live music (bad). But now
construction is done, and the Rhythm Foundation's fantastic TransAtlantic Festival is back, with
world music concerts featuring acts from Africa to Mexico to Miami. On Friday, April 29 at 7:00
p.m., you can hear music from Brazil and Tijuana when the samba-jazz fusion of CeU and the
Latintronica of the Nortec Collective play. On Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m., enjoy Antibalas, the
group that helped introduce Afrobeat (and the great Nigerian musician Fela Kuti) to American audi-
ences with its high-energy, polyrhythmic performances in the Broadway hit Fela! It's good to have
both the band shell and the festival back! Passes cost $40; $25 at the door for individual shows. Call
305-672-5202 or visit www.transatlanticfestival.com.

A Film Festival You Can't Refuse
The island of Sicily has helped form
many of our images of Italian-American
life, thanks to the movies. Some Hol-
lywood names of Sicilian heritage:
Valentino, Capra, Scorsese, Coppola,
Stallone. Now Miami Beach is hosting
the sixth annual Sicilian Film Festival,
at the Miami Beach Cinematheque's styl-
ish, brand-new home in the historic City
Hall building (1130 Washington Ave.,
Miami Beach). From Thursday, April
7 through Wednesday, April 13, more
than a dozen movies from this fertile
creative land will be screened, including
the latest from the director of Cinema
Paradiso. Go to www.sicilianfilmfesti-
val.com for schedule and tickets.

Pervasive Poetry All Month Long
A 30-day, countywide poetry offensive
called 0, Miami is being launched this
month, with the objective of have every
Miami-Dade resident encounter poetry
at some point. Traditional readings will
be mixed with "poetry in public places"
events in schools, restaurants, and mu-
seums. For instance, on Friday, April 8
at 8:00 p.m. at the Moore Building (4040
NE 2nd Ave., Miami), poet Anne Carson
and Merce Cunningham dancer/chore-
ographer Jonah Bokaer will collaborate
on the performance Stacks, while on
Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m., the
BT's own Jen Karetnick will read from
her poems focusing on restaurants and
food at the Italian restaurant Vino &
Olio (139 NE 39th St.). The festival will
culminate on Saturday, April 30 at
7:00 p.m. with U.S. Poet Laureate W.S.
Mervin at the New World Center in
Miami Beach. For more details, loca-
tions, and tickets go to www.omiami.org.

Ready for Some Broad Humor?
"I just came back from L.A., where I did a
pilot - and he was really cute." That's just

Profiles in Pot
Local filmmakers Billy Corbin and
Alfred Spellman (Cocaine Cowboys,
The U) premier their latest documen-
tary, Square Grouper: The Godfathers
of Ganja, from Thursday, April 14
through Sunday, April 17 at the new
O Cinema (90 NW 29th St.). The film
chronicles Florida's pivotal role at the
height of marijuana smuggling in the
1970s and 1980s. Go to www.o-cinema.
org for info and tickets.

one of the zingers Anna Collins is likely to
launch from the stage during her comedy
act - based on her book A View From a
Broad - at the Aventura Arts and Cultural
Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Friday, April
8 at 8:30 p.m. Need further proof the lady
is funny? On the connection between her
Armenian roots and the South Florida audi-
ences who follow her: "Armenians are a lot
like Jews - only we have better carpeting."
Tickets are $29.50 to $34.50. Call 954-462-
0222, or go to www.aventuracenter.org.

Authentic Cuban Rumba from
the Very Best
Think you know rumba just because
you live in Miami? You ain't seen noth-
ing yet, if you haven't caught the ac-
claimed Cuban troupe Los Mufiequi-
tos de Matanzas, coming to the Arsht
Center on Friday, April 15 at 8:00
p.m. Rumba is the most dynamic and
exciting expression of Cuba's African

heritage, mining traditional African re-
ligious rituals, drumming, and dance.
If you want to feel the sounds and
rhythms of rumba, it doesn't get any
better than this. Tickets range from $30
to $65. Go to www.arshtcenter.org.

Ever Wonder How "Lobby"
Became a Verb?
Maybe you've sat in the swank, Space
Age lobbies of the Fontainebleau or the
Eden Roc, or sipped tea in the Biltmore
Hotel's elegant, Old World second-floor
reception area, but do you really know
the histories of these famed pleasure
palaces? Who better to fill you in than
local historian Paul George, who will
be leading HistoryMiami's Florida's
Fabulous Hotel Lobbies Coach Tour
from Coral Gables to Miami Beach.
The three-hour tour starts at 10:00
a.m. on Saturday, April 9 and departs
from HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St..
Tickets are $44 for members, $49 for
nonmembers. Go to www.hmsf.org for
more details.

Brazilian Pop Rules!
Another month, another master musician
from Brazil arrives to remind us of what a
reign that country has had since the 1960s
in the realm of popular music. This time,
on Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m., Lenine
will take the stage at the Gusman Center
for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.,
Miami). He's part of the legacy of MPB,
or Brazilian Popular Music, forged by the
likes of Jobim, Caetano Veloso, and Gil-
berto Gil. Lenine mixes rock, hip-hop, and
sounds from his native land to come up
with his soulful version of MPB. This rare
Miami appearance is courtesy of Miami-
Dade College's excellent Cultura del Lobo
series. Tickets range from $27 to $52. Call
305-237-3010 for more info.

Haven't Yet Been to the New
New World?
If you still haven't caught a glimpse of
architect Frank Gehry's South Beach
masterpiece, here's a superb opportunity.
New World Symphony artistic director
Michael Tilson Thomas will be conducting
a fresh interpretation of Gustav Mahler's
Sixth Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Satur-
day, April 30 at the new building (500 17th
St., Miami Beach). Tilson Thomas and
his world-renowned orchestral academy
is always worth hearing, but perhaps
even more so in this case - six of the ten
Grammys Tilson Thomas has won have
been for recordings of Mahler's work. Call
305-673-3331, or go to www.nws.edu.

Compiled by BT contributor Anne Tschi-
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Celebrate the Bay
Anyone who lives near Biscayne Bay
knows that this is one of the most pristine
and precious bodies of water any large
city is fortunate enough to have. And we
need to keep it that way. Which is why
Baynanza, in its 29th year, has become
such a popular event. This year more than
7500 volunteers will flock to 31 desig-
nated sites in and around the water to
pick up garbage and debris and help keep
Biscayne Bay clean. It all happens Sat-
urday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. till noon.
Everyone who loves our bay is encour-
aged to show up. Can't make it? Don't
despair. Baynanza events go through the
end of April. Call 305-372-6784 for sites
and more information, or go to www.

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Biscayne Crime Beat

Compiled by Derek McCann

Next Time, He'll Threaten
His Victims with Facebook
100 Block ofNE 55th Street
Victim was in his truck, holding his
daughter, when he observed a man in
front of his home openly selling drugs. He
asked him to leave. The drug pusher got
upset and attacked the man in his truck,
punching him several times. Victim held
his daughter down so she would not get
hit, then got out of the truck and confront-
ed his assailant. The suspect responded by
pulling out his primary weapon: his cell
phone. He threatened to call his friends.
Victim was not impressed. However, his
nose was bleeding profusely. The sus-
pect disappeared down the street, talk-
ing into his cell phone. At press time,

no arrests have been made and suspect's
friends, thus far, have failed to rally to
his sleazy cause.

Hey, Buddy, Can You Spare
Your Wallet?
200 Block ofNE 79th Street
This victim arrived home after a stress-
ful day, feeling as if someone were fol-
lowing him. He was right. A Boulevard
hoodlum confronted him in the lobby. As
the victim tried to flee, the hood grabbed
him by the shoulder and pushed him to
the ground. While he had him on the
ground, he reached inside victim's side
pocket with one hand and grabbed his
wallet. He used his other hand to shield
his face, but apparently not successfully

enough, as the victim claims 9
he can easily identify him. The
victim was transported to North
Shore Medical Center with a back
injury. Please be aware of your
immediate surroundings. If you
sense someone is stalking you,
someone probably is.

At Least There Was
No Line
1600 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
Who doesn't like those shiny new
Apple products? Most people
go to Aventura or Lincoln Road
to pick up the latest ones. Not
these two victims. A Boulevard
entrepreneur claimed he could
get them an iPad and a MacBook on the
cheap. The victims, wanting to be part of
the Apple revolution, forked over $500
for the iPad and $1500 for the MacBook,
or about the same price as retail, except
without the warranty and tech support.
The salesman took their money and


said he would return. Of course, he
didn't. Police were called, but there is
no surveillance video of the suspect.
With their finances drained, perhaps
our two would-be buyers would be
interested in seeing if there's a black
market for Gateways.


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You Want Fries with That
1600 Block oJ i, .. i i..- Boulevard
After having a delightful burger at
Checkers, victim was a little tired and,
instead of going home, decided to fall
asleep on the bench outside the fast-
food joint. Needless to say, this is a big
mistake on the Boulevard. His "black
and gray book" (wording used in the
police report) was taken from him during
his brief nap. Inside the book were his
money and identification. The victim
cannot identify the mystery suspect and
busy Checkers' staff did not witness the
incident. So here is yet another negative
of the fast-food lifestyle: sudden and
inescapable drowsiness in a city where
criminals do not sleep.

New World, Same
Old Story
25 NE 2nd St.
One would think that certain schools
would be off-limits to brazen thievery.
We guess not. During class, a New
World School of the Arts student went
to use the bathroom and left her black
book-bag in her chair. She was only

gone for about five minutes. In that time,
an intruder entered the classroom and
grabbed the book bag. He walked out and
not a single person in the classroom said
a word, including the teacher. When the
victim returned, the teacher apologized
for the theft. Thanks, teach. If he comes
back, please make him write "I will not
steal" on the board 500 times.

Beware Falling Tumblers
1700 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
Wild Miami parties are something, aren't
they? We know how to throw a good
bash. Unfortunately those who are not on
the guest list often suffer from rejection
and, in this case, the consequences. A
neighbor was trying to sleep as the music
from a nearby party blasted throughout
the night. The next morning he went to
his car and saw that the roof was caved
in. Blue drinking glasses apparently had
been thrown out the window of the party
apartment and onto the roof of his car.
The victim was not sure which apart-
ment it was, but building management
was notified. Miamians, in the future,
please put those glasses in the dishwash-
er, where they belong.

What Rhymes with Smash?
400 Block ofNE 62nd Street
We just love those romantic stories of
the smitten man who throws rocks at a
damsel's window in an effort to bring
her to it so she can hear him read his
love poetry - or something like that.
In Miami rocks are indeed used, except
love has nothing to do with it. In two
incidents this past month, a large rock
was thrown through a window for no ap-
parent reason. Both homes were unoccu-
pied at the time, but neighbors heard the
sound and saw the thugs running away.
No time for poetry in this city.

And We Were All Having
Such a Good Time
5800 Block ofN. Miami Avenue
This victim's cousin was having a party at
his house. During the party, the victim went
to the bedroom to take a nap. (Too much
booze, perhaps?) She left her purse in the
living room. This was her cousin's party
and surely his guests were honest people,
right? Not quite. Her purse was gone upon
her waking up. Next time, dear cousin, be
sparing with the guest list. Not all those
Facebook "friends" are legit, you know.

We Thought Biking Was
Good For You
NE 2ndAvenue and 56th Street
Be careful, cyclists. It is not just cars you
have to worry about. After coming out of
a store, a man was approached by a male
perpetrator who grabbed his bike from him.
When the victim tried to fight back, three
other men jumped him and began to beat
him, knocking him to the ground. One of
the men made off with the bike as the other
three ran away. What next? Do we have to
start chaining our bikes to our bodies?
The Key to His Heart
30 NE 11th St.
Oh, those ex-boyfriends. If couples therapy
does not work, then shouldn't it be over?
Not in this case. A woman had parked
her car in this parking lot when she got a
text from her ex indicating that he had just
cleaned her car. How nice. Guess he must
have brought his own water and soap to the
lot. Nope, not quite. His cleaning involved
"keying" the top and sides of the car. The
woman took pictures of the scene and the
boyfriend is at large. We guess they won't
be patching things up.

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Columnists: PARK PATROL

Small Pleasures

A neighborhood park in Normandy Isle was built with the kids in mind

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

ere is Normandy Isle, anyway
the real one? Is it a retire-
ment community outside of
Euro Disney? Well, the Miami Beach
neighborhood by this name has a park
located across the street from a His-
panic community center, although the
street names surrounding it vibe French:
Trouville Esplanade, Rue Granville, and
Normandy Drive. But the neighborhood
rings American-residential and the park is
strictly BYOB: bring your own baguette.
With the panache of a fortress
moderne, the Normandy Isle Park
and Pool floats on a concrete island in
between the divided, one-way lanes of
71st Street and Normandy Drive. The
3.6-acre park offers several amenities at
a smaller, perhaps more European scale
than might be expected. All in all, it
appears to serve the neighbors well, but
probably won't be drawing large crowds
from across the causeway.
Let's get down to park business:
Miami Beach has money, and it shows.
The park got a major makeover and re-
opened with new pool facilities in April
2007. With a price tag of more than $5
million, the renovation looks fashionable,


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but does not please patrons looking for a
full-size soccer field or competition pool.
With only four lanes, the 25-yard
pool is too small to host a serious swim
meet or team event. Two more lanes
would have made it acceptable for high
school meets, so it's a missed opportu-
nity. The good news for Miami Beach
residents is that the pool is free with
proof of residency; the bad news for non-
residents is a sticker-shocking admission
fee of $10 per person.
The separate kiddie splash area holds
more appeal than the lap-swimming pool
and looks like a great place to beat the
heat. A funhouse awaits little visitors
in the center of the splash pad, and a
fountain gushes over the edges of a giant
green mushroom. For parties, the pool
can be rented by residents for $153.50 for
two hours; nonresidents pay $367.50.
The park's largest area hosts an
open, manicured soccer field, but it's a
mini. The field appears to be about half
the size of a regulation field. In February
the park hosted its first Winter Soccer
Tournament for second- and third-
graders, ages that seem to be the target
market for most of the park.
Behind the soccer field, a playground
nestles under a shady tarp. It has shiny
purple dinosaurs, aqua slides, and a

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The park received a $5 million makeover by Miami Beach, and it shows.

strange bulbous sign that advertises the
playground-equipment maker "GT Game
Time." Disturbingly, the stick-figure child
on the sign looks like he is about to be
eaten by a giant head.
Next to the playground stands a
simple yet effective pavilion with a
standard concrete floor and picnic tables.
The black-and-white-tiled columns add
a touch of Miami Beach flair. Residents
can rent the pavilion for $207 and the
soccer field for $250. Nonresidents pay
$314 and $400, respectively.
The bigger kids turn up their noses
at the tidy soccer field and favor the
scruffier, smaller patch of grass next to
the pavilion. That's where the teenagers
practice their moves. Adjacent to this
field are two concrete basketball courts.
They may be the only sporting amenities
of standard size in the park, but I must
admit that I didn't measure them.
One outstanding feature of this park
is something that many parks seem to
lack: accessible, clean bathrooms. Locat-
ed in a building between the pool and the
soccer field, the men's restroom really
was spotless. (Is that a French thing?)
Everything in the renovated park
works well, from the water fountains
to the pool filtration system. The park's
nonaquatic hours are relatively gener-
ous, running from 8:00 a.m. (8:30 for the
playground) to 9:00 p.m., thanks to large
overhead lights. The pool does even
better, opening at 6:45 a.m. for the early-
to-rise swimmers.
Surrounding the entire park is an at-
tractive, tall black metal fence divided into

The pool is just four lanes and
25 yards, not big enough for
competition, but it sparkles.

sections by painted columns. The fence
portion along the pool offers a quasi-MiMo
touch in the form of black metallic polka
dots. By avoiding chain-link fencing, the
park has managed to create a fortress-like
feel, only without the eyesore.
Some depressing, aging apartment
buildings on the block's northwest corner
are mostly hidden from view, especially
from the western approach. Because the

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A simple but functional pavilion provides shade
and picnic tables for parties.

The kiddie splash area holds more appeal than the
pool and looks like a great place to beat the heat.

A playground for little kids - replete with purple
dinosaurs - is shaded by a large tarp.

pool sits several feet above street level, the
wall and tall fence around it draw the eye
upward and into the park, not to what's
behind it. The lesson here may also be
fashionably French: If you can't buy the
whole block, hide the unsightly parts.
The park's focus on kids shows up in
activities such as "Tot Time" for ages 12
months to 30 months, "Sticky Fingers"
arts and crafts classes for ages two to
three, and flag football for teenagers.

Interestingly, the playground has a
cute sign stating that adults are al-
lowed inside only "when accompanied
by a minor." The sign loses its charm,
however, as you continue reading down
to the part about "enforcement" and a
phone number to report adult violators
(read: potential sexual predators).
Normandy Isle Park clearly at-
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attractive slice of green space. Litter is
kept in check and the grounds are tidy.
What it lacks in size, the park makes up
for in quality.
However, the park's layout of mostly
open space means that it is short on trees,
so the pavilion offers the best bet for shade.
Normandy Isle Park and Pool is the
first property reviewed in this column
that is managed by the City of Miami
Beach. The park's buildings look

attractive and new, the soccer field is
well maintained, and the pool sparkles.
People living on the mainland could
be jealous of this European-style class
and efficiency, but more likely than not
they will drive right past without even
noticing it, on their way to the beach.
C'est le vie. Or as we say in Miami:
Asi es la vida.

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Happy Meals for Everyone

Who says parents and kids can't enjoy the same restaurants?

By Crystal Brewe
BT Contributor

recently Googled "family friendly
restaurant," and after reading results that
yielded reviews of "Toot-n-Tell," "Bubba
Gump Shrimp Company," and somebody's
"Food Shack," my foodie mouth was far
from watering. Who wrote the rule that if
you want to take your kids with you for a
meal, you have to eat nuggets or hot dogs?
My friends Heather and Mark are
foodies. So are Kristina and Alfredo,
and Giselle and Andres. They all have
kids who aren't exactly "restaurant
friendly." As a parent, how do you
indulge your foodie fix without dumbing
down your palate, annoying waiters, or
breaking the bank with babysitters?
My husband and I would rather not
eat out than eat some hodgepodge of
foodstuffs thrown together from frozen
bags by a teenager in a chain restaurant.
Yeah, we are that snobby.
But we're not fussy. We just have a
firm belief in quality food. Of course we
indulge in the quick fix of CPK or Chili's,
but we like options, and frankly, we have
gone on death marches in search of them.
My husband, food scientist extraor-
dinaire, is constantly intriguing the kids
with his creations, and making mini
quality-control evaluators of them. We
have, as a result, created little restaurant
critics. Their involvement in food prepa-
ration has led to an insatiable curiosity,
which has certainly helped with buy-in

each time we sample new restaurants.
This month I've decided to let you in
on some places we've discovered to be
pretty awesome - with kids or without.
Red Light (Cajun Caribbean), 7700
Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-757-7773,
Fronting the Little River, Red Light
is a hipster spot known for using lo-
cally sourced and seasonal ingredients
in a funky, casual setting. There is no
kids' menu, but chef/owner Kris Wessel,
nominated for a James Beard Award in
2010, has some kid-friendly jewels on
his regular menu. The mac-and-cheese
and steamed veggies side, as well as the
soups, make excellent meals for kids.
Red Light's location also helps. The
Little River is home to many manatees, and
when we go, we troll our veggie drawer for
treats like celery, apples, and lettuce. We
throw our offerings into the water when
we sit outdoors, and wait for the manatees
to make their appearance during our meal.
The food can take a while at Red Light, so
the manatee watch helps distract and enter-
tain little restaurant critics.
Mercadito Midtown (Mexican),
3252 NE Ist Ave., Miami, 786-369-0430,
In the heart of Midtown lives a chic
but surprisingly authentic little Mexican
joint that attracts celebrities by the score
and features a $2.50 taco Tuesday. No
kids' menu here, but the outdoor seating
makes for great people-watching, and
the kids can enjoy quesadillas, tacos,

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or tapas-style dishes. The servers are
friendly and there is also a super casual
taqueria with an Old Mexico flair that
makes you want to order a margarita and
take off your shoes.
Morgans (American), 28 NE
29th St., Miami, 305-573-9678,
Touting "homestyle comfort food,"
Morgans offers some of the best break-
fasts I've had in years. The restaurant is
located in a lovingly renovated, two-
story, 1930s house on the edge of Wyn-
wood. Freshly painted lavender walls, a
wrap-around porch, ample free parking,
and a little yard for the kids to hang in
- you have to love it. And why wouldn't
parents love a place where owner Bar-
clay Graebner is also a proud parent of
several little rug rats, often seen running
around - in a very well-behaved sort of
way, of course. Again, there is no kids'
menu, but our kids love the coconut tofu
nuggets, and the entrees are all large
enough to share with the little ones.
Maitardi i A,,,/ , 163 NE 39th St., Miami,
305-572-1400, www.maitardimiami.com
The sprawling patio of this Design
District Italian eatery has a Moroccan

flair, with mosaic walls, couches, tables,
and high tops all at the base of historic
white oak trees with twinkling lights.
Maitardi is terrific for the early-bird
family. With a "beat the clock" menu,
the restaurant offers select entrees at a
price that matches the time ordered!
For example, show up with your
posse at 5:00 p.m. and entrees are just $5
apiece; arrive at 6:20 and snatch them for
$6.20. It has become quite the hot spot,
though, so if you arrive later than 8:00
p.m., the untz, untz, untz of the non-
breeders' DJ will surely drive you and
your little ones away.
Some final tips: Preparing the kids
for eating out is key. Talk to them about
restaurant etiquette, bring some fun
activities like small colored pencils and
note pads or an Etch A Sketch, and make
sure the server brings the kids' food at
the same time as yours. There is nothing
worse than getting your entree after the
kids have finished their meals and are
ready to terrorize your fellow diners.
Enjoy yourself and let me know if
you have any other recommendations.

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Columnists: GOING GREEN

Water, Water Everywhere

Antarctica is melting, and it's heading to Miami in waves

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
Warning: Reading this column
may be hazardous to your
mental health. It may cause
nausea, heartburn, dizziness, primal
screaming, and an uncontrollable urge to
stick your head in the sand. If you have a
weak heart, do not continue reading.
South Florida is dying. With about
60 years of life remaining, our beloved
home needs to be put on the palliative
care of hospice. We need to start prepar-
ing for the inevitable.
No one wants to believe their home
is built on sinking sand, but it doesn't
matter what you believe. South Florida is
sinking back into the ocean, and we can
face this reality bravely and wisely or
belatedly and foolishly.
This is a joke, right?
The Turkey Point nuclear plant, 24
miles south of the downtown Miami, sits
along Biscayne Bay on land barely above
sea level. When the sea level rises by six
inches, the land surrounding it will be
At a minimum, sea level will rise six
inches by 2100, according to a consensus
of scientists around the world. It will
probably happen sooner. Our tsunami,
our Hurricane Katrina moment is ap-
proaching, ever so slowly but surely. Ev-
eryone living in South Florida is going
to become a climate-change refugee. It's
only a matter of time.

I told you not to read this.
We need to start bracing ourselves
for the new normal: In a century or so,
Miami-Dade County will be completely
underwater. Everyone will be either dead
or gone. We're the number-one most
vulnerable large metropolitan area in the
world subject to the destructive effects of
rising sea levels, according to Europe's
Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development. The ocean is using
Miami to send a message to the rest of
the world: "You're going to lose, and I'm
going to win." If only there were hills to
run to.
Actually, there is some good news
for South Florida when it comes to cli-
mate change. Owing to forces from the
Pacific that will overwhelm the Atlantic,
hurricanes are predicted to become less
frequent. Hooray! There's just one little
caveat: Only weaker hurricanes will
decrease in number. Intense hurricanes,
like Hurricane Andrew, are expected to
arrive more frequently. In fact, hur-
ricanes may reach a whole new level.
"We may have to invent a Category Six,"
says David Enfield, a veteran University
of Miami atmospheric researcher who
serves on the science committee of the
Miami-Dade County Climate Change
Advisory Task Force.
Okay, so there's really nothing posi-
tive to say about the long-term effects of
climate change. Let's move on to the one
thing that might actually cure the Earth:
future voters.

High school students from Miami's
MAST Academy got it right recently at a
forum they organized to discuss solu-
tions for today's environmental conun-
drums. Held February 16 at the Miami
Science Museum, the forum brought
together students and concerned commu-
nity leaders, such as David Bernard, the
chief meteorologist for CBS 4. Instead
of the typical dire forecast - "We're all
going to die" - the overarching mes-
sage of the forum was: "We can do this."
Let's hope those students register to vote
and hold our politicians accountable for
their feeble response to climate change.
Helping the students get there is an
extraordinary MAST instructor, Wafa
Khalil, who teaches courses on solar
energy. She provides hope that adults
might also get it right. I met her and
other concerned citizens this year at a
seminar on climate change organized by
Harold Wanless, the University of Miami
professor of geology and local guru of
sea-level rise. Wanless is a distinguished
researcher and department chair with
plenty to keep him busy, so he does not
need to spend his weekends teaching the
public about the basics of climate change.
But he wants to, because he knows that
his prophetic message is too important to
hide under a bushel.

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hotter and more acidic water, fish popu-
lations are being decimated by overfish-
ing and habitat loss, and plastic debris is
everywhere. Last month a research team
led by Eric Rignot of NASA identified
melting ice from Greenland and Antarc-
tica as the new leading cause of sea-level
rise, topping all other causes.
You could look at it this way: Our
dead planet Earth has the blues. As the
ocean rises, the Earth turns bluer and
bluer, and our green, dry habitat be-
comes smaller and smaller.
Despite all this mounting evidence,
UM's Wanless doesn't think international
experts are sounding the warning bell
loudly enough. "Antarctica is coming
alive," he warns, adding that we might be
seeing "the beginning of rapid change."
Wanless believes we should prepare
for a sea-level rise of at least five feet by
2100, with quick acceleration after that.
With even a five-foot rise, the majority of
Miami-Dade County will be underwater.
"Climate change," he says, "will change
Florida and Earth beyond your wildest
Now how do you feel?

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Death, Taxes, and Really Cheap Wine

Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less A

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

It was T.S. Eliot who wrote, "April is
the cruelest month." He had a point,
but a few other months could give
it some competition. July, for example,
when South Florida's brutal summer
blossoms in all its face-melting glory. Or
January, when lately our normally balmy
winter weather seems to go to hell in a
fleece-lined hand basket. Or September,
when every tiny smudge that floats off
the African coast threatens to lumber
across the ocean and chew us up like so
much undercooked hamburger.
There's February because - well, just
because. It's a totally useless month, a tail
on a Ferrari. Then there's my own least fa-
vorite, October, mainly because it includes
Halloween, which has tragically evolved
into National Nitwit's Day for adults.
Still, in the pantheon of sucky months,
April has it over all others. It includes April
15. Tax Day. Uncle Sammy's hand in your
pocket and his voice in your ear: "There
are all those worthless wars to fight, huge
rapacious corporations to bail out, cor-
rupt foreign dictators to prop up, and poor
suffering millionaires and billionaires to
succor, so just lie there quietly, my little
lambs, while I get out the shears."
If the cruelty of April, the anguish of
flushing your hard-earned dollars down
Sammy's bottomless rat hole, has left you
needing a drink that you can barely afford
to buy, Vino feels your pain. Therefore,
my lambs, this month we've gone even
cheaper, limiting our purchases to wines
costing $10 or less. They're not exactly

Mouton Rothschild, but you might just
save enough money to buy back your own
wool for a nice little sweater.
Let's begin with the two cheapest
wines of the tasting. And I mean cheap,
as in dirt. Or maybe the rocks beneath the
dirt. Or maybe just the word "dirt" itself.
How about a classic New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc, with all the lemon-
lime-grapefruit flavors and crisp, bracing,
seafood-friendly acidity that country's
SBs are known for, for a stupid-afford-
able $4.95? Oh, yeah. That's the 2009
Red Cliffe, from the capital of Kiwi
Sauvignon Blancs, Marlborough. Not
much complexity here, but a well-made
wine you can drink every day. And for
five bucks? You can't beat that with an
idiot stick.
A dollar more gets you the Gazela
2009 Vinho Verde. It's as pale as a Nor-
wegian on South Beach, with tart citrus
and ever-so-faintly-floral flavors and the
slight spritz that's characteristic of the
wine. It's also very light on the palate,
takes a good chill easily, and with only
nine-percent alcohol is a pretty refresh-
ing way to drink away a humid South
Florida afternoon.
Want something with a little more pop?
The Wallace Brook 2008 Pinot
Gris from Oregon's Willamette Valley
is a good option. It opens with toast and
citrus and a few funky-herbal aromas,
then segues into a medium-bodied wine
that accents its smoky pear and green
apple flavors with a tangy lemon-lime
backbone and tart lemon finish.
Doubling down on the fruit without
losing its acidic zip is the 2009 Antis

Torrontes, a varietal I will
keep harping on until you
all go out and try it. This one
offers big, bold aromas of
tropical fruit and honeysuckle
and orange, but on the palate is
much more restrained, tasting
of ripe pears and green apples,
with definitely unsweet floral
nuances and a surprising
creamy, almost viscous texture.
"Cheap" and "Cabernet
Sauvignon" are rarely used in
the same sentence, at least if
the word "good" is in there too.
But in the case of Gallo of So-
noma's 2007 Cabernet Sau-
vignon, "cheap" and "good"
are actually quite appropriate.
This $10 Cab drinks much
better than its price, with The Nor
aromas of cherries and plums, (12555 E
toasty oak, sweet spice, and the two
even a touch of fresh herbs. Sauvign
Those aromas carry over to Vinho V
your mouth, too, yet there are and Wal
enough tannins and acidity to and ava
keep them in check. Cellar (2
Winemaker Randall And the
Grahm has sold off his low- & Spirit.
priced line of eclectic wines, 6525) he
but the flagship Big House $9.99 ar
Red doesn't seem to have
suffered. The 2009 vintage is
a blend of 14 different grapes, and like its
predecessors under Grahm, emphasizes
balance and food-friendliness over fat
gobs of fruit and a lumberyard's worth of
oak. With its tart cherry fruit, stiff acidity,
and relatively low alcohol (13.5 percent),

th Miami Crown Wine and Spirits
3iscayne Blvd., 305-892-9463) has
deals of the year, the Red Cliffe
ion Blanc for $4.95 and the Gazela
erde for $5.95. The Antis Torrontes
lace Brook Pinot Gris are both $9.99
ilable at Aventura's Wine & Spirits
!1055 Biscayne Blvd., 305-936-9433).
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is the Gallo Cabernet Sauvignon for
id the Big House Red for $7.99.

it's almost more French than Californian,
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fatty meats, assuming you can afford any
after the cruelty of April 15.

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A Tasty and Zesty Foe

Brazilian pepper may be an invasive species, but it has its uses in
the kitchen

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

I always look for good opportunities
to come out of something that is
perhaps not so good. The productive
use of an invasive plant that is difficult
to control presents just such an oppor-
tunity. In this case, the plant is Schinus
terebinthifolius, more commonly known
as Brazilian pepper, Granos de Pimienta
Rosa, or Pimiento de Brazil. It is these
common names that should give us a
hint about its potential upside.
Brazilian pepper is in the plant family
Anacardiaceae. This family includes
such toxic plants as native poison ivy and
poisonwood. Other well-known plants
in this family are sumac (used as a spice
in Middle Eastern cuisine), mango (no
explanation needed), pistachio, hog plum
(ciruela), and the cashew (marahi6n). As
many of you already know, all of these
plants, including the edible ones, are toxic
to certain individuals via physical contact
with (or ingestion of) the unripened fruit,
its skin, or the plant's sap. Anyone who
has lived in South Florida even briefly
knows someone who cannot handle or eat
mangos without breaking out in a rash.
Even the cashews that many of us enjoy
have to be properly roasted to destroy the
toxic seed coat. (This must be done out-
doors because the smoke alone can cause
severe reactions in some people.)
As an invasive plant, Brazilian pepper
is particularly noxious. Introduced in the

1800s as a commercial ornamental plant,
it has invaded huge areas in Central and
South Florida. It forms dense impenetra-
ble thickets of tangled wood stems that in
natural areas completely shade out and
displace native vegetation.
When I first started working at Parrot
Jungle, in the 1970s, we once used a very
large crane to assist us in pruning our
banyan tree. When we finished with the
banyan tree three days later, the crane
was relocated to an area of the park that
had been invaded by Brazilian pepper.
The plants had grown very large,
shading out everything around them.
(Brazilian pepper is thought to produce
certain chemicals that act as allelopathic
agents, which suppress other plants'
growth and this may explain why, when
we see extensive stands of this plant,
it seems to be the only plant species
around.) We attached cables to the base
of these trees and pulled them directly
out of the ground with the crane. It was
an amazing sight - roots 50 or 60 feet
away were being yanked right out of the
ground, throwing up soil and rocks all
around. It looked like a horror movie.
No surprise that this species is prohib-
ited by law from sale, transport, or planting
in our state, according to the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services Noxious Weed List. It is classified
as a Category I pest by The Florida Exotic
Pest Plant Council. That also includes the
seed, which is readily eaten and dispersed
by birds and mammals.

A local Brazilian pepper in fruit, showing the origin of pink peppercorns.

Now, for the silver lining. How many
of you use mixed pepper when you season
your food? Look up pink peppercorns on
the Internet and you'll find an assortment
of quotes touting their virtues: "Pink pep-
percorns have a delicate, fragrant, fruity,
floral, sweet and/or spicy flavor."
"They are reminiscent of a mild
citrus zest and sweet berries."
"They go especially well in fruit
sauces (pairs well with strawberries),
vinaigrettes, and desserts (makes a great
ice cream paired with chocolate cake)."
"It is quite the gourmet item in
French cooking, and pink peppercorns
also add a rich rose color to cuisine."
It all sounds wonderful, doesn't it?
And do you know where pink pepper-
corns come from? Our locally invasive
plant, Brazilian pepper.
The Food and Drug Administration
banned the use of pink peppercorns in the
1980s because of the possibility of toxic
effects, but has since rescinded its ban.
Today pink peppercorns can be found in
commercial containers sold to restaurants,
and in the spice section of your local
supermarket. (I've even seen the scientific
name, Schinus terebinthifolius, used on
some of the ingredient labels.)

Currently there is research being
done locally in South Florida to find
varieties of Brazilian pepper that have
fewer irritants or allergens in the pepper-
corns. I also recently read that dried pink
peppercorns generally have only a very
weak irritating action, if any.
So just because a plant is in a family
of other plants with known toxic effects,
we should not succumb to knee-jerk
reactions and dismiss everything in
the family without trying it first. I've
learned not to eat peanuts, hot peppers,
or too much wasabi, and to eat certain
other foods in moderation lest I get sick
from them.
Did you know the tomato and egg-
plant are in the Solanaceae family, which
is the same family as belladonna (deadly
nightshade), the infamous Angel's Trum-
pet, and tobacco, with its toxic nicotine?
Let us keep things in perspective.

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ipal arborist, director of horticulture at
Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
Designs of Florida. Contact him atjeff@
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Curb Your Crazy Canine

Training an out-of-control dog to behave is a job for the
whole family

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor
Sometimes it seems that everyone
in America has an easier dog to
deal with than you. Your neighbors
parade their dogs by you, happily hum-
ming a tune as they go, their pets pranc-
ing at their sides. When they entertain
guests, their dogs politely greet them and
then quickly retreat to a doggy bed in the
corner. Your friends never come home
to accidents. Everything in their home
stays in its proper place.
You, on the other hand, don't have it
nearly so good. When the doorbell rings,
your best friend flies at the door, Air-
Jordan-style, barking uncontrollably and
scratching at the door violently. Guests
need their own bodyguard, as your
pooch's only goal in life seems to be to
take them down and soil their clothes.
When you walk your dog in the
neighborhood, you are dragged uncon-
trollably, your arm coming out of its
socket while your animal zigzags from
side to side to sniff the scenery and greet
the neighbors. Your living room wall has
a hole in it. Food containers from the
garbage are always on the kitchen floor.
Our kids' classmates don't come over
because "that crazy dog" lives there!
Yup, it sounds like you have an
out-of-control dog. And while many
people with dogs of this nature give up

on training and the embarrassment of
attending class, there are a few tricks for
regaining control of what you believe
might be the world's worst dog.
When training wild Fidos, you must
first get their attention. Without focus or
attention from the animal, no training or
learning can take place. The more a dog
is focused on you, the less time he has
to get into trouble. Focus training is the
foundation of all training.
To start, be prepared with items your
dog really likes. For this kind of dog, you
need really high-value treats or favorite
toys. Don't be stingy - if you don't use
his absolutely favorite things, you will
not be able to compete with a super-
charged dog and the stimulating environ-
ment around you. Now, whenever your
dog looks at you, tell him he is good and
give him a treat. Repeat this exercise
thousands of times. You can use his
kibble if you like; there is no rule saying
your dog has to eat from a bowl, so make
him work for it. When he is focused on
you, give up a treat.
The next step is to add a reward for
calm behavior. This means you must
change your focus. Instead of scream-
ing in frustration after you find a "gift"
left by your pet, and ignoring Fido when
he is being good, you will now look for
outbreaks of calm in your otherwise
frenetic friend and reward them. When
he's lying on his bed, give him a belly

rub or gently scratch behind his ears or
other favorite place.
When he's sitting still, give him a
piece of kibble. When he is quiet, give
him a treat. Essentially you will be
rewarding everything he is not doing -
not barking, not jumping, not messing up
the place.
Dogs really do mirror their owners
sometimes, and not just in looks. I have
been called to consult with many "hyper"
dogs (owner's description), and upon
meeting the owners, find the adjective de-
scribes them as well! The signs are all too
obvious: not being able to sit still, multi-
tasking while trying to talk to me, getting
up for a drink of water, checking their
Blackberry, yelling at the kids, rushing
the husband out the door so he isn't late.

The kids are just as worked up,
constantly running in and out of rooms,
throwing footballs or other toys, leaping
off the furniture with a caveman-type
yell while the television blares in the
background. The owners are in a con-
stant state of arousal, so why shouldn't
the dog be?
In these cases, I need to change the
behavior of the entire family if I am going
to have long-term success with the dog.
Getting the kids to walk, not run, in front
of the dog, and to talk, not yell, are vital
steps for effecting behavioral change (and
not a bad lesson for the kiddies, either).
The parents, too, will need to stop
yelling at the dog to set him up for suc-
cess. Yelling or any form of talking to
the dog is attention, and therefore it can
be viewed as a reward, even if its intent

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is just the opposite. Everyone should
focus on rewarding what they want -
calm behavior from the dog everywhere,
whether in the house or out on a walk.
Lastly we must help out the dog
whenever we can by making it harder
for him to be bad. If you know your
dog goes in the garbage while you're
at work, then don't leave the garbage
out or give him access to it. If he rips
up the furniture or has potty accidents,
you can crate train him or keep him in
a specific area. It's like the old saying:

"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me
twice, shame on me." If you know the
dog will get into trouble and you let
him, it is your fault!
Of course, I would be remiss if I
didn't bring up exercise. Your frantic
Fido is not going to be satisfied with a
walk in the park. A wild dog needs to
run. Off-leash running, playing with
other canines, agility training, fetch-
ing, swimming, and other sports are all
great, much-needed activities to burn off
energy and stress.

The running in circles and "zoomies"
in your backyard do not count. Those
are signs that your dog is bored, stressed,
and in need of true exercise and stimu-
lation. (If your dog has dug holes or
changed the landscaping in your yard,
that should be taken as a sign, too.)
Hyperactive dogs are usually very
controllable with some daily training
and exercise. Being mindful of your
own actions and those of your family
members will help curb a dog's wild
behavior. Whether you are frenzied

yourself or overly sedentary, exercise
and outside activities with your dog are
good for the entire family and provide
great bonding opportunities.

Lisa Hartman is a dog-friendly trainer,
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not tell you how the RAC Block voted
against Commissioner Bernard and me
to keep facts and analysis from the public
by excluding written documentation I
submitted for the commission meeting
where the Soloff report was approved -
you guessed it, 3-2.
Last, Hunter does not tell you that
Soloff curiously failed to interview and
document the testimonies of Village staff
who were key witnesses to the alleged
occurrences; and that our Village attor-
ney blocked commissioners from effec-
tively interviewing staff witnesses. Also
he does not tell you that the investigation
revealed that the manager's one external
witness did not corroborate her stories,
and in fact denied them.
If any reader wants to receive a copy
of the report and my section-by-section
response, please contact me at bryan-
cooper. ii lioo corn and I will gladly
provide. And to those who elected me
to clean up government, I will continue
the effort I started over a year ago. As
slow as the pace might be, and as much

intimidation as might come my way (or
against my colleague Commissioner
Bernard), I will continue to stand up and
question waste or fraud if it becomes
I will continue to work against a reoc-
currence of a longstanding Village history
of ignoring the intent of the Florida Sun-
shine Laws designed to assure government
transparency and proper access to accurate
public records. I will continue to advise the
Village administration or officials when
they are doing things that could be brought
before the State Attorney or increase our
liability or chance of lawsuit. And last but
far from least, I will do my best to always
defend and support our honest and hard-
working Village staff.
Commissioner L. Bryan Cooper
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on less-than-factual details, I thought
I'd take this opportunity to offer some
public corrections, and ask him (as I have
in the past) to take down the rhetoric a
notch so as to try and make Biscayne
Park a little more civil.
While I usually believe that (to
use an Internet term) "feeding the troll"
often invites even more antagonistic
remarks, I always believe that facts and
details are important in order to arrive a
reasonable decision, so here are a couple
quick fact-checks.
In last month's letter to the BT, Dr.
Jonas stated that he "couldn't tell whether
Gaspar Gonzalez was endorsing public art
in Biscayne Park or panning it." Is there
some other way to interpret Gaspar's
statement: "I like the idea of a public-art
initiative"? It is clear that Gaspar likes
public art, but he dislikes the process the
Village used in obtaining our first piece
of art. Many of the residents I have heard
from seem to agree. Art is good. A lack of
professional process is not.
He also stated that "Gaspar seems
to find it easier, and more comfort-
able, to criticize than to participate and
improve the process." To the contrary,

Gaspar wrote, "If a public-art initiative
is to take hold in Biscayne Park, village
government needs to establish a set of
guidelines and appoint a committee - of
qualified people." And he listed seven
issues that could be publicly discussed
to help guide future art decisions, all of
which would improve the process.
He then tried to link the donation of
the art to the donation of a shade tree at
our playground that I've asked the com-
mission to accept. ("Commissioner Steve
Bernard has now spent what he himself
calculates as two and a half years trying
to donate one tree to the village. He
seems to say he's stuck in red tape him-
self.") The fact? I have never calculated
that it's been two and a half years, and
have no idea how he arrives at this time
frame because the donations only came
in May of 2009. Exaggeration does not
help make decisions, nor does mocking a
transparent process that can serve to give
o%% nw islhp" of a project to residents -
not to mention bring some unity to our
In fact, since he brings up red tape
as a bad thing, I will explain my rationale.
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Instead of asking the commission to accept
a donation on the spur of the moment, or
without any expert opinions or village
boards involved (as the sculpture was ac-
cepted at a special commission meeting),
I first asked a previous commission if they
would be willing to accept a donated shade
tree. I then requested a review by multiple
boards (all three unanimously recommend-
ed approval), consulted DERM, the state

forestry department, our village attorney
and both managers, as well as nurseries,
arborists, and landscape architects, keeping
the 37 residents who participated updated
along the way.
Yes, it took some time, but it's
a process that relied on professional
experience while allowing everyone to
participate, something that every local
government should encourage.
One last factual correction. Dr.
Jonas proudly and erroneously claims to
have been one of those 37 residents who

donated the tree. In fact, even though I
explained to him that he had no part of it,
he insists on being falsely magnanimous
about it and states that I "can keep the
money I helped him get" as he complains
about the cost to trim this one tree out
of more than a thousand the Village is
responsible for. It's just one more detail
that he is wrong about.
The list of untrue statements Dr.
Jonas has made over the years is long, but
these few specific corrections should get
the point across: When Dr. Jonas tells you

something, you should probably check
the facts before coming to an opinion on
the matter. My e-mail is Steve@Steve-
BernardArchitect.com if you ever have a
question about Village issues.
Of course, everyone is entitled to his
opinion. But no one should be allowed to
make up facts to sway other's opinions.
Let's all try and stick to the facts from
now on, and let's all try and keep things
civil, even if we have differing opinions.
Commissioner Steve Bernard
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Restaurant Listings

The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 262.

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

900 S. Miami Ave., 305-347-3700
Hamachi chiles rellenos? Shiso leaf "nachos" topped
with raw spicy tuna, kaiware sprouts, and other Asian
ingredients? The Viva, a sushi roll that starts with stan-
dard Japanese (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado), adds
Latin sabor (Jalapeno, cilantro), wraps it in a flour tortilla,
and garnishes it with heat (spicy snow crab mix)? Miami
hasn't tended to initiate too many food "firsts," but this
Japanese/Pan-Latin fusion place is surely one Prices are
higher than at neighborhood sushi spots, but in keeping
with Abokado's Mary Brickell Village neighbors $$$$

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

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234
Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant
(named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas
to South America) isn't a glamorous dining setting But
we'd eat outside From the expansive terrace of the
Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of
Brickell s high-rises actually make Miami look like a real
city It's hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the
most impressive The food is impeccably fresh regional
fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style
The cocktails are genuinely creative Luckily you don't
have to choose one or the other $$$-$$$$

500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254
Floor-to-ceiling picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay
But diners are more likely to focus on the sparkling raw
bar and open kitchen, where chef Clay Conley crafts imagi-
native global creations - many of them combinations,

to satisfy those who want it all One offering, "A Study
in Tuna," includes tuna sashimi, Maine crab, avocado
tempura, and caviar, with several Asian sauces Moroccan
lamb is three preparations (grilled chop, harissa-marinated
loin, and bastilla, the famed savory-sweet Middle Eastern
pastry, stuffed with braised shank $$$$$

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

Bali Caf4
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami,
downtown has secret stashes - small joints catering to
cruise-ship and construction workers This cute, exotically
decorated cafe has survived and thrived for good reason
The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family
feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something
new Novices will want Indonesia's signature rijsttafel, a
mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments
to be heaped on rice Note bring cash No plastic accepted
here $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave.
On the Conrad's 25th floor, The Bar's picture-windowed
space is not just a watering hole with panoramic views At
lunch it's an elegant sandwich bar, at night its a raw bar
(with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar
serving pintxos That's just the Basque word for tapas, but
here there's nothing mere about the generously portioned
small plates They range from traditional items like cod
fish equixada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes to
inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-stuffed
empanadas $$$

bistro e
485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373
A full power lunch from a Michelin-starred chef for $15?
Sounds unbelievable, but you'II find just such a daily
special (like corn/jalapeno soup, a grilled-cheese BLT, airy
cheesecake, and a pint of beer) at bistro e, daytime name
for Michael Psilakis' dinner-only new Aegean eatery Eos
The name change emphasizes lunchtime's wholly different,
globally influenced menu Among a la carte temptations
pork belly tacos, a Korean BBQ prawn salad, or a brisket/
gruyere sandwich with dippingjuice Breakfast, too, from
6 30 am $$-$$$

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



Jackson Soul Food
950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710
With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/comfy
retro interior, this 65-yearold Overtown soul food breakfast
institution now has only one drawback It closes at 100 p m
Never mind, night owls If you're a first-timer here, order the
astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and
you' II set multiple alarm clocks to return Classic drop bis-
cuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves And hearty
Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or
fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too $

Miss Yip Chinese Caf6
900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088
Fans of the South Beach original will find the decor different
Most notably, there's an outdoor lounge, and more generally
a nightclub atmosphere But the menu of Hong Kong-style
Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is
familiar Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes
rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does
orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet
And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried
meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering
finger food, shared amongfriends $-$$$


Egyptian Pizza Kitchen
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050
Pizza, pita -- hey, there both flatbreads So while many piz-
zas do indeed, as this halal place's name suggests, have
initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not
surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta,
olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at
least as well as Italian classics Additionallythe menu includes
interesting Middle Eastern fare like foul, a hummus-like but
lighter Egyptan dish of favas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and
olive oil A brick oven makes both pizzas and homemade pitas
superior $$

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

Chophouse Miami
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse

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Asia Bay Bistro
1007 Kane Concourse; 305-861-2222
As in Japan's most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stun-
ning atth Japanese/Thai gem And though the voluminous menu
sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japanese-
inspired small plates will please diners seeking something different
Tryjalapeno-sauced hamachi sashimi, toro with enoki mushrooms,
bracing ooba (shBo), tobiko caviar, and a sauce almost like beurre
blanc, rock shrimp/shitaketempura with a delicate salad, elegant
salmon tartare with a mix-in quail egg And spicy, mayo-dressed
tuna rock make are universal crowd-pleasers $$$

Caffe Da Vinci
1009 Kane Concourse; 305-861-8166
After renovations in 2010, this old favorite (since 1989)
reopened with a hip new lounge-- but no fixes to what ain't
broke, notably handmade artsanal pastas sauced with high
quality ingredients Choose luxestuffed models (like crab-filled
ravioli with rich lobster sauce) or relatively pristine preparations
like linguini with garlic, wine, and fresh littenecks Eating light?
Make a meal of lavish salads or starters like true beef carpac-
cio - dressed, like the original from Venices Harrys Bar, with
creamy mustard sauce rather than mere olive oil $$$

The Palm
9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256
It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed
NYC's original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef
Owners would run outto the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy
the hardboiled scribes So our perennial pick here is nostalgic
steak a la stone --juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped
with sauteed onions and pimentos This classic (whose carb
components make it satisfying without a la carte sides, and
hence a relative bargain) isn't on the menu anymore, but
cooks will prepare it on request $$$$$

Gourmet Carrot
3599 NE 207th St., 305-749-6393
Since the first Gourmet Carrot -- a healthy and kosher but
not at all preachy eatery - opened in South Beach, its menu
expanded to include many red-meat items The same is true
of this new Waterways mall branch When confirmed choles-
terol-careless carnivores like ourselves opt voluntarily for an
eaterys veggie burgers (a brown rice/lentil/veggie blend more
satisfying than beef), or remarkablyjuicy gnger-mayo-dressed
chicken burgers, over normal hamburgers, based solely on
flavor -- well, religion aside, that's a major miracle $$$

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

Crazy About You
1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101
The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are thesame here as
at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita Buy an entree (all
under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latbn, American.

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or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with
crispyshoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including
substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo
and pesto The difference This place, housed in the former loca-
tion of short-lived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambi-
ance than Dolores -- including a million-dollar water view $$$

Cvi.che 105
105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454
Fusion food -- a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native
and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a cen-
tury But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos
served at this hot spot his own unique spin Specialties
include flash-marinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradi-
to a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chill/cream
sauce) But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian
Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and
calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable $$

db Bistro Moderne
345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800
Just two words -- "Daniel Boulud" -- should be enough
for foodies craving creative French/American comfort
cuisine to run, not walk, to this restaurant If they can
find it (Hint The mysterious "Avenue of the Americas" is
really Biscayne Boulevard Way Don't ask) Downtown's
db is an absentee celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen
wizard Jarrod Verbiak flawlessly executes dishes ranging
from the original NYC db Bistro's signature foie gras/short
rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local market-driven
dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley veloute

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

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
From the stylish setting in Miami's historic Firehouse No
4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees,
which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed
pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost
either $18 or $23 And the price includes an appetizer
-- no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham
croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom
sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales The best
seats are on the glam rooftop patio $$$

Ecco Pizzateca & Lounge
168 SE 1st St., 305-960-1900
Masterminded by Aramis Lone (of PS14) and partner Brian
Basti, this hip hangout was designed to entice downtown
workers to linger after office hours And even without the
expansive, casual-chic space as bait, internationally award-
winning Italian pizza chef Massimo Fablo Bruni's exquisitely
airy, burn-blistered pies, made from homemade dough,
could do the trick The rest of the organically oriented
menu May also great, but with pizzas like the cream/mush-
room-topped Bianca beckoning, we'll never know $-$$$

485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373
Unlike their Michelin-starred New Adriatic restaurant
Anthos, in Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael
Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia has influences
ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean
region, and even Latin America Unchanged is Psilakis'
solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that
makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste acces-
sible So skip the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly
custardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin risotto,
or any raw seafood item, especially the unique marlin with
pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck $$$-$$$$
First & First Southern Baking Company
109 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-6446
How Southern is this restaurant/bakery? During the
course of one breakfast of fluffy biscuits with rich sausage
gravy, a friend from Italy, we swear, developed a drawl
While y'all will also find familiar fare (burgers, salads,
etc), highlights here are traditional and/or reinvented
country cooking favorites -- especially homemade sweets
More than two dozen desserts daily are featured, from
a roster topping 150 chocolate pecan pie, lemon bars,
potato candies, seven-layer cookies, and Jack Daniels
pound cakes, which are perfect for parties, though you
won't want to share $-$$

Fratelli Milano
213 SE 1st St.
Downtown isn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but it's experi-
encing a mini explosion of eateries open at night That
includes this family-owned ristorante, where even new-
comers feel at home At lunch it's almost impossible to
resist paninl, served on foccacia or crunchy clabatta, even
the vegetarian version bursts with complex and comple-
mentary flavors During weekday dinners, try generous
plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus, home-
made pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio, or
delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula $$-$$$

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

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries
about the seafood's freshness, on their way to the dining
deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the
retail fish market Best preparations are the simplest
When stone crabs are in season, Garcia's claws are as
good as Joe's but considerably cheaper The local fish
sandwich is most popular - grouper, yellowtail snapper,
or mahl mahl $-$$

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

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly
contemporary, but no worries The classic sword-wielding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish
And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the
traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared
foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses A pleasant, nontra-
ditional surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion
fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney,
along with the ubiquitous chimichurri $$$$-$$$$$

Half Moon Empanadas
192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525
As with South Beach's original Half Moon, you can get
wraps or salads But it's this snackery's unique take
on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a
natural for national franchising The soft-crusted, doughy
crescents -- baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -- are
amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken,
either mild or spicy) and creative the bacon cheeseburg-
er, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and
several vegetarian options Atjust over two bucks apiece,
they're a money-saving moveable feast $

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this
ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace)
the perfect power lunch/business dinner alternative
to steakhouses And the culinary experience goes way
beyond the typical meat market, thanks in part to the
flood of freebies that's a trademark of Manhattan's II
Mulino, originally run by II Gabbiano's owners The rest
of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth And the
champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black
truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$

Indigo / Table 40
100 Chopin Plaza, 305-577-1000
Long known for its power-lunch buffet -- including
hot entrees, carving station, custom pastas, packed-
to-the-gills salad, sushi, and dessert stations -- the
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a hip offspring intended for private dining Table 40
The charming, glassed-in wine "cellar" (actually in the
kitchen) enables 12-14 diners to watch the action in heat-
shielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations
by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental
technique with local seasonal ingredients Highlights
tender house-smoked, stout-braised short ribs, lavish lob-
ster salad with grilled mango, and a seductive fresh corn
gazpacho $$$-$$$$$

638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1525
Indochine has succeeded by morphing from mere restau-
rant into hip hangout Copious special events draw every-
one from downtown business types to the counterculture
crowd Not that there's anything "mere" about the range
of food served from three Asian nations Light eaters can
snack on Vietnamese summer rolls or Japanese sushi
rolls For bigger appetites, there are Thai curries and
Vietnamese specialties like pho, richly flavored beef soup
with meatballs, steak slices, rice noodles, and add-in
Asian herbs and sprouts $$-$$$

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

La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was
unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown With alterna-
tives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnollot in sage butter sauce
and cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with
truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horato Oliveira con-
tinue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps
just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyer's Liquid
Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso $$$

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

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

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously, with
choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/pate, or
smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete
American breakfasts At lunch, generously salad-garnished,
open-faced tartines are irresistible But sophisticated
salads and homemade soups make the choice tough And
do not skip dessert Superb sweets include rich almond/
fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional

Madelelnes, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-mac-
aroon sandwich cookies with daily-changing fillings $-$$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
1 W Flagler St, Suite 7, 305-789-9929
(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)

Martini 28
146 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414
This stylish little lunch-onlyspot, 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, daily-changing menu of
fare that's geographically eclectic but prepared with solid classic
technique, diners get a choice of about ten entrees (substan-
tral stuff like steak au poivre with Madeira cream sauce and
roasted potatoes, or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard
sauce, potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and house-
made dessert For just $9 99 Toldya $

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

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

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
For those who think "Argentine cuisine" is a synonym for "beef
and more beef," this popular eaters wide range of more
cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation
Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but
the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a
new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper
with jalapefios, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint
of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce
Especially notable are the entree salads $$-$$$

Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862
With a dozen branches nationwide. Oceanaire May seem more
All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus
vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish Here in
Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like
lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated. Peruvian-style
grouper ceviche The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood
selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pom-
pano, parrot fish, amberjack But even flown-in fish (and the raw
bar's cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh $$$$

Pega Grill
15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666
From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned
North Beach's Ariston, this small spot is more casually

contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but
serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek food Mixed
lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option), topped with
tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens and tomatoes,
in fat warm pita bread, are specialties But even more
irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light
carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished
mixed meze platter $$

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116
The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly
popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food
is served at several newer outlets The prices are low
enough that you might suspect Pasha's was a tax write-off
rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it
was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes Dishes
range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like
muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh
yogurt cheese Everything from pitas to lemonade is made
fresh, from scratch, daily $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs
(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back
several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown
institution But the chicken is also a winner, plus there's
a full menu of soul food entrees, including what many afi-
cionados consider our town's tastiest souse And it would
be unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet
potato pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop - half
iced tea, half lemonade $-$$

15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from
Vermont), this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's
first gentrified amenities At lunch chicken salad is a
favorite, dinner's strong suit is the pasta list, ranging
from Grandma Jennie's old-fashioned lasagna to chichi
fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola And
Sunday's $15 95 brunch buffet ($9 95 for kids) - fea-
turing an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and
bagels, salads, and more - remains one of our town's
most civilized all-you-can-eat deals $$

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

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

Raja's Indian Cuisine
33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551
Despite its small size and decor best described as
"none," this place is an institution thanks to south Indian
specialties rarely found in Miami's basically north Indian
restaurants The steam-tabled curries are fine (and nicely
priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice
crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker
pancakes, layered with onions and chills, both served with
sambar and chutney $$

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915
This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as evi-
denced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs with
grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade There are even
a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs
with macaroni and cheese But oyster fans will find it difficult to
resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection,
especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked - fire-
roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego There's also
a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap $$$

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experi-
ence that's haute in everything but price Few entrees top
$20 The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly - fes-
tive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn't fear, though
nachos aren't available, there is nothing scary about zarape
de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas,
topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or
Rosa's signature guacamole en molcajete, madetableside 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 Sardinia The main fare is imaginative
sandwiches on fresh breads, an especially delicious creation
features slow-braised short ribs, caramelized onions, and
melting muenster and provolone cheeses Finish with fine-
shaved Aloha Ice topped with fresh fruit and other full-flavored
syrups, all housemade, plus rich condensed milk A sno-cone
for sophisticates $

Soi Asian Bistro
134 NE 2nd Ave, 305-523-3643
From the owners of Calle Ocho's hip Mr Yum and 2B Asian
Bistro, Soi sports similar casual-chic ambiance and eclectic
Thai/Japanese cuisine Traditional Thai curries and familiar
sushi rolls are prepared with solid skill and style But most
intriguing are new inventions adding Peruvian fusion flair to
the Asian mix, such as a spicy, tangy tangle of crisp-fried yel-
low noodles with sauteed shrimp plus slivered peppers and
onions -- mod mee krob, with jalea-like tart heat replacing
the cloying sweetness $$

Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life is complicated Food should be simple Thats owner
Armando Alfano's philosophy, which is stated above the
entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since
it's also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food
(Alfano hails from Pompeii), it's fitting that the menu is
dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisti-
cated Italian entrees There are salads and sandwiches,
too The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-
air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to
accompany local musicians and artists $-$$

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204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877
This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both
BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism,
instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker
to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexdy
dry-rub fusion ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken Diners
can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade
sauces sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/
mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical
guava/habanero Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as
good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits $-$$

Sushi Maki
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779
Fans of the popular parentSushi 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 Miami
multiculturalism "sushi tacos" (fried gyoza skins with
fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chill-garlic sauce, and
sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiradi-
tos, addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip
Also irresistible four festive new sake cocktails $$-$$$

49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097
This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by
each nation distinctly plus intriguing fusion items with added
Caribbean touches Cooked entrees, all Peruvian, include an
elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes
in peppery cream sauce) But the emphasis is on contem-
porary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili
sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pret-
ty wild When was the last time you encountered a tempura-
battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Peru's
traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$

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

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198
Prohibiton-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 week-
ends till 4 00 a m) The kitchen is especially known for its chil,
budget-priced steaks, and burgers There's also surprisingly
elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon
aioli A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$

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

Truluck's Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse
777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035
Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale power-
lunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here,
especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner
menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake "slid-
ers" are half price Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone
crabs (from Truluck's own fisheries, and way less expensive
than Joes) and other seafood that, duringseveral visits, never
tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami
restaurant rarities informed and gracious service $$$-$$$$

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

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

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

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3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant
1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688
Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restau-
rants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of
no hands So its not surprising that most people concentrate
on Chinese and Chinese/American fare The real surprise is
the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare Try pho,
12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including
our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye
round) All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs Also
impressive Noodle combination plates with sauteed meats,
salad, and spring rolls $$

Adelita's Caf6
2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside
it's bigger, better, and busier than it looks Unlike many

Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the
source and proves a crowd-pleaser On weekends espe-
cially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying
authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas
(Honduras's take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups
packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more $

35 NE 40th St., 305-400-4422
Early publicity pegging this place (in Pacific Time's for-
mer space) as a tapas bar seemed to set it up as direct
competition for nearby Sra Martinez It's actually quite
different, with emphasis divided between small-plate
lounging and full fine-dining meals And regardless of size,
dishes aren't contemporary riffs on tradition but authentic
regional specialties Subtly nutty jamon pata negra (the
Rolls-Royce of cured hams) or salmorejo (Cordoba's
Serrano ham/egg-enriched gazpacho) truly take your
taste buds on a trip to Andalucia On weekends, food is
served till 4 00 a m $$$

2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts "Modern Indian Cuisine"
to match the look Classicists, however, needn't worry
America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here,
though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and pre-
sented with modern flair All meats are certified halal,
Islam's version of kosher - which doesn't mean that obser-
vant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can $$$

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

Blue Piano
4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7919
The address suggests a street-corner location, but this
casually cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock
Its well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very
personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose
individual areas of expertise encompass food, wine, and
live entertainment, melding all seamlessly The music is
muted, encouraging conversation, wines are largely small-
production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups And
the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes
like the McLuvvin', a meld of savory Spanish sausage and
chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream
--supremely satisfying $$

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

Buena Vista Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945
At this casual cafe/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistro's
Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion,
with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants,
and other delights At lunch cornichon-garnished baguette
sandwiches (containing housemade pates, sinfully rich pork
rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are
irresistible, 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 Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry,
we May have to kill you $-$$

297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792
This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor
venue is described as an "art gallery/lounge," and some
do come just for cocktails like the hefty cafe con leche
martinis But don't overlook chef Gully Booth's 12-item
menu of very tasty tapas The signature item is a truly
jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder At
one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart
proclaimed it the best she'd ever had Our own prime
pick melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so
buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure $$

Cerviceria 100 Montaditos
3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373
Student budget prices, indeed A first-grader's allowance would
cover a meal atthisfirst US branch of a popular Spanish chain
The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes)
varyfrom $1 to $2 50, depending not on ingredient quality but
complexity A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket
fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato
to the cured-ham slivers Other options revolve around pates,
smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegantstuff Theres cheap
draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks $$

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

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

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is
familiar - sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and
pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks - a creative concept
differentiates the place Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne
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unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes,
breads, and condiments for the creatively minded $

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

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006
Most of the seating in this cool little breakfast/lunch room is in
a sort of giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that makes
the space feel expansive This 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'tserve
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-
gie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they re well-done
but spurtinglyjuicy, and after loading with your choice of
free garnishes, even a "little" burger makes a major meal
Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut
in-house from sourced potatoes $

Fratelli Lyon
4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-2901
This Italian cafe has been packed since the moment it
opened No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyon's
pioneering Lyon Freres gourmet store on Lincoln Road (1992-
97), another joint that was exactly what its neighborhood
needed The restaurants artsan salumi, cheeses, flavorful
boutique olive oils, and more are so outstanding that you can't
help wishing it also had a retail component Entrees include
properly al dente pastas, plus some regional specialties like
Venetian-style calves liver, rarely found outside Italy $$$

3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520
As befits its location in artful, working-class Wynwood, Gigi
has minimalist modern diner ambiance paired with truly cre-
ative contemporary Asian-influenced comfort food from Top
Chef contender Jeff Mclnnis (formerly of the South Beach
Ritz-Carlton) at surprisingly low prices From a menu encom-
passing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled
goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast
pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the world's best BLT, featur-
ing Asian bun "toast," thick pork belly slices rather than
bacon, and housemade pickles There's $2 beer, too $-$$

The Girrriz of Sandwich
555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo)
Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups,
sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette
sandwiches (like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed
with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed cafe,
hidden on the Venetia condo's mezzanine Owners Ana

Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the
freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crust-
ed empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are
all baked in-house On Saturdays the grrrls'll even deliver
you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed $

Hurricane Grill & Wings
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133
This Florida fast/casual chain became an instant hit in
Midtown Miami owing to a winning concept more than 35
heat-coded sauces and dry rubs meant for custom-tossing
with wings and other things (including white-meat "bone-
less wings," really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces),
accompanied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and cel-
ery It would be silly to not pair your main with garlic/herb-
butter parmesan fries There are many other items, too,
including salads But hey, celery is salad, right? $$

Jimmy'z Kitchen
2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505
No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider
Miami's best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green
plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork
cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo
sauce) This new location is bigger and better than the
original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on
weekends But don't ignore the meal-size salads or high-
quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing
roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and cara-
melized onions $$

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

Joumou Caf6
4424 NE 2nd Ave.
Upon entering this recently renovated rustic restaurant, the
wave of intense spice aromas wafting through the space
serve notice that the "contemporary Haitian-American" cui-
sine served here is something special Along with signature
joumou soup (pumpkin with beef, dumplings, and veggies)
and other Haitian classics, you can also get all-American
comfort food, plus occasional fusion items like zesty Kreyol-
spiced burgers Low prices, warm ambiance, and Prestige
beer make this a great place for group gatherings $-$$

La Provence
2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002
(See Brickell / Downtown listing)

Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838
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 Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries
consider a Latin country Whatjustifies the new millennium
moniker is the more modern, yuppified/yucafied ambiance,
encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck $$

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

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an
instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout
as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food The concept
is "fast casual" rather than fast food - meaning nice
enough for a night out It also means ingredients are
always fresh Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the
menu gets, but the mahl mahl for fish tacos comes from
a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily Niceties
include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers $

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

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

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

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066
Inside this converted 1940s home's blue-and-white dining
room -- or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered gar-
den -- diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece
and Turkey Make a meal of multinational mezes a Greek
sampler of creamy tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant puree,

and airy tarama caviar spread, and a Turkish sampler of
hummus, fava puree, and rich tomato-walnut dip The meze
of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolin's fresh-
baked flatbread, almost a full meal in itself $$-$$$

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

Mercadito Midtown
3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423
Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned
with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican
street market, justfor the dangerously smooth margaritas But
the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity gen-
uinely made-from-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed
Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (Juicy braised pork,
spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts) A close second the
hongos, intensely flavorful hultlacoche and wild mushrooms,
with manchego and salsa verde -- a reminder that vegetarian
food need not be bland $$-$$$

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550
An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented res-
taurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth
fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor
setting Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but
dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with
whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to
simple comfort food deviled eggs, homemade potato chips
with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken
There's also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to
encourage frequent visits Michael's Genuine also features
an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar $$-$$$$

Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the
Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular
lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others
who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks Regulars
know daily specials are the way to go Depending on the
day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings
are all prepared fresh Big burgers and steak dinners are
always good A limited late-night menu provides pizza,
wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m $-$$

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

Orange Caf6 + Art
2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070
The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed cafe
are for sale And for those who don't have thousands of
dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than
ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso
chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach,
and basil on a crusty baguette Other artfully named and
crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas
(like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and
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(See Brickell/Downtown listing)

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

1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn't have
that "do drop in" locals' hangout vibe But this lively Italian
spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood The
pizzas alone - brick-oven specimens with toppings rang-
ing from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula - would
be draw enough But pastas also please diners' choice
of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras And the
price is right, with few entrees topping $20 The capper It's
open past midnight every day but Sunday $$

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

Prosecco Ristorante
3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-438-2885
Its sheltered location, in a showroom building's central

atrium, makes Prosecco not the Design Districts easiest-
to-find Italian eatery/enoteca But the owner's longtime
experience in Tom Billante restaurants like Carpaccio tells
you the place is a people-pleaser, with food and wine that's
accessible, affordable, and worth the hunt Beautifully gar-
nished carpaccios (like mustard-vinaigrette-dressed smoked
salmon with baby beets, purple potatoes, and a soft-cooked
egg), pastas like ricotta and spinach-stuffed agnolotti with
sage/butter sauce, and similar temptations ensure you'll
return $$$

Sakaya Kitchen
Shops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue
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 daily
from quality fresh ingredients French Culinary Institute-
trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so we'd advise
immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings
and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet
chili sauce and homemade pickles $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122
Sake takes a back seat to sushi - and sophisticated decor
- at this small but sleek restolounge Among the seafood
offerings, you won't find exotica or local catches, but all the
usual sushi/sashimi favorites, though in more interesting
form, thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy - spicy
sriracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many more Especially recom-
mended the yuzu hamachi roll, the lobster tempura maki,
and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-sour Mayo and
a salad $$-$$$

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

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

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

3252 NE 1st Ave. #107, 305-424-9079
Is it possible for a restaurantto be sincerely eco-conscious

without being self-righteousness? It is at this casual/chic resto-
lounge, where dedication to local, sustainable food comes with
considerable humor Fare includes playful items like "wet" fries
(with mouthwatering gravy), corn dogs, housemade soft pret-
zels with mustard and orange blossom honey and a "50 Mile
Salad" that seems almost like a game show in its challenge All
ingredients must come from within a 50-mile radius At brunch
don't miss the glazed "sin-a-buns" $$-$$$$

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

Vino e Olio
139 NE 39th St., 305-573-0707
Opening a high-profile Italian restaurant in Oak Plaza
seems crazily competitive, when the plaza's only other ten-
ant is a popular casual Northern Italian eatery But the two
are actually complementary, since this glamorous newbie
features elegantly upscaled rustic Tuscan fare Chef Andrea
Menichetti 's superb skill set seems inherited from his
mom, who has a Michelin two-star restaurant in Tuscany
Close your eyes while tasting his faro timbale (bacon-
studded spelt, creamy red pepper sauce, and tangy aged
ricotta) and you'll swear you're there $$-$$$$$

Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar
3301 NE 1st Ave. #105
Gentrified ambiance, a remarkably knowledgeable staff, and
a hip stock (including global beers as well as liquor and wine,
plus gourmet packaged foods to accompany), and self-service
wine dispensers for sampling make this an enjoyable retail
shop A wine/cocktail/tapas bar, open from 4 00 p m daily
makes it an enjoyable neighborhood hangout, too Tapas
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empanadas, a daily ceviche, and fresh-made sandwiches. And
remember to ask about special events: karaoke Thursdays,
monthly wine dinners, tastings, more. $-$$

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959
Neither man nor woman can live by bread alone. But art alone
doesn't do the trick, either. Father-daughter development
visionaries Tony and Jessica Goldman satisfy the full range of
life needs by combining cuisine from master chef Marco Ferraro
with works from master street artists, in one venue - that
fits perfectly into its gritty artistic neighborhood. Here Ferraro
eschews his upscale Wish fare for simple yet inspired small
plates (crisp, chili-dusted artichoke hearts with tart/rich yuzu
aioli; mellow veal sausages enlivened by horseradish sauce;
etc.) ideal for work or gallery-walk breaks. $$-$$$

Upper Eastside

American Noodle Bar
6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-396-3269
For us personally, a three-word Homer Simpson review says
it "Bacon sauce Mmmm..." But responsibly, the chef/owner
of this casual, counter-service Vietnamese fusion cheap eats
joint is Michael Bloise, formerly executive chef of Wish, one of
South Beach's most glamorous. At his own ant-establishment
place, customers customize. Seven bucks will get you a bowl
of thick, charmingly chewy noodles, plus one of nine sauces
(smoked lobster, lemon grass, brown sugar/ginger, bacon) and
ten toppings (recommended: slow-roasted duck, sweet Chinese
sausage). Also enjoy cheeseburger dumplings, banh mi subs,
housemade fruit sodas, beer or wine, and attitude-free fun. $

5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside car
wash, Andiamo is also part of Mark Soyka's 55th Street Station
- which means ditching the car (in the complex's free lot across
the road on NE 4th Court) is no problem even if you're not
getting your vehicle cleaned while consuming the brick-oven
pies (from a flaming open oven) that are this popular pizzeria's
specialty, along with executive chef Frank Cr upi's famed Philly
cheese steak sandwiches. Also available are salads and panini
plus reasonably priced wines and beers, including a few unusu-
ally sophisticated selections like Belgium's Hoegaarden. $$

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

Balans Biscayne
6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191
It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third
Miami 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 pot-
stickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished
pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$

916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-
culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic
indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially
bustling on nights featuring live music, it's even more fun
on Sunday, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal
fair and the menu includes Brazil s national dish, feijoada,
a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats.
But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like
pasteis to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also appealing - and
budget-priced. $$

Le Caf6
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551
For anyone who can't get over thinking of French food as
intimidating or pretentious, this cute cafe with a warm
welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is the
antidote. No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just classic

comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh oysters,
boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast), Nicoise
salad, quiche, and homemade creme brulee. A respectable
beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as is the house-
made sangria. Top price for entrees is about $14. $-$$

Chef Creole
200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223
Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner
Wilkinson Sejour's two tiny but popular establishments.
While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (fried pork
chunks) and oxtail stew are also available - and a $3.99
roast chicken special - seafood is the specialty here:
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce), lambi fri (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
son gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic
or Creole crabs. The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut
dining. $-$$

7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282
This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bun-
galow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural
bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita
topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan)
doesn't do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin
pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might. Also
available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrees
(eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with
Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or
flan). $

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd.
What could induce downtown businessmen to drive to
the Upper Eastside to eat at a few outdoor-only tables
just feet from the busy Boulevard? From the day it
opened, people have been lining up for this stand's
sauce-garnished, all-beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chick-
en hot dogs. The 22 varieties range from simple to the
elaborate (the Athens, topped with a Greek salad, includ-
ing extra-virgin olive oil dressing) to near-unbelievable
combinations like the VIP, which includes parmesan
cheese and crushed pineapple. New addition: thick, juicy
burgers. $

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

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

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

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Housed in a yellow building that's nearly invisible from the
street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar,
and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean vegan
food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains
(plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven
bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos,

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desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring
organic blueberry waffles with say sausage patties $

Gourmet Station
7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229
Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with
no time to cook, has been popular for years But the
Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition
Main reason deceptive healthiness These are meals
that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for
you Favorite items include precision-grilled salmon with
lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with
homemade BBQ sauce - sin-free comfort food Food is
available a la carte or grouped in multimeal plans custom-
ized for individual diner's nutritional needs $$

Go To Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers
original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green
parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avo-
cado, sweet plantain, and spicy 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 $

Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most
important American diner tradition breakfast at any hour
And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge
your breakfast cravings for several more hours There are
blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles, eggs anystyle, includ-
ing omelets and open-face frittatas, and a full range of sides
biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot
oatmeal And don't forget traditional diner entrees like meat
loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad plat-
ters, and homemade chicken soup $-$$

Lo De Lea
7001 Biscayne Blvd, 305-456-3218
In Casa Toscana's former space, this cute, contemporary
parillada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal
and a cholesterol test in the same month While traditional

parillada dishes are tasty, they're meat/fat-heavy, basically
heaps of grilled beef Here the grill is also used for vegeta-
bles (an unusually imaginative assortment, including bok
choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your
protein of choice You can indulge in a mouthwateringly
succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out withoutfeeling
like you're the cow $$-$$$

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

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

6927 Biscayne Blvd.305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appear-
ances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but
far from fully gentrified neighborhood Just be glad she
did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly
creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas Though most
full entrees also come in half-size portions (at almost
halved prices), the tab can add up fast The star herself
is usually in the kitchen Parking in the rear off 69th
Street $$$-$$$$

7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian
bistro serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand, and
Vietnam Menus are also similar, split between traditional
dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like
the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro,
roasted garlic) But it also carves out its own identity with
original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice
Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories A large
rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment $$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is
a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese
tapas bar) Even more striking than the hip decor is the
food's unusually upscale quality Sushi ranges from
pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas
are intriguing, like arablki sausage, a sweet-savory pork
fingerling frank, rarely found in restaurants even in Japan,
they're popular Japanese home-cooking items And rice-
based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

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

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

limited, but several signature specialties, if available, are
notto be missed BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and
cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini conch
fritters, and homemade ice cream $$-$$$

Revales Italian Ristorante
8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010
Owned by two couples (including former Village Cafe
chef Marion Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the
former space of Frankie's Big City Grill, and fulfills much
the same purpose in the neighborhood as an all-day,
family-friendly place with affordable prices The menu
includes wraps and elaborate salads of all nations But
simple yet sophisticated Italian specialties like spaghetti
ai flume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a
touch of cream) or yellowtail frangaise (egg-battered,
with lemon-caper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here

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

Sea Bar
4770 Biscayne Blvd.,
What sound bite could possibly sum up dishes inspired
by the weirdest assortment of places ever (Peru, New
England, Mexico, Italy, New Orleans, more), especially when
they re really more products of the chef's imagination?
Congrats to whomever came up with Sea Bar's inscrutable
motto, "Seafood with a Twist" All we can tell you specifi-
cally is 1) the chef does put little twists in most dishes, 2)
the twists often involve cheese sauces, and 3) our favorite
item is the menu's most twisted an oyster martini (the
classic gin job with a raw oyster added) $$$

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5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117
Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited
with sparking the Upper Eastside's revival Now the arrival
of new executive and pastry chefs plus a wine-wise gen-
eral manager, all Joe Allen veterans, signals a culinary
revival for this neighborhood focal point The concept
is still comfort food, but a revamped menu emphasizes
fresh local ingredients and from-scratch preparation
(The meatloaf gravy, for instance, now takes 24 hours
to make) Unique desserts include signature sticky date
pudding, a toffee-lover's dream And the wine list features
new boutique bottles at the old affordable prices $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selec-
tion of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few
surprises, such as a unique lobster maki that's admittedly
huge in price ($25 95), but also in size six ounces of crisp-
fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce,
tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauc-
es Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen
sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the
inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce $$$

UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022
Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuhe
Vega, this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-cafe and lounge has
helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to hang
out Lunch includes a variety of salads and elegant sand-
wiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahi-mahl with cilan-
tro aioli and caramelized onions on housemade foccacia)
Dinner features a range of small plates (poached figs with
Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle) and full
entrees like sake-marinated salmon with boniato mash and
Ponzu butter sauce, and crispyspinach $$-$$$

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337
A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcom-
ing cafe, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo
(who co-owns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that
are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bak-
erys window sills Bernardo's pan con lechon sandwiches

and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend But she also
crafts treats not found at average Cuban bakeries, like
pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread Additionally
Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends
candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans $


Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-4889
Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork Lounge,
this little luncheonette services big appetites Along with the
usual grilled churrascos, there's bandeja paisa, Colombia's
sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried
egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans Don't miss margin-
ally daintier dishes like sopa de costilla, if this rich shortrib
bowl is among the daily homemade soups Arepas include
our favorite corn cake the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo,
chicharron, came desmechada (shredded flank steak), plan-
tains, rice, beans, and cheese $-$$

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

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143
Inside a small market that is widely considered Miami's
premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the "Sushi Dell"
restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch coun-
ter But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found
nowhere else in town Example traditional Osaka-style
sushi - layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated
fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into
lovely one-bite sandwich squares While raw fish is always
impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi cre-
ations also tempt, as do daily entrees $

1624 79th St Causeway
(See North Miami Beach listing)

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

Oggi Caffe
1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238
This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta
factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as
well as a neighborhood eatery And the wide range of bud-
get-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the
main draw for its large and loyal clientele Choices range
from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with
creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative
exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops,
shitakes, and fresh tomatoes $$-$$$

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

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

Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305-867-0106
Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run landmark
has now taken over the block, with an outdoor terrace and
multi-roomed indoor space whose walls are full of photos
of their clientele, including national and local celebs
Particularly popular are homemade pastas, sauced with

Argentine-Italian indulgence rather than Italian simplicity
crabmeat ravioletti in lobster cream sauce, black squid ink
linguini heaped with seafood Though romantic enough for
dates, the place is quite kid-friendly - and on the terrace,
they ll even feed Fido $$$

1130 Normandy Dr., 305- 864-8872
Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space
is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -- but not fusion The
Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to
country Most Big Food comes from Peru fresh ceviches, clas-
sic cooked entrees But its the Venezuelan breakfast/snack
items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas,
somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants
These moist pancakes, made from ground corn kernels
instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty white cheese
for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and savor $-$$

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

Lou's Beer Garden
7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879
"Beer garden" conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst
lederhosen, and oompah bands - none of which you' Il find here
Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels pool-patio area, a
locals' hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party
atmosphere Especially recommended delicately pan-fried mini-
crab cakes served with several housemade sauces, hefty bleu
cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries, blackened
"angry shrimp" with sweet/sour sauce, fried fresh sardines And
of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews $$-$$$

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222
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Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal who'd moved to
Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neigh-
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C6te Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighbor-
hood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel
The menu is mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants,
crepe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few
more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brlk (but-
tery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes,
and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad But everything
is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with
impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and
meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid
ribbons that hold together the cafe's baguette sand-
wiches $-$$
Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branch-
es elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is
fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami And why do
Miamians eat here? Not ambiance There isn't any But
when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies
know their fish, tout the seafood's freshness, we listen
There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the
Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry
Mayo And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five
assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$
Miami Shores Country Club
10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363
Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities
of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public -
always, lunch and dinner Not surprisingly, ambiance is
retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar
and indoor/outdoor dining room The surprise is the food
- some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dish-
es quite contemporary an Asian ahi tuna tower, a lavish
candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad, and
fresh pasta specials Prices are phenomenal, with dinner
entrees $9 to $17, drinks average $3 to $4 $$
9545 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-3666
"Kid friendly" generally means restaurants will tolerate
youngsters Mooie's, an ice cream parlor plus, positively
pampers them, from the cute play area out back (equipped
with old-school toys like giant bean bags) to a children's'
menu that doesn't condescend (Who says kids don't
appreciate pizzas with fresh mozzarella?) For grown-ups
there are sophisticated salads and sandwiches like a tur-
key, pear, garlic oil, and brie panini on house-baked bread
Just don't neglect Mooie's mainstay ice cream, dense yet
creamy-soft Blue Bell Pistachio almond is our pick $
Village Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-759-2211
After closing for several months in early 2009, this
cafe, spruced up to look like a bistro rather than a lun-
cheonette (but with the same bargain prices), has been
reopened The kitchen has also been rejuvenated, with
head honcho Adam Holm (Whitticar's original sous chef)
serving up new, globally influenced dishes like mint/
pistachio-crusted lamb or tuna tartare with sriracha aioli,
plus reviving old favorites like pork tenderloin with ginger-
caramel sauce $$-$$$

Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411
If it's Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If it's Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-
cuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice,
beans, came asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet
plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day,
as are antojitos - "little whims," smaller snacks like cho-
nzo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage) And
for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters,
made to order $$
Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435
While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels,

one can't actually buy a gun here The nickname refers
to its location next to a firearms shop But there's a lot of
other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range
of sandwiches and wraps Breakfast time is busy time,
with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular But
what's most important is that this is one of the area's few
sources of the real, New York-style water bagel crunchy
outside, challengingly chewy inside $
Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howie Klelnberg, whose indoor elec-
tric smoker turns out mild-tasting 'cue that ranges from
the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-
smoked salmon and veggie plates There are also creative
comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads,
and sweets Sides include refreshing slaw, beans stud-
ded with "burnt ends" (the most intensely flavored outer
barbecue chunks), and sweet potato or chipotle-spiced
fries The cost is comparatively high, but such is the price
of fame $$-$$$
Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041
Originally a friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that
garnered raves for its limited menu of terrifically tasty
treats, Marlo and Karma Manzanero's cafe is now in
more sizable and atmospheric quarters But the friendly,
family-run (and kid-friendly) ambiance remains, as do the
authentic Yucatan-style specialties Standouts include
poc-chuc, a marinated pork loin, tacos al pastor, stuffed
with subtly smoky steak, onion, cilantro, and pineapple,
sinful deep-fried tacos dorados, and signature burritos,
including the Maya, filled with juicy cochinmta pibil, refried
beans, and pickled onions $$
Canton Cafe
12749 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However, there are also about
two dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards like kung
po shrimp, ma po tofu, and General Tso's chicken And
there are a few imaginative new items, like the intriguingly
christened "Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore curried
rice noodles, crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts,
and Mongolian beef (with raw chills and fresh Oriental
basil) Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner $$
Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim
even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica
tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness
of its seafood, much of it from Capt Jim Hanson's own
fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants Now
there's a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room
with booths Whether it's garlicky scampi, smoked-fish
dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is
deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$
Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the
Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/
outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood
regulars But even newcomers feel like regulars after
a few minutes, thanks to the staff's Italian ebullience
Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with
some contemporary items as well Housemade pastas are
good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break,
especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet,
delicate fagottin - "beggar's purses" stuffed with pears
and cheese $$
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 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 cochinmta pibil? Cheen's authen-
tically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinat-
ed pork dish is earthly aromatic from achiote, tangy from
bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in
a banana leaf wrap To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-
spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly
the best thing that ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$
Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246
(See Miami listing)
Flip Burger Bar
1699 NE 123rd St., 305-741-3547
Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach,
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venue is a must-not-miss for North Miami locals The
hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a
scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion
marmalade The Fireman is a jalapeno/chipotle scorch-
er There are even turkey and veggie variations Other
draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings,
a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials,
conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rar-
ity free parking $-$$

Happy Sushi & Thai
2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0165
Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the
expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday
lunch specials But there are also delightful surprises,
like grilled kawahagi triggerfishh) with seasoned Japanese
mayonnaise This intensely savory/sweet "Japanese home
cooking" treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except
without pulling out your teeth Accompanied by a bowl of
rice, it's a superb lunch For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy
salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed)
is a winner $$-$$$

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

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

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

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

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

Pastry Is Art
12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045
Given owner Jenny Rissone's background as the Eden Roc's
executive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and
other sweettreats (like creamy one-bite truffle "lollipops") look
as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -- perfect adult party
fare What the bakerys name doesn't reveal is that its also a

breakfast and lunch cafe, with unusual baking-oriented fare a
signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches
and pecans on housemade bread, quiches, pot pies, even a
baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffle The pecan sticky buns
are irresistible $$

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

Rice House of Kabob
14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899
Since 2006, South Beach's original Rice House has been serv-
ing up mountainous platters of basmati rice and Greek salad
topped with Persian-style marinated/char-grilled meat poultry,
seafood, or veggie kabobs -- for very little money This branch
of what is now a growing chain has the same menu (which
also features wraps, for lighter eaters) and the same policy of
custom-cooking kabobs, so expect fresh, not fast, food Sides
of must-o-keyar and must-o-mooseer (thick yogurt dips with
herbed cukes or shallots) are must-haves $$

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

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

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

Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808
No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here No
imported designer ingredients either The pies are New
York-style, but the dough is made fresh daily, and the
cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered America's
finest pizza topper) Also on the menu are Italian-
American pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs,
simple salads, and a few new protein adds - grilled
chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak $-$$

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

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451
The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indie
fast-food joint, and new owners have done little to change
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into the night and expand its classic menu to include
a few health-conscious touches like Caesar salad,
plus a note proclaiming their oils are free of trans fats
Otherwise the famous steak sandwich is still a traditional
Philly Drippin' good burgers, too And unlike MacChain
addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer with the good
grease $-$$

Yes Pasta!
14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006
At this fast/casual Italian eatery, the specialty is mix-and-
match Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (whole
wheat and gluten-free options available), then one of 15
sauces Our personal pick is carbonara, correctly creamy-
coated (via egg thickening, not cream overload), Bolognese
is a wise choice for those who like sauces rich and red
Many options exist for vegetarians and pescatarians as
well as carnivores, all clearly coded on the menu $$

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

Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822
Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor
eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured
item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue
began producing in 1938, available in three varieties
salmon, mahi mahl, and the signature blue marlin But the
smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable bris-
ket Other new additions include weekend fish fries Entry
is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park
entrance No admission fee $

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

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779
Proving that national fast-food chains don't have to be
bad for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves
what the company calls "food with integrity" The fare
is simple, basically tacos and big burritos soft flour
or crisp corn to rtillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated
steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef bar-
bacoa, or herb-scented pork carnitas But these bites
contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial color/
flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones) And the food, while
not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are made of,
is darned tasty, too $

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

Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY
3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318
In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that
swallowed Manhattan -- and transformed public percep-
tions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area Before
bland faux-Cantonese dishes After lighter, more fiery fare
from Szechuan and other provinces This Miami 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 specialties, and you'll be a happy camper, especially
if you're an ex-New Yorker $$

Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse
3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall)
The rodizio formula is familiar Pay one price ($39 90
for dinner, $29 90 at Sunday brunch), then eat till you
drop from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive
selection of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausage, and fish
(16 varieties at dinner, 5 at brunch) carved tableside
by costumed waiters 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 specialties, all presented far more
elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian
fusion creations are unique Especially recommended are
two dishes adapted from recipes by Peru's influential nik-
kei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura an exquisite,
delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with
no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with
rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added "Hanna's" to the name, but changed
little else about this retro-looking French/American diner,
a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983 Customers
can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf
in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce,
iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid
salad with garlic dressing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-
melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal
dinner date destination $$-$$$

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

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

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

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy.
(See Miami Shores listing)?

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

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

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

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

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

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Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381
Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge
counters - no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this
cafeteria-style space But when negotiating this international
gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted
your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant
parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade
from old family recipes Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays
hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could
keep a person shopping for hours And now that pizza mas-
ter Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample
the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli $-$$

Little Saigon
16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377
This is Miami's oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant,
but its still packed most weekend nights So even the
place's biggest negative - its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of lingering visits - becomes a plus since it
ensures fast turnover Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the
kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef 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 humongous $-$$

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333
Don't be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes in
the window At this small Chinese 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, branches
of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating
experience Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue,
proceed to an entree with meat or seafood, plus choice of
cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil), finish with fruits
and cakes dipped in melted chocolate Fondue etiquette
dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all
other table companions, so go with those you love $$$

Miami Prime Grill
16395 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5101
Don't be confused by the name, suggesting a steakhouse
It's really a reinvented sports bar, which has been packing
in more varied crowds than the average man-cave by offer-
ing more varied food and entertainment options No wor-
ries, sports fanatics For you there's an astonishing array of
high-def TVs plus all sports snacks known to mankind But
food fans should check out the special deals on full meals,
offered daily Our favorite day Thursday, which hosts both
Ladies Night (free drinks for usl) and Lobster Night (a
Maine lobster plus two sides for $16) $$-$$$

New China Buffet
940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266
The venue (a former Bennigan's) is clean, casual, and not
kitschy The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous - scores
of Chinese dishes (recommended Mongolian pork, spicy
garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with
ginger and scallion), international oddities (pizza, plantains,
pigs-in-blankets), plus sushi, salad, and pastry/ice cream
bars And the price is sure right Lunch is $6 75 ($7 75
Saturday and Sunday) Dinner features more seafood,
$9 55 There's an inexpensive take-out option, too, and
reduced kids' prices $

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338
At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chef's fanatical
devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in
the kitchen of Knob broiled miso-marinated black cod,
rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce, even Nobu
Matsuhisa's "new style sashimi" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) The specials
menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as
veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling
filet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

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

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

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, serv-
ing authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate dipping
sauces included Weekends bring the biggest selection,
including barbecued ribs and pa pel duck (roasted, then
deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free of subcutaneous
fat) Available every day are juicy, soy-marinated roast chick-
ens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and whole roast ducks -
hanging, beaks and all But no worries, a counterperson will
chop your purchase into bite-size, beakless pieces $

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

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354
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ster containing, according to the menu, a full pound of suc-
culent meat (really 14 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 mini-potato
pancakes ever - eight per order, served with sour cream
and applesauce $$

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

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008
At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poul-
try, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious
vegetarian imitations These are still here, plus there's now
a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat Try the
authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available
with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings) Bubble tea
is the must-not-miss drink The cold, refreshing boba comes
in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black
tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed
giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697
Open until 100 a m every day except Sunday (when is closes
at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beach's
"Chinatown" strip has become a popular late-night gathering
spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants And why not? The
food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced The
kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and
the serving staff is reliably fast Perhaps most important, kara-
oke 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, its hard to bear a grudge at a
friendly, casual neighborhood place that offers monster ten-
ounce char-grilled burgers, with potatoes or salad, for $8 50,
steaks, plus a side and a sauce or veg topper, for nine bucks
at lunch, $15 to $18 75 (the menu's top price) at night, and
three-dollar glasses of decent house wine $-$$

Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama, this sushi spot seems to have
taken its cue from Philippe Starck sheer floor-to-ceiling
drapes, for starters The sushi list, too, is over the top, fea-
turing monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort spicy tuna,
soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jala-
penos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces
wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo Hawaiian King Crab con-
tains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green pep-
pers, and pineapple Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and
cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$

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

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

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Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin
73 NE 167th St. 305-405-6346
Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted
bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent
Not at this modest-looking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian)
restaurant and smoothie bar Dishes from breakfast's
blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews
sparkle with vivid flavors Especially impressive mock
meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat many
carnivorous competitors Skeptical? Rightly But we taste-
tested a "Philly cheese steak" sandwich on the toughest
of critics -- an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old She
cleaned her plate $$

3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall),
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the
night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home
cooking, served in grazing portions Try glistening-fresh
strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta - mixed
with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso
mustard sauce Other favorites include goma ae (wilted
spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic
stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender
steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/
sweet/tangy chili sauce Open till around 3 00 a m $$


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

on the menu Anthony's does just a few things, and does
them right $$

Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
19003 Biscayne Blvd., 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
If the menu here looks familiar, it should It's nearly iden-
tical to that at the Upper Eastside's Luna Cafe and, with
minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billante's eateries
(Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface
But no argument from here In a mall - a setting more
accustomed to food court - dishes like carpaccio al sal-
mone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices,
and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in
creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of
fresh, albeit familiar, air $$-$$$

Bourbon Steak
19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658
(Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)
At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard
award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare
starts There are also Mina's ingenious signature dishes,
like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot
pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood
starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy
meal But don't neglect the steak -flavorful dry-aged
Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American "Kobe," swoonwor-
thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime
rib, all cooked to perfection $$$$$

I Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave., 305-935-2900
After 20 years of success in the same location, many
chefs would coast on their backlog of tried-and-true
dishes And its doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would
freak out his many regulars by eliminating from the menu
w i pastr% iart u.i ' the Bahamian lobster and crab cakes But lobster-lovers
Mion.- al -amr-pr, will find that the 20th anniversary menus also offer new
Sun 9am-5pP. excitements like tandoori-spiced rock lobster, along with
what might be the ultimate mac'n cheese lobster crab
R Te 305 603 93140 macaroni in a Frls vodka sauce with mushrooms, scal-
954 263 89-8 lions, and parmesan The famous dessert souffle's flavor
changes daily, but it always did $$$$$

GOURMET 2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
SANDWICHES 305-792-2902
This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as
the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable
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mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else Neither does
the signature Polio Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and
cooked under a brick And even low-carb dieters happily
go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound
of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries

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

Heavy Burger
19004 NE 29th Ave.
Sure, South Beach is our town's burger capital, if you're
judging by high profile But if creativity is what counts, no
joint bangs a gong like homeboy Mark Panunzio's place,
where the concept is Nothing goes together better than
heavyweight burgers and heavy-metal music What rocks
us a fire-grilled, 10 oz Motley Burger (with cheddar.
applewood bacon, tomato. Bibb lettuce, and frizzled plus
raw onions on a challah roll, upon request, chipotle aioli
was cheerfully substituted for BBQ sauce) Get hand-cut
cheese fries, too, and get wasted on craft beer $$

3575 NE 207th St.
At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai
restaurant, many comejust for the slightly pricy but very
generous sushi specialties Most makis are cooked, but
for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/
avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and
out, is a people-pleaser Don't neglect Thai specialties,
though, especially red and green curries customizable as
to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic "Thai hot") And
for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up
with veggies and pork $$-$$$

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

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100
Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an interna-
tional clientele since retired major league outfielder Andre
Dawson and his brother transformed this place in 2007
Today it's white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany
The menu is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion of
food from several African diaspora regions Carolina Low
Country (buttery cheese grits with shrimp, sausage, and
cream gravy), the Caribbean (conch-packed fritters or
salad), and the Old South (lightly buttermilk-battered fried
chicken) The chicken is perhaps Miami's best $$-$$$

Mo's Bagels & Deli
2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555
While the term "old school" is used a lot to describe
this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually
opened in 1995 Itjust so evokes the classic NY delis
we left behind that it seems to have been here forever
Example Lox and nova aren't pallid, prepackaged fish,
but custom-sliced from whole slabs And bagels are hand-
rolled, chewy 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 Mo(m) spirit shines
here $$

Mr. Chef's Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar
18800 NE 29th Ave. #10
Considering our county's dearth of authentic Chinese
food, this stylish eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura resi-
dents Owners Jin Xiang Chen and Shu Ming (a k a Mr
Chef) come from China's southern seacoast province of
Guangdong (Canton) But you'll find no gloppily sauced,
Americanized-Cantonese chop sueys here Cooking is
properly light-handed, and seafood specialties shine (try
the spicy/crispy salt and pepper shrimp) For adventurers,
there's a cold jellyfish starter Even timid taste buds can't
resist tender fried shrimp balls described this way "With
crispy adorable fringy outfit" $$-$$$

Ocean Prime
19051 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall)
Most mall dining experiences are akin to NASCAR pit
stops quick pauses to refuel Ocean Prime, as its super-
sleek, circa 1930s cruise ship ambiance would suggest,
is more like the tranquil trans-Atlantic crossings of
slower-paced times -- which makes the steak and seafood
eaters mall location perfect After a frenetic shopping
day, there's no better way to decompress than a couple of
hours in a time warp, savoring retro supper-club special-
ties pecan-crusted mountain trout with brown butter, an
oversize cocktail, and a live lounge pianist $$$-$$$$$

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

20475 Biscayne Blvd.,
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman
Van Aken and Mark Militello He has been executive chef
at Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed
with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife
launched Pilar (named for Hemingway's boat) aiming to
prove that top restaurants can be affordable Consider
it proven Florlbbean-style seafood is the specialty fresh
hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock
shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snap-
per with tomato-herb vinaigrette Forget its strip-mall loca-
tion The restaurant itself is elegant $$-$$$

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

Playwright Irish Pub
801 Silks Run Rd. #2597
The vintage Old World look and convivial atmosphere of
this new pub, located in the Village at Gulfstream Park,
are more traditionally Irish than most of the menu, which
ranges from penne with marinara sauce to Thai-inspired
spring rolls But fish and chips are always crisp-coated
and satisfying, potato leek soup is the real thing, and the
crab cakes (crab meat mixed with just enough celery,
onions, and peppers for interesting texture) are so good
you'll be thinking Maryland, not Dublin $$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd.
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

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