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18 Farm Fresh
COMMENTARY
10 Feedback: Letters
12 Picture Story: North Miami, 1920
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14 BizBuzz
COMMUNITY NEWS
30 Follow That Story!
31 No Halfpipes, No Ally Oops, No Skid-Lids
NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS
38 Jen Karetnick: H-2-Low! Stealth Drought
40 Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer: Aventura's Poop Snoop
42 Gaspar Gonzalez: A Matter of Minutes
44 Wendy Doscher-Smith: Fender Bender Mind Bender
46 Frank Rollason: Chit-Ching!
ART & CULTURE
48 Anne Tschida: A Room of Their Own
50 Melissa Wallen: Galleries + Museums
53 Events Calendar
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54 Biscayne Crime Beat
PARK PATROL
56 Forgotten Flagler
COLUMNISTS
58 Pawsitively Pets: New Tricks for Old Dogs
60 Vino: Rain, Spain, Pain
61 Going Green: Trash Talk
62 Your Garden: Viva la Difference!
69 Kids and the City: Flying Solo, and Loving It
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Finally! Journalism That Ignores
What's Hot/What's Not
Anne Tschida's article on artists with
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Florida was excellent on a number of
counts ("Masters of Art," May 2011).
First, it highlights the work of
several very important artists with
well-researched biographical informa-
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their relationship to each other and to
South Florida.
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local arts culture: long-term interactions
with fellow artists as peers and with
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stable - environment that allows them
to pursue their vision. That environment
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that also understand the importance of
long-term relationships with the artists
they represent and collect.
She also emphasized the role of
colleges and universities that employ
artists as teachers, which may explain
why a number of Miami's other "mas-
ters" were not mentioned: Lynne Gelf-
man, CUsar Trasobares, and Edouard
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they have certainly contributed in innu-
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I just read Jen Karetnick's column
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try. You don't want to go look inside too
closely (or at all), but the food is tasty, the
portions enormous, and the ribs are great.
Occasionally the vegetables are
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Miami Shores

Forget Chinese Takeout, Here's
a French Tragedy
I read Jen Karetnick's "Trouble With
Take-Out" with great interest, having
lived in the Miami Shores area for more
than four decades. Over these 40-plus
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Commentary: PICTURE STORY


North Miami: Different

Name, Different Era
A view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiami


By Paul George
Special to the BT
Greater Miami's progression from
a frontier settlement 100 years
ago to the megalopolis of today
is evident in this photograph of two
unidentified youngsters standing on a
freshly paved road representing today's
NE 125th Street in North Miami, near
the old East Dixie Highway.
That highway ran parallel to the
Florida East Coast Railway, which was re-
sponsible for the emerging development of
the area. The primitive road, simple wood-
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pine trees capture the frontier ambiance.
This photograph was taken in the
1920s, when southeast Florida's first great
real estate boom was transforming small
farming communities into residential


subdivisions, towns, and even cities. Initial-
ly this area and other parts of the future City
of North Miami were known as the Town of
Miami Shores, which incorporated in 1926.
In 1931 the Town of Miami Shores was
renamed North Miami, while the settlement
lying one mile south incorporated as the
Village of Miami Shores, thus eliminating
some of the confusion over two communi-
ties claiming the same name. These two
settlements did share a similar history, for
prior to the 1920s, they were part of a region
of scattered farming communities some-
times known as "Biscayne Country."
To order a copy of this photo, please
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466-2334). One of Dr. Valeria Soltanik's
services is actually a "smile makeover."
And this month new patients get an exam,
cleaning, x-rays, and consult for just $60.


For restaurateur Frank Crupi, noth-
ing says summer like what he calls "food
from a window" - hot dogs, burgers,
and the other portable meals-in-buns.
So that's what he's serving up at reborn
Dogma (7030 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-
3433), which Crupi and Mark Soyka
recently bought and renovated retro-style.
Gone are the salads and other "L.A. stuff,
but we're adding more kinds of dogs -
natural casing, jumbos, Italian sausage,
brats, smoked polish sausage." There'll be
stand-style sandwiches, too, like shrimp
or oyster po'boys and Philly cheesesteaks.
Start your summer weekends early
at Catch Grill + Bar's "Thursdays on
the Bay," a happening on the relaxing
marina-side outdoor terrace of the newly
renovated Miami Marriott Biscayne
Bay Hotel (1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-
536-6414). From 6:00-10:00 p.m. every
Thursday in June, the restolounge is
offering music by DJ Vidal, plus $5 beer,
house wine, selected cocktails, and small
plates. Just five bucks!
If you really must work when you'd
rather play, John Tsialas's UPS Store
(6815 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-8877) can
at least make the cost of doing business
effortless. Mention the BT for 15% off
packaging products and services (exclud-
ing shipping). Black-and-white copies
this month are only eight cents per copy
(normally ten cents); color copies are 34


cents (normally 39 cents). And sign up
for a mailbox in June to get 15 months
for the price of 12.
Celebrating its complete makeover
is new advertiser Sunny Isles Marina
(400 Sunny Isles Blvd., 305-944-9182),
which offers not only boat storage but
jet ski rentals at great prices. Soon to
come: A cool tiki bar and casual bistro.
An especially good time to check out
the facilities would be June 16-19, when
the marina hosts Miami Poker Run and
offshore boat races.
One of summer's eternal questions
is how to keep the kids entertained, and
several advertisers have answers.
The Playground Theatre com-
pany's professional productions ended
for the season last month. Now it's "Hey
kids, let's put on a show!" time, at Musi-
cal Theatre Summer Camp. During two
sessions, from June 13-July 8 and July
18-August 12, company members will
lead kids ages 6-12 in exploring self-
expression by developing an original
production. For further info call 305-
751-9550 or find an application online at
www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.
Summer camp is also gearing up
at new advertiser Miami Shores Baptist
Academy (370 Grand Concourse, 305-757-
8353), which will keep your kids, ages six
months through third grade, entertained
and educated from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.,


with extended hours till 5:30 p.m. for
working parents. Activities, revolving
around theme weeks like "What's Under
the Sea" or "God Bless America," include
both in-house fun and field trips.
Bathing-suit weather can be prob-
lematic for girls worried about body image.
But no worries at IronFlower Fitness
(7300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5270),
where girls ages 9-15 can have fun getting
fit at Iron Blossoms Summer Camp, with
activities like hula-hooping, zumba, ballet/
stretch, hip hop, acro yoga, and cheer fit
(cheerleading-style dance moves). Camp
runs June 20-August 19, with enrollment
for single weeks or the whole program.
Need to drop 10 or 20 pounds
before squeezing into your own bathing
suit? The folks at Slender Fit U (1400
Biscayne Blvd., 786-477-6194) say you
can do it in just three weeks with the
center's medically monitored program
based on HCG (human chorioric gonado-
tropin, one of the world's currently most
popular weight-loss aids). This month
programs are 20% off, so give a call.
Consultations are free.
Has the humidity got your head
frizzed up like a fright wig? A keratin
treatment will sooth those hair cells into
smoothness and keep kinks from coming
back. This month stylist-to-the-stars since

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the early 1990s Hannah Lasky, proprietor
of Hannah & Her Scissors (611 NE 86th
St., 305-772-8426), offers half off on
keratin treatments, Wednesday through
Saturday. That's just $150 ($25 more for
hair that's shoulder length or more).
Of course there's hair one would
rather not have, too, especially in
bathing-suit season. But advertiser Uni
K Wax Center (which originated in the
bikini capital of the world, South Beach,
in 1993, and now has two outposts on
our side of the causeway at 1815 NE
123rd St. and 14671 Biscayne Blvd.) can
rid you of that, with a process that uses
natural wax rather than painful paper
strips. And this month Uni K is offering
10% off for new customers. Book online
at www.unikwax.com.
At Anastasia Molchanov Salon
& Spa (7242 Biscayne Blvd. 2nd floor,
305-756-7755), a new kid on the block
but already wildly popular, this month's
spectacular "Get Ready for Summer"
specials are a Coppola keratin treatment
plus cut and blow dry for $119, plus a
purifying back treatment for $55.
With summer comes a craving for
numerous seasonal snacks, so better be
sure your choppers are in shape. New ad-
vertiser Biscayne Dental Center (14771
Biscayne Blvd., 305-945-7745) has two
offers for BT readers only. A new-patient
exam, with full digital x-rays and clean-
ing, is only $39. And a free implant
evaluation with a periodontist, plus a
super discount on implant placement,
from $1900 down to $999 for the first ten
qualifying patients mentioning the BT.
Possibly the most classic summer
food folks want is ice cream. But you
needn't settle for plain vanilla. At Pastry
Is Art (12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-803-
9340) chef/owner Jenny Rissone has cre-
ated a line of sophisticated, inventive ice
cream cakes, including red velvet with
cream cheese ice cream, black forest
with cherries and kirsch ice cream, and
many more.
Weather-wise, winter should be BBQ
season in South Florida, but no. As in
less sizzling locales, it's summer that sets
off 'cue cravings. To sate yourself without
sweating over a hot grill, hit the Royal
Bavarian Schnitzel Haus (1085 NE 79th
St., 305-754-8002), where Alex Richter has
brought back his famed dark-beer-mari-
nated, slow-smoked ribs. On Friday nights
there's live jazz, too, from 8:00 p.m.


Perhaps the ultimate hot weather
meal is anything eaten poolside -
which diners can do on the expansive
riverside outdoor deck at new advertiser
Finnegan's River (401 SW 3rd Ave.,
305-285-3030). Grab bar bites and beer
or a full steak dinner, and then grab a
swim. (Just remember to wait an hour
after eating, which'll be easy; Finnegan's
is a great place to hang.)
If you'd prefer indulging poolside
in your own backyard, call returning
advertiser All Florida Pool and Spa
(11720 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-4036).
They'll design and install a pool (or hot
tub), as well as service and repair new
or existing installations. And stop by the
store for tons of fun pool accessories.
How about getting your bod into
bathing suit shape (at the rate of roughly
15 pounds of weight loss per month)
by eating chocolate chip cookies. Huh?
Really. The owner of Aventura's new
Smart For Life center (2980 Aventura
Blvd., 305-935-5550), a new advertiser,
just lost 45 pounds in 43 days, and to
help BT readers do the same is offering
a free week's supply of Smart cookies to
those who start a 30-day program based
on the famous cookie diet and HCG.
Several BT advertisers are celebrat-
ing anniversaries this month, with special
events and deals for readers. At one-year-
old 360 Furniture Consignments (18340
W. Dixie Hwy., 305-627-3148), where the
stock of gently used furniture is an eclec-
tic selection often including pieces and
accessories from high-end brands like
Ligne Roset, you're all invited to an open-
house party on Sunday, June 26. And for
the whole month, mention the BT and get
20% off purchases.
To mark its fourth anniversary in
business, the 18th Street Caf6 (210 NE
18th St., 305-381-8006) is, appropriately,
serving birthday cake - specifically
its signature red velvet cupcakes. From
June 13-17, one of the mouth-watering
morsels comes free with any lunch or
dinner entree (eat-in, take-out, or deliv-
ery orders). Delivery may include beer
or wine so you can raise a glass to many
more thriving years for this neighbor-
hood favorite.
Raise another glass to new ad-
vertiser Casaurbana and the interior
design/renovation company's new Miami
showroom (921 NE 79th St., 305-
762-8191). Don't rush right over; the
showroom isn't quite open yet. But do
call owner Charlie Abaca if you need
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painting, carpentry, window treatments,
etc. Charlie's custom construction and
design services are already available.
Specialty Lighting & Bulbs
(13611 Biscayne Blvd., 305-423-0017)
has been open for several months, but
the official ribbon cutting/open house is
June 16, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and you're
invited. The store is also offering 30%
off floor displays throughout June. Con-
gratulations to them (on the ceremony)
and BT readers (on the savings).
Congrats also to Classical South
Florida on the classical music station's
purchase of WXEL-FM (90.7 FM), soon
to be rechristened WPBI. Already the
largest listener-supported classical music
broadcaster in our area, CSF will be en-
abled, by the license transfer, to extend
its public-radio service to the Palm
Beaches and Treasure Coast, says station
president Doug Evans.
Major kudos to MC2 Realty,
which just sold a 3200-square-foot pent-
house condo at Jade Ocean for $3.25 mil-
lion. That's a stunning $1020 per square
foot - the highest recorded MLS sale,
measured by square footage, for a home
in Sunny Isles. "The market is definitely
heating up right now," comments com-
pany vice president Marie-Charlotte Piro
(www.mc2immobilier.com).
If that heats up your interest in
buying a new home but you need financ-
ing, consult new advertiser Preferred
Mortgage Lenders (9400 NE 2nd Ave.,
305-756-3711). Banks are still wary of
making mortgage loans, and won't give
mortgages at all to foreign nationals. But
don't get discouraged. PML, which is a
lender, not a bank, does it all the time.
The company can also make refinancing
your home fast and easy.
Remember that June 19 is Father's
Day. Traditionally the fave father meal is
steak. And if you blow your dad's mind
out of the water with dinner on the water
at Trio on the Bay (1601 79th St. Cswy.,
305-866-1234), he could score both
a grilled butcher steak with hand-cut
truffled fries and a calamari steak with
beurre blanc, plus chocolate cake for
dessert. There are other choices, too, on
the new "Trio's Treat for Two" menu -
which only sounds expensive. The three-
course meal for two, including a bottle of
wine, is only $79.
Some of this month's deals and
discounts are available even for those
who don't want to venture out of their
own air-conditioned realms. If your dog
needs sprucing up, for instance, the


expert groomers at Doggie's Groom Mobile
(786-234-5492 or www.doggiesgroommobile.
com) will come to you.
For those with cats in need of
medical attention, The Cat Doctor,
William Marks, DVM (305-733-0007)
makes house calls. How do you know
your cats need care? Dr. Marks offers
this checklist of warning signs: inappro-
priate elimination, changes in sleeping
or grooming habits, changes in level of
physical activity or food/water con-
sumption, changes in interaction with
owners or other pets, or posture changes
indicating stress or pain, sudden changes
in weight gain or loss, bad breath or
body odors from ears, skin, or tail, and
unusual vocalization. Here, kitty!
Sadly, we have no doctors that make
house calls for humans. If you want a
fabulous on-site professional massage,
though, contact new advertiser Body
Well Therapy (% % % hod %%cl Iclliaip.
com, 888-929-9355), and a licensed,
certified massage therapist will travel to
your home, hotel, or office seven days a
week, day or night. Some massages for
accidents or workers' injuries may be
covered by your insurance.
If you have insurance, that is.
If you don't, investigate what's of-
fered by new advertiser Jeff Hackmeier
& Associates (12000 Biscayne Blvd.
#407, 305-893-4488). The company's
policies range from healthcare insurance
to long-term care.
Ocean breezes make boating one
of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors
during summer's dog days - at least
until the cooling breezes turn into
destructive hurricane winds. But no
worries. Keystone Point Marina (1950
NE 135th St.) has an excellent, afford-
able hurricane plan for local vessels that
want to be on dry land in case of a storm.
Call 305-940-6236 for info. The marina
is also hosting a free boat safety check
by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on
June 25 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at its
fuel dock.
To marshal your get up and go to
take advantage of all the above, go to
Pure Energy Massage (7136 Abbott
Ave., Miami Beach, 305-767-0610),
where the goal is restoring energy via
therapeutic touch - specifically deep-
tissue, Swedish, or Thai massage. Men-
tion the BT this month and get $25 off
your first massage.

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hot Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and the new
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armed with reusable grocery bags to
purchase organic vegetables, herbs,


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sugarcane juice. Because at this corner
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Claire Tomlin is our area's most
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MARKET/LOCATION
Monday
Homestead: Losner Park
104 N. Krome Ave., Homestead 33030
Tuesday
Barry University
115th St. & NE 2nd Ave.
Miami Shores 33161
Wednesday
University of Miami
Coral Gables
Overtown
1000 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 33136
Florida International Univ.
11200 SW 8th St., Miami 33174
Thursday
Jackson Memorial
1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami 33136
Liberty City
6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami 33142
Friday
Overtown
1551 NW 3rd Ave., Miami 33136
Saturday
Coconut Grove
3300 Grand Ave., Miami 33133
Yellow Green Farmers Mkt.
1940 North 30th Rd., Hollywood 33021
Key Biscayne
Community Church
355 Glenridge Rd., Key Biscayne 33149
Upper Eastside Farmers' Market
at Biscayne Plaza
Biscayne Boulevard at NE 79th Street
South Miami Farmer's Mkt.
City Hall of South Miami
6130 Sunset Dr., South Miami 33143
Aventura Mall Center Court
19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura 33180
Normandy Isle
900 71st St., Miami Beach 33141
Homestead Bargain Town
24400 Packinghouse Rd. Homestead 33032
Florida City
Harvest Farmers Market
445 SW 336th St., Florida City 33034
Sunday
Hollywood Boardwalk
Josh's Organic Garden
101 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood 33019
Pinecrest
11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest 33156
Lincoln Road
Miami Beach 33139
Mary Brickell Village
901 S. Miami Ave., Miami 33131


TIME

2-6 p.m.


9 a.m.-3 p.m.



9 a.m.-2 p.m.

1-4 p.m.

12-3 p.m.


9 a.m.-4 p.m.

12-6 p.m.


12-4 p.m.


10 a.m.-7 p.m.

8 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Same Sunday)
Jan. - Feb.


8 a.m.-12 p.m.


9 a.m.-2 p.m.


10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
(Sunday 12-8 p.m.)
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Same Sunday)
Unknown



9 a.m.-5:31 p.m.


9 a.m.-2 p.m.

9 a.m.-6:30 pm

10 a.m.-4 p.m.


OPEN

Dec. - April


Oct. - May



School year

Dec. - April

Fall & Spring


N/A

Dec. - April


Dec. - April


All year

All year

Yes


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All year


All year

All year

All year

Yes



All year


All year

All year

All year


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Yes









Yes




Yes

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Roots in the City

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Warehouse flea market




For summer schedule go to
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305-531-0038 for dates


Sprawling flea market and
fresh produce
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for details


Reasonably priced organic


Large market in Pinecrest
Gardens parking lot
Spread out along the Road

No produce


OPERATOR




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Urban Oasis Project


Roots in the City


Glaser Organic Farms

Lalo family

The Market Co.


Urban Oasis Project


Earth Learning and City


The Market Co.

The Market Co.



Coalition of Florida
Farmworkers


Josh Steinhauser


The Market Co.

The Market Co.

The Market Co.


Stan Glaser at the venerable
Coconut Grove Organic Farmers'
Market.


This information in this chart, compiled by Hialeah food activist Mike Moskos, is not meant to be comprehensive and is subject to change. Some fledgling
markets (the Village at Gulfstream Park, for example) are not included because their operating schedules are in the developmental stages. Operating hours
for others were not available, and subject to change without notice. Still, the overall picture is promising, even if many markets do not operate all year.


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Or has it? Think about it, how many
farmers do you know?
The Upper Eastside Farmers'
Market at Biscayne Plaza grew out of a
grassroots movement of hipsters holding
old-school potluck dinners and ghetto
garden tours. These urban gardeners are
bringing fresh, local produce to an ultra-
urbanized area that is about as far away
from the farm as you can get.
These are places where there's not
an alfalfa sprout for miles, and even
supermarkets are rare. Such inner-city
neighborhoods are called "food des-
erts." Moving into Miami's deserts are
start-up farmers' markets like those
of the young, volunteer-based Urban
Oasis Project, founded by Freidrich and
Melissa Contreras.
Friedrich, soft-spoken, thin, and
youthful, is the anti-pimp. He believes in
his mission, and he wants you to green
for peace.
The Sixties are back. But this time
with business plans.
The Upper Eastside endeavor is
also a marketing stratagem for Terranova
Corporation, the developer that man-
ages the sad but centrally located plaza
at 79th Street and the Boulevard. This
past February, Terranova launched both
the market and a Thursday-night food
truck roundup here. The farmers' market
intended to close temporarily in May,
but it received a special waiver from
Miami officialdom to operate at least
through June, and now plans are afoot
for summer operations (see sidebar).
As South Florida's traditional grow-
ing season ends and hurricane season
begins, being a locavore becomes a loca-
chore. While the option of locally grown


The Upper Eastside Farmers' Market is run by volunteers and supported
by Biscayne Plaza's Terranova Corp.


vegetables wilts under the sun and humid-
ity, a few farmers' markets are bucking
the trend to remain open all year.
Summer is for fruits. It's the best
time to reap the local harvest of mangoes,
lychees, and other heat-seeking treats.
Yet the mangoes currently at many
markets, both farmers' and otherwise,
come from Mexico and other faraway
places, so the savvy shopper knows not
to assume that food "in season" means
food from "the farm."
But who cares where their food
comes from, as long as it's cheap and
abundant? This convenience-obsessed,
Fast Food Nation mentality, especially in
the inner city, contributes to the obesity
epidemic and other health and quality-of-
life issues. People who gobble fast food
in isolation are going to be unhappier,
period, than people who select, cook,


and share their food with care.
Doesn't everyone deserve to be
healthy and food-happy? Fortunately
the French-fried tide has been turning
in some concerned communities, and
everyone knows that the Obamas are
growing organic.
During the traditional South Florida
growing season, roughly October to
May, many options exist to procure fresh
produce. Local food activist Mike Moskos
of Hialeah has compiled page upon un-
published page of what he calls "real food
sources" in or near Miami-Dade County.
The list includes five community-support-
ed agriculture distributors, seven produce-
buying clubs, and nearly 40 organic or
regular farmers' markets. (See sidebar.)
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seven farmers' markets somewhat close
to Biscayne Times territory that are


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staying open all summer. Most of these
strive to offer local organic. Large
outdoor flea markets that feature fresh
produce also run year-round in Home-
stead and Hialeah.
But the only way to guarantee local
produce in the summertime is to grow it
yourself. Farmers' markets necessarily
turn to Georgia and other parts north to
stock their display tables. Supermarkets
look much farther afield, and the added
transportation costs start to shock con-
sumers. Consider the $5 gallon of milk.
"When gas prices went up, that's
when people really started saying, 'Why
are we flying in blueberries from Chile?'"
observes Claire Tomlin, our area's most
experienced manager of farmers' markets.
In the global marketplace, the cheap-
est produce wins, and the world, including
Chile, also flies in produce from South
Florida. In the winter, Florida becomes
the China of fruits and vegetables. In fact
very little Florida-grown produce remains
in-state. Small-scale and especially
organic farmers have trouble competing
based on price alone.
Farmers' markets, strangely enough,
are not always popular with farmers.
Andres Mejides, a very experienced or-
ganic farmer in the Redland, never sells
his produce at farmers' markets because
the return is too low to sustain his five-
acre operation. He sells directly to up-
scale restaurants and wholesale markets.
Mejides emphasizes that real, long-term
farming is hard work, whereas he sees
recently developed urban gardens and
street markets as hobbies.
Street markets or community mar-
kets may be better terms than "farmer's
market," with or without the apostrophe.
A pure farmers' market offers growers

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Farm Fresh
Continued from page 20
the opportunity to interact directly with
consumers, and vice versa. They can sell
their produce without any middlemen
forcing industrial efficiency while taking
their cut. This purist, Euro-style road-
side market fits in with the slo"\ food"
movement, which encourages consumers
to know where their food comes from,
who grows it, and how they grow it.
Taste may be the key. Compare
canned corn to fresh-from-the-farm corn,
or sliced peaches in syrup (not bad) to
ripe Georgia peaches (amazing). From
my childhood in Fort Lauderdale, I
reminisce about how our backyard tree
produced huge oranges and the best juice
I've ever tasted.
Kids raised on McDonalds don't ap-
preciate fresh, but they can learn. School
gardens are popping up all over, and
Miami-Dade even has its first preschool
edible and native garden. Located at the
pre-K center on Miami-Dade College's
north campus, the garden was developed
in cooperation with Urban Greenworks,
a nonprofit focused on gardening as a


The Lincoln Road market now features more prepared products than raw
fruits and vegetables.
fruits and vegetables.


form of community development.
"Every community is different.
That's what I've learned," says Roger
Horne, director of projects and program-
ming for Urban Greenworks. "I'm new
to it, just like everybody else in South
Florida, except for Claire."


Claire Tomlin, herself a Georgia
peach from Atlanta, has been in Miami for
16 years. She runs The Market Company
from humble headquarters near the Design
District. The for-profit operation manages
roughly ten farmers' markets in Broward
and Miami-Dade counties, and she says
this season was "an excellent year."


These markets pay close attention
to consumer demand, and they get their
supplies from a variety of places. "I'm
not idealistic," says Tomlin. "I grew up
eating tomatoes and I want tomatoes."
She has seen many markets open
and close. One of hers near the down-
town Macy's fell apart eight years ago
because the location was "premature."
She also watched another market, not
hers, disappear from downtown's
Bayfront Park after four years of being
subsidized by the Downtown Develop-
ment Authority. "The vendors were
paid to come," she says. Despite these
failures, Tomlin is talking with the DDA
about bringing new markets to areas in
and around downtown Miami that lack
grocery stores.
As small businesses, farmers' mar-
kets can also become too successful too
quickly. In 2009, when Tomlin opened the
first Upper Eastside Market, of no relation
to the current one of the same name, it
seemed to fill a void immediately. It \ .a
incredible," Tomlin recalls. Located at
Legion Park along the Boulevard at 66th

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Street, the market was so successful that
the owner of the nearby Vagabond Motel
opened an imitation, and Tomlin says the
competition diluted demand and ultimate-
ly killed both markets.
The City of Miami had given The
Market Company a grant to initiate the
first Upper Eastside Market, but the
park's fee of $200 per market day was
burdensome, says Tomlin. On top of
that, the city charges $153 per day for a
requisite special-use permit.
Tomlin tried to resurrect Upper East-
side Market in 2010 at a less prominent
location on private property owned by
Mark Soyka, in the parking lot just south
of his restaurant at 55th Street and NE
4th Court. When that venture stalled, she
requested to return to Legion Park for the
fall of 2011. But the City of Miami Parks
and Recreation Department would not
allow a market again, she says. (Spokes-
woman Lara De Souza was not able to
address Tomlin's situation by press time,
but says her department is bound by city
ordinances limiting special events.)


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No self-respecting Miami farmers' market is without an orchid vendor
like Judy Hosein.


With an eye still on the Boule-
vard, Tomlin is hoping to open a new
farmers' market at an empty lot near
33rd Street.
A farmers' market can attract new
and different types of customers, and
Tomlin thinks her oldest market helped


to establish one of South Florida's
hottest spots. On South Beach's most
popular pedestrian and shopping lane,
Tomlin opened her first farmers' market
16 years ago, and she says it was "de-
signed to bring people to Lincoln Road."
The market certainly did that, and it


continues to operate on Sundays all year
long, although its few tents in summer-
time barely register in comparison to the
Road's restaurant row.
On a recent Sunday, only one
market vendor offered fresh produce,
with mostly nonlocal items. As the
techno music blared, I bought a bag of
ping-pong size Key limes in green mesh
netting for two dollars. The label read,
"Produced in Guatemala."
That same Sunday I drove north
to Hollywood, where I encountered the
extremes of what is called a "farmers'
market." Driving defeats the purpose of
a farmer bringing his wares to you and
of you saving money by going local, but
I had to see the heavily promoted Yellow
Green Farmer's Market, operated by the
Lalo clan - Abraham, Eyal, and Gany.
Near the Hollywood water tower
and west of 1-95, this huge warehouse
announces itself with a half-mile string
of fluttering yellow, green, and orange
flags. The plastic cows outside set the
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Peruvian flute music beckons
you buy CDs at one booth, while the
next booth features striped hula-hoops,
brought to you by Miss Padazzle. In the
next aisle are ladies roasting corn, a man
making candles, and a turbaned mystic
giving a massage. The market, open
Saturday and Sundays all year, has fresh
fish and produce, but most of its 200 or so
booths are manned by the crafty and the
clever, and there's not a farmer in sight.
On the other side of town is Josh's
Organic Garden. And now it's time for
something completely different. First of
all, you're on the beach, as this combo
farmers' market and juice bar resides
on the world-class boardwalk along
Hollywood Beach, with clear views of
the Atlantic. Second, Josh Steinhauser is
really there, wearing blue running shorts,
a white T-shirt, and a black yarmulke
while he dashes around manically giving
orders, taking orders, and slicing up
free samples of grapefruit. He's got the
energy of Popeye on an orgasmic spin-
ach drip.


During the summer months, fruits like these on Lincoln Road are likely
to come from afar.


All of his produce is organic, much
of it hails from his farms in north Flor-
ida, and he says the prices are a better
deal than at Whole Foods. I bought
some Florida basil and two purple yams
(purple!) from California for $2.90. The
fruit I tasted was delicious, and I believe


Josh when he says he's one of the largest
distributors of organic food in the world.
Regarding his distribution business,
he's not talking about his Sunday market
at the beach, open all year from 9:00
a.m. to 5:31 p.m. (I hear him confirm this
exact time to an inquisitive customer);


he's talking about his weekday business.
Organic is his thing, and the farmers'
market is his baby business. He protects
it stringently with an off-duty policeman.
But that's in Broward County. As
most of the markets in Miami-Dade
County are run by Tomlin's company,
most of them follow a similar recipe: one
part produce, one part prepared foods,
and one part bazaar. Most operate only
between November and May.
Her market in Pinecrest is one of
the area's largest, whereas the markets
at three universities, including Barry
University, register only a few tables.
In Mary Brickell Village, Tomlin says,
the Sunday market cannot sell produce
because of restrictions imposed by
the managers of the property, which
includes a Publix Supermarket. She uses
the terms "crafts market" and "green
market" to distinguish them from places
where you might find a farmer or a
grower of some kind.
I talked with Tomlin under a tent
at the Jackson Memorial Foundation's
Green Market, where people on low

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Farm Fresh
Continued from page 26
incomes get a two-for-one deal. This
market and a few others accept the
federal SNAP/EBT card (Supplement
Nutrition Assistance Program/Electronic
Benefit Transfer), formerly known as
food stamps, and the WIC benefits for
Women, Infants and Children. It's a great
deal, but first these customers would
need to travel here.
The food-stamp program started
locally with Roots in the City in 2010
and has endorsements from on high.
"The idea is that farmers' markets and
community gardens will help build up
and strengthen the food-stamp program,"
explains Roger Horne of Urban Green-
works. "Once Obama and his wife took
it on as a project, funding started coming
down nationally, as these are alterna-
tive methods of addressing community
health and thus individual health."
Horne also wants markets to be
within walking distance. "There's this de-
pendency on corner stores and fast foods,"
he says. "Supermarkets don't bring a lot
of quality" to poor communities.


How can farmers' markets save
a community when they have trouble
saving themselves? "You have to be real
careful with expenses," Tomlin explains.
"You need to charge enough to make a
profit," she adds, noting the additional
expenses of advertising and producing
the markets.
Bureaucracies are also an issue.
"Permits are the biggest obstacle,"


went on for seven years until a group of
church ladies stepped in and demanded a
positive resolution. At this market, says
Tomlin, a small-scale grocer participates,
demonstrating that a farmers' market is
not necessarily anti-grocery store.
The Jackson Memorial market, for-
merly held all year, had to close in May
because of construction planned for its
central plaza location. Tomlin is working


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is different, but still they all call me."
Cities on her to-do list include Boca
Raton, Miramar, and North Bay Village.
In Key Biscayne, she says a tug-of-
war between the city manager (for) and
the local chamber of commerce (against)


with medical establishments to find a re-
placement nearby. She regrets the loss of
income for its 30 to 40 vendors. On the
market's last day, a vendor exhorted cus-
tomers in Spanglish both to buy freshly
blended juices and to sign a petition to
maintain the market.


This market in particular features
cooked foods, says Tomlin, because the
patrons wanted an alternative for lunch on
Thursday. My lunch that day consisted
of delicious Colombian papas rellenas
(stuffed potato fritters), a carrot-based
energy drink, and delicate French pastries
from the upscale bakery Atelier Monnier.
At such markets, the produce is
secondary. Interestingly, they all seem to
have an orchid booth selling the common
pink and white Phalaenopsis. Jumping
from market to market, you start seeing
the same flowers, the same vendors, and
the same types of produce.
Finding a farmers' market can be tricky,
and listings online are unreliable. Some mar-
kets have a staggered, uneven schedule, such
as the one inside of Aventura Mall, and some
disappear on the run from authorities.
At least two farmers' markets run by
nonprofits struggled this year with per-
mitting and other sticky issues in the City
of Miami: Overtown's Roots in the City
market and Liberty City's first-ever farm-
ers' market operated by the Urban Oasis
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The latest on the Vagabond Motel's woes, the Lunch Box Deli's

failure to launch, the Boulevard Theater's future, and the Little River

Club's fight to stay open


By Erik Bojnansky out first," says Lin. "After that, I'll try to .
BT Contributor find someone, a broker, who will try to
find a market for someone to buy it."
N ever let it be said that the BT has Lin and his three partners sold the
a short attention span. When we Vagabond to Eric Silverman and Octavio
get our mitts on a story, we hang Hidalgo for $4 million in 2005. At the time, Full o
on through all the twists and turns. (This
is Miami - there are always twists and
turns.) Case in point: The four stories,
below, all of which we have previously
featured, and which have recently seen
some new developments.
Turns out, nobody really wanted that
shuttered showcase of Miami Modernism,
the Vagabond Motel, after all - at least I
not at auction. And that swell outing to J
the hip, new Lunch Box Deli in El Portal?
That's not going to happen, either. Some-
thing that appears like it will happen? A
brand-spanking-new club complex at
the Boulevard Theater, with - wait for
it - naked ladies. (Surprise!) Finally,
remember that row between the Little
River Club, home to the Upper Eastside John Tedesco in January 2011 at the site of
Alcoholics Anonymous chapter, and its never was.
Shorecrest neighbors? It's far from over.
Silverman, the former president of the ap- picked
Vagabond Still Up for Grabs parel company Hugo Boss USA, vowed to So
When the professional networking site restore the 1953 motel to its original splen- told us
LinkedIn offered itself to the public on dor. Yet in 2009, Silverman and Hidalgo were i
May 19, its stock more than doubled on walked away from the motel, defaulting at the
the first day. on a $2.7 million mortgage they had with Last,"
The same cannot be said for the Vagabond Motel Inc. and leaving the place estate
historic Vagabond Motel at 7301 with more than $118,500 in code violations deals
Biscayne Blvd. According to David (a figure that is growing by $250 a day), two-st
Lin, president of Vagabond Motel Inc., and $349,191 in unpaid property taxes, an acri
when the Vagabond was placed on the Although Vagabond Motel Inc. won a the mi
online auction block by the Miami- $4.5 million foreclosure judgment against Vagab
Dade Clerk of Courts at 9:00 a.m. on Silverman and Hidalgo in April, Lin is who k
May 17, no bids were submitted. Ex- still not sure if his partnership will go after "T
actly one minute later, at 9:01 a.m., the them for damages. "We are not up to that vision;
auction was shut down. point yet," he says. Instead Lin is focused ative o
As a result, the boarded-up, fenced- on settling the code violations and paying
off, foreclosed motel, hailed by preser- the back taxes attached to the property. El Po
vationists as a prime example of Miami Once all the issues are settled, Jeff In "Bi
Modern (MiMo) architecture, is now back Morr, president of Majestic Properties, lished
in the hands of its original owners, Vaga- is confident someone will pay as much that a
bond Motel Inc., who are eager to sell it. as $2.95 million for the Vagabond. "We west c
"We have to secure the place and still have people who are interested," NE 87
make sure everything is straightened says Morr. "I'm shocked that nobody for fiv


if dreams: Former Vagabond owner Eric Silverman in August 2008.


the Lunch Box Deli that


it up. Shocked."
is the BT, especially since Morr
he was talking to investors who
interested in buying the property
online auction ("Up for Grabs at
May 2011). Morr says outside real
investors are attracted to "small
nd big deals," but the Vagabond, a
ory, 22,154-square-foot motel on
e-plus lot, is "stuck somewhere in
ddle." However, Morr insists the
ond is a "great deal" for a buyer
nows what he is doing.
he Upper Eastside area is for
aries," he says. "It has to be a cre-
iwner to make that property work."

rtal Loses Its Lunch Box
g Changes in Tiny El Portal," pub-
February 2011, the BT reported
gas station at the prominent south-
orner of Biscayne Boulevard and
th Street, which has been empty
e years, would be converted into


the Lunch Box Deli, a New York-style
deli offering locals a place to hang out
while enjoying comfort food.
It isn't going to happen.
Instead John Tedesco, the man
behind the Lunch Box concept, will
try to open his first restaurant venture
at another location sometime in the
future. "I think it will be Aventura or the
North Miami area," says Tedesco, who
supervises the opening of Nikki Beach
nightclubs around the world.
But what was wrong with El Portal?
Nothing, replies Tedesco, adding that El
Portal officials were extremely cooperative.
The problem, he maintains, is that a por-
tion of the proposed site lies within the city
limits of Miami, and the city's permitting
requirements are just ridiculous.
"Even something as simple as a sign
was very difficult to do," Tedesco says. "It
got to the point where I was spending more
money than we had. We wasted a lot of
time going back and forth with the city."
Cristina Fernandez, spokeswoman
for the City of Miami, says Tedesco's re-
quest for a "change of use" was approved
in less than three months. However, a
building permit issued to Tedesco in
November 2010 was revoked by the
city's building department this past
May. Fernandez says she is looking into
the reason for that, but did not have an
answer at deadline.
Tedesco says a dispute with his
partner, Zincenco Mineo, a Nikki Beach
employee, was also to blame. Mineo
withdrew from the project in January,
but neither Tedesco nor Mineo would tell
the BT the cause of the dispute. "That is
a personal thing," Tedesco says.

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No Halfpipes, No Ally Oops,



No Skid-Lids, No Nothing

Community pressure and perhaps some political lobbying kills a

proposed skateboard park


By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor
wo years ago Seth Levy was so op-
timistic that a skate park would be
built near downtown Miami that he
bought property near the site. Now Levy,
a business consultant and skateboarding
enthusiast, is selling the land he pur-
chased. He is also leaving. "I can't stand
the politics of this city," he says.
Levy, who is moving back to his
native Washington, D.C., blames politics
for the derailment of a proposed public
facility he spent time and money trying to
bring to fruition: Biscayne Skate Park, a
$2.2 million project that was slated to be
built on city-owned land at 150 NE 19th
St. After more than two years of planning,
city and Community Redevelopment
Agency (CRA) officials confirmed that
the skate park project is on hold.
"It isn't being built right now," says
Ron Nelson, chief of staff for Miami
Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose
district encompasses the proposed skate
park. "There was an outcry."
That outcry came from some sup-
porters of two landmark institutions in
close proximity to where Biscayne Skate
Park was to be built: Temple Israel, the
oldest Reform synagogue in Miami, lo-
cated at 137 NE 19th St., and the Miami
City Cemetery, a ten-acre burial ground
founded in 1897 that serves as the final
resting place for many of the area's pio-
neers, including Julia Tuttle. Opponents
of the park fear that it will generate too
much noise and attract drug users and
vandals to the area.
Sarnoff, who proposed building the
park within the Omni Redevelopment
District in December 2008, did not
return phone calls from the BT David
Karsh, a former Sarnoff aide now work-
ing as a CRA spokesperson, questions


critics' concerns, adding that the agency
is looking for other locations within the
district to build the skate park. "It is
something that the CRA is committed to
doing," he says.
But Lansing McLoskey, a composer,
University of Miami music professor,
and skate park advocate, contends that
city administrators have told him the
project is dead. "[Opponents] screamed
for the last year and a half that there
were no public hearings for this, but
there were public hearings," McLoskey
says. "Then they turned around and
killed the skate park without public hear-
ings. It is hypocrisy of the highest order."
At a planned 54,000 square feet that
included concrete slopes and obstacles,
Biscayne Skate Park was meant to pro-
vide an environment for skateboarders,
particularly teenagers, to practice their
tricks - a safe alternative to the streets,
sidewalks, bus benches, and stairwells in
common use today.
But Stanley Tate, a past president
of Temple Israel and a fundraiser for its
expanding Joni and Stanley Tate Early
Childhood Center, insists the city picked
the worst possible place for a skate park.
"A skate park doesn't belong in a resi-
dential area, near an historic cemetery, a
place for prayer, a preschool, and a charter
school," says Tate, who has been fighting
the skate park for more than a year. (See
the BT's "Skateboards and Synagogues
Are Like Oil and Water," March 2010.)
Penny Lambeth, chairwoman of the
Dade Heritage Trust's City Cemetery
Restoration Committee, says she found
out about the planned skate park in June
2010 through a Google news alert. After
reading news stories detailing rising
crime rates around skate parks across
North America, Lambeth saw the pro-
posed project as a threat to the tranquil
historic cemetery she has worked to


maintain for the past 12 years. "There
were a lot of things - robbery, cars
vandalized, skate parks being closed
down because of loud boom boxes," she
reports. "This was just not the right
place for it."
Karsh insists there is no evidence
that skate parks attract crime. In his
opinion, the skate park would have de-
terred the prostitution, graffiti, and drug
use already prevalent on the block. "We
want to make this an area where people
want to come," Karsh says. "A skate park
will reduce crime and reduce vandalism."
Levy agrees, and says that just the
prospect of the skate park had already
made a dent in the criminal element in the
area. Two years ago there were dilapidat-
ed crack houses near the vacant land. "I
even went into one of them and there was
a guy sitting there, offering me drugs,"
Levy remembers. So he bought the
foreclosed properties from the bank and
demolished the structures. "I probably
would have built my home there," he says.
"I thought [about] how great it would be to
live in front of a skateboard park."
The chances of that happening
were seriously damaged when Lambeth
organized a counteroffensive consist-
ing of several community activists,
organizations, and local families who
own plots at the cemetery. She says
the individuals and groups supporting
the skate park's relocation include the
325-student ASPIRA Eugenio Maria
De Hostos Youth Leadership Charter
School (also located nearby, at 1 NE 19th
St.), the Urban Environment League,
The Villagers, Inc., local billionaire


Norman Braman, former U.S. Senator
Bob Graham, Virginia Key Beach Trust
chairman Gene Tinnie, and historians
Arva Moore Parks and Paul George.
These citizens and activists inun-
dated officials with letters demand-
ing that the skate park not be built at
the city-owned site. "It was obvious a
letter-writing campaign was launched,"
Sarnoff aide Nelson acknowledges. "But
I don't know how much weight to give
that. We would get the same letter a
hundred times."
Levy and McLoskey doubt a letter-
writing campaign stopped Biscayne
Skate Park. Instead they believe closed-
door lobbying snuffed it out. "The
commissioners realized they were not
going to do battle with well-connected
powerful people," McLoskey says.
"Skateboarders? Who are skateboarders?
The Miami skateboard community is not
a well-organized foundation."
Though lobbyist Seth Gordon admits
Temple Israel members sought out his
services eight months ago ("They were
nervous about the potential of the skate
park," Gordon recounts), Levy says the
real heavy hitter was Tate, who, accord-
ing to city employees he spoke with, used
his contacts to kill the skate park. "People
like Stanley Tate, who have more money
than they know what to do with, are push-
ing people around," Levy complains.
Tate, a successful developer who in
the 1990s was nominated by President
Bill Clinton to run the federal agency
tasked with liquidating the assets of
troubled savings and loans, laughs at


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Tedesco had ambitious plans for the
former gas station. Inside, he wanted to
decorate the walls with vintage lunchboxes.
Outside, beneath the gas station's ample
awning, he wanted to create an expansive,
landscaped dining area. Convenience
shopping, fresh meat, prepackaged foods,
and casual breakfast and lunch fare were
part of the plan, too. Beer, wine, and san-
gria also would have been on the menu.
For now the gas station will remain
closed behind a chainlink fence. Land-
owner Danceny Reyes says he's talking
to prospective tenants.

Boulevard Porn Palace May Go
Legit - Or Maybe Not
Come next month, patrons of the Bou-
levard Theater may be able to enjoy fine
dining with their naked ladies.
Since 1970 Leroy Griffith has
operated various adult clubs and movie
theaters at 7770 Biscayne Blvd. But six
months ago he ceded control of the club
to Sofa Entertainment Group, a nightlife
and entertainment company that has put


November 2008: One of the Boulevard Theater's many incarnations, this
one a straight-forward strip club.


$1.5 million into renovations and signed
a 15-year lease. The name of the new
place, expected to open in July, will be
Wonderland at the Boulevard.
"I made a good deal with them,"
Griffith says. "They put a lot of money
up front. They are paying $30,000 a


month, net lease. If they make it, good. If
they don't, I will have a new club."
Built in 1941, the Boulevard
Theater was once a legitimate movie
house. Its last screening was the Oscar-
winning Patton. Since then the theater
has been an X-rated venue, featuring


everything from porn movies to nude
women to almost-nude men. The joint's
name also changed several times, from
the Pussycat Theater to Club Madonna
II (a sister club to Griffith's South
Beach establishment), Black Gold, and
At the Boulevard.
Griffith has leased out his club before,
but this is the first time he has offered
such a long-term lease. The deal also
gives Sofa Entertainment an option to buy
the Boulevard Theater for $10 million.
Sofa Entertainment did not return
calls from the BT by deadline. Ac-
cording to Griffith, Wonderland at
the Boulevard will include a gourmet
restaurant, a nightclub, and some
measure of nude female entertainment.
"There will be bare breasts, stuff like
that," he explains.
Scott Timm, executive director of
the MiMo Business Improvement Com-
mittee, says he heard that the new op-
erators plan to open a gentlemen's club
with fine dining. "It is interesting. The
Boulevard sits almost catty-corner from
the original Playboy Club," notes Timm,
referring to the Hugh Hefner-owned
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venue that operated on the Boulevard
from 1963 until 1978 and featured fine
dining, entertainment, and waitresses
wearing the requisite bunny costumes.
"It sort of brings the area back full circle."
Unlike other area activists who have
tried to shut down Griffith's operation, to
no avail, or continue to hope he will opt
for a different business model, Timm is
reserving judgment. "I guess I have to see
what they are proposing to put in there,"
he says. "I have never been in there. The
businesses that have been in there don't
really attract me as a customer."
While renovations continue, the Bou-
levard Theater technically remains open
for business (as evidenced by the crudely
painted "Open" sign which recently
appeared in the parking lot). Griffith
says that's to keep the venue's adult-club
license from lapsing. "There has to be
something going on," he explains. "If it
stays closed for more than six months, I
have to do a lot of paperwork."

Big Fight at Little River
On April 28, the Miami City Commis-
sion declared that a parking lot and gate
entrance behind the Little River Club at
753 NE 79th St. were illegal.
That decree is being ignored by the op-
erators of the club, a nonprofit that serves as
a meeting hall for Alcoholics Anonymous,
Narcotics Anonymous, and Overeaters
Anonymous. Bob Hardison, secretary-trea-
surer of the Little River Club, says the city's
ruling is essentially a death sentence for a
47-year-old institution that has operated at
its current location since 1991.
"We are filing a lawsuit to keep it open,"
Hardison says. "This isn't communist Cuba.
This is the United States."


Skateboard Park
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Levy's claims. "He has accused me
of things that he made up out of thin
air," Tate says. "He thought that I had
political influence here. It's silly. I never
get involved in City of Miami politics. I
don't even live in the city."
Far more likely, Tate theorizes, is
that Sarnoff realized the skate park
was a political liability: "In light of the
forthcoming election, drawing two oppo-
nents, I think he is worried about being
re-elected, so he has pulled back."


The main entrance of the Little River
Club is not on commercial 79th Street,
but on residential 80th Street, within the
single-family neighborhood of Shorecrest.
Many Shorecrest homeowners blame
members of the Little River Club for
incidents of petty theft, loitering, and
vehicular speeding.
Shorecrest resident Troy Howard
says his neighbors have photographed
and videotaped guilty parties running
into the Little River Club's rear entrance.
"Nine times out of ten, problems are
traced to their members," Howard main-
tains. By closing the fence and eliminat-
ing most of the lot, "it would remove
access and opportunity."
Hardison says the Little River Club
has been unfairly blamed for all of Sho-
recrest's problems. He adds that even the
club's harshest critics within Shorecrest
think it does a good job fighting addiction.
They just don't want it near their neigh-
borhood: "They say they want Shorecrest
to be Coral Gables, [but] it is not Coral
Gables. It is Shorecrest."
The parking lot behind the Little
River Club is zoned for single-family use
only. It has been used for parking since
the 1950s, thanks to a variance granted by
city officials to a previous business owner.
City documents reveal that the variance
should have lapsed back in 1966.
Hardison says that by not extending
the variance, or allowing room for com-
promise, the city is taking away property
rights the club currently enjoys, a claim
he will spell out in a lawsuit he intends
to file no later than June 3.
"Thirty-one years ago, when I came
to the Little River Club, it saved my life,"
Hardison says. "That is why I am sitting
here trying to protect it with my life."

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With the skate park dead, Tate
thinks the city could turn the land into a
soccer field or a passive park. "It should
be utilized for the kids and the families
in the area," he says.
As for the property Levy bought and
is now trying to sell, Tate says the temple
is willing to purchase it for the early-
learning center's expansion. "We tried to
contact him to buy the lots," he says. "A
broker who called on our behalf left him a
message. He never called back."


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was great to know that I would have a
neighborhood French caf6 five minutes
from my house.
But I will never eat there again.
My first dining experience in
October 2009 was good. The second
time I ate there wasn't as good - poorer,
slower service with a kind of "I don't
care" attitude. I still had faith, though, in
the C6te Gourmet, maybe it just wasn't
one of their better days.
My brother from France was
visiting Miami in July 2010 and staying
with me. We enjoyed many restaurants
throughout the Miami area, South Beach,
Coral Gables, Sunny Isles, and Aventura.
I thought, "How cute it would be to bring
him to the C6te Gourmet for brunch!" I
actually wanted to show off to him that
I actually had a little French restaurant
almost within walking distance from me.
The midmorning that we arrived,
there was just one other patron. We
waited nearly 15 minutes just to get a
glass of water! The server (a male) looked
disheveled and like he had just gotten out
of bed. Hair was dirty, totally unkempt.
He had a lousy attitude even though both
my brother and I spoke to him in French
and tried to be friendly to him.
He finally took our order and it took
another half-hour for our meals to come
to the table. My brother ordered a salade
niqoise, which does not require any cook-
ing. (By then the one other patron had left.)
Now we were approaching noon.
We decided that since our meal was
becoming a lunch by now, we would
like to order a glass of wine. There were
no other patrons in the restaurant, yet
it took this server another ten minutes
to bring our two glasses of wine to the
table, even though our meals had been
finally served!
We kept telling him: "Don't forget our
wine, please." His attitude was just terrible.
I was totally embarrassed and hu-
miliated by this experience. I will never,
ever eat at C6te Gourmet again. And bad
news travels faster than good news.
Ann Peterson
Miami Shores

Biscayne Park: The Little Village
with Big Egos
In the April issue of Biscayne Times,
you featured letters from Biscayne Park
Village Commissioners Bryan Cooper
and Steve Bernard. One criticized a


variety of village matters, and the other,
Commissioner Bernard, used his entire
letter to criticize me.
I submitted a letter to you, hoping
you would permit me to defend myself
from the many charges made by Com-
missioner Bernard. You did not print
the letter, and reasons were never given.
Following discussions between you and
me, you have allowed me to submit a
truncated version of the original now.
I stand by my complaint that you
oddly published Bernard's unprovoked
written attack on me, a private citizen
and resident of Biscayne Park, while
suppressing the response you must have
known you would get from me. I hope
you will explain to me and to your read-
ers the method behind this madness.
Bernard points out what he believes
are inconsistencies about my statements.
Or perhaps he's accusing me of lying.
I'm not the first to be downwind of that
accusation from him.
One of his demonstrations of my
inconsistency, or my disingenuousness,
is my statement that I didn't know if BT
correspondent Gaspar Gonzalez was for
or against public art. Bernard resolved
the matter for me by quoting Gonzalez
as saying clearly that he likes public art.
In fact, I quoted that myself.
The problem is that Gonzalez,
despite having asserted that he simply
likes public art, has committed himself
to criticizing the process, done nothing
to improve the process, doesn't want to
donate to any public art, and is indistin-
guishable from someone who says he
likes public art but really doesn't and is
merely trying to be politically correct.
So I'll stand by my lack of clarity
about Gonzalez and ask Bernard to try
again.
There is little point now in reviewing
Bernard's accusations against me regard-
ing his efforts to donate a tree to the village.
The whole project appears to have come to a
very unhappy end, pursuant to a number of
problems created by Bernard.
To spare his feelings and not to
embarrass him further, I will not dredge
up the particulars now. And I strongly
suspect that anyone genuinely familiar
with the matter, my complaints, and Ber-
nard's distinctly nasty public accusations,
will know what Bernard usually likes to
call "the truth."
It was not contained in the letter he
sent you.
Fred Jonas
Biscayne Park


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Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI SHORES


H-2-Low!
Our underreported drought conditions should make us think twice
about water


By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

Ive had to have a serious talk with one
of my cats this month. I adopted Taz
and her brother, Layla (they had their
genders mixed up at birth) - long-haired,
white, Turkish Angoras - as senior cats,
from a woman in South Carolina who had
given herself emphysema from a lifetime
of smoking cigarettes. The cats arrived
dingy, yellow, and with a singular bad
habit that I'm convinced came from being
unable to tolerate smoke-wreathed stand-
ing water - they would only drink from
running faucets.
Layla passed away last year from
fast-growing tumors in his ear and brain (a


carcinoma related to inhaling secondhand
smoke, poor guy), but Taz, a shy female
who lives in my bathroom, continues to
meow at a pitch as demanding as a tod-
dler's whine at least ten times a day for me
to turn on the water. She also crowds in
whenever I'm washing my face, brushing
my teeth, or putting on cosmetics. Parad-
ing back and forth in front of the sink and
swishing her fluffy tail, she nudges me
for control of the faucet, which is why she
often has toothpaste stuck in her nether re-
gions - and I usually have white hairs in
my mascara, or worse, my contact lenses.
As you might imagine, then, our
conversation didn't go well. "Taz," I told
her, "you have to drink from a bowl." No
answer. "Really. I can't keep running the


water for you anymore." Imperious stare.
"Look, it's time to conserve water. We all
have to do our part." Meow! Nudge, nudge,
swish - in my face. I sighed, turned on
the faucet and changed my lenses.
There's no telling a cat what to do,
nor, apparently, humans. This is why
citizens in Miami Shores and beyond
continue to water their lawns on a daily
basis despite the mandates set forth by


the South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) that we only do so
twice per week, and then only at certain
hours. (See www.sfwmd.gov for more
information.) No wonder our lovely
Miami Shores lawns still look so green
despite the little-to-no-rainfall we've had
this spring.
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If you've driven down NE 96th
Street lately, you may or may not have
noticed the yellow-jacket-hued signs
punched into the median. "Extreme
drought," they read. Then they exhort
you to call 1-800-662-8876 for details.
If you've seen them, or have been
able to read them - they're sunk pretty
low into the grass, and the lettering
is small, as if someone wants them to
escape notice - you wouldn't be alone
in thinking these signs were propaganda,
meant to sell you some form of water-
saving shower head or gardening system.
Surprisingly, these signs are legit, and
so are the digits. They connect you to the
Water Conservation Hotline. Call them and
the recorded message you'll hear, in part, is:
"Rainfall throughout the region is still below
normal. Water shortage restrictions remain
in effect." Then the voice informs you when
and how you are supposed to limit your
water use for lawn and garden. There are,
however, "no restrictions on other outdoor
uses such as car or boat washing or pres-
sure cleaning, though we encourage you to
voluntarily reduce your use."
Perhaps, then, these signs are pro-
paganda after all. If the restrictions only


apply to nurturing your grass and flow-
ers, why the doomsday message?
Has the Miami Herald, supposedly
our primary source of info in town,
been exhorting us to cut back? No. A
quick Google search using keywords
like "Miami," "drought," and "water
conservation" produced no articles from
2011. A search of the Herald's own site
produced one article written in May that
deals directly with the subject - and
that was sourced from the Sun-Sentinel.
Another article, reprinted from the
Miami Springs/Doral community rag
River Cities Gazette on April 2, is the
first and only warning (at BT press time)
of just how dire our situation is. Here's
the story, almost in its entirety:
"By now, everyone has watched the
news and learned that, with South Florida
facing record-breaking drought condi-
tions, water restrictions around Miami-
Dade County are in place.... Residents
and businesses with an even-numbered
street address will be permitted to water
lawns on Thursdays and Sundays from
midnight to 10:00 a.m. and/or from 4:00
p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Odd-numbered street
addresses will be permitted to water on


Wednesday and Saturdays during the
same time period. No watering will be al-
lowed on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Fridays
at any time and not allowed between
10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on any day."
Of course, not everyone has watched
the news - which, depending on the sta-
tion, is often little better than the Herald
- so you'd be forgiven for not knowing
that we really are in drought, maybe
not as extreme as the Miami Shores
SFWMD signs would like us to believe,
but certainly enough to be concerning.
The reality is that the level of Lake
Okeechobee has dropped to a little more
than ten feet (almost three feet below
normal this time of year), which is too low
for the water to flow naturally south. Lake
Okeechobee is our secondary water source,
our backup to the Biscayne Aquifer.
The Everglades are now more than
60 percent dry in specific water conserva-
tion areas. So you can imagine how dry
is the rest of South Florida where water
isn't managed - and how our drought is
threatening wildlife communities, many
of which are already endangered.
The powers that be seem to think
one good tropical storm, along with the


onset of rainy season, will fix these issues
pronto. But rainy season hasn't begun
when it should have, and who really wants
a potentially damaging storm? As soon as
we're threatened by a hurricane, officials
dump water into Biscayne Bay to reduce
the chances of flooding. Our problems are
as much manmade as they are the product
of nature.
As Miami Shores residents, it truly
is time to reduce and reuse. Drink wine
instead of water. Shower with loved
ones. (There's no reason conservation
can't be fun!)
Even our village government, often
slow to react, has beaten most of us to
the punch: Department officials are
collecting water when they wash their
fleets of utility vehicles to use for water-
ing purposes, and they recently sent out
information in the community newslet-
ter explaining how rain barrels can help
with irrigation and fertilizing needs
I'm sure warnings about watering
violations, followed by fines, are next.
And in this case, I won't be the first one
to complain. My cat will.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTURA


Aventura's Poop Snoop

Our correspondent goes undercover to sniff out
doggie-doo violators


By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer
BT Contributor

Jessica Alba does it. So does Minka
Kelly. Victoria's Secret model Mi-
randa Kerr would never dream of not
doing it. So if models and movie stars
can pick up their dog's poop, why can't
the residents of Aventura?
Are they too special? Can't stoop
(literally) to something so crude? Can't
be bothered? Perhaps they're not used
to cleaning up after themselves. Or
maybe they're just lazy? In a rush?
Whatever the case, it is disgusting,
unhygienic, and unacceptable. If you
have a dog that uses the streets of my
neighborhood as a giant toilet bowl,


don't forget to flush. It's that simple.
Now, there are some people who are
responsible, otherwise we'd be knee-
deep in the stuff, but despite warning
signs such as "Pet Waste Transmits
Disease: Leash-Curb and Clean up After
your Pet" and an ample number of city-
installed "poop stations" - those six-
foot-tall green poles that hold a supply
of plastic bags, and a trash receptacle to
conveniently deposit the bagged poop
- doggie droppings are routinely left to
bake in the sun and stink up our so-
called City of Excellence.
It wasn't until about two years ago,
when I got my very first dog ever, that
I took notice of this issue. My husband
brought home my sweet baby Yorkie,


Tika. As a five-pound teacup, we im-
mediately trained her to use her wee-wee
pad. But as 5 pounds turned to 8, then
8 to 10, then 10 to 12, and eventually a
whopping 14, it became clear to us that it
was time to start taking regular walks.
We use the same route most days:
out our front door on 188th Street, then
onto the sidewalk heading due east,
toward the Aventura Arts and Cultural


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to the canal behind our building. Here's
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I don't necessarily want to make a
stink of it (no pun intended), but justice
must be served. Would it be effective to
install cameras and send tickets like we
do at red lights? Perhaps we could create
a new city-appointed position - Public
Pooper Scooper. I can see the job de-
scription now: "Search out, pick up, and
dispose of poop. All shapes, sizes, and
colors applicable." It would be a dirty job,
but someone clearly needs to do it. And
at the same time, it would help reduce
the unemployment rate. Brilliant!
It's amazing. With Aventura being
such a lovely city, you'd think residents
would go to great lengths to keep it clean
of dog doo. Certainly local government
has given us the tools. We have at least
four poop stations in a one-block radius
- and two more on the block beyond -
but still, there are neighbors who won't
do the right thing. Aventura is home to
educated, wealthy people who should
know better, but sometimes they think
the rules don't apply to them.
But they do apply. And if we started
making a fuss, say, by publicly embar-
rassing them, perhaps their attitudes
would change. In a perfect world, there


would be "poop sensors" and they'd
sound as an owner left the scene of the
crime. Piercing choruses of "Stop. Gross.
Pick it up."
But until then, it's up to residents to
take action.
As part of my research for this
column, I've been walking my dog at
least once, sometimes twice a day (FYI:
she still uses the pee pad more often
than she uses the grass), and keeping
an eye on my fellow canine owners. My
findings: People do pick up their dog's
business when they believe someone is
watching. But every now and again you
have that guy who simply doesn't care
- and that's when the fun really begins.
This is an actual exchange I had with
one of these poop perps:
ME: Excuse me. I think you've for-
gotten something.
HIM: Huh? [He looks down and
around]. No, I didn't.
ME: Sure you did. You left your
dog's poop on the sidewalk.
HIM: [Blank stare] Huh? What?
ME: Your dog's poop.... You left it
there. [I point.] There's a bag right there.
[I point to the station four feet away.] I


live here. It would be great if you could
clean up.
HIM: It's a free country. Who the
[expletive] are you to tell me what to do?
ME: I am the Poop Police.
HIM: The what?
ME: The Poop Police. And you're
under arrest.
HIM: What the [expletive].... Get the
[expletive] out of....
ME: Seriously, dude, pick it up.
That's not cool.
And then it happened. Another
person walked by us. I shared with her
what my foul-mouthed acquaintance
did - or rather, didn't do. She looked at
me quizzically, but I had done enough to
push the offender over the edge. "Fine,"
he grumbled en route to the poop station.
Without ever looking up, he grabbed a
bag, returned to the scene, scooped up
the poop, and, dog in tow, dumped the
load in the bin and kept going.
I'm not sure if that was his intended
path when I accosted him, but he had no
interest in passing by me again.
True story. And he was not the only
one I called out. The reactions were
much the same. No one likes it, but in


the end, they cave. So public humiliation
does work.
My friend Laurie lives in West Pines,
where the community ostracizes you
if you are caught leaving your dog doo
behind. "We have a tiny Chihuahua and
I always clean up," she says. "His poops
are teeny - like rat pellets - but if you
get caught, you're a goner. There are 132
homes in my neighborhood, and every-
one who lives here is watching."
Well, there's an incentive! Could we
kick people out of town? Doubtful. But
perhaps we could put their faces on the
information sign in the median at the
entrance to 188th Street. It would garner
a significant amount of attention.
Another idea: Since there just aren't
enough hours in the day, I can't single-
handedly catch every offender, but
then it hit me - I could launch Aven-
turaPoopReport.com.
I will start on it soon. It'll be effec-
tive - and embarrassing. So next time
you're out walking Rover, remember
this: Someone may be watching. Scoop
or be outted.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARK


A Matter of Minutes
Want to know what we really think about an issue?
Good luck finding it in the official record


By Gaspar Gonzalez
BT Contributor
A riddle: How many minutes
make an hour? Think you know
the answer? Sixty? Wrong. In
Biscayne Park, the answer is somewhere
between one and three. Confused? Then
you haven't been to a commission meet-
ing lately.
See, the minutes I'm talking about
aren't ticks on a clock. They're the of-
ficial written record of previous meetings
and, at every commission meeting, the
members vote on whether to accept the
minutes of the last few meetings. In most
places, this would normally be consid-
ered routine. But this is Biscayne Park.


Here what usually happens is that
Commissioner Steve Bernard or Com-
missioner Bryan Cooper - usually
both - will object to the omission of
what they consider a key element of a
particular meeting. At the mention of
this, Mayor Roxanna Ross, Commis-
sioner Bob Anderson, and Commis-
sioner Al Childress will roll their eyes in
unison and point out that omissions do
not count as factual errors, which are the
only thing commissioners are allowed
to revise. Then Commissioner Childress
will remind commissioners Bernard
and Cooper that Biscayne Park employs
su intun iu " minutes - a bare-bones ac-
count of the proceedings - and that they
are attempting to violate the spirit of that


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who said what.
At this point, Commissioner Bernard
or Commissioner Cooper will make a
motion to amend the minutes anyway.
The motion will come up for a vote,
which always comes out the same: two
for, three against. This process will be
repeated for every set of minutes on the
agenda. From beginning to end, it could
take anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes
(but really does seem more like an hour).
And they wonder why attendance at


commission meetings is so poor.
The truth is that it's an important issue,
and one that needs to be resolved. It's a
question of transparency: Residents should
have as complete a record as possible of
how our government operates. That's why
the debate over "accuracy" is pointless.
You can have accurate minutes that don't
really tell you much. In fact, one could say
that Biscayne Park has perfected the form.
For example, when a resident gets up at
a commission meeting to speak on an issue,
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way: "Jane Q. Resident - Item 10.a Ordi-
nance 2011-01 Fencing Allowances." Ms.
Resident was there and spoke on the fence
ordinance. That's accurate. But what she
said would not be shown anywhere, which
is odd, since commissioners often like to
refer to "what residents want." (Whether or
not they understand what that is - more
on that in a moment.)
Commissioner Bernard tried to ad-
dress this particular issue at the March
commission meeting. Rather than have
me describe what happened, I'll refer
you to the minutes of that meeting:
"...Bernard makes a motion to
amend the resolution on summary min-
utes to indicate that both the topic that
a resident speaks on and the position of
the speaker, pro or con, is included in the
summary minutes. It was seconded by
Commissioner Cooper. After discussion
the motion was called to a vote. All in
favor: Vice mayor Bernard and Commis-
sioner Cooper. All opposed: Mayor Ross,
Commissioner Anderson, and Commis-
sioner Childress. Motion fails: 2/3."
Think about what you just read - or
rather, didn't read. A majority of the
commission doesn't want residents'


specific views reflected in the minutes,
but it's impossible to say why, because
the commissioners' own views on the
subject are not reflected in the minutes.
Isn't anyone curious as to what this
discussion was? I was there, and it was
amusing stuff. Let me give you a snippet:
Commissioner Anderson's objection to the
motion was that, often when residents speak,
he has "no idea" whether they're actually
for or against something. And since he can't
tell whether residents are for or against
something, it's unfair to ask the clerk, who
keeps the minutes, to try to record whether
residents are for or against something.
Okay, so it's not really that funny.
There's a history here. I don't think it's
a coincidence that the three members
of the commission who favor skeleton
minutes, and who adamantly oppose
additions to those minutes, are the same
three members of the commission who
voted last year to abolish commissioner
comments from the village newsletter
(which the village then stopped distribut-
ing altogether).
They apparently don't feel it's im-
portant for anyone on the commission to
share their thoughts or views on anything,


other than to vote yea or nay. And that's
not a recipe for good government -
unless, of course, you're an oligarchy.
But I could be wrong. Maybe I've
judged them too harshly. Maybe they
really are all about transparency. If so,
I've got a suggestion. Rather than waste
everyone's time arguing over what kinds
of minutes are kept - summary or oth-
erwise - commissioners could instead
vote to produce full transcripts of the
commission meetings. Every word.
It's not that unusual a measure. The
City of Miami, for one, does it. Or if
every word of every meeting sounds too
ambitious, we could follow the example of
Coral Gables, which, in addition to min-
utes, provides transcripts of specific com-
mission discussions if the issue is deemed
sufficiently important to residents.
I know what some will say: We
already videotape most commission meet-
ings; why do we need a written transcript?
There are a few advantages: It's much
easier to scroll or flip through a transcript
than it is to fast-forward through a DVD;
written transcripts could be made easily
accessible through the Biscayne Park
website; and unlike DVDs, you don't have


to worry about a transcript not playing
two years from now.
The two wings of the village com-
mission can disagree on just about
anything they want - and usually do
- but when they disagree on how much
the rest of us should know about how our
government works, then something is
wrong. Good government shouldn't be a
partisan concern.
None of this, by the way, is intended as
a criticism of the village clerk or the work
she does. Iffim ilin,_' I'd like to think we'd
be doing her a favor. I've sat through liter-
ally hundreds of meetings - church, union,
faculty, staff - where minutes needed to be
kept, and not once has anyone ever jumped
up to volunteer. Because it's a crappy job.
And it only gets worse when commissioners
insist on pulling you in different directions
- as the minutes turn into hours.
Quick Note: I'm taking a break as
your Biscayne Park correspondent this
summer. (Whatever will my most de-
voted letter-writers do without me?) Not
to worry, though. I'll be back soon. Be
safe, and stay cool.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI AT LARGE


Fender Bender

Mind Bender
In Miami, even a minor traffic accident can result in a free
ticket to the freak show


By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor
Im a loquacious extrovert. Often I
note things - incidents, if you will
and relay them to my family and
good friends. Okay, let's extend that to
the postal worker, deli counter guy, tree
trimmers, telemarketers, my dogs, the
DVD player, and the occasional sand-
wich. You know, anyone who will listen.
People (the live ones), eyes all abulge,
often say to me: \\ o ' The craziest
things happen to you!" My reply is
always the same: "They happen to you,
too. You just don't pay attention."
This statement, while an applicable
fact anywhere (unless you are a shut-in,


and hey, even shut-ins have drama -
just ask the Meals on Wheels people),
holds especially true in Miami: Land of
the Freak.
Don't get me wrong. There are
freaks everywhere. It's just that, else-
where, they tend to be closet freaks.
They are hesitant to let loose their inner
freak because they fear the fallout. This
could range from a tongue-lashing from
the president of the local Citizens for
Decency chapter to a goring from the
Moose Lodge volunteer mascot. And
take it from me, a giant plastic rack
attack is not pleasant.
In Miami, though, the Freak is
as proud as the sun is strong. Live in
an area long enough and you learn to


identify the particulars of the local Freak,
just as easily as you can discern a tourist
from a local. Allow me to indulge in
a brief anecdote typical of the Miami
Freak experience.
Like many memorable Miami mo-
ments, this particular incident started on
the road. What made this one notewor-
thy, as usual, were the Freaks who were
involved. (Excluding me, naturally.)


Traffic stopped suddenly and I didn't.
Okay. It happens. I gave the vehicle in
front of me a small tap. Then, like some
tribe of mollusks escaping a shell, out
slither the Tapped, or occupants of said
vehicle. The Tapped include the driver
and two women.
Me, being the Tapper and knowing
my accident protocol, well, I sit frowning
and cursing among the mounds of papers,


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plastic farm animals that call my Subaru
home. The main thought that cruises
through my head is: Just how much of a
pain in my ass are these people going to be?
The first Tapped one, the driver - a
large, 20-something male - ambles
around his gas-guzzler and stares at
the bumper. I sigh and roll my window
down. The Tapped One looks at me and
shouts, "Money!"
I stare at him menacingly from
beneath my "Chubby Bunny" headband,
which features a huge vinyl red bow, and
raise my eyebrows. Money? Oh my, what
do we have here?
He jabs a meaty finger at the seem-
ingly unblemished bumper and hunches
his shoulders. "Look what you did!" he
shouts. "Give me money or [here his
voice takes on a clipped note] do you
want me to call the cops?"
I shrug and reply, "Well, it is proto-
col." He looks confused.
One of the women, a blonde, yells
something at the Tapped One in a lan-
guage I can't quite pinpoint. Then she
walks - or more accurately, her hips walk
- over to my open window, where she


purses her lips, furrows her tattooed-on
eyebrows, and looks down at me with con-
tempt. I can't see her feet, but I can tell she
is tapping one of them. "Well? You pay?"
I look up at her Ed Hardy T-shirt stretched
across her mighty faux bosom. "One hundred
dollars? Yes? It's fair?" she says.
I consider this potential solution. I'm in
a hurry. I actually might have agreed to this
proposition just to get her and the Tapped
One out of my face. Instead I just look at the
Tapped Bosom and say, "I don't have $100."
Tapped Bosom narrows her eyes. I can
feel her drinking in this thing - this thing
that is I. She looks up and focuses on my
bright red, mondo bow. She appraises the
interior of my car. She is wondering if I am
lying. She can't imagine not having $100 or
for that matter $10,000 cash in her pocket.
I look at the trunk in front of me and imag-
ine bodies, bags of cocaine, and crisp $100
bills, all organized neatly inside.
"Where are you from?" she sniffs.
Small talk?
"Here. Miami."
Tapped Bosom considers this new fact.
"Moment!" she shrieks and saunters
back to the Tapped One (or Tapped Be-
hemoth, as I'm now thinking of him).


At this point it occurs to me that
I may be getting the shakedown from
the Russian or Israeli - what was that
accent? - mob. Great. Tapped Bosom
and Tapped Behemoth bicker. Tapped
Bosom returns.
"What are you going to do?"
I shrug. "You want a check?"
Tapped Bosom considers before...
"Moment!"
Indeed a moment passes and she
returns.
"Okay. Give to me."
Oh, thank God! I claw through my
purse, searching for my checkbook.
But... it's not there. Unreal. Tapped
Bosom picks at her teeth with her long
talons and eyeballs me. "Hold on, it must
be in my other purse," I tell her. A flash
of doubt in Tapped Bosom's eyes. Ha!
She thinks I'm putting her on! I wish I
were that quick - and organized.
Now I'm desperate. Smoothie cups
go airborne over my shoulder and the
errant flip-flop soars as I dig through
the water-bottle graveyard that passes
for the floor of the passenger side of
my car. I unearth candy wrappers, a
hairbrush, toy soldiers, rocks and leaves,


a dog bed, but no checkbook.
Defeated, I turn toward Tapped
Bosom. "I don't have it. I must have left
my checkbook in another purse." Tapped
Bosom stares me down. I wait for it.
Three, two, one: "Moment!"
After some bickering with the Tapped
Behemoth and Tapped Woman No. 2, she
returns. "Give me number. Write down
on paper." Ah, trusting folks, these MIA
mobsters. And that is when I make my
mistake: "Here's my card," I say.
Satisfied, Tapped Bosom takes it and
replies, "My friend - he will call you."
Okay, whatever you say.
That should have been the end of it.
But this is Miami, home of the Phylum:
Freak, Class: Scam Artist. So several
days later I get a call, and then an e-mail
from a man named "Attila." No lie.
Attila wants me to contact my insur-
ance company and tell them all the spe-
cific details of the accident, including how
I busted up his green Ford Focus. Huh?
In the end, the mobsters slunk back
into their mollusk shell. But not without
a good slimy fight, Miami-style.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADE


Chit-Ching!
Cashing in on a fictional favor from the next mayor of
Miami-Dade County


By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

On May 12, my wife Fran and I
hosted a political meet-and-greet
for county mayor hopeful Carlos
Gimenez at the recently remodeled New
Yorker Motel on the Boulevard at 65th
Street. (Many thanks to owners Shirley
and Walter for allowing this event to be
held at their facility.) It was a Chamber
of Commerce night, as they say, and the
setting provided a nostalgic walk back to
the 1950s and a less complicated time.
At the conclusion of the event, a
neighbor approached me and asked, "So,
if Carlos gets elected, what do you get
out of it?"


With a sarcastic grin, I wisecracked
back: "Oh, millions and millions." But
the guy wouldn't let it go. He was
insistent that there had to be something
in it for Fran and me for us to host such
an event.
The premise itself illustrates the
quid-pro-quo perception of how our
local governments work: I do for you
now, so you must do for me later.
Pretty sad, but if this weren't the
dominant perception, there wouldn't
be such a plethora of lobbyists and
other power brokers hovering around
Miami-Dade County Hall, much like
the turkey vultures who make their
winter home atop the county court-
house downtown.


(The difference between the two is
that the turkey vultures do not attempt
to hide their primary mission of feasting
upon the carrion and lifeless road kills
that would otherwise fuel disease and
pestilence, while the lobbyists' mission
is to feed upon the taxpayers' coffers,
further fueling the disease and pestilence
of cost overruns, and put the county


deeper in debt in order to line their own
pockets. I prefer the turkey vultures.)
So taking my neighbor's question
seriously: What would I ask for? Never
really gave the question much consider-
ation since I'm not wired that way, but it
deserves a thoughtful answer.
I guess I could ask that a specific
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or denied, but that would be too limiting
and I may squander a "chit" on an issue
that may turn out to be not as important
as another issue down the road. (Oh, to
have a crystal ball, though even a crystal
ball would have a hard time predicting
the future twists and turns of Miami-
Dade politics.)
A chit, by the way, is the political
jargon for a quid-pro-quo favor - think
of it as a marker of sorts - that one
owes another in return for an unrelated
favor. Lobbyists deal in chits all the time.
For instance, lobbyist Ron Book took a
political bullet for Commissioner Marc
Sarnoff at a heated community meeting
when he stated that he alone made the
decision to relocate the pedophiles from
under the Julia Tuttle Causeway to Sho-
recrest. The community now knows that
this was not the case, but Ron earned a
chit from the commissioner for publicly
taking that stance, and will call in that
chit when he needs a favorable vote -
perhaps the renewal of his lobbying
contract. See how it works?
Chits are meant to be held, not
frittered away on impulse purchases. I
remember that, as a youngster, I once


found a five-dollar bill on the sidewalk. I
went straight to the local five-and-dime
(Herbie's, for any of you older Myamuhi-
ans) and asked Herbie what could I get
for five bucks. I ended up purchasing a
toy tractor set, took it home, and played
with it for five minutes before losing
interest and giving it to my younger
brother. I learned a valuable lesson that
day - never squander your chits! So a
single agenda item may be an unwise
cashing of such a valuable commodity.
After all, it is my chit and I must spend it
wisely! What to do? Oh, what to do?
I guess I could ask for a job for my
children, a friend, or myself. That is an
acceptable method of cashing a chit, but
chits have different values or denomina-
tions, if you will. Hosting a meet-and-
greet that attracted maybe 50 people
and probably did not raise very much
in campaign donations would probably
earn only a five-dollar chit in the overall
scheme of things and we all know you
can't get much for five bucks! Even my
poorly selected tractor set, owing to
inflation, would be a $50 purchase today.
(The pieces were made of real metal and
had moving parts.)


Now, if I had brought huge donors
to the event - say, like Marlins owner
Jeffrey Loria or some big developer
who could bundle tons of out-of-state
checks - I may have earned a chit of
higher value. But alas, I just brought
the poor schleps from the surrounding
Upper Eastside neighborhoods who were
primarily interested in finding a decent,
capable, and honest candidate to end the
incompetence, corruption, and insanity
we know as Miami-Dade County gov-
ernment. My chit would hardly be worth
jobs for all my friends and family. Oh,
what to do? What to do?
Then I thought: If I could wave a
magic wand and make one thing happen
that would turn back the clock on all
the egotistical and self-serving pieces of
legislation that have been passed over the
years, what would that be?
That's when I remembered a June
2009 BT column I wrote, titled "Twisting
History for Shameless Pride." It was the
story of how then county Mayor Alex
Penelas, egged on by the egos of the 13
county commissioners - along with the
Greater Miami Convention and Visitors
Bureau, the Beacon Council, and various


chambers of commerce - initiated a
voter referendum to change the name of
Dade County to Miami-Dade County.
The reason? Elected officials and
their minions were tired of attending
out-of-state functions and having people
constantly ask them: "Where exactly is
Dade County?" So as one born in the
City of Miami, in the County of Dade, I
would cash in my chit in exchange for
Mayor Carlos Gimenez to propose leg-
islation that would enable a vote by the
residents to change our county's name
back to Dade County in memory of Maj.
Francis Langhorne Dade, who took a
bullet near Ocala from Seminole Chief
Micanopy and gave his life on the morn-
ing of December 28, 1835 - the start of
the Second Seminole Indian War.
Of course, if Gimenez is not elected
mayor, my chit is worth about as much
as a block of ice on an Alaskan ice floe.
And when you consider that Carlos does
not deal in chits anyway, my chances of
prevailing are close to nil.
Still, it's a nice thought.


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Culture: THE ARTS


A Room of Their Own

Miami Light Project and other arts groups have a new home at

Goldman Warehouse


By Anne Tschida
BT Contributor
he outside of what is now the
Light Box at Goldman Warehouse
has been painted a light gray. It's
a somewhat unassuming building on
a nondescript street in Wynwood. But
inside, the new home to several nonprofit
arts organizations is spectacular. (We
seem to be constructing some good-
looking cultural centers these days.)
The main tenant is the Miami Light
Project, and when it's hosting shows, it
will admit guests through a side entrance
punctuated by a bamboo garden. Past the
large industrial doors, audiences will be
ushered into a sophisticated, slate-gray
reception area, through an entranceway
made of ceiling-to-floor hanging black
ropes, and into an expertly fitted black-
box space. Musicians, dancers, actors,
and performance artists are likely going
to love it even more than those who
come to see them.
For more than two decades, Miami
Light has brought hundreds of interna-
tional acts to Miami-Dade, but maybe
more important, it has been an incuba-
tor for local talent, commissioning and
giving a stage to numerous experimental
works. And for some years now, it has
done so while living a nomadic existence.
That all changed when the organi-
zation was awarded a $400,000 grant


from the John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation to open an artistic laboratory,
a grant matched by Goldman Properties.
Architect Oscar Glottman was brought
in to transform a space that had been
an annex exhibition venue and storage
room for the Museum of Contemporary
Art, and this April, the Light Box was
officially born.
The idea is to get producers and
performers working and creating within
the same walls - and to bring audiences
in to witness the creative process in

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The Light Box building in Wynwood
is unassuming from the outside,
but the inside is spectacular.

action. (Along with the black box, there
is a practice stage.) The concept is draw-
ing a crowd. In addition to Miami Light,
Florida's oldest black theater company,
M Ensemble, has moved in, as have two
offspring of Miami Light, the alternative
local theater company Mad Cat and Teo


A scene from Teo castellanos's iat Boy, wnicn launches tne Lignt Box
at Goldman Warehouse.


Castellanos's D-Projects.
It's an auspicious beginning to have
Castellanos's latest, Fat Boy, as one of
the inaugural events at the Light Box.
(The production runs June 2 through
June 4.) Castellanos was one of the first
and, ultimately, one of the most success-
ful products of Miami Light's incubator
program, "Here and Now." Begun 12
years ago, it's a signature of the institu-
tion, a yearly unveiling of experimental
works from local talents commissioned


and produced by Miami Light.
Back in 2000, Castellanos started
working on NE 2ndAvenue thanks to
one such commission. It was an inspired
solo performance in which Castellanos
literally donned different hats - and
accents - depicting the people who live
and travel along that colorful Miami
urban thoroughfare.
The show would go on to win one
of the most prestigious awards in theater
arts, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe First


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Acclaimed author and performer Teo Castellanos credits Miami Light
Project with helping to launch his career.


This month the M Ensemble, Florida's oldest black theater company,
debuts Home at the Light Box.


Award, in 2003, which put the home-
grown performer on the international
stage. NE 2ndAvenue has been touring
the world for nine years now, and will
make a ten-year anniversary appearance
back here next January at the Adrienne
Arsht Center.
"I don't know what would have hap-
pened to me, career-wise, if it weren't for
Miami Light, [but] I do know what has
happened as a result of their interest in
my work," says Castellanos as he readies
for his latest performance. "I am but one
of a handful of independent performing
artists living in Miami who has been
able to escape a day job."
The line brings a laugh from Castel-
lanos. But in all seriousness, he contin-
ues, Miami Light has "nurtured local art-
ists in the hopes of raising real national
attention - presenters from around the
United States are always at 'Here and
Now.'" It has succeeded in drawing at-
tention to such dancers and performers
as Rosie Herrera, Octavio Campos, and
many others, he says.


Beth Boone, artistic director of
Miami Light, says that "Here and Now"
is "the program nearest and dearest to
my heart. I'm certain that the invest-
ment of time and resources we've made
in Miami-based artists has contributed
to our flourishing contemporary perfor-
mance scene. It's enormously gratifying."
Now equipped with a handsome new
space featuring a dressing area, actual
green room, and a flexible stage and risers,
Miami Light has an ideal venue in which
to present local finds.
A much bigger production than NE
2nd Avenue, Fat Boy is co-sponsored
by Tigertail Productions and New
York's Hip-Hop Theater Festival and
includes performers from Castellanos's
troupe, D-Projects. Like the space
itself, it's a step in a broader direc-
tion, incorporating multiple influences
(Balinese dance, Dub music, and an
exploration of global poverty and
American greed, to mention only a few
of the elements in this eclectic mix)
and a more complicated scope.


"I'm playing all the roles, from ar-
tistic and production director to accoun-
tant and fundraiser, even to costumer,"
says Castellanos, while also voicing a
common concern of multi-taskers ev-
erywhere: "All the time I'm thinking of
how I have seen artists not produce great
work when they are wearing too many
hats!" We're not worried.
Following Fat Boy onto the new stage
at the Light Box will be M Ensemble.
From June 9 through July 17, it will present
Home, about a North Carolina farmer who
doesn't want to look forward, and pays the
consequences. In July, Mad Cat Theatre
Company will unveil a new work by local
Paul Tei, Always Crashing in the Same Car.
"I think that the Light Box is the
right space, at the right time, with the
right mix of partners," says the ebullient
Boone. "Wynwood is hot, our home-
grown performance artists are exploding
with creativity, and Miami is an interna-
tionally exciting destination."
As per the space's mission, along
with theater and performing arts tenants,


it will host Arts for Learning, a non-
profit well regarded for its outreach into
hundreds of Miami-Dade schools, with
another hallway dedicated to the visual
arts (currently a text piece covers the
walls, courtesy of Diet Gallery).
"We will rock this neighborhood
with dance, music, theater, film, and
spoken word," says Boone. "And we will
throw parties for the record books!"
Kinda hard to beat that.

The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse,
404 NW 26th St. For tickets and show
information, please contact the respec-
tive companies.
June 2 to June 4: Teo Castellanos and
D-Projects' Fat Boy; www.miamilight-
project.com
June 9 to July 17.: MEnsemble's Home;
www.themensemble.com
July 21 to August 13: Mad Cat Theatre
Company's Always Crashing in the Same
Car; www.madcattheatre.org

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Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS


WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN
DISTRICT ART + DESIGN NIGHT
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2011

101/EXHIBIT
101 NE 40th St, Miami
305-573-2101
www 101exhibit corn
Through June 9
"Lepo" by Lepo
June 11 through July 31
"Between Night and Day" by Hendrik Beikirch and
Claudio Ethos

ABBA FINE ART
233 NW 36th St, Miami
305-576-4278
www abbafineart corn
Through July 31
"The Pulse of Nature" and "Vanities" by Debra Holt

ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS
2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-438-0220
www alejandravonhartz net
Through June 4
"Earth Rites of Restitution" by Teresa Pereda and
"Urpflanze" by Ivana Brenner

AMY ALONSO GALLERY
750 NE 124th St, North Miami
305-975-6933
www alonsored comr
Call gallery for exhibition information

ART FUSION
1 NE 40th St, Miami
305-573-5730
www artfusiongallery com
Through June 22
"Timeless Treasures" with various artists
Reception June 11, 6 to 10 p.m.

ARTSEEN GALLERY
2215 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-237-3559
http //artseenspace wordpress com/
June 3 through June 30
"High School Senior Show" with various artists
Reception June 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL
180 NE 39th St, #210, Miami
By appointment info@basfisherinvitational com
www basfisherinvitational com
Through June 9
"An Interdisciplinary Solo Exhibition" by Nancy Garcia

BASHA GALLERY
795 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-891-4624
www bashagallery net
June 21 through June 27
"Art Is a Passion" by Arnaldo Rosello
Reception June 24, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLERY
3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-573-2700


www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
Through June 4
"Blighted Eden" by Mark Messersmith and
"Shifting Nature" by Juan Carlos Zaldivar
June 11 through August 31
"Greenhouse" with Maria Fernanda
Cardoso, Jimmy Fike, Nancy Friedemann,
Enrique Gomez de Molina, Juan Griego,
Courtney Johnson, Cal Lane, Holly
Lynton, Carsten Meier, Mark Messersmith,
Carol Prusa, Karen Rifas, Gina Ruggerl,
Lisa Switalski, Alex Trimino, Joe Waters,
and Valeria Yamamoto

BLACK SQUARE GALLERY
2248 NW 1st PI, Miami
786-999-9735
www blacksquaregallery com
Through June 30
"Where Do Birds Go Off to Die?" by Taro
Hattonri

BORINQUEN ART GALLERY
100 NE 38th St, Miami
305-491-1526
www borinquenhealth org
"Group Show" with H-Allen Benowitz, Franc
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BUENA VISTA BUILDING
180 NE 39th St, Miami
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BUTTER GALLERY
2301-2303 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-303-6254
www buttergallery com
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CALDWELL / LINFIELD GALLERY & STU
8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami
305-754-2093
www susannacaldwell com
Ongoing
"Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculptu
Susanna Caldwell

CAROL JAZZAR CONTEMPORARY ART
158 NW91st St, Miami Shores
305-490-6906
www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
Through June 12
"A Ringing in the Ears" by Chris Fennell

CARIDI GALLERY
758 NE 125th St, North Miami
786-202-5554
www caridigallery com
"Group Show" with various artist from Arger
Mexico

CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION
541 NW 27th St, Miami
305-571-1415
www visual org
Call gallery for exhibition information

CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-292-0411
www charest-weinberg com
Through June 18
"The Forest" by John Espinosa
June 24 through August 20


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"Solo Show" by Sheree Hovsepian
Reception June 24, 7 to 9 p.m. DORSCH
151 NW24
CHRISTOPHER MIRO GALLERY 305-576-12
71 E Flagler St, Miami www dorsc
305-741-0058 Through Ju
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CITY LOFT ART Reception
2200 Biscayne Blvd Miami
305-438-9006 DOT FIFTY
www cityloftart com 51 NW 36tl
Closed for relocation until October 1 305-573-99
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CS GALLERY Through JL
787 NE 125th St, North Miami "Miamicito"
IDIO 305-308-6561
www chirinossanchez com EDGE ZO
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305-303-88
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June 11 through September 10 Reception
"All About Me" by Rosario Bond
Reception June 11, 7 to 10 p.m. ELITEART
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DANIEL AZOULAY GALLERY 754-422-59
Shops at Midtown Miami Through JL
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Through June 25 2000 Conv
"Viva Mexico" by Alfredo di Stefano
Reception June 11, 6 to 10 p.m. ETRA FINE
ntina and 50 NE 40th
DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY 305-438-43
2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami www etrafir
305-573-8110 Call gallery
www davidcastillogallery com
Through June 25 FREDRIC
"Sum of the Parts" with various artists 2247 NW 1
305-448-89
DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS www snitze
2043 N Miami Ave, Miami Call gallery
305-576-1804
www dlfinearts com GALERIE I
Through June 30 125 NW 23
"Indigo" by Laura Kina and Shelly Jyoti and "Project 305-582-6C
Room" by Caroline Lathan Stiefel www galeri


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DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY
3938 NE 39th St, Miami
305-536-7801
www diasporavibevirtualgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

DIMENSIONS VARIABLE
171 NE 38th St, Miami
305-607-5527
www dimensionsvarlable net
dv@dimensionsvarlable net
Through June 25
"Series 5- by Marcos Valella

DINA MITRANI GALLERY
2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-486-7248
www dinamitranigallery com
Through June 25 "Animals Are Outside
Today" by Colleen Plumb

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d, Alette Simmons-Jimenez
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GALERIE SCHUSTER MIAMI
2085 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-266-2445
www galleryschuster com
Call gallery for exhibition information

GALLERY DIET
174 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-571-2288
www gallerydiet com
Through July 23
"Mayami Son Machine a Show by Proyectos
Ultravioleta" with Abner Benaim, Bhakti Baxter, Buro
de Intervenciones Publicas, Alfredo Ceilbal, DETEXT,
Juan Pablo Echeverrin, Radames "Juni" Figueroa,
Hulda Guzman, Jonathan Harker, Rita Indiana & Los
Misterious, Noelia Quintero, Byron Marmol, Yoshua
Okon, Fabi Pina, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Carla
Verea, Estudio Lake Verea in collaboration with
Silverlo, and Carlos Woods

GALLERY I/D
2531 NW2nd Ave, Miami
305-778-4568
www galleryid com
Call gallery for exhibition information

GARY NADER FINE ART
62 NE 27th St, Miami
305-576-0256
www garynader com
Through August 31
"The Master Show" by Fernando Botero

GIOVANNI ROSSI FINE ART
2628 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
561-251-1375
www giovannirossifineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE
3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
info@hardcoreartmiami com
Contact gallery for exhibition information

HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY
2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-989-3359
www haroldgolengallery com
Through July 2
"The Fabulous Bunny Yeager" by Bunny Yeager

ICON ART
147 NW 36th St, Miami
(305) 576-4266
www iconartimages com
Through June 30
"White Hot Heat" with Erika King, Gary Longordo,
Justyn Farano, Kirk Maggio

JG PLATFORM GALLERY
2320 North Miami Ave, Miami
305-573-0208
www jgplatform com
Call gallery for exhibition information

KABE CONTEMPORARY
123 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-573-8142
www kabecontemporary com
Call gallery for exhibition information

KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY
46 NW 36th St, Miami
305-448-2060


www kanachnina corn
Through July 9
Contemporary Alternatives"
with Salustiano, Angela
Lergo, Alonso Mateo, Marco
Nereo Rotelli, John La Huls,
Xu De Qi, Zeng Yi, Alejandro
Leyva, Esteban Leyva,
Ronald Westerhuis, Sydia
Reyes, Daniel Escardo,
Lili(ana), Evelyn Valdlrio,
Carmen Maza del Mazo,
Emil Alzamora
Reception June 11, 6 to
10 p.m.

KELLEY ROY GALLERY
50 NE 29th St, Miami
305-447-3888
www kelleyroygallery com
Through June 30
"Salad Bar" by Sebastian
Spreng

KIWI ARTS GROUP
48 NW 29th St, Miami
305-200-3047
www kiwiartsgroup com
Call gallery for exhibition
information

LELIA MORDOCH
GALLERY Odalis Valdivie
2300 N Miami Ave, Miami dalis aldivie
786-431-1506 C-print, 2010, a
www galerieleliamordoch
com
Through June 4
"Improvisations for Wind & Stones" by Emmanuel Fillot
June 11 through July 30
"Kinetic" with Julio Le Parc, Horacio Garcia Rossi, and
Patrick Hughes
Reception June 11, 4to 10 p.m.

LOCUST PROJECTS
155 NE 38th St, Miami
305-576-8570
www locustprojects org
June 11 through June 18
"Intuitive Collaborative Dance Performance" by Nathan
Carter and Matthew Ronay
Reception June 11, 7to 10 p.m.

MAOR GALLERY
3030 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-9995
http //maormiami org/
Call gallery for exhibition information

MIAMI ART SALON
36 NW 36th St, Miami
305-775-9683
www miamiartsalon com
Call gallery for exhibition information

MIAMI ART SPACE
244 NW 35th St, Miami
305-757-6000
www miamiartspace com
Call gallery for exhibition information

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


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

MICHAEL PEREZ POP ART
GALLERY
Shops at Midtown Miami
Store # 120 Buena Vista
Blvd, Miami
516-532-3040
www mlchaelperez-artist com
Call gallery for exhibition
information

MUSEO VAULT
346 NW 29th St, Miami
305-751-1175
www museovault com
Call gallery for exhibition
information

MYRA GALLERIES
177 NW 23rd St, Miami
631-704-3476
www myragalleries com
June 11 through September
, 3.2011, 6
"Summer Gallery Exhibition"
Dorsch Gallery. with Burhan Dogancay,
Dinorah Delfin, Haruna Sato,
Phil Kyo Jang, Kwon Soon
Ik, Jean Jansem
Reception June 11, 6 to 10 p.m.

NEW WORLD GALLERY
New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd St, Miami
305-237-3597
Call gallery for exhibition information

NINA TORRES FINE ART
2033 NW 1st PI , Miami
305-395-3599
ninatorresfineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

NORMAN LIEBMAN STUDIO
2561 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-573-3572
www norman-liebman-studlo com
Call gallery for exhibition information

0. ASCANIO GALLERY
2600 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-571-9036
www oascanlogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

OHWOW
3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
305-633-9345
www oh-wow com
Call gallery for exhibition information

PANAMERICAN ART PROJECTS
2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2400
www panamericanart com
Through July 23
Uprooted/Transmigrations with Luls Cruz Azaceta,
Abel Barroso, David Boxer, Tania Bruguera, Los


Carpinteros, Humberto Castro, Hernan Dompe,
Edouard Duval Carrie, Carlos Estevez, Ernesto
Javier Fernandez Zalacain, Yaya Firpo, Carlos
Gallardo, Milton George, Carlos Gonzalez, KCHO,
Jorge Lopez Pardo, The Merger, Sandra Ramos,
Graciela Sacco

PAREDES FINE ARTS STUDIO
2311 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-534-2184
www miguelparedes com
Ongoing
"Elements of an Artist" by Miguel Paredes

PRAXIS INTERNATIONAL ART
2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2900
www praxis-art com
Through July 2
"Sleeping Giant" by Shaun E Leonardo
"Hue" by Alejandro Contreras

PRIMARY PROJECTS
4141 NE 2nd St, Suite 104
www primaryprojectspace com
info@primaryflight com
"An Official State" by Andrew Nigon
Reception June 11, 7 to 11 p.m.

SAMMER GALLERY
82 NE 29th St, Miami
305-441-2005
www artnet com/sammergallery html
June 17 through July 17
"Constructive Works" by Joaquin Torres Garcia and
Jose Gurvich
Reception June 17, 6 to 8 p.m.

SOHO STUDIOS
2136 NW 1st Ave, Miami
305-600-4785
www sohostudiosmiami com
Call gallery for exhibition information

SMALL REPRIEVE
NE 41st St between N Miami Ave and NE 1st Ave
Miami
Through June 30
"Small Reprieve" by Jim Drain

SPINELLO GALLERY
155 NE 38th St, Miami
786-271-4223
www spinellogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

STASH GALLERY
162 NE 50th Ter, Miami
305-992-7652
www myspace com/stashgallery
Call gallery for exhibition information

SWAMPSPACE GALLERY
3821 NE 1st Ct, Miami
http //swampstyle blogspot com/
swampstyle@gmail com
June 11
"Recycle Your Rabbit" by Marion Preuss
Reception June 11, 7 to 11 p.m.

TONY WYNN MODERN ART GALLERY
3223 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
786-536-9799
www tonywynn com
Ongoing
"First Lady Fantasy & Neon Art"
by David Mayberry


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THE LUNCH BOX GALLERY
310 NW 24 th St, Miami
305-407-8131
www thelunchboxgallery corn
Through June 7
"Arrived" by M-Lon

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

WHITE VINYL SPACE
3322 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-776-1515
www whitevinylspace com
Call gallery for exhibition information

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

YEELEN ART GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
954-235-4758
www yeelenart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

MUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITS

ARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA
800 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach
305-674-8278
www artcentersf org
Through June 10
"Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove" with Hugo Moro, David
Lerlo, Damian Sarno, Natasha Duwin, Venessa
Monokian, Nina Surel, Adriana Carvalho, and Augustina
Woodgate
Reception June 4, 7 to 10 p.m.

BASS MUSEUM OF ART
2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
305-673-7530
www bassmuseum org
Through June 19


"Come Together" by Frances Trombly and Leyden
Rodriguez-Casanova
Through July 3 "An Invitation to Look Selections from
the Permanent Collection of the Bass Museum of Art"
with various artists

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-455-3380
www cifo org
Closed until September

DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART
SPACE
23 NE 41st St, Miami
305-576-6112
www delacruzcollection org
Through July 9
"Amor Infinitus" by Kevin Arrow
Call gallery for exhibition information

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST
ART MUSEUM
10975 SW 17th St, Miami
305-348-2890
thefrost flu edu
June 8 through August 14
"Rise of an Empire Scenes of the Sino-Japanese
War of 1894-95" with various artists, and "Tribute to
Japanese Splendor The Art of the Temarl" by Sharon
Temarl
Through August 21
"South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibition" with
Cooper, Michael Genovese, Francis Bishop Good,
Nolan Haan, Sibel Kocabasi, Beatriz Monteavaro,
Glexis Novoa, Jonathan Rockford, Bert Rodriguez,
FriendsWithYou, TM Sisters, and Tonietta Walters
Through September 11 "East/West Visually Speaking"
with Cai Lei, the Luo Brothers, Ma Baozhong, Cang
Xin, Shen JingDong, Shi Liang, Sun Ping, Tang
Zhigang, Zhang Hongtu, and Zhong Blao
Through September 18
"Who's Counting and Temporal State of Being" with
David Hodge and Hi-Jin Hodge
Through October 31
"From Old to New" with various artists

LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables


Rembrandt van Rijn, Angel
Departing from the Family of Tobias,
etching, drypoint and burin on
paper, 1641, at the Bass Museum


305-284-3535
www lowemuseum org
Through June 5
"Annual Masters of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition"
with various artists, and "UM Faculty Exhibition" by Ivan
Alberht
June 18 through October 23
"Sacred Stories, Timeless Tales Mythic Perspectives in
World Art from the Permanent Collection" with various
artists
Through April 22, 2012
"Women, Windows, and the Word Diverging
Perspectives on Islamic Art" with various artists
Ongoing
"Frank Paulin An American Documentarlan" by Frank
Paulin

MIAMI ART MUSEUM
101 W Flagler St, Miami
305-375-3000
www miamiartmuseum org
Ongoing
"Between Here and There Modern and Contemporary
Art from the Permanent Collection"
Through August 28


"Anchor Gallery" by Mark Dion
Through June 26
"The Wilderness" with various artists
Through July 31
"Focus Gallery" by Mark Boulos

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
770 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-893-6211
www mocanomi org
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 Baldessarl, Dara Friedman,
Thomas Hirschhorn, Jene Highstein, Edward and
Nancy Kienholz, Louise Nevelson, Dennis Oppenheim,
Jack Pierson, Ragnar Kjartansson, and more

THE MARGULIES COLLECTION
591 NW 27th St, Miami
305-576-1051
www margulieswarehouse com
Collection will be closed until November 10

THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION
95 NW 29th St, Miami
305-573-6090
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

WORLD CLASS BOXING
Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-438-9908
www worldclassboxing org
Call for exhibition information

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Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR


Return of the Salsa Kings
Fads come and go, but Miami
and the music of salsa will
always be inexorably tied, just
as Rub6n Blades will always be
known as a modern master of
the genre. He's gotten together
with musical soul mate and
salsa superstar Gilberto Santa
Rosa for a grand U.S. tour,
which lands at the James L. Knight Center (200 SE 2nd Ave.) on Wednesday, June
18 at 8:00 p.m., for Una Sola Salsa: Ruben Blades and Gilberto Santa Rosa. It's
music that will never get old. For tickets and prices, go to www.jlkc.com.


Fat Attack
The creator behind Fat Boy, a hybrid of per-
formance, music, dance, and local brilliance,
Teo Castellanos, is himself lithe and quick.
He physically and mentally moves around
at a breakneck speed, incorporating b-boy
beats, urban dance moves, and a Miami
vernacular. Castellanos is back with Miami
Light Project - which previously commis-
sioned his international hit NE 2ndAvenue
- performing with his troupe, D-Project, at
the beautifully renovated Light Box space
in Miami Light's new digs at the Goldman
Warehouse (4114 NW 26th St.), on Thursday,
June 2 and Friday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Fat chance we'll miss this one. Tickets are
$15; go to www.miamilightproject.com for
more details.

We've Got Short Shorts - and
Longer Ones, Too
It used to be that the Summer Shorts
Theatre Festival, put on by City Theatre,
took place in a park, with rapid-fire short
plays no longer than about 15 minutes


breaking up the heat. No more. In its
16th season, the fest now takes place over
several weeks, from Thursday, June 2
through Sunday, June 26, with 55 per-
formances in three counties. And it's not
all short plays anymore. This year there
is a headliner: former Queer Eye for the
Straight Guy and Rent regular Jai Rodri-
guez tells some Dirty Little Secrets at the
Arsht Center on Friday, June 10, at 10:00
p.m.; Friday, June 17, at 10:00 p.m.; and
Sunday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. (This event
is also part of Out in the Tropics, another
entry in this edition of the calendar.) The
family rock musical Camp Kappawanna
also breaks the brief mode, with a long
run at the Arsht Center. Of course there
will be some shorts, too, with Rodriguez
joining in. For times, venues, and ticket
information, go to www.citytheatre.com.

Celebrate a Pachyderm's Big
Day and Save!
A native of Kerala, India, Dalip is one
of the oldest Asian elephants in North


Out and About, With an Edge
Out in the Tropics has managed to deliver a truly
funky, edgy little festival in the few short years of its
existence. This year is no different, although the festival
is no longer so little. From Thursday, June 9 through
Sunday, June 19, some of the coolest in GLBTQ per-
formance will hit the stages of Miami. Like CROTCH
(all the Joseph Beuys references in the world cannot
heal the pain, confusion, regret, cruelty, betrayal or
trauma...), which comes courtesy of Keith Hennessy
and his Zero Performance, and which will be at the
Colony Theatre (I' 14 1 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach)
Saturday, June 11, at 8:00 p.m. Singer-songwriter Bitch
will also grace the Colony stage, on Friday, June 10,
and for the first time, over at the Miracle Theatre (280
Miracle Mile, Coral Gables), our local spoken-word
series will join in the fun, with Lip Service: True
Stories Out Loud on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m.
There's more, so visit www.outinthetropics.com.


America. He'll soon be turning 45,
having lived for all but two of those
years at Zoo Miami (12400 SW 152nd
St.). So to celebrate Dalip's birthday,
and the fact that he is a pretty impor-
tant pachyderm, a whole week, from
Wednesday, June 8 though Tuesday,
June 14, will be set aside for Dalip and
his elephant buddies (both African and
Indian), and for kids wanting to learn
more about them. (The weekend includes
a watermelon stomp.) This is one of
the events that can be covered with a
Summer Savings Pass, which includes
unlimited entry to the zoo, the Miami
Seaquarium, Lion Country Safari, and
the Museum of Discovery and Science
in Fort Lauderdale through September.
At $54.95 per adult and $44.95 per child,
that's a pretty good deal. Go to www.
miamimetrozoo.com for more info.


street construction has largely come to
a halt, restaurants seem to be hopping,
and people have populated those high-
rises. But once in a while we have to
venture out to the rural, semi-tropical
lands on our borders, to be reminded
what a unique place South Florida
really is. A great one-stop, yearly re-
education: Redland Summer Fruit
Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park
(24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead).
Sample exotic fruits not found any-
where else in the United States while
finding out about the vast array of local
vegetation that can grow here, on Sat-
urday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12,
from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., for only
$8. Don't miss the Mango Caf6 with
music, vendor booths with local wines
and foods, and maybe best of all, those
lush surroundings. Call 305-247-5727.


.The Plane Truth

SStMiami is considered a
J 4 young city by historical
... standards, it was one of the
First places to take flight se-
riously. Back in 1911, only
eight years after the Wright
.. Brothers went airborne at
Kitty Hawk, North Caro-
lina, a plane successfully took off and flew over Miami. The city would go on to play
other important roles in aviation history, including becoming home to Pan American
World Airways and Eastern Airlines. Find out all about it at HistoryMiami (101 W.
Flagler St.) during Aviation in Miami: the First Hundred Years, opening on Friday,
June 24 and running into 2012. Go to www.historymiami.org for more information.


The Grass Is Always Greener
Underwater
Long-leaved sea grasses appear to dance
and writhe in their marine meadows - a
truly lovely sight, worth a much longer
look, don't you think? If so, pack up
your mask and snorkel and head over to
Crandon Park (6767 Crandon Blvd., Key
Biscayne) for the Crandon Nature Ex-
ploration: Seagrass to learn more about
the flora. Starting at 1:00 p.m. on Satur-
day, June 11 and running until 3:00 p.m.,
you'll find out about their underwater
life cycles and threats to their existence
while you snorkel off the beach and revel
in the sea grass majesty. Rent equipment
for $8. Call 305-361-6767.

Fruity Fun in the Redland
We love our urban life around the
Biscayne Corridor, especially now that


Vroom! Fest at Haulover
In front of Haulover Beach Park, in
the aqua-and-green ocean, gleaming,
careening boats will be frothing up the
waters and enthralling speed freaks
on both land and sea during the fourth
Sunny Isles Beach Offshore Powerboat
Challenge. From Thursday, June 16
through Sunday, June 19, the waterfront
and the hotels will play host to a race
village, race meetings, race receptions -
and the offshore races themselves. You'll
get to see and hear those Cigarette boats
and, yes, bikini-clad girls. It's the real
thing, and a real spectacle. Go to www.
offshoreevents.net for the various start
times and related events.

Compiled by BT contributor Anne Tschi-
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to calendar @biscaynetimes.com.


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Columnists: POLICE REPORTS


Biscayne Crime Beat

Compiled by Derek McCann


Night of the Living Crooks
100 Block ofNE 17th Terrace
Two males cut through a fence at a busi-
ness and began loading cast-iron pipes into
a car. The car was a 1989 Chevy. (For an
American car that old to still be on the road
comes as a total surprise to Crime Beat,
and is easily the most compelling aspect
of this story.) However, once the two men
were approached by security, they left their
golden oldie wheels behind and ran north,
into the historic Miami City Cemetery. A
perimeter was set up around the bedroom
of the dead. However, it was to no avail
as the criminals, sans 1989 Chevy, were
somehow able to disappear into the night.
The Chevy was towed and its rightful
owner is now being identified.


An Extreme Case of Withdrawal
2600 Block ofS. Bayshore Drive
It isn't true what they say. The cus-
tomer is not always right. This particular
customer entered a Wachovia branch
complaining about a large amount of
funds not being properly deposited into
his account. Actually what he said was:
"If you don't give me my money back,
I am going to bomb this place!" The
customer was asked to leave, which he
did, only to return, yelling, "Give me
back my f***ing money!" In an effort to
make things even in his mind, he stole
the victim's cell phone. When asked to
give it back, the unsatisfied customer
retorted, "Don't make this worse, I will
shoot you!" The man left the scene in a


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door with black tints.

Grand Theft Auto Parts
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Our Upper Eastside neighbor-
hoods have come back tremen-
dously, but the fungus of what
once was the Biscayne crime
corridor is proving difficult to
remove indeed. In broad day-
light, victim left Advance Auto
Parts and was stopped by a man
with a gun who demanded his
wallet. Since wallets are becom-
ing a little pass with the Upper
Eastside crowd, the frightened
victim told the thug he did not
have one. The victim did turn over his
cell phone and a credit card. A brave
soul across the street screamed and
demanded that the suspect give back the
valuables, but the gun-wielding bad guy
ran off. Crime Beat hopes this is not a
new trend.


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Here is yet another attack at a fast-food
establishment. Victim was riding his
bike through the Burger King parking lot
and was jumped by a man who pushed
him and threw his bike to the ground.


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The attacker then repeatedly punched the
victim and took his wallet and backpack.
A half-hour later, the victim received an
anonymous call that his backpack was in
a Dumpster several blocks away. It was
recovered with his valuables intact. His
wallet was not found. How many times
do we have to hear it before we start
believing it? Fast food is not good for us.

Run, Don't Walk
NE 1st Avenue and 80th Terrace
Further proof that having a car to go to
the corner store is no longer a matter of
ridiculous luxury, but one of safety. Victim
was crossing the street when a scumbag
approached him on a beach cruiser bike.
The biker pulled out a 9mm pistol and
pointed it at victim's head, ordering the
victim to, "Give me your s***!" Victim
immediately complied and handed over
his wallet. Since it happened so quickly,
victim was not able to describe the suspect.
Remember: Miami is not a walking city.

Man Bites Mechanic
3000 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
Suspect took his car in to have his air-
conditioning serviced. The shop ran the


diagnostic and identified the problem.
They told the suspect that it would cost
$1000 to fix the unit. He declined and
said that was too expensive. He was then
told he would have to fork over $37.50
to pay for the diagnostic test. The man
calmly disconnected the machine, got
back in his car, and drove away. A me-
chanic getting ripped off? Say it isn't so!

Nanny, Nanny, Nah
600 Block ofNE 73rd Street
Figuring the youngster could use a little
cash, a woman hired her nanny's daugh-
ter to watch her children for three hours.
The teenager got her cash and then some
- she cleaned out a bag belonging to the
woman and removed $350. She then stole
an iPod belonging to one of the children.
When confronted about the matter, she
denied it. The nanny and her sticky-
fingered daughter, we gather, will not be
asked back.

Crime is a Snap...shot
5500 Block ofNE 4th Court
How many times have you had a moment
that you wanted to capture on film, but
needed assistance? This person wanted


a photo of her family so badly she gave
a stranger her shiny digital camera and
asked him to take one. He did take the
picture. However, he also took the camera,
running south. That's one magic moment
that, sadly, wasn't captured on film.

Just Don't Leave Your House
NE 3rdAvenue and 55th Terrace
As we've already pointed out, walking
in Miami can be detrimental to your
well-being. This poor man was taking
a leisurely stroll when a gutless coward
jumped him from behind and punched
him in the head. Three other rotten
people starting to kick him when he was
down and then took his wallet. Boule-
vard leeches are hitting this general area
more frequently. Please be aware of your
surroundings.

Now That's a Useful Gadget
5400 Block ofNE 4th Avenue
Victim was called over by the sus-
pect, who was looking for a cigarette.
Victim obliged and the suspect began
to engage him in nonsensical conver-
sation. (Don't all Boulevard scum do
that?) As victim tried to get away from


the nonenlightening exchange, suspect
screamed at him and demanded he give
him his pants, or suspect was going to
kill him. Suspect then pushed the victim
to the ground and began to strangle
him. Just as the victim was about to lose
consciousness, he saw his cell phone
lying next to him. He took the phone
and chucked it. The suspect removed his
hands from the victim's throat and, like
a good dog, ran after the phone. Lesson:
Carry disposable valuables you can toss
to entice criminals to leave you alone.

Pompous Ass Gets His
900 Block ofSE Ist Avenue
You know the type: Parks his car anywhere
he wants. This particular man parked in
a valet zone and was told repeatedly to
move his car. Thinking the world revolves
around him, he refused. When he came
back to his car an hour later, the driver-side
door had been severely scratched with a
key. He called police but - surprise, sur-
prise - the valets had seen nothing. There
were no witnesses. Somehow we can't get
worked up over this one.

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Columnists: PARK PATROL


Forgotten Flagler

Despite a million-dollar restoration in 2009, Monument Island

remains a neglected landmark


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

~ o( Tobody Knows the Trouble
I've Seen" could be the
S theme song for one of
Miami-Dade's most mysterious, abused,
and peculiar parks. Nobody knows
its trouble, because this uninhabited
island is accessible only by boat, and it's
surrounded by other exclusive islands,
where people keep their gates locked and
their mouths shut.
On Star Island, Palm Island, and the
Venetian Islands, residents routinely look
out their two-story windows at Monu-
ment Island, yet no one reported that a
pornographic film was being filmed there
in broad daylight. The porno incident was
reported by the Miami Herald in February,
and the location is unmistakable because
of a tall obelisk in the island's center. From
a distance, the Henry Flagler Memorial
penetrates the sky just like the Washington
Monument, except that Flagler's obelisk is
whiter and smaller. (No jokes, please.)
A very different type of video on You-
Tube from a couple of years ago shows that
the monument desperately needed the res-
toration that was completed in 2009. The
memorial was covered in graffiti, worn,
and discolored. Flagler got no respect.


Today the refreshed monument glows
in the center of a busy section of Biscayne
Bay. Isolated on its own island, it has even
been called Miami's Statue of Liberty (al-
though there's no real comparison), so you'd
think that it would be featured on postcards
and used as a backdrop for television shows
set in Miami, like Burn Notice. Instead it re-
mains unknown and isolated, and therefore
susceptible to the mistakes of the past.
I got to the island by kayak after launch-
ing from Maurice Gibb Memorial Park,
near the Venetian Causeway on Miami
Beach's main island. Interesting side note:
As I prepared to use the boat launch for my
little orange kayak, a muscular white motor-
boat was being hauled onto land. Embla-
zoned across the side was a huge Heat logo
and the number three. Dwyane Wade doing
a little boating, perhaps?
After about 15 minutes, I parked my
kayak on the island. Powerboats and jet
skis were lined up along the beach, under-
scoring the island's reputation as a party
hot spot for a boat-owning crowd perhaps
more familiar with the island's recent
filmography than its 90-year history and
world-class statuary. In other words, the
island sees its share of beer cans.
It also apparently got its share of plas-
tic Easter eggs this April, as the purple
and pink half-shells were in evidence


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around the shoreline trees. (Once a month,
the island gets cleaned up by ECOMB,
the Environmental Coalition of Miami
Beach, which adopted Monument Island
in 2007. You can get a free kayak ride by
joining the next cleanup on June 26.)
Although cleaner than when I
have visited in the past, the island still
suffers from too much litter. The trash
receptacles are full and the shoreline is
dotted with floating trash, though that's
hardly unique - the shorelines of all
of Biscayne Bay's islands are awash in
trash. Furthermore, there is no perma-
nent guard on duty at Monument Island,
although the Miami Beach Marine Patrol
is tasked with providing safety.
Walking toward the interior of the
island and trying to locate a pathway to
the Flagler Memorial, you find that the
trees are thick and the pathways nearly
nonexistent. Are they trying to discour-
age graffiti artists from getting there?
How odd that such a significant work
of art is so difficult to access and that
there's no signage telling you what it is.
Then again, this is Miami.
Bond funding from Miami-Dade
County in the amount of $1 million paid
for the 2009 restoration completed by
the City of Miami Beach. Someone got
sloppy at the end, because an old and
broken chainlink fence, inside the new
fence, mars the base of the monument.
Come on, people. If this were your house
being remodeled, would you leave the
old roof in the front yard?
The monument itself, however, got
the makeover it needed. Under the


The 100-foot tall obelisk has been
restored to its gleaming glory,
though it remains fenced off.

midday sun, it glistens in starch white.
The nearly 100-foot obelisk looks much
taller up close than from a distance, and
just as impressive are the four statues
surrounding its base. Each statue of a
god-like figure in a toga stands 18 feet tall.
The male figure looking eastward
carries a toy train, a clear nod to the
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A kayak's-eye view paddling toward the island You'd think the county would provide a groomed Party central: If it's not Easter egg hunts, weekend
from the Maurice Gibb Memorial Park boat ramp. trail for monument visitors, but you'd be wrong. beer bashes, and jet ski showdowns, it's pom.


northern United States, and underneath
him is carved the word "Industry." The
other three figures represent Education,
Prosperity, and Pioneer. (The last being a
reference to the mascot of North Miami
Senior High School -just kidding.)
The sculptor is H.P Peterson, and the
real estate tycoon who paid for the work in
the 1920s was none other than Carl Fisher.
Originally the manmade island
was perfectly round, but severe erosion,


followed by reconstruction, has resulted in a
more "natural" shape. The island's east side
is buffered by a rock barrier, while the west
side remains open as a beach. The interior
is uninviting scraggle bush. Although I'm
usually in favor of letting nature take over,
in this case there should be some pruning
to allow for better views of the monument,
which is illuminated at night.
One obvious obstacle to better main-
tenance of Monument Island is that it


has many caretakers, but no one entity
is ultimately responsible for it. The
lights are operated by the City of Miami
Beach's Property Management Division,
and the city's Marine Division patrols
this part of the bay. Officially it is one of
many barrier islands in the bay owned
by Miami-Dade County, but the county's
website does not list it as a park. Clean-
ing the island falls under the county's
Department of Environmental Resources


Management, which hires a janitorial
service. So who's in charge here?
Maybe we should ask the island's many
celebrity neighbors: Ricky Martin, Diddy,
the Estefans, Rosie O'Donnell. Have they
seen the troubles of Monument Island? Per-
haps they could pull together a benefit con-
cert to rescue this underappreciated landmark
from its sullied past and its uncertain future.

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Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETS


New Tricks for Old Dogs


Strategies for dealing with an agini

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor
Often before I write this column, I
try to come up with topics that
readers may want to see in print.
Sometimes I get requests for topics.
Other times I poll readers and Facebook
friends, which is the case this month.
By far the number-one topic pet owners
wanted to hear about was dealing with
their pets as they age. From physical
problems and illness to behavioral issues,
watching a pet mature at breakneck
speed is tough not just on the animal but
on those who love them.
As a dog trainer, one of the first calls
I get from owners of elderly dogs has to
do with their pets exhibiting behaviors
they've never before seen: adult dogs
suddenly having potty accidents in the
house, aggression between dogs who
have lived together for many years, even
aggressive displays toward owners. Cer-
tainly many of these issues are attribut-
able to aging, and dogs having a shorter
fuse as they grow older.
But many of these changes are
physical in nature. Diminished eyesight,
arthritis, and slower agility are often the
cause of new behaviors. As their vision
gets cloudier, for example, some dogs
may bark and react in a more agitated
fashion because they cannot make out
objects in the distance. Hearing often


also deteriorates as a pet ages. Many
pets, especially dogs, will be more easily
startled and snippier as they cannot hear
people, other animals, and objects until
they are right on top of them.
Furthermore, as bones begin to ache
and a desire to sleep more sets in, many
pets start retreating to comfier parts of
the home - even those that have been
deemed off limits, such as a couch or
chair. Pet owners may try to enforce the
rules and find themselves staring at their
now snarling dog, communicating in no
uncertain terms that he is quite comfy
where he is, thank you.
Unfortunately many of the physical
changes in aging pets go undetected by
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quite quickly, seemingly almost over-
night, making it hard for the owner to
assimilate the change.
The result is that animals and
owners often end up in combat as the
owner feels their once agreeable dog is
now challenging them. One source of


confrontation is incontinence - the dog
simply starts having accidents in the
house. Believe it or not, this is one of the
biggest reasons why family dogs are sur-
rendered to shelters.
With an older pet, simply
adding a few more walks to
,e the daily schedule, or adding
ley additional time to each walk,
ting may remedy the problem.
rh Sometimes your pet's body is
simply growing weary. It is up
to you to have the compassion
to help them through this new
phase of life.
Many dogs are considered "seniors"
at the age of seven, with some new
physical and behavioral issues develop-
ing around eight to ten years of age. If
you do see changes, make sure to first
rule out a physical problem, such as a
bad tooth or arthritis, by taking your pet


to the vet for a physical. Then consider
your own behavior. Did you stop taking
your older pet to the park because he or
she can't keep up? Are your once hour-
long walks now only to the corner and
back because you don't have the time
you once had? (This may be especially
true of families with young children.)
Mental stimulation becomes even
more important for older pets as they
lose mobility. ( hc'" toys (such as Kong
toys), light trick training, and visits to
new environments will help keep life
interesting and morale up.
Next, you'll want to be your pet's
compassionate best friend by making life
a bit easier and more comfortable. Food
bowls can be elevated for less strain on
the neck and back. Thicker, softer bed-
ding should be made available on the
floor so your aging pet has no need to
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trouble getting onto his feet or walking,
using a support band or sliding a towel
under his abdomen and slightly sup-
porting his rear end will help lessen the
pressure on his legs and hips.
Along with physical and mental grow-
ing pains are the pains of the heart that
are part of dealing with sick animals and
finally losing them. Medical bills can add
up, leading to difficult decisions as the
financial strain of maintaining a sick pet
deepens. Pet Insurance usually needs to be
in place well before the pet is ill or old.


On my own dog's policy, I needed
to opt for the maximum coverage before
the animal turned five years of age. And
while many companies do have pro-
grams for senior animals, they usually
will not cover a pre-existing problem or
will have a very high premium.
Many of the readers who wrote in
over the past month are dealing with pets
with cancers or other heart-wrenching
difficulties and have decisions to make.
Knowing when to say goodbye, for one.
It's a decision only the owner can make,


with the help of a veterinarian.
With my last dog, perhaps my vet
would say I held out too long. But I can
still see the twinkle in my dog's eye and
his desire to be with me, to sleep next to
me, to try to keep going. When the day
came that I finally had to let him go, I
knew it was time. There was no more
spark; he had turned into a shell of his
former self.
On the bright side, we have the abil-
ity to end our animals' suffering, some-
thing we can't always do for the humans


we love. And living with animals with
shorter life spans than ours also affords
us the opportunity to enjoy and care for
our pets over their entire existence, and
to have more than one in our lives.
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Columnists: VINO


Rain, Spain, Pain

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


By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

Remember that old saying about
plans, mice, and men? Squeak!
I've been on the Spanish
wine bandwagon for several years now,
enthusiastically touting their quality, their
reasonable prices, their ambitious young
winemakers, the chance they offer to
smash the chains of Chardonnay and Cab-
ernet and Merlot with improved Riojas
and Monastrell and Tempranillo blends,
the always intriguing Albarifio, and more
exotic varietals like Xarel.lo and Verdejo.
When looking over more than three
years' worth of wine columns for this
distinguished journal, I saw that I had
never devoted an entire column to the
joys of Garnacha, which is what the Span-
ish call Grenache, the grape most closely
identified with France's Rhone region. At
this point, man, mouse (well, touchpad,
anyway), and plan all came together.
Then I tasted through my half-doz-
en Spanish Garnachas.
To be honest about it, none of them
was particularly impressive. Three were
just okay, the other three a lot less so. In-
stead of the rich, round, berry fruit with
hints of spice and smoke, olives, and
leather, there was harsh, thin fruit that
managed to be candied and sour-lemon
puckery at the same time, with little in
the way of complexity or nuance. Or to
put it another way, they weren't very
much fun to drink.
They did fare a bit better when
poured with food, especially robust,
full-flavored dishes that helped mellow


some of that tart fruit and biting acid-
ity. Hearty tomato-sauced pastas, beef
or lamb ragouts, old-timey dishes like
chicken cacciatore and coq au vin, or a
well-marbled steak lightly charred on
the grill would all go a long way toward
improving what's in your glass.
What's going on here? Hard to say,
though 2008 and 2009 (the vintages of
five of the six wines) were challenging
times for Spanish winemakers. In 2008,
cool temperatures and spring rains in the
northeastern regions where Garnacha is
the predominant red grape affected qual-
ity, while in 2009, high temperatures and
lack of rain were the culprits.
I should have known this tasting
was going to be a disappointment when
even one of Spain's most reliable produc-
ers of inexpensive Garnacha poured
up a real turkey. The 2007 Las Rocas,
normally a favorite for its fresh cherry-
berry flavors and minty-olive undertones,
released such a musty, vegetal, rotten-
egg stench upon opening, it was all I
could do not to dump it down the drain.
A half-hour or so later, most of the stench
had blown off and the wine was back to
some semblance of its normal self, but
with pronounced tarry, earthy flavors
that overwhelmed the fruit.
At least it wasn't acidic enough to strip
the enamel off your teeth, like the 2008
Aletta and 2009 Nostrada Old Vines.
The latter was something of a shock-
er, as old vines reds typically overflow
with lush, inky black and blueberry fruit.
This one, though, started off with candied,
cough syrup aromas and segued into a
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on the finish, and tasted of
under-ripe strawberries and
raspberries.
The former, at least, of-
fered some promising aromas
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Garnacha expectations. It's an found at Aventura's Wine & Spirits Cellar
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almost be raisiny, giving way shelves of Total Wine & More in North Miami
to traces of leather, black olive, Beach (14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-3270).
tobacco, menthol, cinnamon,
and cloves. It's simpler on bottle will smooth some of its tart edges
the palate - not at all raisiny, with lush and help develop more complexity. Like
blackberry, blueberry, and cassis flavors many of the other Garnachas in this
and earthy-toasty side notes. tasting, its fruit tends toward strawberry-
The 2008 Artazuri, the only Garna- raspberry, with earthy aromas that
cha from the Navarra region, was a good include cloves, black olives, and leather.
deal more restrained, with light, refresh- Those aromas carry through to the palate
ing, slightly candied strawberry-raspberry and end in a long red-cherry finish.
fruit, a touch of spice and white pepper, Perhaps the saying that best de-
moderate acidity, and long, clean finish, scribes this month's Garnacha adventure
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Columnists: GOING GREEN


Trash Talk

Tired of hauling garbage to the curb? Here are some tips to cut the trips


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
Taking out the trash is nobody's fa-
vorite chore, so why not stop doing
it? I only take the large green trash
can to the curb once a month. That works
for a household of two people and a few
pets. Our recycling goes to the curb and
gets picked up twice a month.
Some items that used to go into the
garbage get diverted or repurposed. With
a few adjustments, you too can most
likely cut your trash in half.
To get started, I've assembled a
"Trash Reduction Kit," a list containing
helpful methods and useful items for
minimizing trash. The items make it
easier to sort actual waste from things
that can be reused and recycled.
This list is organized by household
zones, and each item you'll need to
acquire has a number.
The Trash Reduction Kit could also
be called a "home green-over," as using
it will reduce your household's impact on
the environment and make it a greener
place to live. Remember, always follow
the three R's: reuse, recycle, and finally,
reduce your use of disposable products.
Okay, here goes:
Zone A: Office. Reuse printer paper
by printing on both sides. Get 1) a blue
plastic bin for recyclable papers, as
having one in the office will greatly in-
crease the odds of papers being recycled
instead of thrown out.


Zone B: Kitchen. To reduce the scraps
usually thrown in the trash, obtain 2) a
pot with lid for composting. Place it by
the sink and use it for all coffee grounds,
loose tea, and fruit and vegetable scraps
(no meat or dairy). You can accumulate
several meals' worth of scraps before
taking it to the compost pile.
Item number 3) is a repository for
cans, bottles, and other recyclable con-
tainers. It also should be near the kitchen
sink. I use a small, white plastic bin, and
the accumulated contents go into the
recycling bin daily.
Next, hang 4) a bag near the place
where you unpack groceries. Place all
plastic bags inside. You will be amazed
at how many you accumulate within a
few weeks, even if you use permanent
bags and try to avoid plastic.
Ditch the paper-towel rack and invest
instead in 5) cloth dish towels.
For the dinner table, replace paper
napkins with 6) cloth napkins.
Zone C: Outdoors. Get an old-fash-
ioned 7) clothesline and clothespins. If
hung inside a garage, a clothesline works
well during the rainy season, too.
Create 8) a compost bin out of
chicken wire or an old trash can. (Since
you won't be needing that old can for
trash anymore.) Find information about
making your own composer online at
www.compostinfo.com.
Zone D: Car. Stock your car with
9) reusable grocery bags. They will be
waiting for you the next time you rush


to the market. Also be sure to carry your
own 10) mug and/or solid water bottle
wherever you go.
And there you have it. How many of
these items do you have and use already
- or own, but don't use? Take those
beautiful cloth napkins out of the drawer
and use them. Recycle your junk mail.
Try buying food with less packaging.
To complement your Trash Reduc-
tion Kit, here is a quick list of other
useful strategies for reusing, recycling,
and reducing even more.
1. Take your plastic bags to a grocery
store for recycling. Publix does it, and other
stores are beginning to offer this service.
2. Get a free showerhead. Exchange
your old showerhead for a new, low-flow
unit from Miami-Dade's Water and
Sewer Department (www.miamidade.
gov/wasd/showerhead.asp).
3. Try using a rain barrel for irriga-
tion. Learn how from the Miami-Dade
Extension Service, a great resource for
all things in the garden (http://miami-
dade.ifas.ufl.edu/environment).
4. Choose the newer LED style instead
of the curly fluorescent bulbs when possible
and install a programmable thermostat at
home. Also sign up with FPL's "On Call"
program for a reduction in your electric bill.


5. Recycle electronics, batteries, and
bulbs. Try taking electronics to Best
Buy. Take batteries to Radio Shack or
Home Depot and all of the above, plus
fluorescent light bulbs, to ECOMB (En-
vironmental Coalition of Miami and the
Beaches) at 210 2nd St., Miami Beach.
(Fore more info, go to www.ecomb.org.)
These are very practical ways to
reduce your home's impact on the en-
vironment, but it's true that these steps
alone will not save the planet. (They also
won't necessarily reduce your garbage
bill because that depends on the habits
of everyone else in your community.)
But change, however small, has to start
somewhere. You will be educating your-
self and your circle of friends, and that's
the way real, lasting change happens.
Doing these things should also make
you feel good. For me, composting has
become a thrill, because it works like
magic by creating something useful out
of "nothings." It also makes me happy
to know I'm not contributing to all the
disgusting trash clogging our landfills.

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Columnists: YOUR GARDEN


Viva la Difference!

Diversifying your garden can help keep it safe from insects and disease


By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

A native of Cuba, Hispaniola, and
South America, yellow poinciana
or Peltophorum dubium - also
goes by the colloquial names Ibira-pita,
Arbol dei, i ,,' and Caha Fistula. As an
attractive, smaller-growing tree, it makes
a fine landscape and streetscape tree in
our area. It is also one of many new tree
species being grown and planted into the
landscape at Jungle Island, where I work.
Adding attractive plants to our
landscape is a priority, but as many
readers know, the landscape at Jungle
Island is a completely sustainable site.
No pesticides, fungicides, or commercial
fertilizers have been used in the garden
since the original installation of the main
canopy trees ten years ago.
One of the cornerstones of a suc-
cessful sustainable landscape is diversity,
and I'm attempting to achieve that goal
by planting as many different species of
trees and shrubs as possible. As many
of us found out during the fig whitefly
outbreak, not all species of ficus are
vulnerable to that particular insect. So
in our case, having 16 different species
of ficus was key to maintaining a strong
tree population.
As it turns out, Jungle Island didn't
lose any trees, and the infestation seems
to be winding down - or I should say,
under the control of established ben-
eficial insects that eat or parasitize the


fig whitefly. Of course, there had to be
another species of whitefly on the heels
of the last one. That would be the spiral-
ing whitefly. It showed up in Miami-
Dade County this past year and is not as
picky as the fig whitefly. It enjoys many
species of trees, palms, shrubs, and even
bananas and heliconias.
This new whitefly recently was
given a new appellation: rugose spiral-
ing whitefly. It was previously known
in the industry as gumbo limbo spiral-
ing whitefly. The name change came
courtesy of the Florida state taxonomist,
who successfully submitted the new ap-
pellation to the Entomological Society of
America. But there are also many species
of plants that it does not attack or thrive
on, hence the need, again, to establish
plant variety in the landscape.
As a professional horticulturist and
arborist, I have always attended semi-
nars and lectures given by researchers
from the University of Florida's Insti-
tute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
(IFAS). I have also paid close attention to
their research on plants, insects, and dis-
eases, since much of their work is done
here in South Florida. This information
is invaluable and gives horticulturists,
professionals, and interested amateur
growers better insight into the problems
they may encounter.
I recently gave a tour of the Jungle
Island landscape to Catharine Mannion, an
associate professor and extension spe-
cialist from UF. She works with insects,


Yellow poinciana, Peltophorum dubium, is a nice, smaller-growing tree
for our local landscapes.


and is often quoted in the media talking
about many of our local insect problems,
including whitefly. I have benefited from
attending many of her lectures and reading
her publications over the years. Mannion
took many samples of the rugose spiral-
ing whitefly while touring the park. She
wanted to examine the larvae of this insect
back at her lab to see if it was being para-
sitized and, hence, controlled naturally.
A few weeks later she contacted me
and said that the samples were loaded
with the parasitoid Encarsia guadeloupae.
She and other researchers and inspectors
had detected this parasitoid at other loca-
tions in Miami-Dade County, but this was
by far the most they'd ever seen.
Encarsia species are tiny parasitic
wasps that either lay their eggs within
the body of other insect larvae - like
whitefly - or eat them directly. This is
most likely why the fig whitefly has been
controlled at the park. Many species of
beneficial insects have become naturally
established in the landscape at Jungle
Island. None has ever been purposely
released at the park - they came in on
their own and found a habitat where
they could thrive. I'm sure this would
not happen if we used pesticides in the


landscape or were not sustainable.
Homeowners can emulate what
was done at Jungle Island. I recom-
mend they start by utilizing all the free
resources offered by the University of
Florida IFAS. Learn firsthand about
the insects and plant diseases in your
area. Visit their website, stop by one of
the local offices, and look through the
free brochures offered on just about any
horticultural subject. Get to know what
is bothering your plants so you can effec-
tively communicate with your landscape
contractor or yard maintenance crew.
You may not need to spray or fer-
tilize to correct a plant issue. Wouldn't
it be great to save money by managing
your landscape, and instead be able to
spend it on more plants? Remember
that more species of plants and trees
will go a long way toward helping you
achieve sustainability.

. U1 li',,,/., *,,- is an ISA-certified munic-
ipal arborist, director of horticulture at
Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
Designs of Florida. Contact him atjeff@
tropicaldesigns. comn.

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Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITY










Flying Solo, and Loving It

Taking a vacation without the kids doesn't have to be a guilt trip


By Crystal Brewe
BT Contributor
No one tells you before you have kids
that parenting can be so emotional.
It's probably on some hidden list
right under "Childbirth does hurt." The love
you feel for these creatures is inconceivable,
so it's easy to lose yourself in being a parent
and all of the day-to-day that goes into it.
As a result, marriages can suffer greatly in
taking a back seat to the kids.
My little brood lives more than
1400 miles from relatives who can help
with the kids. My husband and I work
hard. We drive the kids to extracurricu-
lar activities. Needless to say, our own
relationship is oftentimes neglected. (I'm
sure I'm not alone in fearing the day that
our nest is empty and we look at each
other and say, "Okay, now that the kids
are gone, what do we have in common?")
So is a kid-free vacation selfish?
Even though the idea of a week without
the kids can evoke enough guilt to drive
you to the bottle, a vacation without
your offspring is anything but selfish. It
could be just the thing to rekindle the
energy your relationship had, before the
pressure of parenting. If you have the
funds and can manage both time off and
childcare, there is no good reason not to
get away for a few days or even a week.
Over spring break, my friend Callie
took a weekend getaway to reenergize.


She and her husband went to Chicago
and had a wonderful time seeing old
friends, shopping, going to the the-
ater, and sightseeing. Upon her return
home, Callie was faced with judgmental
remarks from her mother-in-law, who
couldn't understand the concept of a
vacation without the kids.
My list of opinions as to why her
mother-in-law felt so strongly is lengthy.
As long as there are women who judge
others like this, we will continue to
grapple with the 1950s Mother Myth. The
fact is, every mother falls short by some-
one else's measure, but I digress. So I'll
reserve these thoughts for another column.
My husband and I recently took a trip
without the kids. There was electricity in
the air as we arrived at the airport way
too early, owing to the fact that we are
accustomed to the snail's pace of travel-
ing with two little ones. The airport sans
children itself was a new experience. We
enjoyed some unabashed people-watching
and a preflight cocktail. (No need to
board before everybody else!)
Of course, it wasn't long before I
started noticing the traveling families
around us. I both pitied and envied the
parents as they dealt with the endless
luggage, in-flight kiddie entertainment,
and flight-induced earaches.
Sure, I missed my own kids so
much during my week away that my
ovaries hurt, but isn't that healthy? To


return home refreshed, reacquainted
with your partner, and wanting to see
your children?
The time away made me realize
that there are benefits in it for the whole
family. My in-laws got coveted time
alone with their grandchildren. The girls
seemed to appreciate us more. They
were excited to see us and to tell us how
they spent their days. We had new expe-
riences to talk about and share.
A public and heartfelt thank you
goes out to my in-laws for flying to
Miami to watch the kids for a week and
facilitating our whimsical getaway. Not
everyone is lucky enough to have this
kind of support, and childcare you can
trust is tough to find. (But it does exist;
you just have to seek it out.)
Skype is also a wonderful thing. Use
it daily on your trip. Text your kids with
pictures of your adventures in real time
and encourage your caretakers to do the
same with updates on your kids' adven-
tures without you.
These are all important things to re-
member as you venture out on a kid-free
escape. Here's one more: To keep your
guilt level in check, and to maximize


your own enjoyment of the experience,
choose an activity that you wouldn't
be able to do with the kids. Going to
an amusement park is out. Instead hit
a casino, visit the theater, enjoy a nice
restaurant, or escape to a quiet beach or
ski lodge.
There is plenty of adult-friendly
action right here in South Florida that
you can dip your toe into. Some of my
favorites include:
* A night at the Fontainebleau or
other resort hotel.
* A trip to the beach with a picnic
and thermos of margaritas.
* A visit to one of our local theaters
to see some of this summer's offerings.
* A swing by Sra. Martinez or some
other dining hot spot in the Design
District.
* A long drive to the Keys or the
Everglades, enjoying the sights along the
way.
Your relationship with your partner
is the foundation of your family. If it has
been too long since the two of you have
gotten away together, just do it!

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Farm Fresh
Continued from page 28

Park and resettling nearby on county
property at the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave. Next fall,
thanks to a waiver from the city, it plans
to return to TACOLCY Park.
In Overtown it gets messier. Miami
City Commissioner Richard Dunn has
been trying to clear his name after being
accused of obstructing the Overtown
market for a period in March and April.
"My office was totally oblivious to what
was happening between Overtown and
code enforcement," he says. "I'm not anti-
farmers' markets." The gardening side of
Roots in the City, which grows food for
its market, has lost its annual $100,000
grant from the city's Overtown/Park West
CRA - at least temporarily.
Representatives of these markets
say the City of Miami jumps from green
to red when it comes to allowing fresh
produce to be sold on the street. The
applicable special permit can only be
granted three times per year, and thereaf-
ter it requires the procurement of weekly
waivers, says Maggie Pons of Roots in


the City. She didn't say much else, as our
phone interview terminated abruptly.
The Upper Eastside Market at Biscayne
Plaza obtained a waiver from February 12
to June 25 this year, thanks to support from
Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district
includes the plaza. Under current regula-
tions, these special waivers would need to be
obtained over and over again
"It's not a streamlined process,"
says Art Friedrich of the Urban Oasis
Project, using tactful understatement. "It
seems strange that you need a special
resolution from the city commission to
have a farmers' market."
The Urban Oasis model depends
on volunteers, and it places gardens in
homes and low-income complexes for
mostly personal consumption instead of
for sale. For their farmers' markets, they
reach out to local suppliers. "It's definite-
ly been a challenge to find ample supply
from local, small farms, especially for
certified organics" Friedrich notes.
The Upper Eastside Market's busi-
ness plan combines the financial muscle
of a corporate sponsor (Terranova) with
the authentic passion of a local nonprofit
organization. That combo might work,


though farmers' markets without the
profit motive may succumb to an early
death by idealism, as they are unlikely to
become self-sustaining in the short-term.
Another survival technique is educa-
tion. "One of the models we like to push is
to have these markets, especially in under-
served markets, at schools or community
organizations," says Roger Horne of Urban
Greenworks. His latest school project is at
Nathan B. Young Elementary in Opa-locka.
But school is out for the summer, so
what is the alert shopper to do? Food activist
Mike Moskos traces his own year-round
shopping habits. "I progressed from Whole
Foods to Glaser to Josh's," he says. The name
Glaser refers to South Miami-Dade farmer
and vegan guru Stan Glaser, the force behind
Coconut Grove's Organic Farmers' Market
since 1979, making it a classic.
Moskos used to do all his shopping
at "Glaser's" in the Grove when he lived
closer, despite prices that are higher than
most markets. Now he makes the hike to
Josh's in Hollywood when local produce
disappears in the summertime.
Josh's seems to be winning in
southern Broward County, while the most
successful model in Miami-Dade County


comes from The Market Company, both
of which are for-profit operations. There
are no handouts, notwithstanding the
sliced peach samples Josh forces on you.
The nonprofit model needs more
time and more successes to prove itself.
Are these markets up to the challenge?
The Urban Oasis Project issues this
appeal on its website: "In Miami-Dade
County, we have lost many farms to devel-
opment and other pressures, so there just
aren't enough farmers for local markets.
To help with this problem, we are asking
home gardeners to plant a few extra rows
to sell at our market. If you have produce,
please contact us to either come to market
and sell it, or sell or donate to us for sale
in a terribly underserved inner-city area.
There are lots of nice folks there who
deserve good, clean, healthy food!"
For now, however, most of Miami's
farmers' markets serve affluent areas that
can support them. In poorer areas, resi-
dents must walk to the corner store and
take what they can get - and that almost
never includes those luscious, juicy toma-
toes Claire Tomlin loves so much.

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Restaurant Listings


The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 268.


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


Acqua
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 throughout the
global (though primarily Asian or Latin American-inspired)
menu, in dishes like yuzu/white soya-dressed salad of
shrimp tempura, a tender pork shank glazed with spicy
Szechuan citrus sauce, or lunchtime's rare tuna burger
with lively wasabi aloli and wakame salad For dessert few
chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled with sin-
fully 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 impres-
sive The food is impeccably fresh regional fish, prepared in
a clean Mediterranean-influenced style The cocktails are
genuinely creative Luckily you don't have to choose one or
the other $$$-$$$$

Azul
500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254
Floor-to-ceiling picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay
But diners are more likely to focus on the sparkling raw bar
and open kitchen, where chef Clay Conley crafts imagina-
tive global creations - many of them combinations, to sat-
isfy 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 bas-
tilla, the famed savory-sweet Middle Eastern pastry, stuffed
with braised shank $$$$$

Balans
901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village),
305-534-9191
Open until 4 00 a m on weekends, this London import
(Miami's second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its
perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same
simple yet sophisticated global menu The indoor space
can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly out-
door terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes


with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a
lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian
fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miami's more relaxing
experiences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami,
downtown has 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 rjsttafel, a
mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments
to be heaped on rice Note bring cash No plastic accepted
here $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave.
305-503-6500
On the Conrad's 25th floor, The Bar's picture-windowed
space is 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 dipping juice Breakfast, too, from
630am $$-$$$

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

Caf6 Bastille
248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575
Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very
French-feeling -- and tasting -- cafe is a most civilized way
to start the day Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the
cafe is now open for dinner, too And while the crepes (both
savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat
all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion
jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel
salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it
possible to resist $-$$$

Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
305-913-8358
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space
as its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more
spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,
owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace
directly on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired, with a


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La Sandwicherie
34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852
This second location of the open-air diner that is South
Beach's favorite apres-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier
(midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5 00 a m Friday and Saturday),
but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches
are the same ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative
charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pate,
camembert, etc) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart
cornichons and Sandwicherie's incomparable Dijon mustard
vinaigrette Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with
a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus
A/C $-$$

Little Lotus
25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700
Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery
(owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -- paralegal by
day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined
to become one of our town's toughest tables to book Two
talented chefs, whose credits include Morinmoto (NYC) and
hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and
fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like
there about readyto take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself
Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is espe-
cially noteworthy The prices? A steal $-$$

LouLou Le Petit Bistro
638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1404
When Indochine's owner, Jacques Ardisson, closed his Asian
spotto open this charming French eatery in the same space,
it was a return to his roots He and his daughter, for whom the
place is named, come from Nice You'll be transported, too, by
dishes like lamb shank with flageolets (known as the caviar of
beans), duck leg confit on a bed of mouthwatering green len-
tils from Le Puy a classic moules/frites, a shared charcuterine
platter with a bottle from the savvy wine list, and, of course,
salade nigoise $$-$$$


few Latin and Mediterranean accents For the health-con-
scious, the menu includes low-cal choices For hedonists
there's a big selection of artisan sakes $$$-$$$$$

Chophouse Miami
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.
305-938-9000
Formerly Manny's Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse retains
basically everything but the famed name (from the original
Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miami's most inten-
tionally 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 swallow 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
305-377-4442
The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same
here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
Buy an entree (all under $20) from a sizable list of
Mediterranean. Latin. American, or Asian-influenced


Mint Leaf
1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050
Part of London's famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot,
like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian
food rarely found outside Great Britain or India More interest-
ingy, the menu includes notjustthe familiar northern Indian
"Mughlai" fare served in most of America's Indian restaurants,
but refined versions of south India's scrumptous street food
We've happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian
chaat (snacks) alone And dosai (lacy rice/lentl crepes rolled
around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb
masala or spicy chicken) are so addictve they ought be
illegal $$$-$$$$

MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICT

Crumb on Parchment
3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9444
Though located in a difficult spot (the Melin Buildings central
atrium, invisible from the street), Michelle Bernstein's bakery/
cafe packs 'em in, partly due to Bernstein's mom Martha, who
makes irresistible old-school cakes German chocolate with
walnuts, lemon curd with buttercream frosting, more Lunch
fare includes inspired sandwiches like seared rare tuna with
spicy Asian pickles and kimchi aloli And for morning people,
the savory chicken sausage, melted cheddar, kale, and shallot
sandwich on challah will convince you that breakfast is the
most important meal of the day $-$$




Caf6 Bistro @ Nordstrom
19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267
In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department
stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where
"Ladies Who Lunch" took leisurely respite from shopping In
today "Women Who Work" times, those restaurants (and
privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on
Nordstrom's second floor, is a relaxingtime-trip back Enjoy
creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantro-
lime dressing, pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with
cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich
Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized $$$




choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy
shoestring 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 location of short-lived La Broche, has an even more
upscale ambiance 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 century But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches
and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin
Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood creations,
such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-
spiked chill/cream sauce) But traditional fusion dishes
like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo
shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as
surprisingly affordable $$

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
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The mysterious "Avenue of the Americas" is really Biscayne
Boulevard Way Don't ask) Downtown's db is an absen-
tee 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 $-$$$

Eos
485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373
Unlike their Michelin-starred New Adriatic restaurant
Anthos, in Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael Psilakis
and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia has influences ranging
way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean region,
and even Latin America Unchanged is Psilakis' solid cre-
ativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that makes even
very unfamiliar combinations taste accessible 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 $$$-$$$$

Finnegan's River
401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030
Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill But an
actual pool? And a Jacuzzi? This Miami River hideaway has
other surprises, too, on its extensive outdoor deck, includ-
ing a boat dock and a large array of umbrella tables and
lounge chairs where it's easy to while away many happy
hours The menu is the same array of bar bites served by
South Beach's older Finnegan's, but angus burgers are big
and tasty, and zingyjalapeio-studded smoked-fish dip is a
satisfying table-snack choice $$

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 yall
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, sev-
en-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.
305-373-2300
Downtown isn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but it's experienc-
ing a mini explosion of eateries open at night That includes
this family-owned nstorante, where even newcomers feel
at home At lunch its almost impossible to resist panini,
served on foccacia or crunchy clabatta, even the vegetarian
version bursts with complex and complementary flavors
During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto
with shrimp and grilled asparagus, homemade pastas like
seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio, or delicate Vitello alla
Milanese on arugula $$-$$$

Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608
This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a
lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of
food onto its menu To the familiar Latin American/Italian


equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex
but more health conscious) Menu offerings range from
designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but the
bistro's especially known for imaginative meal-size salads,
like one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado, apple, blue
cheese, raisins, candied pecans, and chicken on a mesclun
bed $$

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries
about the seafood's freshness, on their way to the dining
deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail
fish market Best preparations are the simplest When
stone crabs are in season, 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 serving weekday
dinners, is alsojustly famed for meal-size salads like grilled
skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-dressed spinach (with
spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese,
and almonds), or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine
nuts, golden raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist $$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza
305-455-4757
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly
contemporary, but no worries The classic sword-wielding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish
And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the
traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared
foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses A pleasant, nontra-
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 its 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 cheeseburger, the
pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several
vegetarian options At just 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 free-
bies that's a trademark of Manhattan's II Mulino, originally
run by II Gabbiano's owners The rest of the food? Pricy,
but portions are mammoth And the champagne-cream-
sauced housemade ravioli with black truffles? Worth every
penny $$$$$

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 InterContinental
Hotel's Indigo restaurant now has 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 lobster salad with grilled mango, and a
seductive fresh corn gazpacho $$$-$$$$$

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

Jackson Soul Food
950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710
With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/
comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food
breakfast institution now has only one drawback It closes
at 100 pm Never mind, night owls If you're a first timer
here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy
beef sausage, and you'll set multiple alarm clocks to
return Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also
must-haves And hearty Southern breakfast staples like
smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast
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Jam6n, Jam6n, Jam6n,
10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111
From the outside, you know you're walking into the ground
floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charm-
ingly rustic room, you'd swear you're in Spain. Obviously
Spain's famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other
pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast
suckling pig entree to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa.
But seafood is also terrific. Don't miss bacalao-filled piquillo
peppers, or two of Miami's best rice dishes: seafood paella
and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$

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

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

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


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

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
1W. 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-only spot, a labor of love from a
husband-wife chef team, serves what might well be the
most impressive meal deal in town. From an ambitious,
daily-changing menu of fare that's geographically eclectic
but prepared with solid classic technique, diners get a
choice of about ten entrees (substantial stuff like steak au
poivre with Madeira cream sauce and roasted potatoes,
or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard sauce,
potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and housemade
dessert. For just $9.99. Told ya. $

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 corn-
meal 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. $

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 mouth-
watering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$

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

Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire 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: pompano, 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 casu-
ally 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 toma-
toes, 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. $$

Pasha's
1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116
The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly popular,
and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food is served


at several newer outlets. The prices are low enough that
you might suspect Pasha's was a tax write-off rather than a
Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders
Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from falafel
and gyros to more unusual items like muhammara (tangy wal-
nut 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 aficio-
nados consider our town's tastiest souse. And it would be
unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet potato
pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop - half iced tea,
half lemonade. $-$$

Perricone's
15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont),
this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's first gentri-
fied 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 Sundays $15.95 brunch
buffet ($9.95 for kids) - featuring an omelet station, waffles,
smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more - remains
one of our town's most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$

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

Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661
The first U.S. venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish
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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
sprightlytomato 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
evidenced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs
with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade There
are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes din-
ers, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese But oyster
fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on
the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are
served both raw and cooked - fire-roasted with sofrito but-
ter, chorizo, and manchego There's also a thoughtful wine
list and numerous artisan beers on tap $$$

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001


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 imagina-
tive 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, Sol 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
yellow noodles with sauteed shrimp plus slivered peppers
and onions -- mod mee krob, with jalea-like tart heat replac-
ing the cloying sweetness $$

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


Sushi Maki
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305415-9779
Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will
find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branch's menu
But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes 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 $$-$$$

SuViche
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 contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety
aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi
rolls, which get pretty wild When was the last time you
encountered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scal-
lion maki topped with Peru's traditional potato garnish,
huancalna 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 pm daily Tasty classics like the four
curries (red, green, panang, and massaman) come custom-
spiced -- mild to authentically brain-searing -- and are so
affordable there's no guilt in splurging on superb house
specials like crisp-coated duck or fresh snapper (whole or


Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303
"Bistro" actuallysounds too Old World for this cool hangout from
the owners of downtown old-timer La Logga, but "restolounge"
sounds too gitzy Think of it as a neighborhood "bistrolounge" The
food B mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents
a prosciuttoand-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese, gnocchi
served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aoli),
or plated with orange-gnger sauce But there are tomato-sauced
meatballs with ri'gawtfor 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 afford-
able here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced
date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like
crab-cake "sliders" are half price Most impressive, though,
are seasonal stone crabs (from Truluck's own fisheries,
and way less expensive than Joe's) and other seafood
that, during several visits, never tasted less than impec-
cably 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 Waxys,
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-


This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experin- Sparky's Roadside Restaurant & Bar filleted) in tamarind sauce The young chef has a heavenly ticularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce $$
ence that's haute in everything but price Few entrees top 204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877 hand at tofu, too, so vegetarians are very well-served $$
$20 The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly This cowboy-cute eatery's chefs/owners (one CIA- Wok Town
- festive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn't trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew Tobacco Road 119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993
fear, though nachos aren't available, there is nothing regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood- 626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198 Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist decor
scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), (with communal seating), and predominance of American
made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero- style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion ribs, gay bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by
pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature guacamole en chopped pork, brisket, and chicken Diners can custom- been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music, Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May
molcajete, made tableside A few pomegranate margaritas ize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces primarily blues But it also offers food from lunchtime initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables
ensure no worries $$$ sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/ to late night (on weekends till 4 00 a m ) The kitchen is Wrong Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like
mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, especially known for its chili, budget-priced steaks, and soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-your-way
Sandwich Bar tropical guava/habanero Authenticity aside, the quality burgers There's also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh
40 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-0622 of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aloli A meat-smoker flavor The proof a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with
This cool hideaway has a limited menu Which is a good outfits $-$$ in back turns out tasty ribs $$ sesame/ginger/scallion dressing Bubble tea, tool $$


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Dining Guide: RESTAURANTS


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

Midtown / Wynwood / Design District
3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant
1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688
Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese res-
taurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fin-
gers of no hands So it's not surprising that most people con-
centrate 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 especially, 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 $
Andalus
35 NE 40th St., 305-400-4422
Early publicity pegging this place (in Pacific Time's former
space) as a tapas bar seemed to set it up as direct compe-
tition for nearby Sra Martinez Its 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 nuttyjamon 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 $$$
Bengal
2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts "Modern Indian Cuisine"
to match the look Classicists, however, needn't worry
America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here,
though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and pre-
sented with modern flair All meats are certified halal,
Islam's version of kosher - which doesn't mean that obser-
vant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can $$$
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 $$
Blue Piano
4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7919
The address suggests a street-corner location, but this
casually cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock
It's well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very
personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose
individual areas of expertise encompass food, wine, and
live entertainment, melding all seamlessly The music is
muted, encouraging conversation, wines are largely small-
production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups And
the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes
like the McLuvvin', a meld of savory Spanish sausage and
chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream
--supremely satisfying $$
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 $$
Buena Vista Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945
At this casual cafe/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista
Bistro's Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French
fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond
croissants, and other delights At lunch cornichon-
garnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade
pates, sinfully rich pork rlllettes, superb salami, and other
charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted,
custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little
more than a fast-food combo meal As for Postel's home-
made French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a
praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill
you $-$$
Cafeina
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 mar-
tinis But don't overlook chef Guily Booth's 12-item menu
of very tasty tapas The signature item is a truly jumbo-
lump crab cake with no discernable binder At one South
Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed
it the best she'd ever had Our own prime pick melt-in-
your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we
nearly passed out with pleasure $$
Catch Grill & Bar
1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414
A location within easy walking distance of the Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts, in the extensively reno-
vated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic
eatery, whose specialty is local and sustainable seafood,
a great option for pre-show bites Then again, enjoying
lures like sweet-glazed crispy shrimp with friends on the
outdoor, bayfront terrace is entertainment enough It's
worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sus-
tainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper
and sea bass Bonus With validation, valet parking is
free $$$-$$$$


Cerviceria 100 Montaditos
3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373
Student budget prices, indeed A first-grader's allowance
would cover a meal at this first U S branch of a popular
Spanish chain The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive
oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2 50, depending
not on ingredient quality but complexity A buck scores
genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported
lberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham
slivers Other options revolve around pates, smoked salm-
on, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff There's cheap draft
beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks $$
The Cheese Course
3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681
Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with
complimentary prepared foods, this place's self-service
cafe component nevertheless became an instant hit
Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make
even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -- like
bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese,
roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo Cheese
platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor prefer-
ence from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate
fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads
$$
Clive's Cafe
2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277
Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American
breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall has
served for more than 30 years Since about 1990, though,
when owner Pearline Murray ("Ms Pearl" to regulars) and
cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native Jamaican
specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk chicken has
been the main item here Other favorites savory rice and
pigeon peas, eye-opening onion/vinegar-flavored escovitch
fish, sweet plantains, and cabbage that redefines the
vegetable $
The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is familiar
- sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries,
plus coffee and fruit drinks - a creative concept differenti-
ates the place Signature sandwiches are named after
national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times,
giving diners something to chat about Sandwiches and
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Dining Guide: RESTAURANTS



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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 tal-
lerin saltado and tallerin verde $$

Egyptian Pizza Kitchen
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050
Pizza, pita -- hey, they're both flatbreads So while many
pizzas do indeed, as this halal place's name suggests,
have initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings, it's
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 Additionally
the menu includes interesting Middle Eastern fare like foul,
a hummus-like but lighter Egyptian dish of favas, tahini,
garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil A brick oven makes both
pizzas and homemade pitas superior $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006
Most seating in this cool, pioneering neighborhood cafe is
in a giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that makes
the small space feel expansive -- fitting, since the menu
keeps expanding, too Originally breakfast/lunch only, the
cafe, though closed weekends, now serves dinner till 10 00
p m, with comfort food entrees like secret-recipe meatloaf
joining old favorites daily-changing homemade soups,
varied burgers, layered international salads, inspired
sandwiches (like roast beef and provolone with creamy
horseradish) Beer and wine is available, and now so is
delivery $$

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 spurtingly juicy, and after loading with your choice of
free garnishes, even a "little" burger makes a major meal
Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut
in-house from sourced potatoes $

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

Gigi
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)
305-374-4305
Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups, sweets,
salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette sandwiches
(like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed with a unique
sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed cafe, hidden on the
Venetia condo's mezzanine Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia
Sarkis scour local markets daily for the freshest of ingredi-
ents, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and
sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are all baked in-house
On Saturday 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., 305438-0488
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 orgas-
mic Carbonara Pastas are fresh, produce is largely local,
the mosaic-centered decor is minimalist but inviting And
no need to be wary of the warehouse district at night Valet
parking is free $$-$$$

La Provence
2200 Biscayne Blvd., 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 sal-
ads) include a respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a
deceptively rich-tasting light salad cream $-$$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue
305-576-5463
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant
hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its
carefully crafted Tex-Mex food The concept is "fast casual"
rather than fast food - meaning nice enough for a night
out It also means ingredients are always fresh Seafood
tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi
mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas
are housemade daily Niceties include low-carb tortillas and
many Mexican beers $

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

Lost & Found Saloon
185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008
There's an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly
Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only
breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neigh-
borhood 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 $


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

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
garden -- diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both
Greece and Turkey Make a meal of multinational mezes
a Greek sampler of creamy tzatzlki yogurt dip, smoky egg-
plant 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, just for the dangerously
smooth margaritas But the main must-haves here are
tacos, encased in a rarity genuinely made-from-scratch
corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed Of 11 varieties, our
favorite is the carnitas (Juicy braised pork, spicy chili de
arbol slaw, toasted peanuts) A close second the hongos,
intensely flavorful 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-ori-
ented restaurant 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 journal-
ists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and
drinks Regulars know daily specials are the way to go
Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey
with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh Big burgers
and steak dinners are always good A limited late-night
menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00
am $-$$

Morgans Restaurant
28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678
Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home,
Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally
influenced contemporary American cuisine compelling
enough to attract hordes Dishes are basically comfort
food, but ultimate comfort food the most custardy,
fluffy French toast imaginable, 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 cardi-
ologist" 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 dol-
lars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten
bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso cho-


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

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

Primo Pizza Miami
3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555
Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant
most everywhere Today many places now offer authentic
Italian or delicate designer pizzas 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

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


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form, thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy -
spicy srracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many more Especially
recommended the yuzu hamachi roll, the lobster tempura
maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-sour
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,
delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a side or as the
base for a uniquely tasty take on normal nachos) Other
pluses include weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers
--and free parking $-$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291
Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic
diner Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday
mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous
breakfasts corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs
with grits, fluffy pancakes, homemade biscuits with gravy
and Georgia sausage - everything from oatmeal to eggs
Benedict The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual sus-
pects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the
daily blackboard specials $-$$

Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474
No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this
lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper
Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the
area But it's no absentee celebrity-chef gig Bernstein is
hands-on at both places Her exuberant yet firmly con-
trolled personal touch is obvious in nearly four 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 $$$


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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 $$-$$$

Sustain
3252 NE 1st Ave. #107, 305-424-9079
Is it possible for a restaurant to be sincerely eco-conscious
without being self-righteousness? It is at this casual/chic
restolounge, where dedication to local, sustainable food
comes with considerable humor Fare includes playful
items like "wet" fries (with mouthwatering gravy), corn
dogs, housemade soft pretzels 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 tra-
ditional courses crepe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauteed
with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish $$-$$$

Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar
3301 NE 1st Ave. #105
305-514-0307
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
I from 4 00 p m daily, makes it an enjoyable neighborhood
hangout, too Tapas include beef carpaccio, bruschetta
I cones, varied salads and empanadas, a daily ceviche,
and fresh-made sandwiches And remember to ask about
special events karaoke Thursdays, monthly wine dinners,
tasting, more $-$$

1 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 develop-
ment 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 art-
ists, 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 aloli, mellow veal sau-
sages enlivened by horseradish sauce, etc) ideal for work
or gallery-walk breaks $$-$$$


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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 execu-
tive chef of Wish, one of South Beach's most glamorous
At his own anti-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 (rec-
ommended slow-roasted duck, sweet Chinese sausage)
Also enjoy cheeseburger dumplings, banh mi subs, house-
made fruit sodas, beer or wine, and attitude-free fun $

Andiamo
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 con-
suming 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 unusually 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 potstickers
and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes)
and prepared as reliably well $$-$$$

Boteco
916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-
culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic
indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar Especially
bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun
on Sunday, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal
fair and the menu includes Brazil's national dish, feijoada,
a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats But
the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like 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 cre-
vette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter sauce),
lambi fri (perfectly tenderized fried conch), poisson gros
sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic or Creole
crabs The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut dining $-$$

DeVita's
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.
305-759-3433
What could induce downtown businessmen to drive to the
Upper Eastside to eat at a few outdoor-only tables just feet
from the busy Boulevard? From the day it opened, people
have been lining up for this stand's sauce-garnished, all-
beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot dogs The 22
varieties range from simple to the elaborate (the Athens,
topped with a Greek salad, including extra-virgin olive oil
dressing) to near-unbelievable combinations like the VIP,
which includes parmesan cheese and crushed pineapple
New addition thick, juicy burgers $

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

La Q-Bana
8650 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-2550
In case you were wondering if its too good to be true
-- it isn't El Q-Banos owners are indeed related to the
family that operates the original three Palacios de los
Jugos -- which means no more schlepping way out west


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Recommended are moist tamales, tasty sandwiches (espe-
cially the drippingly wonderful pan con lechon), rich flan,
and the fresh tropical juices that justify the aforementioned
excesses For even heartier eaters, there's a changing buf-
fet 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
croissants, and Chevron with Techron Snacks match the
casual chicness sandwiches like the Renato (prosciutto,
hot cappicola, 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 Wednesdays, 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 vegetar-
ian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a
breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with
soysausage 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 Butthe Gourmet
Station has outlasted most of the competition Main rea-
son 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 customized for individual
diner's nutritional needs $$
Go To Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers
original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green
parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avo-
cado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully
healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach,
rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry Health ensured,
you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs fried
dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with quills
-- really a delectable crunchy noodle mix $
Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most
important American diner tradition breakfast at any hour
And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge
your breakfast cravings for several more hours There are
blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles, eggs any style,
including omelets and open-face frittatas, and a full range
of sides biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash
browns, even hot oatmeal And don't forget traditional diner
entrees like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus
burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup $-$$

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
parinllada 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 without feeling
like you're the cow $$-$$$
Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
It's a restaurant Its a lounge But it's decidedly not a
typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami
Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-
trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin bordello-red decor,
romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar enter-
tainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated
retro food served with style and a smile For those feeling
flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to
make -in her wildest dreams $$$
Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756
Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first
being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant
Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant
where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural
flavors An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled
organic meat and fish dishes Try the steak frites - organic,


grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut
fries Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia
Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or out-
doors on the patio Beer and wine $-$$$

Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd.305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appearanc-
es, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from
fully 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 $$$-$$$$
Moonchine
7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian
bistro serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand, and
Vietnam Menus are also similar, split between traditional
dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like
the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro,
roasted garlic) But it also carves out its own identity with
original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice
Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories A large
rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment $$-$$$
Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a
cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas
bar) Even more striking than the hip decor is the food's
unusually upscale quality Sushi ranges from pristine indi-
vidual nigirl to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas are intriguing,
like arablki sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank,
rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, they re popular
Japanese home-cooking items And rice-based plates like
Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy
even the biggest appetites $-$$$

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932
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 chutney sandwich on crusty baguette, and what
many feel is the original cafe's Greatest Hit creamy hum-
mus with warm pita $
Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd.,305-757-7773
From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Kris Wessel's inten-
tionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant,
you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoy-
ing 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 not to be missed BBQ shrimp in a tangy
Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce,
irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice cream
$$-$$$

Revales Italian Ristorante
8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010
Owned by two couples (including former Village Cafe chef
Marion Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former
space of 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 noises
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 bau-
ernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and
catsup, savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes, and,
naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork,
chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different
sauces $$-$$$
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5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117
Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited
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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 signa-
ture sticky date pudding, a toffee-lover's dream And the
wine list features new boutique bottles at the old afford-
able 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, let-
tuce, tobilko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special
sauces Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a
dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green cur-
ries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey
sauce $$$

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

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


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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, chich-
arron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans Don't
miss marginally dainter 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 (shred-
ded flank steak), plantains, 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 fisher-
man'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 creations
also tempt, as do daily entrees $

Kabobji
1624 79th St Causeway
305-397-8039
(See North Miami Beach listing)

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


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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)

Trio on the Bay
1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1234
Several ventures have failed in this expansive indoor/
outdoor waterfront space, but that's hard to imagine once
you've experienced this stunning incarnation as an exciting
yet affordable restaurant/nightclub where food definitely
doesn't play second fiddle to entertainment Former Crystal
Cafe chef Klime Kovaceski demonstrates a rare mix of
Old World technique and New World invention in dishes
like perfectly caramelized sea scallops with smoky bacon-
garnished spinach salad, filet mignon atop surprisingly
pistachio-studded bearnaise sauce, and figs with panna
cotta so light one fears a bay breeze might carry it off $$$




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 $$$

K'Chapas
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,
classic cooked entrees But it's 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


mouthwatering Rosette de Lyons salami, hard to find in
Miami) or the frisee salad with lardons and poached egg
Add miles flottantes (merengue islands on a creme anglaise
pond) and a glass of wine, et voilal A perfect Parisian light
supper But there's honest heftier fare, too, like the steak/
frites entrecotee with choice of sauce, housemade fries,
and a salad), and rich fig tarts $$$

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'll
find here Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotel's
pool-patio area, a locals' hangout with interesting eclectic
fare and a perennial party atmosphere Especially recom-
mended 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
When an eatery's executive chef is best-selling Thai
cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect
major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy
SoBe address Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day
Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal who'd moved to
Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighbor-
hood place Some standout dishes here are featured in
the chef's latest tome, but with Tamarind's very affordable
prices, you might as well let the man's impeccably trained
kitchen staff do the work for you $$-$$$




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 sub-
stantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo
pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes)
with a mesclun side salad But everything is homemade,
including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredi-
ents, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to
detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together
the cafe's baguette sandwiches $-$$

Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches
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 dishes quite
contemporary an Asian ahi tuna tower, a lavish candied-
walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad, and fresh
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Mooie's
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 luncheonette
(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 its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-
cuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice,
beans, came asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet
plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day,
as are antojitos - "little whims," smaller snacks like chorizo
con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage) And for
noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters,
made to order $$

Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435
While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels,
one can't actually buy a gun here The nickname refers
to its location next to a firearms shop But there's a lot of
other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range of
sandwiches and wraps Breakfast time is busy time, with
banana-walnut pancakes especially popular But what's
most important is that this is one of the area's few sources
of the real, New York-style water bagel crunchy outside,
challengingly chewy inside $

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howie Klelnberg, whose indoor electric
smoker turns out mild-tasting 'cue that ranges from the
expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-
smoked salmon and veggie plates There are also creative
comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads,
and sweets Sides include refreshing slaw, beans studded
with "burnt ends" (the most intensely flavored outer barbe-
cue 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
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the Maya, filled with juicy cochinlta pibil, refried beans, and
pickled onions $$

Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However, there are also about
two dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards like kung
po shrimp, ma po tofu, and General Tso's chicken And
there are a few imaginative new items, like the intriguingly
christened "Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore curried
rice noodles, crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts, and
Mongolian beef (with raw chills and fresh Oriental basil)
Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner $$

Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even
when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in
front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its sea-
food, much of it from Capt Jim Hanson's own fishing boats,
which supply many top restaurants Now there's a casual
but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths
Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellow-
tail or hog or mutton snapper, 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 fagottinl -
"beggar's purses" stuffed with pears and cheese $$

Cheen-huyae
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must
But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine So why
blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean
Mexico's most typical dish 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, are
still rare farther north One reason this easy-to-miss 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 scorcher There are even
turkey and veggie variations Other draws are hand-cut
fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, bud-
get-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics,
and a South Beach rarity 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

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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, its 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 infor-
mal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offering
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.
305-899-9069
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place fea-
tures live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it
a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a
meal Its also a good choice for diners who don't speak
Spanish, but don't worry about authenticity Classic Cuban
home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado,
topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated
on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like
pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-
pleasers $$$


Mama Jennie's
11720 NE 2nd Ave.
305-757-3627
For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has
been drawing students and other starvation-budget din-
ers with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and
meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala
topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-
American belly-busters All pasta or meat entrees come
with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty min-
estrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined
olives, and pickled peppers) that's a dinner in itself Rustic
roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths,
add to Mama's charm $-$$

Mario the Baker
13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641
At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian spaghetti and meat-
balls, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs
No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the
New York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas, the top topping
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, it's not surprising that her
cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle
"lollipops") look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste
-- perfect adult party fare What the bakery's name doesn't
reveal is that it's 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 pre-
tense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bis-
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vinaigrette, truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper
sauce), consomme with black truffles and foie gras, cov-
ered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect pommes frites,
and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert $$$

Rice House of Kabob
14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899
Since 2006, South Beach's original Rice House has been
serving 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 $$

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

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202
At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-
thin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or
similar fluff) doesn't do the trick Open till 3 00 or 4 00
a m, Steve's has, since 1974, been serving the kind of
comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour As in
Brooklyn, tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano fla-
vor 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

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

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

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

Yes Pasta!
14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006
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 pescatanans 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 Defaultspicing is mild even in
Szechuan dishes marked with red-chili icons, but don't
worry, realizing some like it hot, the chefs will customize
spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request $$


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 barbacoa, or herb-scented
pork carnitas But these bites contain no evil ingredients
(transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hor-
mones) And the food, while not the authentic Mex street
stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too $

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

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

Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse
3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall)
305-957-9900
The rodizio formula is familiar Pay one price ($39 90 for
dinner, $29 90 at Sunday brunch), then eat till you drop
from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive selec-
tion of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausage, and fish (16 vari-
eties at dinner, 5 at brunch) carved tableside by costumed
waiters What spectacularly differentiates Flamma its set-
ting on the Intracoastal Waterway But also spectacular is
a Monday-Thursday two-for-one dinner deal with a coupon
available at Flamma Unbelievable but true $$$$


El Gran Inka
Blue Marlin Fish House 3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910
2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822 Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find
Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other
eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured expected traditional specialties, all presented far more
item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian
began producing in 1938, available in three varieties fusion creations are unique Especially recommended
salmon, mahi mahl, and the signature blue marlin But the are two dishes adapted from recipes by Peru's influential


nikkel (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura an exquisite,
delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no
fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich
olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2255
When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added "Hanna's" to the name, but changed
little else about this retro-looking French/American diner,
a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983 Customers can
get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in toma-
to sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg
lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with
garlic dressing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples
from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date
destination $$-$$$

Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687
One of Miami's first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an
amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi
and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a
perennially popular after-hours snack stop The sushi menu
has few surprises, but quality is reliable Most exceptional
are the nicely priced yakiton, skewers of succulently 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 $

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381
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 it's still packed most weekend nights So even the
place's biggest negative - its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of lingering visits - becomes a plus since
it ensures fast turnover Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in
the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noo-
dle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that
make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many
other Vietnamese classics The menu is humongous $-$$

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333
Don't be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes in
the window At this small Chinese 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 alterna-
tive 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 auto-
matically 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 chili/garlic
sauce and fresh Thai basil, and chili-topped Diamond Duck
in tangy tamarind sauce $$-$$$

Paquito's
16265 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-947-5027
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldn't be
easier to overlook Inside, however, its festivity is impossi-
ble 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 albon-
digas - 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,
serving authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate
dipping sauces included Weekends bring the biggest selec-
tion, including barbecued ribs and pa pel duck (roasted,
then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free of subcutane-
ous fat) Available every day are juicy, soy-marinated roast
chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and whole roast
ducks - hanging, beaks and all But no worries, a coun-
terperson will chop your purchase into bite-size, beakless
pieces $

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

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one of
the Carnegie Dell's mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well,
Roasters will dwarf them Consider the "Carnegie-style"
monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound
of succulent meat (really 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 (avail-
able 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 signa-
ture 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 restau-
rants And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented,
and reasonably priced The kitchen staff is willing to cus-
tomize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably
fast Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in
place when the mood strikes $-$$

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

Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama, this sushi spot seems to have
taken its cue from Philippe Starck sheer floor-to-ceiling
drapes, for starters The sushi list, too, is over the top, fea-
turing monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort spicy tuna,
soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jala-
penos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces
wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy 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
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impressive selection of raw-bar specialties cold-water oys-
ters from the Northeast, plus Blue Points, Malpecs, Island
Creeks, and more Traditional house favorites remain, and
the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters Open
daily till 2 00 a m, the place can get rather festive after
midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tuna's
draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too $$-$$$

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 $$

Yakko-San
3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the
night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home
cooking, served in grazing portions Try glistening-fresh
strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta - mixed
with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso
mustard sauce Other favorites include goma ae (wilted
spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem
and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak
bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/sweet/tangy
chili sauce Open till around 3 00 a m $$


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Asia Bay Bistro
1007 Kane Concourse; 305-861-2222
As in Japan's most refined restaurants, artful presenta-
tion is stunning at this 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 Tryjalapefo-
sauced hamachi sashimi, toro with enoki mushrooms,
bracing ooba (shiso), tobilko caviar, and a sauce almost like
beurre blanc, rock shrimp/shitake tempura with a delicate
salad, elegant salmon tartare with a mix-in quail egg And


spicy, mayo-dressed tuna rock makis 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 artisanal pastas sauced with
high quality ingredients Choose luxe stuffed models (like
crab-filled ravioli with rich lobster sauce) or relatively pris-
tine preparations like linguini with garlic, wine, and fresh
littlenecks Eating light? Make a meal of lavish salads or
starters like true beef carpaccio -- dressed, like the original
from Venice's 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 out to 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
$$$$$



Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625
When people rave about New York pizzas' superiority, they
don'tjust mean thin crusts They mean the kind of airy,
abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that
can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not
wood) oven -- like those at Anthony's, which began with
one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly
30 locations Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the
major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives
There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlic- sauteed
broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable $$

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 specialty
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 elab-
orately garnished breakfast specials, including unusually
flavorful homemade corned beef hash and eggs For the
rest of the day, multitudes of mavens devour every other
delectable dell specialty known to humankind $$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall
305-792-9330
If the menu here looks familiar, it should It's nearly identi-
cal 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," swoonworthy
grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all
cooked to perfection $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 05-792-2902
This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the
ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredients
and straightforward recipes that don't overcomplicate,
cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfection
Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild mush-
rooms needs nothing else Neither does the signature
Polio Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and cooked under a
brick And even low-carb dieters happily go to hell in a hand
basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla Toscana,
herb-sprinkled French fries $$-$$$

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

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 cholesterol-careless carnivores like ourselves
opt voluntarily for an eaterys veggie burgers (a brown rice/
lentil/veggie blend more satisfying than beef), or remark-
ably juicy ginger-mayo-dressed chicken burgers, over
normal hamburgers, based solely on flavor -- well, religion
aside, that's a major miracle $$$

Heavy Burger
19004 NE 29th Ave., 305-932-7555
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, apple-
wood 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 $$

Kampai
3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410
At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai
restaurant, many come just 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)
305-466-7195
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 II take care
of Monday's 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 Itjustso 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, 786-787-9030
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)
305-931-5400
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 eatery's 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 specialties pecan-crusted
mountain trout with brown butter, an oversize cocktail, and
a live lounge pianist $$$-$$$$$

Peppermill on the Waterway
3595 NE 207th St.,
305-466-2016
Charming Alpine decor and elegant yet accessible tra-
ditional Continental comfort foods make this indoor/
outdoor restaurant a perennially popular special-occasion
place to take the parents Definitely don't tell the folks'
cardiologist about indulging in fine-dining fare from the
precholesterol-obsession era trout almondine with beurre
blanc, salmon with hollandaise and creamed spinach,
or for super-splurgers, lobster thermidor While seafood
is a specialty, butter-sauteed breaded schnitzels like the
chicken Holstelner (topped with capers, anchovies, and an
egg) are a treat $$-$$$

Pilar
20475 Biscayne Blvd.
305-937-2777
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman
Van Aken and Mark Militello He has been executive chef
at Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed
with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife
launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to
prove that top restaurants can be affordable Consider
it proven Florlbbean-style seafood is the specialty fresh
hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock
shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snapper
with tomato-herb vinaigrette Forget its strip-mall location
The restaurant itself is elegant $$-$$$

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

Playwright Irish Pub
801 Silks Run Rd. #2597
954-457-7563
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.
305-932-8955
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