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COVER STORY
20 Who We Are
COMMENTARY
8 Feedback: Letters
12 Publisher's Letter
14 Picture Story: The Big Blimp
OUR SPONSORS
16 BizBuzz
COMMUNITY NEWS
36 A Bumpy Biscayne Landing
36 Changing of the Upper Eastside Guard
37 We Demand a Green Lawn - Just Don't Use Water
37 Little House in the Parking Lot
NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS
46 Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer: Your Condo Is Ablaze!
48 Wendy Doscher-Smith: A Ride to the Other Side
50 Frank Rollason: Pink Slips All Around
52 Jen Karetnick: Ripe for Trouble
ART & CULTURE
54 Anne Tschida: Cafe Society in Wynwood
56 Melissa Wallen: Galleries + Museums
59 Events Calendar
POLICE REPORTS
60 Biscayne Crime Beat
PARK PATROL
62 A Harmonious Place
COLUMNISTS
64 Pawsitively Pets: Worse Than Their Bite
66 Your Garden: The Gall of It All
67 Going Green: Natural High
68 Vino: Wines for the Grilling Season
69 Kids and the City: Daddy's Home!
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70 Restaurant Listings: 272 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants


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Concerning Shari Lynn Rothstein-
Kramer's "Aventura's Poop Snoop" (June
2011), I want to comment as I own a
local business called POOP911. Believe
me when I say this: I commend Shari
Lynn on her article.
I clean numerous high rises, shopping
centers, and houses in the Miami area. As
we try to clean up, I'll see people letting
their dogs poop in front of me and have
no shame in not picking it up.
I've even had people tell me: Isn't
that your job to pick up the poop?
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If I Learned How To Pick Up
Poop, So Can You
Bravo to Shari Lynn Rothstein-
Kramer for her poop police efforts!
Six years ago my husband and
I moved to Belle Meade, a commu-
nity that loves their dogs, and the sheer
number of dogs proves it.
Frankly, prior to our move and during
our four-decade marriage, my husband
Frank was assigned the responsibility of
"poop patrol" (as he called it) in our back-
yard. I always felt he was a firefighter-
paramedic and was used to dealing with
things I could never image handling.
The reason I feel compelled to write
this is for those people reluctant to pick
up their dog's poop - because it is
yucky. I know exactly how you feel.
I found it quite difficult turning
that little bag inside out and picking
up poop, but I forced myself because I
wanted to do the right thing in our new
neighborhood.
I want to tell you that to my sur-
prise, it was not long before I got used
to picking it up. In fact I have gotten so
good that I can put poops from both my
dogs in one bag prior to knotting it and
disposing of it at home.
This is an accomplishment I feel
really good about, because only I know
how difficult it was to achieve.
Fran Rollason
Belle Meade

On the Poop-O-Meter, as Bad as
Aventura
The people of Aventura aren't the
only ones who don't pick up after their
dogs. I work in South Beach just east of
Alton Road. Folks in that area walk their
dogs at all times of the day and use the
west side of Lenox Avenue and the north


side of 15th Street as their dogs' personal
toilet. They also walk them in the alley,
leaving the evidence there, too.
I was in touch with the "pooper-
scooper" officer of Miami Beach, who
claimed that he had the area under watch
and didn't see anyone walking their dogs
and not picking up after them. How-
ever, you only have to walk along the
sidewalk; the evidence is strewn right
there. And on a hot, sunny day, you need
a mask so as not to gag on the foul odor
left by the dogs' poop.
There are no signs advising folks that
they should be picking up after their dogs.
I'm so glad I don't live in that
neighborhood.
Brenda Romeo
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Vagabond Motel: From Rat Pack
to Fat Farm
After reading Erik Bojnansky's latest
update on the historic Vagabond Motel
( Fol lo" That Story: Vagabond Still Up
for Grabs," June 2011), I wanted to reach
out with an idea that, without knowing
much about the motel, seems completely
reasonable and would help a lot of people.
What made me think of the idea was
a weight-loss show that basketball star
Shaquille O'Neal did about medically
obese kids. It prompted me to do some
research about obesity. I discovered that
there are very few schools or places that
can educate these kids and also help
them lose weight so they are no longer at
risk of death from obesity.
Since 73rd Street and Biscayne Bou-
levard doesn't seem like a very logical
place for a motel in Miami these days,
it's really the perfect place to locate such
a boarding school for obese kids, per-
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An online school such as Univer-
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could provide the education aspect so
actual college credits can be received,
and the motel could be used for board-
ing and activities, as well as the differ-
ent therapies and culinary education
required to lose weight and keep it off.
If you are interested in my idea,
please let me know (jodieshields@yahoo.
com). I have a true vision for this loca-
tion. It's creative, it could generate money
for the area, and it will bring a historical
location back to life with a purpose!
With approval from the city, funds
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Jodie Shields
Miami

Hours and Hours of Minutes
Gaspar Gonzhlez's article "A Matter
of Minutes" (June 2011) was interesting
not so much for what he put in it but for
what he left out.
Again he writes about me (mostly
he makes assumptions about me) and he
still has yet to take even one minute to
have a conversation with me.
Gonzalez says the Biscayne Park
Village Commission should produce
"full transcripts of commission meetings.
Every word," as the City of Miami does.
What he doesn't mention is the City of
Miami employs two full-time transcrip-
tionists at a salary of approximately
$45,000 each, plus benefits. In addition
they have an assistant clerk, and he or
the clerk verifies the transcriptions.
We don't have anyone on staff to
produce "full transcripts" of every meet-
ing. We would have to outsource. The
cost could be $600 and up, plus a charge
per page. There could easily be several
hundred pages. We sometimes have two
or even three meetings a month, so it
gets expensive real fast. And the clerk
would still have to take time to certify
the accuracy of the minutes.
He fails to mention other cities - El
Portal and Miami Shores to name two -
that produce summary minutes similar
to Biscayne Park yet don't seem to have
the controversy we do.
There are a lot of people in our
community - residents, staff, and some
commissioners - working hard to ac-
complish things that improve our quality
of life, bring our community together, and
hopefully help our property values rise.
It's too bad that, rather than writing about
those things, Gonzalez chooses to dwell
on meeting minutes - an issue that does
nothing to accomplish any of those goals.
Bob Anderson, commissioner
Village oJ i/ ... ) ,i,.' Park

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And thanks a lot also for your blog at
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Miami Shores

Ultimate Solution to Oil
Addiction: Just Stay Home
The article by Jim Harper "Swimming
in Deepwater" (May 2011) was very inter-
esting. I researched the film he recom-
mended, which everyone should watch:
The Fuel (2008, directed by Josh Tickell).
This is a documentary film about our
dependency on oil. It's ironic that former
President George W Bush, in the film,
states that America is addicted to oil, as
Texas is America's mega capital of oil. The
film is provocative and gets viewers to think.
Another quote needs explana-
tion: "Homeland security begins with
homeland fuel," yet offshore drilling in
America is a target of this film's alarm. I
wonder if there is any environmentally
safe way to drill for oil.
On-land shale-fracturing is being
explored, but has its drawbacks as well.
Harper suggests driving less, using fuel-
efficient cars, and so on. Electric cars
also create problems with electrical grids,
which are becoming terrorist targets.
So should we all take to biking, skat-
ing? No easy solution.
Pat Burke
Bonsall, California

Pleasant Words from
Pleasantville
It's rare to find a community publication
that displays the high degree of reportorial
skill, sense of justice, and writerly talent
that I've found in Biscayne Times. Although
I read your stories from afar, I fully appreci-
ate the old-school, give-'em-hell attitude,
tempered with an appreciation for humanity
and, frankly, a sense of fun and humor, that
the BT displays in every issue.
H.L. Mencken (or the guy he stole it
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able." You don't find much of that these days.
That's why I'll continue to read your
solid journalism and be glad that some-
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A Month of Milestones
The publishing count hits 100, the U.S. Census says our Biscayne
Corridor is advancing, the calendar says we'll soon be moving, and


the BT has thousands of new readers

By Jim Mullin
BT Publisher and Editor
You are holding in your hands the 100th
edition of this journal. In the annals of
American publishing, that may not rank
up there with the Atlantic magazine (founded in
1857) or the Farmer's Almanac (1818), but con-
sidering the state of print media in this town and
elsewhere, it's an accomplishment worth noting.
Founded by Skip Van Cel as the Biscayne
Boulevard Times in 2003, our local monthly
has found its place among competing news-
papers and magazines, and has (thus far)
survived the onslaught of new media that vies
for our attention. The BBT, as it is still known
to many, actually found its niche immediately,
Skip having rightly sensed the potential value
of a publication devoted to local interests.
Today, more than four years after clam-
bering into the publisher's chair at Biscayne
Times, I'm delighted to report that the po-
tential is being realized. In fact we're now
operating from a position of some strength,
which has allowed us to significantly expand
our reach - while carefully maintaining our
concentration on the Biscayne Corridor.
As new condominiums in Miami's down-
town area are filling up with eager urbanites, we


increase the number of copies we leave in their
mail rooms. Our greatest expansion, however,
has been to the north, in and around Aventura.
We deliver to virtually all the condomini-
ums there, as well as select retailers. Just to the
west, we're hand-delivering the BT to nearly
1200 single-family homes in neighborhoods
like Highland Lakes, Coventry, Enchanted
Lake, Oak Forest, and Sky Lake. By our
reckoning, about 12,000 people in Aventura are
happily (we hope) reading Biscayne Times.
All told, from Brickell to Broward, we're
now delivering to 16,200 single-family homes,
reaching some 69,000 individuals monthly.
That's a lot of numbers to toss around, but
consider it just a prelude to our two-part cover
story analyzing local results from the 2010
U.S. Census, prepared by the BT's newly ap-
pointed senior writer, Erik Bojnansky. Some
of those numbers will surprise you.
This month marks another notable event,
at least for some of us. After seven years,
Biscayne Times World Headquarters will
be moving from Miami Shores to the MiMo
District, where our new landlord, Mark Soyka,
promises most excellent accommodations.
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Commentary: PICTURE STORY


An Island, a Blimp, and

a Young City
A view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiami


By Paul George
Special to the BT
Several of the most iconic images
of old Miami are evident in this
photograph, taken in 1934. Hovering
above the recently dredged Watson Island
is the Goodyear blimp. For nearly 50 years
the blimp provided tourists and locals with
panoramic views of the Magic City.
The MacArthur Causeway, which
opened in 1920, predated Watson
Island's birth by 11 years. The island,
which was named for John Watson, Sr.,
an early Miami mayor, and his son, John
Watson, Jr., a long-serving city attor-
ney, has been the object of innumerable
schemes since its creation.
Across the bay is the bustling Port of
Miami, which operated at that location
from the early 1900s until the mid-1960s.


Miami was already an important cruise-
ship port, as evidenced by the large
building housing the offices of the Clyde
Mallory Lines.
Immediately north of the port and
abutting the entrance to the MacArthur
Causeway stand the storage tanks of
Belcher Oil, one of the city's most im-
portant businesses. Near the upper-right
corner of the photograph is the historic
Sears Tower (one of Miami's first Art
Deco buildings) and department store,
site of today's Adrienne Arsht Center for
the Performing Arts.

To order a copy of this photo, please
contact HistoryMiami archives manager
Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@
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When writing about the completely
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dentally printed the marina's old phone
number. The correct current number is
305-945-6000.
Okay, so how will you be celebrat-
ing July 4th, Independence Day? The
USA's second president, John Adams,
suggested parades, shows, sports, and il-
luminations - all still popular, especial-
ly the last. There are more than 14,000
fireworks displays on the Fourth of July.
But what far more Americans will be
doing is eating hot dogs. Some 155 million
are consumed on that day alone, which is
why this couldn't be a better month than
to welcome new advertiser Damn Good
Burger (20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-718-6565).
Despite the name, this retro modern restau-
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serves a damn good dog, too (especially
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onions, and avocado).
On to some deals dealing with a
different sort of dog. Now in its new


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offering a $10 discount to new customers
this month. Services range from cage-
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sedation-free deep-teeth cleaning.
If your pooch could use a makeover
but you'd rather not leave the air-condi-
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ilou Lekanne of Doggie's Groom Mobile,
whose groomers come to you, also has a July
special: get $10 off when grooming two dogs
at the same residence. Call 786-234-5492
or go to www.doggiesgroommobile.com to
schedule an appointment.
For those whose furry friend is a
feline, Dr. William Marks, aka the Cat
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house calls - and has further commit-
ted to keeping kitties in tip-top shape
with helpful tips in this column. This
month he cautions that certain common
household medicines are toxic and/or
lethal to cats - much more so than to
humans or even dogs, since cats have
difficulty metabolizing the medicines.
Who knew? Worst offenders: ibuprofen
(Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), chew-
able veterinary nonsteroidal anti-inflam-
matories like Rimadyl or Deramaxx or
acetominophen; of the latter, just one
Tylenol can be fatal. "Cats also seem to


like the taste of certain anti-depressants,"
he warns. So if your Effexor goes miss-
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your teenagers before questioning kitty.
To help assure, affordable health-
care to all Miami-Dade County residents,
the COOP (10909 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
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proceeds benefit the Miami Beach
Community Health Centers (one in
BT territory, at 11645 Biscayne Blvd.) is
seeking donations: clothing and acces-
sories for men, women, and children;
furniture; households goods and small
appliances; artwork, home decor, and
antiques; books. Naturally, you can also
buy the same at the shop, open Monday-
Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For affordable, state-of-the-art dental
care, new high-tech Biscayne Dental
Center (14771 Biscayne Blvd., 305-945-
7745) is now open, and offers a special
this month for new patients: an exam,
x-rays, and cleaning for just $39. The full-
service general, cosmetic, and specialized
facility accepts almost all insurances and
also does in-house financing.
And Dental Options (two locations:
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available for Saturday appointments, so
no need to take time off from school or
work to get your bite right. Naturally, Dr.
Alexandra Gordon and her multi-lingual
staff are still there to fill all your general
or cosmetic dental needs.
One thing is for sure: You're going
to need your choppers in great shape to
take advantage of what the BT's restau-
rant advertisers have in store this month
- though we're certain Miami's formida-
ble food fans can handle the challenges.
For proof of our capacity, consult Jeff
Stephens of the 18th Street Cafe (210
NE 18th St., 305-381-8006). To celebrate
the eatery's third anniversary last month,
Stephens offered a signature red velvet
cupcake with every lunch or dinner
entree ordered from June 13-17. Tally for
the four-day giveaway: 1734 cupcakes.
That's what we're talking' about!
Still, you might want to let that belt
out a notch for your trip to Trio on the
Bay (1601 79th Street Causeway, 305-
866-1234), where chef Klime Kovaches-
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specials: a Tuesday-Sunday early bird,
from 5:00-6:00 p.m., where the price
of an entree includes soup or salad plus
dessert; an all-hours Trio prix fixe ($35
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for couples, Trio's Treat for Two, a three-
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for just $79.
Serious stomach expansion seems
a likely possibility, too, at new adver-
tiser Salsa Fiesta, where happy hour,
3:00-7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday is "Fiesta
Hour" - seriously. For $24.95 diners
get two orders of flautas, fresh-make like
all food at this homegrown fast-casual
eatery, plus two buckets of imported
brewskis. That's ten bottles. And you get
to keep the buckets (very useful for when
your designated driver needs something
to pour you into, at Fiesta's end.
At Tuna's Raw Bar & Grille
(17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0960),
owner Michael Chiodo reports that
last month's advertised special, a free
order of mussels Chardonnay with
cocktail purchase, was huge success.
For summer, chef Rolf Fellhauer, who
for many years crafted the complex
Swiss-Continental fare at La Paloma,
is "beefing up" the menu with seafood:
bacon-wrapped shrimp, salmon in caper
sauce, and elaborate oysters Moscow
(topped with sour cream-horseradish
sauce and two caviars).
Just a few months ago Hiro's
Yakko-san upgraded from its longtime
location, a midsize space in a mini mall,
to spacious new digs in the Intracoastal
Mall (305-947-0064). And now sibling
Hiro's Sushi Express has upgraded, too,
moving from its longtime midget-size
space in the same mini mall to Yakko-
san's former digs (17040 W. Dixie Hwy,
305-949-0076). Don't get confused. One
place has sushi, the other has every-
thing but.
Feeling in the mood to throw a
spontaneous dinner party? Say hello to
Mama Jennie's (11720 NE 2nd Ave.,
305-757-3627), a new advertiser but
old-time Miami favorite for satisfying
Italian-American food at student-budget
prices. While we've always favored the
eatery's informally festive dining room,
Mama's specialty is short-notice catering,
for those who want lots of home-cooked
fare fast - and without the home-cook-
ing part.
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alone, and he/she doesn't even have to
try at recently opened Lester's (2519
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multi-media caf6, where the light bites
from breakfast croissants to all-hours
sandwiches and empanadas, are supple-
mented not only by artisan beverages
worthy of the artsy area but by alt-
culture periodicals virtually impossible
to find anywhere else in town. Frequent
and strange encounters of the creative
kind, ranging from folk music to comedy
nights to interactive art events, also add
to the unique character of the caf6 -
and the whole neighborhood; consult
www.lestersmiami.com for schedules.
As usual at Bagels and Company
(1I1 l,4 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435),
David Cohen is offering an abundance of
discounts this month, all valid Monday-
Friday only and only with the coupons
in this issue's ad. Dine-in patrons have a
choice of three deals: get $2 off orders of
$10 or more; get $5 off orders of $20 or
more; or buy one entree and get a second,
of equal or lesser value, for half price.
And take-out bagel mavens who buy a
dozen of the shop's hand-rolled beauties
get another dozen free.
At Miami Shores's beloved Busy
Bee Car Wash (10550 Biscayne Blvd.),
the sister/brother team of Tracey and Jim
Mulholland, carrying on for their found-
ing father, are also offering BT readers a
July deal so hot that customers must clip
the actual coupon from this issue's ad
- no photocopies accepted: a thorough
exterior wash and high-tech glossy wax,
plus interior vacuum and wipe-down, for
just $19.99. Normal price is $40. The re-
storative treatment is available from 8:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every weekday this
month except July 4, at the Bee's original
Miami Shores location only.
Since there's little chance of out-
of-town visitors descending in droves
during summer's dog days, it's a great
time for home improvements in prepara-
tion for high season. And whether you
have major work (a new roof, replace-
ment windows, a patio or deck, complete
kitchen/bath remodeling, interior or
exterior painting) or small jobs that need
doing, new advertiser fab Interior and
Exterior (215 NE 97th St., 305-751-
4447), which has both a licensed/insured
general contracting component and a
handyman division, does it all.
Though the expansive new show-
room of internationally renowned
interior design/renovation company
Casaurbana (921 NE 79th St.) is nearly
done, it won't be ready to open in July.
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home - window treatments, carpentry,
painting, tile installation, you name it.
Give him a call at 305-762-8191.
If poor lighting is making home
or office look dingy, or bad wiring is
making the space downright dangerous,
call new advertiser Lighting Electric of
Miami (305-252-3476). Electricity can
be pretty scary, but no worries. Owner
Tom Mentelos's licensed and insured
business has been serving Miami-Dade
County for 50 years. Estimates are free,
and there are discounts for seniors.
Perhaps your home or office needs
less dramatic improvements -just
new table, chairs, etc. You can find
great deals this month at new adver-
tiser Follow Furniture (80 NE 29th St.,
1-267-283-7834), now open to the public
and offering 5 to 15% off on all furniture.
For financing a far more dramatic
improvement - moving up to a spiffy
new home - check out TotalBank,
which itself has a brand-new, high-tech
branch (1865 NE 123rd St., 305-982-
3350). Total is currently ramping up its
mortgage. Finally a bank that's lending!
And if you don't want to venture far
from your own air-conditioning, there's a
mortgage-loan direct line (305-982-3100).
A/C isn't doing so hot... Or rather
too hot? Call new advertiser Air Care
Solutions (305-222-7848 or 1-877-
821-6026). The company does every-
thing from air-duct cleaning (using
organic, nontoxic products) to total
AC unit replacement.
Summer, being bathing suit/shorts
weather, is also the time for self-
improvement - preferably involving
maximum self-indulgence. And what
sounds like the ultimate self-indulgent
self-improvement, because it involves
no effort whatsoever on our part, is this
month's special deal at Hannah and
Her Scissors (611 NE 86th St., 305-772-
6426): Mention the BT for a $35 discount
on a blow dry and makeup by the salon's
new Mac and Aveda-trained stylist
Steven Neal.
Moving on down the bod to other
areas needing help, Slender Fit U
(786-477-6194) reports that June's 20%
discount on its weight-loss program
was so successful that it'll be continued
through July 31. The program promises
a 15-20 pound loss in three weeks using
the natural hormone HCG with no diet
pills, packaged meals, or exercise.
How about losing 15 pounds or
more per month by eating cookies? BT
readers signing up for a 30-day HCG


program, aka the famous cookie diet, at
Smart For Life (2980 Aventura Blvd.,
305-935-5550) during July will receive a
free week of "Smart cookies" - or buy
a four-week cookie supply and get week
five's goodies free.
For a more active approach to
getting in shape, try new advertiser
Normandy Gym (1145 71st St., Miami
Beach, 305-865-8570). The ten-year-old
facility has long been renowned for its
innovative "Hot Boxing" workouts, but
also has energetic programs for more
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f you believe the United States
Census, the City of Miami's popula-
tion increased by a bit more than 10 %
between 2000 and 2010.
Miami Mayor Tombs Regalado
does not believe it. He contends that the
Census Bureau missed tens of thousands
of residents. "I think we were under-
counted by at least 100,000 people," he
says. That will cost the city big bucks, he
notes, asserting that "at least $20 million
is at stake because we get sales tax, gas
tax, and storm sewer tax based on the
census." It will also be the second time
Miami has claimed it was undercounted
in less than three years.
Although a nationwide census involv-
ing everyone living in the United States
has been conducted every ten years since
1790, the Census Bureau in 1996 began
sending out annual American Community
Surveys (ACS) to randomly selected ad-
dresses around the nation that asked more
detailed questions than the traditional
decennial questionnaires. Aside from
revealing how people lived in a given city,
the ACS also provided the Census Bureau
with data that allowed them to make
annual population estimates.
When the Census Bureau revealed
its 2008 population figures for Miami,
then Mayor Manny Diaz balked. That
count was later upgraded by 82,000
people, thanks to Social Compact, a non-
profit economic development advocacy
group, based in Washington, D.C., that
counts neighborhood populations using
an analytics system called Neighborhood
Market DrillDown.
Whereas the Census Bureau depends
on whatever answers residents give them,
the DrillDown uses data from utility and
credit card bills and other records from
private companies and public agencies.
Three months ago Miami retained
Social Compact's services again, this
time for the 2010 results. Already the
agency claims it has detected anomalies.
"We submitted information for dis-
crepancies found in 2225 blocks for the
Census Bureau," says Carolina Valencia,
Social Compact's research director.
Drianna Kaya, public affairs special-
ist for the U.S. Census, says cities and
counties have until 2013 to ask for a
recount. But even without a challenge,
the bureau routinely checks and corrects
its statistics, she says.
Edward Murray, associate direc-
tor of Florida International University's
Metropolitan Center, says the alleged
2010 undercount raises a "red flag" about










a regional trend: The area is becoming
more of a second-home resort com-
munity for the affluent, thanks to a
speculator-fueled development boom of
mainly upscale housing that collapsed,
drastically reducing prices. "External
demand came from Europeans and South
Americans who are going to be here a
couple weeks or a few months out of
the year," Murray asserts. "That is not a
year-round population."
Despite the boom and bust and pos-
sible undercount, says Jeff Morr, president
of Majestic Properties, Miami is in better

Miami-Dade County
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

T.r.il p,,ul iiuin '1.1ii 2,253.362
THr ii r, Lul.irin iiln- 2496.435

Median age 2000: 35.6
Median age 2010: 38.2

ijr j.ij undi ''il'l 558,655 (24.8 * )
I,'L .Hir, in]i unJdi '1'11 545.728 (21.9 GO)

65 years and over 2000: 300,552 (13.3 %)
65 years and over 2010: 205,589 (8.2 %)

HiwiiiL. -'Illi 1,291.737 (57.30%)
Hiriri, Jill, 1,623.859 (65.0 o)

Black 2000: 457,214 (20.3 %)
Black 2010:472,976 (18.9%)

Nrin-HQ-,jiii- .li'il, j,,ii, 465,772 (20.7 *.)
N,,ri-Hpiii, whii h ,, li 383.551 (15.4 0o)

Asian 2000:31,753 (1.4 %)
Asian 2010: 37,699 (1.5 %)

-1-diji ii uu hu .- ill W ni- 1,wI _ $35.966
r,1-Jii ri hru.ij- ii..IW n ri..,n i- ; 'r 4 $41,533

Households making below $14,999 annually in 1999:166,310 (21.4 %)
Households making below $14,999 annually in 2009:147,866 (18.2 %)

HJu-i hi-,,j. njiih it...- [i 1 ,, ,I 11 iii illu , in 1'':'4 35,888 (4.7 %1
Hu 1hl,d rii ni i ri' t. [ - i -1 .iiiiu.jll. iIn 'lN 1 52.928 (6.5 .J

Total households 2000:776,774
Total households 2010:867,352

Fiinil, hu 4ihd ;i iii 548.493 (70.6 .)
F Jiil, h,; h,,I-.1 'illi 602.911 (69.5 % )

Householder living alone 2000:180,980 (23.3 %)
Householder living alone 2010:94,284 (10.9 %)

liii, l huii,iri uiiir: 'i"i i 852.218
1T.rJl li''u infi iiiiiil. .1111 989,435

Occupied housing units 2000:776,774 (91.1 %)
Occupied housing units 2010:867,352 (87.7 %)

S]. i hr..u.ir iunir jill 75.504 (8.9 %)
,.Jrnl hull, ular: ill, 122.083 (12.3 0.)

For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use 2000: 29,587 (3.5 %)
For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use 2010: 38,302 (3.9 %)


Miami's "urban core" is bustling with economic activity, sparked by
thousands of new residents.


When the Paramount Bay fills up, the Edgewater neighborhood could
benefit.


shape than it was ten years ago, particu-
larly along the Biscayne Corridor. He says
the condo boom "brought more people to
Miami, more businesses, more restaurants,
more culture. Obviously some people lost
money on speculative investments, but the
city is becoming a real city."
Murray agrees that some neighbor-
hoods will prosper more than others,
particularly near the Biscayne Corridor,
where there's still room for new con-
struction. "Miami is still hot," he says.
Also worth noting is that the building
boom of the past decade increased Miami-
Dade County's median household income,
according to the Census Bureau. (A
household is defined as individuals, related
or unrelated, living in the same housing
"unit" - a house, apartment, condo, or
trailer.) The number of households earning


six-figures or more has grown dramatical-
ly, while the ranks of those barely scraping
by have been shrinking.
Yet that doesn't mean the City of
Miami, crowned the United States' poor-
est city in 2000, is much richer. In fact,
with a poverty rate of 27 % as of 2009,
it is now considered the nation's sixth-
poorest city with a population above
250,000. (Detroit holds the top spot with
a 33 % poverty rate.)
In this two-part series, Biscayne
Times examines how the Biscayne Cor-
ridor fared from 2000 to 2010. Although
data from the 2010 U.S. Census is still
being released, the information already
available provides some intriguing in-
sights into this rollercoaster of a decade,
and the twists and turns that may lie
ahead. (All figures are drawn from the


U.S. Census unless otherwise noted.
Detailed unemployment figures were not
available by press time.)
In Part 1, we'll concentrate on the City
of Miami, its corridor communities from
Brickell-Downtown to the Upper Eastside,
as well as North Bay Village and Bay
Harbor Islands. Part 2 will continue up
the Biscayne Corridor, covering El Portal,
Miami Shores, Biscayne Park, North
Miami, North Miami Beach, and Aventura.
But first, to gain some perspective,
we'll consider changes to the county as
a whole.

Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade County has also challenged
the Census Bureau's numbers. In 2008
county planners thought the American
Community Survey was far too low, and
submitted its evidence. "The Census
Bureau accepted our challenge and
added 80,500 persons to their estimate,"
explains Hilda Castillo, senior human re-
sources manager for the county's Depart-
ment of Planning and Zoning.
Castillo's department has no plans
to challenge the 2010 results because,
she says, "We found no evidence of
an undercount." That puts her office at
odds with the City of Miami, which is
included in the county's numbers.
Between 2000 and 2010, the county's
population increased 11 %. That trails
the 16 % hike in new housing units
(condos, houses, and apartments) con-
structed during those years: 137,157 units
were added. Meanwhile, the number of
units counted as vacant rose an eye-pop-
ping 62 % countywide.
As of 2010, only 4 % of Miami-Dade's
housing units were occupied by part-time
residents, yet those 38,302 seasonal units
represent a 30 % increase over 2000.
Miami-Dade County's Hispanic
population increased 26 % between the
2000 and 2010, according to census data.
Of the county's total population, 34 %
identified themselves as Cuban. Research
from the Metropolitan Center suggests a
ni \ wave" of Hispanics is also migrat-
ing to Miami-Dade.
The fastest-growing groups are
Panamanians, whose overall presence in-
creased by 15 %, followed by Guatema-
lans (up 10 %), Ecuadorians and Domini-
cans (up 9 % each), Nicaraguans (up 9
%), Hondurans (up 8 %), Uruguayans (up
8 %), Colombians (up 7 %), Argentines
(up 6 %), and Salvadorans (up 5 %).

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Murray says most Central Ameri-
cans are moving to the county to work
low-paying service jobs and are settling
in places like Little Havana, Sweetwater,
Florida City, Homestead, or "wherever
they can afford to live."
On the other hand, South Americans
(particularly Colombians, Venezuelans,
and Argentines) are more likely to be
investors, eager to purchase distressed
real estate. Foreclosed or short-sale
condos, Murray says, "are going to be
turned over to a Colombian or Venezu-
elan investor who is going to sell them
off to someone back in his home country.
That's going to continue to be the trend."
Murray also predicts there will be
fewer working-class families with chil-
dren living in Miami-Dade in the future,
just like the rest of South Florida. At the
height of the foreclosure crunch, he ob-
serves, working-class families with chil-
dren also fled from Broward and Monroe
counties. Families with children made
up 34 % of Miami-Dade households in
2000 but dropped to 31% in 2010. "If it
weren't for new immigrant families," he
says, "the percentage loss would have
been much greater."
Non-Hispanic family households
may already be on the decline county-
wide. The county's black population
increased by only 3 % between 2000
and 2010. Had it not been for continued
Haitian migration, there might have been
a net loss.
Anglos (officially called non-Hispanic
whites) packed up and left town, their
numbers declining a substantial 18 % over
the decade. "There has been a steady loss
of white non-Hispanic working families,"
Murray adds. "The Hispanic populations
have become more diverse economically
as well. However, "higher-end hous-
ing created during the decade attracted
higher-income Hispanic households."
Indeed the county's median house-
hold income jumped 16 % between 1999
and 2009. At the high end - households
making more than $150,000 annually -
the increase was striking: up by 48 %. At
the same time, the count of those earning
below $15,000 dipped by 11 %.
With rising income came rising
cost of living. As an example, in 2000,
median monthly mortgage costs were
$1206, and more than a quarter of home-
owners were funneling at least 35 % of
their income into mortgage payments.


Coming to the Design District: Residential, hotels, and more upscale retail.


Median monthly rents were $647, with
more than a third of renters using at least
35 % of their income to keep a roof over
their heads.
In 2009, median monthly mortgage
costs were $1861, a steep increase. More
significant: 52 % of homeowners were
paying 35 % or more of their earnings
to make those payments. By 2009, the
median rent had broken $1000, a hike
of 56 % over the previous decade. That
year 55 % of renters gave at least 35 % of
their paychecks to their landlords.

City of Miami
In 2003, as Miami Beach's most recent
development boom was winding down,
the City of Miami's was just beginning.
"Land was ridiculously cheap," remem-
bers Jeff Morr of Majestic Properties.
Miami Beach's, on the other hand, was
becoming too expensive for both devel-
opers and buyers. "People were priced
out of the Beach," he says.
Census Bureau data show there were
35,606 more units in Miami in 2010 than
in 2000. Such a boom sparked wide-
spread economic changes within what
was once America's poorest city. For one
thing, the median household income rose
at least 24 % between 1999 and 2009.
In 2008, year of the Lehman Brothers
meltdown, Miami's median household
income was up to $31,990, according
to Social Compact's DrillDown report,
while households making below $14,999
dropped 4.9 % . Again the upper in-
comes saw the biggest gains: Households
making more than $150,000 per year
skyrocketed by 84 %.


In keeping with rising incomes, so
too did living costs. The census revealed
that in the past decade, monthly mort-
gage costs rose from $1163 to $2083, an
increase of 82 %. Despite higher mort-
gage costs, just one-quarter of homeown-
ers paid 35 % or more of their earnings
toward mortgages.
On the renter front, median monthly
rents went from $535 to $900, a 68 % hike
in a decade. The percentage or renters
forking over 35 % or more of their income
to their landlord rose from 41% to 58 %.
Overall, it was a decade that saw a widen-
ing of the gap between rich and poor.
Other notable demographic shifts
include a 17 % increase in Hispanics,
who now comprise 70 % of the city's
total population. Anglos, though, also
increased within the City of Miami by
11 %. Murray is not sure why Miami's
Anglo population went up while it de-
creased in the county overall. "It could
have something to do with the revitaliza-
tion of the Biscayne Corridor, including
Wynwood and Midtown Miami," he sur-
mises. "Another consideration, though,
is the fact that not all Hispanics identify
as such. Some 'Latino' populations do
not identify themselves as Hispanic."
(Brazilians are not considered Hispanic
by the U.S. Census Bureau.)
Nearly 4000 fewer people of
African descent called Miami home
in 2010 versus 2000, a decline of 5 %.
Murray says he's watched Miami's
black community shrinking since 2005,
as apartment complexes and affordable
housing were ripped down in the name
of redevelopment. But while African


City of Miami
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Ti,.[ i po''pul a ., 211111: 362,470
TI'taIl piiriul itluri _1.11 399,457

Median age 2000: 37.7
Median age 2010:38.8

18 ind uiiler -.in, 78.797 (21.7 %.)
1:.: and urnale '1 ill.1 713,446 (18.4 %)

65 and over 2000:61,768 (17.0%)
65 and over 2010:63,987 (16.0%)

Hi.f.ani.: "10i.iii 238.351 (65.80% )
Hi,,panic ,,1 ,.l 279,456 (70.0*.1

Black 2000: 80,858 (22.3%)
Black 2010:76,880 (19.2%)

Ni,.-Hi:pai L. Whrit _ Nii, 42,897 (11.8 %)
Nr.n-Hp.ii.: wnie i 'Mili 47,622 (11.9 ' )

Asian 2000:2376 (0.7 %)
Asian 2010:3953 (1.0 %)

Mr li- li liu LI ei,hl in. i,, -r I'4q $23.483
,ldiJian r,-, er,,ld ir,, un,: )11.1" $28.999

Households making below$14,999 annually in 1999:46,928(34.9%)
Households making below$14,999 annually in 2009:44,614(28.0%)

Huu- liuld. rin eh jv t.- . e$ ii:li ianrrually in rI ' 4242(3.2 )
H.i- eln.,I1"- m iahn, aLi.j:W l 11111, ni iijlvin ,i 7809( 7 0)

Total households 2000: 134,198
Total households 2010: 158,317

Fjwily hriu rl h..I 'l1- 1 83,281 (62.1 m l
F niriiil Ii.i'.,.hi,.ii . _'1 90.032 (56.9 �.)

Householder living alone 2000: 40,834 (30.4 %)
Householder living alone 2010: 52,644 (33.3 %)

Ttal huu'ini..; until , _'i" 0, 148,388
Tri l fu',itr unit- 2',1. 183.994

Occupied housing units 2000:134,198 (90.4%)
Occupied housing units 2010:158,317 (86 %)

Vjcj.ijnl -IiL Ili urnll: '11111 14.190 (9.6 .)
Vic jiit hir'ui-r, unit "llu I. 25.677 (14.0 %1

For seasonal, recreational or occasional use 2000: 2,901 (2 %)
For seasonal, recreational or occasional use 2010:4,222 (3.9 %)

Americans have been migrating to
South Broward or points farther north,
Haitians have been increasingly set-
tling into cities such as El Portal, North
Miami, and North Miami Beach.
Another possible explanation: Mi-
ami's black community was undercount-
ed along with the rest of the city. The
Census Bureau says there were 362,470
people living in Miami in 2000 and
399,457 in 2010. Yet Social Compact's
DrillDown estimate shows that by 2008,

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the city had 504,266 residents, a 37 %
increase from the 2000 census count.
At press time, the U.S. Census
had not released detailed figures of
census tracts and ZIP codes, yet Social
Compact's Valencia says, "I can tell
you that overall there was a high
discrepancy across the city between
the projections and estimates and the
census numbers."
Leo Zabezhinsky is the manager of
business development and real estate for
the taxpayer-funded Downtown Develop-
ment Authority (DDA). He says the census
results "don't make sense, not with the
amount of construction that went on. Cer-
tainly we think we were undercounted." He
points out that census workers were unable
to enter some of Miami's newer condo
buildings, and that only 54 % of residents
in the broad downtown area (from Brickell
to Omni) returned their census forms by
mail. "Obviously, that contributes to the
undercount," Zabezhinsky says. Citywide
the census-form return rate was 64 %.
Nationally it was 74 %.


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The Upper Eastside's population
hovering around 16,000.


Census figures indicate that empty
housing units shot up by 81 % over the
past decade. And although the 4222
seasonal-use units reported in 2010 repre-
sented just 4 % of Miami's total housing
units, the figure marks a 46 % increase in
part-time housing from ten years earlier.


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On the land bounded by the Rickenbacker
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units have been built since 2003, according
to a 2011 report prepared for the DDA by
Goodkin Consulting and Focus Real Estate


Advisors. That accounts for 66 % of the
housing that sprang into existence within
all of Miami between 2000 and 2010.
When the economy tanked in 2008,
this area - which encompasses Brickell,
the Central Business District, Park West,
Omni (also known as the Media and
Entertainment District), as well as the
neighborhoods of Wynwood and Edge-
water - was hit hard by foreclosures.
Many developers had barely unveiled
their gleaming condo towers when banks
began demanding money.
In the ensuing mess, condo prices
plunged and foreign investors with plenty
of cash swooped in to snatch up units.
At the same time, a condo rental market
emerged, encouraging even banks to lease
foreclosed units. By December 2010, the
average downtown rent was $1976 per
month, the DDA report states, and people
were paying. That same month, the oc-
cupancy rate reached 85 %.
The DDA's Zabezhinsky thinks Mi-
ami's urban core has turned a corner. "All
indications are pointing upward," he says.
"Downtown has seen tremendous growth."

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Tremendous might be an understatement.
There were 18,463 people living in the
Brickell-Downtown area in 2000, accord-
ing to the DDA. By 2010 the population
was 44,200, a whopping 139 % increase.
While some of the units are filled
with South American part-time residents
and U.S. snowbirds, Zabezhinsky insists
that the vast majority of downtowners
are full-time residents, including law-
yers, entrepreneurs, police, firefighters,
teachers, musicians, artists, and people
from all other walks of life. "It is," he
says, "what I would characterize as a
mixed-income community."
It is the density of it all that Tony
Cho, president of Metro 1 Properties,
loves. In addition to residences, the
"urban core" is filling up with restau-
rants, bars, hotels, services, offices,
courthouses, and retail stores. Best of all,
many of them are either within blocks of
each other or close to alternate transpor-
tation such as the Metromover. As gas
prices rise, Cho predicts, many folks -
working-class and middle-class - will


North Bay Village households earning more than $150,000 a year rose a
record 319% over the decade.


trade in suburban sprawl for big city life.
"There is a lot of demand for property
in the urban core," he says. "From an
affordability standpoint and desirability
standpoint, Miami has never been more


attractive."
That demand is also sparking a mini
boom that is already triggering new
development. Just last month big, ambi-
tious mixed-use projects were announced


for Brickell (just north of Mary Brickell
Village) and the Omni district (just west
of Margaret Pace Park). Also last month
international developer Genting Malay-
sia Berhad inked a $236 million deal
to buy the Miami Herald building and
its surrounding 14 acres. The company
plans to build a $3 billion resort on the
site, which may one day include casino
gambling. Cho believes that cash buyers
and more prudent banking practices will
likely make this new phase "more sus-
tainable, more sane, and more level."
All of the DDA's four districts saw
exponential growth in the past decade.
Miami-Dade College history professor
Paul George says the downtown-Brickell
area in particular is livelier now than
ever. Back in the mid-to-late-1960s, Paul
recalls, "Life in Brickell and downtown
was shut down after 6:00 p.m. Now it's
slowly becoming a community there. It is
dense, it is young, and it is yuppie-ish."
The Edgewater and Wynwood neigh-
borhoods - between NE 15th and NE
36th streets, and from Biscayne Bay to
1-95 - are steadily being absorbed into

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the greater downtown region. Since 2003,
18 buildings and 3365 units have been
constructed in these two neighborhoods.
Edgewater and Wynwood are often
lumped together by Realtors and research-
ers alike, but their fates may be different.
Wynwood is home to art galleries,
warehouses, an increasing inventory of
retail and restaurants, and a disappear-
ing stock of clothing manufacturers.
The Metropolitan Center reports that,
over the past decade, its population went
from 6115 to 7740. As BT contributor
Anne Tschida writes in this issue ("Caf6
Society," page 54), the area is slowly but
surely developing the characteristics of a
genuine community.
Edgewater, roughly from NE 15th
Street to NE 36th Street between Bis-
cayne Bay and NE 2nd Avenue, is also
making progress, many new residents
and as many new businesses along
Biscayne Boulevard. To some observ-
ers, however, the social cohesion still is
not there. That may change once a flood
of new residents settles into Paramount


Bay Harbor Islands is now majority Hispanic as 707 Anglos moved out
between 2000 and 2010.


Bay, the empty, 46-story condo tower
that iStar Financial seized from devel-
oper Dan Kodsi this past April. Jeff
Morr of Majestic Properties predicts the
Paramount's 360 units will fill quickly
once it's on the market. "Even a year ago,
a lot of condo buildings in the downtown
area were empty," he notes. No%% all of


these vacant units - just about all of
them - are full."
Between Wynwood and Edgewater
lies Midtown Miami, a miniature city
built by Joe Cayre's Midtown Equities
and Developers Diversified Realty. At
this point in its development, the area
consists of four residential towers and


plenty of retail, offices, and restaurants.
Prior to 2002, Midtown was a 56-acre
storage facility used by the Port of
Miami and the Florida East Coast rail-
way. But after county and city officials
agreed to redirect up to $170 million
in property taxes to the property via
a community redevelopment agency,
Cayre bought it, later selling a portion to
Developers Diversified, which built the
Shops at Midtown Miami.
Edward Murray of the Metropolitan
Center was an advisor in the creation of
the community redevelopment agency.
He remembers the yard as a detriment
to the surrounding community. "It was
referred to as the hole in the donut," he
says. "It was dangerous, dirty. Trucks
were driving over sidewalks and running
over people. The whole area was a mess."
Wynwood in particular needed an
economic shot in the arm. "That was
the reason for the plan to begin with,"
Murray explains. "There was so much
deinvestment and manufacturing job
loss." Murray credits Midtown's mix of
retail and residential for encouraging

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incremental investment in Wynwood and
the Design District that welcomed artists
and other creative types. "Those areas
have become pretty vogue," he says.

Design District/Buena Vista
In the mid-1990s, Craig Robins, presi-
dent of Dacra Development, began
buying buildings in the down-and-out
Design District. In the years since then,
the District has become a hub for luxury
furniture shops, art galleries, clothing
boutiques, and fine dining.
Robins was just getting started. Ac-
cording to a recent report in the Miami
Herald, he's now increasing his holdings
there to 700,000 square feet of mixed-
use property and 20 acres vacant of land,
which will allow him to build more retail
space, as well as apartments and hotels.
Although Robins was altering
the landscape of the Design District
long before Midtown came into being,
Murray argues that the two areas are
now thriving on economic synergy. In
the future, Murray says, the Design


District and Midtown may grow into
bustling 24/7 centers, just as the down-
town area is doing.
Just north of the Design District
is the residential neighborhood known
as Buena Vista. Over the past decade,
Buena Vista actually lost population,
though not in a dramatic way: 30,260 in
2000 to 29,158 in 2010. That is actually
viewed as a good thing, says Wendy
Stephan, who has been living in the
Buena Vista East historic neighborhood
since 1995. Stephan points out that the
area's historic homes - many of which
were once subdivided into cramped
rooming houses - are being restored
to their original grace and grandeur
as single-family homes. "I feel there's
increased stability in the neighborhood,"
she says. "There are fewer people and it
is not as transient."

Upper Eastside
Between NE 36th Street and the City of
Miami's northern boundary at NE 87th
Street lies the Upper Eastside, which
runs from Biscayne Bay westward to
NE 4th Court. It is a diverse area that
includes the Miami Modern Biscayne


Historic District along the Boulevard, as
well as an assemblage of single-family
homes, apartment buildings, and condo-
minium complexes.
"We each have our own way of deal-
ing with things," says Margaret Tynan,
president of the Belle Meade Homeown-
ers Association, referring to the various
Upper Eastside communities: Bay Point,
Morningside, Bayshore, Palm Grove, Belle
Meade, Oakland Grove, and Shorecrest.
"That is why if anyone wants to put us all
in the same soup, we are indigestible."
But the Upper Eastside neighbor-
hoods do unite from time to time to
assert themselves, such as guiding the
redesign of Biscayne Boulevard, combat-
ing overdevelopment, and supporting
creation of the MiMo District. "We all
want the same thing, which is quality of
life," Tynan says.
It was that pioneering spirit that helped
lift the Upper Eastside from the dangerous,
drug-infested area it was in the 1980s to
the stable, year-round neighborhood it is
today, says historian Paul George. "These
people are fearless," he adds.
Income levels have fluctuated within
the Upper Eastside. In 2000 the median


household income was $35,114. By 2008
the median income increased 21 % to
$42,347, according to Social Compact's
DrillDown analysis.
But in the absence of major devel-
opment, the Upper Eastside's popu-
lation has been relatively stable. In
2000 there were 15,056 documented
residents; in 2008, 16,213, according
to the DrillDown
Morr, of Majestic Properties, pre-
dicts that property values will steadily
increase in the area. "East of Biscayne
Boulevard is as good as gold, while
the west side is cleaning up nicely,"
he says. Another bonus he points to is
the proximity of retail and restaurants
lining the Boulevard.
Despite his enthusiasm for other
Biscayne Corridor neighborhoods, Tony
Cho of Metro 1 Properties isn't as bullish
as Morr on the Upper Eastside. "The
neighborhood, much to their disadvan-
tage, has been very anti-development,"
he says. "I love the architecture there, but
the climate for redevelopment investment
is very negative."

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North Bay Village
Before being forced from power by the
Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office,
Mayor Al Dorne rolled out the red carpet
for developers in 2000. In the next ten
years, North Bay Village's housing stock
shot up by 33 % as 1122 units were added.
By the 2010 census, 1208 of North Bay
Village's housing units were empty.
"One thousand? That is an impos-
sible number," comments Morr regarding
vacant units. He suspects many of the
units that were empty when the census
was taken are now filled. "Developers
were still fighting with banks," he says.
"It was definitely not as good as the
market is today."
Although the area has few restau-
rants and what Morr calls "one really bad
grocery store," he says he's been closing
condo deals in NBV with buyers appreci-
ating the views offered by the city's newer
high-rises. "It feels like old Florida," Morr
says. "It has its own charm."
That charm includes a volatile and often
nasty political climate, and, according to
historian Paul George, has been home to
Io% -kcY Mafia people for decades."
North Bay Village's population did
increase by 404 people from 2000 to
2010. It also became a Hispanic-majority
city as 511 Anglos whites moved out.
Seasonal units also increased by 157,
prompting the Metropolitan Center's
Murray to describe North Bay Village
as a prime example of a city turning
into a resort community - perhaps not
surprising given that it is surrounded
by Biscayne Bay. "The closer you are to
the water, the greater the demand for a
second home," he says.
In this resort world, the affluent pro-
liferated like locusts. Households earning
more than $150,000 a year rose a record
319 % between 1999 and 2009. At the same
time, poor households earning $14,999 a
year declined by 51 %. Hardly any wonder
that the city's median household income
increased by 45 % that decade.

Bay Harbor Islands
When it comes to development, Bay
Harbor Islands has bucked the trend. The
town's housing units increased by just 3
% over the past ten years.
That's because Bay Harbor residents
slammed the door on high-rise devel-
opment in 2002, passing a referendum
requiring voter approval for new towers


North Bay Village
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
T,131 p. i, lj[I.-r 2"11111 6733
Ttal pupiiltionn ''10 7137
Median age 2000:35.2
Median age 2010:36.9
L,: jrad un,.,cr -',,,,i 1132 (16.8 �)
jiXa iiri.' ri .',,l,, 1100 (15.4 % )
65 and over 2000:815 (12.1%)
65 and over 2010:660 (9.2%)
Hi-piinIK :'ii 3302 (49.0%)
Hi rllil. .'1111 4139 (58.0 0.)
Black 2000:344 (5.1%)
Black 2010:432 (6.1%)
Non.-Hi:paii. Whit 'ii, 2722 (40.4 0 )
rNurI-Hi-panii While- ;'ii 2211 (31.0 .)
Asian 2000:227 (3.4%)
Asian 2010:294 (4.1%)
Mr'J li-li Ii LI feilIl in, . 1 1 , u- I '4q $34,354
M .Jui riuu'rPhuld In, nrni - "i', iii'- $49.963
Households making below $14,999 annually 1999:518 (16.6%)
Households making below $14,999 annually 2009:252 (7.1%)
Hnu,�hild' rniiiiu jtiv 5I ,' i,,,iI jannilujly l 4'4 64 (2.1 0oJ
Hij-uled.1- ,i , in it.-.v ,1 111i lnUinuIlly 'iiiI 267(7.5�o )
Total households 2000: 3132
Total households 2010: 3364
Fji ilvy rhuu.er,''IN .-'', ' 1 1520 (48.5 %o)
Fanilry i,.u.ehli,,l: i, ln" 1678 (49.9 %J
Householder living alone 2000: 1211 (38.7 %)
Householder living alone 2010:1185 (35.2 %)
Ttal huu.-irii.; uiil., -'iii, 3450
Tul, 3 lih L .:iril LIii '11 iiI'' 4512
Occupied housing units 2000:3132 (90.8 %)
Occupied housing units 2010:3364 (73.6 %)
Vjjrnl huu il'Y until: .'iii1 318 (9.2 o.)
Va.iant l.,u.irnL unit-, ', iln 1208 (26.4 ".)
For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use 2000:71 (2.1%)
For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use 2010:228 (5.0 %)

taller than 75 feet. Currently only six
towers, ranging from 10 to 15 stories,
surpass that height. Abundant retail, res-
taurants, offices, and services can also be
found close by on Kane Concourse or in
neighboring Bal Harbour and Surfside.
Says Murray: "I would think any
community that did not go overboard
with residential development is probably
in better shape."
Hispanics now have a slight ma-
jority in Bay Harbor Islands after 788

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Hispanics moved in and 707 Anglos
moved out between 2000 and 2010.
The town also got slightly younger,
with its median age decreasing from 43
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than 18 increased by 32 % in the previ-
ous decade, while senior citizens over
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There are also more family households
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This island community became more
affluent as well. The median income
of Bay Harbor Islands jumped 37 %
between 1999 and 2009. Households
making less than $14,999 a year shrank
by 71 % while those making more than
$150,000 increased by 151 %. Another
example of our area's wealth disparity.

The Future
As the economy slowly recovers, and
Biscayne Corridor residents contem-
plate what they find in the U.S. Census,
it would seem an opportune time for
some civic introspection. Edward
Murray certainly sees it that way.
"Miami is a very attractive city interna-
tionally," he says. "It was just a matter
of time before the city took off. I'm sur-
prised it hadn't taken off sooner. I guess
the issue with Miami is: 'Do we want
to be a great city with great neighbor-
hoods? Or grow willy-nilly?"'
Murray contends that simply increas-
ing the number of residential units, with-
out regard to other forms of development,
does not help the economy, and it also
doesn't help municipalities collect more
revenue. With more residential develop-
ment comes the need for more services.
But places with balanced and planned
mixed-use development can become great.
"Miami's population is going to increase
and development is going to come back,"
Murray predicts. "The concern ought to
be what population groups are we looking
to attract and keep here, and turn it into a
great city with great neighborhoods."
A laissez-faire attitude toward devel-
opment, which has prevailed in Greater
Miami for decades, is no longer viable.
Residents and their civic leaders must
actually plan the future of neighbor-
hoods. Murray says that local officials
sometimes "hope the market takes care
of itself, but it didn't and it won't."
Planning requires thought. Hence
the time for introspection. Says Murray:


Bay Harbor Islands
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

u,1al p3 ] lj[I'l. 2 "'11' 5146
Ttal pupljtiorin "'11- 5628

Median age 2000:41.7
Median age 2010:42.0

L.:: and under _'. ,J 924 (18.0 ' )
I jil iindr.li .'ii'li 1223 (21.7 t0)

65 and over 2000:1198 (23.3%)
65 and over 2010:963 (17.1%)

Hi- rii. 'ii 1816 (35.3 .)
Hi:riIL. " 011i 2606 (46.3 .)

Black 2000:92 (1.8%)
Black 2010: 142 (2.5%)

N.,n-Hi:palL. Whrit '_'iii 3094 (60.1 O)
rNuL Hi-Hpani. WMil-e 'iIll 2387 (42.4 Oo)

Asian 2000:63 (1.2%)
Asian 2010:60 (1.2%)

rll rJ i liii i . l,' Ii, 1 ,n. .-n, e I'- 4q $38.514
MrJn, huu; rhuld in, ornii ' 'i9 $52,868

Households making below$14,999 annually 1999:496 (20.1 %)
Households making below $14,999 annually 2009:143 (6.0 %)

H, :irh,.IJ: rin i,; ihnv�-l ri '1 iii irnil ujIly W 142 (5.5 �.i
HK ii'lj rIiilJ hi i bi V i I.-'e ,'lI'll II il -Illy .]'i iii 356 (15.0 �.)

Total households 2000: 2612
Total households 2010: 2599

Fji vily huu el' ..I.l- .'il '11 1296 (49.6 �o)
Family 1,.u.u ,lil.: -"0 1i 1438 (55.3 �.J

Householder living alone 2000: 1126 (43.1%)
Householder living alone 2010: 966 (37.2 %)

Ttal hu '_i, :.;' until, 'ii, , 3103
Tu,131 liLAI .ir Li-1 ,1 |11 3199

Occupied housing units 2000:2612 (84.2 %)
Occupied housing units 2010:2599 (81.2 %)

Vj..jnl IhIU:il un:i U 'il li' 491 (15.8 �o
Vja.ant i,.u.,inir unit, l ii L[ 600 (18.8 .)

For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use 2000: 228 (7.3 %)
For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use 2010:285 (8.9 %)

"I think Miami and other cities have to
look at themselves in the mirror and ask,
'What do we want to become?' They've
never made that decision."

This is the first part of a two-part
story. In the August issue, we examine
what the U.S. Census can teach us
about El Portal, Miami Shores, Bis-
cayne Park, North Miami, North Miami
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By Mark Sell
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Boca Developers dreamed up a $3
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on 193 acres of publicly owned land that
was once a notorious toxic dump east of
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spectacular even by Miami standards,
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my tanked and condo owners bailed.
After much litigation and squabbling,
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trol of the property and now has issued
requests for proposals to find a savior


with pockets deep enough to develop
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underground contaminants, and pay the
city at least the $25 million required to
satisfy the terms of the 200-year lease.
It's no surprise that Biscayne
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development, bounded by chainlink
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the fenced-off Superfund site. Twice a
month, if the wind is right, a flatulent,
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bay at low tide. In any case, the stench
comes erratically and, when it arrives,
generally dissipates within 24 hours.)
But what's it like to actually live at
Biscayne Landing? Well, I can tell you.
My family and I live there, and all in all,
it's not bad.
People stream into the place every
day in big moving vans and little


No clubhouse, no swimming pool, no resident owners, but big spaces
and nice views.


U-Haul trailers, in gleaming Lexus
SUVs and 1994 maroon Toyotas. Of
162 bank-owned units, 60 percent are
occupied, up from a mere 5 percent
this past November. The new residents
speak English, Spanish, Portuguese,
French, Russian, and Kreyol, and come
in most conceivable colors, shapes,
sizes, ages, and occupations. Some
are hale, some not so much. (Biscayne
Landing is friendly to people with
disabilities, and includes apartment
numbers in Braille.)
Taken together, the population re-
sembles a reasonably diverse jury pool, or
a slice of the human parade at Hollywood
Beach. Dogs are as mixed as their owners:
Labs, poodles, schnauzers, bichons, pugs,
boxers, and honorable mutts. One must
step adroitly through the grass and mind
one's shoes in the elevator. For that reason,


dogs are now verboten for new occupants.
Restless kids had indulged their Huck
Finn imaginings by swerving on skate-
boards in front of cars, chasing each other
with plastic death-ray guns, or wrapping
themselves in toilet paper to play mummy
by the entrance. But that, too, is fading, as
the condo association and Kent Security
guards clamp down. The place could use a
playground and tot lot.
Palms, oaks, jacarandas, and impa-
tiens grace the premises. It's tough to
slalom around all those speed bumps in
the 563-space garage. With no guard gate,
round-the-clock Kent Security guards
double-team to take visitors' names and
let traffic through.
The apartments inside are huge.
You can get a 1700-square-foot unit

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Changing of the Upper


Eastside Guard
After 44 years with the Miami Police Department, Darrell Nichols
bids farewell


By Christian Cipriani
Special to the BT
or many, many years, Ofcr. Darrell
Nichols has been a familiar figure to
every Upper Eastside resident, hote-
lier, shopkeeper, and pimp, and he's about to
bid them all adieu. After 44 years of service,
Nichols is retiring to Tahiti at the age of 67.
"Well, I'm not getting any
younger," he quips. Nichols has been


the Upper Eastside's Neighborhood
Resource Officer (NRO) since the
early 1990s, when the City of Miami
created Neighborhood Enhancement
Team (NET) offices to provide local-
ized support across its districts. Each
came with a dedicated NRO, but today
the role has been diminished.
"The challenge has dissipated," says
Nichols. No%% that we have the Internet
and Facebook and Google groups, it's


11 - f.1 a M AM
For many years Darrell Nichols was a constant and welcome presence in
Miami's Upper Eastside.


kind of bypassed the need for a lot of
personal contact. People can get the
information they need faster through a
computer than by calling me."


No one needs a beat cop like Nichols
to learn about area crimes stats or where

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We Demand a Green Lawn


- Just Don't Use Water
What's a Miami Shores resident to do with when faced with
conflicting commands?


By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

Just because we're in an extreme
drought doesn't mean you should
stop watering your lawn.
That was the message the Village of
Miami Shores sent to homeowners last
month, just as the state was grappling
with what the South Florida Water Man-
agement District calls "one of the worst
droughts ever."
As many as 200 Shores homeown-
ers received courtesy notices reminding
people of water restrictions but also


warning that village codes require they
irrigate the grass on their property and
nearby public right-of-way.
Liz Whitney, a commodities broker
who bought her Miami Shores home ten
months ago, received a notice on June
9 informing her that her "property is in
need of watering" and her s.\ ak (park-
way) is in need of watering."
The notice goes on: "We are sure
that you will agree that a well-main-
tained lawn and swale enhances the
appearance of your home and your entire
neighborhood. Now that we are in the
midst of a dry season it is essential that


Shores resident Liz Whitney was given ten days to revive her lawn - or else.
Shores resident Liz Whitney was given ten days to revive her lawn - or else.


your lawn and swale get the appropriate
attention it needs to thrive in a healthy,
attractive and growing condition."
The notice gave her until June 19
to "correct" the violation. Whitney was
flabbergasted.
"I found it really surprising that of-
ficially we only are allowed two days to
water, but they're giving me ten days to


get my lawn green," Whitney says.
Under current water restrictions,
Whitney can only water her lawn on
Thursday and Sundays after 4:00 p.m.
or before 10:00 a.m. Whitney has an
even-numbered address. Odd-numbered
properties are restricted to those same

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Little House in the


Parking Lot
When you're the only family that refuses to sell, you might end up
surrounded by asphalt


By Terence Cantarella
BT Contributor
W hen Rene Martinez opens the
front door of his house, he
sees nothing but cars. From
the back door, it's the same view. In
fact, no matter which window or door
he looks out of, the scenery is the same.
That's because his home sits in the
middle of a 200-car parking lot.
"I'm in love," says Martinez. "I'm
in my spot. What goes on around me, I
don't care. I'm happy."
Straddling the border between Little
Haiti and Buena Vista, Martinez's house
was once part of a subdivision that includ-
ed nearly 100 homes and stretched from
N. Miami Avenue to NE 2nd Avenue, and
from NE 50th Terrace to NE 53rd Street.


The neighborhood was middle-class
Anglo for most of the last century, then
shifted demographics in the 1970s and
1980s, when thousands of refugees from
Haiti and Cuba arrived. And while the
neighborhood is still distinctly Carib-
bean, Martinez's block looks more like
an asphalt sandbar, with his house sitting
alone in the parking lot like a two-story
metaphor for the passage of time.
Over the course of the past 30 years,
his former neighbors sold their homes
to the nearby Jewish Home and Hos-
pital for the Aged (recently renamed
Miami Jewish Health Systems). In the
1950s, MJHS was just a collection of
wooden bungalows on the former estate
of prominent Miami merchant E.B.
Douglas. But the organization outgrew
its 17-acre campus toward the end of the


Rene Martinez at home: "I'm going to do renovations soon, get it in good
shape and let everyone know I'm here to stay."


last century as Miami's large post-war
Jewish community began to age and seek
medical care. "The Home," as it's still
known, expanded south and westward
into Martinez's neighborhood.
"They were hungry," Martinez says
of his vanished neighbors. "It was a
poor neighborhood. They jumped on the
first deal they got." But his father, who
bought the property in the early 1970s,
refused to sell. His affection for his
house and a belief that he could hold out


for a better deal motivated him to hang
on until the end. When he died last year
at the age of 81, he left the house to his
son, now 45 years old, who shares his
father's sentiments for the home.
The tall mango trees in the backyard
grew from seeds his father carried in his
pocket from Cuba. The roosters and chick-
ens that patrol the area are the offspring of
fowl that Martinez Sr. raised himself. And

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the home's second story, an addition to
the original 70-year-old structure, is the
handiwork of the father-son team.
Martinez still refers to his long-gone
neighbors by their full names when
speaking about them. He tells tales
of murders, hauntings, affairs, and of
schoolboy pranks that he and his friends
regularly played on the residents. To give
up his childhood home, he says, "They'd
have to pay me one million dollars.
Maybe $1.5 million."
Valued at just $258,000 by the Dade
County Property Appraiser, his asking
price seems extravagant, especially since
the prospect of finding a buyer willing
to live amid a crush of cars and trucks
seems unlikely. However, Martinez
explains that he has four sisters - all
of whom share a stake in the property
- and a million dollars split five ways
doesn't amount to a fortune.
He also points out that the access
road leading to his house is main-
tained solely for his benefit and divides
MJHS's parking area into two separate,


Demolishing the house and closing its access road could yield 100 new
parking spaces.


unconnected lots. If he leaves, MJHS
can close it off and gain a new rear
access to the facility, or add roughly 70
new parking spaces - that's in addition
to some 30 spaces his house occupies.
Will they pay the princely sum?
MJHS's chief development and mar-
keting officer, Blaise Mercadante, says
that his organization needs more parking


and would love to buy Martinez's prop-
erty. But, he explains, "We are a not-for-
profit and we operate on donations. We
need to be good stewards of the dona-
tions we receive, which includes paying
reasonable rates for all we purchase."
The plan, he says, is simply to wait
out Martinez: "We don't want to be
bullies. There are no plans to ask the


government for eminent domain."
Eminent domain, while typically used
by governments to seize land for public
projects such as highways, railroads, and
airports, can sometimes be enacted on
behalf of private entities. If a company
can convince a majority of the state
legislature that removing a homeowner
is in the public interest, a plea might be
successful. In this case, since MJHS is a
large medical facility, it could conceivably
argue that Martinez's presence hinders
access, parking, expansion, and compli-
cates important zoning processes.
How much compensation would
Martinez receive under such a scenario?
Jeff Cynamon, an eminent domain
and private property rights attorney
in Miami Beach, says, "In an eminent
domain case, the property is valued at its
highest and best use, and the highest and
best use may be as assembled as part of
the hospital's property."
Determining that future value
involves a measure of speculation based
on price per square foot, the value of
added parking spaces (and any revenue
collected from them), new facilities, jobs
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Green Lawn
Continued from page 37

times but on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Watering lawns in the middle of day
is forbidden and violators can be fined
between $25 and $125, according to the
Water Management District.
Water conditions are indeed dire for
much of Florida. Lake Okeechobee is
almost ten feet below normal, while the
rainfall in eastern Palm Beach County is
more than 22 inches below normal. As
of June 27, despite the recent rain, east
Miami-Dade County's precipitation is
15.25 below normal. Unlike Palm Beach,
Miami-Dade gets its water from the un-
derground Biscayne Aquifer, and it needs
rain to recharge its finite supply. Lots of it.
"For eastern Miami-Dade during the
dry season, the area received 61 percent
of the average rainfall and built up a
deficit of 7.58 inches," explains SFWMD
spokesman Randy Smith. "We will need
a wetter than average wet season and
probably a tropical system to make a
dent in the deficit situation."
Given that it may take a wet hurri-
cane to revive the region's water supply,


Whitney thinks the village is acting
irresponsibly. "The Everglades are on
fire and the governor has declared a state
of emergency due to the severity of the
drought," Whitney says. "I believe it
should be up to each individual's discre-
tion as to whether he or she decides to
water on the permitted days, and conser-
vation efforts should be rewarded instead
of actively discouraged...."
But Miami Shores's codes, which the
village is renowned for diligently enforcing,
say otherwise. Section 537 goes into detail
about yard maintenance that includes "wa-
tering, mowing, and trimming on a regular
basis as required in each instance to keep
said landscaping in healthy, attractive, and
growing condition." Homeowners who fail
to correct code violations can be fined up
to $250 a day for the first offense and $500
a day for repeat offense.
Neighboring El Portal has similar
laws on its books, yet village manager
Jason Walker is not enforcing them
during the drought. "We're facing the
same issues that the residents are facing,"
Walker says, noting that the grass around
Village Hall is fairly withered. "It's diffi-
cult to cite someone for something you're


having a problem with as well."
Walker says El Portal has been issuing
warnings to residents who defy the restric-
tive water regulations, but it's unknown if
Miami Shores is doing the same. Whitney
says her lawn "looks pretty brown," as do
many of her neighbors, yet she does notice
some properties looking pretty lush, and
has witnessed residents irrigating even at
times when it is forbidden. "I see people
watering their lawns all the time," she says,
"even in the middle of the day."
Miami Shores has alerted residents
about the water restrictions via its
newsletter, by signs on roadway medians,
and even on the courtesy notices that ask
homeowners to water their lawns.
Multiple calls to Shores village
manager Tom Benton inquiring about
the village's policy regarding residents
who flout SFWMD regulations went
unanswered, but in an e-mail to the BT,
village clerk Barbara Estep denies that
her municipality is forcing residents to
defy the water restrictions.
"We are unsure of the intent of your
article, but your line of questioning is
inaccurate," Estep writes. "Based on your
questions, it appears that you are trying


to insinuate that the village is attempting
to force our residents to ignore the South
Florida Water Management District's
water restrictions. This is not the case. We
have not cited any homeowner for having
brown lawns. We have distributed a cour-
tesy letter to residents who have appeared
to abandon any and all lawn maintenance,
advising them that it is their responsibility
to maintain their yard, including watering
per the SFWMD guidelines. So that there
is no misunderstanding as to what the
SFWMD guidelines are, we also provide
the residents with a SFWMD fact sheet
which details the watering restrictions in
place during this drought period."
After receiving her "courtesy letter,"
Whitney began watering her lawn at
times allowed. On June 19 she did not re-
ceive any further notices, and in the days
that followed, the long-awaited summer
rains hydrated lawns throughout the
Shores and beyond. Still, she's befuddled
by the village's approach. "It shows how
short-sighted our local government can
be," she says, "by preferring a green
lawn today over water tomorrow."

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sex offenders are located. And when they
have a grievance, Nichols says people
just send e-mails to the mayor and police
chief and get a direct response. Once
a key liaison between residents and
decision-makers, the NRO is going by
the wayside.
When Miami first created its Neigh-
borhood Enhancement Teams, there
were 12 officers like Nichols located
throughout city. Each one had a staff
that included, among other person-
nel, fire and solid-waste inspectors,
two code-enforcement officers, a NET
administrator, a service representative,
and an aide. Recalls Nichols: "We, as a
team, could resolve anything right there
at the office."
There was a time when people could
file a police report at their local NET,
and the office was alive with activity -
phones ringing, fax machines whirring,
reports happening. NETs were once
active police substations, but over time
politics and administrative interference
diluted their power. In one part of the


city, rumors swirled about code officers
just hanging out at NET offices wasting
time. This disconnect eroded the entire
operation. Nichols would like to see
NET operations restored to their former
glory - as effective, user-friendly parts
of the community.
Historically the Upper Eastside's
best and worst quality has always been
its perpetual state of flux. The constant
wave of people in and out seems to draw
curious new investors, but it's also made
it difficult to establish long-term stake-
holders. Years ago it was mainly retirees,
wintering Northerners, and families with
children. As the demographics shifted in
the mid-1980s, however, the Boulevard
went into steady decline, especially its
west side. Nichols attributes this to a lack
of effective code enforcement when they
began subdividing homes into apartments.
He traces through a cycle he's
watched chip away at the community
time and again: Garbage isn't picked up,
code enforcement becomes lax, the area
starts to look bad, transient people with
no stake in the neighborhood move into
cheap housing, blighted and abandoned
buildings become squats for petty


criminals, and soon these crimes turn
serious as desperation grows.
Cheap motels stretching up the west
side of the Boulevard were notorious
dens of drugs, prostitution, and vio-
lence, drawing constant attention from
the police and the Nuisance Abatement
Board. From the 1990s through the mid-
2000s, the Upper Eastside was primar-
ily defined by seediness and fear, but
in recent years neighbors and property
owners began fighting back.
One major, and majorly effective,
Upper Eastside initiative has been Crime
Watch. Nichols says residents developed
one particularly bad habit over the years
- not caring about issues that don't per-
sonally affect them. But in the past few
years, countywide coordinator Carmen
Caldwell galvanized Morningside
residents into 100-percent participation.
The momentum spread, and soon Belle
Meade, Bayside, and Shorecrest were
onboard, creating their own effective
Crime Watch groups.
With neighborhood vigilance on
the rise and businesses steadily filling
in, things are looking up. The Upper
Eastside is now home to Miami's most


enticing new collection of small busi-
nesses. Its once blighted motels boast
hip restaurants like Red Light and
American Noodle Bar. The New Yorker
Boutique Hotel at 6500 Biscayne was
just named the Best Hotel by Miami
New Times. In fact the area is now one of
the safest neighborhoods in the City of
Miami, much to the surprise of residents.
"People think we're making up statistics,"
Nichols says. "We're not."
While Nichols has no strong con-
cerns about or criticisms of the Miami
Police Department and its leadership, he
leaves with a bitter taste for city politics.
The city's budget woes put a damper on
his final chapter with the force, and had
a negative impact on training, morale,
and police readiness. This past year
in particular Nichols watched police
salaries suffer as the city tried to fill
spiraling financial holes. Even after pay
and pension cuts, Miami is still facing
a shortfall for 2012 projected to top
$54 million, but that figure now grows
almost weekly. A police union lawsuit
against the city is pending.

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Biscayne Landing
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with two bedrooms and two-and-half
baths on a low floor for about $1700 a
month, or a 2500-square-foot penthouse
with three bedrooms and three-and-a-
half baths for about $2600. Not cheap,
not quite luxe, but certainly pleasant
enough. Singles, including FIU stu-
dents, often double or triple up.
Apartments come with high-end
kitchens and giant marble master bath-
rooms with spa bathtubs that provide the
illusion of "arrival." Outdoor catwalks
keep things breezy in the front and bal-
conies afford verdant views of protected
wetland forest on the lower floors, and
water views from the 11th floor up. The
1043-acre Oleta River State Park and
the Arch Creek East preserve are nearby,
with Sunny Isles towers in the near
distance. Washer, dryer, cable, phone,
and sometimes unreliable Internet are
included in the rent.
Walk across 151st Street and you're
in North Miami Stadium, next to Alonzo
and Tracy Mourning Senior High School.
The sounds of football and soccer games


played there often drift up to the balco-
nies, as do the Haitian festivals celebrat-
ing national holidays, with compas music
emanating from the PA system.
Walk a half mile down the street
and past the woods and you're at David
Lawrence Jr., K-8 Center, where rotating
flashing messages reflect the uplift of
its namesake, the former Miami Herald
publisher and child advocate. ("We are a
five-star 'A' school" ..."Prevent bullying
and violence.") Less than a mile away is
the Biscayne Bay campus of FIU. Cut
through Oleta River State Park's out-
skirts and you are a two-mile bike or jog
from the beach.
Not bad at all, and yet reminders
persist that you are not in a normal area.
Next to the security guard there's a
four-foot, candy-cane-shaped white PVC
pipe about five inches thick. Every so
often, DERM-dispatched inspectors mon-
itor the air for the ammonia and methane
that lurk beneath the old dump. So far, so
good - or so residents are told.
Ponds dredged from the muck teem
with ducks, fish, and turtles begging for
scraps from passersby. Far as we can
tell, no mutant mini Godzillas prowl


the fenced-off woods just to the east
(christened "Stephen King Forest" by
our youngest daughter), but you do find
lots of rabbits, and frogs can climb to
fifth-floor balconies and beyond.
"Biscayne Landing needs to become
a force," says North Miami Councilman
Scott Galvin. In other words, things need
to improve, whether it's the odor from
the county sewage plant or the course of
surrounding development.
Although the condo association calls
the shots, Biscayne Landing is not yet
a community, and resident-owners are
in short supply. There is no clubhouse
for kvelling and kvetching (the gener-
ous mailrooms don't quite cut it), and no
swimming pool, but there is a fine fitness
center, where the aerobically adept and
Incredible Hulks with MP3s do their
business, grunt, pant, and leave.
To swim honest laps, you can pay
seven bucks at FIU down the street or
six bucks at the Miami Shores aquatic
center. For tennis, you can try Sans
Souci, less than two miles south.
Biscayne Landing works well for
busy people and families with established
social networks. Most people seem to


like it. Some love it. But the place is dead
at midday and offers no solace for the
lonely. "When I moved out of here, I ran,"
says Mario, a divorced former heavy-
equipment operator retired on a disability,
with time on his hands. He moved to an
oceanfront place in Hallandale Beach
with a pool and large common area. He's
happier there, but still comes back to hang
out with the security guards who hear
people's joys and sorrows. Nan, one floor
below from us, fled to Boca.
Yet for all the development interrup-
tus, there is hope. Whoever takes over
Biscayne Landing must agree to put in
a clubhouse and pool, and provide more
direct access than the long, winding road
now called Royal Oaks Lane. Sooner or
later, it has to happen.
In the meantime, you can watch,
wait, pray for mercy on the rates at
lease's end, and lay down stakes, if
only temporarily, as an urban pioneer
between the old dump and the woods,
greeting the sun from the master bed-
room and bidding it goodbye from the
front walkway with a toast to tomorrow.

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"We took a pretty good hit on our
pay," says Nichols. He leaves with his
pension intact, but for officers taking
home less each week, a thrifty retirement
awaits. "When you join the department,
the idea is to work hard and work up - in
pay, benefits, and rank - so that when
you retire, you have money. There was a
six- to seven-year stretch with no raises,
and we were the lowest-paid police de-
partment of our size in the whole state."
Nichols calls Miami politics "mind-
boggling" and says constant city manag-
er turnover is hurting financial stability:
No%\ the city is coming into this budget
shortfall and the rumors running around
are that employees are going to take
another hit. City hall can't even answer
the question at this point. I don't like to
be critical to the city because I've had
a good career with them, but I do take
offense that they came at us at the end of
last year and took so much money from
us after we worked so hard."
Whatever the city takes from police
salaries, something they can't take from


Nichols is a litany of accomplishments.
Just after the Upper Eastside NET office
opened in June 1992, Hurricane Andrew
devastated South Florida. Nichols and his
colleagues immediately set up a food-col-
lection point at the NET office, at NE 65th
and Biscayne. They were soon so over-
whelmed with supplies that they moved it
to the nearby American Legion Hall.
"It got to the point where we had
military helicopters dropping off MREs
for us to distribute to people, especially
on the west side," recalls Nichols. He
was on the phone wrangling contacts
and people in the neighborhood, and
dozens turned up to lend supplies and
support. He recalls serving 400 to 500
people a day with care packages for
nearly a week.
"We even had the ice and water
trucks showing up," says Nichols. "It
was an area that wasn't thought about be-
cause of the location, while other areas
were getting more attention. The Upper
Eastside has always been a red-headed
stepchild, an afterthought, but we were
there defending it."
For his efforts, Nichols was be-
stowed commendations from both the


city and county.
Other accomplishments he recalls
are his park events. As a full-blooded
Native American (Cherokee and Lakota),
Nichols organized three festivals be-
tween 1992 and 1994. More than 300
Native Americans descended on Legion
Park to educate and entertain about
25,000 schoolchildren.
"That was very gratifying," says
Nichols. "The whole purpose of those ac-
tivities was to show the community what
they could use their parks for. If you want
the city to spend money on parklands,
you have to show that you'll use them.
Morningside and Legion are the most
underused parks in the City of Miami."
Nichols also began bringing in musi-
cians from Tobacco Road to perform at
Jazz in the Park. He also helped organize
the Police Junior Olympics and flea mar-
kets, all in a passionate effort to show
off the potential of the Upper Eastside's
green spaces.
"In all the years I've been with the
department, I've personally accom-
plished a lot," Nichols says, beaming.
He's retiring with more diverse knowl-
edge than he could have ever obtained


from another career, including licenses
to operate a boat, a helicopter - even
an airplane, which may come in handy
during his retirement.
As a young man, Nichols lived in
Hawaii for a time, and the experience
never left his mind. Now on the brink of
retirement, he's maneuvering to recap-
ture the rustic, breezy island lifestyle
he enjoyed so many decades ago. But
with Hawaii now commercialized and
overdeveloped, Nichols instead picked
up a two-bedroom, driftwood-and-tin
beachcomber in Tahiti, in the unspoiled
heart of French Polynesia. He'd been vis-
iting the island for years and fell in love
with the place. Now, in a few months,
he'll travel there again to lay eyes on his
new getaway.
Nichols is going to use a home he
owns in Gainesville as his primary resi-
dence, so don't expect to see his smiling
face around Miami too often. Instead,
Ofcr. Darrell Nichols will be somewhere
in the South Pacific, patrolling barefoot,
keeping the tropical fish in line, and a
close eye on its crystal blue waters.

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created by expansion, and a variety of
other factors. It's possible, therefore, that
the state could determine that the value
of Martinez's property is considerably
higher than its current market value.
Martinez, meanwhile, is digging in.
He recently planted a row of young lychee
trees in the narrow strip of soil beside
his house, the fruit from which he plans
to enjoy ten years from now. A building
contractor by trade, he has plans for the
house, too: "I'm going to do renovations
soon, paint the house, get it in good shape
and let everyone know I'm here to stay."
Martinez is no anomaly. The Internet
abounds with stories of people who
refuse to sell their homes and end up
living in parking lots, shopping malls,
under highway overpasses, or sand-
wiched in between skyscrapers. In China,
homes like Martinez's are called "nail
houses" because their owners are like
stubborn nails stuck in a piece of wood.
Literature and film, meanwhile,
regularly sympathize with such tenacity,
as in the 2009 Disney/Pixar movie Up or


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the classic 1942 book The Little House,
which is still in print today.
But while those stories often involve
a David vs. Goliath storyline, Martinez
faces a less sinister foe. Real estate re-
cords show that MJHS paid fair-market
prices for many of the most recently pur-
chased homes in the area. As one of the
nation's preeminent geriatric care facili-
ties, the organization is often bequeathed
small fortunes by happy patients and
their grateful relatives. Those gifts,
along with government grants, have
fueled its growth and made the acquisi-
tion of private homes possible.
Whatever the future holds, Martinez is
content living in the house where he grew
up. "I really don't care about money," he
says. "Money to me means problems. It's
a way to live a little better. You can get
things you need, but it's not everything."
Still, he'd move on if he could
trade up - perhaps to a beach house in
Central or South America. Otherwise,
he says, "I'd rather die here than go
somewhere else. In fact, maybe that's
what I'll do."

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Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTURA


Your Condo Is Ablaze!
Middle of the night. Building's fire alarm wails. Now what?


By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer
BT Contributor

It was Thursday, June 16, at 5:00
a.m. when I was jarred from a deep
and peaceful sleep. I know that it
was exactly 5:00 a.m. because I looked
disbelievingly at my alarm clock, my
heart beating out of my chest from
the exceedingly loud, shrill warning
that was going off repeatedly for what
seemed like forever.
"W-h-o-o-o-o-o-p! W-h-o-o-o-o-p!
The fire alarm has been activated. Please
exit the building using the nearest set
of stairs. Thank you," said the smooth
woman's recorded voice over the loud-
speaker throughout my building.


Or it was something like that. What-
ever the exact wording was really didn't
matter. What did matter was that there
was a potential fire in my building. And
here's the best part - I didn't really
believe it. After all, how could there be
a fire here? In a modern, recently built,
high-tech condominium?
I didn't smell or see an iithin,_' but even
more, I didn't feel it in my gut. I know
it isn't much to go on, but I also know I
wasn't alone in my thought process.
When I was finally awake enough
to understand that there was potential
danger, I took account of where each
of my three pets were: dog, next to me;
black cat, under the bed; gray cat, look-
ing curiously around for the origin of


that god-awful noise.
I joined my husband on the balcony
off of our bedroom to see what was
happening outside. The answer: Noth-
ing. There were lots of residents mill-
ing about on their respective balconies
checking out the scene, but as far as
people "evacuating" the building as


instructed, there were maybe two or
three people in front of the condo, but
otherwise it was business as usual -
except for the blood-curdling alarm that
sounded repeatedly.
And that alarm didn't stop until
the fire department arrived - which
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mere 13 minutes.
So there we were, waiting...and
waiting, and I started thinking. "What if
this is a real fire? We're going to burn!"
It's amazing, with a city as small
as Aventura, a city that has its own fire
department (and its own police force of
significant size, but that I'll save for an-
other time), you'd think they'd get those
trucks here in no time.
Finally they did arrive. There was no
fire. It was a false alarm. Whew!
And it was at that moment I knew
what I was going to write about this month.
I later called the Aventura Fire
Department. And called them again. I
was so annoyed no one bothered to call
me back that I was prepared to go off on
the department, when on the third try
I got through to Chief Tim Castleberry,
a veteran firefighter (approximately 39
years), who joined the force when he
was just 18 years old. He was accom-
modating. Correction: He was absolutely
forthcoming. And I was blunt: "Do you
know how long it took you to get to my
building?" (Which is on 188th Street.) "It
took 13 minutes. I live five minutes from
the station." (Which is at 2900 Aventura


Blvd., on the north side of the mall.) "If
my building had been on fire, we could
have been killed."
His response, without an ounce of
defensiveness: "Depending on the way
an alarm comes in, we determine if
there is an indication of smoke or fire.
We already know and can dispatch our
units accordingly."
Alarms can be monitored by the
building's management or by an alarm-
monitoring company. "Any time an
alarm rings, we dispatch at least one
unit on the three," explained Castle-
berry, referring to the code that calls
for lights and sirens. "If and when it is
determined that there's a false alarm,
the detail is modified. Every time we
dispatch units, anything can happen,
and there's no sense in unnecessarily
risking lives."
So basically they have eyes and ears
"on the scene" and generally know the
urgency before arriving. In other words,
there was a method to their slowness,
and for that I felt a bit relieved.
Castleberry continued: "We got
the call at 5:00 a.m., dispatched at 5:03
a.m., the units were in route at 5:08 a.m.,


and arrived at 5:11. We learned that the
alarms came from the 9th, 10th, and
11th floors of the building. It was then
isolated to the 9th floor and there was no
smoke or fire. This allowed us to slow
down. Overall, it took four minutes to
get there once they were en route."
I heard through the building grape-
vine that the alarm was pulled in the
garage by a bunch of kids. So much for
the rumor mill. Regardless, it was a false
alarm, and as the chief explained, there
can be a price to pay for that. If false
alarms continue, a building can be fined.
"It's the only way to stop the degradation
of fire prevention," said Castleberry.
He also mentioned that an abun-
dance of false alarms plagued Aventura
until he took matters into his own
hands. "Working closely with fire
prevention," he said, "we've reduced
the number of false alarms by 20 to 30
percent over the past four years. False
alarms degrade our service. If we're out
chasing nothing, it's more difficult to
help those in need."
But if you're living in a building and
a fire alarm goes off, you never know if
it's false or for real. So why don't people


evacuate? Seems kind of messed up that
there's a potential fire in a residential
building, which could be 50 stories tall,
and no one takes it seriously.
When our alarm went off last month,
I lay in bed irritated because I was in
the middle of a dream and I was comfy
- two things that rarely occur simulta-
neously in my world. Then, once I was
coherent enough to understand what was
happening, I was annoyed. I really didn't
feel like moving, but if need be, I would.
Eventually I asked a number of
people in my building what they
thought. While not one of them would
use his or her name, they unanimously
admitted that they had no intention of
evacuating. "Too early," said one. "It's
not light out yet."
When I mentioned this to the chief,
he said, "Sometimes you're better off to
stay in your apartment, because people
get out of hand and cause chaos. We
come in, take over the elevators, and
keep order."
That makes sense. And in case of an
actual fire, I would welcome that.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI AT LARGE


A Ride to the Other Side


One Brickell cotel has everything
in the elevator

By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor
Since by now I've probably garnered
a reputation for writing about
seemingly out-of-the-ordinary
events, I figured I'd switch it up some
this month and discuss.. .stocks. After
all, I was once on the staff of a rather no-
nonsense business newspaper.
So time to dust off that portfolio,
identify the key performers, and blah,
blah, blah. Just kidding! Gotcha!
No, I wouldn't do that to you, dear
reader. Actually this month I invite you
to sit back, relax (for about 30 seconds
or so, until you get interrupted by your
phone vibrating, spouse complaining,


- including ghosts


dog barking, or supposedly microwave-
safe bowl blowing up, leaving scalding
pea soup splatters in the appliance a la
Linda Blair, before sparking a meltdown
in your kitchen), and enjoy the tale I am
about to relay to you.
You ready? For this column, in order
to really benefit from its full efficacy, to
drain its holy juices, it would be best if you
followed my directions: Score some choco-
late bars (preferably 90 percent cacao, im-
ported), marshmallows (you can substitute
organic cream cheese if so desired), and
gluten-free graham crackers. Now, build
a fire. (You don't know how to do that,
do you? I knew it. City wimp!) Next, put
your nutritionally balanced, snotty, s'more
sammy in the micro - scratch that. Put


the Whole Foods-approved concoction in
the toaster oven, toast it, remove it, and
sit in front of your faux fireplace. Don't
forget to kill the lights! Now, wait for my
dramatic beginning. It's coming in just a
sec.... Okay, here goes:
Once upon a time, not very long
ago - actually, in the present - there
lived a youngish woman in a big condo/
hotel building in downtown Miami. Well,
technically it was in Brickell. (Let's just
agree now to use the past tense so the tale
has a more authentic feel. After all, you


are eating an organic cream-cheese-filled
s'more in front of your faux fire. So we al-
ready have our share of challenges here.)
Now, this woman had a love/hate rela-
tionship with the building. She loved that it
was located by Biscayne Bay and she could
visit the manatees, but she hated the loud
neighbors and louder city garbage collec-
tors. She called it the cotel, because people
owned units there, haggling with the condo
Medusas, and people rented units, clogging
the trash room with huge bags of rancid
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Anyway this youngish woman, well,
she was lively and, some would say, "ec-
centric," but that seemed to work in her
favor and she made friends with every-
one who worked at the cotel. As a result
of this, she was on the inside track, and
she knew things about the daily com-
ings and goings of the cotel that were not
otherwise common knowledge.
For example, she knew who was
trying to get into whose pants and more
important, who made the best caf6 con
leche and who put roofies in the tuna
subs at the caf6. Some things she knew
were not very pleasant. Some things, one
might say, were downright eerie.
Okay. One thing was downright eerie.
One day the youngish woman was
headed to her apartment when she heard
strange noises in the elevator she was
sharing with a mild-mannered tourist
couple. The youngish woman guessed
they were from the Midwest. When the
elevator shook and made some more odd
noises, the couple exchanged confused
looks while the youngish woman ex-
claimed, "What the hell was that?"
The following day the youngish
woman reported the incident to the


young woman at the reception desk. The
young woman told the youngish woman
to "stop" as she was getting "the chills"
and instructed the youngish woman to
consult with the security guard.
The End.
Ha! Just kidding again.
Okay, so the youngish woman saw
the security guard and asked about the
elevator.
The security guard said, "Oh, the ghosts."
"Yes?" asked the youngish woman,
looking for more information.
"They come starting at nine o'
clock," the security guard explained.
"They are always in elevator four."
The youngish woman demanded de-
tails. The security guard said he'd show her.
He had apparently made a habit of record-
ing the elevator security videos onto his
phone. The security guard whipped out his
Crackberry and said, "Watch the screen."
"What was that?" the youngish
woman asked as the screen seemed to
jump. "That was just me," the security
guard says. "I moved my hand." Oh. The
youngish woman yawned and her mind
drifted to a pair of really hot, stiletto
heels she saw on the...


Then the elevator lights captured in
the video flickered and wavered. Moving
white orbs and these ghastly, squinty
purple eyes stared back from the screen.
The youngish woman squealed and
grabbed the security guard's arm.
"Oh my beep, beeping God! What in
the beep is that?!"
The youngish woman watched as the
orbs undulated and the menacing purple
eyes became part of a facial outline.
This continued for five minutes. The
security guard said it might be Jordan.
(Deep background: "Jordan" was noted in
this column before, though you wouldn't
know him as Jordan, but as "Stalk-her."
Jordan was found earlier this year, in his
apartment, lying on a wet floor, where
he had been for four days. By the time
he was discovered, he was decomposing,
with his hungry, rescued greyhound by
his side. To the greyhound's credit, it had
not nibbled on Jordan. The faucet in the
bathroom was still running and, report-
edly, the coroner said they got there just
in time before Jordan blc%\ upi")
The youngish woman thought it
made no sense for Jordan to haunt eleva-
tor four. He and his whiskey bottle, and


sometimes his dog, were always in eleva-
tor one, i.e., the service and dog elevator.
"I've seen it in one, too," another
guard said. "And I've seen it for a while.
I just didn't want to say anything."
"And don't forget the little girl," the
other guard said.
"The what?" the youngish woman asked.
"Oh," the first security guard said,
sounding bored, "There is a little girl,
too. But she is always on floor 28. And
sometimes the lobby."
The youngish woman's nostrils
flared, as she had lived on the 28th floor
the previous year.
"Is she orbs, too, or like a whole
person?" the youngish woman asked.
"A whole person," the yawning se-
curity guard said, adding, "but she's not
always here."
"Have you spoken to her?" the
youngish woman asked.
"What, are you crazy?" security guard
one responded. "I don't want to meet her! I
just do my job and keep going."
Ah, the youngish woman thought, I
guess that is what we all do.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADE


Pink Slips All Around
Here's a tip for the new county mayor: Start with a clean slate


By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor
I'm not much on giving advice unless
asked. Big on opinions, yes, but short
on advice because it comes with too
many responsibilities. That said, Mr.
New Dade Mayor, here's some advice
whether you want it or not.
A few years ago, I was appointed
to be Miami's interim city manager by
then Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez (newly
elected county commissioner for District
7 - congratulations!). As it turned out,
I was not long for the city manager job
and "X" (everybody called him X) was
not long for the mayor's office. He was
removed by the courts because of voter


fraud connected with his campaign,
although he was never implicated.
At any rate, the mayor removed me
after only 27 days in the position because
I did not deliver the one thing that, at that
time, he wanted more than anything in
the world (or at least he acted like it): the
head of then Miami Police Chief Donald
Warshaw. Suarez wanted him fired and
gone in no uncertain terms.
Indeed the mayor had just fired
the previous city manager for not
delivering on this, and now it was my
turn to get my walking papers. The
individual he chose as my replacement
was Miami Beach City Manager Jos6
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Anyway, on my last day, Garcia-
Pedrosa showed up to retrieve the keys to
my office and, at the end of our transi-
tion conference (very short, because he
already knew everything that anyone
needed to know in order to run the City
of Miami), he asked me rather wryly:
"Frank, you have been an employee of
Miami for many years. Do you have any
sage advice for a new city manager?"
To which I replied, "Yes, sir, I do.
Don't buy a house."
It's something we used to tell individu-
als who were newly appointed to higher
positions in city government, because we
knew they probably would not be around
long enough to enjoy their new abode. In
Garcia-Pedrosa's case, he lasted only a few
months. He was fired by incoming Mayor
Joe Carollo after X was removed by court
order in one of the more bizarre chapters in
recent political history - even for Miami!
So back to the advice thing. By the
time this column goes to print, we will
have a new mayor of Dade County. (I
refuse to call it Miami-Dade County, for
much the same reason I still refer to Sun
Life Stadium as Joe Robbie Stadium.
Because that's what it is.) As I write this,


I'm hoping it will be Carlos Gimenez,
but regardless of who prevails, the advice
is appropriate.
A couple of years ago, I ran into
Jimmy Morales down in the Keys in, of
all places, a fishing tackle store - go
figure! You remember Jimmy. He was a
great county commissioner who resigned
to run for county mayor. Sound familiar?
Our conversation turned to local politics
and I asked him his opinion on how to fix
the mess we have in local government.
His reply reverberates to this day.
"You can't," he said, "because the
problem is endemic within the county
administration. You can't fix it by only
changing the elected officials, because
the system is corrupt and those in the
administration of the county have long
ago given up any hope of true reform."
Jimmy's response was true then and is
still true today. So my advice to the new
mayor - the new strong mayor - is to
fire them all.
That's right. Get rid of every direc-
tor and every assistant director of every
department. Fire the existing manager
and the existing assistant managers. Yup,
fire the whole lot and start over.


But just hold on, you say. How will
things get done? To which I reply: What
is getting done now, and to whom is it
being done?
Let's just say for giggles that on the
day the new mayor is sworn in, all the
existing executives within the county
administration resign. It would not be a
crisis. It would be a great opportunity for
the new mayor to change the mindset of
county government.
And speaking of change, let the new
mayor be bold enough to seek some fresh
faces for these positions.
I can still hear the naysayers: What
we need is experience; fresh faces are
too idealistic and not seasoned.
To which I respond: It was an idealistic
young landscape architect by the name of
Frederick Law Olmsted who gave us Cen-
tral Park in the middle of New York City at
the ripe young age of 36 back in 1858.
Was it not idealistic individuals who
wrote the Declaration of Independence,
who framed the Constitution and the
Bill of Rights? Were these individuals
too idealistic? No, they had a sense of
commitment to do what was right by
their fledgling country. Where is the


commitment today from our higher-level
civil servants to do what is right by Dade
County residents?
I'm not speaking of the rank-and-file
public servants who go to work every
day and perform admirably, whether it be
keeping us safe from the bad guys, put-
ting out fires, saving the life of someone
shot or having a heart attack, or just (and
I say "just" tongue-in-cheek) picking up
our garbage or operating our parks.
I am speaking of those in managerial
positions who have been poisoned by the
system, those who find it most important
to do what will be politically pleasing to
those who sit on high in order to curry
favor and keep their jobs.
Well, I say tomorrow is promised to
no one, and the new mayor should start
out with a clean slate. Send them all
packing. As the Nike commercials used
to say, "Just do it!" You, Mr. Mayor, and
the residents will reap the benefits.
Remember, the next mayoral elec-
tion, in November 2012, is just 16 short
months away, and we will all be watch-
ing. Not that anybody asked me.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI SHORES


Ripe for Trouble

How do you cope with 14 mango trees dropping their fruit at the
same time? Take a look


By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor
T hese days, no one dares to ask me,
'What's up?" Because the real
question is "What's down?" And
everyone knows the answer: mangos.
This year, I'm not alone. A winter with
plenty of the necessary chill hours and no
spring or early-summer rain combined to
give us one of the biggest crops in years.
Fruit is overripe on the trees before it even
falls off - which it is doing in droves.
Those of us with only one mango tree have
been busy bringing in bags of sticky, sap-
stained globes for colleagues and peers to
share no matter where we work. Imagine
having 14 of the overproducing monsters.


Toward the end of the school year, I was
hauling in 50-75 mangos per day, handing
them out willy-nilly to my students, who
would take them, poke a hole in the top
with their pencils, and then peel them like
bananas. It was, I admit, a technique I had
yet to see. Then again, I do teach creativity.
My kids are good at brainstorming.
Now that my students have left
me for the summer, my life has gotten
tougher in a lot of ways. Emotionally I
miss them; I had my first-ever class of
graduating seniors, something I never
experienced as a university instructor.
As a practical matter, the absence of
my students has left me with hundreds
of mangos to dispose of every day. And
because every mango-tree owner in Miami


One morning's collection of Haden We use any bags we can find to
and Smith mangos. collect them.


By the end of June, we've run out
of bags.


Then we take advantage of any
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Sometimes the mangos don't
make it.


They always wind up in the pool.

Shores is going through the same glut of
potentially rotting fruit, my usually faithful


The dogs like to help.


It's not always fun and games.

chefs are on the receiving end of more than
they can handle from backdoor donations.


As soon as the fruit starts to
overflow, I cut them up for freezing.

Only Kris Wessel from Red Light has been
making regular visits to Mango House, and
even he laughs every time he views the
carnage of plummeting fruit.
That disbelieving chuckle, I have to
say, is the response of every reader I've
invited to my house to pick up fruit for
themselves. They've been fairly loyal, and
folks like Lilian Hardy from Quayside and
Monique Armbrister from Miami Shores
have even given me good-quality recipes
for my upcoming book, which is proceed-
ing rapidly. Ms. Hardy also brings a crew
to clean up the yard, which my husband


After all, you can only eat, drink, or
cook with so many.

thinks is part of my racket. (Ms. Hardy
assures me it's just because she loves yard
work, and misses it now that she no longer
lives in the Shores, so who am I to argue?)
But rather than describe my pleasure
and my pain, I'm going to show it to you.
If you've been following my Facebook
page, you might have already seen a
couple of these images. Along with a
couple of friends of mine, I've been
documenting this incredible season, and
the results speak for themselves.
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Culture: THE ARTS


Cafe Society
A smattering of new restaurants is helping turn the Wynwood Arts


District into a real neighborhood

By Anne Tschida
BT Contributor
he bright, geometric facade
painted to look like green, white,
and red bouncing boxes has been
beckoning for some time now on NW
2nd Avenue in Wynwood, but the doors
of the Panther Coffee Shop seemed
to take a long time in opening. (To be
fair, "speedy" has never been an adjec-
tive used when talking about the city's
process for permitting small businesses
in Miami.) Then, on a stifling hot Sat-
urday afternoon in late June, the doors
were pulled back and owner Joel Pollack,
standing out front, invited us in for a sip.
His wife, Leticia Ramos, served up
espressos, from beans that were not only
ground, but also roasted on the premises.
Guests were pointed only to the tip jar;
for Panther's soft opening, the owners
wanted to give the public a taste before
charging for their home brews. Huge
burlap bags of coffee beans, a large
roaster, and a few chairs made up the
decor. All in all, it seemed to fit in with
the general aesthetic of an arts district.
Several months before, farther north
on NW 2nd Avenue, Lester's had also
opened, helmed by artist Daniel Milews-
ki. With a barista bar, some blond-wood
tables and stools, a couple of couches,
and art magazines spread about, it too
has a nice artsy feel. It's mostly a cafe,


although it has added a small food menu
since opening.
Miami-Dade has always been short
on real cafds, but in the city's urban
midsection, they have been nonexistent.
That's starting to change. These two
most recent additions have joined Joey's,
a full-scale restaurant run by Joey Gold-
man and Goldman Properties (the first
eating and drinking establishment on
NW 2nd Avenue back when it opened in
2009), and a second Goldman enterprise,
the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.


The Panther Coffee Shop's Joel Pollack and Leticia Ramos.


At Panther they roast their own
coffee beans.

The latter is an attraction in itself, con-
nected to the eye-popping Wynwood Walls
complex and featuring murals painted by


international street artists such as Kenny
Scharf, Barry McGee, Os Gemeos, and
Shepard Fairey. (Fairey has also covered
the inside of the restaurant in his distinc-
tive, decorative red, black, and gold images
and symbols.) And of course, there are
several spots not on NW 2nd, such as
Cafeina - open only in the evenings with
an art gallery in the back - and Morgan's,
with its outdoor dining porch.
It's not Manhattan, but Wynwood
has been waiting forever for a critical
mass of places where you can sit, eat,


and hang out. The hope is that such spots
will give the neighborhood energy and
street life. So far it's a little difficult to
gauge what the impact has been.
On this lazy, hazy afternoon, a
number of artists were working on lap-
tops at Lester's, while up the street some
familiar faces from the art world were
sitting at the Wynwood Kitchen's bar.
Whether there was any extra gallery-
hopping going on is hard to say.
Annie Hollingsworth, a transplant
from New York who just curated a show


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Lester's owner Daniel Milewski: "People who live and work here are
excited to have a place they can walk to."


The Wynwood Kitchen & Bar has been painted inside and out by well-
known artists.


called "Noise Field" at Dorsch Gallery,
and who also lives in the area, has had a
bird's-eye view of the evolving land-
scape for more than a year. "I don't think
that the restaurants have really increased
the number of people visiting galler-
ies," she says, "but they certainly make
it more hospitable, and that has a less
definable but still positive effect."
She's pointing to the immeasur-
able mix that can make a neighborhood
viable. If artists hang out in noticeable
numbers, maybe art collectors will, too.
(For one group attracts the other.) If
owners of BMWs valet park for lunch
and then take off without patronizing
another local venue, it doesn't necessar-
ily mean they've made no impact. Others
who might have considered Wynwood
to be sketcil and unwelcoming, not the
kind of place for an afternoon stroll," as
Hollingsworth describes it, could look at
the area differently.
Dina Mitrani, owner of the epony-
mous photography gallery on NW 2nd
Avenue, a block north of the Goldman


eateries, says she has witnessed an
uptick in traffic: "After the opening of
the two restaurants, yes, I've seen more
people on the streets." As for the new-
comer coffee shops, they are "always a
good thing - good crowds, good energy,
and it's where good conversations about
art and culture happen."
Early evening on Second Saturday
in June, Lester's was hopping. You can
get wine and beer as well as coffee there,
so the caf6 was transitioning from an
afternoon place to read and work into
a nightspot for mixing and mingling.
"There have actually been more people
than I originally expected [for a summer
opening]," says Milewski, whose wife,
Nina Johnson, runs Gallery Diet down
the street. "I think there is more foot
traffic over here than people realize. I
also think people who live and work here
are just really excited to have a place
they can walk to."
As for whether his customers are
visiting galleries after a caffeine fix,
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stack has been dwindling, so that's one
sign that people are using us as a jump-
ing off point for gallery-walking."
Across the street at Pan American
Art Projects gallery, director Janda
Wetherington is hoping to catch some
of that spinoff. "I do believe that having
diversity in the offerings of the neighbor-
hood has helped increase the traffic in
Wynwood," she notes, "but I can't really
say it has significantly increased the traf-
fic to the gallery, as many lunchers come
in quickly during the week. But I'm sure
that ultimately this will increase our visi-
tors as well."
Like a good advertising campaign,
some successful dining and gathering
joints should help elevate Wynwood as
a destination. Still, stubborn obstacles
remain. For one thing, the city has been
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neighborhood, despite extolling it as a
model for what the arts can do for an
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Milewski would like to see NW 2nd
Avenue become more bicycle friendly.
"I would love to see more of those bike
racks that are popping up [other places].
There's a rumor going around that the
city's not the one installing them. Ap-
parently there's a rogue rack-installer. So
whoever you are, please put one in front
of Lester's!" He'd also like to see more
trash cans.
Hollingsworth, the arts curator and
also a dancer, agrees that Wynwood
has a way to go, but the silver lining
is discernible: "It's still pretty rough
around the edges, but I love the fact
that it's starting to have a neighborhood
feel. Running into someone casually on
the street or at one of the restaurants is
almost inevitable - especially now that
we have places to run into each other."


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Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS


WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK &
DESIGN DISTRICT ART + DESIGN NIGHT
SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011

101/EXHIBIT
101 NE 40th St, Miami
305-573-2101
www 101exhibit comr
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 com
Through August 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 August 6
"Tridimensional" with Soledad Arias, Roberto Behar and
Rosario Marquardt, Marta Chilindron, Juan Raul Hoyos,
Silvana Lacarra, Artur Lescher, Karma Peisajovich,
David E Peterson and Ana Tiscornia

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

ART FUSION
1 NE 40th St, Miami
305-573-5730
www artfusiongallery com
July 1 through September 21
"Art of Engagement" with various artists
Reception July 9, 7-10 p.m.

ARTSEEN GALLERY
2215 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-237-3559
http //artseenspace wordpress com/
Call gallery for exhibition information

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

BASHA GALLERY
795 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-891-4624
www bashagallery net
Call gallery for exhibition information

BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLERY
3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-573-2700
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
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 Ruggerin, Lisa
Switalski, Alex Trimino, Joe Waters,
and Valeria Yamamoto

BLACK SQUARE GALLERY
2248 NW 1st PI, Miami
786-999-9735
www blacksquaregallery corn
Through July 5
Where Do Birds Go Off to Dle? by
Taro Hattori

BORINQUEN ART GALLERY
100 NE 38th St, Miami
305-491-1526
www borinquenhealth org
Ongoing
Group Show with H-Allen Benowitz,
Frangois Gracla, Clarice de Souza, -
David Tupper, Sharon Dash, and
Hector Maldonado

BUENA VISTA BUILDING
180 NE 39th St, Miami .
collectiveinventory com rn
Call for exhibition information

BUTTER GALLERY
2301-2303 NW 2nd Ave, Miami .
305-303-6254
www buttergallery com
Call gallery for exhibition formaon Nicolas Arehart, IKEA Object 3, IKEA table top and legs,
CALDWELL / LINFIELD GALLERY & 2010, at Praxis International Art.
STUDIO
8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami
305-754-2093 Universa
www susannacaldwell com CITY LOFT ART
Ongoing 2200 Biscayne Blvd Miami EDGE Z
Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture by 305-438-9006 47 NE 25
Susanna Caldwell www cityloftart com 305-303-
Closed for relocation until October 1 www edg
CAROL JAZZAR CONTEMPORARY ART Call galle
158 NW 91st St, Miaml Shores CS GALLERY
305-490-6906 787 NE 125th St, North Miami ELITE A
www cjazzart com 305-308-6561 2732 NW
By appointment carol@cjazzart com www chirinossanchez com 754-422-
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CARIDI GALLERY CURATOR'S VOICE ART PROJECTS
758 NE 125th St, North Miami 2509 NW 2nd Ave, Miami ETRA FI
786-202-5554 786-357-0568 50 NE 4C
www caridlgallery com www curatorsvolceartprojects com 305-438-
Group Show with various artist from Argentina and Through September 10 www etra
Mexico All About Me bv Rosario Bond Call nalle


CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION
541 NW27th St, Miami
305-571-1415
www visual org
Call gallery for exhibition information

CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY
250 NW23rd St, Miami
305-292-0411
www charest-weimberg com
Through August 20
"Contact" by Sheree Hovsepian

CHRISTOPHER MIRO GALLERY
71 E Flagler St, Miami
305-741-0058
www christophermirogallery com
Through July 2
"Secrets, Regrets, Joys, and Truths" by Vanessa
Craan, Nathan Delinois, Todd Elliot Mansa, and Nicole
Ricca


DANIEL AZOULAY GALLERY
Shops at Midtown Miami
Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd , Miami
305-576-1977
www danielazoulaygallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY
2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-8110
www davidcastillogallery com
July 9 through August 6
"DCG Open" with various artists
Reception July 9, 6 to 9 p.m.

DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS
2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-1804
www dlfinearts com
Call gallery for exhibition information


FREDRI
2247 NW
305-448-
www snit
Through
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and Jose

GALERII
125 NW:
305-582-
www gale
Call galle

GALERII
2085 NW
786-266-
www gallI
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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@dimensionsvariable net
Through August 27
"Absenteeism" by Magnus
Sigurdarson

DINA MITRANI GALLERY
2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-486-7248
www dinamitranigallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

DORSCH GALLERY
151 NW 24th St, Miami
305-576-1278
www dorschgallery com
Through July 9
"Noise Field" with Raphael Lyon,
Martin Murphy, Kylin O'Brien, Odalis
Valdivieso, Sam Weston, Antonia
Wright

DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE
51 NW 36th St, Miami
305-573-9994
www dotfiftyone com
Through August 8
l Melancholy" by Liliane Eberle

ONES CONTEMPORARY ART
th St, Miami
8852
ezones org
ry for exhibition information

RT EDITIONS
12nd Ave, Miami
5942
arteditions com
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NE ART
th St, Miami
4383
fineart com
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C SNITZER GALLERY
1st PI, Miami
8976
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July 11
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chael Vasquez, Christian Holstad, Ida Ekblad,
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E HELENE LAMARQUE
23rd St, Miami
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GALLERY DIET
174 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-571-2288
www gallerydiet corn
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 "Jun" 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 corn
Call gallery for exhibition information

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

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

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

HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY
2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-989-3359
www haroldgolengallery corn
Through July 2
"The Fabulous Bunny Yeager" by Bunny Yeager
July 9 through August 16
"The Hukilau 10 Year Anniversary Fine Art Tiki Show"
with Kevin Kidney, Jody Daily, Shag, Skot Olsen,
Kirsten Easthope, Tiki Hana, NI Satterfield, Roberto
Jimenez, Aaron Marshall, John Kissee, Derek Yaniger,
Ken Bernstein, Michelle Bickford, El Gato Gomez,
Atomick Kitty, Jason Snyder, Ken Ruzic, Sam Gambino,
Tom Fowner, Al Evans, Nat Reed, Jessica Caster,
Richey Fahey, and Joe and Donella Vitale
Reception July 9, 7 to 11 p.m.

ICON ART
147 NW 36th St, Miami
(305) 576-4266
www iconartimages corn
Call gallery for exhibition information

JG PLATFORM GALLERY
2320 North Miami Ave, Miami
305-573-0208
www jgplatform corn
Through July 6
"African Collection An Exhibition of Primitive African
Art"

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 kavachnina 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
Valdirio, Carmen Maza del Mazo,
Emil Alzamora
Through August 10
"I Was There" with Pepe Moran,
Rafaela Rodriguez, David Palacin,
and Estala Garcia

KELLEY ROY GALLERY
50 NE 29th St, Miami
305-447-3888
www kelleyroygallery corn
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information

KIWI ARTS GROUP
48 NW 29th St, Miami
305-200-3047
www kiwiartsgroup com Martin Mur
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LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY
2300 N Miami Ave, Miami
786-431-1506
www galerieleliamordoch corn
Through July 16
"De La Geometrie Oganique Des Etoiles et Des
Abeilles" by Carolina Sardi
Through July 30
"Kinetic" with Julio Le Parc, Horacio Garcia Rossi, and
Patrick Hughes

LOCUST PROJECTS
155 NE 38th St, Miami
305-576-8570
www locustprojects org
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MAOR GALLERY
3030 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-9995
http //maormiami org/
Through July 29
"Life Labyrinth" by Anica Shpilberg

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

MIAMI ART SPACE
244 NW 35th St, Miami
305-757-6000
www miamiartspace corn
Through July 10
"Twenty Twelve 20(12)" with Reinier Gamboa, Brian
Gefen, Alvaro Ilizarbe, David Marsh, Raul Perdomo,
Johnny Robles, Oliver Sanchez, George Sanchez-
Calderon, John Sevigny, David Tamargo, Eric Torriente,
and Kiki Valdes
Closing Reception July 10, 6 to 11 p.m.

MIAM-DADE COLLEGE, CENTER GALLERY
300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami


phy, Encrypted Tablet, carved limestone
LED light, audio, 2011, at Dorsh Gallery



Bldg 1, Room 1365
305-237-3696
www mdc edu
Through July 31
"2011 Student Show" with various artists

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ART AND
DESIGN
1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
305-428-5700
www mymiu 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 michaelperez-artist corn
Call gallery for exhibition information

MYRA GALLERIES
177 NW 23rd St, Miami
631-704-3476
www myragallerles corn
Through August 31
"Summer Heat Gallery Exhibition" with Burhan
Dogancay, Dinorah Delfin, Haruna Sato, Phil Kyo Jang,
Kwon Soon Ik, and Jean Jansem

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 corn
Call gallery for exhibition
information


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

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

OHWOW
3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
305-633-9345
www oh-wow com
Through August 27
"Post 9-11" with Dan Colen, Terence
Koh, Hanna Liden, Nate Lowman, Adam
McEwen, Ryan McGinley, Agathe Snow,
Dash Snow, and Aaron Young

PANAMERICAN ART PROJECTS
2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2400
www panamericanart corn
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, and Graciela Sacco

PAREDES FINE ARTS STUDIO
2311 NW2nd Ave, Miami
305-534-2184
www miguelparedes com
July 9
"2nd Saturdays Art Walk Event"
Ongoing
"Elements of an Artist" by Miguel Paredes

PRAXIS INTERNATIONAL ART
2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2900
www praxis-art com
July 9 through August 13
"Home Dream Home" with Troy Abbott, Nicholas
Arehart, Lorlel Beltran, Booksllll Bischof, Brian
Burkhardt, Teresa Diehl, Natasha Duwin, Brian
Gefen, Enrique Gomez de Molina, Guerra de la Paz,
Graham Hudson, Jessica Laino, Michael Loveland,
Elena Lopez-Trigo, Emmett Moore, Gean Moreno,
Paul Myoda, Laz Ojalde, Ernesto Oroza, Jose Felix
Perez, Gavin Perry, Bert Rodriguez, David Rohn,
Moises Sanabria, Kristen Thiele, Mette Tommerup,
Kyle Trowbridge, TYPOE, Tatiana Vahan, Dan Walker,
Agustina Woodgate, and Daniel Young
Reception July 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

PRIMARY PROJECTS
4141 NE 2nd St, Suite 104
www primaryprojectspace com
info@primaryflight com
Through July 31
"An Official State" by Andrew Nigon

SAMMER GALLERY
82 NE 29th St, Miami
305-441-2005
www artnet com/sammergallery html
Through July 17
"Constructive Works" by Joaquin Torres Garcia and


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

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
Through July 3
"Recycle Your Rabbit" by Marion Preuss

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

THE LUNCH BOX GALLERY
310 NW 24 th St, Miami
305-407-8131
www thelunchboxgallery com
Through August 6
"Corrosion" by Rodolfo Vanmarcke and "War By
Children" by PJ Lazo

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI PROJECTS SPACE
2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-284-2542
July 9 through 29
"Metrouroboros" by Ashley Ford
Reception July 9, 6 p.m.

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 NW23rd 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 July 10
"Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove" with Hugo Moro,
David Lerio, Damian Sarno, Natasha Duwin,
Venessa Monokian, Nina Surel, Adriana
Carvalho, and Augustina Woodgate
July 15 through August 21
"GGG Presents the Pop Up" with various
artists
Reception July 16, 7 to 10 p.m.

BASS MUSEUM OF ART
2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
305-673-7530
www bassmuseum org
Through October 16
"At the Same Time (Al Mismo Tiempo)" by
Sandra Gamarra

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

DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART
SPACE
23 NE 41st St, Miami
305-576-6112
www delacruzcollection org
July 9
"Broadcast Against Recording" by Nicolas Lobo and
Terrence Hannum
Through July 9
"Amor Infinitus" by Kevin Arrow
Closing Reception July 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST
ART MUSEUM
10975 SW 17th St, Miami
305-348-2890
thefrost flu edu
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 Temar" by Sharon
Temarl
Through August 21
"South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibition" with


id E. Peterson, Volume and Shadow 3,
'lic, mdf, 2011, at Alejandra von Hartz
ery.


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
305-284-3535
www lowemuseum org
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 July 31
"Focus Gallery" by Mark Boulos
July 17 through October 16
"A Day Like Any Other" by Rivane Neuenschwander
Reception July 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
July 9
"Second Saturdays are Free for Families Wood You?
Could You?" by Leonardo Drew
Reception July 9, 1 to 4 p.m.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
770 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-893-6211
www mocanomi org
Through September 4
"Any Ever" by Ryan Trecartin

THE MARGULIES COLLECTION
591 NW27th St, Miami
305-576-1051
www margulieswarehouse com
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, Kaari 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
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Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR


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History Mixed with Wine
and Music
HistoryMiami has been letting us in on
fascinating aspects of Miami's past for
a good long time now, but sometimes
it's fun to talk about it with fellow
travelers as well. Which is why on
Wednesday, July 6, from 5:00 to 8:00
p.m., HistoryMiami's Wine and Live
Music Wednesdays is the place to be.
On this evening, the live sounds will
come courtesy of the Oscar Fuentes
Combo. It's also a good time to check
out the summer exhibit "Aviation in
Miami: the First 100 Years," which runs
through July. For wine and snacks, the
cost is $15, or $5 per glass, at 101 W.
Flagler St.; is \ p1hisiotl iNiiamni oi01
305-375-1492 .


The One and Only Fourth
The Fourth of July only comes around
once a year (on Monday, July 4),
and only once a year do the fireworks
explode so spectacularly over Bis-
cayne Bay. Which is why America's
Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park (301
Biscayne Blvd.) should be a mandatory
destination. It's free. There's a kids'
zone with inflatable slides, a carousel,
and face painting. Festivities start at
3:00 p.m., then the actual fireworks
start at 9:00 p.m. No bottles, cans, or
personal fireworks allowed.


Big Art, Big Ideas at MAM
" Interactive will be the most apt description of the big summer exhibition opening
at the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) on Saturday, July 16 at 6:00 p.m.
for "Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other." The Brazilian artist w
unveil three pieces to the Miami public. One is I Wish Your Wish, which involves
thousands of ribbons with wishes written on them that visitors wear and eventua
replace with new wishes. For First Love, a police sketch artist will be on hand to
, and reproduce first loves based on visitors' descriptions. The third includes leaki
buckets and recycled water. The show comes from the New Museum of Contemp
rary Art in New York City. Admission is $8; www.miamiartmuseum.org.


Drama: It Translates in Spanish
and English
It seems only natural and appropriate
that this year the International His-
panic Theatre Festival of Miami, the
most respected and largest of its kind,
will take over the stages of the Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts (1300
Biscayne Blvd.) for many of its produc-
tions. Now in it 26th year, the festival
will kick off on Thursday, July 7, with a
Chilean work, The Raw, the Cooked, the
Rotten. In fact, Chile and its playwrights
will be the focus of this year's month-
long festival that concludes on Sunday,
July 24, but which will also highlight
the latest productions from Miami's own
Teatro Avante and Prometeo companies.
For a full schedule, times, and prices, go
to www.teatroavante.com.

Print on Film: Inside the New
York Times
What's black and white and read all
over? Eons ago that was a fun pun for
kids. Today it's a reminder that daily
newspapers are struggling. So how is
the Gray Lady, the august New York
Times, handling the age of the Internet
and the decline of print? Find out at
Wynwood's 0 Cinema (90 NW 29th
St.) when they screen Andrew Rossi's
new documentary Page One: Inside
the New York Times, from Friday,
June 8 through Sunday, June 10.
What is the paper doing to remain
vital and relevant? What do interest-
ing writers - and characters - such
as media critic David Carr have to say
about it all? We'd like to know. Visit
www.o-cinema.org for times, including
matinees and evening screenings.

After Art Walk, Do Something
Extraordinary
Have you been to Villa 221? That's the
beautifully restored old mansion com-
plex at 221 NE 17th St. in the Edgewater
neighborhood, which opened earlier


Even Bigger Than Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Minimalism has its place, but spectacu-
lar production usually wins most hearts
and minds. Which is why Cirque de
Soleil has been one of the most suc-
cessful road shows in history. Now, in
collaboration with that organization,
comes Cirque Eloize iD, described as a
hip-hop, streetwise, acrobatic-theatrical
extravaganza. There will be break danc-
ers, in-line skaters, contortionists, wild
video - pretty much kinetic entertain-
ment from start to finish. This Cirque
arrives at the Arsht Center on Tuesday,
July 26, and is scheduled to run through
Sunday, September 4. Go to www.
arshtcenter.org for various ticket prices
and times.

this year. It's a special-events venue like
no other, with two elegant Mediterra-
nean Revival mansions linked together,
plus sprawling patios and lush gardens.
Normally it's used for exclusive, private
affairs. But on Saturday, July 9, Villa
221 opens its doors to all at no charge
when Reset Miami hosts its Art Walk
After Party, capping off the Saturday
art events in Wynwood and the Design
District. There'll be more art to see and
hear, and music by Switchcraft, C/B
Radio, and others. Drink specials, too.
This is a chance for ordinary people to
visit an extraordinary place. For free.


Direct from Cuba:
Bellas Beats
g Although Miami Light Project has
new digs in the Goldman Ware-
ill house in Wynwood, for the Cuban
s rap group Doble Filo, the orga-
lly nization wants to keep the music
try (and the dance) out in the open, at
ng the North Beach Bandshell (7275
)o- Collins Ave., Miami Beach) on
Saturday, July 9. For Doble Filo's
-- U.S. debut, the band will be joined
by singing sensation Osdalgia,
also arriving on our shores for the first
time. There's no better place to move
and groove to some of the world's best
beats than this renovated venue. Cost
for the evening is $20. Tickets online
at www.miamilightproject.com, or call
305-576-4350.

Mango Madness, Version 19.0
Even if you don't have your own per-
sonal mango tree in your yard, friends
who do have likely already delivered
some to your door this time of year. But on
Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 at
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901
Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables), it will be
time to completely indulge yourself in the
luscious fruit, for the 19th annual Inter-
national Mango Festival. There's nothing
else like it in the world, with a mango auc-
tion, a mango brunch, cooking demonstra-
tions (and sampling), many lectures, and
tree sales. On both days it runs from 9:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For a complete schedule
go to www.fairchildgarden.org or call
305-667-1651.

Summer Flicks at Gusman
John Hughes passed away in 2009,
leaving a gaping hole where once stood
movies about kids of a certain age of a
certain era in anywhere USA. But his
legacy - films such as Ferris Buel-
ler's Day Off The Breakfast Club, and
of course Sixteen Candles - remain
memorials to a life once lived in 1980s
America. The last film will be screened
as part of the Flickin' Summer series
at the Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler
St., at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28.
Molly Ringwald, her haircut, and the
guy who never really got the girl will
be back, and we can't wait to revisit it
all again. Go to www.gusmancenter.
org for more information.

Compiled by BT contributor Anne Tschi-
da. Please send information and images
to calendar@),biscaynetimes.com.


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Columnists: POLICE REPORTS


Biscayne Crime Beat

Compiled by Derek McCann


With this issue, Crime Beat
is proud to introduce police
reports from North Miami
and Aventura. We're doing it as a public
service and also because, well, we
thought it was a shame that criminals in
the northern reaches of the county were
not getting the same level of attention
as those in Miami. After all, they can be
just as creative, vicious, and stupid. And
we have the stories to prove it.

Second Thoughts About This
New Neighborhood
600 Block ofNE 139th Street
Moving can be traumatic, but at the same
time, it can be symbolic of one's life chang-
ing for the better - new people, a new


environment, and that sort of thing. These
two victims were unloading their U-Haul
and, within a minute after dropping off
some items in their living room, heard glass
shattering. They ran outside and found that
someone had broken the side window of the
car and taken a purse from the front seat. So
much for positive symbolism.

Fashion Criminal Turns Carjacker
1700 Block ofNE 116th Road
Just because you have an assigned
parking space, don't assume it's safe. A
woman parked her Pontiac Grand Prix in
her apartment parking lot. As she exited
the vehicle, a man, dressed all in black,
right down to his gloves - fashionista
sociopath - pointed a gun at her and told


her to lie on the ground. He then grabbed
the keys from her hand and promptly stole
the car. The woman got up and ran after
the speeding car, but the man got away.
(Dear readers, please don't chase after
gun-wielding carjackers.) Police conduct-
ed a search of the area with no result.

Charge It To My Friend's Account
Aventura Mall
Victim made a purchase at the World
Phone kiosk, but the sales associate
neglected to return her credit card. When
victim was out of sight, the sales associ-
ate walked over to the adjacent AT&T
kiosk and made a $799 iPhone purchase.
He then signed the credit card receipt.
He tried to make another purchase at
T-Mobile, but the card was declined.
Still determined to burn through the
victim's credit limit, he ordered food
at the Tango Grill, but they denied the
card. When approached by the victim a
few minutes later, the suspect claimed
he did not have the card. When police


were called, he told them he'd made the
purchases with the victim's blessing.
Police arrested him. (Interesting side
note: Police report stated the suspect was
left-handed and possibly under the influ-
ence of alcohol and nicotine. We thought
there was no smoking in the mall.)

Change We Can Believe In
1000 Block ofNE 126th Street
An unknown suspect gained entry into
this victim's apartment by breaking in
the door. That was the second time in two
weeks that her apartment had been broken
into. As far as what was taken: 75 cents.


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Not enough for a candy bar, but it might
buy a stick of gum. Replacing the door
will cost more. Victim should think about
hiding her loose change in the future.

More Low-End Theft
400 Block ofNE 125th Street
Police in an unmarked vehicle observed a
man pacing around a red Toyota. They then
saw the man reach inside the vehicle through
an open window and remove an item. The
officers got out of their car and approached
the suspect, who immediately screamed, "I
only took a dollar!" Police made contact with
the victim, who stated she had a dollar in her
cup holder. For a dollar bill, suspect spent a
night in jail and was charged with a felony.
Sadly for him, there are no vending machines
in those cells. And even if there were, police
probably entered the dollar into evidence,
leaving the suspect to only dream of what
might have been

Secure Your Damn Wall Units
500 Block ofNE 39th Street
Air-conditioning window units are old
school. They are also old school for Boule-
vard scum. We have been telling Miamians
this for years. A perpetrator pulled the


window unit out of a residence and entered
the home, ransacking it and stealing
several items. The most unfortunate part
of this preventable burglary - the owner
could have installed security bars around
his unit - is that the home's pet cat is now
missing. People, please secure your wall
AC units or be prepared to lose the family
kitty and other prized possessions.

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
3401 N. Miami Ave.
While in Marshall's, victim made a call
on her iPhone. After completing the call,
she placed the phone on the child seat
of her cart and continued shopping. She
forgot about the phone, paid for her items,
and left the store. She realized her error
a few minutes later and ran back, but to
no avail. It seems if you lose or misplace
something of value in this town, it is gone
forever. Does anyone even remember
what a "lost and found" is?

I Think Their Names Were
Thelma and Louise
NE 2ndAvenue and 10th Street
A car with a female driver pulled up next
to a man strolling down 2nd Avenue. The


man, seeing an attractive female calling
to him, leaned into the open driver's side
window. With that, the woman grabbed
the watch off his wrist and attempted to
drive away. The man, however, man-
aged to get the watch back and walked
away. The female suspect drove off,
did a U-turn, and called the victim over
again. This time the man resisted her
charms, but was unexpectedly tripped
from behind by another woman, who
struggled with him until she got the
watch. The second woman then jumped
into the car.

Dollar Drama
500 Block ofNE 81st Street
Four suspects packed items into large
baskets at the Dollar Store. Nothing
wrong with that, except the volume
was enormous. Turns out, these were
not legit customers, but rather crimi-
nal masterminds at work - or so they
thought. The four suspects left the store
without paying for the items and were
stopped by Dollar Store security. A
struggle ensued. One of the suspects
pulled out pepper spray and attempted
to use it on the security guard. This


allowed the suspects to enter a wait-
ing vehicle. (It used to be that waiting
vehicles were only for bank robberies,
but now they're using them for Dollar
Store heists?) It took five suspects to
pull off this caper. They got away with
$50 worth of goods. Does anyone see a
theme in this month's Crime Beat?

Ladies' Man Loses Wheels,
Potential Foursome
Biscayne Boulevard and NE 61st Street
Man picked up three women in Little
Haiti, thinking some Miami-style loving
was in order. He stopped at a gas station
to make a purchase to help him through
his pending night of debauchery. (Con-
doms? A twelve-pack of Schlitz? Snick-
ers?) He left the key in the ignition be-
cause he wanted his new girlfriends to be
kept cool by the AC. They promptly stole
the vehicle. And with that, the victim's
night of sexual healing became a night of
police reports and a bus ride home. Men,
for the last time: It isn't always your
good looks these ladies are after.


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Columnists: PARK PATROL


A Harmonious Place
Maurice Gibb Memorial Park is a fitting tribute to the late Bee Gee,
and an idyllic respite from the buzz of city life


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
he term "super group" is thrown
around much too freely in the
annals of rock and pop, but if
the list were whittled down to only the
most deserving of the title, the Bee Gees
would still make the cut. From their
first hits in the late 1960s - "To Love
Somebody," "Massachusetts," Nc\%%
York Mining Disaster 1941" - through
the disco landslide of the 1970s, to their
induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 1997, the Bee Gees were never
far from public consciousness.
The group, which consisted of big
brother Barry and twins Maurice and
Robin Gibb, spent a lot of that time in
South Florida, recording at Criteria
Studios (now the Hit Factory) in North
Miami and just plain living here.
So it only makes sense that, more than
four decades after their rise to stardom, the
Bee Gees are stayin' alive as a result of
recent references on Saturday. hin Live,
while new and true fans must eventually
make their way to South Florida to pay
tribute. A good place to start would be
Maurice Gibb Memorial Park in Miami
Beach, named in honor of the only member
of the group who is no longer with us.


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Maurice Gibb was known to
frequent the formerly named Island
View Park to enjoy its lovely bayfront.
(The Gibb brothers owned their own
studio just a block from the park.) After
his tragic death in 2003, the City of
Miami Beach approved the park's name
change. Seventy-five thousand dollars
in improvements later, the park was re-
dedicated in March 2007, at a ceremony
attended by the Gibb family, including
surviving brothers Barry and Robin.
You might just miss Maurice's
tribute if you blink, but it's worth find-
ing. The three-acre park shares its green
space with the two-story office of the
city's marine patrol, a parking lot, and a
boat ramp. The ramp is free, and it's also
the only open-access kayak launch in
this section of Biscayne Bay.
The best part of the park is the view.
The south side shows a Venetian Cause-
way bridge that leads to Belle Isle, but the
northwest view offers an expansive look
at the bay. A handful of yachts near the
shore make it even more picturesque. You
can actually sit on the seawall and watch
fish swim by. There are very few spots
anywhere on the bay where you can do
this - without trespassing, that is.
The most touching part of the park's
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The park is just three acres but feels
of Biscayne Bay.

hedges near the seawall. At first I walked
right past without even seeing it, because
the memorial sits flat on the ground. The
mosaic made out of glamour glass has
three circles in primary colors representing
Peace (yellow), Love (red), and Tranquil-
ity (blue). Inside the blue circle is a bronze
plaque with an inscription from the wife
and two children of Maurice Gibb.
This mosaic, installed by Mariel
Hautoux, is the second one in this loca-
tion. The original, bumpier mosaic was
hacked and hammered by fans wanting
to take home a memento. The redesign
was flattened to make it harder for
thieves to snatch pieces of the tiles. The
artwork (along with other commemora-
tive works in the park) was designed by
landscape architect Dale Bryant.
The name "Gibb" cannot be found
near the mosaic, but it does appear in
two other places. In the southeast corner,
where most people drive by, stands a
pale-gray granite carving about four feet
high, inscribed with the park's new name.
It appears to be a wave with a porthole,
and it was also designed to mimic "Mo,"
Maurice's nickname. Look at the entire
carving to see the "M" in cursive and add
the "0" from the porthole.
The other spot with the Gibb name
is the plaque outside the playground. The
ample play area is surrounded by an at-
tractive fence with decorative columns,
and nearby are some interesting Art Deco
lampposts. An overhead tarp covers most
of the playground's equipment, and my fa-
vorite parts are the plastic, life-size bongos
for kids who feel like making music.


This commemorative mosaic
replaced one damaged by Bee
Gees fans seeking souvenirs.

Around the curved pathway are
entrances to a boardwalk and mangrove
restoration area. Fishing must be popu-
lar here. Maintained by Miami-Dade
County, this boardwalk is shaded by
some of the few remaining mangrove
trees that used to dominate the natural
shoreline. Strangely, the trees here are
fenced in by chicken wire. Are they
keeping the trees in or the birds out? Is


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Sit on the seawall, see the fish, savor the bay.


Barry and Robin Gibb dedicating the park to
their brother.


Can you see Maurice's nickname "Mo" in the
marker?


there some kind of problem with chick-
ens going fishing ?
As you saunter from the boardwalk to
the seawall, be sure to look down at the rocks
in the bay, as bright sponges are in evidence.
Fish appreciate the hiding places here in ad-
dition to under the mangrove roots.
This park seems to be popular with
bench sitters and sleepers, and there are a
few picnic spots in the shade as well as some
in full sun by the bay. The restrooms are


another nice feature, especially for a park this
size. They are in the marine patrol building.
The Barry Kutun Boat Ramp, which
is free, offers daytime parking for boat
trailers. Everybody appreciates a freebie,
and this place gets crowded on weekends.
The ramp bears the name of a former
state legislator who, in 2006, was laid
low by a sex scandal (when will these
pols ever learn?) and it has an ugly sign
to match the ignominy. A strip of wood


with the ramp's name stands behind a
huge green drainage pipe and on top of a
utility box. Not pretty.
Although they share a parking lot,
the ramp is not officially part of Maurice
Gibb Memorial Park. And it's not oper-
ated by the city's parks and recreation
department or by the marine patrol. In
fact no one I called at the City of Miami
Beach could tell me who is responsible for
it. It's just there.


The best way to enjoy Maurice's
park is to follow in his footsteps. Leav-
ing behind the recording studio and his
worries, he would come here to medi-
tate and to soak in the beauty of South
Florida. One can see why. Words don't
do it justice. (But, then, words are all I
have...) The park is too much heaven.
And that ain't just jive talking .

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Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETS


Worse Than Their Bite
What to do when your dog barks uncontrollably


By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor
There are dogs that bark, and then
there are dogs that bark so out of
control you think your ear drums
may shatter. Ironically, many of the
worst barking cases seem to come from
the tiniest dogs.
There are many reasons dogs bark,
and determining why they bark - and
what reinforces the behavior - is key to
the solution. For many dogs, it is greet-
ing visitors at the house. A ring at the
doorbell sends your dog into overdrive,
barking at the door and pouncing on your
dinner guests. Other dogs may bark when
left alone. Still others seem to bark their
heads off nonstop, as if trying to commu-
nicate something of great importance.
A dog barking at visitors or passersby
is natural and normal. But when a dog's
bark gets uncontrollable, we must exam-
ine why the behavior exists at all, and
acknowledge that the dog owner, no less
than the dog, may be in need of training.
There are many ways to curb exces-
sive barking and, as with most prob-
lems, a multifaceted approach works
best. For starters, you can start desen-
sitizing your dog to the doorbell by
practicing ringing and knocking at the
door. While standing in the house with
him, knock on the door, then give him a
reward - a high-value treat or a toy the


dog is crazy about - regardless of any
barking he may do.
After many repetitions, you can start
moving away from the door to give the
reward (laying it on the throw rug in the
corner, for example). Ring the doorbell,
then run to the place that will be his
treat spot. Eventually bring a friend to
practice real trials with someone on the
outside of the door. Repeat dozens of
times until your dog realizes that, when
the doorbell rings, he gets chicken!
Another helpful and fun way to
curb barking is to have the dog pick up
something. Many dogs are comforted
and quieted by holding things in their
mouths, and stuffing their mouths will
bring the barking down, too. Have a
tennis ball, toy, or dishrag near the door,
and when the doorbell rings, immedi-
ately point to the object and say, "Get the
toy!" This is an example of training the
dog to perform an alternate behavior to
replace the one we don't like. Practice
this hundreds of times, until it becomes
second nature for the dog.
Some dogs bark because there is
nothing better to do, or it is just a habit.
Exercise and more mental stimulation
can combat this "boredom barking."
Take your dog for real exercise and play
dates, give them chew-toy puzzles they
must work food out of, teach them new
tricks. The idea is to consistently make
their life more exciting.


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What about dogs who bark because
they are lonely? Dogs are made to live in
packs, and many are not prepared to live
with busy humans who go to work every
day. Practicing leaving them alone, along
with providing them with "busy work"
while you are gone, will help Lonely
Rovers quiet down.
When practicing home-alone
training, you want the dog to see you
come and go as if it is no big deal.
Walk into the bedroom and come back
to where your dog is. Walk into the
bathroom and right back out. Go get
the mail and return. Do not look at the
dog or make a show of your entering
and exiting the house. Make sure the
dog has an activity or toy he really
likes to keep him occupied.


The out-of-control barking dog:
Unless the dog is truly panicking or
neglected, dogs that bark incessantly are
usually being rewarded for it. One of my
clients, a small Maltese, has such a high-
pitched, ear-shattering bark that my ears
rang after the first lesson.
I then learned how such a young
puppy's barking got so out of control.
For one, the owners let the behavior go
for months, hoping the problem would
correct itself; now it's a bad habit. The
owners yelled at the dog, which he doesn't
understand. Yelling at the dog is attention,
and therefore reinforcing. The dog was
never taught an alternative behavior.
In a sense, dogs are a lot like chil-
dren. The squeaky wheel gets the cookie.
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their parents down with whining and
nagging ("Mommy, mommy, mommy,
mommy..."). Eventually the mother tries
to stave off a conniption and answers the
child, or relents and gives the child some-
thing. The child thus learns that throwing a
fit is the way to get what he or she wants.
Many times people unknowingly trig-
ger a dog's behavior by their own actions,
so my first plan of attack in the case of the
manic Maltese was to change the owners'
behavior. They were free to lavish at-
tention on the dog. However, if the dog


opened his mouth and barked, they were
to immediately stop petting him, put him
down, and walk away from him.
The dog was now left with a har-
ness and leash dragging at all times. (A
harness being better and safer, because
it produces less tension on the neck.)
When house workers walked in and the
dog started raging, someone was to im-
mediately pick up the leash and, while
holding it low, apply light pressure. If he
kept raging, they were to pull him gently
backward, away from the visitor. If he


barked at his handlers, they were to tell
him "too bad" and bounce away.
Raging was now unacceptable, and
made people move away from him. He
would only be spoken to or touched
when he was quiet. I eventually brought
food rewards into the picture, first to dis-
tract him from barking, then as a reward
for not raging.
Furthermore he was not allowed to
greet visitors alone while he was "in train-
ing." A human had to be there to work on
the problem, and practice his or her own


new way of acting, too. The uncontrol-
lable barking improved after only one
lesson, but follow-ups were necessary for
progress. As with most cases, I was train-
ing the owner as well as the dog.

Lisa Hartman is a dog-friendly trainer,
behavior specialist, and author of Dial
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Columnists: YOUR GARDEN


The Gall of It All
Caterpillar poop has stained the reputation of the otherwise
desirable black olive tree


By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor
Galls are abnormal growths that
occur on young or newly form-
ing plant tissue. These structures
are usually initiated by insects that feed
on the plant or lay their eggs in the plant
tissue. The plant responds by produc-
ing a kind of barricade to surround the
resulting insect damage or larvae. Simple
galls are just slight swellings or abnormal
growths such as concave leaf spots, blis-
ters, or rolled-up leaves. Complex galls
are immediately apparent and can look
like small fruit or odd-shaped bumps.
Many different shapes and types of
galls are commonly seen on the foliage
or twigs of our oak trees. One complex
plant gall you can go outside and see
right now is found on the black olive tree,
Bucida buceras.
Now, black olive trees have nothing
in common with the European olive tree,
Olea europea, that produces the edible
olive that we use in our salads or find
on top of pizzas. The black olive does
produce a very small, nondescript fruit,
but many of these trees, while they are
blooming, grow string-bean-like struc-
tures from 4 to 12 inches long.
Sometimes they are long and
straight; other times they can curl up.
These are galls that are induced when a
certain species of mite feeds on the fruit
of the black olive. The frequently curled
shape of these galls is also the reason


oxhorn bucida was once a common
name for the tree.
The black olive tree is a great plant
for our landscape. The wood is quite
dense and wind tolerant, the tree grows
just fine in salty situations, and it toler-
ates our alkaline soil conditions without
needing supplemental fertilizer. On
the down side, they often produce dark
brown stains on the concrete below.
(Many species of trees, like our black
olives and live oaks, have tannins or
other compounds in them. When their
leaves and flowers drop and happen to
alight on concrete, stains will occur,
especially when the foliage is wet.)
Many property owners object to
black olive trees because of their propen-
sity to stain. But take a closer look at the
black olive trees in your neighborhood.
Not all of them have stains, or really
dark stains, underneath them.
Doug Caldwell from the University
of Florida has documented that most
of the staining associated with black
olives is the result of frass (poop) from
a certain species of caterpillar that feeds
on the foliage, flowers, and the insides of
the string-bean-like galls that can grow
on this tree. This caterpillar apparently
concentrates the tannins it eats and turns
it into frass to be dropped eventually
onto our patios and sidewalks.
Tannins and other similar compounds
seem to protect plants from many species
of insects because they are difficult to
digest and can cause subsequent growth


The string-bean-like galls as seen on many local black olives.


issues in those insects. Not many species
can tolerate tannins, but those that can
- like the caterpillar in question - have
more food available to them owing to less
competition from other insects.
These caterpillars seem to produce
only one generation per year. However,
if galls are produced via the activities of
another species of insect - the afore-
mentioned mite - the caterpillars will
tunnel inside the galls and have several
more generations, thereby prolonging the
staining underneath the tree.
While inside the galls, the caterpil-
lars will push the frass they manufacture
outside the gall. Sometimes the frass
will get stuck to the outside of the gall
because it was mixed with the sticky
silken threads produced by the cater-
pillars. Rain will make this mixture
function as a tea bag and, as the water
drips through it to the ground, more
tannin will be released, further staining
anything underneath.
So the theory is that if the galls can
be prevented, the tree's propensity to
stain could be curbed. This may be a dif-
ficult undertaking, one I don't think has
ever been attempted. The challenge is to


be alert enough to spot the caterpillars
when they are first on the tree and then
attempt to control them.
Not all black olive trees bloom every
year, but some trees have been known to
bloom more than once a season, thereby
attracting more mites who create more
galls, inviting caterpillars to make more of
a mess. Thus the black olive tree's bad rap.
On a related note, I'm noticing
now that the rugose spiraling whitefly
is really on the move and one of its
preferred hosts seems to be black olive
trees. Many of the black olives on U.S.
1 now look like they are covered with
snow (whitefly), but not all of them. The
black olives at Jungle Island, where I
work, have received little damage from
whitefly, so perhaps the general health
of the trees has a lot to do with being
vulnerable to insect infestations.

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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: GOING GREEN


Natural High

Some feel-good suggestions for how to give back to
the planet this summer


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Have you hugged your whale
today? That profound experience
awaits you in Key Largo thanks
to the Marine Mammal Conservancy.
This group of dedicated volunteers
has been caring for sick pilot whales
since early May, when 23 of them were
stranded in the lower Keys.
You can volunteer to hold - or hug
- a whale so that it can breathe, while
veterinarians at the center treat them.
They do this 24 hours a day, every day.
At this point, volunteer fatigue is set-
ting in, and only two whales remain in
rehabilitation as of mid-June. Two others
were successfully reintroduced to the
wild, but the other 19 did not survive.
The reasons for such strandings
are not fully understood, but it could
simply be a case of a healthy pod fol-
lowing a sick leader. My theory is that
these whales have become aware of how
humans have treated them in recent
history. In that case, suicide would be
completely logical.
I visited the whales' pen for the first
time in early June and was so captivated
by the experience that I recruited several
friends to join me the following week.
The atmosphere is touching and rever-
ent, like an outdoor church, as opposed
to the carnival atmosphere at an aquatic
theme park, where most people see


whales caged or from afar. The whale
rescue experience is hands-on-flippers.
The whales are clearly sick, intelligent,
and resigned to the care of the people
keeping them alive. Even if they don't
survive, these whales will have taught
people the invaluable lesson of how to be
more humane.
This opportunity is just one of many
ways we can give back to our natural
world. Nature has blessed the U.S. with
incredible resources from sea to shining
sea, and to celebrate our nation's 235th
birthday this month, what could be more
American than volunteering? With all
the budget-slashing going on around us,
some area nonprofits may vanish without
our support, and our community would
become much poorer, indeed. Here are a
few places I know that deserve your time
and your money.
In Coconut Grove is a place where
everyone can sail into the sunset - and
I mean everyone. People with Down
syndrome or autism, with missing limbs,
or any other disability that keeps them
isolated and landlocked can go to Shake-
A-Leg Miami and touch the water. This
aquatic-sports club, with an emphasis
on reaching out to the underserved, is
celebrating 20 years of success. I've been
working part-time for them this year and
it has been a very nurturing experience
for me and for the children who go there
to play. What could compare with canoe-
ing to an island and catching sea horses?


If plants are more your thing,
consider lending your hands to Urban
Paradise Guild. I have volunteered with
this young nonprofit at Oleta River State
Park and in Liberty City, and it really
enables you to get your hands dirty and
see tangible, green results. Led by Sam
Van Leer, UPG uses human power to
restore native plants to parks and to
bring green spaces to blighted neighbor-
hoods. The nursery in Liberty City is one
of those strange, only-in-Miami places.
Surrounded on all sides by abandoned
buildings, it feels like an oasis. Plants
can grow anywhere.
What about doing something
productive at the beach? ECOMB, the
Environmental Coalition of Miami
Beach, organizes regular clean-ups of the
waterfront. Boy and Girl Scout troops do
it, and picking up litter is something that
every club should do because a) it's more
fun to work as a group, and b) it will
make you never want to litter again. Get
your friends to put some sweat equity
into removing trash for a day, and they
will stop littering forever.
Another Beach organization that
targets the aquatic community is the Sur-
frider Foundation. They have organized


Hands Across the Sand rallies locally to
protest offshore oil, including one that
just occurred on June 25, and they also
clean up. If you enjoy surfing, paddling,
or boating, you can be part of the solu-
tion, not the pollution.
As for the birds, the most original
place to encounter them is at the Pelican
Harbor Seabird Station. Located off the
79th Street Causeway, this place rescues
birds and other nondomesticated ani-
mals. Many seabirds become entangled
in monofilament fishing line and need
time to heal. Some, such as the one I saw
this year hanging upside down from a
mangrove tree, don't make it, but others
can be saved. In addition to volunteering,
you can support the station by purchasing
an original "I'm a Pelican Pal" T-shirt.
Who needs another tacky South Beach tee
when you can wear a pelican instead?
These are just a few of the many
places where you can lend a hand or
donate your money. For some others,
check out the Environmental Education
Providers of Miami-Dade County (www.
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Columnists: VINO


Wines for the Grilling Season

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


By Bill Citara
BT Contributor
From their lofty perch way up in
the cosmos, Beings of a Higher
Intelligence ponder this strange,
earthly ceremony they have come to call
the Ritual Charring of the Flesh.
Each year, when the sun rises like
a ball of flaming napalm and humid
air congeals like atmospheric porridge,
when acres of pasty skin are immodestly
exposed, and the progeny of the terres-
trial tribe are freed from their prisons
known as "schools" to hang out at the
mall, the ritual begins.
First, the males of the species,
known in the vernacular as "Manly
Men," haul out a variety of sacramental
devices: compressed bricks of toxic
waste, rusting kettles caked with layers
of rancid grease, bottles of vile-smelling
flammable liquids, and the bent and
broken implements of culinary torture.
These Manly Men gather said devices
into areas known as backyardss," where
they chemically induce a small inferno in
the greasy kettles and place at their center
the bloody contents of plastic-wrapped
Styrofoam packages, which are then incin-
erated into hunks of inedible carbon.
When this part of the ritual is com-
plete, the remains are fed to the mates
("wives") and progeny of the Manly Men,
who pretend to be impressed with the
blackened remains while performing ac-
tions known as "gagging" and demand-
ing something called "Chinese take-out."
Thus concludes the Ritual Charring
of the Flesh. And since the average male


of the species' skill at the grill is roughly
equivalent to his ability to perform brain
surgery with a dull butter knife while
standing on his head in a swimming
pool full of thumbtacks, Beings of a
Higher Intelligence know that nothing
makes the desiccated remains of cauter-
ized animal protein go down easier than
a bottle of good wine.
Vino just happens to have a few
examples here. And being that the Ritual
Charring of the Flesh is usually a blend
of culinary incompetence, toxic products,
and inferior tools, it seems only right
that this month's wines be blends, too.
One thing you can be sure of with these
wines, though: Regardless of how the
flesh turns out, you'll have something
pretty good to drink.
To stand up to the smoke and char of
the grill, not to mention the sauces and
glazes typically applied to grilled foods,
you need a white wine with a bit of com-
plexity, relatively full body, and a flavor
profile that channels both lean and ripe.
All three of our whites nail those require-
ments and are excellent values as well.
The 14 Hands 2009 "Hot to Trot"
white blend pairs Chardonnay with Pinot
Gris to create a rich, creamy-textured
wine whose aromas of ripe peaches,
pears, and apricots follow through onto
the palate, where they're balanced by
a crisp, lemony acidity that keeps the
whole thing from becoming cloying.
Our other two summer grilling
whites come at that crucial fruit-acid
balance from different directions but
succeed equally. The 2009 Folie a
Deux Menage A Trois is a seductive


threesome of Chardonnay
(rich and citrusy), Muscat
(plush and aromatic), and
Chenin Blanc (lean and
earthy). It will definitely
knock your socks off.
The La Difference 2010
Viognier-Muscat takes two
grapes known for their lush,
aromatic, tropically fruity
characteristics and gives them
a steely, minerally backbone
that really does make for the
best of both worlds. Any of
these wines would play well Total iA
with meaty fish like salmon (14750
and tuna, with fish tacos and La Diff
sammies, grilled chicken, $7.99.
veggies, stuff like that. Jump (
Still, when Manly Men available
get serious about ritually Spirits
charring flesh, they're usually while 1
talking beef and pig and big at the
red wines. Like the 2009 Spirits
d'Arenberg The Stump for $9.!
Jump, a blend of Grenache,
Shiraz, and Mourvedre that
kicks off with whiffs of cher-
ries and plums, mushrooms, and black
olives, then reveals a surprisingly well-
balanced palate of bright red cherry and
raspberry fruit with hints of spice and
minerals. It's a terrific barbecue wine.
A couple of wines from California
anchor their blends with Zinfandel. The
Apothic 2009 Winemaker's Blend
adds Syrah and Merlot to the mix. It's
ripe and toasty and straightforward, a
perfect pour with burgers and grilled
sausage. The nonvintage Middle Sister


I .,


line & More in North Miami Beach
Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-3270) carries
erence for an exceedingly reasonable
The Menage a Trois ($9.97), Stump
$10.99), and Apothic Red ($9.99) are
�le at the North Miami Crown Wine and
(12555 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-9463),
4 Hands and Middle Sister can be had
North Miami Beach ABC Fine Wine &
(16355 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-6525)
99 and $10.99, respectively.


Rebel Red counters with Merlot and
Cabernet Sauvignon, giving it a dusky-
plummy-spicy nose and slightly candied
red cherry-strawberry fruit that's robust
enough for spicy barbecue, yet restrained
enough for plain grilled chicken. It's the
kind of wine that both Manly Men and
Beings of a Higher Intelligence might
enjoy, whether ritually charring the flesh
or cooking whatever the hell it is they eat
up there.

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Daddy's Home!

More and more fathers are taking care of the kids while mommy
goes off to work


By Crystal Brewe
BT Contributor
There is a YouTube music video
called "Stay at Home Dad" by
Jon Lajoie that has more than four
million hits. I suggest you watch it some-
time. It perfectly depicts my worldview.
I work evenings, weekends, early
mornings, and holidays. I work in the
arts. I know that sounds like I should
have luxurious lunch breaks and breezy
weekends, but this is Miami and art is a
high-powered industry. Because of my
hectic schedule and my husband's more
flexible professor's schedule, my man
is, in many ways, a stay-at-home dad.
In fact he received an official paternity
leave from FIU. (Like many women, I
resorted to temporary disability benefits
during maternity leave.)
Changing diapers, cooking, cleaning,
shuttling children, field-trip chaperoning...
Men are now doing it to a degree that
makes up for generations of distant dads.
Meanwhile women have stepped out from
behind the apron and taken up residence in
the corner office, and while my emotional
response to my own domestic liberation
runs the spectrum from tearful guilt to
joyful glee, I am thankful every day that
my kids have such an amazing dad.
And he's not alone. More and
more of our dad friends seem to be
taking a leading role in child-rearing.


There's Stuart, the magazine publisher-
turned-artist; Duncan, an actor-turned-
children's music performer; Greg, an
attorney-turned-hairdresser; and Simon
the big-shot photographer.
One friend, Patrick, works full-
time and juggles such duties as soccer
coaching, "mommy and me" classes, and
field trips with his wife. "So much has
changed since we were kids," he told me
at our kids' recent ballet recital. "Be-
cause men our age didn't really have a
'new world father' to look up to, we just
roll with it. I take cues from my wife and
read a couple of cool dad blogs."
Daddy blogs. There are more of
them than there are remixes of Cher's
"If I Could Turn Back Time." Hipster
Dad, Laid-Off Dad, Super Dad, and Two
Dads One Princess, to name but a few,
address the challenges and triumphs of
modern fatherhood. Dads blog and read
blogs because they are proud, curious,
or sometimes just trying to connect with
others looking for direction on the con-
cept of modern-day fatherhood.
Men are redefining what a 21st-
century dad looks like, and the role itself
is evolving for as many different reasons
as there are fathers. My husband wanted
more time with his kids than his dad
could manage and, in turn, he sought to
do fatherhood differently.
I don't doubt that men have always
valued their roles as fathers; I just think


the changing role of women has altered the
definition of what it means to be a "good
father." Providing financially for the family
is no longer just a man's duty. The Bureau
of Labor Statistics reports that more than a
quarter of working women now earn more
than their husbands.
The evidence is all around us. The
other day, my daughter's friend tugged
on Miami-Dade Public Schools Superin-
tendent Alberto Carvalho's suit jacket as
he made a visit to the Primary Learning
Center in downtown Miami: "Mr. Carval-
ho, guess what? My mommy makes more
money than my daddy," she told him.
Carvalho blushed at the innocence
of her comment and the intimate window
into these people's lives. And while the
incident was a good reminder to not
discuss financial matters in front of your
six-year-old, it also points out that the
shift in fathers' roles has been one of
necessity, not simply of choice.
Of the eight million jobs lost to
the recession, 82 percent have been in
male-dominated industries. Last year
our friend Mike found himself out of a
job owing to cutbacks at his advertising
firm. Drastic changes had to be made
quickly in his family of five. Within
weeks, Darcy, Mike's wife, left her


part-time job as a florist and secured a
full-time gig in her pre-mommy field
of graphic design in order to pay the
mortgage and cover necessities for their
three kids. Mike is now happily among
the growing ranks of dads in the U.S.
who stay home with the kids.
The benefits are obvious. Dads today
often have much more intimate knowl-
edge and awareness of their kids' day-
to-day lives. According to a recent study,
fathers who have more positive experi-
ences with their kids report greater over-
all happiness. Also dads who are more
connected to their kids report greater
satisfaction with their marriages and are
less likely to initiate divorce. Better dads
= better husbands? I'm in!
And it doesn't make men any less
attractive or desirable to their mates.
Watching a dad roll up to the beach like
a pack horse - with a cooler, sand toys,
towels, baby bag, umbrella - and lather
up his kiddies with sunscreen is badass.
So, on behalf of wives everywhere, I
say, "March on, Macho Dad! You know
how the diaper should go, you kiss boo-
boos, sing lullabies - and you can fry
our bacon anytime!"

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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 272.


Restaurant listings for the BT Dining Guide are
written by are written by Pamela Robin Brandt
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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
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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 aioli and wakame salad For dessert few
chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tartfilled with sinm-
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 Its 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 Caf4
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, downtown
has secret stashes- small joints catering to cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe
has survived and thrived for good reason The homey cook-
ing is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new Novices will want
Indonesia's signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection
of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice Note
bring cash No plastic accepted here $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500
On the Conrad's 25th floor, The Bar's picture-windowed
space is not just a watering hole with panoramic views At
lunch it's an elegant sandwich bar, at night its a raw bar
(with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar
serving pintxos That's just the Basque word for tapas, but
here there's nothing mere about the generously portioned
small plates They range from traditional items like cod
fish equixada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes to
inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-stuffed
empanadas $$$

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

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

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


BRICKELL / DOWNTOWN

Brickell Bridge Bistro & Bar
500 Brickell Ave., 786-871-7039
The casual-polished hangout's name refers to the
nearby real bridge between Brickell and downtown, but
its ambiance -- part South Beach music lounge and part
bankers' sports bar -- also tries to bridge the neighbor-
hoods, luring both execs and edgier sorts The same's
true of Allen Susser's role as consulting chef, though
those expecting a hint of Chef Allen's won't find it, the
sole similarity on the Latin-accented Italianesque menu
is Susser's Valrhona chocolate souffle Snacking on
small plates like meatballs with dried apricots and pine
nuts is most fun $$$

Damn Good Burger
20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-718-6565
At restolounge MIA, the hip, high-tech nightclub com-
ponent remains the same, as does much of the restau-
rant space's mod decor The liquid nitrogen tanks are
gone from the kitchen, however, and the atmosphere
aims for a retro all-American feel to match the fare
burgers (from a hormone/antibiotic-free ground Angus
chuck/brisket/short rib blend), with choice of house-
made sauce plus customizable toppings ranging from
pickles to pork belly Also available veggie burgers,
dogs, salads, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and stan-
dard sides Rich malts and shakes come regular or
adult (spiked) $$

Ozzi Sushi
200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003
Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the
mostfun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic Who
knew how long plates had been circulating on the sushi-go-
round? Happily, this sushi-boat spot avoids sanitation issues
with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices
ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri,
and more as theyfloat by Highlights include glistening ikura
(salmon roe) in a thin-sliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced
mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry
Nutella dessert maki $-$$


spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,
owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace
directly on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired, with a
few Latin and Mediterranean accents For the health-con-
scious, the menu includes low-cal choices For hedonists
there's a big selection of artisan sakes $$$-$$$$$

Chophouse Miami
300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000
Formerly Mannys 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 flavor-
ful 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 Notfor thefrail $$$$$

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,


MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICT

Tapas y Tintos
3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-0506
With about 50 different generously sized traditional tapas plates,
from simple (imported Spanish cheeses and cured meats, varied
croquetas, including beautifullysmooth spinach) to sophBticated
(crisp-fried soft-shell crab with aioli dip, the witty Popey y Olivia,
garlicky wine-sauced chickpeas with spinach and olive oil) plus
complex salads, paellas, and charbroiled meat and seafood
entrees, all add up to entertaining eating even withoutthis
tapas/wine bar's live entertainment This second T&T feels less
nightclub and more neighborhood than the South Beach original
Greatfor dates, business lunches, or very happy hours $$$

UPPER EASTSIDE

Mi Vida Caf6
7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020
AtthB indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan cafe, culi-
nary-school-trained chef/owner Danida Lagamma produces purst
produceoriented dishes that are easyto understand, likesparkling
fresh salads and smoothies, plus more technique-intensive
mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satsfy
even confirmed carnivores Particularly impressive on the regular
menu a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit braised
homemade sertan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce, and
cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepesstuffed wth spinach and
cashew "ricotta" Do check the dailyspecials, too $$-$$$




The Rumcake Factory
2075 NE 163rd St., 786-525-7071
When ex-Louisianan (and ex-Dolphins player) Larry Robinson
and his Cuban-American wife Elena started a catering company
in Miami Lakes, their mouthwateringy moist Caribbean-style
buttered rum/walnut-glazed rum cake instantly became the
star attraction But after relocating to a real (if tiny) restaurant
space in BT territory, the Factory now features a small support-
ing cast of Cajun fare scrumptious enough to upstage the star
Always available authentic remoulade-dressed New Orleans po-
boy sandwiches (shrimp, catfish, fried turkey), and humongous
house-smoked chicken wings Rotating specials include hearty
gumbo, jambalaya, and BBQ ribs $$

Latin, American, or Asian-influenced 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 cen-
tury But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos
served at this hot spot his own unique spin Specialties
include flash-marinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradi-
to a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chill/cream
sauce) But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian
Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and
calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable $$

db Bistro Moderne
345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800
Just two words -- "Daniel Boulud" --should be enough for
foodies craving creative French/American comfort cuisine
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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 Fabio 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 zingyjalapeno-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 y'all
will also find familiar fare (burgers, salads, etc), highlights
here are traditional and/or reinvented country cooking
favorites -- especially homemade sweets More than two
dozen desserts daily are featured, from a roster topping
150 chocolate pecan pie, lemon bars, potato candies, 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 ristorante, where even newcomers feel
at home At lunch it's almost impossible to resist panini,
served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta, 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 equa-
tion, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but
more health conscious) Menu offerings range from design-
er pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but the bistro's
especially known for imaginative meal-size salads, like one
featuring mandarin oranges, avocado, apple, blue cheese,
raisins, candied pecans, and chicken on a mesclun bed $$

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

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

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza
305-455-4757
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly
contemporary, but no worries The classic sword-wielding


gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish
And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the
traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared
foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses A pleasant, nontra-
ditional surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion
fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along
with the ubiquitous chimichurri $$$$-$$$$$

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,
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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 p m 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
seem like lunch, too $

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 piquil-
lo 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 restaurants own
kitchen, but from La Provence Buttery croissants and
party-perfect pastries are legend too Notso familiar is the
bakers cafe component, whose sandwich/salad menu
reflects local eclectic tastes But French items like pan
bagnats (essentially salade Nigoise on artisan bread) will
truly transport diners to co-owner David Thau's Provengal
homeland $$

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 Fridayand Saturday), butthe
smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the
same ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterine
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 $-$$

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously, with
choices ranging from quality cheese, charcutene/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
1 W Flagler St, Suite 7, 305-789-9929
(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)


Little Lotus
25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700
Secreted inside the Internatonal 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 Morinmoto himself
Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially
noteworthy The prices? A steal $-$$

LouLou Le Petit Bistro
638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1404
When Indochines owner, Jacques Ardisson, closed his Asian spot
to 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 lentils from Le Puy,
a classic moules/frites, a shared charcuterie platter with a bottle
from the savvy wine list, and, of course, salade niloise $$-$$$

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 cornmeal bread pat-
tes), 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 $

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-
ingly, the menu includes notjust the familiar northern Indian
"Mughlai" fare served in most of America's Indian restaurants,
but refined versions of south India's scrumptious street food
We've happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat
(snacks) alone And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around
fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or
spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal $$$-$$$$

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 eatery's wide range
of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will
be a revelation Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here
for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative
Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia
(lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapenos, basil, and
the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab
ravioli with creamy saffron sauce Especially notable are
the entree salads $$-$$$

Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem
more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack,
but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes
and fish Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements
signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly
marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche The daily-
changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local
fish seldom seen on local menus pompano, parrot fish,
amberjack But even flown-in fish (and the raw bar's cold-
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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 gentrin-
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
little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as
well as lunch Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese rather
than effusively warm Neapolitan The food too is mostly
contemporary rather than traditional But in true Italian
style, the best stuff stays simple an antipasto platter of
imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade marinated
veggies, crisp-fried calamari and shrimp, airy gnocchi with
sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted bufala mozzarella,
and fresh basil $$-$$$


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

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

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experi-
ence that's haute in everything but price Few entrees top
$20 The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly
- festive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn't
fear, though nachos aren't available, there is nothing
scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly
made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-
pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature guacamole en
molcajete, made tableside A few pomegranate margaritas
ensure no worries $$$

Sandwich Bar
40 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-0622
This cool hideaway has a limited menu Which is a good
thing when it means everything served is solidly crafted by
hands-on chef/owners, two of whom amassed sous-chef
chops at Cloppino and 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, tangytangle 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 $-$$


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

Sushi Maki
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779
Fans of the popular 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 chill 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,
huancaina cheese sauce? $$

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

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone),
gay bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has
been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music,
primarily blues But it also offers food from lunchtime
to late night (on weekends till 4 00 a m ) The kitchen is
especially known for its chill, budget-priced steaks, and
burgers There's also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like
a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aloli A meat-smoker
in back turns out tasty ribs $$

Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303
"BBtro" actually sounds too Old World for ths cool hangout from
the owners of downtown old-timer La Logga, but "restolounge"
sounds too glitzy Think of it as a neighborhood "bistrolounge" The
food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents
a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese, gnocchi
served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aloli),
or plated with orange-gnger sauce But there are tomato-sauced
meatballs with n'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-
ticularly terrific dipped in Waxy's curry sauce $$

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

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 $$$$


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3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant
1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688
Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese res-
taurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fin-
gers of no hands So its 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


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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
Its well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very
personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose
individual areas of expertise encompass food, wine, and
live entertainment, melding all seamlessly The music is
muted, encouraging conversation, wines are largely small-
production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups And
the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes
like the McLuvvin', a meld of savory Spanish sausage and
chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream
- supremely satisfying $$

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

Buena Vista Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945
At this casual cafe/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista


Bistro's Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French
fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond
croissants, and other delights At lunch cornichon-
garnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade
pates, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other
charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted,
custardy quiche plus 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
Iberico 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 Caf4
2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277


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 $

Crumb on Parchment
3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9444
Though located in a difficultspot (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
spicyAsian 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 $-$$

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

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as
it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family The food is as tasty as ever, especially the
reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who 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-
lenn 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 Caf4
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 $$


Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American
breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall has Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
served for more than 30 years Since about 1990, though, Shops at Midtown Miami
when owner Pearline Murray ("Ms Pearl" to regulars) and Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341
cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native Jamaican No green-leaf faux health food here You get what the
specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk chicken has name says, period, with three adds kosher dogs, veggie


burgers, and free peanuts while you wait Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, 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, rarely found 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-i 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 everyday, 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 $$


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Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488
The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Cafe District, this
stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as
one would hope - and as affordable There's a five-buck
half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino
for under $30 And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-
crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or 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 chili 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 Its 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 $

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 Districts central "town square" The
mostly outdoor space remains unaltered save a wood-burn-
ing oven producing flavorfully char-bubbled pizza creations,
plus a vintage meat slicer dispensing wild boar salamino,
bresaola (cured beef), and other artisan salumi Other
irresistibles fried artichokes with lemony aioli, seafood
lasagna with heavenly dill-lobster sauce $$-$$$

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


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

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

Mercadito Midtown
3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423
Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge,
festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a
bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously
smooth margaritas Butthe 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-oriented
restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-
earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/
outdoor setting Fresh, organic ingredients are empha-
sized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef
cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and choco-
late reduction) to simple comfort food deviled eggs,
homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a
whole wood-roasted chicken There's also a broad range
of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits
Michael's Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable
wine list and a full bar $$-$$$$

Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 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
a m $-$$

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-
rizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil
on a crusty baguette Other artfully named and crafted
edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the
Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and
house-baked pastries $

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 But this lively Italian
spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood The
pizzas alone - brick-oven specimens with toppings rang-
ing from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula - would
be draw enough But pastas also please diners' choice
of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras And the
price is right, with few entrees topping $20 The capper Its
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 authen-
tic Italian or delicate designer pizzas Buta satisfying


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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 medium-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 $$

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

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

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
from 4 00 p m daily, makes it an enjoyable neighborhood
hangout, too Tapas include beef carpaccio, bruschetta
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 $-$$

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, chill-dusted
artichoke hearts with tart/rich yuzu aloli, mellow veal sau-
sages enlivened by horseradish sauce, etc) ideal for work
or gallery-walk breaks $$-$$$

Upper Eastside

American Noodle Bar
6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-396-3269
For us personally, a three-word Homer Simpson review
says it "Bacon sauce Mmmm " But responsibly, the
chef/owner of this casual, counter-service Vietnamese
fusion cheap eats joint is Michael Bloise, formerly 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 cro-
quettes with spicy aioli But don't neglect large plates like
whole grilled Mediterranean fish (dorade or branzino), filleted
tableside The interior is charming, and the outdoor deck on
the Little River is positively romantic $$-$$$

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 Its easier to get a table here (and to park,
thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln Road
or Brickell This, along with the venue's relatively large,
open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more
relaxed, neighborhood-focused vibe The fun menu of
global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-
centered cheese souffle through savory Asian potstickers
and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes)
and prepared as reliably well $$-$$$


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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, it's even more fun
on Sunday, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal
fair and the menu includes Brazil's national dish, feijoada,
a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats But
the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis
to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also appealing - and budget-
priced $$

Le Caf6
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551
For anyone who can't get over thinking of French food as
intimidating or pretentious, this cute cafe with a warm
welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is the
antidote No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just classic
comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh oysters,
boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast), Nicoise
salad, quiche, and homemade creme brulee A respectable
beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as is the house-
made sangria Top price for entrees is about $14 $-$$

Chef Creole
200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223
Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner
Wilkinson Sejour's two tiny but popular establishments
While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (fried pork
chunks) and oxtail stew are also available - and a $3 99
roast chicken special - seafood is the specialty here 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 it's too good to be true
-- it isn't El Q-Bano's owners are indeed related to the
family that operates the original three Palacios de los
Jugos -- which means no more schlepping way out west
Recommended are moist tamales, tasty sandwiches (espe-
cially the drippingly wonderful pan con lechon), rich flan,
and the fresh tropical juices thatjustify 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 But the 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, Jimmy's 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
parillada dishes are tasty, they re meat/fat-heavy, basically
heaps of grilled beef Here the grill is also used for vegeta-
bles (an unusually imaginative assortment, including bok
choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your
protein of choice You can indulge in a mouthwateringly
succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling
like you're the cow $$-$$$

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
Its a restaurant It's a lounge But it's decidedly not a
typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami
Forbidding from the outside, on the inside 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
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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 $$-$$$

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




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)

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
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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 The joint 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 inven-
tion 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 $-$$

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

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222
When an eaterys exec
utive 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 unpreten-
tious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place Some
standout dishes here are featured in the chef's latest
tome, but with Tamarind's very affordable prices, you might
as well let the man's impeccably trained kitchen staff do
the work for you $$-$$$


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9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112,
305-754-9012
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighbor-
hood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel The
menu is mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants, crepe,
soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more sub-
stantial specials like a Tunisian-style brlk (buttery phyllo
pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes)
with a mesclun side salad But everything is homemade,
including all breads, and prepared with impeccable 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 fresh-
ness, we listen There are some surprisingly imagina-
tive 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
pasta specials Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entrees
$9 to $17, drinks average $3 to $4 $$

Mooie's
9545 NE 2nd Ave.,
305-754-3666
"Kid friendly" generally means restaurants will tolerate
youngsters Mooie's, an ice cream parlor plus, posi-
tively 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 turkey, pear, garlic oil, and brie panini on house-baked
bread Just don't neglect Mooie's mainstay ice cream,
dense yet creamy-soft Blue Bell Pistachio almond is our
pick $

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


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Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-892-1411
If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If it's Saturday it must be ajiaco Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-
cuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice,
beans, came asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet
plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day,
as are antojitos - "little whims," smaller snacks like 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 Klemberg, 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 subtly smoky steak, onion, cilantro, and pineapple,
sinful deep-fried tacos dorados, and signature burritos,
including the Maya, filled with juicy cochinmta pibil, refried
beans, and pickled onions $$

Canton 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 intrigu-
ingly 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 $$


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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 it's 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 fagottini -
"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 cochinita 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 jalapeio/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
lunch specials But there are also delightful surprises,
like grilled kawahagi triggerfishh) with seasoned Japanese
mayonnaise This intensely savory/sweet "Japanese home
cooking" treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except
without pulling out your teeth Accompanied by a bowl of
rice, it's a superb lunch For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy
salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed)
is a winner $$-$$$

Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of
Miami's first, there's a full stock of vitamins and


nutritional supplements But the place's hearty soups,
large variety of entrees (including fresh fish and chicken
as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso
burgers with secret "sun sauce" (which would probably
make old 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 com-
plete 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, notjust a
meal It's also a good choice for diners who don't speak
Spanish, but don't worry about authenticity Classic Cuban
home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado,
topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated
on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like
pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-
pleasers $$$

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

Mario the Baker
13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641
At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian spaghetti and meat-
balls, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs
No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the
New York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas, the top 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 its also a breakfast and lunch cafe, with
unusual baking-oriented fare a signature sandwich of
chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on


housemade bread, quiches, pot pies, even a baked-to-
order Grand Marnier souffle The pecan sticky buns are
irresistible $$

Petit Rouge
12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676
From the mid-1990s (with Neal's Restaurant and later with
II Migliore), local chef Neal Cooper's neighborhood-oriented
Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers While this cute
32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pre-
tense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bis-
tro fare frisee salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon
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 $$

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

Tokyo Bowl
12295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-9400
This fast-food drive-thru (unexpectedly serene inside) is
named for its feature item, big budget-priced bowls of rice
or noodles topped with cooked Japanese-style items like
teriyaki fish (fresh fish sauteed with vegetables), curried


chicken and veggies, spicy shrimp, or gyoza dumplings in
tangy sauce There's also an all-you-can-eat deal - sushi
(individual nigiri or maki rolls) plus tempura, teriyaki, and
other cooked items for $14, three bucks more for sashimi
instead of sushi $-$$

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


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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 Default spicing is mild even in
Szechuan dishes marked with red-chili icons, but don't
worry, realizing some like it hot, the chefs will customize
spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request $$


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

China Restaurant
178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549
When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion
dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese cuisine
in the world won't scratch the itch So the menu here, contain-
ing 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 bread-
ed 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 $


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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'll 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
3155 NE 163rd St.,
305-940-4910
Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find
ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other
expected traditional specialties, all presented far more
elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian
fusion creations are unique Especially recommended are
two dishes adapted from recipes by Peru's influential nik-
kei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura an exquisite,
delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no
fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich
olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
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 yakitorin, 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 $-$$

Kabobji
3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484
This place makes a very good tahini sauce In fact that
alone is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this
bright, cheery eatery's delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-
garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma
They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-
tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare) Its
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 market's 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


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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,
$955 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 chill/garlic
sauce and fresh Thai basil, and chill-topped Diamond Duck
in tangy tamarind sauce $$-$$$

Paquito's
16265 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-947-5027
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery 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 It's 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 aloli, 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 pm 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-
peios, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces
wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo Hawaiian King Crab con-
tains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green pep-
pers, and pineapple Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and
cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$

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

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630
The reincarnated Tuna's has gained new owners, a new
name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a newly
impressive 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 breakfasts 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 competi-
tors 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 $$




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 Tryjalapeio-
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 clas-
sic (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 $$$$$









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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 Anthonys, 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


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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 $$$$$

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


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cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich
Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized $$$

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 aloli 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
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)


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MIDTOWN PRIME SITE
MIDTOWN: 35 NE 29 STREET
Asking Price: $5,600,000


* Only Prime Development Site Available within Midtown
* Over 34,500 SF of Land
* Rights to Build Up to 65,000 SF
* Mixed Use Commercial & Residential
* Zoning: T5 - 0


DESIGN DISTRICT: 28 NE 40TH STREET
Price Available Upon Request

Former Grass restaurant / lounge for lease or
sale. Unique turn key opportunity with the only
5 am liquor license in the Design District. Start
making money from day one!

Tony Cho | 305.571.9991
info@metrol properties.corn


DESIGN DISTRICT: 73 NE 47 STREET
Asking price: $325,000
1,776 SF historic corner home with 3 BD /
2 BA. Featuring a great porch, wood
floors, high arches & a fireplace. Completely
renovated!

Jane Russell, PA | 305.799.7436
jrussell@metro1 properties.comrn


PARK WEST: 20-30 NE 11TH STREET PARK WEST: 697 N MIAMI AVENUE
For Sale: $3,490,000 | Available For Lease Asking Price: $4,150,000


34,500 SF buildings on a 1 8,750 SF lot. Located
within the 24 hr. liquor license district. Mixed use
commercial building with tremendous future
development potential. Parking available.

Tony Cho | 305.571.9991
info@metrol properties.comrn


BAYSIDE: 675 NE 72 STREET
Asking price: $339,000
2 BD/ 2 BA + garage home. Featuring wood
floors, tray ceilings & a vintage kitchen with
s/s appliances. Large bedrooms & closets with
renovated bathrooms. Perfect yard for a pool.


697 Lofts is a 19,020 SF building on a
12,000 SF lot. Grand Central night club is
the anchor tenant. 4 nicely appointed office
lofts on the second floor. 7% cap rate.

Tony Arellano | 305.571.9991
tarellano@metro1 properties.comrn


NORTH MIAMI: 12345 W. DIXIE HWY.
Reduced Price: $849,000
5,600 SF gallery or showroom space with
parking. Currently used as a photo studio &
gallery. Space is air conditioned, has security and
a 4,000 SF parking lot.


Marcy Kaplan & Lori Brandt | 786.543.5755 Irene Dakota | 305.972.8860
gimmeshelter@metro1 properties.com idakota@metrol properties.comrn


BAYSIDE: 7101 NE 10TH AVE
Reduced Price: $1,990,000
28,525 SF waterfront lot adjacent to Baywood
Park. Spectacular views of Downtown
Miami & Miami Beach. Former Prescott
mansion site.

Tony Cho | 305.571.9991
info@metrol properties.com


BISCAYNE CORRIDOR: 5974 NE 4TH AVE
Asking Price: $5,200/month per bay
8,000 SF 2 bay warehouse, impact proof
with 2 offices & 2 bathrooms. Gated Parking.
Building to be completed by June. Each unit can
be purchased separately.
Irene Dakota | 305.972.8860
idakota@metrol properties.com


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