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IN THIS ISSUEMoms Big Day in BizBuzz p. 26 Winners & Rumors in Dish p. 81 May 2012 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 10 Issue 3 Becoming PAMM The bumpy road from Miami Art Museum to Prez Art Museum Miami

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COVER STORY 30 Becoming PAMM: An Art Mus eum Copes COMMENTARY 20 Feedback: Letters 24 Christian Cipriani: Urbania OUR SPONSORS 26 BizBuzz COMMUNITY NEWS 44 Big Changes on the Little River 44 Oleta River Ge ts a Makeover 45 Highland Lakes to County: We Want Out! NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS 54 Frank: Walk Till You Drop 56 Wendy: Hood Sweet Hood 58 Gaspar: Well, Shut My Mouth 60 Shari Lynn: There When You Need Them 62 Mark: Bread and Circuses in NoMi 64 Jen: Deal Me In! ART & CULTURE 66 Anne Tschida: Free-Floating Art 68 Melissa Wallen: Galleries + Museums 71 Events Calenda r POLICE REPORTS 72 Derek McCanns Crime Beat PARK PATROL 74 Jim W. Harper: A Great Place to Go Barefoot COLUMNISTS 76 Pawsitively Pets: Something to Chew On 78 Going Green: Good Green News At Last 79 Kids and the City: Crafting Some Home-Style Fun 80 Vino: Chill with the Right Reds 81 Dish: Winners and Rumors DINING GUIDE 82 Restau rant Listings: 313 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants 305-538-8835 | www.miamibeachhealth.org | Healthcare made easy.Serving the medical needs of the Miami Beach community for more than 35 yearsMiami Beach Community Health Center North | 11645 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 103-104, Miami, FL, 33181 PUBLISHER & EDITOR r CONTRIBUTORS fntrnSenior Writer nrnr bArts Editor r rtt tr rr nn nrrr rn rn BUSINESS M anagerANAGER rrr rrrr ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES r r tr rr A rtRT directorDIRECTOR rn r A dvertisingDVERTISING designDESIGN rrr CIRCULATION r rr PRINTING rCONTENTSPO Box 370566, Miami, FL 33137 www.biscaynetimes.com rfnftbfrfft nbb F orOR A dvertisingDVERTISING informationINFORMATION callCALL 305-756-6200 24 58 71Serving communities along the Biscayne Corridor: Arch Creek East, Aventura, Bay Point, Bayside, Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena Vista, Coventry, Design District, Downtown, Eastern Shores, Edgewater, El Portal, Enchanted Lake, Hibiscus Island, Highland Lakes, Keystone Point, Miami Shores, Morningside, North Greynolds, North Bay Island, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Oak Forest, Oakland Grove, Palm Grove, Palm Island, Sans Souci, Shorecrest, Sky Lake, Sparling Lake, Star Island, Wynwood, and Venetian Islands

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America Speaks OutI was quoted in Erik Bojnanskys cover story Like a Rocket (April 2012) with regard to a new Walmart in Midtown. First I want to clarify that, while I was elected in 2005 to be the spokeswoman for the Wynwood Historical Homeowners Association, I am not a current resident of Wynwood. The reason they wanted someone to speak for them is that a lot of them are afraid. The article suggested I said Wynwood residents demand that a Walmart open in our community. I did not say that. What I actually said was that the homeowners and residents want and need a Walmart in the community. The article also said I passed around a petition. In fact it was the homeowners and residents who collected hundreds of signatures in support of opening a Walmart in Midtown. Also I would like to say that the Wynwood Historical Homeowners Association invites growth in the community, and we like the art events in Wynwood, but we want to be included when decisions are made and do not want to be forgotten. Thats the reason we formed America Medina MiamiDid You Hear the One About My Son and Dizzy Gillespie?I was amazed to read Anne Tschidas story Multi-Dimensional Man. She cap tured the essence of an extremely com plicated subject on 3-D photography and pher in the State of Florida (and my son). she did a marvelous job. Congratulations! I want to add a cute incident that happened when jazz great Dizzy Gillespie saw his 3-D holographic portrait hours as Mark made it.) The portrait was displayed in the lobby of the Gusman just before his concert there. He ran around it three times, like a kid, saying, Wow, thats me! Look at that! His delight and amazement was childlike and very sweet, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed his spontaneous reaction. Its now hanging in several European museums, and also was displayed prominently in the window of the famous club Fat Tuesdays in New York City. Anne did a great job. Hindi Diamond, vice president South Florida International Press ClubThanks for a MultiDimensional Gift Ive known Mark Diamond for years. He is indeed a complex, multi-dimensional guy, though very direct. Anne Tschida managed to create a living portrait and provide a wonderful tour of his career, which always seems like its just getting started! Thanks to her for this gift. George Fishman Miami ShoresJack, Here You Go: MiMo Biscayne: Like a Rocket!Regarding Erik Bojnanskys article Theres a Reason They Call It Boulevard of Dreams (April 2012): Its so nice to see even more new construction along our lovely MiMo Biscayne Corridor. Congratulations and best wishes to our Argentine investors, Javier Rabinovich and Mariano Karner. Its interesting to see that, much like Ocean Drives experience, its out-oftown investors who have a vision of what can and will be. I hope Javier and Mariano manage to purchase and restore the Vagabond Motel as well. I sure do wish that others would catch a more positive vibe. I note that, once again, Nancy Liebman [president of the MiMo Biscayne As sociation] took the opportunity to con tinue promoting her doom-and-gloom outlook for the Boulevards future. She thinks it would be a shame if Javier and Marianos project fails, and that the historic district has a lot of im pediments to it, and that not having water pipes in place is a travesty for the future development in the historic MiMo area. Now I ask you, does this sound like an association seeking to pro mote development? Why not say, This is an excellent opportunity for Javier Rabinovich and Mariano Karner and other developers to take advantage of the affordable prices. Or how about: Lets work with the government the city, county, state to defray some of the costs. A more positive stance just might encourage others to invest. As for me, Im looking forward to the day that the front page of the BT reads, MiMo Biscayne: Like a Rocket! Jack Spirk ShorecrestCommentary: LETTERS Continued on page 22

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22 Dear Biscayne Times: Not Everyone in Biscayne Park Thinks of You as LitterI love seeing on my lawn the blue plastic bag that holds each new issue of Bis cayne Times I look forward to receiving it and I enjoy reading all the articles. Of course, being a resident of Biscayne written by our very own neighborhood correspondent, Gaspar Gonzlez. In his Too Cool for School column (April 2012), Gaspar once again hits the nail on the head when describing the closed-mindedness of some of the older residents of our quaint vil lage. (Please note that this writer is about two years away from being eligible for Medicare.) It shows that some of those who have been living the longest in our village are opposed to change. It was one of the many reasons why I resigned from serving on one of the boards to which I was ap pointed. I just couldnt see spending one more night a month with people who were obviously not going to be sensitive to the growing needs of many of our residents. It was clear that these few people were not going to be sensitive in the least to families who were concerned about the safety of their children while they were busy traveling and working in order to put food on the table and clothe their families. The concerned residents just wanted an ordinance in place so they could construct fences around their homes, so that people off the streets couldnt just walk up to their front doors when the man or woman of the house was not present. The dismissive answer from some of the members of this board was simply: If youre concerned about safety, put an alarm system in your home. That was the extent of their concern for others in the neighborhood. It took more than a year to pass an ordinance on fences in our village. And the glaring point of all of this is that its always the same few who are opposed to any change, and instead of being sensitive to the needs of the whole, instead of opening their minds and hearts to create a better environment for the good of most, theyre more concerned with continuing with their negativity. Its disheartening, to say the least, that instead of being willing to listen to a proposal for a charter school, of weighing the pros and the cons, some people all need to do a better job of being receptive and a better job of listening before rushing to judgment. I would bet that its the same few people who are now soliciting signatures in an effort to silence the writers contributing to Biscayne Times the same few who want to stop the distribution of this incredibly wonderful new magazine in our village. They call it litter. I call it one of the most refreshing forms of literature in Miami. Biscayne Times is open, informative, and full of opinions, but of course thats way too advanced for the obtuse among us too advanced for the fungus among us. Carmen De Bernardi Biscayne Park Editors note: For more on the subject of the BT as litter, please see Gaspar Gonzlezs column this issue, page 58. Requiem for Electronic MusicI couldnt agree more with Christian Ciprianis take on the Winter Music Con ference and the Ultra Music Festival (Up from the Underground, April 2012). I just turned 31, so I was technically 30 when WMC/Ultra 2012 happened. just didnt feel the same, and so I didnt get WMC tickets. I started checking out the blogs, Facebook, and the like, and it was all full of people who didnt know anything about the electronic, underground, drum-andbass movement. No one cared about the lineup, about the production, or the music. It was all about getting f***ed up and what to wear. But anyhow, I rushed back home from work on that Friday to get to Ultra and watch it live. Thats when it hit me. Ultra was this massive, wanna-be-socool crowd. Yikes! DJs at Ultra didnt have to work that hard at all. Those like me and Christian, who used to ask more from the DJs, were not there. The kind of people who pushed the music forward, the real people who enjoy creative electronic music were long gone getting busy in something else. Maybe we have just grown and were having a hard time letting go. Whatever it is, Im just glad to know I wasnt the only one who felt the change and missed the good old times. Ingrid Quallo Miami BeachCommentary: LETTERS LettersContinued from page 20 FREE!

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24 Commentary: URBANIABT photo by Christian CiprianiBy Christian Cipriani BT ContributorThree years ago I wrote a cover story for the BT called Dirt & Dreams (July 2009), in which I laid out sug gestions for what to do with all the vacant lots in Edgewater, a legacy of the housing boom gone bust. For a big hunk of dusty land on the west side of Biscayne Boule vard and NE 17th Street, I didnt have an idea, I had a decree. On that parcel we must have a classy supermarket. This year my fanciful proclamation became a reality. To hell with Starbucks. The opening of the new Publix on the Boulevard at NE 17th Street makes a bigger statement about the future of this neighborhood than any coffeehouse could. It says, We have arrived. Obtaining food is such a basic begrudgingly, slogging a ramshackle cart through the dim aisles of the Baypoint Publix at NE 48th Street. This is the Publix that earned 2.5 stars out of 5 on Google, along with comments like worst, rudest, nightmare, cramped, not helpful, horrid. I guess you could say I take grocery shopping seriously. When I was a student, the one thing that made me feel truly broke was not being able to afford promised myself Id never skimp on food again and if the experience of stocking up can be pleasant, all the better. But the Baypoint Publix might as well be the set of a reality show about viciously for a parking space and dodge bewildered vagrants just to get to the door, and from there it gets worse. rank among the slowest, rudest, least help ful people Ive ever met. Just trying to order a sandwich is a soul-sucking experience. Until recently this was the only option for people living between Edgewater and the Upper Eastside. Sure, if youre up in the 70s, you can justify heading north to Miami Shores, but most of us had to settle for Baypoint like a bad relationship thats impossible to escape. So believe it when I say that I watched like a fenced bull as my new Publix rose from the ground. When I charged the foyer and stared in amazement. It was as if Mr. Publix himself had read my diary: There, adjacent to my new grocery store, was a liquor store. Not a typical Biscayne liquor store, where you slide money through a two-inch gap in the bulletproof glass, but a bright new liquor store with an uncaged cashier. Things only got better from there. I selected my cart. No squeaky joints, no rogue wheel orbiting out of control. My dence of a luxury car. Inside was a highceilinged, freshly lit paradise of specialty fresh organic produce even a caf. But more than anything, I noticed the smiling staff. They looked proud and energetic, and four times I was stopped and offered help. I passed one couple and heard the man say to his wife: Isnt this place something? It sure is, friend. While standing before a row of glisten ing fruit tarts, I knew that I would never again set foot in Baypoint. Were through, I thought. Ive left you for good, and Im now happily lost in a new romance with a Publix that just treats me better. Over by the carrots, I bumped into an old friend and told him I what I was writing about. He was a little puzzled by my enthusiasm, but as I made my case, he came around. Turns out he worked at a grocery store as a kid. I told him not open mind. This place is special. For 40 minutes I toured the markets generously proportioned aisles, and was greeted with more smiles when I reached the register. Even the kid bagging my groceries said, How are you, sir? Amazing. It was always a small miracle if the staff at Baypoint made eye contact. Back at home, I got a call from a friend and told him where Id been. I just went there, too, he replied. Isnt it awesome? Ive now heard the new Publix described as awesome by at least a dozen people, which for me is proof that three years ago I was right when I pointed to that empty parcel and said, If you build it, they will come. realized Id forgotten the skirt steak. I smiled, wondering if Id forgotten on pur pose. I grabbed my keys and headed out for the second of many enjoyable visits. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Eat, Drink, and Be ThankfulThis new Publix is exactly what we needed

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26 By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorMay means Mothers Day in the USA or at least it has since 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday in May the women who traditionally spent the rest of the year raising the kids, shopping, cooking, cleaning, more cleaning, and otherwise keeping home and hearth together. It has become the most popular cards, for long-distance phone calls, and, of course, for dining out. Actually, we feel the president should have proclaimed all of May as Mothers Month. And it appears that many BT advertisers agree, offering deals and special happenings that will make mom happy all month long. Mothers Day is every day are magic words throughout May at Herval Furniture s two showrooms (1730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-377-1221; or the companys glittering new space at 2650 NE 189th St., 305-935-4545). Speak those words for a 10% discount off Hervals striking stock of modern furniture sofas and sectionals, wall units, dining tables, beds, patio sets, and much more to furnish your home inside and outside. If what you need is the house to furnish, call new advertiser Dennis Esposito (305-651-6161), managing partner of Century 21/King Realty for a personal consultation. After 50 years in South Florida, it should be no surprise has millions of listings to search on its website www.Century21KingRealty sales, rentals, foreclosures, short sales, whatever youre seeking. And Esposito has a huge market of international, as well as local, clients. These days, sadly, many homeowndwelling than with losing the one they have to foreclosure. But the attorneys at new advertiser Civil Justice Advocates banks. And youll need professional help from lawyers familiar with the sneaky tricks of banks and Wall Street trusts to manage your foreclosure defense with positive results meaning negotiatwalking away with the least amount of damage. As the massive Dos and Donts list in this issues ad makes clear, the truth isnt enough, even accompanied by overwhelming evidence. Fortunately, one Dont you neednt worry about is that your legal litigation will bankrupt you before the banks do. CJA says reasonably priced than average rents or at 620 NE 76th St. To give mom the gift of beauty, Hannah & Her Scissors (611 NE 86th St., 305-772-8426) is an obvious choice. Take mom for a makeover a grrrls day out with haircut and color, mani/ pedi, the works or give her a gift to bring home a gift, aside from your improved selves, Hannah has just installed a new boutique in the salon, selling candles, jewelry, watches, and handmade trinkets, plus her own unique and stylish art (paintings and photos) on upholstery, chairs, canvas, and more. Then theres the gift of relaxation, offered by the spa at Aventuras Turn berry Isle Resort (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-933-6930). For all of May, a special Mom Rocks package (massage, facial, glass of wine, and access to the cata pool) offers a full-day disconnect from her usual chores all for $199. Feeling in need of something more encompassing like a total body transformation? Our friends at Bikram Yoga Central Miami (5084 Biscayne Blvd. #101-A, 305-231-3171) suggest a juice cleanse designed to increase metabolism Our Sponsors: M ayAY 20 12BizBuzzSales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible Continued on page 28

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$ 1.1mKeystone Pt. Waterfront Quick Bay & Ocean Access Executive Waterfront H ome in 24 Hr. guard gated Islands of Keystone Point. F rom the dock of this remodeled home you are in Biscayne Bay in 5 minutes and cruising/fishing the Atlantic Ocean 10 minutes later. 75 ft on deep water canal, NO Bridges to Bay. Features: 5 bedrooms 5 baths over 4,000 sq.ft living area. 25' soaring ceilings, open floor plan, huge granite kitchen w/ cooking island + walk-in pantry. Custom pool. 2 Car Garage. www.jeffkoebel.com jeffkoebel@realtor.com Montgomery & Koebel, Inc. Annie Montgomery Realty NEW CONSTRUCTION Waterfront Paradise Brand New Construction Custom Built 2 Story pool home! Modern Design with Super highend finishes. 5br, 6ba, 3 car garage, 5,970 sf., 75 feet on direct bay canal. 45' foot dock, 2 boatlifts (24K & 12K). Yard completely gated and fenced. Full security alarm and camera system. Metal roof, separate outside kitchen, complete sound system, huge eat-in kitchen natural gas. OWNER WILL FINANCE !!! Offered at $1.79m. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Gorgeous water views and park like setting in the front. Quiet, tropical, & serene a must see! This waterfront home has it all. Won t last long. 5000+ sq.ft Newer Construction. 6 beds, 5 baths. 2 car garage. High end finishes everywhere: marble flrs, granite kitchen with center island, custom pool and waterfall Jacuzzi. Impact/hurricane windows and doors. Security cameras & Alarm Sys. Too much to list. 75 ft on deep water-room for the big boat & the little boat! Beautiful wide water views No bridges to bay. Located in the 24 Hr. guard gated community of Keystone Point. $1,990,000 305-606-2252 Keystone Pt. Island 5 Waterfront 76 Feet on protected ocean access canal Boat lift No Bridges to Bay Lowest price per sq.ft. for this 2 storytri-level pool home. Huge living areas, updated eat-in kitchen with granite counters. Upstairs master suite, tub & separate shower + large walk-in closet FEATURES: Auto exterior light ing, sprinkler sys, alarm s ys, waterfall & pond! Offered in the low $800sMake offer! O come o ften over 400ft on the Waterfront 2 lots side-byside. No bridges to ICW. Vacant Point lot 20,000sq.ft. with on water Adjacent Property with 4 BED, 4 BATH, 3500sq.ft. 2 Car Garage, Pool on Lot and house can be purchased separately or make offer for both togetherSeller is motivated & will consider owner financing! OWNER WILL FINANCE

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28 and detoxify blood, lymphatic system, and numerous organs; as well as clear up your skin and lose weight. Learn more about this multi-dimensional experience at Bikrams free lecture, Saturday, May 12, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. At new advertiser Modern Furni ture 2 Go (270 NE 39th St., 305-5721222), newlywed owners Julissa de Los Santos and Tim Broderick offer instant dcor solutions for other newlyweds or anyone else who needs to furnish whole rooms or homes: 12 stylish pre-designed styles: Urban Loft, Cosmo Chic, Metropolitan, and Sophisticate. The stores very affordable prices result from direct import, mainly from factories in China common for large companies to do but rare for small ones, especially those who dont speak Mandarin. That would be no problem for students at the Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966), where all stu dents, from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, study Mandarin Chinese as part of the schools progressive and practical focus on international world views and languages. Actually, Cushman reports that as another part of the program, two dozen Chinese students and teachers were just hosted for two weeks in April. If youd like your kids to sample Cushman creativity, see this issues ad for info on the schools stimulating summer camp. Looking for a fun family activity to share with the kids this month? At 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, the Shops at Midtown Miami (3401 N. Miami Ave.) will be hosting another movie night is Martin Scorseses 2011 fantasy Hugo lows the adventures of a movie-loving, orphaned 12-year-old clock repairman who lives in a Paris Metro station. If mom is of an age where she could use some help with life chores, call new advertiser Accessible Home Health Care of Aventura Although thats kind of stretching it for a Mothers Day con nection; the company actually provides home care for all ages, from newborns to seniors, and services are both medical (private duty nurses, wound care, therapy) and nonmedical (driving/transportation, bathing and dressing, meal prep). And theres a free consult prior to service. Mothers Day reference that would work in welcoming advertiser Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) Moise a congressional candidate running against incumbent Congresswoman Frederica Wilson in brand-new District 24, reapportioned by the state legislature after the 2010 census. But a multitasking millionaire physician/ lawyer/Air Force Reserve colonel, who endorsements, so we cant urge readers to vote for one candidate over another. We can, however, urge you to vote and also to rent the DVD of Moises 2010 action movie Trapped: Haitian Nights in which he co-stars with Vivica A. Fox. Theres also no obvious mom con nection to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration training offered this month at advertiser Miami-Dade Col lege s Kendall campus (11011 SW 104th St., 305-237-1019 or e-mail: nced@mdc. edu) unless moms a working mom. The four-hour training which covers workers rights and responsibilities, as well as workplace ergonomics, heat illness, and fall protection is free to all industry em ployees and employers from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties. Pre-regis tration is required for the May 19 session (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). See this issues ad for info on obtaining forms. Oh, right: And since this is South Florida, where merely learning how to avoid workplace hazards may not be a hot enough topic to attract aways, beverages, and lunch provided. Now on to brunch, the favorite Mothers Day meal. Make it maximum spectacular by brunching on the expansive waterfront terrace of Trio on the Bay (1601 79th St. Causeway, 305866-1234), from 10:30 a.m. on May 13. You can relax. The setting sure looks expensive, but dining is la carte, with items starting at only $7. Reservations are strongly suggested. and festive setting than the sparkling Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus (1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002), where May 13s Mothers Day specials will be served from noon till 11:00 p.m., both inside and in the backyard biergarten. And speaking of bier: chef/owner Alex Richters famous beer-marinated BBQ ribs are now back, Friday through Sunday nights.Our Sponsors: M ayAY 20 12 Continued on page 29 rfnr rtbr f b r r rrrb t b n f b bb fr fn fn n bfbMOM ROCKS! BizBuzzContinued from page 26

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At Bagels & Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435), the coupon deals offered in this months ad are good Monday-Friday only. But what deals! They include our all-time favorite offer: Buy a dozen bagels, get another full dozen free. Additionally, there are three specials for eat-in diners: $2 off tabs of $10 or more; $5 off purchases of $20 or more; and a buy-one-get-one free entre twofer. Do remember to bring the ad with you. Welcome to North Miami Beachs Mario the Baker (14691 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-7641), an old favorite restaurant but a new advertiser and in a new Bis cayne Commons mall location. The menu encompasses the full range of ItalianAmerican classics, from homemade can nelloni to cannoli: pizzas, salads, hot and cold sub sandwiches, entres like veal or eggplant parm, and naturally, the places famed ultra-drenched garlic rolls. And if mom wants to eat at home, just without the cooking part, Marios delivers. Under the new ownership of Italian chef Rocco Soprano, who many read ers will recognize from Lincoln Roads Soprano Caf & Restaurant, is the slightly rechristened Racks Soprano Caf & Italian Restaurant (3993 NE 163rd St., 305-917-7225). Dont fret the loss of Racks. The coal oven that has been turning out some of Miamis most delectable pizzas remains. Take the family to this new advertiser for a Mothers Day pie, or more substantial Italian fare, on the outdoor deck front ing the Intracoastal Waterway, and get a complimentary bottle of wine per table. And drop by any day for the 4:00-8:00 p.m. happy hour. While Mothers Day is usually a holiday where the whole family wants to get in on the act, trust us: At some point his month, a romantic dinner for two would be much appreciated. Check out the ad this month for newcomer Jean Pauls House (2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373), one of this issues additions to the BT s Dining Guide (page 82). Admittedly, the surrounding neighborhood is better known for Braman car dealerships than for romance. But after dark, the intimate interior is lit for love, and chef Jean Paul Desmaisons strongly food is even more special. Celebrate every Saturday in May with free wine tastings at Laurenzos Italian Center (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381), from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Call and ask the wine department for details about what wines will be featured at each tasting. Tip: If you didnt discover the pane di Altamura that Laurenzos began importing from Italy (frozen, to be reheated at home) just last month, grab it in May. This DOC bread from Puglia crunchy-crusted outside, with sweet sourdough interior is to normal Italian bread as pain Poiline is to Wonder Bread. Big news at Anise Taverna (620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929): After almost four years, Liza and Gigi Meoli are saying goodbye to their Greek/Mediterranean restaurant. No need for tears, though. The Meolis are also saying hello to a new venture in the same space with a co-owner/partner, chef David Long: RiverShack The difference is that culture, the cuisine will be chef-driven, personality and passion on a plate from Long and sous chef Alan Harst. And physically, the addition of a game room is planned. But the Meolis will still be in charge of their warm front-of-the-house hospitality. The transformation should be complete by mid-May. Some say that taking mom out to eat is too easy, and that to truly recog nize a mothers contributions, one must do a mothers work. Hence the tradi tion of family members making mom breakfast in bed after which she must spend the rest of Mothers Day re pairing the disaster area in the kitchen. So along with the burned bacon, halffrom Elite Concierge Services (786691-0933 or www.ecmiami.com) on the morning meal tray. Just about anything mom needs done running errands, grocery shopping, dry cleaning pick-up/ drop-off, car washes and oil changes, a good housecleaning service (plus, possibly, a handyman) to get the house back together after that thoughtful breakfast in bed Elite will do it. And this month the company is offering BT readers 10% off hourly fees, and 15% off per-event services. By the way: Best keep this columns contact info handy for next month. Remember, June means Fathers Day. Something special coming up at your business? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes.com. For BT advertisers only.

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30 The new Herzog & de Meuron building that will house the Miami Art Museum (MAM) is set to open in September 2013. It will, without doubt, be a spectacular building, a structure that will make Miami proud. The highly regarded Swiss archi having built the most visited contemporary art museum in the world, the Tate Modern in London, and the new expanmuseums, the Walker Art Center in leled. The three-story building sits in the Museum Park, sharing space with the new science museum, also under construction. It will have huge glass windows and walls, and be surrounded by raised plazas and verandas, On this particular April day, the although so transparent and open, no direct sunlight, and the outdoor space will be perpetually shaded and exposed success. What will go inside it, and what it will be called, is not so certain. At museum is expected to be named the Prez Art Museum Miami, or PAMM, when it opens a little more than a year a $35 million donation in both cash and major Miami developer Jorge Prez, move in all quarters, and seems to be yet ing, which happened during Art Basel Miami Beach this past December, several board members resigned, and grumblings could be heard across the art world. Collectors and artists have expressed But then, MAM has been no stranger to controversy, or to resignations. That when a public institution tries to serve the perspective, this is an opportune time to look at where MAM has been and where it is going, as a predominantly taxpayersupported entity that should, when it has MAM is a relatively young orga nization, not unlike the city in which it operates. It began as a kunsthalle, or an exhibition-only space ing it did not have its own art collection. In 1996, now called the Miami Art Museum, it became a collecting MAM to PAMM

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institution, with an emphasis on postpurchase art, as was the case with MAM, senior curator Peter Boswell, the museum had about 75 works, with some Still, it was a small collection. By comparison, the Walker Art Center has more than 11,000 works in its permanent curators, vote on what they would be. Around 40 people joined it. That started the wheel rolling, recalls Boswell. Once MAM looked like it was serious While the museum could be excused day it became MAM, the museum wanted a new building. The Philip Johnson-de building second. In 2004, Miami-Dade County voters approved a $100 million bond issue to help build MAM a new home, with the idea that the museum would raise about $100 million to match. chicken-and-egg scenario: Who would art to a museum that was virtually incaAnother problem with an emphasis museum, and bringing in quality shows, does not come cheap. better building. To that end MAM, Continued on page 32 Herzog & de Meuron MAM to PAMM The uproar over renaming Miamis art museum is just the latest in a history of turmoilBy Anne Tschida

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expected to shepherd the design and con Herzog & de Meuron, and then to oversee the museum. The institutional enthusiasm and mo mentum, however, could not be sustained. In 2008 the recession hit hard, and museum suddenly become exceedingly Complicating matters at every turn, quasi-public institution, had to keep one terests, MAM currently has a whopping (and cumbersome) 36 trustees. Compare Miami, which has 18. worked so hard or accomplished so much land, and navigating the complex county and city legal issues and permits. By had done almost all I could do and that the next big challenge was to grow the collection. I never had any doubt that an art as a consultant, it was another unexpected Cisneros, who had planned to merge some MAM to PAMMContinued from page 33 Continued on page 34 Photo related.com

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She was reported to have been in creasingly upset with the emphasis on the new building at the expense, in her opin cally a strong Latin American collection. Margulies, predicted the new MAM in Bicentennial Park would never be built.As he points out the huge, hurri berger Museum, sees the museum back in September it was pretty clear that the new building, getting so near to completion, would need some immedi ate cash to keep construction going. It would give $20 million in cash over ity surrounding the name change, says Collins on this crisp spring day out at the construction site, where he goes almost million, topping the $100 million in public However, at the moment, almost leadership in structuring and guiding the MAM to PAMMContinued from page 32 WWW.JAKEMILLERLAW.COMReal Estate Family Law Estate Planning Bankruptcy THE LAW OFFICES OF JAKE MILLER, LLC Continued on page 36

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a collecting museum with no endowment   Echoing a persistent critique, she says priorities have been somewhat skewed: ing designed by Herzog & de Meuron She and husband Carlos were openly having penned a letter to the Miami Herald is a good donation. But this is not like museum, which do not have to ask donors here in Miami. Adrienne Arsht Center, and the new Miami Science Museum will be named naming rights. However, those institutions their names subsumed under have spent considerable money and decades collecting spe city museums have the location Denver to Dallas, Los Angeles to Chicago. They may have wings, pavilions, and galleries with donor names attached, but not entire museums. torian, and her husband Howard, Carnival Corporation, resigned along with two others when the renaming was announced this past December. The name was a done deal by the time such alternatives as naming a main wing like MAM at the Prez Building. ately chosen name back in 1996, one that She says she is heartbroken about what has happened. otherwise is unrealistic. He claims that, sions, monetary or otherwise. He suggests that people who are so upset by the renaming could have given more money, and then they could have MAM to PAMMContinued from page 34 Continued on page 38

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38 named it what they wanted. Some supporters have also hinted at an anti-Latin Cruzes and another board member who to negate that notion.In truth, the proposed name change to PAMM may have run into a com arts center, the baseball stadium, and indeed MAM came under new scrutiny. How much would taxpayers really have a genuine public-private partnership, what should be the monetary thresh MAM hit another snag: Prez would not be giving $35 million in cash. A collection that has some questions sur rounding it. Biscayne Times was not able to interview Prez or view his collection, and so the artworks included in it largely remain with mediocre pieces, heavy on the Cochubby characters are not taken seriously by most collectors and art critics. Others have claimed that, while not town, it is respectable and will augment who has a massive gallery and auction house in Wynwood, objects strenuously Prez has some very important pieces MAM to PAMMContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40Herzog & de Meuron

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MAM nor Prez would say which artdescribe the process by which individual pieces were valued, or whether Prez deis that the museum has chosen them and that the selections will be announced later this month. The renaming was revealed in the national and even international attennumerous newspaper accounts, curator departure that underscored the institucannot comment on the circumstances that a lawyer is involved. necessity given that a very large new museum will open next year and that high. On opening day, there will be indoors and out. Collins is clearly proud, even giddy, seums in the world, he notes, and has involved top-notch architectural and environmental consultants. tive opening day? The inaugural exhibitions will rely Ostrander, who previously served as Continued on page 42 Photo by Chocolate Milk Photography SUNNY ISLES Sandspoint New R.E.O. $445K MIAMI BEACH Waterfront/Investment 12TH Units Bulk Sale 1.9 Mil LA PARLA Ocean Front 3BR New R.E.O. TROPACANA Ocean Front 2BR New R.E.O. AVENTURA SUNNY ISLES MIAMI BEACH LA PARLA TROPACANA AVENTURAAttrium Penthouse $675,000Number One For Worldwide Connections rfSELLING?Dont list with just any one agent, list with Century21 and have the power of 75 local agents, speaking 12 different languages and over 350,000 agents world wide working for you. The Only Website You Need To Knowwww.Century21KingRealty.com305.213.1435 305.433.1775 KING REALTY3495 NE 163rd ST N. Miami Beach, FL 33160 MAM to PAMMContinued from page 38

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del ECO in Mexico City. He will be collection, local works, and more. Ostrander knows what a monumental on what is here, developing strong Latin Eventually, in order to live up to the the museum will have to generate its own shows that will travel the globe and has not happened in the past. naming to artists with works in the museum, wants the new MAM to be a success. How it will achieve that, however, remains a hotly debated subject, which is appropriate and One lingering question remains: Is PAMM a done deal? In an interesting and perhaps museum toyed with adding the name man, a Miami Beach resident who will curate a show opening in Israel next supported the name change, donors threat but to take back what they had already given. The public was incensed that their black and white, but these things need to be openly discussed. What do we want to be? In the end, the Tel Aviv Museum drew his $20 million donation. The new wing that was to be built with that money couple, Herta and Paul Amir. Their name is on the new wing, not the museum. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com MAM to PAMMContinued from page 40

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44 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORBig Changes on the Little RiverPeople power is building public parks and challenging private interestsOleta River Gets a MakeoverVolunteers get wet and muddy in the last free-running tributary owing to Biscayne BayBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterIt isnt easy getting up close to the Little River in Miamis Upper Eastside, at least not without trespassing. Its banks tend to blocked by apartment buildings, waterfront homes, boating facilities, and fences. But within the last eight months, parks along Little River and are hatching plans to build at least one more. That isnt enough for some Upper Eastside activists. They are pushing for more public access to the Little River and Biscayne Bay. The Little River advocates, mainly from Shorecrest and Palm Grove, are still an informal group, but their actions have already led to the creation of Manatee Bend Park in Palm Grove, Little River Pocket Park in Shorecrest, and possibly, Little River Waterfront Park in Little Haiti. These activists are also battling two marinas they accuse of threatening the se renity of the Little River. One is a jet ski facility that plans to open along a stretch of the river that teems with manatees at Marine Max, a nationwide boat dealer ship and repair facility, which neighbors activists accuse of seizing publicly deeded land and trying to increase the size of their operation via a requested zoning change that will be discussed by the Miami City Commission on May 24. We have been a little upset, understates Jack Spirk, a Shorecrest homeowner for the past 11 years. Were trying to create a really nice place for the future and then stuff like this happens. Spencer Crowley, an attorney based in downtown Miami, has a more positive outlook. Crowley, who serves on the board of the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) a state body that provides monetary grants for projects that promote waterfront usage believes that when the city bought Manatee Bend this past August, the lush 1.2-acre parcel paved the way for the creation of another waterfront park, a four-acre property just 800 feet upriver from it. In addition to recreation, both parks can serve as an educational preserve for the public, Crowley notes: There is nowhere else in the county where tourists and residents can go and regularly see endangered species, manatees, in this area. Located on NE 77th Street Road, a block west of Biscayne Boulevard in the Palm Grove neighborhood, Manatee Bend was owned by a couple of artists for de cades until Robert Gray, a former Eisen from them in 2004 for $985,000 with the intent of building a low-rise condominium. When we saw that was not happening, a lot of people thought, Gee, this would be such a beautiful spot for a park, says Eileen Bottari, a director of the North Palm Grove Homeowners Association. One of those people was Skip Van Cel, a Shorecrest resident and former publisher of Biscayne Times After two months of negotiations, Van Cel bought Manatee Bend in December 2009 for just $285,000. He later sold it to the city for $590,000. Skip had the opportunity to purchase the land and to turn it into a park, says Bottari. He was steadfast with that. Once it became a park, it was really like an awakening. We have this natural resource right here. For years local residents have trespassed on the future site of Little River Waterfront Park, located on the west bank of the river between 79th and built homeless encampments, walked across a pedestrian bridge connecting the property to the Biscayne Plaza shopping center, and, in the past, used it as a dump site. People have been dumping BT photo by Jim W. Harper Continued on page 47By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorThe cost of greening Miami is falling, as demonstrated by savings at a project to restore a unique rivers headwaters. An original estimate of $850,000 for the nearly completed project will cost a total of $300,000, according to Gary Milano, the coastal habitat restoration coordinator for Miami-Dade County. We saved half a million by looking at the design and cost-effective construction methods, says Milano. He also attributes savings to the effects of a weaker economy, resulting in lower costs to hire contractors and to purchase the plants being used to restore the wetlands. The restorations targets are the banks of the pond and creek inside Highland Oaks Park, which is located on Ives Dairy Road (NE 203rd Street), just one-quarter mile west of Biscayne Boulevard. This is where the Oleta River begins. The Oleta is the only remaining river with natural, open access to Biscayne Bay. All other rivers leading into the bay control, Milano explains. This river was here before man came here. Evidence of Tequesta Indians alongside the Oleta dates to 1500 years ago. Coordinating the restoration is the Reclamation Project, a volunteer-based effort that grew out of art. Local ecoartist Xavier Cortada started in 2006 to display installations of mangrove seeds, and a permanent exhibit of live seeds covering a wall can be seen at the Miami Science Museum. Cortadas live seeds have been transplanted at sites across the county, but Continued on page 46 Map by Marcy Mock

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Highland Lakes to County: We Want Out!And if they cant become part of Aventura, theyll create their own darn cityBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterAventura is the Biscayne Corridors fastest-growing city. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, its population ballooned by 42 percent over the previous decade, and now stands at nearly 36,000 residents, all of them squeezed into 3.2 square miles. Now a group of homeowners in the unincorporated area west of Aventura hopes to add even more people to the City of Excellence. A contingent of Sky Lake and Highland Lakes residents want Aventura to annex their neighborhoods, already rejected the idea twice. If the third time is the charm, though, Aventuras size would nearly double to six square miles and its population would leap to 53,800. I think the people in my community are heavily in favor of being part of Aventura, says Kenneth Friedman, a director of the Sky LakeHighland Lakes Homeowners Association. Aventura is a wonderful city, and I think we could be a good contributor. Should that aspiration be denied again, there is another option: Sky LakeHighland Lakes could incorporate as its own city. Back in 2003, Friedman chaired the Northeast Miami-Dade Municipal Advisory Committee, or MAC, a gathering of area residents who sought to create a new city within the 2.7-square-mile unincorporated pocket east of I-95, north of North Miami Beach, west of Aventura, and south of Broward County. The proposal was just a few procedural steps away from a hearing before the MiamiDade County Commission in 2005, when commissioners slammed on the brakes, initiating a moratorium on the creation of new cities. We were next in line to be a city, remembers Friedman, a Highland Lakes resident. Last month county commissioners voted to lift their moratorium, allowing the MAC to spring back to life. Says Friedman: Were anxious to see what our next requirements are going to be. Those requirements will include such things as conducting a new the county over terms of the areas incorporation, from paying fees to sur rendering revenue streams. In addition, a majority of affected residents must vote to approve their own declaration of independence. Friedman, who has sought this incorporation for 25 years, thinks the change would bring his neighbors far better services than they receive now. County policing and county code enforcement are not up to the standards I want for our community, he explains. Aventura, on the other hand, has shown that it is very good at deliverprogressive community that provides good parks, good services. Theyre just an excellent city, Friedman says. And we share many, many things. We shop in their areas. Their kids go to our schools. Were all the same community. Another advantage should Sky Lake and Highland Lakes join Aventura: Prop erty-tax rates could decrease for the new residents. Property owners in unincorpo rated Miami-Dade pay a rate of $2.01 per $1000 of assessed value, while Aventura property owners pay only $1.73 per $1000. Glenn Gopman, a longtime Sky countant who served as treasurer for the Northeast Miami-Dade MAC, says becoming part of Aventura would be like heaven, but he doubts Aventura will go along with it. Annexation is a political issue we have little control over, Gopman says. If we want to control our own destiny, the only way to do that is to become our own city. Aventura city manager Eric Soroka says no one has approached his city recently about annexing the areas west of it. But should the subject arise, he says, the interest. In the past, the city commission has taken the position that they would only feasible, he tells the BT Studies conducted by Aventura in 2004 and 2008 cast doubt on the notion year following annexation, unless taxes were raised. The 2008 study suggested a revenue-neutral scenario, but that was before the state mandated cuts in property taxes a year later. The countys insistence on keeping utility taxes collected in Sky Lake and Highland Lakes would have a substantial negative impact on the revenues that could be generated in the area, Soroka adds. In its second incorporation study, Aventura also left out much of unincorporated Sky Lake, an area north of Miami Gardens Drive (NE 186th Street) and south of NE 199th Street. Part of the reason for the exclusion was to allow North Miami Beach, whose city limits push north into neighborhoods around Sky Lake, to annex the rest of that area to square off their boundaries, the 2008 study states. North Miami Beach city manager Lyndon Bonner says his city already provides water and some police services to the unincorporated areas north of it. If asked, NMB is ready to provide that area with even more services. There is a role for municipalities providing services, and Map by Marcy Mock Continued on page 48

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46 the Oleta River project does not include the salt-loving mangroves because of its freshwater habitat. In the northwest corner of Highland Oaks Park, rainwater collects in a depression, smaller in size than a city block, surrounded by oak trees and visited by Muscovy ducks, and it seeps eastward into a creek a few feet wide. On the banks of the pond and the creek (technically, the Oleta River), project volunteers are planting young cypress trees, red maples, and other native plants that grow naturally in wetlands. An initial grant of $50,000 to the Reclamation Project came from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Miami Museum of Science and Miami-Dade Countys Department of Permitting, Environment, and Regulatory Affairs (formerly known as DERM) provided $571,000 of the projects funding $29,000 from the museum and $489,000 from the county. If the project is completed this summer under budget, as expected, the remaining funds will be used for education, more plants, and monitoring of the plantings. More than 70 volunteers gathered at Highland Oaks Park on April 7 to dig holes into the muddy banks of the pond and creek for 400-plus plants. The park is one of the few remaining natural habitats within a highly urbanized area near Aventura. Separate from the Oleta-connected pond and winding creek are two other sources of water: a wide lake surrounded by a walking path and a narrow canal with lock system that forms the parks northeastern border. At the April 7 event, more than half Mater Academy in Hialeah Gardens. The kids are more valuable than anything, says Fernando Bretos, director of the Reclamation Project at the Miami Museum of Science and coordinator of the Oleta restoration. He notes that the students will be able to return to this spot in 30 years and appreciate that their labor transformed a damaged ecosystem. We are the culprits, Bretos says. We caused this problem. But this volunteer project allows people to act and to turn around and see the results. Volunteers were called off from a planned planting on April 21 owing to rain, so the next volunteer planting is scheduled for May 12, plus a future date to be determined. Potential volunteers for both planting events and regular watering should contact the Reclamation Project at the Miami Science Museum (305-646-4200). While these wetlands would have originally stretched toward the Ev erglades, today they are isolated by housing developments. Even the lake within Highland Oaks Park was created by dredging to raise the surrounding tractive ranch-style homes border the parks northern wetlands section, while its southern section, composed mostly middle and elementary school and busy Ives Dairy Road. The restored areas within the park are easy to identify by the short saplings and small plants that dot the pond and creeks shoreline, in contrast to the canopy of mature trees in other parts of the park. Continued on page 50 Oleta RiverContinued from page 44 Biscayne Blvd Map by Marcy Mock

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their stuff there: tires, batteries, there was even an entire toilet in the water, says Ken Jett, who moved to Shorecrest a couple of years ago. Jett saw manatees swimming through an obstacle course of discarded shopping carts, bike frames, and other objects. Eighteen months ago, Jett, Spirk, and other area residents took action. They informed the city and developers Edward Easton and Allen Greenwald, who have owned the land since 1983, and the parcels manager, Terranova, a Miami Beach-based company. Easton, Greenwald, and Terranova also own Biscayne Plaza just across the river. Says Jett: Their side of the story was that they didnt know they owned it. Spirk says the company, once informed, immediately cleaned up the property. Over time, Spirk got to know the people at Terranova and helped plant the idea of selling the land to the city. On March 22, the Miami City Commission authorized city administrators to apply for grants from FIND and a city-controlled trust fund (the same sources used to buy Manatee Bend), and negotiated to purchase the land for no more than $730,000. As appealing as another waterfront park may be, some Upper Eastsiders worry that manatees congregating there will soon be hit by watercraft. Thats because on April 17 the city approved an application for a jet ski and boat storage facility directly across the river from the proposed park. The new business would operate out of the former home of Ted Vernon Specialty Automobiles. Once Little River enthusiasts found accounts with complaints. They pointed out that the Little River west of Biscayne Boulevard is a no entry zone for motorized vessels between November 15 and April 30, when manatees are abundant. During the rest of the year, vessels the state as the slowest possible speed necessary to navigate a boat. Francisco Garcia, the citys director of planning and zoning, replied to activ ists via e-mail that the Miami 21 zoning code authorizes marine uses for that area. As pertains to the concerns expressed for the safety and welfare of the manatees that frequent this area, there are regula tions in place to protect them, Garcia wrote, and if the subject establishment abides by them, they are within their right to operate. It is not within our purview to deny an otherwise permissible use based on assumed future violations. (Jos Saud, who won approval for the new business, could not be reached by deadline.) Penalties for violating a no-entry zone could not be called devastating. George Fish and Wildlife, says a motorized vessel caught in a no-entry zone, or even acciden Even before the jet ski operation appeared on their radar screen, Little River crusaders were riled up by Marine Max, Little RiverContinued from page 44 Continued on page 50 BT photo by Erik Bojnansky

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48 But Scott Jay, a director of the Sky Lake Homeowners Association, says few homeowners want to become part of North Miami Beach, a city saddled with high employee pension costs and which charges a property tax rate of $7.87 per $1000 of assessed value more than three times the countys rate. North Miami Beach would take this entire area in a heartbeat, says Jay. They approached us 25 years ago. They made us a presentation. Nobody was interested. Jay would rather his neighborhood become part of Aventura or of a new, yetto-be named municipality. Either way, we would have our own city, says the attorney, who is also a president of a group called the Committee to Incorporate Northeast Dade. We have only one county commissioner who really answers to our community, he other commission seats. Frankly, as part of unincorporated Miami-Dade, were the bastard child of the county. Aventura and the Sky Lake-Highland Lakes area once were part of the same city. Originally known as Ojus, a Seminole word for place of plenty, it was founded in 1897 by pineapple farmer Albert Fitch. The Ojus settlement soon included a prison camp, a rock-mining company, farms, stores, a school, apartments, and even a movie theater. Ojus, which had slightly more than 500 resi dents, incorporated as a town in 1926. But hurricane, a series of land busts, an economic depression Ojus went bankrupt. The state legislature dissolved it in 1936. Dissolution, however, didnt dissuade developers for long. Condo builders descended on the land east of Biscayne Boulevard during the 1960s, among them Donald Soffer, who went on to develop the Turnberry Isle Resort and Country Club, Aventura Mall, and several other residential and commercial projects. (See the BT s Family & Fortune, January 2012.) Even before Aventura incorporated in 1995, it boasted a reputation as an upscale area. By 2010 Aventuras median household income was $52,115 a year, ac $43,605 for the rest of the county. Areas west of Biscayne Boulevard evolved into a collection of gated singlefamily subdivisions, condominium build ings, a few duplexes, parks, and a series of strip malls, some of which are nearly empty today. By 2010 the Sky Lake-Highland Lakes area (still referred to as Ojus by the U.S. Census) had a population of 18,036 people 44 percent Hispanic, 43 percent non-Hispanic white, and 9 percent non-His panic black. The median household income of residents living within the unincorpo rated area was $49,006 per year. Sky Lake and Highland Lakes residents have been attracted to the areas highly rated public schools, relatively affordable Highland LakesContinued from page 45 Continued on page 53BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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which runs a boat repair and retail business on the river at 840 NE 78th St. Skip Van Cel believes Marine Max is trying to expand the size of its operation through a zoning change on part of its property from residential to commercial. The property in question is a 16-footwide, 121-foot-long strip of land that was deeded to the neighborhood in 1924 by Shorecrests original developer, the Krames-Corlett Company. It was intend ed to provide a river walk, public access to the waterfront. Van Cel warns that the zoning Marine Max seeks will enable facility. There was always a very clear delineation between the industrial marine uses and the residential sections along the Little River, Van Cel says. That delinea tion was the river walk parcel Marine Max is trying to take away. Lynn Summers, a lobbyist for Marine Max, says a former apartment building on the site has been used as zoning change will simply legalize the activity, something Summers claims Marine Max has been trying to do since purchasing the marina in 2005. There will be no additional structures, none of this crazy stuff people have talked about like high-rise buildings or anything like that, says Summers. There will be new fencing, there will be landscaping. Generally what Marine Max wants to do is improve the appearance from the street. River Wetlands Restoration Program, is one part of a grander scheme by Miamilength of the Oleta River. This corridor winds south to Greynolds Park, under Biscayne Boulevard, and into Maule Lake, where it turns east into the 1000acre Oleta River State Park and connects to Biscayne Bay (see map). Gary Milano, wearing a long-sleeve white T-shirt that says Baynanza 98, referring to the annual cleanup of Biscayne Bay in April, is the historian of such efforts in Miami-Dade. He has 32 years of experi ence with coastal habitat restoration in the county, noting that upwards of 40 percent of I started working on restoring Oleta in 1990. This probably represents close to the eighth phase. It takes time, he notes, adding that funding comes and goes. Standing on a wooden bridge in Highland Oaks Park, he peers into the dark waters to search for the snook that he has seen here recently. (The water gathering in the small pond where the Oleta River begins is fresh, but the river receives salt-water pulses nation to complete their life cycle, such as mullet, which spawn in the ocean but live primarily in brackish or mixed waters.) Milanos evident enthusiasm for such painstaking work has been inspirational. Hes my hero, says Bretos, who clearly enjoys working alongside him. The plants and saplings planted in High land Oaks will be watered by volunteers for a few months until they are established, and then future watering becomes unnecessary. Nature takes care of the rest, says Bretos. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Oleta RiverContinued from page 46 AventurAjewelry & coin,Inc. www.aventurajewelry .com 19275 Biscayne Blvd., Booth #22 Aventura | FL 33180 305.933.2646 rfntWatchesb f Rare Coinsnr r r nf Gold Platinum Silver INSTANT CASH Paying Top Dollarr REWARD b Michael Freiman, CPNr t Little RiverContinued from page 47 Continued on page 52BT photo by Jim W. Harper

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GENERAL CONTRACTOR PAINTING CONTRACTOR HANDYMAN DIVISION Interior & Exterior Residential & Commercial Buildouts and Renovations Churches & Luxury Homes Licensed & Insured305.751.4447215 NE 97th St., Miami Shores 33138 www.fabinteriorexterior .com LIC# GCG1506675 CC00BS00302 As for the old river walk, Marine Max has argued that long ago it reverted to commercial use, an opinion shared Max has been paying property tax on the land since it was acquired. State law allows the company to take title to the property if it pays taxes on it for seven years unless challenged in court. The strip of land at Marine Max is not the only waterfront property Shorecrest activists are investigating. Using records from the countys property appraiser, Ken Jett found ten parcels around his neigh borhood that did not have folio numbers indicating ownership. Half were clearly platted for public use, including the strip through Marine Max, but were taken over by private property owners. Jett City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose District 2 includes Shorecrest. Sarnoff was unavailable for comment at press time, but his chief of staff, Ron Nelson, says Jetts research was impressive: It is an interesting thing that nobody knew about until Ken found out about it. Just days after Sarnoffs meeting with Jett, city workers removed a fence and vehicles from a 100-foot-long, 40-foot-wide city-owned parcel at NE 10th Avenue and Little River Drive. They also removed overgrown vegetation, in stalled temporary playground equipment, laid down new sod, and added benches and other park equipment. The improved property was quickly christened Little River Pocket Park. Perhaps not coincidentally, the new park is very close to a vacant Shorecrest by a group of sex offenders. County law forbids sex offenders from living within 2500 feet of a park. Thus the Little River Pocket Park instantly became a barrier to more sex offenders being advised by their home address. Ron Nelson insists that barring sex offenders was not a primary motivation. It was just the right thing to do, he says. This was an area that was supposed to be public. In addition to the Marine Max and pocket park sites, Jett found three more public-access spots along Biscayne Bay that have been fenced off by property owners. Nelson says Jetts presentation was sent to the city attorney and city the city has limited options in trying to reclaim the land. Undeterred, the Little River advocates are plotting their next move to shut down the jet ski operation before it starts, to stop Marine Maxs zoning change, and recover all properties they deem to be public. They plan to hold a community meeting in early May as well. We are going to pummel involved, says Jett. We will send out emails to as many people as we can. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Little RiverContinued from page 47 BT photo by Erik Bojnansky

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housing prices, and proximity to I-95 and Aventura Mall, says Celia Mussman, a Realtor who lived in Highland Lakes for 20 years before moving to Aventura in 2004. Mussman sees only modest advantages to the area joining the City of Excellence. It holds a little bit more of a prestigious address, she says, and they feel perhaps the tax rate might go down. Aventura, on the other hand, has little to gain from annexing the communities to its west, Mussman contends: Its a big area. It would require a tremendous amount of police manpower. They really dont need the tax revenue. They have Aventura Mall and very high-end condos bringing in plenty of tax dollars. Miami-Dade County Commis sioner Sally Heyman, co-sponsor of the resolution ending the moratorium on new cities, says the purpose of the new MAC study is to gather enough data for area residents to make their own decision. My position was, let them get the information, says Heyman, a North Miami Beach resident whose district includes Aventura, Sky Lake, and High land Lakes. The county, meanwhile, will revisit its own policies on the procedures for forming munities to cherry pick areas within their future city borders, leaving out poorer sec have frozen the formation of new cities several times since the 1990s. Helen Hill, a freelance writer living way things are now. Personally, I am quite happy being part of unincorporated Miami-Dade, she writes in an e-mail to the BT We get all the services required swift response from police other services. She also doubts that Sky Lake-Highland Lakes has the tax base to support a new city. There is very little commercial property, she says. Its mostly residential. Not that Hill would mind Aventura annexing her neighborhood: I think Aventura would be best for us, for services and prestige and a low tax rate. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Highland LakesContinued from page 48 Miami Shores Community Church School rfntb Phone: Web:nfnff nf nnff fnnfnf

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54 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEWalk Till You DD ropLooking for a convenient place to park your car while attending a concert, ballgame, or other event in Miami? Good luckBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorParking woes continue to grow in our beloved city and county. The latest boondoggle to hit the press has been the issue over parking for residents who live near the new Marlins ballpark, located on the former site of the Orange Bowl. It seems everyone was oblivious to the impact the huge increase in events 81 home baseball games vs. six or seven home football games for the University of Miami, the Orange Bowls last tenant would have on these lowerincome residents. shocked and outraged with the parking situation and called upon the Marlins to do the right thing and fund a piddling $40,000 to prepare, maintain, and operate a couple of nearby city-owned lots for residents to use on game and event days. The Marlins balked, of course, taking the position that this was the citys issue to resolve; after all, they contended, read your contract the one so masterfully constructed to screw the city and its taxpayers on just about every issue that has come to light. The upshot was that the bickering and posturing continued in the press until even the Marlins had to concede that it was giving them a black eye and agreed to foot the bill for the parking, but not without a parting shot to the residents, to the effect that they will get used to walking a couple of blocks during game days. Yes, we humans are an adaptable lot. And yes, the residents will get used to walking a couple of blocks. And yes, they do it in New York, as adroitly pointed out by the Marlins, so suck it up and get over it! The issue of residential parking on baseball days, however, is only a symptom of larger parking-related issues in our communities. Back in the time of Bobby Maduro Stadium, Miamis original baseball venue, there was plenty of parking in the empty, grassy lots surrounding the ballpark. You simply drove there, parked in the lot, and walked in no big deal. Photo by Robin Hill classicalsouthorida.orgClassical Music. Its In Our Nature.Just like all of us, classical music lives and breathes. Make it part of your lifestyle. Tune to Classical South Florida on the radio or online. Its in your nature.

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Even in the Dolphins early days, if you arrived early enough at the Orange Bowl, there was plenty of inexpensive parking on the grassy lots on the south side of the stadium. And if you were a tailgater, there were the paved lots on the north side. Also we all had our favorite parking spots in the front yards of many residents who watched after our vehicles while making a few much-needed bucks. Same was true of the old Miami Arena now demolished and temporarily being used as a park thanks to the indefatigaavailable parking in the paved lots just west of the building. Not so any longer. As new venues are constructed, the amount of allotted parking has been drastically reduced, if it exists at all. Look at the home of the Heat, where parking is limited to the American Airlines Arena and restricted to those able and willing to pay a hefty price for the privilege of park ing on-site during an event. We mere mortals are left to fend for ourselves in the multitude of surface lots west of the arena that have yet to be developed, so the parking is temporary in nature, until the next Miami building boom and are at the mercy of the lot operators for whatever the going rate may be, depending on the event or the quality of the Heat challenger of the day. (New York Knicks? Los Angeles Lakers? Chicago Bulls? Stick em up!) Then we have the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts an assembly of buildings owned by the county and constructed without a single parking space! As unbelievable as this may sound, the county took the position that parking would sort of take care of itself, as if parking facilities would fall from the heavens as construction on the center came to an end. Well, we all know they didnt, and parking is still a headache at the Arsht Center, especially if theres a Heat game that night at the nearby arena. However, if youre a small-business operator, just try to open an enterprise without the required number of parking way, Jos! Or may have a small sidewalk caf struggling to survive on NE 2nd Avenue near the Design District, and then on-street parking is suddenly stripped turn to for help. In the MiMo Historic District, where just about any redevelopment is nonexistent, along comes a new retail building (currently under construction) on 61st Street and the Boulevard. Because of the 35-foot height restriction championed by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff within the historic district, the developers were which could have provided parking. Instead they had to purchase or rent the additionally required 11 parking spaces from the owners of a nearby building that, fortunately, had spaces to spare. This new Boulevard development has been heralded by Commissioner be built within his kingdom of 35-foot height limitations, but he fails to point out that the developers had to go off-site to acquire the necessary parking to make their vision a reality. As you move farther north along the Boulevard, the opportunity for investors to build within the 35-foot height envelope diminishes greatly, as they will not have the same opportunity to borrow additional off-site parking spaces. There arent that many lots especially when you take into consideration that the off-site parking must be within 1000 feet of the establishment in question. This requirement alone makes along the historic corridor. And then, just recently, I read an article in the Herald in which the director of the Port of Miami, Bill Johnson, laid out his 25-year plan for expansion of, and improvements to, the port. Among them are to be public amenities with baywalks featuring views of downtown and the cruise ships in all their grandeur. Please keep in mind, Mr. Johnson, that adequate parking for the public will be a necessary part of the plan, especially since any real mode of public transportation is dismally lacking. This port director, by the way, is the same Mr. Johnson who was the countys point man for the development and construction of the Arsht Center the very one that was built without a single parking space. Good luck to us all. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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56 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I AT LARGEHood Sweet HoodYou move into a new home and discover that your neighbors are different, but not necessarily in a bad way By Wendy Doscher-Smith BT Contributor   Last July my husband and I had just moved into this neighborhood, when a child startled me. From my position, bent down in the backyard, addressing a friendly lizard, I did not see him coming. Hey! Whats your dogs name? I abruptly ceased my conversation with my lizard friend, looked up into the sun and saw a boy of maybe ten, hanging over the wooden fence that separates his yard from mine. When I say hanging, I mean he did so with comfortable and fence. His arms appeared as if they had grown onto the structure itself, vine-like and clingy. I blinked and looked at the kid. The barrage of questions continued: Whats your dogs name? Is your dog friendly? Can I pet your dog? What kind of dog is that? Do you have other dogs? Can I come over? Why is your dog jumping up at me? It was then that I noticed the child was not hanging from the fence by some superhuman strength provided by the Plant Superheroes. He was standing on some thing. I walked over to get a better look. He had stacked a crate on top of a chair to gain height so he could see over our fence. And so began my introduction to living in this nameless section of northern, unincorporated Miami-Dade County. When I give people directions to my house, I mention landmarks such as Barry University or Miami Country Day School. Mamma Jennies works sometimes. Unlike South Beach and Wynwood, my neighborhood may not register on the What-Is-Miami-Now! radar, but it is still beaches and galleries away from some more quaint types of Yawnsville. I describe this area as hood-esque. I say -esque, because it does not qualify as the real hood, but there are hints of hood. I can walk around without fearing for my safety. There are no bars on my windows, but there is a fence with a serious lock in front of my house. Ive yet to witness drug deals, but Im sure BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith Boutique practice in a cozy & warm atmosphere LOCATED IN THE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT NEAR MIDTOWNMargaret Okonkwo, MD, FAAP 4112 Northeast 1st Ave, Miami FL 33137 Phone: 305-576-KIDS (5437) Fax: 305-576-5120 www.KidstownPediatrics.com

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they are happening. Probably right now. And you should see the rims on the cars. Forget that. You should see the cars the rims are on. I love those cars! We see those cars racing up the street. Theyre pretty, but theyre loud. Miami Shores would have a problem with it. Biscayne Park would not tolerate it. Here? Eh, whatever. Nobody cares about the 2:00 a.m., midweek yelling and screeching arguments in the middle of the street. Or the gunshots. (Okay, the cops did care about that, but that was only because a drive-by shooting had occurred north of here the previous week.) My neighborhood is also loquacious. In this predominantly Haitian neighborhood, we are the only non-Haitians on the block. You hear a lot of talk about Miami being a melting pot. Its so overused that it might serve the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau well: Welcome to Miami: The Human Fondue Capital! For me, the term always conjured images of a rusty cauldron with various blistered and crispyskinned appendages sticking up and out. By now the residents of Miami seem to have accepted Life in the Pot. Non-Hispanic prejudice toward Hispanics seems less prevalent. That could be owing, in part, to the fact that Cuban Americans are in the majority in Miami. While prejudice among different Hispanic groups, aimed at each other, is raging, prejudice against Haitian people unites xenophobes from every country, including those throughout Latin America. But I digress. Sort of. This is about my neighborhood and my immediate neighbors. Here, if anyone is in the minority and likely to be discriminated against, its us Whiteys. A few days before we moved in, our landlord assured us the neighbors were great. No trouble at all. The current day. He wanted to play with the tenants kids and waltzed into the front yard as we all stood talking. He asked the tenant (another Whitey) to fetch her kid. She fed him one of those lies grown-ups use when they want an insistent child to go away. Maybe later, she said. I doubt later ever arrived. We took the same route because he was relentless in his pursuit of playing with our dogs, one of which is a bit of a spaz around hyper children. Point is: He did not grasp the idea that hanging over your neighbors fence is not appropriate, especially when it is done constantly and is uninvited. The concept of privacy and this-land-up-to-this-fence-is-your-landand-this-land-up-to-this-fence-on-theother side-is-my-land escaped him. Now, I know whats up. House Warm ing Boy never grasped the concept of boundaries. In this hood, there are cultural differences at work. Unlike in the burbs, where there is talk about one community, but little action, here everyone tends to be in your face whether you like it or not. People even park their cars in the middle of the road. At night. The motto here: This land truly is made for you and me. Our neighbors also spend a lot of time outdoors. But not like my husband Jeremy spends time outdoors. He usually has a very clear purpose: Reinforcing the fence so the dogs cant dig under it, grilling, mowing the lawn, and picking up dog poop. Lots of dog poop! He does this and returns indoors. Our neighbors to the left and right of us, they go outside and sit in the front yard. And talk. Thats it. No gardening or mowing or poop detail. Just talking. Its refreshing. I mean, who talks anymore? We all should communicate face-to-face, but we dont, and as a result, we are morphing into a nation of social illiterates. (Not to mention run-of-themill illiterates, since nobody can spell or use proper grammar anymore. Baahhhh! Give Grammy her cane) Our neighbors sit outside and talk loudly all day and all night. Im not exaggerating. Unless we turn on the whitenoise box, or the booming bass is louder than them, we fall asleep to their conversations. I am somewhat fascinated by all this sitting and talking. (Not to mention how they manage to stay awake.) What are they talking about all this time? From what I can make out, they are discussing daily events, their friends, and relationships. No big shocker there. Except my neighbors dont care who hears about it. Which, when you think about it, is a lot like social media. Except it actually is social. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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58 Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARKWell, SS hut My Mouth A petition to combat litter in the village may be sending the wrong messageBy Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorA few weeks ago, I heard there was a petition circulating through our village designed to combat our litter problem. Fantastic I thought. Finally someone was doing something about the fact that, for a small, residential community like ours, theres an awful lot of litter paper and plastic, cans and bottles dotting the landscape. I know because I pick up the evidence every day. Driving in and out of the village on NE 113th Street, I almost always see a plastic water bottle or Coke can, empty cigarette packs, or even beer bottles on the median. Usually Ill stop the car, pick it up, and take it to the nearest trash receptacle. The litter, as we all know, comes from a variety of sources. Drivers cutting through the village whod rather chuck their garbage out their car window than wait till they get home. Recycling that blows out of our open containers on windy days. And, yes, some residents who could stand a little more civic pride. Anyway, I was delighted to learn someone was going to do something about it. And when I heard the petition was being circulated by Chuck Ross, husband of Commissioner Roxanna Ross and coordinator of Biscayne Parks Crime Watch program, and Dr. Fred Jonas, a member of the village foundation, I thought, Well, this is bound to be good. Maybe Mr. Ross, building on the Crime Watch concept, was thinking of creating a Litter Watch, in which residents would be responsible for patrolling their streets for errant garbage. Or perhaps Dr. Jonas had an idea for how the foundation might be able to contribute to a cleaner Biscayne Park. My hopes were high. And then I saw the petition. Adlage Manager of Biscayne Park, it made only one demand, had only one idea for eliminating litter in Biscayne Park stopping the unsolicited distribution of this publication. BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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The petition cited concerns that the blue log, the nickname theyve given to the BT remains in some yards for far too long, creating an aesthetic nuisance and, worse, signaling to potential thieves that a home is abandoned or inhabited by elderly or other Now, I know what some residents and regular readers of this column might be the most outspoken critic of this column, making it known he considers it biased in the extreme, usually against opinions is no fan of it, either, and that his wife, its also true that, given the scope of the villages litter problem, the BT would seem a rather odd place to begin and For all those reasons, a lot of you might be inclined to jump to the conclu sion that the petition isnt really about litter a publication that some residents view as an irritant; a handful of people trying to theres no reason to believe theyre motivated by anything other than a heartfelt So let me just say this: I dont think this is an attempt to censor the BT to manufacture a movement to ban the BT from the village just because they dont like positions this column occasionally I take them at their word when they say theyre concerned only about litter suggested, is it will appear to a great Thats what happened in Chicago in 2007, when that city, also citing concerns about litter, passed an ordinance banning restaurant menus and free community opposition from residents, free-speech advocates, and civic groups that forced the city council to exempt community panies affected by the ordinance, told me recently: The politicians found out that people like their neighborhood paper I suspect something like that would happen if the village tried to ban distribu tion of the BT BT throw a long-stem wine glass without hit ting a dozen Miami Herald staffers, various me tell you, those people are fanatics when and they dont understand our litter that court battle, some legal-eagle friends the village would have to pay for its legal have taken the right of people to distribute their petition may be doing the same me hell instruct his distributor to pick up any copies of the BT that remain unclaimed 48 hours after delivery, so they dont sit out campaign, asking residents to be more thoughtful when it comes to disposing of their trash, picking up loose litter and bringing in the BT Thats something we can all get Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rffnttnbnbfrnAISF, SACS/AdvancEd, MSA AccreditedRegister Now!!! Open Enrollment!!! rrrrrr ffrrntnr ffr ffrfrntrfrr rnn rrr frfrrfr r

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aATT here When You NN ee d TT hemA lost purse conrms the rumor there really are good people in AventuraBy Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer BT ContributorEveryone has good days and bad days. Its just a fact of life. But lets face it, some good days are better and some bad days are far worse than others. On those kinds of bad days, you just might require the kindness of strangers to get you through. Why would I say something like this? An even better question: Is this type of kindness even feasible on the mean streets of Aventura? If we base it on the towns reputation for being a callous, un friendly place, the odds arent so good. I was having a me day days that come too infrequently and go by too quickly. gle of me mani-pedi and DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse to the uninitiated). Now I was moving into the third and before heading home. I entered the store. Its always hit or miss. I can be in the store for hours or I can whiz through without one item calling my name. On this particular day, the designer-shoe sale racks had crept dangerously close to the front door. The energy along with the perfect pair of Russian Blue (Gwen Stefani fans, you know the brand) slingbacks drew me in. What do you think? I asked the lady watching the are the ones, she said. I always wonder if they tell you that you look good in something so youll buy, or if said item really does work. Either way, one pair led to another, and an hour later I knew it was going to be a good day. I started on the clothing. One piece led to another and before I knew it, I had a wheely cart knew I was going to be a while and decided to call my husband to tell him not to expect me any time soon. I went for my phone, which I keep No, not the phone the entire bag! I began to panic. Not an Oh-noplease-help type of panic, but a fullblown, heart racing, throat closing up,

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unable to breathe, my whole life is in that bag, please let it be here anxiety attack type of panic. Weve all that had feeling. Its not good. So I did what anyone else would do in that situation: I started crying. Yup. Right there in Loehmanns. And then, once I gathered myself, I began looking everywhere. I wish I could have said that I searched in an orderly fashion, but honestly, I was running amok. The main problem was that I really didnt remember putting it down. But apparently I did. And although they were embarrass ing and useless, I couldnt make them stop. Perhaps I had left my bag in the shoe department? As I tore through the aisles, I noticed two older gentlemen staring at me. Not leering or judg ing, but genuinely trying to see if they could guess what was wrong. Instead of keeping the intrigue alive, I spilled it immediately. I lost a big purple Longchamp pocketbook. If you see it, please let me know. Whered you leave it? they asked, truly concerned. I know they meant well, but questions like that make me crazy, especially when Im already panicking. ( Really? If I knew where I left it, it wouldnt be lost! ) Im not sure, I squeaked, about to lose it again. Well keep an eye out, one said. Get up, said the other, looking at his friend. Its not gonna walk to us, is it? Cmon, we dont have anything else to do. Thank you, I said. I cant believe this. Id be so grateful if you found it. Well give it a shot, he said, smiling. I then began retracing my steps. Okay, head back to the front. A new lady was there. I was here earlier, trying on shoes. The other lady saw me a big purple bag, I mumbled desperately. I lost my bag. Within seconds, she snapped into action. Lets get you to the check-out. Theyll help you. The manager. Of course! Tell the manager. Sheer genius. I blankly walked toward checkout, never letting go of my clothingfilled wheely. After all, if I did find my purse, Id finish my day of me with some great buys. Parking the wheely, I looked at the person closest to me. I lost my purse, I told her. Please help. She happened to be the manager. it. Come with me. Tell me, where were you? She sent a team of sales people to through the aisles, they looked high and the call: I found it! One of the ladies walked toward us with my bag in hand. I lunged. Not for the purse, which was a sight for sore eyes, but to hug her. Thank you, thank crazy. Then I turned to Pat. Thank you. Apparently that was all I could say. She brought me back to the checkout. Sit for a minute, she said, patting me. Can I get you a drink of water? again. Thank you . It may seem overly dramatic, but I cant remember the last time I was that scared and upset. I throw everything in my purse and take for granted itll always be there. Think about it keys, camera, phone, money, license, credit cards, medicine, papers, and much more, all wiped out with one mishap. But thats not the point. The point is human kindness. In a city where people get a bad rap, I was embraced by everyone who heard of my plight. From the gentlemen in the shoe section, who actually applauded when my purse and I were reunited, to the team of Loehmanns associates who hunted for and found my pocketbook, they all cared enough to take action. When I was in trouble, people were there to help me. That led me to ask, Was it just me and my situation or would they show the same kindness to anyone? I wish I knew. But either way, the sincerity, the earnestness, and the concern were overwhelming. It made me feel wonderful, and really thankful. It makes me want to do the same for others. And it all took place in my mean-streets neighborhood. Just saying. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIBread and CircusesNorth Miami City Halls Roman carnival rolls onBy Mark Sell BT ContributorWhite teeth gleaming, North Miami Councilman Scott Small businesses are bashed by the trash deal. Then theres the water. Water util The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith COMPLETE BUSINESS SERVICES 12555 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33181-2597 Tel: 305-895-6974 | Fax: 305-891-2045 Email: ppspost@earthlink.net T.M.Est. 1980 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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to the apartments near W. Dixie Highway and NE 6th Avenue could see their rates triple. That $2.50 coin load may turn into a $7.50 load, a nasty surprise for struggling families. Swerdlows back on, and alone for now. The Swerdlow deal was ex humed 3-2 from the near-dead under the watchful eye of lobbyist Ron Book, who checkers with himself, representing both North Miami and Swerdlow. He ducked away with Pierre from pesky WPLG reporter Bob Normans attempted ambush interview on the garbage deal March 27, then sat in the audience with Swerdlow, who has a ten-year plan to develop bigbox stores, a movie theater, assisted-living facilities, and maybe condos and hotels on the 184-acre Biscayne Landing site. Others prospective developers are in son says Taubco, the folks who brought to the city of $14 million to carve out nine acres or so at the southeast corner of 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard. owner of the Lamborghini dealership across the street made an offer of about $13.5 million to build a four-story at the council meeting, says this bidding only proves how right he was all along in stonewalling Swerdlow. Amnesty! Mayor Pierre, on March 27, decided it would be a neat idea for occupational license fees for businesses that hadnt paid them for years, and the council went for it 3-2. Businesses that had paid those fees said they were getting the shaft, and lawyer and ex-mayornaming those businesses. She has yet to hear back as of this April 13 writing. Privatizing building inspectors. As midnight struck on April 11, the city council voted 3-2 to privatize building permitting and inspecting. The city in October rejected $150,000 a year. Instead the city voted building-inspection and code-enforcement outsourcing company based in Doral, which will split fees 50-50 with the city. A New Aveda Concept Salonwww.SevenSeasSpaSalon.com Receive...30 Minute Massage 30 Minute Facial Maninicure and Pedicure Complimentary Valet Complimentary Champagne Access to Tiki Hut on the beachALL forDAY Mon-Thurs 16701 Collins AvenueLocated at the Sunny Isles Beach inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort Theres lots of bread in this. Permit ting fees for the Oaks Towers at Biscayne Landing came to $2.7 million. Picture Swerdlows $500 million project and you start to see real money to be had from new awake, was again on the case, pointing the deal. What will the city sell next at the Now he tells us. New North Miami city attorney Regine Monestime brought and Public Trust, on April 16 to teach cil members, only Mayor Andre Pierre Pierre, a criminal defense and immigra tion lawyer, asked if it was unethical to represent clients wrongfully accused by the North Miami Police Department. Of course claimed, especially if youre going to be cross-examining your own police. Free soccer for all? Pierre and in unpaid fees for regular Friday night pickup games at Ronald Book (hes everywhere) Stadium on 151st Street near told the Herald that he was looking into the citys fee policy. Jumping Josaphat! described civil engineer, the personable and connected ex-North Miami mayor, makes $300,000 a year on the citys tab to supervise the Biscayne Landing project as he plays with the North Miami has been very good to him. The council voted April 10 to name the new Thats it for our show tonight. No time for the mayors 43 police badges, the $100,000 Porsche that fell from the sky, the foreclosure on his house, the $8200 he rightly suspected the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was tailing him, or State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle: Hows that public corruption unit doing? Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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64 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sS Deal Me II n!Our correspondent confesses to her coupon addictionBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorMuch to my father-in-laws delight, Ive always been a couponer. He on a Saturday evening, then snip pennysaving ads for creamer and toilet tissue the next morning. But Ive got news for him: While I still enjoy saving an average of $50 at the Miami Shores Publix every time I go grocery shopping bless those buy one, get one free specials Ive moved on to bigger and better coupons. Kayaking on the Oleta River. Radio frequency skin-tightening therapy in a North Miami Beach salon. Kiteboarding lessons on Biscayne Bay. Teeth whitening at a North Miami dentist. Pedicures by the handful, or rather, the footful. I admit it: If theres an e-mail for it and the service is in range of Miami Shores, Im going to buy it. Why? Because my name is Jen, and Im an addict to a daily deal. If youre not among the initiated, allow me to explain. A business now has the option of offering its product via daily deal Websites, which include LivingSocial, Gilt City, and Groupon. These sites operate by promoting mass quantiat brasseries or pumps for bicycle tires, at a greatly reduced price. They e-mail countless consumers with the offer and, when a certain number of buyers have agreed to the purchase, the deal is on. To be sure, there are some negatives to this collective couponing method. Companies can sell more of an item or service than they expected, and become overwhelmed. Some retailers may even go out of business before you can use your daily deal. Or the consumer might allow a deal to expire before she can get around to making an appointment for, say, a bikini wax. (Some companies will allow you to put the purchase price toward another service or item if you forget or run out of time. For example, my experience

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and spas will allow you to make appointments for after the expiration date of the deal as long as you call before it expires.) Theres also the question of level of service. If you purchase, for instance, a LivingSocial deal for a Pilates session with a personal trainer, are you less likely to receive the attention that a full-paying customer would? In this case, I liken it to the Miami Spice effect. (Miami Spice being the $35, threetaurants all over town advertise during August and September.) It depends on the place of business. A bad company stripe is a crappy, one-time customer not worth feting, and acts accordingly. A good company understands that a cognizant customer will tip on the full price regardless of the deal, or at least is worth trying to keep around for return visits at regular prices. And then theres the cheat. I bought a Botox deal before my daughters batmitzvah (yeah, I am that old, that vain, and that cheap) and was injected with probably saline. In addition, the doctor was very impressed with my physique, and wound up squeezing my bare thigh this was summer, and I was wearing shorts and telling me what nice legs I had. Ive experienced harassment all too often in my lifetime, so this is not the only moment Ive been uncomfortable when I shouldnt have to be, and unfortunately I suspect it wont be the last. But dermatologist hit on me. I probably should have informed my deal site. (Groupon, for instance, tells you, If the experience using your Groupon ever lets you down, well make it right or return your purchase. Simple as that.) But groping aside, I wasnt aware that the Botox wasnt effective until a week or so later. With that kind of injection, you have to wait a few days for it to work. This one never did. By then, there are downsides. On the other hand, while the brand may have to slash prices for its goods, and getting its name out there. The sites are paid a commission or upfront promotion fee. And the consumer gets a great deal on something that ordinarily might be out of reach if purchased in a traditional fashion. In most cases, its a win-win-win. And boy, do I like to win. So far Ive won everything from a $64 case of wine, composed of California vintages that I in dividually priced at $12 and up, to a series of three fractional-laser face treatments at the Pure Aesthetics Institute in the Upper Eastside, for which I paid $269, a fee that doesnt even cover an appointment with a dermatologist the regular way. These skin last of the melasma (the mask of preg of my son nearly 12 years ago, would have cost me $2250 otherwise. larly my husband. Not only does he get a wife who is being relaxed by massages at basement rates, hes receiving his own Maine lobster birthday dinner (live Maine lobster being just about the North Miami) for a quarter of the cost. And while Id have loved for that to have been a surprise, my Groupon account is linked to our joint bank card. So Im pretty sure hes seen the expense line for GetMaineLobster.com. Oh, well. Ruining the ideal moment of crustacean revelation is a small price to pay. Hell still get to eat it. The key to a good daily deal experience: Dont purchase services you dont really need, want, or think youll use. Dont buy multiple deals of the same item, no matter how tempting it is, unless its something like wine, which you can store. In the end, youll just let those coupons expire, and the business walks away with your money because youre too disinterested or busy to do anything about it. Temptation aside, two of the reasons Ive become an addict? Ease and accessibility. All the services I wish were available in the Shores are located just down the street, in North Miami, the MiMo District, and Midtown. That said, I just saw a daily deal for a yoga studio in the Shores and, I have to confess, though Ive never really done yoga, Im tempted. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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66 Culture: THE ARTSFree-Floating ArtOne-night-only exhibitions, curated by artists, are stretching boundaries By Anne Tschida BT ContributorThe Great Recession may have had something to do with it, but these days weve been seeing more art exhibitions popping up in temporary spaces, as opposed to permanent art galleries. Nomadic galleries are not a new phenomenon. Its just that, in the high-art era that followed the arrival of Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002, we got accustomed to seeing shows in actual galleries, most prominently in the Wynwood area. Many of those galleries are still there, but a sea change has occurred. There seems to be an appetite for shows that are curated and produced by artists, or occupying a particular space for only a short time. An example is 801 Projects. Founded by artist Angela Valella, 801 is meant to be a kind of roaming art center, promoting art and artists through lectures, workshops, and one-night-only exhibitions every month. That concept has struck a chord, as the Design Districts DACRA real estate and development company, founded by Craig Robins, has donated space for this nomadic adventure, and the Miami-Dade County Department of cial support. Artist Odalis Valdivieso joined with Valella in 2011, and the two launched Nightclub, a series that held a one-night-only event in April, called Restage. For the next year at least, there will be 11 more such events. We wanted to explore all the ways of setting up and exhibiting art, says Valdivieso. This isnt new, as exhibitions like this have always taken place. A one-night-only exhibition, like going ence, which is perhaps why Valdivieso stresses continuity alongside novelty: [but also] to develop common ideas and curatorial practices. In other words, each show is curated outlook, but also presses them to exhibit in an innovative form. The duration of the exhibit in the venue is four hours, challenging cultural agents to work on fresher curatorial models outside of the Bacardi Jigsaw Puzzle (A hidden massive star cluster awash with red supergiants)

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commercial and institutional system, explains Valdivieso. Art pieces will be there, and then theyll be gone. miliar names such as Loriel Beltran and Adler Guerrier were on display, as were and A.G. Viva. Nightclub series, artist Bhakti Baxter will curate One Size Fits All As Baxter describes it: The album played a crucial role in conceiving this exhibition, serving as a model by which to select sculptural works that incorpo rate the same aesthetic audacity, humor ous surprise, technical virtuosity, and   elastic underwear. Thats pretty clever. curate Reboot(y) Bass Night in August, artists who have expanded the boundar how it can be expressed: Carlos Rigau The shows are intended to augment whether they are represented by a gallery show art that might not be commercially viable, or that might be just outside the in gallery circles, is a needed addition to any art scene. While curators have been assigned A gallery or museum space can be plot ted out, but a nomadic space cant. That means artists will work with a space sight unseen, installing, according to Valdivieso, art not previously seen. it will inaugurate a lecture series called by Jos Antonio Navarrete, the series will With each Nightclub show, a work and tears than monetary investment, are as crucial to the development and survival The Nightclub series lineup looks like this: June: A.G. Viva July: August: Reboot(y) Bass Night, September: Tracklist, curator October: November: The Doorman Isnt Here Tonight, curators Gladys Triana and Angela Valella December: January: Carlos Rigau February: Amalia Caputo March: Jos Antonio Navarrete Check out the latest Nightclub exhibition this month: Friday, May 11, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista Suite 120. The lecture series Modernism Rises Modern Art and Architecture in Cuba: The Origins (1920s to 1930s) begins on Wednesday, May 9, and continues each Wednesday through May, at the same location. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH of Miami DowntownExperience L.I.F.E. Downtown:Living, Inclusive, Faithful, EmergingWORSHIP TIMESSUNDAY Informal 8:30am Traditional 11:00am WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6:30pm400 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132r frrnt brrtr rt305-371-4706info@fumcmiami.comACROSS FROM BAYSIDE FREE PARKING ON 5th St.NURSERY AVAILABLE FOR 11:00am WORSHIPVisit us on the web anytime!www.FUMCmiami.com /FUMCmiami/FUMCmiami Br i ng your Mom and j o i n u s for special Sunday Worship M OTHERS DAY S unday, May 13th 1 1: 00 a m SUNDAY brr M G R Visitusonthew Untitled Untitled

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68 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN DISTRICT ART + DESIGN NIGHT GALLERIES 101 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-2101 www.101exhibit.com Through June 6: Poison Bliss by Ted Vasin 12345 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami 305-895-2553 www.dixieimageworks.com Call gallery for exhibition information ABBA FINE ART 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 Ongoing: Natures Pulse by Debra Holt ACND GALLERY OF ART 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net Through May 26: A Womans Eye with Jenny Babot Romney, Jennifer Kay, and Sacha Suarez, curated by Carl Juste and Jenny Babot Romney ALBERTO LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-587-0172 www.albertolinerogallery.com Through May 30: Alegria with Pedro Sandoval, Cusi Castillo, Carmen Del Rio, Matachos Art, Romgo, and Breceda ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through June 1: Vox with Soledad Arias, Lenora De Barros, and Sam Winston Voyage and Rhythm: A Painting Installation by Malene Landgreen 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 Through June 18: A Spring Affair with various artists ART NOUVEAU GALLERY 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaugaleria.com Through June 2: Alberto Cavalieri ART WORK IN PROGRESS 171 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-4009 www.jacques-harvey.com May 12 through 31: Jacques Harvey: 10 Year Retrospective by Jacques Harvey ARTSEEN GALLER Y 2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-237-3559 http://artseenspace.wordpress.com Call gallery for exhibition information ASCASO GALLERY 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com Through May 31: Tomasello, curated by Serge Lemoine 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 Call gallery for exhibition information BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL 180 NE 39th St., Suite 210, Miami Call gallery for exhibition information 3550 N. 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Through May 5: For Old Times Sake by Ralph Provisero Lets Begin With a Line with Jenny Brillhart, Peter Demos, Katie Hinton, Jiae Hwang, Brookhart Jonquil, Zerek Kempf, JT Kirkland, Jeroen Nelemans, Lee Ranaldo, Ryan Roa, Jennifer Lauren Smith, and Robert Thiele May 11 through June 9: Walk With Me by Elisabeth Condon Faade by Felecia Chizuko Carlisle The Pretend Dimension by Michelle Weinberg DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE 51 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Call gallery for exhibition information ELITE ART EDITIONS 46 NW 36th St., Miami 754-422-5942 www.elitearteditions.com Through May 5: Modern Sculpture with Andrea Botelli, Gisseline Amiuny, Fabia Nitti, Santiago Medina, Mauro Arbiza, Francisco Ceron, and Sandra Garcia-Pardo ETRA FINE ART 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 May 12 through June 8: Spring Group Show with Christian Awe, Andrea Dasha Reich, David Kessler, and Antoni Amat FREDRIC SNITZER GALLER Y 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com May 31 through June 30: Une Saison en Enfer (A Season in Hell) by Jos Bedia GALERIE HELENE LAMARQUE 125 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-582-6067 www .galeriehelenelamarque.com Call gallery for exhibition information GALERIE SCHUSTER MIAMI 2085 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-266-2445 www.galleryschuster.com Through May 12: Mangrove Mud Womp by Onajide Shabaka GALLERY 212 MIAMI CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-431-1957 www.gallery212miami.com Through May 12: Eye Candy with Michael Perez, Sean Murdock, John Pate Jr., John Pate Sr., Matt Stock, Jonathan Bevers, Jason Perez, Fred Love, and Larry Rivers GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com Through May 12: Out of Place by Christy Gast May 16: Good Tool by Aki Sasamoto May 25 through July 14: ART BLOG ART BLOG Presents: Leave It to Beavers with Christy Gast, Anya Kielar, Fabienne Laserre, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Katherine Bernhardt, Letha Wilson, Denise Kupfershmidt, Holly Coulis, and Lia Lowenthal, curated by Gina Beavers GAR Y NADER FINE ART 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www.garynader.com Through May 31: The Grand Latin American Art Show with various artists HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1645 www.hardcoreartmiami.com Through June 2: This Sharp World by Kate Kretz Dreams by Carlos Cardenes Finding Home by Lorie Kim Something Almost Being Said by Natasha Duwin Untitled (Homage to Gego) by Consuelo Castaeda HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com Through May 5: Sam Gambino, Joe Vitale, Donella Vitale, Susannah Mosher, Michelle Bickford, Ken Bernstein, John Kissee, Mookie, El Gato Gomez, Robert Jimenez, Bunny Yeager, Andrew Kaufman, and Harold Golen IDEOBOX ARTSPACE 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 www.ideobox.com Call gallery for exhibition information KABE CONTEMPORARY 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com Through May 15:New Works by Luca Pozzi KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com Call gallery for exhibition information KELLEY ROY GALLERY 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery.com Through June 2: Soul Training by Antonio Ugarte Through May 12: Sculpture and Jewelry by Linda Lee Johnson KIWI GALLERY 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography Collection of Early Pop Artists LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 www.galerieleliamordoch.com May 12 through June 2: Cheers by Jordi Prat-Pons LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org Meredyth Sparks: Call gallery for more information MAOR GALLERY 3030 NE 2nd Ave., Miami http://maormiami.org Call gallery for exhibition information 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu Call gallery for exhibition information 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 www.mdc.edu Through May 4: Minimum/Maximum with various artists May 18 through October 5: Shutter: Selected Photography and Film from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection with various artists May 24 through August 11: Emergence & Structure: Nature in Process with various artists Resistance with various artists 1 1380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu Through June 15: Emerging Artists with various artists 500 College Terr., Homestead 305-237-5000 www.mdc.edu/homestead Through June 15: Emerging Artists with various artists 1110 SW 104th St., Miami 305-237-2322 www.mdc.edu/kendall Call gallery for exhibition information MICHAEL JON GALLERY 20 NE 41st St., Suite 2, Miami 305-760-9030 www.michaeljongallery.com Through June 2: Min Song MICHAEL PEREZ POP ART GALLERY Shops at Midtown Miami Store #120, Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 516-532-3040 www.michaelperez-artist.com Call gallery for exhibition information MYRA GALLERIES 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 631-704-3476 www.myragalleries.com Through May 31: Myra Galleries Anniversary with Milani, Lee Leenam, Kim Kyeong Ja, Paolo Cassara, and Jean Duffy May 12 through May 31: Art Is the Message by Javier Martin NEW WORLD GALLER Y New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-237-3597 Call gallery for exhibition information Teufelsberg

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70 NINA TORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 Through May 26: Ivonne Torres 2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-3572 Call gallery for exhibition information 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 Call gallery for exhibition information 305-458-5085 May 18 through June 1: Hand Made Bijouterie by Ken 786-333-8404 Ongoing: Pablo Gentile, Jaime Montana, Jaime Apraez, 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 Through June 2: Llinas and Raul Martinez 231 1 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-534-2184 Ongoing: Elements of an Artist by Miguel Paredes Through May 31: 305-441-2005 Call gallery for exhibition information 162 NE 50th Terr., Miami 305-992-7652 Call gallery for exhibition information Call gallery for exhibition information 3223 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 786-536-9799 305-407-8131 Call gallery for exhibition information 2200-A NW 2nd Ave., Miami May 12 through 25: Engleman 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-496-0621 Ongoing: artists 112, Miami 305-455-9791 May 4 through 31: Amat NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 Ongoing: avaf 954-235-4758 Through May 31: 305-674-8278 Through May 6: artists May 1 1 through June 17: Of Lost Time with London Tsai and Judith Berk King 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through August 12: Charles Ledray: Bass Museum of Art by Charles Ledray 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380 Call gallery for exhibition information 305-576-61 12 Ongoing: Cruz with various artists 305-348-2890 Through May 6: Doxa with various artists Through May 9: Through July 1: Through August 5: Through August 26: Wharton Art with various artists May 9 through 16: Creative Visions with various artists Miami www.legalartmiami.org Call gallery for exhibition information 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through June 3: Bannard artists 305-375-3000 www.miamiartmuseum.org Ongoing: Between Here and There: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Through May 6: various artists Through June 10: and Vinyl with various artists 305-893-6211 Through May 6: 305-576-1051 Call gallery for exhibition information 305-573-6090 Through July 27: 305-438-9908 Call gallery for exhibition information Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com www.AccessibleAventura.com 305-627-3103 Serving Dade County License # 299993833RN/LPNs Private Duty Nursing Bathing/Dressing Wound Care Medication Management Meal Preparation Transportation Therapy Services Driving Service We provide Free Consultation for all of Our Clients Prior Service! Study Painting 3 from (Ceremony)

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Sleep With the FishesThis is a two-day event where you dont go home in between. Zzzs by the Sea Family Campout at the Miami Seaquarium (4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Bis cayne) is a way to experience both the day time and nighttime charms of marine life. On Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6 you can interact with the manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins, take lessons on conservation, and munch on food and snacks throughout the day. Then, when night sets in, curl up under the Miami sky. For more information call 305-361-5705 ext. 520.London Calling Peter London has a serious pedigree, which is why his new company based here is such an exciting addition to the dance scene. A native of Trinidad, London graduated from Juilliard and became a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Now the Peter London Global Dance Theater has made the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212-260 NW 59th Terr.) its home, and will present its Spring Dance Showcase on Saturday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. (with a reception at 6:00). The show will feature Jamar Roberts, formerly of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, who (like Alvin Ailey artistic director Robert Battle) is a Miami native. Tickets range from $50 to $120. Go to springshowcaseplgdt.eventbrite.com.Some of That Good LovinThe Greynolds Park Love-In has become one of the more popular MiamiDade County parks events. Why not? Now in its ninth year, the Love-In is an unabashed throwback to the fun-loving, hippy-loving 1960s. This year the headliner is Felix Cavalieres Rascals, who had such mega-hits as Its a Beautiful Morning and the oh-so-era-appropriate Groovin The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 6 and goes to 6:30 p.m., at Greynolds Park (18501 NE 22nd Ave.). Admission is free; parking, if you need it, is $10. Call 305-948-2891 or go to www. miamidade.gov/greynoldslovein.Sunday in the Grove With MomCoconut Grove has been many things over the years an alt-lifestyle magnet, a co caine cowboy hangout, the site of the King Mango Strut and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival predictably so, as the incred ibly lush, quaint neighborhood is one of the oldest in Miami. Now its also a good place to take Mom on her special day. The Mothers Day Coconut Grove Twilight Eco Walk from HistoryMiami goes from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 13 The stroll will take in the Groves important landmarks, vegetation, and history. Tickets cost $20 for members; $30 for nonmem bers. For more information, go to www. historymiami.org.Flower Power Did you know there is such a thing as an orchidist? Well, there better be when you have a fair like the annual Redland Inter national Orchid Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Home stead). There will be more than 50 vendors from all over the world exhibiting their blooms during this three-day event. There also will be lectures and orchid-crafts. The festival will be held from Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20 ; hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for the day, $25 for a weekend pass. Go to www. redlandorchidfestival.org.Musical Mash-Up The best possible future for music would go something like this: Musicians who not afraid of the cutting edge, getting together with emerging artists versed in the latest trends and all of them learning from each other. A utopian dream? Not if you check out Piano Slam: Volume 4 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 24. This has grown into an amazing series. A Bach and Gershwin mash-up with local DJs, poets facing off with the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and prominent pianists sitting down at the keys, all directed by Miamis own Teo Castellanos. It starts at 7:00 p.m. and is free, but we recommend making reservations at www.arshtcenter.org.Modernism, Arise!Local arts org 801 Projects will present a series of lectures on Modern Art and Architecture in Cuba: The Origins (1920s-1930s) in the Design District throughout the month of May. A sampling: On Wednesday, May 16 curator and arts critic Jos Antonio Navarrete will talk about the famed rumba of Cuban artist Eduardo Abela at the Zak Gallery in Paris, circa 1928. On Wednesday, May 30 the series will culminate with Architecture for a New Havana, about the history and future of Cubas hundreds of Modernist structures. Tickets cost $10; free for students. Call 305-299-6155 or e-mail 801projects@gmail.com. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com.Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR Bike the City Beautiful Ah, the city of Coral Gables! Designed by George Merrick back in the 1920s and packed with Mediterranean Revival-style buildings, the City Beautiful sometimes gets more grief than it should in part be cause it calls itself The City Beautiful. But you know what? It really is beautiful. Let a bike ride remind you how much. Spring Pedals from the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Ave.) will guide you through the fountains, pools, and waterways of the Gables, including the canals that eventually pour into Biscayne Bay. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20 Tickets cost $10. To make reserva tions, call 305-603-8067 or go to www.coralgablesmuseum.org. Roll With ItProving that one can never have too much fun, Miamis Vice City Rollers dentucky Bombers on Cinco de Mayo. This is the inaugural season body contact. The brawl begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Suniland Roller Hockey Rink (9300 SW 152nd St., Palmetto Bay). The adventurous might want to purchase suicide seating near the ring, in the hopes that one of the competitors makes an unscheduled appearance; the section is considered high risk. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door; suicide seating (for those 18 and older) is $15. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/242840. A Boy and His Dog Henry and Mudge a musical adaptation of the popular childrens book series from Cynthia Rylant, will take the stage at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m. as part of the Broward Centers Family Fun Series. Lonely Henry is new to town and hangs out with his dog, Mudge until a cousin steals the canines affection. Mudge comes to his senses and tries scent. Performed by TheatreworksUSA, the play will be accompanied by preand post-show activities for kids. Tickets cost $15 in advance, with $3 lap tickets for tykes younger than 12 months. Call 877-311-7469 or go to www.AventuraCenter.org.

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72 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatSecure those Security Cameras300 Block of NE 72nd Terrace Owner secured his business and left, This did not stop one of Miamis hoodlums from breaking in, wrecking the the items stolen? The security disk from evolving criminals are going to put the Thanks for Everything!401 Biscayne Blvd. Woman placed her wallet and car keys on the ground near the bandstand at homeless, came by and began to pepper her with questions, asking directions, and acting as if he were from out of right there), she answered all of his Time to Dust Off That PMS Defense400 Block of NE 125th Street Three women walked into this store and began grabbing items: 72-count Huggies diapers, 18-count Kotex tampons, later returned and attempted to steal the personnel, the women started a mini riot taking a store scanner and hitting someued for several minutes until police came Dog Days of Spring12000 Block of N. Miami Avenue Victim was walking her two dogs when the suspect approached and started talking to with that, right? In North Miami, it could tion, he grabbed a gold chain from around This Crime Ring a Bell?200 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Two hapless victims ran into an old victims thought it a good idea to invite this person over to their apartment for a brought three additional friends with left, victims discovered one of their cell phones was missing from the living Guess there was a reason these old Compiled by Derek McCann WEALTHY PEOPLE NEED A PLACE TO SELL THEIR JEWELRY...Discreet High-end Jewelry BuyersDOWNTOWN MIAMI Seybold Bldg 1st Floor, Ste. 129 36 N.E.1st Street VALET PARKING AVAILABLE

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Its Not Stealing When Theyre Giving Them Away!100 Block of NE 54th Street Suspect ran into this Walgreens and took six polo shirts, exiting the store without paying. Attempts to chase him down were unsuccessful. This particular suspect has stolen from this store on ten previous occasions. (And they still havent caught him?) But the most shocking detail from this blurb is that the six polo shirts are valued at only $24! We realize Walgreens is not a high-end boutique, but that is quite a deal.Dispute Resolution in Little Haiti100 Block of NE 56th Street Next time you decide to have an argument with your neighbor, try to resolve it amicably. This feud resulted in the neighbor allegedly breaking into the victims home and stealing all of his clothes. For good measure, he kicked the television, cracking the screen. Additional damage included broken locks, shattered windows, a battered back door, and $350 in missing cash. Crime Beat doesnt know what the dispute was about, but rest assured, the victim will not be returning that borrowed barbecue grill to his neighbor anytime soon.No AutoZone in Sight300 Block of NE 125th Street While car theft and vandalism is on the rise, some of our criminals are getting more practical. Why steal a radio when you can get something really useful for yourself? This suspect broke into the vic tims trunk and stole jumper cables and a spare tire. We guess even criminals need the occasional jumpstart or tire change. The Cycle of CrimeBiscayne Boulevard and 14th Street his bike on the bike rack, but was told by the driver there wasnt enough room on the bus for him, and that he would have to wait for another bus. The would-be passenger complied and left the area. A short while later, the man returned and began to throw rocks at another bus, breaking the right side of the windshield before running away. No arrests have been made. Cyclists are obnoxious enough, with their constant cut take their insolence to the next level?Charles Bronson Would Be ProudNE 125th Street and NE 11th Court Two thugs approached a man taking a leisurely stroll on 125th Street. One thug produced a silver, six-inch knife and pointed it at the victim, stating, You know what this is. The other man began searching the victims pockets. However, this victim wasnt having it. As the thug searched his pockets, the victim punched him in the face, then threw him into the other man (like a wrestling move), knocking both of them to the pavement. Victim then ran from the scene. These robbery suspects apparently picked the wrong person. Hopefully theyll take the hint and try working for a living. Victorias Secret: Her Ex is a Perv11800 Block of NE 19th Drive Rear sliding door of a residence was forced open while the owner was away. Nothing was taken, save for ten womens pant ies. Victim immediately suspected her ex-boyfriend, who is no longer welcome in the home. With police present, the woman called her ex-boyfriend and placed him on speaker. He confessed to the crime. She has yet to press charges at this time.Proof That Tax Breaks Lead to Trouble500 Block of NE 125th Street Dont you hate it when people hash out their differences in public? A couple began arguing while in line at this 7-Eleven, with the male demanding the females IRS refund check. She refused. He then punched her in the face, took her wallet, and left the store. The man had not been arrested at press time.Check Roger Eberts Alibi500 Block of NE 134th Street Typical burglary occurred at this residence. What made it slightly different is was removed from a shelf and left on A Thin Line Between Love and Hate You know, the Fatal Attraction spoof with Martin Lawrence as a smooth-talking ladies man who meets his match in bat-crazy admit that, but not worth stealing? Even for a rainy afternoon? Cmon. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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74 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Great Place to Go BarefootMuch more than a nude beach, Haulover remains a jewelBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorThe Barefoot Mailman of local legend walked South Floridas beaches for days, treading alongside the Atlantic Ocean for miles without seeing a single soul. On his 68-mile trek from Palm Beach to Miami, with his shoes and satchel slung over his back, he came to a fork in the road at Bakers Haulover, a narrow strip of land boats back and forth from the ocean to Biscayne Bay. From here, the Barefoot Mailman hitched a boat ride across the bay, to the Miami River. He took this watery route to deliver the mail because there were no connecting roads until 1882. Talk about your anti-instant messaging. It took a week to deliver a letter, and at least one barefoot mailman died in the process. (Well, that part hasnt changed much, if you consider the dangers of texting and driving.) Today a historical marker near the lifeguard station at Haulover Beach memorializes these extreme beach walkers. From the new lifeguard station, currently under construction, a 20-minute Barefoot Mailman-style walk south along the beach and around Haulover Inlet reveals another historical marker, dedicated of days gone by. Here is the birthplace of were brought to shore. Even bigger predators visited during World War II, when enemy submarines roamed the area. In 1948 this narrow isthmus between sea and bay became a park. Today Haulover Beach Park stands as a testament to the virtues of an open shoreline, as evidenced by the absence of condominium shadows on the waterfront for three miles 1.5 miles on the beach and roughly the same on the bay. For this reason alone, Haulover shines within the park system of Miami-Dade County, and it regularly ranks as one of the best beaches in Florida. Haulover Beach Park has been undergoing reconstructive surgery for the past few years, and heavy work continues on the bays marinas. Funded primarily by a $23 million bond passed in 2004, the park has thus far seen $10 million in improvements. For example, a dog park was opened in December 2010; last years review gave it 3.5 trees. The Building Better Communities bond also helped to pay for a stylish new dockmaster building, and millionaires yachts, this three-story Art Deco building has a pale aqua faade with turquoise piping. On the second story are bold silver letters that proclaim the former county parks director. Other external highlights are portholes, two levels of viewing decks, and a lighthouse. Inside, patrons can do their laundry. section often gets overlooked by those who focus on the shock value of the Trump Towers in Sunny Isles, signs indeed, Haulover has Floridas only wooden fence demarcates the nude beach, so do not approach it if you disapprove of skinny-dipping in daylight. Between the crowded nude beach on the north end and active marina on the south end are wide-open and often desolate areas, including the beach. The sand close to the sidewalk may be compact enough for running. Between the sand and sidewalk are attractive dunes that have been restored with native plants. Signs describe the dune restoration process one that should be emulated all over the state. A wide concrete path along the dunes parallels the 1.5 miles of beachfront and offers excellent biking and jogging. Here you can glide past the parks second-best architectural feature: ship funnels (smokestacks) planted in the ground, these four bathroom-and-shower facilities were recently upgraded and now bear bold colors and stripes. Something longtime patrons might miss on the beach is the turtle hatchery, a sizeable cage of chain-link fencing that was removed in 2007. Sea turtles still nest on this beach every summer, says BT photos by Jim W. Harper HAULOVER BEACH PARK Park Rating10800 Collins Ave. 305-947-3525 Hours: 8:00 a.m. to sunset Picnic tables: Yes Barbecues: Yes Picnic pavilions: Yes Tennis courts: Yes Yes Night lighting: Yes Swimming pool: Special features: 24-hour boat ramp Collins AveCollins Ave Haulover Beach Park

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Bill Ahern, a naturalist with MiamiDade County. Instead of moving the eggs into a cage, however, the county leaves them in the ground and marks them with yellow tape. The reason for not moving them is that mother knows nesting season began May 1. Down at the inlet, plenty of low-tech on the west side of the Collins Avenue bridge, where the pelicans and cormorants play. The currents between the bay and the ocean rip at breakneck speed. These waters have reason to be angry: They were separate until 1925, when construction married the bay to the ocean forever and transformed Miami Beach from a peninsula, connected to the mainland, into an island. While most of the park is delightful, its main drawback is an anomaly: too much parking. There is no parking on the beach side, but entrances on the bay side lead to enormous concrete dust bowls that are normally empty and offer no shade. Were they planning to build a mall here? From these lots, heading to the beach takes you into shady underground tunnels with plenty of echo-power. Thats the fun part. Returning to the parking lot, you are assaulted by asphalt. The bay side used to have a nine-hole golf course, but it was shut down in 2010 and now sits idle. Plans call for repurposing the greens into a great lawn, la Central Park. Guess what? Its already there. Another large patch of lawn close to Haulover Inlet has gone to the kites. A specialty kite shop on the ground enormous kites above, including a scuba diver that looks like a Dementor from the Harry Potter movies. Each year this area hosts a celebration called Kiteober Fest. is that wheelchairs for the beach can be borrowed from the lifeguard station (next to the yellow tower currently under construction); the county offers this service also at Crandon Park Beach. Haulover Beach Park is a place to pursue your dreams whether in a boat, on a bike, or even wearing nothing but your birthday suit. Bring your dog, your between the new. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Bill Bird Marina shelters yachts Musical Theatre Summer Camp 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33138 ? The PlayGround Theatres talented company members will lead students on a fun-filled artistic adventure.rf ntbn ffnbtbf bfnfftbtb nb rtt To register or for more information: www.theplaygroundtheatre.com

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76 Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETS SS omething to Chew OnRaising your dog, like raising your child, requires a lot of patience By Lisa Hartman BT ContributorMy dog is digging out of the yard. She pees on my expensive rug in the living room; were thinking of getting rid of her. Rocco knocks down everyone who comes through the front door. Were having another baby and our dog is just too big for the house. Oliver has chewed my baseboards in the kitchen and three pairs of Manolo Blahniks! These are the complaints I often hear when I receive calls from owners having issues with their dogs. Many times their soliloquy ends with a variation on the And while I understand and can emI wonder what they thought having a dog would be like. about to ask a dog to not be a dog. Techand for how long the dog does something that is causing domestic discord. its always my goal to redirect a dogs natural inclinations into appropriate and even useful channels. And though its

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true I dont have the power to shrink a Live with Kelly Lisa Hartman is a dog-friendly trainer, behavior specialist, and author of Dial a Dynamite Dog. You can reach her at lisa@lisathedogtrainer.com, or visit www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com r fntbt tr r tr trbbbrtbtrtb rt Get 1 FREE! rt n 20475 KNG Biscayne Times Ad April.indd 1 2/21/2012 4:55:24 PM

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78 Good Green NewsRecent events suggest that the environment may be making a comeback after allBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorGood things are happening in our corner of the planet. On April 10, a native tree was planted in every public school in Miami-Dade County. Thats 336 trees and tens of thousands of inspired children. Thank you, local ecoartist Xavier Cortada and the Reclamation Project. On April 19, one of the worlds largest enviro-happenings, Sustainatopia, launched its third year in Miami. Thank you, local eco-entrepreneur John Rosser. On April 21, thousands of volunteers scooped trash from Biscayne Bay during the 30th annual Baynanza. Thank you, Miami-Dade County. Next on the calendar: On May 5, a demonstration will be held on South Beach to show how sea-level rise from global warming could drown South Florida within a few decades. Thanks for the warning, international activist Bill McKibben and 350.org. These actions build hope. They also prove that a local environmental movement is alive and kicking. Maybe the tide is turning after all. So many people residents and visitors alike complain about our areas lack of concern for the environment, and oftentimes I agree, because they preface it with a reference to recycling. Sure, recycling here may be lagging in comparison to other places, and it certainly deserves more attention. But recycling alone does not make a city green. Many other factors, especially those related to emissions that speed up global warming, should be taken into account. By that standard, Greater Miami ranks as one of the nations cleaner and greener places to live. Its shocking, but true. And it isnt be cause of parks or public transportation or even basic environmental awareness and appreciation. (We have major work to do in those areas.) Rather, our areas great est strength is the separation of nature and city, much like the model of church and state. We need these separations. In a world of seven billion people, in a state approaching 20 million residents, we have to crowd into cities to allow nature to sprawl. Call it freedom of nature, or freedom from the greed of human nature. Americas national park system, the greatest in the world, protects such freedom, and only one county in the U.S. contains two national parks within its borders: Miami-Dade. Both Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park were slated for heavy development before earning their protected status in 1947 and 1980, respectively. Despite the impression that develop ers own Florida, sometimes they lose. Mi ami-Dades urban development boundary, established in 1975, sets a great example for protecting wetlands. Hold the line, as the grassroots campaign slogan goes, has been achieved over and over again. Our kids need to learn about these vic tories, just as they need to learn about the dismemberment of the greater Everglades, which is costing taxpayers nearly $20 billion in restoration efforts. The lesson: If you dont break it, you dont have to pay to Environmental regulations with real teeth, such as federal laws protect ing endangered species, have proven themselves in our swamps. One of the greatest success stories is the Ameri can alligator, which earned protected status in 1967, even before the pas sage of the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973. By 1987 the alligator was removed from the list, and today it continues to thrive. The saltwater-loving American crocodile is making its comeback. (Doing a thing called the crocodile rock?) This grayer cousin of the alligator exists in the U.S. only in southernmost Florida. It has been protected from hunting since the 1987. While Floridas croc population was once down to 100 scaly specimens hold ing on for dear life, this year the count is over 1500 a population considered equivalent to what it was a century ago. name of Crocodylus acutus instead of its previously used name no joke Cro Such large, keystone species indicate that something is right with the entire swamp. (You can track their movements online with the Save Your Logo campaign from Lacoste and the University of Florida.) But dont mistake success in one instance with paradise achieved. At the other end of the spectrum, a buta thread. Called the Miami Blue, this slight creature earned its federal status as endangered just last month. While disturbing news, this status gives hope the attention it deserves. Good things happen when people pay attention to the environment and take action to sustain it. Do I sound too happy to be an environmentalist? Im writing these optimistic thoughts for my sanity, because most news about the environment is making me crazy. I need a timeout. Dont you? Plant a tree. Dance outdoors. Put some litter in a basket. Make yourself feel good by doing something good for Mother Earth. Sow hope in the earth and harvest it in a greener, cleaner future. National Park Service

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Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITYCrafting SS ome HH ome SS tyl e Fun Creative projects your kids will enjoy dont need to be complicatedBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorI never aspired to be a crafty mom. There was always something about the do-it-yourself mentality, though, that appealed to me. I dont own a sewing machine, I dont get knitting, and I cant stand the way glue smells. A trip to Michaels, the crafts store, or Jo-Ann Fabrics used to make me itch on the inside. My mother, however, always had tricks up her perfectly rolled sleeve. She led my fourth-grade class in Kachina doll-making during our lesson on Native dresses and blazers during my Alex P. Keaton phase, and most recently made curtains and throw pillows for my guest room. Instead of following in her creative footsteps, I have memories of the art teacher lecturing me for sloppily pinched legs on my clay sculptures, my paper dolls heads always ending up shaped like well, lets just say they werent shaped right, and my homemade birthday cards always sticking together due to glue-ooze. I had a couple of epiphanies, though, that ended up being the key to my acceptance of crafting. First, I dont need to be Martha Stewart to enjoy a project here and there. Crafting can turn out creations that rank well above the form and function of a crocheted Yoda or a pipe-cleaner caterpillar. My friend Kristina always comes up with amazing crafts during play dates and birthday parties. One time she bought a bunch of cheap, gaudy plastic and wooden beads at the local fabric store, along with various cuts and colors of vibrant ribbon. She also secured fancy, empty boxes from some Design District stores. Then she set the kids to creating the latest fashions in neckwear. When it was all over, each girl was sent home with her design nicely packed in a designer box. It was great for the little fashionistas in awe of the big chunky necklaces making a comeback in the expensive boutiques. Not all moms are as creative as Kristina, but who needs creativity when you have Oriental Trading Company? Susan, the smartest mom I know, has a treasure trunk full of craft kits from the OTC: purse-making kits, design-your-own planter kits, photo frame-making kits, even binocularand puzzle-making kits. Susan breaks out a new kit when the kids get antsy at birthday parties, on a rainy day, or even after the homework has been done, as an alternative to TV. I follow Prudent Baby, a mommy DIY blog that never fails to inspire. Prudent Baby is full of not-so-typical ideas. Ive seen them make everything from stylish booster seats to simple, snuggly blankets. They also offer a section called Hot Mess Mommy, where moms make their own accessories. Ive never attempted any of the projects, but seeing a post often inspires my own ideas. My projects? Well, Im not into novelty crafts. But I do like quirky art. For example: One year I scored a giant canvas at a garage sale for two dollars. It featured a hideous painting that someone had spilled coffee on and perhaps used as a table to eat a sloppy pizza. I took it home, gingerly washed it off, and painted it in a fresh coat of white. I then put paper plates of purple, blue, pink, and green acrylic paint on the game of stepping in the plates of paint and then running across the canvas to a tub of soapy water. (One of the kiddies threw a tantrum because she couldnt sit down on the canvas in the middle of the project.) The twisting and stomping is immortalized on the canvas and makes for a great story. We call the piece Happy Trails and Tantrums and it hangs proudly in the girls bedroom. Another fun, ongoing project is our collection of stickers from our fruits and vegetables. We buy quirky, inexpensive and cover them in colorful produce stickers. Several neighbors and friends have received Fruita Buddhas or Fruity Gnomes as gifts and continue to add their own stickers to them. Any time we see inexpensive shadowbox frames, we purchase them. These make great displays for found objects, funny greeting cards, or school artwork. Everly, our three-year-old, recently that was an awkward shape for a frame. I had just purchased four little three-bythree-inch shadowbox frames that were on sale at Target, so I cut squares out of Everlys piece and displayed them vertically in our hallway. She is so proud, and it looks fantastic! You dont have to like pipe cleaners to enjoy some family crafting. It can be anything you want it to be. With summer break and the rainy season upon us, its a great time to dream up some fun and artistic projects for the whole family. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photo by Crystal Brewe

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80 By Bill Citara BT ContributorIn the spring, a young oenophiles fancy turns to What should I drink? Winters cool (or coolishness) is long gone, and the face-melting heat and wetclay humidity of summer has yet to pounce. Those knife-and-fork Zinfandels and oaky, tannic Cabernet Sauvignons that can warm up chilly (and occasionally frigid) winter nights are like sweltering in a wool sweater and mittens on a sunny May afternoon, while the crisp, clean Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Grigios and well-balanced Chardonnays that can take the edge off the summer blast furnace are like parading around in a thong when an arctic Canadian cold front screams into town. Even ross seem to line up on either side of the great seasonal wine-drinking divide lean and acidic or lush and fruity. So whats a thirsty boy (or girl) to do? Pour a glass of lightly chilled red, thats what. Not just any red jammed into the fridge, though. Those big, beefy Cabs and Zins and Syrahs usually dont take well to serious chilling, which mutes their fruity character and emphasizes their tannins, making them taste thin and puckery. (Its worth noting, however, that even those red wines could usually ing, as room temperature in tropical South Florida is a helluva lot different temperate Bordeaux.) No, what we want here are lighterbodied reds that are generous in fruit and stingy in tannins, preferably with little or no oak aging and relatively low in alcohol. Dolcetto, Barbera, and Valpolicella from Italy are good bets, as are Beaujo lais, Pinot Noir, Chinon, and even some Cabernet Francs from France. Notice I didnt mention any domestic reds most (though certainly not all) are just too heavy-oaky-alcoholic for our purposes. The French wines were the stars of this 2010 Valpolicel la from Villa Maffei With its exceedingly strawberry-raspberry fruit balanced by a Italian product is right up there. Id be de lighted to see this wine indoors with baked ham and light pastas or in a sun-drenched backyard with hot dogs and pasta salad. Two other Italian wines werent nearly so pleasant. The 2010 Cren della Lepre Barbera was so harsh and bereft of fruit (with some funky-herbal undercurrents) that it was simply undrinkable, per or for etching metal plates. Casa SantOrsolas 2010 Dolcetto dAlba was better, tasting very young and very tart, but mellowing a bit in the glass. Of the French wines, a pair of Beau jolais-Villages showed why that wine is the obvious choice for warm-weather from reliable Georges Du boeuf delivered everything you could want: pretty rosered color, crisp strawberrytread lightly on the palate, eight bucks youre not getting any complexity, but you are getting a wine that can appeal to a variety of taste buds and plays well with everything roasted chicken. The 2009 Jean Saint Honor Beaujolais-Villages was a bit more demanding. It slight vegetal-earthy edge to its faint red cherry-raspberry aromas, and it stayed tight for After a while, though, it began to open, displaying mellower cherry and strawberry a little on the austere side, its probably not for novice wine drinkers. The surprise of the tasting was the Lieu dit Beauregard 2010 Bourgueil bank of Frances Loire Valley. Fuller and richer than its lighter-bodied competitors, it balanced its fresh, simple cherry-berry mild acidity and soft tannins. Perhaps my favorite wine of all, though, was the 2010 Ropiteau Pays dOc Pinot Noir made in a lighter and blockbuster Pinots still coming out of California. It showed off a bit of candyish red cherry fruit in the nose, which carried over to the palate, time in the glass adding teases of anise and orange and turning this not-so-young oenophiles fancy to drinking another bottle outdoors in our glorious spring weather. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Chill with the Right RedsRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less HANG WITH US AT THE WINE BAR, TAKE A LOAD OFF AT OUR FULL LIQUOR BAR. ENJOY OUR DAILY HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS WHILE YOU SAVOR OUR DELICIOUS TAPAS!WE DELIVER!

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By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorTheres too much food news this month to print it all. Still, we want more! Signs of a restaurant opening or closing in your neighborhood? Send in your tips and Ill check them out. Use this: restaurants@biscaynetimes.com. OPENINGS Barrel Wine Cantine (3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775). In the former W Wine Bar space, its actually much like the original a wine market and wine imported cheeses, charcuterie (including homemade pts), quiches, salads, and changing hot entres. Difference: A real chef is in charge. That would be Victor Passalacqua, trained in Michelin threestar kitchens before helming numerous Bella Beach Club (18001 Collins Ave., 305-692-5777). In the Trump International Resort, this informal restolounge couldnt be more beachy. It is right on the sand. Fare ranges from light bites (caviars, elegant salads) to grilled seafood and steaks with varied sauces. There are also day beds, a bocce court, and often a DJ. Hoops Sports Bar & Grill (900 Biscayne Blvd., 786-472-3050). This Ca nadian import across from the AA arena, which features more than 180 TVs and standard bar bites with occasional Cana dian accents, has been operating for three Drop by the party, from noon to whenever, for poutine (identical to NJ disco fries, topped with cheese and gravy). Strip (801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305364-5384). Thats strip as in steak. At this modern space in the Four Ambassadors there are no exotic dancers but plenty of exotica on the menu, including antelope and kangaroo. Other than that, the food is traditional steakhouse stuff, but all beef is sourced, grass-fed, and raised without evil hormones. CLOSINGS Andalus in the Design District. Majestic Properties Jeff Morr, owner of the building (which previously housed Pa was sold to a French restaurant group is door space waiting for a tenant. Heres one vote for an Asian street food spot. SIDE DISH Speaking of rumors, Michelle Bernstein Sra. Martinez being sold. Sra. has not been sold, she says. Im in the midst of looking for a chef, and thats about it. Meanwhile, congrats to Bernstein for multiple culinary awards last month: To Sra. Martinez for Best Restaurant 2012 awards ceremony; to Seoras mixologist Julio Cabrera gional Campari Best Aperitivo Cocktail Competition; and to Bernstein herself, crowned Princess of Porc in South Floridas regional Cochon 555, a national heirloom pig competition. Next stop: the Grand Cochon at Aspens Food & Wine Classic to vie with nine other regional winners on June 17. Congrats also to pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith (from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink), this years only James Beard Award ners will be announced in NYC at a May 7 dinner of Beard-inspired recipes, where another Miami chef, Norman Van Aken from Tuyo, will represent with his legendary creamy conch chowder. Van Aken says his dish originated from Beards recipe for the cream of mussels soup known as Billi Bi. Kris Wessel of Red Light, who became a Food Network Chopped champion last month. The sert crafted from strawberries, walnuts, corn chips, and hollandaise sauce. Remember last fall when the Tommy opened in Midtown Miami, with much hype about its menu of small bites dreamed up by Kris Wessel? Flocking foodies (including me) were, however, puzzled by the unin spired items actually offered. The back story: Wessel, an old friend of South Beach pioneer Roth, was indeed questioned him in late November, he was delayed in implementing his menu by a setback with the permitting process plus a tiny kitchen with no hood system for cooking. I wont put my stamp on it until it is ready. When I ran into Wessel at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February, he was still involved but still no stamp. And now, though the lounges website continues to tout Wessel, he says, I dont think Ill ever be involved in implementing a food concept at Ricochet. At any rate, hit Ricochet for clubbing, not for Krisfood. Please consult this months BizBuzz column (page 26) for news and deals from BT restaurant advertisers Anise Taverna (soon evolving into RiverShack), Bagels & Company, Jean Pauls House, rant, Trio on the Bay, Mario the Baker, and Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Winners and RumorsFood news we know you can use

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82 Brickell / DowntownArea 31 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells high-rises actually make Miami look like a real city. Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the most impressive. The food is impeccably fresh regional fish, prepared in a clean Mediterraneaninfluenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Azul 500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where globetrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asianinspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomy-accented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans 901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road pro genitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf 109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$Banana & Leaf 234 NE 3rd St., 786-431-5548Ever get tempted by the convenience of supermarket sushi boxes, but feel uneasy about freshness and disgruntled about sparseness of fillings? In the graband-go containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like a plump snow crab roll have a satisfying seafood-torice ratio. If youd rather, dishes on the larger custom menu arrive almost as fast. There is also limited, tasty Southeast Asian fare. Most unbelievable: Prices beat supermarket sushi by far. $The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel) 1395 Brickell Ave., 05-503-6500On the Conrads 25th floor, The Bars picture-windowed space is not just a watering hole with panoramic views. At lunch its an elegant sandwich bar; at night its a raw bar (with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos. Thats just the Basque word for tapas, but here theres nothing mere about the generously portioned small plates. They range from traditional items like cod fish equixada and saffron-sauted Spanish artichokes to inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-stuffed empanadas. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese 801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Bon Fromage 500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Bryan in the Kitchen 104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothie-swilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-fromscratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Caf Bastille 248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very French-feeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$Caf Sambal 500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as its casual hotel restaurant, many consider it a more spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly on the waterfront. The food is Asian-inspired, with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents. For the health-conscious, the menu includes low-cal choices. For hedonists theres a big selection of artisan sakes. $$$-$$$$$Cavas Wine Tasting Room 900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027 Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the wine-curious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargainpriced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Chophouse Miami 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 313. Florin 3620 NE 2nd Ave., 786-953-5001A labor of love from the married team of chocolatier/pastry chef Grazia Maggi and artist Rinaldo Malvernmi, this dessert caf/tea house/market is a lovely little spot to enjoy a 100-percent organic afternoon tea (or herbal infusion) plus a daily-changing selection of housemade European-inspired pastries and chocolates, many incorporating edible flowers. Sweets, ranging from apricot-filled dark chocolate Sachertorte and Italian almond cakes to creamy truffles or meringue-dotted chocolate salami, have unusual sophistication. And artistic, hand-designed packaging makes the goodies great gifts, too -if you can resist eating them yourself. $-$$ Jean Pauls House 2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373Jean Paul Desmaison, original chef/co-owner of La Cofradia in Coral Gables, has chosen a decidedly less tony, more transitional neighborhood for this venture. But inside his renovated bungalow, ambiance is stylishly cozy, and the creative contemporary North/South American fusion cuisine is as elegant as ever. Best bets are dishes influenced by Desmaisons native Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet potato pure, and a beautifully balanced nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible: tame leche de tigre, Perus infamous tigers milk marinade. $$$-$$$$Wine Vault Miami Shops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000From a Wine Vault press release: Over 1300 square feet of pure decadence. In fact, the soaring, two-story space, complete with glass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolate-covered bacon. Go ahead and make a meal of it. We grown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happyhour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar 7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022Dont let this little cafs easily overlooked strip-mall location, or its informal interior, fool you. The warm welcome is authentically Italian, as are cleverly crafted antipasti, simple but full-flavored pastas, and homemade pastries (from rosemary breadsticks to fruit-topped dessert tortas) that will transport your taste buds to Tuscany. And the housemade mozzarella or burrata cheeses -truly milk elevated to royalty -will transport you to heaven. A small market area provides Italian staples, plus superb salumi and the magnificent mozz, to go. $$-$$$ Bagel Bar East 1990 NE 123rd St., 305-895-7022Crusty outside (even without toasting) and substantially chewy inside, the bagels here are the sort homesick ex-New Yorkers always moan are impossible to find in Miami. For those who prefer puffed-up, pillowy bagels? Forget it. Have a nice onion pocket. Theres also a full menu of authentic Jewish deli specialties, including especially delicious, customcut -not pre-sliced -nova or lox. Super size sand wiches easily serve two, and theyll even improvise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$ Piazzetta 17875 Collins Ave., 305-918-6816You cant help feeling optimistic about a tourist towns food scene when its resort restaurants, which generally walk the middle of the road, get creative. And it doesnt get much more creative than this stylish restaurant and Italian market, which bills itself as a trip to an Italian-inspired little market square, but which, along with artisanal salumi plus pizzas and pastas, serves sushi. Particularly tasty: the native Neapolitan pizza chefs truffled taleggio and mushroom pies; meltingly tender braised short ribs; an impeccable marketdriven meat and cheese platter. $$$rfnt ntbnfnt tnftn tf f t tff nffff

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Also loccted in South Beach: 305.531.6068 and Oakland Park: 954.772.0555NEW LOOK, HIROS SUSHI EXPRESS BIGGER IS BETTER! Redesigned and moved to old Yakko-San17040-46 W. Dixie HighwayPH: 305.949.0776 or 305.949.4685 FAX: 305-949-4727Click your online order and get delivery right to your door www.sushiexpress.comMon.-Fri. 11 a.m. till 12 a.m. | Sat. & Sun. 1p.m.-12a.m.DINE IN TAKE OUT CATERING DELIVERY Going Green! Real Plates No More Plastic FAMILIES WELCOME We now have 50 dine-in seats! Specializing in regional Japanese Cuisine, focusing on small tapas-like plates you will not find on menus anywhere else.NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH Business Hours: After Hours Dining25years in business in North Miami BeachLive DJ @ Yakko Lounge Fourth Thursday of the month All Martini & Sakatini $5, Sake shot $2 Join us at Yakko Lounge 9pm-2am305.947.00643881 NE 163rd StreetNorth Miami Beach, Intracoastal MallVisit us online atwww.yakko-san.comNot affiliated with Hiros Restaurant on 163rd street rfntbfffb

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84 Crazy About You 1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, 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. $$$ Cvi.che 105 105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood cre ations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ Damn Good Burger 20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-718-6565At restolounge MIA, the hip, high-tech nightclub compo nent remains the same, as does much of the restaurant spaces mod dcor. 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 housemade sauce plus customizable toppings ranging from pickles to pork belly. Also available: veggie burgers, dogs, salads, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and standard sides. Rich malts and shakes come regular or adult (spiked). $$db Bistro Moderne345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800 Just two words -- Daniel Boulud -should be enough for foodies craving creative French/American comfort cuisine to run, not walk, to this restaurant. If they can find it. (Hint: The mysterious Avenue of the Americas is really Biscayne Boulevard Way. Dont ask.) Downtowns db is an absentee celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Jarrod Verbiak flawlessly executes dishes ranging from the original NYC db Bistros signature foie gras/ short rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local marketdriven dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley veloute. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer 255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with home made cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexicanstyle with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita 1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From the stylish setting in Miamis historic Firehouse No. 4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal. But entres, 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. $$$Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores. Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewelbright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub 188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus house made tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eternity Coffee Roasters 117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garcess sleek micro-roastery will convince anyone possessing taste buds that fine coffee can be as complex as fine wine, and as satisfying as solid food. A changing selection of superior single-origin beans (many varieties from the Garces familys Colombian farm; most others from Ethiopia and Kenya), roasted in-house, produces slow-pour regular brews with amazing nuances of fruits, chocolate, and more. The espresso is so smooth sugar isnt necessary. Other treats: flaky chocolate-stuffed cigars and other locally baked pastries. Free parking. $ Eos 485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373Originally opened by Michelin-starred New Aegean chef Michael Psilakis, Eos changed upon the chefs departure into a more familiar Mediterranean resort eatery, minus Greek-inspired innovations. Now inspiration comes mainly from Spain and Italy, with nods to Morocco and Latin America. Best bets include a tasting platter of Spanish cheeses and cured meats; a pistachio-garnished salad featuring Serrano ham, figs, and arugula; crispy parmesan risotto balls with prosciutto and smoked tomato dip; and olive/smoked paprika-rubbed roast chicken. At lunch burgers and upscale sandwiches are added. $$$-$$$$Fado Irish Pub 900 S. Miami Ave. #200 786-924-0972 Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on mini-boxty blini, with capers and horse radish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$Finnegans River 401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030Pool 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, including a boat dock and a large array of umbrella tables and lounge chairs where its easy to while away many happy hours. The menu is the same array of bar bites served by South Beachs older Finnegans, but angus burgers are big and tasty, and zingy jalapeo-studded smoked-fish dip is a satisfying table-snack choice. $$ First Hong Kong Caf 117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665Old Hong Kong saying: If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, its edible. And nowhere is this truer than in this historically international trade ports cafs -meaning fast-food restaurants. Typical menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and most other nations. So believe us: At this caf, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambalspiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/ beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty. $$ Fratelli Milano 213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300Downtown isnt yet a 24/7 urban center, but its expe riencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night. That includes this family-owned ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home. At lunch its almost impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta; even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and comple mentary flavors. During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus; home made pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Fresco California Bistro 1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of food onto its menu. To the familiar Latin American/ Italian equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but more health conscious). Menu offerings range from designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but the bistros 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. $$ Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market 398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe 154 SE 1st Ave.305-374-1024If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained only one item -pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -wed be happy. But the caf, 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. $$Grimpa Steakhouse 901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly contemporary, but no worries. The classic sword-wielding gauchos are here, serving a mindreeling assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish. And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses. A pleasant, nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas 192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheese burger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade 1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobestyle beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Il Gabbiano 335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace) the perfect power lunch/business dinner alternative to steakhouses. And the culinary experience goes way beyond the typical meat market, thanks in part to the flood of freebies thats a trademark of Manhattans Il Mulino, originally run by Il Gabbianos owners. The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth. And the champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black truffles? Worth every penny. $$$$$Hibachi Grill 45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagaine a mini-express Benihana. This place specializes in teppanyaki cuisine -minus the thrilling (or ter rifying) tableside knife theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices, chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an onion/ zucchini mix come at bargain prices. There are also hefty soups or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (including tofu). The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump chicken gyoza) and Chinese (various egg rolls). Fancy? No, but satisfying. $-$$ Indigo / Table 40 100 Chopin Plaza, 305-577-1000Long known for its power-lunch buffet -including hot entres, carving station, custom pastas, packedto-the-gills salad, sushi, and dessert stations -the InterContinental Hotels Indigo restaurant now has a hip offspring intended for private dining: Table 40. The charming, glassed-in wine cellar (actually in the kitchen) enables 12-14 diners to watch the action in heat-shielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental technique with local seasonal ingredients. Highlights: tender house-smoked, stout-braised short ribs; lavish lobster salad with grilled mango; and a seductive fresh corn gazpacho. $$$-$$$$$ Iron Sushi 120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000(See Miami Shores listing)

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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 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll 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. $ Jamn, Jamn, Jamn, 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar 2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscalecool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, formerly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$Largo Bar & Grill 401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706Sure, Bayside Marketplace is touristy. But it can be fun to spend a day playing visitor in your own city. If you do, this waterfront place overlooking Miamarina is a superior food choice. Expect nothing cutting edge, just tasty, familiar favorites solidly prepared. You wont go wrong with stone crab claws and Cajun mustard dip; inauthentic but delicious fish tacos in hard blue corn tortillas with two sauces (cilantro and chipotle), generously portioned fish sandwiches (grouper, mahi, snapper, or daily catch), and festive cocktails. $$-$$$ La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge 68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restau rant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown. With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti in sage butter sauce and cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyers Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso. $$$La Moon 144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a truckers burger: beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake bun. While this tiny places late hours (till 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) are surprising, the daytime menu is more so. In addition to Colombian classics, theres a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites. $-$$ La Provence 1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. Not so familiar is the bakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie 34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultracrusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell 188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233At this French bakery/caf, mornings start seriously, with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/ pt, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete American breakfasts. At lunch, generously salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresist ible. But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the choice tough. And do not skip dessert. Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with daily-changing fillings. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., Suite 7, 305-789-9929 (See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing.)Little Lotus 25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined to become one of our towns toughest tables to book. Two talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like theyre about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself. Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially noteworthy. The prices? A steal. $-$$ LouLou Le Petit Bistro 638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1404When Indochines owner, Jacques Ardisson, closed his Asian spot to open this charming French eatery in the same space, it was a return to his roots. He and his daughter, for whom the place is named, come from Nice. Youll be transported, too, by dishes like lamb shank with flageolets (known as the caviar of beans), duck leg confit on a bed of mouthwatering green lentils from Le Puy, a classic moules/frites, a shared charcuterie platter with a bottle from the savvy wine list, and, of course, salade nioise. $$-$$$Mare Nostrum 1111 SW 1st Ave., 786-691-2770While Mare Nostrums own blurbs describe it as a Mediterranean restaurant, it would be more accurate to precede that with not just another. Both the name (our sea) and a raw bar packed with pristine Spanish and local seafood make clear what is the specialty of chef Pedro Gallardo, an Arzak/El Bulli veteran. And indeed, simply steamed or grilled cigala (Mediterranean langoustines) are impeccable. But one could also be happy making a meal of sea-free small plates like luscious deep-fried artichokes with peppery, rich romesco sauce. $$-$$$$$ Martini 28 146 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414This stylish little lunch-only spot, a labor of love from a husband-wife chef team, serves what might well be the most impressive meal deal in town. From an ambitious, daily-changing menu of fare thats geographically eclectic but prepared with solid classic technique, diners get a choice of about ten entres (substantial stuff like steak au poivre with Madeira cream sauce and roasted potatoes, or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard sauce, potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and housemade dessert. For just $9.99. Told ya. $ Miami Art Caf 364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French caf serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert) loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more. For those with time to sit, wed recommend the savory crpes, garnished with perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crpe like the Bonne Maman (whose sugar/salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown). And quiches are nicely custardy. But there are surprises here, too, including just a few full entres, with correctly made traditional sauces one wouldnt expect at a luncheonette -except, perhaps, in Paris. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant 236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island spe cialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $ ALL ALCOHOL LICENSING

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86 Mint Leaf 1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons 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 interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrum ptious street food. Weve 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. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf 900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro 1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe in standard sound bites. But they often are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sausage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room 900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supple ments signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$Ozzi Sushi 200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how long plates had been circulating on the sushi-go-round? Happily, this sushiboat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-sliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$Pega Grill 15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned North Beachs Ariston, this small spot is more casually contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek food. Mixed lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option), topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens and tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties. But even more irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Pashas 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food is served at several newer outlets. The prices are low enough that you might suspect Pashas was a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh yogurt cheese. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh, from scratch, daily. $-$$Peoples Bar-B-Que 360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080Oak-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 theres a full menu of soul food entres, including what many aficionados consider our towns 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. $-$$ Perricones 15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks 1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/ delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$Prelude Adrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/ mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and overthe-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Puntino Downtown 353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661The first U.S. venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as lunch. Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan. The food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional. But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple: an antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade marinated veggies; crispfried calamari and shrimp; airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil. $$-$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine 33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steam-tabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$The River Oyster Bar 650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as evidenced by tempting menu selections like softshell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade. There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese. But oyster fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fire-roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano 900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Scalina 315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-789-9933Comparisons between this new Tom Billante venture and the other (slightly pricier) Italian eatery in the same building are inevitable, especially considering similarities like key personnel from NYCs Il Mulino, Mulino-style abundant free appetizers, and a powerdining crowd. But why focus on competitive nonsense when you can relax on the river-view terrace enjoying chef Enrico Giraldos specialties, including an elaborate take on Venices famed fegato (calfs liver and onions), upscaled with Lucanica sausage and a balsamic reduction. Or maybe an even more evocative Roman ice cream tartufo? Mangia! $$$$Soi Asian Bistro134 NE 2nd Ave., 305-523-3643 From the owners of Calle Ochos hip Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro, Soi sports similar casual-chic ambiance and eclectic Thai/Japanese cuisine. Traditional Thai curries and familiar sushi rolls are prepared with solid skill and style. But most intriguing are new inventions adding Peruvian fusion flair to the Asian mix, such as a spicy, tangy tangle of crisp-fried yellow noodles with sauted shrimp plus slivered peppers and onions -mod mee krob, with jalea-like tart heat replacing the cloying sweetness. $$ Soya & Pomodoro 120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. 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. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar 204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIAtrained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/ apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Sushi Maki 1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ 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 entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnutgarnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Thai Angel 152 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9748Inside a colorful courtyard that rather resembles Munchkinland, this downtown insiders secret serves serious Thai food till 9:00 p.m. daily. Tasty classics like the four curries (red, green, panang, and massaman) come custom-spiced -mild to authentically brain-searing -and are so affordable theres no guilt in splurging on superb house specials like crisp-coated duck or fresh snapper (whole or filleted) in tamarind sauce. The young chef has a heavenly hand at tofu, too, so vegetarians are very well-served. $$

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Tobacco Road 626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-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 chili, budget-priced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$Tre Italian Bistro 270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but restolounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistrolounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse 777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale power-lunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake sliders are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tu yo 415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt studentrun. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former protgs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$Waxy OConnors 690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sau sage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$Wok Town 119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist dcor (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, too! $$ Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the volu minous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-inyour-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant 1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restaurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budgetpriced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of fullflavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ Adelitas Caf 2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne) this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside its bigger, better, and busier than it looks. Unlike many Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser. On weekends espe cially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (Hondurass take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more. $Andalus 35 NE 40th St., 305-400-4422Early publicity pegging this place (in Pacific Times former space) as a tapas bar seemed to set it up as direct competition 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 arent contemporary riffs on tradition but authentic regional specialties. Subtly nutty jamon pata negra (the Rolls-Royce of cured hams) or salmorejo (Cordobas 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. $$$Basanis 3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood red-sauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with handtossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Bengal 2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976At this Indian eatery the dcor is cool and contemporary: muted gray and earth-tone walls, taste ful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine to match the look. Classicists, however, neednt worry. Americas favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurantstarved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty half-pound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 18 1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas 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. $$Blue Piano 4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7919The address suggests a street-corner location, but this casually cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock. Its well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose individual areas of expertise encompass food, wine, and live entertainment, melding all seamlessly. The music is muted, encouraging conversation; wines are largely small-production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups. And the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes like the McLuvvin, a meld of savory Spanish sausage and chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream -supremely satisfying. $$ FREE SMOOTHIEBUY ONE MEDIUM OR LARGE SMOOTHIE AND GET A SMALL SMOOTHIE FOR FREEMust present coupon to receive offer. Valid at THESE locations only. Not good with any other offer. Limit one per person, per visit. Some restrictions may apply. Expires 5/31/2012 3034 Grand Avenue Coconut Grove 305-476-9435 2001 Biscayne Blvd. Miami 305-576-5464 12607 Biscayne Blvd. 305-981-8660

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88 Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking distance of every Miami resident, wed be a helluva hip food town. Like true Parisian bistros, its open continu ously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in anytime for authentic rillettes (a rustic pt) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is free parking. $$Buena Vista Deli 4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants, and other delights. At lunch cornichongarnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade pts, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a butterycrusted, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ Caf 46 190 NE 46th St., 305-400-8828It doesnt look like South Beachs late lamented Joe Allen. The urban beach bar dcor and bohemian vibe actually are more reminiscent of this spaces first restaurant, 190. But the menu is virtually identical -no surprise since co-owner/host Mario Rubeo, plus most kitchen staffers, are Joe Allen veterans. Revisit faves like matzo meal-crusted chicken, the famous burger, still-unique dinner salads spotlighting uncommon ingre dients like smoked trout, and fun signature desserts like Rice Krispy treats. $$$Cafeina 297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar 1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414A 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. Its worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sustainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper and sea bass. Bonus: With validation, valet parking is free. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos 3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the curedham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant 2004 Biscayne Blvd., 305-764-3130After 30+ years spent guiding other owners restaurants to success, Miami Spice program creator Steve Haas has opened his own expansive, two-floor place, on a stretch of Biscayne Boulevard thats suddenly looking fashionable. The vibe is a mix of power-dining destination and comfie neighborhood hangout, and chef Tom Azar (ex-Emerils) has designed a varied menu to match. Highlights: an astonishingly thin/crunchy-crusted pizza topped with duck confit, wild mushrooms, port wine syrup, and subtly truffled bchamel; crispy calamari (rings and legs) with light, lemony tomato emulsion; and tuna tartar that is refreshingly free of sesame oil. Big portions and a full bar to boot. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course 3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places selfservice caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Clives Caf 2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall has served for more than 30 years. Since about 1990, though, when owner Pearline Murray (Ms. Pearl to regulars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk chicken has been the main item here. Other favorites: savory rice and pigeon peas; eye-opening onion/ vinegar-flavored escovitch fish; sweet plantains; and cabbage that redefines the vegetable. $Crumb on Parchment 3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9444Though located in a difficult spot (the Melin Buildings central atrium, invisible from the street), Michelle Bernsteins bakery/caf packs em in, partly due to Bernsteins mom Martha, who makes irresistible old-school cakes: German chocolate with walnuts, lemon curd with buttercream frosting, more. Lunch fare includes inspired sandwiches like seared rare tuna with spicy Asian pickles and kimchi aioli. 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. $-$$ The Daily Creative Food Co. 2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingre dients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the cre atively minded. $Egg & Dart 4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crisp-fried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Egyptian Pizza Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics. 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. $$18th Street Caf 210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006Most seating in this cool, pioneering neighborhood caf is in a giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that makes the small space feel expansive -fitting, since the menu keeps expanding, too. Originally breakfast/lunch only, the caf, though closed weekends, now serves dinner till 10:00 p.m., with comfort food entres like secretrecipe meatloaf joining old favorites: daily-changing homemade soups, varied burgers, layered international salads, inspired sandwiches (like roast beef and provolone with creamy horseradish). Beer and wine is available, and now so is delivery. $$The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions 5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559At the Fed, expect what locals know to expect from sommelier/chef team Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, whose previous restaurant concepts have included Blue Piano (gourmet stoner snacks) and Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea. That is, expect the unexpected. The Fed is an updated tavern featuring creative, from-scratch takes on traditional American regional dishes: flaky Southern biscuits with sausage gravy (and crisp-coated sweetbreads, if desired); Northeastern-inspired pig wings (pork drummettes with homemade Buffalo sauce, blue cheese mousse, and pickled veggies). Desserts, from third partner Alejandro Ortiz, include sinful sticky buns. $$-$$$Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341No green-leaf faux health food here. You get what the 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, theyre 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., 305-572-2901This Italian caf has been packed since the moment it opened. No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyons pioneering Lyon Frres 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 cant help wishing it also had a retail component. Entres include properly al dente pastas, plus some regional specialties like Venetian-style calves liver, rarely found outside Italy. $$$Gigi 3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520As befits its location in artful, working-class Wynwood, Gigi has minimalist modern diner ambiance paired with truly creative contemporary Asian-influenced comfort food from Top Chef contender Jeff McInnis (formerly of the South Beach Ritz-Carlton) at surprisingly low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and housemade pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ The Girrrlz of Sandwich 555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo) 305-374-4305Riot 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 caf, hidden on the Venetia condos mezzanine. Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are all baked in-house. On Saturdays the grrrlsll even deliver you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed. $Harrys Pizzeria 3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133This Florida fast/casual chain became an instant hit in Midtown Miami owing to a winning concept: more than 35 heat-coded sauces and dry rubs meant for custom-tossing with wings and other things (including white-meat bone less wings, really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces), accompanied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and celery. It would be silly to not pair your main with garlic/ herb-butter parmesan fries. There are many other items, too, including salads. But hey, celery is salad, right? $$ Jimmyz Kitchen 2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provo lone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf 2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Caf District, this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would hope and as affordable. Theres a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for under $30. And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara. Pastas are fresh; produce is largely local; the mosaic-centered dcor is minimalist but inviting. And no need to be wary of the warehouse district at night: Valet parking is free. $$-$$$

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La Latina 3509 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-9655At last, an authentic Venezuelan arepera (purveyor of homemade arepas, with a variety of meat, cheese, and veggie fillings) that isnt out in the boonies -and decidedly isnt a dive. With colorful dcor concocted from recycled objects, this space, though small, has truly eclectic, Midtown style. The signature corn cakes, crisped outside and fluffy inside, put sodden supermarket specimens to shame. And cachapas (softer, sweeter corn pancakes folded around mozzarella-like fresh cheese) or bollarepitas (cheese-stuffed deepfried corn cakes, with tangy nata dip) may be even tastier. $-$$La Provence 2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Latin Caf 2000 2501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838The menu is similar to that at many of our towns Latin cafs, largely classic Cuban entres and sandwiches, with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood), or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries consider a Latin country. What justifies the new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppified/yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck. $$Lemoni Caf 4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/ salads/starters primer. What it doesnt convey is the freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes into their use. Entre-size salads range from an elegant spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens. Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninis, or wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-tasting light salad cream. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include lowcarb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor 3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon 185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres 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 neighborhood. Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion 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. $Mandolin Aegean Bistro 4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066Inside this converted 1940s homes blue-and-white dining room -or even more atmospherically, its treesheltered 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 pure, and airy tarama caviar spread; and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava pure, and rich tomato-walnut dip. The meze of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolins 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., 786-369-0423Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas. But the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity: genuinely made-from-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed. Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (juicy braised pork, spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts). A close second: the hongos, intensely flavorful huitlacoche and wild mushrooms, with manchego and salsa verde -a reminder that vegetarian food need not be bland. $$-$$$Michaels Genuine Food and Drink 130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers downto-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. Theres also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michaels Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$Ming Yuan 3006 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6466What this tiny (three booths plus counter seats) Wynwood place serves isnt authentic Chinese cuisine. Its Chinese immigrant cooking: Americas original Cantonese-based chop sueys and egg foo youngs plus later, spicier but also Americanized Szechuan/Hunan-inspired 1970s inventions like Mongolian beef and General Tsos this-or-that. But all the above (ordered extra-spicy if you like heat), plus crab rangoons and treat-packed special fried rice, are truly tasty. And since almost everything on the menu comes in several sizes, with even small being substantial, prices are unbeatable. $-$$ Mikes at Venetia 555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-night menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$Morgans Restaurant 28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable; shoe string frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar 1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is EastWest. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Orange Caf + Art 2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont have thousands of dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and housebaked pastries. $ Pashas 3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pieducks 3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Primos 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$Primo Pizza Miami 3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant most everywhere. Today many places now offer authentic Italian or delicate designer pizzas. But a satisfying Brookyn-style street slice? Fuhgedit. Thankfully thats the speciality of this indoor/outdoor pizzeria: big slices with chewy crusts (made from imported NY tap water) that arent 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.Salad Creations 2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety ofchef-created salads and wraps, or go the DIY route, choosing from one of four greens options; four dozen add-ons (fresh, dried, or pickled veggies and fruits, plus cheeses and slightly sinful pleasures like candied pecans or wonton strips); a protein (seafood or poultry); and two dozen dressings, ranging from classic (Thousand Island, bleu cheese) to creative contempo rary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$ Salumeria 104 3451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588 In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as shops selling salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the equivalent of eat-in deli/restaurants that also serve cold and hot prepared foods. At this modern Midtown salumeria, the soups-to-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liver-haters into lovers. $$-$$$ Sakaya Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institutetrained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ Sake Room 275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated dcor at this small but sleek restolounge. Among the seafood offerings, you wont 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., 305-400-8245The 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 fastcasual 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. $-$$ S & S Diner 1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$Sra. Martinez 4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this live ly tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the area. But its no absentee celebrity-chef gig. Bernstein is hands-on at both places. Her exuberant yet firmly controlled personal We welcome you to the newest addition to the neighborhood, Jean Paul's House Restaurant and Market, Serving New World Cuisine with a Peruvian touch by renowned Chef Jean Paul Desmaison

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touch is obvious in nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the menu. Items are frequently reinvented. Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego croquetas with fig jam; white bean stew; crisp-coated artichokes with lemon/coriander dip; and buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced by tiny pickled salads. $$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$Sustain 3252 NE 1st Ave. #107, 305-424-9079Is it possible for a restaurant to be sincerely ecoconscious without being self-righteousness? It is at this casual/chic restolounge, where dedication to local, sustainable food comes with considerable humor. Fare includes playful items like wet fries (with mouthwatering gravy), corn dogs, housemade soft pretzels with mustard and orange blossom honey, and a Mile Salad that seems almost like a game show in its challenge: All ingredients must come from within a 50-mile radius. At brunch dont miss the glazed sin-a-buns. $$-$$$$ Tapas y Tintos 3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-0506With about 50 different generously sized traditional tapas plates, from simple (imported Spanish cheeses and cured meats; varied croquetas, including beautifully smooth spinach) to sophisticated (crisp-fried soft-shell crab with aioli dip; the witty Popeye y Olivia, garlicky wine-sauced chickpeas with spinach and olive oil) plus complex salads, paellas, and charbroiled meat and seafood entres, all add up to entertaining eating even without this tapas/wine bars live entertainment. This second T&T feels less nightclub and more neighborhood than the South Beach original. Great for dates, business lunches, or very happy hours. $$$Tony Chans Water Club 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food. But the American dumbingdown is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar 3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307Gentrified 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, tastings, more. $-$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from world-famous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/ Latin/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo 5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$Anise Taverna 620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929Since the owners of this rustic riverbank spot are the husband/wife team behind Ouzos, its not surprising that Greek food and festivity are the main lure for locals. But Anises expanded menu, centering on meze (the Middle Eastern term for shareable small plates) though not neglecting Big Food like lamb shank or whole grilled fish, also includes dishes from other Mediterranean countries: Italys spaghetti with bottarga (tuna roe); spicy Moroccan merguez sausage with fava pure; whole sar dines with fennel vinaigrette, evoking Portugal. Frequent special events make for added fun. $$-$$$ Balans Biscayne 6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191It 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 venues relatively large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed, neighborhoodfocused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Blue Collar 6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366 Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloises American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is helmed by a former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allens vet who now crafts casual, creative fare at prices all can afford. Dishes are eclectic. The roughly dozen veggie dishes alone range from curried cauliflower pure to maduros to bleu cheese roasted asparagus. Shrimp and grits compete with any in Charleston; pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny fried egg, beats Bostons best. $-$$Boteco 916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budget-priced. $$Le Caf 7295 Biscayne Blvd. 305-754-6551For anyone who cant get over thinking of French food as intimidating or pretentious, this cute caf 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 crme brle. A respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as is the housemade sangria. Top price for entres is about $14. $-$$Chef Creole 200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/ owner Wilkinson Sejours two tiny but popular establishments. While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (fried pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3.99 roast chicken special seafood is the specialty here: crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter sauce), lambi fri (perfectly tenderized fried conch), poisson gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic or Creole crabs. The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut dining. $-$$DeVitas 7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt 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 entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill 7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANTS East Side Pizza 731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entres 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 (considered the top American pizza cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables. $Europa Car Wash and Caf 6075 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-2357Giving 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 (pro sciutto, hot cappicola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers, and Romano cheese dressing); an elaborate almondgarnished Chinese chicken salad; H&H bagels, the worlds best, flown in from NYC. And the car cleanings 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., 305-754-8050Housed in a yellow building thats nearly invisible from the street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive AfroCaribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Gourmet Station 7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with no time to cook, has been popular for years. But the Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition. Main reason: deceptive healthiness. These are meals that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for you. Favorite items include precision-grilled salmon with lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with homemade BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food. Food is available la carte or grouped in multimeal plans customized for individual diners nutritional needs. $$Go To Sushi 5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach, rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry. Health ensured, you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs: fried dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with quills -really a delectable crunchy noodle mix. $Jimmys East Side Diner 7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Cigale 7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014Bistro can mean almost anything these days, but with owners who are a husband/wife team recently arrived from Marseille, its not surprising that this neighborhood wine bistro is the classic kind found in France -a home away from home where the contemporary but cozy space is matched by the southern French comfort food coming from the open kitchen. Drop in for drinks and snacks such as artisan cheeses and charcuterie, or enjoy full meals ranging from classic (wine-poached mussels; a boldly sauced steak/frites) to creative (Parma ham-wrapped tuna loin). $$-$$$ Lo De Lea7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-3218 In Casa Toscanas former space, this cute, contempo rary parillada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/ fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (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 youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge 709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its 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 dcor, romantically dim lighting, showtune live piano bar entertainment, 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. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys 6927 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres 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. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf 7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more technique-intensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine 7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/ West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original cre ations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to overthe-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese home-cooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge 5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas 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 chipo tle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Red Light 7700 Biscayne Blvd.,305-757-7773From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Kris Wessels intentionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant, you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoying eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-orange-marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried green tomatoes). Not Menu Items Available from $7 and Up.1601 79th Street Causeway, North Bay Village, Miami, FL 33141 / T. 305.866.1234www.trioonthebay.com DINE DRINK DANCE

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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 cayennespiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice cream. $$-$$$Revales Italian Ristorante 8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010Owned by two couples (including former Village Caf chef Marlon Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former space of Frankies 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 fiume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of cream) or yellowtail franaise (egg-battered, with lemon-caper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here. $$-$$$ Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus 1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Soyka 5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and sommelier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused. The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgonzola sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poivre. And dont miss the sticky date/toffee pudding. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam 5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces. Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce. $$$Uvas 6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022Formerly UVA 69, this casual-chic caf/lounge, a MiMo neighborhood pioneer, has changed its name and original owners, but remains an all-day-to-late-night hangout. And menu strong points also remain, from fresh-baked pastries and breads to elegant cross-cultural sandwiches (particularly two Latin-inspired upgrades: a classic Cuban with French ham, cornichons, and a baguette; and la minuta, a beer-battered fish fillet on focaccia with cilantro aioli). Whether diners opt for full entres or make a meal of small plates, the subtle global blending makes fusion make sense. $$-$$$Yiyas Gourmet Cuban Bakery 646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming caf, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who co-owns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bakerys window sills. Bernardos pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend. But she also crafts treats not found at average Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread. Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends: candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans. $ Bocados Ricos 1880 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-4889Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork Lounge, this little luncheonette services big appetites. Along with the usual grilled churrascos, theres bandeja paisa, Colombias sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans. Dont miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily homemade soups. Arepas include our favorite corn cake: the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, carne desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans, and cheese. $-$$ The Crab House 1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain. But the classic dcor (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 la carte favorites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global specials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli 1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osakastyle sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Mario the Baker 1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882(See North Miami listing)Oggi Caffe 1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Shuckers Bar & Grill 1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (chargrilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$Sushi Siam 1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)Trio on the Bay 1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1234Several ventures have failed in this expansive indoor/ outdoor waterfront space, but thats hard to imagine once youve experienced this stunning incarnation as an exciting yet affordable restaurant/nightclub where food definitely doesnt play second fiddle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski created the original menu, and among his dishes still available is the filet mignon atop surprisingly pistachio-studded barnaise sauce. Now there is a range of Mediterranean offerings as well, from grilled calamari steaks to mahi picatta. $$$ Caf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/ cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with ArgentineItalian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ KChapas 1130 Normandy Dr., 305864-8872Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -but not fusion. The Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to country. Most Big Food comes from Peru: fresh ceviches, classic cooked entres. But its the Venezuelan breakfast/snack items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants. These moist pancakes, made from ground corn kernels instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty white cheese for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and savor. $-$$Lous Beer Garden 7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian

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bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels pool-patio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several housemade sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys exec utive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, youd 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 whod moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$The Wine Market 908 71st St., 305-865-6465This rustic-chic wine shop, tapas bar, and restaurant is the sort of place that every emerging neighborhood needs. The wine stock isnt huge but the selection is thoughtful, with many bottles priced from $10 to $20. Take it home or pay a small corkage fee and drink onpremises over a meal centered on typical Parisian bistro entres like steak or moules frites (the latter regularly available all-you-can-eat). If youd prefer going the tapas bar route, highlights include a silky cognac/truffle chicken liver mousse and battered shrimp with remoulade sauce to make your own poboy crostinis. $$-$$$ Cte Gourmet 9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ Iron Sushi 9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami. And why do Miamians eat here? Not ambiance. There isnt any. But when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies know their fish, tout the seafoods freshness, we listen. There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry Mayo. And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club 10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly 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 entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ PizzaFiore 9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-1924Owned by Arcoub Abderrahim, who opened South Beachs original PizzaFiore way back in 1996, this caf serves the kind of nostalgic, medium-thin crusted, oozing-with-gooey-cheese pizzas reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos territory, except now there are options for todays toppings -sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc. But theres also a full menu of Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$ Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. 13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every coffeegrowing country in the world. Brews like signature smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe dont even need cream or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou. All beans are house-roasted. Theres solid food, too: brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ Los Antojos 11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombias national dish. If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco. Both are thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl. For Colombiancuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice, beans, carne asada, chicharron, eggs, sauted sweet plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day, as are antojitos little whims, smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage). And for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters, made to order. $$Bagels & Co. 11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one cant actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location next to a firearms shop. But theres 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 whats most important is that this is one of the areas few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy outside, challengingly chewy inside. $Bulldog Barbecue/Bulldog Burger 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655These adjacent restaurants are really one place with two dining areas, since they connect and diners can order from either menu. They also share a BBQ/burger master: Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, whose indoor electric smoker produces mild-tasting cue ranging from the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to more unusual items like hot-smoked salmon. As for burgers, many feature unique ingredients such as mayo flavored like red-eye gravy, with strong coffee, or the bun of the infamous Luther: a sweet-glazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut. Costs are comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Cane Sucre 899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123From the Vega brothers (who pioneered the Design and MiMo districts with, respectively, the original Cane A Sucre and UVA 69), this charming artisanal sandwich bar is the perfect breakfast/lunch stop before or after ingesting visual arts at nearby MOMA. Actually, creations like El Fig (fig confit, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and honey on an authentically French crisp-crusted freshbaked baguette) are art in their own right. Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and homemade sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood 12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ Casa Mia Trattoria 1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770Tucked 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 staffs 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 beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succulent version of the pickleonion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Chef Creole 13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)

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Flip Burger Bar 1699 NE 123rd St.,305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-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 jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas 1821 NE 123rd St., 786-866-9007Festooned with eye-poppingly colored panels and giraffes -subtler but everywhere -this first North American branch of a wildly popular, 30-year-old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of a planned 4000 U.S. Giraffas. Given that the steaks, especially the tender, flavorful picanha, rival those at the most upscale rodizio joints -and beat the sword-wielding grandstanders for custom cooking (because staff asks your preference) -wed bet on giraffe domination. Overstuffed grilled sandwiches, salads, even tasty veggie options are all here, too. The cheese bread is a must. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 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 (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/ sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun 2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (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 bluehair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Le Griot de Madame John 975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous traditional Haitian dishes, including jerked beef or goat tassot and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with salt before poaching with various veggies and spices). But the dish that still packs the place is the griot: marinated pork chunks simmered and then fried till theyre moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside. $Little Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal. Its also a good choice for diners who dont speak Spanish, but dont worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Mama Jennies 11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and 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 entres come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$Mario the Baker 13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is Italian-American, not Italian-Italian: spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs. No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas; the top topping here is the savory housemade sausage. And no one leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed garlic. New branches are now open in Miamis Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village. $Pastry Is Art 12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs executive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual bakingoriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on house made bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-toorder Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge 12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhoodoriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$Rice House of Kabob14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899 Since 2006, South Beachs original Rice House has been serving up mountainous platters of basmati rice and Greek salad topped with Persian-style marinated/ char-grilled meat, poultry, seafood, or veggie kabobs -for very little money. This branch of what is now a growing chain has the same menu (which also features wraps, for lighter eaters) and the same policy of customcooking kabobs, so expect fresh, not fast, food. Sides of must-o-keyar and must-o-mooseer (thick yogurt dips with herbed cukes or shallots) are must-haves. $$ Smashburger 14730 Biscayne Blvd., 786-406-6614Two things distinguish the griddled patties of this Denver-based chain, touted as the nations fastestgrowing better burger restaurant, from other better burgers: a nod to local tastes (like toppings of fried chorizo and potato fritas), and the smashing technique, producing an appealing thickly crusted exterior. Got burger overkill? Substitute chicken, or have a salad. An added draw: unusual veggie sides, which go beyond regular and sweet potato fries to crisp onion strings, veggie frites (carrots, string beans), and an Old South fish-camp classic: fried pickles. $-$$Steves Pizza 12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paperthin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff) doesnt do the trick. Open till 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., Steves has, since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour. As in Brooklyn, tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano flavor. Mozzarella is applied with abandon. Toppings are stuff that give strength: pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, onions, and peppers. $Venezia Pizza and Caf 13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here. No imported designer ingredients either. The pies are New York-style, but the dough is made fresh daily, and the cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered Americas finest pizza topper). Also on the menu are Italian-American pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs, simple salads, and a few new protein adds grilled chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak. $-$$Wongs Chinese Restaurant 12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The 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 pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twicecooked pork. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich 13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indie fast-food joint, and new owners have done little to change the time-tested formula except to stretch operating hours into the night and expand its classic menu to include a few health-conscious touches like Caesar salad, plus a note proclaiming their oils are free of trans fats. Otherwise the famous steak sandwich is still a traditional Philly. Drippin good burgers, too. And unlike MacChain addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer with the good grease. $-$$ 899 NE 125th street 305-891-0123 -a Monday thru Saturday 9:00m9:00pmOpen Mon-Satbreakf ast lunch dinner brought to you by the Vega Brothers, creators of The original Cane A Sucre in the Design District and UVA 69 Restaurant and Lounge

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Yes Pasta! 14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At this fast/casual Italian eatery, the specialty is mixand-match. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (whole wheat and gluten-free options available), then one of 15 sauces. Our personal pick is carbonara, correctly creamy-coated (via egg thickening, not cream overload); Bolognese is a wise choice for those who like sauces rich and red. Many options exist for vegetarians and pescatarians as well as carnivores, all clearly coded on the menu. $$ Bamboo Garden 1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran is many diners favorite on the 163rd/167th Street Chinatown strip because of its superior dcor. But the menu also offers well-prepared, authentic dishes like peppery black bean clams, sauted mustard greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions, plus Chinese-American egg foo young. Default spicing is mild even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chili icons, but dont worry; realizing some like it hot, the chefs will customize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request. $$Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket. Other new additions include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission fee. $ Chipotle Mexican Grill 14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779Proving that national fast-food chains dont 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 hormones). And the food, while not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $Cholos Ceviche & Grill 1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -altogether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop 16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean megacrepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Take-out packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall 3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffys, part of a popular chain that identifies as the official sports grill of every major Miami team, features roughly a zillion TVs and an equally mega-size menu of accessibly Americanized, globally inspired dishes designed to please crowds: stuffed potato skins, crab Rangoon, coconut-crusted fish fingers with orange-ginger sauce, jumbo wings of many flavors. Imagine a sports-oriented Cheesecake Factory. What makes this particular Duffys different and better? Location, location, location -fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Theres even a swimming pool with its own bar. $$-$$$ Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY 3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swallowed Manhattan -and transformed public perceptions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area. Before: bland faux-Cantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, especially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$ Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse 3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall), 305-957-9900The rodizio formula is familiar: Pay one price ($39.90 for dinner, $29.90 at Sunday brunch), then eat till you drop from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive selection of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausage, and fish (16 varieties at dinner; 5 at brunch) carved tableside by costumed waiters. What spectacularly differentiates Flamma: its setting on the Intracoastal Waterway. But also spectacular is a Monday-Thursday two-forone dinner deal with a coupon available at Flamma. Unbelievable but true. $$$$El Gran Inka 3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influ ential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Ginza Japanese Buffet 16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this allyou-can-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mix-and-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-formoney is a given. $$Hannas Gourmet Diner 13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant 3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687One of Miamis first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popular after-hours snack stop. The sushi menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori, skewers of 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. $$ Hiros Sushi Express 17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha 1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus mix-and-match option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. $$-$$$Iron Sushi 16350 W. Dixie Hwy..305-945-2244(See Miami Shores listing)?Jerusalem Market and Deli 16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb

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and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys 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 house made cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. $-$$Kabobji 3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484This place makes a very good tahini sauce. In fact that alone is reason enough to visit. We prefer ours with this bright, cheery eaterys delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma. They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare). Its hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters and wraps, but theres also a roster of full entres (with soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian and seafood meals for noncarnivores. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant 514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmo spheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace 330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room entrance. Theres also a better-than-average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies. The menu is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point. $$ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill 14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)Laurenzos Market Caf 16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Little Saigon 16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$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 entre with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil); finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate. Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go with those you love. $$$New China Buffet 940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266The venue (a former Bennigans) is clean, casual, and not kitschy. The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -scores of Chinese dishes (recommended: Mongolian pork, spicy garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger and scallion); international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-in-blankets); plus sushi, salad, and pastry/ice cream bars. And the price is sure right. Lunch is $6.75 ($7.75 Saturday and Sunday). Dinner features more seafood, $9.55. Theres an inexpensive take-out option, too, and reduced kids prices. $Oishi Thai 14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai 520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eyeopening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chilitopped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos 16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$Racks Soprano Caf & Italian Restaurant 3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225Racks has a new owner and a new name. Italian chef Rocco Soprano is bringing his authentic Italian flavors and style to a lovely setting. Well have more details next month, but we know the specialties include Italian steaks, seafood, and an oyster bar. One thing that wont change: the coal-fired pizza oven, which reliably turns out an astonishingly light yet chewy crust that makes the pies a revelation. Especially enjoyable is the waterfront deck. $$Roasters & Toasters 18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354Attention ex-New Yorkers: Is your idea of food porn one of the Carnegie Delis 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 1.4 pounds; we we ighed it), for a mere 15 bucks. All the other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite minipotato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour cream and applesauce. $$Sangs Chinese Restaurant 1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076Sangs has three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum, served until 4:00 p.m. A live tank allows seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. Recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mockmeat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square 54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$Slices Pizza & Pasta 13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5684While pizza by the slice is common street food in every city in the USA, this informal Italian eatery offers a variation particularly appropriate to Latin American-influenced Miami: slices served rodizio-style. Brazils traditional rodizio restaurants feature many different grilled meats, served tableside by a continuing parade of waiters till diners cry uncle. Here the concept is the same, with dozens of varieties of pizza (plus several pastas) replacing the beef. $$ Sushi House 15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor 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, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake 13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not fro zen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table 18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied daily-changing menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American spe cialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN

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chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal Ladies-WhoLunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$Tunas 17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com The reincarnated Tunas has gained new owners, a new name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a new chef, Rolf Fellhauer, who spent 28 years at the famed La Paloma. He has added his touch to the menu, with delicacies such as Oysters Moscow, mussels Chardonnay, and Grouper Brittany. Traditional house favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters. Open daily till 2:00 a.m., the place can get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tunas draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too. $$-$$$ Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin 73 NE 167th St. 305-405-6346Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent. Not at this modest-looking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfasts blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews sparkle with vivid flavors. Especially impressive: mock meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat many carnivorous competitors. Skeptical? Rightly. But we taste-tested a Philly cheese steak sandwich on the toughest of critics -an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San 3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After 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. $$Yes, Pasta! Trattoria Italiana 14872 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At Roman-native Flaminia Morins casual, family-friendly eatery, the specialty is pasta yo ur way. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (including gluten-free options), then one of 15 sauces ranging from traditional carbonara to inventions like Mozzarella Filante (creamy tomato sauce with melted cheese); la carte meat, seafood, or veg add-ons are also available. Build a full Italian feast with antipasti, salads, six secondi (entres), and desserts. Budget diner alert: Check out MondayFriday lunch specials, two courses plus drink for $8. Asia Bay Bistro 1007 Kane Concourse; 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japanese-inspired small plates will please diners seeking something different. Try jalapeo-sauced hamachi sashimi; toro with enoki mushrooms, bracing ooba (shiso), tobiko caviar, and a sauce almost like beurre blanc; rock shrimp/shitake tempura with a delicate salad; elegant salmon tartare with a mix-in quail egg. And spicy, mayodressed tuna rock makis are universal crowd-pleasers. $$$ Caffe Da Vinci 1009 Kane Concourse,305-861-8166After renovations in 2010, this old favorite (since 1989) reopened with a hip new lounge -but no fixes to what aint broke, notably handmade artisanal pastas sauced with high quality ingredients. Choose luxe stuffed models (like crab-filled ravioli with rich lobster sauce) or relatively pristine 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 Venices Harrys Bar, with creamy mustard sauce rather than mere olive oil. $$$ Open Kitchen 1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chef-centered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with melt-in-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm 9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$ Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza 17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli19003 Biscayne Blvd. 305-935-4029One word: flagels. And no, thats not a typo. Rather these crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed) are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -and a specialty at this bustling Jewish bakery/deli, which, since 1988, opens at 6:30 a.m. -typically selling out of flagels in a couple of hours. Since youre up early anyway, sample elaborately garnished breakfast specials, includ ing unusually flavorful homemade corned beef hash and eggs. For the rest of the day, multitudes of mavens devour every other delectable deli specialty known to humankind. $$Bella Luna 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330 If the menu here looks familiar, it should. Its nearly identical to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Caf and, with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billantes eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface. But no argument from here. In a mall a setting more accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al salmone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$Blu Sushi 600 Silks Run Rod., 954-744-4398 Even hard-core sushi-bar addicts must admit that many such establishments suffer from a certain sameness. Not Blu. At this restolounge in the Village at Gulfstream Park, part of a mini-chain originating in southwest Florida, the specialty makis are outdone in outrageousness only by extravagant cocktails. Yes, there are California rolls. But why be bored when you have an alternative like Kin-SO: tempura king crab salad, tuna, and avocado with scallions, smelt roe, and tempura flakes, plus mayo and sweet eel sauce. $$$ 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 Minas 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 dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butterpoached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$Cadillac Ranch Village at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom 19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantro-lime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$Il Migliore 2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 05-792-2902This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the ambiance. As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredients and straightforward recipes that dont overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfection. Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else. Neither does the signature Pollo Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and cooked under a brick. And even low-carb dieters happily go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries. $$-$$$Fresko 19048 NE 29th Ave., 786-272-3737Forget thick, dough-wrapped potato knishes and blintzes slathered with sour cream. As its name suggests, this kosher dairy eatery eschews the starch/sugar-laden traditional tfavorites for salads, smoothies, and similar healthy fare as casual, clean, and contemporary as the restaurants dcor. Asian-influenced items, like wakametopped tuna tartare with pineapple chutney, are particularly appealing, while those craving classic combinations like smoked salmon and cream cheese can enjoy them on a light-crusted designer pizza. To drink, smoothies are supplemented by refreshing herbal infusions like green lemonade (with mint and basil). $$Fuji Hana 2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/ tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafoodbased condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and allaround accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Gourmet Carrot 3599 NE 207th St., 305-749-6393Since the first Gourmet Carrot -a healthy and kosher but not at all preachy eatery -opened in South Beach, its menu expanded to include many red-meat items. The same is true of this new Waterways mall branch. 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98 opt voluntarily for an eaterys veggie burgers (a brown rice/lentil/veggie blend more satisfying than beef), or remarkably juicy ginger-mayo-dressed chicken burgers, over normal hamburgers, based solely on flavor -well, religion aside, thats a major miracle. $$$ Heavy Burger 19004 NE 29th Ave., 305-932-7555Sure, South Beach is our towns burger capital, if youre judging by high profile. But if creativity is what counts, no joint bangs a gong like homeboy Mark Panunzios place, where the concept is: Nothing goes together better than heavyweight burgers and heavy-metal music. What rocks us: a fire-grilled, 10 oz. Motley Burger (with cheddar, applewood bacon, tomato, Bibb lettuce, and frizzled plus raw onions on a challah roll; upon request, chipotle aioli was cheerfully substituted for BBQ sauce). Get hand-cut cheese fries, too, and get wasted on craft beer. $$ Kampai 3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restaurant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/ avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina 17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga minitea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elaborately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$Luca B ella 19088 NE 29th Ave., 305-792-2222In the space that once housed Chef Allens, this trattoria offers a crowd-pleasing combination: dcor with white-tablecloth elegance, yet the family-friendly feel of a classic checkered-tablecloth eatery -and Italian-American comfort food to match. Highlights: Mickeys Meatballs (named for owner Mickey Maltese), a meal-size marinarasauced starter featuring whipped ricotta and creamy mascarpone; veal Bella Luca, mixing modern and traditional influences via a hefty breadcrumb-coated pan-fried chop with a topping of bracing balsamic reduction-dressed mesclun. $$$The Grill on the Alley 19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall), 305-466-7195Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood everywhere and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks, youd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -or in the new millennium. This upscale mini chain salutes Americas great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with prodigious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus classics like creamy chicken pot pie. New retro dishes are added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday nights prime rib special: a $32 hunk of juicy beef thatll take care of Mondays meals too. $$$$$ Mahogany Grille 2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an international clientele since retired major league outfielder Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place in 2007. Today its white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany. The menu is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion of food from several African diaspora regions: Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits with shrimp, sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean (conch-packed fritters or salad), and the Old South (lightly buttermilk-battered fried chicken). The chicken is perhaps Miamis best. $$-$$$Mos Bagels & Deli 2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar 18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030Considering our countys dearth of authentic Chinese food, this stylish eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura residents. Owners Jin Xiang Chen and Shu Ming (a.k.a. Mr. Chef) come from Chinas southern seacoast province of Guangdong (Canton). But youll 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 adventur ers, theres a cold jellyfish starter. Even timid taste buds cant resist tender fried shrimp balls described this way: With crispy adorable fringy outfit. $$-$$$Pilar 20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van Aken and Mark Militello. He has been executive chef at Rumi, and cooked at NYCs 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. Floribbean-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. 305-937-4884Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not Romes 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 ItalianAmerican entres like baked manicotti (thats manigoat, for those not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called bullets, to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind. $$Playwright Irish Pub801 Silks Run Rd. #2597, 954-457-7563 The vintage Old World look and convivial atmosphere of this new pub, located in the Village at Gulfstream Park, are more traditionally Irish than most of the menu, which ranges from penne with marinara sauce to Thaiinspired spring rolls. But fish and chips are always crispcoated and satisfying; potato leek soup is the real thing; and the crab cakes (crab meat mixed with just enough celery, onions, and peppers for interesting texture) are so good youll be thinking Maryland, not Dublin. $$ Sushi Siam 19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)SUNNY ISLES BEACHChef Philip Ho 16850 Collins Ave., 305-974-0338Deep-pocketed diners who ate at the Setai when Jonathan Wright was executive chef already know chef Hos work. His dazzling dim sum were the menus highlight. Now theyre affordable for all. Dumplings (chive and shrimp, green tea duck, truffle-spiked scallop, more) have skins delicate enough to see through; open shrimp dumplings with dried scallops are almost flower-like in appearance; steamed cheung fan (rice noodle crpes) rolled around Chinese crullers are simply sinful, as are flaky-crusted egg custard tarts. And the regular menu measures up to the small plates. $$-$$$Copper Chimney 18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is the foods elegant presentation -plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among familiar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by street snacks, like bikane ri chaat (fried gram flour crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt) served with two chutneys; anything featuring paneer cheese, from classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried tomato-stuffed paneer/potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$Epicure Gourmet Market & Caf 17190 Collins Ave., 305-947-4581Who even knew that the late Rascal House had an ocean view? Diners may have to eat standing up to glimpse water over the dunes from the panoramic caf windows of the gourmet market that replaced the Rascal, but you know youre on a tropical beach, not Brighton Beach. The big, bright cafs menu, more global diner than Jewish deli, includes daily specials ranging from spa-grilled chicken to homemade Italian sausage and peppers. But its worth seeking out items that made South Beachs original Epicure famous: sandwiches featuring housemade rare roast beef; shrimp or chunky smoked whitefish salads; fresh baked goods. $$$The H Restaurant 17608 Collins Ave., 305-931-9106This friendly, family-owned bistro is the sort of homeawayfrom-home found every few blocks in France -here Gerard and Karin Herrison, plus chef son Julien, formerly had a restaurant -but theyre rarely found in South Florida. Burgers, et al., are available, but with garlicky escargots, a savory/sweet-dressed salad of duck confit atop frise, pan-seared foie gras with port/raspberry sauce, fish with an impeccable lemon beurre blanc, and a satisfying steak/frites (with peppery cognac cream sauce). Wed leave the American stuff to the kids. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York 17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale Italian-American place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinnerfor the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Kitchen 305 16701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a renovated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mango-papaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-you-caneat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$St. Petersburg Deli 17080 Collins Ave., 305-947-9696Dont expect fancified stuff like menus, or the English language, at this informal market/cafe. If theres signage identifying the prepared foods behind the counters, its in Russian, and daily dishes are pretty much what the cooks feel like making. So look and point. Wed suggest pointing at cold yogurt-based soups like tangy okro shka (with cukes, egg, scallions, potatoes, and dill) or holodnik (similar, with beets added); eggplant roulades, stuffed with spiced shredded carrots, are also a refreshing summer dish. Hot choices include meatballs in rich cream sauce and chicken Kiev. $$ Timo 17624 Collins Ave., 305-936-1008Since opening in 2003, the inventive yet clean and unfussy Italian/Mediterranean-inspired seasonal food at this hot spot, created by chef/owner Tim Andriola (at the time best known for his stints at Chef Allens and Marks South Beach), has been garnering local and national raves. Dont bother reading them. Andriolas dishes speak for themselves: a salad of crisp oysters atop frise, cannelloni bean, and pancetta; foie gras crostini with a subtle caramelized orange sauce; a blue crab raviolo with toasted pignolias and brown butter; or a wood-oven three-cheese white pizza. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill 350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ Mon. Thurs.10 AM 11 PM | Fri. Sun. 10 AM 5 AM With the purchase of any lunch or dinner meal. (Exp. 5/31/2012)

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COMMERCIAL metro1cre.comMIDTOWN: 3650 NORTH MIAMI AVENUE For Lease $30 PSF Mod Gross Mixed-use boutique ofce/showroom building located on North Miami Ave at the intersection of the Design District & Midtown. 8,000 SF available. Will Subdivide Tony Cho | 305.571.9991 info@metro1cre.com WYNWOOD: 3500 NW 3RD AVENUE For Sale $499,000 Stabilized multifamily building with eight 1 BD / 1 BA units offers a tremendous investment opportunity with signicant upside potential. (Proforma Cap Rate: 8.1%) Tony Cho | 305.571.9991 info@metro1cre.com BISCAYNE CORRID OR: 8101 BISCAYNE BLVD For Lease $25 PSF NNN | For Sale $300,000 Two prime retail spaces with high trafc count. Can accommodate a myriad of uses. Features 20 clear ceiling heights and 10 resistant glass storefront. Tony Arellano | 305.571.9991 tarellano@metro1cre.com AIRPORT WEST: 7245 NW 66TH ST For Lease $6.95 PSF Modied Gross 52,500 SF free-standing, street-level distribution warehouse with 22 ceiling, divisible to 17,500 SF. Ideal for construction supply, distribution and more. Frank Calautti | 305.571.9991 fcalautti@metro1cre.com WYNWOOD: 450 NW 28TH ST For Lease $18 PSF Gross One-of-a-kind 2,300 SF ofce loft located in the heart of the burgeoning Wynwood Arts District. Unit can be used as a unique Live/Work studio Alfredo Riascos | 305.571.9991 ariascos@metro1cre.com MIAMI RIVER: 422 NW N RIVER DR For Lease $22 PSF Located on the famous Miami River, the River Warehouse features a two-story open oor plan ideal for creative uses, i.e. loft ofce or waterfront restaurant. Tony Arellano | 305.571.9991 tarellano@metro1cre.com CORAL WAY: 2103 CORAL WAY For Lease $18.00 PSF Full Service Ofce space from 700 to 4,700 SF with Brickell skyline view. Best parking ratio in the area. Minutes from Coconut Grove, Miracle Mile & Brickell. Luis Peralta | 305.571.9991 lperalta@metro1cre.com OMNI: 1332 NW 1 AVE For Sale $699,000 10,000 SF development site zoned D-1. Allows up to +/-64,000 SF gross commercial & industrial. I-395 visibility & 124,500 daily trafc count. Peter Andolina | 305.571.9991 pandolina@metro1cre.com WYNWOOD: 3420-3430 NW 2 AVE For Lease / For Sale $950,000 This 5,612 SF industrial ex building sits on a 10,640 SF lot and is ideal for a gallery / showroom. Located in the heart of Wynwood. Walk to the Design District. Ruben Matz | 786.290.8815 rmatz@metro1properties.com DOWNTOWN: 1325 NE 1 AVE For Lease $13.50 PSF Mod Gross Unique urban spaces (5,400 11,500 SF) that allow a range of uses. Recently refurbished building is next to the Performing Arts Center with I-395 visibility. Tony Arellano | 305.571.9991 tarellano@metro1cre.com WEST OMNI: 1729 NE 1 AVE For Lease $13.50 PSF Mod Gross The West Omni Art District Box is a unique property with 260 of North Miami Ave. frontage. Allows a range of uses. Units from 5,000 15,000 SF. Tony Arellano | 305.571.9991 tarellano@metro1cre.com MIDTOWN MIAMI: 31 NE 29 ST For Sale $5,600,000 Only development site available within Midtown Miami. Over 34,500 SF of land with rights to build up to 135,000 SF of mixed-use commercial & residential. Jane Rusell | 305.571.9991 jrusell@metro1properties.com now accepting applications for retail & ofce leasing associates.South FloridaBUSINESSJOURNAL2011 TOP 25 COMMERCIAL FIRM REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS FOR THE URBAN LIFESTYLEsouth oridas elite commercial real estate brokerage, management & advisory rm that serves the regions urban core markets.



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America Speaks OutI was quoted in Erik Bojnanskys cover story Like a Rocket (April 2012) with regard to a new Walmart in Midtown. First I want to clarify that, while I was elected in 2005 to be the spokeswoman for the Wynwood Historical Homeowners Association, I am not a current resident of Wynwood. The reason they wanted someone to speak for them is that a lot of them are afraid. The article suggested I said Wynwood residents demand that a Walmart open in our community. I did not say that. What I actually said was that the homeowners and residents want and need a Walmart in the community. The article also said I passed around a petition. In fact it was the homeowners and residents who collected hundreds of signatures in support of opening a Walmart in Midtown. Also I would like to say that the Wynwood Historical Homeowners Association invites growth in the community, and we like the art events in Wynwood, but we want to be included when decisions are made and do not want to be forgotten. Thats the reason we formed America Medina MiamiDid You Hear the One About My Son and Dizzy Gillespie?I was amazed to read Anne Tschidas story Multi-Dimensional Man. She cap tured the essence of an extremely com plicated subject on 3-D photography and pher in the State of Florida (and my son). she did a marvelous job. Congratulations! I want to add a cute incident that happened when jazz great Dizzy Gillespie saw his 3-D holographic portrait hours as Mark made it.) The portrait was displayed in the lobby of the Gusman just before his concert there. He ran around it three times, like a kid, saying, Wow, thats me! Look at that! His delight and amazement was childlike and very sweet, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed his spontaneous reaction. Its now hanging in several European museums, and also was displayed prominently in the window of the famous club Fat Tuesdays in New York City. Anne did a great job. Hindi Diamond, vice president South Florida International Press ClubThanks for a MultiDimensional Gift Ive known Mark Diamond for years. He is indeed a complex, multi-dimensional guy, though very direct. Anne Tschida managed to create a living portrait and provide a wonderful tour of his career, which always seems like its just getting started! Thanks to her for this gift. George Fishman Miami ShoresJack, Here You Go: MiMo Biscayne: Like a Rocket!Regarding Erik Bojnanskys article Theres a Reason They Call It Boulevard of Dreams (April 2012): Its so nice to see even more new construction along our lovely MiMo Biscayne Corridor. Congratulations and best wishes to our Argentine investors, Javier Rabinovich and Mariano Karner. Its interesting to see that, much like Ocean Drives experience, its out-oftown investors who have a vision of what can and will be. I hope Javier and Mariano manage to purchase and restore the Vagabond Motel as well. I sure do wish that others would catch a more positive vibe. I note that, once again, Nancy Liebman [president of the MiMo Biscayne As sociation] took the opportunity to con tinue promoting her doom-and-gloom outlook for the Boulevards future. She thinks it would be a shame if Javier and Marianos project fails, and that the historic district has a lot of im pediments to it, and that not having water pipes in place is a travesty for the future development in the historic MiMo area. Now I ask you, does this sound like an association seeking to pro mote development? Why not say, This is an excellent opportunity for Javier Rabinovich and Mariano Karner and other developers to take advantage of the affordable prices. Or how about: Lets work with the government the city, county, state to defray some of the costs. A more positive stance just might encourage others to invest. As for me, Im looking forward to the day that the front page of the BT reads, MiMo Biscayne: Like a Rocket! Jack Spirk ShorecrestCommentary: LETTERS Continued on page 22

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22 Dear Biscayne Times: Not Everyone in Biscayne Park Thinks of You as LitterI love seeing on my lawn the blue plastic bag that holds each new issue of Bis cayne Times I look forward to receiving it and I enjoy reading all the articles. Of course, being a resident of Biscayne written by our very own neighborhood correspondent, Gaspar Gonzlez. In his Too Cool for School column (April 2012), Gaspar once again hits the nail on the head when describing the closed-mindedness of some of the older residents of our quaint vil lage. (Please note that this writer is about two years away from being eligible for Medicare.) It shows that some of those who have been living the longest in our village are opposed to change. It was one of the many reasons why I resigned from serving on one of the boards to which I was ap pointed. I just couldnt see spending one more night a month with people who were obviously not going to be sensitive to the growing needs of many of our residents. It was clear that these few people were not going to be sensitive in the least to families who were concerned about the safety of their children while they were busy traveling and working in order to put food on the table and clothe their families. The concerned residents just wanted an ordinance in place so they could construct fences around their homes, so that people off the streets couldnt just walk up to their front doors when the man or woman of the house was not present. The dismissive answer from some of the members of this board was simply: If youre concerned about safety, put an alarm system in your home. That was the extent of their concern for others in the neighborhood. It took more than a year to pass an ordinance on fences in our village. And the glaring point of all of this is that its always the same few who are opposed to any change, and instead of being sensitive to the needs of the whole, instead of opening their minds and hearts to create a better environment for the good of most, theyre more concerned with continuing with their negativity. Its disheartening, to say the least, that instead of being willing to listen to a proposal for a charter school, of weighing the pros and the cons, some people all need to do a better job of being receptive and a better job of listening before rushing to judgment. I would bet that its the same few people who are now soliciting signatures in an effort to silence the writers contributing to Biscayne Times the same few who want to stop the distribution of this incredibly wonderful new magazine in our village. They call it litter. I call it one of the most refreshing forms of literature in Miami. Biscayne Times is open, informative, and full of opinions, but of course thats way too advanced for the obtuse among us too advanced for the fungus among us. Carmen De Bernardi Biscayne Park Editors note: For more on the subject of the BT as litter, please see Gaspar Gonzlezs column this issue, page 58. Requiem for Electronic MusicI couldnt agree more with Christian Ciprianis take on the Winter Music Con ference and the Ultra Music Festival (Up from the Underground, April 2012). I just turned 31, so I was technically 30 when WMC/Ultra 2012 happened. just didnt feel the same, and so I didnt get WMC tickets. I started checking out the blogs, Facebook, and the like, and it was all full of people who didnt know anything about the electronic, underground, drum-andbass movement. No one cared about the lineup, about the production, or the music. It was all about getting f***ed up and what to wear. But anyhow, I rushed back home from work on that Friday to get to Ultra and watch it live. Thats when it hit me. Ultra was this massive, wanna-be-socool crowd. Yikes! DJs at Ultra didnt have to work that hard at all. Those like me and Christian, who used to ask more from the DJs, were not there. The kind of people who pushed the music forward, the real people who enjoy creative electronic music were long gone getting busy in something else. Maybe we have just grown and were having a hard time letting go. Whatever it is, Im just glad to know I wasnt the only one who felt the change and missed the good old times. Ingrid Quallo Miami BeachCommentary: LETTERS LettersContinued from page 20 FREE!

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24 Commentary: URBANIABT photo by Christian CiprianiBy Christian Cipriani BT ContributorThree years ago I wrote a cover story for the BT called Dirt & Dreams (July 2009), in which I laid out sug gestions for what to do with all the vacant lots in Edgewater, a legacy of the housing boom gone bust. For a big hunk of dusty land on the west side of Biscayne Boule vard and NE 17th Street, I didnt have an idea, I had a decree. On that parcel we must have a classy supermarket. This year my fanciful proclamation became a reality. To hell with Starbucks. The opening of the new Publix on the Boulevard at NE 17th Street makes a bigger statement about the future of this neighborhood than any coffeehouse could. It says, We have arrived. Obtaining food is such a basic begrudgingly, slogging a ramshackle cart through the dim aisles of the Baypoint Publix at NE 48th Street. This is the Publix that earned 2.5 stars out of 5 on Google, along with comments like worst, rudest, nightmare, cramped, not helpful, horrid. I guess you could say I take grocery shopping seriously. When I was a student, the one thing that made me feel truly broke was not being able to afford promised myself Id never skimp on food again and if the experience of stocking up can be pleasant, all the better. But the Baypoint Publix might as well be the set of a reality show about viciously for a parking space and dodge bewildered vagrants just to get to the door, and from there it gets worse. rank among the slowest, rudest, least help ful people Ive ever met. Just trying to order a sandwich is a soul-sucking experience. Until recently this was the only option for people living between Edgewater and the Upper Eastside. Sure, if youre up in the 70s, you can justify heading north to Miami Shores, but most of us had to settle for Baypoint like a bad relationship thats impossible to escape. So believe it when I say that I watched like a fenced bull as my new Publix rose from the ground. When I charged the foyer and stared in amazement. It was as if Mr. Publix himself had read my diary: There, adjacent to my new grocery store, was a liquor store. Not a typical Biscayne liquor store, where you slide money through a two-inch gap in the bulletproof glass, but a bright new liquor store with an uncaged cashier. Things only got better from there. I selected my cart. No squeaky joints, no rogue wheel orbiting out of control. My dence of a luxury car. Inside was a highceilinged, freshly lit paradise of specialty fresh organic produce even a caf. But more than anything, I noticed the smiling staff. They looked proud and energetic, and four times I was stopped and offered help. I passed one couple and heard the man say to his wife: Isnt this place something? It sure is, friend. While standing before a row of glisten ing fruit tarts, I knew that I would never again set foot in Baypoint. Were through, I thought. Ive left you for good, and Im now happily lost in a new romance with a Publix that just treats me better. Over by the carrots, I bumped into an old friend and told him I what I was writing about. He was a little puzzled by my enthusiasm, but as I made my case, he came around. Turns out he worked at a grocery store as a kid. I told him not open mind. This place is special. For 40 minutes I toured the markets generously proportioned aisles, and was greeted with more smiles when I reached the register. Even the kid bagging my groceries said, How are you, sir? Amazing. It was always a small miracle if the staff at Baypoint made eye contact. Back at home, I got a call from a friend and told him where Id been. I just went there, too, he replied. Isnt it awesome? Ive now heard the new Publix described as awesome by at least a dozen people, which for me is proof that three years ago I was right when I pointed to that empty parcel and said, If you build it, they will come. realized Id forgotten the skirt steak. I smiled, wondering if Id forgotten on pur pose. I grabbed my keys and headed out for the second of many enjoyable visits. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Eat, Drink, and Be ThankfulThis new Publix is exactly what we needed

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26 By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorMay means Mothers Day in the USA or at least it has since 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday in May the women who traditionally spent the rest of the year raising the kids, shopping, cooking, cleaning, more cleaning, and otherwise keeping home and hearth together. It has become the most popular cards, for long-distance phone calls, and, of course, for dining out. Actually, we feel the president should have proclaimed all of May as Mothers Month. And it appears that many BT advertisers agree, offering deals and special happenings that will make mom happy all month long. Mothers Day is every day are magic words throughout May at Herval Furniture s two showrooms (1730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-377-1221; or the companys glittering new space at 2650 NE 189th St., 305-935-4545). Speak those words for a 10% discount off Hervals striking stock of modern furniture sofas and sectionals, wall units, dining tables, beds, patio sets, and much more to furnish your home inside and outside. If what you need is the house to furnish, call new advertiser Dennis Esposito (305-651-6161), managing partner of Century 21/King Realty for a personal consultation. After 50 years in South Florida, it should be no surprise has millions of listings to search on its website www.Century21KingRealty sales, rentals, foreclosures, short sales, whatever youre seeking. And Esposito has a huge market of international, as well as local, clients. These days, sadly, many homeowndwelling than with losing the one they have to foreclosure. But the attorneys at new advertiser Civil Justice Advocates banks. And youll need professional help from lawyers familiar with the sneaky tricks of banks and Wall Street trusts to manage your foreclosure defense with positive results meaning negotiatwalking away with the least amount of damage. As the massive Dos and Donts list in this issues ad makes clear, the truth isnt enough, even accompanied by overwhelming evidence. Fortunately, one Dont you neednt worry about is that your legal litigation will bankrupt you before the banks do. CJA says reasonably priced than average rents or at 620 NE 76th St. To give mom the gift of beauty, Hannah & Her Scissors (611 NE 86th St., 305-772-8426) is an obvious choice. Take mom for a makeover a grrrls day out with haircut and color, mani/ pedi, the works or give her a gift to bring home a gift, aside from your improved selves, Hannah has just installed a new boutique in the salon, selling candles, jewelry, watches, and handmade trinkets, plus her own unique and stylish art (paintings and photos) on upholstery, chairs, canvas, and more. Then theres the gift of relaxation, offered by the spa at Aventuras Turn berry Isle Resort (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-933-6930). For all of May, a special Mom Rocks package (massage, facial, glass of wine, and access to the cata pool) offers a full-day disconnect from her usual chores all for $199. Feeling in need of something more encompassing like a total body transformation? Our friends at Bikram Yoga Central Miami (5084 Biscayne Blvd. #101-A, 305-231-3171) suggest a juice cleanse designed to increase metabolism Our Sponsors: M ayA Y 2 012BizBuzzSales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible Continued on page 28

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28 and detoxify blood, lymphatic system, and numerous organs; as well as clear up your skin and lose weight. Learn more about this multi-dimensional experience at Bikrams free lecture, Saturday, May 12, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. At new advertiser Modern Furni ture 2 Go (270 NE 39th St., 305-5721222), newlywed owners Julissa de Los Santos and Tim Broderick offer instant dcor solutions for other newlyweds or anyone else who needs to furnish whole rooms or homes: 12 stylish pre-designed styles: Urban Loft, Cosmo Chic, Metropolitan, and Sophisticate. The stores very affordable prices result from direct import, mainly from factories in China common for large companies to do but rare for small ones, especially those who dont speak Mandarin. That would be no problem for students at the Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966), where all stu dents, from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, study Mandarin Chinese as part of the schools progressive and practical focus on international world views and languages. Actually, Cushman reports that as another part of the program, two dozen Chinese students and teachers were just hosted for two weeks in April. If youd like your kids to sample Cushman creativity, see this issues ad for info on the schools stimulating summer camp. Looking for a fun family activity to share with the kids this month? At 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, the Shops at Midtown Miami (3401 N. Miami Ave.) will be hosting another movie night is Martin Scorseses 2011 fantasy Hugo lows the adventures of a movie-loving, orphaned 12-year-old clock repairman who lives in a Paris Metro station. If mom is of an age where she could use some help with life chores, call new advertiser Accessible Home Health Care of Aventura Although thats kind of stretching it for a Mothers Day con nection; the company actually provides home care for all ages, from newborns to seniors, and services are both medical (private duty nurses, wound care, therapy) and nonmedical (driving/transportation, bathing and dressing, meal prep). And theres a free consult prior to service. Mothers Day reference that would work in welcoming advertiser Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) Moise a congressional candidate running against incumbent Congresswoman Frederica Wilson in brand-new District 24, reapportioned by the state legislature after the 2010 census. But a multitasking millionaire physician/ lawyer/Air Force Reserve colonel, who endorsements, so we cant urge readers to vote for one candidate over another. We can, however, urge you to vote and also to rent the DVD of Moises 2010 action movie Trapped: Haitian Nights in which he co-stars with Vivica A. Fox. Theres also no obvious mom con nection to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration training offered this month at advertiser Miami-Dade Col lege s Kendall campus (11011 SW 104th St., 305-237-1019 or e-mail: nced@mdc. edu) unless moms a working mom. The four-hour training which covers workers rights and responsibilities, as well as workplace ergonomics, heat illness, and fall protection is free to all industry em ployees and employers from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties. Pre-regis tration is required for the May 19 session (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). See this issues ad for info on obtaining forms. Oh, right: And since this is South Florida, where merely learning how to avoid workplace hazards may not be a hot enough topic to attract aways, beverages, and lunch provided. Now on to brunch, the favorite Mothers Day meal. Make it maximum spectacular by brunching on the expansive waterfront terrace of Trio on the Bay (1601 79th St. Causeway, 305866-1234), from 10:30 a.m. on May 13. You can relax. The setting sure looks expensive, but dining is la carte, with items starting at only $7. Reservations are strongly suggested. and festive setting than the sparkling Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus (1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002), where May 13s Mothers Day specials will be served from noon till 11:00 p.m., both inside and in the backyard biergarten. And speaking of bier: chef/owner Alex Richters famous beer-marinated BBQ ribs are now back, Friday through Sunday nights.Our Sponsors: M ayA Y 2 012 Continued on page 29 rfnr rtbr f b r r rrrb t b n f b bb fr fn fn n bfbMOM ROCKS! BizBuzzContinued from page 26

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At Bagels & Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435), the coupon deals offered in this months ad are good Monday-Friday only. But what deals! They include our all-time favorite offer: Buy a dozen bagels, get another full dozen free. Additionally, there are three specials for eat-in diners: $2 off tabs of $10 or more; $5 off purchases of $20 or more; and a buy-one-get-one free entre twofer. Do remember to bring the ad with you. Welcome to North Miami Beachs Mario the Baker (14691 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-7641), an old favorite restaurant but a new advertiser and in a new Bis cayne Commons mall location. The menu encompasses the full range of ItalianAmerican classics, from homemade can nelloni to cannoli: pizzas, salads, hot and cold sub sandwiches, entres like veal or eggplant parm, and naturally, the places famed ultra-drenched garlic rolls. And if mom wants to eat at home, just without the cooking part, Marios delivers. Under the new ownership of Italian chef Rocco Soprano, who many read ers will recognize from Lincoln Roads Soprano Caf & Restaurant, is the slightly rechristened Racks Soprano Caf & Italian Restaurant (3993 NE 163rd St., 305-917-7225). Dont fret the loss of Racks. The coal oven that has been turning out some of Miamis most delectable pizzas remains. Take the family to this new advertiser for a Mothers Day pie, or more substantial Italian fare, on the outdoor deck front ing the Intracoastal Waterway, and get a complimentary bottle of wine per table. And drop by any day for the 4:00-8:00 p.m. happy hour. While Mothers Day is usually a holiday where the whole family wants to get in on the act, trust us: At some point his month, a romantic dinner for two would be much appreciated. Check out the ad this month for newcomer Jean Pauls House (2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373), one of this issues additions to the BT s Dining Guide (page 82). Admittedly, the surrounding neighborhood is better known for Braman car dealerships than for romance. But after dark, the intimate interior is lit for love, and chef Jean Paul Desmaisons strongly food is even more special. Celebrate every Saturday in May with free wine tastings at Laurenzos Italian Center (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381), from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Call and ask the wine department for details about what wines will be featured at each tasting. Tip: If you didnt discover the pane di Altamura that Laurenzos began importing from Italy (frozen, to be reheated at home) just last month, grab it in May. This DOC bread from Puglia crunchy-crusted outside, with sweet sourdough interior is to normal Italian bread as pain Poiline is to Wonder Bread. Big news at Anise Taverna (620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929): After almost four years, Liza and Gigi Meoli are saying goodbye to their Greek/Mediterranean restaurant. No need for tears, though. The Meolis are also saying hello to a new venture in the same space with a co-owner/partner, chef David Long: RiverShack The difference is that culture, the cuisine will be chef-driven, personality and passion on a plate from Long and sous chef Alan Harst. And physically, the addition of a game room is planned. But the Meolis will still be in charge of their warm front-of-the-house hospitality. The transformation should be complete by mid-May. Some say that taking mom out to eat is too easy, and that to truly recog nize a mothers contributions, one must do a mothers work. Hence the tradi tion of family members making mom breakfast in bed after which she must spend the rest of Mothers Day re pairing the disaster area in the kitchen. So along with the burned bacon, halffrom Elite Concierge Services (786691-0933 or www.ecmiami.com) on the morning meal tray. Just about anything mom needs done running errands, grocery shopping, dry cleaning pick-up/ drop-off, car washes and oil changes, a good housecleaning service (plus, possibly, a handyman) to get the house back together after that thoughtful breakfast in bed Elite will do it. And this month the company is offering BT readers 10% off hourly fees, and 15% off per-event services. By the way: Best keep this columns contact info handy for next month. Remember, June means Fathers Day. Something special coming up at your business? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes.com. For BT advertisers only.

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30 The new Herzog & de Meuron building that will house the Miami Art Museum (MAM) is set to open in September 2013. It will, without doubt, be a spectacular building, a structure that will make Miami proud. The highly regarded Swiss archi having built the most visited contemporary art museum in the world, the Tate Modern in London, and the new expanmuseums, the Walker Art Center in leled. The three-story building sits in the Museum Park, sharing space with the new science museum, also under construction. It will have huge glass windows and walls, and be surrounded by raised plazas and verandas, On this particular April day, the although so transparent and open, no direct sunlight, and the outdoor space will be perpetually shaded and exposed success. What will go inside it, and what it will be called, is not so certain. At museum is expected to be named the Prez Art Museum Miami, or PAMM, when it opens a little more than a year a $35 million donation in both cash and major Miami developer Jorge Prez, move in all quarters, and seems to be yet ing, which happened during Art Basel Miami Beach this past December, several board members resigned, and grumblings could be heard across the art world. Collectors and artists have expressed But then, MAM has been no stranger to controversy, or to resignations. That when a public institution tries to serve the perspective, this is an opportune time to look at where MAM has been and where it is going, as a predominantly taxpayersupported entity that should, when it has MAM is a relatively young orga nization, not unlike the city in which it operates. It began as a kunsthalle, or an exhibition-only space ing it did not have its own art collection. In 1996, now called the Miami Art Museum, it became a collecting MAM to PAMM

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institution, with an emphasis on postpurchase art, as was the case with MAM, senior curator Peter Boswell, the museum had about 75 works, with some Still, it was a small collection. By comparison, the Walker Art Center has more than 11,000 works in its permanent curators, vote on what they would be. Around 40 people joined it. That started the wheel rolling, recalls Boswell. Once MAM looked like it was serious While the museum could be excused day it became MAM, the museum wanted a new building. The Philip Johnson-de building second. In 2004, Miami-Dade County voters approved a $100 million bond issue to help build MAM a new home, with the idea that the museum would raise about $100 million to match. chicken-and-egg scenario: Who would art to a museum that was virtually incaAnother problem with an emphasis museum, and bringing in quality shows, does not come cheap. better building. To that end MAM, Continued on page 32 Herzog & de Meuron MAM to PAMM The uproar over renaming Miamis art museum is just the latest in a history of turmoilBy Anne Tschida

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expected to shepherd the design and con Herzog & de Meuron, and then to oversee the museum. The institutional enthusiasm and mo mentum, however, could not be sustained. In 2008 the recession hit hard, and museum suddenly become exceedingly Complicating matters at every turn, quasi-public institution, had to keep one terests, MAM currently has a whopping (and cumbersome) 36 trustees. Compare Miami, which has 18. worked so hard or accomplished so much land, and navigating the complex county and city legal issues and permits. By had done almost all I could do and that the next big challenge was to grow the collection. I never had any doubt that an art as a consultant, it was another unexpected Cisneros, who had planned to merge some MAM to PAMMContinued from page 33 Continued on page 34 Photo related.com

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She was reported to have been in creasingly upset with the emphasis on the new building at the expense, in her opin cally a strong Latin American collection. Margulies, predicted the new MAM in Bicentennial Park would never be built.As he points out the huge, hurri berger Museum, sees the museum back in September it was pretty clear that the new building, getting so near to completion, would need some immedi ate cash to keep construction going. It would give $20 million in cash over ity surrounding the name change, says Collins on this crisp spring day out at the construction site, where he goes almost million, topping the $100 million in public However, at the moment, almost leadership in structuring and guiding the MAM to PAMMContinued from page 32 WWW.JAKEMILLERLAW.COMReal Estate Family Law Estate Planning Bankruptcy THE LAW OFFICES OF JAKE MILLER, LLC Continued on page 36

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a collecting museum with no endowment   Echoing a persistent critique, she says priorities have been somewhat skewed: ing designed by Herzog & de Meuron She and husband Carlos were openly having penned a letter to the Miami Herald is a good donation. But this is not like museum, which do not have to ask donors here in Miami. Adrienne Arsht Center, and the new Miami Science Museum will be named naming rights. However, those institutions their names subsumed under have spent considerable money and decades collecting spe city museums have the location Denver to Dallas, Los Angeles to Chicago. They may have wings, pavilions, and galleries with donor names attached, but not entire museums. torian, and her husband Howard, Carnival Corporation, resigned along with two others when the renaming was announced this past December. The name was a done deal by the time such alternatives as naming a main wing like MAM at the Prez Building. ately chosen name back in 1996, one that She says she is heartbroken about what has happened. otherwise is unrealistic. He claims that, sions, monetary or otherwise. He suggests that people who are so upset by the renaming could have given more money, and then they could have MAM to PAMMContinued from page 34 Continued on page 38

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38 named it what they wanted. Some supporters have also hinted at an anti-Latin Cruzes and another board member who to negate that notion.In truth, the proposed name change to PAMM may have run into a com arts center, the baseball stadium, and indeed MAM came under new scrutiny. How much would taxpayers really have a genuine public-private partnership, what should be the monetary thresh MAM hit another snag: Prez would not be giving $35 million in cash. A collection that has some questions sur rounding it. Biscayne Times was not able to interview Prez or view his collection, and so the artworks included in it largely remain with mediocre pieces, heavy on the Cochubby characters are not taken seriously by most collectors and art critics. Others have claimed that, while not town, it is respectable and will augment who has a massive gallery and auction house in Wynwood, objects strenuously Prez has some very important pieces MAM to PAMMContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40Herzog & de Meuron

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MAM nor Prez would say which artdescribe the process by which individual pieces were valued, or whether Prez deis that the museum has chosen them and that the selections will be announced later this month. The renaming was revealed in the national and even international attennumerous newspaper accounts, curator departure that underscored the institucannot comment on the circumstances that a lawyer is involved. necessity given that a very large new museum will open next year and that high. On opening day, there will be indoors and out. Collins is clearly proud, even giddy, seums in the world, he notes, and has involved top-notch architectural and environmental consultants. tive opening day? The inaugural exhibitions will rely Ostrander, who previously served as Continued on page 42 Photo by Chocolate Milk Photography SUNNY ISLES Sandspoint New R.E.O. $445K MIAMI BEACH Waterfront/Investment 12TH Units Bulk Sale 1.9 Mil LA PARLA Ocean Front 3BR New R.E.O. TROPACANA Ocean Front 2BR New R.E.O. AVENTURA SUNNY ISLES MIAMI BEACH LA PARLA TROPACANA AVENTURAAttrium Penthouse $675,000Number One For Worldwide Connections rfSELLING?Dont list with just any one agent, list with Century21 and have the power of 75 local agents, speaking 12 different languages and over 350,000 agents world wide working for you. The Only Website You Need To Knowwww.Century21KingRealty.com305.213.1435 305.433.1775 KING REALTY3495 NE 163rd ST N. Miami Beach, FL 33160 MAM to PAMMContinued from page 38

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del ECO in Mexico City. He will be collection, local works, and more. Ostrander knows what a monumental on what is here, developing strong Latin Eventually, in order to live up to the the museum will have to generate its own shows that will travel the globe and has not happened in the past. naming to artists with works in the museum, wants the new MAM to be a success. How it will achieve that, however, remains a hotly debated subject, which is appropriate and One lingering question remains: Is PAMM a done deal? In an interesting and perhaps museum toyed with adding the name man, a Miami Beach resident who will curate a show opening in Israel next supported the name change, donors threat but to take back what they had already given. The public was incensed that their black and white, but these things need to be openly discussed. What do we want to be? In the end, the Tel Aviv Museum drew his $20 million donation. The new wing that was to be built with that money couple, Herta and Paul Amir. Their name is on the new wing, not the museum. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com MAM to PAMMContinued from page 40

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44 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORBig Changes on the Little RiverPeople power is building public parks and challenging private interestsOleta River Gets a MakeoverVolunteers get wet and muddy in the last free-running tributary owing to Biscayne BayBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterIt isnt easy getting up close to the Little River in Miamis Upper Eastside, at least not without trespassing. Its banks tend to blocked by apartment buildings, waterfront homes, boating facilities, and fences. But within the last eight months, parks along Little River and are hatching plans to build at least one more. That isnt enough for some Upper Eastside activists. They are pushing for more public access to the Little River and Biscayne Bay. The Little River advocates, mainly from Shorecrest and Palm Grove, are still an informal group, but their actions have already led to the creation of Manatee Bend Park in Palm Grove, Little River Pocket Park in Shorecrest, and possibly, Little River Waterfront Park in Little Haiti. These activists are also battling two marinas they accuse of threatening the se renity of the Little River. One is a jet ski facility that plans to open along a stretch of the river that teems with manatees at Marine Max, a nationwide boat dealer ship and repair facility, which neighbors activists accuse of seizing publicly deeded land and trying to increase the size of their operation via a requested zoning change that will be discussed by the Miami City Commission on May 24. We have been a little upset, understates Jack Spirk, a Shorecrest homeowner for the past 11 years. Were trying to create a really nice place for the future and then stuff like this happens. Spencer Crowley, an attorney based in downtown Miami, has a more positive outlook. Crowley, who serves on the board of the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) a state body that provides monetary grants for projects that promote waterfront usage believes that when the city bought Manatee Bend this past August, the lush 1.2-acre parcel paved the way for the creation of another waterfront park, a four-acre property just 800 feet upriver from it. In addition to recreation, both parks can serve as an educational preserve for the public, Crowley notes: There is nowhere else in the county where tourists and residents can go and regularly see endangered species, manatees, in this area. Located on NE 77th Street Road, a block west of Biscayne Boulevard in the Palm Grove neighborhood, Manatee Bend was owned by a couple of artists for de cades until Robert Gray, a former Eisen from them in 2004 for $985,000 with the intent of building a low-rise condominium. When we saw that was not happening, a lot of people thought, Gee, this would be such a beautiful spot for a park, says Eileen Bottari, a director of the North Palm Grove Homeowners Association. One of those people was Skip Van Cel, a Shorecrest resident and former publisher of Biscayne Times After two months of negotiations, Van Cel bought Manatee Bend in December 2009 for just $285,000. He later sold it to the city for $590,000. Skip had the opportunity to purchase the land and to turn it into a park, says Bottari. He was steadfast with that. Once it became a park, it was really like an awakening. We have this natural resource right here. For years local residents have trespassed on the future site of Little River Waterfront Park, located on the west bank of the river between 79th and built homeless encampments, walked across a pedestrian bridge connecting the property to the Biscayne Plaza shopping center, and, in the past, used it as a dump site. People have been dumping BT photo by Jim W. Harper Continued on page 47By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorThe cost of greening Miami is falling, as demonstrated by savings at a project to restore a unique rivers headwaters. An original estimate of $850,000 for the nearly completed project will cost a total of $300,000, according to Gary Milano, the coastal habitat restoration coordinator for Miami-Dade County. We saved half a million by looking at the design and cost-effective construction methods, says Milano. He also attributes savings to the effects of a weaker economy, resulting in lower costs to hire contractors and to purchase the plants being used to restore the wetlands. The restorations targets are the banks of the pond and creek inside Highland Oaks Park, which is located on Ives Dairy Road (NE 203rd Street), just one-quarter mile west of Biscayne Boulevard. This is where the Oleta River begins. The Oleta is the only remaining river with natural, open access to Biscayne Bay. All other rivers leading into the bay control, Milano explains. This river was here before man came here. Evidence of Tequesta Indians alongside the Oleta dates to 1500 years ago. Coordinating the restoration is the Reclamation Project, a volunteer-based effort that grew out of art. Local ecoartist Xavier Cortada started in 2006 to display installations of mangrove seeds, and a permanent exhibit of live seeds covering a wall can be seen at the Miami Science Museum. Cortadas live seeds have been transplanted at sites across the county, but Continued on page 46 Map by Marcy Mock

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Highland Lakes to County: We Want Out!And if they cant become part of Aventura, theyll create their own darn cityBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterAventura is the Biscayne Corridors fastest-growing city. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, its population ballooned by 42 percent over the previous decade, and now stands at nearly 36,000 residents, all of them squeezed into 3.2 square miles. Now a group of homeowners in the unincorporated area west of Aventura hopes to add even more people to the City of Excellence. A contingent of Sky Lake and Highland Lakes residents want Aventura to annex their neighborhoods, already rejected the idea twice. If the third time is the charm, though, Aventuras size would nearly double to six square miles and its population would leap to 53,800. I think the people in my community are heavily in favor of being part of Aventura, says Kenneth Friedman, a director of the Sky LakeHighland Lakes Homeowners Association. Aventura is a wonderful city, and I think we could be a good contributor. Should that aspiration be denied again, there is another option: Sky LakeHighland Lakes could incorporate as its own city. Back in 2003, Friedman chaired the Northeast Miami-Dade Municipal Advisory Committee, or MAC, a gathering of area residents who sought to create a new city within the 2.7-square-mile unincorporated pocket east of I-95, north of North Miami Beach, west of Aventura, and south of Broward County. The proposal was just a few procedural steps away from a hearing before the MiamiDade County Commission in 2005, when commissioners slammed on the brakes, initiating a moratorium on the creation of new cities. We were next in line to be a city, remembers Friedman, a Highland Lakes resident. Last month county commissioners voted to lift their moratorium, allowing the MAC to spring back to life. Says Friedman: Were anxious to see what our next requirements are going to be. Those requirements will include such things as conducting a new the county over terms of the areas incorporation, from paying fees to sur rendering revenue streams. In addition, a majority of affected residents must vote to approve their own declaration of independence. Friedman, who has sought this incorporation for 25 years, thinks the change would bring his neighbors far better services than they receive now. County policing and county code enforcement are not up to the standards I want for our community, he explains. Aventura, on the other hand, has shown that it is very good at deliverprogressive community that provides good parks, good services. Theyre just an excellent city, Friedman says. And we share many, many things. We shop in their areas. Their kids go to our schools. Were all the same community. Another advantage should Sky Lake and Highland Lakes join Aventura: Prop erty-tax rates could decrease for the new residents. Property owners in unincorpo rated Miami-Dade pay a rate of $2.01 per $1000 of assessed value, while Aventura property owners pay only $1.73 per $1000. Glenn Gopman, a longtime Sky countant who served as treasurer for the Northeast Miami-Dade MAC, says becoming part of Aventura would be like heaven, but he doubts Aventura will go along with it. Annexation is a political issue we have little control over, Gopman says. If we want to control our own destiny, the only way to do that is to become our own city. Aventura city manager Eric Soroka says no one has approached his city recently about annexing the areas west of it. But should the subject arise, he says, the interest. In the past, the city commission has taken the position that they would only feasible, he tells the BT Studies conducted by Aventura in 2004 and 2008 cast doubt on the notion year following annexation, unless taxes were raised. The 2008 study suggested a revenue-neutral scenario, but that was before the state mandated cuts in property taxes a year later. The countys insistence on keeping utility taxes collected in Sky Lake and Highland Lakes would have a substantial negative impact on the revenues that could be generated in the area, Soroka adds. In its second incorporation study, Aventura also left out much of unincorporated Sky Lake, an area north of Miami Gardens Drive (NE 186th Street) and south of NE 199th Street. Part of the reason for the exclusion was to allow North Miami Beach, whose city limits push north into neighborhoods around Sky Lake, to annex the rest of that area to square off their boundaries, the 2008 study states. North Miami Beach city manager Lyndon Bonner says his city already provides water and some police services to the unincorporated areas north of it. If asked, NMB is ready to provide that area with even more services. There is a role for municipalities providing services, and Map by Marcy Mock Continued on page 48

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46 the Oleta River project does not include the salt-loving mangroves because of its freshwater habitat. In the northwest corner of Highland Oaks Park, rainwater collects in a depression, smaller in size than a city block, surrounded by oak trees and visited by Muscovy ducks, and it seeps eastward into a creek a few feet wide. On the banks of the pond and the creek (technically, the Oleta River), project volunteers are planting young cypress trees, red maples, and other native plants that grow naturally in wetlands. An initial grant of $50,000 to the Reclamation Project came from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Miami Museum of Science and Miami-Dade Countys Department of Permitting, Environment, and Regulatory Affairs (formerly known as DERM) provided $571,000 of the projects funding $29,000 from the museum and $489,000 from the county. If the project is completed this summer under budget, as expected, the remaining funds will be used for education, more plants, and monitoring of the plantings. More than 70 volunteers gathered at Highland Oaks Park on April 7 to dig holes into the muddy banks of the pond and creek for 400-plus plants. The park is one of the few remaining natural habitats within a highly urbanized area near Aventura. Separate from the Oleta-connected pond and winding creek are two other sources of water: a wide lake surrounded by a walking path and a narrow canal with lock system that forms the parks northeastern border. At the April 7 event, more than half Mater Academy in Hialeah Gardens. The kids are more valuable than anything, says Fernando Bretos, director of the Reclamation Project at the Miami Museum of Science and coordinator of the Oleta restoration. He notes that the students will be able to return to this spot in 30 years and appreciate that their labor transformed a damaged ecosystem. We are the culprits, Bretos says. We caused this problem. But this volunteer project allows people to act and to turn around and see the results. Volunteers were called off from a planned planting on April 21 owing to rain, so the next volunteer planting is scheduled for May 12, plus a future date to be determined. Potential volunteers for both planting events and regular watering should contact the Reclamation Project at the Miami Science Museum (305-646-4200). While these wetlands would have originally stretched toward the Ev erglades, today they are isolated by housing developments. Even the lake within Highland Oaks Park was created by dredging to raise the surrounding tractive ranch-style homes border the parks northern wetlands section, while its southern section, composed mostly middle and elementary school and busy Ives Dairy Road. The restored areas within the park are easy to identify by the short saplings and small plants that dot the pond and creeks shoreline, in contrast to the canopy of mature trees in other parts of the park. Continued on page 50 Oleta RiverContinued from page 44 Biscayne Blvd Map by Marcy Mock

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their stuff there: tires, batteries, there was even an entire toilet in the water, says Ken Jett, who moved to Shorecrest a couple of years ago. Jett saw manatees swimming through an obstacle course of discarded shopping carts, bike frames, and other objects. Eighteen months ago, Jett, Spirk, and other area residents took action. They informed the city and developers Edward Easton and Allen Greenwald, who have owned the land since 1983, and the parcels manager, Terranova, a Miami Beach-based company. Easton, Greenwald, and Terranova also own Biscayne Plaza just across the river. Says Jett: Their side of the story was that they didnt know they owned it. Spirk says the company, once informed, immediately cleaned up the property. Over time, Spirk got to know the people at Terranova and helped plant the idea of selling the land to the city. On March 22, the Miami City Commission authorized city administrators to apply for grants from FIND and a city-controlled trust fund (the same sources used to buy Manatee Bend), and negotiated to purchase the land for no more than $730,000. As appealing as another waterfront park may be, some Upper Eastsiders worry that manatees congregating there will soon be hit by watercraft. Thats because on April 17 the city approved an application for a jet ski and boat storage facility directly across the river from the proposed park. The new business would operate out of the former home of Ted Vernon Specialty Automobiles. Once Little River enthusiasts found accounts with complaints. They pointed out that the Little River west of Biscayne Boulevard is a no entry zone for motorized vessels between November 15 and April 30, when manatees are abundant. During the rest of the year, vessels the state as the slowest possible speed necessary to navigate a boat. Francisco Garcia, the citys director of planning and zoning, replied to activ ists via e-mail that the Miami 21 zoning code authorizes marine uses for that area. As pertains to the concerns expressed for the safety and welfare of the manatees that frequent this area, there are regula tions in place to protect them, Garcia wrote, and if the subject establishment abides by them, they are within their right to operate. It is not within our purview to deny an otherwise permissible use based on assumed future violations. (Jos Saud, who won approval for the new business, could not be reached by deadline.) Penalties for violating a no-entry zone could not be called devastating. George Fish and Wildlife, says a motorized vessel caught in a no-entry zone, or even acciden Even before the jet ski operation appeared on their radar screen, Little River crusaders were riled up by Marine Max, Little RiverContinued from page 44 Continued on page 50 BT photo by Erik Bojnansky

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48 But Scott Jay, a director of the Sky Lake Homeowners Association, says few homeowners want to become part of North Miami Beach, a city saddled with high employee pension costs and which charges a property tax rate of $7.87 per $1000 of assessed value more than three times the countys rate. North Miami Beach would take this entire area in a heartbeat, says Jay. They approached us 25 years ago. They made us a presentation. Nobody was interested. Jay would rather his neighborhood become part of Aventura or of a new, yetto-be named municipality. Either way, we would have our own city, says the attorney, who is also a president of a group called the Committee to Incorporate Northeast Dade. We have only one county commissioner who really answers to our community, he other commission seats. Frankly, as part of unincorporated Miami-Dade, were the bastard child of the county. Aventura and the Sky Lake-Highland Lakes area once were part of the same city. Originally known as Ojus, a Seminole word for place of plenty, it was founded in 1897 by pineapple farmer Albert Fitch. The Ojus settlement soon included a prison camp, a rock-mining company, farms, stores, a school, apartments, and even a movie theater. Ojus, which had slightly more than 500 resi dents, incorporated as a town in 1926. But hurricane, a series of land busts, an economic depression Ojus went bankrupt. The state legislature dissolved it in 1936. Dissolution, however, didnt dissuade developers for long. Condo builders descended on the land east of Biscayne Boulevard during the 1960s, among them Donald Soffer, who went on to develop the Turnberry Isle Resort and Country Club, Aventura Mall, and several other residential and commercial projects. (See the BT s Family & Fortune, January 2012.) Even before Aventura incorporated in 1995, it boasted a reputation as an upscale area. By 2010 Aventuras median household income was $52,115 a year, ac $43,605 for the rest of the county. Areas west of Biscayne Boulevard evolved into a collection of gated singlefamily subdivisions, condominium build ings, a few duplexes, parks, and a series of strip malls, some of which are nearly empty today. By 2010 the Sky Lake-Highland Lakes area (still referred to as Ojus by the U.S. Census) had a population of 18,036 people 44 percent Hispanic, 43 percent non-Hispanic white, and 9 percent non-His panic black. The median household income of residents living within the unincorpo rated area was $49,006 per year. Sky Lake and Highland Lakes residents have been attracted to the areas highly rated public schools, relatively affordable Highland LakesContinued from page 45 Continued on page 53BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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which runs a boat repair and retail business on the river at 840 NE 78th St. Skip Van Cel believes Marine Max is trying to expand the size of its operation through a zoning change on part of its property from residential to commercial. The property in question is a 16-footwide, 121-foot-long strip of land that was deeded to the neighborhood in 1924 by Shorecrests original developer, the Krames-Corlett Company. It was intend ed to provide a river walk, public access to the waterfront. Van Cel warns that the zoning Marine Max seeks will enable facility. There was always a very clear delineation between the industrial marine uses and the residential sections along the Little River, Van Cel says. That delinea tion was the river walk parcel Marine Max is trying to take away. Lynn Summers, a lobbyist for Marine Max, says a former apartment building on the site has been used as zoning change will simply legalize the activity, something Summers claims Marine Max has been trying to do since purchasing the marina in 2005. There will be no additional structures, none of this crazy stuff people have talked about like high-rise buildings or anything like that, says Summers. There will be new fencing, there will be landscaping. Generally what Marine Max wants to do is improve the appearance from the street. River Wetlands Restoration Program, is one part of a grander scheme by Miamilength of the Oleta River. This corridor winds south to Greynolds Park, under Biscayne Boulevard, and into Maule Lake, where it turns east into the 1000acre Oleta River State Park and connects to Biscayne Bay (see map). Gary Milano, wearing a long-sleeve white T-shirt that says Baynanza 98, referring to the annual cleanup of Biscayne Bay in April, is the historian of such efforts in Miami-Dade. He has 32 years of experi ence with coastal habitat restoration in the county, noting that upwards of 40 percent of I started working on restoring Oleta in 1990. This probably represents close to the eighth phase. It takes time, he notes, adding that funding comes and goes. Standing on a wooden bridge in Highland Oaks Park, he peers into the dark waters to search for the snook that he has seen here recently. (The water gathering in the small pond where the Oleta River begins is fresh, but the river receives salt-water pulses nation to complete their life cycle, such as mullet, which spawn in the ocean but live primarily in brackish or mixed waters.) Milanos evident enthusiasm for such painstaking work has been inspirational. Hes my hero, says Bretos, who clearly enjoys working alongside him. The plants and saplings planted in High land Oaks will be watered by volunteers for a few months until they are established, and then future watering becomes unnecessary. Nature takes care of the rest, says Bretos. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Oleta RiverContinued from page 46 AventurAjewelry & coin,Inc. www.aventurajewelry .com 19275 Biscayne Blvd., Booth #22 Aventura | FL 33180 305.933.2646 rfntWatchesb f Rare Coinsnr r r nf Gold Platinum Silver INSTANT CASH Paying Top Dollarr REWARD b Michael Freiman, CPNr t Little RiverContinued from page 47 Continued on page 52BT photo by Jim W. Harper

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GENERAL CONTRACTOR PAINTING CONTRACTOR HANDYMAN DIVISION Interior & Exterior Residential & Commercial Buildouts and Renovations Churches & Luxury Homes Licensed & Insured305.751.4447215 NE 97th St., Miami Shores 33138 www.fabinteriorexterior .com LIC# GCG1506675 CC00BS00302 As for the old river walk, Marine Max has argued that long ago it reverted to commercial use, an opinion shared Max has been paying property tax on the land since it was acquired. State law allows the company to take title to the property if it pays taxes on it for seven years unless challenged in court. The strip of land at Marine Max is not the only waterfront property Shorecrest activists are investigating. Using records from the countys property appraiser, Ken Jett found ten parcels around his neigh borhood that did not have folio numbers indicating ownership. Half were clearly platted for public use, including the strip through Marine Max, but were taken over by private property owners. Jett City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose District 2 includes Shorecrest. Sarnoff was unavailable for comment at press time, but his chief of staff, Ron Nelson, says Jetts research was impressive: It is an interesting thing that nobody knew about until Ken found out about it. Just days after Sarnoffs meeting with Jett, city workers removed a fence and vehicles from a 100-foot-long, 40-foot-wide city-owned parcel at NE 10th Avenue and Little River Drive. They also removed overgrown vegetation, in stalled temporary playground equipment, laid down new sod, and added benches and other park equipment. The improved property was quickly christened Little River Pocket Park. Perhaps not coincidentally, the new park is very close to a vacant Shorecrest by a group of sex offenders. County law forbids sex offenders from living within 2500 feet of a park. Thus the Little River Pocket Park instantly became a barrier to more sex offenders being advised by their home address. Ron Nelson insists that barring sex offenders was not a primary motivation. It was just the right thing to do, he says. This was an area that was supposed to be public. In addition to the Marine Max and pocket park sites, Jett found three more public-access spots along Biscayne Bay that have been fenced off by property owners. Nelson says Jetts presentation was sent to the city attorney and city the city has limited options in trying to reclaim the land. Undeterred, the Little River advocates are plotting their next move to shut down the jet ski operation before it starts, to stop Marine Maxs zoning change, and recover all properties they deem to be public. They plan to hold a community meeting in early May as well. We are going to pummel involved, says Jett. We will send out emails to as many people as we can. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Little RiverContinued from page 47 BT photo by Erik Bojnansky

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housing prices, and proximity to I-95 and Aventura Mall, says Celia Mussman, a Realtor who lived in Highland Lakes for 20 years before moving to Aventura in 2004. Mussman sees only modest advantages to the area joining the City of Excellence. It holds a little bit more of a prestigious address, she says, and they feel perhaps the tax rate might go down. Aventura, on the other hand, has little to gain from annexing the communities to its west, Mussman contends: Its a big area. It would require a tremendous amount of police manpower. They really dont need the tax revenue. They have Aventura Mall and very high-end condos bringing in plenty of tax dollars. Miami-Dade County Commis sioner Sally Heyman, co-sponsor of the resolution ending the moratorium on new cities, says the purpose of the new MAC study is to gather enough data for area residents to make their own decision. My position was, let them get the information, says Heyman, a North Miami Beach resident whose district includes Aventura, Sky Lake, and High land Lakes. The county, meanwhile, will revisit its own policies on the procedures for forming munities to cherry pick areas within their future city borders, leaving out poorer sec have frozen the formation of new cities several times since the 1990s. Helen Hill, a freelance writer living way things are now. Personally, I am quite happy being part of unincorporated Miami-Dade, she writes in an e-mail to the BT We get all the services required swift response from police other services. She also doubts that Sky Lake-Highland Lakes has the tax base to support a new city. There is very little commercial property, she says. Its mostly residential. Not that Hill would mind Aventura annexing her neighborhood: I think Aventura would be best for us, for services and prestige and a low tax rate. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Highland LakesContinued from page 48 Miami Shores Community Church School rfntb Phone: Web:nfnff nf nnff fnnfnf

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54 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEWalk Till You DD ropLooking for a convenient place to park your car while attending a concert, ballgame, or other event in Miami? Good luckBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorParking woes continue to grow in our beloved city and county. The latest boondoggle to hit the press has been the issue over parking for residents who live near the new Marlins ballpark, located on the former site of the Orange Bowl. It seems everyone was oblivious to the impact the huge increase in events 81 home baseball games vs. six or seven home football games for the University of Miami, the Orange Bowls last tenant would have on these lowerincome residents. shocked and outraged with the parking situation and called upon the Marlins to do the right thing and fund a piddling $40,000 to prepare, maintain, and operate a couple of nearby city-owned lots for residents to use on game and event days. The Marlins balked, of course, taking the position that this was the citys issue to resolve; after all, they contended, read your contract the one so masterfully constructed to screw the city and its taxpayers on just about every issue that has come to light. The upshot was that the bickering and posturing continued in the press until even the Marlins had to concede that it was giving them a black eye and agreed to foot the bill for the parking, but not without a parting shot to the residents, to the effect that they will get used to walking a couple of blocks during game days. Yes, we humans are an adaptable lot. And yes, the residents will get used to walking a couple of blocks. And yes, they do it in New York, as adroitly pointed out by the Marlins, so suck it up and get over it! The issue of residential parking on baseball days, however, is only a symptom of larger parking-related issues in our communities. Back in the time of Bobby Maduro Stadium, Miamis original baseball venue, there was plenty of parking in the empty, grassy lots surrounding the ballpark. You simply drove there, parked in the lot, and walked in no big deal. Photo by Robin Hill classicalsouthorida.orgClassical Music. Its In Our Nature.Just like all of us, classical music lives and breathes. Make it part of your lifestyle. Tune to Classical South Florida on the radio or online. Its in your nature.

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Even in the Dolphins early days, if you arrived early enough at the Orange Bowl, there was plenty of inexpensive parking on the grassy lots on the south side of the stadium. And if you were a tailgater, there were the paved lots on the north side. Also we all had our favorite parking spots in the front yards of many residents who watched after our vehicles while making a few much-needed bucks. Same was true of the old Miami Arena now demolished and temporarily being used as a park thanks to the indefatigaavailable parking in the paved lots just west of the building. Not so any longer. As new venues are constructed, the amount of allotted parking has been drastically reduced, if it exists at all. Look at the home of the Heat, where parking is limited to the American Airlines Arena and restricted to those able and willing to pay a hefty price for the privilege of park ing on-site during an event. We mere mortals are left to fend for ourselves in the multitude of surface lots west of the arena that have yet to be developed, so the parking is temporary in nature, until the next Miami building boom and are at the mercy of the lot operators for whatever the going rate may be, depending on the event or the quality of the Heat challenger of the day. (New York Knicks? Los Angeles Lakers? Chicago Bulls? Stick em up!) Then we have the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts an assembly of buildings owned by the county and constructed without a single parking space! As unbelievable as this may sound, the county took the position that parking would sort of take care of itself, as if parking facilities would fall from the heavens as construction on the center came to an end. Well, we all know they didnt, and parking is still a headache at the Arsht Center, especially if theres a Heat game that night at the nearby arena. However, if youre a small-business operator, just try to open an enterprise without the required number of parking way, Jos! Or may have a small sidewalk caf struggling to survive on NE 2nd Avenue near the Design District, and then on-street parking is suddenly stripped turn to for help. In the MiMo Historic District, where just about any redevelopment is nonexistent, along comes a new retail building (currently under construction) on 61st Street and the Boulevard. Because of the 35-foot height restriction championed by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff within the historic district, the developers were which could have provided parking. Instead they had to purchase or rent the additionally required 11 parking spaces from the owners of a nearby building that, fortunately, had spaces to spare. This new Boulevard development has been heralded by Commissioner be built within his kingdom of 35-foot height limitations, but he fails to point out that the developers had to go off-site to acquire the necessary parking to make their vision a reality. As you move farther north along the Boulevard, the opportunity for investors to build within the 35-foot height envelope diminishes greatly, as they will not have the same opportunity to borrow additional off-site parking spaces. There arent that many lots especially when you take into consideration that the off-site parking must be within 1000 feet of the establishment in question. This requirement alone makes along the historic corridor. And then, just recently, I read an article in the Herald in which the director of the Port of Miami, Bill Johnson, laid out his 25-year plan for expansion of, and improvements to, the port. Among them are to be public amenities with baywalks featuring views of downtown and the cruise ships in all their grandeur. Please keep in mind, Mr. Johnson, that adequate parking for the public will be a necessary part of the plan, especially since any real mode of public transportation is dismally lacking. This port director, by the way, is the same Mr. Johnson who was the countys point man for the development and construction of the Arsht Center the very one that was built without a single parking space. Good luck to us all. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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56 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I AT LARGEHood Sweet HoodYou move into a new home and discover that your neighbors are different, but not necessarily in a bad way By Wendy Doscher-Smith BT Contributor   Last July my husband and I had just moved into this neighborhood, when a child startled me. From my position, bent down in the backyard, addressing a friendly lizard, I did not see him coming. Hey! Whats your dogs name? I abruptly ceased my conversation with my lizard friend, looked up into the sun and saw a boy of maybe ten, hanging over the wooden fence that separates his yard from mine. When I say hanging, I mean he did so with comfortable and fence. His arms appeared as if they had grown onto the structure itself, vine-like and clingy. I blinked and looked at the kid. The barrage of questions continued: Whats your dogs name? Is your dog friendly? Can I pet your dog? What kind of dog is that? Do you have other dogs? Can I come over? Why is your dog jumping up at me? It was then that I noticed the child was not hanging from the fence by some superhuman strength provided by the Plant Superheroes. He was standing on some thing. I walked over to get a better look. He had stacked a crate on top of a chair to gain height so he could see over our fence. And so began my introduction to living in this nameless section of northern, unincorporated Miami-Dade County. When I give people directions to my house, I mention landmarks such as Barry University or Miami Country Day School. Mamma Jennies works sometimes. Unlike South Beach and Wynwood, my neighborhood may not register on the What-Is-Miami-Now! radar, but it is still beaches and galleries away from some more quaint types of Yawnsville. I describe this area as hood-esque. I say -esque, because it does not qualify as the real hood, but there are hints of hood. I can walk around without fearing for my safety. There are no bars on my windows, but there is a fence with a serious lock in front of my house. Ive yet to witness drug deals, but Im sure BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith Boutique practice in a cozy & warm atmosphere LOCATED IN THE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT NEAR MIDTOWNMargaret Okonkwo, MD, FAAP 4112 Northeast 1st Ave, Miami FL 33137 Phone: 305-576-KIDS (5437) Fax: 305-576-5120 www.KidstownPediatrics.com

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they are happening. Probably right now. And you should see the rims on the cars. Forget that. You should see the cars the rims are on. I love those cars! We see those cars racing up the street. Theyre pretty, but theyre loud. Miami Shores would have a problem with it. Biscayne Park would not tolerate it. Here? Eh, whatever. Nobody cares about the 2:00 a.m., midweek yelling and screeching arguments in the middle of the street. Or the gunshots. (Okay, the cops did care about that, but that was only because a drive-by shooting had occurred north of here the previous week.) My neighborhood is also loquacious. In this predominantly Haitian neighborhood, we are the only non-Haitians on the block. You hear a lot of talk about Miami being a melting pot. Its so overused that it might serve the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau well: Welcome to Miami: The Human Fondue Capital! For me, the term always conjured images of a rusty cauldron with various blistered and crispyskinned appendages sticking up and out. By now the residents of Miami seem to have accepted Life in the Pot. Non-Hispanic prejudice toward Hispanics seems less prevalent. That could be owing, in part, to the fact that Cuban Americans are in the majority in Miami. While prejudice among different Hispanic groups, aimed at each other, is raging, prejudice against Haitian people unites xenophobes from every country, including those throughout Latin America. But I digress. Sort of. This is about my neighborhood and my immediate neighbors. Here, if anyone is in the minority and likely to be discriminated against, its us Whiteys. A few days before we moved in, our landlord assured us the neighbors were great. No trouble at all. The current day. He wanted to play with the tenants kids and waltzed into the front yard as we all stood talking. He asked the tenant (another Whitey) to fetch her kid. She fed him one of those lies grown-ups use when they want an insistent child to go away. Maybe later, she said. I doubt later ever arrived. We took the same route because he was relentless in his pursuit of playing with our dogs, one of which is a bit of a spaz around hyper children. Point is: He did not grasp the idea that hanging over your neighbors fence is not appropriate, especially when it is done constantly and is uninvited. The concept of privacy and this-land-up-to-this-fence-is-your-landand-this-land-up-to-this-fence-on-theother side-is-my-land escaped him. Now, I know whats up. House Warm ing Boy never grasped the concept of boundaries. In this hood, there are cultural differences at work. Unlike in the burbs, where there is talk about one community, but little action, here everyone tends to be in your face whether you like it or not. People even park their cars in the middle of the road. At night. The motto here: This land truly is made for you and me. Our neighbors also spend a lot of time outdoors. But not like my husband Jeremy spends time outdoors. He usually has a very clear purpose: Reinforcing the fence so the dogs cant dig under it, grilling, mowing the lawn, and picking up dog poop. Lots of dog poop! He does this and returns indoors. Our neighbors to the left and right of us, they go outside and sit in the front yard. And talk. Thats it. No gardening or mowing or poop detail. Just talking. Its refreshing. I mean, who talks anymore? We all should communicate face-to-face, but we dont, and as a result, we are morphing into a nation of social illiterates. (Not to mention run-of-themill illiterates, since nobody can spell or use proper grammar anymore. Baahhhh! Give Grammy her cane) Our neighbors sit outside and talk loudly all day and all night. Im not exaggerating. Unless we turn on the whitenoise box, or the booming bass is louder than them, we fall asleep to their conversations. I am somewhat fascinated by all this sitting and talking. (Not to mention how they manage to stay awake.) What are they talking about all this time? From what I can make out, they are discussing daily events, their friends, and relationships. No big shocker there. Except my neighbors dont care who hears about it. Which, when you think about it, is a lot like social media. Except it actually is social. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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58 Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARKWell, SS hut My Mouth A petition to combat litter in the village may be sending the wrong messageBy Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorA few weeks ago, I heard there was a petition circulating through our village designed to combat our litter problem. Fantastic I thought. Finally someone was doing something about the fact that, for a small, residential community like ours, theres an awful lot of litter paper and plastic, cans and bottles dotting the landscape. I know because I pick up the evidence every day. Driving in and out of the village on NE 113th Street, I almost always see a plastic water bottle or Coke can, empty cigarette packs, or even beer bottles on the median. Usually Ill stop the car, pick it up, and take it to the nearest trash receptacle. The litter, as we all know, comes from a variety of sources. Drivers cutting through the village whod rather chuck their garbage out their car window than wait till they get home. Recycling that blows out of our open containers on windy days. And, yes, some residents who could stand a little more civic pride. Anyway, I was delighted to learn someone was going to do something about it. And when I heard the petition was being circulated by Chuck Ross, husband of Commissioner Roxanna Ross and coordinator of Biscayne Parks Crime Watch program, and Dr. Fred Jonas, a member of the village foundation, I thought, Well, this is bound to be good. Maybe Mr. Ross, building on the Crime Watch concept, was thinking of creating a Litter Watch, in which residents would be responsible for patrolling their streets for errant garbage. Or perhaps Dr. Jonas had an idea for how the foundation might be able to contribute to a cleaner Biscayne Park. My hopes were high. And then I saw the petition. Adlage Manager of Biscayne Park, it made only one demand, had only one idea for eliminating litter in Biscayne Park stopping the unsolicited distribution of this publication. BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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The petition cited concerns that the blue log, the nickname theyve given to the BT remains in some yards for far too long, creating an aesthetic nuisance and, worse, signaling to potential thieves that a home is abandoned or inhabited by elderly or other Now, I know what some residents and regular readers of this column might be the most outspoken critic of this column, making it known he considers it biased in the extreme, usually against opinions is no fan of it, either, and that his wife, its also true that, given the scope of the villages litter problem, the BT would seem a rather odd place to begin and For all those reasons, a lot of you might be inclined to jump to the conclu sion that the petition isnt really about litter a publication that some residents view as an irritant; a handful of people trying to theres no reason to believe theyre motivated by anything other than a heartfelt So let me just say this: I dont think this is an attempt to censor the BT to manufacture a movement to ban the BT from the village just because they dont like positions this column occasionally I take them at their word when they say theyre concerned only about litter suggested, is it will appear to a great Thats what happened in Chicago in 2007, when that city, also citing concerns about litter, passed an ordinance banning restaurant menus and free community opposition from residents, free-speech advocates, and civic groups that forced the city council to exempt community panies affected by the ordinance, told me recently: The politicians found out that people like their neighborhood paper I suspect something like that would happen if the village tried to ban distribu tion of the BT BT throw a long-stem wine glass without hit ting a dozen Miami Herald staffers, various me tell you, those people are fanatics when and they dont understand our litter that court battle, some legal-eagle friends the village would have to pay for its legal have taken the right of people to distribute their petition may be doing the same me hell instruct his distributor to pick up any copies of the BT that remain unclaimed 48 hours after delivery, so they dont sit out campaign, asking residents to be more thoughtful when it comes to disposing of their trash, picking up loose litter and bringing in the BT Thats something we can all get Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rffnttnbnbfrnAISF, SACS/AdvancEd, MSA AccreditedRegister Now!!! Open Enrollment!!! rrrrrr ffrrntnr ffr ffrfrntrfrr rnn rrr frfrrfr r

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aATT here When You N N eed T T he mA lost purse conrms the rumor there really are good people in AventuraBy Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer BT ContributorEveryone has good days and bad days. Its just a fact of life. But lets face it, some good days are better and some bad days are far worse than others. On those kinds of bad days, you just might require the kindness of strangers to get you through. Why would I say something like this? An even better question: Is this type of kindness even feasible on the mean streets of Aventura? If we base it on the towns reputation for being a callous, un friendly place, the odds arent so good. I was having a me day days that come too infrequently and go by too quickly. gle of me mani-pedi and DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse to the uninitiated). Now I was moving into the third and before heading home. I entered the store. Its always hit or miss. I can be in the store for hours or I can whiz through without one item calling my name. On this particular day, the designer-shoe sale racks had crept dangerously close to the front door. The energy along with the perfect pair of Russian Blue (Gwen Stefani fans, you know the brand) slingbacks drew me in. What do you think? I asked the lady watching the are the ones, she said. I always wonder if they tell you that you look good in something so youll buy, or if said item really does work. Either way, one pair led to another, and an hour later I knew it was going to be a good day. I started on the clothing. One piece led to another and before I knew it, I had a wheely cart knew I was going to be a while and decided to call my husband to tell him not to expect me any time soon. I went for my phone, which I keep No, not the phone the entire bag! I began to panic. Not an Oh-noplease-help type of panic, but a fullblown, heart racing, throat closing up,

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unable to breathe, my whole life is in that bag, please let it be here anxiety attack type of panic. Weve all that had feeling. Its not good. So I did what anyone else would do in that situation: I started crying. Yup. Right there in Loehmanns. And then, once I gathered myself, I began looking everywhere. I wish I could have said that I searched in an orderly fashion, but honestly, I was running amok. The main problem was that I really didnt remember putting it down. But apparently I did. And although they were embarrass ing and useless, I couldnt make them stop. Perhaps I had left my bag in the shoe department? As I tore through the aisles, I noticed two older gentlemen staring at me. Not leering or judg ing, but genuinely trying to see if they could guess what was wrong. Instead of keeping the intrigue alive, I spilled it immediately. I lost a big purple Longchamp pocketbook. If you see it, please let me know. Whered you leave it? they asked, truly concerned. I know they meant well, but questions like that make me crazy, especially when Im already panicking. ( Really? If I knew where I left it, it wouldnt be lost! ) Im not sure, I squeaked, about to lose it again. Well keep an eye out, one said. Get up, said the other, looking at his friend. Its not gonna walk to us, is it? Cmon, we dont have anything else to do. Thank you, I said. I cant believe this. Id be so grateful if you found it. Well give it a shot, he said, smiling. I then began retracing my steps. Okay, head back to the front. A new lady was there. I was here earlier, trying on shoes. The other lady saw me a big purple bag, I mumbled desperately. I lost my bag. Within seconds, she snapped into action. Lets get you to the check-out. Theyll help you. The manager. Of course! Tell the manager. Sheer genius. I blankly walked toward checkout, never letting go of my clothingfilled wheely. After all, if I did find my purse, Id finish my day of me with some great buys. Parking the wheely, I looked at the person closest to me. I lost my purse, I told her. Please help. She happened to be the manager. it. Come with me. Tell me, where were you? She sent a team of sales people to through the aisles, they looked high and the call: I found it! One of the ladies walked toward us with my bag in hand. I lunged. Not for the purse, which was a sight for sore eyes, but to hug her. Thank you, thank crazy. Then I turned to Pat. Thank you. Apparently that was all I could say. She brought me back to the checkout. Sit for a minute, she said, patting me. Can I get you a drink of water? again. Thank you . It may seem overly dramatic, but I cant remember the last time I was that scared and upset. I throw everything in my purse and take for granted itll always be there. Think about it keys, camera, phone, money, license, credit cards, medicine, papers, and much more, all wiped out with one mishap. But thats not the point. The point is human kindness. In a city where people get a bad rap, I was embraced by everyone who heard of my plight. From the gentlemen in the shoe section, who actually applauded when my purse and I were reunited, to the team of Loehmanns associates who hunted for and found my pocketbook, they all cared enough to take action. When I was in trouble, people were there to help me. That led me to ask, Was it just me and my situation or would they show the same kindness to anyone? I wish I knew. But either way, the sincerity, the earnestness, and the concern were overwhelming. It made me feel wonderful, and really thankful. It makes me want to do the same for others. And it all took place in my mean-streets neighborhood. Just saying. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIBread and CircusesNorth Miami City Halls Roman carnival rolls onBy Mark Sell BT ContributorWhite teeth gleaming, North Miami Councilman Scott Small businesses are bashed by the trash deal. Then theres the water. Water util The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith COMPLETE BUSINESS SERVICES 12555 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33181-2597 Tel: 305-895-6974 | Fax: 305-891-2045 Email: ppspost@earthlink.net T.M.Est. 1980 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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to the apartments near W. Dixie Highway and NE 6th Avenue could see their rates triple. That $2.50 coin load may turn into a $7.50 load, a nasty surprise for struggling families. Swerdlows back on, and alone for now. The Swerdlow deal was ex humed 3-2 from the near-dead under the watchful eye of lobbyist Ron Book, who checkers with himself, representing both North Miami and Swerdlow. He ducked away with Pierre from pesky WPLG reporter Bob Normans attempted ambush interview on the garbage deal March 27, then sat in the audience with Swerdlow, who has a ten-year plan to develop bigbox stores, a movie theater, assisted-living facilities, and maybe condos and hotels on the 184-acre Biscayne Landing site. Others prospective developers are in son says Taubco, the folks who brought to the city of $14 million to carve out nine acres or so at the southeast corner of 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard. owner of the Lamborghini dealership across the street made an offer of about $13.5 million to build a four-story at the council meeting, says this bidding only proves how right he was all along in stonewalling Swerdlow. Amnesty! Mayor Pierre, on March 27, decided it would be a neat idea for occupational license fees for businesses that hadnt paid them for years, and the council went for it 3-2. Businesses that had paid those fees said they were getting the shaft, and lawyer and ex-mayornaming those businesses. She has yet to hear back as of this April 13 writing. Privatizing building inspectors. As midnight struck on April 11, the city council voted 3-2 to privatize building permitting and inspecting. The city in October rejected $150,000 a year. Instead the city voted building-inspection and code-enforcement outsourcing company based in Doral, which will split fees 50-50 with the city. A New Aveda Concept Salonwww.SevenSeasSpaSalon.com Receive...30 Minute Massage 30 Minute Facial Maninicure and Pedicure Complimentary Valet Complimentary Champagne Access to Tiki Hut on the beachALL forDAY Mon-Thurs 16701 Collins AvenueLocated at the Sunny Isles Beach inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort Theres lots of bread in this. Permit ting fees for the Oaks Towers at Biscayne Landing came to $2.7 million. Picture Swerdlows $500 million project and you start to see real money to be had from new awake, was again on the case, pointing the deal. What will the city sell next at the Now he tells us. New North Miami city attorney Regine Monestime brought and Public Trust, on April 16 to teach cil members, only Mayor Andre Pierre Pierre, a criminal defense and immigra tion lawyer, asked if it was unethical to represent clients wrongfully accused by the North Miami Police Department. Of course claimed, especially if youre going to be cross-examining your own police. Free soccer for all? Pierre and in unpaid fees for regular Friday night pickup games at Ronald Book (hes everywhere) Stadium on 151st Street near told the Herald that he was looking into the citys fee policy. Jumping Josaphat! described civil engineer, the personable and connected ex-North Miami mayor, makes $300,000 a year on the citys tab to supervise the Biscayne Landing project as he plays with the North Miami has been very good to him. The council voted April 10 to name the new Thats it for our show tonight. No time for the mayors 43 police badges, the $100,000 Porsche that fell from the sky, the foreclosure on his house, the $8200 he rightly suspected the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was tailing him, or State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle: Hows that public corruption unit doing? Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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64 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sS Deal Me II n!Our correspondent confesses to her coupon addictionBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorMuch to my father-in-laws delight, Ive always been a couponer. He on a Saturday evening, then snip pennysaving ads for creamer and toilet tissue the next morning. But Ive got news for him: While I still enjoy saving an average of $50 at the Miami Shores Publix every time I go grocery shopping bless those buy one, get one free specials Ive moved on to bigger and better coupons. Kayaking on the Oleta River. Radio frequency skin-tightening therapy in a North Miami Beach salon. Kiteboarding lessons on Biscayne Bay. Teeth whitening at a North Miami dentist. Pedicures by the handful, or rather, the footful. I admit it: If theres an e-mail for it and the service is in range of Miami Shores, Im going to buy it. Why? Because my name is Jen, and Im an addict to a daily deal. If youre not among the initiated, allow me to explain. A business now has the option of offering its product via daily deal Websites, which include LivingSocial, Gilt City, and Groupon. These sites operate by promoting mass quantiat brasseries or pumps for bicycle tires, at a greatly reduced price. They e-mail countless consumers with the offer and, when a certain number of buyers have agreed to the purchase, the deal is on. To be sure, there are some negatives to this collective couponing method. Companies can sell more of an item or service than they expected, and become overwhelmed. Some retailers may even go out of business before you can use your daily deal. Or the consumer might allow a deal to expire before she can get around to making an appointment for, say, a bikini wax. (Some companies will allow you to put the purchase price toward another service or item if you forget or run out of time. For example, my experience

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and spas will allow you to make appointments for after the expiration date of the deal as long as you call before it expires.) Theres also the question of level of service. If you purchase, for instance, a LivingSocial deal for a Pilates session with a personal trainer, are you less likely to receive the attention that a full-paying customer would? In this case, I liken it to the Miami Spice effect. (Miami Spice being the $35, threetaurants all over town advertise during August and September.) It depends on the place of business. A bad company stripe is a crappy, one-time customer not worth feting, and acts accordingly. A good company understands that a cognizant customer will tip on the full price regardless of the deal, or at least is worth trying to keep around for return visits at regular prices. And then theres the cheat. I bought a Botox deal before my daughters batmitzvah (yeah, I am that old, that vain, and that cheap) and was injected with probably saline. In addition, the doctor was very impressed with my physique, and wound up squeezing my bare thigh this was summer, and I was wearing shorts and telling me what nice legs I had. Ive experienced harassment all too often in my lifetime, so this is not the only moment Ive been uncomfortable when I shouldnt have to be, and unfortunately I suspect it wont be the last. But dermatologist hit on me. I probably should have informed my deal site. (Groupon, for instance, tells you, If the experience using your Groupon ever lets you down, well make it right or return your purchase. Simple as that.) But groping aside, I wasnt aware that the Botox wasnt effective until a week or so later. With that kind of injection, you have to wait a few days for it to work. This one never did. By then, there are downsides. On the other hand, while the brand may have to slash prices for its goods, and getting its name out there. The sites are paid a commission or upfront promotion fee. And the consumer gets a great deal on something that ordinarily might be out of reach if purchased in a traditional fashion. In most cases, its a win-win-win. And boy, do I like to win. So far Ive won everything from a $64 case of wine, composed of California vintages that I in dividually priced at $12 and up, to a series of three fractional-laser face treatments at the Pure Aesthetics Institute in the Upper Eastside, for which I paid $269, a fee that doesnt even cover an appointment with a dermatologist the regular way. These skin last of the melasma (the mask of preg of my son nearly 12 years ago, would have cost me $2250 otherwise. larly my husband. Not only does he get a wife who is being relaxed by massages at basement rates, hes receiving his own Maine lobster birthday dinner (live Maine lobster being just about the North Miami) for a quarter of the cost. And while Id have loved for that to have been a surprise, my Groupon account is linked to our joint bank card. So Im pretty sure hes seen the expense line for GetMaineLobster.com. Oh, well. Ruining the ideal moment of crustacean revelation is a small price to pay. Hell still get to eat it. The key to a good daily deal experience: Dont purchase services you dont really need, want, or think youll use. Dont buy multiple deals of the same item, no matter how tempting it is, unless its something like wine, which you can store. In the end, youll just let those coupons expire, and the business walks away with your money because youre too disinterested or busy to do anything about it. Temptation aside, two of the reasons Ive become an addict? Ease and accessibility. All the services I wish were available in the Shores are located just down the street, in North Miami, the MiMo District, and Midtown. That said, I just saw a daily deal for a yoga studio in the Shores and, I have to confess, though Ive never really done yoga, Im tempted. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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66 Culture: THE ARTSFree-Floating ArtOne-night-only exhibitions, curated by artists, are stretching boundaries By Anne Tschida BT ContributorThe Great Recession may have had something to do with it, but these days weve been seeing more art exhibitions popping up in temporary spaces, as opposed to permanent art galleries. Nomadic galleries are not a new phenomenon. Its just that, in the high-art era that followed the arrival of Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002, we got accustomed to seeing shows in actual galleries, most prominently in the Wynwood area. Many of those galleries are still there, but a sea change has occurred. There seems to be an appetite for shows that are curated and produced by artists, or occupying a particular space for only a short time. An example is 801 Projects. Founded by artist Angela Valella, 801 is meant to be a kind of roaming art center, promoting art and artists through lectures, workshops, and one-night-only exhibitions every month. That concept has struck a chord, as the Design Districts DACRA real estate and development company, founded by Craig Robins, has donated space for this nomadic adventure, and the Miami-Dade County Department of cial support. Artist Odalis Valdivieso joined with Valella in 2011, and the two launched Nightclub, a series that held a one-night-only event in April, called Restage. For the next year at least, there will be 11 more such events. We wanted to explore all the ways of setting up and exhibiting art, says Valdivieso. This isnt new, as exhibitions like this have always taken place. A one-night-only exhibition, like going ence, which is perhaps why Valdivieso stresses continuity alongside novelty: [but also] to develop common ideas and curatorial practices. In other words, each show is curated outlook, but also presses them to exhibit in an innovative form. The duration of the exhibit in the venue is four hours, challenging cultural agents to work on fresher curatorial models outside of the Bacardi Jigsaw Puzzle (A hidden massive star cluster awash with red supergiants)

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commercial and institutional system, explains Valdivieso. Art pieces will be there, and then theyll be gone. miliar names such as Loriel Beltran and Adler Guerrier were on display, as were and A.G. Viva. Nightclub series, artist Bhakti Baxter will curate One Size Fits All As Baxter describes it: The album played a crucial role in conceiving this exhibition, serving as a model by which to select sculptural works that incorpo rate the same aesthetic audacity, humor ous surprise, technical virtuosity, and   elastic underwear. Thats pretty clever. curate Reboot(y) Bass Night in August, artists who have expanded the boundar how it can be expressed: Carlos Rigau The shows are intended to augment whether they are represented by a gallery show art that might not be commercially viable, or that might be just outside the in gallery circles, is a needed addition to any art scene. While curators have been assigned A gallery or museum space can be plot ted out, but a nomadic space cant. That means artists will work with a space sight unseen, installing, according to Valdivieso, art not previously seen. it will inaugurate a lecture series called by Jos Antonio Navarrete, the series will With each Nightclub show, a work and tears than monetary investment, are as crucial to the development and survival The Nightclub series lineup looks like this: June: A.G. Viva July: August: Reboot(y) Bass Night, September: Tracklist, curator October: November: The Doorman Isnt Here Tonight, curators Gladys Triana and Angela Valella December: January: Carlos Rigau February: Amalia Caputo March: Jos Antonio Navarrete Check out the latest Nightclub exhibition this month: Friday, May 11, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista Suite 120. The lecture series Modernism Rises Modern Art and Architecture in Cuba: The Origins (1920s to 1930s) begins on Wednesday, May 9, and continues each Wednesday through May, at the same location. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH of Miami DowntownExperience L.I.F.E. Downtown:Living, Inclusive, Faithful, EmergingWORSHIP TIMESSUNDAY Informal 8:30am Traditional 11:00am WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6:30pm400 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132r frrnt brrtr rt305-371-4706info@fumcmiami.comACROSS FROM BAYSIDE FREE PARKING ON 5th St.NURSERY AVAILABLE FOR 11:00am WORSHIPVisit us on the web anytime!www.FUMCmiami.com /FUMCmiami/FUMCmiami Br i ng your Mom and j o i n u s for special Sunday Worship M OTHERS DAY S unday, May 13th 1 1: 00 a m SUNDAY brr M G R Visitusonthew Untitled Untitled

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68 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN DISTRICT ART + DESIGN NIGHT GALLERIES 101 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-2101 www.101exhibit.com Through June 6: Poison Bliss by Ted Vasin 12345 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami 305-895-2553 www.dixieimageworks.com Call gallery for exhibition information ABBA FINE ART 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 Ongoing: Natures Pulse by Debra Holt ACND GALLERY OF ART 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net Through May 26: A Womans Eye with Jenny Babot Romney, Jennifer Kay, and Sacha Suarez, curated by Carl Juste and Jenny Babot Romney ALBERTO LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-587-0172 www.albertolinerogallery.com Through May 30: Alegria with Pedro Sandoval, Cusi Castillo, Carmen Del Rio, Matachos Art, Romgo, and Breceda ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through June 1: Vox with Soledad Arias, Lenora De Barros, and Sam Winston Voyage and Rhythm: A Painting Installation by Malene Landgreen 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 Through June 18: A Spring Affair with various artists ART NOUVEAU GALLERY 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaugaleria.com Through June 2: Alberto Cavalieri ART WORK IN PROGRESS 171 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-4009 www.jacques-harvey.com May 12 through 31: Jacques Harvey: 10 Year Retrospective by Jacques Harvey ARTSEEN GALLERY 2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-237-3559 http://artseenspace.wordpress.com Call gallery for exhibition information ASCASO GALLERY 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com Through May 31: Tomasello, curated by Serge Lemoine 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 Call gallery for exhibition information BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL 180 NE 39th St., Suite 210, Miami Call gallery for exhibition information 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-2700 www.bernicesteinbaumgallery.com Through May 31: The Three Dimensional Gods and Goddesses Meet Their Cousins the Trees by Edouard Duval Carri Novo Aniversario by Reynier Leyva Novo BLACK SQUARE GALLERY 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com May 3 through June 23: Anibal Vallejo BORINQUEN ART GALLERY 100 NE 38th St., Miami 305-491-1526 www.borinquenhealth.org Ongoing:Group Show with H-Allen Benowitz, Franois Gracia, Clarice de Souza, David Tupper, Sharon Dash, and Hector Maldonado, and Creatos Aetas by Kourtney Eugene Brown 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com May 20 through July 8: Zaydee Martinez, Joe Nicastri, and Laura Tan BUENA VISTA BUILDING 180 NE 39th St., Suite 120, Miami Through May 4: Common Ground with Elizabeth Aro, Josep Escuin, Cristina Ghetti, Vicent Insa, Moises Manas, Javier Marisco, Claudia Martinez, Sebastian Miralles, Elias Perez, Ima Pico, Andrea Racciatti, Duane Brant, Natasha Duwin, Andrs Ferrandis, Donna Haynes, Kerry Phillips, Sara Rytteke, George SanchezCalderon, and Alette Simmons-Jimenez GALLER Y & STUDIO 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www.susannacaldwell.com Ongoing: Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture by Susanna Caldwell CAROL JAZZAR 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www .cjazzart.com By appointment: carol@cjazzart. com Through June 10: Sometimes All Of Me Is Not Enough by Shoshanna Weinberger CARIDI GALLERY 758 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-202-5554 www.caridigallery.com Ongoing: Eduardo Caridi CENTER FOR VISUAL 541 NW 27th St., Miami 305-571-1415 www.visual.org Through May 8: Cuba: The Natural Beauty by Clyde Butcher CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY 250 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-292-0411 www.charestweinberg.com Through June 2: Eclipse by Hannes Bend CS GALLERY 787 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-308-6561 www.chirinossanchez.com Ongoing: Group Show with various artists CURATORS VOICE ART PROJECTS 2509 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-357-0568 www.curatorsvoiceartprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information 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 Through May 31: Rock, Hard, Place by Kate Gilmore DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 Through May 31: Paper and Light by Angela Glajcar Word of Mouth by Michael Loveland DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-4046 www.diasporavibe.net Call gallery for exhibition information 3850 NE Miami Ct., Miami 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net May 12 through June 16: Magic City by Erik Smith 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com Through June 1: When Youre A Boy by Luis Lazo DORSCH GALLERY 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.dorschgallery.com Mound of Venus For more information, visit www.miamiparking.com. Department of Off-Street Parking (DOSP)SAVE ON PARKING IN THE CITY OF MIAMIQUICK-VISIT PARKINGNow FREE in every MPA garage, all the time. If youre in and out in 30 minutes or less, your parking is FREE! Regular rates apply after 30 minutes.

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Through May 5: For Old Times Sake by Ralph Provisero Lets Begin With a Line with Jenny Brillhart, Peter Demos, Katie Hinton, Jiae Hwang, Brookhart Jonquil, Zerek Kempf, JT Kirkland, Jeroen Nelemans, Lee Ranaldo, Ryan Roa, Jennifer Lauren Smith, and Robert Thiele May 11 through June 9: Walk With Me by Elisabeth Condon Faade by Felecia Chizuko Carlisle The Pretend Dimension by Michelle Weinberg DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE 51 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Call gallery for exhibition information ELITE ART EDITIONS 46 NW 36th St., Miami 754-422-5942 www.elitearteditions.com Through May 5: Modern Sculpture with Andrea Botelli, Gisseline Amiuny, Fabia Nitti, Santiago Medina, Mauro Arbiza, Francisco Ceron, and Sandra Garcia-Pardo ETRA FINE ART 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 May 12 through June 8: Spring Group Show with Christian Awe, Andrea Dasha Reich, David Kessler, and Antoni Amat FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com May 31 through June 30: Une Saison en Enfer (A Season in Hell) by Jos Bedia GALERIE HELENE LAMARQUE 125 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-582-6067 www.galeriehelenelamarque.com Call gallery for exhibition information GALERIE SCHUSTER MIAMI 2085 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-266-2445 www.galleryschuster.com Through May 12: Mangrove Mud Womp by Onajide Shabaka GALLERY 212 MIAMI CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-431-1957 www.gallery212miami.com Through May 12: Eye Candy with Michael Perez, Sean Murdock, John Pate Jr., John Pate Sr., Matt Stock, Jonathan Bevers, Jason Perez, Fred Love, and Larry Rivers GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com Through May 12: Out of Place by Christy Gast May 16: Good Tool by Aki Sasamoto May 25 through July 14: ART BLOG ART BLOG Presents: Leave It to Beavers with Christy Gast, Anya Kielar, Fabienne Laserre, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Katherine Bernhardt, Letha Wilson, Denise Kupfershmidt, Holly Coulis, and Lia Lowenthal, curated by Gina Beavers GARY NADER FINE ART 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www.garynader.com Through May 31: The Grand Latin American Art Show with various artists HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1645 www.hardcoreartmiami.com Through June 2: This Sharp World by Kate Kretz Dreams by Carlos Cardenes Finding Home by Lorie Kim Something Almost Being Said by Natasha Duwin Untitled (Homage to Gego) by Consuelo Castaeda HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com Through May 5: Sam Gambino, Joe Vitale, Donella Vitale, Susannah Mosher, Michelle Bickford, Ken Bernstein, John Kissee, Mookie, El Gato Gomez, Robert Jimenez, Bunny Yeager, Andrew Kaufman, and Harold Golen IDEOBOX ARTSPACE 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 www.ideobox.com Call gallery for exhibition information KABE CONTEMPORARY 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com Through May 15:New Works by Luca Pozzi KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com Call gallery for exhibition information KELLEY ROY GALLERY 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery.com Through June 2: Soul Training by Antonio Ugarte Through May 12: Sculpture and Jewelry by Linda Lee Johnson KIWI GALLERY 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography Collection of Early Pop Artists LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 www.galerieleliamordoch.com May 12 through June 2: Cheers by Jordi Prat-Pons LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org Meredyth Sparks: Call gallery for more information MAOR GALLERY 3030 NE 2nd Ave., Miami http://maormiami.org Call gallery for exhibition information 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu Call gallery for exhibition information 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 www.mdc.edu Through May 4: Minimum/Maximum with various artists May 18 through October 5: Shutter: Selected Photography and Film from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection with various artists May 24 through August 11: Emergence & Structure: Nature in Process with various artists Resistance with various artists 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu Through June 15: Emerging Artists with various artists 500 College Terr., Homestead 305-237-5000 www.mdc.edu/homestead Through June 15: Emerging Artists with various artists 1110 SW 104th St., Miami 305-237-2322 www.mdc.edu/kendall Call gallery for exhibition information MICHAEL JON GALLERY 20 NE 41st St., Suite 2, Miami 305-760-9030 www.michaeljongallery.com Through June 2: Min Song MICHAEL PEREZ POP ART GALLERY Shops at Midtown Miami Store #120, Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 516-532-3040 www.michaelperez-artist.com Call gallery for exhibition information MYRA GALLERIES 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 631-704-3476 www.myragalleries.com Through May 31: Myra Galleries Anniversary with Milani, Lee Leenam, Kim Kyeong Ja, Paolo Cassara, and Jean Duffy May 12 through May 31: Art Is the Message by Javier Martin NEW WORLD GALLERY New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-237-3597 Call gallery for exhibition information Teufelsberg

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70 NINA TORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 Through May 26: Ivonne Torres 2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-3572 Call gallery for exhibition information 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 Call gallery for exhibition information 305-458-5085 May 18 through June 1: Hand Made Bijouterie by Ken 786-333-8404 Ongoing: Pablo Gentile, Jaime Montana, Jaime Apraez, 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 Through June 2: Llinas and Raul Martinez 2311 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-534-2184 Ongoing: Elements of an Artist by Miguel Paredes Through May 31: 305-441-2005 Call gallery for exhibition information 162 NE 50th Terr., Miami 305-992-7652 Call gallery for exhibition information Call gallery for exhibition information 3223 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 786-536-9799 305-407-8131 Call gallery for exhibition information 2200-A NW 2nd Ave., Miami May 12 through 25: Engleman 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-496-0621 Ongoing: artists 112, Miami 305-455-9791 May 4 through 31: Amat NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 Ongoing: avaf 954-235-4758 Through May 31: 305-674-8278 Through May 6: artists May 11 through June 17: Of Lost Time with London Tsai and Judith Berk King 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through August 12: Charles Ledray: Bass Museum of Art by Charles Ledray 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380 Call gallery for exhibition information 305-576-6112 Ongoing: Cruz with various artists 305-348-2890 Through May 6: Doxa with various artists Through May 9: Through July 1: Through August 5: Through August 26: Wharton Art with various artists May 9 through 16: Creative Visions with various artists Miami www.legalartmiami.org Call gallery for exhibition information 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through June 3: Bannard artists 305-375-3000 www.miamiartmuseum.org Ongoing: Between Here and There: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Through May 6: various artists Through June 10: and Vinyl with various artists 305-893-621 1 Through May 6: 305-576-1051 Call gallery for exhibition information 305-573-6090 Through July 27: 305-438-9908 Call gallery for exhibition information Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com www.AccessibleAventura.com 305-627-3103 Serving Dade County License # 299993833RN/LPNs Private Duty Nursing Bathing/Dressing Wound Care Medication Management Meal Preparation Transportation Therapy Services Driving Service We provide Free Consultation for all of Our Clients Prior Service! Study Painting 3 from (Ceremony)

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Sleep With the FishesThis is a two-day event where you dont go home in between. Zzzs by the Sea Family Campout at the Miami Seaquarium (4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Bis cayne) is a way to experience both the day time and nighttime charms of marine life. On Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6 you can interact with the manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins, take lessons on conservation, and munch on food and snacks throughout the day. Then, when night sets in, curl up under the Miami sky. For more information call 305-361-5705 ext. 520.London Calling Peter London has a serious pedigree, which is why his new company based here is such an exciting addition to the dance scene. A native of Trinidad, London graduated from Juilliard and became a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Now the Peter London Global Dance Theater has made the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212-260 NW 59th Terr.) its home, and will present its Spring Dance Showcase on Saturday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. (with a reception at 6:00). The show will feature Jamar Roberts, formerly of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, who (like Alvin Ailey artistic director Robert Battle) is a Miami native. Tickets range from $50 to $120. Go to springshowcaseplgdt.eventbrite.com.Some of That Good LovinThe Greynolds Park Love-In has become one of the more popular MiamiDade County parks events. Why not? Now in its ninth year, the Love-In is an unabashed throwback to the fun-loving, hippy-loving 1960s. This year the headliner is Felix Cavalieres Rascals, who had such mega-hits as Its a Beautiful Morning and the oh-so-era-appropriate Groovin The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 6 and goes to 6:30 p.m., at Greynolds Park (18501 NE 22nd Ave.). Admission is free; parking, if you need it, is $10. Call 305-948-2891 or go to www. miamidade.gov/greynoldslovein.Sunday in the Grove With MomCoconut Grove has been many things over the years an alt-lifestyle magnet, a co caine cowboy hangout, the site of the King Mango Strut and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival predictably so, as the incred ibly lush, quaint neighborhood is one of the oldest in Miami. Now its also a good place to take Mom on her special day. The Mothers Day Coconut Grove Twilight Eco Walk from HistoryMiami goes from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 13 The stroll will take in the Groves important landmarks, vegetation, and history. Tickets cost $20 for members; $30 for nonmem bers. For more information, go to www. historymiami.org.Flower Power Did you know there is such a thing as an orchidist? Well, there better be when you have a fair like the annual Redland Inter national Orchid Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Home stead). There will be more than 50 vendors from all over the world exhibiting their blooms during this three-day event. There also will be lectures and orchid-crafts. The festival will be held from Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20 ; hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for the day, $25 for a weekend pass. Go to www. redlandorchidfestival.org.Musical Mash-Up The best possible future for music would go something like this: Musicians who not afraid of the cutting edge, getting together with emerging artists versed in the latest trends and all of them learning from each other. A utopian dream? Not if you check out Piano Slam: Volume 4 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 24. This has grown into an amazing series. A Bach and Gershwin mash-up with local DJs, poets facing off with the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and prominent pianists sitting down at the keys, all directed by Miamis own Teo Castellanos. It starts at 7:00 p.m. and is free, but we recommend making reservations at www.arshtcenter.org.Modernism, Arise!Local arts org 801 Projects will present a series of lectures on Modern Art and Architecture in Cuba: The Origins (1920s-1930s) in the Design District throughout the month of May. A sampling: On Wednesday, May 16 curator and arts critic Jos Antonio Navarrete will talk about the famed rumba of Cuban artist Eduardo Abela at the Zak Gallery in Paris, circa 1928. On Wednesday, May 30 the series will culminate with Architecture for a New Havana, about the history and future of Cubas hundreds of Modernist structures. Tickets cost $10; free for students. Call 305-299-6155 or e-mail 801projects@gmail.com. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com.Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR Bike the City Beautiful Ah, the city of Coral Gables! Designed by George Merrick back in the 1920s and packed with Mediterranean Revival-style buildings, the City Beautiful sometimes gets more grief than it should in part be cause it calls itself The City Beautiful. But you know what? It really is beautiful. Let a bike ride remind you how much. Spring Pedals from the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Ave.) will guide you through the fountains, pools, and waterways of the Gables, including the canals that eventually pour into Biscayne Bay. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20 Tickets cost $10. To make reserva tions, call 305-603-8067 or go to www.coralgablesmuseum.org. Roll With ItProving that one can never have too much fun, Miamis Vice City Rollers dentucky Bombers on Cinco de Mayo. This is the inaugural season body contact. The brawl begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Suniland Roller Hockey Rink (9300 SW 152nd St., Palmetto Bay). The adventurous might want to purchase suicide seating near the ring, in the hopes that one of the competitors makes an unscheduled appearance; the section is considered high risk. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door; suicide seating (for those 18 and older) is $15. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/242840. A Boy and His Dog Henry and Mudge a musical adaptation of the popular childrens book series from Cynthia Rylant, will take the stage at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m. as part of the Broward Centers Family Fun Series. Lonely Henry is new to town and hangs out with his dog, Mudge until a cousin steals the canines affection. Mudge comes to his senses and tries scent. Performed by TheatreworksUSA, the play will be accompanied by preand post-show activities for kids. Tickets cost $15 in advance, with $3 lap tickets for tykes younger than 12 months. Call 877-311-7469 or go to www.AventuraCenter.org.

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72 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatSecure those Security Cameras300 Block of NE 72nd Terrace Owner secured his business and left, This did not stop one of Miamis hoodlums from breaking in, wrecking the the items stolen? The security disk from evolving criminals are going to put the Thanks for Everything!401 Biscayne Blvd. Woman placed her wallet and car keys on the ground near the bandstand at homeless, came by and began to pepper her with questions, asking directions, and acting as if he were from out of right there), she answered all of his Time to Dust Off That PMS Defense400 Block of NE 125th Street Three women walked into this store and began grabbing items: 72-count Huggies diapers, 18-count Kotex tampons, later returned and attempted to steal the personnel, the women started a mini riot taking a store scanner and hitting someued for several minutes until police came Dog Days of Spring12000 Block of N. Miami Avenue Victim was walking her two dogs when the suspect approached and started talking to with that, right? In North Miami, it could tion, he grabbed a gold chain from around This Crime Ring a Bell?200 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Two hapless victims ran into an old victims thought it a good idea to invite this person over to their apartment for a brought three additional friends with left, victims discovered one of their cell phones was missing from the living Guess there was a reason these old Compiled by Derek McCann WEALTHY PEOPLE NEED A PLACE TO SELL THEIR JEWELRY...Discreet High-end Jewelry BuyersDOWNTOWN MIAMI Seybold Bldg 1st Floor, Ste. 129 36 N.E.1st Street VALET PARKING AVAILABLE

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Its Not Stealing When Theyre Giving Them Away!100 Block of NE 54th Street Suspect ran into this Walgreens and took six polo shirts, exiting the store without paying. Attempts to chase him down were unsuccessful. This particular suspect has stolen from this store on ten previous occasions. (And they still havent caught him?) But the most shocking detail from this blurb is that the six polo shirts are valued at only $24! We realize Walgreens is not a high-end boutique, but that is quite a deal.Dispute Resolution in Little Haiti100 Block of NE 56th Street Next time you decide to have an argument with your neighbor, try to resolve it amicably. This feud resulted in the neighbor allegedly breaking into the victims home and stealing all of his clothes. For good measure, he kicked the television, cracking the screen. Additional damage included broken locks, shattered windows, a battered back door, and $350 in missing cash. Crime Beat doesnt know what the dispute was about, but rest assured, the victim will not be returning that borrowed barbecue grill to his neighbor anytime soon.No AutoZone in Sight300 Block of NE 125th Street While car theft and vandalism is on the rise, some of our criminals are getting more practical. Why steal a radio when you can get something really useful for yourself? This suspect broke into the vic tims trunk and stole jumper cables and a spare tire. We guess even criminals need the occasional jumpstart or tire change. The Cycle of CrimeBiscayne Boulevard and 14th Street his bike on the bike rack, but was told by the driver there wasnt enough room on the bus for him, and that he would have to wait for another bus. The would-be passenger complied and left the area. A short while later, the man returned and began to throw rocks at another bus, breaking the right side of the windshield before running away. No arrests have been made. Cyclists are obnoxious enough, with their constant cut take their insolence to the next level?Charles Bronson Would Be ProudNE 125th Street and NE 11th Court Two thugs approached a man taking a leisurely stroll on 125th Street. One thug produced a silver, six-inch knife and pointed it at the victim, stating, You know what this is. The other man began searching the victims pockets. However, this victim wasnt having it. As the thug searched his pockets, the victim punched him in the face, then threw him into the other man (like a wrestling move), knocking both of them to the pavement. Victim then ran from the scene. These robbery suspects apparently picked the wrong person. Hopefully theyll take the hint and try working for a living. Victorias Secret: Her Ex is a Perv11800 Block of NE 19th Drive Rear sliding door of a residence was forced open while the owner was away. Nothing was taken, save for ten womens pant ies. Victim immediately suspected her ex-boyfriend, who is no longer welcome in the home. With police present, the woman called her ex-boyfriend and placed him on speaker. He confessed to the crime. She has yet to press charges at this time.Proof That Tax Breaks Lead to Trouble500 Block of NE 125th Street Dont you hate it when people hash out their differences in public? A couple began arguing while in line at this 7-Eleven, with the male demanding the females IRS refund check. She refused. He then punched her in the face, took her wallet, and left the store. The man had not been arrested at press time.Check Roger Eberts Alibi500 Block of NE 134th Street Typical burglary occurred at this residence. What made it slightly different is was removed from a shelf and left on A Thin Line Between Love and Hate You know, the Fatal Attraction spoof with Martin Lawrence as a smooth-talking ladies man who meets his match in bat-crazy admit that, but not worth stealing? Even for a rainy afternoon? Cmon. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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74 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Great Place to Go BarefootMuch more than a nude beach, Haulover remains a jewelBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorThe Barefoot Mailman of local legend walked South Floridas beaches for days, treading alongside the Atlantic Ocean for miles without seeing a single soul. On his 68-mile trek from Palm Beach to Miami, with his shoes and satchel slung over his back, he came to a fork in the road at Bakers Haulover, a narrow strip of land boats back and forth from the ocean to Biscayne Bay. From here, the Barefoot Mailman hitched a boat ride across the bay, to the Miami River. He took this watery route to deliver the mail because there were no connecting roads until 1882. Talk about your anti-instant messaging. It took a week to deliver a letter, and at least one barefoot mailman died in the process. (Well, that part hasnt changed much, if you consider the dangers of texting and driving.) Today a historical marker near the lifeguard station at Haulover Beach memorializes these extreme beach walkers. From the new lifeguard station, currently under construction, a 20-minute Barefoot Mailman-style walk south along the beach and around Haulover Inlet reveals another historical marker, dedicated of days gone by. Here is the birthplace of were brought to shore. Even bigger predators visited during World War II, when enemy submarines roamed the area. In 1948 this narrow isthmus between sea and bay became a park. Today Haulover Beach Park stands as a testament to the virtues of an open shoreline, as evidenced by the absence of condominium shadows on the waterfront for three miles 1.5 miles on the beach and roughly the same on the bay. For this reason alone, Haulover shines within the park system of Miami-Dade County, and it regularly ranks as one of the best beaches in Florida. Haulover Beach Park has been undergoing reconstructive surgery for the past few years, and heavy work continues on the bays marinas. Funded primarily by a $23 million bond passed in 2004, the park has thus far seen $10 million in improvements. For example, a dog park was opened in December 2010; last years review gave it 3.5 trees. The Building Better Communities bond also helped to pay for a stylish new dockmaster building, and millionaires yachts, this three-story Art Deco building has a pale aqua faade with turquoise piping. On the second story are bold silver letters that proclaim the former county parks director. Other external highlights are portholes, two levels of viewing decks, and a lighthouse. Inside, patrons can do their laundry. section often gets overlooked by those who focus on the shock value of the Trump Towers in Sunny Isles, signs indeed, Haulover has Floridas only wooden fence demarcates the nude beach, so do not approach it if you disapprove of skinny-dipping in daylight. Between the crowded nude beach on the north end and active marina on the south end are wide-open and often desolate areas, including the beach. The sand close to the sidewalk may be compact enough for running. Between the sand and sidewalk are attractive dunes that have been restored with native plants. Signs describe the dune restoration process one that should be emulated all over the state. A wide concrete path along the dunes parallels the 1.5 miles of beachfront and offers excellent biking and jogging. Here you can glide past the parks second-best architectural feature: ship funnels (smokestacks) planted in the ground, these four bathroom-and-shower facilities were recently upgraded and now bear bold colors and stripes. Something longtime patrons might miss on the beach is the turtle hatchery, a sizeable cage of chain-link fencing that was removed in 2007. Sea turtles still nest on this beach every summer, says BT photos by Jim W. Harper HAULOVER BEACH PARK Park Rating10800 Collins Ave. 305-947-3525 Hours: 8:00 a.m. to sunset Picnic tables: Yes Barbecues: Yes Picnic pavilions: Yes Tennis courts: Yes Yes Night lighting: Yes Swimming pool: Special features: 24-hour boat ramp Collins AveCollins Ave Haulover Beach Park

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Bill Ahern, a naturalist with MiamiDade County. Instead of moving the eggs into a cage, however, the county leaves them in the ground and marks them with yellow tape. The reason for not moving them is that mother knows nesting season began May 1. Down at the inlet, plenty of low-tech on the west side of the Collins Avenue bridge, where the pelicans and cormorants play. The currents between the bay and the ocean rip at breakneck speed. These waters have reason to be angry: They were separate until 1925, when construction married the bay to the ocean forever and transformed Miami Beach from a peninsula, connected to the mainland, into an island. While most of the park is delightful, its main drawback is an anomaly: too much parking. There is no parking on the beach side, but entrances on the bay side lead to enormous concrete dust bowls that are normally empty and offer no shade. Were they planning to build a mall here? From these lots, heading to the beach takes you into shady underground tunnels with plenty of echo-power. Thats the fun part. Returning to the parking lot, you are assaulted by asphalt. The bay side used to have a nine-hole golf course, but it was shut down in 2010 and now sits idle. Plans call for repurposing the greens into a great lawn, la Central Park. Guess what? Its already there. Another large patch of lawn close to Haulover Inlet has gone to the kites. A specialty kite shop on the ground enormous kites above, including a scuba diver that looks like a Dementor from the Harry Potter movies. Each year this area hosts a celebration called Kiteober Fest. is that wheelchairs for the beach can be borrowed from the lifeguard station (next to the yellow tower currently under construction); the county offers this service also at Crandon Park Beach. Haulover Beach Park is a place to pursue your dreams whether in a boat, on a bike, or even wearing nothing but your birthday suit. Bring your dog, your between the new. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Bill Bird Marina shelters yachts Musical Theatre Summer Camp 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33138 ? The PlayGround Theatres talented company members will lead students on a fun-filled artistic adventure.rf ntbn ffnbtbf bfnfftbtb nb rtt To register or for more information: www.theplaygroundtheatre.com

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76 Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETS SS omething to Chew OnRaising your dog, like raising your child, requires a lot of patience By Lisa Hartman BT ContributorMy dog is digging out of the yard. She pees on my expensive rug in the living room; were thinking of getting rid of her. Rocco knocks down everyone who comes through the front door. Were having another baby and our dog is just too big for the house. Oliver has chewed my baseboards in the kitchen and three pairs of Manolo Blahniks! These are the complaints I often hear when I receive calls from owners having issues with their dogs. Many times their soliloquy ends with a variation on the And while I understand and can emI wonder what they thought having a dog would be like. about to ask a dog to not be a dog. Techand for how long the dog does something that is causing domestic discord. its always my goal to redirect a dogs natural inclinations into appropriate and even useful channels. And though its

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true I dont have the power to shrink a Live with Kelly Lisa Hartman is a dog-friendly trainer, behavior specialist, and author of Dial a Dynamite Dog. You can reach her at lisa@lisathedogtrainer.com, or visit www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com r fntbt tr r tr trbbbrtbtrtb rt Get 1 FREE! rt n 20475 KNG Biscayne Times Ad April.indd 1 2/21/2012 4:55:24 PM

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78 Good Green NewsRecent events suggest that the environment may be making a comeback after allBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorGood things are happening in our corner of the planet. On April 10, a native tree was planted in every public school in Miami-Dade County. Thats 336 trees and tens of thousands of inspired children. Thank you, local ecoartist Xavier Cortada and the Reclamation Project. On April 19, one of the worlds largest enviro-happenings, Sustainatopia, launched its third year in Miami. Thank you, local eco-entrepreneur John Rosser. On April 21, thousands of volunteers scooped trash from Biscayne Bay during the 30th annual Baynanza. Thank you, Miami-Dade County. Next on the calendar: On May 5, a demonstration will be held on South Beach to show how sea-level rise from global warming could drown South Florida within a few decades. Thanks for the warning, international activist Bill McKibben and 350.org. These actions build hope. They also prove that a local environmental movement is alive and kicking. Maybe the tide is turning after all. So many people residents and visitors alike complain about our areas lack of concern for the environment, and oftentimes I agree, because they preface it with a reference to recycling. Sure, recycling here may be lagging in comparison to other places, and it certainly deserves more attention. But recycling alone does not make a city green. Many other factors, especially those related to emissions that speed up global warming, should be taken into account. By that standard, Greater Miami ranks as one of the nations cleaner and greener places to live. Its shocking, but true. And it isnt be cause of parks or public transportation or even basic environmental awareness and appreciation. (We have major work to do in those areas.) Rather, our areas great est strength is the separation of nature and city, much like the model of church and state. We need these separations. In a world of seven billion people, in a state approaching 20 million residents, we have to crowd into cities to allow nature to sprawl. Call it freedom of nature, or freedom from the greed of human nature. Americas national park system, the greatest in the world, protects such freedom, and only one county in the U.S. contains two national parks within its borders: Miami-Dade. Both Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park were slated for heavy development before earning their protected status in 1947 and 1980, respectively. Despite the impression that develop ers own Florida, sometimes they lose. Mi ami-Dades urban development boundary, established in 1975, sets a great example for protecting wetlands. Hold the line, as the grassroots campaign slogan goes, has been achieved over and over again. Our kids need to learn about these vic tories, just as they need to learn about the dismemberment of the greater Everglades, which is costing taxpayers nearly $20 billion in restoration efforts. The lesson: If you dont break it, you dont have to pay to Environmental regulations with real teeth, such as federal laws protect ing endangered species, have proven themselves in our swamps. One of the greatest success stories is the Ameri can alligator, which earned protected status in 1967, even before the pas sage of the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973. By 1987 the alligator was removed from the list, and today it continues to thrive. The saltwater-loving American crocodile is making its comeback. (Doing a thing called the crocodile rock?) This grayer cousin of the alligator exists in the U.S. only in southernmost Florida. It has been protected from hunting since the 1987. While Floridas croc population was once down to 100 scaly specimens hold ing on for dear life, this year the count is over 1500 a population considered equivalent to what it was a century ago. name of Crocodylus acutus instead of its previously used name no joke Cro Such large, keystone species indicate that something is right with the entire swamp. (You can track their movements online with the Save Your Logo campaign from Lacoste and the University of Florida.) But dont mistake success in one instance with paradise achieved. At the other end of the spectrum, a buta thread. Called the Miami Blue, this slight creature earned its federal status as endangered just last month. While disturbing news, this status gives hope the attention it deserves. Good things happen when people pay attention to the environment and take action to sustain it. Do I sound too happy to be an environmentalist? Im writing these optimistic thoughts for my sanity, because most news about the environment is making me crazy. I need a timeout. Dont you? Plant a tree. Dance outdoors. Put some litter in a basket. Make yourself feel good by doing something good for Mother Earth. Sow hope in the earth and harvest it in a greener, cleaner future. National Park Service

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Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITYCrafting SS om e H H om eSS t yle Fun Creative projects your kids will enjoy dont need to be complicatedBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorI never aspired to be a crafty mom. There was always something about the do-it-yourself mentality, though, that appealed to me. I dont own a sewing machine, I dont get knitting, and I cant stand the way glue smells. A trip to Michaels, the crafts store, or Jo-Ann Fabrics used to make me itch on the inside. My mother, however, always had tricks up her perfectly rolled sleeve. She led my fourth-grade class in Kachina doll-making during our lesson on Native dresses and blazers during my Alex P. Keaton phase, and most recently made curtains and throw pillows for my guest room. Instead of following in her creative footsteps, I have memories of the art teacher lecturing me for sloppily pinched legs on my clay sculptures, my paper dolls heads always ending up shaped like well, lets just say they werent shaped right, and my homemade birthday cards always sticking together due to glue-ooze. I had a couple of epiphanies, though, that ended up being the key to my acceptance of crafting. First, I dont need to be Martha Stewart to enjoy a project here and there. Crafting can turn out creations that rank well above the form and function of a crocheted Yoda or a pipe-cleaner caterpillar. My friend Kristina always comes up with amazing crafts during play dates and birthday parties. One time she bought a bunch of cheap, gaudy plastic and wooden beads at the local fabric store, along with various cuts and colors of vibrant ribbon. She also secured fancy, empty boxes from some Design District stores. Then she set the kids to creating the latest fashions in neckwear. When it was all over, each girl was sent home with her design nicely packed in a designer box. It was great for the little fashionistas in awe of the big chunky necklaces making a comeback in the expensive boutiques. Not all moms are as creative as Kristina, but who needs creativity when you have Oriental Trading Company? Susan, the smartest mom I know, has a treasure trunk full of craft kits from the OTC: purse-making kits, design-your-own planter kits, photo frame-making kits, even binocularand puzzle-making kits. Susan breaks out a new kit when the kids get antsy at birthday parties, on a rainy day, or even after the homework has been done, as an alternative to TV. I follow Prudent Baby, a mommy DIY blog that never fails to inspire. Prudent Baby is full of not-so-typical ideas. Ive seen them make everything from stylish booster seats to simple, snuggly blankets. They also offer a section called Hot Mess Mommy, where moms make their own accessories. Ive never attempted any of the projects, but seeing a post often inspires my own ideas. My projects? Well, Im not into novelty crafts. But I do like quirky art. For example: One year I scored a giant canvas at a garage sale for two dollars. It featured a hideous painting that someone had spilled coffee on and perhaps used as a table to eat a sloppy pizza. I took it home, gingerly washed it off, and painted it in a fresh coat of white. I then put paper plates of purple, blue, pink, and green acrylic paint on the game of stepping in the plates of paint and then running across the canvas to a tub of soapy water. (One of the kiddies threw a tantrum because she couldnt sit down on the canvas in the middle of the project.) The twisting and stomping is immortalized on the canvas and makes for a great story. We call the piece Happy Trails and Tantrums and it hangs proudly in the girls bedroom. Another fun, ongoing project is our collection of stickers from our fruits and vegetables. We buy quirky, inexpensive and cover them in colorful produce stickers. Several neighbors and friends have received Fruita Buddhas or Fruity Gnomes as gifts and continue to add their own stickers to them. Any time we see inexpensive shadowbox frames, we purchase them. These make great displays for found objects, funny greeting cards, or school artwork. Everly, our three-year-old, recently that was an awkward shape for a frame. I had just purchased four little three-bythree-inch shadowbox frames that were on sale at Target, so I cut squares out of Everlys piece and displayed them vertically in our hallway. She is so proud, and it looks fantastic! You dont have to like pipe cleaners to enjoy some family crafting. It can be anything you want it to be. With summer break and the rainy season upon us, its a great time to dream up some fun and artistic projects for the whole family. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photo by Crystal Brewe

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80 By Bill Citara BT ContributorIn the spring, a young oenophiles fancy turns to What should I drink? Winters cool (or coolishness) is long gone, and the face-melting heat and wetclay humidity of summer has yet to pounce. Those knife-and-fork Zinfandels and oaky, tannic Cabernet Sauvignons that can warm up chilly (and occasionally frigid) winter nights are like sweltering in a wool sweater and mittens on a sunny May afternoon, while the crisp, clean Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Grigios and well-balanced Chardonnays that can take the edge off the summer blast furnace are like parading around in a thong when an arctic Canadian cold front screams into town. Even ross seem to line up on either side of the great seasonal wine-drinking divide lean and acidic or lush and fruity. So whats a thirsty boy (or girl) to do? Pour a glass of lightly chilled red, thats what. Not just any red jammed into the fridge, though. Those big, beefy Cabs and Zins and Syrahs usually dont take well to serious chilling, which mutes their fruity character and emphasizes their tannins, making them taste thin and puckery. (Its worth noting, however, that even those red wines could usually ing, as room temperature in tropical South Florida is a helluva lot different temperate Bordeaux.) No, what we want here are lighterbodied reds that are generous in fruit and stingy in tannins, preferably with little or no oak aging and relatively low in alcohol. Dolcetto, Barbera, and Valpolicella from Italy are good bets, as are Beaujo lais, Pinot Noir, Chinon, and even some Cabernet Francs from France. Notice I didnt mention any domestic reds most (though certainly not all) are just too heavy-oaky-alcoholic for our purposes. The French wines were the stars of this 2010 Valpolicel la from Villa Maffei With its exceedingly strawberry-raspberry fruit balanced by a Italian product is right up there. Id be de lighted to see this wine indoors with baked ham and light pastas or in a sun-drenched backyard with hot dogs and pasta salad. Two other Italian wines werent nearly so pleasant. The 2010 Cren della Lepre Barbera was so harsh and bereft of fruit (with some funky-herbal undercurrents) that it was simply undrinkable, per or for etching metal plates. Casa SantOrsolas 2010 Dolcetto dAlba was better, tasting very young and very tart, but mellowing a bit in the glass. Of the French wines, a pair of Beau jolais-Villages showed why that wine is the obvious choice for warm-weather from reliable Georges Du boeuf delivered everything you could want: pretty rosered color, crisp strawberrytread lightly on the palate, eight bucks youre not getting any complexity, but you are getting a wine that can appeal to a variety of taste buds and plays well with everything roasted chicken. The 2009 Jean Saint Honor Beaujolais-Villages was a bit more demanding. It slight vegetal-earthy edge to its faint red cherry-raspberry aromas, and it stayed tight for After a while, though, it began to open, displaying mellower cherry and strawberry a little on the austere side, its probably not for novice wine drinkers. The surprise of the tasting was the Lieu dit Beauregard 2010 Bourgueil bank of Frances Loire Valley. Fuller and richer than its lighter-bodied competitors, it balanced its fresh, simple cherry-berry mild acidity and soft tannins. Perhaps my favorite wine of all, though, was the 2010 Ropiteau Pays dOc Pinot Noir made in a lighter and blockbuster Pinots still coming out of California. It showed off a bit of candyish red cherry fruit in the nose, which carried over to the palate, time in the glass adding teases of anise and orange and turning this not-so-young oenophiles fancy to drinking another bottle outdoors in our glorious spring weather. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Chill with the Right RedsRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less HANG WITH US AT THE WINE BAR, TAKE A LOAD OFF AT OUR FULL LIQUOR BAR. ENJOY OUR DAILY HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS WHILE YOU SAVOR OUR DELICIOUS TAPAS!WE DELIVER!

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By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorTheres too much food news this month to print it all. Still, we want more! Signs of a restaurant opening or closing in your neighborhood? Send in your tips and Ill check them out. Use this: restaurants@biscaynetimes.com. OPENINGS Barrel Wine Cantine (3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775). In the former W Wine Bar space, its actually much like the original a wine market and wine imported cheeses, charcuterie (including homemade pts), quiches, salads, and changing hot entres. Difference: A real chef is in charge. That would be Victor Passalacqua, trained in Michelin threestar kitchens before helming numerous Bella Beach Club (18001 Collins Ave., 305-692-5777). In the Trump International Resort, this informal restolounge couldnt be more beachy. It is right on the sand. Fare ranges from light bites (caviars, elegant salads) to grilled seafood and steaks with varied sauces. There are also day beds, a bocce court, and often a DJ. Hoops Sports Bar & Grill (900 Biscayne Blvd., 786-472-3050). This Ca nadian import across from the AA arena, which features more than 180 TVs and standard bar bites with occasional Cana dian accents, has been operating for three Drop by the party, from noon to whenever, for poutine (identical to NJ disco fries, topped with cheese and gravy). Strip (801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305364-5384). Thats strip as in steak. At this modern space in the Four Ambassadors there are no exotic dancers but plenty of exotica on the menu, including antelope and kangaroo. Other than that, the food is traditional steakhouse stuff, but all beef is sourced, grass-fed, and raised without evil hormones. CLOSINGS Andalus in the Design District. Majestic Properties Jeff Morr, owner of the building (which previously housed Pa was sold to a French restaurant group is door space waiting for a tenant. Heres one vote for an Asian street food spot. SIDE DISH Speaking of rumors, Michelle Bernstein Sra. Martinez being sold. Sra. has not been sold, she says. Im in the midst of looking for a chef, and thats about it. Meanwhile, congrats to Bernstein for multiple culinary awards last month: To Sra. Martinez for Best Restaurant 2012 awards ceremony; to Seoras mixologist Julio Cabrera gional Campari Best Aperitivo Cocktail Competition; and to Bernstein herself, crowned Princess of Porc in South Floridas regional Cochon 555, a national heirloom pig competition. Next stop: the Grand Cochon at Aspens Food & Wine Classic to vie with nine other regional winners on June 17. Congrats also to pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith (from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink), this years only James Beard Award ners will be announced in NYC at a May 7 dinner of Beard-inspired recipes, where another Miami chef, Norman Van Aken from Tuyo, will represent with his legendary creamy conch chowder. Van Aken says his dish originated from Beards recipe for the cream of mussels soup known as Billi Bi. Kris Wessel of Red Light, who became a Food Network Chopped champion last month. The sert crafted from strawberries, walnuts, corn chips, and hollandaise sauce. Remember last fall when the Tommy opened in Midtown Miami, with much hype about its menu of small bites dreamed up by Kris Wessel? Flocking foodies (including me) were, however, puzzled by the unin spired items actually offered. The back story: Wessel, an old friend of South Beach pioneer Roth, was indeed questioned him in late November, he was delayed in implementing his menu by a setback with the permitting process plus a tiny kitchen with no hood system for cooking. I wont put my stamp on it until it is ready. When I ran into Wessel at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February, he was still involved but still no stamp. And now, though the lounges website continues to tout Wessel, he says, I dont think Ill ever be involved in implementing a food concept at Ricochet. At any rate, hit Ricochet for clubbing, not for Krisfood. Please consult this months BizBuzz column (page 26) for news and deals from BT restaurant advertisers Anise Taverna (soon evolving into RiverShack), Bagels & Company, Jean Pauls House, rant, Trio on the Bay, Mario the Baker, and Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Winners and RumorsFood news we know you can use

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82 Brickell / DowntownArea 31 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells high-rises actually make Miami look like a real city. Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the most impressive. The food is impeccably fresh regional fish, prepared in a clean Mediterraneaninfluenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Azul 500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where globetrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asianinspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomy-accented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans 901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road pro genitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf 109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$Banana & Leaf 234 NE 3rd St., 786-431-5548Ever get tempted by the convenience of supermarket sushi boxes, but feel uneasy about freshness and disgruntled about sparseness of fillings? In the graband-go containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like a plump snow crab roll have a satisfying seafood-torice ratio. If youd rather, dishes on the larger custom menu arrive almost as fast. There is also limited, tasty Southeast Asian fare. Most unbelievable: Prices beat supermarket sushi by far. $The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel) 1395 Brickell Ave., 05-503-6500On the Conrads 25th floor, The Bars picture-windowed space is not just a watering hole with panoramic views. At lunch its an elegant sandwich bar; at night its a raw bar (with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos. Thats just the Basque word for tapas, but here theres nothing mere about the generously portioned small plates. They range from traditional items like cod fish equixada and saffron-sauted Spanish artichokes to inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-stuffed empanadas. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese 801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Bon Fromage 500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Bryan in the Kitchen 104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothie-swilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-fromscratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Caf Bastille 248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very French-feeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$Caf Sambal 500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as its casual hotel restaurant, many consider it a more spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly on the waterfront. The food is Asian-inspired, with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents. For the health-conscious, the menu includes low-cal choices. For hedonists theres a big selection of artisan sakes. $$$-$$$$$Cavas Wine Tasting Room 900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027 Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the wine-curious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargainpriced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Chophouse Miami 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 313. Florin 3620 NE 2nd Ave., 786-953-5001A labor of love from the married team of chocolatier/pastry chef Grazia Maggi and artist Rinaldo Malvernmi, this dessert caf/tea house/market is a lovely little spot to enjoy a 100-percent organic afternoon tea (or herbal infusion) plus a daily-changing selection of housemade European-inspired pastries and chocolates, many incorporating edible flowers. Sweets, ranging from apricot-filled dark chocolate Sachertorte and Italian almond cakes to creamy truffles or meringue-dotted chocolate salami, have unusual sophistication. And artistic, hand-designed packaging makes the goodies great gifts, too -if you can resist eating them yourself. $-$$ Jean Pauls House 2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373Jean Paul Desmaison, original chef/co-owner of La Cofradia in Coral Gables, has chosen a decidedly less tony, more transitional neighborhood for this venture. But inside his renovated bungalow, ambiance is stylishly cozy, and the creative contemporary North/South American fusion cuisine is as elegant as ever. Best bets are dishes influenced by Desmaisons native Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet potato pure, and a beautifully balanced nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible: tame leche de tigre, Perus infamous tigers milk marinade. $$$-$$$$Wine Vault Miami Shops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000From a Wine Vault press release: Over 1300 square feet of pure decadence. In fact, the soaring, two-story space, complete with glass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolate-covered bacon. Go ahead and make a meal of it. We grown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happyhour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar 7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022Dont let this little cafs easily overlooked strip-mall location, or its informal interior, fool you. The warm welcome is authentically Italian, as are cleverly crafted antipasti, simple but full-flavored pastas, and homemade pastries (from rosemary breadsticks to fruit-topped dessert tortas) that will transport your taste buds to Tuscany. And the housemade mozzarella or burrata cheeses -truly milk elevated to royalty -will transport you to heaven. A small market area provides Italian staples, plus superb salumi and the magnificent mozz, to go. $$-$$$ Bagel Bar East 1990 NE 123rd St., 305-895-7022Crusty outside (even without toasting) and substantially chewy inside, the bagels here are the sort homesick ex-New Yorkers always moan are impossible to find in Miami. For those who prefer puffed-up, pillowy bagels? Forget it. Have a nice onion pocket. Theres also a full menu of authentic Jewish deli specialties, including especially delicious, customcut -not pre-sliced -nova or lox. Super size sand wiches easily serve two, and theyll even improvise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$ Piazzetta 17875 Collins Ave., 305-918-6816You cant help feeling optimistic about a tourist towns food scene when its resort restaurants, which generally walk the middle of the road, get creative. And it doesnt get much more creative than this stylish restaurant and Italian market, which bills itself as a trip to an Italian-inspired little market square, but which, along with artisanal salumi plus pizzas and pastas, serves sushi. Particularly tasty: the native Neapolitan pizza chefs truffled taleggio and mushroom pies; meltingly tender braised short ribs; an impeccable marketdriven meat and cheese platter. $$$rfnt ntbnfnt tnftn tf f t tff nffff

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Also loccted in South Beach: 305.531.6068 and Oakland Park: 954.772.0555NEW LOOK, HIROS SUSHI EXPRESS BIGGER IS BETTER! Redesigned and moved to old Yakko-San17040-46 W. Dixie HighwayPH: 305.949.0776 or 305.949.4685 FAX: 305-949-4727Click your online order and get delivery right to your door www.sushiexpress.comMon.-Fri. 11 a.m. till 12 a.m. | Sat. & Sun. 1p.m.-12a.m.DINE IN TAKE OUT CATERING DELIVERY Going Green! Real Plates No More Plastic FAMILIES WELCOME We now have 50 dine-in seats! Specializing in regional Japanese Cuisine, focusing on small tapas-like plates you will not find on menus anywhere else.NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH Business Hours: After Hours Dining25years in business in North Miami BeachLive DJ @ Yakko Lounge Fourth Thursday of the month All Martini & Sakatini $5, Sake shot $2 Join us at Yakko Lounge 9pm-2am305.947.00643881 NE 163rd StreetNorth Miami Beach, Intracoastal MallVisit us online atwww.yakko-san.comNot affiliated with Hiros Restaurant on 163rd street rfntbfffb

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84 Crazy About You 1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, 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. $$$ Cvi.che 105 105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood cre ations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ Damn Good Burger 20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-718-6565At restolounge MIA, the hip, high-tech nightclub compo nent remains the same, as does much of the restaurant spaces mod dcor. 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 housemade sauce plus customizable toppings ranging from pickles to pork belly. Also available: veggie burgers, dogs, salads, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and standard sides. Rich malts and shakes come regular or adult (spiked). $$db Bistro Moderne345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800 Just two words -- Daniel Boulud -should be enough for foodies craving creative French/American comfort cuisine to run, not walk, to this restaurant. If they can find it. (Hint: The mysterious Avenue of the Americas is really Biscayne Boulevard Way. Dont ask.) Downtowns db is an absentee celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Jarrod Verbiak flawlessly executes dishes ranging from the original NYC db Bistros signature foie gras/ short rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local marketdriven dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley veloute. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer 255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with home made cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexicanstyle with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita 1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From the stylish setting in Miamis historic Firehouse No. 4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal. But entres, 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. $$$Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores. Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewelbright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub 188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus house made tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eternity Coffee Roasters 117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garcess sleek micro-roastery will convince anyone possessing taste buds that fine coffee can be as complex as fine wine, and as satisfying as solid food. A changing selection of superior single-origin beans (many varieties from the Garces familys Colombian farm; most others from Ethiopia and Kenya), roasted in-house, produces slow-pour regular brews with amazing nuances of fruits, chocolate, and more. The espresso is so smooth sugar isnt necessary. Other treats: flaky chocolate-stuffed cigars and other locally baked pastries. Free parking. $ Eos 485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373Originally opened by Michelin-starred New Aegean chef Michael Psilakis, Eos changed upon the chefs departure into a more familiar Mediterranean resort eatery, minus Greek-inspired innovations. Now inspiration comes mainly from Spain and Italy, with nods to Morocco and Latin America. Best bets include a tasting platter of Spanish cheeses and cured meats; a pistachio-garnished salad featuring Serrano ham, figs, and arugula; crispy parmesan risotto balls with prosciutto and smoked tomato dip; and olive/smoked paprika-rubbed roast chicken. At lunch burgers and upscale sandwiches are added. $$$-$$$$Fado Irish Pub 900 S. Miami Ave. #200 786-924-0972 Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on mini-boxty blini, with capers and horse radish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$Finnegans River 401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030Pool 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, including a boat dock and a large array of umbrella tables and lounge chairs where its easy to while away many happy hours. The menu is the same array of bar bites served by South Beachs older Finnegans, but angus burgers are big and tasty, and zingy jalapeo-studded smoked-fish dip is a satisfying table-snack choice. $$ First Hong Kong Caf 117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665Old Hong Kong saying: If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, its edible. And nowhere is this truer than in this historically international trade ports cafs -meaning fast-food restaurants. Typical menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and most other nations. So believe us: At this caf, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambalspiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/ beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty. $$ Fratelli Milano 213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300Downtown isnt yet a 24/7 urban center, but its expe riencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night. That includes this family-owned ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home. At lunch its almost impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta; even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and comple mentary flavors. During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus; home made pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Fresco California Bistro 1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of food onto its menu. To the familiar Latin American/ Italian equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but more health conscious). Menu offerings range from designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but the bistros 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. $$ Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market 398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe 154 SE 1st Ave.305-374-1024If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained only one item -pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -wed be happy. But the caf, 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. $$Grimpa Steakhouse 901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly contemporary, but no worries. The classic sword-wielding gauchos are here, serving a mindreeling assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish. And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses. A pleasant, nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas 192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheese burger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade 1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobestyle beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Il Gabbiano 335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace) the perfect power lunch/business dinner alternative to steakhouses. And the culinary experience goes way beyond the typical meat market, thanks in part to the flood of freebies thats a trademark of Manhattans Il Mulino, originally run by Il Gabbianos owners. The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth. And the champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black truffles? Worth every penny. $$$$$Hibachi Grill 45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagaine a mini-express Benihana. This place specializes in teppanyaki cuisine -minus the thrilling (or ter rifying) tableside knife theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices, chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an onion/ zucchini mix come at bargain prices. There are also hefty soups or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (including tofu). The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump chicken gyoza) and Chinese (various egg rolls). Fancy? No, but satisfying. $-$$ Indigo / Table 40 100 Chopin Plaza, 305-577-1000Long known for its power-lunch buffet -including hot entres, carving station, custom pastas, packedto-the-gills salad, sushi, and dessert stations -the InterContinental Hotels Indigo restaurant now has a hip offspring intended for private dining: Table 40. The charming, glassed-in wine cellar (actually in the kitchen) enables 12-14 diners to watch the action in heat-shielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental technique with local seasonal ingredients. Highlights: tender house-smoked, stout-braised short ribs; lavish lobster salad with grilled mango; and a seductive fresh corn gazpacho. $$$-$$$$$ Iron Sushi 120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000(See Miami Shores listing)

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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 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll 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. $ Jamn, Jamn, Jamn, 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar 2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscalecool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, formerly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$Largo Bar & Grill 401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706Sure, Bayside Marketplace is touristy. But it can be fun to spend a day playing visitor in your own city. If you do, this waterfront place overlooking Miamarina is a superior food choice. Expect nothing cutting edge, just tasty, familiar favorites solidly prepared. You wont go wrong with stone crab claws and Cajun mustard dip; inauthentic but delicious fish tacos in hard blue corn tortillas with two sauces (cilantro and chipotle), generously portioned fish sandwiches (grouper, mahi, snapper, or daily catch), and festive cocktails. $$-$$$ La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge 68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restau rant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown. With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti in sage butter sauce and cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyers Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso. $$$La Moon 144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a truckers burger: beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake bun. While this tiny places late hours (till 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) are surprising, the daytime menu is more so. In addition to Colombian classics, theres a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites. $-$$ La Provence 1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. Not so familiar is the bakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie 34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultracrusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell 188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233At this French bakery/caf, mornings start seriously, with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/ pt, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete American breakfasts. At lunch, generously salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresist ible. But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the choice tough. And do not skip dessert. Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with daily-changing fillings. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., Suite 7, 305-789-9929 (See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing.)Little Lotus 25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined to become one of our towns toughest tables to book. Two talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like theyre about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself. Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially noteworthy. The prices? A steal. $-$$ LouLou Le Petit Bistro 638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1404When Indochines owner, Jacques Ardisson, closed his Asian spot to open this charming French eatery in the same space, it was a return to his roots. He and his daughter, for whom the place is named, come from Nice. Youll be transported, too, by dishes like lamb shank with flageolets (known as the caviar of beans), duck leg confit on a bed of mouthwatering green lentils from Le Puy, a classic moules/frites, a shared charcuterie platter with a bottle from the savvy wine list, and, of course, salade nioise. $$-$$$Mare Nostrum 1111 SW 1st Ave., 786-691-2770While Mare Nostrums own blurbs describe it as a Mediterranean restaurant, it would be more accurate to precede that with not just another. Both the name (our sea) and a raw bar packed with pristine Spanish and local seafood make clear what is the specialty of chef Pedro Gallardo, an Arzak/El Bulli veteran. And indeed, simply steamed or grilled cigala (Mediterranean langoustines) are impeccable. But one could also be happy making a meal of sea-free small plates like luscious deep-fried artichokes with peppery, rich romesco sauce. $$-$$$$$ Martini 28 146 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414This stylish little lunch-only spot, a labor of love from a husband-wife chef team, serves what might well be the most impressive meal deal in town. From an ambitious, daily-changing menu of fare thats geographically eclectic but prepared with solid classic technique, diners get a choice of about ten entres (substantial stuff like steak au poivre with Madeira cream sauce and roasted potatoes, or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard sauce, potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and housemade dessert. For just $9.99. Told ya. $ Miami Art Caf 364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French caf serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert) loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more. For those with time to sit, wed recommend the savory crpes, garnished with perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crpe like the Bonne Maman (whose sugar/salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown). And quiches are nicely custardy. But there are surprises here, too, including just a few full entres, with correctly made traditional sauces one wouldnt expect at a luncheonette -except, perhaps, in Paris. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant 236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island spe cialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $ ALL ALCOHOL LICENSING

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86 Mint Leaf 1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons 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 interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrum ptious street food. Weve 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. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf 900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro 1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe in standard sound bites. But they often are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sausage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room 900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supple ments signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$Ozzi Sushi 200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how long plates had been circulating on the sushi-go-round? Happily, this sushiboat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-sliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$Pega Grill 15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned North Beachs Ariston, this small spot is more casually contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek food. Mixed lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option), topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens and tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties. But even more irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Pashas 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food is served at several newer outlets. The prices are low enough that you might suspect Pashas was a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh yogurt cheese. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh, from scratch, daily. $-$$Peoples Bar-B-Que 360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080Oak-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 theres a full menu of soul food entres, including what many aficionados consider our towns 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. $-$$ Perricones 15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks 1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/ delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$Prelude Adrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/ mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and overthe-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Puntino Downtown 353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661The first U.S. venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as lunch. Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan. The food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional. But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple: an antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade marinated veggies; crispfried calamari and shrimp; airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil. $$-$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine 33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steam-tabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$The River Oyster Bar 650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as evidenced by tempting menu selections like softshell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade. There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese. But oyster fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fire-roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano 900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Scalina 315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-789-9933Comparisons between this new Tom Billante venture and the other (slightly pricier) Italian eatery in the same building are inevitable, especially considering similarities like key personnel from NYCs Il Mulino, Mulino-style abundant free appetizers, and a powerdining crowd. But why focus on competitive nonsense when you can relax on the river-view terrace enjoying chef Enrico Giraldos specialties, including an elaborate take on Venices famed fegato (calfs liver and onions), upscaled with Lucanica sausage and a balsamic reduction. Or maybe an even more evocative Roman ice cream tartufo? Mangia! $$$$Soi Asian Bistro134 NE 2nd Ave., 305-523-3643 From the owners of Calle Ochos hip Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro, Soi sports similar casual-chic ambiance and eclectic Thai/Japanese cuisine. Traditional Thai curries and familiar sushi rolls are prepared with solid skill and style. But most intriguing are new inventions adding Peruvian fusion flair to the Asian mix, such as a spicy, tangy tangle of crisp-fried yellow noodles with sauted shrimp plus slivered peppers and onions -mod mee krob, with jalea-like tart heat replacing the cloying sweetness. $$ Soya & Pomodoro 120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. 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. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar 204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIAtrained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/ apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Sushi Maki 1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ 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 entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnutgarnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Thai Angel 152 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9748Inside a colorful courtyard that rather resembles Munchkinland, this downtown insiders secret serves serious Thai food till 9:00 p.m. daily. Tasty classics like the four curries (red, green, panang, and massaman) come custom-spiced -mild to authentically brain-searing -and are so affordable theres no guilt in splurging on superb house specials like crisp-coated duck or fresh snapper (whole or filleted) in tamarind sauce. The young chef has a heavenly hand at tofu, too, so vegetarians are very well-served. $$

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Tobacco Road 626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-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 chili, budget-priced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$Tre Italian Bistro 270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but restolounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistrolounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse 777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale power-lunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake sliders are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tu yo 415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt studentrun. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former protgs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$Waxy OConnors 690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sau sage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$Wok Town 119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist dcor (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, too! $$ Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the volu minous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-inyour-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant 1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restaurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budgetpriced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of fullflavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ Adelitas Caf 2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne) this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside its bigger, better, and busier than it looks. Unlike many Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser. On weekends espe cially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (Hondurass take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more. $Andalus 35 NE 40th St., 305-400-4422Early publicity pegging this place (in Pacific Times former space) as a tapas bar seemed to set it up as direct competition 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 arent contemporary riffs on tradition but authentic regional specialties. Subtly nutty jamon pata negra (the Rolls-Royce of cured hams) or salmorejo (Cordobas 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. $$$Basanis 3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood red-sauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with handtossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Bengal 2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976At this Indian eatery the dcor is cool and contemporary: muted gray and earth-tone walls, taste ful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine to match the look. Classicists, however, neednt worry. Americas favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurantstarved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty half-pound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 18 1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas 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. $$Blue Piano 4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7919The address suggests a street-corner location, but this casually cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock. Its well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose individual areas of expertise encompass food, wine, and live entertainment, melding all seamlessly. The music is muted, encouraging conversation; wines are largely small-production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups. And the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes like the McLuvvin, a meld of savory Spanish sausage and chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream -supremely satisfying. $$ FREE SMOOTHIEBUY ONE MEDIUM OR LARGE SMOOTHIE AND GET A SMALL SMOOTHIE FOR FREEMust present coupon to receive offer. Valid at THESE locations only. Not good with any other offer. Limit one per person, per visit. Some restrictions may apply. Expires 5/31/2012 3034 Grand Avenue Coconut Grove 305-476-9435 2001 Biscayne Blvd. Miami 305-576-5464 12607 Biscayne Blvd. 305-981-8660

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88 Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking distance of every Miami resident, wed be a helluva hip food town. Like true Parisian bistros, its open continu ously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in anytime for authentic rillettes (a rustic pt) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is free parking. $$Buena Vista Deli 4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants, and other delights. At lunch cornichongarnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade pts, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a butterycrusted, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ Caf 46 190 NE 46th St., 305-400-8828It doesnt look like South Beachs late lamented Joe Allen. The urban beach bar dcor and bohemian vibe actually are more reminiscent of this spaces first restaurant, 190. But the menu is virtually identical -no surprise since co-owner/host Mario Rubeo, plus most kitchen staffers, are Joe Allen veterans. Revisit faves like matzo meal-crusted chicken, the famous burger, still-unique dinner salads spotlighting uncommon ingre dients like smoked trout, and fun signature desserts like Rice Krispy treats. $$$Cafeina 297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar 1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414A 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. Its worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sustainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper and sea bass. Bonus: With validation, valet parking is free. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos 3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the curedham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant 2004 Biscayne Blvd., 305-764-3130After 30+ years spent guiding other owners restaurants to success, Miami Spice program creator Steve Haas has opened his own expansive, two-floor place, on a stretch of Biscayne Boulevard thats suddenly looking fashionable. The vibe is a mix of power-dining destination and comfie neighborhood hangout, and chef Tom Azar (ex-Emerils) has designed a varied menu to match. Highlights: an astonishingly thin/crunchy-crusted pizza topped with duck confit, wild mushrooms, port wine syrup, and subtly truffled bchamel; crispy calamari (rings and legs) with light, lemony tomato emulsion; and tuna tartar that is refreshingly free of sesame oil. Big portions and a full bar to boot. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course 3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places selfservice caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Clives Caf 2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall has served for more than 30 years. Since about 1990, though, when owner Pearline Murray (Ms. Pearl to regulars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk chicken has been the main item here. Other favorites: savory rice and pigeon peas; eye-opening onion/ vinegar-flavored escovitch fish; sweet plantains; and cabbage that redefines the vegetable. $Crumb on Parchment 3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9444Though located in a difficult spot (the Melin Buildings central atrium, invisible from the street), Michelle Bernsteins bakery/caf packs em in, partly due to Bernsteins mom Martha, who makes irresistible old-school cakes: German chocolate with walnuts, lemon curd with buttercream frosting, more. Lunch fare includes inspired sandwiches like seared rare tuna with spicy Asian pickles and kimchi aioli. 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. $-$$ The Daily Creative Food Co. 2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingre dients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the cre atively minded. $Egg & Dart 4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crisp-fried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Egyptian Pizza Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics. 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. $$18th Street Caf 210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006Most seating in this cool, pioneering neighborhood caf is in a giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that makes the small space feel expansive -fitting, since the menu keeps expanding, too. Originally breakfast/lunch only, the caf, though closed weekends, now serves dinner till 10:00 p.m., with comfort food entres like secretrecipe meatloaf joining old favorites: daily-changing homemade soups, varied burgers, layered international salads, inspired sandwiches (like roast beef and provolone with creamy horseradish). Beer and wine is available, and now so is delivery. $$The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions 5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559At the Fed, expect what locals know to expect from sommelier/chef team Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, whose previous restaurant concepts have included Blue Piano (gourmet stoner snacks) and Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea. That is, expect the unexpected. The Fed is an updated tavern featuring creative, from-scratch takes on traditional American regional dishes: flaky Southern biscuits with sausage gravy (and crisp-coated sweetbreads, if desired); Northeastern-inspired pig wings (pork drummettes with homemade Buffalo sauce, blue cheese mousse, and pickled veggies). Desserts, from third partner Alejandro Ortiz, include sinful sticky buns. $$-$$$Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341No green-leaf faux health food here. You get what the 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, theyre 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., 305-572-2901This Italian caf has been packed since the moment it opened. No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyons pioneering Lyon Frres 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 cant help wishing it also had a retail component. Entres include properly al dente pastas, plus some regional specialties like Venetian-style calves liver, rarely found outside Italy. $$$Gigi 3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520As befits its location in artful, working-class Wynwood, Gigi has minimalist modern diner ambiance paired with truly creative contemporary Asian-influenced comfort food from Top Chef contender Jeff McInnis (formerly of the South Beach Ritz-Carlton) at surprisingly low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and housemade pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ The Girrrlz of Sandwich 555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo) 305-374-4305Riot 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 caf, hidden on the Venetia condos mezzanine. Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are all baked in-house. On Saturdays the grrrlsll even deliver you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed. $Harrys Pizzeria 3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133This Florida fast/casual chain became an instant hit in Midtown Miami owing to a winning concept: more than 35 heat-coded sauces and dry rubs meant for custom-tossing with wings and other things (including white-meat bone less wings, really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces), accompanied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and celery. It would be silly to not pair your main with garlic/ herb-butter parmesan fries. There are many other items, too, including salads. But hey, celery is salad, right? $$ Jimmyz Kitchen 2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provo lone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf 2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Caf District, this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would hope and as affordable. Theres a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for under $30. And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara. Pastas are fresh; produce is largely local; the mosaic-centered dcor is minimalist but inviting. And no need to be wary of the warehouse district at night: Valet parking is free. $$-$$$

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La Latina 3509 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-9655At last, an authentic Venezuelan arepera (purveyor of homemade arepas, with a variety of meat, cheese, and veggie fillings) that isnt out in the boonies -and decidedly isnt a dive. With colorful dcor concocted from recycled objects, this space, though small, has truly eclectic, Midtown style. The signature corn cakes, crisped outside and fluffy inside, put sodden supermarket specimens to shame. And cachapas (softer, sweeter corn pancakes folded around mozzarella-like fresh cheese) or bollarepitas (cheese-stuffed deepfried corn cakes, with tangy nata dip) may be even tastier. $-$$La Provence 2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Latin Caf 2000 2501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838The menu is similar to that at many of our towns Latin cafs, largely classic Cuban entres and sandwiches, with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood), or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries consider a Latin country. What justifies the new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppified/yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck. $$Lemoni Caf 4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/ salads/starters primer. What it doesnt convey is the freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes into their use. Entre-size salads range from an elegant spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens. Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninis, or wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-tasting light salad cream. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include lowcarb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor 3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon 185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres 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 neighborhood. Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion 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. $Mandolin Aegean Bistro 4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066Inside this converted 1940s homes blue-and-white dining room -or even more atmospherically, its treesheltered 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 pure, and airy tarama caviar spread; and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava pure, and rich tomato-walnut dip. The meze of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolins 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., 786-369-0423Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas. But the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity: genuinely made-from-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed. Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (juicy braised pork, spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts). A close second: the hongos, intensely flavorful huitlacoche and wild mushrooms, with manchego and salsa verde -a reminder that vegetarian food need not be bland. $$-$$$Michaels Genuine Food and Drink 130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers downto-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. Theres also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michaels Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$Ming Yuan 3006 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6466What this tiny (three booths plus counter seats) Wynwood place serves isnt authentic Chinese cuisine. Its Chinese immigrant cooking: Americas original Cantonese-based chop sueys and egg foo youngs plus later, spicier but also Americanized Szechuan/Hunan-inspired 1970s inventions like Mongolian beef and General Tsos this-or-that. But all the above (ordered extra-spicy if you like heat), plus crab rangoons and treat-packed special fried rice, are truly tasty. And since almost everything on the menu comes in several sizes, with even small being substantial, prices are unbeatable. $-$$ Mikes at Venetia 555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-night menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$Morgans Restaurant 28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable; shoe string frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar 1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is EastWest. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Orange Caf + Art 2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont have thousands of dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and housebaked pastries. $ Pashas 3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pieducks 3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Primos 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$Primo Pizza Miami 3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant most everywhere. Today many places now offer authentic Italian or delicate designer pizzas. But a satisfying Brookyn-style street slice? Fuhgedit. Thankfully thats the speciality of this indoor/outdoor pizzeria: big slices with chewy crusts (made from imported NY tap water) that arent 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.Salad Creations 2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety ofchef-created salads and wraps, or go the DIY route, choosing from one of four greens options; four dozen add-ons (fresh, dried, or pickled veggies and fruits, plus cheeses and slightly sinful pleasures like candied pecans or wonton strips); a protein (seafood or poultry); and two dozen dressings, ranging from classic (Thousand Island, bleu cheese) to creative contempo rary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$ Salumeria 104 3451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588 In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as shops selling salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the equivalent of eat-in deli/restaurants that also serve cold and hot prepared foods. At this modern Midtown salumeria, the soups-to-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liver-haters into lovers. $$-$$$ Sakaya Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institutetrained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ Sake Room 275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated dcor at this small but sleek restolounge. Among the seafood offerings, you wont 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., 305-400-8245The 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 fastcasual 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. $-$$ S & S Diner 1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$Sra. Martinez 4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this live ly tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the area. But its no absentee celebrity-chef gig. Bernstein is hands-on at both places. Her exuberant yet firmly controlled personal We welcome you to the newest addition to the neighborhood, Jean Paul's House Restaurant and Market, Serving New World Cuisine with a Peruvian touch by renowned Chef Jean Paul Desmaison

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touch is obvious in nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the menu. Items are frequently reinvented. Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego croquetas with fig jam; white bean stew; crisp-coated artichokes with lemon/coriander dip; and buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced by tiny pickled salads. $$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$Sustain 3252 NE 1st Ave. #107, 305-424-9079Is it possible for a restaurant to be sincerely ecoconscious without being self-righteousness? It is at this casual/chic restolounge, where dedication to local, sustainable food comes with considerable humor. Fare includes playful items like wet fries (with mouthwatering gravy), corn dogs, housemade soft pretzels with mustard and orange blossom honey, and a Mile Salad that seems almost like a game show in its challenge: All ingredients must come from within a 50-mile radius. At brunch dont miss the glazed sin-a-buns. $$-$$$$ Tapas y Tintos 3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-0506With about 50 different generously sized traditional tapas plates, from simple (imported Spanish cheeses and cured meats; varied croquetas, including beautifully smooth spinach) to sophisticated (crisp-fried soft-shell crab with aioli dip; the witty Popeye y Olivia, garlicky wine-sauced chickpeas with spinach and olive oil) plus complex salads, paellas, and charbroiled meat and seafood entres, all add up to entertaining eating even without this tapas/wine bars live entertainment. This second T&T feels less nightclub and more neighborhood than the South Beach original. Great for dates, business lunches, or very happy hours. $$$Tony Chans Water Club 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food. But the American dumbingdown is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar 3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307Gentrified 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, tastings, more. $-$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from world-famous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/ Latin/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo 5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$Anise Taverna 620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929Since the owners of this rustic riverbank spot are the husband/wife team behind Ouzos, its not surprising that Greek food and festivity are the main lure for locals. But Anises expanded menu, centering on meze (the Middle Eastern term for shareable small plates) though not neglecting Big Food like lamb shank or whole grilled fish, also includes dishes from other Mediterranean countries: Italys spaghetti with bottarga (tuna roe); spicy Moroccan merguez sausage with fava pure; whole sar dines with fennel vinaigrette, evoking Portugal. Frequent special events make for added fun. $$-$$$ Balans Biscayne 6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191It 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 venues relatively large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed, neighborhoodfocused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Blue Collar 6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366 Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloises American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is helmed by a former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allens vet who now crafts casual, creative fare at prices all can afford. Dishes are eclectic. The roughly dozen veggie dishes alone range from curried cauliflower pure to maduros to bleu cheese roasted asparagus. Shrimp and grits compete with any in Charleston; pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny fried egg, beats Bostons best. $-$$Boteco 916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budget-priced. $$Le Caf 7295 Biscayne Blvd. 305-754-6551For anyone who cant get over thinking of French food as intimidating or pretentious, this cute caf 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 crme brle. A respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as is the housemade sangria. Top price for entres is about $14. $-$$Chef Creole 200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/ owner Wilkinson Sejours two tiny but popular establishments. While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (fried pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3.99 roast chicken special seafood is the specialty here: crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter sauce), lambi fri (perfectly tenderized fried conch), poisson gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic or Creole crabs. The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut dining. $-$$DeVitas 7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt 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 entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill 7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANT S East Side Pizza 731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entres 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 (considered the top American pizza cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables. $Europa Car Wash and Caf 6075 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-2357Giving 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 (pro sciutto, hot cappicola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers, and Romano cheese dressing); an elaborate almondgarnished Chinese chicken salad; H&H bagels, the worlds best, flown in from NYC. And the car cleanings 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., 305-754-8050Housed in a yellow building thats nearly invisible from the street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive AfroCaribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Gourmet Station 7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with no time to cook, has been popular for years. But the Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition. Main reason: deceptive healthiness. These are meals that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for you. Favorite items include precision-grilled salmon with lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with homemade BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food. Food is available la carte or grouped in multimeal plans customized for individual diners nutritional needs. $$Go To Sushi 5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach, rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry. Health ensured, you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs: fried dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with quills -really a delectable crunchy noodle mix. $Jimmys East Side Diner 7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Cigale 7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014Bistro can mean almost anything these days, but with owners who are a husband/wife team recently arrived from Marseille, its not surprising that this neighborhood wine bistro is the classic kind found in France -a home away from home where the contemporary but cozy space is matched by the southern French comfort food coming from the open kitchen. Drop in for drinks and snacks such as artisan cheeses and charcuterie, or enjoy full meals ranging from classic (wine-poached mussels; a boldly sauced steak/frites) to creative (Parma ham-wrapped tuna loin). $$-$$$ Lo De Lea7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-3218 In Casa Toscanas former space, this cute, contempo rary parillada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/ fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (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 youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge 709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its 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 dcor, romantically dim lighting, showtune live piano bar entertainment, 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. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys 6927 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres 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. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf 7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more technique-intensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine 7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/ West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original cre ations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to overthe-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese home-cooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge 5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas 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 chipo tle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Red Light 7700 Biscayne Blvd.,305-757-7773From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Kris Wessels intentionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant, you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoying eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-orange-marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried green tomatoes). Not Menu Items Available from $7 and Up.1601 79th Street Causeway, North Bay Village, Miami, FL 33141 / T. 305.866.1234www.trioonthebay.com DINE DRINK DANCE

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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 cayennespiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice cream. $$-$$$Revales Italian Ristorante 8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010Owned by two couples (including former Village Caf chef Marlon Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former space of Frankies 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 fiume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of cream) or yellowtail franaise (egg-battered, with lemon-caper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here. $$-$$$ Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus 1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Soyka 5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and sommelier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused. The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgonzola sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poivre. And dont miss the sticky date/toffee pudding. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam 5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces. Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce. $$$Uvas 6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022Formerly UVA 69, this casual-chic caf/lounge, a MiMo neighborhood pioneer, has changed its name and original owners, but remains an all-day-to-late-night hangout. And menu strong points also remain, from fresh-baked pastries and breads to elegant cross-cultural sandwiches (particularly two Latin-inspired upgrades: a classic Cuban with French ham, cornichons, and a baguette; and la minuta, a beer-battered fish fillet on focaccia with cilantro aioli). Whether diners opt for full entres or make a meal of small plates, the subtle global blending makes fusion make sense. $$-$$$Yiyas Gourmet Cuban Bakery 646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming caf, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who co-owns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bakerys window sills. Bernardos pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend. But she also crafts treats not found at average Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread. Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends: candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans. $ Bocados Ricos 1880 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-4889Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork Lounge, this little luncheonette services big appetites. Along with the usual grilled churrascos, theres bandeja paisa, Colombias sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans. Dont miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily homemade soups. Arepas include our favorite corn cake: the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, carne desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans, and cheese. $-$$ The Crab House 1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain. But the classic dcor (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 la carte favorites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global specials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli 1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osakastyle sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Mario the Baker 1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882(See North Miami listing)Oggi Caffe 1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Shuckers Bar & Grill 1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (chargrilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$Sushi Siam 1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)Trio on the Bay 1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1234Several ventures have failed in this expansive indoor/ outdoor waterfront space, but thats hard to imagine once youve experienced this stunning incarnation as an exciting yet affordable restaurant/nightclub where food definitely doesnt play second fiddle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski created the original menu, and among his dishes still available is the filet mignon atop surprisingly pistachio-studded barnaise sauce. Now there is a range of Mediterranean offerings as well, from grilled calamari steaks to mahi picatta. $$$ Caf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/ cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with ArgentineItalian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ KChapas 1130 Normandy Dr., 305864-8872Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -but not fusion. The Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to country. Most Big Food comes from Peru: fresh ceviches, classic cooked entres. But its the Venezuelan breakfast/snack items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants. These moist pancakes, made from ground corn kernels instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty white cheese for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and savor. $-$$Lous Beer Garden 7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian

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bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels pool-patio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several housemade sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys exec utive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, youd 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 whod moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$The Wine Market 908 71st St., 305-865-6465This rustic-chic wine shop, tapas bar, and restaurant is the sort of place that every emerging neighborhood needs. The wine stock isnt huge but the selection is thoughtful, with many bottles priced from $10 to $20. Take it home or pay a small corkage fee and drink onpremises over a meal centered on typical Parisian bistro entres like steak or moules frites (the latter regularly available all-you-can-eat). If youd prefer going the tapas bar route, highlights include a silky cognac/truffle chicken liver mousse and battered shrimp with remoulade sauce to make your own poboy crostinis. $$-$$$ Cte Gourmet 9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ Iron Sushi 9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami. And why do Miamians eat here? Not ambiance. There isnt any. But when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies know their fish, tout the seafoods freshness, we listen. There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry Mayo. And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club 10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly 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 entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ PizzaFiore 9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-1924Owned by Arcoub Abderrahim, who opened South Beachs original PizzaFiore way back in 1996, this caf serves the kind of nostalgic, medium-thin crusted, oozing-with-gooey-cheese pizzas reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos territory, except now there are options for todays toppings -sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc. But theres also a full menu of Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$ Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. 13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every coffeegrowing country in the world. Brews like signature smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe dont even need cream or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou. All beans are house-roasted. Theres solid food, too: brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ Los Antojos 11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombias national dish. If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco. Both are thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl. For Colombiancuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice, beans, carne asada, chicharron, eggs, sauted sweet plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day, as are antojitos little whims, smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage). And for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters, made to order. $$Bagels & Co. 11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one cant actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location next to a firearms shop. But theres 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 whats most important is that this is one of the areas few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy outside, challengingly chewy inside. $Bulldog Barbecue/Bulldog Burger 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655These adjacent restaurants are really one place with two dining areas, since they connect and diners can order from either menu. They also share a BBQ/burger master: Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, whose indoor electric smoker produces mild-tasting cue ranging from the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to more unusual items like hot-smoked salmon. As for burgers, many feature unique ingredients such as mayo flavored like red-eye gravy, with strong coffee, or the bun of the infamous Luther: a sweet-glazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut. Costs are comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Cane Sucre 899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123From the Vega brothers (who pioneered the Design and MiMo districts with, respectively, the original Cane A Sucre and UVA 69), this charming artisanal sandwich bar is the perfect breakfast/lunch stop before or after ingesting visual arts at nearby MOMA. Actually, creations like El Fig (fig confit, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and honey on an authentically French crisp-crusted freshbaked baguette) are art in their own right. Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and homemade sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood 12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ Casa Mia Trattoria 1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770Tucked 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 staffs 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 beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succulent version of the pickleonion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Chef Creole 13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)

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Flip Burger Bar 1699 NE 123rd St.,305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-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 jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas 1821 NE 123rd St., 786-866-9007Festooned with eye-poppingly colored panels and giraffes -subtler but everywhere -this first North American branch of a wildly popular, 30-year-old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of a planned 4000 U.S. Giraffas. Given that the steaks, especially the tender, flavorful picanha, rival those at the most upscale rodizio joints -and beat the sword-wielding grandstanders for custom cooking (because staff asks your preference) -wed bet on giraffe domination. Overstuffed grilled sandwiches, salads, even tasty veggie options are all here, too. The cheese bread is a must. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 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 (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/ sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun 2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (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 bluehair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Le Griot de Madame John 975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous traditional Haitian dishes, including jerked beef or goat tassot and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with salt before poaching with various veggies and spices). But the dish that still packs the place is the griot: marinated pork chunks simmered and then fried till theyre moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside. $Little Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal. Its also a good choice for diners who dont speak Spanish, but dont worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Mama Jennies 11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and 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 entres come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$Mario the Baker 13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is Italian-American, not Italian-Italian: spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs. No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas; the top topping here is the savory housemade sausage. And no one leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed garlic. New branches are now open in Miamis Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village. $Pastry Is Art 12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs executive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual bakingoriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on house made bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-toorder Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge 12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhoodoriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$Rice House of Kabob14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899 Since 2006, South Beachs original Rice House has been serving up mountainous platters of basmati rice and Greek salad topped with Persian-style marinated/ char-grilled meat, poultry, seafood, or veggie kabobs -for very little money. This branch of what is now a growing chain has the same menu (which also features wraps, for lighter eaters) and the same policy of customcooking kabobs, so expect fresh, not fast, food. Sides of must-o-keyar and must-o-mooseer (thick yogurt dips with herbed cukes or shallots) are must-haves. $$ Smashburger 14730 Biscayne Blvd., 786-406-6614Two things distinguish the griddled patties of this Denver-based chain, touted as the nations fastestgrowing better burger restaurant, from other better burgers: a nod to local tastes (like toppings of fried chorizo and potato fritas), and the smashing technique, producing an appealing thickly crusted exterior. Got burger overkill? Substitute chicken, or have a salad. An added draw: unusual veggie sides, which go beyond regular and sweet potato fries to crisp onion strings, veggie frites (carrots, string beans), and an Old South fish-camp classic: fried pickles. $-$$Steves Pizza 12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paperthin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff) doesnt do the trick. Open till 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., Steves has, since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour. As in Brooklyn, tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano flavor. Mozzarella is applied with abandon. Toppings are stuff that give strength: pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, onions, and peppers. $Venezia Pizza and Caf 13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here. No imported designer ingredients either. The pies are New York-style, but the dough is made fresh daily, and the cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered Americas finest pizza topper). Also on the menu are Italian-American pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs, simple salads, and a few new protein adds grilled chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak. $-$$Wongs Chinese Restaurant 12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The 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 pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twicecooked pork. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich 13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indie fast-food joint, and new owners have done little to change the time-tested formula except to stretch operating hours into the night and expand its classic menu to include a few health-conscious touches like Caesar salad, plus a note proclaiming their oils are free of trans fats. Otherwise the famous steak sandwich is still a traditional Philly. Drippin good burgers, too. And unlike MacChain addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer with the good grease. $-$$ 899 NE 125th street 305-891-0123 -a Monday thru Saturday 9:00m9:00pmOpen Mon-Satbreakf ast lunch dinner brought to you by the Vega Brothers, creators of The original Cane A Sucre in the Design District and UVA 69 Restaurant and Lounge

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Yes Pasta! 14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At this fast/casual Italian eatery, the specialty is mixand-match. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (whole wheat and gluten-free options available), then one of 15 sauces. Our personal pick is carbonara, correctly creamy-coated (via egg thickening, not cream overload); Bolognese is a wise choice for those who like sauces rich and red. Many options exist for vegetarians and pescatarians as well as carnivores, all clearly coded on the menu. $$ Bamboo Garden 1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran is many diners favorite on the 163rd/167th Street Chinatown strip because of its superior dcor. But the menu also offers well-prepared, authentic dishes like peppery black bean clams, sauted mustard greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions, plus Chinese-American egg foo young. Default spicing is mild even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chili icons, but dont worry; realizing some like it hot, the chefs will customize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request. $$Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket. Other new additions include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission fee. $ Chipotle Mexican Grill 14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779Proving that national fast-food chains dont 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 hormones). And the food, while not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $Cholos Ceviche & Grill 1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -altogether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop 16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean megacrepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Take-out packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall 3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffys, part of a popular chain that identifies as the official sports grill of every major Miami team, features roughly a zillion TVs and an equally mega-size menu of accessibly Americanized, globally inspired dishes designed to please crowds: stuffed potato skins, crab Rangoon, coconut-crusted fish fingers with orange-ginger sauce, jumbo wings of many flavors. Imagine a sports-oriented Cheesecake Factory. What makes this particular Duffys different and better? Location, location, location -fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Theres even a swimming pool with its own bar. $$-$$$ Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY 3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swallowed Manhattan -and transformed public perceptions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area. Before: bland faux-Cantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, especially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$ Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse 3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall), 305-957-9900The rodizio formula is familiar: Pay one price ($39.90 for dinner, $29.90 at Sunday brunch), then eat till you drop from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive selection of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausage, and fish (16 varieties at dinner; 5 at brunch) carved tableside by costumed waiters. What spectacularly differentiates Flamma: its setting on the Intracoastal Waterway. But also spectacular is a Monday-Thursday two-forone dinner deal with a coupon available at Flamma. Unbelievable but true. $$$$El Gran Inka 3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influ ential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Ginza Japanese Buffet 16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this allyou-can-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mix-and-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-formoney is a given. $$Hannas Gourmet Diner 13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant 3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687One of Miamis first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popular after-hours snack stop. The sushi menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori, skewers of 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. $$ Hiros Sushi Express 17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha 1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus mix-and-match option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. $$-$$$Iron Sushi 16350 W. Dixie Hwy..305-945-2244(See Miami Shores listing)?Jerusalem Market and Deli 16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb

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and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys 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 house made cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. $-$$Kabobji 3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484This place makes a very good tahini sauce. In fact that alone is reason enough to visit. We prefer ours with this bright, cheery eaterys delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma. They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare). Its hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters and wraps, but theres also a roster of full entres (with soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian and seafood meals for noncarnivores. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant 514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmo spheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace 330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room entrance. Theres also a better-than-average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies. The menu is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point. $$ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill 14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)Laurenzos Market Caf 16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Little Saigon 16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$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 entre with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil); finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate. Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go with those you love. $$$New China Buffet 940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266The venue (a former Bennigans) is clean, casual, and not kitschy. The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -scores of Chinese dishes (recommended: Mongolian pork, spicy garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger and scallion); international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-in-blankets); plus sushi, salad, and pastry/ice cream bars. And the price is sure right. Lunch is $6.75 ($7.75 Saturday and Sunday). Dinner features more seafood, $9.55. Theres an inexpensive take-out option, too, and reduced kids prices. $Oishi Thai 14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai 520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eyeopening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chilitopped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos 16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$Racks Soprano Caf & Italian Restaurant 3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225Racks has a new owner and a new name. Italian chef Rocco Soprano is bringing his authentic Italian flavors and style to a lovely setting. Well have more details next month, but we know the specialties include Italian steaks, seafood, and an oyster bar. One thing that wont change: the coal-fired pizza oven, which reliably turns out an astonishingly light yet chewy crust that makes the pies a revelation. Especially enjoyable is the waterfront deck. $$Roasters & Toasters 18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354Attention ex-New Yorkers: Is your idea of food porn one of the Carnegie Delis 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 1.4 pounds; we we ighed it), for a mere 15 bucks. All the other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite minipotato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour cream and applesauce. $$Sangs Chinese Restaurant 1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076Sangs has three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum, served until 4:00 p.m. A live tank allows seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. Recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mockmeat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square 54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$Slices Pizza & Pasta 13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5684While pizza by the slice is common street food in every city in the USA, this informal Italian eatery offers a variation particularly appropriate to Latin American-influenced Miami: slices served rodizio-style. Brazils traditional rodizio restaurants feature many different grilled meats, served tableside by a continuing parade of waiters till diners cry uncle. Here the concept is the same, with dozens of varieties of pizza (plus several pastas) replacing the beef. $$ Sushi House 15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor 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, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake 13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not fro zen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table 18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied daily-changing menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American spe cialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN

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chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal Ladies-WhoLunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$Tunas 17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com The reincarnated Tunas has gained new owners, a new name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a new chef, Rolf Fellhauer, who spent 28 years at the famed La Paloma. He has added his touch to the menu, with delicacies such as Oysters Moscow, mussels Chardonnay, and Grouper Brittany. Traditional house favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters. Open daily till 2:00 a.m., the place can get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tunas draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too. $$-$$$ Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin 73 NE 167th St. 305-405-6346Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent. Not at this modest-looking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfasts blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews sparkle with vivid flavors. Especially impressive: mock meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat many carnivorous competitors. Skeptical? Rightly. But we taste-tested a Philly cheese steak sandwich on the toughest of critics -an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San 3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After 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. $$Yes, Pasta! Trattoria Italiana 14872 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At Roman-native Flaminia Morins casual, family-friendly eatery, the specialty is pasta yo ur way. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (including gluten-free options), then one of 15 sauces ranging from traditional carbonara to inventions like Mozzarella Filante (creamy tomato sauce with melted cheese); la carte meat, seafood, or veg add-ons are also available. Build a full Italian feast with antipasti, salads, six secondi (entres), and desserts. Budget diner alert: Check out MondayFriday lunch specials, two courses plus drink for $8. Asia Bay Bistro 1007 Kane Concourse; 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japanese-inspired small plates will please diners seeking something different. Try jalapeo-sauced hamachi sashimi; toro with enoki mushrooms, bracing ooba (shiso), tobiko caviar, and a sauce almost like beurre blanc; rock shrimp/shitake tempura with a delicate salad; elegant salmon tartare with a mix-in quail egg. And spicy, mayodressed tuna rock makis are universal crowd-pleasers. $$$ Caffe Da Vinci 1009 Kane Concourse,305-861-8166After renovations in 2010, this old favorite (since 1989) reopened with a hip new lounge -but no fixes to what aint broke, notably handmade artisanal pastas sauced with high quality ingredients. Choose luxe stuffed models (like crab-filled ravioli with rich lobster sauce) or relatively pristine 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 Venices Harrys Bar, with creamy mustard sauce rather than mere olive oil. $$$ Open Kitchen 1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chef-centered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with melt-in-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm 9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$ Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza 17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli19003 Biscayne Blvd. 305-935-4029One word: flagels. And no, thats not a typo. Rather these crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed) are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -and a specialty at this bustling Jewish bakery/deli, which, since 1988, opens at 6:30 a.m. -typically selling out of flagels in a couple of hours. Since youre up early anyway, sample elaborately garnished breakfast specials, includ ing unusually flavorful homemade corned beef hash and eggs. For the rest of the day, multitudes of mavens devour every other delectable deli specialty known to humankind. $$Bella Luna 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330 If the menu here looks familiar, it should. Its nearly identical to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Caf and, with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billantes eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface. But no argument from here. In a mall a setting more accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al salmone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$Blu Sushi 600 Silks Run Rod., 954-744-4398 Even hard-core sushi-bar addicts must admit that many such establishments suffer from a certain sameness. Not Blu. At this restolounge in the Village at Gulfstream Park, part of a mini-chain originating in southwest Florida, the specialty makis are outdone in outrageousness only by extravagant cocktails. Yes, there are California rolls. But why be bored when you have an alternative like Kin-SO: tempura king crab salad, tuna, and avocado with scallions, smelt roe, and tempura flakes, plus mayo and sweet eel sauce. $$$ 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 Minas 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 dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butterpoached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$Cadillac Ranch Village at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom 19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantro-lime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$Il Migliore 2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 05-792-2902This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the ambiance. As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredients and straightforward recipes that dont overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfection. Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else. Neither does the signature Pollo Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and cooked under a brick. And even low-carb dieters happily go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries. $$-$$$Fresko 19048 NE 29th Ave., 786-272-3737Forget thick, dough-wrapped potato knishes and blintzes slathered with sour cream. As its name suggests, this kosher dairy eatery eschews the starch/sugar-laden traditional tfavorites for salads, smoothies, and similar healthy fare as casual, clean, and contemporary as the restaurants dcor. Asian-influenced items, like wakametopped tuna tartare with pineapple chutney, are particularly appealing, while those craving classic combinations like smoked salmon and cream cheese can enjoy them on a light-crusted designer pizza. To drink, smoothies are supplemented by refreshing herbal infusions like green lemonade (with mint and basil). $$Fuji Hana 2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/ tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafoodbased condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and allaround accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Gourmet Carrot 3599 NE 207th St., 305-749-6393Since the first Gourmet Carrot -a healthy and kosher but not at all preachy eatery -opened in South Beach, its menu expanded to include many red-meat items. The same is true of this new Waterways mall branch. 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98 opt voluntarily for an eaterys veggie burgers (a brown rice/lentil/veggie blend more satisfying than beef), or remarkably juicy ginger-mayo-dressed chicken burgers, over normal hamburgers, based solely on flavor -well, religion aside, thats a major miracle. $$$ Heavy Burger 19004 NE 29th Ave., 305-932-7555Sure, South Beach is our towns burger capital, if youre judging by high profile. But if creativity is what counts, no joint bangs a gong like homeboy Mark Panunzios place, where the concept is: Nothing goes together better than heavyweight burgers and heavy-metal music. What rocks us: a fire-grilled, 10 oz. Motley Burger (with cheddar, applewood bacon, tomato, Bibb lettuce, and frizzled plus raw onions on a challah roll; upon request, chipotle aioli was cheerfully substituted for BBQ sauce). Get hand-cut cheese fries, too, and get wasted on craft beer. $$ Kampai 3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restaurant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/ avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina 17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga minitea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elaborately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$Luca B ella 19088 NE 29th Ave., 305-792-2222In the space that once housed Chef Allens, this trattoria offers a crowd-pleasing combination: dcor with white-tablecloth elegance, yet the family-friendly feel of a classic checkered-tablecloth eatery -and Italian-American comfort food to match. Highlights: Mickeys Meatballs (named for owner Mickey Maltese), a meal-size marinarasauced starter featuring whipped ricotta and creamy mascarpone; veal Bella Luca, mixing modern and traditional influences via a hefty breadcrumb-coated pan-fried chop with a topping of bracing balsamic reduction-dressed mesclun. $$$The Grill on the Alley 19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall), 305-466-7195Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood everywhere and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks, youd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -or in the new millennium. This upscale mini chain salutes Americas great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with prodigious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus classics like creamy chicken pot pie. New retro dishes are added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday nights prime rib special: a $32 hunk of juicy beef thatll take care of Mondays meals too. $$$$$ Mahogany Grille 2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an international clientele since retired major league outfielder Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place in 2007. Today its white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany. The menu is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion of food from several African diaspora regions: Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits with shrimp, sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean (conch-packed fritters or salad), and the Old South (lightly buttermilk-battered fried chicken). The chicken is perhaps Miamis best. $$-$$$Mos Bagels & Deli 2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar 18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030Considering our countys dearth of authentic Chinese food, this stylish eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura residents. Owners Jin Xiang Chen and Shu Ming (a.k.a. Mr. Chef) come from Chinas southern seacoast province of Guangdong (Canton). But youll 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 adventur ers, theres a cold jellyfish starter. Even timid taste buds cant resist tender fried shrimp balls described this way: With crispy adorable fringy outfit. $$-$$$Pilar 20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van Aken and Mark Militello. He has been executive chef at Rumi, and cooked at NYCs 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. Floribbean-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. 305-937-4884Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not Romes 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 ItalianAmerican entres like baked manicotti (thats manigoat, for those not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called bullets, to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind. $$Playwright Irish Pub801 Silks Run Rd. #2597, 954-457-7563 The vintage Old World look and convivial atmosphere of this new pub, located in the Village at Gulfstream Park, are more traditionally Irish than most of the menu, which ranges from penne with marinara sauce to Thaiinspired spring rolls. But fish and chips are always crispcoated and satisfying; potato leek soup is the real thing; and the crab cakes (crab meat mixed with just enough celery, onions, and peppers for interesting texture) are so good youll be thinking Maryland, not Dublin. $$ Sushi Siam 19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)SUNNY ISLES BEACHChef Philip Ho 16850 Collins Ave., 305-974-0338Deep-pocketed diners who ate at the Setai when Jonathan Wright was executive chef already know chef Hos work. His dazzling dim sum were the menus highlight. Now theyre affordable for all. Dumplings (chive and shrimp, green tea duck, truffle-spiked scallop, more) have skins delicate enough to see through; open shrimp dumplings with dried scallops are almost flower-like in appearance; steamed cheung fan (rice noodle crpes) rolled around Chinese crullers are simply sinful, as are flaky-crusted egg custard tarts. And the regular menu measures up to the small plates. $$-$$$Copper Chimney 18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is the foods elegant presentation -plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among familiar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by street snacks, like bikane ri chaat (fried gram flour crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt) served with two chutneys; anything featuring paneer cheese, from classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried tomato-stuffed paneer/potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$Epicure Gourmet Market & Caf 17190 Collins Ave., 305-947-4581Who even knew that the late Rascal House had an ocean view? Diners may have to eat standing up to glimpse water over the dunes from the panoramic caf windows of the gourmet market that replaced the Rascal, but you know youre on a tropical beach, not Brighton Beach. The big, bright cafs menu, more global diner than Jewish deli, includes daily specials ranging from spa-grilled chicken to homemade Italian sausage and peppers. But its worth seeking out items that made South Beachs original Epicure famous: sandwiches featuring housemade rare roast beef; shrimp or chunky smoked whitefish salads; fresh baked goods. $$$The H Restaurant 17608 Collins Ave., 305-931-9106This friendly, family-owned bistro is the sort of homeawayfrom-home found every few blocks in France -here Gerard and Karin Herrison, plus chef son Julien, formerly had a restaurant -but theyre rarely found in South Florida. Burgers, et al., are available, but with garlicky escargots, a savory/sweet-dressed salad of duck confit atop frise, pan-seared foie gras with port/raspberry sauce, fish with an impeccable lemon beurre blanc, and a satisfying steak/frites (with peppery cognac cream sauce). Wed leave the American stuff to the kids. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York 17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale Italian-American place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinnerfor the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Kitchen 305 16701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a renovated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mango-papaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-you-caneat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$St. Petersburg Deli 17080 Collins Ave., 305-947-9696Dont expect fancified stuff like menus, or the English language, at this informal market/cafe. If theres signage identifying the prepared foods behind the counters, its in Russian, and daily dishes are pretty much what the cooks feel like making. So look and point. Wed suggest pointing at cold yogurt-based soups like tangy okro shka (with cukes, egg, scallions, potatoes, and dill) or holodnik (similar, with beets added); eggplant roulades, stuffed with spiced shredded carrots, are also a refreshing summer dish. Hot choices include meatballs in rich cream sauce and chicken Kiev. $$ Timo 17624 Collins Ave., 305-936-1008Since opening in 2003, the inventive yet clean and unfussy Italian/Mediterranean-inspired seasonal food at this hot spot, created by chef/owner Tim Andriola (at the time best known for his stints at Chef Allens and Marks South Beach), has been garnering local and national raves. Dont bother reading them. Andriolas dishes speak for themselves: a salad of crisp oysters atop frise, cannelloni bean, and pancetta; foie gras crostini with a subtle caramelized orange sauce; a blue crab raviolo with toasted pignolias and brown butter; or a wood-oven three-cheese white pizza. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill 350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ Mon. Thurs.10 AM 11 PM | Fri. Sun. 10 AM 5 AM With the purchase of any lunch or dinner meal. (Exp. 5/31/2012)

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