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IN THIS ISSUENew Life for the Vagabond! p. 49 Its Wino Heaven in Dish p. 85 June 2012 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 10 Issue 4 TWO TANKS OF GASForget the European vacation or the cross-country road trip. With a little driving, you can have big fun. Page 34

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COVER STORY 34 Two Tanks o f Gas COMMENTARY 22 Fe edback: Letters 26 Jac k King: Mayors Job Description 28 Christian Ci priani: Wheres the Crime? OUR SPONSORS 30 BizBuzz COMMUNITY NEWS 48 Food Truck Mix-Up 49 New Life for an Old Favorite 50 The One-Pa rty System NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS 56 Jen : Waiting for Trader Joes 58 Mark: A Pra yer for Confusion Corner 60 Shari Lynn: Maid to Order 62 Gaspar: Hello, Goodbye 64 Wendy: California Dreamin 66 Frank: Get Your Scorecards Here! ART & CULTURE 68 Anne Tschida: Building Bridges in NoMi 70 Melissa Wallen: Galleries + Museums 73 Events Calendar POLICE REPORTS 74 Derek McCanns Crime Beat PARK PATROL 76 Jim W. Harper: In NMB, a Park Sampler COLUMNISTS 78 Pawsitively Pets: Creating a Helpful Canine 80 Picture Story: After the War, a Consumer Explosion 81 Your Garden: Better Butterflies Through Gardening 82 Going Green: Rethinking Green Going Urban? 83 Kids and the City: Saying Goodbye to Skippy 84 Vino: Not the Usual California Suspects 85 Dish: Drink Till Youre Smart DINING GUIDE 86 Re staurant Listings: 308 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 anager ANAGER rrr rrrr ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES r r tr rr A rt RT director DIRECTOR rn r A dvertising DVERTISING design DESIGN rrr CIRCULATION rrr PRINTING rCONTENTSPO Box 370566, Miami, FL 33137 www.biscaynetimes.com rfnftbfrfft nbb F orOR A dvertisingDVERTISING informationINFORMATION callCALL 305-756-6200 30 58 85Serving 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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22 Jorge Perez, Its Time to Show EmThanks to Anne Tschida for a very wellresearched, thoughtful, and well-written story about Miami Art Museum (From MAM to PAMM, May 2012). Lots of diverse voices; not much happy-talk. I hope her mission of inspiring debate, as voiced by Tami Katz-Freiman, does get a boost; and that the great majority of players large and small manage to maintain (or restore) commitments to the long-term life of the museum. Anne says that everyone wants MAM to succeed. Unfortunately, I have to wonder in some of the cases she cites. What an extraordinarily tough job it must be for MAM director Thom Collins to rally support among such strongly opinionated stakeholders, any of whom who can jump ship at will. So when will Jorge Perez show the picture cards hes holding? Thats sure to get some tongues wagging! George Fishman Miami ShoresJorge Perez, Dont Take Us from MAM to SPAMAnne Tschidas well-researched article brought new light to Miamis often fractured art society. It seems Jorge Perez was the only one to put his money where his mouth is. Tate, Guggenheim, the Getty naming rights have always brought in the big bucks. Mr. Perezs big test will be what he brings to hang on the walls whether his art donations will be a strong base to pointed out in the article, a handful of chunky Botero cartoons. It wont be long before Miamians will know if theyve gone from MAM to PAMM or MAM to SPAM. Marco Fernandez Normandy IsleJorge Perez, Your Good Intentions = Bad SpectacleGreat article by Anne Tschida. In Boca Raton there are several buildings and institutions named after a couple who, though generous, managed to get totally embarrassed back in the 1990s over dubious royal titles. Im not suggesting Mr. Perez has done anything like this, but there is still room for conjecture regarding complications with a collection of art not worth the value perceived by the owner. This essentially would mean that the amount pledged isnt real. Regardless, as a person who lives close by, the entire thing seems strangely vulgar and sad. Mr. Perez should withdraw his offer and his name. Once again in Miami, someone manages to create a bad spectacle out of good intentions. Giovanni Gutierrez Fort Lauderdale Imagine Liking the BT So Much You Would Actually Lift a Finger to Get OneLast months Biscayne Times Where to begin? First we have a rambling, nonsensical letter to the editor about Gaspar Gonzlez from Carmen De Bernardi, a letter that somehow negotiates two or three unrelat ed issues without ever making a coherent point. To add insult to the injury Ms. De Bernardi dealt herself, she wound up complaining about her favorite knight in shining armor, whose I hate fences, and I hate anything new posture is legendary. (Although I will concede he is very fond of his own ideas, even if they are new.) I suspect she has not the faintest idea she did that. Biscayne Times editor Jim Mullin must have been asleep the day this letter came through. He forgot to limit it to the word count he applies to letters from everyone except Steve Bernard and Bryan Cooper. Oh, wait a minute: Carmen De Bernardi is a Bernard sycophant. Never mind. Give her as many words as she wants. Then theres that adorable scamp Gaspar Gonzlez. I feel so protected by him. Had it not been for the droning sarcasm and obnoxious innuendo [in his column Well, Shut My Mouth, May 2012), I would almost have thought he considered me honest. Well, he hasnt before, so why should he start now? And he used his patented style of writ ing: He put together a whole column about something involving two people, without ever having a proper conversation about the topic at hand with either of the two people. Gaspar spared himself from know ing that the sizable majority of people who signed the petition [to prohibit distribution of Biscayne Times in Biscayne Park] agreed they have no use for the BT and would rather not receive it than bother to throw it away. Or that the petition was signed by some people who want and like the BT but understood that it does create litter, and who would be pleased to go to a Commentary: LETTERS DWNTWN Miami Concerts rfntFREEb tt ERIC HUTCHINSONWith GRUPO TREObnWAILERS DwntwnConcerts.com Continued on page 24

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24 convenient place to pick up a copy. Imagine liking the BT so much that you So no, the petition wasnt about cen sorship at all. It was, as Gaspar facetious ly concedes, about litter. Chuck Ross and I even offered to take names of interested but lazy readers and bring them a copy. I guess Jim Mullins offer to retrieve copies after 48 hours begins some other month. Last months copy is still on my neighbors swale. Fred Jonas Biscayne ParkThe BT As Litter? Bring It On!After reading Gaspar Gonzlezs column Well, Shut My Mouth, about the Biscayne Park petition to ban Biscayne Times because it causes litter, Id like to ask the BT to please continue littering the streets in our Bayside neighborhood. I retrieve any unwanted copies to take to friends who are out of the BT s distribution area. They prize each issue. Keep up the good work, Biscayne Times Mildred Neill BaysideHighland Lakes: Vehemently Opposed to CityhoodErik Bojnanskys article about our area did not include the most important facts (Highland Lakes to County: We Want Out! May 2012). The majority of the people in our area are vehemently opposed to the formation of another municipality in our region of north Miami-Dade County. Several years ago, many hundreds of residents attended meetings opposing this unnecessary exercise. We certainly do not need another layer of government as we are getting all the services needed. Gerard G. Moss Sparling LakeHighland Lakes: Love the Countys Lower Taxes and Better ServicesI read with interest Erik Bojnanskys article about how a few people in the Skylake/Highland Lakes area are not happy with the services they receive from the county. They feel that being annexed by the City of Aventura will bring about better services and a lower property-tax millage rate. While the latter is true, the former probably is not. As a resident of North Miami Beach and also a property owner in unincorpo rated Miami-Dade, I can see no appre ciable difference in the services I receive in either location. The greatest difference is in the ad valorum millage rate that the City of NMB charges me: $7.87 per $1000 assessed value versus what the county charges: $2.01 per $1000 assessed. In fact, by owning properties in the unincorporated area, I have the use of the bulk-trash recycling drop-off facility that allows me to dispose of white goods, old furniture, tires, oil, and yard waste something NMB does not offer. Currently the City of North Miami Beach, like many cities, is feeling the stress of being incorporated. Huge pension costs, driven by having your own police department, sanitation department, and other departments, plus all the costs associated with duplicating the services the county offers, is extremely providing these services on a much smaller scale, based on the assessed millage rate, is almost four times what the county charges for the same services. The cities of Sunny Isles Beach and Aventura, owing to their large residential condo towers and successful commercial areas, are unique among cities in having in other cities can only dream of having the same tax base those two enjoy. Beware those residents who push for incorporation. These are the same frus trated condo commando activists who their newly incorporated areas, something they apparently cannot achieve by running The last thing most taxpayers need is more government involved in their lives. Bruce Lamberto North Miami BeachHighland Lakes: Aventura, Well Pay You a Bonus To Let Us InI have lived in Highland Lakes for 36 years and have very few issues with our status in Miami-Dade County. I would not be a fan of becoming our own city, which would create a new layer of politics and problems for a small community. I do believe that joining Aventura would be a good thing for all. In fact, I would not be adverse to paying our current higher property tax rate to Aventura to accommodate this move. Stuart Frankel Highland Lakes FREE! Commentary: LETTERS LettersContinued from page 22

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26 Commentary: MIAMIS KING By Jack King BT ContributorThe passing of the Memorial Day holiday always makes me feel good. That time between Memorial Day and Labor Day generally means the City of Miami shuts down and accomplishes very little. This is a good thing, because much of what the city does is not so good. Occasionally something does slip through, as did the infamous August 1925 election, when Miami annexed the Vil lage of Coconut Grove and several other neighborhoods. The neighborhoods were in favor of the annexation because they wanted better city services (I wonder if they still feel that way), but the Grove wanted no part of it. But the election grouped them all together and the rest, as they say, is history. This is also a time when I like to ponder what lies ahead: Who will be our future leaders? Who will step forward and really make a difference? Right now it doesnt look good. Mayor Toms Regalado has had a very bumpy ride as mayor and may not want to continue on this roller coaster. Im think ing hell quietly retire at the end of his term next year and take his pension. Even if he does decide to run, nothing is certain. Who else might run for mayor? The Sarnoff, who ran a pretty good re-election campaign last year. However, Miami is a Cuban town, and Sarnoff has virtually no support in that community. In fact its been a long time since Miami had a gringo mayor way back in 1973, with David Kennedy. I know some of you with long memo ries will say it was Steve Clark, who beat Miriam Alonso in November 1993. But Clark was actually the most Cuban mayor we ever had. He was fully controlled by the Latin Builders Association, doing everything they wanted in exactly the way they wanted it done. And he was paid well for it. Everybody knew that, includ ing the feds, but he had the audacity to die before he could be indicted. City Commissioner Michelle SpenceJones did get herself indicted, but she beat the charges when the case began to fall apart. The Overtown/Liberty City com munity rallied around her and kept her out of jail, but that came at a very high price. Quite a few community leaders were tarnished in the mess, and my guess is theyll never help her again. Recently the Herald ran a piece about Spence-Jones headlined, A strong rebound on the dais, noting how much she has accomplished since her return to Dinner Key. To me it looked like a Herald apology for the way they handled her arrest and trial. She doesnt speak to the paper any longer, and this appeared to be an effort to get back in her good graces. Certainly it had nothing to do with what Spence-Jones has done on the dais, which is just about zero. Im not sure Spence-Jones would ever consider a mayoral campaign anyway. This town is racially divided in a major way, despite a long-standing, uneasy truce that keeps black, white, and Hispanic leaders happy namely, everybody gets a share of the pie. Weve never had a black mayor and probably never will. That leaves the three Hispanic commissioners: Frank Carollo, Francis Suarez, and Willy Gort. Not much chance that Gort will run for mayor. He tried in 2001 and was drubbed by Manny Diaz. Plus hell be 75 when the next election comes around. That leaves us with our two legacies. Franciss father Xavier was mayor from 1985 to 1993, and then again 1997-98. Franks brother Joe was mayor in 1996-97 and then again in 1998-2001. The elder Suarez presided over a commission that was very civil and ac complished much. It helped that the mayor and two commissioners lived within blocks of each other in Coconut Grove. That was before we had voting districts. Then everything changed. In 1996 the elder Carollo ran for mayor to replace the deceased Steve Clark. In 1997 the elder Suarez ran against him and won. Carollo sued, citing voter fraud. Carollo was reinstated by the courts and Suarez was out. Amid all this were stories of lateteapots, spousal abuse, and dead people voting. The word loco was applied liberally to both mayors. It was the best of times (for the news media) and the worst of times (for Miami). In 2001 Manny we had a mayor whose surname was not Suarez or Carollo. Which brings us to this question: Did any of the insanity do permanent damage to young Frank Carollo or Francis Suarez? I dont know. Only time will tell. Both men are bright and well educated, but as we know, politics can and does make people crazy. Could it be time for Marc Sarnoff to take Spanish lessons? Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Job Description: Miami MayorCant be too light, cant be too dark, must be uent in Cuban Spanish

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28 Commentary: URBANIABT photo by Christian CiprianiBy Christian Cipriani BT ContributorO morning is whip out my phone and skim sensational headlines in the Daily Mail The British tabloids lurid spin on everything puts even the New York Post to shame. Leave it to Miami, then, to pro duce a story so jaw-dropping that it doesnt need spin: Naked Man Killed by Police Was Eating Face Off Victim. All of this happened 15 blocks from my condo during the dreaded Urban Beach Week. The perp reportedly lost it on a powerful new form of LSD hardly the boozed up, gangland-style gun crime weve come to expect on Memorial Day weekend. The incident came at the tail end of a month of thinking about crime in our area. As Im wont to do, I like to use this column to explore issues that gnaw at my daily life here in Edgewater. One revolving-door elle, is about neighborhood safety. Shes convinced that her quiet, leafy street in Coconut Grove (where I had all the wheels stolen off my car) is much safer than the ghetto-in-transition where Ive lived since 2007, and where knock on wood Ive yet to have a bad experience. Theres a lot of emotion and perception at play in this conversation. We argue like these two neighborhoods represent our personalities, and thats made picking a place to call home when were married all the hairier. On the second Saturday of May, we took Danielles brother and his wife to Wynwood for Art Walk. We were all bemused to realize what a family event it was; they could have taken their two-yearold, no problem. The next night at their parents house in West Miami, though, their other brother said, You were in Wynwood ? Are you trying to get shot? Ive been in Miami for seven years, and Im well aware of its history. But for a lot of people especially those who live in the western suburbs there is so much opinion on crime and safety. So in the spirit of Freakonomics how reality measures up to perception. that the early 1980s cocaine cowboy era wasnt Miamis most crime-ridden period. The murder rate was at an all-time high, but it wasnt until the early 1990s that we reached our highest rates of robbery, sexual battery, burglary, aggravated assault, auto theft, larceny, and reported crime in general. During the recent condo boom, from 2006 to 2010, violent crime and robbery actually dropped countywide, and statewide crime is at its lowest rate since 1971, when they started keeping track. This all bodes well for the perception that Miami feels safer than it did in the past, but I looked at the data to see if Im right, or whether being tall, male, and lucky has insulated me from real experiences with crime. Last year the police were called to the Wynwood/Edgewater area about incident reports and arrested 1600 people. Down in Coconut Grove, there were also about 20,000 calls to police percent fewer incident reports. Compare this to Overtown. Again, around 20,000 calls to police, but the areas incident report and arrest rates were nearly equal. This suggests that people in Overtown only called the cops when they really needed to. In fact they should probably call the police more, and people in the Grove should call them less. Most of my research focused on crimes that diminish the quality of life in a neighborhood. This year alone, Edgewater has racked up 100 assaults, 93 burglaries, 37 robberies, and one homicide. Wynwood is averaging 30-50 percentage points higher in all categories, while Coconut Grove has experienced 70-some assaults, 40 burglaries, 20 robberies, and no murders. Despite the occasional headline about a naked man eating someones face, all of Miami-Dade is getting safer which is boring for reporters. In April several news outlets picked up on a study that ranked Florida as the fourth-least peaceful state in the U.S. This stat came from the Institute of Economics and Peace, which produced one cause of violence: poverty. But did we really need a study to reveal that? Walk around Miami for an hour to understand the relationship between economic opportunity, desperation, and violent crime. People act according to how much they have to lose, and in Miami that can change in the course of a single city block. Things are looking up in Miami, but Wynwood/Edgewater is still about twice as dangerous as the Grove. And I still have next year I may well be writing to you from a quiet, leafy street somewhere south of I-95. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com The Naked TruthAll right, so a guy was recently shot dead while trying to eat a other mans face crime in Miami-Dade is still nowhere as bad as it once was safe

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Our SponsorsBizBuzz: June 2012Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possibleBy Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorJune was the month we moved to Miami, many years ago, and like most Northeastern tourists, wed visited here only in the winter. So we did expect summer to be a bit different. And boy, was it ever. Heat that would cook a prime rib, without the oven. Insects that rivaled the size of my car. And as for hurricanes, it was hard to tell which was scarier the storms or the residents who listened to hurricane warnings and heard, Surfs up! But seriously, what was most unexpected was the sense of celebration that went with taking back our town. Low season sounds like Miami goes to sleep for six months. Instead the fun just becomes more locals-oriented. For a new local, moving in during a dents, not tourists, turned out to be a most enjoyable, and productive, way to get to know the place. That never changes. And BT advertisers have a plethora of parties, deals, and news to share this month, to help us make the most of our town. Nightlife impresario Gerry Kelly has been known as a master of spectacle in South Florida since 1993, when he part nered with Sean Penn to open the South Beach club Bash. Bash the club is long gone, but Kellys 50th Royal Birthday X-Travaganza at his current venue, the bayfront restolounge Trio on the Bay (1601 79th St. Cswy., 305-866-1234), on June 23 starting at 10:00 p.m., is one bash you wont want to miss. Kelly promises a rity set designers, a bevy of breathtaking shows, an open vodka bar from 10:0011:00 p.m., and more. To attend and/or to reserve for the $39pp three-course dinner beforehand, give a call. Turnberry Isle Resort (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-933-6930) offers several opportunities for fun. A couple of them (the 25th anniversary Taste of the Nation fundraising feast, and a discount celebrating Miami Spa Month) happen later in the summer, so well save those details for next issue. But this month sees the kick-off of a special summer menu at the resorts Cascata Grille. From June 1-September 30, $60 buys a three-course menu for two that includes a glass of wine per person and were talking good eats, too, like like a great idea for Fathers Day (June 17). For reservations call 786-279-6800. Stretch dinner with dad into a soothing staycation at the charmingly retro White House Inn on the Bay (2305 NE 123rd St., 305-893-8280), a new advertiser thats under new ownership. A night in one of the motels remodeled rooms/ suites, all with water views, wont crimp your wallet a bit, thanks to this months weekday special. Mention the BT for discounts off the already very affordable rates. You (or visiting friends) will also appreciate the inns bayside pool/sun something never, ever found ten minutes away in South Beach: free parking! For those who want to give thanks to dads in a more spiritual way, First United Methodist Church of Miami (400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-371-4706) will be devoting a special time to pray for fathers during its 11:00 a.m. service on June 17. While youre there, suggests church rep Wilma Baggesen, welcome the churchs summer intern Christina Sheperd, a University of Florida grad who will be helping out for the next few months before heading to Duke Divin ity School in the fall. And speaking of helping others: On June 23, at 10:00 a.m., First United will have a Flippin into the homeless. Parents probably already know Kidstown Pediatrics (4112 NE 1st Ave., 305-576-5437) as a medical facility that isnt a factory. Dr. Margaret Okonkwo and her staff have a reputation for taking the time to truly care for kids. What people might not know is that the care extends far beyond Miami. Earlier this spring the doctor was a major sponsor of A Night in Bollywood, donating all the gift bags at this annual Coral Gables fundraiser for Sunils Home orphanage in India. The event drew more than 1100 patrons. If you didnt make it, the night will have to wait till next year. But the folks at Kidstown want you to know the chance to make a difference in the lives of Indian children (who need the medical therapy, education, and loving home that Continued on page 32

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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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Our Sponsors: J uneUNE 2 012Sunils provides) is something you can still do. Visit www.sunilshome.com to learn more and make a donation. Now that schools out, your own kids are probably underfoot and misbehaving. When we were growing up, our grandmother kept us in line during summer vacations by threatening to send us to juvie. But in these more enlightened times, the solution isnt threatening nanas; its Wonder Nannies (20801 Biscayne Blvd., 305-965-0378). All of this new advertisers experienced nannies (as well as housekeepers, babysitters, and personal assistants) are not only thoroughly screened and backgroundGive em a call and theyll guarantee to match you up perfectly. The agencys motto is: Do It Right the First Time. Miamis summer low season is typically the time of year that restaurants fold or, at best, coast rather than offering something new. But thats not true of BT restaurant advertisers. Welcome to new advertiser Hippo Bites (1071 NE 79th St., www.hippo-bites. com for online orders) and Buddha Sushi Bar two adjacent eateries with one owner i.e., an instant mini-restaurant empire. The sushi bar is actually coming soon, but Hippo is already serving up just the kind of light fare one craves during the dog days salads, sandwiches like grilled veggies or smoked shrimp, international wraps, fresh-squeezed OJ plus the kind of food one craves all year namely, pastries and breakfast served all day. Theres also free private parking, outdoor picnic tables, and a playground area. If its the grown-ups who want to play, Thierry Bossa, the very French proprietor of new advertiser La Cigale Wine Bistro (7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014), announces that the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, hosted by Poland and the Ukraine from June 8-July 1, will be retelevised in the restaurant. Football, in this case, means soccer. Ah, those crazy Europeans. Less crazy folks can try to ignore the generally very vocal fans and just eat, something made easier by Provenal taste treats like an authentic Nioise salad, an entrecte steak with secret cous with imported merguez sausage, and lavender cake. At Laurenzos Italian Center (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381), the new cooked-to-order (no longer just steam-tabled, cafeteria-style) dishes that testing for the past few months are now perfected on a new menu offering more than 20 items. Stop by Tuesday-Saturday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. or Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. for restaurant-quality, two-course dinners of Italian-American classics (like soup or salad plus gnocchi Bolognese, chicken Marsala, and many more choices), for under $10. In a rush? While we personally wouldnt dream of forgoing the pleasure of cruising the shops salumi counter, olive oils, and wines, owner David Laurenzo says its okay to call in orders to go. Meanwhile David Cohen at Bagels & Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435) is continuing his coupon specials through the summer. Bring in this issues ad for three eat-in specials ($2 off tabs of $10 or more; $5 off checks totaling $20 or more; and a buy-one-getbargain: Buy a dozen of the shops handrolled bagels and get a dozen free. The deals are good weekdays only. in the summertime is sweating over a hot stove. Fortunately the prices at new advertiser Namaste Indian Restaurant (7420 Biscayne Blvd., 786-536-9050) are so budget-friendly that its possible to dine out every night at this friendly, no-frills neighborhood place, which offers all the usual North Indian favorites plus a few unusual Indo-Chinese dishes. Parking is free, too, in the motel lot across the Boulevard. If youre in the mood for locally oriented American and ethnic comfort food with a creative twist, drop in to new advertiser Blue Collar (6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366), a name describing not just chef/owner David Serfers food class prices. Were particularly partial to the changing seasonal vegetable sides, more than a dozen-and-a-half daily, but the Miami-born Serfer shows his booster side in other dishes, too, like egg-topped pork and beans incorporating the luscious, locally made links of Proper Sausages, or Cuban-inspired inventions like vaca frita-crowned tostones. The standard after-work happy hour may be enough to make some happy, but for Miamis many night people, 4:00-7:00 BizBuzzContinued from page 30 rfn tbttrr trt tr t rfntrrnbtrfrrtn tttt rrf nn

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p.m. is practically breakfast. Fortunately theres an alternative: Tunas Garden Grille (17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-9320630). Though known primarily for its seafood, its also a best-kept-secret hangout for night owls, with frequent live entertain ment in the outside bar area and a happy hour, offering discounted prices on much of the menu, from 11:00 p.m. to closing. The kitchen stays open till 2:00 a.m., too. As if the Midtown/Design District area werent already Miamis hottest dining destination, heres more exciting news: Metro 1 Properties (120 NE 27th St. #200, 305-571-9991) has just completed the sale of the 10,500-square-foot, indooroutdoor restaurant/lounge space formerly occupied by Grass, on NE 40th Street. Metro 1 president Tony Cho and commer cial sales director Tony Arellano repre sented the seller. No word yet on whether the club/lounge planned for the space will have a restaurant component or, if so, what kind of food is coming. But were working on it, and will let you know ASAP. The family pets need feeding, too. And now that theyve become accus tomed to the gourmet natural and/or organic products of longtime advertiser By Nature theyre going to get mighty grouchy if you dont take advantage of this months special: $1 off a bag of By Nature dog biscuits, which come in ses, green tea and honey, and mixed berry. Theres a canine whites biscuit, too, that cleans teeth and freshens breath. Consult the companys website (www.bynaturepetfoods. com) for local shops selling the full line of healthy, tasty treats. If youre going to venture outside of air-conditioned zones this month, chances are itll be in a bathing suit, or shorts/ tank top. Howre ya gonna look? Well, Beach Beauty (6685 Collins Ave., 786-280-9204) which, this month, is offering a free personal training callers to schedule an appointment men tioning the BT The machine, a whole new style of full-body training according to BBs body master Fernando Maestre, not tates injuries, burns fat, stimulates lym phatic drainage that aids in detoxifying and revitalizing your system, increases relaxation. The latter of which wed expect. Geez, just writing about all that and snore. By the way, the name Beach Beauty may suggest that the facility is just a salon and/or for women but spa for everyone, offering services from haircuts to anti-aging treatments even teeth whitening. The coolest place to enjoy the outdoors during South Florida summers is right on the water, basking in the sea breezes from the deck of a boat. And tropically landscaped Keystone Point Marina (1950 NE 135th St., 305-9406236) has just made it a lot easier to own space to Davey Marine Center, which has been selling both new and used boats from its Fort Lauderdale location since 1977. As for all your other boating needs (outdoor dry storage or wet slips, pressure cleaning and bottom painting, service, a free pump-out station, and even a safe harbor hurricane plan), Keystone, in operation for more than 50 years, is truly a full-service marina. Like many Miamians, our idea of en joying nature during the dead of summer is looking at it through the window while lying on a couch in air-conditioned com fort. Barbecues and similar summer par ties are nice, too, as long as someone else is doing all the outdoor work. When youre spending months indoors, though, one cant help feeling the urge to redecorate. Check out new advertiser Divano Design (100 NW 36th St.), a European com pany with a new Design District location. Owner Jerome Abecassis will charm you, and so will the stock of contemporary fur niture by French designers. Much modern furniture is too minimalist for our taste, but Divanos is different, with many pieces featuring festive curvilinear elements that look like the party has already begun. With all that summer has to offer, itd be a shame to miss out because some pain ful, persistent chronic medical condition makes it impossible to feel like having fun. But theres hope. Dr. Lee Barbach (www. iWishiFeltBretter.com) will be holding Saturday over the summer: low back and neck pain, irritable-bowel syndrome, thy algia, weight loss, more. Call 305-373-5411 your space. Something special coming up at your busi ness? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes. com. For BT advertisers only.

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You know youre going to do it. Sure, times might be tough, airlines have raised fares, and theres no knowing when gas prices will spike again. But the Constitution guar antees Floridians like all Americans the right to a summer vacation. Okay, its not exactly squeezed between Freedom of Speech and the right to stockpile an arsenal, though it might as well be. Come war, famine, or pestilence, the American family will, in June or July or August, take time to frolic and bond. Yet in these days of austerity, that va cation could be shorter, cheaper, and closer to home than before. In that spirit, Bis cayne Times has come up with a few get away suggestions, all within Florida, from the Keys to the Georgia border. We even included one right in our own backyard. Many of these destinations offer discounts to Florida residents, along with summertime specials. All can be reached with two tanks of gas or less. based on how far a 2012 Chevy Tahoe An intrepid BT correspondent ven tured in person to several locations, while the information on others was gathered by phone, Internet, and e-mail. Most were re ferred by people who have been there and done that, or who have special knowledge of the Florida hospitality landscape. One particularly valuable resource is Sal Dickinsons website FloridaVacaism organization. Dickinson, a veteran of the hospitality industry, used eBay as a model to design his site, in which hotels and attractions offer packages through a time-limited bidding process. Some of the deals are truly amazing. So lets pack up the car, grab the kids, and hit the road!rf nt b bb bb your whoopin and hollerin needs, head up TWO TANKS OF GASEight pretty cool staycation spots you can drive to without spending a fortuneBy Karen-Janine CohenAirboating along the Kissimmee River at River Ranch.

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the turnpike to River Ranch. Its roughly 175 miles northwest of Miami and 25 miles from anything else. This is about as close these here parts. River Ranch motto: Un leash you inner cowboy. With pet-friendly accommodations that range from standard inn rooms to 1400-square-foot, one-bedroom cabins with wrap-around porches, the ranch offers horseback riding, skeet shooting, archery, airboat rides, dinner hay rides, a petting zoo, a big swimming pool, a full-service marina, and most impres sive, a Saturday night rodeo that features acrobatic horseback tricks, barrel racing, and bull riding. During a recent trip to the ranch, its clear that Ray Duncan, rodeo master of ceremonies, takes his job seriously, urging the hundreds of eager people in the stands to cheer for the riders be they girls racing nimble pintos around a series of barrels or young men trying to stay on the back of a bucking bull. This is not a funeral! This is not the opera! Duncan shouts to the audience from atop his own mount. You have the ability to make electricity in the arena. If theres any red in your neck, you can show it tonight! And that just about sets the tone. As the sun sets and the moon rises, the audience claps and yahoos when one of the bull riders stays on for more than a few seconds; groans when he is thrown off; and everyone laughs when the bulls, with names like Banana, Old School, and Gangster, decline to return to their pens, taking star turns around the grounds, snorting at the audience, charging and feinting at the attendant horsemen. Kids are especially en tranced by it all. River Ranch guests many from Tampa or Miami, others from as far away as South Africa but also with quite a few area residents. One telling observation: No one, not a single person, was seen yakking on a cell phone or texting obliviously. River Ranch is clean and well-kept, the grounds nicely landscaped under a canopy of majestic oak trees draped in Spanish moss, where you might glimpse a crested caracara, also known as a Mexican eagle. In fact wildlife abounds, thanks largely to a neighbor ing 7000-acre wildlife management area. A 13-mile stretch of the rustic Florida Trail is accessible as it winds through nearby wilderness. Oh yes, for the pilots among us. The ranch animals seem relaxed, even in the petting zoo, with its little goats, donkeys, and other creatures to delight eager young children. Sunday morning calls for riding, and the horses are also low-key during two hours on the trail. In pastures you can see grazing horses and their foals, cows, calves, and bulls, some of which had starred in the Saturday show. A thrilling airboat ride down the Kissimmee tops off the trip. Many of the accommodations are time-shares, so the dcor varies, though they are always spotless and wellequipped. You can dine at one of three on-site eateries or prepare your own meals at your cabin, a nice option for those who like to cook. River Ranch has been around since the 1960s. Westgate Resorts bought it out of bankruptcy, about a decade ago, says Mark Waltrip, COO of the company, which operates a number of other resorts. We dumped a ton of money into it and rebuilt the whole thing. Florida residents get ten percent off the best available rates. Add-ons are extra. The rodeo is $15.50 for adults, $8 for kids. Horseback rides are $40. And archery? Five buck for all the arrows you can shoot. f nbb b For some reason, many of us who live along the Biscayne Corridor need to cross Alligator Alley in order to feel like weve really gone someplace different. Call it the Everglades effect. Theres something transformative about passing through a wilderness ruled by alligator and egret, though Miami to Naples is only two hours. One Gulf Coast vacation option worth considering is Winters Dolphin Tale Getaway, at TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach Island. The three-night package, beginning at $591, includes resort lodging at either the TradeWinds Island Grand or the sister property, Sandpiper. Also included: a dolphin watch cruise for two and a plush toy dolphin, plus two tickets to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to Winter, the dolphin that inspired the 2011 movie Dolphin Tale Winter, trap, was rescued and ultimately re ceived a prosthetic tail. Continued on page 36

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An especially enticing draw for families is the TradeWinds Grands 15,750-square-foot water park and play ground for those kids who just have to spend all day in the water. The feature, unveiled last year, includes water slides, able island, and many other slipping and sliding treats. This year the resort, with 20 acres of beachfront, is luring guests with the JetLev, a water-propelled jetpack that lets you soar to heights of 30 feet at 30 miles an hour. You could be James Bond in Thunderball Over the years, weve put in a lot of resources, says Travis Johnson, vice presi dent of marketing and a 12-year veteran of the resorts. The recent program additions from partnering with the Clearwater aquarium to the new water park and elec tric surfboards, the JetLev, not to mention the Gyrosphere, a contraption that lets guests spin and twirl away their vacation days are all part of creating an experi ence to remember, says Johnson: We really want to make it, nationwide, noticed as a top family destination. Meanwhile the nearby Sandpiper branded U.S. resort. (Two others are entrepreneur who advocates sustaingear at many retail outlets. Harvey also funds ocean conservation and research, and in 1999 established the Guy Harvey Research Institute in collaboration with Nova Southeastern Universitys Oceanographic Center. Hes an international brand, and we were looking at ways to create a difference with Sandpiper, Johnson explains. Florida residents can take advan tage of a 15-percent discount promotion. Both properties also feature a scratchoff ticket with prizes ranging from free beverages and a beach towel to a $500 gift card.tr tr trbb bb trFor many of us, another gateway to that feeling of escape is the Overseas Highway. The Florida Keys take some of the ingredients in the Miami mix sun, them at the top of the recipe. For those who want a luxurious Cay may be the place. Its mid-Keys, at Mile Marker 61 on Duck Key, and boasts and an adults-only section while also offering a variety of programs for kids. In 2007 Northview Hotel Group acquired the property, which dates from the 1960s. The company invested more than $35 million in renovations. The hotel building was taken down to the studs and renovated, says Hawks Cay marketing director Jennifer Dinan, giving the building a Tommy Bahama feel. I always tell people from South Florida: Our island is like you have left the country and gone to the Caribbean. Its a completely different world. At the 60-acre property, which includes hotel rooms and villas, the emphasis is on water sports, including mention paddle-boarding, kiteboarding, and kayaking. It also offers the JetLev. Hawks Cays Calm Waters Spa was ranked in the top 25 in North America by Travel + Leisure s Worlds Best Awards in 2009 and 2010. Guests can also interact with four raised-in-captivity dolphins that live in an ocean enclosure at the resort. Dinan says that Hawks Cays dining options also set it apart. The upscale Alma is Hawks Cays signature restaurant. Its especially impactful for South Florida guests because it has a Latin culture and niques, she says. Hawks Cay always gives a discount to Florida residents 15 percent in summer and for the fourth year will host its Heroes Welcome program, from August 20 to November 18. This offers ment, and medical personnel rates starting at $99. Other visitors who donate country, get 20 percent off the cost of their rooms. Says Dinan: Every year its gotten bigger and bigger and more exciting for all of us. n r frbb b Staycationers willing to venture into the ence altogether at Parmers, on Little Torch Key, between Marathon and Key West. The 46-unit resort is about 40 years old. There really was a Parmer, a husband-and-wife, says Parmers general manager Sandy Sledge. Having been bought by Jay Marzella in 1998, Parmers remains a one-owner property, an increasingly rare status in the modern hospitality industry, and reminiscent of an earlier Florida. Rooms have been remodeled and updated, and the docks have been resurfaced and refurbished. Parmers proximity to a variety of parks and conservation areas attracts lovers of nature. We have a lot of naturalist types, says Sledge, hastening to add she doesnt mean that in the nudist sense, but in the outdoors sense. Kayaking is big, she adds, and were a very big tage of the kayaking tours offered by author and well-known Keys naturalist Bill Keogh. Two TanksContinued from page 35 Continued on page 38 only section. Photo related.com

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Parmers is close to the renowned Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary Adolphus Busch Sr. and the USNS Vanden berg is also near Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge, Bahia Honda State Park, and the Great White Heron National Refuge. Sledge says the magic of the area turns many guests into repeat customers, who love lounging around the pool or watching the sun set after an active day. The rooms range from basic to one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, most with kitchens. Visitors can book the luxurious presidential suite, which has a gourmet kitchen, an outdoor whirlpool, and his and hers titanium bi cycles for the length of your visit. Then there is the waterfront, two-bedroom Lagoon Cottage, which is set apart from the rest of the resort. Its a great couples retreat, or good for a family coming down. says Sledge. Parmers, Sledge adds, is quiet Keys comfort. We are not a Hyatt, we dont put chocolate on your pillow at night. Its old Keys, but clean and comfortable. rf b Some people dont think theyve really had a vacation unless its all about teeing up. One option for such die-hard duffers would be Renaissance World Golf Village, near St. Augustine. Its just down the road from the historic city, which has tons of attractions. It might be just the thing for the golfer, nongolfer couple. Renaissance World encompasses two courses. One is the King & Bear, Scott Selvaggi, the resorts director of sales and marketing, King & Bear is the only course ever co-designed by both legends of golf. The other course, the Slammer & Squire, was designed with input and inspiration from Slam min Sammy Snead and Gene The Squire Sarazen. Slammer & Squire is just steps from the hotel, Selvaggi says. A chip Two TanksContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40

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40 shot away. King & Bear is not quite as close, so transportation is provided. Players enjoy such amenities as chilled towels, complimentary range balls, and each cart is equipped with a GPS. This place sprawls such that GPS could come in handy. Meanwhile, there is the PGA Tour Golf Academy, which offers lessons from pros, and the PGA Tour Stop the worlds largest golf store. Top that off with the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. It has a lot of fun, interactive exhibits, Selvaggi says. One is the virtual golf simula tor, where you can play on 22 of the worlds top courses. The 301-room hotel offers a number of dining options, from the Villagio Italian Grille to Murrays Bros. Cad dyshack. Renaissance World also provides transport to downtown St. Augustine, 15 minutes away, and to the members-only Serenata Beach Club, to which Renaissance guests are given complimentary access. Renaissance World also offers a special for Florida residents starting at $99. Selvaggi notes they have certainly seen an uptick in visits by Florid ians over the past few years, and also people replacing the traditional twoweek road trip with a series of smaller vacations. For golf fanatics, Selvaggi says, There is no reason to go north or anyplace else. f bb If youre considering north Florida but thought to Amelia Island. Its 13 miles long, capped at one end by Fort Clinch State Park and at the other by Big Talbot Island State Park. Amelia is separated from the mainland by Nassau Sound and a maze of rivers and creeks. It has a brace of golf courses, a jazz festival, a chamber music festival, a Amelia Island Concours dElegance, in which owners of vintage and supercool cars presumably a mostly wellheeled, Great Gatsby crowd show off their prizes for charity. In short, this is a tony island. Its also a place with a fascinating history and an abundance of hotels and inns that offer pretty nice summer packages. This one island showcases everything that people love about Florida beautiful beaches, breathtaking natural beauty, great restaurants, golf, resorts but has a colorful history and distinct charm all her own, says Gil Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. Amelia Island is the only place in the United States to have been under eight rather tumultuous past of pirates, pillag ing, and plunder. Visitors can learn more Two TanksContinued from page 38 Continued on page 42

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42 at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Known in pre-Colombian times by the Timucuan Indians, Amelia Islands modern history began in 1562, when Jean Ribault landed on its shores. Its been one thing after another ever since a smug glers haven in the early 19th Century, part of Civil War history, and by cen turys end a haven for wealthy northern visitors. It has a treasure trove of Victori an homes and many independently owned stores in downtown Fernandina Beach. It is also the home of American Beach, established in the 1930s for African-American vacationers, when black Americans were denied hospitality in most other beachfront resorts up and down Floridas coast. This summer a number of island hotels and inns are offering special deals. For example, the Amelia Hotel at the Beach is offering a Sail Away package that includes a two-night stay and private sailing lessons, starting at $545. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation has a girls getaway package, The Sand, Sun & Soul, that includes yoga classes on the beach, a $100 spa credit, and a basket of literary beach reads, starting at $265 per night. On the other hand, the kid-friendly Pirates and Princesses package for $245 per night includes pirate patches and tiaras at check in, private in-room movies, and a parents-only dinner while the children are entertained at their own event. Whats more, 19 Amelia Island hotels and inns are offering a third or fourth free night for those who meet certain requirements. Something seems to be working. We already have more business on the books for June of this year than we had for all of June last year, says Theresa Hamilton, innkeeper at Fairbanks House, a breath taking Victorian in Fernandina Beach. Advance bookings are up, longer stays are up, and last-minute stays are up. Two TanksContinued from page 40 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 Continued on page 44

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44 bbb Some of us think just crossing the county line from Miami-Dade to Broward is a journey to a foreign land, complete with unfamiliar customs, different food, and strange music. For anyone who really wants to stay close to home, Fort Lauderdale this season has some great options. The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, for one, is promoting its Everyones Invited Escape, for those who think summer vacation should be Spring Break with hotter weather. Starting at $548 for two nights, it includes Battle of the Sexes beach volleyball, margarita-making lessons, a shop ping trip to the Galleria Mall via water and a round of golf and wave runner rent says Anna Whiddon, from the Zim merman Agency, which is running the campaign. We know that staycations are really big in South Florida during the summer months, she says, and we wanted to create a campaign that pig gybacked on the increasing popularity of friends group getaways. In addition, a program run by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, offers to people who book hotel reservations on its site (www. card. Its to help offset the price at the pump, says Jessica Taylor, the groups media relations director. The sunny.org website also has a list of two-for-one deals, from catamaran charters to scuba diving. Some purists maintain that the only real staycation is the one you build yourself. Fort Lauderdale might have some of the best ingredients for that, especially for kids. Since the movie Jaws nothing says summer like sharks. Parents can keep their shark-mad kids happy with Continued on page 46 Two TanksContinued from page 42 BT photo by Silvia Ros

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two exhibits. At the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science you tion of the giant prehistoric shark that roamed the ancient seas. Its part of the museums Prehistoric Florida exhibit, representing the Sunshine State some 65 million years ago. The museum also has several live sharks on exhibit. Next, take the kids to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, where sharks are also to be found in draw ings, photos, sculptures, and videoin an exhibition, SHARK, organized in collaboration with Nova Southeastern Universitys Oceanographic Center and curated by Richard Ellis, an artist, author, and environmentalist. It addresses as well the impact of Jaws which did so much to feel about sharks, and speaks to efforts to protect shark species, many of which are tr bbb bb We all know how wearing travel can be. How often have you said you need a vacation to get over the vacation? If thats you, one option is to stay even closer to home, maybe at a place where you dont have to put out too much effort, someplace that treats you really well. In fact, someplace like the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key. This year it is offering the I Love Marlins package. Its a two-night stay for two in a luxury suite; two therapeutic spa treatments; and a chauffeured trip to and from the Miami Marlins ballpark, where youll get great seats, plus two baseball jerseys and caps. At $2450 it may be considered a splurge. While no ones going to confuse the Mandarin Oriental with a value chain, that doesnt mean it doesnt offer specials. Through September 30, guests can take advantage of the Insider Offer from $249 a night, which includes breakfast, complimentary valet parking, and special extras at the spa. And by the way, the spa at the Man darin Oriental has it all, from a 50-minute aromatherapy facial to full-day programs that encompass everything from Ayurvedic Holistic Body Treatments to Thai Herbal Compass Rituals and lots more in-between. If both of you want the experience, never fear there is also a couples suite. The mood is set early by the spas location, overlooking Biscayne Bay. We sometimes see dolphins from here, says spa therapist Shavon Etan, as the where spa patrons have already been relaxed with a cup of cool raspberry hi biscus tea and an herb-infused Oshibori towel to a treatment room so private and lovely it will make you think of the spa cultures of old Europe, though in modern translation. There is the self-warming treatment table, and up a step, a chaise lounge with a Jacuzzi-type tub. The far wall is all windows. Etan is a master at her craft, transporting clients to a relaxation zone where cares just drop away. Later, lounging in the relaxation room, it may occur to you that the very best vacation might just be right here at home. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Two TanksContinued from page 44 BT photo by Silvia Ros COPYDESIGNPRINTPROVIDING PRINTING SERVICES SINCE 1981ALL DIGITAL SERVICESIN HOUSE GRAPHIC DESIGN COLOR COPIES OFFSET PRINTING MESH BANNERS ADHESIVE VINYL BACKLIT DISPLAYS OUTDOOR BANNERS VEHICLE WRAPPING MURALS & POSTERS CANVAS & MAGNETS ROLL-UP BANNER STANDS MOUNTING & LAMINATION305.573.3634ALKOPRINTING.NET3208 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137 SCAN TO RECEIVE OUR GREAT DEALS CAR WRAPSFROM$1,495 BANNERS$3.50Square foot for rst time customers and you must register to our mailing list1,000 COLOR BUSINESS CARDS$39.00

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48 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORFood Truck Mix-UpThe big Wynwood roundup on Second Saturday (love it or hate it) is battling bureaucracyBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterAaron Byers, owner of the Nacho Bizness food truck, loves the monthly Second Saturday Art Walks. Apart from the high volume of sales for his burritos, tacos, and salads, Byers loves the vibe. It is the best event on earth, he says, while preparing a grilled skirt steak burrito with black beans and corn salsa during a recent food-truck event held at North Miamis Johnson & Wales campus. But Byers is not sure if he will return for the next Second Saturday on June 9 for fear he will be shut down. The City of Miami is just run by sh**heads, he says. Miami still doesnt have a clear policy for mobile kitchens. Although most food trucks are licensed as restaurants by the state, they cant remain stationary on public or private property within Miami city limits unless they have a special-event permit. Yet food trucks are still as common a sight as hipsters in stingybrim fedoras during Wynwoods Second Saturday, and for more than a year they thrived in a sanctuary: a 3.2acre lot at NW 2nd Avenue and 22nd Street. Besides dozens of trucks, the lot hosted free live music, a bar, and vendors selling a variety of wares. discovered that the so-called Wynwood Street Food & Music Fest was operating without proper permits and shut it down. The event at that lot was canceled again last month after Richard Hales, the festivals organizer, was unable to extend a temporary permit awarded to him a month earlier. As of press deadline, it remains unclear if the proper permits will be pulled in time for June 9, although Hales vows to try. Were going to be meeting with thing done, he says. Even if Hales obtains a permit to gather on the vacant lot, the events have demanded improvements to the property, including the installation of a new iron fence and more hedges. Oren Cohen, the propertys manager, says the enhancements are somewhat pricey. Its more of a neighborhood kind of event than a business thing, says Cohen. Were trying to see how its going to play out. Hopefully well resolve it one way or another. Cohens boss, Moshe Mana, bought the land from developer David Lombardi for $3.6 million in December 2011, a transaction that increased the IsraeliAmerican entrepreneurs holdings in Wynwood to more than 20 acres. According to Cohen, the new owner intends to continue the food-truck events for the time being. Future uses for the property are now being analyzed, says Tony Cho, president of Metro 1 Properties: Right now Im working on a couple of options for that site, but nothing is concrete for the moment. The food-truck community considers Wynwood Second Saturdays their biggest night. Theres no other event that is bigger, says Hales, owner of the food truck Dim Ssam a Gogo and Sakaya Kitchen restaurant. A lot of the trucks depend on it. The food trucks have helped increase attendance at the art walk as well, 2010, the art walks were not nearly as populated. And when the food trucks are not there, the attendance is lower. Larger crowds mean more exposure for Wynwood, Hales reasons. Along with gallery owners and developers, were working to make it a better area. I believe that the food trucks are showing potential investors in the neighborhood that you can make money here. Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner of Gallery Diet at 174 NW 23rd St., thinks food trucks have turned the art walks into a circus. It creates a street atmosphere where people walk around with disposable food items and leave them by the side, she says. The generators used to power the food trucks can be noisy, too. The ambient noise from having 20 or 30 different food trucks is so loud I adds. It can be a little problematic. Juliana Mieth, manager of Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts at 2040 N. Miami Ave., says she wont go to NW Second Avenue during the art walks because its too crazy. The food trucks, she believes, distract a lot from the idea of an art scene. People go to the gallery walk and eat and then go to the galleries to use the bathrooms. Hales says the chaos is actually caused by some local street vendors and gallery owners who offer complimentary alcohol. We bring a lot of attention to ourselves, but then you have people sell ing beer and barbeque, unlicensed, with out permits, all over the street, he says. And theyve been allowed to stay there. David Lombardi says he started the food truck event on his vacant lot in an attempt to control them. I didnt like the way the food trucks were lining the street in front of the faades of businesses, with smoke billowing inside the gallery spaces, Lombardi recalls. I just thought it would be a good solution. He teamed up with Hales, who agreed to help him organize the event. Before long, 35 trucks had signed on, paying a rate of $75 for the right to operate there. After expenses for portable toilets, sanitation, and entertainment, Lombardi says he earned maybe $500 or $600 a month from the events. Not exactly a windfall. Lombardi says he pulled permits for the event a couple of times, but usually he didnt even bother. Nobody complained, he says. It was a logical thing. That changed this past March when theyd been alerted to the situation. Parkwest Redevelopment Association, owner of downtowns Grand Central tral Park, a temporary open space where the old Miami Arena once stood that has hosted events such as concerts and a monthly food-truck event on Fridays. He sent a direct e-mail to the city, Hales says, outlining that we did not have the Wynwood Street Food & Music Fest. Frustrated with the city bureaucracy regarding his own Food Truck Happy inquiring how Lombardi was able to get something different with the city, he says. Wynwood to be a threat to his Friday Food Truck Happy Hour. In fact he says he wants more events like the Wynwood gath ering. Thats why hes campaigning for a streamlined permit process. The problem with the city is that its a free-for-all, he Continued on page 52Photos by Robby Campbell / BeachedMiami.com

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New Life for an Old FavoriteAt last the Vagabond Motel has found a benefactorBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterAfter sitting abandoned and boarded up for three years, the historic Vagabond Motel may soon have new owners. Developer Avra Jain and her partner Joseph Delvecchio have a contract to buy the iconic Vagabond for an as yet-to-be revealed price from a partnership headed by David Lin. Their plan is to restore the 1950s-era motel, located at 7301 Biscayne Blvd., to its former glory, running it as a boutique inn with up to 50 rooms. The new Vagabond, which could be open as early as fall 2013, will include a renovated pool and courtyard, at least one restaurant with dining terraces and a full-service bar, a bakery, a salon, a spa, and a gym. Were pretty excited about it, says Jain, who has developed properties in New York, Sunny Isles Beach, and along the Biscayne Corridor. So far everything seems to be going pretty smoothly. But for the project to be realized, Jain says the Vagabond needs a zoning change. Right now, only the western portion facing Biscayne Boulevard is zoned for hotel use, she says. The City of Miamis Historic Environmental and Preservation Board will hear the plans for the Vagabond in July, says project architect Dean Lewis. Once the HEP Board endorses the projects plans, the developers will formally apply for a zoning change. So far, meetings with Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district includes the Upper Eastside, and been positive, he adds. The city has agreed to support the application and it makes sense to them, Lewis says. Were not talking about adding additional height or more rooms or anything like that. It is more of an administrative resolution based on the renaissance we have planned for the Vagabond. Were basically reviving this motel and it needs support. The Vagabonds rezoning already has the support of the Belle Meade Home owners Association. In a May 10 letter to the city, Jo Wilder, president of the Belle Meade HOA, declares that a renovated motel is far better, and safer, than a board ed-up building, which she describes as a plague upon the Belle Meade community that has attracted drug users, the homeless, illegal dumping, and prostitution. We encourage you to not only approve the requested [zoning change], but to expedite the required processes necessary to assist the development team in getting shovels in the ground as soon as possible, she writes. Teri DAmico, a co-founder of the MiMo (Miami Modern) preservation movement, who championed the Vaga bonds historic designation back in 2003, is also thrilled at the prospect of a complete restoration. I hope itll be an excellent model for the other Biscayne motel owners and encourage them to rehabilitate their properties, DAmico says. The motel use will bring people into the neighborhood and will help the other businesses along Biscayne Boulevard, too. Sidney Goldberg built the 22,000-square-foot Vagabond Motel in 1953, at a time when Biscayne Boulevard was heavily used by vacationing families traveling to South Florida. It was designed by B. Robert Swartburg, architect of the Delano Hotel and the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. MiMo design advocates such as DAmico hail the Vagabond as a prime example of 1950s and 1960s MiMo architectural design. But like many motels along the Boulevard, the Vagabonds appearance deteriorated during the downturn of the 1970s and 1980s, when that part of Miamis Upper Eastside was overrun by prostitutes and drug dealers. Eric Silverman, a former mens clothing executive, bought the Vagabond in 2005 for $4 million, with a primary headed by Lin. Playing up the legends that Frank Sinatra and other Rat Pack stars frequented the Vagabond during its heyday, Silverman vowed to create a boutique motel that would spur the resurgence of other old motels along the Boulevard. To encourage this trend, the Miami City Commission in 2006 created the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District between 50th and 77th streets. Silverman, however, only managed to open a clothing store and operate a farmers market at the motel. Still owing Lin and his partners a mortgage of $2.7 million, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in man abandoned the property in 2009. After Lin regained control, several potential buyers showed interest in the prop erty. Lewis, an Upper Eastside resident who is the architect for two other new commer cial projects on the Boulevard, says he also took an interest in the Vagabond, introduc ing two prospective purchasers to Lin. One of those prospects was Jain, a former Wall Street trader who began her real estate career in Manhattan by buying, renovating, and selling condos and other buildings in SoHo and TriBeCa. By 1999 Jain was investing in property in Miami-Dade County, developing the condo resort Blue at Doral, buying the retail portion of the Marina Blue condo in downtown Miami, and spearheading efforts to build the 43story Regalia in Sunny Isles Beach. Her Miami-Dade real estate adventures did come with some pain. The Regalia projects lenders sued to foreclose on the site before it even broke ground in 2009. Last year it was sold to Golden Beach Developers LLC, headed by Louis Montello. Jain says she hung on and is involved with Regalia once again. Jain, who lives in downtown Miami, has long been intrigued by the Vagabond. It speaks to me every time I drive by it, she says. Its the gem on the block. I can see it lit up, walking in the courtyard. I can imagine what it was like back in the day. I think it should be that way again. To help plan the Vagabonds resurrection, Jain hired Stoli Hotel & Resorts as the projects food and beverage consultant. Also on the team is Stephane Dupoux, CEO of Dupoux Design, which created the interiors for South Beach nightspots such as Opium, Pearl, Nikki Beach, Touch, and The Strand. Jain is the perfect developer for the Vagabond, according to Jeff Morr of Majes tic Properties. Shes good at raising money, he says. If redeveloped right, the Vagabond could become the Standard of the Upper Eastside, Morr adds, referring to swank hotel and spa on Belle Isle in Miami Beach. The owners of the New Yorker motel at 6500 Biscayne Blvd., which underwent an extensive renovation in 2009, already charge between $65 and $175 a night for their 50 rooms. Morr thinks a revamped Vagabond could demand from $100 to $175 a night. By contrast, most Boulevard motels charge around $40 a night. The Vagabond project may change that business model. It may encourage more motel renovations, Morr says. Instead of being hooker hotels, theyll be places where normal people will stay and not by the hour but by the day. 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By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterDuring the 19 years Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been MiamiDades State Attorney, she has had election challengers just three times. Voters from all political parties had a chance to decide if Rundle deserved to be re-elected, or if the job should go to someone else. She won every time. Now shes facing a challenger for the fourth time, but with a difference. On August 14, Rundle will face off against attorney Roderick Vereen. In this election, however, only registered Democrats can vote. No Republicans, no independents, no Libertarians will be allowed to cast a ballot. Its known as a closed primary. How did that happen? Thanks to arcane state election laws, it happened automatically when Miami attorneys Michele Samaroo and Omar Malone entered the race as write-in candidates. More about that below. The consequences, however, are clear: It that means Biscayne Times readers will likely decide the August election. Why? Because the Biscayne Corridor, from Brickell to Broward, is heavily Democratic. South and west Miami-Dade County are not going to be an issue in this race, says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor who studies local elections. The action, Miami. The Biscayne Corridors potential was apparent to Vereen. On May 9, just days after announcing his candidacy, he held a fundraiser at the New Yorker Motel at 6500 Biscayne Blvd. The candidate drew a respectable crowd, among them Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo, and several Biscayne Corridor activists. Rundle campaign consultant Robert of the Biscayne Corridors neighborhoods, though hes not quite as emphatic as Foreman. Considering the demographics of the area and the likely voter registration, he says, they are very important areas, but no more so than any other area of the county where there are Democratic voters. Most voters in Miami-Dade County are registered as Democrats 525,890 of them compared to 368,409 Republicans, according to April 2012 statistics from the Miami-Dade Elections Department. (Independents number 302,780, while 17,105 people are registered with other political parties.) Within county Commissioner Sally Heymans District 4 which covers Aventura, Biscayne Gardens, Miami Shores, Bay Harbor Islands, North Bay Village, and most of the beaches there are 44,425 Democrats and 19,892 Republicans, with another 26,566 voters belonging to neither party. Inside county Commissioner Audrey Edmonsons District 3, which includes Edgewater, the Design District, Buena Vista, Little Haiti, the Upper Eastside, western Miami Shores, and El Portal, there are 58,042 Democrats, 9627 Republicans, and 17,361 independents or The downtown-Brickell area is dominated by Democrats as well. According Miami Downtown Development Authority last year, 8188 voters are registered as Democrats compared to 4646 Republicans and 5905 registered as independents or other parties. Dario Moreno, an election poll ster and political science professor at Florida International University, says targeting probable Democratic voters across ethnic lines will be critical for both Rundle and Vereen. You have to look at who votes in a Democratic primary, Moreno explains. The likely voters [countywide] are 48,000 African Americans, 42,000 non-Latin whites, and 25,000 Hispanic Democrats. That is Barry University professor Foreman predicts low voter turnout for this race: I think your everyday person, your regular citizen, doesnt pay much attention to enced by the ethnicity of the candidates, Foreman adds. Rundle is Cuban American. Vereen is black. The average voter is going to look at their faces, look at the names, and then theyre going to decide, he says. Rundles most persistent opponent over the years has been former Broward prosecutor Alberto Milian, who ran against her in 2000 and 2004. Both times Milian ran as a Republican and had the backing of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, a police union long at odds with Rundle. This time Milian and the PBA are backing Vereen, a former prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney whose clients have included the Liberty City Seven, who, after two mistrials, were convicted of plotting terrorist acts. He also represented Lionel Tate, a juvenile who killed his playmate while wrestling. In 2010 Vereen lost to Frederica Wilson in a race for the U.S. House of Representatives. It was during his run for Congress that Vereen says he was encouraged to run for State Attorney. He believes the has shown favor to the wealthy, has been inconsistent in public corruption cases, and is weak on crime. She is the Titanic and I am that iceberg, he says. Twenty lieve in term limits? I do. I think two or three terms is enough. We need to bring in fresh ideas. Levy argues that Rundle remains popular in every segment of the county. She has served every area of MiamiDade County as a tireless person of sincerity and integrity, he says. She has been tireless in her pursuit of criminal activity in this community, regardless of where it is or who the person is. Levy also believes it was Rundles opponents who encouraged Samaroo and Malone to run as write-in candidates. he says, in order to close the primary to deny independents and Republicans the right to vote in the primary election. Vereen, while admitting he has met Samaroo and Malone, denies having anything to do with their write-in candidacies. I understand that my counterpart was upset that its now a Democratic Continued on page 54The One-Party SystemPolitical maneuvering leads to a State Attorney showdown in which only Democrats can vote, and which BT readers could decide BT photo by Silvia Ros

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complains. One person applies for an event this way, another that way. You cant bring high-quality events to the downtown area because of this mess. Following the March code-enforceangry phone call from Hales. Then the food-truckers boycotted Grand Central still willing to help them get a waiver and apply for a special-event permit for temporary use of the land. Hales says hes handling permits up pot holes, removed large rocks, and inspector and off-duty cops were hired as well during the April event. The enhancements and legalization came at a price, though: Food-truck operators had to pay $125. to Asia. Unfortunately the April permit could not be extended. As a result, only three food trucks operated on the NE 2nd Avenue lot last month. Recently another food-truck event, or ganized by Seth Burger Beast Gonzlez, popped up on another vacant lot at 250 NW 24th St., but it was also suspended it, according to miamifoodtrucks.com. (Gonzlez did not return phone calls from the BT .) Barnaby Min, the citys zoning director, says the April food-truck event in Wynwood was granted a temporaryuse permit. Although good for two weeks, a single location cannot obtain a temporary permit more than twice a year. Another option is a vacant-land permit that is good for six months and can be used as many times as you want, Min says. The application process is much more detailed and minor improvements such as landscaping, restrooms, and trash receptacles are required. Hales, though, contends that the land scaping and fencing request from the city is more than minor for an event that operates for only a few hours each month. Its pretty expensive, he says. Nonetheless Hales says he has good rapport with the city and hopes to negosubstantially meet our obligations and keep the costs in line. special-event waiver from the Miami City Commission that can be good for a year, as he did for Grand Central Park. Im willing to help, he says. I want there to be water under the bridge. Many food-truckers say they still plan to be in Wynwood on June 9, whether or not the vacant lot is available and in spite of sporadic hassles from police and code enforcement. Well try Chipman, owner of Purple People Eater. One day it may be somewhat easier for food trucks to operate in Wynwood and other parts of Miami. At the request of Mayor Toms Regalado, Barnaby Min is creating a new food-truck ordinance that will replace regulations from the 1960s meant to govern ice cream trucks. Says Min: Hopefully itll be ready in the next few months. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Food TruckContinued from page 48

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54 primary, he says. I have no control they wanted to. Anyone has the right to Neither Samaroo, a former president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, nor Malone, a downtown personal injury attorney, returned phone calls from the BT Chris Cate, spokesman for the Florida Division of Elections, explains that Florida primaries are always restricted to voters of a particular party unless that primary will decide an election. For example, if only Republicans run for a open to all voters. (State Attorney is a A single write-in candidate, Cate says, is enough to close any particular primary: Independents and write-in candidates go directly to the general election ballot without being on the primary ballot. Therefore there will be opposition in the general election. Thus a primary is needed to determine a single Democratic candidate. Whoever wins the Miami-Dade State Attorney primary in August will technically be running against write-in candidates Samaroo and Ferguson on November 6, even though their names wont appear on the ballot. Instead of their names, the ballot will contain a blank line with the word Write-in. Barry Universitys Foreman notes that write-in candidates are commonly used by political operatives to close primaries. He suspects the same strategy was this time. Somebody has got to be behind this, he says. Some of Rundles critics believe a closed Democratic primary will prevent the incumbents own campaign operatives, particularly consultant Alberto Lorenzo, from targeting Cuban-American retirees, many of whom are Republican. Ms. Rundle has claimed for so long that shes proud of being a Democrat, but when she was faced with a Democratic primary, she was extremely upset because she wanted her Republican friends to vote, says former Miami Mayor Carollo, a Vereen supporter. Moreno, however, points out that Rundle never really depended much on Republican voters, including Cuban Americans. In a general election, the Republican vote would be against her, he says. She could get some of it due to the legacy of her father [Carlos Benito ican judge], but not more than 25 or 30 percent. In the past, Rundle could count on support from the black community. For example, in the 2000 race against Milian, she won 94 percent of the countys black corruption charges against Miami Comin Overtown and Liberty City. The commissioner was acquitted last year of charges that she solicited a $25,000 bribe from developer Armando Codina. Spence-Jones, whose district also includes Wynwood, Buena Vista, and the Design District, is not only supporting Vereen, she also plans to sue Rundle for violating her civil rights. With or without Spence-Joness support, Vereen is bound to get a majority of the black votes in this primary, political pollster Moreno says, yet that wont be enough, especially since Jewish Democrats from Aventura and North Miami Beach tend to back Rundle. He [Vereen] Hispanic Democrats, Moreno says. He has to build a coalition. To assemble such a coalition, Vereen needs lots of money, but he is virtually unknown in the county and has yet to report raising any campaign funds. Says Moreno: If Vereen cant raise $200,000, which is hard to do in this economy, he wont be able to launch a serious countywide campaign. Rundle, on the other hand, has already raised at least $489,000. Her list of campaign contributors reads like a whos-who of downtown businesses and the legal community, Foreman says, adding that hes sure those same contributors, many of whom live in the Biscayne Corridor, will be giving her votes as well. She does have a pretty good he allows. Theres also the perception around the business community that things are pretty safe. Rundle will be re-elected barring something unexpected. Unless Vereen does something to really rock the boat, he says, it looks like the status quo will hold the day. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com SUNNY ISLES Sandspoint New R.E.O. $445K MIAMI BEACH Waterfront/Investment 12TH Units Bulk Sale 1.9 Mil TROPICANA Ocean Front 2BR New R.E.O. AVENTURA SUNNY ISLES MIAMI BEACH TROPICANA 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 JADE BEACH Pending Sale $2,150,000JADE BEACH State AttorneyContinued from page 50

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DON DON T T Believe that there are principal reductions out there. DONT DONT Believe you will win your house for free. DON DON T T Believe that a HAMP modification is a guaranteed permanent loan modification. DONT DONT Be fooled by thinking the truth will be enough to beat them. DO DO UNDERSTAND YOUR RIGHTS WHAT IS FORECLOSURE DEFENSE? Foreclosure defense is not just about wheres the Note? It is about identifying fraudulent documents, challenging the authority and authenticity of those individuals who sign on the endorsements, assignments of mortgages, and affidavits as well as seeking and identifying documents that contradict the Plaintiffs claims of ownership. Foreclosure Defense Attorneys must aggressively test the basis for each case on behalf of the homeowner. You have options and you have rights under the Constitution. You have nothing to lose if you fight. You have the right to question the facts in this and every lawsuit. WHAT IS THE GOAL? Every individual or family has different goals arising from different situations. Most attorneys will give you a free consultation. In that free consultation the attorney should explain the legal system, explore your options, answer your questions and provide you with a direction. hen in Foreclosure, consider the following DO DO s s and DON DON T T s s in protecting your rights and fighting the banks in this crisis: D D O O Hire an attorney based on knowledge, experience, and esprit de corps. The Fight is about obtaining the evidence, seeking depositions, gettingaffidavits to refute the Banks evidence. Never give up without taking action and negotiating what you can on your terms. DON DON T T T r u s t a n y t h i n g t h e Servicer/Lender is telling you when you call after being served a complaint. The Bank will not delay the foreclosure lawsuit while considering you for a loan modification. Dont ignore the law suit. DO DO Answer the complaint. At the very least put a letter into the court within 20 days of being served the complaint asking for an extension of time to seek an attorney. D D ON ON T T Think that talking to the Lender is the same as answering the Complaint. It is not. DO DO Keep a detailed journal or log of your calls to the Lender/servicer: date, time, name, and substance of the call. Keep all letters, emails, and documents sent to you from the Bank/Lender. By Joann Hennessey Civil Jus ce Advocates, PL 3601 W Commercial Blvd. Suite 18, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 FIGHT THE BANKS! Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 Civil Jus ce Advocates 954-677-8888 BANKRUPTCY TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE!

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56 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sS Waiting for JoeEven with a Whole Foods scheduled to open nearby, Miami Shores could still use a local gourmet marketBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorIn Samuel Becketts two-act absurdist play, Waiting for Godot the two main characters wait, waxing philosophi cally, for an unrecognizable individual who, in the end, never appears. So how many of us in Miami Shores feel like itchy Vladimir and sleepy Estragon? You know, tapping our toes in vain not for someone, but for something : an organic-market alternative to Publix. Count my husband and me among the forever sanguine. Without going into too much detail, we both have chronic illnesses, thanks to centuries of intermarrying Jews with faulty genes an argument for marrying outside the faith if I ever heard one and try to maintain gluten-free diets. (I cheat when I review restaurants and test recipes, which means, in the busy season, Im a really bad girl. But thats another story.) Living without wheat, oats, barley, and the other grains that produce gluten is both easier and harder than people think. If you are a good home cook and have the time to make everything from scratch, using quality local ingredients, you wont, after a while, even miss the stuff. Rice, corn, potatoes, and quinoa are delightful starches that serve just as well for bread mixes as they do on the plate. If youre not personally inventive, a slew of cookbooks offering gluten-free recipes including breads, pizza dough, and cakes has recently come on the market. But and its a big but who has the time to cook this way? Jon and I dont. He often works 14-hour days, not counting the nights hes on call. I have two full-time vocations. And we share the responsibilities of kids, cats, dogs, and mangos. As for the house, well, thats falling apart; my stiletto heel reagain, thats another column.) So half the time, our gluten-free family dinners revolve around a res taurant table. We search beyond Miami Shores where Pizza Fiore makes it far too tempting to cheat for South American places that rely on potatoes or Asian

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restaurants that serve rice-noodle dishes. A big winner? Peruvian-BrazilianJapanese fusion restaurant SushiSamba Dromo on Lincoln Road (and soon to open in Coral Gables), where chef Michael Bloise, formerly of American Noodle Bar in the Upper Eastside, has an extensive chart in the kitchen for all his cooks detail ing what on the menu is free of gluten (and other allergens) or if it isnt, how to make it so. The restaurant now offers hand rolls made with quinoa and beers brewed from rice and sweet potatoes. Other nights, we pop prepared convenience products into the microwave or onto the stovetop. But eating this way can be even more expensive than dining out, because gluten-free items are outrageously priced. And when you have to drive to a Fresh Market or a Whole Foods far out of your neighborhood, you add the cost of our all-too-expensive gas to what will be a pretty hefty bill. Yes, the Miami Shores Publix does have a gluten-free section, composed mostly of sweets, snacks, and mixes, along with random prepared items mixed in with the frozen foods and green fare. As this type of diet becomes more popular with folks who want to lose weight along with tamping down PMS bloat, osteoarthritis attacks, and a whole range of other common complaints our Publix is attempting to keep up. But its almost impossible to afford it. For instance, I recently paid more than $7 for a bag of Glutino pretzels there. Sure, I could probably have done without them. But I am a snacker of pretzels; its my preferred nosh. Not having them around would just lead me to cheat on regular If Waiting for Godot had a third act, the two men might have seen at least a shadow of hope, just as we are about to: Whole Foods will soon open in the Biscayne Boulevard and 123rd Street. Unlike the Miami Shores Publix, which only stocks a few products from one or two dedicated gluten-free brands, we will have plenty of options, ranging from Udis bagels and pizza to Kiss My Face bar soap. (Yes, some people are so sensitive they cant even tolerate gluten on their skin.) Whats more, Whole Foods has its own Gluten-Free Bakehouse, and the products, from the apple pie to corn mufFoods offers a gluten-free shopping list to make the lives of people with celiac and other diseases easier; now you dont have to waste your time reading labels. (Check out the shopping lists for other food allergens as well.) The drawback and it is a draw back is that Whole Foods is so expensive that its earned the nickname Whole Paycheck. In addition, though Shores than the one in Aventura, it will be located at on a stretch that already includes Home Depot, Walgreens, and area is impossible to navigate. Want to pick up something on the way home from work? Good luck. The solution to both problems expense and location is to resume petitioning for a health-minded market in Miami Shores. It wouldnt be a Whole Foods, whose extensive cooked sections make that an impossibility given our lack of a sewage system. (Besides, they would never open two branches so close together.) What we need is a Trader Joes. Trader Joes is a chain of grocery stores that began in Southern California in the late 1950s. Its dedicated not only to wholesome, fair trade, gourmet products emphasis on gourmet but to keeping prices consistent and low. I became addict ed to shopping there as a grad student at the University of California, Irvine. While my peers were supping on cheap spaghetti, I was feasting on foie gras and French baguettes for basically the same price. Trader Joes began to expand across the country in the ensuing decades, and Naples. A second store is debuting soon in Sarasota. It has no plans to come to this coast anytime soon, but that doesnt stop me from believing it would be an The products that are packaged instore dont require elaborate preparation, and the philosophy of the management give the people what they want and what they need is something everybody in Miami Shores could use. Until Joe decides to show, unfortunate ly, I see a lot of road trips in my future. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com WWW.JAKEMILLERLAW.COMReal Estate Family Law Estate Planning Bankruptcy THE LAW OFFICES OF JAKE MILLER, LLC

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58 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIA Prayer for Confusion CornerThe states new trafc plan for W. Dixie Highway may do more harm than good, God help us allBy Mark Sell BT ContributorDriving through the automobilechoked intersection where 125th Street, NE 6th Avenue, and W. Dixie Highway all converge in North Miami awakens many things in the human spirit, none of them good. Now the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is closing in on a plan to relieve that congestion a plan that might inspire homicidal thoughts, at least if and when construction proceeds. Try the intersection at rush hour and youll see why the corner is such a bugbear. Driving east on 125th Street say, from I-95 the backup starts at NE 4th Avenue or even west of there. You sometimes must wait three, even four, light changes before getting through the transom. Or try zipping through NE 6th Avenue as the light changes to yellow, enforced camera goes off, welcoming you to the Star Chamber of North Miami Challenge it before the black-robed, nononsense magistrate in tennis shoes and she will set you back about $273, thank you very much. (Yes, Ive been there.) Drive west and the result is about the same, with the eternal wait, the camera, How about from the south? Well, they walled off West Dixie a few years back, so now you turn on 123rd Street, head east to NE 6th Avenue, get way back in line in the left lane, wait a couple smack dab behind a bus. Or two buses. Or a bus where a passenger is going around to the front to retrieve his bike from the rack while the northbound light changes from green to yellow to red. This is a good time to focus on your breath and try meditation, as long as you green again. Or come from the north, via 6th Avenue or West Dixie. If the lights green and the arrows out, youre golden. But once it turns to red, just wait. And wait. And wait. Breathe. BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith rffnttnbnbfrnAISF, SACS/AdvancEd, MSA AccreditedRegister Now!!! Open Enrollment!!! rrrrrr ffrrntnr ffr ffrfrntrfrr rnn rrr frfrrfr r

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All right, so you know this stuff already. Its not only frustrating; it gets dangerous. The intersection has been the 125th Street, and its almost as bad. That corner is also a high crash-rate location. And if you want to make a left turn from either direction, you also block a thru behind you. Well, FDOT has a deal for you. It goes like this: Close off all but one lane a single northbound lane snaking past Reroute southbound West Dixie trafthree blocks north of Confusion Corner, and then turn left for your last chance bypassing West Dixie. But wait, theres more: Narrow West lanes to two lanes, one-way in each direction, with parallel parking on either only north of 125th Street. (That means no northbound left turn from 125th onto from 125th Street.) considering blocking off all northbound deciding to open it to one lane. So how do folks like this? Not much, far as we can tell. FDOT held a public hearing at the Elks Club on May 10 and one who spoke was against the plan. In council members showed up, all opJean Marcellus. Muhammad Sidiqqui, a black-bearded the familys hard work at the station, as well as his own, had just gotten him through law school. If you shut this down, he said, it will really hurt the family. Marcellus, whose district includes most of the intersection, said, Its going to hurt our businesses and economic mate the businesses [north of the inter TV, Captain Jims Seafood. supply store for 24 years, worries she will be off the beaten path and lose customers. The store, at the southeast corner of West Dixie and 133rd Street, gets much of its loyal business from Miami Shores and Bis cayne Park. Tanguay fears that changing Its a real pain because people will heard one person say they like this plan. Amid all this, FDOT project manager Alejandro Martinez struggles to FDOT has tried to come up with something. Time and again, the community something has to happen, Martinez said. West Dixie completely. Now we are pre senting this. We take out the southbound lane, and the northbound will remain open. area. We are doing this because the other If FDOT actually goes ahead with this plan, it would start design within months and the new route would go into effect in 2015. of many, including the family running the St. Jacques and St. Jean Baptiste where the spirit of the Almighty battles the potential effects of similar roadwork. As soon as they begin work, were ing her brother, Ernest Tifat, the proprietor. I dont know what will happen. God knows. pennies, with a wooden cane towering and toss one in as a prayer for the sick and for the businesses of West Dixie. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aA Maid to OrderWho do you have to know to get good cleaning help in Aventura?By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer BT ContributorI grew up on Long Island, where it was common for families to have housekeepers in some form. Some lived in-house, some came daily, and others did their thing every other week. They were consistent, reliable, and capable. (Those who dubbed themselves cleaning people actually had the skill sets to own the title.) So why is it so decent cleaning people in Aventura? Is it because theres a different work ethic (or lack thereof)? Is it a language barrier? Do I expect too much (show up on time, every time, and clean dirty things)? If the answer to these questions is no, then please, offer suggestions. I want to know. I shouldnt limit this issue to Aventura because, looking back, Cleaning Lady Interrupted has occurred at my other South Florida residences. But since Ive lived here for almost nine years now, I feel compelled to explain why I need a cleaning lady. Its not because Im a snob. I dont feel entitled nor am I a show-off. What I am guilty of is being busy and domestically challenged. I love the idea of cleaning my home, but when Im through, it doesnt look or smell the way it does when professionals dig in. So, essentially, its a necessity. While living in Aventura, I have moved a lot, which explains why Ive gone through Mary, Linda, Amanda, Lola, the lady that my girlfriend Abbi recommended whose name I cannot remember for the life of me, and Kathleen the bar seems to be set much lower than I remember from my childhood. My memories include Florencie, who was a staple in my home. My husband still tells me about Gloria, who lived with his family for years. She left because his parents moved to Florida. They couldnt bring her, so she went to work for their friends. Thinking back, we also had a guy named Jim who waxed our ten years.

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So as my mother did before me and still does I believe in keeping a spotless home. And part of this entails hiring the right person. That should be simple, right? Think again. Not so easy. Ill skip over my experiences in Broward and Palm Beach counties as you, BT s loyal readers, dont live there. So let me get right to the point: Finding talent here is tough. We moved to Mystic Pointe and began asking around. Could it be possible that no one knew anyone? And if they did know or use good people, they were booked solid for the rest their lives. Alrighty then. Where to turn? Im sticking with rec ommendations. Someone had to become freed up someday. And then it happened. Amanda came to me via the publisher of a magazine for which I wrote. When derstood one out of every ten words she spoke. She had a heavy Colombian accent. But what I did comprendo was that she had a spot open, Monday morning, every other week: You wanyes o no ? Oh, yes I do. to understand and love each other. She was sweet, hardworking, and good at her job. Shed go the extra mile, looking for things to do outside the norm. Everything was perfect. I never had to ask. And then it happened we had to the interim, Amanda went to Colombia and, upon her return, was too sick to work. She was an older lady, and I knew it was bound to happen. I just didnt really believe it would happen. I begged. I pleaded. I tried bribery. She couldnt do it. I was heartbroken. My Amanda. (Can I draw a sad face emoticon?) I asked around, picked up business cards, hopped online. Nothing. I interviewed people; no one felt right. I needed more recommendations. My friends, Susie and Steve, said their lady, Lola, might be available. Similar expectations. Lets try. As often happens, a family she worked for had moved away, creating a hole in her schedule. Hey, Ill be a plug any day. She was sweet, seemed honest, and spoke clear English. (While I welcome people of all languages, ethnicities, and only in English my bad, I know.) I wanted to like her. But something was off. She simply couldnt clean. So after towel. Back to square one. I needed to regroup. It was time to begin asking around again. I was panicking when my girlfriend, Abbi, told me about the valet in her building, who, it so happened, also cleaned homes. If this was Skype, youd see me vigorously shaking my head no, because a jack-ofall-trades, as they say, is usually master of none. But at $75 per visit, what did I have to lose? She came once. It was okay. Second time, it was quick, but clean enough. Finally, the third time, besides the fact that she brought her husband to help (odd, no?), she called us to come and pay her after only two hours. (No key is given, no money left until the three-month mark has come and gone and youre still with us.) Seri ously, two hours? What gets clean in two hours? When we arrived 20 minutes after she rang, we watched her walking away from our building. Where are you going? I asked. she eloquently explained. Howd you lock the door? Do you want your fee? Duh, uhits open. You can pay me next time. Seriously? You just left? Thanks, I said, handing her the money. We wont need you anymore. Game over. Bye-bye, Lady Whose Name I Cannot Remember. And so I was back where I started. I found a bunch of business cards in my lobby. One strike, two strikes and then I found MaidinAventura.com. Kathleen began nearly six months coaching, but the good outweighed the not-so-good. This past Thursday, after completing her four-hour session, she dropped the bomb. Im moving to Arizona, she chirped. Oh no! Not again The names of the people in this article have been changed to protect the guilty,

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARKHello, Goodbye Just when it seems everyone has a ticket to ride this summer, one old friend drops into town to share stories of his days with the Beatles By Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorIts a phenomenon familiar to those of us whove lived in Miami for any length of time: the seasonal exodus. Despite the Chamber of Commerce declarations that we are now a year-round hub of activity, we know better. It isnt that Miami shuts down completely in summer, but it does seem to take, shall we say, an extended lunch break. How else to explain the afternoon a couple of weeks ago, when, seizing an all-too-rare respite from my work schedule, I decided to hop in my car and head to the beach? My usual destination, when I can get there, is a little north of the tourist action, with a small parking spot there between December and April. But on this picture-perfect day, the kind that launched a million postcards cloudless, about 79 degrees, with gentle waves more than half the parking spaces were empty. (Woo-hoo!) days ago, not to return till after Halloween. Other neighbors wont be gone nearly as long, but theyll be gone for a good stretch, seeking relief from the heat that keep threatening to visit our corner of the world this time of year. It can get a little lonely in the village, not seeing people youre used to seeing. But it can also be an opportunity to perform neighborly acts. Some of my neighbors, knowing Ill be around, ask me to look after their homes, pick up mail, or just keep an eye out for anything suspicious. It makes them feel better to know they at least have someone they can call to make sure everything is okay, so I happily agree. Its easy enough to do, and its not like these small acts of kindness are keeping me from much of anything. Thats because summer in Miami, cul turally speaking, is pretty lame. Thats always been the case, albeit for differ ent reasons. Photo by Harry Benson

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Before, it was a case of there not being a whole lot of culture anywhere on the calendar, period. Now its because galler ies, museums, and other cultural purveyors wait to schedule their big events closer to with Art Basel Miami Beach. This year, Im happy to report, theres at least one notable exception. My signing at the Taschen store on Lincoln wont be reading this till June, but Im writing in May. Besides, this isnt the Events Calendar.) one of the worlds great photographers, having chronicled everything from the Civil Rights movement to the assassinaWar. Hes photographed every American Nicholson to stars so young they may not named a Commander of the Order of the exhibited in major museums, includAnd if none of that rings a bell, True. As a young photographer for the Daily Express in London in early 1964, Harry was all set to ship off for Africa, to cover the liberation struggles on that continent, when he got a phone call from his editor, telling him he was headed British pop group that had made quite a stop was America. to Paris to meet the lads, and was there when they received word that I Want to Hold Your Hand had gone to number one hand, is visible just behind the group as they get off the plane. Its Harrys days with the Fab Four that are the subject of The Beatles: On the Road, 1964-1966 Taschens 1000th title release, its a big deal. Harrys Beatles connection is also partly responsible for our friendship. In Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami I had previously interviewed Harry for a architect of the famous meeting between and the Beatles. I called him up and Its a nice moment in the documentary, and a surprising one, because the meeting didnt happen the way most people might assume. It was February 1964. Harry was with the Beatles in Miami Beach for their second Ed Sullivan Show appearance at the same time that Clay was preparing Liston, who was supposed to destroy his young challenger sometime between the moment they got in the ring and the end of round one. Naturally, Harry thought it Clay, who never met a camera he didnt love, was training. At least that was the plan. When Clays going to get beaten, Harry remembered Lennon saying. We want to be photographed with the champ. Harry couldnt get him to budge, so he went over to Listons camp to inquire about here, Liston told him, without ever (Fellas wasnt the actual word.) the only sensible thing: He lied to the could get Clays attention. By the time the Beatles discovered the ruse, it was too late. Clay had them clowning around with him in the ring. And Harry, of course, snapped away. Harry has told me a lot of stories the years, which we do occasionally in his exhibitions. Its been a while, though, the Taschen event. Otherwise, Ill have to wait till November. Thats when Harry Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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64 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I AT LARGECalifornia DreaminA trip to the West Coast turns surrealBy Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorT open and I came face to face with The Face. The Face displayed worthy brown hair. dering what just happened. The Face seemed familiar. And then it hit me: The but to everyone The irony of meeting The Face at terrorista ha! regardless of what I saw? still be a threat to the stores olfactory traditional hard throughout or the new sented itself just as I had settled into the 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 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith   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

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environment, caring about people, caring about the humane treatment of animals, caring about lettuce. So much caring! Maybe it was a sign. After three long years in the MUFT (Merciless UnFrozen Tundra) of Upstate New York, my had recently found its way back to Miami. Was it already time to move on? It took me about three seconds to answer that: No. First off, although I loved Northern California (after only a few days), there remained the deal-breaker: bad day than the MUFT on a good day, it still sucked enough to land Northern Cali as MUFT No. 2 on my list. Maybe thats harsh. But, um, do I detect fog? After spending a sunny day in the Bay Area and on the pier with the wonderfully gregarious sea lions (essentially a West Coast manatee, as far as Im concerned), it got cold. And then there is the wind. Wind and I are a no-go. Fire and water, as one of the regions earthenthused, neo-hippies might say. I get earaches in Miami while bicycling in 70 degrees. Apparently, Northern Califor nia never got the Its Spring memo. Still, Northern California had me at compost. And compost stations (next to glass and plastic recycling areas) are at baggage claim at the San Francisco airport. Bleary-eyed but relieved to be back on the ground after a somewhat favorite activity), I was surprised and impressed to see a compost box. Now, I was not altogether clear as to what one would compost after exiting an aircraft. My barf? The barf bag, which contained the barf? And if that were the case, did the barf go in the compost area and the bag in the recycling area? Clearly, hailing from the mostly eco-unfriendly Southeast left me with much to learn before I could even begin to earn my Northern California Girl Scout badge. Recycling and composting aside, Miami and Northern California do saying that about Los Angeles, an area that specializes in plastic (ranging from credit cards to personalities), rather than Northern California, an area known for forward thinking and Birkenstocks. However, there is a sort of magic in Northern California. Its palpable. In the same way Miami offers the lure of the beaches and exotic plants and animals, Northern California offers its version of delightful un-reality. And no, I wasnt stoned on this trip. Not even once. At the risk of sounding like Im stoned now, I will continue. When I say magic, I am not talking about Harry Potter. Im referring to a sense of something larger than you that takes hold of a particular environment. If you are perceptive and open to it, it grabs you. Certainly, Miami has this magic: the beaches, the bay, the lush tropical plants. Spend any time amongst these awesome creations and you will sense the magic. If you pay attention. In my experience, magic is a bit like ghosts. You have to be open to it in order to feel or see it. I had two magical experiences in Northern California. One was on the coast at a federally designated archeological site. Glass Beach is a dump at the been removed, but small debris was left behind. Over time, the small debris, with help from the ocean tides, morphed into something else. The old became new. Glass bottles are now smooth sea glass and pieces of cars have been trans formed into rusted-metal sculptures. You can go elbow-deep in glass and remain unscathed. Thats magical enough. But the walk and climb down to the beach is Alice in Wonderland -esque. Large squir rels that are unafraid of humans. One almost hopped onto my shoulder. Wild At another wondrous area, Point Reyes, you can watch the uncommon and prehistoric-looking elephant seals and their cubs frolic in the surf. But perhaps the most magical place of all is the beach there. At low tide, it is stunning, with the juxtaposition of the frigid blue water, the stoic brown mountains, the green seaweed, and the driftwood, patterned rocks, seagulls, and crows. And when the wind blows, like silt, to blow around in swirls that do a midair dance. The sand seems alive. Its desolate and otherworldly, which makes it wonderful. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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66 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEGet Your Scorecards Here!A look at recent winners and losers around Miami-Dade CountyBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorHeres a clich we all use from time to time: You win some, you lose some. I remember back in the mid-1970s, when the City of Miami experienced its downtown. Eleven people perished in had been evicted. He returned later that You win some, you lose some. By that the latest wins and losses for our community. In the win column I have to place the compromise, reached between the county and environmentalists, which ZooMiami instead of MetroZoo, and its whatever the hell that means.) mise that diminishes the environmental to coincide with the completion of the but our county leaders have a handy clich for that as well: If you build it, to be outdone by any of the other ports tors also believe that if they build it, the ships will come to them, not to us. eventually dock, but the point here is that, chalk this up as a win for our community. marine environment will be safer and 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

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cleaner. The working public wins because, if the predictions come true, there will be more jobs available for people in our com munity. And the county wins because its politicians will be able to claim that we have the deepest channel for cargo ships on the East Coast of the United States. (Or dare I say, ECUS.) On a smaller scale, there was a win for all us pick-up truck owners, as the Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board voted to ease the ban on residents parking pick-up trucks in the driveways of their homes between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The measure still requires the approval of the city commission, but that will most certainly happen, since myriad new rules accompanied the change: You must back in the truck on the driveway, so only the front is visible. (Heaven forbid anyone drive by and see the back end of a pick-up truck must be something Freudian there, but I cant put cargo portion of the truck must have a cover made of standard equipment not a hunk of plywood. And of course, the old tried and true measure of no commercial markings or advertising or added appendages. (Another Freudian slip? They seem to over there.) Nonetheless this is a win for the City Beautiful, with its inane requirements. At least the board did not restrict truck colors, demanding muted earth tones that wont clash with the house colors, or mandating that two adjacent pick-ups be the same color. Perhaps these issues will come to light once the number of pick-ups deserving of a coveted place of display in the Gables. Its also a great victory for the residents, many of whom still work for a living and utilize a pick-up truck for various duties associated with work and regular home maintenance performed by the do-it-yourselfer. I cannot imagine owning a home and not having a pick-up. But thats just me, I guess. All in all, this is a product of compromise, helping bring the Gables into the 21st Century and demonstrating that the City Beautiful accepts the fact that Musical Theatre Summer Camp 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33138 The PlayGround Theatres talented company members will lead students Where: Miami Shores Presbyterian Church 602 NE 96th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138 When: Session 1: June 11 July 6, 2012 (no camp July 4th) Session 2: July 16 August 10, 2012 Time: Monday Friday, 9am 4pm Ages: 6 Cost: $800 To register or for more information: base thereby continuing to make the city the rose among the rest of us thorns if you dont believe thats what it is, just ask anyone there; theyll tell you. to proceed with the construction of the fence, including the infamous gates that will have no latches or locks. (These gates, presumably, will be held closed by the will of God.) This is a win for the city in that they will treat the Upper Eastside no different from the rest of the city when dealing with fences and walls. Its also a win for 92 percent of those who voted approved the construction of the fence. This project has been a long time coming. To put it in perspective, we have spent more time discussing this fence project than it took to build the hoping that, If we build it, they (the bad guys) wont come. Now, since the theme of this column is win some, lose some, we must to stucco on the new commercial buildnot constitute a substantial architectural The building is a beautiful addition could have been just a little more beautiful had it been built according to the plans presented by the developer and approved by the city, and not short-circuited administratively because of greater concern for the developers pocketbook In this case, there was no chance for a compromise because we, the people, had no opportunity to participate in any meaningful dialogue to come up with an agreeable solution. Like I said, you win some, you lose some. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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68 Culture: THE ARTSBuilding Bridges Two artist-run exhibition spaces in North Miami span the little known corners of the local art sceneBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorS Eggs in Spoon on Blue 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 A s p ecial Worshi p S ervice H onorin g Fathers.. FATHER S DA Y S unda y June 17t h 1 1: 00am Learn More on our Website SUNDAY brr M G R Visitusonthew

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Art Basel. Martinez/Nicastri/Tan runs through July 8 at Bridge Red Studios Project Space, 12425 NE 13th Ave., Suite 5; 786-390-8915. Smoke Signals: portals y paisajes is downstairs at Under the Bridge, 305-987-4437. Feedback: letters@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! Lou Anne Colodnys Under the Bridge space isnt going to concentrate only on work created by artists in the later stages of their careers. y hoy se

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70 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 June 9 through July 31 New Work by Colin Chillag Group Show, 04 with Alfred Steiner, Siobhan McClure, Kellesimone Waits, Michel Modell, and D. Dominick Lombardi 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 Through July 11: Art for Global Peace by Roberto Juarez ACND GALLERY OF ART 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net Call gallery for exhibition information ALBERTO LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-287-7789 www.albertolinerogallery.com June 1 through 30: Masada by Pedro Sandoval 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net June 8 through August 4: Lynne Golob Gelfman ART FUSION 1 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-5730 www.artfusiongallery.com Through June 18: A Spring Affair with various artists 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaugaleria.com June 14 through August 11: Apropiaciones by Harry Schuster and Gustavo Zajac ART WORK IN PROGRESS 171 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-4009 www.jacques-harvey.com Call gallery for exhibition information ARTSEEN GALLERY 2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-237-3559 http://artseenspace.wordpress.com Through June 30: NWSA 2012 Senior Visual Arts Showcase with various artists ASCASO GALLERY 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 June 8 through July 1: Miami Watercolor Society 39th Annual Spring Exhibition with various artists BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLERY 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-2700 www.bernicesteinbaumgallery.com Through June 30: 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 Through June 23: Hobnobbing At The Garden Of Earthly Delights by 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 June 9 through July 15: Rafael Valdez 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through July 8: Martinez/Nicastri/Tan with Zaydee Martinez, Joe Nicastri, and Laura Tan 180 NE 39th St., Suite 120, Miami Call gallery for exhibition information 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www.susannacaldwell.com Call gallery for exhibition information 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 June 4 through 30: Felicia Marangakis 541 NW 27th St., Miami 305-571-1415 www.visual.org Through June 5: 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 June 8 through July 31: OLYMPIA by Jacob Gossett CS GALLERY 787 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-308-6561 www.chirinossanchez.com Ongoing: Group Show with various artists 2509 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-357-0568 www.curatorsvoiceartprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 305-576-1977 www.danielazoulaygallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com June 9 through July 31: DCG Open with various artists DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 June 9 through July 28: White Thoughts by Gye Hoon Park Abismo Nupical by Daniel Verbis 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-536-7801 www.diasporavibe.net Call gallery for exhibition information 3850 NE Miami Ct., Miami 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net Through June 16: AABBCCDV by Erik Smith DINA MITRANI GALLERY 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com June 9 through August 31: Womens Perspectives with various artists DORSCH GALLERY 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.dorschgallery.com 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 June 9: Spring Exhibition with Alba Vasconcelos, Vilma Quevedo, and Luis Kaiulani ETRA FINE ART 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 Through June 8: Physichromie 2150 rf ntbrnbrrfCity of Miami residents receive 20% discount on on-street Pay By Phone parking. 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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 Through June 9: Post Modern with Merlin Carpenter, Ian Cheng, Jason Galbut, Ed Lehan, Georgie Nettell, Georgia Sagri, and Thank You Brenda 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 Call gallery for exhibition information GALLERY 212 MIAMI CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-431-1957 www.gallery212miami.com Call gallery for exhibition information GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com 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 June 1 through 30: 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 July 7: 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 Call gallery for exhibition information 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 July 21: SigfredoChacnDrawings? by Sigfredo Chacn 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 June 2 through August 30: Summer Solstice with Mimi Bates, Mira Lehr, Antonio Ugarte, and Soile Yly-Mayry 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 June 9 through July 28: In & Out of Bed by Leah Poller LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org Through June 23: So I Will Let It Alone And Talk About The House by Meredyth Sparks Lines by Anya Kielar 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 August 11: Emergence & Structure: Nature in Process with various artists Resistance with various artists Through October 5: Shutter: Selected Photography and Film from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection with various artists June 28 through August 11: Milagros Project by Felici Afteinza 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu Through June 15: Emerging Artists with various artists SP ACE 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 12: 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 Call gallery for exhibition information NEW WORLD GALLERY New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-237-3597 Call gallery for exhibition information NINA TORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 June 8 through 30: June Contemporary with various artists NORMAN LIEBMAN STUDIO 2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-3572 www.norman-liebman-studio.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com June 9 through 31: I Was In Pain by Catalina Ramirez OM GALLERY 8650 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 21, Miami 305-458-5085 Through July 31: Mid Century Design by Danielle Quarante ONCE ARTS GALLERY 170-C NW 24th St., Miami 786-333-8404 www.oncearts.com Ongoing: Pablo Gentile, Jaime Montana, Jaime Apraez, and Patricia Chaparro PANAMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com June 16 through July 28: Outside the Box with various artists PAREDES FINE ARTS STUDIO 2311 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-534-2184 www.miguelparedes.com Ongoing: Elements of an Artist by Miguel Paredes PRIMARY PROJECTS 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com June 9 through July 31: Salon d Notre Societe with various artists SAMMER GALLERY 82 NE 29th St., Miami 305-441-2005 www.artnet.com/sammergallery.html Call gallery for exhibition information STASH GALLERY 162 NE 50th Terr., Miami 305-992-7652 www.stashgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information SWAMPSPACE GALLERY 150 NE 41st St., Miami Folded Kiosk

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72 http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com Call gallery for exhibition information TONY WYNN MODERN ART GALLERY 3223 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 786-536-9799 www.tonywynn.com Ongoing: Patriotica by Tony Wynn THE LUNCH BOX GALLERY 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com Through July 7: Fictional Eyes: The Dreams of Reason with Sandra Torralba, Stefano Bonazzi, Christopher Lee Donovan, Michel Rajkovic, Serrah Russell, Kaveh Hosseini, Polly Chandler, and Alba Tenas UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI CAS GALLERY 2200-A NW 2nd Ave., Miami June 5 through 22: Full Circle by Jacqueline Gopie UNIX FINE ART GALLERY 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-496-0621 Ongoing: Alexis Torres June 9 through August 31: Eugenio Merino WINE BY THE BAY 888 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, Miami 305-455-9791 www.winebtb.com Call gallery for exhibition information WYNWOOD WALLS NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 www.thewynwoodwalls.com Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with Retna, How & Nosm, Roa, b., The Date Farmers, Saner, Sego, Liqen, Neuzz, Faile, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Kenny Scharf, Nunca, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Ryan McGinness, Stelios Faitakis, and avaf YEELEN ART GALLERY 250 NW 23rd St., Unit 306, Miami 954-235-4758 www.yeelenart.com Call gallery for exhibition informationMUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITSARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www.artcentersf.org Through June 17: Quantum Shift with London Tsai and Judith Berk King BASS MUSEUM OF ART 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through August 12: Erasey Page by Jillian Mayer and Eric Schoenborn Charles Ledray: Bass Museum of Art by Charles Ledray 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380 www.cifo.org Call gallery for exhibition information DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112 www.delacruzcollection.org Ongoing: Works from the Collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz with various artists FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST ART MUSEUM 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 Through August 5: Sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard Through August 26: Miamis Vices with various artists, curated by Annie Wharton Museum Studies Spring 2012 Exhibition: Jamaican Art with various artists Through September 2: Scapes by Lynne Golob Gelfman LEGAL ART 1035 N. Miami Ave., Suite 200, Miami www.legalartmiami.org Call gallery for exhibition information 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through June 3: Recent Paintings by Darby Bannard Through September 23: Saintly Blessings: A Gift of Mexican Retablos from Joseph and Janet Shein with various artists June 23 through October 21: Introspection and Awakening: Japanese Art of the Edo and Meiji Period, 1615-1912 with various artists MIAMI ART MUSEUM 101 W. Flagler St., Miami 305-375-3000 www.miamiartmuseum.org Ongoing: Between Here and There: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection Through June 10: The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl with various artists Through September 2: Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by Jos Bedia by Jos Bedia June 29 through August 26: Kimsooja: A Needle Woman by Kimsooja MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-6211 www.mocanomi.org Through June 20: Donna Karan and Philippe Dodard Through September 2: Song by Ragnar Kjartansson On the Road by Ed Ruscha THE MARGULIES COLLECTION 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www.margulieswarehouse.com Call gallery for exhibition information THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through July 27: American Exuberance with various artists WORLD CLASS BOXING Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection 170 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-438-9908 www.worldclassboxing.org Call gallery for exhibition information Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com Untitled 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

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The Sounds of YouthThe Music School Project is a private school in North Miami Beach run by the director of the classical Russian troupe Arts Ballet Theater, Vladimir Issaev. The teachers include a professional cellist, trumpeter, harpist, vocalist, violin ist, and pianist. The fruit of this eclectic group their students will show off all they have learned on Thursday, June 7 at the Young Musicians Concert at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Starting at 7:00 p.m., the young talent will interpret both classical and popular music. Tickets are $20. Go to www.aventuracenter.org.Free Like It Oughta BeGuitarist and singer Eric Hutchinsons star took off after some late-night performances on Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel in 2008, where he kicked it with Rock then his tunes have been heard on the soundtracks of both movies and television shows. Hutchinson will inaugurate this years DWNTWN Concert Series which will include three more shows over the summer. On Friday, June 8 Hutchinson will headline, with opening act Jacob Jeffries Band, at the Olympia Theatre at the Gusman Center (174 E. Flagler St.). Doors open at 7:00 p.m., music starts at 8:00 p.m. The event is free, but seating is limited, so get there early. Go to www.dwntwnconcerts.com.A Cuban CaligulaThe exciting and groundbreaking LGBT festival Out in the Tropics closes on Thursday, June 14 with a truly intriguing offering, Caligula, by Teatro El Publico The Havana-based theater company will interpret Albert Camuss Ca ligula Paris, in ways that cross language and cultural boundaries. Considered a seminal piece of existential theater, Caligula is relevant to the realities today on both sides of the Florida Straits. According to El Publico, Like Caligula, we believe in the strange tyranny of desire. At 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $30; $25 for students. Go to www.fundarte.us.Fruit and Spice and Everything NiceOn the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, a nice nod to resilience would be a trip to the Redlands Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead), and what better occasion than the annual two-day Summer Fruit Festival on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17 Back in 1992, the park lost 750 canopy trees and two historic buildings, to name just some of the damage from Andrew. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., marvel at the resurrection of the plants and trees, and visit booths featuring local agriculture, wines, and foods. Admission is $8; free for children under 11. Go to www. fruitandspicepark.org.Kampong RetreatA kampong is a Malay word for village, although Coconut Groves version is a mansion. But like its Southeast Asian namesake, the grounds of the Kampong including many planted by David Fairchild (of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden fame). Nows your chance to study them, with an eco-tour from HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.), The Wonders of the Kampong led by historian Frank Schena. The walk starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 Cost is $15 for HistoryMiami members; $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 305-375-1621 or e-mail citytours@ historymiami.org.Overtown CelebratesMiamis Overtown wasnt always a downand-out neighborhood. In the 1940s and 1950s, before the freeways tore it up and urban blight sunk in, it was one of the most vibrant areas of Miami. Along with home grown talent, Overtown hosted shows by some of the greatest performers of the era, from Duke Ellington to Billie Holiday to Sam Cooke. On Saturday, June 23 that energy will be revived for the second Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival featuring local church choirs, marching bands, and vendors selling Southernstyle barbecue and Caribbean treats. Its free, and takes place on historic NW 3rd Avenue, between 9th and 11th streets. Visit www.overtownfestival.com.Bring Your Kite and AppetiteIts starting to get hot and steamy, which makes evenings on the beach the only acceptable option for being outdoors. So try this months installment of Kite-Flying Food Truck Nights on the Bay on Friday, June 29 at Haulover Park (10800 Col lins Ave.). Along with a blanket and a kite, make sure to bring a little cash to sample the plethora of foods being sold from the trucks, from gourmet-style dishes to county-fair-style, deep-fried Oreos. Glass containers and pets are not permitted. The fun goes from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. Go to www.miamidade.gov/parks. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com.Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR Thrill of the GrillYou really dont know about cooking ribs until youve heard or read Steven Raichlin. The Coconut Grove resident, author, TV host, and grill master will share his latest book, Best Ribs Ever: A BBQ Bible Cookbook, 100 Killer Recipes at Books and Books (285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. Raichlin The Barbecue Bible ), and since then has traveled the globe, digging up recipes from Cambodia to Alabama, and writing and talking about it. Everything about this evening sounds delicious. And its free. Go to www.booksandbooks.com. A Lifes WorkJos Bedia is one of Miamis most prominent artists. Although a native of Cuba and a member of the islands pioneering 1980s Generation, since arriving in Miami in 1993, his work has become entwined with South Florida. Highlighting the scope and power of his art, the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) has just opened a major retrospective, Trans cultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by Jos Bedia. Running through Sunday, September 2 heavy) paintings, drawings, and installations exploring the spiritual and historical journeys of indigenous peoples. Admission to the museum is $8; free for children under 12. Go to www.miamiartmuseum.org. Keep It ShortEight short plays. One fast, furious evening. That sums up Summer Shorts which this year includes plays performed by veterans of Broadway and Chicagos renowned Second City troupe. They know how to keep a pace. Started 17 years ago by City Theatre as a cultural outlet in our traditional off-season (and focused on short because of our heat-addled attention spans), the festival moved around Studio at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Running almost daily until the 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, June 17 the series remains true to its roots light and breezy. Tickets cost $35. For exact dates and times, go to www.arshtcenter.org.

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74 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatMans Savings Go For a Walk1300 Block of NE Miami Court Out of the goodness of his heart, victim had allowed two people to stay at his home for several weeks. As with any relationship (especially in the home), trust has to be built. It was. The victim inexplicably left $13,000 in a brown paper bag stuffed into the corner of his closet, next to his shoes. On this day, he returned and found the bag missing. Also missing were his two erstwhile roommates. Repeated phone calls to the two suspects went unreturned, so the if you wont open a bank account because you cant trust the man or buy a safe, at least use a shoebox, to money is.Meat and Greet, Miami-Style1000 Block of NE 78th Street Road A woman came by a home in an effort to sell some steaks. The homeowner was not impressed and turned down the three pieces of raw meat. Shortly afterward the same woman came by again, but this time her brown paper bag concealed a silver revolver. The victim locked herself in a closet while the crazed woman managed to break a window with a rock and subsequently entered the home. She stole $60 and made her getaway. No arrests have been made. To add insult to injury, the suspect didnt leave even a complimentary steak behind.Just Do It But Dont Get Caught 3401 N. Miami Ave. Just do it is one of the most iconic slogans in sports advertising. This person took it too far. Suspect went into the Sports Authority in Midtown and stuffed seven pairs of Nike shoes into a was approached by store employees, instead of dropping the bag and making a run for it, he repeatedly tried to bite one of the sales associates. He then pulled out a box-cutter and tried to cut the employee. He managed to escape on a bicycle with the Nike shoes. It sounds like we have the makings of a new triathlon stealing, biting, and bicycling. Maybe Nike will sponsor the event. Get Phil Knight on the phone!Well, It Is Called a Scooter7800 Block of Biscayne Boulevard A mans scooter wouldnt start when he attempted to leave the Valero gas station, watch the scooter for 15 minutes, while he Compiled by Derek McCann 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

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went to get some assistance. The em ployee decided to move the scooter to the front entrance of the store, presumably because it was easier to keep an eye on it there. When the man returned 30 minutes later (everything takes longer than you think it will), the scooter was gone. The employee told him she had no idea where it could be. The man called police, but the scooter has not been located. Maybe he should have given her $10 to watch the Miami, no matter how much you pay.Dene SafeBiscayne Boulevard and 68th Street safer and more welcoming than it was ten years ago, we still have our incidents. A woman was on her way home when she was stopped by a Boulevard hoodlum. He screamed, You wanna die? Give me your necklace! He then pushed the woman to the ground and ripped the necklace from her neck. Fortunately, the victim sustained no injuries, save for the trauma associated with being robbed. Please be aware that the Boulevard is still dangerous, despite those happy yellow, blinking crossing lights.A Case of Kick and Run401 Biscayne Blvd. Psychologists tell us to express our anger in nonthreatening ways by punching a pillow, for instance. Not in Miami. This dolt got into an argument with someone and, instead of channeling his rage in a more positive direction, picked out a random car parked at the Bayside Marketplace and began kicking in the windshield. The owner of the car, happening upon this scene, was understandably upset and chased the suspect through the complex. Police eventually stopped the suspect, who, according to their report, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Police arrested him before the victim got to express his own anger. We Hate To Say Anybody Was Asking For It, But100 Block of NE 80th Terrace People are either clueless or love our Crime Beat feature so much they are willing to do almost anything to get into numerous items had been stolen from her home in the last month. Okay, thats she also admits that she often goes to the corner store and always leaves her door open. While Crime Beat rarely publishes exact addresses, all homes on this block should really lock their doors from now on because were pretty sure even criminals read Crime Beat.Little People Score Big BootsNE 7th Avenue and 137th Street Victim was buying ice cream when he was approached by three juveniles. They demanded his Timberland boots and his money. As victim was removing his shoes, one of the juveniles, who stood about four-foot-nine, punched him in the left temple. The other suspects, who were after they got the shoes and money. Lilliputians? Angry jockeys? Either way, be on the lookout for mean little people wearing oversize boots in North Miami.Worm Steals iPad From Bird Lover12500 Block of Biscayne Boulevard North Miami. A man was snapping photos of birds with his iPad when he was approached from behind. Suspect snatched the iPad from our bird-watching victim, then hopped into a car driven by an accomplice. Please be aware of your sur roundings and dont make yourself a target. Bird-watching on the Boulevard may not be the smartest hobby to have in 2012.Just Do it, Part II1500 Block of NE 125th Street He may be retired, but Michael Jordans signature sneaks still cause otherwise normal people to become Crime Beat wan nabes. Three juveniles broke into a home and stole 39 yes, 39 pairs of Air Jordans, plus a laptop for good measure. The victim told police she knew who the thieves were, as they all attend Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School. (Maybe this is some sort of basketball-enthusiast crime ring?) Kids, for the last time, it wasnt the shoes that made MJ His Airness. Be sides, if you want to steal shoes associated with a basketball superstar, may we recom mend LeBrons? We understand even the ones he plays in are only worn three-quar ters of the way through. (Note: You have to be a basketball fan to get that joke.)

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76 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Park SamplerCertain things about the Harry Cohen Complex are as tempting as a box of chocolates just watch out for the nutsBy Jim W. Harper BT Contributor The Forrest Gump wisdom about a box of chocolates hardly applies in Miami, because when you meet people in public, you always know what youre going to get: crazy. You could also get inspired, but that requires patience beyond the crazed-inducing heat that has melted your precious chocolates into primordial goo. What I didnt know on a recent visit to a park in North Miami Beach is that the second group of people I met would Were all bipolar is what she told me. She was a blonde hippie of a certain age, siting on the grass and smoking a joint in the shadow of a war memorial and pointing to two male companions, whom she called homeless, before inviting them to sleep in her backyard. Her stream-of-consciousness ramblings tumbled out in circles, from the injustices of dry cleaning to the famous relatives of her doctors, who, she assured me, were trying to poison her. Tell them that, she said. Okay, now Ive told them. It was funny until it got sad. One of the men claimed to be a veteran and reminded me how neglected our vets are and how many end up homeless. While returning vets struggle to adapt to civila patriotic T-shirt, was standing in front of a black granite monument that read: Beirut. Lebanon. 23 October 1983. This rogue gang of three was gathered in All Wars Memorial Park, a fenced-in grassy area with three separate monuments. Besides the homeless, few people seem to visit them. The memorials centerpiece is wordless a curling, black-and-gray granite wall, gradually rising from about one Walking into it, it feels like a rising wave, and in the center its twin walls meet to form a simple circle. The lack of ornamentation gives gravitas to the space. Two bronze plaques on the ground nearby identify it as the All Wars Veterans Memorial of 1990. An aluminum sign located above warns visitors to please respect this monument. Some pieces are missing. Beautiful coral circle of low amphitheater seating facing the wall. (Here, the annual crowd gathered for a Memorial Day ceremony this past May 28.) To the south and north of this central monument stand two identical rectangular slabs. The Beirut monument lists the 27 Men of Florida who perished in that infamous barracks bombing. It was dedicated on January 15, 1989. Across the park, on the north side, a September 11 monument has an inaugural date of November 12, 2001, just two months after the attack. One side reads: Attack on America. September 11, 2001. Many Faiths One Hope. Many Cultures One Resolve. Many Races One People. United We Stand. With no seating other than for the central monument, the park gets used heavily as a walkway. It seems to be at a North Miami Beach crossroads. Students are walking to and from school or to the citys library is in view, a walking and biking path runs alongside the bordering canal, across to a business district. People in this part of Miami-Dade are actually walking to get somewhere. Parks also attract the not so mobile, and in this case that includes homeless interlopers and consumers of paper-bag-wrapped cans and bottles. But there is another group with limited mobility that meets here regularly. Enter Laura Maya of Doral and Terrah Moss of Miami Lakes, two women in wheelchairs, and on a stage. The stage belongs to the Gwen Margolis Amphitheater, a covered outdoor performance space with seating on a grassy hill, but the two ladies are not here to sing. They are here to exercise at the only free gym for the disabled in Miami-Dade County. A free, high-tech gym, on a stage, under a giant white tent who knew? People come from all over South Florida, says Maya, because its unique. Both of the women say they love it. BT photos by Jim W. Harper HARRY COHEN COMPLEXPark Rating16501 NE 16th Ave. North Miami Beach 305-948-2957 Hours: Sunrise to sunset Picnic tables: No Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: Yes Tennis courts: No Yes Night lighting: Yes Swimming pool: No No NE 164th StNE 165th StNE 15th AveNE 16th Ave HARRY COHEN COMPLEXNE 167th St

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Park visitors would never know it exists because the gym is hidden behind closed doors in a room that sits on top of the stage area. The gym is open Mondays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The citys Disability Sports Program includes tennis and cycling, and with support from Councilwoman Marlen Martell, it appears to serve a growing crowd. Sweet. Now back to the less tasty chocolate morsels. This 12-acre park complex may be hiding all kinds of secrets, because nothing is clearly marked. Walking past the amphitheater, you would never know that there was a gym inside, and even walking past the main park space, you could be in the dark about its war memorials. Even the name of the park is unclear, although a sign on the northern edge calls it the Harry Cohen Park Complex. Who was Harry Cohen? Why is the bridge also named after him? I know that Gwen Margolis is a longtime state legislator from Miami, but even her sign seems stuck in a corner and out of place. There are no signs naming the All Wars Memorial Park or is it Harry Cohen Park? Harry Complex? (Does Harry have a complex? Is that the root of the parks identity crisis?) No clue was provided by sources at the library and the city. In fact, the citys Website calls it Challenger Park. Thats appropriate. Despite this park areas identity issues and other drawbacks, including too much litter, it gets credit for a strategic location that draws a truly diverse crowd seeking primar ily to get from point A to point B, with the adjacent bridge offering a scenic route. In this park, you can create your own box of chocolates, in the Miami mode. It may not always look pretty, but sometimes it tastes pretty sweet. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com walking Available at fine boutiques worldwide. For the location nearest you please contact: 1.800.226.6362 or info@ribkoff.com

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78 Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETSCreating a Helpful Canine With the proper training, your pets behavioral problems can be put to some very good usesBy Lisa Hartman BT ContributorFor some dog trainers like myself, what dog owners see as problems are the stuff that dreams are made of. Where they see frustration, I see opportunity. When my clients are contemplating giving their dog away for acting up, I see the next pet star in the making. Finding a way to turn things around is the key to a happy life with pets. With that in mind, lets look at some typical dog behaviors and how they can become a great thing. One of the most common behaviors for dogs is to play with, shred, or just the keep-away game with them. Of course, most dog owners are inclined to chase after their pet or yell at him, which usually makes the dog only want to hold onto the object even more. The good news is, if you have a dog with this propensity, you have a service dog in the making! You can quite easily teach your dog them to you. Instead of chasing your dog, try the exact opposite. Whenever your dog has something in his mouth, shout, Good boy! Come here! Naturally, your dog probably will be hesitant to follow your lead, but you can start coaxing him little by little in baby steps. Start by praising him and rewarding him even if he stays away from you. If you dont happen to have a reward he likes (treat or toy), run to the kitchen and get him something yummy. It might seem like youre rewarding nothing in the beginning, but as the dog learns that having something in his mouth and coming toward you is a good thing, he will come closer and closer. Miami Shores Community Church School rfntb Phone: Web:nfnff nf nnff fnnfnf

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You can even set your dog up for practice: Throw one of his toys and say, Get it! As he picks it up, hold your arms out in a welcoming position and say, Good boy. Bring! Even one step toward you in the beginning should be rewarded, whether or not he drops the object. With my own dog, I usually wasnt ready with a food reward (his personal favorite) when he would pick up something, so Id immediately tell him to come running into the kitchen to get a piece of cheese. He started by only walking a foot or two with the object before dropping it, but I rewarded him anyway. Soon he would come much closer, prompting more of a reward from me, say two or three treats. Eventually he was dropping the object at my feet. This was great, but my ultimate goal was to have him place the object in my hand. With a little encouragement over a short time, I was able to get him to pick up the object and give it right to me. Jackpot! I had a party for him and lavished him with praise. I started dropping things and then saying Oops! Get it! His behavior became more and more reliable. Now when I say, Oops, he immediately starts wagging his tail, picks up the object I dropped, and brings it to me. I hardly ever have to pick up anything; I have a happy and willing assistant. Have a dog that jumps up? Again, theres a way to turn this problem around. We can focus the jumping in others. How about having a dog who will turn the lights on and off for you? Have some treats with you and bring him toward a light switch on the wall. Tap near the light switch and coax him to touch it. Again you may have to start with baby steps as he has probably been reprimanded for jumping in the past. Reward him for even slight hops in the beginning, if that is all you get. If your dog knows how to touch your hand with his paw, start with your hand held low, at his level, and increase the r fntbt tr r tr trbbbrtbtrtb ttbbrtbbrnb *Offer applies to 16 lb Organics, 17 lb Puppy, Adult, Active, Pork, Salmon, Duck, and 15 lb Grain Free bags of By Nature Dog Food. a 15-17 lb Bag of By Nature Dog Food*By Nature Dog Biscuits height incrementally, rewarding each step along the way. Next, start pointing to different objects to touch, or if youre to touch the light switch. Again you will praise and reward good efforts. When he actually turns on the light, praise and reward heavily with lots of treats or a game of tug, if thats what your dog likes. (Note: You may have to keep the room somewhat dark so your dog notices the difference when he turns on the light.) Once your dog gets the hang of it, your next step is to create distance between you and the switch. You will approach this the same way as the previous training, moving farther away as long as your dog is successful in his attempts. Dont worry if your dog starts missing the switch without you standing nearby to prompt him. ment, you have to expect other areas to weaken a bit. Stay at a distance when he is doing pretty well and then tighten up the behavior from there. In no time, youll be sitting in your comfy chair and pressing the dog into service: Rocco, turn on the light! Good boy! (Treat.) Finding an effective and fun solu tion to a domestic problem with your dog is the crux of good dog training and the key to a happy canine household. There are many ways to teach behavior. The dog that once played keep-away with your objects now brings them to you happily, and maybe even puts your dirty clothes in the laundry basket. The dog that used to jump up and down for no good reason now helps you turn lights on and off. Envisioning a better tomorrow is the key to enjoying and even being proud of your dog and getting help to boot. 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 In no time, youll be sitting in your comfy chair and pressing the dog into service: Rocco, turn on the light! Good boy!

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80 Columnists: PICTURE STORYAfter the War, an Explosion of Consumer DemandA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiamiBy Paul S. George Special to the BTThe wave of prosperity that swept post-World War II America was highlighted by a sharp rise in consumer spending. Downtown Miami, the regions vibrant center of shopping for residents and visitors alike, expand ed quickly to meet the growing demand for consumer goods. In this photograph from the late 1940s, Burdines famous bridge, connecting the original store on the east side of S. Miami Avenue to the recently competed annex on the west side of the street, is nearing completion. In 1950 and for the next ten Christ mas seasons, the bridge hosted a giant neon Santa Claus, while the roof of the annex offered a rich array of rides for excited children who came to Miamis premier department store at the busy intersection of Miami Avenue and Flagler Street. To order a copy of this photo, please contact HistoryMiami archives manager Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@historymiami.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Photo courtesy of Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, #1989-011-10442 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

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Better Butteries Through GardeningLantana will bring monarchs to your yard just dont eat the berriesBy Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorI was surveying a large piece of property in the Redland a few weeks ago and happened upon an attractive and interesting little shrub. shown in the photo that accompanies this article was one of our invasive species, Lantana camara called lantana by most plant people. It is native to Mexico, Central America, the Greater Antilles, Venezuela, and Colombia, but it has become naturalized in tropical and warm regions worldwide. What was really interesting were the different varieties of lantana I found on ers on the common lantana, which are yellow, come out of the center. As the are pushed out of the center by newer dried up. This is an interesting phenomenon. Why does the plant hold on to the produce nectar for pollinators? making it easier for pollinators to recognize the plant from afar. In the lantanas native habitat in the neotropics, there are two other species of plants in different families that share the is Epidendrum ibaguense the reed stem orchid, and the other is Asclepias curas savica or scarlet milkweed. These two plants, along with lantana, are pollinated plants for our landscapes (although I can hear the native-plant folks screaming about the invasive-plant issue.) that both lantana and scarlet milkweed the reed stem orchid does not. The correct term for this characteristic is resemblance of lantana and scarlet milkweed allows both species to attract more pollinator visits through the com nectar offering. two other plants that do give nectar, out having to offer a reward of nectar in exchange). This is called Batesian but still very interesting to those of us who wish to place everything into neat little categories. Another interesting characteristic of Lantana camara tion found in this one species of plant. I saw three different-colored Lantana camara on that one piece of property in the Redland. I also spotted two other species of lantana with which Im and a purple one. For many years I grew the purple species. It had a wonderful fragrance at night, to go with the carpet during the day. Since Im always asked about a plants toxicity to animals and people, I should mention that Lantana camara is known by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Toxic Species. It has been well documented that the foliage is very toxic to livestock such as horses, goats, and more of their body weight. This, naturally, depends on the amount of toxin in the particular plant, and apparently not all species of lantana are toxic. (Nevertheless, you might want to keep your cat liked to eat certain leaves off particular species of plants.) Ive heard over the years that the berries were toxic. However, studies I in California with children reported to ingestion of the unripe berries has not human toxicity. Even so, best not to eat the berries. That way youll be okay and Another unpleasant characteristic of lantana species is they are allelopathic to other species of plants. Lantana produces biochemicals that keep other plant species from growing nearby, and enable them to utilize important resources like This is certainly one of the reasons lantana is so invasive. Like the Brazilian pepper I wrote about a few garden columns ago, they have fruit dispersed by birds and they use chemical warfare against other plant species. At least the Brazilian pepper produces a tasty fruit useful in cooking. ipal arborist, director of horticulture at Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical Designs of Florida. Contact him at jeff@ tropicaldesigns.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photo by Jeff Shimonski Lantana camara

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82 Rethinking GreenIs New Urbanism the new environmentalism?By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorEnvironmentalists are dumb. Thats the message from Andres Duany, one of the worlds most prominent urban planners. He uses the more eloquent term of lobotomized. They are intellectually deformed. Half of their brains are gone, says Duany, based in Miami. He doesnt say stupid or dumb, but they are implied. His con tention is that environmental leaders fail nature, preferably sans humans. Actually, yes. I know this because he asked me to gather my environmental gang into a room so that our side and his side could have it out. I foresee another Miami-based reality show in the making: Zoning Wars Duany is a founder of New Urban ism, a 30-year-old movement based on walkable communities, and he runs University of Miamis School of Archi tecture. While their books and opinions ring loudly in the world of architecture and urban planning, Duany says he never gets invited to speak to American environmentalists. (Our gang could change that.) Instead he speaks in Vienna and Frankfurt about how cities can save the he addressed the 20th Congress of New Urbanism, which he founded. The real way to save nature is to make cities that people really love, he stated at that event. Everybodys trying to prevent us from doing it. New urbanists are heroes. Duanys vision of perfection is a Euro pean plaza, a paved place where everyone gathers, but cars are not allowed. The New Urbanism movement looks to the past for inspiration, and it makes a distinction between towns developed before 1945 and after, when the highway became popular ized and suburbs became possible. Well-dressed and articulate, Duany vents his anger at Americans and, especially, American environmental regulators. They make his job impossible, he says, because they only think about nature and ignore human culture, which results in failure for both. His solution to save the planet, including humanity, is to create cities where people love to walk and love to live, like Manhattan. In Florida, South of the county is unloved. Miami-Dade has such horrible places, and people are always trying to escape to the suburbs, he says. Todays environmental regulations would prevent the creation of another Man were originally wetlands. According to Duany, by protecting native habitats, the environmental movement has sabotaged itself, saving roads and cars instead. What gets built are suburban places, saving the wetlands, but low in density and everybody driving, he laments. Until environmentalists become urbanists, Americans wont be able to tell greenwash suburban sprawl, he says. The term greenwash refers to the growing tendency to call things green for the sake of popularity, although they may cause more harm than good to the environment. Duany argues that cities allow people to live healthy, low-impact lifestyles. Manhattan is the greenest city in the U.S. because most people are using notes that underneath its streets are 1700 pipes that have diverted natural streams, with no special allowances for former rivers or wetlands. Such destruction of natural habitats would be illegal today. Hence, no new Manhattans. At the other end of Duanys greencity spectrum are young suburban towns where laws favor wide, grassy swales while preventing compact neighborfull of suburban sprawl, owing to planning and zoning legislation instituted in recent decades. Duanys dumb environmentalists the laws to protect nature while ignoring human needs. Duany says they did not support him as a lead consultant for Miami 21, the City of Miamis master planning guide approved in 2010. As a result, the level of density approved is not as high as it should be, he says. in Miami-Dade County is a sham, Duany maintains, because it has been moved repeatedly and has allowed for suburban sprawl. The basic situation, he says, is that the environmental movement only the urban boundary. The permanent and long-range solution is making cities that people love and willingly live in. As for American environmentalists, he predicts their reaction to this article: I have no hope that they will know what Im talking about. Theyll think Im a fascist maniac. Its futile. They only see themselves through the green lens. Their green is visual. Is Duanys color of green a tight dumb, but I say yes. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITY SS aying Goodbye to SS kippyHelping your kids cope with the death of a pet is importantBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorOne of my oldest friends died last week. He helped me cope with a move across the globe, saw me faithfully through two pregnancies, and was there for me through both the tough times and the great times. He was a swimmer, he was protective of his friends, and he was handsome. He was very old. In fact he was 112 in dog years. Skippy was a regal and gentle golden retriever. He chose us. He just showed up one day in our yard, skinny and smelling of swamp water from the Ala Wai Canal near our home in Hawaii. He was the best dog my husband and I have ever had and loved our children more than table food. He was spry and puppy-like even into old age. He was a part of everything our family did. When he could no longer stand and his breathing was tortured, we knew it was time, but we didnt involve the kids in the euthanasia discussion. Matilda, our seven-year-old, was inconsolable for days. She planned a memorial, invited neighbors, and drew pictures of Skippy in various happy places. Everly, our three-year-old, however, had countless questions: Where is Skippy? When is he coming back? Why does he want to go to Heaven? Will I go to Heaven? When will I go to Heaven? The death of a family pet tends to be mutable law of nature. I quickly realized that our approach with this event would have a far-reaching impact on our childrens understanding of death and dying. My hope is that, instead of remembering the loss and sadness, Matilda remembers the seven wonderful years she had with her Skippy Dogstein: Swimming in the Hawaiian waters outside our family home, chasing crabs, and prancing around our neighborhood in Miami chasing tennis balls. Everly? Well, she taught us a lot about our own beliefs. My husband, an athe ist, had a hard time couching the death in a palatable way for a young child. My Christian upbringing-turned-agnostic at titude worked as a good alternative. Some sort of afterlife seemed like the most comforting way to explain this to a threeyear-old. Im not certain, but all dogs do go to Heaven, right? When I was 12, our family pet, Shanny, a devoted collie, developed hip dysplasia. We had ten amazing years with that sweet dog, and my mother didnt want our memory to be of his illness or brother and me off to a neighbor and, when we returned, she explained that Shanny was very sick and died that morn ing. She didnt hide her tears, which was one thing Ill remember forever. My mother was shaken, but explained the death to us clearly. She wasnt open to a frank conversation, though. She didnt like for us to see her cry, and I think she was more worried about appearing strong than embracing the emotion to illustrate that grieving together was acceptable. Following Shannys death, I had months of disturbing and guilt-ridden dreams. Grieving can be weird for a kid. In one dream, I forgot to feed Shanny and he withered away. In another, I accidentally smashed his nose in the arcadia door, and his head fell off. I was not to blame in any way for his actual death, but I was clearly affected even in my sleep by the loss. The death of a beloved family pet is a big deal. Children naturally develop strong attachments, relating to pets as protectors. While children experience grief differently than adults, they do grieve. They need support and guidance to understand their loss, to mourn that memorialize their loved one. A friend of mine, Claire, recently shared that her parents used the Fluffy went to live on a farm clich when her family pet died. (Let me guess: Fluffy is running in the brought Claires sister, right?) She confronted her mother about it much later in life and the mother stuck with her story. Kids are resilient and need this life experience. When in doubt, I always remind myself: You arent raising kids, youre raising adults. Dont lie to them. We do have another dog, Foxy Mamma, who is also grieving the loss of Skippy. We have answered no to the predictable Can we get a new dog? question. We dont need a new dog right now. We should just be an even better friend to Foxy, my husband said. Weve been spending a lot of time talking about our own childhood pets with our children. We laugh together about these memories and compare them to our Skippy Dogstein. He chose us, and I think he made the right choice. Well never forget him. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Professional Nannies and Housekeepers Last-Minute Babysitters Vacation/Temporary Nannies Outstanding Service Reasonable FeesSERVING ALL OF SOUTH FLORIDA305.965.0378www.wondernannies.com

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84 By Bill Citara BT ContributorSay California wine country and most people will likely think of Napa and Sonoma and well, and nothing. But the California wine country is an awfully big place, some 526,000 acres of vineyards, according to the Wine Institute, of which the big dogs of Napa and Sonoma comprise only about 100,000 acres or so, meaning theres a lot of grapes in the ground we havent even considered. So consider we will, two counties to the north and east of Napa and Sonoma: Mendocino and Lake. Mendocino County is huge, almost 4000 square miles, with about 17,000 acres of vineyard. Its hugely diverse in climate, soils, and grapes, too, from the cool-weather Anderson Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) on the coast, home to such varietals as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer (most, sadly, beyond our budget), to the eastern and much warmer Mendocino AVA, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel are the main grapes. Its also considered the birthplace of organic-wine growing. Lake County is considerably smaller, about one-third the size of Mendocino, with about half as much vineyard land, though that is expected to increase dra matically in the coming years. Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are the two most prominent grapes, though red varietals like Petite Syrah, Syrah, Tempra nillo, and Zinfandel are carving out their own niches in the local wine universe. A pair of Lake County Sauvignon Blancs split the difference between the austere, grapefruity New Zealand style come from Napa and Sonoma. The 2010 Pellegrini displays aromas of lemons, richness. In the mouth its fuller still, with a lemony acidity to the backbone, and soft Combined with an almost creamy texture, salmon, and even roasted chicken. Bonterra Vineyards was one of the about organicand biodynamic-wine by requiring a very high level of agricultural sustainability.) Like all of Bonterras wines, the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is produced from 100-percent organic grapes, 58 percent from Lake County and 42 percent from Mendocino. It starts off with a fresh, cit rusy nose with grassy, herbaceous nuances, then moves on to enhance its lemon-limeorange and, like it says on the label, kiwi. Crisp, clean, simple, and quite refreshing, its an excellent wine with seafood. Two Lake County reds show off the deep, fruity, full-bodied character of the areas red wine varietals. The 2009 Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, royal purple, deliver ing an aromatic shot of black and red cherries, blueberries, anise, and oak. It takes a while to mellow in the glass, but when it does, you get a powerful taste of ripe black and blueberry fruit thats a heavenly match for chocolate. Just as potent, but with more complexity, is the 2010 Dalliance which blends Zin fandel, Barbera, Syrah, Tempra nillo, and Grenache to create a a big sucker, too 14.5 percent alcohol and along with gobs of blackberry and blueberry fruit, it fools around with cloves, allspice, and sweet-smoky oak. If youre looking for a wine to go with that New York strip fresh off the grill, you just found it. Bonterra blends Mendocino and Lake County grapes again in its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon a still young-tasting wine that cent alcohol level. Nothing wimpy about and allspice, though on the palate its fruit is more tangy than intense, which high lights its abundant spicy undercurrents. Were cheating just a tiny bit on Mendocino Pinot Noirs like Standish, nancial grasp. The 2010 Angeline Pinot Noir uses grapes from Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Mendocino, and delivers a remarkably Burgundian experience for an equally remarkable $11.99 price tag. Pop the cork and it smells of fresh rasp berries and strawberries and red cherries with a trace of that characteristic Burgundy funk. Its even more of a treat for the palate, plexity by hints of olives, tobacco, and toast, proof that the little guys can run with the Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Not the Usual California Suspects Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less

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By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorTypically, summer is a death sentence for a number of Miami restaurants, and weve already lost some good ones. But overall it looks like a hot season in more ways than one. Before we get to that, remember this: We need your help. Signs of a restaurant opening or closing in your neighborhood? Send your tips to restaurants@ biscaynetimes.com. Ill check them out. OPENINGS Naoe (661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-9476263) Chef Kevin Corys superb sea sonal omakase (chefs choice) Japanese restaurant, which closed last year owing to demolition of its former location, just reopened on Brickell Key. See the Dining Guide for a description of the food, which is worth every cent. What isnt: the rip-off rates at the islands one parking garage, $3 per 20 minutes. With Naoes multi course dinners running more than three hours, opt instead to valet, for $2 per hour, at Courvoisier Courts condo next door (701 Brickell Key Dr.). Poncho Tacos (2531 NW 2nd Ave., 305-748-2828). A new addition to Wood Taverns outdoor bar/beer garden, this 1964 station wagon, serves Mexican street food: $2 tacos (homemade tortillas stuffed with steak or chicken plus onions, cilantro, and hot sauce) or cheese quesadillas. RiverShack (620 NE 78th St., 305758-2929). Its in Anise Taverns former space on the Little River. Gigi and Liza Meoli still run the front of the house, while co-owner and chef David Long is in the kitchen. But the food is totally different, no longer Greek/Mediterranean but New Dominique Bistro-Club (1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-371-8859) This chic but completely nonattitudinous bistro/lounge opened without media notice, but only its publicity is poor. Paris-trained chef/owner Gerardo Barrera De Negri serves skilled versions of all Frances classics, including a perfectly grilled rib-eye entrecte (with barnaise or, even better, complexly spiced Caf de Paris compound butter) and a crme brle ethereal enough to win over cynics who got over this dessert clich 15 years ago. CLOSINGS Fratelli Lyon a Design District pioneer since 2008. Owner Ken Lyon (a South Beach food pioneer with Lyon Freres in the early 1990s), who cited differences in vision with his partners as cause for the closing, is offering a summer menu of Fratelli special ties through his catering company Lyon & Lyon. Meanwhile, Fratellis space at 4141 NE 2nd Ave. is being redesigned for MC Kitchen, a modern Italian eatery from Dena Marino, a Michael Chiarello protg and Iron Chef contestant. Opening is sched uled for August. Sustain in Midtown Miami. Uni versal critical acclaim (both local and national) for its creative comfort food and cocktails; a commitment to local, sea sonal, sustainable ingredients; interest ing music Sustain had it all except, according to owner Brian Goldberg, the Lazar is already back in Brooklyn, at new Gran Electrica restaurant. No word yet on the plans of chef Alejandro Pinero, a Miami native and Fratelli veteran. Mare Nostrum in Brickell, an excellent but expensive seafood restaurant that opened last December but never established an enticing identity. Mediterranean just doesnt do it these days. SIDE DISH Remember all the lavish, and informative, zillion-course wine dinners of yesteryear? At Trapiche Room the intimate, top-end restaurant at Brickells JW Marriott (1109 Brickell Ave.) diners can revisit those decadent days of drinking ones way to educational excellence at its new monthly winemakers dinner series. Revelation from Mays inaugural dinner with Frances famed Perrin family: a Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape containing only two grams of sul no migraines! Junes dinner date isnt set yet. Evi the last minute, according to PR rep Jos Lima. So call 305-329-3585 for details. Along with pop-up eateries in vacant restaurant spaces, a newer trend has come to BT territory, in the form of one-night chef pops in a working restaurant Michael Schwartzs Harrys Pizzeria (3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963). The one-night pizzerias feature visiting star chefs and fare that actually are now on sale for June 17s Animal Pizzeria, a collaboration with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, two former Florida dudes whose outrageous L.A. restaurant Animal is famed for serving, literally, the whole hog. June means jazz (and blues) at Wyn wood Kitchen & Bar (2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959), where the outdoor stage will host free live concerts, curated Torres, every Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m. For the schedule of artists: www. wynwoodkitchenandbar.com. Finally, see this issues BizBuzz (page 30) for more restaurant news and deals from BT advertisers Bagels & Company, Hippo Bites, La Cigale, Laurenzos, Namaste, Trio on the Bay, Tunas, and Turnberry Isle. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Drink Till Youre SmartFood news we know you can use ianopresto plus www.pianopresto.musicteachershelper.comWeekly private piano instruction For beginner, intermediate, or adult Three mini-music classes Children 3 to 9 years old Call to schedule a free first lesson!786.468.9871 Richard A. Foltz, instructor

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86 MIAMIBrickell / 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 Mediterranean-influenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Azul 500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where glo betrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomyaccented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans 901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf 109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$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 grab-and-go containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like a plump snow crab roll have a satisfying seafood-to-rice 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. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese 801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, gingerdressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Bon Fromage 500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Bryan in the Kitchen 104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothieswilling 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. $-$$ Caf Bastille 248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very Frenchfeeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$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. $$$-$$$$$Cavas Wine Tasting Room 900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027 Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the wine-curious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargainpriced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Chophouse Miami 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ Crazy About You 1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thaimarinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of shortlived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ 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 creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/ cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like ChinesePeruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ Damn Good Burger 20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-718-6565At restolounge MIA, the hip, high-tech nightclub component remains the same, as does much of the restaurant spaces mod dcor. The liquid nitrogen tanks are gone from the kitchen, however, and the atmosphere aims for a retro allAmerican feel to match the fare: burgers (from a hormone/ antibiotic-free ground Angus chuck/brisket/short rib blend), with choice of housemade sauce plus customizable toppings ranging from pickles to pork belly. Also available: veggie burgers, dogs, salads, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and standard sides. Rich malts and shakes come regular or adult (spiked). $$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 308. NEW THIS MONTH MIAMIBRICKELL / DOWNTOWN Naoe 661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263Chances are youve never had anything like the $85 prix-fixe Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Corys tiny but nationally acclaimed oasis, transplanted from its original Sunny Isles space with its supreme serenity intact. By reservation only, in two dinner seatings of just eight people each, and omakase (chefs choice) only, meals include a seasonal soup, a four-course bento box, eight pieces of sushi, and three desserts. Cory personally does everything for you, even applying the perfect amount of housemade artisan soy sauce mix and freshgrated wasabi to each mind-reelingly fresh nigiri. Few eating experiences on earth are more luxuriant. $$$$$Pier 94 94 SE 1st St., 305-379-5652Tucked into The Village, a collection of courtyard eateries far from any waterfront, this ceviche bar specializes in fresh seafood dishes from chef/owner Alex Del Corrals native Peru, but also features famous Peruvian meat and poultry dishes (including a refined aji de gallina, chicken in aji pepper-spiced cream sauce). Emphasis is particularly strong on Perus penchant for fusion food, including traditional Chifa (ChinesePeruvian) rice or noodle stir-fries. But the chef also fuses classic and creative influences. Try contemporary causas, combining Perus favorite starch, potatoes, with unique new sauces. $$Trapiche Room 1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, its not surprising that this small, second-floor restaurant is some thing of a best kept secret. But it deserves discovery. Chef Maria Tobar hasnt Daniel Bouluds fame, but she does have classic European-type technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/cabbage strudel, into 21st century fine-dining fare. Both dcor and service, similarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the rooms intimacy makes it a romantic spot for special occasions. $$$$ MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICTBarrel Wine Cantine 3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775This boutique wine market/wine bar, featuring French small plates, sounds just like this addresss former occupant, W Wine Bar, when it first opened. The difference: Instead of Ws rotating chefs (including, sometimes, servers), Barrels head honcho is Victor Passalacqua, a Miami fine-dining vet originally schooled by French stars like Paul Bocuse. Charcuterie selections feature imported cheeses and cured meats hard to find outside France (like rosette de Lyon salami) plus house made prepared salads and an incomparably sinful foie gras terrine. Changing entres include moules frites, if youre lucky. $$-$$$ UPPER EASTSIDENamaste 7420 Biscayne Blvd., 786-536-9050With food served from steam-table-type stations, plus plastic utensils and plates, this neighborhood Indian place is definitely no frills. But its also excellent value for the money, especially if you go for the all-day $8.99 special, which includes two entre items plus sides for which most Indian restaurants charge extra: rice, choice of bread (garlic naan recommended), and refreshing raita. Invest some of your savings in BhelPapri chat, a savory snack featuring crisp chips topped with cilantrospiked chickpeas, onions, potatoes, yogurt, and piquant tamarind sauce. $-$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEBagelWorks 18729 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-7727Hard as it is for old-time NYC expats to believe, theres evidently a younger generation that doesnt equate the Jewish deli experience with loudmouthed servers and the smell of 75 years of fermenting pickle juice in the flooring. This cleanly contemporary place attracts this younger generation with the full range of classics, including many varieties of hand-sliced smoked fish, but also healthy options, most notably a wide array of substantial salads with grilled protein add-ons. Bagels, while machine-made rather than hand-rolled, are freshly baked all day. $$rfnt ntbnfnt tnftn tf f t tff nffff

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88 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 market-driven dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley veloute. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer 255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$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 lowrent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimptopped eggplant timbales. The best seats are on the glam rooftop patio. $$$Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for noncarnivores. Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewel-bright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub 188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$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 Greekinspired 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. $$$-$$$$Fado Irish Pub 900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on miniboxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$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, includ ing 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. $$ First Hong Kong Caf 117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665Old Hong Kong saying: If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, its edible. And nowhere is this truer than in this historically international trade ports cafs -meaning fast-food restaurants. Typical menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and most other nations. So believe us: At this caf, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambal-spiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty. $$ Florin 3620 NE 2nd Ave., 786-953-5001A labor of love from the married team of choclatier/ 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. $-$$ Fratelli Milano 213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300Downtown isnt yet a 24/7 urban center, but its experiencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night. That includes this family-owned ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home. At lunch its almost impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta; even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and complementary flavors. During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus; homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Fresco California Bistro 1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of food onto its menu. To the familiar Latin American/Italian equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but more health conscious). Menu offerings range from designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but the bistros especially known for imaginative meal-size salads, like one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado, apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied pecans, and chicken on a mesclun bed. $$ 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 popu lar 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 mind-reeling assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish. And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses. A pleasant, nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas 192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade 1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Il Gabbiano 335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this

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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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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. $$$$$Hibachi Grill 45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagaine a mini-express Benihana. This place specializes in teppanyaki cuisine -minus the thrilling (or terrifying) tableside knife theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices, chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an onion/zucchini mix come at bargain prices. There are also hefty soups or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (including tofu). The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump chicken gyoza) and Chinese (various egg rolls). Fancy? No, but satisfying. $-$$ 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 heatshielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental technique with local seasonal ingredients. Highlights: tender house-smoked, stout-braised short ribs; lavish lobster salad with grilled mango; and a seductive fresh corn gazpacho. $$$-$$$$$ Iron Sushi 120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000(See Miami Shores listing)Jackson Soul Food 950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710]With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/ comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast institution now has only one drawback: It closes at 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll set multiple alarm clocks to return. Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves. And hearty Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too. $ Jamn, Jamn, Jamn, 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Jean Pauls House 2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373Jean Paul Desmaison, original chef/co-owner of La Cofradia in Coral Gables, has chosen a decidedly less tony, more transitional neighborhood for this venture. But inside his renovated bungalow, ambiance is stylishly cozy, and the creative contemporary North/South American fusion cuisine is as elegant as ever. Best bets are dishes influenced by Desmaisons native Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet potato pure, and a beautifully balanced nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible: tame leche de tigre, Perus infamous tigers milk marinade. $$$-$$$$ Kork Wine & Cheese Bar 2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscalecool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/ party room, formerly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$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 restaurant 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 coowner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie 34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$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 irresistible. But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the choice tough. And do not skip dessert. Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with dailychanging 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

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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. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant 236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweetfried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf 1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrum ptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf 900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-andpepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ 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. $$$-$$$$Novecento 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly limemarinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room 900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultrafresh. $$$$Ozzi Sushi 200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how long plates had been circulating on the sushi-go-round? Happily, this sushi-boat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thinsliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$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 injokes (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. $$Prelude Adrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Puntino Downtown 353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661The first U.S. venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as lunch. Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan. The food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional. But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple: an antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade marinated veggies; crisp-fried calamari and shrimp; airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil. $$-$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine 33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steam-tabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$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 soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade. 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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. $$$Rosa Mexicano 900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining expe rience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate mar garitas ensure no worries. $$$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 power-dining 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! $$$$Soi Asian Bistro 134 NE 2nd Ave., 305-523-3643From the owners of Calle Ochos hip Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro, Soi sports similar casual-chic ambiance and eclectic Thai/Japanese cuisine. Traditional Thai curries and familiar sushi rolls are prepared with solid skill and style. But most intriguing are new inventions adding Peruvian fusion flair to the Asian mix, such as a spicy, tangy tangle of crisp-fried yellow noodles with sauted shrimp plus slivered peppers and onions -mod mee krob, with jalea-like tart heat replacing the cloying sweetness. $$ 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, openair courtyard. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompany local musicians and artists. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar 204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, panAsian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/ habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ 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 intro duced 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 influ enced 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 tradi tional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Thai Angel 152 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9748Inside a colorful courtyard that rather resembles Munchkinland, this downtown insiders secret serves serious Thai food till 9:00 p.m. daily. Tasty classics like the four curries (red, green, panang, and massaman) come custom-spiced -mild to authentically brain-searing -and are so affordable theres no guilt in splurging on superb house specials like crisp-coated duck or fresh snapper (whole or filleted) in tamarind sauce. The young chef has a heavenly hand at tofu, too, so vegetarians are very well-served. $$ 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. $$Tre Italian Bistro 270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but restolounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistrolounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse 777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale powerlunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake slid ers are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tu yo 415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt student-run. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former protgs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$Waxy OConnors 690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$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 cho rizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ 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 stirfries, 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! $$ Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robatagrilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant 1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restaurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ 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

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American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser. On weekends especially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (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, tasteful 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 pre sented 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. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty halfpound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 18 1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contempo rary (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. $$Blue Piano 4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7919The address suggests a street-corner location, but this casu ally cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock. Its well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose individual areas of expertise encompass food, wine, and live entertainment, melding all seamlessly. The music is muted, encouraging conversation; wines are largely small-production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups. And the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes like the McLuvvin, a meld of savory Spanish sausage and chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream -supremely satisfying. $$ Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If 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 continuously, 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. $$Buena Vista Deli 4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants, and other delights. At lunch cornichon-garnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade pts, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ 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 ingredients like smoked trout, and fun signature desserts like Rice Krispy treats. $$$Cafeina 297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbolump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-inyour-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ 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 renovated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic eatery, whose spe cialty 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. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos 3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$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. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course 3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$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/vinegarflavored 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 ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively 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

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(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. $$$ Egyptian Pizza Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics. Additionally the menu includes interesting Middle Eastern fare like foul, a hummuslike but lighter Egyptian dish of favas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. A brick oven makes both pizzas and homemade pitas superior. $$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 home made 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 pillowylight 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. $-$$ The Girrrlz of Sandwich 555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo) 305-374-4305Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups, sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette sandwiches (like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed caf, hidden on the Venetia condos mezzanine. Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are all baked in-house. On Saturdays the grrrlsll even deliver you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed. $Harrys Pizzeria 3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with housesmoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$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/herbbutter parmesan fries. There are many other items, too, including salads. But hey, celery is salad, right? $$ Jimmyz Kitchen 2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty crio llo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or highquality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$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. $$-$$$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 decid edly 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 deep-fried 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 richtasting light salad cream. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor 3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$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 weekdayonly 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, chipotledrizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemoncrusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANT S Mandolin Aegean Bistro 4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066Inside this converted 1940s homes blue-and-white dining room -or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered garden -diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece and Turkey. Make a meal of multinational mezes: a Greek sampler of creamy tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant 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 down-to-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. 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. $-$$Morgans Restaurant 28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influ enced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable; shoestring frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar 1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Orange Caf + Art 2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont have thousands of dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries. $ Pashas 3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pieducks 3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Primos 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$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 contemporary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$ Salumeria 104 3451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as shops selling salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the equivalent of eat-in deli/restaurants that also serve cold and hot prepared foods. At this modern Midtown salumeria, the soups-to-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liver-haters into lovers. $$-$$$ Sakaya Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ 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-forone 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 lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the area. But its no absentee celebrity-chef gig. Bernstein is hands-on at both places. Her exuberant yet firmly controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the menu. Items are frequently reinvented. Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego croquetas with fig jam; white bean stew; crisp-coated artichokes with lemon/coriander dip; and buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced by tiny pickled salads. $$$

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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 eco-conscious without being self-righteousness? It is at this casual/chic restolounge, where dedication to local, sustainable food comes with considerable humor. Fare includes playful items like wet fries (with mouthwatering gravy), corn dogs, house made 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 dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/ salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: 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. $-$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from worldfamous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterraneaninspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo 5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of openflame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$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 sardines 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, neighborhood-focused 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., 305-756-0366Like 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. $-$$Boteco 916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool altculture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budgetpriced. $$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. $-$$Chef Creole 200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/ owner Wilkinson Sejours two tiny but popular establishments. While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (fried pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3.99 roast chicken special seafood is the specialty here: crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter sauce), lambi fri (perfectly tenderized fried conch), poisson gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic or Creole crabs. The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut dining. $-$$

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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. $-$$ 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 (prosciutto, hot cappicola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers, and Romano cheese dressing); an elaborate almond-garnished 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. $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. $$-$$$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. $-$$La Cigale 7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014Bistro can mean almost anything these days, but with owners who are a husband/wife team recently arrived from Marseille, its not surprising that this neighborhood wine bistro is the classic kind found in France -a home away from home where the contemporary but cozy space is matched by the southern French comfort food coming from the open kitchen. Drop in for drinks and snacks such as artisan cheeses and charcuterie, or enjoy full meals ranging from classic (wine-poached mussels; a boldly sauced steak/frites) to creative (Parma ham-wrapped tuna loin). $$-$$$ Lo De Lea7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-3218 In Casa Toscanas former space, this cute, contemporary parillada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (an unusu ally imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge 709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a timetrip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and a smile. For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to make in her wildest dreams. $$$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 finedining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic 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. $-$$$ Michys 6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres also come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast. The star herself is usually in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$ 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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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 pro duces 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 creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This 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 over-the-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 ricebased plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge 5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a full-fledged eatery. Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Red Light 7700 Biscayne Blvd.,305-757-7773From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Kris Wessels intentionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant, you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoying eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sourorange-marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried green tomatoes). Not surprisingly, the chef-driven menu is limited, but several signature specialties, if available, are not to be missed: BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice cream. $$-$$$Revales Italian Ristorante 8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010Owned by two couples (including former Village Caf chef Marlon Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former space of Frankies Big City Grill, and fulfills much the same purpose in the neighborhood as an all-day, familyfriendly place with affordable prices. The menu includes wraps and elaborate salads of all nations. But simple yet sophisticated Italian specialties like spaghetti ai fiume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of cream) or yellowtail franaise (egg-battered, with lemoncaper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here. $$-$$$ Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus 1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Soyka 5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and sommelier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused. The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgonzola sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poivre. And dont miss the sticky date/toffee pudding. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam 5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces. Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce. $$$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. $NORTH BAY VILLAGEBocados 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. $-$$The Crab House 1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain. But the classic dcor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths, outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days. Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20 lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics will be happiest sticking to la carte favor ites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global specials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli 1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Mario the Baker 1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882(See North Miami listing)Oggi Caffe 1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budgetfriendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Shuckers Bar & Grill 1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$Sushi Siam 1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)Trio on the Bay 1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1234Several 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. $$$NORTH BEACHCaf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ KChapas 1130 Normandy Dr., 305864-8872Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -but not fusion. The Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to country. Most Big Food comes from Peru: fresh ceviches, classic cooked entres. But its the Venezuelan breakfast/ snack items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants. These moist pancakes, made from ground corn kernels instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty white cheese for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and savor. $-$$Lous Beer Garden 7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels poolpatio 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 Belgianstyle 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 on-premises 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. $$-$$$ MIAMI SHORESCte 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-gooeycheese 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

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classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$NORTH MIAMIAlaska Coffee Roasting Co. 13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every coffee-growing country in the world. Brews like signature smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe dont even need cream or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou. All beans are house-roasted. Theres solid food, too: brickoven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ 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 exNew 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, custom-cut -not pre-sliced -nova or lox. Super size sandwiches easily serve two, and theyll even impro vise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$Los Antojos 11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombias national dish. If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco. Both are thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl. For Colombiancuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice, beans, carne asada, chicharron, eggs, sauted sweet plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day, as are antojitos little whims, smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage). And for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters, made to order. $$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 bananawalnut 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 fresh-baked baguette) are art in their own right. Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and homemade sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood 12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargainpriced. $$ 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. $$Chen-huyae 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Chef Creole 13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)Flip Burger Bar 1699 NE 123rd St.,305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-not-miss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$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. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St.,305-895-0165 Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun 2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supple ments. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$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. $$$Mama Jennies 11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American bellybusters. All pasta or meat entres come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$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 baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge 12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pre tense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$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 custom-cooking kabobs, so expect fresh, not fast, food. Sides of must-o-keyar and must-o-mooseer (thick yogurt dips with herbed cukes or shallots) are must-haves. $$ Smashburger 14730 Biscayne Blvd., 786-406-6614Two things distinguish the griddled patties of this Denver-based chain, touted as the nations fastestgrowing better burger restaurant, from other better burgers: a nod to local tastes (like toppings of fried chorizo and potato fritas), and the smashing technique, producing an appealing thickly crusted exterior. Got burger overkill? Substitute chicken, or have a salad. An added draw: unusual veggie sides, which go beyond regular and sweet potato fries to crisp onion strings, veggie frites (carrots, string beans), and an Old South fish-camp classic: fried pickles. $-$$Steves Pizza 12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin 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 ItalianAmerican 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. $-$$Wongs Chinese Restaurant 12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to ChineseAmerican to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$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. $-$$Yes Pasta! 14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At this fast/casual Italian eatery, the specialty is mix-andmatch. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (whole wheat and gluten-free options available), then one of 15 sauces. Our personal pick is carbonara, correctly creamycoated (via egg thickening, not cream overload); Bolognese is a wise choice for those who like sauces rich and red. Many options exist for vegetarians and pescatarians as well as carnivores, all clearly coded on the menu. $$NORTH MIAMI BEACHBamboo 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 ChineseAmerican 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

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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 cau sas, 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 MondayThursday two-for-one dinner deal with a coupon available at Flamma. Unbelievable but true. $$$$El Gran Inka 3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Ginza Japanese Buffet 16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this all-youcan-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mix-and-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-for-money is a given. $$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 MiamiDade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheese burger 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. $$ Hiros Sushi Express 17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly takeout spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha 1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweetfleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus mix-andmatch option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. $$-$$$Iron Sushi 16350 W. Dixie Hwy..305-945-2244(See Miami Shores listing)?Jerusalem Market and Deli 16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. $-$$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 veggarnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma. They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly freshtasting, 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. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant 514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace 330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbe cue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room entrance. Theres also a better-thanaverage 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. $$ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill 14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)Laurenzos Market Caf 16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the woodfired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$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. $-$$Mario the Baker 13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641A Miami institution in its North Miami location since 1962, this original Marios changed location in 2012. But no worries. The menu of Italian-American (not Italian-Italian) favorites is the same -spaghetti and meatballs, hot and cold subs, etc. No arugula, imported bufala, or other chichi stuff on the NYC street-style medium thin-crusted pizzas, either; top topping here is savory homemade sausage. And no one leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smushed garlic. $ The Melting Pot 15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228 For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were standard dorm accessories. These days, however, branches of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating experience. Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue; proceed to an entre with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil); finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate. Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go with those you love. $$$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 spe cials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai 520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/ owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/ or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt auto matically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos 16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$ rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN rf nntbtttb

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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. $$Roasters & Toasters 18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354Attention ex-New Yorkers: Is your idea of food porn one of the Carnegie Delis mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters will dwarf them. Consider the Carnegiestyle monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat (really 1.4 pounds; we we ighed it), for a mere 15 bucks. All the other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky handsliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour cream and applesauce. $$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. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square 54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$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. $$ Sushi House 15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken its cue from Philippe Starck: sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$ Sushi Sake 13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table 18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied dailychanging menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal LadiesWho-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$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 Monday-Friday lunch specials, two courses plus drink for $8. BAY HARBOR ISLANDSAsia 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, mayo-dressed 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 prod ucts, 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. $$$$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza 17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$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, including 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. $$Bella Luna 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330 If the menu here looks familiar, it should. Its nearly identical to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Caf and, with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billantes eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface. But no argu ment from here. In a mall a setting more accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al salmone (crudo, with por tobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$Blu Sushi 600 Silks Run Rod., 954-744-4398Even hard-core sushi-bar addicts must admit that many such establishments suffer from a certain sameness. Not Blu. At this restolounge in the Village at Gulfstream Park, part of a mini-chain originating in southwest Florida, the specialty makis are outdone in outrageousness only by extravagant cocktails. Yes, there are California rolls. But why be bored when you have an alternative like Kin-SO: tempura king crab salad, tuna, and avocado with scallions, smelt roe, and tempura flakes, plus mayo and sweet eel sauce. $$$ 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, swoonwor thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$Cadillac Ranch Village at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom 19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantrolime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$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

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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, herbsprinkled 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 wakame-topped 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 infu sions like green lemonade (with mint and basil). $$Fuji Hana 2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Gourmet Carrot 3599 NE 207th St., 305-749-6393Since the first Gourmet Carrot -a healthy and kosher but not at all preachy eatery -opened in South Beach, its menu expanded to include many red-meat items. The same is true of this new Waterways mall branch. When confirmed cholesterol-careless carnivores like ourselves opt voluntarily for an eaterys veggie burgers (a brown rice/lentil/veggie blend more satisfying than beef), or remarkably juicy ginger-mayo-dressed chicken burgers, over normal hamburgers, based solely on flavor -well, religion aside, thats a major miracle. $$$ 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. $$ Kampai 3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restau rant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina 17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga mini-tea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elaborately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$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 checkeredtablecloth eatery -and Italian-American comfort food to match. Highlights: Mickeys Meatballs (named for owner Mickey Maltese), a meal-size marinara-sauced starter featuring whipped ricotta and creamy mascarpone; veal Bella Luca, mixing modern and traditional influences via a hefty breadcrumbcoated 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 adventurers, 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 Yorkstyle pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in half for neat street eating. Unlike chains, though, this indie is accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just ask. Also featured are Italian-American entres like baked manicotti (thats mani-goat, for those not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called bullets, to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind. $$Playwright Irish Pub 801 Silks Run Rd. #2597, 954-457-7563The vintage Old World look and convivial atmosphere of this new pub, located in the Village at Gulfstream Park, are more traditionally Irish than most of the menu, which ranges from penne with marinara sauce to Thai-inspired spring rolls. But fish and chips are always crisp-coated and satisfying; potato leek soup is the real thing; and the crab cakes (crab meat mixed with just enough celery, onions, and peppers for interesting texture) are so good youll be thinking Maryland, not Dublin. $$ 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 bikaneri 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-elazzat (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 homeawayfromhome 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. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York 17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale ItalianAmerican place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinnerfor the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Kitchen 305 16701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a renovated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mango-papaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-you-can-eat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$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. $$$St. Petersburg Deli 17080 Collins Ave., 305-947-9696Dont expect fancified stuff like menus, or the English language, at this informal market/cafe. If theres signage identifying the prepared foods behind the counters, its in Russian, and daily dishes are pretty much what the cooks feel like making. So look and point. Wed suggest pointing at cold yogurt-based soups like tangy okroshka (with cukes, egg, scallions, potatoes, and dill) or holodnik (similar, with beets added); eggplant roulades, stuffed with spiced shredded carrots, are also a refreshing summer dish. Hot choices include meatballs in rich cream sauce and chicken Kiev. $$ 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 woodoven three-cheese white pizza. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill 350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ 2426 NE 2nd Ave | Miami FL 33137 | Tel. 305.573.7373 Open: Monday-Friday 11:30am-10:00pm Saturday 5:30-11:00pm www.jeanpaulshouse.com Tuesday's 50% off Selected Wine Bottles Happy Hour Monday-Friday 5-7:30PM Follow us on:

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JADE OCEAN SUNNY ISLESOne of a kind 2 story penthouse in Jade Ocean. Over 3,700sq.ft., direct ocean views, 3 bed. 3.5 baths, private elevator foyer, high-end nishes and furniture.PENTHOUSE 4601 $10.950M Winn Dixie Anchored Shopping Center For Sale In FloridaThe property was built in 2004. It is in excellent condition. It bene ts from strong income and population growth and no nearby competition. Winn Dixies lease runs through April 2024. Winn Dixie occupies 37,673 square feet, and also occupies a liquor store of 3,200 square feet, which in total is approximately 74% of the center. Contact info@SunnyRealty.com or call 1.877.368.2318 Offering Price: $8.45M with assumable non-recourse loan 55,273 SF (Leaseable Space) (15 Suites) retail strip center in Clay County, FL. NOI: $659,600 Contact us to discuss other commercial investment opportunitiesCOMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE 3873 NE 163rd Street, N Miami Beach, FL 33160 PH 305.335.4144 | FREE 877.368.2318 Hablamos Espanol Nous parlons francais Falamos Portugues LIVING AREA LIVING AREA GUEST BEDROOM MASTER BEDROOM DINING AREA KITCHENLANA BELLOwner & Founder Of Sunny Realty Licensed Florida Realtor Luxury & Waterfront Specialist954-336-1016English Russian Spanish Portuguese MATTHEW JACOCKSLicensed Florida Realtor Luxury and Commercial Specialist305-335-4144English Russian Spanish Portuguese Scan the barcode to view the details or contact us atSUNNY REALTYLuxury & Waterfront Specialists954-336-1016English Russian Spanish Portuguese YOU DONT JUST BUY MIAMI REAL ESTATEYOU BUY THE LIFESTYLEwww.SunnyRealty.com

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JADE OCEAN SUNNY ISLESOne of a kind 2 story penthouse in Jade Ocean. Over 3,700sq.ft., direct ocean views, 3 bed. 3.5 baths, private elevator foyer, high-end nishes and furniture.PENTHOUSE 4601 $10.950M Winn Dixie Anchored Shopping Center For Sale In FloridaThe property was built in 2004. It is in excellent condition. It bene ts from strong income and population growth and no nearby competition. Winn Dixies lease runs through April 2024. Winn Dixie occupies 37,673 square feet, and also occupies a liquor store of 3,200 square feet, which in total is approximately 74% of the center. Contact info@SunnyRealty.com or call 1.877.368.2318 Offering Price: $8.45M with assumable non-recourse loan 55,273 SF (Leaseable Space) (15 Suites) retail strip center in Clay County, FL. NOI: $659,600 Contact us to discuss other commercial investment opportunitiesCOMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE 3873 NE 163rd Street, N Miami Beach, FL 33160 PH 305.335.4144 | FREE 877.368.2318 Hablamos Espanol Nous parlons francais Falamos Portugues LIVING AREA LIVING AREA GUEST BEDROOM MASTER BEDROOM DINING AREA KITCHEN LANA BELLOwner & Founder Of Sunny Realty Licensed Florida Realtor Luxury & Waterfront Specialist954-336-1016English Russian Spanish Portuguese MATTHEW JACOCKSLicensed Florida Realtor Luxury and Commercial Specialist305-335-4144English Russian Spanish Portuguese Scan the barcode to view the details or contact us atSUNNY REALTYLuxury & Waterfront Specialists954-336-1016English Russian Spanish Portuguese YOU DONT JUST BUY MIAMI REAL ESTATEYOU BUY THE LIFESTYLEwww.SunnyRealty.com

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High visibility to far reaching horizons by day, high voltage energy by night! This luxurious penthouse is designed to ful ll your every living and entertaining desire. Enjoy the low maintenance condo lifestyle while taking full advantage of the high pro le a en on to detail found in this soaring home in the sky. Double door foyer entry opens to a spectacular, ever-changing view of the Miami skyline. Floor to ceiling windows span 67.5 feet in width and 18.5 feet in height. This living panorama, embraces the lights and excitement of downtown to the West and the peace and tranquility of the ocean to the East. There are few private homes in the world that o er such a unique living experience.Ameni es Include: Boat Dock, Valet, Bbq/Picnic Area, ClubhouseClubroom, Community Room, Exercise Room, Heated Pool, Child Play Area, Spa/Hot Tub, Tennis1915 Brickell Avenue | 3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 2,750 SF | $849,000 Brickell Ave Sky Condo with Panoramic Views of Ocean & City

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22 Jorge Perez, Its Time to Show EmThanks to Anne Tschida for a very wellresearched, thoughtful, and well-written story about Miami Art Museum (From MAM to PAMM, May 2012). Lots of diverse voices; not much happy-talk. I hope her mission of inspiring debate, as voiced by Tami Katz-Freiman, does get a boost; and that the great majority of players large and small manage to maintain (or restore) commitments to the long-term life of the museum. Anne says that everyone wants MAM to succeed. Unfortunately, I have to wonder in some of the cases she cites. What an extraordinarily tough job it must be for MAM director Thom Collins to rally support among such strongly opinionated stakeholders, any of whom who can jump ship at will. So when will Jorge Perez show the picture cards hes holding? Thats sure to get some tongues wagging! George Fishman Miami ShoresJorge Perez, Dont Take Us from MAM to SPAMAnne Tschidas well-researched article brought new light to Miamis often fractured art society. It seems Jorge Perez was the only one to put his money where his mouth is. Tate, Guggenheim, the Getty naming rights have always brought in the big bucks. Mr. Perezs big test will be what he brings to hang on the walls whether his art donations will be a strong base to pointed out in the article, a handful of chunky Botero cartoons. It wont be long before Miamians will know if theyve gone from MAM to PAMM or MAM to SPAM. Marco Fernandez Normandy IsleJorge Perez, Your Good Intentions = Bad SpectacleGreat article by Anne Tschida. In Boca Raton there are several buildings and institutions named after a couple who, though generous, managed to get totally embarrassed back in the 1990s over dubious royal titles. Im not suggesting Mr. Perez has done anything like this, but there is still room for conjecture regarding complications with a collection of art not worth the value perceived by the owner. This essentially would mean that the amount pledged isnt real. Regardless, as a person who lives close by, the entire thing seems strangely vulgar and sad. Mr. Perez should withdraw his offer and his name. Once again in Miami, someone manages to create a bad spectacle out of good intentions. Giovanni Gutierrez Fort Lauderdale Imagine Liking the BT So Much You Would Actually Lift a Finger to Get OneLast months Biscayne Times Where to begin? First we have a rambling, nonsensical letter to the editor about Gaspar Gonzlez from Carmen De Bernardi, a letter that somehow negotiates two or three unrelat ed issues without ever making a coherent point. To add insult to the injury Ms. De Bernardi dealt herself, she wound up complaining about her favorite knight in shining armor, whose I hate fences, and I hate anything new posture is legendary. (Although I will concede he is very fond of his own ideas, even if they are new.) I suspect she has not the faintest idea she did that. Biscayne Times editor Jim Mullin must have been asleep the day this letter came through. He forgot to limit it to the word count he applies to letters from everyone except Steve Bernard and Bryan Cooper. Oh, wait a minute: Carmen De Bernardi is a Bernard sycophant. Never mind. Give her as many words as she wants. Then theres that adorable scamp Gaspar Gonzlez. I feel so protected by him. Had it not been for the droning sarcasm and obnoxious innuendo [in his column Well, Shut My Mouth, May 2012), I would almost have thought he considered me honest. Well, he hasnt before, so why should he start now? And he used his patented style of writ ing: He put together a whole column about something involving two people, without ever having a proper conversation about the topic at hand with either of the two people. Gaspar spared himself from know ing that the sizable majority of people who signed the petition [to prohibit distribution of Biscayne Times in Biscayne Park] agreed they have no use for the BT and would rather not receive it than bother to throw it away. Or that the petition was signed by some people who want and like the BT but understood that it does create litter, and who would be pleased to go to a Commentary: LETTERS DWNTWN Miami Concerts rfntFREEb tt ERIC HUTCHINSONWith GRUPO TREObnWAILERS DwntwnConcerts.com Continued on page 24

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24 convenient place to pick up a copy. Imagine liking the BT so much that you So no, the petition wasnt about cen sorship at all. It was, as Gaspar facetious ly concedes, about litter. Chuck Ross and I even offered to take names of interested but lazy readers and bring them a copy. I guess Jim Mullins offer to retrieve copies after 48 hours begins some other month. Last months copy is still on my neighbors swale. Fred Jonas Biscayne ParkThe BT As Litter? Bring It On!After reading Gaspar Gonzlezs column Well, Shut My Mouth, about the Biscayne Park petition to ban Biscayne Times because it causes litter, Id like to ask the BT to please continue littering the streets in our Bayside neighborhood. I retrieve any unwanted copies to take to friends who are out of the BT s distribution area. They prize each issue. Keep up the good work, Biscayne Times Mildred Neill BaysideHighland Lakes: Vehemently Opposed to CityhoodErik Bojnanskys article about our area did not include the most important facts (Highland Lakes to County: We Want Out! May 2012). The majority of the people in our area are vehemently opposed to the formation of another municipality in our region of north Miami-Dade County. Several years ago, many hundreds of residents attended meetings opposing this unnecessary exercise. We certainly do not need another layer of government as we are getting all the services needed. Gerard G. Moss Sparling LakeHighland Lakes: Love the Countys Lower Taxes and Better ServicesI read with interest Erik Bojnanskys article about how a few people in the Skylake/Highland Lakes area are not happy with the services they receive from the county. They feel that being annexed by the City of Aventura will bring about better services and a lower property-tax millage rate. While the latter is true, the former probably is not. As a resident of North Miami Beach and also a property owner in unincorpo rated Miami-Dade, I can see no appre ciable difference in the services I receive in either location. The greatest difference is in the ad valorum millage rate that the City of NMB charges me: $7.87 per $1000 assessed value versus what the county charges: $2.01 per $1000 assessed. In fact, by owning properties in the unincorporated area, I have the use of the bulk-trash recycling drop-off facility that allows me to dispose of white goods, old furniture, tires, oil, and yard waste something NMB does not offer. Currently the City of North Miami Beach, like many cities, is feeling the stress of being incorporated. Huge pension costs, driven by having your own police department, sanitation department, and other departments, plus all the costs associated with duplicating the services the county offers, is extremely providing these services on a much smaller scale, based on the assessed millage rate, is almost four times what the county charges for the same services. The cities of Sunny Isles Beach and Aventura, owing to their large residential condo towers and successful commercial areas, are unique among cities in having in other cities can only dream of having the same tax base those two enjoy. Beware those residents who push for incorporation. These are the same frus trated condo commando activists who their newly incorporated areas, something they apparently cannot achieve by running The last thing most taxpayers need is more government involved in their lives. Bruce Lamberto North Miami BeachHighland Lakes: Aventura, Well Pay You a Bonus To Let Us InI have lived in Highland Lakes for 36 years and have very few issues with our status in Miami-Dade County. I would not be a fan of becoming our own city, which would create a new layer of politics and problems for a small community. I do believe that joining Aventura would be a good thing for all. In fact, I would not be adverse to paying our current higher property tax rate to Aventura to accommodate this move. Stuart Frankel Highland Lakes FREE! Commentary: LETTERS LettersContinued from page 22

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26 Commentary: MIAMIS KING By Jack King BT ContributorThe passing of the Memorial Day holiday always makes me feel good. That time between Memorial Day and Labor Day generally means the City of Miami shuts down and accomplishes very little. This is a good thing, because much of what the city does is not so good. Occasionally something does slip through, as did the infamous August 1925 election, when Miami annexed the Vil lage of Coconut Grove and several other neighborhoods. The neighborhoods were in favor of the annexation because they wanted better city services (I wonder if they still feel that way), but the Grove wanted no part of it. But the election grouped them all together and the rest, as they say, is history. This is also a time when I like to ponder what lies ahead: Who will be our future leaders? Who will step forward and really make a difference? Right now it doesnt look good. Mayor Toms Regalado has had a very bumpy ride as mayor and may not want to continue on this roller coaster. Im think ing hell quietly retire at the end of his term next year and take his pension. Even if he does decide to run, nothing is certain. Who else might run for mayor? The Sarnoff, who ran a pretty good re-election campaign last year. However, Miami is a Cuban town, and Sarnoff has virtually no support in that community. In fact its been a long time since Miami had a gringo mayor way back in 1973, with David Kennedy. I know some of you with long memo ries will say it was Steve Clark, who beat Miriam Alonso in November 1993. But Clark was actually the most Cuban mayor we ever had. He was fully controlled by the Latin Builders Association, doing everything they wanted in exactly the way they wanted it done. And he was paid well for it. Everybody knew that, includ ing the feds, but he had the audacity to die before he could be indicted. City Commissioner Michelle SpenceJones did get herself indicted, but she beat the charges when the case began to fall apart. The Overtown/Liberty City com munity rallied around her and kept her out of jail, but that came at a very high price. Quite a few community leaders were tarnished in the mess, and my guess is theyll never help her again. Recently the Herald ran a piece about Spence-Jones headlined, A strong rebound on the dais, noting how much she has accomplished since her return to Dinner Key. To me it looked like a Herald apology for the way they handled her arrest and trial. She doesnt speak to the paper any longer, and this appeared to be an effort to get back in her good graces. Certainly it had nothing to do with what Spence-Jones has done on the dais, which is just about zero. Im not sure Spence-Jones would ever consider a mayoral campaign anyway. This town is racially divided in a major way, despite a long-standing, uneasy truce that keeps black, white, and Hispanic leaders happy namely, everybody gets a share of the pie. Weve never had a black mayor and probably never will. That leaves the three Hispanic commissioners: Frank Carollo, Francis Suarez, and Willy Gort. Not much chance that Gort will run for mayor. He tried in 2001 and was drubbed by Manny Diaz. Plus hell be 75 when the next election comes around. That leaves us with our two legacies. Franciss father Xavier was mayor from 1985 to 1993, and then again 1997-98. Franks brother Joe was mayor in 1996-97 and then again in 1998-2001. The elder Suarez presided over a commission that was very civil and ac complished much. It helped that the mayor and two commissioners lived within blocks of each other in Coconut Grove. That was before we had voting districts. Then everything changed. In 1996 the elder Carollo ran for mayor to replace the deceased Steve Clark. In 1997 the elder Suarez ran against him and won. Carollo sued, citing voter fraud. Carollo was reinstated by the courts and Suarez was out. Amid all this were stories of lateteapots, spousal abuse, and dead people voting. The word loco was applied liberally to both mayors. It was the best of times (for the news media) and the worst of times (for Miami). In 2001 Manny we had a mayor whose surname was not Suarez or Carollo. Which brings us to this question: Did any of the insanity do permanent damage to young Frank Carollo or Francis Suarez? I dont know. Only time will tell. Both men are bright and well educated, but as we know, politics can and does make people crazy. Could it be time for Marc Sarnoff to take Spanish lessons? Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Job Description: Miami MayorCant be too light, cant be too dark, must be uent in Cuban Spanish

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28 Commentary: URBANIABT photo by Christian CiprianiBy Christian Cipriani BT ContributorO morning is whip out my phone and skim sensational headlines in the Daily Mail The British tabloids lurid spin on everything puts even the New York Post to shame. Leave it to Miami, then, to pro duce a story so jaw-dropping that it doesnt need spin: Naked Man Killed by Police Was Eating Face Off Victim. All of this happened 15 blocks from my condo during the dreaded Urban Beach Week. The perp reportedly lost it on a powerful new form of LSD hardly the boozed up, gangland-style gun crime weve come to expect on Memorial Day weekend. The incident came at the tail end of a month of thinking about crime in our area. As Im wont to do, I like to use this column to explore issues that gnaw at my daily life here in Edgewater. One revolving-door elle, is about neighborhood safety. Shes convinced that her quiet, leafy street in Coconut Grove (where I had all the wheels stolen off my car) is much safer than the ghetto-in-transition where Ive lived since 2007, and where knock on wood Ive yet to have a bad experience. Theres a lot of emotion and perception at play in this conversation. We argue like these two neighborhoods represent our personalities, and thats made picking a place to call home when were married all the hairier. On the second Saturday of May, we took Danielles brother and his wife to Wynwood for Art Walk. We were all bemused to realize what a family event it was; they could have taken their two-yearold, no problem. The next night at their parents house in West Miami, though, their other brother said, You were in Wynwood ? Are you trying to get shot? Ive been in Miami for seven years, and Im well aware of its history. But for a lot of people especially those who live in the western suburbs there is so much opinion on crime and safety. So in the spirit of Freakonomics how reality measures up to perception. that the early 1980s cocaine cowboy era wasnt Miamis most crime-ridden period. The murder rate was at an all-time high, but it wasnt until the early 1990s that we reached our highest rates of robbery, sexual battery, burglary, aggravated assault, auto theft, larceny, and reported crime in general. During the recent condo boom, from 2006 to 2010, violent crime and robbery actually dropped countywide, and statewide crime is at its lowest rate since 1971, when they started keeping track. This all bodes well for the perception that Miami feels safer than it did in the past, but I looked at the data to see if Im right, or whether being tall, male, and lucky has insulated me from real experiences with crime. Last year the police were called to the Wynwood/Edgewater area about incident reports and arrested 1600 people. Down in Coconut Grove, there were also about 20,000 calls to police percent fewer incident reports. Compare this to Overtown. Again, around 20,000 calls to police, but the areas incident report and arrest rates were nearly equal. This suggests that people in Overtown only called the cops when they really needed to. In fact they should probably call the police more, and people in the Grove should call them less. Most of my research focused on crimes that diminish the quality of life in a neighborhood. This year alone, Edgewater has racked up 100 assaults, 93 burglaries, 37 robberies, and one homicide. Wynwood is averaging 30-50 percentage points higher in all categories, while Coconut Grove has experienced 70-some assaults, 40 burglaries, 20 robberies, and no murders. Despite the occasional headline about a naked man eating someones face, all of Miami-Dade is getting safer which is boring for reporters. In April several news outlets picked up on a study that ranked Florida as the fourth-least peaceful state in the U.S. This stat came from the Institute of Economics and Peace, which produced one cause of violence: poverty. But did we really need a study to reveal that? Walk around Miami for an hour to understand the relationship between economic opportunity, desperation, and violent crime. People act according to how much they have to lose, and in Miami that can change in the course of a single city block. Things are looking up in Miami, but Wynwood/Edgewater is still about twice as dangerous as the Grove. And I still have next year I may well be writing to you from a quiet, leafy street somewhere south of I-95. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com The Naked TruthAll right, so a guy was recently shot dead while trying to eat a other mans face crime in Miami-Dade is still nowhere as bad as it once was safe

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Our SponsorsBizBuzz: June 2012Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possibleBy Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorJune was the month we moved to Miami, many years ago, and like most Northeastern tourists, wed visited here only in the winter. So we did expect summer to be a bit different. And boy, was it ever. Heat that would cook a prime rib, without the oven. Insects that rivaled the size of my car. And as for hurricanes, it was hard to tell which was scarier the storms or the residents who listened to hurricane warnings and heard, Surfs up! But seriously, what was most unexpected was the sense of celebration that went with taking back our town. Low season sounds like Miami goes to sleep for six months. Instead the fun just becomes more locals-oriented. For a new local, moving in during a dents, not tourists, turned out to be a most enjoyable, and productive, way to get to know the place. That never changes. And BT advertisers have a plethora of parties, deals, and news to share this month, to help us make the most of our town. Nightlife impresario Gerry Kelly has been known as a master of spectacle in South Florida since 1993, when he part nered with Sean Penn to open the South Beach club Bash. Bash the club is long gone, but Kellys 50th Royal Birthday X-Travaganza at his current venue, the bayfront restolounge Trio on the Bay (1601 79th St. Cswy., 305-866-1234), on June 23 starting at 10:00 p.m., is one bash you wont want to miss. Kelly promises a rity set designers, a bevy of breathtaking shows, an open vodka bar from 10:0011:00 p.m., and more. To attend and/or to reserve for the $39pp three-course dinner beforehand, give a call. Turnberry Isle Resort (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-933-6930) offers several opportunities for fun. A couple of them (the 25th anniversary Taste of the Nation fundraising feast, and a discount celebrating Miami Spa Month) happen later in the summer, so well save those details for next issue. But this month sees the kick-off of a special summer menu at the resorts Cascata Grille. From June 1-September 30, $60 buys a three-course menu for two that includes a glass of wine per person and were talking good eats, too, like like a great idea for Fathers Day (June 17). For reservations call 786-279-6800. Stretch dinner with dad into a soothing staycation at the charmingly retro White House Inn on the Bay (2305 NE 123rd St., 305-893-8280), a new advertiser thats under new ownership. A night in one of the motels remodeled rooms/ suites, all with water views, wont crimp your wallet a bit, thanks to this months weekday special. Mention the BT for discounts off the already very affordable rates. You (or visiting friends) will also appreciate the inns bayside pool/sun something never, ever found ten minutes away in South Beach: free parking! For those who want to give thanks to dads in a more spiritual way, First United Methodist Church of Miami (400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-371-4706) will be devoting a special time to pray for fathers during its 11:00 a.m. service on June 17. While youre there, suggests church rep Wilma Baggesen, welcome the churchs summer intern Christina Sheperd, a University of Florida grad who will be helping out for the next few months before heading to Duke Divin ity School in the fall. And speaking of helping others: On June 23, at 10:00 a.m., First United will have a Flippin into the homeless. Parents probably already know Kidstown Pediatrics (4112 NE 1st Ave., 305-576-5437) as a medical facility that isnt a factory. Dr. Margaret Okonkwo and her staff have a reputation for taking the time to truly care for kids. What people might not know is that the care extends far beyond Miami. Earlier this spring the doctor was a major sponsor of A Night in Bollywood, donating all the gift bags at this annual Coral Gables fundraiser for Sunils Home orphanage in India. The event drew more than 1100 patrons. If you didnt make it, the night will have to wait till next year. But the folks at Kidstown want you to know the chance to make a difference in the lives of Indian children (who need the medical therapy, education, and loving home that Continued on page 32

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Our Sponsors: J uneUNE 20 12Sunils provides) is something you can still do. Visit www.sunilshome.com to learn more and make a donation. Now that schools out, your own kids are probably underfoot and misbehaving. When we were growing up, our grandmother kept us in line during summer vacations by threatening to send us to juvie. But in these more enlightened times, the solution isnt threatening nanas; its Wonder Nannies (20801 Biscayne Blvd., 305-965-0378). All of this new advertisers experienced nannies (as well as housekeepers, babysitters, and personal assistants) are not only thoroughly screened and backgroundGive em a call and theyll guarantee to match you up perfectly. The agencys motto is: Do It Right the First Time. Miamis summer low season is typically the time of year that restaurants fold or, at best, coast rather than offering something new. But thats not true of BT restaurant advertisers. Welcome to new advertiser Hippo Bites (1071 NE 79th St., www.hippo-bites. com for online orders) and Buddha Sushi Bar two adjacent eateries with one owner i.e., an instant mini-restaurant empire. The sushi bar is actually coming soon, but Hippo is already serving up just the kind of light fare one craves during the dog days salads, sandwiches like grilled veggies or smoked shrimp, international wraps, fresh-squeezed OJ plus the kind of food one craves all year namely, pastries and breakfast served all day. Theres also free private parking, outdoor picnic tables, and a playground area. If its the grown-ups who want to play, Thierry Bossa, the very French proprietor of new advertiser La Cigale Wine Bistro (7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014), announces that the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, hosted by Poland and the Ukraine from June 8-July 1, will be retelevised in the restaurant. Football, in this case, means soccer. Ah, those crazy Europeans. Less crazy folks can try to ignore the generally very vocal fans and just eat, something made easier by Provenal taste treats like an authentic Nioise salad, an entrecte steak with secret cous with imported merguez sausage, and lavender cake. At Laurenzos Italian Center (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381), the new cooked-to-order (no longer just steam-tabled, cafeteria-style) dishes that testing for the past few months are now perfected on a new menu offering more than 20 items. Stop by Tuesday-Saturday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. or Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. for restaurant-quality, two-course dinners of Italian-American classics (like soup or salad plus gnocchi Bolognese, chicken Marsala, and many more choices), for under $10. In a rush? While we personally wouldnt dream of forgoing the pleasure of cruising the shops salumi counter, olive oils, and wines, owner David Laurenzo says its okay to call in orders to go. Meanwhile David Cohen at Bagels & Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435) is continuing his coupon specials through the summer. Bring in this issues ad for three eat-in specials ($2 off tabs of $10 or more; $5 off checks totaling $20 or more; and a buy-one-getbargain: Buy a dozen of the shops handrolled bagels and get a dozen free. The deals are good weekdays only. in the summertime is sweating over a hot stove. Fortunately the prices at new advertiser Namaste Indian Restaurant (7420 Biscayne Blvd., 786-536-9050) are so budget-friendly that its possible to dine out every night at this friendly, no-frills neighborhood place, which offers all the usual North Indian favorites plus a few unusual Indo-Chinese dishes. Parking is free, too, in the motel lot across the Boulevard. If youre in the mood for locally oriented American and ethnic comfort food with a creative twist, drop in to new advertiser Blue Collar (6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366), a name describing not just chef/owner David Serfers food class prices. Were particularly partial to the changing seasonal vegetable sides, more than a dozen-and-a-half daily, but the Miami-born Serfer shows his booster side in other dishes, too, like egg-topped pork and beans incorporating the luscious, locally made links of Proper Sausages, or Cuban-inspired inventions like vaca frita-crowned tostones. The standard after-work happy hour may be enough to make some happy, but for Miamis many night people, 4:00-7:00 BizBuzzContinued from page 30 rfn tbttrr trt tr t rfntrrnbtrfrrtn tttt rrf nn

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p.m. is practically breakfast. Fortunately theres an alternative: Tunas Garden Grille (17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-9320630). Though known primarily for its seafood, its also a best-kept-secret hangout for night owls, with frequent live entertain ment in the outside bar area and a happy hour, offering discounted prices on much of the menu, from 11:00 p.m. to closing. The kitchen stays open till 2:00 a.m., too. As if the Midtown/Design District area werent already Miamis hottest dining destination, heres more exciting news: Metro 1 Properties (120 NE 27th St. #200, 305-571-9991) has just completed the sale of the 10,500-square-foot, indooroutdoor restaurant/lounge space formerly occupied by Grass, on NE 40th Street. Metro 1 president Tony Cho and commer cial sales director Tony Arellano repre sented the seller. No word yet on whether the club/lounge planned for the space will have a restaurant component or, if so, what kind of food is coming. But were working on it, and will let you know ASAP. The family pets need feeding, too. And now that theyve become accus tomed to the gourmet natural and/or organic products of longtime advertiser By Nature theyre going to get mighty grouchy if you dont take advantage of this months special: $1 off a bag of By Nature dog biscuits, which come in ses, green tea and honey, and mixed berry. Theres a canine whites biscuit, too, that cleans teeth and freshens breath. Consult the companys website (www.bynaturepetfoods. com) for local shops selling the full line of healthy, tasty treats. If youre going to venture outside of air-conditioned zones this month, chances are itll be in a bathing suit, or shorts/ tank top. Howre ya gonna look? Well, Beach Beauty (6685 Collins Ave., 786-280-9204) which, this month, is offering a free personal training callers to schedule an appointment men tioning the BT The machine, a whole new style of full-body training according to BBs body master Fernando Maestre, not tates injuries, burns fat, stimulates lym phatic drainage that aids in detoxifying and revitalizing your system, increases relaxation. The latter of which wed expect. Geez, just writing about all that and snore. By the way, the name Beach Beauty may suggest that the facility is just a salon and/or for women but spa for everyone, offering services from haircuts to anti-aging treatments even teeth whitening. The coolest place to enjoy the outdoors during South Florida summers is right on the water, basking in the sea breezes from the deck of a boat. And tropically landscaped Keystone Point Marina (1950 NE 135th St., 305-9406236) has just made it a lot easier to own space to Davey Marine Center, which has been selling both new and used boats from its Fort Lauderdale location since 1977. As for all your other boating needs (outdoor dry storage or wet slips, pressure cleaning and bottom painting, service, a free pump-out station, and even a safe harbor hurricane plan), Keystone, in operation for more than 50 years, is truly a full-service marina. Like many Miamians, our idea of en joying nature during the dead of summer is looking at it through the window while lying on a couch in air-conditioned com fort. Barbecues and similar summer par ties are nice, too, as long as someone else is doing all the outdoor work. When youre spending months indoors, though, one cant help feeling the urge to redecorate. Check out new advertiser Divano Design (100 NW 36th St.), a European com pany with a new Design District location. Owner Jerome Abecassis will charm you, and so will the stock of contemporary fur niture by French designers. Much modern furniture is too minimalist for our taste, but Divanos is different, with many pieces featuring festive curvilinear elements that look like the party has already begun. With all that summer has to offer, itd be a shame to miss out because some pain ful, persistent chronic medical condition makes it impossible to feel like having fun. But theres hope. Dr. Lee Barbach (www. iWishiFeltBretter.com) will be holding Saturday over the summer: low back and neck pain, irritable-bowel syndrome, thy algia, weight loss, more. Call 305-373-5411 your space. Something special coming up at your busi ness? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes. com. For BT advertisers only.

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You know youre going to do it. Sure, times might be tough, airlines have raised fares, and theres no knowing when gas prices will spike again. But the Constitution guar antees Floridians like all Americans the right to a summer vacation. Okay, its not exactly squeezed between Freedom of Speech and the right to stockpile an arsenal, though it might as well be. Come war, famine, or pestilence, the American family will, in June or July or August, take time to frolic and bond. Yet in these days of austerity, that va cation could be shorter, cheaper, and closer to home than before. In that spirit, Bis cayne Times has come up with a few get away suggestions, all within Florida, from the Keys to the Georgia border. We even included one right in our own backyard. Many of these destinations offer discounts to Florida residents, along with summertime specials. All can be reached with two tanks of gas or less. based on how far a 2012 Chevy Tahoe An intrepid BT correspondent ven tured in person to several locations, while the information on others was gathered by phone, Internet, and e-mail. Most were re ferred by people who have been there and done that, or who have special knowledge of the Florida hospitality landscape. One particularly valuable resource is Sal Dickinsons website FloridaVacaism organization. Dickinson, a veteran of the hospitality industry, used eBay as a model to design his site, in which hotels and attractions offer packages through a time-limited bidding process. Some of the deals are truly amazing. So lets pack up the car, grab the kids, and hit the road!rf nt b bb bb your whoopin and hollerin needs, head up TWO TANKS OF GASEight pretty cool staycation spots you can drive to without spending a fortuneBy Karen-Janine CohenAirboating along the Kissimmee River at River Ranch.

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the turnpike to River Ranch. Its roughly 175 miles northwest of Miami and 25 miles from anything else. This is about as close these here parts. River Ranch motto: Un leash you inner cowboy. With pet-friendly accommodations that range from standard inn rooms to 1400-square-foot, one-bedroom cabins with wrap-around porches, the ranch offers horseback riding, skeet shooting, archery, airboat rides, dinner hay rides, a petting zoo, a big swimming pool, a full-service marina, and most impres sive, a Saturday night rodeo that features acrobatic horseback tricks, barrel racing, and bull riding. During a recent trip to the ranch, its clear that Ray Duncan, rodeo master of ceremonies, takes his job seriously, urging the hundreds of eager people in the stands to cheer for the riders be they girls racing nimble pintos around a series of barrels or young men trying to stay on the back of a bucking bull. This is not a funeral! This is not the opera! Duncan shouts to the audience from atop his own mount. You have the ability to make electricity in the arena. If theres any red in your neck, you can show it tonight! And that just about sets the tone. As the sun sets and the moon rises, the audience claps and yahoos when one of the bull riders stays on for more than a few seconds; groans when he is thrown off; and everyone laughs when the bulls, with names like Banana, Old School, and Gangster, decline to return to their pens, taking star turns around the grounds, snorting at the audience, charging and feinting at the attendant horsemen. Kids are especially en tranced by it all. River Ranch guests many from Tampa or Miami, others from as far away as South Africa but also with quite a few area residents. One telling observation: No one, not a single person, was seen yakking on a cell phone or texting obliviously. River Ranch is clean and well-kept, the grounds nicely landscaped under a canopy of majestic oak trees draped in Spanish moss, where you might glimpse a crested caracara, also known as a Mexican eagle. In fact wildlife abounds, thanks largely to a neighbor ing 7000-acre wildlife management area. A 13-mile stretch of the rustic Florida Trail is accessible as it winds through nearby wilderness. Oh yes, for the pilots among us. The ranch animals seem relaxed, even in the petting zoo, with its little goats, donkeys, and other creatures to delight eager young children. Sunday morning calls for riding, and the horses are also low-key during two hours on the trail. In pastures you can see grazing horses and their foals, cows, calves, and bulls, some of which had starred in the Saturday show. A thrilling airboat ride down the Kissimmee tops off the trip. Many of the accommodations are time-shares, so the dcor varies, though they are always spotless and wellequipped. You can dine at one of three on-site eateries or prepare your own meals at your cabin, a nice option for those who like to cook. River Ranch has been around since the 1960s. Westgate Resorts bought it out of bankruptcy, about a decade ago, says Mark Waltrip, COO of the company, which operates a number of other resorts. We dumped a ton of money into it and rebuilt the whole thing. Florida residents get ten percent off the best available rates. Add-ons are extra. The rodeo is $15.50 for adults, $8 for kids. Horseback rides are $40. And archery? Five buck for all the arrows you can shoot. f nbb b For some reason, many of us who live along the Biscayne Corridor need to cross Alligator Alley in order to feel like weve really gone someplace different. Call it the Everglades effect. Theres something transformative about passing through a wilderness ruled by alligator and egret, though Miami to Naples is only two hours. One Gulf Coast vacation option worth considering is Winters Dolphin Tale Getaway, at TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach Island. The three-night package, beginning at $591, includes resort lodging at either the TradeWinds Island Grand or the sister property, Sandpiper. Also included: a dolphin watch cruise for two and a plush toy dolphin, plus two tickets to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to Winter, the dolphin that inspired the 2011 movie Dolphin Tale Winter, trap, was rescued and ultimately re ceived a prosthetic tail. Continued on page 36

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An especially enticing draw for families is the TradeWinds Grands 15,750-square-foot water park and play ground for those kids who just have to spend all day in the water. The feature, unveiled last year, includes water slides, able island, and many other slipping and sliding treats. This year the resort, with 20 acres of beachfront, is luring guests with the JetLev, a water-propelled jetpack that lets you soar to heights of 30 feet at 30 miles an hour. You could be James Bond in Thunderball Over the years, weve put in a lot of resources, says Travis Johnson, vice presi dent of marketing and a 12-year veteran of the resorts. The recent program additions from partnering with the Clearwater aquarium to the new water park and elec tric surfboards, the JetLev, not to mention the Gyrosphere, a contraption that lets guests spin and twirl away their vacation days are all part of creating an experi ence to remember, says Johnson: We really want to make it, nationwide, noticed as a top family destination. Meanwhile the nearby Sandpiper branded U.S. resort. (Two others are entrepreneur who advocates sustaingear at many retail outlets. Harvey also funds ocean conservation and research, and in 1999 established the Guy Harvey Research Institute in collaboration with Nova Southeastern Universitys Oceanographic Center. Hes an international brand, and we were looking at ways to create a difference with Sandpiper, Johnson explains. Florida residents can take advan tage of a 15-percent discount promotion. Both properties also feature a scratchoff ticket with prizes ranging from free beverages and a beach towel to a $500 gift card.tr tr trbb bb trFor many of us, another gateway to that feeling of escape is the Overseas Highway. The Florida Keys take some of the ingredients in the Miami mix sun, them at the top of the recipe. For those who want a luxurious Cay may be the place. Its mid-Keys, at Mile Marker 61 on Duck Key, and boasts and an adults-only section while also offering a variety of programs for kids. In 2007 Northview Hotel Group acquired the property, which dates from the 1960s. The company invested more than $35 million in renovations. The hotel building was taken down to the studs and renovated, says Hawks Cay marketing director Jennifer Dinan, giving the building a Tommy Bahama feel. I always tell people from South Florida: Our island is like you have left the country and gone to the Caribbean. Its a completely different world. At the 60-acre property, which includes hotel rooms and villas, the emphasis is on water sports, including mention paddle-boarding, kiteboarding, and kayaking. It also offers the JetLev. Hawks Cays Calm Waters Spa was ranked in the top 25 in North America by Travel + Leisure s Worlds Best Awards in 2009 and 2010. Guests can also interact with four raised-in-captivity dolphins that live in an ocean enclosure at the resort. Dinan says that Hawks Cays dining options also set it apart. The upscale Alma is Hawks Cays signature restaurant. Its especially impactful for South Florida guests because it has a Latin culture and niques, she says. Hawks Cay always gives a discount to Florida residents 15 percent in summer and for the fourth year will host its Heroes Welcome program, from August 20 to November 18. This offers ment, and medical personnel rates starting at $99. Other visitors who donate country, get 20 percent off the cost of their rooms. Says Dinan: Every year its gotten bigger and bigger and more exciting for all of us. n r frbb b Staycationers willing to venture into the ence altogether at Parmers, on Little Torch Key, between Marathon and Key West. The 46-unit resort is about 40 years old. There really was a Parmer, a husband-and-wife, says Parmers general manager Sandy Sledge. Having been bought by Jay Marzella in 1998, Parmers remains a one-owner property, an increasingly rare status in the modern hospitality industry, and reminiscent of an earlier Florida. Rooms have been remodeled and updated, and the docks have been resurfaced and refurbished. Parmers proximity to a variety of parks and conservation areas attracts lovers of nature. We have a lot of naturalist types, says Sledge, hastening to add she doesnt mean that in the nudist sense, but in the outdoors sense. Kayaking is big, she adds, and were a very big tage of the kayaking tours offered by author and well-known Keys naturalist Bill Keogh. Two TanksContinued from page 35 Continued on page 38 only section. Photo related.com

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Parmers is close to the renowned Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary Adolphus Busch Sr. and the USNS Vanden berg is also near Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge, Bahia Honda State Park, and the Great White Heron National Refuge. Sledge says the magic of the area turns many guests into repeat customers, who love lounging around the pool or watching the sun set after an active day. The rooms range from basic to one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, most with kitchens. Visitors can book the luxurious presidential suite, which has a gourmet kitchen, an outdoor whirlpool, and his and hers titanium bi cycles for the length of your visit. Then there is the waterfront, two-bedroom Lagoon Cottage, which is set apart from the rest of the resort. Its a great couples retreat, or good for a family coming down. says Sledge. Parmers, Sledge adds, is quiet Keys comfort. We are not a Hyatt, we dont put chocolate on your pillow at night. Its old Keys, but clean and comfortable. rf b Some people dont think theyve really had a vacation unless its all about teeing up. One option for such die-hard duffers would be Renaissance World Golf Village, near St. Augustine. Its just down the road from the historic city, which has tons of attractions. It might be just the thing for the golfer, nongolfer couple. Renaissance World encompasses two courses. One is the King & Bear, Scott Selvaggi, the resorts director of sales and marketing, King & Bear is the only course ever co-designed by both legends of golf. The other course, the Slammer & Squire, was designed with input and inspiration from Slam min Sammy Snead and Gene The Squire Sarazen. Slammer & Squire is just steps from the hotel, Selvaggi says. A chip Two TanksContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40

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40 shot away. King & Bear is not quite as close, so transportation is provided. Players enjoy such amenities as chilled towels, complimentary range balls, and each cart is equipped with a GPS. This place sprawls such that GPS could come in handy. Meanwhile, there is the PGA Tour Golf Academy, which offers lessons from pros, and the PGA Tour Stop the worlds largest golf store. Top that off with the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. It has a lot of fun, interactive exhibits, Selvaggi says. One is the virtual golf simula tor, where you can play on 22 of the worlds top courses. The 301-room hotel offers a number of dining options, from the Villagio Italian Grille to Murrays Bros. Cad dyshack. Renaissance World also provides transport to downtown St. Augustine, 15 minutes away, and to the members-only Serenata Beach Club, to which Renaissance guests are given complimentary access. Renaissance World also offers a special for Florida residents starting at $99. Selvaggi notes they have certainly seen an uptick in visits by Florid ians over the past few years, and also people replacing the traditional twoweek road trip with a series of smaller vacations. For golf fanatics, Selvaggi says, There is no reason to go north or anyplace else. f bb If youre considering north Florida but thought to Amelia Island. Its 13 miles long, capped at one end by Fort Clinch State Park and at the other by Big Talbot Island State Park. Amelia is separated from the mainland by Nassau Sound and a maze of rivers and creeks. It has a brace of golf courses, a jazz festival, a chamber music festival, a Amelia Island Concours dElegance, in which owners of vintage and supercool cars presumably a mostly wellheeled, Great Gatsby crowd show off their prizes for charity. In short, this is a tony island. Its also a place with a fascinating history and an abundance of hotels and inns that offer pretty nice summer packages. This one island showcases everything that people love about Florida beautiful beaches, breathtaking natural beauty, great restaurants, golf, resorts but has a colorful history and distinct charm all her own, says Gil Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. Amelia Island is the only place in the United States to have been under eight rather tumultuous past of pirates, pillag ing, and plunder. Visitors can learn more Two TanksContinued from page 38 Continued on page 42

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42 at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Known in pre-Colombian times by the Timucuan Indians, Amelia Islands modern history began in 1562, when Jean Ribault landed on its shores. Its been one thing after another ever since a smug glers haven in the early 19th Century, part of Civil War history, and by cen turys end a haven for wealthy northern visitors. It has a treasure trove of Victori an homes and many independently owned stores in downtown Fernandina Beach. It is also the home of American Beach, established in the 1930s for African-American vacationers, when black Americans were denied hospitality in most other beachfront resorts up and down Floridas coast. This summer a number of island hotels and inns are offering special deals. For example, the Amelia Hotel at the Beach is offering a Sail Away package that includes a two-night stay and private sailing lessons, starting at $545. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation has a girls getaway package, The Sand, Sun & Soul, that includes yoga classes on the beach, a $100 spa credit, and a basket of literary beach reads, starting at $265 per night. On the other hand, the kid-friendly Pirates and Princesses package for $245 per night includes pirate patches and tiaras at check in, private in-room movies, and a parents-only dinner while the children are entertained at their own event. Whats more, 19 Amelia Island hotels and inns are offering a third or fourth free night for those who meet certain requirements. Something seems to be working. We already have more business on the books for June of this year than we had for all of June last year, says Theresa Hamilton, innkeeper at Fairbanks House, a breath taking Victorian in Fernandina Beach. Advance bookings are up, longer stays are up, and last-minute stays are up. Two TanksContinued from page 40 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 Continued on page 44

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44 bbb Some of us think just crossing the county line from Miami-Dade to Broward is a journey to a foreign land, complete with unfamiliar customs, different food, and strange music. For anyone who really wants to stay close to home, Fort Lauderdale this season has some great options. The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, for one, is promoting its Everyones Invited Escape, for those who think summer vacation should be Spring Break with hotter weather. Starting at $548 for two nights, it includes Battle of the Sexes beach volleyball, margarita-making lessons, a shop ping trip to the Galleria Mall via water and a round of golf and wave runner rent says Anna Whiddon, from the Zim merman Agency, which is running the campaign. We know that staycations are really big in South Florida during the summer months, she says, and we wanted to create a campaign that pig gybacked on the increasing popularity of friends group getaways. In addition, a program run by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, offers to people who book hotel reservations on its site (www. card. Its to help offset the price at the pump, says Jessica Taylor, the groups media relations director. The sunny.org website also has a list of two-for-one deals, from catamaran charters to scuba diving. Some purists maintain that the only real staycation is the one you build yourself. Fort Lauderdale might have some of the best ingredients for that, especially for kids. Since the movie Jaws nothing says summer like sharks. Parents can keep their shark-mad kids happy with Continued on page 46 Two TanksContinued from page 42 BT photo by Silvia Ros

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two exhibits. At the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science you tion of the giant prehistoric shark that roamed the ancient seas. Its part of the museums Prehistoric Florida exhibit, representing the Sunshine State some 65 million years ago. The museum also has several live sharks on exhibit. Next, take the kids to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, where sharks are also to be found in draw ings, photos, sculptures, and videoin an exhibition, SHARK, organized in collaboration with Nova Southeastern Universitys Oceanographic Center and curated by Richard Ellis, an artist, author, and environmentalist. It addresses as well the impact of Jaws which did so much to feel about sharks, and speaks to efforts to protect shark species, many of which are tr bbb bb We all know how wearing travel can be. How often have you said you need a vacation to get over the vacation? If thats you, one option is to stay even closer to home, maybe at a place where you dont have to put out too much effort, someplace that treats you really well. In fact, someplace like the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key. This year it is offering the I Love Marlins package. Its a two-night stay for two in a luxury suite; two therapeutic spa treatments; and a chauffeured trip to and from the Miami Marlins ballpark, where youll get great seats, plus two baseball jerseys and caps. At $2450 it may be considered a splurge. While no ones going to confuse the Mandarin Oriental with a value chain, that doesnt mean it doesnt offer specials. Through September 30, guests can take advantage of the Insider Offer from $249 a night, which includes breakfast, complimentary valet parking, and special extras at the spa. And by the way, the spa at the Man darin Oriental has it all, from a 50-minute aromatherapy facial to full-day programs that encompass everything from Ayurvedic Holistic Body Treatments to Thai Herbal Compass Rituals and lots more in-between. If both of you want the experience, never fear there is also a couples suite. The mood is set early by the spas location, overlooking Biscayne Bay. We sometimes see dolphins from here, says spa therapist Shavon Etan, as the where spa patrons have already been relaxed with a cup of cool raspberry hi biscus tea and an herb-infused Oshibori towel to a treatment room so private and lovely it will make you think of the spa cultures of old Europe, though in modern translation. There is the self-warming treatment table, and up a step, a chaise lounge with a Jacuzzi-type tub. The far wall is all windows. Etan is a master at her craft, transporting clients to a relaxation zone where cares just drop away. Later, lounging in the relaxation room, it may occur to you that the very best vacation might just be right here at home. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Two TanksContinued from page 44 BT photo by Silvia Ros COPYDESIGNPRINTPROVIDING PRINTING SERVICES SINCE 1981ALL DIGITAL SERVICESIN HOUSE GRAPHIC DESIGN COLOR COPIES OFFSET PRINTING MESH BANNERS ADHESIVE VINYL BACKLIT DISPLAYS OUTDOOR BANNERS VEHICLE WRAPPING MURALS & POSTERS CANVAS & MAGNETS ROLL-UP BANNER STANDS MOUNTING & LAMINATION305.573.3634ALKOPRINTING.NET3208 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137 SCAN TO RECEIVE OUR GREAT DEALS CAR WRAPSFROM$1,495 BANNERS$3.50Square foot for rst time customers and you must register to our mailing list1,000 COLOR BUSINESS CARDS$39.00

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48 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORFood Truck Mix-UpThe big Wynwood roundup on Second Saturday (love it or hate it) is battling bureaucracyBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterAaron Byers, owner of the Nacho Bizness food truck, loves the monthly Second Saturday Art Walks. Apart from the high volume of sales for his burritos, tacos, and salads, Byers loves the vibe. It is the best event on earth, he says, while preparing a grilled skirt steak burrito with black beans and corn salsa during a recent food-truck event held at North Miamis Johnson & Wales campus. But Byers is not sure if he will return for the next Second Saturday on June 9 for fear he will be shut down. The City of Miami is just run by sh**heads, he says. Miami still doesnt have a clear policy for mobile kitchens. Although most food trucks are licensed as restaurants by the state, they cant remain stationary on public or private property within Miami city limits unless they have a special-event permit. Yet food trucks are still as common a sight as hipsters in stingybrim fedoras during Wynwoods Second Saturday, and for more than a year they thrived in a sanctuary: a 3.2acre lot at NW 2nd Avenue and 22nd Street. Besides dozens of trucks, the lot hosted free live music, a bar, and vendors selling a variety of wares. discovered that the so-called Wynwood Street Food & Music Fest was operating without proper permits and shut it down. The event at that lot was canceled again last month after Richard Hales, the festivals organizer, was unable to extend a temporary permit awarded to him a month earlier. As of press deadline, it remains unclear if the proper permits will be pulled in time for June 9, although Hales vows to try. Were going to be meeting with thing done, he says. Even if Hales obtains a permit to gather on the vacant lot, the events have demanded improvements to the property, including the installation of a new iron fence and more hedges. Oren Cohen, the propertys manager, says the enhancements are somewhat pricey. Its more of a neighborhood kind of event than a business thing, says Cohen. Were trying to see how its going to play out. Hopefully well resolve it one way or another. Cohens boss, Moshe Mana, bought the land from developer David Lombardi for $3.6 million in December 2011, a transaction that increased the IsraeliAmerican entrepreneurs holdings in Wynwood to more than 20 acres. According to Cohen, the new owner intends to continue the food-truck events for the time being. Future uses for the property are now being analyzed, says Tony Cho, president of Metro 1 Properties: Right now Im working on a couple of options for that site, but nothing is concrete for the moment. The food-truck community considers Wynwood Second Saturdays their biggest night. Theres no other event that is bigger, says Hales, owner of the food truck Dim Ssam a Gogo and Sakaya Kitchen restaurant. A lot of the trucks depend on it. The food trucks have helped increase attendance at the art walk as well, 2010, the art walks were not nearly as populated. And when the food trucks are not there, the attendance is lower. Larger crowds mean more exposure for Wynwood, Hales reasons. Along with gallery owners and developers, were working to make it a better area. I believe that the food trucks are showing potential investors in the neighborhood that you can make money here. Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner of Gallery Diet at 174 NW 23rd St., thinks food trucks have turned the art walks into a circus. It creates a street atmosphere where people walk around with disposable food items and leave them by the side, she says. The generators used to power the food trucks can be noisy, too. The ambient noise from having 20 or 30 different food trucks is so loud I adds. It can be a little problematic. Juliana Mieth, manager of Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts at 2040 N. Miami Ave., says she wont go to NW Second Avenue during the art walks because its too crazy. The food trucks, she believes, distract a lot from the idea of an art scene. People go to the gallery walk and eat and then go to the galleries to use the bathrooms. Hales says the chaos is actually caused by some local street vendors and gallery owners who offer complimentary alcohol. We bring a lot of attention to ourselves, but then you have people sell ing beer and barbeque, unlicensed, with out permits, all over the street, he says. And theyve been allowed to stay there. David Lombardi says he started the food truck event on his vacant lot in an attempt to control them. I didnt like the way the food trucks were lining the street in front of the faades of businesses, with smoke billowing inside the gallery spaces, Lombardi recalls. I just thought it would be a good solution. He teamed up with Hales, who agreed to help him organize the event. Before long, 35 trucks had signed on, paying a rate of $75 for the right to operate there. After expenses for portable toilets, sanitation, and entertainment, Lombardi says he earned maybe $500 or $600 a month from the events. Not exactly a windfall. Lombardi says he pulled permits for the event a couple of times, but usually he didnt even bother. Nobody complained, he says. It was a logical thing. That changed this past March when theyd been alerted to the situation. Parkwest Redevelopment Association, owner of downtowns Grand Central tral Park, a temporary open space where the old Miami Arena once stood that has hosted events such as concerts and a monthly food-truck event on Fridays. He sent a direct e-mail to the city, Hales says, outlining that we did not have the Wynwood Street Food & Music Fest. Frustrated with the city bureaucracy regarding his own Food Truck Happy inquiring how Lombardi was able to get something different with the city, he says. Wynwood to be a threat to his Friday Food Truck Happy Hour. In fact he says he wants more events like the Wynwood gath ering. Thats why hes campaigning for a streamlined permit process. The problem with the city is that its a free-for-all, he Continued on page 52Photos by Robby Campbell / BeachedMiami.com

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New Life for an Old FavoriteAt last the Vagabond Motel has found a benefactorBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterAfter sitting abandoned and boarded up for three years, the historic Vagabond Motel may soon have new owners. Developer Avra Jain and her partner Joseph Delvecchio have a contract to buy the iconic Vagabond for an as yet-to-be revealed price from a partnership headed by David Lin. Their plan is to restore the 1950s-era motel, located at 7301 Biscayne Blvd., to its former glory, running it as a boutique inn with up to 50 rooms. The new Vagabond, which could be open as early as fall 2013, will include a renovated pool and courtyard, at least one restaurant with dining terraces and a full-service bar, a bakery, a salon, a spa, and a gym. Were pretty excited about it, says Jain, who has developed properties in New York, Sunny Isles Beach, and along the Biscayne Corridor. So far everything seems to be going pretty smoothly. But for the project to be realized, Jain says the Vagabond needs a zoning change. Right now, only the western portion facing Biscayne Boulevard is zoned for hotel use, she says. The City of Miamis Historic Environmental and Preservation Board will hear the plans for the Vagabond in July, says project architect Dean Lewis. Once the HEP Board endorses the projects plans, the developers will formally apply for a zoning change. So far, meetings with Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district includes the Upper Eastside, and been positive, he adds. The city has agreed to support the application and it makes sense to them, Lewis says. Were not talking about adding additional height or more rooms or anything like that. It is more of an administrative resolution based on the renaissance we have planned for the Vagabond. Were basically reviving this motel and it needs support. The Vagabonds rezoning already has the support of the Belle Meade Home owners Association. In a May 10 letter to the city, Jo Wilder, president of the Belle Meade HOA, declares that a renovated motel is far better, and safer, than a board ed-up building, which she describes as a plague upon the Belle Meade community that has attracted drug users, the homeless, illegal dumping, and prostitution. We encourage you to not only approve the requested [zoning change], but to expedite the required processes necessary to assist the development team in getting shovels in the ground as soon as possible, she writes. Teri DAmico, a co-founder of the MiMo (Miami Modern) preservation movement, who championed the Vaga bonds historic designation back in 2003, is also thrilled at the prospect of a complete restoration. I hope itll be an excellent model for the other Biscayne motel owners and encourage them to rehabilitate their properties, DAmico says. The motel use will bring people into the neighborhood and will help the other businesses along Biscayne Boulevard, too. Sidney Goldberg built the 22,000-square-foot Vagabond Motel in 1953, at a time when Biscayne Boulevard was heavily used by vacationing families traveling to South Florida. It was designed by B. Robert Swartburg, architect of the Delano Hotel and the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. MiMo design advocates such as DAmico hail the Vagabond as a prime example of 1950s and 1960s MiMo architectural design. But like many motels along the Boulevard, the Vagabonds appearance deteriorated during the downturn of the 1970s and 1980s, when that part of Miamis Upper Eastside was overrun by prostitutes and drug dealers. Eric Silverman, a former mens clothing executive, bought the Vagabond in 2005 for $4 million, with a primary headed by Lin. Playing up the legends that Frank Sinatra and other Rat Pack stars frequented the Vagabond during its heyday, Silverman vowed to create a boutique motel that would spur the resurgence of other old motels along the Boulevard. To encourage this trend, the Miami City Commission in 2006 created the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District between 50th and 77th streets. Silverman, however, only managed to open a clothing store and operate a farmers market at the motel. Still owing Lin and his partners a mortgage of $2.7 million, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in man abandoned the property in 2009. After Lin regained control, several potential buyers showed interest in the prop erty. Lewis, an Upper Eastside resident who is the architect for two other new commer cial projects on the Boulevard, says he also took an interest in the Vagabond, introduc ing two prospective purchasers to Lin. One of those prospects was Jain, a former Wall Street trader who began her real estate career in Manhattan by buying, renovating, and selling condos and other buildings in SoHo and TriBeCa. By 1999 Jain was investing in property in Miami-Dade County, developing the condo resort Blue at Doral, buying the retail portion of the Marina Blue condo in downtown Miami, and spearheading efforts to build the 43story Regalia in Sunny Isles Beach. Her Miami-Dade real estate adventures did come with some pain. The Regalia projects lenders sued to foreclose on the site before it even broke ground in 2009. Last year it was sold to Golden Beach Developers LLC, headed by Louis Montello. Jain says she hung on and is involved with Regalia once again. Jain, who lives in downtown Miami, has long been intrigued by the Vagabond. It speaks to me every time I drive by it, she says. Its the gem on the block. I can see it lit up, walking in the courtyard. I can imagine what it was like back in the day. I think it should be that way again. To help plan the Vagabonds resurrection, Jain hired Stoli Hotel & Resorts as the projects food and beverage consultant. Also on the team is Stephane Dupoux, CEO of Dupoux Design, which created the interiors for South Beach nightspots such as Opium, Pearl, Nikki Beach, Touch, and The Strand. Jain is the perfect developer for the Vagabond, according to Jeff Morr of Majes tic Properties. Shes good at raising money, he says. If redeveloped right, the Vagabond could become the Standard of the Upper Eastside, Morr adds, referring to swank hotel and spa on Belle Isle in Miami Beach. The owners of the New Yorker motel at 6500 Biscayne Blvd., which underwent an extensive renovation in 2009, already charge between $65 and $175 a night for their 50 rooms. Morr thinks a revamped Vagabond could demand from $100 to $175 a night. By contrast, most Boulevard motels charge around $40 a night. The Vagabond project may change that business model. It may encourage more motel renovations, Morr says. Instead of being hooker hotels, theyll be places where normal people will stay and not by the hour but by the day. 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By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterDuring the 19 years Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been MiamiDades State Attorney, she has had election challengers just three times. Voters from all political parties had a chance to decide if Rundle deserved to be re-elected, or if the job should go to someone else. She won every time. Now shes facing a challenger for the fourth time, but with a difference. On August 14, Rundle will face off against attorney Roderick Vereen. In this election, however, only registered Democrats can vote. No Republicans, no independents, no Libertarians will be allowed to cast a ballot. Its known as a closed primary. How did that happen? Thanks to arcane state election laws, it happened automatically when Miami attorneys Michele Samaroo and Omar Malone entered the race as write-in candidates. More about that below. The consequences, however, are clear: It that means Biscayne Times readers will likely decide the August election. Why? Because the Biscayne Corridor, from Brickell to Broward, is heavily Democratic. South and west Miami-Dade County are not going to be an issue in this race, says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor who studies local elections. The action, Miami. The Biscayne Corridors potential was apparent to Vereen. On May 9, just days after announcing his candidacy, he held a fundraiser at the New Yorker Motel at 6500 Biscayne Blvd. The candidate drew a respectable crowd, among them Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo, and several Biscayne Corridor activists. Rundle campaign consultant Robert of the Biscayne Corridors neighborhoods, though hes not quite as emphatic as Foreman. Considering the demographics of the area and the likely voter registration, he says, they are very important areas, but no more so than any other area of the county where there are Democratic voters. Most voters in Miami-Dade County are registered as Democrats 525,890 of them compared to 368,409 Republicans, according to April 2012 statistics from the Miami-Dade Elections Department. (Independents number 302,780, while 17,105 people are registered with other political parties.) Within county Commissioner Sally Heymans District 4 which covers Aventura, Biscayne Gardens, Miami Shores, Bay Harbor Islands, North Bay Village, and most of the beaches there are 44,425 Democrats and 19,892 Republicans, with another 26,566 voters belonging to neither party. Inside county Commissioner Audrey Edmonsons District 3, which includes Edgewater, the Design District, Buena Vista, Little Haiti, the Upper Eastside, western Miami Shores, and El Portal, there are 58,042 Democrats, 9627 Republicans, and 17,361 independents or The downtown-Brickell area is dominated by Democrats as well. According Miami Downtown Development Authority last year, 8188 voters are registered as Democrats compared to 4646 Republicans and 5905 registered as independents or other parties. Dario Moreno, an election poll ster and political science professor at Florida International University, says targeting probable Democratic voters across ethnic lines will be critical for both Rundle and Vereen. You have to look at who votes in a Democratic primary, Moreno explains. The likely voters [countywide] are 48,000 African Americans, 42,000 non-Latin whites, and 25,000 Hispanic Democrats. That is Barry University professor Foreman predicts low voter turnout for this race: I think your everyday person, your regular citizen, doesnt pay much attention to enced by the ethnicity of the candidates, Foreman adds. Rundle is Cuban American. Vereen is black. The average voter is going to look at their faces, look at the names, and then theyre going to decide, he says. Rundles most persistent opponent over the years has been former Broward prosecutor Alberto Milian, who ran against her in 2000 and 2004. Both times Milian ran as a Republican and had the backing of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, a police union long at odds with Rundle. This time Milian and the PBA are backing Vereen, a former prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney whose clients have included the Liberty City Seven, who, after two mistrials, were convicted of plotting terrorist acts. He also represented Lionel Tate, a juvenile who killed his playmate while wrestling. In 2010 Vereen lost to Frederica Wilson in a race for the U.S. House of Representatives. It was during his run for Congress that Vereen says he was encouraged to run for State Attorney. He believes the has shown favor to the wealthy, has been inconsistent in public corruption cases, and is weak on crime. She is the Titanic and I am that iceberg, he says. Twenty lieve in term limits? I do. I think two or three terms is enough. We need to bring in fresh ideas. Levy argues that Rundle remains popular in every segment of the county. She has served every area of MiamiDade County as a tireless person of sincerity and integrity, he says. She has been tireless in her pursuit of criminal activity in this community, regardless of where it is or who the person is. Levy also believes it was Rundles opponents who encouraged Samaroo and Malone to run as write-in candidates. he says, in order to close the primary to deny independents and Republicans the right to vote in the primary election. Vereen, while admitting he has met Samaroo and Malone, denies having anything to do with their write-in candidacies. I understand that my counterpart was upset that its now a Democratic Continued on page 54The One-Party SystemPolitical maneuvering leads to a State Attorney showdown in which only Democrats can vote, and which BT readers could decide BT photo by Silvia Ros

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complains. One person applies for an event this way, another that way. You cant bring high-quality events to the downtown area because of this mess. Following the March code-enforceangry phone call from Hales. Then the food-truckers boycotted Grand Central still willing to help them get a waiver and apply for a special-event permit for temporary use of the land. Hales says hes handling permits up pot holes, removed large rocks, and inspector and off-duty cops were hired as well during the April event. The enhancements and legalization came at a price, though: Food-truck operators had to pay $125. to Asia. Unfortunately the April permit could not be extended. As a result, only three food trucks operated on the NE 2nd Avenue lot last month. Recently another food-truck event, or ganized by Seth Burger Beast Gonzlez, popped up on another vacant lot at 250 NW 24th St., but it was also suspended it, according to miamifoodtrucks.com. (Gonzlez did not return phone calls from the BT .) Barnaby Min, the citys zoning director, says the April food-truck event in Wynwood was granted a temporaryuse permit. Although good for two weeks, a single location cannot obtain a temporary permit more than twice a year. Another option is a vacant-land permit that is good for six months and can be used as many times as you want, Min says. The application process is much more detailed and minor improvements such as landscaping, restrooms, and trash receptacles are required. Hales, though, contends that the land scaping and fencing request from the city is more than minor for an event that operates for only a few hours each month. Its pretty expensive, he says. Nonetheless Hales says he has good rapport with the city and hopes to negosubstantially meet our obligations and keep the costs in line. special-event waiver from the Miami City Commission that can be good for a year, as he did for Grand Central Park. Im willing to help, he says. I want there to be water under the bridge. Many food-truckers say they still plan to be in Wynwood on June 9, whether or not the vacant lot is available and in spite of sporadic hassles from police and code enforcement. Well try Chipman, owner of Purple People Eater. One day it may be somewhat easier for food trucks to operate in Wynwood and other parts of Miami. At the request of Mayor Toms Regalado, Barnaby Min is creating a new food-truck ordinance that will replace regulations from the 1960s meant to govern ice cream trucks. Says Min: Hopefully itll be ready in the next few months. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Food TruckContinued from page 48

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54 primary, he says. I have no control they wanted to. Anyone has the right to Neither Samaroo, a former president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, nor Malone, a downtown personal injury attorney, returned phone calls from the BT Chris Cate, spokesman for the Florida Division of Elections, explains that Florida primaries are always restricted to voters of a particular party unless that primary will decide an election. For example, if only Republicans run for a open to all voters. (State Attorney is a A single write-in candidate, Cate says, is enough to close any particular primary: Independents and write-in candidates go directly to the general election ballot without being on the primary ballot. Therefore there will be opposition in the general election. Thus a primary is needed to determine a single Democratic candidate. Whoever wins the Miami-Dade State Attorney primary in August will technically be running against write-in candidates Samaroo and Ferguson on November 6, even though their names wont appear on the ballot. Instead of their names, the ballot will contain a blank line with the word Write-in. Barry Universitys Foreman notes that write-in candidates are commonly used by political operatives to close primaries. He suspects the same strategy was this time. Somebody has got to be behind this, he says. Some of Rundles critics believe a closed Democratic primary will prevent the incumbents own campaign operatives, particularly consultant Alberto Lorenzo, from targeting Cuban-American retirees, many of whom are Republican. Ms. Rundle has claimed for so long that shes proud of being a Democrat, but when she was faced with a Democratic primary, she was extremely upset because she wanted her Republican friends to vote, says former Miami Mayor Carollo, a Vereen supporter. Moreno, however, points out that Rundle never really depended much on Republican voters, including Cuban Americans. In a general election, the Republican vote would be against her, he says. She could get some of it due to the legacy of her father [Carlos Benito ican judge], but not more than 25 or 30 percent. In the past, Rundle could count on support from the black community. For example, in the 2000 race against Milian, she won 94 percent of the countys black corruption charges against Miami Comin Overtown and Liberty City. The commissioner was acquitted last year of charges that she solicited a $25,000 bribe from developer Armando Codina. Spence-Jones, whose district also includes Wynwood, Buena Vista, and the Design District, is not only supporting Vereen, she also plans to sue Rundle for violating her civil rights. With or without Spence-Joness support, Vereen is bound to get a majority of the black votes in this primary, political pollster Moreno says, yet that wont be enough, especially since Jewish Democrats from Aventura and North Miami Beach tend to back Rundle. He [Vereen] Hispanic Democrats, Moreno says. He has to build a coalition. To assemble such a coalition, Vereen needs lots of money, but he is virtually unknown in the county and has yet to report raising any campaign funds. Says Moreno: If Vereen cant raise $200,000, which is hard to do in this economy, he wont be able to launch a serious countywide campaign. Rundle, on the other hand, has already raised at least $489,000. Her list of campaign contributors reads like a whos-who of downtown businesses and the legal community, Foreman says, adding that hes sure those same contributors, many of whom live in the Biscayne Corridor, will be giving her votes as well. She does have a pretty good he allows. Theres also the perception around the business community that things are pretty safe. Rundle will be re-elected barring something unexpected. Unless Vereen does something to really rock the boat, he says, it looks like the status quo will hold the day. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com SUNNY ISLES Sandspoint New R.E.O. $445K MIAMI BEACH Waterfront/Investment 12TH Units Bulk Sale 1.9 Mil TROPICANA Ocean Front 2BR New R.E.O. AVENTURA SUNNY ISLES MIAMI BEACH TROPICANA 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 JADE BEACH Pending Sale $2,150,000JADE BEACH State AttorneyContinued from page 50

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56 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sS Waiting for JoeEven with a Whole Foods scheduled to open nearby, Miami Shores could still use a local gourmet marketBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorIn Samuel Becketts two-act absurdist play, Waiting for Godot the two main characters wait, waxing philosophi cally, for an unrecognizable individual who, in the end, never appears. So how many of us in Miami Shores feel like itchy Vladimir and sleepy Estragon? You know, tapping our toes in vain not for someone, but for something : an organic-market alternative to Publix. Count my husband and me among the forever sanguine. Without going into too much detail, we both have chronic illnesses, thanks to centuries of intermarrying Jews with faulty genes an argument for marrying outside the faith if I ever heard one and try to maintain gluten-free diets. (I cheat when I review restaurants and test recipes, which means, in the busy season, Im a really bad girl. But thats another story.) Living without wheat, oats, barley, and the other grains that produce gluten is both easier and harder than people think. If you are a good home cook and have the time to make everything from scratch, using quality local ingredients, you wont, after a while, even miss the stuff. Rice, corn, potatoes, and quinoa are delightful starches that serve just as well for bread mixes as they do on the plate. If youre not personally inventive, a slew of cookbooks offering gluten-free recipes including breads, pizza dough, and cakes has recently come on the market. But and its a big but who has the time to cook this way? Jon and I dont. He often works 14-hour days, not counting the nights hes on call. I have two full-time vocations. And we share the responsibilities of kids, cats, dogs, and mangos. As for the house, well, thats falling apart; my stiletto heel reagain, thats another column.) So half the time, our gluten-free family dinners revolve around a res taurant table. We search beyond Miami Shores where Pizza Fiore makes it far too tempting to cheat for South American places that rely on potatoes or Asian

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restaurants that serve rice-noodle dishes. A big winner? Peruvian-BrazilianJapanese fusion restaurant SushiSamba Dromo on Lincoln Road (and soon to open in Coral Gables), where chef Michael Bloise, formerly of American Noodle Bar in the Upper Eastside, has an extensive chart in the kitchen for all his cooks detail ing what on the menu is free of gluten (and other allergens) or if it isnt, how to make it so. The restaurant now offers hand rolls made with quinoa and beers brewed from rice and sweet potatoes. Other nights, we pop prepared convenience products into the microwave or onto the stovetop. But eating this way can be even more expensive than dining out, because gluten-free items are outrageously priced. And when you have to drive to a Fresh Market or a Whole Foods far out of your neighborhood, you add the cost of our all-too-expensive gas to what will be a pretty hefty bill. Yes, the Miami Shores Publix does have a gluten-free section, composed mostly of sweets, snacks, and mixes, along with random prepared items mixed in with the frozen foods and green fare. As this type of diet becomes more popular with folks who want to lose weight along with tamping down PMS bloat, osteoarthritis attacks, and a whole range of other common complaints our Publix is attempting to keep up. But its almost impossible to afford it. For instance, I recently paid more than $7 for a bag of Glutino pretzels there. Sure, I could probably have done without them. But I am a snacker of pretzels; its my preferred nosh. Not having them around would just lead me to cheat on regular If Waiting for Godot had a third act, the two men might have seen at least a shadow of hope, just as we are about to: Whole Foods will soon open in the Biscayne Boulevard and 123rd Street. Unlike the Miami Shores Publix, which only stocks a few products from one or two dedicated gluten-free brands, we will have plenty of options, ranging from Udis bagels and pizza to Kiss My Face bar soap. (Yes, some people are so sensitive they cant even tolerate gluten on their skin.) Whats more, Whole Foods has its own Gluten-Free Bakehouse, and the products, from the apple pie to corn mufFoods offers a gluten-free shopping list to make the lives of people with celiac and other diseases easier; now you dont have to waste your time reading labels. (Check out the shopping lists for other food allergens as well.) The drawback and it is a draw back is that Whole Foods is so expensive that its earned the nickname Whole Paycheck. In addition, though Shores than the one in Aventura, it will be located at on a stretch that already includes Home Depot, Walgreens, and area is impossible to navigate. Want to pick up something on the way home from work? Good luck. The solution to both problems expense and location is to resume petitioning for a health-minded market in Miami Shores. It wouldnt be a Whole Foods, whose extensive cooked sections make that an impossibility given our lack of a sewage system. (Besides, they would never open two branches so close together.) What we need is a Trader Joes. Trader Joes is a chain of grocery stores that began in Southern California in the late 1950s. Its dedicated not only to wholesome, fair trade, gourmet products emphasis on gourmet but to keeping prices consistent and low. I became addict ed to shopping there as a grad student at the University of California, Irvine. While my peers were supping on cheap spaghetti, I was feasting on foie gras and French baguettes for basically the same price. Trader Joes began to expand across the country in the ensuing decades, and Naples. A second store is debuting soon in Sarasota. It has no plans to come to this coast anytime soon, but that doesnt stop me from believing it would be an The products that are packaged instore dont require elaborate preparation, and the philosophy of the management give the people what they want and what they need is something everybody in Miami Shores could use. Until Joe decides to show, unfortunate ly, I see a lot of road trips in my future. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com WWW.JAKEMILLERLAW.COMReal Estate Family Law Estate Planning Bankruptcy THE LAW OFFICES OF JAKE MILLER, LLC

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58 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIA Prayer for Confusion CornerThe states new trafc plan for W. Dixie Highway may do more harm than good, God help us allBy Mark Sell BT ContributorDriving through the automobilechoked intersection where 125th Street, NE 6th Avenue, and W. Dixie Highway all converge in North Miami awakens many things in the human spirit, none of them good. Now the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is closing in on a plan to relieve that congestion a plan that might inspire homicidal thoughts, at least if and when construction proceeds. Try the intersection at rush hour and youll see why the corner is such a bugbear. Driving east on 125th Street say, from I-95 the backup starts at NE 4th Avenue or even west of there. You sometimes must wait three, even four, light changes before getting through the transom. Or try zipping through NE 6th Avenue as the light changes to yellow, enforced camera goes off, welcoming you to the Star Chamber of North Miami Challenge it before the black-robed, nononsense magistrate in tennis shoes and she will set you back about $273, thank you very much. (Yes, Ive been there.) Drive west and the result is about the same, with the eternal wait, the camera, How about from the south? Well, they walled off West Dixie a few years back, so now you turn on 123rd Street, head east to NE 6th Avenue, get way back in line in the left lane, wait a couple smack dab behind a bus. Or two buses. Or a bus where a passenger is going around to the front to retrieve his bike from the rack while the northbound light changes from green to yellow to red. This is a good time to focus on your breath and try meditation, as long as you green again. Or come from the north, via 6th Avenue or West Dixie. If the lights green and the arrows out, youre golden. But once it turns to red, just wait. And wait. And wait. Breathe. BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith rffnttnbnbfrnAISF, SACS/AdvancEd, MSA AccreditedRegister Now!!! Open Enrollment!!! rrrrrr ffrrntnr ffr ffrfrntrfrr rnn rrr frfrrfr r

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All right, so you know this stuff already. Its not only frustrating; it gets dangerous. The intersection has been the 125th Street, and its almost as bad. That corner is also a high crash-rate location. And if you want to make a left turn from either direction, you also block a thru behind you. Well, FDOT has a deal for you. It goes like this: Close off all but one lane a single northbound lane snaking past Reroute southbound West Dixie trafthree blocks north of Confusion Corner, and then turn left for your last chance bypassing West Dixie. But wait, theres more: Narrow West lanes to two lanes, one-way in each direction, with parallel parking on either only north of 125th Street. (That means no northbound left turn from 125th onto from 125th Street.) considering blocking off all northbound deciding to open it to one lane. So how do folks like this? Not much, far as we can tell. FDOT held a public hearing at the Elks Club on May 10 and one who spoke was against the plan. In council members showed up, all opJean Marcellus. Muhammad Sidiqqui, a black-bearded the familys hard work at the station, as well as his own, had just gotten him through law school. If you shut this down, he said, it will really hurt the family. Marcellus, whose district includes most of the intersection, said, Its going to hurt our businesses and economic mate the businesses [north of the inter TV, Captain Jims Seafood. supply store for 24 years, worries she will be off the beaten path and lose customers. The store, at the southeast corner of West Dixie and 133rd Street, gets much of its loyal business from Miami Shores and Bis cayne Park. Tanguay fears that changing Its a real pain because people will heard one person say they like this plan. Amid all this, FDOT project manager Alejandro Martinez struggles to FDOT has tried to come up with something. Time and again, the community something has to happen, Martinez said. West Dixie completely. Now we are pre senting this. We take out the southbound lane, and the northbound will remain open. area. We are doing this because the other If FDOT actually goes ahead with this plan, it would start design within months and the new route would go into effect in 2015. of many, including the family running the St. Jacques and St. Jean Baptiste where the spirit of the Almighty battles the potential effects of similar roadwork. As soon as they begin work, were ing her brother, Ernest Tifat, the proprietor. I dont know what will happen. God knows. pennies, with a wooden cane towering and toss one in as a prayer for the sick and for the businesses of West Dixie. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aA Maid to OrderWho do you have to know to get good cleaning help in Aventura?By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer BT ContributorI grew up on Long Island, where it was common for families to have housekeepers in some form. Some lived in-house, some came daily, and others did their thing every other week. They were consistent, reliable, and capable. (Those who dubbed themselves cleaning people actually had the skill sets to own the title.) So why is it so decent cleaning people in Aventura? Is it because theres a different work ethic (or lack thereof)? Is it a language barrier? Do I expect too much (show up on time, every time, and clean dirty things)? If the answer to these questions is no, then please, offer suggestions. I want to know. I shouldnt limit this issue to Aventura because, looking back, Cleaning Lady Interrupted has occurred at my other South Florida residences. But since Ive lived here for almost nine years now, I feel compelled to explain why I need a cleaning lady. Its not because Im a snob. I dont feel entitled nor am I a show-off. What I am guilty of is being busy and domestically challenged. I love the idea of cleaning my home, but when Im through, it doesnt look or smell the way it does when professionals dig in. So, essentially, its a necessity. While living in Aventura, I have moved a lot, which explains why Ive gone through Mary, Linda, Amanda, Lola, the lady that my girlfriend Abbi recommended whose name I cannot remember for the life of me, and Kathleen the bar seems to be set much lower than I remember from my childhood. My memories include Florencie, who was a staple in my home. My husband still tells me about Gloria, who lived with his family for years. She left because his parents moved to Florida. They couldnt bring her, so she went to work for their friends. Thinking back, we also had a guy named Jim who waxed our ten years.

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So as my mother did before me and still does I believe in keeping a spotless home. And part of this entails hiring the right person. That should be simple, right? Think again. Not so easy. Ill skip over my experiences in Broward and Palm Beach counties as you, BT s loyal readers, dont live there. So let me get right to the point: Finding talent here is tough. We moved to Mystic Pointe and began asking around. Could it be possible that no one knew anyone? And if they did know or use good people, they were booked solid for the rest their lives. Alrighty then. Where to turn? Im sticking with rec ommendations. Someone had to become freed up someday. And then it happened. Amanda came to me via the publisher of a magazine for which I wrote. When derstood one out of every ten words she spoke. She had a heavy Colombian accent. But what I did comprendo was that she had a spot open, Monday morning, every other week: You wanyes o no ? Oh, yes I do. to understand and love each other. She was sweet, hardworking, and good at her job. Shed go the extra mile, looking for things to do outside the norm. Everything was perfect. I never had to ask. And then it happened we had to the interim, Amanda went to Colombia and, upon her return, was too sick to work. She was an older lady, and I knew it was bound to happen. I just didnt really believe it would happen. I begged. I pleaded. I tried bribery. She couldnt do it. I was heartbroken. My Amanda. (Can I draw a sad face emoticon?) I asked around, picked up business cards, hopped online. Nothing. I interviewed people; no one felt right. I needed more recommendations. My friends, Susie and Steve, said their lady, Lola, might be available. Similar expectations. Lets try. As often happens, a family she worked for had moved away, creating a hole in her schedule. Hey, Ill be a plug any day. She was sweet, seemed honest, and spoke clear English. (While I welcome people of all languages, ethnicities, and only in English my bad, I know.) I wanted to like her. But something was off. She simply couldnt clean. So after towel. Back to square one. I needed to regroup. It was time to begin asking around again. I was panicking when my girlfriend, Abbi, told me about the valet in her building, who, it so happened, also cleaned homes. If this was Skype, youd see me vigorously shaking my head no, because a jack-ofall-trades, as they say, is usually master of none. But at $75 per visit, what did I have to lose? She came once. It was okay. Second time, it was quick, but clean enough. Finally, the third time, besides the fact that she brought her husband to help (odd, no?), she called us to come and pay her after only two hours. (No key is given, no money left until the three-month mark has come and gone and youre still with us.) Seri ously, two hours? What gets clean in two hours? When we arrived 20 minutes after she rang, we watched her walking away from our building. Where are you going? I asked. she eloquently explained. Howd you lock the door? Do you want your fee? Duh, uhits open. You can pay me next time. Seriously? You just left? Thanks, I said, handing her the money. We wont need you anymore. Game over. Bye-bye, Lady Whose Name I Cannot Remember. And so I was back where I started. I found a bunch of business cards in my lobby. One strike, two strikes and then I found MaidinAventura.com. Kathleen began nearly six months coaching, but the good outweighed the not-so-good. This past Thursday, after completing her four-hour session, she dropped the bomb. Im moving to Arizona, she chirped. Oh no! Not again The names of the people in this article have been changed to protect the guilty,

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARKHello, Goodbye Just when it seems everyone has a ticket to ride this summer, one old friend drops into town to share stories of his days with the Beatles By Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorIts a phenomenon familiar to those of us whove lived in Miami for any length of time: the seasonal exodus. Despite the Chamber of Commerce declarations that we are now a year-round hub of activity, we know better. It isnt that Miami shuts down completely in summer, but it does seem to take, shall we say, an extended lunch break. How else to explain the afternoon a couple of weeks ago, when, seizing an all-too-rare respite from my work schedule, I decided to hop in my car and head to the beach? My usual destination, when I can get there, is a little north of the tourist action, with a small parking spot there between December and April. But on this picture-perfect day, the kind that launched a million postcards cloudless, about 79 degrees, with gentle waves more than half the parking spaces were empty. (Woo-hoo!) days ago, not to return till after Halloween. Other neighbors wont be gone nearly as long, but theyll be gone for a good stretch, seeking relief from the heat that keep threatening to visit our corner of the world this time of year. It can get a little lonely in the village, not seeing people youre used to seeing. But it can also be an opportunity to perform neighborly acts. Some of my neighbors, knowing Ill be around, ask me to look after their homes, pick up mail, or just keep an eye out for anything suspicious. It makes them feel better to know they at least have someone they can call to make sure everything is okay, so I happily agree. Its easy enough to do, and its not like these small acts of kindness are keeping me from much of anything. Thats because summer in Miami, cul turally speaking, is pretty lame. Thats always been the case, albeit for differ ent reasons. Photo by Harry Benson

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Before, it was a case of there not being a whole lot of culture anywhere on the calendar, period. Now its because galler ies, museums, and other cultural purveyors wait to schedule their big events closer to with Art Basel Miami Beach. This year, Im happy to report, theres at least one notable exception. My signing at the Taschen store on Lincoln wont be reading this till June, but Im writing in May. Besides, this isnt the Events Calendar.) one of the worlds great photographers, having chronicled everything from the Civil Rights movement to the assassinaWar. Hes photographed every American Nicholson to stars so young they may not named a Commander of the Order of the exhibited in major museums, includAnd if none of that rings a bell, True. As a young photographer for the Daily Express in London in early 1964, Harry was all set to ship off for Africa, to cover the liberation struggles on that continent, when he got a phone call from his editor, telling him he was headed British pop group that had made quite a stop was America. to Paris to meet the lads, and was there when they received word that I Want to Hold Your Hand had gone to number one hand, is visible just behind the group as they get off the plane. Its Harrys days with the Fab Four that are the subject of The Beatles: On the Road, 1964-1966 Taschens 1000th title release, its a big deal. Harrys Beatles connection is also partly responsible for our friendship. In Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami I had previously interviewed Harry for a architect of the famous meeting between and the Beatles. I called him up and Its a nice moment in the documentary, and a surprising one, because the meeting didnt happen the way most people might assume. It was February 1964. Harry was with the Beatles in Miami Beach for their second Ed Sullivan Show appearance at the same time that Clay was preparing Liston, who was supposed to destroy his young challenger sometime between the moment they got in the ring and the end of round one. Naturally, Harry thought it Clay, who never met a camera he didnt love, was training. At least that was the plan. When Clays going to get beaten, Harry remembered Lennon saying. We want to be photographed with the champ. Harry couldnt get him to budge, so he went over to Listons camp to inquire about here, Liston told him, without ever (Fellas wasnt the actual word.) the only sensible thing: He lied to the could get Clays attention. By the time the Beatles discovered the ruse, it was too late. Clay had them clowning around with him in the ring. And Harry, of course, snapped away. Harry has told me a lot of stories the years, which we do occasionally in his exhibitions. Its been a while, though, the Taschen event. Otherwise, Ill have to wait till November. Thats when Harry Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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64 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I AT LARGECalifornia DreaminA trip to the West Coast turns surrealBy Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorT open and I came face to face with The Face. The Face displayed worthy brown hair. dering what just happened. The Face seemed familiar. And then it hit me: The but to everyone The irony of meeting The Face at terrorista ha! regardless of what I saw? still be a threat to the stores olfactory traditional hard throughout or the new sented itself just as I had settled into the 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 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith   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

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environment, caring about people, caring about the humane treatment of animals, caring about lettuce. So much caring! Maybe it was a sign. After three long years in the MUFT (Merciless UnFrozen Tundra) of Upstate New York, my had recently found its way back to Miami. Was it already time to move on? It took me about three seconds to answer that: No. First off, although I loved Northern California (after only a few days), there remained the deal-breaker: bad day than the MUFT on a good day, it still sucked enough to land Northern Cali as MUFT No. 2 on my list. Maybe thats harsh. But, um, do I detect fog? After spending a sunny day in the Bay Area and on the pier with the wonderfully gregarious sea lions (essentially a West Coast manatee, as far as Im concerned), it got cold. And then there is the wind. Wind and I are a no-go. Fire and water, as one of the regions earthenthused, neo-hippies might say. I get earaches in Miami while bicycling in 70 degrees. Apparently, Northern Califor nia never got the Its Spring memo. Still, Northern California had me at compost. And compost stations (next to glass and plastic recycling areas) are at baggage claim at the San Francisco airport. Bleary-eyed but relieved to be back on the ground after a somewhat favorite activity), I was surprised and impressed to see a compost box. Now, I was not altogether clear as to what one would compost after exiting an aircraft. My barf? The barf bag, which contained the barf? And if that were the case, did the barf go in the compost area and the bag in the recycling area? Clearly, hailing from the mostly eco-unfriendly Southeast left me with much to learn before I could even begin to earn my Northern California Girl Scout badge. Recycling and composting aside, Miami and Northern California do saying that about Los Angeles, an area that specializes in plastic (ranging from credit cards to personalities), rather than Northern California, an area known for forward thinking and Birkenstocks. However, there is a sort of magic in Northern California. Its palpable. In the same way Miami offers the lure of the beaches and exotic plants and animals, Northern California offers its version of delightful un-reality. And no, I wasnt stoned on this trip. Not even once. At the risk of sounding like Im stoned now, I will continue. When I say magic, I am not talking about Harry Potter. Im referring to a sense of something larger than you that takes hold of a particular environment. If you are perceptive and open to it, it grabs you. Certainly, Miami has this magic: the beaches, the bay, the lush tropical plants. Spend any time amongst these awesome creations and you will sense the magic. If you pay attention. In my experience, magic is a bit like ghosts. You have to be open to it in order to feel or see it. I had two magical experiences in Northern California. One was on the coast at a federally designated archeological site. Glass Beach is a dump at the been removed, but small debris was left behind. Over time, the small debris, with help from the ocean tides, morphed into something else. The old became new. Glass bottles are now smooth sea glass and pieces of cars have been trans formed into rusted-metal sculptures. You can go elbow-deep in glass and remain unscathed. Thats magical enough. But the walk and climb down to the beach is Alice in Wonderland -esque. Large squir rels that are unafraid of humans. One almost hopped onto my shoulder. Wild At another wondrous area, Point Reyes, you can watch the uncommon and prehistoric-looking elephant seals and their cubs frolic in the surf. But perhaps the most magical place of all is the beach there. At low tide, it is stunning, with the juxtaposition of the frigid blue water, the stoic brown mountains, the green seaweed, and the driftwood, patterned rocks, seagulls, and crows. And when the wind blows, like silt, to blow around in swirls that do a midair dance. The sand seems alive. Its desolate and otherworldly, which makes it wonderful. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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66 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEGet Your Scorecards Here!A look at recent winners and losers around Miami-Dade CountyBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorHeres a clich we all use from time to time: You win some, you lose some. I remember back in the mid-1970s, when the City of Miami experienced its downtown. Eleven people perished in had been evicted. He returned later that You win some, you lose some. By that the latest wins and losses for our community. In the win column I have to place the compromise, reached between the county and environmentalists, which ZooMiami instead of MetroZoo, and its whatever the hell that means.) mise that diminishes the environmental to coincide with the completion of the but our county leaders have a handy clich for that as well: If you build it, to be outdone by any of the other ports tors also believe that if they build it, the ships will come to them, not to us. eventually dock, but the point here is that, chalk this up as a win for our community. marine environment will be safer and 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

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cleaner. The working public wins because, if the predictions come true, there will be more jobs available for people in our com munity. And the county wins because its politicians will be able to claim that we have the deepest channel for cargo ships on the East Coast of the United States. (Or dare I say, ECUS.) On a smaller scale, there was a win for all us pick-up truck owners, as the Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board voted to ease the ban on residents parking pick-up trucks in the driveways of their homes between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The measure still requires the approval of the city commission, but that will most certainly happen, since myriad new rules accompanied the change: You must back in the truck on the driveway, so only the front is visible. (Heaven forbid anyone drive by and see the back end of a pick-up truck must be something Freudian there, but I cant put cargo portion of the truck must have a cover made of standard equipment not a hunk of plywood. And of course, the old tried and true measure of no commercial markings or advertising or added appendages. (Another Freudian slip? They seem to over there.) Nonetheless this is a win for the City Beautiful, with its inane requirements. At least the board did not restrict truck colors, demanding muted earth tones that wont clash with the house colors, or mandating that two adjacent pick-ups be the same color. Perhaps these issues will come to light once the number of pick-ups deserving of a coveted place of display in the Gables. Its also a great victory for the residents, many of whom still work for a living and utilize a pick-up truck for various duties associated with work and regular home maintenance performed by the do-it-yourselfer. I cannot imagine owning a home and not having a pick-up. But thats just me, I guess. All in all, this is a product of compromise, helping bring the Gables into the 21st Century and demonstrating that the City Beautiful accepts the fact that Musical Theatre Summer Camp 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33138 The PlayGround Theatres talented company members will lead students Where: Miami Shores Presbyterian Church 602 NE 96th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138 When: Session 1: June 11 July 6, 2012 (no camp July 4th) Session 2: July 16 August 10, 2012 Time: Monday Friday, 9am 4pm Ages: 6 Cost: $800 To register or for more information: base thereby continuing to make the city the rose among the rest of us thorns if you dont believe thats what it is, just ask anyone there; theyll tell you. to proceed with the construction of the fence, including the infamous gates that will have no latches or locks. (These gates, presumably, will be held closed by the will of God.) This is a win for the city in that they will treat the Upper Eastside no different from the rest of the city when dealing with fences and walls. Its also a win for 92 percent of those who voted approved the construction of the fence. This project has been a long time coming. To put it in perspective, we have spent more time discussing this fence project than it took to build the hoping that, If we build it, they (the bad guys) wont come. Now, since the theme of this column is win some, lose some, we must to stucco on the new commercial buildnot constitute a substantial architectural The building is a beautiful addition could have been just a little more beautiful had it been built according to the plans presented by the developer and approved by the city, and not short-circuited administratively because of greater concern for the developers pocketbook In this case, there was no chance for a compromise because we, the people, had no opportunity to participate in any meaningful dialogue to come up with an agreeable solution. Like I said, you win some, you lose some. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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68 Culture: THE ARTSBuilding Bridges Two artist-run exhibition spaces in North Miami span the little known corners of the local art sceneBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorS Eggs in Spoon on Blue 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 A s p ecial Worshi p S ervice H onorin g Fathers.. FATHER S DA Y S unda y June 17t h 1 1: 00am Learn More on our Website SUNDAY brr M G R Visitusonthew

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Art Basel. Martinez/Nicastri/Tan runs through July 8 at Bridge Red Studios Project Space, 12425 NE 13th Ave., Suite 5; 786-390-8915. Smoke Signals: portals y paisajes is downstairs at Under the Bridge, 305-987-4437. Feedback: letters@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! Lou Anne Colodnys Under the Bridge space isnt going to concentrate only on work created by artists in the later stages of their careers. y hoy se

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70 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 June 9 through July 31 New Work by Colin Chillag Group Show, 04 with Alfred Steiner, Siobhan McClure, Kellesimone Waits, Michel Modell, and D. Dominick Lombardi 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 Through July 11: Art for Global Peace by Roberto Juarez ACND GALLERY OF ART 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net Call gallery for exhibition information ALBERTO LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-287-7789 www.albertolinerogallery.com June 1 through 30: Masada by Pedro Sandoval 2630 NW 2nd A ve., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net June 8 through August 4: Lynne Golob Gelfman ART FUSION 1 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-5730 www.artfusiongallery.com Through June 18: A Spring Affair with various artists 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaugaleria.com June 14 through August 11: Apropiaciones by Harry Schuster and Gustavo Zajac ART WORK IN PROGRESS 171 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-4009 www .jacques-harvey.com Call gallery for exhibition information ARTSEEN GALLERY 2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-237-3559 http://artseenspace.wordpress.com Through June 30: NWSA 2012 Senior Visual Arts Showcase with various artists ASCASO GALLERY 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 June 8 through July 1: Miami Watercolor Society 39th Annual Spring Exhibition with various artists BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLER Y 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-2700 www.bernicesteinbaumgallery.com Through June 30: 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 Through June 23: Hobnobbing At The Garden Of Earthly Delights by 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 June 9 through July 15: Rafael Valdez 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through July 8: Martinez/Nicastri/Tan with Zaydee Martinez, Joe Nicastri, and Laura Tan 180 NE 39th St., Suite 120, Miami Call gallery for exhibition information 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www .susannacaldwell.com Call gallery for exhibition information 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 June 4 through 30: Felicia Marangakis 541 NW 27th St., Miami 305-571-1415 www.visual.org Through June 5: 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 June 8 through July 31: OLYMPIA by Jacob Gossett CS GALLER Y 787 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-308-6561 www.chirinossanchez.com Ongoing: Group Show with various artists 2509 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-357-0568 www.curatorsvoiceartprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 305-576-1977 www.danielazoulaygallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com June 9 through July 31: DCG Open with various artists DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 June 9 through July 28: White Thoughts by Gye Hoon Park Abismo Nupical by Daniel Verbis 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-536-7801 www.diasporavibe.net Call gallery for exhibition information 3850 NE Miami Ct., Miami 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net Through June 16: AABBCCDV by Erik Smith DINA MITRANI GALLERY 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com June 9 through August 31: Womens Perspectives with various artists DORSCH GALLERY 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.dorschgallery.com 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 June 9: Spring Exhibition with Alba Vasconcelos, Vilma Quevedo, and Luis Kaiulani ETRA FINE ART 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 Through June 8: Physichromie 2150 rf ntbrnbrrfCity of Miami residents receive 20% discount on on-street Pay By Phone parking. 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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 Through June 9: Post Modern with Merlin Carpenter, Ian Cheng, Jason Galbut, Ed Lehan, Georgie Nettell, Georgia Sagri, and Thank You Brenda 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 Call gallery for exhibition information GALLERY 212 MIAMI CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-431-1957 www.gallery212miami.com Call gallery for exhibition information GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com 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 June 1 through 30: 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 July 7: 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 GALLER Y 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 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 July 21: SigfredoChacnDrawings? by Sigfredo Chacn 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 June 2 through August 30: Summer Solstice with Mimi Bates, Mira Lehr, Antonio Ugarte, and Soile Yly-Mayry 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 June 9 through July 28: In & Out of Bed by Leah Poller LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org Through June 23: So I Will Let It Alone And Talk About The House by Meredyth Sparks Lines by Anya Kielar 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 August 11: Emergence & Structure: Nature in Process with various artists Resistance with various artists Through October 5: Shutter: Selected Photography and Film from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection with various artists June 28 through August 11: Milagros Project by Felici Afteinza 1 1380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu Through June 15: Emerging Artists with various artists SPACE 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 12: 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 Call gallery for exhibition information NEW WORLD GALLERY New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-237-3597 Call gallery for exhibition information NINA TORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 June 8 through 30: June Contemporary with various artists NORMAN LIEBMAN STUDIO 2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-3572 www.norman-liebman-studio.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com June 9 through 31: I Was In Pain by Catalina Ramirez OM GALLER Y 8650 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 21, Miami 305-458-5085 Through July 31: Mid Century Design by Danielle Quarante ONCE ARTS GALLERY 170-C NW 24th St., Miami 786-333-8404 www.oncearts.com Ongoing: Pablo Gentile, Jaime Montana, Jaime Apraez, and Patricia Chaparro PANAMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com June 16 through July 28: Outside the Box with various artists PAREDES FINE ARTS STUDIO 2311 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-534-2184 www.miguelparedes.com Ongoing: Elements of an Artist by Miguel Paredes PRIMARY PROJECTS 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com June 9 through July 31: Salon d Notre Societe with various artists SAMMER GALLER Y 82 NE 29th St., Miami 305-441-2005 www.artnet.com/sammergallery.html Call gallery for exhibition information STASH GALLERY 162 NE 50th Terr., Miami 305-992-7652 www.stashgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information SWAMPSPACE GALLERY 150 NE 41st St., Miami Folded Kiosk

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72 http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com Call gallery for exhibition information TONY WYNN MODERN ART GALLERY 3223 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 786-536-9799 www.tonywynn.com Ongoing: Patriotica by Tony Wynn THE LUNCH BOX GALLERY 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com Through July 7: Fictional Eyes: The Dreams of Reason with Sandra Torralba, Stefano Bonazzi, Christopher Lee Donovan, Michel Rajkovic, Serrah Russell, Kaveh Hosseini, Polly Chandler, and Alba Tenas UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI CAS GALLERY 2200-A NW 2nd Ave., Miami June 5 through 22: Full Circle by Jacqueline Gopie UNIX FINE ART GALLERY 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-496-0621 Ongoing: Alexis Torres June 9 through August 31: Eugenio Merino WINE BY THE BAY 888 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, Miami 305-455-9791 www.winebtb.com Call gallery for exhibition information WYNWOOD WALLS NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 www.thewynwoodwalls.com Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with Retna, How & Nosm, Roa, b., The Date Farmers, Saner, Sego, Liqen, Neuzz, Faile, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Kenny Scharf, Nunca, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Ryan McGinness, Stelios Faitakis, and avaf YEELEN ART GALLERY 250 NW 23rd St., Unit 306, Miami 954-235-4758 www.yeelenart.com Call gallery for exhibition informationMUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITSARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www.artcentersf.org Through June 17: Quantum Shift with London Tsai and Judith Berk King BASS MUSEUM OF ART 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through August 12: Erasey Page by Jillian Mayer and Eric Schoenborn Charles Ledray: Bass Museum of Art by Charles Ledray 1018 N. Miami A ve., Miami 305-455-3380 www.cifo.org Call gallery for exhibition information DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112 www.delacruzcollection.org Ongoing: Works from the Collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz with various artists FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST ART MUSEUM 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 Through August 5: Sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard Through August 26: Miamis Vices with various artists, curated by Annie Wharton Museum Studies Spring 2012 Exhibition: Jamaican Art with various artists Through September 2: Scapes by Lynne Golob Gelfman LEGAL ART 1035 N. Miami Ave., Suite 200, Miami www.legalartmiami.org Call gallery for exhibition information 1301 Stanford Dr ., Coral Gables 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through June 3: Recent Paintings by Darby Bannard Through September 23: Saintly Blessings: A Gift of Mexican Retablos from Joseph and Janet Shein with various artists June 23 through October 21: Introspection and Awakening: Japanese Art of the Edo and Meiji Period, 1615-1912 with various artists MIAMI ART MUSEUM 101 W. Flagler St., Miami 305-375-3000 www.miamiartmuseum.org Ongoing: Between Here and There: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection Through June 10: The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl with various artists Through September 2: Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by Jos Bedia by Jos Bedia June 29 through August 26: Kimsooja: A Needle Woman by Kimsooja MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORAR Y ART 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-6211 www.mocanomi.org Through June 20: Donna Karan and Philippe Dodard Through September 2: Song by Ragnar Kjartansson On the Road by Ed Ruscha THE MARGULIES COLLECTION 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www.margulieswarehouse.com Call gallery for exhibition information THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through July 27: American Exuberance with various artists WORLD CLASS BOXING Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection 170 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-438-9908 www.worldclassboxing.org Call gallery for exhibition information Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com Untitled 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

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The Sounds of YouthThe Music School Project is a private school in North Miami Beach run by the director of the classical Russian troupe Arts Ballet Theater, Vladimir Issaev. The teachers include a professional cellist, trumpeter, harpist, vocalist, violin ist, and pianist. The fruit of this eclectic group their students will show off all they have learned on Thursday, June 7 at the Young Musicians Concert at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Starting at 7:00 p.m., the young talent will interpret both classical and popular music. Tickets are $20. Go to www.aventuracenter.org.Free Like It Oughta BeGuitarist and singer Eric Hutchinsons star took off after some late-night performances on Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel in 2008, where he kicked it with Rock then his tunes have been heard on the soundtracks of both movies and television shows. Hutchinson will inaugurate this years DWNTWN Concert Series which will include three more shows over the summer. On Friday, June 8 Hutchinson will headline, with opening act Jacob Jeffries Band, at the Olympia Theatre at the Gusman Center (174 E. Flagler St.). Doors open at 7:00 p.m., music starts at 8:00 p.m. The event is free, but seating is limited, so get there early. Go to www.dwntwnconcerts.com.A Cuban CaligulaThe exciting and groundbreaking LGBT festival Out in the Tropics closes on Thursday, June 14 with a truly intriguing offering, Caligula, by Teatro El Publico The Havana-based theater company will interpret Albert Camuss Ca ligula Paris, in ways that cross language and cultural boundaries. Considered a seminal piece of existential theater, Caligula is relevant to the realities today on both sides of the Florida Straits. According to El Publico, Like Caligula, we believe in the strange tyranny of desire. At 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $30; $25 for students. Go to www.fundarte.us.Fruit and Spice and Everything NiceOn the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, a nice nod to resilience would be a trip to the Redlands Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead), and what better occasion than the annual two-day Summer Fruit Festival on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17 Back in 1992, the park lost 750 canopy trees and two historic buildings, to name just some of the damage from Andrew. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., marvel at the resurrection of the plants and trees, and visit booths featuring local agriculture, wines, and foods. Admission is $8; free for children under 11. Go to www. fruitandspicepark.org.Kampong RetreatA kampong is a Malay word for village, although Coconut Groves version is a mansion. But like its Southeast Asian namesake, the grounds of the Kampong including many planted by David Fairchild (of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden fame). Nows your chance to study them, with an eco-tour from HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.), The Wonders of the Kampong led by historian Frank Schena. The walk starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 Cost is $15 for HistoryMiami members; $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 305-375-1621 or e-mail citytours@ historymiami.org.Overtown CelebratesMiamis Overtown wasnt always a downand-out neighborhood. In the 1940s and 1950s, before the freeways tore it up and urban blight sunk in, it was one of the most vibrant areas of Miami. Along with home grown talent, Overtown hosted shows by some of the greatest performers of the era, from Duke Ellington to Billie Holiday to Sam Cooke. On Saturday, June 23 that energy will be revived for the second Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival featuring local church choirs, marching bands, and vendors selling Southernstyle barbecue and Caribbean treats. Its free, and takes place on historic NW 3rd Avenue, between 9th and 11th streets. Visit www.overtownfestival.com.Bring Your Kite and AppetiteIts starting to get hot and steamy, which makes evenings on the beach the only acceptable option for being outdoors. So try this months installment of Kite-Flying Food Truck Nights on the Bay on Friday, June 29 at Haulover Park (10800 Col lins Ave.). Along with a blanket and a kite, make sure to bring a little cash to sample the plethora of foods being sold from the trucks, from gourmet-style dishes to county-fair-style, deep-fried Oreos. Glass containers and pets are not permitted. The fun goes from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. Go to www.miamidade.gov/parks. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com.Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR Thrill of the GrillYou really dont know about cooking ribs until youve heard or read Steven Raichlin. The Coconut Grove resident, author, TV host, and grill master will share his latest book, Best Ribs Ever: A BBQ Bible Cookbook, 100 Killer Recipes at Books and Books (285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. Raichlin The Barbecue Bible ), and since then has traveled the globe, digging up recipes from Cambodia to Alabama, and writing and talking about it. Everything about this evening sounds delicious. And its free. Go to www.booksandbooks.com. A Lifes WorkJos Bedia is one of Miamis most prominent artists. Although a native of Cuba and a member of the islands pioneering 1980s Generation, since arriving in Miami in 1993, his work has become entwined with South Florida. Highlighting the scope and power of his art, the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) has just opened a major retrospective, Trans cultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by Jos Bedia. Running through Sunday, September 2 heavy) paintings, drawings, and installations exploring the spiritual and historical journeys of indigenous peoples. Admission to the museum is $8; free for children under 12. Go to www.miamiartmuseum.org. Keep It ShortEight short plays. One fast, furious evening. That sums up Summer Shorts which this year includes plays performed by veterans of Broadway and Chicagos renowned Second City troupe. They know how to keep a pace. Started 17 years ago by City Theatre as a cultural outlet in our traditional off-season (and focused on short because of our heat-addled attention spans), the festival moved around Studio at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Running almost daily until the 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, June 17 the series remains true to its roots light and breezy. Tickets cost $35. For exact dates and times, go to www.arshtcenter.org.

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74 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatMans Savings Go For a Walk1300 Block of NE Miami Court Out of the goodness of his heart, victim had allowed two people to stay at his home for several weeks. As with any relationship (especially in the home), trust has to be built. It was. The victim inexplicably left $13,000 in a brown paper bag stuffed into the corner of his closet, next to his shoes. On this day, he returned and found the bag missing. Also missing were his two erstwhile roommates. Repeated phone calls to the two suspects went unreturned, so the if you wont open a bank account because you cant trust the man or buy a safe, at least use a shoebox, to money is.Meat and Greet, Miami-Style1000 Block of NE 78th Street Road A woman came by a home in an effort to sell some steaks. The homeowner was not impressed and turned down the three pieces of raw meat. Shortly afterward the same woman came by again, but this time her brown paper bag concealed a silver revolver. The victim locked herself in a closet while the crazed woman managed to break a window with a rock and subsequently entered the home. She stole $60 and made her getaway. No arrests have been made. To add insult to injury, the suspect didnt leave even a complimentary steak behind.Just Do It But Dont Get Caught 3401 N. Miami Ave. Just do it is one of the most iconic slogans in sports advertising. This person took it too far. Suspect went into the Sports Authority in Midtown and stuffed seven pairs of Nike shoes into a was approached by store employees, instead of dropping the bag and making a run for it, he repeatedly tried to bite one of the sales associates. He then pulled out a box-cutter and tried to cut the employee. He managed to escape on a bicycle with the Nike shoes. It sounds like we have the makings of a new triathlon stealing, biting, and bicycling. Maybe Nike will sponsor the event. Get Phil Knight on the phone!Well, It Is Called a Scooter7800 Block of Biscayne Boulevard A mans scooter wouldnt start when he attempted to leave the Valero gas station, watch the scooter for 15 minutes, while he Compiled by Derek McCann 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

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went to get some assistance. The em ployee decided to move the scooter to the front entrance of the store, presumably because it was easier to keep an eye on it there. When the man returned 30 minutes later (everything takes longer than you think it will), the scooter was gone. The employee told him she had no idea where it could be. The man called police, but the scooter has not been located. Maybe he should have given her $10 to watch the Miami, no matter how much you pay.Dene SafeBiscayne Boulevard and 68th Street safer and more welcoming than it was ten years ago, we still have our incidents. A woman was on her way home when she was stopped by a Boulevard hoodlum. He screamed, You wanna die? Give me your necklace! He then pushed the woman to the ground and ripped the necklace from her neck. Fortunately, the victim sustained no injuries, save for the trauma associated with being robbed. Please be aware that the Boulevard is still dangerous, despite those happy yellow, blinking crossing lights.A Case of Kick and Run401 Biscayne Blvd. Psychologists tell us to express our anger in nonthreatening ways by punching a pillow, for instance. Not in Miami. This dolt got into an argument with someone and, instead of channeling his rage in a more positive direction, picked out a random car parked at the Bayside Marketplace and began kicking in the windshield. The owner of the car, happening upon this scene, was understandably upset and chased the suspect through the complex. Police eventually stopped the suspect, who, according to their report, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Police arrested him before the victim got to express his own anger. We Hate To Say Anybody Was Asking For It, But100 Block of NE 80th Terrace People are either clueless or love our Crime Beat feature so much they are willing to do almost anything to get into numerous items had been stolen from her home in the last month. Okay, thats she also admits that she often goes to the corner store and always leaves her door open. While Crime Beat rarely publishes exact addresses, all homes on this block should really lock their doors from now on because were pretty sure even criminals read Crime Beat.Little People Score Big BootsNE 7th Avenue and 137th Street Victim was buying ice cream when he was approached by three juveniles. They demanded his Timberland boots and his money. As victim was removing his shoes, one of the juveniles, who stood about four-foot-nine, punched him in the left temple. The other suspects, who were after they got the shoes and money. Lilliputians? Angry jockeys? Either way, be on the lookout for mean little people wearing oversize boots in North Miami.Worm Steals iPad From Bird Lover12500 Block of Biscayne Boulevard North Miami. A man was snapping photos of birds with his iPad when he was approached from behind. Suspect snatched the iPad from our bird-watching victim, then hopped into a car driven by an accomplice. Please be aware of your sur roundings and dont make yourself a target. Bird-watching on the Boulevard may not be the smartest hobby to have in 2012.Just Do it, Part II1500 Block of NE 125th Street He may be retired, but Michael Jordans signature sneaks still cause otherwise normal people to become Crime Beat wan nabes. Three juveniles broke into a home and stole 39 yes, 39 pairs of Air Jordans, plus a laptop for good measure. The victim told police she knew who the thieves were, as they all attend Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School. (Maybe this is some sort of basketball-enthusiast crime ring?) Kids, for the last time, it wasnt the shoes that made MJ His Airness. Be sides, if you want to steal shoes associated with a basketball superstar, may we recom mend LeBrons? We understand even the ones he plays in are only worn three-quar ters of the way through. (Note: You have to be a basketball fan to get that joke.)

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76 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Park SamplerCertain things about the Harry Cohen Complex are as tempting as a box of chocolates just watch out for the nutsBy Jim W. Harper BT Contributor The Forrest Gump wisdom about a box of chocolates hardly applies in Miami, because when you meet people in public, you always know what youre going to get: crazy. You could also get inspired, but that requires patience beyond the crazed-inducing heat that has melted your precious chocolates into primordial goo. What I didnt know on a recent visit to a park in North Miami Beach is that the second group of people I met would Were all bipolar is what she told me. She was a blonde hippie of a certain age, siting on the grass and smoking a joint in the shadow of a war memorial and pointing to two male companions, whom she called homeless, before inviting them to sleep in her backyard. Her stream-of-consciousness ramblings tumbled out in circles, from the injustices of dry cleaning to the famous relatives of her doctors, who, she assured me, were trying to poison her. Tell them that, she said. Okay, now Ive told them. It was funny until it got sad. One of the men claimed to be a veteran and reminded me how neglected our vets are and how many end up homeless. While returning vets struggle to adapt to civila patriotic T-shirt, was standing in front of a black granite monument that read: Beirut. Lebanon. 23 October 1983. This rogue gang of three was gathered in All Wars Memorial Park, a fenced-in grassy area with three separate monuments. Besides the homeless, few people seem to visit them. The memorials centerpiece is wordless a curling, black-and-gray granite wall, gradually rising from about one Walking into it, it feels like a rising wave, and in the center its twin walls meet to form a simple circle. The lack of ornamentation gives gravitas to the space. Two bronze plaques on the ground nearby identify it as the All Wars Veterans Memorial of 1990. An aluminum sign located above warns visitors to please respect this monument. Some pieces are missing. Beautiful coral circle of low amphitheater seating facing the wall. (Here, the annual crowd gathered for a Memorial Day ceremony this past May 28.) To the south and north of this central monument stand two identical rectangular slabs. The Beirut monument lists the 27 Men of Florida who perished in that infamous barracks bombing. It was dedicated on January 15, 1989. Across the park, on the north side, a September 11 monument has an inaugural date of November 12, 2001, just two months after the attack. One side reads: Attack on America. September 11, 2001. Many Faiths One Hope. Many Cultures One Resolve. Many Races One People. United We Stand. With no seating other than for the central monument, the park gets used heavily as a walkway. It seems to be at a North Miami Beach crossroads. Students are walking to and from school or to the citys library is in view, a walking and biking path runs alongside the bordering canal, across to a business district. People in this part of Miami-Dade are actually walking to get somewhere. Parks also attract the not so mobile, and in this case that includes homeless interlopers and consumers of paper-bag-wrapped cans and bottles. But there is another group with limited mobility that meets here regularly. Enter Laura Maya of Doral and Terrah Moss of Miami Lakes, two women in wheelchairs, and on a stage. The stage belongs to the Gwen Margolis Amphitheater, a covered outdoor performance space with seating on a grassy hill, but the two ladies are not here to sing. They are here to exercise at the only free gym for the disabled in Miami-Dade County. A free, high-tech gym, on a stage, under a giant white tent who knew? People come from all over South Florida, says Maya, because its unique. Both of the women say they love it. BT photos by Jim W. Harper HARRY COHEN COMPLEXPark Rating16501 NE 16th Ave. North Miami Beach 305-948-2957 Hours: Sunrise to sunset Picnic tables: No Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: Yes Tennis courts: No Yes Night lighting: Yes Swimming pool: No No NE 164th StNE 165th StNE 15th AveNE 16th Ave HARRY COHEN COMPLEXNE 167th St

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Park visitors would never know it exists because the gym is hidden behind closed doors in a room that sits on top of the stage area. The gym is open Mondays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The citys Disability Sports Program includes tennis and cycling, and with support from Councilwoman Marlen Martell, it appears to serve a growing crowd. Sweet. Now back to the less tasty chocolate morsels. This 12-acre park complex may be hiding all kinds of secrets, because nothing is clearly marked. Walking past the amphitheater, you would never know that there was a gym inside, and even walking past the main park space, you could be in the dark about its war memorials. Even the name of the park is unclear, although a sign on the northern edge calls it the Harry Cohen Park Complex. Who was Harry Cohen? Why is the bridge also named after him? I know that Gwen Margolis is a longtime state legislator from Miami, but even her sign seems stuck in a corner and out of place. There are no signs naming the All Wars Memorial Park or is it Harry Cohen Park? Harry Complex? (Does Harry have a complex? Is that the root of the parks identity crisis?) No clue was provided by sources at the library and the city. In fact, the citys Website calls it Challenger Park. Thats appropriate. Despite this park areas identity issues and other drawbacks, including too much litter, it gets credit for a strategic location that draws a truly diverse crowd seeking primar ily to get from point A to point B, with the adjacent bridge offering a scenic route. In this park, you can create your own box of chocolates, in the Miami mode. It may not always look pretty, but sometimes it tastes pretty sweet. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com walking Available at fine boutiques worldwide. For the location nearest you please contact: 1.800.226.6362 or info@ribkoff.com

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78 Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETSCreating a Helpful Canine With the proper training, your pets behavioral problems can be put to some very good usesBy Lisa Hartman BT ContributorFor some dog trainers like myself, what dog owners see as problems are the stuff that dreams are made of. Where they see frustration, I see opportunity. When my clients are contemplating giving their dog away for acting up, I see the next pet star in the making. Finding a way to turn things around is the key to a happy life with pets. With that in mind, lets look at some typical dog behaviors and how they can become a great thing. One of the most common behaviors for dogs is to play with, shred, or just the keep-away game with them. Of course, most dog owners are inclined to chase after their pet or yell at him, which usually makes the dog only want to hold onto the object even more. The good news is, if you have a dog with this propensity, you have a service dog in the making! You can quite easily teach your dog them to you. Instead of chasing your dog, try the exact opposite. Whenever your dog has something in his mouth, shout, Good boy! Come here! Naturally, your dog probably will be hesitant to follow your lead, but you can start coaxing him little by little in baby steps. Start by praising him and rewarding him even if he stays away from you. If you dont happen to have a reward he likes (treat or toy), run to the kitchen and get him something yummy. It might seem like youre rewarding nothing in the beginning, but as the dog learns that having something in his mouth and coming toward you is a good thing, he will come closer and closer. Miami Shores Community Church School rfntb Phone: Web:nfnff nf nnff fnnfnf

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You can even set your dog up for practice: Throw one of his toys and say, Get it! As he picks it up, hold your arms out in a welcoming position and say, Good boy. Bring! Even one step toward you in the beginning should be rewarded, whether or not he drops the object. With my own dog, I usually wasnt ready with a food reward (his personal favorite) when he would pick up something, so Id immediately tell him to come running into the kitchen to get a piece of cheese. He started by only walking a foot or two with the object before dropping it, but I rewarded him anyway. Soon he would come much closer, prompting more of a reward from me, say two or three treats. Eventually he was dropping the object at my feet. This was great, but my ultimate goal was to have him place the object in my hand. With a little encouragement over a short time, I was able to get him to pick up the object and give it right to me. Jackpot! I had a party for him and lavished him with praise. I started dropping things and then saying Oops! Get it! His behavior became more and more reliable. Now when I say, Oops, he immediately starts wagging his tail, picks up the object I dropped, and brings it to me. I hardly ever have to pick up anything; I have a happy and willing assistant. Have a dog that jumps up? Again, theres a way to turn this problem around. We can focus the jumping in others. How about having a dog who will turn the lights on and off for you? Have some treats with you and bring him toward a light switch on the wall. Tap near the light switch and coax him to touch it. Again you may have to start with baby steps as he has probably been reprimanded for jumping in the past. Reward him for even slight hops in the beginning, if that is all you get. If your dog knows how to touch your hand with his paw, start with your hand held low, at his level, and increase the r fntbt tr r tr trbbbrtbtrtb ttbbrtbbrnb *Offer applies to 16 lb Organics, 17 lb Puppy, Adult, Active, Pork, Salmon, Duck, and 15 lb Grain Free bags of By Nature Dog Food. a 15-17 lb Bag of By Nature Dog Food*By Nature Dog Biscuits height incrementally, rewarding each step along the way. Next, start pointing to different objects to touch, or if youre to touch the light switch. Again you will praise and reward good efforts. When he actually turns on the light, praise and reward heavily with lots of treats or a game of tug, if thats what your dog likes. (Note: You may have to keep the room somewhat dark so your dog notices the difference when he turns on the light.) Once your dog gets the hang of it, your next step is to create distance between you and the switch. You will approach this the same way as the previous training, moving farther away as long as your dog is successful in his attempts. Dont worry if your dog starts missing the switch without you standing nearby to prompt him. ment, you have to expect other areas to weaken a bit. Stay at a distance when he is doing pretty well and then tighten up the behavior from there. In no time, youll be sitting in your comfy chair and pressing the dog into service: Rocco, turn on the light! Good boy! (Treat.) Finding an effective and fun solu tion to a domestic problem with your dog is the crux of good dog training and the key to a happy canine household. There are many ways to teach behavior. The dog that once played keep-away with your objects now brings them to you happily, and maybe even puts your dirty clothes in the laundry basket. The dog that used to jump up and down for no good reason now helps you turn lights on and off. Envisioning a better tomorrow is the key to enjoying and even being proud of your dog and getting help to boot. 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 In no time, youll be sitting in your comfy chair and pressing the dog into service: Rocco, turn on the light! Good boy!

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80 Columnists: PICTURE STORYAfter the War, an Explosion of Consumer DemandA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiamiBy Paul S. George Special to the BTThe wave of prosperity that swept post-World War II America was highlighted by a sharp rise in consumer spending. Downtown Miami, the regions vibrant center of shopping for residents and visitors alike, expand ed quickly to meet the growing demand for consumer goods. In this photograph from the late 1940s, Burdines famous bridge, connecting the original store on the east side of S. Miami Avenue to the recently competed annex on the west side of the street, is nearing completion. In 1950 and for the next ten Christ mas seasons, the bridge hosted a giant neon Santa Claus, while the roof of the annex offered a rich array of rides for excited children who came to Miamis premier department store at the busy intersection of Miami Avenue and Flagler Street. To order a copy of this photo, please contact HistoryMiami archives manager Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@historymiami.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Photo courtesy of Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, #1989-011-10442 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

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Better Butteries Through GardeningLantana will bring monarchs to your yard just dont eat the berriesBy Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorI was surveying a large piece of property in the Redland a few weeks ago and happened upon an attractive and interesting little shrub. shown in the photo that accompanies this article was one of our invasive species, Lantana camara called lantana by most plant people. It is native to Mexico, Central America, the Greater Antilles, Venezuela, and Colombia, but it has become naturalized in tropical and warm regions worldwide. What was really interesting were the different varieties of lantana I found on ers on the common lantana, which are yellow, come out of the center. As the are pushed out of the center by newer dried up. This is an interesting phenomenon. Why does the plant hold on to the produce nectar for pollinators? making it easier for pollinators to recognize the plant from afar. In the lantanas native habitat in the neotropics, there are two other species of plants in different families that share the is Epidendrum ibaguense the reed stem orchid, and the other is Asclepias curas savica or scarlet milkweed. These two plants, along with lantana, are pollinated plants for our landscapes (although I can hear the native-plant folks screaming about the invasive-plant issue.) that both lantana and scarlet milkweed the reed stem orchid does not. The correct term for this characteristic is resemblance of lantana and scarlet milkweed allows both species to attract more pollinator visits through the com nectar offering. two other plants that do give nectar, out having to offer a reward of nectar in exchange). This is called Batesian but still very interesting to those of us who wish to place everything into neat little categories. Another interesting characteristic of Lantana camara tion found in this one species of plant. I saw three different-colored Lantana camara on that one piece of property in the Redland. I also spotted two other species of lantana with which Im and a purple one. For many years I grew the purple species. It had a wonderful fragrance at night, to go with the carpet during the day. Since Im always asked about a plants toxicity to animals and people, I should mention that Lantana camara is known by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Toxic Species. It has been well documented that the foliage is very toxic to livestock such as horses, goats, and more of their body weight. This, naturally, depends on the amount of toxin in the particular plant, and apparently not all species of lantana are toxic. (Nevertheless, you might want to keep your cat liked to eat certain leaves off particular species of plants.) Ive heard over the years that the berries were toxic. However, studies I in California with children reported to ingestion of the unripe berries has not human toxicity. Even so, best not to eat the berries. That way youll be okay and Another unpleasant characteristic of lantana species is they are allelopathic to other species of plants. Lantana produces biochemicals that keep other plant species from growing nearby, and enable them to utilize important resources like This is certainly one of the reasons lantana is so invasive. Like the Brazilian pepper I wrote about a few garden columns ago, they have fruit dispersed by birds and they use chemical warfare against other plant species. At least the Brazilian pepper produces a tasty fruit useful in cooking. ipal arborist, director of horticulture at Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical Designs of Florida. Contact him at jeff@ tropicaldesigns.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photo by Jeff Shimonski Lantana camara

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82 Rethinking GreenIs New Urbanism the new environmentalism?By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorEnvironmentalists are dumb. Thats the message from Andres Duany, one of the worlds most prominent urban planners. He uses the more eloquent term of lobotomized. They are intellectually deformed. Half of their brains are gone, says Duany, based in Miami. He doesnt say stupid or dumb, but they are implied. His con tention is that environmental leaders fail nature, preferably sans humans. Actually, yes. I know this because he asked me to gather my environmental gang into a room so that our side and his side could have it out. I foresee another Miami-based reality show in the making: Zoning Wars Duany is a founder of New Urban ism, a 30-year-old movement based on walkable communities, and he runs University of Miamis School of Archi tecture. While their books and opinions ring loudly in the world of architecture and urban planning, Duany says he never gets invited to speak to American environmentalists. (Our gang could change that.) Instead he speaks in Vienna and Frankfurt about how cities can save the he addressed the 20th Congress of New Urbanism, which he founded. The real way to save nature is to make cities that people really love, he stated at that event. Everybodys trying to prevent us from doing it. New urbanists are heroes. Duanys vision of perfection is a Euro pean plaza, a paved place where everyone gathers, but cars are not allowed. The New Urbanism movement looks to the past for inspiration, and it makes a distinction between towns developed before 1945 and after, when the highway became popular ized and suburbs became possible. Well-dressed and articulate, Duany vents his anger at Americans and, especially, American environmental regulators. They make his job impossible, he says, because they only think about nature and ignore human culture, which results in failure for both. His solution to save the planet, including humanity, is to create cities where people love to walk and love to live, like Manhattan. In Florida, South of the county is unloved. Miami-Dade has such horrible places, and people are always trying to escape to the suburbs, he says. Todays environmental regulations would prevent the creation of another Man were originally wetlands. According to Duany, by protecting native habitats, the environmental movement has sabotaged itself, saving roads and cars instead. What gets built are suburban places, saving the wetlands, but low in density and everybody driving, he laments. Until environmentalists become urbanists, Americans wont be able to tell greenwash suburban sprawl, he says. The term greenwash refers to the growing tendency to call things green for the sake of popularity, although they may cause more harm than good to the environment. Duany argues that cities allow people to live healthy, low-impact lifestyles. Manhattan is the greenest city in the U.S. because most people are using notes that underneath its streets are 1700 pipes that have diverted natural streams, with no special allowances for former rivers or wetlands. Such destruction of natural habitats would be illegal today. Hence, no new Manhattans. At the other end of Duanys greencity spectrum are young suburban towns where laws favor wide, grassy swales while preventing compact neighborfull of suburban sprawl, owing to planning and zoning legislation instituted in recent decades. Duanys dumb environmentalists the laws to protect nature while ignoring human needs. Duany says they did not support him as a lead consultant for Miami 21, the City of Miamis master planning guide approved in 2010. As a result, the level of density approved is not as high as it should be, he says. in Miami-Dade County is a sham, Duany maintains, because it has been moved repeatedly and has allowed for suburban sprawl. The basic situation, he says, is that the environmental movement only the urban boundary. The permanent and long-range solution is making cities that people love and willingly live in. As for American environmentalists, he predicts their reaction to this article: I have no hope that they will know what Im talking about. Theyll think Im a fascist maniac. Its futile. They only see themselves through the green lens. Their green is visual. Is Duanys color of green a tight dumb, but I say yes. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITY SS aying Goodbye to SS k ippyHelping your kids cope with the death of a pet is importantBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorOne of my oldest friends died last week. He helped me cope with a move across the globe, saw me faithfully through two pregnancies, and was there for me through both the tough times and the great times. He was a swimmer, he was protective of his friends, and he was handsome. He was very old. In fact he was 112 in dog years. Skippy was a regal and gentle golden retriever. He chose us. He just showed up one day in our yard, skinny and smelling of swamp water from the Ala Wai Canal near our home in Hawaii. He was the best dog my husband and I have ever had and loved our children more than table food. He was spry and puppy-like even into old age. He was a part of everything our family did. When he could no longer stand and his breathing was tortured, we knew it was time, but we didnt involve the kids in the euthanasia discussion. Matilda, our seven-year-old, was inconsolable for days. She planned a memorial, invited neighbors, and drew pictures of Skippy in various happy places. Everly, our three-year-old, however, had countless questions: Where is Skippy? When is he coming back? Why does he want to go to Heaven? Will I go to Heaven? When will I go to Heaven? The death of a family pet tends to be mutable law of nature. I quickly realized that our approach with this event would have a far-reaching impact on our childrens understanding of death and dying. My hope is that, instead of remembering the loss and sadness, Matilda remembers the seven wonderful years she had with her Skippy Dogstein: Swimming in the Hawaiian waters outside our family home, chasing crabs, and prancing around our neighborhood in Miami chasing tennis balls. Everly? Well, she taught us a lot about our own beliefs. My husband, an athe ist, had a hard time couching the death in a palatable way for a young child. My Christian upbringing-turned-agnostic at titude worked as a good alternative. Some sort of afterlife seemed like the most comforting way to explain this to a threeyear-old. Im not certain, but all dogs do go to Heaven, right? When I was 12, our family pet, Shanny, a devoted collie, developed hip dysplasia. We had ten amazing years with that sweet dog, and my mother didnt want our memory to be of his illness or brother and me off to a neighbor and, when we returned, she explained that Shanny was very sick and died that morn ing. She didnt hide her tears, which was one thing Ill remember forever. My mother was shaken, but explained the death to us clearly. She wasnt open to a frank conversation, though. She didnt like for us to see her cry, and I think she was more worried about appearing strong than embracing the emotion to illustrate that grieving together was acceptable. Following Shannys death, I had months of disturbing and guilt-ridden dreams. Grieving can be weird for a kid. In one dream, I forgot to feed Shanny and he withered away. In another, I accidentally smashed his nose in the arcadia door, and his head fell off. I was not to blame in any way for his actual death, but I was clearly affected even in my sleep by the loss. The death of a beloved family pet is a big deal. Children naturally develop strong attachments, relating to pets as protectors. While children experience grief differently than adults, they do grieve. They need support and guidance to understand their loss, to mourn that memorialize their loved one. A friend of mine, Claire, recently shared that her parents used the Fluffy went to live on a farm clich when her family pet died. (Let me guess: Fluffy is running in the brought Claires sister, right?) She confronted her mother about it much later in life and the mother stuck with her story. Kids are resilient and need this life experience. When in doubt, I always remind myself: You arent raising kids, youre raising adults. Dont lie to them. We do have another dog, Foxy Mamma, who is also grieving the loss of Skippy. We have answered no to the predictable Can we get a new dog? question. We dont need a new dog right now. We should just be an even better friend to Foxy, my husband said. Weve been spending a lot of time talking about our own childhood pets with our children. We laugh together about these memories and compare them to our Skippy Dogstein. He chose us, and I think he made the right choice. Well never forget him. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Professional Nannies and Housekeepers Last-Minute Babysitters Vacation/Temporary Nannies Outstanding Service Reasonable FeesSERVING ALL OF SOUTH FLORIDA305.965.0378www.wondernannies.com

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84 By Bill Citara BT ContributorSay California wine country and most people will likely think of Napa and Sonoma and well, and nothing. But the California wine country is an awfully big place, some 526,000 acres of vineyards, according to the Wine Institute, of which the big dogs of Napa and Sonoma comprise only about 100,000 acres or so, meaning theres a lot of grapes in the ground we havent even considered. So consider we will, two counties to the north and east of Napa and Sonoma: Mendocino and Lake. Mendocino County is huge, almost 4000 square miles, with about 17,000 acres of vineyard. Its hugely diverse in climate, soils, and grapes, too, from the cool-weather Anderson Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) on the coast, home to such varietals as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer (most, sadly, beyond our budget), to the eastern and much warmer Mendocino AVA, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel are the main grapes. Its also considered the birthplace of organic-wine growing. Lake County is considerably smaller, about one-third the size of Mendocino, with about half as much vineyard land, though that is expected to increase dra matically in the coming years. Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are the two most prominent grapes, though red varietals like Petite Syrah, Syrah, Tempra nillo, and Zinfandel are carving out their own niches in the local wine universe. A pair of Lake County Sauvignon Blancs split the difference between the austere, grapefruity New Zealand style come from Napa and Sonoma. The 2010 Pellegrini displays aromas of lemons, richness. In the mouth its fuller still, with a lemony acidity to the backbone, and soft Combined with an almost creamy texture, salmon, and even roasted chicken. Bonterra Vineyards was one of the about organicand biodynamic-wine by requiring a very high level of agricultural sustainability.) Like all of Bonterras wines, the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is produced from 100-percent organic grapes, 58 percent from Lake County and 42 percent from Mendocino. It starts off with a fresh, cit rusy nose with grassy, herbaceous nuances, then moves on to enhance its lemon-limeorange and, like it says on the label, kiwi. Crisp, clean, simple, and quite refreshing, its an excellent wine with seafood. Two Lake County reds show off the deep, fruity, full-bodied character of the areas red wine varietals. The 2009 Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, royal purple, deliver ing an aromatic shot of black and red cherries, blueberries, anise, and oak. It takes a while to mellow in the glass, but when it does, you get a powerful taste of ripe black and blueberry fruit thats a heavenly match for chocolate. Just as potent, but with more complexity, is the 2010 Dalliance which blends Zin fandel, Barbera, Syrah, Tempra nillo, and Grenache to create a a big sucker, too 14.5 percent alcohol and along with gobs of blackberry and blueberry fruit, it fools around with cloves, allspice, and sweet-smoky oak. If youre looking for a wine to go with that New York strip fresh off the grill, you just found it. Bonterra blends Mendocino and Lake County grapes again in its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon a still young-tasting wine that cent alcohol level. Nothing wimpy about and allspice, though on the palate its fruit is more tangy than intense, which high lights its abundant spicy undercurrents. Were cheating just a tiny bit on Mendocino Pinot Noirs like Standish, nancial grasp. The 2010 Angeline Pinot Noir uses grapes from Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Mendocino, and delivers a remarkably Burgundian experience for an equally remarkable $11.99 price tag. Pop the cork and it smells of fresh rasp berries and strawberries and red cherries with a trace of that characteristic Burgundy funk. Its even more of a treat for the palate, plexity by hints of olives, tobacco, and toast, proof that the little guys can run with the Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Not the Usual California Suspects Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less

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By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorTypically, summer is a death sentence for a number of Miami restaurants, and weve already lost some good ones. But overall it looks like a hot season in more ways than one. Before we get to that, remember this: We need your help. Signs of a restaurant opening or closing in your neighborhood? Send your tips to restaurants@ biscaynetimes.com. Ill check them out. OPENINGS Naoe (661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-9476263) Chef Kevin Corys superb sea sonal omakase (chefs choice) Japanese restaurant, which closed last year owing to demolition of its former location, just reopened on Brickell Key. See the Dining Guide for a description of the food, which is worth every cent. What isnt: the rip-off rates at the islands one parking garage, $3 per 20 minutes. With Naoes multi course dinners running more than three hours, opt instead to valet, for $2 per hour, at Courvoisier Courts condo next door (701 Brickell Key Dr.). Poncho Tacos (2531 NW 2nd Ave., 305-748-2828). A new addition to Wood Taverns outdoor bar/beer garden, this 1964 station wagon, serves Mexican street food: $2 tacos (homemade tortillas stuffed with steak or chicken plus onions, cilantro, and hot sauce) or cheese quesadillas. RiverShack (620 NE 78th St., 305758-2929). Its in Anise Taverns former space on the Little River. Gigi and Liza Meoli still run the front of the house, while co-owner and chef David Long is in the kitchen. But the food is totally different, no longer Greek/Mediterranean but New Dominique Bistro-Club (1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-371-8859) This chic but completely nonattitudinous bistro/lounge opened without media notice, but only its publicity is poor. Paris-trained chef/owner Gerardo Barrera De Negri serves skilled versions of all Frances classics, including a perfectly grilled rib-eye entrecte (with barnaise or, even better, complexly spiced Caf de Paris compound butter) and a crme brle ethereal enough to win over cynics who got over this dessert clich 15 years ago. CLOSINGS Fratelli Lyon a Design District pioneer since 2008. Owner Ken Lyon (a South Beach food pioneer with Lyon Freres in the early 1990s), who cited differences in vision with his partners as cause for the closing, is offering a summer menu of Fratelli special ties through his catering company Lyon & Lyon. Meanwhile, Fratellis space at 4141 NE 2nd Ave. is being redesigned for MC Kitchen, a modern Italian eatery from Dena Marino, a Michael Chiarello protg and Iron Chef contestant. Opening is sched uled for August. Sustain in Midtown Miami. Uni versal critical acclaim (both local and national) for its creative comfort food and cocktails; a commitment to local, sea sonal, sustainable ingredients; interest ing music Sustain had it all except, according to owner Brian Goldberg, the Lazar is already back in Brooklyn, at new Gran Electrica restaurant. No word yet on the plans of chef Alejandro Pinero, a Miami native and Fratelli veteran. Mare Nostrum in Brickell, an excellent but expensive seafood restaurant that opened last December but never established an enticing identity. Mediterranean just doesnt do it these days. SIDE DISH Remember all the lavish, and informative, zillion-course wine dinners of yesteryear? At Trapiche Room the intimate, top-end restaurant at Brickells JW Marriott (1109 Brickell Ave.) diners can revisit those decadent days of drinking ones way to educational excellence at its new monthly winemakers dinner series. Revelation from Mays inaugural dinner with Frances famed Perrin family: a Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape containing only two grams of sul no migraines! Junes dinner date isnt set yet. Evi the last minute, according to PR rep Jos Lima. So call 305-329-3585 for details. Along with pop-up eateries in vacant restaurant spaces, a newer trend has come to BT territory, in the form of one-night chef pops in a working restaurant Michael Schwartzs Harrys Pizzeria (3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963). The one-night pizzerias feature visiting star chefs and fare that actually are now on sale for June 17s Animal Pizzeria, a collaboration with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, two former Florida dudes whose outrageous L.A. restaurant Animal is famed for serving, literally, the whole hog. June means jazz (and blues) at Wyn wood Kitchen & Bar (2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959), where the outdoor stage will host free live concerts, curated Torres, every Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m. For the schedule of artists: www. wynwoodkitchenandbar.com. Finally, see this issues BizBuzz (page 30) for more restaurant news and deals from BT advertisers Bagels & Company, Hippo Bites, La Cigale, Laurenzos, Namaste, Trio on the Bay, Tunas, and Turnberry Isle. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Drink Till Youre SmartFood news we know you can use ianopresto plus www.pianopresto.musicteachershelper.comWeekly private piano instruction For beginner, intermediate, or adult Three mini-music classes Children 3 to 9 years old Call to schedule a free first lesson!786.468.9871 Richard A. Foltz, instructor

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86 MIAMIBrickell / 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 Mediterranean-influenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Azul 500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where glo betrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomyaccented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans 901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf 109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$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 grab-and-go containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like a plump snow crab roll have a satisfying seafood-to-rice 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. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese 801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, gingerdressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Bon Fromage 500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Bryan in the Kitchen 104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothieswilling 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. $-$$ Caf Bastille 248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very Frenchfeeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$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. $$$-$$$$$Cavas Wine Tasting Room 900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027 Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the wine-curious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargainpriced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Chophouse Miami 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ Crazy About You 1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thaimarinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of shortlived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ 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 creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/ cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like ChinesePeruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ Damn Good Burger 20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-718-6565At restolounge MIA, the hip, high-tech nightclub component remains the same, as does much of the restaurant spaces mod dcor. The liquid nitrogen tanks are gone from the kitchen, however, and the atmosphere aims for a retro allAmerican feel to match the fare: burgers (from a hormone/ antibiotic-free ground Angus chuck/brisket/short rib blend), with choice of housemade sauce plus customizable toppings ranging from pickles to pork belly. Also available: veggie burgers, dogs, salads, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and standard sides. Rich malts and shakes come regular or adult (spiked). $$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 308. NEW THIS MONTH MIAMIBRICKELL / DOWNTOWN Naoe 661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263Chances are youve never had anything like the $85 prix-fixe Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Corys tiny but nationally acclaimed oasis, transplanted from its original Sunny Isles space with its supreme serenity intact. By reservation only, in two dinner seatings of just eight people each, and omakase (chefs choice) only, meals include a seasonal soup, a four-course bento box, eight pieces of sushi, and three desserts. Cory personally does everything for you, even applying the perfect amount of housemade artisan soy sauce mix and freshgrated wasabi to each mind-reelingly fresh nigiri. Few eating experiences on earth are more luxuriant. $$$$$Pier 94 94 SE 1st St., 305-379-5652Tucked into The Village, a collection of courtyard eateries far from any waterfront, this ceviche bar specializes in fresh seafood dishes from chef/owner Alex Del Corrals native Peru, but also features famous Peruvian meat and poultry dishes (including a refined aji de gallina, chicken in aji pepper-spiced cream sauce). Emphasis is particularly strong on Perus penchant for fusion food, including traditional Chifa (ChinesePeruvian) rice or noodle stir-fries. But the chef also fuses classic and creative influences. Try contemporary causas, combining Perus favorite starch, potatoes, with unique new sauces. $$Trapiche Room 1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, its not surprising that this small, second-floor restaurant is some thing of a best kept secret. But it deserves discovery. Chef Maria Tobar hasnt Daniel Bouluds fame, but she does have classic European-type technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/cabbage strudel, into 21st century fine-dining fare. Both dcor and service, similarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the rooms intimacy makes it a romantic spot for special occasions. $$$$ MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICTBarrel Wine Cantine 3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775This boutique wine market/wine bar, featuring French small plates, sounds just like this addresss former occupant, W Wine Bar, when it first opened. The difference: Instead of Ws rotating chefs (including, sometimes, servers), Barrels head honcho is Victor Passalacqua, a Miami fine-dining vet originally schooled by French stars like Paul Bocuse. Charcuterie selections feature imported cheeses and cured meats hard to find outside France (like rosette de Lyon salami) plus house made prepared salads and an incomparably sinful foie gras terrine. Changing entres include moules frites, if youre lucky. $$-$$$ UPPER EASTSIDENamaste 7420 Biscayne Blvd., 786-536-9050With food served from steam-table-type stations, plus plastic utensils and plates, this neighborhood Indian place is definitely no frills. But its also excellent value for the money, especially if you go for the all-day $8.99 special, which includes two entre items plus sides for which most Indian restaurants charge extra: rice, choice of bread (garlic naan recommended), and refreshing raita. Invest some of your savings in BhelPapri chat, a savory snack featuring crisp chips topped with cilantrospiked chickpeas, onions, potatoes, yogurt, and piquant tamarind sauce. $-$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEBagelWorks 18729 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-7727Hard as it is for old-time NYC expats to believe, theres evidently a younger generation that doesnt equate the Jewish deli experience with loudmouthed servers and the smell of 75 years of fermenting pickle juice in the flooring. This cleanly contemporary place attracts this younger generation with the full range of classics, including many varieties of hand-sliced smoked fish, but also healthy options, most notably a wide array of substantial salads with grilled protein add-ons. Bagels, while machine-made rather than hand-rolled, are freshly baked all day. $$rfnt ntbnfnt tnftn tf f t tff nffff

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88 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 market-driven dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley veloute. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer 255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$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 lowrent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimptopped eggplant timbales. The best seats are on the glam rooftop patio. $$$Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for noncarnivores. Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewel-bright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub 188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$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 Greekinspired 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. $$$-$$$$Fado Irish Pub 900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on miniboxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$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, includ ing 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. $$ First Hong Kong Caf 117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665Old Hong Kong saying: If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, its edible. And nowhere is this truer than in this historically international trade ports cafs -meaning fast-food restaurants. Typical menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and most other nations. So believe us: At this caf, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambal-spiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty. $$ Florin 3620 NE 2nd Ave., 786-953-5001A labor of love from the married team of choclatier/ 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. $-$$ Fratelli Milano 213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300Downtown isnt yet a 24/7 urban center, but its experiencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night. That includes this family-owned ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home. At lunch its almost impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta; even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and complementary flavors. During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus; homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Fresco California Bistro 1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of food onto its menu. To the familiar Latin American/Italian equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but more health conscious). Menu offerings range from designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but the bistros especially known for imaginative meal-size salads, like one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado, apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied pecans, and chicken on a mesclun bed. $$ 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 popu lar 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 mind-reeling assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish. And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses. A pleasant, nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas 192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade 1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Il Gabbiano 335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this

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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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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. $$$$$Hibachi Grill 45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagaine a mini-express Benihana. This place specializes in teppanyaki cuisine -minus the thrilling (or terrifying) tableside knife theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices, chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an onion/zucchini mix come at bargain prices. There are also hefty soups or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (including tofu). The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump chicken gyoza) and Chinese (various egg rolls). Fancy? No, but satisfying. $-$$ 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 heatshielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental technique with local seasonal ingredients. Highlights: tender house-smoked, stout-braised short ribs; lavish lobster salad with grilled mango; and a seductive fresh corn gazpacho. $$$-$$$$$ Iron Sushi 120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000(See Miami Shores listing)Jackson Soul Food 950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710]With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/ comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast institution now has only one drawback: It closes at 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll set multiple alarm clocks to return. Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves. And hearty Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too. $ Jamn, Jamn, Jamn, 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Jean Pauls House 2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373Jean Paul Desmaison, original chef/co-owner of La Cofradia in Coral Gables, has chosen a decidedly less tony, more transitional neighborhood for this venture. But inside his renovated bungalow, ambiance is stylishly cozy, and the creative contemporary North/South American fusion cuisine is as elegant as ever. Best bets are dishes influenced by Desmaisons native Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet potato pure, and a beautifully balanced nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible: tame leche de tigre, Perus infamous tigers milk marinade. $$$-$$$$ Kork Wine & Cheese Bar 2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscalecool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/ party room, formerly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$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 restaurant 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 coowner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie 34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$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 irresistible. But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the choice tough. And do not skip dessert. Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with dailychanging 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

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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. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant 236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweetfried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf 1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrum ptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf 900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-andpepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ 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. $$$-$$$$Novecento 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly limemarinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room 900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultrafresh. $$$$Ozzi Sushi 200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how long plates had been circulating on the sushi-go-round? Happily, this sushi-boat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thinsliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$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 injokes (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. $$Prelude Adrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Puntino Downtown 353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661The first U.S. venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as lunch. Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan. The food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional. But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple: an antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade marinated veggies; crisp-fried calamari and shrimp; airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil. $$-$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine 33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steam-tabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$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 soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade. 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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. $$$Rosa Mexicano 900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining expe rience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate mar garitas ensure no worries. $$$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 power-dining 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! $$$$Soi Asian Bistro 134 NE 2nd Ave., 305-523-3643From the owners of Calle Ochos hip Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro, Soi sports similar casual-chic ambiance and eclectic Thai/Japanese cuisine. Traditional Thai curries and familiar sushi rolls are prepared with solid skill and style. But most intriguing are new inventions adding Peruvian fusion flair to the Asian mix, such as a spicy, tangy tangle of crisp-fried yellow noodles with sauted shrimp plus slivered peppers and onions -mod mee krob, with jalea-like tart heat replacing the cloying sweetness. $$ 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, openair courtyard. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompany local musicians and artists. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar 204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, panAsian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/ habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ 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 intro duced 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 influ enced 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 tradi tional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Thai Angel 152 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9748Inside a colorful courtyard that rather resembles Munchkinland, this downtown insiders secret serves serious Thai food till 9:00 p.m. daily. Tasty classics like the four curries (red, green, panang, and massaman) come custom-spiced -mild to authentically brain-searing -and are so affordable theres no guilt in splurging on superb house specials like crisp-coated duck or fresh snapper (whole or filleted) in tamarind sauce. The young chef has a heavenly hand at tofu, too, so vegetarians are very well-served. $$ 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. $$Tre Italian Bistro 270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but restolounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistrolounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse 777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale powerlunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake slid ers are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tu yo 415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt student-run. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former protgs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$Waxy OConnors 690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$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 cho rizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ 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 stirfries, 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! $$ Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robatagrilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant 1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restaurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ 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

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American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser. On weekends especially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (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, tasteful 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 pre sented 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. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty halfpound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 18 1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contempo rary (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. $$Blue Piano 4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7919The address suggests a street-corner location, but this casu ally cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock. Its well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose individual areas of expertise encompass food, wine, and live entertainment, melding all seamlessly. The music is muted, encouraging conversation; wines are largely small-production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups. And the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes like the McLuvvin, a meld of savory Spanish sausage and chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream -supremely satisfying. $$ Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If 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 continuously, 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. $$Buena Vista Deli 4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants, and other delights. At lunch cornichon-garnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade pts, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ 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 ingredients like smoked trout, and fun signature desserts like Rice Krispy treats. $$$Cafeina 297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbolump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-inyour-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ 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 renovated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic eatery, whose spe cialty 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. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos 3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$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. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course 3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$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/vinegarflavored 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 ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively 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

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(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. $$$ Egyptian Pizza Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics. Additionally the menu includes interesting Middle Eastern fare like foul, a hummuslike but lighter Egyptian dish of favas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. A brick oven makes both pizzas and homemade pitas superior. $$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 home made 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 pillowylight 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. $-$$ The Girrrlz of Sandwich 555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo) 305-374-4305Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups, sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette sandwiches (like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed caf, hidden on the Venetia condos mezzanine. Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are all baked in-house. On Saturdays the grrrlsll even deliver you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed. $Harrys Pizzeria 3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with housesmoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$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/herbbutter parmesan fries. There are many other items, too, including salads. But hey, celery is salad, right? $$ Jimmyz Kitchen 2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty crio llo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or highquality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$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. $$-$$$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 decid edly 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 deep-fried 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 richtasting light salad cream. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor 3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$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 weekdayonly 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, chipotledrizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemoncrusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANTS Mandolin Aegean Bistro 4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066Inside this converted 1940s homes blue-and-white dining room -or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered garden -diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece and Turkey. Make a meal of multinational mezes: a Greek sampler of creamy tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant 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 down-to-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. 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. $-$$Morgans Restaurant 28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influ enced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable; shoestring frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar 1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Orange Caf + Art 2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont have thousands of dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries. $ Pashas 3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pieducks 3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Primos 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$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 contemporary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$ Salumeria 104 3451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as shops selling salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the equivalent of eat-in deli/restaurants that also serve cold and hot prepared foods. At this modern Midtown salumeria, the soups-to-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liver-haters into lovers. $$-$$$ Sakaya Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ 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-forone 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 lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the area. But its no absentee celebrity-chef gig. Bernstein is hands-on at both places. Her exuberant yet firmly controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the menu. Items are frequently reinvented. Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego croquetas with fig jam; white bean stew; crisp-coated artichokes with lemon/coriander dip; and buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced by tiny pickled salads. $$$

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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 eco-conscious without being self-righteousness? It is at this casual/chic restolounge, where dedication to local, sustainable food comes with considerable humor. Fare includes playful items like wet fries (with mouthwatering gravy), corn dogs, house made 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 dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/ salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: 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. $-$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from worldfamous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterraneaninspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo 5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of openflame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$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 sardines 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, neighborhood-focused 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., 305-756-0366Like 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. $-$$Boteco 916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool altculture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budgetpriced. $$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. $-$$Chef Creole 200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/ owner Wilkinson Sejours two tiny but popular establishments. While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (fried pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3.99 roast chicken special seafood is the specialty here: crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter sauce), lambi fri (perfectly tenderized fried conch), poisson gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic or Creole crabs. The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut dining. $-$$

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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. $-$$ 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 (prosciutto, hot cappicola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers, and Romano cheese dressing); an elaborate almond-garnished 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. $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. $$-$$$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. $-$$La Cigale 7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014Bistro can mean almost anything these days, but with owners who are a husband/wife team recently arrived from Marseille, its not surprising that this neighborhood wine bistro is the classic kind found in France -a home away from home where the contemporary but cozy space is matched by the southern French comfort food coming from the open kitchen. Drop in for drinks and snacks such as artisan cheeses and charcuterie, or enjoy full meals ranging from classic (wine-poached mussels; a boldly sauced steak/frites) to creative (Parma ham-wrapped tuna loin). $$-$$$ Lo De Lea7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-3218 In Casa Toscanas former space, this cute, contemporary parillada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (an unusu ally imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge 709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a timetrip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and a smile. For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to make in her wildest dreams. $$$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 finedining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic 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. $-$$$ Michys 6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres also come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast. The star herself is usually in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$ 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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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 pro duces 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 creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This 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 over-the-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 ricebased plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge 5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a full-fledged eatery. Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Red Light 7700 Biscayne Blvd.,305-757-7773From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Kris Wessels intentionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant, you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoying eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sourorange-marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried green tomatoes). Not surprisingly, the chef-driven menu is limited, but several signature specialties, if available, are not to be missed: BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice cream. $$-$$$Revales Italian Ristorante 8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010Owned by two couples (including former Village Caf chef Marlon Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former space of Frankies Big City Grill, and fulfills much the same purpose in the neighborhood as an all-day, familyfriendly place with affordable prices. The menu includes wraps and elaborate salads of all nations. But simple yet sophisticated Italian specialties like spaghetti ai fiume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of cream) or yellowtail franaise (egg-battered, with lemoncaper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here. $$-$$$ Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus 1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Soyka 5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and sommelier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused. The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgonzola sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poivre. And dont miss the sticky date/toffee pudding. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam 5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces. Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce. $$$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. $NORTH BAY VILLAGEBocados 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. $-$$The Crab House 1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain. But the classic dcor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths, outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days. Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20 lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics will be happiest sticking to la carte favor ites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global specials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli 1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Mario the Baker 1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882(See North Miami listing)Oggi Caffe 1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budgetfriendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Shuckers Bar & Grill 1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$Sushi Siam 1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)Trio on the Bay 1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1234Several 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. $$$NORTH BEACHCaf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ KChapas 1130 Normandy Dr., 305864-8872Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -but not fusion. The Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to country. Most Big Food comes from Peru: fresh ceviches, classic cooked entres. But its the Venezuelan breakfast/ snack items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants. These moist pancakes, made from ground corn kernels instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty white cheese for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and savor. $-$$Lous Beer Garden 7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels poolpatio 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 Belgianstyle 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 on-premises 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. $$-$$$ MIAMI SHORESCte 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-gooeycheese 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

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classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$NORTH MIAMIAlaska Coffee Roasting Co. 13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every coffee-growing country in the world. Brews like signature smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe dont even need cream or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou. All beans are house-roasted. Theres solid food, too: brickoven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ 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 exNew 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, custom-cut -not pre-sliced -nova or lox. Super size sandwiches easily serve two, and theyll even impro vise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$Los Antojos 11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombias national dish. If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco. Both are thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl. For Colombiancuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice, beans, carne asada, chicharron, eggs, sauted sweet plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day, as are antojitos little whims, smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage). And for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters, made to order. $$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 bananawalnut 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 fresh-baked baguette) are art in their own right. Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and homemade sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood 12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargainpriced. $$ 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. $$Chen-huyae 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Chef Creole 13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)Flip Burger Bar 1699 NE 123rd St.,305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-not-miss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$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. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St.,305-895-0165 Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun 2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supple ments. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$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. $$$Mama Jennies 11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American bellybusters. All pasta or meat entres come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$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 baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge 12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pre tense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$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 custom-cooking kabobs, so expect fresh, not fast, food. Sides of must-o-keyar and must-o-mooseer (thick yogurt dips with herbed cukes or shallots) are must-haves. $$ Smashburger 14730 Biscayne Blvd., 786-406-6614Two things distinguish the griddled patties of this Denver-based chain, touted as the nations fastestgrowing better burger restaurant, from other better burgers: a nod to local tastes (like toppings of fried chorizo and potato fritas), and the smashing technique, producing an appealing thickly crusted exterior. Got burger overkill? Substitute chicken, or have a salad. An added draw: unusual veggie sides, which go beyond regular and sweet potato fries to crisp onion strings, veggie frites (carrots, string beans), and an Old South fish-camp classic: fried pickles. $-$$Steves Pizza 12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin 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 ItalianAmerican 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. $-$$Wongs Chinese Restaurant 12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to ChineseAmerican to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$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. $-$$Yes Pasta! 14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At this fast/casual Italian eatery, the specialty is mix-andmatch. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (whole wheat and gluten-free options available), then one of 15 sauces. Our personal pick is carbonara, correctly creamycoated (via egg thickening, not cream overload); Bolognese is a wise choice for those who like sauces rich and red. Many options exist for vegetarians and pescatarians as well as carnivores, all clearly coded on the menu. $$NORTH MIAMI BEACHBamboo 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 ChineseAmerican 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

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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 cau sas, 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 MondayThursday two-for-one dinner deal with a coupon available at Flamma. Unbelievable but true. $$$$El Gran Inka 3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Ginza Japanese Buffet 16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this all-youcan-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mix-and-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-for-money is a given. $$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 MiamiDade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheese burger 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. $$ Hiros Sushi Express 17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly takeout spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha 1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweetfleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus mix-andmatch option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. $$-$$$Iron Sushi 16350 W. Dixie Hwy..305-945-2244(See Miami Shores listing)?Jerusalem Market and Deli 16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. $-$$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 veggarnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma. They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly freshtasting, 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. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant 514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace 330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbe cue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room entrance. Theres also a better-thanaverage 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. $$ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill 14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)Laurenzos Market Caf 16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the woodfired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$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. $-$$Mario the Baker 13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641A Miami institution in its North Miami location since 1962, this original Marios changed location in 2012. But no worries. The menu of Italian-American (not Italian-Italian) favorites is the same -spaghetti and meatballs, hot and cold subs, etc. No arugula, imported bufala, or other chichi stuff on the NYC street-style medium thin-crusted pizzas, either; top topping here is savory homemade sausage. And no one leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smushed garlic. $ The Melting Pot 15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228 For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were standard dorm accessories. These days, however, branches of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating experience. Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue; proceed to an entre with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil); finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate. Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go with those you love. $$$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 spe cials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai 520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/ owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/ or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt auto matically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos 16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$ rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN rf nntbtttb

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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. $$Roasters & Toasters 18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354Attention ex-New Yorkers: Is your idea of food porn one of the Carnegie Delis mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters will dwarf them. Consider the Carnegiestyle monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat (really 1.4 pounds; we we ighed it), for a mere 15 bucks. All the other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky handsliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour cream and applesauce. $$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. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square 54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$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. $$ Sushi House 15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken its cue from Philippe Starck: sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$ Sushi Sake 13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table 18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied dailychanging menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal LadiesWho-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$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 Monday-Friday lunch specials, two courses plus drink for $8. BAY HARBOR ISLANDSAsia 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, mayo-dressed 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 prod ucts, 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. $$$$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza 17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$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, including 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. $$Bella Luna 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330 If the menu here looks familiar, it should. Its nearly identical to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Caf and, with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billantes eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface. But no argu ment from here. In a mall a setting more accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al salmone (crudo, with por tobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$Blu Sushi 600 Silks Run Rod., 954-744-4398Even hard-core sushi-bar addicts must admit that many such establishments suffer from a certain sameness. Not Blu. At this restolounge in the Village at Gulfstream Park, part of a mini-chain originating in southwest Florida, the specialty makis are outdone in outrageousness only by extravagant cocktails. Yes, there are California rolls. But why be bored when you have an alternative like Kin-SO: tempura king crab salad, tuna, and avocado with scallions, smelt roe, and tempura flakes, plus mayo and sweet eel sauce. $$$ 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, swoonwor thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$Cadillac Ranch Village at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom 19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantrolime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$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

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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, herbsprinkled 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 wakame-topped 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 infu sions like green lemonade (with mint and basil). $$Fuji Hana 2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Gourmet Carrot 3599 NE 207th St., 305-749-6393Since the first Gourmet Carrot -a healthy and kosher but not at all preachy eatery -opened in South Beach, its menu expanded to include many red-meat items. The same is true of this new Waterways mall branch. When confirmed cholesterol-careless carnivores like ourselves opt voluntarily for an eaterys veggie burgers (a brown rice/lentil/veggie blend more satisfying than beef), or remarkably juicy ginger-mayo-dressed chicken burgers, over normal hamburgers, based solely on flavor -well, religion aside, thats a major miracle. $$$ 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. $$ Kampai 3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restau rant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina 17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga mini-tea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elaborately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$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 checkeredtablecloth eatery -and Italian-American comfort food to match. Highlights: Mickeys Meatballs (named for owner Mickey Maltese), a meal-size marinara-sauced starter featuring whipped ricotta and creamy mascarpone; veal Bella Luca, mixing modern and traditional influences via a hefty breadcrumbcoated 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 adventurers, 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 Yorkstyle pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in half for neat street eating. Unlike chains, though, this indie is accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just ask. Also featured are Italian-American entres like baked manicotti (thats mani-goat, for those not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called bullets, to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind. $$Playwright Irish Pub 801 Silks Run Rd. #2597, 954-457-7563The vintage Old World look and convivial atmosphere of this new pub, located in the Village at Gulfstream Park, are more traditionally Irish than most of the menu, which ranges from penne with marinara sauce to Thai-inspired spring rolls. But fish and chips are always crisp-coated and satisfying; potato leek soup is the real thing; and the crab cakes (crab meat mixed with just enough celery, onions, and peppers for interesting texture) are so good youll be thinking Maryland, not Dublin. $$ 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 bikaneri 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-elazzat (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 homeawayfromhome 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. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York 17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale ItalianAmerican place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinnerfor the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Kitchen 305 16701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a renovated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mango-papaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-you-can-eat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$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. $$$St. Petersburg Deli 17080 Collins Ave., 305-947-9696Dont expect fancified stuff like menus, or the English language, at this informal market/cafe. If theres signage identifying the prepared foods behind the counters, its in Russian, and daily dishes are pretty much what the cooks feel like making. So look and point. Wed suggest pointing at cold yogurt-based soups like tangy okroshka (with cukes, egg, scallions, potatoes, and dill) or holodnik (similar, with beets added); eggplant roulades, stuffed with spiced shredded carrots, are also a refreshing summer dish. Hot choices include meatballs in rich cream sauce and chicken Kiev. $$ 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 woodoven three-cheese white pizza. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill 350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ 2426 NE 2nd Ave | Miami FL 33137 | Tel. 305.573.7373 Open: Monday-Friday 11:30am-10:00pm Saturday 5:30-11:00pm www.jeanpaulshouse.com Tuesday's 50% off Selected Wine Bottles Happy Hour Monday-Friday 5-7:30PM Follow us on:

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