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IN THIS ISSUEBiscayne Plazas New Life p. 49 Aventuras Aging Jews p. 62 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE Steel, Stone, Glass Take a tour of Miamis surprisingly rich architectural heritage pg 28 May 2013 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 11 Issue 3

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COVER STORY 28 Ste el, Stone, Glass COMMENTARY 12 Feedback: Letters 18 Bad Drivers Rattle Gaspar 20 Jac k King: MIA vs. Politicos 22 Christians Favorite Summer Escapes OUR SPONSORS 24 Biz Buzz: May 2013 COMMUNITY NEWS 48 Margaret Pace Parks Poop Problem 48 Little Biscayne Park Is Thinking Big 49 Biscayne Plaza: The Next Era NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS 54 Mark Review s North Miami Candidates 56 Ada m Tries Downtown After Dark 58 Jen Says Dont Let the Bedbugs Bite 60 Frank Wants to Slow Down Traffic 62 Jay Sees a Jewish Struggle Ahead ART & CULTURE 64 Anne Tschida on Art Migrating Downtown 66 Melissa Wallens Galleries + Museums 69 Events Calendar: Love-in at Greynolds POLICE REPORTS 70 Derek McCanns Biscayne Crime Beat PARK PATROL 72 Jim W. Harp er: Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve COLUMNISTS 74 All Things Animal: Causeway Encounter 76 Picture Story: Pioneer Justice in Old Miami 77 Your Garden: Youll Love Black Sapote 78 Kids and the City: What Are Your Kids Reading? 79 Going Green : Threats of Extinction 80 Vino: Its Okay to Drink Merlot Really 81 Dish: Last Month As Many Closed As Opened DINING GUIDE 82 Re staurant Listings: 326 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants PUBLISHER & EDITOR r CONTRIBUTORS fntrnSenior Writer nrnr bArts Editor r tnrt t t rr r nn n nrr rnrn BUSINESS M anager ANAGER rrr rrrr ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES r r r 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 22 48 56Serving 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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Yes, Its a Smaller Herald, but Its Also an Inferior Herald Miami Herald Herald Herald Washington Post New York Times Herald Herald Herald Gerald Q. Johnson MiamiOne Word for the Heralds Decline: Greed Miami Herald Herald Titanic or true Herald Miami News not Herald News News Herald Herald News News News Herald News Herald/ News Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 14

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Est. 1995 LIVE THE CITY LIFE MIAMIs Est. 1995

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Palm Beach Post ( Miami News Herald Herald Herald Herald Herald Gtterdmmerung John F. Sugg Blue Ridge, Georgia Editors note: Miami Herald Tampa Tribune Atlanta Constitution On the Record, Off the Mark Mark Heffernan Spring GardensBiscayne Landing: An Architectural Insult Claudio Salazar RooTS DNA Architecture BrickellBiscayne Landing: One More Nail in the Foxs Cofn Commentary: LETTERS LettersContinued from page 12 Continued on page 16

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28 Steel, Stone, GlassA handy guidebook reveals Miami through its architecture1

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The Pocket Guide to Miami Architecture is the third in a series of architectural guides to U.S. cities written by Chicagoan Judith Paine McBrien, with illustrations by John F. DeSalvo. Following a guide to her hometown of Chicago, that great architectural city, and Los Angeles, where the fantasy of moviemaking is translated into architecture, Ms. Paines exploration of Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables may seem an unusual third installment, but, she says, Miami and Miami Beach are two of the most interesting cities in the world. Theyre young, dynamic, diverse cities set by the sea in a very dramatic landscape. In her introduction to the book, which was published last year, McBrien elaborates: Unlike many cities that evolved as trading or transport hubs, Miami and Miami Beach are sudden, intentional urban constructs. Miami and Miami Beach were invented as tourist destinations; Coral Gables as an ideal City Beautiful. From the very beginning their success depended upon being, and being perceived as, physically attractive. Buildings included in Pocket Guide with rare exceptions, are accessible to the public. The book is about neighborhoods and history, as well as pure architecture, says McBrien. The idiosyncratic buildings tell us about the personality of the city and community by humanizing the built environment. And so there are a range of building types: hotels, churches, banks, courthouses, and that Miami Beach phenomenon highly designed parking garages. The buildings are a variety of ages, spanning Miamis somewhat brief history. There are some great idiosyncratic choices, a few of the buildings are ugly even, and some obscure. Some repFor the most part, buildings are near enough to each other to be organized into tours, says McBrien, to encourage readers to walk, experience the buildings idea of walking the city, beginning with Chicago, is continued here, although a and Coconut Grove, two in Miami, and two in Miami Beach) do require a car, or at least a bicycle. A few of the entries are not individual buildings, but instead coordinated architectural assemblages. John F. DeSalvo, an architect, created a crisp line drawing for each. The result is a distilled look at Miamis architecture, with 102 original line drawings of slightly more than 102 buildings, and text written for the casual tourist and the serious architecture nerd alike. What follows is a sampling of the two Miami tours, with an emphasis on older buildings, evidence that Miami does indeed have a past, even if it didnt really begin until the 20th Century. Instead of drawings, the buildings presented here have been portrayed in their contemporary context by Biscayne Times photographer Silvia Ros. These excerpts from Pocket Guide to Miami Architecture are copyright 2012 by Judith Paine McBrien, reprinted with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Sean McCaughanTEX tT BY JUDI tT H P AINE MC BB R IEN PHO tT OG RA pP H Y BY SILVIA R R O sS 1. II ngraham B B u ilding 25 S EE 2 nd A A ve nue Schultze and Weaver, 1927 RR e novation: R R o driguez, Khuly, Quiroga, A A r chitects 1990 The 13-story, 200,000-square-foot In namesake, engineer James E. Ingraham: The U-shaped cube rises from the corner of SE 2nd Avenue and SE 1st Street as a Bedford limestone block divided by cornices and belt courses into three main horizontal sections: a base, a midsection with regular-spaced fenestration, and with arched bifora windows. A truncated hip roof covered with Spanish tiles supported by a bracketed cornice tops the composition. But it is the lobbys scale, colorful vaulted ceilings, and colossal limestone Doric columns that give the Ingraham Building its cachet. see his grandfather, then rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Augustine. After working for railroad entrepreneur Henry Plant, he joined Henry Flaglers Florida East Coast Railway Company, rising to become vice president as well the Model Land Company. When Ingrain his honor made sense, especially since Weaver was available, with several other projects underway nearby. 2. A A l fred I I d uPont B B u ilding 169 E E a st Flagler Street Marsh and Saxelbye, 1939 Few downtown skyscrapers were built in Miami after the 1926 hurricane or during the Great Depression of the 1930s, so Continued on page 30 2

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30 renewed faith in the future of the Magic City. Built as the headquarters of the Florida National Bank, which Alfred 1931, the duPont Building is also the only Art Deco/Depression Moderne high-rise in downtown Miami. The black granite stone faade, the setbacks facing NE 2nd Avenue, and the ornate stylized interior details are hallmarks of this architectural style. Note especially the palm trees on the brass elevators, the ceiling wooden cedar beams painted with motifs derived from Seminole Indian designs, and the ornate teller grillwork. DuPont left Delaware for Jacksonville, Florida, in 1926 and began a second successful investment career. William Mulford and had already designed duPonts St. Johns River. When the time came to choose architects to design a skyscraper honoring Alfred I. duPont, they were the obvious choice. 3. D D a de C C ou nty C C ou rthouse 73 West Flagler Street AA T en E E y ck B B r own and A A u gust G G e iger, 1925 RR e storation of C C o urtroom 6-1: M. C C H H ar ry & AA s sociates, 2006 County Courthouse dominated Miamis skyline. And no wonder: its height, it visibly iconic from every angle. Like the Los Angeles City Hall and Nebras kas State Capitol, the Courthouse also expressed a new way of thinking about what a major civic structure should look like. From now on skyscrapers, not just domed and columned buildings, could signify public use. The courthouse oc cupies a full city block and rises from stories are faced with Stone Mountain granite and decorated with six colossal pilasters. Above them is an entablature and attic story. The second 3 stories are set back and include six double-story pilasters with Egyptian capitals sur changes to an octagonal shape and a Topping the courthouse is a 3-story pyramidal roof. Originally the building housed not only courtrooms but also City Hall, county and city jails, and at remain. Note especially Courtroom 6-1, recently restored. 4. Seybold A A r cade 36 NE NE 1st Street Kiehnel and E E lliott, 1921-25 Flagler Street A A r cade entrance: R R o bert L L a w Weed, 1939 restaurant, then a famous bakery, devel oped an exclusive residential neighbor hood, now the Spring Garden Historic District, widened part of Wagner Creek to became a canal he named after him self, and hired one of South Floridas and Elliott, to build the 2-story Seybold Arcade in 1921 with a grand entrance on 1st Street. As business boomed, he asked the architects, who were complet ing the Scottish Rite Temple, to add consists of a horizontal band of ten windows regularly spaced between rounded pilasters and grouped within six vertical piers that rise the full length of the structure. This pattern is repeated Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 29 Continued on page 32 3 4

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32 across the entire faade. A decora tive band of icicle-shaped terra-cotta forms mark the third story. Architect the 3-story Flagler Street entrance in center for the jewelry trade. Arcades were a popular retail shopping form when enough property could be assembled to create a through-street corridor in dense downtowns. 5. Shoreland A A r cade 120-136 NE NE 1st Street Pfeiffer and O O RR e illy, 1925 Flagler Street faade renovation: R R o bert L L a w Weed, 1939 The 2-story Shoreland Arcade was clearly designed for storefront bays with generous windowed arches to invite customers inside. Pilasters dividing the bays add further detail as do the colorful medallions symbolizing events in Floridas history. The interior lobby is more elaborate. The ceiling is coffered, the are rusticated masonry. Moreover, care is taken Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 30 Continued on page 34 5

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34 to repeat the scale and style of the exterior arched display to the elevator core. Could it be that there is more to this story than shopping? Indeed, the Shoreland Company, known for developing Miami Shores, the Venetian Causeway, and Biscayne Boulevard, originally planned the building not as a stand-alone arcade but as the retail base of its planned 20story headquarters. The sudden collapse of the real estate market in 1926 abruptly ended that scheme. The next year, the Shoreland Company went bankrupt. But the arcade, which once extended to Flagler Street as well as to NE 1st Avenue, remained nearly intact through the years. Today it is among the last surviving examples of its kind in Miami. 6. O O l d U U S. Post O O f ce and C C o urthouse 100 NE NE 1st A A v enue OO s car Wenderoth, 1914: addition, Kiehnel and EE lliott, plans, 1937 RR e novation: A A r chitectural D D e sign C C o nsultants, 2002 The old limestone United States Post example of the neoclassical style, the dominant aesthetic for public buildings in America a century ago, especially in self-conscious cities that aspired to be beautiful. The harmonious proportions of the 3-story faade, the quality of materials, and the numerous exquisite details give this simple form a dignity Note the underside of the tiled hipped roof revealing the wooden brackets once brilliantly polychromed, the layered entablature atop the pilasters, and the repeating dentil, and egg and dart, patterns that add richness to the simple connection between vertical and horizontal ecuted these classical elements with conSteel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 32 Continued on page 36 6

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36 architect for the U.S. Treasury Department in 1912, had previously worked for the federal government before joining rre & Hastings, designers of the New York Public Library. But three years after the appointment to his prestigious post, he suddenly resigned; by 1920 he was enclosed when the building was adding 2-story wings to the east and south elevations. 7. D D a vid W. D D y er Federal B B u ilding and U U S. CC ou rthouse 300 NE NE 1st A A v enue Paist & Steward with Marion Manley, 1933 EE x pansion: Spillis C C an dela & Partners, 1983 and Courthouse was an important project for downtown Miami in the early 1930s during depressing economic times. Amid the gloom arose this large, 3-story limestone structure with an exterior of classical elements mixed with Mediterranean design and an elaborate interior featuring marble, gilt, leather doors, and crystal chandeliers. More restrained than its earlier counterpart, the exterior features a 2-story central bay that projects slightly and is composed of Corinthian columns that support a simple entablature and alternate with two levels of fenestration. At each end of the colonnade are bays with paired Corinthian columns. The north and south faades follow a similar rhythm with pilasters used instead of columns. smaller paired windows. Terra-cotta tiles cover a shallow hipped roof. The interior includes an open courtyard with arched addition that extended the building to a full city block includes a second courtyard. The building was renamed in honor of Judge Dyer, a former chief justice of the structure lies abandoned, the result of air-contamination issues that forced 8. Freedom Tower 600 B B i scayne B B o ulevard Schultze and Weaver, 1925 RR e novation: R R o driguez & Quiroga A A r chitects, 2003 HH i storic name: Miami D D a ily N N e ws Tower received major commissions in South Florida in the 1920s, designer Leonard Schultze was clearly taken by the Giralda Bell Tower in Seville, Spain, not once, but three times: the Freedom Tower, the Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 34 Continued on page 38 78

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38 Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, and the Roney Plaza Hotel in Miami Beach was developed as the headquarters and printing plant of the Miami Daily News Miamis oldest newspaper, after former Democratic presidential nominee James Cox purchased the paper in 1923. The entrance is marked with an arched doora swans-neck pediment with a richly decorated arched window set in-between, above, and a decorative stone escutcheon below. Set on a 3-story base, the 12-story tower is 3 bays wide and 3 bays deep with a 2-story setback at the upper level that is topped with an octagonal tower. In the 1960s, after the newspaper had moved out, this tall beacon on the bay became the site offering services for thousands of Cuban refugees. It was renamed Freedom Tower to honor that purpose. Today it is the home of MiamiDade College. Dont miss the New World mural inside. 9. B B a cardi U U S AA 2 100 B B i scayne B B o ulevard Tower: Sacmag I I n ternational, 1963; A A n nex: II g nacio C C ar rera-Justiz, 1973 Bacardi USA is quintessential Miami. It combines the young citys Midcentury Modern style with the artistic expressionism of its Latin culture. The complex consists of two structures concrete tower faced on the narrow north later by architect Ignacio Carrera-Justiz that is covered with a glass faade mural based on a painting by Johannes Dietz. Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40 9 10

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40 Mies van der Rohe. Forced to relocate from Cuba, Bacardi sought a signature structure in Miami. Enrique Gutierrezs design is an homage to Mies, an engineering feat and an artistic triumph. The cessed glass lobby with a mirrored glass entire building is hung from concrete trusses that rest on four exterior columns, while steel cables on the end walls tie it together. Carrera-Justizs addition is the reinforced-concrete central core. 10. Scottish R R i te Temple 471 N N W 3 rd St Kiehnel and E E lliott, 1924 Sitting on a generous site overlooking the Miami River and opposite Lummus Park, the 3-story gray Scottish Rite Temple with its pyramid-shaped roof element looks formidable. Fierce double-headed perch, keeping a watchful eye on all who enter past the four colossal Doric columns. If you do so, dont miss the compass and square on the wall above that symbolize the spiritual and physical linked together in Masonic brotherhood. The masonry structure, which is roughly T-shaped, with another entrance on North River Drive and a secondary entrance on 3rd Street, is even larger than it looks. It has rooms, a library, and an ornate Egyptianthemed auditorium that with its two main global fraternity of Freemasonry, differ ent rites organizations exist that confer Rite became the Supreme Council for the United States. The Miami Scottish Rite organization began in 1916. By the early not only to build this substantial Masonic temple but also to hire one of the leading and Elliott, to design it. 11. Fort D D a llas B B ar racks LL u mmus Park, 404 N N W 3 rd Street c. 1849 EE x terior renovation: R R J. H H e isenbottle A A r chitects, 2000 The Fort Dallas Barracks has housed slaves, soldiers, stores, tourists, the Dade County government, an upscale tearoom, and artifacts of the American Revolu tionary War. Built originally by slaves for slaves, it was saved from destruction can Revolution who had it disassembled, reconstructed, and relocated from SE 1st Avenue and the Miami River to Lummus Park. Fort Dallas, named for Commodore James Dallas of the U.S. Navy, was estab lished during the Second Seminole War Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 38 Continued on page 42 11

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42 River. William English acquired the land and brought slaves from North Carolina who were skilled stonemasons to construct made of oolite rock, a kind of soft lime stone found along the Florida coast. When the army returned during the Third Semi pioneer Julia Tuttle bought the property, moved into the mansion, and renovated the barracks as tourist accommodations. originally on Wagner Creek, is the oldest known home still standing in Dade County. City of Miami moved it to the park. 12. Miami Tower 100 S EE 2nd Street Pei C C o bb Freed & Partners, 1987 Formerly C C e nTrust, B B an k of A A m erica at I I n ternational Place Built originally for CenTrust Bank, Miami Tower is an elegant solution for a small, complicated site. First of all, the had to be built atop an existing 10-story garage that abutted the elevated tracks of the Metromover. It also had to incorporate an elevated Metromover rail station, con create a distinctive presence on the sky line without frontage on either Biscayne Bay or the Miami River. The architects plan was to use only part of the garage roof as the base for the tower. Thus, the tower would not directly face the rail line and the remaining space could be used for a rooftop park. A handsome marble lobby convention visitors. Three cascading curving sections facing southeast give the glass tower identity; the backside of the building is straight. The pice de rsistance is a clever lighting system that allows each of the three tiers to be programmed differently. Colorful display options used for seasonal and other cel ebratory events continue to make Miami Tower a favorite city landmark. Attractive by day, it looks best at night. 13. R R i verwalk and M 88 S EE 4th Street at R R i verwalk Metromover Station RR & RR S tudios, 1996 Fort D D a llas Park: Miami R R i verwalk, ongoing One of the most historic, and accessible, sections of Miamis riverfront is Fort Dallas Park. Blessed with a spectacu lar seaside setting, Miami was slow to Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 40 Continued on page 44 1213

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44 public amenity. But improvement plans spearheaded by the Miami River Com mission and its partners are changing that perception. Today more than half of the public Miami River Greenway is either constructed or has fully funded plans to become so. The goal is to provide a continuous pedestrian pathway along the Miami River or adjacent roadway from the rivers mouth at Biscayne Bay to the rivers terminus at the Miami Internation al Airport. The Riverwalk Metromover Station references that effort. A colossal red M designed by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt marks the location of Miamis founder Julia Tuttles home and doubles as a monument of Miamis cente an excellent example of the Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places program. access by offering a pedestrian pathway through the legs of the M and by its traditional, but oversized, pocket watch clock. The M is also symbolic and meant to encourage people to extend the letter into words of their choice. 14. Flagler Workers H H o use ( RR o yal Palm C C o ttage) Fort D D a llas Park, 60-64 S EE 4th Street Joseph A A M c DD o nald, c. 1897 This little yellow house on Miamis Riverwalk is easy to miss in the shadow of high-rise developments all around it. Miamis early days. It was one of at least 30 cottages built to house workers con structing the grand, exclusive Royal Palm entrepreneur Henry Flagler the year after Miami became a city. Canadian Joseph struction of the Royal Palm Hotel, likely had these cottages built as well. The 2-story clapboard structure is a common nineteenth-century American vernacular housing type but now so rare in Miami that this building is the last known ex ample. Three bays wide, with a gable roof, the house includes a 1-story porch and windows with 6-over-6 lights on the front was moved to Fort Dallas Park. This park was once the site of the United States plantation of Richard Fitzpatrick. Fort Dallas became the site for Miamis early development when pioneer Julia Tuttle renovated one of the forts abandoned properties as her home. 15. The A A t lantis on B B r ickell 2025 B B r ickell A A ve nue AA r quitectonica, 1982 The Atlantis on Brickell is clever, colorful, and bold. It not only put the young tional map but also helped rebrand the city of Miami itself: every week the Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 42 Continued on page 46 14 15

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46 Atlantis was featured in the opening credits of the hit television show Miami Vice, symbolizing Miami as a cool, hip place. The faade can be understood rectangular hole cut out of the middle of the 20-story glass and steel faade that jolts our visual expectations and arrests our attention. Paradoxically, this void is meant to be seen: the walls are painted a vivid yellow, a red staircase spirals through the space, and a gigantic palm tree seems planted in the air. Next, the use of bold colors continues with the placement of a large red triangle on the east side of the roof balanced by four yellow triangular awnings on the lower porting the entrance canopy. The north faade has a colossal blue grid overlaying the surface, equally emphasizing the horizontal and vertical elements that comprise the plan. Completing this graphic composition of primary colors and shapes is a full-height glass curve facing Biscayne Bay. 16. C C o mmodore R R a lph Middleton Munroe Miami Marine Stadium 3501 R R i ckenbacker C C a useway AA r chitect: Pancoast, Ferendino, Skeels, G G r afton and B B u rnham EE ngineer: D D i gmun E E ngineers, 1963 was just a youngster at Pancoast, Fe rendino, Skeels, Grafton and Burnham to design a marine stadium for spectator water sports in the early 1960s. Yet he designed a modern masterpiece. Inspired by Latin American architects who were exploring concrete as an expressive form maker, including Max Borges in Havana, understood the dramatic possibilities of poured-in-place concrete. Working with seat open-air stadium sheltered by a is only 6 inches thick. The roof consists of a series of hyperbolic paraboloids, a twist ing shape that follows a convex curve about one axis and a concave curve about the other a type favored for spanning large areas because its lightweight form requires fewer columnar supports and its curvature discourages water retention. Here, only eight slanting piers support the long roof, while diagonal members pro vide additional stability on the back. The stadiums waterfront setting overlooking downtown Miami is equally spectacular. Unfortunately, despite no evidence of se rious damage, the city closed the stadium after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. New funding promised for renovation offers preservationists hope. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Miami HeraldContinued from page 44 16

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48 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORCurb Your Dog or Pay the PriceFor many, its time to get serious about dog poop at Pace ParkStrapped for Cash? Try a Land GrabTiny Biscayne Park has the highest property tax in the county, but even that is not enoughBy Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorOne of the Biscayne Corridors most heavily used parks is in the middle of a battle, and its not mud folks are slinging. Its poop. Dog poop, to be exact. Since it reopened in 2003, after an extreme $4 million makeover, Margaret Pace Park has had a magnetic pull on residents of the towering condominium buildings that ring its western perimeter. The parks waterfront location at 1745 N. Bayshore Dr. provides sweeping vistas across Biscayne Bay, and though it encompasses just eight acres, a lot of amenities have been packed into it: two tennis courts, kids play areas, volleyball and basketball courts, picnic tables and grills, waterfront walks, open green spaces, and three elaborate thrones evoking Jewish, Spanish, and AfricanSouth Florida a public-art project by New World School of the Arts students. To say that Pace Park is popular would be an understatement. While no statistics are available, the number of people who visit in any given week is off the charts. From morning till late at night, the place is a beehive of activity. One of the most popular activities seems to be dog owners letting their pets exercise, mingle with other canines, and answer natures call. That last has become a source of friction. Some people, it seems, do not always pick up the poop after their dogs relieve themselves. In a small park with an even smaller area where dogs can play, it doesnt take many irresponsible people to cause a lot of problems. Regular park visitors worry about the grounds being contaminated by dog feces. The basic problem is they have bags to put the poo in, but people dont use them, says Juan Diaz, a nearby resident and parkgoer. When they mow the lawn, it spreads and kids play on the lawn. Its very unhealthy. Dog poop is one of the major issues that plague dog owners in condos, says Maida Genser, a Tamarac resident and founder of Citizens for Pets in Condos, adding that the problems at Marga ret Pace Park are nothing new. The position of Citizens for Pets in Condos, Genser says, is that responsible pet owners and animal guardians should be allowed to keep their animals. Owners BT photo by Erik Bojnansky BT photos by Wendy Doscher-Smith By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterAn isosceles trapezoid. Thats the shape of Biscayne Park on a map, which is essentially a triangle this 384-acre trapezoid are trees, green lawns, single-family homes, a few small apartments, and 3055 souls. Looming above Biscayne Parks northern border of NE 121st Street is the City of North Miami. South of NE 108th Street is Miami Shores. East and west of this trapezoid are nameless, orphan neighborhoods ruled directly by MiamiDade County. The Bell David Planning Group, a suggesting a major change to this map. Theyre recommending that Biscayne Park annex chunks of unincorporated MiamiDade east of the FEC railroad tracks, west of Biscayne Boulevard, south of NE 121st Street, and north of a proposed border that hovers around NE 118th Street. The 71-acre area, referred to as is very different from the Village of Biscayne Park. Besides single-family homes and apartments, the proposed annexation area includes industrial and other commercial uses. Notable landmarks inside this region are a pair Continued on page 50 Continued on page 51

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By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterFor nearly 30 years a business partnership headed by Edward Easton and Allen Greenwald owned the Biscayne Plaza Shopping Center at 79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, a sprawling retail center with stores like Sabor Tropical Supermarket, dds Discounts, and Family Dollar that cater to the limited budgets of people residing in Palm Grove, Little Haiti, and other workingclass enclaves. That era came to an end this past March 27, when their company, GreenEast Ltd. #2, sold Biscayne Plaza to Global Fund Investments and MMG Equity Partners for $12 million. Doron Valero, Global Fund Investments managing partner, recently gave BT a tour of the 59-year-old shopping center while describing his plans. Hes a slender, energetic, 56-year-old Israeli who has been acquiring shopping centers across the United States since 1985. His company, which he co-founded in 2007, owns 32 malls in Florida and Texas. This is one of the most exciting projects Ive done since 1997, when we bought Skylake Mall, Valero says, referring to the enclosed, 1959 shopping center on Miami Gardens Drive that was a zombie mall by the time his company (at the time Equity One) bought it for $14 million. Within two years, the 320,000-square-foot shopping center was demolished, replaced by the somewhat smaller, open-air Shops at Skylake, which includes Publix, LA Fitness, TJ Maxx, and several restaurants, retail cal practices. We revitalized that neighborhood, Valero declares. Here, its going to be the same. The 79th Street corridor is already in the process of changing. The Adler Group recently broke ground at the site of the aborted Oasis on the Bay condo project next to the 79th Street Causeway, where the company plans to construct a pair of 20-story buildings called Shorecrest Luxury Apartments. Just across the street from Biscayne Plaza, the Fifteen Group last year bought served as the Immigration and Naturalization Services Miami headquarters. (See Going, Going, Gone! April 2013.) The Upper Eastsides neighborhoods straddling Biscayne Boulevard have been steadily gentrifying since the late 1990s. More recently, the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District (along the Boulevard between 50th and 77th streets) has been attracting investors like developer Avra Jain and restaurateur John Kunkel. Valero sees the shopping center as a kind of commercial bridge between the areas two worlds the middle class and the working class. Hed like the new Bis cayne Plaza to act as a connector between those worlds by retaining the bargain stores and attracting classy restaurants and cafs of the sort that are popping up throughout the Upper Eastside. I believe in people surviving together, he says. I dont think you need to pick one or the other to be doing well. To accomplish that, Valero will take a page from the Skylake handbook: He wants to make Biscayne Plaza, a commercial buildings, somewhat smaller. That means knocking something down. A few weeks ago, the City of Miami received an application to demolish what Valero calls a monster building. This is the portion of Biscayne Plaza that is lo cated on the northwest corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 79th Street, where its larg est store, Payless ShoeSource, operates. About 100,000 square feet in size, the building continues west for another 500 feet or so, parallel to 79th Street, retail facing the former INS building trian bridge (one of two at the plaza) connects the monster to another retail building along NE 81st Street. That bridge is rarely used these days, Valero empty. Prior to 2008, they were mainly the INS left the area, so did they. After relocating Payless ShoeSource and most of the buildings tenants to other parts of Biscayne Plaza, Valero will level the monster and its bridge. In its place, and at the corner where Payless now operates, will be a 14,000-square-foot CVS drug store. Then Valero wants to build a pair of buildings fronting 79th Street one for a bank and the other for a restaurant. That is, if the City of Miami approves the demolition and construction plans. We have a signed lease with CVS, subject to site-plan approval, says Valero, whod like to see that building completed by 2015. Its in the application process now. Theres no indication that there should be a problem, but until you have it, you dont have it. The news that Valero wants to demolish part of Biscayne Plaza might displease some MiMo architectural Biscayne Plaza, Meet Your New BossHis name is Mr. Valero and he thinks you have a very bright future Continued on page 52 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith BT photo by Silvia Ros

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Biscayne Centre and 12000 Biscayne, the Ocean Collision car repair shop, the Alta Mira Apartments now under construction, and Von Wedel Montes sori School. The Village of Biscayne Park and Biscayne Park East are demographically different as well. Seventy-two percent of Biscayne Parks population is white (both Hispanic and non-Hispanic), according to the 2010 census, while 75 percent of Biscayne Park Easts 1208 residents are black. There are no roads connecting the two areas, either, which are physically separated by the FEC tracks and a series of fences. So why is Biscayne Park entertaining the idea of annexing this land beyond the tracks? In a word, money the village could collect $280,717 in additional revenue at Biscayne Parks existing property-tax rate if it annexes the area. If and when it does, property owners within the annexed area will see their taxes go up. At 9.5 mills, or $9.50 in property taxes for every $1000 of assessed value, Biscayne Park has the highest tax rate in Miami-Dade County. Unincorporated Miami-Dade areas are only charged $1.93 per $1000. Ana Garcia, Biscayne Parks village manager, says the proposed annexation plan will likely be discussed at the next commission meeting on May 7. She also insists that the annexation is only in its study phase. The dollars we need as revenue to run the village continues to slip, Garcia explains, adding, Were just studying this because if we dont study ways to generate revenue, how responsible are we? Commissioner Bryan Cooper colleagues unanimously agreed to budget $6000 for the study last year. At the same time, hes skeptical that an nexation will allow the village, which now collects $3.2 million in taxes and fees, to obtain more revenue. I be lieve our consultant is not providing a thorough report tied to our existing the BT There is no business plan at all at this point with clear demarcation of a break-even point or deliverables for the western residents. Actually, the revenue estimates are conservative, counters Garcia. The report even takes into account the need patrol Biscayne Park East. (The village civilian code enforcers.) Despite the projected revenue boost, Audrey Ehrhardt, a real estate agent who has lived in Biscayne Park for more than 50 years, is so against the idea that shes ready to circulate a petition to prevent the village from considering annexation ever again. Why do we need to change? she asks. Why do we need to include busi nesses? We pay our bills. Commissioner and former mayor Roxanna Ross counters that even at 9.5 mills, the village is having a hard time generating enough tax revenue to operate services or undertake needed infrastruc ture improvements, such as modernizing the 80-year-old log cabin that serves as a village hall and police station. The tax base is totally residential, Ross says. We were really seriously hit by real estate market. When it took a dive, it reduced our revenue substantially. In fact the only nonresidential uses in the village are the village hall log cabin, a community center, a park, and the (tax-exempt) Church of the Resurrection. And thats the problem, Garcia maintains, elaborating on Rosss point: When the housing market crashed, by not having businesses, all of our eggs were in one basket, so to speak. Hence, for the past three years weve lost like 30 percent of our ad-valorem taxes. Last year property values in Biscayne Park began rising again, Garcia says. Unfortunately for the villages fiscal health, more than half of the villages 1324 housing units are owner-occupied, or homestead prop erty. State law forbids tax increases higher than three percent per year for homestead homes. Such restrictions dont apply to nonresidential property or multi-family buildings, which Biscayne Park East has in abundance. Garcia appears particularly intrigued about annexing the 230-unit Alta Mira Apartments now being developed by Atlanta-based Wood Partners. Theyll have oneto three-bedroom units, says Garcia, who has a printout wall, just above a large map of Biscayne Park. The plans look pretty. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, whose district includes Biscayne Park and the proposed an nexation area, thinks the village could one thing, villagers can respond to any nuisances occurring in the industrial noise complaints all the time. The county will cite the owner, but they [Biscayne Park] have no say in it, she says. Annexing Biscayne Park East might also allow the village to build a new government center or public works building in that area, she adds. Biscayne Park East residents will services are they getting on a consistent basis in regards to police and code enforcement, contact with their elected Biscayne ParkContinued from page 48 UNIN CO RPOR AT ED MI AM IDADE Ci ty of Nort h Mi am iFEC RRNE 121S T ST NE 11 8T H TE R NE 11 9T H ST 1 NE 11 8T H STNE 1 6T H AVE NE 14 TH AV ENE 11 8T H ST NE 120T H STNE 1 3T H AVENE 12TH CTNE 121ST STNE 12TH AVENE 119TH STNE 120TH TER LegendLand Use Bu si ne ss & O ffi ce In du strial & O ffi ce Lo w De ns it y Re si dent ial Lo w Me dium De ns it y Re si dent ial Vi llage Li mits Lo ca l St re et s Vi ll age of Biscayne Park Biscay ne Park East Annexation Area Nove mb er 29t h, 2012 Continued on page 52

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Continued on page 53 MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOLMIAMI, FLORIDA 1 9 3 8 MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOLMIAMI, FLORIDA 1 9 3 8 DISCOVER YOUR PASSION this Summer atMiami Country Day SchoolWe have over 15 programs and 20 courses from June 3-Aug. 2 for ages 3-18!CONTACT US GOLF MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOLMIAMI, FLORIDA 1 9 3 8 iamicountryday.org/summer must be considerate of others, though. So-called animal issues are almost always people issues, Genser says. Its important to properly take care of your animals and make sure theyre not a nuisance to other people. Part of respon sible pet ownership is cleaning up their waste products and training them to avoid nuisance behavior. Last year Diana Fontani, a resident of the condominium complex known as Cit, across the street from Pace Park, became so annoyed by the waste products littering the park she organized a petition drive asking for an enclosed dog run, which the park does not have. She secured more than 150 signatures (most from dog owners) and contacted Sarnoff, whose district includes the park. Fontani asked for help establishing a dog run separate from other areas of the park. A meeting organized by Sarnoffs nity Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was held this past March to discuss the pros and cons of a fenced-in dog area. Says Pieter Bockweg, executive director of the found out that there were several opinions about the park and that we needed to discuss the fenced-in play area. One result of the meeting: a sixmonth education campaign, geared to teaching people about the importance of curbing their dogs, as well as the laws against not doing that. Park regulars acknowledge that the but they can be a big headache. Many say theyve approached perpetrators only to be ignored or cursed. Cit resident Veronica Wolan takes her two Boston terriers to the park at least twice daily. She asserts there are not enough poop bags, and recently had to leave her dog with someone else while she ran to get a bag to pick up her dogs feces. (Wolan also once followed a woman who did not clean up after her dog, did the job herself, and then handed the woman her dogs bagged poop.) Another park regular, Eduardo Itriago, who lives across the street in the highrise condo Quantum on the Bay, says he doubts that building an enclosed dog run will deter people from leaving behind their dogs waste. I have a rule, Itriago says. I check my shoes before I go home. Jaime Blanco, who lives in the adjacent 1800 Club condo, has seen traces Margaret Pace ParkContinued from page 48

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enthusiasts, who appreciate the shopping centers car-centric design, created by architect Robert Fitch Smith in 1954. However, Valero says he only wants to destroy the monster building. Everything else, he asserts, will get a modernizing face-lift. Hes already started renovating one small retail building, and aims to upgrade the large retail building along 81st Street (where d.ds Discounts and Family Dollar now do business). Hell even keep the four decorative towers that stand on the plazas outer edge. Valero is particularly eager to repurpose a glass-walled, triangular structure at the rear of the monster building. This triangle building is adjacent to Glasshaus Studios, the former Admiral Vee Hotel, which is not owned by Global Trust Investments. During the 1960s, the triangle building served as a bank branch. Im envisioning it becoming a nice restaurant, Valero says, something like Soykas. Grant Stern, president of Morningside Mortgage, says Biscayne Plaza can be something more than just a shopping center. Under the citys Miami 21 zoning plan, the 18-acre tract could become the next Midtown Miami a community rants, and retail. Prior to the real estate crash, Green-East Ltd. #2 hired Miami architect Allan Shulman design just such a mixed-use development to replace the old shopping center. The $400 million project never got off the ground. Their best bet is to redevelop it as a mixed-use project, Stern says. That way they can get Class-A rents. Todays tenants are not paying any thing close to Class-A rents. According to Valero, rents now range between $12 and $24 per square foot. Once the enhancements are complete, Valero intends to charge up to $30 per square foot. As for a residential component, Valero says he might build up to 70 af fordable apartments on a parcel at 82nd Street near the Little River, but noth ing more at least not yet. Im not a dreamer. Im a realist, he quips. In real life, that is not the place for it right now. Maybe in the future. In addition to redeveloping Biscayne Plaza, and possibly building some afford able housing, Valero is interested in the creation of a public park along the banks of the Little River. Last year Green-East Ltd. #2 attempted to sell its vacant land holdings along the river to the city for $730,000, with the idea of creating a park. That effort was unsuccessful. Now that Global Trust Invest ments owns the land, Valero says hes contacted the Trust for Public Land, a There were like 30-something mana tees swimming in the river last time I checked, he says. Valero is also enthusiastic about the prospect of a train station for a proposed commuter rail line near 79th Street, just west of Biscayne Plaza. Our vision is to try and have a center that will serve the community, he says. We own a lot of property here, and Id love to see that become part of a park, and one day part of a train station. If you think about it, Biscayne Plaza would be a wonderful train station. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Biscayne PlazaContinued from page 49BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith Courtesy of Shulman + Associates Biscayne ParkContinued from page 50 department? she asks. When one of our residents has a complaint, their answers come quickly. Commissioner Cooper doubts that services for the eastern frontier: My concerns include promises that will be made to some of the residents in the eastern area; promises that just cannot be met. The real effect likely will be to siphon off their tax base for use within the current village boundaries. Cooper worries that annexation might inadvertently spark class warfare when Garcia stresses that any anxieties over annexation can be addressed during public workshops in both the west and east if the village decides to continue pursuing annexation. Were just in a preliminary stage right now, she says. The village might not even annex all of Biscayne Park East. In fact, Garcia tells the BT shell recommend that the village narrow its focus to an area north of NE 119th Street. That would leave out the school and the areas residential areas, except for Alta Mira Apartments and the next-door Bay Winds Apartments, a gated, 205-unit affordable-housing community. Cooper says hed be more amenable to annexing such a narrow area, but he isnt sure the county commission will agree to the village cherry-picking an area with a more lucrative tax base while leaving out the rest. I thought Manager Garcia knew that such requests in the past have been resisted by Miami-Dade, he says. If more than 250 registered voters live in the area Biscayne Park wishes to annex, those residents will vote on whether or not they want to be part of the village. Those same rights are not extended to commercial property owners. Their only recourse will be to speak up at public hearings and lobby county nexation any way she can. The 35-yearold runs North Miami Mini Stor-It, a two-acre storage facility at NE 13th Avenue and 119th Street that has been owned by her family since 1977. Medof is happy with services the county pro vides and, she adds, I wouldnt want my property taxes to go up, Ill tell you that much. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORof feces throughout his building. Blanco thinks a dog run will make the park ugly, but says he understands the necessity. ing initiative includes the distribution of pamphlets and cards that will be handed out and left at every building in the parks vicinity, in an effort to get the word out about proper curbing and offleash procedures. One of Fontanis complaints is that many individuals that live at the Grand, Opera, and Quantum never received a notice of the March 13 meeting. Fontani has now offered to assist in the outreach for the next meeting, and Bockweg says its one of his priorities. Im going to go to every single building in the Margaret Pace Park area, he vows. waste is the third-largest contributor to contaminated water; parasites can be transmitted by dog feces and infect other dogs and people; Miami-Dade County dogs, and at Margaret Pace Park the are also encouraged to limit their dogs activities to the northern portion of the park, to keep dogs leashed at all times, and to maintain vaccinations. Seven additional poop-bag dispensers with garbage cans are being procured as well, Bockweg says. In addition, the City of Miamis parks and recreation department is now involved, as is the police department, which has been put on notice to watch for rule-breakers. This summer another meeting will be held, says Bockweg, in order to determine whats been accomplished and which steps need to be taken next. CRA is also considering plans for an expanded kids play area. How big an expansion is yet to be determined and will be based on a cost analysis, Bockweg says: We spent money to make sure we provide shade for kids and put in AstroTurf, which is better from a maintenance standpoint. The size of the expansion will depend on the overall expansion and of the fenced-in dog area. For her part, Fontani is optimistic. I am just glad the issue didnt die at the March meeting, she says. Historical footnote: The park was created in the late 1960s and named in honor of Margaret Pace, who was not, as widely believed, the founding president of the Miami Womens Club. (The clubs grand headquarters abuts the parks southern border and is on the National Register of Historical Places.) According to a 1977 column in the Miami News known as Why Is It Called, Pace was deeply devoted to this areas nature and history. Mrs. Pace, wife of Johnson Pace, was a founder and past president of the Miami Garden Club. She was chairwoman of Royal Palm State Park, which was given by the Florida Federation of Womens Clubs to the government as part of Everglades National Park. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com FOR ADVERTISING CALL 305-756-6200 WE CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW! Margaret Pace ParkContinued from page 51

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54 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIBig Ballot BrawlFifteen candidates battle for three slots in city elections By Mark Sell BT ContributorI Miami Herald Biscayne Times Mayor: Kevin Burns Lucie Tondreau West Dixie HwyNE 163rd StOleta State ParkBiscayne BlvdNE 135th St NW 135th St NW 125th StI-95NE 142nd StNE 5th Ave NE 2nd AveNW 17th AveNW 119th StNE 125th St NE 121st St NE 123rd St Map by Marcy Mock Allison ACADEMYFounded in 1983Accredited by: AISF, SACS/CASI, AdvancED, MSA NCPSA ACCEPTING ENROLLMENTfor summer school June 17 July 25, 2013 ACCEPTING ENROLLMENTfor summer school June 17 July 25, 2013 Dr. Allison Celebrates 50 Years in Education!

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launching after-school programs and While a Burns-Tondreau June 4 runoff is plausible, this race could go Gwendolyn Boyd the former police chief, has nibbled into some of Burnss support on the east side and is At the April 16 meeting, Jean Mar cellus a car dealership on the southeast corner Dr. Smith Joseph Anna Pierre (no relation to emphasis on better education, crime pre Modira Es carment head of the Escarment Founda City Council District 2: Michael Blynn Carol Keys IT consultant Joseph Haber regular at council meetings, has a strong tates, and in much of the business comCity Council District 3: This race Philippe Bien-Aime together a strong campaign organization time; the other district not being contested candidates Jacques Despinosse 2001 to 2009, and business professor and Hans Mardy tore Kati usquie Pierre (again, no relation to the legally Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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56 Neighborhood Correspondents: BRICKELL / DOWNTOWNDowntown After Dark An experiment to nd nightlife in the citys center meets with disappointmentBy Adam Schachner BT ContributorI have a theory that downtown Miami is ripe for a walking nightlife. By day, of course, downtown is bustling with shoppers, courthouse College, and people on county business. For many, this is a part of town where they have to go, whether they want to or not. I wanted to prove that, when the sun sets and the steel rolling shutters come down on row after row of commercial outlets, downtown still could be ignited by more casual strollers intent on explor ing local pubs, cafs, and so forth, until beauty sleep beckoned. To prove this point, I devised an friends, both locals and transplants. The test was simple: We would take a down town bar hop, and do it on a Thursday night. (That happened to be the night we all had free, and its generally a good night for happy hours.) a discrete downtown meeting place, in this case the Filling Station on SE 1st Street. The challenge would be to arrive on foot or by public transit, rather than the standard commute in a hermetically sealed personal vehicle. Wed kick off with beer, appetizers, and standard pub fare. From there, wed work our way to three other establishments: Sparkys Roadside Barbecue on NE 1st Street for dinner, Elwoods Gastro Pub on NE 3rd Wine and Cheese on S. Miami Avenue When proposing this endeavor to my companions, I could sense a testing bias owing to the novelty of the plan. Had I suggested doing this on Lincoln Road or in South Miami, Im certain that no adre nal thrill would have accompanied the plan; weve crawled those places. So we broke the mold on many levels. Everyone gathered at the Filling ten minutes of 6:30. No one was on Miami time. As I downed the nights Ale and snacked on some tater tots smothered in cheese, I listened happily to the group review work, discuss transit, and make introductions where needed. It was a good start to the evening. dimmed as we meandered the sidewalks. Only a few stragglers remained on the BT photo by Adam Schachner rffntbtr nrttnt tbttttt tttttr rtttt nrrtt btrbttt rtttn rrtttt t tt ttbtr BLYNN FAMILY His Experience & Outstanding Leadership HAVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN NORTH MIAMI! PUNCH#77TO KEEP BLYNN VOTE MAY 14 Political advertisement paid for and approved by Michael Blynn for North Miami City Council, District 2Community Leaders agree:He gets the job done!btt bt btEddy Gonzalez Sally Heyman bbtrMayt btrtnt btr tbtrtt

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streets, waiting for buses and jitneys to whisk them home. Pleasantly full of ale and the promise of dinner, I had hopes wed meet fellow walkers soon. Sparkys Roadside Barbecue on NE 1st Street was bumping with classic rock and the food smelled like glory. The proprietor, Hans Seitz, introduced himself with a brilliantly mustachioed smile and a clear passion for having diners who appreciate his good work. We feasted on roast chicken and divine veggie burgers, all drowning in Sparkys hoisin barbeque sauce, a creation that gives me hope for peace among all mankind. Wrapping up dinner around 9:30, we walked the several blocks to Elwoods. Night had fallen and the pavement was sparsely populated, but I wasnt ready to abandon my vision of a nighttime scene popping up. The pub was empty but happy to ac commodate us. Brightly colored paintings lampooned the pastel Miami seascapes of Guy Harvey and Romero Britto. These contrasted the cool and dimly lit atmo sphere Elwoods maintains. A placard on the table advertised live comedy monthly, observed, Its a destination. People make a point of coming for it. We lost some of our numbers at 10:30, after Elwoods kitchen closed. remained sauntered across the grid, working our way to Kork at S. Miami Avenue and Flagler. I could tell we were losing steam, and a little motivation. The landscape between destinations was disheartening. Rows of vertical steel shutters secured storefronts of electronic goods, luggage, and formal wear. This was the after-hours downtown I hoped no longer existed: a silent, lifeless lunar landscape devoid of inspiration. One of our walkers, my brother-inlaw visiting from Boston, looked at me with bemused but wordless inquisitiveness. Where were all the people? Trying to justify my experiment to him, I realized the allegory in this experience. Downtown Miami is a microcosm of South Florida. There are many destinations, but little cohesion. One would no more stroll on a random whim between venues downtown than take a walk from Wynwood to the Upper Eastside, or from Coral Gables to the Grove. Miami is a collection of attractive islands for activity, places to which we deliberately drive. The spontaneity of getting lost on foot and seeing what comes next is missing from our otherwise remarkably active community. As a Brickell resident frequently pass ing through downtown, my concept of the area has evolved dramatically. Growing up in Kendall, if I informed my parents I was spending the night downtown, I would likely have been locked in my room for my own protection. The downtown of my youth was a reputed haven for degenerates, where young people disappeared in search of drugs or went for a good mugging. But that was the Miami of the 1980s and 1990s. This reputation has changed in the past decade, as more social draws have worked their way to our city center. Our pub crawl ended on S. Miami Avenue, where the only other nighthawks to be found were a couple of police ofa homeless woman leaning against large potted plants, staring intently at nothing. Glancing up the avenue, it was clear Kork was closed. Several yards beyond, the brightly lit Metromover station beckoned. We instinctively pursued it like We departed in separate directions. Two friends unlocked their bikes back at the Filling Station and cycled off into the distance. My brother-in-law caught the and I hopped on a Brickell tram. The only other occupants were a young man who claimed to be a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, asking for spare change, and a stoic disciple of Yahweh ben Yahweh, brandishing golden adornments and a very large stick. The four of us quietly evacuated downtown on a limited-service public transit pod. At about 11:00 we reached the line. Below the platform, the squawking chatter and pulsing bass of socializing was just getting rolling at Segafredo on S. Miami Avenue. Finely dressed professionals strolled about. Twelve city blocks can make all the difference in the world. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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58 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sS Dont Let the Bedbugs II nA trip to Las Vegas results in unwanted houseguests back in the ShoresBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorIf you live on South Beach, chances are you dont look forward to spring break, when the neighborhood is invaded by booze-swilling students. If youre a single, working adult elsewhere in Miami, you probably dont even know when spring break is. But if youre a kid, parent, or teacher which covers a whole bunch of us in the Shores you count down the days in March or April until it begins. For families, spring break is one of the few opportunities you have to travel together, whether its to visit other relatives or just relax in a different locale. But as we discovered this year after a week in Las Vegas, coming back can have consequences: Cranky kids with jet lag. Low motivation to return to work. And sometimes something will hitch a ride home with you, and you may not notice until its too late. We had booked a great deal at the Palms Casino Resort, a lovely, newly re modeled tower located off the Strip, away from all the madness (but only a conve We also got a fantastic bargain on bedbugs. limbs during the second day of our visit and, having had no previous experience with the pests, dismissed them as mosquito bites. Then they began appearing on my hands and feet, as well as the back of my neck. An exterminator we called after we got home looked at the scabby bites on my feet, which were a couple of weeks old by then. Oh yeah, he nodded. Those are from bedbugs. Because the minuscule pests bite you when youre sleeping, they go for the exposed areas. They reside in beds for that strategic reason, and because prolonged exposure to heat and light kills them. They dont live on oxygen, but on carbon dioxide what you breathe out when youre sleeping. Once I got used to the idea that we had been a bedbug buffet, none of this information bothered me particularly Bedbugs have a nasty reputation, like But weve survived explosions of both those other pests, and at least bedbugs dont carry diseases. Nor do they imply

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEGimme a BrakeWhy are drivers in Belle Meade in such a hurry?By Frank Rollason BT ContributorSo the other day I was out doing a little yard work when a neighbor driving by stopped and started a conversation concerning last months column on climate change and rising sea levels. Her comment was most pro found: You write that we should think globally but act locally. When are you going to write something locally about Belle Meade? I told her my column this month would be on the current hot-button issue Lately there has been an increasing awareness of the driving habits of some of our neighbors, as well as some visitors to our lovely enclave. It seems that certain individuals believe driving the speed limit or stopping at stop signs is beneath them. Its the old the world revolves around me and the rest of you simpletons can take a hike syndrome that eventually will result in a serious accident on our usually quiet streets. So pressure is building to do something. Im not quite sure what that something will ultimately be, but rest assured the natives are restless and it wont be long before the torches and pitchforks are brought out of the barn. Our homeowners association, not being oblivious to the issue, has reached out to residents to get their input on how they would like to proceed. And here is where the fun begins. A neighborhood meeting was held on Saturday, April 6, in the neighborhood park, at the request of several evening meeting during the week owing to parenting duties on the home front. We did not receive a huge turnout, but there were some fresh faces, most notably young parents voicing their concerns dangers to pedestrians. What is most troublesome is that we to begin with. While it is true some of our service providers lawn-care companies and Fed Ex and UPS delivery How to Embody a Consciousness of Wealth rf ntntb rr f tnf nt ttfff r t f nr fntbn tn tn fntbnr nr t rf fnrtnrrnt ntrnt rtrr rfff ntbtfffnf Photo courtesy of Felipe Azenha, TransitMiami.com

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trucks, for example contribute to the condition, most of the offenders are residents of the mainland community and Belle Meade Island, which includes about 53 homes, all of them waterfront. As Pogo said many moons ago: We have met the enemy and he is us! (Right now some of you are probably asking, Who the hell is Pogo? To which I respond, What exactly is a Lady Gaga?) Anyway, the point is that it is way too sad that we have to have these meetings to come up with a plan to address the jerks who have no consideration for the rest of us. Living on a corner home with adjacent stop signs, I see all too well the number of residents who, during their daily commutes, hardly slow down for the stop signs, much less actually, you know, stop And then there are those who think NE 76th Street is the Indianapolis Speedway. They rev up heading east with a blast through the NE 7th Avenue stop sign, increase their speed as they approach 8th Avenue, then blast through that stop sign and continue to gain speed until they have to slow down to either make the left onto the island or continue east around the bend to reach home. As I wrote in an earlier column, I once did a test run in my car from the guard house to the farthest points on the island and the mainland one at the speed limit, stopping dead for each stop sign encountered, and one as fast as I could safely travel while cruising through every stop sign. The time dif ferential on the trips to the island and the mainland was 20 seconds. Yep, 20 seconds hardly worth the accompa nying jeopardy, but a jackass is never known for critical thinking skills or considering the potential outcomes of his actions. So whats next? Well, several alterna tives were discussed at that April 6 meeting. For one, there is the possibility of installed at the intersection of NE 8th Avenue and 76th Street. Some favor that idea while others oppose it. There is also the option of lowering the neighborhood speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph. One individual vociferously pushed for 20 mph. Recognizing that this alternative would require an extreme level of police enforcement, which is unlikely, he suggested the streets need to be redesigned in such a way that a car simply couldnt do more than 20 mph. I dont think there is community support for such a drastic Yet another option is to privately pay who commit speeding and stop-sign violations. The cost to residents would be I, for one, like this option and stated I would be willing to opt for a cop every once in a while to get the attention of a jackass or two. Perhaps some other residents would consider doing the same. Sometimes a little enforcement is the only appropriate medicine for those who simply cannot be convinced in a more civil manner. Another possibility is to have existing crosswalks enhanced with what is called stamped asphalt. This is a process whereby a hot die is applied to the existing asphalt surface between the two white stripes of the crosswalk. Then a surface treatment is applied, with the end result resembling a brick crosswalk. Just this little improvement has a positive effect on a drivers ability to more easily recognize a crosswalk. tal Improvements previously approved this process and, I was told, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff approved funding. The homeowners association is currently following up on the status of this installation, which was supposed to take place once our storm-water project was completed. That was about two and a half years ago. It was the consensus of the group that gathered in the park to pursue the 76th Street, along with the crosswalk enhancements. Further outreach to our sonnel is under way, and the results will be presented at our next homeowners association meeting, to be held Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Legion Park community center. In the meantime, obey the speed limits and stop signs in the neighborhood or keep a wary eye out for the man. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com classicalsouthorida.orgClassical Music. Its In Our Nature.Just like all of us, classical music lives and breathes. Make it part of your lifestyle. Tune to Classical South Florida on the radio or online. Its in your nature.

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aAEE very Lobby a T T emp leIn Aventura, condo buildings have long doubled as houses of worshipBy Jay Beskin BT ContributorLike a retired actor, my former tenure on the Aventura City Commission continues to earn me royalties. Mine are not paid in cash (if only, he thought to himself ), but in the lifelong friendship of residents who feel a kinship born of our shared stake in the building of our city. Many of these residents take the time to send me updates on the progress of their neighborhood, their block, or their build ing. I enjoy their keeping me in the loop, but some days I feel like one of those guys in the federal government who sits all day monitoring the airwaves for static. Lately my informants have been opening my eyes to an interesting phenomenon that portends a shift in the demographics of the Jewish population of Aventura. In the early days of the city, several of the larger buildings, particularly in the citys southern end, housed enough supplicants of the Jewish persuasion to create an ersatz synagogue inside the common areas of the building. Everyone would get together in the rec room and lift some spiritual weights, as it were. No doubt a sociologist would have scolded these folks for not venturing out far enough to create communal circles, but it certainly made for a convenient, if not lazy, option. In truth, some of these temples were intended as more of a fallback than an ideal devotional setting. Most weeks, residents would prefer to head over to the luxurious, fully appointed place of worship a few blocks away. Some weeks, they might have gone north to hear the rabbi they liked, and other weeks they might gone south to hear the one they could take or leave. But when there was pouring rain, or even a drizzle, or, for that matter, a threat of rain, it was a nice option to be able to fall out of bed and into a service in your own building. If you could not make the house of worship, you could at least make the worship of house. For other, less mobile types, proscribed by increases in age and decreases in health, the in-house chapel served We are Pace... Partners Academics Catholic Empowerment The Tradition of Excellence Continues! Enroll Today!Be a part of the Spartan tradition... 305-623-7223, ext. 342 or visit www.PaceHS.com to get the enrollment process started. rf rfrntbbnrt br n nn

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very nicely as a home not really away from home. Perhaps aided by a walker, or escorted by an aide, residents could easily commute the distance between their physical apartment and the spiritual department. Some folks who sneered at this option 20 years ago, when they felt energetic at all times, lately have come to appreciate the chance to conserve their waning energy. Setting up these outlets was no simple task. Most congregants prefer some rabbinic leadership, but it is rare that a building has a big enough money pool to hire somebody. A retired rabbi or sexton living on premises must generally be conscripted as a volunteer. (A rabbi on a nice pension from his generous acolytes up north is often happy to rerun his sermons before a captive audience, one that will not complain too loudly, considering the price.) Then a Torah scroll must be procured. A new one costs upward of $35,000 and takes six months to a year to complete. A used one might run $10,000 or $15,000. The rest of the synagogue furniture can cost a few thousand dollars, if you want to do it right, or it can be cannibalized at no cost from the card room. Sometimes the patchwork result of grabbing chairs and tables from hither and thither has a sort of quaint charm; other times it may look quite absurd. One way or the other, these little shuls were cobbled together in quite a few venues around Aventura, overcoming the logistical barriers in creative ways. The crisis emerges when it is time to pick a denomination. (No, not money-wise; there we always prefer hundreds.) These are religious denominations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Egalitar ian, Reform. It is easy to say to each his own when dealing with individuals, but congregations require some multiple of each and own to function as a collec tive. Suddenly Jews are called upon to unite and wear the same stripe of tallit, and the claws are immediately unsheathed. When it comes to the temple inside a building, a brutal democracy is the only viable approach. This is not a group of like-minded souls buying a lot together and constructing a sanctuary. go elsewhere. In your own development, however, there is no elsewhere to go, at least not on rainy days. The losers in the denominational vote can either try out taste for it, or opt out and sulk. Judging by some of the murmuring I have heard over the years, the sulkers are well represented. The news provided by my cadre of insiders shows a fascinating trend from the other groupings toward the Ortho dox. During the dawning days of our demos, most of these democratically determined denominations produced the compromise synagogue, that is, the one in the middle: Conservative. The Orthodox tended to be outnumbered. Ironically, the people most committed to walking instead of driving on the staffs and traverse the desert to reach the Holy Land. Times have been a-changing. The outposts. No one is moving out by choice that I can see, but the ravages of time are whittling down the ranks of our earliest pioneers. Several buildings have made the tough decision to switch to Orthodox so the synagogue may survive. For observers of religious trends, this propensity must be fascinating. A century ago synagogues around the country were voting to shift from Orthodox to Conservative. In law school, we studied cases from that era in which the dwindling founders of shuls sued the young upstarts for bypassing the original charter. Now it seems there is some movement in the other direction, away from the melting pot model to the multiethnic diversity model. At any rate, as a city, we hope this all works out in our favor. There is a class of supposedly tolerant heterodox people whose open minds are locked to any dox. Hopefully the word Orthodox will have always been moderate people here, As long as we all respect each other, we should continue to thrive as a home for people committed to excellence. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com A New Aveda Concept Salonwww.SevenSeasSpaSalon.comSPA PACKAGEReceive...30 Minute Massage 30 Minute Facial Manicure and Pedicure Complimentary Valet Complimentary Champagne Access to Tiki Hut on the beachALL forDAY$99$50 MASSAGE Mon-ThursCALL NOW TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT305-749-210016701 Collins AvenueLocated at the Sunny Isles Beach inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

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64 Culture: THE ARTSArt on the MoveNow that the Design District has gone high-end, some of Miamis more innovative galleries are migrating southBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorThe world of art is never static. Art is made in one place, then shipped and sold a photograph, for instance, that was shot in the Everglades, but hangs in a Shanghai home while art galleries and studios have traditionally been the most nomadic of spaces, particularly when it comes to urban neighborhoods in And so it is with Miami. For years, developers looking to revitalize areas have invited galleries and studios to move in on the cheap, or even for free, in order to bring some life, to a neighborhood. In the 1990s, South Beach was a center of the local art scene, until it rose from the ashes, rents soared, and art was no longer needed to sell the hood. Time to move on. While some decry this relationship between greedy developers and needy artists, it is a somewhat co-dependent process: Artists and gallerists get discounted rents, while developers, and the city, get good publicity. And then the cycle starts all over again somewhere else. Like the Design District. Real estate developer Craig Robins, the CEO of Dacra, started his career as an instrumental player in the revitalization of South Beach, then moved on to the Design District to try and jumpstart that area. Back in 2000, it was a lonely place. Half the buildings were empty and very few people could be found walking its streets. To populate the neighborhood, Robins offered some nice deals to art ists. It was a ride that lasted longer than most probably imagined, as the reces sion kept redevelopment from taking off in earnest. Within several blocks around 38th and 40th streets, Dimensions Variable (DV), Spinello Gallery, Swampspace, Locust Projects, and Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI) found homes, as did a number of artist studios. But as the recession has receded and Robinss investment in the area has started to pay off Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Prada, and other high-end retailers have moved in, crowding out the art spaces. Which is why several of them have now transplanted to a huge downtown space, owned by developer conglomerate Miami Worldcenter Associates, which aims to rebuild a huge swath of the urban core along NE 1st Avenue. But since that is still a work in progress, in come the artists. The DV and BFI spaces, the Turn-Based Press, a unique printmak ing center led by artists and printers Kathleen Hudspeth and Thom Wheeler Castillo, and the performance and video artistic duo TM Sisters have all settled in the 20,000-square-foot former site of Capt. Harrys Fishing Supply Yemaya and Olokun

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warehouse on 11th Street and NE 1st Avenue. DV takes over the front, main space, accessible from glass doors facing the parking lot. The ceiling soars 22 feet, and there is an undeniably funky feel to it. On this April afternoon, the exhibition is a dual show from Brooklynbased Antoine Lefebvre and Miamis P. Scott Cunningham, a poet and founder of the O, Miami Poetry Festival that took place last month. Its a conceptually complex exhibit, as is most everything DV has offered up since it opened in a storefront in the Design District in 2009. DV is run by the artist trio of Frances Trombly, Leyden Rodriguez-Casa nova, and Adler Guerrier, all of whom also have huge studios in the complex. The space is still taking shape. They have added 12-foot walls within the exhibition area and proper lighting, ness to it, which is a good thing. Now DV has even more space for its artistic constructions, which usually feature combinations of artists from elsewhere and here. For instance, Trombly says that the upcoming group June exhibit will be co-curated by an artist from Iowa and local Odalis Valdivieso. The collaborative, interactive aspect of this art house goes beyond the main gallery. In another area, the duo that runs BFI artists Naomi Fisher and Jim Drain has also been setting up shop: studios and performance spaces that can be accessed through a roll-up, metal garage door. BFI participated in O, Miami with a poetry-dance event, which spilled out onto the courtyard and street. The space is big, airy, and raw, says Fisher. There are chain-link days, that give it a really special feel. She has high hopes for the new digs, especially when it comes to increased visibility: Even though we were in the heart of the Design District [in the Buena Vista Building on 39th Street], people really had to know we were there, since we were hidden upstairs. Being in a space with other artists and endeavors, she hopes, will help BFI become a community hub for contem porary art. BFI differs from DV in that it mixes up one-off visual art shows with performances and off-location events. For instance, in May, the latest installment of its Weird Miami Bus Tour, started several years ago, will roll out. This time the tour guide will be Cesar Trasobares, artist and activist, who will take visitors on a trip through the Cuban exile heriled by DVs Guerrier, who took riders through Little Haiti and Liberty City.) Also in May, BFI will feature art from a local African-American artist on the rise, T. Elliot Mansa, who has just been accepted to the MFA painting program at Yale University. In yet another huge space, the TurnBased Press is still under construction, utilizing the huge steel beams that once Rodriguez-Casanova says they are just too heavy and integral to the infrastrucchain-link walls, they look cool. should be noted that all three of these groups have also received Knight Foundation arts grants, which allow them to pursue these more eclectic projects without commercial pressure. As of now, the inn is full. But dont expect it to remain static. We are curwe need, says Rodriguez-Casanova, to then be able to see what we can use to invite others. P2V: Antoine Lefebvre and P. Scott Cunningham runs through May 25 at Dimensions Variable. T. Elliot Mansa runs through May 8 at Bas Fisher Invitational. The Weird Miami Bus Tour, with guide Cesar Trasobares, drives around town from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (lunch break at 1:30 p.m.) on May 4; cost is $25. All events take place or leave from 100 NE 11th St. For more information, dimensionsvariable.net. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Paper Folding Taste Photo by Brodum

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66 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 15: Paintings by Jorge Santos ABBA FINE ART 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 May 11 through July 31: Group Show with various artists ACND GALLERY OF ART 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net May 4 through 31: E-KleK-TiK: An IPC Visual Lab Charlie Trainor, Andrew Kaufman, Jenny Babot Romney, Rubyann Smith Hernandez, Nanci Thomas, Zeus Shama, Jennifer Kay, and Ethan Britton ALBERTO LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-286-7355 www.albertolinerogallery.com May 11 through June 8: Dick-tators by Dario ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through May 31: Pouring Light by Alejandro Corujeira 2242 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-576-1 150 Through June 9: Dissolving the Form by Ariel Toledano? Private Matters by Julian Pardo and Jesus Petroccini? ART FUSION GALLERIES 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-5730 www.artfusiongallery.com Through June 17: Subjects of Splendor with various artists ART NOUVEAU GALLERY 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaumiami.com Through June 21: Mostly Red by John Henry 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 305-237-3597 http://artseenspace.wordpress. com May 31 through June 21: New World School of the Arts High School Senior Showcase with various artists ASCASO GALLER Y 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com/site Call gallery for exhibition information BAKEHOUSE ART 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 May 10 through May 25: Papering with various artists May 10 through June 7: The Nature of Silence by Tina Salvesen and Gerbi Tsesarkaia BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL 122 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse Through May 8: T. Elliot Mansa BLACK SQUARE GALLERY 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com Through June 1: Gold Chains and Champagne by Ryan McCann BORINQUEN ART GALLERY 100 NE 38th St., Suite 3, Miami 305-491-1526 www.borinquenhealth.org Call gallery for exhibition information 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through June 16: INKarnation by Karen Rifas and Kerry Phillips BRISKY GALLERY 130 NW 24th St., Miami 786-409-3585 www.briskygallery.com May 9 through August 9: LEBO, Eric Cloutier, Lucinda Linderman, CP1, Diana Contreras, Alex Yanes, Jos Mertz, and Karen Vermeer BUTTER GALLERY 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 305-303-6254 www.buttergallery.com May 11 through July 31: Recent Work by Douglas Hoekzema (HOX) BUZZART 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Suite 6, Miami 305-571-8100 www.buzz-art.net Through May 31: Skyfall by Javier Velasco C-ART GALLERY 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami http://www.c-artgallery.com May 2 through June 1: David Rodriguez Caballero 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www.susannacaldwell.com Through June 1: Mahogany Sculptures and Sculptural Offering Bowls carved from Florida Hardwoods by Susanna Caldwell CARIDI GALLERY 785 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-202-5554, www.caridigallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www .cjazzart.com By appointment: carol@cjazzart.com Through May 5: Reigning Men by David Rohn May 17 through June 30: Ulama, Ule, Ol by Ronny Quevedo DANIEL AZOULAY GALLERY Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 305-576-1977 www.danielazoulaygallery.com May 3 through July 5: Tunnel to No Where by Daniel Azoulay DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com Through May 4: Far From Apple Hill by Francie Bishop Good May 17 through July 6: Kaleidoscopic by Shinique Smith DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 Through May 31: The Empire of Light by Fabiano Parisi Tend To by Sterz DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-536-7801 www.diasporavibe.net Call gallery for exhibition information 100 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net Through May 20: PV2 by Antoine Lefebvre and P. Scott Cunningham 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com Through June 7: Illuminations by Kanako Sasaki DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE 187 NW 27th St., Miami 305-573-9994 May 9 through June 6: Inventory Revised with Mauro Giaconi, Raquel Schwartz, Liliane Eberle, and Hernan Cedola ELITE GALLERY 46 NW 36th St., Miami 754-422-5942 May 1 through 31: May Show with Patricia Ortega, Beatriz@Beatrice, and Alba Vasconselos Karen (KK) Clardy, Walking Down the Aisle, acrylic

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Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS EMERSON DORSCH 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.emersondorsch.com Through May 11: In a Perfect World by Brookhart Jonquil Relay (Flow) by Rene Barge May 17 through June 8: Object implied with Kris Chatterson, Dave Hardy, Ryan Roa, April Street, Robert Thiele, and Odalis Valdivieso ETRA FINE ART 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 May 11 through 25: Polymorphism by Juan Mejia FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com Through May 27: Boys in Peril? by Hernan Bas GALERIE HELENE LAMARQUE 125 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-582-6067 www.galeriehelenelamarque.com Call gallery for exhibition information GALLERY 212 MIAMI CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 516-532-3040 www.gallery212miami.com Call gallery for exhibition information GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com Through June 1: In Proximity by Daniel Peet and JJ PEET GARY NADER FINE ART 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www.garynader.com Through July 30: Masters New Acquisitions with various artists GENERAL AUDIENCE PRESENTS 769 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-467-0941 www.generalaudiencepresents.com Through May 11: Fun with your new head by Robert Pruitt GREGG SHIENBAUM FINE ART 2239 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-456-5478 Call gallery for exhibition information HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1645 www.hardcoreartmiami. com Through June 1: No Hard Feelings by Chanoir Personal Is Political with Fernando Arias, Milton Becerra, Henry Bermudez, Efren Candelaria, Manuela Covini, Leslie Gabaldon, Mariana Monteagudo, Magnus Sigurdarson, Ruben Torres Llorca May 11 through July 6: Preserving the Void by Jonathan Rockford HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com Through May 4: That s Show, Again! by David van Alphen IDEOBOX ARTSPACE 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 www.ideobox.com May 2 through July 5: Square Totem by Jesus Matheus JUAN RUIZ GALLERY 301 NW 28th St., Miami 786-310-7490 www.juanruizgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information KABE CONTEMPORARY 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com Through June 15: Disassembling Paradise by Sergio Vega KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com Through May 25: Over & Out by John La Huis May 11 through June 30: CONTINUUM by Laura Rodriguez KELLEY ROY GALLERY 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery.com May 4 through 25: To Go Into Silence by Riitta Klint KIWI GALLERY 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography Collection of Early Pop Artists LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 www.galerieleliamordoch.com May 11 through June 1: in god we trust by Serguei Litvin Manoliu LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org May 11 through June 19: Jillian Mayer Out of Place by Tracey Goodman and Valerie Snobeck MARKOWICZ FINE ART 114 NE 40th St., Miami 786-362-5546 Through May 30: The Lost Series by Arno Elias 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu Through May 2: Emerging Artists 2013 with various artists MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 www.mdc.edu Through May 4: A Lifes Work by Arnold Mesches Through May 31: Transcending Narratives of Humanity Selected works from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection with various artists, curated by Natalie Perez 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu Through May 3: Emerging Artists 2013 with various artists May 16 through July 18: Aperture 2013 with various artists 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 305-2 37-3597 Call gallery for exhibition information NINA TORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 May 10 through 31: May Contemporary with Eumelia Castro, Gloriela Araujo, Ivonne Torres, Leomarilis Bojos, Mery Godigna Collet, and Sal Sidner Ones Condition by Manny Perez NOW CONTEMPORARY ART 175 NW 25th St., Miami 305-571-8181 www.nowcontemporaryart.com May 11 through June 30: Mark Jenkins 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 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 OXENBERG FINE ART 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-854-7104 www.oxenbergart.com Call gallery for exhibition information PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through May 25: Relay (Flow)

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68 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS Upside Down (turmoil, disasters & shootings) by Luis Cruz Azaceta Miami Cool by Luis Enrique Camejo 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com www.primaryprojectspace.com Through May 11: PUCHO: An Act of Vandalism by PUCHO 250 NW 23rd St., Ste 208, Miami 267-303-9652 www.projectsgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2349 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-397-8530 www.robertfontainegallery.com Through May 4: Nick Gentry May 11 through 25: Never Odd, Odd or Even by Anthony Lister 82 NE 29th St., Miami 305-441-2005 www.artnet.com/sammergallery.html May 3 through June 2: Periode Blanche by Carmelo Arden Quin 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information 150 NE 42nd St., Miami http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com May 11 through 31: Presque Vu by Maitejosune Urrechaga 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2626 NW 2nd Ave., Miami May 16 through July 11: We Are Where We Are Not by Carola Bravo 12425 NE 13th Ave., North Miami 305-978-4437 Call gallery for exhibition information 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Ste 4, Miami 305-284-3161 www.as.miami.edu/art May 6 through 24: The Means to an End by Daniel Listwan 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-496-0621 Ongoing: Alexis Torres 2233 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-576-5335 www.waltmanortega.com Through May 31: Absolute Zero by Jonathan Huxley 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 294 NW 54th St., Miami 954-235-4758 www.yeelenart.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-438-3737, www.zadokgallery.com May 11 through July 4: Reclaimed Miami with various artists Shades of Grey with various artists 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278, www .artcentersf.org Through May 26: Multiplicity with Eugenia Calvo, Babette Herschberger, Regina Jestrow, Laz Ojalde, Kerry Phillips, Frances Trombly, Gerbi Tsesarskaia, and Michelle Weinberg 2100 Collin s Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through July 21: From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler with various artists Through August 11: Rufus Corporation by Eve Sussman 1035 N. Miami Ave., Suite 200, Miami www.legalartmiami.org Call gallery for exhibition information 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380, www.cifo.org Through May 12: City Metaphors by Miquel Navarro May 24 through June 9: Properly Named: New World School of the Arts BFA Exhibition with various artists 3841 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Dacra 305-531-8700 www.dacra.com Ongoing: Richard Tuttle, Marlene Dumas, John Baldessari, Elizabeth Peyton, and Kai Althoff, curated by Tiffany Chestler 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 Ongoing: Carlos Alfonzo Through May 11: Terra non: Descoperta by Alfredo Jaar 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 Through May 19: The Seminole Paintings by Eugene Savage Through May 20: American Sculpture in the Tropics with John Henry, Albert Paley, Dennis Oppenheim, Chakaia Booker, and Verina Baxter Through June 23: Concealed Spaces by Jos Manuel Ballester Through August 20: Bang! by Robert Einbeck Through August 25: Spanish Colonial Art: The Beauty of Two Traditions with various artists, curated by Carol Damian Through September 3: The Drawing Project with various artists, curated by Emmy Mathis Through December 31: Deep Blue by Javier Velasco 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through June 2: Stonehenge I & II by Brian Curtis Through February 9: Terrestrial Paradises: Imagery from the Voyages of Captain James Cook with various artists May 3 through April 27: The Art of Panama with various artists 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 May 12: New Work Miami 2013 with various artists, curated by Rene Morales and Diana Nawi Through June 2: Frames of Reference: Latin American Art from the Jorge M. Perez Collection with various artists 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-621 1 www.mocanomi.org Through May 5: Pivot Points: 15 Years and Counting with various artists 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www.margulieswarehouse.com Call gallery for exhibition information 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through August 2: Alone Together with various artists 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami 305-250-9133 www.vizcayamuseum.org Call gallery for exhibition information 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 Knot

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Inanna in TownInanna is considered the most powerful goddess in ancient Mesopotamia (todays Iraq), her legend going back 6000 years. She was associated with Venus, fertility, with the contemporary, Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla of Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave.) have come up with Inanna and the Huluppu Tree a fabulously costumed and choreographed play about the goddess trying to save a city constantly under attack from nature and losing the leadership of its old deities. How very Miami. Starting Wednesday, May 1 and running through the month. Tickets cost $20. For show times, go to www.mtcmiami.org.A Grand Slam of a BalletTo close out the season, Miami City Ballet will stage Slaughter on Tenth Avenue adapted from a Rodgers and Hart Broad way play about gangsters, strippers, a murder plot, and the unexpected joie de vivre of the criminal underworld. It also in cludes tap dancing and spoken-word parts, which is why the Balanchine-choreo graphed work is so out of the ordinary. Oh, and also because former baseball star Mike Piazza takes on a cameo role (but only on opening night). Miami City Ballets Program IV, which also includes a Jerome Robbins piano ballet, runs from Friday May 3, through Sunday, May 5 with shows at 8:00 p.m. (and 2:00 p.m. on Sat urday and Sunday) at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20-$175. Visit www.arshtcenter.org.The Private DancerRudi Goblen, dancer and actor, has been involved with many of Miamis homegrown dance and hip-hop-based performances over the past decade, working with the likes of Teo Castellanos and Rosie Herrera, as well as creating his own pieces. Now hes back with the conclusion of his theatrical trilogy for Miami Light Project (404 NW 26th St.). Titled PET its a celebration of, and mourning for, love. Goblens interactive physical theater, drawn from real-life experiences in support groups, takes the stage Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Go to www.miamilightproject.com.Beautiful PuppetsWe all know Sleeping Beauty : A beautiful young princess has been cursed to stay in a deep sleep until a handsome prince kisses her. But Mexican puppetry troupe Mari onetas de la Esquina, one of the best in the world, has modernized the story a bit. In Sleeping Beauty Dreams our heroine search of love and her inner self. The sto rytelling is humorous and the marionettes always clever in this work for adults and young ones. Two shows are in English, two in Spanish. On Saturday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m. (English), 2:00 p.m. (Spanish), and 5:00 p.m. (English), and on Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. (Spanish). At the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $26. Go to www.arshtcenter.org.Take Mom to the RiverBrunch is so over for Mothers Day. Cruising up and down the Miami River on the morning before that day, Satur day, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., seems much more relaxed. Thats what HistoryMiami is offering up with Moms Miami River Boat a float through our waterway heritage, under old bridges, past riverside neighborhoods (many hidden from the average commuter) and little which includes tugboats and creaky old freighters. And maybe a manatee. The tour costs $44 for members, $54 for nonmem bers. Go to www.historymiami.org.Match PointTennis has always produced stars, icons, and prima donnas, both male and female. Rarely, though, has it produced as much collective love, and resentment, as that directed at the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. Black female superstars in a white sport, tough, dominant, and winning, their story seems just made for the big screen, and now it has been. Venus and Serena plays on O Cin emas new screen in Miami Shores (9806 NE 2nd Ave.) from Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19 at various times. Admis sion is $10.50 for nonmembers; $7.50 for members. Details at www.o-cinema.org.Networking OpportunityThe Performing Arts Network (PAN), founded back in 1994 as an organization of multicultural, multidisciplinary performance groups, has always been hard to categorize. And that was before its North Miami building burned down a couple of years back. But were happy Sunday, May 19 at PAN, 13146 W. Dixie Hwy., from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The open house will include performances and refreshments. Admission is free, but call 305-899-7730 for reservations. Go to www.panmiami.org. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com .Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR The Zoo You Never KnewBack in 1948, the story goes, a traveling circus unexpectedly closed down in Miami, leaving behind some large animals, including lions. The big cats and monkeys needed a home, and so the Crandon Park Zoo (6747 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne) was born. But as the zoo grew, it needed more room, eventually morphing into what is now ZooMiami. Not everything made the move, however. Today there are still remnants of the original zoo, cages and bits of buildings, as well as peacocks, ducks, geese, ibises, and more than a few big lizards. Check it all out in HistoryMiamis Old Crandon Park Zoo Eco-Walk on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers. Tickets at www.historymiami.org. Whats Not To Love?Its time for the tenth annual Love-In Party in the Park at Greyn olds Park (17530 W. Dixie Hwy.) on Sunday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dont be too cool for school here its supposed to be multigenerational, cheesy fun. The 1970s group Grand Funk Railroad (of Were an American Band fame) is the featured act, there will be a videotaping of a Harlem Shake, and costumes from the last four decades are encouraged. Plus tons of activities. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. Go to www.miamipartyinthepark.com. We Are What We EatA delicious-sounding exhibit, Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods From Farm to Kitchen opens at the Wolfsonian-FIU (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) on Friday, May 17 and runs through August 18. For those whove never been to the Wolfsonian-FIU (shame on you), this unique museum highlights trends, objects, and designs that trans formed the U.S. in the 20th Century. This exhibit will follow the evolution of mass-produced food, which changed both the U.S. and the world, impacting not just what we eat, but where and how. Admis sion is $7; free on Friday evenings. More at www.wolfsonian.org.

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70 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatCompiled by Derek McCannSay Cheese for Your Mug Shot4870 Biscayne Blvd. Sometimes people want to pay for certain things, while acting as if they are entitled to others. This woman was shopping at Publix and went to the makeup aisle. She opened up a package of makeup and placed the contents in her purse, then threw the empty package behind the cheese. (Classy.) Continuing to shop, she eventually went through the checkout line, paying for everything in her cart except the makeup. She was stopped by police in the parking lot and promptly arrested. While the economy has hit us hard, and we need to make a good impression in those job interviews, do we really need to risk a mug shot to get the look we want?Love, Miami Style400 Block of NE 30th Street According to this police report, a woman was helping someone out by allowing that person to temporarily live with her. She was also dating him. To return the favor, her beau took her key ring one day without her permission. Perhaps he was going to prepare a beautiful feast replete with romantic candles and New Age music? Nope. Instead the victim discovered her jewelry, bag, and sunglasses missing, and the love of her life gone from the picture. Police were searching for the man at press time.Lock It or Lose It1100 Block of NE 80th Street Again, people, we are not living in Canada. This is Miami. For reasons unbeknownst to us, people continue to leave their doors unlocked. This person left the door unlocked for a maintenance man who was going to repair the water heater. When the victim arrived home, he found his home ransacked and several items stolen, including his Playstation 3. Please be aware that naivet is a code word for open score in the criminal mind.Fit Thief Eats Turkey Hot Dog, Goes for Run400 Block of NE 36th Street A thug grabbed some beer and a turkey hot dog at a gas station store and decided to leave without paying. (Turkey hot dog from a gas station? You would have to pay us to eat that.) The clerk electronically locked the door, which led the man to break it. He ran north to Biscayne Boulevard, then headed toward State Road 112. Police chased him. One even used his Taser, but to no avail; the thug kept running. The man crawled under a bridge and came out the other side, and 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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even broke through a residential fence in an effort to escape. However, a team of police had materialized by this time and was able to forcefully subdue him.Isnt Weed Supposed to Chill You Out?60 NE 11th St. Defendant was being arrested after being pulled over by police. Appears they found some marijuana in the car. As they continued searching the vehicle, they also found a Luger pistol inside the glove compartment. When asked about the gun, the man said, I bought that at a pawn shop! He then with gas hole. Oh, what cops have to put up with. It turns out the gun was reported stolen in Arkansas. So being arrested for weed and a stolen gun? Whos the gas hole, now?Family Night in North Miami975 NE 125 St. Woman was dining at a local restaurant with her black handbag hanging from the back of the chair. Tsk, tsk. This is kind of like the unlocked door from another entry in this Crime Beat, except this method is much closer to dangling a mouse in front of a cat. Predictably, she left the establishment and forgot the purse. When she returned wait for it the purse was gone. The woman noticed, however, that a lively party of six nearby was laughing the night away. she waited for them to leave and actually attempted to block them in using her car, but they sped away. We guess the family that steals together, stays together.Fast-Food Heist965 NE 125th St. While Subway is known for its motto of Eat fresh, one has to understand that good food karma only infuriates the criminal brethren. After this Subway closed for the night, a vagrant dressed in black threw a brick through the window (setting off the alarm), entered the establishment, and stole a cash register. His total haul was $100, which is good for about 20 sandwiches at Subway, or perhaps a portion of his bail money, the latter, of course.Local Restaurant Serves Pig, Pays For It4590 NE 2nd Ave. Even at the Buena Vista Deli, which draws a sophisticated crowd with its great desserts and fantastic brunch, problems can arise. The owner, known for being affable, approached a table only to be screamed at by this customer. Naturally, the owner asked him to leave. The man responded by pushing the owner in the chest, and kept eating. He then left with out paying. If this stuff persists, they are going to have to put bars on that outside dining area. We hope polite Miamians will continue to outnumber the sociopaths. Order the Spanish omelet. Its delicious.Crazy Diner Avoids Sharing Charge5300 Block of N. Miami Avenue they do, its best to just drive away if you can. This poor victim was sitting in carrying a doggie bag from a local restau rant. There must have been something in that food. He screamed at the driver and, when his attention-seeking behavior was ignored (normally the best strategy when dealing with Miami vermin), the man reached into the victims car and took the key from the ignition. He then took the food from his doggie bag and rubbed it into the interior of the car. This included cake. Police have not tracked him down, and lab tests have not determined whether the cake was angel food or coconut.Handi-Capable and Then Some1700 Block of N. Bayshore Drive A patron, checking out of the Double Tree Hotel, had his luggage brought down to him in the lobby. A man in an electric wheelchair drove up to one of the bags and waited a couple of minutes. The patron thought nothing of it and turned his head. Big mistake. The man in the wheelchair grabbed the bag and began speeding away. Seriously. He exited the lobby and headed north on Bayshore Drive. Police canvassed the area, but could not track him down. Even though he was in a wheelchair, carry ing a piece of luggage. This just proves that people with disabilities can do anything anyone else can do and, in Miami, that is saying a lot. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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72 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Great BayMiamis signature waterway is more of a jewel than even we realizeBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorIn all the world, there is only one Biscayne Bay. It is Miamis front yard of blue glass, a river of seagrass. It is hard to overstate its value, beauty, and diversity. Matt Damons house on the bay just went on the market for a cool $20 million, and thats just a drop in the bays bucket of thousands of high-value properties. Add in the worlds busiest cruise ship center, the skyscrapers of downtown, and Vizcaya, and you start to see the green in this blue oasis. Downtown Miami is visible from the bays northern and southern extion of crystals. The 35-mile-long bay is remarkably clean, much more so than Chesapeake or other American bays. A great mystery of Biscayne Bay is how a metropolis was built on top of it without killing it. The bay is teeming with life in a literal octopus garden. What other city in the world has skyscrapers that reby dolphins, manatees, and spotted eagle rays? The bay has been altered over the years, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Older Miamians may recall the days, decades ago, when authorities often prohibited swimming owing to raw sewage spills. Dredgand created the many spoil islands that dot the bay today. The northern bays main barrier to the ocean, a former peninsula, became an island with the creation of Haulover Cut. Perhaps the greatest change came from farther inland, as efforts to drain the fresh water into the bay. The mangroves along the bays shoreline were chopped down for development. How did the bay survive it all? Perhaps because of its massive size, the forgiveness of ocean currents, and the leadership that secured its protection. While not a traditional park, all of Biscayne Bay is protected. Two governing bodies split the bay into essentially two regions. The region south of Key Biscayne falls mostly within Biscayne National Park, while the serve covers the more developed northern section. The entire bay is an Outstanding Florida Water, meaning it has been deemed to have exceptional natural value. Established in 1974, the serve is where most people meet the bay. It covers 67,000 acres of submerged land (dry a few thousand years ago) running between the mainland and the islands from Key Biscayne northward, mostly. A secondary portion lies in Card Sound by Key Largo. part of the Department of Environmental Protection) has an annual budget of $18,000 plus salary for two employees, according to Pamela Sweeney, the preserves manager. That number is not a typo: To help preserve and protect Biscayne Bay, the state spends less than 0.1 percent of the value of Matt Damons house. What? This economic insanity makes me smad, sad and mad at the same time. Donald Trump alone has invested billions in Miami-Dade County. Meanwhile, what is arguably its most valuable asset, Biscayne Bay, gets pennies. Putting aside the tears in my eyes, lets focus on the place that launched a thousand kayaks, the bays northern portion. The Oleta River, inhabited in ancient the apex of the bay, and the bays shoreline, thick with towering red mangroves, reminds us of what the area used to look like. Gradually widening as it spreads a spit of sandy land. While thin, this beachy land absorbs the Atlantics waves and leaves the bay perpetually calmer. Surrounding the bay is the greenest space in northeastern Miami-Dade. The bays bordering parks and green spaces previously reviewed in this column have received the highest rankings of any area in the Biscayne Corridor. Ratings out of a perfect 5 have included: Oleta River State Park: 5 Haulover Beach Park: 4.5 Florida International Universitys Biscayne Bay Campus: 4 Sandspur Island: 4 member, a view of the bay is worth $20 million. While this area has regular boat line the marina in Haulover Beach Park, and some yachts park in the cove in between FIU and Oleta River State Park, which has a manmade, protected beach, BT photos by Jim W. Harper BISCAYNE BAY AQUATIC PRESERVE Oleta River State Park Bay Harbour Islands Surside Sunny Isles Miami Beach Key Biscayne Elliot Ke y Card Sound Turkey Point Biscayne National Park Virginia Ke y Park Rating

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excellent for swimming; the bays natural shoreline is more swamp than beach. The bay welcomes small boats, but repels large ones. Its depth averages only a few feet, so kayaks and canoes are an ideal means of transportation. Wayward motorboats have left many, many scars in the seagrass beds. Covering most of the bay, these beds are exceptionally valuable ecosystems. Aquatic Preserve manager Sweeney favors a kayak around the mangroves in Oleta and a snorkel by Sandspur or Pelican Island. My favorite bayside spot is within FIUs borders, where I scattered my dogs ashes. Surely the bay is home to many loved ones ashes. This year the Aquatic Preserve new map for Paddle Out Biscayne Bay, a program of 20 kayak launches across the bay. (Link to the map from Park Patrol on our website.) As for animals, Biscayne Bay has a permanent resident population of about 100 dolphins, and research shows distinct north-versus-south-bay sub in seagrass beds near the shoreline. Bird life abounds; visit any bridge at sunset to watch pelicans diving for dinner. Views of the bay are everywhere. One of the best views of Brickells skyline is from the Rusty Pelican restaurant. Without the bay, it would just be a row of buildings, Treat yourself: Play tourist one day and take one of the sunset cruises that originate at Bayside Marketplace. Instead of gawking only at the homes of the rich and famous, which derive most of their value from bayside views, look into the water and appreciate how truly outstanding it is. It lets Miami breathe. Thousands of people drive over Biscayne Bay every hour without giving it a second thought. Dont be one of those people. Give it many thoughts, because it has given you more than you will ever know. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rrfr fntbtt rrfnttttb

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74 Columnists: ALL THINGS ANIMALCauseway JimA beachcombing expedition leads to an unexpected encounter with a homeless manBy Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorI frequently beachcomb next to a causeway, in between Miami and Miami Beach. It is out of the way and somewhat isolated. When I go, I put on my rain boots, make sure I have water, my phone and camera, and bags for shells, sea glass, and any other items I might come across or trip over a list that so far includes old cell phones, bones, a piece of a Judas Priest cassette tape, and pottery shards. Perhaps most important, I also bring a bat, so I can club the hell out of anyone who tries to do me harm. (I have learned that just lugging around a bat does the trick. That, combined with wearing my penguinshaped hat. Works every time. I emerge from the brush and people run from me.) A week ago I found something some one who was more important than ocean-tumbled glass (even if it is the rare red kind), and even more important than the animals I routinely encounter on the beach, like sea slugs, found Jimmy. But perhaps it is more accurate to say Jimmy found me. I had just spent a few hours collecting debris that travels from whoknows-where to the ocean and then into Biscayne Bay. I had taken the low tide by the mucky teats and milked it dry. My legs and butt were sore. My pockets and bags brimmed with tidal treasure. My hair was salty. I had loaded my stuff into my car, along with my bat, when I decided to take one last glance along the seawall. Poised in The Crouch one of my beachcombing positions I was just about to inspect a light green piece of glass when I heard a voice behind me. Excuse me, maam. Now, Im not a screamer. Im a freezer. Im half-convinced that, if I ever screamers well, I neednt explain them. This voice startled me into a scelp half scream, half yelp. I think this is because when Im on the comb (similar to being on the hunt) and immersed in is part of what makes the comb so fun and therapeutic. It also makes it dangerous, as you should always be aware of your surroundings. I am usually very good at maintaining perked ears and detecting BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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the slightest noise usually wind moving through the trees, which does, in fact, sound like voices. (Just in case you thought that was a load of crap.) Well, I had let my guard down. I cursed myself for letting the beach lull me into a false sense of security, and for leaving my trusty bat behind. Without my bat, I was just some freak in a penguin hat, which, while frightening enough, was not likely to deter a bad man looking to do me in. Whipping around, I hoped, in my vulnerable and bat-less state, for a hint of the crazy in my eyes, to make up for that sissy scelp, and saw an older man straddling a bicycle. Oh, Im very sorry, he said. I didnt mean to scare you. He was tall and very skinny, wearing a short-sleeve work shirt and slacks. Sober. Not strung out. Let the panhandling begin, I thought. But Jimmy didnt want my money. Maam, please, if you have any food at all, and you can spare it, I would great ly appreciate it, he said. Im hungry. I said I would check. Please. Anything. You know how you always hear that people go hungry in America? Well, Im it. Pause. This is the face of hunger. That line resonated. I realized Jimmy wasnt just naturally skinny. He was, indeed, hungry. Perhaps even starving. I found some mixed nuts and offered Jimmy the can, but he just shook his head and pointed at his mouth: I cant chew them. Oh. Jimmy was missing his bottom teeth, but was able to get some of my peanut butter crackers down. As he gummed the crackers, Jimmy told me about how he was on his way to Mount Sinai Hospital for his diabetes medicine. He had been under the bridge for two days, because he was too weak to leave, but he was out of time. Jimmy told me that his full name was James Jackson. Hes originally from Ala bama, but had lived in the Northeast. He had a degree in engineering from Antioch University. His wife, Margaret, died a few years ago. He had no children or relatives. 90 days he had been on the streets. Jimmy said he didnt understand why the homeless (although he preferred residentially challenged) took money for drugs or alcohol. He found the city to be pretty rough. He tried shelters, but preferred living in the shadow of the causeway, even though it was less convenient food-wise, because at least he wasnt far from the hospital. He learned to forage for food out of Dumpsters at night, since people were less likely to chase him away then. There used to be a raccoon, and he tried to forage off me until he realized that did no good, Jimmy said. At some point in his story he started wheezing, but said he was just dehydrated. I fetched my water bottle and gave it to him. I remembered the two bags it would be useless. Sure enough, he just shook his head and said sadly, I cant believe it. Two bags of groceries and I cant accept them. I decided to get Jimmy real food. Will you come back? he asked me, adding, Do you have anything to read? I miss reading books. I bought $50 in groceries and returned. Jimmys face lit up. You came back! he said, tearing up. This will feed me for a week! You got two loaves of bread and the bigsize potato salad! We sat and discussed politics, philosophy, religion, and current events. He worried about an oncoming storm. I reached in my car and gave Jimmy my rain boots, clothing, bags, an umbrella, and curtains he could use for bedding. Are you a bag lady? he wanted to know. Before I left, he asked me to throw his trash in a garbage can for him; he didnt want to litter. Jimmy assured me hed be okay. Of all the treasures Ive found on that beach, Jimmy is by far my best discovery. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Jimmy was missing his bottom teeth, but was able to get some of my peanut butter crackers down.

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76 Pioneer JusticeA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiamiBy Paul S. George Special to the BTMiami was just four years of age in 1900, when the county seat returned to the city after ten years at Juno, in todays north Palm Beach County. Prior to the relocation, workers removed the cells from the Juno jail and placed them along with one prisoner and the county records on a barge for transport to the Miami River, 90 miles to the south. Soon the human cargo and freight were delivered to a two-story, wood-frame building that sat near the edge of the river, on property owned by Julia Tuttle, Miamis mother. The new courthouse building, seen here, stood just east of todays S. Miami Avenue on the north bank of the Miami sat at the back of the structure. This unimposing building was characterized in one account as dingy and cramped. Almost from the beginning, this for the growing business of the court. In 1901 a Dade County grand jury called for a new courthouse, branding the existing building inadequate for the burgeoning county. The grand jury was especially critical of the jail, calling it a menace to the health and safety of not only the prison ers incarcerated therein, but to the county to the public who have occasion to visit the courthouse and premises. The county commission was listening, for in the same year, they awarded a design contract for a new courthouse to a South Carolina archi tectural firm whose design was soon executed. The story of the new court house will appear in next months Picture Story. 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 HistoryMiami, #X-00-53-1

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Fruit of TemptationOnce youve tasted black sapote, its hard to say no to moreBy Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorI always enjoy evaluating trees in older Miami neighborhoods because I never know when Ill come across one thats not very common to our area, or maybe one that is just unfamiliar to me. Last month I visited a property that had the most interesting collection of fruit trees, with many of them in bloom One of the larger trees on this property was a relative of the persimmon. I immediately recognized it as a black sapote or Diospyros digyna What was most rewarding was the fact the tree was full of mature fruit, which do, in fact, resemble the persimmon, so I helped myself to a small quantity (strictly for I spent several hours on this property measuring and inspecting trees, and also taking lots of photos. I saw some of the neighbors outside their houses so I went over to them and asked if they had ever eaten the fruit of the black sapote. Since this tree is native to Mexico and parts of Central America, I naturally assumed the neighbors, who were Hispanic, were familiar with it. I was wrong. The people I spoke with not only had never tried the fruit, they did not even know it. When I told them it was called black sapote, they said they knew the other sapote fruits, which come from completely unrelated families of trees. Perhaps they never tried the black sapote because, when it ripens, the green color of the fruit only changes slightly to a lighter shade of green so many people dont realize its ready to eat. Regarding the other sapotes, there is the white sapote, Casimiroa edulis that is in the citrus family, and mamey sapote, Pouteria sapota from a totally different plant family (and a favorite of Cubans, different sapotes are native to Mexico. In Spanish, black sapote can be called sapote negro sapote prieto sapote de mico or ebano In English, Ive heard it called black persimmon. to tell when the fruit is ripe on the tree, I suppose another problem with black sapote is what the inside looks like when youre ready to eat or prepare it in some manner (the outer shell becomes very soft and easily gives way to a ser Some folks say it resembles stewed not trying it. The fruit I collected was from a seedless variety, so at least there wasnt the issue of picking out the seeds before eating. When I brought the black sapote home, I asked my favorite chef, Monica, to come up with some preparation meth ods to see how good this tropical fruit can taste. Monica cut open a couple of the ripe fruits and set aside cinnamon, shred ded bitter chocolate, and maple syrup. We used spoons to scoop out some of the fruit and tasted it by itself. I would say it tasted a bit like pudding, with a hint of chocolate. Adding the condiments ing. My favorite was the maple syrup. Monica has a book with recipes using tropical fruit, so I challenged her to bake a black sapote cake. She baked a butter cake using only a single fruit. For a topping, she mixed shredded coconut in cream and then toasted the cake. Wow, We both agree that next time she will use two black sapote. We have a few more ripening so a black sapote mousse is on standby, although I would almost prefer to have another cake. Ive also heard of a tempting beverage made by blending the pulp of black sapote with pineapple juice. This tropical fruit tree is quite easily grown in our local soils. It can be sensitive to cold and frost while becoming established, but once it reaches the size of a smaller tree, it will tolerate some cold weather. The tree from which I collected the fruit had not been cared for in the sense of fertilizer or irrigation probably for years. Nevertheless, the tree was quite healthy you could tell by the dark-green foliage and, because of its size, had hundreds of fruit in the canopy. Its the perfect sustain able tree to grow if you have space in your yard. No fertilizer or spraying necessary. There were quite a few species of unusual trees on this property that bore edible fruit and/or had some interesting that combustible topic for another column. 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

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78 By the BookMonitoring what your child reads is tricky, but it is every parents responsibilityBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorI have a secret. I read all of the Fifty Shades of Grey books. Thats right, I am a walking clich. Whats worse is, I bought them in bulk, with a bomber bottle of Chardonnay, while wearing sweatpants at Costco. Was it great literature? Absolutely not. But guess what? I can guarantee what happened in those books was much more titillating (in my head) than any Inspired by the Best-Selling Series movie that may later get made. Remember the thrill, as a fourth grader, of reading the dirty parts of Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret ? Re member graduating to the Sweet Valley High series and hiding those books from your parents because the teenage twin heroines had a weak spot for make-out sessions with handsome boys? I was a voracious reader as a child. I read so much, in fact, that my mother made me discuss it with our family therapist, like it was an addic tion. I was not dissuaded by her lack of enthusiasm. If she didnt take me to the library, I raided her bookshelf, read ing most of the Jackie Collins novels, Helter Skelter Zodiac and several self-help books by age 13. Seeing your kids nose in a book is obviously a good thing. But reading the ably a good idea. On a recent visit to our amazing peOpen this book and read any paragraph on any page, she urged. I did, and then I blushed. I cant even indulge you with a strategically censored passage from said book, fair reader, because its impossible to come up with one. To me, every page I turned to was too dirty! a 14-year-old patient who checked it out of the public library. The girls parents did not speak English; hence, they didnt know the content was inappropriate for a young adult. After the good doctor paid the girls lost book fee in an effort to take the book out of circulation and made several calls to City of Miami commissioners Michelle Spence-Jones and Marc Sarnoff, she took it upon herself to visit the library and ask why they would let a young girl check out such a book. Why do they even have a book that includes such material? While a book like the one in question may never end up on the library bookshelf next to classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The Catcher in the Rye many argue that the messages and culture contained in books like this are still important. It turns out this book is from an author many consider the Queen of Street Literature, Wahida Clark. Her titles, which include Thug Lovin Whats Really Hood and The Golden Holsta New York, and Atlanta, and Ms. Clark has speaking invitations from libraries across the country. Nevertheless, this book shouldnt have ended up in a childs hands. Whose job is it to police what your kids are getting from the library? The friendly librarian will point your child to the young adult section, but she is likely not carding. The American Library Association does not have a book rating system, as they consider that a form of censorship. (No, not the C word!) Most libraries do not ban books. Most libraries depend on their head librarians to select materials based upon a materials management policy. The Miami-Dade Public Library System does carry Fifty Shades of Grey Jackie Collins, Danielle Steele, and plenty of other romance and erotica titles that contain graphic sexual scenarios, including Wahida Clarks series. We can judge a movie by its rating; we can judge a TV show by its air time and network; we can put parental controls on the Internet. Books are on a throne. Rating the oldest form of media, whether it be the government or a private entity, somehow conjures up thoughts of book burnings and the Bill of Rights. Some organizations offer online age-coded guides to recent book releases, but do these raters share your views as a parent? Do they consider a proverbial teenage toe dipped in the provocative Gossip Girl series a safe way to explore complicated topics? How do they feel about bodily functions? ( Diary of a Wimpy Kid is riddled with them.) Reading is an intimate business. You can be supportive of your childs appetite for reading, but too lenient with their choice of material. You can be skeptical of your childs appetite, but the lack for some might not work for others, its true, but we should stop outsourcing parenting. Children and teens will read books with bad words and adult situations. Its not someone elses job to protect them by rating books. Its our job to raise them as we want them to be raised. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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Here Today, Gone TomorrowThanks to our irresponsible ways, many of our animal species are facing extinction By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorExtinction is forever. Here in South Florida, we have our hands full with potential extinctions caused by the relentless progress of humanity. Some species are on the verge, and some have already succumbed. Think polar bears have it bad? They still exist and their public-relations team got their image on the side of the Coke can. In South Florida, our most cameraready species is already gone. Imagine the cutest little animal in the ocean, a seal pup, bobbing along in the current off South Beach. Its head pops out of the water and its big black eyes focus on something coming toward it. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? The Caribbean monk seal was hunted to death. It disappeared from Floridas waters centuries ago, but persisted in the region until about 1952, which is when it was last seen in the wild. Children need to be taught about this calamity, just as they should be taught about the dramatic decline of sea turtles and whales as a result of hunting. We need to remember this recent history in order to avoid repeating it (over and over). Two surviving species related to the Caribbean monk seal, the Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals, are among the most threatened species in the world. What other species in Florida have gone extinct recently? The South Florida rainbow snake and the Florida fairy shrimp were declared extinct in 2011, outlasting the dusky seaside sparrow (1990) by only a couple of decades. Several other extinctions have been recorded, but the real number remains unknown. While Florida may have experienced more extinctions than other states, this pales in comparison to the global situa tion. Today we are in the midst of what scientists are calling the sixth mass-ex tinction event in history. The last one was 65 million years ago, so they dont happen too often. The difference this time is that humans are the primary drivers. Historically, hunting has been the main cause, but now habitat loss leads the way. Add the escalating effects of climate change, on top of other human-induced threats, and this volatile situation, unknown in the fossil record, is our new reality. Evidence clearly points to the burning of fossil fuels as the elevator taking us to the penthouse of extinction. Its the gasoline, stupid plus all the other senseless, irresponsible things people do without thinking. The most threatened animals today are amphibians and those adorable rainforest frogs, but coming up fast are corals and the underwater rainforests they create. Scientists predict the end of all coral reefs within a human lifetime. All gone. Kaput. If an entire ecosystem and its thousands of species can disappear in a matter of decades, what will become of Homo sapiens? Were a species, too, you know. Perhaps focusing on local extinctions can set the stage for the prevention of this global catastrophe. The U.S. Endangered Species Act lists 62 animals and 54 plants in Florida. The animals in South Florida most threat ened with extinction today include two swallowtail. Other familiar animal species, the panther and manatee, have made small gains in recent years, but they remain highly vulnerable. Hundreds of manatees have died in Southwest Florida this year owing to toxic algae blooms. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tracks 60 species on Floridas endangered and threatened species list, and this year the agency is drafting reviews that will lead to integrated, multi-species protection plans. Local species under review include the Everglades mink, the white-crowned pigeon, and the roseate spoonbill. Endangered species are not exotic or far away. Pick your favorite outdoor spot in South Florida the beach, the bay, the Keys, the Everglades and where we live. So what can we do? Educate ourselves and our children, because we cant solve the problem of extinction if we dont acknowledge it. But education is only the starting point. At the deepest level, we need to explore the link between the extinction of nonhuman species and the survival of the human species. We are only one among millions, and there is no guarantee that our species will stay on top. At the species level, we have proven that we can prevent extinction. Whaling was banned in increments over the past and no whale species has gone extinct. In Florida, the ban on hunting certain birds and alligators has led to their recovery. Preventing the sixth mass extinction would likely require going backward in time and building the industrial revolution on renewable sources instead of The Caribbean monk seal died by the sword (and the club and the spear), but the next seal will likely die by the greenhouse gas. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. 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80 By Bill Citara BT ContributorI am not drinking any fing Merlot! In the annals of bad luck, that line from Paul Giamattis character, Miles Raymond, in the movie Side ways a poisonous four-leaf clover, booking a last-minute cabin on the Titanic, and as good for Pinot Noir as it was bad for Merlot, the former extolled as the Beverage of the Gods, the latter dismissed as a pathetic excuse for grape juice. Pinot Noir sales reportedly soared, while sales That the grape Miles so roundly dissed has a long and distinguished history, and that a wine considered to be Petrus, is almost exclusively Merlot, didnt seem to matter. What did matter is many cork dorks with the sweet, fruity, insipid swill vintners at the time were churning out, like so many bazillion gallons of Welchs. Now, youre not going be drinking any Petrus at our price point, since a single bottle of the most recent vintage of this magical elixir can cost upward of $2000. But it is nice to say that, even on the budget end of the wine spectrum where Vino lives, you can get Merlots of decent structure and varietal character that wont make you look like an idiot or philistine if you pour them for friends. For example, the 2011 Oustric from Bernard Magrez. Its a very deep purple color almost inky but its French pedigree becomes obvious in the nose, where its juicy black cherry-berry fruit is given nuance by whiffs of oak, olives, and cloves. Taste it, though, and that seemingly inky fruit is lighter and less ominous than it appears, balanced by taut acidity and noticeable tannins. Balance and nuance also mark anoth er French product, the 2010 Chateau Bois Redon A blend of 75-percent Merlot and 25-percent Cabernet Sauvignon, it dis plays some of the softness of the former and some of the backbone of the latter, all in a pleasing red and black cherry pack Miles Raymond may not be drinking any Merlots like the 2011 Coastline from the Paso Robles region of California, or Washingtons 2011 Radius but fans of big, fruity, full-bodied Merlots plums and cherries and blueberries, with scents of vanilla, toast, and allspice. Its on the sweet side of ripe, and its tannins are softer than a 1000-thread-count sheet, but if your idea of a good Merlot is biting into a piece of summer-ripe fruit, just tell Miles to piss off. The Coastlines aromas hint at that same uber-ripe character, but on the palate the wine backs off a bit, delivering blackberry and blueberry, with a pronounced stony-chalky charac ter from Paso Robles calcareous soil. Both wines would be happy guests at your next backyard barbecue, where they could stand up to anything from burgers to ribs. No surprise that a couple of domestic Merlots would go over to the dark (and fruity) side. What came as a surprise, though, were two thoroughly unimpressive South American Merlots. The 2011 La Playa from Chile got off on the wrong nostril with a blast of musty, vegetal, and raisin aromas. It tasted better than it smelled, with simple bluea dollop of spice, but for $10, you can do a lot better. An Argentine Merlot, the 2011 Portillo from Bodega Salentein, was disjointed and rough around the edges, as evidenced by a hotness on the nose and palate despite a (relatively) moderate 14 percent alcohol. It did deliver some appealing spice notes, Finally, we come to my favorite wine of the tasting, the 2011 Perimeter This Washington State product is not only a great deal at $10, but is the antithesis of the fruit-bomb Merlots that get Miles all riled up. Its fruit is clean and refreshing think fresh strawberries, raspberries, and red cherries with just a hint of oak. Nothing too complex here, but its welllighter body mean it plays well with food. Its one fking Merlot Id be more than happy to drink. Sorry, Miles. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com In Defense of MerlotRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less Your House Fast! Any Condition, Any Location 305 894 6192 E nglish & EspanolDade & Broward Homes | Condos | Multi-Family Eddie, Alekxey, Mercedes & Ivan

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Openings and Closings: An Ominous BalanceFood news we know you can use By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorAs old-time miners used canaries to test dwindling oxygen, econoindicators of upcoming recessions. When eateries die, the rest of the economy often follows. Since Dish started a year ago, the national restaurant scene has grown bleaker, but Miami eateries, at least in BT territory, have seemed almost immune. Not last month, when closings equaled openings. And some closings were shockers. OPENINGS The Cypress Room (3220 NE 2nd Ave., dining venue from Michael Schwartz, though the guy actually cooking is chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia. See our Dining Guides New This Month section for info. My Ceviche (1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825) is a new Brickell branch of the Beach original. Again, see the Dining Guide for details. One timely additional tip: Chef Sam Gorensteins business partner Roger Duarte, of George Stone Crab, supplies My Ceviches claws which are fresh, never frozen. And season ends May 15, so hurry over or wait till October. Stanzione 87 (87 SW 8th St., 305555-1212) produces Neapolitan pizzas not uncommon nowadays, but 23-yearold proprietor Franco Stanziones are Napless Associazone Verace Pizza Napolitana, and following its rules (including wood-burning oven, cooking time not exceeding 90 seconds, properly light Time for Wine (2200 NE 2nd Ave., 786409-4898), a mom-and-pop wine bar/market, brings a boost to a still decidedly ungentribut tasty tapas, $4 glasses of house wine, an extensive selection of affordable bottles (most under $15), and free parking. Copperbox Culinary Atelier (3328 N. Miami Ave., 305-392-0983) isnt exactly a restaurant, serving meals. Its a gastronomic studio, where chef Gabriela Machado curates exclusive, interactive epicurean dining installations, on Thurs days and Saturdays. Its not exactly open to the public in the walk-in sense, either. Reservations are by association, mean ing you e-mail info@copperbox.com to introduce yourself, and they e-mail back if youve scored an elite seat at two com munal tables. Neither is the food exactly the norm. Menus change, but expect to pay $125-$150 for seven wine-paired breast with celeriac/tangerine mousseline, and cotija cake with beet ice cream. CLOSINGS TIKL opened last August by the team behind South Beachs long-lived Altamare, has closed despite critical acclaim when it opened this past August. Chef Simon Stojanovic (a Michaels Genuine alum who brilliantly reinvented Altamares menu in 2010) cited lack of momentum. Perhaps even the Brickell Boom couldnt support yet another raw bar/grill. Stovanovic is considering future plans while cooking at Copperbox. South Street a neo-soul-food resto lounge from Amir Ben-Zion and Amaris Jones that opened with much ballyhoo in Sra. Martinezs former space last October, has folded without explanation. My guess: A South Beach nightclub ambiance may draw Kardashians, but neighborhood resi dents, most restaurants mainstay, prefer their soul food old-school, and without the South Beach prices. Acme Bakery & Coffee in Midtown has also closed after only nine months. A press release from Pious Pig, the endlessly inventive group also behind The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions (5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559), and strengths (poor service, great bread), plus its overhead. You must sell a lot of loaves to cover a $10,000 monthly lease. Clives Caf in Wynwood, for 38 years a magnet for lovers of homey Jamaican specialties, has folded. Reason: owner Pearline Murray has regrouped at Clives II (5890 NE 2nd Ave., 305-7576512), merging the originals breakfast/ lunch menu with juniors mainly lunch/ dinner menu. Enriquetas Sandwich Shop (2830 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-4681) is closed only temporarily. An April 10 electrical to reopen later this month. SIDE DISH Tired of pubcrawls? Try a Dishcrawl Already established in nearly 200 North American cities, crawls feature feasts at inaugural Miami Dishcrawl hit Edge Steak + Bar, Vapiano, The Hoxton, and OTC. The next, on May 21, also focuses on Brickell. Restaurants are kept secret, but tickets are only $45. Reserve at www. dishcrawlmiami.com. Soon to join Feverish Pops in moving from food truck to stationary eatery: Ms. Cheezious whose grilledcheese sandwiches won the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festivals trucks event in Wynwood. Ms. Cheezious plans a December opening at 7418 Biscayne Blvd. and to keep on truckin, too. Hungry for more food news? See BizBuzz, page 24. Send me your tips and alerts: restaurants@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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82 Brickell / DowntownAijo1331 Brickell Bay Dr.,786-452-1637 Hidden within Jade condo, this sleek Japanese fusion restolounge (whose name means love) is also a jewel. Food-loving Venezuelan owner Rene Buroz encourages innovation, and his chefs (including four from Zuma) respond with beautifully plated items as fun as they are flavorful. Dont miss the layered croquante (a sort of Asian croqueta: mouthwatering crispy rice, subtly smoked salmon, and creamy crab), Aijo kani (king crab legs with citrus foam clouds and rich emulsified butter dip), or creative cocktails from a mixologist who also juggles and plays with fire. Area 31270 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 highrises 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. $$$-$$$$Azul500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where glo betrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomyaccented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$Banana & Leaf234 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., 305-503-6500On 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. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Bonding638 S. Miami Ave., 786-409-4794 From trend-spotting restaurateur Bond Trisansi (originator of Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro), this small spot draws a hip crowd with its affordable menu of redesigned traditional Thai dishes, wildly imaginative sushi makis, and unique signature Asian fusion small plates. Highlights include taste bud-tickling snapper carpaccio; an elegant nest of mee krob (sweet, crisp rice noodles); blessedly non-citrus-drenched tuna tataki, drizzled with spicy-sweet mayo and wasabi cream sauce; greed-inducing bags of gold, deep-fried wonton beggars purses with a shrimp/pork/mushroom/ waterchestnut filling and tamarind sauce. $$ Bon Fromage500 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. $$ Brother Jimmys BBQ900 S. Miami Ave. #135, 786-360-3650The South is supposed to be the source of barbecue. But Bro J evidently didnt hear about that. His signature North Carolina pork cue comes from NYC, where the first Brother Jimmys opened more than 20 years ago. Miamis location is actually the first south of the Mason-Dixon line. But the slow-smoked pulled pork butt tastes righteous -no interfering glop, just hot sauce-spiked vinegar to balance the fab fattiness. Theres other cue, too, including big (not baby back) ribs, and respectable brisket. $$-$$$Bryan in the Kitchen104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothieswilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-fromscratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Caf Bastille248 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. $-$$$Caf Sambal500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as its casual hotel restaurant, many consider it a more spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly on the waterfront. The food is Asian-inspired, with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents. For the healthconscious, the menu includes low-cal choices. For hedonists theres a big selection of artisan sakes. $$$-$$$$$Cavas Wine Tasting Room900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the winecurious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, halfglass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargain-priced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Ceviche Piano140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414 Owners Martin and Charo Villacorta, a married chef/pastry chef team, think of this eatery as a relocation (in the same downtown plaza) and reinvention of their former best kept secret spot Martini 28. Most dramatic changes: upscaled size, and with its glamorous white piano, upgraded elegance. The menu has also been altered to be less of a global wildcard. Focus is now strongly on Peruvian cuisine, including a shrimp/calamari-smothered fish fillet with aji amarillo cream sauce. But no worries, old fans. Some of the old favorite dishes remain. $$ Chophouse Miami300 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 Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 326.rf ntbnf nttnf tnt f f t tff nff ff Blue Martini900 S. Miami Ave. #250, 305-981-2583With a 41-martini menu (plus exotic lighting, late hours, dance floor, and live music most nights), this wildly popu lar place is more lounge than restaurant. Nonetheless food offerings are surprisingly ambitious, including substantial items like sliced steak with horseradish sauce, as well as shareable light bites -parmesan-topped spinach/ artichoke dip, served hot with toasted pita; shrimp and blue crab dip (yes: crab, not faux krab); a seductive puff pastry-wrapped and honey-drizzled baked brie. Come at happy hour (4:00-8:00 p.m. daily) for bargain drink/snack specials, and lots of locals. $$ MPP Brickell141 SW 7th St., 305-400-4610Tasty Peruvian eateries arent rare in Miami. Peruvian finedining restaurants are. In the tastefully toned-down but still glam space formerly housing And, this second location of Limas popular Mi Propriedad Privada specializes in familiar flavors presented with seriously upscaled prepara tions, plating, and prices. But many ceviches, tiraditos, and starters (like especially artful layered/molded mashed potato/seafood causas, or clever panko-breaded fusion causa makis) come in trios for taste-testing. And ceviche lovers score on Tuesdays, when all-you-can-eat costs the same as a trio. $$$-$$$$$ My Ceviche1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825When three-time James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee Sam Gorenstein opened the original My Ceviche in SoBe, in 2012, it garnered national media attention despite being a tiny take-away joint. Arguably, our newer indoor/ outdoor Brickell location is better. Same menu, featuring local fish prepared onsite, and superb sauces including a kicky roasted jalapeo/lime mayo), but this time with seats! What to eat? Ceviches, natch. But grilled or raw fish/seafood tacos and burritos, in fresh tortillas, might be even more tempting. Pristine stone-crab claws from co-owner Roger Duartes George Stone Crab add to the choices. $$ The Cypress Room3620 NE 2nd Ave., 305-520-5197Deer and boar heads on wood-paneled walls juxtapose with crystal chandeliers at this tiny fourth restaurant in Michael Schwartzs burgeoning empire, evoking feelings of dining in a century-old millionaires hunting lodge -in miniature. Many dishes are similarly fun fantasies of 1920s Florida fine dining, pairing yesteryears rustic proteins (including wild game) and veggies with preparations that are ultimately refined interpretations of the past: antelope/wild mushroom gnocchi; French onion soup with a sort of gruyere tuile float instead of the usual gooey melt, served on a lacy doily. Dont miss the royal red shrimp, or Hedy Goldsmiths desserts. $$$$$ Lagniappe3425 NE 2nd. Ave., 305-576-0108In New Orleans, lagniappe means a little extra, like the 13th doughnut in a bakers dozen. And thats what you get at this combination wine and cheese bar/backyard BBQ/ entertainment venue. Choose artisan cheeses and charcuterie from the fridges, hand them over when you pay (very little), and theyll be plated with extras: olives, bread, changing luscious condiments. Or grab fish, chicken, veggies, or steak (with salad or cornbread) from the hidden yards grill. Relax in the comfie mismatched furniture, over extensive wine/beer choices and laidback live music. No cover, no attitude. $$ Piccolo Pizza2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893-9550Pizzas at this spin-off from family-owned Il Piccolo impress even NYC visitors, thanks to recipes proprietor Hubert Benmoussa learned from an authentic Neapolitan pizzaolo. Other favorites here include subs on homemade baguettes and, surprising for a pizzeria, delightfully custardy quiche (Benmoussa is part French). But it would be unthinkable to miss the pies, especially our favorite Italia: subtly sweet tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, onions, plus mixed greens and uncooked prosciutto on top -both pizza and salad. There are also nicely priced catering trays of finger subs, quiche squares, pizza bites, more. $-$$

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84 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. $$$$$ The Corner1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887 With a Zuma alum in the kitchen, a Gigi alum crafting classic or creative cocktails, a warm pub feel, and hours extending from lunch to nearly breakfast the next morning, The Corner is transforming a desolate downtown corner into a neighborhood hangout. The nicely priced menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets (the latter from Om Nom Noms cookie queen Anthea Ponsetti) ranges from 100-percent homemade ice cream sandwiches to the Crazy Madame, Frances elaborate Croque Madame (a bchamel sauce-topped grilled cheese/ham/fried egg sandwich) plus bacon and caramelized onion. $-$$ Crazy About You1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of short-lived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flashmarinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ db Bistro Moderne345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800Just 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. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$D-Dog House50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770While it has become increasingly common to find servers at upscale restaurants utilizing computerized POS (point of service) systems to take orders, this high-tech hole-in-the-wall trumps them by replacing servers -and in-house entertainment, too -with iPads that accept not just food orders and credit cards but music requests. You can web surf or game, too, while waiting for your choice of the house specialty: supersized hot dogs, most overloaded with internationally inspired toppings. To accompany, hand-cut fries are a must. And have a cocktail. Theres a full liquor bar. $-$$ Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From the stylish setting in Miamis historic Firehouse No. 4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal. But entres, which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost either $18 or $23. And the price includes an appetizer -no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales. The best seats are on the glam rooftop patio. $$$Dominique Bistro-Club1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-371-8859At typical restolounges, the resto part often gets the short end of the stick. But not at this chic but friendly spot, where Gerardo Barrera, an alumn of Pariss Le Cordon Bleu, plus his wife Dominque and her brother Jos Sigona, welcome diners with Frances best-known bistro classics: coquilles St. Jacques (tender scallops in mushroom/white wine sauce); a precisioncooked entrecte rib-eye with Bearnaise or complex Caf de Paris butter; crme brle (from scratch) or macaron cookies (from heaven). No velvet ropes, and club music isnt cranked till 11:00 p.m. $$$ Edge, Steak & Bar1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores. Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewel-bright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eos485 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. $$$-$$$$Eternity Coffee Roasters117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garcess sleek micro-roastery will convince anyone possessing taste buds that fine coffee can be as complex as fine wine, and as satisfying as solid food. A changing selection of superior single-origin beans (many varieties from the Garces familys Colombian farm; most others from Ethiopia and Kenya), roasted in-house, produces slow-pour regular brews with amazing nuances of fruits, chocolate, and more. The espresso is so smooth sugar isnt necessary. Other treats: flaky chocolate-stuffed cigars and other locally baked pastries. Free parking. $ Fado Irish Pub900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on miniboxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$Finnegans River401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill. But an actual pool? And a Jacuzzi? This Miami River hideaway has other surprises, too, on its extensive outdoor deck, including a boat dock and a large array of umbrella tables and lounge chairs where its easy to while away many happy hours. The menu is the same array of bar bites served by South Beachs older Finnegans, but angus burgers are big and tasty, and zingy jalapeo-studded smoked-fish dip is a satisfying table-snack choice. $$ First Hong Kong Caf117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665Old Hong Kong saying: If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, its edible. And nowhere is this truer than in this historically international trade ports cafs -meaning fast-food restaurants. Typical menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and most other nations. So believe us: At this caf, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambal-spiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty. $$ Fratelli Milano213 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 seafoodpacked fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe154 SE 1st Ave.305-374-1024If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained only one item -pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -wed be happy. But the caf, formerly lunch-only but now serving weekday dinners, is also justly famed for meal-size salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist. $$Grimpa Steakhouse901 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. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Hibachi Grill45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagine 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 Singaporestyle 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. $-$$ The Hoxton1111 SW 1st Ave., 786-691-2730Though inland (and reportedly inspired by old England), this urban beach bar/grill has the relaxing, refined-rustic ambiance of a classic New England hangout, and upscaled down shore food to match: Maine lobster rolls, on brioche rather than hot dog rolls; a luxe take on Qubcoise poutine (from-scratch fries with Vermont cheddar and duck confit gravy); an especially lavish clam bake. Also appealingly different from the Miami norm: frequent live bands of many musical genres in the comfortable lounge area, plus almost spookily competent service. $$$Il Gabbiano335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultraupscale 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 mar ket, 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. $$$$$Jackson Soul Food950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710]With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast institution now has only one drawback: It closes at 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll set multiple alarm clocks to return. Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves. And hearty Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too. $ Jamon Iberico Pata Negra Restaurant 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-cool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, for merly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$ 20 NE 41st Street, MiamiIn the Design District305.918.4453 Daily Lunch Specials Soup & Sandwich $8 1800 Biscayne Blvd, #105 (Located at 1800 Biscayne Plaza) WWW.3CHEFS-MIA.COM

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86 Largo Bar & Grill401 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 Lounge68 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 Provence1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. Not so familiar is the bakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell188 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 daily-changing fillings. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., 305-789-9929Like its Midtown and North Miami Beach siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Little Lotus25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined to become one of our towns toughest tables to book. Two talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like theyre about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself. Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially noteworthy. The prices? A steal. $-$$ Machiya3252 NE 1st Ave. #116, 786-507-5025Originally called Machiya Ramen Noodle House, this eaterychanged its name -and really, the place is not so much a ramen joint as a contemporary izakaya (lounge featuring Japanese hot and cold small plates plus sushi), with a few added ramen bowls. Most of the menu is a mix of todays popular favorites, like Kobe sliders, and unique inventions. Wildest: wasabi-spiced tuna pizza. Our faves: fatty salmon makis (lightly seared salmon belly with shrimp tempura, asparagus, and yuzu sauce); rich miso-braised short ribs; steam buns with rock shrimp and spicy aioli.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. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrum ptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ Momi Ramen5 SW 11th St., 786-391-2392Banish all thoughts of packaged instant ramen. Perfectionist chef/owner Jeffrey Chen (who cooked for more than a decade in Japan), changes his mostly ramen-only menu often, but constants are irresistibly chewy handmade noodles; soups based on creamy, intensely porky tonkotsu broth (made from marrow bones simmered all day); meats like pork belly and oxtail; and authentic toppings including marinated soft-cooked eggs, pickled greens, more. Other pluses: Its open 24/7, and the ramen ranks with the USAs best. Minuses: Its cash only, and the ramen might be the USAs most expensive. $$$Naoe661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263Chances are youve never had anything like the $85 prix-fixe Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Corys tiny but nationally acclaimed oasis, transplanted from its original Sunny Isles space with its supreme serenity intact. By reservation only, in two dinner seatings of just eight people each, and omakase (chefs choice) only, meals include a seasonal soup, a four-course bento box, eight pieces of sushi, and three desserts. Cory personally does everything for you, even applying the perfect amount of housemade artisan soy sauce mix and fresh-grated wasabi to each mind-reelingly fresh nigiri. Few eating experiences on earth are more luxuriant. $$$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe in standard sound bites. But they often are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sau sage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$

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88 OTC1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612Over-the-counter service usually connotes the classic fast food slider experience: both greaseburgers and patrons are in and out quickly. At this casually cool gastropub, the counter ordering system encourages the opposite feel, of comfie congeniality; it invites hanging out, just without the fuss of formal dining out -or the expense. Most plates are $10 or under. Ingredientdriven dishes cover todays favorite food groups (various macand-cheeses, variously topped/seasoned fries, and more) with some unusual twists, like a scrumptiously lardon-laden frise/ goat cheese salad brightened by fresh peaches. Even the condiments are housemade. $$Ozzi Sushi200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how long plates had been circulating on the sushi-go-round? Happily, this sushi-boat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-sliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$Pashas1414 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. $-$$Pega Grill15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned North Beachs Ariston, this small spot is more casually contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek food. Mixed lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option), topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens and tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties. But even more irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Peoples Bar-B-Que360 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. $-$$ Perricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified ame nities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$Pier 9494 SE 1st St., 305-379-5652Tucked into The Village, a collection of courtyard eateries far from any waterfront, this ceviche bar specializes in fresh seafood dishes from chef/owner Alex Del Corrals native Peru, but also features famous Peruvian meat and poultry dishes (including a refined aji de gallina, chicken in aji pepper-spiced cream sauce). Emphasis is particularly strong on Perus penchant for fusion food, including traditional Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice or noodle stir-fries. But the chef also fuses classic and creative influences. Try contemporary cau sas, combining Perus favorite starch, potatoes, with unique new sauces. $$ Thea Pizzeria-Caf1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-777-3777Just over the border from artsy Wynwood, this ultra-cool caf (whose interior features a 30-foot Italian glass floral mosaic) isnt what youd expect to find inside one of the medical/lab buildings in Miamis sterile Health District. But the owner is Thea Goldman, former founding partner of Wynwoods pioneering restolounge Joeys, which explains both the stylishness and the menu, highlighted by imaginative wood-oven designer pizzas, plus artisan charcuterie/cheese platters, creative salads, and housemade salted caramel gelato. Not your typical hospital food. Call ahead regarding dinner. At this writing, its being served Fridays only. $$-$$$Pizzarium69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025 Roman-style rectangular pizzas, served in square slices, have been available in the Miami area since the mid-1990s. But the familiar squares and Pizzariums are similar only in shape. Main difference: dough, here allowed to rise for four days. The resulting crusts are astonishingly airy, as authentic Roman slices, intended as light street snacks, should be. Toppings, a rotating selection of nearly 30 combinations, are highlighted by quality imported ingredients -not to mention a healthy imagination, as the zucca gialla attests: pumpkin cream, pancetta, smoked scamorza cheese. $ Pollos & Jarras115 NE 3rd Ave., 786-567-4940From Juan Chipoco, Peruvian chef/co-owner of seafood-centric Cvi.Che 105, this stylish but affordable two-level restaurant is centered around pollo a la brasa, as a huge rotisserie oven attests. Grilled steaks, unique sandwiches, anticuchos, and varied starters and sides are also served, but the must-notmiss is rotisserie chicken, marinated in roughly a dozen-anda-half seasonings before a self-basting spin on the spit cooks it to incomparable juiciness. Its served with crisp fries and a substantial salad. Meals also come with a complimentary cup of aguadito -assertively cilantro-spiked chicken rice soup. $$ Porketta43 NE 3rd Ave., 305-372-0034Warm, juicy, served with succulent pieces of crisp crackling, herb-stuffed Italian porchetta (pronounced porketta) roast, at its best, is hard to find even in much of Italy except during festivals. But every day is a festival here, where the real thing (not the dry deli-style pork roll slices that often pass for porchetta) is featured on a plate with broccoli rabe and cannellinis; in the hefty Bombardino sandwich; or in three mini-sandwiches, convenient for sampling the places three sauces. Several salads and carpaccios placate porkophobes. $-$$PreludeAdrienne 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. $$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$Reggae Tacos93 SE 2nd St., 786-425-9558 For diners on the go, who want food fast but not typical fast food, this places Mexican-Jamaican fusion specialties are ideal. Taco or burrito shells encase inventive jerk pork (with mango, pickled onions, and cabbage), scotch-bonnet beef with avocado/cheddar salsa, vinegar/spice-marinated escovitch veggies, curried goat, and other island dishes that are normally plated entres, transforming them into playful portable packages. And do save some stomach space for deep-fried festival, sinfully scrumptious cornmeal mini-doughnuts sweetened with both vanilla-spiked honey and powdered sugar. $ Rincon Escondido2697 Biscayne Blvd., 305-438-9300On a quick drive-by, this eatery surrounded by still-ungentrified storefronts rather resembles a hole-in-the-wall Latin cafetera. Inside, though, the look is rustic-chic, and the menu features some of Miamis most refined traditional or creative Spanish tapas. We love the open-faced sandwiches, particularly montaditos de boquerones (with fresh anchovies and brunoised veggies). Traditionalists will find patatas bravas satisfyingly spicy; braver experimenters should try bombas de queso (fried cheese balls with sweet orange blossom sauce), actually alarming in name only. $$-$$$The River Oyster Bar650 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. There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese. But oyster fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fireroasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Scalina315 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! $$$$Soya & Pomodoro120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. There are salads and sandwiches, too. The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-air courtyard. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompany local musicians and artists. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar204 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-andmatch housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higherpriced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Sushi Maki1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ SuViche49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097 This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion items with added Caribbean touches. Cooked entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempurabattered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Tobacco Road626 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. $$Top Burger109 NE 1st St., 305-379-3100Inside this better burger spot, dcor is so charmingly 1950s retro you almost expect to find the Fonz leaning on a jukebox. What you actually find: hand-formed, hormone-free, 100% Angus patties (or alternatives like veggie burgers, a lightlybreaded chicken Milanesa, and all-beef hot dogs) on toasted buns, with fresh-cut French or sweet potato fries. Welcome surprises include an assertively spicy/tangy BBQ-like secret sauce; prices that, while not 1950s level, rival those at junkfood joints; and old-school service -the kind that comes with a smile. $ Toro Toro100 Chopin Plaza, 305-372-4710 Back before Miamis business district had any there there, the InterContinentals original restaurant was an executive lunch/dinner destination mainly by default. This replacement, from restaurant empire-builder Richard Sandoval, brings downtown power dining into this decade. As the name suggests, you can go bullish with steakhouse fare, including an abbreviated (in variety, not quantity) rodizio experience. But the places strongest suit is its pan-Latin small plates -upscaled refine ments of classic favorites: crisp corn arepas with short rib, guacamole, and crema fresca; fluffier cachapas pancakes with tomato jam; more. $$$-$$$$$ Trapiche Room1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, its not surprising that this small, second-floor restaurant is something of a best kept secret. But it deserves discovery. Chef Maria Tobar hasnt Daniel Bouluds fame, but she does have classic European-type technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/cabbage strudel, into 21st century fine-dining fare. Both dcor and service, similarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the rooms intimacy makes it a romantic spot for special occasions. $$$$

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Tre Italian Bistro270 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 resto lounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistro lounge. 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 Crabhouse777 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 sliders are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restau rant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tu yo415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt student-run. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former prot gs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$Waxy OConnors690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puffpastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$Wok Town119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist dcor (with communal seating), and predominance of American veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables. Wrong. Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor. The proof: a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion dressing. Bubble tea, too! $$ Zuma270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robatagrilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restau rants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ Adelitas Caf 2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne) this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside its bigger, better, and busier than it looks. Unlike many Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser. On weekends 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. $B Sweet20 NE 41st St., 305-918-4453At this homey neighborhood jewel, located in a former apartment building, husband/wife team Tom Worhach and Karina Gimenez serve up warm welcomes and playfully inventive breakfast, lunch, and snack fare: bacon-wrapped egg and cheese cups; pressed Philly steak panini; an elegant yuzudressed smoked salmon, grapefruit, avocado, and arugula salad. But the must-eats are sweets, housemade by Worhach, formerly executive pastry chef at the Mansion at Turtle Creek and similar gourmet palaces. One bite of his decadent yet impossibly light white-and-dark chocolate mousse cake will hook you for life. $-$$ Basanis3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood redsauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Bengal2010 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 presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty half-pound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 181800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas smart new residents: creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Bloom2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5443Miamis most innovative art district is the perfect setting for this hip hangout, whose mad-genius menu proves that food is indeed one of the creative arts. Reinvented Latin/Asian street foods from chef Ricky Sauri (ex-Nobu) include spicy Spam-topped rice cakes; tuna tartare in seaweed tacos; a reina pepiada arepa, whose traditional mild chicken filling is replaced by shredded duck, avocado, tangy-sweet tamarind sauce, and Japanese mayo; an especially elegant Korean bibimbap; a vegan shitake-pumpkin tamale with nutty, cheesy natto sauce. For liquid art aficionados: cocktails like the eyepopping Tequila Beets (featuring roasted beet juice). $$$Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supreme ly 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. $$Buena Vista Deli4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants, and other delights. At lunch cornichon-garnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade pts, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last ParisBrest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ Cafeina297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414A location within easy walking distance of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in the extensively renovated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic eatery, whose specialty is local and sustainable seafood, a great option for pre-show bites. Then again, enjoying lures like sweet-glazed crispy shrimp with friends on the outdoor, bayfront terrace is entertainment enough. Its worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sustainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper and sea bass. Bonus: With validation, valet parking is free. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant2004 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. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course3451 NE 1st Ave. 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Crumb on Parchment3930 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. $-$$ The Daily Creative Food Co.2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $El Bajareque278 NW 36th St., 305-576-5170Dozens of little Latin American eateries, all looking almost identically iffy, line 36th Street. But this family-owned bajareque (shack) is one where you definitely want to stop for some of Miamis most tasty, and inexpensive, Puerto Rican home cooking, from mondongo (an allegedly hangover-curing soup) to mofongo, a plantain/chicharron mash with varied toppings plus garlicky mojo. Housemade snacks are irresistible, too, and great take-out party fare: pork-studded pasteles, similar to Cuban tamals but with a tuber rather than corn masa dough, or empanadas with savory shrimp stuffing. $ Egg & Dart4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crispfried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Egyptian Pizza KitchenShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics. Additionally the menu includes interesting Middle Eastern fare like foul, a hummus-like but lighter Egyptian dish of favas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. A brick oven makes both pizzas and homemade pitas superior. $$

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The Embassy4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446Dont come to this embassy for passports. The name is short for Embassy of Well-being and Debauchery. You will, however, feel transported to Spains gourmet capital, San Sebastian, after sampling ambassador Alan Hughess cunning pintxos (complexly layered Basque-style tapas). From a self-serve bar, choose from a changing selection of skewered stacks; brie, homemade fig jam, and twizzles of silky jamon Serrano; roast tomato, goat cheese, and anchovies on buttery garlic toast; many more. Small plates, to-die-for desserts like floating island with lychees, and weekend brunch items demonstrate similar mad-chef skills. $$-$$$ 18th Street Caf210 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 secret-recipe 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. $$Feverish Gourmet Pop ShopShops at Midtown Miami 3552 NE 1st Ave., 305-482-1832When kids are sick, you take them to a doctor. If your inner child feels feverish, though, the cure is Felecia Hatchers handcrafted, vegan-friendly, natural and organic frozen treats -popsicles reinvented for grown-ups. At this literal mom-and-pop shop, Hatcher and husband Derek Pearson offer more than 25 changing flavors, some spiked (like locally sourced mango with bourbon), others just sophisticated (pineapple basil, strawberry balsamic, chocolate banana). No artificial flavors, no refined sugars. Particularly playful inner kids can customize with coatings ranging from nuts to truly nuts: pop rocks, potato chips, and more. $ Five Guys Famous Burger and FriesShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341No green-leaf faux health food here. You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait. Which you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order. Available in double or one-patty sizes, theyre well-done but spurtingly juicy, and after loading with your choice of free garnishes, even a little burger makes a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes. $Georges Kitchen & The Loft3404 N. Miami Ave., 305-438-9199Veteran Miami restaurateur George-Eric Farge raises the sophistication bar at his new two-story restaurant/lounge. But the real star is Michelin-starred chef Steven Rojas, who combines French technique and personal creativity for dishes like Idiazabal cheese churros with romesco sauce, a green pea pot de crme jar with bacon marmalade (accompanied by butterfried baguette slices for spreading), soy-glazed hamachi crudo with ginger gelee, and caper-sprinkled short rib tartare, the meats richness cheekily upped by poached bone marrow and caviar. Brunch and lunch items are equally ingenious. $$$Gigi3470 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 RitzCarlton) at surprisingly low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and house made pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ Harrys Pizzeria3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; woodoven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown MiamiBuena 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 boneless wings, really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces), accompanied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and celery. It would be silly to not pair your main with garlic/herb-butter parmesan fries. There are many other items, too, including salads. But hey, celery is salad, right? $$ Jean Pauls House2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373Jean Paul Desmaison, original chef/co-owner of La Cofradia in Coral Gables, has chosen a decidedly less tony, more transitional neighborhood for this venture. But inside his renovated bungalow, ambiance is stylishly cozy, and the creative contemporary North/South American fusion cuisine is as elegant as ever. Best bets are dishes influenced by Desmaisons native Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet potato pure, and a beautifully balanced nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible: tame leche de tigre, Perus infamous tigers milk marinade. $$$-$$$$ Jimmyz Kitchen2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf2506 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 Latina3509 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-9655At last, an authentic Venezuelan arepera (purveyor of home made arepas, with a variety of meat, cheese, and veggie fillings) that isnt out in the boonies -and decidedly isnt a dive. With colorful dcor concocted from recycled objects, this space, though small, has truly eclectic, Midtown style. The signature corn cakes, crisped outside and fluffy inside, put sodden supermarket specimens to shame. And cachapas (softer, sweeter corn pancakes folded around mozzarella-like fresh cheese) or bollarepitas (cheese-stuffed deep-fried corn cakes, with tangy nata dip) may be even tastier. $-$$La Provence2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Latin Caf 20002501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838The menu is similar to that at many of our towns Latin cafs, largely classic Cuban entres and sandwiches, with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood), or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries consider a Latin country. What justifies the new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppified/yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck. $$Lemoni Caf4600 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. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican GrillShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its care fully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neighborhood. Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwesternstyle fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion and pepitacrusted salmon, chipotle-drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemoncrusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $Mandolin Aegean Bistro4312 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. $$-$$$ MC Kitchen4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-9948 Chef/co-owner Dena Marino calls MCs food modern Italian -neither an evocative description nor explanation for why this place is one of our towns hottest tickets. But tasting tells the tale. Marinos food incorporates her entire culinary background, from her Nonnas traditional Italian-American kitchen to a long stint in Michael Chiarellos famed contemporary Californian eatery Tra Vigne, with pronounced personal twists that make eating here uniquely exciting. Particularly definitive: lunchtimes piadenas, saladlike seasonal/regional ingredient combinations atop heavenly homemade flatbreads. Cocktails feature ingredients from zaatar to salmon roe. $$$-$$$$ Mercadito Midtown3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas. But the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity: genu inely made-from-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed. Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (juicy braised pork, spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts). A close second: the hongos, intensely flavorful huitlacoche and wild mushrooms, with manchego and salsa verde -a reminder that vegetarian food need not be bland. $$-$$$Michaels Genuine Food and Drink130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. Theres also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michaels Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$Ming Yuan3006 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6466What this tiny (three booths plus counter seats) Wynwood place serves isnt authentic Chinese cuisine. Its Chinese immigrant cooking: Americas original Cantonese-based chop sueys and egg foo youngs plus later, spicier but also Americanized Szechuan/Hunan-inspired 1970s inventions like Mongolian beef and General Tsos this-or-that. But all the above (ordered extra-spicy if you like heat), plus crab rangoons and treatpacked special fried rice, are truly tasty. And since almost everything on the menu comes in several sizes, with even small being substantial, prices are unbeatable. $-$$ Mikes at Venetia555 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. $-$$Morgans Restaurant28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable; shoe string frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maplebasted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Oak Tavern35 NE 40th St., 786-391-1818 With a festively lantern-lit oak tree on the outdoor dining patio and stylishly playful lamps mimicking oaks inside, chef/ restaurateur David Bracha of River Oyster Bar has transformed a previously cold space to warm. Food is equally inviting. The mostly small-plates seasonal menu roams the globe from supreme Vietnamese bahn mi (with pork belly and foie gras) to down-home buttermilk biscuits with bacon butter, and homemade charcuterie. If available, dont miss Hawaiian-inspired steelhead poke; substituting the salmonlike but more delicate trout for the usual tuna transports this crudo to heavenly heights. $$-$$$ Orange Caf + Art2 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

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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)Pasta FoliesShops at Midtown Miami3252 NE 1st Ave. #118, 786-382-0205In France the word folie can mean extravagant. More often it means madness. Its the latter translation that first comes to mind when perusing the menu of this French Rivera pasta/ pizza fast-casual chain, whose concept is pastas, plus pizzas, from around the world -even Italy. Dont expect authenticity from the more exotic toppings; they basically contain one typical ingredient (along with a generic onions/peppers/veg assortment): bean sprouts in Thailands spaghetti, pineapple in Balis, curry sauce on Indias. Do expect super-fresh sauces, made daily. Friendly staffers and fun. $$Pieducks3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Pride & Joy2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548 Behind this Wynwood warehouse faade youll find pure Southern roadhouse, and the backyard patio is an even more relaxing place to kick back with beer, blues music, and barbecue from pit master Myron Mixon. Oddly, considering Mixons many BBQ championships, the cue can be inconsistent. Our favorite choices: St. Louis ribs, tender without being falling-off-the bone overcooked, and enjoyably fattier than baby backs; vinegar-doused pulled pork sandwiches, which, unlike meat plates, come with sides -fries, plus slaw to pile on for added juice and crunch. $$$ Primos1717 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. $$Primo Pizza Miami3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant most everywhere. Today many places now offer authentic Italian or delicate designer pizzas. But a satisfying Brookyn-style street slice? Fuhgedit. Thankfully thats the speciality of this indoor/ outdoor pizzeria: big slices with chewy crusts (made from imported NY tap water) that arent ultra-thin and crisp, but flexible enough to fold lengthwise, and medium-thick -sturdy enough to support toppings applied with generous all-American abandon. Take-out warning: Picking up a whole pie? Better bring the SUV, not the Morris Mini.Sakaya KitchenShops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ 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. $$-$$$Salad Creations2001 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. $-$$ Salumeria 1043451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as shops selling salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the equivalent of eat-in deli/restaurants that also serve cold and hot prepared foods. At this modern Midtown salumeria, the soupsto-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liver-haters into lovers. $$-$$$ Salsa Fiesta2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini chain, this urban Mexican grill serves health-conscious, made-freshdaily fare similar in concept to some fast-casual competitors. But there are indeed differences here, notably pan-Latin options: black beans as well as red; thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal nachos). Other pluses include weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers -and free parking. $-$$ S & S Diner1757 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. $-$$Shokudo World Resource Caf 4740 NE 2nd Ave., 305-758-7782At its former Lincoln Road location, World Resources caf was better known for people-watching than for its standard sushi/Thai menu. But as the new name signals, this relocation is a reinvention. The indoor/outdoor space is charming, but creative takes on popular pan-Asian street foods are the real draw. Travel from Japan and Thailand through Korea, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and beyond via light housemade momo, curried potato-stuffed Tibetan/Nepalese steamed dumplings; savory pulled pork buns with kimchi and crisped onions. Noodle dishes, hot or chilled, are especially appealing. $$-$$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/ fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$Tony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food. But the American dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307Gentrified ambiance, a remarkably knowledgeable staff, and a hip stock (including global beers as well as liquor and wine, plus gourmet packaged foods to accompany), and self-service wine dispensers for sampling make this an enjoyable retail shop. A wine/cocktail/tapas bar, open from 4:00 p.m. daily, makes it an enjoyable neighborhood hangout, too. Tapas include beef carpaccio, bruschetta cones, varied salads and empanadas, a daily ceviche, and fresh-made sandwiches. And remember to ask about special events: karaoke Thursdays, monthly wine dinners, tastings, more. $-$$ Wine Vault MiamiShops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000From a Wine Vault press release: Over 1300 square feet of pure decadence. In fact, the soaring, two-story space, complete with glass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolate-covered bacon. Go ahead and make a meal of it. We grown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 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/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$Balans Biscayne6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third Miami venue finally opened, and rather quietly -which has an upside. Its easier to get a table here (and to park, thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln Road or Brickell. This, along with the venues relatively large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed, neighborhoodfocused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Blue Collar6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloises American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is helmed by a former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allens vet who now crafts casual, creative fare at prices all can afford. Dishes are eclectic. The roughly dozen veggie dishes alone range from curried cauliflower pure to maduros to bleu cheese roasted asparagus. Shrimp and grits compete with any in Charleston; pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny fried egg, beats Bostons best. $-$$Boteco916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budget-priced. $$Buddha Sushi Bar1071 NE 79th St., 305-677-3633While the setting is still more low-rent/high-speed causeway than restaurant row, this stylish, much-more-than-sushi spot definitely brings the street giant steps toward destinationdining status. The invention and skill shown in makis like the Fruity (shrimp, salmon, tuna, whitefish, roe, asparagus, and peaches, dressed with creamy mustard sauce), or small plates like shrimp crullers with a red wine reduction, isnt surprising considering the crafter is Michael Asalie, original chef at downtowns Little Lotus. Order from the menu or grab something from the circulating sushi river, whatever floats your boat. $$$ Chef Creole200 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. $-$$DeVitas7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$ East Side Pizza731 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. $The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions5132 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,

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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. $$-$$$ Garden of Eatin136 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 Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Go To Sushi5140 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. $Gourmet Station7601 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. $$Iron Side Caf7600 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-0551Located in the Little River business (meaning warehouse) district, inside an art complex that looks like just another factory, this eatery is easy to miss. But it shouldnt be missed. Both the cozy interior and more expansive terrace provide picturesque settings for artfully plated, seriously organic and locally sourced fare from Nuno Grullon, original exec chef at Metro Organic Bistro. Particularly recommended: tuna tartare with a unique spicy lemon dressing; ossa buco featuring flavorful grass-fed beef from Gaucho Ranch right down the road. Saturday BBQ/gallery nights are especially hip. $$-$$$Jimmys East Side Diner7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Cigale7281 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 unusually imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, 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. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres also come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast. The star herself is usually in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma pro duces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more technique-intensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original creations, includ ing yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese homecooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$Namaste7420 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. $-$$News Lounge5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a fullfledged eatery. Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022Dont let this little cafs easily overlooked strip-mall location, or its informal interior, fool you. The warm welcome is authentically Italian, as are cleverly crafted antipasti, simple but full-flavored pastas, and homemade pastries (from rosemary breadsticks to fruit-topped dessert tortas) that will transport your taste buds to Tuscany. And the housemade mozzarella or burrata cheeses -truly milk elevated to royalty -will transport you to heaven. A small market area provides Italian staples, plus superb salumi and the magnificent mozz, to go. $$-$$$Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Siam Rice7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516Youll find all the familiar favorite Thai and Japanese items here, and prices for curries and noodle dishes (all customizable regarding choice of protein, preparation, and heat level) are especially good at lunch. But dont overlook somewhat pricier specialties like a deep-fried yet near-greaseless boneless half duck with veggies in red curry sauce. Theres also an unusually extensive list of salads, some with inventive fusion touches, like a grilled shrimp/soba salad featuring traditional Thai flavors (sriracha chiles, fish sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles. $-$$$ Soyka5556 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 Siam5582 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. $$$Sweet Saloon7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999At this dessert/snack/cocktail bar, from the owner of Moonchine, youll find live and DJ entertainment, too, from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.-assuming you can find the place, that is. Its above the pan-Asian eatery, up a hidden back staircase. Asian savory snacks include dumplings, edamame, krab rangoons, satays. Desserts range from homey American (NY cheesecake, mini cupcakes) to continental (strawberries melba, housemade Belgian waffles, a shareable chocolate fondue/fruit platter). Actually, some cocktails double as desserts (a Godiva dark chocolate martini) or Asian savories (infusion jars of Stoli and lemongrass). $$Uvas6900 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 Bakery646 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. $ The Crab House1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain. But the classic dcor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths, outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days. Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20 lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics will be happiest sticking to la carte favorites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global spe cials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. Whil e raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Oggi Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$ 1035 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136 | 305-961-7887 www.TheCornerMiami.com | facebook.com/the.corner.miami.ave OPEN LATE

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Sabor Latin Restaurant & Cafe1880 79th St. Cswy., 305-741-2020This family-run restaurant serves big portions of homey traditional food from several Latin American countries, including Cuba (pan con bistec, ropa vieja), Mexico (nachos, tacos, quesadillas), and Peru (lomo saltado). But the specialty is Colombian classics, from snacks like empanadas to a bandeja paisa combo (grilled steak, chorizo, a gargantuan crispy chicharron strip, fried egg, arepa, plantains, beans, rice). Particularly recommended: daily specials including two meal-in-a-bowl chicken soups, ajiaco, and sancocho. If youve wondered about the much-debated difference, heres where to test the taste. $-$$Shuckers Bar & Grill1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kickoff-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$ Sushi Siam1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)Trio on the Bay1601 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 fid dle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski created the original menu, and among his dishes still available is the filet mignon atop surprisingly pistachio-studded barnaise sauce. Now there is a range of Mediterranean offerings as well, from grilled calamari steaks to mahi picatta. $$$ Caf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ KChapas1130 Normandy Dr., 305864-8872Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -but not fusion. The Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to country. Most Big Food comes from Peru: fresh ceviches, classic cooked entres. But its the Venezuelan breakfast/snack items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants. These moist pancakes, made from ground corn kernels instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty white cheese for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and savor. $-$$Lous Beer Garden7337 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 house made sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/ sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Rouge CineCafe908 71st St., 305-865-5955 This friendly cafs dcor is indeed playfully red, and the cine refers to vintage films projected unobtrusively on a wall. But the main attraction is the French and Moroccan food, both genres as authentically homey as youll find in the homes of those cuisines. For hearty eaters, exotically spiced tagine stews, like lamb with prunes, are the way to go. Grazers will find Rouges bocaditos (evocatively French saucisson sec, or Moroccan merguez sausage with grilled onions and hot harissa sauce, both on crusty Boulart bread) irresistible -as are housemade desserts. $$-$$$ Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys executive 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 Market908 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. $$-$$$ Cte Gourmet9999 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 meticu lous 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 Club10000 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. $$ PizzaFiore9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-1924Owned by Arcoub Abderrahim, who opened South Beachs original PizzaFiore way back in 1996, this caf serves the kind of nostalgic, medium-thin crusted, oozing-with-gooey-cheese pizzas reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos territory, except now there are options for todays toppings -sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc. But theres also a full menu of Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$ Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every 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: brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ Bagel Bar East1990 NE 123rd St., 305-895-7022Crusty outside (even without toasting) and substantially chewy inside, the bagels here are the sort homesick ex-New Yorkers always moan are impossible to find in Miami. For those who prefer puffed-up, pillowy bagels? Forget it. Have a nice onion pocket. Theres also a full menu of authentic Jewish deli specialties, including especially delicious, custom-cut -not presliced -nova or lox. Super size sandwiches easily serve two, and theyll even improvise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$Bagels & Co.11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one cant actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location next to a firearms shop. But theres a lot of other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular. But whats most important is that this is one of the areas few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy outside, challengingly chewy inside. $Bulldog Barbecue/Bulldog Burger15400 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 ingre dients 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 Sucre899 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 home made sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ Caminito Way1960 NE 123rd St., 305-893-8322Open since 1999, this bakery-caf is particularly known for its European-influenced homemade Argentine pastries. So come early to pick from the widest variety of savory empanadas (plumply stuffed and admirably delicate -no leaden crusts here) or sweet facturas (Argentinas most popular breakfast items). They sell out fast. What some might not know is that despite its small size, Caminitos also crafts tasty big food: elaborate salads; hefty baguette sandwiches, like choripan sausage with chimichurri; pastas; major meat or poultry entres. For lighter lunches, try tartas (quiches), also perfect party food. $-$$Casa Mia Trattoria 1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars. But even newcomers feel like regulars after a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience. Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary items as well. Housemade pastas are good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottini beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae15400 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 succu lent 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 Creole13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)City Slickers807 NE 123rd St., 305-891-6565If you hear hoagie and instantly think $5 footlong, this health-minded gourmet sub shop will be a revelation. Instead of processed proteins and sad pre-prepared toppings inside factory-produced rolls, you get fresh-baked white, grain, or sundried tomato breads generously stuffed with quality meats (including rotisserie turkeys/chickens and rare roast beef made in-house), sparkling-fresh veggies, and more than a dozen imaginative dressings. Choose a signature sub or build your own. There are also signature or DIY salads and homemade soups, plus craft beers or wines to accompany. live healthy | live right | live strong649 ne 79th st. miami fl 33138 | guarapojuicebar @ gmail.com786.452.1622 | FREE DELIVERYwith your order of $20 or more Call us to PRE-ORDER for FAST PICK-UP786-452-1622Open Mon-Fri 8AM-7PM; Sat 9AM-6PMBuy 1 Large, Get 1 Small FREE Juice/Smoothie of the DayLimit one per order, pleasefeaturingg remedies organic blend of fruit & vegetable juices power protein smoothies wheatgrass shots a variety of protein & supplementsfacebook.com/GuarapoJuiceBar GRAND OPENING COMING SOON!165 NW 23 St., Miami 33127 305-846-9120 www.TheButcherShopMiami.com

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Evios Pizza & Grill12600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-7699Family-owned and operated, this indoor/outdoor pizzeria is also family-friendly, right down to the size of its NY-style pies (sold whole or by the slice), which range from large to roughly the diameter of a ferris wheel. And toppings, ranging from meat-lovers to veggie-loaded, are applied with awe-inspiring abundance. Since tastes do vary, the menu also includes a cornucopia of other crowd-pleasers: burgers (including turkey with a unique mustard-spiked cranberry sauce), entre-size salads, burritos or quesadillas, wings, hot or cold subs and succulent self-basted lamb/beef gyros with tzatziki. $ Fish Fish13488 Biscayne Blvd., 786-732-3124Heres what makes this elegantly warm restolounge and seafood market not just an irresistible neighborhood draw but a worth-the-drive dining destination: Both local and cold-water fish and shellfish, including stone crab and lobster from owners Melvyn Franks and Rebecca Nachlass own Florida Keys plant, that are always fresh, never frozen (except some shrimp). For home cooks, the market offers all delivered-daily catches on the menu. But dont miss chef Oscar Quezadas simple and perfect preparations, including lightly battered, crispy tempura shrimp; sophisticated fish and chips (featuring Atlantic cod, not cheapo fish); bracing ceviches; and, for carnivores, shepherds pie topped with ethereal whipped potatoes. $$-$$$$Flip Burger Bar1699 NE 123rd St.,305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-not-miss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas1821 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. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St.,305-895-0165Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supple ments. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-tenbuck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Il Piccolo Caf2112 NE 123rd St., 305-893-6538Talk about a neighborhood institution. The owners of this longtime Italian eatery remember frequent visits from Miami native Michelle Bernstein and her parents -when the celebrity chef was a kid. The place is still child-friendly, and though the piccolo space is indeed small, portions are prodigious. Most dishes will evoke nostalgia, including our own favorite whitewine-sauce-drenched sin -lemony egg-battered veal piccata with capers and artichokes. But there are surprises not found at most old school red-sauce joints, too, like lunchtimes surprisingly tasty Cuban sandwich. $$Le Griot de Madame John975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous traditional Haitian dishes, including jerked beef or goat tassot and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with salt before poaching with various veggies and spices). But the dish that still packs the place is the griot: marinated pork chunks simmered and then fried till theyre moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside. $Little Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal. Its also a good choice for diners who dont speak Spanish, but dont worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojomarinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Los Antojos11099 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 Colombian-cuisine 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. $$Mama Jennies11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American belly-busters. All pasta or meat entres come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$Pastry Is Art12591 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. $$ Petit Rouge12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$Rice House of Kabob14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899Since 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. $$ Smashburger14730 Biscayne Blvd., 786-406-6614Two things distinguish the griddled patties of this Denverbased chain, touted as the nations fastest-growing better burger restaurant, from other better burgers: a nod to local tastes (like toppings of fried chorizo and potato fritas), and the smashing technique, producing an appealing thickly crusted exterior. Got burger overkill? Substitute chicken, or have a salad. An added draw: unusual veggie sides, which go beyond regular and sweet potato fries to crisp onion strings, veggie frites (carrots, string beans), and an Old South fish-camp classic: fried pickles. $-$$Steves Pizza12101 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. $Tiny Thai House12953 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-1646The space is tiny. The menu, which features Thai specialties but includes sushi plus Japanese appetizers and entres, is not. Despite the huge selection of sushi/Thai restaurant standards, though, dont overlook items harder to find in America, like floating noodle soup, a popular street food from Thailands boat-based market stalls; similar in savor to Vietnamese pho, the dish contains beef, bean sprouts, and noodles heaped in umami-rich beef broth. Among the nicely priced sushi selections, the Mylo roll (tuna, salmon, crab, avo cado, and cuke, topped with tempura fish and eel sauce) is a tasty pick. Dont miss sticky rice with mango for dessert. $Wongs Chinese Restaurant12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-American to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this nostalgic hangout. New owners have made some changes, including a dcor/ambiance upgrade (theres now a patio lounge, with music) and an expanded menu featuring contemporary comfort foods like fire-grilled pizzas with fresh toppings (homemade mozzarella, etc.), several salads, and veggie burgers. But timetested road food favorites remain: big beef burgers, hot dogs, and of course, Woodys famous cheesesteak, done traditional Philly-style with shaved ribeye. You can even get Cheese Whiz. To drink, there are nine draft beers plus old-school shakes. $$ Bamboo Garden1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran is many diners favorite on the 163rd/167th Street Chinatown strip because of its superior dcor. But the menu also offers well-prepared, authentic dishes like peppery black bean clams, sauted mustard greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions, plus Chinese-American egg foo young. Default spicing is mild even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chili icons, but dont worry; realizing some like it hot, the chefs will customize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request. $$Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket. Other new additions include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission fee. $ Chipotle Mexican Grill14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779Proving that national fast-food chains dont have to be bad for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what the company calls food with integrity. The fare is simple, basically tacos and big burritos: soft flour or crisp corn to rtillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented pork carnitas. But these bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones). And the food, while not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $Cholos Ceviche & Grill1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -alto gether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop16721 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 mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Takeout packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall3969 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,

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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 NY3427 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 fauxCantonese 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. $$ El Gran Inka3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Ginza Japanese Buffet16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mix-and-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-for-money is a given. $$Hannas Gourmet Diner13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant3007 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 popu lar 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. $$ Hiros Sushi Express17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus mix-and-match option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. $$-$$$Jerusalem Market and Deli16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. $-$$Kabobji3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484This place makes a very good tahini sauce. In fact that alone is reason enough to visit. We prefer ours with this bright, cheery eaterys delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma. They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare). Its hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters and wraps, but theres also a roster of full entres (with soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian and seafood meals for noncarnivores. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room entrance. Theres also a better-than-average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies. The menu is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point. $$ Kings County Pizza18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-9455If your feelings about Brooklyn-style pizza have been formed by Dominos flopsy-crusted, ketchupy, cheesefoody pies, stop here to sample a slice of the real thing. Admittedly, the crusts are not those of the coal-fired classics from Brooklyns legendary Totonnos or Grimaldis, but theyre similarly medium-thin and crisp -though not like a cracker; you can fold them for neat street eating, and they taste like honest bread, not cardboard. A variety of toppings are available even on slices. There are also whole pies with varied toppings. The large is humongous. $-$$ KoneFood387 NE 167th St., 305-705-4485Cones contain ice cream. Kones, however, contain anything and everything edible -at least at this eatery, locally founded (though the original concept of ultimate portable convenience meals, in sealed flatbread cones, came from Italy). In their melting-pot American version, kone fillings range from breakfast items like huevos rancheros to Thai chicken, chicken curry, coconut shrimp, kones kon lechon (slow-roasted pork with mojo), various pizzas, BBQ, chicken Florentine, healthy green salads, more. There are even desserts like a flambed apple Kone la Normande. Authentic Belgian frites, too. $ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd. 305-949-8800 www.limefreshmexicangrill.comLike its downtown and Midtown siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up 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. $Laurenzos Market Caf16385 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 cafeteriastyle space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Little Saigon16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$The Melting Pot15700 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. $$$New China Buffet940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266The venue (a former Bennigans) is clean, casual, and not kitschy. The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -scores of Chinese dishes (recommended: Mongolian pork, spicy garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger and scallion); international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-in-blankets); plus sushi, salad, and pastry/ ice cream bars. And the price is sure right. Lunch is $6.75 ($7.75 Saturday and Sunday). Dinner features more seafood, $9.55. Theres an inexpensive take-out option, too, and reduced kids prices. $Oishi Thai14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chilitopped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a partysize fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$Racks Soprano Caf & Italian Restaurant3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225Racks has a new owner and a new name. Italian chef Rocco Soprano is bringing his authentic Italian flavors and style to a lovely setting. Well have more details next month, but we know the specialties include Italian steaks, seafood, and an oyster bar. One thing that wont change: the coal-fired pizza oven, which reliably turns out an astonishingly light yet chewy crust that makes the pies a revelation. Especially enjoyable is the waterfront deck. $$ Open: Monday-Friday 11:30am-10:00pm Saturday 5:30-11:00pm www.jeanpaulshouse.com 2426 NE 2nd Ave | Miami FL 33137 | Tel. 305.573.7373

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Roasters & Toasters18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354Attention ex-New Yorkers: Is your idea of food porn one of the Carnegie Delis mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters will dwarf them. Consider the Carnegie-style monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat (really 1.4 pounds; we we ighed it), for a mere 15 bucks. All the other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour cream and applesauce. $$Sangs Chinese Restaurant1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076Sangs has three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum, served until 4:00 p.m. A live tank allows seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. Recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$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 authentictasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a vari ety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the mustnot-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 Square54 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. $-$$Slices Pizza & Pasta13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5684While pizza by the slice is common street food in every city in the USA, this informal Italian eatery offers a variation particularly appropriate to Latin American-influenced Miami: slices served rodizio-style. Brazils traditional rodizio restaurants feature many different grilled meats, served tableside by a continuing parade of waiters till diners cry uncle. Here the concept is the same, with dozens of varieties of pizza (plus several pastas) replacing the beef. $$ Sports Grill2995 NE 163rd St., 305-944-4552Like the other five locations of this popular local mini chain (which originated more than 20 years ago), NMBs familyfriendly sports bar/grill has walls lined with flat-screen TVs and a menu packed with all the classic game-watching munchies, some with Old South twists, like jalapeo poppers with pepper jelly dipping sauce. Must-haves are the charbroiled special wings, meaty and mild. But for those who prefer more highly spiced wings, there are six additional varieties. Cool down with a craft beer from a list that changes weekly to avoid boredom. $-$$Sushi House15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken its cue from Philippe Starck: sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingre dients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$ Sushi Sake13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are house made. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied dailychanging menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal LadiesWho-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$Tunas17850 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 Hakin73 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 yearold. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$ Asia Bay Bistro1007 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. $$$ Bettos Ristorante Italiano1009 Kane Concourse, 305-861-8166After roughly 25 years as Caffe Da Vinci, this romantic remodeled, renamed space is now managed by Betto Di Carlo, also a 25-year Italian cuisine veteran (as former owner/ effusively charming host of Surfsides neighborhood favorite Caf Ragazzi). Best make reservations. Though off the tourist track, the place draws hungry hordes for homemade pastas like pappardelle ai porcini (toothsome wide noodles with fresh mushrooms). Veal piccata, lightly floured and sauted medaillons with a caper-studded lemon white wine sauce, and thicker mozzarella-stuffed chops are also popular. $$$ L e Pine1052 Kane Concourse, 305-861-1059This upscale Lebanese restaurant serves dishes with the sort of understated sophistication that makes clear why Beirut was called the Paris of the East. Youll find familiar Middle Eastern favorites, but many have refinements that lift them above average: pita thats housemade, charmingly fluffy when warm from the oven; falafel incorporating flavorful fava beans with the usual ground chickpeas. Especially appealing are more uncommon items like crisp-fried cauliflower with tahini, fateh (a chickpea casserole iced with thick yogurt), and buttery cheese/herb-filled sambusak pastries. Finish exotically with a hookah. $$-$$$ Open Kitchen1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chefcentered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with meltin-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$ Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$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. $$BagelWorks18729 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-7727Hard as it is for old-time NYC expats to believe, theres evidently a younger generation that doesnt equate the Jewish deli experience with loudmouthed servers and the smell of 75 years of fermenting pickle juice in the flooring. This cleanly contemporary place attracts this younger generation with the full range of classics, including many varieties of hand-sliced smoked fish, but also healthy options, most notably a wide array of substantial salads with grilled pro tein add-ons. Bagels, while machine-made rather than handrolled, are freshly baked all day. $$ Bella Luna19575 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 portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$Blu Sushi600 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. 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Yes, there are California rolls. But why be bored when you have an alternative like Kin-SO: tempura king crab salad, tuna, and avocado with scallions, smelt roe, and tempura flakes, plus mayo and sweet eel sauce. $$$ Bourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare starts. There are also Minas ingenious signature dishes, like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy meal. But dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$BurgerFi18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350 Its not surprising that this Florida-based better burger franchise is one of Americas fastest-growing. With dcor thats relaxingly retro yet futuristically earth-friendly (think recycled Coke bottle chairs), beverages ranging from milkshakes to craft beers, and sourced hormone/antibiotic-free, grass-fed Angus burgers on branded buns, for prices rivaling those for fast-food junkburgers, whats not to love? There are also vegetarian quinoa burgers or Kobe dogs, plus accessories including hand-cut fries, killer crisp-battered onion rings, freshly made, all-natural frozen custard, and toppings galore. $ Cadillac RanchVillage at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantrolime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$Fresko19048 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 contempo rary as the restaurants dcor. Asian-influenced items, like wakametopped tuna tartare with pineapple chutney, are particularly appealing, while those craving classic combinations like smoked salmon and cream cheese can enjoy them on a light-crusted designer pizza. To drink, smoothies are supplemented by refreshing herbal infu sions like green lemonade (with mint and basil). $$Fuji Hana2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$The Grill on the Alley19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall), 305-466-7195Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood everywhere and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks, youd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -or in the new millennium. This upscale mini chain salutes Americas great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with prodigious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus classics like creamy chicken pot pie. New retro dishes are added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday nights prime rib special: a $32 hunk of juicy beef thatll take care of Mondays meals too. $$$$$ Il Migliore2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-792-2902This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the ambiance. As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredients and straightforward recipes that dont overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfection. Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else. Neither does the signature Pollo Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and cooked under a brick. And even low-carb dieters happily go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries. $$-$$$ Kampai3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restau rant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga minitea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elaborately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$Luca B ella19088 NE 29th Ave., 305-792-2222In the space that once housed Chef Allens, this trattoria offers a crowd-pleasing combination: dcor with white-tablecloth elegance, yet the family-friendly feel of a classic checkered-tablecloth eatery -and Italian-American comfort food to match. Highlights: Mickeys Meatballs (named for owner Mickey Maltese), a meal-size marinara-sauced starter featuring whipped ricotta and creamy mascarpone; veal Bella Luca, mixing modern and traditional influences via a hefty breadcrumb-coated pan-fried chop with a topping of bracing balsamic reduction-dressed mesclun. $$$Mos Bagels & Deli2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar18800 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. $$-$$$Pilar20475 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. Floribbeanstyle 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 Roma19090 NE 29th Ave. 305-937-4884Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not Romes wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in half for neat street eating. Unlike chains, though, this indie is accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just ask. Also featured are 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. $$Sushi Siam19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing) Alba17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305From bad-boy celeb chef Ralph Pagano, Sole resorts seaside Italian/Italian-American eatery has an irreverent retro Rat Pack vibe and a menu featuring naked ravioli from the Gnudi Bar, fresh seafood, homemade pastas, classic and contemporary pizzas, and old school red sauce joint entres, some upscaled. (When lobster Franaise is available, why settle for chicken?) Almond-sage butter-sauced butternut squash gnudi is a best bet. And meals end with another best bet: the Vinny D Split, a game enabling tables to win their meals for free. $$$$ Chef Philip Ho16850 Collins Ave., 305-974-0338Deep-pocketed diners who ate at the Setai when Jonathan Wright was executive chef already know chef Hos work. His dazzling dim sum were the menus highlight. Now theyre affordable for all. Dumplings (chive and shrimp, green tea duck, truffle-spiked scallop, more) have skins delicate enough to see through; open shrimp dumplings with dried scallops are almost flower-like in appearance; steamed cheung fan (rice noodle crpes) rolled around Chinese crullers are simply sinful, as are flaky-crusted egg custard tarts. And the regular menu measures up to the small plates. $$-$$$Copper Chimney18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is the foods elegant presentation -plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among familiar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by street snacks, like bikaneri chaat (fried gram flour crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt) served with two chutneys; anything featuring paneer cheese, from classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried tomato-stuffed paneer/ potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$Epicure Gourmet Market & Caf17190 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 spe cials 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. $$$The H Restaurant17608 Collins Ave., 305-931-9106This friendly, family-owned bistro is the sort of homeaway-fromhome found every few blocks in France -here Gerard and Karin Herrison, plus chef son Julien, formerly had a restaurant -but theyre rarely found in South Florida. Burgers, et al., are available, but with garlicky escargots, a savory/sweet-dressed salad of duck confit atop frise, pan-seared foie gras with port/ raspberry sauce, fish with an impeccable lemon beurre blanc, and a satisfying steak/frites (with peppery cognac cream sauce). Wed leave the American stuff to the kids. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale ItalianAmerican place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinnerfor the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Kitchen 30516701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a renovated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mangopapaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-you-can-eat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$Piazzetta17875 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 market-driven meat and cheese platter. $$$St. Petersburg Deli17080 Collins Ave., 305-947-9696Dont expect fancified stuff like menus, or the English language, at this informal market/cafe. If theres signage identifying the prepared foods behind the counters, its in Russian, and daily dishes are pretty much what the cooks feel like making. So look and point. Wed suggest pointing at cold yogurt-based soups like tangy okroshka (with cukes, egg, scallions, potatoes, and dill) or holodnik (similar, with beets added); eggplant roulades, stuffed with spiced shredded carrots, are also a refreshing summer dish. Hot choices include meatballs in rich cream sauce and chicken Kiev. $$ Timo17624 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. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ MOTHERS DAY SPECIALComplimentary Glass of Wine with Every Entre on May 12thSINGHA BEER 2 FOR $5All Day Long through MayTHAI LUNCH SPECIALS MON-SAT $7.99 305-758-05167941 biscayne blvd., miamiSee our extensive Thai & Sushi menu atwww.SiamRiceThaiAndSushi.comDINE IN TAKE OUT DELIVERY PARTY CATERINGOpen 7 Days for Lunch and Dinner FOLLOW US ON Mon-Fri 11:30AM 11PM; Sat-Sun 12:30PM 11PM rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN

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28 Steel, Stone, GlassA handy guidebook reveals Miami through its architecture1

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The Pocket Guide to Miami Architecture is the third in a series of architectural guides to U.S. cities written by Chicagoan Judith Paine McBrien, with illustrations by John F. DeSalvo. Following a guide to her hometown of Chicago, that great architectural city, and Los Angeles, where the fantasy of moviemaking is translated into architecture, Ms. Paines exploration of Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables may seem an unusual third installment, but, she says, Miami and Miami Beach are two of the most interesting cities in the world. Theyre young, dynamic, diverse cities set by the sea in a very dramatic landscape. In her introduction to the book, which was published last year, McBrien elaborates: Unlike many cities that evolved as trading or transport hubs, Miami and Miami Beach are sudden, intentional urban constructs. Miami and Miami Beach were invented as tourist destinations; Coral Gables as an ideal City Beautiful. From the very beginning their success depended upon being, and being perceived as, physically attractive. Buildings included in Pocket Guide with rare exceptions, are accessible to the public. The book is about neighborhoods and history, as well as pure architecture, says McBrien. The idiosyncratic buildings tell us about the personality of the city and community by humanizing the built environment. And so there are a range of building types: hotels, churches, banks, courthouses, and that Miami Beach phenomenon highly designed parking garages. The buildings are a variety of ages, spanning Miamis somewhat brief history. There are some great idiosyncratic choices, a few of the buildings are ugly even, and some obscure. Some repFor the most part, buildings are near enough to each other to be organized into tours, says McBrien, to encourage readers to walk, experience the buildings idea of walking the city, beginning with Chicago, is continued here, although a and Coconut Grove, two in Miami, and two in Miami Beach) do require a car, or at least a bicycle. A few of the entries are not individual buildings, but instead coordinated architectural assemblages. John F. DeSalvo, an architect, created a crisp line drawing for each. The result is a distilled look at Miamis architecture, with 102 original line drawings of slightly more than 102 buildings, and text written for the casual tourist and the serious architecture nerd alike. What follows is a sampling of the two Miami tours, with an emphasis on older buildings, evidence that Miami does indeed have a past, even if it didnt really begin until the 20th Century. Instead of drawings, the buildings presented here have been portrayed in their contemporary context by Biscayne Times photographer Silvia Ros. These excerpts from Pocket Guide to Miami Architecture are copyright 2012 by Judith Paine McBrien, reprinted with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Sean McCaughanTEX tT BY JUDI tT H PA INE MC BB RI EN PHO tT OGR A pP HY B Y SILVIA RR O sS 1. II ngraham BB ui lding 25 S EE 2n d AA venu e Schultze and Weaver, 1927 RR eno vation: RR od riguez, Khuly, Quiroga, AA rc hitects 1990 The 13-story, 200,000-square-foot In namesake, engineer James E. Ingraham: The U-shaped cube rises from the corner of SE 2nd Avenue and SE 1st Street as a Bedford limestone block divided by cornices and belt courses into three main horizontal sections: a base, a midsection with regular-spaced fenestration, and with arched bifora windows. A truncated hip roof covered with Spanish tiles supported by a bracketed cornice tops the composition. But it is the lobbys scale, colorful vaulted ceilings, and colossal limestone Doric columns that give the Ingraham Building its cachet. see his grandfather, then rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Augustine. After working for railroad entrepreneur Henry Plant, he joined Henry Flaglers Florida East Coast Railway Company, rising to become vice president as well the Model Land Company. When Ingrain his honor made sense, especially since Weaver was available, with several other projects underway nearby. 2. AA lf red II du Pont BB ui lding 169 EE as t Flagler Street Marsh and Saxelbye, 1939 Few downtown skyscrapers were built in Miami after the 1926 hurricane or during the Great Depression of the 1930s, so Continued on page 30 2

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30 renewed faith in the future of the Magic City. Built as the headquarters of the Florida National Bank, which Alfred 1931, the duPont Building is also the only Art Deco/Depression Moderne high-rise in downtown Miami. The black granite stone faade, the setbacks facing NE 2nd Avenue, and the ornate stylized interior details are hallmarks of this architectural style. Note especially the palm trees on the brass elevators, the ceiling wooden cedar beams painted with motifs derived from Seminole Indian designs, and the ornate teller grillwork. DuPont left Delaware for Jacksonville, Florida, in 1926 and began a second successful investment career. William Mulford and had already designed duPonts St. Johns River. When the time came to choose architects to design a skyscraper honoring Alfred I. duPont, they were the obvious choice. 3. DD ad e CC oun ty CC our thouse 73 West Flagler Street AA Te n EE yc k BB ro wn and AA ug ust GG ei ger, 1925 RR es toration of CC ou rtroom 6-1: M. CC HH arr y & AA sso ciates, 2006 County Courthouse dominated Miamis skyline. And no wonder: its height, it visibly iconic from every angle. Like the Los Angeles City Hall and Nebras kas State Capitol, the Courthouse also expressed a new way of thinking about what a major civic structure should look like. From now on skyscrapers, not just domed and columned buildings, could signify public use. The courthouse oc cupies a full city block and rises from stories are faced with Stone Mountain granite and decorated with six colossal pilasters. Above them is an entablature and attic story. The second 3 stories are set back and include six double-story pilasters with Egyptian capitals sur changes to an octagonal shape and a Topping the courthouse is a 3-story pyramidal roof. Originally the building housed not only courtrooms but also City Hall, county and city jails, and at remain. Note especially Courtroom 6-1, recently restored. 4. Seybold AA rc ade 36 NEN E 1 st Street Kiehnel and EE l liott, 1921-25 Flagler Street AA rc ade entrance: RR ob ert LL aw W eed, 1939 restaurant, then a famous bakery, devel oped an exclusive residential neighbor hood, now the Spring Garden Historic District, widened part of Wagner Creek to became a canal he named after him self, and hired one of South Floridas and Elliott, to build the 2-story Seybold Arcade in 1921 with a grand entrance on 1st Street. As business boomed, he asked the architects, who were complet ing the Scottish Rite Temple, to add consists of a horizontal band of ten windows regularly spaced between rounded pilasters and grouped within six vertical piers that rise the full length of the structure. This pattern is repeated Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 29 Continued on page 32 3 4

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32 across the entire faade. A decora tive band of icicle-shaped terra-cotta forms mark the third story. Architect the 3-story Flagler Street entrance in center for the jewelry trade. Arcades were a popular retail shopping form when enough property could be assembled to create a through-street corridor in dense downtowns. 5. Shoreland AA rc ade 120-136 NEN E 1 st Street Pfeiffer and OO RR ei lly, 1925 Flagler Street faade renovation: RR ob ert LL aw W eed, 1939 The 2-story Shoreland Arcade was clearly designed for storefront bays with generous windowed arches to invite customers inside. Pilasters dividing the bays add further detail as do the colorful medallions symbolizing events in Floridas history. The interior lobby is more elaborate. The ceiling is coffered, the are rusticated masonry. Moreover, care is taken Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 30 Continued on page 34 5

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34 to repeat the scale and style of the exterior arched display to the elevator core. Could it be that there is more to this story than shopping? Indeed, the Shoreland Company, known for developing Miami Shores, the Venetian Causeway, and Biscayne Boulevard, originally planned the building not as a stand-alone arcade but as the retail base of its planned 20story headquarters. The sudden collapse of the real estate market in 1926 abruptly ended that scheme. The next year, the Shoreland Company went bankrupt. But the arcade, which once extended to Flagler Street as well as to NE 1st Avenue, remained nearly intact through the years. Today it is among the last surviving examples of its kind in Miami. 6. OO ld UU .S Post OO f ce and CC ou rthouse 100 NEN E 1 st AA ve nue OO sc ar Wenderoth, 1914: addition, Kiehnel and EE l liott, plans, 1937 RR en ovation: AA rc hitectural DD esi gn CC on sultants, 2002 The old limestone United States Post example of the neoclassical style, the dominant aesthetic for public buildings in America a century ago, especially in self-conscious cities that aspired to be beautiful. The harmonious proportions of the 3-story faade, the quality of materials, and the numerous exquisite details give this simple form a dignity Note the underside of the tiled hipped roof revealing the wooden brackets once brilliantly polychromed, the layered entablature atop the pilasters, and the repeating dentil, and egg and dart, patterns that add richness to the simple connection between vertical and horizontal ecuted these classical elements with conSteel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 32 Continued on page 36 6

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36 architect for the U.S. Treasury Department in 1912, had previously worked for the federal government before joining rre & Hastings, designers of the New York Public Library. But three years after the appointment to his prestigious post, he suddenly resigned; by 1920 he was enclosed when the building was adding 2-story wings to the east and south elevations. 7. DD av id W. DD ye r Federal BB ui lding and UU .S CC our thouse 300 NEN E 1 st AA ve nue Paist & Steward with Marion Manley, 1933 EE xp ansion: Spillis CC and ela & Partners, 1983 and Courthouse was an important project for downtown Miami in the early 1930s during depressing economic times. Amid the gloom arose this large, 3-story limestone structure with an exterior of classical elements mixed with Mediterranean design and an elaborate interior featuring marble, gilt, leather doors, and crystal chandeliers. More restrained than its earlier counterpart, the exterior features a 2-story central bay that projects slightly and is composed of Corinthian columns that support a simple entablature and alternate with two levels of fenestration. At each end of the colonnade are bays with paired Corinthian columns. The north and south faades follow a similar rhythm with pilasters used instead of columns. smaller paired windows. Terra-cotta tiles cover a shallow hipped roof. The interior includes an open courtyard with arched addition that extended the building to a full city block includes a second courtyard. The building was renamed in honor of Judge Dyer, a former chief justice of the structure lies abandoned, the result of air-contamination issues that forced 8. Freedom Tower 600 BB is cayne BB ou levard Schultze and Weaver, 1925 RR en ovation: RR od riguez & Quiroga AA rc hitects, 2003 HH is toric name: Miami DD ai ly NN ew s Tower received major commissions in South Florida in the 1920s, designer Leonard Schultze was clearly taken by the Giralda Bell Tower in Seville, Spain, not once, but three times: the Freedom Tower, the Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 34 Continued on page 38 78

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38 Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, and the Roney Plaza Hotel in Miami Beach was developed as the headquarters and printing plant of the Miami Daily News Miamis oldest newspaper, after former Democratic presidential nominee James Cox purchased the paper in 1923. The entrance is marked with an arched doora swans-neck pediment with a richly decorated arched window set in-between, above, and a decorative stone escutcheon below. Set on a 3-story base, the 12-story tower is 3 bays wide and 3 bays deep with a 2-story setback at the upper level that is topped with an octagonal tower. In the 1960s, after the newspaper had moved out, this tall beacon on the bay became the site offering services for thousands of Cuban refugees. It was renamed Freedom Tower to honor that purpose. Today it is the home of MiamiDade College. Dont miss the New World mural inside. 9. BB ac ardi UU S AA 21 00 BB is cayne BB ou levard Tower: Sacmag II nt ernational, 1963; AA nn ex: II gna cio CC arr era-Justiz, 1973 Bacardi USA is quintessential Miami. It combines the young citys Midcentury Modern style with the artistic expressionism of its Latin culture. The complex consists of two structures concrete tower faced on the narrow north later by architect Ignacio Carrera-Justiz that is covered with a glass faade mural based on a painting by Johannes Dietz. Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40 9 10

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40 Mies van der Rohe. Forced to relocate from Cuba, Bacardi sought a signature structure in Miami. Enrique Gutierrezs design is an homage to Mies, an engineering feat and an artistic triumph. The cessed glass lobby with a mirrored glass entire building is hung from concrete trusses that rest on four exterior columns, while steel cables on the end walls tie it together. Carrera-Justizs addition is the reinforced-concrete central core. 10. Scottish RR it e Temple 471 NN W 3r d St Kiehnel and EE l liott, 1924 Sitting on a generous site overlooking the Miami River and opposite Lummus Park, the 3-story gray Scottish Rite Temple with its pyramid-shaped roof element looks formidable. Fierce double-headed perch, keeping a watchful eye on all who enter past the four colossal Doric columns. If you do so, dont miss the compass and square on the wall above that symbolize the spiritual and physical linked together in Masonic brotherhood. The masonry structure, which is roughly T-shaped, with another entrance on North River Drive and a secondary entrance on 3rd Street, is even larger than it looks. It has rooms, a library, and an ornate Egyptianthemed auditorium that with its two main global fraternity of Freemasonry, differ ent rites organizations exist that confer Rite became the Supreme Council for the United States. The Miami Scottish Rite organization began in 1916. By the early not only to build this substantial Masonic temple but also to hire one of the leading and Elliott, to design it. 11. Fort DD al las BB arr acks LL um mus Park, 404 NN W 3r d Street c. 1849 EE xt erior renovation: RR J HH ei senbottle AA rc hitects, 2000 The Fort Dallas Barracks has housed slaves, soldiers, stores, tourists, the Dade County government, an upscale tearoom, and artifacts of the American Revolu tionary War. Built originally by slaves for slaves, it was saved from destruction can Revolution who had it disassembled, reconstructed, and relocated from SE 1st Avenue and the Miami River to Lummus Park. Fort Dallas, named for Commodore James Dallas of the U.S. Navy, was estab lished during the Second Seminole War Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 38 Continued on page 42 11

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42 River. William English acquired the land and brought slaves from North Carolina who were skilled stonemasons to construct made of oolite rock, a kind of soft lime stone found along the Florida coast. When the army returned during the Third Semi pioneer Julia Tuttle bought the property, moved into the mansion, and renovated the barracks as tourist accommodations. originally on Wagner Creek, is the oldest known home still standing in Dade County. City of Miami moved it to the park. 12. Miami Tower 100 S EE 2 nd Street Pei CC ob b Freed & Partners, 1987 Formerly CC en Trust, BB ank o f AA me rica at II nt ernational Place Built originally for CenTrust Bank, Miami Tower is an elegant solution for a small, complicated site. First of all, the had to be built atop an existing 10-story garage that abutted the elevated tracks of the Metromover. It also had to incorporate an elevated Metromover rail station, con create a distinctive presence on the sky line without frontage on either Biscayne Bay or the Miami River. The architects plan was to use only part of the garage roof as the base for the tower. Thus, the tower would not directly face the rail line and the remaining space could be used for a rooftop park. A handsome marble lobby convention visitors. Three cascading curving sections facing southeast give the glass tower identity; the backside of the building is straight. The pice de rsistance is a clever lighting system that allows each of the three tiers to be programmed differently. Colorful display options used for seasonal and other cel ebratory events continue to make Miami Tower a favorite city landmark. Attractive by day, it looks best at night. 13. RR iv erwalk and M 88 S EE 4 th Street at RR iv erwalk Metromover Station RR & RR St udios, 1996 Fort DD al las Park: Miami RR iv erwalk, ongoing One of the most historic, and accessible, sections of Miamis riverfront is Fort Dallas Park. Blessed with a spectacu lar seaside setting, Miami was slow to Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 40 Continued on page 44 1213

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44 public amenity. But improvement plans spearheaded by the Miami River Com mission and its partners are changing that perception. Today more than half of the public Miami River Greenway is either constructed or has fully funded plans to become so. The goal is to provide a continuous pedestrian pathway along the Miami River or adjacent roadway from the rivers mouth at Biscayne Bay to the rivers terminus at the Miami Internation al Airport. The Riverwalk Metromover Station references that effort. A colossal red M designed by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt marks the location of Miamis founder Julia Tuttles home and doubles as a monument of Miamis cente an excellent example of the Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places program. access by offering a pedestrian pathway through the legs of the M and by its traditional, but oversized, pocket watch clock. The M is also symbolic and meant to encourage people to extend the letter into words of their choice. 14. Flagler Workers HH ou se ( RR oy al Palm CC ot tage) Fort DD al las Park, 60-64 S EE 4 th Street Joseph AA Mc DD ona ld, c. 1897 This little yellow house on Miamis Riverwalk is easy to miss in the shadow of high-rise developments all around it. Miamis early days. It was one of at least 30 cottages built to house workers con structing the grand, exclusive Royal Palm entrepreneur Henry Flagler the year after Miami became a city. Canadian Joseph struction of the Royal Palm Hotel, likely had these cottages built as well. The 2-story clapboard structure is a common nineteenth-century American vernacular housing type but now so rare in Miami that this building is the last known ex ample. Three bays wide, with a gable roof, the house includes a 1-story porch and windows with 6-over-6 lights on the front was moved to Fort Dallas Park. This park was once the site of the United States plantation of Richard Fitzpatrick. Fort Dallas became the site for Miamis early development when pioneer Julia Tuttle renovated one of the forts abandoned properties as her home. 15. The AA tl antis on BB ri ckell 2025 BB ri ckell AA venu e AA rq uitectonica, 1982 The Atlantis on Brickell is clever, colorful, and bold. It not only put the young tional map but also helped rebrand the city of Miami itself: every week the Steel, Stone, GlassContinued from page 42 Continued on page 46 14 15

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46 Atlantis was featured in the opening credits of the hit television show Miami Vice, symbolizing Miami as a cool, hip place. The faade can be understood rectangular hole cut out of the middle of the 20-story glass and steel faade that jolts our visual expectations and arrests our attention. Paradoxically, this void is meant to be seen: the walls are painted a vivid yellow, a red staircase spirals through the space, and a gigantic palm tree seems planted in the air. Next, the use of bold colors continues with the placement of a large red triangle on the east side of the roof balanced by four yellow triangular awnings on the lower porting the entrance canopy. The north faade has a colossal blue grid overlaying the surface, equally emphasizing the horizontal and vertical elements that comprise the plan. Completing this graphic composition of primary colors and shapes is a full-height glass curve facing Biscayne Bay. 16. CC om modore RR al ph Middleton Munroe Miami Marine Stadium 3501 RR icke nbacker CC au seway AA rc hitect: Pancoast, Ferendino, Skeels, GG ra fton and BB ur nham EE n gineer: DD ig mun EE n gineers, 1963 was just a youngster at Pancoast, Fe rendino, Skeels, Grafton and Burnham to design a marine stadium for spectator water sports in the early 1960s. Yet he designed a modern masterpiece. Inspired by Latin American architects who were exploring concrete as an expressive form maker, including Max Borges in Havana, understood the dramatic possibilities of poured-in-place concrete. Working with seat open-air stadium sheltered by a is only 6 inches thick. The roof consists of a series of hyperbolic paraboloids, a twist ing shape that follows a convex curve about one axis and a concave curve about the other a type favored for spanning large areas because its lightweight form requires fewer columnar supports and its curvature discourages water retention. Here, only eight slanting piers support the long roof, while diagonal members pro vide additional stability on the back. The stadiums waterfront setting overlooking downtown Miami is equally spectacular. Unfortunately, despite no evidence of se rious damage, the city closed the stadium after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. New funding promised for renovation offers preservationists hope. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Miami HeraldContinued from page 44 16

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48 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORCurb Your Dog or Pay the PriceFor many, its time to get serious about dog poop at Pace ParkStrapped for Cash? Try a Land GrabTiny Biscayne Park has the highest property tax in the county, but even that is not enoughBy Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorOne of the Biscayne Corridors most heavily used parks is in the middle of a battle, and its not mud folks are slinging. Its poop. Dog poop, to be exact. Since it reopened in 2003, after an extreme $4 million makeover, Margaret Pace Park has had a magnetic pull on residents of the towering condominium buildings that ring its western perimeter. The parks waterfront location at 1745 N. Bayshore Dr. provides sweeping vistas across Biscayne Bay, and though it encompasses just eight acres, a lot of amenities have been packed into it: two tennis courts, kids play areas, volleyball and basketball courts, picnic tables and grills, waterfront walks, open green spaces, and three elaborate thrones evoking Jewish, Spanish, and AfricanSouth Florida a public-art project by New World School of the Arts students. To say that Pace Park is popular would be an understatement. While no statistics are available, the number of people who visit in any given week is off the charts. From morning till late at night, the place is a beehive of activity. One of the most popular activities seems to be dog owners letting their pets exercise, mingle with other canines, and answer natures call. That last has become a source of friction. Some people, it seems, do not always pick up the poop after their dogs relieve themselves. In a small park with an even smaller area where dogs can play, it doesnt take many irresponsible people to cause a lot of problems. Regular park visitors worry about the grounds being contaminated by dog feces. The basic problem is they have bags to put the poo in, but people dont use them, says Juan Diaz, a nearby resident and parkgoer. When they mow the lawn, it spreads and kids play on the lawn. Its very unhealthy. Dog poop is one of the major issues that plague dog owners in condos, says Maida Genser, a Tamarac resident and founder of Citizens for Pets in Condos, adding that the problems at Marga ret Pace Park are nothing new. The position of Citizens for Pets in Condos, Genser says, is that responsible pet owners and animal guardians should be allowed to keep their animals. Owners BT photo by Erik Bojnansky BT photos by Wendy Doscher-Smith By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterAn isosceles trapezoid. Thats the shape of Biscayne Park on a map, which is essentially a triangle this 384-acre trapezoid are trees, green lawns, single-family homes, a few small apartments, and 3055 souls. Looming above Biscayne Parks northern border of NE 121st Street is the City of North Miami. South of NE 108th Street is Miami Shores. East and west of this trapezoid are nameless, orphan neighborhoods ruled directly by MiamiDade County. The Bell David Planning Group, a suggesting a major change to this map. Theyre recommending that Biscayne Park annex chunks of unincorporated MiamiDade east of the FEC railroad tracks, west of Biscayne Boulevard, south of NE 121st Street, and north of a proposed border that hovers around NE 118th Street. The 71-acre area, referred to as is very different from the Village of Biscayne Park. Besides single-family homes and apartments, the proposed annexation area includes industrial and other commercial uses. Notable landmarks inside this region are a pair Continued on page 50 Continued on page 51

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By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterFor nearly 30 years a business partnership headed by Edward Easton and Allen Greenwald owned the Biscayne Plaza Shopping Center at 79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, a sprawling retail center with stores like Sabor Tropical Supermarket, dds Discounts, and Family Dollar that cater to the limited budgets of people residing in Palm Grove, Little Haiti, and other workingclass enclaves. That era came to an end this past March 27, when their company, GreenEast Ltd. #2, sold Biscayne Plaza to Global Fund Investments and MMG Equity Partners for $12 million. Doron Valero, Global Fund Investments managing partner, recently gave BT a tour of the 59-year-old shopping center while describing his plans. Hes a slender, energetic, 56-year-old Israeli who has been acquiring shopping centers across the United States since 1985. His company, which he co-founded in 2007, owns 32 malls in Florida and Texas. This is one of the most exciting projects Ive done since 1997, when we bought Skylake Mall, Valero says, referring to the enclosed, 1959 shopping center on Miami Gardens Drive that was a zombie mall by the time his company (at the time Equity One) bought it for $14 million. Within two years, the 320,000-square-foot shopping center was demolished, replaced by the somewhat smaller, open-air Shops at Skylake, which includes Publix, LA Fitness, TJ Maxx, and several restaurants, retail cal practices. We revitalized that neighborhood, Valero declares. Here, its going to be the same. The 79th Street corridor is already in the process of changing. The Adler Group recently broke ground at the site of the aborted Oasis on the Bay condo project next to the 79th Street Causeway, where the company plans to construct a pair of 20-story buildings called Shorecrest Luxury Apartments. Just across the street from Biscayne Plaza, the Fifteen Group last year bought served as the Immigration and Naturalization Services Miami headquarters. (See Going, Going, Gone! April 2013.) The Upper Eastsides neighborhoods straddling Biscayne Boulevard have been steadily gentrifying since the late 1990s. More recently, the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District (along the Boulevard between 50th and 77th streets) has been attracting investors like developer Avra Jain and restaurateur John Kunkel. Valero sees the shopping center as a kind of commercial bridge between the areas two worlds the middle class and the working class. Hed like the new Bis cayne Plaza to act as a connector between those worlds by retaining the bargain stores and attracting classy restaurants and cafs of the sort that are popping up throughout the Upper Eastside. I believe in people surviving together, he says. I dont think you need to pick one or the other to be doing well. To accomplish that, Valero will take a page from the Skylake handbook: He wants to make Biscayne Plaza, a commercial buildings, somewhat smaller. That means knocking something down. A few weeks ago, the City of Miami received an application to demolish what Valero calls a monster building. This is the portion of Biscayne Plaza that is lo cated on the northwest corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 79th Street, where its larg est store, Payless ShoeSource, operates. About 100,000 square feet in size, the building continues west for another 500 feet or so, parallel to 79th Street, retail facing the former INS building trian bridge (one of two at the plaza) connects the monster to another retail building along NE 81st Street. That bridge is rarely used these days, Valero empty. Prior to 2008, they were mainly the INS left the area, so did they. After relocating Payless ShoeSource and most of the buildings tenants to other parts of Biscayne Plaza, Valero will level the monster and its bridge. In its place, and at the corner where Payless now operates, will be a 14,000-square-foot CVS drug store. Then Valero wants to build a pair of buildings fronting 79th Street one for a bank and the other for a restaurant. That is, if the City of Miami approves the demolition and construction plans. We have a signed lease with CVS, subject to site-plan approval, says Valero, whod like to see that building completed by 2015. Its in the application process now. Theres no indication that there should be a problem, but until you have it, you dont have it. The news that Valero wants to demolish part of Biscayne Plaza might displease some MiMo architectural Biscayne Plaza, Meet Your New BossHis name is Mr. Valero and he thinks you have a very bright future Continued on page 52 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith BT photo by Silvia Ros

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Biscayne Centre and 12000 Biscayne, the Ocean Collision car repair shop, the Alta Mira Apartments now under construction, and Von Wedel Montes sori School. The Village of Biscayne Park and Biscayne Park East are demographically different as well. Seventy-two percent of Biscayne Parks population is white (both Hispanic and non-Hispanic), according to the 2010 census, while 75 percent of Biscayne Park Easts 1208 residents are black. There are no roads connecting the two areas, either, which are physically separated by the FEC tracks and a series of fences. So why is Biscayne Park entertaining the idea of annexing this land beyond the tracks? In a word, money the village could collect $280,717 in additional revenue at Biscayne Parks existing property-tax rate if it annexes the area. If and when it does, property owners within the annexed area will see their taxes go up. At 9.5 mills, or $9.50 in property taxes for every $1000 of assessed value, Biscayne Park has the highest tax rate in Miami-Dade County. Unincorporated Miami-Dade areas are only charged $1.93 per $1000. Ana Garcia, Biscayne Parks village manager, says the proposed annexation plan will likely be discussed at the next commission meeting on May 7. She also insists that the annexation is only in its study phase. The dollars we need as revenue to run the village continues to slip, Garcia explains, adding, Were just studying this because if we dont study ways to generate revenue, how responsible are we? Commissioner Bryan Cooper colleagues unanimously agreed to budget $6000 for the study last year. At the same time, hes skeptical that an nexation will allow the village, which now collects $3.2 million in taxes and fees, to obtain more revenue. I be lieve our consultant is not providing a thorough report tied to our existing the BT There is no business plan at all at this point with clear demarcation of a break-even point or deliverables for the western residents. Actually, the revenue estimates are conservative, counters Garcia. The report even takes into account the need patrol Biscayne Park East. (The village civilian code enforcers.) Despite the projected revenue boost, Audrey Ehrhardt, a real estate agent who has lived in Biscayne Park for more than 50 years, is so against the idea that shes ready to circulate a petition to prevent the village from considering annexation ever again. Why do we need to change? she asks. Why do we need to include busi nesses? We pay our bills. Commissioner and former mayor Roxanna Ross counters that even at 9.5 mills, the village is having a hard time generating enough tax revenue to operate services or undertake needed infrastruc ture improvements, such as modernizing the 80-year-old log cabin that serves as a village hall and police station. The tax base is totally residential, Ross says. We were really seriously hit by real estate market. When it took a dive, it reduced our revenue substantially. In fact the only nonresidential uses in the village are the village hall log cabin, a community center, a park, and the (tax-exempt) Church of the Resurrection. And thats the problem, Garcia maintains, elaborating on Rosss point: When the housing market crashed, by not having businesses, all of our eggs were in one basket, so to speak. Hence, for the past three years weve lost like 30 percent of our ad-valorem taxes. Last year property values in Biscayne Park began rising again, Garcia says. Unfortunately for the villages fiscal health, more than half of the villages 1324 housing units are owner-occupied, or homestead prop erty. State law forbids tax increases higher than three percent per year for homestead homes. Such restrictions dont apply to nonresidential property or multi-family buildings, which Biscayne Park East has in abundance. Garcia appears particularly intrigued about annexing the 230-unit Alta Mira Apartments now being developed by Atlanta-based Wood Partners. Theyll have oneto three-bedroom units, says Garcia, who has a printout wall, just above a large map of Biscayne Park. The plans look pretty. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, whose district includes Biscayne Park and the proposed an nexation area, thinks the village could one thing, villagers can respond to any nuisances occurring in the industrial noise complaints all the time. The county will cite the owner, but they [Biscayne Park] have no say in it, she says. Annexing Biscayne Park East might also allow the village to build a new government center or public works building in that area, she adds. Biscayne Park East residents will services are they getting on a consistent basis in regards to police and code enforcement, contact with their elected Biscayne ParkContinued from page 48 UNIN CO RPOR AT ED MI AM IDADE Ci ty of Nort h Mi am iFEC RRNE 121S T ST NE 11 8T H TE R NE 11 9T H ST 1 NE 11 8T H STNE 1 6T H AVE NE 14 TH AV ENE 11 8T H ST NE 120T H STNE 1 3T H AVENE 12TH CTNE 121ST STNE 12TH AVENE 119TH STNE 120TH TER LegendLand Use Bu si ne ss & O ffi ce In du strial & O ffi ce Lo w De ns it y Re si dent ial Lo w Me dium De ns it y Re si dent ial Vi llage Li mits Lo ca l St re et s Vi ll age of Biscayne Park Biscay ne Park East Annexation Area Nove mb er 29t h, 2012 Continued on page 52

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Continued on page 53 MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOLMIAMI, FLORIDA 1 9 3 8 MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOLMIAMI, FLORIDA 1 9 3 8 DISCOVER YOUR PASSION this Summer atMiami Country Day SchoolWe have over 15 programs and 20 courses from June 3-Aug. 2 for ages 3-18!CONTACT US GOLF MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOLMIAMI, FLORIDA 1 9 3 8 iamicountryday.org/summer must be considerate of others, though. So-called animal issues are almost always people issues, Genser says. Its important to properly take care of your animals and make sure theyre not a nuisance to other people. Part of respon sible pet ownership is cleaning up their waste products and training them to avoid nuisance behavior. Last year Diana Fontani, a resident of the condominium complex known as Cit, across the street from Pace Park, became so annoyed by the waste products littering the park she organized a petition drive asking for an enclosed dog run, which the park does not have. She secured more than 150 signatures (most from dog owners) and contacted Sarnoff, whose district includes the park. Fontani asked for help establishing a dog run separate from other areas of the park. A meeting organized by Sarnoffs nity Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was held this past March to discuss the pros and cons of a fenced-in dog area. Says Pieter Bockweg, executive director of the found out that there were several opinions about the park and that we needed to discuss the fenced-in play area. One result of the meeting: a sixmonth education campaign, geared to teaching people about the importance of curbing their dogs, as well as the laws against not doing that. Park regulars acknowledge that the but they can be a big headache. Many say theyve approached perpetrators only to be ignored or cursed. Cit resident Veronica Wolan takes her two Boston terriers to the park at least twice daily. She asserts there are not enough poop bags, and recently had to leave her dog with someone else while she ran to get a bag to pick up her dogs feces. (Wolan also once followed a woman who did not clean up after her dog, did the job herself, and then handed the woman her dogs bagged poop.) Another park regular, Eduardo Itriago, who lives across the street in the highrise condo Quantum on the Bay, says he doubts that building an enclosed dog run will deter people from leaving behind their dogs waste. I have a rule, Itriago says. I check my shoes before I go home. Jaime Blanco, who lives in the adjacent 1800 Club condo, has seen traces Margaret Pace ParkContinued from page 48

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enthusiasts, who appreciate the shopping centers car-centric design, created by architect Robert Fitch Smith in 1954. However, Valero says he only wants to destroy the monster building. Everything else, he asserts, will get a modernizing face-lift. Hes already started renovating one small retail building, and aims to upgrade the large retail building along 81st Street (where d.ds Discounts and Family Dollar now do business). Hell even keep the four decorative towers that stand on the plazas outer edge. Valero is particularly eager to repurpose a glass-walled, triangular structure at the rear of the monster building. This triangle building is adjacent to Glasshaus Studios, the former Admiral Vee Hotel, which is not owned by Global Trust Investments. During the 1960s, the triangle building served as a bank branch. Im envisioning it becoming a nice restaurant, Valero says, something like Soykas. Grant Stern, president of Morningside Mortgage, says Biscayne Plaza can be something more than just a shopping center. Under the citys Miami 21 zoning plan, the 18-acre tract could become the next Midtown Miami a community rants, and retail. Prior to the real estate crash, Green-East Ltd. #2 hired Miami architect Allan Shulman design just such a mixed-use development to replace the old shopping center. The $400 million project never got off the ground. Their best bet is to redevelop it as a mixed-use project, Stern says. That way they can get Class-A rents. Todays tenants are not paying any thing close to Class-A rents. According to Valero, rents now range between $12 and $24 per square foot. Once the enhancements are complete, Valero intends to charge up to $30 per square foot. As for a residential component, Valero says he might build up to 70 af fordable apartments on a parcel at 82nd Street near the Little River, but noth ing more at least not yet. Im not a dreamer. Im a realist, he quips. In real life, that is not the place for it right now. Maybe in the future. In addition to redeveloping Biscayne Plaza, and possibly building some afford able housing, Valero is interested in the creation of a public park along the banks of the Little River. Last year Green-East Ltd. #2 attempted to sell its vacant land holdings along the river to the city for $730,000, with the idea of creating a park. That effort was unsuccessful. Now that Global Trust Invest ments owns the land, Valero says hes contacted the Trust for Public Land, a There were like 30-something mana tees swimming in the river last time I checked, he says. Valero is also enthusiastic about the prospect of a train station for a proposed commuter rail line near 79th Street, just west of Biscayne Plaza. Our vision is to try and have a center that will serve the community, he says. We own a lot of property here, and Id love to see that become part of a park, and one day part of a train station. If you think about it, Biscayne Plaza would be a wonderful train station. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Biscayne PlazaContinued from page 49BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith Courtesy of Shulman + Associates Biscayne ParkContinued from page 50 department? she asks. When one of our residents has a complaint, their answers come quickly. Commissioner Cooper doubts that services for the eastern frontier: My concerns include promises that will be made to some of the residents in the eastern area; promises that just cannot be met. The real effect likely will be to siphon off their tax base for use within the current village boundaries. Cooper worries that annexation might inadvertently spark class warfare when Garcia stresses that any anxieties over annexation can be addressed during public workshops in both the west and east if the village decides to continue pursuing annexation. Were just in a preliminary stage right now, she says. The village might not even annex all of Biscayne Park East. In fact, Garcia tells the BT shell recommend that the village narrow its focus to an area north of NE 119th Street. That would leave out the school and the areas residential areas, except for Alta Mira Apartments and the next-door Bay Winds Apartments, a gated, 205-unit affordable-housing community. Cooper says hed be more amenable to annexing such a narrow area, but he isnt sure the county commission will agree to the village cherry-picking an area with a more lucrative tax base while leaving out the rest. I thought Manager Garcia knew that such requests in the past have been resisted by Miami-Dade, he says. If more than 250 registered voters live in the area Biscayne Park wishes to annex, those residents will vote on whether or not they want to be part of the village. Those same rights are not extended to commercial property owners. Their only recourse will be to speak up at public hearings and lobby county nexation any way she can. The 35-yearold runs North Miami Mini Stor-It, a two-acre storage facility at NE 13th Avenue and 119th Street that has been owned by her family since 1977. Medof is happy with services the county pro vides and, she adds, I wouldnt want my property taxes to go up, Ill tell you that much. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORof feces throughout his building. Blanco thinks a dog run will make the park ugly, but says he understands the necessity. ing initiative includes the distribution of pamphlets and cards that will be handed out and left at every building in the parks vicinity, in an effort to get the word out about proper curbing and offleash procedures. One of Fontanis complaints is that many individuals that live at the Grand, Opera, and Quantum never received a notice of the March 13 meeting. Fontani has now offered to assist in the outreach for the next meeting, and Bockweg says its one of his priorities. Im going to go to every single building in the Margaret Pace Park area, he vows. waste is the third-largest contributor to contaminated water; parasites can be transmitted by dog feces and infect other dogs and people; Miami-Dade County dogs, and at Margaret Pace Park the are also encouraged to limit their dogs activities to the northern portion of the park, to keep dogs leashed at all times, and to maintain vaccinations. Seven additional poop-bag dispensers with garbage cans are being procured as well, Bockweg says. In addition, the City of Miamis parks and recreation department is now involved, as is the police department, which has been put on notice to watch for rule-breakers. This summer another meeting will be held, says Bockweg, in order to determine whats been accomplished and which steps need to be taken next. CRA is also considering plans for an expanded kids play area. How big an expansion is yet to be determined and will be based on a cost analysis, Bockweg says: We spent money to make sure we provide shade for kids and put in AstroTurf, which is better from a maintenance standpoint. The size of the expansion will depend on the overall expansion and of the fenced-in dog area. For her part, Fontani is optimistic. I am just glad the issue didnt die at the March meeting, she says. Historical footnote: The park was created in the late 1960s and named in honor of Margaret Pace, who was not, as widely believed, the founding president of the Miami Womens Club. (The clubs grand headquarters abuts the parks southern border and is on the National Register of Historical Places.) According to a 1977 column in the Miami News known as Why Is It Called, Pace was deeply devoted to this areas nature and history. Mrs. Pace, wife of Johnson Pace, was a founder and past president of the Miami Garden Club. She was chairwoman of Royal Palm State Park, which was given by the Florida Federation of Womens Clubs to the government as part of Everglades National Park. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com FOR ADVERTISING CALL 305-756-6200 WE CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW! Margaret Pace ParkContinued from page 51

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54 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIBig Ballot BrawlFifteen candidates battle for three slots in city elections By Mark Sell BT ContributorI Miami Herald Biscayne Times Mayor: Kevin Burns Lucie Tondreau West Dixie HwyNE 163rd StOleta State ParkBiscayne BlvdNE 135th St NW 135th St NW 125th StI-95NE 142nd StNE 5th Ave NE 2nd AveNW 17th AveNW 119th StNE 125th St NE 121st St NE 123rd St Map by Marcy Mock Allison ACADEMYFounded in 1983Accredited by: AISF, SACS/CASI, AdvancED, MSA NCPSA ACCEPTING ENROLLMENTfor summer school June 17 July 25, 2013 ACCEPTING ENROLLMENTfor summer school June 17 July 25, 2013 Dr. Allison Celebrates 50 Years in Education!

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launching after-school programs and While a Burns-Tondreau June 4 runoff is plausible, this race could go Gwendolyn Boyd the former police chief, has nibbled into some of Burnss support on the east side and is At the April 16 meeting, Jean Mar cellus a car dealership on the southeast corner Dr. Smith Joseph Anna Pierre (no relation to emphasis on better education, crime pre Modira Es carment head of the Escarment Founda City Council District 2: Michael Blynn Carol Keys IT consultant Joseph Haber regular at council meetings, has a strong tates, and in much of the business comCity Council District 3: This race Philippe Bien-Aime together a strong campaign organization time; the other district not being contested candidates Jacques Despinosse 2001 to 2009, and business professor and Hans Mardy tore Kati usquie Pierre (again, no relation to the legally Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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56 Neighborhood Correspondents: BRICKELL / DOWNTOWNDowntown After Dark An experiment to nd nightlife in the citys center meets with disappointmentBy Adam Schachner BT ContributorI have a theory that downtown Miami is ripe for a walking nightlife. By day, of course, downtown is bustling with shoppers, courthouse College, and people on county business. For many, this is a part of town where they have to go, whether they want to or not. I wanted to prove that, when the sun sets and the steel rolling shutters come down on row after row of commercial outlets, downtown still could be ignited by more casual strollers intent on explor ing local pubs, cafs, and so forth, until beauty sleep beckoned. To prove this point, I devised an friends, both locals and transplants. The test was simple: We would take a down town bar hop, and do it on a Thursday night. (That happened to be the night we all had free, and its generally a good night for happy hours.) a discrete downtown meeting place, in this case the Filling Station on SE 1st Street. The challenge would be to arrive on foot or by public transit, rather than the standard commute in a hermetically sealed personal vehicle. Wed kick off with beer, appetizers, and standard pub fare. From there, wed work our way to three other establishments: Sparkys Roadside Barbecue on NE 1st Street for dinner, Elwoods Gastro Pub on NE 3rd Wine and Cheese on S. Miami Avenue When proposing this endeavor to my companions, I could sense a testing bias owing to the novelty of the plan. Had I suggested doing this on Lincoln Road or in South Miami, Im certain that no adre nal thrill would have accompanied the plan; weve crawled those places. So we broke the mold on many levels. Everyone gathered at the Filling ten minutes of 6:30. No one was on Miami time. As I downed the nights Ale and snacked on some tater tots smothered in cheese, I listened happily to the group review work, discuss transit, and make introductions where needed. It was a good start to the evening. dimmed as we meandered the sidewalks. Only a few stragglers remained on the BT photo by Adam Schachner rffntbtr nrttnt tbttttt tttttr rtttt nrrtt btrbttt rtttn rrtttt t tt ttbtr BLYNN FAMILY His Experience & Outstanding Leadership HAVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN NORTH MIAMI! PUNCH#77TO KEEP BLYNN VOTE MAY 14 Political advertisement paid for and approved by Michael Blynn for North Miami City Council, District 2Community Leaders agree:He gets the job done!btt bt btEddy Gonzalez Sally Heyman bbtrMayt btrtnt btr tbtrtt

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streets, waiting for buses and jitneys to whisk them home. Pleasantly full of ale and the promise of dinner, I had hopes wed meet fellow walkers soon. Sparkys Roadside Barbecue on NE 1st Street was bumping with classic rock and the food smelled like glory. The proprietor, Hans Seitz, introduced himself with a brilliantly mustachioed smile and a clear passion for having diners who appreciate his good work. We feasted on roast chicken and divine veggie burgers, all drowning in Sparkys hoisin barbeque sauce, a creation that gives me hope for peace among all mankind. Wrapping up dinner around 9:30, we walked the several blocks to Elwoods. Night had fallen and the pavement was sparsely populated, but I wasnt ready to abandon my vision of a nighttime scene popping up. The pub was empty but happy to ac commodate us. Brightly colored paintings lampooned the pastel Miami seascapes of Guy Harvey and Romero Britto. These contrasted the cool and dimly lit atmo sphere Elwoods maintains. A placard on the table advertised live comedy monthly, observed, Its a destination. People make a point of coming for it. We lost some of our numbers at 10:30, after Elwoods kitchen closed. remained sauntered across the grid, working our way to Kork at S. Miami Avenue and Flagler. I could tell we were losing steam, and a little motivation. The landscape between destinations was disheartening. Rows of vertical steel shutters secured storefronts of electronic goods, luggage, and formal wear. This was the after-hours downtown I hoped no longer existed: a silent, lifeless lunar landscape devoid of inspiration. One of our walkers, my brother-inlaw visiting from Boston, looked at me with bemused but wordless inquisitiveness. Where were all the people? Trying to justify my experiment to him, I realized the allegory in this experience. Downtown Miami is a microcosm of South Florida. There are many destinations, but little cohesion. One would no more stroll on a random whim between venues downtown than take a walk from Wynwood to the Upper Eastside, or from Coral Gables to the Grove. Miami is a collection of attractive islands for activity, places to which we deliberately drive. The spontaneity of getting lost on foot and seeing what comes next is missing from our otherwise remarkably active community. As a Brickell resident frequently pass ing through downtown, my concept of the area has evolved dramatically. Growing up in Kendall, if I informed my parents I was spending the night downtown, I would likely have been locked in my room for my own protection. The downtown of my youth was a reputed haven for degenerates, where young people disappeared in search of drugs or went for a good mugging. But that was the Miami of the 1980s and 1990s. This reputation has changed in the past decade, as more social draws have worked their way to our city center. Our pub crawl ended on S. Miami Avenue, where the only other nighthawks to be found were a couple of police ofa homeless woman leaning against large potted plants, staring intently at nothing. Glancing up the avenue, it was clear Kork was closed. Several yards beyond, the brightly lit Metromover station beckoned. We instinctively pursued it like We departed in separate directions. Two friends unlocked their bikes back at the Filling Station and cycled off into the distance. My brother-in-law caught the and I hopped on a Brickell tram. The only other occupants were a young man who claimed to be a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, asking for spare change, and a stoic disciple of Yahweh ben Yahweh, brandishing golden adornments and a very large stick. The four of us quietly evacuated downtown on a limited-service public transit pod. At about 11:00 we reached the line. Below the platform, the squawking chatter and pulsing bass of socializing was just getting rolling at Segafredo on S. Miami Avenue. Finely dressed professionals strolled about. Twelve city blocks can make all the difference in the world. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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58 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sS Dont Let the Bedbugs II nA trip to Las Vegas results in unwanted houseguests back in the ShoresBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorIf you live on South Beach, chances are you dont look forward to spring break, when the neighborhood is invaded by booze-swilling students. If youre a single, working adult elsewhere in Miami, you probably dont even know when spring break is. But if youre a kid, parent, or teacher which covers a whole bunch of us in the Shores you count down the days in March or April until it begins. For families, spring break is one of the few opportunities you have to travel together, whether its to visit other relatives or just relax in a different locale. But as we discovered this year after a week in Las Vegas, coming back can have consequences: Cranky kids with jet lag. Low motivation to return to work. And sometimes something will hitch a ride home with you, and you may not notice until its too late. We had booked a great deal at the Palms Casino Resort, a lovely, newly re modeled tower located off the Strip, away from all the madness (but only a conve We also got a fantastic bargain on bedbugs. limbs during the second day of our visit and, having had no previous experience with the pests, dismissed them as mosquito bites. Then they began appearing on my hands and feet, as well as the back of my neck. An exterminator we called after we got home looked at the scabby bites on my feet, which were a couple of weeks old by then. Oh yeah, he nodded. Those are from bedbugs. Because the minuscule pests bite you when youre sleeping, they go for the exposed areas. They reside in beds for that strategic reason, and because prolonged exposure to heat and light kills them. They dont live on oxygen, but on carbon dioxide what you breathe out when youre sleeping. Once I got used to the idea that we had been a bedbug buffet, none of this information bothered me particularly Bedbugs have a nasty reputation, like But weve survived explosions of both those other pests, and at least bedbugs dont carry diseases. Nor do they imply

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEGimme a BrakeWhy are drivers in Belle Meade in such a hurry?By Frank Rollason BT ContributorSo the other day I was out doing a little yard work when a neighbor driving by stopped and started a conversation concerning last months column on climate change and rising sea levels. Her comment was most pro found: You write that we should think globally but act locally. When are you going to write something locally about Belle Meade? I told her my column this month would be on the current hot-button issue Lately there has been an increasing awareness of the driving habits of some of our neighbors, as well as some visitors to our lovely enclave. It seems that certain individuals believe driving the speed limit or stopping at stop signs is beneath them. Its the old the world revolves around me and the rest of you simpletons can take a hike syndrome that eventually will result in a serious accident on our usually quiet streets. So pressure is building to do something. Im not quite sure what that something will ultimately be, but rest assured the natives are restless and it wont be long before the torches and pitchforks are brought out of the barn. Our homeowners association, not being oblivious to the issue, has reached out to residents to get their input on how they would like to proceed. And here is where the fun begins. A neighborhood meeting was held on Saturday, April 6, in the neighborhood park, at the request of several evening meeting during the week owing to parenting duties on the home front. We did not receive a huge turnout, but there were some fresh faces, most notably young parents voicing their concerns dangers to pedestrians. What is most troublesome is that we to begin with. While it is true some of our service providers lawn-care companies and Fed Ex and UPS delivery How to Embody a Consciousness of Wealth rf ntntb rr f tnf nt ttfff r t f nr fntbn tn tn fntbnr nr t rf fnrtnrrnt ntrnt rtrr rfff ntbtfffnf Photo courtesy of Felipe Azenha, TransitMiami.com

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trucks, for example contribute to the condition, most of the offenders are residents of the mainland community and Belle Meade Island, which includes about 53 homes, all of them waterfront. As Pogo said many moons ago: We have met the enemy and he is us! (Right now some of you are probably asking, Who the hell is Pogo? To which I respond, What exactly is a Lady Gaga?) Anyway, the point is that it is way too sad that we have to have these meetings to come up with a plan to address the jerks who have no consideration for the rest of us. Living on a corner home with adjacent stop signs, I see all too well the number of residents who, during their daily commutes, hardly slow down for the stop signs, much less actually, you know, stop And then there are those who think NE 76th Street is the Indianapolis Speedway. They rev up heading east with a blast through the NE 7th Avenue stop sign, increase their speed as they approach 8th Avenue, then blast through that stop sign and continue to gain speed until they have to slow down to either make the left onto the island or continue east around the bend to reach home. As I wrote in an earlier column, I once did a test run in my car from the guard house to the farthest points on the island and the mainland one at the speed limit, stopping dead for each stop sign encountered, and one as fast as I could safely travel while cruising through every stop sign. The time dif ferential on the trips to the island and the mainland was 20 seconds. Yep, 20 seconds hardly worth the accompa nying jeopardy, but a jackass is never known for critical thinking skills or considering the potential outcomes of his actions. So whats next? Well, several alterna tives were discussed at that April 6 meeting. For one, there is the possibility of installed at the intersection of NE 8th Avenue and 76th Street. Some favor that idea while others oppose it. There is also the option of lowering the neighborhood speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph. One individual vociferously pushed for 20 mph. Recognizing that this alternative would require an extreme level of police enforcement, which is unlikely, he suggested the streets need to be redesigned in such a way that a car simply couldnt do more than 20 mph. I dont think there is community support for such a drastic Yet another option is to privately pay who commit speeding and stop-sign violations. The cost to residents would be I, for one, like this option and stated I would be willing to opt for a cop every once in a while to get the attention of a jackass or two. Perhaps some other residents would consider doing the same. Sometimes a little enforcement is the only appropriate medicine for those who simply cannot be convinced in a more civil manner. Another possibility is to have existing crosswalks enhanced with what is called stamped asphalt. This is a process whereby a hot die is applied to the existing asphalt surface between the two white stripes of the crosswalk. Then a surface treatment is applied, with the end result resembling a brick crosswalk. Just this little improvement has a positive effect on a drivers ability to more easily recognize a crosswalk. tal Improvements previously approved this process and, I was told, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff approved funding. The homeowners association is currently following up on the status of this installation, which was supposed to take place once our storm-water project was completed. That was about two and a half years ago. It was the consensus of the group that gathered in the park to pursue the 76th Street, along with the crosswalk enhancements. Further outreach to our sonnel is under way, and the results will be presented at our next homeowners association meeting, to be held Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Legion Park community center. In the meantime, obey the speed limits and stop signs in the neighborhood or keep a wary eye out for the man. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com classicalsouthorida.orgClassical Music. Its In Our Nature.Just like all of us, classical music lives and breathes. Make it part of your lifestyle. Tune to Classical South Florida on the radio or online. Its in your nature.

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aAEE very Lobby a TT empl eIn Aventura, condo buildings have long doubled as houses of worshipBy Jay Beskin BT ContributorLike a retired actor, my former tenure on the Aventura City Commission continues to earn me royalties. Mine are not paid in cash (if only, he thought to himself ), but in the lifelong friendship of residents who feel a kinship born of our shared stake in the building of our city. Many of these residents take the time to send me updates on the progress of their neighborhood, their block, or their build ing. I enjoy their keeping me in the loop, but some days I feel like one of those guys in the federal government who sits all day monitoring the airwaves for static. Lately my informants have been opening my eyes to an interesting phenomenon that portends a shift in the demographics of the Jewish population of Aventura. In the early days of the city, several of the larger buildings, particularly in the citys southern end, housed enough supplicants of the Jewish persuasion to create an ersatz synagogue inside the common areas of the building. Everyone would get together in the rec room and lift some spiritual weights, as it were. No doubt a sociologist would have scolded these folks for not venturing out far enough to create communal circles, but it certainly made for a convenient, if not lazy, option. In truth, some of these temples were intended as more of a fallback than an ideal devotional setting. Most weeks, residents would prefer to head over to the luxurious, fully appointed place of worship a few blocks away. Some weeks, they might have gone north to hear the rabbi they liked, and other weeks they might gone south to hear the one they could take or leave. But when there was pouring rain, or even a drizzle, or, for that matter, a threat of rain, it was a nice option to be able to fall out of bed and into a service in your own building. If you could not make the house of worship, you could at least make the worship of house. For other, less mobile types, proscribed by increases in age and decreases in health, the in-house chapel served We are Pace... Partners Academics Catholic Empowerment The Tradition of Excellence Continues! Enroll Today!Be a part of the Spartan tradition... 305-623-7223, ext. 342 or visit www.PaceHS.com to get the enrollment process started. rf rfrntbbnrt br n nn

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very nicely as a home not really away from home. Perhaps aided by a walker, or escorted by an aide, residents could easily commute the distance between their physical apartment and the spiritual department. Some folks who sneered at this option 20 years ago, when they felt energetic at all times, lately have come to appreciate the chance to conserve their waning energy. Setting up these outlets was no simple task. Most congregants prefer some rabbinic leadership, but it is rare that a building has a big enough money pool to hire somebody. A retired rabbi or sexton living on premises must generally be conscripted as a volunteer. (A rabbi on a nice pension from his generous acolytes up north is often happy to rerun his sermons before a captive audience, one that will not complain too loudly, considering the price.) Then a Torah scroll must be procured. A new one costs upward of $35,000 and takes six months to a year to complete. A used one might run $10,000 or $15,000. The rest of the synagogue furniture can cost a few thousand dollars, if you want to do it right, or it can be cannibalized at no cost from the card room. Sometimes the patchwork result of grabbing chairs and tables from hither and thither has a sort of quaint charm; other times it may look quite absurd. One way or the other, these little shuls were cobbled together in quite a few venues around Aventura, overcoming the logistical barriers in creative ways. The crisis emerges when it is time to pick a denomination. (No, not money-wise; there we always prefer hundreds.) These are religious denominations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Egalitar ian, Reform. It is easy to say to each his own when dealing with individuals, but congregations require some multiple of each and own to function as a collec tive. Suddenly Jews are called upon to unite and wear the same stripe of tallit, and the claws are immediately unsheathed. When it comes to the temple inside a building, a brutal democracy is the only viable approach. This is not a group of like-minded souls buying a lot together and constructing a sanctuary. go elsewhere. In your own development, however, there is no elsewhere to go, at least not on rainy days. The losers in the denominational vote can either try out taste for it, or opt out and sulk. Judging by some of the murmuring I have heard over the years, the sulkers are well represented. The news provided by my cadre of insiders shows a fascinating trend from the other groupings toward the Ortho dox. During the dawning days of our demos, most of these democratically determined denominations produced the compromise synagogue, that is, the one in the middle: Conservative. The Orthodox tended to be outnumbered. Ironically, the people most committed to walking instead of driving on the staffs and traverse the desert to reach the Holy Land. Times have been a-changing. The outposts. No one is moving out by choice that I can see, but the ravages of time are whittling down the ranks of our earliest pioneers. Several buildings have made the tough decision to switch to Orthodox so the synagogue may survive. For observers of religious trends, this propensity must be fascinating. A century ago synagogues around the country were voting to shift from Orthodox to Conservative. In law school, we studied cases from that era in which the dwindling founders of shuls sued the young upstarts for bypassing the original charter. Now it seems there is some movement in the other direction, away from the melting pot model to the multiethnic diversity model. At any rate, as a city, we hope this all works out in our favor. There is a class of supposedly tolerant heterodox people whose open minds are locked to any dox. Hopefully the word Orthodox will have always been moderate people here, As long as we all respect each other, we should continue to thrive as a home for people committed to excellence. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com A New Aveda Concept Salonwww.SevenSeasSpaSalon.comSPA PACKAGEReceive...30 Minute Massage 30 Minute Facial Manicure and Pedicure Complimentary Valet Complimentary Champagne Access to Tiki Hut on the beachALL forDAY$99$50 MASSAGE Mon-ThursCALL NOW TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT305-749-210016701 Collins AvenueLocated at the Sunny Isles Beach inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

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64 Culture: THE ARTSArt on the MoveNow that the Design District has gone high-end, some of Miamis more innovative galleries are migrating southBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorThe world of art is never static. Art is made in one place, then shipped and sold a photograph, for instance, that was shot in the Everglades, but hangs in a Shanghai home while art galleries and studios have traditionally been the most nomadic of spaces, particularly when it comes to urban neighborhoods in And so it is with Miami. For years, developers looking to revitalize areas have invited galleries and studios to move in on the cheap, or even for free, in order to bring some life, to a neighborhood. In the 1990s, South Beach was a center of the local art scene, until it rose from the ashes, rents soared, and art was no longer needed to sell the hood. Time to move on. While some decry this relationship between greedy developers and needy artists, it is a somewhat co-dependent process: Artists and gallerists get discounted rents, while developers, and the city, get good publicity. And then the cycle starts all over again somewhere else. Like the Design District. Real estate developer Craig Robins, the CEO of Dacra, started his career as an instrumental player in the revitalization of South Beach, then moved on to the Design District to try and jumpstart that area. Back in 2000, it was a lonely place. Half the buildings were empty and very few people could be found walking its streets. To populate the neighborhood, Robins offered some nice deals to art ists. It was a ride that lasted longer than most probably imagined, as the reces sion kept redevelopment from taking off in earnest. Within several blocks around 38th and 40th streets, Dimensions Variable (DV), Spinello Gallery, Swampspace, Locust Projects, and Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI) found homes, as did a number of artist studios. But as the recession has receded and Robinss investment in the area has started to pay off Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Prada, and other high-end retailers have moved in, crowding out the art spaces. Which is why several of them have now transplanted to a huge downtown space, owned by developer conglomerate Miami Worldcenter Associates, which aims to rebuild a huge swath of the urban core along NE 1st Avenue. But since that is still a work in progress, in come the artists. The DV and BFI spaces, the Turn-Based Press, a unique printmak ing center led by artists and printers Kathleen Hudspeth and Thom Wheeler Castillo, and the performance and video artistic duo TM Sisters have all settled in the 20,000-square-foot former site of Capt. Harrys Fishing Supply Yemaya and Olokun

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warehouse on 11th Street and NE 1st Avenue. DV takes over the front, main space, accessible from glass doors facing the parking lot. The ceiling soars 22 feet, and there is an undeniably funky feel to it. On this April afternoon, the exhibition is a dual show from Brooklynbased Antoine Lefebvre and Miamis P. Scott Cunningham, a poet and founder of the O, Miami Poetry Festival that took place last month. Its a conceptually complex exhibit, as is most everything DV has offered up since it opened in a storefront in the Design District in 2009. DV is run by the artist trio of Frances Trombly, Leyden Rodriguez-Casa nova, and Adler Guerrier, all of whom also have huge studios in the complex. The space is still taking shape. They have added 12-foot walls within the exhibition area and proper lighting, ness to it, which is a good thing. Now DV has even more space for its artistic constructions, which usually feature combinations of artists from elsewhere and here. For instance, Trombly says that the upcoming group June exhibit will be co-curated by an artist from Iowa and local Odalis Valdivieso. The collaborative, interactive aspect of this art house goes beyond the main gallery. In another area, the duo that runs BFI artists Naomi Fisher and Jim Drain has also been setting up shop: studios and performance spaces that can be accessed through a roll-up, metal garage door. BFI participated in O, Miami with a poetry-dance event, which spilled out onto the courtyard and street. The space is big, airy, and raw, says Fisher. There are chain-link days, that give it a really special feel. She has high hopes for the new digs, especially when it comes to increased visibility: Even though we were in the heart of the Design District [in the Buena Vista Building on 39th Street], people really had to know we were there, since we were hidden upstairs. Being in a space with other artists and endeavors, she hopes, will help BFI become a community hub for contem porary art. BFI differs from DV in that it mixes up one-off visual art shows with performances and off-location events. For instance, in May, the latest installment of its Weird Miami Bus Tour, started several years ago, will roll out. This time the tour guide will be Cesar Trasobares, artist and activist, who will take visitors on a trip through the Cuban exile heriled by DVs Guerrier, who took riders through Little Haiti and Liberty City.) Also in May, BFI will feature art from a local African-American artist on the rise, T. Elliot Mansa, who has just been accepted to the MFA painting program at Yale University. In yet another huge space, the TurnBased Press is still under construction, utilizing the huge steel beams that once Rodriguez-Casanova says they are just too heavy and integral to the infrastrucchain-link walls, they look cool. should be noted that all three of these groups have also received Knight Foundation arts grants, which allow them to pursue these more eclectic projects without commercial pressure. As of now, the inn is full. But dont expect it to remain static. We are curwe need, says Rodriguez-Casanova, to then be able to see what we can use to invite others. P2V: Antoine Lefebvre and P. Scott Cunningham runs through May 25 at Dimensions Variable. T. Elliot Mansa runs through May 8 at Bas Fisher Invitational. The Weird Miami Bus Tour, with guide Cesar Trasobares, drives around town from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (lunch break at 1:30 p.m.) on May 4; cost is $25. All events take place or leave from 100 NE 11th St. For more information, dimensionsvariable.net. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Paper Folding T aste Photo by Brodum

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66 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 15: Paintings by Jorge Santos ABBA FINE ART 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 May 11 through July 31: Group Show with various artists ACND GALLERY OF ART 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net May 4 through 31: E-KleK-TiK: An IPC Visual Lab Charlie Trainor, Andrew Kaufman, Jenny Babot Romney, Rubyann Smith Hernandez, Nanci Thomas, Zeus Shama, Jennifer Kay, and Ethan Britton ALBERT O LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-286-7355 www.albertolinerogallery.com May 11 through June 8: Dick-tators by Dario ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through May 31: Pouring Light by Alejandro Corujeira 2242 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-576-1150 Through June 9: Dissolving the Form by Ariel Toledano? Private Matters by Julian Pardo and Jesus Petroccini? ART FUSION GALLERIES 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-5730 www.artfusiongallery.com Through June 17: Subjects of Splendor with various artists ART NOUVEAU GALLERY 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaumiami.com Through June 21: Mostly Red by John Henry 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 305-237-3597 http://artseenspace.wordpress. com May 31 through June 21: New World School of the Arts High School Senior Showcase with various artists ASCASO GALLERY 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com/site Call gallery for exhibition information BAKEHOUSE ART 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 May 10 through May 25: Papering with various artists May 10 through June 7: The Nature of Silence by Tina Salvesen and Gerbi Tsesarkaia BAS FISHER INVIT ATIONAL 122 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse Through May 8: T. Elliot Mansa BLACK SQUARE GALLERY 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com Through June 1: Gold Chains and Champagne by Ryan McCann BORINQUEN ART GALLERY 100 NE 38th St., Suite 3, Miami 305-491-1526 www.borinquenhealth.org Call gallery for exhibition information 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through June 16: INKarnation by Karen Rifas and Kerry Phillips BRISKY GALLERY 130 NW 24th St., Miami 786-409-3585 www.briskygallery.com May 9 through August 9: LEBO, Eric Cloutier, Lucinda Linderman, CP1, Diana Contreras, Alex Yanes, Jos Mertz, and Karen Vermeer BUTTER GALLER Y 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 305-303-6254 www.buttergallery.com May 11 through July 31: Recent Work by Douglas Hoekzema (HOX) BUZZART 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Suite 6, Miami 305-571-8100 www.buzz-art.net Through May 31: Skyfall by Javier Velasco C-ART GALLERY 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami http://www.c-artgallery.com May 2 through June 1: David Rodriguez Caballero 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www .susannacaldwell.com Through June 1: Mahogany Sculptures and Sculptural Offering Bowls carved from Florida Hardwoods by Susanna Caldwell CARIDI GALLERY 785 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-202-5554, www.caridigallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www.cjazzart.com By appointment: carol@cjazzart.com Through May 5: Reigning Men by David Rohn May 17 through June 30: Ulama, Ule, Ol by Ronny Quevedo DANIEL AZOULAY GALLERY Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 305-576-1977 www.danielazoulaygallery.com May 3 through July 5: Tunnel to No Where by Daniel Azoulay DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com Through May 4: Far From Apple Hill by Francie Bishop Good May 17 through July 6: Kaleidoscopic by Shinique Smith DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 Through May 31: The Empire of Light by Fabiano Parisi Tend To by Sterz DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-536-7801 www.diasporavibe.net Call gallery for exhibition information 100 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net Through May 20: PV2 by Antoine Lefebvre and P. Scott Cunningham 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com Through June 7: Illuminations by Kanako Sasaki DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE 187 NW 27th St., Miami 305-573-9994 May 9 through June 6: Inventory Revised with Mauro Giaconi, Raquel Schwartz, Liliane Eberle, and Hernan Cedola ELITE GALLER Y 46 NW 36th St., Miami 754-422-5942 May 1 through 31: May Show with Patricia Ortega, Beatriz@Beatrice, and Alba Vasconselos Karen (KK) Clardy, Walking Down the Aisle, acrylic

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Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS EMERSON DORSCH 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.emersondorsch.com Through May 11: In a Perfect World by Brookhart Jonquil Relay (Flow) by Rene Barge May 17 through June 8: Object implied with Kris Chatterson, Dave Hardy, Ryan Roa, April Street, Robert Thiele, and Odalis Valdivieso ETRA FINE ART 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 May 11 through 25: Polymorphism by Juan Mejia FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com Through May 27: Boys in Peril? by Hernan Bas GALERIE HELENE LAMARQUE 125 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-582-6067 www.galeriehelenelamarque.com Call gallery for exhibition information GALLERY 212 MIAMI CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 516-532-3040 www.gallery212miami.com Call gallery for exhibition information GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com Through June 1: In Proximity by Daniel Peet and JJ PEET GARY NADER FINE ART 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www.garynader.com Through July 30: Masters New Acquisitions with various artists GENERAL AUDIENCE PRESENTS 769 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-467-0941 www.generalaudiencepresents.com Through May 11: Fun with your new head by Robert Pruitt GREGG SHIENBAUM FINE ART 2239 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-456-5478 Call gallery for exhibition information HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1645 www.hardcoreartmiami. com Through June 1: No Hard Feelings by Chanoir Personal Is Political with Fernando Arias, Milton Becerra, Henry Bermudez, Efren Candelaria, Manuela Covini, Leslie Gabaldon, Mariana Monteagudo, Magnus Sigurdarson, Ruben Torres Llorca May 11 through July 6: Preserving the Void by Jonathan Rockford HAROLD GOLEN GALLER Y 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com Through May 4: That s Show, Again! by David van Alphen IDEOBOX ARTSPACE 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 www.ideobox.com May 2 through July 5: Square Totem by Jesus Matheus JUAN RUIZ GALLER Y 301 NW 28th St., Miami 786-310-7490 www.juanruizgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information KABE CONTEMPORARY 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com Through June 15: Disassembling Paradise by Sergio Vega KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com Through May 25: Over & Out by John La Huis May 11 through June 30: CONTINUUM by Laura Rodriguez KELLEY ROY GALLERY 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery.com May 4 through 25: To Go Into Silence by Riitta Klint KIWI GALLERY 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography Collection of Early Pop Artists LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 www.galerieleliamordoch.com May 11 through June 1: in god we trust by Serguei Litvin Manoliu LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org May 11 through June 19: Jillian Mayer Out of Place by Tracey Goodman and Valerie Snobeck MARKOWICZ FINE ART 114 NE 40th St., Miami 786-362-5546 Through May 30: The Lost Series by Arno Elias 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu Through May 2: Emerging Artists 2013 with various artists MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 www.mdc.edu Through May 4: A Lifes Work by Arnold Mesches Through May 31: Transcending Narratives of Humanity Selected works from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection with various artists, curated by Natalie Perez 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu Through May 3: Emerging Artists 2013 with various artists May 16 through July 18: Aperture 2013 with various artists 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 305-2 37-3597 Call gallery for exhibition information NINA TORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 May 10 through 31: May Contemporary with Eumelia Castro, Gloriela Araujo, Ivonne Torres, Leomarilis Bojos, Mery Godigna Collet, and Sal Sidner Ones Condition by Manny Perez NOW CONTEMPORARY ART 175 NW 25th St., Miami 305-571-8181 www.nowcontemporaryart.com May 11 through June 30: Mark Jenkins 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 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 OXENBERG FINE ART 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-854-7104 www.oxenbergart.com Call gallery for exhibition information PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through May 25: Relay (Flow)

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68 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS Upside Down (turmoil, disasters & shootings) by Luis Cruz Azaceta Miami Cool by Luis Enrique Camejo 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com www.primaryprojectspace.com Through May 11: PUCHO: An Act of Vandalism by PUCHO 250 NW 23rd St., Ste 208, Miami 267-303-9652 www.projectsgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2349 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-397-8530 www.robertfontainegallery.com Through May 4: Nick Gentry May 11 through 25: Never Odd, Odd or Even by Anthony Lister 82 NE 29th St., Miami 305-441-2005 www.artnet.com/sammergallery.html May 3 through June 2: Periode Blanche by Carmelo Arden Quin 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information 150 NE 42nd St., Miami http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com May 11 through 31: Presque Vu by Maitejosune Urrechaga 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2626 NW 2nd Ave., Miami May 16 through July 11: We Are Where We Are Not by Carola Bravo 12425 NE 13th Ave., North Miami 305-978-4437 Call gallery for exhibition information 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Ste 4, Miami 305-284-3161 www.as.miami.edu/art May 6 through 24: The Means to an End by Daniel Listwan 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-496-0621 Ongoing: Alexis Torres 2233 NW 2nd A ve., Miami 305-576-5335 www.waltmanortega.com Through May 31: Absolute Zero by Jonathan Huxley 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 294 NW 54th St., Miami 954-235-4758 www.yeelenart.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-438-3737, www.zadokgallery.com May 11 through July 4: Reclaimed Miami with various artists Shades of Grey with various artists 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278, www.artcentersf.org Through May 26: Multiplicity with Eugenia Calvo, Babette Herschberger Regina Jestrow, Laz Ojalde, Kerry Phillips, Frances Trombly, Gerbi Tsesarskaia, and Michelle Weinberg 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through July 21: From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler with various artists Through August 11: Rufus Corporation by Eve Sussman 1035 N. Miami Ave., Suite 200, Miami www.legalartmiami.org Call gallery for exhibition information 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380, www.cifo.org Through May 12: City Metaphors by Miquel Navarro May 24 through June 9: Properly Named: New World School of the Arts BFA Exhibition with various artists 3841 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Dacra 305-531-8700 www.dacra.com Ongoing: Richard Tuttle, Marlene Dumas, John Baldessari, Elizabeth Peyton, and Kai Althoff, curated by Tiffany Chestler 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-61 12 www.delacruzcollection.org Ongoing: Works from the Collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz with various artists Ongoing: Carlos Alfonzo Through May 11: Terra non: Descoperta by Alfredo Jaar 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 Through May 19: The Seminole Paintings by Eugene Savage Through May 20: American Sculpture in the Tropics with John Henry, Albert Paley, Dennis Oppenheim, Chakaia Booker, and Verina Baxter Through June 23: Concealed Spaces by Jos Manuel Ballester Through August 20: Bang! by Robert Einbeck Through August 25: Spanish Colonial Art: The Beauty of Two Traditions with various artists, curated by Carol Damian Through September 3: The Drawing Project with various artists, curated by Emmy Mathis Through December 31: Deep Blue by Javier Velasco 1301 Stanford Dr ., Coral Gables 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through June 2: Stonehenge I & II by Brian Curtis Through February 9: Terrestrial Paradises: Imagery from the Voyages of Captain James Cook with various artists May 3 through April 27: The Art of Panama with various artists 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 May 12: New Work Miami 2013 with various artists, curated by Rene Morales and Diana Nawi Through June 2: Frames of Reference: Latin American Art from the Jorge M. Perez Collection with various artists 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-6211 www .mocanomi.org Through May 5: Pivot Points: 15 Years and Counting with various artists 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www .margulieswarehouse.com Call gallery for exhibition information 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through August 2: Alone Together with various artists 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami 305-250-9133 www.vizcayamuseum.org Call gallery for exhibition information 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 Knot

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Inanna in TownInanna is considered the most powerful goddess in ancient Mesopotamia (todays Iraq), her legend going back 6000 years. She was associated with Venus, fertility, with the contemporary, Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla of Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave.) have come up with Inanna and the Huluppu Tree a fabulously costumed and choreographed play about the goddess trying to save a city constantly under attack from nature and losing the leadership of its old deities. How very Miami. Starting Wednesday, May 1 and running through the month. Tickets cost $20. For show times, go to www.mtcmiami.org.A Grand Slam of a BalletTo close out the season, Miami City Ballet will stage Slaughter on Tenth Avenue adapted from a Rodgers and Hart Broad way play about gangsters, strippers, a murder plot, and the unexpected joie de vivre of the criminal underworld. It also in cludes tap dancing and spoken-word parts, which is why the Balanchine-choreo graphed work is so out of the ordinary. Oh, and also because former baseball star Mike Piazza takes on a cameo role (but only on opening night). Miami City Ballets Program IV, which also includes a Jerome Robbins piano ballet, runs from Friday May 3, through Sunday, May 5 with shows at 8:00 p.m. (and 2:00 p.m. on Sat urday and Sunday) at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20-$175. Visit www.arshtcenter.org.The Private DancerRudi Goblen, dancer and actor, has been involved with many of Miamis homegrown dance and hip-hop-based performances over the past decade, working with the likes of Teo Castellanos and Rosie Herrera, as well as creating his own pieces. Now hes back with the conclusion of his theatrical trilogy for Miami Light Project (404 NW 26th St.). Titled PET its a celebration of, and mourning for, love. Goblens interactive physical theater, drawn from real-life experiences in support groups, takes the stage Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Go to www.miamilightproject.com.Beautiful PuppetsWe all know Sleeping Beauty : A beautiful young princess has been cursed to stay in a deep sleep until a handsome prince kisses her. But Mexican puppetry troupe Mari onetas de la Esquina, one of the best in the world, has modernized the story a bit. In Sleeping Beauty Dreams our heroine search of love and her inner self. The sto rytelling is humorous and the marionettes always clever in this work for adults and young ones. Two shows are in English, two in Spanish. On Saturday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m. (English), 2:00 p.m. (Spanish), and 5:00 p.m. (English), and on Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. (Spanish). At the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $26. Go to www.arshtcenter.org.Take Mom to the RiverBrunch is so over for Mothers Day. Cruising up and down the Miami River on the morning before that day, Satur day, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., seems much more relaxed. Thats what HistoryMiami is offering up with Moms Miami River Boat a float through our waterway heritage, under old bridges, past riverside neighborhoods (many hidden from the average commuter) and little which includes tugboats and creaky old freighters. And maybe a manatee. The tour costs $44 for members, $54 for nonmem bers. Go to www.historymiami.org.Match PointTennis has always produced stars, icons, and prima donnas, both male and female. Rarely, though, has it produced as much collective love, and resentment, as that directed at the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. Black female superstars in a white sport, tough, dominant, and winning, their story seems just made for the big screen, and now it has been. Venus and Serena plays on O Cin emas new screen in Miami Shores (9806 NE 2nd Ave.) from Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19 at various times. Admis sion is $10.50 for nonmembers; $7.50 for members. Details at www.o-cinema.org.Networking OpportunityThe Performing Arts Network (PAN), founded back in 1994 as an organization of multicultural, multidisciplinary performance groups, has always been hard to categorize. And that was before its North Miami building burned down a couple of years back. But were happy Sunday, May 19 at PAN, 13146 W. Dixie Hwy., from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The open house will include performances and refreshments. Admission is free, but call 305-899-7730 for reservations. Go to www.panmiami.org. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com .Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR The Zoo You Never KnewBack in 1948, the story goes, a traveling circus unexpectedly closed down in Miami, leaving behind some large animals, including lions. The big cats and monkeys needed a home, and so the Crandon Park Zoo (6747 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne) was born. But as the zoo grew, it needed more room, eventually morphing into what is now ZooMiami. Not everything made the move, however. Today there are still remnants of the original zoo, cages and bits of buildings, as well as peacocks, ducks, geese, ibises, and more than a few big lizards. Check it all out in HistoryMiamis Old Crandon Park Zoo Eco-Walk on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers. Tickets at www.historymiami.org. Whats Not To Love?Its time for the tenth annual Love-In Party in the Park at Greyn olds Park (17530 W. Dixie Hwy.) on Sunday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dont be too cool for school here its supposed to be multigenerational, cheesy fun. The 1970s group Grand Funk Railroad (of Were an American Band fame) is the featured act, there will be a videotaping of a Harlem Shake, and costumes from the last four decades are encouraged. Plus tons of activities. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. Go to www.miamipartyinthepark.com. We Are What We EatA delicious-sounding exhibit, Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods From Farm to Kitchen opens at the Wolfsonian-FIU (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) on Friday, May 17 and runs through August 18. For those whove never been to the Wolfsonian-FIU (shame on you), this unique museum highlights trends, objects, and designs that trans formed the U.S. in the 20th Century. This exhibit will follow the evolution of mass-produced food, which changed both the U.S. and the world, impacting not just what we eat, but where and how. Admis sion is $7; free on Friday evenings. More at www.wolfsonian.org.

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70 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatCompiled by Derek McCannSay Cheese for Your Mug Shot4870 Biscayne Blvd. Sometimes people want to pay for certain things, while acting as if they are entitled to others. This woman was shopping at Publix and went to the makeup aisle. She opened up a package of makeup and placed the contents in her purse, then threw the empty package behind the cheese. (Classy.) Continuing to shop, she eventually went through the checkout line, paying for everything in her cart except the makeup. She was stopped by police in the parking lot and promptly arrested. While the economy has hit us hard, and we need to make a good impression in those job interviews, do we really need to risk a mug shot to get the look we want?Love, Miami Style400 Block of NE 30th Street According to this police report, a woman was helping someone out by allowing that person to temporarily live with her. She was also dating him. To return the favor, her beau took her key ring one day without her permission. Perhaps he was going to prepare a beautiful feast replete with romantic candles and New Age music? Nope. Instead the victim discovered her jewelry, bag, and sunglasses missing, and the love of her life gone from the picture. Police were searching for the man at press time.Lock It or Lose It1100 Block of NE 80th Street Again, people, we are not living in Canada. This is Miami. For reasons unbeknownst to us, people continue to leave their doors unlocked. This person left the door unlocked for a maintenance man who was going to repair the water heater. When the victim arrived home, he found his home ransacked and several items stolen, including his Playstation 3. Please be aware that naivet is a code word for open score in the criminal mind.Fit Thief Eats Turkey Hot Dog, Goes for Run400 Block of NE 36th Street A thug grabbed some beer and a turkey hot dog at a gas station store and decided to leave without paying. (Turkey hot dog from a gas station? You would have to pay us to eat that.) The clerk electronically locked the door, which led the man to break it. He ran north to Biscayne Boulevard, then headed toward State Road 112. Police chased him. One even used his Taser, but to no avail; the thug kept running. The man crawled under a bridge and came out the other side, and 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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even broke through a residential fence in an effort to escape. However, a team of police had materialized by this time and was able to forcefully subdue him.Isnt Weed Supposed to Chill You Out?60 NE 11th St. Defendant was being arrested after being pulled over by police. Appears they found some marijuana in the car. As they continued searching the vehicle, they also found a Luger pistol inside the glove compartment. When asked about the gun, the man said, I bought that at a pawn shop! He then with gas hole. Oh, what cops have to put up with. It turns out the gun was reported stolen in Arkansas. So being arrested for weed and a stolen gun? Whos the gas hole, now?Family Night in North Miami975 NE 125 St. Woman was dining at a local restaurant with her black handbag hanging from the back of the chair. Tsk, tsk. This is kind of like the unlocked door from another entry in this Crime Beat, except this method is much closer to dangling a mouse in front of a cat. Predictably, she left the establishment and forgot the purse. When she returned wait for it the purse was gone. The woman noticed, however, that a lively party of six nearby was laughing the night away. she waited for them to leave and actually attempted to block them in using her car, but they sped away. We guess the family that steals together, stays together.Fast-Food Heist965 NE 125th St. While Subway is known for its motto of Eat fresh, one has to understand that good food karma only infuriates the criminal brethren. After this Subway closed for the night, a vagrant dressed in black threw a brick through the window (setting off the alarm), entered the establishment, and stole a cash register. His total haul was $100, which is good for about 20 sandwiches at Subway, or perhaps a portion of his bail money, the latter, of course.Local Restaurant Serves Pig, Pays For It4590 NE 2nd Ave. Even at the Buena Vista Deli, which draws a sophisticated crowd with its great desserts and fantastic brunch, problems can arise. The owner, known for being affable, approached a table only to be screamed at by this customer. Naturally, the owner asked him to leave. The man responded by pushing the owner in the chest, and kept eating. He then left with out paying. If this stuff persists, they are going to have to put bars on that outside dining area. We hope polite Miamians will continue to outnumber the sociopaths. Order the Spanish omelet. Its delicious.Crazy Diner Avoids Sharing Charge5300 Block of N. Miami Avenue they do, its best to just drive away if you can. This poor victim was sitting in carrying a doggie bag from a local restau rant. There must have been something in that food. He screamed at the driver and, when his attention-seeking behavior was ignored (normally the best strategy when dealing with Miami vermin), the man reached into the victims car and took the key from the ignition. He then took the food from his doggie bag and rubbed it into the interior of the car. This included cake. Police have not tracked him down, and lab tests have not determined whether the cake was angel food or coconut.Handi-Capable and Then Some1700 Block of N. Bayshore Drive A patron, checking out of the Double Tree Hotel, had his luggage brought down to him in the lobby. A man in an electric wheelchair drove up to one of the bags and waited a couple of minutes. The patron thought nothing of it and turned his head. Big mistake. The man in the wheelchair grabbed the bag and began speeding away. Seriously. He exited the lobby and headed north on Bayshore Drive. Police canvassed the area, but could not track him down. Even though he was in a wheelchair, carry ing a piece of luggage. This just proves that people with disabilities can do anything anyone else can do and, in Miami, that is saying a lot. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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72 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Great BayMiamis signature waterway is more of a jewel than even we realizeBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorIn all the world, there is only one Biscayne Bay. It is Miamis front yard of blue glass, a river of seagrass. It is hard to overstate its value, beauty, and diversity. Matt Damons house on the bay just went on the market for a cool $20 million, and thats just a drop in the bays bucket of thousands of high-value properties. Add in the worlds busiest cruise ship center, the skyscrapers of downtown, and Vizcaya, and you start to see the green in this blue oasis. Downtown Miami is visible from the bays northern and southern extion of crystals. The 35-mile-long bay is remarkably clean, much more so than Chesapeake or other American bays. A great mystery of Biscayne Bay is how a metropolis was built on top of it without killing it. The bay is teeming with life in a literal octopus garden. What other city in the world has skyscrapers that reby dolphins, manatees, and spotted eagle rays? The bay has been altered over the years, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Older Miamians may recall the days, decades ago, when authorities often prohibited swimming owing to raw sewage spills. Dredgand created the many spoil islands that dot the bay today. The northern bays main barrier to the ocean, a former peninsula, became an island with the creation of Haulover Cut. Perhaps the greatest change came from farther inland, as efforts to drain the fresh water into the bay. The mangroves along the bays shoreline were chopped down for development. How did the bay survive it all? Perhaps because of its massive size, the forgiveness of ocean currents, and the leadership that secured its protection. While not a traditional park, all of Biscayne Bay is protected. Two governing bodies split the bay into essentially two regions. The region south of Key Biscayne falls mostly within Biscayne National Park, while the serve covers the more developed northern section. The entire bay is an Outstanding Florida Water, meaning it has been deemed to have exceptional natural value. Established in 1974, the serve is where most people meet the bay. It covers 67,000 acres of submerged land (dry a few thousand years ago) running between the mainland and the islands from Key Biscayne northward, mostly. A secondary portion lies in Card Sound by Key Largo. part of the Department of Environmental Protection) has an annual budget of $18,000 plus salary for two employees, according to Pamela Sweeney, the preserves manager. That number is not a typo: To help preserve and protect Biscayne Bay, the state spends less than 0.1 percent of the value of Matt Damons house. What? This economic insanity makes me smad, sad and mad at the same time. Donald Trump alone has invested billions in Miami-Dade County. Meanwhile, what is arguably its most valuable asset, Biscayne Bay, gets pennies. Putting aside the tears in my eyes, lets focus on the place that launched a thousand kayaks, the bays northern portion. The Oleta River, inhabited in ancient the apex of the bay, and the bays shoreline, thick with towering red mangroves, reminds us of what the area used to look like. Gradually widening as it spreads a spit of sandy land. While thin, this beachy land absorbs the Atlantics waves and leaves the bay perpetually calmer. Surrounding the bay is the greenest space in northeastern Miami-Dade. The bays bordering parks and green spaces previously reviewed in this column have received the highest rankings of any area in the Biscayne Corridor. Ratings out of a perfect 5 have included: Oleta River State Park: 5 Haulover Beach Park: 4.5 Florida International Universitys Biscayne Bay Campus: 4 Sandspur Island: 4 member, a view of the bay is worth $20 million. While this area has regular boat line the marina in Haulover Beach Park, and some yachts park in the cove in between FIU and Oleta River State Park, which has a manmade, protected beach, BT photos by Jim W. Harper BISCAYNE BAY AQUATIC PRESERVE Oleta River State Park Bay Harbour Islands Surside Sunny Isles Miami Beach Key Biscayne Elliot Ke y Card Sound Turkey Point Biscayne National Park Virginia Ke y Park Rating

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excellent for swimming; the bays natural shoreline is more swamp than beach. The bay welcomes small boats, but repels large ones. Its depth averages only a few feet, so kayaks and canoes are an ideal means of transportation. Wayward motorboats have left many, many scars in the seagrass beds. Covering most of the bay, these beds are exceptionally valuable ecosystems. Aquatic Preserve manager Sweeney favors a kayak around the mangroves in Oleta and a snorkel by Sandspur or Pelican Island. My favorite bayside spot is within FIUs borders, where I scattered my dogs ashes. Surely the bay is home to many loved ones ashes. This year the Aquatic Preserve new map for Paddle Out Biscayne Bay, a program of 20 kayak launches across the bay. (Link to the map from Park Patrol on our website.) As for animals, Biscayne Bay has a permanent resident population of about 100 dolphins, and research shows distinct north-versus-south-bay sub in seagrass beds near the shoreline. Bird life abounds; visit any bridge at sunset to watch pelicans diving for dinner. Views of the bay are everywhere. One of the best views of Brickells skyline is from the Rusty Pelican restaurant. Without the bay, it would just be a row of buildings, Treat yourself: Play tourist one day and take one of the sunset cruises that originate at Bayside Marketplace. Instead of gawking only at the homes of the rich and famous, which derive most of their value from bayside views, look into the water and appreciate how truly outstanding it is. It lets Miami breathe. Thousands of people drive over Biscayne Bay every hour without giving it a second thought. Dont be one of those people. Give it many thoughts, because it has given you more than you will ever know. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rrfr fntbtt rrfnttttb

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74 Columnists: ALL THINGS ANIMALCauseway JimA beachcombing expedition leads to an unexpected encounter with a homeless manBy Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorI frequently beachcomb next to a causeway, in between Miami and Miami Beach. It is out of the way and somewhat isolated. When I go, I put on my rain boots, make sure I have water, my phone and camera, and bags for shells, sea glass, and any other items I might come across or trip over a list that so far includes old cell phones, bones, a piece of a Judas Priest cassette tape, and pottery shards. Perhaps most important, I also bring a bat, so I can club the hell out of anyone who tries to do me harm. (I have learned that just lugging around a bat does the trick. That, combined with wearing my penguinshaped hat. Works every time. I emerge from the brush and people run from me.) A week ago I found something some one who was more important than ocean-tumbled glass (even if it is the rare red kind), and even more important than the animals I routinely encounter on the beach, like sea slugs, found Jimmy. But perhaps it is more accurate to say Jimmy found me. I had just spent a few hours collecting debris that travels from whoknows-where to the ocean and then into Biscayne Bay. I had taken the low tide by the mucky teats and milked it dry. My legs and butt were sore. My pockets and bags brimmed with tidal treasure. My hair was salty. I had loaded my stuff into my car, along with my bat, when I decided to take one last glance along the seawall. Poised in The Crouch one of my beachcombing positions I was just about to inspect a light green piece of glass when I heard a voice behind me. Excuse me, maam. Now, Im not a screamer. Im a freezer. Im half-convinced that, if I ever screamers well, I neednt explain them. This voice startled me into a scelp half scream, half yelp. I think this is because when Im on the comb (similar to being on the hunt) and immersed in is part of what makes the comb so fun and therapeutic. It also makes it dangerous, as you should always be aware of your surroundings. I am usually very good at maintaining perked ears and detecting BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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the slightest noise usually wind moving through the trees, which does, in fact, sound like voices. (Just in case you thought that was a load of crap.) Well, I had let my guard down. I cursed myself for letting the beach lull me into a false sense of security, and for leaving my trusty bat behind. Without my bat, I was just some freak in a penguin hat, which, while frightening enough, was not likely to deter a bad man looking to do me in. Whipping around, I hoped, in my vulnerable and bat-less state, for a hint of the crazy in my eyes, to make up for that sissy scelp, and saw an older man straddling a bicycle. Oh, Im very sorry, he said. I didnt mean to scare you. He was tall and very skinny, wearing a short-sleeve work shirt and slacks. Sober. Not strung out. Let the panhandling begin, I thought. But Jimmy didnt want my money. Maam, please, if you have any food at all, and you can spare it, I would great ly appreciate it, he said. Im hungry. I said I would check. Please. Anything. You know how you always hear that people go hungry in America? Well, Im it. Pause. This is the face of hunger. That line resonated. I realized Jimmy wasnt just naturally skinny. He was, indeed, hungry. Perhaps even starving. I found some mixed nuts and offered Jimmy the can, but he just shook his head and pointed at his mouth: I cant chew them. Oh. Jimmy was missing his bottom teeth, but was able to get some of my peanut butter crackers down. As he gummed the crackers, Jimmy told me about how he was on his way to Mount Sinai Hospital for his diabetes medicine. He had been under the bridge for two days, because he was too weak to leave, but he was out of time. Jimmy told me that his full name was James Jackson. Hes originally from Ala bama, but had lived in the Northeast. He had a degree in engineering from Antioch University. His wife, Margaret, died a few years ago. He had no children or relatives. 90 days he had been on the streets. Jimmy said he didnt understand why the homeless (although he preferred residentially challenged) took money for drugs or alcohol. He found the city to be pretty rough. He tried shelters, but preferred living in the shadow of the causeway, even though it was less convenient food-wise, because at least he wasnt far from the hospital. He learned to forage for food out of Dumpsters at night, since people were less likely to chase him away then. There used to be a raccoon, and he tried to forage off me until he realized that did no good, Jimmy said. At some point in his story he started wheezing, but said he was just dehydrated. I fetched my water bottle and gave it to him. I remembered the two bags it would be useless. Sure enough, he just shook his head and said sadly, I cant believe it. Two bags of groceries and I cant accept them. I decided to get Jimmy real food. Will you come back? he asked me, adding, Do you have anything to read? I miss reading books. I bought $50 in groceries and returned. Jimmys face lit up. You came back! he said, tearing up. This will feed me for a week! You got two loaves of bread and the bigsize potato salad! We sat and discussed politics, philosophy, religion, and current events. He worried about an oncoming storm. I reached in my car and gave Jimmy my rain boots, clothing, bags, an umbrella, and curtains he could use for bedding. Are you a bag lady? he wanted to know. Before I left, he asked me to throw his trash in a garbage can for him; he didnt want to litter. Jimmy assured me hed be okay. Of all the treasures Ive found on that beach, Jimmy is by far my best discovery. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Jimmy was missing his bottom teeth, but was able to get some of my peanut butter crackers down.

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76 Pioneer JusticeA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiamiBy Paul S. George Special to the BTMiami was just four years of age in 1900, when the county seat returned to the city after ten years at Juno, in todays north Palm Beach County. Prior to the relocation, workers removed the cells from the Juno jail and placed them along with one prisoner and the county records on a barge for transport to the Miami River, 90 miles to the south. Soon the human cargo and freight were delivered to a two-story, wood-frame building that sat near the edge of the river, on property owned by Julia Tuttle, Miamis mother. The new courthouse building, seen here, stood just east of todays S. Miami Avenue on the north bank of the Miami sat at the back of the structure. This unimposing building was characterized in one account as dingy and cramped. Almost from the beginning, this for the growing business of the court. In 1901 a Dade County grand jury called for a new courthouse, branding the existing building inadequate for the burgeoning county. The grand jury was especially critical of the jail, calling it a menace to the health and safety of not only the prison ers incarcerated therein, but to the county to the public who have occasion to visit the courthouse and premises. The county commission was listening, for in the same year, they awarded a design contract for a new courthouse to a South Carolina archi tectural firm whose design was soon executed. The story of the new court house will appear in next months Picture Story. 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 HistoryMiami, #X-00-53-1

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Fruit of TemptationOnce youve tasted black sapote, its hard to say no to moreBy Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorI always enjoy evaluating trees in older Miami neighborhoods because I never know when Ill come across one thats not very common to our area, or maybe one that is just unfamiliar to me. Last month I visited a property that had the most interesting collection of fruit trees, with many of them in bloom One of the larger trees on this property was a relative of the persimmon. I immediately recognized it as a black sapote or Diospyros digyna What was most rewarding was the fact the tree was full of mature fruit, which do, in fact, resemble the persimmon, so I helped myself to a small quantity (strictly for I spent several hours on this property measuring and inspecting trees, and also taking lots of photos. I saw some of the neighbors outside their houses so I went over to them and asked if they had ever eaten the fruit of the black sapote. Since this tree is native to Mexico and parts of Central America, I naturally assumed the neighbors, who were Hispanic, were familiar with it. I was wrong. The people I spoke with not only had never tried the fruit, they did not even know it. When I told them it was called black sapote, they said they knew the other sapote fruits, which come from completely unrelated families of trees. Perhaps they never tried the black sapote because, when it ripens, the green color of the fruit only changes slightly to a lighter shade of green so many people dont realize its ready to eat. Regarding the other sapotes, there is the white sapote, Casimiroa edulis that is in the citrus family, and mamey sapote, Pouteria sapota from a totally different plant family (and a favorite of Cubans, different sapotes are native to Mexico. In Spanish, black sapote can be called sapote negro sapote prieto sapote de mico or ebano In English, Ive heard it called black persimmon. to tell when the fruit is ripe on the tree, I suppose another problem with black sapote is what the inside looks like when youre ready to eat or prepare it in some manner (the outer shell becomes very soft and easily gives way to a ser Some folks say it resembles stewed not trying it. The fruit I collected was from a seedless variety, so at least there wasnt the issue of picking out the seeds before eating. When I brought the black sapote home, I asked my favorite chef, Monica, to come up with some preparation meth ods to see how good this tropical fruit can taste. Monica cut open a couple of the ripe fruits and set aside cinnamon, shred ded bitter chocolate, and maple syrup. We used spoons to scoop out some of the fruit and tasted it by itself. I would say it tasted a bit like pudding, with a hint of chocolate. Adding the condiments ing. My favorite was the maple syrup. Monica has a book with recipes using tropical fruit, so I challenged her to bake a black sapote cake. She baked a butter cake using only a single fruit. For a topping, she mixed shredded coconut in cream and then toasted the cake. Wow, We both agree that next time she will use two black sapote. We have a few more ripening so a black sapote mousse is on standby, although I would almost prefer to have another cake. Ive also heard of a tempting beverage made by blending the pulp of black sapote with pineapple juice. This tropical fruit tree is quite easily grown in our local soils. It can be sensitive to cold and frost while becoming established, but once it reaches the size of a smaller tree, it will tolerate some cold weather. The tree from which I collected the fruit had not been cared for in the sense of fertilizer or irrigation probably for years. Nevertheless, the tree was quite healthy you could tell by the dark-green foliage and, because of its size, had hundreds of fruit in the canopy. Its the perfect sustain able tree to grow if you have space in your yard. No fertilizer or spraying necessary. There were quite a few species of unusual trees on this property that bore edible fruit and/or had some interesting that combustible topic for another column. 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

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78 By the BookMonitoring what your child reads is tricky, but it is every parents responsibilityBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorI have a secret. I read all of the Fifty Shades of Grey books. Thats right, I am a walking clich. Whats worse is, I bought them in bulk, with a bomber bottle of Chardonnay, while wearing sweatpants at Costco. Was it great literature? Absolutely not. But guess what? I can guarantee what happened in those books was much more titillating (in my head) than any Inspired by the Best-Selling Series movie that may later get made. Remember the thrill, as a fourth grader, of reading the dirty parts of Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret ? Re member graduating to the Sweet Valley High series and hiding those books from your parents because the teenage twin heroines had a weak spot for make-out sessions with handsome boys? I was a voracious reader as a child. I read so much, in fact, that my mother made me discuss it with our family therapist, like it was an addic tion. I was not dissuaded by her lack of enthusiasm. If she didnt take me to the library, I raided her bookshelf, read ing most of the Jackie Collins novels, Helter Skelter Zodiac and several self-help books by age 13. Seeing your kids nose in a book is obviously a good thing. But reading the ably a good idea. On a recent visit to our amazing peOpen this book and read any paragraph on any page, she urged. I did, and then I blushed. I cant even indulge you with a strategically censored passage from said book, fair reader, because its impossible to come up with one. To me, every page I turned to was too dirty! a 14-year-old patient who checked it out of the public library. The girls parents did not speak English; hence, they didnt know the content was inappropriate for a young adult. After the good doctor paid the girls lost book fee in an effort to take the book out of circulation and made several calls to City of Miami commissioners Michelle Spence-Jones and Marc Sarnoff, she took it upon herself to visit the library and ask why they would let a young girl check out such a book. Why do they even have a book that includes such material? While a book like the one in question may never end up on the library bookshelf next to classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The Catcher in the Rye many argue that the messages and culture contained in books like this are still important. It turns out this book is from an author many consider the Queen of Street Literature, Wahida Clark. Her titles, which include Thug Lovin Whats Really Hood and The Golden Holsta New York, and Atlanta, and Ms. Clark has speaking invitations from libraries across the country. Nevertheless, this book shouldnt have ended up in a childs hands. Whose job is it to police what your kids are getting from the library? The friendly librarian will point your child to the young adult section, but she is likely not carding. The American Library Association does not have a book rating system, as they consider that a form of censorship. (No, not the C word!) Most libraries do not ban books. Most libraries depend on their head librarians to select materials based upon a materials management policy. The Miami-Dade Public Library System does carry Fifty Shades of Grey Jackie Collins, Danielle Steele, and plenty of other romance and erotica titles that contain graphic sexual scenarios, including Wahida Clarks series. We can judge a movie by its rating; we can judge a TV show by its air time and network; we can put parental controls on the Internet. Books are on a throne. Rating the oldest form of media, whether it be the government or a private entity, somehow conjures up thoughts of book burnings and the Bill of Rights. Some organizations offer online age-coded guides to recent book releases, but do these raters share your views as a parent? Do they consider a proverbial teenage toe dipped in the provocative Gossip Girl series a safe way to explore complicated topics? How do they feel about bodily functions? ( Diary of a Wimpy Kid is riddled with them.) Reading is an intimate business. You can be supportive of your childs appetite for reading, but too lenient with their choice of material. You can be skeptical of your childs appetite, but the lack for some might not work for others, its true, but we should stop outsourcing parenting. Children and teens will read books with bad words and adult situations. Its not someone elses job to protect them by rating books. Its our job to raise them as we want them to be raised. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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Here Today, Gone TomorrowThanks to our irresponsible ways, many of our animal species are facing extinction By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorExtinction is forever. Here in South Florida, we have our hands full with potential extinctions caused by the relentless progress of humanity. Some species are on the verge, and some have already succumbed. Think polar bears have it bad? They still exist and their public-relations team got their image on the side of the Coke can. In South Florida, our most cameraready species is already gone. Imagine the cutest little animal in the ocean, a seal pup, bobbing along in the current off South Beach. Its head pops out of the water and its big black eyes focus on something coming toward it. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? The Caribbean monk seal was hunted to death. It disappeared from Floridas waters centuries ago, but persisted in the region until about 1952, which is when it was last seen in the wild. Children need to be taught about this calamity, just as they should be taught about the dramatic decline of sea turtles and whales as a result of hunting. We need to remember this recent history in order to avoid repeating it (over and over). Two surviving species related to the Caribbean monk seal, the Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals, are among the most threatened species in the world. What other species in Florida have gone extinct recently? The South Florida rainbow snake and the Florida fairy shrimp were declared extinct in 2011, outlasting the dusky seaside sparrow (1990) by only a couple of decades. Several other extinctions have been recorded, but the real number remains unknown. While Florida may have experienced more extinctions than other states, this pales in comparison to the global situa tion. Today we are in the midst of what scientists are calling the sixth mass-ex tinction event in history. The last one was 65 million years ago, so they dont happen too often. The difference this time is that humans are the primary drivers. Historically, hunting has been the main cause, but now habitat loss leads the way. Add the escalating effects of climate change, on top of other human-induced threats, and this volatile situation, unknown in the fossil record, is our new reality. Evidence clearly points to the burning of fossil fuels as the elevator taking us to the penthouse of extinction. Its the gasoline, stupid plus all the other senseless, irresponsible things people do without thinking. The most threatened animals today are amphibians and those adorable rainforest frogs, but coming up fast are corals and the underwater rainforests they create. Scientists predict the end of all coral reefs within a human lifetime. All gone. Kaput. If an entire ecosystem and its thousands of species can disappear in a matter of decades, what will become of Homo sapiens? Were a species, too, you know. Perhaps focusing on local extinctions can set the stage for the prevention of this global catastrophe. The U.S. Endangered Species Act lists 62 animals and 54 plants in Florida. The animals in South Florida most threat ened with extinction today include two swallowtail. Other familiar animal species, the panther and manatee, have made small gains in recent years, but they remain highly vulnerable. Hundreds of manatees have died in Southwest Florida this year owing to toxic algae blooms. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tracks 60 species on Floridas endangered and threatened species list, and this year the agency is drafting reviews that will lead to integrated, multi-species protection plans. Local species under review include the Everglades mink, the white-crowned pigeon, and the roseate spoonbill. Endangered species are not exotic or far away. Pick your favorite outdoor spot in South Florida the beach, the bay, the Keys, the Everglades and where we live. So what can we do? Educate ourselves and our children, because we cant solve the problem of extinction if we dont acknowledge it. But education is only the starting point. At the deepest level, we need to explore the link between the extinction of nonhuman species and the survival of the human species. We are only one among millions, and there is no guarantee that our species will stay on top. At the species level, we have proven that we can prevent extinction. Whaling was banned in increments over the past and no whale species has gone extinct. In Florida, the ban on hunting certain birds and alligators has led to their recovery. Preventing the sixth mass extinction would likely require going backward in time and building the industrial revolution on renewable sources instead of The Caribbean monk seal died by the sword (and the club and the spear), but the next seal will likely die by the greenhouse gas. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. 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80 By Bill Citara BT ContributorI am not drinking any fing Merlot! In the annals of bad luck, that line from Paul Giamattis character, Miles Raymond, in the movie Side ways a poisonous four-leaf clover, booking a last-minute cabin on the Titanic, and as good for Pinot Noir as it was bad for Merlot, the former extolled as the Beverage of the Gods, the latter dismissed as a pathetic excuse for grape juice. Pinot Noir sales reportedly soared, while sales That the grape Miles so roundly dissed has a long and distinguished history, and that a wine considered to be Petrus, is almost exclusively Merlot, didnt seem to matter. What did matter is many cork dorks with the sweet, fruity, insipid swill vintners at the time were churning out, like so many bazillion gallons of Welchs. Now, youre not going be drinking any Petrus at our price point, since a single bottle of the most recent vintage of this magical elixir can cost upward of $2000. But it is nice to say that, even on the budget end of the wine spectrum where Vino lives, you can get Merlots of decent structure and varietal character that wont make you look like an idiot or philistine if you pour them for friends. For example, the 2011 Oustric from Bernard Magrez. Its a very deep purple color almost inky but its French pedigree becomes obvious in the nose, where its juicy black cherry-berry fruit is given nuance by whiffs of oak, olives, and cloves. Taste it, though, and that seemingly inky fruit is lighter and less ominous than it appears, balanced by taut acidity and noticeable tannins. Balance and nuance also mark anoth er French product, the 2010 Chateau Bois Redon A blend of 75-percent Merlot and 25-percent Cabernet Sauvignon, it dis plays some of the softness of the former and some of the backbone of the latter, all in a pleasing red and black cherry pack Miles Raymond may not be drinking any Merlots like the 2011 Coastline from the Paso Robles region of California, or Washingtons 2011 Radius but fans of big, fruity, full-bodied Merlots plums and cherries and blueberries, with scents of vanilla, toast, and allspice. Its on the sweet side of ripe, and its tannins are softer than a 1000-thread-count sheet, but if your idea of a good Merlot is biting into a piece of summer-ripe fruit, just tell Miles to piss off. The Coastlines aromas hint at that same uber-ripe character, but on the palate the wine backs off a bit, delivering blackberry and blueberry, with a pronounced stony-chalky charac ter from Paso Robles calcareous soil. Both wines would be happy guests at your next backyard barbecue, where they could stand up to anything from burgers to ribs. No surprise that a couple of domestic Merlots would go over to the dark (and fruity) side. What came as a surprise, though, were two thoroughly unimpressive South American Merlots. The 2011 La Playa from Chile got off on the wrong nostril with a blast of musty, vegetal, and raisin aromas. It tasted better than it smelled, with simple bluea dollop of spice, but for $10, you can do a lot better. An Argentine Merlot, the 2011 Portillo from Bodega Salentein, was disjointed and rough around the edges, as evidenced by a hotness on the nose and palate despite a (relatively) moderate 14 percent alcohol. It did deliver some appealing spice notes, Finally, we come to my favorite wine of the tasting, the 2011 Perimeter This Washington State product is not only a great deal at $10, but is the antithesis of the fruit-bomb Merlots that get Miles all riled up. Its fruit is clean and refreshing think fresh strawberries, raspberries, and red cherries with just a hint of oak. Nothing too complex here, but its welllighter body mean it plays well with food. Its one fking Merlot Id be more than happy to drink. Sorry, Miles. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com In Defense of MerlotRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less Your House Fast! Any Condition, Any Location 305 894 6192 E nglish & EspanolDade & Broward Homes | Condos | Multi-Family Eddie, Alekxey, Mercedes & Ivan

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Openings and Closings: An Ominous BalanceFood news we know you can use By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorAs old-time miners used canaries to test dwindling oxygen, econoindicators of upcoming recessions. When eateries die, the rest of the economy often follows. Since Dish started a year ago, the national restaurant scene has grown bleaker, but Miami eateries, at least in BT territory, have seemed almost immune. Not last month, when closings equaled openings. And some closings were shockers. OPENINGS The Cypress Room (3220 NE 2nd Ave., dining venue from Michael Schwartz, though the guy actually cooking is chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia. See our Dining Guides New This Month section for info. My Ceviche (1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825) is a new Brickell branch of the Beach original. Again, see the Dining Guide for details. One timely additional tip: Chef Sam Gorensteins business partner Roger Duarte, of George Stone Crab, supplies My Ceviches claws which are fresh, never frozen. And season ends May 15, so hurry over or wait till October. Stanzione 87 (87 SW 8th St., 305555-1212) produces Neapolitan pizzas not uncommon nowadays, but 23-yearold proprietor Franco Stanziones are Napless Associazone Verace Pizza Napolitana, and following its rules (including wood-burning oven, cooking time not exceeding 90 seconds, properly light Time for Wine (2200 NE 2nd Ave., 786409-4898), a mom-and-pop wine bar/market, brings a boost to a still decidedly ungentribut tasty tapas, $4 glasses of house wine, an extensive selection of affordable bottles (most under $15), and free parking. Copperbox Culinary Atelier (3328 N. Miami Ave., 305-392-0983) isnt exactly a restaurant, serving meals. Its a gastronomic studio, where chef Gabriela Machado curates exclusive, interactive epicurean dining installations, on Thurs days and Saturdays. Its not exactly open to the public in the walk-in sense, either. Reservations are by association, mean ing you e-mail info@copperbox.com to introduce yourself, and they e-mail back if youve scored an elite seat at two com munal tables. Neither is the food exactly the norm. Menus change, but expect to pay $125-$150 for seven wine-paired breast with celeriac/tangerine mousseline, and cotija cake with beet ice cream. CLOSINGS TIKL opened last August by the team behind South Beachs long-lived Altamare, has closed despite critical acclaim when it opened this past August. Chef Simon Stojanovic (a Michaels Genuine alum who brilliantly reinvented Altamares menu in 2010) cited lack of momentum. Perhaps even the Brickell Boom couldnt support yet another raw bar/grill. Stovanovic is considering future plans while cooking at Copperbox. South Street a neo-soul-food resto lounge from Amir Ben-Zion and Amaris Jones that opened with much ballyhoo in Sra. Martinezs former space last October, has folded without explanation. My guess: A South Beach nightclub ambiance may draw Kardashians, but neighborhood resi dents, most restaurants mainstay, prefer their soul food old-school, and without the South Beach prices. Acme Bakery & Coffee in Midtown has also closed after only nine months. A press release from Pious Pig, the endlessly inventive group also behind The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions (5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559), and strengths (poor service, great bread), plus its overhead. You must sell a lot of loaves to cover a $10,000 monthly lease. Clives Caf in Wynwood, for 38 years a magnet for lovers of homey Jamaican specialties, has folded. Reason: owner Pearline Murray has regrouped at Clives II (5890 NE 2nd Ave., 305-7576512), merging the originals breakfast/ lunch menu with juniors mainly lunch/ dinner menu. Enriquetas Sandwich Shop (2830 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-4681) is closed only temporarily. An April 10 electrical to reopen later this month. SIDE DISH Tired of pubcrawls? Try a Dishcrawl Already established in nearly 200 North American cities, crawls feature feasts at inaugural Miami Dishcrawl hit Edge Steak + Bar, Vapiano, The Hoxton, and OTC. The next, on May 21, also focuses on Brickell. Restaurants are kept secret, but tickets are only $45. Reserve at www. dishcrawlmiami.com. Soon to join Feverish Pops in moving from food truck to stationary eatery: Ms. Cheezious whose grilledcheese sandwiches won the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festivals trucks event in Wynwood. Ms. Cheezious plans a December opening at 7418 Biscayne Blvd. and to keep on truckin, too. Hungry for more food news? See BizBuzz, page 24. Send me your tips and alerts: restaurants@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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82 Brickell / DowntownAijo1331 Brickell Bay Dr.,786-452-1637 Hidden within Jade condo, this sleek Japanese fusion restolounge (whose name means love) is also a jewel. Food-loving Venezuelan owner Rene Buroz encourages innovation, and his chefs (including four from Zuma) respond with beautifully plated items as fun as they are flavorful. Dont miss the layered croquante (a sort of Asian croqueta: mouthwatering crispy rice, subtly smoked salmon, and creamy crab), Aijo kani (king crab legs with citrus foam clouds and rich emulsified butter dip), or creative cocktails from a mixologist who also juggles and plays with fire. Area 31270 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 highrises 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. $$$-$$$$Azul500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where glo betrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomyaccented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$Banana & Leaf234 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., 305-503-6500On 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. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Bonding638 S. Miami Ave., 786-409-4794 From trend-spotting restaurateur Bond Trisansi (originator of Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro), this small spot draws a hip crowd with its affordable menu of redesigned traditional Thai dishes, wildly imaginative sushi makis, and unique signature Asian fusion small plates. Highlights include taste bud-tickling snapper carpaccio; an elegant nest of mee krob (sweet, crisp rice noodles); blessedly non-citrus-drenched tuna tataki, drizzled with spicy-sweet mayo and wasabi cream sauce; greed-inducing bags of gold, deep-fried wonton beggars purses with a shrimp/pork/mushroom/ waterchestnut filling and tamarind sauce. $$ Bon Fromage500 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. $$ Brother Jimmys BBQ900 S. Miami Ave. #135, 786-360-3650The South is supposed to be the source of barbecue. But Bro J evidently didnt hear about that. His signature North Carolina pork cue comes from NYC, where the first Brother Jimmys opened more than 20 years ago. Miamis location is actually the first south of the Mason-Dixon line. But the slow-smoked pulled pork butt tastes righteous -no interfering glop, just hot sauce-spiked vinegar to balance the fab fattiness. Theres other cue, too, including big (not baby back) ribs, and respectable brisket. $$-$$$Bryan in the Kitchen104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothieswilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-fromscratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Caf Bastille248 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. $-$$$Caf Sambal500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as its casual hotel restaurant, many consider it a more spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly on the waterfront. The food is Asian-inspired, with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents. For the healthconscious, the menu includes low-cal choices. For hedonists theres a big selection of artisan sakes. $$$-$$$$$Cavas Wine Tasting Room900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the winecurious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, halfglass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargain-priced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Ceviche Piano140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414 Owners Martin and Charo Villacorta, a married chef/pastry chef team, think of this eatery as a relocation (in the same downtown plaza) and reinvention of their former best kept secret spot Martini 28. Most dramatic changes: upscaled size, and with its glamorous white piano, upgraded elegance. The menu has also been altered to be less of a global wildcard. Focus is now strongly on Peruvian cuisine, including a shrimp/calamari-smothered fish fillet with aji amarillo cream sauce. But no worries, old fans. Some of the old favorite dishes remain. $$ Chophouse Miami300 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 Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 326.rf ntbnf nttnf tnt f f t tff nff ff Blue Martini900 S. Miami Ave. #250, 305-981-2583With a 41-martini menu (plus exotic lighting, late hours, dance floor, and live music most nights), this wildly popu lar place is more lounge than restaurant. Nonetheless food offerings are surprisingly ambitious, including substantial items like sliced steak with horseradish sauce, as well as shareable light bites -parmesan-topped spinach/ artichoke dip, served hot with toasted pita; shrimp and blue crab dip (yes: crab, not faux krab); a seductive puff pastry-wrapped and honey-drizzled baked brie. Come at happy hour (4:00-8:00 p.m. daily) for bargain drink/snack specials, and lots of locals. $$ MPP Brickell141 SW 7th St., 305-400-4610Tasty Peruvian eateries arent rare in Miami. Peruvian finedining restaurants are. In the tastefully toned-down but still glam space formerly housing And, this second location of Limas popular Mi Propriedad Privada specializes in familiar flavors presented with seriously upscaled prepara tions, plating, and prices. But many ceviches, tiraditos, and starters (like especially artful layered/molded mashed potato/seafood causas, or clever panko-breaded fusion causa makis) come in trios for taste-testing. And ceviche lovers score on Tuesdays, when all-you-can-eat costs the same as a trio. $$$-$$$$$ My Ceviche1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825When three-time James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee Sam Gorenstein opened the original My Ceviche in SoBe, in 2012, it garnered national media attention despite being a tiny take-away joint. Arguably, our newer indoor/ outdoor Brickell location is better. Same menu, featuring local fish prepared onsite, and superb sauces including a kicky roasted jalapeo/lime mayo), but this time with seats! What to eat? Ceviches, natch. But grilled or raw fish/seafood tacos and burritos, in fresh tortillas, might be even more tempting. Pristine stone-crab claws from co-owner Roger Duartes George Stone Crab add to the choices. $$ The Cypress Room3620 NE 2nd Ave., 305-520-5197Deer and boar heads on wood-paneled walls juxtapose with crystal chandeliers at this tiny fourth restaurant in Michael Schwartzs burgeoning empire, evoking feelings of dining in a century-old millionaires hunting lodge -in miniature. Many dishes are similarly fun fantasies of 1920s Florida fine dining, pairing yesteryears rustic proteins (including wild game) and veggies with preparations that are ultimately refined interpretations of the past: antelope/wild mushroom gnocchi; French onion soup with a sort of gruyere tuile float instead of the usual gooey melt, served on a lacy doily. Dont miss the royal red shrimp, or Hedy Goldsmiths desserts. $$$$$ Lagniappe3425 NE 2nd. Ave., 305-576-0108In New Orleans, lagniappe means a little extra, like the 13th doughnut in a bakers dozen. And thats what you get at this combination wine and cheese bar/backyard BBQ/ entertainment venue. Choose artisan cheeses and charcuterie from the fridges, hand them over when you pay (very little), and theyll be plated with extras: olives, bread, changing luscious condiments. Or grab fish, chicken, veggies, or steak (with salad or cornbread) from the hidden yards grill. Relax in the comfie mismatched furniture, over extensive wine/beer choices and laidback live music. No cover, no attitude. $$ Piccolo Pizza2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893-9550Pizzas at this spin-off from family-owned Il Piccolo impress even NYC visitors, thanks to recipes proprietor Hubert Benmoussa learned from an authentic Neapolitan pizzaolo. Other favorites here include subs on homemade baguettes and, surprising for a pizzeria, delightfully custardy quiche (Benmoussa is part French). But it would be unthinkable to miss the pies, especially our favorite Italia: subtly sweet tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, onions, plus mixed greens and uncooked prosciutto on top -both pizza and salad. There are also nicely priced catering trays of finger subs, quiche squares, pizza bites, more. $-$$

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84 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. $$$$$ The Corner1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887 With a Zuma alum in the kitchen, a Gigi alum crafting classic or creative cocktails, a warm pub feel, and hours extending from lunch to nearly breakfast the next morning, The Corner is transforming a desolate downtown corner into a neighborhood hangout. The nicely priced menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets (the latter from Om Nom Noms cookie queen Anthea Ponsetti) ranges from 100-percent homemade ice cream sandwiches to the Crazy Madame, Frances elaborate Croque Madame (a bchamel sauce-topped grilled cheese/ham/fried egg sandwich) plus bacon and caramelized onion. $-$$ Crazy About You1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of short-lived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flashmarinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ db Bistro Moderne345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800Just 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. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$D-Dog House50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770While it has become increasingly common to find servers at upscale restaurants utilizing computerized POS (point of service) systems to take orders, this high-tech hole-in-the-wall trumps them by replacing servers -and in-house entertainment, too -with iPads that accept not just food orders and credit cards but music requests. You can web surf or game, too, while waiting for your choice of the house specialty: supersized hot dogs, most overloaded with internationally inspired toppings. To accompany, hand-cut fries are a must. And have a cocktail. Theres a full liquor bar. $-$$ Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From the stylish setting in Miamis historic Firehouse No. 4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal. But entres, which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost either $18 or $23. And the price includes an appetizer -no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales. The best seats are on the glam rooftop patio. $$$Dominique Bistro-Club1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-371-8859At typical restolounges, the resto part often gets the short end of the stick. But not at this chic but friendly spot, where Gerardo Barrera, an alumn of Pariss Le Cordon Bleu, plus his wife Dominque and her brother Jos Sigona, welcome diners with Frances best-known bistro classics: coquilles St. Jacques (tender scallops in mushroom/white wine sauce); a precisioncooked entrecte rib-eye with Bearnaise or complex Caf de Paris butter; crme brle (from scratch) or macaron cookies (from heaven). No velvet ropes, and club music isnt cranked till 11:00 p.m. $$$ Edge, Steak & Bar1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores. Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewel-bright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eos485 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. $$$-$$$$Eternity Coffee Roasters117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garcess sleek micro-roastery will convince anyone possessing taste buds that fine coffee can be as complex as fine wine, and as satisfying as solid food. A changing selection of superior single-origin beans (many varieties from the Garces familys Colombian farm; most others from Ethiopia and Kenya), roasted in-house, produces slow-pour regular brews with amazing nuances of fruits, chocolate, and more. The espresso is so smooth sugar isnt necessary. Other treats: flaky chocolate-stuffed cigars and other locally baked pastries. Free parking. $ Fado Irish Pub900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on miniboxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$Finnegans River401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill. But an actual pool? And a Jacuzzi? This Miami River hideaway has other surprises, too, on its extensive outdoor deck, including a boat dock and a large array of umbrella tables and lounge chairs where its easy to while away many happy hours. The menu is the same array of bar bites served by South Beachs older Finnegans, but angus burgers are big and tasty, and zingy jalapeo-studded smoked-fish dip is a satisfying table-snack choice. $$ First Hong Kong Caf117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665Old Hong Kong saying: If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, its edible. And nowhere is this truer than in this historically international trade ports cafs -meaning fast-food restaurants. Typical menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and most other nations. So believe us: At this caf, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambal-spiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty. $$ Fratelli Milano213 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 seafoodpacked fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe154 SE 1st Ave.305-374-1024If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained only one item -pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -wed be happy. But the caf, formerly lunch-only but now serving weekday dinners, is also justly famed for meal-size salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist. $$Grimpa Steakhouse901 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. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Hibachi Grill45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagine 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 Singaporestyle 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. $-$$ The Hoxton1111 SW 1st Ave., 786-691-2730Though inland (and reportedly inspired by old England), this urban beach bar/grill has the relaxing, refined-rustic ambiance of a classic New England hangout, and upscaled down shore food to match: Maine lobster rolls, on brioche rather than hot dog rolls; a luxe take on Qubcoise poutine (from-scratch fries with Vermont cheddar and duck confit gravy); an especially lavish clam bake. Also appealingly different from the Miami norm: frequent live bands of many musical genres in the comfortable lounge area, plus almost spookily competent service. $$$Il Gabbiano335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultraupscale 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 mar ket, 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. $$$$$Jackson Soul Food950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710]With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast institution now has only one drawback: It closes at 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll set multiple alarm clocks to return. Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves. And hearty Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too. $ Jamon Iberico Pata Negra Restaurant 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-cool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, for merly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$ 20 NE 41st Street, MiamiIn the Design District305.918.4453 Daily Lunch Specials Soup & Sandwich $8 1800 Biscayne Blvd, #105 (Located at 1800 Biscayne Plaza) WWW.3CHEFS-MIA.COM

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86 Largo Bar & Grill401 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 Lounge68 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 Provence1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. Not so familiar is the bakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell188 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 daily-changing fillings. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., 305-789-9929Like its Midtown and North Miami Beach siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Little Lotus25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined to become one of our towns toughest tables to book. Two talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like theyre about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself. Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially noteworthy. The prices? A steal. $-$$ Machiya3252 NE 1st Ave. #116, 786-507-5025Originally called Machiya Ramen Noodle House, this eaterychanged its name -and really, the place is not so much a ramen joint as a contemporary izakaya (lounge featuring Japanese hot and cold small plates plus sushi), with a few added ramen bowls. Most of the menu is a mix of todays popular favorites, like Kobe sliders, and unique inventions. Wildest: wasabi-spiced tuna pizza. Our faves: fatty salmon makis (lightly seared salmon belly with shrimp tempura, asparagus, and yuzu sauce); rich miso-braised short ribs; steam buns with rock shrimp and spicy aioli.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. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrum ptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ Momi Ramen5 SW 11th St., 786-391-2392Banish all thoughts of packaged instant ramen. Perfectionist chef/owner Jeffrey Chen (who cooked for more than a decade in Japan), changes his mostly ramen-only menu often, but constants are irresistibly chewy handmade noodles; soups based on creamy, intensely porky tonkotsu broth (made from marrow bones simmered all day); meats like pork belly and oxtail; and authentic toppings including marinated soft-cooked eggs, pickled greens, more. Other pluses: Its open 24/7, and the ramen ranks with the USAs best. Minuses: Its cash only, and the ramen might be the USAs most expensive. $$$Naoe661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263Chances are youve never had anything like the $85 prix-fixe Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Corys tiny but nationally acclaimed oasis, transplanted from its original Sunny Isles space with its supreme serenity intact. By reservation only, in two dinner seatings of just eight people each, and omakase (chefs choice) only, meals include a seasonal soup, a four-course bento box, eight pieces of sushi, and three desserts. Cory personally does everything for you, even applying the perfect amount of housemade artisan soy sauce mix and fresh-grated wasabi to each mind-reelingly fresh nigiri. Few eating experiences on earth are more luxuriant. $$$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe in standard sound bites. But they often are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sau sage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$

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88 OTC1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612Over-the-counter service usually connotes the classic fast food slider experience: both greaseburgers and patrons are in and out quickly. At this casually cool gastropub, the counter ordering system encourages the opposite feel, of comfie congeniality; it invites hanging out, just without the fuss of formal dining out -or the expense. Most plates are $10 or under. Ingredientdriven dishes cover todays favorite food groups (various macand-cheeses, variously topped/seasoned fries, and more) with some unusual twists, like a scrumptiously lardon-laden frise/ goat cheese salad brightened by fresh peaches. Even the condiments are housemade. $$Ozzi Sushi200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how long plates had been circulating on the sushi-go-round? Happily, this sushi-boat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-sliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$Pashas1414 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. $-$$Pega Grill15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned North Beachs Ariston, this small spot is more casually contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek food. Mixed lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option), topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens and tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties. But even more irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Peoples Bar-B-Que360 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. $-$$ Perricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified ame nities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$Pier 9494 SE 1st St., 305-379-5652Tucked into The Village, a collection of courtyard eateries far from any waterfront, this ceviche bar specializes in fresh seafood dishes from chef/owner Alex Del Corrals native Peru, but also features famous Peruvian meat and poultry dishes (including a refined aji de gallina, chicken in aji pepper-spiced cream sauce). Emphasis is particularly strong on Perus penchant for fusion food, including traditional Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice or noodle stir-fries. But the chef also fuses classic and creative influences. Try contemporary cau sas, combining Perus favorite starch, potatoes, with unique new sauces. $$ Thea Pizzeria-Caf1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-777-3777Just over the border from artsy Wynwood, this ultra-cool caf (whose interior features a 30-foot Italian glass floral mosaic) isnt what youd expect to find inside one of the medical/lab buildings in Miamis sterile Health District. But the owner is Thea Goldman, former founding partner of Wynwoods pioneering restolounge Joeys, which explains both the stylishness and the menu, highlighted by imaginative wood-oven designer pizzas, plus artisan charcuterie/cheese platters, creative salads, and housemade salted caramel gelato. Not your typical hospital food. Call ahead regarding dinner. At this writing, its being served Fridays only. $$-$$$Pizzarium69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025 Roman-style rectangular pizzas, served in square slices, have been available in the Miami area since the mid-1990s. But the familiar squares and Pizzariums are similar only in shape. Main difference: dough, here allowed to rise for four days. The resulting crusts are astonishingly airy, as authentic Roman slices, intended as light street snacks, should be. Toppings, a rotating selection of nearly 30 combinations, are highlighted by quality imported ingredients -not to mention a healthy imagination, as the zucca gialla attests: pumpkin cream, pancetta, smoked scamorza cheese. $ Pollos & Jarras115 NE 3rd Ave., 786-567-4940From Juan Chipoco, Peruvian chef/co-owner of seafood-centric Cvi.Che 105, this stylish but affordable two-level restaurant is centered around pollo a la brasa, as a huge rotisserie oven attests. Grilled steaks, unique sandwiches, anticuchos, and varied starters and sides are also served, but the must-notmiss is rotisserie chicken, marinated in roughly a dozen-anda-half seasonings before a self-basting spin on the spit cooks it to incomparable juiciness. Its served with crisp fries and a substantial salad. Meals also come with a complimentary cup of aguadito -assertively cilantro-spiked chicken rice soup. $$ Porketta43 NE 3rd Ave., 305-372-0034Warm, juicy, served with succulent pieces of crisp crackling, herb-stuffed Italian porchetta (pronounced porketta) roast, at its best, is hard to find even in much of Italy except during festivals. But every day is a festival here, where the real thing (not the dry deli-style pork roll slices that often pass for porchetta) is featured on a plate with broccoli rabe and cannellinis; in the hefty Bombardino sandwich; or in three mini-sandwiches, convenient for sampling the places three sauces. Several salads and carpaccios placate porkophobes. $-$$PreludeAdrienne 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. $$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$Reggae Tacos93 SE 2nd St., 786-425-9558 For diners on the go, who want food fast but not typical fast food, this places Mexican-Jamaican fusion specialties are ideal. Taco or burrito shells encase inventive jerk pork (with mango, pickled onions, and cabbage), scotch-bonnet beef with avocado/cheddar salsa, vinegar/spice-marinated escovitch veggies, curried goat, and other island dishes that are normally plated entres, transforming them into playful portable packages. And do save some stomach space for deep-fried festival, sinfully scrumptious cornmeal mini-doughnuts sweetened with both vanilla-spiked honey and powdered sugar. $ Rincon Escondido2697 Biscayne Blvd., 305-438-9300On a quick drive-by, this eatery surrounded by still-ungentrified storefronts rather resembles a hole-in-the-wall Latin cafetera. Inside, though, the look is rustic-chic, and the menu features some of Miamis most refined traditional or creative Spanish tapas. We love the open-faced sandwiches, particularly montaditos de boquerones (with fresh anchovies and brunoised veggies). Traditionalists will find patatas bravas satisfyingly spicy; braver experimenters should try bombas de queso (fried cheese balls with sweet orange blossom sauce), actually alarming in name only. $$-$$$The River Oyster Bar650 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. There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese. But oyster fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fireroasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Scalina315 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! $$$$Soya & Pomodoro120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. There are salads and sandwiches, too. The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-air courtyard. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompany local musicians and artists. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar204 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-andmatch housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higherpriced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Sushi Maki1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ SuViche49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097 This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion items with added Caribbean touches. Cooked entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempurabattered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Tobacco Road626 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. $$Top Burger109 NE 1st St., 305-379-3100Inside this better burger spot, dcor is so charmingly 1950s retro you almost expect to find the Fonz leaning on a jukebox. What you actually find: hand-formed, hormone-free, 100% Angus patties (or alternatives like veggie burgers, a lightlybreaded chicken Milanesa, and all-beef hot dogs) on toasted buns, with fresh-cut French or sweet potato fries. Welcome surprises include an assertively spicy/tangy BBQ-like secret sauce; prices that, while not 1950s level, rival those at junkfood joints; and old-school service -the kind that comes with a smile. $ Toro Toro100 Chopin Plaza, 305-372-4710 Back before Miamis business district had any there there, the InterContinentals original restaurant was an executive lunch/dinner destination mainly by default. This replacement, from restaurant empire-builder Richard Sandoval, brings downtown power dining into this decade. As the name suggests, you can go bullish with steakhouse fare, including an abbreviated (in variety, not quantity) rodizio experience. But the places strongest suit is its pan-Latin small plates -upscaled refine ments of classic favorites: crisp corn arepas with short rib, guacamole, and crema fresca; fluffier cachapas pancakes with tomato jam; more. $$$-$$$$$ Trapiche Room1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, its not surprising that this small, second-floor restaurant is something of a best kept secret. But it deserves discovery. Chef Maria Tobar hasnt Daniel Bouluds fame, but she does have classic European-type technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/cabbage strudel, into 21st century fine-dining fare. Both dcor and service, similarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the rooms intimacy makes it a romantic spot for special occasions. $$$$

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Tre Italian Bistro270 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 resto lounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistro lounge. 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 Crabhouse777 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 sliders are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restau rant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tu yo415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt student-run. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former prot gs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$Waxy OConnors690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puffpastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$Wok Town119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist dcor (with communal seating), and predominance of American veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables. Wrong. Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor. The proof: a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion dressing. Bubble tea, too! $$ Zuma270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robatagrilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restau rants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ Adelitas Caf 2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne) this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside its bigger, better, and busier than it looks. Unlike many Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser. On weekends 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. $B Sweet20 NE 41st St., 305-918-4453At this homey neighborhood jewel, located in a former apartment building, husband/wife team Tom Worhach and Karina Gimenez serve up warm welcomes and playfully inventive breakfast, lunch, and snack fare: bacon-wrapped egg and cheese cups; pressed Philly steak panini; an elegant yuzudressed smoked salmon, grapefruit, avocado, and arugula salad. But the must-eats are sweets, housemade by Worhach, formerly executive pastry chef at the Mansion at Turtle Creek and similar gourmet palaces. One bite of his decadent yet impossibly light white-and-dark chocolate mousse cake will hook you for life. $-$$ Basanis3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood redsauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Bengal2010 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 presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty half-pound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 181800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas smart new residents: creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Bloom2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5443Miamis most innovative art district is the perfect setting for this hip hangout, whose mad-genius menu proves that food is indeed one of the creative arts. Reinvented Latin/Asian street foods from chef Ricky Sauri (ex-Nobu) include spicy Spam-topped rice cakes; tuna tartare in seaweed tacos; a reina pepiada arepa, whose traditional mild chicken filling is replaced by shredded duck, avocado, tangy-sweet tamarind sauce, and Japanese mayo; an especially elegant Korean bibimbap; a vegan shitake-pumpkin tamale with nutty, cheesy natto sauce. For liquid art aficionados: cocktails like the eyepopping Tequila Beets (featuring roasted beet juice). $$$Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supreme ly 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. $$Buena Vista Deli4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants, and other delights. At lunch cornichon-garnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade pts, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last ParisBrest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ Cafeina297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414A location within easy walking distance of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in the extensively renovated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic eatery, whose specialty is local and sustainable seafood, a great option for pre-show bites. Then again, enjoying lures like sweet-glazed crispy shrimp with friends on the outdoor, bayfront terrace is entertainment enough. Its worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sustainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper and sea bass. Bonus: With validation, valet parking is free. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant2004 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. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course3451 NE 1st Ave. 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Crumb on Parchment3930 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. $-$$ The Daily Creative Food Co.2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $El Bajareque278 NW 36th St., 305-576-5170Dozens of little Latin American eateries, all looking almost identically iffy, line 36th Street. But this family-owned bajareque (shack) is one where you definitely want to stop for some of Miamis most tasty, and inexpensive, Puerto Rican home cooking, from mondongo (an allegedly hangover-curing soup) to mofongo, a plantain/chicharron mash with varied toppings plus garlicky mojo. Housemade snacks are irresistible, too, and great take-out party fare: pork-studded pasteles, similar to Cuban tamals but with a tuber rather than corn masa dough, or empanadas with savory shrimp stuffing. $ Egg & Dart4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crispfried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Egyptian Pizza KitchenShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics. Additionally the menu includes interesting Middle Eastern fare like foul, a hummus-like but lighter Egyptian dish of favas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. A brick oven makes both pizzas and homemade pitas superior. $$

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The Embassy4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446Dont come to this embassy for passports. The name is short for Embassy of Well-being and Debauchery. You will, however, feel transported to Spains gourmet capital, San Sebastian, after sampling ambassador Alan Hughess cunning pintxos (complexly layered Basque-style tapas). From a self-serve bar, choose from a changing selection of skewered stacks; brie, homemade fig jam, and twizzles of silky jamon Serrano; roast tomato, goat cheese, and anchovies on buttery garlic toast; many more. Small plates, to-die-for desserts like floating island with lychees, and weekend brunch items demonstrate similar mad-chef skills. $$-$$$ 18th Street Caf210 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 secret-recipe 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. $$Feverish Gourmet Pop ShopShops at Midtown Miami 3552 NE 1st Ave., 305-482-1832When kids are sick, you take them to a doctor. If your inner child feels feverish, though, the cure is Felecia Hatchers handcrafted, vegan-friendly, natural and organic frozen treats -popsicles reinvented for grown-ups. At this literal mom-and-pop shop, Hatcher and husband Derek Pearson offer more than 25 changing flavors, some spiked (like locally sourced mango with bourbon), others just sophisticated (pineapple basil, strawberry balsamic, chocolate banana). No artificial flavors, no refined sugars. Particularly playful inner kids can customize with coatings ranging from nuts to truly nuts: pop rocks, potato chips, and more. $ Five Guys Famous Burger and FriesShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341No green-leaf faux health food here. You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait. Which you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order. Available in double or one-patty sizes, theyre well-done but spurtingly juicy, and after loading with your choice of free garnishes, even a little burger makes a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes. $Georges Kitchen & The Loft3404 N. Miami Ave., 305-438-9199Veteran Miami restaurateur George-Eric Farge raises the sophistication bar at his new two-story restaurant/lounge. But the real star is Michelin-starred chef Steven Rojas, who combines French technique and personal creativity for dishes like Idiazabal cheese churros with romesco sauce, a green pea pot de crme jar with bacon marmalade (accompanied by butterfried baguette slices for spreading), soy-glazed hamachi crudo with ginger gelee, and caper-sprinkled short rib tartare, the meats richness cheekily upped by poached bone marrow and caviar. Brunch and lunch items are equally ingenious. $$$Gigi3470 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 RitzCarlton) at surprisingly low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and house made pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ Harrys Pizzeria3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; woodoven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown MiamiBuena 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 boneless wings, really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces), accompanied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and celery. It would be silly to not pair your main with garlic/herb-butter parmesan fries. There are many other items, too, including salads. But hey, celery is salad, right? $$ Jean Pauls House2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373Jean Paul Desmaison, original chef/co-owner of La Cofradia in Coral Gables, has chosen a decidedly less tony, more transitional neighborhood for this venture. But inside his renovated bungalow, ambiance is stylishly cozy, and the creative contemporary North/South American fusion cuisine is as elegant as ever. Best bets are dishes influenced by Desmaisons native Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet potato pure, and a beautifully balanced nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible: tame leche de tigre, Perus infamous tigers milk marinade. $$$-$$$$ Jimmyz Kitchen2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf2506 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 Latina3509 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-9655At last, an authentic Venezuelan arepera (purveyor of home made arepas, with a variety of meat, cheese, and veggie fillings) that isnt out in the boonies -and decidedly isnt a dive. With colorful dcor concocted from recycled objects, this space, though small, has truly eclectic, Midtown style. The signature corn cakes, crisped outside and fluffy inside, put sodden supermarket specimens to shame. And cachapas (softer, sweeter corn pancakes folded around mozzarella-like fresh cheese) or bollarepitas (cheese-stuffed deep-fried corn cakes, with tangy nata dip) may be even tastier. $-$$La Provence2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Latin Caf 20002501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838The menu is similar to that at many of our towns Latin cafs, largely classic Cuban entres and sandwiches, with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood), or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries consider a Latin country. What justifies the new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppified/yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck. $$Lemoni Caf4600 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. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican GrillShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its care fully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neighborhood. Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwesternstyle fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion and pepitacrusted salmon, chipotle-drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemoncrusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $Mandolin Aegean Bistro4312 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. $$-$$$ MC Kitchen4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-9948 Chef/co-owner Dena Marino calls MCs food modern Italian -neither an evocative description nor explanation for why this place is one of our towns hottest tickets. But tasting tells the tale. Marinos food incorporates her entire culinary background, from her Nonnas traditional Italian-American kitchen to a long stint in Michael Chiarellos famed contemporary Californian eatery Tra Vigne, with pronounced personal twists that make eating here uniquely exciting. Particularly definitive: lunchtimes piadenas, saladlike seasonal/regional ingredient combinations atop heavenly homemade flatbreads. Cocktails feature ingredients from zaatar to salmon roe. $$$-$$$$ Mercadito Midtown3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas. But the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity: genu inely made-from-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed. Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (juicy braised pork, spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts). A close second: the hongos, intensely flavorful huitlacoche and wild mushrooms, with manchego and salsa verde -a reminder that vegetarian food need not be bland. $$-$$$Michaels Genuine Food and Drink130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. Theres also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michaels Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$Ming Yuan3006 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6466What this tiny (three booths plus counter seats) Wynwood place serves isnt authentic Chinese cuisine. Its Chinese immigrant cooking: Americas original Cantonese-based chop sueys and egg foo youngs plus later, spicier but also Americanized Szechuan/Hunan-inspired 1970s inventions like Mongolian beef and General Tsos this-or-that. But all the above (ordered extra-spicy if you like heat), plus crab rangoons and treatpacked special fried rice, are truly tasty. And since almost everything on the menu comes in several sizes, with even small being substantial, prices are unbeatable. $-$$ Mikes at Venetia555 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. $-$$Morgans Restaurant28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable; shoe string frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maplebasted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Oak Tavern35 NE 40th St., 786-391-1818 With a festively lantern-lit oak tree on the outdoor dining patio and stylishly playful lamps mimicking oaks inside, chef/ restaurateur David Bracha of River Oyster Bar has transformed a previously cold space to warm. Food is equally inviting. The mostly small-plates seasonal menu roams the globe from supreme Vietnamese bahn mi (with pork belly and foie gras) to down-home buttermilk biscuits with bacon butter, and homemade charcuterie. If available, dont miss Hawaiian-inspired steelhead poke; substituting the salmonlike but more delicate trout for the usual tuna transports this crudo to heavenly heights. $$-$$$ Orange Caf + Art2 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

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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)Pasta FoliesShops at Midtown Miami3252 NE 1st Ave. #118, 786-382-0205In France the word folie can mean extravagant. More often it means madness. Its the latter translation that first comes to mind when perusing the menu of this French Rivera pasta/ pizza fast-casual chain, whose concept is pastas, plus pizzas, from around the world -even Italy. Dont expect authenticity from the more exotic toppings; they basically contain one typical ingredient (along with a generic onions/peppers/veg assortment): bean sprouts in Thailands spaghetti, pineapple in Balis, curry sauce on Indias. Do expect super-fresh sauces, made daily. Friendly staffers and fun. $$Pieducks3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Pride & Joy2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548 Behind this Wynwood warehouse faade youll find pure Southern roadhouse, and the backyard patio is an even more relaxing place to kick back with beer, blues music, and barbecue from pit master Myron Mixon. Oddly, considering Mixons many BBQ championships, the cue can be inconsistent. Our favorite choices: St. Louis ribs, tender without being falling-off-the bone overcooked, and enjoyably fattier than baby backs; vinegar-doused pulled pork sandwiches, which, unlike meat plates, come with sides -fries, plus slaw to pile on for added juice and crunch. $$$ Primos1717 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. $$Primo Pizza Miami3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant most everywhere. Today many places now offer authentic Italian or delicate designer pizzas. But a satisfying Brookyn-style street slice? Fuhgedit. Thankfully thats the speciality of this indoor/ outdoor pizzeria: big slices with chewy crusts (made from imported NY tap water) that arent ultra-thin and crisp, but flexible enough to fold lengthwise, and medium-thick -sturdy enough to support toppings applied with generous all-American abandon. Take-out warning: Picking up a whole pie? Better bring the SUV, not the Morris Mini.Sakaya KitchenShops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ 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. $$-$$$Salad Creations2001 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. $-$$ Salumeria 1043451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as shops selling salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the equivalent of eat-in deli/restaurants that also serve cold and hot prepared foods. At this modern Midtown salumeria, the soupsto-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liver-haters into lovers. $$-$$$ Salsa Fiesta2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini chain, this urban Mexican grill serves health-conscious, made-freshdaily fare similar in concept to some fast-casual competitors. But there are indeed differences here, notably pan-Latin options: black beans as well as red; thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal nachos). Other pluses include weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers -and free parking. $-$$ S & S Diner1757 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. $-$$Shokudo World Resource Caf 4740 NE 2nd Ave., 305-758-7782At its former Lincoln Road location, World Resources caf was better known for people-watching than for its standard sushi/Thai menu. But as the new name signals, this relocation is a reinvention. The indoor/outdoor space is charming, but creative takes on popular pan-Asian street foods are the real draw. Travel from Japan and Thailand through Korea, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and beyond via light housemade momo, curried potato-stuffed Tibetan/Nepalese steamed dumplings; savory pulled pork buns with kimchi and crisped onions. Noodle dishes, hot or chilled, are especially appealing. $$-$$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/ fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$Tony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food. But the American dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307Gentrified ambiance, a remarkably knowledgeable staff, and a hip stock (including global beers as well as liquor and wine, plus gourmet packaged foods to accompany), and self-service wine dispensers for sampling make this an enjoyable retail shop. A wine/cocktail/tapas bar, open from 4:00 p.m. daily, makes it an enjoyable neighborhood hangout, too. Tapas include beef carpaccio, bruschetta cones, varied salads and empanadas, a daily ceviche, and fresh-made sandwiches. And remember to ask about special events: karaoke Thursdays, monthly wine dinners, tastings, more. $-$$ Wine Vault MiamiShops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000From a Wine Vault press release: Over 1300 square feet of pure decadence. In fact, the soaring, two-story space, complete with glass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolate-covered bacon. Go ahead and make a meal of it. We grown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 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/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$Balans Biscayne6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third Miami venue finally opened, and rather quietly -which has an upside. Its easier to get a table here (and to park, thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln Road or Brickell. This, along with the venues relatively large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed, neighborhoodfocused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Blue Collar6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloises American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is helmed by a former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allens vet who now crafts casual, creative fare at prices all can afford. Dishes are eclectic. The roughly dozen veggie dishes alone range from curried cauliflower pure to maduros to bleu cheese roasted asparagus. Shrimp and grits compete with any in Charleston; pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny fried egg, beats Bostons best. $-$$Boteco916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budget-priced. $$Buddha Sushi Bar1071 NE 79th St., 305-677-3633While the setting is still more low-rent/high-speed causeway than restaurant row, this stylish, much-more-than-sushi spot definitely brings the street giant steps toward destinationdining status. The invention and skill shown in makis like the Fruity (shrimp, salmon, tuna, whitefish, roe, asparagus, and peaches, dressed with creamy mustard sauce), or small plates like shrimp crullers with a red wine reduction, isnt surprising considering the crafter is Michael Asalie, original chef at downtowns Little Lotus. Order from the menu or grab something from the circulating sushi river, whatever floats your boat. $$$ Chef Creole200 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. $-$$DeVitas7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$ East Side Pizza731 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. $The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions5132 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,

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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. $$-$$$ Garden of Eatin136 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 Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Go To Sushi5140 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. $Gourmet Station7601 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. $$Iron Side Caf7600 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-0551Located in the Little River business (meaning warehouse) district, inside an art complex that looks like just another factory, this eatery is easy to miss. But it shouldnt be missed. Both the cozy interior and more expansive terrace provide picturesque settings for artfully plated, seriously organic and locally sourced fare from Nuno Grullon, original exec chef at Metro Organic Bistro. Particularly recommended: tuna tartare with a unique spicy lemon dressing; ossa buco featuring flavorful grass-fed beef from Gaucho Ranch right down the road. Saturday BBQ/gallery nights are especially hip. $$-$$$Jimmys East Side Diner7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Cigale7281 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 unusually imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, 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. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres also come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast. The star herself is usually in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma pro duces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more technique-intensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original creations, includ ing yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese homecooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$Namaste7420 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. $-$$News Lounge5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a fullfledged eatery. Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022Dont let this little cafs easily overlooked strip-mall location, or its informal interior, fool you. The warm welcome is authentically Italian, as are cleverly crafted antipasti, simple but full-flavored pastas, and homemade pastries (from rosemary breadsticks to fruit-topped dessert tortas) that will transport your taste buds to Tuscany. And the housemade mozzarella or burrata cheeses -truly milk elevated to royalty -will transport you to heaven. A small market area provides Italian staples, plus superb salumi and the magnificent mozz, to go. $$-$$$Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Siam Rice7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516Youll find all the familiar favorite Thai and Japanese items here, and prices for curries and noodle dishes (all customizable regarding choice of protein, preparation, and heat level) are especially good at lunch. But dont overlook somewhat pricier specialties like a deep-fried yet near-greaseless boneless half duck with veggies in red curry sauce. Theres also an unusually extensive list of salads, some with inventive fusion touches, like a grilled shrimp/soba salad featuring traditional Thai flavors (sriracha chiles, fish sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles. $-$$$ Soyka5556 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 Siam5582 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. $$$Sweet Saloon7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999At this dessert/snack/cocktail bar, from the owner of Moonchine, youll find live and DJ entertainment, too, from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.-assuming you can find the place, that is. Its above the pan-Asian eatery, up a hidden back staircase. Asian savory snacks include dumplings, edamame, krab rangoons, satays. Desserts range from homey American (NY cheesecake, mini cupcakes) to continental (strawberries melba, housemade Belgian waffles, a shareable chocolate fondue/fruit platter). Actually, some cocktails double as desserts (a Godiva dark chocolate martini) or Asian savories (infusion jars of Stoli and lemongrass). $$Uvas6900 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 Bakery646 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. $ The Crab House1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain. But the classic dcor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths, outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days. Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20 lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics will be happiest sticking to la carte favorites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global spe cials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. Whil e raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Oggi Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$ 1035 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136 | 305-961-7887 www.TheCornerMiami.com | facebook.com/the.corner.miami.ave OPEN LATE

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Sabor Latin Restaurant & Cafe1880 79th St. Cswy., 305-741-2020This family-run restaurant serves big portions of homey traditional food from several Latin American countries, including Cuba (pan con bistec, ropa vieja), Mexico (nachos, tacos, quesadillas), and Peru (lomo saltado). But the specialty is Colombian classics, from snacks like empanadas to a bandeja paisa combo (grilled steak, chorizo, a gargantuan crispy chicharron strip, fried egg, arepa, plantains, beans, rice). Particularly recommended: daily specials including two meal-in-a-bowl chicken soups, ajiaco, and sancocho. If youve wondered about the much-debated difference, heres where to test the taste. $-$$Shuckers Bar & Grill1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kickoff-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$ Sushi Siam1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)Trio on the Bay1601 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 fid dle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski created the original menu, and among his dishes still available is the filet mignon atop surprisingly pistachio-studded barnaise sauce. Now there is a range of Mediterranean offerings as well, from grilled calamari steaks to mahi picatta. $$$ Caf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ KChapas1130 Normandy Dr., 305864-8872Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -but not fusion. The Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to country. Most Big Food comes from Peru: fresh ceviches, classic cooked entres. But its the Venezuelan breakfast/snack items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants. These moist pancakes, made from ground corn kernels instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty white cheese for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and savor. $-$$Lous Beer Garden7337 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 house made sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/ sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Rouge CineCafe908 71st St., 305-865-5955 This friendly cafs dcor is indeed playfully red, and the cine refers to vintage films projected unobtrusively on a wall. But the main attraction is the French and Moroccan food, both genres as authentically homey as youll find in the homes of those cuisines. For hearty eaters, exotically spiced tagine stews, like lamb with prunes, are the way to go. Grazers will find Rouges bocaditos (evocatively French saucisson sec, or Moroccan merguez sausage with grilled onions and hot harissa sauce, both on crusty Boulart bread) irresistible -as are housemade desserts. $$-$$$ Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys executive 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 Market908 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. $$-$$$ Cte Gourmet9999 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 meticu lous 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 Club10000 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. $$ PizzaFiore9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-1924Owned by Arcoub Abderrahim, who opened South Beachs original PizzaFiore way back in 1996, this caf serves the kind of nostalgic, medium-thin crusted, oozing-with-gooey-cheese pizzas reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos territory, except now there are options for todays toppings -sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc. But theres also a full menu of Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$ Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every 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: brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ Bagel Bar East1990 NE 123rd St., 305-895-7022Crusty outside (even without toasting) and substantially chewy inside, the bagels here are the sort homesick ex-New Yorkers always moan are impossible to find in Miami. For those who prefer puffed-up, pillowy bagels? Forget it. Have a nice onion pocket. Theres also a full menu of authentic Jewish deli specialties, including especially delicious, custom-cut -not presliced -nova or lox. Super size sandwiches easily serve two, and theyll even improvise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$Bagels & Co.11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one cant actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location next to a firearms shop. But theres a lot of other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular. But whats most important is that this is one of the areas few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy outside, challengingly chewy inside. $Bulldog Barbecue/Bulldog Burger15400 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 ingre dients 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 Sucre899 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 home made sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ Caminito Way1960 NE 123rd St., 305-893-8322Open since 1999, this bakery-caf is particularly known for its European-influenced homemade Argentine pastries. So come early to pick from the widest variety of savory empanadas (plumply stuffed and admirably delicate -no leaden crusts here) or sweet facturas (Argentinas most popular breakfast items). They sell out fast. What some might not know is that despite its small size, Caminitos also crafts tasty big food: elaborate salads; hefty baguette sandwiches, like choripan sausage with chimichurri; pastas; major meat or poultry entres. For lighter lunches, try tartas (quiches), also perfect party food. $-$$Casa Mia Trattoria 1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars. But even newcomers feel like regulars after a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience. Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary items as well. Housemade pastas are good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottini beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae15400 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 succu lent 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 Creole13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)City Slickers807 NE 123rd St., 305-891-6565If you hear hoagie and instantly think $5 footlong, this health-minded gourmet sub shop will be a revelation. Instead of processed proteins and sad pre-prepared toppings inside factory-produced rolls, you get fresh-baked white, grain, or sundried tomato breads generously stuffed with quality meats (including rotisserie turkeys/chickens and rare roast beef made in-house), sparkling-fresh veggies, and more than a dozen imaginative dressings. Choose a signature sub or build your own. 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Evios Pizza & Grill12600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-7699Family-owned and operated, this indoor/outdoor pizzeria is also family-friendly, right down to the size of its NY-style pies (sold whole or by the slice), which range from large to roughly the diameter of a ferris wheel. And toppings, ranging from meat-lovers to veggie-loaded, are applied with awe-inspiring abundance. Since tastes do vary, the menu also includes a cornucopia of other crowd-pleasers: burgers (including turkey with a unique mustard-spiked cranberry sauce), entre-size salads, burritos or quesadillas, wings, hot or cold subs and succulent self-basted lamb/beef gyros with tzatziki. $ Fish Fish13488 Biscayne Blvd., 786-732-3124Heres what makes this elegantly warm restolounge and seafood market not just an irresistible neighborhood draw but a worth-the-drive dining destination: Both local and cold-water fish and shellfish, including stone crab and lobster from owners Melvyn Franks and Rebecca Nachlass own Florida Keys plant, that are always fresh, never frozen (except some shrimp). For home cooks, the market offers all delivered-daily catches on the menu. But dont miss chef Oscar Quezadas simple and perfect preparations, including lightly battered, crispy tempura shrimp; sophisticated fish and chips (featuring Atlantic cod, not cheapo fish); bracing ceviches; and, for carnivores, shepherds pie topped with ethereal whipped potatoes. $$-$$$$Flip Burger Bar1699 NE 123rd St.,305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-not-miss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas1821 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. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St.,305-895-0165Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supple ments. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-tenbuck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Il Piccolo Caf2112 NE 123rd St., 305-893-6538Talk about a neighborhood institution. The owners of this longtime Italian eatery remember frequent visits from Miami native Michelle Bernstein and her parents -when the celebrity chef was a kid. The place is still child-friendly, and though the piccolo space is indeed small, portions are prodigious. Most dishes will evoke nostalgia, including our own favorite whitewine-sauce-drenched sin -lemony egg-battered veal piccata with capers and artichokes. But there are surprises not found at most old school red-sauce joints, too, like lunchtimes surprisingly tasty Cuban sandwich. $$Le Griot de Madame John975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous traditional Haitian dishes, including jerked beef or goat tassot and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with salt before poaching with various veggies and spices). But the dish that still packs the place is the griot: marinated pork chunks simmered and then fried till theyre moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside. $Little Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal. Its also a good choice for diners who dont speak Spanish, but dont worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojomarinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Los Antojos11099 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 Colombian-cuisine 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. $$Mama Jennies11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American belly-busters. All pasta or meat entres come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$Pastry Is Art12591 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. $$ Petit Rouge12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$Rice House of Kabob14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899Since 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. $$ Smashburger14730 Biscayne Blvd., 786-406-6614Two things distinguish the griddled patties of this Denverbased chain, touted as the nations fastest-growing better burger restaurant, from other better burgers: a nod to local tastes (like toppings of fried chorizo and potato fritas), and the smashing technique, producing an appealing thickly crusted exterior. Got burger overkill? Substitute chicken, or have a salad. An added draw: unusual veggie sides, which go beyond regular and sweet potato fries to crisp onion strings, veggie frites (carrots, string beans), and an Old South fish-camp classic: fried pickles. $-$$Steves Pizza12101 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. $Tiny Thai House12953 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-1646The space is tiny. The menu, which features Thai specialties but includes sushi plus Japanese appetizers and entres, is not. Despite the huge selection of sushi/Thai restaurant standards, though, dont overlook items harder to find in America, like floating noodle soup, a popular street food from Thailands boat-based market stalls; similar in savor to Vietnamese pho, the dish contains beef, bean sprouts, and noodles heaped in umami-rich beef broth. Among the nicely priced sushi selections, the Mylo roll (tuna, salmon, crab, avo cado, and cuke, topped with tempura fish and eel sauce) is a tasty pick. Dont miss sticky rice with mango for dessert. $Wongs Chinese Restaurant12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-American to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this nostalgic hangout. New owners have made some changes, including a dcor/ambiance upgrade (theres now a patio lounge, with music) and an expanded menu featuring contemporary comfort foods like fire-grilled pizzas with fresh toppings (homemade mozzarella, etc.), several salads, and veggie burgers. But timetested road food favorites remain: big beef burgers, hot dogs, and of course, Woodys famous cheesesteak, done traditional Philly-style with shaved ribeye. You can even get Cheese Whiz. To drink, there are nine draft beers plus old-school shakes. $$ Bamboo Garden1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran is many diners favorite on the 163rd/167th Street Chinatown strip because of its superior dcor. But the menu also offers well-prepared, authentic dishes like peppery black bean clams, sauted mustard greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions, plus Chinese-American egg foo young. Default spicing is mild even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chili icons, but dont worry; realizing some like it hot, the chefs will customize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request. $$Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket. Other new additions include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission fee. $ Chipotle Mexican Grill14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779Proving that national fast-food chains dont have to be bad for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what the company calls food with integrity. The fare is simple, basically tacos and big burritos: soft flour or crisp corn to rtillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented pork carnitas. But these bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones). And the food, while not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $Cholos Ceviche & Grill1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -alto gether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop16721 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 mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Takeout packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall3969 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,

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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 NY3427 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 fauxCantonese 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. $$ El Gran Inka3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Ginza Japanese Buffet16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mix-and-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-for-money is a given. $$Hannas Gourmet Diner13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant3007 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 popu lar 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. $$ Hiros Sushi Express17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus mix-and-match option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. $$-$$$Jerusalem Market and Deli16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. $-$$Kabobji3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484This place makes a very good tahini sauce. In fact that alone is reason enough to visit. We prefer ours with this bright, cheery eaterys delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma. They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare). Its hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters and wraps, but theres also a roster of full entres (with soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian and seafood meals for noncarnivores. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room entrance. Theres also a better-than-average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies. The menu is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point. $$ Kings County Pizza18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-9455If your feelings about Brooklyn-style pizza have been formed by Dominos flopsy-crusted, ketchupy, cheesefoody pies, stop here to sample a slice of the real thing. Admittedly, the crusts are not those of the coal-fired classics from Brooklyns legendary Totonnos or Grimaldis, but theyre similarly medium-thin and crisp -though not like a cracker; you can fold them for neat street eating, and they taste like honest bread, not cardboard. A variety of toppings are available even on slices. There are also whole pies with varied toppings. The large is humongous. $-$$ KoneFood387 NE 167th St., 305-705-4485Cones contain ice cream. Kones, however, contain anything and everything edible -at least at this eatery, locally founded (though the original concept of ultimate portable convenience meals, in sealed flatbread cones, came from Italy). In their melting-pot American version, kone fillings range from breakfast items like huevos rancheros to Thai chicken, chicken curry, coconut shrimp, kones kon lechon (slow-roasted pork with mojo), various pizzas, BBQ, chicken Florentine, healthy green salads, more. There are even desserts like a flambed apple Kone la Normande. Authentic Belgian frites, too. $ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd. 305-949-8800 www.limefreshmexicangrill.comLike its downtown and Midtown siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up 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. $Laurenzos Market Caf16385 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 cafeteriastyle space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Little Saigon16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$The Melting Pot15700 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. $$$New China Buffet940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266The venue (a former Bennigans) is clean, casual, and not kitschy. The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -scores of Chinese dishes (recommended: Mongolian pork, spicy garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger and scallion); international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-in-blankets); plus sushi, salad, and pastry/ ice cream bars. And the price is sure right. Lunch is $6.75 ($7.75 Saturday and Sunday). Dinner features more seafood, $9.55. Theres an inexpensive take-out option, too, and reduced kids prices. $Oishi Thai14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chilitopped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a partysize fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$Racks Soprano Caf & Italian Restaurant3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225Racks has a new owner and a new name. Italian chef Rocco Soprano is bringing his authentic Italian flavors and style to a lovely setting. Well have more details next month, but we know the specialties include Italian steaks, seafood, and an oyster bar. One thing that wont change: the coal-fired pizza oven, which reliably turns out an astonishingly light yet chewy crust that makes the pies a revelation. Especially enjoyable is the waterfront deck. $$ Open: Monday-Friday 11:30am-10:00pm Saturday 5:30-11:00pm www.jeanpaulshouse.com 2426 NE 2nd Ave | Miami FL 33137 | Tel. 305.573.7373

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Roasters & Toasters18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354Attention ex-New Yorkers: Is your idea of food porn one of the Carnegie Delis mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters will dwarf them. Consider the Carnegie-style monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat (really 1.4 pounds; we we ighed it), for a mere 15 bucks. All the other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour cream and applesauce. $$Sangs Chinese Restaurant1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076Sangs has three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum, served until 4:00 p.m. A live tank allows seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. Recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$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 authentictasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a vari ety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the mustnot-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 Square54 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. $-$$Slices Pizza & Pasta13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5684While pizza by the slice is common street food in every city in the USA, this informal Italian eatery offers a variation particularly appropriate to Latin American-influenced Miami: slices served rodizio-style. Brazils traditional rodizio restaurants feature many different grilled meats, served tableside by a continuing parade of waiters till diners cry uncle. Here the concept is the same, with dozens of varieties of pizza (plus several pastas) replacing the beef. $$ Sports Grill2995 NE 163rd St., 305-944-4552Like the other five locations of this popular local mini chain (which originated more than 20 years ago), NMBs familyfriendly sports bar/grill has walls lined with flat-screen TVs and a menu packed with all the classic game-watching munchies, some with Old South twists, like jalapeo poppers with pepper jelly dipping sauce. Must-haves are the charbroiled special wings, meaty and mild. But for those who prefer more highly spiced wings, there are six additional varieties. Cool down with a craft beer from a list that changes weekly to avoid boredom. $-$$Sushi House15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken its cue from Philippe Starck: sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingre dients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$ Sushi Sake13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are house made. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied dailychanging menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal LadiesWho-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$Tunas17850 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 Hakin73 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 yearold. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$ Asia Bay Bistro1007 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. $$$ Bettos Ristorante Italiano1009 Kane Concourse, 305-861-8166After roughly 25 years as Caffe Da Vinci, this romantic remodeled, renamed space is now managed by Betto Di Carlo, also a 25-year Italian cuisine veteran (as former owner/ effusively charming host of Surfsides neighborhood favorite Caf Ragazzi). Best make reservations. Though off the tourist track, the place draws hungry hordes for homemade pastas like pappardelle ai porcini (toothsome wide noodles with fresh mushrooms). Veal piccata, lightly floured and sauted medaillons with a caper-studded lemon white wine sauce, and thicker mozzarella-stuffed chops are also popular. $$$ L e Pine1052 Kane Concourse, 305-861-1059This upscale Lebanese restaurant serves dishes with the sort of understated sophistication that makes clear why Beirut was called the Paris of the East. Youll find familiar Middle Eastern favorites, but many have refinements that lift them above average: pita thats housemade, charmingly fluffy when warm from the oven; falafel incorporating flavorful fava beans with the usual ground chickpeas. Especially appealing are more uncommon items like crisp-fried cauliflower with tahini, fateh (a chickpea casserole iced with thick yogurt), and buttery cheese/herb-filled sambusak pastries. Finish exotically with a hookah. $$-$$$ Open Kitchen1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chefcentered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with meltin-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$ Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$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. $$BagelWorks18729 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-7727Hard as it is for old-time NYC expats to believe, theres evidently a younger generation that doesnt equate the Jewish deli experience with loudmouthed servers and the smell of 75 years of fermenting pickle juice in the flooring. This cleanly contemporary place attracts this younger generation with the full range of classics, including many varieties of hand-sliced smoked fish, but also healthy options, most notably a wide array of substantial salads with grilled pro tein add-ons. Bagels, while machine-made rather than handrolled, are freshly baked all day. $$ Bella Luna19575 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 portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$Blu Sushi600 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. 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Yes, there are California rolls. But why be bored when you have an alternative like Kin-SO: tempura king crab salad, tuna, and avocado with scallions, smelt roe, and tempura flakes, plus mayo and sweet eel sauce. $$$ Bourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare starts. There are also Minas ingenious signature dishes, like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy meal. But dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$BurgerFi18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350 Its not surprising that this Florida-based better burger franchise is one of Americas fastest-growing. With dcor thats relaxingly retro yet futuristically earth-friendly (think recycled Coke bottle chairs), beverages ranging from milkshakes to craft beers, and sourced hormone/antibiotic-free, grass-fed Angus burgers on branded buns, for prices rivaling those for fast-food junkburgers, whats not to love? There are also vegetarian quinoa burgers or Kobe dogs, plus accessories including hand-cut fries, killer crisp-battered onion rings, freshly made, all-natural frozen custard, and toppings galore. $ Cadillac RanchVillage at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantrolime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$Fresko19048 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 contempo rary as the restaurants dcor. Asian-influenced items, like wakametopped tuna tartare with pineapple chutney, are particularly appealing, while those craving classic combinations like smoked salmon and cream cheese can enjoy them on a light-crusted designer pizza. To drink, smoothies are supplemented by refreshing herbal infu sions like green lemonade (with mint and basil). $$Fuji Hana2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$The Grill on the Alley19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall), 305-466-7195Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood everywhere and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks, youd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -or in the new millennium. This upscale mini chain salutes Americas great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with prodigious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus classics like creamy chicken pot pie. New retro dishes are added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday nights prime rib special: a $32 hunk of juicy beef thatll take care of Mondays meals too. $$$$$ Il Migliore2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-792-2902This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the ambiance. As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredients and straightforward recipes that dont overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfection. Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else. Neither does the signature Pollo Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and cooked under a brick. And even low-carb dieters happily go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries. $$-$$$ Kampai3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restau rant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga minitea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elaborately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$Luca B ella19088 NE 29th Ave., 305-792-2222In the space that once housed Chef Allens, this trattoria offers a crowd-pleasing combination: dcor with white-tablecloth elegance, yet the family-friendly feel of a classic checkered-tablecloth eatery -and Italian-American comfort food to match. Highlights: Mickeys Meatballs (named for owner Mickey Maltese), a meal-size marinara-sauced starter featuring whipped ricotta and creamy mascarpone; veal Bella Luca, mixing modern and traditional influences via a hefty breadcrumb-coated pan-fried chop with a topping of bracing balsamic reduction-dressed mesclun. $$$Mos Bagels & Deli2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar18800 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. $$-$$$Pilar20475 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. Floribbeanstyle 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 Roma19090 NE 29th Ave. 305-937-4884Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not Romes wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in half for neat street eating. Unlike chains, though, this indie is accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just ask. Also featured are 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. $$Sushi Siam19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing) Alba17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305From bad-boy celeb chef Ralph Pagano, Sole resorts seaside Italian/Italian-American eatery has an irreverent retro Rat Pack vibe and a menu featuring naked ravioli from the Gnudi Bar, fresh seafood, homemade pastas, classic and contemporary pizzas, and old school red sauce joint entres, some upscaled. (When lobster Franaise is available, why settle for chicken?) Almond-sage butter-sauced butternut squash gnudi is a best bet. And meals end with another best bet: the Vinny D Split, a game enabling tables to win their meals for free. $$$$ Chef Philip Ho16850 Collins Ave., 305-974-0338Deep-pocketed diners who ate at the Setai when Jonathan Wright was executive chef already know chef Hos work. His dazzling dim sum were the menus highlight. Now theyre affordable for all. Dumplings (chive and shrimp, green tea duck, truffle-spiked scallop, more) have skins delicate enough to see through; open shrimp dumplings with dried scallops are almost flower-like in appearance; steamed cheung fan (rice noodle crpes) rolled around Chinese crullers are simply sinful, as are flaky-crusted egg custard tarts. And the regular menu measures up to the small plates. $$-$$$Copper Chimney18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is the foods elegant presentation -plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among familiar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by street snacks, like bikaneri chaat (fried gram flour crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt) served with two chutneys; anything featuring paneer cheese, from classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried tomato-stuffed paneer/ potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$Epicure Gourmet Market & Caf17190 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 spe cials 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. $$$The H Restaurant17608 Collins Ave., 305-931-9106This friendly, family-owned bistro is the sort of homeaway-fromhome found every few blocks in France -here Gerard and Karin Herrison, plus chef son Julien, formerly had a restaurant -but theyre rarely found in South Florida. Burgers, et al., are available, but with garlicky escargots, a savory/sweet-dressed salad of duck confit atop frise, pan-seared foie gras with port/ raspberry sauce, fish with an impeccable lemon beurre blanc, and a satisfying steak/frites (with peppery cognac cream sauce). Wed leave the American stuff to the kids. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale ItalianAmerican place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinnerfor the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Kitchen 30516701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a renovated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mangopapaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-you-can-eat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$Piazzetta17875 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 market-driven meat and cheese platter. $$$St. Petersburg Deli17080 Collins Ave., 305-947-9696Dont expect fancified stuff like menus, or the English language, at this informal market/cafe. If theres signage identifying the prepared foods behind the counters, its in Russian, and daily dishes are pretty much what the cooks feel like making. So look and point. Wed suggest pointing at cold yogurt-based soups like tangy okroshka (with cukes, egg, scallions, potatoes, and dill) or holodnik (similar, with beets added); eggplant roulades, stuffed with spiced shredded carrots, are also a refreshing summer dish. Hot choices include meatballs in rich cream sauce and chicken Kiev. $$ Timo17624 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. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ MOTHERS DAY SPECIALComplimentary Glass of Wine with Every Entre on May 12thSINGHA BEER 2 FOR $5All Day Long through MayTHAI LUNCH SPECIALS MON-SAT $7.99 305-758-05167941 biscayne blvd., miamiSee our extensive Thai & Sushi menu atwww.SiamRiceThaiAndSushi.comDINE IN TAKE OUT DELIVERY PARTY CATERINGOpen 7 Days for Lunch and Dinner FOLLOW US ON Mon-Fri 11:30AM 11PM; Sat-Sun 12:30PM 11PM rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN

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