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Greynolds Park: I Read, I Learned, I JoinedThanks to Erik Bojnansky for his wellresearched article about Greynolds Park (Green Piece, June 2013). I did not know about this situation until I read it, and since then I have joined Save Greynolds Park, a grass-roots organization trying save the park from further damage. Keep up the good work bringing to our attention issues like this, which are of great interest to our communities. Hopefully there will be a follow-up article in the future. Elena Castro-Moran North MiamiGreynolds Park: Arrogant, Dismissive Public ServantsIn Erik Bojnanskys story Green Piece, North Miami Beach city attor ney Darcee Siegel is quoted as saying, The bottom line is that some people dont like change. I dont live in North Miami Beach, but Ive been enjoying Greynolds Park for more than 50 years, so I believe Im dismissive and arrogant comment speaks to an ignorance so profound it should dis qualify you from holding such an important job. Those of us who cherish Greynolds indeed do not like the kind of change being proposed, changed that threatens to diminish the parks greatest gift to us Apparently it means little to Ms. Siegel that many people, thousands of people, would be appalled at the intrusion of a hulking mass of a building looming over the park. Apparently the only things that matter to her are 1) what the city council did in approving the project was technically legal, and 2) the project will put money in the citys bank account, ensuring that her handsome salary will not be interrupted. With comments like that from public government is at an all-time low? Stephen Meyers AventuraGreynolds Park: Courageous Man vs. Shortsighted Greedheads lawsuit that may stop the City of North Miami Beach from ruining Greynolds Lets hope he wins big. (I also hope Biscayne Times will follow up on the case.) Greynolds Park is a treasure for everyone in South Florida. We cant let shortsighted, greedy people permanently spoil it. Elizabeth J. Thompson MiamiGaspar, Do Not Despair! The Book Barn BeckonsGaspar Gonzlez complains about the disappearance of used bookstores in the Miami area (No Country for Old Books, June 2013). Well, there is still at least one doing business. Its called the Book Barn Book Exchange, on Bird Road around SW 107th Avenue. It is small, but its exactly what Kevin Rodriguez Miami Editors note: The Book Barn Book Exchange, owned by Susan Loiacono, is located at 10597 SW 40th St. (Bird Road), 305-223-0531.Gaspar, Do Keep Writing! We Need Your Voice in Biscayne Park and BeyondI am writing this letter in appreciation of Gaspar Gonzlezs contributions to Bis cayne Times Gaspar is a talented writer and social historian, and he has taught me much about the role of South Florida, and especially Miami, in American cultural history. His articles on meeting E. Howard Hunt, the Ivan Tors studios, Bunny Yeager, and the piece on Roy Wrights wonderful descriptions of times and places and events that returned me to my childhood and teenage years. His descriptions of the local politics of Biscayne Park, where I live as Gaspars neighbor and friend, were amusing and informative. Gaspars writing is one of the main reasons I read Biscayne Times I have always been a little surprised at the personal vehemence of some of Gaspars critics, as shown in letters that were published by the BT Generally their comments seemed to go overboard. One recent detractor of a column Gaspar wrote critiquing Miami drivers (Car Trouble, May 2013) even Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 12
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suggested that Gaspar move to some other town if he didnt like this one! Really? Someone who is willing to defend Miami drivers! Wow! I wonder how often this fellow gets out of Biscayne Park! But seriously, we need writers who have the courage to speak out about our cultures strengths and weaknesses. Just recently, with the revelations of the NSA warrantless surveillance programs, even the most conservative media have begun to acknowledge that they didnt anticipate the extent to which the Patriot Act stripped most Americans of essential privacies that seemed to be enshrined in the Constitution. At the time of that bills passage, there was a strong movement in protest. But those critics of the Patriot Act were anyone be against the patriot act unless they are not a patriot? We need writers like Gaspar who are willing to put a voice to many of the concerns we all share about the problems in our communities. Unlike many of the media voices that seem to scream about one extreme solution or another, Gaspars voice has always been a gentle, moderate voice of reason and good humor. We need more voices like his, right here in our community. Tom Ferstles Biscayne ParkHidden in Plain Sight: Miamis Rich Architectural HistoryThank you for opening our eyes and allowing us to really see whats been standing right in front of us for ages. Im referring to Steel, Stone, Glass, the excerpts from Pocket Guide to Miami Architecture by Judith Paine McBrien (May 2013). I was particularly taken with the downtown buildings Ive seen countless times without having a clue about their history. The Alfred I. duPont Building (168 E. Flagler St.) is a treasure! That ornate grillwork, its soaring vertical lines, the fact that it is the only Art Deco/Depression Moderne high-rise in the downtown At a time when our skyline is changing so rapidly, it is valuable to assess what we already have. The duPont, the Ingraham Building, the Seybold Arcade, and many other striking downtown structures have withstood the test of time and have earned our respect. I wonder how many of those towering condos will do the same. Janice A. Woodruff MiamiTo Preserve and Protect Biscayne BayThanks to Biscayne Times and especially Jim W. Harper for a thoughtfully written article about Miamis aquatic preserves (A Great Bay, May 2013). They are managed and preserved on behalf of the people of Miami-Dade County and the people of Florida, who sought its protection in the 1970s. We only hope that people will grow to love and appreciate Biscayne Bay all the more having learned a little more about it from this article. Kudos and thanks again for providing this service to our community. Pamela Sweeney, manager Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Managed Areas Florida Department of Environmen tal Protection MiamiDear Frank: Old Crackers Like Us Should Stick TogetherCan I write this directly to Frank Rolla son? Its about his columns in general, his tone and old-school attitude, which I like. So Frank, I, like you, am a Florida native, or as we prefer cracker. What a shame that we cant refer to ourselves as we really are without making it sound as if it were politically incorrect. Im in with you on your recent columns, from the Tamiami Trail to the Dolphins football team to ethics in government. Thankfully there are still some people like you out there. Id like to share a moment in time with you. In 1980 I was heading back to school at Eckerd College in St. Pete, on the old behemoth morphed into the mess that it is on horseback in Davie, moseying down the road with six-guns on their belts, just living life, watching the herd. They werent out to kill anybody, and we were in the middle of nowhere at that time. They were just doing what crackers used to do. Jim Smith Miami ShoresCommentary: LETTERS Wednesdays 8 pm Fountain Plaza July 24 July 10 Register To Win A Date Night LettersContinued from page 10
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Unfortunately there isnt room Both prices and quality are astonishoriginal (since 1951) homemade Italian last sausage before we get there, well just have to kill you. Heres an insider tip from Piccolo Pizza (2104 NE 123rd St., 305-8939550) about an item invented to sat Calboli, invented by Piccolos pizza wizard Hubert Benmoussa. Its not on the menu, but ask and youll receive a golden-brown-crusted calzone/strom boli combination stuffed with gooey cheese and your choice of 15 additional lunch-specials menu. To satisfy even bigger appetites, hit Kitchen 305 (16701 Collins Ave., 305749-2110) on Wednesday or Friday nights for summers all-you-can-eat seafood feasts. Fridays feature king crab for ster for an amazing $38. Dinners come with soup or salad and classic shore sides. Best reserve early. The place, understand ably, gets packed. One thing we really enjoy is patronizing a neighborhood business that clearly, for the owner, is not just a business but a labor of love. 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Prices are comparable to those at imper sonal warehouses, but the atmosphere is warm, and owner David Taboada is happy to advise you whether you want wine to go or want to hang out over a bottle/glass and some simple, tasty tapas. Summer is practically a synonym for to a sushi bar is nearly as effective at help spa. At new advertiser Sumo Sushi Bar & Grill (17630 Collins Ave., 305-682-1243), theres the element of summer fun, too. The longtime Sunny Isles Beach Japa nese favorite does serve limited Thai and Chinese food, too, but the place just about started the trend, years ago, of totally overthe-top makis. When you want not just mayo, but all the above, this is where to tempura, avocado, masago, cilantro, spicy mayo, and a scallop-packed topping of dynamite sauce cascading over all. Heres another way to achieve that something you put on headphones and sound. The professionals at Horwitz Der matology (2999 NE 199th St., Penthouse One, 305-933-1151) want to introduce you to their new high-tech treatment that uses ultrasound to permanently destroy tummy love handles too. Make an appointment for a free consultation to learn more, including the fact that youll get noticeable results after just one treatment. At Bagels & Company this month, owner David Cohen is offering a different eat-in lunch special every weekday, all meals including beverage and sides. Our personal favorite is Fridays nova ap petizer (in quotes because its enough for lunch and a doggie-bag breakfast the next morning). But really, at Davids prices, you can enjoy lunch out all week. Consult this issues ad for the mouthwatering details. Theres no meal that says par-TAY! rolled into one, for family fun. And if you take seriously the old tradition that those losing their dipping bread or meat in the fondue pot must kiss your neighbors, its a great date meal, too. Fortunately we live in a town thats home to the USAs most renowned fondue specialist, The Melting Pot (15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228), where a new customizable menu makes it possible to enjoy anything from just a light summer repast of classic cheese fondue to a full four-course fondue feast featuring cheese, meats/seafoods, and chocolate. The restaurant is now celebrating its remodel with a Monday-Friday happy hour ($5 fon dues and drink deals). And theres a very Just mention the BT for $15 off a romantic dinner for two. Looking for something to do with the kids thats stimulating but not sweatto the free Family Fun Day at History Miami (101 W. Flagler St., 305-375-1492), a museum that people of all ages love. Fun July 13, is tied to the museums latest exhi is a good adult description. Kids will think the buildings in this fantastical city which they are! The exhibit runs through September 8, but Fun Day adds interactive creative elements, like constructing your own fanciful building faades, or if youre feeling athletic, a walking tour of Flagler Street. Finally, future Olympians, rememconditioned home to the cool waters of your backyard pool is about a Seven Meter Dash, too. But you wont want to attempt it if said pool is infested with month, according to a most intriguing message from Tom Portuallo at Blue Iguana Pest Control (www.iguanacon trol.com, 855-525-5656). Now, normally we rewrite our advertisers BizBuzz submissions to keep style consistent, but since this months column focuses on how summer stimulates creative thinking, we couldnt possibly do any better at proving the point than Toms own pools while sipping their favorite drink, Blue Hawaiian, planning parties in your roofs crawl space, and betting each other which child will run the fastest when they jump out from behind the bushes. We thwart their efforts by crashing their par ties in our iguana suits, yelling, German Shepherd! running up behind them while making barking noises as they leap into the water, and turning the hose on so their drinks become watery. Nothing frustrates an iguana more. Something special coming up at your busi ness? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes. com. For BT advertisers only.
20 In the early morning hours of August 3, 1954, a North Miami couple visiting a lovers lane off Biscayne Boulevard near NE 135th Street discovered the body of young man lying in a pool of blood. The North Miami Police Department found the victims 1950 cream-colored Chevrolet convertible several hundred yards away, with bloodstains on the front seat and victim had been shot in the torso and bled to death as he staggered from the car and then collapsed. His wallet was missing, and the footprints of a barefoot man led away from the crime scene toward Arch Creek. Starting with the cars registration and initials inside the victims University of identity as that of an Eastern Air Lines steward, William Theodore Simpson. He was 27 years old, had worked for Eastern tendant training program in 1951, and had rrfffntbrffff
returned to Miami the previous night from rented apartment in the 2200 block of NE 4th Avenue and left around 10:00 p.m. When questioned, the stewardess and Simpson told police detectives hed been looking forward to a date that evening but hadnt named the individual. The steward, a former roommate, added that Simpson had once been engaged and had a reputation as a ladies man. Miami Herald and the Miami Daily News Beretta, so police detectives questioned bartenders at the nightspots he and perhaps uncover a motive for the murder. Thurman received a tip that Telephone, owned a Beretta. Lawrence was brought in for questioning and admitted that shooting. Simpson had stopped and offered him a ride, but then had driven to an isolated spot and made improper advances, he said. While resisting those advances, Lawrence had Simpsons neighbors, however, told detectives something else. For several around 23rd Street. Whenever the ed, a green car that had been parked on a side street would pull out and follow. Lawrence was questioned again and old Lewis Killen, was the driver of the green car. Using the hitchhiking ruse, Simpson started to get nervous, Lawrence told police this time, though he still maintained that an unwanted sexual advance had occurred. I think he heard Lewis coming up in the other step on the starter. I got out and drew the Beretta. I didnt mean to shoot him. I meant and frighten him and keep him there. I must have hit him. Lawrence and Killen were arrested and charged with the additional circumstances of coverage was about to shift and thing other than the handsome, Miami News Uncovered in Simpson Murder Probe. ing the stewards shooting, police had which Simpson was said to be a member, ing houses of the neighborhood, the not even aware of the proclivities of their neighbors. the newspaper ran a photograph of Charles Lawrence smiling as he showed a sheriffs investigator where he had tossed the murder weapon, not far from the crime scene. Further Not Toughs was written of the accused men, who, explained that one of the two had been going referenced experiences dating from his The Herald ard in North Miami, depicting the two According Fred Fejes, a professor the Herald Killens distraught wife of four months, she told a reporter that her husband Continued on page 22 bartenders at the nightspots he and perhaps uncover a motive for the murder. Thurman received a tip that Telephone, owned a Beretta. Lawrence was brought in for questioning and admitted that shooting. Simpson had stopped and offered him a ride, but then had driven to an isolated spot and made improper advances, he said. While resisting those advances, Lawrence had detectives something else. For several around 23rd Street. Whenever the ed, a green car that had been parked on a side street would pull out and follow. Lawrence was questioned again and old Lewis Killen, was the driver of the green car. Using the hitchhiking ruse, nervous, Lawrence told had driven to an isolated spot and made improper advances, he said. While not even aware of the proclivities of their neighbors. the newspaper ran a photograph of Charles Lawrence smiling as he showed a sheriffs investigator where he had tossed the murder weapon, not far from the crime scene. Further Not Toughs was written of the accused men, who, explained that one of the two had been going the additional circumstances of coverage was about to shift and thing other than the handsome, referenced experiences dating from his ard in North Miami, depicting the two the Killens distraught wife of four months, she told a reporter that her husband
22 were active in their church. Why did this happen to us? she asked. Casting herself and her husband as the real victims, Donna Killen blamed Miami for allowing perverts to ruin their lives even as she added that the two men had got their idea [of targeting gay men in the area for money] from friends at high school. A lot of them do that. In her view, which the Herald took up as a civic cause, places like Bayfront Park, where such people congregated freely, lay at the root of the incident. The Herald also upped the estimate of the local gay population with the headline 5000 Here Perverts, Police Say, over a story claiming that at least 20 bars catered to them. By August 11, the paper reported that the more accurate population number was 8000 and ran a front-page essay it had commissioned from Miami Police Lt. Chester Eldredge, chief of the citys homicide division. The perverts ranged, he said, from the relatively harmless homomutilates and tortures his victim.Thus began a vitriolic campaign led by the Herald and the News against Miami-area gays that peaked several months after Simpsons murder. By then, it wasnt so much that the steward had been robbed and killed, but that he might have been in some way responsible for the events leading up to his shooting. Local media and politicians presumed that gays were responsible for sex crimes against children, suffered from psychological and moral failings, and by the very nature of their orientation presented the opportunity for crimes perpetrated against them. Distinctions between the terms homosexual and pervert or child molester were not understood by the general public. However, one thing was certain, according to Lieutenant Eldredge: They should be segregated for treatment and to protect the normal individual from having to associate with the abnormal. FAUs Fejes says he uses the campaign in his classroom to illustrate how media outlets, through the use of relentless and stigmatizing coverage, can effectively obstruct the acceptance of marginalized groups. His treatise, Murder, Perversion, and Moral Panic: The 1954 Media Campaign Against Miamis Homosexuals and the Discourse of Civic Betterment, published in July 2000 in the Journal of the History of Sexuality is the most comprehensive account of these events. Although Simpson had been an Eastern employee for nearly four years, the airline declined to issue a public statement, and his death passed without mention in the obituary column of Easterns bimonthly Great Silver Fleet Magazine An uncle arranged for the transport of his body and burial with the honors due a veteran U.S. Army sergeant at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville. The local papers also downplayed the victims association with his employer, and for good reason: At the time, Eastern HysteriaContinued from page 21 Continued on page 24 associate with the abnormal. paign in his classroom to illustrate how media outlets, through the use of relentless and stigmatizing coverage, can effectively obstruct the acceptance of marginalized groups. His treatise, Murder, Perversion, and Moral Panic: The 1954 Media Campaign Against Miamis Homosexuals and the Discourse of Civic Betterment, published in July 2000 in the Sexuality count of these events. ern employee for nearly four years, the ELEMENTO FURNITURE IS NOW OPEN IN MIDTOWN MIAMI2691 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137 786.600.3910
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24 accounted for about 3000 local jobs, a third of the total major airline jobs in Miami, according to a University of Florida study conducted in 1947. Eastern Air Lines had been moving its operations and administration from New York to Miami in stages, starting with aircraft maintenance in 1935. Flight-attendant training followed in 1947. The News and the Herald published some 53 articles and editorials addressing Miamis gay problem over the next six weeks, under headlines like Clean This Place Up, Psychiatrist Looks at Deviates: A Disease Worse than Alcoholism, and Great Civilizations Plagued by Deviates. In Miami Beach, which held a sigthe police force had a reputation for antipathy toward and harassment of gays, as did the Dade County Sheriffs Department. But the Miami Police Department under Chief Walter Headley had maintained a policy of relative tolerance, as had the Herald and the News Miami, however, was now acquiring a reputation as a comfortable haven for homosexuals, the Herald warned, taking aim at Headley. No wonder they come here from all over the country to set up a residential concentration and meeting places with what amounts to police approval. What was behind the eruption of homophobia? Actually, pressure had been brew ing for nearly a year, according to Fejes. Tensions began in November 1953, in response to an incident in which an adult male was accused of sadistically torturing a young boy in Fort Lauderdale. The subsequent Greater Miami Crime Commissions investigation concluded that Dade County was open to maniacs and child molesters. With the newspapers hyperventilating, all the law enforcement agencies took part in raids on beaches and gay bars throughout Miami and Miami Beach, the latter of which passed laws outlawing female impersonators. Word of the police raids and allegations of harassment reached ONE magazine in Los Ange pro-gay publication, which was sold on South Florida newsstands. ONE s editors wrote letters of protest to police chiefs and sheriffs in Miami, Miami Beach, and Dade County, and to the Herald arguing that homo sexuals were not by their sexual orientation perverts or child molesters, and that respect and tolerance might result in better cooperation with law enforcement. The magazine praised Miami Police Chief Headley for refusing to wholeheartedly support the current hysteria. By January 1954, a semblance of calm seemed to return. The First Unitarian Church of Miami hosted a forum, psychologists, members of the gay community, supportive clergy, and Miami Mayor Abe Aronovitz in a panel discussion titled Homosexuality: Cause, Society and Crime. The house was packed, according to Fejes, and ONE which covered the event, pointed to the evening as a model for future discussions. But Miamis newspaper editors were unmoved, and continued to argue that tolerance would invite perverts and HysteriaContinued from page 22 Continued on page 26
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26 deviants to settle here, changing Miami from a family tourist paradise into a Powder Puff Lane.Then in July 1954, just a month before Simpson was shot to death, another crime against a child occurred, providing politicians and editors with Seven-year-old Judith Ann Roberts was abducted late at night from her grandparents southwest Miami house, where she was visiting with her family. The police found her body the next morning; she had been beaten, sexually assaulted, and killed. The hunt for perverts was back on, bars were raided, three of them within a one-block area of NE 1st Street in downtown Miami, another one on Le Jeune Road, and three more in the south part of Miami Beach. When circumstantial evidence began pointing to the possibility that the murderer was a family member, the papers dropped the story. But three the murdered William Simpson had been part of a pervert colony, the campaign The barrage of media coverage included examination of the problem of homosexuality and its causes, and from a criminologists view the best way to drive gays out of Miami. Both the Herald and the News saw homosexuals presence as an offense against the moral character of the city, according to Fejes. It is interesting to note, as Fejes does, that the relentless newspaper campaign was not the result of pressure from community or religious leaders; in fact, he writes, during the summer of 1954, there was no mention in the media of any role played, or even a public statement by, local church leaders to support the campaign against gays. It was of the newspapers own making. By mid-August, editors were calling Headley and city manager Arthur E. Evans, who supported his policy of not harassing gay establishments. It did not help his cause that Headley had said, If I ran all the homosexuals out of town, members of some of the best families would lead the parade. Tolerance, declared the Herald was akin to opening the gates to these people and risked labeling the city as a haven for them. two weeks of September, as well as a sweep of Bayfront Park. By mid-September, according to Fejes, the City of Miami was itself reacting to the medias an ordinance before the city commission that would make it illegal for establishments holding liquor licenses to employ homosexuals or to permit homosexuals to congregate on their premises. HysteriaContinued from page 24 Continued on page 28The News played, or even a public statement by, local church leaders to support the campaign against gays. It was of the newspapers own making. Headley and city manager Arthur E. Evans, who supported his policy of not harassing gay establishments. It did not help his cause that Headley had said, If I ran all the homosexuals out of town, members of some of the best families would lead the parade. Tolerance, declared the the gates to these people and risked labeling the city as a haven for them. two weeks of September, as well as a The News
28 lance, and concerned that continuing coverage could further damage the Miamis tourist mecca image, the Herald and the News wound down their campaign. (The wording of the ordinance was later watered down to ban service to homosexuals, and was approved in midOctober, though several commissioners noted their reservations, writes Fejes, and one voted in opposition to it.) Charles Lawrence and Lewis Kil three days and was turned over to the jury for deliberations on Saturday, November 6, at 10:30 p.m. Just four hours later the jury returned with a reduced verdict of manslaughter for both defendants. The principal reasons for the lesser conviction, according to one of the jurors, were Simpsons homosexuality and the states failure to prove premeditation. Later that week the presiding judge, Grady Crawford, sentenced Lawrence and Killen to the maximum penalty, 20 years. ONE magazine had chronicled with dismay the renewed outbreak of anti-gay hysteria and devoted an entire edition to the lurid stories published in Miamis newspapers. The magazines editors also published an open letter to Mayor Aronovitz, asking him to stop the homophobic campaign or face a boycott from gay visitors. Aronovitz replied that he was delighted ONE would discourage unwelcome visitors. A few months later, another murder occurred. On the morning of January 5, 1955, the nude body of a 29-year-old hairdresser, William B. Bishop, was found by his roommates, tied up on a divan in the Florida room of their Miami Beach apartment. He had been beaten, sexually abused, and strangled. Bishops gold watch, along with some clothes Using a generic hotel room key found at the murder scene and the eyewitness testimony of a barmaid employed at a bar on Collins Avenue and 74th Street, the trail quickly led to a 21-year-old Korean War veteran from New Jersey, Thomas Francis McDonald. It was a near replay of the Simpson murder, including both McDonalds claim that he had acted in response to Bishops unwelcome sexual advances, and a plea from McDonalds wife for her troubled husband. This time, however, the News and Herald ran short articles on inside pages. The Herald downplayed the stories under generic headlines: Murder Suspect Hunted and Murder Charged to Vet in Beach Slaying. The News also pushed its stories back to less prominent inside pages, HysteriaContinued from page 26 Continued on page 30 ADVANCED MEDICAL FACILITY Ten Museum ParkCall For Your Appointment305.400.0030 + + Live Healthier, Live Longer, HydraFacialSpecial Price $99Regular $150 Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)Start Up Program $495Regular $990 Great Silver Fleet Magazine
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but continued to exploit the salacious elements of the story with headlines such as Bound, Gagged Beautician Is Found Dead over a story that included details like the (beauticians) nude body trussed with handkerchiefs, a desk littered with books about homosexuals, the dressing gown sash that bound the victims hands, and information that the a hairdresser. Within days, McDonald was indicted seemed to lose interest in the story. In May, Grady Crawford, the same judge who presided over the Simpson murder trial, dismissed McDonalds insanity defense. He was convicted by a jury of in prison. Absent a child molestation and homophobic agenda, justice seemed to run its course quietly.In his book Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants historian Phil Tiemeyer of Philadelphia University argues that, as a result of months of sensational coverage, Eastern Air Lines class scheduled for November 1954 included one male applicant, Pedro Muiz, who was already in the pipeline when the Simpson scandal broke. Muiz was allowed to continue only after friends employed by Eastern vouched for his heterosexuality. Even before Simpsons murder, Easterns executives were considerAirline rivals Delta and National had been cutting into Easterns market share with advertising campaigns that featured beautiful stewardesses. With slower turnover and the resulting pay increases owing to seniority, stewards were no longer as cost-effective as they had been when introduced in the 1930s, according to Tiemeyer. In the spring of 1955, Eastern training program. Newspaper advertisements invited single women to apply HysteriaContinued from page 28 Continued on page 32
Eastern stewardess. Classes, with all expenses paid, were to be held at the luxurious Miami Springs Villas resort. In class of 24 graduated. It included seven men already working for Eastern, whose their supervisors. Eastern continued training stewards until 1958, but when the airline Miami Springs Villas in 1963, the building did not include a mens restroom. successfully sued several major carriers, claiming sex discrimination, all airlines, including Eastern, resumed hiring stewards by the early 1970s. As for the local media, both the Herald and News slowly became more circumspect in their coverage of the gay community, but they continued intermittent efforts to drive away the homosexuals through the mid-1960s. Typical of these recurring offensives was an attack the News unleashed on its front page on February 27, 1956. A threefocused on exposing the bar operators who were prospering thanks to their gay clientele. Under the headline Homosexuals Return, Find Heats Off Again, the appearing openly again in Greater Miami and making money for the operators of clubs which cater to them. Several hundred possibly more than 1000 are here this winter and have found that the heat is off from a public protest campaign less than two years ago. A separate story told about gay men being rounded In addition, News reporters wrote, during their three-week investigation, they had visited seven bars in Miami and Miami Beach that had been raided during the 1954 purge. In every bar they were approached by men making suggestive remarks. The bars in question were the same ones that had been raided in 1954. The Samba Bar (220 NE 1st St.), Carnival Bar (137 NE 3rd Ave.), and Vicks Bar (39 NE 2nd Ave.) were within the same one-block area of downtown Miami that the YMCA and the Greyhound bus station were located. These bars were also a short distance from Bayfront Park. Three Miami Beach bars Club Benni (1610 Alton Rd.), the Circus Bar (401 Ocean Dr.) and Club Echo (1446 Ocean Dr.) featured live entertainment and had been the target of the municipal ordinance outlawing female impersonators. The seventh bar, El Carol (930 Le Jeune Rd.), was located on the western edge of Miami. (Missing from the list was the Cactus Lounge at Biscayne Boulevard and NE 20th Terrace, within the pervert colony area. Curiously, it was never mentioned in conjunction with the raids, despite it being widely known as Miamis oldest gay bar.) The News described one encounter: A thin, balding man who had seen the reporter at several other places moved into a booth at the Carnival Bar asking, Havent I seen you some place before? He became annoyed when a suspected deviate tried to sit down, and said, I saw Part two of the series included the names and addresses of the gay-bar operators in Miami and Miami Beach The article also quoted denials from top tion was worsening. Miami Police Chief Headley said that although we have more than our share, it was in proporCounty Sheriff Tom Kelly told reporters that there is no increase in homos downtown Miami is all cleaned up. The News countered with lower-ranking ofin fact coming to the city. Faced with denials from law enforceNews got the message and moved its stories farther back in the HysteriaContinued from page 30 Continued on page 34 The Herald
sion included photographs of the homes of gay-bar owners. But the text rehashed all the pervert menace stories from 1954, and included quotes from Lt. Earl Miami Police Department, regarding a pending case involving a 15-year-old with gonorrhea who admitted to having sexual relations with six males who were free on bond and further spreading venereal disease. The article maintained that the muchtouted ordinance passed in 1954 was not being enforced and cited a bill approved by the state legislature in 1955 aimed at removing sex offenders (homosexuals) from general society but then failed to fund a facility to treat them. The series concluded by proposing a new state with the departments of psychiatry at the University of Florida, University of Miami, and Florida State University. News series also offered a hint of balance with the headline Police Policies on Deviates Hit by Psychiatrist. An unnamed psychiatrist said that a strong law enforcement stand was ineffective: You cant beat it out of him, or legislate it out. Nor would stiffer prison sentences change the situation. He also argued that the law was enforced far more harshly against gay men than against lesbians. But only ten days later the News was again reporting that 30 men had been arrested in police sweeps over the three preceding weekends and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct at Bayfront Park and the downtown Miami bus station. Similar coverage continued through the mid-1960s, again reaching frenzied levels during investigations of the murders of three gay men between November 1959 and November 1960. One of the murder victims, 56-year-old Charles Joseph Mourey, was the former His murder had many parallels with Simpsons, including the date, almost six years to the day. He was shot with two .22-caliber bullets and his body was also found on a dirt road leading to a lovers lane, this one off NW 7th Avenue and 157th Street. His murderer, who was to have been a 17-year-old student at North Miami High School at the time of the assault.On January 17, 1977, Dade County Commissioner Ruth Shack sponsored an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, which the commission approved. The Herald initially backed the proposal in an unsigned editorial, but ten days later the papers executive editor, John McMullan, in An Editors Comments column, expressed his concern that this was a manufactured issue concocted by thosemore interested in in preventing discrimination. After singer Anita Bryant launched a campaign to overturn the ordinance, the News backed her position in a March 1977 editorial. The Herald also reversed itself in an editorial titled An Unneeded Ordinance, published just before the referendum. By June 1977, Bryants campaign had won, and the discrimination ban was repealed by a margin of 69 to 31 percent, ity in the nation to repeal civil rights protection for gays and lesbians. On the upside, the repeal resulted in a surge of gay-rights activism on both the local and national levels. In December 1998, when MiamiDade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson reintroduced the gay-rights ordinance, the News was no longer in business, but the Herald supported the effort in an editorial headlined The Politics of Inclusion. Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org HysteriaContinued from page 32 157th Street. His murderer, who was to have been a 17-year-old student at North Miami High School at the time of the assault. O nance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, which the commission approved. The initially backed the proposal in an unsigned editorial, but ten days later the papers executive editor, John News
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36 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORBright IdeaWynwood property owners are trying to do what the city and FPL have failed to do shine a light on the neighborhoodRun, Dont WalkA recent study conrms what many already knew: Aventuras main intersection is no place for pedestriansBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterOn the second Saturday night of every month, the streets of the Wynwood Arts District are crammed with people in search of art, food, drinks, music, and general amusement. But go to Wynwood after dark on a weekday, when no special events are ent place. On this particular Wednesday night, the BT sees only a handful of people walking along NW 2nd Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the neighborhood. Walk farther west and the area resembles the set of a horror movie. The 30-foot-tall, cobra-head-style streetlights provide dim and spooky light when they work. There arent many people wandering NW 3rd Avenue right now. But there are a few. Frank Taboada is a uniformed security guard from Top Line Group. For nearly a year Taboada has walked or biked the streets surrounding the zebrastriped Wynwood Building at 2750 NW 3rd Ave., a converted warehouse that serves as home to Goldman Properties, Miami New Times a furniture store, a shoe store, a gallery, and a salon. At night those businesses are usually closed and empty, but Taboada doesnt mind the seclusion. Its quiet, he says. Taboada isnt completely alone on this particular night. Photographer Shawn Brooks is working on a lingerie shoot with visit to Wynwood. Back there is a little scary and back there is a little scary, she says, pointing at pitch-black areas where streetlights arent working. If Brooks, a physically imposing man, werent nearby, Williams says shed never pose by the darkened street corners. (She isnt sure about posing with Brooks present.) But the Wynwood Building is a different story. Its a 45,000-squarefoot beacon thanks to a series of downward-pointing lights attached to its roof. This building is well lit, Brooks says. It gives a feeling of security. Expanding that sense of security is among the priorities of the recently formed Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID). David Collins, project director for the Wynwood BID, says even the functioning streetlights dont provide enough brightness for an area that hopes to attract more pedestrians at night. Thats because Wynwoods Biscayne BlvdNE 192nd StAventura BlvdAventura MallAbigail RdAbigale RdNE 29th PlW Country Club Dr PublixAventura Shopping Center Tomislav Ritoper Fa tality Barbara R ubenstein fatality BT photos by Erik Bojnansky Map by Marcy Mock By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterOn Thanksgiving Day 2012, Bar bara Rubenstein was walking home with groceries when she was struck and killed by a Miami-Dade Transit bus. She was 84 years old. It was the second time in the past three years that a pedestrian had been killed by a bus at the intersection of Aventura Boulevard (NE 199th Street) and NE 29th Place. Seven months later, transportation consultants Kimley-Horn and Associates presented a 28-page report to the Aventura City Commission suggesting ways the intersection could be made safer. Itll cost $227,000 to implement the improveand installing new signs. The city wont necessarily have to pick up the entire bill. Thats because a stretch of NE 29th Place between Aventura Boulevard and Abigail Road Mall, Publix shoppers, and bus commuters is privately owned by Aventura Mall proprietor Turnberry Associates and Jacksonville-based Regency Centers, owner of the Publix-anchored Aventura Shopping Center. The projected cost for the private portion of right-of-way improvements is $168,000. That means, in order to implement the proposed changes, Aventura two companies. The city also must coordinate with Miami-Dade County, since and street signs. City manager Eric Soroka says the report was commissioned soon after Rubenstein was struck and killed. Rubenstein died just across the street from where 51-year-old Tomislav Ritoper was killed by another Miami-Dade bus on November 27, 2010. The bus driver who struck Ritoper was later charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The Miami-Dade Police Department did not respond to BT s request for information regarding Rubensteins accident. The Kimley-Horn report reveals the intersection of Aventura Boulevard and NE 29th Place experiences plenty of accidents. Between 2008 and 2012, there were 53 accidents there, the majority of them car crashes. Of those accidents, 34 percent were dark-condition crashes, the report notes. By contrast, dark-condition crashes constituted only 30 percent of accidents statewide. Injuries were reported in 18 of the 53 accidents. Only seven of the recorded accidents involved pedestrians. However, three of those pedestrians (including Continued on page 42 Continued on page 40
By Christian Cipriani BT ContributorAfter decades of wishful thinking and false starts, portions of a waterfront esplanade linking Miamis bayfront neighborhoods are slowly falling into place amid renewed governmental and public support. Last month the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce hosted a presentation by Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, a foundDuany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) and longtime dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture (she recently relinquished that position after 18 years). At the luncheon she shared highlights from the School of Architectures 84-page On the Waterfront study, which outlines plans for a continuous 15-mile walkway along Biscayne Bay. It would stretch from Alice Wainwright Park, just below the Rickenbacker Causeway, to the north end of Edgewater, with a deep diversion inland along the banks of the Miami River. Among the most vocal supporters at the luncheon were members of the hospitality industry. Its in their interest, she noted, for tourists to walk out of hotels and interact with the water, rather than just hop in a taxi. Moving with great urgency is a Miami hallmark; a baywalk would bring the lost art of calm wandering not only to visitors but also to locals. The City of Miami considered ideas from On the Waterfront when compiling tions, which it presented to the public in April. The citys vision, however, involves serious compromises in the name of immediate implementation, like snaktimes all the way to Biscayne Boulevard) to avoid private property. With so many critical gaps remaining, one might hardly notice that more than front walkways currently exist in the City of Miami. Much of the forward movement is coming through new developments along the Miami River Greenway that will include public walkways, and the from being public land. The same cannot be said for challenging, built-up areas like Edgewater, where so many older condos occupy the waterfront. In spite of everyones best intentions, a continuous baywalk presents many issues especially around publicprivate property ownership. Among the residents of condominiums built before 1979 to turn their private land into a public thoroughfare. Since that year, waterfront developments in the City of Miami have been obligated to provide a paved and landscaped public walkway within a 50-foot public easement (to the building, not the property line). The hope is that if these older build ings see neighbors get involved, theyll feel pressure to not be the holdout that breaks the chain. This is what Plater-Zy of the goal you want to achieve, remove the barriers, make it happen, and then regulate the process for future replication. Last month the BT also spoke with Spencer Crowley, the Miami-Dade County representative to the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND). FIND is an independent special taxing district of the state, and one of its missions is to provide matching grants to local governments for waterfront improvement projects. Most of these grants are under $1 million, but because theyre based on each municipalitys tax revenue, it could theoretically grant Miami-Dade County up to $6 million per year in matching support. Among FINDs more visible achievements was funding seawall reconstruction around the Miami Circle after it began eroding into the river. It also subsidized the citys purchase of land along the Little River for Manatee Bend Park. FIND gave a total of $5.8 million in grants toward waterfront projects at Parcel B (behind American Airlines Arena), Bicentennial Park, and the FEC Slip, covering the costs of seawall design, permitting, and construction. Theyre now helping to fund landscaping, light ing, and other improvements to the new baywalk next door at Museum Park. This is the context in which Crowley discusses some of the baywalks many tions. He sees the citys zigzag plans as a realistic solution when considering older bayfront properties. Its hard to place such big demands on private property owners, he says. But Crowley is working with stakeholders to close gaps in the baywalk one by one, starting with the Miami Womens Club. The City of Miami recently applied for a $150,000 matching grant from FIND to link the Double Tree Grand Hotel to Margaret Pace Park, along the clubs waterfront property line. Crowley actually calls a continuous baywalk in the citys core, from SE 15th Road in Brickell north to Margaret Pace Park, immediately achievable. I think were close to eliminating the last impediments in a central area, and the opportunity to achieve a connected Its Time to Walk the WalkImagine 15 miles of public walkway along Biscayne Bay and the Miami River Continued on page 38 Brillhart Architecture Brillhart Architecture
38 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORbaywalk is very real, he says. Echoing Plater-Zyberks theory about how pass, Crowley points to Museum Parks baywalk as a potential benchmark that Park opens, were going to have something really great that will help convince people of the possibilities. At the citys April public input meeting, two options were brought up to deal with old properties that wont adapt out over the bay was dismissed as too dock system was labeled environmentally unsound. Floating docks feature prominently in On the Waterfront and regulations in fact only stipulate that a dock must let through 50 percent of sunlight to nourish the sea grass. The real impediment to building out from the seawall is ownership of the bay bottom. Some private condos already own a portion of the bay in front of them, but as Crowley explained, its more commonly owned by the State of Florida, and largely protected from local development by the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve Act. There have been several recent at tempts by local municipalities to get around the act by lobbying for exemp tions. In both 2011 and 2012, the City of Miami Beach went to the state legislature seeking a limited exemption (about ten feet out into the water) so the city could build a baywalk from Lincoln Road to South Pointe Park. However, without vigorous lobbying, there just wasnt the political will to make it happen. Similarly, North Bay Village has the chance to create a waterfront node at the end of North Bay Island, around a proposed eight-story condo development, but it would take an exemption to allow anyone to build out into the bay. This is unlikely to happen. Even without ownership and legislative issues, an over-the-water baywalk would come up against regulatory issues. Despite dock/walkway designs that allow sunlight through, and On the Waterfront s plans for planting lots of mangroves which could arguably create a net positive environmental impact some worried activists wont tolerate any exemption from the protections of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve Act. Much of On the Waterfront also with a heavy investment in shade trees. This is a serious quality-of-life issue in Miami. Despite being one of Americas most sun-beaten cities, it repeatedly fails to offer shade trees in many public spaces. Priority is instead given to iconic yet useless palm trees (at great expense, too, especially for Royal Palms). Yet its a misconception that only palms thrive in this climate. To see how dense, shaded, and diverse Miamis plant life can be, talk a walk through Greynolds Park. The problem, Plater-Zyberk notes, is that not everyone values trees. Some decision-makers see them as messy, high-maintenance, and susceptible to bugs and disease. She also suggests the people here are coming from very paved BaywalkContinued from page 37 Continued on page 43 University of Miami University of Miami
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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR streetlights are designed to illuminate highways, not sidewalks. Someday the Wynwood BID will want to consider replacing the giant cobra heads with pedestrian-friendly streetlights between 13 and 15 feet tall, according to Collins. That will take time, money, and the cooperation of the curand Light and the City of Miami. But theres a more immediate soluowners to install downlights on their buildings by offering grants that will cover up to 50 percent of the installation costs. Various other buildings, many of which (like the Wynwood Building) are owned by Goldman Properties, already have downlights. These sorts of lights, along the sides of buildings, give nighttime illumination, Collins says. It will be sort of a white light, as opposed to the yellow light from current streetlights. A major source of funding for these proposed downlights for Wynwood property owners will likely be Wynwood property owners. On June 4, most of the property owners within the Wynwood BIDs boundaries agreed to form a zone in which all commercial property owners will be charged a special annual assessment of 11 cents for every square foot of vacant land and building space above and retail space, property owners will be charged 22 cents per square foot. On October 1, when the special taxing district begins operating, those assessments will give the Wynwood BID an annual $700,000-plus budget for enhanced services like security, sanitation, marketing, and lighting. The priorities are to make Wynwood a clean, safe, exciting district, and now we actually have the funding to do it, says Joseph Furst, Goldman Properties managing director, who pushed for the creation of the Wynwood BID. Milagros Bello, owner of the Curators Voice Art Project at 299 NW 25th St., says shes in favor of the BID, but doesnt see a need for a special lighting program. Instead, she advises, just make sure the existing streetlights actually work. On 25th Street, between 2nd and 3rd avenues, its completely dark, Bello complains. We already contacted the city almost two months ago and nothing happened. They just have to change the bulbs. Its easy. Its not expensive. In fact, according to Collins, it isnt always easy. The problem is that the streetlights are hard to identify, he explains, adding that sometimes the serial numbers are faded, so when an outage is reported, you have to identify it with a ribbon. Streetlight outages arent always caused by burned-out bulbs. Besides there are also vandals who throw rocks at the bulbs, says Juvenal Santana, Jr., chief civil engineer for Miamis public works department. In such cases, a community can request that vandal shields be added to the lights. In addition, the city or FPL must be someone assigned to roam the streets at night, Santana says. We depend on reporting from the public. Indeed, following inquiries from the BT FPL sent crews to repair streetlights by NW 20th Street and NW 2nd Avenue, says Marie Bertot, a spokeswoman for FPL. At deadline, it remained unclear if the streetlights along 25th Street, about which Bello complained, had been repaired, although Bertot acknowledges that they, too, are maintained by FPL. As for the pedestrian-level streetlights advocated by Collins, Santana says theres a catch. Sure, shorter poles will provide more light in the immediate area, but thats it. The shorter the height of a streetlight, Santana notes, the more street lights youll need to illuminate a block. Gita Shonek, assistant director of membership and development for the Bakehouse Art Complex at 561 NW 32nd St., says the lighting is indeed dim on the art collectives block. However, shed rather see less crime than more lighting. During an event last year, a few cars parked near the Bakehouse were burglarized. Since then, she says, for every single event, we need to have secuSecurity guard Taboada says car break-ins were common around the Wynwood Building before he came along. Photographer Brooks says car burglaries still happen day and night the farther you get from the Wynwood Building, whether west, beyond NW 5th Avenue, or east, between NW 2nd Avenue and N. Miami Avenue. We did a shoot down here [a month ago] with 20 photographers, and four cars were broken into, Brooks recounts. So when working in Wynwood, Brooks parks his car where he can see it. To deter a burglar from smashing windows, Brooks keeps his door unlocked, so if you want it, just go in there and get it. Furst of Goldman Properties vows that an increase in security will come along with increased lighting. The assessments, he says, will enable the Wynwood BID to hire more security guards for the area, as FPL has a hotline to report streetalso report online at www.FPL.com/ streetlight. Streetlight outages within the City of Miami can be reported to the public works departments operations division at 305-416-1200 or 305-960-2870. Feedback: email@example.com Bright IdeaContinued from page 36
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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORRubenstein and Ritoper) died. Four of the seven pedestrian accidents occurred near transit stops. There are a whopping seven bus stops near the intersection. Two of them are on opposite sides of NE 29th Place, in front of the Publix, and used by commuters heading to and from Miami Beach, downtown Miami, other parts of North Miami-Dade, and even Broward County. This past December, the BT witnessed people dashing across 29th to catch their bus. There arent any clearly visible crosswalks on 29th Place by the Publix, and the east side of the street lacks a complete sidewalk. (See Waiting to Happen, January 2013.) most dangerous [intersection in Aventura], but its up there, based on the number of pedestrians using the area and all the bus stops located along NE 29th Place. The intersection will likely become even busier once a state-of-the art Miami-Dade Regional Library branch opens across the street from the Publix, noted Mayor Susan Gottlieb during a workshop on June 19. As a result, she said, its really important that we get [these improvements] done. Among the remedies recommended radius of the southeast corner of NE 29th Place and Aventura Boulevard adjacent to the Publix. The rounded corner that exists now encourages people to speed while turning, Kimley-Horn consultant J. Suzanne Danielson told commissioners during the workshop. Commissioner Luz Urbaez Weinberg, a frequent Publix through that corner every day. Because NE 29th Place is enshrouded in darkness at night, Kimley-Horn recommended that decorative streetlights be placed along that street between Aventura Boulevard and Abigail Road. The consultants also suggested repainting a crosswalk by Publixs entrance and installing the pavement along the crosswalk to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians. Additionally, Kimley-Horn recommended placing No Pedestrian Crossing and Use Crosswalk signs to deter jaywalking, as well as Yield to Pedestrians signs to dissuade cars from zipping through crosswalks while people are consultants also recommend removing the stop sign by the Publix entrance once the enhanced crosswalk is installed. One change the report didnt endorse is creating a complete sidewalk on the east side of NE 29th Place. The sidewalk on the east side south of the intersection is discontinuous and terminates in the Publix parking lot, the report states, but since the right-of-way is constrained, we are not recommending sidewalk extension. Aventura is still in the early stages of contacting the relevant property owners and Miami-Dade County. Turnberry Associates spokesman Matt Levinson says Aventura Mall general manager Oscar Pacheco will meet with Aventura city FOR ADVERTISING CALL 305-756-6200 WE CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW! Run, Dont WalkContinued from page 36 Continued on page 43BT photos by Erik Bojnansky
Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR Run, Dont WalkContinued from page 42Photo by Carlos Moralesplaces, where green spaces are not part of their cultural values. But cultural shifts are indeed happening around Miami, evidenced by a investments in landmark projects like performing arts centers, sports complexes, and museums. Remember that Manhattan wasnt designed around spearheaded by well-funded visionaries. It will take the same level of vision and complete, uncompromising baywalk that Miami can herald as a landmark. In the history of American cities, many of our important places of gathering an identity were produced after-the-fact, Plater-Zyberk says. Almost anything you look at is an incremental aggregation of private, often speculative, development. The rapid booms and busts of frenetic, private, and extremely speculative collective will and forge the city around a new mold a thriving, iconic, 15-mile baywalk. Our own linear, waterfront Central Park. On the Waterfront, Jacob Brillhart, principal author, with contributions by Victor Santana and Brett Bibeau, can be downloaded here: arc.miami.edu/images/ uploads/UM_OnTheWaterfront.pdf. Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org BaywalkContinued from page 38 Shopping Centers property manager, says his company only just received the report, but he will meet with city manager shoppers and employees is a top priority. police, and public works did not return messages from the BT by deadline. Has Miami-Dade Transit been helpful regarding safety concerns at that intersection? Not at this point, no, Soroka answers. We will get them involved in the process ward with possibly redesigning the bus stops, but not changing the locations. Aventura resident Nancy Lee says tion solely on the Aventura Boulevard and 29th Place intersection. She insists that roads throughout the City of Excellence are dangerous. Aventura drivers dont respect crosswalks, says Lee, a blogger for the website Eye on Miami. My husband and I always think were going to get run over. Soroka counters that Aventura has done a lot to improve pedestrian safety since its incorporation in 1996, including upgrading and adding sidewalks, adding more bus enclosures, and installtrians to cross the street at every major intersection in the city. What will really improve pedestrian safety in Aventura, Soroka notes, is education. We need to remind our residents to not cross in the middle of the street and to use the crosswalks that have been provided, he says. On the other hand, motorists need to be reminded to yield to pedestrians and to stop when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk. Feedback: email@example.com
44 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEA Revolting SituationThis Fourth of July, the City of Miami, beset by its own incompetence, should wave the white agBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorIn honor of Independence Day, here are a few topics concerning local govern ment deserving of a few comments: Redistricting: Some of you may not be aware that Belle Meade is no longer in Miami Commission District 2. Thats right. As a result of the 2010 U.S. Census, and the citys need to comply with the federal requirements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Belle Meade along with Shorec rest, Bayside, and all of Palm Grove has been moved into District 5. The dividing line in the Upper Eastside is NE 61st Street. District 5 has been the predominantly black district in the city, containing the neighborhood of Overtown and portions of Liberty City. The city commission, with the avid support of District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, split the Upper Eastside, with Morningside, Bay Point, and Magnolia Park remaining in District 2, and the rest of us moving to District 5 in order to balance the population. Commissioner Michelle SpenceJones, who holds the District 5 seat, resisted taking all of the Upper Eastside for fear it would have an adverse impact on the ability of her people to elect an African-American candidate, if they chose to do so. (Commissioner SpenceJones is African American.) Shorecrest Homeowners Association president Ken Jett developed, on his own, several alternative plans that met the constitutional tests of keeping District 5 predominantly black, while keeping all of the Upper Eastside together in District 2. City commissioners rejected these plans, even though Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado threatened to veto any plan that did not keep the Upper Eastside united. In the end, however, the mayor backed off his original position and decided not to invoke the veto based on the belief that a veto could place the city in make it the target of a lawsuit. Maybe this will be good for those neighborhoods moving to District 5, and maybe, just maybe, Commissioner SpenceJones will take an interest in the problems our communities have been facing for quite some time, with little or no relief. Loss of HUD Funding: Here again the time the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has claimed, through auditing, that the city has not spent federal funds appropriately or in a timely fashion. BT photo by Frank Rollason
The consequences are a mandatory reim bursement to the federal government of close to $700,000, and the reduction of our funding allocation in future years. administration accusing Miami city commissioners of hoarding dollars, and the commissioners blaming the adminisnation, and the ultimate losers are the by these dollars. amount HUD reduces our annual funding. Seems fair to me. Homeless in Downtown Miami: quoted in the Miami Herald as saying, theyll have to cart me out. Nonetheless, the failings of the have once again come to the fore. The require a treatment modality different from often mentally ill, substance abusers, or both, to see the city and the Homeless Trust ful solutions instead of squaring off like lem, and so do the homeless. Belle Meade Stormwater Pump Station: have been an 18-month, $14 million before Bottom line here is that the second Solid Waste Service: Through it all, on a regular basis. Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
46 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR AT he T wo Faces of AventuraConsumed with saving our money and our looks, we revere banks and cosmetic surgeryBy Jay Beskin BT ContributorWho puts money in a bank anymore? When we were kids, back in the Dark Ages, also known as the 20th Century, they taught us that your money could make its own money without your help, if only youd hand it over to the pretty lady with the little nameplate reading, Teller. The path to prosperity seemed simple enough. First you manufactured some into the great banking machinery that doubled as the economic engine of this great country. Our teachers handed out little passbooks, and we pooled our pennies into half percent interest per annum. At that rate, our teacher with the rosy cheeks assured us, our money would double every 13 years, owing to a mysterious calculation known as compound interest. Then one day some banker playing with numbers discovered that, even after the passing of P.T. Barnum, suckers continued to be born at the rate of one a minute. The bankers wised up and decided interest was no longer interesting and principal should be the operating principle: We will hold your money and make money with it and, in return, we will give you your money back ! After people bought into that concept, the banks ratcheted things up another notch. They instituted charges for every service and huge penalties for every infraction. If you bounced a $10 check, the bank might pay it, charging you $35 (or 350-percent interest) for loaning you the money, or it might not pay the check and still charge you $35 for not lending you the money. Needless to say, at this point in history, mend the mattress method over the bank. So what does it say about Aventura that it has 17 bank branches in its 3.2
square miles and, in case those werent enough, is witnessing the prominent construction of yet another Chase on Biscayne Boulevard? Are we so naive that we dont notice how much we are paying for so little in return? Or are we just so rich that we dont need to bother with investing well? Which brings us to our other local not have a movie industry like Hollywood (the one in California) or a theater scene like Broadway in New York, we do have plenty of what accompanies Up and down our streets and storefronts off our frames, searching desperately to unearth the world-class beauty lurking Perhaps because of intense closerange competition, their advertising is wearing sag of Mother Nature against you cannot face your face, but are afraid of spending too much money, they can looking to trim your gluteus, you have a Not that theres anything wrong with you feel that your craggy features are misrepresenting the buoyant, youthful spirit behind that face, you should have a view of the real you, it seems a small Science has been advancing steadily while we have been toiling at our careers, a lawsuit and won a settlement against a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who falsely claimed that he had given her a facelift, but for lesser mortals there is no shame in accepting our imperfection and What makes me wonder is this: How did Aventura manage to become Mecca for Mack the Knife? Are our own friends and neighbors all slicing and dicing to put a better face on their lives? Or are these patients from around the state, the coun this island of smooth operators who can smooth out all of lifes little wrinkles? Putting these two faces of Aventura Taking hard-earned money and depos iting it to languish in stodgy banks strikes me as a practice for people who are slow to change their ways, clinging to old patterns of behavior long after they have By contrast, writing a big check to a medical practice for elective surgery to improve ones physical form and appearance comes across as a risk-taking, Half of us are showcasing our original faces, working well beyond our natural retirement age because our money is in the bank, where guys with MBAs build fortunes from only with a minimum balance of $100,000 convinced that nothing has changed since we began our passbook account on Bank The other half are savvy investors whose money is working overtime in And with all that energetic bustle in our lives, our old face simply will not fresh, we make periodic visits to the Or is there really just one Aventura with a split personality? Maybe the answer lies in the advertising slogan of one local human chop shop, promising Could it be that this effort to reclaim our lost youth has inadvertently brought us back to the third grade? Not that there Feedback: email@example.com 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!
48 Neighborhood Correspondents: BRICKELL / DOWNTOWNThe Drive to EvolveThe large number of parking lots downtown, and our dependence on them, is holding back our development By Adam Schachner BT ContributorN Miami Heat game. Daily Business Review BT photo by Adam Schachner
article stated in June, which also indicated that the areas pronounced recovery is hindered by the absence of public parking. Jaime Correa, an architect who has worked around the world and the Knight Professor for Community Building in the University of Miamis Suburb and Town Design program, says this: The problem with parking is not parking itself. The problem is deeper than that. The real problem is that our contemporary cities have been designed in increments that contain one use and one use only. We put all our government buildings in one place; our high-density residential buildings in another; our midsize buildings in another. Our schools are located in the middle of nowhere. Our recreational areas are left over spaces. We lack legible public space. In a column for the BT this past December (The Power of Thinking Small), former Brickell/Downtown correspondent Craig Chester observed that presently, popular destinations like the Arsht Center and American Airlines Arena sit on islands lacking any integration with their surroundings, and wondered whether event-goers were likely to visit other downtown attractions. His conclusion: The answer is probably not, if the walking conditions are as uninviting as they currently are. An eyesore and deterrent to foot trafuses while they remain undeveloped. Miami is enjoying a surge in farmers markets, food trucks, art festivals, and outdoor events requiring accessible terrain. Yet downtown has not effectively claimed such opportunities with one notable exception: Grand Central Park. The brainchild of downtown property park has become a popular public space on private property, but built mainly with public money. However, Grand Centrals days are numbered. Late last year it was purchased by developers who see potential for a different kind of green on that spot. Picture a downtown where open spaces arent used solely for car storage on game nights. These parking lots should be a coveted commodity during the day and on the arenas off nights. Consider the possibilities for sports tournaments and league events should more vacant land be repurposed. One example: Miami has its own womens roller derby squad, the Vice City Rollers, but they are forced to compete on a roller rink at the Palmetto Golf Course in far south Miami-Dade. The last few minutes of a Heat game especially one thats already been decided on the scoreboard speak volumes on the issue. Spectators in courtside seats disappear during the fourth quarter. These fans have most likely spent half my years rent on their tickets, but abandon the full return on their investment to beat the rush to the parking lots. Theyve escaped to their cars, road warriors paying a semesters worth of tuition in parking, gasoline, and tickets for games they do not watch all the way Alternatively, spectators commuting by public transit maximize their ticket transportation is embarrassingly bad throughout Miami, an irony of our deplor able transit structure is that the limits of train travel do not apply to Heat games. The American Airlines Arena is among the few attractions that can easily be reached by public transit, one leg of which is free of charge. Parking at Metrorail stations costs $4, and each trip is $2. Rail commuters pay remarkably less to get to games than those who park, and they dont Miamis civic leaders should listen to Correas formulation of a viable cityscape without dependence on parking, especially given the options we have for alternative transportation. His vision resonates: Less parking is not a sign of lack. Less parking is a sign of intellectual and real development. Less parking is not a curse; it is a blessing. Downtown attractions interspersed among parking lots, such as the future Perez Art Museum Miami and the Museum of Science, are gathering places lands of urban progress are being created amid a sprawl of asphalt and emptiness. From preseason to last months NBA championship, the Heat played a total of 59 games at home. That leaves 306 days and nights when most of those parking lots could be used for something other than cars. Ideas? Send them to us. Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
50 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIA City DividedNow that a majority of the North Miami City Council has turned over, will anything else change? By Mark Sell BT ContributorIf there was any doubt before, the June 4 runoff election proved that North Miami politics has jumped the shark. The city is profoundly and antagonistical ly divided, east versus west, white versus black. And the mayoral contest has all but cemented a Haitian-American majority on the council for a long time to come. With a record 7293 votes cast in the mayoral contest, Lucie Tondreau trounced a former mayor, Kevin Burns, by a margin of roughly 56-44 percent, receiv ing more than 4062 votes. Yet the turnout was so great that Burns, with more than 3200 votes, actually did better than exMayor Andre Pierre when he won in 2011. Heavy turnout on the east side could not stop the I Love Lucie train, which turned into a two-and-a-half hour celebration/coronation/swearing-in June 11 at North Miami Senior High School. Even if one were to presume the usual voter fraud, absentee-ballot chicanery, and paying people to vote, its still quite likely, perhaps certain, that Tondreau would have won. Within a week of the celebration, Burns, represented by powerhouse attorney Joseph challenging the validity of her residency in the Sunkist Grove neighborhood. While Tondreaus victory in the election is, at this writing, at the courts mercy, her status does not change the underlying dynamic at work. Councilwoman Carol Keys was sworn in from District 2, replacing Michael Blynn; and Councilman Philippe Bien-Aime was sworn in from District 3, replacing Jean Marcellus. Both Keys and, particularly, Bien-Aime signaled in their acceptance speeches independence and freedom from any party line, lobbyists, or special interests, which could make council votes tough to handicap. There is a good chance both will join Councilman Scott Galvin in asking sharp questions about how the city spends its money, and that Bien-Aime, trained as an accountant, could prove a powerful council member and swing vote. Pierre, never one to go quietly, turned the swearing-in into a Lucie Tondreau pep rally, at which perhaps 1500 people, overwhelmingly Haitian American, packed into the school auditorium. Musical groups and Caribbean-American media were in full attendance. In essence, Pierre sang My Way for roughly two hours, talking about all the things he did right over the past four years, and leading call-and-response cheers of I love Lucie! I adore Lucie! We love Lucie! Pierres wife, Bernadette, BT photo by Mark Sell
gave Tondreau a rousing introduction, citing her long history as an organizer and activist in the Haitian community. Pastor Gregory Toussaint of the Tabernacle of Glory sealed any doubt of the sea English and Kreyol, before the new city pared the plight of the Haitians to that of the Jews in the Babylonian captivity: When they got there, the Lord said, in the Book of Jeremiah, get married, marry your children, build houses, plant vineyards. In other words, God was telling them to organize themselves. So lets continue to organize ourselves; lets continue to work together. The United States of America does not encourage division, but it sure encourages representation. And the best people to represent you are those who have come from your womb. And we have seen proof of that tonight. Lets continue to work in that tradition. It will be great for our children, and great for our childrens children. Early in the proceedings, former Mayor Frank Wolland, a longtime friend of Tondreaus who supported her campaign and is widely mentioned as the next city attorney, walked onto the stage, waved at the audience, and then repaired to the side, beaming like a backstage father throughout the event. At one point, Pierre awarded the key to the city to a man who has done much to keep Pierre and others out of jail amid various investigations: ace white-collar criminal-defense lawyer Benedict Kuehne, who has known Pierre since his law school days at the University of Miami, where Kuehne was an adjunct professor. From the stage, there was much talk of healing divisions and unifying the city. One particularly passionate speaker on the subject was Mayors Task Force co-chair Rabbi Jory Lang of Temple Beth Moshe. While there is little question that sharp division. The 25.74 percent voter turnout marked a historic high. Burns overwhelmingly took the three precincts east of Biscayne Boulevard which boasted the citys highest turnout by 95 percent, 94 percent, and 84 percent. Nearly half of all voters cast ballots in Precinct 147, representing southern Keystone Point. Yet this strong, even overwhelming, turnout from an area representing roughly 30 percent of North Miamis population and 70 percent of its tax base could not stem the Tondreau tide. While Burns performed strongly in the areas east of W. Highway, around downtown and Johnson and Wales University, Tondreau easily trumped him everywhere else, often by a 75-25 or even an 80-20 margin. In Precinct 138, west of NE 6th Avenue, she got 90 percent of the vote. Haitian radio certainly helped, and she thanked radio hosts in her acceptance. For all the poetry and ecstasy of the swearing-in, actual governance will quickly turn prosaic: raising money for services, spending it wisely, and accounting for it clearly. Sidewalks, streetlights, and pavement in many parts of the city are nonexistent or crumbling, many households are sorely pressed with unemployment at 10.3 percent as of this past March and many cityas Junes 15-inch downpour proved. Under Pierres watch, the crime rate dropped, water bills stayed low, and Michael Swerdlow and the Biscayne Landing developers gave the city $20 million, pushing the budget into a surplus. At the same time, the city has acquired a reputation for corruption and cronyism, not helped by Pierres highhanded manner from the dais, opaque dealings in the background, multiple investigations, and no-bid contracts passed at midnight, with little notice at city council meetings. If it is vital to get beyond demagoguery and rhetoric, here are two modest suggestions: 1) Before the September budget hearings, conduct an indepenso everyone knows how much money there is and for what purposes it is allocated; 2) institute a uniform, indepentions and requests for proposals for all city contracts. The City of Miramar, which recently completed a waste-disposal contract with a rigorous process that survived a court challenge, could provide a good example. If sunshine is the best disinfectant, let the cleansing and healing begin. 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52 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA M I SHORE SA Summer of R egretsA house thats falling down, no mangoes on the trees, and a favorite haunt gone into the bay and its only July By Jen Karetnick BT ContributorSummer in the Shores. I wait all year for it. And not just because Im a full-time educator, full-time writer, and full-time mom who is overcommitted the rest of the time. Sure, these are my days off, when I only have one job, with the school kids out and my own kids in camp, at work, or at sports activities. But this is also when I get stuff done in this dozy little village of ours. This is when I become an errands machine. In fact, much as I despise doing er rands, summer is when I truly appreciate the sleepy charm of the Shores. No one is on the roads, so its a quick trip to take Miami Shores Cleaners, which has a tailor on premises, before hopping across U.S 1 to actually shop for food to cook, instead of picking up a half-gallon of milk and a can of soup at CVS on the way home. And of course, I only have to walk out to my yard for mangoes I hand off to neighbors like Kris Wessel, Doug Rodriguez, Andrea Curto-Randazzo, and Dewey LoSasso, all well-known chefs I otherwise rarely get to see. In truth, my plan in summer usually is to leave the village only to nosh on wings and sip wine with friends that Ive unintentionally blown off during the school year. In the same way many people consider spring a time of renewal, or New Years a time to reassess, I use summer in the Shores as a reason to gutcheck everything about my home, my family, and myself. And I stay as near as possible to the house, as decrepit as its becoming, to do it. Indeed, the house needs work. For one: my closet. The main problem is that all the racks fell off the wall sometime during the winter. Its chaos in there. My clothes are through a veil of shirtsleeves. dogs; the walls, eaten by termites; and the ceiling, with a leak in the breakfast pounding and dogs barking. I already have the latter. Do I really want the former? My body also needs a bit of improvement. Ideally, that would be an eye job, BT photo by Jen Karetnick 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.
but Im too afraid to do anything drastic. After some nasty complications that accompanied kidney surgery last fall, Id rather not go under the knife. Id much rather go under the sun, and get even more wrinkles and age spots. At least Ill be relaxed. And hey, Im covered. Ive prepaid for laser abrasion facials to even out my skin and refresh my face. This summer, however, has been shaping up differently than I imagined, and not only because Id rather be writing poetry than overseeing the instalhave been conspiring against me, and everyone else in the Shores who loves mangoes, wings, and faux-surgical interventions. For one thing, there arent many mangoes. A super-early, triple-blooming season had the Hadens come down mostly in April. The midseason mangoes look to be yielding a very small crop. The late-season mangoes those huge, green Indian footballs arent coming in at all. I cant say that I mind not spending hours each day in the yard, but I was shoots for my cookbook this summer. chefs grabbing mangoes from the trees when theres very little fruit to pick. For another, the place that I rely on to catch up with girlfriends and grab some grilled wings and televised sports has fallen into the bay. Like many folks from Miami Shores, I hung out at Shuckers frequently, and was completely shocked when, on a very busy night at the restaurant, the dock collapsed and fell into the water. Im thankful no one died, and grateful that my friends Tab, who practically lives there, and Michaela, who was supposed to be watching the Heat game there that night were out of the country and had gotten held up at work, respectively. But, oh, Shuckers, how I loved you. The summer isnt the same without your plastic chairs sticking to the backs of my thighs and bits of charred wings caught between my teeth. Then theres my med-spa, Pure, which, after changing my last appointment three times, shut down completely. Ill miss the polite staff and the spas proximity to my house. Another facility, 911 Urgent Care and Laser, is taking Pure customers on good faith, supplying the treatments that have been paid for in hopes of securing the clients as regulars. Strategic move for this Hollywood-based med-spa, except for the fact that the receptionists and assistants have been yelled at by irked Pure patrons so many times that I suspect theyre beginning to regret their decision. Ive actually spent more time worrying about my cats body than my own. An elderly Turkish Angora, she suffered what seems like two strokes. The second one left her so off-balance, weak, and disoriented that she hung like a wet mop from my hands. Even so, I didnt have to go far from the Shores for her treatment; blocks south of 79th Street. Not that there was much he or anyone could do. Good nursing care is what he prescribed, so Ive been doing feline physical therapy and breaking every two hours from writing to plop my kitty could offer me, I didnt take: an adorable black, longhaired kitten the staff has up for adoption. Divorcing my husband isnt in my plans for the summer. The real reason this summer isnt the peaceful oasis I wanted it to be is Ive wound up doing some teaching, after all: My daughter received her drivers permit. Now its no longer a simple matter of picking up one kid and dropping off another. Its scoping out empty parking lots and stopping on every out-of-the way, And the Shores has a lot of those streets. So Im already looking ahead to next summer. The house might still be crumbling, but my daughter will be driv ing without me in the passenger seat. She doesnt know it yet, but shes taking over the pickup-and-delivery service. And she can Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org Summer just isnt the same without the plastic chairs at Shuckers sticking to the backs of my thighs. Discover the practice thats right for you. Over 24 classes to choose from. $5 CLASS NEW STUDENT SPECIAL 305.456.6406 / dailyofferingyoga.com305.603.8540 / CleanStartCleansing.com MIAMIS #1 CLEANSING AND YOGA CENTER! 6901 Biscayne Blvd Miami FL 33138SERVICESColon Hydrotherapy Lymphatic & Deep Tissue Massage Detox Facials, Fat Reduction Body Wraps Foot Detox Iridology Readings and More! 200HR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING STARTS OCT 2013Directed by Daily O ering Yoga Owner, Anamargret Sanchez. Featured Guest Teacher, Rod Stryker, Founder of ParaYoga. Introducing our 12 MONTH CLEANSING & BUILDING PROGRAM $75/MONTH. Take a proactive approach to your well being! Each month you will cleanse or build a different body system. $10 OFF FIRST SERVICEFirst time customers only with this ad. Not valid with any other offers. Expires 8/15/13.10% OFFHERBAL PRODUCTSQuality herbs for all your needs! Limit one per customer, with this ad. Not valid with any other offers. Expires 8/15/13.COLON HYRDOTHERAPYGreat for Cleansing & Weight Loss!
54 Culture: THE ARTSNo Mere KnockoffDespite its name, artist-run space Guccivuitton is offering a uniquely original vision of Miami By Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorA and there is the real Photos courtesy of Guccivuitton
piece was titled Anony mous vs. Gagosian While not Miamibased artists, the duo that comprises ART404 both lived in Miami [and] gleaned from Miami the scavenger mentality how to rebrand things and make them their own, explains Gutierrez. For the second exhibit, which opened in late June, the tone was very different. It stayed true to what Guccivuitton wants to highlight, although that thread could initially be hard to follow. Titled Florida Landscape Paintings, the contemporary artists and also a sampling from the group of artists known as the Florida Highwaymen. The latter were African American, self-taught artists sometimes called outsider artists who painted Florida landscapes during the segregated decades of the mid-20th Century. They became famous for selling their brightly colored canvases out of the backs of their cars, along the roadsides of rural Florida (hence the name Highwaymen). According to Gutierrez, this outsider perspective, even from locals, is part of what makes Florida art unique, and why Guccivuitton conceived of this exhibit. The Florida landscape has been idealized, romanticized, and even demonized in painting since the days of European settlement. There have been palm-tree-laden beach scenes, waves, seagulls, and sun, but also depictions of land, worthy only of draining. As most of us know, it is, in fact, a far more complex combination of these murkier scenarios. Unlike the dramatic vistas of the Rocky Mountains, says Gutierrez, he likes that the Florida landscape has a subversive quality, like the art he wants to expose: Its harsh, really, In the show, the Highwaymen works appear to be channeling the tropical paradise that others believed Florida to be. There are vibrant recreations poincianas; swirling clouds above whitecapped waves and swaying palms; a quiet swamp with wading egrets. They can seem both simple and invigorating, like the painting from Mary Ann Carroll. Considered the only woman among the Highwaymen, she supported herself and seven children by selling works like these, often for as little as $25. But the contemporary works from the likes of Daniel Newman, Juan Carballo, and Jason Hedges are equally compelling. The two paintings from Scott Armetta, for instance, are outstanding. Both are recognizable as landscapes, but with a twist subtle and lovely, but edgy as well. One piece trees; the other, a very small, dense, black frame. Armetta is a good ex ample of how contemporary paint ers can work within a classic form that may seem outdated, yet make it beautifully relevant. Some works in the exhibit play with the notion of Florida as a romanticized playground, while still others offer more abstract visions of the ground around us. These individual expressions of the Florida we live in are what Gutierrez says Guccivuitton aims to promote. It goes back to the idea of Miami as a refugee state, where immigrants from all over soak up the unique, transient nature of the place, where people reinvent themselves. In contrast to art centers like New York and Los Angeles, with their myriad galleries and art schools, people here dont have to look over their shoulder, says Gutierrez, to see what others are doing. I think theres more room for individual expression You can work on yourself. These are the potent and valuable voices the gallery would like to showcase. On the opening night of Florida Landscape Paintings, who knows what was heard? The gallery was packed to the gills. But the art crowd was also milling about the street, interacting with the lively scene on NE 2nd Avenue. It was uniquely Miami and a reminder that Guccivuitton is not all about imitation. Florida Landscape Paintings runs through July 27 at Guccivuitton, 8375 NE 2nd Ave. Go to guccivuitton.net or appointment. The inspiration for Guccivuitton is the idea of Miami as a place where people reinvent themselves.
56 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN DISTRICT ART + DESIGN NIGHT GALLERIES 101 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-2101 www.101exhibit.com Through August 3: Koi No Yokan with various artists ABBA FINE ART 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 Through July 31: Group Show with various artists ADAMAR FINE ARTS 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Ste 107, Miami 305-576-1355 www.adamargallery.com Through September 1: Summer Sensations with various artists ALBERTO LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-286-7355 www.albertolinerogallery.com Through July 10: Complex: Thoughts by Suhame July 13 through August 6: Fiorentina Giannotta 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through September 14: A Language Beyond Form with Soledad Arias, Leonora de Barros, Eugenia Calvo, Danilo Dueas, Juan Pablo Garza, David E. Peterson, Teresa Pereda, Karina Peisajovich, Odalis Valdivieso, and Horacio Zabala ALMA FINE ART 2242 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-576-1150 Through September 1: Lorena Guillen Vaschetti ART FUSION GALLERIES 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-5730 www.artfusiongallery.com July 1 through September 16: 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaumiami.com Through July 25: Mostly Red by John Henry ASCASO GALLERY 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com/site Call gallery for exhibition information 561 NW 32nd St., Miami Through July 5:Water Rites: New Works by GUILD 122 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse Call gallery for exhibition information BLACK SQUARE GALLERY 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com Through August 3: Haunted Land by Dacia Manto and Patrizia Giambi, curated by Anna Milashevych and Sabrina Benvenuti 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Call gallery for exhibition information BRISKY GALLERY 130 NW 24th St., Miami 786-409-3585, www.briskygallery.com 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 Through July 31: Recent Work by Douglas Hoekzema (HOX) 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Suite 6, Miami 305-571-8100, www.buzz-art.net Call gallery for exhibition information C-ART GALLERY 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami http://www.c-artgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 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: email@example.com Call gallery for exhibition information 299 NW 25th St., Miami 305-502-5624,www.curatorsvoice.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com Through July 6: Kaleidoscopic by Shinique Smith July 13 through August 17: DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 Through July 31: Season Review with Cecilia Paredes, Loris Cecchini, Felice Grodin, Fabiano Parisi, Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Sterz, and Santiago Villanueva 100 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse 305-607-5527,www.dimensionsvariable.net Through August 10: The Surplus Bulletin with Sophia Brown, Ingrid Cologne, Ben Holmberg, Dialaura LeFebvre, Ben Moore, David Kamm, Katelyn Kluge, Hannah Kosgaard, Robbie Scott, Rose Weselman, and Teresa Zaffarano DINA MITRANI GALLERY 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami Watercolor Paint Kit with Brushes
Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com Through August 31: Historic Process / Contemporary Visions with Curtis Wehrfritz, Erin Malone, Fritz Liedtke, Gloria OConnell, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Ken Lyon, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, Lisa Blair, Rachel Phillips and Rafael Balcazar DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE 187 NW 27th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Through July 10: Stairway to Heaven by Pepe Lopez ELITE GALLERY 46 NW 36th St., Miami 754-422-5942 Call gallery for exhibition information EMERSON DORSCH 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.emersondorsch.com Through July 20: INTRO by Alan Gutierrez ill smile when im not sad by Freya Powell ETRA FINE ART 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 Call gallery for exhibition information FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.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 July 12: Violets Violence Silence by Nathlie Provosty GARY NADER FINE ART 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www.garynader.com Through July 30: Masters New Acquisitions with various artists Through July 31: Back to Realism with Cundo Bermudez, Fernando Botero, Claudio Bravo, Mario Carreno, Walter Goldfarb, Guillermo Kuitca, Wifredo Lam, Julio Larraz, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Victor Manuel, Armando Morales, Guillermo Muoz Vera, Amelia Pelaez, Pablo Picasso, GENERAL AUDIENCE PRESENTS 769 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-467-0941 www.generalaudiencepresents.com Through July 13: Function+Will by Luis Garcia-Nerey GREGG SHIENBAUM FINE ART 2239 NW 2nd Ave., Miami Call gallery for exhibition information HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE 3326 N. 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Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506, www.galerieleliamordoch.com July 13 through August 31: Silent Music with Laura Nillni, Emanuele Viscuso, Alain Le Boucher, and Emanuelle Fillot LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570, www.locustprojects.org July 13 through August 20: LAB: Locust Arts Builders with Macki AlvarezMena, Cindy Becerra, Lissette Carballo, Ellana Cohen, Danyerlo Duque, Matthew Figueroa, Juan J Garcia, Ilan Gihuly, Catalina Ruiz Luzio, Bernadata Majauskaite, Dillon McDermott, Jon Millan, Daniella Perez, Lisette del Pino, Summer Pizura, Karen Ramirez, Armand Reyes, Antonio Robbins, Ethan Romano, Gisselle Ruiz, Magdiel Santana, Melodie Suarez, Maile Torres, Juan Tanooki Vinasco, and Maya Yosub MARKOWICZ FINE ART 114 NE 40th St., Miami 786-362-5546 Call gallery for exhibition information 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu Call gallery for exhibition information MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 www.mdc.edu Through August 10: FLASHBACK: Miami 1980s by Alexia Fodere, Donna Natale Planas, and Charles Trainor, Jr. Through August 17: Imagining La Florida: Juan Ponce de Len and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth with various artists Invisible Presence by Yovani Bauta Through September 21: A Poetic Reality: Magical Realism of the CINTAS Fellows Collection with various artists 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu 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 July 5 through 31: Heavenly Voice by Kunlunzi NOW CONTEMPORARY ART 175 NW 25th St., Miami 305-571-8181, www.nowcontemporaryart.com July 13 through August 31: Now Upon a Time by Augusto Esquivel 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 Through July 31: Pools of Light with various artists PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through July 6: Argentine Photography with Gian Paolo Minelli, Santiago Porter, Graciela Sacco, Pablo Soria, and Lucia Warck-Meister PRIMARY PROJECTS 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com www.primaryprojectspace.com Call gallery for exhibition information ROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY 2349 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-397-8530 www.robertfontainegallery.com Through October 4: Chronology: A Timeline, Select Fine Art Works, Post War to Today with various artists SPINELLO PROJECTS 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information SWAMPSPACE GALLERY 150 NE 42nd St., Miami http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org No. 34, Heavenly Voice
58 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS Call gallery for exhibition information THE LUNCH BOX GALLERY 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information THE SCREENING ROOM 2626 NW 2nd Ave., Miami Through July 11: We Are Where We Are Not by Carola Bravo UNDER THE BRIDGE 12425 NE 13th Ave., North Miami 305-978-4437 Call gallery for exhibition information UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI GALLERY 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Ste 4, Miami 305-284-3161 www.as.miami.edu/art July 13 through 26: Stonehenge Series I & II by Brian Curtis UNIX FINE ART GALLERY 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-496-0621 Ongoing: Alexis Torres WALTMAN ORTEGA FINE ART 2233 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-576-5335 www.waltmanortega.com Through July 10: Contemporary Photography with Tali Amitai-Tabib, Jean-Pierre Attal, Nathalie and Olivier Borst, Franois Ronsiaux, and Aleix Plademunt WYNWOOD WALLS NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 www.thewynwoodwalls.com Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with Retna, How & Nosm, Roa, b., The Date Farmers, Saner, Sego, Liqen, Neuzz, Faile, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Kenny Scharf, Nunca, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Ryan McGinness, Stelios Faitakis, and avaf YEELEN ART GALLERY 294 NW 54th St., Miami 954-235-4758, www.yeelenart.com Call gallery for exhibition information ZADOK GALLERY 2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-438-3737, www.zadokgallery.com Through July 4: Reclaimed Miami with various artists Shades of Grey with various artistsMUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITSARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278, www.artcentersf.org Through July 28: George Goodridge, Felice Grodin, Peter Hammar, Monad Studio, Temisan Okpaku, Punto, Ryan Roa, Matt Sheridan, Anne Morgan Spalter, Alex Trimino, and Sarah Walker BASS MUSEUM OF ART 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 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380, www.cifo.org Call for exhibition information CRAIG ROBINS COLLECTION 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 DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112, www.delacruzcollection.org Ongoing: Works from the Collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz with various artists Ongoing: Carlos Alfonzo FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST ART MUSEUM 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 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 Borders of Paradise: In the Eyes of Explorers with various artists Through September 3: The Drawing Project with various artists, curated by Emmy Mathis Through September 8: Six Degrees of Separate Nations by Ebony G. Patterson and Peterson Kamwathi Through December 31: Deep Blue by Javier Velasco 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through October 13: Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States with various artists Through February 9: Terrestrial Paradises: Imagery from The Voyages of Captain James Cook with various artists Through April 27: The Art of Panama with various artists MIAMI ART MUSEUM 101 W. Flagler St., Miami 305-375-3000 www.miamiartmuseum.org Call for exhibition information MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-6211 www.mocanomi.org Through September 8: Picturing People by Dawoud Bey THE MARGULIES COLLECTION 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www.margulieswarehouse.com Call for exhibition information THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through August 2: Alone Together with various artists VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDEN 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami 305-250-9133 www.vizcayamuseum.org Call for exhibition information WORLD CLASS BOXING Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection 170 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-438-9908 www.worldclassboxing.org Call for exhibition information Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to Ava MOCA ART INSTITUTE Kids learn about world cultures while making your own paintings, drawings, sculptures and more!Weekly full day sessions with free after camp care. Open to all skill levels. Taught by professional art teachers. Creative Arts Summer Program Ages 6-12 rffntbfffffbfr fbffbfrbbfrbfftffrbf bffttrrfrbfffrbrbtfff rtfbfrrfbfrrrffrfffffrnrbfntfffff bffrbffrftbfftbfrfbffbffffft tfbfnf ff fffrtrrfrfntbfbfrbrrbrbfffrfftrffntbffrrrfr ffbffbfrfrfntffr MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART NORTH MIAMIFor dates, times & to register, visit www.mocanomi.org or call 305.893.6211 FREE programs for teens also available! rfn tb nn rbrr Afua Hall / Photo by Deborah Boardman
Culture: EVENTS CALENDARDigging the PastMiamis downtown riverfront is simply unrecognizable from a few years ago. Although the greenway is not complete, you can stroll along the water these days, actually encounter people, and watch the torical buildings and the archaeologically Indian site believed to be more than 1500 years old. The Miami Circle and Miami River Eco-Walk from HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.), is a great way to follow the Sunday, July 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a tour through the new, the old, and the got to www.historymiami.org.Who Killed Che? revolution, still fascinates. In Hunting Che two veteran war correspondents Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer lay out the very active role the American government Tuesday, July 9 at The Lively Life of Lima International Hispanic Theater Festival one of the largest Hispanicruns from Thursday, July 11, through Sunday, July 28 will highlight Peru, Kimba F: La Ciudad Suena diverse cultures, its a sort of Peruvian Stomp with the instruments being glass Playing to a PAX House Its one of the serious, live-music venues performances by the Spam Allstars, and now, an appearance by one of Miamis He disappeared from the scene for a Friday, July 12 starting at 10.00 p.m. at The Moorish, the Merrier to create a city based on The Arabian Nights Moorish architecture in the middle of Miami. While Florida has always been considered somewhat of a fantasy space, Saturday, July 13 from noon till 5:00 p.m., HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.) will host Family Fun Day: Adventures in Architecture The Gables by Water overly regulated community with eerily numerous canals and youll get a differdant, semi-tropical vegetation and the which it really is when you see it from Waterway Canoe Adventure starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs through noon on Saturday, July 13 www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.Mermaids Making a SplashIf you hadnt heard, mermaids have the U.S. government put out a statement that, according to science, they dont who will see The Little Mermaid at Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20 fairy tale and the Disney movie, the play follows mermaid Ariel, who wants to leave her ocean home for the dry world. Performances are at various times from to www.aventuracenter.org. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to email@example.com .Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR Bunny Is Back celebrated photographer in South Florida. Since the 1950s she has been shooting female models for magathe magazines ( Playboy ) famous. Bunny Yeager: Both Sides of the Camera a new show of photographs featuring actress Paz de la Huerta of Boardwalk Empire at The Rockets Red Glare vivid. And we have one of the best urban bay sight lines in the world, which is why Americas Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park Thursday, July 4 town in a very eco-friendly way, of course and create Art of the SummerIn a testament to how we are no longer a seasonal city, two throughout the summer and they hold some of the best to www.delacruzcollection.org or www.rfc.museum.
60 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatCompiled by Derek McCannNext Game: Pants Versus Skins700 Block of NE 55th Terrace With the Miami Heat repeating, we are a proud city. Everyone wants a piece of the action. A basketball enthusiast decided to play b-ball with some buddies. According to the police report, he stripped off his pants and left them on the side of the court. After a round of play, he discovered his pants were missing and, with them, his wallet. Guess the sight of a sweaty man walking the streets in his underwear has become pretty common in Miami, because no one called in to report seeing him on his way home. Friends, dont take your pants off in public, for any reason, ever. Another Case for the Virtual Of ce3500 Block of Biscayne Boulevard You think youre safe at work? It is not only Dodge City in the streets, but cubicle farm. You want to use the restroom? You better bring your valuables. missing upon returning to his desk. There were no witnesses. Was it the new guy with the piercings and tattoos, or the cranky old receptionist with the personal vendetta? The victim could stake out the water cooler, try to pump some of his would require leaving his desk, and we know how that turned out the last time. Miami, We Have a Problem6995 Biscayne Blvd. With a name like the Saturn Motel, one would assume an advanced system of service and security. Lets look to the future! Well, the future in Miami is apparently a lot like the present. A customer rented a room and decided to leave the door ajar as he checked out. After all, why bother to close it? Not my responsibility. Within the hour (surprised it took that long), one of our Boulevard television out of the room. No witnesses and no video at this galactic outpost.Banks Are For Losers100 Block of NE 14th Street Most people keep their money in a bank. This victim chose another option: keeping $500 tucked under his computer keyboard. Of course it went missing, so he called police. While we are grateful for the tech geeks of the world, it is obvious their level of social functioning leaves much to be desired. First he accused the maintenance man, then took it back. Then he accused a visitor, and took COMPLETE BUSINESS SERVICES 12555 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33181-2597 Tel: 305-895-6974 | Fax: 305-891-2045 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org T.M.Est. 1980 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.
that back. There are no leads at press time. Maybe in the future he can hide his savings under his Star Trek memorabilia. Assuming he keeps his collection in the bedroom, this will, at the very least, guarantee that no female thief will ever come across his money.Deep Pockets4600 Block of NE 2nd Avenue At this gas station convenience store, a man calmly walked to the refrigerated case in the back and began grabbing beers. He managed to pull seven beers from the case and put all seven in his pockets. Most of cigarettes in their pants, so this guy had on some special jeans. He walked past the register and left the store. No arrest at press time, but if you see someone with very wide, bumpy hips, you may want to brand of pants the guy wears, as those are some serious work duds.A Buck Cant Buy You LuckNE 11th Street and N. Miami Avenue Many of us know the feeling of being down to our last dollar. It has happened to the best of us in these challenging times. This man is a bit different. Police stopped him because he was walking in an area known for narcotics crime. I only have a dollar; they would not sell me anything. Police searched his pockets and found a bag of weed and the obligatory vial of crack cocaine. Guess the drug dealers gave him back some change. The man was promptly arrested. Were guessing bail starts somewhere north a buck.Would-be iPod Thief Called for Technical Foul800 Block of NE 132nd Street The victim was playing basketball with his friends it really has become the new national pastime when three young men approached. They asked to play. Maybe this works in movies like White Men Cant Jump but in Miami? Not so much. After several minutes of play, the mood must have soured as the victim and his friends called it a day. As they were leaving, one of the invited play ers showed his appreciation by punching the victim in the face. Then he and his two friends tried to take the victims backpack, which contained an iPod. The victim ran into a nearby store, followed by the three thugs. Eventually they ran off and the victim got to keep his backpack.Nothing Strange About That1500 Block of NE 127th Street This poor man came home and found several items missing, including his televisions (one of them a 70-inch). For good measure, the crooks raided his liquor cabinet. At this secure building which has recently been repainted beige, but still looks like a jail there were no witnesses. Because two men (it would have taken two) running from the scene of a crime, erwise unremarkable sight in North Miami.Cindy Crawford Strikes Again13600 Block of NE 12th Avenue We already know North Miami is a land and this means bizarre items are usually taken in burglaries. A mystery subject vandalized a stereo, but did not steal it. We guess he wanted a Bose and was not happy when he found a Kenford. Nevertheless, items missing from the scene included a peach-colored, plastic bottle of lotion, a gold perfume box, and a brown jewelry box containing cheap costume jewelry. The lotion must have been the main target, as we know how dry skin can bother a criminal. Please keep your daily facial treatment under lock and key.Cooking Up a Crime6700 Block of NE 1st Court enjoys it. Some people, though, try to make the best of it. Take this family. After being evicted from their residence, in full view of security cameras not to mention the neighbors they decided they were entitled to their old stove. The security cameras caught the father and son bringing the stove down the stairs. Warrants are out for their arrest. Crime Beat readers will recall incidents of toilets being stolen under similar circumstances. If this kind of thing continues, in the future Miami landlords may elimiFeedback: email@example.com rfrnrtbrbrnn fnfbbrfb Exclusive Afliate of rfnt b fbff nfbbf nn nnnnnfnnnf rb tnnrfntbf b ttbt bbb btbtbttrtbb btr ttbbbb ttbtt tbbt tttbb btt bbnttbbtf tbt rbbbf t
62 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Poor PlateauIs this park really the best we can do for children in the Gratigny neighborhood?By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorWhen people call Miami a Third World country, they are thinking of places like Gratigny Plateau Park. This place is not a park. It is a joke. The joke is being played on the children of Miami-Dade County, where a majority live more than a mile from a county park. They are trapped inside a concrete jungle, like the one surrounding Gratigny Plateau Park on NW 117th Street, just west of I-95. Modest single-family homes repeat relentlessly for miles on end without the relief of an open space or a cluster of native trees. Then you drive past an empty lot. It has space for about four houses, based on the properties that surround it. Looking at Google Maps, you see that it is labeled a park. Since when does an empty lot qualify Miami-Dades 250-plus parks. Yet there is no sign here to indicate a park. No bench to sit on, and hardly any trees. I asked a tree trimmer I saw there if this was, indeed, Gratigny Plateau Park. He said he didnt know; he was working on an adjacent yard. Gratigny Plateau Park is in fact an the audacity to call it a park? Imagine if a family of tourists played a game of park roulette, where they randomly selected a local park to visit as part of their vacation, and they landed in Gratigny Plateau Park. Here is what they would see: In the middle of a residential street, a blue-and-white ice cream truck covered in stickers and labeled Kiki Kone is parked in front of a house. Next to that house is an empty lot. Across the street is a doublewide empty lot, and across the next street is another empty lot. One of these lots has some shade provided by mature royal poinciana trees, the only highlight of this scavenger hunt gone wrong. slats stand beneath a utility pole. These structure in the entire park. A small, sad sapling of a fruit tree sits alone in the middle of the double lot. (Well, there is the very tall carcass of another tree, clearly dead, yet curiously propped up by supports.) Empty boxes of At the third lot, a skinny black-andwhite cat stands guard. In one corner, a roll of chain-link fencing lies among the sticks and stones. The human touch is also evident by pieces of rock and broken tile that have been scattered in a circle around the trunks of trees. Call it urban mulch. At the base of a utility pole is a large, discarded object with white pipes and a gray, upside-down tank that is holding standing water, a common breeding ground for mosquitoes. The tanks label says Huron Tech Systems. End scene. Because thats about all there is to see in glorious Gratigny The good news is that some people have been paying attention to Gratigny Plateau Park, and plans for its makeover have already been sketched. The bad news is that plans have been in development for more than a year, and it remains unclear The county clearly has enough funds to convert a small, neighborhood park like this into a decent playground. But will they allocate that money to an obscure project in a poor neighborhood? District 2 County Commissioner Jean Monestime held community meetings beginning in May of last year to engage local residents in discussing the parks future. The project gained momentum and competed in an online contest for a grant from Kiwanis Clubs International. Cheerleading for Gratigny Plateau Park in the contest was WPLGChannel 10. The stations anchors even participated in a photo-op at the park, complete with shovels and white hard hats. Despite all this, the park failed to earn enough online votes to qualify for the Kiwanis money. Efforts to improve the park continue, with cooperation from the Kiwanis of North Miami Beach-Sunny Isles, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, Miller Construction, and EDSA, the international sketches of the proposed makeover. The highly professional design shows, from an covers the parks three respective lots. Viewed from above, the tall and narrow The Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department, working with its Dade, acknowledges on its Website that this park is underdeveloped. It lists Gratigny Plateau Park as one of its BT photos by Jim W. Harper GRATIGNY PLATEAU PARK885 NW 117th St. Miami 305-694-4889 Hours: Sunrise to sunset Picnic tables: No Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: No Tennis courts: No No Night lighting: No Swimming pool: No NoPark Rating NW 8th Ave NW 10th AveNW 118th St NW 117th St NW 116th Terr
fundraising targets, and individuals are encouraged to make tax-free donations at parkstore.miamidade.gov. These laudable efforts are part of a growing trend to create public-private partnerships for park funding in an era of budget cuts. But when will this partnership pull into port? This park is begging to go from zero to hero. It needs a champion, or a business with a conscience, to adopt it, and pledge $250,000 to its development. The county should match this amount and make it happen. All the equation needs now is that donor. Are you out there, savior of Gratigny Plateau Park? The children of this working-class neighborhood are just as deserving of a playground as any other children. How much longer will they have to wait? The poverty of Greater Miami can be as shocking as its wealth. This extreme dichotomy is a major reason why our area falls, for many, into the category of Third World. A reality of the Third World is that poor, huddled masses of children suffer, while not far away, wealthy barons drink chilled cocktails in private cabanas behind iron gates. These barons represent both private citizens and the collective public, because nobody is taking responsibility. Doesnt Miami have enough places to drink cocktails? Grow up and give our children a playground. Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org rffnf ftbnnnnn nnnnnfnnnf nfnnnn fnf No insurance is required for participation nnnrr fffn n n Miami Jewish Health Systems 5200 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137
64 Columnists: ALL THINGS ANIMALOne Bite At a TimeSummer is here, and so are the winged pests that gobble us upBy Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorIm sitting here with peanut butter smeared on a portion of my right, upper hamstring, vanilla-sprinklecookie-scented antibacterial hand gel tingling near the inside of my right knee, oh-so-minty toothpaste gel dabbed dangerously close to my crotch and still I itch. There is a baking-soda-and-water paste caking on the side of my right knee. I just dipped a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and applied it to a neighboring area. Yesterday I tried drops of apple cider vinegar on my right wrist and forearm. I slapped a strip of sliced American cheese on my calf. Aspen, one of my dogs, stealthily snagged it off of my leg before I I am not vying for a spot on Americas Top Herbalist Panacea Concoctor Nor am I writing a thesis titled Dieting Through Osmosis: Topical Application of Fatty Foods as a Cure for Obesity. Im trying to relieve my bug bite aftermath. I did something stupid the other day. I went to a waterside area near dusk sans bug spray. I felt the bites, I swatted, but I stayed. Parts of my body now resemble a Seurat painting. Chances are, if you leave your house this summer, you will encounter insects. As commonplace in Miami as the sun itself are biting insects, and they are hungry. You dont even have to leave your property to become a tasty dish. Just take a slight reprieve in your yard, maybe near that newly installed, fancy birdbath/fountain. Its pretty. It gives the garden that needed lift, and it seemed like a good idea. Listen to the gentle whirr of the motor, see the lily sculpture. Ah. This is the life. This is buzzzzz... ouchsmack a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This is Miami, stupid. And during the summer, this is all of our lives. Our fate is, in part, in the hands (if they had them) and wings of insects. We are living pin cushions. to get bitten. Im the bait, the cover for everyone else. While my friends prep the canoe or stake the tent, I swat at myself. BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith
mosquitoes, for one, relish that. If I had thousands of gentlewoman female Getting enough Vitamin B is a onslaught. Luckily, remedies extend way cottage cheese to witchcraft to religion (Saint Rita is the patron saint for gardenMouthwash, tea tree oil, hemorrhoid cream the list goes on. (It makes me wonder: Did I use the correct cheese on Here is my much anticipated and highly acclaimed Guide to Top 305 Summer Biters: Who They Are, What They Want, and How To Defeat Them After my recent attack and resulting what to do er, to make suggestions. mosquito would ever win any popularupon Miami, enveloping residents in its Wanted Biter list. Besides causing itchy, West Nile virus, malaria, eastern equine encephalitis, and dengue fever. And this summer, the mighty gallinipper may also pay us a visit, thanks to the heavy rains from Tropical Storm Andrea, which set the perfect scene for gallinipper egg hatching. The gallinipper, or mosquito on ste times what a regular mosquito weighs, and But gallinippers are not the only transmit disease. They release saliva into itch is far from the worst of it. Mosquitoes have friends, and they all party in Miami. Humans do. Apparently the insects got the message, too. Chiggers, for one. They deliver a sitive areas. Chigger larvae are smaller you are making a new camping chic fashion statement and strut around with see them. But they still suck. Oh, do they ever. Chiggers, like spiders, are in the arachnida class, and go through a few stages of development. The one that concerns us is the larva stage. It is during this stage that they must adults. But they need our help. And, unlike other charities that offer you tote many small creatures determined to make up for their tiny stature, chiggers suffer from a Napoleon complex. Chiggers make quite the impreshammock, chiggers are industrious and and unsuspecting ankles lay in wait. Chiggers are a threat to us when we are in damp, grassy areas. Larval chiggers attach to us and, unlike mosquitoes, ing stick us with a tissue-dissolving And of course there are the no-seerequire to grow their eggs. Tip: They And how did my remedies fair? After trying the previously mentioned methods, worked a little. However, it was the drug store visit for cortisone cream that won. Or start unrolling penny sleeves. Feedback: email@example.com
66 Columnists: PICTURE STORYCounty Courthouse #3: Still Standing, Still JudgingA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiamiBy Paul S. George Special to the BTBuilt between 1925 and 1928, the Dade County Courthouse was a singular building not only for Miami but for all of South Florida. Designed by Ten Eyck Brown, who also designed Los Angeles City Hall, which closely resembles our courthouse, and Walter DeGarmo, a prominent local architect, the building at 73 W. Flagler St. of downtown Miami. It remained the tallest building in South Florida until 1963, when the new Ferre Building in the 200 block of Biscayne Boulevard eclipsed it by 12 feet. The county courthouse, with its ziggurat-stepped roof, was a product of the heady days of Miamis great real when the boom collapsed in 1926, and the population failed to reach the earlier projections, the courthouse faced the prospects of ample empty space. Consequently, the county invited the directly across Flagler Street from it, to move into the new building, which it did. The City of Miami brought with it the city jail, which occupied, along with the county jail, several of the upper The city remained in the county courthouse until it moved to a new city hall at Dinner Key in 1954. This move pro the growing Eleventh Judicial Circuit, as did the countys move to a new, nearby government building in 1985. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit is the fourth-busiest cir cuit in the United States, and many of the areas most celebrated cases civil and crimi nal have been heard in its courtrooms. To order a copy of this photo, please contact HistoryMiami archives manager Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@ historymiami.org. Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami, #X-0054-1 Your Property Management Pros Eddie Miller, Partner Alekxey Sabido, Partner & Realtor Homes | Condos | Multi-Family Miami-Dade & Broward Enjoy Your Profits Let Us Manage the Hassle! Clients from the US, Europe and Latin America 305 400 4842 | PristinePM.com
Columnists: YOUR GARDEN The Color of the SeasonMushrooms are popping up, and so is a rainbow of GeigerW By Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorI really like this time of year. All the rain, heat, and humidity has brought Ive been taking my camera out early in the morning to photograph all the different species of fungi popping up all over. Ive seen some great specimens of stinkhorns, that brilliantly colored red and round ball that stinks like the inside of an half-dollar-size, egg-like structures from toss in the garbage. Puffballs have been plentiful, too. These mushrooms are usulittle round balls. When squeezed, they emit a small, dark cloud of spores that looks like smoke. bly edible, but I never eat any mushrooms The really neat thing about some of these mushrooms, including boletes, bolete underneath a large, mature live sign in regards to the health of the tree. back. They are very closely related to the portobello and just as edible and be commercially produced because they poisonous mushrooms in some very unlikely places. Even though quite beautiful, some of the amanitas are deadly poisonous, so, again, it is best not to pick any Aside from the interesting and striking forms of local mushrooms, another source trees. One of my favorites is Cordia sebestena The photo that accompanies this article Occasionally the orange Geiger is deeat the foliage on this particular species population is high, the trees never seem to get any decent foliage on them at all. Since these trees are not too tall, I the beetles. The adult beetle lays her eggs all eggs on a single leaf. When the eggs hatch, the larvae begin to eat that leaf im mediately, creating little holes in it. When looking up into the canopy of the the light passing through a little group of holes surrounded by the dark green foliage of the surrounding leaf tissue. This solved the problem by removing the tiny beetle larvae before they could spread throughout the canopy of the tree. We have been using this kind of cultural control at the park and it has reach the leaves by hand, use a pole clipThe genus Cordia Cordia lutea It is fairly soft, so once the tree reaches 10 or 12 feet in height, it should be pruned to ed area in the landscape. tively in the Caribbean, the one HispanCordia alliodora and it is harvested for Cordia boissieri so common here, but attractive speciipal arborist, director of horticulture at Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical Designs of Florida. Contact him at jeff@ tropicaldesigns.com. Feedback: email@example.com BT photo by Jeff Shimonski 14490 Biscayne Blvd.(in front of Costco)305-705-2383BOUTIQUE15% off with this ad
68 Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITY The Darndest ThingsA small sample wit and wisdom from the wee onesBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorSometimes youve gotta just sit back and recall some of the tears-rolling-down-your-face-youre-laugh ing-so-hard moments of parenthood. Our nearly nine-year old, Matilda, has had some real zingers over the years, and its easy to forget that our four-yearold, Everly, has only been on this planet for 48 months with her wit. Their spin on things is the single most entertaining and rewarding part of this parenting job. With that in mind, I thought Id take a break from my regular format of shifting readers perceptions and bringing monumental inspiration to present a list of funny things our kids have said in our short time as parents. (I am limited in length, people.) Enjoy. Everly, upon realizing our mode of transportation was not what she had in mind: I dont want to take an airplane. I want to take a vacation ! Or how about: Mommy, remember that meatloaf you made that made me When I had heartburn, Everly put her hand on her heart and said, Ouch, Mommy. At school, Joshua got a rug burn. At my cousins wedding (as the bride was walking down the aisle) then twoyear-old Matilda yelled, Daddy, who are you After a particularly fun night on the town without the children, we awoke to Everly standing over my husband saying, Daddy, your breath tastes like Grandpa. Then there are these off-the-cuff remarks: I dont want to eat my dinner I just want to eat my boogers! I dont want anything wet to drink. Mommy, remember that yummy Everly, on just about everything: I Mommy, its okay if you pee in the pool. I hate that shirt it has arm holes! Daddy, why did you just eat that jelly Mom, jumping on the bed isnt fun anymore. Im bored. The inside of my mouth is wet! I dont like buttons because they smell like your breath in the morning. Matilda wrote on her shirt with a Sharpie: I may be a girl, but Im still dangerous! Matilda wrote on her dads shirt with a Sharpie: Im not shy, I just dont like you. Everly, after we lost our dear family dog and, shortly thereafter, our neighbors bird (that we were pet-sitting): Note to Tooth Fairy: Dear Tooth Fairy, kindly pay me in books not cash. Matilda, picking a tomato out of the garden: Look at this tomato, it is perfectly the size of a chipmunks skull! Then she happily bit into it. On vocabulary homework that involved writing a sentence using the word shop : Me and dad shop for toilets because we always clog ours. Me: Everly, you cant put ketchup on peanut butter and jelly. Response: Oh, After the 27th tardy, hubby tells Matilda: I feel really bad about how often youre late to school, but youre usually reading the whole time. Matilda, looking up from her book: What does Guess who about guess who: I wanted a sister, not a baby ! In a dressing room at Macys: Mommy, will my boobs hang down so Matilda, to perpetual bachelor uncle while he babysat: What are you making Everly, to same uncle upon seeing the messy state of his bedroom: You need to rake your room! Matilda, upon hearing on the radio one of the songs I told her I made up: Mom, I cant believe you got them to play your song! Everly to Grandpa, who had just passed gas: Bless you, Grandpa! That was a big one! Matilda on discovering YouTube: I love cat videos. I could just sit and watch them all day! (Uh-oh.) Everly, upon having an accident in her pants: I was having too much fun to stop. I played Fun Factor and I lost! Upon seeing a group of Hasidic Jews as we crossed the MacArthur Causeway, Matilda, who had attended a Jewish daycare for three years, rolled down the window and yelled, Look! My people! Matilda outing us to some neighbors: Mommy and Daddy gave up on cloth diapers because it stressed them out. During the potty-training ordeal, Everly accompanied me to a very busy very impressed Everly loudly applauded and exclaimed, Good job peeing in the potty, Mommy! And then there are the random daily exchanges: Hes out of town on business Wow, Daddy goes to business on vacation a lot! Send me your funny kid quotes for inclusion in the next installment. Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org BUYING OR SELLING A HOME?MiMo Title Services, owned by attorney Barbara B. Gimenez, is a full service title company. We guarantee fast, dependable, professional service, before, during, and after your real estate transaction. MENTION THIS AD FOR SPECIAL SETTLEMENT FEE: $495*MiMo Title Services, LLC*RESTRICTIONS APPLY. VALID THROUGH 10/31/13. BT photo by Crystal Brewe
Columnists: GOING GREENReef RewindFor too long, weve ignored one of our most precious natural resources, but we can change thatBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorCoral Reefs 101 for mainland Florida: Heres the lowdown on whats out there and what you can do about it. Wheres the reef? Closer than a Wendys restaurant, most likely. From any beach in Miami-Dade County, let your eyes drift east a half-mile or so, then plunge your imagination down about 40 feet. Welcome to the Great Florida Reef. You can do the same along beaches in Broward, Palm Beach, and even parts of Martin County, because the nearly continuous reef stretches along the mainland for 100 miles north of Miami. This northern portion of Floridas coral reef is less studied than the longer, southern stretch along the Keys, but a group based and they want your help. The Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative has launched a public outreach campaign called Our Florida Reefs, and its mission is to get people talking about how to manage the reefs north of the Keys. I am biased in favor of this project, because I helped create Our Florida Reefs (as part of a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that ended in June). The project held 12 community meetings across the region in June, including in northern and southern Miami-Dade, to jumpstart a dialogue that will build momentum over the next two years. The project has given me new clarity regarding one of the nations greatest natural resources. South Florida is the only part of the continental U.S. with warm-water coral reefs, and they connect to the vast Atlantic and Caribbean reef systems. Our Florida Reefs could play a major role in revealing how people and our local reefs can coexist, because more people live near them than any other reef system in the world. These reefs are shockingly close to the approximately 6 million people in urbanized southeastern Florida. All closer to the shoreline than is I-95, some reefs are actually so close to the beach that you can swim to them. Until about 2002, a natural reef existed in the shallows near South Pointe in South Beach, but it has been buried by sand, most likely from beach renourishment projects. Some longtime Miami Beach residents recall catching lobster from this reef. My friend Luiz Rodrigues, executive director of the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches, has underwater photos of this former reef, and together he and I are developing plans place. Stay tuned. What can you do for Our Florida Reefs? Thanks for asking. The project is currently recruiting community repre sentatives to join a task force that will assemble a blueprint of recommendations for the future management of the reefs. We also want everyone with an opinion comment on OurFloridaReefs.org. Today these reefs are less protected than you might think. While essentially all reefs in the Florida Keys are actively conserved, the same cannot be said for our other South Florida reefs. Certain rules and regulations apply, as in all state waters, but there is no comprehensive protection. Here in Florida, we have experience with ecosystems that lack protection, and eventually we pay the price. For the Everglades, the price tag of restoration is hovering around $20 billion. We can do better with Our Florida Reefs, and they are certainly worth it. Our portion alone of the Florida Reef provides 61,000 jobs and produces $5.7 billion annually in sales and income. Additionally, during hurricane season, its hard to overestimate the value of an underwater seawall that slows wave action. Reefs provide that service, among many others, and they look great doing it. The biggest hurdle for Our Florida Reefs and any oceanic garden is likely the out of sight, out of mind mentality. Nearly half of South Floridas residents and visitors dont even know that coral reefs exist offshore, according to surveys from the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initia tive. This situation is like half of Brazil not knowing about the Amazon rainforest. We have the rainforest of the sea right in our regions front yard. We might be forgiven our ignorance, however, because of the beach sand in our eyes. Our beaches which include reef sand are much more accessible and extensive than beaches in the Keys, but our reefs are less extensive and lack shallow, snorkel-friendly areas. And our economy and society is much more diverse than in the Keys, where the reef is a way of life. reef region. Plenty of anecdotal evidence exists in the minds of our areas boaters, a place to share that knowledge: Our Florida Reefs. When it comes to protecting our local reefs, we can do better, and we must. Send your tips and clever ideas to: email@example.com. Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
70 Columnists: VINO By Bill Citara BT ContributorWith the arrival of summer and the Fourth of July, patriotic Americans of all stripes and sizes will proudly display the symbol of our great nation. Nothing says America quite like it, an instantly recognizable icon from Adelaide to Zagreb, Burkina Faso to Ulan Bator. It holds an honored place in every Americans heart, and though we revere it throughout the year, it is at this time that it is even more special, a celebration of everything that is good and right and true about America. I refer, of course, to the hamburger. Sure, there are other symbols, other icons of country and culture. But few are so universal as the humble disc of ground with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a square of yellow cheese-like substance. So for our annual column on the Ritual Charring of the Flesh that commemorates our nations birthday, Vino presents an array of wines chosen to complement the all-American burger as smashingly as mustard and mayo. USA! USA! USA! As every red-blooded American knows, the one, true hamburger is made of beef. It can be pricey Wagyu, a mlange of exotic cuts, or the pink stuff at your local supermarket thats ground up with the parts of animals you dont even want to think about but any exploration of the beauties of the burger has to begin with beef. And a red-blooded hamburger demands a red-blooded wine. Im particularly partial to blends, which combine different grapes, with the result being a wine eager to go toe-to-toe with the meat, smoke, cheese, onions, pickles, mustard, catsup, and etcetera of your typical American burger. One such wine bears the decidedly blue-collar moniker of Red Truck The 2011 vintage blends Syrah, Petite Syrah, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Grenache into a fruit-forward, black cherry-berry wine that comes off young and simple, but with appealing spice notes, medium body, and a modest 13.5 percent alcohol level that encourages backyard sipping. A different and more assertive blend Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the 2011 Apothic Red Though its a fuller bodied, Red Truck think summer-sweet blackberries infused with cloves and black pepper and distinct toasty cigar box notes it actually is slightly lower in alcohol, and just as easy to drink. Putting blue cheese and bacon on your burger? Then heres the wine for you: the 2011 Cusumano Nero dAvila This Sicilian wine pours almost black and delivers tantalizing aromas of blackber and spice. On the palate, its taut and peppery, with oak and dusky olive-tobacco notes balancing the youngish fruit. While our burgers may begin with beef, they certainly dont end there. Pork, turkey, chicken, seafood, assorted grains, and legumes all can take kindly to ished on the grill. If youre giving your pork or poultry burger a with chorizo or fennel sausage or with a Vietnamese-style pesto of cilantro, garlic, and black pepper a ballsy ros would be an excellent partner. The 2012 Anakena Enco Reserve Syrah Ros for example. One whiff and its like youre standing in the middle of a strawberry patch holding a vial its a burst of ripe strawberry fruit, then a creeping soft citrus acidity. Its fruity, but not stupid; well balanced, but not austere. All in all, a very nice wine. On the leaner, drier, earthier side is the 2011 Les Ligeriens Ros DAnjou It tastes of strawberries and raspberries, lemon and limestone, and is fruity enough to play well with chicken and turkey burg ers, but with enough citrus acidity to be an equally good partner to a seafood patty. (Think chopped shrimp, tuna, or grouper seasoned with shallots and herbs and bound with egg and panko.) And speaking of seafood burgers (or my latest favorite, a ham-and-Swisscheese-stuffed chicken Cordon Bleu burger), an ideal wine to pour is the Angeline 2012 California Chardonnay Its got a rich, ripe nose that nods at tropical fruit, red apple, and orange, all of which carry over onto the palate, leaving behind only a trace of orangelemon-lime acidity. And, of course, the happy taste of an American icon. Feedback: email@example.com Wines To Go With Your BurgerRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less
Columnists: DISHStay Home and Take OutFood news we know you can use By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorLast months biggest local restaurant news story big enough to hit national wires happened in Biscayne Times territory. Unfortunately it wasnt good news: On the night of June 13 at Shuckers Bar & Grill the back deck, packed with roughly 100 patrons watching a Miami Heat playoff game, collapsed into Biscayne Bay. While the water was only four feet deep water), more than two dozen people were injured, two of them seriously enough to initiate a lawsuit against Shuckers owner, Charles Grentner and his family. Meanwhile, restaurant openings, like Miamis growing season, seem to openings still dwarf closings, and most encouragingly, this issues newbies are all interesting indies rather than bigchain clones. OPENINGS Sumi Yakitori (21 SW 11th St., 786-3605570). From James Chen, perfectionist (and media-shy) owner of Momi Ramen Noodle House, this much-anticipated big brother is equally authentic, down skewered yakitori is grilled (a changing Only imported white Binchan charcoal is allowed here, which may explain Sumis big prices for small portions. Good thing Sumi, unlike Momi, takes credit cards. Nikko by Sunshine (186 SW 12th Terr., 305-418-0151). To the Brickell areas Asian fusion/sushi saturation there is indeed a solution: Find a gim mick that makes your sushi/Thai eatery stand out from the pack. And thats what Nikkos Thai-born chef/owner Sunshine (nickname of Sunchai Naknoon, former master sushi chef at China Grill and other swanky joints) has done in spades, ac cording to opening press releases empha sizing this new Modern Asian restau rants rattlesnake rolls, kangaroo curry, able, but only sometimes, as blackboard specials. Nikkos regular menu is normal sushi/Thai curry and basil sauces with choice of beef/pork/seafood/chicken (rather than the reptile alleged to taste like chicken). Plating is indeed exceptionally artful, though, featuring edible sculptures like elegant carrot swans. (Fun food fact: The cuisines of both China and Thailand ages; this Modern Asian cuisine feature dates back to about 200 BC.) Lunch American Style (221 NW 1st most media radar, despite the fact that owner Adam Feigeles also owns newcomer Reggae Tacos (whose opening made a major media splash) and downtown institution The Filling Station & dential is the restaurants ambitious regional menu (created with partner Rusty (Louisiana shrimp poboys, Kentuckys open-faced hot brown with candied bacon and rich mornay sauce), and some corn puffs with horseradish remoulade). Since 50 states is a lot, Rusty confesses, two dozen or so picks, with daily specials hitting neglected states specialties. We house-smoke our own pastrami. Ten Fruits 373-7678). Helping Miami to play catchup with West Coast cities regarding the exploding national trend toward Super and smoothies that dont just taste good and, in some cases, are nutritionally awesome enough to be full meal substitutes. theres a limited eclectic menu including healthy salads (like orange/kale), empanadas, fresh-baked croissants or quiches, the owning teams original concept, a homemade Greek-style yogurt so creamy CLOSINGS After 37 years in business, the Crab House at the end of last month. (Likely replace original in a 17-eatery Southeastern chain Landrys Seafood Restaurants. Some back story: While Joes Crab Shack chain By 2003, only 11 Crab Houses remained. Now, only one is still open, in Edgewater, of a landmark, but doubt that any other Bar questions the reason for the closing.) Crab House and Shuckers were neighbors. A waterfront curse? Hungry for more food news? See BizBuzz, page 16. Send me your tips and alerts: firstname.lastname@example.org. Feedback: email@example.com
72 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS MIAMIBrickell / 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. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Biscayne Tavern146 Biscayne Blvd., 305-307-8300From restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, this contemporary tavern seems tailor-made for a newly urbanized neighborhood, inviting residents to hang from breakfast to late-night snack time, over updated comfort food thats globally inspired while adhering to the local/organic mantra. Among expected casual favorites (solid American burgers; Asianesque pork-belly sliders) highlights are items that chef Will Biscoe stamps with his own unique, unpretentiously inventive touches, from small plates (housemade potato chips with blue cheese fondue) to large (a long-bone short rib chop with truffle popover; South Florida bouillabaisse). More than 30 craft beers accompany. $$-$$$ Blue Martini900 S. Miami Ave. #250, 305-981-2583With a 41-martini menu (plus exotic lighting, late hours, dance floor, and live music most nights), this wildly popular place is more lounge than restaurant. Nonetheless food offerings are surprisingly ambitious, including substantial items like sliced steak with horseradish sauce, as well as shareable light bites -parmesan-topped spinach/artichoke dip, served hot with toasted pita; shrimp and blue crab dip (yes: crab, not faux krab); a seductive puff pastry-wrapped and honey-drizzled baked brie. Come at happy hour (4:008:00 p.m. daily) for bargain drink/snack specials, and lots of locals. $$ 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. $$$-$$$$$Cavas Wine Tasting Room900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 294.rf ntbnf nttnf tnt f f t tff nff ff NEW THIS MONTH MIAMIBRICKELL/DOWNTOWNFabiens605 Brickell Key Dr., 305-364-5512From off-shore, Brickell Key looks like a solid condo canyon, but it has secrets, including this eatery, whose refined but almost rural-feeling indoor/outdoor space, plus its traditional bistro menu, turn a business lunch into a short sojourn in the French countryside. The $20, 20-minute, three-course executive menu, featuring steak/frites with herbed maitre dhotel butter, is irrestistible, but dont neglect harder-to-find classics like salmon Grenobloise with particularly lemony capered beurre blanc, Perigord salad (with duck prosciutto and foie gras), or for dessert, a flakey praline cream-filled Paris-Brest pastry. $$-$$$$Stanzione 8787 SW 8th St., 305-606-7370 Though Neopolitan-style pizza isnt the rarity it was here a decade ago, this is Miamis only pizzeria certified authentic by Italys Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. This means following stringent rules regarding oven (wood-fired), baking time (90 seconds maximum, here closer to 50), tomatoes (imported San Marzano), olive oil (extra-virgin), even flour (tipo 00, for bubbly-light crusts). Toppings do exceed the three original choices served in 19th-century Naples, but pies like the Limone (fresh mozzarella, pecorino, lemons, arugula, EVOO) prove some rules should be broken. $$MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICTKouzina Greek Bistro 3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-1825This festive indoor/outdoor restolounge has native Greek owners -a chef, Alexia Apostolidi, also from Greece but with local critical kudos for her contemporary Greek creations at now-defunct Ariston; and a menu centering on mezes -shareable small plates, both classical (like tzatziki, hummus, and eggplant dips) and original (bacalao croquettes with garlic pure and roasted beet coulis; fetafilled phyllo envelopes drizzled with mountain thyme honey). Limited but luscious entres, like honey-glazed pork belly with charred fennel and a polenta-like semolina cake, also fuse chef-driven invention and evocatively simple traditional flavors. $$-$$$ Mercato4141 NE 2nd Ave., 786-332-3772Adjacent to Dena Marinos hot hangout MC Kitchen, the contemporary Italian chefs artisanal market and breakfast/lunch caf is for diners wanting a quicker (but not fast-food) sit-down meal, or inventive take-out. Pressed for time? Try a pressed sandwich like Marinos Italian Cubano (porchetta, prosciutto cotto, Swiss, pickles, and Dijon mustard dressing, on ciabatta). Along with hot or cold sandwiches, theres a wide variety of homemade breakfast pastries, breads, cookies, and fresh-baked quiches, plus salads and a daily-changing soup. Market items include exotic jams, craft beers, and Marinos private label EVOO. $-$$Soi Chinese Kitchen645 NW 20th St., 305-482-0238No chop suey. No kung pao anything, either. In fact, anything on Sois menu that sounds like something from a normal Chinese eatery wont be: char sui ribs come with delicate corn pancakes, wonton soup is kafir lime broth with a mushroom/truffle-butter-stuffed ravioli, lo mein is housemade noodles with pork belly and sous vide 63-degree egg. Basically its contemporary Chinese fine dining fare similar in creativity and quality ingredients to ultra-upscale Hakkasans, but served by a tiny take-out joint (with a few patio tables and counter stools) at neighborhood prices. $$NORTH MIAMI BEACHJulios Natural Foods Emporium1602 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-947-4744Vegetarians and vegans tired of settling for the one sad steamed vegetable entre tacked onto most menus will be in in pork-free pig heaven. Owner Julio Valderramas healthy global (though mostly Mediterranean, Mexican, and New American) menu of not-so-small plates, salads, sandwiches/wraps, and organic grain-based platters is so immense you could literally eat for months without repeating -or indulging in poultry and fish dishes. Cooking isnt cutting-edge, but unusual spicing keeps things interesting. Especially recommended: a signature veg-and-feta-packed zaatar flatbread; also slightly sinful sweet potato with butter and cinnamon. $-$$
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74 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSwine-curious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 selfservice dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargain-priced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Ceviche Piano140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414 Owners Martin and Charo Villacorta, a married chef/pastry chef team, think of this eatery as a relocation (in the same downtown plaza) and reinvention of their former best kept secret spot Martini 28. Most dramatic changes: upscaled size, and with its glamorous white piano, upgraded elegance. The menu has also been altered to be less of a global wildcard. Focus is now strongly on Peruvian cuisine, including a shrimp/calamari-smothered fish fillet with aji amarillo cream sauce. But no worries, old fans. Some of the old favorite dishes remain. $$ 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 choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavor ful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. 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 Moderne255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-421-8800Just two words, Daniel Boulud, should be enough for foodies craving creative French/American comfort food to run, not walk, to this restaurant. Downtowns db is indeed an absentee celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Matthieu Godard flawlessly executes dishes ranging from the original db Bistros signature foie gras/short rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local market-driven dishes. Especially strong are seafood preparations, whether sauced with a refined choron or lustily garnished with Provencal accompaniments like tender sea scallops with chickpea panisse. $$$-$$$$ D-Dog House50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770While it has become increasingly common to find servers at upscale restaurants utilizing computerized POS (point of service) systems to take orders, this high-tech hole-in-the-wall trumps them by replacing servers -and in-house entertainment, too -with iPads that accept not just food orders and credit cards but music requests. You can web surf or game, too, while waiting for your choice of the house specialty: supersized hot dogs, most overloaded with internationally inspired toppings. To accompany, hand-cut fries are a must. And have a cocktail. Theres a full liquor bar. $-$$ 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. $$$-$$$$Fado Irish Pub900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on miniboxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$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. $$$$$Jamon Iberico Pata Negra Restaurant 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-cool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, for merly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$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. $$-$$$ Plus 3 more great lunch combos $5.49-$7.49, M-F 11AM-4PMLUNCH SPECIAL10" Cheese Pizza + Small Drink + 2 Garlic Rolls $6.99 Located Next to Publix & Party City Receivemenchies.com18839B Biscayne Blvd. Aventura, Florida 33180 (305) 935-677720% offCoupon Code bt521 Offer expires 9/30/13 *Valid with coupon. Not to be combined with any other offer. 2013 Menchies Group, Inc.
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76 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSLa 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.Medialunas Calentitas919 Brickell Ave., 305-517-3303At this first U.S. location of a Uruguayan chain, the signature specialtys crescent-like shape says croissant. But medialunas dont have croissants puff-pastry flakiness; theyre more substantial buttery breakfast rolls. And either simply syrup-glazed or stuffed (with ham and cheese, dulce de leche, more), they make a terrific Latin comfort-food breakfast or snack on the run. The same is true for equally bargainpriced empanadas (three varieties with distinctive fillings from Uruguay, Argentina, or Mexico) and tiny but tasty migas sandwiches like the elaborate Olympic: ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, peppers, eggs, olives. $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. $$$MPP Brickell141 SW 7th St., 305-400-4610Tasty Peruvian eateries arent rare in Miami. Peruvian finedining restaurants are. In the tastefully toned-down but still glam space formerly housing And, this second location of Limas popular Mi Propriedad Privada specializes in familiar flavors presented with seriously upscaled preparations, plating, and prices. But many ceviches, tiraditos, and start ers (like especially artful layered/molded mashed potato/ seafood causas, or clever panko-breaded fusion causa makis) come in trios for taste-testing. And ceviche lovers score on Tuesdays, when all-you-can-eat costs the same as a trio. $$$-$$$$$ My Ceviche1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825When three-time James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee Sam Gorenstein opened the original My Ceviche in SoBe, in 2012, it garnered national media attention despite being a tiny take-away joint. Arguably, our newer indoor/outdoor Brickell location is better. Same menu, featuring local fish prepared onsite, and superb sauces including a kicky roast ed jalapeo/lime mayo), but this time with seats! What to eat? Ceviches, natch. But grilled or raw fish/seafood tacos and burritos, in fresh tortillas, might be even more tempting. Pristine stone-crab claws from co-owner Roger Duartes George Stone Crab add to the choices. $$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. $$$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe in standard sound bites. But they often are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sau sage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$OTC1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612Over-the-counter service usually connotes the classic fast food slider experience: both greaseburgers and patrons are in and out quickly. At this casually cool gastropub, the counter ordering system encourages the opposite feel, of comfie congeniality; it invites hanging out, just without the fuss of formal dining out -or the expense. Most plates are $10 or under. Ingredient-driven dishes cover todays favorite food groups (various mac-and-cheeses, variously topped/seasoned fries, and more) with some unusual twists, like a scrumptiously lardon-laden frise/goat cheese salad brightened by fresh peaches. Even the condiments are housemade. $$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. $$ Perricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most injokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$Pier 9494 SE 1st St., 305-379-5652Tucked into The Village, a collection of courtyard eateries far from any waterfront, this ceviche bar specializes in fresh seafood dishes from chef/owner Alex Del Corrals native Peru, but also features famous Peruvian meat and poultry dishes (including a refined aji de gallina, chicken in aji pepper-spiced cream sauce). Emphasis is particularly strong on Perus penchant for fusion food, including traditional Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice or noodle stir-fries. But the chef also fuses classic and creative influences. Try contemporary cau sas, combining Perus favorite starch, potatoes, with unique new sauces. $$ GRAND OPENING JULY 2013!Craft Beers, Wine, Prime Meats & More GET READY, WYNWOOD! 165 NW 23 St., Miami 33127 305-846-9120 www.TheButcherShopMiami.com 1800 Biscayne Blvd, #105 (Located at 1800 Biscayne Plaza) WWW.3CHEFS-MIA.COM
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78 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS 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. $ 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. $-$$PreludeAdrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$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. $-$$ Sushi Maki1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ SuViche49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097 This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion items with added Caribbean touches. Cooked entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempurabattered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Temaris1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-836-2747In Japan, temaris are ornamented hand balls, used since the Seventh Century for sport and as good luck folk-art objects. At this Japanese/Latin hot spot, temaris are reinterpreted, both playfully and artfully, as beautiful, bite-size sushi balls (each about half the size of normal nigiri): vinegary rice topped with sliced raw fish or beef, plus nipples constructed from several of the eaterys dozen-and-a-half sauces. Fancier mini-balls feature fusion combinations like spicy tuna, almonds, and tobiko, or substitute crispy rice. Normal-size makis, small plates, and desserts are also fun. $$-$$$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. $$Top Burger109 NE 1st St., 305-379-3100Inside this better burger spot, dcor is so charmingly 1950s retro you almost expect to find the Fonz leaning on a jukebox. What you actually find: hand-formed, hormone-free, 100% Angus patties (or alternatives like veggie burgers, a lightly-breaded chicken Milanesa, and all-beef hot dogs) on toasted buns, with fresh-cut French or sweet potato fries. Welcome surprises include an assertively spicy/tangy BBQ-like secret sauce; prices that, while not 1950s level, rival those at junkfood joints; and old-school service -the kind that comes with a smile. $ Toro Toro100 Chopin Plaza, 305-372-4710 Back before Miamis business district had any there there, the InterContinentals original restaurant was an executive lunch/dinner destination mainly by default. This replace ment, from restaurant empire-builder Richard Sandoval, brings downtown power dining into this decade. As the name suggests, you can go bullish with steakhouse fare, including an abbreviated (in variety, not quantity) rodizio experience. But the places strongest suit is its pan-Latin small plates -upscaled refinements of classic favorites: crisp corn arepas with short rib, guacamole, and crema fresca; fluffier cachapas pancakes with tomato jam; more. $$$-$$$$$ Trapiche Room1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, its not surprising that this small, second-floor restaurant is something of a best kept secret. But it deserves discovery. Chef Maria Tobar hasnt Daniel Bouluds fame, but she does have classic Europeantype technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/ cabbage strudel, into 21st century fine-dining fare. Both dcor and service, similarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the rooms intimacy makes it a romantic spot for special occasions. $$$$Tre Italian Bistro270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but resto lounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistro lounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale powerlunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake sliders are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restau rant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tu yo415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt student-run. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former prot gs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$Wok Town119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist dcor (with communal seating), and predominance of American veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables. Wrong. Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor. The proof: a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion dressing. Bubble tea, too! $$ 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. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restau rants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ 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. $-$$ Basanis3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood red-sauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$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. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes).
Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSHefty half-pound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ 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. $-$$ The Cypress Room3620 NE 2nd Ave., 305-520-5197Deer and boar heads on wood-paneled walls juxtapose with crystal chandeliers at this tiny fourth restaurant in Michael Schwartzs burgeoning empire, evoking feelings of dining in a century-old millionaires hunting lodge -in miniature. Many dishes are similarly fun fantasies of 1920s Florida fine dining, pairing yesteryears rustic pro teins (including wild game) and veggies with preparations that are ultimately refined interpretations of the past: antelope/wild mushroom gnocchi; French onion soup with a sort of gruyere tuile float instead of the usual gooey melt, served on a lacy doily. Dont miss the royal red shrimp, or Hedy Goldsmiths desserts. $$$$$ Daily Melt3401 N. Miami Ave. #123, 305-573-0101Masterminded by Chef Allen Susser, the concept is to bring diners the comfort of homemade grilled cheese -like moms, if mom hadnt usually burned the bread and improperly melted the cheese. The Melts custom grill press browns/melts sandwiches perfectly every time. Additionally, Susser tested numerous all-American cheeses (no imports or artisanal products) for gooey goodness. Mom probably also didnt create combinations like cheddar with green apples and Virginia ham, or allow a simple signature grilled American cheese to be dressed up with truffle butter. Accompaniments include roasted tomato soup, chopped salads, and sweet melts like smores. $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 crisp-fried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Egyptian Pizza 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. $$The Embassy4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446Dont come to this embassy for passports. The name is short for Embassy of Well-being and Debauchery. You will, however, feel transported to Spains gourmet capital, San Sebastian, after sampling ambassador Alan Hughess cunning pintxos (complexly layered Basque-style tapas). From a self-serve bar, choose from a changing selection of skewered stacks; brie, homemade fig jam,
Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS and twizzles of silky jamon Serrano; roast tomato, goat cheese, and anchovies on buttery garlic toast; many more. Small plates, to-die-for desserts like floating island with lychees, and weekend brunch items demonstrate similar mad-chef skills. $$-$$$ Shops at Midtown Miami 3552 NE 1st Ave., 305-482-1832When kids are sick, you take them to a doctor. If your inner child feels feverish, though, the cure is Felecia Hatchers handcrafted, vegan-friendly, natural and organic frozen treats -popsicles reinvented for grown-ups. At this literal mom-and-pop shop, Hatcher and husband Derek Pearson offer more than 25 changing flavors, some spiked (like locally sourced mango with bourbon), others just sophisticated (pineapple basil, strawberry balsamic, chocolate banana). No artificial flavors, no refined sugars. Particularly playful inner kids can customize with coatings ranging from nuts to truly nuts: pop rocks, potato chips, and more. $ Georges Kitchen & The Loft3404 N. Miami Ave., 305-438-9199Veteran Miami restaurateur George-Eric Farge raises the sophistication bar at his new two-story restaurant/lounge. But the real star is Michelin-starred chef Steven Rojas, who combines French technique and personal creativity for dishes like Idiazabal cheese churros with romesco sauce, a green pea pot de crme jar with bacon marmalade (accompanied by butter-fried baguette slices for spreading), soy-glazed hamachi crudo with ginger gelee, and capersprinkled short rib tartare, the meats richness cheekily upped by poached bone marrow and caviar. Brunch and lunch items are equally ingenious. $$$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? $$ Jean Pauls House2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373Jean Paul Desmaison, original chef/co-owner of La Cofradia in Coral Gables, has chosen a decidedly less tony, more transitional neighborhood for this venture. But inside his reno vated bungalow, ambiance is stylishly cozy, and the creative contemporary North/South American fusion cuisine is as elegant as ever. Best bets are dishes influenced by Desmaisons native Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet potato pure, and a beautifully balanced nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible: tame leche de tigre, Perus infamous tigers milk marinade. $$$-$$$$ Jimmyz Kitchen2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$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. $-$$La Provence2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Lagniappe3425 NE 2nd. Ave., 305-576-0108In New Orleans, lagniappe means a little extra, like the 13th doughnut in a bakers dozen. And thats what you get at this combination wine and cheese bar/backyard BBQ/enter tainment venue. Choose artisan cheeses and charcuterie from the fridges, hand them over when you pay (very little), and theyll be plated with extras: olives, bread, changing luscious condiments. Or grab fish, chicken, veggies, or steak (with salad or cornbread) from the hidden yards grill. Relax in the comfie mismatched furniture, over extensive wine/beer choices and laidback live music. No cover, no attitude. $$ 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 carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y 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. $$Lost & Found Saloon185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neighborhood. Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwesternstyle fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion and pepitacrusted salmon, chipotle-drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemoncrusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $Mandolin Aegean Bistro4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066Inside this converted 1940s homes blue-and-white dining room -or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered garden -diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece and Turkey. Make a meal of multinational mezes: a Greek sampler of creamy tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant pure, and airy tarama caviar spread; and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava pure, and rich tomato-walnut dip. The meze of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolins fresh-baked flatbread, almost a full meal in itself. $$-$$$ MC Kitchen4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-9948 Chef/co-owner Dena Marino calls MCs food modern Italian -neither an evocative description nor explanation for why this place is one of our towns hottest tickets. But tasting tells the tale. Marinos food incorporates her entire culinary background, from her Nonnas traditional Italian-American kitchen to a long stint in Michael Chiarellos famed contemporary Californian eatery Tra Vigne, with pronounced personal twists that make eating here uniquely exciting. Particularly definitive: lunchtimes piadenas, saladlike seasonal/regional ingredient combinations atop heavenly homemade flatbreads. Cocktails feature ingredients from zaatar to salmon roe. $$$-$$$$ Mercadito Midtown3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas. But the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity: genu inely made-from-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed. Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (juicy braised pork, spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts). A close second: the hongos, intensely flavorful huitlacoche and wild mushrooms, with manchego and salsa verde -a reminder that vegetarian food need not be bland. $$-$$$Michaels Genuine Food and Drink130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. Theres also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michaels Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$Mikes at Venetia555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-night menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$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 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 Biscayne Blvd., 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. $$Pieducks3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Pride & Joy2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548 Behind this Wynwood warehouse faade youll find pure Southern roadhouse, and the backyard patio is an even more relaxing
Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS place to kick back with beer, blues music, and barbecue from pit master Myron Mixon. Oddly, considering Mixons many BBQ championships, the cue can be inconsistent. Our favorite choices: St. Louis ribs, tender without being falling-off-the bone overcooked, and enjoyably fattier than baby backs; vinegar-doused pulled pork sandwiches, which, unlike meat plates, come with sides -fries, plus slaw to pile on for added juice and crunch. $$$ 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. $-$$Shokudo World Resource Caf 4740 NE 2nd Ave., 305-758-7782At its former Lincoln Road location, World Resources caf was better known for people-watching than for its standard sushi/Thai menu. But as the new name signals, this relocation is a reinvention. The indoor/outdoor space is charming, but creative takes on popular pan-Asian street foods are the real draw. Travel from Japan and Thailand through Korea, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and beyond via light housemade momo, curried potato-stuffed Tibetan/Nepalese steamed dumplings; savory pulled pork buns with kimchi and crisped onions. Noodle dishes, hot or chilled, are especially appealing. $$-$$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/ fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$Tony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food. But the American dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Wine Vault MiamiShops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000From a Wine Vault press release: Over 1300 square feet of pure decadence. In fact, the soaring, two-story space, complete with glass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolate-covered bacon. Go ahead and make a meal of it. We grown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from worldfamous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$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. $-$$Boteco916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budget-priced. $$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. $-$$ East Side Pizza731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entres like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peroni beer. As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables. $Fiorito5555 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-2899While owners Max and Cristian Alvarezs description of their eatery as a little Argentinean shack is as charming as the brothers themselves, it conveys neither the places cool warmth nor the foods exciting elegance. Dishes are authentically Argentine, but far from standard steakhouse stuff. Chef Cristians background at popular pop-up The Dining Room becomes instantly understandable in dishes like orange and herb-scented lechon confit (with pumpkin mash, pickled cabbage salad, and Dijon mojo) or sopa de calabaza, derived from Argentinas peasant stew locro, but here a refined, creamy soup. Many more surprises -even steaks. $$-$$$ The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559At the Fed, expect what locals know to expect from sommelier/ chef team Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, whose previous restaurant concepts have included Blue Piano (gourmet stoner snacks) and Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea. That is, expect the unexpected. The Fed is an updated tavern featuring creative, from-scratch takes on traditional American regional dishes: flaky Southern biscuits with sausage gravy (and crisp-coated sweetbreads, if desired); Northeastern-inspired pig wings (pork drummettes with homemade Buffalo sauce, blue cheese mousse, and pickled veggies). Desserts, from third partner Alejandro Ortiz, include sinful sticky buns. $$-$$$ Garden of Eatin136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050Housed in a yellow building thats nearly invisible from the street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Go To Sushi5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach, rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry. Health ensured, you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs: fried dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with quills -really a delectable crunchy noodle mix. $Iron Side Caf7600 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-0551Located in the Little River business (meaning warehouse) district, inside an art complex that looks like just another factory, this eatery is easy to miss. But it shouldnt be missed. Both the cozy interior and more expansive terrace provide picturesque settings for artfully plated, seriously organic and locally sourced fare from Nuno Grullon, original exec chef at Metro Organic Bistro. Particularly recommended: tuna tartare with a unique spicy lemon dressing; ossa buco featuring flavorful grass-fed beef from Gaucho Ranch right down the road. Saturday BBQ/gallery nights are especially hip. $$-$$$Jimmys East Side Diner7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and
82 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$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. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more technique-intensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweetsavory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese home-cooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News 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. $$-$$$Ouzos620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929Unlike the wide-ranging Mediterranean eatery formerly in this riverside space, Anise, which Ouzos Liza Meli co-owned, Ouzos menu returns to her heritage (and to her original North Beach Ouzos, 2003-2006): pure Greek, prepared with the full-flavored simplicity of authentic taverna food. Its hard to choose between making a meal of mezes (small plates, including lovely, light taramosalata fish roe spread) or grilled seafood (which really tastes, not merely looks, grilled). Fortunately, dip and seafood sampler platters mean you neednt choose. Just dont miss homemade lemon cake, a family recipe. $$$ Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Siam Rice7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516Youll find all the familiar favorite Thai and Japanese items here, and prices for curries and noodle dishes (all customizable regarding choice of protein, preparation, and heat level) are especially good at lunch. But dont overlook somewhat pricier specialties like a deep-fried yet near-greaseless bone less half duck with veggies in red curry sauce. Theres also an unusually extensive list of salads, some with inventive fusion touches, like a grilled shrimp/soba salad featuring traditional Thai flavors (sriracha chiles, fish sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles. $-$$$ 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 1035 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136 | 305-961-7887 www.TheCornerMiami.com | facebook.com/the.corner.miami.ave OPEN LATE
Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS Indian naan bread. Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends: candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans. $NORTH BAY VILLAGEThe Crab House1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085 www.crabhouseseafood.comEstablished 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 water front deck) still evokes the good old days. Freshness fanatics will be happy with la carte favorites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global specials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Oggis Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Sabor Latin Restaurant & Cafe1880 79th St. Cswy., 305-741-2020This family-run restaurant serves big portions of homey traditional food from several Latin American countries, including Cuba (pan con bistec, ropa vieja), Mexico (nachos, tacos, quesadillas), and Peru (lomo saltado). But the specialty is Colombian classics, from snacks like empanadas to a bandeja paisa combo (grilled steak, chorizo, a gargantuan crispy chicharron strip, fried egg, arepa, plantains, beans, rice). Particularly recommended: daily specials including two meal-in-a-bowl chicken soups, ajiaco, and sancocho. If youve wondered about the much-debated difference, heres where to test the taste. $-$$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 fiddle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski created the original menu, and among his dishes still available is the filet mignon atop surprisingly pistachio-studded barnaise sauce. Now there is a range of Mediterranean offerings as well, from grilled calamari steaks to mahi picatta. $$$NORTH BEACHCaf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/ Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ Lous Beer Garden7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels poolpatio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several house made sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/ sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys executive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, youd expect major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address. Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal whod moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$The Wine Market908 71st St., 305-865-6465This rustic-chic wine shop, tapas bar, and restaurant is the sort of place that every emerging neighborhood needs. The wine stock isnt huge but the selection is thoughtful, with many bottles priced from $10 to $20. Take it home or pay a small corkage fee and drink on-premises over a meal centered on typical Parisian bistro entres like steak or moules frites (the latter regularly available all-you-can-eat). If youd prefer going the tapas bar route, highlights include a silky cognac/truffle chicken liver mousse and battered shrimp with remoulade sauce to make your own poboy crostinis. $$-$$$ MIAMI SHORESCte Gourmet9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ Iron Sushi 9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami. And why do Miamians eat here? Not ambiance. There isnt any. But when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies know their fish, tout the seafoods freshness, we listen. There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry Mayo. And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar and indoor/ outdoor dining room. The surprise is the food some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemporary: an Asian ahi tuna tower; a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad; and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ 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-gooeycheese pizzas reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos territory, except now there are options for todays toppings -sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc. But theres also a full menu of Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$NORTH MIAMIAlaska Coffee Roasting Co.13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every coffee-growing country in the world. Brews like signature smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe dont even need cream or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou. All beans are house-roasted. Theres solid food, too: brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ 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 pre-sliced -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. $$Bagels & Co.11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one cant actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location next to a firearms shop. But theres a lot of other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular. But whats most important is that this is one of the areas few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy outside, challengingly chewy inside. $Bulldog Barbecue/Bulldog Burger15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655These adjacent restaurants are really one place with two dining areas, since they connect and diners can order from either menu. They also share a BBQ/burger master: Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, whose indoor electric smoker produces mild-tasting cue ranging from the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to more unusual items like hot-smoked salmon. As for burgers, many feature unique ingre dients such as mayo flavored like red-eye gravy, with strong coffee, or the bun of the infamous Luther: a sweet-glazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut. Costs are comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Cane Sucre899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123From the Vega brothers (who pioneered the Design and MiMo districts with, respectively, the original Cane A Sucre and UVA 69), this charming artisanal sandwich bar is the perfect breakfast/lunch stop before or after ingesting visual arts at
84 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSnearby MOMA. Actually, creations like El Fig (fig confit, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and honey on an authentically French crisp-crusted fresh-baked baguette) are art in their own right. Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and home made sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ 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. $$Chen-huyae15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succu lent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$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.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. $$-$$$$Flip Burger Bar1699 NE 123rd St.,305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-not-miss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/ chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a topdrawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversationfriendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$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. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St.,305-895-0165Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-tenbuck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$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 celeb chef was a kid. The piccolo space has since expanded, but the place is still child-friendly, and portions are still prodigious. Most dishes evoke nostalgia, including our favorite white wine/lemon sauce-drenched veal piccata with capers and artichokes. There are surprises not found at old school red-sauce joints, too, like lunchtimes surprisingly tasty Cuban sandwich. $$Little Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal. Its also a good choice for diners who dont speak Spanish, but dont worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$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. $$ Petit Rouge12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$Piccolo Pizza2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893-9550 Pizzas 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. $-$$ Rice House of Kabob14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899Since 2006, South Beachs original Rice House has been serving up mountainous platters of basmati rice and Greek salad topped with Persian-style marinated/char-grilled meat, poultry, seafood, or veggie kabobs -for very little money. This branch of what is now a growing chain has the same menu (which also features wraps, for lighter eaters) and the same policy of custom-cooking kabobs, so expect fresh, not fast, food. Sides of must-o-keyar and must-o-mooseer (thick yogurt dips with herbed cukes or shallots) are must-haves. $$ 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. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this nostalgic hangout. New owners have made some changes, including a dcor/ambiance upgrade (theres now a patio lounge, with music) and an expanded menu featuring contemporary comfort foods like fire-grilled pizzas with fresh toppings (homemade mozzarella, etc.), several salads, and veggie burgers. But timetested road food favorites remain: big beef burgers, hot dogs, and of course, Woodys famous cheesesteak, done traditional Philly-style with shaved ribeye. You can even get Cheese Whiz. To drink, there are nine draft beers plus old-school shakes. $$NORTH MIAMI BEACHBlue 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. $-$$ rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN r fntnb trrr rrffntbfrbtnn nfnr
Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSChristines Roti Shop16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Takeout packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffys, part of a popular chain that identifies as the official sports grill of every major Miami team, features roughly a zillion TVs and an equally mega-size menu of accessibly Americanized, globally inspired dishes designed to please crowds: stuffed potato skins, crab Rangoon, coconut-crusted fish fingers with orange-ginger sauce, jumbo wings of many flavors. Imagine a sports-oriented Cheesecake Factory. What makes this particular Duffys different and better? Location, location, location -fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Theres even a swimming pool with its own bar. $$-$$$ Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swallowed Manhattan -and transformed public perceptions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area. Before: bland fauxCantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, especially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$ 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). $$$-$$$$ Hannas Gourmet Diner13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687One of Miamis first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popu lar after-hours snack stop. The sushi menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori, skewers of succulently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables; the unusually large variety available of the last makes this place a good choice for vegetarians. $$ 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 futo maki, 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. $$-$$$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. $-$$ KoneFood387 NE 167th St., 305-705-4485Cones contain ice cream. Kones, however, contain anything and everything edible -at least at this eatery, locally founded (though the original concept of ultimate portable convenience meals, in sealed flatbread cones, came from Italy). In their melting-pot American version, kone fillings range from breakfast items like huevos rancheros to Thai chicken, chicken curry, coconut shrimp, kones kon lechon (slow-roasted pork with mojo), various pizzas, BBQ, chicken Florentine, healthy green salads, more. There are even desserts like a flambed apple Kone la Normande. Authentic Belgian frites, too. $ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd. 305-949-8800 www.limefreshmexicangrill.comLike its downtown and Midtown siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Laurenzos Market Caf16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteriastyle space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your ener gies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$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. $-$$The Melting Pot15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228 For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were standard dorm accessories. These days, however, branches of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating experience. Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue; proceed to an entre with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil); finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate. Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go with those you love. $$$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. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chilitopped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$Sangs Chinese Restaurant1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076Sangs has three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum, served until 4:00 p.m. A live tank allows seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. Recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$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 authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam 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. $-$$Slices Pizza & Pasta13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5684While pizza by the slice is common street food in every city in the USA, this informal Italian eatery offers a variation particu larly appropriate to Latin American-influenced Miami: slices served rodizio-style. Brazils traditional rodizio restaurants feature many different grilled meats, served tableside by a continuing parade of waiters till diners cry uncle. Here the concept is the same, with dozens of varieties of pizza (plus several pastas) replacing the beef. $$ Sushi 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 *Must present all coupons. Not valid with other offers. Tax not included. Exp. 7/31/13**
86 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS 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. $$Yakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grou per with hot/sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$BAY HARBOR ISLANDSAsia 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. $$$ Bettos Ristorante Italiano1009 Kane Concourse, 305-861-8166After roughly 25 years as Caffe Da Vinci, this romantic remodeled, renamed space is now managed by Betto Di Carlo, also a 25-year Italian cuisine veteran (as former owner/effusively charming host of Surfsides neighborhood favorite Caf Ragazzi). Best make reservations. Though off the tourist track, the place draws hungry hordes for home made pastas like pappardelle ai porcini (toothsome wide noodles with fresh mushrooms). Veal piccata, lightly floured and sauted medaillons with a caper-studded lemon white wine sauce, and thicker mozzarella-stuffed chops are also popular. $$$ 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. $$$$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$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. $$BagelWorks18729 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-7727Hard as it is for old-time NYC expats to believe, theres evidently a younger generation that doesnt equate the Jewish deli experience with loudmouthed servers and the smell of 75 years of fermenting pickle juice in the flooring. This cleanly contemporary place attracts this younger generation with the full range of classics, including many varieties of hand-sliced smoked fish, but also healthy options, most notably a wide array of substantial salads with grilled pro tein add-ons. Bagels, while machine-made rather than handrolled, are freshly baked all day. $$ 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. 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. $$$ Bourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare starts. There are also Minas ingenious signature dishes, like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy meal. But dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$BurgerFi18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350 Its not surprising that this Florida-based better burger franchise is one of Americas fastest-growing. With dcor thats relaxingly retro yet futuristically earth-friendly (think recycled Coke bottle chairs), beverages ranging from milkshakes to craft beers, and sourced hormone/antibiotic-free, grass-fed Angus burgers on branded buns, for prices rivaling those for fast-food junkburgers, whats not to love? There are also vegetarian quinoa burgers or Kobe dogs, plus accessories including hand-cut fries, killer crisp-battered onion rings, freshly made, all-natural frozen custard, and toppings galore. $ Cadillac RanchVillage at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Fresko19048 NE 29th Ave., 786-272-3737Forget thick, dough-wrapped potato knishes and blintzes slathered with sour cream. As its name suggests, this kosher dairy eatery eschews the starch/sugar-laden traditional tfavorites for salads, smoothies, and similar healthy fare as casual, clean, and contempo rary as the restaurants dcor. Asian-influenced items, like wakametopped tuna tartare with pineapple chutney, are particularly appealing, while those craving classic combinations like smoked salmon and cream cheese can enjoy them on a light-crusted designer pizza. To drink, smoothies are supplemented by refreshing herbal infu sions like green lemonade (with mint and basil). $$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. $$-$$$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. $$-$$$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. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030Considering our countys dearth of authentic Chinese food, this stylish eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura residents. Owners Jin Xiang Chen and Shu Ming (a.k.a. Mr. Chef) come from Chinas southern seacoast province of Guangdong (Canton). But youll find no gloppily sauced, Americanized-Cantonese chop sueys here. Cooking is properly light-handed, and seafood specialties shine (try the spicy/crispy salt and pepper shrimp). For adventurers, theres a cold jellyfish starter. Even timid taste buds cant resist tender fried shrimp balls described this way: With crispy adorable fringy outfit. $$-$$$Pilar20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van Aken and Mark Militello. He has been executive chef at Rumi, and cooked at NYCs James Beard House. Armed with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to prove that top restaurants can be affordable. Consider it proven. Floribbeanstyle seafood is the specialty: fresh hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snapper with tomato-herb vinaigrette. Forget its strip-mall location. The restaurant itself is elegant. $$-$$$Sushi Siam19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)SUNNY ISLES BEACHAlba17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305From bad-boy celeb chef Ralph Pagano, Sole resorts seaside Italian/Italian-American eatery has an irreverent retro Rat Pack vibe and a menu featuring naked ravioli from the Gnudi Bar, fresh seafood, homemade pastas, classic and contemporary pizzas, and old school red sauce joint entres, some upscaled. (When lobster Franaise is available, why settle for chicken?) Almond-sage butter-sauced butternut squash gnudi is a best bet. And meals end with another best bet: the Vinny D Split, a game enabling tables to win their meals for free. $$$$ Chef Philip Ho16850 Collins Ave., 305-974-0338Deep-pocketed diners who ate at the Setai when Jonathan Wright was executive chef already know chef Hos work. His dazzling dim sum were the menus highlight. Now theyre affordable for all. Dumplings (chive and shrimp, green tea duck, truffle-spiked scallop, more) have skins delicate enough to see through; open shrimp dumplings with dried scallops are almost flower-like in appearance; steamed cheung fan (rice noodle crpes) rolled around Chinese crullers are simply sinful, as are flaky-crusted egg custard tarts. And the regular menu measures up to the small plates. $$-$$$Copper Chimney18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is the foods elegant presentation -plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among familiar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by street snacks, like bikaneri chaat (fried gram flour crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt) served with two chutneys; anything featuring paneer cheese, from classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried tomato-stuffed paneer/ potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$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. $$$Timo17624 Collins Ave., 305-936-1008Since opening in 2003, the inventive yet clean and unfussy Italian/Mediterranean-inspired seasonal food at this hot spot, created by chef/owner Tim Andriola (at the time best known for his stints at Chef Allens and Marks South Beach), has been garnering local and national raves. Dont bother reading them. Andriolas dishes speak for themselves: a salad of crisp oysters atop frise, cannelloni bean, and pancetta; foie gras crostini with a subtle caramelized orange sauce; a blue crab raviolo with toasted pignolias and brown butter; or a wood-oven three-cheese white pizza. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ THAI & JAPANESE LUNCH SPECIALS from $7.99 Monday-Saturday SINGHA BEER 2 FOR $6 All Day Long through July305-758-05167941 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
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