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CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACEThe Hunt for WaterfrontIntracoastal Mall: New Owners, New Future May 2014 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 12 Issue 3

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COVER STORY 20 Intr acoastal Mall: New Owners, New Life COMMENTARY 10 Fe edback: Letters 14 Ja ck King: Political Potpourri OUR SPONSORS 16 BizBu zz: May 2014 COMMUNITY NEWS 38 Condo Boom Gives Birth to New Baby 39 They Promised Us a Waterfront Park! 40 The Music Man of El Portal NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS 48 Brickell / Downtown: Very Bad Bike Crash 50 Nor th Miami: Buckle Up Wild Ride Ahead 52 Aventu ra: Normal Residents, Crazy Visitors 54 Uppe r Eastside: Welcome to Little Amsterdam 56 Miami Shor es: Retail Rights and Wrongs ART & CULTURE 58 Anne Tschida on the African Diaspora 60 Melissa Wallens Galleries + Museums 62 Event s Calendar: Boukman Eksperyans POLICE REPORTS 64 Derek McCanns Biscayne Crime Beat PARK PATROL 66 Jim W. Harp er: Pinecrest Gardens COLUMNISTS 63 Pi cture Story: Long Gone Burdines 68 Your Garden: May I See Your Certificate? 69 Pet Talk: Hoofing It With the Woofer 70 Kids and the City: Spoiler Grandparents 71 Going Green: Interview With Myself 72 Vino: Que Syrah, Syrah... 73 Dish: Nobody Here but Us Hillbillies DINING GUIDE 74 Re staurant Listings: 297 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants Book Now! 1-888-930-8688 www.rwbimini.com RELAX BIMINI DAY CRUISES$64.50pp** SAVE 50% *Prices are per person per night. 2 night minimum stay required. $45 pp rate is based on minimum of 4 guests in the room Sunday through Thursday. Weekday rate is valid Sunday through Thursday. Weekend rate is valid Friday and Saturday. Promotion is valid for new bookings only and is not combinable with any other promotion. Valid for stays through August 31, 2014. Blackout dates apply. **Excludes taxes and fees. Resort credit is valid only for F&B, cannot be redeemed for cash, no casino value & expires at the end of guests stay. Resort Credits are per room and are only valid with a minimum three night stay. $500 $ 45 PUBLISHER & EDITOR r CONTRIBUTORS fntrnSenior Writer nrnr bArts Editor r tnrt t t rrr nn n r r nrn BUSINESS MANAGER rrr rrrr ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES r r r rr ART DIRECTOR rn r ADVERTISING DESIGN rrr CIRCULATION rrr PRINTING rCONTENTSPO Box 370566, Miami, FL 33137 www.biscaynetimes.com rfnftbfrfft nbb F OR A DVERTISING INFORMATION CALL 305-756-6200 40 48 66Serving communities along the Biscayne Corridor: Arch Creek East, Aventura, Bay Point, Bayside, Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena Vista, Coventry, Design District, Downtown, Eastern Shores, Edgewater, El Portal, Enchanted Lake, Hibiscus Island, Highland Lakes, Keystone Point, Miami Shores, Morningside, North Greynolds, North Bay Island, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Oak Forest, Oakland Grove, Palm Grove, Palm Island, Sans Souci, Shorecrest, Sky Lake, Sparling Lake, Star Island, Wynwood, and Venetian Islands

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Hat Toss, Anyone?Hats off to Terrance Cantarella for his well-written, historically fascinating, and extremely informative, up-to-date, stateof-the-industry report in his cover story Race Wars, (April 2014). I read it straight through and couldnt Kudos to the BT for such an excellent, timely, and interesting report on racing in Florida. I really loved the whole story and didnt know a thing about that industry beforehand, but sure do now. Nancy Schoening HollywoodCoontie: A Love StoryI really liked Jen Karetnicks article on coontie Ground Cover from the Days of Dinosaurs (April 2014). I have dozens in my yard in Miami Shores and have been a big fan of coontie for many years. My neighbors probably think they are unruly, but they truly are beautiful. I would love to educate the Miami Shores Public Works Department on native plants. We really need more in the street medians. The stuff they plant is just awful. Its the same Arboricola everywhere. Ive helped design a couple of native plantings for two of my neighbors, and they always appreciate the help in selecting the right natives in the right place with the right spacing. I collect native palms and am a guide at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Alex Quintana Miami ShoresCushman: Try That Walk AgainYellow Journalism is alive and well at Bis cayne Times courtesy of Mr. Ken Jett and A Good Walk Spoiled (April 2014) con cerning the Cushman School street closure. Filled with innuendo, references to racism, bribery, and public corruption, Mr. Jetts backlash against Cushman is misguided, not based in fact, and crosses the line. I believe I speak for most when I say that I, too, oppose action taken by the city to vacate or abandon public property for entity. We rightfully abhor the idea that a private landowner can obtain public property in order to develop, increase density, and make a quick buck. Unfortu nately, there are way too many examples of the city giving away public land to greedy developers at the taxpayers expense. But this is where Mr. Jett gets it wrong. The Cushman deal is distinguishable in many ways. First, the land acquired by the school cannot be developed, and there is no pecuniary gain to the school. To the contrary, the school incurs the expense of maintaining the street. Cushman cannot expand its private property into the former public property. The street will remain a street. Neither the school nor any subsequent buyer can expand the private property into the former public property. Second, the street closure absolutely is rooted in a legitimate public concern: child safety. I would invite Mr. Jett to witness a regular lockdown scenario at the school consisting of all the children quickly relocat ing to safety rooms, such as the nearest bathroom or storage closet with doors locked behind them and in complete silence, to avoid detection by a suspected perpetra tor. Unfortunately, this is the day and age we live in. The road closure surely affords the children an added layer of protection. For those who may be unfamiliar with the school, it is of a fantastic Mediter ranean revival style, circa 1926, with sweeping breezeways and very much connected to the outdoors. The architec ture is stunning, with a central courtyard that is the heart of the school. However, the architecture, and the road that bisects the school, also make it uniquely vulnerable. Unsecured, the road provides immediate and direct access to the school from two Well before Mr. Jett arrived in town, the school has enjoyed an excellent reputation in education. The school has been a beacon of light on the Boulevard for nearly 90 years, founded by Dr. Laura Cushman, who moved here from Iowa in the early 1900s and lived in Morningside until her death. Through good times and bad, the school has stuck it out on the Boulevard. There are students currently attending Cushman who reside in the Biscayne Corridor there always have been and there always will be. In fact, some are secondand even thirdgeneration students of families that have City over the past century. Instead of spewing vitriol, I encourage Mr. Jett to visit the school, sit down, and speak with some of the parents and teach ers. Watch the children perform in the 90th annual Spring Assembly in the courtyard. Who knows, maybe, just maybe, a little bit of Dr. Laura Cushmans spirit and wisdom may overcome him, and he just may have a good walk after all.Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 12

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Mark A. Ingraham, Esq. Cushman School Class of 1985Cushman: Were the Good NeighborRegarding Ken Jetts A Good Walk Spoiled, I was the head at the Cushman School for 32 years. During that time, we had many pros titutes, drug dealers, and criminals taking a good walk past our school. Many times they entered the campus. Cars and trucks also sped through our Biscayne Boulevard, and endangering our students. The safety of our children is the primary concern of the school. I do not think anyone can doubt that the children are safer with the street closed. in fact, many of the students, parents, and employees are people of color. A large per The Cushman School has been a good neighbor here for almost 90 years. Ken Jett should have done his research before form ing his negative opinion. Dr. Joan Lutton Retired Head The Cushman SchoolCushman: Future Fright?Ken Jetts Neighborhood Correspondents column A Good Walk Spoiled is primar ily made up of a quasi-lesson in how a public forum before an elected commission works (thanks, but not necessary or fully accurate) and a projection of the outcome of this change to the streets. Cushman School has every right to seek to improve safety and functionality within the range of its campus. Witness the same approved changes done with street closures for Johnson & Wales, which actually does impact vehicular transit to some degree. In the Cushman case, the impact on vehicular transit is nil. The two areas of closure are irrelevant to the public at large and create no hardship. Finally, the author seems to be highly the future This is not something that has occurred. Therefore, the entire column is simply fear-based opinion not news. Bonnie Bennett Miami Editors note: The Cushman Schools legal settlement with the MiMo Biscayne Association will not result in a direct pay ment of $10,000 to the association. The money, to be held in trust by the school, will be used to cover the cost of purchasing and planting trees along Biscayne Boulevard.Only Avra Gets It RightGreat article Rebuilding the Boulevard (March 2104). Avra Jain deserved being the cover story. As the MiMo Biscayne Association is mentioned in the article, I would like to clarify one comment attributed to the association, that we feared the height limit would dissuade developers from renovat ing the motels because they couldnt add blatantly incorrect. The objection to the 35-foot cap is not tied to developers revenues. The objection is that it lacks a realistic vision for the future of the Bou levard. It negates the MiMo Historic Districts opportunity to create a sustainable future. I spent many hours talking to reporter Erik Bojnansky for this article, and on other occasions. I have explained the associations objections to the arbitrary height limitation and the legalized sale of property rights to justify the citys down-zoning. Avra Jain is correctly using the transfer of development rights to restore her MiMo motels. In historic districts around the country, TDRs are supposed to be used to protect historic properties. The City of Miami is justifying the down-zoning by allowing TDRs for every property on the Boulevard, including empty lots, parking lots, and locations that abut the Boulevard but are not even historically designated. Selling air rights has become a feeding frenzy on the Boulevard. So far, only Avra Jain is using this incentive for a valid pur pose restoring historic properties. The reason the MiMo Biscayne Associ ation continues to work for a more realistic height for the 27 blocks of the historic dis trict is so restorations of historic properties really do rebuild the Boulevard. Aside from Avra Jains restoration of her historic motels, the rebuilding of the Boulevard has become new, one-story, strip-mall-style structures that sell off the rest of their property rights for cash. The long-term result will surely be a Boulevard with no heart. Their property rights will be scattered like ashes over a dense downtown. Nancy Liebman, president MiMo Biscayne AssociationCommentary: LETTERS DRIVE GREEN r frf LettersContinued from page 10

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Commentary: MIAMIS KINGBy Jack King BT ContributorSomehow time gets away from you as you grow older. I watched President Obamas stirring speech in Austin, Texas on the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnsons landmark civil rights legislation. Much has been accomplished in the past halfcentury, but there is still much to be done. There are still many people in this nation who believe people of color should not have the same rights as white people. Yes, they are dying off, but not fast enough for my taste. Why is it that so many people think people of color are just here to take from everyone else? It saddens me. One of the ways in which minorities are being disenfranchised is the adoption of unfair voting laws, including aggres sive voter registration. Why not? It works. If your polling place is ten miles from your home and you have no car, its tough to vote. If you have to stand in line for ten hours to vote, chances are youll go home without voting. Ever notice that those long voting line are never in white neighbor hoods? Think thats an accident? But right here in Miami-Dade County, the elections department has come up with a new way to make it tougher to vote. Earlier this year the department quietly implemented a policy to close pollingplace bathrooms that were not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Turns out that quite a few polling places, those on private property in particular, have bathrooms that dont meet ADA standards. What a great way to handle the problem. If the handicapped cant pee, nobody can pee. I have to wonder if the because nobody there can see outside. Theres no doubt the City of Miami has lots of problems, from parks that are health hazards to commissioners who have ethics issues to a police department in disarray. So its no wonder the city commission re cently took up a very serious and pressing issue: illegal garage sales. What makes them illegal is that residents fail to obtain a garage-sale permit, which costs $28.50. Essentially there are no other rules, so it looks to me like the only reason to enforce permits is so the Commissioner Willy Gort, seeing big bucks for the city, said he believes 90 percent of the citys garage sales are illegal. I dont doubt it, but the question is whether this law is a solution in search of a problem. I guess Gort and two fellow Hispanic commissioners have forgotten that many Cuban exiles who landed here sold stuff out of their houses to make a living. And believe me, many still do. Its another example of the city commission spending lots of time on something nobody cares about. Hey guys, stick to the serious problems. I dont know anyone who likes redlight cameras. Numerous municipalities around the state have dumped the program. Miami is not one of them. Its another example of a solution in search of a problem. Sound familiar? And this one is a doozy of a revenue generator about $200 per infraction. The Florida legislature attempted to outlaw red-light cameras throughout the state. The measure was thwarted, and so the programs are still in place, thanks in no small part to lobbyists hired by camera companies, the biggest being tions. You might want to ask Miamis commissioners how much campaign cash they got from ATS or its lobbyists. Im guessing its not a small number. We all know that Miami and MiamiDade County are pretty good at giving away the peoples money to professional sports teams the Heat, the Marlins, the Panthers (yes, they got big bucks and then left downtown Miami), and possibly David Beckham and his soccer buddies. But the State of Florida is no slouch, and isnt limited to sports moguls. The best one coming out of Tallahassee this year has to be a ridiculous 1000-foot observation tower at Bayside. Developer Jeff Berkowitz wants the state to pony up $10 million to give Miami something unique. The county is getting ready to sink $20 million in to refurbishing the Coconut Grove Playhouse. It might take more than that. The place is nearly falling down, and The biggest problem with this project: there is no real business plan. After you throw $20 million at the Playhouse, how Do you make it a mall? Just what Coconut Grove needs, another failed mall. Saw our new lieutenant governor, Carlos Lpez-Cantera making a fool of himself on local TV when Charlie Crist walked up and shook his hand. Shows you it doesnt take long in Tallahassee to become a blithering idiot. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Political PotpourriRace relations, garage sales, red lights, public money, and blithering idiots

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Our Sponsors: MAY 2014By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorMothers Day (May 11), Memorial Day (May 26), May Day (May 1), Cinco de Mayo.... Everyone knows this months major holidays. But May is also packed with lesser-known spe cial days. In fact, we bet theres at least one to mark all the deals and special happen ings that Biscayne Times advertisers have for readers this month. Well, maybe except for the BT s realtors/ developers. Thats because most of the USA, being more temperate, doesnt see May as the month when locals are getting our for spending the next six months indoors, in air-conditioned comfort. In fact, despite the overload of May holidays, were now proclaiming a new one for South Floridians: Hibernation Preparation Month. Theres sure good news right now for those looking to relocate to roomier, 151 at Biscayne the redesigned two-tower, 180-acre, master-planned community just off Biscayne Boulevard and 151st Street. Throughout May, buyers of the 160 spacious twoand three-bedroom units offered by iStar Residential will receive a closing credit equal to maintenance fees and taxes for a period of two years. Drop call 866-692-9777, or go to 151atbiscayne. com for more info. As you can see from real estate veteran Jack Coden s property-packed ad, he sells in every neighborhood all over Miami, at every price point. And does so very suc cessfully, according to statistics hes shared this month: The Jack Coden Group closed more than three deals per week in 2013, selling over $60 million, making it the #1 team for Keller Williams Realty in Miami/ Miami Beach for the past four years, actually and in the top 1% of sales in the USA. Call 305-742-5225 and youll be in your new place before the heat hits. Does real estate sound like a fun Best Real Estate School of Florida (3933 Biscayne Blvd., 844-227-8956, www. bestrealestateschoolFL.com). Bests next four-week pre-license course, which preps Florida Real Estate Sales Associate, is May 5. If you miss it, there are courses starting on June 2 and July 7. Robbie Bell (www.GoToRobbieBell. info), broker associate and EWM Brickell team member, has her own personal celebration this month: a party celebrating the release of Scrumpterou Report 2.0. As an urban lifestyle specialist, Robbie makes a point of knowing not just individual properties but all about neighborhoods in which she sells, and her second Scrumpterou is an insiders guide to good eats therein. The party, on May 8 from 6:00-8:30 p.m., is at NNamdi Contemporary Gallery (177 NW 23rd St.). RSVP to 305-576-6263. To make your home more enjoyable for hunkering down all summer, observe Lumpy Rug Day, May 3, by tossing the old thing and calling Mr. Wood Custom Floors (305-758-7505, www.mrwoodmi ami.com) to spruce up what the rug was hiding. During May, the company will to their original beauty for just $1.85 per square foot (minimum 1500 feet) when you mention the BT Contemporary furniture lovers inspired to toss their old sofas, beds, etc. out with the lumpy rug doubtless already know about Scan Design s showroom at 3025 NE 163rd St. But did you know that on May 10 (6:00-9:00 p.m.) Scans Hollywood showroom (4150 N. 28th Terr.) will host the seventh annual Fall in Furniture Love art extravaganza? At this signature event, Scan is enlisting four Florida artists to use the furniture as their canvases literally. dation, the fundraiser will also feature a silent auction plus food/drink. Tix are $20. Info at www.fallinfurniturelove.com. Among our personal favorite holidays are Wine Down Wednesdays, because they happen so frequently. In fact C1 Bank (2632 N. Miami Ave., 305-702-6810) is now throwing one on the last Wednesday of each month. Mays is on 5/28. Part of the concept at this Florida-based new breed of bank is to make sense in the context of each neighborhood, which, in Wynwood, means an art-rich work space deliberately designed to double as an event space. Theres a teller table that converts to a bar, for instance. RSVP (JackConrad@ C1Bank.com) to view the Warhol prints and black Murano glass chandelier, drink wine, eat cheese, meet some friendly bank Since the new Cuban art exhibition at Miami-Dade Colleges Museum of Art + Design (600 Biscayne Blvd.), Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Founda tion, runs until July 12, you could go on International Museum Day, May 18. But better times would be for two related special Continued on page 18BizBuzzSales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

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Our Sponsors: MAY 2014events: a May 10 lecture by Rachel Weiss, author of To and from Utopia in the New Cuban Art Creative Kids Project: Adela Akers. Kids 6-12 learn about art elements used by creators like this Cuban-raised weaver by creating their own works in the artists style. For more info: www.mdcmoad.org. Both adults and kids might also want to consider celebrating National Teach ers Day, May 6, by enrolling for summer classes at the Academic Achievement Center at Miami-Dade Colleges Aven tura Center 305-936-2585, www.mdc.edu/ce/north), a new advertiser. Learn new languages (in cluding American Sign Language), boost test scores, improve your business com munications skills, or for the younger set, enjoy the Lego robotics machines. Classes start May 10. And congratulations to the teachers and administration of W. J. Bryan Elemen tary Museums Magnet School (1201 NE 125th St., 305-891-0602), on winning, for the second year in a row, the Museums Magnet Schools of America Merit School of Excellence award. Congrats, also, to Bryan students on their newly published book, Golden Shields of Knowledge based on the history of the architecturally Medi terranean Revival landmark school. Mixed in our congratulations to the young writers is serious fear for our job safety, so we urge them to not based on this recent writ ing triumph, submit rsums to this paper. We also remind them that they have better things to do at this point in their lives than professional journalism. May 10 is Clean Up Your Room Day. With consciousness that May 20 is Pick Strawberries Day, we welcome new advertiser Farms to You (305-677-9824, www.farmstoyou.com). Partners Jenni Johnson and Johnny Arroyo actually make produce picking (and endless hours search ing for fab fruits and veggies, particularly You choose from changing menus of farmfresh items, and they deliver them to your share programs, theres no driving forever to pick-up points, and no getting stuck with stuff you dont like. Mays big deal holiday, Mothers Day, is most often celebrated by taking the chief cook/bottle washer out to eat. And at recently renovated North Miami Beach mainstay Tunas (17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630), chef Rolf will be offering a special $32.95 three-course Mothers Day menu on May 11, from 2:00 p.m. Highlights are some surprisingly high-ticket entres (lobster tail and steak au poivre, among others), oh-soContinental strawberries Romanoff for dessert, even a free glass of champagne for moms. Btw, the chef is now also offering his summery baby back ribs every Sunday, and a prime rib special Saturdays and Sundays. At Big Fish (620 NE 78th St., 305owner Danilo Cacace is also offering a special Mothers Day menu. And Big News: the riverside Italian seafood spot now has a full liquor license, so mom, like Major meat is considered a Fathers Day thing, but why be sexist? At alwaysfestive Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus (1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002), sum mery BBQ is back on Fridays-Sundays, and its unique dark beer-marinated, slow-roasted ribs and chicken. On Saturdays the outdoor biergarten is open till 2:00 a.m., so dinner on May 17 runs easy-peasy right into a Moms Day early bier breakfast. Brunch is the biggest Mothers Day meal. So welcome new advertiser Taperia Raca (7010 Biscayne Blvd., 751-8756), a Spanish tapas place from executive chef Giorgio Rapicavoli (from Coral Gables famed Eating House), who bounces be tween his two places, and chef de cuisine Ryan Harrison (formerly from Sunny Isles Preservation), who sticks to the kitchen here. We mention some standout dinner items in the BT s Dining Guide. So well just add this: cornmeal/peach pancakes with peach sauce. Brunchwise, thats all you need to know. Tight budgets neednt deter you from treating mom to a meal. Miamis original izakaya, Yakko-San (3881 NE 163rd St., 305-947-0064), is offering new unbeliev ably priced weekday lunch specials. For $9.95 miso soup or salad plus cooked en tres like beef with Asian chives and bean more, your entre can be sushi or sashimi. And the astonishing kicker: entres also come with daily veg, shrimp tempura, plus a California roll. For late-night diners in the restaurant industry, Tuesdays mean 10% off from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Deal #3: Every Monday, wines are 50% off. A more All-American option: lunch at just opened Great Harvest Bread Com pany (1817 NE 123rd St., 305-899-9998), BizBuzzContinued from page 16 A completely renovated historic home with pool featuring carefully restored period details and a owing 8-room oor plan including a Florida room, library, formal dining room, grand living room with replace, brand new kitchen, brand new bathrooms, 3 bedrooms in the main house, and a cabana with bath and kitchenette. New roof, new impact windows, 2 new AC units, new electric, and new plumbing. Built in 1936, 2875 sq ft interior, 9300 sq ft lot. A beautifully remodeled 1950s beauty with 3bed, 3ba on 2887 sq ft. Upgraded plumbing and electrical, new A/C and new Roof, impact windows. Wood and terrazzo oors. Located on gorgeous tree-lined street of Morningside.

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which sounds like a bakery featuring daily-changing whole-grain breads, and is, but also has a caf component. Mays special deal is on the places imaginative sandwiches (like fully veg/condimentgarnished roast beef and Swiss with chimichurri, on bread of choice): Buy one, get one half off. David Cohen from Bagels and Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-8922435) reports that his new bargain lunch this issues ad for the daily-changing menu. Its true that the small-priced, big-sized meals are offered weekdays only, too, so youll have to take mom before Sunday, May 11. But you can bring some of the shops hand-rolled bagels home for a Mothers Day breakfast-in-bed. How bout serving ma some wine with those bagels? Something festive... faces. Theres no wine more shunned and misunderstood, but through May 27, Whole Foods Market (12150 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-5500 and 21105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-682-4400) is debunking the myth that its all sweet swill at its Ros Revolution. Many quality selections, serious advice, and special prices will be offered. (Tip: Save moms leftover bottles for summer. Dry ross are the perfect light refresher.) Want to go beyond a meal out on Mothers Day? Take her for a walk on the wild side at Hialeah Park Race Course and Casino (2200 E. 4th Ave./100 E. 32nd St., 305-885-8000), where she can try her luck at 882 slot machines and much more. A real walk is also possible, since the park has 200 lushly landscaped acres featuring, Unexpected but most welcome is a free May and Mothers Day celebration at Leung Healthcare (888 NE 126th St. ing at noon. RSVP to ensure therell be enough prizes and treats and to arrange transportation, if needed. Theres a party at Aboard a Bimini SuperFast Mothers Day cruise (www.rwbimini.com, 888930-8688), May 9-11, gambling also abounds, along with live music, entertain ment, and drink specials. Resorts World Bimini also offers an ultimate Cinco de Mayo day cruise to start the month, and Memorial Day weekend day cruises, May 23-26, to end it in high style. Go online to see all the options. Looking ahead, the May special offering at Laurenzos Italian Market (16445 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-944-5052) anticipates a future celebration. Or rather, future mayhem. Available during May are soccer team shirts, plus sticker booklets, from countries participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, June 12-July 13. Feh. As Miamis lone soccer-loather, well stick to soccer-ball-shaped food items, like eat immediately, but we werent going to watch the games anyway. Looking ahead to the whole summer: If youre planning a vacation, pet owners Choose an appropriate pet-related holiday (perhaps May 14s Dance Like a Chicken Day) to contact new advertiser Your Paws R My Paws (305-877-8202). Owner Ta tiana Maldonado offers luxury pet-sitting at affordable prices. If you fully celebrate all the above, youre gonna be glad that May also hosts its National Blood Pressure Month. To help reduce health risks caused by seri ous obesity, consult this issues ad from Jackson Health Systems Jackson North (160 NW 170th St.), which is offering free monthly seminars on various types of weight-loss surgeries. Call 305-585-TRIM to register. If youre less concerned with reduc ing alarming health problems than with just reducing so you dont look like a balloon in a bathing suit around the swimming pool this summer check out the ad from Orange Theory Fitness (269 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-0294 and 18839a Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-0544). The two studios specialize in hour-long intervaltraining workouts that raise metabolic rate and caloric afterburn much higher than standard hour workouts. Were talking a possible eight-pound-per-week loss. This months deal, expiring June 30: three free sessions with a plan. Finally: You will want to note the May special offer from The Art of Den tistry (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334). Valeria Soltanik, DMD, is offering Zoom whitening which brightens your teeth dramatically, with a safe and long-lasting process for just $299-$400, if you mention the BT There is no tooth-related holiday involved. Its just that youre going to want your teeth to look brilliant because theres so much to smile about this month. Something special coming up at your busi ness? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes. com. For BT advertisers only.

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The Hunt for Waterfront Developers Gil Dezer and father Michael built eight colossal condo towers in Sunny Isles Beach, and now they have their eyes on the aging Intracoastal MallBy Erik BojnanskyPhotos by Silvia Ros

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Gil Dezer, a fan of Mizner Park in Boca, envisions a taller version of that on his Intracoastal property.

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22 T The Intracoastal Mall lies just four miles south of Aven tura Mall, but while the latter receives millions of visitors each year, Intracoastal Mall is hardly known outside northern MiamiDade County. For one thing, the Intracoastal is a fraction of the size of the gorilla up the road. Aventura Mall comprises 2.9 million square feet of enclosed retail (the third largest in the United States), whereas the Intracoastal holds just 234,000 square feet of shops, restaurants, and other commer cial entities spread out on a 26-acre site alongside the Intracoastal Waterway. Located at NE 35th Avenue and 163rd neighborhood of Eastern Shores, the mall houses a Winn-Dixie supermarket; Dollar Tree, Old Navy, and T.J. Maxx chain stores; a waterfront Duffys Sports Grill; a couple of vocational schools and a daycare center; a storefront synagogue; and vari ous independently owned restaurants and service-oriented businesses. Until last month, the Intracoastal also had an eightscreen movie theater. The mall seems to be popular among Eastern Shores residents, though its overall draw is irregular. Sometimes the Intracoastal is busy, sometimes its dead. Speaking of death locals still talk about a murdersuicide that took place two decades ago in a waterfront restaurant called Shooters that operated in the space Duffys now occupies. Three years ago, May Shigetomi moved her popular restaurant, Yakko-San, to the Intracoastal Mall from her former location at 170th Street and W. Dixie Highway. Her loyal customers followed her. Good thing, too, because, according to Shigetomi, theyd never heard of the mall. This shopping center is very hidden, says Shigetomi, who invested close to a few doors east of the Winn-Dixie. Its the place under the bridge. Actually, the Intracoastal Mall is next to the bridge a drawbridge that con two-mile-long oceanfront city brimming with high-rises. Yet even in that city, the Intracoastal Mall is not so well known. Michael and Gil Dezer, a fatherand-son real estate development team based in Sunny Isles, plan to change that. Theyre the new owners of the Intracoastal Mall, and they intend to promote the heck out of it. Theyre developing a the mall and the Trump International Dezers developed in Sunny Isles. The Dezers (pronounced like desert) are also seeking a new movie theater company that will modernize the old Intracoastal 8 and replace the Jupiter-based chain Frank Theatres, which closed the cinema without warning (more on that later). years from now, the Dezers will replace the mall with four or more high-rises be tween 20 and 25 stories tall. Gil Dezer, the 39-year-old president of Dezer Develop ment, envisions the upcoming project as a and residential units are stacked on top. Mizner Park is absolutely beautiful, says Dezer. Its a great place for friends and families to meet and walk the streets. Its safe and beautiful. I think this area is ripe for it. Future development is what motivated place. In December 2013, using proceeds from the sale of their Howard Johnson bought the Intracoastal Mall for $63.5 mil lion from Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds, a $1 billion California real estate investment of Famer Magic Johnson. (The Dezers sold the Dezerland Hotel, a resort theyd owned since 1985, for $65 million just two weeks before closing the Intracoastal deal.) Several obstacles impede immediate development of the Intracoastal. For one thing, most of malls tenants have longterm leases, some stretching in excess of ten years with options to renew. Then theres the zoning, which limits residen tial structures to 600 units and caps height at 15 stories. where four of the seven members of the could pose the most serious threat to the Dezers development aspirations. Residents of Eastern Shores, an area with 330 single-family homes and townhouses, as well as several apartment buildings, have been wary of high-rise development at the Intracoastal Mall for decades. Their The only point of entry for the roughly 3000 people of Eastern Shores is NE 35th Avenue, a four-lane road that runs along one side of the Intracoastal Mall and includes a guarded gate. Continued on page 24

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Chuck Asarnow, president of the Eastern Shores Homeowners Association, predicts therell be major litigation against tion is addressed. How do you dump more people onto NE 35th Avenue? How do you get more people out of there? he asks. Now, during the season [November Yet not everyone is against high-rises at Intracoastal. Susan Fried, a veteran political consultant and 47-year resident serious need of additional tax revenue for the Intracoastal Mall site is better suited for high-rise development than for a lowrise shopping center. You look at that piece of land, and thats a prime location that desperately needs something done with it, Fried says. I believe the highest and best use for it is high-rises. cil is already planning to set up overlay districts that will encourage new develop city. During a recent workshop, Mayor George Vallejo asked that the city examine the current zoning of the Intracoastal Mall and the surrounding Eastern Shores area no later than October. Vallejo is considered very pro-devel opment. He also lives in Eastern Shores. The mayor, however, insists he hasnt reached any conclusions about the Intra coastal Mall. The city has not received anything from the new owners regarding what their intentions are, so I really cant comment on something that hasnt hap pened yet, Vallejo says in an e-mail to the BT Some residents are worried about what might be built. I fully understand and appreciate their concerns. I assure you the city will do whatever it can to protect our residents interests and their quality of life, while also moving our city forward at the same time. For now, Gil Dezer says hes content to keep the place as a shopping mall. The income is there, he says. Putting the cash there is still better than just having the money sit in a bank. (Michael Dezer, Gils 73-year-old father and the founder of Dezer Development, was on vacation and could not be reached for comment by deadline.) The Dezers are old hands in the development business. The family owns commercial buildings in New York, townhouse-style apartments in Tampa International Raceway, and 12 acres of land near the Las Vegas strip. They also converted two warehouses in North Miami into museums to showcase their immense collection of rare automobiles. (For more on the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection see Check Your Oil.Painting? in the January 2012 issue of Biscayne Times .) And of course theres Sunny Isles rises in that city alone six with the name Trump on them. Theyre currently building their ninth project: Porsche Design Tower, a $560 million, 60-story condo that will feature private elevators for cars. PDTs 132 units range from $4.5 million to $32.5 million; its construction is being partially funded by a $214 million loan from Wells Fargo, the biggest loan for a new condo in South Floridas post-collapse real estate market, according to an October 2013 ar ticle in The Real Deal an online real-estate news website. Look at everything theyve done in Sunny Isles, says Seth Gordon, a Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 22 Playing Big Band Classics For Your Dancing Pleasure!Jazz, Swing, Easy-Listening, Ballads, and Latin styles for civic, corporate, fundraisers, and private galas. From 1 to 15 pieces. GOLDCOAST SOCIETY DANCE BAND Continued on page 26

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26 Coconut Grove publicist who represents the Argentinean Chteau Group, developer Isles. Theyve done more in Sunny Isles than anybody else. They built that city up, and their projects pay an extraordinary percentage of the tax base. And theyre not through. They keep doing stuff.orn in Tel Aviv, Michael Dezer was the son of a bus driver. After completing his military service in 1962, he sold his beloved 1949 Plym outh to his father and booked passage to New York, according to a 1988 People magazine article. Once in the United States, Dezer studied advertising in night and met and married fellow Israeli Neomi Kerekes. They have three children: Leslie, Gil, and Estee. Gil Dezer says his father got into real estate development by accident. His adver tising company grew so big that he needed and bought an entire building instead. And Michael Dezer kept on buying, eventually assembling a portfolio of 20 buildings in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. He also started turning old commercial he had left advertising and went into real estate full time. Theres a lot more money in the loft game than there is in advertis ing, Gil says. In 1985, Michael Dezer made his once owned by a gambling syndicate and, later, the family of the Cuban dictator the hotels interior a retro 1950s look and renamed it Dezerland. It was in South Florida, while taking night classes at the University of Miami, that Gil became involved in sales and real estate. His father got him a job at the In ternational Sales Group selling timeshares, according to the Real Deal He also rustled up customers for Dezerland, offering $5 commissions to car rental clerks at Miami International Airport for every customer they steered toward his fathers hotel. I became the king of the rental car agencies over there, he recalled in a 2004 New Times article. Eventually the police threw him out; its illegal to solicit busi ness at the airport without authorization. Nonetheless, he went right back, this time working the telephone kiosks and person ally pitching the Dezerland hotel to travel ers. Id send in somebody else when they got used to my face, he told New Times Wed keep trading people. The real opportunity for the Dezers In 1997, under the leadership of Mayor David Samson, Sunny Isles incorporated enacting a zoning code to encourage developers to demolish the post-World War II motels some with life-sized camels, a mummy, and other quirky 1950s roadside design elements that lined Collins Avenue and replace them with luxury highrises that would be the envy of Aventura. Enthusiasts of Miami Modern-style architecture would later mourn the de molition of such motels, but the founding fathers of Sunny Isles hated them. Fifteen years from now, there wont be any of the old motels left, Samson boasted in a 2000 Miami Herald article. They were all rat traps. Thats what they were. The Dezers were ready to do their part. In 1997 they began purchasing motels, Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 24 Continued on page 28

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28 eventually accumulating 27 acres of oceanfront land between 159th and 191st and son attended zoning workshops, offer ing suggestions to a receptive mayor and zoning code that enabled the construction of some of the tallest buildings in South Florida right in Sunny Isles. The word was out: This was going to be the place, Gil Dezer told New Times ten years ago. It was about who had the biggest balls to put their money where their mouth was. And who better to brand their enter Donald Trump? Still an advertising guru at heart, Michael Dezer knew the name would carry a great deal of appeal. I saw that Trump was a better name than Dezer, he told the Herald in 2002. The Trump name is magic. In exchange for a percentage of blessed the Trump Grande (consisting of the 54-story Trump Royale, the 54-story Trump Palace, and 31-story Trump International Resort) and Trump Towers (three 43-story condo towers); he also took charge of the towers design elements. Gil Dezer says the licensing deal was worth it. The percentage pay is small compared to the amount of value added, he says. Jorge Prez of The Related Group to co-develop Trump Towers. It wasnt their developed Ocean Two and Ocean Four in Sunny Isles. Then the real estate market crashed, and Prez, already overextended with projects all over South Florida, wanted out. Jorge Prez is a great developer, and he had a lot going on at the time, says Gil Dezer, who recently announced a new joint venture with Related to build two towers at 190th Street and Collins Avenue. Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 26 Continued on page 30

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During the crisis, there were discus sions within Dezer Development itself to Gil, who at age 29 was named president of the company by his father, pushed ahead. In 2010 he took over Prezs stake in Trump Towers. While other developers surrendered their projects to lenders, Gil slashed condo prices by 30 percent and didnt lose the investment, he says. We paid lenders [back], we saved face, and you cant put a number to that. was criticized by some competitors and former Dezer employees as too young, brash, and inexperienced to run his fathers Sunny Isles empire. Those kinds of comments van ished following the Trump Towers comple tion, says publicist Seth Gordon. [Gil Dezer] absolutely had taken over that company, he declares. When every one else was folding their hands and giving their projects back to their lendersGil said, I can make this work. And he did make it work. Yet the place where Gil Dezer and his father made it work was Sunny Isles, where the community was eager for devel opment. It wasnt Eastern Shores.A long time ago, Sunny Isles used The city was called Fulford when it incorporated back in 1926, but its leaders in 1931 as a means of capitalizing on During the Great Depression, North and along the beach south of 163rd Street when property owners rebelled against paying city taxes, opting instead for direct rule by Dade County. What remained of the city still included oceanfront land north of 163rd Street, at least until the early 1950s. Then came a Mayor George Slick and Sonny Jones, the Council members are elected at-large.) pulled the borough out of the city, leaving also leaving Slick relieved that he no longer had to contend with his nemesis, writes From Farms and Fields to the Future a book about remain unincorporated until Samson and other members of Concerned Citizens of Northeast Dade sought to create their own city in 1997. to add land to the city a mangrove forest that was being ripped out by devel oper Gene Snyder and which would later Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 28 Continued on page 32 rfnt b rffn nttfbt rn tbbtrtfbt fnfnn t r f ntbbrntrn ntb

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cials even agreed not to tax Eastern Shores land until someone built something on it. was fully developed, except for a swath of land just east of NE 35th Avenue. There was nothing there, remembers Susan Fried. There was a group of people who wanted it to be a park, but they didnt want to pay for it. Its the same old story. It was this land upon which the Intracoastal Mall would eventually be built. In 1981, New York developer John J. Reynolds was contracted to buy the swath of land so that he could build Marina del Sol, a proposed 1324-unit residential proj ect with one 18-story and three 22-story towers. Many Eastern Shores residents freaked. Their concern then, as now, was a two-lane road.) They fought the project legally and politically until Reynolds gave for $1.3 million, Reynolds complained to the Herald in 1982. Solti Establishment, a Liechtensteinregistered company, purchased the prop erty for $8 million in 1982. Solti proposed a smaller version of Marina del Sol: 1063 condo units spread among four 12-story buildings. That proposal failed as well, and three years later, the original owners took back the land in a foreclosure action. mann bought the land for $5.6 million in 1985 and announced plans to build the Intra coastal Mall. Eastern Shores residents still for the expansion of NE 35th Avenue. 1987 may have been its best. General the Intracoastal 8. The waterfront restau rant and bar at Shooters attracted follow went to Ruths Chris Steakhouse. Still, the crowds were more modest than at the bus tling Aventura Mall, which had opened in to Rubloff Inc., a Chicago-based company, and one tenant told the Herald that he hoped the new owners would build a bigger sign: A lot of people in the community dont Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 30 Continued on page 34

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know the shops are here, he said. A grisly crime brought the wrong kind of publicity. On March 16, 1990, Orlando Ramos, a 70-year-old physician, met his estranged wife, Rita, age 47, at Shooters to Herald that Rita ran into the kitchen screaming, Oh my God, hes got a gun! Ramos burst into kitchen behind her, dragged her by the hair, shot her, then turned the gun on himself. Gardens bought the property in 2000 for $21.3 million, but by 2004 the mall was mostly vacant. That year Ram Realty build residential towers at the site, arguing that such a move could save the property. The request went nowhere. Despite the malls sad fortunes, the land it sat on skyrocketed in value. The Intracoastal changed hands again based Woolbright Development for $48.3 million. Woolbright focused on bringing the mall back to its glory days, offer ing breaks on rents and special leases in exchange for long-term commitments and physical improvements. Under Woolbright, cluding the former spots for Shooters and Ruths Chris Steakhouse. Woolbright, however, was having its led the company, in March 2012, to sur render the mall to Magic Johnson and his business partners in a foreclosure action.Gil Dezer says his father is in charge of the mall. Indeed, the malls actual owner is Dezer Intracoastal Mall, a limited liability company managed by Mi chael and Neomi Dezer. Still, Gil helps out, Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 32 Continued on page 36

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and sometimes hangs out, at the mall. Christopher Springer, manager of 163 of several waterfront restaurants at the malls Gil Dezer a few months ago. While Michael Dezer looked on, Gil enthusiastically shared the cross-marketing concept with Springer. Theyre really nice people, personable, he says. They really care. Occasionally, Springer will see Gil Dezer driving around the property in a golf cart shaped like a car. (Miniature cars are displayed at the mall in a store front advertisement for the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection.) May Shigetomi, owner of Yakko-San, says she remembered seeing Gil Dezer at her old W. Dixie Highway restaurant. She didnt know who he was until someone told her. Shigetomi recently treated him to items from her new menu. I told him, time. Next time you have to pay for it. He is personally a very nice guy, Shigetomi says. Hes not like snooty-richI-dont-care. Hes a very good landlord. Although mall tenants the BT spoke to appreciate the Dezers responsive manage ment style, one of them may have been frightened by it. Gil Dezer says he had what he calls a friendly conversation with a couple of representatives from Frank Theatres, the chain that operated the Intracoastal 8. A few days later, closed signs were posted on the windows. Frank Theatres owed back rent, says Dezer, who adds that the malls previous owners didnt have a very aggressive management style. Dezer does plan to be aggressive, and he intends to sue Frank Theatres for the rent he says it owes. Frank Theatres didnt return phone calls by deadline. However, the company did return an e-mail to Chuck Asarnow of the Eastern Shores Homeowners Association, who had written to the company, begging it to reconsider the decision to abandon the cinema complex. Frank Theatres responded by thanking the Eastern Shores community for their patronage but declared it had no plans to reopen the theater. Eastern Shores residents may be more anxious about the closure of the Intra coastal 8 than they are about the prospect of high-rises replacing the mall, Asarnow explains, half seriously. For many people in this area, going to the movies at Aven tura Mall is just a nightmare, especially on a weekend, he says, referring to the AMC Aventura 24 megaplex in the malls entertainment section. The topic is of such importance that Mayor Vallejo has taken an interest in it. Last month he sent an e-mail to his con stituents about the theaters sudden closure. Vallejo noted that the Intracoastal 8 had been struggling and its owners had planned to leave. Frank Theatres was supposed to stay open for six months at a greatly reduced rent and then turn the building over to the new tenants, the mayor wrote. Given that a transition deal was agreed to, [Michael Dezer] was just as surprised as we were that they shut down so abruptly. Local crowd-averse moviegoers need not despair. Gil Dezer says hes close to making a deal with a new operator. Were really going to upgrade the theater, he promises. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 34

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38 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORMiami Condo Boom Gives Birth to New BabyThe Biscayne Neighborhood Association hangs out its shingle By Christian Cipriani BT ContributorA new civic advocacy group has formed in response to continuous and substantial growth along booming Edgewater and Midtown neighborhoods between the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle causeways. The Biscayne Neighborhood Associa tion (BNA) announced itself publicly in March, following four preliminary orga nizational meetings attended by represen tatives of neighborhood condo boards. The inaugural BNA board mem bers are Sharon Dodge (formerly of the Venetia); Scott Voelker (Quantum on the Bay); Dan Jacobson (1800 Club); Alexan dra Sandy Wayland (Bay Park Towers); Matt Gissen (Paramount on the Bay); Andres Altabe (Quantum on the Bay); and Tom Bailey (Quantum on the Bay). Heavy representation from Quantum on the Bay is by chance, not design, says Dodge, who is also the groups co-founder and spokeswoman: Notice was sent to every condo association from I-395 all the way up to the 79th Street Causeway. A BNA press release quotes Dodge as saying, The Biscayne Neighborhood Asso ciation has now taken its place as a big voice for the wishes, needs, as well as the shortand long-term goals of the people who live in this exciting and vibrant neighborhood, exploding with growth and change. Were the voice of the associations in the bayfront neighborhoods along Biscayne, says Dodge in an interview with the BT Sure, were concerned if there are enough doggie bags in the park, but were focused on more than that. And that more, she says, is about action. The BNA isnt content to issue bulletins about its concerns. Dodge says the group is determined to work with other area associations and advocate for everyones long-term interests. In her interview, Dodge runs down the many issues facing the lower Biscayne Corridor as the area manages and adapts to rapid changes: the contentious future of the former Miami Herald property; the fate of Parcel B, the waterfront lot behind American Airlines Arena (see When Public Isnt Public At All, page 39); whether (and how) continuous public waterfront access can take shape; and the need for improvements to transportation, roads, parking, and other public infrastructure in order to keep pace with development and population growth. Were not proor anti-development, she adds. Not that we dont have feelings, but development has brought a lot of good things. We have an agenda and its bigger than development. This agenda, she explains, includes quality-of-life issues coming to the fore as newer, younger residents lay down roots: safe and clean streets, safe bicycle lanes, decent schools...and the list goes on. Dodge points out that local civic advocacy has long been the purview of older, entrenched citizens possessed younger people, including some BNA board members, arent just moving into the Biscayne Corridor to play theyre moving here to stay. Dodge herself has been in the neighborhood since 2005, and spent six years on the board at Venetia, where she discovered how daunting it is to bring changes to Miami. From garbage to street improvements, a single condo board can only have so much impact on government policy. Getting the attenbroad-based support. Its a long highway, Dodge says of Biscayne Boulevard. There are a lot of quality-of-life issues. We need help city higher up, like the Department of Transportation. Brickell has done this well.Photo montage by Marcy Mock Continued on page 46

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Continued on page 42By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterAs executive director of the City of Miamis Bayfront Park Management Trust, its Timothy Schmands responsibility to oversee operations not just at Bayfront Park, but at Museum Park as well. So as part of his job, Schmand often takes a walk from his Bayfront Park to Museum Park (formerly Bicentennial Park), home to the recently opened Prez Art Museum Miami and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which is expected to open next year. His preferred route is not on the sidewalk along Biscayne Boulevard, but along the waterfront. About halfway through his walk lies a three-acre parcel of land, situated behind the American Airlines Arena. Known as Parcel B, it boasts palm trees, green grass, a snaking paved road, and what appears to be a concrete baywalk. The unobstructed view of a glistening Biscayne Bay the cruise ships docked at PortMiami, the bridges crossing over to the port, Watson Island, and Miami Beachs skyline is what Schmand likes most about this place. Its all here, he says during a recent walk with the BT gazing out at the bay. Thats us, trying to make nature in our image, and nature saying, No, its my image. Its a view of Biscayne Bay that is currently obstructed at Biscayne Boulevard by fences and buildings. But that may soon change. Sometime this month, sodding and some construction work at Museum Park is expected to be complete, as is a paved walkway along the seawall of the adjacent Deep Water Boat Basin. When that happens, Schmand says, the City of Miamis chain-link fence along Biscayne Boulevard will come down and the public will be free to wander toward the bay. Not all the fences will come down, though. Anyone walking along the boat basin seawall toward the open space behind the arena will encounter another chain-link fence and a couple of concrete barriers. Yet a third fence blocking the waterfront, this one with a NO TRESPASSING/VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED sign, can be found just south of the American Airlines Arenas back lot. Ironically, county taxpayers still own the land behind the arena. The county once promised to turn Parcel B into a of everyone. Instead, the county has rented out the land to the Miami Heat, the operator of the American Airlines Arena, for use as a valet parking lot for around $1000 a day. Other event promoters can rent the land for $7500 per day. Now, even as Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez considers a proposal to build a Cuban Exile History Museum on either Parcel B or in Museum Park, a number of people who live, work, and visit downtown Miami are demanding greater public access to the land behind the arena. Museum Park is going to be wonderful, but I dont think it takes the place of a neighborhood park, says Lisbeth Bustin, general manager of the 900 Biscayne Bay Condominium Association. I think Parcel B might be enough open just sit down and look at the water. This movement has an ally in Audrey Edmonson, a Miami-Dade County commissioner whose district includes Parcel B. Edmonson, who recently moved from El Portal to downtown Miami, will be proposing legislation that would designate the land as public open space and protect it from development. Marta When Public Isnt Public at AllThe Miami Heat pay a fee to use the county-owned land behind their arena maybe you should too? BT photos by Erik Bojnansky

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR BT ContributorPeeling back the palmetto leaves and peacock feathers in El Portal, residential neighborhood. But if you also listen closely, you might hear the start of a new music revolution. For the past four years, veteran drum mer Bobby MacIntyre has (operative word) quietly run Studio 71, a recording studio and full-service production compa ny, out of his El Portal home. MacIntyre not only helps his stable of artists record their works but sees that their music reaches their intended audiences. To that end, he also runs a label, Studio 71 Records, while his Burning Tongue Publishing company guarantees that all the business ins and outs are taken care of. His goal, he says, is to get people to appreciate buying a record and keeping the art alive. He also travels for his cause, but more on that later. MacIntyre says he knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a profes sional musician and would often tease his sister by grilling her about her plans, then unformed. He credits his parents with developing his love of music, even though they suffered through many drum lessons. The practice paid off. By the time MacIntyre reached Miami Palmetto High School in 1983, he was good enough to earn a place in the Performing and Visual Arts Center (PAVAC) magnet program, which served as his entre to the University of Miami School of Music (now the Frost School of Music.) After three semesters at the university, touring called. Singer/actress Maria Con chita Alonso had seen MacIntyres band Apex and stole him for her own backup band. He never went back to UM. What was the point of getting a paper that says you have the skills to be a professional musician when you already are one? In the late 1990s, MacIntyre took a job in Los Angeles and moved into a ranch house with popular bassist Mark Dutton, better known in the industry as Muddy. There MacIntyre set up a studio and began honing his production skills, until once again touring called: Muddy introduced MacIntyre to Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, one of the biggest alt-rock bands of the era. Dulli was then working on his solo project, the Twilight Singers, and needed to hire a drummer for a tour. MacIntyre was perfect for the gig. MacIntyre beat the drums around the world on one tour after another with the Twilight Singers. Between tours and his studio, he was able to meet and work with a number of fantastic musicians, including Mark Lanegan, Lucinda Williams, Jennifer Stills (Stephens daughter), and Martha Wainwright. Somewhere in Australia, though, he decided it was time to end that particular ride. MacIntyre moved back to South Florida in 2006 to concentrate on just the music. Its an incestuous, little music scene out in L.A., he recalls. I did it for eight years, and it was good for me because I was able to meet a lot of artists, produce a lot of bands. I ended up picking up tours. It got me around the world, but I just hated coming back to Los Angeles. Flying into that airport was: I shouldnt be here, so I came back to Miami and started Studio 71 here. Production is his day job, though hes still drumming. MacIntyre credits the drumming, in fact, for bringing the talent to him. Thats how I ended up getting bands to want me to produce them, he says. As a drummer, youre back there and youre hearing everything. Youre already in the world of arranging. studio on NE 71st Street, west of Biscayne Boulevard in Miamis Upper Eastside. It wasnt the best area, according to MacIntyre; trucks frequently shook the building during recording sessions, and the neighborhood was growing too popular and loud. But it was a tree that forced him to move. Four years ago, a large branch broke through the roof during a storm, and MaDriving around El Portal the next day, he saw a for rent sign and a yard of live oak trees, and moved in. The house is what one might expect a musicians retreat to be. A Victorian style permeates the home. MacIntyres living room is an inviting and relaxing space suited for impromptu jam sessions. Its bedrooms double as practice spaces. In the middle of the house, the old Florida room contains the main studio space, or live room. A drum kit sits in the center of it, and sitars, guitars, and exotic percussive devices line the walls. A grand piano calls out for attention from the adjacent bedroom. Continued on page 44 The Music Man of El PortalBobby MacIntyre wants to re-establish Miami as a mecca for musicians Courtesy of Studio 71

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR Continued on page 47Martinez-Alemn, Edmonsons public affairs aide, says the proposed law will be discussed at the committee level this month, then voted on by the full county commission in June. Ill lead the charge to ensure that it re mains a public-space area, Edmonson vows. Parcel B and the land where the American Airlines Arena now stands were long promised as a park. In 1981 the City of Miami bought 32 acres of land, with park bond funds, from the Florida East Coast Railroad for $23 million. The intention was to merge the FEC Tract with the citys Bicentennial Park. Instead, the following year, the city turned over the land to Miami business man Ralph Sanchez for use in his Miami Grand Prix event. In 1983 his company, Miami Motorsports, was granted the use of $600,000 in highway general obliga tion bonds to build up his event, accord ing to Greg Bush, a University of Miami history professor. That same year, Knight Ridder, parent company of the Miami Herald paid the city $100,000 to build an I-395 pedestrian overpass from the Herald building to Bicentennial Park. The agreement with the city stipulated that if the overpass wasnt built within three years, the funds would be used instead for creating or improving pedestrian access, park and recreation facilities in the gen eral area. The overpass was never built, and the funds were never spent. Then in 1998, the City of Miami sold the FEC Tract to Miami-Dade County for $36 million. Most of the land would be used as the site of a $210 million, 19,600-seat stadium for billionaire Micky Arisons Miami Heat. It was an idea that was blessed by voters countywide in a November 1996 referendum. To help sell the new stadium to county voters, Miamiacres of the land by the water would be set aside for a park. That was Parcel B. Fast-forward just four years, however, and the Heat was partnering with developer Armando Codina to build a 23-story apartment building on Parcel B. Following a public outcry, the Heat backed off on the idea. The teams attorney at the time, Richard Weiss, even told Miami Today that Parcel B should become a public park. The county, though, didnt give up on the idea of building something on Parcel B. By September 2007, the Miami-Dade County Commission examined the feasi behind the arena that would serve as a Bay of Pigs Museum and parking garage. Now, with the Bay of Pigs Museum slated for Hialeah Gardens, its the board of the Cuban Exile History Museum that is eyeing Parcel B as a possible site. Like the Bay of Pigs Museum, the exile museum would include a parking garage. Nicholas Gutierrez Jr., a Coral Gables attorney and board member of the Cuban Exile History Museum, says a downtown location is desirable because of the exposure it would receive from tourists. This community knows about Cuban exile history, he reasons. We really want to talk to the rest of the world. Gutierrez believes that if the museum were built behind the American Airlines Arena, it would secure the publics access to Parcel B. Those people have had two decades to push for that, he says, referring to waterfront-park advocates. Were hoping we can push together with them by creating an extra element on the waterfront for the public. Greg Bush, who has long campaigned for waterfront parkland in Miami, is doubtful that most downtowners will sup port another museum on the waterfront, either on Parcel B or in Museum Park. I can tell you, people would be very much up in arms about that, says Bush, who believes the public has given up too much of Bicentennial Park for the Prez and Frost museums already. Michael Mai, a 900 Biscayne resident, would like to have a park nearby to visit with his infant son and dog. I would rather have green space, Mai says. Can they put a museum across the street? At the request of the Urban Environ ment League, Matthew Lewis, a Brickell resident and principal of the landscape Nielsen Design, created a park concept for Parcel B that even addresses the parking needs of the American Airlines Arena. Under Lewiss Arena Park plan, a new park with skateboarding facilities, a playground, a water fountain, and other amenities would be built on top of an expanded underground parking garage for the arena. Once complete, the parking fees from the garage would help fund Parcel Bs improvements. But thats not all. Lewiss plan includes pedestrian bridges. One bridge, located north of the proposed Arena Public Isnt PublicContinued from page 39

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORAdding to the ambiance, red velvet fabric lines the keep his neighbors and village So far, so good. The control room contains MacIntyres pride and joy: a 24-channel MCI JH-416 console built in 1972. He becomes particularly animated when talking about it. The console is an old workhorse of a machine that was standard equipment at major recording studios in the 1970s. This particular units claim to fame so far is an old hit by England Dan and John Ford Coley, Id Really Love To See You Tonight. Upstairs but still tied to the console is a very large reverb box MacIntyre uses as a natural echo chamber. The box gives a richer sound than a computer program would, he says. Digital doesnt do it for him. He even records the music to two-inch tape to capture that unique texture. He does submit to the indignity of a few modern gizmos, though. Sitting on the other side of the console is a large digital workstation used extensively in the music industry. The attention to detail has proved successful. Local favorite Eden Archer is one of the musicians in his stable. Bobby takes on only projects that he believes in artistically, Archer tells the BT and therefore pours himself into each song to maximize its beauty and impact. He doesnt cut corners but lets the music take on a life of its own. Another artist MacIntyre works with, and one hes known for many years is Steve Gibb (Barrys son). Over the years, and through our long and storied friend ship, says Gibb, Ive watched Bobby go from being not just one of the most pas sionate drummers Ive had the pleasure to work with but its really been a hell of a lot of fun to watch him turn that passion into producing records that are unique, adventurous, and exciting for the listener. Hes fast becoming a master of the dark arts of rock n roll wizardry. Studio 71s latest release is from Sol Ruiz, a Miami-born, Cuban-American singer who now lives in Italy. Her eclectic record, Reasonable Diva has received plenty of accolades in Miami and abroad. MacIntyre recorded and produced the audio on the record, played the drums and percussion, gathered the other musicians, and gave Ruiz a place to crash and work. He also helped groom her image and explained to her what was needed to Because he cant work for free, MacIntyre has become a quick study of crowdfunding and uses it when the artists are broke. He considers it pre-sales, but also understands that many people enjoy helping newer artists through crowdfunding sites. Speaking of paying the bills, MacIntyre still visits Los Angeles several times a year, and this summer he plans on an extended stay. His cover story is that hell be work ing with Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne. They plan on doing a few gigs together at the Viper Room, but MacIntyres real objec tive is to reconnect with several musician friends and, turning the tables, try to lure them back to Studio 71 in Miami. In MacIntyres youth, Miami was a mecca for the biggest artists in the world, he says. Criteria Studios (now part of the Hit Factory) alone saw mega-artists like Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, and the Bee Gees (Steves father) walk through its doors regularly. MacIntyre feels the time is right to make Miami a working hotspot again, dreaded airport to make it happen, he will. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Music ManContinued from page 40 Courtesy of Studio 71

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORShes referring to the Brickell Homeowners Association (BHA), whose board member Ernesto Cuesta has helped mentor and guide the development of the Biscayne Neighborhood Association. In addition to the Brickell group, the BNA plans to cross-pollinate with other downtown condo associations to tackle common concerns. The concept of a neighborhood-wide board with representation from local homeowner associations is hardly new, and even though it has only recently launched, BNA seems to be more organized than previous efforts, such as the Neighborhood of Edgewater Association of Residents, a group that for years met mainly at coffee shops to discuss these same issues, which have persisted since the previous condo boom. But unlike these groups, the largest being Miami Neighborhoods United, BNA isnt free. In fact, its expensive. Condo associations should expect to pay $1000 for a voting seat, while non-voting commercial and development memberships go for $2500. The BT also sat down one of its columnists, Ken Jett, who is president of the Shorecrest Homeowners Association and current president of Miami Neighborhoods United (MNU). MNU was formed about a decade ago in response to the Miami 21 zoning over haul, for the purpose of addressing issues affecting various neighborhoods quality of life, including planning and zoning, legisla tive proposals, and development of regula tions and land-use proposals at the munici pal, county, and state levels. The Edgewater area, he says, is something of a doughnut hole in MNUs advocacy reach, which stretches across most of Miami Commission Districts 2 and 5. Residents from the MacArthur to the Tuttle causeways just havent shown interest in MNU, he adds. I wouldnt say MNU is hands-off south of 36th Street to downtown, he notes, but they face different issues and havent come to MNU for support. [BNA] sounds like they can assist their area with the issues theyre facing. His groups 20-some members hail from residential neighborhood organizations, including civic groups and homeowner associations, and meet monthly. They have a presence at every Miami City Commission meeting, as well as key planning and zoning board meet Jett says about 90 percent of what MNU deals with is related to zoning. Members, or a member of the public via an MNU member, can petition the group to support an issue or endorse action. They also advise other areas, like Allapattah, on how to form and manage a neighborhood organization. We know how the city works and how policies take shape, says Jett. Right now, the two major policy issues facing the corridor are Parcel B and the former Herald site. MNU is formally involved with the Upper Eastside League in supporting a public green space on Parcel B. The group is 2000-year-old Tequesta village artifacts discovered beneath Met Square, a downtown development site (see Building on the Past, November 2013). The question of gambling in Miami has also been a hot-button issue over the past year. Dodge says her position is that the current, scaled-back plans by casino giant Genting Group arent at the level of a Monaco or Macau, and dont bring Miami to world-class status. Penny slots, she says, wont add value to the neighbor hood. But Dodge is also quick to note that this is a personal view, like her belief in public waterfront access and bike lanes. Can these overlapping organizations coexist? Both Dodge and Jett say yes. And they fully expect and welcome the addition of new neighborhood groups. Interested in joining either of these activist groups? Contact Sharon Dodge of the Biscayne Neighborhood Association at sharondodge49@gmail.com, or Ken Jett of Miami Neighborhoods United at kenjettmiami@gmail.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Neighborhood AssociationContinued from page 38 BNA co-founder Sharon Dodge: Sure, were concerned if there are enough doggie bags in the park, but were focused on more than that.

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Public Isnt PublicContinued from page 42Park, would cross over the boat basin to Museum Park. The other bridge, on Parcel Bs south side, would pass underneath the Port Boulevard Bridge to Bayside Marketplaces marina. Schmand of the Bayfront Park Trust says the public doesnt need bridges to get to Parcel B. People can even get past the countys fences. He points out that anyone can gain access to Parcel B through a passageway under the Port Boulevard bridges, just north of Bayside Marketplaces Pier 5. During games and events, however, the pathway is cut off by barricades. Another obstacle: Passing trains, which present a safety issue. Since this past October, once or twice a week, 2800-foot-long cargo trains travel tracks that run between Bayside Market place and the Port Boulevard causeway location of Parcel Bs unobstructed access point. Although a warning siren sounds when a train travels the tracks, there are no crossing arms at that particular spot, says Robert Ledoux, senior vice president of the Florida East Coast Railway. Leland Salomon, assistant director of the countys internal services department, which oversees Parcel B, stresses that the land behind the arena is not a park, but merely vacant county-owned land. He admits he isnt sure if the county intends to arrest anyone found wandering around Parcel B. If the Heat pays a fee to use it, he offers, then maybe everybody needs to pay a fee to use it. As for the concrete pathway along Biscayne Bay, funded by the $6.1 million Parcel B Bike Path and Shoreline Stabili zation Project, apparently it wasnt about improving access to Parcel B. The $6 million investment in the seawall was to prevent the wall from further deterioration and falling into the Intracoastal Waterway, Salomon explains in an e-mail to the BT Lisbeth Bustin, the 900 Biscayne Bay manager, says downtowners are now pushing for a policy that clearly spells out the publics access to Parcel B. We will be letting our feelings known to the county mayor and the county commisThere will be some hard lobbying that will be done. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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48 Neighborhood Correspondents: BRICKELL / DOWNTOWNLaunch SiteIt can be head-over-handlebars at one dangerous RR crossingBy Adam Schachner BT ContributorBicycle crashes happen, especially July, however, initiated me into a subcategory of splayed-out riders felled by a particular roadway hazard: the notoI was riding home from Wynwood doesnt have too many bumps in the only challenge is the railway crossing Ive heard many riders attest to miscursed profusely, dislodged the bent handlebars from the frame, and took the Bones and joints intact, getting over it was easy-peasy, even though I hadnt skinned my knees this badly since grade for my road burns, a tetanus shot, and I Ive heard accident stories about these tracks that were truly gut-wrenching: broken wrists, multitudes of stitches, missed undergone a slow and gradual process I have two plates and a bunch of pins and but only after days in the hospital and a Incidentally, the hospital stay and surgery alone cost Koenig $75,000 and launched many cyclists a large-enough population to merit civic action headlawyers, and injured riders have apFor all their effort, however, the initiative ity for making the tracks safer is a confounding game of bureaucratic pingEast Coast Railway and thus are theirs County, which makes changing conditions its burden, but the tracks constitute freight and (eventually) passengers along the FEC, are a bittersweet byproduct of BT photo by Adam Schachner SOUTH FLORIDAS BES T BACKYARD S TORE.. 5 REASONS WE ARE THE BEST CHOICE! N OT I N C LUD I NG REBATES AND IN STORE ONLY. #5 #1 MOST EXPERIENCED & K NO WL ED G E ABL E STAFF #2 LO W E ST P RICE G UA R A N T EE WE MEE T OR BE AT ALL L OC AL PRICE S* #3 L A R G E ST SE L EC T ION O F POO L & S P A P P A P P ROD U C TS #4 FA MI L Y O L Y O L W NED & OPER AT ED F OR OVER 40 YE A R S W E GUA R A N T EE T O K EEP YO U H A PPY!! 305-893-4036 Keeping Customers Happy For Over 40 Years S ALT CHLORI NATORS HEATERS LET US HE L P YOU WITH YOUR POO L COMP UT ER WAT ER A N AL Y AL Y AL S I S FREE LET US SHOW YOU THE 3 STEP PROGRAM! 10% OFF ALL ACCESSORIES your pool.. Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Intellio Energy Efcient Pumps from $1150* Intellichlor Salt Chlorinators from $1158* LED Color Pool and Spa lights from $559* Great White Pool Cleaners $429*Plus $100 mail in rebate. Plus $30. Instant Rebate *Installation is not includedPricing expires 5-31-14 Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Best O ven, Grill and S moker!

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initiatives. Our travel options are expanding, and its about time. Establishing the routes, however, has left some danger In the past, the road was rough and torn up it wasnt smooth, explains Robert Ledoux, senior vice president and general counsel for the FEC. Cyclists knew to slow down because the road was bumpy. We put in our new rail and padding to make it smooth for vehicles, but bikes get caught in the rail because its on an angle. Ledoux says that these rails are for heavy freight. Passenger train portions of the FEC have shorter gaps between the tracks and the asphalt, but the N. Miami Avenue line will accommodate cargo haulers. Gaps in the FEC commuter tracks further north in Midtown were ameliorated large enough to keep bicyclists wheels from getting trapped. Heavier cargo lines rail car would tear it up. So what can be done? My understanding is there is overlapping responsibility, but its a county road, says Eli Stiers, a personal-injury attorney and cyclist who has contributed time as a concerned citizen to informing county, not the city, should have responsibility for improvements. Stiers wrote the city and county mayors, as well as commissioners, regarding the N. Miami Avenue tracks, offering accounts of injuries incurred and a portent for more to come if the situation is not improved. His observations are included in an advisory memo drafted by urban planners, cycling activists, and gested solutions to the current landscape, taking the problem-solving challenge away from the county and limiting the risk of legal action. If you want to talk about a lawsuit, the county and FEC are both equally rethe countys domain, but the resources county has been put on warning about this, both from my letter and police a problematic intersection. cyclists. Frank Calderon, communications manager with the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management, explains to the BT that these notices are interim measures. He notes that Public works and the FEC collaborated on improving pedestrian conditions on the east side of the road by repaving the walkways. Meanwhile, Public Works is coordinating with All Aboard Florida, a passenger train project utilizing FEC rail lines, to implement permanent safety improvements as part of the railroads crossing upgrades, as the railroads design effort progresses. While this collaboration with All Aboard Florida seems to serve the pedestrian community, the bicycling community remains on the shoulder. standard signage for automobiles, given that the tracks are perceived as a bicycling hazard, not a motorist issue. But safe bicycling practice when confronting train tracks is to take them head-on, reducing risk of getting wheels wedged while the countys signs warn riders to maneuver around the tracks, cars may not notice that the riders are about to According to Stiers, these signs punt away county ownership of the problem. no better indication than they put up a sign that washes their hands of liability. If you fall, theres a sign, so the fault is off them. Miami Avenue, and it seems as though county and FEC have recognized and taken responsibility in degrees, and yet the problem apparently still has no distinct owners. Editors note: Adam Schachners crash last July was captured on video, thanks to a GoPro camera attached to his helmet. You can view the incident, and hear his profuse cursFeedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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50 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIGame ChangersBuckle your seatbelts wild ride ahead!By Mark Sell BT ContributorHere in North Miami, 15 days out of pocket can seem like Rip Van Winkles 20 years. The Museum of Contemporary Art sued the city and every council member; city manager Stephen Johnson retired on four days notice to take over the City of Miami Gardens troubled police department, and received a handsome severance package; the developers of Biscayne Landing told the city theyre interested in buying 175 acres of the massive development outright rather than continue with a 200-year ground lease, and revealed they intend to keep 194,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil the city had ordered moved. Thats a lot to stuff into a column, the coming months. To begin making sense of it all as I come off a two-week absence, I resumed my head-clearing ritual: a sunrise jog down 151st Street through the Arch Creek East Preserve nature trail. And yet another change! Next to both pedestrian bridges, orange-helmeted work crews were gathering next to trucks, Caterpillar tractors, and a 30-foot-plus concrete piling that towered like an obelisk. The usual birds, A few spooked residents living along NE 135th Street wondered if Florida International University was taking a stab at widening the trail and turning it into that second, and coveted, car entrance to the campus. Answer: nope. Its okay, folks. Crews are driving those two-foot-wide concrete pilings into the earth to support new pedestrian bridges and double the width to ten feet. Dog walkers, baby strollers, cyclists, and joggers wont have to stop for each other. More important, the bridges will be wide enough to let emergency and maintenance vehicles through a good idea if someone collapses on the trail. Councilman Scott Galvin, a prime mover with former Mayor Kevin Burns to create the trail, issued a Facebook post to calm his constituents. Work should be done by June 30. Now on to the big stuff. MOCA: The citys most immediate issue at this writing is dealing with the lawsuit against the city, citing a litany of abuses, most of them concerning the citys alleged neglect of the museum BT photo by Mark Sell improve TXT MB to 91011for information on arts and events in Miami BeachThe SoundScape Cinema Series is presented by The Marilyn and Edward Gadinsky Charitable Foundation

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building, which it owns. As reported here and elsewhere, the board would like to move the collection to, and partner with, the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. The city will have to respond, and litigation will cost money. Its hard to say how much yet, whether its $50,000 or $200,000. Municipal money is tight, and some of MOCAs board members have deep pockets. So the games on. The city quickly announced a new museum director, Babacar MBow. That requires board approval unlikely at this writing which likely leaves matters at a stalemate, and leaves the appointment a symbolic one for now. By nearly any standards, MBow is a formidable guy with a dazzling rsum. Born in Senegal, he lost an eye to shrapand went on to get a doctorate from the Sorbonne. Last year he founded MultiNE 4th Ave. in Little Haiti; the site is now for rent. Erudite and imposing, MBow is a champion of contemporary African and Cuban art, and would almost certainly add different from the visions of founding director Bonnie Clearwater or MOCAs Stephen Johnson: A day after giving nounced his departure at an extraordinary April 8 city council meeting. His last day was April 11. He has served the city for 30 years, rose to the position of police chief, and won high praise from everyone at the meeting for a job well done. The council voted 3-2 to give him a roughly $60,000 severance, or three months pay which Mayor Lucie Tondreau said was the least we could do. Factor in his accumulated amount was closer to $270,000. Johnson recommended, and Tondreau nominated deputy city manager Lumane Pluviose-Claude to replace Johnson as in terim city manager. But that was shot down Phillipe Bien-Aime versus Tondreau and Marie Steril. The interim job went to public Miami Herald he was surprised. years executive municipal service and a doctorate from Penn State, told the council she would apply for the permanent job, saying, I will compete and I will win. I called the meeting extraordinary for a number of reasons. The issues were big, spent the day with his dying father, and still stayed through the meeting. Perhaps that somber note kept the tone serious, table sharp disagreement was refreshing. Biscayne Landing: Oleta Partners, it is interested in buying 175 acres of Bis cayne Landing from the city, which con trols a ground lease on the land that can go up to 200 years. The city has put up for sale the 14 acres on the southeast corner of 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard. Under prompting from Bien-Aime, that the developers want to keep the con taminated soil that the city had ordered off the property back in November, and put it under paving. He said more than 30 scientists, including the citys own, deemed the soil no threat to human health. This did not sit well with anyone on the council. Bien-Aime asked if the failure to remove the soil was disrespectful of the council, as the city actually owns million to remove soil that posed no discernable threat to people was wasteful and disrespectful. sand times in a thousand different ways, and the soil is still there. Theres no conversation to be had with me, and I dont want to be here ad nauseam into the evening. agenda to agenda, if its not going to go anywhere? riage between Oleta Partners and the City of North Miami remains rocky. But neither party can afford a divorce. Both the developer and city would quickly. The city needs the money, and the more the developers make, the more the city gets. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com DIGITAL www.AllisonAcademy.com AllisonAcademy@AllisonAcademy.com SUCCESS STARTS HERE REGISTER NOW!

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52 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR ASettle Here, Settle Down?A funny thing happens when people come to stay By Jay Beskin BT ContributorThe latest local story in the timehonored genre of celebrities behaving badly involves Justin Bieber, a lad barely old enough to drive who parlayed his nice-kid look and good-enough voice into wealth beyond the dreams of the noble, and popularity within the dreams of the nubile. Now hes sinking fast and becoming the Bad Boy with Big Toys, smashing up cars and breaking womens hearts. In recent months, hes taken to racing fast cars and chasing fast women in South Florida and elsewhere. In one such foray here at the beginning of the year, he managed to exceed the speed limit and the illegal-drugs limit simultaneously, then turned surly with the boys in blue. He found himself in the custody of our constabulary, spending a few hours of his valuable time behind the kinds of bars that do not serve alcohol or drugs, even to majors. Somewhere in that process, the camera caught him with his pants down, prompting an unseemly wave of faux journalists trying to get a glimpse of the photo. All in the name of the peoples right to know, of course. As an attorney, Im not too thrilled when I see citizens lose their privacy in any circumstance. Still, we can hope that the young star learns a lesson before his life gets entirely out of hand. We here in South Florida have watched more than a few celebrities melt down under the lens of our paparazzi. Of course, the ultimate never matched, never rivaled, never equaled, and certainly never surpassed celebritybehaving-badly story happened right here in Aventura. That was back in 1988, when Colorado Sen. Gary Hart was a candidate in the Democratic primary for president. Hed done fairly well (down only 38 1984 but eventually conceded the nod to Walter Mondale, who had served as vice president under Jimmy Carter from 1976-1980. Losing to a former vice president didnt hurt Hart, and he was billed as the favorite for the 1988 nomination. ing companionship outside the bonds of wedlock. He hotly denied the murmurs, and his wife dutifully echoed his pro

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to challenge the press to follow him 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Then sions were his lovely wife and his vision for a more dynamic but equitable country. That played well in Peoria, but some reporters for the Miami Herald in conjunction with some Washington Post stringers, decided to afford him the surveillance he had invited. It turned out he was doing his party ing aboard the Monkey Business an aptly named yacht co-owned by Aventura developer Donald Soffer and docked at the Turnberry Isle Resort marina. The Herald and other publications obtained a picture of Hart at the dock with a Miami-based model, Donna Rice, in his lap. In some quarters, there were hesitations about publishing the photograph, but not at the National Enquirer which ran it on the front page. Hart handled the fallout by blaming the media. All you need to know about how good an idea that was is this: former President Richard Nixon sent him a note tion uncommonly well. Harts political career sank like a stone, and we can only imagine the prison sentence his wife handed out for his offense. No other city in the country being undone by indiscretion. If Bieber has chosen this venue for his undoing, he would seem to have chosen well. Yet when we ponder these episodes, we notice something very interesting. The loids with their Miami vice are not South Florida residents. Theyre outsid ers who show up here in pursuit of the action. Were happy to welcome all tourists; thats why were at the top of the hospitality industry. But all too often, these visitors on our shores overdose on our hospitality and wind up in the hospital. By contrast, we have plenty of celebrities who make their home in South Florida. When you think about it, you realize there are never scandals about their behavior on our beaches or in our clubs. Even when Madonna was the worlds most famous Bad Girl, she was a model citizen when she was at home on Brickell Avenue in Miami. Our local celebs, like Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia, have always been models of proper public comportment. And visitors to Aventura often run into James Caan on the golf course or at the mall, and wind up in a nice family picture with Sonny Corleone. The moral of the story is this: There is place to call home. This is not a den of de bauchery or a red-light district, where too many excesses are green-lighted. Quite the opposite. This is a lovely environment for families and communities. Theres a great sense of beauty set in dignity. People stick together and help each other out, and there is very little tension at the racial fault lines. Over the past 20 years, cities like Las Vegas have tried to create parallel entertainment for families to enjoy. The problem is that the vices are too prevalent and predominant, so the virtues seem out the niceness is natural, and the wildness that crops up at the edges seems more sporadic, episodic, and imported. Our advice to the Justin Biebers of the world is to embrace the energy here in a healthier way. You can come here and enjoy nice homes and nice cars, great music, and beaches with an animating pulse. Theres a way to go about all of this out drag racing through residential streets, without unleashing a string of expletives Theres a way to get your picture into the Miami Herald in a pleasant way, without a National Enquirer The correct way to accomplish all these goals is to buy a home and settle be neath our leafy umbrella of tropical palms. Here there is no winter and the views are all of paradise. Just remember who gets to enjoy paradise for the long term: the folks who make the commitment. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com 50 PARK DRIVE # 4, BAL HARBOUREnjoy your 1/1 home in the heart of safe and secure Bal Harbour. Walk to beach. Private community with security guards and lush greenery. Renovated unit with tile oors all through, open kitchen with granite countertops, double oven. 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54 Neighborhood Correspondents: UPPER EASTSIDEWelcome to Little Amsterdam!A columnist discovers he lives in Miamis red-light districtBy Ken Jett BT ContributorFour years ago, our decision to call the Upper Eastside home was based on its diversity. The mlange of residents brings a cohesive identity to the community, which prides itself on a broad mix of people, accounting for more liberal and tolerant attitudes. Until recently, though, I hadnt considered the depth and breadth of that tolerance. Ive been astonished to learn that the Upper Eastside apparently accepts that people may be into prosti tution, drugs, pornography, and public sex. Yes, folks gay, straight, and oth erwise, a lot of sex is happening in the alleyways, streets, booths, and rooms of the Upper Eastside. Were Miamis red-light district! Neighborhood prostitutes, strip clubs, sex stores, motels that rent by the hour, and ease of access to drugs and quickies have brought this notoriety. Residents in the central corridor may clamor to gain recognition as Little Haiti, but Id say the time is ripe for the Upper Eastside to petition for the title Little Amsterdam. One doesnt have to live here to notice strip clubs like Wonderland and Take 1. Longtime residents will tell you that Won derland was once the Pussycat Club, and AutoZone the former famous Playboy Club. Our prostitutes are easily recognizable by residents and visitors alike youve got to be visible if you want the business, right? MiMo has ample motels to cater to the trade. We also have one of the largest concentrations of registered sex offenders in Miami, several of whom wander the neighborhoods daily as transients. Once I hit upon the realization that were Miamis red-light district, several businesses Club Boi, Tokyo Valentino, Jamboree, and Lambda Passages, for starters drew my interest. A nondescript building on NE 79th Street, Club Boi promises an urban ripped dance boys (or is that bois?) of color. Its website features the troupes physical assets, often up close and personal with happy male and female patrons. With its limited hours of operation, I have yet to experience one of the clubs featured events. Tokyo Valentino, whose storefront is loaded with sexual enhancements and novelty items, doesnt discriminate gay classicalsouthorida.orgClassical Music. Its In Our Nature.Just like all of us, classical music lives and breathes. Make it part of your lifestyle. Tune to Classical South Florida on the radio or online. Its in your nature.

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or straight, all are welcome. The store has 16 video booths that allow space for an additional friend. It also boasts four oversize rooms with huge leather pads on platforms, large enough for an entire wrestling team to practice their moves. (Could the space offer an alternative con gregation place for the guys on our side streets who are often seen with our ladies of the Boulevard?) Two pool tables and vending machines ensure sustenance and recreation during your visit. The place doesnt sell or show porn. It does, however, offer access to its lost and found, which contains re-labeled porn, coded for easy deciphering for visitor insertion into the DVD play ers within the booths. Hint: straights will enjoy the horses head labels; gays I mention there are youth mentoring programs next door?) Tokyo Valentino is clean and spotless, one must admit. On the other hand, it has only recently reopened after battling the city in court over the nature of its business. Is it adult entertainment? Tokyo Valentinos owner swears it is not, and with that pledge received the necessary operating permits. The Jamboree Lounge is not new. In fact, it is touted as Miamis oldest gay bar (one Yelp reviewer labeled it Miamis oldest gay sleaze bar but adds that this is clearly what its meant to be, and as such is an obvious success as the numbers of loyal patrons to it are a clear testament.) Theres a small outdoor area in back that has also made it to the Yelp reviews. Only beer and wine are served, with beer being cheap at $4 per bottle. opening of a door leading out to the patio area, which seems to have been an outdoor bar in a previous life. The wooden structures, from makeshift bar to bench seats to planters, all have the appearance of aged, junior-high shop projects. A canopy covers most of the area, offering shade and further darkening the space at night. The fence has been raised higher and features landscape fabric for privacy. I went in the early evening as darkness was falling, and it didnt take long to see the action unfold. Things were getting so hot in one corner that I had to purchase another cold beer. There was lot of groping and cruising, some of which I imagined was provided to ensure that patrons left as happy customers. Lambda Passages was once a gay pride bookstore that also sold porn, but it has since caved to become a gay porn store offering only porn and sex toys. Gone is the legitimate gay literature. Vintage porn magazines, DVDs, personal lubricants, and toys are the mainstays here now. Given the sad offerings within Tokyo Valentinos lost-and-found, I would recom mend starting at Lambda Passages to pur chase your DVD. From there, you can stop in for a cheap beer and pick up a buddy at Jamboree. Leave early because the mosquitos on the patio can be problematic. Continue to Tokyo Valentino to view your video and romp with your buddy. When youve done all that you can, go on over to Club Boi to see if you did it right. With the advent of social networking apps like Grindr, GROWLr, and Scruff, coupled with the ubiquity of Internet porn, Im surprised these establishcapabilities associated with these apps, I could even, if I wanted, check to see when my neighbors are looking for some warm company. Maybe these places stay remain anonymous? Did you know about our status as Miamis red-light district? And if these places are not zoned for adult entertain ment, what are we supposed to call them? Its the citys responsibility to assist new businesses as they seek licenses for and-found or beyond the velvet curtain. Occasional stings for prostitutes result in arrests, but such efforts are few and far between. Drug baggies and other para phernalia litter our streets, yet the hands they fall from are unknown. All of this leads to a convergence of evidence and circumstance, suggesting the city unwit tingly promotes and tacitly condones these activities. Its as if the city responds just enough to appease the Puritans with out challenging the PC crowd. your lanterns, and hang them on your lampposts. You live in Miamis redlight district! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com ZACHARY BELILMy only purpose is to deliver exceptional service and successful results. Call me today for all of your real estate needs.917.319.4627 | zachary.belil@elliman.comSpecializing in the neighborhoods of

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56 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA M I SHORE SRe tail Rights and WrongsCustomer service counts, sometimes even more than priceBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorThis time last May, I was in need of dishes for some cookbook shoots. (Yes, my labor of love, Mango University Press of Florida.) Instead of that would not detract from the food, I de cided to browse the antiques and collect carry mid-century modern styles. Though the Art Deco, carnival glass, and other assorted designs could, with suited the book, which is tilted toward the owner at least half a dozen times for selections, which included some whimsical back in an hour because it would take him glassware myself in about ten minutes, ting in touch with me, he wrote, because his salesman had failed to charge me for he felt I now owed him, with tax, and a work in retail, and the consensus was so you could attend a funeral you eat it. knew someday I would write about it, he would ever see of my money. Visit our contemporary Lighting Showroom 305.423.0017

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This time, it was at a clothing store called Vintage Revenge that was plastered with handwritten Store Closing 40% Off signs. Not only can I not resist vintage anything, I am true to my tribe and cant pass up a sale. So I stopped in and, after some consideration some of the merchandise had holes or stains, so I had to look carefully I decided on three pieces, including two Anna Sui tops from the 1980s. Thats when the owner, oddly harried from having to answer the door for her customers (shed throw up her hands and shout, Oh my god, I cant believe this! any time someone rang her bell and interrupted her from sorting the piles of clothing on a couch), lost the device she used to remove the security tags from the clothing. I was the third customer she asked to come back for the goods after Id paid for them. But I was leaving for Colorado the next day, so I asked her that if she couldnt locate the device by then, to hold them for me. This threw her into another tizzy, and she swore up and down before the day was out. She did. I had just gotten back home to the Shores when the phone rang. She had found the security removal machine and I could come back and get my clothing. I waited an hour, then drove back down south to Vintage Revenge. Now, if I worked retail, I would have made sure that the clothes were wrapped and ready, and could be handed to the customer as soon as she walked in the door. But the owner didnt do that. In fact, she hadnt bothered to remove the tags that had caused the while Id found her misplacement of the necessary item somewhat amusing, if inconwas not amused when, upon opening the door for me, she promptly misplaced the thing again, and I had to wait 30 more minutes Both of these owners would have left a better taste in my mouth had they followed the charming New Orleans tradition of lagniappe. Other places have adopted it, too; for instance, Bagels and Company on Biscayne Boulevard commonly drops in a 13th bagel when you buy a dozen. Lagniappe is a pretty helpful practice to perform for a customer who has been greatly inconvenienced, but its also simply a gesture of goodwill. Shores Pasta, a new offering in downtown Miami Shores located almost directly across from Proper Sausages, gifted me when I stopped in on opening day to buy some lasagna, meatballs, and marinara sauce. Sensing my interest in the store, the owners threw in a bag of their It was truly delicious, and I greatly appreciated the thoughtfulness. Still, I dont require a freebie to frequent a store. Another new neighborhood specialty market, also located in Miams Upper Eastside, Flavorish Market, drew me in with its foodie vibe: a Norman Van Aken book signing. Indeed, cookbooks adorn one wall, and related books pop up on ethnically or culturally themed table displays of products. Not only will having a local source of cookbooks keep me coming back, but so will its local, handmade products, which range from Zak the Baker bread to Mimis ravioli. Most important, perhaps, I enjoyed the friendliness of this Shoresowned shop. On a recent Sunday, the gentleman behind the counter pointed out his personal favorites, and I happily followed his lead and purchased them for dinner that evening. Flavorish also prepares homereplacement meals and offers delivery. It sounds silly, I suppose, but the next time Ive run out of Baleine sea salt or coffee beans for the next mornings brew, I know who to call. Ditto for the Fridayero paleta from PopNature. Im pretty sure Ill get what I ordered right way, without a follow-up, no extra charge. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Continuing Education& Professional DevelopmentSchool of 305-936-2585www.mdc.edu/ce/northMiami Dade College provides you with on-site education for your business: English and foreign languages with an emphasis on industry-specific terminology, customer service, industry certifications, workforce training/skill development and communication skills. We customize training solutions to satisfy your corporate needs and develop your business potential. For more information, contact Patricia Beck: Phone: 305-936-2585 Email: pbeck@mdc.eduFOREIGN LANGUAGES CONVERSATIONENGLISH AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGECOURSES FOR CHILDREN TEST PREPARATION ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT CENTER FOR KIDS LEGO ROBOTICS PROGRAM CLASSES START May 10, 2014 Register NOW!AVENTURA CENTER20445 Biscayne Blvd., Suite H6, Aventura, FL 33180 Empower your employees. Develop your business. Lagniappe is helpful for a customer who has been inconvenienced, but its also simply a gesture of goodwill.

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58 Culture: THE ARTSThree Shows, One Broad ViewMajor exhibits featuring artists from Africa and its diaspora hit Miami, revealing the globalized nature of contemporary artBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorFrom a distance, the immense wall hangings in the Bass Museum of Art look like tapestries, brightly colored cloth drapes with a metallic sheen. Move in closer, and the spectacular nature of the works of El Anatsui become apparent. Theyre woven not from thread, but from thousands minum bottle tops and labels from liquor bottles, sewn together with metal wiring. They form Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works major solo museum show in the United States from the Ghana native (the exhibit premired at the Akron Art Museum, and had stops in Des Moines and Brooklyn before coming to the Bass). The reuse of found bottle tops and scrap metal has both a universal resonance in our overly polluted age, and one special to West Africa. Recycling there is more than a hobby and often a means of survival; and the connection between the slave and liquor trades is not ancient history. Up at MOCA, another solo show features an internationally renowned artist with African roots, Wangechi Mutu. Born in Kenya, but a longtime New York resident, Mutu explores gender, identity, and race in her drawings and collages. Originating at the Nasher Museum at Duke University and recently at the Brooklyn Museum, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey includes more than 50 works from the 1990s to the presThe version currently at MOCA creates environment where things seems to be sprouting and morphing. The walls are covered in dark gray wool packing blankets in fact and a few sculptures also covered in the material shoot up panties, like a swamp-tree blooming. But her collaged paintings are the main draw, depicting female creatures that are at once grotesque and otherworldly. There are references to fertility symbols and what could be an African landscape, combined with futuristic contraptions and nods to 21st-century fashion. It is in these depic tions that Mutu addresses the black female form, in particular, something that has been a source of derision and pride since the colonial and slave eras. Placing centrality on the female form, Wangechi Mutus provocative body of work imagines hybrid creatures and sur real landscapes that comment on com mercialism, globalization, and cultural norms, writes Alex Gartenfeld, MOCAs interim director and chief curator. Over at the Prez Art Museum Miami is Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. Unlike the other two exhibits, this show overall does not include famous names; part of its mission is to highlight art that has gone under the radar in previous decades and centuries from the Haitian Revolution to the present. This exhibit, also from New York, was organized over several years by El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. Here it in cludes 150 pieces, ranging from sculpture and video to painting and photography, multitudinous cultures and histories. This exhibition does a great job of opening up a much larger and more inclu sive conversation about art from the region, including art that emerges from European, ences, says PAMMs associate curator, Diana Nawi. It helps to shift attention onto a range of works, both geographical and historical, that we might not have the opportunity to see in dialogue together, especially in the United States. But it is often the African-based origins to much of the work that remain unmistak able. Some of these are more obvious than others. Countries like Haiti and Jamaica, along with most of the English-speaking

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islands, have overwhelmingly majority black populations. So any representational paintings, photography, or video will likely include black faces. For instance, one of the more prominent artists in the exhibit, Jamaicas Rene Cox, is represented by her dramatic self-portrait Queen Nanny of the Maroons her dread locks are set off against the bright red Brit ish Army uniform she wears. (Queen Nanny, who was brought from Ghana to Jamaica in the late 1600s, became a folk hero and leader of the Maroons; named in 1976 as a Jamaican National Hero, her face is on the $500 Jamaican bill. Maroons were escaped slaves in Jamaica who formed communities of free men and women in the countrys mountainous interior.) In Haiti, the unique voudou religion based on Yoruba traditions is an everyday artwork. In Spanish-speaking countries, such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the mainland countries that rim the are also apparent, in references to religious traditions, music, totems, mystical entities. And like the work of Anatsui and from traditional sources, but also from the world of international commerce, the Internet, and pop culture. Trying to shoehorn any of them into an exclusive heritage or ethnic category is simplistic and inaccurate. In the notes to the Bass Museum show, Venice for the Biennale more than 20 years ago, he was called an African artist. Now he is known simply as an artist. To underscore that point, all these shows were chosen individually by each museum there was no coordinated effort or overarching theme, such as a heritage month, that brought these shows here. Silvia Karman Cubia, director and chief curator of the Bass, says the international respect these artists landscape that has been developing for decades. She says they wanted the El Anatsui exhibit because he is a great artist, not because he is a minority or representative of a culture. What she thinks is most important is that the multicultural, multidisciplinary state of contemporary art is starting to be represented in its best form here in Miami. I think were seeing a level of maturity here, she says. It suggests that important shows want to come to Miami. We had Ai Wei Wei [at PAMM], Tracey Emin [at MOCA] just in the last half-year. Perhaps now were more part of the dialogue. Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui runs through August 10 at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.bassmuseum.org. Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey runs through July 6 at MOCA, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; mocanomi.org. Caribbean: Crossroads of the World runs through August 17 at PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; pamm.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Funkalicious Fruit Field Queen Nanny of the Maroons

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60 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN DISTRICT ART + DESIGN NIGHT GALLERIESALBERTO LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-286-7355 www.albertolinerogallery.com Through June 30: El tiempo y el espacio en la escultura de Jimenez Deredia by Jimenez Deredia ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through June 7: Painted/Stacked by Russell Maltz AREVALO GALLERY 151 NE 40th St., Ste 200, Miami 305-860-3311 www.arevalogallery.com May 5 through June 30: Karen Rifas ART NOUVEAU GALLERY 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaumiami.com Through July 24: Art Lab by Arturo Quintero 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 May 10 through June 8: Symbiotic Promise by Ernesto Kunde Recently Acquired V with Pamela Palma, Troy Simmons, Ted VanCleave, Valeria Yamamoto, and Harvey Zipkin BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL 122 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse Through May 31: The Fortress by Ana Mendez BLACK SQUARE GALLERY 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com Through May 5: Paper Work with Joana Bruessow Fischer, Jorge Chirinos Sanchez, Kyu-Hak Lee, Pablo Lehmann, and Tony Vazquez 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through June 15: Mi-No with various artists BUTTER GALLERY 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 305-303-6254 www.buttergallery. com Ongoing: HOX by Douglas Hoekzema Sym City by Yuri Tuma CAROL JAZZAR ART 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www.cjazzart.com Call gallery for exhibition information CURATORS VOICE 299 NW 25th St., Miami 305-502-5624 www.curatorsvoice. com Through May 17: Obliques Perspectives with various artists DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www. davidcastillogallery. com Through May 10: Metabolic Bodies with Sanford Biggers, Adler Guerrier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Quisqueya Henriquez, Susan LeeChun, Pepe Mar, Robert Melee, and Wendy White May 15 through July 5: Dollars & 6 Dimes by Sanford Biggers DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 Through June 6: Your Forest for My Trees by Michael Scoggins and Alex Gingrow 100 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net Call gallery for exhibition information 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com Through May 30: Towards the Sky Again, 1997-2011 by Colleen Plumb DOT FIFTYONE GALLERY 187 NW 27th St., Miami 305-573-9994 May 8 through July 5: Reverse, Rewriting Culture with Consuelo Castaeda, David Rohn, Eduardo Rivera Salvatierra, Fernando Bayona Gonzalez, Jonathan Wahl, Juan Pablo Ballester, Nereida Garcia-Ferraz, and Fernando Garcia 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.emersondorsch.com May 17 through July 31: We Float Above to Spit and Sing by Michael Jones McKean Cast Set by Cara Despain FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com Through May 10: The Sky on the Floor by Alexander Kroll GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com Through May 10: by Bhakti Baxter GUCCIVUITTON 8375 NE 2nd Ave., Miami www.guccivuitton.net Through May 31: The Look with Gabriel Bien-Aime, Murat Brierre, Lafortune Felix, Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, Guyodo, Georges Liautaud, Marron et Masque, Tomm El-Saieh, Serge Toussaint, Robert St. Brice, and Rick Ulysse JUAN RUIZ GALLERY 301 NW 28th St., Miami 786-310-7490 www.juanruizgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 223 NW 26th St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary. com Through July 31: En blanco y negro with Antonio Asis, Carla Arocha and Stephane Schraenen, Jorge Pedro Nuez, Paulo Castro, Sigfredo Chacon, and Adriana Jebeleanu KAVACHNINA 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-209-0278 www.kavachnina.com Through May 10: Motion City by Esteban Leyva KELLEY ROY GALLERY 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery.com Through June 7: Red Wolf 2300 N Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 www.galerieleliamordoch.com May 8 through June 28: Lim Dong-Lak 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org May 3 through June 14: Exhaustion by Justin Beal and Jesse Willenbring Performative Intimacy by David Jang 122 NE 11th St., Miami 305-521-8520 www.michaeljongallery.com May 31 through June 21: Surfboard by Yann Gerstberger After Heade: Humming Birds #2 1160 Kane Concourse, Suite 100-B Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154www.balharborbouari.com305-397-8841 305-397-8842 Come in for a FREE Consultation and get a FREE Vitamin B-12 shotBy Appointment Only.HCG Injectable 25 Days $329(reg. $549)HCG Oral 25 Days $299(reg. $439)Expires 7/31/2014 Get Ready For This SummerLose Weight!Lose 10-20 pounds in 25 Days!!Both HCG Programs Include:

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Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY 172 NW 24th St., Miami 786-953-6917 www.mindysolomon.com May 8 through July 26: Mythmaker by Marc Burckhardt NNAMDI CONTEMPORARY GALLERY 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 786-332-4736 www.nnamdicontemporary.com May 10 through June 14: Window Seat with Ed Clark, Frank Bowling, Deborah Dancy, Gary Kulak, Gregory Coates, Allie McGhee, Antonio Carreo, Nanette Carter, Neha Vedpathak, Robert Colescott, Rashid Johnson, Lucy Slivinski, Thornton Willis, and Al Loving 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through June 21: Edouard Duval-Carri PRIMARY PROJECTS 151 NE 7th St., Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com Through June 20: The Castle Dismal by Christina Pettersson SPINELLO PROJECTS 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI GALLERY 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Ste 4, Miami 305-284-3161 www.as.miami.edu/art May 6 through 23: Amalgam by Eddy A. Lopez WYNWOOD WALLS NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 www.thewynwoodwalls.com Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with various artists ZADOK GALLERY 2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-438-3737 www.zadokgallery.com Through May 25: Fiction of the Fabricated Image by Seon Ghi BahkMUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITSARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www.artcentersf.org May 3 through July 6: Flight: Aloft in the Everglades with Wendy Call, Lisa Elmaleh, Naomi Fisher, Gustavo Matamoros, Adam Nadel, Trong Nguyen, Rebecca Reeve, Nathaniel Sandler, and Susan Silas, curated by Deborah Mitchell 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www.artcentersf.org Through June 15: Radio Miami with various artists, curated by Rosell Meseguer and Glexis Novoa BASS MUSEUM OF ART 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through July 20: Vanitas: Fashion and Art with various artists Through August 10: Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380 www.cifo.org Call gallery for exhibition information DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112 www.delacruzcollection.org Ongoing: Looking at Process: Works from the Collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz with various artists FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST ART MUSEUM 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 Through June 22: Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art with various artists Through August 3: Sustenazo (Lament II) by Monika Weiss May 7 through June 29: Tradition by Philippe Dodard 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through June 1: Lise Drost MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART + DESIGN Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 www.mdcmoad.org Through May 4: A Narrative of an Artist Exploring Capitalism by Tatiana Vahan Through July 12: Permanent Art Collection with various artists Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Foundation with various artists MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-6211 www.mocanomi.org Through May 11: Video Container: Museum as Method with Bernadette Corporation, Loretta Fahrenholz, Harun Farocki, Andrea Fraser, Dan Graham, General Idea, William E. Jones, Maha Maamoun, Danny McDonald, and Seth Price Through July 6: Flat Rock by Virginia Overton A Fantastic Journey by Wangechi Mutu PREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-375-3000 www.pamm.org Through May 25: A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry with various artists For Those in Peril on the Sea by Hew Locke Through July 27: Image Search: Photography from the Collection with various artists Through August 17: Caribbean: Crossroads of the World with various artists Through August 31: Imagined Landscapes by Edouard Duval-Carri Through September 28: Monika Sosnowska THE MARGULIES COLLECTION 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www.margulieswarehouse.com Call gallery for exhibition information THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through August 1: Chinese: 28 Contemporary Chinese Artists at the Rubell Family Collection with various artists THE WOLFSONIAN FIU 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 305-535-2622 www.wolfsonian.org Through May 18: Bust of a Doctor by Gideon Barnett Echoes and Origins: Italian Interwar Design with various artists Through June 15: Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata by A. G. Santagata The Birth of Rome with various artists Through August 31: BUMMER with various artists, curated by Todd Oldham Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com Melissas PickMiami artist Christina Pettersson explores her love of Southern Gothic in her newest exhibition The Castle Dismal. The exhibition features Petterssons large-scale, intricately rendered graphite drawings steeped in literature and lore, juxtaposing sensual fantasy with scenes of decay, while showcasing her love of the deep South. Not content with relegating her love to the formal gallery space, the artist will play host to a series of off-site events throughout the month coinciding with her exhibition, including a dinner, ghost tour, and masquerade. Contact rsvp@primaryprojectspace.com for more information. Melissa Wallen The Terrible Knowing & Not Knowing

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62 Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR Culture: EVENTS CALENDARSomethings in the WaterAs part of the reconquista a Catholic king defeats the caliphate of Crdoba, ending centuries of Islamic rule and ushering in a era that saw Spain ultimately threaten and expel its Jews and Muslims. The creative minds at Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores) have Everybody Drinks the Same Water When the monarch drinks the water and becomes ill, blame falls on the Muslims until the water supply sickens everyone. Intolerance is the real poison, but only an interfaith through June 1; matinees and evening shows; $25. A street fair inspired by medi eval Crdoba opens the event on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 6:00 p.m. www. mtcmiami.org.Love That GrooveIts time for the 11th annual Love-In: Party in the Park at Greynolds Park (17530 W. Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach). The rock n roll of the Sixties and Seventies is now considered just oldfashioned fun and a perfect antidote to some of the citys noisier music fests. Look for craft beers, food and art vendors, a period costume contest, and classic car show. Starting at 11:00 a.m. and going until 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 4 lay out your blanket, unpack the Frisbees, and groove to the likes of headliner Eddie Money (yeah, Two Tickets To Paradise baby). General admission is $25 at the entrance; www.miamipartyinthepark.com.Film Fest Offers a Mainland VenueThe Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival held this year from Friday, May 2 through Saturday, May 10 used to be the exclusive domain of Miami Beach, but cultural life is shifting across the bay. O-Cinema Miami Shores (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores) To Be Takei about George Takei of Star Trek fame; the comedic an Italian (subtitled) tale of a haunted apartment; The Case Against 8 nias same-sex marriage ban; Snails in the Rain (subtitled), a drama about identity set in for all shows and times go to www.o-cinema. org; www; mglff.org.Emerging Artists Series ReturnsMiami Light Projects Here & Now has developed into a key incubator for performing arts, and this years series looks especially strong. Abel Cornejos theater piece derives from a plane hijacking from the U.S. to Cuba in the 1970s; Ana Mendezs performance combines the world of the Everglades with music from take a torn-from-the-headlines story about a Keys man who undergoes sexual reassignment therapy. It runs Thursday, May 8, through Saturday, May 17 at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami; at 8:00 pm., tickets cost $10. For complete schedule, go to miamilightproject.com.Cuisines of Haitian Heritage MonthThe 2014 Taste of Haiti will last three days and features a fundraising gala and a Mothers Day brunch in Broward, part of Haitian Heritage Month. But the main event takes place on the MOCA Plaza (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) on Saturday, May 9 Chefs will cook up Haitian recipes at various booths, accompanied by live music and a kids corner, from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. The MOCA event is free, but you can splurge for a $30 VIP ticket, which includes unlimited beer and wine; www.tasteofhaitiusa.com.Concert for a Concert Piano Slavic and Austro-Hungarian cultures, along with traditional Balkan sounds, and this unique output, along with works by American composers, can be heard during Miami for Piano featuring Serbian pianist Marta Brankovich and guests. The concert, on Thursday, May 15 at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., Aventura) at 8:00 p.m. is also a fundraiser that has toured other Euro pean and U.S. cities. Kolarac, the famed concert hall of Belgrade that once hosted has fallen on hard times and needs a new concert piano. For $30 to $37, it seems a small price; www.AventuraCenter.org.Orchid Euphoria!Although found all over the globe, orchids, it seems, are becoming synonymous with South Florida. Appropriately, the Redland International Orchid Festival has grown to be the largest of its kind in the nation, this year taking place over three days from Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18 at Fruit & Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead). There will be more than orchid growers and information about the plants; an American Orchid Societyjudged best-of-orchids contest; orchidraising lectures and hands-on demonstra tions, and walking tours of the park. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and only $10; www. redlandorchidfestival.org. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com A Bounty of BotanicalsAs part of National Public Gardens Day Fairchild Tropi will open its doors at a discounted rate ($10 off regular admission prices). From 7:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. on Friday, May 9 you can visit the 83 acres of lush plant life, inand Edible Garden, and take 45-minute guided walking tours that begin at 7:45 a.m. with a birdwatching stroll, and narrated tram tours; www.fairchildgarden.org. Catch the Boukman ExperienceDont miss the latest chance to catch the great Haitian roots ( rasin ) group Boukman Eksperyans, during Big Night in Little Haiti on Friday, May 16 as part groups to combine Haitian sounds with reggae and rock, a sound thats heard everywhere today. The band has deep political and cultural roots in Haiti, but when they return to Miami, its almost like a home coming. From 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr., Miami); free. The night also features kreyol cuisine and liquid refresh ments; www.rhythmfoundation.com. Grafti: A Local HistoryTheres a solid local history to Some Like It Hot and Concrete Par adise at HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St., Miami) provide a colorful and insightful framework to this ongoing works by Miami natives; the second documents the modernist concrete Marine Stadium on Virginia Key, long neglected since its closure in 1992, but accumulated over the years. Both run through Sunday, May 31 ; $8; www. historymiami.org.

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Columnists: PICTURE STORYBy Paul S. George Special to the BTThe Florida Store, Burdines was an early Miami success story. Founder William Burdine moved his family and dry goods business from Bartow to Miami in 1898. His tiny store on Avenue D (todays S. Miami Avenue) quickly outgrew its location, moving to 12th Street (todays E. Flagler Street) in the early 1900s. By 1912, the rapidly growing departby young Roddey Burdine, new leader of William Burdine and Son and a merchandising genius, following Williams death in 1911. Burdines became one of the Souths topgrossing department stores by the mid-1920s. Soon there were additional stores, including Burdines Boulevard Shops, seen here, in 1929, on the newly extended Biscayne Boule vard near NE 14th Street. president, explained that it was designed to provide a convenient and accessible location for Miamians who go shopping in their cars, residents of Miami Beach, the Miramar, and northeast sections, and Burdines many customers who come here from various other Florida cities to shop. The building, with striking Art Deco details, was designed by Vladimir Virrick and Robert Law Weed. But the stores opening coincided with the beginning of the Great Depression, and business slowed, prompting its closure in 1932. The Sears Roebuck store, sitting next door, incorporated the Boulevard Shops into its store. It remained a part of Sears until that stores closing in the early way for the Adrienne Arsht Center. In 2005, Macys, like Burdines a part of the large Federated Department than 50 statewide Burdines stores. To order a copy of this photo, please contact HistoryMiami archives manager Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@historymiami.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami 1989-011-24493 MTCs talented company members will lead students on a fun-lled artistic adventure. Students explore self-expression and work together to develop an original production for the camps nal performance. 9 am4 pm Ages 6 $625 per session rfrnnt MIAMI, FLORIDA MONSIGNOR EDWARD PACE HIGH SCHOOL G R A T I A E T V E R I T A S beautiful 56 18 Monsignor Edward Pace High SchoolEnroll Today!Be a part of the Spartan tradition!Online at www.pacehs.com/admissions @PaceSpartans We are PACE! Partners Academics Catholic EmpowermentBurdines: Gone Physically and CorporatelyA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiami

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64 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatCompiled by Derek McCannNo Rest for the Leering400 Block of NE 73rd Street Victim and his wife headed to the store around 1:30 p.m. One would think that a 90-minute shopping trip to get home supplies in the middle of the day wouldnt be a problem, but apparently it can be an opportunity for those who wait, ready to waylay folks on Miami autopilot. The owner returned to see the Locking ones front door is not enough, apparently. The perpetrator stole three badges, and two pillowcases. No leads in this case, but a rueful reminder that the neighborhood watch also includes our criminal neighbors.HR Needed for Incidents Like These900 Block of NE 82nd Street Getting work can be a relief, but sometimes the boss will still cut corners to reduce costs. This contract employee was told to enter a toolshed and remove items behind a home. The rightful owner did not take a liking to this and ordered him to return the items. Maybe after breaking the lock and removing the door from the hinge, the new employee should have known better. He escaped the work scene in his Chevy Tahoe, likely knowing his potential bail money would not be tax deductible, let alone help him on future background checks.Procrastinations Victims6400 Biscayne Blvd. If you have surveillance cameras and they are not functioning, it might be prudent to have them repaired quickly. In this case, repair was delayed, as one of the work trucks of a business was parked inside the locked facility. That vehicle was burglarized. Police could not process the crime scene because management compromised it, so there really is no chance of any success in pinpointing the culprit. Perhaps an opportunistic employee saw a system breakdown? No way of telling, but victim sloth can certainly be an invitation to slippery greed.Timeless Stupidity in the Information Age100 Block of NE 70th Street Cell phones have become a strange necessity in our modern era, so if you buy one for your girlfriend, dont expect to get it back like this dolt did. She refused his demands after taking a liking to the latest apps, so he made a decision to break her doorknob. He later e-mailed her, threatening to withhold child support and steal her laptop that day. He did follow through later that night after victim left for a few locked facility. That vehicle was burglarized.

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hours, as he burglarized the home. So his e-mailed confession will likely get him an overnight stay downtown, but with no doorknob to break this time. Maybe he could develop his own app that disables the send button on his outbox.In Other Words, I Have License to Steal200 Block of NE 17th Street nature called and he had to use the restroom. He asked a seemingly kindly bartender to watch his equipment, which he had now placed in a bag. Frankly, he would have been better served to bring it into the stall and when he returned, all his stuff was gone. The bartender dryly replied that he was not responsible for victims belongings. He is not, of course only his own. Bartender is likely making his own home movies now with his shiny new camera equipment the spoils of being around drunks. His Personal Treasure Chest ViolatedNE 5th Street and N. Miami Avenue If you are female, you know where you put your valuables should you really need them. Men may not have the cleavage, but they have the old standby trick at their disposal. Victim fell asleep at a bus bench but placed his cell phone between his legs. Surely, a pickpocket will draw the line at reaching into victims treasures. There is dignity. Well, those particular treasures did remain, but the cell phone was gone when victim woke up. If he felt something moving in dreamland, it was quite a costly dream.A Day in the Life of a Miami Convenience Store200 Block of NE 79th Street Some people love to return items to a store after sampling a product, but there are limits. Returning a used phone card is akin to returning used toilet paper, woman was denied her senseless request, she became unhinged, screaming profanities and throwing things around the store. She had the temerity to grab several cases of beer, and then stood on top of those cases so she could grab the cash fell out and she took it, running out of the store. Owner was understandably shaken, but in this area, the incident is apparently akin to spilled coffee on an oak boardroom desk in other parts of that, would he not?If You Allegedly Steal from Target, Maybe You Should Take the Bus3401 N. Miami Ave. So in the lifespan of a criminal (or anyone who has the audacity to question police when they randomly scream at you), one can be in that police car one moment and, in the next, need police help. This is part of the co-dependency of the system, as this arrestee was released from jail and later found his bicycle had been stolen outside of Target. Police were kind enough to create a report at his request. With luck like this, it may be time to bus out of town.Kind Waiter, Dumb Waiter, Bad Patron6700 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Victim charged her cell phone in an open outlet at this restaurant and went back to his meal and headed out to the street. The waiter, wanting to be kind and virtuous, grabbed the charging phone thinking it belonged to this patron. It did not, but it did not stop that person from taking it. So you eat at a restaurant and have the funds, but you willingly take what does not belong to you. No arrests have been made, but we feel for that waiter (and victim). Virtue has been restuff we dont have to pay for.I Know I Can Change Him5700 Block of Biscayne Boulevard After having $57 stolen from him, this victim gave his sleepover friend another chance. Of course, libido played a role here, as second chances at great sex can diminish common sense. This time, the hijinks led to $100 being stolen (dou bling his investment), and an iPad for good measure. Victim did do a police report this time; maybe that can serve as a manipulative love letter to start Round 3. Make sure that kitchen sink is welded down. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com COMPLETE BUSINESS SERVICES 12555 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33181-2597 Tel: 305-895-6974 | Fax: 305-891-2045 Email: ppspost@earthlink.net T.M.Est. 1980

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66 Columnists: PARK PATROLWhere the Wild Things WereAt Pinecrest Gardens, the raucous lure of Parrot Jungle remainsBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorSome ghosts are hard to kill, and some places refuse to give up their ghosts, even when the place had little to do with reality to begin with. Such is the case with the late Parrot Jungle. The parrots are gone, but the jungle and the cages remain at what long-time residents insist on calling the old Parrot Jungle. Parrot Jungle was classic early Florida roadside tourism, with cockatoos riding miniature bicycles and macaws posing with girls in bikinis. Its new incarnation, Pinecrest Gardens, is more like a community center for the upper middle class. For anyone who lives outside the Village of Pinecrest, its new incarnation just doesnt have the same appeal as an unruly jungle full of raucous parrots. The community-based gardens and historical landmark isnt boring or pointless; its just a bit tame. It gets respectably spicy during its winter season of for $5 you can catch Goodfellas or The Rocky Horror Picture Show Kids under 12 can romp around in their bathing suits in the splash n play area, and a few steps away theres a petting zoo with, among other friendly animals, an immense pot-bellied pig. That gray pig is one big roly-poly ball of pork. The parks community center vibe was on full display during a visit in late April, when the CLEO Institute (Client Leadership Engagement Opportunities), based in Pinecrest, hosted a climate readiness rally for local environmentalists (including yours truly). Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, an outspoken advocate for addressing climate change, spoke to the crowd of 200 about the need to force Congress to wake up from its climate-denying slumber. His tour of Southern states culminated at the Pinecrest Gardens event, where the crowd vowed to vote out the deniers. The Banyan Bowl amphitheater is the perfect stage for the gardens many festivals and performances during the school year. Events in May include several performances of The Jungle Book with song and choreography from the movie, and a Memorial Medley concert featuring Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue and lively works by Sousa, Cohan, and others; the park website lists ticket prices and show times. The biggest draw is the year-round farmers market, often touted as the areas best. Open Sundays from 9:00 from its proximity to the regions fruit and vegetable basket near Homestead. Unlike more urban markets, here you might actually meet a farmer. In addition, you can buy artisanal breads, soaps and candles, beverages, plants and trees, local honey, and ready-to-eat foods. Weekends offer the best times to visit Pinecrest Gardens because the weekday even by Miami standards. Located south of the University of Miami, the area lacks access to convenient highways, and the cars back up one after another after another, like turtles migrating through molasses. Speaking of turtles, Pinecrest Gardens has many ectotherms scattered around its nearly 20 acres. Through much of the property, a concrete pathway meanders around landscaped waterfalls and ponds, where very tame koi and turtles wait to be fed. You can buy their lunch inside. The showstopper of the landscaped grounds is Swan Lake, with its requisite white swan wading in pea-green water. Surrounded by a ring of mature cactus plants, the lake feels like a postcard image from a more genteel time, especially when viewed through limestone arches. The elevated, encircling limestone wall prevents you from approaching the lake, leaving its two-dimensional impression intact. Opened in 1936, the gardens was the dream of an Austrian immigrant, Franz Scherr, who settled in Homestead and wanted to build a nature attraction. After fading from glory, the former Parrot Jungle abandoned ship for Watson Island, where it reopened in 2002 with a new name, Jungle Island. The Village of Pinecrest, with funds from the Florida Communities Trust (supported by Florida Forever), acquired and reopened the gardens in 2003. By 2011, it earned recognition on the National Register of Historic Places. Pinecrest Gardens charges an entry fee of $3 for adults and $2 for minors. Ample free parking under shady banyan trees saves you a few dollars, so dont complain. Its better to pay a person than a parking meter. The parking lot banyan trees are mighty, but inside awaits an astonishingly large specimen with crisscrossed roots walking in all directions like hundreds of giraffe legs. Grab a picnic table nearby, and feed your inner child. Many of the tightly packed palms, live oaks, and cypress trees are fully BT photos by Jim W. Harper PINECREST GARDENS11000 Red Road Pinecrest, FL 33156 305-669-6990 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Picnic tables: Yes Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: Yes Tennis courts: No No Night lighting: Yes Swimming pool: No Playground: Yes Admission: $3 adult; $2 child (or $3 with splash area); free under 2Park Rating SW 111th StSW 60th AveSW 57th Ave

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mature, lending dense shade for most of the meandering pathway. One section claims to be one of only two U.S. tropical rainforests, although this assertion cally subtropical and dry for half the year, and major manipulations would be necessary to sustain a tropical rainforest. So whats up with that? The cell phone audio tour, with instruc tions along the pathway, said something about the rainforest, but I found it thin on information and fat on annoyance. It re quires using your smartphone to select and hear prerecorded messages, and by then, the turtles have realized youre not car rying food and the fun is over. The audio tour is neither high-tech nor low-tech; its mediummediocre-tech. Part of the historical designation for the gardens rests on its structures, and particularly on the shoulders of the historical entrance building, a Ger manic limestone hut with pine log ceil ings. The newer entrance allows cars through its grand arch, and its walkway has a cave-like atmosphere. As you emerge into the dappled sunlight, the canopy overhead puts your puny stature into perspective. Pinecrest Gardens has great sentimental value for people who remember Parrot Jungle, and this neighborhood life. But Miami was changing, even then, to Fort Lauderdale. I dont remember Parrot Jungle, yet I do know its ghosts. To me, family lore transforms todays Pinecrest into yesterdays South Miami, and its garden remains, always and forever, a jungle. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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Columnists: YOUR GARDEN 68 May I See Your Certicate?Lawn crews must now have a fertilizing license By Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorDuring any given week, I inspect the trees on several residential and commercial properties. I enjoy inspecting trees and palms, and when they seem to be in decline. These past few weeks, I inspected the trees on some high-end properties, and even though I know better than to let it happen, I still am shocked at some of the horticultural practices of professional landscape contractors. times about a new state law that took effect in January. It requires a license for commercial fertilizer applications. The to attend an all-day class, the Florida Green Industries Best Management Practices Training Program, given by Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) or the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. At the end of the class, a test is administered, and of course one must pass to receive the license. Once you pass, you can apply for a Landscape Commercial Fertilizer (also called a state fertilizer license). Does your I took the class recently and was not only the use of fertilizer, but also limits on the types of fertilizer that can be used and how often one can fertilize. Yes, there are limits to the amount of fertilizer that can be applied to your lawn. Did your lawn maintenance company ever obtain a soil and/or foliar nutrient analysis of your lawn or other Speaking of standards, there are best management practices for the fertilization of trees. Mature trees, for example, absolutely necessary. For one thing, fertilization increases insect pest problems. Those little bugs that suck out the juices or eat the foliage of your plants love heavily fertilized trees and lawns. There was also a great deal of discussion on non-point-source pollution put out ends up in storm drains and subsequently in the closest body of water. The class discussed types of grasses for lawns, how to irrigate them, and even how to mow them. The different turfgrass species they should be mowed, and the frequency. get stressed. And rest assured that insects and diseases will take advantage of any grass in a weakened condition. applied under these conditions, and then insecticides applied to control the bugs that followed, and then more fertilizer, and on and on in a vicious spiral. The class touched on a couple of my fa vorite subjects: pest control and integrated pest management. I spent decades at Parrot Jungle and Jungle Island observing and studying natural conditions; and instead of trying to manipulate the environment to grow plants (or to control mosquitoes), I worked to adjust the components of control and monitor the irrigation, and most important, create an environment established that would attack and control the bad insect problems. It works. So, getting back to those high-end properties. I was inspecting the trees on these sites and saw that the palms had been pruned of their fronds. And coconuts had been removed from the coconut palms. Someone wearing spikes see the route the climber took because of the holes gouged into the palm trunks. I could also see where the climber had trouble inserting a spike, likely when climbing down, and had not only left a hole in the trunk but had torn the bark in the location. management practices for tree care. The palm trunks will now be permanently scarred on properties worth many millions allowed and that property managers and owners pay to have this done. There are better ways to prune palm trees, although on one of the sites, the palms were way The IFAS program should be attended by all our landscape contractors and pest control operators. It is given in English, Spanish, and Creole, and even offered online, so there is no excuse not to attend. The next time the folks come to work on your property, ask them if they attended and passed the test. BT photo by Jeff Shimonski

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Columnists: PET TALKHoof It With Your WooferThe merits of dog walking are manyBy Janet Goodman BT ContributorWalking most of us start by age two. As teenagers, we do it when we cant borrow Dads car. Some do it to raise money for good causes. Billions have been made by the sportswear industry on athletic shoes for those who partake. King of Pop Michael Jacksons career shot through the stratosphere when he choreographed a backward version based on Marcel Marceaus routine Walking Against the Wind. President Harry Truman had a strict daily regimen of an early morning constitutional through neighborhood streets, and he lived to be 88. For me, walking around the block reaps endless landscaping ideas, although, sadly, theyre rarely put to the shovel test in my own yard. I see neighbors I never knew I had, and the extra eyes I provide must make the crime watch folks pretty happy and burglars is my heart: the pulse quickens, muscle strengthens, circulation improves, as do my spirits. At night I certainly feel safer if Im walking with a dog, but for years I rarely went on walks with my pets other than to train them. Ive had a history of owning lots of them at one time, so exercise was playing ball or tug in the backyard. It wasnt until I was down to one, and now two, dogs that were venturing beyond the fence by routinely going for walks. Each dog in my pack has his and her separate walk. I have a 23-pounder and a 40-plus-pounder, and thats just too much for me to handle responsibly together. So ours is a quarter-mile lap on the leash, with ID and rabies tags on the collars, and sensible shoes on my feet the shade or on the grass to keep us cool; the temperature difference is more than youd think. Flea prevention is up to date, too, but the real key to a pleasant walk is two plastic bags. Like potato chips, sometimes one just isnt enough. Since going on these dog treks, Ive been somewhat shocked at how many walkers among us dont pick up after their own pooches. Is it because they forget the bags? Occasional forgetfulness happens to the best of us, but I think theres more to it than that. There are after an animal. You know who you are, and all I can say is, Get over it already Leaving a mess is shamefully unneighborly; so is allowing dogs to wander deep into others properties. I like to guide mine over a sliver of grass adjacent to the street with a shortened leash so I dont wear out my welcome. My canine companions get something out of these mini adventures, too. walking them on a leash teaches them to, wellwalk on a leash. Pulling my arm out of the socket isnt allowed, and I earn a few leadership points in the process. There can be only one leader on our spin around the block, and thats got to be me. Thats not being mean. Thats being in charge big difference. Just as with humans, exercise destresses a dogs mind and body, and lessens in-house mischief and bad manners. If they meet a buddy along the way, the opportunity to socialize cant hurt. Ive seen many dogs refuse to go to the bathroom while tethered to a leash. The fenced-in backyard is their preferred spot, where they are free to roam. This can be downright frustrating for owners away from home. Taking on-leash walks with the dog helps to promote success elsewhere. Smells left by other dogs along the route say do your stuff here, arrow neon signs. Tracking these scents is pretty darn exciting in a dogs world. This exploraas the muscles, and encourages our furry friends to push onward. And speaking of brains, enough trips through the neighborhood imprints the way home on the canine brain. Setting their natural GPS could come in handy one day. To make the journey less hohum, I switch between two simple routes, but always returning to the house. My little terrier mix has the fastestgrowing nails in town. Ive noticed that hitting the pavement means less trimming I have to do by hand, for which by the way, she has absolutely zero tolerance. That means one less battle with her, and thats all right by both of us. Who knew a mere daily walk would be such a partner in household bliss? Janet Goodman is a Miami Shoresbased dog trainer, animal-talent wran gler, and principal of Good Dog Bad Dog, Inc. Contact her at info@good dogbaddogmiami.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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70 Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITYDoting, Doting, Gone!Theres no way to compete with the grandparents fan clubBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorI salute you, Grandma and Grandpa. I know, I know. It doesnt seem like Im saluting you when I give you the stink eye from the corner of the room because youve just offered dayglo breakfast her sweet little heart desires. But I do. Grandparents are amazing. They give true, unconditional love. They bring the appetites and slay bedtimes. They cre ated their masterpiece, and after years of saying no, all they want to do is say yes to the masterpieces you created. They have no skin in the game, except for the pursuit of their grandkids smiles. Who can blame them, right? Last week my mother came to visit. She helped with the kids all weekend free lifestyle. On Tuesday I found myself having this argument with my Way for breakfast. one before breakfast yesterday. about how crazy you get when youve had too much sugar. Grandma to be my mommy! My hubbys parents escape their Midwest winter for Miami for three months every year. I already hear you asking, What? Do they stay with you? Thats crazy ! Well, no. They stay near us. My some pad less than two blocks from our rental websites. Shes a professional, Both my husbands parents and my mother have learned how to work the grandparent routine. They are eerily like that hot college DJ and deliverer of debauchery nonstop cuddles, treats, unnecessary gifts, and lax bedtimes. Kid chaos is nice, if youre into that kind of thing and they are. At Grandma and Grandpas, the kids can eat what they want when they want. They can spritz perfume onto their Barbie, they can even make garbage soup. A Grandma makeover, including hairspray and mas cara? Sure! Wrestling with Grandpa next to the new china cabinet? Of course! better than that round of Goldschlger shots that you never should have downed with the captain of the lacrosse team. Its like the best mommy porn. Theres the ( insert lusty voice-over here let me fold that huge pile of laundry for you. I can pick the kids up tomorrow from school! Or my favorite, Why dont you two go out and have a great date night? Ill take the kids! dinner again? laundry and picked up the kids early! leave!!!! Grandparents are intoxicating. But as with any intoxication, there has to be a Withdrawals are rough, especially from the temporary utopia that grandparents create. Detox isnt pretty and its usually painful. It always ends the same ex cited from an evening out or a weekend of missing your kids, you cant wait to see them, expecting them to jump into your arms and shower you with sweet when its just old Mommy and Daddy and nary a fan club in sight? Its hashtag meltdown time. The grandparent mystique depends upon the what can we get away with? factor. Without the sexiness of unabashed attention and the unbroken promise of junk food, Grandma and Grandpa would have nothing on Mom and Dad. When I grew up, we had no car seats, word was Cheetos. I parent differently copter parent or you can practice serene parenting, but odds are, your parenting style is a reaction to your parents par enting style. grand parenting style is probably also a reac tion to their parenting style. My mom did a great job with me and never have I met my husbands equal, so I think theyre the sun and the moon in the parenting department. These grand parents have all earned the right to spoil the crap out of my kids. So heres where I raise my glass and offer cheers to my childrens grandpar ents. Ill turn a blind eye to the oceans of ice cream consumed on your watch, and Ill embrace the overstimulated, overin dulged, and the overspoiled munchkins when you return them to me even if it means hours of whining, tears, and stomping as I wean them away from you. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Traditional Taekwon-Do Instruction NOW ACCEPTINGNEW STUDENTSAges 5-Adults, All levels of Experience. Free uniform and private introductory class with enrollment.786-493-409 5 9617 Park Drive Miami Shores, FL 33138786-493-4095Visit us online at www.chitkd.orgITF affiliated school with over 20 years instructional experience. WINNER! 2013 & 2014 MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA MERIT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE APPLY NOW for We've been awarded the Museums Magnet Schools of America Merit School of Excellence for the second year in a row! Tour our school M-F 9-10:30AM Make an appointment today! NEW! Hot off the Presses! a magical book written by our students. Call 305-891-0602 today to get your copy!

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Columnists: GOING GREENQ&A MeIn which the columnist takes a moment to explain himselfBy Jim W. Harper BT Contributor In honor of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who created a commission to investigate the Washington Bridge scandal that surprise! cleared his name, Im going to interview myself in order to get to the truth of who you think I am. Q: Why did you choose a career in environmental journalism? After a brief aneurysm caused by a Year of Solitude at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami, I wandered the desert long enough to decide I could survive with no money and a hostile military-industrial complex intent on sharing my Social Security number with every crook in town. Q: What has been the biggest change since you started writing for Biscayne Times in 2006? Besides the lobotomy and double identify theft? Actually, not much has changed, even with the Zombie Apocalypse caused by the Black President and the real estate market crash caused by Vladimir Putin. Most South Florida residents show little concern for the environment. And why should they? They can things get too real. That makes complete sense, too, that theyd take transportation using excessive fossil fuels to escape an ocean and atmosphere made angry by their excessive use of fossil fuels. And them, hunt them down, and kill them wherever they go. Q: Arent you sick of climate change? Tell me about it I mean, dont (cue laugh track). Take my climate, please! Climate change is a better oxymoron than jumbo shrimp, but nobodys laughing. Half the time, I think Ill join the envi ronmental activist burnouts who say we should party like its 2029 because well all be dead in a few decades anyway. I mean, when World War III arrives, why lion people handle it. This is the USA. We dont get involved in global politics. Please stop bothering me because Im trying to listen to some fair and bal anced news. Q: Whats the deal with toxic playgrounds? Honestly, I think more children should eat more dirt. Q: Who are your environmental heroes? If I can think of any, Ill get back to you. I once heard about a kid who was inspired by Jacques Cousteau, so Ill try to reconnect with that inner child. The only environmental hero Im looking for now is the CEO of a major oil corporation. They hold the keys to the gas chamber. Q: How can people in South Florida be more environmentally responsible? They can start by asking themselves that question. Then they can look almost anywhere else for inspiration. Seriously, people, we can recycle until the cows come home to Miami Lakes, but none of that behavior matters in comparison to a 120-mile commute, grees, and a three-meal canteen service imported from Venus. Gluttony is killing the planet softly. Q: What did you have for breakfast this morning? Mostly it was processed, GMO-laden, gluten-full products, but I did sneak in a fresh egg from my favorite chicken, Frida. Ive said it once and Ill say it today: a chicken in every yard keeps Dr. Doom away! Q: What else would you like to say? You should never ask people that ques tion, because things start getting real. I am very sick and tired of raising impor tant issues and hearing nothing except Charlie Browns teacher and an echo chamber of whines from the Army Corps of Engineers. Seriously, ACOE, you did a great job of destroying the Everglades now put a cork in it. Actually you did that already now uncork it and well pay you $11 billion! Nice job if you can get it. With a governor in the Russian Republic of Tallahassee who wants to turn our gold-standard state parks into strip malls and mini-golf emporiums, what do we have to worry about? Nothing, except everything. By everything I mean your health, your job, your children, your sanity. In one way, it makes sense to make people sick and insane sick people buy more medication. Q: Since when did you become so cynical? Like, two hours ago. Sometimes I need a break from bad news about the slow-motion tsunami of environmental destruction, and I also need to believe that humans are smart enough to realize how dumb they have been. To get there, we need to get a little snarky and crazy. Thats why Im trying out to be an environmental comedian. Green is funny! Whats up with that color! Did you hear the one about the polar bear that walked into a bar? Maybe one day some robot chuckle. See? I knew I had a future in comedy. Or New Jersey. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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72 Columnists: VINO By Bill Citara BT ContributorQuestion: What do Betamax, the Segway, soccer, 3D movies, and online grocery shopping have in common? Answer: They were all touted as the Next Big Thing. And they all laid giant pterodactyl eggs. For years Syrah was touted as the next big thing, too, the successor to such next big wine things as White Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Noir. Except that, like the Betamax, Segway, futbol 3D movies, and online veggies to go, its been basically a giant pterodactyl omelet. Why? Lots of reasons. Blame the grape. In cool climates, where Syrah grapes can hang on the vine long enough to develop real character and complexity, theyre easily damaged by late-season rains. Blame the winemakers. In warm climates, where Syrah is allowed to ripen like mangoes, it can make ponderous, jammy, alcoholic wines better suited to spreading on your breakfast toast than drinking with dinner. Blame the Australians. Not only did store shelves with insipid, cheaply made juice they call it Shiraz that in time wound up turning off just about every bodys taste buds to this oft-abused varietal. tasting of affordable Syrah (and Shiraz)? Well, nothing that suggests Syrah will escape its pterodactyl omelet status any time soon. There were some grapey, candied wines you could label Welchs without being accused of false advertising. There were some big, rich, fruity wines that managed to rope in just enough nuance to escape total mediocrity. And there were a couple of wines not surprisingly, from France and South Africa that balanced ripe fruit with spicy-earthy notes and modest tannins, displaying the play well with food. 2011 Cave de Tain Syrah from Frances northern Rhone Valley and the 2013 M-A-N Family Shiraz from the Paarl Valley in South Africa. The Cave de Tain was easily best of class in the tasting, offering gobs of lush, black, cherry-berry fruit leavened with notes of anise and (but no oak!) for a wine that was both robust and elegant. In the you-get-whatyou-pay-for department, at $11.99, it was the most expensive wine in the tasting, The M-A-N Family Shiraz (the name derives from the initials of the wives of winerys three partners) was the best bargain, coming in at a saintly $6.99. Like the Cave de Tain, its a big, full-bodied wine, bursting out of the bottle with aromas of red and black cherries, also a bit of funk that blew off after a few minutes aeration. Its not very complex but is very drinkable, with a bit of spice and toasty oak and soft tannins mellowed by blending with a touch of Viognier. A few clicks down the food chain are the 2012 Chateau Los Boldos Syrah and the 2012 Canyon Oaks Shiraz. The Los Boldos, from Chiles Cachapoal Andes region, clocks in at a hefty 14.5 percent alcohol and blast of ripe black n blueberry fruit with a nudge of cloves and pepper, and an elbow of oak from aging in French oak barrels. The Canyon Oaks is a California product, young and fresh and grapey, not at all distinctive, but not a bad deal. Speaking of barrels, were getting close to the bottom of this one. Australia didnt do Shirazs appeal any favors with the 2011 vintage from Oxford Landing Estates Tart and off-puttingly earthy, you could drink it in a pinch with fatty barbecued meats but youd probably regret laying out ten bucks for it. On the other hand, price is the chief attribute of the NV Rex Goliath Shiraz Though made in California, it touts itself as example, I sure wouldnt be bragging about it. Finally, at the bottom of the barrel, we come to the 2011 Jacobs Creek Shiraz Washed out before its time and yet tasting both under-ripe and overly fruity, there really is no reason to drink this wine, though I suppose you could serve it with your pterodactyl omelet. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com 305-758-7505 MrWoodMiami.comINSTALLATIONS REPAIRS CUSTOM STAINS & DESIGNS EXTERIOR DECKING INSURANCE CLAIMS SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORS ENGINEERED FLOORS LAMINATE FLOORS MARBLE & STONE CRYSTALLIZATION & RESTORATION Call today for a FREE ESTIMATE! Sanding & Refinishing MAY SUPER SPECIAL:$1.85 SF(min. 1500 SF) With this ad. Thru 5/31/14 Serving Miami Shores & South Florida for over 15 years. Qu Syrah, Syrah...Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less

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Columnists: DISHNobody Here but Us HillbilliesFood news we know you can use By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorFood: Its not just for eating anymore. Lady Gagas meat dress may not have caught on (despite Time magazine proclaiming it the top fashion statement of 2010), but it might have just been ahead of its time or raw beef might have been the wrong fabric. This month, between Mothers Day and all of Mays upcoming school proms, is the right time to try out 2014s trendiest wearable food: chicken, in the form of the Kentucky Fried Chicken corsage. Creatively a collaboration between KFC consists of delicate white babys breath customers) surrounding a fried chicken leg. It actually comes in kit form, containing the for your choice of Original Recipe or Extra Crispy leg; pick the coating that matches the rest of her/his ensemble. To order: www. nanzandkraft.com. Meanwhile in Miami, its a hot month for homemade fried chicken, thanks to homeboy Lee Brian Schragers cookbook Fried & True Schrager includes more cious/decadent iconic food, with sides to match. Publishing date is May 20, and after road-testing an advance copy, heres a personal guarantee: Charles Phans Hard Water Fried Chicken (which is not fried in water) is reason enough to buy the book. OPENINGS SHIKANY blanc, vanilla cotton candy, and ice plant? Rock shrimp dust, dehydrated pumper decidedly not welcomed molecular gas tronomy, but based on bites I sampled more than a year ago when this restaurant was originally supposed to open Michael Shikany manages to have potentially preten tious culinary elements make sense. (What doesnt make sense except as pretension: spelling your restaurants name in capital letters; characterizing Miamis general guess us hillbillies can stick with the butterpoached lobster mac.) Taking over the space vacated in February by inspired but unfortunately untogether Buddha Sushi, gastropub Tap 79 Bar & Grill like Michelle Bernstein and Michael Schwartz, who pioneered the Biscayne Corridor as indie chef/owners. Tasty treats include house-cured beef jerky, beers (plus many bottled brews). AQ by Acqualina would be Dewey LoSasso, and old fans of his groundbreaking (back in 2004) will be thrilled to hear that he has transformed the indoor/outdoor beachfront space formerly occupied by second-tier Italian eatery Piazzetta into an idyllic setting for his typically highly individupistachio dust); dualing lobster panini; turing luxuriant Iberico. Time for Wine, Bunbury priced boutique wine shop/tapas bar. limited menu includes standard cheese/ charcuterie plates, but the specialties are housemade-from-scratch empanawith smoked bacon, ratatouille and goat cheese, more. Riviera Focacceria Italiana of pizza? Impossible. But how about a variation: focaccia (similar dough with more leavening, so lighter and moister) thats fresh, not bought enclosed in cellophane? Breads come variously topped, including signature focaccia di stracchino cheese. Particularly exciting: chef Massimo Travaglini is from Genoa, and his whole menu (including pastas, antipasti, et al.) is authentically coastal Ligurian, not generically Italian. La Gazzeta from multiculturally topped pizzettas to plates. There is a resident DJ. Touch Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant cated oddly in an iffy downtown area atop a glamorized strip club season ten Top Chef contender Carla Pellegrino can dishes, plus another weird surprise: very tasty sushi. Hungry for more food news? See alerts: restaurants@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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74 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S Brickell / Downtown15th & Vine Kitchen485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373In the 15th floor space originally occupied by Eos, the Viceroys top-end restaurant now focuses its dcor on spectacular bay views (particularly from an outdoor garden/pool terrace). And the mostly small-plates menu of accessible internationally influenced New American fare is more Miami-appropriate, too. Especially recommended: Asian-inspired items like spicy ginger meatballs with sweet sambal chili sauce, or lump crab croquettes with sriracha, remoulade, and a frise/fennel salad. Favorites like flatbreads and sliders plus a classy setting make this a striking business-lunch option. $$$-$$$$ Aijo1331 Brickell Bay Dr.,786-452-1637Hidden within Jade condo, this sleek Japanese fusion restolounge (whose name means love) is also a jewel. Food-loving Venezuelan owner Rene Buroz encourages innovation, and his chefs (including four from Zuma) respond with beautifully plated items as fun as they are flavorful. Dont miss the layered croquante (a sort of Asian croqueta: mouthwatering crispy rice, subtly smoked salmon, and creamy crab), Aijo kani (king crab legs with citrus foam clouds and rich emulsified butter dip), or creative cocktails from a mixologist who also juggles and plays with fire. Area 31270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells high-rises actually make Miami look like a real city. Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the most impressive. The food is impeccably fresh regional fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Atelier Monnier848 Brickell Ave. #120, 305-456-5015Sesame Streets Cookie Monster adores all cookies. As a more specialized Macaron Monster, we assure you that this French bakery/cafs exquisite macarons (not clunky coconut macaroons, but delicate, crackly crusted/moist inside almond cookies, sandwiching creamy ganache fillings in flavors ranging from vanilla or praline to seasonal fruits) are reason enough to drop in daily, perhaps hourly. That the place also hand-crafts equally authentic French breads, complex pastries, baguette sandwiches, salads, soups, quiches, omelets, ice creams, and chocolates is a bonus -icing on the gateaux. $$Atrio1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6529Admittedly, the Conrad Hotels top-end restaurant has had its ups and downs since its early days as one of the few exciting fine-dining restaurants in the Brickell/downtown area. But Atrio is ready for rediscovery. Despite Brickells recent restaurant explosion, few venues are as spectacularly suitable for a sophisticated breakfast, lunch, or dinner for grown-ups whod rather not shout over DJs. Panoramic views of Miami from the 25th floor are now matched by locally oriented dishes, including a mango/lime mayo-dressed lobster sandwich, crisp-skinned snapper with grapefruit salsa and basil aioli, a bracing orange tart, even citrus butter in the bread basket. $$$-$$$$Balans901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try some thing new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mixand-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$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. $Bar Urbano1001 S. Miami Ave., 305-381-5901Hot, hip, Hispanic is a huge understatement to describe the streetsmart urban flair of this tropical restolounge. After about 9:00 p.m., droves of high-energy young partiers make the place seem more Latin singles bar than eatery. Nevertheless, the largely but not exclusively Colombian-inspired, Latin/Caribbean comfort-food cuisine can be inspiring. Were partial to snacks like the arepa Colombiana, heaped with fresh white cheese, and the sinful chivito sandwich (steak, ham, melted mozzarella, and a fried egg). But there are also full entres like a bandeja paisa (Colombias bellybusting mixed platter of proteins and carbs). $$-$$$Batch Gastropub30 SW 12th St., 305-808-5555The name refers to Batchs signature novelty items, which we think of as gourmet fast-food cocktails: high-quality fresh ingredients (some barrel-aged), pre-mixed in batches and served on tap for instant gratification. But a menu designed by E. Michael Reidt (exArea 31), means solid foods are serious chef-driven pub grub: the Mac Attack, sophisticated mac n cheese featuring gnocchi and aged Gruyere; sinfully succulent burgers, substituting brisket for leaner beef; nachos upgraded with duck confit; wood-oven pizzas topped with unusual combinations like pumpkin plus shortrib; duck fat popcorn; housemade sodas. $$Bento Sushi & Chinese801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which spe cializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-yourprotein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Biscayne Tavern146 Biscayne Blvd., 305-307-8300From restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, this contemporary tavern seems tailor-made for a newly urbanized neighborhood, inviting residents to hang from breakfast to late-night snack time, over updated comfort food thats globally inspired while adhering to the local/organic mantra. Among expected casual favorites (solid American burgers; Asianesque pork-belly sliders) highlights are items that chef Will Biscoe stamps with his own unique, unpretentiously inventive touches, from small plates (housemade potato chips with blue cheese fondue) to large (a long-bone short rib chop with truffle popover; South Florida bouillabaisse). More than 30 craft beers accompany. $$-$$$ Blue Martini900 S. Miami Ave. #250, 305-981-2583With a 41-martini menu (plus exotic lighting, late hours, dance floor, and live music most nights), this wildly popular place is more lounge than restaurant. Nonetheless food offerings are surprisingly ambitious, including substantial items like sliced steak with horseradish sauce, as well as shareable light bites -parmesantopped spinach/artichoke dip, served hot with toasted pita; shrimp and blue crab dip (yes: crab, not faux krab); a seductive puff pastry-wrapped and honey-drizzled baked brie. Come at happy hour (4:00-8:00 p.m. daily) for bargain drink/snack specials, and lots of locals. $$ Bonding638 S. Miami Ave., 786-409-4794From 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 tastebud-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. $$ Bon Fromage500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Brasileiro801 Brickell Bay Dr., 786-502-3829Fittingly, the indoor/outdoor bay-view space in the Four Ambassadors, occupied by Miamis first Brazilian rodizio restaurant back in the early 1980s, is now home to a 21st-century upgrade. For insatiable carnivores and fans of Latin Americas best dinner show, theres the traditional parade of tableside, sword-wielding gauchos carving all-you-can-eat meats, including must-not-miss medium-rare picanhas, delectably fat-capped sirloin. For more modern and/or light eaters, prepared dishes by Gully Booth, one of Miamis best-kept-secret chefs, include goat cheese croquettes, stuffed dates, and crab cakes Martha Stewart once proclaimed the best shed eaten. $$$$Brother Jimmys BBQ900 S. Miami Ave. #135, 786-360-3650The South is supposed to be the source of barbecue. But Bro J evidently didnt hear about that. His signature North Carolina pork cue comes from NYC, where the first Brother Jimmys opened more than 20 years ago. Miamis location is actually the first south of the Mason-Dixon line. But the slow-smoked pulled pork butt tastes righteous -no interfering glop, just hot sauce-spiked vinegar to balance the fab fattiness. Theres other cue, too, including big (not baby back) ribs, and respectable brisket. $$-$$$Bryan in the Kitchen104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothie-swilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-fromscratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Burger & Beer Joint900 S. Miami Ave. #130, 305-523-2244While not quite Miamis first hip hangout featuring high-quality burgers, the original South Beach B&B certainly goosed the gourmet-burger craze in a major way. This Brickell branch has all the familiar favorites, including the ten-pound Mother Burger -really more good gimmick than good. Otherwise B&B, which still consistently makes Top 10 lists, features a huge selection of basics in addition to beef (bison, turkey, chicken, veggie, seafoods); nicely balanced topping combos; and enough succulent sides (tempura-battered pickles, fried green beans, mini-corn dogs) to make a meal thats totally burger-free. $$-$$$ Seasalt and Pepper422 NW N. River Dr., 305-440-4200Unlike older Miami River market/restaurants like Garcias, run by fishing families, this stylishly retro/modern-industrial converted warehouse (once Howard Hughess plane hangar) has an owner who ran South Beachs hottest 1990s nightspots, so expect celebrity sightings with your seafood. Whats unexpected: a blessedly untrendy menu, with simply but skillfully prepared wood-ovencooked fish and clay-pot, shellfish casseroles. Standouts include luxuriant lobster thermador, as rich as it is pricey; flavorful headson jumbo prawns, prepared classic Italian-style (as are many dishes here); even one low-budget boon: impeccably fresh PEI mussels in herb sauce. $$$-$$$$$ Caf Bastille248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very Frenchfeeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 297.rf ntbnf nttnf tnt f f t tff nff ff Porcao Farm to Grill901 S. Miami Ave. #101, 855-767-2261 Despite its name, this Porcao isnt related to Miamis longfamous/now defunct Brazilian churrascaria. Nor, despite self-billing as a modern steakhouse, is the fare mainly meat (but dont miss its signature Kao bone-in short loin, dry-aged in-house). Steaks are almost dwarfed by chef Jeff ONeills unique and Florida-oriented pass around platters (silky Okeechobee molasses-cured salmon; Serrano-wrapped grou per chunks with romesco sauce); entres like grilled bass with cranberry foie gras dumplings; an extensive budget-priced bar bites menu; and farm-to-table rolling salad carts. $$-$$$$Craft Bar & Q350 NE 24th St. #109, 786-615-6622From the pitmasters behind the Passion BBQ food truck, this relaxing brick-and-mortar hangout features the same slow-smoked pulled pork, spareribs, and especially succulent brisket. All are available on appropriately garnished platters or sandwiches, and as inventive twists in quesadillas, nachos, and an elaborate burnt wedge salad. The craft in the name refers to the perfect accompaniment to perfect cue: craft beers, draft and bottled. Solid sides range from fairly normal (tropical pineapple coleslaw) to way weird (foie-gras braised collards). Save room for cakes and pies from food truck friend Marlies Delights. $$Wynwood Caf450 NW 27th St., 305-576-1105Located inside the Wynwood Warehouse Project, an art gallery/workshop/consulting space, this alt-culture eatery is sort of a starvation-budget, working-artists version of the Prez Art Museum Miamis high-end caf, Verde: light-bite focused, but with unbelievably low prices. Specialty is The $3 Sandwich, choice of quality coldcut (pastrami, salami, turkey, or ham) plus provolone, spinach, tomato, and Dijon mustard sauce. A $5 Monster features three meats. Also notably tasty and cheap are coffees, desserts, and fresh-fruit smoothies (including a take on NYCs classic Orange Julius). $Choices Vegan Caf646 NE 79th St., 786-803-8352Vegan fare (not just vegetarian, but dairy-free) can be a hard sell. But not Choices 100% plant-based breakfast/lunch/dinner dishes, even though, being also 95% organic, theyre relatively pricey. Especially recommended: hefty wraps (enclosed in varied grain tortillas or, more uniquely, in collard leaves), featuring a variety of flavorful mock-meat patties plus fresh veggies, enhanced with globally inspired sauces and add-ons like savory soy chorizo. Desserts like raw chocolate mousse cake taste satisfyingly sinful. To drink: smoothies, or go wild with organic beers and wines. $$$Flavorish Market7283 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8787As Zabars reflects Manhattans Upper Westside neighborhood, this smaller specialty foods shop is geared toward Miamis Upper Eastside lifestyle. The carefully curated stock ranges widely: upscale packaged foods; boutique wines/ beers; artisanal cheeses and cured meats; cookbooks, kitchen utensils, more. But highlights are locally produced fare: Mimis famed raviolis; Roc Kats tropical ice creams; chef/restaurateur Ken Lyons prepared foods, including dailychanging dinners for two; Zak the Bakers crusty sourdough breads, plus sandwiches on same. Best-kept secret: While theres no official caf component, comfie counter seats enable on-premises breakfasting, lunching, and coffee/pastry breaks. $-$$ Taperia Raca7010 Biscayne Blvd., 786-751-8756From the chef/GM team behind Giorgio Rapicavolis rebelliously eclectic fare at Coral Gables Eating House, Taperia has a very different concept: traditional Spanish tapas with subtle creative twists that make a big difference. Transformations come from both Rapicavoli and chef de cuisine Ryan Harrison (mastermind behind the defunct Preservation, where the focus was house-curing/pickling/smoking): classic patatas bravas, spicy fried potatoes made more complex by smoked tomato sauce; original patatas contentas, calmed by Eating Houses truffle-enriched carbonara sauce. And home made preserves accent many dishes, including seductive chicken-liver mousse. $$$

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76 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT Sday. 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. $-$$$Ceviche Piano140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414Owners Martin and Charo Villacorta, a married chef/pastry chef team, think of this eatery as a relocation (in the same downtown plaza) and reinvention of their former best kept secret spot Martini 28. Most dramatic changes: upscaled size, and with its glamorous white piano, upgraded elegance. The menu has also been altered to be less of a global wildcard. Focus is now strongly on Peruvian cuisine, including a shrimp/calamari-smothered fish fillet with aji amarillo cream sauce. But no worries, old fans. Some of the old favorite dishes remain. $$ 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 flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ Cipriani465 Brickell Ave., 786-329-4090Derived, like all Cipriani family restaurants worldwide, from legend ary Harrys Bar in Venice (a favorite of Truman Capote, Hemingway, and other famous folks since 1931), this glamorous indoor/outdoor riverfront location in Icon has two absolutely must-not-miss menu items, both invented at Harrys and reproduced here to perfection: beef carpaccio (drizzled artfully with streaks of creamy-rich mustard vinaigrette, not mere olive oil) and the Bellini (a cocktail of prosecco, not champagne, and fresh white peach juice). Venetian-style liver and onions could convert even liver-loathers. Finish with elegant vanilla meringue cake. $$$$$The Corner1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887With a Zuma alum in the kitchen, a Gigi alum crafting classic or cre ative cocktails, a warm pub feel, and hours extending from lunch to nearly breakfast the next morning, The Corner is transforming a desolate downtown corner into a neighborhood hangout. The nicely priced menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets (the latter from Om Nom Noms cookie queen Anthea Ponsetti) ranges from 100-percent homemade ice cream sandwiches to the Crazy Madame, Frances elaborate Croque Madame (a bchamel saucetopped grilled cheese/ham/fried egg sandwich) plus bacon and caramelized onion. $-$$ 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 shortlived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ 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. $$$-$$$$ D-Dog House50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770While it has become increasingly common to find servers at upscale restaurants utilizing computerized POS (point of service) systems to take orders, this high-tech hole-in-the-wall trumps them by replacing servers -and in-house entertainment, too -with iPads that accept not just food orders and credit cards but music requests. You can web surf or game, too, while waiting for your choice of the house specialty: supersized hot dogs, most overload ed with internationally inspired toppings. To accompany, hand-cut fries are a must. And have a cocktail. Theres a full liquor bar. $-$$ 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. $$$Doraku900 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-4633Happy hour comes twice daily (after work and lunch) at this second location of a popular South Beach sushi, pan-Asian, small-plates restolounge, bringing discounted prices on treats like rock shrimp tempura with spicy aioli. Regular prices are reasonable, too, for seafood flown in daily, and makis displaying solid creativity rather than gimmickry. Especially enjoyable are items accented by Japanese ingredients rarely found in Americanized sushi bars, like the Geisha Rolls astringent shiso leaf, beautifully balancing spicy tuna, pickled radish, and rich eel sauce. A huge sake menu, too. $$-$$$Edge, Steak & Bar1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores. Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewelbright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$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 mini-boxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$The Filling Station & Garage Bar95 SE 2nd St., 786-425-1990This fun, locally oriented dive, opened in 1994, was hip more than a decade before downtown was. And its 2008 relocation to larger quarters, plus two subsequent expansions, signal that it has more than kept up with the explosion of newer neighborhood hotspots, without pretensions or yuppified prices. On the fresh, hefty hamburgers, true Miami weirdness is displayed in toppings like peanut butter or Nutella. Other standouts: tangy-spicy Buffalo wings; home made tater tots; the oil pan (fried pickles and onion rings with two sauces); and an ever-changing list of craft beers. $-$$ 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 seafood-packed 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. $-$$Havana 19571451 S. Miami Ave., 305-381-6651If you never had the chance to enjoy classic Cuban dishes in glam 1950s Havana (pre-He Who Must Not Be Named), you can now at this nostalgic restolounge. Eat your way through the day, from hefty four-egg/croqueta breakfasts to late-night mini pan con bistec bar bites, surrounded by old-school memorabilia, music, and mojitos. Admittedly, prices are higher than those at average Miami Cuban eateries. But daily specials, including Wednesdays especially tasty mojo-marinated chicken fricassee in sweet-savory criollo sauce, are a great value. And the time trip is priceless. $$-$$$Hibachi Grill45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagine a mini-express Benihana. This place specializes in teppanyaki cuisine -minus the thrilling (or terrifying) tableside knife theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices, chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an onion/zucchini mix come at bargain prices. There are also hefty soups or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (including tofu). The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump chicken gyoza) and Chinese (various egg rolls). Fancy? No, but satisfying. $-$$ The Island Bistro605 Brickell Key Dr., 305-364-5512In the space that was formerly Fabiens, this bistro has nearidentical lunch and dinner menus of French-inspired food: Basque-style shrimp pil pil, salmon with beurre blanc, steak au poivre. But theres now an espresso-rubbed steak, too, tie-in to an added Panther Coffee Bar serving pastries and other light bites from early morning. That, plus a new lounge with daily happy hours, makes the place feel less formal and more like a casual contemporary hangout. So do daily specials, including Thursdays Shells & Bubbles, a bargain seafood/champagne feast. $$-$$$

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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S In Addition To Our Full Menu 5 Minestrone Cold Gazpacho 5 Greens & chopped tomato saladMAIN DISHESWith your choice of Pomodoro Carbornara Alioli Alfredo Turkey Meatballs 10 Topped with smoked mozzarella & marinara sauce 10 With marinara sauce 10 Margheritamozzarella cheese & tomato sauce Pepperoni Capricciosatomato, mozzarella, ham, mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichokes, basil 10 Marinara sauce & melted mozzarella on baguette & friesDESSERT 5VINO 6/20 6/20

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78 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT SIl 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 market, thanks in part to the flood of freebies thats a trademark of Manhattans Il Mulino, originally run by Il Gabbianos owners. The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth. And the champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black truffles? Worth every penny. $$$$$Jamon Iberico Pata Negra Restaurant 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Largo Bar & Grill401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706Sure, Bayside Marketplace is touristy. But it can be fun to spend a day playing visitor in your own city. If you do, this waterfront place overlooking Miamarina is a superior food choice. Expect nothing cutting edge, just tasty, familiar favorites solidly prepared. You wont go wrong with stone crab claws and Cajun mustard dip; inauthentic but delicious fish tacos in hard blue corn tortillas with two sauces (cilantro and chipotle), generously portioned fish sandwiches (grouper, mahi, snapper, or daily catch), and festive cocktails. $$-$$$ La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown. With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti in sage butter sauce and cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyers Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso. $$$La Moon 144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a truckers burger: beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake bun. While this tiny places late hours (till 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) are surprising, the daytime menu is more so. In addition to Colombian classics, theres a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites. $-$$ La Provence1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. Not so familiar is the bakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favor ite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight SundayThursday, 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. $-$$LEntrecote de Paris1053 SE 1st Ave., 305-755-9995If menu choices makes you nuts, this place, originally a Parisian eatery with locations in Brazil, is the restaurant for you. Theres only one prix fixe meal offered: an entrecote steak with a famed creamy sauce of 21 ingredients (here, predominantly curry), accompanied by a walnut-garnished mixed greens/tomato salad and shoestring frites, plus a crunchy-crusted baguette. Your only choice is how you like your steak precision-cooked. la carte desserts are indeed extensive; avoid stress by choosing a macaron flight of mixed flavors. $$$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 casu al 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. $Lippi600 Brickell Ave., 305-579-1888Named after a 15th-century Italian painter, Lippi does have artful dcor and plating, but otherwise the moniker is misleading. The food is neither Italian nor, as some descriptions claim, Mediterranean-inspired. Its Philippe food -an extensive menu of mostly shareable small plates (a concept Philippe Ruiz pioneered at Palme dOr in the 1990s), inspired mainly by the chefs classic French technique and geographically limitless imagination. Standouts: weakfish ceviche with corn panna cotta and purple potato foam; lobster ravioli in aerated coriander-scented bisque. Everything is beautifully balanced and refined. $$$$-$$$$$Medialunas Calentitas919 Brickell Ave., 305-517-3303At this first U.S. location of a Uruguayan chain, the signature spe cialtys crescent-like shape says croissant. But medialunas dont have croissants puff-pastry flakiness; theyre more substantial buttery breakfast rolls. And either simply syrup-glazed or stuffed (with ham and cheese, dulce de leche, more), they make a terrific Latin comfort-food breakfast or snack on the run. The same is true for equally bargain-priced empanadas (three varieties with distinctive fillings from Uruguay, Argentina, or Mexico) and tiny but tasty migas sandwiches like the elaborate Olympic: ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, peppers, eggs, olives. $Miami Art Caf364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French caf serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert) loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more. For those with time to sit, wed recommend the savory crpes, garnished with perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crpe like the Bonne Maman (whose sugar/salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown). And quiches are nicely custardy. But there are surprises here, too, including just a few full entres, with correctly made traditional sauces one wouldnt expect at a luncheonette -except, perhaps, in Paris. $-$$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. $$$MPP Brickell141 SW 7th St., 305-400-4610Tasty Peruvian eateries arent rare in Miami. Peruvian fine-dining restaurants are. In the tastefully toned-down but still glam space formerly housing And, this second location of Limas popular Mi Propriedad Privada specializes in familiar flavors presented with seriously upscaled preparations, plating, and prices. But many ceviches, tiraditos, and starters (like especially artful layered/molded mashed potato/seafood causas, or clever panko-breaded fusion causa makis) come in trios for taste-testing. And ceviche lovers score on Tuesdays, when all-you-can-eat costs the same as a trio. $$$-$$$$$ My Ceviche1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825When three-time James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee Sam Gorenstein opened the original My Ceviche in SoBe, in 2012, it garnered national media attention despite being a tiny take-away joint. Arguably, our newer indoor/outdoor Brickell location is better. Same menu, featuring local fish prepared onsite, and superb sauces including a kicky roasted jalapeo/lime mayo), but this time with seats! What to eat? Ceviches, natch. But grilled or raw fish/ seafood tacos and burritos, in fresh tortillas, might be even more tempting. Pristine stone-crab claws from co-owner Roger Duartes George Stone Crab add to the choices. $$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

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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT Sattention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sausage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmo politan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$OTC1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612Over-the-counter service usually connotes the classic fast food slider experience: both greaseburgers and patrons are in and out quickly. At this casually cool gastropub, the counter ordering system encourages the opposite feel, of comfie congeniality; it invites hanging out, just without the fuss of formal dining out -or the expense. Most plates are $10 or under. Ingredient-driven dishes cover todays favorite food groups (various mac-and-cheeses, variously topped/seasoned fries, and more) with some unusual twists, like a scrumptiously lardon-laden frise/goat cheese salad brightened by fresh peaches. Even the condiments are housemade. $$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-goround? 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. $$ Perfecto1450 Brickell Ave., 305-372-0620This transplant from Barcelona features dcor that mixes rustic and urban, plus modern music and traditional tapas (the Spanish, not global, kind). Must-have: imported 5J jamon Iberico de Bellota from acorn-fed pata negra pigs -lusciously marbled, tender yet toothsome, the ultimate in cured hams. But other tapas like the salmorejo en vaso (a creamy, pumped Andalusian variation on gazpacho), papatas bravas (crisp-fried potatoes with spicy aioli), fuet (Catalan salami, similar to French saucisson sec), and crispy prawns are pretty perfecto, too. $$-$$$$ Perricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/ delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$Pizzarium69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025Roman-style rectangular pizzas, served in square slices, have been available in the Miami area since the mid-1990s. But the familiar squares and Pizzariums are similar only in shape. Main difference: dough, here allowed to rise for four days. The resulting crusts are astonishingly airy, as authentic Roman slices, intended as light street snacks, should be. Toppings, a rotating selection of nearly 30 combinations, are highlighted by quality imported ingre dients -not to mention a healthy imagination, as the zucca gialla attests: pumpkin cream, pancetta, smoked scamorza cheese. $ PreludeAdrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$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 fire-roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001 www.rosamexicano.comThis expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly -festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$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 atmo spheric 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. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/ apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ 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 19thcentury Naples, but pies like the Limone (fresh mozzarella, pecorino, lemons, arugula, EVOO) prove some rules should be broken. $$Sumi Yakitori21 SW 11th St., 786-360-5570If your definition of yakitori has been formed from typical Americanized sticky-sweet skewers, this late-night places grilled offerings, flavored with the subtly smoky savor of imported Japanese binchotan charcoal will be a revelation. Dcor is more stunningly stylish than at chef/owner Jeffrey Chans adjacent Momi Ramen, but cooking is equally authentic for items like skewered duck (served with scallion sauce), juicy sausage-stuffed chicken wings, bacon-wrapped hardboiled quail eggs, or grilled hamachi kama (super succulent yellowtail collar). Supplemental dishes, including pork buns and sauted veggies, also excel. $$$ 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 musthaves 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, Italian Mothers Day ItalianRESTAURANTwww.thebigshrestaurant.com620 NE 78th st 33138 Miami Ph 305 373 1770 AuguriMammaAuguriMamma Party with your Mom Party with your Momrfntb

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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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 tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Temaris1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-836-2747In Japan, temaris are ornamented hand balls, used since the Seventh Century for sport and as good luck folk-art objects. At this Japanese/Latin hot spot, temaris are reinterpreted, both playfully and artfully, as beautiful, bite-size sushi balls (each about half the size of normal nigiri): vinegary rice topped with sliced raw fish or beef, plus nipples constructed from several of the eaterys dozenand-a-half sauces. Fancier mini-balls feature fusion combinations like spicy tuna, almonds, and tobiko, or substitute crispy rice. Normal-size makis, small plates, and desserts are also fun. $$-$$$Tobacco Road626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The kitchen is especially known for its chili, budget-priced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$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, 305-372-4710Back before Miamis business district had any there there, the InterContinentals original restaurant was an executive lunch/ dinner destination mainly by default. This replacement, from restau rant 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. $$$-$$$$$Toscana Divino900 S. Miami Ave., 305-571-2767When an upscale restaurant remains perennially packed during a recession, you figure theyre offering something way beyond the usual generic Italian fare. While familiar favorites (Caprese salad, etc.) are available, the changing menu is highlighted by harder-tofind Tuscan specialties, albeit luxe versions: pappa al pomodoro, tomato/bread peasant soup elevated by an organic poached egg and finocchiona (a regional fennel salami); an authentic-tasting fiorentina porterhouse, with smoked potato pure plus more traditional veggies. A budget-conscious boon: changing three-course lunches and early-bird dinners. $$$-$$$$$Trapiche Room1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, its not surprising that this small, secondfloor restaurant is something of a best kept secret. But it deserves discovery. Chef Maria Tobar hasnt Daniel Bouluds fame, but she does have classic European-type technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/cabbage strudel, into 21st century fine-dining fare. Both dcor and service, similarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the rooms intimacy makes it a romantic spot for special occasions. $$$$Tre Italian Bistro270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but restolounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistrolounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale power-lunch/ dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake sliders are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tuyo415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt student-run. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former protgs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$Verde Restaurant & Bar1103 Biscayne Blvd., 305-375-8282Located in the Prez Art Museum Miami, this indoor/outdoor bayfront bistro, a project of restaurateur Stephen Starr, serves elegant, eco-friendly fare to match PAMMs green certification. (Museum admission not required.) Seafood crudos shine: hamachi sashimi slices flash-marinated in a subtle citrus/ponzu emulsion and enlivened by jalapeo relish; a sprout-topped, smoothly sauced tuna tartare with lemon and horseradish flavors substituting for clichd sesame. Light pizzas topped with near paper-thin zucchini slices, goat cheese, roasted garlic EVOO, and squash blossoms virtually define farm-to-table. And doughnuts with Cuban coffee dip are the definitively local dessert. $$-$$$Wolfgangs Steakhouse315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-487-7130Proprietor Wolfgang Zweiner worked for decades at Brooklyns legendary Peter Lugers before opening the first of his own muchpraised, old-school steakhouses in 2003, which explains the quality of the USDA prime-grade steaks here -dry-aged on premises for bold, beefy flavor and tender but toothsome texture. Prices are prodigious but so are portions. The 32-ounce porterhouse for two easily feeds three or four folks curious to taste the difference. Plentiful sides include a bacon starter favored by those who love Canadian bacon over pork belly. Personally, just the simple, superb steaks leave us happy as clams. $$$$$Wok Town119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist dcor (with communal seating), and predominance of American veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables. Wrong. Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and haveit-your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor. The proof: a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/ ginger/scallion dressing. Bubble tea, too! $$ 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 (robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetar ians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitelygarnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restaurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ 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 yuzu-dressed smoked salmon, grape fruit, avocado, and arugula salad. But the must-eats are sweets, housemade by Worhach, formerly executive pastry chef at the Mansion at Turtle Creek and similar gourmet palaces. One bite of his decadent yet impossibly light white-and-dark chocolate mousse cake will hook you for life. $-$$ Basanis3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood redsauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Bengal2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976At this Indian eatery the dcor is cool and contemporary: muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine to match the look. Classicists, however, neednt worry. Americas favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$Bin No. 181800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas smart new residents: creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger inter nationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Blackbrick3451 NE 1st Ave. #103; 305-573-8886Inspiration for the Chinese food at this hotspot came from authentic flavors Richard Hales (from Sakaya Kitchen) encountered during travels in China, but the chefs considerable imagination figures in mightily. Example: Dont expect General Tsos chicken on the changing menu. The Generals Florida Gator, though, is a distinct possibility. Dishes less wild but still thrilling, due to strong spicing: bing (chewy Chinese flatbread) with char sui, garlic, and scallions; two fried tofu/veggie dishes (one hot, one not) savory enough to bring bean curd maligners (and confirmed carnivores) to their knees. $$-$$$ Bocce Bar3252 NE 1st Ave. #107; 786-245-6211A bocce court outside plus interior dcor imported from Italy, floor to ceiling, serve notice that this eaterys shareable small plates (salumi/cheeses, pastas, and composed antipasti featuring perfect produce) are thoroughly Italian-inspired. But all are elevated by inventive twists from chef Timon Balloo, of adjacent Sugarcane. Vegetarian dishes especially impress: creamy polenta with a poached egg, savory rapini, and shaved truffle; crispy artichoke with mustard-seed aioli; Thumbelina carrots with mascarpone and pistachio granola, a dish that magically makes the common root veggie a mouthful of wonderfulness; 25 year-aged balsamico ice cream. $$$Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking distance of every Miami resident, wed be a helluva hip food town. Like true Parisian bistros, its open continuously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in anytime for authentic rillettes (a rustic pt) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is free parking. $$Buena Vista 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 house made 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 fastfood combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ The Butcher Shop165 NW 23rd St., 305-846-9120Unbelievable but true: At the heart of this festive, budget-friendly beer-garden restaurant is an old-school gourmet butcher shop, where sausages from classic (brats, chorizo) to creative (lamb and feta) are house-made, and all beef is certified USDA prime -rarely found at even fancy steakhouses. Take your selections home to cook, or better yet, eat them here, accompanied by intriguing Old/ New World sauces, garnishes (like bleu cheese fritters), sides, and starters. Desserts include a bacon sundae. Beer? Try an organic brew, custom-crafted for the eatery. $$-$$$Cafeina297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ 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. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course3451 NE 1st Ave. 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sand wiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor prefer ence from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$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 1/2 Deli Sandwich and cup of Soup served with Cole Slaw or Potato Salad.Tuna Fish Appetizer or Sandwich served with Cole Slaw or Potato Salad. Choice of Bagel or Toast.Open-face Turkey Platter served with Mashed Potatoes and House Vegetables. Choice of Corned Beef or Pastrami Sandwich served with Cole Slaw or Potato Salad. Nova Appetizer served with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Cream Cheese and garnish. Choice of Bagel or Bialy. Specials are served Monday thru Friday 11:00am to 3:00pm (excluding Holidays) All Lunch Specials include Fountain Beverage or Fresh Brewed Ice Tea or Coffee

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84 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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. $-$$ The Cypress Room3620 NE 2nd Ave., 305-520-5197Deer and boar heads on wood-paneled walls juxtapose with crystal chandeliers at this tiny fourth restaurant in Michael Schwartzs burgeoning empire, evoking feelings of dining in a century-old millionaires hunting lodge -in miniature. Many dishes are similarly fun fantasies of 1920s Florida fine dining, pairing yesteryears rustic proteins (including wild game) and veggies with preparations that are ultimately refined interpretations of the past: antelope/wild mushroom gnocchi; French onion soup with a sort of gruyere tuile float instead of the usual gooey melt, served on a lacy doily. Dont miss the royal red shrimp, or Hedy Goldsmiths desserts. $$$$$ Daily Melt3401 N. Miami Ave. #123, 305-573-0101Masterminded by Chef Allen Susser, the concept is to bring diners the comfort of homemade grilled cheese -like moms, if mom hadnt usually burned the bread and improperly melted the cheese. The Melts custom grill press browns/melts sandwiches perfectly every time. Additionally, Susser tested numerous all-American cheeses (no imports or artisanal products) for gooey goodness. Mom probably also didnt create combinations like cheddar with green apples and Virginia ham, or allow a simple signature grilled American cheese to be dressed up with truffle butter. Accompaniments include roasted tomato soup, chopped salads, and sweet melts like smores. $The Daily Creative Food Co.2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $The District190 NE 46th St., 305-573-4199At the house whose original restaurant tenant was One Ninety, dcor has been renovated dramatically from shabby to chic, and the pan-American gastropub cuisine also matches a more mature Miami. Horacio Rivaderos dishes reflect both Latin and American influences with considerable creative flair and fun. Favorites: lobster tacos with pickled cabbage, aji Amarillo escabeche, and crisped shallots; luscious lamb tartare, featuring toasted pignolias and mustard oil; and the Black Magic mousse, with vanilla/sweet potato drizzles, housemade marshmallows, and a pistachio cookie. $$$-$$$$El Bajareque278 NW 36th St., 305-576-5170Dozens of little Latin American eateries, all looking almost identically iffy, line 36th Street. But this family-owned bajareque (shack) is one where you definitely want to stop for some of Miamis most tasty, and inexpensive, Puerto Rican home cooking, from mondongo (an allegedly hangover-curing soup) to mofongo, a plantain/chicharron mash with varied toppings plus garlicky mojo. Housemade snacks are irresistible, too, and great take-out party fare: pork-studded pasteles, similar to Cuban tamals but with a tuber rather than corn masa dough, or empanadas with savory shrimp stuffing. $ Egg & Dart4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crisp-fried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Enriquetas Sandwich Shop186 NE 29th St., 305-573-4681This Cuban breakfast/lunch old-timer actually serves more than sandwiches (including mammoth daily specials )-and since reopening after a fire, does so in a cleanly renovated interior. But many hardcore fans never get past the parking lots ordering window, and outdoors really is the best place to manage Enriquetas mojo-marinated messy masterpiece: pan con bistec, dripping with sauted onions, melted cheese, and potato sticks; tomatoes make the fats and calories negligible. Accompany with fresh orange juice or caf con leche, and youll never want anything else, except maybe a bib. $The Embassy4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446Dont come to this embassy for passports. The name is short for Embassy of Well-being and Debauchery. You will, however, feel transported to Spains gourmet capital, San Sebastian, after sampling ambassador Alan Hughess cunning pintxos (complexly layered Basque-style tapas). From a self-serve bar, choose from a changing selection of skewered stacks; brie, homemade fig jam, and twizzles of silky jamon Serrano; roast tomato, goat cheese, and anchovies on buttery garlic toast; many more. Small plates, to-die-for desserts like floating island with lychees, and weekend brunch items demonstrate similar mad-chef skills. $$-$$$ 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 Ritz-Carlton) at surprisingly low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and housemade pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ Harrys Pizzeria3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key compo nents from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/ sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crispoutside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$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 bluecheese 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? $$ iSushi Caf3301 NE 1st Ave. #107, 305-548-8751Ever get tempted by supermarket sushi rolls, just because theyre there? Dont be. This quick-casual caf has a menu similar to that at sushi/Japanese small-plates, fast-food take-out joints (individual nigiri, makis, and party platters, plus small plates like edamame, seaweed, etc.) and comparable preparation speed, too, but with ingredient quality and freshness thats more upscale. Prices are actually considerably cheaper than those of market makis that might have been sitting around for days. Additionally, ambiance, though casual, is stylish enough for a date or dinner with friends. $$ 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. $$Joeys Italian Caf2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Caf District, this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would hope and as affordable. Theres a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for under $30. And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara. Pastas are fresh; produce is largely local; the mosaic-centered dcor is minimalist but inviting. And no need to be wary of the warehouse district at night: Valet parking is free. $$-$$$Kouzina Greek Bistro3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-1825Across the tracks from Midtown Miami, this hidden-by-hedges spot features a patio with authentically festive ambiance and food by Alexia Apostolidi, also authentically Greek but known to locals for her critically acclaimed fare at defunct Ariston. The menu includes many mezes, both traditional (like tsatziki and eggplant spreads) and unusual (bacalao croquettes with garlic pure and roasted beet coulis; sesame-sprinkled manouri cheese envelopes), plus limited entres highlighted by cheese/herb-crusted lamb at dinner and lunchtimes lamb pita wrap. Dont miss the semolina pure side -heavenly Greek cheese grits. $-$$$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/entertainment venue. Choose artisan cheeses and charcuterie from the fridges, hand them over when you pay (very little), and theyll be plated with extras: olives, bread, changing luscious condiments. Or grab fish, chicken, veggies, or steak (with salad or cornbread) from the hidden yards grill. Relax in the comfie mismatched furniture, over extensive wine/beer choices and laidback live music. No cover, no attitude. $$ Lemoni Caf4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/salads/ starters primer. What it doesnt convey is the freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes into their use. Entre-size salads range from an elegant spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens. Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninis, or wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-tasting light salad cream. $-$$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. $$

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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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 Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon-crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $Mandolin Aegean 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., 305-456-9948Chef/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. $$$-$$$$ Mercato4141 NE 2nd Ave., 786-332-3772Adjacent to Dena Marinos hot hangout MC Kitchen, the contemporary Italian chefs artisanal market and breakfast/lunch caf is for diners wanting a quicker (but not fast-food) sit-down meal, or inventive take-out. Pressed for time? Try a pressed sandwich like Marinos Italian Cubano (porchetta, prosciutto cotto, Swiss, pickles, and Dijon mustard dressing, on ciabatta). Along with hot or cold sandwiches, theres a wide variety of homemade breakfast pastries, breads, cookies, and fresh-baked quiches, plus salads and a dailychanging soup. Market items include exotic jams, craft beers, and Marinos private label EVOO. $-$$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 choco late 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. $$-$$$$Mikes at Venetia555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hangout for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-night menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$Mmmm2519 NW 2nd Ave., 786-703-3409On the same strip as Wynwood Kitchen & Bar and Joeys, this more casual alt-culture caf is a sandwich/soup/salad spot with a differ ence -chef Alan McLennan, whose mentors include Michelin 3-star chefs Michel Guerard and Fredy Giradet. The elite French training is reflected in Mmmms signature items: tartines, open-face sandwiches on crusty toasted sourdough indistinguishable from Pariss famed Poilane bread, except made in Miami. Among the perfectly balanced toppings are an especially tasty tuna and artichoke with olive mayo, or daily specials like crab/avocado. Wine, too, and locally made tropical ice creams from Azucar. $$Moloko3201 N. Miami Ave. #104, 305-572-9336Though self-subtitled The Art of Crpe and Coffee, this cool caf, in the Shops at Midtown Miami, offers much more. Also on the freewheeling menu are unusual items like a reinvented Hawaiian loco moco rice plate (typically topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg, and brown gravy, here featuring protein of choice, eggs any style, and spinach cream sauce). The coffee, local Panther, and plumply stuffed sweet or savory crpes are indeed art forms, but youll find changing exhibits by local artists, too. Special happenings include live music and kids-eat-free evenings. $-$$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; shoestring frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & 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., 786-391-1818With 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. $ Palatino3004 NW 2nd Ave., 786-360-5200When longtime favorite Jamaican joint Clives fell victim to gentrification, few expected to find similarly skilled old-school CaribbeanAmerican soul food in Wynwood again, especially not at old-school prices. But thats what this small, super-friendly mom-and-pop spot serves up: breakfasts like ackee and salt fish, fried dumpling and callaloo, or an egg/maple sausage/cheese grits combo; plates (with sides) of oxtails, curry goat, jerk chicken; richly crusted piquant chicken or meat patties that contend with Miamis best. Surprises include homemade pastries, and $1 ice cream cones in tropical flavors like soursop. $-$$ Pashas 3801 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pizza Pazza275 NE 18th St. #109, 786-762-2238Close your eyes while eating Naples-born Sal Matuozzos woodoven pies and youll be in Naples. Crusts: Thin rather than Roman super-thin; theres just enough chewy thickness to emphasize youre eating honest bread, not a cracker. Toppings: High-quality (fresh fior di latte, not commercial mozzarella ; intensely flavorful sauce featuring imported San Marzano tomatoes; garnishes including fresh black truffles) and applied judiciously enough that each bite tastes slightly different -neither ungenerously Spartan nor crassly overloaded. Prices: higher than typical neighborhood pizze rias, lower than a plane ticket to Italy. $$Pride & Joy2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548Behind this Wynwood warehouse faade youll find pure Southern roadhouse, and the backyard patio is an even more relaxing place to kick back with beer, blues music, and barbecue from pit master Myron Mixon. Oddly, considering Mixons many BBQ championships, the cue can be inconsistent. Our favorite choices: St. Louis ribs, tender without being falling-off-the bone overcooked, and enjoyably fattier than baby backs; vinegar-doused pulled pork sandwiches, which, unlike meat plates, come with sides -fries, plus slaw to pile on for added juice and crunch. $$$ Primos1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to pro sciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$R House2727 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-0240A strikingly stylish restaurant thats part art gallery could be pretentious, in a still largely ungentrified area of cutting-edge artsy yet still workingclass Wynwood. But modular movable walls to accommodate changing installations, and its own name make it clear the art component is a serious working gallery. Hardworking chef/owner Rocco Carulli demonstrates a locals orientation with a menu highlighted by skillfully crafted, hearty entres (Brazilian seafood moqueta stew, coffee/chili-rubbed short ribs, sweet pea falafel) available in affordable half-portions: small plates of big food for starving artists. $$-$$$ 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. $$ Sake Room 275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated dcor at this small but sleek restolounge. Among the seafood offerings, you wont find exotica or local catches, but all the usual sushi/sashimi favorites, though in more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy sriracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many more. Especially recommended: the yuzu hamachi roll, the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-sour Mayo and a salad. $$-$$$Salad Creations2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety ofchefcreated salads and wraps, or go the DIY route, choosing from one of four greens options; four dozen add-ons (fresh, dried, or pickled veggies and fruits, plus cheeses and slightly sinful pleasures like candied pecans or wonton strips); a protein (seafood or poultry); and two dozen dressings, ranging from classic (Thousand Island, bleu cheese) to creative contemporary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$

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86 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT SSalumeria 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 soups-to-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liverhaters 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-fresh-daily fare similar in concept to some fast-casual competitors. But there are indeed differences here, notably pan-Latin options: black beans as well as red; thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal nachos). Other pluses include weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers -and free parking. $-$$ S & S Diner1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$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. $$-$$$ 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. $$Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more foodoriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$SuViche2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-960-7097As its fusion name suggests, this artsy indoor/outdoor eatery doesnt merely serve a mix of Japanese sushi and Latin ceviches but a true fusion of both, largely owing to signature sauces (many based on Perus citusy/creamy acevichado emulsion with Japanese spicing) that are applied to sushi rolls and ceviche bowls alike. Additionally there are some popular Peruvian-fusion cooked dishes like Chifa (Peruvian-Chinese) lomo saltado, served traditionally, as an entre, or creatively in springs rolls). To add to the fun, accompany your meal with a cocktail from Miamis only pisco bar. $$-$$$ Thea Pizzeria-Caf1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-777-3777Just over the border from artsy Wynwood, this ultra-cool caf (whose interior features a 30-foot Italian glass floral mosaic) isnt what youd expect to find inside one of the medical/lab buildings in Miamis sterile Health District. But the owner is Thea Goldman, former founding partner of Wynwoods pioneering restolounge Joeys, which explains both the stylishness and the menu, highlighted by imaginative wood-oven designer pizzas, plus artisan charcuterie/cheese platters, creative salads, and housemade salted caramel gelato. Not your typical hospital food. Call ahead regarding dinner. At this writing, its being served Fridays only. $$-$$$Tony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food. But the American dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Via Verdi Cucina Rustica6900 Biscayne Blvd., 786-615-2870After years of critical acclaim cooking the cuisine of their native Piedmont at ultra-upscale Quattro, on Lincoln Road, twin brother chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro decided to work for themselves, hands-on renovating the former space of MiMo District pioneer Uva 69. Cuisine here is similarly authentic, with creative twists. But there are important differences: emphasis on local, rather than mostly imported, ingredients; inspiration from all Italian regions; and best, astonishing affordability. Housemade spinach/ricotta gnudi baked in an ocean of burrata is a delight, but its hard to go wrong here. $$-$$$ Wine Vault MiamiShops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000From a Wine Vault press release: Over 1300 square feet of pure decadence. In fact, the soaring, two-story space, complete with glass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolatecovered bacon. Go ahead and make a meal of it. We grown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from world-famous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$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, neighborhood-focused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maplegarnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$BarMeli725 NE 79th St., 305-754-5558Just east of Liza Melis defunct Ouzos Taverna, her similarly rusticfestive tapas and wine bar/market has an extensive, mostly smallplates menu including all of Ouzos Greatest Greek Hits (refreshingly light and lemony taramosalata carp roe spread, amazingly succulent grilled fresh sardines, her moms lemon cake, more), plus more broadly Mediterranean creations like an Italian-inspired grana padano flan, uniquely topped crostini and flatbreads, cheese/charcuterie boards. The boutique wine selection focuses on unusual (sometimes virtually unknown, and unavailable elsewhere in town) Mediterranean varietals from family-owned vineyards. $$ Big Fish620 NE 78th St., 305-373-1770Longtime locals who remember the uniquely Miamian ambiance of the first Big Fish, a beloved Miami River hole-in-the-wall restolounge, will want to visit this rebirth featuring an equally cool waterside setting on the Little River, plus an original owner and similar traditional Italian dishes. Our personal fave is spaghetti alla vongole veraci (with tiny true Venetian clams, hard to find today even in Venice), but youll know what you like on the familiar menu. Best seating: the expansive extensively (and expensively) rebuilt riverfront deck. $$$-$$$$ Biscayne Diner8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-9910At this architecturally mixed-era diner (signage: 1960s Jetsons; building: 1930s urban-gritty), the menu is equally eclectic. Example: The entre section includes meatloaf, but the other half-dozen dishes are Italian. Hefty burgers are always terrific. Otherwise, the chef seems most excited by experimentation, so the blackboards Daily Specials are the interesting way to go, whether the item is an ambitious quail or a fresh-baked old-fashioned pie. If we could stop stuffing ourselves silly on the big, fat, breaded onion rings, we could tell you more. But thats not gonna happen. Blue Collar6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloises American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is helmed by a former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allens vet who now crafts casual, creative fare at prices all can afford. Dishes are eclectic. The roughly dozen veggie dishes alone range from curried cauliflower pure to maduros to bleu cheese roasted asparagus. Shrimp and grits compete with any in Charleston; pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny fried egg, beats Bostons best. $-$$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. $$B & M Market219 NE 79th St., 305-757-2889Dont let the rustic look of this mom-and-pop Caribbean market/ eatery, or its ungentrified location, scare you. Walk to the kitchen in the back of the market, order, and then either eat-in (at two tables) or take-out some of Miamis tastiest, and cheapest, West Indian food. Celeb chef Michelle Bernstein is a longtime fan of the jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, and pigeon peas and rice cooked in coconut milk. Rotis rule here; the flatbreads come plain or, better yet, in curry chicken, goat, or remarkably full-flavored vegetarian versions. $

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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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. $-$$ East Side Pizza731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entres like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peroni beer. As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables. $Fiorito5555 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-2899While owners Max and Cristian Alvarezs description of their eatery as a little Argentinean shack is as charming as the brothers themselves, it conveys neither the places cool warmth nor the foods exciting elegance. Dishes are authentically Argentine, but far from standard steakhouse stuff. Chef Cristians background at popular pop-up The Dining Room becomes instantly understandable in dishes like orange and herb-scented lechon confit (with pumpkin mash, pickled cabbage salad, and Dijon mojo) or sopa de calabaza, derived from Argentinas peasant stew locro, but here a refined, creamy soup. Many more surprises -even steaks. $$-$$$ The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559At the Fed, expect what locals know to expect from sommelier/chef team Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, whose previous restaurant concepts have included Blue Piano (gourmet stoner snacks) and Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea. That is, expect the unexpected. The Fed is an updated tavern featuring creative, from-scratch takes on traditional American regional dishes: flaky Southern biscuits with sau sage gravy (and crisp-coated sweetbreads, if desired); Northeasterninspired pig wings (pork drummettes with homemade Buffalo sauce, blue cheese mousse, and pickled veggies). Desserts, from third partner Alejandro Ortiz, include sinful sticky buns. $$-$$$ Garden of Eatin136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050Housed in a yellow building thats nearly invisible from the street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eatin lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Jimmys East Side Diner7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Tour Eiffel7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014This cute restaurant/crperie serves three meals, from traditional French breakfasts of croissants/baguettes and jam, or heftier ones including pain perdu (real French toast), to dinners featuring a chefs special $28.90 two-course meal of classics: country pt, Provencal fish soup, bold boeuf bourgignon, creamy-rich poulet la Normande, a moules/frites that even comes with a glass of muscadet, and many more starter/entre choices. But definitely dont miss the crpes, served all day in both sweet and savory varieties -the latter made correctly, for a change, with heftier buckwheat flour. $$-$$$$ Lo De Lea7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-3218 In Casa Toscanas former space, this cute, contemporary parillada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (an unusually imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and a smile. For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to make in her wildest dreams. $$$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. $$$-$$$$ Minas Mediterraneo749 NE 79th St., 786-391-0300Unlike most restaurants labeled Mediterranean, this one, deco rated with restrained modern elegance, really does have dishes from countries surrounding all sides of the sea (though not necessarily from the countries seaside regions, as boeuf Bourguignon attests). Our favorites, like owner Yasmine Kotb, whose heritage is Egyptian-via-Texas, and her mom, the chef, are those featuring exotic Eastern/North African tastes -with twists. Especially fun: Egypts besara, a light fava-based hummus; falafel sliders in warm pita with Israeli salad, slaw, and tahini; and an unusual side of grilled kale with yogurt dressing and hazelnuts. $$Mi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinaryschool-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparklingfresh 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 sweet-savory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese home-cooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/ sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a full-fledged eatery. Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022Dont let this little cafs easily overlooked strip-mall location, or its informal interior, fool you. The warm welcome is authentically Italian, as are cleverly crafted antipasti, simple but full-flavored pastas, and homemade pastries (from rosemary breadsticks to fruit-topped dessert tortas) that will transport your taste buds to Tuscany. And the housemade mozzarella or burrata cheeses -truly milk elevated to royalty -will transport you to heaven. A small market area provides Italian staples, plus superb salumi and the magnificent mozz, to go. $$-$$$Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, natu rally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Siam Rice7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516Youll find all the familiar favorite Thai and Japanese items here, and prices for curries and noodle dishes (all customizable regarding choice of protein, preparation, and heat level) are especially good at lunch. But dont overlook somewhat pricier specialties like a deep-fried yet near-greaseless boneless half duck with veggies in red curry sauce. Theres also an unusually extensive list of salads, some with inventive fusion touches, like a grilled shrimp/soba salad featuring traditional Thai flavors (sriracha chiles, fish sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles. $-$$$ Soyka5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and sommelier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused. The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgonzola sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poivre. And dont miss the sticky date/toffee pudding. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and spe cial 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. $$$

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88 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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 savo ries (infusion jars of Stoli and lemongrass). $$ Oggis Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Paprika1624 NE 79th St., 305-397-877This exotically decorated restaurant, serving Mediterranean cuisine from North Africa and the Middle East, has several unusual features, including Friday-night belly dancing and a hookah lounge. Food menus also feature appealing, unusual choices (zaatar-spiced seared lamb loin carpaccio with chickpea pure; stuffed boureka puff pastries; mussels in creamy saffron sauce) along with familiar hummus, kabobs, more. Lunchtime sandwich standout: merguez (intensely spiced lamb sausage) with tzatziki, hummus, salad, and fiery harissa sauce, on fresh pita. $$-$$$ Sabor Latin Restaurant & Cafe1880 79th St. Cswy., 305-741-2020This family-run restaurant serves big portions of homey traditional food from several Latin American countries, including Cuba (pan con bistec, ropa vieja), Mexico (nachos, tacos, quesadillas), and Peru (lomo saltado). But the specialty is Colombian classics, from snacks like empanadas to a bandeja paisa combo (grilled steak, chorizo, a gargantuan crispy chicharron strip, fried egg, arepa, plantains, beans, rice). Particularly recommended: daily specials including two meal-in-a-bowl chicken soups, ajiaco, and sancocho. If youve wondered about the much-debated difference, heres where to test the taste. $-$$Sushi Siam1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing) Caf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ Lous Beer Garden7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels pool-patio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several housemade sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys executive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, youd expect major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address. Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal whod moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$ Cte Gourmet9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar and indoor/outdoor dining room. The surprise is the food some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemporary: an Asian ahi tuna tower; a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad; and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ PizzaFiore9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-1924Owned by Arcoub Abderrahim, who opened South Beachs original PizzaFiore way back in 1996, this caf serves the kind of nostalgic, medium-thin crusted, oozing-with-gooey-cheese pizzas reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos territory, except now there are options for todays toppings -sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc. But theres also a full menu of Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$ Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every coffee-growing country in the world. Brews like signature smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe dont even need cream or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou. All beans are house-roasted. Theres solid food, too: brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ Bagel Bar East1990 NE 123rd St., 305-895-7022Crusty outside (even without toasting) and substantially chewy inside, the bagels here are the sort homesick ex-New Yorkers always moan are impossible to find in Miami. For those who prefer puffed-up, pillowy bagels? Forget it. Have a nice onion pocket. Theres also a full menu of authentic Jewish deli specialties, includ ing especially delicious, custom-cut -not pre-sliced -nova or lox. Super size sandwiches easily serve two, and theyll even improvise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$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 ingredients such as mayo flavored like red-eye gravy, with strong coffee, or the bun of the infamous Luther: a sweetglazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut. Costs are comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Cane Sucre899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123From the Vega brothers (who pioneered the Design and MiMo districts with, respectively, the original Cane A Sucre and UVA 69), this charming artisanal sandwich bar is the perfect breakfast/lunch stop before or after ingesting visual arts at nearby MOMA. Actually, cre ations like El Fig (fig confit, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and honey on an authentically French crisp-crusted fresh-baked baguette) are art in their own right. Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and homemade sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ 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 succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chilispiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$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-thedrive 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. $$-$$$$Flip Burger Bar1699 NE 123rd St., 305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-notmiss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are handcut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budgetpriced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas1821 NE 123rd St., 786-866-9007Festooned with eye-poppingly colored panels and giraffes -subtler but everywhere -this first North American branch of a wildly popular, 30-year-old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of a planned 4000 U.S. Giraffas. Given that the steaks, especially the tender, flavorful picanha, rival those at the most upscale rodizio joints -and beat the sword-wielding grandstanders for custom cooking (because staff asks your preference) -wed bet on giraffe domination. Overstuffed grilled sandwiches, salads, even tasty veggie options are all here, too. The cheese bread is a must. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0165Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$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 childfriendly, 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. $$KC Healthy Cooking11900 Biscayne Blvd. #103, 786-502-4193Hidden inside an office building across from Home Depot, this family-friendly spot has no fancy features -such as a sign outside. But walk through the corporate lobby and youll find truly heartfelt, health-conscious, homemade dishes, some surprisingly sophisticated. Theres no red meat on the globally influenced menu, but there are poultry and fish, along with many vegetarian or vegan choices: organic pumpkin soup, zingy Thai curried veggie soup, an elegantly layered, molded tuna/avocado/quinoa cupcake, a real Bundt cake -vegan (no dairy) but remarkably tasty. $$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. $$$Kings Chef476 NE 125th St., 305-895-7878While authentic Chinese fine dining fare is best eaten fresh from the wok, Chinese take-out is almost a separate genre with its own standards -prime being how its tantalizing scent fills the inside of your car. Even basic bargain-priced Szechuan beef combination platters from this humble establishment do that so well, youll find yourself taking the long way home. There are surprises one wouldnt expect, too, including a wide variety of tasty tofu dishes -spicy ma po, General Tso-style, honey garlic, many more -and other savory vegetarian treats. $-$$ 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 lighttextured), 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. $-$$Pastry Is Art12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs execu tive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ *Must present all coupons. Not valid with other offers. Tax not included. ** ORDER ONLINE www.sumosushibar.com **(Delivery charge Call for delivery area) NOW OPEN 7 DAYS FROM 11AM PARTY WITH US FRI & SAT till 2AM Lunch, Dinner & Happy Hour Specials DAILY

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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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. $$$Piccolo Pizza2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893-9550Pizzas at this spin-off from family-owned Il Piccolo impress even NYC visitors, thanks to recipes proprietor Hubert Benmoussa learned from an authentic Neapolitan pizzaolo. Other favorites here include subs on homemade baguettes and, surprising for a pizzeria, delightfully custardy quiche (Benmoussa is part French). But it would be unthinkable to miss the pies, especially our favorite Italia: subtly sweet tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, onions, plus mixed greens and uncooked prosciutto on top -both pizza and salad. There are also nicely priced catering trays of finger subs, quiche squares, pizza bites, more. $-$$ 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 musto-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, avocado, and cuke, topped with tempura fish and eel sauce) is a tasty pick. Dont miss sticky rice with mango for dessert. $ Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket. Other new additions include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission fee. $ Chef Rolfs Tunas Seafood Restaurant17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 Known for decades as simply Tunas, this indoor/outdoor eatery, combining a casual vibe with some surprisingly sophisticated food, now has a name recognizing the culinary refinements introduced by Rolf Fellhauer, for 28 years executive chef at Continental finedining spot La Paloma. Additions to the predominantly seafood menu include chateaubriand or rack of lamb for two, both carved, with old-school spectacle, tableside. Owner Michael Choido has also renovated the interior dining room, and added the Yellowfin Lounge, which features an extensive selection of artisan beers. $$-$$$ Cholos Ceviche & Grill1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -altogether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop16721 NE 6th Ave., 305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bonein pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Take-out packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal 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 faux-Cantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, especially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$ El Gran Inka3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influ ential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Hannas Gourmet Diner13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institu tion since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687One of Miamis first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popular after-hours snack stop. The sushi menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori, skewers of succulently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables; the unusually large variety available of the last makes this place a good choice for vegetarians. $$ Hiros Sushi 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 unusu ally fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$Kings County Pizza18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-9455If your feelings about Brooklyn-style pizza have been formed by Dominos flopsy-crusted, ketchupy, cheesefoody pies, stop here to sample a slice of the real thing. Admittedly, the crusts are not those of the coal-fired classics from Brooklyns legendary Totonnos or Grimaldis, but theyre similarly medium-thin and crisp -though not like a cracker; you can fold them for neat street eating, and they taste like honest bread, not cardboard. A variety of toppings are available even on slices. There are also whole pies with varied toppings. The large is humongous. $-$$ 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. $ 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 cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800 www.limefreshmexicangrill.comLike its downtown and Midtown siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Little Saigon16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$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. $$$Oishi Thai14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$Rizios Peruvian Cuisine15975 Biscayne Blvd., 305-945-5111Peruvian eateries featuring ceviches and classic cooked dishes are plentiful in Miami; those adding NovoAndean fine-dining fare to the mix? Not so much. Since 2000, evolutionary chefs in Peru have been using sophisticated European techniques to revive humble native Andean ingredients like quinoa. Since late 2012, this secret spot has been, too, thanks to former Lima restaurateur Cesar Valverde, a traditionalist, and his chef son Mauricio, a Miami Culinary Institute-trained innovator. Even traditional tiraditos have delightful elegance. But dont neglect Novo inventions like trigottos, risottos substituting trigo (wheat) for rice. $$$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. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mockmeat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$Soprano Caf3933 NE 163rd St., 855-434-9035Sicilian native Rocco Soprano, original proprietor of South Beachs Sopranos, has transformed this Intracoastal Waterway space, formerly the enoteca Racks, into an elegant but family-friendly restaurant featuring classic Italian dishes plus steakhouse fare, all in prodigious portions. For an ultimate Miamian/Italian fusion experience, arrive by boat at Sopranos dock, grab a table on the water-view deck, and enjoy a coal-oven pizza -perhaps the famous truffled white pizza, or our personal fave secchi: sopressata salami, zesty tomato sauce, provolone, goat cheese, and fresh fior di latte mozzarella. $$$ Sushi House15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken its cue from Philippe Starck: sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. 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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied daily-changing menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal Ladies-Who-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$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 modestlooking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfasts blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews sparkle with vivid flavors. Especially impressive: mock meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat many carnivorous competitors. Skeptical? Rightly. But we taste-tested a Philly cheese steak sandwich on the toughest of critics -an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$ Asia Bay Bistro1007 Kane Concourse, 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japaneseinspired 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. $$$ Bay Harbor Bistro1023 Kane Concourse, 305-866-0404Though small, this ambitious European/American fusion bistro covers all the bases, from smoked salmon eggs Florentine at breakfast and elaborate lunch salads to steak frites at dinner, plus tapas. As well as familiar fare, youll find atypical creations: caramelized onion and goat cheese-garnished leg of lamb sandwiches; a layered crab/ avocado tortino; pistachio-crusted salmon. A welcome surprise: The bistro is also a bakery, so dont overlook the mouthwateringly buttery croissants, plumply stuffed empanadas, or elegant berry tarts and other homemade French pastries. $$-$$$Bettos Ristorante Italiano1009 Kane Concourse, 305-861-8166After roughly 25 years as Caffe Da Vinci, this romantic remodeled, renamed space is now managed by Betto Di Carlo, also a 25-year Italian cuisine veteran (as former owner/effusively charming host of Surfsides neighborhood favorite Caf Ragazzi). Best make reservations. Though off the tourist track, the place draws hungry hordes for homemade pastas like pappardelle ai porcini (toothsome wide noodles with fresh mushrooms). Veal piccata, lightly floured and sauted medaillons with a caper-studded lemon white wine sauce, and thicker mozzarella-stuffed chops are also popular. $$$ Le 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 chef-centered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with melt-in-yourmouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/ owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$ Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli19003 Biscayne Blvd. 305-935-4029One word: flagels. And no, thats not a typo. Rather these crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed) are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -and a specialty at this bustling Jewish bakery/deli, which, since 1988, opens at 6:30 a.m. -typically selling out of flagels in a couple of hours. Since youre up early anyway, sample elaborately garnished breakfast specials, including unusu ally 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. $$Bourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare starts. There are also Minas ingenious signature dishes, like an elegant deconstructed lobster/ baby vegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy meal. But dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$Buffalo Wild Wings18721 Biscayne Blvd., 305-962-9995Like all locations of this renowned national sports bar/grill chain -originated in 1982, when two fans of Buffalo-style chicken wings couldnt find any in Ohio -Aventuras B-Dubs features an astonishing array of HD TVs (64), beers, and, naturally, wings: almost two dozen sauce and dry-rub choices, from a chili-spiked buttery original flavor to Asian, Caribbean, Italian, and beyond. Additionally, theres a full menu of burgers, salads, flatbreads, and other All-American classics. An outdoor patio and WiFi tablets loaded with games contribute considerably to kid-friendliness. $$ BurgerFi18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350Its 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 crispbattered onion rings, freshly made, all-natural frozen custard, and toppings galore. $ 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). $$Fuji Hana2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Kampai3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restaurant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi spe cialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempuraflake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Montanara18855 NE 29th Ave., 305-974-0167A lushly vine-covered walkway leading to the door and back patio of this secluded but expansive restaurant serves notice that diners are in for an exclusive Italian experience. Ilario Giunchi, cofounder of Caracass famed original La Montanara, has brought much of the menu to this second location, including housemade pastas and creative carpaccios like a delicate crudo version of vitello tonnato. Whatever else you order, dont miss the signature mascarpone/prosciutto focaccias from the beautifully tiled stone pizza oven. Budgeting diners: Explore weekday lunch specials, which include sides. $$-$$$$ Mos Bagels & Deli2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are handrolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$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. 305-937-2777Named after Ernest Hemingways fishing boat, this eatery, helmed for its first decade by chef Scott Fredel, is now under new ownership. The menu is a mix of classic dishes (grilled skirt steak with chimichurri and fries; chicken parm), todays trendy favorites (sliders, tuna tartare), and pastas including linguine with shrimp, tomato, basil, and garlic in Alfredo sauce. But executive chef Frank Ferreiros focus remains fresh seafood, like pan-seared colossal scallops with sauted spinach, fried onions, roasted corn, and champagne butter sauce. $$$Sicilian Oven20475 Biscayne Blvd., 305-682-1890Dont think that square-shaped doughy pizza is the specialty here. Oven is really the operative word, referring to the open kitchens impressive-looking, open-flame wood-burner, and for our money the places thin-crusted pies are the way to go. Toppings, applied amply, range from traditional Italian-American (like made-in-Wisconsin Grande mozzarella) to popular (fresh mozz, even balsamic glaze); crust options include whole grain and gluten-free. Other musthaves: arancini (deep-fried rice balls stuffed with mozz and ground beef) and cervellata sausage with broccoli rabe. $$ Soho Asian Bar & Grill19004 NE 29th St., 305-466-5656 Do bring your pocket flashlight to this kosher restaurant. Considering the menus expansiveness, youll be doing lots of reading despite dim, lounge-lizard lighting. The stars here are small plates and over-the-top Asian fusion sushi rolls, like the Korean: short ribs atop a kimchee-garnished maki of pured avocado, cuke, scallion, and sweet potato. But the menu of tapas and entres ranges from Japanese-inspired items to pad Thai, Middle Eastern kabobs, Chinese-American pepper steak, even all-American grilled steaks. Highlights: signature fried cauliflower with chili sauce, and an appealing house nut bread with three spreads. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing) Alba17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305From bad-boy celeb chef Ralph Pagano, Sole resorts seaside Italian/Italian-American eatery has an irreverent retro Rat Pack vibe and a menu featuring naked ravioli from the Gnudi Bar, fresh seafood, homemade pastas, classic and contemporary pizzas, and old school red sauce joint entres, some upscaled. (When lobster Franaise is available, why settle for chicken?) Almond-sage buttersauced 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. $$$$ Copper Chimney18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is the foods elegant presentation -plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among familiar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by street snacks, like bikaneri chaat (fried gram flour crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt) served with two chutneys; anything featuring paneer cheese, from classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried tomato-stuffed paneer/ potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$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 specials ranging from spa-grilled chicken to homemade Italian sausage and peppers. But its worth seeking out items that made South Beachs original Epicure famous: sandwiches featuring housemade rare roast beef; shrimp or chunky smoked whitefish salads; fresh baked goods. $$$The H Restaurant17608 Collins Ave., 305-931-9106This friendly, family-owned bistro is the sort of homeaway-fromhome found every few blocks in France -here Gerard and Karin Herrison, plus chef son Julien, formerly had a restaurant -but theyre rarely found in South Florida. Burgers, et al., are available, but with garlicky escargots, a savory/sweet-dressed salad of duck confit atop frise, pan-seared foie gras with port/raspberry sauce, fish with an impeccable lemon beurre blanc, and a satisfying steak/ frites (with peppery cognac cream sauce). Wed leave the American stuff to the kids. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale ItalianAmerican place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinnerfor the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Mozart Caf18110 Collins Ave., 305-974-010This eatery (which serves breakfast as well as lunch and dinner) is a kosher dairy restaurant, but not the familiar Old World type that used to proliferate all over New Yorks Lower Eastside Jewish community. Dcor isnt deli but modern-artsy, and the food is not blintzes, noodle kugel, etc., but a wide range of non-meat items from pizzas to sushi. Our favorite dishes, though, are Middle Eastern-influenced, specifically Yemenite malawach (paratha-type flatbread sandwiches, savory or sweet), and shaksuka (nicknamed eggs in purgatory; the spicy eggplant version will explain all). $$-$$$ Kitchen 30516701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a renovated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mangopapaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-youcan-eat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$Sumo Sushi Bar & Grill17630 Collins Ave., 305-682-1243Sushi may well have been served in Sunny Isles before this longtime neighborhood favorite opened, but Sumo was the neighborhoods first sushi bar to double as a popular lounge/ hangout as well as restaurant. Ladies nights are legend. While Thai and Chinese dishes are available, as well as purist nigiri, few can resist the truly sumo-wrestler-size maki rolls, the more over-the-top, the better. Our bet for biggest crowd pleaser: the spicy Pink Lady (shrimp tempura, avocado, masago, cilantro, and spicy mayo, topped with rich scallop-studded dynamite sauce. $$-$$$ 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. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ TEL:305-754-8002 www.schnitzelhausmiami.com1085 N.E. 79th Street / Causeway, Miami, FL 33138 ORIGINAL BAVARIANBIER GARTENOPENDAILYFROM5:00PMTO11:00PMFRIDAY& SATURDAYTOMIDNIGHT

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Hat Toss, Anyone?Hats off to Terrance Cantarella for his well-written, historically fascinating, and extremely informative, up-to-date, stateof-the-industry report in his cover story Race Wars, (April 2014). I read it straight through and couldnt Kudos to the BT for such an excellent, timely, and interesting report on racing in Florida. I really loved the whole story and didnt know a thing about that industry beforehand, but sure do now. Nancy Schoening HollywoodCoontie: A Love StoryI really liked Jen Karetnicks article on coontie Ground Cover from the Days of Dinosaurs (April 2014). I have dozens in my yard in Miami Shores and have been a big fan of coontie for many years. My neighbors probably think they are unruly, but they truly are beautiful. I would love to educate the Miami Shores Public Works Department on native plants. We really need more in the street medians. The stuff they plant is just awful. Its the same Arboricola everywhere. Ive helped design a couple of native plantings for two of my neighbors, and they always appreciate the help in selecting the right natives in the right place with the right spacing. I collect native palms and am a guide at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Alex Quintana Miami ShoresCushman: Try That Walk AgainYellow Journalism is alive and well at Bis cayne Times courtesy of Mr. Ken Jett and A Good Walk Spoiled (April 2014) con cerning the Cushman School street closure. Filled with innuendo, references to racism, bribery, and public corruption, Mr. Jetts backlash against Cushman is misguided, not based in fact, and crosses the line. I believe I speak for most when I say that I, too, oppose action taken by the city to vacate or abandon public property for entity. We rightfully abhor the idea that a private landowner can obtain public property in order to develop, increase density, and make a quick buck. Unfortu nately, there are way too many examples of the city giving away public land to greedy developers at the taxpayers expense. But this is where Mr. Jett gets it wrong. The Cushman deal is distinguishable in many ways. First, the land acquired by the school cannot be developed, and there is no pecuniary gain to the school. To the contrary, the school incurs the expense of maintaining the street. Cushman cannot expand its private property into the former public property. The street will remain a street. Neither the school nor any subsequent buyer can expand the private property into the former public property. Second, the street closure absolutely is rooted in a legitimate public concern: child safety. I would invite Mr. Jett to witness a regular lockdown scenario at the school consisting of all the children quickly relocat ing to safety rooms, such as the nearest bathroom or storage closet with doors locked behind them and in complete silence, to avoid detection by a suspected perpetra tor. Unfortunately, this is the day and age we live in. The road closure surely affords the children an added layer of protection. For those who may be unfamiliar with the school, it is of a fantastic Mediter ranean revival style, circa 1926, with sweeping breezeways and very much connected to the outdoors. The architec ture is stunning, with a central courtyard that is the heart of the school. However, the architecture, and the road that bisects the school, also make it uniquely vulnerable. Unsecured, the road provides immediate and direct access to the school from two Well before Mr. Jett arrived in town, the school has enjoyed an excellent reputation in education. The school has been a beacon of light on the Boulevard for nearly 90 years, founded by Dr. Laura Cushman, who moved here from Iowa in the early 1900s and lived in Morningside until her death. Through good times and bad, the school has stuck it out on the Boulevard. There are students currently attending Cushman who reside in the Biscayne Corridor there always have been and there always will be. In fact, some are secondand even thirdgeneration students of families that have City over the past century. Instead of spewing vitriol, I encourage Mr. Jett to visit the school, sit down, and speak with some of the parents and teach ers. Watch the children perform in the 90th annual Spring Assembly in the courtyard. Who knows, maybe, just maybe, a little bit of Dr. Laura Cushmans spirit and wisdom may overcome him, and he just may have a good walk after all.Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 12

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Mark A. Ingraham, Esq. Cushman School Class of 1985Cushman: Were the Good NeighborRegarding Ken Jetts A Good Walk Spoiled, I was the head at the Cushman School for 32 years. During that time, we had many pros titutes, drug dealers, and criminals taking a good walk past our school. Many times they entered the campus. Cars and trucks also sped through our Biscayne Boulevard, and endangering our students. The safety of our children is the primary concern of the school. I do not think anyone can doubt that the children are safer with the street closed. in fact, many of the students, parents, and employees are people of color. A large per The Cushman School has been a good neighbor here for almost 90 years. Ken Jett should have done his research before form ing his negative opinion. Dr. Joan Lutton Retired Head The Cushman SchoolCushman: Future Fright?Ken Jetts Neighborhood Correspondents column A Good Walk Spoiled is primar ily made up of a quasi-lesson in how a public forum before an elected commission works (thanks, but not necessary or fully accurate) and a projection of the outcome of this change to the streets. Cushman School has every right to seek to improve safety and functionality within the range of its campus. Witness the same approved changes done with street closures for Johnson & Wales, which actually does impact vehicular transit to some degree. In the Cushman case, the impact on vehicular transit is nil. The two areas of closure are irrelevant to the public at large and create no hardship. Finally, the author seems to be highly the future This is not something that has occurred. Therefore, the entire column is simply fear-based opinion not news. Bonnie Bennett Miami Editors note: The Cushman Schools legal settlement with the MiMo Biscayne Association will not result in a direct pay ment of $10,000 to the association. The money, to be held in trust by the school, will be used to cover the cost of purchasing and planting trees along Biscayne Boulevard.Only Avra Gets It RightGreat article Rebuilding the Boulevard (March 2104). Avra Jain deserved being the cover story. As the MiMo Biscayne Association is mentioned in the article, I would like to clarify one comment attributed to the association, that we feared the height limit would dissuade developers from renovat ing the motels because they couldnt add blatantly incorrect. The objection to the 35-foot cap is not tied to developers revenues. The objection is that it lacks a realistic vision for the future of the Bou levard. It negates the MiMo Historic Districts opportunity to create a sustainable future. I spent many hours talking to reporter Erik Bojnansky for this article, and on other occasions. I have explained the associations objections to the arbitrary height limitation and the legalized sale of property rights to justify the citys down-zoning. Avra Jain is correctly using the transfer of development rights to restore her MiMo motels. In historic districts around the country, TDRs are supposed to be used to protect historic properties. The City of Miami is justifying the down-zoning by allowing TDRs for every property on the Boulevard, including empty lots, parking lots, and locations that abut the Boulevard but are not even historically designated. Selling air rights has become a feeding frenzy on the Boulevard. So far, only Avra Jain is using this incentive for a valid pur pose restoring historic properties. The reason the MiMo Biscayne Associ ation continues to work for a more realistic height for the 27 blocks of the historic dis trict is so restorations of historic properties really do rebuild the Boulevard. Aside from Avra Jains restoration of her historic motels, the rebuilding of the Boulevard has become new, one-story, strip-mall-style structures that sell off the rest of their property rights for cash. The long-term result will surely be a Boulevard with no heart. Their property rights will be scattered like ashes over a dense downtown. Nancy Liebman, president MiMo Biscayne AssociationCommentary: LETTERS DRIVE GREEN r frf LettersContinued from page 10

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Commentary: MIAMIS KINGBy Jack King BT ContributorSomehow time gets away from you as you grow older. I watched President Obamas stirring speech in Austin, Texas on the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnsons landmark civil rights legislation. Much has been accomplished in the past halfcentury, but there is still much to be done. There are still many people in this nation who believe people of color should not have the same rights as white people. Yes, they are dying off, but not fast enough for my taste. Why is it that so many people think people of color are just here to take from everyone else? It saddens me. One of the ways in which minorities are being disenfranchised is the adoption of unfair voting laws, including aggres sive voter registration. Why not? It works. If your polling place is ten miles from your home and you have no car, its tough to vote. If you have to stand in line for ten hours to vote, chances are youll go home without voting. Ever notice that those long voting line are never in white neighbor hoods? Think thats an accident? But right here in Miami-Dade County, the elections department has come up with a new way to make it tougher to vote. Earlier this year the department quietly implemented a policy to close pollingplace bathrooms that were not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Turns out that quite a few polling places, those on private property in particular, have bathrooms that dont meet ADA standards. What a great way to handle the problem. If the handicapped cant pee, nobody can pee. I have to wonder if the because nobody there can see outside. Theres no doubt the City of Miami has lots of problems, from parks that are health hazards to commissioners who have ethics issues to a police department in disarray. So its no wonder the city commission re cently took up a very serious and pressing issue: illegal garage sales. What makes them illegal is that residents fail to obtain a garage-sale permit, which costs $28.50. Essentially there are no other rules, so it looks to me like the only reason to enforce permits is so the Commissioner Willy Gort, seeing big bucks for the city, said he believes 90 percent of the citys garage sales are illegal. I dont doubt it, but the question is whether this law is a solution in search of a problem. I guess Gort and two fellow Hispanic commissioners have forgotten that many Cuban exiles who landed here sold stuff out of their houses to make a living. And believe me, many still do. Its another example of the city commission spending lots of time on something nobody cares about. Hey guys, stick to the serious problems. I dont know anyone who likes redlight cameras. Numerous municipalities around the state have dumped the program. Miami is not one of them. Its another example of a solution in search of a problem. Sound familiar? And this one is a doozy of a revenue generator about $200 per infraction. The Florida legislature attempted to outlaw red-light cameras throughout the state. The measure was thwarted, and so the programs are still in place, thanks in no small part to lobbyists hired by camera companies, the biggest being tions. You might want to ask Miamis commissioners how much campaign cash they got from ATS or its lobbyists. Im guessing its not a small number. We all know that Miami and MiamiDade County are pretty good at giving away the peoples money to professional sports teams the Heat, the Marlins, the Panthers (yes, they got big bucks and then left downtown Miami), and possibly David Beckham and his soccer buddies. But the State of Florida is no slouch, and isnt limited to sports moguls. The best one coming out of Tallahassee this year has to be a ridiculous 1000-foot observation tower at Bayside. Developer Jeff Berkowitz wants the state to pony up $10 million to give Miami something unique. The county is getting ready to sink $20 million in to refurbishing the Coconut Grove Playhouse. It might take more than that. The place is nearly falling down, and The biggest problem with this project: there is no real business plan. After you throw $20 million at the Playhouse, how Do you make it a mall? Just what Coconut Grove needs, another failed mall. Saw our new lieutenant governor, Carlos Lpez-Cantera making a fool of himself on local TV when Charlie Crist walked up and shook his hand. Shows you it doesnt take long in Tallahassee to become a blithering idiot. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Political PotpourriRace relations, garage sales, red lights, public money, and blithering idiots

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Our Sponsors: MAY 2014By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorMothers Day (May 11), Memorial Day (May 26), May Day (May 1), Cinco de Mayo.... Everyone knows this months major holidays. But May is also packed with lesser-known spe cial days. In fact, we bet theres at least one to mark all the deals and special happen ings that Biscayne Times advertisers have for readers this month. Well, maybe except for the BT s realtors/ developers. Thats because most of the USA, being more temperate, doesnt see May as the month when locals are getting our for spending the next six months indoors, in air-conditioned comfort. In fact, despite the overload of May holidays, were now proclaiming a new one for South Floridians: Hibernation Preparation Month. Theres sure good news right now for those looking to relocate to roomier, 151 at Biscayne the redesigned two-tower, 180-acre, master-planned community just off Biscayne Boulevard and 151st Street. Throughout May, buyers of the 160 spacious twoand three-bedroom units offered by iStar Residential will receive a closing credit equal to maintenance fees and taxes for a period of two years. Drop call 866-692-9777, or go to 151atbiscayne. com for more info. As you can see from real estate veteran Jack Coden s property-packed ad, he sells in every neighborhood all over Miami, at every price point. And does so very suc cessfully, according to statistics hes shared this month: The Jack Coden Group closed more than three deals per week in 2013, selling over $60 million, making it the #1 team for Keller Williams Realty in Miami/ Miami Beach for the past four years, actually and in the top 1% of sales in the USA. Call 305-742-5225 and youll be in your new place before the heat hits. Does real estate sound like a fun Best Real Estate School of Florida (3933 Biscayne Blvd., 844-227-8956, www. bestrealestateschoolFL.com). Bests next four-week pre-license course, which preps Florida Real Estate Sales Associate, is May 5. If you miss it, there are courses starting on June 2 and July 7. Robbie Bell (www.GoToRobbieBell. info), broker associate and EWM Brickell team member, has her own personal celebration this month: a party celebrating the release of Scrumpterou Report 2.0. As an urban lifestyle specialist, Robbie makes a point of knowing not just individual properties but all about neighborhoods in which she sells, and her second Scrumpterou is an insiders guide to good eats therein. The party, on May 8 from 6:00-8:30 p.m., is at NNamdi Contemporary Gallery (177 NW 23rd St.). RSVP to 305-576-6263. To make your home more enjoyable for hunkering down all summer, observe Lumpy Rug Day, May 3, by tossing the old thing and calling Mr. Wood Custom Floors (305-758-7505, www.mrwoodmi ami.com) to spruce up what the rug was hiding. During May, the company will to their original beauty for just $1.85 per square foot (minimum 1500 feet) when you mention the BT Contemporary furniture lovers inspired to toss their old sofas, beds, etc. out with the lumpy rug doubtless already know about Scan Design s showroom at 3025 NE 163rd St. But did you know that on May 10 (6:00-9:00 p.m.) Scans Hollywood showroom (4150 N. 28th Terr.) will host the seventh annual Fall in Furniture Love art extravaganza? At this signature event, Scan is enlisting four Florida artists to use the furniture as their canvases literally. dation, the fundraiser will also feature a silent auction plus food/drink. Tix are $20. Info at www.fallinfurniturelove.com. Among our personal favorite holidays are Wine Down Wednesdays, because they happen so frequently. In fact C1 Bank (2632 N. Miami Ave., 305-702-6810) is now throwing one on the last Wednesday of each month. Mays is on 5/28. Part of the concept at this Florida-based new breed of bank is to make sense in the context of each neighborhood, which, in Wynwood, means an art-rich work space deliberately designed to double as an event space. Theres a teller table that converts to a bar, for instance. RSVP (JackConrad@ C1Bank.com) to view the Warhol prints and black Murano glass chandelier, drink wine, eat cheese, meet some friendly bank Since the new Cuban art exhibition at Miami-Dade Colleges Museum of Art + Design (600 Biscayne Blvd.), Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Founda tion, runs until July 12, you could go on International Museum Day, May 18. But better times would be for two related special Continued on page 18BizBuzzSales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

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Our Sponsors: MAY 2014events: a May 10 lecture by Rachel Weiss, author of To and from Utopia in the New Cuban Art Creative Kids Project: Adela Akers. Kids 6-12 learn about art elements used by creators like this Cuban-raised weaver by creating their own works in the artists style. For more info: www.mdcmoad.org. Both adults and kids might also want to consider celebrating National Teach ers Day, May 6, by enrolling for summer classes at the Academic Achievement Center at Miami-Dade Colleges Aven tura Center 305-936-2585, www.mdc.edu/ce/north), a new advertiser. Learn new languages (in cluding American Sign Language), boost test scores, improve your business com munications skills, or for the younger set, enjoy the Lego robotics machines. Classes start May 10. And congratulations to the teachers and administration of W. J. Bryan Elemen tary Museums Magnet School (1201 NE 125th St., 305-891-0602), on winning, for the second year in a row, the Museums Magnet Schools of America Merit School of Excellence award. Congrats, also, to Bryan students on their newly published book, Golden Shields of Knowledge based on the history of the architecturally Medi terranean Revival landmark school. Mixed in our congratulations to the young writers is serious fear for our job safety, so we urge them to not based on this recent writ ing triumph, submit rsums to this paper. We also remind them that they have better things to do at this point in their lives than professional journalism. May 10 is Clean Up Your Room Day. With consciousness that May 20 is Pick Strawberries Day, we welcome new advertiser Farms to You (305-677-9824, www.farmstoyou.com). Partners Jenni Johnson and Johnny Arroyo actually make produce picking (and endless hours search ing for fab fruits and veggies, particularly You choose from changing menus of farmfresh items, and they deliver them to your share programs, theres no driving forever to pick-up points, and no getting stuck with stuff you dont like. Mays big deal holiday, Mothers Day, is most often celebrated by taking the chief cook/bottle washer out to eat. And at recently renovated North Miami Beach mainstay Tunas (17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630), chef Rolf will be offering a special $32.95 three-course Mothers Day menu on May 11, from 2:00 p.m. Highlights are some surprisingly high-ticket entres (lobster tail and steak au poivre, among others), oh-soContinental strawberries Romanoff for dessert, even a free glass of champagne for moms. Btw, the chef is now also offering his summery baby back ribs every Sunday, and a prime rib special Saturdays and Sundays. At Big Fish (620 NE 78th St., 305owner Danilo Cacace is also offering a special Mothers Day menu. And Big News: the riverside Italian seafood spot now has a full liquor license, so mom, like Major meat is considered a Fathers Day thing, but why be sexist? At alwaysfestive Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus (1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002), sum mery BBQ is back on Fridays-Sundays, and its unique dark beer-marinated, slow-roasted ribs and chicken. On Saturdays the outdoor biergarten is open till 2:00 a.m., so dinner on May 17 runs easy-peasy right into a Moms Day early bier breakfast. Brunch is the biggest Mothers Day meal. So welcome new advertiser Taperia Raca (7010 Biscayne Blvd., 751-8756), a Spanish tapas place from executive chef Giorgio Rapicavoli (from Coral Gables famed Eating House), who bounces be tween his two places, and chef de cuisine Ryan Harrison (formerly from Sunny Isles Preservation), who sticks to the kitchen here. We mention some standout dinner items in the BT s Dining Guide. So well just add this: cornmeal/peach pancakes with peach sauce. Brunchwise, thats all you need to know. Tight budgets neednt deter you from treating mom to a meal. Miamis original izakaya, Yakko-San (3881 NE 163rd St., 305-947-0064), is offering new unbeliev ably priced weekday lunch specials. For $9.95 miso soup or salad plus cooked en tres like beef with Asian chives and bean more, your entre can be sushi or sashimi. And the astonishing kicker: entres also come with daily veg, shrimp tempura, plus a California roll. For late-night diners in the restaurant industry, Tuesdays mean 10% off from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Deal #3: Every Monday, wines are 50% off. A more All-American option: lunch at just opened Great Harvest Bread Com pany (1817 NE 123rd St., 305-899-9998), BizBuzzContinued from page 16 A completely renovated historic home with pool featuring carefully restored period details and a owing 8-room oor plan including a Florida room, library, formal dining room, grand living room with replace, brand new kitchen, brand new bathrooms, 3 bedrooms in the main house, and a cabana with bath and kitchenette. New roof, new impact windows, 2 new AC units, new electric, and new plumbing. Built in 1936, 2875 sq ft interior, 9300 sq ft lot. A beautifully remodeled 1950s beauty with 3bed, 3ba on 2887 sq ft. Upgraded plumbing and electrical, new A/C and new Roof, impact windows. Wood and terrazzo oors. Located on gorgeous tree-lined street of Morningside.

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which sounds like a bakery featuring daily-changing whole-grain breads, and is, but also has a caf component. Mays special deal is on the places imaginative sandwiches (like fully veg/condimentgarnished roast beef and Swiss with chimichurri, on bread of choice): Buy one, get one half off. David Cohen from Bagels and Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-8922435) reports that his new bargain lunch this issues ad for the daily-changing menu. Its true that the small-priced, big-sized meals are offered weekdays only, too, so youll have to take mom before Sunday, May 11. But you can bring some of the shops hand-rolled bagels home for a Mothers Day breakfast-in-bed. How bout serving ma some wine with those bagels? Something festive... faces. Theres no wine more shunned and misunderstood, but through May 27, Whole Foods Market (12150 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-5500 and 21105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-682-4400) is debunking the myth that its all sweet swill at its Ros Revolution. Many quality selections, serious advice, and special prices will be offered. (Tip: Save moms leftover bottles for summer. Dry ross are the perfect light refresher.) Want to go beyond a meal out on Mothers Day? Take her for a walk on the wild side at Hialeah Park Race Course and Casino (2200 E. 4th Ave./100 E. 32nd St., 305-885-8000), where she can try her luck at 882 slot machines and much more. A real walk is also possible, since the park has 200 lushly landscaped acres featuring, Unexpected but most welcome is a free May and Mothers Day celebration at Leung Healthcare (888 NE 126th St. ing at noon. RSVP to ensure therell be enough prizes and treats and to arrange transportation, if needed. Theres a party at Aboard a Bimini SuperFast Mothers Day cruise (www.rwbimini.com, 888930-8688), May 9-11, gambling also abounds, along with live music, entertain ment, and drink specials. Resorts World Bimini also offers an ultimate Cinco de Mayo day cruise to start the month, and Memorial Day weekend day cruises, May 23-26, to end it in high style. Go online to see all the options. Looking ahead, the May special offering at Laurenzos Italian Market (16445 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-944-5052) anticipates a future celebration. Or rather, future mayhem. Available during May are soccer team shirts, plus sticker booklets, from countries participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, June 12-July 13. Feh. As Miamis lone soccer-loather, well stick to soccer-ball-shaped food items, like eat immediately, but we werent going to watch the games anyway. Looking ahead to the whole summer: If youre planning a vacation, pet owners Choose an appropriate pet-related holiday (perhaps May 14s Dance Like a Chicken Day) to contact new advertiser Your Paws R My Paws (305-877-8202). Owner Ta tiana Maldonado offers luxury pet-sitting at affordable prices. If you fully celebrate all the above, youre gonna be glad that May also hosts its National Blood Pressure Month. To help reduce health risks caused by seri ous obesity, consult this issues ad from Jackson Health Systems Jackson North (160 NW 170th St.), which is offering free monthly seminars on various types of weight-loss surgeries. Call 305-585-TRIM to register. If youre less concerned with reduc ing alarming health problems than with just reducing so you dont look like a balloon in a bathing suit around the swimming pool this summer check out the ad from Orange Theory Fitness (269 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-0294 and 18839a Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-0544). The two studios specialize in hour-long intervaltraining workouts that raise metabolic rate and caloric afterburn much higher than standard hour workouts. Were talking a possible eight-pound-per-week loss. This months deal, expiring June 30: three free sessions with a plan. Finally: You will want to note the May special offer from The Art of Den tistry (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334). Valeria Soltanik, DMD, is offering Zoom whitening which brightens your teeth dramatically, with a safe and long-lasting process for just $299-$400, if you mention the BT There is no tooth-related holiday involved. Its just that youre going to want your teeth to look brilliant because theres so much to smile about this month. Something special coming up at your busi ness? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes. com. For BT advertisers only.

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The Hunt for Waterfront Developers Gil Dezer and father Michael built eight colossal condo towers in Sunny Isles Beach, and now they have their eyes on the aging Intracoastal MallBy Erik BojnanskyPhotos by Silvia Ros

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Gil Dezer, a fan of Mizner Park in Boca, envisions a taller version of that on his Intracoastal property.

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22 T The Intracoastal Mall lies just four miles south of Aven tura Mall, but while the latter receives millions of visitors each year, Intracoastal Mall is hardly known outside northern MiamiDade County. For one thing, the Intracoastal is a fraction of the size of the gorilla up the road. Aventura Mall comprises 2.9 million square feet of enclosed retail (the third largest in the United States), whereas the Intracoastal holds just 234,000 square feet of shops, restaurants, and other commer cial entities spread out on a 26-acre site alongside the Intracoastal Waterway. Located at NE 35th Avenue and 163rd neighborhood of Eastern Shores, the mall houses a Winn-Dixie supermarket; Dollar Tree, Old Navy, and T.J. Maxx chain stores; a waterfront Duffys Sports Grill; a couple of vocational schools and a daycare center; a storefront synagogue; and vari ous independently owned restaurants and service-oriented businesses. Until last month, the Intracoastal also had an eightscreen movie theater. The mall seems to be popular among Eastern Shores residents, though its overall draw is irregular. Sometimes the Intracoastal is busy, sometimes its dead. Speaking of death locals still talk about a murdersuicide that took place two decades ago in a waterfront restaurant called Shooters that operated in the space Duffys now occupies. Three years ago, May Shigetomi moved her popular restaurant, Yakko-San, to the Intracoastal Mall from her former location at 170th Street and W. Dixie Highway. Her loyal customers followed her. Good thing, too, because, according to Shigetomi, theyd never heard of the mall. This shopping center is very hidden, says Shigetomi, who invested close to a few doors east of the Winn-Dixie. Its the place under the bridge. Actually, the Intracoastal Mall is next to the bridge a drawbridge that con two-mile-long oceanfront city brimming with high-rises. Yet even in that city, the Intracoastal Mall is not so well known. Michael and Gil Dezer, a fatherand-son real estate development team based in Sunny Isles, plan to change that. Theyre the new owners of the Intracoastal Mall, and they intend to promote the heck out of it. Theyre developing a the mall and the Trump International Dezers developed in Sunny Isles. The Dezers (pronounced like desert) are also seeking a new movie theater company that will modernize the old Intracoastal 8 and replace the Jupiter-based chain Frank Theatres, which closed the cinema without warning (more on that later). years from now, the Dezers will replace the mall with four or more high-rises be tween 20 and 25 stories tall. Gil Dezer, the 39-year-old president of Dezer Develop ment, envisions the upcoming project as a and residential units are stacked on top. Mizner Park is absolutely beautiful, says Dezer. Its a great place for friends and families to meet and walk the streets. Its safe and beautiful. I think this area is ripe for it. Future development is what motivated place. In December 2013, using proceeds from the sale of their Howard Johnson bought the Intracoastal Mall for $63.5 mil lion from Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds, a $1 billion California real estate investment of Famer Magic Johnson. (The Dezers sold the Dezerland Hotel, a resort theyd owned since 1985, for $65 million just two weeks before closing the Intracoastal deal.) Several obstacles impede immediate development of the Intracoastal. For one thing, most of malls tenants have longterm leases, some stretching in excess of ten years with options to renew. Then theres the zoning, which limits residen tial structures to 600 units and caps height at 15 stories. where four of the seven members of the could pose the most serious threat to the Dezers development aspirations. Residents of Eastern Shores, an area with 330 single-family homes and townhouses, as well as several apartment buildings, have been wary of high-rise development at the Intracoastal Mall for decades. Their The only point of entry for the roughly 3000 people of Eastern Shores is NE 35th Avenue, a four-lane road that runs along one side of the Intracoastal Mall and includes a guarded gate. Continued on page 24

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Chuck Asarnow, president of the Eastern Shores Homeowners Association, predicts therell be major litigation against tion is addressed. How do you dump more people onto NE 35th Avenue? How do you get more people out of there? he asks. Now, during the season [November Yet not everyone is against high-rises at Intracoastal. Susan Fried, a veteran political consultant and 47-year resident serious need of additional tax revenue for the Intracoastal Mall site is better suited for high-rise development than for a lowrise shopping center. You look at that piece of land, and thats a prime location that desperately needs something done with it, Fried says. I believe the highest and best use for it is high-rises. cil is already planning to set up overlay districts that will encourage new develop city. During a recent workshop, Mayor George Vallejo asked that the city examine the current zoning of the Intracoastal Mall and the surrounding Eastern Shores area no later than October. Vallejo is considered very pro-devel opment. He also lives in Eastern Shores. The mayor, however, insists he hasnt reached any conclusions about the Intra coastal Mall. The city has not received anything from the new owners regarding what their intentions are, so I really cant comment on something that hasnt hap pened yet, Vallejo says in an e-mail to the BT Some residents are worried about what might be built. I fully understand and appreciate their concerns. I assure you the city will do whatever it can to protect our residents interests and their quality of life, while also moving our city forward at the same time. For now, Gil Dezer says hes content to keep the place as a shopping mall. The income is there, he says. Putting the cash there is still better than just having the money sit in a bank. (Michael Dezer, Gils 73-year-old father and the founder of Dezer Development, was on vacation and could not be reached for comment by deadline.) The Dezers are old hands in the development business. The family owns commercial buildings in New York, townhouse-style apartments in Tampa International Raceway, and 12 acres of land near the Las Vegas strip. They also converted two warehouses in North Miami into museums to showcase their immense collection of rare automobiles. (For more on the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection see Check Your Oil.Painting? in the January 2012 issue of Biscayne Times .) And of course theres Sunny Isles rises in that city alone six with the name Trump on them. Theyre currently building their ninth project: Porsche Design Tower, a $560 million, 60-story condo that will feature private elevators for cars. PDTs 132 units range from $4.5 million to $32.5 million; its construction is being partially funded by a $214 million loan from Wells Fargo, the biggest loan for a new condo in South Floridas post-collapse real estate market, according to an October 2013 ar ticle in The Real Deal an online real-estate news website. Look at everything theyve done in Sunny Isles, says Seth Gordon, a Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 22 Playing Big Band Classics For Your Dancing Pleasure!Jazz, Swing, Easy-Listening, Ballads, and Latin styles for civic, corporate, fundraisers, and private galas. From 1 to 15 pieces. GOLDCOAST SOCIETY DANCE BAND Continued on page 26

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26 Coconut Grove publicist who represents the Argentinean Chteau Group, developer Isles. Theyve done more in Sunny Isles than anybody else. They built that city up, and their projects pay an extraordinary percentage of the tax base. And theyre not through. They keep doing stuff.orn in Tel Aviv, Michael Dezer was the son of a bus driver. After completing his military service in 1962, he sold his beloved 1949 Plym outh to his father and booked passage to New York, according to a 1988 People magazine article. Once in the United States, Dezer studied advertising in night and met and married fellow Israeli Neomi Kerekes. They have three children: Leslie, Gil, and Estee. Gil Dezer says his father got into real estate development by accident. His adver tising company grew so big that he needed and bought an entire building instead. And Michael Dezer kept on buying, eventually assembling a portfolio of 20 buildings in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. He also started turning old commercial he had left advertising and went into real estate full time. Theres a lot more money in the loft game than there is in advertis ing, Gil says. In 1985, Michael Dezer made his once owned by a gambling syndicate and, later, the family of the Cuban dictator the hotels interior a retro 1950s look and renamed it Dezerland. It was in South Florida, while taking night classes at the University of Miami, that Gil became involved in sales and real estate. His father got him a job at the In ternational Sales Group selling timeshares, according to the Real Deal He also rustled up customers for Dezerland, offering $5 commissions to car rental clerks at Miami International Airport for every customer they steered toward his fathers hotel. I became the king of the rental car agencies over there, he recalled in a 2004 New Times article. Eventually the police threw him out; its illegal to solicit busi ness at the airport without authorization. Nonetheless, he went right back, this time working the telephone kiosks and person ally pitching the Dezerland hotel to travel ers. Id send in somebody else when they got used to my face, he told New Times Wed keep trading people. The real opportunity for the Dezers In 1997, under the leadership of Mayor David Samson, Sunny Isles incorporated enacting a zoning code to encourage developers to demolish the post-World War II motels some with life-sized camels, a mummy, and other quirky 1950s roadside design elements that lined Collins Avenue and replace them with luxury highrises that would be the envy of Aventura. Enthusiasts of Miami Modern-style architecture would later mourn the de molition of such motels, but the founding fathers of Sunny Isles hated them. Fifteen years from now, there wont be any of the old motels left, Samson boasted in a 2000 Miami Herald article. They were all rat traps. Thats what they were. The Dezers were ready to do their part. In 1997 they began purchasing motels, Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 24 Continued on page 28

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28 eventually accumulating 27 acres of oceanfront land between 159th and 191st and son attended zoning workshops, offer ing suggestions to a receptive mayor and zoning code that enabled the construction of some of the tallest buildings in South Florida right in Sunny Isles. The word was out: This was going to be the place, Gil Dezer told New Times ten years ago. It was about who had the biggest balls to put their money where their mouth was. And who better to brand their enter Donald Trump? Still an advertising guru at heart, Michael Dezer knew the name would carry a great deal of appeal. I saw that Trump was a better name than Dezer, he told the Herald in 2002. The Trump name is magic. In exchange for a percentage of blessed the Trump Grande (consisting of the 54-story Trump Royale, the 54-story Trump Palace, and 31-story Trump International Resort) and Trump Towers (three 43-story condo towers); he also took charge of the towers design elements. Gil Dezer says the licensing deal was worth it. The percentage pay is small compared to the amount of value added, he says. Jorge Prez of The Related Group to co-develop Trump Towers. It wasnt their developed Ocean Two and Ocean Four in Sunny Isles. Then the real estate market crashed, and Prez, already overextended with projects all over South Florida, wanted out. Jorge Prez is a great developer, and he had a lot going on at the time, says Gil Dezer, who recently announced a new joint venture with Related to build two towers at 190th Street and Collins Avenue. Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 26 Continued on page 30

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During the crisis, there were discus sions within Dezer Development itself to Gil, who at age 29 was named president of the company by his father, pushed ahead. In 2010 he took over Prezs stake in Trump Towers. While other developers surrendered their projects to lenders, Gil slashed condo prices by 30 percent and didnt lose the investment, he says. We paid lenders [back], we saved face, and you cant put a number to that. was criticized by some competitors and former Dezer employees as too young, brash, and inexperienced to run his fathers Sunny Isles empire. Those kinds of comments van ished following the Trump Towers comple tion, says publicist Seth Gordon. [Gil Dezer] absolutely had taken over that company, he declares. When every one else was folding their hands and giving their projects back to their lendersGil said, I can make this work. And he did make it work. Yet the place where Gil Dezer and his father made it work was Sunny Isles, where the community was eager for devel opment. It wasnt Eastern Shores.A long time ago, Sunny Isles used The city was called Fulford when it incorporated back in 1926, but its leaders in 1931 as a means of capitalizing on During the Great Depression, North and along the beach south of 163rd Street when property owners rebelled against paying city taxes, opting instead for direct rule by Dade County. What remained of the city still included oceanfront land north of 163rd Street, at least until the early 1950s. Then came a Mayor George Slick and Sonny Jones, the Council members are elected at-large.) pulled the borough out of the city, leaving also leaving Slick relieved that he no longer had to contend with his nemesis, writes From Farms and Fields to the Future a book about remain unincorporated until Samson and other members of Concerned Citizens of Northeast Dade sought to create their own city in 1997. to add land to the city a mangrove forest that was being ripped out by devel oper Gene Snyder and which would later Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 28 Continued on page 32 rfnt b rffn nttfbt rn tbbtrtfbt fnfnn t r f ntbbrntrn ntb

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cials even agreed not to tax Eastern Shores land until someone built something on it. was fully developed, except for a swath of land just east of NE 35th Avenue. There was nothing there, remembers Susan Fried. There was a group of people who wanted it to be a park, but they didnt want to pay for it. Its the same old story. It was this land upon which the Intracoastal Mall would eventually be built. In 1981, New York developer John J. Reynolds was contracted to buy the swath of land so that he could build Marina del Sol, a proposed 1324-unit residential proj ect with one 18-story and three 22-story towers. Many Eastern Shores residents freaked. Their concern then, as now, was a two-lane road.) They fought the project legally and politically until Reynolds gave for $1.3 million, Reynolds complained to the Herald in 1982. Solti Establishment, a Liechtensteinregistered company, purchased the prop erty for $8 million in 1982. Solti proposed a smaller version of Marina del Sol: 1063 condo units spread among four 12-story buildings. That proposal failed as well, and three years later, the original owners took back the land in a foreclosure action. mann bought the land for $5.6 million in 1985 and announced plans to build the Intra coastal Mall. Eastern Shores residents still for the expansion of NE 35th Avenue. 1987 may have been its best. General the Intracoastal 8. The waterfront restau rant and bar at Shooters attracted follow went to Ruths Chris Steakhouse. Still, the crowds were more modest than at the bus tling Aventura Mall, which had opened in to Rubloff Inc., a Chicago-based company, and one tenant told the Herald that he hoped the new owners would build a bigger sign: A lot of people in the community dont Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 30 Continued on page 34

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know the shops are here, he said. A grisly crime brought the wrong kind of publicity. On March 16, 1990, Orlando Ramos, a 70-year-old physician, met his estranged wife, Rita, age 47, at Shooters to Herald that Rita ran into the kitchen screaming, Oh my God, hes got a gun! Ramos burst into kitchen behind her, dragged her by the hair, shot her, then turned the gun on himself. Gardens bought the property in 2000 for $21.3 million, but by 2004 the mall was mostly vacant. That year Ram Realty build residential towers at the site, arguing that such a move could save the property. The request went nowhere. Despite the malls sad fortunes, the land it sat on skyrocketed in value. The Intracoastal changed hands again based Woolbright Development for $48.3 million. Woolbright focused on bringing the mall back to its glory days, offer ing breaks on rents and special leases in exchange for long-term commitments and physical improvements. Under Woolbright, cluding the former spots for Shooters and Ruths Chris Steakhouse. Woolbright, however, was having its led the company, in March 2012, to sur render the mall to Magic Johnson and his business partners in a foreclosure action.Gil Dezer says his father is in charge of the mall. Indeed, the malls actual owner is Dezer Intracoastal Mall, a limited liability company managed by Mi chael and Neomi Dezer. Still, Gil helps out, Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 32 Continued on page 36

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and sometimes hangs out, at the mall. Christopher Springer, manager of 163 of several waterfront restaurants at the malls Gil Dezer a few months ago. While Michael Dezer looked on, Gil enthusiastically shared the cross-marketing concept with Springer. Theyre really nice people, personable, he says. They really care. Occasionally, Springer will see Gil Dezer driving around the property in a golf cart shaped like a car. (Miniature cars are displayed at the mall in a store front advertisement for the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection.) May Shigetomi, owner of Yakko-San, says she remembered seeing Gil Dezer at her old W. Dixie Highway restaurant. She didnt know who he was until someone told her. Shigetomi recently treated him to items from her new menu. I told him, time. Next time you have to pay for it. He is personally a very nice guy, Shigetomi says. Hes not like snooty-richI-dont-care. Hes a very good landlord. Although mall tenants the BT spoke to appreciate the Dezers responsive manage ment style, one of them may have been frightened by it. Gil Dezer says he had what he calls a friendly conversation with a couple of representatives from Frank Theatres, the chain that operated the Intracoastal 8. A few days later, closed signs were posted on the windows. Frank Theatres owed back rent, says Dezer, who adds that the malls previous owners didnt have a very aggressive management style. Dezer does plan to be aggressive, and he intends to sue Frank Theatres for the rent he says it owes. Frank Theatres didnt return phone calls by deadline. However, the company did return an e-mail to Chuck Asarnow of the Eastern Shores Homeowners Association, who had written to the company, begging it to reconsider the decision to abandon the cinema complex. Frank Theatres responded by thanking the Eastern Shores community for their patronage but declared it had no plans to reopen the theater. Eastern Shores residents may be more anxious about the closure of the Intra coastal 8 than they are about the prospect of high-rises replacing the mall, Asarnow explains, half seriously. For many people in this area, going to the movies at Aven tura Mall is just a nightmare, especially on a weekend, he says, referring to the AMC Aventura 24 megaplex in the malls entertainment section. The topic is of such importance that Mayor Vallejo has taken an interest in it. Last month he sent an e-mail to his con stituents about the theaters sudden closure. Vallejo noted that the Intracoastal 8 had been struggling and its owners had planned to leave. Frank Theatres was supposed to stay open for six months at a greatly reduced rent and then turn the building over to the new tenants, the mayor wrote. Given that a transition deal was agreed to, [Michael Dezer] was just as surprised as we were that they shut down so abruptly. Local crowd-averse moviegoers need not despair. Gil Dezer says hes close to making a deal with a new operator. Were really going to upgrade the theater, he promises. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Hunt for WaterfrontContinued from page 34

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38 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORMiami Condo Boom Gives Birth to New BabyThe Biscayne Neighborhood Association hangs out its shingle By Christian Cipriani BT ContributorA new civic advocacy group has formed in response to continuous and substantial growth along booming Edgewater and Midtown neighborhoods between the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle causeways. The Biscayne Neighborhood Associa tion (BNA) announced itself publicly in March, following four preliminary orga nizational meetings attended by represen tatives of neighborhood condo boards. The inaugural BNA board mem bers are Sharon Dodge (formerly of the Venetia); Scott Voelker (Quantum on the Bay); Dan Jacobson (1800 Club); Alexan dra Sandy Wayland (Bay Park Towers); Matt Gissen (Paramount on the Bay); Andres Altabe (Quantum on the Bay); and Tom Bailey (Quantum on the Bay). Heavy representation from Quantum on the Bay is by chance, not design, says Dodge, who is also the groups co-founder and spokeswoman: Notice was sent to every condo association from I-395 all the way up to the 79th Street Causeway. A BNA press release quotes Dodge as saying, The Biscayne Neighborhood Asso ciation has now taken its place as a big voice for the wishes, needs, as well as the shortand long-term goals of the people who live in this exciting and vibrant neighborhood, exploding with growth and change. Were the voice of the associations in the bayfront neighborhoods along Biscayne, says Dodge in an interview with the BT Sure, were concerned if there are enough doggie bags in the park, but were focused on more than that. And that more, she says, is about action. The BNA isnt content to issue bulletins about its concerns. Dodge says the group is determined to work with other area associations and advocate for everyones long-term interests. In her interview, Dodge runs down the many issues facing the lower Biscayne Corridor as the area manages and adapts to rapid changes: the contentious future of the former Miami Herald property; the fate of Parcel B, the waterfront lot behind American Airlines Arena (see When Public Isnt Public At All, page 39); whether (and how) continuous public waterfront access can take shape; and the need for improvements to transportation, roads, parking, and other public infrastructure in order to keep pace with development and population growth. Were not proor anti-development, she adds. Not that we dont have feelings, but development has brought a lot of good things. We have an agenda and its bigger than development. This agenda, she explains, includes quality-of-life issues coming to the fore as newer, younger residents lay down roots: safe and clean streets, safe bicycle lanes, decent schools...and the list goes on. Dodge points out that local civic advocacy has long been the purview of older, entrenched citizens possessed younger people, including some BNA board members, arent just moving into the Biscayne Corridor to play theyre moving here to stay. Dodge herself has been in the neighborhood since 2005, and spent six years on the board at Venetia, where she discovered how daunting it is to bring changes to Miami. From garbage to street improvements, a single condo board can only have so much impact on government policy. Getting the attenbroad-based support. Its a long highway, Dodge says of Biscayne Boulevard. There are a lot of quality-of-life issues. We need help city higher up, like the Department of Transportation. Brickell has done this well.Photo montage by Marcy Mock Continued on page 46

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Continued on page 42By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterAs executive director of the City of Miamis Bayfront Park Management Trust, its Timothy Schmands responsibility to oversee operations not just at Bayfront Park, but at Museum Park as well. So as part of his job, Schmand often takes a walk from his Bayfront Park to Museum Park (formerly Bicentennial Park), home to the recently opened Prez Art Museum Miami and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which is expected to open next year. His preferred route is not on the sidewalk along Biscayne Boulevard, but along the waterfront. About halfway through his walk lies a three-acre parcel of land, situated behind the American Airlines Arena. Known as Parcel B, it boasts palm trees, green grass, a snaking paved road, and what appears to be a concrete baywalk. The unobstructed view of a glistening Biscayne Bay the cruise ships docked at PortMiami, the bridges crossing over to the port, Watson Island, and Miami Beachs skyline is what Schmand likes most about this place. Its all here, he says during a recent walk with the BT gazing out at the bay. Thats us, trying to make nature in our image, and nature saying, No, its my image. Its a view of Biscayne Bay that is currently obstructed at Biscayne Boulevard by fences and buildings. But that may soon change. Sometime this month, sodding and some construction work at Museum Park is expected to be complete, as is a paved walkway along the seawall of the adjacent Deep Water Boat Basin. When that happens, Schmand says, the City of Miamis chain-link fence along Biscayne Boulevard will come down and the public will be free to wander toward the bay. Not all the fences will come down, though. Anyone walking along the boat basin seawall toward the open space behind the arena will encounter another chain-link fence and a couple of concrete barriers. Yet a third fence blocking the waterfront, this one with a NO TRESPASSING/VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED sign, can be found just south of the American Airlines Arenas back lot. Ironically, county taxpayers still own the land behind the arena. The county once promised to turn Parcel B into a of everyone. Instead, the county has rented out the land to the Miami Heat, the operator of the American Airlines Arena, for use as a valet parking lot for around $1000 a day. Other event promoters can rent the land for $7500 per day. Now, even as Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez considers a proposal to build a Cuban Exile History Museum on either Parcel B or in Museum Park, a number of people who live, work, and visit downtown Miami are demanding greater public access to the land behind the arena. Museum Park is going to be wonderful, but I dont think it takes the place of a neighborhood park, says Lisbeth Bustin, general manager of the 900 Biscayne Bay Condominium Association. I think Parcel B might be enough open just sit down and look at the water. This movement has an ally in Audrey Edmonson, a Miami-Dade County commissioner whose district includes Parcel B. Edmonson, who recently moved from El Portal to downtown Miami, will be proposing legislation that would designate the land as public open space and protect it from development. Marta When Public Isnt Public at AllThe Miami Heat pay a fee to use the county-owned land behind their arena maybe you should too? BT photos by Erik Bojnansky

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR BT ContributorPeeling back the palmetto leaves and peacock feathers in El Portal, residential neighborhood. But if you also listen closely, you might hear the start of a new music revolution. For the past four years, veteran drum mer Bobby MacIntyre has (operative word) quietly run Studio 71, a recording studio and full-service production compa ny, out of his El Portal home. MacIntyre not only helps his stable of artists record their works but sees that their music reaches their intended audiences. To that end, he also runs a label, Studio 71 Records, while his Burning Tongue Publishing company guarantees that all the business ins and outs are taken care of. His goal, he says, is to get people to appreciate buying a record and keeping the art alive. He also travels for his cause, but more on that later. MacIntyre says he knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a profes sional musician and would often tease his sister by grilling her about her plans, then unformed. He credits his parents with developing his love of music, even though they suffered through many drum lessons. The practice paid off. By the time MacIntyre reached Miami Palmetto High School in 1983, he was good enough to earn a place in the Performing and Visual Arts Center (PAVAC) magnet program, which served as his entre to the University of Miami School of Music (now the Frost School of Music.) After three semesters at the university, touring called. Singer/actress Maria Con chita Alonso had seen MacIntyres band Apex and stole him for her own backup band. He never went back to UM. What was the point of getting a paper that says you have the skills to be a professional musician when you already are one? In the late 1990s, MacIntyre took a job in Los Angeles and moved into a ranch house with popular bassist Mark Dutton, better known in the industry as Muddy. There MacIntyre set up a studio and began honing his production skills, until once again touring called: Muddy introduced MacIntyre to Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, one of the biggest alt-rock bands of the era. Dulli was then working on his solo project, the Twilight Singers, and needed to hire a drummer for a tour. MacIntyre was perfect for the gig. MacIntyre beat the drums around the world on one tour after another with the Twilight Singers. Between tours and his studio, he was able to meet and work with a number of fantastic musicians, including Mark Lanegan, Lucinda Williams, Jennifer Stills (Stephens daughter), and Martha Wainwright. Somewhere in Australia, though, he decided it was time to end that particular ride. MacIntyre moved back to South Florida in 2006 to concentrate on just the music. Its an incestuous, little music scene out in L.A., he recalls. I did it for eight years, and it was good for me because I was able to meet a lot of artists, produce a lot of bands. I ended up picking up tours. It got me around the world, but I just hated coming back to Los Angeles. Flying into that airport was: I shouldnt be here, so I came back to Miami and started Studio 71 here. Production is his day job, though hes still drumming. MacIntyre credits the drumming, in fact, for bringing the talent to him. Thats how I ended up getting bands to want me to produce them, he says. As a drummer, youre back there and youre hearing everything. Youre already in the world of arranging. studio on NE 71st Street, west of Biscayne Boulevard in Miamis Upper Eastside. It wasnt the best area, according to MacIntyre; trucks frequently shook the building during recording sessions, and the neighborhood was growing too popular and loud. But it was a tree that forced him to move. Four years ago, a large branch broke through the roof during a storm, and MaDriving around El Portal the next day, he saw a for rent sign and a yard of live oak trees, and moved in. The house is what one might expect a musicians retreat to be. A Victorian style permeates the home. MacIntyres living room is an inviting and relaxing space suited for impromptu jam sessions. Its bedrooms double as practice spaces. In the middle of the house, the old Florida room contains the main studio space, or live room. A drum kit sits in the center of it, and sitars, guitars, and exotic percussive devices line the walls. A grand piano calls out for attention from the adjacent bedroom. Continued on page 44 The Music Man of El PortalBobby MacIntyre wants to re-establish Miami as a mecca for musicians Courtesy of Studio 71

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR Continued on page 47Martinez-Alemn, Edmonsons public affairs aide, says the proposed law will be discussed at the committee level this month, then voted on by the full county commission in June. Ill lead the charge to ensure that it re mains a public-space area, Edmonson vows. Parcel B and the land where the American Airlines Arena now stands were long promised as a park. In 1981 the City of Miami bought 32 acres of land, with park bond funds, from the Florida East Coast Railroad for $23 million. The intention was to merge the FEC Tract with the citys Bicentennial Park. Instead, the following year, the city turned over the land to Miami business man Ralph Sanchez for use in his Miami Grand Prix event. In 1983 his company, Miami Motorsports, was granted the use of $600,000 in highway general obliga tion bonds to build up his event, accord ing to Greg Bush, a University of Miami history professor. That same year, Knight Ridder, parent company of the Miami Herald paid the city $100,000 to build an I-395 pedestrian overpass from the Herald building to Bicentennial Park. The agreement with the city stipulated that if the overpass wasnt built within three years, the funds would be used instead for creating or improving pedestrian access, park and recreation facilities in the gen eral area. The overpass was never built, and the funds were never spent. Then in 1998, the City of Miami sold the FEC Tract to Miami-Dade County for $36 million. Most of the land would be used as the site of a $210 million, 19,600-seat stadium for billionaire Micky Arisons Miami Heat. It was an idea that was blessed by voters countywide in a November 1996 referendum. To help sell the new stadium to county voters, Miamiacres of the land by the water would be set aside for a park. That was Parcel B. Fast-forward just four years, however, and the Heat was partnering with developer Armando Codina to build a 23-story apartment building on Parcel B. Following a public outcry, the Heat backed off on the idea. The teams attorney at the time, Richard Weiss, even told Miami Today that Parcel B should become a public park. The county, though, didnt give up on the idea of building something on Parcel B. By September 2007, the Miami-Dade County Commission examined the feasi behind the arena that would serve as a Bay of Pigs Museum and parking garage. Now, with the Bay of Pigs Museum slated for Hialeah Gardens, its the board of the Cuban Exile History Museum that is eyeing Parcel B as a possible site. Like the Bay of Pigs Museum, the exile museum would include a parking garage. Nicholas Gutierrez Jr., a Coral Gables attorney and board member of the Cuban Exile History Museum, says a downtown location is desirable because of the exposure it would receive from tourists. This community knows about Cuban exile history, he reasons. We really want to talk to the rest of the world. Gutierrez believes that if the museum were built behind the American Airlines Arena, it would secure the publics access to Parcel B. Those people have had two decades to push for that, he says, referring to waterfront-park advocates. Were hoping we can push together with them by creating an extra element on the waterfront for the public. Greg Bush, who has long campaigned for waterfront parkland in Miami, is doubtful that most downtowners will sup port another museum on the waterfront, either on Parcel B or in Museum Park. I can tell you, people would be very much up in arms about that, says Bush, who believes the public has given up too much of Bicentennial Park for the Prez and Frost museums already. Michael Mai, a 900 Biscayne resident, would like to have a park nearby to visit with his infant son and dog. I would rather have green space, Mai says. Can they put a museum across the street? At the request of the Urban Environ ment League, Matthew Lewis, a Brickell resident and principal of the landscape Nielsen Design, created a park concept for Parcel B that even addresses the parking needs of the American Airlines Arena. Under Lewiss Arena Park plan, a new park with skateboarding facilities, a playground, a water fountain, and other amenities would be built on top of an expanded underground parking garage for the arena. Once complete, the parking fees from the garage would help fund Parcel Bs improvements. But thats not all. Lewiss plan includes pedestrian bridges. One bridge, located north of the proposed Arena Public Isnt PublicContinued from page 39

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORAdding to the ambiance, red velvet fabric lines the keep his neighbors and village So far, so good. The control room contains MacIntyres pride and joy: a 24-channel MCI JH-416 console built in 1972. He becomes particularly animated when talking about it. The console is an old workhorse of a machine that was standard equipment at major recording studios in the 1970s. This particular units claim to fame so far is an old hit by England Dan and John Ford Coley, Id Really Love To See You Tonight. Upstairs but still tied to the console is a very large reverb box MacIntyre uses as a natural echo chamber. The box gives a richer sound than a computer program would, he says. Digital doesnt do it for him. He even records the music to two-inch tape to capture that unique texture. He does submit to the indignity of a few modern gizmos, though. Sitting on the other side of the console is a large digital workstation used extensively in the music industry. The attention to detail has proved successful. Local favorite Eden Archer is one of the musicians in his stable. Bobby takes on only projects that he believes in artistically, Archer tells the BT and therefore pours himself into each song to maximize its beauty and impact. He doesnt cut corners but lets the music take on a life of its own. Another artist MacIntyre works with, and one hes known for many years is Steve Gibb (Barrys son). Over the years, and through our long and storied friend ship, says Gibb, Ive watched Bobby go from being not just one of the most pas sionate drummers Ive had the pleasure to work with but its really been a hell of a lot of fun to watch him turn that passion into producing records that are unique, adventurous, and exciting for the listener. Hes fast becoming a master of the dark arts of rock n roll wizardry. Studio 71s latest release is from Sol Ruiz, a Miami-born, Cuban-American singer who now lives in Italy. Her eclectic record, Reasonable Diva has received plenty of accolades in Miami and abroad. MacIntyre recorded and produced the audio on the record, played the drums and percussion, gathered the other musicians, and gave Ruiz a place to crash and work. He also helped groom her image and explained to her what was needed to Because he cant work for free, MacIntyre has become a quick study of crowdfunding and uses it when the artists are broke. He considers it pre-sales, but also understands that many people enjoy helping newer artists through crowdfunding sites. Speaking of paying the bills, MacIntyre still visits Los Angeles several times a year, and this summer he plans on an extended stay. His cover story is that hell be work ing with Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne. They plan on doing a few gigs together at the Viper Room, but MacIntyres real objec tive is to reconnect with several musician friends and, turning the tables, try to lure them back to Studio 71 in Miami. In MacIntyres youth, Miami was a mecca for the biggest artists in the world, he says. Criteria Studios (now part of the Hit Factory) alone saw mega-artists like Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, and the Bee Gees (Steves father) walk through its doors regularly. MacIntyre feels the time is right to make Miami a working hotspot again, dreaded airport to make it happen, he will. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Music ManContinued from page 40 Courtesy of Studio 71

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORShes referring to the Brickell Homeowners Association (BHA), whose board member Ernesto Cuesta has helped mentor and guide the development of the Biscayne Neighborhood Association. In addition to the Brickell group, the BNA plans to cross-pollinate with other downtown condo associations to tackle common concerns. The concept of a neighborhood-wide board with representation from local homeowner associations is hardly new, and even though it has only recently launched, BNA seems to be more organized than previous efforts, such as the Neighborhood of Edgewater Association of Residents, a group that for years met mainly at coffee shops to discuss these same issues, which have persisted since the previous condo boom. But unlike these groups, the largest being Miami Neighborhoods United, BNA isnt free. In fact, its expensive. Condo associations should expect to pay $1000 for a voting seat, while non-voting commercial and development memberships go for $2500. The BT also sat down one of its columnists, Ken Jett, who is president of the Shorecrest Homeowners Association and current president of Miami Neighborhoods United (MNU). MNU was formed about a decade ago in response to the Miami 21 zoning over haul, for the purpose of addressing issues affecting various neighborhoods quality of life, including planning and zoning, legisla tive proposals, and development of regula tions and land-use proposals at the munici pal, county, and state levels. The Edgewater area, he says, is something of a doughnut hole in MNUs advocacy reach, which stretches across most of Miami Commission Districts 2 and 5. Residents from the MacArthur to the Tuttle causeways just havent shown interest in MNU, he adds. I wouldnt say MNU is hands-off south of 36th Street to downtown, he notes, but they face different issues and havent come to MNU for support. [BNA] sounds like they can assist their area with the issues theyre facing. His groups 20-some members hail from residential neighborhood organizations, including civic groups and homeowner associations, and meet monthly. They have a presence at every Miami City Commission meeting, as well as key planning and zoning board meet Jett says about 90 percent of what MNU deals with is related to zoning. Members, or a member of the public via an MNU member, can petition the group to support an issue or endorse action. They also advise other areas, like Allapattah, on how to form and manage a neighborhood organization. We know how the city works and how policies take shape, says Jett. Right now, the two major policy issues facing the corridor are Parcel B and the former Herald site. MNU is formally involved with the Upper Eastside League in supporting a public green space on Parcel B. The group is 2000-year-old Tequesta village artifacts discovered beneath Met Square, a downtown development site (see Building on the Past, November 2013). The question of gambling in Miami has also been a hot-button issue over the past year. Dodge says her position is that the current, scaled-back plans by casino giant Genting Group arent at the level of a Monaco or Macau, and dont bring Miami to world-class status. Penny slots, she says, wont add value to the neighbor hood. But Dodge is also quick to note that this is a personal view, like her belief in public waterfront access and bike lanes. Can these overlapping organizations coexist? Both Dodge and Jett say yes. And they fully expect and welcome the addition of new neighborhood groups. Interested in joining either of these activist groups? Contact Sharon Dodge of the Biscayne Neighborhood Association at sharondodge49@gmail.com, or Ken Jett of Miami Neighborhoods United at kenjettmiami@gmail.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Neighborhood AssociationContinued from page 38 BNA co-founder Sharon Dodge: Sure, were concerned if there are enough doggie bags in the park, but were focused on more than that.

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Public Isnt PublicContinued from page 42Park, would cross over the boat basin to Museum Park. The other bridge, on Parcel Bs south side, would pass underneath the Port Boulevard Bridge to Bayside Marketplaces marina. Schmand of the Bayfront Park Trust says the public doesnt need bridges to get to Parcel B. People can even get past the countys fences. He points out that anyone can gain access to Parcel B through a passageway under the Port Boulevard bridges, just north of Bayside Marketplaces Pier 5. During games and events, however, the pathway is cut off by barricades. Another obstacle: Passing trains, which present a safety issue. Since this past October, once or twice a week, 2800-foot-long cargo trains travel tracks that run between Bayside Market place and the Port Boulevard causeway location of Parcel Bs unobstructed access point. Although a warning siren sounds when a train travels the tracks, there are no crossing arms at that particular spot, says Robert Ledoux, senior vice president of the Florida East Coast Railway. Leland Salomon, assistant director of the countys internal services department, which oversees Parcel B, stresses that the land behind the arena is not a park, but merely vacant county-owned land. He admits he isnt sure if the county intends to arrest anyone found wandering around Parcel B. If the Heat pays a fee to use it, he offers, then maybe everybody needs to pay a fee to use it. As for the concrete pathway along Biscayne Bay, funded by the $6.1 million Parcel B Bike Path and Shoreline Stabili zation Project, apparently it wasnt about improving access to Parcel B. The $6 million investment in the seawall was to prevent the wall from further deterioration and falling into the Intracoastal Waterway, Salomon explains in an e-mail to the BT Lisbeth Bustin, the 900 Biscayne Bay manager, says downtowners are now pushing for a policy that clearly spells out the publics access to Parcel B. We will be letting our feelings known to the county mayor and the county commisThere will be some hard lobbying that will be done. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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48 Neighborhood Correspondents: BRICKELL / DOWNTOWNLaunch SiteIt can be head-over-handlebars at one dangerous RR crossingBy Adam Schachner BT ContributorBicycle crashes happen, especially July, however, initiated me into a subcategory of splayed-out riders felled by a particular roadway hazard: the notoI was riding home from Wynwood doesnt have too many bumps in the only challenge is the railway crossing Ive heard many riders attest to miscursed profusely, dislodged the bent handlebars from the frame, and took the Bones and joints intact, getting over it was easy-peasy, even though I hadnt skinned my knees this badly since grade for my road burns, a tetanus shot, and I Ive heard accident stories about these tracks that were truly gut-wrenching: broken wrists, multitudes of stitches, missed undergone a slow and gradual process I have two plates and a bunch of pins and but only after days in the hospital and a Incidentally, the hospital stay and surgery alone cost Koenig $75,000 and launched many cyclists a large-enough population to merit civic action headlawyers, and injured riders have apFor all their effort, however, the initiative ity for making the tracks safer is a confounding game of bureaucratic pingEast Coast Railway and thus are theirs County, which makes changing conditions its burden, but the tracks constitute freight and (eventually) passengers along the FEC, are a bittersweet byproduct of BT photo by Adam Schachner SOUTH FLORIDAS BES T BACKYARD S TORE.. 5 REASONS WE ARE THE BEST CHOICE! N OT I N C LUD I NG REBATES AND IN STORE ONLY. #5 #1 MOST EXPERIENCED & K NO WL ED G E ABL E STAFF #2 LO W E ST P RICE G UA R A N T EE WE MEE T OR BE AT ALL L OC AL PRICE S* #3 L A R G E ST SE L EC T ION O F POO L & S P A P P A P P ROD U C TS #4 FA MI L Y O L Y O L W NED & OPER AT ED F OR OVER 40 YE A R S W E GUA R A N T EE T O K EEP YO U H A PPY!! 305-893-4036 Keeping Customers Happy For Over 40 Years S ALT CHLORI NATORS HEATERS LET US HE L P YOU WITH YOUR POO L COMP UT ER WAT ER A N AL Y AL Y AL S I S FREE LET US SHOW YOU THE 3 STEP PROGRAM! 10% OFF ALL ACCESSORIES your pool.. Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Intellio Energy Efcient Pumps from $1150* Intellichlor Salt Chlorinators from $1158* LED Color Pool and Spa lights from $559* Great White Pool Cleaners $429*Plus $100 mail in rebate. Plus $30. Instant Rebate *Installation is not includedPricing expires 5-31-14 Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Purchase any 3 items and extend your warranty for 3 years! Best O ven, Grill and S moker!

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initiatives. Our travel options are expanding, and its about time. Establishing the routes, however, has left some danger In the past, the road was rough and torn up it wasnt smooth, explains Robert Ledoux, senior vice president and general counsel for the FEC. Cyclists knew to slow down because the road was bumpy. We put in our new rail and padding to make it smooth for vehicles, but bikes get caught in the rail because its on an angle. Ledoux says that these rails are for heavy freight. Passenger train portions of the FEC have shorter gaps between the tracks and the asphalt, but the N. Miami Avenue line will accommodate cargo haulers. Gaps in the FEC commuter tracks further north in Midtown were ameliorated large enough to keep bicyclists wheels from getting trapped. Heavier cargo lines rail car would tear it up. So what can be done? My understanding is there is overlapping responsibility, but its a county road, says Eli Stiers, a personal-injury attorney and cyclist who has contributed time as a concerned citizen to informing county, not the city, should have responsibility for improvements. Stiers wrote the city and county mayors, as well as commissioners, regarding the N. Miami Avenue tracks, offering accounts of injuries incurred and a portent for more to come if the situation is not improved. His observations are included in an advisory memo drafted by urban planners, cycling activists, and gested solutions to the current landscape, taking the problem-solving challenge away from the county and limiting the risk of legal action. If you want to talk about a lawsuit, the county and FEC are both equally rethe countys domain, but the resources county has been put on warning about this, both from my letter and police a problematic intersection. cyclists. Frank Calderon, communications manager with the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management, explains to the BT that these notices are interim measures. He notes that Public works and the FEC collaborated on improving pedestrian conditions on the east side of the road by repaving the walkways. Meanwhile, Public Works is coordinating with All Aboard Florida, a passenger train project utilizing FEC rail lines, to implement permanent safety improvements as part of the railroads crossing upgrades, as the railroads design effort progresses. While this collaboration with All Aboard Florida seems to serve the pedestrian community, the bicycling community remains on the shoulder. standard signage for automobiles, given that the tracks are perceived as a bicycling hazard, not a motorist issue. But safe bicycling practice when confronting train tracks is to take them head-on, reducing risk of getting wheels wedged while the countys signs warn riders to maneuver around the tracks, cars may not notice that the riders are about to According to Stiers, these signs punt away county ownership of the problem. no better indication than they put up a sign that washes their hands of liability. If you fall, theres a sign, so the fault is off them. Miami Avenue, and it seems as though county and FEC have recognized and taken responsibility in degrees, and yet the problem apparently still has no distinct owners. Editors note: Adam Schachners crash last July was captured on video, thanks to a GoPro camera attached to his helmet. You can view the incident, and hear his profuse cursFeedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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50 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIGame ChangersBuckle your seatbelts wild ride ahead!By Mark Sell BT ContributorHere in North Miami, 15 days out of pocket can seem like Rip Van Winkles 20 years. The Museum of Contemporary Art sued the city and every council member; city manager Stephen Johnson retired on four days notice to take over the City of Miami Gardens troubled police department, and received a handsome severance package; the developers of Biscayne Landing told the city theyre interested in buying 175 acres of the massive development outright rather than continue with a 200-year ground lease, and revealed they intend to keep 194,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil the city had ordered moved. Thats a lot to stuff into a column, the coming months. To begin making sense of it all as I come off a two-week absence, I resumed my head-clearing ritual: a sunrise jog down 151st Street through the Arch Creek East Preserve nature trail. And yet another change! Next to both pedestrian bridges, orange-helmeted work crews were gathering next to trucks, Caterpillar tractors, and a 30-foot-plus concrete piling that towered like an obelisk. The usual birds, A few spooked residents living along NE 135th Street wondered if Florida International University was taking a stab at widening the trail and turning it into that second, and coveted, car entrance to the campus. Answer: nope. Its okay, folks. Crews are driving those two-foot-wide concrete pilings into the earth to support new pedestrian bridges and double the width to ten feet. Dog walkers, baby strollers, cyclists, and joggers wont have to stop for each other. More important, the bridges will be wide enough to let emergency and maintenance vehicles through a good idea if someone collapses on the trail. Councilman Scott Galvin, a prime mover with former Mayor Kevin Burns to create the trail, issued a Facebook post to calm his constituents. Work should be done by June 30. Now on to the big stuff. MOCA: The citys most immediate issue at this writing is dealing with the lawsuit against the city, citing a litany of abuses, most of them concerning the citys alleged neglect of the museum BT photo by Mark Sell improve TXT MB to 91011for information on arts and events in Miami BeachThe SoundScape Cinema Series is presented by The Marilyn and Edward Gadinsky Charitable Foundation

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building, which it owns. As reported here and elsewhere, the board would like to move the collection to, and partner with, the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. The city will have to respond, and litigation will cost money. Its hard to say how much yet, whether its $50,000 or $200,000. Municipal money is tight, and some of MOCAs board members have deep pockets. So the games on. The city quickly announced a new museum director, Babacar MBow. That requires board approval unlikely at this writing which likely leaves matters at a stalemate, and leaves the appointment a symbolic one for now. By nearly any standards, MBow is a formidable guy with a dazzling rsum. Born in Senegal, he lost an eye to shrapand went on to get a doctorate from the Sorbonne. Last year he founded MultiNE 4th Ave. in Little Haiti; the site is now for rent. Erudite and imposing, MBow is a champion of contemporary African and Cuban art, and would almost certainly add different from the visions of founding director Bonnie Clearwater or MOCAs Stephen Johnson: A day after giving nounced his departure at an extraordinary April 8 city council meeting. His last day was April 11. He has served the city for 30 years, rose to the position of police chief, and won high praise from everyone at the meeting for a job well done. The council voted 3-2 to give him a roughly $60,000 severance, or three months pay which Mayor Lucie Tondreau said was the least we could do. Factor in his accumulated amount was closer to $270,000. Johnson recommended, and Tondreau nominated deputy city manager Lumane Pluviose-Claude to replace Johnson as in terim city manager. But that was shot down Phillipe Bien-Aime versus Tondreau and Marie Steril. The interim job went to public Miami Herald he was surprised. years executive municipal service and a doctorate from Penn State, told the council she would apply for the permanent job, saying, I will compete and I will win. I called the meeting extraordinary for a number of reasons. The issues were big, spent the day with his dying father, and still stayed through the meeting. Perhaps that somber note kept the tone serious, table sharp disagreement was refreshing. Biscayne Landing: Oleta Partners, it is interested in buying 175 acres of Bis cayne Landing from the city, which con trols a ground lease on the land that can go up to 200 years. The city has put up for sale the 14 acres on the southeast corner of 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard. Under prompting from Bien-Aime, that the developers want to keep the con taminated soil that the city had ordered off the property back in November, and put it under paving. He said more than 30 scientists, including the citys own, deemed the soil no threat to human health. This did not sit well with anyone on the council. Bien-Aime asked if the failure to remove the soil was disrespectful of the council, as the city actually owns million to remove soil that posed no discernable threat to people was wasteful and disrespectful. sand times in a thousand different ways, and the soil is still there. Theres no conversation to be had with me, and I dont want to be here ad nauseam into the evening. agenda to agenda, if its not going to go anywhere? riage between Oleta Partners and the City of North Miami remains rocky. But neither party can afford a divorce. Both the developer and city would quickly. The city needs the money, and the more the developers make, the more the city gets. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com DIGITAL www.AllisonAcademy.com AllisonAcademy@AllisonAcademy.com SUCCESS STARTS HERE REGISTER NOW!

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52 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR ASettle Here, Settle Down?A funny thing happens when people come to stay By Jay Beskin BT ContributorThe latest local story in the timehonored genre of celebrities behaving badly involves Justin Bieber, a lad barely old enough to drive who parlayed his nice-kid look and good-enough voice into wealth beyond the dreams of the noble, and popularity within the dreams of the nubile. Now hes sinking fast and becoming the Bad Boy with Big Toys, smashing up cars and breaking womens hearts. In recent months, hes taken to racing fast cars and chasing fast women in South Florida and elsewhere. In one such foray here at the beginning of the year, he managed to exceed the speed limit and the illegal-drugs limit simultaneously, then turned surly with the boys in blue. He found himself in the custody of our constabulary, spending a few hours of his valuable time behind the kinds of bars that do not serve alcohol or drugs, even to majors. Somewhere in that process, the camera caught him with his pants down, prompting an unseemly wave of faux journalists trying to get a glimpse of the photo. All in the name of the peoples right to know, of course. As an attorney, Im not too thrilled when I see citizens lose their privacy in any circumstance. Still, we can hope that the young star learns a lesson before his life gets entirely out of hand. We here in South Florida have watched more than a few celebrities melt down under the lens of our paparazzi. Of course, the ultimate never matched, never rivaled, never equaled, and certainly never surpassed celebritybehaving-badly story happened right here in Aventura. That was back in 1988, when Colorado Sen. Gary Hart was a candidate in the Democratic primary for president. Hed done fairly well (down only 38 1984 but eventually conceded the nod to Walter Mondale, who had served as vice president under Jimmy Carter from 1976-1980. Losing to a former vice president didnt hurt Hart, and he was billed as the favorite for the 1988 nomination. ing companionship outside the bonds of wedlock. He hotly denied the murmurs, and his wife dutifully echoed his pro

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to challenge the press to follow him 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Then sions were his lovely wife and his vision for a more dynamic but equitable country. That played well in Peoria, but some reporters for the Miami Herald in conjunction with some Washington Post stringers, decided to afford him the surveillance he had invited. It turned out he was doing his party ing aboard the Monkey Business an aptly named yacht co-owned by Aventura developer Donald Soffer and docked at the Turnberry Isle Resort marina. The Herald and other publications obtained a picture of Hart at the dock with a Miami-based model, Donna Rice, in his lap. In some quarters, there were hesitations about publishing the photograph, but not at the National Enquirer which ran it on the front page. Hart handled the fallout by blaming the media. All you need to know about how good an idea that was is this: former President Richard Nixon sent him a note tion uncommonly well. Harts political career sank like a stone, and we can only imagine the prison sentence his wife handed out for his offense. No other city in the country being undone by indiscretion. If Bieber has chosen this venue for his undoing, he would seem to have chosen well. Yet when we ponder these episodes, we notice something very interesting. The loids with their Miami vice are not South Florida residents. Theyre outsid ers who show up here in pursuit of the action. Were happy to welcome all tourists; thats why were at the top of the hospitality industry. But all too often, these visitors on our shores overdose on our hospitality and wind up in the hospital. By contrast, we have plenty of celebrities who make their home in South Florida. When you think about it, you realize there are never scandals about their behavior on our beaches or in our clubs. Even when Madonna was the worlds most famous Bad Girl, she was a model citizen when she was at home on Brickell Avenue in Miami. Our local celebs, like Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia, have always been models of proper public comportment. And visitors to Aventura often run into James Caan on the golf course or at the mall, and wind up in a nice family picture with Sonny Corleone. The moral of the story is this: There is place to call home. This is not a den of de bauchery or a red-light district, where too many excesses are green-lighted. Quite the opposite. This is a lovely environment for families and communities. Theres a great sense of beauty set in dignity. People stick together and help each other out, and there is very little tension at the racial fault lines. Over the past 20 years, cities like Las Vegas have tried to create parallel entertainment for families to enjoy. The problem is that the vices are too prevalent and predominant, so the virtues seem out the niceness is natural, and the wildness that crops up at the edges seems more sporadic, episodic, and imported. Our advice to the Justin Biebers of the world is to embrace the energy here in a healthier way. You can come here and enjoy nice homes and nice cars, great music, and beaches with an animating pulse. Theres a way to go about all of this out drag racing through residential streets, without unleashing a string of expletives Theres a way to get your picture into the Miami Herald in a pleasant way, without a National Enquirer The correct way to accomplish all these goals is to buy a home and settle be neath our leafy umbrella of tropical palms. Here there is no winter and the views are all of paradise. Just remember who gets to enjoy paradise for the long term: the folks who make the commitment. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com 50 PARK DRIVE # 4, BAL HARBOUREnjoy your 1/1 home in the heart of safe and secure Bal Harbour. Walk to beach. Private community with security guards and lush greenery. Renovated unit with tile oors all through, open kitchen with granite countertops, double oven. 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54 Neighborhood Correspondents: UPPER EASTSIDEWelcome to Little Amsterdam!A columnist discovers he lives in Miamis red-light districtBy Ken Jett BT ContributorFour years ago, our decision to call the Upper Eastside home was based on its diversity. The mlange of residents brings a cohesive identity to the community, which prides itself on a broad mix of people, accounting for more liberal and tolerant attitudes. Until recently, though, I hadnt considered the depth and breadth of that tolerance. Ive been astonished to learn that the Upper Eastside apparently accepts that people may be into prosti tution, drugs, pornography, and public sex. Yes, folks gay, straight, and oth erwise, a lot of sex is happening in the alleyways, streets, booths, and rooms of the Upper Eastside. Were Miamis red-light district! Neighborhood prostitutes, strip clubs, sex stores, motels that rent by the hour, and ease of access to drugs and quickies have brought this notoriety. Residents in the central corridor may clamor to gain recognition as Little Haiti, but Id say the time is ripe for the Upper Eastside to petition for the title Little Amsterdam. One doesnt have to live here to notice strip clubs like Wonderland and Take 1. Longtime residents will tell you that Won derland was once the Pussycat Club, and AutoZone the former famous Playboy Club. Our prostitutes are easily recognizable by residents and visitors alike youve got to be visible if you want the business, right? MiMo has ample motels to cater to the trade. We also have one of the largest concentrations of registered sex offenders in Miami, several of whom wander the neighborhoods daily as transients. Once I hit upon the realization that were Miamis red-light district, several businesses Club Boi, Tokyo Valentino, Jamboree, and Lambda Passages, for starters drew my interest. A nondescript building on NE 79th Street, Club Boi promises an urban ripped dance boys (or is that bois?) of color. Its website features the troupes physical assets, often up close and personal with happy male and female patrons. With its limited hours of operation, I have yet to experience one of the clubs featured events. Tokyo Valentino, whose storefront is loaded with sexual enhancements and novelty items, doesnt discriminate gay classicalsouthorida.orgClassical Music. Its In Our Nature.Just like all of us, classical music lives and breathes. Make it part of your lifestyle. Tune to Classical South Florida on the radio or online. Its in your nature.

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or straight, all are welcome. The store has 16 video booths that allow space for an additional friend. It also boasts four oversize rooms with huge leather pads on platforms, large enough for an entire wrestling team to practice their moves. (Could the space offer an alternative con gregation place for the guys on our side streets who are often seen with our ladies of the Boulevard?) Two pool tables and vending machines ensure sustenance and recreation during your visit. The place doesnt sell or show porn. It does, however, offer access to its lost and found, which contains re-labeled porn, coded for easy deciphering for visitor insertion into the DVD play ers within the booths. Hint: straights will enjoy the horses head labels; gays I mention there are youth mentoring programs next door?) Tokyo Valentino is clean and spotless, one must admit. On the other hand, it has only recently reopened after battling the city in court over the nature of its business. Is it adult entertainment? Tokyo Valentinos owner swears it is not, and with that pledge received the necessary operating permits. The Jamboree Lounge is not new. In fact, it is touted as Miamis oldest gay bar (one Yelp reviewer labeled it Miamis oldest gay sleaze bar but adds that this is clearly what its meant to be, and as such is an obvious success as the numbers of loyal patrons to it are a clear testament.) Theres a small outdoor area in back that has also made it to the Yelp reviews. Only beer and wine are served, with beer being cheap at $4 per bottle. opening of a door leading out to the patio area, which seems to have been an outdoor bar in a previous life. The wooden structures, from makeshift bar to bench seats to planters, all have the appearance of aged, junior-high shop projects. A canopy covers most of the area, offering shade and further darkening the space at night. The fence has been raised higher and features landscape fabric for privacy. I went in the early evening as darkness was falling, and it didnt take long to see the action unfold. Things were getting so hot in one corner that I had to purchase another cold beer. There was lot of groping and cruising, some of which I imagined was provided to ensure that patrons left as happy customers. Lambda Passages was once a gay pride bookstore that also sold porn, but it has since caved to become a gay porn store offering only porn and sex toys. Gone is the legitimate gay literature. Vintage porn magazines, DVDs, personal lubricants, and toys are the mainstays here now. Given the sad offerings within Tokyo Valentinos lost-and-found, I would recom mend starting at Lambda Passages to pur chase your DVD. From there, you can stop in for a cheap beer and pick up a buddy at Jamboree. Leave early because the mosquitos on the patio can be problematic. Continue to Tokyo Valentino to view your video and romp with your buddy. When youve done all that you can, go on over to Club Boi to see if you did it right. With the advent of social networking apps like Grindr, GROWLr, and Scruff, coupled with the ubiquity of Internet porn, Im surprised these establishcapabilities associated with these apps, I could even, if I wanted, check to see when my neighbors are looking for some warm company. Maybe these places stay remain anonymous? Did you know about our status as Miamis red-light district? And if these places are not zoned for adult entertain ment, what are we supposed to call them? Its the citys responsibility to assist new businesses as they seek licenses for and-found or beyond the velvet curtain. Occasional stings for prostitutes result in arrests, but such efforts are few and far between. Drug baggies and other para phernalia litter our streets, yet the hands they fall from are unknown. All of this leads to a convergence of evidence and circumstance, suggesting the city unwit tingly promotes and tacitly condones these activities. Its as if the city responds just enough to appease the Puritans with out challenging the PC crowd. your lanterns, and hang them on your lampposts. You live in Miamis redlight district! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com ZACHARY BELILMy only purpose is to deliver exceptional service and successful results. Call me today for all of your real estate needs.917.319.4627 | zachary.belil@elliman.comSpecializing in the neighborhoods of

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56 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA M I SHORE SRe tail Rights and WrongsCustomer service counts, sometimes even more than priceBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorThis time last May, I was in need of dishes for some cookbook shoots. (Yes, my labor of love, Mango University Press of Florida.) Instead of that would not detract from the food, I de cided to browse the antiques and collect carry mid-century modern styles. Though the Art Deco, carnival glass, and other assorted designs could, with suited the book, which is tilted toward the owner at least half a dozen times for selections, which included some whimsical back in an hour because it would take him glassware myself in about ten minutes, ting in touch with me, he wrote, because his salesman had failed to charge me for he felt I now owed him, with tax, and a work in retail, and the consensus was so you could attend a funeral you eat it. knew someday I would write about it, he would ever see of my money. Visit our contemporary Lighting Showroom 305.423.0017

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This time, it was at a clothing store called Vintage Revenge that was plastered with handwritten Store Closing 40% Off signs. Not only can I not resist vintage anything, I am true to my tribe and cant pass up a sale. So I stopped in and, after some consideration some of the merchandise had holes or stains, so I had to look carefully I decided on three pieces, including two Anna Sui tops from the 1980s. Thats when the owner, oddly harried from having to answer the door for her customers (shed throw up her hands and shout, Oh my god, I cant believe this! any time someone rang her bell and interrupted her from sorting the piles of clothing on a couch), lost the device she used to remove the security tags from the clothing. I was the third customer she asked to come back for the goods after Id paid for them. But I was leaving for Colorado the next day, so I asked her that if she couldnt locate the device by then, to hold them for me. This threw her into another tizzy, and she swore up and down before the day was out. She did. I had just gotten back home to the Shores when the phone rang. She had found the security removal machine and I could come back and get my clothing. I waited an hour, then drove back down south to Vintage Revenge. Now, if I worked retail, I would have made sure that the clothes were wrapped and ready, and could be handed to the customer as soon as she walked in the door. But the owner didnt do that. In fact, she hadnt bothered to remove the tags that had caused the while Id found her misplacement of the necessary item somewhat amusing, if inconwas not amused when, upon opening the door for me, she promptly misplaced the thing again, and I had to wait 30 more minutes Both of these owners would have left a better taste in my mouth had they followed the charming New Orleans tradition of lagniappe. Other places have adopted it, too; for instance, Bagels and Company on Biscayne Boulevard commonly drops in a 13th bagel when you buy a dozen. Lagniappe is a pretty helpful practice to perform for a customer who has been greatly inconvenienced, but its also simply a gesture of goodwill. Shores Pasta, a new offering in downtown Miami Shores located almost directly across from Proper Sausages, gifted me when I stopped in on opening day to buy some lasagna, meatballs, and marinara sauce. Sensing my interest in the store, the owners threw in a bag of their It was truly delicious, and I greatly appreciated the thoughtfulness. Still, I dont require a freebie to frequent a store. Another new neighborhood specialty market, also located in Miams Upper Eastside, Flavorish Market, drew me in with its foodie vibe: a Norman Van Aken book signing. Indeed, cookbooks adorn one wall, and related books pop up on ethnically or culturally themed table displays of products. Not only will having a local source of cookbooks keep me coming back, but so will its local, handmade products, which range from Zak the Baker bread to Mimis ravioli. Most important, perhaps, I enjoyed the friendliness of this Shoresowned shop. On a recent Sunday, the gentleman behind the counter pointed out his personal favorites, and I happily followed his lead and purchased them for dinner that evening. Flavorish also prepares homereplacement meals and offers delivery. It sounds silly, I suppose, but the next time Ive run out of Baleine sea salt or coffee beans for the next mornings brew, I know who to call. Ditto for the Fridayero paleta from PopNature. Im pretty sure Ill get what I ordered right way, without a follow-up, no extra charge. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Continuing Education& Professional DevelopmentSchool of 305-936-2585www.mdc.edu/ce/northMiami Dade College provides you with on-site education for your business: English and foreign languages with an emphasis on industry-specific terminology, customer service, industry certifications, workforce training/skill development and communication skills. We customize training solutions to satisfy your corporate needs and develop your business potential. For more information, contact Patricia Beck: Phone: 305-936-2585 Email: pbeck@mdc.eduFOREIGN LANGUAGES CONVERSATIONENGLISH AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGECOURSES FOR CHILDREN TEST PREPARATION ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT CENTER FOR KIDS LEGO ROBOTICS PROGRAM CLASSES START May 10, 2014 Register NOW!AVENTURA CENTER20445 Biscayne Blvd., Suite H6, Aventura, FL 33180 Empower your employees. Develop your business. Lagniappe is helpful for a customer who has been inconvenienced, but its also simply a gesture of goodwill.

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58 Culture: THE ARTSThree Shows, One Broad ViewMajor exhibits featuring artists from Africa and its diaspora hit Miami, revealing the globalized nature of contemporary artBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorFrom a distance, the immense wall hangings in the Bass Museum of Art look like tapestries, brightly colored cloth drapes with a metallic sheen. Move in closer, and the spectacular nature of the works of El Anatsui become apparent. Theyre woven not from thread, but from thousands minum bottle tops and labels from liquor bottles, sewn together with metal wiring. They form Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works major solo museum show in the United States from the Ghana native (the exhibit premired at the Akron Art Museum, and had stops in Des Moines and Brooklyn before coming to the Bass). The reuse of found bottle tops and scrap metal has both a universal resonance in our overly polluted age, and one special to West Africa. Recycling there is more than a hobby and often a means of survival; and the connection between the slave and liquor trades is not ancient history. Up at MOCA, another solo show features an internationally renowned artist with African roots, Wangechi Mutu. Born in Kenya, but a longtime New York resident, Mutu explores gender, identity, and race in her drawings and collages. Originating at the Nasher Museum at Duke University and recently at the Brooklyn Museum, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey includes more than 50 works from the 1990s to the presThe version currently at MOCA creates environment where things seems to be sprouting and morphing. The walls are covered in dark gray wool packing blankets in fact and a few sculptures also covered in the material shoot up panties, like a swamp-tree blooming. But her collaged paintings are the main draw, depicting female creatures that are at once grotesque and otherworldly. There are references to fertility symbols and what could be an African landscape, combined with futuristic contraptions and nods to 21st-century fashion. It is in these depic tions that Mutu addresses the black female form, in particular, something that has been a source of derision and pride since the colonial and slave eras. Placing centrality on the female form, Wangechi Mutus provocative body of work imagines hybrid creatures and sur real landscapes that comment on com mercialism, globalization, and cultural norms, writes Alex Gartenfeld, MOCAs interim director and chief curator. Over at the Prez Art Museum Miami is Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. Unlike the other two exhibits, this show overall does not include famous names; part of its mission is to highlight art that has gone under the radar in previous decades and centuries from the Haitian Revolution to the present. This exhibit, also from New York, was organized over several years by El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. Here it in cludes 150 pieces, ranging from sculpture and video to painting and photography, multitudinous cultures and histories. This exhibition does a great job of opening up a much larger and more inclu sive conversation about art from the region, including art that emerges from European, ences, says PAMMs associate curator, Diana Nawi. It helps to shift attention onto a range of works, both geographical and historical, that we might not have the opportunity to see in dialogue together, especially in the United States. But it is often the African-based origins to much of the work that remain unmistak able. Some of these are more obvious than others. Countries like Haiti and Jamaica, along with most of the English-speaking

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islands, have overwhelmingly majority black populations. So any representational paintings, photography, or video will likely include black faces. For instance, one of the more prominent artists in the exhibit, Jamaicas Rene Cox, is represented by her dramatic self-portrait Queen Nanny of the Maroons her dread locks are set off against the bright red Brit ish Army uniform she wears. (Queen Nanny, who was brought from Ghana to Jamaica in the late 1600s, became a folk hero and leader of the Maroons; named in 1976 as a Jamaican National Hero, her face is on the $500 Jamaican bill. Maroons were escaped slaves in Jamaica who formed communities of free men and women in the countrys mountainous interior.) In Haiti, the unique voudou religion based on Yoruba traditions is an everyday artwork. In Spanish-speaking countries, such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the mainland countries that rim the are also apparent, in references to religious traditions, music, totems, mystical entities. And like the work of Anatsui and from traditional sources, but also from the world of international commerce, the Internet, and pop culture. Trying to shoehorn any of them into an exclusive heritage or ethnic category is simplistic and inaccurate. In the notes to the Bass Museum show, Venice for the Biennale more than 20 years ago, he was called an African artist. Now he is known simply as an artist. To underscore that point, all these shows were chosen individually by each museum there was no coordinated effort or overarching theme, such as a heritage month, that brought these shows here. Silvia Karman Cubia, director and chief curator of the Bass, says the international respect these artists landscape that has been developing for decades. She says they wanted the El Anatsui exhibit because he is a great artist, not because he is a minority or representative of a culture. What she thinks is most important is that the multicultural, multidisciplinary state of contemporary art is starting to be represented in its best form here in Miami. I think were seeing a level of maturity here, she says. It suggests that important shows want to come to Miami. We had Ai Wei Wei [at PAMM], Tracey Emin [at MOCA] just in the last half-year. Perhaps now were more part of the dialogue. Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui runs through August 10 at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.bassmuseum.org. Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey runs through July 6 at MOCA, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; mocanomi.org. Caribbean: Crossroads of the World runs through August 17 at PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; pamm.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Funkalicious Fruit Field Queen Nanny of the Maroons

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60 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN DISTRICT ART + DESIGN NIGHT GALLERIESALBERTO LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-286-7355 www.albertolinerogallery.com Through June 30: El tiempo y el espacio en la escultura de Jimenez Deredia by Jimenez Deredia ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through June 7: Painted/Stacked by Russell Maltz AREVALO GALLERY 151 NE 40th St., Ste 200, Miami 305-860-3311 www.arevalogallery.com May 5 through June 30: Karen Rifas ART NOUVEAU GALLERY 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaumiami.com Through July 24: Art Lab by Arturo Quintero 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 May 10 through June 8: Symbiotic Promise by Ernesto Kunde Recently Acquired V with Pamela Palma, Troy Simmons, Ted VanCleave, Valeria Yamamoto, and Harvey Zipkin BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL 122 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse Through May 31: The Fortress by Ana Mendez BLACK SQUARE GALLERY 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com Through May 5: Paper Work with Joana Bruessow Fischer, Jorge Chirinos Sanchez, Kyu-Hak Lee, Pablo Lehmann, and Tony Vazquez 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through June 15: Mi-No with various artists BUTTER GALLERY 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 305-303-6254 www.buttergallery. com Ongoing: HOX by Douglas Hoekzema Sym City by Yuri Tuma CAROL JAZZAR ART 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www.cjazzart.com Call gallery for exhibition information CURATORS VOICE 299 NW 25th St., Miami 305-502-5624 www.curatorsvoice. com Through May 17: Obliques Perspectives with various artists DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www. davidcastillogallery. com Through May 10: Metabolic Bodies with Sanford Biggers, Adler Guerrier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Quisqueya Henriquez, Susan LeeChun, Pepe Mar, Robert Melee, and Wendy White May 15 through July 5: Dollars & 6 Dimes by Sanford Biggers DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 Through June 6: Your Forest for My Trees by Michael Scoggins and Alex Gingrow 100 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net Call gallery for exhibition information 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com Through May 30: Towards the Sky Again, 1997-2011 by Colleen Plumb DOT FIFTYONE GALLERY 187 NW 27th St., Miami 305-573-9994 May 8 through July 5: Reverse, Rewriting Culture with Consuelo Castaeda, David Rohn, Eduardo Rivera Salvatierra, Fernando Bayona Gonzalez, Jonathan Wahl, Juan Pablo Ballester, Nereida Garcia-Ferraz, and Fernando Garcia 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.emersondorsch.com May 17 through July 31: We Float Above to Spit and Sing by Michael Jones McKean Cast Set by Cara Despain FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com Through May 10: The Sky on the Floor by Alexander Kroll GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com Through May 10: by Bhakti Baxter GUCCIVUITTON 8375 NE 2nd Ave., Miami www.guccivuitton.net Through May 31: The Look with Gabriel Bien-Aime, Murat Brierre, Lafortune Felix, Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, Guyodo, Georges Liautaud, Marron et Masque, Tomm El-Saieh, Serge Toussaint, Robert St. Brice, and Rick Ulysse JUAN RUIZ GALLERY 301 NW 28th St., Miami 786-310-7490 www.juanruizgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 223 NW 26th St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary. com Through July 31: En blanco y negro with Antonio Asis, Carla Arocha and Stephane Schraenen, Jorge Pedro Nuez, Paulo Castro, Sigfredo Chacon, and Adriana Jebeleanu KAVACHNINA 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-209-0278 www.kavachnina.com Through May 10: Motion City by Esteban Leyva KELLEY ROY GALLERY 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery.com Through June 7: Red Wolf 2300 N Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 www.galerieleliamordoch.com May 8 through June 28: Lim Dong-Lak 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org May 3 through June 14: Exhaustion by Justin Beal and Jesse Willenbring Performative Intimacy by David Jang 122 NE 11th St., Miami 305-521-8520 www.michaeljongallery.com May 31 through June 21: Surfboard by Yann Gerstberger After Heade: Humming Birds #2 1160 Kane Concourse, Suite 100-B Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154www.balharborbouari.com305-397-8841 305-397-8842 Come in for a FREE Consultation and get a FREE Vitamin B-12 shotBy Appointment Only.HCG Injectable 25 Days $329(reg. $549)HCG Oral 25 Days $299(reg. $439)Expires 7/31/2014 Get Ready For This SummerLose Weight!Lose 10-20 pounds in 25 Days!!Both HCG Programs Include:

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Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY 172 NW 24th St., Miami 786-953-6917 www.mindysolomon.com May 8 through July 26: Mythmaker by Marc Burckhardt NNAMDI CONTEMPORARY GALLERY 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 786-332-4736 www.nnamdicontemporary.com May 10 through June 14: Window Seat with Ed Clark, Frank Bowling, Deborah Dancy, Gary Kulak, Gregory Coates, Allie McGhee, Antonio Carreo, Nanette Carter, Neha Vedpathak, Robert Colescott, Rashid Johnson, Lucy Slivinski, Thornton Willis, and Al Loving 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through June 21: Edouard Duval-Carri PRIMARY PROJECTS 151 NE 7th St., Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com Through June 20: The Castle Dismal by Christina Pettersson SPINELLO PROJECTS 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI GALLERY 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Ste 4, Miami 305-284-3161 www.as.miami.edu/art May 6 through 23: Amalgam by Eddy A. Lopez WYNWOOD WALLS NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 www.thewynwoodwalls.com Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with various artists ZADOK GALLERY 2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-438-3737 www.zadokgallery.com Through May 25: Fiction of the Fabricated Image by Seon Ghi BahkMUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITSARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www.artcentersf.org May 3 through July 6: Flight: Aloft in the Everglades with Wendy Call, Lisa Elmaleh, Naomi Fisher, Gustavo Matamoros, Adam Nadel, Trong Nguyen, Rebecca Reeve, Nathaniel Sandler, and Susan Silas, curated by Deborah Mitchell 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www.artcentersf.org Through June 15: Radio Miami with various artists, curated by Rosell Meseguer and Glexis Novoa BASS MUSEUM OF ART 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through July 20: Vanitas: Fashion and Art with various artists Through August 10: Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380 www.cifo.org Call gallery for exhibition information DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112 www.delacruzcollection.org Ongoing: Looking at Process: Works from the Collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz with various artists FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST ART MUSEUM 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 Through June 22: Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art with various artists Through August 3: Sustenazo (Lament II) by Monika Weiss May 7 through June 29: Tradition by Philippe Dodard 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through June 1: Lise Drost MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART + DESIGN Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 www.mdcmoad.org Through May 4: A Narrative of an Artist Exploring Capitalism by Tatiana Vahan Through July 12: Permanent Art Collection with various artists Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Foundation with various artists MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-6211 www.mocanomi.org Through May 11: Video Container: Museum as Method with Bernadette Corporation, Loretta Fahrenholz, Harun Farocki, Andrea Fraser, Dan Graham, General Idea, William E. Jones, Maha Maamoun, Danny McDonald, and Seth Price Through July 6: Flat Rock by Virginia Overton A Fantastic Journey by Wangechi Mutu PREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-375-3000 www.pamm.org Through May 25: A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry with various artists For Those in Peril on the Sea by Hew Locke Through July 27: Image Search: Photography from the Collection with various artists Through August 17: Caribbean: Crossroads of the World with various artists Through August 31: Imagined Landscapes by Edouard Duval-Carri Through September 28: Monika Sosnowska THE MARGULIES COLLECTION 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www.margulieswarehouse.com Call gallery for exhibition information THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through August 1: Chinese: 28 Contemporary Chinese Artists at the Rubell Family Collection with various artists THE WOLFSONIAN FIU 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 305-535-2622 www.wolfsonian.org Through May 18: Bust of a Doctor by Gideon Barnett Echoes and Origins: Italian Interwar Design with various artists Through June 15: Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata by A. G. Santagata The Birth of Rome with various artists Through August 31: BUMMER with various artists, curated by Todd Oldham Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com Melissas PickMiami artist Christina Pettersson explores her love of Southern Gothic in her newest exhibition The Castle Dismal. The exhibition features Petterssons large-scale, intricately rendered graphite drawings steeped in literature and lore, juxtaposing sensual fantasy with scenes of decay, while showcasing her love of the deep South. Not content with relegating her love to the formal gallery space, the artist will play host to a series of off-site events throughout the month coinciding with her exhibition, including a dinner, ghost tour, and masquerade. Contact rsvp@primaryprojectspace.com for more information. Melissa Wallen The Terrible Knowing & Not Knowing

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62 Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR Culture: EVENTS CALENDARSomethings in the WaterAs part of the reconquista a Catholic king defeats the caliphate of Crdoba, ending centuries of Islamic rule and ushering in a era that saw Spain ultimately threaten and expel its Jews and Muslims. The creative minds at Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores) have Everybody Drinks the Same Water When the monarch drinks the water and becomes ill, blame falls on the Muslims until the water supply sickens everyone. Intolerance is the real poison, but only an interfaith through June 1; matinees and evening shows; $25. A street fair inspired by medi eval Crdoba opens the event on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 6:00 p.m. www. mtcmiami.org.Love That GrooveIts time for the 11th annual Love-In: Party in the Park at Greynolds Park (17530 W. Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach). The rock n roll of the Sixties and Seventies is now considered just oldfashioned fun and a perfect antidote to some of the citys noisier music fests. Look for craft beers, food and art vendors, a period costume contest, and classic car show. Starting at 11:00 a.m. and going until 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 4 lay out your blanket, unpack the Frisbees, and groove to the likes of headliner Eddie Money (yeah, Two Tickets To Paradise baby). General admission is $25 at the entrance; www.miamipartyinthepark.com.Film Fest Offers a Mainland VenueThe Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival held this year from Friday, May 2 through Saturday, May 10 used to be the exclusive domain of Miami Beach, but cultural life is shifting across the bay. O-Cinema Miami Shores (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores) To Be Takei about George Takei of Star Trek fame; the comedic an Italian (subtitled) tale of a haunted apartment; The Case Against 8 nias same-sex marriage ban; Snails in the Rain (subtitled), a drama about identity set in for all shows and times go to www.o-cinema. org; www; mglff.org.Emerging Artists Series ReturnsMiami Light Projects Here & Now has developed into a key incubator for performing arts, and this years series looks especially strong. Abel Cornejos theater piece derives from a plane hijacking from the U.S. to Cuba in the 1970s; Ana Mendezs performance combines the world of the Everglades with music from take a torn-from-the-headlines story about a Keys man who undergoes sexual reassignment therapy. It runs Thursday, May 8, through Saturday, May 17 at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami; at 8:00 pm., tickets cost $10. For complete schedule, go to miamilightproject.com.Cuisines of Haitian Heritage MonthThe 2014 Taste of Haiti will last three days and features a fundraising gala and a Mothers Day brunch in Broward, part of Haitian Heritage Month. But the main event takes place on the MOCA Plaza (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) on Saturday, May 9 Chefs will cook up Haitian recipes at various booths, accompanied by live music and a kids corner, from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. The MOCA event is free, but you can splurge for a $30 VIP ticket, which includes unlimited beer and wine; www.tasteofhaitiusa.com.Concert for a Concert Piano Slavic and Austro-Hungarian cultures, along with traditional Balkan sounds, and this unique output, along with works by American composers, can be heard during Miami for Piano featuring Serbian pianist Marta Brankovich and guests. The concert, on Thursday, May 15 at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., Aventura) at 8:00 p.m. is also a fundraiser that has toured other Euro pean and U.S. cities. Kolarac, the famed concert hall of Belgrade that once hosted has fallen on hard times and needs a new concert piano. For $30 to $37, it seems a small price; www.AventuraCenter.org.Orchid Euphoria!Although found all over the globe, orchids, it seems, are becoming synonymous with South Florida. Appropriately, the Redland International Orchid Festival has grown to be the largest of its kind in the nation, this year taking place over three days from Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18 at Fruit & Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead). There will be more than orchid growers and information about the plants; an American Orchid Societyjudged best-of-orchids contest; orchidraising lectures and hands-on demonstra tions, and walking tours of the park. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and only $10; www. redlandorchidfestival.org. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com A Bounty of BotanicalsAs part of National Public Gardens Day Fairchild Tropi will open its doors at a discounted rate ($10 off regular admission prices). From 7:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. on Friday, May 9 you can visit the 83 acres of lush plant life, inand Edible Garden, and take 45-minute guided walking tours that begin at 7:45 a.m. with a birdwatching stroll, and narrated tram tours; www.fairchildgarden.org. Catch the Boukman ExperienceDont miss the latest chance to catch the great Haitian roots ( rasin ) group Boukman Eksperyans, during Big Night in Little Haiti on Friday, May 16 as part groups to combine Haitian sounds with reggae and rock, a sound thats heard everywhere today. The band has deep political and cultural roots in Haiti, but when they return to Miami, its almost like a home coming. From 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr., Miami); free. The night also features kreyol cuisine and liquid refresh ments; www.rhythmfoundation.com. Grafti: A Local HistoryTheres a solid local history to Some Like It Hot and Concrete Par adise at HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St., Miami) provide a colorful and insightful framework to this ongoing works by Miami natives; the second documents the modernist concrete Marine Stadium on Virginia Key, long neglected since its closure in 1992, but accumulated over the years. Both run through Sunday, May 31 ; $8; www. historymiami.org.

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Columnists: PICTURE STORYBy Paul S. George Special to the BTThe Florida Store, Burdines was an early Miami success story. Founder William Burdine moved his family and dry goods business from Bartow to Miami in 1898. His tiny store on Avenue D (todays S. Miami Avenue) quickly outgrew its location, moving to 12th Street (todays E. Flagler Street) in the early 1900s. By 1912, the rapidly growing departby young Roddey Burdine, new leader of William Burdine and Son and a merchandising genius, following Williams death in 1911. Burdines became one of the Souths topgrossing department stores by the mid-1920s. Soon there were additional stores, including Burdines Boulevard Shops, seen here, in 1929, on the newly extended Biscayne Boule vard near NE 14th Street. president, explained that it was designed to provide a convenient and accessible location for Miamians who go shopping in their cars, residents of Miami Beach, the Miramar, and northeast sections, and Burdines many customers who come here from various other Florida cities to shop. The building, with striking Art Deco details, was designed by Vladimir Virrick and Robert Law Weed. But the stores opening coincided with the beginning of the Great Depression, and business slowed, prompting its closure in 1932. The Sears Roebuck store, sitting next door, incorporated the Boulevard Shops into its store. It remained a part of Sears until that stores closing in the early way for the Adrienne Arsht Center. In 2005, Macys, like Burdines a part of the large Federated Department than 50 statewide Burdines stores. To order a copy of this photo, please contact HistoryMiami archives manager Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@historymiami.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami 1989-011-24493 MTCs talented company members will lead students on a fun-lled artistic adventure. Students explore self-expression and work together to develop an original production for the camps nal performance. 9 am4 pm Ages 6 $625 per session rfrnnt MIAMI, FLORIDA MONSIGNOR EDWARD PACE HIGH SCHOOL G R A T I A E T V E R I T A S beautiful 56 18 Monsignor Edward Pace High SchoolEnroll Today!Be a part of the Spartan tradition!Online at www.pacehs.com/admissions @PaceSpartans We are PACE! Partners Academics Catholic EmpowermentBurdines: Gone Physically and CorporatelyA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiami

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64 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatCompiled by Derek McCannNo Rest for the Leering400 Block of NE 73rd Street Victim and his wife headed to the store around 1:30 p.m. One would think that a 90-minute shopping trip to get home supplies in the middle of the day wouldnt be a problem, but apparently it can be an opportunity for those who wait, ready to waylay folks on Miami autopilot. The owner returned to see the Locking ones front door is not enough, apparently. The perpetrator stole three badges, and two pillowcases. No leads in this case, but a rueful reminder that the neighborhood watch also includes our criminal neighbors.HR Needed for Incidents Like These900 Block of NE 82nd Street Getting work can be a relief, but sometimes the boss will still cut corners to reduce costs. This contract employee was told to enter a toolshed and remove items behind a home. The rightful owner did not take a liking to this and ordered him to return the items. Maybe after breaking the lock and removing the door from the hinge, the new employee should have known better. He escaped the work scene in his Chevy Tahoe, likely knowing his potential bail money would not be tax deductible, let alone help him on future background checks.Procrastinations Victims6400 Biscayne Blvd. If you have surveillance cameras and they are not functioning, it might be prudent to have them repaired quickly. In this case, repair was delayed, as one of the work trucks of a business was parked inside the locked facility. That vehicle was burglarized. Police could not process the crime scene because management compromised it, so there really is no chance of any success in pinpointing the culprit. Perhaps an opportunistic employee saw a system breakdown? No way of telling, but victim sloth can certainly be an invitation to slippery greed.Timeless Stupidity in the Information Age100 Block of NE 70th Street Cell phones have become a strange necessity in our modern era, so if you buy one for your girlfriend, dont expect to get it back like this dolt did. She refused his demands after taking a liking to the latest apps, so he made a decision to break her doorknob. He later e-mailed her, threatening to withhold child support and steal her laptop that day. He did follow through later that night after victim left for a few locked facility. That vehicle was burglarized.

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hours, as he burglarized the home. So his e-mailed confession will likely get him an overnight stay downtown, but with no doorknob to break this time. Maybe he could develop his own app that disables the send button on his outbox.In Other Words, I Have License to Steal200 Block of NE 17th Street nature called and he had to use the restroom. He asked a seemingly kindly bartender to watch his equipment, which he had now placed in a bag. Frankly, he would have been better served to bring it into the stall and when he returned, all his stuff was gone. The bartender dryly replied that he was not responsible for victims belongings. He is not, of course only his own. Bartender is likely making his own home movies now with his shiny new camera equipment the spoils of being around drunks. His Personal Treasure Chest ViolatedNE 5th Street and N. Miami Avenue If you are female, you know where you put your valuables should you really need them. Men may not have the cleavage, but they have the old standby trick at their disposal. Victim fell asleep at a bus bench but placed his cell phone between his legs. Surely, a pickpocket will draw the line at reaching into victims treasures. There is dignity. Well, those particular treasures did remain, but the cell phone was gone when victim woke up. If he felt something moving in dreamland, it was quite a costly dream.A Day in the Life of a Miami Convenience Store200 Block of NE 79th Street Some people love to return items to a store after sampling a product, but there are limits. Returning a used phone card is akin to returning used toilet paper, woman was denied her senseless request, she became unhinged, screaming profanities and throwing things around the store. She had the temerity to grab several cases of beer, and then stood on top of those cases so she could grab the cash fell out and she took it, running out of the store. Owner was understandably shaken, but in this area, the incident is apparently akin to spilled coffee on an oak boardroom desk in other parts of that, would he not?If You Allegedly Steal from Target, Maybe You Should Take the Bus3401 N. Miami Ave. So in the lifespan of a criminal (or anyone who has the audacity to question police when they randomly scream at you), one can be in that police car one moment and, in the next, need police help. This is part of the co-dependency of the system, as this arrestee was released from jail and later found his bicycle had been stolen outside of Target. Police were kind enough to create a report at his request. With luck like this, it may be time to bus out of town.Kind Waiter, Dumb Waiter, Bad Patron6700 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Victim charged her cell phone in an open outlet at this restaurant and went back to his meal and headed out to the street. The waiter, wanting to be kind and virtuous, grabbed the charging phone thinking it belonged to this patron. It did not, but it did not stop that person from taking it. So you eat at a restaurant and have the funds, but you willingly take what does not belong to you. No arrests have been made, but we feel for that waiter (and victim). Virtue has been restuff we dont have to pay for.I Know I Can Change Him5700 Block of Biscayne Boulevard After having $57 stolen from him, this victim gave his sleepover friend another chance. Of course, libido played a role here, as second chances at great sex can diminish common sense. This time, the hijinks led to $100 being stolen (dou bling his investment), and an iPad for good measure. Victim did do a police report this time; maybe that can serve as a manipulative love letter to start Round 3. Make sure that kitchen sink is welded down. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com COMPLETE BUSINESS SERVICES 12555 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33181-2597 Tel: 305-895-6974 | Fax: 305-891-2045 Email: ppspost@earthlink.net T.M.Est. 1980

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66 Columnists: PARK PATROLWhere the Wild Things WereAt Pinecrest Gardens, the raucous lure of Parrot Jungle remainsBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorSome ghosts are hard to kill, and some places refuse to give up their ghosts, even when the place had little to do with reality to begin with. Such is the case with the late Parrot Jungle. The parrots are gone, but the jungle and the cages remain at what long-time residents insist on calling the old Parrot Jungle. Parrot Jungle was classic early Florida roadside tourism, with cockatoos riding miniature bicycles and macaws posing with girls in bikinis. Its new incarnation, Pinecrest Gardens, is more like a community center for the upper middle class. For anyone who lives outside the Village of Pinecrest, its new incarnation just doesnt have the same appeal as an unruly jungle full of raucous parrots. The community-based gardens and historical landmark isnt boring or pointless; its just a bit tame. It gets respectably spicy during its winter season of for $5 you can catch Goodfellas or The Rocky Horror Picture Show Kids under 12 can romp around in their bathing suits in the splash n play area, and a few steps away theres a petting zoo with, among other friendly animals, an immense pot-bellied pig. That gray pig is one big roly-poly ball of pork. The parks community center vibe was on full display during a visit in late April, when the CLEO Institute (Client Leadership Engagement Opportunities), based in Pinecrest, hosted a climate readiness rally for local environmentalists (including yours truly). Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, an outspoken advocate for addressing climate change, spoke to the crowd of 200 about the need to force Congress to wake up from its climate-denying slumber. His tour of Southern states culminated at the Pinecrest Gardens event, where the crowd vowed to vote out the deniers. The Banyan Bowl amphitheater is the perfect stage for the gardens many festivals and performances during the school year. Events in May include several performances of The Jungle Book with song and choreography from the movie, and a Memorial Medley concert featuring Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue and lively works by Sousa, Cohan, and others; the park website lists ticket prices and show times. The biggest draw is the year-round farmers market, often touted as the areas best. Open Sundays from 9:00 from its proximity to the regions fruit and vegetable basket near Homestead. Unlike more urban markets, here you might actually meet a farmer. In addition, you can buy artisanal breads, soaps and candles, beverages, plants and trees, local honey, and ready-to-eat foods. Weekends offer the best times to visit Pinecrest Gardens because the weekday even by Miami standards. Located south of the University of Miami, the area lacks access to convenient highways, and the cars back up one after another after another, like turtles migrating through molasses. Speaking of turtles, Pinecrest Gardens has many ectotherms scattered around its nearly 20 acres. Through much of the property, a concrete pathway meanders around landscaped waterfalls and ponds, where very tame koi and turtles wait to be fed. You can buy their lunch inside. The showstopper of the landscaped grounds is Swan Lake, with its requisite white swan wading in pea-green water. Surrounded by a ring of mature cactus plants, the lake feels like a postcard image from a more genteel time, especially when viewed through limestone arches. The elevated, encircling limestone wall prevents you from approaching the lake, leaving its two-dimensional impression intact. Opened in 1936, the gardens was the dream of an Austrian immigrant, Franz Scherr, who settled in Homestead and wanted to build a nature attraction. After fading from glory, the former Parrot Jungle abandoned ship for Watson Island, where it reopened in 2002 with a new name, Jungle Island. The Village of Pinecrest, with funds from the Florida Communities Trust (supported by Florida Forever), acquired and reopened the gardens in 2003. By 2011, it earned recognition on the National Register of Historic Places. Pinecrest Gardens charges an entry fee of $3 for adults and $2 for minors. Ample free parking under shady banyan trees saves you a few dollars, so dont complain. Its better to pay a person than a parking meter. The parking lot banyan trees are mighty, but inside awaits an astonishingly large specimen with crisscrossed roots walking in all directions like hundreds of giraffe legs. Grab a picnic table nearby, and feed your inner child. Many of the tightly packed palms, live oaks, and cypress trees are fully BT photos by Jim W. Harper PINECREST GARDENS11000 Red Road Pinecrest, FL 33156 305-669-6990 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Picnic tables: Yes Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: Yes Tennis courts: No No Night lighting: Yes Swimming pool: No Playground: Yes Admission: $3 adult; $2 child (or $3 with splash area); free under 2Park Rating SW 111th StSW 60th AveSW 57th Ave

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mature, lending dense shade for most of the meandering pathway. One section claims to be one of only two U.S. tropical rainforests, although this assertion cally subtropical and dry for half the year, and major manipulations would be necessary to sustain a tropical rainforest. So whats up with that? The cell phone audio tour, with instruc tions along the pathway, said something about the rainforest, but I found it thin on information and fat on annoyance. It re quires using your smartphone to select and hear prerecorded messages, and by then, the turtles have realized youre not car rying food and the fun is over. The audio tour is neither high-tech nor low-tech; its mediummediocre-tech. Part of the historical designation for the gardens rests on its structures, and particularly on the shoulders of the historical entrance building, a Ger manic limestone hut with pine log ceil ings. The newer entrance allows cars through its grand arch, and its walkway has a cave-like atmosphere. As you emerge into the dappled sunlight, the canopy overhead puts your puny stature into perspective. Pinecrest Gardens has great sentimental value for people who remember Parrot Jungle, and this neighborhood life. But Miami was changing, even then, to Fort Lauderdale. I dont remember Parrot Jungle, yet I do know its ghosts. To me, family lore transforms todays Pinecrest into yesterdays South Miami, and its garden remains, always and forever, a jungle. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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Columnists: YOUR GARDEN 68 May I See Your Certicate?Lawn crews must now have a fertilizing license By Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorDuring any given week, I inspect the trees on several residential and commercial properties. I enjoy inspecting trees and palms, and when they seem to be in decline. These past few weeks, I inspected the trees on some high-end properties, and even though I know better than to let it happen, I still am shocked at some of the horticultural practices of professional landscape contractors. times about a new state law that took effect in January. It requires a license for commercial fertilizer applications. The to attend an all-day class, the Florida Green Industries Best Management Practices Training Program, given by Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) or the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. At the end of the class, a test is administered, and of course one must pass to receive the license. Once you pass, you can apply for a Landscape Commercial Fertilizer (also called a state fertilizer license). Does your I took the class recently and was not only the use of fertilizer, but also limits on the types of fertilizer that can be used and how often one can fertilize. Yes, there are limits to the amount of fertilizer that can be applied to your lawn. Did your lawn maintenance company ever obtain a soil and/or foliar nutrient analysis of your lawn or other Speaking of standards, there are best management practices for the fertilization of trees. Mature trees, for example, absolutely necessary. For one thing, fertilization increases insect pest problems. Those little bugs that suck out the juices or eat the foliage of your plants love heavily fertilized trees and lawns. There was also a great deal of discussion on non-point-source pollution put out ends up in storm drains and subsequently in the closest body of water. The class discussed types of grasses for lawns, how to irrigate them, and even how to mow them. The different turfgrass species they should be mowed, and the frequency. get stressed. And rest assured that insects and diseases will take advantage of any grass in a weakened condition. applied under these conditions, and then insecticides applied to control the bugs that followed, and then more fertilizer, and on and on in a vicious spiral. The class touched on a couple of my fa vorite subjects: pest control and integrated pest management. I spent decades at Parrot Jungle and Jungle Island observing and studying natural conditions; and instead of trying to manipulate the environment to grow plants (or to control mosquitoes), I worked to adjust the components of control and monitor the irrigation, and most important, create an environment established that would attack and control the bad insect problems. It works. So, getting back to those high-end properties. I was inspecting the trees on these sites and saw that the palms had been pruned of their fronds. And coconuts had been removed from the coconut palms. Someone wearing spikes see the route the climber took because of the holes gouged into the palm trunks. I could also see where the climber had trouble inserting a spike, likely when climbing down, and had not only left a hole in the trunk but had torn the bark in the location. management practices for tree care. The palm trunks will now be permanently scarred on properties worth many millions allowed and that property managers and owners pay to have this done. There are better ways to prune palm trees, although on one of the sites, the palms were way The IFAS program should be attended by all our landscape contractors and pest control operators. It is given in English, Spanish, and Creole, and even offered online, so there is no excuse not to attend. The next time the folks come to work on your property, ask them if they attended and passed the test. BT photo by Jeff Shimonski

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Columnists: PET TALKHoof It With Your WooferThe merits of dog walking are manyBy Janet Goodman BT ContributorWalking most of us start by age two. As teenagers, we do it when we cant borrow Dads car. Some do it to raise money for good causes. Billions have been made by the sportswear industry on athletic shoes for those who partake. King of Pop Michael Jacksons career shot through the stratosphere when he choreographed a backward version based on Marcel Marceaus routine Walking Against the Wind. President Harry Truman had a strict daily regimen of an early morning constitutional through neighborhood streets, and he lived to be 88. For me, walking around the block reaps endless landscaping ideas, although, sadly, theyre rarely put to the shovel test in my own yard. I see neighbors I never knew I had, and the extra eyes I provide must make the crime watch folks pretty happy and burglars is my heart: the pulse quickens, muscle strengthens, circulation improves, as do my spirits. At night I certainly feel safer if Im walking with a dog, but for years I rarely went on walks with my pets other than to train them. Ive had a history of owning lots of them at one time, so exercise was playing ball or tug in the backyard. It wasnt until I was down to one, and now two, dogs that were venturing beyond the fence by routinely going for walks. Each dog in my pack has his and her separate walk. I have a 23-pounder and a 40-plus-pounder, and thats just too much for me to handle responsibly together. So ours is a quarter-mile lap on the leash, with ID and rabies tags on the collars, and sensible shoes on my feet the shade or on the grass to keep us cool; the temperature difference is more than youd think. Flea prevention is up to date, too, but the real key to a pleasant walk is two plastic bags. Like potato chips, sometimes one just isnt enough. Since going on these dog treks, Ive been somewhat shocked at how many walkers among us dont pick up after their own pooches. Is it because they forget the bags? Occasional forgetfulness happens to the best of us, but I think theres more to it than that. There are after an animal. You know who you are, and all I can say is, Get over it already Leaving a mess is shamefully unneighborly; so is allowing dogs to wander deep into others properties. I like to guide mine over a sliver of grass adjacent to the street with a shortened leash so I dont wear out my welcome. My canine companions get something out of these mini adventures, too. walking them on a leash teaches them to, wellwalk on a leash. Pulling my arm out of the socket isnt allowed, and I earn a few leadership points in the process. There can be only one leader on our spin around the block, and thats got to be me. Thats not being mean. Thats being in charge big difference. Just as with humans, exercise destresses a dogs mind and body, and lessens in-house mischief and bad manners. If they meet a buddy along the way, the opportunity to socialize cant hurt. Ive seen many dogs refuse to go to the bathroom while tethered to a leash. The fenced-in backyard is their preferred spot, where they are free to roam. This can be downright frustrating for owners away from home. Taking on-leash walks with the dog helps to promote success elsewhere. Smells left by other dogs along the route say do your stuff here, arrow neon signs. Tracking these scents is pretty darn exciting in a dogs world. This exploraas the muscles, and encourages our furry friends to push onward. And speaking of brains, enough trips through the neighborhood imprints the way home on the canine brain. Setting their natural GPS could come in handy one day. To make the journey less hohum, I switch between two simple routes, but always returning to the house. My little terrier mix has the fastestgrowing nails in town. Ive noticed that hitting the pavement means less trimming I have to do by hand, for which by the way, she has absolutely zero tolerance. That means one less battle with her, and thats all right by both of us. Who knew a mere daily walk would be such a partner in household bliss? Janet Goodman is a Miami Shoresbased dog trainer, animal-talent wran gler, and principal of Good Dog Bad Dog, Inc. Contact her at info@good dogbaddogmiami.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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70 Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITYDoting, Doting, Gone!Theres no way to compete with the grandparents fan clubBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorI salute you, Grandma and Grandpa. I know, I know. It doesnt seem like Im saluting you when I give you the stink eye from the corner of the room because youve just offered dayglo breakfast her sweet little heart desires. But I do. Grandparents are amazing. They give true, unconditional love. They bring the appetites and slay bedtimes. They cre ated their masterpiece, and after years of saying no, all they want to do is say yes to the masterpieces you created. They have no skin in the game, except for the pursuit of their grandkids smiles. Who can blame them, right? Last week my mother came to visit. She helped with the kids all weekend free lifestyle. On Tuesday I found myself having this argument with my Way for breakfast. one before breakfast yesterday. about how crazy you get when youve had too much sugar. Grandma to be my mommy! My hubbys parents escape their Midwest winter for Miami for three months every year. I already hear you asking, What? Do they stay with you? Thats crazy ! Well, no. They stay near us. My some pad less than two blocks from our rental websites. Shes a professional, Both my husbands parents and my mother have learned how to work the grandparent routine. They are eerily like that hot college DJ and deliverer of debauchery nonstop cuddles, treats, unnecessary gifts, and lax bedtimes. Kid chaos is nice, if youre into that kind of thing and they are. At Grandma and Grandpas, the kids can eat what they want when they want. They can spritz perfume onto their Barbie, they can even make garbage soup. A Grandma makeover, including hairspray and mas cara? Sure! Wrestling with Grandpa next to the new china cabinet? Of course! better than that round of Goldschlger shots that you never should have downed with the captain of the lacrosse team. Its like the best mommy porn. Theres the ( insert lusty voice-over here let me fold that huge pile of laundry for you. I can pick the kids up tomorrow from school! Or my favorite, Why dont you two go out and have a great date night? Ill take the kids! dinner again? laundry and picked up the kids early! leave!!!! Grandparents are intoxicating. But as with any intoxication, there has to be a Withdrawals are rough, especially from the temporary utopia that grandparents create. Detox isnt pretty and its usually painful. It always ends the same ex cited from an evening out or a weekend of missing your kids, you cant wait to see them, expecting them to jump into your arms and shower you with sweet when its just old Mommy and Daddy and nary a fan club in sight? Its hashtag meltdown time. The grandparent mystique depends upon the what can we get away with? factor. Without the sexiness of unabashed attention and the unbroken promise of junk food, Grandma and Grandpa would have nothing on Mom and Dad. When I grew up, we had no car seats, word was Cheetos. I parent differently copter parent or you can practice serene parenting, but odds are, your parenting style is a reaction to your parents par enting style. grand parenting style is probably also a reac tion to their parenting style. My mom did a great job with me and never have I met my husbands equal, so I think theyre the sun and the moon in the parenting department. These grand parents have all earned the right to spoil the crap out of my kids. So heres where I raise my glass and offer cheers to my childrens grandpar ents. Ill turn a blind eye to the oceans of ice cream consumed on your watch, and Ill embrace the overstimulated, overin dulged, and the overspoiled munchkins when you return them to me even if it means hours of whining, tears, and stomping as I wean them away from you. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Traditional Taekwon-Do Instruction NOW ACCEPTINGNEW STUDENTSAges 5-Adults, All levels of Experience. Free uniform and private introductory class with enrollment.786-493-409 5 9617 Park Drive Miami Shores, FL 33138786-493-4095Visit us online at www.chitkd.orgITF affiliated school with over 20 years instructional experience. WINNER! 2013 & 2014 MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA MERIT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE APPLY NOW for We've been awarded the Museums Magnet Schools of America Merit School of Excellence for the second year in a row! Tour our school M-F 9-10:30AM Make an appointment today! NEW! Hot off the Presses! a magical book written by our students. Call 305-891-0602 today to get your copy!

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Columnists: GOING GREENQ&A MeIn which the columnist takes a moment to explain himselfBy Jim W. Harper BT Contributor In honor of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who created a commission to investigate the Washington Bridge scandal that surprise! cleared his name, Im going to interview myself in order to get to the truth of who you think I am. Q: Why did you choose a career in environmental journalism? After a brief aneurysm caused by a Year of Solitude at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami, I wandered the desert long enough to decide I could survive with no money and a hostile military-industrial complex intent on sharing my Social Security number with every crook in town. Q: What has been the biggest change since you started writing for Biscayne Times in 2006? Besides the lobotomy and double identify theft? Actually, not much has changed, even with the Zombie Apocalypse caused by the Black President and the real estate market crash caused by Vladimir Putin. Most South Florida residents show little concern for the environment. And why should they? They can things get too real. That makes complete sense, too, that theyd take transportation using excessive fossil fuels to escape an ocean and atmosphere made angry by their excessive use of fossil fuels. And them, hunt them down, and kill them wherever they go. Q: Arent you sick of climate change? Tell me about it I mean, dont (cue laugh track). Take my climate, please! Climate change is a better oxymoron than jumbo shrimp, but nobodys laughing. Half the time, I think Ill join the envi ronmental activist burnouts who say we should party like its 2029 because well all be dead in a few decades anyway. I mean, when World War III arrives, why lion people handle it. This is the USA. We dont get involved in global politics. Please stop bothering me because Im trying to listen to some fair and bal anced news. Q: Whats the deal with toxic playgrounds? Honestly, I think more children should eat more dirt. Q: Who are your environmental heroes? If I can think of any, Ill get back to you. I once heard about a kid who was inspired by Jacques Cousteau, so Ill try to reconnect with that inner child. The only environmental hero Im looking for now is the CEO of a major oil corporation. They hold the keys to the gas chamber. Q: How can people in South Florida be more environmentally responsible? They can start by asking themselves that question. Then they can look almost anywhere else for inspiration. Seriously, people, we can recycle until the cows come home to Miami Lakes, but none of that behavior matters in comparison to a 120-mile commute, grees, and a three-meal canteen service imported from Venus. Gluttony is killing the planet softly. Q: What did you have for breakfast this morning? Mostly it was processed, GMO-laden, gluten-full products, but I did sneak in a fresh egg from my favorite chicken, Frida. Ive said it once and Ill say it today: a chicken in every yard keeps Dr. Doom away! Q: What else would you like to say? You should never ask people that ques tion, because things start getting real. I am very sick and tired of raising impor tant issues and hearing nothing except Charlie Browns teacher and an echo chamber of whines from the Army Corps of Engineers. Seriously, ACOE, you did a great job of destroying the Everglades now put a cork in it. Actually you did that already now uncork it and well pay you $11 billion! Nice job if you can get it. With a governor in the Russian Republic of Tallahassee who wants to turn our gold-standard state parks into strip malls and mini-golf emporiums, what do we have to worry about? Nothing, except everything. By everything I mean your health, your job, your children, your sanity. In one way, it makes sense to make people sick and insane sick people buy more medication. Q: Since when did you become so cynical? Like, two hours ago. Sometimes I need a break from bad news about the slow-motion tsunami of environmental destruction, and I also need to believe that humans are smart enough to realize how dumb they have been. To get there, we need to get a little snarky and crazy. Thats why Im trying out to be an environmental comedian. Green is funny! Whats up with that color! Did you hear the one about the polar bear that walked into a bar? Maybe one day some robot chuckle. See? I knew I had a future in comedy. Or New Jersey. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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72 Columnists: VINO By Bill Citara BT ContributorQuestion: What do Betamax, the Segway, soccer, 3D movies, and online grocery shopping have in common? Answer: They were all touted as the Next Big Thing. And they all laid giant pterodactyl eggs. For years Syrah was touted as the next big thing, too, the successor to such next big wine things as White Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Noir. Except that, like the Betamax, Segway, futbol 3D movies, and online veggies to go, its been basically a giant pterodactyl omelet. Why? Lots of reasons. Blame the grape. In cool climates, where Syrah grapes can hang on the vine long enough to develop real character and complexity, theyre easily damaged by late-season rains. Blame the winemakers. In warm climates, where Syrah is allowed to ripen like mangoes, it can make ponderous, jammy, alcoholic wines better suited to spreading on your breakfast toast than drinking with dinner. Blame the Australians. Not only did store shelves with insipid, cheaply made juice they call it Shiraz that in time wound up turning off just about every bodys taste buds to this oft-abused varietal. tasting of affordable Syrah (and Shiraz)? Well, nothing that suggests Syrah will escape its pterodactyl omelet status any time soon. There were some grapey, candied wines you could label Welchs without being accused of false advertising. There were some big, rich, fruity wines that managed to rope in just enough nuance to escape total mediocrity. And there were a couple of wines not surprisingly, from France and South Africa that balanced ripe fruit with spicy-earthy notes and modest tannins, displaying the play well with food. 2011 Cave de Tain Syrah from Frances northern Rhone Valley and the 2013 M-A-N Family Shiraz from the Paarl Valley in South Africa. The Cave de Tain was easily best of class in the tasting, offering gobs of lush, black, cherry-berry fruit leavened with notes of anise and (but no oak!) for a wine that was both robust and elegant. In the you-get-whatyou-pay-for department, at $11.99, it was the most expensive wine in the tasting, The M-A-N Family Shiraz (the name derives from the initials of the wives of winerys three partners) was the best bargain, coming in at a saintly $6.99. Like the Cave de Tain, its a big, full-bodied wine, bursting out of the bottle with aromas of red and black cherries, also a bit of funk that blew off after a few minutes aeration. Its not very complex but is very drinkable, with a bit of spice and toasty oak and soft tannins mellowed by blending with a touch of Viognier. A few clicks down the food chain are the 2012 Chateau Los Boldos Syrah and the 2012 Canyon Oaks Shiraz. The Los Boldos, from Chiles Cachapoal Andes region, clocks in at a hefty 14.5 percent alcohol and blast of ripe black n blueberry fruit with a nudge of cloves and pepper, and an elbow of oak from aging in French oak barrels. The Canyon Oaks is a California product, young and fresh and grapey, not at all distinctive, but not a bad deal. Speaking of barrels, were getting close to the bottom of this one. Australia didnt do Shirazs appeal any favors with the 2011 vintage from Oxford Landing Estates Tart and off-puttingly earthy, you could drink it in a pinch with fatty barbecued meats but youd probably regret laying out ten bucks for it. On the other hand, price is the chief attribute of the NV Rex Goliath Shiraz Though made in California, it touts itself as example, I sure wouldnt be bragging about it. Finally, at the bottom of the barrel, we come to the 2011 Jacobs Creek Shiraz Washed out before its time and yet tasting both under-ripe and overly fruity, there really is no reason to drink this wine, though I suppose you could serve it with your pterodactyl omelet. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com 305-758-7505 MrWoodMiami.comINSTALLATIONS REPAIRS CUSTOM STAINS & DESIGNS EXTERIOR DECKING INSURANCE CLAIMS SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORS ENGINEERED FLOORS LAMINATE FLOORS MARBLE & STONE CRYSTALLIZATION & RESTORATION Call today for a FREE ESTIMATE! Sanding & Refinishing MAY SUPER SPECIAL:$1.85 SF(min. 1500 SF) With this ad. Thru 5/31/14 Serving Miami Shores & South Florida for over 15 years. Qu Syrah, Syrah...Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less

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Columnists: DISHNobody Here but Us HillbilliesFood news we know you can use By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorFood: Its not just for eating anymore. Lady Gagas meat dress may not have caught on (despite Time magazine proclaiming it the top fashion statement of 2010), but it might have just been ahead of its time or raw beef might have been the wrong fabric. This month, between Mothers Day and all of Mays upcoming school proms, is the right time to try out 2014s trendiest wearable food: chicken, in the form of the Kentucky Fried Chicken corsage. Creatively a collaboration between KFC consists of delicate white babys breath customers) surrounding a fried chicken leg. It actually comes in kit form, containing the for your choice of Original Recipe or Extra Crispy leg; pick the coating that matches the rest of her/his ensemble. To order: www. nanzandkraft.com. Meanwhile in Miami, its a hot month for homemade fried chicken, thanks to homeboy Lee Brian Schragers cookbook Fried & True Schrager includes more cious/decadent iconic food, with sides to match. Publishing date is May 20, and after road-testing an advance copy, heres a personal guarantee: Charles Phans Hard Water Fried Chicken (which is not fried in water) is reason enough to buy the book. OPENINGS SHIKANY blanc, vanilla cotton candy, and ice plant? Rock shrimp dust, dehydrated pumper decidedly not welcomed molecular gas tronomy, but based on bites I sampled more than a year ago when this restaurant was originally supposed to open Michael Shikany manages to have potentially preten tious culinary elements make sense. (What doesnt make sense except as pretension: spelling your restaurants name in capital letters; characterizing Miamis general guess us hillbillies can stick with the butterpoached lobster mac.) Taking over the space vacated in February by inspired but unfortunately untogether Buddha Sushi, gastropub Tap 79 Bar & Grill like Michelle Bernstein and Michael Schwartz, who pioneered the Biscayne Corridor as indie chef/owners. Tasty treats include house-cured beef jerky, beers (plus many bottled brews). AQ by Acqualina would be Dewey LoSasso, and old fans of his groundbreaking (back in 2004) will be thrilled to hear that he has transformed the indoor/outdoor beachfront space formerly occupied by second-tier Italian eatery Piazzetta into an idyllic setting for his typically highly individupistachio dust); dualing lobster panini; turing luxuriant Iberico. Time for Wine, Bunbury priced boutique wine shop/tapas bar. limited menu includes standard cheese/ charcuterie plates, but the specialties are housemade-from-scratch empanawith smoked bacon, ratatouille and goat cheese, more. Riviera Focacceria Italiana of pizza? Impossible. But how about a variation: focaccia (similar dough with more leavening, so lighter and moister) thats fresh, not bought enclosed in cellophane? Breads come variously topped, including signature focaccia di stracchino cheese. Particularly exciting: chef Massimo Travaglini is from Genoa, and his whole menu (including pastas, antipasti, et al.) is authentically coastal Ligurian, not generically Italian. La Gazzeta from multiculturally topped pizzettas to plates. There is a resident DJ. Touch Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant cated oddly in an iffy downtown area atop a glamorized strip club season ten Top Chef contender Carla Pellegrino can dishes, plus another weird surprise: very tasty sushi. Hungry for more food news? See alerts: restaurants@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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74 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S Brickell / Downtown15th & Vine Kitchen485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373In the 15th floor space originally occupied by Eos, the Viceroys top-end restaurant now focuses its dcor on spectacular bay views (particularly from an outdoor garden/pool terrace). And the mostly small-plates menu of accessible internationally influenced New American fare is more Miami-appropriate, too. Especially recommended: Asian-inspired items like spicy ginger meatballs with sweet sambal chili sauce, or lump crab croquettes with sriracha, remoulade, and a frise/fennel salad. Favorites like flatbreads and sliders plus a classy setting make this a striking business-lunch option. $$$-$$$$ Aijo1331 Brickell Bay Dr.,786-452-1637Hidden within Jade condo, this sleek Japanese fusion restolounge (whose name means love) is also a jewel. Food-loving Venezuelan owner Rene Buroz encourages innovation, and his chefs (including four from Zuma) respond with beautifully plated items as fun as they are flavorful. Dont miss the layered croquante (a sort of Asian croqueta: mouthwatering crispy rice, subtly smoked salmon, and creamy crab), Aijo kani (king crab legs with citrus foam clouds and rich emulsified butter dip), or creative cocktails from a mixologist who also juggles and plays with fire. Area 31270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells high-rises actually make Miami look like a real city. Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the most impressive. The food is impeccably fresh regional fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Atelier Monnier848 Brickell Ave. #120, 305-456-5015Sesame Streets Cookie Monster adores all cookies. As a more specialized Macaron Monster, we assure you that this French bakery/cafs exquisite macarons (not clunky coconut macaroons, but delicate, crackly crusted/moist inside almond cookies, sandwiching creamy ganache fillings in flavors ranging from vanilla or praline to seasonal fruits) are reason enough to drop in daily, perhaps hourly. That the place also hand-crafts equally authentic French breads, complex pastries, baguette sandwiches, salads, soups, quiches, omelets, ice creams, and chocolates is a bonus -icing on the gateaux. $$Atrio1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6529Admittedly, the Conrad Hotels top-end restaurant has had its ups and downs since its early days as one of the few exciting fine-dining restaurants in the Brickell/downtown area. But Atrio is ready for rediscovery. Despite Brickells recent restaurant explosion, few venues are as spectacularly suitable for a sophisticated breakfast, lunch, or dinner for grown-ups whod rather not shout over DJs. Panoramic views of Miami from the 25th floor are now matched by locally oriented dishes, including a mango/lime mayo-dressed lobster sandwich, crisp-skinned snapper with grapefruit salsa and basil aioli, a bracing orange tart, even citrus butter in the bread basket. $$$-$$$$Balans901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try some thing new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mixand-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$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. $Bar Urbano1001 S. Miami Ave., 305-381-5901Hot, hip, Hispanic is a huge understatement to describe the streetsmart urban flair of this tropical restolounge. After about 9:00 p.m., droves of high-energy young partiers make the place seem more Latin singles bar than eatery. Nevertheless, the largely but not exclusively Colombian-inspired, Latin/Caribbean comfort-food cuisine can be inspiring. Were partial to snacks like the arepa Colombiana, heaped with fresh white cheese, and the sinful chivito sandwich (steak, ham, melted mozzarella, and a fried egg). But there are also full entres like a bandeja paisa (Colombias bellybusting mixed platter of proteins and carbs). $$-$$$Batch Gastropub30 SW 12th St., 305-808-5555The name refers to Batchs signature novelty items, which we think of as gourmet fast-food cocktails: high-quality fresh ingredients (some barrel-aged), pre-mixed in batches and served on tap for instant gratification. But a menu designed by E. Michael Reidt (exArea 31), means solid foods are serious chef-driven pub grub: the Mac Attack, sophisticated mac n cheese featuring gnocchi and aged Gruyere; sinfully succulent burgers, substituting brisket for leaner beef; nachos upgraded with duck confit; wood-oven pizzas topped with unusual combinations like pumpkin plus shortrib; duck fat popcorn; housemade sodas. $$Bento Sushi & Chinese801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which spe cializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-yourprotein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Biscayne Tavern146 Biscayne Blvd., 305-307-8300From restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, this contemporary tavern seems tailor-made for a newly urbanized neighborhood, inviting residents to hang from breakfast to late-night snack time, over updated comfort food thats globally inspired while adhering to the local/organic mantra. Among expected casual favorites (solid American burgers; Asianesque pork-belly sliders) highlights are items that chef Will Biscoe stamps with his own unique, unpretentiously inventive touches, from small plates (housemade potato chips with blue cheese fondue) to large (a long-bone short rib chop with truffle popover; South Florida bouillabaisse). More than 30 craft beers accompany. $$-$$$ Blue Martini900 S. Miami Ave. #250, 305-981-2583With a 41-martini menu (plus exotic lighting, late hours, dance floor, and live music most nights), this wildly popular place is more lounge than restaurant. Nonetheless food offerings are surprisingly ambitious, including substantial items like sliced steak with horseradish sauce, as well as shareable light bites -parmesantopped spinach/artichoke dip, served hot with toasted pita; shrimp and blue crab dip (yes: crab, not faux krab); a seductive puff pastry-wrapped and honey-drizzled baked brie. Come at happy hour (4:00-8:00 p.m. daily) for bargain drink/snack specials, and lots of locals. $$ Bonding638 S. Miami Ave., 786-409-4794From 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 tastebud-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. $$ Bon Fromage500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Brasileiro801 Brickell Bay Dr., 786-502-3829Fittingly, the indoor/outdoor bay-view space in the Four Ambassadors, occupied by Miamis first Brazilian rodizio restaurant back in the early 1980s, is now home to a 21st-century upgrade. For insatiable carnivores and fans of Latin Americas best dinner show, theres the traditional parade of tableside, sword-wielding gauchos carving all-you-can-eat meats, including must-not-miss medium-rare picanhas, delectably fat-capped sirloin. For more modern and/or light eaters, prepared dishes by Gully Booth, one of Miamis best-kept-secret chefs, include goat cheese croquettes, stuffed dates, and crab cakes Martha Stewart once proclaimed the best shed eaten. $$$$Brother Jimmys BBQ900 S. Miami Ave. #135, 786-360-3650The South is supposed to be the source of barbecue. But Bro J evidently didnt hear about that. His signature North Carolina pork cue comes from NYC, where the first Brother Jimmys opened more than 20 years ago. Miamis location is actually the first south of the Mason-Dixon line. But the slow-smoked pulled pork butt tastes righteous -no interfering glop, just hot sauce-spiked vinegar to balance the fab fattiness. Theres other cue, too, including big (not baby back) ribs, and respectable brisket. $$-$$$Bryan in the Kitchen104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothie-swilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-fromscratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Burger & Beer Joint900 S. Miami Ave. #130, 305-523-2244While not quite Miamis first hip hangout featuring high-quality burgers, the original South Beach B&B certainly goosed the gourmet-burger craze in a major way. This Brickell branch has all the familiar favorites, including the ten-pound Mother Burger -really more good gimmick than good. Otherwise B&B, which still consistently makes Top 10 lists, features a huge selection of basics in addition to beef (bison, turkey, chicken, veggie, seafoods); nicely balanced topping combos; and enough succulent sides (tempura-battered pickles, fried green beans, mini-corn dogs) to make a meal thats totally burger-free. $$-$$$ Seasalt and Pepper422 NW N. River Dr., 305-440-4200Unlike older Miami River market/restaurants like Garcias, run by fishing families, this stylishly retro/modern-industrial converted warehouse (once Howard Hughess plane hangar) has an owner who ran South Beachs hottest 1990s nightspots, so expect celebrity sightings with your seafood. Whats unexpected: a blessedly untrendy menu, with simply but skillfully prepared wood-ovencooked fish and clay-pot, shellfish casseroles. Standouts include luxuriant lobster thermador, as rich as it is pricey; flavorful headson jumbo prawns, prepared classic Italian-style (as are many dishes here); even one low-budget boon: impeccably fresh PEI mussels in herb sauce. $$$-$$$$$ Caf Bastille248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very Frenchfeeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 297.rf ntbnf nttnf tnt f f t tff nff ff Porcao Farm to Grill901 S. Miami Ave. #101, 855-767-2261 Despite its name, this Porcao isnt related to Miamis longfamous/now defunct Brazilian churrascaria. Nor, despite self-billing as a modern steakhouse, is the fare mainly meat (but dont miss its signature Kao bone-in short loin, dry-aged in-house). Steaks are almost dwarfed by chef Jeff ONeills unique and Florida-oriented pass around platters (silky Okeechobee molasses-cured salmon; Serrano-wrapped grou per chunks with romesco sauce); entres like grilled bass with cranberry foie gras dumplings; an extensive budget-priced bar bites menu; and farm-to-table rolling salad carts. $$-$$$$Craft Bar & Q350 NE 24th St. #109, 786-615-6622From the pitmasters behind the Passion BBQ food truck, this relaxing brick-and-mortar hangout features the same slow-smoked pulled pork, spareribs, and especially succulent brisket. All are available on appropriately garnished platters or sandwiches, and as inventive twists in quesadillas, nachos, and an elaborate burnt wedge salad. The craft in the name refers to the perfect accompaniment to perfect cue: craft beers, draft and bottled. Solid sides range from fairly normal (tropical pineapple coleslaw) to way weird (foie-gras braised collards). Save room for cakes and pies from food truck friend Marlies Delights. $$Wynwood Caf450 NW 27th St., 305-576-1105Located inside the Wynwood Warehouse Project, an art gallery/workshop/consulting space, this alt-culture eatery is sort of a starvation-budget, working-artists version of the Prez Art Museum Miamis high-end caf, Verde: light-bite focused, but with unbelievably low prices. Specialty is The $3 Sandwich, choice of quality coldcut (pastrami, salami, turkey, or ham) plus provolone, spinach, tomato, and Dijon mustard sauce. A $5 Monster features three meats. Also notably tasty and cheap are coffees, desserts, and fresh-fruit smoothies (including a take on NYCs classic Orange Julius). $Choices Vegan Caf646 NE 79th St., 786-803-8352Vegan fare (not just vegetarian, but dairy-free) can be a hard sell. But not Choices 100% plant-based breakfast/lunch/dinner dishes, even though, being also 95% organic, theyre relatively pricey. Especially recommended: hefty wraps (enclosed in varied grain tortillas or, more uniquely, in collard leaves), featuring a variety of flavorful mock-meat patties plus fresh veggies, enhanced with globally inspired sauces and add-ons like savory soy chorizo. Desserts like raw chocolate mousse cake taste satisfyingly sinful. To drink: smoothies, or go wild with organic beers and wines. $$$Flavorish Market7283 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8787As Zabars reflects Manhattans Upper Westside neighborhood, this smaller specialty foods shop is geared toward Miamis Upper Eastside lifestyle. The carefully curated stock ranges widely: upscale packaged foods; boutique wines/ beers; artisanal cheeses and cured meats; cookbooks, kitchen utensils, more. But highlights are locally produced fare: Mimis famed raviolis; Roc Kats tropical ice creams; chef/restaurateur Ken Lyons prepared foods, including dailychanging dinners for two; Zak the Bakers crusty sourdough breads, plus sandwiches on same. Best-kept secret: While theres no official caf component, comfie counter seats enable on-premises breakfasting, lunching, and coffee/pastry breaks. $-$$ Taperia Raca7010 Biscayne Blvd., 786-751-8756From the chef/GM team behind Giorgio Rapicavolis rebelliously eclectic fare at Coral Gables Eating House, Taperia has a very different concept: traditional Spanish tapas with subtle creative twists that make a big difference. Transformations come from both Rapicavoli and chef de cuisine Ryan Harrison (mastermind behind the defunct Preservation, where the focus was house-curing/pickling/smoking): classic patatas bravas, spicy fried potatoes made more complex by smoked tomato sauce; original patatas contentas, calmed by Eating Houses truffle-enriched carbonara sauce. And home made preserves accent many dishes, including seductive chicken-liver mousse. $$$

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76 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT Sday. 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. $-$$$Ceviche Piano140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414Owners Martin and Charo Villacorta, a married chef/pastry chef team, think of this eatery as a relocation (in the same downtown plaza) and reinvention of their former best kept secret spot Martini 28. Most dramatic changes: upscaled size, and with its glamorous white piano, upgraded elegance. The menu has also been altered to be less of a global wildcard. Focus is now strongly on Peruvian cuisine, including a shrimp/calamari-smothered fish fillet with aji amarillo cream sauce. But no worries, old fans. Some of the old favorite dishes remain. $$ 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 flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ Cipriani465 Brickell Ave., 786-329-4090Derived, like all Cipriani family restaurants worldwide, from legend ary Harrys Bar in Venice (a favorite of Truman Capote, Hemingway, and other famous folks since 1931), this glamorous indoor/outdoor riverfront location in Icon has two absolutely must-not-miss menu items, both invented at Harrys and reproduced here to perfection: beef carpaccio (drizzled artfully with streaks of creamy-rich mustard vinaigrette, not mere olive oil) and the Bellini (a cocktail of prosecco, not champagne, and fresh white peach juice). Venetian-style liver and onions could convert even liver-loathers. Finish with elegant vanilla meringue cake. $$$$$The Corner1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887With a Zuma alum in the kitchen, a Gigi alum crafting classic or cre ative cocktails, a warm pub feel, and hours extending from lunch to nearly breakfast the next morning, The Corner is transforming a desolate downtown corner into a neighborhood hangout. The nicely priced menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets (the latter from Om Nom Noms cookie queen Anthea Ponsetti) ranges from 100-percent homemade ice cream sandwiches to the Crazy Madame, Frances elaborate Croque Madame (a bchamel saucetopped grilled cheese/ham/fried egg sandwich) plus bacon and caramelized onion. $-$$ 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 shortlived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ 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. $$$-$$$$ D-Dog House50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770While it has become increasingly common to find servers at upscale restaurants utilizing computerized POS (point of service) systems to take orders, this high-tech hole-in-the-wall trumps them by replacing servers -and in-house entertainment, too -with iPads that accept not just food orders and credit cards but music requests. You can web surf or game, too, while waiting for your choice of the house specialty: supersized hot dogs, most overload ed with internationally inspired toppings. To accompany, hand-cut fries are a must. And have a cocktail. Theres a full liquor bar. $-$$ 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. $$$Doraku900 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-4633Happy hour comes twice daily (after work and lunch) at this second location of a popular South Beach sushi, pan-Asian, small-plates restolounge, bringing discounted prices on treats like rock shrimp tempura with spicy aioli. Regular prices are reasonable, too, for seafood flown in daily, and makis displaying solid creativity rather than gimmickry. Especially enjoyable are items accented by Japanese ingredients rarely found in Americanized sushi bars, like the Geisha Rolls astringent shiso leaf, beautifully balancing spicy tuna, pickled radish, and rich eel sauce. A huge sake menu, too. $$-$$$Edge, Steak & Bar1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores. Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewelbright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$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 mini-boxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$The Filling Station & Garage Bar95 SE 2nd St., 786-425-1990This fun, locally oriented dive, opened in 1994, was hip more than a decade before downtown was. And its 2008 relocation to larger quarters, plus two subsequent expansions, signal that it has more than kept up with the explosion of newer neighborhood hotspots, without pretensions or yuppified prices. On the fresh, hefty hamburgers, true Miami weirdness is displayed in toppings like peanut butter or Nutella. Other standouts: tangy-spicy Buffalo wings; home made tater tots; the oil pan (fried pickles and onion rings with two sauces); and an ever-changing list of craft beers. $-$$ 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 seafood-packed 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. $-$$Havana 19571451 S. Miami Ave., 305-381-6651If you never had the chance to enjoy classic Cuban dishes in glam 1950s Havana (pre-He Who Must Not Be Named), you can now at this nostalgic restolounge. Eat your way through the day, from hefty four-egg/croqueta breakfasts to late-night mini pan con bistec bar bites, surrounded by old-school memorabilia, music, and mojitos. Admittedly, prices are higher than those at average Miami Cuban eateries. But daily specials, including Wednesdays especially tasty mojo-marinated chicken fricassee in sweet-savory criollo sauce, are a great value. And the time trip is priceless. $$-$$$Hibachi Grill45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagine a mini-express Benihana. This place specializes in teppanyaki cuisine -minus the thrilling (or terrifying) tableside knife theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices, chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an onion/zucchini mix come at bargain prices. There are also hefty soups or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (including tofu). The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump chicken gyoza) and Chinese (various egg rolls). Fancy? No, but satisfying. $-$$ The Island Bistro605 Brickell Key Dr., 305-364-5512In the space that was formerly Fabiens, this bistro has nearidentical lunch and dinner menus of French-inspired food: Basque-style shrimp pil pil, salmon with beurre blanc, steak au poivre. But theres now an espresso-rubbed steak, too, tie-in to an added Panther Coffee Bar serving pastries and other light bites from early morning. That, plus a new lounge with daily happy hours, makes the place feel less formal and more like a casual contemporary hangout. So do daily specials, including Thursdays Shells & Bubbles, a bargain seafood/champagne feast. $$-$$$

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78 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT SIl 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 market, thanks in part to the flood of freebies thats a trademark of Manhattans Il Mulino, originally run by Il Gabbianos owners. The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth. And the champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black truffles? Worth every penny. $$$$$Jamon Iberico Pata Negra Restaurant 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Largo Bar & Grill401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706Sure, Bayside Marketplace is touristy. But it can be fun to spend a day playing visitor in your own city. If you do, this waterfront place overlooking Miamarina is a superior food choice. Expect nothing cutting edge, just tasty, familiar favorites solidly prepared. You wont go wrong with stone crab claws and Cajun mustard dip; inauthentic but delicious fish tacos in hard blue corn tortillas with two sauces (cilantro and chipotle), generously portioned fish sandwiches (grouper, mahi, snapper, or daily catch), and festive cocktails. $$-$$$ La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown. With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti in sage butter sauce and cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyers Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso. $$$La Moon 144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a truckers burger: beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake bun. While this tiny places late hours (till 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) are surprising, the daytime menu is more so. In addition to Colombian classics, theres a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites. $-$$ La Provence1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. Not so familiar is the bakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favor ite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight SundayThursday, 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. $-$$LEntrecote de Paris1053 SE 1st Ave., 305-755-9995If menu choices makes you nuts, this place, originally a Parisian eatery with locations in Brazil, is the restaurant for you. Theres only one prix fixe meal offered: an entrecote steak with a famed creamy sauce of 21 ingredients (here, predominantly curry), accompanied by a walnut-garnished mixed greens/tomato salad and shoestring frites, plus a crunchy-crusted baguette. Your only choice is how you like your steak precision-cooked. la carte desserts are indeed extensive; avoid stress by choosing a macaron flight of mixed flavors. $$$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 casu al 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. $Lippi600 Brickell Ave., 305-579-1888Named after a 15th-century Italian painter, Lippi does have artful dcor and plating, but otherwise the moniker is misleading. The food is neither Italian nor, as some descriptions claim, Mediterranean-inspired. Its Philippe food -an extensive menu of mostly shareable small plates (a concept Philippe Ruiz pioneered at Palme dOr in the 1990s), inspired mainly by the chefs classic French technique and geographically limitless imagination. Standouts: weakfish ceviche with corn panna cotta and purple potato foam; lobster ravioli in aerated coriander-scented bisque. Everything is beautifully balanced and refined. $$$$-$$$$$Medialunas Calentitas919 Brickell Ave., 305-517-3303At this first U.S. location of a Uruguayan chain, the signature spe cialtys crescent-like shape says croissant. But medialunas dont have croissants puff-pastry flakiness; theyre more substantial buttery breakfast rolls. And either simply syrup-glazed or stuffed (with ham and cheese, dulce de leche, more), they make a terrific Latin comfort-food breakfast or snack on the run. The same is true for equally bargain-priced empanadas (three varieties with distinctive fillings from Uruguay, Argentina, or Mexico) and tiny but tasty migas sandwiches like the elaborate Olympic: ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, peppers, eggs, olives. $Miami Art Caf364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French caf serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert) loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more. For those with time to sit, wed recommend the savory crpes, garnished with perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crpe like the Bonne Maman (whose sugar/salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown). And quiches are nicely custardy. But there are surprises here, too, including just a few full entres, with correctly made traditional sauces one wouldnt expect at a luncheonette -except, perhaps, in Paris. $-$$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. $$$MPP Brickell141 SW 7th St., 305-400-4610Tasty Peruvian eateries arent rare in Miami. Peruvian fine-dining restaurants are. In the tastefully toned-down but still glam space formerly housing And, this second location of Limas popular Mi Propriedad Privada specializes in familiar flavors presented with seriously upscaled preparations, plating, and prices. But many ceviches, tiraditos, and starters (like especially artful layered/molded mashed potato/seafood causas, or clever panko-breaded fusion causa makis) come in trios for taste-testing. And ceviche lovers score on Tuesdays, when all-you-can-eat costs the same as a trio. $$$-$$$$$ My Ceviche1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825When three-time James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee Sam Gorenstein opened the original My Ceviche in SoBe, in 2012, it garnered national media attention despite being a tiny take-away joint. Arguably, our newer indoor/outdoor Brickell location is better. Same menu, featuring local fish prepared onsite, and superb sauces including a kicky roasted jalapeo/lime mayo), but this time with seats! What to eat? Ceviches, natch. But grilled or raw fish/ seafood tacos and burritos, in fresh tortillas, might be even more tempting. Pristine stone-crab claws from co-owner Roger Duartes George Stone Crab add to the choices. $$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. $$$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro1035 N. 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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT Sattention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sausage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmo politan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$OTC1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612Over-the-counter service usually connotes the classic fast food slider experience: both greaseburgers and patrons are in and out quickly. At this casually cool gastropub, the counter ordering system encourages the opposite feel, of comfie congeniality; it invites hanging out, just without the fuss of formal dining out -or the expense. Most plates are $10 or under. Ingredient-driven dishes cover todays favorite food groups (various mac-and-cheeses, variously topped/seasoned fries, and more) with some unusual twists, like a scrumptiously lardon-laden frise/goat cheese salad brightened by fresh peaches. Even the condiments are housemade. $$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-goround? 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. $$ Perfecto1450 Brickell Ave., 305-372-0620This transplant from Barcelona features dcor that mixes rustic and urban, plus modern music and traditional tapas (the Spanish, not global, kind). Must-have: imported 5J jamon Iberico de Bellota from acorn-fed pata negra pigs -lusciously marbled, tender yet toothsome, the ultimate in cured hams. But other tapas like the salmorejo en vaso (a creamy, pumped Andalusian variation on gazpacho), papatas bravas (crisp-fried potatoes with spicy aioli), fuet (Catalan salami, similar to French saucisson sec), and crispy prawns are pretty perfecto, too. $$-$$$$ Perricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/ delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$Pizzarium69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025Roman-style rectangular pizzas, served in square slices, have been available in the Miami area since the mid-1990s. But the familiar squares and Pizzariums are similar only in shape. Main difference: dough, here allowed to rise for four days. The resulting crusts are astonishingly airy, as authentic Roman slices, intended as light street snacks, should be. Toppings, a rotating selection of nearly 30 combinations, are highlighted by quality imported ingre dients -not to mention a healthy imagination, as the zucca gialla attests: pumpkin cream, pancetta, smoked scamorza cheese. $ PreludeAdrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$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 fire-roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001 www.rosamexicano.comThis expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly -festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$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 atmo spheric 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. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/ apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ 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 19thcentury Naples, but pies like the Limone (fresh mozzarella, pecorino, lemons, arugula, EVOO) prove some rules should be broken. $$Sumi Yakitori21 SW 11th St., 786-360-5570If your definition of yakitori has been formed from typical Americanized sticky-sweet skewers, this late-night places grilled offerings, flavored with the subtly smoky savor of imported Japanese binchotan charcoal will be a revelation. Dcor is more stunningly stylish than at chef/owner Jeffrey Chans adjacent Momi Ramen, but cooking is equally authentic for items like skewered duck (served with scallion sauce), juicy sausage-stuffed chicken wings, bacon-wrapped hardboiled quail eggs, or grilled hamachi kama (super succulent yellowtail collar). Supplemental dishes, including pork buns and sauted veggies, also excel. $$$ 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 musthaves 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, Italian Mothers Day ItalianRESTAURANTwww.thebigshrestaurant.com620 NE 78th st 33138 Miami Ph 305 373 1770 AuguriMammaAuguriMamma Party with your Mom Party with your Momrfntb

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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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 tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Temaris1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-836-2747In Japan, temaris are ornamented hand balls, used since the Seventh Century for sport and as good luck folk-art objects. At this Japanese/Latin hot spot, temaris are reinterpreted, both playfully and artfully, as beautiful, bite-size sushi balls (each about half the size of normal nigiri): vinegary rice topped with sliced raw fish or beef, plus nipples constructed from several of the eaterys dozenand-a-half sauces. Fancier mini-balls feature fusion combinations like spicy tuna, almonds, and tobiko, or substitute crispy rice. Normal-size makis, small plates, and desserts are also fun. $$-$$$Tobacco Road626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The kitchen is especially known for its chili, budget-priced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$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, 305-372-4710Back before Miamis business district had any there there, the InterContinentals original restaurant was an executive lunch/ dinner destination mainly by default. This replacement, from restau rant 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. $$$-$$$$$Toscana Divino900 S. Miami Ave., 305-571-2767When an upscale restaurant remains perennially packed during a recession, you figure theyre offering something way beyond the usual generic Italian fare. While familiar favorites (Caprese salad, etc.) are available, the changing menu is highlighted by harder-tofind Tuscan specialties, albeit luxe versions: pappa al pomodoro, tomato/bread peasant soup elevated by an organic poached egg and finocchiona (a regional fennel salami); an authentic-tasting fiorentina porterhouse, with smoked potato pure plus more traditional veggies. A budget-conscious boon: changing three-course lunches and early-bird dinners. $$$-$$$$$Trapiche Room1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, its not surprising that this small, secondfloor restaurant is something of a best kept secret. But it deserves discovery. Chef Maria Tobar hasnt Daniel Bouluds fame, but she does have classic European-type technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/cabbage strudel, into 21st century fine-dining fare. Both dcor and service, similarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the rooms intimacy makes it a romantic spot for special occasions. $$$$Tre Italian Bistro270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but restolounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistrolounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale power-lunch/ dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake sliders are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tuyo415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt student-run. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former protgs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$Verde Restaurant & Bar1103 Biscayne Blvd., 305-375-8282Located in the Prez Art Museum Miami, this indoor/outdoor bayfront bistro, a project of restaurateur Stephen Starr, serves elegant, eco-friendly fare to match PAMMs green certification. (Museum admission not required.) Seafood crudos shine: hamachi sashimi slices flash-marinated in a subtle citrus/ponzu emulsion and enlivened by jalapeo relish; a sprout-topped, smoothly sauced tuna tartare with lemon and horseradish flavors substituting for clichd sesame. Light pizzas topped with near paper-thin zucchini slices, goat cheese, roasted garlic EVOO, and squash blossoms virtually define farm-to-table. And doughnuts with Cuban coffee dip are the definitively local dessert. $$-$$$Wolfgangs Steakhouse315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-487-7130Proprietor Wolfgang Zweiner worked for decades at Brooklyns legendary Peter Lugers before opening the first of his own muchpraised, old-school steakhouses in 2003, which explains the quality of the USDA prime-grade steaks here -dry-aged on premises for bold, beefy flavor and tender but toothsome texture. Prices are prodigious but so are portions. The 32-ounce porterhouse for two easily feeds three or four folks curious to taste the difference. Plentiful sides include a bacon starter favored by those who love Canadian bacon over pork belly. Personally, just the simple, superb steaks leave us happy as clams. $$$$$Wok Town119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist dcor (with communal seating), and predominance of American veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables. Wrong. Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and haveit-your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor. The proof: a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/ ginger/scallion dressing. Bubble tea, too! $$ 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 (robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetar ians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitelygarnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restaurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ 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 yuzu-dressed smoked salmon, grape fruit, avocado, and arugula salad. But the must-eats are sweets, housemade by Worhach, formerly executive pastry chef at the Mansion at Turtle Creek and similar gourmet palaces. One bite of his decadent yet impossibly light white-and-dark chocolate mousse cake will hook you for life. $-$$ Basanis3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood redsauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Bengal2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976At this Indian eatery the dcor is cool and contemporary: muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine to match the look. Classicists, however, neednt worry. Americas favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$Bin No. 181800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas smart new residents: creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger inter nationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Blackbrick3451 NE 1st Ave. #103; 305-573-8886Inspiration for the Chinese food at this hotspot came from authentic flavors Richard Hales (from Sakaya Kitchen) encountered during travels in China, but the chefs considerable imagination figures in mightily. Example: Dont expect General Tsos chicken on the changing menu. The Generals Florida Gator, though, is a distinct possibility. Dishes less wild but still thrilling, due to strong spicing: bing (chewy Chinese flatbread) with char sui, garlic, and scallions; two fried tofu/veggie dishes (one hot, one not) savory enough to bring bean curd maligners (and confirmed carnivores) to their knees. $$-$$$ Bocce Bar3252 NE 1st Ave. #107; 786-245-6211A bocce court outside plus interior dcor imported from Italy, floor to ceiling, serve notice that this eaterys shareable small plates (salumi/cheeses, pastas, and composed antipasti featuring perfect produce) are thoroughly Italian-inspired. But all are elevated by inventive twists from chef Timon Balloo, of adjacent Sugarcane. Vegetarian dishes especially impress: creamy polenta with a poached egg, savory rapini, and shaved truffle; crispy artichoke with mustard-seed aioli; Thumbelina carrots with mascarpone and pistachio granola, a dish that magically makes the common root veggie a mouthful of wonderfulness; 25 year-aged balsamico ice cream. $$$Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking distance of every Miami resident, wed be a helluva hip food town. Like true Parisian bistros, its open continuously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in anytime for authentic rillettes (a rustic pt) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is free parking. $$Buena Vista 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 house made 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 fastfood combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ The Butcher Shop165 NW 23rd St., 305-846-9120Unbelievable but true: At the heart of this festive, budget-friendly beer-garden restaurant is an old-school gourmet butcher shop, where sausages from classic (brats, chorizo) to creative (lamb and feta) are house-made, and all beef is certified USDA prime -rarely found at even fancy steakhouses. Take your selections home to cook, or better yet, eat them here, accompanied by intriguing Old/ New World sauces, garnishes (like bleu cheese fritters), sides, and starters. Desserts include a bacon sundae. Beer? Try an organic brew, custom-crafted for the eatery. $$-$$$Cafeina297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ 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. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course3451 NE 1st Ave. 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sand wiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor prefer ence from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$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 1/2 Deli Sandwich and cup of Soup served with Cole Slaw or Potato Salad.Tuna Fish Appetizer or Sandwich served with Cole Slaw or Potato Salad. Choice of Bagel or Toast.Open-face Turkey Platter served with Mashed Potatoes and House Vegetables. Choice of Corned Beef or Pastrami Sandwich served with Cole Slaw or Potato Salad. Nova Appetizer served with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Cream Cheese and garnish. Choice of Bagel or Bialy. Specials are served Monday thru Friday 11:00am to 3:00pm (excluding Holidays) All Lunch Specials include Fountain Beverage or Fresh Brewed Ice Tea or Coffee

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84 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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. $-$$ The Cypress Room3620 NE 2nd Ave., 305-520-5197Deer and boar heads on wood-paneled walls juxtapose with crystal chandeliers at this tiny fourth restaurant in Michael Schwartzs burgeoning empire, evoking feelings of dining in a century-old millionaires hunting lodge -in miniature. Many dishes are similarly fun fantasies of 1920s Florida fine dining, pairing yesteryears rustic proteins (including wild game) and veggies with preparations that are ultimately refined interpretations of the past: antelope/wild mushroom gnocchi; French onion soup with a sort of gruyere tuile float instead of the usual gooey melt, served on a lacy doily. Dont miss the royal red shrimp, or Hedy Goldsmiths desserts. $$$$$ Daily Melt3401 N. Miami Ave. #123, 305-573-0101Masterminded by Chef Allen Susser, the concept is to bring diners the comfort of homemade grilled cheese -like moms, if mom hadnt usually burned the bread and improperly melted the cheese. The Melts custom grill press browns/melts sandwiches perfectly every time. Additionally, Susser tested numerous all-American cheeses (no imports or artisanal products) for gooey goodness. Mom probably also didnt create combinations like cheddar with green apples and Virginia ham, or allow a simple signature grilled American cheese to be dressed up with truffle butter. Accompaniments include roasted tomato soup, chopped salads, and sweet melts like smores. $The Daily Creative Food Co.2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $The District190 NE 46th St., 305-573-4199At the house whose original restaurant tenant was One Ninety, dcor has been renovated dramatically from shabby to chic, and the pan-American gastropub cuisine also matches a more mature Miami. Horacio Rivaderos dishes reflect both Latin and American influences with considerable creative flair and fun. Favorites: lobster tacos with pickled cabbage, aji Amarillo escabeche, and crisped shallots; luscious lamb tartare, featuring toasted pignolias and mustard oil; and the Black Magic mousse, with vanilla/sweet potato drizzles, housemade marshmallows, and a pistachio cookie. $$$-$$$$El Bajareque278 NW 36th St., 305-576-5170Dozens of little Latin American eateries, all looking almost identically iffy, line 36th Street. But this family-owned bajareque (shack) is one where you definitely want to stop for some of Miamis most tasty, and inexpensive, Puerto Rican home cooking, from mondongo (an allegedly hangover-curing soup) to mofongo, a plantain/chicharron mash with varied toppings plus garlicky mojo. Housemade snacks are irresistible, too, and great take-out party fare: pork-studded pasteles, similar to Cuban tamals but with a tuber rather than corn masa dough, or empanadas with savory shrimp stuffing. $ Egg & Dart4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crisp-fried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Enriquetas Sandwich Shop186 NE 29th St., 305-573-4681This Cuban breakfast/lunch old-timer actually serves more than sandwiches (including mammoth daily specials )-and since reopening after a fire, does so in a cleanly renovated interior. But many hardcore fans never get past the parking lots ordering window, and outdoors really is the best place to manage Enriquetas mojo-marinated messy masterpiece: pan con bistec, dripping with sauted onions, melted cheese, and potato sticks; tomatoes make the fats and calories negligible. Accompany with fresh orange juice or caf con leche, and youll never want anything else, except maybe a bib. $The Embassy4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446Dont come to this embassy for passports. The name is short for Embassy of Well-being and Debauchery. You will, however, feel transported to Spains gourmet capital, San Sebastian, after sampling ambassador Alan Hughess cunning pintxos (complexly layered Basque-style tapas). From a self-serve bar, choose from a changing selection of skewered stacks; brie, homemade fig jam, and twizzles of silky jamon Serrano; roast tomato, goat cheese, and anchovies on buttery garlic toast; many more. Small plates, to-die-for desserts like floating island with lychees, and weekend brunch items demonstrate similar mad-chef skills. $$-$$$ 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 Ritz-Carlton) at surprisingly low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and housemade pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ Harrys Pizzeria3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key compo nents from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/ sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crispoutside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$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 bluecheese 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? $$ iSushi Caf3301 NE 1st Ave. #107, 305-548-8751Ever get tempted by supermarket sushi rolls, just because theyre there? Dont be. This quick-casual caf has a menu similar to that at sushi/Japanese small-plates, fast-food take-out joints (individual nigiri, makis, and party platters, plus small plates like edamame, seaweed, etc.) and comparable preparation speed, too, but with ingredient quality and freshness thats more upscale. Prices are actually considerably cheaper than those of market makis that might have been sitting around for days. Additionally, ambiance, though casual, is stylish enough for a date or dinner with friends. $$ 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. $$Joeys Italian Caf2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Caf District, this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would hope and as affordable. Theres a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for under $30. And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara. Pastas are fresh; produce is largely local; the mosaic-centered dcor is minimalist but inviting. And no need to be wary of the warehouse district at night: Valet parking is free. $$-$$$Kouzina Greek Bistro3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-1825Across the tracks from Midtown Miami, this hidden-by-hedges spot features a patio with authentically festive ambiance and food by Alexia Apostolidi, also authentically Greek but known to locals for her critically acclaimed fare at defunct Ariston. The menu includes many mezes, both traditional (like tsatziki and eggplant spreads) and unusual (bacalao croquettes with garlic pure and roasted beet coulis; sesame-sprinkled manouri cheese envelopes), plus limited entres highlighted by cheese/herb-crusted lamb at dinner and lunchtimes lamb pita wrap. Dont miss the semolina pure side -heavenly Greek cheese grits. $-$$$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/entertainment venue. Choose artisan cheeses and charcuterie from the fridges, hand them over when you pay (very little), and theyll be plated with extras: olives, bread, changing luscious condiments. Or grab fish, chicken, veggies, or steak (with salad or cornbread) from the hidden yards grill. Relax in the comfie mismatched furniture, over extensive wine/beer choices and laidback live music. No cover, no attitude. $$ Lemoni Caf4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/salads/ starters primer. What it doesnt convey is the freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes into their use. Entre-size salads range from an elegant spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens. Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninis, or wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-tasting light salad cream. $-$$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. $$

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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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 Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon-crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $Mandolin Aegean 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., 305-456-9948Chef/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. $$$-$$$$ Mercato4141 NE 2nd Ave., 786-332-3772Adjacent to Dena Marinos hot hangout MC Kitchen, the contemporary Italian chefs artisanal market and breakfast/lunch caf is for diners wanting a quicker (but not fast-food) sit-down meal, or inventive take-out. Pressed for time? Try a pressed sandwich like Marinos Italian Cubano (porchetta, prosciutto cotto, Swiss, pickles, and Dijon mustard dressing, on ciabatta). Along with hot or cold sandwiches, theres a wide variety of homemade breakfast pastries, breads, cookies, and fresh-baked quiches, plus salads and a dailychanging soup. Market items include exotic jams, craft beers, and Marinos private label EVOO. $-$$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 choco late 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. $$-$$$$Mikes at Venetia555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hangout for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-night menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$Mmmm2519 NW 2nd Ave., 786-703-3409On the same strip as Wynwood Kitchen & Bar and Joeys, this more casual alt-culture caf is a sandwich/soup/salad spot with a differ ence -chef Alan McLennan, whose mentors include Michelin 3-star chefs Michel Guerard and Fredy Giradet. The elite French training is reflected in Mmmms signature items: tartines, open-face sandwiches on crusty toasted sourdough indistinguishable from Pariss famed Poilane bread, except made in Miami. Among the perfectly balanced toppings are an especially tasty tuna and artichoke with olive mayo, or daily specials like crab/avocado. Wine, too, and locally made tropical ice creams from Azucar. $$Moloko3201 N. Miami Ave. #104, 305-572-9336Though self-subtitled The Art of Crpe and Coffee, this cool caf, in the Shops at Midtown Miami, offers much more. Also on the freewheeling menu are unusual items like a reinvented Hawaiian loco moco rice plate (typically topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg, and brown gravy, here featuring protein of choice, eggs any style, and spinach cream sauce). The coffee, local Panther, and plumply stuffed sweet or savory crpes are indeed art forms, but youll find changing exhibits by local artists, too. Special happenings include live music and kids-eat-free evenings. $-$$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; shoestring frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & 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., 786-391-1818With 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. $ Palatino3004 NW 2nd Ave., 786-360-5200When longtime favorite Jamaican joint Clives fell victim to gentrification, few expected to find similarly skilled old-school CaribbeanAmerican soul food in Wynwood again, especially not at old-school prices. But thats what this small, super-friendly mom-and-pop spot serves up: breakfasts like ackee and salt fish, fried dumpling and callaloo, or an egg/maple sausage/cheese grits combo; plates (with sides) of oxtails, curry goat, jerk chicken; richly crusted piquant chicken or meat patties that contend with Miamis best. Surprises include homemade pastries, and $1 ice cream cones in tropical flavors like soursop. $-$$ Pashas 3801 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pizza Pazza275 NE 18th St. #109, 786-762-2238Close your eyes while eating Naples-born Sal Matuozzos woodoven pies and youll be in Naples. Crusts: Thin rather than Roman super-thin; theres just enough chewy thickness to emphasize youre eating honest bread, not a cracker. Toppings: High-quality (fresh fior di latte, not commercial mozzarella ; intensely flavorful sauce featuring imported San Marzano tomatoes; garnishes including fresh black truffles) and applied judiciously enough that each bite tastes slightly different -neither ungenerously Spartan nor crassly overloaded. Prices: higher than typical neighborhood pizze rias, lower than a plane ticket to Italy. $$Pride & Joy2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548Behind this Wynwood warehouse faade youll find pure Southern roadhouse, and the backyard patio is an even more relaxing place to kick back with beer, blues music, and barbecue from pit master Myron Mixon. Oddly, considering Mixons many BBQ championships, the cue can be inconsistent. Our favorite choices: St. Louis ribs, tender without being falling-off-the bone overcooked, and enjoyably fattier than baby backs; vinegar-doused pulled pork sandwiches, which, unlike meat plates, come with sides -fries, plus slaw to pile on for added juice and crunch. $$$ Primos1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to pro sciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$R House2727 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-0240A strikingly stylish restaurant thats part art gallery could be pretentious, in a still largely ungentrified area of cutting-edge artsy yet still workingclass Wynwood. But modular movable walls to accommodate changing installations, and its own name make it clear the art component is a serious working gallery. Hardworking chef/owner Rocco Carulli demonstrates a locals orientation with a menu highlighted by skillfully crafted, hearty entres (Brazilian seafood moqueta stew, coffee/chili-rubbed short ribs, sweet pea falafel) available in affordable half-portions: small plates of big food for starving artists. $$-$$$ 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. $$ Sake Room 275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated dcor at this small but sleek restolounge. Among the seafood offerings, you wont find exotica or local catches, but all the usual sushi/sashimi favorites, though in more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy sriracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many more. Especially recommended: the yuzu hamachi roll, the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-sour Mayo and a salad. $$-$$$Salad Creations2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety ofchefcreated salads and wraps, or go the DIY route, choosing from one of four greens options; four dozen add-ons (fresh, dried, or pickled veggies and fruits, plus cheeses and slightly sinful pleasures like candied pecans or wonton strips); a protein (seafood or poultry); and two dozen dressings, ranging from classic (Thousand Island, bleu cheese) to creative contemporary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$

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86 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT SSalumeria 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 soups-to-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liverhaters 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-fresh-daily fare similar in concept to some fast-casual competitors. But there are indeed differences here, notably pan-Latin options: black beans as well as red; thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal nachos). Other pluses include weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers -and free parking. $-$$ S & S Diner1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$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. $$-$$$ 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. $$Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more foodoriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$SuViche2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-960-7097As its fusion name suggests, this artsy indoor/outdoor eatery doesnt merely serve a mix of Japanese sushi and Latin ceviches but a true fusion of both, largely owing to signature sauces (many based on Perus citusy/creamy acevichado emulsion with Japanese spicing) that are applied to sushi rolls and ceviche bowls alike. Additionally there are some popular Peruvian-fusion cooked dishes like Chifa (Peruvian-Chinese) lomo saltado, served traditionally, as an entre, or creatively in springs rolls). To add to the fun, accompany your meal with a cocktail from Miamis only pisco bar. $$-$$$ Thea Pizzeria-Caf1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-777-3777Just over the border from artsy Wynwood, this ultra-cool caf (whose interior features a 30-foot Italian glass floral mosaic) isnt what youd expect to find inside one of the medical/lab buildings in Miamis sterile Health District. But the owner is Thea Goldman, former founding partner of Wynwoods pioneering restolounge Joeys, which explains both the stylishness and the menu, highlighted by imaginative wood-oven designer pizzas, plus artisan charcuterie/cheese platters, creative salads, and housemade salted caramel gelato. Not your typical hospital food. Call ahead regarding dinner. At this writing, its being served Fridays only. $$-$$$Tony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food. But the American dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Via Verdi Cucina Rustica6900 Biscayne Blvd., 786-615-2870After years of critical acclaim cooking the cuisine of their native Piedmont at ultra-upscale Quattro, on Lincoln Road, twin brother chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro decided to work for themselves, hands-on renovating the former space of MiMo District pioneer Uva 69. Cuisine here is similarly authentic, with creative twists. But there are important differences: emphasis on local, rather than mostly imported, ingredients; inspiration from all Italian regions; and best, astonishing affordability. Housemade spinach/ricotta gnudi baked in an ocean of burrata is a delight, but its hard to go wrong here. $$-$$$ Wine Vault MiamiShops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000From a Wine Vault press release: Over 1300 square feet of pure decadence. In fact, the soaring, two-story space, complete with glass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolatecovered bacon. Go ahead and make a meal of it. We grown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from world-famous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$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, neighborhood-focused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maplegarnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$BarMeli725 NE 79th St., 305-754-5558Just east of Liza Melis defunct Ouzos Taverna, her similarly rusticfestive tapas and wine bar/market has an extensive, mostly smallplates menu including all of Ouzos Greatest Greek Hits (refreshingly light and lemony taramosalata carp roe spread, amazingly succulent grilled fresh sardines, her moms lemon cake, more), plus more broadly Mediterranean creations like an Italian-inspired grana padano flan, uniquely topped crostini and flatbreads, cheese/charcuterie boards. The boutique wine selection focuses on unusual (sometimes virtually unknown, and unavailable elsewhere in town) Mediterranean varietals from family-owned vineyards. $$ Big Fish620 NE 78th St., 305-373-1770Longtime locals who remember the uniquely Miamian ambiance of the first Big Fish, a beloved Miami River hole-in-the-wall restolounge, will want to visit this rebirth featuring an equally cool waterside setting on the Little River, plus an original owner and similar traditional Italian dishes. Our personal fave is spaghetti alla vongole veraci (with tiny true Venetian clams, hard to find today even in Venice), but youll know what you like on the familiar menu. Best seating: the expansive extensively (and expensively) rebuilt riverfront deck. $$$-$$$$ Biscayne Diner8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-9910At this architecturally mixed-era diner (signage: 1960s Jetsons; building: 1930s urban-gritty), the menu is equally eclectic. Example: The entre section includes meatloaf, but the other half-dozen dishes are Italian. Hefty burgers are always terrific. Otherwise, the chef seems most excited by experimentation, so the blackboards Daily Specials are the interesting way to go, whether the item is an ambitious quail or a fresh-baked old-fashioned pie. If we could stop stuffing ourselves silly on the big, fat, breaded onion rings, we could tell you more. But thats not gonna happen. Blue Collar6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloises American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is helmed by a former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allens vet who now crafts casual, creative fare at prices all can afford. Dishes are eclectic. The roughly dozen veggie dishes alone range from curried cauliflower pure to maduros to bleu cheese roasted asparagus. Shrimp and grits compete with any in Charleston; pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny fried egg, beats Bostons best. $-$$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. $$B & M Market219 NE 79th St., 305-757-2889Dont let the rustic look of this mom-and-pop Caribbean market/ eatery, or its ungentrified location, scare you. Walk to the kitchen in the back of the market, order, and then either eat-in (at two tables) or take-out some of Miamis tastiest, and cheapest, West Indian food. Celeb chef Michelle Bernstein is a longtime fan of the jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, and pigeon peas and rice cooked in coconut milk. Rotis rule here; the flatbreads come plain or, better yet, in curry chicken, goat, or remarkably full-flavored vegetarian versions. $

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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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. $-$$ East Side Pizza731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entres like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peroni beer. As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables. $Fiorito5555 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-2899While owners Max and Cristian Alvarezs description of their eatery as a little Argentinean shack is as charming as the brothers themselves, it conveys neither the places cool warmth nor the foods exciting elegance. Dishes are authentically Argentine, but far from standard steakhouse stuff. Chef Cristians background at popular pop-up The Dining Room becomes instantly understandable in dishes like orange and herb-scented lechon confit (with pumpkin mash, pickled cabbage salad, and Dijon mojo) or sopa de calabaza, derived from Argentinas peasant stew locro, but here a refined, creamy soup. Many more surprises -even steaks. $$-$$$ The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559At the Fed, expect what locals know to expect from sommelier/chef team Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, whose previous restaurant concepts have included Blue Piano (gourmet stoner snacks) and Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea. That is, expect the unexpected. The Fed is an updated tavern featuring creative, from-scratch takes on traditional American regional dishes: flaky Southern biscuits with sau sage gravy (and crisp-coated sweetbreads, if desired); Northeasterninspired pig wings (pork drummettes with homemade Buffalo sauce, blue cheese mousse, and pickled veggies). Desserts, from third partner Alejandro Ortiz, include sinful sticky buns. $$-$$$ Garden of Eatin136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050Housed in a yellow building thats nearly invisible from the street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eatin lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Jimmys East Side Diner7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Tour Eiffel7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014This cute restaurant/crperie serves three meals, from traditional French breakfasts of croissants/baguettes and jam, or heftier ones including pain perdu (real French toast), to dinners featuring a chefs special $28.90 two-course meal of classics: country pt, Provencal fish soup, bold boeuf bourgignon, creamy-rich poulet la Normande, a moules/frites that even comes with a glass of muscadet, and many more starter/entre choices. But definitely dont miss the crpes, served all day in both sweet and savory varieties -the latter made correctly, for a change, with heftier buckwheat flour. $$-$$$$ Lo De Lea7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-3218 In Casa Toscanas former space, this cute, contemporary parillada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (an unusually imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and a smile. For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to make in her wildest dreams. $$$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. $$$-$$$$ Minas Mediterraneo749 NE 79th St., 786-391-0300Unlike most restaurants labeled Mediterranean, this one, deco rated with restrained modern elegance, really does have dishes from countries surrounding all sides of the sea (though not necessarily from the countries seaside regions, as boeuf Bourguignon attests). Our favorites, like owner Yasmine Kotb, whose heritage is Egyptian-via-Texas, and her mom, the chef, are those featuring exotic Eastern/North African tastes -with twists. Especially fun: Egypts besara, a light fava-based hummus; falafel sliders in warm pita with Israeli salad, slaw, and tahini; and an unusual side of grilled kale with yogurt dressing and hazelnuts. $$Mi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinaryschool-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparklingfresh 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 sweet-savory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese home-cooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/ sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a full-fledged eatery. Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022Dont let this little cafs easily overlooked strip-mall location, or its informal interior, fool you. The warm welcome is authentically Italian, as are cleverly crafted antipasti, simple but full-flavored pastas, and homemade pastries (from rosemary breadsticks to fruit-topped dessert tortas) that will transport your taste buds to Tuscany. And the housemade mozzarella or burrata cheeses -truly milk elevated to royalty -will transport you to heaven. A small market area provides Italian staples, plus superb salumi and the magnificent mozz, to go. $$-$$$Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, natu rally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Siam Rice7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516Youll find all the familiar favorite Thai and Japanese items here, and prices for curries and noodle dishes (all customizable regarding choice of protein, preparation, and heat level) are especially good at lunch. But dont overlook somewhat pricier specialties like a deep-fried yet near-greaseless boneless half duck with veggies in red curry sauce. Theres also an unusually extensive list of salads, some with inventive fusion touches, like a grilled shrimp/soba salad featuring traditional Thai flavors (sriracha chiles, fish sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles. $-$$$ Soyka5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and sommelier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused. The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgonzola sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poivre. And dont miss the sticky date/toffee pudding. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and spe cial 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. $$$

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88 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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 savo ries (infusion jars of Stoli and lemongrass). $$ Oggis Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Paprika1624 NE 79th St., 305-397-877This exotically decorated restaurant, serving Mediterranean cuisine from North Africa and the Middle East, has several unusual features, including Friday-night belly dancing and a hookah lounge. Food menus also feature appealing, unusual choices (zaatar-spiced seared lamb loin carpaccio with chickpea pure; stuffed boureka puff pastries; mussels in creamy saffron sauce) along with familiar hummus, kabobs, more. Lunchtime sandwich standout: merguez (intensely spiced lamb sausage) with tzatziki, hummus, salad, and fiery harissa sauce, on fresh pita. $$-$$$ Sabor Latin Restaurant & Cafe1880 79th St. Cswy., 305-741-2020This family-run restaurant serves big portions of homey traditional food from several Latin American countries, including Cuba (pan con bistec, ropa vieja), Mexico (nachos, tacos, quesadillas), and Peru (lomo saltado). But the specialty is Colombian classics, from snacks like empanadas to a bandeja paisa combo (grilled steak, chorizo, a gargantuan crispy chicharron strip, fried egg, arepa, plantains, beans, rice). Particularly recommended: daily specials including two meal-in-a-bowl chicken soups, ajiaco, and sancocho. If youve wondered about the much-debated difference, heres where to test the taste. $-$$Sushi Siam1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing) Caf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ Lous Beer Garden7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels pool-patio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several housemade sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys executive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, youd expect major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address. Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal whod moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$ Cte Gourmet9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar and indoor/outdoor dining room. The surprise is the food some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemporary: an Asian ahi tuna tower; a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad; and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ PizzaFiore9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-1924Owned by Arcoub Abderrahim, who opened South Beachs original PizzaFiore way back in 1996, this caf serves the kind of nostalgic, medium-thin crusted, oozing-with-gooey-cheese pizzas reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos territory, except now there are options for todays toppings -sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc. But theres also a full menu of Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$ Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every coffee-growing country in the world. Brews like signature smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe dont even need cream or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou. All beans are house-roasted. Theres solid food, too: brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ Bagel Bar East1990 NE 123rd St., 305-895-7022Crusty outside (even without toasting) and substantially chewy inside, the bagels here are the sort homesick ex-New Yorkers always moan are impossible to find in Miami. For those who prefer puffed-up, pillowy bagels? Forget it. Have a nice onion pocket. Theres also a full menu of authentic Jewish deli specialties, includ ing especially delicious, custom-cut -not pre-sliced -nova or lox. Super size sandwiches easily serve two, and theyll even improvise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$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 ingredients such as mayo flavored like red-eye gravy, with strong coffee, or the bun of the infamous Luther: a sweetglazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut. Costs are comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Cane Sucre899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123From the Vega brothers (who pioneered the Design and MiMo districts with, respectively, the original Cane A Sucre and UVA 69), this charming artisanal sandwich bar is the perfect breakfast/lunch stop before or after ingesting visual arts at nearby MOMA. Actually, cre ations like El Fig (fig confit, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and honey on an authentically French crisp-crusted fresh-baked baguette) are art in their own right. Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and homemade sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ 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 succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chilispiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$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-thedrive 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. $$-$$$$Flip Burger Bar1699 NE 123rd St., 305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-notmiss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are handcut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budgetpriced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas1821 NE 123rd St., 786-866-9007Festooned with eye-poppingly colored panels and giraffes -subtler but everywhere -this first North American branch of a wildly popular, 30-year-old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of a planned 4000 U.S. Giraffas. Given that the steaks, especially the tender, flavorful picanha, rival those at the most upscale rodizio joints -and beat the sword-wielding grandstanders for custom cooking (because staff asks your preference) -wed bet on giraffe domination. Overstuffed grilled sandwiches, salads, even tasty veggie options are all here, too. The cheese bread is a must. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0165Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$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 childfriendly, 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. $$KC Healthy Cooking11900 Biscayne Blvd. #103, 786-502-4193Hidden inside an office building across from Home Depot, this family-friendly spot has no fancy features -such as a sign outside. But walk through the corporate lobby and youll find truly heartfelt, health-conscious, homemade dishes, some surprisingly sophisticated. Theres no red meat on the globally influenced menu, but there are poultry and fish, along with many vegetarian or vegan choices: organic pumpkin soup, zingy Thai curried veggie soup, an elegantly layered, molded tuna/avocado/quinoa cupcake, a real Bundt cake -vegan (no dairy) but remarkably tasty. $$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. $$$Kings Chef476 NE 125th St., 305-895-7878While authentic Chinese fine dining fare is best eaten fresh from the wok, Chinese take-out is almost a separate genre with its own standards -prime being how its tantalizing scent fills the inside of your car. Even basic bargain-priced Szechuan beef combination platters from this humble establishment do that so well, youll find yourself taking the long way home. There are surprises one wouldnt expect, too, including a wide variety of tasty tofu dishes -spicy ma po, General Tso-style, honey garlic, many more -and other savory vegetarian treats. $-$$ 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 lighttextured), 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. $-$$Pastry Is Art12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs execu tive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ *Must present all coupons. Not valid with other offers. Tax not included. ** ORDER ONLINE www.sumosushibar.com **(Delivery charge Call for delivery area) NOW OPEN 7 DAYS FROM 11AM PARTY WITH US FRI & SAT till 2AM Lunch, Dinner & Happy Hour Specials DAILY

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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S 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. $$$Piccolo Pizza2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893-9550Pizzas at this spin-off from family-owned Il Piccolo impress even NYC visitors, thanks to recipes proprietor Hubert Benmoussa learned from an authentic Neapolitan pizzaolo. Other favorites here include subs on homemade baguettes and, surprising for a pizzeria, delightfully custardy quiche (Benmoussa is part French). But it would be unthinkable to miss the pies, especially our favorite Italia: subtly sweet tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, onions, plus mixed greens and uncooked prosciutto on top -both pizza and salad. There are also nicely priced catering trays of finger subs, quiche squares, pizza bites, more. $-$$ 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 musto-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, avocado, and cuke, topped with tempura fish and eel sauce) is a tasty pick. Dont miss sticky rice with mango for dessert. $ Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket. Other new additions include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission fee. $ Chef Rolfs Tunas Seafood Restaurant17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 Known for decades as simply Tunas, this indoor/outdoor eatery, combining a casual vibe with some surprisingly sophisticated food, now has a name recognizing the culinary refinements introduced by Rolf Fellhauer, for 28 years executive chef at Continental finedining spot La Paloma. Additions to the predominantly seafood menu include chateaubriand or rack of lamb for two, both carved, with old-school spectacle, tableside. Owner Michael Choido has also renovated the interior dining room, and added the Yellowfin Lounge, which features an extensive selection of artisan beers. $$-$$$ Cholos Ceviche & Grill1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -altogether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop16721 NE 6th Ave., 305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bonein pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Take-out packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal 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 faux-Cantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, especially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$ El Gran Inka3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influ ential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Hannas Gourmet Diner13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institu tion since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687One of Miamis first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popular after-hours snack stop. The sushi menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori, skewers of succulently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables; the unusually large variety available of the last makes this place a good choice for vegetarians. $$ Hiros Sushi 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 unusu ally fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$Kings County Pizza18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-9455If your feelings about Brooklyn-style pizza have been formed by Dominos flopsy-crusted, ketchupy, cheesefoody pies, stop here to sample a slice of the real thing. Admittedly, the crusts are not those of the coal-fired classics from Brooklyns legendary Totonnos or Grimaldis, but theyre similarly medium-thin and crisp -though not like a cracker; you can fold them for neat street eating, and they taste like honest bread, not cardboard. A variety of toppings are available even on slices. There are also whole pies with varied toppings. The large is humongous. $-$$ 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. $ 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 cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800 www.limefreshmexicangrill.comLike its downtown and Midtown siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Little Saigon16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$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. $$$Oishi Thai14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$Rizios Peruvian Cuisine15975 Biscayne Blvd., 305-945-5111Peruvian eateries featuring ceviches and classic cooked dishes are plentiful in Miami; those adding NovoAndean fine-dining fare to the mix? Not so much. Since 2000, evolutionary chefs in Peru have been using sophisticated European techniques to revive humble native Andean ingredients like quinoa. Since late 2012, this secret spot has been, too, thanks to former Lima restaurateur Cesar Valverde, a traditionalist, and his chef son Mauricio, a Miami Culinary Institute-trained innovator. Even traditional tiraditos have delightful elegance. But dont neglect Novo inventions like trigottos, risottos substituting trigo (wheat) for rice. $$$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. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mockmeat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$Soprano Caf3933 NE 163rd St., 855-434-9035Sicilian native Rocco Soprano, original proprietor of South Beachs Sopranos, has transformed this Intracoastal Waterway space, formerly the enoteca Racks, into an elegant but family-friendly restaurant featuring classic Italian dishes plus steakhouse fare, all in prodigious portions. For an ultimate Miamian/Italian fusion experience, arrive by boat at Sopranos dock, grab a table on the water-view deck, and enjoy a coal-oven pizza -perhaps the famous truffled white pizza, or our personal fave secchi: sopressata salami, zesty tomato sauce, provolone, goat cheese, and fresh fior di latte mozzarella. $$$ Sushi House15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken its cue from Philippe Starck: sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. 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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANT S shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied daily-changing menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal Ladies-Who-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$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 modestlooking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfasts blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews sparkle with vivid flavors. Especially impressive: mock meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat many carnivorous competitors. Skeptical? Rightly. But we taste-tested a Philly cheese steak sandwich on the toughest of critics -an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$ Asia Bay Bistro1007 Kane Concourse, 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japaneseinspired 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. $$$ Bay Harbor Bistro1023 Kane Concourse, 305-866-0404Though small, this ambitious European/American fusion bistro covers all the bases, from smoked salmon eggs Florentine at breakfast and elaborate lunch salads to steak frites at dinner, plus tapas. As well as familiar fare, youll find atypical creations: caramelized onion and goat cheese-garnished leg of lamb sandwiches; a layered crab/ avocado tortino; pistachio-crusted salmon. A welcome surprise: The bistro is also a bakery, so dont overlook the mouthwateringly buttery croissants, plumply stuffed empanadas, or elegant berry tarts and other homemade French pastries. $$-$$$Bettos Ristorante Italiano1009 Kane Concourse, 305-861-8166After roughly 25 years as Caffe Da Vinci, this romantic remodeled, renamed space is now managed by Betto Di Carlo, also a 25-year Italian cuisine veteran (as former owner/effusively charming host of Surfsides neighborhood favorite Caf Ragazzi). Best make reservations. Though off the tourist track, the place draws hungry hordes for homemade pastas like pappardelle ai porcini (toothsome wide noodles with fresh mushrooms). Veal piccata, lightly floured and sauted medaillons with a caper-studded lemon white wine sauce, and thicker mozzarella-stuffed chops are also popular. $$$ Le 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 chef-centered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with melt-in-yourmouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/ owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$ Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli19003 Biscayne Blvd. 305-935-4029One word: flagels. And no, thats not a typo. Rather these crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed) are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -and a specialty at this bustling Jewish bakery/deli, which, since 1988, opens at 6:30 a.m. -typically selling out of flagels in a couple of hours. Since youre up early anyway, sample elaborately garnished breakfast specials, including unusu ally 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. $$Bourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare starts. There are also Minas ingenious signature dishes, like an elegant deconstructed lobster/ baby vegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy meal. But dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$Buffalo Wild Wings18721 Biscayne Blvd., 305-962-9995Like all locations of this renowned national sports bar/grill chain -originated in 1982, when two fans of Buffalo-style chicken wings couldnt find any in Ohio -Aventuras B-Dubs features an astonishing array of HD TVs (64), beers, and, naturally, wings: almost two dozen sauce and dry-rub choices, from a chili-spiked buttery original flavor to Asian, Caribbean, Italian, and beyond. Additionally, theres a full menu of burgers, salads, flatbreads, and other All-American classics. An outdoor patio and WiFi tablets loaded with games contribute considerably to kid-friendliness. $$ BurgerFi18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350Its 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 crispbattered onion rings, freshly made, all-natural frozen custard, and toppings galore. $ 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). $$Fuji Hana2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Kampai3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restaurant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi spe cialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempuraflake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Montanara18855 NE 29th Ave., 305-974-0167A lushly vine-covered walkway leading to the door and back patio of this secluded but expansive restaurant serves notice that diners are in for an exclusive Italian experience. Ilario Giunchi, cofounder of Caracass famed original La Montanara, has brought much of the menu to this second location, including housemade pastas and creative carpaccios like a delicate crudo version of vitello tonnato. Whatever else you order, dont miss the signature mascarpone/prosciutto focaccias from the beautifully tiled stone pizza oven. Budgeting diners: Explore weekday lunch specials, which include sides. $$-$$$$ Mos Bagels & Deli2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are handrolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$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. 305-937-2777Named after Ernest Hemingways fishing boat, this eatery, helmed for its first decade by chef Scott Fredel, is now under new ownership. The menu is a mix of classic dishes (grilled skirt steak with chimichurri and fries; chicken parm), todays trendy favorites (sliders, tuna tartare), and pastas including linguine with shrimp, tomato, basil, and garlic in Alfredo sauce. But executive chef Frank Ferreiros focus remains fresh seafood, like pan-seared colossal scallops with sauted spinach, fried onions, roasted corn, and champagne butter sauce. $$$Sicilian Oven20475 Biscayne Blvd., 305-682-1890Dont think that square-shaped doughy pizza is the specialty here. Oven is really the operative word, referring to the open kitchens impressive-looking, open-flame wood-burner, and for our money the places thin-crusted pies are the way to go. Toppings, applied amply, range from traditional Italian-American (like made-in-Wisconsin Grande mozzarella) to popular (fresh mozz, even balsamic glaze); crust options include whole grain and gluten-free. Other musthaves: arancini (deep-fried rice balls stuffed with mozz and ground beef) and cervellata sausage with broccoli rabe. $$ Soho Asian Bar & Grill19004 NE 29th St., 305-466-5656 Do bring your pocket flashlight to this kosher restaurant. Considering the menus expansiveness, youll be doing lots of reading despite dim, lounge-lizard lighting. The stars here are small plates and over-the-top Asian fusion sushi rolls, like the Korean: short ribs atop a kimchee-garnished maki of pured avocado, cuke, scallion, and sweet potato. But the menu of tapas and entres ranges from Japanese-inspired items to pad Thai, Middle Eastern kabobs, Chinese-American pepper steak, even all-American grilled steaks. Highlights: signature fried cauliflower with chili sauce, and an appealing house nut bread with three spreads. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing) Alba17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305From bad-boy celeb chef Ralph Pagano, Sole resorts seaside Italian/Italian-American eatery has an irreverent retro Rat Pack vibe and a menu featuring naked ravioli from the Gnudi Bar, fresh seafood, homemade pastas, classic and contemporary pizzas, and old school red sauce joint entres, some upscaled. (When lobster Franaise is available, why settle for chicken?) Almond-sage buttersauced 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. $$$$ Copper Chimney18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is the foods elegant presentation -plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among familiar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by street snacks, like bikaneri chaat (fried gram flour crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt) served with two chutneys; anything featuring paneer cheese, from classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried tomato-stuffed paneer/ potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$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 specials ranging from spa-grilled chicken to homemade Italian sausage and peppers. But its worth seeking out items that made South Beachs original Epicure famous: sandwiches featuring housemade rare roast beef; shrimp or chunky smoked whitefish salads; fresh baked goods. $$$The H Restaurant17608 Collins Ave., 305-931-9106This friendly, family-owned bistro is the sort of homeaway-fromhome found every few blocks in France -here Gerard and Karin Herrison, plus chef son Julien, formerly had a restaurant -but theyre rarely found in South Florida. Burgers, et al., are available, but with garlicky escargots, a savory/sweet-dressed salad of duck confit atop frise, pan-seared foie gras with port/raspberry sauce, fish with an impeccable lemon beurre blanc, and a satisfying steak/ frites (with peppery cognac cream sauce). Wed leave the American stuff to the kids. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale ItalianAmerican place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinnerfor the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Mozart Caf18110 Collins Ave., 305-974-010This eatery (which serves breakfast as well as lunch and dinner) is a kosher dairy restaurant, but not the familiar Old World type that used to proliferate all over New Yorks Lower Eastside Jewish community. Dcor isnt deli but modern-artsy, and the food is not blintzes, noodle kugel, etc., but a wide range of non-meat items from pizzas to sushi. Our favorite dishes, though, are Middle Eastern-influenced, specifically Yemenite malawach (paratha-type flatbread sandwiches, savory or sweet), and shaksuka (nicknamed eggs in purgatory; the spicy eggplant version will explain all). $$-$$$ Kitchen 30516701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a renovated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mangopapaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-youcan-eat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$Sumo Sushi Bar & Grill17630 Collins Ave., 305-682-1243Sushi may well have been served in Sunny Isles before this longtime neighborhood favorite opened, but Sumo was the neighborhoods first sushi bar to double as a popular lounge/ hangout as well as restaurant. Ladies nights are legend. While Thai and Chinese dishes are available, as well as purist nigiri, few can resist the truly sumo-wrestler-size maki rolls, the more over-the-top, the better. Our bet for biggest crowd pleaser: the spicy Pink Lady (shrimp tempura, avocado, masago, cilantro, and spicy mayo, topped with rich scallop-studded dynamite sauce. $$-$$$ 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. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ TEL:305-754-8002 www.schnitzelhausmiami.com1085 N.E. 79th Street / Causeway, Miami, FL 33138 ORIGINAL BAVARIANBIER GARTENOPENDAILYFROM5:00PMTO11:00PMFRIDAY& SATURDAYTOMIDNIGHT

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