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iS E A Duct-Tape Delight Editor's note: Sondra Schneider's new
Leave it to Biscayne Times to come up column, "Private Spaces," debuts in this DENTAL CENJTER with something like Sondra Schneider's issue on page 70.
"Private Spaces" (June 2014) to showcase
real homes without the designer glitz, Biscayne Bay Is Slowly Dying looking livable and lived in, even frumpy. Just Slowly Enough That You How delightful to know it will become a May Not Notice monthly feature. Jim Harper's "Going Green" column in
It's great fun discovering how people take the June issue ("When Less Is More") ordinary structures and personalize them. was great!
Where else would I see duct-tape wallpaper It always amazes me that people conor a mirrored disco ball in the backyard? sider this group of hutmans, who inhabit the Thank you for bringing home decor planet at this time, to be the most intelligent down to earth and though I'm not sure ever. Yet we spend a very large proportion that wabi-sabi is about celebrating relent- of our intellect and resources developing less eccentricity, there's something about ways to kill each other, and very little trying
the home-grown comfort in these two resi- to develop ways to live together. dences that the photos do indeed convey. Mr. Harper brings up another Sarah Fine strange contradiction: We live on a Aventura planet with finite space and yet no one seems concerned with the fact we live
Who Says Older Folks Don't Get It? as though an infinite number of people
Your story about home design for "real folks" can survive here. Maybe it is because was well written and a clever idea. There the planet is dying slowly and we don't was, however, an unfortunate and unneces- see the change. It's like watching your sary bias running through the article, children grow.
The writer condemns "older genera- I mentioned to someone what a tragtions" raised on "aspirational" maga- edy it is to see what is happening to Biszines (like Architectural Digest or House cayne Bay. Their response was: "What's Beautiful?) and an economic class (the wrong with the bay?" I read them the newly rich, who "equate money with el- following sentence from the book Tales H u rry, Limited Ti me Off s egance") for all architectural and design of Old Florida, written just 100 years
sins while assuming that younger ago: "This is king fishing in Biscayne Bay,
Professional Teebh Whibning people, barely established, and creative and with two or three pair of hands at the
Prfsso a people know the secret of "what really sport, a catch of two hundred and fifty
matters." And "old money" also knows fish a day is possible." How many kingfish \O n ly $ 2 9 9 the secret, as evidenced by the Duke of do you think you could catch today?
Devonshire and his threadbare sofa. I'm sure there was an abundance of
Take This is all pretty hilarious. Those of life in that bay 300 million years ago, and
Takeus of a certain age, whose biggest asset yet in a short period of 100 years, it has
IA ,by far is our home, can't afford to be disappeared. Doesn't that bother anyone?
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Letters such a one-sided, ill-informed column by
Continued from page 12 a writer in Biscayne Times.
Mr. Jett's comment about Miami
Commissioner Keon Hardemon being a
Journalism 101: Spell the "man of colof 'who should be concerned
Name Right with racial profiling in trying to make
Thanks to Erik Bojnansky for his article a school safe is a slap in the face to any DRIVE GREEN about new developments along Biscayne intelligent person of any color. He is, in
Boulevard ("Out of the Slump and Into essence, saying, "If you're too stupid to
PA R K G R E E N the Future," June 2014). Unfortunately see it my way, I will just throw in the
he did misspell my name on page 46. It racial-profiling card to rile you up." The
ELECTRIC VEHICLES is Adam Old, not Adam Gold. sole purpose of that statement was to
Adam Old, councilman incite the reader. CHARGE-AS-YOU-PARK STATIONS Village ofEl Portal Mr. Jett seems to have a real problem
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2ND FLOOR GREEN ZONE Please Forget About "Me" 60th Street west of Biscayne Boulevard
Dear Editor: I open the BT expecting to and NE 5th Court to be closed to public read a well-informed, informative, enter- vehicular traffic, a street that Mr. Jett taining, and useful news magazine, and himself describes as streets that "dogleg I am rarely disappointed. I love the wine, through the Cushman campus." Those
the Shops at gardening, and park columns. Your new were his own words.
midtownMiami pet writer, Janet Goodman, is so far, so I have two words to say: Sandy Hook.
good. Jack King is a gem. And in general Unfortunately, we live in a world where your community news articles are good oftentimes those who are the sickest and take us "behind the scenes." among us may try to prey on the smallest
So please accept this friendly advice and weakest. Mr. Jett failed to state that, in the spirit it is given. as part of the request for street closure,
It seems that after a year or two on the Cushman School also hired a police the job in any given publication (not just officer to be at the school to ensure the M O O N LIT M O V IES yours), some "beat" columnists forget safety of its students. Our world has
they were hired to actually cover a beat. changed, and, unfortunately, so must we. Instead, they start to think the focus is on I have been a parent at that school for themselves so rather than interview many years. The only people I have ever experts or locals whose lines of work seen travel the roadways that "dogleg dovetail with the column, they decide that through the Cushman campus," other they are actually much more interesting. than those present for business with the F R E E M O V IE S 1. It's lazy, number one, and a disservice school, are drug dealers, prostitutes, and
to your readers, and a waste of a potentially lost tourists. Perhaps Mr. Jett could rediW ednesdays e 8 prn good column. What they don't understand, rect these people to the Shorecrest area
typing away in isolation, is that they're not and invite them in for a spot of tea. Fountain Plaza as important to our lives as they think. As to the Cushman School collecting
We read on the fly, mark pages to properties like Monopoly pieces, one come back to. And we don't care to keep would think that purchasing an abantabs on husbands or offspring or visiting doned Boulevard liquor store, long an in-laws or where they shop or what they eyesore, aesthetically fixing it up, and did last weekend. Please, we have our then utilizing it to further children's own families! Would you like regular education would be a good thing. I have updates on mine? Didn't think so! lived in this district myself for 30 years
Anyway, keep up the good work, and and see all of these changes as very posiplease remind your writers to focus on tive for our citizenry. serving the reader, not the 1-fest. I am sick and tired of people being
Lee S. Martin outraged when the supposed "haves"
Miami with their so-called expensive educations just happen to get it right. The Cushman
Defending Cushman, Smacking School stuck it out in that area when
Columnist everyone else ran for the hills. Now that
In regards to the column by Ken Jett the neighborhood is a more hip place to
the Shops at referencing the Cushman School ("A live, everyone has an opinion. Where
Good Walk Spoiled," April 2014), which were these folks before? m idtow nMiam i related to the closure of 60th Street at J Olson
Biscayne Boulevard, I have never read Aliami
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Commentary: MY VIEW
How to Tell a World-Class City?0
Check out the vibrancy of its library systemhBy John J. Quick The result, not surprisingly, has been centers at all
Special o te B deastting Th fre Siene, athand regona lirar Reading Tutoring Program (SMART), ies; renovations of
T he 20th Century was a renais- which provided 29,000 hours of academ- children's rooms;.........
sance for libraries i ic esen i support each year, was eliminated. mor advnce
T world when the United States, Two of four library bookmobiles have technology classes for children and se- spending money on bricks and mortar to I
France, and Britain opened libraries in been taken off the road, and regular neigh- niors; new books and e-resources; more retrofit decaying park structures that will most major cities during the Cold War. borhood stops have dwindled from 48 to 28. senior center services through mobile only serve as museums for old books. Libraries played an important role in Staff reductions have made the library and outreach services; upgraded You cannot have a world-class city
the advancement and sharing of ideas recruitment and training of volunteers and increased technology options at with a decaying library system. Libraries and information on current economic, for the adult literacy program unmanage- public work stations in every branch; are inextricably linked to education and political, and cultural affairs during the able, rendering the program essentially increased cultural and recreational quality-of life-factors that are central to ideological battle between East and West. unavailable to the 250,000 adults who programming at all branches; restored the future economic growth of MiamiToday libraries continue to serve as need it. operating hours; and the preservation Dade County. Libraries are an engine
beacons of democracy because they offer In addition, staff reductions and less of a quality staff skilled in research, of our prosperity because a healthy free and equal access to information for funding for new books have markedly technology, educational curriculum, and economy depends on a workforce that is all, regardless of race, ethnicity, ability, reduced the JumpStart program, which programming operations. literate and informed.
or economic status. Libraries represent provides story time starter kits and train- Most recently, county Commissioner Friends of the Miami-Dade Public an individual's right to acquire knowl- ing to child care centers. The Reading Esteban Bovo suggested that some library Library and the Coalition to Save Our edge, explore, and achieve. Ready program, which teaches parents branches be relocated to parks as a cost- Library encourage all residents of this
In 2007 the Miami-Dade Public Library six essential child literacy skills, has cutting solution. The truth is, we need not community to call or write their county System was awarded the National Medal for stopped operating in all branches, go as far as the commissioner's district commissioners to tell them Miami-Dade Museumn and Library Service, the nation's Operating hours have been reduced. of Hialeah to find wonderful synergies libraries must be adequately funded. highest honor conferred on museums and Professional librarians have been laid off by between parks and libraries. The Virrick The library budget will be set at a libraries for service to the community the hundreds, and the book-buying budget Park and Shenandoah Park branches are County Commission meeting on July 15.
A year later new branches opened is dry. If you are looking for your child's perfect examples. While this is perhaps There is no time like the present to make and older branches were upgraded in school summer reading book, chances are a visionary, long-term idea we should your voice heard. accordance with the 13 -year capital plan you will not find it at the library. embrace philosophically, we should not "Whatever the cost of our libraries," approved by the Board of County Commis- Avoiding these service cuts and overlook the cost of retrofitting dilapi- said Walter Cronkite, "the price is cheap
sioners in 2002. Materials and equipment enhancing the services provided can dated park buildings for library branches, compared to that of an ignorant nation." circulation reached an all-time high of all be done by restoring to the library's A real cost-benefit analysis is in order. As our county and nation struggle to 9,224,050 in 2009, and library visits reached $64 million budget. A sampling of what The bottom line is that right now, prosper in an increasingly complicated 23,026,231. Then the cutting began. $64 million could buy includes: innova- we should be focusing our efforts on world, his wisdom is more valid today
Since 2010, library revenues -de- tive "makerspaces"; virtual information adequately funding our libraries to re- than ever. termined by property tax rates set by complexes; workforce expansion centers; store programs; restore the book-buying the Miami-Dade County Commission path-to-citizenship outreach programs; budget; rehire qualified staff; upgrade John J Quick is president of Friends of
-have been slashed by 55 percent. Yet early reader apps for tablets and mobile technology; engage in community the Miami-Dade Public Library countywide property taxes were reduced devices; the return of tutoring and other outreach; and implement innovative only 2.78 percent. educational programs for children; teen ideas for a 21st-century library -before Feedback.- letters 5i)biscaynetimes.com
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A1l hunkered down in your home mania, via its gargantuan outdoor HD
for the summer, with the A/C projector plus big-screen TVs with
cranked? Got the car parked as surround sound, through July 13. The
close as possible to your front door, for Upper Eastside's wittiest new tapas/wine the shortest dash to an air-conditioned bar (from chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and transition to your business place -where, business partner Alex Casanova, from hopefully, the A/C is set to Arctic? Coral Gables' acclaimed Eating House)
It takes a great deal to lure Miamians will also offer ball-themed, half-priced A
outside this season. But this issue's adver- food specials: goat cheese croquetas tisers have some offers you can't refuse, with romesco sauce, fried albondigas
One thing that cannot be enjoyed (meatballs) with smoked tomato -basiindoors is July 4th fireworks, as we cally every menu item that's round like a definitely learned one year when we soccer ball, new Green Zone (on the second floor happy and healthy for your dog is give
tried and ended up having to buy a new Is no one sick of soccer? Certainly above Home Goods). it a nice fresh low cut to keep Fido free
couch. You will not have to buy a new not at The Butcher Shop Beer Garden Did we mention how sick we are of of heat exhaustion (and keep your house
couch this year, thanks to The Village at & Grill (165 NW 23rd St., 305-846- soccer? But it could be a lot worse. We smelling better). This month's special: Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., 9120), where roughly a gazillion HD TVs could be sick with, say, kidney disease $ 10 off your pet's summer grooming! Hallandale Beach; 954-454-7000, www. throughout the indoor/outdoor space will -which, seriously, as we know from shave. (The clinic takes care of serious gulfstreampark.com), where a whole day stay tuned. We prefer this month's "Pig personal experience, is no-kidding painful medical emergencies and routine vet of free Fourth of July fun, appropriately Out Thursdays," where pork plates are just and can be fatal. New advertiser North visits, too.) divided into indoor and outdoor activities, $12, and an additional five bucks makes Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., According to the Humane Society of is scheduled. "Party at the Park" begins them all-you-can-eat, hence the name. www.northshoremedical.com) knows all Greater Miami (16101 W. Dixie Hwy., at 11:00 a.m. with a World Cup-watching Also sticking to soccer till the bitter the symptoms one should not ignore and, 305-749-1825), more than 300,000 cats party, and continues with live horse racing end: The Shops at Midtown Miami (3401 as a community service, will be offering, in Miami-Dade County are homeless at 1:25 p.m. Family entertainment starts N. Miami Ave., 305-573-3371), whose as part of its Healthy Living series, a free and need a lot more than a haircut, or at 5:00 p.m., with face painters, a balloon World Soccer Championship Viewing "Kidney Disease 101" lecture on July 17 in even kind-minded feeding. To prevent artist, live bands, and more. Culmination, Showcase Patio, with ten TVs, is surround- the clinic's auditorium, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. two stray cats from producing a walat 9:15 p.m.: the Grand Illuminations Fire- ed by restaurants and bars. Patrons who Call 1-800-984-3434 to register. loping possible 400,000 offspring in works show by Grucci, known worldwide order a select Coors product earn stamps Do you have a household pet ad- seven years, they need spaying/neuteras the first family of fireworks. Other on a "loyalty card" that provides a chance dicted to watching soccer? If so, Miami ing. So the Society is offering free spay/ Gulfstreamn entertainment this month in- to win much more than a silly sports game: Shores Animal Clinic (570 NW 103rd neuter surgery and rabies vaccine for cludes more World Cup parties on July 5, free beer for a year! In addition, drivers St., 305-757-3030) has an offer... No, all "community cats" during July. And 8, 9, 12, and 13, plus a "Music in the Park" with electric vehicles can now charge them now we really are just kidding. We're if you own a cat, or dog, that isn't spayed series on Wednesday and Saturday nights, while enjoying Midtown, in designated EV through with the soccer offers. What the July 5-August 30. charge-as-you-park spots in the garage's clinic can do to make the season more Continued on page 22
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This 4be/3ba historic darling was coming up: the sixth annual Spartan Argentine dish similar to Greek mousgrabbed in a week. 9,300 sf lot, 2875 Fishing Tournament at La Siesta Resort saka), beef or chicken Milanese, tiramisu,
interior. Opportunities don't wait in in Islamorada. The competition isn't hap- daily salads, and much more eating with
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side home, contact us at Morningside program to help aid families in financial bothersome, numerous advertisers have
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Great renovation for this 1950's grand com for info and registration. including certified Black Angus filet and
home. 3be/3ba on 2887 sf. Only 60days Speaking of schools, welcome the "Kobe" beef burgers. There's also a preon market. Great location on tree-lined French American School of Miami, a Miami Spice three-course dinner menu street in the historic district of new advertiser that has, since 1995, been for $39: appetizer choices including
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all the homes currently for sale in the conununity. program integrating American cur- Soyka and his partner Frankie Crupi
riculum. Also offered: after-school sold to Diego Villamediana about a year 5701 Biscayne Boulevard # CS1 Miami FL 33137 workshops and activities (ranging from ago. Diego, whose company DV SoluTel: 786-762-2602 1 Fax: 305-328-9697 art, music, and dance to fashion/sewing), tions has for years been keeping 55th
plus something not found in your aver- Street Station looking sharp as property age school cafeteria, a catered French manager, is in the process of installing lunch. Go to www.frenchschoolmiami more outdoor seating at Miami's favorite org for applications and info. hot dog stand, and has already added
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interesting new menu items, including whipping through your hair, test drive more regional signature sandwiches, a high-performance/high-style Italian And good news for non-carnivores: motorcycle at new advertiser DucatiMiveggie dogs are back! ami (2825 NW 2nd Ave., 305-625-2453).
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institution that doubles as an art gallery traipsing around town in the heat lookand triples as a party space, continues ing for a new home, but a look at the ad its monthly "Wine Down Wednesdays" of Realtor Bill Hodges (305-987-9444,
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The metal outer gate of the
Dina Mitrani Gallery on NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood has been thrown open this
Thursday morning, revealing a
much more hospitable glass door.
Dima Mitrani's, one of the dozens
of art galleries in the Wynwood
Arts District, is dedicated to
international contemporary photography, and inside the space is a
group exhibit, "Freshly Squeezed,'
featuring emerging local artists.
Across the street, construction
workers are completing a complex called the Wynwood Block,
which will house retail and
restaurants. Two blocks north, a
Ducati motorcycle showroom The Mitrani family, Wynwood survivors: Di, Aida, Eli, and Rhonda.
opened a few months ago. The
sidewalk in front is beginning to fill up department store, as well as South manufacturing around the nation, the After the riot, "people didn't want to with visitors, even on this steamy day. American and Caribbean buyers, were local industry fell into decline by the late come to the neighborhood anymore)' he
Sitting with Mitrani inside her office all regulars in Wynwood, and among his 1980s, with work shipped off to cheaper recalls, "and stores couldn't make it." is her father, Eli, and mother, Aida. own clientele, factories in Asia. The Wynwood ware- The area became blighted, helped
They all remember when Wynwood was Dina remembers wandering around houses began to empty. Racial tensions along by the cocaine and crack epidemsimilarly jumping in the past, albeit in the streets as a child during the daytime in the area and to the west, starting after ics. By the 1990s, he recalls, most people a different way, and then, too, when it with little thought to crime, fetching the infamous McDuffie Riots of 1980 on the street had shopping carts, but they was decrepit and dead. Eli, a native of cafecitos for the adults when busi- and more upheavals in 1990, were reach- weren't buying goods. Still, Bloom stuck Cuba, and his Argentine wife, bought ness was bustling. Grandma Mathilde ing a crescendo. Miami's drug trade with the business, eventually finding new
this warehouse row complex at 26th handled the accounts, a brother learned added its toll, customers in the Haitian community.
Street and NW 2nd Avenue back in Creole to facilitate interaction with the Like the Ivitranis, Shelly Bloom's family The original store is still standing. "I am
1975 to relocate their women's apparel growing Haitian community, and the has been in the clothing business in Wyn- the last of the Mohicans," he says.
factory from downtown Miami. sprawling warehouse space was filled wood for decades. He remembers clearly As for the Mitranis, they kept their
Back then, local apparel manufactur- with rows of women's garments. when things started to turn ugly for sales, women' s apparel outlet open until 2000,
ing and sales, retail and wholesale, was "This area was the place to shop for and for the community -the riot of 1980. when they were finally forced to shutthe lynchpin of the neighborhood, recalls merchandise," says a jovial Eli, whose His father, Nathan, had opened a dis- ter it. The area's small houses, with their Eli. The warehouses on this street and store was named Mr. Eli of Miami. count men's wholesale store back in 1965 working-class occupants, for the most
west to NW 5th Avenue were filled with The Mitrani family footprint en- on NW 5th Avenue, when there was a part remained, but business disappeared.
all sorts of goods -men's and women's compasses a slice of the history of this Bernie's deli across the street. Son Shelly Even so, the family held onto the property. dresses and suits, shoes, handbags. Eli fascinating, erratic, and unique neigh- took it over as the clientele started to says that buyers for the local Burdines borhood. Mirroring the fate of textile change from Jewish to South American. .........Co .n.It inu ed .on .p .a ge .28.........
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Shelly Bloom, Wynwood veteran: "I am the last of the Mohicans." Sign of the times: High-end Italian motorcycle maker Ducati on NW 2nd Avenue.
Wynwood 2.0 carved up the cavernous space. Joey's was the neighborhood's first acclaimed artists commissioned by him
.......... on. in. e .frm p.ag .2 6.......... Dina opened her gallery in 2008, and major new eating establishment, sitting and his partner in the project, outlandish
her sister Rhonda opened up the video between the Wynwood Lofts and the New York curator Jeffrey Deitch. They focused Screening Room next door. At Mitrani warehouse on NW 2nd Avenue. bookended the park with Joey's at one S igns of new life slowly began the corner of the Mitrani block, the well- The restaurant's success also end and Wynwood Kitchen at the other.
to appear. Major art collectors regarded Alejandra von Hartz Gallery confirmed the late Tony Goldman as Suddenly, not only were people appearMera and Don Rubell and Martin has been ensconced since 2006. the man who would shepherd the area ing, they were using valet parking.
Margulies, for example, opened up Art began to redefine the area, into a brave new world. His Goldman "There was a steady trajectory
their private collections to the public especially after the arrival of Art Properties, which owns Joey's, had happening in Wynwood," says Brook in restored warehouses in the 1990s Basel in 2002. More galleries poured been buying up buildings and land in Dorsch, who opened one of the first (in fact, the 45,00 0-square -foot Rubell into Wynwood, whose boundaries are the area, securing a good portion of the galleries in the area, Dorsch Gallery, in space occupies a repurposed Drug roughly between 1-95 to the west and 25 liquor licenses allowed within the 1999. "And then came Joey's." After that,
Enforcement Administration facility the FEC train tracks to the east; and city-designated Wynwood Arts District the energy changed, he says. on 29th Street). By 2000, several gal- between 20th Street to the south and (which Goldman initiated), and signal- But still it was hard to break a reputaleries took the plunge and set up shop 36th Street to the north (excluding ing that his juggernaut company would tion as bad as the one Wynwood had in a still dingy and dark -literally; Midtown Miami). try to do for Wynwood what it had done developed. For many people, the enclave
there were few working streetlights Related developments like the Wyn- for SoHo in Manhattan decades earlier: was too iffy to visit, filled as it was still
-neighborhood. wood Lofts from pioneering developer turn it into the hippest place, well, with debris and the homeless. Combined
After receiving a master's degree in David Lombardi came onto the grid, south of SoHo. with the financial crisis that began in
art history and working in New York, And then Joey's restaurant opened in Inspired by the graffiti and mural 2007-2008, it was a struggle for gallerDina Mitrani returned to Miami and saw 2008, an event almost everyone the BT art that was proliferating on build- ies and new establishments to attract a the burgeoning possibilities of the area, interviewed identifies as a turning point. ing facades, Goldman opened up the steady clientele. In 2002 the family starting to rent out Wynwood had finally moved from Wynwood Walls outdoor park, filled
cheap studios to artists and eventually off the beaten path onto the main road, with large works from internationally Continued on page 30
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Wynwood 2.0 spaces," he says. "Across the street,
Continued from page 28 with what they've paid, they just
won't be able to."
Last month, the Miami Herald
T he Wynwood Ar t s e s t ima t ed d that Wynwood lots are
District Association selling for $300 a square foot. A
(WADA) was created in new property owner will likely
2009 by some of the neighbor- not be able to give artists or galhood's developers and gallery leries much of a deal.
owners in an effort to change Tom Curitore, the first executhose perceptions; it concen- tive director of the Wynwood
trated on increasing secu- Business Improvement District
rity, lighting, and doing some (BID), began his job in March.
marketing. With the popularity The BID itself was formed just
of Art Basel's mainland satellite last year as a vehicle to raise
fairs, many of which took place money for improvements in the
in Wynwood, the area did start area and to lobby for businessto burnish its reputation. friendly zoning and regulatory
And once the economy itself requirements.The Wynwood
began to rebound, the flood BID encompasses 47 blocks and
gates opened. The handful of includes about 200 property
restaurants and bars gave way owners at this point. They're
to more than a dozen by 2013, Wood Tavern quicky drew a crowd as a hangout for fans of craft beer. assessed a tax for these improvefollowed by retail stores and ments, which so far has added
office spaces. Today there are several of the late 1980s, some caution that the the new metropolitan ambiance, he also up to around $700,000. major condominium and apartment com- rapid and expensive development may knows it could come at the expense of the While the BID has a new office plexes and a boutique hotel in the works, change Wynwood's special character. As authentic and unpretentious element, on NW 26th Street, Curitore doesn't
Of course, all this comes at a price. Eli Mitrani points to the Wynwood Block "I bought my place long ago for cheap,
While few want a return to the grim days across the street and speaks hopefully of so I can afford to still rent out reasonable Continued on page 32
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Business Improvement District executive director Tom Curitore's to-do Pioneering gallery owner Brook Dorsch likes the increased security and
list: crosswalks, trash cans, wider sidewalks. the crackdown on graffiti tagging.
Wynwood 2.0 Unlike the Mitranis, Lombardi, or world." A former director of the Union To that end, the Wynwood BID has
.......... o .ti .u. d ro .pa.ge. 0..........Dorsch, Curitore hasn't seen the dra- Square redevelopment project and once hired two people who clean the streets
matic changes of the past decade. He a New York Police Department detec- five days a week as "sanitation ambasseem to spend much time there. He's moved from New York for this job and tive, he says his mission is to make sadors." While walking into one of the walking -running, really -around, proclaims Wynwood to be the "most Wynwood "clean and safe," but true to ............................
talking to everyone he encounters. unbelievable outdoor museum in the its roots. Continued on page 34
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widening the sidewalks. The narrow an attraction back in the early 2000s,
streets can't handle parking on both when it shouted alternative and experisides, so several one-way streets will be mental. But as the community grew and introduced in the next six months to help more people came, the grunge was no alleviate parking and traffic issues. longer so attractive, and certainly not P TL LAfter saying hello to several police when visitors had to walk blocks over
officers and private security officers broken glass, when there were no trash FO R C I C U I C U RT JU G Ethese days they walk, ride bikes, and cans, when it became difficult to park as
drive around in cars -Curitore points the Second Saturday art walks took off. out some small but lovely green spots Dorsch's path exemplifies the latest
recently introduced along NW 2nd incarnation of Wynwood. He bought into
Avenue. One is a rock garden, courtesy a semi-abandoned block surrounded by pof a nonprofit group. crack houses, and now the block is being
HO N ST.FA R. UA IFID.The street on which Brook Dorsch' s rezoned to accommodate a ten-fold
gallery sits (it is now known as the Emer- increase in visitors. son Dorsch Gallery), NW 24th Street, is With a mural from artist Brandon
one of those targeted for one-way traffic. Opalka covering one side of his building, Eary otng ug st 11 24 2 14 Two years ago, Dorsch and his wife, Dorsch explains that he likes the singular
Tyler Emerson, rvamped the warehouse aesthetic that grew up here, and of which El cto Da A u us 26. 2014 space he had purchased in 1999. Unlike he was a trend-setting leader. But he's
gallery owners who rented, Dorsch had happy to see the increase in security, inthe advantage of knowing he wouldn't be cluding a crackdown on graffiti tagging as vulnerable to the vagaries of property that he says has gotten out of control, as prices, and the two decided to invest in well as the cleaning and greening efforts. the space, and therefore the neighborhood. As Tyler takes over for him at the W W W di zd lap rtll forud e~o mInstead of a protective metal-grate gallery, the two agree that improvements
doorway facing the street, the stunning are necessary for the up-and-coming POLIICL,0ERTSEMNT AIDFORVqDAPRCA BYRENER IAZDE A PRIILirenovation now has a glass double-door neighborhood; but they hope it doesn't
N 'N FR] S AN FUR I k 11 fC~o JR I LI - kC)L 11/C'entrance on the side of the building, facing a courtyard. It doesn't look like a place Continued on page 36
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a high-rise canyon, he notes, and BID 27th Street, will, for better or worse, members want to keep the area low-rise, bring change. Stunning Art Deco Jewel across from Biscayne Bay! Four bedrooms + 3baths But not low-density. While the number of galleries and art
up and an office + 1/1 downstairs can be separate in-law qtrs. Euro-modern Part of the concern, he knows, is that outlets have remained well above 50 for
gourmet kitchen, SS appliances, wood & marble floors, fireplace, formal LR/DR, new condos, replicas of Miami's other years (although individual spaces have laundry room. Master suite has fabulous dressing room w/bay views. Children's developments, will be too expensive and changed hands), in the past three years room has balcony. Lots of natural light, quiet street. Charm galore! drive out the very population that helps or so, Curitore estimates, more than
......makes it an arts and culture center a dozen restaurants and bars, 15 busiSo higher-density buildings, with nesses classified as professional services, smaller and more affordable units, are four beauty and fitness outlets, and eight what BID is pushing for. These can new design and retail stores have opened,
require zoning tweaks, and part of Cu- although that number will change even ritore's job is to work with the city and by the end of this month, when several F the county -"the business owners don't new complexes open. Some businesses,
want to deal with that!" like Wood Tavern on NW 2nd Avenue,
As Curitore takes in the crowd drink- have become so popular it can be difing coffee on the patio at the always ficult to squeeze in on a Friday evening. (OrWII eaty E-S A ASERcrowded Panther Coffee, he says there's There are also a growing number of
INTRNAIONL IFUIIUMalso a push to make the area pedestrian- new spaces categorized as "nonprofit and
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plant himself in the area, another heavyUruguay, Padovan Kindell says she had weight gallery owner, David Castillo, will no preconceived negative notions about leave at the end of the summer. the area when she bought the future Having been active in the early
school building on NW 2nd Avenue. Like stages of the game, with 40 properties Curitore, she saw only a vibrant, centrally (including Wynwood Lofts and the art located positioning for a school oriented storage center Museo Vault), developer to a culture-related curriculum, for stu- David Lombardi says that for the time dents from pre-school to fifth-grade. being, he might sit out this growth cycle, "I didn't expect the success we've although he'll continue to work through had in this first year," she says. "I heard WADA and the BID to keep development no complaints about the location." In moving while also keeping the neighborfact, the opposite. "The families with hood intact. One project he's behind, to students here know Wynwood and facilitate the greening of the once-indusM ON IGN RED ARDPAC HIG SC OOL appreciate what it is -slightly avant- trial streets, is "a beautiful little garden
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El Portal's Oldest House
Goes on the Block
It was home to a farm family, a hotel for touring black musicians, a
hospital, and now a grand showplace
By Margaret Griffis time they purchased the three-story home
BT Contributor at 6 NE 89th St. For El Portal residents,
that would put it at the intersection of
P atrick Dupr6 Quigley and Robert Oriole and Cardinal streets.
A. Peccola have a big problem. It's "Driving home from signing the
not a serious affliction. Actually, it contract, we looked at each other and can be quite pleasant, but it can also cost asked, 'Should we get married?"'. Quigits sufferers a lot of cash and patience. ley reminisces. "We were going to New
They've caught the home-restoration bug. York the next week and we thought we
Because of it, they are looking to should be married when we buy this sell a painstakingly renovated structure, home, so we got married the weekend known locally as the oldest home in El before [closing]." Portal, in order to begin work on their He adds, "I'm from New Orleans, next project. where everything is a hundred years old. The old Finch house went through many incarnations.
Many readers of Biscayne Times are There's a lot of hominess about it to me."
familiar with Patrick Quigley. He is a Peccola's affection for old houses They weren't the first newlyweds is in the 1981 book Biscayne Country,
Grammy-nominated conductor who is the began up north. He remembers an aunt to reside in the home, however. That 1870-1926 by Thelma Peters. founder and artistic director of Seraphic in Detroit "who had this beautiful, stone, would be Charles and Rosie Finch, who Peters wrote that nobody reFire, South Florida's preeminent vocal British-manor style house. It was such a married in Kentucky in 1911 and im- membered if the house was built ensemble. Robert Peccola is a well- magical place to go as a kid that it made mediately moved down to what was then specifically for the Finches. The respected local attorney. The couple were me fall in love with the idea of maintain- called Biscayne or Little River. The most married in March of last year, about the ing a historical place." thorough account of these early years Continued on page 44
Death Behind the Wheel
A lawsuit portrays a Miami-Dade Transit bus driver as unfit at any speed
By Erik Bojnansky Rubenstein's attorney from the law firm 5 Pubfix
BT Senior Writer of Podhurst Orseck. "He wasn't looking pilC,0
to see if someone was at the intersection, a.
O November 29, 2012, at 6:11 p.m., and he ended up hitting her." Aventu ra
part-ti me Aventura, resident Barbara According to the 17-page complaint Mal
Rubenstein was crossing the street drafted by Rasco, the intersection where while carrying groceries when she was Rubenstein died, NE 29th Place and NE struck by a Miami-Dade Transit bus. The 199th Street, is dangerous. There were 26-tonvehicle left 23-foot streaks onthe 53 collisions at the crossroads just north 6
pavement as it tried to stop. Rubenstein died of Aventura Mall between January 2008 90 minutes later at Memorial Regional Hos- and December 2012, seven of which s
pital in Hollywood. She was 84 years old, involved pedestrians.
Two and a half years after that fatal ac- The chaotic traffic conditions of cident, Rubenstein's surviving son, Ken, is NE 29th Place, where bus commuters suing Miami-Dade County for negligence, often have to dodge cars to catch their Barbara Rubenstein was killed by a bus driven by Jonas Lamonte
"The [bus driver] was going way .............................McLeod, who reportedly racked up 47 citations and $4000 in movingtoo fast," says Ramon Rasco, Ken Continued on page 50 violation fines p rior to the accident.
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In the Market for an Ultra
Luxurious Floating Island?
If you can't fight sea-level rise, why not join it? How about right
here on Maule Lake? 00
By Erik Bojnansky roadways, cars, and parks, even cruise
BT Senior Writer ship terminals.
Utilizing Olthuis's patents, Dutch
A Dutch company has submit- Docklands is designing a floating apartted plans to anchor 30 artificial ment complex for South Holland, re-enfloating islands in Maule Lake, a gineering the floating islands for Dubai's Home sweet floating home: The residential islands will be off the grid, privately owned lake in North Miami Palm Island project, and building a series completely self-sustaining. Beach. Maule Lake lies east of Biscayne
Boulevard, adjacent to the Aventura of floating projects for the Maldives. In
community of Point East, the North fact, the proposed floating islands within
Miami Beach neighborhood of Eastern Maule Lake are named after another
Shores, and the twin 24-story towers of Dutch Docklands project, Amillarah,
Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residences, in the Maldives. The word amillarah
currently under construction at 172nd means private island in Maldivian, acStreet and the Boulevard. cording to Dutchdocklands.com.
The project's name: Amillarah Maule Lake, with direct access to the
Private Islands -North Miami Beach. AIntracoastal Waterway and the ocean,
The project's developer: Dutch Dock- covers 174 acres and has a deep bottom
lands USA, a company owned by Frank that can accommodate yachts up to
Behrens, chairman of the Miami Dutch 100 feet long, according to a real estate
Chamber of Commerce. website.
Behrens didn't return several phone Under the plans Dutch Docklands
calls for comment, but in August 2013, submitted to the City of North Miami
he told Miami Today that his company Beach on June 26, the Maule Lake
was considering a body of water some- version of Amillarah would consist of
where in Miami-Dade County as the site 29 manmade, anchored islands, each
to unveil Dutch Docklands' floating- At 6900 square feet, the floating islands will accommodate gardens, of which would include a two-story,
home concept in the United States. swimming pools, even a beach. four-bedroom villa, a patio, garden,
"You can create whole new commum- sandy beach, swimming pool, rooftop
ties, and because it's floating and on the terraces, al fresco dining areas, and two
waterfront, it would mean very high-end boat slips. A 30th island would be an
real estate)' he told the weekly news- amenityy island" staffed 24 hours a day
paper. "You can create private beaches, for the exclusive use of residents and
private islands, Those big projects could their guests.
be easily realized in Miami and would If the project moves forward, all 30
be fantastic attractions." of the islands, co-designed by WaterstuDutch Docklands, based in Delft, the -dio and Coconut Grove-based Bermello
Netherlands, is the parent company of Ajamil & Partners, would be constructed
Behrens's U.S. subsidiary. The award- offsite and transported to Maule Lake.
winning firm, which specializes in Boats would be an essential element
floating technologies and design, was for the islanders: Each island would be
founded in 2005 by real estate developer at least 500 feet from shore and about 80
Paul H.T.M. van de Camp and Koen feet from its nearest neighbor.
Olthuis, an architect who has made a Another interesting feature of Amilcareer designing luxury homes and larah Private Islands: They would be off
other floating structures via his archi- the grid.
tecture firm Waterstudio. Olthuis also
has patents for floating foundations Imagine entertaining guests you've picked up from shore, as your home strong enough to hold dozens of homes, gently sways with the tides. Continued on page 42
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Floating Island 174-acre lake. Under PUD-C, a developer
Continued fo'mpage 41 could construct up to 1941 units in build-- ings as tall as six stories on 39 acres.
"Dutch Docklands have designed the 4 C With bonuses, a developer could create
floating islands to be virtually self-sus- + 2911 units in towers up to 12-stories in
training according to Greenberg Traurig // height on PUD-C zoned land. (Developenvironmental attorney Kerri Barsh, a ment is not permitted in Aventura's sliver
lobbyist for Dutch Docklands in a letter b of Maule Lake, which the city refers to
to Carlos Rivero, North Miami Beach's as a "conservation district.")
acting planning director. 1- Dutch Docklands USA still needs
"By deploying cutting-edge technol- ___..... to close on its contract to buy the lake
ogy and sustainable building designs, from a trusteeship headed by Raymond
Dutch Docklands will eliminate th Williams, a descendant of E.L. Maule,
need for the floating islands to connect founder of the Maule Rock Mining
to existing potable water supplies, waste Company.
water collection systems, or to electric During the early 20th Century, 60
utilities," her letter states. train carloads of limestone rock each
Freshwater would be provided day were mined from what is now
by "collectors and advanced filtration Within a 39-acre area: 29 floating homes and one "amenity island" for Maule Lake, and used to construct roads,
systems," according to the letter. Solar the exclusive use of residents. bridges, and buildings in Dade and Palm
panels and "hydrogen-powered genera- Beach counties. The limestone also
tors" would provide electricity. Solid served as ballast for Henry Flagler's railwaste would be gathered by a private -.. ,-roads before being replaced with granite,
contractor and a special vessel "will be says local historian Seth Bramson.
kept ready at all times for the exclusive io t Maule Rock Mining wasn't alone. Ojus
use of municipal emergency responders." -t Rock Mining Company, owned by A.O.
As for the disposal of human waste, -N Greynolds, was extracting rock from the
each of the 6900-square-foot villa earth just a mile west of Maule's mine.
islands, and the 6800-square-foot ame- Sometimes the competition turned nasty.
nity island, would be equipped with a In January 1921, Ojus Rock Mining took
"biological sewage facility" to "address out an ad in the Miami News claiming
wastewater and sewage consistent with that Maule's rock was shoddy.
U.S. EPA regulations." Eventually, Maule's rock pit became
Perhaps the best news for a city in a lake. "When you go down to a cersearch of additional revenue, the letter tain level in South Florida," Bramson
points out, is a U.S. Supreme Court explains, "you hit water."
decision last year that floating homes are Whereas Greynolds gave his rock
"akin to real property and not vessels," mine to the county for Greynolds Park
and thus can be taxed. (The case was f (see "Green Piece," June 2013), Maule
brought by North Bay Village resident In the early 20th Century, much of Maule Lake was once a busy rock Rock Mining sold chunks of its 300
Fane Lozman against the City of Riviera quarry owned by E.L. Maule. acres to real estate developers and to
Beach, which demolished his houseboat.) the state (for highways). In 1957, Maule
Since the islands will be marketed to Lake was dredged for fill for the creation
affluent islanders who will live on Amil- of Eastern Shores.
larah only "40 percent of the time," there Brackish water flows in and out of
will be few, if any, floating homeowners Maule Lake via Snake Creek, the Oleta
claiming a homestead exemption. River, and neighboring Dumbfoundling
"Assuming each residential island is Bay. So, too, does aquatic life. Snook,
appraised at a value of $12.5 million and catfish, and tarpon have been fished at
applying 2013 millage rates," accord- Maule Lake for decades. The lake was
ing to Barsh's letter, "we anticipate that even used in a few scenes for the hit
the project will generate approximately show Flipper, according to a 1964 Miami
$2.8 million annually in [property] tax News article.
revenue for the city." Maule Lake was popular for boat
But for Amillarah to happen, part / racing, especially during the 1950s and
of Maule Lake will need to be rezoned, 1960s. But in 1991 the state enacted strict
Barsh noted. North Miami Beach's swath speed limits at the lake to protect manaof Maule Lake is currently designated tees. Between 1974 and 1993, 19 dead
"as an open water and transportation manatees were found in or near Maule
corridor." Lake, according to the Miami Herald.
Thus Barsh is asking for PUD-3 Architect Koen Qlthius holds patents for floating foundations strong
zoning for a 39-acre section of the enough to hold dozens of homes, roadways, even cruise ship terminals. ................. Continuedonpage46 ................
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Quigley's Schimmel grand piano anchors the room just inside the entrance. The chef's kitchen would probably dazzle and befuddle Rosie Finch.
Oldest House At first the Finch's made their living, at the house around 1921. coincided with the establishment of El
.......... on. in. e .frm p g .4 0..........according to Peters's research, farming Peters also remembered the home Portal as a subdivision.
fruits and vegetables. Later they kept being moved "a block or so" from its According to a Miami NewsMiami-Dade tax rolls and El Portal a boarding house. During a housing original location. The city's website Metropolis article dated February 13, 1924: both give it a 1910 date, but many shortage, they also allowed long-term gives that location as being near today's "Tuesday finishing touches were placed structures of that period are older tent-camping on their property. One Biscayne Boulevard. The date of the ............................
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Floating Island tide. (See "Lost in a Rising Sea," SepContinued from page 42 member 2012.)
For this reason, Amillarah is not
Since 1998, Patrick Killen, a Keller di just a quirky, alternative lifestyle it's
Williams real estate broker, and his wife also the future of development in South
Karen, have been trying to sell Maule Florida, according to Barsh, writing that
Lake on behalf of the Williams trust. A "Dutch Docklands believes its technolpicture of Maule Lake adorns the top ogy will help address some of the threat
of Patrick Killen's Facebook page. At of sea-level rise. By choosing North
one point, according to Killen, Donald Miami Beach for its first project in the
Trump was under contract to buy Maule United States, Dutch Docklands hopes
Lake so he could fill it in and build a its approach can become a model for the
high-rise there, whole of South Florida and the world."
"I think most people don't know that Whatever Dutch Docklands' intenit's a private lake," Killen says. "For tion, Marina Palms developer Neil Fairwhatever reason, it's not common man can't help but like the company's
knowledge." top executives. Fairman says he met
Maule Lake is not only private, it is them a few months ago and was struck
pricey. Four years ago the asking price by their agreeable demeanor. Among
was $17 million. More recently it was other things, they assured him that their
listed at $19.5 million, says Killen. project won't interfere with the operation
Maule Lake will be a nice fit for of Marina Palms's 112-slip marina.
Amillarah, explained Barsh in her letter Maule Lake may soon be transformed from tranquil free anchorage to a "They seem like nice people, and
to the city. The lake's depth of 22 feet floating, boating new community. they seem very soft-spoken and ready to
means it's unlikely that "sensitive en- cooperate with the community," he says.
vironmental resources" will be present "No place in the United States is as vi- In as few as 50 years, low-lying As for the project itself, Fairman says, "I at the bottom. Then there's the fact that brant and exciting as South Florida," Barsh areas, such as Eastern Shores, Key- think it'll be very cool." North Miami Beach and Maule Lake notes in her letter. And no place in the U.S. stone Point, and Sans Souci Estates,
happen to be in South Florida. is as threatened by sea-level rise, she adds. may be regularly flooded during high Feedback: letters 5i)biscaynetimes.com
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Oldest House transients who called it home. In mostly
........Con .tin .u ed .from .pa ge .4 4 ........tranquil El Portal, it stuck out like a sore
thumb that looked on its way toward
on a deal whereby the company owning amputation. Still, it survived.
Bay View Estates obtained ownership of a At the turn of this century, the tattered
tmact of land conveyed by [sic] them by Mr. ~building made it through the real estate
and Mrs. C. H. Finch. By a rather unusual bubble and burst in classic South Florida
coincidence the Finch holdings, 40 acres, fashion According to the Miami-Dade tax
are the exact shape and size of the tract molls, the rundown property sold for an asjust across the highway and so both will be tronomical $750,000 in 2006. Then came a
linked as El Portal." foreclosure. In 2009, Sam Szabla bought the
At some point, it transitioned into house for the rock-bottom price of $120,000.
a medical clinic. Charles Finch passed Szabla was the one who began a topaway in 1936, and the house was sold to-bottom renovation, providing much
the next year. An August 4, 1937, Miami of the structural reforms that Quigley
Daily News classified ad offered the and Peccola would complete during their
property -"to settle estate" -with possession of the home. It was while
such amenities as "8 rooms, 2 baths, working with El Portal's building departcorner 3 lots, high and cool, close to ment that Szabla determined the house
school, stores and transportation, nicely was likely much older than 1910, possilandscaped," for $3000. The gigantic front porch may have been added when the house was bly as old as the late 1800s.
Rosie Finch then moved to the other used as a hospital. "1We owe a lot to Szabla," says Pecside of the Little River into a home that no cola. "He was a designer and had a good
longer exists. She died in 1955. Both were Miami Beach. Back then, Miami Beach John Hursts, occasionally made the society eye, and he had the wherewithal to be
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Quigley, this time by African-American By the 1950s, the house became a pri- disrepair and eventually was abanentertainers who were performing on vate residence again. At least one family, the doned, if you don't count the stream of Cont inu ed on p age 52
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Attorney Ramon Rasco on Barbara Rubenstein: "She was in good shape, she swam every day, and she was very independent, and she had plenty of years to live."
.Deathl Behi~nd thle Whleel involved in 12 collisions, eight of them
Contnuedfro pag 40while driving a Miami-Dade Transit ~bus. A BT review of McLeod's personumt Br next ride, was the subject of "Waiting nel file also revealed past incidents
to Happen)' a story in the January 2013 of unauthorized leave, tardiness, and JA7issue of Biscayne Times, insubordination. In addition, he has been
WEEKENDS @SyaThose road conditions, however, cited three times for using a cell phone
aren't the main focus of the lawsuit, while driving a bus. (Police reports make
Rasco points out that the City of Aven- no mention of a cell phone during the
tura hired the engineering firm Kimley- Rubenstein accident.) Horn and Associates to prepare a safety That's where county negligence
report following the accident that took comes in, Rasco says. The county, he 1881 Rubenstein's life. In June 2013, Kimley- argues in the lawsuit, "breached its duty
ddr=Horn recommended investing $227,000 of care by failing to take proper and
toward installing flashing lights along necessary corrective measures to ensure crosswalks, replacing signage, and Mr. McLeod, as a Miami-Dade County remolding corners on NE 29th Place, Transit driver, did not pose a threat to the which is partly owned by Aventura public at large."
Mall's owner, real estate developer Turn- McLeod, who was fired soon after berry Associates. the accident, couldn't be reached for
Instead, the target of the lawsuit is comment. Assistant county attorney the man behind the wheel of the bus that Benjamin Simon says the county is prekilled Rubenstein: 36-year-old Jonas paring a response to the lawsuit. Lamonte McLeod. The suit claims that Rubenstein was the second person to
McLeod racked up 47 citations and be killed by a Miami-Dade Transit bus
$4000 in moving-violation fines prior
to the accident; and that he was also Continued on page 51
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Death Behind the Wheel that could have cost him his commercial
Contnuedfro pag 50driving license if he'd been convicted.
He wasn't. The judge dismissed the
charge in June 2013.
on NE 29th Place. In November 2010, "The court found that he couldn't have
5 1-year-old Tomislav Ritoper was hit by avoided the accident," says assistant county a bus driven by Goddess Newbold-Hayes attorney Simon, who defended McLeod. less than a block away from the spot The county attorney's office routinely
where Rubenstein was killed. Unlike defends bus drivers charged in non-felony McLeod, who stopped, Newbold-Hayes accidents, Simon explains, adding that kept driving until she was notified by a he didn' t know anything about McLeod's supervisor about the accident. She was other traffic infractions, either on or off later charged with leaving the scene of a the job. "I don't really have any comment, fatal accident. Her arrest was reported by Simon says. "I'm not aware of what haplocal television news, and even got trac- pened at those other incidents." tion on national websites. McLeod had a long on-again, offBut charges against Newbold-Hayes, again career with Miami-Dade County. F."1RI MPA AZN VEW
now 45, were dismissed last December A graduate of Miami Central High, he after evidence turned up that Ritoper started out as a part-time park service Luxu rious 2 bd/3 ba plIus de n, corner u nit i n t he wate rf ront co m mu nity of had a blood alcohol level of up to 0.25 aide in 1998, making $5.97 per hour. In One Island Place. Private elevator access with Grand Foyer entrance and may have fallen in front of the bus. March 2001, he was hired by the public leading to panoramic views of the Ocean, Intracoastal and Golden
According to a closeout memo by the works department as a semi-skilled Beach. 2,372 SF with access to wraparound balcony from every room.
Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, an laborer. Less than a month later, he Eat-in kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigeration, cooking island, built-in audio and video recording inside the transferred to Miami-Dade Transit as a aplncsndgnieoutrp.Lmsoeforsnminivg bus also revealed that Newbold-Hayes part-time para-transit driver's attendant, applans ahbulnd g regontt. Limge ste fldoors ind manhlivin repeatedly asked, "He fell? He fell?" "If By May 2002, following the comple- aeswt ul-n hogot ag atrBdomadBtro
he fell, it doesn't matter)' a ______________________ with separate shower and Jacuzzi tub. Completely gated and 24/7
passenger replied. Another secured building with attached garage, 2 parking spaces, valet, f ullI size
passenger looked behind the The driver of the MDT bus failed to gym and spa, 2 tennis courts, 2 pools, Intracoastal walkway and more!
bus and then sat back down "as yield for the pedestrian and struck her G reat i nvestm ent o pportu nity wit h te nant i n plIace!
if nothing [was] wrong" when as she walked on the properly marked Newbold-Hayes asked if "he crosswalk.4
fell" a third time. No one else
on the bus reacted.
The memo also noted that
the lead traffic investigators from the tion of his bus operator training, he wvas Aventura Police Department "did not be earning $12.76 an hour as a part-time lieve the case should be filed." A lawsuit bus operator.70 filed by Ritoper's wife against the county Even before he received his full-time and Newbold-Hayes was settled out of job, McLeod was getting in trouble. court in October 2012, about a month Between July 2001 and January 2002, before Rubenstein was killed, while he was still an attendant, he reHer accident was immediately given ceived two reprimands for being late for to the Miami-Dade County Police De- work, a write-up for a "rule violation," partment. A traffic homicide report said and "formal counseling" for submitting there was nothing wrong with the bus's a late report. In October 2002, McLeodX brakes, and an autopsy report stated that received counseling once again, this no trace of alcohol or drugs was found in time for using a cell phone while on the Rubenstein's body. Although it was dark job. Following a lecture, a supervisor at the time of the accident, the street was declared that McLeod had learned his well lighted and there weren't any visual lesson and agreed to follow county safety FO MOR INOMTO OR FO S SRVT VIWN impairments blocking McLeod's view, regulations. Nevertheless, McLeod OF THI PRPET COTC ANHOY
"The driver of the MDT bus failed to received a lackluster job review. Super-w w.UNER EATco
yield for the pedestrian and struck her visors noted that he "needs improvement" U N E R
as she walked on the properly marked and that his job "performance does not ITRAINLRAT
crosswalk)' the homicide report declared, fully meet job requirements." Rasco's lawsuit adds that the "pedestrian That review didn't stop his promotion. nh ylaoi
traffic signal was in the 'walk' phase as McLeod, along with other part-time driv- ELOASCIT 245BsanBldHMs. Rubenstein crossed the street using ers, was granted full-time status on Janu- (0)5774 vnuaF 38
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Death Behind the Wheel school in connection with two com- F R A N C 0 A M E R I C A N
Continued from page 51 ............... pletely separate traffic incidents."
McLeod's driving record was less AMERICAINE S C H 0 0 L
than perfect even before being hired by D E M I A M I 0 F M I A MI
McLeod received a glowing "satisfactory" Miami-Dade Transit. Between January job performance. "Employee is com- 1997 and July 2001, McLeod was tick- Depuis 1995
mended on his/her job performance," his eted 15 times for traffic infractions, such Since 1995
superiors wrote, "and is being encouraged as driving without proof of insurance, to continue to improve in the perfor- driving without a license plate, careless ECOLE PRIMAIRE FRANCAISE
mance of his/her responsibilities." driving, and speeding. AVEC CURSUS AMERIOAIN INTIGRI
McLeod's file, however, suggested Ironically, McLeod's regular driver's
that his conduct didn't improve. He was license was suspended in December CAMPUS DE MIAMI SHORES
lectured or written up about OUVERTURE LE 19 AOUT, 2014
missing work and for having a poor attitude. In one incident (786) 268 1914 (extension 26)
that occurred in December Between 1997 and 2001, McLeod was 650-651 NE 88th Terrace, Miami Shores, FL 33138
2005, a dispatcher ordered ticketed 15 times for traffic infractions, De la Maternelle au CM2
McLeod to tuck in his shirt. such as careless driving and speeding. Homologu6e par le Ministere de I'Education Nationale
Instead, "Operator McLeod Membre AEFE, AESA, Society for French Schools in
refused to follow Dispatcher North America et Florida Kindergarten Council
Carti's instructions and walked N
away to go play checkers." 2004 for failing to show proof of insur- De 8H30 L 14H30 (Maternelle) L 15H30 PM (Elementaire)
In spite of his promise to obey county ance, according to documents provided Enseignants frangais forms et dipl6m6s en France
safety regulations, McLeod was busted to the BTby Rasco's law firm. McLeod Garderie possible jusqu'& 18H00
twice more for using a cell phone while was subsequently ticketed twice for Etudes et Ateliers apres la Classe (art, foot, ballet,
on the job. In April 2008, a passenger driving with a suspended driver's license musique, couture, etc.)
complained that McLeod "failed to curb in April 2010. His commercial driver's Cantine frangaise par traiteur
the bus properly, entered the intersec- license, or CDL, which enables him tion on a yellow light, dialed his cellular to drive a bus legally, was without a phone, and could be heard talking on "proper endorsement" from July 24, 2009, FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM
the cellular phone while the bus is in to April 5, 2010, according to a chart WITH INTEGRATED AMERICAN CURRICULUM
motion." In September 2010, another provided by Podhurst Orseck.
passenger complained that McLeod Rasco argues that county transit offi- MIAMI SHORES CAMPUS
failed to see that the light had changed cials "either knew or should have known" OPENING AUGUST 19th, 2014
because he was busy texting on his cell that McLeod was "totally unfit to oper- (786) 268 1914 (extension 26)
phone. (McLeod was suspended for ten ate a Miami-Dade Transit bus but failed 650-651 NE 88th Terrace, Miami Shores, FL 33138
days following the texting incident.) to take proper corrective measures to
McLeod sometimes hit things while ensure the safety of Miami-Dade County Pre-K/Kindergarten through 5th grade
driving a bus, too. He was involved in citizens, including Ms. Rubenstein." Accredited by the French Ministry of Education
three county vehicle-related accidents in In spite of Rubenstein's advanced and The Florida Kindergarten Council
2003 (one of which resulted in a three- age, the retired secretary was in excel- From 8:30AM through 2:30PM (Pre-K/Kindergarten)
day suspension) and at least two acci- lent shape. If it weren't for the accident, 3:30 PM (Elementary)
dents in 2004 (which were grounds for a Rasco insists, Rubenstein would have French Teachers trained and certified in France
five-day suspension, including incidents continued to be the matriarch for her of missing work and insubordination), three adult children and four grandchil- After Care available until 6 PM
He was also written up for a "pre- dren for years to come. Study Hall and After School Clubs (arts and crafts,
ventable" accident involving a bicyclist "She was in good shape, she swam soccer, ballet, music, sewing, etc.)
in November 2011, and in 2012 he re- every day, and she was very indepen- Catered French lunch
quired the assistance of the county attor- dent," Rasco says, "and she had plenty of ney's office to beat charges of improper years to live. She was healthy."
lane changing that resulted in "damage." Yet even if Rasco persuades a jury A 0 A A D A
His record of driving was also that Miami-Dade Transit was negligent, C G 6 S Avenu
shaky off-duty, Rasco claims. "Mr. the most he'll be able to extract from the McLeod has had to attend driving county is $200,000, thanks to the state's
school seven times, in connection with sovereign immunity laws, which protect Mim S
seven different offenses, and there local governments from civil lawsuits. M S
were only three occasions in which But Rasco insists that Ken Rubenstein's : 2 1 e
driving school was voluntarily elected," motivation to sue the county isn't finanaccording to the lawsuit. "Within cial. "What he's really after," Rasco says,
a period spanning two consecutive "is for this to mean something."
months in 2005, Mr. McLeod had been
ordered to attend aggressive driving Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMI
FlU's Big Makeover k
Look for a high-rise waterfront student dorm on the Biscayne Bay campus
By Mark Sell Get ready for a $50 million, nineBT Contributor story, 618-umt waterfront dorm on three
acres between the Kovens Conference
With North Miami agog, it' sCenter and the Marine Science buildeasy to miss what's right ing. The county and university trustees
under your nose, have approved it, and the next two weeks
So this time we won't discuss crimi- could tell the tale. If the private developnal charges and ongoing investigations, er can sell the tax-exempt bonds, it could Dorm room with a view: Students will enjoy a panorama from bay to sea. the volatile fortunes of the Museum of break ground this month or next. Contemporary Art, or the back-to-the- These aien't the dorms you remember planning and operations for FIU's Division fees not to FIU but to Servitas, a Texas future August 26 special mayoral election, from college. This structure would include of Student Affairs. Wassenaar oversees private developer that builds student featuring candidates Smith Joseph, former fitness rooms, computer labs, game rooms, capital projects and construction for the housing throughout the country. At Mayor Kevin Burns, and former Council- study halls, wi-fl, integrated classrooms, university's 52,000 students, of whom 7000 current market rates, those fees can run man Jean Marcellus. and a pool with an amenity deck. You are based on the Biscayne Bay campus. from $600 to $1000 a month, with cable,
We're talking Florida International might even see an outdoor tiki (sorry, no Construction is scheduled to take trash pickup, and utilities included. This University. Drive east on NE 151st bar). And students will enjoy commanding place in two phases, with 400 beds to be is a growing trend in public universities. Street to FlU's Biscayne Bay campus views of Oleta River State Park, Haulover delivered in August 2015 and another 218 It's the sort of public-private partnerand you'll notice that construction crews Inlet, and the towers of Sunny Isles and beds in August 2016. For now, it will be ship, or P3, that's going on in the publicare busy. In fact, the skyline is about to Bal Haibour, with the ocean beyond. the only student housing on the campus. sector world, whether you're talking $1.6 change in a big way -maybe in a very "It's going to be very resort-like," says It will also be privatized. Students billion highways (think 1-595), billionbig way. James Wassenaar, director of facilities (or their parents) will pay their room dollar tunnels (think PortMiami), public
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university developments, or $1.6 billion main FIU Modesto Maidique campus housing. There's no risk to the county for a new era of interactive teaching. in Miami-Dade sewer repairs. 24.5 miles to the southwest. They'll or state because the developer is respon- At the macro level, the university is
As public universities have balanced commute via the hourly FIU buses that sible for ensuring that the debt is repaid, still working hard to get a second entrance limited public financing with explosive traverse the route every hour from 7:00 ensuring an arm's-length contractual into the campus from Biscayne Boulestudent demands, they have had to turn a.m. until midnight. relationship between FIU and the devel- yard, some of which would pass through
to the private sector for help. "A lot of our students attend classes oper. The university trustees approved wetlands and protected areas. Areas under
Another P3 on the campus is the on both campuses, much to our surprise," the deal in June. Now Standard & Poor's consideration include from 143rd and the
new Royal Caribbean production studio. Wassemaar says. "So they use shuttle must approve the bonds. Of that Was- Boulevard through Biscayne Landing That's the unavoidable construction services between campuses. About a third senaar is optimistic, with crossed fingers. property, and from 163rd Street, skirting behemoth you see driving in -the $30 of the students at Biscayne Bay campus You'll also see more asphalt on the Oleta River State Park, to the campus. million project paid for by Royal Caribbe- housing signed up at the Modesto Maid- campus this summer, as crews expand There is no funding or permitting for an, 150,000 square feet, and about 35 feet ique campus in the interim. Most of the parking, partly to make up for the spaces any route, so the university is instead high. Royal Caribbean's acrobats and en- others are finding housing closer to the lost to the Royal Caribbean Center, with concentrating on serving its growing tertainers will train there for their Cirque campus. From my vantage point as student 300 spaces ready by September and population on both campuses. "We've du Soleil-style performances. Completion advocate, we're putting our students in the another 200 by January. been building a lot of housing on the
is expected by end of this year. highest-value location we have, enjoying That's not all. Modesto Maidique campus," Wassenaar
There is a catch. The university will Biscayne Bay and the waterfront." The entrance to the Wolfe Campus notes. "Our students had felt underbenefit through an internship program with The Modesto Maidique campus is Center just got a $3.2 million makeover, served. Bay Vista became outdated, did Royal Caribbean its highly regarded going through a massive construction including a three-level facility with study not have the efficiencies of operations, school of hospitality is right there, but Royal boom of its own, as FIU president Mark tables, chairs, and offices, and a crawling and was not meeting student expectaCaribbean insisted on housing, which it will Rosenberg continues to turn the institu- diorama reviewing the school's history. tions. We had a strong desire to replace get in the form of the university's existing tion into a prominent research university. FIU will cap that early next year that building. 280-bed Bay Vista dorm, built in 1983. With more interest from students around with an outdoor eating area and a bronze "I've been with FIU for 25 years," he
That means for one year, FlU's Bis- the country and internationally, that panther statue, commemorating the continues, "and I've been a strong propocayne Bay students will have no housing on means FlU needs more housing. university's mascot. nent of student housing. It's good that at
campus, where the schools ofjournalism, In the case of the new student towers, In the meantime, starting in December, last things have aligned on the Biscayne marine science, and hospitality are based. Servitas won approval from the Miami- the Wolfe Theater, to the left as you walk Bay campus. It's been a very long time."
Students will either need to find their Dade County Finance Authority in May in, will get a $2 million upgrade to permit
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Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTURA
Aventura Has a Bad
Take down those traffic cameras!
By Jay Beskin and regulating them was passed.
BT Contributor So the cameras can keep on snapping. What the court did not endorse was
In football they call it a "safety" when Aventura jumping the gun and setting up the aggressor team is pushed back the cameras before the law was in place.
into its own end zone; it's a term that Thus, the "safety" of penalizing the city
sort of mocks the thwarted attackers for for the two unauthorized years between ----falling back into the safety of home. The 2008 and 2010. other team is awarded two points and This is ironic, because the excuse
possession of the ball, long favored by advocates of the cameras paint a picture of an orderly flow of When, in fact, the red-light violations
When the City of Aventura was on has been their purported contribution to traffic, slowing prudently as motorists, actually increase and the city coffers
the short end of a case in the Florida Su- the "safety" of the community. After all, mindful of the electronic eye, approach begin to swell, no one could be more surpreme Court this month, it was less like if drivers are encouraged to slow down the corner. Why, in an ideal world, there prised and shocked than the city elders, a touchdown for the other team and more as they approach Aventura intersections, would never be a red-light violation in who had chosen precaution over avarice, like a safety. In the case, the court ruled it stands to reason that the chance of the municipality again! All the money the safety of the avenue over security of that the red-light cameras at intersec- high-speed collisions at those junctions from tickets would dry up, and the tax- the revenue. tions in Aventura and other municipali- will be lessened, payer would happily bear the cost of the These little toys -surprise, surprise,
ties around the state have been legal only The companies -based in other camera, which preserves the lives of his surprise -make that ka-ching-ka-ching since 2010, when a state law allowing states -that market the technology loved ones. sound so dear to politicians' hearts. They
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catch the unwitting as well as the unwill- flash is noticeable, the driver is gener- who saw what actually happened. This troubling part of this is the intrusion on ing, the oops along with the vroom, the ally unaware that he has been photo- creates an odd sort of legal equation. (I privacy and the adversarial relationship guy who is a little slow on the uptake to- graphed. He becomes like the suspect do not want to offer a legal opinion here, established between the government and gether with the guy who is a little quick surreptitiously filmed in a surveillance merely to raise the issues.) If the case the citizen. on the accelerator. Unlike Baltimore and or sting operation. By the time the goes to court, an officer appears to tes- There is an eye in the sky watching other cities that charge $40 per infrac- summons shows up in the mail several tify to the results of his "investigation," our every move. There is this expectation, the South Florida tickets come in weeks later, the "defendant" is inca- which consists of examining the "evi- tion that we will be naughty if we are not at an eye-popping $158 a pop. That is a pable of a defense because he has no dence" by watching the video recorded supervised by Big Brother. We are not to pretty penny, but a very ugly dime. recollection of the circumstances sur- in the camera. be trusted to do the right thing; we must
An even more pesky reality is the re- rounding the event. There is not really any opportunity be watched at all times.
search that refuses to support the notion When a policeman pulls you over, the to impugn the evidence or to explain the The City of Aventura is a beautiful of improved safety. Several studies have sinking feeling is generally followed by context of events. The whole experi- place to live. It is populated by lovely ended inconclusively, some even show- great clarity and focus. You can recall ence of confronting one's accuser is not people, people with good minds and ing evidence of an increase in traffic exactly what you did and why you did present the way it is intended to be in our good hearts and good souls. Wonderaccidents at these intersections. One it, and the mitigating circumstances can legal system. ful husbands and wives and parents
theory is that many drivers who would be eloquently pleaded to the officer. If Another problem is the fact that the and children and teachers and students ordinarily proceed confidently through he proceeds to write a ticket, you can be driver is not identifiable in these photo- and bosses and workers and friends the yellow or amber light now panic more eloquent yet with the judge. graphs. If your teenage son or daughter and families. If the government needs
because of the cameras, slamming on Here, you are more likely to find borrowed the family car, you get to pay more money, that should be presented to
the brakes and causing themselves to be yourself sitting dumbfounded and star- the red-light bill. In fact, if the neigh- voters in the form of legitimate taxes or rear-ended by the cars behind them. In ing at the picture, muttering to yourself bor kid took your car for a joyride, the bond issues. any case, there is no verifiable support something like "When the heck did that system still assumes your guilt. Now it This stealth and by entrapment is not for the basic premise that the cameras happen, and how the heck did I miss is Robot vs. Robot, Alachine vs. Ala- the way. Aventura may soon be writing make anyone any safer. seeing that red light?" This leaves you chine. The camera is the agent of the checks to pay back money from old tickHow wrong are these citations, defenseless, writing the check rather police, while the car is the agent of its ets, but more important, it is time for a
beyond the issue of the dubious safety than trying the case of You vs. The Robot owner. The car is found guilty you gut check about how to treat its residents claims? Let me count the ways. in a court of law. must pay up! and guests.
First of all, unless the offense Another problem is the lack of a But in truth, these technicalities
occurred at night, when the camera human witness. There is no one there are the least of the problem. The most Feedback: letters(o,)biscaynetimes.com
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Neighborhood Correspondents: BRICKELL DOWNTOWN
Over the River and
Through the Traffic
Crossing to downtown is a challenge and not just for bicyclists
WBy Adam Schachner with its own quirky conditions.
BT Contributor Many cyclists who frequent downtown
are loyal to their bridge of choice, though . .... . ......
he Miami River beautifies down- such loyalty often comes with disclaimers:
town; yet it can be an utter bitch the traffic is tough, the bridges are often
T to bicycle across. up, the grating is slippery when wet. I've Brickell Avenue Bridge: FDOT closed the right lane as a safety experiment.
A natural obstacle, the river hampers learned that there's no perfect bike trip
downtown access for bicyclists, pedestri- downtown; there's often some challenge or surrounding vehicles while enjoying the 2nd Avenue is a circus. The road seems ans, and drivers who all compete for space other to crossing the river. I hate to nitpick, "me time" of a bicycle commute. always to be undergoing repaving and and lanes, and race against bridge open- but it's the biking conditions that separate The only catch is that half of this filled with utility trucks, building equipings for boat traffic. A mixture of good a safe ride from a moving migraine. bridge is closed for repairs until March ment, and debris. There are several blocks timing, proper weather, and accommodat- I'm devoted to the S. Miami Avenue 2015. While southbound transit is still of bike lanes heading toward the bridge, ing traffic should all command a cyclist's Bridge, with its sloping curve, wide open, those of us heading north into the but this accommodation cuts short two focus while navigating the bridges. shoulders, and low traffic flow. Most cars city are down one choice on a technicality. stoplights before the actual bridge, forcing
Three bridges the Brickell Bridge, are whittled away by Mary Brickell Vil- If I had my druthers, every bridge riders to maneuver among cars making S. Miami Avenue Bridge, and SW 2nd lage, and there's a decent lead-in to the would be paved like the 2nd Avenue, beelines to beat the signals.
Avenue Bridge span the easternmost bridge for riders to gain speed and cross which is the only option without the slip- In addition, the traffic lights appear to Miami River. While they all provide efficiently. The entry and egress are low- pery metal grating that makes even tractive be timed by whim, instead of consideration
direct entry to downtown, each comes traffic, making it easy to stay aware of tires fishtail hazardously. Still, northbound for optimal traffic flow. This bridge is the
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tallest downtown, which means it offers a those] that crashed into the Wells Fargo traffic. The resumption of vehicular traf- Alford envisions this system easing clean straightaway to build up speed for a building and were a hazard to pedestri- fic is further exacerbated by stops for the traffic on bridges throughout Miami, quick jaunt, but the erratic lights make for ans on the sidewalk." FDOT's pedestrian barriers, and while the impulse to check phones
a lot of hunry-up-and-wait moments. According to FDOT studies presented The bridge's entry to downtown curves for updates while driving is not recoinThat leaves the Brickell Avenue Bridge, last March to the Bicycle and Pedestrian between the Epic Hotel on one side of the mended, his ambition is to see the app which I've always admired. It has the most Advisory Committee, the county's ap- street and the JW Marriott Marquis on the "hook into navigational systems will be metropolitan feel of Mviami's bridges. With pointed watchdog group, the Wells Fargo other. Both hotels have service entrances beneficial to active drivers." its bas relief column and the towering hotels building endured ten crashes over three and parking valets, plus incoming traffic Other solutions to downtown's bridge and offices beyond, this bridge fills me with years. Dangerous conditions combined that often backs up onto the road. The re- congestion range from the feasible to pie the sensation that I'm immersed in a real with high foot and cycling traffic to create sulting bottleneck leaves commuters stuck in the sky. My favorite, an MRC study city rather than a series of sprawling com- a powder keg of roadway frustration. The in a baffling obstacle course; they must hosted on its website, suggests that the mercial centers. Yet its charm is tempered lane closure is an ongoing trial by FDOT avoid bridge openings, sudden stops, and a long-term costs of bridge maintenance by constant traffic and aggressive drivers, to ease the situation for all travelers, series of merges around a blind curve, are higher than the immediate cost of
Efforts to improve the conditions on Some local organizations, however, seem As a cyclist who frequently navigates building tunnels under the river.
the Brickell Avenue Bridge have been rea- to have a critical view of the solution. The this complicated situation, I welcome the Citing the success of Kinney Tunnel in sonable, at least from a cyclist's viewpoint. M\iami River Commission, a self-described effort on FDOT's part to close the lane, but Fort Lauderdale, this cost-benefit analysis When the Florida Department of Trans- "coordinating clearinghouse for all public the consistent cluster at the north end of compares the lifetime of bridges to the portation closed one of three northbound policy and projects related to the Miami the bridge makes for a stressful crossing. construction and maintenance costs of tunlanes last year, the widened shoulder River," shared with the BT a correspondence Suggested solutions demonstrate nels -a transit system with fewer moving eased the claustrophobia of riding tight with FDOT District 6 Secretary Gus Pego in- innovation and creativity. One project, parts than a drawbridge. While the scope between unpredictable cars and a very dicating dissatisfaction with the lane closure. an app called What's Up Bridge, is a of this project is intimidating, the future predictable concrete barrier. Add the Both the IvRC and the Epic Hotel, which contest winner from the Downtown cityscape it imagines is intriguing.
slipperiness of a South Florida rainstorm, is nestled into the Brickell bridge off-mrmp, Development Authority's 2011 Hack Day With downtown's growth, we can count and riding became a test of dexterity. The claim that the closure hinders lane changes Miami. The app's designer, Allyn Alford, on more traffic crossing these bridges. It closed lane is welcome buffer and effective traffic flow explains that the program, which notifies will be interesting to see how the things we
Ramon Sierra from FDOT explains The complaints highlight the impacts users via text and e-mail when the bridge may take for granted, like the bridges in
to the BT that the motivation for closing on traffic caused by a federally regu- is open or closed, has been effective our urban core, will evolve with our city. the lane includes "the need to provide lated schedule for opening and closing in helping commuters coordinate their a barrier to shield against vehicles [like the bridge hourly to accommodate boat schedules with the bridge's. Feedback: letters(,b iscaynetimes. corn,
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Neighborhood Correspondents: UPPER EASTSIDE
The People Have Spoken
Now let's find another site for that soccer stadium
By Ken Jett
BT Contributor provides parkgoers with space for their
dogs, picnic blankets, families, friends,
The U.S. Coast Guard's three-masted Frisbees, and bikes. Within the park,
barque Eagle cruised into the FEC about 2600 feet of Biscayne Baywalk slip downtown to help inaugurate features prominently at water's edge.
Museum Park. Over the course of Saturday, Just a week prior to this celebration, or- Opening day, June 14: Friends gather for play and picnics at the lovely June 14, hundreds of people turned out ganizations and individuals were orchestmat- Museum Park. to celebrate this milestone, some holding ing protests for this very day to voice their signs reading "Thank You, Mayor Re- opposition to the placement of the David February 2001 design charrette, attended welcomed the admiral, captain, cadets, galado!" and "We Love Museum Park!" Beckham group's stadium atop a filled-in by some 350 concerned citizens who and crew of the USCG Eagle. MiamiSo why this outpouring of sentiment? slip and part of the park. Thus Museum clearly favored green space; years of Dade schools superintendent Alberto
Museum Park, formerly Bicenten- Park's kick-off, without a soccer stadium, hard work; and dedication of the public Carvalho, a downtown resident, said he
nial Park, is a city-owned public park is monumental. It proved to be one of the in bringing about the park's birth. He was committed to bringing more of the housing the Perez Art Museum Miami rare times that concerned citizens banded declined to take any personal credit, city's children to the site.
(which offers free access on second together to meet with our city's mayor and instead declaring, "I'm just the guy who As dolphins swamn alongside the 1936 Saturdays) and the Patricia and Phillip commissioners, ahead of time, and under- listened to the residents of Miami." Eagle in the boat slip, all seemed right with Frost Museum of Science (now under scores the importance of keeping this park Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, a this outcome. The Eagle, "America's Tall
construction). It's the largest public an actual city park, not a soccer stadium strong park advocate, addressed the Ship," is the only active steel-hulled saildowntown green space, showcasing lots As Mayor Tomds Regalado addressed crowd. Nathan Kurland, representing ing vessel inU.S. military service. The ship
of large trees and acres of lush lawn. It a cheering crowd, he spoke of the the Bayfront Park Management Trust, serves to train Coast Guard cadets and officer
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candidates. Its crew opened the ship for public Mayor Regalado's recent maneuver- here, there are some great minds and the county's Parcel B, behind the AAA tours while moord in the slip. Youngsters and ing, of course, still leaves the Beckham intelligent organizations that could arena, as the public park was promised old-timers alike wertransported to bygone group without a location for the pro create a grand solution for this stadium to become back in the mid-1990s. eras while walking the historic passageways posed project. The options seem numer- placement. For a change, let's consider Its turbulent history is reawakenof this ship -for some it was fantasy pirate ous, and their unfolding will be enter- something beyond bending to develop- ing. Miami-Dade County Commissioner ship, for others it was a classic laboratory of tamning to watch. There could be some ers' demands that have profits projected Audrey Edmonson's legislation to follow seamanship. And this entir experience was very interesting moves, before we offer up the preferred parcels. through on the promised park is being tailclose to not happening at all. While it doesn't seem that there is In my experience with the Marlins and gated by another commissioner's legislaSeveral organizations were key in enough support, the city commission Heat people show up in dmoves and then tion to use the site for a three-acre museum urging the mayor's message to the Beckham could choose to introduce legislation leave in droves, without much activity before and parking structure. Both pieces of group that a different location was needed, allowing for the Beckham stadium at or after events. It seems (and many studies conflicting legislation were recently moved Among them were the Urban Environment Museum Park. The mayor would likely have shown) that stadiums do not work to forward to the full county commission for League, the Biscayne Bay Alliance, Miami veto, leaving the onus on the commission rebuild or revitalize an area. The draw and consideration, set to be heard on July 15. Neighborhoods United, and the rcently to overrule, for which there doesn't seem excitement of the waterfront is understand- All organizations and individuals formed Downtown Neighborhood Alliance, to be the requisite votes, able, but once inside the AAA, I'm focused who created this win with Museum Park
Of all of the individuals and orga- It seems feasible that the city could on what is happening inside. The importance may want to attend the county commisnizations I've spoken with, none was choose to push again for Beckham's origi- of a waterfront location dissipates. sion meeting on July 15 to encourage opposed to a Beckham soccer stadium. nal preference, undeveloped county-owned Quickly disappearing park space is county officials to follow through on But all were opposed to the park as the land at PortMiami (favored by Sarnoff), al- coveted by developers who don't want to their promised park and to block the location for such a structure, though the Miami Seaport Alliance would foot the bill to acquire private land. ft's monstrosity that threatens the original
They're ecstatic at the potential for a continue to oppose the port location embarrassing that our elected officials allow agreement with the county.
world-class stadium in Miami, bolstered Other sites suggested are Sun Life private use of public lands that make the With the residents' demands, maybe by the Beckham affiliation. Most see Stadium or a "spiritually tainted" area developers and private enterprise rich, while past promises of parks and baywalks will Miami as the only logical U.S. city for next to the Marlins ballpark that would burdening the public. A huge thank you is be honored. These issues ar not about our Beckham's project. One only needs to allow both to share the same parking in order for Mayor Regalado in keeping this support of sports or history. They'r about experience the World Cup excitement structures with a potential to correct the park open to the public, instead of open to our dwindling park spaces. Once they're around town to see that Miami is a natu- ills of the first deal, those who would buy tickets, gone, they'r virtually impossible to reclaim.
ral fit for this new MLS franchise. The We all have suggestions. As often The amazing baywalk stroll could
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Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI SHORES
A Teen Behind the
Another driver in the family means more freedom for all
By Jen Karetnick who can give them lifts, and parents who
BT Contributor aren't thrilled with their children taking
to the road at 15 or 16."
n May the event that most Miami The AAA survey cited in the article,
Shores parents dread was vis- however, doesn't necessarily support the
ited upon my husband and me: Our conclusions of the reporter. Of the more
daughter became a legally licensed than 1000 unlicensed 18- to 20-yeardriver. olds surveyed, 44 percent admitted their
I say "most parents," because a reasons for not having a license were
recent Miami Herald article under the because they didn't have a car. And 35 headline "The road less traveled: Fewer percent said they just "didn't get around to drive or aren't actively driving. In fact, if the Herald wanted to do an
teens getting driver's licenses and hitting to it." Our public transportation system is, accurate piece, it would investigate how
the road," examined the trend of South Cart-before-horse logic and Millenni- as we all know, fairly inadequate. And many of our middle-class Upper Eastside
Florida teens waiting longer to learn how al generation laziness compounded by the older the teens are, the less they want teens don't have licenses but borrow their to drive. The piece, published a week lack of parental involvement in their kids' to be seen dropped off by Mom or Dad parents cars, many times with the knowlafter my daughter got her license, noted, lives equals no license. But herein (says the woman who used to have to edge of their parents, and drive anyway.
"More teens are putting off getting also lies a flawed premise: No license wait at the neighborhood gas station at And then there are the comments
driver's licenses because of cost, friends doesn't mean these kids don't know how the designated pickup time). I've gotten from relatives, friends, and
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acquaintances, both with offspring and someone. She then drove to school -a pretty frequent thing these days -The only emotion I really wasn't prewithout, when I tell them Zoe is now almost every day, to her friends' houses, turned out to be an epiphany for me. pared for was guilt. It's not quite the same driving. The remarks range from a and back and forth on errands. She also Suddenly, instead of everything being guilt my husband feels, for buying her a
joking "Oh my God, I'm getting off the frequently got behind the wheel when- on my shoulders, as it has been since car that we can't really afford, that cerroads!" to a sincere "Doesn't that make ever I was too tired to take us home after she was seven, my son was five, and the tainly eclipses what we had as new drivyou nervous?" the myriad after-school activities from one and only nanny we ever had left us, ers. (My brown Volkswagen Rabbit that I
Apparently, whether it's legally at- which she and her brother required drop- I had backup. A relief pitcher. Someone had when I was 17 was especially memotamned or not, the licensing of a 16-year- off and pickup. who was duty bound to step in and help rable, as it had an electrical problem and
old driver is a milestone to be feared. Because the schools, both public and out for the good of the team. It gave me would short out every time it rained, no
The truth is, I'm overjoyed. My private, largely no longer offer driver's a taste of what was to come -not fear matter where I was at the time -backing
husband is slightly less so, if only for the education, we also hired her an instruc- that she was out on the roads, but free out of the driveway, on the highway, in fact that we now have even more bills to tor. Many Miami Shores parents who dom. Her freedom and mine, front of the town police station.)
stress over, for her car and her insurance, have gone this route before us recoin- For the first week after she passed It's more that I have this vague which the parents of teen drivers every- mended the Florida School of Driving, the test, the girl didn't stop smiling. If feeling I'm supposed to be somewhere, where know is astronomical, located in North Miami Beach, and we you've ever lived with a teenager, you doing something, and am not doing it.
But while I know I made her learn- were more than satisfied with them. The know that this is a miracle in itself. But Or that she has taken over my job as a ing to drive sound like it was a passive instructors come to your home, take your then there was her attitude. It was ... parent, which she'd probably agree with, moment, indeed we were full, willing kids out in their cars, and refine their pleasant. She became thoughtful and as she's made her own dinner since she participants. With our complete support, skills. If you desire, as we did, they even empathetic. Instead of asking me at was ten and tends to her little brother Zoe earned her Florida learner's permit escort your child to the test site when 10:00 p.m. to get out of bed and go to like a second mom. the first moment she became eligible at 15. it's time, allowing them to practice for CVS for something she needed, she On the other hand, when school starts
Then I taught her the very basics, an hour or two first, then wait with them stopped on the way home from work again, I'll no longer have to drop off or from turning on the car to turning the through processing at the Division of or the gym, and asked me if I needed pick up anyone on the way to or from my wheel in the direction, whether she was Motor Vehicles. (You also get a minus- anything. Before my son went to camp, own school. That's an eternity of time facing forward or backward, that she cule break on insurance.) she was not only driving him where he I didn' t have before. So I guess a little
wanted to go. Because Zoe is a cautious-by-nature wanted to go, but she was taking all of guilt I can live with.
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Culture: THE ARTS
Art in the Everglades
Unexpected things can happen when artists are immersed in nature,
solitude, and the River of Grass
By Anne Tsehida South Florida. On a recent Wednesday
BT Arts Editor evening, a number of the artists gathered
there discuss their experiences. Most
iami can be a hard, brash expressed wonder at the peacefulness of
metropolis, despite its sub- the Everglades, the cocoon-like atmotropical location. Although it sphere, with few roads, no city lights,
is evolving as an arts center, the hectic and full moons so bright that no artificial city often seems to offer little respite for light is needed.
creative types who want to slow down For the exhibit, AIRIE asked its Flight by Susan Silas: "I wish I come back again and push the
and take time with their craft. But it's artists to consider the Everglades project with the vultures even further."
also the only large city to be nestled "through aerial views of suburban
Susan Silas, based in New York, created this proposal for a billboard. Slash Pines by AIRIE artist Lisa Elmaleh.
between two national parks, which too encroachment, birds taking wing, the "I've been to artist residencies in the longer or could come back again and
few people take advantage of or even ethereal nature of wind, and even past," she says. "They generally supply push the project of working with the
know about. the stark contrast of nuclear missiles the artists with a studio, sleeping quar- vultures even further."
Artists in Residence in Everglades housed deep in the wilderness." ters, and meals. In this case, the resi- Local writer Nathaniel Sandler did
(AIRIE) was started over a decade ago, New York-based photographer dency was supplying the park to explore his residency this past March and is also
but only recently and after a Knight Arts Susan Silas is a recent AIRIE resident and live in." included in the current exhibition. He'd
grant has the program taken off, with artist with works in the exhibition. Her In fact, the program includes hous- worked with the Florida Panther Protection month-long residencies for visual artists, particular interest is in photographing ing at the Long Pine Key campground Program and was familiar with the marvel writers, and musicians since 2012; a full birds, including dead or decaying ones. (seven miles from the park's southern of the River of Grass, but not entirely. board of directors; and, as of January, an A friend alerted her to the Everglades entrance) and access to Everglades "I took a trip to Cuthbert Rookery that executive director. possibility, and she took it. Her resi- National Park's scientists. Artists bring I'll never forget," he says. "It's a place
Works inspired by or created during dency was last August, when the only their own food and, if they're smart, that's illegal to go to unless you get a
these residencies were on display in the birds around, she says, were crows and lots of bug spray. "As a city dweller, it series of permissions from park officials. exhibit "Flight: Aloft in the Everglades," vultures, creatures that love to feed off was a gift to spend a month in the park," The wood storks and ibises nest there, which opened in June at the ArtCenter/ of carcasses. she says. "I wish I could have stayed flying back and forth, building nests or
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Untitled #15 by residency artist Rebecca Reeve. Rebecca Reeve's Untitled #2.
perching and squawking at one another experience," she says. "The River of at Lake Okeechobee, and in the stark Many of the artists have differet takes
in magical concert." Sandier is work- Grass is ripe with opportunities to terrain of Utah. from their time in the River of Grass. For
ing on "a piece of adventure fiction that immerse oneself in ecological settings, Gast has been involved with AIRIE some, the solitary element (only one resident takes place in the swamp." which can foster personal growth. Out for five years, although she has never comes in each month) leaves the biggest
Previous resident artists have includ- of that, professional growth can occur as been a resident (she's on the board of impression -men and women alone with ed composer and sound artist Gustavo one sheds the past and processes the cre- directors). As someone who is interested nature and their thoughts. For others, the Matamoros, painter Harumi Abe, video ative experience in their own mediums." in interaction with the environment, she abundance of wildlife, however subtle, artist Naomi Fisher, and performance AIRIE helps nurture this both by wanted to bring the Everglades into the makes them want to write or otherwise
artist Ana Mendez. providing artists with the opportunity Miami conversation, portray this singular world. Or simply the
Artist Deborah Mitchell has been to live in the __________________________ "I was meet- sounds, the heat, or the expanse of sky is
incorporating images and experiences of Everglades Wehp ob n ftecutys ing a lot of most affecting, to be revealed in some
swamps, prairies, and pinelands into her and then Wehp ob n ftecutys artists who creative manifestation in the future. That's
work, inspired by Shark Valley and fish- presenting most sought-after residencies, offering wanted to the mission
ing in Florida Bay, she says. In January their resulting artists and writers the privilege of work in the AIRIE, says director Mitchell, "has
she was appointed AIRIE's first execu- works to the spending a month in an endangered Everglades gained the reputation of offering artists
tive director public, she World Heritage Site. and didn't something intangible -our support to
"We hope to be one of the country's says. know how to experience a fragile and at times mystimost sought-after residencies," she Artist access it for a cal environment, which is closely consays, "offering artists and writers the Christy Gast, whose work has been longer period of time," she says. "So I of- nected to a vibrant urban metropolis."
privilege of spending a month in an shown in Miami galleries, collections, fered to help make a connection between endangered World Heritage Site." and museums (she has a sculpture in the residency program and artists work- More information aboutA[R-IE and
Mitchell hikes around with the guest front of the Bass Museum and was ing in Miami and beyond." its residency program can be found at:artists in order to "understand how to best recently highlighted in a solo show at As an artist who has worked in airie.org. "Flight:- Aloft in the Everpresent their particular work to the public." Locust Projects), also uses nature and varied environments, Gast says that glades, works from residents of the
She is convinced that both the the fragile environment as the basis for what strikes her most about the Ever- AI[R IFprogram, runs through July 6 at
environment and artists will win as the her video, sculpture, and performance. glades is water: "The changing water ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln residency program grows. "Spending She has made videos in a pine forest near level makes the Everglades so dynamic Rd., Mi7ami Beach; wwwartcentersf org.
introspective time alone in any wilder- a decommissioned nuclear missile site throughout the seasons. And the Cyness setting can be a transformative in Florida, at the Herbert Hoover Dike press domes are incredible." Feedback:- letters~obiscaynetimes.com
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Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS
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Columnists: YOUR GARDEN
Don't do what this "Tree City" did
By Jeff Shimonski We raised the live oak back into posiBT Contributor tion that day with the help of machinery,
chain falls, and a crew of 14 very strong
Iwas fortunate to begin my horticul- guys. Steel columns were put in place to ture career at Parrot Jungle, work- keep it standing.
ing for the original founding family. When we excavated around the base Everything had to be done properly and of the tree before raising it, I could see with great attention to detail, that some very large roots had been cut
At any given time, there were hundreds right to the base of the tree trunk in
of plant species in the park, and many were order to pour the concrete trail within The dead branches in the canopy mean the tree is dying. quite rare. We had our own nursery where inches of its base. This was obviously we received newly collected plants from what had caused the failure. A signifi- see how long it would take for them to Roots need to be hand dug and hand cut the tropics around the world; when these cant number of roots on one side of the go into decline, with a saw or clipper.
plants were ready to present to the public, tree had been cut -thus, as the tree As you can see in the photo, there are These once beautiful and healthy live we'd plant them inside the park. grew in the opposite direction and added dead branches, what we in the industry call oak trees are dying now, and nothing can
We had a great collection of orchids, weight via branches and foliage, failure canopy die-back, on the top of the tree's be done to save them. What really irks bromeliads, ferns, and epiphytic cactus of the entire tree eventually occurred, canopy. This is the second symptom that I me is this still happens all the time. that could be planted on some of the Now of course I understand clearly noticed on these trees. The first was smaller I know sometimes a compromise
larger trees in the park. It was quite an that there is something called a critical foliage about a year after the construction has to occur between new development effort to plant all these species onto the root zone, the size of which depends began; in subsequent years the foliage never and existing trees, and I know lots of trunks and branches of trees, and then to on the tree species, size, age, and other returned to its preconstruction size, architects and property owners who will maintain them, factors like environmental conditions, If Even though these trees are in a "Tree really go the extra mile. But municiThey couldn't be left to survive on some roots are cut, this creates an infec- City" municipality, the mandatory con- palities with a "Tree City" designation their own. Many came from different tion court, or site. Think of it as a door struction fences that would have protected should be more responsible, and step micro-habitats -and it was a great learn- that has been opened to the tree for all them were never installed -throughout up and educate and enlighten all of ing experience to have them grow and kinds of pathogens to enter and go about the construction area! I was shocked as I their inspectors and employees -they then root onto the trees, and finally bloom, their business of stressing and eventually watched a contractor digging footers for shouldn't just place the onus on their tiny
We had a mature, healthy live oak just killing the tree. But at the time I had no concrete walls that are now located only a and underfunded tree departments. inside our front entrance that became idea what tree biomechanics was, or really few feet from these trees. a showcase for orchids. They could be much of anything about tree science. The contractor used a backhoe to Jeff Shimonski is an -ISA -cert j/led municipal
viewed in bloom from the caf6 or from The accompanying photo is of a dig the trenches -and since this is in a arborist, retired director of horticulture
the concrete trail that wound around the single tree in a group of the same species particular rocky area, the digging bucket at Parrot Jungle and Jungle I1sland, and tree. So it was a shock one morning to of trees that were all impacted by con- had "rock teeth" 'on it. You know those principal of Tropical Designs of Florida. come to work and find that this very large struction on this site three or four years spikey things. This means that when any Contact him atjeffj tropicaldesigns. com. tree had fallen over and was lying on top previously. I drive by these trees several roots were in the way, they were ripped of the roof of the caf6 building. days a week and have been curious to off the tree, probably right to the trunk. Feedback: letters~tibiscaynetimies.comi
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Columnists: PRIVATE SPACES
Every Object Has a Story
An apartment serves as a showcase for a lifetime of collecting
By Sondra Schneider as Miami, it counts as a lifetime.
BT Contributor "I love my apartment and everything in it has a story," he says. "I'm
en Richard Levine's design surrounded by things that have real
firm ran into trouble, he realized meaning for me." It's a statement that
that he needed to make some resonates as probably the truest definitough decisions. After years of successful- tion of the word "home." ly designing luxurious residences, hotels, When he bought the apartment, the and private clubs for the mega-rich, the first thing he did was slap a coat of white stock market collapsed into one of its peri- paint on the walls and try to figure out
odic free falls and his long-time friend and how to downsize. His former apartment partner became lost to Miami's rampant was so huge that all his furnishings cocaine culture. were overscaled, while his new place
His company dropped from 35 em- was considerably smaller. Some things
ployees to two: Richard and a talented were non-negotiable. Richard had been assistant he was grooming as a designer. collecting art since his high school days, His options were clear ... rein in his lavish and he was taking it all with him. lifestyle and work on rebuilding his busi- He refused to part with his low-slung, ness. He sold his palatial digs on Grove extra-deep, eight-foot leather sofa or his Isle and bought an inexpensive apart- six-foot-square, custom-made, stainless ment in an enclave of high-rise towers steel-and-glass coffee table. along Biscayne Boulevard. His former dining room chairs, six
In time, as his rebuilt firm pros- classic Knoll nickel-wire Platner arm pered and his fortunes vastly improved, chairs moved into the new living room, Richard could have moved to any home as did the original Herman Miller Eames he desired, but he opted to stay put. He lounge chair. A gorgeous Edward Fields is still happily ensconced in his modest rug he bought from a client who was two-bedroom, two and one-half bath redecorating tied it all together.
apartment, and has now lived there for A pair of floor-to -ceiling bookcases so many years that, in a city as transient with a console and mirror between them
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took over the long wall in the second
bedroom, and Richard's baby grand piano was placed in front of them.
Every available wall was hung with
paintings. A short while after settling in,
he decided to give up some wall space
to make the living room look larger. He
removed the wall that divided the second
bedroom from the living room, creating
a large, three-sided nook that became
part of the social space.
Today, after many years of nonstop
acquisition, Richard's apartment is like
Aladdin's cave. The rare and the mun- fw
dane jostle for space, although they actu-F
ally have been carefully arranged. The w
top of the coffee table holds a display
of everything from a sterling silver tea "rThe color scheme for was the find of the lot.
service to one of Andy Warhol's cookie the kitchen was taken A few years ago, Richard finally
jars in a Lucite display case. C)from his bedroom, which retired from the design field, swearing he
The baby grand has been moved to resembles a library in a was going to write a tell-all book about
the former dining area, A built-in buffet classy men's club that just his rich clients titled Home Is Where You
under the window holds a glass sculp- happens to have a bed in Hang Your Decorator. But first he had to
ture bought from a fancy, long-defunct 40the middle of it. The bed figure out where to put his desk, computer,
Miami restaurant, plus a couple of large -sits in a niche created files, and all the artwork in his offices.
Chinese crackle celadon vases unearthed by two floor-to -ceiling Rather than move from his cozy nest into
at a yard sale, teak bookcases. The wall larger quarters, he bought another apartThe game-table-size dining table, behind the bed is painted ment in the same building and turned it
which opens to comfortably seat into an office, gallery, and storage space.
ten, has taken the place of the When asked what he would take with
piano in the nook room. 6 him if he ever did move, his answer is
While most of the walls are succinct and to the point: "I'd take it all."
covered with multiple paintings...........
(and one with an early Carlos We welcome your suggestionsforfuture
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He became fascinated with
the glittering intricacy of costume A#1. The former second bedroom
jewelry brooches and buckles, is now a dining/library/gallery
and started to pick them up at an- Popen to the living room.
tique shops and flea markets. The
collection was further enhanced 2. Both the sofa and coffee
by donations from his large circle tbeaeoeszd hywr
of female friends and named for A:.because they are placed in the
their donors. (It's a great way to center of the space.
decorate a wall for those who
cannot afford to buy art, which is 3. A Carlos Betancourt wall
practically everybody.) sculpture in the breakfast area
Much of the space has been given over tracks while you try to figure out why it cinnabar red and the floor is covered in is visible from the handsome to things Richard inherited when his be- works. The answer is that if you have a low-pile, wall-to-wall black carpeting, kitchen. loved mother, May (a world traveler and good, trained eye for art and design, you except for the underbed area, which now no mean collector herself), died. A pair of can get away with practically anything. has a brightly colored floral carpet that a 4. The fancy brooch collection. May's curio cabinets, stuffed to the brim In recent years, Richard finally redid friend gave him. with cut-glass, painted porcelain, china his Pullman-shaped kitchen with teak An oversize black armchair next to the 5. Richard's favorite reading figurines, and other assorted doo-dads, cabinets, black granite counters, and cin- window adds to the clubby look. The jewel chair in his clubby bedroom. flank a large painting Richard bought nabar accents. A Venini Wave chandelier of the room is the Purvis Young painted at Holly Solomon's gallery in the 1980s, (bought from the same defunct restau- door that leads to the dressing room and 6. The gallery wall in the when geometric painting was the rage. rant) and a gently worn Oriental runner bath. When the itinerant street artist's work dining area with the hall to the
The strange juxtaposition of periods on the floor give the small space an ultra- was threatened by demolition, Richard bedroom behind it. and styles is enough to stop you in your sophisticated air bought it all (about 80 pieces), and the door
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Columnists: POLICE REPORTS
Escape the Heat
1000 Block of NE 80th Street
If you leave Miami to escape the crime
Biscayne Crime Beat for a bit and head to the Midwest, that
doesn't mean the crime magically waits
Compiled by Derek McCann for you to get back -no, it happens in
live time. This victim received the dreadTime to Check Out More Currency Woes ed phone call from his neighbor after a
6200 Block of Biscayne Boulevard 1700 Block offN Bayshore Drive week in Ohio; neighbor didn't call to ask
Victim had met his future violator at a With some European banks imposing about the weather. The dead-bolt locks club called The Office. He invited her negative interest rates on savings ac- were removed from two doors in his back to his Boulevard motel room to counts, it would seem Floridians are apartment and the space was ransacked. finish the experience and perhaps show spooked. This person uses a safety Neighbor was kind enough to meet with i
off his digs. She seemed to like the place deposit box at his bank but also has one police and give a report. As per the but was more into his bling. He awoke at home. He had more than $2000 in crisp victim, he is staying in Ohio, Lebron's the next day, and his Rolex watch, dia- $100 bills, inside Chase envelopes, at old stomping grounds. mond ring, and gold chain were missing, home in a metal box, After a month of no ripped a shower faucet from the bathfor a loss of $10,000. You'd think with "home deposits," he was ready to make Too Many Loose Keys Lead to room and hit the son in the head, causing
ten grand on his body, he could afford a one but found that one of his envelopes Horror lacerations. The son lost consciousness
better living space (no disrespect to our was empty, totaling several hundred in 600 Block of NE 85th Street briefly, and the burglar fled to a waiting
legendary motels). The Office is a strip losses. No forced entry or suspects. It may Burglar awakened victim in her bedroom black Subaru. The suspect made off with club, so Mr. Bling may be living too be that his last all-night bender caused his after she heard him rummaging through $265 and a black Metro PCS phone. No large and needs to take it down a notch, own, self-imposed negative interest rate, her purse. She screamed for her son, who arrests at press time, and a terrorizing Maybe he can work in a real office. Better he do it than the man, immediately showed up, but the thug home event to endure. The two victims
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know the suspect and can identify him; owner went to refill her soda at Burger public, such as those customer-friendly page of her boyfriend's cousin, she saw a he had his own key. It's time to reassess King, and as she did, someone stole her corrections officers, post from her indicating that she would
that support network, computer. This Burger King's video be "grilling soon," with the victims grill
surveillance can only be accessed at the Just Another Night Out, with an prominently displayed. She screen-capToo Much Free Time main branch office, so no immediate Audience tured all the posts and contacted the police.
300 Block of NE 61st Street help there. At the very least, if you must NE 2ndAvenue and NE 7th Street She and that cousin have had ongoing
Time is of the essence to crooks; usually walk away from the laptop to feel your When one goes clubbing, one hopes to disputes; now she'll have a chance to really they're in and out. Not here. This thief independence, try leaving it at home drink, dance, hang out with friends, and have her say. She can even put the future came to this location three times in a only. You just aren't equipped to own maybe meet a future paramour. This mug shot on Facebook, then unfriend her. four-hour period. He started by taking one, especially if you must surf with person got into a fight but had the patience two patio chairs, then took a couple of greasy onion rings next to your computer. to put her purse down on the floor, taking Tattoo Mike Returns hours off and came back for the remain- her shoes off. She had to do this right. As 400 Block of NE 82nd Street
ing two chairs. Realizing he needed to Instant Gratification Revenge she fought her opponent, someone else About five years ago, Crime Beat had a
finish the job, he came back one last Not Beneficial reached into her purse and stole her wallet blurb about a shadowy character named
time for the table. He knew he was being 100 Block of Biscayne and other items. There's also surveillance Tattoo Mike. He's still kicking and,
filmed and hid his face from the camera. Boulevard of this encounter, but officers who viewed hopefully, will stay behind bars this
He now has his own patio set, and it Sometimes customer service folks get it couldn't see who stole her stuff. We time. Victim met Tattoo Mike at a street took him about four hours, with fre- under our skin, especially when we don't gather they viewed this video many times corner and admittedly bought $200 of quent breaks. Hopefully, there won't be get what we expect. This person didn't and didn't delay their viewing until a later crack cocaine from him. About four a fourth excursion for that lonely potted get his scheduled early check-in, so when date. Unsure who won the fight, but per- hours later, Tattoo Mike pointed a gun plant; surely he can steal one elsewhere, the clerk briefly excused himself to help haps YouTube will tell us soon at him and demanded all his money. The another guest, the spurned guest took victim complied and kept smoking crack
Why Laptops Are High two $100 bills that were lying on the Facebook Friends into the night as Mike left 30 minutes
Maintenance counter. Unlike others this month, video 100 Block of NE 77th Street later. After all, why interrupt his buzz?
5300 Block of Biscayne Boulevard cameras clearly captured his face, and Maybe you shouldn't unfriend people He called police after his high wore off.
If you take your laptop outdoors, it must the hotel has his full information. As you don't care for just yet; would it not Tattoo Mike better change that sobriquet become your infant child. Actually, you he spends his early check-in next to the be better to catch them doing something? if he is going to keep his business going. must constantly nurse it, as it should public jail toilet, perhaps he'll rethink his This victim had her cooking grill stolen not leave your body. This neglectful expectations of those who deal with the from her home. While checking the Feedback: letters~obiscaynetimes.com
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Columnists: PARK PATROL
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It has spectacular views, lots of grass, big trees, and dogs are welcome ,kiff
By Jim W. Harper are not condominiums or malls or tacky
BT Contributor attractions. These are world-class museums for art and science. This combina- IN
he phoenix has come to Miami. tion symbolizes an integrated world we
Not the city or the online need to live in, not the false dichotomy
university, but a bird that has risen of all green space and no concrete.
from the ashes. Metaphorically speak- Don't forget the park's ghost. When I
ing, the ashes were Bicentennial Park, reviewed Bicentennial Park in December once the worst park in the nation; and 2007, it earned a one-tree rating (and that Looking west from the park leaves no doubt you are in a city. the resurrected wonder is Museum Park, was generous). It attracted downtown Miami's newest and poten- the homeless and repelled Frisbee throwers. The St. Augustine grass
tially best park. tourists. It was filthy, unsafe, in Museum Park needs time to mature
Museum Park opened on Flag Day, and, frankly, the worst urban and may suffer from summer flooding.
June 14, and even detractors were cel- green space I'd ever seen. In a Puddles and standing water have acebrating. Miami Mayor Tom s Regalado word: repulsive. 6R IM! cumulated around trees that need drainhad denied soccer mogul David Beck- Yet the bones were always age, and one sloping hill near the art
ham rights to build a stadium here, and there. From the waterfront museum was so eroded that underground
this veto preserved open views and the you can watch seaplanes .. ........ pipes were exposed. Mulch sprawled
historic boat slip adjacent to the Ameri- land, cruise ships turn, and across sidewalks.
can Airlines Arena. dolphins roll in Biscayne Bay. Another potential hazard is falling trees.
The park's upgrade of 21 acres of With a little imagination, spin PPI" I saw a mature coconut palm lying sideways
green space cost approximately $10 slowly and catch glimpses of on a plaza near the art museum. Many trees
million, according to Tim Schmand, ex- a Mayan Temple (Adrienne have posts for stability, but hurricane season
ecutive director of the trust that manages Arslit Performing Arts Center), The waterfront Pdrez Art Museum Miami could turn them into matchsticks. this park and Bayfront Park. Other re- four gigantic totem poles (the offers shaded seating and great views. With the park's shine still intact,
ported estimates of $40 million include condominiums across Biscayne criticism is difficult without the caveat of
the sea walls and museum-related costs. Boulevard), and a goddess (a This land is clearly some of the most its newness. Where is the entrance sign?
Critics have bemoaned the two bronze statue by Cundo Bermudez). Across valuable in Florida, and just north of the Are sports permitted? Fishing? Whether
modern museums that occupy the park's the boat slip looms the AAA spaceship. park and the highway, the walls of the legal or not, people continue fishing here northern border and cat green space, but On the waterfront, baby, on the former Miami Herald building are tum- as before. let's get real for a moment. The museums waterfront. bling down to make way for Genting's The park offers a $5 option parking
mega development. behind the sewage station. The art muAlso in clear view are the cranes and seum's entrance, closer to the highway, MUSEUM PARK cement trucks working feverishly on provides an underground garage for $2
L the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of per hour. The best transportation option
Park Rating Science, which may open next year. The is the free Metromover, and the formally
,% 1 11 P P6rez Art Museum Miami, or PAMM, closed station has reopened (yet another
a a J opened last year. phoenix). Bike racks are plentiful.
1075 Biscayne Blvd., PAMM sits directly on the water, and The park's opening weekend featured
Miami 33132 plenty of benches and stairs offer shady the gorgeous 295-foot U.S. Coast Guard
305-358-7550 places to sit and watch the boats sails barque Eagle, the tallest of the U.S. flagHours: Sunrise to sunset, by. Another benefit is that the building ships. The park manager says that the 24-hour security blocks the highway and reduces noise official flagship of the Colombian navy,
Picnic tables: No within the park. The planners smartly Gloria, will visit in July. "The word is
Barbecues: No placed these buildings compactly, in getting out among international sailing
Picnic pavilions: No an undesirable corner, and the plaza nations," says Schmand.
Tennis courts: No between them is destined to become the Massive square mooring stations
Athletic fields: No intellectual crossroads of Miami. line the north side of the FEC boat slip,
Night lighting: Yes Museum Park's main feature, a gigan- and although not attached to the seaSwimming pool: No tic open lawn, is a clear nod to Central wall, they are close enough for a jump.
Playground: Park's famous lawn for free spirits and Smaller vessels can float by, and I saw
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On opening day, paddleboards approach The park offers lots of bike racks and water Cundo Bermudez's sculpture welcomes park visitors at
the Coast Guard's barque Eagle. views from almost every angle. the foot of the boat slip.
two people on stand-up boards paddle cleanliness likely rule out future access. banned from most parks across Miami, Park's overhaul in 2003 cost $4 million, under the ship's golden eagle figurehead. Some quick and easy improvements so this feature alone is monumental, and South Pointe's Park's relaunch in Where did they come from? to the park would include signage of its In my former review of Bicentennial 2009 cost $22.5 million
As with other waterfront parks near main features and its history especially Park, I noted the huge gulf between the Museum Park proves that things in downtown, a major drawback is the its use during World War II. And add park's potential and its reality. I composed a Miami can get done, and that public lack of accessibility to the water. You an English translation of the Bermudez poem to christen it "Helen of Troy's corpse." waterfront can be reclaimed. Because can't launch a kayak or otherwise get statue! A few picnic tables would comple- Seven years later, despite being planned and of its sponsored museums? Probably. I close to the water (not that you'd want ment the more than 40 Key Largo lime- constructed in the era of the Great Reces- leave that debate to others. This park has to, with all the pollution trapped in the stone benches that line the walkways. sion, it has realized much of its potential. taken flight. seaweed), although there are new ladders Surprise! The park has bathroom Compared to other nearby parks, its
on the seawall. Concerns over safety and facilities and it allows dogs! Dogs are cost appears reasonable. Margaret Pace Feedback: letters tbiscaynetimes.com
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Columnists: GOING GREEN
Beneath the waves, life is vanishing
By Jim W Harper sharks surpass my nearly 200 pounds.
BT Contributor The most fearsome ocean predator of all,
the great white, has been recently recordComing to you live from Key West, ed swimming down the entire U.S. East
this is your intrepid long-distance Coast, scooting near Miami, making
swimmer, preparing to face an beeline for Key West, and then heading
epic challenge: a marathon swim around north into the Gulf of Mexico. Her name the entire island. At 12.5 miles, this is Katherine, and you can follow her
swim is difficult by any standard and progress through the nonprofit Ocearch. Florida -but without success. It should Even though I've been studying and will certainly take longer a 26.2-mile Katherine measures more than 14 be a no-brainer. writing about this topic for several years,
marathon on land. feet long and weighs more than 2000 Many other species are threatened this prediction still seems insane. How
What has possessed me, in my mid- pounds. Am I scared of her? You bet. by overfi shing, as you can see in your could things have gone so sour, so fast? 40s, to attempt the longest race of my But to me, there's something much supermarket's seafood section. While it Pollution of any type has conselife? For starters, this challenge will be more frightening in the ocean (cue the appears full of fish, look closely. Hardly quences. Invisible pollution, such as more fun than any distance on pavement, theme music from Jaws). The most any seafood comes from Florida. Our carbon dioxide, has consequences, yet Land isn't my friend; I'm a water baby. frightening thing in the ocean is not stocks have been fished too heavily for we only "see" those consequences after
Plus, ocean swimming injects thrills into what's there, but what's disappearing, too long, the damage has been done. We don't
a sport that can seem pedestrian in the pool. Sharks are disappearing in appall- Even the stability of seawater itself is see the greenhouse gases entering the Open-water swinuning is a full-immersion ing numbers. Hundreds of thousands of disappearing. Because the ocean covers water; we don't see them shifting the pH experience, with dangers and hurdles that sharks are captured every day, and the more than 70 percent of the Earth's balance; we don't see them inhibiting a change with the tides and the weather tens of millions killed annually have re- surface, it interacts intensely with the coral from building its skeleton.
When I tell people that I'll be bobbing duced their numbers worldwide. Accord- atmosphere and absorbs huge amounts of Right now, so many things in the
around Key West for five hours, the ques- ing to the International Union for Con- carbon pollution. As carbon dioxide dis- ocean are disappearing. Yet we don't look, tion that constantly surfaces is: Aren' t you versation of Nature, the world's authority solves, it creates the imbalance known because most of us can't. When those afraid of sharks? The answer is no, and yes. on extinction, 25 percent of all sharks as ocean acidification. Anyone who has who can look into the ocean tell us what
I'm the one who's invading their and rays are in danger of extinction ever owned an aquarium knows that is happening, we don't want to hear it.
territory, so if I get bit, the blame rests This threat is a direct result of changing the pH level is not good. We are in denial because the ocean is with me. Second, shark "attacks" overfishing. A particularly brutal form It seems strange that human activity, the last and largest wild place on Earth
which include being rubbed against of fishing is finning, whereby a shark is namely the burning of fossil fuels such as -much larger than us. How could we
their sandpaper-rough skin -are so hauled onboard, its fins are sliced from coal and oil, has changed the very chem- strangle the origin of life? rarely fatal that the risk is negligible, the living animal, and the bleeding shark istry of the ocean. But wait, it gets worse. I'll be thinking about these things as I A few people in the Keys may have is dumped overboard. Shark finning sup- Right in our own front yard, in the swim thousands of strokes around Key West.
lost their lives over the decades, but plies a demand in East Asia. Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea,
only one death by shark has ever been Finning is illegal in the U.S., but an entire region of coral reefs is facing Send'your tips and clever ideas to: recorded in Miami-Dade County. enforcement is another question. Several extinction. Not just the fish and not just goinggreen~obiscaynetimes.com.
Any encounter with an animal larger states have banned the sale of shark fins, the corals, the entire system could colthan me sparks survival mode, and some and similar bills have been introduced in lapse within a human lifetime. Feedback: letters~obiscaynetimes.com
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Columnists: PET TALK
The Name Game
In search of what to call your pet
By Janet Goodman work with a dog named Festivus, named
BT Contributor by a Seinfeld fan, though far from being
a youngster. Maybe Seinfeld fans should
W hen it comes to naming a be cautiously allowed to name pets, too.
pet, there are really no right Many of us adopt pets that already
W or wrong choices to be made, have names. When an animal's been called
It's a matter of personal preference, like Roscoe for years, if's not wise to change 4
deciding what to call a baby, and some- his name to Buddy; but if you're Norwetimes the vetting process has been in the gian, you'd be happy to learn that Oslo is years: Dark Kitty, Light Kitty, New Kitty style. Everyone knows an animal named works long before the pet comes home, a sound-alike alternative that works. Last -need I go on to illustrate my lack of Lucy, Molly, Sophie, or Jake. Even the
Lists have been drafted and updated; year I adopted Candy -a Cocker/Schnau- imagination? Luckier ones got character- liquor cabinet is a source for trends: books have been consulted; names have zer mix. She was plucked from the eutha- appropriate monikers like Sugar and Kalua, Asti, Bacardi, and Tequila been scrawled on backs of envelopes nasia line by a wonderful rescue group. Chatterbox. Some got decent people have all been clients of mine. I must've when something worthy is overheard. Turned out Candy is no sweet confec- names: Tim and Monty. But what was I worked with a 100 Baileys over the years.
These contenders are stored up, squir- tion. I could barely get the word out; it thinking when I blurted out "Tabby" and Others have stood out: relled away for years, ready for that big felt flat-out wrong to continue calling let that boring name stick? Am I as bad Ribbon: Never heard this before and day when a new bundle of furriness fi- her that. Since she had a diva's attitude, as the name rehashers? I like it.
nally becomes a part of the family and is I decided to rename her Queenie, which Maybe it's like eating comfort food, Peace: Optimistic, no? given (drum roll, please) a name. Simple matched her personality, yet retained that nutritionally barren junk that makes Lenny Kravitz: I'd tell everyone I and plain or out-of-the-box: anything that hard "k" consonant and long "e" us feel good. These go-to comfort names trained with Lenny Kravitz. "Really?!!" goes, right? Maybe -it all depends. vowel sound she recognized. lack substance. We know better, but we Yeah, Lenny Kravitz, the King Charles
Long-winded titling is a practice My biggest beef when it comes to use them anyway. Spaniel.
that's better left to the royals and the naming pets is the recycling of names: In 1993, 1 unknowingly entered into a Booger: Definitely a clunker. I hated racehorses. Sir Arf-Arf Conan Doyle one pet dies and its name is resurrected naming disaster -a pet name that I had to calling the dog. Pea-Pea, too. is so begging for a nickname! Keeping with the next pet that joins the family. explain for the next 15 years. My Malinois Dumpling: This name irked me at it short and sweet is smart, especially To be fair, it's similar to how we name Oscar sired a litter, and one was dubbed first, but I warmed up to it. The dog was for dogs that should come when called; children after a beloved relative. Unfor- "01J" for Oscar Jr. The following year Nicole a terror, though. otherwise, they get lost in the morass of tunately, I've met people who latch onto Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were Czonka: At least he was named for an too many syllables. Pedigree-registered a single pet name and use it over and murdered, and the trial of the century turned ex-football great who wasn't an accused names are lengthy to ensure uniqueness over and over. Are they forgetful people, my puppy's name to mud. I gave an apolo- murderer. on paper, but shouldn't be used in every- or simply uncreative? getic spiel whenever anyone asked me his
day interactions with pets. I like to think of myself as being name. For a woman who never believed in Janet Goodman is a Miami Shores-based
Children should be cautiously al- a creative type, but at times, for some Orenthal James Simpson's innocence, it was dog trainer, animal-talent wrangler, and lowed to name pets. Target and Christ- reason, my own name-selection process tantamnounit to having a dog named Hitler. principal ofGoodDog BadDog Inuc. Conmas Tree are real dogs named by young comes straight from the gut and by- Name trends exist. Lassie, Simba, tact her at info 5i goo ddogb addogmiami. com.
kids. Why not K-Mart or Menorah or passes the right brain altogether. Take and Marley became popular because
Festivus Pole? Come to think of it, I did my litany of stray cat names over the of films. Human names never go out of Feedback:- letters 5ibiscaynetimes.com
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A Grilled Toast
Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less
By Bill Citara as "Budweiser," followed by the con- with the bigger, bolder,
BT Contributor sumption of several products designed to fruitier style of New World Till
combat intestinal distress, wines. The eclectic blend
I f the little green men watching us FYI, this is also known as the Fourth of grapes in the 2012
from high up are paying attention, on of July barbecue. Playtime Grenache, U:iI Cni
the fourth day of the month they'll What can rescue this man and his Petite Verdot, and Barbera ,
notice a curious atmospheric phenome- long-suffering tribe from such a wretched partners well with any non: a giant cloud of gray smoke obscur- repast? Wine, of course. Which just hap- grilled meat. Produced by ing much of the United States. pens to be the topic of this month's Vino. Shannon Ridge winery,
It's not the effluent released from the Let us begin on the lighter side with it's an unabashedly fruitsmokestacks of thousands of manufac- the 2013 Phebus Torront6s and work forward wine that tastes of Head for the North Miami Beach ABC Fine Wine turing plants. After all, we don't make our way to the deeper stuff. Torronts, juicy red cherries and rasp- & Spirits (16355 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-6525) to things here anymore; we just move IMHO, is the ideal barbecue-friendly berries with hints of olive, get the Playtime red blend for $8.99 and Portile money from the pockets of the many to white wine, with a floral-fruity character anise, and black pepper. Primitivo for $9.99. Get the Wolftrap red blend the bank accounts of the few. Nor is it that can take on piquant rubs and sweet- Another esoteric blend for $9.99 and the La Vieille Ferme rose for $6.99 the gas emanating from the oral cavities ish, tomato-based sauces, yet has a crisp, of grapes this one Syrah, at the Whole Foods Markets in North Miami and of thousands of bloviating politicians; lemon-lime acidity that lets it play well Mourvbdre and Viognier Aventura (305-892-5500, 305-682-4400). At North that's far more noxious and debilitating, with fish, shellfish, and chicken, lends an unusual complex- Miami's Total Wine & More (14750 Biscayne Blvd.,
What it is, in fact, is the result of one of If I'm to serve only one wine at my ity and excitement to a $10 305-354-3270) you'll find the Chateau Be1ingard America's most revered and time-honored FOJ Q, however, it would be ros6 spe- wine. The 2013 Wolftrap for $11.99 and the Phebus Torrontes for $9.99. traditions: the Ritual Charring of the Flesh, cifically, a French ros, as its light, fresh- comes from South Africa, And the Disefio Malbec is at Biscayne Commons that special day to celebrate the birthday tasting fruit and citrus acidity can cut whose affordable wines Publix and Publix at 18 (305-354-2171, 305-358of our great blah-blah-blak when the male through the rich, fatty barbecued meats. I find more and more 3433) for $11.49. of the species homo gluttonous retires to The 2013 La Vieille Ferme is a entrancing these days. It's a place known as "the backyard" to build classic French blend of Grenache, Syrah, a smooth, easy-to-like an inferno with petroleum byproducts and Cinsault. It opens with summery wine that delivers bracing black cherry- blackberry-blueberry fruit tinged with and small cubes of compressed industrial strawberry and raspberry aromas that berry fruit with spicy, earthy tones and a black olives and toasty oak, mouth-fillwaste, and then proceed to inflict cruel and carry over onto the palate, complemented beguiling floral whisper. ing but surprisingly supple. unusual punishment upon several varieties by soft Meyer lemon-orange acidity that If you're loading up the smoker with And if the robustly earthy, spicy, olive-y, of innocent animal protein, finishes clean and crisp with a hint of big slabs of brisket or dinosaur-sized black 'n' blueberry flavors of the Primitivo
Blackened chicken carpaccio, minerality. The 2013 Chiteau Belingard beef ribs, you'll want to check out the taste familiar, that's because in the U.S.
carbon-crusted steaks, and fish-flavored melds Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot 2012 Disefilo Old Vine Malbec and 2011 the grape is better known as Zinfandel. So sawdust are but a few of his many cre- but offers much the same fresh berry-cit- Portile Primitivo from Italy's Mas- even if the Italians don't participate in the ations, which are presented to the others rus flavor profile as its French counterpart. seria Pepe. The Argentines certainly Ritual Charring of the Flesh, they sure of his tribe with much enthusiasm (on his All things being equal, I'd go with the La know their beef, so it's no surprise that know how to make its antidote. part) and much trepidation (on the tribe's Vieille. A $6.99 price tag is hard to resist, the Disefio goes as well with barbepart). They will typically wash down this While I might go Old World for cued meats as a hearty appetite. It's a feast with a thin, watery liquid known ros, for red wine and barbecue, I'd go dusky, earthy wine, brimming with Feedback: email@example.com
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Sometimes It's Worth
Food news we know you can use
By Pamela Robin Brandt Biscayne Blvd., 305-989-5811) is finally
BT Contributor open. It's the first brick-and-mortar
location for Jefe's Original Fish Taco &
uly 4th's fireworks are, of course, to Burgers truck. Chef Jack Garabedian's
celebrate the birth of our nation. But expanded menu includes salads and more
given that fans of Kevin Cory's world- elaborate burger options along with the class Japanese omakase (chef's choice) authentic Baja-style tacos soft corn restaurant Naoe one of only 48 U.S. tortillas double-wrapped around crisprestaurants to receive a top five-star rating battered fish, shredded cabbage, pico de both available in many styles (straight, CLOSINGS from Forbes magazine in 2014 have gallo, housemade crema, and lime. Many curly, waffle cut, chips), with many top- Bye-Bye Bongos. After 15 years, owners
been waiting since the fall of 2012 for the say the fish tacos are Miami's best, and pings (aioli, NJ "disco fry" cheese sauce, Gloria and Emilio Estefan decided chef's mystery sibling eatery next door to most budget-friendly, street food. balsamic and blue cheese, fried egg and against renewing the Cuban-themed open, it's hard not to think that at least the Brick House (187 NW 28th St., bacon, much more). restolounge's lease at American Airlines
fireworks over downtown Miami are salut- 305-456-2629) is more outdoors than "Catalonia is not Spain!" Catalonians Arena, though Bongos concession carts
ing the end-of-June birth of N By Naoe indoors, more hip hangout/drinking-and- have been saying it forcenturies (intheir own will continue serving at several locations (661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263). DJ-music place with food than gastropub. 800-year-old language, not Spanish). Now on the arena's concourses.
Cory has been cagey about the concept, But the munchies patrons can order from Miamians cantaste the difference at new N1U Reportedly, the Estefans plan to
but here's the rundown: Unlike dinner-only a cash-only concession window (includ- Kitchen (134 NE 2nd Ave., 786-542-5070), open a new restaurant that's less nightNaoe, N is lunch-only, in a separate space ing lamb mini-burgers and Gully Booth's where tapas are not generically Spanishbut clubby and more seriously food-focused, with one stately communal table perfect famous crab cakes, praised several years rooted in the cuisine of Barcelona- and dishes' Estefan Kitchen, on a property they own for power lunches. Like Naoe, N's prix-fixe back by Martha Stewart as the best she'd tongue-twisting names, onthe menu, are in at NE 14th Street and NE 1st Avenue, meals are omakase-only and reservations- ever had) are impressive. Catalan, too. By the way, the Catalan word"niu' near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the
only (at www.nbynaoe.com), so Cory, who Just in time to provide respite from means lair, den, or nest See this issue's new Performing Arts. not only personally prepares all food but summer's horrid heat is Gelato-Go Dining Guide additions, page 80, for details. And the power couple had better push
does the daily shopping, can plan. Lunch is (360 SE 1st St., 305-397-8648), second In the newly refurbished MiMo space those permits through, because there basically the first half of dinner- a mul- location of the smash hit authentically formerly occupied by Indian eatery are some hungry theatergoers in the ticourse bento box of, mostly, astonishing Italian South Beach shop opened last Namaste, 28-year-old Jessica Sanchez neighborhood now: Prelude by Barton dishes Miamians have never experienced, year by Domenico D'Addio, Asslessan- has moved from Realtor to restaurateur G., the Arsht Center's upscale restaurant, plus soup and dessert. Boxes do include dro Alvino, and Antonio Arminio, who to open Loba (7420 Biscayne Blvd., has folded. Arsht reps say the restausashimi, but not the roughly dozen sushi learned from his papa, a gelato master 786-536-6692), whose food moves from rant's replacement will be announced courses that follow dinner's bento. Best for five decades. South American to southern American, "later this year."
difference: dinner is $200, lunch is $80 Benchwarmers (175 NE 36th St.). On from traditional to trendy, and from Hungry for more food news? See
and the midday bentos are bigger. the first floor of the former Soho Lounge farm-to-table. The eclectic kitchen team "BizBuzz," page 20. Send me your tips and
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This part-rustic/part industrial-chic breakfast and lunch spot,
located in Zak Stern's bakery, is one certified-Kosher cafe where
nihrrlgosdietary laws nor culinary standards are comproThe Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 212. mied. eason: The I of inae sand ard sops,
misd. easn: hemenu of open-face sandwich "toasts" soups
salads, and small plates doesn't overreach, but stays centered
BRICKELL / DOWNTOWN on Zak's substantial and superbly crusty organic sourdough
Restaurant listings for the BT Dining Guide are dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bringcash. No plastic loaves, arguably the best bread in Miami. Varieties range from
written by Pamela Robin Brandt (restaurants@ accepted here. $-$$ classic Jewish deli rye to exotic olive & za'atar or All American
biscaynetimes.com). Every effort has been made to Banana & Leaf NIU Kitchen cranberry/walnut. Toast toppings, sweet or savory, are mainly
ensure accuracy, but restaurants frequently change 234 NE 3rd St., 7864315548 134 NE 2nd Ave., 786-542-5070 local vegetable and dairy combos, so non-carnivores, as well as
menus, chefs, and operating hours, so please call Evergettempted bythe convenience of supermarket sushi boxes, but This contemporary Catalan eatery is located, accordingto its three diners keeping Kosher, luck out. $$
feel uneasy about freshness and disgruntled about sparseness of fill- playful proprietors, "somewhere between Dali's moustache and ahead to confirm information. Icons ($$$) represent ings? In the grab-and-go containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like Gaudis Sagrada Familia." Actually, it's in the heart of downtown, but
estimates for a typical meal without wine, tax, or tip. a plump snowcrab roll have a satisfying seafood-to-rice ratio. Ifyou'd the description does reflect the Barcelona-born chef's weirdlywon- NORH M- IA I
Hyphenated icons ($-$$$) indicate a significant range rather dishes on the larger custom menu arrive almost as fast. There is derful yet seriously skilled twists on tapas. Instead of Catalonia's rusalso limited, tasty SoutheastAsian fare. Most unbelievable: Prices beat tic, bread-thickened tomato soup, there's a refined cold tomato broth in prices between lunch and dinner menus, or among supermarket sushi by far. $ poured over a mustard ice cream-topped crouton. Mato, a simple Tunky Tunky
individual items on those menus. Bar Urbano cheese and honey dessert, translates as custardy fresh cheese atop 11052 Biscayne Blvd., 786-953-5825
$= $10 and under 1001 S. Miami Ave., 305-381-5901 eggplant "jam," with candied hazelnuts. $$$ In the long-vacant space formerly occupied by Biscayne
"Hot, hip, Hispanic" is a huge understatement to describe the street- Boulevard fine-dining pioneer North 110, Juan Carlos Collazos
smart urban flair of this tropical restolounge. After about 9:00 p.m., MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICT and his sister/chef Elvira now keep the street cool with a newer
$$$= $30 droves of high-energy young partiers make the place seem more Latin Miami craze, Peruvian food. You'll find the expected mix of mari$$$$=$40 singles bar than eatery. Nevertheless, the largely but not exclusively nated raw seafood or fish ceviches/tiraditos and cooked favorites,
Colombian-inspired, Latin/Caribbean comfort-food cuisine can be Prohibition including Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian fusion) omo salteado, plus a
$$$$$= $50 and over inspiring We're partial to snacks like the arepa Colombiana, heaped 3404 N. Miami Ave., 305-438-9191 few surprises: rediscovered ancient Andean Indian stews like carwith fresh white cheese, and the sinful chivito sandwich (steak, ham, Frankly, we don't get why this expansive, high-ceilinged space apulcra de cerdo (pork and dried potato soup) original inventions melted mozzarella, and a fried egg). But there are also full entrees with enormous front windows and open kitchen is so often like tiraditos sauced with pisco or olive cream a karaoke bar. $$ like a bandeja paisa (Colombia's belly-busting mixed platter of proLv Ir-'IV~lltein ....d carbs). $$-$$$ described as.....ative of a Prohibitio.......speakeasy; ambia....
here is artfully and amusingly sinful, not secretive. Fare is a fun,
Batch Gastropub familiar mix of modern comfort foods (truffled lobster mac 'n' SUNNY I L BEACH
Brickell / Downtown 30 SW 12th St., 305-808-5555 cheese, NY strip steak with truffled parmesan fries, many other
The name refers to Batch's signature novelty items, which we think of as items featuring truffle oil) and retro favorites like meatballs. It's gourmet fast-food cocktails: hi-quality fresh ingredients (some barrel- simple, solid stuff served in generous portions to match the menu Basil Park 15th & Vine Kitchen aged), pre-mbed in batches and served on tap for instant gratification. items that best truly evoke Prohibition times: hefty, old-fashioned, 17608 Collins Ave., 305-705-0004
485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373 But a menu designed by E. Michael Reidt (ex-Area 31), means solid two-fisted cocktails. $$$ From Tim Andriola, of longtime Italian food favorite Timo next
In the 15th floor space orignally occupied by Eos, the Viceroy's top-end foods are serious chef-driven pub grub: the Mac Attack, sophisticated door, this more casual, globally inspired breakfast/lunch/dinner
restaurant now focuses its decor on spectacular bay views (particularly mac 'n' cheese feauringgocchi and aged Gruyere sinfully succulent Shikany spot focuses on chef-driven healthy (though not meat-free, nor
from an outdoor garden/pool terrace). And the mostly small-plates menu burgers, substituting brisket for leaner beef: nachos upgraded with duck 251 sptfe on c-driven eaty thugh otate nor
of accessible internationally influenced New American fare is more confit wood-oven pizzas topped with unusual combinations like pumpkin 251 NW 25th St., 305-573-0690 entirely organic), eco-conscious eating that's as good-tasting as it
Miami-appropriate too. Especially recommended: Asian-inspired items plus shortrib duck fat popcorn: housemade sodas. $$ This stylishly converted warehouse is currently Miami's most cutting- is good for you. Really. Even we in the BT food department, who like spicy gnger meatballs with sweet sambal chili sauce, or lump crab edge fine-dining venue. On M ichael Shikany's ever-changng Xtreme consider "deep-fried" a basic food group, find Andriola's lightly
croquettes with sriracha, remoulade, and a fris6e/fennel salad. Favorites Biscayne Tavern menus, expect complexity and molecular magic: vichyssoise as pot- salted garlic and cayenne-spiced crispy kale chips, dehydrated
like flatbreads and sliders plus a classy setting make this a striking 146 Biscayne Blvd., 305-307-8300 ted plant with dehydrated pumpernickel "soil" a dessert featuring rather than fried, surprisingly satisfying. Other highlights: spicy
business-lunch option. $$$-$$$$ From restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, this contemporary tavern seems red beet sponge and yellow beet pop rocks. Shikany does manage to salmon handrolls (with quinoa replacing sushi rice) deceptively
tailor-made for a newly urbanized neighborhood, inviting residents to have confounding culinary elements make sense. But doubters can decadent-tasting raw chocolate/almond pate with berry sorbet. Area 31 hangfrom breakfast to late-nigit snack time, over updated comfort break in gently with softshell crab arepas, maple syrup-braised boar $$$
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234 food that's gobally inspired while adheringto the locaVorganic mantra.
Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing Amongexpected casual favorites (solid American burgers Asianesque cheeks with a DIY (Drizzle It Yourself) tube of lemon/thyme creme, area 31, stretchingfrom the Carolinas to South America) isn't a gamor- pork-belly sliders) highlights are items that chef Will Biscoe stamps with even refreshingly original lobster mac 'n' cheese. $$$$$ ous dining setting But we'd eat outside. From the expansive terrace of his own unique, unpretentiously inventive touches, from small plates the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickell's high- (housemade potato chips with blue cheese fondue) to large (a long-bone rises actually make Miami look like a real city. It's hard to decide whether short rib "chop" with truffle popover South Florida bouillabaisse). More Bryan in the Kitchen Cipriani
the eats or drinks are the most impressive. The food is impeccably fresh than 30 craft beers accompany. $$-$$$ 104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777 465 Brickell Ave., 786-329-4090
regonal fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style. The This quirky caf6-market's chef/owner is a former smoothie-swilling model Derived, like all Cipriani family restaurants worldwide, from legendary
cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you don't have to choose one or Blue Martini who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic "green gour- Harry's Bar in Venice (a favorite of Truman Capote, Hemingway, and
the other. $$$-$$$$ 900 S. Miami Ave. #250,305-981-2583 met" menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecologcal conscious- other famous folks since 1931), this amorous indoor/outdoor riverfront
With a 41-martini menu (plus exotic lighting late hours, dance floor, ness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings location in Icon has two absolutely must-not-miss menu items, both Atelier Monnier and live music most nights), this wildly popular place is more lounge are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, rangngfrom healthy pasta/ invented at Harry's and reproduced hereto perfection: beef carpaccio
848 Brickell Ave. #120, 305-456-5015 than restaurant. Nonetheless food offerings are surprisingly ambitious, grain salads and homemade-from-scratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) (drizzled artfully with streaks of creamy-rich mustard vinaigrette, not mere
Sesame Street's Cookie Monster adores all cookies. As a more special- including substantial items like sliced steak with horseradish sauce, as to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible olive oil) and the Bellini (a cocktail of prosecco, not champaie, and ized Macaron Monster, we assure you thatthis French bakery/caf6's well as shareable light bites -- parmesan-topped spinach/artichoke dip, sticky buns. If we had to choosejust one category, we'd sin. But luckily, fresh white peach juice). Venetian-style liver and onions could convert exquisite macarons (not clunky coconut macaroons, but delicate, crackly served hot with toasted pita shrimp and blue crab dip (yes: crab, not you can have it all. $-$$ even liver-loathers. Finish with elegant vanilla meringue cake. $$$$$
crusted/moist inside almond cookies, sandwiching creamy ganache faux "krab") a seductive puff pastry-wrapped and honey-drizzled baked fillings in flavors rangngfrom vanilla or praline to seasonal fruits) are brie. Come at happy hour (4:00-8:00 p.m. daily) for bargain drink/snack Burger & Beer Joint The Comer
reason enough to drop in daily, perhaps hourly. That the place also hand- specials, and lots of locals. $$ 9003S. Miami Ave. #130, 305-523-2244 1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887
crafts equally authentic French breads, complex pastries, baguette sand- While not quite Miami's first hip hangout featuring high-quality With a Zuma alum in the kitchen, a Ggi alum craftingclassic or creative
wiches, salads, soups, quiches, omelet's, ice creams, and chocolates is a Bonding burgers, the orignal South Beach B&B certainly goosed the gourmet- cocktails, a warm pub feel, and hours extendingfrom lunch to nearly
bonus icingon the gateaux. $$ 638 Miami Ave., 786-409-4794 burger craze in a major way. This Brickell branch has all the familiar breakfast the next morning The Corner is transforminga desolate downFrom trend-spotting restaurateur Bond Trisansi (orignator of Mr. Yum favorites, including the ten-pound Mother Burger -- really more good town corner into a neighborhood hangout. The nicely priced menu of Atrio and 2B Asian Bistro), this small spot draws a hip crowd with its afford- gimmick than good. Otherwise B&B, which still consistently makes sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets (the latterfrom Om Nom Nom's
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6529 able menu of redesigned traditional Thai dishes, wildly imagnative sushi "Top 10" lists, features a huge selection of basics in addition to beef cookie queen Anthea Ponsetti) ranges from 100-percent homemade
Admittedly, the Conrad Hotel's top-end restaurant has had its ups and makis, and unique signature Asian fusion small plates. Highlights include (bison, turkey, chicken, veggie, seafoods) nicely balanced topping ice cream sandwiches to the Crazy Madame, France's elaborate Croque downs since its early days as one of the few excitingfine-dining restau- tastebud-tickling snapper carpaccio an elegant nest of mee krob (sweet, combos and enough succulent sides (tempura-battered pickles, fried Madame (a bechamel sauce-topped grilled cheese/ham/fried egg sandrants in the BrickelVdowntown area. ButAtrio is readyfor rediscovery, crisp rice noodles) blessedly non-citrus-drenched tuna tataki, drizzled green beans, mini-corn dogs) to make a meal that's totally burger-free. wich) plus bacon and caramelized onion. $-$$ Despite Brickell's recent restaurant explosion, few venues are as spec- with spicy-sweet mayo and wasabi cream sauce, greed-inducing "bags $$r$$$ tacularly suitablefor a sophisticated breakfast, lunch, or dinner forge gown- of gold," deep-fried wonton beggar's purses with a shrimp/pork/mush- Crazy About You
ups who'd rather not shout over DJs. Panoramic views of Miami from room/waterchestnut filling and tamarind sauce. $$ Seasalt and Pepper 1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442
the 25th floor are now matched by locally oriented dishes, including a 422 NW N. River Dr., 305-440-4200 The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older
mango/lime mayo-dressed lobster sandwich, crisp-skinned snapper with Brasileiro Unlike older Miami River market/restaurants like Garcia's, run by Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entree (all under $20) from a
grapefruit salsa and basil aioli, a bracing orange tart, even citrus butter in 801 Brickell Bay Dr., 786-502-3829 fishing families, this stylishly retro/modern-industrial converted sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, orAsian-influenced choices
the bread basket. $$$-$$$$ Fittingly, the indoor/outdoor bay-view space in the Four Ambassadors, warehouse (once Howard Hughes's plane hangar) has an owner (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an
occupied by Miami'sfirst Brazilian rodizio restaurant back in theearly who ran South Beach's hottest 1990s nightspots, so expect celeb- appetizer for free, including substantial stuff likea Chihuahua cheese Balans 1980s, is now home to a 21st-century upgrade. For insatiable carnivores rity sightings with your seafood. What's unexpected: a blessedly casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in
901S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191 and fans of Latin America's best dinner show, there's the traditional untrendy menu, with simply but skillfully prepared wood-oven- theformer location of short-lived La Broche, has an even more upscale
Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import(Miami's second parade oftableside, sword-wieldinggauchos carving all-you-can-eat cooked fish and clay-pot, shellfish casseroles. Standouts include ambiancethan Dolores -- includinga million-dollar water view. $$$
Balans) offers a sleeker settingthan its perennially popular Lincoln meats, including must-not-miss medium-rare picanhas, delectablyfat- luxuriant lobster thermador, as rich as it is pricey flavorful heads-on Desole Metro Pizza Bar Road progenitor, butthe same simpleyet sophisticated gobal menu. capped sirloin. For more modern and/or light eaters, prepared dishes by jumbo prawns, prepared classic Italian-style (as are many dishes 333 SE 2nd St., 305-381-9505 The indoorspacecan get mighty loud, but loungngon the dog-friendly Gully Booth, oneof Miami's best-kept-secret chefs, includegoat cheese here) even one low-budget boon: impeccably fresh PEI mussels in This family-owned pizza/wine bar serves pies more evocative of outdoorterrace, overa rich croque monsieur(which comes with an croquettes, stuffed dates, and crab cakes Martha Stewart once pro- herb sauce. $$$-$$$$$ those we've had in Italy than anyplace else in town. There are
alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion claimed the best she'd eaten. $$$$ normal round pizzas, but also the rectangular Roman street-food
toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Ceviche Piano sorts you can buy by the foot (up to about a yard). Order the latter
Miami's more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$ Brother Jimmy's BBQ 140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414 variously topped (perhaps prosciutto/arugula in one section, fresh
900 S. Miami Ave. #135,786-360-3650 Owners Martin and Charo Villacorta, a married chef/pastry chef mozzarella and tomato in another) for perfect party food. Also availBali CafM TheSouth is supposed to be the source of barbecue. But Bro J evidently team, think of this eatery as a relocation (in the same downtown able: starters, salads, homemade pastas, and a surprisingly expan109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751 didn't hear about that. His signature North Carolina pork 'cue comes plaza) and reinvention of their former "best kept secret" spot sive wine list. Ambiance evokes Italy, too, with owner conviviality
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret from NYC, where the first Brother Jimmy's opened more than 20 years Martini 28. Most dramatic changes: upscaled size, and with its making the place welcoming even for single diners. $-$$$ stashes- small joints cateringto cruise-ship and construction workers. ago. Miami's location is actually the first south of the Mason-Dixon line. glamorous white piano, upgraded elegance. The menu has also This cute, exotically decorated cafe has survived and thrived for good But the slow-smoked pulled pork butt tastes righteous -- no interfering been altered to be less of a gobal wildcard. Focus is now strongly Cvi.che 105 reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel gop, just hot sauce-spiked vinegar to balance the fab fattiness. There's on Peruvian cuisine, includinga shrimp/calamari-smothered fish fil- 105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454 encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will other'cue, too, including big (not baby back) ribs, and respectable brisket. let with aji amarillo cream sauce. But no worries, old fans. Some of Fusion food -- a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Eurowant Indonesia's signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small $$-$$$ the old favorite dishes remain. $$ Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan
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Chipoco gves the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own higher than those at average Miami Cuban eateries. But daily specials, unique spin. Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood creations, including Wednesday's especially tasty mojo-marinated chicken fricassuch as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/ see in sweet-savory criollo sauce, are a great value. And the time trip is cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa priceless. $$-$$$ fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also
fun, as well as surprising affordable. $$ 11 Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063
db Bistro Modeme its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultra-upscale
255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-421-8800 Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace) the perfect power lunch/
Just two words, "Daniel Boulud," should be enough for foodies crav- business dinner alternative to steakhouses. And the culinary experience ing creative French/American comfort food to run, not walk, to this goes way beyond the typical meat market, than ks in part to the flood of restaurant. Downtown's db is indeed an absentee celeb chef outpost, freebies that's a trademark of Manhattan's II Mulino, orinally run by II but on-site kitchen wizard Matthieu Godard flawlessly executes dishes Gabbiano's owners. The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mamrangngfrom the orinal db Bistro's sigature foie gras/short rib/black moth. And the champagie-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black truffle-stuffed burger to local market-driven dishes. Especially strong are truffles? Worth every penny. $$$$$ seafood preparations, whether sauced with a refined choron or lustily
garnished with Provencal accompaniments like tender sea scallops with La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge chickpea panisse. $$$-$$$$ 68 W. Fager St., 305-3734800
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was unquestionD-Dog House ably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown. With alternatives like amaretto50 ST10th St., 305-381-7770 tinged pumpkin agiolloti in sage butter sauce and cilantro-spiced
While it has become increasingly common to find servers at upscale white bean/vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer restaurants utilizingcomputerized POS (point of service) systems to take Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns orders, this high-tech hole-in-the-wall trumps them by replacing servers for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the
--and in-house entertainment, too -- with iPads that accept not just food Lawyer's Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso. orders and credit cards but music requests. You can web surf or game, $$$ too, while waitingfor your choice of the house specialty: supersized
hot dogs, most overloaded with internationally inspired toppings. To La Moon accompany, hand-cut fries are a must. And have a cocktail. There's a full 144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209 liquor bar. $-$$ At four in the morning nothing quells the munchies like a Crazy Burger,
a Colombian take on a trucker's burger: beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzaDolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita rella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg with an arepa corn pancake "bun."
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103 While this tiny place's late hours (till 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) are
From the stylish setting in Miami's historic Firehouse No. 4, one would surprising the daytime menu is more so. In addition to Colombian clasexpect a mighty pricy meal. But entrees, which range from Nuevo Latino- sics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with style gnger/orange-gazed pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini- mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites. $-$$ 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 La Sandwicherie spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped 34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852 eggplant timbales. The best seats are on the gam rooftop patio. $$$ This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beach's favorite apras-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday,
Doraku 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-4633 Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with
Happy hour comes twice daily (after work and lunch) at this second loca- evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pat, camtion of a popular South Beach sushi, pan-Asian, small-plates restolounge, embert, etc.) and choice of salad veg=es plus salty/tart cornichons and bringing discounted prices on treats like rock shrimp tempura with Sandwicherie's incomparable Dijon mustard vinagrette. Additionally the spicy aioli. Regular prices are reasonable, too, for seafood flown in daily, larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and makis displaying solid creativity rather than gmmickry. Especially and croques). lus A/C. $-$$ enjoyable are items accented by Japanese ingredients rarely found in L'Entrecote de Paris Americanized sushi bars, like the Geisha Roll's astringent shiso leaf, 1053 SE 1st Ave., 305-755-9995 beautifully balancing spicy tuna, pickled radish, and rich eel sauce. A If menu choices makes you nuts, this place, orignally a Parisian eatery huge sake menu, too. $$-$$$ with locations in Brazil, is the restaurant for you. There's only one prix fbe
meal offered: an entrecote steak with a famed creamy sauce of 21 ingreEdge Steak & Bar dients (here, predominantly curry), accompanied by a walnut-garnished
1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535 mixed greens/tomato salad and shoestring frites, plus a crunchy-crusted
Replacingthe Four Seasons' formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge baguette. Your only choice is how you like your steak precision-cooked. A offers a more kick-back casual welcomingvibe. And in its fare there's la carte desserts are indeed extensive, avoid stress by choosinga macaa particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores. Chef-driven seafood ron flight of mbed flavors. $$$ items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares: a
layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewel-brigit green pesto Lime Fresh Mexican Grill crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad lobster corn soup packed 1W. Flager St., 305-789-9929 .. with sweet lobster meat more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis Like its Midtown and North Miami Beach siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up
THIS.. D G ASmake this one steakhouse where those who don't eat beef have no beef. carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is 'last casual" rather than fast
$$$$-$$$$$ food meaning nice enough for a night out. t also means ingredients are
always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the
Elwoods Gastro Pub mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are house
188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222 made daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $
Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated
classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with Mint Leaf artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips can't be beat -- 1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050 thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries Part of London's famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral and "mushy [mashed] peas," plus housemade tartar sauce and ketchup. Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. familiar northern Indian "Mugilai" fare served in most of America's Indian They're in for a wild ride. $$ restaurants, but refined versions of south India's scrum ptious street
food. We've happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian cheat
Fado Irish Pub (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings
900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972 rangngfrom traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken)
Unlike most Miami "Irish" pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, are so addictive they ougita be illegal. $$$-$$$$ rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherd's pie, Fado (pronounced
"f'doe") has a menu reflectingthe pub grub found today in Ireland, includ- Momi Ramen ing solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixingclassic and con- 5 SW 11th St., 786-391-2392 temporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed Banish all thoughts of packaged instant "ramen." Perfectionist chef/ potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard owner Jeffrey Chen (who cooked for more than a decade in Japan), sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on mini-boxty "blini," with changes his mostly ramen-only menu often, but constants are irresistibly capers and horseradish sauce. There's a seasonal menu, too. $$ chewy handmade noodles soups based on creamy, intensely porky tonkotsu broth (made from marrow bones simmered all day) meats like
The Filling Station & Garage Bar pork belly and oxtail and authentic toppings including marinated soft95 SE 2nd St., 786-425-1990 cooked eggs, pickled greens, more. Other pluses: It's open 24/7, and the
This fun, locally oriented dive opened in 1994, was hip more than a ramen ranks with the USA's best. Minuses: It's cash only, and the ramen decade before downtown was. And its 2008 relocation to larger quarters, might be the USA's most expensive. $$$ plus two subsequent expansions, sigal that it has more than kept up
with the explosion of newer neighborhood hotspots, without preten- MPP Brickell sions or yuppified prices. On the fresh, hefty hamburgers, true Miami 141SW 7th St., 3054004610 weirdness is displayed in toppings like peanut butter or Nutella. Other Tasty Peruvian eateries aren't rare in Miami. Peruvian fine-dining resstandouts: tangy-spicy Buffalo wings homemade tater tots the oil pan taurants are. In the tastefully toned-down but still gam space formerly (fried pickles and onion rings with two sauces) and an ever-changng list housingAnd, this second location of Lima's popular Mi Propriedad of craft beers. $-$$ Privada specializes in familiar flavors presented with seriously upscaled
preparations, plating and prices. But many ceviches, tiraditos, and startFratelli Milano ers (like especially artful layered/molded mashed potato/seafood causes,
213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300 or clever panko-breaded fusion causaa makis") come in trios for tasteDowntown isn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but it's experiencing a mini testing And ceviche lovers score on Tuesdays, when all-you-can-eat costs A explosion of eateries open at night. That includes this family-owned the same as a trio. $$$-$$$$$
ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home. At lunch it's almost
impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta even My Ceviche the vegetarian version bursts with complex and complementary flavors. 1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825 S B During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and When three-time James Beard "RisingStar Chef" nominee Sam
grilled asparagus homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al Gorenstein opened the orignal My Ceviche in SoBe in 2012, it garnered scogio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$ national media attention despite being a tiny take-away joint. Arguably, our newer indoor/outdoor Brickell location is better. Same menu, featurGarcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market ing local fish prepared onsite, and superb sauces including a kicky roast398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765 ed jalapefo/lime mayo), but this time with seats! What to eat? Ceviches,
Run by a fishingfamily for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida natch. But grilled or raw fish/seafood tacos and burritos, in fresh tortillas, fish shack is the real thing No worries about the seafood's freshness on might be even more tempting. Pristine stone-crab claws from co-owner G their way to the dining deck overlookingthe Miami River, diners can view Roger Duarte's George Stone Crab add to the choices. $$
the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone
crabs are in season, Garcia's claws are as good as Joe's but considerably Naoe cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail 661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263 snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$ Chances are you've never had anything like the $85 prix-fbe Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Cory's tiny but nationally acclaimed oasis, transplanted
6 B Havana 1957 from its orignal Sunny Isles space with its supreme serenity intact. By res1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-381-6651 ervation only in two dinner seatings of just eight people each, and omakW A If you never had the chance to enjoy classic Cuban dishes in gam 1950s ase (chef's choice) only, meals include a seasonal soup, a four-course
Havana (pre-He Who Must Not Be Named), you can now at this nostalgc bento box, eight pieces of sushi, and three desserts. Cory personally does restolounge. Eat your way through the day, from hefty four-egg/croqueta everythingfor you, even applyingthe perfect amount of housemade artisan breakfasts to late-ngit mini pan con bistec bar bites, surrounded by soy sauce mix and fresh-gated wasabi to each mind-reelingy fresh nigri. old-school memorabilia, music, and mojitos. Admittedly, prices are Few eatingexperiences on earth are more luxurant $$$$$
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neMesis Urban Bistro Sumi Yakitori
1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911 21 SW 11th St., 786-360-5570
Truly orgnal restaurants are hard to find here, and harderto describe in If your definition of yakitori has been formed from typical standard sound bites. Buttheyoften are the attention-grabbing people Americanized sticky-sweet skewers, this late-night place's grilled magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. That's our prediction offerings, flavored with the subtly smoky savor of imported Japanese for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef binchotan charcoal will be a revelation. Decor is more stunningy contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative stylish than at chef/owner Jeffrey Chan's adjacent Momi Ramen, but dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar cooking is equally authentic for items like skewered duck (served with ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include scallion sauce), juicy sausage-stuffed chicken wings, bacon-wrapped South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with hardboiled quail eggs, or grilled hamachi kama (super succulent yelhousemade chicken/apple sausage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. lowtail collar). Supplemental dishes, including pork buns and sauteed $$$-$$$$ vegges, also excel. $$$
Oceanaire Seafood Room Temaris
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862 1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-836-2747
With a dozen branches nationwide. Oceanaire May seem more All- In Japan, temaris are ornamented hand balls, used since theSeventh American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary sig- Century for sport and as good luck folk-art objects. At this Japanese/ nificantly accordingto regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami. chef Sean Latin hot spot, temaris are reinterpreted, both playfully and artfully, as Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his beautiful, bitesize sushi balls (each about half the size of normal nigri): own lightly marinated. Peruvian-stylegrouper ceviche. The daily-changing vinegary rice topped with sliced raw fish or beef. plus nipples constructed 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on from several of the eatery's dozen-and-a-half sauces. Fancier mini-balls local menus pompano, parrotfish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish featurefusion combinations like spicytuna, almonds, and tobiko, or (and the raw bar's cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$ substitute crispy rice. Normal-size makis, small plates, and desserts are also fun. $$-$$$
1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612 Tobacco Road
Over-the-counter service usually connotes the classic fast food slider" 626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198 experience both greaseburgers and patrons are in and out quickly. At Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of A Capone). gay bar, strip this casually cool gastropub, the counter orderingsystem encourages club. Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best known since the opposite feel, of comfie congeniality it invites hangng out. just 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues. But it also offers food without the fuss of formal dining out -- or the expense. Most plates are from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The kitchen is $10 or under. Ingredient-driven dishes cover today's favorite food groups especially known for its chili, budget-priced steaks, and burgers. There's (various mac-and-cheeses, variously topped/seasoned fries, and more) also surprisingy elegant fare, though, like a Norwegan salmon club with with some unusual twists, Ilke a scrumptiously lardon-laden frisee/goat lemon ailoli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$ cheese salad brightened by fresh peaches. Even the condiments are housemade. $$ Top Burger
109 NE Et St., 305-379-3100
Perfecto Inside this better burger" spot, decor is so charmingy 1950s retro you
1450 Brickell Ave., 305-372-0620 almost expectto find the Fonz leaningon a jukebox. Whatyou actually
This transplant from Barcelona features decor that mixes rustic and find: hand-formed, hormonefree. 100% Angus patties (or alternatives urban, plus modern music and traditional tapas (the Spanish, not gobal, likevegge burgers, a lightly-breaded chicken Milanesa. and all-beef kind). Must-have: imported 5J jamon Iberico de Bellota from acorn-fed hot dogs) on toasted buns, with fresh-cut French or sweet potato fries. pata negra pigs -- lusciously marbled, tender yet toothsome, the ultimate Welcome surprises include an assertively spicy/tangy BBQ-like secret in cured hams. But other tapas like the salmorejo en vaso (a creamy, sauce prices that, while not 1950s level, rival those atjunkfood joints, pumped Andalusian variation on gazpacho), papatas braves (crisp-fried and old-school service -- the kind that comes with a smile. $ potatoes with spicy aioli), fuet (Catalan salami, similar to French saucisson sec). and crispy prawns are pretty perfecto, too. $$-$$$$ Toro Toro 100 Chopin Plaza, 305-372-4710
Perricone's Back before Miami's business district had any there" there, the
15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449 InterContinental's orinal restaurant was an executive lunch/dinner
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/ destination mainly by default. This replacement, from restaurant empire cafe was one of the Brickell area's first gentrified amenities. At lunch builder Richard Sandoval, brings downtown power dining into this decade. chicken salad is afavorite dinner's strongsuit is the pasta list, rangng As the name suggests, you can go bullish with steakhouse fare, including from Grandma Jennie's old-fashioned lasaga to chichi fiocchi purses an abbreviated (in variety, not quantity) rodizio experience." But the filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sunday's $15.95 brunch buffet place's strongest suit is its pan-Latin small plates -- upscaled refine($9.95 for kids) featuringan omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon ments of classic favorites: crisp corn arepas with short rib. guacamole, and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our town's most civilized and crema fresca fluffier cachapas pancakes with tomato jam, more. all-you-can-eat deals. $$ $$$-$$$$$
Pizzarium Toscana Divino
69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025 900 S. Miami Ave., 305-571-2767
Roman-style rectangular pizzas, served in square slices, have When an upscale restaurant remains perennially packed duringa recesbeen available in the Miami area since the mid-1990s. Butthe familiar sion, you figure they're offering something way beyond the usual generic squares and Pizzanum's are similar only in shape. Main difference: dough. Italian fare. While familiar favorites (Caprese salad, etc.) are available, here allowed to riseforfour days. The resultingcrusts are astonishingy the changng menu is highlighted by harder-to-find Tuscan specialties, airy as authentic Roman slices, intended as ligt street snacks, should be. albeit luxe versions: pappa al pomodoro, tomato/bread peasant soup Toppings, a rotating selection of nearly 30 combinations, are hgllglted by elevated by an organic poached eggand finocchiona (a regonal fennel quality imported ingredients-- notto mention a healthy imagination, asthe salami) an authentic-tasting fiorentina" porterhouse, with smoked zucca galla attests: pumpkin cream, pancetta, smoked scamorza cheese. $ potato puree plus more traditional vegges. A budget-conscious boon
Raja's Indian Cuisine changngthree-course lunches and early-bird dinners. $$$-$$$$$
33NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551 Tre Italian Bistro
Despite its small size and decor best described as none," this place is 270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303 an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miami's Bistro" actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the basically north Indian restaurants. The steam-tabled curries are fine (and owners of downtown old-timer La Logga. but restolounge" sounds too nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes gitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistrolounge." The food is mostly with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents a prosciutto-and-fig with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$ pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-gnger
The River Oyster Bar sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawtfor Grandpa
650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915 Vinnie, too. $$-$$$
This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as evidenced by
tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, Truluck's Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse C I A corn relish, and remoulade. There are even a few dishes to please meat- 777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035
and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese. But oyster Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale power-lunch/dinner fans will find it difficult to resist stuffingthemselves silly on the unusually setting most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked the Miami Spicepriced datedinner menu. or happy hour, when seafood
fire-roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. There's also a items like crab-cake sliders" are half price. Most impressive, though, are thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$ seasonal stone crabs (from Truluck's own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joe's) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted
Rosa Mexicano less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001 informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a diningexperiencethat's Tuyo haute in everything but price. Few entrees top $20. The decor is both 415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200 date-worthy and family-friendly -- festive but not kitschy. And nonsophis- Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike ticates needn't fear, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast the cafe downstairs, isn't student-run. Rather it's designed to showcase duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and- school ideals -- including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa s signature guacamole en The changng menu. from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no Cuisine" inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former proteges worries. $$$ Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt). mbes citrus-inflected creamy conch
chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mindSparky's Roadside Restaurant & Bar reelingy multidimensional oyster pan stew, ortartare of tuna and burst204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877 ingy ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg $$$$$
eatery's chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Verde Restaurant & Bar Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple 1103 Biscayne Blvd., 305-375-8282 wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of Located in the Perez Art Museum Miami. this indoor/outdoor bayfront slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and bistro, a project of restaurateur Stephen Starr. serves elegant, ecochicken. Diners can customizetheir orders with mb-and-match house- friendlyfareto match PAMM'sgreen certification. (Museum admission made sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/ not required.) Seafood crudos shine hamachi sashimi" slices flashmustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and gnger, tropical guava/ marinated in a subtle citrus/ponzu emulsion and enlivened byjalapefo habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much relish a sprout-topped, smoothly sauced tuna tartare with lemon and higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ horseradish flavors substitutingfor cliched sesame Light pizzas topped
with near paper-thin zucchini slices, goat cheese, roasted garlic EVO.
Stanzione 87 and squash blossoms virtually define farm-to-table And doughnuts with
87 SW 8th St., 305606-7370 Cuban coffee dip are the definitively local dessert. $$-$$$
Though Neopolitan-style pizza isn't the rarity it was here a decade ago,
this is Miami's only pizzeria certified authentic by Italy's Associazione Wolfgang's Steakhouse Verace Pizza Napoletana. This means following stringent rules regard- 315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-487-7130 ing oven (wood-fired). baking time (90 seconds maximum, here closer Proprietor Wolfgang Zweiner worked for decades at Brooklyn's legendary to 50), tomatoes (imported San Marzano). olive oil (extra-virgn). even Peter Luger's before openingthe first of his own much-praised, oldflour (tipo 00. for bubbly-light crusts). Toppings do exceed the three school steakhouses in 2003. which explains the quality of the USDA original choices served in 19th-century Naples, but pies like the Limone prime-grade steaks here -- dry-aged on premises for bold, beefyflavor (fresh mozzarella, pecorino, lemons, arugula. EVOO) prove some rules and tender but toothsometexture. Prices are prodigous but so are porshould be broken. $$ tions. The32-ounce porterhousefortwo easilyfeedsthree orfourfolks
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curious to taste the difference. Plentiful sides include a bacon starter neighborhood hangout, and chef Tom Azar (ex-Emeril's) has designed a favored by those who love Canadian bacon over pork belly. Personally, varied menu to match. Highlights: an astonishingythin/crunchy-crusted just the simple, superb steaks leave us happy as clams. $$$$$ pizza topped with duck confit, wild mushrooms, port wine syrup, and subtly truffled bechamel' crispy calamari (rings and legs) with light, lemony
Zuma tomato emulsion and tuna tartar that is refreshingly free of sesame oil.
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277 Big portions and a full bar to boot. $$-$$$$
This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrino's
list of the world's best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Craft Bar & Q Izakaya-style smallish plates (robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) 350 NE 24th St. #109, 786-615-6622 meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a From the pitmasters behind the Passion BBQ food truck, this relaxing dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers brick-and-mortar hangout features the same slow-smoked pulled pork, ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is spareribs, and especially succulent brisket. All are available on approprithe melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even atelygarnished platters or sandwiches, and as inventive twists in quesathe exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$ dillas, nachos, and an elaborate "burnt wedge" salad. The "craft" in the
name refers to the perfect accompaniment to perfect 'cue: craft beers,
draft and bottled. Solid sides range from fairly normal (tropical pineapple
Midtown / Wynwood / Design District coleslaw) to way weird (foie-gras braised collards). Save room for cakes
The ous of he radtion l C~peand pies from food truck friend Marlie's Delights. $$ The House of the Traditional Crepe B Sweet The Cheese Course
20 NE 41st St., 305-918-4453 3451 NE 1st Ave. 786-220-6681
At this homey neighborhood jewel, located in a former apartment build- Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentaing husband/wife team Tom Worhach and Karna Gimenez serve up ry prepared foods, this place's self-service cafe component nevertheless warm welcomes and playfully inventive breakfast, lunch, and snack fare: became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations bacon-wrapped eggand cheese cups pressed Philly steak panini; an make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -- like bacon and C oea eelegant yuzu-dressed smoked salmon', grapefruit, avocado, and arugula egg elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocasalad. But the must-eats are sweets, housemade by Worhach, formerly do, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized executive pastry chef at the Mansion at Turtle Creek and similar gourmet for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate palaces. One bite of his decadent yet impossibly light white-and-dark fruits, vestes, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$ chocolate mousse cake will hook you for life. $-$$ The Cypress Room
Bengal 3620 NE 2nd Ave., 305-520-5197
2010-Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976 Deer and boar heads on wood-paneled walls juxtapose with crystal
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary: muted gray chandeliers at this tiny fourth restaurant in Michael Schwartz's burgenand earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts ing empire, evokingfeelings of dining in a century-old millionaire's .. "Modern Indian Cuisine" to match the look. Classicists, however, needn't huntinglodge -- in miniature. Manydishes are similarlyfun fantasies of
worry. America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here, though 1920s Florida fine dining pairingyesteryear's rustic proteins (including dishes are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern flair, wild game) and vestes with preparations that are ultimately refined All meats are certified halal, Islam's version of kosher- which doesn't interpretations of the past: antelope/wild mushroom glocchi; "French mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$ onion soup" with a sort of gruyere tuile float instead of the usual gooey
melt served on a lacy doily. Don't miss the royal red shrimp, or Hedy
Bin No. 18 Goldsmith's desserts. $$$$$
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/caf6, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft Daily Melt ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is simi- 3401 N. Miami Ave. #123,305-573-0101 larly geared to the area's smart new residents: creative sandwiches and Masterminded by Chef Allen Susser, the concept is to bring diners the
salads at lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish, Italian, comfort of homemade grilled cheese -- like mom's, if mom hadn't usually or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and burned the bread and improperly melted the cheese. The Melt's custom family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the grill press browns/melts sandwiches perfectly every time. Additionally, figciutto: arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh Susser tested numerous all-American cheeses (no imports or artisanal figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building $$ products) for gooey goodness. Mom probably also didn't create combinations like cheddar with green apples and Virgnia ham, or allow a simple
Blackbrick signature grilled American cheese to be dressed up with truffle butter.
M O N D YL ITH U R S D AYV 3451 NE 1st Ave. #103; 305-573-8886 Accompaniments include roasted tomato soup, chopped salads, and
Inspiration forthe Chinesefood at this hotspot came from authentic sweet melts like s'mores. $ flavors Richard Hales (from Sakaya Kitchen) encountered duringtravels
Shrim p papillote with Goat cheese verine in China, but the chef's considerable imagnation figures in mightily. The District
Example Don't expect General Tso's chicken on the changing menu. The 190 NE 46th St., 305-573-4199 General's Florida Gator, though, is a distinct possibility. Dishes less wild At the house whose orignal restaurant tenant was One Ninety, decor hot goat cheese Vegetable and cream lasagna but still thriling due to strong spicing bing (chewy Chinese flatbread) has been renovated dramatically from shabby to chic, and the panwith char sui. garlic, and scallions two fried tofu/vegge dishes (one hot, American gastropub cuisine also matches a more mature Miami. Horacio one not) savory enough to bring bean curd maligners (and confirmed Rivadero's dishes reflect both Latin and American influences with considCaram elized chicken thigh Chocolate m ousse cup ....nivores) to their knes. $$_$$$ erable creative flair and fun. Favorites: lobstertacos with pickled cabbage,
aji Amarillo escabeche, and crisped shallots luscious lamb tartare, featurBocce Bar ingtoasted pigiolias and mustard oil and the Black Magc mousse, with
Roasted potatoes 3252 NE 1st Ave. #107; 786-245-6211 vanilla/sweet potato drizzles, housemade marshmallows, and a pistachio
A bocce court outside plus interior decor imported from Italy, floor to cookie. $$$-$$$$
ceiling serve notice that this eatery's shareable small plates (salumi/
Blueberry lem on tart F R ID _cheeses, pasta, and composed antipasti featuring perfect produce) are Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
thoroughly Italian-inspired. But all are elevated by inventive twists from 186 NE 29th St., 305-573-4681 chef Timon Balloo of adjacent Sugarcane. Vegetarian dishes especially This Cuban breakfast/lunch old-timer actually serves more than sandimpress creamy polenta with a poached egg savory rapini, and shaved wiches (including mammoth daily specials)-- and since reopening after Lobster bisque truffle' crispy artichoke with mustard-seed aioli; Thumbelina carrots a fire, does so in a cleanly renovated interior. But many hardcore fans
with mascarpone and "pistachio granola," a dish that magcally makes never get past the parking lot's orderingwindow, and outdoors really is the common root veggie a mouthful of wonderfulness 25 year-aged the best place to manage Enriqueta's mojo-marinated messy masterbalsamico ice cream. $$$ piece: pan con bistec, dripping with sauteed onions, melted cheese, and
potato sticks tomatoes make the fats and calories negligble. Accompany
Buena Vista Bistro with fresh orangejuiceor cafecon leche, andyou'll neverwant anything
Asparagus guacamole in its nest Homemade ratatouille 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909 else. except maybe a bib. $
If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supremely satisfyFilet m ignon.i Tart tatin bistro food -were within walking distance of every Miami resident, The Embassy
we'd bea helluva hip food town. Liketrue Parisian bistros, it's open 4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446 continuously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in anytime Don't come to this embassy for passports. The name is short for Oriental rice for authentic rillettes (a rustic pate) with a crusty baguette, steak with "Embassy of Well-being and Debauchery." You will, however, feel transfrom-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many changng blackboard ported to Spain's gourmet capital, San Sebastian, after sampling ambasspecials. Portions are plentiful. So is free parking $$ sador Alan Hugles's cunning pintxos (complexly layered Basque-style
tapas). From a self-serve bar, choose from a changng selection of skewHom em ade fruit salad T AV Buena Vista Deli ered stacks brie, homemade figjam, and twizzles of silky jamon Serrano,
H m a e r i s A 4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945 roast tomato, goat cheese, and anchovies on buttery garlic toast many
At this casual cafe/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistro's Claude more. Small plates, to-die-for desserts like floating island with lychees, Stuffed tom atoes Provencal Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion, with fresh breakfast and weekend brunch items demonstrate similar mad-chef skills. $$-$$$
breads, chocolate almond croissants, and other delights. At lunch
cornichon-garnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade pates, Gigi E D N E S D A Y Baked lamb with sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) 3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520
are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted, custardy quiche plus perfectly As befits its location in artful, working-class Wynwood, Gig has minimalist dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo meal. As for modern diner ambiance paired with truly creative contemporary AsianPostels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a pra- influenced comfort food from Top Chef contender Jeff Mclnnis (formerly line butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ of the South Beach Ritz-Carlton) at surprising low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies,
Chicken breast beurre blanc Rice quinoa The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill and raw items, higllihts include pillowy-lit roast pork-stuffed buns,
165 NW 23rd St., 305-846-9120 and possibly the world's best BLT, featuringAsian bun "toast," thick pork
Unbelievable but true: At the heart of this festive, budget-friendly beer- belly slices rather than bacon, and housemade pickles. There's $2 beer,
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here, accompanied by intriguing Old/New World sauces, garnishes (like In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are marry key components from bleu cheese fritters), sides, and starters. Desserts include a bacon sun- Michael's Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -- locaVsustainable produce dae. Beer? Try an organic brew, custom-crafted for the eatery. $$-$$$ and artisan products woodoven cooking homemade everything(including the ketchup accomparnyingcrisp-outside custarcy-inside polenta fries, a circa
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3252 NE 1st Ave. #104,305-921-4373 ultra-thin-crusted pizzas rangefrom classic Margheritas to pies with house
Student budget prices, indeed. A first-grader's allowance would cover a smoked bacon, trugle (a subtlyflavorful -- fruity, notfunky Alpine cheese), 14881 Biscayne Blvd., N north M iam i Beach meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini and other unique toppings. Roundingthings out: simple but ingenious salads,
sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$ depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genu3 ine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, iSushi Cafe
pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve 3301 NE Ist Ave. #107, 305-548-8751 around pates, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. There's Ever get tempted by supermarket sushi rolls, just because they're there? cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$ Don't be. This quick-casual cafe has a menu similarto that atsushi/
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for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its carefully crafted TexJimmy'z Kitchen Mex food. The concept is "fast casual" rather than fast food meaning MC Kitchen Morgans Restaurant
2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505 nice enough for a nigit out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. 4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-9948 28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678
No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miami's best Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi Chef/co-owner Dena Marino calls MC's food "modern Italian" -- neither Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade an evocative description nor explanation for why this place is one of serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced contemporary garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $ our town's hottest tickets. But tastingtells the tale. Marino's food incor- American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basiin zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the porates her entire culinary background, from her Nonna's traditional cally comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy
orignal, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But Lost & Found Saloon Italian-American kitchen to a long stint in Michael Chiarello's famed French toast imagnable; shoestring frites that rival Belgum's best
don't ignore the meal-size salads or higl-quality sandwiches, including a 185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008 contemporary Californian eatery Tra Vigne, with pronounced personal mouthwatering maple-basted bacon miraculously terrific tofu (crisply
pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provo- There's an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly Wy/nwood twists that make eating here uniquely exciting Particularly definitive: panko-crusted and apricot/soy-gazed); even a "voluptuous grilled lone, and caramelized onions. $$ eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only breakfast and lunch joint lunchtime's "piadenas," saladlike seasonal/regonal ingredient combina- cheese sandwich" -- definitely a "don't ask, don't tell your cardiologst"
in 2005, has grown with its neighborhood. It's now open for dinner six tions atop heavenly homemade flatbreads. Cocktails feature ingredients item. $$-$$$ Joey's Italian Cafe nigits a week, servingSouthwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices, from za'atar to salmon roe. $$$-$$$$
250X NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488 Dishes like pifon and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-drizzled endive NoVe Kitchen & Bar
The first new restaurant in the Wy/nwood Cafe District, this stylish indoor/ stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8. Also avail- 1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000
outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would hope and able: big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like Michael's Genuine Food and Drink At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new
as affordable. There's a five-buck half-servingof spaghetti al pomodoro lemon-crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $ 130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550 nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian
and respectable vino for under $30. And few can resist delicately thin, An instant smash hit, this truly negiborhood-oriented restaurant from Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers,
crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth fun food in a comfortable, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi
Carbonara. Pastas are fresh: produce is largely local the mosaic-centered casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting Fresh, organic ingredients are specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and
decor is minimalist but inviting. And no need to be wary of the warehouse emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avodistrict at night: Valet parking is free. $$-$$$ whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple com- cado, scallions, and curry sauce) spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi
fort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, salad much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is Kouzina Greek Bistro or a whole wood-roasted chicken. There's also a broad range of prices kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$
3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-1825 and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michael's Genuine also
Across the tracks from Midtown Miami, this hidden-by-hedges spot features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$ Oak Tavern
features a patio with authentically festive ambiance and food byAlexia 35 NE 40th St., 786-391-1818
Apostolidi, also authentically Greek but known to locals for her critically Mike's at Venetia With a festively lantern-lit oak tree on the outdoor dining patio and
acclaimed fare at defunct Ariston. The menu includes many mezes, both 555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731 stylishly playful lamps mimicking oaks inside, chef/restaurateur David
traditional (like tsatziki and egglant spreads) and unusual (bacalao H O U SE This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for Bracha of River Oyster Bar has transformed a previously cold space to
croquettes with garlic puree and roasted beet coulis; sesame-sprinkled more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out warm. Food is equally inviting The mostly small-plates seasonal menu
manouri cheese envelopes), plus limited entrees higllited by cheese/ for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and roams the globe from supreme Vietnamese bahn mi (with pork belly and
herb-crusted lamb at dinner and lunchtime's lamb pita wrap. Don't miss drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the foie gras) to down-home buttermilk biscuits with bacon butter, and homethe semolina puree side -- heavenly Greek cheese grits. $-$$$ day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared made charcuterie. If available, don't miss Hawaiian-inspired steelhead
fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-nigit poke substitutingthe salmonlike but more delicate trout for the usual Kush menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$ tuna transports this crudo to heavenly heigts. $$-$$$
2003 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-4500
From thefolks behind the popular Coral Gables artisanal beer pub LoKal Mmmm Pizza Pazza
--voted a "Most Green Restaurant in Florida" bythe Nature Conservancy- 2519 NW 2nd Ave., 786-703-3409 275 NE 18th St. #109, 786-762-2238
Kush pushes the conceptfarther that farnn-to-table dishes (some from LoKal, i I + S On the same strip as Wy/nwood Kitchen & Bar and Joey's, this more Close your eyes while eating Naples-born Sal Matuozzo's wood-oven
others created new) and craft beers aren't mere craft they're art. Which you'll casual alt-culture cafe is a sandwich/soup/salad spot with a difference pies and you'll be in Naples. Crusts: Thin rather than Roman superfind on the walls. On tables you'll find, among other things, the Kush & Hash H $ B, -- chef Alan McLennan, whose mentors include Michelin 3-star chefs thin there's just enough chewy thickness to emphasize you're eating
burger: Florida-raised beef, ground in-house, served with hash (the edible, not Michel Guerard and Fredy Giradet. The elite French training is reflected honest bread, not a cracker. Toppings: Higi-quality (fresh fior di
smokable, kind), bacon, fried egg and housemade ketchup on a waffle bun, in Mmmm's signature items: tartines, open-face sandwiches on crusty latte, not commercial mozzarella ; intensely flavorful sauce featuring
with a side of maple syrup. Edgy enough forya? $$-$$$ toasted sourdougi indistinguishable from Paris's famed Poilane bread, imported San Marzano tomatoes garnishes includingfresh black
2 except made in Miami. Amongthe perfectly balanced toppings are an truffles) and applied judiciously enough that each bite tastes slightly
Lagniappe especially tasty tuna and artichoke with olive mayo, or daily specials different -- neither ungenerously Spartan nor crassly overloaded.
3425 NE 2nd. Ave., 305-576-0108 like crab/avocado. Wine, too, and locally made tropical ice creams from Prices: higher than typical neighborhood pizzerias, lower than a plane
In New Orleans, "lagniappe" means "a little extra," like the 13th doughnut Azucar. $$ ticket to Italy. $$
in a baker's dozen. And that's what you get at this combination wine and m ., m cm
cheese bar/backyard BBOjentertainment venue. Choose artisan cheeses Moloko Pride & Joy
and charcuterie from thefridges, hand them over when you pay (very little), 3201 N. Miami Ave. #104,305-572-9336 2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548
and theyll be plated with extras: olives, bread, changing luscious condiments. Mandolin Aegean Bistro Though self-subtitled "The Art of Crepe and Coffee," this cool cafe, Behind this Wynwood warehouse facade you'll find pure Southern
Org'rab fish, chicken, ves, or steak (with salad or combread)from the 4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066 in the Shops at Midtown Miami, offers much more. Also on the free- roadhouse, and the backyard patio is an even more relaxing place to
hidden yard'sgril. Relax in thecomfie mismatched furniture, overextensive Insidethis converted 1940s home's blue-and-white dining room -- oreven more wheeling menu are unusual items like a reinvented Hawaiian loco kick back with beer, blues music, and barbecue from pit master Myron wine/beer choices and laidback live music. No cover, no attitude. $$ atmospherically, itstree-shetered garden --dinersfeaston authentic rusticfare moco rice plate (typically topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg Mixon. Oddly, considering Mixon's many BBQ championships, the 'cue from both Greee and Turkey. Make a meal of multinational mezes: a Greek and brown gravy, here featuring protein of choice, eggs any style, and can be inconsistent. Our favorite choices: St. Louis ribs, tender without Lime Fresh Mexican Grill samplerof creamytzatzikiygurt dip, smolkyeg=olat puree, and airytarama spinach cream sauce). The coffee, local Panther, and plumply stuffed beingfalling-off-the bone overcooked, and enjoyably fattierthan baby
Shops at Midtown Miami caviarspread, and a Turkish samplerof hummus, fava puree, and rchtomato- sweet or savory crepes are indeed art forms, but you'll find changng backs, vinegar-doused pulled pork sandwiches, which, unlike meat
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the latter, as three kitchens -- normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -- is "The $3 Sandwich," choice of quality coldcut (pastrami, salami, turkey, R House S & S Diner make clear. Chef Timon Balloo's LatAsian small plates range from subtle or ham) plus provolone, spinach, tomato, and Dijon mustard sauce. A $5
2727 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-0240 1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291 orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. "Monster" features three meats. Also notably tasty and cheap are coffees,
A strikingly stylish restaurant that's part art gallery could be preten- Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple desserts, and fresh-fruit smoothies (including a take on NYC's classic tious, in a still largely ungentrified area of cutting-edge artsy yet since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waitingfor a seat kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$ Orange Julius). $
still working-class Wynwood. But modular movable walls to accom- at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes modate changing installations, and its own name make it clear and eggs with grits fluffy pancakes homemade biscuits with gravy and SuViche Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
the art component is a serious workinggallery. Hardworking chef/ Georga sausage -'everythingfrom oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch 2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-960-7097 2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959
owner Rocco Carulli demonstrates a locals orientation with a menu menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the As its fusion name suggests, this artsy indoor/outdoor eatery doesn't The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from world-famous outhighlighted by skillfully crafted, hearty entrees (Brazilian seafood menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$ merely serve a mix of Japanese sushi and Latin ceviches but a true door artists, but it's the interior that gabs you. Colorful and exotic work by moqueta stew, coffee/chili-rubbed short ribs, sweet pea falafel) fusion of both, largely owingto signature sauces (many based on Peru's Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one
available in affordable half-portions: small plates of bigfood for citusy/creamy acevichado emulsion with Japanese spicing) that are of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the orignal
starving artists. $$-$$$A applied to sushi rolls and ceviche bowls alike. Additionally there are some menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterranean-inspired
popular Peruvian-fusion cooked dishes like Chifa (Peruvian-Chinese) favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho
Riviera Focacceria Italiana lomo saltado, served traditionally, as an entree, or creatively in springs or black bean soups shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilan3252 NE st Ave., 786-220-6251 rolls). To add to the fun, accompany your meal with a cocktail from tro crema grilled octopus skewers with tapenade plus fingerling potatoThis kitchen actually serves a full menu of specialties firmly rooted in Miami's only pisco bar. $$-$$$ chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$
Liguria, the northern Italian coastal regon around Genoa, pesto capital of
the universe. Pastas like panisotti (plump vegetarian triangles containing Thea Pizzeria-Cafe
ricotta plus chard, spinach, and typical herbs/spices) are definitely not 1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-777-3777 Upper Eastside
generically Italian. Still, the reason to come here: the variously stuffed Just over the border from artsy VWynwood, this ultra-cool cafe (whose
or topped focaccias, particularly signature focaccia di Recco (a Ligurian A NEW TAKE ON TAPAS interior features a 30-foot Italian gass floral mosaic) isn't what you'd
hill town). Two ultra-thin layers (almost transparent) of light char-bubbled expect to find inside one of the medical/lab buildings in Miami's sterile Andiamo
bread filled with imported stracchino, a mild fresh cheese like mozzarella, FROM THE GUYS WHO BROUGHT YOU "Health District." Butthe owner is Thea Goldman, formerfounding partner 5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751
but swoon-inducingy oozy-soft. $-$$ EATING HOUSE of VWynwood's pioneering restolounge Joey's, which explains both the With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years,
stylishness and the menu, hiligited by imagnative wood-oven designer it's difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soyka's
Sakaya Kitchen Tapas, Sangria, Spanish Beers & Wine pizzas, plus artisan charcuterie/cheese platters, creative salads, and 55th StreetStation complex was mainland Miami's sole source of openShops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue housemade salted caramel gelato. Not your typical hospital food. Call flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack,
305-576-8096 LUNCH, BRUNCH & DINNER ahead regarding dinner. At this writing it's being served Fridays only. especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-toThis chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in $$$$$ Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also availJapan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble Indoor & Outdoor Seating Availablea tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. There's a about words with so many more intriguingthings to wrap your mouth Tony Chan's Water Club respectable wine and beer list, too. $$
around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over See our Full Menu & Reserve Online 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888
Asia housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary at www.TaperiaRaca.com The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too gitzy to Balans Biscayne
Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so we'd advise serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food. But the American 6789 Biscayne BIvd., 305-534-9191
immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese- dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and It took longer than expected, but this Brit import's third Miami venue
inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauceand home- W ORLD CUP SOCCER LIVE! skillfully prepared than thosefound elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but finally opened, and rather quietly-- which hasan upside. It's easierto
made pickles. $$ flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced top- get a table here (and to park, thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than
pingof scallion, gnger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking at Lincoln Road or Brickell. This, along with the venue's relatively large,
Salumeria 104 duck is served as three traditional courses: crepe-wrapped crispy skin, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed, negi3451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588 meat saute with crisp vegges, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$ borhood-focused vibe. The fun menu of gobal comfort food is the same
In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as shops sell- 7 51. 76 (rangngfrom a creamy-centered cheese souffle through savory Asian
ing salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the equivalent of eat-in deli/ Wine Vault Miami potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes)
restaurants that also serve cold and hot prepared foods. At this modern Shops at Midtown Miami and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$
Midtown salumeria, the soups-to-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the Shokudo World Resource Cafe Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000
same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially 4740 NE 2nd Ave., 305-758-7782 From a Wine Vault press release: "Over 1300 squarefeetof puredeca- BarMeli
for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italy's two most famous At its former Lincoln Road location, World Resource's cafe was better dence." In fact, the soaring two-story space, complete with gass elevator, 725 NE 79th St., 305-754-5558 prosciutto: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also known for people-watchingthan for its standard sushi/Thai menu. But has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thinginside Just east of Liza Meli's defunct Ouzo's Taverna, her similarly rusticimpressive, as are hard-to-find regional entrees like fegato alla Veneziana, as the new name signals, this relocation is a reinvention. The indoor/out- is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolate-covered bacon. Go ahead and festive tapas and wine bar/market has an extensive, mostly smallwhich will turn liver-haters into lovers. $$-$$$ door space is charming but creative takes on popular pan-Asian street make a meal of it. Weg gown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates menu including all of Ouzo's Greatest Greek Hits (refreshfoods are the real draw. Travel from Japan and Thailand through Korea, plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or ingly light and lemony taramosalata carp roe spread, amazingly sucSalsa Fiesta Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and beyond via light housemade momo, cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo culent grilled fresh sardines, her mom's lemon cake, more), plus
2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245 curried potato-stuffed Tibetan/Nepalese steamed dumplings savory peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low more broadly Mediterranean creations like an Italian-inspired grana
The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini chain, this pulled pork buns with kimchi and crisped onions. Noodle dishes, hot or we'd better not mention them. $$-$$$ padano flan, uniquely topped crostini and flatbreads, cheese/char"urban Mexican grill" serves health-conscious, made-fresh-daily fare chilled, are especially appealing $$-$$$ cuterie boards. The boutique wine selection focuses on unusual
similar in concept to some fast-casual competitors. But there are Arwood Cafe (sometimes virtually unknown, and unavailable elsewhere in town)
indeed differences here, notably pan-Latin options: black beans as Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 450 NW 27th St., 305-576-1105 Mediterranean varietals from family-owned vineyards. $$
well as red: thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a side 3250 NE Ist Ave., 786-369-0353 Located inside the Wynwood Warehouse Project, an art gallery/workor as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal nachos). Other This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspringof Lincoln Road's shop/consultingspace, this alt-culture eatery is sort of a starvation-bud- Big Fish pluses include weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers -- and SushiSamba Dromo and a siblingof Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las get, working-artists' version of the Perez Art Museum Miami's higi-end 620 NE 78th St., 305-373-1770 free parking $-$$ Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than cafe, Verde: ligit-bite focused, but with unbelievably low prices. Specialty Longtime locals who remember the uniquely Miamian ambiance of the
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first Big Fish, a beloved Miami River hole-in-the-wall restolounge, will sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -- cheese steak and is also used for vegetables (an unusually imagnative assortment wantto visitthis rebirth featuringan equally cool waterside settingon the beyond. $-$$ including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with Mi Vida Caf6
Little River, plus an orignal owner and similar traditional Italian dishes. your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly suc- 7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020
Our personal fave is spaghetti alla vongole veraci (with tiny true Venetian Fiorito culent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like you're At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinaryclams, hard to find today even in Venice), but you'll know what you like 5555 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-2899 the cow. $$-$$$ school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produceon the familiar menu. Best seating the expansive extensively (and expen- While owners Max and Cristian Alvarez's description of their eatery as "a oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads
sively) rebuilt riverfront deck. $$$-$$$$ little Argentinean shack" is as charming as the brothers themselves, it Magnum Lounge and smoothies, plus more technique-intensive mock meat or cheese
conveys neither the place's cool warmth nor the food's exciting elegance. 709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368 items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores.
Blue Collar Dishes are authentically Argentine, but far from standard steakhouse It's a restaurant. It's a lounge. But it's decidedly not a typical Miami resto- Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made
6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366 stuff. Chef Cristian's background at popular pop-up The Dining Room lounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbiddingfrom the outside, on with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich
Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloise's becomes instantly understandable in dishes like orange and herb- the inside it's like a time-trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red almond romescu sauce and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes
American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is helmed by a scented lechon confit (with pumpkin mash, pickled cabbage salad, and decor, romantically dim lighting show-tune live piano bar entertainment, stuffed with spinach and cashew "ricotta." Do check the daily specials, former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allen's vet who now crafts Dijon mojo) or sopa de calabaza, derived from Argentina's peasant stew and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with too. $$-$$$ casual, creative fare at prices all can afford. Dishes are eclectic. The locro, but here a refined, creamy soup. Many more surprises -- even style and a smile. For those feelingflush, home-style fried chicken is just roughly dozen vegge dishes alone range from curried cauliflower puree steaks. $$-$$$ like mom used to make in her wildest dreams. $$$ Moonchine
to maduros to bleu cheese roasted asparagus. Shrimp and grits compete 7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
with any in Charleston pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny Flavorish Market Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine this friendly Asian bistro serves
fried egg beats Boston's best. $-$$ 7283 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8787 fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also
As Zabar's reflects Manhattan's Upper Westside neighborhood, this similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West
Boteco smaller specialty foods shop is geared toward Miami's Upper Eastside fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato,
916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735 lifestyle. The carefully curated stock ranges widely: upscale packaged cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with orignal
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave foods boutique wines/beers artisanal cheeses and cured meats cook- creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low
thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian books, kitchen utensils, more. But higiligits are locally produced fare: in sodium, fat and calories. A large rear patio is invitingfor diningand
restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on n its featuring live music, it's Mimi's famed raviolis Roc Kat's tropical ice creams chef/restaurateur entertainment. $$-$$$
even morefun on Sundays, when thefenced backyard hosts an informal Ken Lyon's prepared foods, including daily-changng dinners fortwo: Zak fair and the menu includes Brazil's national dish, feijoada, a savory stew the Baker's crusty sourdough breads, plus sandwiches on same. Best- Moshi Moshi
of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday men u, ranging kept secret: While there's no official cafe component, comfie counter 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
from unique, tapas-like pastels to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also appeal- seats enable on-premises breakfasting lunching, and coffee/pastry A This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a
ing and budget-priced. $$ breaks. $-$$ sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanesetapas bar). Even more striking than
p the hip decor is the food's unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from
B & M Market The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions pristine individual ngri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapes are intriguing
21.9 NE 79th St., 305-757-2889 5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559 like arabiki sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank, rarely found in
Don't let the rustic look of this mom-and-pop Caribbean market/eatery Atthe Fed, expect what locals know to expect from sommelier/chef team restaurants even in Japan, they're popularJapanese home-cooking items.
or its ungentrified location, scare you. Walk to the kitchen in the back of Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, whose previous restaurant concepts N J And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian
the market, order, and then either eat-in (at two tables) ortake-out some have included Blue Piano (gourmet stoner snacks) and Vietnamese types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$
of Miami's tastiest, and cheapest, West Indian food. Celeb chef Michelle pop-up Phuc Yea. That is, expect the unexpected. The Fed is an updated Bernstein is a longtimefan of thejerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, and tavern featuringcreative, from-scratch takes on traditional American News Lounge
pigeon peas and rice cooked in coconut milk. Rotis rule here theflat- regional dishes: flakySouthern biscuits with sausagegravy (and crisp- 5582 NE 4thCt., 305-758-9932
breads come plain or, better yet, in curry chicken, goat, or remarkably coated sweetbreads, if desired) Northeastern-inspired "pigwings" (pork T 7 Mark Soyka's new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly
full-flavored vegetarian versions. $ drummettes with homemade Buffalo sauce, blue cheese mousse, and IT neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a full-fledged eatery.
pickled vegges). Desserts, from third partner Alejandro Ortiz, include sin- Nevertheless the menu of liit bites is-alongwith other lures like an
Choices Vegan Caf ful sticS. bu7ns. $$-$$$ inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries
646 NE 79th St., 786-803-8352 part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are
Vegan fare (not just vegetarian, but dairy-free) can be a hard sell. But not La Tour Eiffel fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup a brie, turkey, and mango chutney
Choices' 100% plant-based breakfast/lunch/dinner dishes, even though, 7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014 sandwich on crusty baguette and what many feel is the orignal cafe's
being also 95% organic, they're relatively pricey. Especially recommend- This cute restauran/creperie serves three meals, from traditional French Greatest Hit creamy hummus with warm pita. $
ed: hefty wraps (enclosed in varied grain tortillas or, more uniquely, in col- breakfasts of croissants/baguettes and jam, or heftier ones including lard leaves), featuring a variety of flavorful mock-meat patties plus fresh pain perdu (real French toast), to dinners featuring a chef's special Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar
vegges, enhanced with gobally inspired sauces and add-ons like savory $28.90 two-course meal of classics: country pate, Provencal fish soup, 7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022
soy chorizo. Desserts like raw chocolate mousse cake taste satisfying bold boeuf bourgion, creamy-rich poulet la Normande, a moules/ Mina's Mediterraneo Don't let this little cafe's easily overlooked strip-mall location, or its inforsinful. To drink: smoothies, orgo wild with organic beers and wines. $$$ frites that even comes with a gass of muscadet, and many more starter/ 749 NE 79th St., 786-391-0300 mal interior, fool you. The warm welcome is authentically Italian, as are
entree choices. But definitely don't miss the crepes, served all day in both Unlike most restaurants labeled "Mediterranean," this one, decorated cleverly crafted antipasti, simple butfull-flavored pastas, and homemade Dogma Grill sweet and savoryvarieties -- the latter made correctly, for a change, with with restrained modern elegance, really does have dishes from pastries (from rosemary breadsticks to fruit-topped dessert tortes) that
7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433 heftier buckwheat flour. $$-$$$$ countries surrounding all sides of the sea thoughi not necessarily will transport your taste buds to Tuscany. And the housemade mozzarella
Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the from the countries' seaside regons, as boeuf Bourguignon attests). or burrata cheeses -- truly milk elevated to royalty -- will transportyou to
menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any Lo De Lea Our favorites, like owner Yasmine Kotb whose heritage is Egyptian- heaven. A small market area provides Italian staples, plus superb salumi
vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But 7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-3218 via-Texas, and her mom, the chef, are those featuring exotic Eastern/ and the magnificent mozz, to go. $$-$$$
choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian In Casa Toscana's former space, this cute, contemporary parillada North African tastes -- with twists. Especially fun: Egypt's besara, a sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cholesterol ligit fava-based hummus falafel "sliders" in warm pita with Israeli Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans po'boys, test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, salad, slaw, and tahini and an unusual side of grilled kale with yogurt 1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002 Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake they're meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill dressing and hazelnuts. $$ With Chrstmas lights perpetuallytwinklingand party noises emanatingfrom
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a new outdoor biergrten, this Genrman restaurant is owner Alex Richter's one Tamarind Thai Iman gentrification project, transforminga formerly uninvitingstretch of 79th 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222 Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal When an eatery's executive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy grdicwurst) with home- Vatcharin Bhumichitr. you'd expect major media hype, fancy South Beach made mustard and catsup savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes prices, and a fancy SoBe address. Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, orveal Day Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal who'd moved to Miami) at this patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$ unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout
dishes here are featured in the chef's latest tome, but with Tamarind's
Siam Rice very affordable prices, you might as well let the man s impeccably trained
7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516 kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$
You'llfind all thefamiliarfavorite Thai and Japanese items here, and
prices for curries and noodle dishes (all customizable regarding choice
of protein, preparation, and heat level) are especiallygood at lunch. But don't overlook somewhat pricier speciaties like a deep-fried yet near- IM I S H E
greaseless boneless half duck with vegges in red curry sauce. There's
also an unusually extensive list of salads, some with inventive fusion
touches, like a gTilled shrimp/soba salad featuringtraditional Thai flavors C6te Gourmet (sriracha chiles, fish sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles. $-$$$ 9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012 If onl every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant
Soyka like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff
5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117 breakfast croissants, crepe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a
Since openingin 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparkingthe few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo Upper Eastside's revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as pastry stuffed with tuna. onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesexecutive chef. pastry chef, and sommelier sigaled a culinary revival forthe clun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgpnzola together the cafe's baguette sandwiches. $-$$ sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poure.
And don't miss the sticky date/toffee pudding $$-$$$ Miami Shores Country Club
10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363
Taperia Raca Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 786-751-8756 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not
From the chef/GM team behind Giorgio Rapicavoli's rebelliously surprising, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from eclectic fare at Coral Gables' Eating House. Taperia has a very both bar and indoor/outdoordiningroom. The surprise is the fooddifferent concept: traditional Spanish tapas with subtle creative some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemtwists that make a big difference. Transformations come from porary: an Asian ahi tuna tower a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, both Rapicavoli and chef de cuisine Ryan Harrison (mastermind grilled chicken salad and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, behind the defunct Preservation, where the focus was house- with dinner entrees $9 to $17 drinks average $3 to $4. $$ ,acuring/pickling/smoking): classic
n ml : J 1 T .... patatas contentas, calmed by Eating House's truffle-enriched
40 BEERS ON TAP *AWARD-WINNING WINGS *DIE-IN OR TAKEOUT carbonara sauce. And homemade preserves accent many dishes,
60C WING TUESDAYS 60C BONELESS THURSDAYS including seductive chicken-liver mousse. $$$
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Afteryears of critical acclaim cookingthe cuisineof their native Piedmont Whilethis place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, onecan't actually at ultra-upscale Quattro. on Lincoln Road, twin brotherchefs Nicola and buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location nextto a firearms Fabizio Carro decided to work for themselves, hands-on renovaringthe for- shop. But there's a lot of other stuff aside from bagels here, including merspaceof MiMo District pioneer Uva 69. Cuisine here is similarly authentic, a full range of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time, with ''w 18721l l BISCAYNE BLVD' AU* 305.692.-9,5withcreativetwists Butthereare importantdifferences emphasison local, banana-walnutpancakes especiallypopular Butwhat's most important
ratherthan mostly imported, ingredients; inspiration from all Italian regons; is that this is one of the area's few sources of the real, New York-style 20505S.1 DIXIEI GH11 l WA- f CUL ER BY [o30and best, astonishingaffordability. Housemade spinach/ricotta gludi baked water bagel crunchy outside, challengngy chewy inside. $
in an ocean of burrata is a delight, but it's hard to g wrong here. $$-$$$
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These adjacent restaurants are really one place with two dining areas,
5701 SUNSET DR IVE SO H M I I 305.668since they connect and diners can orderfrom either menu. They also share a BBQ/burger master: Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg whose
Oggi's Caffe indoor electric smoker produces mild-tasting 'cue rangngfrom the
166679th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238 expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to more unusual items
This cozy. romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supply- like hot-smoked salmon. As for burgers, many feature unique ingredients ingnumerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery such as mayo flavored like red-eyegravy. with strong coffee, or the bun of And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily the infamous Luther a sweet-gazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut. remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele Choices range Costs are comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$ from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster
sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spa- Cane a Sucre ghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$ 899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123 From the Vega brothers (who pioneered the Design and MiMo districts
Paprika with, respectively, the original Cane ASucre and UVA 69), this charming
1624 NE 79th St., 305-397-877 artisanal sandwich bar is the perfect breakfast/lunch stop before or
This exotically decorated restaurant, serving Mediterranean cui- after ingestingvisual arts at nearby MOMA. Actually, creations like El Fig sine from North Africa and the Middle East, has several unusual (fig confit, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and honey on an authentically features, including Friday-night belly dancing and a hookah lounge. French crisp-crusted fresh-baked baguette) are art in their own right. Food menus also feature appealing, unusual choices (za'atar- Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and homemade sweets spiced seared lamb loin carpaccio with chickpea puree; stuffed (including mouthwateringy buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ boureka puff pastries, mussels in creamy saffron sauce) along with
familiar hummus, kabobs, more. Lunchtime sandwich standout Captain Jim's Seafood merguez (intensely spiced lamb sausage) with tzatziki, hummus, 12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812 salad, and fiery harissa sauce, on fresh pita $$-$$$ This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when
eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish
O counter, owingto the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt.
Jim Hanson's own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants.
Now there's a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with
booths. Whether it's garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip. grilled yelCaf6 Prima Pasta lowtail or hogor mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch
414 71st St., 305-867-0106 or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$
Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats)
the Cea family's now-sprawlingtrattona has added inventive chef Carlos Cheen-huyae Belon and modem menu items, includingfiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808 pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, ifthey must. But the specialty and parmesan cheese?) but luscious talian/Japanesefusion tuna carpaccio, is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists needn't worry. Al the old favorites, can sample Caribbean Mexico's most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Cheen's from the cafes famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork
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meltingy tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany,
try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and pos- Petit Rouge sibly the best thingthat ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$ 12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676 From the mid-1990s (with Neal's Restaurant and later with II Mgiore),
Fish Fish local chef Neal Cooper's neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been
13488 Biscayne Blvd., 786-732-3124 crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, it's no excepHere's what makes this elegant lywarm restolounge and seafood market not tion, avoiding pretense and winningfans with both classic and nouvelle just an irresistible neighborhood draw but a worth-the-drive diningdestina- bistro fare: frisee salad with lardons, poached egg and bacon vinaigrette; tion Both local and cold-waterfish and shellfish, includingstonecrab and truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce) consomme with black lobsterfrom owners Melvyn Franks and Rebecca Nachlas's own Florida Keys truffles and foiegras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect pom- rgetta le Sushierence
plant, that are always fresh, neverfrozen (except some shrimp). For home mes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$ U cooks, the market offers all delivered-daily catches on the menu. But don't
miss chef Oscar Quezada's simple and perfect preparations, including lghtly Piccolo Pizza battered, cnspytempura shnmp' sophisticated fish and chips (featuring 2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893-9550 Atlantic cod, not cheapo fish) bracingceviches; and, for carnivores, shep- Pizzas at this spin-off from family -owned II Piccolo impress even NYC Sushli Sashimi Hibachi Gill
herd's pietopped with ethereal whipped potatoes. $$-$$$$ visitors, thanks to recipes proprietor Hubert Benmoussa learned from
an authentic Neapolitan pizzaolo. Other favorites here include subs on g a SAW
Flip Burger Bar homemade baguettes and, surprisingfor a pizzeria, delightfully custardy
1699 NE 23rd St., 305-741-3547 quiche(Benmoussa is part French). But itwould be unthinkableto miss a R M
Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther the pies, especially our favorite Italia: subtly sweet tomato sauce, fresh 1B
north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-not-miss for North tomatoes, mozzarella, onions, plus mbed greens and uncooked prosclutMiami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a to on top -- both pizza and salad. There are also nicely priced catering scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The trays offingersubs, quiche squares, pizza bites, more. $-$$ Fireman is a jalapefio/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and vegge variations. Other draws are hand-cutfries, beer-battered onion rings, a Steve's Pizza top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly 12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202 acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking $-$$ At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin designer
pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff) doesn't do the trick. 16153 sca e l
Giraffes Open till 3:00 or 4:00 am., Steve's has, since 1974, been servingthe
1821 NE 123rd St., 786-866-9007 kind of comforting retro pizzas people crave at that hour. As in Brooklyn, Mi
Festooned with eye-poppingy colored panels and graffes -- subtler but tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano flavor. Mozzarella is applied F
everywhere -- this first North American branch of a wildly popular, 30-year- with abandon. Toppings are stuff that give strength: pepperoni, sausage, old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of a planned 4000 U.S. meatballs, onions, and peppers. $ Giraffes. Given that the steaks, especiallythetender, flavorful picanha,
rival those at the most upscale rodizio joint --and beat the sword- Business Hours:
wielding gandstanders for custom cooking(because staff asks your pref- NOR IM -I BEACH tau
erence) -- we'd bet on graffe domination. Overstuffed gTilled sandwiches,
salads, even tasty vegge options are all here, too. The cheese bread is .3:.*pm
a must. $$ Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822 Dinner 5pm 10:00pnm (Mon-Thurs & Sun)
Great Harvest Bread Company Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare
1817 NE 123rd St., 305-899-9998 surprise for nature lovers, Thefeatured item is still the house-smoked fish Spm 1030pm (Fri & Sat)
At its heart this establishment is a bakery, where owner Claude Juneau this historic venue began producingin 1938, available in three varieties crafts a regularly rotating selection of whole-grain loaves freshly baked salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin Butthe smokehouse IHng 3 r pnor o n tme)
each day (from grains also milled daily to maintain nutritional benefits) now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket Other new additions that are good for you -- and just plain good. Junk-food junkies who may include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through doubt need onlytry ourflavorful faves, cheddargarlic, Mediterranean the main park entrance No admission fee. $ olive, old-fashioned white. Tip: Breads taste best enclosing combinations
like rare roast beef with chimichurri or chicken salad with sweet/spicy Chef Rolf's Tuna's Seafood Restaurant pecans, in the bakery's cafe, which also serves fresh-baked sweets 17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630
--cookies, muffins, much more. $$ Known for decades as simply Tuna's, this indoor/outdoor eatery,
combining a casual vibe with some surprisingly sophisticated food, N
KC Healthy Cooking now has a name recognizingthe culinary refinements introduced by
11900 Biscayne Blvd. #103, 786-502-4193 Rolf Fellhauer, for 28 years executive chef at Continental fine-dinHidden inside an office buildingacrossfrom Home Depot, thisfamily- ingspot La Paloma. Additions to the predominantly seafood menu friendly spot has nofancyfeatures -- such as a sign outside. But walk include chateaubriand or rack of lamb for two, both carved, with SENIOR DISCOUNT
through the corporate lobby and you'll find truly heartfelt, health- old-school spectacle, tableside. Owner Michael Choido has also 0 DEr NotIR u Holida
conscious, homemade dishes, some surprisingly sophisticated. There's renovated the interior dining room, and added the Yellowfin Lounge, no red meaton the globally influenced menu, but there are poultry and which features an extensive selection of artisan beers. $$-$$$ fish, alongwith many vegetarian orvegan choices: organic pumpkin
soup, zingy Thai curried vegge soup, an elegantly layered, molded tuna/ EI'eat Restaurant & Lounge avocado/quinoa cupcake," a real Bundt cake-- vegan (no dairy) but 3207 NE 163rd St., 786-440-7104 remarkab tasty. $$ In an amusing 1970s-retro/gam space, festooned with chandeliers,
chef Will Biscoe crafts unpretentiously upgraded multicultural comfort
Little Havana foods: tarte flamande, an Alsacian flatbread topped with creme fraTche,
12727 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-9069 onions, and sophisticated speck instead of traditional salt pork-like
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin lardons avocado fritters" (panko-breaded wedges flash-fried crispy) with entertainment and dancing making it a good choice when diners want a spicy mayo-based Japanese dynamite" sauce plus, to balance the richnight out, not just a meal It's also a good choicefordiners who don't speak ness, pickled carrots/daikon (the crunchy condiment everyone adores Spanish, but don't worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style on Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches). Or have a steak, with New/Old dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy World sauces. For dessert, Biscoe's homemade chocolate chip cookies, ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations upscaled with Valrhona chocolate, are people-pleasers. $$$ like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$ El Gran Inka El Gran Inka
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11720 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-3627 Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty
For more than 35 years this beloved red-saucejoint has been drawing fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other expected traditional specialties, students and other starvation-budget diners with prodgous portions of all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary lasagia, spaghetti and meatballs (the latter savoryyet Ilght-textured), veal Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-Amencan two dishes adapted from recipes by Peru's influential nikkei (Japanese/ belly-busters. Al pasta or meat entrees come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mbed greens, tomatoes, cukes, corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus brined olives, and pickled peppers) that's a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mama's charm. $-$$
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Given owner Jenny Rissone's background as the Eden Roc's executive onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succulently pastry chef, it's not surprisingthat her cakes and other sweet treats (like spiced hilsa, Bangadesh's sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, it's creamy one-bite truffle lollipops") look as flawlessly sophisticated as they because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once taste -- perfect adult party fare. What the bakery's name doesn't reveal served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menu's mixis that it's also a breakfast and lunch cafe, with unusual baking-oriented and-match option allows diners to pairtheir choice of meat, poultry, fish, l
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real meat. Try the authentic-tastingVietnamese banh mi sandwiches hence a relative bargain) isn't on the menu anymore, but cooks will preKing Palace (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is pare it on request. $$$$$ Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar
33 NE 167th St., 305-949-2339 the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous 18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030
Specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style BBQ (whole ducks, roast flavors, all supplemented with stature black tapioca balls that, sipped Considering our county's dearth of authentic Chinese food, this stylish
pork strips, etc., displayed in a gass case by the door), and fresh seafood through straws, are a guaranteed gigge. $ AV ENTUA / HALLADALE eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura residents. Owners Jin Xiang Chen
dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the and Shu Ming (a.k.a. Mr. Chef) come from China's southern seacoast
dining room entrance. There's also a better than average selection of Siam Square province of Guangdong (Canton). But you'll find no goppily sauced,
seasonal Chinese veges, like delicate sauteed pea shoots. The menu 54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza Americanized-Cantonese chop sueys here. Cooking is properly lightis extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the place is usually Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at mid- 17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625 handed, and seafood speialties shine (try the spicy/crispy salt and peppacked with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and night), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beach's "Chinatown" When people rave about New York pizzas' superiority, they don't just per shrimp). For adventurers, there's a cold jellyfish starter. Even timid point. Servers will also steer you to the good stuff, once you convince strip has become a popular late-nigit gathering spot for chefs from other mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, taste buds can't resist tender fried shrimp balls described this way: "With them you're not a chop suey kinda person. $$ Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a crispy adorable fringy outfit." $$-$$$
reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willingto customize dishes upon traditional coal (not wood) oven -- like those at Anthony's, which began
Kings County Pizza request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 loca- Pilar
18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-9455 karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$ tions. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from 20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777
If your feelings about Brooklyn-style pizza have been formed by Domino's prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and Named after Ernest Hemingway's fishing boat, this eatery, helmed for its
flopsy-crusted, ketchupy, cheesefoody pies, stop here to sample a slice of Soprano Cafe garlic- sauteed broccoli rabe pie is a tastiergreen vegetable. $$ first decade by chef Scott Fredel, is now under new ownership. The menu
the real thing Admittedly, the crusts are not those of the coal-fired clas- 3933 NE 163rd St., 855-434-9035 is a mi of classic dishes killedd skirt steak with chimichurri and fries
sics from Brooklyn's legendary Totonno's or Grimaldi's, but they're simi- Sicilian native Rocco Soprano, orignal proprietorof South Beach's Soprano's, Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli chicken parm), today's trendy favorites (sliders, tuna tartare), and pastas
larly medium-thin and crisp -- though not like a cracker you can fold them hastransforned this Intracoastal Waterwayspace, fornnerythe enoteca Rack's, 19003 Biscayne Blvd. 305-935-4029 including linguine with shrimp, tomato, basil, and garlic in Alfredo sauce. for neat street eating and they taste like honest bread, not cardboard. A into an elegant butfamily-fdiendly restaurant featuringclassic Italian dishes plus One word: flagels. And no, that's not a typo. Rather these crusty, flattened But executive chef Frank Ferreiro's focus remains fresh seafood, like panvariety of toppings are available even on slices. There are also whole pies steakhousefare all in prodigous portions. For an ultimate Miamiantalian fusion specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed) are the ultimate bagel/soft seared colossal scallops with sauteed spinach, fried onions, roasted corn, with varied toppings. The "large" is humongous. $-$$ experience, arrive by beat atSoprano's dock, gab a table on the water-view deck, pretzel hybrid -- and a specialty at this bustlingJewish bakery/deli, which, and champagne butter sauce. $$$
and enjoy a coal-ven pizza perhaps the famous truffled white pizza, orour per- since 1988, opens at 6:30 a.m. -- typically selling out of flagels in a couLaurenzo's Market Caf6 sonalfave sehi: sopressata salami zestytomato sauce, provolone gatcheese, ple of hours. Since you're up early anyway, sample elaborately garnished
16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381 and fresh fior di latte mozarella. $$$ breakfast specials, including unusually flavorful homemade corned beef SUNNY ISLES BE C
It's just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no hash and eggs. For the rest of the day, multitudes of mavens devour
potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style space. But Tania's Table every other delectable deli specialty known to humankind. $$
when negotiatingthis international gourmet market's packed shelves 18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425 Alba
and crowds has depleted your energes, it's a handy place to refuel with A location atthe tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday Bourbon Steak 17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305
eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade lunch-only kosher eatery easyto miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 From bad-boy celeb chef Ralph Pagano, Sole resort's seaside Italian/
from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesday's hearty pasta chef Tania Sigal's cateringcompany, is well worth seekingfor its unusually (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort) Italian-American eatery has an irreverent retro Rat Pack vibe and a menu
fagole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shoppingfor varied dailychangng menus -- not just familiar Eastern European-derived At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant empire of chef Michael featuring "naked ravioli" from the Gnudi Bar, fresh seafood, homemade hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manningthe wood-fired oven, dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin Mina, a multipleJames Beard award winner, steakhouse fare isjust wherethe pastas, classic and contemporary pizzas, and old school "red sauce you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$ American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/ fare starts. There are also Mina's ingenious sgiature dishes, like an elegant joint" entrees, some upscaled. (When lobster Frangaise is available, why noodle salad), lightened universal Ladies-Who-Lunch classics (custardy quich- deconstructed lobster/babyvegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and enough delec- settle for chicken?) Almond-sage butter-sauced butternut squash gudi Lime Fresh Mexican Grill es, killed trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$ table vegtable/seafood starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a is a best bet. And meals end with another best bet: the Vinny D Split," a
14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800 happy meal. But don't negectthe steak -flavorful dr-agd Angis, 100-per- game enablingtables to win their meals for free. $$$$
www.limefreshmexicangrill.com Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin cent Wagiu American "Kobe," swoonwortygadeA5 Japanese Kobe, and
Like its downtown and Midtown siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up carefully 73 NE 167th St., 305-405-6346 butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$ Copper Chimney
crafted Tex-Mexfood. The concept is "fast casual" rather than fast food Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland stuff, spiced 18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075
meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always with little but sanctimonious intent. Not at this modest-lookingvegan Buffalo Wild Wings At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant,
fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from break- 18721 Biscayne Blvd., 305-962-9995 prices are more upscale than average, but so is the food's elegant presenmahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade fast's blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews sparkle Like all locations of this renowned national sports bar/grill tation -- plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekdaily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $ with vivid flavors. Especially impressive: mock meat (and fake fish) wheat- chain originated in 1982, when two fans of Buffalostyle chicken wings ends, and, amongfamiliar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary guten items that beat many carnivorous competitors. Skeptical? Rigitly. couldn't find any in Ohio -- Aventura's "B-Dubs" features an astonishing array touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by Little Saigon But we taste-tested a "Philly cheese steak" sandwich on the toughest of H D TVs (64), beers, and, naturally, wings: almost two dozen sauce and street snacks, like bikaneri chaat (fried gam flour crisps, chickpeas, and
16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377 of critics -- an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old. She cleaned her plate. $$ dry-rub choices, from a chili-spiked buttery orignal flavor to Asian, Caribbean, yogurt) served with two chutneys anything featuring paneer cheese, from
This is Miami's oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but it's still packed Italian, and beyond. Additionally, there's a full menu of burgers, salads, classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried
most weekend nights. So even the place's biggest negative its hole-in- Yakko-San flatbreads, and other Al-A'nerican classics. An outdoor patio and WiFi tablets tomato-stuffed paneer/potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$
the-wall atmosphere, not encouragng of lingeringvisits becomes a plus 3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064 loaded with games contribute considerablyto kid-friendliness. $$ since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Uly Tao is typically in the kitchen, After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many Epicure Gourmet Market & Caf6
craftinggeen papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking served in grazing BurgerFi 17190 Collins Ave., 305-947-4581
herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro 18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350 Who even knew that the late Rascal House had an ocean view? Diners
and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$ nuta mbed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso It's not surprisingthat this Florida-based "better burger' franchise is one of may have to eat standing up to gimpse water over the dunes from the mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled America's fastest-growing With d~corthat's relaxingy retro yet futuristically panoramic cafe windows of the gourmet market that replaced the Rascal, Oishi Thai and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild youngshoots earth-friendly (think recycled Coke bottle chairs), beverages rangngfrom but you know you're on a tropical beach, not Brighton Beach. The big
14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caugit grouper with milkshakes to craft beers, and sourced hormone/antibiotic-free, grass-fed bright cafe's menu, more global diner than Jewish deli, includes daily speAtthis styish ThaVsushi spot trythe menu of specials, manyof which clearly hot/sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$ Angus burgers on branded buns, for prices rivalingthose forfast-food junk- cials rangngfrom spa-grilled chicken to homemade Italian sausage and reflecttheyoungchefsfanafical devotion to fresh fish, as well asthetime he burgers, what's not to love? There are also vegetarian quinoa burgers or peppers. But it's worth seeking out items that made South Beach's orgspent in the kitchen of Knob broied miso-manted black cod rock shrimp obe dogs, plus accessories" including hand-cut fries, killer crisp-battered nal Epicure famous: sandwiches featuring housemade rare roast beef
temnpura with creamy sauce, even Nobu Matsuhisa's "new stye sashimni" (slitly BA A B R I L N S no igfesl ae l-aurlfoe utrd n opnsgloe hipo cuk mkdwiefs aas rshbkdgos $
-onion rings, freshly made, all-natural frozen custard, and toppings galore. $ shrimp or chunky smoked whitefish salads fresh baked goods. $$$
surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu
includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean Fuii Hana II Mulino New York
sea bass curry, and sizzlingfilet mgion with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$ Betto's Ristorante Italiano 2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080 17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191
1009 Kane Concourse, 305-861-8166 A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some If too much is not enough foryou, this majorly upscale talian-American place,
Panya Thai After roughly 25 years as Caffe Da Vinci, this romantic remodeled, renamed appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an an offshoot of the famed NC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners
520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566 space is now managed by Betto Di Carlo, also a 25-year Italian cuisine vet- inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and receive enough freebiefood fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with
Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, there's no shortage of genuine Thai eran (as former owner/effusively charming host of Surfside's neighborhood served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a varingtoppings, a wedge of quality panmirnano, garlic bread -- that ordering food in and around Miami. But Panya's chef/owner, a Bangkok native, favorite Cafe Ragazzi). Best make reservations. Though off the tourist track, longtime favorite. But vegetarians --for whom seafood-based condiments offthe menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus the place draws hungry hordes for homemade pastas like pappardelle can make Asian foods a minefield -- might want to add the place to their sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a he doesn't automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please ai porcini (toothsome wide noodles with fresh mushrooms). Veal piccata, "worth a special drive" list, thanks to chefs' winning ways with tofu and large pizza, makes a greattake-out dinner...for the next week. $$$$-$$$$$ Americans. Amongthe most intriguing moo khem phad wan (chewy liitly floured and sauteed medaillons with a caper-studded lemon white all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$ deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by wine sauce, and thicker mozzarella-stuffed chops are also popular. $$$ Kitchen 305
crisp green papaya salad) broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening Kampai 16701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110
chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil and chili-topped Diamond Duck in Open Kitchen 3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410 Offeringeclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its
tangitamarind sauce. $$-$$$ 1071 95th St., 305-865-0090 Atthis longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restaurant, many contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-gam look of a renovated discoIf we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chef-centered come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most theque -- which is what it was. In fact, it's still as much lounge as eatery, so Rizio's Peruvian Cuisine lunchroom/market's PBLT (a BLT sandwich with melt-in-your-mouth makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy it's best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A
15975 Biscayne Blvd., 305-945-5111 pork belly substitutingfor regular bacon) would be a strong contender. tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a seductive mango-papaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night,
Peruvian eateries featuring ceviches and classic cooked dishes are plen- Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas people-pleaser. Don't neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant tiful in Miami those adding "NovoAndean" fine-dining fare to the mb? (ex-Icebox Caf6 GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a gobal green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-you-can-eat stone Not so much. Since 2000, evolutionary chefs in Peru have been using gourmet oasis with a menu rangngfrom light quiches and imagnative "Thai hot"). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious diningcounter overlooking sophisticated European techniques to revive humble native Andean salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-gazed shortribs or daily pasta specials with vegges and pork. $$-$$$ the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singes. $$$
ingredients like quinoa. Since late 2012, this secret spot has been, too, (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and
thanks to former Lima restaurateur Cesar Valverde, a traditionalist, and Stefani's famous interactive cookingclass/wine dinners. $$-$$$ Mo's Bagels & Deli Timo
his chef son Mauricio, a Miami Culinary Institute-trained innovator. Even 2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555 17624 Collins Ave., 305-936-1008
traditional tiraditos have delightful elegance. But don't neglect Novo The Palm While theterm "old school" is used a lotto describe this spacious (160- Since openingin 2003, the inventive yet clean and unfussyltalian/
inventions like "trigottos," risottos substitutingtrigo (wheat) for rice. $$$ 9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256 seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the Mediterranean-inspired seasonal food atthis hot spot, created by chef/owner
It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYC's orignal classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Tim Andriola (at the time best known for his stints at Chef Alen's and Mark's Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out Example: Lox and nova aren't pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced South Beach), has been garnering local and national raves. Don't bother
237 NE 167t St., 305-654-4008 to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not readingthem. Andriola's dishes speak forthemselves: a salad of crisp oysters
At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats perennial pick here is nostalgc: steak la stone --juicy, butter-doused those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites sug- atop fris6e, cannelloni bean, and pancetta foiegras crostini with a subtle used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These slices on toast, topped with sauteed onions and pimentos. This classic gest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami caramelized orange sauce, a blue crab raviolo with toasted pigolias and are still here, plus there's now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$ brown butter, or a wood-oven three-cheese "white" pizza. $$$-$$$$
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motivated! Excellent Price! about listed and off-market opportunities.
IR E NE DAKOTA I TONY CH O I iALFR EDO R IASCOS I iMARCY KAPLAN & LO RI B RAN DT 1786 543 5755
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WEST OFWYNWOOD 3100 NW 7TH AVE WYNWOOD: 2600 N M 2IAMI AVE WYNWOOD : 105 NW 31 ST MIAMI SHORES : 515 NE 93 ST
FOR SALE I $1,890,000 FOR SALE I $1,584,000 FOR SALE I $389,000 FOR SALE I $899,000
Renovated budding located n the "WOW di str ct 2,393 sq ft free-standing building located in one of the Turn-key, gorgeous homefon oversized lo eadyto mo e- 4 bedrooms, 3 new baths, white washed wood of M am features fully upgraded interiors and highly prime corners of North Miami Avenue. Great visibility on in or start generating income New kitchen appi dances, foors, new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, effcent renovations that are able to provide for a North Miami Avenue and easy access to all major roads, new AC, light fixtures throughout and seur ty sys tem 2 efrigerators & a recently installed roof. This home variety of use types r The building boasts high ce ings this property can easily be converted into a Restaurant/ Room electric and plumbing in great condton woaed features a beautifully landscaped yard, heated salt pool adaptable floor plans updated M.E.P full AC and Retail location with potential for outdoor seating and one block from M town and a few om he famous and outdoor barbecue. Plenty of room for an office. potential for retai on heavy trafficked NW 7th Ave. on-site parking. Wynwood As Dstr cts Best deal n the neighbor hood There are roll down shutters and 2 hurricane impact
BuldngSze 9E88lsqft doors & new septic, well and sprinklers.
ALFREDO RIASCOS I ALFREDO RIASCOS I DOROTTYABARNAP 305 571 9991 IRENE DAKOTA A305T972 8860
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