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November 2008

Serving the communities along the Biscayne Corridor, including Arch Creek East, Bay Point, Bayside, Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena
Vista, Design District, Downtown, Edgewater, El Portal, Hibiscus Island, Keystone Point, Miami Shores, Momingside, North Bay Island,
North Miami, Oakland Grove, Palm Grove, Palm Island, Sans Souci, Shorecrest, Star Island, Wynwood, and Venetian Islands


Volume 6, Issue 9

Photos by Silvia Ros
BT Contributor
T he stock market has been drunker
than usual lately. Literally every
day, for weeks running in
September and October, the Dow spiked
and plunged several hundred points
between opening and closing. At first the
nation's newspapers covered every finan-

cial shudder on the front page, as we all
waited and wondered who would survive
the largest meltdown of the financial sec-
tor since the Great Depression.
The drama seemed unreal, even as we
watched our own golden investments -
401Ks, IRAs, home equity drain
away. The federal government's much
ballyhooed $700 billion financial rescue
package, passed by Congress on October

3, is still too new to know when, how,
and who it will actually save. So too the
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailout the
month before.
Generally speaking, economic experts
warn that the recession is not going to
end soon and that home sales are likely
to be discouraged by a weak job market
in addition to the credit turmoil and a
ripening global panic.

But this is Miami, where the normal
rules of real estate don't necessarily
apply. We wondered if there was any-
one anyone not currently trying to
sell us a distressed condo who could
open for us a window into the near
future of the communities along the
Biscayne Corridor. This is, after all,

Continued on page 14

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Victor Barrenchea, Pamela Robin Brandt,
Terence Cantarella, Bill Citara, Wendy
Doscher-Smith, Kathy Glasgow, Jim W.
Harper, Lisa Hartman, Jen Karetnick, Jack
King, Derek McCann, Frank Rollason,
Silvia Ros, Jeff Shimonski
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Manatee Manifesto:
Report the Bad Guys
I just wanted to say thanks to Jim W.
Harper for his column about manatees
("Kill Baby Kill," October 2008). As
the owner of the historic Blue Marlin
Fish House, I get the opportunity to see
these amazing animals up close. They
love the inlet where we're located (we
are right on the Oleta River) and I love
watching them eat and play.
I do get upset, however, when I see idiots
who have no care in the world come flying
by on their jet skis at all speeds. I have now
started flagging them down, telling them it
is a protected, no-wake zone (there are
signs from the moment you turn in from the
Intracoastal), and then I call the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (1-
888-404-3922) to report them.
I hope that one day everyone will
realize how awesome and friendly these
animals are.
Yocelyn Suarez
North Miami Beach

Manatee Manifesto:
Apologies for Being
Natacha Lookalikes
While reading Jim Harper's "Kill
Baby Kill," I came up with the theory
that maybe county Commissioner

Natacha Seijas hates manatees because
of her strong physical resemblance to
the creatures, just as some people look
like their dogs.
Since manatees are gentle and lovely, I
apologize to the entire manatee population.
Please don't print my name.
Natacha's people are scary.
Name Withheld by Request
Miami Beach

Terminal Decline: Reeked
of Ignorance
While Jen Karetnick had some good
points in her Neighborhood Correspondents
column about Miami Shores Country Club
("A Country Club in Terminal Decline,"
October 2008), many of her ideas for
change reeked of ignorance toward the tra-
dition of golf, which gave rise to country
clubs in the first place.
Family nights, as she suggests, would
be a fine addition. However, any golfer
would likely agree that instituting a
babysitting method in the form of an
arcade/game room would cheapen even
the worst country club. If your kids
require DVDs and games to be enter-
tained while you chat with your friends,
then a country club is the wrong place
to go. Stay home. Also, a driving range
is not intended as a teen hangout. It's

for learning the discipline of the game.
I have played golf all my life, and feel
that somehow this article was out of
touch with reasonable expectations for
any country club, let alone one that is set
in its ways. My advice would be for Ms.
Karetnick to spend some quality time
with her family on the golf course, trying
to learn about the sport, and then reassess
the necessity of a social calendar.
Catherine Ramsay
Midtown Miami

Terminal Decline: Made
Me Scream
I deliberately took time to write this
because I was so angered by Jen
Karetnick's poorly written article "A
Country Club in Terminal Decline." I wor-
ried I would come off as a crazy person.
As a long-standing member of the
Miami Shores Country Club (30 years -
I joined when I was in my 20s), I was so
offended by the comments of this elder-
hater that I started to scream. I can only
imagine how she treats her parents, or if
she is lucky enough, her grandparents.
I admit I am partial to intelligent,
worldly, knowledgeable, seasoned peo-
ple. They have stories to share and
abound with helpful wisdom. Mostly

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they are enjoying their own friends,
although I have shared a laugh with
many patrons at the most beautiful bar in
northeast Miami-Dade County.
My girlfriends and I eat lunch weekly
after tennis, and have many, many cele-
brations at our club. I have chaired
fundraising events, hosted baby showers,
celebrated my huge birthday parties, and
worked with all the local schools and
their events. Never have I had a problem
with the staff, food, or elderly people
ruining my great times there.
In her article, Ms. Karetnick got so
many facts wrong I dare say many peo-
ple just laughed at this pathetic attempt
at a tongue-in-cheek piece. She should
keep her day job, if anyone would hire
such a negative, evil person. But my
main beef is with Biscayne Times pub-
lisher and editor Jim Mullin, who printed
this. If I had to pay for the BT, I would
stop. As it is, I will only read it to see if
you have the nerve to print an apology to
all of us who love this club.
Donna Bailey
Miami liI. /..
Terminal Decline: Best
Value in South Florida
Jen Karetnick, please remember you
are no longer employed as a critic, food
or otherwise. You state that your first
occasion to visit the club was a few
weeks ago, yet you have resided in the
area for eight years. A subsequent visit
more recently was to learn all about the
club. Your host has been a member for
"about" one year, yet in his promotion of
the club, he decries the outreach and age
of its membership.
Johnny LaPonzina and his compa-
ny, Professional Course Management,

rescued this facility about 20
when the Village was losing
million per year on the upkee
1988 dollars. Now let me pro
opinion. Today the MSCC is
value in a South Florida coun
none from the moment yo
enjoy the complimentary vale
(you did remember to tip, yes
courtesies extended by its sta
and off the course, to the fine
able. You mentioned the dress
the members and guests. Did
not tell you: "Better to be ove
than under"?
The grand facility known
Shores Country Club has bee
point of activity for those of
east Dade for decades and re
reside in the City of Miami a
grateful that such a facility e
neighbor, a facility with youth
camps, all-inclusive rates, da
honest drinks, and good food
Golf teaches many lessons
decorum, and respect are but
Jen, why not take up the gan
might learn something.

Terminal Decline:
Offensive, Insulting
Downright Hateful
At best, Jen Karetnick's "'
Club in Terminal Decline" so
it was written by a spoiled cl
didn't get invited to a birthday
worst, it sounded like sometl
grocery-store tabloid.
She has two main objectio
Miami Shores Country Club
house itself, and the age oftl
As for the clubhouse itself, s
the carpet, which is apparent
taste. The carpet was install

years ago, than two years ago and is vacuumed
lose to $1 every day and after every event that
p. That's in takes place. It is cleaned at least once a
vide my month. The other objection regarding the
the best clubhouse is "a pervasive undercurrent
try club, bar of must, mildew, and assorted adult dia-
u arrive and pers." Personally, I've never gotten that
t parking up close and personal with anyone to
?) to the detect the odor of adult diapers.
f, both on As for the age of the clientele, whose
food avail- median age, Ms. Karetnick claims, is
sy attire of "about 82," these members may well be
your parents considered the Old Guard. However, let
dressed me tell you about the Old Guard. These
are people who have consistently sup-
as the Miami ported the Miami Shores Country Club
n a focal for many years so many, in fact, that
us in north- most of them, like me, have been mem-
mains so. I bers since before they were middle-age
nd am whippersnappers (as Ms. Karetnick
xists as my describes herself). The big difference
th programs, here is that we have supported the club
ily coupons, and continue to do so.
i. Her remark about the death rattle and
- dress, the fact that the Old Guard "will die off
a few. So eventually, and from the looks of some of
ie? You them, sooner rather than later" is offen-
sive, insulting, and downright hateful.
Jay Miller To answer her question why she didn't
Belle Meade see groups like hers she, her husband,
and the friend who invited them -
"making merry and more than ready for
, and some social life in the Shores" is simple:
She don't join and support the club.
A Country Duh! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to
)unded like figure that out.
lild who Her friend made two good sugges-
,y party. At tions: Join the club, persuade mutual
thing in a friends to do likewise, and perhaps she
could revitalize it by sheer numbers; and
ns to the open the bar and dining room once a
: the club- month to Shores residents. Her own sug-
he clientele. gestion for a Family Night in which par-
he mentions ents could come in for happy hour and
ly not to her the children could watch DVDs in anoth-
d not more er room is also a fine idea.

I have a suggestion for her: Read the
I illage News, which comes out monthly,
and apply for vacancies on the country
club's advisory board when openings occur.
Be part of the solution, not the problem.
And finally, Ms. Karetnick should get
her facts straight. The social dues are not
$300; they are $451. I know because I
just paid mine for the 45th year.
Martha Anne Collins
Miami N/l .. .
Terminal Decline: Perfect
Example of Yellow
A newspaper is measured by the quality
and accuracy of its articles, and so are the
authors of those articles. I was offended
and outraged by Jen Karetnick's "A
Country Club in Terminal Decline." It is a
perfect example of yellow journalism.
She is insensitive to and unfamiliar with
Jewish commandments, "old people," and
the Miami Shores Country Club.
It also appears that publisher and edi-
tor Jim Mullin is a confederate in this
article's content. Where is the disclaimer
saying, "The opinion of the writer is hers
alone and not that of the editor or the
paper"? The editor allowed a headline
that read, "Jews aren't the problem any-
more outreach is." Jews have never
been the problem. The problem is with
institutions like Biscayne Times that
headline such anti-Semitic rhetoric. The
comments about the older members of
the club were even more offensive.
Ms. Karetnick claimed to be Jewish,
but she needs to revisit the teachings of
the Torah. It commands that Jews not
speak badly or falsely of others. There is
another, about respecting parents and eld-
ers. Ms. Karetnick appears to be a food
critic and financial expert as well. What
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BizBuzz: November 2008

Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor

At the historic Blue Marlin Fish

House, in Oleta River State Park,
Saturday are always special
thanks to the outdoor pavilion's famous
fish fries and live music. But on
November 15, there's an added motiva-
tion to bring family or friends for lunch,
or an early dinner, on the water. Owners
Yocelyn and D.J. Suarez will be donating
ten percent of diners' checks to benefit a
friend and co-worker who was recently
diagnosed with breast cancer. An addi-
tional dollar will be added to the fund for
each diner who wears something pink.
(Do remember that the Blue Marlin closes
early; hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
With high season and the holiday sea-
son right around the corner, visits from
family and friends loom. So time to drag
out the scrubbing brush and get the place
looking mom-grade good. But not even
hours on your knees will revive tile floors
with seriously discolored or washed-out
grout. Elliott and Warren Gerstein at The

Grout Doctor, a family-run franchise,
understand this, and are offering a
Thanksgiving remodeling special:
Mention this BizBuzz column and
receive $20 off any service over $225.
Services include grout cleaning plus
staining, sealing, and regrouting what-
ever it takes to get the floor sparkling
enough that mom could eat off it.
And now about that turkey dinner. No
need to cook when you can pick up a pre-
pared bird (with or without the trimmings)
on Thanksgiving morning at Laurenzo's
Italian Market. Offerings range from the
turkey only ($39.95 for a 14-16-pound
bird, ample for eight to ten people; $61.95
for a 20-22- pounder for 15) to complete
dinners ($89.95 to $149.95) with stuffing,
gravy, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes,
Italian bread, and pies. Not enough? Green
beans, sweet potatoes, and more are avail-
able extras. The market's wine mavens
have also assembled a short list of reason-
ably priced bottles to accompany the feast,
including Bosco II Grappolo, a
Montepulciano/Cabernet blend that pairs
with Thanksgiving fare better than

Do you want your kid to end up like
Sarah Palin, attending five universities in
six years in order to get a four-year
degree? No worries. Give thanks that you
live not in Alaska but in Miami, home of
Jamie L. Puntumkul's JLP Education
Services. The company preps students to
ace SATs and other standardized tests, plus
providing a full range of regular tutoring
services that make learning fun. And this
month JLP offers Biscayne Times readers
2 free instructional hours for every 12
hours purchased, a $200 value.
There's also reason for rejoicing at the
River Oyster Bar. Stone crabs are here,
and jumbo claws the second-highest
size grade for stoners (two claws are
about a pound) are on special at one
for $13, two for $24.
In Italy there's an ages-old tradition of
enjoying un'ombra (literally "the shade")
- ducking out of the sun for a restora-
tive glass of wine and housemade
snacks. Now Miamians can also indulge
in this supremely civilized practice at
Casa Toscana, where chef/owner Sandra
Stefani has just opened the Giardino
Rustico, a sheltered private patio in back

of the restaurant. Open Wednesday
through Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to mid-
night, the candlelit outdoor space, which
seats 20-25 people, offers cool lounge
music, wines by the glass, and small
plates like risotto croquettes or an
antipasto platter everything but pastas
and entries.
Sitting down for a leisurely restaurant
meal is often a luxury that the over-
worked can't afford. On the other hand,
a steady diet of grab-it-and-run fast food
isn't something your health can afford.
But the innovative folks behind 55th
Street Station have again come up with
what the increasingly gentrified neigh-
borhood needs, especially during this
busy season: Soyka To Go. Open every
day from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Soyka
Restaurant's new take-out window is as
convenient as a drive-in chain, with one
major difference: good food. Phone in
orders at 305-759-3117, or fax them at
305-759-4115. (A seasonal note for holi-
day partiers: platters are available with a
three-hour notice.)

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2500 NE 163rd Street
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6815 Biscayne Blvd.
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4582 NE 2nd Ave.
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7001 Biscayne Blvd.
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200 NW 54th St.
13105 W. Dixie Hwy
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9999 NE 2nd Ave.
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What the Ballot Tells Us

SPoliticians have huge egos, voters have puny brains

By Jack King
BT Contributor
While cruising down U.S. 290
in the middle of Texas, from
Austin to Fredericksburg, I
couldn't help but notice the huge num-
ber of political signs. I don't mean just
for the national elections. It seemed like
every man, woman, and child was run-
ning for some sort of elective office.
Never have I seen so many signs dot-
ting to roadsides. My initial thought
was that, owing to the crummy econo-
my, everyone wants a job on the gov-
ernment dole.
Feeling pretty smug that Florida might
be better than Texas in at least some
ways, I arrived home to find our official
sample ballot in my mailbox. To my dis-
may, it was eight pages long. Granted it
was in three languages, but there is a hell
of a lot of stuff on the ballot. And no
shortage of people looking to feed at the
public trough. Maybe we aren't any bet-
ter than Texas.
Starting at the top were 26 people run-
ning for president and vice president of
the United States. There must be some
sort of ego boost to get your name on the
ballot. Why else would all these people
do it? How many Sarah Palins can there
be in the world? Obviously more than I
thought. After that, there were many of
the usual suspects trying to keep their
jobs for another four years.
You quickly get into the area of retain-
ing various judges. Does anyone really
know who these people are, what they
do, and whether they are any good at
their jobs? I know that the intention here
is to have public oversight, but if we

don't know anything about them, how
can there be oversight? Should we have
them write a 500-word essay on what
they did for their summer vacation, or at
least what they did over the past six
years? Or should we just ask an attor-
ney? I have no answer.
There is a page of proposed changes to
Florida's constitution. This has been
going for a number of years because
advocacy groups, fed up with the Florida
legislature being unresponsive voters'
wishes, have been using the state consti-
tution as the means to make changes to
Florida law. For all intents and purposes,

State constitutional amendments
county charter amendments are w
so poorly that it's nearly impossib
tell just what they're all about

it has not worked, and has given us won-
derful amendments like the one that pro-
tects your pet pig from the slaughter-
house. You would think state legislators
would have caught on by now, but they
haven't. They still go up to Tallahassee
and work hard at looking busy while not
accomplishing very much.
Both the state constitutional amend-
ments and the county charter amend-
ments are written so poorly and have
such misleading headlines that it's nearly
impossible to tell just what they're all
about. Here's an example: the "Florida
Marriage Protection Amendment." It cer-
tainly protects marriage as defined by
some people, but not by others. This one
should be renamed the "Florida Marriage

Protection For My Religious Group But
Not Yours Amendment." A little truth in
advertising would be nice here.
There are a couple of Miami-Dade
County proposals that are interesting.
The first is one to raise county commis-
sioners' salaries from $6000 a year to
nearly $100,000. (A note here: This is
in accordance with Florida law.) The
$6000 figure goes back to 1957, when
this was not a bad amount of money for
part-time work. This change comes up
about every four years and is routinely
voted down by people who have a
moral aversion to giving money to
political hacks. I agree. If they
want more money, get it
and from the lobbyists and devel-
ritten opers. If you get caught, we
le to can send you to jail.
And then there's Mayor
Carlos Alvarez, who really
doesn't have a job but seems
to want one. This is a propos-
al that takes away the powers of the
county manager and gives them to the
mayor. Right now Alvarez's only task in
life is to piss off the county commission.
He does it well, but they have learned to
ignore him since he really doesn't have
any power.
This whole situation came about a
dozen years ago, when a group wanted
to have a strong-mayor type of govern-
ment, similar to New York.
Unfortunately English may not have
been their first language; the poorly
written measure gave us a strong
mayor with no power and a huge
salary. Every mayor since then has
been trying to get this changed. The
county commission, not wanting to

give up any power, has been successful
in keeping it just the way it is.
Interestingly enough, the City of
Miami adopted the same sort of silly
government right after the county did.
Give credit to Miami Mayor Manny
Diaz, who came up with a way to get
what he wants: Make nice to a majori-
ty of the commissioners and all will be
well. Alvarez not only doesn't have a
majority, he may not have a single vote
on the county commission.
And finally we have the heart-warm-
ing story of Gwen Margolis, our wonder-
ful state senator from north Miami-Dade.
She's retiring from her second pass in
the Florida senate and now wants to be
the first elected Miami-Dade County
property appraiser. Let's see, this woman
was first elected to the Florida House in
1974, and then to the state senate in
1980, where she served for 12 years, the
last two as the senate president. She then
lost a contentious and very close battle
against Clay Shaw for the U.S. House of
The loss certainly didn't deter her per-
petual quest for public office. She was
elected to the Miami-Dade County
Commission, where she served until
2002, when she was again elected to the
Florida Senate. You would think it would
be time for her to retire.
Margolis's greatest claim to fame is
that she oversaw the financial collapse of
the Coconut Grove Playhouse, but some-
how escaped without have to take any of
the heat. Pretty neat trick.
Hey, Gwen, give it up. Let someone
else run for public office.

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In light of the global financial crisis, do you still believe in the free market?

Compiled by Victor Barrenechea BT Contributor

Marilyn Connell
Designer Business Owner
Upper Eastside
You should ask: Was the
market free in the first
place? I think corporations
manipulate the market,
manipulate i l, i'li, It
seems like there was a lot
of intervention on the part
of corporations before
everything went sour. I
lost my job in August. I'd
been there 11 years. That
was an indirect result of
our economy. I have a
child, and it changes your
hopefulness about the
future. I do think things
will get better. It's just a
question of time.

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Oliver Sanchez
Design District
No, because Milton
Friedman's [laissez-faire]
economics has been proven
a complete failure. It
worked in the classroom;
it's not working now. Paul
Krugman, who just won a
Nobel for economics, has
been ringing the bell for
years. There are other econ-
omists who've been sound-
ing the alarm for a long
time. It's bad because we're
now in the midst of "disas-
ter capitalism." It affects all
of us. People are starting to
realize that. Voting is the
least one can do. The next
thing is to get informed.

Joshua Sigman
If the free market includes
selling intangibles like
loans and mortgages, and
things without fixed inter-
est, then I would say no,
that things need to be bet-
ter regulated. The lack of
regulation is what caused
this mess. What they say
is that the original
philosophers who came
up with the free market,
people like Adam Smith,
never envisioned today's
international economic
system that involves com-
modifying the intangible.

Maria Izenman
Business Owner
Upper Eastside
I can't really say. To
honest, I'd rather no
anything. I turn on tl
news and it's too de]
ing. It's good for pe
know what's going
it's all [the media] ta
about. I don't think 1
really helping. It's al
affected me. I'm not
spending as much. I
ed a new car but nov
I have to wait. I don
know if my husband
have a job. Everythi
too uncertain.



Bhakti Baxter
Liberty City
be I'm convinced no. More
t know than anything, I've always
he thought that the idea of
press- capitalism has been so fic-
ople to titious that I'm not sur-
on, but praised with the current sit-
Ilks uation. I still believe the
that's barter system works better
ready than the exchange of cur-
rency. Everybody provid-
want- ing an exchange of goods
w I feel and services, on an equal
't level. Just an exchange of
Swill what one person has with
ng is what another person needs.
Skip the middleman.
Money is the middleman.

Tessa De Stagni
Biscayne Park
Yes, because it's worked
since the beginning of
time, and every time the
government interferes,
everything goes south. The
signing of the new [$700
billion bailout] deal was a
big mistake. It doesn't
allow capitalism to work
its magic. Too much gov-
ernment spending brought
on the crisis. It's definitely
affected me, and it's affect-
ed everyone. Hopefully we
can get some intelligent
people in office who
believe in capitalism.

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Bear Market
Continued from page 1
where the gold rush became emblemat-
ic, as the glittering glass-and-steel tow-
ers jutted out of downtown's scorched
earth and began to march up the bay,
leaving us with a half-finished and
unruly gentrification project now
uncertain in its momentum.
We tapped two experts: William
Hardin, director of real estate programs
at Florida International University's
Department of Finance; and Andrea
Heuson, professor of finance at the
University of Miami. Both are, to steal a
phrase from the now-culpable Alan
Greenspan, cautiously optimistic.
"In the big picture, we are in a reces-
sionary period," Hardin admits, sipping
coffee at the Upper Eastside's
Starbucks. (I cashed out what was left
of my 401k to join him.) "We have neg-
ative job growth. On the upside, Miami
is a unique place in that real estate
doesn't correlate with jobs or employ-
ment data. The assumption is that peo-
ple from Europe and South America
will come. So there's a disconnect there
that's unusual for a metro area as large
as this one."
The bad news, Hardin says, is that
the federal bailouts are aimed at
"owner-occupants, not vacation and
part-time owners," which is a huge per-
centage of the local market, particularly
in condo sales.
"My worry with the top end," he con-
tinues, "is when you have the [stock]
market go down 20 percent in two
weeks, even if I've got 10 million, with
losses like that, I'm not really excited
about buying a condo. The migratory
patterns to South Florida, particularly
this [Biscayne Corridor] area and Miami
Beach, are a lot of people from New
York. If that's who we're ultimately sell-
ing to, they are going to have less of an
ability to pay. In parts of Europe, they
were highly leveraged as well, so some
of those markets aren't as strong. I'm not
trying to be all gloom and doom, but the
government can only do so much."
Further bad news comes from Heuson,
who says that up until late summer, the
dollar was weak, making Miami real
estate an attractive purchase for
Europeans. Less so now. "Are the people
buying?" she asks "Sales volumes went
up last quarter, but it was mostly foreclo-
sure sales, which isn't healthy."
Another factor is the huge amount of
uncertainty the world feels as it has

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"There were so many nearly identical units that they defied logic in real estate, that location [makes a
property] unique."

watched us select a new president. "Have
you been watching the debates?" Heuson
says. "Have you ever heard a moderator
[in past elections] ask who a presidential
candidate would appoint as Secretary of
the Treasury?"
As for the various federal interven-

'There are condo conversions that
go well, so there's a condo that's
but it's not relevant to the single-f
homeowner in Miami Shores."

tions, Heuson believes they will help
reduce foreclosures, "but for everything
else, people are waiting for the elec-
tion." She thinks proposals now in
Congress that would help certain home-
owners renegotiate mortgages is a good
idea. Otherwise the banks will renegoti-
ate on a piecemeal basis, and that, she
believes, would be a mess.
Everyone wants to learn what will
happen to their particular piece of the
pie, and the answer is that nobody really

knows for sure. There is enormous
downward pressure not only because the
real-estate market was overblown, but
because so many people got loans they
couldn't afford.
According to statistics from the
Miami-Dade County clerk's office, as of
the end of September, there
were 40,342 foreclosures filed
didn't countywide, compared to less
bad, than 27,000 the year before,
family and fewer than 10,000 in
2006. But Hardin says, "If
you look closer, you'll find
there are concentrations of
them. There are condo con-
versions that didn't go well, so that
means there's a condo complex that's
bad, but it's not relevant to the single-
family homeowner in Miami Shores."

Condos are a problem, no doubt, because
that market was driven to a large degree
by speculation. "That's still the $64,000
question," Hardin quips. "Who will be
the end-user in the condo market?" (Of
course, the joke, courtesy of the Daily

itn .11 is that "thanks to Lehman
Brothers, Morgan Stanley, AIG, Freddie
Mac, and Fannie Mae, the $64,000 ques-
tion is now worth $1,324.86.")
The predicament is a vast oversupply.
Heuson says it took about seven years
for the 1980s condo glut to be
absorbed. She figures it will take less
time to absorb today because economic
cycles move faster now. People are
looking for the market "to become
something other than vulture-condo
buys," says Heuson. "With the condo
boom, there were so many nearly iden-
tical units that they defied the usual
logic in real estate, that location [makes
a property] unique. People were trying
to sell condos as a commodity."
On the plus side, falling condo prices
will attract buyers at a certain point, just
as undervalued stocks attract investors.
"That will add some liquidity, which is
good, and pricing transparency as well,"
Heuson notes.
Hardin says many Miami condos are
a good investment long term because

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FlU's William Hardin: "I'm not trying to be all gloom and doom, but the
government can only do so much."

Bear Market
Continued from page 14

the infrastructure for urban infill is
there. Eventually people will come. But
in the short term, the savvy buyer has to
weigh whether it's better to invest in a
fire-sale unit at one of the big new
buildings, or pay a little more in an
established building.
"The risk in some of these large build-
ings is that they aren't all sold, or you
have a number of units in fore-
closure and they aren't paying
their assessments," he says. Heus
"So you may get a good deal the Bi
but you're buying into a man- 25 pe
agement problem. Some of norma
what we built is too large. I
think there's more of a market
for smaller buildings, say 8- to
10-story buildings, rather than 40- or 50-
story buildings."
He sees tough times for a mega project
like Midtown Miami because it's too big,
too isolated, and a little too far from the
Boulevard and Biscayne Bay to compete
in this market. That's why much of the

sales effort there has turned to the rental
market. "It's a great project," he says.
"The question is the scale of it. Can you
draw in literally thousands of people to
that area? In ten years, it will happen.
The question is what it will look like
between now and then."

In the commercial sector, Hardin says,
the good news is that there's plenty of
space for businesses to consider. "The

on believes homes prices along
scayne Corridor are still roughly
recent too high. based on a more
il appreciation rate of five to six
percent per year.

uncertainty in the Biscayne Boulevard
area is three new office buildings coming
on line in the next one and a half years,
downtown," he opines. "They were all
speculative. The good thing for Miami is

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we're building what would be considered
world-class space. The only question is
the price. You'll probably see musical
chairs with regard to tenants."
But why do we need huge, new, pre-
mium office buildings when Miami in
general is dominated by small business?
"I talked with some brokers and had
my students ask the question: 'Well, how
many of these businesses need 100,000
square feet of space?'" he answers.
"Their estimate was relatively low
because the typical user needs 5000 to
10,000 square feet of space. Then you
have a big user at 20,000 or 30,000. On
one hand, that's a problem. On the other,
it means that a lot of these smaller build-
ings work. You can disperse a lot of that
all over town, so people have the choice
to live and work relatively close. That
will be interesting downtown to see as
they lease these up, from where they pull
the tenants."

There's a bright side to this sector as

well namely, pent-up
demand, the result of so
many people having been
priced out of the market
during the boom. "There
are people on the sidelines
right now who would like
to buy," Hardin says.
"The question is: When
should I buy and what
should I pay? Everybody
wants a deal, and right
now there are still a lot of
people asking a lot of
So how much is too much? One good
way to figure that out is to determine
what comparable homes in your neigh-
borhood are actually selling for, not
what they're listing for. Several
Websites aggregate sales data. A good
one is trulia.com, which reveals, for
instance, that the average asking price in
downtown Miami is $528,274, but the
median sale price is $417,400. You can
check any part of town you want.
The Website ushousingmeltdown.org
offers a home-price evaluator based on
demographics such as income.

UM's Andrea Heuson: "Sales volumes went up last quarter,
but it was mostly foreclosures."

SAccording to these calcula-
'H tions, which compare hous-
ing prices in 1999 to those
Ki in 2005, prices in the area
bounded by Flagler Street
on the south and NE 20th
SStreet on the north, from N.
S Miami Avenue to the bay,
are overvalued by 86 per-
cent. From about 20th Street
north to 62nd
Street, however, home values
are only about six percent out "The
of whack based on income Attenti
levels in the area. From that "Tha
point north to 103rd Street, re
housing is 36 percent overval-
ued, though Biscayne Park is
actually 13 percent undervalued.
North Miami south of 145th Street is 42
percent overvalued, according to the
Website's formula.
Heuson believes homes prices along
the Biscayne Corridor are still roughly
25 percent too high, based on a more
normal appreciation rate of five to six

percent per year.
Hardin says he doesn't think prices will
"fall off the cliff anymore," but there are
still plenty of people who haven't yet
accepted the fact that their $700,000
house is only worth $400,000. The prob-
lem for some is that their loans are so
expensive, they can't afford to sell at the
lower price. That situation is tough
because, in most neighborhoods, the com-

beauty of America is we all have
on Deficit Disorder." Hardin jokes.
t's why we'll recover. We don't
.ally like to sit still for long."

petition includes short sales, foreclosures,
and sellers who bought low five to ten
years ago.
But Hardin and Heuson both say the
outlook is good for buyers. If you're

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looking to move, hopefully there's
enough equity in your current home to
leave you with a down payment. "If you
have a single-family home, you may
have to take a discount," Hardin says,
"but you can buy cheaper, too. It's just
trading equity."
"It's a lifestyle choice," he contin-
ues. "We're all better off if we block
out this idea that buying a house is an
investment. Housing is ultimately con-
sumption. The reason people make
money on their home is that they got a
30-year loan and paid it off and the
home value went up over time, so it's
their biggest asset. It was basically
forced savings. But now that we refi-
nance every three years, we think we
can consume our way to wealth? It's a
fantasy. In the big picture, if you like
that house, figure out if you can afford
it, buy it, and move on with your life."
Hardin recommends that sellers think
twice about putting their home on the
market right now. "I would say: Why do
you want to sell? Because this is a buyer's
market. It's a good location long term."

Heuson agrees. "I'd wait
until next summer to either
buy or sell," she advises.

The first sign of recovery,
Hardin and Heuson agree,
is when the volume of
sales picks up. "We get
volume by having prices in
line with what people's
expectations are," Hardin
explains. "So we're not
looking at a rebound in
prices yet. The first
rebound will be that we're
selling more houses."
If lenders and/or the
government refinance resi-
dential properties for lower
fixed-rate mortgages, that '
will help reduce foreclo- "We're all
sures and stabilize prices.
The condos will recover last, the profes-
sors say, while single-family homes in
neighborhoods close to the water and
those with tree canopy, walkable shop-
ping, and good schools will bounce back

better off if we block out this idea that buying a house in an investment."
better off if we block out this idea that buying a house in an investment."

"If the price gets low enough, the
investment demand will come back,"
Heuson states.
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is we all have Attention Deficit
Disorder," Hardin jokes. "So in six

months, we're going to say, 'I want to
be doing something.' That's why we'll
recover. We don't really like to sit still
for long."

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By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor
ou know that bit where you go
around the Thanksgiving table
and everyone proclaims what
they're most grateful for?
I've always hated that.
For one thing, I can never think of just
one thing. Frankly, I've got a lot to be
grateful for that my husband can still
tolerate me after all these years, that I
haven't turned my kids into emotional
wrecks yet, that I'm still getting work
despite the fact that nearly every editor I
know both regionally and nationwide has
taken a buyout or been let go.
For another, given my nature, I'm
always tempted to be sarcastic.
Obviously. I can't just say sappy (if true)
stuff like: "I'm grateful for a loving fam-
ily, a fabulous home in a great communi-
ty, and a thriving career." And if I did,
it's not only that I would immediately
spit up my Prozac. It's that my loving

ratitude Begins at Hom
It takes a village to lift our spirits


family would immediately suspect there
was something gravely wrong with me
and rush me to the nearest psych ward,
where my thriving career would be wres-
tled into a straightjacket.
In other words, they don't call me

Kavetchnik for nothing. I'm a glass-half-
empty kind of girl who likes to challenge
the status quo. As much as I do think the
Miami Shores community is terrific, if I
thought and wrote with rose-colored con-
tacts in, what would stimulate it to


change and grow where it needs to?
Still, for the sake of the upcoming
holiday season, I'm going to attempt to
corral my innate derision of sentimental-
ity and tell you what I'm grateful for
about living in Miami Shores. There's a
lot I love about this community, and so
many facets of it that make me feel
lucky to be a part of it. And just because
I can, and because I consider it my call-
ing, I'm also going to tell you what I'm
not grateful for.
For instance, no matter how many
times I tweak their noses about handing
out unnecessary parking tickets, I'm
grateful for the Miami Shores Police. I
love that they hang out, day after day,
stopping the speeders in our children's
school zone. I'm happy that they take
their "serve and protect" motto more
seriously than other departments in
Miami (I've had a patrol car pull up
within minutes after I broke down on

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busy Sixth Avenue with my kids in the
back seat, even though I hadn't called for
help. The officer immediately and single-
handedly pushed my car onto a side
street so we'd be safe, then waited with
me for a tow truck.)
And as a whole, the Miami Shores
police respond quickly and appropriately
to calls and complaints, and even go
beyond their role. One year when my
kids were still very young, I had decided
to walk to the Miami Shores Aquatic
Center, hoping the cranky toddler would
take a nap on the way. So I programmed
the house alarm and started out. Twenty
minutes later, the alarm was somehow
set off, probably by a cat batting at a fly
on a window screen. The police respond-
ed. A neighbor told one of them the
direction I was heading. Somehow he
tracked me down by her description
(crazy chick pushing double stroller
north on the Boulevard) and offered to
take me back home to see if anyone had
tried to break in. I declined, but his extra
effort did make me feel more comfort-
able about the whole thing.

In addition, I'm appreciative of the
Miami Shores Recreation Department,
which encompasses the community cen-
ter, field house, tennis center, tot lot, soc-
cer field, baseball field, and basketball
courts. Over the years, I've sent my kids
to karate classes, signed them up for bas-
ketball camp, and entrusted them to the
baseball coaches to name just a few.
I've also snatched quite a few paper-
backs off the public racks in the foyer
(which I'm about to give back in spades,
having just cleaned out about 600 histor-
ical romances and thrillers from my
house). There really is something for
everyone at this rec center, including
bookworm soccer moms.
I'm grateful for the three-block,
water-view expanse of Biscayne Bay at
the foot of NE 96th Street in Miami
Shores, where I also go to read when I
have a few minutes. Sometimes I hit that
stretch of sidewalk with my husband
after an evening's dinner or event that
ended early, when we know the kids
have yet to go to bed, but we've paid a
babysitter, so why not take advantage?
And sometimes I linger there alone, late
at night, when I've come back from

somewhere solo, when there's a stiff
breeze and I've got the roof down in the
convertible, and the music from my
Rush CD is loud enough to make me
feel like I'm back in high school. I am
also grateful that the people who live in
those houses facing the water have
never come after me with a baseball bat
for disturbing their peace.
Speaking of disturbing the peace, I am
grateful that the Miami Shores
Walgreen's now has a nighttime security
guard stationed inside. I'm not happy it
took an armed robbery to persuade the
powers that be that it was necessary, but
I'm still glad to see him. And he does
his job instead of lounging around with
his eyes on the ceiling. Standing just
inside the double automatic doors, he
greets everyone who walks in, makes
sure that you look him in the face and
acknowledge him. Perhaps he'll also
lessen the amount of harried mothers
who like to smack their whining off-
spring in the candy aisles. But even an
off-duty cop can't totally control human
nature, I guess.
And human nature being what it is,
I've gotten lazy like many of the Miami

Shores citizens who have pet compan-
ions. So while I'm not grateful at all for
the slump in the housing market, and the
recession that is hitting us all like an
irate mommy's hand on our collective
backside, I can't help but be happy that
the empty lot near my house hasn't been
purchased and built on yet. My dogs
really love to sniff around there and do
their business, and it's the one place I
don't have to glove my hand with a
Publix bag, perform my civic duty, and
make like I enjoy it.
A trivial gratitude? Sure. But it's what
I specialize in. And it's the kind that
keeps me counteracting them with trivial
ingratitudes, the kind I might be able to
fix, or complain about enough so that
someone else pays attention. In a town
where foreclosure looms quite literally
around the corer and don't think just
because someone lives in Miami Shores
that they're financially secure it's
time to focus on the little things that
make us happy, or distress us enough to
do something that's within our small,
home-style ability to fix.

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By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

downtown's Freedom Tower present-
ed by the University of Miami's
School of Architecture. It was entitled
"On the Waterfront: Miami's Seven-Mile
Promenade." The presentation panel was
made up of Mayor Manny Diaz (a no-
show), Miami Commissioners Joe
Sanchez and Marc Saroff, Mehmet
Bayraktar (head of the Flagstone Property
Group, developers of the Watson Island
mega-marina and hotel facility), professor
Jan Nijman (UM urban studies program,
Department of Geography), and professor
Don Olson (UM Rosenstiel School of
Marine and Atmospheric Science). The
panel was led by Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk,
who is dean of UM's School of
Architecture and lead consultant for the
massive Miami 21 zoning project.
I found the panel to be quite interesting.
I think it's safe to say that the (absent)

- A bunch of bright students envision what could be -
mayor and
Commissioner Sanchez
are development propo-
nents who have consis-
tently supported a "sky's 'n
the limit" approach to
building projects coming
before the commission. .
Mr. Bayraktar, the man
behind one of the largest .
and most complex proj-
ects ever to hit South
Florida, is obviously a
proponent of develop- B 1" "l
ment. Commissioner
Saoffis a fence-rider The concept behind "On the Waterfront:
Sarnoff is a fence-rider
when it comes to devel- Miami's Seven-Mile Promenade" was to bring
opment; sometimes it's new eyes to an old subject. The results were
tough to figure out if quite dramatic.
he's with us or agin' us,
as grandpa used to say. merit, but the fact is that no one in the
Then we have the two UM faculty real world pays much attention to aca-
members, who approach the subject from demics, except maybe at cocktail recep-
an academic perspective. Ultimately tions, when their wisdom is lightly dis-
their positions may be lofty and have cussed among those who believe (or

maybe not) their observations could
actually have a positive impact.
Our leader of the pack, Ms. Plater-
Zyberk, has shown through her leader-
ship on many Miami 21 issues that there
isn't a major traffic corridor in the city
that wouldn't benefit from tall buildings,
even if they're out of scale with their
residential neighbors, that would help to
block the harsh sunlight shining upon
homes, or deflect some of those dastard-
ly breezes that make opening a window
in the evening so pleasant during our
brief fall and winter seasons.
The concept behind "On the
Waterfront: Miami's Seven-Mile
Promenade" was to bring together the
entire School of Architecture, other UM
schools, local government agencies, and
community groups, and over the course of
a year, take all that energy and enthusiasm
and focus it on seven miles of Miami's
waterfront to bring new eyes to an old

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subject. The results were quite dramatic.
Of particular note was a proposed
"global-warming sculpture" depicting the
Florida peninsula protruding into the bay
at Margaret Pace Park. It would consist
of multiple pegs anchored at varied ele-
vations that would disappear as the tides
rise and fall, simulating the effects of ris-
ing oceans as the polar icecaps go bye-
bye. Another proposal envisioned a new
exhibition hall and Metromover station at
the mouth of the Miami River, and yet
another promoted the idea of reintroduc-
ing mangroves in an attempt to get back
to nature.
The general theme was to create a bay
walk stretching from Alice Wainwright
Park in the south (next to the
Rickenbacker Causeway) to Magnolia
Park in the north (next to the Julia Tuttle
Causeway). A walkway would also be
created along the Miami River from the
bay to 1-95. Now, before some of you
jump on the project as being too small in
scope, keep in mind that a journey of a
thousand miles begins with one step.
(Was it kung fu David Carradine or

Chairman Mao who said that? I digress.)
In truth, the scope of "On the
Waterfront" is pretty impressive when
you consider how many years it has taken
for politically impotent elected officials
and greedy individual land owners to piss
away just about every opportunity that
has come along to open up more space for
public land. Take a look at the land that
the DuPont Plaza once occupied. Our city
officials could have purchased that land
long before Ugo Colombo did and turned
it into a beautiful linear park at the mouth
of the river. Despite all the vision that
bums at Miami City Hall, they just didn't
think of that one.
Instead of public parkland, we have a
high-rise development, the Epic condo-
minium, that is supposed to produce taxes
that can be used to procure land for public
parks. Hmmm, let me read that again.
Here's another thing to keep in mind
as condo towers like the Epic begin to
fill up: Where will the residents play? I
guess maybe up the Boulevard in what
will be left of Bicentennial Park once we
build the museums. Of course, they
won't be able to literally play, because
that type of rowdy activity will be

restricted. But they can take the elevator
down from their apartment and then sit
on the grass. Well, maybe not actually on
the grass, but at least they'll be able to
stroll through the park during certain
hours when special events aren't taking
place and imagine how nice it would be
to have access to a park where you could
play a game of pick-up football or soc-
cer. You can't beat that!
But I digress. Back to the symposium.
Some panel members uttered notable
phrases that should be remembered in
the future. Commissioner Sanchez said,
"This is great for our city," and "Many
challenges lie ahead as we embark on a
city for all." (Not sure what he meant by
embarking on a "city for all.")
Commissioner Samoff waxed and
waned in notable fashion. "You need a
lawyer on the commission to remind
people what the Dan Paul amendment
means," he said. And also: "You have to
have the political will and administrative
desire to make things happen." And best:
"Not much [waterfront] left it must be
preserved and it must be built upon."
(Not quite sure how you preserve it and
build upon it at the same time.)

I was also intrigued by several remarks
made by professor Jan Nijman: "One has
to be cautious that this be more than cos-
metic and that it integrates into the core
of the city." Rhetorically he asked, "For
whom is this for? Not everyone will
have access." And this: "Keep in mind
that 60 percent or more of the people in
Miami are not permanent residents -
public space needs locals to survive."
Here is his best quote: "Never confuse a
shopping mall with public space." You
don't need a Ph.D. to understand that.
All joking aside, this is a very good
start. The exhibit of project drawings
continues through November 7 at the
Freedom Tower, and I encourage you to
go see what just might happen when
"political will and administrative desire"
are channeled in the right direction.

"One the Waterfront: Miami's Seven-
Mile Promenade" runs through
November 7, Tuesday-Saturday noon to
5:00p.m. on the second floor of the
Miami-Dade College Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Blvd. Call 305-284-3438.

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Sounds and scenes from the streets ofLiberty City -

By Kathy Glasgow
BT Contributor

Q uotes from my hood: "You're
just as worthless as you
always was. "
That's all she said, the woman I never
saw but heard at four o'clock in the
morning outside our bedroom window.
The beautiful thing was that, although
she no doubt had been smoking crack,
the woman spoke calmly and clearly,
with only the slightest hint of anger.

The house doesn't seem to ha
electricity for years. I peeked out
the vision of a dancing campfire il
abject darkness.

About what, no clue. I had been stirred
from sleep moments earlier by the
rustling and banging that the woman and
her worthless man, presumably our

neighbor, were making in the process of
building a fire in their back yard. The
house doesn't seem to have had electric-
ity for years. I peeked out and beheld
the vision of a dancing campfire illumi-
nating abject darkness. Soon the bitter
odor of burning urban stuff (not the
crisp smell of natural wood) began to
seep through our walls, and I went back
to sleep.
At around seven o'clock that same
morning I woke up again to shouting
voices. "Then you ass ih the fuck
outta here "
"I ain't take no
ve had threat, muhfucka- "
and beheld I couldn't tell what the
Illuminating conflict was about, but it
seemed our crackhead
neighbors were angry
with one of the dope
boys on the street. Then a woman drc'. c
up in a pickup truck, the boy hopped in
and the screamed insults continued fei .
minute before the truck drove off.

The birds resumed their songs under
the deepening blue of the glorious morn-
ing sky.
I was unnerved by the two combus-
tions, but later, when I mentioned them
to my husband (who had been at work
at the time), he shook his head.
Another neighbor had told him that the
7:00 a.m. disturbance had started
because the crackhead couple had been
attempting to tap into the electric
meter at the house to their east, which
brought protests from those residents.
Busy morning.
"Hell is hot, don't you see. Hell is
heaven to me."
A diminutive middle-age woman
was pacing the median on NW 79th
Street at 27th Avenue, singing happily
- singing to convince herself she was
happy, or happily singing because she
was high or crazy. Maybe she was
really happy, but as I watched her, I

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doubted that. She wore a crumpled
white T-shirt and dark rumpled pants,
and her frizzy graying hair seemed to
steam and sizzle under the unmitigated
sun. Her hands were full of what
looked like flyers, but she wasn't pass-
ing them out or making eye contact
with any of us drivers. Breathing rap-
idly through her mouth, she was
preaching to herself more than us, loud
enough to hear as I sat in blessed air
conditioning behind tinted windows.
"Hell is hot, hot, hot. Heaven is wait-
ing for me."
"I don't care anymore. I don't care
That repeated entreaty drew my atten-
tion outside to what I had first thought
was just another pitched argument. A ter-
rible thing to hear from such a young
man he couldn't have been more than
14, pounding at the front door and win-
dows of a house across the street and
broadcasting his anguish up and down
the block.
"Hand me the key! Hand me the key!"
I think it was late on a Saturday

afternoon. Everything had been quiet
until the yelling started. The boy was
wearing a bright emerald-green and
orange-striped polo shirt over the usual
baggy jean shorts, and his almost-adult
angel face was undone by fear. He
called out a woman's or girl's name, I
don't remember now, but he wasn't
explaining anything, least of all why he
didn't care anymore. And he never just
said, "I don't care." He always added
the "anymore." It must
have been that whoever
was then inside the Maybe son
house had locked him to him, but
out of her or their lives, i
ing, nearly
or that he desperately
feared they would. The
pounding and pleading
kept on for many min-
utes after he should have given up.
"I don't care anymore! Hear me, I
don't care anymore!"
Maybe someone inside the house
spoke back to him, but I never heard
anything but the wailing, nearly sobbing.
Finally the boy turned around, slowly
sauntered back to the street, and headed
west. I can't guess what it took for him

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to put the hard mask back over his face.
"He that giveth unto the poor shall not
lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall
have many a curse."
That is Proverbs 28:27. I didn't really
hear it on the streets of Liberty City, but
it did come into my mind a year ago as I
sat in my car waiting for the light to
change on the inescapable NW 79th
Street at 17th Avenue.
Because you know how, if you have to

leone inside the house spoke back
I never heard anything but the wail-
sobbing. Finally the boy sauntered
back to the street.

pass by or be approached by homeless
people or beggars, you can't look
straight at them? This man was sort of
lurching, moving in short spurts from the
sidewalk to the street and in the direction
of my driver's-side window. The man's
dark face was lined like the palm of a
hand, especially around his eyes, which I
knew I shouldn't have caught. Black,

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round, lusterless eyes with almost no
whites. Everything about him said seri-
ous mental illness the sheen of dirt,
the ragged clothes, the twitching head,
the mumbling to himself.
So he makes his way in front of the
car around to my window, which hap-
pens to be down, and I'm not going to
roll it up in his face even if he is going
to ask me for money. In fact, I am root-
ing around for the dollar bill I had seen
in a pocket of my purse.
But he's not looking at me or even
my side of the street. He has begun
talking more emphatically to himself,
and I can hear it's in Spanish. He walks
up right to the window, still not looking
in. He has been arguing with himself.
All of a sudden he takes a breath and
looks down 79th Street as if at a vast
audience. In Spanish, with the subtle
timing and tilt of the head that would
do justice to any standup comedian, he
declares, "They tell me to retire. Retire
from what?"
Another beat, and he lurches back to
the sidewalk as the light changes.

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Vulture Busters!

Relentless attacks by vomit-hurling, winged vandals spurs creative thinking

By Rob Jordan
Special to BT

hink you have unruly neighbors?
Imagine sharing space with a
rowdy bunch that eats garbage,
newborns, and just about anything fresh-
ly dead. They regularly defecate on
themselves and they projectile vomit.
Their family name means, roughly,
black-clothed tearer. They have no
qualms about loitering and vandalizing.
They won't listen to reason, so don't
That's the situation at the Pelican
Harbor Marina on the 79th Street
American black vultures, a common
site in South Florida and notable for their
dark, leathery, wart-infested heads, hang
out in packs that sometimes number in
the hundreds. At Pelican Harbor a large
and stubborn flock has commandeered a
nearby communications tower. They like
to loiter around the parking lot serving
the Biscayne Aquatic Preserve, and they
get into a fair amount of mischief.
Perhaps most annoying is their hunger
for the rubber lining of automobile

windshields. If left to
their own devices,
they'll swarm over
parked cars and tear at
the rubber with their
incisor-like beaks
until they've caused
major damage.
Years ago the vul-
tures' taste for a
chemical in vulcan-
ized rubber led them
to pull windshield
wipers out of their
holders and weather .
stripping out of door
frames. Wendy Fox, Vulture-B-Goni
director of the nearby effective on ca
Pelican Harbor
Seabird Station, remembers it as "the
dreadful winter." It got so bad, Fox says,
"I was having nightmares."
The birds eventually lost interest in
windshield wipers, but continued to pick
at rubber windshield linings.
Then one day the folks at the
Biscayne Aquatic Preserve came up with
an ingenious idea. Drawing inspiration
from their nautical knowledge, they saw

e: It's called a Gullsweep, and it's
rs as well as boats.

the similarities between cars in a park-
ing lot and boats in a marina. Voila!
They installed on their cars a contraption
marketed to boaters desperate to rid their
crafts of seabirds and their droppings. Now
most cars in the preserve office's parking
lot sport a gizmo called the Gullsweep, a
lightweight rod about five feet across,
mounted on a cushioned base. It catches
even the slightest breeze using elevated

wingtips, and rotates in a way that gulls
and vultures apparently find offensive.
The Gullsweep sells for about $40
online and in marine-supply stores. The
New Jersey company that makes it goes
by the same name. On its Website,
Gullsweep claims multiple uses for its
anti-avian invention, including on golf
courses, billboard signs, and on porches,
in gardens, and around pool areas.
Vultures aren't mentioned, but Fox
swears they're terrific as vulture-busters.
Despite her support of the Gullsweep's
deployment, Fox insists the creatures get
a bad rap. "Vultures are fabulous urban
scavengers," she says. "They keep the
place clean." She even ventures that her
much-maligned winged neighbors are
"gregarious" in their social habits and
"cicur" in their playful shoulder-bumping.
On the flip side, Fox admits, vultures
can get grossly ornery, projectile-vomit-
ing regurgitated carrion at anyone per-
ceived as a threat. "And they're pretty
accurate," she says with a laugh. Note
to feline fanciers: They also swarm
areas where people feed cat colonies.

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Many People, Many Faces, One Very Big Art Project

Louis Dalmau wants to take your picture and hang it on the Boulevard

By Victor Barrenechea
BT Contributor

ou may not have heard of Louis
Dalmau, but pretty soon you
won't be able to miss him. His
work will be displayed on street lamps
all along Biscayne Boulevard in what
promises to be the largest art installation
the Boulevard has ever seen.
Miami's Expose is the name of this
large-scale project, which will stretch
over 27 blocks, extending from 50th to
77th streets, along the MiMo Biscayne
Historic District. Hanging from light
posts throughout the area will be canvas-
es, eight feet by three feet in size, each
canvas a portrait, and each portrait com-
posed of fragments of eight people's sep-
arate facial expressions photographed,
cut up, and reassembled through
Photoshop to form the face of one single
individual. Each digital rendering aims

Artist Louis Dalmau and a volunteer whose face he'll manipulate.

to celebrate the cultural diversity of our
city. "I love the idea of doing some-
thing that would shed a positive light

on Miami," says Dalmau. "As a portrait
of Miami, I would hope that it would
tell a story about the different people of

different communities and different eth-
nic groups all throughout the city."
Dalmau hopes to photograph nearly
2000 faces in order to have enough
material for the proposed 216 canvases
that are to be displayed. If he raises the
$150,000 he needs from sponsors, the
project should be completed just in time
for 2009's Art Basel Miami Beach.
On October 4, Dalmau extended an
open invitation to anyone 18 years of age
or older to participate in the work by
dropping in at his Upper Eastside studio
and having their portraits shot. Close to
300 people showed up that rainy after-
noon, and these volunteers, including
city Commissioner Joe Sanchez and
county Commissioner Audrey
Edmonson, will appear in Dalmau's pre-
view of the larger project a sampling
of canvasses that will be on display this
coming December 1-7, between 69th
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A Restaurant Comes To Wynwood

It's in the
By Erik Bojnansky
Special to BT

he recently created "Wynwood
Caf6 District" is about to get its
first caf6. Approved by the Miami
City Commission in late July, the special
district, encompassing roughly 14 square
blocks, is designed to give the area an
economic boost by waiving most restric-
tions on restaurants, bars, and nightclubs
that sell alcoholic beverages.
Commissioners decided to allow 25
liquor licenses to operate within the dis-
trict, and those businesses serving the
beer, wine, and cocktails can also be
bunched up as close together as they
want. (Normally they can't be within
1500 feet of each other.) The idea is to
encourage a critical mass of dining and
entertainment establishments that will
attract crowds of consumers. Later this
month, the first of those establishments
will open its doors, and arriving cus-
tomers will be greeted by none other
than Joey Goldman.
Goldman is the 36-year-old son and
business partner of Tony Goldman,
whose development company owns
some two dozen properties in the special

new "cafq district" and- no surprise it owned


by Joey Goldman
t :, finest quality. There will be mosaic tiles
S.- and white marble tables."
i To complement the salads, pastas, and
SJp pizzas, Joey's will offer premium beers
I and a variety of Italian wines he has per-


Brain trust at the restaurant: Chef Ivo

Joey and Thea Goldman.

district. Father and son, in fact, con-
ceived the very idea of a Wynwood Caf6
District and successfully guided it
through the city bureaucracy. So it's fit-
ting that the neighborhood is about to
welcome Joey's, a sleek new Italian
restaurant at 2506 NW 2nd Ave., owned
by the namesake younger Goldman and
his wife Thea.
With 75 seats 40 inside and 35 on

Mazzon, GM Simone Cattaneo,

an outdoor terrace Joey's will serve
affordable northern Italian cuisine at
lunch and dinner, six days a week.
Running the show will be general man-
ager Simone Cattaneo and chef Ivo
Mazzon, both natives of Italy. "It is a big
deal opening a restaurant, getting it run-
ning," says Goldman, who has done just
that eight times over the past 15 years. "I
want to make sure the finishes are the

sonally selected. Serving beer and wine,
of course, requires a license, which
Goldman already has. It's the kind of
license that allows him to sell beer and
wine only, not hard liquor. "At the
moment it's just a beer-and-wine
license," Goldman says, adding that he's
not sure whether he'll want a full-liquor
license in the future. "Maybe yes and
maybe no, I don't know," he says. "Right
now it's not important."
The most important thing on
Goldman's mind today is getting the
restaurant up and running in time for the
Art Basel extravaganza that kicks off the
first week in December. Thousands of
art-lovers from around the world will be
wandering through Wynwood, and
Goldman is determined to be ready for
them, even if he can't sell them a mojito.
"Everything is going to be good," he
says. "That is the bigger picture."
Licenses to serve alcohol, and how

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Down with the Digital Divide

SA Boulevard nonprofit closes the gap, one mouse-click at a time -

By John Hood
Special to BT
Biscayne Boulevard's Hope
Church of the Nazarene might
not be the first place you'd think
of when it comes to graduation cere-
monies, but that's only because you
weren't on hand to see how the facility
hosted the recent graduating class from
Youth Expressions's Technology
Exploration Center (YE-TEC).
Banners and streamers draped the
room, cakes and cookies covered the
tables, and a cadre of "Top Chef'-caliber
grandmothers served potluck Creole cui-
sine to graduates and their guests, all of
whom came decked out in their Sunday
best. There was good reason for the fes-
tivities. The grads had just completed
computer courses in Microsoft Office,
Adobe Photoshop, and PC repair.

Cedric Gilomme,
a 22-year-old
Haitian American,
was on hand to
receive his sixth
Gilomme started
hanging out at the
center's original
79th Street head-
quarters during
high school, basi-
cally to take advan- Diego Barrera an
tage of the free
Intemet access YE-TEC provides for the
community. Ironically, the more he hung
out online, the more he became interested
in what was happening around him at the
center, and before long he was enrolled in
the first of several courses he would even-
tually complete.


d the gainfully employed Cedric Gilomme.

With certificates in hand, he hit the job
market and now is employed full-time as
a data-entry clerk at the Collins Center
for Public Policy. "If it wasn't for Diego
and YE-TEC, I wouldn't have a job,"
says Gilomme, referring to program
director Diego Barrera.

It's the kind of story that forms the
very foundation of YE-TEC, which
began as a nameless set of programs
housed within the Center for Haitian
Studies and is now a stand-alone off-
shoot of the eight-year-old, Little Haiti-
based Youth Expressions, an organiza-
tion that provides both a forum and a
refuge for neighborhood residents.
After Barrera lost his funding at the
center, Youth Expressions executive
director Mike Rosenfeld agreed to pro-
vide space within YE's 79th Street
offices. Once Diego and his staff of vol-
unteers settled in, however, Barrera and
Rosenfeld quickly realized there simply
were too many students to accommodate
amid the arts, wellness, and fitness pro-
grams already offered at the facility.

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to be a mere weekend visit, he came to Sinuh6 Vega, owner of UVA 69, the pop- Dalmau had presented the idea to the
Continued from page 1 Miami on holiday and became so enam- ular restaurant located at 69th Street. "I association's board of directors, who also
Street and 73rd Street. ored of the place that he never returned ran into Sinuh6 just out of sheer coinci- loved it and gave the project its official
This will be the largest project to date to New York. dence," remembers Dalmau. He endorsement.
for the 54-year-old artist. Born in The idea for Miami's Expose had been explained his vision to Vega, who hap- "It's really a community effort," remarks
Havana, Cuba, Dalmau moved to this in Dalmau's head for quite some time. pens to be a member of the MiMo Dalmau. "It's my vision of what Miami is,
country when he was just six months Earlier this spring, as he walked down Biscayne Association, which protects but it's really a portrait of the city."
old, and grew up in New York City. the Boulevard, trying to formulate the and promotes the historic district. Vega
Thirty years ago, in what was supposed logistics of his vision, he bumped into loved the idea, and by April he and Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

Vulture Busters communicate with grunts and low hisses. The Pelican Harbor Seabird Station has Understandably, she is looking to expand
.....................................................They display a unique charm by often been working with injured birds, includ- the cramped, single-story building and
Continued from page 26 defecating on their legs, cooling them- ing the occasional vulture, for 28 years. outdoor holding pens. The $1.5 million
"They love cat food," Fox notes. selves with the evaporation of water in A nonprofit organization dedicated to the plan calls for exhibit space, a surgery
The black vulture's range extends their feces. rehabilitation of wildlife, environmental lab, a water-therapy area, and a new hire
from the southeastern U.S. down through In Miami, habitat loss has driven these education, and research, the station to man a "wildlife conflict hotline."
South America. It uses its keen eyesight peculiar birds to peculiar places. Without works mostly with brown pelicans, but Fox is looking for contributions, and
to find food, usually of the rotting kind. many high trees in which to roost, vul- also birds such as herons, gannets, and hopes Miamians will step up, no matter
Sometimes, however, flocks will swarm tures turn to downtown high-rise build- boobies. Every year there are more. how they might feel about vultures.
newborn animals such as calves, shock- ings and spots such as the Pelican When the seabird station started, about Contact her at www.pelicanharbor.biz-
ing the animals by pecking at their face Harbor communications tower. 250 birds would come through its doors land.com or call 305-751-9840.
and then killing them. Lacking fully For Fox the American black vulture is in an average year. Now that number is
developed vocal chords, black vultures just another creature pushed to the edge. closer to 2500, Fox says. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

Wynwood Goldman has not applied for a Class 2 enough that it appears Goldman, or any- August BT, has hired Pepe Calderin, who
i p2............d fom pa 27....................... permit and only has a simple beer and one else, can open a restaurant offering created the ornate interior at the nightclub
wine license, which is available from the beer and wine, and further reduce the Karu and Y, to design Cafeina. She plans
they'll be used in the Wynwood Caf6 state for just $392 per year. This means number of liquor licenses available at to have an outdoor sculpture garden and
District, are also part of the bigger pic- that his new restaurant will not enjoy the "alcoholic beverage establishments," as to showcase the work of local artists
ture, and that picture is anything but caf6 district's relaxed rules. For example, the ordinance puts it. inside. Which artists? She doesn't know
clear. Business owners who want to set he will not be able to pour a glass of Soon there may be two businesses in yet. "We are in the process right now of
up shop in the district and take advan- wine for a customer unless that customer the Wynwood Caf6 District serving alco- figuring it out," she says. Naranjo is aim-
tage of the relaxed restrictions on alco- has also ordered food. Even then, the hol, leaving 23 licenses still available. On ing for a March or April opening.
holic beverages must apply to the city wine cannot be served until the food is October 24, Ivette Naranjo was the first Ken Bercel, owner of the Lost and
for a special license known as a Class 2 placed on the table. No sipping on that person in the new district to receive a Found Saloon at 185 NW 36th St., is
permit. The applicant must provide many cool Pinot Grigio while the pasta is Class 2 permit from the city. She'll use it envious ofNaranjo's opportunity. His
details about the proposed business and being prepared. to convert her 3000-square-foot ware- popular and well-regarded restaurant is
how it will operate. If approved by the Despite the fact that Goldman didn't house and 2500-square-foot outdoor area located in Wynwood, but outside the caf6
planning department, the business owner secure a Class 2 permit and will have to at 297 NW 23rd St. into a lounge and art district's boundaries. As a result, he runs
can then start pouring drinks provided play by much tougher rules, his beer- gallery to be called Cafeina. Naranjo now the risk having his business closed, or
he or she already has a liquor license. If and-wine license still counts as one of needs to purchase the full-liquor license being arrested, if a customer is given a
not, full-liquor licenses are available on the 25 permitted inside the boundaries of that will allow her to offer the martinis beer without food being present. (His
the open market, but they are pricey, as the special district. That situation may or and mojitos that Joey Goldman can't sell. predicament was chronicled by the BT in
much as $100,000. (The State of Florida may not have been anticipated by city Naranjo, who says she wasn't even "Beer Bust," December 2007.) "I'd like
issues the licenses to approved individu- officials, but the language of the ordi- aware her property was included in the
als, not the city.) nance creating the district is ambiguous caf6 district until she read about it in the Continued on page 29




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Continued from page 28
have my restrictions eased," he says. "I'd
like to be able to serve a bottle of wine or
beer without [having to serve a meal]."
Bercel thinks it's unfair that soon-to-
open bars and restaurants nearby will be
able to obtain liquor licenses and operate
in ways he can't. "Basically this was a
lobbyist-driven ordinance," he complains.
"The Goldmans will make out like ban-
dits." He'd like to plead his case for a
variance that would let him be more
competitive, but he can't even do that.
Miami attorney Lou Terminello
explains: "The City of Miami does not
have a procedure on the books to waive
distance requirements. You can't even go
to a zoning board for a variance. We had
a case in downtown where the police
arrested the owner they actually put
her in jail because a patron was drink-
ing a beer while the owner was in back
cooking the dinner [the customer
ordered]. You can't even have a glass of
wine while waiting for your meal. It is
absolutely ridiculous."
Terminello, a specialist in liquor
licenses and the municipal laws that

govern them, says Miami officials have
recently become more receptive to the
idea of reforming the city's restaurant
regulations. "The city has been enlight-
ened on the issue," he asserts.
Historically, however, Miami has opted
to create special entertainment districts
rather than overhaul its existing restau-
rant and alcohol regulations.
"The Wynwood Caf6 District is the
last in a series of entertainment districts
created in the City of Miami that deal
with some of these rules that inhibit
alcohol uses and entertainment uses,"
Terminello says. "They've created a
number of entertainment districts, the
first ones in 2000. The distance limita-
tions are waived. You can have more
restaurants, bars, and lounges in a con-
centrated area." Terminello adds that
many restaurant and lounge operators are
now expressing interest in Wynwood.
That may not help the Lost & Found
Saloon, but as owner Bercel notes, it's
good for the Goldmans.
Tony Goldman, Joey's father, has been
remaking urban centers along the East
Coast for three decades. He's been cred-
ited with revitalizing SoHo in Manhattan

in the 1970s, South Beach in the 1980s,
and Center City in Philadelphia in the
1990s. Along the way he gained a repu-
tation for upgrading neighborhoods with-
out compromising their character.
Around five years ago, Tony and Joey
Goldman were back in South Florida
looking around for new opportunities
when they discovered Wynwood. "We
saw a sign on a property for sale," Joey
Goldman recalls. "We thought it would
be a great warehouse building, and then
we bought another and then another and
then another." Before they knew it, they
had spent "millions of dollars" and pur-
chased about 100 properties in
Wynwood. "We are pioneers," he says.
"We are not afraid of challenges. We
know things take time and you have to
have a long-term approach."
More than 20 of their parcels lie with-
in the boundaries of the Wynwood Caf6
District, among them 2506 NW 2nd
Ave., which Goldman Properties bought
for $3.9 million in February 2007. At the
time Alba's Cafe was located there, serv-
ing inexpensive Cuban and Honduran
lunches and dinners. It closed this past
January, the last restaurant to operate in

the current Wynwood Caf6 District.
Alba's former space is the future home
of Joey's, the first of four restaurants
Joey Goldman wants to open in the dis-
trict. Sometime next year he hopes to
open a French-Vietnamese restaurant
nearby at 2550 NW 2nd Ave. He won't
reveal the proposed name, but does say
he expects to obtain a full-liquor license
for it. "The goal is to try and create a
pedestrian destination," Joey Goldman
says. "Miami is in great need of places
where people can walk. It's still a blight-
ed neighborhood and the only way to
change it from a blighted area to a not-
blighted area is to turn the light on by
having people and activity."
Among those who are rooting for the
Goldmans is David Lombardi, a fellow
Wynwood developer and property owner,
who believes the area is on the "cusp of
an explosion." Goldman's new restau-
rant, he predicts, could well be the spark
that creates ignition. "Amen! I can't wait
until Joey's opens. We need it,"
Lombardi says, adding with a smile,
"and the food better be good, too."

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Then, with a grant from Kimberly
Green and the Green Family
Foundation, who'd long been involved
with YE and were eager to see the
organization expand its capacity to
train adults in job skills, Diego and his
band of volunteers packed up and
moved over to a new location at 8345
Biscayne Blvd., where YE-TEC was
officially born.
Now, after two years, YE-TEC boasts
close to 300 graduates. And while not
every grad may have gone on to find


gainful employment as a direct result of
the coursework, it's certain that every-
one who's completed even one course
has left with a newfound sense of pride
and accomplishment.
"These are good people," says Diego
Barrera, "and they want to better them-
selves. All we do is open the doors and
give them the chance."
Still, Barrera would like to see the
organization do more. Currently the
Green Family Foundation is YE-TEC's
sole provider, which means things as
basic as ink and toner, not to mention
updated software, all come from a single
source. And though the local nonprofit

e-Equality, which aims to bridge the dig-
ital divide in Miami-Dade County, did
provide the majority of YE-TEC's 44
computers, the machines were already
dated back in 2003, when they were
originally donated.
According to Barrera, plans are afoot
to add advanced classes in FrontPage,
Dreamweaver, Adobe Premier, and
Network Plus, which will greatly
enhance the employability of the gradu-
ates. Also in the works is a full curricu-
lum in Creole, an extremely important
addition, considering that 90 percent of
YE-TEC's students are first-generation
Haitian Americans. To that end, they've

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AmeriCorps Vista member whose pri-
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the grants that will enable YE-TEC to
achieve Barrera's goals.
Till then, though, Barrera and his volun-
teers will continue to instruct, advise, and
encourage their students, age-old comput-
ers or not. In other words, they intend not
only to bridge the digital divide, but to
obliterate it no matter what.

To contact YE-TEC and Diego Barrera,
call 305-758-3138.

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Continued from page 6
are her credentials in these areas? Her
opinions do not reflect the realities or
spirit of what the Miami Shores Country
Club provides its members and guests.
Listed below are facts that counter the
fiction that appeared in the article:
1."...Its pitfalls [include] a lack of out-
reach and a social-member register where
the median age is about 82." It is a tribute
to the club's operators, Professional
Course Management, that many of the
"dying" members have belonged to the
club for 40 to 50 years. That means they
joined when they were in their 20s or 30s.
How many businesses can claim to have
repeat clients for that length of time?
2. "...When you look closer even
just at the carpet you get the feeling
the income is really not enough." And
this: "Miami Shores Country Club is a
ghost property in the making." The
club's carpet was installed about two
years ago. Johnny LaPonzina's
Professional Course Management spends
hundreds of thousands on maintenance
of the grounds and buildings. The village
receives a revenue stream for every

round of golf played and every member-
ship that is sold.
3. "Every Friday night is the same:
They dress as if for a wedding or bar
mitzvah, greet each other effusively at
happy hour while snacking on cheese
cubes that have seen better methods of
refrigeration." Friday nights are band
nights at the club. You need to make a
reservation just to get in. Many sophisti-
cated citizens enjoy dressing up for a nice
dinner and live musical entertainment.
What is wrong with that? The buffets and
dinners have fresh vegetables and high-
quality, prime cuts of meat. There are
much better hors d'oeuvres served than
cheese cubes. The prices make these
events some of the best deals in town.
4. For the past 18 years, Alberto Pozzi,
the club's manager, has trained his staff
to provide every member with fine serv-
ice, good food, and immaculately kept
golf and tennis facilities. That is why
individuals of every race, religion, age,
and color feel welcome there.
5. "Miami Shores Country Club is the
only fully stocked bar and true liquor
license in town." This comment is true.
6. When you walk into the bar/restau-
rant, you smell "a pervasive undercurrent

of must, mildew, and assorted adult dia-
pers." The only thing that smells is the
foul odor of that comment.
7. "In the time I've lived here, I've
never received any kind of mailer or
invitation from the Miami Shores
Country Club." In the very same issue of
Biscayne Times that carried Ms.
Karetnick's article, there appeared on
page 10 a quarter-page advertisement for
the club and its events. It has tennis and
golf programs that are open to all Miami
Shores residents. The head tennis profes-
sional is Howard Orlin, one of the best
instructors and coaches in Florida. The
golf staff is composed of five PGA-certi-
fled professionals. Any Miami Shores
resident may use the driving range and
the golf course. On it, a player can hit
off the beautifully manicured grass, or
practice getting out of a bunker. The
facility has a putting green and
pitch/chipping areas.
8. "I was shocked by the death rattle
you can almost hear in these rooms. And
no, it's not coming from the current clien-
tele, though they will die off eventually,
and from the looks of some of them,
sooner rather than later." This insensitive
comment is totally inappropriate at so

many levels. The golf group I play with
has about 30 players. Half are under age
70, the rest over. The organizer is over 80.
This club provides an environment where
middle-age members can compete with
their elders. It is an honor and an inspira-
tion for me to play with these (more expe-
rienced) men and women. There are many
lessons about golf and life to be
learned from them if you are willing.
This club is the central jewel in Miami
Shores' crown of facilities. It attracts
regular visitors and homeowners from
Canada and the northern states of our
nation. It has had a positive impact on the
lives of residents, who have wonderful
memories of birthdays, anniversary din-
ners, parties, and yes, Friday-night dinner
dances. By providing this social/recre-
ational center, the town has enhanced the
real estate values of every home in it.
Just take a look at any recently built,
upscale community. They all try to emu-
late the accommodations that Shores resi-
dents have enjoyed for years. The best
part is that this facility provides the town
with a revenue stream. It's a win-win sit-
uation for every property owner.

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My wife and I have been golf members
of the Miami Shores Country Club for the
past seven years. Throughout this period,
I have been at the club almost every day
to practice golf or play tennis. My wife is
a gourmet cook. We eat at some of the
best restaurants in the area and know
many chefs on a first-name basis. I am on
the board of Temple Emanu-El in Miami
Beach. I have been on several golf over-
sight committees for that city. During my
career as a builder and land developer, we
remodeled several of the most prestigious
golf clubs in the Northeast. And I am
under 70 years of age.
I believe these credentials qualify me
to know what is really happening at the
Miami Shores Country Club.
Christopher Growald
Miami Beach

Hail the King
Regarding Jack King's column "The
Three Amigos vs. the Dynamic Duo"
(October 2008), congratulations. It was
excellent. We need more articles like this
to wake up people!
Sergio A. Rivera

Flail the King
Regarding Jack King's "The Three
Amigos vs. the Dynamic Duo," I stopped
reading that silly article after this sen-
tence: "Representatives Debbie
Wasserman Schultz and Kendrick
Meek...are highly regarded by their con-
stituents for their good work." Those two
are among the most corrupt members of
the Democratic Party's "Gang of 66."
It is a group that exchanges the hard cash of
anti-Cuba PACs headquartered in Miami for
their votes in the House of Representatives.
They are the big helpers of Miami-Dade's
three fascist U.S. representatives.
Jorge R. Gonzalez
Central Florida

Even the Living Can Rest
I enjoyed reading Jim W. Harper's
"Park Patrol" column about the Miami
City Cemetery ("Dying to Get In,"
October 2008). I have family buried in
the cemetery. My father's mother and her
infant son are buried there. There is a lit-
tle lamb on his tombstone. The family
name is Matchett.
In the late 1980s, my daughter put
together a presentation on the cemetery

for a social studies fair at Miami Shores
Elementary School. She won the sec-
ond-place blue ribbon! My dad, who
passed away in 2004, went with us to
the cemetery, where we helped my
daughter take pictures of several historic
tombstones for her project. It was a
beautiful sunny day and brought back
some fond memories.
It is a lovely, peaceful place that pro-
vides a unique respite within a very hec-
tic city. I have not stopped there in years
but plan to visit again soon. Thank you.
Patti Matchett Mundy
Miami \I,..L .

Editor's note: Owing to an editing error,
a photo caption accompanying "Dying to
Get In" incorrectly stated that the City of
Miami purchased the property for the
cemetery from Julia Tuttle. The initial
ten acres was bought from Mary Brickell
at a cost of $750.

Mash Note
I have just read the September issue of
Biscayne Times and wanted to say how
much I enjoy the paper. The articles are

very interesting and well written. I feel
like I live in the area, although in fact I
live clear across the country.
Wendy Doscher-Smith's article about
Miami having no monopoly on weird-
ness made me chuckle. I hope she con-
tinues to contribute even if she now
lives in the land of frostbite and
steamy summers.
Terence Cantarella's cover story about
Vagabond Motel owner Eric Silverman
("Big Man on the Boulevard") is an
example of what I hope to read in future
issues. People that are the heart and soul
of the Biscayne Corridor.
Also best wishes on your new Website.
Oh, and by the way, can you tell us
where and how we can gain access to
cam sites atop buildings? I would love to
view the Miami landscape once again.
Pat Burke
San Diego

Editor's note: For a list of links
to Miami Webcams, visit
Ittp. inimhli.aboutt.coif/cs/tourism/a/aaO

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Village Hall (Log Cabin) 640 NE 114th St. ...............................305-899-8000
Mayor: John R. Hornbuckle....................................................305-899-8000
Commissioner: Bob Anderson............................................305-899-8000
Commissioner: Kelly C. Mallette ............................................ 305-899-8000
Commissioner: Dr. Chester H. "Doc" Morris............................305-899-8000
Commissioner: Steve Bernard ....................................... ...305-899-8000
Administrative Assistant: Lea Galo................................ ...305-899-8000
Attorney: John Hearn.............................. .................................305-899-8000
Building Permits Manager: Arlenis Alicea................................305-899-8000
Building/Zoning Official: Salvatore Annese.................................786-306-9510
C lerk: A nn Harper............................. .......................................305-899-8000
Manager: Frank Spence.....................................................305-899-8000
Code Enforcement Officer: Sira Ramos...................................305-899-8000
Police Chief: Mitch Glansberg............................................305-893-7490
Police M ain Office: ..................................................... ............305-893-7490
Police Non-Emergency Dispatch:.......................................305-595-6263
Public Works Director: Bernard Pratt........................................ 305 893 4346
Recreation Director: Elisa Tankersley.................................305-893-3711

Village Hall 500 NE 87th St. ...............................................305-795-7880
Mayor: Mariette SanitVil ........................................................305-795-7880
Vice Mayor: Joyce Davis....................................................305-795-7880
Councilman: Ruben Jean ...................................................305-795-7880
Councilman: Harold E. Mathis, Jr............................................305-795-7880
Councilwoman: Linda Marcus ............................................305-795-7880
Building Official: Raul Rodriguez........................................305-795-7880
Clerk: Albertha Patterson......................................................3057957880
Code Enforcement Officer................................. ........305-795-7880
Manager: Jason Walker..........................................................305-795-7880
Police Chief: Eugene Morales............................................305-795-7880
Enforcement Officer: Roy D. Willis ..........................................305-795-7880

City Hall 3500 Pan American Dr.
One-Stop Call Center: 311
Mayor: Manuel A. Diaz ................................................................305-250-5300
District 1 Commissioner: Angel Gonzalez................................305-250-5430
District 2 Commissioner: Marc Sarnoff.....................................305-250-5333
District 3 Commissioner: Joe M. Sanchez ...............................305-250-5380
District 4 Commissioner: Tomas P. Regalado ..........................305-250-5420
District 5 Commissioner: Michelle Spence-Jones ......................305-250-5390
Independent Auditor General: Victor I. Igwe............................305-416-2044
Capital Improvement Director: Ola O. Aluko ............................305-416-1225
... ..........................................................................oaluko@ m iam igov.com .
City Attorney: Julie O. Bru ........................................................305-416-1816
Community Redevelopment Agency
Executive Director: James Villacorta....................................... 305-679-6823
Communications Director: Kelly Penton...................................305-416-1440
Building Department Director: Hector Lima..............................305-416-1102
City Clerk: Priscilla A. Thompson ........................................... 305-250-5360
City Clerk Assistant: Pamela E. Burns.....................................305-250-5367
Civilian Investigative Panel Executive Director:
Shirley Richardson ..................................................................305-579-2444
Code Enforcement Director:
Mariano Loret de Mola ..................................... 305-416-2039
Code Enforcement Chief: Sergio Guadix.................................305-416-2089
Community Development Director: George Mensah................305-416-1978
Community Relations Office Coordinator:
A da Rojas ...................................................................................305-41 6-1351
Finance Director: Diana M. Gomez..........................................305-416-1324
Fire-Rescue Chief: William W. Bryson .....................................305-416-5401
Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief: Maurice Kemp...............................305-416-5403
Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief: Loran Dougherty...........................305-416-5407
City Manager: Pedro G. Hernandez.......................... .......... 305-250-5400
City Managers Office Chief Financial Officer:
Larry M. Spring ...................... .................... ...........................305-416-1011

Neighborhood Enhancement Teams (NET)
NET Director:
David A. Rosemond ........................................................305-416-2091
....................... ............................ ...... ......... .... .. 305-4 16-1992
Downtown Administrator:
Eddie Padilla-Morales.................... ..........................305-579-6007
(10 NE 9th Street)
Little Haiti Administrator:
Rasha Soray-Cameau .........................................305-960-4660
(6421 NE 2nd Ave.)
Upper Eastside Administrator:
Maria T. M ascarenas ...................................................... 305-795-2330
(6599 Biscayne Blvd.)

Wynwood/Edgewater Administrator:
Alberto Zamorano ......................... ........................ 305-579-6931
(101 NW 34th St.)
Parks and Recreation Director:
Ernest Burkeen ......................................................................... 305-416-1320
Parks O perations.....................................................................305-250-5373
Buena Vista Park..........................................................305-795-2334
Ichimura Miami-Japan Garden .......................................305-960-4639
Legion Park............................... ......................................305-758-9027
Lemon City Park...........................................................305-759-3512
Little Haiti Park...............................................................305-762-7462
Margaret Pace Park.....................................................305-350-7938
Morningside Park..........................................................305-754-1242
Municipal Cemetery......................................................305-579-6938
Planning Director: Ana Gelabert-Sanchez..........................305-416-1470
Planning Assistant Director: Carmen Sanchez.........................305-416-1417
Police Chief: John Timoney...................................................305-603-6100
Police Deputy Chief: Frank G. Fernandez ...............................305-603-6120
Police Internal Affairs Division: ....................................... ...305-835-2000
Police Non-Emergency: .....................................................305-579-6640
Public Works Director: Stephanie N. Grindell...........................305-416-1200
Zoning Administrator: Lourdes Slazyk......................................305-416-1405
Zoning Information Supervisor: Aldo Reyes.............................305-416-1493

Village Hall 10050 NE 2nd Ave. ............................................. 305-795-2207
Mayor: Herta Holly.................................................305-757-4679 (residence)
........................................................................ ..........305 -835 -1934 (office )
Vice Mayor: Stephen K. Loffredo .........................305-754-8620 (residence)
........................................................................ ..........305 -757 -8 115 (office )
Councilman: Hunt Davis.....................................305-751-1300 (residence)
.......................................... ........................................ 305 -69 1-909 0 (office )
Councilman: Prospero Herrera..............................305-757-2473 (residence)
Councilman: JC Rodriguez....................................305-754-3891 (residence)
Attorney: Richard Sarafan .................................................305-349-2300
Building Director: Norman Bruhn ............................................ 305-795-2204
Clerk: Barbara Estep .....................................................305-795-2207
Finance Director: Vacant
Fire Department
(Miami-Dade County Station #30,
9500 NE 2nd Ave.) ..................................................................305-513-7930
Interim Finance Director: Holly Hugduhl...................................305-795-2207
Library Director: Elizabeth Esper.................................... ....305-758-8107
Manager: Tom Benton ...........................................................305-795-2207
Planning and Zoning Director:
David Dacquisto ......................................................................305-795-2207
Police Chief: Kevin Lystad..................................................305-759-2468
Police Crime Watch/Mobile Patrol ............................................305-756-5767
Police Department Non-Emergency...................................305-759-2468
Public Works Director: Scott Davis....................................... 305-795-2210
Recreation Director: Jerry Estep ............................................ 305-758-8103

City Hall 776 NE 125th St. .................................................305-893-6511
Inform ation line ................................... ....................................305-891-4636
Mayor: Kevin A. Burns ...........................................................305-893-6511
District 1 Councilman: Scott Galvin ..........................................305-893-6511
District 2 Councilman: Michael Blynn .......................................305-893-6511
District 3 Councilman: Jacques Despinosse ............................305-893-6511
District 4 Councilwoman: Marie Erlande Steril .........................305-893-6511
Animal Control: Tami Fox, Sr. Code Enforcement Officer .........305-895-9876
Attorney: V. Lynn Whiffield......................................................305-895-9810
Attorney Deputy: Roland Galdos........................................305-895-9810
Budget Director: Keith Kleiman ....................................... ...305-895-9894
Building and Zoning Director: Jacqueline Gonzalez ................305-895-9820
Building and Zoning Department ............................................ 305-895-9820
Clerk: Frank Wolland ..............................................................305-895-9817
Clerk Deputy: Jacquie Vieira ..............................................305-895-9817
Code Enforcement Director: Mike Ferrucci.................305-895-9832(x17001)
Community Planning and Development Director:
M axine Calloway .......................................... ..........................305-895-9821
Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director:
Tony E. C rapp, Sr. ...................................................................305-899-0272
Purchasing Director:Debbie Falestra..................................305-895-9887
Finance Director: Carlos M. Perez...........................................305-895-9885
Information Technology Director: Hortensia Machado ...............305-895-9850
Information Technology Assistant Director: Jose L. Gonzalez ..305-895-9852
Housing Assistance Programs: Tom Calderon........................305-895-9824
Library Director: Joyce Pernicone ............................................305-891-5535
Manager: Clarance Patterson................................................305-895-9888
MOCA Director and Chief Curator:
Bonnie C learwater....................................................................305-893-6211
NoMi Express Community Bus Service....................................305-947-9995
NoMi Express Community Bus Service Transportation Manager,

John O'Brien ........................................................305-895-9883, ext. 12159
Parks and Recreation Director: Terry Lytle...............................305-895-9840
Parks Operation Center:.......................................................... 305-891-9334
Police Chief: Clinton Shannon ..................................................305-891-8111
Police Department Emergency Assistance...............................305-891-8111
Police Department All Other Services .....................................305-891-0294
Public Information Officer: Pam Solomon ................................305-895-9891
Public Works Director: Mark E. Collins..................... 305-895-9830 (x12211)
Sanitation Division: ...................................................... ...........305-895-9870
Sew er Backup: ................................... .....................................305-895-9838
Stormwater/Flooding: ...........................................................305-895-9878
Streets Division: ......................................................................305-895-9878
U utility B killing : ..............................................................................305 -895 -98 80


Mayor: Carlos Alvarez ...........................................................305-375-2202
District 2 Commissioner: Dorrin D. Rolle..................................305-375-4833
District 3 Commissioner: Audrey M. Edmonson.......................305-375-5393
District 4 Commissioner: Sally A. Heyman...............................305-375-5128
Manager: George M. Burgess ................................................. 305-375-5311
Commission on Ethics and Public Trust...................................305-579-2594
Dept. of Environmental Resources Management.....................305-372-6789
Director's office ...................................................................305-372-6754
24-hour pollution hotline ................................................305-372-6955
Inspector General: Christopher R. Mazzella ............................305-375-1946
Fraud hotline............................ ..........................................305-579-2593
Hotline............................... ................ .............................305-579-9093
M ain Library................................................... .....................305-375-2665
TDD (Telecommunication Device for Deaf)..............................305-375-2878
Culmer/Overtown Branch ..............................................305-579-5322
Golden Glades Branch ..................................................305-787-1544
Lemon City Branch ...........................................................305-757-0662
Little River Branch ...............................................................305-751-8689
Water and Sewer Department...............................................305-665-7477
Emergency............................. .....................305-274-9272
W ater quality ..........................................................................305-520-4738


Superintendent: Alberto Carvalho.......................................305-995-1430
District 1: Wilbert Holloway.....................................................305-995-1334
District 2: Solomon C. Stinson................. ....................305-995-1334
District 3: Martin Karp............................... ...................305-995-1334
School Police Chief Charles J. Hurley....................... 305-995-COPS (2677)

Governor: Charlie Crist...........................................................850-488-7146
Governor: Press Office..........................................................850-488-5394
State Attorney: Katherine Fernandez Rundle...........................305-547-0100
State Senators:
District 33: Frederica S. Wilson (D) ..................305-654-7150 (district office)
...................... ........................................ 850-487-5116 (Tallahassee office)
District 35: Gwen Margolis (D)..........................305-993-3632 (district office)
........................................ ......................... 850-487-5121 (Tallahassee office)
District 36: Alex Diaz de la Portilla (R)................305-643-7200 (district office)
................................... ...........................850-487-5109 (Tallahassee office)
State Representatives:
District 104: Yolly Roberson (D)........................305-650-0022 (district office)
............................................................... .. 850-488-7088 (Tallahassee office)
District 106: Dan Gelber (D) .............................305-531-7831 (district office)
.......... ......... ..................... ...................... 850-488-0690 (Tallahassee office)
District 108: Ronald A. Bris6 (D).......................305-623-3600 (district office)
............................................................. 850-488-4233 (Tallahassee office)
District 109: Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D)....305-694-2958 (district office)
...................... ........................................ 850-488-0625 (Tallahassee office)
Dept. of Environmental Services: citizen services......................850-245-2118
Department of Transportation ....................... 850-414-4100; 866-374-FDOT
District 6 Public Information:
Miami-Dade and Monroe.................. ......... ..........1-800-435-2368
Interim Secretary of Transportation:
Stephanie Kopelousos......................... ...................850-414-5205

Mel Martinez (R)............................................202-224-3041 (DC office)
............................................ ..................... 305-444-8332 (M iam i office)
Bill Nelson (D) ..................................... .... 202-224-5274 (DC office)
............................................................. ..........305-536-5999 (M iam i office)
District 17: Kendrick B. Meek (D).................................... ...305-690-5905
District 18: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R).........................................202-225-3931
District 20: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)..............202-225-7931 (DC office)
........................................................ ..........305-936-5724 (A ventura office)
DEA (Miami Field Office) ....................................................305-994-4870
FBI (Miami Field Office)..........................................................305-944-9101

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Bayside Residents Association
Louis Bourdeau

Belle Meade Homeowners
Margret Tynan, president
rosemsadie@aol.com; 305-759-3848

Brentwood Neighborhood Association
Carlos A. Carrillo, Jr.
786-287-3110; brentwoodna@gmail.com

Buena Vista Heights
Evelyn Andre, president

Buena Vista East Historic
Neighborhood Association
Pradel Denis, president
bvehna@gmail.com; 305-754-6781

Buena Vista Homeowner's Association
Julia Colas, president

Citizens on Patrol
Fred St. Amand, chairman
305-754-5454; 786-236-1545 Cel

Communities United
Hattie Willis, executive director

Lake Belmar Home Owners Association
Manuel Fente, president
305-379-4900; mfente@fentelaw.com

Little River Neighborhood
Lavon Williams, president

Magnolia Park
Geoffrey Bash
gbash@bellsouth.net; 305-401-9001

Miami Neighborhoods United
Grace Solares, president

Morningside Civic Association
William Hopper, president

Neighborhood of Edgewater Area
Richard Strell, president

Neighbors of Oakland Grove
Agusto L. Newell, president
newella@fiu.edu; 305-751-2415

Palm Bay Condominium Inc.
Bill Mathisen, president

Palm Bay Towers
Jorge Bosch, president

Palm Bay Yacht Club
Paul Kushukian, president

Palm Grove Neighborhood
Bob Powers, president

Shorecrest Homeowner's Association
Millie Santana, president
Upper Eastside Miami Council
Henry Patel, president

Venetian Causeway
Neighborhood Alliance
Barbara K. Bisno, president
305-374-2566 / 786-390-4134

El Portal Homeowners Association
Ana More, president
305-494-6978; anamore8@gmail.com

Miami Shores Property Owners
Bekky Leonard, president


Alhambra Heights
Beverly Hilton, president

Arch Creek East Neighborhood
Association (ACENA)
Carol Preger, president
archcreekeast.com; 305-606-3636

Michael McDearmaid, president

Enchanted Place
Ken Di Genova, president

Keystone Point Homeowner's
Association (KPHA)
Bruce M. Gibson, president
Karen de Leon, secretary

Sans Souci Gated Homeowner
Ernie Long, president

Sunkist Grove Homeowners
Joyce Mumford, president

Westside Neighborhood
Clarence Merke, president

Community Calendar

November 3, 6:30 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Board meeting
Recreation Center
11400 NE 9th Ct.; 305-899-8000

November 5, 7 p.m.
Village Commission meeting
Recreation Center
11400 NE 9th Ct.; 305-899-8000

November 8, 10 a.m.
Recreation Advisory Board Town Hall meeting
Recreation Center
11400 NE 9th Ct.

November 10, 6:30 p.m.
Parks and Parkways commission meeting
Recreation Center
11400 NE 9th Ct.

November 17, 6:30 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Board meeting
Recreation Center
11400 NE 9th Ct.

November 18, 7 p.m.
Code Enforcement Board meeting
11400 NE 9th Ct.

November 25, 7 p.m.
Village Council meeting
El Portal Village Hall
500 NE 87th St.

For information about other meetings, call
the clerk's office at 305-795-7880.

November 3, 9 a.m.
Code Enforcement Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 5, 7 p.m.
Planning Advisory Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 6, 5 p.m.
Code Enforcement Board meeting SpecialAgenda
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 10, 7 p.m.
Zoning Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 11, 2 p.m.
Veterans Day Parade
Bayfront Park
301 Biscayne Blvd.

November 12, 5 p.m.
Code Enforcement Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 12, 6 p.m.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting
Miami Riverside Center, 10th floor
Main Conference Room
444 SW 2nd Ave.

November 13, 9 a.m.
City Commission meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr; .305-416-2030

November 14, 8:30 a.m.
Downtown Development Authority meeting
Downtown Development Authority
200 S. Biscayne Blvd. Suite 2929

November 16, 12 p.m.
Jazz on the Bay
Virginia Key Beach
Virginia Key; 754-224-0408

November 17, 6:30 p.m.
Nuisance Abatement Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 18, 10 a.m.
Civil Service Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2021

November 18, 6 p.m.
Civilian Investigative Panel meeting
CIP Conference Room
155 S. Miami Ave. PH 1-B; 305-579-2444

November 19, 2 p.m.
Urban Development Review Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 19, 7 p.m.
Planning Advisory Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 20, 9 a.m.
Code Enforcement Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 21, 8:30 a.m.
Downtown Development Authority meeting
Downtown Development Authority
200 S. Biscayne Blvd. Suite 2929

November 21, 12-5 p.m.
17th Annual Heat Thanksgiving Celebration
Miami Rescue Mission
2020 NW 1st Ave.; 786-777-4149

November 21, 6 p.m.
Homeland Defense/Neighborhood
Improvement Bond
Program Oversight Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-1286

November 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival
315 S. Biscayne Blvd.; 305-416-6868

November 24, 7 p.m.
Zoning Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 25, 6:30 p.m.
Waterfront Advisory Board meeting
Miami City Hall Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.; 305-416-2030

November 4, 7 p.m.
Village Council meeting
Miami Shores Village Hall
10050 NE 2nd Ave.; 305-795-2207

November 6, 7 p.m.
Code Enforcement Board meeting
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10050 NE 2nd Ave.; 305-795-2207

November 18, 7 p.m.
Village Council meeting
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10050 NE 2nd Ave.; 305-795-2207

November 27, 7 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Board meeting
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10050 NE 2nd Ave.; 305-795-2207

November 3, 6 p.m.
C.R.A. Board meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
776 NE 125th St.; 305-893-6511

November 4, 7 p.m.
Planning Commission meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
776 NE 125th St.; 305-893-6511

November 5, 10 a.m.
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
City Hall Council Chambers
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November 5, 7 p.m.
Code Enforcement Board meeting
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C.R.A. Board meeting
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Special City Council meeting
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Miserly Cheapie Gets
What's Coming to Her
Belle Meade
Neighborhood whiner had called police to
report an unforced burglary. Seems that
someone had stolen all her jewelry and she
suspected the carpenter. She admits she did
not pay him for what she perceived to be
unsatisfactory work and believes he stole
the items in revenge to the tune of
$50,000. The writer of the police report did
an inventory check and found her assess-
ment was inflated something like 1000
percent. The carpenter was contacted by
police and was offended that he was a sus-
pect. No arrests have been made, but we
assume her long list ofjilted, mediocre
contractors will continue their own ver-
sions of income redistribution.

Jailbird Gets Robbed
7500 Block of NE 4th Court
Tor and tired man had returned home
after spending several weeks in the slam-
mer and found his home burglarized. In a



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state of shock a life of crime had now
turned on him he called the very peo-
ple he had feared weeks before: the cops.
His bedroom and living room had been
completely ransacked. The police report
did not enjoy the benefit of spell check.
Either that or we have a new Miami

creature on the loose. Witnesses reported
two suspicious "maels" in the area at the
time of the crime.

Sister and Boyfriend Act
100 Block ofNE 79th Street
Two live-in sisters had a cat fight. The

one who got the worst of it left the
apartment with her child. Enter Mr. Ex-
Boyfriend. Defending the losing sister's
honor (since she had her ass handed to
her on a garbage-can lid) he came by
asking for her clothes. While looking
for them, he punched the other sister in
the face. Then he choked her and threat-
ened her with a knife, screaming, "Why
you do that to your sister?" She
knocked the knife from his hand and
attempted to call police on her cell
phone, but he took it from her and ran
out of the apartment. At press time it's
unknown if arrests have been made, but
on a positive note, it looks like the los-
ing sister and her knife-wielding ex-
boyfriend are together again. Sweet!

Toilet Paper Bandit
Still at Large
Design District
Suspect asked to use the bathroom of a
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local establishment. After a longer-than-
acceptable time, the owner knocked on
the door to check on him and did not
get a response. He made the decision to
knock down the door. He did so and
discovered that the suspect had left
through a now-open window, but he had
stolen toilet paper, bleach, and a bottle
of Pine-Sol. Total value (police actually
appraised the scene at the victim's
request) was $7. Allegedly, this is not
the first incident, as the suspect has
stolen toilet paper before. Interestingly,
since the value of the stolen property
was less than $10, no investigation will
take place nor will charges be filed.
That would occur only if the crime took
place in an officer's presence.
Merchants be advised: Lock your bath-
room windows before allowing
strangers to use the john.

Fondling Leads to Arrest,
but for Whom?
Bayfront Marketplace
Police responded to a call regarding
three women causing a disturbance.

When officers arrived, the ladies were
arguing with store security. One of the
store's loss-prevention employees then
abruptly reached his hands under one
woman's dress and seemed to grab onto
to something. Not what you think. He
was retrieving stolen items she had hid-
den. Unfazed, she told the officers she
would pay for the items, then began
walking away. She did not stop when
ordered and was arrested. The security
guard, also unfazed, returned the mer-
chandise to the store.

Mortgage Crisis
Affects Us All
100 Block ofNE 67th Street
The mortgage crisis has seen landlords
losing their properties and their tenants
being evicted, through no fault of their
own. At this home, the tenants were
unceremoniously evicted by the owner's
mortgage company and the house put up
for sale. A few days later, the house was
broken into and the walls, doors, and
windows were destroyed, quite mali-
ciously, according to the police report. In
addition, the home was flooded because

the water heater had been bashed and the
water left on. The former tenants have
not been arrested at press time, though
they are the main suspects. The value of
the home has dropped even more, mean-
ing it could be snapped up cheap. Just be
careful who you rent to.

Neighborhood Vermin
6400 Block of NE 1st Court
Backyards are usually for reflection and
for countless hours spent pulling weeds.
Not in this case. Homeowner was
shocked to find a man in his backyard
cutting into his air-conditioner wire.
When caught, the man explained, "Oh, I
thought this was an empty house."
When told it wasn't, the intruder
attacked the victim, even grabbing a
rock and throwing it at him. Neighbors
heard screams and called the police,
who were, by chance, right around the
corner. The officers found the two men
wrestling on the ground. After a brief
struggle, the wire-cutter was arrested. As
he was hauled into the police car, he
made sure to tell the horrified owner
that he would "get him when he gets

out." So far, no new incidents have been
reported, and the victim's backyard has
once again become his private sanctuary,
at least temporarily.

A Future Edward
Albee Play?
1100 Block ofBiscayne Boulevard
A father was pushing a baby stroller
and somehow wandered onto to a con-
dominium construction site. A security
guard observed the daddy place a green
bag in the carriage, look in both direc-
tions, and then hurriedly push the
stroller off the site. The guard asked
him about the bag. Perhaps, he thought,
he was mistaken and it was baby for-
mula that had fallen to the ground. The
father responded by punching the secu-
rity officer in the face. Fortunately
other employees were able to hold the
thug down until police arrived. Turns
out there was no baby just a bag of
copper wire. Theft of copper wire, resi-
dents should know, has become quite
common in Miami over the past year.

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In Honor of Aliens

The extraterrestrial

art of Nicholas Lobo

By Victor Barrenechea
BT Contributor

It's refreshing to see artists who will
go to great lengths to create their
work, knowing full well they may
never have a chance to sell it. Miami's
Nicholas Lobo is one such artist.
He's currently working on a very
unconventional piece entitled Future
Raelian Embassy Floor Tile
Prototype for a December group
show at the MOCA Goldman
Warehouse. As part of his preparation
to create the work, Lobo went so far
as to join a fringe UFO religion
known as the Radlian Movement.
The show is titled "The Possibility of
an Island," which is also the title of a
provocative novel by contemporary
French author Michel Houellebecq, and
features such internationally known
artists as Cao Fei, Cory Arcangel, and
Peter Coffin. The novel functions as the
exhibition's theme, and MOCA assistant
curator Ruba Katrib, who put the show
together, describes it as "a literary work
that uses science-fiction tropes to talk
about the human experience," adding,
"Science fiction can be seen as a
barometer of the social moment. [The
story is] more of a reflection of how we
live today."
Central to the book's plot is a religious
group called the Elohimites, who turn
civilization on its head, replacing sexual
reproduction and old age with cloning
and suicide. The group is loosely based
on the Raelian Movement, which origi-
nated in Paris in 1974, founded by
Claude Vorilhon (known by his followers
as "Rail"), who claimed to have been
visited the previous year by a race of

Lobo's interest in the Raelians stein
from the fact the group was "alw
being harassed by the mainstre
media, and that just annoyed m

beings known as the Elohim. During a
series of meetings with the aliens, and a
later visit to their planet, Vorilhon
learned that they reproduce through
cloning and that they created human life
on Earth cloned in their image.

Someday they would
return to Earth and
reveal mankind's true
origins. Vorilhon was
charged with building
them an "embassy"
where they could land
their spacecraft and
hold forth.
Lobo's interest in
the Raelians, who
claim a membership
of some 80,000 world-
wide, stemmed from
the fact the group was
"always being
harassed by the main-
stream media, and that
just annoyed me." As

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Transformative Park, Lobo's recent sculpture made with split peas,
cereal, and Styrofoam.

someone whose work falls outside of
Miami's art mainstream, Lobo can prob-
ably relate. Since 2001, the 29-year-old
has been creating some of the strangest
conceptual artwork this city
has seen.
mmed "He's not concerned with
rays aesthetics. The final outcome
am of what he makes always
e." refers to the idea," says cura-
tor Katrib, adding that Lobo's
work is usually not particu-
larly visual. Weird concoc-
tions and crusty textures, along with
equally obscure subject matter, charac-
terize his pieces. In a 2006 solo show at
Locust Projects, he created an accurately
scaled physical representation of the
electromagnetic field generated by the

FPL substation right across the street
from the exhibition space.
In his more recent Transformative
Park, Lobo took a graffiti design that
had defaced an outdoor sculpture (an art-
in-public-places piece) and turned it into
a three-dimensional object using materi-
als such as cereal, Styrofoam, and split
peas. "People support a certain kind of
art production in this city, and his work
doesn't really fit into that," Katrib
observes. "But it fits internationally."
"The thing that I want to get to is the
authentic artifact," says Lobo, "some-
thing that has some kind of authenticity
to it." He illustrates his notion of the
".i uilicirti'" by pointing to portraits of
prostitutes that decorated saloons and
brothels in the Old West. As paintings

they were usually not very good, but
years later they might appear in an
antique shop as an artifact of that era.
Perhaps a bullet hole in the canvas from
a gunfight might place the painting in an
entirely new context. Then some Texas
oil tycoon purchases the portrait and
hangs it on his wall, adding yet another
layer of meaning to what essentially was
just a banal work.
"The thing that would be great," Lobo
continues, "would be to create an object
that could travel through time and carry
the traces of what it has traveled
through." It's a kind of reverse engineer-
ing. Lobo first imagines all the ideas a
piece might evoke, then works back-
ward, constructing an object to encom-
pass them.
His latest effort has him striving to
create an authentic Raelian artifact. What
will be appearing in the show are three
terrazzo tiles on plastic pallets. Each tile
depicts a "crop circle" (those elaborate
patterns that have mysteriously appeared
in fields of wheat or corn) that Raelians
have considered as possible architectural
designs for the Elohim "embassy"
Vorilhon remains intent on constructing.
Lobo hopes to offer these tiles to the
Raelians, with the idea that they'd be
installed in embassy's floor. He actually
joined the group in order to give his
objects greater authenticity.
"My intention was to contact and meet
them, to be very open with them and see
if I could create artwork in collaboration
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with them," Lobo says of the project's
genesis. He did manage to contact local
Raelian representatives, and they asked
him to come to their meetings, which he
did. Eventually, says Lobo, "it just
seemed natural to join."
Art was always the motivating factor
for Lobo, something he discussed openly
with his Raelian acquaintances.

Lobo hopes to offer these tiles to
Raelians. He actually joined the g
in order to give his objects grea

"Obviously the driving force was to cre-
ate this piece," he says, while also
acknowledging a general curiosity and
an agreement with some of the group's
core beliefs. "Everyone has their reasons
for joining a religion," he notes. His hap-
pens to be art. And does he believe that
extraterrestrials visited Vorilhon in 1973?
"It's as plausible," he allows, "as any-
thing else in any other religion."

On October 7, Lobo received his
"transmission," the Raelian equivalent of
a baptism, which involved a simple cere-
mony in which his DNA was offered
telepathically to the Elohim.
As a Raelian, Lobo says he doesn't
do much except go to monthly gather-
ings, which he describes as very infor-
mal get-togethers. He also predicts he
may still be attending long after "The
Possibility of an Island" has been
taken down. "The process is
the very open-ended," he notes.
r "As long as I feel it's
ter important, I will [continue
as a member]."
Most of Lobo's artworks
have been destroyed immedi-
ately after their initial show-
ing, but Future Raelian Embassy Floor
Tile Prototype could have some
longevity. "I think I may be going into a
phase where stuff tends to stick
around," he says simply.
It's possible the Raelian embassy will
never be built, or that Lobo's tiles may
not be used. Lobo says he's fine with
that. Then again, they might, and perhaps
1000 years from the Raelian Movement

EMF Displacement, from a 2006 solo show at Locust Projects.

will end up like the Elohimites in Michel
Houellebecq's The Possibility of an
Island an important religion and a
dominant cultural force. And at the
entrance to Raelian Embassy, decorating
the floor, you'll find none other than
Nicholas Lobo's terrazzo tiles.

"The Possibility of an Island" opens
December 4 at MOCA at Goldman
Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami. For
hours and more information call 305-
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through November 30:
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november 8, 7 to 10 p.m.
PI., Miami

mber 18:
ned" by Hernan Bas
november 8, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

194 NW 30th St., Miami
Through November 15:
"The Undoing" by Daniel Arsham, "AXIOM" by Conrad
Shawcross, and "Saturated" by KAWS

174 NW 23rd St., Miami
305-571-2288; www.gallerydiet.com
Through November 1:
"A Strange Day in July" by Samantha Salzinger
November 8 through December 20:
"bi(h)ome" by Brian Burkhardt
Reception November 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

62 NE 27th St., Miami
305-576-0256; www.garynader.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

2238 NW 1st PI., Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information.

3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami
Through November 22:
"80-150 Times a Second" by Irene Pressner
Ongoing until December:
"A Slice of the Action" by Carl Pascuzzi and Jonathan Stein
Reception November 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

Temporary location:
314 NW 24th St., Miami
Through November 1:
"Living Dead" with Pooch and Paul Torres

175 NW 22nd St., Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information.

164 NW 20th St., Miami
November 8 through November 30:
"Concept Lab" by Julio Blanco
Reception November 8, 7:30 to 11 p.m.

1929 NW 1st Ave., Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information.

50 NE 29 St., Miami
Through January 31:
Solo shows by Robert Swedroe and Mike Tesch
November 25 through January 31:
"Migration" with Joe Concra and Kevin Paulsen
Reception November 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Reception November 30, 6 to 9 p.m.

2249 NW 1st PI., Miami
Through November 11:
Solo show by Christian Curiel
Reception November 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

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Art Listings

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3312 N. Miami Ave., Miami
305-438-1333; www.kunsthaus.org.mx
November 8 through November 27:
Group show with Tania Candiani, Daniela Edburg,
Rocio Gordillo, Maria Ezcurra, Lothar MullerAna
Quiroz, and Rafael Rodriguez
Reception November 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

6900 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information.

105 NW 23rd St., Miami
305-576-8570; www.locustprojects.org
November 8 through December 31:
"10 Years of Locust Projects" curated by Gean Moreno
and Claire Breukel with various artists
Through December 31:
"New Work (wall painting)" by Ed Youngs

98 NW 29th St., Miami
305-438-0069; www.luisadelantadomiami.com
Through November 25:
"Vanishing Point" by Ricky Rayns
November 30 through January 30:; "Escape" by Aldo
Chaparro and a solo show by Bayrol Jimenez
Reception November 30, 6 to 10 p.m.

2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
Through November 30:
"Starting Over" with Jose Bedia, Garcia Cordero,
Gerard Ellis, Eleomar Puente, Juan Erlich, Victor
Payares, Hulda Guzman, and Gustavo Pena

126 NE 40th St., Miami
305-576-2633; www.miamiartgroup.com
Ongoing show with Jeff League, James Kitchens,
Jamali, HessamAbrishami, Goli Mahallati, Tom
Rossetti, Ismael Gomez, and more

244 NW 35th St., Miami
305-438-9002; www.miamiartspace.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

300 NE 2nd Ave.,
Bldg. 1, Room 1365, Miami
305-237-3696; www.mdc.edu
Through November 7:
"Miami: Ciudad Metafora" with various artists

101 W. Flagler St., Miami
305-375-5048; www.mdpls.org
Through December 15: "Polychrome Affinities" curated
by Michelle Weinberg with Guerra de la Paz, Michelle
Weinberg, and Magali Wilensky
Reception November 13, 6 to 9:30 p.m.

7820 NE 4th Ct., Miami
305-438-9002; www.miamieventspace.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

1501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
305-428-5700; www.mymiu.com
November 6 through November 29:
"Center Beam" by Ralph Provisero
Reception November 6, 5 to 8 p.m.

17 NW 36th St., Miami
305-573-8450; Call gallery for exhibition information.

3100 NW 7th Ave., Miami
Through November 8:
"Wreckless Abandon" by
Romon Kimin Yang

2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
Through November 22:
Solo shows by Pedro Pablo Oliva,
Rene Francisco, and Ryder Cooley
November 29 through December
31:Solo show by Tomas Espina,
Francis Acea, Anna Pacheco

2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-573-2900; www.praxis-art.com
November 8 through November 28:
"Metamorphosis" by Ignacio Iturria
Reception November 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
Through November 1:
"So Long Scarecrow" by Kris Knight
November 8 through November 22:
"Letting Down" by Agustina Woodgate
Reception November 8, 7 to 10 p.m.
Performance: 8 to 10 p.m.

162 NE 50 Terrace, Miami.
Through November 7:
"Nuts and Screwed" by Joe Strasser

Guerra de la Paz, Tribute, installation,
discarded garments, 2002-2006, at Miami-
Dade Public Library main branch.

November 10 through December 10:
"The Sublime Essence of Being" by Helene Weiss
Reception November 10, 7 to 11 p.m.

66 NE 40th St., Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information.

12399 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information.

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Art Listings

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2020 NW Miami Ct., Miami
786-217-7683; www.twentytwentyprojects.com
November 8 through January 6:
"Cha-Cha" with various artists
Reception November 8, 7 to midnight

2200 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-284-2542
Through November 21: "Where Are U Now?" alumni
exhibition with various artists
Exhibit located at the College of Arts and Sciences
Gallery, 1210 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables
November 8 through November 22: "This Is Wynwood:
Vernacular Photography in Miami" with various artists
Reception November 8, 6 to 9 p.m.
Reception November 22, 6 to 9 p.m.

3449 NE 1st Ave., Miami
305-571-9574; www.undercurrentarts.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

2144 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
305-576-2112; www.untitled2144.com
Through December 2:
"Bridges of Dreams" by Burhan Dogangay
Reception November 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

10 NE 3rd St., Miami
305-579-0069; www.wallflowergallery.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.

3322 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
305-776-1515; www.whitevinylspace.com
Call gallery for exhibition information.


CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art :
1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami
305-455-3380; www.cifo.org
Call for operating hours and exhibit

11200 SW 8th St., Miami
305-348-0496; http://thefrost.fiu.edu/
November 29 through February 28: I
"Intersections" by Florencio Gelabert i
November 29 through March 1: .-
"Modern Masters from the .
Smithsonian American Art Museum"
with various artists
November 29 through March 9: .
"Drawing in Space: The Peninsula
Project Illustrated" by John Henry Tere O'Connor Dance, Rammed Earth,
November 29 through April 4 performance at the Dorsch Gallery.
"Simulacra and Essence: The Paintings
of Luisa Basnuevo" by Luisa Maria
Basnuevo www.miamiartmuseum.org
November 29 and ongoing: Through November 2:
"Figurative Art Past and Present: Selections from the "Selections from the Permanent Collection" with vari-
Permanent Collection" with various artists ous artists
Through January 18:
LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI "MBE: A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman, and
1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables Child" by Yinka Shonibare
305-284-3535; www.lowemuseum.org Through January 25:
Through November 2: "Moving Through Time and Space" by Chantal
"Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Akerman
Museum of Egyptian Archeology" November 21 through February 22:
November 22 through January 18: "Objects of Value" with various artists
"Charles Biederman: An American Idealist" by Charles
770 NE 125th St., North Miami
MIAMI ART MUSEUM 305-893-6211; www.mocanomi.org
101 W. Flagler St., Miami Through November 9:
305-375-3000 "The Blue Ribbon" by Pablo Cano and "Dark

Continents" with Ida Ekblad, Hadassah
Emmerich, Naomi Fisher, Elke Krystufek,
Marlene McCarty, Claudia and Julia Muller,
Paulina Olowska, and more

404 NW 26th St., Miami
Call for operating hours and exhibit information.

591 NW 27th St., Miami
November 15 through April 25:
"Hurma" by Magdalena Abakanowicz, "Western Union:
Small Boats" by Isaac Julien, "Oil Rich Niger Delta" by
George Osodi, and "Photography and Sculpture: A
Correlated Exhibition" with various artists

95 NW 29th St., Miami
Call for operating hours and exhibit information.
Through November 28:
"Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection"
by Hernan Bas; "John Stezaker: Works from the Rubell
Family Collection" by John Stezaker; and "Euro-
Centric, Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell
Family Collection" with various artists

Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St., Miami
Appointment only: dennis@worldclassboxing.net
Call for operating hours and exhibit information.

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Culture Briefs

Never Too Old for Alice
Miami Shores's Playground Theatre is
celebrating its fifth anniversary and rais-
ing this season's curtain with Stephanie
Ansin's inventive and popular adaptation
of Lewis Carroll's Alice s Adventures in
Wonderland. With original sound and
music by Luciano Stazzone; set, cos-
tumes, and lighting by Fernando
Calzadilla; and photographic projections
by Maria Teresa Alvarado, Ansin's fresh,
bold, and tropical take on this classic tale
has ignited the imaginations of young and
old alike. The cast takes the stage on
November 6-9, 11-16, and 18-23 at the
Playground Theatre, 9806 NE 2nd Ave.,
Miami Shores. Tickets are $5 to $15. For
more information call 305-751-9550 x223
or visit www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.

Boulevard History, One
Foot at a Time
The MiMo Biscayne Association wel-
comes the arrival of cooler weather with
the 2008-2009 season of walking tours
along Biscayne Boulevard and through
Upper Eastside residential neighbor-
hoods. On Saturday, November 8, the
Biscayne Boulevard/Belle Meade
Historic Tour will take you back some
160 years, when American soldiers
blazed what was known as Military Trail,
parts of which evolved into Biscayne
Boulevard. Tour guides John Bachay and
Antolin G. Carbonell (a contributor to
BT) will be showcasing the architecture
of the Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco,
and MiMo eras. The tour will last
approximately an hour and 15 minutes
and covers about one mile. It begins at
10:30 a.m. at the Vagabond Motel (7301
Biscayne Blvd.). A $10 donation is rec-
ommended. The Boulevard walking tours
will continue monthly through May 2009.
Tours of other neighborhoods are also
available. For more information contact
Antolin G. Carbonell at antolingarciacar-

A Quarter Century of
Books, Books, Books
The Miami Book Fair International is 25
years old! Doesn't seem possible, but it is.
And the 2008 edition promises to be bet-
ter than ever. The popular weekend Street
Fair, with hundreds of vendors selling
books from small and large publishers
alike, takes place November 14-16.
Those three days also feature favorites
like the Children's Alley, the Antiquarian
Annex, the International Village, and
much more, including readings by scores
of authors, from locals like John Dufresne
and Adrian Castro to international lumi-
naries like Salman Rushdie and Derek
Walcott. "Evening With" presentations by
prominent authors will begin on
November 9 and last throughout the fair.
It all takes place at Miami-Dade College's
downtown Wolfson campus. Admission is
free, but complimentary tickets are
required for many events. For more infor-
mation call 305-237-3258. Visit miami-
bookfair.com for a complete schedule.

No Stage, No Curtain, Just
Dancers and You
Award-winning New York choreographer
Tere O'Connor and his troupe make their
Miami debut on November 14 and 15 with
the Florida premiere of Rammed Earth. The
three performances, presented by Tigertail
Productions, take place in an unconvention-
al setting the warehouse space of the
Dorsch Gallery in Wynwood. That's not the
only thing unconventional about Rammed
Earth. The audience will experience the
performance from the inside, literally mov-
ing from position to position within the
gallery. Seating is limited. Performances
November 14 at 8:30 p.m. and November
15 at 2:00 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets $30, avail-
able online at www.tigertail.org or by
phone at 305-545-8546. Some may be
available prior to performances at Dorsch
Gallery, 151 NW 24th St.

Portland String Quartet:
Four Musicians, One Mind
Since 1969 the Portland String Quartet
has been making and recording music -
40 years with its founding members.
That extraordinary continuity has
allowed their individual creativity to
meld into a seamless whole. On
November 15, the quartet's members -
Paul Ross, Steve Kecskemethy, Ronald

Lantz, and Julia Adams will perform
at the acoustically pristine St. Martha's
Church (9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Shores). Based in Maine (not Oregon),
the quartet will perform works by Walter
Piston, a Maine native, as well as Ernest
Bloch (with pianist Paul Posnak), and
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The concert
begins at 7:30 p.m., with a reception to
follow. Tickets are $10 to $20. For more
information call 1-800-595-4849 or visit

Hail To the Chef
Back when Anthony Bourdain was slav-
ing over hot stoves, he probably couldn't
imagine becoming a celebrity. As author
of the best-selling Kitchen C..,iEi. i,,
he made no friends by insisting that the
restaurant industry is populated mainly
by "a thuggish assortment of drunks,
sneak thieves, sluts, and psychopaths."
Some of Bourdain's horror stories will
make you think twice about dining out,
even in the fanciest of restaurants, but the
book and his globe-trotting television
show No Reservations did turn him into a
star. On November 14, Bourdain will
share some of his culinary adventures,
and demonstrate his own kitchen skills,
when he comes to Miami for the
"Celebrity Chef Series" at the Arsht
Center. A VIP ticket will let you can stay
for an eat-and-greet with the chef. Tickets
are $25-$125 at www.arshtcenter.org or
at the center's box office (1300 Biscayne
Boulevard). Call 305-949-6722.

Learn How the Deceased
Stay Famous
Joan Didion opened her 1987 book
Miami with this now-famous line:
"Havana vanities come to dust in
Miami." Her impressionistic evocation of
el exilio went on to note that Little
Havana's historic Woodland Park
Cemetery was the last resting place for
any number of political figures, including

Cuban presidents Carlos Prio Socarras
and Gerardo Machado, Nicaraguan
strongman Anastasio Somoza, and some
years later, Cuban-exile leader Jorge Mas
Canosa, among others. Many more per-
sonages, from patriots to athletes, are
now at home there. It is a cemetery rich
with history, which is why, on November
16, the Historical Museum of Southern
Florida will feature it in a walking tour
led by historian Paul George. The tour
departs from the museum (101 W. Flagler
St.) at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $20-$25.
Call 305-375-1492 or visit

Anita Bryant, Take a Bow!
Back in 1977, an ordinance was passed
in Dade County protecting homosexuals
from discrimination. Singer Anita
Bryant, who was living in Miami
Beach, stepped in to lead a crusade
against the law, calling it an attempt to
legitimize a "perverse and dangerous"
way of life. This colorful and controver-
sial chapter in South Florida history
gets the theatrical treatment in 1,000
Homosexuals, a play by Michael
Yawney, commissioned by the Adrienne
Arsht Center. Yawney mixes documen-
tary sources and sharp humor to create a
side-splitting portrait of the gay-rights
struggle as it played out in Miami. The
show is onstage November 20-23.
Tickets are $15-35 at the center's box
office or online at www.arshtcenter.org.

Strut Your Stuff at North
Miami's Thanksgiving Day
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
may be a national tradition, but it's got
nothing on North Miami's own
International Thanksgiving Day Parade.
This year the grand gathering is celebrat-
ing it's 33rd anniversary with an impres-
sive display of 70 floats and high-strutting
marching bands from a variety of local
schools. The parade will be marching
along 125th Street from NE 4th Avenue to
NE 12th Avenue beginning at 10:00 a.m.
on Turkey Day, Thursday, November 27.
It's great fun and it's completely free.
Plus, unlike the Manhattan parade, you
can leave your mittens at home. (Bring
sunblock instead.) Call 305-895-9840 for
more information.

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Bronze Bells Beckon

- Here your chance to make a piece of history -

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
Abell tower arises in North
Miami. A modest triangle of
grass in a heavily trafficked
area will give birth to a new veteran's
memorial, just in time for the city's
Veteran's Day ceremonies on November
11. The preceding weekend will see a
flurry of events in Griffing Park that
include the actual casting of the bell, the
first of its kind in Florida.
The bell-and-clock tower will be the
second built in the nation of a proposed
100 towers by the Verdin Company of
Cincinnati, Ohio. The first was
installed this year in Rising Sun,
Indiana, in partnership with The
Veterans Coalition. North Miami's 30-
foot tower will house a 250-pound bell,
to be cast in the park on November 8
using a unique "Bell Foundry on
Wheels" (see http://veteranstributetow-
er.com). The community is being invit-
ed that morning to eat pancakes and
"pass the ingots."
"The bronze will go into the smelter
and around dusk they pour the bell,"
explains Terry Lytle, director of parks
and recreation for the City of North
Miami. He put the monument's cost at
Dedication of the monument on
November 11 includes the first ringing

Griffing Park, a modest oasis between busy thoroughfares.

of the bell by the area's oldest veteran,
who Lytle says is 102 years old.
This new tower replaces the city's for-
mer veteran's memorial, located immedi-
ately west of the library, which was dis-
mantled in 2006 for the construction of a
new middle school and park. The origi-
nal plaques from that monument, listing
the names of North Miami's fallen sol-
diers, will be installed on a low wall sur-
rounding the new tower and interspersed
with flagpoles.

The fountain honors the U.S. Con
of Rights.

The tower will stand adjacent to an
existing fountain, which is Griffing
Park's main feature. Honoring the Bill of
Rights, the black granite fountain stands
about six feet high and is inscribed with
the constitutional amendments. A com-
memorative plaque notes that the foun-
tain's granite came from Africa, was
sculpted in Italy, and assembled in
Miami. The addition of the veteran's

Memorial will create a one-stop, outdoor
z civics lesson.
The rest of the park is less inspiring.
Griffing Park is essentially a large trian-
Sgular median in between bustling W.
SDixie Highway and Griffing Boulevard.
SNondescript apartments line two sides,
while two community centers occupy the
more attractive strip of land in between
Griffing Boulevard and the Biscayne
Canal. Continuing south on Griffing
Boulevard leads to a scenic "Pine Tree
Drive" of mature Australian pines and an
appealing neighborhood that connects to
the Village of Biscayne Park.
Although technically outside the park,
the canal offers the best scenery. North
Miami could calm traffic and draw
pedestrians to the waterfront by closing
off the section of Griffing Boulevard in
front of the community centers.
Connecting the park to the community
centers would trans-
form this humble trian-
gle into an alluring
In the corner near the
canal's bridge stands
the home of the North
Miami Jaycees and the
Knights of Columbus,
which serves as a
polling station on elec-
tion day. Despite its
weather-beaten appear-
ance, the front doors
sport a sign that reads,
"Through these portals
pass young men of
In between the two
community centers sits
a decaying boat ramp
and wooden dock,
where the iguanas and
istitution's Bill the Muscovy ducks
play. An old metal sign,
now covered in graffiti,
says something about saving the mana-
tees. The city needs to save this dock. It
is run by the Public Works Department,
where boaters can purchase a license and
a key to use the boat ramp.
Next door, the Griffing Adult Center
looks perky in its squash-yellow paint -
and why not, when it offers trips to casi-
nos and a quilting club! Outside, a new
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Park Rating

NE 123rd St. NE 123rd Street at W.
Dixie Highway
North Miami
Hours: N/A
Picnic tables: Yes
SNBarbecues: No
Picnic pavilions: Yes
Tennis courts: No
Athletic fields: No
Night lighting: No
Swimming pool: No
NW 121 St Special features:
Community centers and
canal across street

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Continued from page 42
pavilion is being built atop two of the
many shuffleboard courts that haven't
seen much action since World War II.
Twelve more of these shuffleboard relics
sit on the other side, and the city plans to
build a meeting hall on top of them when
funding becomes available.
Time may be running out here to hone
your shuffleboard skills.
Last year the City of North Miami
commissioned a parks master plan,
which calls for other new elements in
the area, such as a playground and an
indoor gymnasium. But the steadfast
center of activity here is the Griffing
Adult Center. During the day, it offers a
host of free activities, supported by the
North Miami Foundation for Senior
Citizens' Services (which welcomes vol-
unteers). If it's a Saturday morning, then
it's bingo, and Mondays and Thursdays
scream "Yar Crafts!"
Sheila Freeley is the smiling face that
welcomes you to the center's hubbub. In
the afternoon, it switches gears to
become a youth center until 8:00 p.m.
The far north side of the adult center is

The Biscayne Canal could be a pleasant amenity, but it's not.

home for iguanas, especially where a
protective fence peters out and leaves
exposed a steep ledge to the canal below.
It offers the best view of the canal, but
not the safest.

Looking across from the adult center,
the full panorama of Griffing Park
inspires a yawn. A professional photog-
rapher in the area once remarked that
he would love to use it for location

shoots if were fixed up and land-
scaped with more than the occasional
tree and bench.
The park does generate excitement
during certain festivals, when it trans-
forms into an outdoor stage for Haitian
music or for carnival rides. But on
most days it sees a scattering of peo-
ple here and there and a lot of traffic
flying by.
Perhaps the new veteran's tower will
inspire a few more people to slow down
and sound the bells of gratitude.

Veterans Memorial and
Tribute Bell Schedule
Saturday, November 8
10:00 a.m. Pancake breakfast
11:00 a.m. Community passing of bronze
6:00 p.m. Pouring of the bell
Sunday, November 9
10:00 a.m. Breaking the mold
All day: Polishing the bell
Tuesday, November 11
10:00 a.m. Dedication of Veterans
Tribute Tower and Bell

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Hard-Wired at Birth

SYou can't change how big brothers treat little sisters

By Jenni Person
BT Contributor

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change Izzi's diaper," or "Plc.c '. ii.nt
until I finish feeding the 'X.i0' I itld
her: "I will help you as 'ooni .i, I tinii i
what I am doing." I nec'i '. .iil'ced it
use his name as an excutc ,
she would never associa rc
him personally or direct t1
with a delay or impedirlci-it
in receiving her parents
Likewise I was sen-
sitive to Izzi being
the baby and there-
fore last in most
things. So I would
consciously put
Goldi's name last
instead of his when
designing a Rosh Hash.in.ii i.ll c.
or filling out a gift call 1ni
Amazon when giving .i Ir 1
as a family.
Ha! Little did I know -
even with lots of actual .I 1J
fictional models surroundini-' .
me that my efforts vc ci' co.m-
pletely irrelevant to the 11.1id-. ii i'n i
of birth order, about wlich ncitlic I noi
anyone else could do a rthin' No.I .i. I
look around, I have betrci ini.'hlt inti
my own relationship with my older sis-
ter, who talks to me in ways I would
never instinctively talk to her.


And for years now, I've been watching
the dynamics between her two kids, the
older child constantly having to be told,
"Liya, you are not Yoni's mother. We'll tell
him when he needs to be quiet." I used to
think that particular dynamic
was born of the fact that my
nephew Yoni was the only Little
youngest child in his family comply
both parents also being oldest of birtl
children in their own child- a
hoods. But Goldi, who is at the
opposite end of that spectrum
- the only oldest child in her
family, just as my sister was embraces
the same natural entitlement of bossing
around her little brother.
Recently I sat on the couch with my
two children reading one of our family's
favorite books, Tell Me a Mitzi, a col-
lection of three stories featuring the
adventures of a big sister, Mitzi, and her
little brother Jacob. At one point in one
of the stories, Mitzi says, "Say thank
',iu ..Icob." With her father standing
i ght there, no less. As I read this
out loud to Goldi and Izzi, I
Swas really quite jarred by how
real it was and by the fact that
the author let it slide right by
Sthe parent in the scene. But then
' I thought: Maybe that's a model I
'lituld pay more attention to,
in c.id of always correcting my little
-iiI II I heard Goldi saying something
likc i.it to Izzi, she would receive a
'rcn Icrture: "Goldi, it is not your job to
t.ilk i, Izzi that way." The fact is, she
apparently is going to feel it's her job
no matter what I do or say.
Netflix brought us The Savages a
couple of weeks ago. I was

drawn to the relationship between the
adult children of a man at the end of his
life. Just as in Tell Me a Mitzi, and as with
my sister's kids' relationship, and my
kids' relationship, and my relationship

did I know that my efforts were
etely irrelevant to the hard-wiring
h order, about which neither I nor
anyone else could do a thing.

with my sister, and my partner's relation-
ship with his older siblings, the oldest
brother's word was the last word. Seeing
this behavior reflected so poignantly in
the film crystallized for me the notion that
it's human nature to follow this sibling
dynamic, dictated by birth order.
Goldi moving on to kindergarten at a new
school has been such a great thing for both
kids. For Izzi it has meant independence. He
is able to stretch out and develop his own
identity separate from being Goldi's baby
brother. It reminds me of how I finally
responded to the beat of my own drummer
when I left the school in which I was fol-
lowing my sister for a new school where
nobody even knew she existed. And then as
adults, I moved to Miami (across the state
from my family's Florida roots) and created
a life for myself while she stayed not only
in the city in which we grew up, but the
neighborhood her kids attending the
same school, and her family continuing our
family's legacy at the same synagogue.
Ditto on my partner's side, where his
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Continued from page 44 children were my kids' ages. But I

the old familial stomping
ground while my man uproot-
ed himself for some soul-
searching wandering before
settling in the Sunshine State.
One night as I lay awake,
troubled by work challenges
and working mom's guilt, I
felt the urge to call my sister
to talk. I wanted to know if she
had experienced the things I was

Clearly there is nothing I can do to
reprogram the inherent dynamic
between little brother and big sister.

stopped in my tracks and wondered:
Did she ever think of reaching out to

me this way? Or was nature forcing
me to turn to my big sister and forc-
ing her to feel unable to lean on me?
Clearly there is nothing I can do to
reprogram the inherent dynamic between
little brother and big sister. But if I can
ease any potential resentment that might
get in the way of their closeness and love,
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Green Art Takes Root in Miami

Whether it's recycled trash or mangroves in cups, it's all good

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
Sustainable art is growing in Miami.
One artist uses live mangroves as
his medium while others turn trash
into fashion. And one man wants every-
one to gather under the big tent to learn
the art of green living. Considered the
only gathering of its kind for art collec-
tors, artists, and environmentally con-
scious businesses, "Green Art Fair
MIAMI" coincides with the wildly popu-
lar Art Basel Miami Beach in early
The second annual event in Midtown
Miami is the brainchild of local artist
Luis Valenzuela, who has been working
with recycled materials for two decades.
He says the fair will be carbon-neutral
and highly recycled. "We really want to
put Miami on the green map. That's my
goal," says Valenzuela. Another goal is
to double attendance, from 10,000 last
year to 20,000 next month.
Valenzuela says that environmentally
conscious art is in his blood. His great-
grandfather in Venezuela started the fam-
ily tradition of recycling materials for
art. Valenzuela himself began creating
works using recycled paper some 20
years ago. With his Buddy Holly glasses
and tousled jet-black hair, Valenzuela
strikes the silhouette of a hip artist while
spreading the Al Gore gospel of environ-
mental responsibility.
The green art fair (greenartfair.com)
will take place under a giant silvery tent
(made from recycled material, of course)
in an empty lot behind the Shops at
Midtown Miami. Biofuels will power the
generators, and visitors will stroll over a
floor of grass. The main theme of the fair
and of Valenzuela's studio, green art usa,
is the re-use of waste to create art.
Twenty installations under the big top
will display art made from recycled
trash. An impressive cross-section of
concerned businesses are pitching in,
such as Waste Management, which plans
to recycle every possible scrap. A new
sustainable division of the restaurant
Segafredo will provide green edibles,
and models will hit the runway for an
eco-fashion show.
Another element of this year's green
art fair could be called "Project
Chairway." Valenzuela has been hoarding



Eco-artist Xavier Cortada's mangrove seedlings, from the Reclamation
Project at the Miami Musuem of Science.

old chairs in his Midtown studio and giv-
ing them to artists, including students
from FIU, Miami-Dade College, the
Miami Art Institute, and the Design and

The green art fair will take place ui
giant silvery tent (made from rec)
material, of course) in an empty
behind the Shops at Midtown Mi;

Architecture Senior High School, who
must transform them into fabulous furni-
ture. After the fair, the "100 Chairs for a
Cause" will be donated to Habitat for
The national Green Dot awards will be
revealed at the fair during a gala reception
on December 3. These $10,000 awards
were created in 2006 by the Farmani

Group and honor best practices in trans-
portation, design and build, products,
services, entertainment and culture, and
something called the concept category.
Other artists around Miami
get even more literal when it
ider a comes to going green. Across
Fcled town at the Museum of
lot Science, eco-artist Xavier
ami. Cortada has been growing
mangroves trees on a wall.
The Reclamation Project's
installation (reclamationpro-
ject.net) was unveiled during last year's
Art Basel week, and the array of
seedlings make quite an impression.
Dozens of water-filled cups in neat rows
hold one seedling apiece, which resem-
ble pens resting in clear ink. One of
these 1100 mangrove seedlings can be
adopted for $25. When they reach a cer-
tain size, the seedlings are destined to be

Transplanted along the shores of
SBiscayne Bay.
SCortada is considered the only "pLpuIn
Seco-artist in Miami, according to Mary Jo
, Aagerstoun, founder of the South Florida
SEnvironmental Art Project (sfeap.org).
SHer nonprofit defines eco-art as "a form
- of art practice that combines aesthetic
methods with scientific advances and
community engagement to help encour-
age environmental stewardship."
She applauds another project by
Cortada that combines planting native
trees with flags alongside them. "Xavier
concentrates on community mobilization,
and in his reclamation and native flags
projects, he focuses on reforestation,
something very much needed across
South Florida," she writes in an e-mail.
Sustainable art certainly has a place in
raising awareness about the world we
live in. It also makes sense symbolically,
as all art derives from nature.
One great contribution of art is to
deflect the pursuit of blind consumption
that has fueled so much waste in modern
society. Art places the value on quality
instead of sheer quantity as promoted by
the Wal-Mart mentality. Imagine if we
encouraged children of all ages to save
their pennies for one original painting
instead of 28 duplicate pairs of jeans.
The world needs more beauty and
less clutter.
Reducing the amount of trash in the
world is another goal of Valenzuela's green
art. "We're producing things with waste
instead of putting it in a landfill," he says.
"We are doing good things with waste."
At the fair, which runs December 2-7,
kids will get the chance to create
bracelets and other doodads from plastic
bottles. An educational pavilion and con-
tinuous screenings of eco-mentaries add
to the fair's learning curve.
Visitors to the green art fair will also
be encouraged to use local businesses
that promote sustainable practices, based
on a map being created for the event.
The bottom line, says Valenzuela, is that
he wants to use art to show the world
that Miami cares about our planet.
"Green art sends the message," he says,
"and it gets people to react about the
planet's situation. Our motto is 'more art,
less waste.'"

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To Leash or Not To Leash

That is the question, and it's a serious one

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

It seems wherever I go, whether with
my own dogs or with clients and
theirs, I am accosted by loose dogs
running freely at me. Often this happens
when I'm working with an owner and dog
whose problem is dog-to-dog relations.
A few years ago I brought my new res-
cue dog (Jay-J) to Pine Tree Park in
Miami Beach, along with a friend's
newly fostered Rottweiler named Sophie.
She'd been rescued from a junkyard
environment where it seemed her job
was to live outside and guard the "junk."
We had no idea what type of socializa-
tion Sophie had experienced, or how she
would react if another dog approached
her. More than 12 unleashed dogs came
at us during our walk, making Sophie
and her owner extremely nervous. We
had tried to stay away from everyone by
remaining on the outskirts of the park,
but dogs were racing more than 50 yards
to check us out.
The owners were completely unhelpful
when we asked them to call off their
dogs, or told them we were working with
these dogs to help them. They felt their
dogs were entitled to roam wherever
they wanted. The funny thing is that Pine
Tree happens to have a dedicated,
fenced-in dog park section, but only one
or two owners opted to use it. The rest
were running wild. I began telling own-
ers that the dogs we were with had parvo
disease ( a lie), just to try and get some
distance, but they didn't care.
Unfortunately, even as careful as I am,
I run into this situation repeatedly. Pine
Tree Park is just one example. And as

much as I love dogs, I really don't want
strangers' dogs mingling with my dogs
or my clients' dogs when I'm not invit-
ing them to do so. I don't know them or
how they are cared for. It's one thing to
be in an off-leash dog area and
expect dogs to interact. It is
another to put dogs in a dan- Some d
gerous position or to frighten with tt
people who don't own dogs tie(
because your pet is loose and le
approaching them. Many peo-
ple are afraid of dogs, includ-
ing small, fluffy, and toothless
pets that couldn't hurt a fly.
Even if you are in an area that allows
dogs to be off-leash, should your dog be?

Some dog owners appear to be obsessed
with the notion that their pets are entitled
to roam freely without being leashed. It
seems egotistical, as if the dog is actual-
ly minding them and choosing not to

og owners appear to be obsessed
ie notion that their pets are enti-
I to roam freely without being
ashed. It seems egotistical.

leave them something like people
who live together but aren't married.
Simply put, off-leash obedience can

never be guaranteed.
There is always more inherent danger
when dogs are off-leash than when
they're leashed. Even the most well-
trained dog could be distracted or simply
not listen to you one day. I once had a
client with an adopted Chihuahua tell me
he wanted to train his dog to be off-leash
like the German shepherd who lived
across the street. He resided on a busy
highway, and I explained to him that off-
leash obedience was never completely
reliable. Dogs are not robots and they do
not usually understand danger. The shep-
herd's owner was taking a giant risk with
his dog on such a busy street. Sadly, a
year later my client informed me the
shepherd had been hit by a car and died.
I do not know any other dog trainers
who take their dogs off-leash near busy
streets unless they have something to
prove. Our dogs are just too important to
us to take such a risk.
If you're going to take your dog out,
you must know the dog well before
attempting to let him run off-leash. Does
he generally stick to you like glue? A
"Velcro dog" is usually a good off-leash
candidate. Best to first practice over and
over in fenced-in areas. Walk around other
dogs, past squirrels in trees, birds, and
other people. Does your dog stay with you
or is he distracted by everything?
It's usually helpful to have some high-
value rewards with you as well. Give one
to him every time he comes close to you
so he wants to "check in" with you more.
It's also essential that your dog have an
excellent response to recall: "Come!"
If your dog likes to chase fast objects

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like cars or squirrels, you should never
let him off-leash when they are around.
The same holds for loud noises. If your
dog is sensitive to noise, do not let him
off-leash where there is construction or
lawn mowers or other noisy machinery.
He may just run away from you and
hide. Also if you have a retriever who
just can't keep himself out of a body of
water, or who must say hello to everyone
he meets, you don't want him crossing

the road to do so. After the fact, it's too
late to punish him. Plus he was already

Truly responsible pet owners alw.
without fail, keep their dogs under
plete control in shared public are

rewarded by taking the swim or getting
to say hello.

If your dog is aggressive or picks
fights with other dogs, he should never
be off-leash, period. Truly
responsible pet owners
always, without fail, keep
ays. their dogs under complete
cor- control in shared public areas.
las. (I hope my neighbor, with her
off-leash, aggressive, intact
male dog is reading this!)
While we all want our
dogs to run free and get great exercise
and stimulation, keeping them and

others safe must be our top priority.
Dogs are not programmed like com-
puters. Unexpected things happen.
Remember to keep your pet safe and
take proper precautions to help ensure
a long and happy life together.

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More Color, Fewer Mosquitoes

Here how to enjoy bromeliads without the biting bugs

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor
Although I'm a generalist when it
comes to plant selection for land-
scaping, there are a few plant
groups I always like to feature. One is
the bromeliad family. I've written about
various cousins of these pineapple rela-
tives many times, but what provokes me
now is the beautiful show of red color
that a bed of Portea petropolitana (vari-
ety rubra) has put on display at Jungle
Island, where I work.
The genus Portea has a number of
very attractive species within it. Many
grow well in full sun, forming dense
beds that will bloom twice a year if there
are enough plants. Remember, most
bromeliad species bloom only once and
then die, usually after forming a number
of "pups" or offshoots. A large, well-
established bed of bromeliads with a
hundred or so plants will not only bloom
twice a year, but each blooming period
can last a month or two.
I've grown the aforementioned bromeliad
for years. I've also grown with much success
several of its close relatives Portea ker-
mesina, P petropolitana (variety extensa) and
P leptantha. These bromeliads will grow
well in large containers, but I prefer them on
the ground. They will also grow as epiphytes
(in trees). If you're very color-conscious, the
hues of the inflorescences will be brilliant in
full sun but the foliage will be a very light
green color. The foliage will become a darker
green in a bit of shade, thus making the inflo-
rescence's contrast even greater.
Certain species of mosquito will breed in
the leaf axils of bromeliads when they con-
tain water. My work with mosquito-larvae

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control has taught me that
even bromeliads with very
narrow leaves and only a
very small amount of water
in the leaf axils (like some
of the Porteas) will have
mosquitoes breeding in
them, blazing sun notwith-
standing. A few granules of '
Bacillus thuringiensis (vari-
ety israelensis) or Bacillus 1
sphaericus in each leaf axil
will normally kill mosquito
larvae within 24 hours and
continue doing so for two to k
three weeks. Bacillus is a
bacteria, and these men- A bed of P
tioned are nontoxic to mam- in bloom.
mals, birds, reptiles, and
most other insects. They are considered
"bio-rational" pesticides.
Bacillus thuringiensis (variety israe-
lensis) can be purchased in granular form
from a number of online sources. To
apply it, I use a plastic jug with a handle
(windshield-washing fluid, bleach, or
something similar). I drill numerous
holes in the jug's bottom, each a bit larg-
er than the size of the granules. I then
pour in a few ounces of the product and
shake over the bromeliads. The granules
roll naturally into the leaf axils. Over
time, it's important to use different prod-
ucts to avoid eventual insect resistance.
I've been doing this successfully at
Jungle Island for the past three years. We
no longer need to spray for mosquitoes.
Speaking of mosquitoes, recently I
was asked to conduct a mosquito survey
on a couple of very large properties in
Miami. As I explained to the property
managers, there are about 65 species of

ortea petropolitana variety rubra

mosquitoes that have been documented
in Miami-Dade County, but only a hand-
ful of them are native. Some of the exot-
ic species are notorious disease vectors,
carrying yellow fever, dengue, malaria,
West Nile virus, and encephalitis. I pro-
ceeded to inspect the properties, and
after a few hours was able to collect
dozens of mosquito larvae from bromeli-
ads, tree cavities, water features, bird
baths, and discarded debris that con-
tained rain or irrigation water. I spent the
next week identifying the larvae.
I found close to ten species! Only two
of them were native; the others were
known disease vectors and aggressive
biters. Here are some things that you
should know about these unwelcome
creatures. Lots of rain does not cause
mosquitoes to breed. It's when that rain or
irrigation water collects in a container that
the mosquitoes have a place to breed.
Sometimes it takes less than an ounce of

water. Dumping out the water (like in a
bird bath) may kill the larvae but will not
remove the eggs from the sides of the
container if they belong to a species of
mosquito that lays its eggs above the
water line. These eggs can remain viable
and dry for more than a year. That's why
there are so many mosquitoes after flood-
ing rains. Clean that container with soap!
If you collect rain water in a water
catchment for irrigation use, you're
doing something really smart. Now make
sure that you screen off the container
completely so mosquitoes don't lay eggs
in the water or right above it. Also make
sure that you screen off the pipes that
channel the rainwater to the catchment. I
have seen adult mosquitoes fly through a
two-inch pipe more than 200 feet from a
covered storm drain into a building
through a drain on the floor. Don't
underestimate these insects!
Some of the more serious disease-car-
rying mosquitoes, like Aedes aegypti and
A. albopictus, breed in small containers,
and especially tree holes. I have found
that many radically pruned trees end up
with rotten holes in them. Water collects
in these hole, and so do mosquito larvae.
It's very important to prune properly, and
equally important to search for such holes
in a tree if you're serious about mosquito
control. I use utility foam to fill the holes.

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Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
Designs of Florida. Contact him by e-
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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 190.

Restaurant listings for the BT Dining
Guide are written by Pamela Robin
Brandt. Every effort has been made to
ensure accuracy, but restaurants
frequently change menus, chefs, and
operating hours, so please call ahead to
confirm information. Icons ($$$) represent
estimates for a typical meal without wine,
tax, or tip. Hyphenated icons ($-$$$)
indicate a significant range in prices
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Brickell / Downtown

900 S. Miami Ave.,
Hamachi chiles rellenos? Shiso leaf "nachos" topped
with raw spicy tuna, kaiware sprouts, and other Asian
ingredients? The Viva, a sushi roll that starts with stan-
dard Japanese stuff (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado),
adds typical Latin sabor jalapenon, cilantro), wraps it all in
a flour tortilla, and garnishes it with South of the Border
heat (spicy snow crab mix)? Miami hasn't tended to initi-
ate too many food "firsts," but this Japanese/Pan-Latin
fusion place is surely one. Intended as the groundbreaker
of an international chain, this stylish indoor-outdoor
eatery features inventive makis (executed by Hiro Asano,
formerly Bond Street's sushi maestro), plus LatAmer/
Asian small plates and meals like pasilla chile-braised
short ribs with wasabi-shiitake grits. Prices are higher
than at neighborhood sushi spots, but in keeping with
Abokado's Mary Brickell Village neighbors. $$$$

1435 Brickell Ave., Four Seasons Hotel
Originally an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, this com-
fortably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs in 2006 (to
Patrick Duff, formerly at the Sukhothai in Bangkok),
resulting in a complete menu renovation. Thailand's
famed sense of culinary balance is now evident through-
out the global (though primarily Asian or Latin American-
inspired) menu, in dishes like yuzu/white soya-dressed
salad of shrimp tempura (with watercress, Vidalia onion,
avocado, pomegranate), a tender pork shank glazed with
spicy Szechuan citrus sauce (accompanied by a chorizo-
flecked plantain mash), or lunchtime's rare tuna burger
with lively wasabi aioli and wakame salad. For dessert
few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled
with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard. $$$$$

500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254
Floor-to-ceiling picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay.
But diners are more likely to focus on the sparkling raw
bar and open kitchen, where chef Clay Conley crafts
imaginative global creations many of them combina-
tions, to satisfy those who want it all. One offering, "A
Study in Tuna," includes tuna sashimi, Maine crab, avo-
cado tempura, and caviar, with several Asian sauces.
Moroccan lamb is three preparations (grilled chop, haris-
sa-marinated loin, and bastilla, the famed savory-sweet
Middle Eastern pastry, stuffed with braised shank), plus
feta and smoked eggplant. Finish with a vanilla souffle
your way, a choice of toppings: chocolate, raspberry, or
creme anglaise. $$$$$

109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, down-
town has secret stashes small joints catering to Asian-
Pacific cruise-ship and construction workers. Opened
circa 2002, this cute, exotically decorated cafe has sur-
vived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is
delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will
want Indonesia's signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match col-
lection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on
rice. Once you're hooked, there's great gado-gado (veg-
gies in peanut sauce), nasi goring (ultimate fried rice),
and laksa, a complex coconut-curry noodle soup that's
near-impossible to find made properly, as it is here. Note:
bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500
On the Conrad's restaurant/lobby-level 25th floor, the
expansive, picture-windowed space around the corner
from the check-in desks used to be just a lobby exten-
sion. Now it's The Bar, which is not just a watering hole
with panoramic views. At lunch it's an elegant sandwich
bar; at night it's a raw bar (with pristine coldwater oys-
ters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos. That's just
the Basque word for tapas, but as interpreted by Atrio's
chef Michael Gilligan, there's nothing mere about the gen-
erously portioned small plates. They range from tradition-
al items like cod fish equixada (a zingy bacalao salad)
and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes to inventive
inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-stuffed
empanadas, or Asian-inspired soft-shell crab in airy tem-
pura batter. $$$

Blu Pizzeria e Cucina
900 S. Miami Ave. (Mary Brickell Village)
More than a mere pizzeria, this spot sports a super-sleek
Upper Eastside (of Manhattan) interior. If that's too formal,
opt for a casual patio table while you study the menu over
an order of warm, just-made gnocchetti (zeppole-like bread
sticks, with prosciutto and savory fontina fondue dip), or
creamy-centered suppli alla romana (porcini-studded toma-
to and mozzarella rice croquettes). And don't worry. The
place looks upscale, but prices of even the fanciest
seafood or veal entrees don't exceed $20. The fare fash-
ioned by chef Ricardo Tognozzi (formerly from La Bussola
and Oggi) is wide-ranging, but as the name suggests, you
can't go wrong with one of the thin-crusted brick-oven piz-
zas, whether a traditional margherita or inventive

asparagi e granchi (with lump crab, lobster cream, moz-
zarella, and fresh asparagus). $$-$$$

Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space
as its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more
spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,
owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered ter-
race directly on the waterfront. The food is Asian-inspired,
with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents (sushi, plus
creative fusion dishes like tangerine-anise spiced short
ribs with scallion pancake, or a tempura-battered snapper
sandwich with lemon aioli). For the health-conscious, the
menu includes low-cal choices. For hedonists there's a
big selection of artisan sakes. $$$-$$$$$

Caribbean Delight
236 NE 1st Ave
Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been
serving her traditional homemade island specialties to
downtown office workers and college students since the
early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the week-
day lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried
cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well
served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry.
All entrees come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and
salad, so no one leaves hungry doubly true thanks to
the home-baked Jamaican desserts. $

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
It's hard to figure why a Mediterranean/Latin restaurant
(with Asian touches) would be named after a line in a
1950s novel about a New England pedophile. But every-
thing else about this casually stylish spot is easy to
understand and easy on the wallet. All entrees cost
either $18 or $23, a price that includes an appetizer -
no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham
croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom
sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales. And all
desserts, from tiramisu to mango carpaccio with lemon
creme, are a bargain $2.50. The best seats in this hip
hangout, housed in the old Firehouse 4, are on the
rooftop patio. $$$

Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608
This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a lot
of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of food
onto its menu, and a very large amount of informal retro
California-style fusion food onto its plates. To the familiar
Latin American/Italian equation, the owners add a touch
of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but more health conscious).
Menu offerings range from designer pizzas and pastas to
custardy tamales, but the bistro's especially known for
imaginative meal-size salads, like one featuring mandarin
oranges, avocado, apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied
pecans, and chicken on a mesclun bed. $$

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries

about the seafood's freshness; on their way to the rustic
outside dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners
can view the retail fish market to see what looks fresh-
est. Best preparations, as always when fish is this fresh,
are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season,
Garcia's claws are as good as Joe's but considerably
cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular-
grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi, fried, grilled, or
blackened. The place is also famous for its zesty
smoked-fish dip and its sides of hushpuppies. $-$$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901S. Miami Ave., 305-455-4757
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery at Brickell
Plaza is more sleekly contemporary than most of Miami's
rodizio joints, but no worries. The classic sword-wielding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish -
16 cuts at dinner, 12 at lunch. And included in the price
(dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting
buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts,
and cheeses, plus additional accompaniments like irre-
sistible cheese bread served tableside. A pleasant,
nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart
passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango
chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-

638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1525
Indochine has succeeded by morphing from mere restau-
rant into hip hangout. Copious special events (art open-
ings, happy hours with DJs, classic movie or karaoke
nights, wine or sake tasting) draw everyone from down-
town business types to the counterculture crowd. Not
that there's anything "mere" about the range of food
served from three Asian nations. Light eaters can snack
on Vietnamese summer rolls or Japanese sushi rolls,
including an imaginative masago-coated model with
mango, spicy tuna, and cilantro. For bigger appetites,
there are Thai curries and Vietnamese specialties like
pho, richly flavored beef soup with meatballs, steak
slices, rice noodles, and add-in Asian herbs and sprouts.

Iron Sushi
120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000
(See Miami Shores listing)

La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800, www.laloggia.org
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm-feeling Italian
restaurant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing
downtown; when it first opened, eating options in the
courthouse area were basically a variety of hot dog wag-
ons. With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin
agnolloti in sage butter sauce, cilantro-spiced white
bean/vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, and souffle
di granchi (crabmeat souffle atop arugula dressed with
honey-mustard vinaigrette), proprietors Jennifer Porciello
and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that
returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the
afternoon, fueled by the Lawyer's Liquid Lunch, a vodka
martini spiked with sweetened espresso. $$$

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November 2008



Red, White, and You

Agreeable wine for $12 or less

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

We in the United States of America have a

lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving
Day, 2008.
We're thankful that our country isn't embroiled in an
obscene and useless war half a world away against a
country that was never any threat to us. We're thankful
that our economy is booming, showering its bounty
upon rich and poor alike. We're thankful that our gov-
ernment is composed of honest, hard-working people
who have the interests of the nation as a whole at heart,
that every American has access to affordable and effi-
cient health care, that we're finally taking steps to com-
bat the effects of global warm...
Huh? Damn! The drugs just wore off.
Let's try this again. We're thankful to sit down to a
good meal with family and friends, even as the world
beyond our doors is falling apart faster than a $10
Rolex. And to mark this annual orgy of thanks, glut-
tony, inebriation, football, trauma, and Maalox, we
offer several wines that will not only make your
Thanksgiving dinner go down easier, but also annoying

relatives, evaporating home equity, endless political
campaigning, and the general Sturm und Drang of
life in South Florida, circa 2008.
An excellent place to begin is with one of my
favorite everyday wines, the 2007 Pine Ridge
Chenin Blanc-Viognier. It's also a great comple-
ment to the traditional T-Day dinner, with the
dusky acidity of Chenin Blanc balancing rich
gravies and stuffings and the sweet-floral notes
of Viognier adding character to mild-tasting
turkey and potatoes.
Big, hearty red wines like Cabernet, Zinfandel,
Syrah, and even Merlot can overwhelm much of
a Thanksgiving meal, but there are plenty of
lighter-style reds as natural to turkey with all the
fixin's as the gobble. One of the best moderately
priced Pinot Noirs on the market is the 2006 Red
Bicyclette, a French wine alive with clean, simple
raspberry and strawberry flavors and crisp, citrusy finish.
Grenache can be hard to find as a stand-alone vari-
etal, except from the many lovely examples from Spain,
like the 2006 Tapefia Garnacha. Its aromas of toast,
plums and candied cherries carry through to the palate,
where it finishes with a tart flourish. A fine value here

is the 2005 Paul Bouchard C6tes du Rh6ne, a wine
with generous black cherry-currant fruit and soft tan-
nins but an overall structure that makes it an excellent
partner to a variety of foods.
And of course there's a Chardonnay. There's always
gotta be a Chardonnay. The 2005 Gallo Reserve is a
good one, priced right, with the creamy texture, lush
tropical fruit, and hints of vanilla most Chardonnay
drinkers adore. And if you're not one of them, be
thankful you have so many other choices.

The Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier and
Tapefia Garnacha can be found at the North
Miami Total Wine & More for $11.99 and $9.49,
respectively (14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-
3270). Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir and Gallo
Reserve Chardonnay are at the Biscayne
Commons Publix (14641 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
354-2171), as well as other Publix locations -
$9.99 for the Bicyclette and $10.49 for the Gallo.
You can grab the Paul Bouchard C6tes du Rh6ne
at Big Daddy's in North Miami (13205 Biscayne
Blvd, 305-891-3737) for a very reasonable $9.99.

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La Moon
144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209
At four in the morning, nothing quells the post-clubbing
munchies like a Crazy Burger (a heart-stopping Colombian
take on a trucker's burger: beef patty, bacon, ham, moz-
zarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an arepa
corn pancake "bun") unless it's a Supermoon perro, a
similarly overloaded hot dog. For less dainty eaters,
there's a bandeja paisa, a mountainous construction con-
taining char-grilled steak, pork belly, pork-enriched beans,
rice, plantains, eggs, and arepas. One hardly knows
whether to eat it or burrow in to spend the rest of the
night. While this tiny place's late hours (till 3:00 a.m.
Thursday, 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) are surprising,
the daytime menu is more so. In addition to all the cho-
lesterol-packed Colombian classics, there's a salad
Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango
salsa, and other yuppie favorites. $-$$

Latitude Zero
36 SW 1st St., 305-372-5205
Potted plants are the only sign outside this narrow store-
front that the room inside is worlds more charming than
standard downtown Latin eateries. This urban oasis is an
artsy little white-tablecloth place (with alternating red
tablecloths warming up the feel), but with no-tablecloth
prices. While much of the menu is Miami's generic Latin
mix, there ia a separate Ecuadorian section that's a
playlist of that country's culinary greatest hits.
Standouts: encebollado, a centuries-old fishermen's soup
given national individuality by yuca and zingy hits of lime;
lighter caldo de bola, veggie-packed broth with plantain
dumplings; and cazuelas, thick layered casseroles of
mashed plantains and tomato-enriched seafood. No clue?
Try a bandera, a mixed plate of Ecuador's most distinc-
tive dishes, including shrimp ceviche. $$

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
For those who think "Argentine cuisine" is a synonym for
"beef and more beef," this popular eatery's wide range
of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will
be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for

traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative
Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia
(lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeinos, basil, and
the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or
crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable
are entree salads like the signature Ensalada
Novecento: skirt steak slices (cooked to order) atop
mixed greens coated in rich mustard vinaigrette with a
side of housemade fries. $$-$$$

Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire may seem
more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack.
But while many dishes (including popular sides like bacon-
enriched hash browns and fried green tomatoes) are iden-
tical at all Oceanaires, menus vary significantly according
to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean
Bernal (formerly at Merrick Park's Pescado) supplements
signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly
marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-chang-
ing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish
seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish,
amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bar's cold-
water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116
The original branch on Miami Beach's Lincoln Road was
instantly popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern
fast food made with no trans fats or other nutritional
nasties is served at the three newer outlets. The prices
are low enough that one might suspect Pasha's was con-
ceived as a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business
School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek
and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from common classics
like falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muham-
mara (tangy walnut spread), silky labneh yogurt cheese,
and chicken adana kebabs with grilled veggies and aioli
sauce. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh,
from scratch, daily. $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs
(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back

several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown
institution. But the chicken is also a winner, plus there's a
full menu of soul food entrees, including what many afi-
cionados consider our town's tastiest souse. Sides include
collards, yams, and soft mac and cheese. And it would be
unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet potato
pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop half iced tea,
half lemonade. $-$$

15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449, www.perricones.com
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from
Vermont), this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's
first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad (with pig-
nolias, raisins, apples, and basil) is a favorite; dinner's
strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma
Jennie's old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses
filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sunday's
$15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an
omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, sal-
ads, and more remains one of our town's most civilized
all-you-can-eat deals. $$

Prime Blue Grille
315 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-5901
This truly 21st-century steakhouse targets today's health-
minded gourmets by serving only certified-organic Brandt
beef antibiotic- and hormone-free, as well as dry-aged,
butchered in-house, and smoke-seared by Prime Blue's
intense wood-burning grills and ovens. For noncarnivores,
the menu gives equal time to fish, all caught wild, and
offers dozens of cooked vegetable and salad options,
including build-your-own. There's also a raw bar and a
small steak/seafood retail counter. The decor is as mod-
ern as the menu. Instead of the stuffy men's club look,
you have a soaring, light-hued, open-plan, indoor/outdoor
space, with panoramic Miami River view. $$$$

Provence Gril
1001 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-1940
The cozy, terracotta-tiled dining room (and even more
charming outdoor dining terrace) indeed evoke the south
of France. But the menu of French bistro classics covers
all regions, a Greatest Hits of French comfort food: coun-
try-style pat6 maison with onion jam, roasted peppers
and cornichons; steak/frites (grilled rib-eye with pepper-
corn cream sauce, fries, and salad); four preparations of

mussels; a tarte tatin (French apple tart with roasted wal-
nuts, served a la mode). Deal alert: An early-bird prix-fixe
menu (5:30-7:30 p.m.) offers soup or salad, entree,
dessert, and a carafe of wine for $44 per couple. $$$-

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915
This casually cool Miami River-area jewel is a full-service
seafood spot, as evidenced by tempting menu selections
like soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish,
and remoulade. There are even a few dishes to please
meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni
and cheese. But oyster fans will still find it difficult to
resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large
selection of bivalves (often ten varieties per night), espe-
cially since oysters are served both raw and cooked -
fire-roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. To
accompany these delights, there's a thoughtful wine list
and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001
A branch of the original Rosa Mexicano that introduced
New Yorkers to real Mexican food (not Tex-Mex) in 1984,
this expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining expe-
rience that's haute in everything but price. Few entrees
top $20. The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly
- festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates needn't
fear; though nachos aren't available, there is nothing
scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly
made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-
habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature gua-
camole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegran-
ate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$

Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life is complicated. Food should be simple. That's owner
Armando Alfano's philosophy, which is stated above the
entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since it's
also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano
hails from Pompeii), it's fitting that the menu is dominated
by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian

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entrees such as spinach- and ricotta-stuffed crepes with
bechamel and tomato sauces. There are salads and sand-
wiches, too, including one soy burger to justify the other half
of the place's name. The most enjoyable place to dine is
the secret, open-air courtyard, completely hidden from the
street. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompa-
ny his "Thursday Night Live" events featuring local musi-
cians and artists. $-$$

Taste of Bombay
111 NE 3rd Ave.
No surprise that a place called Taste of Bombay would be
an Indian restaurant. And depending mostly on the pre-
dominant nationalities of downtown construction workers
at any given time, Taste of Bombay has also served
sushi, Philippine, and Chinese food. Best bet, though, is
the all-you-can-eat Indian buffet lunch spread, featuring
six changing entrees (a mix of meat, poultry, fish, and
vegetable curries) plus veggie pakoras, rice, salad, chut-
neys, hot naan bread, and a dessert. The place looks
plain outside, but it's pleasantly exotic enough inside for
a bargain business lunch. $$

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave.
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone),
gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot
has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live
music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from
lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The
kitchen is especially known for its chili, budget-priced
steaks, and burgers, including the mega-mega burger, a
trucker-style monster topped with said chili plus cheddar,
mushrooms, bacon, and a fried egg. There's also surpris-
ingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club
with lemon aioli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty
ribs, perfect accompaniment to the blues. $$

Midtown / Design District

Adelita's Caf6
2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside it's
bigger, better, and busier than it looks. Unlike many Latin
American eateries, which serve a multinational melange,
this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-
pleaser. On weekends especially, the two casual dining
rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare like
baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (Honduras's take on
tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed with seafood or
meat and veggies, and more. To spend ten bucks on a meal
here, one would have to be a sumo wrestler. $

Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, located on the ground floor of one of
midtown's new mixed-use condo buildings, the decor is a styl-
ish mix of contemporary cool (high loft ceilings) and Old World
warmth (tables made from old wine barrels). Cuisine is simi-
larly geared to the area's new smart, upscale residents: cre-
ative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger inter-
nationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie plat-
ters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly,
Venezuelan-born chef Alfredo Patino's former executive chef
gigs at Bizcaya (at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove) and other
high-profile venues are evident in sophisticated snacks like
the figciutto, a salad of arugula, gorgonzola dolce,
caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free
parking in a fenced lot behind the building. $$

Bleu Moon
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-373-8188
Deep inside the Doubletree Grand, this restaurant, which
has panoramic Biscayne Bay views and an outdoor deck,
is one of the few upscale dinner spots near the Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts. The eclectic menu is
more Mediterranean than anything else, from old-fash-
ioned favorites like lasagna to contemporary creations
like gnocchi with sun-dried tomatoes, sweet pea puree,

pine nuts, and ricotta salata. But a few seafood sauces
reflect Asian influences, and tropical Latin touches
abound. Some of the most charming dishes are modern-
ized American, and done well enough to make you nostal-
gic for 1985: creamy (but not gunky) lobster bisque, lump
crab cake with fried capers, and a retro arugula salad
with caramelized walnuts, bacon, gorgonzola, fresh
berries, and raspberry vinaigrette. $$$$

163 NE 39th St., 305-531-8700
The reputation that Arthur Artile amassed after years as
executive chef at Norman's and Chispa has made the
Design District's Brosia an instant hit. The menu is
Mediterranean-inspired, with a few items like gazpa-
cho Caprese fusing cuisines, but most retaining
regional individuality: Moroccan mussels in curry broth;
shrimp and clams (with garlic, chorizo, and sherry) that
scream "Spain!" The stylish space is a draw, too.
Inside, all mahogany, leather, and luxuriant intimacy;
outside, seating on an extensive patio shaded by a
canopy of old oaks. And the convenient all-day hours
(even breakfast) give it the feel of a real neighborhood
restaurant. $$$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909
If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves
supremely satisfying Italian, American, and French bistro
food were within walking distance of every Miami resi-
dent, we'd be a helluva hip food town. Located in the inti-
mate space that formerly housed Restaurant A, it's the
love child of Quebequoise chef Claude Postel and his wife
Callie, who runs the front of the house with exuberantly
friendly charm. Like true Parisian bistros, it's open contin-
uously, every day (until midnight!), with prices so low
(starters $5-8, entrees $8-15) that one really can drop in
anytime for authentic rillettes (a scrumptious spiced meat
spread, like a rustic pat6) with a crusty baguette, steak
with from-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many
changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is
free parking. And it's well worth a drive. $$

3612 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7877
This Design District old-timer has hung on for close to
20 years as the District has gone through its mood
swings. But it's no worse for the wear. The
upstairs/downstairs space looks good as new, and is
still almost impossibly cute. The menu, chalked daily on
a blackboard, still features well more than a dozen typi-
cal French bistro specials like chicken Dijonaise or
almond-crusted trout in creamy, lemony beurre blanc.
And the salads, soups, and sandwiches are still, invari-
ably, evocative. Rough-cut pat6 de champagne, topped
with cornichons on a crusty buttered baguette is an
instant trip to Paris. Though weekend nighttime hours
were instituted several years ago, dinner is an on-again,
off-again thing, so call first. $$-$$$

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is famil-
iar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pas-
tries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept dif-
ferentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers (like the Biscayne
Times: tuna salad with hummus, cucumber, roasted pep-
pers, arugula, and sprouts on multigrain bread), giving
diners something to chat about. For those who'd rather
Have It Their Own Way, both sandwiches and salads can
be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of
main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for
the creatively minded. $

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot,
as it was at the original Delicias, run by members of the
same family, eight blocks north on the Boulevard. There
are differences here, notably karaoke on weekends and
a kitchen that doesn't shut down till the wannabe
American Idols shut up, around 2:00 a.m. But the food is
as tasty as ever, especially the reliably fresh traditional

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ceviches, and for those who like their fish tangy but
cooked, a mammoth jalea platter (lightly breaded, fried
seafood under a blanket of marinated onions the fish
and chips of your dreams). As for nonseafood stuff, no
one who doesn't already know that Peru practically invent-
ed fusion cuisine (in the 1800s) will doubt, after sampling
two traditional noodle dishes: tallerin saltado (Chinese-
Peruvian beef or chicken lo mein) or tallerin verde (Ital-
Latin noodles with pesto and steak). $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St.
Most of the seating in this cool little breakfast/lunch room is
in a sort of giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that
makes the space feel expansively light-filled, and quite nicely
gentrifies its whole evolving Midtown block. This pioneering
place deserves to survive, even if just considering the roast
beef sandwich with creamy horseradish an inspired classic
combination that makes one wonder why more places in this
town don't serve it. (We'll debate later.) Other culinary high-
lights of the classic "Six S" repertoire (soups, sandwiches,
salads, sweets, smoothies, specials) might include a
turkey/pear/cheddar melt sandwich, and really sinful marsh-
mallow-topped brownies. $

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
3401 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
Like the West Coast's legendary In-NOut Burger chain, this
East Coast challenger serves no green-leaf faux health food.
You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher
dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait. Which
you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order,
not steam-tabled. Available in double or one-patty sizes,
they're well-done but spurtingly juicy, and after loading with
your choice of 15 free garnishes, even a "little" burger makes
a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior,
hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes; a changing sign
reports the spuds' point of origin. $

Fratelli Lyon
4141 NE 2nd Ave.
This Italian cafe has been packed since the moment
it opened. No surprise to any who recall owner Ken
Lyon's pioneering Lyon Freres gourmet store on pre-
gentrified Lincoln Road (1992-97), another joint that
was exactly what its neighborhood needed. The
restaurant's artisan salumi, cheeses, flavorful bou-
tique olive oils, and more on the ingredient-driven
menu are so outstanding that one can't help wishing
this restaurant also had a retail component. Well,
maybe later. Meanwhile console yourself with the
sort of salamis and formaggi you'll never find in the
supermarket (as well as rare finds like culatello -
prosciutto royalty), including a mixed antipasto
esplosione that would feed Rhode Island. Entrees
include properly al dente pastas, plus some regional
specialties like Venetian-style calves liver, rarely
found outside Italy. $$$

28 NE 40th St.
After a couple of years in hiatus, this Design District
restolounge has reopened in the same outdoor courtyard
space. What's new: "MediterAsian" chef Michael Jacobs
and a menu that travels beyond pan-Asian and
Mediterranean influences into the Americas. Entrees
range from lowbrow comfort food (cunningly reinvented
mini pot pies) to high-status extravagance (stone-seared,
authentic Kobe steak). For healthy grazers, raw-bar selec-
tions include ceviches and a large seafood platter (lob-
ster, shrimp, and lump crab with housemade dipping
sauces). There's also a snack menu (pristine coldwater
oysters, a crab salad timbale, parmesan-truffle shoe-
string fries, mini-Kobe burgers) served till the wee hours,
providing a welcome alternative to the Boulevard's fast
food chains. $$-$$$$$

Kafa Caf6
3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-438-0114
Opened in late 2007 by a brother/sister team (both originally
from Ethiopia, via San Francisco), this breakfast/lunch spot
is located in the casually stylish indoor/outdoor multi-roomed
Midtown space formerly housing Uva and Stop Miami.
Nothing on the menu tops $8, and portions feed an army (or
several starving artists). Signature item is the formidable
Kafa Potato Platter a mountain of wondrously textured
home fries mixed with bacon, ham, peppers, onion, and
cheese; eggs (any style), fresh fruit, and bread accompany.
Lunch's burgers, salads, and overstuffed sandwiches (like
the roast beef supreme, a melt with sauteed mushrooms,
onion, sour cream, and cheddar on sourdough) come with
homemade soup or other sides, plus fruit. Not full yet? The
pair plans expanded night hours with an authentic Ethiopian
menu, pending wine/beer license approval. $

Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd.
The menu is similar to that at many of our town's Latin
cafes, largely classic Cuban entrees and sandwiches,
with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin
America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed
seafood), or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many
Miami eateries consider a Latin country. What justifies
the new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppi-
fied/yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive,
rustic wooden deck. Delivery is now available. $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/sal-
ads/starters primer. What it doesn't convey is the
sparkling freshness of the ingredients and the care that
goes into constructing these mostly healthy snacks.
Entree-size salads range from an elegant spinach salad
(with goat cheese, pears, walnuts, and raisins) to chunky
homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens a
hefty helping of protein without typical deli-style mayo over-
load. Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed pani-
nis, or wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a
respectable Cuban, but the deceptively rich-tasting light
salad cream that dresses a veggie wrap might tempt even
hardcore cholesterol fans to stick with the sprouts. $-$$

Lost & Found Saloon
185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008
There's an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friend-
ly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-
only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its
neighborhood. It's now open for dinner six nights a week,
serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices.
Dishes like pinon and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-
drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable
tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and
salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon-
crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $

Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-571-9044
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the fea-
tures one expects at a rodizio-style restaurant, including
all-you-can-eat meats carved tableside and a lavish buffet
of salads, sides, salumi, and hot prepared dishes. What
sets Maino apart from typical rodizio palaces is its family-
run feel, intimate rather than intimidating, plus its atten-
tion to every detail (immediately obvious in the classy rus-
tic/elegant decor, highlighted by striking onyx accents -
bars, tabletops, and more). While it's rare at most rodizio
joints to get meat done less than medium, Maino's eager-
to-please servers here are happy to convey custom-cook-
ing preferences to the kitchen and they're English-speak-
ing, too. One other welcome difference: As well as the
one-price (hefty) feast, there are a la carte starters and
pastas for lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some
lunch specials. Free parking, too. $$-$$$$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St., 305-438-0228
(See North Miami listing)

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550
Long-awaited and an instant smash hit, this truly neighbor-
hood-oriented restaurant from Michael Schwartz, founding
chef of Nemo's in South Beach, offers down-to-earth fun
food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor set-
ting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes
range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped
celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple
comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with
pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken.
There's also a broad range of prices and portion sizes ($4-
$8 for snacks and small plates to $24-$39 for extra-large
plates) to encourage frequent visits from light-bite as well
as pig-out diners. Michael's Genuine also features an
eclectic and affordable wine list, and a full bar, with cut-rate
weekday happy hour cocktails. $$-$$$$

Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731
There's no sign out front, but this family-owned Irish
pub, on the pool deck of a waterfront condo building
across from the Miami Herald, for more than 15 years
has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local
journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap
eats and drinks (not to mention a billiard table and 17
TV screens). Regulars know daily specials are the way
to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast
turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big

burgers and steak dinners are always good, and happy
hour appetizers (like meaty Buffalo wings) are always
half-price. Additionally, a limited late-night menu pro-
vides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$

Orange Caf6 + Art
2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070
The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed cafe are
for sale. And for those who don't have thousands of dollars
to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten
bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chori-
zo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil
on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edi-
bles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the
Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and
house-baked pastries. $

Out of the Blue Caf6
2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-3800
Forget impersonal chain coffeehouses. This artist-friendly,
independent neighborhood cafe serves a full selection of
coffee drinks made with the award-winning beans of
Intelligentsia, a roasting company that works directly with
artisan growers to encourage sustainable agriculture -
and one helluva good cup of java. Also served: breakfast
and lunch sandwiches, imaginative salads, soups, home-
made pastries and creamy fresh-fruit smoothies. With
tables, sofas, and lounge chairs inside an old Midtown
house, plus free wireless Internet access, the space is
also just a pleasant place to hang out. Owner Carmen
Miranda (real name) says beer and wine will soon be
available. $

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St., 305-722-7369
Everyone knows Jonathan Eismann's original, now-
defunct Pacific Time, for many years Lincoln Road's
only serious contemporary restaurant. The question is:
How different is its new incarnation? Very, and it's all
good, starting with far superior acoustics (no more
voice-shredding conversations!), an admirably green
ecological policy, and a neighborhood-friendly attitude
(including kid-oriented dishes, plus continuous service
of inventive small plates and bar snacks). The food is
also more intriguing simultaneously complexly refined
and accessibly clean. While the addition of
Mediterranean influences to PT's former Pacific Rim
menu may sound confusing on paper, trust us: A meal
that includes a butter-grilled asparagus with prosciutto,
soft-cooked egg Milanese, and preserved lemon; plus
an Asian-accented creamy corn/leek soup with Peeky
Toe crab dumplings, coriander, and mustard oil makes
perfect sense on the tongue. $$-$$$$

3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201
(See Brickell/Downtown listing)

2905 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-0900
Those seeking dainty designer pizzas can fuhgeddaboudit
here. At this New York-style pizzeria (which has roughly
the same menu as North Beach's original Pizzafiore, but

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independent ownership), it's all about heftiness. A special
slice/soda deal features two pizza triangles bigger than
most Miami mini-skirts. Whole pies come medium (large),
large (huge), and extra-large (think truck tire). And with fully
loaded pizzas like the Supreme Meat Lover priced only a
few bucks more than a basic tomato/ cheese, it pays to
think big about toppings too. Other Italian-American fare is
also available, notably pastas and subs. $-$$

1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
Relatively few people except hotel guests and condo
residents are familiar with the Grand's restaurants
(except for Tony Chan's). The imposing, cavernous lobby
just doesn't have that "do drop in" locals' hangout vibe.
But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to
the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven speci-
mens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to
trendy prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But
pastas are also planned to please: diners' choice of
starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the
price is right, with few entrees (whether traditional veal
piccata or seared ahi tuna) topping $20. The capper:
It's open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge, which
offers South Beach sophistication without the prices
or attitude, thanks to charming proprietor Mario Cicilia.
Among the seafood offerings, you won't find exotica or
local catches, but all the usual sushi/sashimi
favorites are here, but in more interesting form,
thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy
sriracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many more. Especially
recommended: the yuzu hamachi roll (chopped Pacific
yellowtail with scallions, sesame, roe, citrusy dressing,
and refreshing shiso leaf), the lobster tempura maki
(with veggies, chive oil, and an oddly wonderful tomato
sauce), and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-
sour mayo and a salad. $$-$$$

4029 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1819
Combining contemporary Design District chic with tradi-
tional African craft (from its adjacent art gallery), Sheba's
spacious setting is a soothing place to discover the exot-
ic offerings of Miami's only Ethiopian eatery. Once diners
adjust to eating with their hands (using inerja, the sour-
dough crepes accompanying entrees, as a utensil), the
food is quite accessible. Both wats (meat and poultry
stews) and tibs (sauteed dishes incorporating the familiar
multicultural "holy trinity" of onions, tomatoes, and pep-
pers) tend, like Cuban cuisine, to be spiced with complex-
ity, not fire. A Best of the Best platter for two enables din-
ers to sample most of the menu. $$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291
Some things never change, or so it seems at this diner,
which is so classic it verges on cliche. Open since 1938,

it's still popular enough that people line up on Saturday
morning, waiting for a seat at the horseshoe-shaped
counter (there are no tables) and enormous breakfasts:
corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy
pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia
sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict, all
in mountainous portions. The lunch menu is a roll call of
the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu
and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888
The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, a
huge bayside condo/resort hotel, looks far too glitzy to
serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food.
The presentation is indeed elegant, but the American
dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more
authentic and skillfully prepared than those found else-
where in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail
(minced with mushrooms in lettuce cups). Moist sea
bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion,
ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking
duck is served as three traditional courses: crepe-
wrapped crispy skin, meat sauteed with crisp veggies,
savory soup to finish. $$$-$$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775
Both bistro and retail wine shop, this Design District spot
is run by Florent Blanchet, an energetic young Frenchman
who was previously a wine distributor. His former gig led
to connections that mean if wine lovers don't find the bot-
tle they want in W's selection of roughly 200-labels
(which emphasizes boutique and organic growers),
Blanchet can probably get it within 24 hours. Food is
sophisticated light bites like a shrimp club sandwich with
pancetta and sun-dried tomato aioli; smoked duck salad
with goat cheese croutons and a poached egg; and
chocolate fondant. At night there are tapas. $-$$

Zuperpollo Biztro Reztocafe
3050 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-8485
Occasionally there's a sign out front of the office building
housing this bistro, indicating that a branch of the popu-
lar Uruguayan eatery Zuperpollo (on Coral Way, since
1986) is within. Otherwise, since the restaurant opened
in 2006, locals have basically had to intuit its presence -
way in back, past a guard desk and an elevator bank,
behind an unmarked door. Once there, diners discover an
extensive pan-Latin menu of breakfast food, salads, sub-
stantial meat and fish entrees, homemade pastas and
soups, desserts, and sandwiches, including Uruguay's
famed chivito, sometimes called "a heart attack on a
bun": beef, bacon, ham, eggs, mozzarella, plus sauteed
mushrooms and red peppers. And naturally, from the
rotisserie, there's the signature zuper chicken. $-$$

Upper Eastside

5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside
car wash, Andiamo is also part of Mark Soyka's 55th
Street Station which means ditching the car (in the

complex's free lot across the road on NE 4th Court) is no
problem even if you're not getting your vehicle cleaned
while consuming the brick-oven pies (from a flaming open
oven) that are this popular pizzeria's specialty. Choices
range from the simple namesake Andiamo (actually a
Margherita) to the Godfather, a major meat monster.
Extra toppings like arugula and goat cheese enable din-
ers to create their own designer pies. Also available are
salads and panini plus reasonably priced wines and
beers (including a few unusually sophisticated selections
like Belgium's Hoegaarden). $$

916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street, formerly known for its live bait
and auto repair shops, is rapidly becoming a cool alt-cul-
ture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic
indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially
bustling on nights featuring live music, it's even more
fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an
informal fair and the menu includes Brazil's national
dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and
cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from
unique, tapas-like pastels (shrimp and hearts of palm-
stuffed turnovers) to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also
appealing and budget-priced. $$

The Boutique Kitchen
6815 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0089
What the sure-handed sensibilities of Haitian-American
chef/owner Jean Sebastien (whose culinary training
came from notable NYC fine-dining restaurants) does to
his menu's basic dishes raises them to new heights,
while keeping them comfortingly homey. Melt-in-your-
mouth oxtail comes with gently herbed polenta and
thyme-spiked honey dressing; an equally slow-cooked
roast pork sandwich is elevated by horseradish mayo
and impeccable housemade slaw. And as for desserts:
one bite of the peach cobbler, made by the chef's
dynamic co-owner/mom Evelyne, almost makes one feel
sorry for the Starbucks at the other end of this little
shopping strip. $-$$

Le Caf6
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551
For anyone who can't get over thinking of French food as
intimidating or pretentious, this cute cafe with a warm
welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is the
antidote. No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just classic
comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh oys-
ters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast),
Nicoise salad, quiche, and homemade creme brulee. A
respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as
is the housemade sangria. Top price for entrees is about
$14. $-$$

5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-3930
When this atmospheric little neighborhood oasis opened,
the formula was Cuban cooking at lunch, Catalan tapas
at night. The menu is now more uniform: contemporary
Spanish and pan-Latin tapas, sandwiches, salads, sides,
and entrees at all hours, just a far more elaborate selec-
tion at night. The tapas list is especially impressive, with
all the usual Hispanic meat and cheese favorites but also
an unusually large selection of seafood and vegetarian
items such as espinaca a la catalaina (spinach sauteed

with pine nuts and raisins). Must-not-miss items include
ultra-creamy croquetas (ham, cheese, chicken, spinach,
or bacalao), grilled asparagus with aioli, and habit-forming
Brazilian cheese bread. $-$$$

Captain Crab's Take-Away
1100 NE 79th St., 305-754-2722
The drive-through window says "fast food," and so do
this long-lived seafood shack's low prices. And indeed
there are three Captain Crab's Take-Aways (the others
are in Carol City and Fort Lauderdale), all related to
the sit-down Crab House restaurants. But there the
resemblance to McFauxFood ends. For about the price
of a bucket of the Colonel's chicken you can get a
bucket of the Captain's savory garlic crabs. The King's
burger meal or the Captain's similarly priced fried (or
garlic boiled or New Orleans-spiced) shrimp meal? No
contest. Also popular: crab cakes and conch (fried or
in fritters and chowder). For fish haters, spicy or garlic
chicken wings are an option; for kids, cut-price "first
mate" meals. $-$$

Casa Toscana
7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-3353
Tuscan-born chef/owner Sandra Stefani cooked at
Norman's (and briefly ran the Indian Creek Hotel's restau-
rant) before opening this Upper Eastside jewel, a wine mar-
ket/eatery whose 30 original seats have been supplement-
ed by a wine room/garden for tasting events and private
dining. Stefani travels regularly to Italy to find exciting, limit-
ed-production wines and inspiration for truly Tuscan-tasting
daily special dishes with honest, authentic flavors, such as
grilled wild boar sausages with lentil croquettes. Favorites
that show up often on the menu include pear and ricotta
raviolini with sage butter sauce, grilled eggplant slices rolled
around herbed goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, and a
light ricotta tart with lemon and rosemary. $$$

Che Sopranos
7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282
This branch of a Miami Beach Italian/Argentine pizzeria,
housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy
patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola
pizza (a classic Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto,
and shredded parmesan) doesn't do the trick, the New
World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled
eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sand-
wiches, dinner entrees (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti,
lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts
(tiramisu or flan). $

Chef Creole
200 NW 54th St, 305-754-2223
Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner
Wilkinson Sejour's two tiny but wildly popular establish-
ments. While some meatier Haitian classics like griot
(fried pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available -
and a $3.99 roast chicken special is a hard deal to resist
- the glistening fish display that greets diners as they walk
in makes it clear that seafood is the specialty here:
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce), lambi fri (a mountain of perfectly tenderized fried
conch), poisson gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter
sauce), garlic or Creole crabs. Note for ambiance-seekers:

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The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut dining; North
Miami's outlet, a former Carvel, has the same food but
lacks the tropical charm. $-$$

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3433
What could induce downtown businessmen to drive to
the Upper Eastside to eat at a few outdoor-only tables
just feet from the busy Boulevard? From the day it
opened, people have been lining up, even in summer's
sweltering heat, for this stand's sauce-garnished, all-
beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot dogs. The 22
varieties range from simple (the Classic, with ketchup,
relish, and chopped onion) to the elaborate (the
Athens, topped with a Greek salad, including extra-vir-
gin olive oil dressing) to near-unbelievable combina-
tions like the VIP, which includes parmesan cheese and
crushed pineapple. $

East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351
Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger
soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer
entrees like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also
has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild
mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choic-
es. The East Side Salad includes goat cheese, walnuts,
and cranberries; quaffs include imported Peroni beer. As
for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by
the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and
Grande mozzarella (considered the top American pizza
cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered out-
door picnic tables. $

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Low profile would be an understatement for this place.
Housed in a yellow building that's tucked in back of a
parking lot behind a small grocery store, it's nearly invisi-
ble from the street. Inside, though, it has the comfortable
feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive
Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Rastafari owner Immanuel
Tafari cooks up meat and dairy-free specials, like
Jamaican pumpkin/chayote stew in coconut milk, that
depend on what looks good at that morning's produce
market. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet
plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served
for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like
vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato
pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry
waffles with soy sausage patties. $

Gourmet Station
7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229
Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with no
time to cook, has been trendy for years. But the Gourmet
Station has outlasted most of the competition. Main rea-
son: deceptive healthiness. These are meals that are
good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for you.
Favorite items include precision-grilled salmon with lemon-
dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with home-
made BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food. For lighter

eaters, there are wraps and salads with a large, interest-
ing choice of dressings. Food is available a la carte or
grouped in multimeal plans customized for individual
diner's nutritional needs. $$

Hiro's Sushi Express
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
(See North Miami Beach listing)

Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmy's respects the most
important American diner tradition: Breakfast at any hour.
Admittedly the place closes at 4:00 p.m., but still. There
are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles for sweet-tooth
eaters; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face
frittatas for those preferring savories; and a full range of
sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash
browns, even hot oatmeal. Also available are traditional
diner entrees (meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions),
plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken
soup. $-$$

7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-1392
A real car wash with meticulous detailing takes time. But
killing an hour is a pleasure at this stylish car
wash/tapas bar, where the elegant light fare occasionally
even outshines the hand-washed automobiles.
Vegetarians do especially well, with crusty baguette sand-
wich combos like brie, walnuts, and honey, or another
featuring grilled artichokes and buttery St. Andre cheese.
Lower carb items range from an imported olive assort-
ment to an antipasto platter with Spanish Cantimpalo
chorizo, manchego cheese, and garbanzos. There are
breakfast and dessert pastries too. Beverages include
organic coffee and soy chai lattes, as well as wines and
an extensive beer list featuring Belgian brewskis. On
Thursday nights the car wash transforms into a chic
lounge until 2:00 a.m. $-$$

6708 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-0074
This newly renovated, indoor/outdoor sports bar serves
low-priced but high-quality steaks, plus more typical bar
food that's actually far from the usual premade,
processed stuff. Philly cheese steak sandwiches, big
enough for two, are made from hand-sliced rib eye; sides
include fries and beer-battered onion rings, but also light-
ly lemony sauteed spinach. And the burgers rule, particu-
larly the Doomsday, a cheese/ bacon/mushroom-topped
two-pound monster that turns dinner into a competitive
sport. But even the smallest Queenburger (a half-pounder
that's no sissy) is a perfectly seasoned contender. No
hard liquor, but the beer list makes up for it. $$

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-5862
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building may not
seem a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery,
but once inside, the charming decor and the staff's ebul-
lient welcome indeed are reminiscent of a cafe in Italy.
The kitchen's outstanding feature is a brick oven, which
turns out designer pizzas (greater in variety, lesser in cost
on the lunch menu, in effect till 4:30 p.m.) and crisp-
skinned roast chickens. Otherwise the menu holds few

surprises except the prices, surprisingly low for such a
stylish place. No dish exceeds $22. $$-$$$

The Lunch Room
7957 NE 2nd Ave., 305-722-0759
Hidden in Little Haiti, this Thai/Japanese spot, which
opened in 2005, remains one of the Upper Eastside's
best-kept secrets. But chef Michelle Bernstein (of
Michy's) and other knowledgeable diners wander over
from the Boulevard for simple but perfect pad Thai, chili
grouper (lightly battered fillets in a mouthwatering
tangy/sweet/hot sauce), silky Asian eggplant slices in
Thai basil sauce, and other remarkably low-priced special-
ties of Matilda Apirukpinyo, who operated a critically
acclaimed South Beach Thai eatery in the 1990s. Though
the casually cute indoor/outdoor place is only open for
weekday lunches, "cantina" dinners can be ordered and
picked up after hours. $

6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a resume that
includes topchef gigs at upscale eateries like Azul, not to
mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a
homey restaurant in an emerging (but far from fully gentrified)
neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white
almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue
cheese croquetas. Though most full entrees also come in
half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add
up fast. Table-to-table conversations about the food are com-
mon, something that only happens at exciting, if not flaw-
less, restaurants. And at this one, the star herself is usually
in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$

7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Like its Brickell-area older sibling Indochine, this friendly
indoor/outdoor Asian bistro serves stylish fare from
three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are
also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad
Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire
sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted gar-
lic). But the cafe also carves out its own identity with
original creations, including yellow curry-spiced
Moonchine fried rice or Popeye's Salad (spicy tuna, avo-
cado, spinach, masago roe, sesame seeds, and a
scrumptious sweet/hot kimchee dressing). Nearly every-
thing is low in sodium, fat, and calories except
desserts (notably the chocolate bomb). There's also an
impressive sake list, too. Coming soon: a large rear
patio for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
"Spruced up" is a supreme understatement for the
space, formerly the Haitian hole-in-the-wall Fidele. Now a
boutique Japanese eatery, this younger sibling of South
Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a
sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even
more striking than the hip decor is the food's unusually
upscale quality. But this isn't surprising given the own-
ers' previous work: Toshi Furihata and Hiro Terada were
executive chefs at SushiSamba and Doraku; Yani Yuhara
is an ex-Benihana manager. Sushi ranges from pristine
plain individual nigiri (all the usuals plus rarer finds like
toro) to over-the-top maki rolls like the signature Moshi
Moshi (tuna, white tuna, salmon, avocado, masago,

tempura flakes, spicy mayo). Tapas also go beyond
standards like edamame to intriguing dishes like arabiki
sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank with a
superior pop/spurt factor; rarely found in restaurants
even in Japan, they're popular Japanese home-cooking
items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (rich-
er/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest
appetites. $-$$$

One Ninety
26 NE 54th St., 305-758-7085
When the original One Ninety, a hip Nuevo Hippie hangout
in residential Buena Vista, closed because of rent increas-
es in 2004, loyal patrons from all walks of life mourned the
loss. In its new Little Haiti location, the space is much
smaller but the loose vibe is the same, as are the eclectic
live bands and some old food favorites: bacalao cake with
onion, cuke, and tomato salad with lemony aioli sauce;
ricotta-walnut agnolotti with butter and sage; and chef Alan
Hughes's unique black-pepper-spiked white chocolate
mousse (now presented as one of a five-item chocolate
medley). $$-$$$

Pineapple Blossom Tea Room
8214 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8328
The interior of this pineapple-yellow building is a soothing
oasis offering traditional full English tea service or a
more zingy tropical fruit-flavored Caribbean variation.
Whether your chosen brew is steaming Earl Grey or pineap-
ple-mint iced tea, the scones (with thick cream and jam),
tea cakes, cookies, and desserts, are hometown treats.
Owner Frances Brown is a pastry chef. There's more sub-
stantial fare, too. Innovative wraps like Caribbean shrimp
salad with tropical fruit salsa; salads such as warm goat
cheese with fresh greens, tomatoes, dried cranberries, and
candied cashews. Also offered are tempting take-out bas-
kets like the Tea for Two (with tea, jam, scones, and cook-
ies), great for gifts or for at-home teas. $-$$

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-7773
Only in Miami: From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Kris
Wessel's intentionally downwardly mobile retro-cool river-
front restaurant, located in a refurbished old motel, you
can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees (Florida's own
half mammal/half meatloaf) while enjoying eclectic
regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-orange-
marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet
corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried
green tomatoes). The menu is limited, which makes
sense with a chef-driven place; and it changes daily,
which also makes sense at an ingredient-driven place.
But several signature specialties, if they're available, are
not to be missed: BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire
and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini
conch fritters, and homemade ice cream. $$-$$$

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party
noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten,
this German restaurant is owner Alex Richter's one-
man gentrification project, transforming a formerly

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uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time.
The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal
bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy
garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup;
savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and,
naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded
pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-
dozen different sauces. $$-$$$

5556 NE 4th Court
This expansive, contemporary hangout was often credit-
ed with almost single-handedly sparking the revitaliza-
tion of the Biscayne Corridor's Upper Eastside. Now that
the hype has calmed down, Soyka remains a solid
neighborhood restaurant that, like restaurateur Mark
Soyka's previous ventures (notably Ocean Drive's pio-
neering News Cafe and the Van Dyke on Lincoln Road)
is a perfect fit for its area. Comfortably priced yuppie
comfort food like meatloaf with mashed potatoes, crab
cakes with spicy-sweet slaw, a wild mushroom/smoked
mozzarella pizza, or a Cobb salad may not be revolution-
ary fare, but Soyka continues to thrive while more ambi-
tious, nationally publicized restaurants like OLA have
come and gone. $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the fairly standard menu of sushi-bar specialties plus
a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes,
there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki
that's admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size:
six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus,
avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt)
roes, and special sauces. Also popular are red and
orange dragon rolls, similarly sauced makis of fried
shrimp plus veggies, topped with, respectively, raw tuna
and salmon. Thai dishes come with a choice of more
than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or
green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional
honey sauce. $$$

UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
Owned by the Vega brothers (chef Michael and artist
Sinuhe) of Cane 6 Sucre now defunct, but one of
Midtown Miami's first cool, contemporary cafes this
more ambitious yet casual outdoor/indoor Euro-cafe and
lounge serves the same purpose on the Upper Eastside,
helping to transform a commuter strip into a hip place to
hang out. The menu has grown more sophisticated along
with the neighborhood. Lunch includes a variety of salads
and elegant sandwiches like La Minuta (beer-battered
mahi-mahi with cilantro aioli and caramelized onions on
housemade foccacia). Dinner features a range of small
plates (poached figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey
balsamic drizzle) and full entrees like sake-marinated
salmon with boniato mash, Ponzu butter sauce, and
crispy spinach. Drink specials and live music on week-
ends. $$-$$$

Ver-Daddys Taco Shop
7501 Biscayne Blvd.
At this soulful taco shop, the menu descriptions are in
common English ("cinnamon puffs" drizzled with honey
and lime, not "buinuelos"). But taco fillings range from the
commonplace (ground beef, shredded chicken) to more
unusual pork in chili verde, fried potato, or Baja battered
fish (authentically garnished with Mexican crema and
cilantro-spiked cabbage). And all offerings can be loaded
with other garnishes from the kitchen (refried beans,
cheese, crema) or less perishable offerings from a salsa
bar. For the heath-minded, oils are nonhydrogenated, and
sauces/seasonings are all housemade and free of
preservatives. $

Wine 69
6909 Biscayne Blvd.
From the name, one might think this is just a wine shop.
It's actually about wine, food, and art, and how they work
together. Wines, about 200 labels, are available retail (at
35-50 percent of their marked prices, which are for in-
house drinkers), with 40 sold by the glass. But the
place's specialty is comparative flights of various wine
types from different regions. Food, designed for pairing,
includes a new $25 three-course dinner. But the menu is
mostly light bites with intriguingly inventive touches: a
seared Cajun tuna salad with wasabi sauce; crab cakes
with Asian sriracha chili sauce; a three-cheese souffle.
Especially impressive are some nicely priced
cheese/charcuterie platters, served with fig tapenade,
cornichons, fresh fruits, bread, and multiple sauces. And
the art part encompasses revolving exhibits, plus an art
lecture series featuring wines picked by owner Ben Neji to
compliment the art. $$

Barchetta on the Bay
1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-2228
Location, location, location. The truth of the old real
estate cliche could not be better illustrated than at this
reasonably priced Italian restaurant. While pastas like
lobster ravioli in tomato/cream vodka sauce are under
$20, and no meat or seafood entree exceeds $30, the
spectacular setting on Biscayne Bay is priceless. Floor to
ceiling picture windows serve as the expansive indoor
dining space's rear wall, but the primo seats are out-
doors, in sheltered banquettes and patio tables where
the water view, and carefree tropical party feel, is unim-
peded. $$-$$$$

Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway; 305-864-4889
Tucked into a mall best known for housing the Happy
Stork Lounge, this little luncheonette joint services big
appetites. Along with the usual grilled churrascos, there's
an especially belly-busting bandeja paisa (Colombia's
sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried
egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans). But do not
miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de costilla, if
this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily changing home-
made soups. Arepas include our favorite corn cake: the
hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, came
desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice,

beans, and cheese. Garnished with even more over-the-
top abandon are Colombian-style hot dogs like the Perro
Rico, topped with chicharron, chorizo, cheese, a quail
egg, and pineapple to cancel out the cholesterol. Ha! But
who cares? Strap on the med emergency bracelet and
bring it on. $-$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway
Inside a small market that is, nevertheless, widely con-
sidered Miami's premier source of Japanese foodstuffs,
the "Sushi Deli" restaurant component is nothing more
than a lunch counter to the left of the entrance. But chef
Michio Kushi, who worked for years at the Sushin,
Miami's first full-service Japanese restaurant, serves up
some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: tradi-
tional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned sea-
weed, more rice, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed
into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich
squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some
unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do
daily entrees, like curried beef stew, that typify Japanese
home cooking. $

Mario the Baker
1700 79th St. Causeway
(See North Miami listing)

Oggi Caffe
1666 79th St. Causeway
This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a
pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restau-
rants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide
range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily,
remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele.
Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant
crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional
forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghetti-
ni (with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes). For
those tempted by too much, ultra-accommodating
servers have been known to allow half orders of two
pastas. $$-$$$

Shuckers Bar & Grill
1819 79th St. Causeway
"Cheap eats and a million-dollar view" is the sound bite
manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor
beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint
dates from South Beach's late 1980s revival, but the
kick-off-your-shoes vibe not to mention the pool tables
and jukebox couldn't be farther from SoBe glitz. The
food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings,
conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners
featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen,
fish. And since about half of the establishment is shel-
tered, the bites and bay view rock even when the weather
sucks. $-$$

Sushi Siam
1524 NE 79th St. Causeway
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

940 71st St., 305-864-9848
It took a Greek place (Ouzo's, which moved to bigger SoBe
quarters in 2007) to break the curse of this former restau-
rant jinx location. And Ariston continues the lucky streak
with classical Greek cuisine based on recipes of co-owner
Thanasis Barlos's mom Noni Barlou, and executed by CIA-
trained chef Alexia Apostolidis. Skip the menu's puzzling
Italianesque and generic Euro-American selections and con-
centrate on authentic treats like the lightest, most savory
whipped tarama (caviar spread) west of Athens; ultra-rich
tzatziki (Greek yogurt with cukes, garlic, and olive oil); brac-
ing avgolemono (egg-thickened chicken/lemon soup); char-
grilled sardines with greens and citrus dressing; or an
inspired eggplant/ground beef moussaka, bound here with
an almost sinfully custardy bechamel. $$-$$$

Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305-867-0106, www.primapasta.com
Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run North
Beach landmark has now taken over the block, with an
outdoor terrace and multi-roomed indoor space whose
walls are full of photos of their clientele (including nation-
al and local celebs). Particularly popular are homemade
pastas, sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence rather
than Italian simplicity: crabmeat ravioletti in lobster cream
sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with seafood. Veal
dishes, such as piccata with white wine-lemon-caper
sauce, are also a specialty. Though romantic enough for
dates, the place is quite kid-friendly and on the ter-
race, they'll even feed Fido. $$$

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr.,
When an eatery's executive chef is best-selling Thai cook-
book author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect major media
hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address.
Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an
old Thai school pal who'd moved to Miami) at this unpreten-
tious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some stand-
out dishes here (like shrimp and corn cakes with plum
sauce, deep-fried sweet and sour fish, and roast duck with
tamarind sauce) are featured in the chef's latest tome,
Vatch's Thai Kitchen, but with Tamarind's very affordable
prices (especially at lunch), you might as well let the man's
impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave.
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branch-
es elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is
fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami. And why do
Miamians eat here? Not ambiance. There isn't any. But
when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies
know their fish, tout the seafood's freshness, we listen.

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And though the bargain prices, and many menu items, are
similar to those at other fast-food sushi places, there are
some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the Maharaja,
featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry mayo. And
where else will you find a stacked sushi (five assorted
makis) birthday cake? $-$$

Village Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave.
There's an official Village Hall a few blocks up the road,
but a popular vote would probably proclaim Village Cafe
the community center of Miami Shores. Few residents
can resist starting the workday with unique breakfast
treats like a pressed panini of ham, Brie, and
caramelized apples. Later locals gather over a balsamic-
dressed cranberry blue chicken salad (a grilled breast on
romaine with gorgonzola, walnuts, and dried cranberries),
pan-fried blue crab cakes with beurre blanc and crisp
cayenne-fried onions, wonton-topped salmon Oriental, or
homemade pasta. As for dessert, the pastry case
speaks for village residents: Let them eat (fresh-baked)
cake! $-$$

C6te Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112
If every Miami neighborhood had a neighborhood restau-
rant like this low-priced little French jewel, it'd be one fan-
tastic food town. The menu is mostly simple stuff: break-
fast croissants, crepe, soups, sandwiches, salads,
sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a
Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna,
onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side
salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads,
and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French
technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the
stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafe's
baguette sandwiches. $-$$

Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd.
If it's Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish. If it's Saturday, it must be ajiaco. Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl. But veggies and
garnishes vary, and this modest Colombian eatery is a
handy spot to comparison-test such typical stews.
Adventuresome eaters may want to try another Saturday
special, mondongo (tripe soup, similar to Mexico's
menudo). For Colombian-cuisine novices, a Bandeja Paisa
(sampler including rice, beans, came asada, chicharron,
eggs, sauteed sweet plantains, and an arepa corn cake)
is available every day, as are antojitos "little whims,"
smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with
Colombian sausage). And for noncarnivores there are sev-
eral hefty seafood platters, made to order. $$

Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435
While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels,
one can't actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to
its location next to a firearms shop. But there's a lot of
other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range
of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time,
with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular. But
what's most important is that this is one of the area's few
sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy
outside, challengingly chewy inside. Those puffy half-
donuts most places pass off as bagels aren't even con-
tenders. $

13408 Biscayne Blvd, 305-947-6339
Buried in a strip mall perpendicular to the Boulevard,
Bamboche is worth the hunt on one of those head-split-
ting Saturdays, for a Haitian specialty not found in many
area restaurants: bouillon tet cabrit, a soup packed with
greens (like spinach, cabbage, cress, string beans) and
root veggies that is reputed to be a miraculous hangover

remedy. Along with bouillon, weekend specials include
more unusual dishes like fritay, fried street snacks.
Haitian standards (griot, tassot) are available daily, as are
fresh-squeezed juices, lattes, and almost two dozen
desserts. $

Bar-B-Que Beach Sports Bar & Grill
12599 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-3141
On Friday nights, there's karaoke at this expansive
eatery, though from the decor mixing Wild West rusticity
with Key West flip-flops dangling from the ceiling it's
hard to know whether to brush up your Jimmy Buffett
medley or "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." There are specials
the other six days of the week as well, from early-bird dis-
counts to open-mike nights to kids-eat-free Tuesdays. But
don't forget the biggest draw: the barbecue, honest stuff
that has been low-temperature smoked for 12 to 14
hours till tender yet resilient. Ribs are meaty (except for
the aptly named, bargain-priced "bucket of bones," and
while chopped pork may not totally satisfy North Carolina
pulled pork purists, nothing within a 1000-mile drive ever
does. Biggest winners: succulent sliced brisket and
delightfully juicy chicken. $$

Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041
Originally a friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that
garnered raves for its limited menu of terrifically tasty treats,
Mario and Karina Manzanero's cafe is now in more sizable
and atmospheric quarters. But the friendly, family-run (and
kid-friendly) ambiance remains, as do the authentic Yucatan-
style specialties. Standouts include poc-chuc, a pork loin
marinated in sour orange juice and topped with pickled
onions and chiltomate sauce (roasted tomato/chili); tacos
al pastor, stuffed with subtly smoky steak, onion, cilantro,
and pineapple; sinful deep-fried tacos dorados (like fat flau-
tas); and signature burritos, including the Maya, filled with
juicy cochinita pibil, refried beans, and pickled onions. $$

Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd, 305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly

Cantonese-based dishes, ranging from all the old Chinese-
American classics (chop suey, moo goo gai pan, pu pu plat-
ters) through newer Americanized fusion favorites like honey
garlic chicken, teriyaki beef, and crab Rangoon. But there
are also about two dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards
like kung po shrimp, ma po tofu, and General Tso's chicken.
And there are a few imaginative new items, like the intrigu-
ingly christened "Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore cur-
ried rice noodles, crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts,
and Mongolian beef (with raw chilis and fresh Oriental basil).
Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner. $$

Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim
even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica
tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness
of its seafood (much of it from Capt. Jim Hanson's own
fishing boats, which supply many of Miami's most
upscale eateries). Now there's a casual but pleasantly
nautical side dining room with booths, and more recently
added, a sushi bar stocked largely with flown-in Japanese
fish just as pristine as the local catch. Whether it's gar-
licky scampi (made with sweet Key West shrimp), house-
made smoked fish dip, grilled yellowtail (or some more
exotic local snapper, like hog or mutton), perfectly tender-
ized cracked conch, or conch fritters (with just enough
batter to bind the big chunks of Bahamian shellfish),
everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the
Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming
indoor/outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighbor-
hood regulars. But even newcomers feel like regulars
after about ten minutes here, thanks to the staff's gen-
uinely Italian ebullience. The delightful Italian accents
don't hurt, either. As for the menu offerings, they're
mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary
items as well. Housemade pastas are good enough that

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low-carb dieters should definitely temporarily fuhgedda-
boudit, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or bet-
ter yet, delicate fagottini "beggar's purses" stuffed with
pears and cheese. $$

15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some of the usual Tex-Mex dishes at this cute
spot, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan
cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sam-
ple Caribbean Mexico's most typical dish: cochinita pibil? It's
currently LA's trendiest taco filling (and morning-after hang-
over remedy). But that city couldn't have a more authentically
succulent version of the pickleonion-topped marinated pork
dish than Ch6en's earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy
from bitter oranges, meltingly tender from slow cooking in a
banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced
michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best
thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$

Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy.; 305-893-4246
(See Miami listing)

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779
Proving that national fast-food chains don't have to be bad
for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what
the company calls "food with integrity." The fare is simple,
basically tacos and big burritos: soft flour or crisp corn tor-
tillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken
chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented
pork carnitas, all with choice of fresh garnishes. But these
bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial
color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones). Additionally, all
pork, plus a large and growing percentage of the grill's beef
and poultry, is raised via humane and ecologically sustain-
able methods. And the food, while not the authentic Mex
street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $

15979 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-3330
A pocket flashlight isn't a bad idea if you want to read the
menu in this mood-lit room. But who needs to read it?
There's a coal-fired brick oven, so order pizza, which comes
out of the ultra-hot enclosure with a perfect crust beauti-
fully blistered, crisp outside, chewy inside. Appealing top-
pings include the Calabrese (Italian sausage, caramelized
onions, kalamata olives, mozzarella, tomato sauce) and a
more modern mix of mozzarella, tomato sauce, onion, thin-
sliced prosciutto, and arugula drizzled with olive oil. For
those craving more crunch than the latter pie's arugula
salad, there are flavorful veggies from a hardwood-fired
grill. Wings from the brick oven (spiced with roasted garlic
and Italian herbs, topped with grilled onions) are a smoking'
starter. $$-$$$

D.J.'s Diner
12210 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-5250
Located in a Best Western motel, this place, run by a
Chinese-American family, serves mostly basic American
diner fare burgers, sandwiches, about a dozen dinner
entries, fresh-baked apple pie, and, oddly, a whole sec-
tion of Caesar salad variations. But it's also a secret
source for Chinese food, mostly chow mien/chop suey-
type dishes, but also a few dishes such as eggplant with
garlic sauce and ma po tofu that are a step up in authen-
ticity. $-$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255
When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added "Hanna's" to the name, but changed lit-
tle else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a
north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get
a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato
sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg let-
tuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with gar-
lic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from
Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destina-
tion. $$-$$$

Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of
Miami's first, there's a full stock of vitamins and nutrition-
al supplements. But the place's hearty soups, large vari-
ety of entries (including fresh fish and chicken as well as
vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with
secret "sun sauce" (which would probably make old
sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way
to get healthy. An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popu-
lar with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen
yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu.

13488 Biscayne Blvd.
Half sushi/sashimi, half cooked Japanese dishes, the menu
is relatively small but covers most of the traditional favorites
and a few surprises. Popular makis include the Dream
(shrimp tempura, avocado, Japanese mayo, and masago),
the vegetarian Popeye spicy spinach roll, and the deep-fried
Crispy, a riceless salmon and veggie roll. Among cooked
items, there's a large list of teryakis, and a few dishes pre-
pared with a different twist panko-breaded pork or chicken
katsu cutlets, for instance, that eschew the standard sweet
sauce for curry. $$

Jerusalem Market and Deli
16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080
Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hum-
mus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bul-
gur, arguably the world's most interesting meatball) are
native to many Middle East countries, but when a
Lebanese chef/owner, like this eatery's Sam Elzoor, is
at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement.
There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon
chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but
even a common falafel sandwich is special when the
pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion
salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. For home
cooks, there's also a limited selection of imported
spices and staples. $-$$

Le Griot de Madame John
975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333
When Madame moved her base of operations from her
Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal
one, and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous
traditional Haitian dishes, including jerked beef or goat tas-
sot and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish
rubbed with salt before poaching with various veggies and
spices). But the dish that still packs the place is the griot:
marinated pork chunks simmered and then fried till they're
moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside. $

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant
hit, as much for being a hip hangout as for its carefully
crafted Tex-Mex food. Though Lime is now franchising, the
chain's concept is "fast casual" rather than fast food -
meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredi-
ents aren't canned-type crapola. Seafood tacos are about
as exotic as the standard menu gets, but the mahi mahi
for fish tacos comes fresh, never frozen, from a local sup-
plier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-
carb tortillas for dieters and many Mexican beers for
partiers. $

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance that's several
steps up in elegance from the majority of neighborhood
eateries, this place features live Latin entertainment and
dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a
night out, not just a meal. It's also a good choice for din-
ers who don't speak Spanish, but don't worry about
authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojo-
marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy
ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and
fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce
seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$
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Maleewan Thai & Sushi
2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0393
Redecorated (tasteful bamboo-matted walls, silk flowers) since
the days many days this space was occupied by the
kosher sushi spot Tani Guchi's Place, Maleewan is now a cozy,
neighborly nook at which to enjoy all the standard Japanese
and Thai selections. Cooked sushi is the strong suit here, par-
ticularly the signature mammoth-size Maleewan roll, given ing
by pickled Japanese squash and savor by a crispy yellowtail
tempura topping. If you're craving more creative fare, check out
the handwritten specials board on your way in. $$

Mama Jennie's
11720 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-3627
For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has
been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners
with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meat-
balls (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala
topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-
American belly-busters. All pasta or meat entrees come
with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty mine-
strone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes,
brined olives, and pickled peppers) that's a dinner in
itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red
leatherette booths, add to Mama's charm. $-$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St., 305-891-7641
At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian: spaghetti and meatballs,
lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs. No
imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New
York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas; the top topping here
is the savory housemade sausage. And no one leaves with-
out garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed
garlic ($4 a dozen, $3 per half-dozen, which won't even last
the ride home). New branches are now open in Miami's
Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village. $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228
For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots
were standard dorm accessories. These days, however,
branches of this chain (originating in Maitland, Florida, in
1975) are generally the only places to go for this blast-
from-the-past eating experience. Fondues are available a
la carte or as full dip-it-yourself meals. Start with a wine-
enriched four-cheese fondue; proceed to an entree with
choice of meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion
- herbed wine, bouillon, or oil; finish with fruits and cakes
dipped in your favorite melted chocolate. Fondue eti-
quette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot
must kiss all other table companions, so go with those
you love. $$$

North One 10
11052 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-4211
For most chefs a Miami-to-Manhattan move is generally
considered one of those offers you can't refuse. But after
helming several NYC restaurants for China Grill
Management, the homegrown married team of chef Dewey
and sommelier Dale LoSasso returned to do their own
thing in their own neighborhood. The menu is "creative
comfort food": a shrimp waffle with basil butter; "steak
and eggs" (a grilled NY strip with truffled goat cheese fritta-
ta, herb demiglace, and hash browns); a stone crab hot
dog the chef invented for a Super Bowl party. The award-
winning wine list inspires playfully themed pairing events
like an Italian food/wine "Godfather" dinner. But it's not
South Beach, so prices are reasonable, and parking is
free. $$$-$$$$

Nuvo Kafe
13152 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-1441
Though the neighborhood is decidedly ungentrified, the
interior of this cafe is an oasis of cultivated Caribbean
cool and subtly sophisticated global fare. Haitian-born,
Montreal-schooled chef Ivan Dorval formerly cooked at
the Oasis Cafe in Miami Beach, as well as the Delano,
and the varied background is reflected in cuisine that's

chiefly creative Caribbean but with influences from the
Middle East, Asia, Greece, and Italy. Homemade, health-
oriented dishes include velvety ginger pumpkin bisque,
unusually refined conch fritters (light batter, monster
chunks of conch), West Indies crab cakes with citrus
aioli, and a signature lavish, but only slightly sinful,
Citadel Raw Fruit Pie. $$-$$$

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338
At this stylish, dramatically minimalist Thai/sushi spot,
the regular Thai and Japanese dishes are as good as any-
where in town. But the way to go is the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chef's fanatic
devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the
kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock
shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu
Matsuhisa's "new style sashimi" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). Formerly all
Japanese-influenced, the specials menu now includes
some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal mas-
saman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet
mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$

La Paloma
10999 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0505
Step into La Paloma and you'll be stepping back in time,
circa 1957. Adorned with antiques (some even real) and
chandeliers, the over-the-top plush decor was the American
finedining ideal half a century ago (though actually the
place only dates from the 1970s). Cuisine is similarly retro-
luxe: old-fashioned upscale steaks, chops, and lobster,
plus fancier Continental fare. If you have a yen for
chateaubriand, duck a I'orange, oysters Rockefeller, French
onion soup, trout almondine, wiener schnitzel, and peach
Melba, it's the only place in town that can deliver them all.
A huge wine list fuels the fantasy. $$$$

16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldn't
be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is
impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be
covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the
kitschy decor alone doesn't cheer you, the quickly arriving
basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi
band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from
Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic
Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations
like alb6ndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$

14871 Biscayne Blvd., 786-923-2323
(See Miami: Brickell / Downtown listing)

Paul Bakery Caf6
14861 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-4443
From one rural shop in 1889, the French bakery known
simply as Paul has grown to a worldwide chain, which
fortunately chose to open its first U.S. outlet in our town.
One bite of the crusty peasant loaf, the olive-studded
fougasse, or another of the signature artisan breads
transports you right back to France. As authentic as the
boulangerie breads are, the patisserie items like flan

normande (a buttery-crusted, almond-topped apple-and-
custard tart) are just as evocative. For eat-in diners,
quite continental soups, salads, and sandwiches are
equally and dependably French. $$

Plein Sud
12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-2355
The Boulevard may not be the Champs-Elys6es, but din-
ers could be fooled once inside this evocative French
bistro. The ambiance is Old World, and the menu is solid
and well executed. Starters range from country comfort
(Lyonnaise sausage with warm, vinegary potato salad; a
charcuterie platter with homemade pat6) to urban sophis-
tication (Maine lobster tail with celery remoulade).
Entrees include long-stewed, creamy blanquette de veau,
or a precision-cooked steak-frites (rib eye with crisp shoe-
string fries). For dessert there is the ubiquitous tarte
tatin, caramelized apples atop puff-pastry crust. $$-$$$

2214 NE 123rd St., 305-891-3312
While this mainly vegetarian kosher place is best known
for its pizza (New York-style medium crust or thick-crusted
Sicilian, topped with veggies and/or "meat buster" imita-
tion meats), it's also offers a full range of
breakfast/lunch/dinner vegetarian cuisine of all nations,
with many dairy and seafood items too. Admittedly the
cutesie names of many items baygels, bergerrbite,
Cezarrrr salad, hammm, meat-a-ball, schmopperrr may
cause queasiness. But the schmopperrr itself is one hel-
luva high-octane veggie burger. $-$$

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5588
Though some food folks were initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our
area's few Vietnamese restaurants, it's hard to bear a
grudge at a friendly, casual neighborhood place that
offers monster ten-ounce char-grilled burgers, with pota-
toes or salad, for $8.50; steaks, plus a side and a
sauce or veg topper, for nine bucks at lunch, $15 to
$18.75 (the menu's top price) at night; and three-dollar
glasses of decent house wine. Many other grilled meat
and seafood items are also offered, plus pastas, salads,
gooey desserts, and specials (events as well as food).

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202
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. Open till 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., Steve's
has, since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro
pizzas people crave at that hour. As in Brooklyn, tomato
sauce is sweet, with strong oregano flavor. Mozzarella is
applied with abandon. Toppings are stuff that give strength:
pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, onions, and peppers. $

Sun City Caf6
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-6955
Super-stuffed crepes, made to order from scratch, are
the main specialty here some sweet (the Banana Split:
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cream, and Nutella or dulce de leche), some savory (the
Sun City Steak: beef, mushrooms, onions, red peppers,
Swiss cheese, and Al sauce). But there's also a smaller
selection of custom-crafted wraps, salads, sandwiches,
and sides, plus smoothies, coffee drinks, even beer or
wine. Free Wi-Fi encourages long, lingering lunches. $

Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama, this sushi spot seems to have
taken its cue from Philippe Starck: Delano-like sheer
floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is
over the top, featuring monster makis: the Cubbie
Comfort (spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tem-
pura, plus avocado, jalapenos, and cilantro, topped with
not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy
mayo); the Volcano, topped with a mountain of tempura
flakes; the spicy/sweet sauce-drenched Hawaiian King
Crab, containing unprecedented ingredients like toma-
toes, green peppers, and pineapple. To drink there are
boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails as exotic
as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$

Twenty-One Toppings
14480 Biscayne Blvd., #105, North Miami
A shoo-in to top many future "Best Burger" polls, this
little joint serves sirloin, chicken, turkey, and white
bean patties, topped with your choice of one cheese
from a list of seven, one sauce from a list of twelve,
and three toppings from a list of 21. And since the
chef/co-owner is a culinary school grad who has
trained in several cutting-edge kitchens (including David
Bouley Evolution), the garnishes ain't just ketchup.
There's Asian vinaigrette, gorgonzola, grilled portobel-
los, much more. If choosing is too confusing, try the
chef-designed combos.$-$$

Two Chefs Too
2288 NE 123rd St
At this much-anticipated spin-off of Jan Jorgensen's
South Miami Two Chefs, there are some differences in
the menu. But the concept of New American comfort
food familiar favorites modernized with the chef's ele-
gant, unexpected creative touches is the same. So
are many much-loved dishes like juicy bacon-wrapped
meatloaf, flavored with a fusion Chinese black bean bar-
becue sauce, and perfect dessert souffles (with creme
chantilly plus caramel or chocolate sauce). New and
notable: knockout artisan cheese platters (with choice
of inventive garnishes: brioche frites, celery escabeche,
Dijon mustard sauce, marinated olives, much more)
that, with wine (from a relatively high-priced but high-
quality list) make an idyllic light meal in themselves.

Tokyo Bowl
12295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-9400
This fast-food drive-thru (unexpectedly serene inside) is
named for its feature item, big budget-priced bowls of rice
or noodles topped with cooked Japanese-style items like
teriyaki fish (fresh fish sauteed with vegetables), curried

chicken and veggies, spicy shrimp, or gyoza dumplings in
tangy sauce. There's also an all-you-can-eat deal sushi
(individual nigiri or maki rolls) plus tempura, teriyaki, and
other cooked items for $14; three bucks more for sashi-
mi instead of sushi. $-$$

Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd.
No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here. No
imported designer ingredients either. The pies are New
York-style, but the dough is made fresh daily, and the
cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered America's
finest pizza topper). Also on the menu are Italian-American
pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs, simple sal-
ads, and a few new protein adds grilled chicken breast,
fried fish, or a steak. $-$$

Wong's Chinese Restaurant
12420 Biscayne Blvd.
This old-timer's menu reads like a textbook on how to
please everyone, with food ranging from traditional
Chinese to Chinese-American to just plain American.
Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo
wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried
rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop
suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And
snowbirds will be pleased to find a number of dishes that
are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not
common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken,
twice-cooked pork, Lake Tung Ting shrimp, and peppery
kung po squid. $$

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd.
The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indie
fast-food joint, and new owners have done little to change
the time-tested formula except to stretch operating hours
into the night and expand its classic griddled-or-fried-
things menu to include a few health-conscious touches
like Caesar salad, plus a note proclaiming their oils are
free of trans fats. Otherwise the famous steak sandwich
is still a traditional Philly thin-sliced beef, cheese, and
onions on a buttered Italian roll (with tasty housemade
sour cream/horseradish sauce served on the side so as
not to offend purists). Extras like mushrooms are possi-
ble, not imposed. Drippin' good burgers, too. And unlike
MacChain addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer
with the good grease. $-$$

14316 Biscayne Blvd.
It's appropriate that the name of this small strip-mall
sushi spot refers to Japan's first and only sparkling sake
- something most Americans have never heard of, mak-
ing the reference pretty much an insider's joke. Since
opening several years ago, the restaurant itself has been
one of our town's best-kept secrets. But the perfection-
ist chef/owner's concentration on quality and freshness
of ingredients has made Zipang the pick of sushi
cognoscenti like Loews's executive chef Marc Ehrler,
who has named the unpretentious place his favorite
Miami eatery, while admitting the obvious: "Nobody
knows it." $$-$$$

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Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St.; 305-945-1722
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran
is many diners' favorite on the 163rd/167th Street
"Chinatown" strip because of its superior decor. But the
menu also offers well-prepared, authentic dishes like pep-
pery black bean clams, sauteed mustard greens, and
steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions, plus
Chinese-American egg foo young. Default spicing is mild
even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chili icons, but
don't worry; realizing some like it hot, the chefs will cus-
tomize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request. $$

Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St.
Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor
eatery (which is covered, but otherwise open-air) is a rare
surprise for nature lovers, especially since an eager-to-
please young couple took over the daytime-only conces-
sion, upgrading the menu, at the start of 2008. The fea-
tured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic
venue first started producing in 1938 three varieties
(salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin), avail-
able in a sampler, salads, sandwiches/wraps, or a
delightfully mild smoked fish dip that may be Miami's
best. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and
delectable brisket. Other new additions include roasted
red pepper hummus, crab cakes, a delightfully light home-
made Key lime chiffon pie, daily specials, and on week-
ends, fish fries (with live music). For basic diners there
are burgers and hot dogs. Entry is directly from 163rd
Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission
fee. $

China Restaurant
178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549
When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion
dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese
cuisine in the world won't scratch the itch. So the menu

here, containing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-
American classic you could name, is just the ticket when
nostalgia strikes from simple egg rolls to pressed
almond duck (majorly breaded boneless chunks, with
comfortingly thick gravy). $-$$

Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave.
Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a
far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-
crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for
the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a
spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and
more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other cur-
ries to choose from, including beef, goat, conch, shrimp,
trout, and duck. Take-out packages of plain roti are also
available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty,
portable lunches. $

El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St.
Somehow, when setting off to try Key Biscayne restau-
rants (like Miami's original Gran Inka), we never make it
past Jimbo's. So luckily, the newer branch of this upscale
Peruvian eatery offers the same menu. Though diners will
find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's
other expected traditional specialties, all presented far
more elegantly than most in town (notably a picture-per-
fect causa con camarones, mashed potatoes layered with
shrimp), the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are
unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted
from recipes by Peru's influential nikkei
(Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, deli-
cately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no
fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with
rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$

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Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687
One of Miami's first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amus-
ing retroglam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and
cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a peren-
nially popular snack stop after a hard night at the area's
movie multiplexes (or strip clubs). The sushi menu has few
surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the
nicely priced yakitori, skewers of succulently soy-gazed and
grilled meat, fish, and vegetables; the unusually large variety
available of the last makes this place a good choice for vege-
tarians. $$

Hiro's Sushi Express
17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776
Tiny, true, but there's more than just sushi at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the main-
stay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex cre-
ations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats
like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available a la carte or
in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But
there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori
skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles.
Another branch is now open in Miami's Upper Eastside. $

Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-0064
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night,
many come here for a bite of something different. The special-
ty is Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions so
diners can enjoy a wide variety of the unusual dishes offered.
Standard sushi isn't missed when gistening-fresh strips of raw
tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and
dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Dishes
depend on the market, but other favorites include goma ae
(wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garic
stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak
bits), or perhaps justcaught grouper with hot/sweet/tangy chili
sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$

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1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393, www.heelsha.com
If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or
Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's
sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, it's because
chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa.
Their new menu's mix-and-match option also allows din-
ers to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable
with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar
Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a
Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. Early-bird
dinners (5:00 to 6:30 p.m.) are a bargain, as some dish-
es are almost half-price. Lunch is served weekends only
except by reservation, so call ahead. $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-2244
(See Miami Shores listing)

JC Food
1242 NE 163rd St., 305-956-5677
Jumbo's regular menu offers a large percentage of hard-
to-find traditional Chinese home-cooking specialties (many
using fresh and preserved Asian vegetables): pork with
bitter melon, beef with sour cabbage, chicken with mus-
tard green, cellophane noodle with mixed-vegetable
casserole. Still, most diners come for dim sum, a huge
selection served at all hours. These small plates include
chewy rice noodle rolls filled with shrimp or beef, leek
dumplings, crisp-fried stuffed taro balls, savory pork-stud-
ded turnip cake, pork/peanut congee, custard croissants,
and for the brave, steamed chicken feet. $$

Kyung Ju
400 NE 167th St., 305-947-3838
Star of the show at this long-lived Korean restaurant (one
of only a handful in Miami-Dade County) is bulgogi. The
name translates as "fire meat," but isn't a reference to
Koreans' love of hot chilis. Rather it refers to Korean-style
barbecue, which is really not barbecued but quickly grilled
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sugar, garlic, and more. Lovers of fiery food can customize
with dipping sauces, or the eatery's many little banchan
(included side dishes, some mild, others mouth-searing).
Pajun, a crispy egg/scallion-based pancake, is a crowd-
pleasing starter. And if the unfamiliarity seems too scary
altogether, there's a selection of Chinese food. $$-$$$

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309
Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmos-
pheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside
(especially if you grab one of the exotically draped
booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably
priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing
and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen
will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please.
Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$

King Buffet
316 NE 167th St., 305-940-8668
In this restaurant's parking lot, midday on Sundays, the
colorful display of vivid pinks, greens, and blues worn by
myriad families arriving for dinner in matching going-to-
church outfits is equaled only by the eye-poppingly dyed
shrimp chips and desserts displayed inside on the buffet
table. Though there's an a la carte menu, the draw here is
the 100-item (according to advertisements) all-you-can-eat
spread of dishes that are mostly Chinese, with some
American input. It's steam-table stuff, but the price is right
and then some: $5.95 for lunch, $8.95 for dinner. $-$$

King Palace
330 NE 167th St., 305-949-2339
The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue
(whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a
glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best
made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining
room entrance. There's also a better-than-average selection
of seasonal Chinese veggies. The menu is extensive, but
the best ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed
with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables,
and point. Servers will also steer you to the good stuff,
once you convince them you're not a chop suey kinda per-
son. $$

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381
It's just a small area blocked off by grocery shelves, buried
between the wines and the fridge counters no potted
palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style snack
space. But when negotiating this international gourmet
market's packed shelves and crowds has depleted your
energies, it's a handy place to refuel with eggplant parme-
san and similar Italian-American classics, steam-tabled but
housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls
of Wednesday's hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup
specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. $-$$

Lemon Fizz
16310 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-6599
Like wraps? Then you'll love this Middle Eastern caf6's
version made with saj, a circular Syrian flatbread similar
to pita but much thinner, moister, and all-around better.
Upon order, diners can watch the chef custom-cook their
saj (on a scorching-hot, flying-saucer metal dome of the

same name), then roll the beautifully surface-blistered
bread around one of 27 stuffings, including za'atar and
EVOO, brined olives and labneh (creamy yogurt cheese),
falafel, steak, even dessert fillings like strawberries and
Nutella. Also available: soups, salads, and substantial
globally topped rice bowls, plus fresh fruit juices and
smoothies. $

Little Saigon
16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377
This is Miami's oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant,
but it's still packed most weekend nights. So even the
place's biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since
it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in
the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef
noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments
that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and
many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humon-
gous. $-$$

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333
Don't be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes
in the window. At this small Chinese bakery the real finds
are the Chinatown-style baked buns and other savory
pastries, filled with roast pork, bean sauce, and curried
ground beef. Prices are under a buck, making them an
exotic alternative to fast-food dollar meals. There's one
table for eat-in snackers. $

Matador Argentinean Steakhouse
3207 NE 163rd St., 305-944-6001
With Latin parilla places spreading here as fast as kudzu,
it's hard to get excited about yet another all-you-can-eat
meat spread. But Matador offers far more for the money
than most. One dinner price ($24.95, $27.95 weekends)
includes a salad bar of more than 30 items, unlimited
grilled proteins (many cuts of beef, sausages, chicken,
pork, assorted veggies, and even fish upon request),
crunchy steak fries, a dessert (typically charged extra else-
where), and even more fun, a bottle of quite quaffable wine
per person. $$$

Panya Thai
520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566
Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, there's no shortage of
genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panya's
chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional
and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesn't
automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please
Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan
(chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind
dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad, a study in
sour/sweet/savory balance); broad rice noodles stir-fried
with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and
chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$

PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St., 305-654-9646
While there are three other sizable Asian markets on this
strip between 1-95 and Biscayne Boulevard, PK has the only
prepared-food counter, serving authentic Chinatown barbe-
cue, with appropriate dipping sauces included. Weekends
bring the biggest selection, including barbecued ribs and pa

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pei duck (roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly
free of subcutaneous fat). Available every day are juicy, soy-
marinated roast chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and
whole roast ducks hanging, as tradition dictates, beaks
and all. But no worries; a counterperson will chop your pur-
chase into bite-size, beakless pieces. $

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076
Open late (12:30 a.m. most nights) since 1990, Sang's
has an owner who previously cooked in NYC's Chinatown,
and three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese
food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white
menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese
fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole,
tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with
sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum,
served until 4:00 p.m. A limited live tank allows seasonal
seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. More
recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying
savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St
At this unique Taiwanese eatery, run by a trio of Taipei-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats in
the budget-priced entrees ($6.95) are mock imitations
made from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables. But don't
mock it till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or
smoking' duck, with slices that mimic the charcuterie item
down to convincing faux fat. Other main dishes feature
recognizable veggies or noodles, including appealingly
chewy curried chow fun. As for the rest of the name: icee
is shaved ice, an over-the-top dessert that's a sort of a
slurpee sundae, with toppings that vary from the familiar
(fresh fruits) to the weird (grass jelly, sweet corn, kidney
beans, rice balls, chocolate pudding). And the bubble tea
is a must-not-miss. Using housemade syrup (as opposed
to most establishments' store-bought stuff), the cold,
refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors (mango, taro,
even actual tea), all supplemented with signature black
tapioca balls that, slurped through large-diameter straws,
are a guaranteed giggle. $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St, 305-944-9697
Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when
is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to
North Miami Beach's "Chinatown" strip has become a
popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other
Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh,
nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen
staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and
the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most impor-
tant, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood
strikes. $-$$

Tuna's Garden Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-2567
When Tuna's moved in 2006 from the marina space it had
occupied for almost two decades, it lost its waterfront loca-
tion, its old-fashioned fish-house ambiance, and its outdoor
deck. But it has gained a garden setting, and retained its

menu of fresh (and sometimes locally caught) seafood -
some fancified, some simple (the wiser choice). Also contin-
uing are Tuna's signature seasonal specials, like a Maine
lobster dinner for a bargain $15. Open daily till 2:00 a.m.,
the place can sometimes feel like a singles bar during the
two post-midnight happy hours, but since the kitchen is
open till closing, it draws a serious late-night dining crowd,
too. $$

Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
The last four digits of the phone number actually spell
"COAL." And that's what it's all about here a coal-fired
oven (like that at Lombardi's, Patsy's, John's, or
Grimaldi's in New York) producing the intense 800-degree
heat to turn out, in a mere three or four minutes, a pie
with the classic thin, crisp-bottomed, beautifully char-bub-
bled crust that fans of the above legendary pizzerias
crave at any cost. Expect neither bargain-chain prices, a
huge selection of toppings (these aren't the kind of
clunky crusts you overload), nor much else on the menu
except a hefty salad and some onion-topped chicken
wings that are also coal-oven tasty. Anthony's does just a
few things, and does them right. $$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura Mall,
If the menu here looks familiar, it should. It's identical to
that at the Upper Eastside's Luna Cafe and, with minor
variations, at all the rest of Tom Billante's eateries
(Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the type-
face. But no argument from here. In a mall a setting
more accustomed to food court, steam-tabled stuff -
dishes like carpaccio al salmon (crudo, with portobel-
los, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dress-
ing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with
pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit famil-
iar, air. $$-$$$

Bourbon Steak
19999W. Country Club Dr.
(Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)
At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard
award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare
starts. There are also Mina's ingenious signature dishes,
like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot
pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood
starters and sides (duck fat fries!) for noncarnivores to
assemble a happy meal. But don't neglect the steak -
flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American
"Kobe," swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and but-
ter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection under the
supervision of on-site executive chef Andrew Rothschild,
formerly of the Forge, meaning he knows his beef. (Mina
himself is absentee.) $$$$$

Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave; 305-935-2900

After 20 years of success in the same location, many
chefs would coast on their backlog of tried-and-true dish-
es. And it's doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would freak
out his many regulars by eliminating from the menu the
Bahamian lobster and crab cakes (with tropical fruit chut-
ney and vanilla beurre blanc). But lobster-lovers will find
that the 20th anniversary menus also offer new excite-
ments like tandoori-spiced rock lobster, along with what
might be the ultimate mac'n'cheese: lobster crab maca-
roni in a Fris vodka sauce with mushrooms, scallions,
and parmesan. The famous dessert souffle's flavor
changes daily, but it always did. $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
Reminiscent of an intimate Tuscan villa, chef Neal
Cooper's attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well
as the ambiance. As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable
ingredients and straightforward recipes that don't over-
complicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that
perfection. Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and
mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else. Neither
does the signature Polio Al Mattone, marinated in herbs
and cooked under a brick, require pretentious fancifica-
tion. And even low-carb dieters happily go to hell in a
hand basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla
Toscana, fried herb-sprinkled French fries. Located west
of Biscayne Boulevard in the Davis Plaza shopping mall,
across from Ojus Elementary School. $$-$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100
Formerly Ruby and Jean's Soul Food Cuisine, a popular
but strictly neighborhood cafeteria, Mahogany Grille has
drawn critical raves and an international as well as
local clientele since retired major league outfielder
Andre Dawson and his brother Vincent Brown acquired
the place in early 2007. The diner decor is gone,
replaced by white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany.
The food is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion,
heaping platters from several African diaspora regions:

Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits with shrimp,
sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean (conch-packed
fritters or salad), and the Old South (lightly buttermilk-
battered fried chicken). The chicken is perhaps Miami's
best, made even better with the Grille's waffles. $$-$$$

20475 Biscayne Blvd.
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman
Van Aken and Mark Militello. He has been executive chef
at Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House.
Armed with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his
partners launched Pilar (named for Hemingway's boat)
aiming to prove that top restaurants can be affordable.
Consider it now proven. Floribbean-style seafood is the
specialty, dishes like fried Bahamian cracked conch with
fresh hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce,
rock shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, and yellow-
tail snapper with tomato-herb vinaigrette and a
potato/leek croqueta. Don't let the strip-mall location
fool you. The restaurant itself is elegant. $$-$$$

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8
The real soup man behind this franchise is Al Yeganeh, an
antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made notorious,
on a Seinfeld episode, as "the soup Nazi." On the menu:
ten different premium soups each day (from a rotating list
of about 50). The selection is carefully balanced among
meat/poultry-based and vegetarian; clear and creamy (like
the eatery's signature shellfish-packed lobster bisque);
chilled and hot; familiar (chicken noodle) and exotic (mulli-
gatawny). All soups come with gourmet bread, fruit, and
imported chocolate. Also available are salads, sandwiches,
and wraps, a la carte or in soup-plus combos. $-$$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd.
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