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Serving the conununities along the Biscayne Corridor, including Arch Creek East, Bay Point, Bayside, Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena
Vista, Design District, Downtown, Edgewater, E1Portal, Hibiscus Island, Keystone Point, Miami Shores, Morningside, North Bay Island,
North Miami, Oakland Grove, Pahn Grove, Pahn Island, Sans Souci, Shorecrest, Star Island, Wynwood, and Venetian Islands

volume 7 Issue 7

Beyond the seashore, beyond Ocean
Drive, and even beyond the cabast
district there's a Miami Beach that's
very different from the one usually portmved
in the media. Sum, the beautiful beach

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who worked on as well as played on the mil- Miami Beach during what may have which covers the city's history from 1870
lion dollar sandbar, them's another story that been its golden era. Now a Miami Shores
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1 The World According to Seth

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10 Miami's King: Jack King
12 Word on the Street
8 BizBuzz
18 Jen Karetnick: Musical Notes in a Time of Austerity
20 Frank Rollason: The Beast That Cannot Be Tamed
22 Wendy Doscher-Smith: The Grass Is Greener,
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24 King Mango Strut Strife: Not Funny
25 Solid As an Oak, Dead As a Door Nail
28 Biscayne Crime Beat
30 Coming Features: Upper Eastside Cinema
32 Art Listin gs

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36 Looks Like a Job for Oscar the Grouch
38 Your Garden: Strange Case of the
Impudent Wordsmith
39 Kids and the City: Let's Get It On When We Can
40 Pawsitively Pets: The Sweetness of Pit BullS
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groups, divided economically and
ethnically, all over the place, right next
to one another. For him to mock this
fact ("The residents north and west of
the park are, by and large, poor and
Haitian. Not far to the east, both north
and south, the prosperous residents
of Morningside enjoy the security of
guard gates and barricaded streets as
they sip cocktails poolside....") well,
what's his point? Does this proxim-
ity of diverse groups living together
threaten him?
And what was his point in relating
the tuition for preschoolers at Cushman?
Does anyone care? Or was this supposed
to be shocking? How did that relate to
the "potential" of the park? Or was he
just trying to write his article in a pro-
vocative, undercover, Geraldo style?
Alelinda Cowen

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Let's See, How About
a Garden Here, and a
Gourmet Market Over
There, and...
I just wanted to say that Christian
Cipriani's cover storv "Dirt & Dreams
(July 2009) was one of the most well-
written and thoughtful articles I ve read
in a while. I agree with all his visions for
the Edgewater neighborhood!
My boyfriend currently lives in Edge-
water, on Biscarne Boulevard at 22nd
Street, and we are constantly dreaming
about what should go here or there. It's
nice to see someone bring awareness to
the subject.
Keep on writing! And keep askin

Coral Gables

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September 2009

From Dance to Romance
Karen-Janine Cohen's article "A
Chance to Dance" (August 2009)
opened a floodgate of memories.
During my college days, I rvas an
Arthur Murray instructor, and I've
always enjoyed an evening of social
dancing. I discovered Dancemasters
soon after its opening.
In the late 1970s everyone wanted
to "do the hustle," including a client of
mine, the late Marion Danziger, and her
daughter. I told them to check out Dance-
masters for private lessons, group lessons,
and dance parties.
They did, and as it so happened,
my client's daughter turned out to be a
'natural," filled with grace, an excellent
sense of rhythm, and a high energy level.
Sari and Derek's disco exhibitions were
electrifying, and it wasn't long before
Saribecame Mrs. Derek Mellman.
George H. Fox

Earth to Harper...
Earth to Harper...
Do You Copy? Over...
I read Jim W. Harper's article about
Eaton Park ("Lots of Potential, All of It
Unrealized," August 2009) and I really
have to laugh. His thoughts about the
park and its usage are somewhat far from
reality. I suspect that he did his research
for this article in the summer. Had he
checked out the park during the school
year, he would seen that it is in fact
extremely active.
My daughter has attended the
nearby Cushman School for six vears.
This school uses the park for a variety
of activities. The field is in constant
use, whether it be for regular P.E.
classes, fundraising jog-a-thons, soccer
practices, football practices, or actual
games. Cushman pays any fees re-
quired by the city
Up until last year, when Cushman
built its own courts, students used the
basketball courts for practices and
games. And up until last year, when the
Little Haiti Soccer Park was created, all
of Cushman's soccer matches were held
at Eaton Park. After school hours. I have
seen kids using the playground and boys
on t coes Jnna 3 Itosor 't noticed,

viami is a city. There are many diverse

New all-classical public radio station
Classical South Florida has burst onto the
airwaves. Its music explodes in sonic blooms.
Your pulse quickens. Your spirits soar.
It's classical music. It's alive.


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it's alive



BizBuzz: September 2009

Sales, special events, and more ji'on2 the people who make Biscayne Times possible

By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor

for otler coupon specials, too. Owner David
Colen reminds leaders tlmt the eately also
does holiday catering sumptuous platters of
everything from deli meats and smoked fish to
flesh-baked pastries.
Combining two of the world's most
powerful antioxidant f inits, the newest froyo
flavor at downtown Miami's Yogen Friiz (100
S. Biscayne Blvd.: 305-371-5117), bluebenv-
agais pmctically a mimcle in a cup. Agai leport-
edk boosts energy, normalizes cholesterol,
slows down aging, promotes healthier-looking
skin-basicalk it makes you feel and look
dam good. Agai's downside is that no one can
pmnounce it but here it is: ah-sigh-ee. Now
you can sound good ordering it, too.
Congmtulations to Gregorio Reyes, lead
mechanic at Plaza Time & Auto Center (3005
NE 2nd Ave.: 305-573-3878). After rigorous
study and testing by the Institute for Automo-
tire Service Excellence, Reyes was awarded
the coveted title of Master Automotive Techni-
cian- though that will be no surprise to
Plaza's many justly loval customers.
While new advertiser Alan Beardslee
of Keller Williams Realty (305-218-7200)
does handle properties in Miami Beach
(who doesn't?), he specializes in homes in
our hipper Biscarne Corridor comnumities,
from the Design District and Pahn Grove
up through Momingside, Belle Meade, and
North Miami. And his Website (mviv.alan-
beardslee.com) is a virtual encyclopedia of
info about market conditions, buyer/seller tips,
figuring a home's value, and much more.
Earlier this summer, veteran artist/hair
stylist Hannah Lasky and her uniquely eclec-
tic salon, Hannah & Her Scissors (611 NE
86th St.: 305-772-8426), moved to a festive
new home in an actual house. But instead of
expecting house-warming gifts. Hannah is
offering them. Through September, get a flee

sample of her own Hannapoo hair products
(mas specifically designed to deal with Mi-
ami's extreme weather conditions) and a 25%
discount of f your hair appointment when you
mentionBiscaine Tiines.
Are you among the holes of homeown-
els behind on their mortgage payments, or in
foreclosure, and don't know wlmt to do about
it? Attorney Jake Miller does, and is offering
a flee seminar on foreclosure avoidance via
loan modification relief on September 9, from
7:00-8:00 p.m., at the Wachoria Bank Building
(12550 Biscayne Blvd., 8thfloor). Among
the vital questions answered: Do you qualify?
Must you continue paying your loan'? Will
your creditbe damaged'? And is there fiee
parking'? We'll answer that last quely right
now: Yes, there's complimentary valet for
attendees who say the magic words: Biscavne
Times. Register at was.helpmemodifvnow.
At new advelliser Village Cald 05-10 NE
2nd Ave.: 305-759-2211), the frozen pizza
dough deli-like dessert counters, and outdoor
fridge are gone, along with the honendous mad
constmc1ionthat plagued the eately for so long.
With the new yet old owner/executive chef team
of Massimo DeLuca and AdamHohn, original
chef Cullis Whitticar's maine d' and sous clef,
the caf6 now sports spmced-up dicor plus many
equally appealing menu adds like Massimo's
mom's meatballs and linguine.
Whetheryou'le an allist wlo needs art
supplies or a collector who needs artwork
flamed, both locations ofLD. Art Supplies
(1470 Biscarne Blvd.: 305-375-0787 and 800
Lincoln Rd. #104, Miami Beack 786-228-
9200) as well as LD. Art Frame Shop (678
NW 23rd St.: 786-263-3855) have a deal for
BT readers this month: 20% off supplies and
25% off custom flaming, if you mention you
lead about the shops' special offer here.

Before Classical South Florida began
broadcasting in 2007, we led the embarrassing
distinctionofbeing, for six years, the USRs
largest urban area without an all-classical-nuisic
mdio station. So we're particularly pleased to
Idp spread the good word about this new ad-
Telliser. Tune into 89.7 FM in Miami-Dade and
Bmward counties, or 101.9 FM inPalmBeach
and hear why this nonpmfit member-supported
station deserves a listen- and a donation.
On September 12 at 6:30 p.m., Unity
on the Bay (411 NE 21st St.: 305-573-9191,
x216) invites Miamians to "take a journey
from your darkest thought to your great-
est dream" with Debbie Ford, best-selling
author of The Dark Side ofthe Light Chas-
ens and FF Av Good People Do Bad Things.
The evening ($25 advance, $30 at the door)
includes a screening of Ford's documentary
The 1/?... i. -n Effect as well as a personal-
discovery workshop. The event caps a full-
day "Transformational Journey," beginning
at 8:00 a.m. and featuring seminars (free
but donations requested) on a wide range
of healing-telated subjects: chanting, tai chi,
massage, vegetarianism, and more.
At new advertiser AlexB Shoes (3252NE
1st Ave.) in the Slops at Midtowix the varied
opening collection-amund 250 models
fmmthee of Bmzil's most important footwear
designers: Dumond, Capodatte, and Melissa-
includes not just Miami's classic five-inchstiletto
ankle-twisters, but strikingly sexv low-heeled
dress-up slees for womenwle'dmtlerbleak
heartsthanbones. Title are also numemus strik-
ing casual models, plus handbags. But walk, don t
mix ladies. The slop doesn t open till October
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Downtown Miami may not set of f your
nightlife adar like South Beach but
some of fers you don't refuse like
a night with The 177:, final film in the Flickin'
Summer Series at the Gusman Theatre (174
E. Flagler St.: 305-374-2444), on Thursday,
September 3. Following Diana Ross easin on
down the mad as Doroths, patmns can ease
onstage for a dance part withDJPauer. There
are also affle prizes and drink specials South
Beach couldn't touch: $3 beels, $5 Captain
Morgan cocktails. Ticket price? Just $10.
It seems like slopping season for the
December holidays starts earlier each year. But
if you're shopping for personalized holiday
cards, party invitations, photo cards, orbusi-
ness greetings,.September always hosts the
best sales-like the one at LetterHeads (600
NE 72nd Terr.; 305-751-4894). Order custom
stationery items like the above by September
30, and BT readers get 20% off.
The Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
(1085 NE 79th St.: 305-754-8002) is another
establishment where, to pamphrase an old
proverb, the early bird gets the Walsteiner.
The German eately is getting a jump on
Oktoberfest, commencing on September 19
to serve imported Pauliner and Walsteiner
Oktoberfest dmft blews in tmditional one-liter
'Mass Krug" beer boots. To accompany:
special Oktoberfest skillets or BBQ.
Meanwhile, September's holidays include
the Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah
and Yom Kippur And nothing says Happy
New Year better than a dozen itshbagels -
unless it's a fee second dozen you'll get with
purchase ofthe first 12, whenyouflashthe BT
ad coupon at Bagels & Company (11064 Bis-
carne Blvd.: 305-892-2435). Check out the ad

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SPINELLO GALLERY / Manny Prieres / What We Do is Secret
155 N.E. 38th Street Suite 101

LOCUST PROJECTS / TM Sisters / WhirL Crash GO!
155 N.E. 38th Street Suite 100

SWAMPSPACE GALLERY / Victor Mufliz / Hyper Culture
3821 N.E. 1st Court

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101/ exhibit
Adamar Fine Arts
AE District
Arno Valere Art Gallery by Ricart
Art Fusion Gallery
Avant Gallery
Bas Fisher Invitational
Carfagno Scott Studio
City Loft Art / European Art Gallery
Diaspora Vibe Gallery
Dimensions Variable
Etra Fine Art
Press it On Art Gallery
The Haitian Heritage Museum
Wolfgang Roth & Partners Fine Art

Manny Prieres. (Detait) 52.5" x 36.75", Graphite and watercolor on paper, 2009.
Courtesy of Spinetto Gattery


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By Jack King
BT Contributor

Possibly the lowlight of that time
was in 2007, when he was appointed the
general chairman of the Republican Party
for the 2007-08 election cycle. The party
was in disarray and fundraising was tank-
ing. It's a pretty safe bet they gave him
the position because they didn't like him
and he had no chance for success. He
resigned the post after a year.
You might see a pattern here with
the Republican Party. They take their
minority members and give them jobs
that can't be done because they won't
lend any support. Can you say "Michael
Steele," the current chainnan of the Re-
publican Party?
So Martinez's cabana boy job didn't
work out. I just wish he would have been

The Republican Party, unsure
where Martinez stood, didn't tru
Over the next five years, he suf
bad committees and almost
national exposure.

more ofa fighter within his own party
and for Florida, but Washington eats
people alive and I can hardly blame him
for wanting to come back home.
Unfortunately for Florida, that leaves
us in quite a mess for the short tenn. Our
completely incompetent governor, Charlie
Crist, has advised us that he will run for
Martinez's seat in the U.S. Senate. In the
meantime, however, he is the one who
gets to select someone who will replace
Martinez until 2011. Crist's first inclina-
tion was to appoint himself (perfectly
legal under Florida law), but his handlers
convinced him that it might be bad fonn.


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Sen. Mel Martinez set in motion a goo game in which no one really wins

So Crist has been running around
the state interviewing every Republican
who promises he or she won't run for the
office in 2010. Then he caught a lot of
grief from the Cuban contingent because
he was not seriously considering a His-
panic for the seat. Somehow that group
sees Martinez's seat as a "Hispanic seat."
And the Hispanic-seat issue became so
important that current U.S. Rep. Lincoln
Diaz-Balart put his name in the hat and
then pulled it out soon after. There was
never any explanation as to how the
mechanics for this would work.
At one point Crist had ten people
under consideration. I don't understand
why just ten. Obviously he has been kiss-
ing the butts of every senior Republican
politician in the State of Florida,
and every right-wing fringe
of character in the hopes they
t him. will support his run for the
ered Senate.

enjoy life as a United States Senator.
So much for the Hispanic seat.
As I write this, it's the end of August
and neither the county nor the city have
had budgets submitted by their respective
mayors to their respective commissions.
Now, legally they don't have to be in until
September (which is also the same month
they have to be approved), but you'd think
the county's Mayor Carlos Alvarez and
the city's Mayor Manny Diaz would have
put together some preliminary numbers
for the commissions to review.
From Alvarez we have heard how
bad things are and how the county is
going to have lay off some 1700 work-
ers. That's very nice when you consider
that his own staff has risen to 62 over
the past four years, and his office budget
has climbed to $9 million. Then factor
in the news that he secretly gave his
top aides substantial raises over the
past months. No surprise he took some
serious heat. So he promised that three
members of his staff will be laid off,
including his personal photographer.
Gosh, Carlos, can you live without a
personal photographer?
And it's no better over at the city.
Nobody can find Mayor Manny, and his
mouthpiece, city manager Pete Heman-
dez, has been babbling on incoherently.
What a team! They're becoming quite
a pair, so bad even mayoral candidate
Joe Sanchez has been distancing himself
from the mayor and his buddy.
Is it possible we just might elect
some people who don't overspend their
budgets and don't lie to us?

Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

Somewhere in my heart I feel sorry
for U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. He is
a good man and was never a true
right-wing, nut-case Republican. My
guess is that's why he is resigning his
Senate seat more than a year before the
end of his first tenn. Martinez won the
seat in 2004 by a very narrow margin,
defeating Betty Castor. He didn't get 50
percent of the vote, but most Floridians
hoped that either Martinez or Castor
would represent all of Florida and not
just some ideological sliver.
From the beginning it didn't work out
that way. In what tumed out to be Marti-
nez's first national television appearance,
the right-wing Christian nutcases poured
into Florida to fight against pulling the
plug on Terri Schiavo, the brain-dead but
mechanically alive woman who became a
cause c616bre for the right wing.
ARepublican operative came up to
Martinez, slipped a card into his pocket,
and told him to read the prepared text to
the media. Martinez, being the newest
foot soldier in the Republican anny,
dutifully read a statement supporting and
endorsing all the right-wing diatribes.
Halfivay through his comments, you
could see his face change, and by the end
he was running for cover. I think he had
just realized that he'd become the newest
Republican Party cabana boy.
It didn't get any better. The Republi-
can Party, unsure of where he stood, didn't
trust him. The Democrats didn't really
know him. So over the next five years, he
suffered with very bad conunittee appoint-
ments and almost no national exposure.


no So Crist's job was to
select an interim U.S. Senator
who wouldn't interfere with
his own campaign for that
very same position. In mid-August I put
my money on George LeMieux, Crist's
fonner chief of staff and a diehard loyal-
ist. My thinking was that LeMieux, an
attomey, would follow orders and stay
out of the spotlight, thus allowing Crist
to continue running around Florida, slap-
ping all his Republican pals on the back,
telling them he was happy to consider
them for the Senate seat, and now please
send money so Crist can actually win the
seat himself.
On August 28, Crist announced
his pick. None other than 40-year-old
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more oversight of the
insurance companies. And
tort reform. I'm not op-
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to the present as seen from a native's
point of view, an angle he believes gives
his book an edge over comparable surveys.
Bramson's personal Miami Beach
story began in 1946, when his family
moved down from New York just as
Seth was getting out of diapers. Soon
thereafter his father cultivated a grow-
ing obsession with all things railroad by
frequently taking him to the Buena Vista
railway yards to watch the trains. (The
site is now occupied by the Midtown
Miami development.)
This early fascination led to
Bramson's lifelong desire to collect the
history and mementos of the Florida East
Coast Railway. From there he expanded
into general Floridiana. "Expanded" is an
understatement. The Bramson collection,
which continues to grow at an almost
alarming rate, is estimated to now top
1,000,000 items, and takes up enough
space inside his Shores home to fill a
one-bedroom apartment, floor to ceil-
ing. In 1996 the historical value of this
personal quest was acknowledged by of-
ficials at the railway. Then-FEC president
Carl Zellers named Bramson the FEC's
official "company historian.
Along the way, the 65-year-old
author has worked in management
positions at Beach hotels, the Playboy
Club on Biscayne Boulevard at 77th
Street, and the Miami Shores Country
Club. He has also earned degrees from
St. Thomas University, Florida Interna-
tional University, and Cornell. Currently
he is an adjunct professor of history and
historian in residence at Barry Uni-
versity, adjunct professor of history at
FIU. and historian in residence at FIU's
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He's
also a proud member of Miami Beach
High's Class of 1962.
For some people, history is a straight-
forward collection of events interpreted
neutrally. For others like Bramson, histo-
rr at its best creates an intimate connec-
tion between the past and present. While
reading Bramson's 2005 Miami Beach
(Images of 4merica Series), I noticed a
credit given to Joy Van Wye Malakoff, an
acquaintance whose mother is mentioned
in the book. Malakoff recounts that her
mom found her way into the book after
Bramson rummaged through a box of
family photographs.

Continued on page 15

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square feet, the house would be more than
enough for Bramson his wife of 33 years
Mvma, and their three cats if not for
the obsession lurking around ever comer.
The airy living room belies the cramped
clutter hiding on the other side of the
walls, but it is also where the tour begins.
A cabinet containing a set of dinner
china and sundry tchotchkes is the first
stop. Bramson pulls out a plate from
downtown Miami's Royal Palm Hotel
- the area's first luxury hostelry. It was
tom down in 1930, but it is ground zero
for the story of Greater Miami. Then
Bramson presents another dish, then an-
other. There are so many that the chances
must be fairly high Henry Flagler himself
ate from at least one of them.
An office off the living room is filled
with files and boxes. Among the relics
is a gorgeous 1948 4x5 color positive (a
type of large photographic slide) of red-
and-vellow Florida East Coast Railway
locomotives parked next to the Miami-
Dade County Courthouse on Flagler
Street. There's also a copy of Mary Lily
Kenan Flagler Bingham's (the Widow
Flagler) last will and Henry's actual letter
to railroad officials stating, "I am extend-
ing the railroad to Biscayne Bay.
Bramson has transformed a breakfast
nook into a small library. On display is
a large and very early photograph of the
dock at Miami Beach's Biscayne Street,
where a ferry once dropped off the
island's first tourists. Even the kitchen
holds a few gems from places such as
Royal Castle and Pumpemik's.
Like all good hosts, Bramson saves
the dessert for last. What should be a
garage housing two or three cars instead
holds the bulk of his collection. It smells
like an old library a little dusty, a lot
of aging paper. It's so crammed together
that a loose shoelace could inflict damage
on a priceless memento. Large pictures
fill the aisles, and tiny photographic neg-
atives are stuffed into various cabinets.
There are so many treasures here rail-
road uniforms, ancient tax rolls, on and
on and on until Bramson stumbles across
an empty drawer and briefly considers
finding something to stuff in it. Only his
smile lets on that he's joking.
His boast of possessing the largest
private collection of Floridiana, however,
appears to be true. He says the Historical
Museum of Southem Florida once sent a
couple of researchers over to confirm his
claim (or more likely to refute it). With a

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Located by Bramson alone.

wearing his "WE BUY MIAMI MEMO-
quickly trade stories and play six-degrees
of separation over our Miami Beach
upbringing. Although Bramson and I
are a generation apart, there are plenty
of touchstones. Who else around here
remembers the Govemor Cafeteria, the
old dog track, or the Boom Boom Room?
Bramson does and then some.
He's polite, even affable. A hospitality
degree from Comell seems to have paid
off, but he also reminds me a bit of Barbara
Baer Capitman the feisty preservationist
widely credited with saving Miami Beach's
Art Deco buildings from the wrecking
ball. In the mid-1970s, she helped found
the Miami Design Preservation League.
Through their lobbying, the Art Deco
District in 1979 was placed on the National
Register of Historic Places. But according
to Capitman's 1990 New Nuk Times obitu-
ary, "her outspoken unorthodox mamler
later led to her ouster from the group."
Likewise, Bramson is an equally passionate
individual, guided by his desire to preserve
the past. He may simply rub some people
the wrong way, but I like him.
The Bramson collection is ensconced
in a modest 1953 home located in the
heart of Miami Shores. At nearly 2500

d e

She was delighted to work with
Bramson whom she counts on to help
her recall anything historical, but what
she most likes is his approach: "People
usually publish pictures of buildings, but
not pictures of families sitting around the

pool, or playing cards, at parties wearing
their mink stoles. You just don't usually
find that in a history book. It personalizes
the history more."
I'd been wamed that Bramson is
"intense," "abrasive," and even "profane,"
so I really didn't know what to expect
when I arrived at the "museum" for a
tour. He charmingly answers the door

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Bramson has collected from the company's past.



Where did it all come from? Dealers, estate sales, shops, and families
who donated heirlooms to Bramson for safekeeping.


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sparkle in his eye, Bramson recounts how
they forfeited the challenge, unable to
complete the count in the few hours they
allotted themselves.
So where did it all come from? Much
of it was purchased from dealers, estate
sales, and shops, but a considerable
amount of the treasure has been donated
to him. In the late 1970s, when Miami
Beach closed its old city hall on Washing-
ton Avenue for renovations, he took home
a priceless collection of photographs
and paperwork the city simply threw
away. Many railroad items came from the
Florida East Coast Railway itself. Lucky
for them, too. He says they once sheep-
ishly called to see if he happened to have
their original corporate charter. He did!
The personal stories and family photos
come from a broad network of friends and
acquaintances. For Sunshine and Steme
Crabs he found Jim Allison's great grand-
niece and teamed how crucial Allison
Island's namesake was to the creation of
Miami Beach. It's the first time this story
has been told in print. Isadore Cohen's
descendants (the first pennanent Jewish
family inMiami) gaveBramsontheir
collection specifically because they felt
he would be most apt to share it with the
public. They feared a traditional museum
would hide the items in a basement, where
only the occasional scholar would see it.
Some may dismiss his collecting as
a mere obsession, not a clearly defined
scholarly pursuit. But his diligence has
been rewarded. In addition to lending
details and innumerable photographs
to his books, the collection benefits
researchers Bramson occasionally invites
to his home, as well as other individuals
and organizations who inquire about a
railroad or historical topic. He also loans
out materials upon request.
But shouldn't a collection of objects
this vast, and of such historical value, be
housed more professionally and securely?
Inanadequately sized, temperature-con-
trolled, fire-proofenviromnent? Bramson
laments that no one yet has come forward
with such a gracious offer. And while the
collection seems haphazardly clumped
together and is certainly umvieldy, it ap-
pears to be fairly well organized at least
Bramson himself knows where everything
is located. Uncharacteristically he clams
up when asked how much he's spent or the
monetary value of his collection. If there
is an insurance bill, he refuses to discuss

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Inquiring minds want to know: Is Bramson a scholarly collector of historically significant material, or is he just
a pack rat?

it as well. As for its final resting place
when Bramson himself becomes a part of
history? That is known only to him and his
family members, who have confidential
instructions as to its disposition.
During a break from the archives,
though, Bramson mentions being kept at
ann's length by the degree historians in
town. "Degreed" as opposed to "profes-
sional." He considers himself more than
just an amateur at this point, and rightly
so. A quick scan of his r6sum6 proves
it. But it's the lack of a fonnal history
degree that he believes relegates him to
second-class status. Of course he refuses
to utter any names, but he does refer to a
couple of the suspects as the "Fountain of
Misinfonnation" and the "Queen Bee."
Paul George, historian at the His-
torical Museum of Southern Florida,
seems a good candidate for the role of
"Fountain of Misinfonnation." (Is Arva
Moore Parks perhaps the "Queen Bee"?)
He's well known locally for his guided
tours and holds a Ph.D. in history from
Florida State University. During a phone
interview, George is too polite to say
there is any bad blood, though he admits
knowing that Bramson has "that feeling

that he's kind of put down and all, but
there are other avocational historians
who are embraced by [the museum] and
have been great contributors." He does
mention without prompting that Bramson
is a "self-taught" historian, so it could be
that Bramson has a point. But who wants
to be merely a "contributor" when you
can control the materials instead?

George continues: "There's so much
room for many historians in the area.
There's a lot of history down here and it's
a great, layered history. I would welcome
him into the loop." George then offers to sit
down to a cup of coffee with Bramson just
to clear the air, and even says that Bramson

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obt rously loves the city and has poured
a lot into the railroad, which is important.
[Bramson's] done these pictorials lately
that are just wonderful. The proverbial
picture really is worth a thousand words."
Regardless of holy his peers may
treat him, Bramson's devotion has
given him the opportunity to pen 16
books and more than 70 articles. (Two
more books, on North Miami Beach
and Hallandale Beach, are on their
way.) There are countless requests for
information, lectures, and tours. The
160-page Sunshine and Stone Crabs
($19.99 from History Press) itself has
already pre sold 1000 copies, which
makes it an authentic hit in industry
circles. About 90 percent of the 199
images have never been published
before, so it is bound to sell even more

when locals get their hands on it.
Why did he leave the Beach, though?
Wife Myrna pushed him, and he's grateful
for that. "Lirmg here has been good for
us and exposed me, through the country
club, to a lot of very nice people," he says.
However, he also feels he's a "prophet
without honor in his own country." When
his Boulevard ofDreants: 4 Pictorial His-
tory ofElPortal, Biscavne Park, Miami
Shores and North Miami was published in
2007, Bramson hoped the Miami Shores
Chamber of Commerce rvould help him
promote the book. Instead, Bramson says,
the chamber claimed its events schedule
was booked a year in advance. Several
neighboring towns he has chronicled wel-
comed him with open arms immediately,
but not his adopted hometown.
Perhaps there are a few more cups of
coffee to be had in Bramson's future.

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Musical Notes in a Time of Austerity

If2000 flutists can make history, 200 Shores residents can write their own

By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor
As a kid, I never aspired to play
the flute like the great Sir James
Galway. Actually, I never wanted
to play flute at all. I wanted to rock out on
the guitar, write and sing my own music.
But my sister, older by 20 months, had
already claimed the guitar as her instru-
ment. My mother didn t believe in foster-
ing competition, so I was allowed to pick
from a limited range of band instruments
when I turned ten.
Thus the flute, to which I immedi-
ately showed an almost wedded affinity,
despite the bulky braces that would
soon be applied. You can imagine the
geek I quickly turned into: I acquired
serious flute training, braces, and glass-
es within a year of double-digit life.
Back then I was alternately proud
of and painfully embarrassed by play-
ing the flute, from the way my budding
breasts were enhanced while taking a

me that because she played the same
model of instrument, a 30-year-old
Gemeinhardt, I should duet with her at
her church. She introduced me to Cathi
Marro, who was teaching flute at Miami
Country Day, and we formed a group.
And gradually I've come to enjoy
playing flute, though it had very little to
do with the fact that I now wear contact
lenses, my teeth are relatively straight,
and being called a "geek" these days
generally means you have a job doing
something you love. I've enjoyed it so
much that when Cathi, who attends the
National Flute Association Convention
annually, told me about the attempt to
break the Guinness world record for the
Largest Flute Ensemble, I jumped on a
plane to New York City.
Led by Sir James Galway, in honor of
his 70th birthday, and held in a ballroom at
the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, the
challenge began with an hour of rehearsal

Continued on page 19

breath to the way my nose was stretched
into little-piggy shape by my embouchure.
Being good at it opened a lot of doors for
me, including a summer music camp in
Maine where I made a group of friends
who got me through a ton of awkward teen
moments (and are still getting me through
some awkward adult ones).
But it also meant I had to perform
more often and more publicly, including

in the dreaded marching band if I
wanted to continue to qualify for sitting
in statewide bands and orchestras. (A
marching band helmet is the ultimate in
post-adolescent humiliation.)
I shelved the flute was I was 18,
swapping it for voice lessons in college.
Later on I picked up guitar. But when
I moved to Miami Shores, my friend
Tabitha spotted my flute and convinced

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conductedby his wife, Lady Jeanne. We
were closely packed together, which meant
that amateurs like me rubbed shoulders,
literally, with symphonic first chairs. Over
and over, we played a ten-minute, four-part
piece called Galway Fantasie, arranged
by David Overton, that included excerpts
from notable melodies like "Danny Boy."
To spectators, the flutes of all qual-
ity the woman next to me was playing
a $15,000 Sankyo, while I was using
my Gemeinhardt, which is practically
worthless now must have sounded
like a giant flock of birds, of all the same
species but with individual differences,
everyone questing to be the brightest, the
loudest, and best.
Everyone except me, that is. I was
trying not to be heard. I am no longer
better or even equal to my peer group;
I'm strictly a dilettante now. Worse, I
was sight-reading my part, having signed
up on the premises rather than prior to
the event. Fingering-wise, the music
wasn't difficult, but it was tricky, with
enough time and key changes that I

needed to pay close attention. I could
have used a couple of days' practice to
get it right.
Still I found the experience thrilling.
Sir James arrived, cracked a few jokes,
and set about conducting an orchestra
that would have set dogs howling had
we been tooting outside. We officially
registered as 1989 flutists, breaking
the recently set Chinese record of 1975,
though there were no doubts that a few
unconfirmed flutists joined in as well.
You can see and hear the whole event at
While at the flute convention, I at-
tended a concert by Flutes Ad Libitum, a
choir complete with piccolo, C, alto, and
tenor flutes from Dijon, France. The
group visited Miami Shores in 2006, and
performed at Barry University's Cor Jesu
Chapel. At the time, my friend Cathi
coerced I mean asked me to house
one of the members. As a result I got to
know the group, directed by the dynamic
Martin Charlot, went to dinner with them,
and watched them perform to a shamefully
small crowd. To comment on how stellar
they are, I only have to mention that they
received a standing ovation after their

very first piece at the convention. In the
audience? Composers for flute choirs and
world-renowned masters.
The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra
and Cathi's flute choir, the Florida
Flute Orchestra (for links to both visit
www.contraflute.com), also performed
during the same session. This was an
extra treat because they played ar-
rangements that included the huge con-
trabass and sub contrabass flutes, and
the lone double contrabass flute (which
is owned by the FFC and is unique to
any orchestra in Florida, and likely the
United States). Taller than the musi-
cians playing them, they looked like
giant, tubular paper clips.
Though you've missed a golden flute
(pun intended) opportunity with Flutes
Ad Libitum, you can catch Miami's
Grammy-winning flutist Nestor Torres
this December at St. Martha Catholic
Church in the Shores (305-982-5535).
This is just one of the varied oppor-
tunities for musical enlightenment at
St. Martha and at Barry University's
performing arts center. Last year, at the
Miami Shores Community Center, we
also had free shows featuring artists

such as singer-songwriter Cosy Sheridan.
There's a caveat, however, as there
always is. Funding for the arts in Miami-
Dade County is at grave risk, so programs
like St. Martha's likely won't be receiving
grants to entice renowned international
acts to their stage. In Miami Shores, be-
cause of reduced property values and a de-
crease in tax revenue, the operating budget
for the fiscal year beginning October 1 has
been greatly reduced. The village's recre-
ation programs specifically the tennis
center, which willbe effectively eliminated
following the layoff of tennis pro Ben
Hanks and his three clerks are among
those in peril under the currently crafted
budget, which you can read for yourself at
Music lovers, don't expect free con-
certs to continue unless you make your-
self heard at the upcoming September
8 meeting of the village council, where
changes to the budget are still possible.
If nearly 2000 flutists can show up for a
gimmick on a Friday morning, at least
200 residents should be able to make it to
a civic meeting on a Tuesday evening.

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The Beast That Cannot Be Tamed
- When it comes to fierce debate, healthcare reform has nothing on Miami 21 -

By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

opposition. The city manager, the planning
department, and the city's design consul-
tant, Miami firm DPZ, have said on the
record umpteen times that they don't have

e tc 1 it i et cr xceec 1 re
issues. This is not about not wanting to be
eco-friendly, not wanting to share the road
with bicycles althoughf it goes through
as currently drafted, good luck finding
space for bike lanes!), or not wanting to be
"green," which is now akin to motherhood
and apple pie.
This is about revamping a zoning
code in a way that creates an environment
in which residents and business owners
can thrive and prosper. Isn't this what it's
all about fostering a sense of belong-
ing and inclusion, a place where people
want to raise their families, a place where
breadwinners can make a decent living, a
place where those later in life can remain
and enjoy the fruits of their labor?

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T he hot topic of the
pc st fby weeke has
of Miami's proposed
new zoning code, known
as Miami 21. Back on i's
August 6, the Miami
City Commission held a
special meeting, called
by Mayor Manny Diaz, to
vote on the measure after A single-family home under current zoning (left) and how it might look under
four years of planning and Miami 21 (right).
debate. It was a long af-

ternoon that stretched into
the evening. My wife and I tried to keep
up via the city's Website while down in
the Keys on vacation.
With the usual suspects presenting
the same positions that have been hashed
and rehashed over the past several
years, the meeting had a familiar feel to
it. Many individuals I respect spoke on


both sides of the issue, all making cogent
and sensible points about a very daunt-
ing and complex plan. With Miami 21,
it's not a matter of one side being right
and the other being wrong, but rather
what compromises are attainable in order
to get this thing off the dime.
From the beginning, opposition from
those representing Miami's neighborhoods,

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primarily Miami Neighborhoods United
(MNU), has concentrated on several
specifics height, setbacks, notice to
residents, and nonconforming structures.
These four items have been hammered into
the ground until, as my daddy would say,
"This horse is glue!"
Still these issues have not been
adequately addressed to satisfy those in

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But it so often seems those goals are
cast aside as those in power decide what is
best for the masses. You know the ones I
speak of, the elected officials who sup-
posedly represent the will of the people by
building new baseball stadiums or digging
tunnels that end up costing billions of
dollars over time, the ones who say, "You
people need to think not just of your future
but of the generations to come, which is
why we're saddling those future genera-
tions with tons of debt, because it's good
for them and will make them grow strong!"
In a column of this length, it would
be foolish to try arguing the specifics of
Miami 21. It would be impossible to give
adequate space to the pros and the cons,
plus it would be boring. Suffice to say
the details of Miami 21 will continue to
be debated until the very moment it re-
turns to the city commission for a fresh
vote. (Only four of five commission-
ers were present for the August 6 vote,
which resulted in a 2-2 tie, temporarily
killing the proposal. A new hearing is
set for September 4.) Then the stage will

be set for whatever actions will be taken
by various individuals who feel they've
been adversely affected by the outcome,
whether Miami 21 is adopted or rejected.
Details aside, I was very disturbed
by one thing that occurred at the August
6 meeting namely, the unexpected
changes to the plan proffered by Com-
missioner Marc Sarnoff. It was ex-
tremely disappointing to see a candidate
I ultimately endorsed in his first bid for
office fall into the same crap he fought
so hard against when he was the activist
candidate. This is a matter of transpar-
ency and abuse of power.
How did height limits suddenly get
raised in the Edgewater neighborhood?
According to DPZ, not by them but rather
by direction from Commissioner Sarnoff,
a fact that was only subtly disclosed, with
virtually no discussion or claimed owner-
ship of the change. Then there was Com-
missioner Sarnoff's last-minute amend-
ment to limit building heights in the MiMo
Historic District to 35 feet. Where the hell
did that come from? Was he attempting to
make good on some campaign promise to
Morningside activist Elvis Cruz, a propo-
nent of such limits?

And how was it that these late items,
tacked on by a lone commissioner, were
not introduced much earlier in the long
meeting say, during the six hours or
so when the public had a chance make
comments and ask questions? Why did
they only surface after the public-discus-
sion period had ended? Surely something
as important as a height limit in the
MiMo District didn't arise spontaneous-
ly, so why didn't Commissioner Sarnoff
give advance notice to affected property
owners in order that they might attend
the meeting and offer input? And what
about the new map he wanted to include?
What map? It was a pretty sad display
of political power, the type of thing that
breeds voter distrust of elected officials.
All residents of Miami's Upper East-
side need to keep in mind that the future
of their neighborhoods is tied to the fate of
Boulevard businesses. Think back just a
few short years and recall the boarded-up
shops, the rampant prostitution, the open
drug-dealing, the cesspool of crime that
oozed from the Boulevard into our neigh-
borhoods. The last thing we need is for the
Boulevard to take a nosedive. This is why
the MiMo Biscayne Association supports

the city's facade grant program, along with
greater height in certain areas at least
to 53 feet and perhaps up to 70 feet, but
only if general parking is included. (You
only have to look at the residential parking
problems in Coconut Grove, created by
Mayfair and CocoWalk, to realize that
as Boulevard businesses and restaurants
become successful, overflow parking will
end up on the sales in front of our homes.
This is already happening in Palm Grove,
west of the Boulevard.)
Life is balancing act made up of
compromises, and Miami's leaders must
Recognize that when the pendulum swings
too far to one side, the other side can suffer
irreparable harm. Who wins whenthathap-
pens? Certainly not business owners trying
to survive and make a living for their fluni-
lies. Certainly not residents who will bear
the consequences ofabusiness district gone
belly-up. And certainly not the city itself,
which designated our area an historic district
but which now appears to be abandoning
those it committed support.
Come on, gang. I know you can do
better than this. We're all counting on you.

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Two short months of good weather means lawncare obsession
company, Grassholes. The constant din
is not only far from soothing, it reminds
me that the MUFT has it in for me in yet
another way: summer allergies. I just got
poked by the allergist, so I know. With
'""=. September comes grasses and weeds, all
. the things that want me dead. And with
every whiiiirrrr! I'm reminded that the
. outside is dangerous for me here, even
when the sun is shining.
The Lawnatics really get into this
-... .." summer ritual. They have tools beyond
the mower. They have edgers. They
. .. have precision trimmers. They have
.r.g. teeth-rattling leaf blowers. All this to
get that lawn done just right, lest they
-- -- -- -- suffer the rebukes of surly neighbors.
about Miami and Florida in general. read too many stories about the one that And apparently no one wants that. So
What's right up there at the top of their list? got away and ended up in the toilet or the that means constant upkeep, especially
Alligators. Seems some folks in our stretch pool or the Girl Scout troop's campsite since it's been a rainy summer. Part of
of upstate New York think that living in beside a lake. it is getting the mower lines as close to
South Florida means being eatenby a Back to mowing. In the MUFT, perfect as possible. See, there is a trick
gator. This "Gator Gonna Git Ya" mania these lawnmowers and the people who to mowing. You can't just simply mow.

By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor
It's September in the MUFT (Merci-
less Urban Frozen Tundra), a.k.a.
Binghamton, New York, and that
means I have a new regional enemy:
the lawnmower. Ah, I can hear one
now: Whiiiirrrrrwhiiirrrrrrrrr. No
surprise there. They are always going.
Morning, noon, night. Death, taxes,
and the ever-present, ever-loud, ever-
annoying lawnmower.
Last month marked my one-year
anniversary living in the MUFT or MFT
(Merciless Frozen Tundra), as it is from
October to May. As a displaced Miamian,
it has not been fun times, so allow me to
take this moment to congratulate myself
on surviving the ten-month winter. Now
on to summer and mowing.
Of course, Miamians also mow. Some-
how, though, it isn't as irritating as it is up
here in the MUFT. But as much as may I
complain about MUFTers, they complain

use them are on my nerves. Let's call
them the Lawnatics, or in less polite

I find puzzling. The only explanation I've
come up with is that some MUFTers have

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You must mow in a way that creates a
pleasing pattern of lines. It's the opposite
of what a painter strives for on a canvas,
which is to blend the lines. Lawnatics
want to show theirs. And don't you dare
get sloppy with an edger. That'll cost
you Lawnatic points as well, as nobody
wants to cast their gaze upon sloppy turf
edges. No, sir.
The Lawnatics particularly annoyed
me a few times recently. One was when
I was trying to eavesdrop on an argu-
ment my husband was having with his
brother. I strained from the upstairs
window, but only caught every other
word. Whiiiiiiiirrr! Grrrrrr.
Another time was when I was acting
as Pet Detective and trying to find a lost
shi-tzu. I thought I heard errant barking,
but a nearby Lawnatic was determined
to get that last bit of lawn manicured
just so over and over again, it seemed,
until it was shorter than the buzz cut on
a Marine Corps recruit.
The only things that can possibly
compete with the incessant Lawnatics'

whiiiirrrrrrbuzzzzzwhiirrrrrrrrr are the
MUFT's bugs. Like all New Yorkers,
these creatures have their own distinct
vocalizations, the bug buzz being more
a baseline bizzzzz than an aggressive
whiiirrrrrrr! As in, "Whiiirrrrr here!"
Bug noises actually do not bother me.
However, the bugs' inability to respect
personal space is a bit much. Once
you've spent a summer in the MUFT,
chomping down on a few gnats or trying
to extract them from your eyelids, you
begin to wonder: Where is the respect?
But upstate New York bugs, like
all other bugs, have limitations. That is,
they have very small brains. So I excuse
them. Humans, on the other hand -
well, they're another story. I realize that
most people have small brains too, but I
find it more difficult to extend the same
courtesies to them that I afford to bugs.
Go figure.
But back to the mowing and it's
noisy kin.
Maybe it is because I have an
aversion to sudden loud noises that the
MUFT presents another September Situ-
ation: bikers. They, like the Lawnatics,
are loud. On purpose. And there are a lot

of them in the MUFT.
I realize all these things the
Lawnatics, the bugs, the bikers are
summer things. Unlike Miamians, who
enjoy sunshine and pavement devoid
of ice and salt all year, MUFTers get
a measly couple of months of accept-
able weather. And with that comes yet
another issue: You must make do. You
had better make do. You must appre-
ciate the good weather while it lasts.
This is a serious point of contention for
me, the Miamian.
It's a constant and nagging feeling,
like a scolding parent who wants you to
do your homework before supper. Or the
pressure you feel on New Year's Eve to
have the time ofyour life! Or the Friday-
night sense that "This is your weekend.
Use it wisely. Or else." If you understand
this, you understand the pressure to "Go
Forth, Young MUFTer, and Enjoy the
Summer!" That's an order.
Well, I never have taken well to
being bossed around.
So if the sun is shining, you best
get out in it before Mother MUFTer
tsk-tsks you and takes it away. As a
Miamian who until last year had always

been blessed with constant sunshine, I
find this annoying. I do not like my sun
strung out on a timeline. Sun's out, so if
you have to work, clean the house, or just
want to take a nap, better fugheddabout
it! In fact, the sun is out right now and
I am panicking as I write this. I know
the unspoken rule: All ye arrogant
who defy Mother MUFTer shall live in
eternal darkness.
Thus it is understandable that
MUFTers decide to dust off their
vroooming! bikes and classic cars and
take a ride. That's fine by me, as long
as they stay away from my ear space.
As I said, I've never been a fan of
excessive noise. They call this afflic-
tion being "hyper startled," and while
I consider myself a nonviolent person,
when a biker accelerates by me, I find
myself slapping my own hand away
from picking up the nearest rock and
hurling it at that two-wheeled menace.
Ah ha! There goes another one, roar-
ing down our street. Time for me to stop.
My hand is getting itchy. Where's a rock
when you need one?

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A bitter feud between two Strut principals threatens to rain on this year 's parade

kept alive by a cadre of volunteers, including
herself. She accuses him of tricking her into
co-signing two checks from the corpomtion's
account (about $900) tlet covered the cost of
Teny tmdemarking the name "King Mango
Stmt" for himself personally, as an individual,
in the State of Florida. "He used corpomte
money and he made it personally his, so he
can lease it, he can sellit, or he can give it to
his family," asserts Baldwin, who works as
an administrator for her husband's architec-
ture finn. "So why should Ivolunteer missing
money for an event ownedby somebody
personally? It doesn't make sense to me. I
don't think it's right."
"I own it, I created it," answers Terry, a
licensed attorney who for years has worked
as an art teacher in the public school
system. He says the $900 was his "license
fee" for granting permission to use the
King Mango Strut name all these years.
Since November 2008, Terry has also
sought, with his own money, to acquire
a federal trademark on the King Mango
Strut name and logo design. He even
notarized a "license agreement" he made
between Glenn Terry the individual and
Glenn Terry the president of King Mango
Strut, Inc., retroactive to 1982, granting
him ownership and control of the name,
the logo, and the event itself.
Baldwin says such actions repre-
sent a conflict of interest for a board
member of a nonprofit, since they allow
Terry to profit from the corporation. But
Terry insists he's only trying to protect
the integrity of the Strut. "I have never
[profited] in 28 years. I have a job that
pays the rent," says Terry, who acknowl-
edges he fanned the Coconut Grove

ch eiL e id

The irreverent King Mango Strut
draws hundreds of participants and
thousands of spectators to Coconut
Grove each year. And no wonder it's so
popular. Where else are you going to see
a parade with such memorable acts as the
razor-sharp Bobbit Brigade, the Booger
King tribute to Dave Barry, county Com-
missioner Joe Gersten fleeing to New
Zealand, or the Dick Cheney School of
Those creative hijinks and countless
others have given the Strut staying power.
It's even survived the event it originally
sought to spoof, the strait-laced Orange
Bowl Parade, which shut down in 2002
after 62 years.
But after nearly three decades of sati-
rizing the irony, corruption, and plain old
wackiness parading across the local, na-
tional, and world stages, the Strut's own
wacky future is in jeopardy. Abehind-
the-scenes feud involving the Strut's only
surviving original founder, Glenn Terry,
and longtime participant and fundraiser,
Antoinette Baldwin, has come to a head
as planning deadlines loom for this year's
December 27 parade. And because the
two Groveites are the sole surviving
corporate officers of the nonprofit King
Mango Strut, Inc., which runs the event,
their disagreement has stalled prepara-
tions and funding.
Both say they'd like nothing more
than to concentrate on skewering this
year's target-rich field ofoutlandishness:
the Octomom, South Carolina Governor
Sanford's conquest of the Appalachian
Trail, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's abrupt

-- -.
Glenn Terry in his annual role as
emcee, 2007.

Honoring the nation's Vice
President, 2006.

resignation. Terry muses that ex-Manson
Family member Lynette "Squeaky"
Fromme, just released from prison, would
make an outstanding grand marshal.
Instead they are skewering each other
in e-mails and legal maneuvering.
"We have a disagreement over who
should be putting on the parade, and she
is holding up the funding of it this year,"


Washington policy debate, Strut-
style, 2005.

complains Terry, who recently fanned a
new group, the Coconut Grove Players,
to run the parade without Baldwin. He
feels that Baldwin's actions may force
him to move the Strut to another city, or
cancel it altogether.
Baldwin, a "Mangohead" for 18 years,
counters tlut Teny is trying to take sole
ownership of an organization tlet has been

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BT Contributor
Miami art collectors Carlos and
Rosa de la Cruz are well along
in the construction of their
expansive new Design District museum
that will showcase their world-renowned
collection of contemporary art. It is
scheduled to open in time for Art Basel
Miami Beach in December. And although
their art may be new, across the street
from their building, where they're plan-
ning a parking lot, they are dealing with
something much, much older: oak trees.
Two 80-foot-tall Southern Live Oaks,
estimated to be nearly 100 years old, rise
from the soil like living monuments at
the rear of the vacant lot at 28 NE 41st
St., their wide evergreen canopies casting
precious shadows over this comer of a
sun-blasted city. Miami, in fact, is ranked
among the worst in the nation for tree
canopy. "Born" in the early part of the last
century, the twin oaks have matured with
the neighborhood as it went from agricul-
tural seclusion to mid-century ritz to drug-
ravaged slum and finally to its present
incamation as the Design District, one of
Miami's most vibrant conunercial areas.
Those two stately oaks, however,
may soon fall to the chainsaw.
On August 26, Miami's Code Enforce-
ment Department approved an application
to remove and destroy the long-standing
trees, thus making room for several more
vehicles in the de la Cruzes' soon-to-be-
built museum parking lot.
Before permission was granted, the de
la Cruzes "mitigated" with the city miti-
gation being the process by which property
owners make amends with Mother Nature

to acconunodate the trees," he explains.
'You can put in gravel, a layer of construc-
tion sand above that, and then a penneable
8 membrane so water will go through. You
a want to disperse the weight of the vehicles
as they go by. You just build up with ag-
gregate stone and make sure you allow the
a trees to breath. You're losing maybe six to
eight parking spots and you're protecting
100 years of history.
Jeff Shimonski, director of horticul-
ture at Jungle Island and longtime "Your
Garden" contributor to the BT, says
that saving the oaks, and ensuring they
thrive in the middle of a parking lot, will
take some effort. "If the trees are saved,
they'll have to be properly protected,
and that's a difficult thing to do on any
construction project," he says after
inspecting the trees. "I am for saving
them, but not if it's a superficial attempt
that ultimately condemns those beautiful
trees to a slow, painful death."
Ted Baker, a landscape architect with
the City of Miami, explains in an e-mail to
the BT that the Code Enforcement Depart-
ment "is quite diligent in protecting the
city's tree canopy." Indeed the city has the
authority to deny tree-removal applications
if, for example, the tree is not in the foot-
print of a planned new building, if it is not
sick or dead, or if its removal wouldbe det-
rimental to the "life, safety, or the welfare
of the city. Apparently the age or size of a
tree is not a consideration. Fines for heavily
trimming or removing a tree without a
pennit can be steep, sometimes reaching as
highs $15,000. But tree expert Brennan
says he has "never seen the City of Miami
deny a pennit to take out a tree."
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George Perez and the 41st Street oaks: "Somebody's got to do something."

by either paying money into Miami's Tree
Trust Fund or by planting replacement
trees on their land. And if replacement
trees cannot reasonably be placed on the
property, the owner must hire a landscaping
contractor to have them planted on a public
right-of-way or in a public park.
The number of replacement trees
required is detennined by a fonnula
based on the diameter of the trees being
removed. In the case of the 41st Street
oaks, the city provided the BT with
conflicting infonnation the fonnula
was either 26 trees that are 12 feet tall,
or 19 trees that are 14 feet tall. It is also
unclear whether those "mitigation trees"
have already been planted several miles
away at Miami's Curtis Park. Either way,
the cost to the de la Cruzes could easily
exceed $10,000.
Under the city's Master Tree Plan an
initiative that aims to restore Miami's

denuded tree canopy, the expensive and
burdensome mitigation process is meant to
act as a deterrent to would-be tree-fellers,
encouraging property owners to let thriv-
ing trees stand. But among developers for
whom money is not an issue, mitigation is
just a small obstacle to tree removal.
Bob Brennam a well-known Miami
tree expert and chief arborist at Fairchild
Tropical Botanic Gardea thinks the 41st
Street oak trees can and should be saved.
"They're fantastic!" he says during a visit
to the site. "They're part of Miami's his-
tory. The size of them is just spectacular.
You don't find them like this very often
because they're being cut down so people
can put houses in. We've lost hundreds of
them over the past five years."
Brennan also believes it would be
cheaper for the de la Cruzes to keep
the trees and build their parking lot
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Players with eight other Strut volunteers
in order to solidify his trademark. "She
[Baldwin] keeps saying, 'Well, you could
make money.' Maybe I could. I did create
it. Maybe I have that right, but I'm not
interested in that."
Terry also complains that Baldwin has
launched a "coup" and is refusing to "un-
freeze" the Strut's $7000 bank account,
deposit a $15,000 check received last
year from the Coconut Grove Business
Improvement District, and persuade the
Grove BID to contribute again this year.
Simultaneously, Baldwin is challeng-
ing Terry's federal trademark application
and the Coconut Grove Players' city ap-
plication to run this year's King Mango
Strut. She vows to file her own applica-
tion with the City of Miami, on behalf
of King Mango Strut, Inc., to operate the
2009 parade.
The city's unofficial position, as
described by a staffer in Miami's special-
events office, is that Baldwin and Terry
should patch things up and just get on
with it. Officially, says the staffer, the
matter has been referred to the city at-
torney's office for clarification.
A desire for Terry and Baldwin to
make nice was expressed by nearly
everyone the BT contacted. Even Keith
Root, president of Terry's newly formed
Coconut Grove Players, wishes the two
would stop arguing. "There has been
a disagreement between Glenn and
Antoinette, and the two of them need to
resolve it. The rest of us can't resolve it
for them," says Root, who has been in-
volved with the Strut since its inception.
"All of us just want to have fun and put
on a good parade."
The birth of the King Mango Strut
was conceived 28 years ago with the

she says, adding that Terry was primar-
ily tasked with creating the King Mango
Strut posters and T-shirts, and acting as
master of ceremonies at the event.
Terry allows that he was content to
sit "quietly in the background and keep
this monarchy going." And he appreci-
ates Baldwin's efforts. "I'd like to give
Antoinette her due," he says. "For ten
years she had been our hardest-working
Mangohead. I often told her she did more
than was required, but she'd say, 'That's
how I do things.'"
Other Mangoheads, however, contend
that Terry and Baldwin never really got
along, and that by last year the friction
between them had heated to the boiling
point. That's when Terry took over as
leader for the first time in decades. The
2008 parade ended with an after-party
funded by the grant money from the
Coconut Grove BID. Terry disapproved of
the expense and had police literally pull
the plug as the Will Thomas Band was
playing and Baldwin, dressed as Sarah
Palin, was dancing on the stage.
The two also clashed over Terry's de-
cision to veto certain groups who wanted
to join the parade, particularly a Harley-
Davidson contingent headed by CPA
Barry Rubin. After telling Rubin there
would be no vehicles that year, Terry
took a swipe at the bikers in a column
he writes for the Miami Herald. "Only
one was rejected this year," he wrote, "a
group of men riding Harley-Davidsons.
Do old guys riding loud motorcycles
make you laugh'? Their rude, obnoxious
noise makes me cringe."
Baldwin complains that Terry, instead
of working with Rubinto make his group
"funnier," instead decided to reject him
publicly. "What he did hurt us and hurt the
event," she says. "It made him feel good

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Financial crisis explained, 2008.

"I do not want to see it messed up."
Baldwin points out that Brehm and
Dobson played crucial roles in orga-
nizing the annual parade until almost
literally the day they died. Brehm, who
owned OM Jewelry, succumbed to lung
cancer in December 2000, though he
told the Miami Herald's Joan Fleis-
chman weeks before his death that he
hoped to break out of Mercy Hospital to
march in the Strut. "There are important
things in life, like King Mango Strut.
Then there are the unimportant things -
like dying," he quipped.
Dobson, who eventually became
an aide to county Commissioner Katy
Sorenson, died in October 2004. Baldwin
remembers that Dobson, just before his
death, sent her a list of essential things that
had to be done to prepare for the Strut.
Thanks to Dobson's dedication and his
list, she says, "the transition was smooth."
Baldwin says she became involved
with the Strut in 1991: "I thought, 'There
are people on earth just like me!'" Within
a few years, she was one of the key orga-
nizers. After Brehm died, organizing and
raising money for the Strut fell to Bald-
win and Dobson. "He and I did the whole
thing for the last five years of his life,"

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King Mango poster, 1987.

coupling of its co-founders' love of pa-
rades and Terry's fascination with actual
mangos, which were the subject of some
experimental films he made in the 1970s,
with such titles as Mango Madness and
LastMango in Paris.
By 1977 Terry had formed a group
called the Mango Marching Band, in
which the participants wore "big card-
board mangos on our heads" and played
conch shells and kazoos. The band
wanted to march in the landmark Orange
Bowl Parade, and sent a tape to the
event's organizers in the fall of 1981. It
was sununarily rejected.
Undaunted, Terry joined forces with
local jeweler Wayne Brehm and county-
govermnent computer specialist Bill
Dobson. Together they unveiled their own
parade in December 1982 the King
Mango Strut. To fund the parade's meager
budget, Brehm and Dobson gathered
donations while Terry made and sold T-
shirts featuring his King Mango character.
"King Mango is the coolest thing I have
ever done as an artist," Terry says proudly.

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but it hurt us. We lost at least 50 people."
Terry believes that Baldwin won't be
satisfied until she takes full control of the
Strut. Baldwin dismisses the notion. "You
won't hear ine saying, 'It's mine,'" she
retorts. In an April e-mail to Terry, she
even offered to resign from the nonprofit
corporation and end her involvement
with the Strut if Terry would agree to
relinquish his private ownership of the
trademark. "The Strut belongs to no one
and everyone," she wrote. "It belongs to
all who have volunteered and participated
throughout its 27 years of history.
Her offer went unanswered until
August 22, when Terry e-mailed her an
11-point "peace plan." Highlights: She
deposit the checks and unfreeze the Strut
bank account; she consent to dissolving
King Mango Strut, Inc.; they hold each
other "harmless" for past actions; he
keeps the trademark but licenses Coconut
Grove Players to use it for three years:
and if all goes well, he'll "consider"
giving the Players a permanent license.
Baldwin's one word e-mail reply:
Len Scinto, an FIU professor who
has helped organize the Strut since 2004,
is frustrated by the Terry-Baldwin feud.
'None of this stuff should be important,"
he says. "There is nothing more impor-
tant than the laughter of people watching
the parade and those in the parade. It's
about fun and community and irreverence
and all that stuff- at least to me." And
should the dispute end up in court, with
Mangoheads called as witnesses, he'll be
ready. "I'll probably show up in an OJ
mask," he says. "And I hope someone
would come as Judge Judy."

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The twin oaks are estimated to be
80 feet tall and nearly 100 years old.

Oak Tree
co i ed fr n age

Property owner Rosa de la Cruz, in an
initial telephone interview, would not com-
ment on the fate of the trees. Subsequent
efforts to reach her, or to arrange a meeting
with Brennan and her construction team,
CDC Builders, were unsuccessful.
But George Perez, a local photographer
and lover of trees, isn't willing to wait
around and watch the oaks fall. Less than
48 hours after a public notice was posted
on the de la Cruzes' property, announcing
approval of the tree-removal application,
he began researching the process by which
the city's decision canbe appealed. Be-
cause several city departments are involved
(code enforcement, planning, parks, NET
offices), and because no clear instruc-
tions were readily available, Perez called
Miami's historic preservation officer, Ellen
Uguccioni. She told him to put his objec-
tions in writing and bring them to her office,
along with a check for $150, the hefty fee
prescribed by the city. Perez was set to do
that on Monday, August 31.
Eventually his appeal will be heard
by the city's Historic and Environmental

Arborist Bob Brennan says there are many ways to build a parking lot
around the "fantastic" trees.

Preservation Board, likely at its October
meeting. In the meantime, the trees are
supposed to be protected.
With some luck, the 41st Stret oaks
could live for another 200 years, surviving
seveml mom genemlions of intrusive humans.
That thought inspires Perez. "Somebodv's got
to do something," he says, "othenvise they's
going to kill those two tres."
Staring up into the wide oak canopies
dunng a recent visit to the site, he puzzles
over the de la Cruzes plans to destroy them.

"I don't get it he says. "They're building a
museum. Do they love art and hate trees?"

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oak trees inust be filed within ten calendar
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than Saturday, September 5. For inore
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Biscayne Crime Beat

Compiled by Derek McCann

Puppy Snatcher at Large
400 block ofAE 64th Street
Here's why you see dog owners taking
their pets to pooch-friendly joints like
Andiamo. This animal lover had left
her precious little ones outside in her
backyard. She claimed she had secured
the area, but when she returned home,
she found her gate bent and one of her
puppies missing. Unfortunately the
puppy did not have any paperwork
or tags, so the little critter can't be
tracked. If neighbors have information-
please contact Crime Beat so we can
return the puppy and contact police.
Friends, take your animals with you
- have one of Frankle s Philly Cheese
Steaks while you're at it.

More Condo Board Hell
500 Block ofNE 30th Street
Think your condo board sucks? This
victim's apartment was burglarized
twice in the past two months. Then one
night she saw the building's maintenance

went for the window, first removing
the screen. The victim had no idea this
was happening. (Hard of hearing?)
But she did hear his familiar, snarling
voice, and was horrified to find the
perpetrator's head sticking through the
window. She screamed at the pulsat-
ing cramum, which seemed to be stuck
in the window. Startled, the intruder
ranked himself loose and went run-
ning. To make matters worse, the
victim later received several threaten-
ing phone calls from the perp. The
head has a name Carlos but the
victim didn't know his last name.

The Prattler's Punishment
6700 Block of I:e s..4 0..- Boulevard
Mother always told us not to talk about
others because it's just not nice, and
bad things can happen. This busybody
ran into some serious trouble. Two
men came to her abode, a Boulevard
dive, and broke down her door. She
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man leaving her place, uninvited and
heading downstairs. She complained to
the condo president, who later claimed to
police that this tenant has been harassing
her and other tenants for several months.
(Well, if you were repeatedly robbed,
you'd be a pain too.) So the condo board
filed a lawsuit against the victim.

Man Sticks Head in Other
Peo le's Business
400 AT 28th Street
An irate man, who was once a com-
d f the t db
ra eo vic im, trie angling own
the victim's door on a sleepy Sunday
afternoon. When that didn't work, he

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. .
had apparently been spreading vicious
mors about them.t hesy punch d her
lacerations. Then they left. The rumor-
monger had spoken to a friend, who,
being a gossip herself, in turn relayed
the chatter to the men. Thus Crime
Beat suggests Boulevard residents keep
their mouths shut, walk fast, and read
the BT for further instructions.

Stuffing It in All the
Wrong Places
8300 Block NE 1stAvenue
Yet another Miami genius decided to
forgo the security of a bank (those
minimum balances can be a hassle)
and used his furniture as a safe-deposit
box. To be precise, one recent day he
stuffed $300 into a black leather sofa.
Problem: The sofa was not his. It be-
longed to the landlord, who by chance
came by later that day to "retrieve" his
property. When the victim saw the
sofa missing, he contacted the landlord

and sure enough, the dough was gone.
Landlord denied responsibility.

The Cursed Life of

6C Bblo k h Street
A cabbie picked up three people from
Miaml Beach and drove them to their
destination. When they arrived, all three
left the cab and said they were going to get
money to pay him. As a precaution, the
driver took down their cell phone numbers,
whichhe called after a reasonable amount
of time had passed. The response: "Meet
us downtownto get your $50." The cabbie
called police, but no arrests have been
made. If high gas prices don't rob you
blind, your customers will.

Ladies, Watch Your Purse!
2600 Block ofS. Bayshore Drive
This type of crime appears so frequently
in the monthly police blotters that it
bears repeating again and again. On
this occasion, a woman sat down to
lunch and placed her purse on the chair
next to her. However, her eyes were not
on it at all times. And then it was too late.

The purse went missing, right next to
her! Crime Beat implores you: Either get
a wallet or tie the purse around your leg.
Pepper spray wouldn't hurt, either.

What's a Little Gunplay
HlOng rien dS9
7500 Block NE 6th Court
A man answered his door to let two
friends in, but to his horror, they
pointed guns at his head and demand-
ed his money. They then said, "We're
just playing." He let them in for a chat
(guns in tow) and after they left, he
discovered that his wallet and both
of his cell phones were missing. The
victim told police that at no point
was he in fear for his life. Playing
with guns? No big deal. Swiping cell
phones? That's going too far.

Got a Rolex? Consider
Leaving It Home
1700 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
Victim was fooling around with a
young woman at a "gentleman's club,"
but she repeatedly reached for his
Rolex watch. He told her to stop and

finally pushed off of him. Then he no-
ticed the watch was in fact missing. He
got up and chased the woman across
the club but was stopped by police.
Perhaps he was a little excited from
their encounter and it showed? The
watch was never recovered. Miaml's
striving parvenus would do well to
check their egos at the strip-joint door
and wear a Timex.

Caught Sitting
in the Act
100 Block NE 19th Terrace
This victim witnessed a man near his
carport carrying his microwave oven.
He screamed for him to stop, but the
man would not listen, jumping his
wooden backyard fence while still
holding the microwave. Police were in
the area and saw the man on the corner
- he only made it one block sitting
on the microwave. He was arrested
on the spot after the microwave, now
damaged, was identified by the victim.
No Hot Pockets tonight.

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Coming Features: Upper Eastside Cinema

Thanks to a Knight Foundation grant, a new movie theater is on the way

By Victor Barrenechea
BT Contributor

the Arts Challenge in early 2008,
soliciting ideas for South Florida arts
projects of all types. Recipients would
receive grants with the expectation that
they would match the grant money by
private fundraising. A whopping 1643
individuals and organizations submit-
ted applications that first year. Marthell
and Tabsch's idea for an independent
cinema was among them, and after a
months-long judging process, they were
among 31 winners announced this past
December. The O Cinema project was
awarded a hefty $400,000, which will
be disbursed over three years, as Tabsch
and Marthell raise their matching funds.
Tabsch says there's really something
for everyone in O Cinema's planned
programming. Obviously they'll show
independent films that already get wide-
spread distribution outside Miami, but
also they'll present one-off screenings
for some films that never get picked up
for distribution. They also plan to revisit
classics, running restored versions of
films that haven't been seen in a long
time, such as the avant-garde films of
Kenneth Anger.
O Cinema also hopes to be a home
for movies from all over the world, with
extensive screenings of foreign films as
part of its programming. "There's just
so much that never sees the light of day,
says Tabsch. Niche films in every cat-
egory from gay and lesbian to Jewish
to African-American to documentaries
- will have a place.
Marthell and Tabsch intend for O
Cinema to be a first-run movie theater,
meaning 85 to 90 percent of the movies
are going to be brand-new, never-before-
seen works. They also want the theater to
serve as a permanent place to host local
film festivals, all year long.
Though the two have secured a ware-
house space for O Cinema in the Upper
Eastside, the property is still in lease
negotiations. For that reason, Tabsch
and Marthell are following the advice
of an attorney who is helping them:
Don't identify the precise location just
yet. They will say, however, that if all
goes according to plan, it will be a two-
theater, two-floor operation that should
accommodate somewhere between 300
and 350 people. An extra room will be

ch, li 5 / p 1

ne of the biggest gripes up and
down the Biscayne Corridor is
that there is no conveniently
located movie theater. For a night at
the movies you either have to drive up
north to the Intracoastal Mall in North
Miami Beach or to Aventura, or cross
the causeway to South Beach. And if
you want to see something that isn't
mainstream Hollywood fare, you're
choices are even slimmer.
South Beach's Regal Cinema devotes
at least one of its screens to indepen-
dent features, but these usually have
heavy distribution and commonly show
in nearly every major city. There is no
local theater truly devoted to cinematic
obscurities and oddities, with the occa-
sional exception of the Cosford Cinema
at University of Miami and the Miami
Beach Cinematheque.
Still, if a truly independent art-house
theater were to exist in Miami, there'd be
no better place for it than the Biscayne
Corridor's own Upper Eastside neigh-
borhood, where plans are already under
way for a brand-new indie movie house
named O Cinema.
'There's a palpable energy and a real
drive to do more for this neighborhood,"
says Kareem Tabsch, who is working
with Vivian Marthell on ambitious plans
to open and operate O Cinema. "There
are places to eat in this neighborhood,"
Tabsch notes, "places to get a drink,
places to go shopping, but not really any
places for entertainment."
Marthell has been involved with the
visual and performing arts in Miami for
years, including stints as co-director of
the now-defunct Lab6 alternative art
space and project manager for Tiger-
tail Productions. Tabsch has served as
program director of the Miami Gay and
Lesbian Film Festival, of which Marthell
was hospitality and program coordina-
tor for a brief period. It was around that
time, a couple of years ago, as the two
screened films for inclusion in the fes-
tival, that they began talking about the
need for something like O Cinema.
We got to see so many films and
not everything makes it to the screen,"
remembers Marthell. Indeed the arc of
an indie film's life commonly involves

Kareem Tabsch: "There's a palpable energy and a real drive to do more
for this neighborhood."

screenings on the film-festival circuit,
with hopes for a distribution deal, but
if no distributor picks it up, the film
often never again is screened in a
public setting.
Tabsch and Marthell argue, though,
that many films with relatively wide
distribution frequently don't make it to
Miami because there are so few places
to show them. In fact one of the big-
gest pitfalls the O Cinema founders say

they've encountered while helping to
organize festivals is the dearth of venues
to host them. "So many amazing film
festivals come into town," says Marthell.
"All these people are suffering for places
to show films."
According to Tabsch, it was simply a
matter of pulung on and two to-
gether," especially after he heard about
the Knight Foundation's Arts Challenge.
The Miami-based foundation launched

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local talent on multiple flat-screen moni-
tors. "Monitoring Art" will be some-
thing of a prototype for the theater's own
video art gallery.
With any luck, the two hope to have
this year's matching funds in place and
O Cinema up and running by winter.
"We're making
some headway
s are reportedly but there have
r O Cinema, but in been some
e, raising $400,000 challenges,
over three years.
Tabsch. The
haven't shaken his conviction that some-
thing like O Cinema is vitally important
for Miami. A lively cinema scene, he
says, is essential if Miami wants to share
the cultural stage with other major cities:
"Miami opens itself to the world, but we
have to bring the world to Miami, and
cinema is a great way to do it."

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set aside as a video art gallery to display
a rotating array of video works. And of
course there'll be a concession stand, but
not your typical megaplex popcorn coun-
ter. O Cinema will have its "chill lounge,"
where moviegoers can purchase "film-
centric" snacks and beverages, including
beer and wine.
Many noble but ultimately doomed
attempts have already been made in
Miami to realize the vision of O Cinema
- places like the late-lamented Absinthe
House in Coral Gables, the Alliance
Cinema on Lincoln Road, and the ill-
fated Mercury Theater at 55th Street Sta-
tion near Soyka restaurant, which closed
its doors at the beginning of the decade
after only two years of operation. An
established culture that nurtures inde-
pendent cinema exists in places like New
York City, and major art-house cinemas
like the Angelica operate successfully
in places as seemingly conservative as
Texas. So why not Miami?
Timing has played a key role, at least
in the Upper Eastside. "The neighbor-
hood was not the same as it is now," says

the cinema's three owners launch the
project. In addition, the Mercury tried to
find its footing before Art Basel Miami
Beach and the Adrienne Arsht Center
began to lend credence to the notion that
Miami is a place that can foster culture.
"We've been able to elevate the visual
arts and per-
forming arts,"
asserts Mar- Development pla
thell. "We've running smoothly f
developed a this economic clima
landscape that
is not easy, even
can support
this." Cinema,
she says, is
just the last piece of the puzzle.
Development plans are reportedly
running smoothly for O Cinema, but in
this economic climate, raising $400,000
is not easy, even over three years. Tabsch
and Marthell have been seeking donors
and contributions nonstop. As part of
that effort, O Cinema will hold a series
of fundraising events beginning October
10, with "Monitoring Art" at the soon-
to-open Inkub8 art space in Wynwood.
There they will showcase the work of
established video artists and emerging

Vivian Marthell: "We've been
able to elevate the arts. We've
developed a landscape that can
support this."

Tabsch. The Mercury opened in January
2001, just as the area was beginning to
undergo revitalization, spurred in large
part by entrepreneur Mark Soyka and
his namesake restaurant. Soyka, in fact.
owned the Mercury property and helped

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101 NE 40th St, MIaml
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233 NW 36th St MIaml
www abbafineart com
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2630 NW 2nd Ave MIaml
www alejandravonhartz net
Through September 5
Luna Park with Daniel Arsham, Luls Glspert, Gean
Moreno, Martin Oppel, Ernesto Oroza, and Gavin Perry
September 12 through October 31
The Sources of the NIle by Manuel Ameztoy
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2033 NW 1st Pl MIaml
www amayagallery com
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3900 NE 1st Ave MIaml
www valerericartgallery com
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1 NE 40th St MIaml
www artfusiongallery com
Through September 23
Esoteric Illusions with various artists
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

111 NW 1st St Sulte 625, MIaml
Call gallery for exhibition Information

171 NW 23rd St MIaml
www artformz net
Through September 5 Hotter Than a Match Head
with Natasha Duwin, Slbel Kocabasl, Ray Paul, PJ
Mills, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Rosarlo Rivera-Bond,
Ral Escale, Anja Marals, Ram6n Williams, Gulllermo
Portleles, Donna Haynes, and Glsela Savdle
September 5 through October 3
Recent Work Paintings of Ray Paul & Photographs of
PJ with PJ Mills and Ray Paul
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

561 NW 32nd St MIaml
www bacfl org
September 11 through October 1
MDC Kendall Campus Faculty Show with various
September 17 through October 1
Recently Acquired with various artists
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.
"Recently Acquired" will be located at Miami Dade
College Kendall Campus Main Gallery : 11011 S.W.
104th St., Miami
Reception September 17, 6 to 10 p.m.

180 NE 39th St, #210, MIaml
By appointment Info@basfisherinvitational com
www basfisherinvitational com
September 12 BAD BRILLIANCE by Andrew Strasser
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2234 NW 2nd Ave MIaml
www castilloart com
September 12 through October 3
You might sleep, but you will never dream by Leyden
Rodriguez-Casanova and Flowers and Terrorists by
Amlr Fallah
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2051 NW 2nd Ave MIaml
Call gallery for exhibition Information

2043 N MIaml Ave MIaml
www dlfinearts com
September 12 through October 1
Horaclo Sapere, Vickle Pierre, and Carlos De Villasante
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

3938 NE 39th St MIaml
www diasporavibe net
Through September 24
Clay New Works by Caroline Holder and
Conversations with Clay with Erman Gonzalez, Jean
Change, Michael Layne, Rodney Jackson, Annemiek
van Kerkhof-Posthuma

151 NW 24th St MIaml
www dorschgallery com
September 12 through October 3
Solo shows by Peter Barrett, Amanda Burnham, and
Michelle Halley
Reception September 12, 5 to 10 p.m.

51 NW 36th St, MIaml
www dotflftyone com
September 12 through October 30
Girls With Guns by Natalle Silva and Fissure
Postcard with Patricio Gonzalez Bezanilla and Juan
Crlstobal Gonzalez Bezanilla
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

7520 NE 4th Ct MIaml
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47 NE 25th St, MIaml
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151 NW 36th St MIaml
www elltearteditions com
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10 NE 40th St, MIaml
www etrafineart com
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750 NE 124th St North MIaml #2
www fachearts com
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2247 NW 1st Pl MIaml
www snitzer com
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174 NW 23rd St MIaml
www gallerydlet com
September 12 through October 3 Steam by Hills
Snyder and Dolos by Miller & Shellabarger
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

62 NE 27th St MIaml
www garynader com
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3326 N MIaml Ave MIaml
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
September 12 and ongoing
New Medla festival 'O9,1V Edition with various artists
and Anti-Art Man by Mariano Costapeuser
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2294 NW 2nd Ave MIaml
www haroldgolengallery com
September 12 through October 3
Go Ape Shit by Thorsten Hassenkamm
Reception September 12, 7 to 11 p.m.

147 NW36thSt, MIaml
www cashappeal com
September 5 through October 2
The Muhammad All Exhibition with Bill Toma and Gary
Reception September 5, 6 to 8 p.m.

250 NW 23rd St Loft 206, MIaml
wwwflightstudlogallery com
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50 NE 29 St, MIaml
www kelleyroygallery com
Through September 30
Handmade Horizons and Songs by Sebastian Spreng
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

2249 NW 1st Pl MIaml
www kevinbrukgallery com
September 12 through October 17
(lV) 369 (Luna) by Jesse Bransford
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

3312 N MIaml Ave MIaml
www kunsthaus org mx
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6900 Biscayne Blvd MIaml
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155 NE 38th St MIaml
www locustprojects org
Through October 17
WHIRL CRASH GOI by the TM Sisters

98 NW29th St, MIaml
www lulsadelantadomlaml com
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Gavin Perry, Untitled(huey), resin
on carpet, two-sided, suspended
kOm the ceiling, 2009, at Charest-
Weinberg Gallery.

3550 N MIaml Ave MIaml
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
Through September 5
Nine Lives Dog Days of Summer with various artists

158 NW 91st St MIaml Shores
www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
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541 NW 27th St MIaml
www visual org
Solo show by Clarence Laughlln

250 NW 23rd St MIaml
www charest-welnberg com
September 12 through October 5
Spit-Polishing a Starless Sky/Outer Space with Bhakti
Baxter, Nicolas Lobo, Gean Moreno, Daniel Newman,
Ernesto Oroza, and Gavin Perry
Reception September 12, 6 to 9 p.m.

2441 NW 2nd Ave MIaml
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787 NE 125th St North MIaml
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Through September 25
Open-Source Meme by Roger Danllo Carmona

282 NW 36th St MIaml
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September 9 through September 24
Nine by Adolfo Diaz, Venezuela
September 12 through October 8
Hispanic Heritage Exhibition with Alonso Mateo, Joel
Rojas, Ferran Escote, Carlos Qulntana, and Rosarlo
Reception September 9, 7 to 11 p.m.
Reception September 12, 6 to 11 p.m.
2441 NW 2nd Ave MIaml
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September 12 through October 12
Shuffle Solo Show by Luclano Golzueta
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.
12502 NE 8th Ave North MIaml
www marlofloresgallery com
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1601 SW 1st St, MIaml
www mcpagallery com
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21 NW 36th St MIaml
www mlamlartgroup com
Solo exhibition by James Kitchens

346 NW 29th St MIaml
www museovault com
September 5 through October 1
Deconstructing Pin-Ups by Ahmed Gomez
Reception September 5, 6 to 10 p.m.
3100 NW 7th Ave MIaml
www oh-wow com
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2450 NW 2nd Ave MIaml
www panamericanart com
September 5 through October 3
Gustavo Acosta and Carlos Gonzalez
Reception September 12, 6 to 9 p.m.
2219 NW 2nd Ave MIaml
www praxis-art com
Call gallery for exhibition
4100 N MIaml Ave MIaml
www pressitonart com
Through September 19
New works by Laura DINello, Elena Madden, Tobla
Makeover, Cedric Smith, Terry Strickland, and Jamle
September 24 through October 17
Solo show by Barry Gross
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

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Open 7 days a week from 10am 6pm,

Oscar Mudoz, Archivo poscontacto (Archive by Contact), multimedia
inStallation video, archive photographs, Web interface, and publication,
2008, at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation.

www mdc edu
September 3 through November 7
Solo show by Cundo Bermudez
1501 Biscayne Blvd MIaml
www mymlu com
Call gallery for exhibition

244 NW 35th St MIaml
www mlamlartspace com
September 12
Solo show by Al Poster
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.
300 NE 2nd Ave ,
Bldg 1, Room 1365, MIaml

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Art Listings
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81 NW 24th St MIaml
www puzzlementart com
Ongoing show with Kevin Brady, Manuel Carbonell,
Nichole Chimentl, Carter Davis, Stephen Gamson,
Raquel Glottman, Jim Herbert, Jennifer Kalser, Alex
Palva Lopez, Andy Pledllato, Tomy F Trujillo, Jonathan
Depoe Villoch, and Glancarlo Zavala
531 NE 82nd Terr, MIaml
www spinellogallery com
Through September 26
What We Do Is Secret by Manny Prleres
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.
162 NE 50 Terr, MIaml
www myspace com/stashgallery
Call gallery for exhibition Information

66 NE 40th St, MIaml

w5w t v1e4r9artinfineart com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

3821 NE 1st Ct MIaml
Through September 29
Hyper Culture by Victor Murliz
2200 NW 2nd Ave MIaml

r exhibition Information

2144 NE 2nd Ave MIaml
www untitled2144 com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

10 NE 3rd St, MIaml
www wallflowergallery com
myspace com/wallflowergallery
Call gallery for exhibition Information

201 NE 39th St, MIaml
www wrpfineart com
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CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N MIaml Ave MIaml
www clfo org
September 13 through November 8
Shifting Constructs CIFO 2009 Grants and t
Commissions Exhibition with Miguel Amat,
Gabriel Antolinez, Suwon Lee, Juan Carlos
Leon, Ricardo Rendon, Jos6 Rulz, Dora Longo
R t nS m 2, 7 to 10 p.m.

11200 SW 8th St, MIaml
http //thefrost flu edu/
Through September 16
Genetic Portralts by Nela Ochoa
Through September 20
What Comes After by Nancy Friedemann

G rmbeCrl2 through October 4

Through October 11
Recent Acquisitions with various artists

770 NE 125th St North MIaml
www mocanoml org
Through September 13
Convention with Julleta Aranda, Fla Backstrom,
Xavier Cha, Anne Daems & Kenneth Andrew Mroczek,
Fritz Haeg, Corey McCorkle, Dave McKenzle, My
Barbarlan, Christodoulos Panaylotou, Sean Raspet,
Superflex and Jens Haaning, and MIamis Jim Drain,
Gean Moreno, and Bert Rodriguez

404 NW 26th St MIaml
www mocanoml org
Call for operating hours and exhibit Information

591 NW 27th St MIaml
www margulleswarehouse com
Call for operating hours and exhibit Information

95 NW 29th St, MIaml
305-573-6090, www rubellfamilycollection com
Call for operating hours and exhibit Information

Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St MIaml
www worldclassboxing org/
September 12 through October 30
Solo show by Paul Pfelffer
Reception September 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

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Manuel Ameztoy, The Sources of
he Nile 1, acrylic on Mylar, 2009, at
lejandra von Hartz Gallery.

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
www lowemuseum org
Through October 4 Through the Lens Photography
from the Permanent Collection with various artists

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County authorities budged. Virginia
Key Beach was created for "colored
only," and for many years served as
a kind of refuge for black families
to gather and relax while kids rode
the merry-go-round and miniature
train. The black community again got
involved in the past decade, when the
beach, long closed and deteriorated,
was set to be razed for development.
Now fully restored. Virginia Key
Beach Park reopened last year for
everyone. In a free event, local activ-
ists recount their successful struggles
in "Saving Our History: The Preserva-
tion of Black Historic Sites" Thurs-
day, September 17 at the Historical
Museum of Southern Florida (101 W.
Flagler St., downtown). A panel discus-
sion begins at 6:30 p.m. Call 305-375-
1492 or visit wwly.hmsf.org.

Canes vs. Georgia Tech:
Sweet Revenge
Last year Georgia Tech bulldozed
the Miami Hurricanes, rushing for
472 yards, making it the second-worst
defensive showing in Canes history.
On top of that, they've beaten Miami
four consecutive years, one of only six
teams ever to do that. Stop the bleeding!
Take the sting out of these defeats and
personally make Land Shark Stadium as
deafening as it was when it we called it
Dolphin Stadium. Go see the Hurricanes
squish the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
like a bug on Thursday, September 17.
Tickets are $19-$360. Game starts at 7:30
p.m. Call 800-GO-CANES or visit www.

One Man's Trash, Another
Man's Duty
You've heard of sea turtles strallow-
ing plastic bags and dying, pelicans get-
ting entangled in fishing line and stran-
gling. It's tragic. And it's preventable.
Do your part to help scrub our shore-
lines at the 2009 Miami-Dade Coastal
Cleanup Saturday, September 19, part
of a global effort on that day. Registra-
tion is required at specific cleanup sites,
including Pelican Harbor Marina, Legion
Park, FIU's Biscarne Bar campus, and
Oleta River State Park. To sign up, go
to wwly.miamidadecoastalcleanup.org
or call 305-372-3300. After the trash is

gathered in the morning, volunteers are
gratefully invited to a big party at the
Miami Seaquarium for free food, music,
and fantastic shows. Bring the kids for a
lesson in good stewardship.

NO, NOf Ice QueeH Ice
Princess, as in Disney
Take your little ones to fairy-
tale lands of make-believe, where the
Disney princesses take to the ice in
Disney On Ice: Princess Classics,
appearing at the American Airlines
Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd.) September
23-27. Each story in this large-scale,
live production has a princess skat-
ing with the Disney cast of characters
from animated films. They will all be
there: Cinderella, Jasmine of 41addin,
the Little Aferniaid's Ariel, Sleeping
Beauty, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast's
Belle, and Snow White. Tickets are
$18-$50. Shows at 7:30 p.m. For tickets
call 786-777-1000 or visit either Triviv.
aaarena.com or wwly.disneyonice.com.

Lots of new homeowners in the
Biscayne Corridor. Sales of distressed
properties have skyrocketed in the past
few months. Lots of people who'd like
to sell their homes but won't even try
in this market. In both cases, owners
may well be looking for ideas to spruce
things up. No better place for that than
the Miami Home Design and Remodel-
ing Show September 4-8 at the Miami
Beach Convention Center (1901 Con-
vention Center Dr.). Fine furniture and
accessories from 12 countries, appli-
ances, landscaping, spas, and more will
be on display to feed your imagination.
Bring photos of your house for free
advice from dozens of interior-design
experts. Attend free seminars on home
improvement. Tickets are $10. Friday
6:00-10:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
12:00-10:30 p.m., Monday (Labor Day)
12:00-7:30 p.m., Tuesday 6:00-10:30
p.m. Call 305-667-9299 or visit www.

Hey, Kid Go Play in
the Street

If you grew up in a big city any-
where along the East Coast, you know
stickball, the urban adaptation of base-
ball played on neighborhood streets. A
broom handle was the bat. The ball was
rubber. The plates were this fire hydrant,
that manhole cover, the stop sign over
there. Parked cars, Dumpsters, building
walls most everything was in-bounds.
Stickball, it turns out, wasn't just for
kids. Adult leagues flourish today, even
amid South Florida's suburban sprawl.
In fact the Stickball World Series is
coming to town September 5-7, on NE
8th Avenue at NE 132nd Street, in front
of the North Miami Public Library. Four
"fields" have been carved out of the
street (known as Stickball Boulevard for
its history as a favored locale) to accom-
modate some 15 teams from New York,
Puerto Rico, San Diego, and Florida
(three from Miami). The teams start
stringing at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and
Sunday, and go all day. On Monday the
best eight squads enter a single-elimina-
tion playoff, finishing with the champi-
onship. Call 305-895-9840 or visit www.

Consider it a kind of spiritual bazaar
at whichyou're invited to explore a vari-
ety of paths to achieve your personal po-
tential. Call it Transformational Journey,
hosted by Unity on the Bay (411 NE 21st
St., Miami) on Saturday, September
12. Workshops on yoga, tai chi, mas-
sage, vegetarian lifestyles, prosperity,
and more begin at 8:00 a.m. There's no
formal admission charge, but voluntary
donations are encouraged. That evening
best-selling author and spiritual teacher
Debbie Ford appears for a screening of
her documentary The \ho./.-< Effect
(6:30 p.m.), and a workshop that will
follow. The Ford event is $25 in advance,
$30 at the door. Call 305-573-9191 or
visit iviviv.unityonthebay.org.

I me 4 It I I
Dig, Set, Spike, and a
National Championship at
When it comes to beach volleyball,
America really is number one, most recent-
ly bringing home the gold for both men and
women at last year's Summer Olympics.
Now the Dig the Beach Volleyball Series
heads to Miami Beach for its finals and the
national championship (Ocean Drive at 8th
Street) on Saturday and Sunday, Septem-
ber 12-13. One doubles team each from the
men and womensvillbe crowned national
champions. Also at this free pro-am event,
teams in five amateur divisions vie for first,
second, and third on 30 courts in the sand.
Play begins at 8:00 a.m. Call 561-241-3801
or visit wwly.digthebeach.com.

Racial Segregation in
Miami: It Wasn't So
Long Ago
Denied access to local beaches,
vigilant and courageous black Mi-
amians protested in 1945 until Dade

Dancers in Wheelchairs?
Why Not?
For nearly 20 years, Karen Peter-
son has directed dancers for the stage,
notably those with disabilities and
those without. The performances are
expressed with unusual beauty and
grace. On Saturday, October 3, Karen
Peterson and Dancers bring this inclu-
sive dance concert, featuring a new
work, to the Byron Carlyle Theater
(500 71st St., Miami Beach). For Alano
a Alano Maria Lino directs live video
upon which four dancers improvise.
two of them remarkably in wheel-
chairs. Tickets are $25. Students and
seniors $15 with ID. Shows at 4:00 p.m.
and 8:00 p.m. Call 305-358-5885 or
visit wwly.karenpetersondancers.org.

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Two neighborix

soccer field.
The mostly empty lot adjacent to the
tot lot is a bit, well, messier. In one corner,
a large pile of discarded tires (great breed-
ing grounds for mosquitoes) leans against
an abandoned house, and this unstable
eyesore must be removed no matter what
happens to the rest of the property.
Even if the Miami-Dade County
parks department cannot afford to
purchase these unused properties, they
should at least try to lease and manage
them so the neighbors can enjoy them
legally for the time being. Doubling the
space in these two parks could double
the neighborhood's pleasure.
Visits to Military Trail Park should
pick up as neighbors begin to discover
its charms, and in particular its exercise
course. The several sturdy exercise sta-
tions, with the trademark of HealthBeat,

and neighborly Shorecrest parks need a litter pat
#" 'Immunim.m 1

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

rash alert! Paging Oscar the

Grouch! Trash alert! Oscar, the
muppet who lives in a trash can,
should report immediately to the tot
lot in Shorecrest. There he will find a
smorgasbord of trash overflowing from
the park's cans. Oscar, this county park
needs you to clean it up.
But wait, there's more, Oscar.
Around the corner at the newly reno-
vated Military Trail Park are similarly
stuffed trash cans. At least that was the
case during two visits, a few days apart,
to these parks in mid-August. While
cleaner, this second park still exhibited
full cans and scattered litter, mostly
plastic water bottles.
Shorecrest, why are your parks
so trashy?
Military Trail Park, dedicated on
July 11, should be spotless, and mostly
it is. But visitors may feel compelled to
bring bottled drinks owing to the lack of
a water fountain, an oversight noted in the
Miami Heraldby Richard Laird, president
of the Shorecrest Homeowners Associa-
tion. The Herald article failed to note that
the park, like most county parks, also
lacks a recycling container for all those
plastic bottles stuffed into the trash cans
and spilling over onto the sidewalk.
The park's new entrance sign points
out another major oversight. While
claiming to be "a historic park," no
explanation can be found to substantiate

/ 1 Park Rating

,a Milinto Trail Park:

It would be nice to know what exactly is historic about this newly
renovated park.

this claim. The same claim and lack of
interpretation exists in the tot lot around
the corner, North Shorecrest Park.
Shorecrest, what makes your parks
so historic? A little explanation would go
a long way.
It sounds like these parks are a hot
mess. Hot, yes, and desperately in need of
water fountains and more shade. Messy,
yes, if those trash cans remain full. But
they are far from being a lost cause.
Putting aside my inner Oscar the
Grouch, I especially like two things
about these parks. They are located
smack in the middle of residential lots,
with walls separating them from private

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Pulling a wagon loaded with kids, dad gets in some cardio at Military
Trail Park.

homes. This type of setting makes them
very cozy and neighborly. Secondly,
both could easily double in size, as each
borders a large empty lot.
Miami-Dade County has already sent
an appraiser to review the foreclosure
property next to Military Trail Park.
Real estate agent Achikam Yoger lists
the one-acre parcel at $850,000. The lot
is planted for five homes, but the open
space is begging to be turned into a

seem to offer a more gymlike program
than the typical Vita course available in
other parks. One station functions like a
StairMaster, and another offers a squat
The exercise stations sit alongside
the park's main feature: a winding
concrete path. During one visit, this path
was circled repeatedly by a young man

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Looks Like a Job for Oscar the Grouch

The playground section over a sand
pit seems functional, although the wall
behind the swing set could be problem-
atic during a reverse flying dismount.
Splat! (Remember, send your com-
plaints about this column to letters@
Both Military Trail and North Sho-
recrest parks have attractive, low walls
constructed of what appears to be local
limestone rock. Instead of gates, stubby
columns serve as entry points. The fact
that this type of entrance is always open
contributes to that essential, neighborly
feeling that many locked parks lack.
Once Oscar the Grouch has cleaned
these two parks of their litter and over-
stuffed trash cans, this review will be
much more positive. While not remark-
able, Military Trail and North Shorecrest
parks differentiate this neighborhood
from the other surrounding areas that
lack such open, public spaces. This
distinction obviously raises the value of
nearby properties.
Take care of your parks, Shorecrest,
and they will take care of you.

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pulling a red wagon stuffed with three
children. How cute is that?
The park's landscaping features
attractive settings of native plants, and
a few mature trees provide welcoming
shade. But the park's two picnic tables
are fully exposed, rendering them use-
less in summertime, and there are no
barbecue grills.
A Military Trail Park visitor who
identified himself as Jean, observed
sleeping on one of its benches, told me
that the best time to visit is at night (of-
ficial county park hours tend to run from
sunrise to sunset, as listed online for
North Shorecrest Park, although no simi-
lar information is provided for Military
Trail Park). He points to the sky, where
he observes shooting stars.
'The park is quiet, laid back. You get
to see kids playing," says Jean. "But you
have to walk to Biscayne to get a bottle
of water." His only other complaint is
that some dog owners do not clean up
after their pooches.
Dog-walkers have no excuse, as

mysteriously historic park.

doggie bags and disposal bins are pro-
vided in two locations. Military Trail is
one of very few designated "dog friend-
ly" parks in the county system, meaning
that dogs on leashes are allowed. Most
parks ban pets in both the county and
City of Miami systems.
The county spent $352,000 to create
the new Military Trail Park. Two di-
agonal blocks south is North Shorecrest

pickup either.

Park, a designated county "tot lot" that
opened in 2004.
Officially this playground park fea-
tures a butterfly garden, but it is not ob-
vious. The large firebushes in the corner
will attract butterflies, but this clump
hardly qualifies as a garden. Moreover,
the litter underneath those bushes, and
scattered around the benches they over-
hang, does not proclaim "garden."

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The North Shorecrest tot lot, part of another

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From NE 15th Street to NE 35th Terrace
Project identification Number: 4I4624-1-52-0I
This Augustthe Florida Department ofTransportation (FDOT), District Six, began improvements to Biscayne
Boulevard / State Road (S.R.) 5 / U.S. I from NE 15th Street to NE 35th Terrace.Construction is scheduled to last
approximately two years.
Project Irnprovernents include:
* Reconstructing the roadway;
* Replacing the drainage and water main systems;
* Reconstructing sidewalksdriveways and curb ramps to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) standards;
* Replacing curb and gutter at several locations;
* Upgrading lightingtraffic and pedestrian signs and signalization:
* Installing new landscaping and irrigation; and
* Repaving and re-striping the roadway; including from NE 35th Street to NE 38th Street.
Tips to Guide You Safely Through the Work Zone:
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* Seek alternate routes whenever possible;
* Drive the posted speed limit reduced speed limits are strictly enforced;
* Obey all signs posted within the construction zone; and
* Watch for Variable Message Signs that provide timely information about upcoming detours and lane closures.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we strive to improve transportation in your community.

For more information about the Biscayne Boulevard Reconstruction Project, please contact Public Information
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Strange Case of the Impudent Wordsmith

In which a horticultural affront leads to a discovery, and then Eureka!

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

that may consist of 10 to 20 leaves. Also
. regarding foliage, as the leaves age they
usually lose their green color and gradu-
ally become yellow or brown. It is a good
9 practice not to cut off these leaves as
a cycads (and palms) withdraw metaboli-
4 cally valuable materials from them.
Propagation is by seed or trunk
sucker. Years ago I used to easily
propagate the common sago palm from
suckers that would grow out of the trunk.
Most other cycad species must be propa-
gated by seed.
In the mid-1990s, a scale insect became
established SouthFloridathatkilled
almost all the common Cycas species in our
area. This cycad aulacaspis scale does not
seem to attack other species of cycads like
Encephalartos, Dioon, Zamia, or Ceratoza-
mia. These are the species that we shoulder
growing in South Florida.
Cycads will grow well in contain-
ers but they need plenty of room. Grow
them in containers as large as possible.
One of the most common causes of
cycad death is from rotting stems and
roots owing to over watering, so be very
careful with irrigation and make sure the
soil has excellent drainage. All cycads
are terrestrial with the exception of a
single epiphytic species, Zamia pseudo-
parasitica. This interesting plant is en-
demic to Panama and can be well-grown
in a hanging basket.

7.. sman..aul;/ is an ISA-certified
municipal arborist, director ofhorti-
culture at Jungle Island, and principal
of Tropical Designs ofFlorida. Contact
him at je/TEirrespicable.xign.s com

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reproductive behav-
ior. They are dioe-
cious, with male
and female repro-
ductive structures
(cones) produced on
separate plants.
Another distinctive
feature is the coral-
loid (coral-shaped)
root system. These
are secondary roots
that, unlike roots on
most other plants, are
negatively geotropic
- they tend to grow
upward and laterally

One of my personal goals as a
horticulturist is to learn how
to grow plants sustainable and
without pesticides. I was challenged a
couple of years ago when I was showing
a garden writer around Jungle Island
while explaining how this garden was
grown without chemical fertilizers or
pesticides. The garden writer pointed
out several yellowing cycads growing
among a larger, healthier-looking group
and said, "You have a problem here and
you need to fertilize."
I replied that there must be a reason
for the yellowing and I'd eventually
figure out how to make the plants healthy,
just like the identical ones surrounding
them. The writer departed unimpressed,
and I was left with a challenging puzzle.
The plants in question were En-
cephalartos, one of two endemic African
cycad genera. Cycads are a relatively
small and ancient group of palmlike
plants with only 11 genera and around
250 species. The different genera have
restricted geographical ranges in tropical
and subtropical zones of Africa, Asia,
Australia, and the Americas, including
one species from Florida, Zamia inte-
grifolia. There are about 65 species of
Encephalartos scattered throughout the
southern and central sections of Africa
that grow in a variety of habitats.
Cycads are slow-growing and
long-lived. Often mistaken for palms
or tree ferns because of their large
pinnate (featherlike) leaves, they
are in fact very different in almost
all aspects of their structure and

swo male cones on a bycas rumpnu pnolograpnea

out of the ground. On in Malaysia.
older plants, coral-
loid masses are often visible around the
base of the trunk. These roots contain
cyanobacteria that capture atmospheric
nitrogen and supply it to the plant. Indeed
cycads tend to be found in harsh environ-
ments where there is a lack of available
nitrogen. Without this symbiotic relation-
ship supplemental nitrogen provided by
the cyanobacteria the cycad may not be
able to bear fruit and produce viable seeds.
Under nitrogen-rich conditions or heavy
fertilization, this association with cyano-
bacteria may never develop.
Not long after the writer commented
on the yellow plants, I happened to walk
by several of my employees removing
weeds from around the bases of the
same yellowed plants. They were using
machetes to cut the roots of weeds so
they could be easily extracted. When I
took a closer look, they were also cutting
off the coralloid roots! I compared the
surface area around the yellow cycads

with the other surrounding green plants
and found an obvious difference. There
were very few coralloid roots around
the trunks of the yellow plants, and of
course fewer weeds. Since the foliage on
Encephalartos is rather stiff and spiny,
only the easily accessible plants would
get weeded regularly.
I immediately met with the entire
grounds crew and established a no-
weeding zone around all of the cycads in
the park. This was almost two years ago.
Within the past couple of months, we've
seen three of the four yellow cycads
flushing out with new green foliage, and
they've been producing new coralloid
roots. So there is a sustainable way to
grow these cycads!
The production of new foliage
on cycads is called flushing because,
instead of continuously adding foliage
throughout the growing season, mature
cycads send out a flush about once a year

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so arrza own

Miami Shores Presbyterian Church welcomes children from 18 months to 3 years of age.
DCF Licensed (#C11MD1694), fully trained slaH, creative programming
Mon-Wed-Fri or Tues-Thurs, 9:00 am to l2 noon. Register now for Fall Sessions
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With kids at home, makin' whoopee ain't like it used to be

By Jenni Person
BT Contributor
We all do it. Most of us did it
to become parents in the first
place, after years of doing
it while trying not to become parents.
Funny that, isn't it? And then tragic
when, after 20 years of using birth
control, some people can't get pregnant
when they want to. But I'm not writing
about fertility. This month I'm writing
about sex itself.
Let me start with one thing that
really makes me cringe: when people
joke about "married sex," and buy into
the stereotype that sexuality goes out
the window with long-term commit-
ment. It's a boring cliche that seems to
be believed by certain people most of
them stand-up comics with limited rep-
ertoire who themselves are unwilling
or unable to take on the risk and work of
commitment. However, I have to admit
there certainly is some truth to the fact
that frequency is compromised once kids
are involved.
And with kids, at first there is the
overwhelming lack of sleep that compli-
cates intimacy. Oh wait, what do I mean
"at first"? That really hasn't changed.
What starts as sleepless nights of feed-
ings evolves into sleepless nights result-
ing from all the other reasons kids wake
up: pee-pee accidents, bad dreams, fall-
ing out ofbed, frisky cats, the occasional
illness or injury. Add to that the nights
you stay up working to compensate for
the work time you swapped for family
time, pediatrician visits, or school plays;
as well as the hours you lie awake worry-
ing about your family or household. It's a

in intoxicating conversation with your
beloved, all the sweeter for not being
interrupted. You luxuriate in a darkened
restaurant or theater, with no one shout-
ing "Mom!" or "Dad!"
And when you finally, really, truly
have a clear head, you and your part-
ner do what? Talk about your kids! But
that's okay. It's not like this is going to
be a fluid evening of love anyway. After
all, when you get home, before you
can fall into bed, you have to chat with,
pay, and see off the babysitter. If you're
lucky, your kids will be asleep and you'll
still be awake enough to focus on your
Then there's the morning option. Ah
ha! That's why morning cartoons were
invented! In our case it's Noggin, Sprout,
or one of the two local PBS channels.
But truth be told, if we really want to
make sure we have some uninterrupted
morning time, the TV rules go out the
window and our kids are watching Spi-
derman 3 on DVD!
And you thought long-term birth
control options were about romantic
spontaneity? Ha! It's about brevity of
preparation! Who has time to insert a
diaphragm or unroll a condom when
at any moment there could be a knock
on the childproofed door looking for a
different DVD or complaining about
sibling inequities.
I don't know, maybe some of you
out there have a more idyllic experience
mixing intimacy with parenthood. I
imagine someone out there must. But for
the rest of us, here's to lots of opportuni-
ties to sneak it in when we can!

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cycle of sleep deprivation that looks like
it'll last for the rest of our lives. Here's
my theory about pregnant women repeat-
edly having to get up at night to pee -
it's an innate biological training system
to prepare us for what lies ahead.
So there you are exhausted. You
work hard all day, career, kids, house-
hold. Who can stay awake for sex? But
there's an even bigger problem: The kids
live with you, so if you can't stay awake
and get down to love business after
they've gone to sleep (as if reading or
singing to them doesn't put you to sleep
to begin with), you're out of luck. It's
like sneaking behind your parents' backs
all over again, but now it's under your
own roof.
Do you ever feel like you're insane
as you relegate your kids to the most
engaging DVD you can uncover, throw a
child safety lock on your bedroom door-
knob, and start timing all your moves?
Perhaps our household is the only one

in which hoops are jumped through in
order to find time to attend to grownup
sports, but somehow I have a feeling
we're not the only parents who stare at
our calendars, trying to strategize the
timing of ecstasy.
We are human, requiring touch. We
are in love, requiring connection. And
we are consenting adults, requiring our
privileges in the rookie department.
We've put all this time into our relation-
ship, and we have the right to as much
sex as we can fit in between work, school
pick-up, our dentist visits, their dentist
visits, after-school sports, recitals, work,
feeding everyone, the vet, playground
time, work, grocery shopping, getting
the tire repaired, bedtime stories, and
more work.
There's the date-night option. You
have a romantic dinner, sipping and
nibbling exquisite combinations of
flavors and textures you rarely have
time for in your own home. You drink

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The Sweetness of Pit Bulls
- We don't have a bad-dog problem, we have a bad-owner problem -

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor
Recently in the news was the story
of a pit bull that attacked a female
ostal worker. An unspoken part
of that story was the dog owner's grief
when his best friend was taken away
and destroyed. Then we had football star
Michael Vick on 60 Minutes, robotically
claiming he felt remorse for beating,
drowning, and everything else he did
to the many canines in his dog-fighting
ring. We also learned that Italy has made
it illegal to own 92 breeds, including the
pit bull, the Italian maremma, and the
Neapolitan mastiff.
Just turn on the news. At least once
a month you hear of a dog attacking a
human. It is usually a pit bull.
For those who don't know me or
the rescue work I've been involved with
over many years, let me say that I oppose
breed-specific legislation like Italy's and
Miami-Dade County's, where pitbulls
are prohibited. I also applaud the wonder-
ful efforts of rescue volunteers who work
tirelessly for the breeds they love. But one
breed keeps coming up in the news doing
horrible things the pit bull.
The pit bull (as the name implies,
these are dogs originally bred to fight
Other dogs in a "pit") encompasses a
few terrier breeds: the American pit
bull terrier, the American Staffordshire
terrier, and the Staffordshire bull ter-
rier. A pit bull with a normal tem-
perament is highly affectionate with
people, even strangers and children;
obedient, with a great desire to please;
and emotionally stable.

In England the
dogs have become
known as the "Nanny
Dog" for their love of
and desire to be with
children. A member
of my extended family
had Petey, a white pit
who grew up entertain-
ing her five children.
He was a great dog and
played with the kids
for hours each day,
loving every minute of
it. So ifthis is proper
pit-bull behavior, what
has gone wrong?
As I said, I am
against breed-specific
legislation, but I also "
don't like the way
some groups fight bans on pit bulls -
namely, by pushing the dogs in the pub-
lic's face and bringing pits where they
are not allowed. This, in my opinion, will
only cause more fear and upset, another
reason for someone to telephone the
police regarding a pit bull, another police
report with the term "pit bull" in it.
Clearly this is a dog with an owner
problem. Even in Broward, where pit bulls
are allowed, owners have empowered
themselves to break the laws, trying to
show how wonderful their breed is by let-
ting them run freely off-leash anywhere.
"They're friendly!" the owner calls out as
his pair of pitbulls runs up to you and your
on-leash dogs. You hold your breath while
cursing him and trying to figure out what
you'll do if his dogs don't get along with
yours (they are animals, after all). And you

banned for years? The fact that pit bulls
continue getting into trouble is nothing
less than a mark of owner irresponsibility.
They know that, in Miami-Dade, they're
not allowed to own pit bulls, but they do so
anyway. They bring their scrappy males
to dog parks, where they almost get into
a scuffle, giving people reasonto say,
"Pit bulls are truly bad dogs." Maybe the
Miami owner hides the dog most of the
day in a apartment, and walks it quickly
at night, leaving it undersocialized and
overly aggressive. And of course there are
still people like Michael Vick, who cruelly
train their pitbulls to fight, drivenby a
kind of macho "gladiator mentality," as the
so-called Dog Whisperer (a pit bull owner
himself) once put it.
So what's the solution? Now more
than ever pit bulls and other maligned
breeds need their owners to be goodwill
ambassadors for them. In my opinion,
pit bull owners should go out of their
way to make their breed not just good
canine citizens but stellar examples of
well-behaved pets. And with the big per-
sonality and intelligence of these dogs,
that isn't so hard to do. The owners must
keep in mind what pit bulls were bred for
(fighting), manage and supervise their
dogs, train and socialize them, follow the
rules, and spay and neuter their pets.
I would propose a compromise,
phasing out the breed-specific ban and
replacing it over time with an owner ban.
It would go something like this:
Pit bull ownership would slowly be rein-
stated but:
* Not to persons with criminal records.
* Not to minors (although the
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fume at him for not even considering how
you or your pets would feel being accosted
by strange dogs.
Approximately 1800 pitbulls have
been euthanized over the past three years
by Miami-Dade Animal Services. Many
Miami pit bull owners, complaining in
the press, refer to Sara Pizano, director of
Animal Services, as the "Pit Bull Execu-
tioner." But it's highly unlikely that Pizano,
a veterinarianby trade, wants to kill as
many pitbulls as she can. Unfortunately
animal agencies all around the nation are
killing record numbers of all dog breeds
because people don't want them anymore,
they are found as strays, or they get into
trouble doing something bad or living
where they are not supposed to.
So how are some 600 of this breed
ending up there annually ifthey've been

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younger generation is usually
better with animals).
* All pitbulls mustbe spayed or neutered.
* Pit bull puppies must attend with their
* Owners and their young or adult
dogs must also take classes to obtain
their Canine Good Citizen certifi-
cate (CGC), which includes a vow to
properly care for their pets and not let

them become a public nuisance.
Perhaps a written exam that tests
their knowledge of pit bulls
and their behavior.
And of course, owners
must always obey dog laws
under threat of having
their pet confiscated. can
Something like that. At the
least, it would be a step toward
responsible ownership.
My friend and colleague Marthina
Mc Clay is a trainer and pit bull rescuer.

responsible ownership. You can visit it at
I hope to see you and your law-abid-
ing, friendly pit bull soon!
Lisa Hartman is head dog trainer for
Pawsitively Pets. You can reach her at
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www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com. You can
also keep up with her and her dogs on
Facebook at www.profile.to/dogtrainer.

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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 ($$$)
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menus, or among individual items on
those menus.
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Brickell / Downtown

900 S. Miami Ave.,
Hamachi chiles rellenos? Shiso leaf "nachos" topped with
raw spicy tuna, kalware sprouts, and other Asian Ingre-
dients? The VIva, a sushl roll that starts with standard
Japanese (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado), adds Latin sabor
(Jalapefio, cilantro), wraps it in a flour tortilla, and garnishes
it with heat (spicy snow crab mix)7 Mlaml hasn t tended to
Initiate too many food "firsts," but this Japanese/Pan-Latin
fusion place is surely one Prices are higher than at neigh-
borhood sushl spots, but in keeping with Abokado s Mary
Brickell Village neighbors $$$$

1435 Brickell Ave., Four Seasons Hotel
Originally an Itallan/Mediterranean restaurant, this com-
fortably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs in 2006,
resulting in a complete menu renovation Thalland s famed
sense of culinary balance is now evident throughout the
global (though primarily Asian or Latin American-Inspired)
menu, In dishes Ilke yuzu/white soya-dressed salad of
shrimp tempura, a tender pork shank glazed with spicy
Szechuan citrus sauce, or lunchtime s rare tuna burger
with Ilvely wasabi aloll and wakame salad For dessert few
chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tartilled with sin-
fully rich warm chocolate custard $$$$$
141SW 7th St.
This spaces futuristic fairyland decor, highlighted by hanging
glass pendants, makes it popular as a stylish hangouts
much as a restaurant -- and loungers are rewarded with a
bar menu ranging from the traditional (zataar-splked hum-
mus) tothetrendy(artichoke puree with feta), calamari with
Meyer lemon brown butter Is especially recommended TIp
While entrees and sides on the changing main menu are
also mostly Mediterranean, some of the kitchen s best shots
stretch the concept considerably So don t miss the fries
with chipotle/Key Ilme aloll $$$

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
305-524-5234; wwwarea31restaurantcom
Not that the sleek Interior d this seafood restaurant (named for
Isntap)amorousdiningsettng Butwedeatoutside Fromthe
expansive terrace of the Eplc condo and hotel on the Mlaml
River, the views of Brickells high-rlses actually make Mlaml look
Ilke a real city Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are
the most Impressive The food is Impeccably fresh regional fish,
prepared in a clean Mediterranean-Influenced stye The cock-
talls are genuinely create Luckily you don t have to choose
one or the other $$$-$$$$

500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254
Floor-to-celling picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay
But diners are more Ilkely to focus on the sparkling raw bar
and open kitchen, where chef Clay Conley crafts Imaginative
global creations many of them combinations, to satisfy
those who want it all One offering, "A Study in Tuna,"
Includes tuna sashimi, Maine crab, avocado tempura, and
caviar, with several Asian sauces Moroccan lamb Is three
preparations (grilled chop, harlssa-marinated loln, and bas-
tilla, the famed savory-sweet Middle Eastern pastry, stuffed
with braised shank $$$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indoneslan food Isn t easy to find in Mlaml, downtown
has secretstashes- small joints catering to cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe
has survived and thrived for good reason The homey cook-
Ing Is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new Novices will want
Indonesia s signature rljsttafel, a mix-and-match collection
of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice Note
bring cash No plastic accepted here $-$$
The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-65oo
On the Conrad s 25th floor, The Bar s picture-windowed
space is not just a watering hole with panoramic views At
lunch its an elegant sandwich bar, at night its a raw bar
(with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar
serving pintxos Thats just the Basque word for tapas, but
here there s nothing mere about the generously portioned
small plates They range from traditional Items Ilke cod
fish equixada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes to
Inventive Inspirations Ilke fole gras and goat cheese-stuffed
empanadas $$$
Blu Pizzeria e Cucina
900 S. Miami Ave.(Mary Brickell Village)
305-381-8335; www.blurestaurantsgroup.com
If the super-sleek Interior Is too formal for you, optfor a
casual patio table while studying the menu over an order
of warm gnocchetti bread sticks, or creamy-centered supph
alla roman (porcinl-studded tomato and mozzarella rice
croquettes) The place looks upscale, but prices of even the
fanciest entrees don t exceed $20 The fare is wide-ranging,
but you can t go wrong with one of the thin-crusted, brick-
oven pizzas, whether a traditional margherita or Inventive
asparagl e granchi (with lump crab, lobster cream, mozza-
rella, and fresh asparagus) $$-$$$

Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
305-913-8358; www.mandarinoriental.com/miami
Though the Mandarin Orlental Hotel describes this space as
its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider It a more spec-
tacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing
to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly
on the waterfront The food is Asian-Inspired, with a few

Latin and Mediterranean accents For the health-conscious,
the menu Includes low-cal choices For hedonists there sa
blgselectionofartisansakes $$$-$$$$$
Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
Originally from Jamalca, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving
her traditional homemade Island specialtlesto downtown office
workers and collegestudentsslncethe early 1990s Most
popular Item here might be the weekday lunch special ofJerk
chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patess, but
even vegetarians are well served with dishes Ilke a tdu, carrot,
and chayote curry All entrees come with rice and peas, fried
plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry $
Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
From thestylsh setting in Mlamis historic Firehouse No 4, one
would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees, which range
from Nuevo Latino-style anger/orangaglazed pork tenderloin to
a platter of Kobe minl-burgers, all cost either $18 or $23 And
the price Includes an appetizer -- no low-rentcrapola, either,
but treats Ilke Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leektart with
Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplanttm-
bales The best seats are on the glam rodtop patio $$$

Ecco Pizzateca & Lounge
168 SE ist St.
305-960-1900; www.eccomiami.com
Masterminded by Aramis Lorle (of PS14) and partner Brian
Bastl, this hip hangout was designed to entce downtown work-
ers to Ilnger after office hours And even without the expansive,
casual-chic space as balt, Internationally award-winning Itallan
plzza chef Massimo Fablo Brunts exquisitelyalry, burn-blistered
ples, made from homemade dough, could do the trick The rest
of the organically oriented menu may also great, but with plz-
zas Ilkethe cream/mushroom-topped Blanca beckoning, we11
never know $-$$$

485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel)
Unlike their Michelln-starred NewAdriatc restaurantAnthos, In
Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael Psilakls and restau-
rateur Donatella Arpala has Influences ranging way beyond
Greece to the whole Mediterranean region, and even Latn
America Unchanged is Psilakls solid creativity, and a beautiful
sense of balance that makes even very unfamiliar combina-
tons taste accessible Sosklpthesafe stuff and go for the
luxuriantly custardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin
rlsotto, or any rawseafood Item, especially the unique marlin
with pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck $$$-$$$$

Fresco California BistrO
1744 SW 3rd Ave., 30%58-0608
This festively decorated Indoor/outdoor bistro packs a
lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of
food onto its menu To the familiar Latin American/Itallan
equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-
Mex but more health conscious) Menu offerings range
from designer pizzas and pastes to custardy tamales, but
the bistro s especially known for Imaginative meal-size
salads, Ilke 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 bya fishing family for a couple of generations, this vener-
able Florida fish shack Is the real thing No worries about the
seafood freshness, on their wayto the dining deck overlook-
Ing the Mlaml River, diners can view the retail fish market Best
preparations aretheslmplest When stone crabs are in season,

Garclasclawsareasgood asJoes butconsiderablycheaper
The local fish sandwich Is most popular grouper, yellowtail
snapperormahimahl $-$$

Grimpa Steakhouse
This expansive Indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery Is sleekly
contemporary, but no worries The classic sword-wlelding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish And
included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) Is the tradition-
al belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad,
cold cuts, and cheeses A pleasant, nontraditional surprise
unusualsauceslikesweet/tartpassion frultor mlnt, tomato-
based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous
chimichurrl $$$$-$$$$$

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-37MO63
Its location at the mouth dthe Mlaml River makes this ultra-
upscale Itallan spot(especiallythe outdoor terrace) the perfect
power lunch/business dinner alternative to steakhouses And
the cullnaryexperience goes way beyond the typical meat mar-
ket hnahnak In rttothefbod of freeblb IPGa baatr se ers

The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth And
the champagnacream-sauced housemade ravioli with black
truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$

638 S. Miami Ave.
305-379-1525; www.indochinebistro.com
Indochine has succeeded by morphingfrom mere restaurant
into hip hangout Coplous special events draw everyone from
downtown business types to the counterculture crowd Not that
there anything "mere" about the range of food served from
three Asian nations Light eaters can snack on Vietnamese
summer rolls or Japanesesushl rolls For bigger appetites, there
are Thal curries and Vietnamesespecialtles Ilke pho, richlyfla-
vored 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 Mlaml Shores listng)
La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St.
305-373-4800; www.Ialoggia.org
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Itallan restaurant
was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown With
alternatives Ilke amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnollotl in sage
butter sauce and cllantro-spiced white bean/vegetablesalad
dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porclello and
Horatio Olivelra continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns
for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon,
fueled by the Lawyer s Llquid Lunch, a vodka martinI spiked
with sweetened espresso $$$

La Moon
144 SW 8th St., 30%60-6209
At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies Ilke
a Crazy Burger, a Colomblan take on a truckers burger
beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and
a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake "bun While this
tiny places late hours (till 6 00 am Friday and Saturday)
are surprising, the daytime menu Is moreso In addition to
Colomblan classics, there sa salad Nicolse with grilled fresh
tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie
favorites $-$$

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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 203.


Restaurant Listings
Continued from page 42

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr.305-372-2333
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously, with
choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterle/pite, or
smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete
American breakfasts At lunch, generouslysalad-garnished,
open-faced tartines are Irresistible But sophisticated salads
and homemade soups make the choice tough And do not
sklp dessert Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh rasp-
berry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madelelnes,
alry layered mousses, and addictive minl-macaroon sandwich
cookies with dally-changing fillings $-$$

Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Mlaml s Chophouse
retains basically everything but the famed name (from
the original Manny s in Minneapolls), and remains
Mlaml s most Intentionally masculine steakhouse
Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything
is humongous dry-aged choice-grade steaks Ilke the
Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-In
rlbeye, described as "part meat, part weapon"), king crab
legs that dwarf the plate, cocktail shrimp that could swal-
low the Loch Ness monster whole, two-fisted cocktails
that would fell a T-Rex Not for the frall $$$$$

Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave.
305-372-8862, www.theoceanaire.com
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire may seem more
All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus
vary significantly accordingto regional tastes and fish Here in
Miaml, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters Ilke
lump crab cakes with his own Ilghtly marinated, Peruvianstyle
grouper ceviche The dallychangng, 15-20 specImen seafood
selection Includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pom-
pano, 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 Lincoln Road was Instantly popular,
and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food is served
at several newer outlets The prices are low enough that
you might suspect Pasha s was a tax write-off rather than a
Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders
Antonlo Ellek and Nicolas Cortes Dishes range from falafel
and gyros to more unusual Items Ilke muhammara (tangy wal-
nutspread) and silky labneh yogurt cheese Everything from
pltas to lemonade is made fresh, from scratch, dally $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 305-3738080
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bonetender barbecued rlbs
(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back sever-
al generations) are the main draw at this Overtown Institution
But the chicken is also a winner, plus theresa full menu of
soul food entrees, including whatmanyaficionados consider
our town s tastlestsouse And It would be unthinkable to call it
quits without homemade sweet potato ple or banana pudding,

Provence Grill
1001S. Miami Ave., 305-373-1940
The cozydiningroom (and even morecharmingoutdoor ter-
race) evokethesouth of France But the menu of French bistro
classics covers all regions country-style pite mason with onlon
Jam, roasted peppers, and cornichons, steak/frites (grilled nb-
eye with peppercorn cream sauce, fries, and salad), and four
preparations of mussels Deal alert An early-bird prlx-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 jewel Is a full-service seafood spot, as
evidenced by tempting menu selections Ilke soft-shell crabs
with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade There are
even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, Ilke
short rlbs with macaronI and cheese But oyster fans will find
it difficultto resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually
large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw
and cooked fire-roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and
manchego Theres also a thoughtful wine Ilst and numerous
artisan beers on tap $$$

Rosa MexicanO
900 S. Miami Ave., 786425-1001
This expansive Indoor/outdoor space offers a dining expe-
rlence 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-habane-

yet sophisticated Itallan entrees There are salads and
sandwiches, too The most enjoyable place to dine is
the secret, open-alr courtyard Alfano serves dinner on
Thursday only to accompany local musicians and artists

Taste of Bombay
111 NE 3rd Ave.
Depending mostly on the predominant nationalities of
downtown construction workers at any given time, Taste
of Bombay has also served sushl, Philippine, and Chinese
food Best bet, though, is the all-you-can-eat Indlan buffet
lunch spread, featuring six changing entrees (a mix of meat,
poultry, fish, and vegetable curries) plus veggie pakoras, rice,
salad, chutneys, hot naan bread, and a dessert The place
looks plain outside, but its pleasantly exotic enough Inside
for a bargain business lunch $$

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave.
Prohibiton-era speakeasy reputedlya fave of Al Capone), gay
bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best
known since l982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues
But it also offers food from lunchtimeto late night(on week-
ends0114 00 a m) The kitchen is especially known for its chill,
budget-pricedsteaks, and burgers Theresalsosurprisingly
elegant fare, though, Ilke a Norwegian salmon club with lemon
aloll A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty rlbs $$

Midtown / Wynwood / Design District

NovecentO plus a bracingflop half Iced tea, half lemonade $-$$ ro-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa s signature guacamole Adelita's Caf6
1414 Brickell Ave., 305403-0900 en molcajete, made tableside A few pomegranate mar- 2699 Biscayne Blvd.
www.bistronovecento.com Perricone'S garitas ensure no worries $$$ 305-576-1262
For those who think "Argentine cuisine" Is a synonym for 15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449; www.perricones.com From the street (which Is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
"beef and more beef," this popular eaters wide range of Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), Soya & PomodorO this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but Inside its
more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area s first gentrl- 120 NE ist St. bigger, better, and busier than it looks Unlike many Latin
revelation Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for tradl- fled amenities At lunch chicken salad is a favorite, dinner s 305-381-9511 American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and
tlonalists, but the menu Is dominated by creative Nuevo strong sult is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennie s Life is complicated Food should be simple That s proves a crowd-pleaser On weekends especially, the dining
Latino Items Ilke a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly Ilme- old-fashioned lasagna to chichi flocchi purses filled with owner Armando Alfano s philosophy, which Is stated rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare Ilke
marinated grouper with Jalapefios, basil, and the refreshing fresh pear and gorgonzola And Sundays $15 95 brunch above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (Hondurass take on
sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with buffet ($9 95 for kids) featuring an omeletstation, waffles, And since it s also the formula for the truest traditional
creamy saffron sauce Especially notable are the entree smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains Itallan food (Alfano halls from Pompell), its fitting that
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tostones), rich meal-In-a-bowl soups packed with seafood or
meat and veggies, and more $

Bay View Grille
1633 N. Bayshore Dr. (Marriott Hotel)
This expansive restaurant has no outdoor component, but
floor-to-celling windows and a multi-level layout means every
table has a Biscayne Bay view, which we find particularly
enjoyable in the morning, over a fresh asparagus and BoursIn
cheese omelet or huevos a la cubana (fried eggs and cheese
on black beans) Lunch and dinner menus are a greatest hits
mix (steaks, pasta, Caesar salad), featuring appealing local
accents Ilke a hefty fried or blackened grouper sandwich on
clabatta roll, with remoulade sauce $$-$$$

2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976
At this Indlan eatery the decor Is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts Modern Indlan Culsine"
to match the look Classicists however, needn t worry
America s favorite familiar north Indlan flavors are here,
though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and present-
ed with modern flair All meats are certified halal, Islam s
version of kosher which doesn t mean that observant
orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can $$$
Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor Is a stylish mix of contempo-
rary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine
barrels) Culsine is similarly geared to the area s smart new
residents creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas
and larger Internationally themed Spanish, Itallan, or French
charcuterie platters at night Though the place is small and
family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated
snacks Ilketheflgclutto arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramel-
Ized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto Free park-
Ing behind the building $$
Buena Vista BistrO
4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909
If a neighborhood eatery Ilkethis one -which serves supremely
satisfying blstrofood -were within walking distance of every
Mlaml resident, we d be a helluva hipfood town Like true
Parlslan bistros, its open continuously everyday, with prices so
low that you can drop In anytime for authentic rlllettes (a rustic
p2ate) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites,
salmon atop ratatoullle, or many changing blackboard specials
Portons are plentful So Is free parking $$

Captain Joe Seafood & Pasta Grill
3401N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
This Shops at Midtown eatery begins at 8 00 am with with
eggs, pancakes, French toast, and bagels After that if sa
seafood-oriented menu of fast-casual food Best values are
combo platters such as shrimp and a grilled kebab, a hefty
frled or grilled fish sandwich, or a Caribbean paella The last
Is more Ilke a pllaf than Spain s saffron-rich creation, but is
packed with enough mussels fish, calamari, chicken, and
small shrimp to feed two $

national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times,
giving diners something to chat about Sandwiches and
salads can also be do-It-yourself projects, with an unusually
wide choice of main Ingredients, garnishes, breads, and con-
diments 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 nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family The food is as tasty as ever, especially the
reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who Ilke
their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter As for
nonseafood stuff. Peru practically Invented fusion cuisine (In
the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle dishes tallerin
saltado and tallerin verde $$
18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St.
305-381-8006; www.18thstreetcafe.com
Mostof theseatng in this cool Ilttle breakfast/Iunch room is in
a sort of giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that makes
thespacefeel expansive This pioneering place deservesto
survive, even if justconsideringthe roast beef sandwich with
creamy horseradish an Inspired classic combination that
makes one wonder why more places in this town don serve
it Other culinary highlights include a turkey/pear/cheddar melt
sandwich, and reallysinful marshmallow-topped brownies $
Five Guys Famous Burger and FrieS
3401N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
305-571-8345; www.fiveguys.com
No green-leaf faux health food here You get what the name
says, period, with three adds kosher dogs, veggie burgers, and
free peanuts while you walt Which you will, justa bit since
burgers are made fresh upon order Available in double or
onspattysizes, there well-done butspurtingly julcy and after
loading with your choice of free garnishes, even a little" burger
makes a major meal Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also
superior, hand-cut In-housefrom sourced potatoes $
Fratelli Lyon
4141 NE 2nd Ave.
305-572-2901; www.fratellilyon.com
This Itallan cafe has been packed since the moment it
opened No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyon s
pioneering Lyon Freres gourmet store on Lincoln Road (1992-
97), another joint that was exactly what its neighborhood
needed The restaurants artisan saluml, cheeses, flavorful
boutque olive oils, and more are so outstanding that you can t
help wishing it also had a retail component Entrees include
properly al dente pastes, plus some regional specialties Ilke
Venetlan-style calves Ilver, rarely found outside Italy $$$
28 NE 40th St.; 305-573-3355
Chef Michael Jacobss menu travels beyond pan-Asian and
Mediterranean Influences into the Americas Entrees range
from comfort food (cunningly reinvented minI pot ples) to high-
status extravagance (stoneseared, authentic Kobe steak) For
healthygrazers, raw-bar selections include ceviches and a large
seafood platter Theres also a snack menu (pristine coldwater
oysters, a crabsalad timbale, parmesan-truffleshoestringfries,
minl-Kobe burgers) served 011the wee hours, providing wel-
come alternative to the Boulevard s fast food chains $$-$$$$$
The Girrrlz of Sandwich
555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo)
Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups, sweets.
salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette sandwiches
(like proscluttoand fresh mozzarella, dressed with a unique
sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed cafe, hidden on the
Venetla condos mezzanine Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia

Sarkis scour local markets dallyfor the freshest of Ingredl-
ents, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and
sinful Ghirardelll chocolate cake) are all baked In-house On
Saturday the grrrls II even deliver you an elegant (yet Inex-
pensive) breakfast in bed $

Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave.
Theflrst new restaurant in the Wynwood Cafe District this
stylish Indoor/outdoor Itallan hangout is as casually cool as
one would hope-and as affordable Theresa five-buck
half-servingof spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vinofor
under $30 And few can resistdelicatelythin, crunchy-crusted
pizzas Ilkethe create Dolce e Plccante or orgasmic Carbonara
Pastas are fresh, produce is largely local, the mosalc-centered
decor Is minimalist but Inviting And no need to be waryof the
warehouse districtat night Valet parking Is free $$-$$$
Kafa Caf6
3535 NE 2nd Ave.
305-438-0114, www.kafamidtown.com
Operated by a brother/sister team (both originally from
Ethlopla), nothing on the breakfast and lunch menus tops
$8, and portions feed an army (or several starving art-
Ists) Signature Item is the formidable Kafa Potato Platter
- home fries mixed with bacon, ham, peppers, onlon,
and cheese, accompanied by eggs, fresh fruit, and bread
Lunch s burgers, salads, and overstuffed sandwiches come
with homemade soup or other sides, plus fruit DInner
features an authentic Ethloplan menu, plus beer and wine
selections $-$$
Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838
The menu Is similar tothatat many of our town s Latin cafes,
largely classic Cuban entrees and sandwiches, with a smat-
tering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America, such as
a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood), or paella
Valenclana from Spain, which many Mlaml eateries consider a
Latin country What]ustflesthe new millennium moniker Is the
more modern, yupplfled/yucafled ambiance, encouraged byan
expansive, rustic wooden deck $$
Lemon Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080
The menu here reads Ilke your standard sandwiches/salads/
starters primer What it doesn convey Is the freshness of the
Ingredients and the carethatgoes into their use Entreeelze
salads range from an elegant spinach (goat cheese, pears,
walnuts, raisins) to chunky homemade chicken salad on a bed
of mixed greens Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed
paninls, or wraps, all accompanied bysidesalads) Include a
respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-
tastnglightsalad cream $-$$
Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
3201 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an Instant hit,
as much for being hip new Midtown hangoutasfor its careful-
ly crafted Tex-Mexfood The concept is fast casual" rather than
fast food meaning nice enough for a night out It also means
Ingredients are always fresh Seafood tacos are about as exotic
as the menu gets, but the mahl mahl for fish tacos comes
from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade dally Nicetes
Include low-carbtortllas and many Mexican beers $
Lost & Found Saloon
185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008
There s an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly
Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only

breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neigh-
borhood Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving
Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices Dishes Ilke
plion 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 Ilke lemon-crusted wild berry
ple, and a hip beer and wine Ilst $
Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-571-9044
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the features
you expect, including all-you-can-eat meats carved tableside
and a lavish buffet What sets Malno apart from typical
rodlzlo palaces is its family-run feel, Intimate rather than
Intimidating, plus its attention to every detail While its rare
at most rodlzlo joints to get meat done less than medium,
Malno will cook to order One other welcome difference
There are a la carte starters and pastes for lighter eaters
and noncarnivores, and some lunch specials Free parking,
too $$-$$$$$
Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St.
(See North Mlaml listing)
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550
An Instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented res-
taurantfrom chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth
fun food in a comfortable, casuallystyllsh Indoor/outdoor
setting Fresh, organic Ingredients are emphasized, but
dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with
whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to
simple comfort food deviled eggs, homemade potato chips
with pan-fried onlon dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken
There also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to
encourage frequent visits Michael s Genuine also features
an eclectic, affordable wine Ilst and a full bar $$-$$$$
Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetla
condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and
dinner hang-outfor local journalists and others who appreciate
honest cheap eats and drinks Regulars know dallyspecials are
the way to go Dependingon the day fish, churrasco, or roast
turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh Big burgers
and steak dinners are always good A Ilmited late-night menu
provides plzza, wings, rlbs, and salad 0113 00 am $-$$
3221NE 2nd Ave., 786-9538003
Ultra-thin, crisp-crusted pizzas Made-fromacratch specials Ilke
green bean and parmesan soup, or prosciutto and mozzarella-
stuffed gnocchi that you really have not seen on every other
menu in town High-quality Ingredients, wine and beer, low
prices, enthusiastc hands-on owners committed to arts-orl-
ented creativity A comfortable hang-out atmosphere This tiny
cafe, where processed food" Is a dirty word, has it all except
a high-visibility location or medla hype So discover It for your-
selves (There s ample free street parking, too) $-$$

Orange Caf6 + Art
2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070
The paintings hanging in this tny glass-enclosed cafe are for
sale And for those who don t have thousands of dollars to shell
out for the local arton the walls, less than ten bucks will get

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The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-5734535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is familiar
- sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries.
plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differenti-
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you art on a plate, including a Plcasso chorizo, prosciutto, man-
chego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette
Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, dally
soups, several pastes (like the Matisse, flocchi pouchesfllled
with pears and cheese), and housebaked 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 Also
served breakfast and lunch sandwiches, Imaginative salads,
soups, homemade pastries, and creamyfresh-fruitsmooth-
les 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 $

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St., 305-722-7369
Everyone knew Jonathan Elsmann s original Pacific Time, for
many years Uncoln Road s only serious restaurant How differ-
ent is its new Incarnation? Very, and its all good, starting with
far superior acoustics, an admirably green ecologcal policy
and a neighborhood-friendly attitude While the addition of
Mediterranean Influences to the Pacific RIm menu may sound
confusing, trust us A meal that Includes a butter-grilled aspara-
gus 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., 305-5734201
(See Brickell/Downtown Ilsting)
2905 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-0900
Dalntydesigner pizzas? At this New York-style plzzerla, its all

aboutheftiness Aspecialslice/sodadealfeaturestwoplzza
triangles bigger than most Mlaml minl-skirts Whole ples come
medium (large), large (huge), and extra-large (think truck tre)
And with fully loaded pizzas Ilke the Supreme Meat Lover priced
only a few bucks more than a basic tomato/ cheese, it pays to
think big abouttoppings too Other Itallan-American fare is also
available, notably pastes and subs $-$$

1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The Imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn t have
that do drop In" locals hangout vibe But this Ilvely Itallan
spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood The
pizzas alone brick-oven specImens with toppings rang-
Ing from classic pepperonI to prosclutto/arugula would
be draw enough But pastes also please diners choice of
starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras And the price
Is right, with few entrees topping $20 The capper Its open
past midnight every day but Sunday $$
Sake Room
275 NE 18th St., 305-7550122
Sake takes a back seatto sushl and sophisticated decor at
this small but sleek restolounge Amongtheseafood offerings.
you won tfind exotica or local catches, but all the usual sushl/
sashimi favorites, though in more Interestngform, thanksto
sauces that go beyond standard say spicysrlracha, garlic/
ponzu oil, and many more Especially recommended theyuzu
hamachi roll, the lobster tempura makl, and pankocoated spicy
shrimp with hot-and-sour mayo and a salad $$-$$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-3734291
Some things never change, or so It seems at this classic diner
Open since l938, people still line up on Saturday mornings,
waltngfor a seatatthe counter and enormous breakfasts
corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits, fluffy
pancakes, homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgla sausage
- everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict The lunch menu
Is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars Ignore the
menu and go for the dally blackboard specials $-$$

Sra. MartineZ
4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474
No Biscayne Corridor resident needsto be told that this hvely
tapas bar Isthesecond restaurantthatUpper Eastside homegrrrl

MichelleBernsteln hasopenedinthearea Butltsnoabsentee
celebrltychef glg Bernsteln ts handson at both places Her
exuberantyetflrm controlled personal touch Is obvious in near
four dozen hot and cold tapas on the menu Items are frequently
reinvented Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego croquetas
with fig]am, white bean stew, crispcoated artchokes with lemon/
coriander dip, and buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle
Eastern spices and balanced bytny pickled salads $$$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888
The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks
too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese
food But the American dumbing-down is minimal Many
dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than
those found elsewhere in Mlaml, Ilke delicate butflavorful yu
pan quall Molstsea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced top-
ping of scallion, gInger, cilantro, and subtlysweet/saltysauce
And Peking duck Is served as three traditional courses cripe-
wrapped crispy skin, meatsauteed with crisp veggies, savory
souptofinish $$-$$$
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 glg led to con-
nections that mean if wine lovers don t find the bottle they
want, Blanchet can probably get it within 24 hours Food is
sophisticated Ilght bites Ilke a shrimp club sandwich with
pancetta and sun-drled tomato aloll, and smoked duck salad
with goat cheese croutons and a poached egg At nightthere
are tapas $-$$

Zuperpollo Biztro Reztocafe
3050 Biscayne Blvd.
This bistro Is a branch of the popular Uruguayan eatery
Zuperpollo, on Coral Way since 1986 It s way in back,
past a guard desk and an elevator bank, behind an
unmarked door DIners who find It discover an extensive
pan-Latin menu of breakfast food, salads, substantial
meat and fish entrees, homemade pastes and soups,
desserts, and sandwiches, including Uruguay s famed,
overstuffed chivito, sometimes called a heart attack on a
bun And naturally, from the rotlsserle, there s the zlgna-
ture zuper chicken $-$$

Upper Eastside
5600 Biscayne Blvd.
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside car
wash, Andlamo Is also part of Mark Soyka s 55th Street
Station which means ditching the car (In the complex
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 ples (from a flaming open oven) that are this
popular pizzeria s specialty, along with executive chef Frank
Crupl s famed Philly cheese steak sandwiches Also avall-
able are salads and paninI plus reasonably priced wines and
beers, including a few unusually sophisticated selections Ilke
Belglum s Hoegaarden $$
Anise Taverna
620 NE 78th St.
The new owners of this river shack are banking on Greek
food and festivity for success a good bet, judging from
their wildly popular previous eatery, Ouzo The mainly
mezze menu ranges from traditional Greek small plates to
creative Mediterranean-Inspired dishes Ilke anise-scented
fish croquettes with spicy aloll But don t neglect large
plates Ilke whole grilled Mediterranean fish doradoe or
branzIno), filleted tableside The Interior Is charming, and
the outdoor deck on the Little River Is positively romantic
Bistro 82
8201 Biscayne Blvd., 305403-2995
As with Latin American food, much Middle Eastern restau-
rantfare blurs borders, making it hard to pinpoint Individual
countries culinary characteristics Here, though, national
identity Is strong Virtually all dishes, from savoryfalafel
to sweet k nafeh (a traditional cheese breakfast pastry
that doubles as dessert), are crafted from the authentic
Lebanese recipes of owner Mona Issa s mom Casually
exotic decor makes the spot dateworthy too, especially on
Saturday nights when belly dancing Is featured $$

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916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture
enclave thanks to Inviting hangouts Ilke this rustic Indoor/
outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar Especially bustling on
nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays,
when the fenced backyard hosts an Informal fair and the
menu Includes Brazil s national dish, feljoada, a savory
stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats But the every-
day menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pastels to hefty
Brazilian entrees, is also appealing and budget-priced $$

Le Caf6
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-7544551
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 Ilke onlon soup, escargot, dally fresh oysters,
boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast), Nicolse salad,
quiche, and homemade creme brilee A respectable beer
and wine Ilst is a welcome addition, as is the housemade
sangria Top price for entrees is about $14 $-$$
5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-3930
When this httle neighborhood oasis opened, the formula
was Cuban cooking at lunch, Catalan tapas at night The
menu Is now more uniform contemporary Spanish and
pan-Latin tapas, sandwiches, salads, sides, and entrees
at all hours, just a far more elaborate selection at night
The tapas Ilst is Impressive, with an unusually large selec-
tlon of seafood and vegetarian Items such as spinach
sauteed with pine nuts and raisins Don t miss the ultra-
creamy croquetas, grilled asparagus with aloll, and habit-
forming Brazilian cheese bread $-$$$

Captain Crab's Take-Away
1100 NE 79th St., 305-754-2722
The drivethrough window says fast food," and so do this long-
Ilved seafood shacks low prices But there the resemblance
ends For about the price of a bucket of the Colonels chicken
you can get a bucketof the Captain s savory garlic crabs The
Kings burger meal or the Captain s similarly priced fried (or pr-
110 boiled or New Orleans-spiced) shrimp meal? No contest Also
popular crab cakes and conch For fish haters, spicyor garlic
chicken wings are an opton $-$$

Casa Toscana
7001Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-3353
Tuscan-born chef/owner Sandra StefanI cooked at Norman s
before opening this Upper EastsideJewel, whose 30 original
seats have been supplemented by a wine room/garden for
tasting events and private dining StefanI travels regularly to
Italy to find exciting, Ilmited-production wines and Inspiration
for truly Tuscan specials with honest, authentic flavors, such
as grilled wild boar sausages with lentil croquettes Menu
favorites include pear and ricotta raviollni, grilled eggplant
slices rolled around herbed goat cheese and sun-drled toma-
toes, and a light ricotta tart with lemon and rosemary $$$
Che SopranOS
7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-7544282
This branch of a Mlaml Beach Itallan/Argentine plzzerla.
housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy
patio, covers multicultural bases If the Old World Rucola
plzza (a classic Margherlta topped with arugula, pro-
sclutto, and shredded parmesan) doesn t do the trick, the
New World Especial (a Latin ple with hearts of palm and

boiled eggs) Just might Also available are pastes, salads,
sandwiches, 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 popular establishments
While some meatier Haltlan classics Ilke grlot (fried pork
chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3 99
roast chicken special seafood is the specialty here cre-
vette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter sauce),
lambl frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch), poisson gros sel
(local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic or Creole crabs
The Mlaml branch has outdoor tlkl-hutdining $-$$

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd.
305-759-3433, www.dogmagrill.com
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 Uning up for this stand s sauce-garnished, all-
beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot dogs The 22 varl-
etles range from simple to the elaborate (the Athens, topped
with a Greek salad, including extra-virgin olive oil dressing) to
near-unbelievable combinations Ilke the VIP, which Includes
parmesan cheese and crushed pineapple New addition
thick, Julcy burgers $

East Side Pizza
731NE 79th St., 305-758-5351
Minestrone, sure Buta pizzeria menu with carrot anger soups
Similarly many Itallan-American plzzerlas offer entrees Ilke
spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin ravioli
in brown butter/sagesauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and other
surprisingly upscale choices, including Imported PeronI beer
As for the plzza, they are classic ples, available whole or by the
slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozza-
rella (considered the top American plzza cheese) Bestseatng
for eating Is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables $

El Q-Bano Palacio de los JugOS
8650 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-2550
In case you were wondering If Its too good to be true
- It isn t El Q-Banos owners are Indeed related to the
family that operates the original three Palaclos de los
Jugos which means no more schlepping way out west
Recommended are molsttamales, tasty sandwiches (espe-
clally the drippingly wonderful pan con lechon), rich flan,
and the fresh tropical juices that justify the aforementioned
excesses For even heartier eaters, theresa changing buffet
of dallyspecials and sides $-$$

Europa Car Wash and Caf6
6075 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-2357
Giving new meaning to the food term fusion," Europa
serves up sandwiches, salads, car washes, coffee with crols-
sants, and Chevron with Techron Snacks match the casual
chicness sandwiches Ilke the Renato prosciuttoo, hot capplc-
ola, pepper Jack cheese, red peppers, and Romano cheese
dressing), an elaborate almond-garnished Chinese chicken
salad, H&H bagels, the world s best, flown in from NYC
And the car clearings are equally gentrlfled, especially on
Wednesday, when ladles are pampered with $10 washes
and glasses of sparkling wine while they walt $
Fish Corner
5555 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-5056
Inexpensive yet Impeccable fish dishes have been thespe-
clalty at this casual eaterysince it was opened, In late 2008,
by Cuban-American owners whose day jobs, as seafood
wholesalers, ensured freshness There have been recent

changes, Ilke a cafeteria counter to accommodate rushed
launchers, but no compromises in quality The Arroz Amarillo
con Marlscos behind the glass doesn t get topped with
precision-cooked seafood till the last minute The Minuta
sandwich Is a whole yellowtail (served tall-on, as proof) And
there s still no permanent menu, because here, catches of
the day really do change dally $-$$

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Housed in a yellow building thats nearly Invisible from the
street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach
bar, and generous servings of Inexpensive Afro-Caribbean
vegan food Large or small plates, with salad and fried
sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-In launchers are
served for five or seven bucks Also available are snacks
Ilke vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts Ilke sweet potato
ple, 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 popular for years But the
Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition
Main reason deceptive healthiness These are meals
that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for
you Favorlte Items include precision-grilled salmon with
lemon-dlll yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with
homemade BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food Food is
available a la carte or grouped in multimeal plans custom-
Ized for individual diners nutritional needs $$

Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most Impor-
tantAmerican diner tradition Breakfast at any hour Admittedly
the place closes at4 00 p m, butstll There are blueberry hot
cakes and pecan waffles, eggs any style, includingomelets
and open-facefrittatas, 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,
Ilver and onions), plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade
chicken soup $-$$

6708 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-0074
This Indoor/outdoor sports bar serves low-priced but high-
quality steaks, plus more typical bar food that s actually
far from the usual processed stuff Philly cheese steak
sandwiches, big enough for two, are made from hand-
sliced rlb eye, sides include fries and beer-battered onlon
rings, but also lightly lemonysauteed spinach And the
burgers rule, particularly the Doomsday, a cheese/bacon/
mushroom-topped two-pound monster that turns dinner
Into a competitive sport No hard Ilquor, but the beer Ilst
makes up for It $$

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-5862
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building may not seem
a partcularlyevocatve locale for an Itallan eatery, but once
Inside, the charming decor and the staffs ebullient welcome
Indeed are reminiscentof a cafe in Italy The kitchen s outstand-
Ingfeature is a brick oven, which turns out designer pizzas and
crisp-skinned roast chickens Otherwise the menu holds few
surprises except the prices, unusually low for such a stylish
place No dish exceeds $22 $$-$$$

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
Its a restaurant Its a lounge But its decidedly nota typical
Mlaml restolounge, or Ilkeanythingelse in Mlaml Forbidding

from the outside, on the inside its Ilke a time-tripto a cabaret
in pre-WWll Berlin bordellared decor, romantcallydim Ilght-
Ing, show-tune Ilve plano bar entertainment, and to match the
ambiance, elepntly updated retro food served with stye and
a smile For thosefeelingflush, home-styefried chicken is just
Ilke mom used to make- In her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756
Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first
being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant
Metro Organic Blstro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant
where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural
flavors An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled
organic meat and fish dishes Try the steak frites- organic.
grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurrl and fresh-cut
fries Vegetarlans will love the organic portabella foccacla
Dlne either Inside the architect-designed restaurant or out-
doors on the patio Beer and wine $-$$$

6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001
Don t even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appearances,
opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully
gentrlfled 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 The star herself is usually in the kitchen Parking in
the rear off 69th Street $$$-$$$$

7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Uke its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro
servesfarefrom three nations Japan. Thalland, and Vietnam
Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes Ilke pad
Thal and East/Westfusion creations Ilkethe Vampiresushl roll
(shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic) But it also
carves out its own identity with original creatons, includingyel-
low curry-spiced fried rice Nearly everything Is low In sodium,
fat and calories A large rear pato Is Invitngfor dining and
entertainment $$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshl Moshl Is a
cross between a sushl bar and an Izakaya (Japanese tapas
bar) Even more striking than the hip decor Is the food s
unusually upscale quality Sushl ranges from pristine Indl-
vidual nigirl to over-the-top makI rolls Tapas are Intriguing,
Ilke arablkI sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank,
rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, there popular
Japanese home-cooking Items And rice-based plates Ilke
Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indlan types) satisfy
even the biggest appetites $-$$$

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct.
Mark Soyka s new News is, as its name suggests, more
a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than
a full-fledged eatery Nevertheless the menu of Ilght bites
Is- along with other lures Ilke an Inviting outdoor patio and
rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the
reason visitors stay for hours Especially recommended are
fat minl-burgers with chipotle ketchup, a brie, turkey, and
mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette, and what
many feel Is the original cafe s Greatest HIt creamy hummus
with warm pita $

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Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway; 305-8644889
Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork Lounge
this httle luncheonette services blgappetites Along with the
usual grilled churrascos, there bandeja palsa, Colombla s
sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried egg
avocado, plantains, rice, and beans Don t miss marginally
daintler dishes Ilke sopa de costilla, If this rich shortrib bowl Is
among the dally homemadesoups Arepas include our favor-
Ite corn cake the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron,
carnedesmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice,
beans, and cheese $-$$
The Crab House
155179th St. Causeway
305868-7085, www.crabhouseseafood.com
Established in 1975, this Mlaml fish house was acquired
by Landrys in 1996 and is now partof a chain But the
classic decor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths, outdoor
waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days Though the
all-you-can-eatseafood/salad buffet ($20 lunch, $30 dinner)
Is a signature, freshness fanatics will be happleststicking to a
la carte favorites Ilke the All-American fisherman s platters, or
global specials IlkeSzechuan shrimp, that change seasonally

Edy's Chicken & Steak
1624 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-9958
Whatdifferentiates Edisfrom other chicken joints is thesig-
nature Peruvian pollo a la brasa, char-brolled in a wood-fired
rotlsserle The rotation makes the bird self-baste, keeping even
the white meatJulcy under its crispy, nearlyfat-free skin Splcing
Is also superior Owner Edy Dernovseks dozen-Ingredient man-
nade recipe came from a visitto Peru, but has been tweaked
with spices from her hometown Chlang Mal. Thalland The
result is subtly mouth-warming heatabsentfrom average chain
chickens $-$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway; 305-861-0143
Inside a small market that is widely considered Mlaml s
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One SumO
7281 Biscayne Blvd.
The concept here is fast-food Fitness -- capital F"
Intended In fact, though some call this minimalist space
a smoothie joint, its numerous drink blends (categorized
by function -- preworkout, low-glycemic, kid-pleasers,
and more, all fruit-sweetened without added sugars) are
deliberately termed shakes to differentiate them from
not-necessarily healthy smoothies Additionally there
solid sustenance that goes beyond standard gym snacks
Asian-Inspired rice or low-carb salad plates, topped with
freshly flash-grlddled beef, chicken, seafood, or veggie
terlyakls $-$$
Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd.
From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Krls Wessels Intention-
allydownwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant, you can
enjoy regional wildlife Ilke manatees while enjoyngeclectc
regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-orangemarl-
nated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce)
to comfort(crispy-breaded Old South fried green tomatoes)
Not surprisingly, thechef-driven menu Is Ilmited, butseveral
signature specialties, If available, are notto be missed BBQ
shrimp In a tangy Worcestershire and cayenne-splked butter/
wine sauce, Irresistble mini conch fritters, and homemade Ice
cream $$-$$$
Revales Italian Ristorante
8601 Biscayne Blvd.
Owned by two couples (Including former Village Cafe chef
Marlon Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former
space of Frankle s Big City Grill, and fulfills much the same
purpose in the neighborhood as an all-day, family-friendly
place with affordable prices The menu Includes wraps and
elaborate salads of all nations But simple yet sophisticat-
ed Itallan specialties Ilke spaghetti al flume (with pancetta,
tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of cream) or yellowtail
frangalse (egg-battered, with lemon-caper-wine sauce) are
the must-haves here $$-$$$

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel HauS
1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises
emanating from a new outdoor blergarten, this German
restaurant is owner Alex Richter s one-man gentrification
project, transforming a formerly uninvitingstretch 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
305-759-3117; www.soykarestaurant.com
This expansive, contemporary hangout was often credited
with almostsingle-handedlysparkingthe revitalizaton of the
Biscayne Corridor s Upper Eastside Soyka remains a solid
neighborhood restaurant that is a perfectfitfor its area
Comfortably priced yuppie comfort food Ilke meatloaf with
mashed potatoes, crab cakes with spicy-sweetslaw, a wild
mushroom/smoked mozzarella plzza, or a Cobb salad may not
be revolutonaryfare, butSoyka continues to thrive while more
ambitious, nationally publicized restaurants have come and
gone Take-outorders and breakfast are now available $$-$$$
Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the menu of sushl-bar specialties plus a small selection of
Thal and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises.
such as a unique lobster makI thats admittedly huge in price
($25 95), but also in size six ounces of crisp-fried lobster
chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, toblko (flying fish),
masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces Thal dishes come
with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from tradl-
tlonal red or green curries to the Inventve, such as an uncon-
ventional honey sauce $$$
UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
305-754-9022; www.uva-69.com
Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuhe
Vega, this casual outdoor/Indoor Euro-cafe and lounge
has helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to
hang out Lunch Includes a variety of salads and elegant

sandwiches Ilke La Minuta (beer-battered mahl-mahl with
cilantro aloll and caramelized onions on housemadefoc-
cacla) DInner features a range of small plates (poached figs
with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle) and full
entrees Ilke sake-marinated salmon with bonlato mash and
Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach $$-$$$
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
Ilme, not buluelos") But taco fillings range from ground
beef and shredded chicken to more unusual pork In chill
verde or Baja battered fish (authentically garnished with
Mexican crema and cllantro-splked cabbage) And all offer-
Ings 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 nonhydro-
genated, and sauces/seasonings are all housemade and
free of preservatives $
Wine 69
6909 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0122
You might think this is just a wine shop, but its actually
about wine, food, and art, and how they work together
Wines are available retail (discounted 35-50 percent for
In-house drinkers), with 40 sold by the glass Food, designed
for pairing, includes a $25 three-course dinner The menu
Is mostly Ilght bites with Intriguingly Inventive touches a
seared Cajun tuna salad with wasabi sauce, crab cakes with
Asian srlracha chill sauce The art Involves revolving exhibits.
plus an art lecture series featuring wines picked by owner
Ben Neji $$

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337
A true community]ewel, this bakery Is also a most welcom-
Ing cafe, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo
(who clowns the place with attorney Abble Cuellar) that are
homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bakers
windowsills Bernardos pan con lechon sandwiches and
flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend But she also crafts
treats not found at average Cuban bakeries, Ilke pizzas using
housemade Indlan naan bread Additionally Bernardo carries
unique treats produced bya few friends candles, cupcakes,
and exotically flavored flans $

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restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch coun-
ter But chef Michlo Kushl serves up some sushl found
nowhere else in town Example traditional Osaka-style
sushl layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, 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 sushl cre-
ations also tempt, as do dally entrees $

Mario the Baker
1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882
(See North Mlaml listng)

Oggi Caffe
1666 79th St. Causeway
305-866-1238, www.oggicaffe.com
This cozy, romanticspotstarted back In 1989 as a pasta
factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well
as a neighborhood eatery And the wide range of budget-
friendly, homemade pastes, made dally, remains the main
draw for its large and loyal clientele Choices range from
homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy
lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica
such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes,
and fresh tomatoes $$-$$$

Shuckers Bar & Grill
1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570
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 could 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 $-$$

Sushi Siam
1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 30%64-7638
(See Mlaml/ Upper Eastside listing)
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940 71st St., 305-864-9848
Arlston s classical Greek cuisine is based on recipes of
co-owner Thanasis Barlos s mom NonI and executed by
CIA-trained chef Alexla Apostolidis Concentrate on the
menu s authentic treats Ilke the Ilghtest, most savory
whipped tarama (caviar spread) west of Athens, ultra-rich
tzatzlkI (Greek yogurt with cukes, garlic, and olive oil),
bracing 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 almostsinfully custardy bechamel $$-$$$

Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St.,
305-867-0106, www.primapasta.com
Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run 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 national and local
celebs Particularly popular are homemade pastes,
sauced with Argentine-Itallan Indulgence rather than
Itallan simplicity crabmeat ravioletti In lobster cream
sauce, black squid Ink IlnguinI heaped with seafood
Though romantic enough for dates the place is quite kid-
friendly and on the terrace, they II even feed Fldo $$$

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr.
305-861-6222, www.tamarindthai.us
When an eaters executive chef is best-selling Thal
cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr. you d expect
major medla hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy
SoBe address Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day
Longsomboon (an old Thal school pal who d moved to
Mlaml) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushl) neigh-
borhood place Some standout dishes here are featured
In the chefs latesttome, but with Tamarind s very afford-
able prices, you might as well let the man s Impeccably
trained kitchen staff do the work for you $$-$$$

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Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-7544311
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branch-
es elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is
fast becoming the Sushl Joint That Ate Mlaml And why do
Mlamlans 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
There are some surprisingly Imaginative makis, Ilke the
Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry
mayo And where else will you find a stacked sushl (five
assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$

08te Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012
If only every Mlaml neighborhood could have a neighborhood
restaurant Ilke this low-priced Ilttle French Jewel The menu
is mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants, cripe, soups,
sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial spe-
clals Ilke a Tunislan-style brlk (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 cafes
baguette sandwiches $-$$
Village Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave.
After closing for several months in early 2009, this cafe,
spruced up to look Ilke a bistro rather than a luncheonette
(but with the same bargain prices), has been reopened
by Shores resident Massimo DeLuca, original chef/owner
Curtis Whitticar s charismatic maltre d The kitchen has
also been rejuvenated, with head honchoAdam Holm
(Whitticar s original sous chef) serving up new, globally
Influenced dishes Ilke mlnt/pistachlo-crusted lamb or tuna
tartar with srlracha aloll, plus reviving old favorites Ilke pork
tenderloin with gInger-caramel sauce $$-$$$

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Los AntojOS
11099 Biscayne Blvd.
If Its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombla s
national dish If Its Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colomblan-
culsine novices, a bandeja palsa (sampler Including rice,
beans, carne asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet
plantains, and an arepa corn cake) Is available every day,
as are antoiltos httle whims," smaller snacks Ilke chorizo
con arepa (a corn cake with Colomblan sausage) And for
noncarnivores there are several 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
actuallybuyagun here Thenicknamereferstoltslocaton next
toa firearms shop But theresa lotof other stuff aside from
bagels here, including full rangeofsandwichesand wraps
Breakfasttme is busy time, with banana-walnutpancakes
especially popular Butwhats most Important Isthatthis is
one of the area sfew sources of the real, New Yorketyle water
bagel crunchy outside, challengngly chewy Inside $
13408 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6339
Burled in a strip mall perpendicular to the Boulevard,
Bamboche is worth the hunton one of those head-splittng
Saturday, for a Haltlan specialty not found in many area res-
taurants bouillon tetcabrlt, a soup packed with greens (like
spinach, cabbage, cress, string beans) and root vegges that
is reputed to be a miraculous hangover remedy Along with
bouillon, weekend specials include more unusual dishes Ilke
fritay friedstreetsnacks Haltan standards (grlot tassot)are
available dally as arefresh-squeezed Julces, lattes, and almost
two dozen desserts $

Bar-B-Que Beach Sports Bar & Grill
12599 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-3141
On Friday nights, there karaoke, though from the decor -
mixing Wild West rusticity with Key Westflip-flops dangling
from the celling- Its hard to know whether to brush up your
Jimmy Buffett medleyor Tumbling Tumbleweeds There
are specials the other six days of the week as well, 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 Menu winners succulent sliced brisket and
delightfully julcy chicken $$
The Bridge
2286 NE 123rd St., 305-891-8282
Since the original Mark s Place, eateries in this space have
come and gone rapidly but with 18 successful restaurants
in Uruguay. The Bridges owners have confidence in their
winning formula Prices are affordable, ambiance is warm,
cocktails are formidable And food is a crowd-pleasing mix of
continental and Latin steakhouse fare an entrant with fries
for traditionalists, a pork chop with strawberry sauce, apple
mash, and glazed carrots for more elegant tastes Note The
chivitosandwich here tenderloinn steak, bacon, ham, melted
cheese, and olives on a baguette) may be Mlaml s most
satisfying sinful pleasure $$-$$$

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
The BBQ master atthissmall, rustc room is pugnacious Top
Chef contender Howle Klelnberg, whose Indoor electric smoker
turns out mild-tastng cue that ranges from the expected pulled
pork, rlbs, brisket, and chicken to hot-smoked salmon and
vegge plates There are also creative comfort food starters
Ilke BBQ chicken flatbread, salads, and sweets Sides include
refreshingslaw, beans studded with burnt ends" (the most
Intensely flavored outer barbecue chunks), and sweet potato or
chipotlespiced fries The cost is comparatively high, but such Is
the priceoffame $$-$$$
Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041
Originally a friendly Ilttle 125th Street hole-In-the-wall that
garnered raves for its Ilmited menu of terrifically tasty
treats, Marlo 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 marinated pork loln, tacos al pastor, stuffed



with subtlysmokysteak, onlon, cilantro, and pineapple,
sinful deep-fried tacos dorados, and signature burritos,
Including the Maya, filled with julcy cochinlta plbil, refried
beans, and pickled onions $$

CantOn Caf4
12749 Biscayne Blvd., 30%92-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However, there are also about two
dozen spicler, Szechuan-style standards Ilke kung po shrimp,
ma potofu, and General Tsos chicken And there are a
few Imaginative new Items, Ilke the Intriguingly christened
Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore curried rice noodles,
crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts, and Mongollan
beef (with raw chills and fresh Orlental basil) Delivery Is
available for both lunch and dinner $$

Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy.
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 top restaurants Now
there sa casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room
with booths Whether its garlickyscampl. smoked-fish
dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything Is
deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$

CaSS Mia TrattOria
1950 NE 123rd St.
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 neighborhood regulars
But even newcomers feel Ilke regulars after a few minutes,
thanks to the staffs Itallan ebullience Menu offerings
are mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary
Items as well Housemade pastes are good enough that
low-carb dieters should take a break, especially for the
tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottinl -
beggar s purses" stuffed with pears and cheese $$
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
DIners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, If they must But
the specialty Is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine So why blow
bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos
most typical dish cochinlta plbil? Cheen s authentically
succulent version of the pickle-onlon-topped marinated
pork dish Is earthly aromatic from achiote, tangyfrom bit-
ter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a
banana leaf wrap To accompany, try a lime/soy/chill-spiced
mlchelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best
thing that ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$
Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246
(See Mlaml listng)
D.J.'s Diner
12210 Biscayne Blvd., 30%93-5250
Located in a Best Western motel, this place, run by a
Chinese-American family, serves mostly basic American
diner fare burgers, sandwiches, about a dozen dinner
entrees, fresh-baked apple ple, and, oddly, a whole section
of Caesar salad variations But its also a secret source for
Chinese food, mostly chow mlen/chop suey-type dishes, but
also a few dishes such as eggplant with garlic sauce and ma
potofu that are a step up In authenticity $-$$
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Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St, 30%93-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Mlamls
first, there sa full stock of vitamins and nutritional supple-
ments But the places hearty soups, large variety of entrees
(Including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian
selections), Ilghter bites Ilke miso burgers with secret sun
sauce" (which would probably make old sneakers taste
good), and dallyspecials are a taster way to get healthy An
under-ten-buck early-bird dinner Is popular with the former
long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd Frozen yogurt, fresh juices,
and smoothies complete the menu $-$$

Le Griot de Madame John
975 NE 125th St., 30%92-9333
When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little
Halt hometo a real restaurant(though a very Informal one,
and still mostlytakeout), she began offering numeroustradl-
tlonal Haltlan dishes, including jerked beef or goattassotand
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 grlot marinated pork chunks
simmered and then fried till there mostly tender Inside, crisp
and Intenselyflavored outside $

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne BIvd.,30M99-9069
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features
Ilve Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good
choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal Its
also a good choice for diners who don speak Spanish, but
don t worryaboutauthenticity Classic Cuban home-style
dishes Ilke mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with
onions, and Julcy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not
the plate, and fancier creations Ilke pork filet in tangy tama-
rind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers $$$

Maleewan Thai & Sushi
2224 NE 123rd St., 30%95-0393
Redecorated (tasteful bamboo-matted walls, silk flowers)
since the days many days- this space was occupied
by the kosher sushl spot TanI Guchi s Place Maleewan is

Petit Rouge
12409 Biscayne Blvd.
From the mid-1990s (with Neal s Restaurant and later with
II Mighore), local chef Neal Cooper s neighborhood-oriented
Itallan eateries have been crowd-pleasers While this cute
32-seat charmer Is French, its no exception, avoiding pre-
tense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bis-
tro fare frlsee salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon
vinaigrette, truite Grenoblolse (trout with lemon/caper
sauce), consomme with black truffles and fole gras, cov-
ered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect pommes frites,
and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert $$$

2214 NE 123rd St., 30%91-3312
While this mainly vegetarian kosher place is best known
for its plzza (New York-style medium crust or thick-crusted
Sicilian, topped with veggies and/or meat buster" Imitation
meats), its also offers a full range of breakfast/Iunch/dinner
vegetarian cuisine of all nations, with many dalry and sea-
food Items too Admittedly the cutesle names of many Items
- bagels, bergerrbite, Cezarrrr salad, hammm, meat-a-ball,
schmopperrr may cause queasiness But the schmopperrr
itself is one helluva high-octane veggie burger $-$$

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202
At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin
designer plzza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff)
doesn t do the trick Open till 3 00 or 4 00 am 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 $

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 Ilke
terlyakI 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 sushl
(Individual nigirl or makI rolls) plus tempura, terlyakl, and

other cooked Items for $14, three bucks more for sashimi
Instead of sushl $-$$

Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808
No frozen plzza crusts or watery mozzarella here No Import-
ed designer Ingredients either The ples are New York-style,
but the dough Is made fresh dally, and the cheese is Grande
(from Wisconsin, considered America s finest plzza topper)
Also on the menu are Itallan-American pastes, a largeselec-
tlon of hot an cold subs, simple salads, and a few new pro-
tein adds grilled chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak $-$$

Wong's Chinese Restaurant
12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313
The menu reads Ilke a textbook on how to please everyone,
with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-
American to just plain American Appetizers include honey
garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings A crab-claw starter
comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries Seafood
lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp
(authentically shell-on) And New Yorkers will find a number
of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus
but not common in Mlaml cold sesame noodles. Hunan
chicken, twice-cooked pork $$

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451
The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this Indle
fast-food joint, and new owners have done Ilttle to change
the time-tested formula exceptto stretch operating hours
Into the night and expand its classic menu to include a few
health-conscious touches Ilke Caesar salad, plus a note
proclaiming their oils are free of trans fats Otherwise the
famous steak sandwich Is still a traditional Philly Drippin
good burgers, too And unlike MacChain addicts, patrons
here can order a cold beer with the good grease $-$$

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Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this vet-
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now a cozy, neighborly nook at which to enjoy all the stan-
dard Japanese and Thal selections Cooked sushl Is the
strong suit here, particularly the signature mammoth-size
Maleewan roll, given zing by pickled Japanese squash and
savor bya crispyyellowtall tempura topping If you re craving
more creative fare, check out the handwritten specials board
on your way in $$
Mama Jennie'S
11720 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-3627
For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been
drawing students and other starvation-budgetdiners with pro
digious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs (the latter
savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain
of mushrooms, and other Itallan-American belly-busters All
pasta or meatentrees come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and
either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, toma-
toes, cukes, brained olives, and pickled peppers)thats a dinner
In itself Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leather-
ette booths, add to Mamas charm $-$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St.
305-891-7641, www.mariothebakerpizza.com
At this North Mlaml Institution (opened in 1969) food is
Itallan-American, not Itallan-Itallan spaghetti and meatballs,
lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs No
Imported buffalo, 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
without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed
garlic New branches are now open in Mlaml s Midtown
neighborhood and in North Bay Village $
North One 10
11052 Biscayne Blvd., 30%93-4211
After helmingseveral 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 ruffled goat cheesefrittata and herb
demiglace), a stone crab hot dog the chef Invented for a
Super Bowl party The award-winning wine Ilst Inspires play-
fully themed pairing events Prices are reasonable and park-
Ing Is free $$$-$$$$



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Jerusalem Market and Deli
16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080
Specialtes Ilkeshawarma, spinach ples, kebabs, hummus, and
klbbeh (a savory mixof ground lamb and bulgur) are nativeto
many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner,
like this eaterysSam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect
extraordinary refinement Thereareelaboratedallyspecials
here, Ilke lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a varletyof
sides, but even a common falafel sandwich Is special when the
plta Is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onlon salads,
plus unusually rich and tarttahina $-$$
3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484
This place makes a very good tahinI sauce In fact that alone
Is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this bright,
cheery eaters delightfully onlony falafel or a veg-garnished
wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma They also
do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringlyfresh-tasting, raw
klbbl naye (Middle Eastern steak tartar) Its hard to resist
putting together a grazing meal of starters and wraps, but
there s also a roster of full entrees (with soup or salad plus
starch), including tempting vegetarian and seafood meals for
noncarnivores $$

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St., 305-94M309
Since the l980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric
mini strip mall butsurprisinglyromantic Inside(especially if you
grab one of the exotcally draped booths) has been a popular
destination for reasonably priced north Indlan fare Kormas are
properly soothing and vindaloos aresatsfactorilysearing but
the kitchen will adjustseasonings upon request Theyalmto
please Food arrives unusuallyfastfor an Indlan eatery, too $$

King Palace
330 NE 167th St., 305-949-2339
The specialtes here are authentic Chinatownstyle 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 Ilve fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room
entrance Theres also a better-thanoverage selection of sea-
sonal Chinese veggies The menu Is extensive, but the best
orderingstrateg since the place is usually packed with Asians,
Is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point $$

l..ime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831Biscayne Blvd., 305-94%800
(See Midtown/ Wynwood / Design District listing)
Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-945-6381, www.Iaurenzosmarket.com
Its justa small area between the wines and thefrldge
counters no potted palms, and next-to-noservice in this
cafeterla-style space But when negotiating this International
gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted
your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant
parmesan and similar Itallan-American classics, housemade
from old family recipes Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays
hearty pasta faglole, one of the dallysoup specials, could
keep a person shopping for hours And now that plzza mas-
ter Carlo Is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample
the thinnest, crisplest ples outside Napoll $-$$

I..ittle Saigon
16752 N. Miami Ave.
This is Mlamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant,
but if s still packed most weekend nights So even the
places biggest negative Its hole-In-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of Ilngering visits becomes a plus since it
ensures fast turnover Chef/owner Llly Tao is typically in the

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Chinatown" strip because of Its superior decor But the
menu also offers well-prepared, authentic dishes Ilke
peppery 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-chill Icons, but
don t worry, realizing some Ilke it hot, the chefs will cus-
tomize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request $$

Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822
Located Inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor
eatery Is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured Item
is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began
producing in 1938, available in three varieties salmon, mahl
mahl, and the signature blue marlin But the smokehouse
now also turns out rlbs and delectable brisket Other new
additions include weekend fish fries Entry Is directly from
163rd Street, not through the main park entrance No
admission fee $

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) $-$$

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2779, www.chipotle.com
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 tortl-
Ilas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken chunks.
bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented pork car-
nltas But these bites contain no evil Ingredients (transfats,
artificial color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones) And the
food, while not the authentic Mexstreetstuff dreams are
made of, is darned tasty, too $

Christine's Roti Shop
16721NE 6th Ave., 305-770-0434
Wraps are for wlmps At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper Is
a far more substantial and tasty rotl, 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 dozen other curries
from which to choose Take-out packages of plain rotl are
also available, they transform myriad leftovers into tasty,
portable lunches $
El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St., 305-9404910
Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find
ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru s other
expected traditional specialties, all presented far more
elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian
fusion creations are unique Especially recommended are
two dishes adapted from recipes by Peru s Influential nlk-
kel (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita YImura an exquisite,

delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with
no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with
rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255
When Sla and Nicole Hemmatl bought the Gourmet Dlner
from retiring original owner Jean-Plerre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added Hanna s" to the name, but changed
Little else about this retro-looking French/American diner,
a north Mlaml-Dade Institution since 1983 Customers can
get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in toma-
to sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, Iceberg
lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with
garlic dressing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples
from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date
destination $$-$$$

Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687
One of Mlaml s firstsushl restaurants. H1ro retains an
amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushl
and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a
perennially popular after-hours snack stop The sushl menu
has few surprises, but quality Is reliable Most exceptional
are the nicely priced yaklton, skewers of succulently soy-
glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables, the unusually
large variety available of the last makes this place a good
choice for vegetarians $$

Hiro's Sushi ExpreSS
17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776
TIny, true, but there s more than justsushl at this mostly
take-outspin-off of the pioneering H1ro Makls are the main-
stay (standard stuff Ilke Callfornia rolls, more complex cre-
ations Ilke multi-veg futomakl, and a few unexpected treats
Ilke a spicy Crunch & Callente makl), available la la carte or
in value-priced Individual and party combo platters But there
are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitorl skewers.
terlyakl, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles Another branch
is now open in Mlaml s Upper Eastside $

Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-0064
After sushl chefs close up their own restaurants for the night,
many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cook-
Ing, served in grazing portions Try glistening-fresh strips of
raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions
and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce
Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and
dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young
shootsflash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-
caught grouper with hot/sweet/tangy chill sauce Open till
around 300 am $$

1550 NE 164th St., 305-91%393
If unusual Bangladeshl dishes Ilke fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onlon, green pepper, and pickled mango) or
Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh s sweet-
fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner
Blthl Begum and her husband TIpu Raman once served
such fare at the critically acclaimed Renalsa Their menu s
mix-and-match option allows diners to pair their choice of
meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen
regional sauces, from familiar Indlan styles to exotica like
satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshl citrus reminiscentof
sour orange $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-2244
(See Mlaml Shores listng)7

kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle
pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make
It not justa soup buta whole ceremony), and many other
Vietnamese classics The menu Is humongous $-$$

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333
Dontbe unduly alarmed bytheAmerican birthday cakes in
the window Atthissmall Chinese bakery the real finds are the
Chinatown-stye 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 alternatvetofast-
food dollar meals Theres one table for eat-In snickers $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2228; www.meltingpot.com
For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were
standard dorm accessories These days, however, branches
of this chain are generally the only placesto go for this eating
experience Start with a winsenriched four-cheesefondue, pro-
ceed to an entree with mentor seafood, plus choice of cooking
poton (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil), finish with fruits and cakes
dipped in melted chocolate Fondue etquette dictates that
diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table
companions, so go with those you love $$$
Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-4338, www.oishithai.com
At this stylsh Thal/sushl spot, try the menu of specials, many
of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devoton to
fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob
broiled miso-marinated black cod, rockshrimptempura with
creamy sauce, even Nobu Matsuhisa s new style sashimi
(slightlysurface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame
oil) The specials menu Includes some Thal-Inspired creations,
too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry,
and sizzhng filet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

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

16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery could 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 kitschydecor
alone doesn t cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh
(not packaged) taco chips, or the marlachl 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 Ilke albondigas -
spicy, ultra-savory meatballs $$-$$$
14871 Biscayne Blvd.

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(See Mlaml Brickell/ Downtown Ilsting)
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
choseto open its first US outlet in our town One bite of the
crusty peasant loaf, the olive-studded fougasse, or another
of the signature artisan breadstransportsyou right back to
France As authentic as the boulangerle breads are, the patis-
serle Items Ilkeflan normande are just as evocatve For eat-In
diners, quite continental soups, salads, and sandwiches are
equally and dependably French $$
Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd., 305405-6700
Saving the earth one plzza at a time" Is the motto at this
franchise of the only plzza chain to require third-party
organic restaurant certification at all locations Their
gluten-free crusts make it mighty friendly to plzza fanatics
with food allergies Starters, salads, desserts, and organic
wines/beers are also served And delivery Is available In
hybrid cars, of course Specials unique to this NMB fran-
chise Include Sunday-Thursday happy hours, a free Klds
Organic Club class on Saturdays, 10 00-1100 a m, and
varied Monday-Wednesday freebles $-$$

PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St., 30%54-9646
Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between 1-95 and
Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter, serv-
Ing authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate dipping
sauces included Weekends bring the biggest selection,
Including barbecued rlbs and pa pel duck (roasted, then
deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free of subcutaneous
fat) Available every day areJulcy, soy-marinated roast chick-
ens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and whole roast ducks -
hanging, beaks and all But no worries, a counterperson will
chop your purchase into bite-size, beakless pieces $
Racks Italian Bistro and Market
3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225
The complexityof the Racks concept makes a sound-bite
description Impossible Its part Itallan market with saluml,
cheeses, and other artsan products plus take-out prepared
foods, partenoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks Ilke addictve
Portobellofritt with truffle aloll, especially enjoyable on the
waterfront deck), part rlstorante pastess and other Big Food),
part pizzeria Whats Important All components feel and
taste authentically Itallan Just don t miss the coaloven plzza
Superior toppings (Including unusually zesty tomato sauce)
I ast IshinglyllghtyetchewycrustmakeRacks plesa

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one of the
Carnegle Dells milehigh pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters
will dwarf them Consider the Carnegastyle" monster contain-
Ing, accordingtothe menu, a full pound of succulent meat
(really l 4 pounds, we weighed It), for a mere l5 bucks All the
other Jewish dell classics are here too, including perfectly sour
pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef,
and the cutesttwo-bite minl-potato pancakes ever eight per
order, served with sour cream and applesauce $$

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076
Sangs has three menus The pink menu Is Americanized
Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken The
white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic
Chinese fare salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip
casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like
abalone with sea cucumber The extensive third menu offers
dim sum, served until 4 00 pmA Ilvetank allows seasonal
seafood dishes Ilke lobster with gInger and scallion Recently
Installed a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory Items
Ilke crispy pork with crackling attached $$$

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St., 30%54-4008
At this unique Talwanese eatery, run by a trio of Talpel-
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 smokIn duck,
with slices that mlmic the charcuterie Item down to convinc-
Ing fauxfat Other main dishes feature recognizable veggies
or noodles As for the rest of the name Icee is shaved Ice,
an over-the-top dessertthats a sort of a slurpee sundae,
with toppings that vary from the familiar (fresh fruits) to
the welrd (grass jelly, sweet corn, kidney beans, rice balls,

20475 Biscayne Blvd.
305-937-2777, www.pilarrestaurant.com
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van
Aken and Mark Milltello He has been executive chef at
Ruml, and cooked at NYCs James Beard House Armed with
those Impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife launched
Pllar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to prove that
top restaurants can be affordable Consider It proven
Florlbbean-style seafood is the specialty fresh hearts of
palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock shrimp spring
rolls with sweetsoy glaze, yellowtail snapper with tomato-
herb vinaigrette Forget its strip-mall location The restaurant
itself is elegant $$-$$$

Pizza Roma
19090 NE 29th Ave.,
Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not
Rome s wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New
York-style ples with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to
fold in half for neat street eating Unlike chains, though,
this Indle is accommodating, so If you want your crust
thin and crisp. Just ask Also featured are Itallan-American
entrees Ilke baked manicotti (thats manl-goat for those
not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches,
here called bullets," to put you in a Sopranos frame of
mind $$

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8
The real soup man behind this franchise is Al Yeganeh, an
antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made notorl-
ous, on a Seinfeld episode, as the soup Nazi On the
menu ten different premium soups each day The selec-
tlon is carefully balanced among meat/poultry-based and
vegetarian, clear and creamy (like the eaters signature
shellfish-packed lobster bisque), chilled and hot, familiar
(chicken noodle) and exotic mulligatawnyy) All soups
come with gourmet bread, fruit, and Imported chocolate
Also available are salads, sandwiches, and wraps $-$$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd.
(SeeMlaml/Upper Eastsidellsting)

chocolate pudding) And the bubble tea Is a must-not-miss
Using housemade syrup, the cold, refreshing boba comes in
numerous flavors (mango, taro, even actual tea), all supple-
mented with signature black tapioca balls that, slurped
through large-dlameter straws, are a guaranteed giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697
Open until 100 am every day except Sunday (when is clos-
es at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Mlaml
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
Important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood
strikes $-$$

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5588
Though some food folks were InItallyexasperated when yet
another Latin-Influenced grill replaced one of our area s few
Vietnamese restaurants, its hard to bear a grudge ata friendly,
casual neighborhood placethatoffers monster ten-ouncechar-
grilled burgers, with potatoes or salad, for $8 50, steaks, plus a
side and a sauce or vegtopper, for nine bucks at lunch, $15 to
$18 75 (the menu stop price) at night and three-dollar glasses
of decent house wine $-$$

Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama, this sushl spot seems to have
taken its cue from Philippe Starck sheer floor-to-celling
drapes, for starters Thesushl Ilst, too, is over the top, featur-
Ing monster makls Ilkethe Cubble Comfort spicytuna, soft-
shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapenos,
and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces wasabi,
terlyakl, and spicy mayo Hawallan King Crab contains
unprecedented Ingredients Ilketomatoes, green peppers,
and pineapple Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails
are as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy.
The reincarnated Tuna s has gained new owners, a new name.
a dazzhngoutdoor bar and dining area, and a newly Impressive
selection of raw-bar specialties cold-water oysters from the
Northeast, plus Blue Points, Malpecs, Island Creeks, and more
Traditional housefavorltes remain, and the emphasis is stll on
fresh fish from local waters Open dally0112 00 a m, the place
can get rather festive after midnight but since the kitchen is
open till closing Tuna s draws a serious late-nightdining crowd
too $$-$$$

Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
Coal Is what if s all about here a coal-fired oven (like
that at Lombard[s. Patsy s, John s, or Grimaldl s in New
York) producing the Intense 800-degree heat to turn
out, In mere minutes, a ple with the classic thin, crisp-
bottomed, beautifully char-bubbled crust that fans of the
above legendary plzzerlas crave Expect neither bargain-
chain prices, a huge selection of toppings, nor much else
on the menu Anthonys does just a few things, and does
them right $$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura Mall,
305-792-9330, www.bellalunaaventura.com
If the menu here looks familiar, it should Its nearly iden-
tical to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Cafe and, with
minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Blllantes eateries
(Rosalla, Villagglo, Carpacclo), right down to the typeface
But no argument from here In a mall a setting more
accustomed to food court dishes Ilke carpaccio al sal-
mone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices,
and lemon/tomato dressing) and Ilnguine carbonara (In
creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of
fresh, albeltfamiliar, air $$-$$$

Bourbon Steak
19999 W. Country Club Dr.
(Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)
At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mlna, a multiple James Beard
award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare
starts There are also Mlna s Ingenlous signature dishes,
Ilke an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot
ple, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood

starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy
meal But don t neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged
Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe," swoonwor-
thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime
nb, all cooked to perfection $$$$$

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 dishes And its
doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would freak out his many
regulars by eliminating from the menu the Bahamlan lobster
and crab cakes But lobster-lovers will find that the 20th
anniversary menus also offer new excitements Ilke tandoorl-
spiced rock lobster, along with what might be the ultimate
mac n cheese lobster crab macaronI In a Frls vodka sauce
with mushrooms, scallions, and parmesan The famous des-
sertsouffles flavor changes dally, but it always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
Chef Neal Cooper s attractive trattoria gets the food right, as
well as the ambiance As in Italy, dishes relyon Impeccable
Ingredients and straightforward recipes that don t overcom-
plicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfec-
tlon Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild
mushrooms needs nothing else Nelther does the signature
PolloAl Mattone, marinated in herbs and cooked under a
brick And even low-carb dieters happilygo to hell in a hand
basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla Toscana,
herb-sprinkled French fries $$-$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St., 30%26-8100
Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an Inter-
national clientele since retired major league outfielder
Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place
In 2007 Today It s white tablecloths and, naturally.
mahogany The menu Is a sort of trendy yet traditional
soul fusion of food 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 Mlaml s best $$-$$$



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