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

He didn't like drugs or gangs or violence he liked pretty girls, and that may have killed him
By Terence Cantarella
Photo illustration by Silvia Ros and Marcy Mock

he days when Miami was awash in
cocaine, cash, and bullet-riddled
bodies are over. Today art gallery
owners likely outnumber drug lords, and

running gun battles are far less common well-branded cultural Mecca. tracks in Wynwood, the killing seemed
than book fairs, art festivals, music con- So just over a year ago, when the reminiscent of an earlier decade, when
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once the nation's murder capital is now a Tillman was found beside the FEC railway Continued on page 14






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1 Lady's Man
6 Feedback: Letters
10 Miami's King: Jack King
12 Word on the Street
8 BizBuzz
20 Kathy Glasgow: A Community Betrayed from Within
and Without
22 Jen Karetnick: Take a Good Look in the Mirror,
Village Beautiful
24 Frank Rollason: Two-Legged Creatures in a
Four-Wheeled World
26 Wendy Doscher-Smith: A Time to Thaw
28 Follow That Story: Updates on Subjects of Interest
29 The Last Meal: Restaurants that Closed in 2009
34 Biscayne Crime Beat
36 Anne Tschida: Street Art Has Arrived
38 Art Listings
41 Events Calendar
44 Jim W. Harper: One Real Park, Five Phony Parks
43 Your Garden: All the Better To Eat You With
46 Pawsitively Pets: And Now for the Star of the Show!
48 Restaurant Listings: 206 Biscayne
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50 Wine: Red, White, and You: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Letters to the Editor

Shorecrest, We Implore You:
Don't Get Historic on Us
After reading Erik Bojnansky's story
about efforts to expand the MiMo/Bis-
cayne Boulevard Historic District ("They
Want to Grow MiMo," December 2009)
and Richard Laird's enthusiasm about
having his Shorecrest neighborhood des-
ignated an historic district, I feel com-
pelled to offer a few words of caution.
Why would you want to surrender
your right to do as you please with your
own home regarding the yard, hedges,
paint jobs, remodeling, window updates,
or any other privileges that come with
being a homeowner?
If Shorecrest were to be designated
an historic district, residents would re-
ceive nothing but rude impositions from
a group of Miami bureaucrats who will
act as if they own your property.
Mr. Laird, as president of the Sho-
recrest Homeowners Association, this is
not something you should desire.
Take a look at the homes within
your neighborhood. My own tour
through Shorecrest was a pleasure as it

includes creative landscaping and won-
derfully updated homes.
That is not the case in my historic
district, which suffers from exactly that
which you desire. We are prevented from
doing any of the creative wonders I see
in Shorecrest, so unfortunately we opt
for neglect instead.
I suggest you retain your indepen-
dence and your wonderful neighborhood.
Peter Otto
MiMo Historic District

Florida's Growth Machine:
They'll Stop at Nothing to
Prevent People Power
In his attempt to rebut Frank Rollason's
column about Amendment 4 ("Revo-
lutionary Concept: Put Urban Sprawl
to a Vote," November 2009), former St.
Pete Beach Mayor Ward Friszolowski is
simply repeating a version of the "Big
Lie" being spread across Florida by the
state's powerful development industry,
a.k.a. the Growth Machine.
Opponents of Amendment 4, a
proposed amendment to the state

constitution that will be on the statewide
ballot this November, yell about St. Pete
Beach to assert that Florida Hometown
Democracy's Amendment 4 will just
cause lawsuits.
Fact check: The lawsuits are flying
because the Hometown Democracy
process was not followed in St. Pete
Beach. Under Amendment 4, there will
be a referendum only after a growth plan
change is reviewed and voted on by the
city commission. In St. Pete Beach, they
had the referendum before the proposed
plan change went through review and
public hearing. That violates state law.
Amendment 4 provides specific
safeguards against a confused situation
like St. Pete Beach's by requiring that a
comprehensive plan change mustfirst go
through the entire state-required growth-
management process: citizen hearings,
review by the local professional planning
staff, and approval by the local elected
government. Only then, after council/
commission approval, does Amendment
4 require that the proposed land-use
change go to the voters at the next elec-
tion for final approval or rejection.

What's clear is that the lawsuits in
St. Pete Beach have nothing whatsoever
to do with Amendment 4. They are about
completely different topics. The devel-
opers and their politicians will stop at
nothing to prevent the voters from taking
control over the out-of-control develop-
ment that has wrecked our economy and
quality of life.
Their big lie about St. Pete Beach
proves it. For the straight story, visit
and get ready to "Give Yourself a Vote
on Growth!"
A postscript: Mr. Rollason wisely
urges citizens to Google the authors of
letters or blogs opposing Amendment
4: "Chances are that he or she makes a
living from sprawl."
Opponent Friszolowski turns
out to be the executive vice presi-
dent of an architectural and planning
firm. Surprised?
John Hedrick, statewide organizer
Florida Hometown Democracy

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BizBuzz: January 2010

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

Made your New Year's resolu-
tions yet? We thought not. So
let's get right down to basics -
looking good. Stylist-to-the-stars Hannah
Lasky at Hannah & Her Scissors (611
NE 86th St.; 305-772-8426) has a special
deal for readers: Mention the BT and
get an extra 10% off with this month's
ad coupon plus a free sample of her
Hannapoo hair products.
For shaping up below the hairline,
Shuichi Take Fitness Club (3250 NE
1st Ave., 305-856-4588) is offering
10% off select personal training and
Pilates packages for new clients. The
sleek Midtown Miami facility has also
added numerous new classes. Check their
website for an updated schedule.
Even the best bod is unfabulous if
you're coughing and sniffling. And dis-
ease prevention is especially vital for sea-
sonal travelers, reminds Kathy Sanchez of
Medi-Station Urgent Care Center (9600
NE 2nd Ave.; 305-603-7650). "Airplanes,
cruise ships talk about exposure!" For-
tunately Medi-Station, which has already
vaccinated more than 125 people at $15
a pop against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus,
still has plenty of dosages left.
Don't know about you, but just
reading about all that worthwhile self-
improvement has us craving chocolate.
Like the new chocolate bread at La
Provence French Bakery five Miami
locations, the two in our territory being
1064 Brickell Ave. and 2200 Biscayne
Blvd. The latter is our own neighbor-
hood boulangerie, where you'll find us
stocking up on the chocolate bread or
new cheddar chunk loaves or Levain
baguettes the real thing, like you'd
find in Paris.
Have you heard about David Cohen's
patriotic new "Bail-Out Special" at
Bagels and Company (11 11 4 Biscayne
Blvd.; 305-892-2435)? From now through
February 28, every Wednesday or
Thursday (excluding holidays) from 11:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m., eat-in diners, with a
beverage purchase, get an entire from the
Bail-Out menu at half price. Now, there's
a stimulus package that works!
Back to the serious stuff- like
losing your home. Not a good way to start
the year. Attorney Jake Miller has helped

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BT Contributor

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numerous Miamians prevent foreclosures
over the past year with his free "What's
Best for You" seminars. For an expert
overview, Miller's next seminar is January
15 (12550 Biscayne Blvd., 8th floor; www.
helpmemodifynow.com for reservations).
Discovering Miami's revitalized
downtown is one resolution that'll be
relatively easy to keep, thanks to new
discount parking deals offered by the
Miami Parking Authority. We know
about the Quick-Park program totally
free parking in any MPA garage for
errand-runners in and out in 30 minutes
or less. Here are four brand-new offers:
a $1 Park & Shop program for patrons of
downtown restaurants, shops, and clubs;
a Nights & Weekends program; free
parking on Flagler Street in the evenings,
every night; and, for City of Miami
residents, a flat 20% discount when you
use Pay by Phone. Consult the MPA's
website for full details.
Parking has never been a problem for
patrons of new advertiser the Urbanite
Bistro (62 NE 14th St.; 305-374-0662).
Valet service has been free since the
restaurant/lounge opened this past fall. Its
location two blocks from the Performing
Arts Center makes it handy before or after
shows. This month brings two special
events: January 7's Dine Magazine/Urban-
ite Wine Dinner (five courses paired with
five global wines: $60) and on January 15
the monthly beer dinner (just $40 for six
courses paired with six craft brews).
It was 20 years ago today, Sgt.
Pepper taught the band to play and
John Martin opened the original Trader

John's Records & Books up in Hol-
lywood. January marks the start of his
newer shop's second year in BT territory
(484 NE 125th St.; 305-899-7172), and to
celebrate you'll get 10% off purchase -
books on a vast range of subjects, DVDs,
CDs, and six-buck records, maybe even
vintage Beatles vinyl.
If growing your business is this year's
goal, see our new advertiser, the Neigh-
bors and Neighbors Association (180 NW
62nd St.; 305-756-0605, www.nanafl.org).
Founded in 1995 to establish cooperative
relationships among small grocery stores,
NANA is now a countrywide group that
provides help obtaining funding (they're
the folks behind the Mom and Pop Small
Business Grant Program), plus technical
assistance, advocacy, and way more.
One neighborhood trend that heart-
ens us is the rapidly increasing roster
of "green" businesses, including new
advertiser Metro 1 Properties (120 NE
27th St.; 305-571-9991), a leader in the
green-construction movement. The bou-
tique commercial real estate firm is also
unique in its combination of full-service
brokerage plus marketing agency.
You can also "put a little green in
your dog's routine," say the fun folks
from Smiling Pets Animal Clinic's
Doggie Bag Caf6 (7310 Biscayne Blvd.;
305-710-7266). Learn about organic gour-
met dog meals, eco-friendly shampoos,
and other natural pet products on Green
Dog Day, January 30, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Every year we resolve to get more
involved in local government affairs,

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but somehow when it comes to hours
of politics vs. hours of, say, ouzo, we
opt for the latter. But state Rep. Ronald
Bris6 (Dem., District 108) is making it
easy with two town hall meetings this
month (January 27 at Griffing Commu-
nity Center in North Miami, and January
28 at Legion Park Community Center).
Both start at 6:00 p.m.
Which gives you plenty of time
afterward to grab that ouzo plus
some tasty mezes, traditional Greek and
Turkish small plates at Mandolin
Aegean Bistro (4512 NE 2nd Ave.; 305-
576-6066). The charming, flower-filled
garden restaurant is, after all, open till
11:00 p.m. Future plans include weekday
breakfast and Sunday brunch service.
After a much-celebrated grand
opening just a month before, the
storefront of locally based tableware/
bathware firm Real Life Basic's new
bargain-priced outlet shop (11091 Bis-
cayne Blvd.; 305-891-0888) was nearly
destroyed when a tow truck crashed into
the building on December 18. But the
news isn't all bad. Behind its boarded-up
front wall, the store is intact and open for
business, says owner Simone Mayer. An
entrance and parking are in back.
After last month's holidays, your
main improvement needs may involve
getting your home or office back in
shape. Call new advertiser A.W.O.N.
Janitorial Services (7551 Biscayne
Blvd.; 305-759-4055). The friendly
husband-and-wife team of Ricardo and
Madelen Realin have extensive knowl-
edge of floor-care methods, equipment,
and supplies. Even repairs, if the party
was that good.
Finally, Angel Saad, patriarch of
family-owned Saad Homes (305-829-
8992), reports that work is nearing com-
pletion on a major project remodeling
and expanding the grand Miami Shores
residence of attorney Wes Holston (UBS
Financial Services) and wife Mercedes
(an assistant county attorney). Great way
to start the new year: more than 4000
square feet of sparkling new home and
a fond farewell to the Saad craftsmen
who've practically become members of
the family.

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The Absolute Worst Ever

By Jack King
BT Contributor

Happy New Year! Let's give a warm
welcome to 2010, which will bring
us to the end of the worst decade
I've ever lived through. The attacks of
9/11. Two wars we can't seem to win -
whatever "win" means. Becoming the
most disliked and disrespected nation in
the world. Warping our economy into the
worst recession since the 1930s. The great-
est assemblage of corrupt and incompetent
city, county, state, and national leaders in
the history of this country.
You think I'm kidding? Just keep
reading. It started in 2000 with a
presidential election that gave the world
"hanging chad" and a new commander-
in-chief picked by the U.S. Supreme
Court. George W. Bush was soon
revealed to be incompetent, most notably
when he and his equally incompetent
national security team fell asleep at the
wheel as terrorists were training for their
deadly missions right here in Miami.
When the United States is hit, we
must attack someone, something, anything.
So off we went to Afghanistan, where we
were very successful turning big rocks
into little rocks at incredible expense.
We won, sort of. Or at least we thought
we won. I think our hallowed leaders would
have benefited from reading Alexander the
Great's journals before heading off to a war
in a chaotic place most Americans couldn't
locate on a map. Of course, we quickly
learned that no one in the Bush Administra-
tion could actually read.
Then the Bush boys went about
fixing our own country in the best way
they knew: theft, corruption, and greed.

SWhat a decade toforg
Now, there was something they were
really good at running the nation
into the ground and leaving us with a
cratered economy and huge debt.
Meanwhile, George's brother
Jeb was busy showing he could ruin
an economy as well as anyone. He
cut taxes and expenses in Florida,
funneling the money to business
interests, who were supposed to
reinvest it in more and better busi-
nesses. They didn't. They just pocketed
it. And when the economy collapsed, it
left Florida nearly bankrupt. The trickle-
down revenues that went from the state
to the counties and cities were reduced
to nearly zero.
You would think the state would
have set aside money in the good times
so we could get through the bad ones
that inevitably follow. Instead your tax
dollars went to the private sector, leav-
ing us with no cushion. Thanks, Jeb.
But it's not all Jeb. He was followed
in 2006 by Charlie Crist, who diligently
maintained Bush's programs. After all,
that's why he was elected.
Speaking of gubernatorial elections,
we have one coming up this November.
With the state in such a mess, I wonder
if anyone even modestly competent will
run for the job. Current candidates Alex
Sink and Bill McCollum will probably
be joined by a few unemployed politi-
cal hacks, but how about someone who
could actually run the state? Or even a
hot-dog stand? Not likely.
What we do know is that three
Floridians are now running for the
U.S. Senate: Crist, Marco Rubio, and
Kendrick Meek. This is certainly not
an intellectually stellar group. Meek, a

if only we could

Democrat, is hardly known outside of
Miami and is proving to be a political
lightweight who hasn't always made the
best decisions.
Rubio and Crist are both Republicans
and will square off in a primary election.
Rubio is the darling of the far right wing
(the Sarah Palin wing), and would more
than likely support an initiative to change
the federal government to a theocracy.
Crist, ever the airhead, just wants to
scamper away from Tallahassee before
everyone realizes he is part of the prob-
lem. More concerned with the quality
of his tan than the quality of govern-
ment, his greatest claim to fame might
be pushing a bill through the legislature
that ensures you'll be fined if you don't
wear a seatbelt while driving. Wow!
Almost as memorable as that guy Crist
appointed to fill the Senate seat he's run-
ning for. What's his name?
Crist once had a large lead in the
polls, but now Rubio has pulled even. I
don't think it's because the electorate
likes Rubio more than Crist. They don't
like either one of them.
Closer to home we have the
Miami-Dade County Commission. On
second thought, I'll take a pass on them
as there's no chance in the foreseeable

future they'll become a fully functioning
governmental entity. These commission-
ers have forged fiefdoms in their districts,
where they keep things running smooth-
ly by handing out taxpayer dollars like
candy. And lobbyists continue to fill
their campaign coffers, guaranteeing
their re-election time after time.
The City of Miami found a way
to finish the decade in fine fashion by
electing a new mayor and having two
commissioners removed from office after
they were charged with crimes. One other
commissioner was turned out when his bid
for mayor failed by a 3-1 margin. That's
one way to get new blood on the dais.
Unexpectedly, all this insanity has
resulted in us having the best chance
in many years to turn the city around.
That will depend on how well commis-
sion chairman Marc Sarnoff works with
Mayor Tomas Regalado and the three
(soon to be four) new commissioners.
They'll have their work cut out for them.
One last observation before I
kiss off the year and the decade. A
few months ago I poked fun at Miami
Magazine's Elena Carpenter for asking
readers to contribute money to keep her
enterprise going. Then last month the
Miami Herald did the same thing, asking
website users to donate money to keep
the paper afloat.
My apologies, Elena. I didn't
realize you were on the cutting edge of
media marketing. Obviously the Herald
stole your idea, so I think you should
demand that they send you a percentage
of their donations or risk legal action.
Hey, this is 21st-century media in action!

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Brooke Connor
North Miami Beach
No, I have not seen a
ghost. I probably would
not want to. I believe in
spirits, not necessarily
"ghosts." Spirits are people
who just cannot move on.
I don't think they are evil
the way most people think
"ghosts" are. Perhaps
others look to see ghosts
more. Maybe if I looked
to see one, I might!

Nubia Rivero
Travel Agent
North Miami
No, I have not. People
sometimes are home alone
and hear noises and jump
because they're afraid
and they think it's a ghost.
Some have even told me
they hear or feel a ghost
in my house. I hear noises,
but I think that's all it is.
Even though I have lost
several loved ones, I've
never felt like they're visit-
ing me. You have to have it
already in your mind that
it's a ghost.

Tommy Edwards
Carol City
No, I've only seen a
ghost on TV. I don't think
people can come back as
ghosts or spirits after they
die. People who claim to
have seen a ghost prob-
ably dreamed it or just
thought they saw a ghost
because it was nighttime
and their vision was bad. I
don't believe in ghosts or
spirits period!

Jennifer Bienstock
,', ,ir. ,i-. e Owner
Miami Shores
No, but I wouldn't mind
seeing a ghost if it was my
dad. If it was someone else,
I'd probably be stunned
or scared. I believe when
you die your spirit goes to
another place. Ghosts are
those spirits trying to send
us a message some-
thing they weren't able
to tell us when they were
alive. It's a good quality to
be able to see a ghost, but
I don't need that quality
right now.

Drago Bonacich
Music Critic
Yes, I believe I have seen
a ghost. When I was a kid,
I woke up screaming. My
parents ran into the bed-
room and I told them I saw
a dark black form moving
from one side of the room
to the other. My sister
seemed to see it too, though
she never said that she did.
I was a kid, so I could have
been dreaming, but I think
sometimes when we don't
know for sure, we just don't
want to believe.

Miriam Dios
Medical Secretary
No, but I wouldn't mind
seeing one. It's a grace to
see a ghost, the same way
some people are able to
see saints. Ghosts are lost
souls who don't neces-
sarily have to be scary. If
a person chooses to live
life being nice and not
making bad choices, then
in the afterlife, if you
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violent criminals and cartel hit men com-
mitted scores of equally brutal slaying.
At the time of Tillman's death, local
news outlets made a point to mention
that he had no criminal record and no
involvement with drugs or gangs -
declarations made necessary, apparently,
because he was from Overtown, where
most murders are still drug-related.
Indeed Tillman didn't fit the profile
of someone whose life was likely to end
in criminal violence. His murder, friends

"He was a pretty

boy," says his

mother. "The girls

loved him and he

loved them. Girls

were his only vice.

He especially liked

Hispanic girls."

and family suspect, was likely motivated
by something else altogether -jealousy.
"He was a pretty boy," says Tawana
Fairell, his mother, who is still clearly
distraught. "The girls loved him and he
loved them. Girls were his only vice. He
especially liked Hispanic girls." She
wonders whether a frustrated female
admirer, of which there were many, had
someone take revenge on her son. Or
perhaps an enraged boyfriend caught
Alex with his girlfriend. "Maybe a girl's
father caught them together and did
something to him out of prejudice. I
don't know," she sighs. "I'm thinking all
kinds of things."
"He was definitely a lady's man,"
says Isaiah Bennet, Alex's closest friend
and fellow senior at Booker T Washing-
ton High School. "He had mood swings
sometimes, but he didn't argue or fight.
That wasn't his style. Both me and Alex
preferred Hispanic girls. They treat you
better. Black girls would hate on us some-
times and ask why we like Spanish girls,
but I don't know anything about someone
being jealous or upset with him."
"By all accounts, he had no
enemies. This surprised many people,"

One of Alex Tillman's high school graduation pictures.

Miami Police Sgt. Armando Aguilar, Jr.
told CBS4 News last year.
Yet the viciousness of the crime
suggests otherwise. Alex's body had
been burned. Police say that was likely
an attempt to conceal his identity, and
is not what killed him. They will not,
however, reveal the cause of death.
Veteran Miami PD detective
Nelson Andreu, who spent more than 20
years working homicide cases, explains
that police often withhold the cause of
death in murder cases so they can test a
suspect's knowledge of a killing and de-
termine the extent of their involvement.
It also helps them to eliminate bogus tips.
(Andreu, author of the crime novel Dead

Red, retired from the Miami PD and
is now a captain with the West Miami
Police Department.)
Suffice to say, then, that Alex Till-
man suffered a punishing end, inflicted
by someone, or several people, with fury
in their hearts.
"I believe someone hated him," his
mother says. "I just don't know why."
Although more than a year has
passed since her son's death, Tawana
Fairell still can't sleep at night. She can't
concentrate, can't shed her feelings of
guilt, and trusts no one. She's not the
same person she used to be. She can't
even look at Alex's picture anymore. She
had to turn it around to face the wall.

Not knowing why her child was killed
is torture. Knowing that the killer, or
killers, freely roam the same city streets
where she and her family live haunts her
Like nothing else.
Seated at a picnic table at Charles
SHadley Park in the Model City neighbor-
Shood west of Little Haiti, the soft-spoken
single mother of three boys speaks elo-
quently about her late son with a mixture
of heartache and exhaustion: "Some-
times I think God sees how much I love
my sons and is jealous and is looking for
ways to get my attention away. Everyone
tells me God doesn't work like that, but
I just can't understand why my son isn't
here right now. I picture the worst. I
imagine him screaming and calling out
for me and I wasn't there for him. I sleep
with every light on in the house. I'm
afraid he might come to me in the night
with the burned side of his face. I get
headaches every night on my left side
and my left eye gets blurry. I feel like
I'm going crazy."
The relationship she had with her
son, she says, was wonderful. They'd go
to the gym together. As a surgical as-
sistant, she'd often have to work late, but
she never worried about what was going
on at home. And if Alex was the one to
come home late, she'd call him on the
phone and they'd talk until he reached
the front door. If he made new friends
and began spending time with them,
she'd become envious.
Alex would help get his two
younger brothers dressed in the morning
and drive them to school. His mother
hated driving, so if she needed to go
somewhere, he'd drive her, too. Just a
week before he died, he told Tawana he
wanted to be a pediatrician.
At Booker T Washington, where
he spent his junior and senior years, he
joined the 5000 Role Models of Excel-
lence project, a mentoring program for
minority boys at risk of dropping out
of school. For a while, he worked as a
dishwasher at Casablanca Seafood Bar
& Grill, the popular restaurant on the
Miami River not far from his home, and
later at the Taco Bell on Biscayne Bou-
levard and 36th Street. If he had time,
he'd tag along with his grandfather to
weddings and funerals to assist him with
his photography business.
"He was very respectful, very well-
groomed, would never be caught with his
jeans hanging off his butt," Tawana insists.

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Lady's Man
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"I had people tell me: 'Your kids are Oreos.
You're trying to make them white' be-
cause Alex sometimes corrected people's
speech if they used too much slang or
really bad English. He didn't want his
friends to know, but he loved movies about
couples breaking up and getting back
together. There were times he would come
into my room, lay his head on my lap, and
talk to me about girls. There were things
he didn't tell me, though."
There were things, it seems, Alex
didn't tell anyone. Or at the least, things
none of his friends wish to divulge
now. Of six acquaintances contacted for
this story, only two returned calls and
e-mails seeking comment. And whether
it's a reluctance to snitch, a fear of repri-
sal, or an indication of something more
sinister, only a very vague picture of
Alex's final days has emerged.
On Sunday, November 2, 2008,
two days before his body was found by
a homeless man, Alex called his best
friend Isaiah ("Zayy") around 1:30 a.m.,
after finishing the late shift at Taco Bell
on the Boulevard. He said he'd met a girl.
She had come to the restaurant earlier
that night. He was heading home and
planned to meet up with her later.
"He liked to brag," Zayy chuckles
during a phone interview. "I was asleep

is haunted by the thought that her son's

A young lady had

called the Taco

Bell. She was

crying and said

that Alex had been

killed and badly

burned. She called

more than once.

on the couch when he called. He told me
her name, but I was so sleepy I couldn't
remember it the next day."
It's unclear whether Alex actually
met with the mystery girl, but at 9:11 that
morning security cameras at his Over-
town apartment building recorded him
strutting out the front door, dressed in
dark designer jeans and a black T-shirt, a
red cap tilted fashionably to one side. He
was supposed to be heading to Opa-locka
to meet his mother and place flowers on
the grave of his recently deceased grand-
mother. But he made a detour, and when
Tawana called around 11:00 a.m. to find
out where he was, he said he was "at a

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Continued from page 15
friend's house" and would be late.
Which friend Alex was visiting is
also unclear. "It couldn't have been a guy's
house," Zayy asserts. "I would've known
about it because we had the same friends."
Alex's steady girlfriend of a year and
a half, Kayla, texted and called him sev-
eral times later that Sunday, but he didn't
answer his phone or return the messages.
When he didn't come home that
night, Tawana began to worry. But
Alex was eighteen, a legal adult, and
she figured he had stayed at a relative's
or friend's house. She tried to call him
several times, but his phone kept going
straight to voicemail and she assumed
his cell battery had died or he'd forgotten
to pay his phone bill.
When he didn't turn up at home
or at school the next morning, though,
she got scared. And then one of Alex's
co-workers at Taco Bell called with news
that would send her racing through the
streets in a panic.
A young lady had called the Taco
Bell. She was crying and said that Alex

had been killed and badly burned. She
called more than once, said her name
was Crystal, and spoke to more than
one person, telling the same story each
time. When Taco Bell employees asked
why she didn't call the police, she said
her parents would kill her if she did.

In the City of

Miami, where

the number of

murders has

plummeted over

the past 25 years,

the clearance

rate has dropped

from 75 percent

to 48 percent.


"When they told me about that call,"
Tawana says, "I left my job and went
straight to the police station. I didn't even
wait for my ride. I just started running."

Miami police issued a
countywide BOLO (Be on the
Lookout) via radio dispatch and
distributed a missing-person flyer.
Tawana, meanwhile, went home
and prayed, hoping that Alex
would come strutting through the
door at any minute. But another
24 hours would creep by with no
Police called the next day,
around 2:30 p.m., and asked her to
come back to the station to look
at Alex's phone records to see
if she could identify any of the
numbers. But once she was there,
they disclosed the real reason for
calling her in.
They had found Alex.
"I lost it," Tawana recalls. "I
never felt anything like that in my
life." She begged to see her son's
)lays body, but the medical examiner
wouldn't allow it. They told her
they don't let family members view
or identify bodies anymore. Eventually
homicide detectives on the case admitted
they instructed the medical examiner's
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office not to let her see Alex. "I'm glad
they did that," she says, "because I prob-
ably would've thrown up right there in
the office or pulled all of my hair out."
Everyone among Alex's circle of
friends immediately fell under police
suspicion, and rumors about who had
committed the murder began to circulate.
Some said a girl who was obsessed with
Alex had him killed because he spumed
her. Others blamed a gang. One friend told
a bizarre tale about a violent drag queen,
later killed in a gunfight with police, who
would admire Alex through Taco Bell's
windows while he was working. That story,
however, could not be verified.
"There was a girl calling Alex's cell
phone in the weeks before his murder,"
Tawana says. "She'd call and say, 'I'm
watching you. I know what you got on.'
And he'd be looking around like: 'Who is
this? How do you know where I am?'"
Tawana thinks about that, and
a hundred other details of Alex's last
weeks alive, struggling to remember
things and trying to come up with useful

information. More than anything, she
wants to know the identity of the girl
who called the Taco Bell, and she won-
ders why police apparently have not been
able to trace those calls.
But Alex's cell phone and wallet were
missing when his body was discovered, so
the girl's calls could have been placed from
his stolen cell which would account for
detectives' inability to identify the caller.
As for Alex's phone records, it's unknown
whether police have been able to establish
a link between the Taco Bell caller, the
mystery text message, and the unidenti-
fied girl Alex planned to meet the night
before he disappeared.
Miami Det. Orlando Benitez, who
leads the Alex Tillman homicide inves-
tigation, did not respond to repeated re-
quests for comment. But during a recent
interview with the BT, former Miami
detective Nelson Andreu cited a lack of
witness cooperation as the number-one
hurdle in solving these kinds of cases:
"People are afraid of retaliation. They
don't want to get involved."
The "no-snitching" culture is also
a major factor, especially in the small
Overtown community, where many

people know each other. Consequently,
less than half of all Miami homicides
typically result in an arrest.
Nationally, in fact, more people get
away with murder now than in decades
past. This despite advances in DNA
technology and other crime-fighting tools.
Last year the Associated Press reported
that the national homicide "clearance
rate" (the percentage of murders for
which someone is arrested and charged)
dropped from 91 percent in 1963 to 61
percent in 2007.
In the City of Miami, where the
number of murders has plummeted over
the past 25 years, the clearance rate has
dropped from 75 percent to 48 percent.
Those figures defy the logical expecta-
tion that fewer murders should mean
higher clearance rates. But in addition
to a lack of witness cooperation, experts
point to today's larger urban populations;
understaffed police departments; and
drug, robbery, and gang-related crimes
among strangers, which are harder to
solve than "acquaintance homicides."
Regarding Miami's homicide clear-
ance rate of 48 percent, Andreu says the
problem often boils down to excessive

workloads. "You want to solve a case
before the next homicide comes in," he
explains. "At that point, you've got to put
one down to pick up the next. So some-
times cases get put on the back burner
through no fault of the detective. The
problem is the sheer volume of cases."
Crime statistics and staffing short-
ages, however, are mute in describing
Tawana Fairell's incurable grief over
her son's death. She dwells endlessly on
Alex's final moments, tormented by her
imagination, drowning in fear, paranoia,
nightmares, and depression. She peers
nervously over her shoulder in public,
expecting a faceless killer to appear at
any moment, and she wonders, to the
point of delirium, who is to blame and
why her son was taken.
After Alex's murder, police told her
not to go back to her Overtown apart-
ment for the safety of her and her sons
- in case the killer decided to target
them as well. She moved around from
friend to relative to co-worker. When
she finally did return to her apartment
a few months later, she discovered that
building management had removed and
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disposed of all her belongings for non-
payment of rent.
"I was seeing a psychiatrist," she
recounts. "I wasn't in my right mind. I
wasn't even able to remember that I had
a place where I needed to pay rent. It
took me about three months just to start
eating properly again. I had suicidal
thoughts because I wanted to be with
Alex. The only thing that kept me here
were my other sons."
She has since found a new apart-
ment, far from Overtown, but relocating
has taken a financial toll, and she still
has no furniture and shares an inflatable
bed with her 11-year-old son, whom she
refuses to let out of her sight.
Every evening after work she sits
at the city park where he has football
practice and waits for him to finish. His
friends make fun of him, calling him a
mama's boy because Tawana is always
at his side. And if he doesn't have school,
she takes him to work with her.
Her chronic paranoia is stifling. "I
can't even take my boys to the movies

at night because I'm scared someone is
following me," she says. "That's how petri-
fied I am until these people are caught. I
told the cops, if you don't have leads, just
tell me. But please don't keep me in the
dark. I call and leave them information that

"I can't even take
my boys to the
movies at night
because I'm
scared someone
is following
me. That's how
petrified I am until
these people are

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get voicemail. I know I'm not the only case
they're working on, but I just want them
to call me and tell me something any-
thing. I want to do everything I can to find

whoever did this. I want to sit across from
them and ask them: 'Why? What could he
have done to you?'"
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I am writing to point out blatant false-
hoods in the story "Winners and Losers"
by Anne Tschida (December 2009). Not
only was information incorrect, but
you did not even bother to mention the
names of the artists whose work adorned
the cover of Biscayne Times.
The cover depicts one of the walls
from our 2008 mural installation called
Primary Flight. The piece was created
by El Mac and Retna. These two artists
have been involved in our exhibition
since its inception in 2007.
You inaccurately called it "The
Walls of Wynwood," which, with
capitalized words, is not a generaliza-
tion but the name of a brand-new show
copying what we have done since 2007.
In addition you went on to discuss the
show wholly inaccurately in the body
of the story. And you printed another
picture of one of our pieces from our
2007 show, again by El Mac and Retna.
You seem to credit Deitch Projects and

Tony Goldman for its inception. This is
As one of the founding organizers
and curators, as well as a main sponsor
of Primary Flight, it is my job to make
sure you are properly reporting and
representing the artists who participate
in Primary Flight by crediting them for
their amazing transformation of Wyn-
wood and their selfless contributions to
the art world by providing art for every-
one on a shoe-string budget.
You have not done so whatsoever.
Biscayne Times made sure to credit the
photographer and the inaccurate "Walls
of Wynwood" name when the same photo
angle of the same wall is plastered all over
the web and has been taken by everyone
under the sun in 2008. But you made no
mention of the very people who produced it
or the correct show or the organizers associ-
ated with it, Primary Flight. As a represen-
tative of these two and many more artists,
I cannot allow this misinformation to be
disseminated without a clear objection.
The people you mentioned, Deitch
Projects and Tony Goldman, have nothing to
do with the art murals you printed, though
we know Goldman interests purchase ads
in your publication Primary Flight was our

brainchild and began in December of 2007.
We had 25 of the most influential street
artists transform Wynwood to provide the
world's largest street-level installation
In 2008 we greatly expanded to
upward of 50 artists and even included a
"Wall of Fame." This year we have more
than 80 artists and an accompanying
indoor gallery installation called "Blue
Print for Space." You can find more
detailed information at our website: www.
Everyone in the graff-writing and
street-art world is well aware of all of
these pieces/walls and where they came
from, so your credibility is highly in
question regarding this matter. Primary
Flight has been hailed the largest and
most critically acclaimed street-level
mural art installation in the world. We
have worked hard on its evolution and
it is greatly disturbing to have those
individuals who have sacrificed so much
for so long to be robbed of the modicum
of credit they deserve.
Lynn Yohana Howard

Editor's note: We agree that Retna
and El Mac should have been identified

as the artists who created the outdoor
mural that appeared on the cover of our
December issue. But we disagree that
the "winner's award" we bestowed, "The
Walls of Wynwood," was misleading. Nor
was it intended to make reference to a
separate exhibition of mural art organized
and sponsored by New York gallery
Deitch Projects and Wynwood developer
Tony Goldman. Their show was called
"Wynwood Walls." Lynn Yohana How-
ard's concerns are explored in more detail
in this issue. See Anne Tschida's story
"Street Art Has Arrived" on page 36.

Drunken Irishmen? How
About Dumb Blondes?
Thank you for publishing Jack King's
column "Sailing with Sarnoff" (No-
vember, 2009), which included ethnic
stereotypes such as "drinking like an
unemployed Irishman." It's a pity that
King only mentioned one ethnic group.
I look forward to his next install-
ment. Perhaps this time he'll include
racial stereotypes as well. They're just as
much fun, don't you think?
Michael O 'Kane

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A Community Betrayed from Within and Without

SThe Michelle Spence-Jones spectacle came across as a parody of the old civil

By Kathy Glasgow
BT Contributor

n the space of a few weeks in Novem-
ber, Michelle Spence-Jones was de-
cisively re-elected to the Miami City
Commission, sworn in, arrested, released
on bond, and removed from office by the
governor. She promptly declared herself
a candidate to replace herself in the Janu-
ary 12 special election.
Along the way, Spence-Jones, as have
many at-risk politicians before her, played
the race card, referring to her arrest as
a "public lynching." She included in her
lynching analogy a string of black leaders
jailed or persecuted in recent years, con-
cluding with President Barack Obama.
"But they don't know this nappy-
headed child of God has her armor on,"
Spence-Jones declared. Her supporters
sang "We Shall Overcome" as she sur-
rendered to law enforcement officials.
The whole Spence-Jones spectacle
came across as almost a parody of the old

civil rights struggles, back when
lynching couldn't be avoided with
the help of a lawyer. And equating
a year of racist attacks on Obama
with criminal charges against cor-
rupt officials?
The worst part, though, is the
d6ji vu. Spence-Jones is one more
example of Miami-Dade's tradition-
al African-American power elite
failing their community. No way
I could impugn all local African-
American leaders. But from my
perspective during almost 18 years
as a Miami-Dade resident, very few
individuals have provided leader- Gepsie Metellus: "Given our diversity, we
ship with integrity to a community shouldn't have to frame things in that
that has most needed it. A communi- [black-and-white] way."
ty repeatedly betrayed politically,
economically, morally from within at profiling, subtle slights, and outright
least as much as without. derogation have not ceased in any way to
I know that prominent blacks are exist in the lives of people of color.
often persecuted for transgressions for But by viewing her legal problems as
which important whites are forgiven. white-vs.-black, Spence Jones is not only
There are still travesties of justice. Racial insulting her forebears, she's out of sync

rights struggles
with the deep and unique demographic
changes going on all over South Florida,
notably within its increasingly heteroge-
neous black community.
"Given our diversity, given the way Mi-
ami-Dade County is growing, we shouldn't
have to frame things in that [black-and-white]
way" says Gepsie Metellus.
Metellus was the first person I thought
of when Spence-Jones got into trouble,
mainly because their stories converge in
some interesting places. If Spence-Jones
represents the old-school cronyism that has
produced a long line of self-serving public
officials, then Metellus is among those
trying to color outside that line.
The political seasoning of both
women started in similar style, during
the 1990s, under the wings of influential
mentors. Then came 2005, an eventful
political year even by Miami standards.
I spoke with Metellus the other day at
Sant La, the always crowded community

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service center at 5000 Biscayne Boulevard
she founded and runs. She is a woman who
lives and works at the crossroads; like most
highly educated, "assimilated" Haitian
Americans in South Florida, she must
balance a perceived identity somewhere
between African-American and non-
American. Metellus has more to complain
about than Spence-Jones does, because she
has to overcome bias against both her color
and her ethnicity.
But it's hard to imagine Metellus,
elegant and considered, as a complainer.
Nor is she willing to criticize Spence-
Jones's behavior either pre- or post-
arrest. "There are so many layers, so
many shades of gray," Metellus goes on,
speaking of Miami's racial politics. "We
all look at things with different eyes.
There's a perception on the part of most
black people that this is selective [pros-
ecution], because there's such a history
of double standards and hidden agendas
where blacks are concerned."
There's no question, though, that
Metellus's own story would be evolving

differently if it weren't for the not-so-hid-
den agendas within the black community.
Once, both Metellus and Spence-
Jones enjoyed close and beneficial ties to
Barbara Carey-Shuler, the venerable and
now-retired Miami-Dade County Com-
missioner. Carey-Shuler was the first black
woman to serve as chair of the commis-
sion, and has over the course of her 20-year
political career helped along many younger
aspirants. Metellus was a top aide to the
commissioner for several years during the
1990s, and it was generally assumed she
would eventually enter the political arena
with her mentor's blessing.
Carey-Shuler abruptly retired from the
county commission in December 2005.
That same month, Spence-Jones won a
special election to fill the District 5 seat on
the Miami City Commission. (Five months
earlier, the man elected to that spot before
Spence-Jones, Art Teele, had committed
suicide. Everyone knows that awful story.)
Metellus was not alone in thinking
she was the logical choice to fill Carey-
Shuler's commission seat, with her years
of experience at county hall and service
to the Haitian community. But Metellus
was not a "professional Haitian," unlike

some of her peers. Sant La assists indi-
gent refugees and immigrants, but they
don't have to be Haitian.
Metellus's outlook encompasses the
whole of Miami's roiling ethnic mix. She
is multilingual, widely traveled, and the
recipient of awards and recognition from
organizations ranging from the Rockefeller
Foundation to the NAACP. She has been
involved in organized dialogues aimed at
improving cooperation between African
Americans and Haitian Americans; in con-
flicts that arise regularly between Miami-
Dade school officials and Haitian parents
or students (inevitable cultural or language
misunderstandings), Metellus has often
been one of the principal mediators.
Thus in 2005, she was stunned to
learn that her philosophy of inclusive-
ness had brought her flat exclusion. She
was shut out of the running to succeed
Carey-Shuler. "That seat is carved out
for an African American," Carey-Shuler
asserted in an interview. As if a Haitian
American weren't black.
Carey-Shuler pushed for another pro-
t6g6, El Portal Mayor Audrey Edmonson,
to fill the District 3 spot, which Edmon-
son still holds. The rift between Metellus

and her former teacher and friend has
been irrevocable.
Metellus instead ran for the Miami-
Dade County School Board in 2006. She
didn't stand much chance against legendary
incumbent Solomon Stinson, or even the
well-known third candidate, former state
legislator Darryl Reaves. She worked hard,
campaigning door to door, but finished third
anyway. "That was all about political expe-
rience," she says. "I learned a lot."
One lesson: Haitian Americans need
to rethink their approach to politics if they
want better representation. It took a federal
lawsuit to establish voting districts in the
City of Miami in 1997; today District 5
is the commission's "black" seat. Unfor-
tunately, as Metellus now knows, black
doesn't always mean just black.
"But we are in a new reality," she says,
not discounting the possibility of another
Voting Rights Act lawsuit on behalf of Hai-
tian Americans. "We are looking at very
diverse communities, very diverse minor-
ity communities, and now it's time to look
at how to achieve appropriate representa-
tion. This is doable."

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Take a Good Look in the Mirror, Village Beautiful

SIfyou're honest, you 'I have to admit we're not as rich, white, and snooty as you may think

By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

Miami Shores, I have been
lectured recently by too many
people, is a wealthy commu-
nity. Too wealthy for this to happen, and
for that to happen, or for Village Coun-
cil members not to take care of certain
matters of business that should be easily
overseen again, given the population's
apparent riches.
And because Miami Shores has so
much money, it is clear that whenever
something doesn't get fixed, it's because
we simply don't care enough. Or at all. In
the way that rich people don't care enough
or at all about anybody but themselves.
If this is true, then why are the stores
of Village Place still largely vacant?
Don't you think retailers would be
eager to sell their goods and services to
millionaires? And speaking of which,
where are the millionaires? Because I'm
pretty sure they're not the ones counting


coupons next to me in the Miami Shores
Publix while talking to their neighbors
about the benefits of the Florida Prepaid
College Plan.
Frankly, I never cease to be amazed
by the way Miami Shores is perceived.
Sure, we have a country club which,
thanks to the economy and other factors

I'll be gracious enough not to mention
here, has gone public. And yes, we have
a private day school that is not run by
any churches or synagogues though
it actually sits on the border of our little
enclave and unincorporated Miami-
Dade, making it mostly not Miami
Shores property.

For these and other reasons, we are
known as a white, rich, snooty, and
above all older town where the residents'
kids have grown and fled the nest, leav-
ing it overflowing with gobs of expend-
able income.
I can tell you from experience that,
of course, some inhabitants of Miami
Shores have more money than others.
As far as population goes, we have the
gamut that runs from childless gay
couples to single folks living together,
while the majority these days seem to be
young- to middle-age parents with kids
to clothe, feed, and school. However,
regardless of who you are, just about
everyone living here has a mortgage, car
payments, and very likely loans from
school to pay back. I don't know anyone
living in Miami Shores who isn't strug-
gling right now.
But I don't have to rely on my own
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me up. I have statistics in my corner. The
2000 U.S. Census should tell anyone who
cares to look that Miami Shores's residents
are not a collection of happily retired CEOs
living the glory days. The median house-
hold income and that's before we've all
been laid off, thank you very much was
$56,306 at the time of the census. Obvious-
ly we're not living in the slums, consider-
ing the national median household income
was $41,994.
But let's be real. Kendall, which
nobody sneers at for being elitist, had a
median household income of $51,330,
according to the 2000 census. I'd ask
you to do the math but I have now spent
too much time in the school system and
know how er effective it is, so I
will point out for you that only $5000
per household separates Kendall from
Miami Shores. And that distance might
be shortened come March 2010, when the
next U.S. Census will begin.
So how about Coral Gables, to which
we are often compared, and understand-
ably given that we were both developed

by the Shoreland Company. (They're The
City Beautiful, we're The Village Beauti-
ful.) The average median household
income in the Gables was $66,839.
The Village of Pinecrest is a commu-
nity somewhat more in line with our size
- only twice as many residents, instead
of four times more in the Gables. Ac-
cording to the 2000 census, Pinecrest's
median household income was $107,507.
In these terms, Miami Shores is a
poor relation.
Want more myth-busters? Here are
several others that I predict will be con-
firmed by the upcoming census: A third
of all the households in Miami Shores
will be composed of families with chil-
dren under the age of 18. We'll discover
that we're only two-thirds Caucasian,
with Hispanics and Haitians quickly on
the rise. We'll have one of the highest
populations of gay couples in the U.S. -
and that will beat out South Beach.
Something even more dramatic
to consider, which I cribbed from a
real estate blog called MiamiAngel-
Properties.com. The title of the post?
"Beached in Miami Shores." The article
follows the selling life of a renovated,

1658-square-foot corner property with
three bedrooms, two renovated bath-
rooms, a renovated kitchen, a new roof,
and a pool. In 1999 it sold for $128,000;
in 2004 for $260,000; in 2005 for
$499,900; and in 2007 was back on the
market for $633,000. As of June, 2009,
the asking price was $199,000.
When housing prices fall this dramati-
cally, but our property taxes are still high
enough to make my mother choke on her
own chicken soup well, there's that
arithmetic to be done again. Simply put,
ain't no flush folk around these parts.
The time has come for Miami
Shores' city fathers (and mothers, natch)
to launch a public-relations campaign
that showcases Miami Shores as it really
is. Not moneyed, but middle income.
Not exclusive, but all-encompassing. Not
crotchety, but youthful and fresh. Miami
Shores: The Village Welcoming. Espe-
cially if you can pay the mortgage.
Why is it so important to shape our
image according to our true nature? Be-
cause it will determine our future, which
is as much about attracting homebuyers
as it is about getting retailers to lease
our downtown square footage. Perhaps

if the business community knew our
true demographics and our real worth,
we'd have a place where we could pick
up last-minute birthday sweaters for our
neighbor's beloved Chihuahua, or a place
where our kids could paint pottery for an
afternoon, instead of a failed boutique
hawking $300 vases.
Indeed, holiday shopping this past
December was more than the usual
nightmare staring at all those empty
storefronts that could've made my life
easier just had me cranky as hell instead.
Even the shops we do have were closed
by 6:00 p.m.
Then again, I suspect that some of
our city traditionalists enjoy the way
Miami Shores is reputed to be: white,
wealthy, and all that very sedate and
proper jazz. Who knows if I fit neatly
into those currency-lined pigeonholes, I
might change the tone of my cluck. But
I don't. Which is why you'll hear me
squawking until people start comment-
ing that Miami Shores sounds like an
awfully neat and maybe even a little fun
- in addition to affluent place to live.

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Two-Legged Creatures in a Four-Wheeled World

By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor
ou can add pedestrian-friendly
to the list of buzzwords being
tossed around these days when
the subject is revitalizing our nation's
cities. Others include sustainability,
smart growth, and building green. Like
most buzzwords, pedestrian-friendly is
a subjective term that evokes different
ideas from different individuals. I asked
a few people what it means to them.

Dean Lewis, architect and
Upper Eastside resident.
1. Protection and separation distance:
"A zone of separation including barriers,
both physical and perceived, between ve-
hicular traffic and pedestrians is crucial
for the pedestrian's safe co-habitation
along a public right-of-way."
2. Zoning and mixed-use develop-
ment: "This component incorporates the
'Eyes on the Street' principal on a 24-hour

Can Miami be made safe for people who walk instead of drive?
basis to avoid the 'blacked-
out downtown after 5:00'
factor, when businesses
close and there is no street
presence." This would in-
crease the feeling of safety
from crimes of opportunity.
3. Citywide public
transportation: "A pedes-
trian should not have to .. .. ....
rely only on his personal
vehicle to circulate in an
urban environment. In fact, the more crosswalks should be provided at
user-friendly the local mass-transit facil- regular intervals." Bob also points
ities are, the more popular and successful out that the speed of the traffic has
the urban growth of the area will be." greater impact than the amount of
Perhaps a free trolley that travels up and traffic. "It's actually easier to cross the
down the Boulevard, as now exists along street during rush-hour traffic than off
Ponce de Leon in the Gables, would help hours." Traffic congestion during rush
provide this element. hour periods reduces speed.

Bob Powers, president of the Palm
Grove Homeowners Association.
"The first thing is that the
streets are safe to cross. Pedestrian

Tom Hider, MiMo Historic District
business owner and Boulevard resident.
"It requires the fundamental ability to
safely cross Biscayne Boulevard." Tom also

suggests an innovative idea: Ve-
hicles in traffic lanes bordering
sidewalks should be required
to travel at a slower speed than
those traveling the inside lanes.

Margaret Tynan, president of
the Belle Meade Homeown-
ers Association and consum-
mate dog-walker. Margaret
puts it bluntly: "It means that
I can cross the street or walk
along a sidewalk without being run
down by a car or a bicycle!"
There is an obvious common thread
running through these responses: Safety
for pedestrians.
It makes no sense to develop a busi-
ness corridor along Biscayne Boulevard
that caters exclusively to vehicular traffic,
especially when the businesses back up
against residential communities. People
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not just for their products and services,
but also because masses of people on
the sidewalks attract other people. This
especially applies to the MiMo Historic
District, which could become a popular
place to hang out to people-watch and
to be seen by others.
Without basic safety, however, the
people will not come at least not by foot.
And here is where the notion of pedestrian-
friendly expands to include safety from
crime. One example: Most people who
now patronize restaurants in the MiMo
Historic District drive their vehicle directly
to the restaurant. They don't park else-
where and stroll. Even local residents aren't
inclined to walk and I should know.
My wife and I live just a block and
a half east of the Boulevard in Belle
Meade, but seldom do we venture out
on pedestrian excursions. Why? Mainly
because of the danger in traversing a no-
man's land between NE 6th Court and
the Boulevard itself. These dark streets
are a haven for those who prey on the
weak or unsuspecting.

Since it seems we cannot success-
fully control the criminal element, the
only smart thing to do is not put yourself
in harm's way. So it's into the car, drive
to the restaurant, park very close or valet,
enter the restaurant, eat the meal, get
back in the car, and drive directly home.
Alternatively, if you felt truly safe, you
could enjoy the cool evenings and a nice
walk, checking out the people and the
shops. (Storefront businesses should keep
their lights on so people can window-shop
even when the stores are closed.) Based
on the experience of the past couple of
Cinco de MiMo events, sponsored by the
MiMo Biscayne Association, we know
the Boulevard can be a fun and happening
place especially after dark.
When there is activity and when
there is a police presence, people will
come out and participate. Why? Well,
they're looking for a good time at the
right price. But also, importantly, be-
cause they feel safe.
The key to the MiMo District's suc-
cess is conveying a feeling of complete
safety on a daily basis, and to do that
we need the active participation of the
Florida Department of Transportation

(FDOT), which controls modifications
to the Boulevard itself, and of our police
department, which provides that critical
element of safety while people stroll the
sidewalks, taking in the scenery.
Last month I attended an FDOT public
meeting at Legion Park on the topic of pedes-
trian safety. This forum, led by FDOT Bou-
levard project manager David Korros, was
called to present proposals designed to make
the MiMo District more pedestrian-friendly.
The proposals included several strategically
placed "feedback speed signs" that display
the standard 35 mph speed limit but also
utilize a digital readout of the actual speed of
the car approaching the sign This idea was
well received by those in attendance.
FDOT also proposed the installation
of a so-called Pedestrian Refuge Island
at 72nd Terrace. These islands are like
medians separating traffic lanes. They
allow pedestrians to cross one-half of a
busy roadway, find refuge on the island,
then navigate the other half. The 72nd
Terrace island would feature flash-
ing beacons instead of a full-fledged
crosswalk stoplight. FDOT addition-
ally proposed a plethora of new signage
advising people to use common sense

when crossing the street. This was not
very well received as most everyone ig-
nores such signs, and they just add to the
visual pollution that already exists.
All in all, not a very promising set of
long-term solutions, but nonetheless they
should be implemented (except the extra
signage, please) because they're better
than nothing.
As for added police protection, we have
a new police chief, Miguel Exposito, who
says one of his top priorities is to put more
police on neighborhood streets some-
thing I've been advocating for years. I've
never bought into the police mantra that
il "\ c put a cop on every corner, we still
couldn't stop crime." While that may be
true regarding white-collar crimes or im-
pulsive crimes of passion, it would certainly
put a damper on the opportunistic criminals
who plague our neighborhoods and busi-
nesses all along the Biscayne Corridor.
Let's hope the new chief is success-
ful in this endeavor and that he places
some priority on the Upper Eastside
- both on the Boulevard and on our
residential streets.

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A Time to Thaw

SIt takes a special kind ofperson to thrive when it 12 degrees
By Wendy Doscher-Smith ,
BT Contributor VlI f I M

By the time you read this, I will
have rung in 2010 aboard ajet
bound for Miami International
Airport. Hopefully. (Had to say that,
seeing as how I prepare to die every time
I get on a plane, and I don't assume any-
thing in this life. Plus I'm superstitious.)
By the time you read this, I will be back
in my homeland for an undetermined
amount of time.
My first thought this morning when I
glanced at the thermometer: "12 is a shoe
size for basketball players, not a tem-
perature." Alas, my sunnified, subtropi-
cal friends, indeed it is a temperature
and you can bet one thing: It will keep
dropping. In fact last winter I saw minus
12. And they say it was a mild one.
The weather report called for a
"Windy and Wintry Mix." Wintry Mix.
Sounds like a seasonal appetizer plate.
"Waiter! Yes, I'll have the Wintry Mix!"

Chunks of thawed and then fried road
kill. A slice of roadway with glacial
garnish, topped with a sprinkle of coarse
salt? De-icer fluid dip with a side of
brittle twigs?
And so it begins. Last winter I
thought it a viable option to plunge my

Subaru into the Susquehanna River. The
Subaru is king up here in the Merci-
less Frozen Tundra because it works in
snow and ice. The vehicle might keep
you alive. I am aware that in the MIA,
Porsches, Escalades, Audis, Mercedes
convertibles are the preferred wheels.

Here people are less picky. They want to
survive. And none of those fancy cars
are going to help you get traction when
the road is a slick runway of death.
So when considering daily MFT
runway o' death or the airport's runway
o' death, I chose to fly south.
Not that Miami doesn't have its
runways o' death. Pick any road 1-95,
the Palmetto, Biscayne Boulevard, Calle
Ocho. As I drive on these wintry Danger
Mouse roads here, I often find myself
wondering WWMD? What Would
Miamians Do? Seriously. I can't even
imagine the carnage and mayhem if the
305 had to deal with snow/icy roads.
Look, I can say it because I'm a
native. (Sort of like it's okay to call your
sister horrible names and beat her into
submission because she's your sibling.)
Miami is wonderful for many reasons.
But common sense and intelligence are
not among them.

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Back when my father taught at the
University of Miami, everyone called it
"Suntan U," and not just because the sun
was shining. No, there seemed to be a lack
of...what? Work ethic? Drive? Whatever it
was, it still prevails. The sun. It makes you
soft. And you can't fight it any more than
you can fight the MFT winter.
This marshmallowing of the brain,
it's the fate of all who spend too much
time in sunny places. Face it, Miamians:
You're a bunch of pussies. I know. I'm
one too. Which is why I am heading
back to the warm womb.
To be fair, as I'm an equal-opportu-
nity call-it-like-I-see-it type of woman,
the MFTers are also pussies. You
see, it all boils down (during Miami
summers, you can take that literally)
to the environment in which you grew
up. While Miamians shake out the
moth balls and dust off their fur or
faux fur coats when the thermometer
dips below 70, people in the MFT start
sweating at exactly same temperature.
It's just the way we're made.

I'll tell you who is not a pussy,
though: Irish Helen. My neighbor
Irish Helen is one MFTer I like. Irish
Helen possesses what one might call
"vim and vigor." She has a great knack
for saying "Bah!" while dismissively
waving her hand.
This is a woman in her mid-60s
(I'm guessing here) who keeps her
house at 65 degrees when she's in
it. Always. I'll bet it's at 65 right now,
while my thermo still (!!!) reads 12.
Her husband does not like it, she says.
But he'd just better bundle up! (To give
you an idea what this housing tem-
perature means to me: When Jeremy
and I went on vacation recently, we set
the temperature to 68. Well, there are
furry children to consider.)
Irish Helen also does not believe in
hats. Hats are for sissies!
My school friend Tim is nothing like
Irish Helen, yet they do share one thing
in common: Tim is another MFTer who
doesn't believe in hats, even at minus 12.
I love Tim, too. He's barely 20-years-
old, born in Vestal, a suburb of Bing-
hamton, NY, which rather unfortunately
makes him not just a MFTer but also a

Vestilian. However, I am convinced this
is all a mistake, a switching at birth, if
you will. Tim does not exhibit typically
annoying Vestilian MFT traits such as
shuffling his feet or dropping his conso-
nants, and he still has all his teeth.
But Tim still cannot completely
escape his roots. Last night was a
good example.
There we are, standing outside the
building where we'd just concluded the
semester of DPI, or Digital Photographic
Imaging. (DPI is really an acronym for
YAGSTS, or You Are Going to Suffer
This Semester.) So anyway, I am in a
three-quarter, "mulberry pink," down-
filled coat, under which there are two
layers one shirt and one sweater -
jeans, high boots, two pairs of socks
(first cotton, then wool; it must be done
that way), and mittens.
Tim is wearing what has come to be
his class uniform: a thin pair of sweat
pants, a tissue-weight white T-shirt, a
barely-there hoodie, possibly underwear,
and running shoes. I do not know if
there were socks.
Tim and I are trying to get through a
congratulatory cigarette, but damn! It is

cold. And I stupidly opted to wear a bop-
ping reindeer headband, so I am hatless.
I don't know the temperature but I know
it is ominous. (I now can tell the differ-
ence between cold and ominous, and we
had already passed the "o" mark).
It had been snowing at 5:00 p.m.
when I crunched my car wheels into a
snowy, illegal parking spot, and now it
is 9:00 p.m. We've been outside for four
minutes and I can no longer feel my ears.
Then the wind comes. I start howling.
But Tim just stands there.
Me: Oh my gawwwwd! Ahhh! What
the???? Tim! How can you just stand
there like that? Eeeeeeeeeeeee!
Tim (calmly): I am clenching my ass
cheeks together so I don't scream.
And there you have it. The heart
of the MFT spirit. Ass-clenching will
power. Hat disdain. Bah! I see it in Irish
Helen. I see it in Tim. And I respect it in
both. But I do not want to see myself in
it the rest of this winter.
They can eat the Wintry Mix platter.
I'm ordering the subtropical special.

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he constraints of limited editorial
space often mean our crack BT
news team is not able to follow
up on stories of continuing interest. It
can be frustrating for readers and writ-
ers alike. With that in mind, we've taken
this opportunity to update a few stories
from 2009. Not as many as we would
have liked, of course, but just as many
as this issue's limited editorial space
would allow.
Among the many intriguing stories not
included here, we're still keeping an eye
on the Vagabond Motel, fundraising at the
Miami Art Museum, Biscayne Landing
and other shaky condominium projects,
Village Place in Miami Shores, and land-
scaping along Biscayne Boulevard.
Jim Mullin
BT Editor

Waiting for the Train
Bumper-to-bumper commute driving you
crazy? Ride the rails!
By Terence Cantarella
BT Contributor
January 2009
Dreams of speedy and convenient
train travel have not faded from
the minds of Biscayne Corridor
residents. The Florida Department of
Transportation's multi-year study, which
aims to lay the groundwork for commuter
trains on the Florida East Coast railway
(FEC) between downtown Miami and
West Palm Beach, is still rolling along
- slowly.
Residents will have to wait another
three years to see a finalized plan detail-
ing rail technologies and station loca-
tions. Federal funding, essential for any

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Updates on a few subjects of interest from the year past


These FEC railroad tracks could be carrying commuter trains between
Miami and West Palm Beach.

commuter rail project, will be sought
shortly thereafter and construction could
begin in 2014.

In the meantime, Florida is seeking
almost $3 billion in stimulus funds for
a high-speed Orlando-Tampa-Miami
train, a new Jacksonville-Miami
Amtrak line, and an Orlando-area com-
muter train.
The development of those lines,
plus the Florida legislature's recently
approved bill to fund Tri-Rail and create
a "rail oversight" department within
FDOT, bodes well for the FEC proj-
ect. It proves to the feds that Florida is
finally getting serious about rail transit
and is just as deserving of competitive
federal funds as other pro-rail states like
California and Illinois.
Since the FEC tracks pass through
the downtown of 28 cities and towns in
the tri-county region, a commuter system
on that line would be far more accessible

than the more westerly Tri-Rail system.
Ultimately, though, the goal is to
build a network of interconnected com-
muter trains (Metrorail, Tri-Rail, FEC)
and regional lines (Amtrak, Tampa-Or-
lando-Miami bullet train) to create a truly
21st-century transportation system.

Citizens on Patrol
Are Volunteers
in Need
They extend the reach ofpolice, but don 't
have much reach themselves
By Mandy Baca
BT Intern
February 2009

The City of Miami's Citizens on
Patrol program (COP) is more
substantial than local Crime Watch
groups. Volunteers for COP are screened
and trained by the Miami Police Depart-
ment to patrol residential neighborhoods
and report suspicious activity. They must
be at least 18 years old, live or work in the
city, and commit to a significant number
of volunteer hours. They do not make
arrests and cannot patrol after 11:00 p.m.,
but their vigilance is beneficial and appre-
ciated by the residents they serve.
Miami's biggest COP chapter by
far is the one based in Little Haiti, with
more than 70 active members, some who
have been volunteering for years. And
volunteer is the operative word. The City
of Miami supplies COP with polo shirts
or windbreakers and that's it. Volun-
teers provide their own transportation,

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The Last Meal
Why did some of the Biscayne Corridor best restaurants close their doors in 2009?

By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor
Up and down our Biscayne
Corridor, the most surpris-
ing restaurant story of these
recession-plagued times isn't how many
places have folded. It's how many new
restaurants have opened. Still, when the
restaurant death list from 2009 includes
places with food so notable and chefs
so high-profile you would have thought
them recession-proof well, you have
to wonder why. So we selected a few of
our most mourned losses and hounded
the proprietors for answers.
Dewey LoSasso and Alan Hughes
summed up their situations by invoking
an old real-estate adage: The three most
important things are location, location,
and location. LoSasso was chef/owner
of the renowned contemporary
culinary oasis North One 10,
while Hughes was chef/owner of
the quirky One Ninety, the second
incarnation of his very popular
Design District original and the
first restaurant on our list to fold
in 2009.
"We took a chance with the
restaurant's location at Biscayne
and 110th Street," explains
LoSasso. "There's a sort of dead
area between 125th Street down
to about 80th Street. When we
opened in 2004, we thought the
area was going to get better. A lot Alan
of our clientele did come from time
Jockey Club, Sans Souci, Cricket
Club, and other affluent uptown
communities. But when there are short
sales at Cricket Club, it doesn't make

sense to stay. In the last year, busi-
ness at the restaurant was down
almost 50 percent."
One Ninety had a more prob-
lematic setting on a block in Little
Haiti that is particularly charm-
less NE 54th Street just east of
N. Miami Avenue. Between the
street's broken-bottle d6cor, intru-
sively loud music from neighbors,
and frequent Friday-night Haitian
political demonstrations, Hughes
says diners didn't feel safe. "The
area was supposed to be emerg- N
ing.... I'm not very cautious ar
about locations. For a while after w
opening enough people did come,
even celebrities like Ricky Martin.
Bobby Flay came. But eventu-
ally well, I can't tell you how many
times a customer would say, 'Where the
hell am I?' There were
people who told me
they had driven to One

I Hughes of One Ninety: "I can't tell yc
s a customer would say, 'Where the h

Ninety, sometimes from long distances,
and then had not gotten out of the car."


weren't great customers."

There were other problems, too. "At
the first One Ninety, I had a partner,
Donna, my ex-wife, who did an amazing
job in the front of the house, and had a
huge following herself. I did great food,
and she had a great personality. At the
new place, I was run-
ning everything myself
and going crazy. I'm
not good with numbers,
As for North One
10, LoSasso can't recall
a year in the six he was
open in which there
weren't serious prob-
lems, starting with pro-
longed Boulevard road
iu how many construction that blocked
ell am I?'" access and ended up
putting him in substan-
tial debt. "You open to
four-star reviews but they put yellow tape
around the building!" he groans. "Then

the next year three
hurricanes. Then the
bad economy in the last
two years."
It didn't help that,
despite affordable
deals like a year-round
Miami Spice-style
menu, there seemed
to be a perception that
I A the high-profile place
had prohibitively high
prices as well. "I think
high-profile some of it was the
and they look," says LoSasso.
"Maybe we should
have gone casual
instead of keeping
the former restaurant
tenant's marble floors. NE 110th Street is
not a high-profile area unless you're
a transvestite hooker, and they weren't
great customers."
LoSasso has, however, landed on his
feet most spectacularly as the new execu-
tive chef at Miami Beach's landmark The
Forge. When word of his appointment
leaked out last last fall, the restaurant,
which was undergoing renovations,
began booking reservations well into
February. "North One 10 established me
as a brand," says LoSasso. "I'd never be
where I am without it."
Alan Hughes, in addition to his cater-
ing (www.chefalanhughes.com), also has
a new restaurant of sorts, back in a cool
Design District-area location. "At my
house!" he laughs. "I call it Guerilla Res-
taurant. There's just one table, and you
call up when you want to book a dinner.

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flashlights, batteries, cell phones, and
everything else. The Little Haiti chapter
did win a grant to purchase walkie-talk-
ies so members can communicate with
each other while on patrol often in the
Buena Vista East neighborhood just north
of the Design District.
Supporters of the program, including
the Buena Vista East Historic Neighbor-
hood Association, want the city to do
more. Pradel Denis, who is involved with
the COP program as well as the Buena
Vista East homeowners group, told the
BT last January: "If this program were
properly structured, we could make a big
dent in crime." At the top of Denis's wish
list: radios linked directly to police.
Another Buena Vista East resident
and COP advocate is Schiller Jerome,
who lobbied local politicians and police
commanders. "There's money available
to assist them," he told the BT, "but it's
not being used."

Pradel Denis (rear) and Schiller Jeromi
with members of Little Haiti's Citizens

Unfortunately, one year later, not
much has changed. "The end of 2009
brings the same results as the end of
2008," reports Denis, who notes that the
volunteers received zero financial support

last year and don't expect to this year
Jerome is more optimistic. Miami
has a new mayor and a new police chief.
Fresh faces could mean a fresh look at
Citizens on Patrol. Jerome says he'll con-
tinue lobbying Miami officials, despite
the city's precarious financial situation.

Sober but Strained
An Alcoholics Anonymous chapter takes
fire from its Shorecrest neighbors
By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor
June 2009

This past June the BT chronicled a
feud between Shorecrest home-
owners and an Alcoholics Anony-
mous chapter fueled by road rage, city
zoning mishaps, and a looming billboard.
Seven months later the conflict continues,
though it may come to a head in March.
That's when the AA chapter known as the
Little River Club, located at
S753 NE 79th St., may lose
the right to use the rear of its
property as a parking lot.
City spokeswoman
Cristina Fernandez says the
B fate of the rear parking lot,
which was originally zoned
for residential use only, will
be determined at a hearing
sometime in March. The city
could enforce the residential
e (right) zoning or grant the club a
on Patrol. variance for up to 20 years.
Shorecrest residents vow
to fight the parking lot unless the club
agrees to one change: Close the rear en-
trance to the lot, located on NE 80th Street,
which is otherwise completely residential.
They want the club to utilize a narrow

front entrance facing commercial 79th
Street. That proposed entry to the parking
lot is now blocked by a fence, the club
building's back patio, and a new 45-foot-
tall billboard. (CBS Outdoor owns the
billboard and pays the club $12,000 yearly
for the use of its property.)
Besides contending with vehicles en-
tering and leaving the club's parking lot,

The Little River AA club with billboar

sometimes at a high rate of speed, resi-
dents say they also endure unwelcome
club members wandering around the
neighborhood on foot. Neighbors claim
to have seen club members toss liquor
bottles and trespass on private property
prior to entering the club's rear entrance.
Chris Masciatti, a former Surfside code
enforcement officer, says he pursued one
trespasser with a video camera and a gun.
"The guy was reeking with beer," Masci-
atti asserts. "He turns around and starts
to run west to 80th Street. Right when he
got to the Little River Club, he jumped
the fence."
Richard Laird, president of the
Shorecrest Homeowners Association,
believes much of the trouble can be

attributed to individuals who don't want
to be at the club in the first place. They
must attend AA meetings by court order,
commonly the result of alcohol-related
offenses. Still, Laird says, the situation
is becoming intolerable: T\ o families
have moved out because of the foot traf-
fic going in and out of the neighborhood."
Little River Club attorney Gary
Glasser says there is no
proof that the speed-
ers or trespassers are
club members. He also
insists that such trouble-
makers are thrown out
of the club. "We are
trying to work with the
neighbors," says Glasser,
"but they are not doing
the same." As for the
proposed 79th Street
entrance, Glasser says
that even without the
obstructions, it would be
too narrow to accommo-
d looming date vehicles.
Last year city offi-
cials told the BT that the
club's rear entrance was no longer legal
as the variance that allowed its creation
expired in 1966. Miami officials also
claimed the back patio was built without
a permit and needed to be torn down. The
billboard, they determined, was legal.
According to Glasser, the patio did
have a permit. He also says he presented
evidence to city officials that the "vari-
ance" allowing the parking lot was really a
"certificate of use" with no expiration date.
Miami's zoning director, Lourdes
Slazyk, says Glasser is both right and
wrong. Yes, the club's "certificate of use"
was once legal, but no longer. It is, she
says, about to expire.

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School Dazed in
El Portal
Church wants to
sell, charter wants
to build, neighbors
want none of it
By Brandon Dane
Special to BT
July 2009

In April of last year,
a Broward-based
developer and
one of the nation's
biggest operators
of charter schools
began seeking special
permission to expand
and convert the The former Meth(
former Rader United
Methodist Church (NE 2nd Avenue and
87th Street) into a public charter school in
El Portal, population 2500. Residents, how-
ever, were worried about a range of issues,
including litter, possible crime, and traffic

congestion created by 900 students. Some
concluded that the project was "just another
way to make a buck."
During the summer, attorneys for
the developer, MG3 Developer Group,
pleaded with community members to

)dist church in El Portal is once again up

accept the proposed charter school,
offering reassurances that it would
be operated by the nonprofit Imagine
Schools, which claims to be the larg-
est and fastest-growing charter-school

organization in the United States.
El Portal's planning and zoning board,
advised by their traffic consultants, balked
at the potential problems, and the fact
that MG3 Developer Group had not yet
purchased the property from the Catholic
Archdiocese of Miami, which
bought the 58-year-old church
for $3.6 million in 2007.
The hammer fell on
September 15, when the board
unanimously denied approval
to develop the property. Ac-
cording to El Portal village
manager Jason Walker: "The
project is over unless they
want to appeal to the Miami-
Dade County Circuit Court."
Imagine School's South
Florida office says the
company instead intends to
open a charter school this
for sale. year in Doral.
Spokeswoman for the
archdiocese, Mary Ross Agosta, says
that while the sale to MG3 ultimately fell
through, the Rader property is still on the
market, and she expects the archdiocese
to make its money back.

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Solid as an Oak Tree,
Dead as a Door Nail
They 're in the Design District, they're
old and majestic, and they're about to be
By Terence Cantarella
BT Contributor
September 2009

The 41st Street Oaks, two stately,
100-year-old Southern Live
Oak trees in Miami's Design
District, narrowly escaped the chain

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Last Meal
Continued from page 29

And if I don't want to open some days, I
don't have to."
The most recent restaurant death on
our list was the creative Cuban/Spanish
tapas bar Canela, which operated from
a strip mall in the 5100 block of Bis-
cayne Boulevard. The Food Network's
Hungry Detective show judged Canela
"one of the five best off-the-beaten-
path restaurants in Miami." Opened in
2004, it closed this past November, and
person Margarita Vasallo seems a bit
"I thought I would have a little more
time," she says, "but every month this
year, when it came time to pay my rent, I
was lacking $1000, $2000. My landlord
finally said it would be better for me to
stop now and cut my losses."
Vasallo believes that recession
hardships dramatically decreased her
business. "Definitely," she says. "In the
same mall, people were going more to
the sushi express because these days
they'd rather spend $6 than $10 at

Jan Jorgensen on the demise of
Two Chefs Too: "Not so much the
economy, not being fine dining. It
was a lot of small, stupid things."

Canela." At lunchtime Canela served up
a lettuce/tomato/grilled onion/aioli-en-
hanced pan con lechon on crusty rustic
bread arguably the finest Nuevo
Latino sandwich in Miami. Nonetheless,
Vasallo adds, "You could see people
standing on line at the Dunkin' Donuts

next door for a cheaper panini."
Vasallo also blames her financial
woes on unchecked ambitions, such as
an expansion that doubled the size of
the restaurant after its very successful
first year. "My lease started at $926 per
month," she notes. "By the end it was
$5500. I shouldn't have expanded. I was
working all day and all night without a
partner I could count on, and I was work-
ing financially from month to month. I've
learned you can't do that. It's like with
baking: There's a recipe for a successful
restaurant, and you have to follow it."
Currently Vasallo is catering ("ba-
sically anything on Canela's menu"),
including a commission deal with Touch
Catering. And she's enjoying the chance
to spend time with her six year-old
child. Still, when talking about Canela,
it almost seems like she's referring to a
second child. "I miss her," she sighs.
Jan Jorgensen politely but firmly
refuses to talk about the demise of Two
Chefs Too. "I just don't want to associate
myself with anything negative," he says.
Indeed Jorgensen's journey through
the South Florida food world has been
overwhelmingly positive, culminating in

his original South Miami hot spot, Two
Chefs. The business began as a small
cooking school in 1994 and evolved into
an award-winning restaurant that has
proved consistently popular for 15 years.
Yet North Miami's Two Chefs
Too, which got excellent reviews for
its high-quality but reasonably priced
fine-dining cuisine when it opened in
late 2007, lasted little more than a year.
What happened? "Not so much the
economy, not being fine dining. It was
a lot of small, stupid things," Jorgensen
says evasively.
What about our own "jinx spot"
theory? The restaurant's low-visibility
space at the end of a strip mall
where 123rd Street becomes the Broad
Causeway has proved fatal to every
eatery that has tried to repeat the early
1990s success of Mark Militello's
legendary Mark's Place. Mark's was
packed every night, but Militello was
famous, and those were the days when
devoted foodies thought nothing of
driving vast distances for a superior
dining experience.

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saw last September. The question
now: Can they survive bulldozers,
backhoes, trenchers,
and steamrollers?
The BT began covering the plight of
the 80-foot-tall twin oaks after learning
that two concerned citizens George
Perez and Miryam Rojas had filed
expensive appeals with the city to
prevent property owners Carlos and
Rosa de la Cruz from cutting down the
towering trees.
The de la Cruzes had planned to
remove the historic oaks to make room
for a parking lot across the street from
their new art museum.

Last Meal
Continued from page 32

"I thought there was a little left of
that era," Jorgensen concedes. After all,
his demographic research looked promis-
ing. "The numbers seemed solid," he
recalls, "but the clientele turned out to be
very seasonal."

According to
City of Miami
preservation of-
ficer Ellen Uguc-
cioni, the BT
article unleashed
"a virtual flood of
from city residents."
Between that
public outcry and
the persuasiveness
of the appeals filed
by Perez and Rojas,
the de la Cruzes

George Perez and Mirya Rojas led the charge to save t
George Perez and Miryam Rojas led the charge to save t

quickly agreed to 41st Street Oaks.
design their new
parking lot around the trees instead of
removing them.

Despite his candor, Jorgensen still seems
to be avoiding something. Relentless pester-
ing finally gets it out of him. One fine day
when renovations were nearly complete, a
fellow Jorgensen knew, who worked for the
City of North Miami, drove up "in a car with
that little circle on the side. I happily invited
this guy in and offered to show him what
we'd done with the space."

Deep trenches were recently dug on
the property to install sewer and storm

That included a bathroom where
some drywall had been removed. Lo
and behold, that turned Two Chefs
Too's "renovations" into ncI\ construc-
tion," which meant much more strin-
gent requirements. "We had to change
many things," Jorgensen says. "Put in
handicapped bathroom facilities, exam-
ine every last little screw." One result:

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work. One concern: Those
trenches were dug well within
the spread of the trees' root
S systems, which typically
reach as far out from the trunk
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will continue to thrive or
whether they were spared the
chainsaw only to be con-
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The business was reassessed for tax
purposes at double its previous value. "It
just didn't fly for me," he adds. "I'm the
small guy. I cook for a living." Which he
continues to do with great success at Two
Chefs in South Miami, where the souffl6s
alone are worth the drive.

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Biscayne Crime Beat
Compiled by Derek McCann

If It Seems Too Good
to Be True...
1600 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
Our hero of a victim came home with two
women on his arms. (Score!) He left them
in his living room as he went to shower.
Gotta be nice and clean. As he was exiting
the shower, he saw both women hurriedly
exiting the front door with his wallet
and watch. (Score!) Nothing else was
taken, save for his bruised ego.

The Gift of Giving
As the holiday season winds down,
we've had an opportunity to divvy
up all the cool stuff we got from our
loved ones. This woman got her sur-
prise early. In the spirit of the season,
her ex-boyfriend called to let her know
he'd left a little something for her at her
apartment. How nice! When she arrived
home, she found his gift: electrical wires
cut, air-conditioning unit destroyed, and
all her clothes stolen. Not sure if he is

a cross-dresser, but as for replacing her
wardrobe, there are some great post-
holiday sales around town.

No Good Deed Goes
1000 Block ofBiscayne Boulevard
The woman couldn't help but notice that
several high-ticket fashion items were
missing from her condo: Louis Vuitton

bag, Breitling watch (reportedly valued at
$54,000), designer clothing, and jewelry.
Turns out that the brand maven was most
likely victimized by an acquaintance who'd
also been victimized by her pimp. The
suspect hooker, who was temporarily
staying at the condo, had been working at
a local strip club. Our victim was reticent
to press charges because she knew the
woman was trying to escape from her
loathsome pimp. The hooker has since

disappeared, along with the video-surveil-
lance tape, and is rumored to have returned
to the cold of Nova Scotia, where the Cana-
dian pimps are nicer and used designer
clothes fetch a good price.

The Ghost of Imelda Marcos
600 Block ofNE 86th Street
This crime occurred at a house where the
victim found that her door had been forced
open by an unknown intruder. Her home
was not ransacked. In fact there was no
damage whatsoever, and no cash taken.
However, eight pairs of shoes were stolen.
This was second burglary in six months at
the victim's home, but the first time shoes
were targeted. At press time, the shoes
themselves had not been identified.

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Continued from page 34
her purse on the counter, then walked
away. When she returned several minutes
later, guess what? The purse was missing.
There were about ten such incidents in this
month's police reports. Ladies, hold onto
your purses! Avoid appearing in the Febru-
ary installment of Crime Beat!

Man Loses Leg We
NE 17th Street and Biscayne Boulevard
Police reports are sometimes difficult to
decipher owing to an officer's uncertain
grasp of written English. Crime Beat
has struggled through some really bad
grammar. In this report, if we understand
it correctly, the victim was standing at
a bus stop when a man on a bike came
by and stole his "prosthesis." His left
pants leg was ripped from the seams and
also stolen. The victim was unable to
identify the bicycle-riding fetishist, but
his c \imcnson" (according to the report)
is sadly gone. Hold onto your arms and
legs, people. Apparently there is a market
for stolen limbs.

Peeper and His Peeps
In yet another example of the indecipher-
able police report, we have a man who
was seen peeping into a bedroom, using
a lighter to illuminate the room. He was
confronted by the victim and, according
to the report, he responded, "Okay, I will
go, just let me get my peeps to come on
by." The man was actually the victim's
drug-addict cousin. The victim then
noticed his girlfriend crouching outside
the bedroom window. The cousin and his
girlfriend then departed. Charges have
yet to be filed but for what?

A Passion for Cooking?
100 Block NE 76th Street
A man broke into a home and went
straight for the stove. He removed it and
began pushing it down the street. But it
was apparently too heavy for him. He
gave up and ran away after half a block.
Police did not catch him. Meanwhile the
stove's owner was unable to drag it back
home because of its weight. At press time
the stove was no longer on the street, but
its whereabouts were unknown.

Rogue Painter Starves
1000 NE 78th Street Rd.
Woman arrived home to find the family
cats shivering in fear under the bed.
Someone had broken into the home and
had taken all their food and water. (Seri-
ously.) The human food in the refrigerator
had also been tampered with. It doesn't
stop there. The entire apartment had been
painted yellow! The victim believes she
knows the culprit and was upset that he had
entered the home without her being there.
She wanted to watch him as she did not
completely trust him. (No wonder!) The
painter is still at large, armed with other
colors and plenty of lams.

Need Stuff? Just Take It
4870 Biscayne Blvd.
Typically people steal deodorants and food
from Publix. This time, however, two men
casually started loading Publix pallets
into their SUV. The pallets were clearly
marked, but the twosome did not seem to
care. Publix personnel caught sight of this
and immediately notified the officer on
duty, who promptly arrested them.

Some Guard Dogs
100 Block ofNE 79th Street
Man came to work and noticed all the
sodas were gone. Nothing else appeared
to be missing, with one exception: the
supposedly ferocious guard dogs. Dogs
and sodas have yet to be located.

Justified Paranoia
2600 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
Sometimes it seems that imagining
something could happen actually causes
it to happen. Such was the case with
the woman who was worried about her
son's truck. It had been stolen only a
week earlier. Happily, it was recovered.
After that, they parked the truck in the
backyard to avoid a repeat incident. One
day a friend was visiting and the worried
mother asked him to check the back-
yard to see if the truck was still there. It
wasn't. The truck had been stolen again!
At press time the truck had not been
recovered, but if it is, you can bet they'll
try parking it inside the house.

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Street Art Has Arrived

Wynwood is now famous for its outdoor murals


What was happening out there
on the streets of Wynwood,
on a Wednesday afternoon in
the middle of December? The Art Basel
crowds had gone home, so why all these
people milling about, taking photo-
graphs in front of murals throughout the
neighborhood? Wynwood, the art center
of Miami, may be filled with galleries,
but it is rarely filled with visitors apart
from one Saturday evening each month.
Here's what's happening: Wynwood
has become one of the most vibrant
street-art scenes in the nation, if not the
world. Building walls here have been
covered with an astonishing amount of
illegal and legal graffiti, murals, and
paintings, created by both local and
internationally acclaimed artists.
So on this afternoon, art interlopers
piled out of taxis and cars to see some of
these spectacular murals. People posed
in front of the 12 murals painted during
Art Basel on a cluster of buildings along
NW 2nd Avenue. The collection of
murals is called "Wynwood Walls" and
was sponsored by the New York gallery
Deitch Projects and the developer Tony
Goldman, whose company owns the
properties. They posed in front of other
walls too, like the massive one facing
1-95 on the building housing the Margu-
lies Collection, painted the artists known
as Retna and El Mac.
Those two are part of a collective
called Primary Flight, which has been
responsible for much of the outdoor art in
the area, and which is currently creating
a sprawling mural and graffiti complex
on NW 6th Avenue at 23rd Street, where
more visitors were snapping photos of the
explosion of color emanating from the
walls of this warehouse property.
Wynwood's walls received intense
scrutiny this past Art Basel, but this
street-art extravaganza didn't happen
overnight, and not without a lot of sweat
and effort that some of the originators
think have gone uncredited.
The artist who goes by the name
BooksIIII is a founder of Primary Flight,
the group founded in 2007 to seriously
cover those neighborhood walls. "We
busted our asses securing those walls,
getting the paint," he says of those early

unlike many of the artists who created them

Over the past few years, Wynwood has become Shortly after Primary Flight's Douglas Hoekzema
ground zero for inspired graffiti art. finished this vision of Celia Cruz, it was vandalized.

Retna and El Mac's finished mural at the Margulies
Collection, 591 NW 27th St.

Primary Flight's Retna and El Mac at

days. Along with several other artists
and curators, the group has a passion
for bringing art outdoors, to a neighbor-
hood the art elite ignored, aside from
indoor shows. "Here was a place that
was becoming an art hub," he says, "but
for the most part it was one week a year
[during Art Basel]. They appear and then
disappear without looking at what was
going on. We were like, 'Fuck you, more
is going on here.'"
Making art available to everyone
was part of the mission, says another
founding member, New York-based cura-
tor Lynn Yohana Howard. "We wanted
to highlight high-level art for the people,
to help revitalize a blighted area that was
neglected for so long," says Howard.

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the roster of people participating grew,
and included local, national, and inter-
national artists. Primary Flight's paint-
ings were giving Miami worldwide
street cred. (Photo galleries and more
can be found at the group's website:
Fast forward to this past December,
when "street art" was all the rage. An
element of commercialism had clearly
creeped into the scene, from the beauti-
ful but somewhat sterilized "Wynwood
Walls" to yet another show that claimed to
be exhibiting some of the world's biggest
names in graffiti art, a two-story exhibit
called "Graffiti Gone Global," sponsored
by the restaurant chain SushiSamba. Both

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newcomers with more money and public
relations fire power.
An artist and architect who works
with Primary Flight, Douglas Hoekzema,
a.k.a. HOX, was feeling more than
slighted. He was feeling robbed by the
"Graffiti Gone Global" show. He'd been
hired to do the main sculptural installa-
tion and was highlighted in the show's
catalogue as "The Architect." But at the
last minute, he says, he was taken off the
project with no recourse to fix what the
curators thought was a problem.
"I swallowed my pride and began to
change elements to their liking," he says.
"Halfway through the day [they] decided
to shut the project down. I pleaded for

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ii by Brazilian duo Nunca at "Wynwood Walls." i

Collaborative mural by Nina, Os Gemeos, and Finok
at "Wynwood Walls."

Shepard Fairey mural at 3000
N. Miami Ave., sponsored by
Primary Flight.

Street Art
Continued from page 36
two more hours to prove that I could
complete the work as they wished, but
this wasn't enough.... I feel this is more
than just personalities clashing."
One of "Global's" curators, Karla
Murray, who with her partner James pro-
duced the well-regarded Miami Graffiti
book last year, says there were creative
differences but that any official comment
had to come from the SushiSamba man-
aging partner, Shimon Bokovza.
However, Bokovza says he had noth-
ing to do with the curating or the hiring
or firing of individuals.
Hard feelings were clearly surfacing.
Says Primary Flight's BooksIIII: "That
was just shit, what happened to HOX. No
respect there."
The "Wynwood Walls" project also
got little respect. ii n...../ Walls?

What a curiously titled project," says
BooksIIII. "We made Wynwood's walls
and we're getting no credit for that."
Says Lynne Yohana Howard: "No,
we didn't put out water bottles with the
tag 'Wynwood Walls,' we just did it over
the years."
They felt the Goldman/Deitch mural
park capitalized on what they'd already
done, with no mention of their efforts
and achievements in covering so many
of Wynwood's walls.
For his part, Tony Goldman hopes
Primary Flight is rightfully credited for
what they've
done, but he is
proud of what "Wynwood Walls'
"Wynwood titled project. W(
Walls" has walls and we're
become. "This for
is something
else to add
to the neigh-
borhood and to the public's enjoyment
of public art," he says. "It's good for
BooksIIII agrees, in part. "Those
walls are fantastic, I don't hate on that,"
he says of the "Wynwood Walls" murals.

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people might get V r''
the impression that .
all this happened
in one day." (The
"Wynwood Walls"
project featured an
international cast Kenny Scharf at
of artists, includ-
ing Aiko from Japan, teams Os Gemeos
and Nunca from Brazil, Stelios Faitakis
from Greece, and Shepard Fairey, Kenny
Scharf, Clare Rojas, Barry McGee, and
Jim Drain from the United States. Go to
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it may come
down to truly
visions. The murals at "Wynwood Walls"
are not graffiti. They are paintings, and
Goldman has hired 24-hour security
to make sure no one defaces them. As
BooksIIII points out: "Look, they've got
tended grass and lighting and whatnot.

"Wynwood Walls."

Our stuff is still unpoliced; It's just out
there on the street."
Over at the huge graffiti project on
NW 6th Avenue that Primary Flight's
artists are creating, the lack of policing
was evident recently when a mural by
Hoekzema of singer Celia Cruz -
was defaced just days after being com-
pleted. "What a shitty thing to do," sighs
the artist, who is going to retouch it.
In spite of the discord, everyone
seems to agree that Wynwood has
become a unique neighborhood be-
cause of the remarkable proliferation
of outdoor art. "Miami is a true graffiti
destination," says BooksIIII.
Goldman agrees: "It is becoming an in-
ternational street-art museum. It really is."

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Through January 30 "Hope Yes We Can" by Maria
Magdalena Campos-Pons
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

2320 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-5747, www brevards com
Through March 30
"NonDuality" by John Brevard

2301-2303 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www buttergallery com
Through January 7
"Sacrificial Offering" by Rick Falcon
and "Butter Gallery Artists Exhibit"
with Jahmal Williams, Yurl Tuma,
Ahol Sniffs Glue, Tawnle Silva, and
Hubert Kretzschmar

8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami
www susannacaldwell com
Through June 30 "Seductive
Assemblages and Wood Sculpture"
by Susanna Caldwell


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Jacin Giordano, Cut Painting 3 (detail), acrylic on

98 NW29 St, Miami
calix-gustav blogspot com
Through February 2 Yanelis Lopez, Charles Chace,
Jonathan Stein, Carl Pascuzzl, Spunk and The Orange
Kittens, and Klaus Guingang and "Monitoring Art"
with Pipilotti Rist, Clifton Childree, Xavier Cortada,
Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez, JC Espinosa, Christina
Pettersson, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Nikki Rollason,
Russell Chartler, and Paul J Botelho
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
305-490-6906, www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
January 15 through February 12
"Cinematheque" by Jorge Pantoja
Reception January 15, 7 to 11 p.m.

541 NW 27th St, Miami
305-571-1415, www visual org
Call gallery for exhibition information

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-292-0411, www charest-welnberg com
Through February 28 "Herd Thinner" with Slater
Bradley, Suntek Chung, Richard Dupont, Martha
Friedman, Sheree Hovseplan, Rashld Johnson, Simone
Lelgh, Fernando Mastrangelo, Raha Ralssnia, Seher
Shah, Erin Shirreff, Jeff Sonhouse, and Outtara Watts
Reception January 9, 7 to 9 p.m.

2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www chelseagalleria com
Call gallery for exhibition information

61 NE 40th St, Miami
www cityloftart com
January 4 through February 6
Group show with Elmar Hund, Ekaterina More, Virginia
Erdle, and Monique Wegmueller
Reception January 9, 7 to 10:30 p.m.

787 NE 125th St North Miami
www chirinossanchez com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www castilloart com
January 9 through February 6
Shelter Serra and yet nightly pitch my moving tent"
by Gustavo Roman
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

at Fredric Snitzer Gallery.

2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
www dlfinearts com
Through February 6
"Lapidus Infinitus" by Carlos Betancourt and "Geo-
Graphic" with Luls Alonzo-Barklgia, John Bailly, Irene
Clouthler, Felice Grodin, Jill Hotchkiss, Laura Kina,
Alberto Latorre, Michael Loveland, Michael Scoggins,
Carlos de Villasante, and Annie Wharton
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

3938 NE 39th St, Miami
www diasporavibe net
January 7 through February 2
"When Black is Clear, part I" by Alejandro Contreras
Reception January 7, 7 to 10 p.m.

171 NE 38th St, Miami
dimenslonsvarlable net
Call gallery for exhibition information

2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-486-7248, www dinamitranlgallery com
January 9 through February 27
"The Contract" by Marina Font
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

151 NW 24th St, Miami
305-576-1278, www dorschgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

51 NW 36th St, Miami
305-573-9994, www dotfiftyone com
Through January 12 "Thaw" with Andres Ferrandis and
"Purusha" with Andrea Chehebar

2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www dpmgallery com
Through January 30
"Change is around the corner" by Manuela Ribadeneria
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.
47 NE 25th St, Miami
www edgezones org
January 9 through January 30 "Patterns" by Patl Laylle
Reception January 9, 7 to 11 p.m.

10 NE 40th St, Miami
www etrafineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

750 NE 124th St North Miami #2
wwwfachearts com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2247 NW 1st PI Miami
www snitzer com
January 8 through January 30
"Years Later" by Jacin Giordano
Reception January 9, 7 to 9 p.m.

120 NE 20th St, Miami
Through March 31 "The Art of Boxing" by Silvia Ros

600 Biscayne Blvd Miami
Through January 29 "Tetralogy" by Maria Martinez-Canas

125 NW 23 St, Miami
www galerlehelenelamarque com
January 9 through January 31 "Beyond the Body II" with
Bose Krishnamachar, Anish Kapoor, Shadl Ghadirlan,
Tejal Shah, Francesca Lalanne, and Alex Burke
Reception January 9, 6 to 9 p.m.

2085 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www galleryschuster com
Call gallery for exhibition information

174 NW 23rd St, Miami
www gallerydlet com
January 8 through February 6
"Magical Powers" by Charley Friedman
Reception January 8, 6 to 9 p.m.
Reception January 9, 7 to 9 p.m.

2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

2628 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www glovannlrossifineart com
Through January 5 "War Beau" by Angelbert Metoyer

3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
Through February 6 "Gravy" by Julie L Frlel, Gladys
Trlana, "Closer to me than myself" by Gabriela
Morawetz, and "Todos Los Cuerpos Extranos" curated
by Roc Laseca with various artists
Reception January 5, 7 to 10 p.m.

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www haroldgolengallery com
January 9 through February 6
"New World Order" with Mark Ryden, Ron English, Skot
Olsen, Mitch O'Connell, Scott Schledly, Chris Dean,
Pooch, Christie Strong, and NI Satterfleld
Reception January 9, 7 to 11 p.m.

147 NW 36th St, Miami
www cashappeal com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2417 N Miaml Ave, Miami
Through February 26
"Archipelago" with Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza

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250 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-573-1673, www interflightstudlo com
January 4 through February 5 "Above the Clouds"
with PilotO, Desiree Bordes, Mike Tesch, Jo-Ann Lizlo,
Herve Alexandre, and Bernardo Medina
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

123 NW 23rd St, Miami
www kabecontemporary com
Through January 15
"Recent Work" by Jose Antonio Hernandez Diez

50 NE 29th St, Miami
www kelleyroygallery com
Through January 15 "Elements x 10" with Sebastian
Spreng, Robert Swedroe, Mike Tesch, Patricia Claro,
Antonio Ugarte, Fran Bobadilla, Miml Bates, Kevin
Paulsen, Solle Yli-Mayry, John Henry, and Henry Lautz
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

2249 NW 1st PI, Miami
www kevinbrukgallery com
Through January7 Richard Butler, Daniel Hesidence, Fabian
Marcacclo, Enrlque Martinez-Celaya, Jason Middlebrook,
David Shaw, Matthew Welnstein, and Su-en Wong
January 9 through February 20 Matthew Welnsteln
Reception January 9, 7 to 9 p.m.

3312 N Miami Ave, Miami
www kunsthaus org mx
Through January 30 "Tales and Other Nightmares" by
Tania Candiani
Reception January 9, 7 to 10:30 p.m.
96 NW 29th St, Miami
www ilanalllienthal com
Through January 6
"Show Of Hands" by Ilana Lilienthal

155 NE 38th St, Miami
www locustprojects org
January 9 through February 27 "An Uneven Floor,
2010" by Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

2441 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www artnet com/reltzel html
Through January 30 "Ritual of Passage"
by Jose Bedla
Reception January 9, 7 to 9 p.m.

244 NW 35th St, Miami
www mlamlartspace com
Call gallery for exhibition information

300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
Bldg 1, Room 1365
www mdc edu
Call gallery for exhibition information

1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
305-428-5700, www mymlu com
Call gallery for exhibition information

346 NW 29th St, Miami
www museovault com
Call gallery for exhibition information
155 NE 38th St, Miami
786-556-3033, www nektardestagni com
Through March 1 "Jewelry Salon" with Hernan Bas,

January 2010

Charley Friedman, I Like Moist
Things, copper, sponges, inflatable
pool, water, 2009, at Gallery Diet.

Scott Hug, Cristina Lei Rodrigez, Martin Oppel, Paola
Pivl, Tom Sachs, Bless, Brokenfab, Emma Carroll,
Confetti System, Femke De Vrles, Lauren Manoogian,
and Nektar De Stagni

3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
www oh-wow cor
Through January 9 "Dark Night of the Soul" with David
Lynch and Danger Mouse

2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www panamericanart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www praxis-art com
Call gallery for exhibition information

4100 N Miaml Ave, Miami
www pressitonart com
January 5 through February 6
"From Across The Pond" with Mike Bernard, Jean
Robinson, and Henrick Simonsen
Reception January 9, 7 to 9 p.m.

82 NE 29th St, Miami
artnet com/sammergallery html
Call gallery for exhibition information

250 NW 23rd St, #202, Miami
www sethjason com
Through January 30
"Recent Works" with John Henry and Carl Myers
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

155 NE 38th St, Miami
786-271-4223, www spinellogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information
162 NE 50th Terr, Miami
305-992-7652, www myspace com/stashgallery
Call gallery for exhibition information

66 NE 40th St, Miami
305-484-1491, www stevemartinfineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

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3821 NE 1st Ct, Miami
swampstyle@gmall com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

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

201 NE 39th St, Miami
305-576-6960, www wrpfineart com
Through February 13
"Cars and Money" by David LaChapelle

2242 NW 1st PI, Miami
305-433-3441, www wynwoodcentral com
Ongoing Kito Mblango

250 NW23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
954-235-4758, www yeelenart com
Through January 20 "Around Jenin's 210" by Jerome Solmaud
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Miaml Ave, Miami
305-455-3380, www cifo org
Through March 7 "Being in the World Selections from
the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection curated by
Berta Sichel with Chantal Akerman, Rafael Lozano-
Hemmer, Muntean/Rosenblum, Shirin Neshat, Robin
Rhode, Bill Viola, Francesca Woodman, and more

23 NE 41st St, Miami
305-576-6112, www
delacruzcollection org
Call for operating hours and
exhibit information

11200 SW 8th St, Miami
305-348-0496, http //thefrost
flu edu/
Through January 10 "The
Missing Peace Artists Consider
the Dalai Lama" with various
artists and a c u n a n t e s t
m o n y" by Navjot Altaf
January 20 through April 11
"The Fantastic World of Jose
Gurvich" by Jose Gurvich
January 20 through April 25
"Women's Work / Men's Work
Labor and Gender in America" Pati Layll
with various artists Edge Z
Edge Zon
1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
305-284-3535, www lowemuseum org
Through January 24
"Kitchen Dreams" by Ricky Bernsteln and "Tree of
Paradise Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire"

101 W FlaglerSt, Miami
305-375-3000, www mlamlartmuseum org
Through January 17 "Gulllermo Kultca Everything,
Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980 -2008" by
Guillermo Kuitca
Through February 28 "Space as Medium" with varil
artists and "Metamorphosis" by Carlos Bunga

770 NE 125th St North Miami

e, Yellow Garden Hose, c-print, 2009, at
es Contemporary Art.
305-893-6211, www mocanoml org
Through February 14 "The Reach of Realism" with Uta
Barth, Olaf Breuning, Tom Burr, Talia Chetrt, Anetta Mona
Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Phil Collins, Thomas Demand,
Alex Hubbard, Matt Keegan, Ragnar Kjartansson, Elad
Lassry, Lars Laumann, Adam McEwen, Wilhelm Sasnal,
Xaviera Simmons, Martin Soto Climent, Wolfgang
Tillmans, Sara VanDerBeek, Emily Wardill, Gillian
Wearing, Judi Wertheln, and Artur Zmijewski

591 NW 27th St, Miami
305-576-1051, www margulieswarehouse com
Through April 30 "Masters of Surrealist Sculpture"
'us with Joan Mir6 and Isamu Noguchi, "100 Years of
Photography 1909-2009" with Lewis Hine, Dorothea
Lange, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, Cindy Sherman,
Justine Kurland, Alec Soth, Jeff Brouws, Olafur

Eliasson, and Anastasia Khoroshilova, and "Depression
Bread Line" by George Segal

95 NW 29th St, Miami
www rubellfamilycollection com
Through May 29
"Beg Borrow and Steal" with Ai Welwel, John
Baldessar, Frank Benson, Amy Bessone, Matthew
Brannon, Maurizlo Cattelan, Peter Coffin, George
Condo, Aaron Curry, John Dogg, Marcel Duchamp,
Gardar Eide Einarsson, Elmgreen and Dragset, Hans-
Peter Feldmann, Urs Fischer, Dan Flavln, Robert
Gober, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Wade Guyton, Guyton
\Walker, Karl Haendel, Peter Halley, David Hammons,
Mark Handforth, Kelth Haring, Rachel Harrison, Richard
Hawkins, Damlen Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan
Horowitz, Thomas Houseago, Rashld Johnson, William
E Jones, Deborah Kass, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons,
Barbara Kruger, Jim Lamble, Elad Lassry, Louise
Lawler, Mark Leckey, Sherrie Levine, Li Zhanyang,
Glenn Ligon, Robert Longo, Nate Lowman, Nathan
Mabry, Krls Martin, Paul McCarthy, Allan McCollum,
Adam McEwen, Takashl Murakaml, Cady Noland,
David Noonan, Richard Prince, Charles Ray, Jason
Rhoades, Stephen G Rhodes, Bert Rodriguez, Sterling
Ruby, Thomas Ruff, David Salle, Steven Shearer,
Cindy Sherman, Haim Steinbach, John Stezaker, Philip
Taaffe, Hank Willis Thomas, Piotr Uklanskl, Meyer
Valsman, Kelley Walker, Wang Ziwel, Andy Warhol,
Christopher Wool, and Zhang Huan

Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-438-9908, www worldclassboxing org/
Through January 29
Sylvie Fleury and Raymond Pettibon
Reception January 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

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Events Calendar

Fantasy Comes to Life
Follow the harrowing tale of a toy soldier
in search of his paper ballerina in the The
Steadfast Tin Soldier. Performed at the
Playground Theatre (9806 NE 2nd Ave.),
the 1838 children's tale lets us spy on a
playroom after the lights are off. What fol-
lows is a trial by fire for the forlorn soldier
who confronts trolls, rats, and carnivorous
fish. Tin Soldier will be performed Janu-
ary 6-31. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for
children. Visit www.playgroundtheatre.
com for show times.

The Master of MiMo
Architect Norman Giller pioneered the
style we now know as Miami Moder, or
MiMo. As expressions of America's post-
war optimism, Giller's distinctive designs
were visually exuberant. Among them are
the Ocean Palm Hotel, the North Shore
Band shell, and the Carillon Hotel. Giller
and his granddaughter, architectural histo-
rian Sarah Giller Nelson, have collaborated
onDesigning the GoodLife, abook that
chronicles this important period in Miami's
history. On Thursday, January 7 at 7:00
p.m., Sarah will discuss the book and sign
copies at KOEL Design, in the heart of the
MiMo Historic District (6400 Biscayne
Blvd.). Refreshments will be served. Call
786-382-0624 for more information.

Delta Blues Close to Home
Start the new year on a soulful note with
good friends, good food, and above all, good
music. Join veteran South Florida bluesman
Ernie Southern as he wails on his National
steel guitar at North Miami's musical oasis,
the Luna Star Caf6 (775 NE 125th St.) on
Thursday, January 7. Southern has been
belting out his signature Delta blues for
years, and whether playing solo or with his

Four Performances
in One High-Energy
Murder, twisted love stories, fire-
works, gangsters, mystery, gold,
and extraordinary dancing. The Miami
City Ballet returns with four hit per-
formances in one explosive and edgy
show Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
January 8-10 at the Arsht Center. The
brilliant George Balanchine created three
of the pieces Divertimento No. 15,
Valse Fantaisie, and Slaughter on Tenth
Avenue while choreographer Twyla
Tharp teamed with eclectic musician
David Byrne for The Golden Section.

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Friday and Saturday performances are
at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2:00
p.m. Tickets from $19 to $169 at www.

Jazz at the Center: A Night
of Vocalese
The inaugural season of the Arsht Cen-
ter's "Jazz Roots" series was a smashing
success. This year's series is off to a great
start, and now comes a unique program

that explores on ofjazz's most inventive
idioms: vocalese. Here's how it works:
Take a recorded instrumental tune, includ-
ing soloists' improvisations, and write
lyrics to match every single note. Legends
of the genre include Eddie Jefferson,
King Pleasure, and the grand master, Jon
Hendricks. Appearing at the Arsht Center
on Friday, January 15 at 8:00 p.m. will
be two vocal groups that have elevated the
form to new levels: Manhattan Transfer
and the New York Voices. Hendricks
himself will take a star turn. Ticket are
$45-$125 at www.arshtcenter.org. Call
305-949-6722 for details.

See the River of Grass with
Fresh Eyes
You've been to Everglades National Park
many times, right? Did you really know
what you were looking at? Here's a chance
to sit back, relax, and let an expert provide
insight into one of nature's true wonders -
right in your own backyard. The Historical
Museum of Southern Florida's eco-histori-
an, Frank Schena, leads a bus tour Friday,
January 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Stops
include the Ernest F Coe Visitor's Center,
Pa-hay-okee Overlook, and the Florida
Bay waterfront at Flamingo, among others.
Members $39, nonmembers $44. Price in-
cludes box lunch and park admission. Call
305-375-1621 for more information.

Oh, How We Love a Parade!
The annual Martin Luther King Day
Parade, featuring some of the area's top
marching bands, flashy motorcycle clubs,
festoonedjunkanoo musicians, and local
celebrities, steps out on Monday, January
18. Beginning at NW 10th Avenue in Liberty

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City, the parade travels west along NW 54th
Street to its destination at Martin Luther
King Jr. Park (6101 NW 32nd Ct.), where
food and fun will be available for all
ages. The free event begins at 11:00 a.m.
and formally ends at 6:00 p.m. Call 305-
835-2464 for more information

Equine Shrine
Cavalia, the equestrian sensation seen
by 2.5 million people worldwide, comes
to Bicentennial Park January 19-31 to as-
tound Miamians with the merging of man
and horse in this poetic and acrobatic story.
Created by Cirque du Soleil co-founder
Normand Latourelle, Cavalia is a tribute to
the historical bond between humans and
animals. Tickets range from $34 to $189
for matinee and evening performances.
Purchase tickets at www.cavalia.net.

Fairchild's Garden of
Earthly Delights
Who knew being bad could feel so good?
We did! Be all kinds of bad at Fairchild
Tropical Botanic Garden's 4th Annual
International Chocolate Festival.

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stations, sculpture competitions, and I
special lectures. The garden is located
at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. and the festival
takes place Friday, January 22 through
Sunday, January 24 from 9:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. Admission prices vary so
check out www.fairchildgarden.org or call
305-667-1651 for more.

Little River, Big Effort
New Year'slesolution:Domolevolunt r

gloves provided. Bring a canoe or kayak
if you have one. Contact Deirdre Kirk
Raeside at deirdre kirk @yahoo.com
for more information.

Personal Best: If You
Haven't Been Training,
It's Probably Too Late
The Miami Marathon/Half Mara-
thon is back! For one day only,
January 31, Miami turn into a truly
pedestrian-friendly city as 15,000 run-
ners from all 50 states and 52 nations take
to the streets. The 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile
Iaces begin at 6:00 a.m. and will take the
a robically inclined over the causeways
onto South Beach, then back over for a
lunt to Coconut Grove. There the runners
promptly turn around and head forthe finish
line at downtown's Bayfront Park. Last
\ car's overall winner was Slimani Bena-
zzouz of Italy (2:16:49). Entry fees before
January 22 are $100 for the marathon,
$75 for the half. Visit www.ingmiami-
marathon.com for more information.

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SVillage of El Portal, Florida

Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday, January26, 2010 at7pm


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on the 26th day ofJanuary, 2010 at a
meeting of the Council of the Village of El Portal, held at 7:00 o'clock P.M. in
the Village City Hall, the Village Council will consider the adoption of the
following Ordinance:
Council Discretionary Funds: Ordinance No: 2009-004 (2nd Reading)
The public may inspect the proposed Ordinances in the office of the Village
Clerk of the Village of El Portal, said office being located in the Village Hall,
500 Northeast 87th St. Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be
heard in respect to the proposed Ordinances.

In accordance with the provisions of ES. Section 286.0105, should any
person desire to appeal any decision of the Village Council with respect to any
matter to be considered at this meeting that person must insure that a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which includes all testimony and
evidence upon which any appeal may be based.
AlberthaW Patteron, MSM, CMC
Village Clerk

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All the Better To Eat You With
Amazing carnivores of the plant world

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

Carnivorous plants have fascinated
me since I was a kid. Imagine
a plant that eats insects or even
small animals. How cool is that? It's
straight out of science fiction. Why
would plants want to catch and eat things
that crawl or fly? And how do they do it?
As a child I grew countless Venus
Flytraps, fantastic little plants that have
modified leaves that enclose and trap in-
sects. After several days the leaves usu-
ally reopen, revealing dried-out insects
parts. But the plants would always die
back every fall. Years later I learned they
were from the cold climates of North
and South Carolina, and went dormant
in the fall, awaiting favorable springtime
conditions. Not all carnivorous plants are
from the tropics.
Years after that, while visiting
Professor Werner Rauh at the University
of Heidelberg in Germany, my interest
in carnivorous plants was once again
piqued. Rauh was famous for his work
and collections of succulents and brome-
liads. At the university there was a large
collection of plants, but I was in awe
when I entered one of the greenhouses
and was confronted with an amazing
sight: Nepenthes (pitcher plants) of every
shape and size hanging from the rafters,
growing on top of the tables, and cascad-
ing onto the floor.
Nepenthes is an Old World genus
with species ranging from Madagas-
car, throughout tropical Asia and the
Pacific region, to northern Australia.
They grow both epiphytically and ter-
restrially and are most numerous on

the island of Borneo.
Pitcher plants are so
named because structures
that resemble and function
as pitchers are formed by the
plants, commonly at the ends
of modified leaves. Water will
fill these pitchers and insects
that are attracted to the tiny
ecosystems fall inside and
drown. The carcasses of these
unfortunate insects are then
digested by enzymes in the
water. Any nutrients produced
by this process are then ab-
sorbed by the plant.
There are a couple of other
families of pitcher plants. Sar-
racenia and Darlingtonia are
New World plants in the same
family that grow terrestri-

ally in bogs and make great Malaysia.
terrarium plants. The other
pitcher plants are quite rare and not com-
monly seen in cultivation.
What these and most other carnivo-
rous plants have in common is that they
are native to very nutrient-poor areas,
hence the need to procure nutrients
from decomposing insects and animals.
Successfully growing these specialized
plants requires creating a close ap-
proximation to the plant's natural habitat.
(This is a basic principal that should be
followed when growing any plant.) It is
also a Plant Health Care tenet: Plants
in their native habitats do not require
fertilization or any other kind of human-
produced chemical care; they do just fine
in those specific conditions.
Venus Flytraps naturally grow in
poor, acidic soils, high humidity, and in

-U -
Rats are sometimes found drowned within
the large pitchers of Nepenthes rajah in

full sun with wet roots. They grow best
in a potting mix of sphagnum moss and
sand. Sarracenia and Darlingtonia come
from the same conditions so grow them
the same way.
Nepenthes are also species from
nutrient-stressed habitats. They typically
begin life when their seeds germinate
on the ground. As the plant grows, it
usually attempts to climb onto and up a
nearby object. This creates an interest-
ing situation. The pitchers of a specific
species of Nepenthes that are growing
on the ground are usually very different
in shape from the pitchers on the same
plant when growing upon something
else (epiphytically). This is likely due to
the fact that pitchers hanging from the
ends of leaves suspended in the air can

not be too heavy or hold too much water,
otherwise they would rip off the leaf
supporting them. Pitchers growing on
the ground are typically squarer in shape
and hold more water.
The water within the pitchers is
a tiny microcosm. Although many
insects and small animals will drown
and be digested when they fall into
the water, other insects live and thrive
inside a pitcher's aquatic habitat. A
well-known inhabitant of pitchers is
mosquito larvae. I have been grow-
ing Nepenthes at work and home as
hanging plants in baskets for several
years (never needing to fertilize them)
and have never seen mosquito larvae
inside any pitchers produced by the
plants. However, I'm certain that it
will eventually happen, so I check the
water on a regular basis. If you grow
pitcher plants, you should check the
water inside the pitchers frequently,
otherwise you may be offering an extra
breeding habitat for mosquitoes.
Grow your Nepenthes in a sturdy
hanging basket in a soil medium of peat
moss and coarse sand. Let the pitch-
ers cascade out of the basket. Keep the
plants out of direct sunlight and keep the
soil moist, not wet. It's not necessary to
fill the pitchers with water; they will fill
up on their own.

JeffShimonski is an ISA-certified mu-
nicipal arborist, director of horticul-
ture at Jungle Island, and principal of
Tropical Designs of Florida. Contact
him atjeff@tropicaldesigns.con.

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One Real Park, Five Phony Parks

SIs Miami committing green-space fraud or is itjust incompetence?

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Miami's smallest green spaces
are disappearing. Out of the
six City of Miami mini parks
I visited in December, only one was a
functional park. The other five were in
various states of closure or decay. What
is going on here?
Miami notoriously has a minuscule
percentage of green space, but it may be
even less than we think. The five non-
functional mini parks are listed on the
city's website as actual parks. But when
the park's gates are permanently locked,
or the space is nothing more than a park-
ing lot, it should not be counted as a park.
Is someone counting parking lots
as parks? I want to make that cartoon-
character sound of shaking my head
in disbelief.
Here's the breakdown. East of 1-95,
from downtown to 85th Street, at least
six mini parks, with specific addresses,
are listed under the city's website. Here
is what I found at each one, going from
south to north, with addresses listed
exactly as they appear online:

Range Park #1: Under 1-95,
between 10 & 11 Streets
A locked fence surrounds the area,
and a sign near the former entrance
reads, "Park closed due to construction
2/11/05." There are some cracked basket-
ball posts and some grass, but no active
construction here.

The deck and bench are covered in duck droppings, but it's just nature's way.

Town Park: NW 4 Avenue
& 17 Street at 95
Unlike Range Park #1, construc-
tion is very active and clearly marked
here, and the surrounding fence can be
closed. While the park cannot be used,
I saw a guy ride his bike right through
the open fence and into the construc-
tion zone.

Wynwood Mini Park: 29 NW 30 Street
It's a parking lot.

Woodson Mini Park/M. Design:
NW 2 Avenue at NE 36 Street
No open space here. Every corner is

Range Park #2:
Under 1-95 between
73 & 75 Streets
A wasteland. It's
hard to imagine that
this spacious area
could have been a
park, as 1-95 keeps it
in a constant shadow
and the express-
way's numerous,
imposing columns
divide the space
into bacon strips of
rubble and weeds.
There's evidence of
homeless people and

its small size designates it as a park for
the neighborhood only and not a desti-
nation for outsiders. But the fact that it
exists is instructive.
Hardly bigger than a peanut, Oak-
land Grove Mini Park sits on the
waterfront and in between two houses.
How did it avoid becoming part of a
backyard? My guess is that someone
made a mistake or infuriated its intended
developers to the point that they gave the
land back to the city. Too bad we don't
have more of these mistakes.
Like Biscayne Bay, waterfront land
on Little River is consumed almost
entirely by private housing, meaning that
the average citizen has no opportunity to
access and enjoy it. By preserving this
speck of land, everyone in the neighbor-
hood has a chance to feed the ducks.

A winding path from the entrance lends the space

drug deals. A sign some ambiance.
should be posted:
"Illegal Activity Zone." Much uglier than
the average underpass, this "park" is one
of the saddest spaces I've ever seen. Next
door is Little River Elementary School
and the Victory Homes Head Start child-
care center.

Oakland Grove Mini Park:
NE 3rd Avenue at 84th Street
Finally, a real park!
Trying to find this mini park is
a major challenge unless you have a
kayak. With paddles, head up the Little
River Canal to El Portal and the park
will be on the south side, meaning in
City of Miami territory instead of the
Village El Portal.
Never mind the park's obscurity, as

Unofficially this park is now
dubbed Duck Duck Park. A large and
inquisitive Mama Muscovy rules the
roost, and a couple of Mallards linger
in the background. They appear well-
trained to come begging for food when
a human approaches.
Ducks are messy by nature, and
the fenced-in wooden deck and bench
on the water are full of droppings. But
that's the price you pay for getting a
little closer to nature.
It's difficult to tell if anyone uses
the park besides the ducks, although
someone has spray-painted on the west-
ern wall the word "fantastic" (spelled

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correctly). The park has no playground,
but it has enough amenities to make it fit
for daily contemplation or for a raucous
birthday party.
There are two picnic tables, a double
grill, a water fountain, and four sitting
benches. In between is a winding path
made of sand and broken shells, and this
rustic touch makes is feel much homier
than would a standard concrete path.
The main draw, of course, is the still
and quiet canal. The surface reflects tow-
ering palms and graceful houses, broken
only by the occasional landing bird or
leaping fish. On the days I visited, a plas-
tic bag hung underwater near the shore,
but the dark color of the brackish water
makes it difficult to tell if the entire
canal is highly polluted. The shoreline
around the park is not.
Okay, so the Oakland Grove Mini
Park is nice for its neighbors, but what
about all the other neighborhoods, par-
ticularly those that could be using the
defunct mini parks?
In my mind, every time I see an


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River scene: Waterfront park views
like this are rare in Miami.

empty lot, I see a mini park. Almost
every neighborhood has one you
know, the strange, abandoned space that
never found a buyer? Now is the time for
you to claim it in the name of your hood!
Seriously, you need to pick up the
phone right now and tell your city
commissioner that your neighborhood

deserves a mini park. Do it! Miami owes
us five.
I also want to enlist the good citizens
of Miami to canvas their neighborhoods
for the other so-called mini parks listed
on the city's website. Do those parks
exist, or are they also in various stages of
disintegration? My guesstimate is that a
good 50 percent are fake parks, just like
Range Park #1 and #2, Wynwood Mini
Park, and Woodson Mini Park.
For those who would argue that little

parks may be relatively unimportant,
remember that details count. In Miami,
with park space so scarce, every little bit
really does count.
Mini parks are the babies of our park
system. Once they have been slaugh-
tered, the big guys will be next in line for
the chopping block and the construction
crane. Let's not get to that point.
Help to save our mini parks.

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And Now for the Star of the Show!

Pet tricks don't have to be stupid, but they definitely should be fun

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor
The Association of Pet Dog Train-
ers, of which I am a member, has
declared January 2010 as the first
national Train Your Dog Month. January
is the perfect time for this as it's a time
for New Year's resolutions and a rest from
the holiday madness. Notable as well,
many people adopt new dogs during the
festive season. In addition, people who
already have dogs may have relegated
their pets to the background as vacations,
visiting relatives, entertaining, and other
holiday preoccupations took precedence.
But now it's time to give our be-
loved companions their due. This month
I invite you to dust off your dog's toy
chest, don your worn-out treat bag, and
have fun teaching your dog some fancy
new tricks. You can also take this time to

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work on behavior problems, or even just
go out and enjoy the cooler weather with
your four-legged pal.
The plan is to have fun and do more

Boing!: Like a pogo stick.

Rising stars: Every dog can learn
to perform and enjoy it, too.
with your dog in
a dog-friendly way!
Here my two dogs
demonstrate some
As easy tricks, and pose
for a candid shot of
fun things we do to
spend quality time
High Five Have
your dog sit close to
Syou and hold a small
4 treat directly in front
of his nose. Move
your hand slightly
(an inch or so) to the left or right and wait.
As the dog lifts a paw say, "Yes!" and give
him the treat. After a few repetitions, wait
for him to lift his paw higher to touch

your hand before rewarding and prais-
ing him. Then ask for the "High Five"
with an open hand. Yes!
Boing! Only try this if your dog
is a fully formed adult who does not
have back problems. The goal is to
have your dog jump straight up in
the air Boing! like a pogo stick.
Hold an object the dog is interested in
over his head. When he jumps for it
say, "Yes!" or "Good!" and give him
the object or reward. Once he starts
jumping reliably, ask him to Boing!
Weave Teach your dog to weave
through your legs as you walk. Start
by stepping forward and luring your
dog through with food or a toy. Say,
"Through" before the dog goes through
and "Yes!" when he does and give him a

reward. As the dog comes to understand
the command, reward only variably until
few rewards are needed.
Take a Bow A bow is a fun trick you
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can use at the end of your dog's bravura
performance for friends and family. The
bow can essentially be taught as a modi-
fied doi iI" because you'll praise and
reward your dog before his hindquarters
hit the ground. Start by holding a treat
in front of your dog's nose while he is
standing, then slowly move it straight
down to the ground. As his head lowers
and his elbows near the ground, mark the
behavior with a "Yes!" and immediately
give him the treat. Repeat. If your dog is
flopping all the way to a do" iI" position,
only lure the dog halfway before praising
and releasing the treat.
You can add depth to the bow in future
repetitions. Ignore the responses when
your dog performs a "down" and just start
again. When he starts to catch on and
keeps his rear up in the air, praise and
reward big. Now say, "Take a bow" before
you lure him down. You can add a visual
signal too, such as performing a bow or
curtsey yourself, or a hand gesture toward
the floor. Then practice, practice, practice!
Daily Adventures From a car ride to

Weave: Stride with pride. p : 7

SDaily Adventures: Try a backyard campout.

the bank to a week's vacation, your best
friend thinks everywhere you go together
is fascinating and fantastic. Cash in on
this by turning a seemingly mundane day
into something special. Have a campout
in your own backyard. Take scenic walks
on different routes in the parks and neigh-
borhoods for different smells and sights.

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Whether you're teaching your dog
to walk by your side or training the next
Pet Star champion, approach everything as
if it's a fun trick. Be happy. Maintain your
tireless enthusiasm! Really communicate
with your dog. Encourage him by cheering
him on and build each behavior gradually
so he can be successful. Look him in the

eye and smile at him.
Spending quality time with your dog
every day will build your relationship
and their confidence and make them less
likely to get into trouble.

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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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 206.

Restaurant listings for the BT Dining
Guide are written by Pamela Robin
Brandt. Every effort has been made
to ensure accuracy, but restaurants
frequently change menus, chefs, and
operating hours, so please call ahead
to confirm information. Icons ($$$)
represent estimates for a typical meal
without wine, tax, or tip. Hyphenated
icons ($-$$$) indicate a significant range
in prices between lunch and dinner
menus, or among individual items on
those menus.
$= $10 and under
$$= $20
$$$= $30
$$$$= $40
$$$$$= $50 and over

Brickell / Downtown

900 S. Miami Ave.,
305-347-3700, www.abokadosushi.com
Hamachi chiles rellenos? Shiso leaf "nachos" topped
with raw spicy tuna, kaiware sprouts, and other Asian
ingredients? The Viva, a sushi roll that starts with stan-
dard Japanese (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado), adds
Latin sabor (Jalapeno, cilantro), wraps it in a flour tortilla,
and garnishes it with heat (spicy snow crab mix)? Miami
hasn't tended to initiate too many food "firsts," but this
Japanese/Pan-Latin fusion place is surely one Prices are
higher than at neighborhood sushi spots, but in keeping
with Abokado's Mary Brickell Village neighbors $$$$

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

141SW 7th St.
This space's futuristic fairyland decor, highlighted by
hanging glass pendants, makes it popular as a stylish
hangout as much as a restaurant -- and loungers are
rewarded with a bar menu ranging from the traditional
(zataar-splked hummus) to the trendy (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
lime aioli $$$

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
305-524-5234, www.area31restaurant.com
Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant
(named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas
to South America) isn't a glamorous dining setting But
we'd eat outside From the expansive terrace of the
Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of
Brickell's high-rises actually make Miami look like a real
city Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the
most impressive The food is impeccably fresh regional
fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style
The cocktails are genuinely creative Luckily you don't
have to choose one or the other $$$-$$$$

500 Brickell Key Dr.
Floor-to-ceiling picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay
But diners are more likely to focus on the sparkling raw
bar and open kitchen, where chef Clay Conley crafts imag-
inative 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-man-
nated loin, and bastilla, the famed savory-sweet Middle
Eastern pastry, stuffed with braised shank $$$$$

901S. Miami Ave.
(Mary Brickell Village)
305-534-9191, www.balans.co.uk
Open until 4 00 a m on weekends, this London import
(Miami's second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than
its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the
same simple yet sophisticated global menu The indoor
space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friend-
ly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which
comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side
salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly
solid Asian fusion Items, and a cocktail is one of Miami's
more relaxing experiences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food sn't easy to find in Miami, 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 rjsttafel, 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., 305-503-6500
On the Conrad's 25th floor, The Bar's picture-windowed
space is notjust a watering hole with panoramic views At
lunch it's an elegant sandwich bar, at night it's a raw bar
(with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar
serving pintxos That's just the Basque word for tapas, but
here there's nothing mere about the generously portioned
small plates They range from traditional Items like cod
fish equlxada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes
to inventive inspirations like fole gras and goat cheese-
stuffed empanadas $$$

Botequim Carioca
900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-675-1876
If Brazil's cuisine were defined by the USA's Brazilian
restaurants, the conclusion would be that Brazilian people

eat nothing but rodizio (all-you-can-eat meat), and weigh,
on average, 400 pounds This Brazilian pub broadens the
picture, with a menu that offers entrees, especially at lunch,
but highlights Brazilian tapas -- mega-mini plates meant for
sharing Must-not-misses include pastels filled with shrimp
and creamy catupiry cheese, beautifully seasoned bolinho
de bacalau (fried salt cod dumplings), and alplm frito (house-
special yuca fries, the best in town) $$$

Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
305-913-8358, www.mandarinoriental.com/miami
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space
as its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider It a more
spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,
owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace
directly on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired, with a
few Latin and Mediterranean accents For the health-con-
scious, the menu includes low-cal choices For hedonists
there's a big selection of artisan sakes $$$-$$$$$

The Democratic Republic of Beer
255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161
The food here? Beer is food The DRB serves 400 beers
from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon
to $40 DeuS (an 115% alcohol Belgian methode
Champenoise brew) But for those favoring solid snacks,
tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini
with dip (cheese recommended), chorizo with homemade
cilantro mayo, or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with
onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa Sadly for breakfast-brew
enthusiasts, the DRB isn't open that early But it is open
late -- till 5 00 a m $$

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave.
305-403-3103, www.doloreslolita.com
From the stylish setting in Miami's historic Firehouse No
4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees,
which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed
pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost
either $18 or $23 And the price includes an appetizer
-- no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham
croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom
sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales The best
seats are on the glam rooftop patio $$$

Ecco Pizzateca & Lounge
168 SE 1st St.
305-960-1900, www.eccomiami.com
Masterminded by Aramis Lone (of PS14) and partner Brian
Basti, this hip hangout was designed to entice downtown
workers to linger after office hours And even without the
expansive, casual-chic space as bait, internationally award-
winning Italian pizza chef Massimo Fablo Bruni's exquisitely
airy, burn-blistered pies, made from homemade dough,
could do the trick The rest of the organically oriented menu
may also great, but with pizzas like the cream/mushroom-
topped Blanca beckoning, we'll never know $-$$$

485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel)
Unlike their Michelin-starred New Adriatic restaurant
Anthos, in Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael
Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia has influences
ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean
region, and even Latin America Unchanged is Psilakls'
solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that
makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste acces-
sible So skip the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly cus-
tardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin risotto, or

any raw seafood Item, especially the unique marlin with
pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck $$$-$$$$

Fratelli Milano
213 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-2300
Downtown sn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but its expe-
riencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night That
includes this family-owned rlstorante, where even new-
comers feel at home At lunch it's almost impossible to
resist paninl, served on foccacla or crunchy clabatta,
even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and com-
plementary flavors During weekday dinners, try generous
plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus, home-
made pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio, or
delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula $$-$$$

Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave.
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/Italian
equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-
Mex but more health conscious) Menu offerings range
from designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but
the bistro's especially known for imaginative meal-size
salads, like one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado,
apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied pecans, and chicken
on a mesclun bed $$

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr.
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries
about the seafood's freshness, on their way to the dining
deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the
retail fish market Best preparations are the simplest
When stone crabs are in season, Garcla's claws are as
good as Joe's but considerably cheaper The local fish
sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper,
or mahl mahl $-$$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly
contemporary, but no worries The classic sword-wielding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish
And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the
traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared
foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses A pleasant, nontra-
ditlonal surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion
fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney.
along with the ubiquitous chimichurrl $$$$-$$$$$

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this
ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace)
the perfect power lunch/business dinner alternative
to steakhouses And the culinary experience goes way
beyond the typical meat market, thanks in part to the
flood of freebies that's a trademark of Manhattan's II
Mulino, originally run by II Gabblanos owners The rest
of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth And the
champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black
truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$

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638 S. Miami Ave.
305-379-1525, www.indochinebistro.com
Indochine has succeeded by morphingfrom mere restaurant
into hip hangout Copious special events draw everyone
from downtown business types to the counterculture crowd
Not that there's anything "mere" about the range of food
served from three Asian nations Light eaters can snack on
Vietnamese summer rolls or Japanese sushi rolls For bigger
appetites, there are Thai curries and Vietnamese specialties
like pho, richly flavored beef soup with meatballs, steak slices,
rice noodles, and add-in Asian herbs and sprouts $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
120 SE 3rd Ave.
(See Miami Shores listing)

La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St.
305-373-4800, www.laloggia.org
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant
was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown
With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti
in sage butter sauce and cllantro-spiced white bean/veg-
etable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer
Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch
crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on
through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyer's Liquid Lunch,
a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso $$$

La Moon
144 SW 8th St.
At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a
Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a truckers burger beef
patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried
egg, with an arepa corn pancake "bun" While this tiny place's
late hours (till 6 00 a m Friday and Saturday) are surprising,
the daytime menu is more so In addition to Colombian clas-
sics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared
salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites $-$$

La Provence
1064 Brickell Ave., 786425-9003
Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indi-
cate a great meal to come But when Miamians encounter
such bread -- crackling crust outside, moist, aromatic,
aerated interior -- its likely not from a restaurants own
kitchen, but from La Provence Buttery croissants and
party-perfect pastries are legend too Not so familiar is the
bakers cafe component, whose sandwich/salad menu
reflects local eclectic tastes But French items like pan
bagnats (essentially salade Nigoise on artisan bread) will
truly transport diners to co-owner David Thau's Provengal
homeland $$

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr.
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously,
with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/
pate, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and
complete American breakfasts At lunch, generously
salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresistible But
sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the
choice tough And do not skip dessert Superb sweets
include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy
lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses,
and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with daily-
changing fillings $-$$

MIA at Biscayne
20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-642-0032
At this expansive, ultra-glam restolounge, the eclectic,
mostly small-plate menu ranges from the expected
(grilled skirt steak with chimichurr, new-style cevi-
ches, and luxe sushi rolls) to a small but tantalizing
selection of chef Gerdy Rodriguez's signature cre-
ations Lunch fare includes modernized "Minuta" fish
sandwiches (avocado/habanero vinaigrette-dressed
hamachi on non Kaiser rolls), while dinner offers
edgier inventions like confit pork belly with a panko-
crusted egg yolk capsula, the yolk nitrogen-frozen
before frying to achieve a crisp crust and delightfully
improbable oozing interior $$$

Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse
retains basically everything but the famed name (from
the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains
Miami's most intentionally masculine steakhouse
Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything
is humongous dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the
Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in
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 frail $$$$$

Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254
Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been
serving her traditional homemade island specialties to
downtown office workers and college students since the
early 1990s Most popular item here might be the week-
day lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried
cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well
served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry
All entrees come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and
salad, so no one leaves hungry $

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
For those who think "Argentine cuisine" is a synonym for "beef
and more beef," this popular eaters wide range of more
cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation
Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but
the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a
new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper
with jalapeios, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint
of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce
Especially notable are the entree salads $$-$$$

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 according to regional

tastes and fish Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supple-
ments signature starters like lump crab cakes with his
own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche
The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection
includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pompa-
no, 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 Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes Dishes
range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like
muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh
yogurt cheese Everything from pitas to lemonade is made
fresh, from scratch, daily $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St.
305-373-8080, www.peoplesbarbque.com
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs
(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 there's a full menu of
soul food entrees, including what many aficionados consider
our town's tastiest souse And it would be unthinkable to call it
quits without homemade sweet potato pie or banana pudding,
plus a bracing flop half iced tea, half lemonade $-$$

15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449, www.perricones.com
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont),
this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's first gentr-
fled amenities At lunch chicken salad is a favorite, dinner's
strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennie's
old-fashioned lasagna to chichi flocchi purses filled with
fresh pear and gorgonzola And Sundays $15 95 brunch
buffet ($9 95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles,
smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains
one of our town's most civilized all-you-can-eat deals $$

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Red, White, and You

Agreeable wine for $12 or less

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

Chardonnay may be more popular.
Merlot may be more accessible.
Pinot Noir may have more cachet.
But when it comes to the fruit of the vine,
Cabernet Sauvignon is still king.
It's first among almost-equals of the
noble grapes of Bordeaux. It's the pre-
eminent red wine grape of California
and especially the Napa Valley. It's an in-
tegral part of many of the Super Tuscans
from Italy. And whenever anyone talks
about benchmark reds, you can bet that
most of the time they're talking about
Cabernet Sauvignon or wines in which it
plays a dominant role.
It really is good to be king.
It can also be damn expensive. In
the 1990s and early 2000s, the price of
Cabernet grew like wild mustard in the
vineyards, mainly the result of boutique
Cabs that developed rapid cult followings
that gladly paid $100, $150, and more
per bottle for a limited supply of these
brutally powerful, highly extracted wines.
The price inflation at the top end of the
market drew up everything below it too,
which essentially meant that you could
drop $50 or $60 for a mediocre Cabernet

Restaurant Listings
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Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Though the opening of Barton G s elegant performing arts
center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the food's actually
more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot The concept
is prx fixe Any three courses on the menu (meaning three
entrees if you want) for $39 Highlights include silky, tarra-
gon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef
carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil
dipping sauces, and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one
with a luscious creme fralche ice cream pop $$$$

Provence Grill
1001 S. Miami Ave.
The cozy dining room (and even more charming outdoor
terrace) evoke the south of France But the menu of
French bistro classics covers all regions country-style
pate mason with onion jam, roasted peppers, and
cornichons, steak/frites (grilled rib-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 $$$-$$$$
Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661
The first U S venture of a hotelier from Naples, this
stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for
dinner as well as lunch Ambiance is fashionably cool
Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan The
food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional

better suited to spreading on your break-
fast toast than serving with a meal.
Well, the Great Recession took
care of that, as did a movement toward
wines of grace and finesse rather than
brute force. Cabernet Sauvignon is still
expensive, though, and at our end of the
market you won't find the complexity,
potency, and aging potential that charac-
terizes the best Cabernets.
You will, on the other hand, find
some enjoyable wines. The wacky-ass
named 2007 Running with Scissors, for
example. It will fill up your nose with the
aromas of intensely ripe blueberries and
blackberries, which carry through to the
palate, piqued by some sweet spice. It's
simple and soft, and for ten bucks you
won't want to stab yourself for picking
up a bottle or two.
For the same price you get a better
taste of what upscale Cabernets can de-
liver with the 2006 Chalone Monterey
County. One of the most storied names
in California winemaking, this wine is a
fine value, though it might be challeng-
ing to anyone accustomed to the sweet,
fruity, and simple style of Cabernet. The
nose is a bit funky earth, leather, and
black olives as prominent as deep black-
berry fruit. But it's a very well-made

But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple an
antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and
housemade marinated veggies, crisp-fried calamari and
shrimp, airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools
of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil $$-$$$
The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave.
305-530-1915, www.therivermiami.com
This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as
evidenced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs
with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade There
are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes din-
ers, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese But oyster
fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on
the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are
served both raw and cooked fire-roasted with sofrito but-
ter, chorizo, and manchego There's also a thoughtful wine
list and numerous artisan beers on tap $$$
Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave.
786-425-1001, www.rosamexicano.com
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining expe-
rience that's haute in everything but price Few entrees
top $20 The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly
- festive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn't
fear, though nachos aren't available, there is nothing
scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly
made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habane-
ro-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature guacamole
en molcajete, made tableside A few pomegranate mar-
garitas ensure no worries $$$
315 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Housed in the stunning space with great water views
originally occupied by Prime Blue Grille, Solymar similarly
pursues the power lunch crowd with steaks and seafood,

wine, with a firm tannin-
acid backbone balancing
restrained fruit that leaves
room for a hint of cloves
and black pepper.
Fans of a fruitier
style of Cabernet may
prefer the 2006 Hayman
Hill Napa Valley. Aro-
matic hardly begins to
describe it. Along with the
expected blueberry and
cassis is a brimming spice
cabinet cinnamon,
cloves, and a distinct hit
of peppermint. It's tamer
in the mouth, but with a
good fruit-acid-tannin
balance that makes it quite
Another spicy puppy
is the 2007 BrisAndes.
This Chilean product
has a helluva pedigree -
Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)
- and is redolent of cloves and anise,
with simple strawberry fruit flavors and
a touch of bitterness on the finish (from
new oak?).
A couple of wines didn't make the
cut. The 2006 Red Diamond Cabernet

but with a stronger Latin accent There's more emphasis
on snacks, too, making happy hour a great time to sam-
ple $2 50 tapas like conch fritters with spicy Argentine
pink sauce and palmito salad, sparkling-fresh Amarillo
chill-spiked Peruvian shrimp ceviche, or festive fish/lump
crab sliders, along with half-off drinks $$$-$$$$
Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St.
Life is complicated Food should be simple That's owner
Armando Alfano's philosophy, which is stated above the
entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since
it's also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food
(Alfano hails from Pompeii), it's fitting that the menu is
dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisti-
cated Italian entrees There are salads and sandwiches,
too The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-
air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to
accompany local musicians and artists $-$$
Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave.
305-374-1198, www.tobacco-road.com
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone),
gay bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has
been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music,
primarily blues But it also offers food from lunchtime
to late night (on weekends till 4 00 a m ) The kitchen is
especially known for its chill, budget-priced steaks, and
burgers There's also surprisingly elegant fare, though,
like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aloli A meat-
smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$
Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St.
"Bstro" actually sounds too Old World for this cool hang-
out, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia,

Sauvignon was too tarry and
cough syrupish for enjoyment,
while an Argentine wine, the
2006 Nieto, repelled with musty
mushroom aromas and thin, harsh,
underripe fruit.
Sometimes, I guess, it's not
so good to be king.

Get the Chalone and
Hayman Hill at the North
Miami Crown Wine and
Spirits for $9.97 and $11.99,
respectively (12555 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-892-9463).
BrisAndes and Running with
Scissors are available at the
North Miami Beach Total
Wine & More, both for $9.99
(14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
354-3270). The Nieto costs
$8.49 and can be found (if
you really want to) at the
North Miami Beach ABC Fine
Wine & Spirits (16355 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-944-6525), while the Red
Diamond is sold at the Biscayne
Commons Publix for $9.99 (14641
Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-2171).

Feedback: letters(@biscaynetimes.com

but restolounge" sounds too glitzy Think of it as a neigh-
borhood blstrolounge" The food is mostly modernized
Italian, with Latin and Asian accents a prosciutto-and-fig
pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese, gnocchi served
either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle
aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce But there are
tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie,
too $$-$$$
Urbanite Bistro
62 NE 14th St., 305-374-0662
Ambitious but neither pretentious nor pricey this multi-
room, indoor/outdoor bistro is just the sort of friendly
hangout the neighborhood needs Chef Frank Imbarlina's
menu features hip contemporary fare like natural boar
chops with a savory-sweet soy/chopped pecan crust Fish
fans and vegetarians will find equally enjoyable large and
small plates potato-wrapped local pompano, beautifully
seasoned veg slu mai, shrimp corndogs with mustard and
mango dips Other pluses include an imaginative late-
night menu and free valet parking $$-$$$
Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct.
While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun") Irish
pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the
location is far superior -- on the Miami River, with waterfront
deck And none of Miami's Irish eateries offers as much
authentic traditional fare Especially evocative imported
oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread,
puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls, lunchtime's imported
Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes,
served with hand-cutfries, the latter particularly terrific dipped
in Waxys curry sauce $$

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Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave.
Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist decor (with
communal seating), and predominance of American vegges on
the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery owned byShai Ben-Ami
(a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) may initially seem akin
to those airport Oriental steam tables Wrong Custom-cooked
by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garlic-coated edamame),
salads, and have-it-your-waystir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls
burst with bold, fresh flavor The proof a startlingly savory miso
beef salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion dressing Bubble tea,
tool $$

Midtown / Wynwood / Design District
Adelita's Caf6
2699 Biscayne Blvd.
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside
it's bigger, better, and busier than it looks Unlike many
Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the
source and proves a crowd-pleaser On weekends espe-
cially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying
authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas
(Honduras's take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups
packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more $
Bay View Grille
1633 N. Bayshore Dr. (Marriott Hotel)
This expansive restaurant has no outdoor component, but
floor-to-ceiling windows and a multi-level layout means
every table has a Biscayne Bay view, which we find par-
ticularly 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 like a hefty fried
or blackened grouper sandwich on clabatta roll, with
remoulade sauce $$-$$$

2010 Biscayne Blvd.
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine
to match the look Classicists, however, needn't worry
America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are
here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced
and presented 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 $$$
Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd.
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a stylish mix of con-
temporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made
from wine barrels) Cuisine is similarly geared to the area's
smart new residents creative sandwiches and salads at
lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish,
Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night Though the
place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino
offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto arugula,
gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs,
and prosciutto Free parking behind the building $$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave.
If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves
supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking
distance of every Miami resident, we'd be a helluva hip
food town Like true Parisian bistros, t's open continu-
ously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in
anytime for authentic rlllettes (a rustic pate) with a crusty
baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop rata-
touille, or many changing blackboard specials Portions
are plentiful So is free parking $$
Clive's Caf6
2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277
Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American
breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall
has served for more than 30 years Since about 1990,
though, when owner Pearline Murray ("Ms Pearl" to regu-
lars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native

Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk
chicken has been the main item here Other favorites
savory rice and pigeon peas, eye-opening onion/vinegar-
flavored escovitch fish, sweet plantains, and cabbage that
redefines the vegetable $
The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd.
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
differentiates the place Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne
Times, giving diners something to chat about Sandwiches
and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an
unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes,
breads, and condiments for the creatively minded $

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd.
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
like 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.l8thstreetcafe.com
Most of the seating in this cool little breakfast/lunch room
is in a sort of giant bay window, backed with banquettes,
that makes the space feel expansive This pioneer-
ing place deserves to survive, even if just considering
the roast beef sandwich with creamy horseradish an
inspired classic combination that makes one wonder why
more places in this town don't serve it Other culinary
highlights include a turkey/pear/cheddar melt sandwich,
and really sinful marshmallow-topped brownies $

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
3401 N. 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, veg-
gie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they re well-done
but spurtinglyjuicy, 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-house from sourced potatoes $
Fratelli Lyon
4141 NE 2nd Ave.
305-572-2901, www.fratellilyon.com
This Italian cafe has been packed since the moment
it opened No surprise to any who recall owner Ken
Lyon's pioneering Lyon Freres gourmet store on Lincoln
Road (1992-97), another joint that was exactly what its
neighborhood needed The restaurants artisan salumi,
cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils, and more are so
outstanding that you can't help wishing it also had a retail
component Entrees include properly al dente pastas, plus
some regional specialties like Venetian-style calves liver,
rarely found outside Italy $$$
28 NE 40th St., 305-573-3355
Chef Michael Jacobs's menu travels beyond pan-Asian
and Mediterranean influences into the Americas Entrees
range from comfort food (cunningly reinvented mini pot
pies) to high-status extravagance (stone-seared, authen-
tic Kobe steak) For healthy grazers, raw-bar selections
include ceviches and a large seafood platter There's also
a snack menu (pristine coldwater oysters, a crab salad
timbale, parmesan-truffle shoestring fries, mini-Kobe
burgers) served till the wee hours, providing a welcome
alternative to the Boulevard's fast food chains $$-$$$$$
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 prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed
with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed cafe,
hidden on the Venetia condo's mezzanine Owners Ana
Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the
freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crust-
ed empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are
all baked in-house On Saturdays the grrrls'll even deliver
you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed $

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La Provence as their bakery.

Enjoy our new line ofsweet treats,

packaged to make the perfect gifts.

As always, all our sandwiches are made

on our daily baked breads.

Coming this January.... Lunch Combos!

A whole new way to enjoy our soups,

salads and sandwiches.

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Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave.
The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Cafe District,
this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually
cool as one would hope and as affordable There's
a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and
respectable vino for under $30 And few can resist
delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative
Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara Pastas are
fresh, produce is largely local, the mosaic-centered decor
is minimalist but inviting And no need to be wary of the
warehouse district at night Valet parking is free $$-$$$

Kafa Cafe
3535 NE 2nd Ave.
305-438-0114, www.kafamidtown.com
Operated by a brother/sister team (both originally from
Ethiopia), 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, onion,
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 Ethiopian menu, plus beer
and wine selections $-$$

La Provence
2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002
(See Brickell / Downtown listing)

Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd.
305-576-3838, www.latincafe2000.com
The menu is similar to that at many of our town's Latin
cafes, largely classic Cuban entrees and sandwiches,
with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin
America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed
seafood), or paella Valenclana from Spain, which many
Miami eateries consider a Latin country Whatjustifies the
new millennium moniker is the more modern, yupplfled/
yucafled ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic
wooden deck $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/
salads/starters primer What it doesn't convey is the
freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes
into their use Entree-size salads range from an elegant
spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky
homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens
Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninls, or
wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respect-
able Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-
tasting light salad 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 a hip new Midtown hangout
as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food The concept
is fast casual" rather than fast food meaning nice
enough for a night out It also means ingredients are
always fresh Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the
menu gets, but the mahl mahl for fish tacos comes from

a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily Niceties
include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers $

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

Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd.
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the fea-
tures you expect, including all-you-can-eat meats carved
tableside and a lavish buffet What sets Maino apart from
typical rodlzlo palaces is its family-run feel, intimate rather
than intimidating, plus its attention to every detail While
it's rare at most rodlzlo joints to get meat done less than
medium, Maino will cook to order One other welcome
difference There are a la carte starters and pastas for
lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some lunch spe-
cials Free parking, too $$-$$$$$

163 NE 39th St.
Though we admired the ambitious approach of Oak Plaza's
original tenant, Brosla, this more informal, inexpensive, and
straightforwardly Italian concept of veteran Lincoln Road
restaurateur Grazlano Sbrogglo seems a more universal lure
for the Design Districts central town square" The mostly
outdoor space remains unaltered save a wood-burning oven
producing flavorfully char-bubbled pizza creations, plus a
vintage meat slicer dispensing wild boar salamino, bresaola
(cured beef), and other artisan saluml Other irresistible
fried artichokes with lemony aoli, seafood lasagna with
heavenly dill-lobster sauce $$-$$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St.
(See North Miami listing)

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St.
An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented res-
taurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth
fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor
setting Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but
dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with
whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to
simple comfort food deviled eggs, homemade potato chips
with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken
There's also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to
encourage frequent visits Michael's Genuine also features
an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar $$-$$$$

Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor
305-374-5731, www.mikesvenetia.com
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the
Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular
lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others

who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks Regulars
know daily specials are the way to go Depending on the
day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings
are all prepared fresh Big burgers and steak dinners are
always good A limited late-night menu provides pizza,
wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m $-$$

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

Out of the Blue Caf6
2426 NE 2nd Ave.
305-573-3800, www.outofthebluecafe.net
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 creamy fresh-fruit
smoothies With tables, sofas, and lounge chairs inside an
old Midtown house, plus free wireless Internet access, the
space is also just a pleasant place to hang out $

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St., 305-722-7369
Everyone knew Jonathan Eismann's original Pacific Time,
for many years Lincoln Road's only serious restaurant
How different is its new incarnation? Very, and its all
good, starting with far superior acoustics, an admirably
green ecological 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 asparagus with pro-
sclutto, 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.
(See Brickell/Downtown listing)

3918 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-5325
At this tiny pizza/mozzarella bar, Jonathan Eismann's
inspired topping combos and astonishingly high-quality
ingredients prove that star-chef skills are not wasted on
humble fare Carnivores must try the Cacclatorini an
ultra-thin and crispy crust with indescribably rich guancla-
le (cured, unsmoked pork cheek bacon), pungent artisan
pepperoni, grana padano, locally made mozzarella, and
Italian tomatoes For meatless pies, we recommend the
Blanca, a thyme-seasoned pizza whose plentiful cheeses
are beautifully balanced by bitter arugula Bring a crowd
and taste half-a-dozen different mozzarellas $$

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 lively Italian
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 pastas 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 It's
open past midnight every day but Sunday $$

Primo Pizza Miami
3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555
Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant most
everywhere Today many places now offer authentic Italian
or delicate designer pizzas But a satisfying Brookyn-style
street slice? Fuhgedit Thankfully that's the speciality of this
indoor/outdoor pizzeria big slices with chewy crusts (made
from imported NY tap water) that aren't ultra-thin and crisp,
but flexible enough to fold lengthwise, and medium-thick
-- sturdy enough to support toppings applied with generous
all-American abandon Take-out warning Picking up a whole
pie? Better bring the SUV, not the Morris Mini

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St.
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge Among the
seafood offerings, you won't find exotica or local catches,
but all the usual sushl/sashiml favorites, though in
more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy srlracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many
more Especially recommended the yuzu hamachi roll,
the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp
with hot-and-sour mayo and a salad $$-$$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave.
Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic
diner Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday
mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous
breakfasts corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs
with grits, fluffy pancakes, homemade biscuits with gravy
and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs
Benedict The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual sus-
pects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the
daily blackboard specials $-$$

Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave.
No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this
lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper
Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the
area But it's no absentee celebrity-chef gig Bernsteln
is hands-on at both places Her exuberant yet firmly
controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen
hot and cold tapas on the menu Items are frequently
reinvented Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego
croquetas with figjam, white bean stew, crisp-coated
artichokes with lemon/coriander dip, and buttery bone
marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced
by tiny pickled salads $$$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr.
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
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than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but
flavorful yu pan quail Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully
balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly
sweet/salty sauce And Peking duck is served as three tra-
ditional courses crepe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauteed
with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish $$-$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave.
Both bistro and retail wine shop, this Design District spot
is run by Florent Blanchet, an energetic young Frenchman
who was previously a wine distributor His former gig led
to connections that mean if wine lovers don't find the
bottle they want, Blanchet can probably get it within 24
hours Food is sophisticated light bites like a shrimp club
sandwich with pancetta and sun-dried tomato atoli, and
smoked duck salad with goat cheese croutons and a
poached egg At night there are tapas $-$$

Upper Eastside

5600 Biscayne Blvd.
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside
car wash, Andiamo is also part of Mark Soyka's 55th
Street Station which means ditching the car (in the
complex's free lot across the road on NE 4th Court) is no
problem even if you're not getting your vehicle cleaned
while consuming the brick-oven pies (from a flaming open
oven) that are this popular pizzeria's specialty, along with
executive chef Frank Crupi's famed Philly cheese steak
sandwiches Also available are salads and panini plus rea-
sonably priced wines and beers, including a few unusually
sophisticated selections like Belgium's Hoegaarden $$

Anise Taverna
620 NE 78th St.
305-758-2929, www.anisetaverna.com
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 like anise-scented
fish croquettes with spicy atoli But don't neglect large
plates like whole grilled Mediterranean fish (dorade or
branzino), filleted tableside The interior is charming, and
the outdoor deck on the Little River is positively romantic

Bistro 82
8201 Biscayne Blvd.
As with Latin American food, much Middle Eastern restau-
rant fare blurs borders, making it hard to pinpoint individu-
al countries' culinary characteristics Here, though, national
identity is strong Virtually all dishes, from savory falafel
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 $$

916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture
enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/
outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar Especially bustling on
nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays,
when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the
menu includes Brazil's national dish, feijoada, 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.
For anyone who can't get over thinking of French food as
intimidating or pretentious, this cute cafe with a warm
welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is
the antidote No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just
classic comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh
oysters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast),
Nicoise salad, quiche, and homemade creme brulee A
respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as
is the housemade sangria Top price for entrees is about
$14 $-$$

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

Casa Toscana
7001 Biscayne Blvd.,
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, limited-
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-dried tomatoes, and
a light ricotta tart with lemon and rosemary $$$

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 Haitian classics like grlot (fried pork
chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3 99
roast chicken special seafood is the specialty here
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce), lambi frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
son gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic
or Creole crabs The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut
dining $-$$

7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282
This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bun-
galow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural
bases If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita
topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan)

doesn't do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin
pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might Also
available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrees
(eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with
Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or
flan) $

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 lining up for this stand's sauce-gar-
nished, all-beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot dogs
The 22 varieties range from simple to the elaborate (the
Athens, topped with a Greek salad, including extra-virgin
olive oil dressing) to near-unbelievable combinations like
the VIP, which includes parmesan cheese and crushed
pineapple New addition thick, juicy burgers $

East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351
Minestrone, sure Buta pizzeria menu with carrot ginger
soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entrees
like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pump-
kin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom
ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choices, including
imported Peroni beer As for the pizza, they are classic pies,
available whole or by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato
sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top American
pizza cheese) Best seating for eating is at the sheltered
outdoor picnic tables $

El Q-Bano Palacio de los Jugos
8650 Biscayne Blvd.
In case you were wondering if its too good to be true -- t isn't
El Q-Bands owners are indeed related to the family that oper-
ates the original three Palacios de los Jugos -- which means
no more schlepping way out west Recommended are moist
tamales, tasty sandwiches (especially the drippingly wonderful
pan con lechon), rich flan, and the fresh tropical juices that
justify the aforementioned excesses For even heartier eaters,
there's a changing buffet of daily specials and sides $-$$

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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 crois-
sants, and Chevron with Techron Snacks match the casual
chicness sandwiches like 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 cleaning are equally gentrlfled, especially on
Wednesday, when ladies are pampered with $10 washes
and glasses of sparkling wine while they walt $

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Housed in a yellow building that's nearly invisible from the
street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach
bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean
vegan food Large or small plates, with salad and fried
sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are
served for five or seven bucks Also available are snacks
like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato
pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry
waffles with soy sausage patties $

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 Favorite items include precision-grilled salmon with
lemon-dill 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 diner's nutritional needs $$

Go To Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
Though similar in menu and budget prices to the Hiro's
Sushi Express it replaced, this friendly, family-run Japanese

fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean
roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy
fried shrimp, avocado, sweet plantain, and spicy mayo), or a
wonderfully healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with
spinach, rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry Health
ensured, you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs
fried dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with
quills -- really a delectable crunchy noodle mix $

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

6708 Biscayne Blvd.
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 rib eye, sides include fries and beer-battered onion
rings, but also lightly lemony sauteed 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 liquor, but the beer list
makes up for it $$

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-5862
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building may not
seem a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery,
but once inside, the charming decor and the staffs ebul-
lient welcome indeed are reminiscent of a cafe in Italy
The kitchen's outstanding feature is a brick oven, which
turns out designer pizzas and crisp-skinned roast chick-
ens 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 not a
typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami
Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-
trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin bordello-red decor,
romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar enter-
tainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated
retro food served with style and a smile For those feeling
flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to
make in her wildest dreams $$$

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

6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appearanc-
es, 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.
Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian
bistro serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand,
and Vietnam Menus are also similar, split between
traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion
creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura,

tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic) But it also carves out its
own identity with original creations, including yellow curry-
spiced fried rice Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat,
and calories A large rear patio is inviting for dining and
entertainment $$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd.
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshl Moshl is
a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese
tapas bar) Even more striking than the hip decor is the
food's unusually upscale quality Sushi ranges from
pristine individual nigirl to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas
are intriguing, like arablki sausage, a sweet-savory pork
fingerling frank, rarely found in restaurants even in Japan,
they're popular Japanese home-cooking items And rice-
based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indian 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 light bites
is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio
and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part
of the reason visitors stay for hours Especially recom-
mended are fat mini-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 $

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

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smoothies Additionally there's 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 Wessel's inten-
tionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant,
you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoying
eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-
orange-mannated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with
sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried
green tomatoes) Not surprisingly, the chef-driven menu is
limited, but several signature specialties, if available, are
not to be missed BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and
cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini conch
fritters, and homemade ice cream $$-$$$

Revales Italian Ristorante
8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010
Owned by two couples (including former Village Cafe chef
Marion 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 Italian specialties like spaghetti ai 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 perpetuallytwinkling and party noises
emanating from a new outdoor blergarten, this German res-
taurant is owner Alex Richter's one-man gentrification project,
transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one
pils at a time The fare includes housemade sausages (mild
veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy
garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup, savory yet
near-greaseless potato pancakes, and, naturally schnitzels,

a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties
served with a half-dozen different sauces $$-$$$

5556 NE 4th Court
305-759-3117, www.soykarestaurant.com
This expansive, contemporary hangout was often credited
with almost singlehandedly sparking the revitalization of the
Biscayne Corridor's Upper Eastside Soyka remains a solid
neighborhood restaurant that is a perfect fit for its area
Comfortably priced yuppie comfort food like meatloaf with
mashed potatoes, crab cakes with spicy-sweet slaw, a wild
mushroom/smoked mozzarella pizza, or a Cobb salad may not
be revolutionary fare, but Soyka continues to thrive while more
ambitious, nationally publicized restaurants have come and
gone Take-out orders and breakfast are now available $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of
Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises,
such as a unique lobster maki that's 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 Thai dishes come
with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from tradi-
tional red or green curries to the inventive, 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 sand-
wiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahl-mahl with cilan-
tro aioli and caramelized onions on housemade foccacla)
Dinner features a range of small plates (poached figs with
Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle) and full
entrees like sake-marinated salmon with boniato mash and
Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach $$-$$$

Ver-Daddys Taco Shop
7501 Biscayne Blvd, 305-303-9755
At this soulful taco shop, the menu descriptions are in com-
mon English ("cinnamon puffs" drizzled with honeyand lime,

not bunuelos") 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 offerings can be loaded
with other garnishes from the kitchen (refried beans, cheese,
crema) or less perishable offerings from a salsa bar For the
heath-minded, oils are nonhydrogenated, and sauces/season-
ings are all housemade and free of preservatives $

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337
A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcom-
ing cafe, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo
(who co-owns the place with attorney Abble Cuellar) that
are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bak-
ery's window sills Bernardo's pan con lechon sandwiches
and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend But she also
crafts treats not found at average Cuban bakeries, like
pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread Additionally
Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends
candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans $

Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway; 305-864-4889
Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork Lounge,
this little luncheonette services big appetites Along with the
usual grilled churrascos, there's bandeja paisa, Colombia's
sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried
egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans Don't miss margin-
ally daintier dishes like sopa de costilla, if this rich shortrib
bowl is among the daily homemade soups Arepas include
our favorite corn cake the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo,
chicharron, came desmechada (shredded flank steak), plan-
tains, rice, beans, and cheese $-$$

The Crab House
1551 79th St. Causeway
305-868-7085, www.crabhouseseafood.com
Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired
by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of 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 happiest sticking to a

la carte favorites like the All-American fisherman's platters, or
global specials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143
Inside a small market that is widely considered Miami's
premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli"
restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter
But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere
else in town Example traditional Osaka-style sushi 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 sushi creations also tempt, as do
dally entrees $

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

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

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 couldn't be farther from SoBe glitz The food ranges
from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters,
raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak,
homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish $-$$

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

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 pastas, sauced with Argentneltalian
indulgence rather than Italian simplicity crabmeat ravioletti
in lobster cream sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with
seafood Though romantic enough for dates, the place is quite
kid-friendly- and on the terrace, they ll even feed Fido $$$

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr.
305-861-6222, www.tamarindthai.us
When an eaters executive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook
author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect major media hype,
fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address Instead
Bhumichitrjoined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai
school pal whod moved to Miami) atthis unpretentious,
authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place Some standout dishes
here are featured in the chef's latest tome, but with Tamarind's
very affordable prices, you might as well let the man's impecca-
bly trained kitchen staff do the work for you $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches
elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is fast
becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami And why do

Miamians eat here? Not ambiance There 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, like the
Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry mayo
And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five assorted
makis) birthday cake? $-$$

CBte Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood
restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel The menu
is mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants, crepe, soups,
sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial spe-
cials like a Tunisian-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 cafe's
baguette sandwiches $-$$

Village Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-759-2211
After closing for several months in early 2009, this cafe,
spruced up to look like a bistro rather than a luncheonette
(but with the same bargain prices), has been reopened The
kitchen has also been rejuvenated, with head honcho Adam
Holm (Whitticar's original sous chef) serving up new, globally
influenced dishes like mint/pistachio-crusted lamb or tuna
tartare with srlracha atoli, plus reviving old favorites like pork
tenderloin with ginger-caramel sauce $$-$$$

Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411
If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are thick
chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-cuisine
novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice, beans,
came asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet plantains, and
an arepa corn cake) is available everyday, as are antojitos -
little whims," smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn
cake with Colombian sausage) And for noncarnivores there
are several hefty seafood platters, made to order $$

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

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howie Klelnberg, whose indoor electric
smoker turns out mild-tasting cue that ranges from the
expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-
smoked salmon and veggie plates There are also creative
comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads, and
sweets Sides include refreshing slaw, beans studded with
burnt ends" (the most intensely flavored outer barbecue
chunks), and sweet potato or chipotle-spiced fries The cost
is comparatively high, but such is the price of fame $$-$$$

Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041
Originally a friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that
garnered raves for its limited menu of terrifically tasty treats,
Marlo and Karma 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 loin, tacos al pastor, stuffed with subtly smoky steak,
onion, cilantro, and pineapple, sinful deep-fried tacos dora-
dos, and signature burritos, including the Maya, filled with
juicy cochinlta pibil, refried beans, and pickled onions $$

Canton Cafe
12749 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However, there are also about two
dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards like kung po shrimp,
ma po tofu, and General Tso's chicken And there are a
few imaginative new items, like the intriguingly christened
Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore curried rice noodles,
crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts, and Mongolian
beef (with raw chills and fresh Oriental 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 sea-
food, much of it from Capt Jim Hanson's own fishing boats,
which supply many top restaurants Now there's a casual but
pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths Whether it's
garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or
mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch
fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the Broad
Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/outdoor
trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars
But even newcomers feel like regulars after a few minutes,
thanks to the staff's Italian ebullience Menu offerings
are mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary
items as well Housemade pastas are good enough that
low-carb dieters should take a break, especially for the

tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottinl -
beggar's purses" stuffed with pears and cheese $$

15400 Biscayne Blvd.
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
Mexico's most typical dish cochinlta pibil? Cheen's authen-
tically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinat-
ed pork dish is earthly aromatic from achiote, tangy from
bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in
a banana leaf wrap To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-
spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly
the best thing that ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$

Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy.
(See Miami listing)

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

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

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

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-9069
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features
live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good
choice when diners want a night out, notjust a meal It's
also a good choice for diners who don't speak Spanish, but
don't worry about authenticity Classic Cuban home-style
dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with
onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu,
not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy
tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers $$$

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

Mario the Baker
13695 W. Dixie Highway
305-891-7641, www.mariothebakerpizza.com
At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian spaghetti and meat-
balls, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs
No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the
New York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas, the top top-
ping 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 Miami's
Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village $

Petit Rouge
12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676
From the mid-1990s (with Neal's Restaurant and later with
II Migliore), local chef Neal Cooper's neighborhood-oriented
Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers While this cute
32-seat charmer is French, it's 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 foie 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., 305-891-3312
While this mainly vegetarian kosher place is best known
for its pizza (New York-style medium crust or thick-crusted
Sicilian, topped with veggies and/or "meat buster" imitation
meats), it's also offers a full range of breakfast/lunch/dinner
vegetarian cuisine of all nations, with many dairy and sea-
food items too Admittedly the cutesie names of many items
- baygels, bergerrbite, Cezarrrr salad, hammm, meat-a-ball,
schmopperrr may cause queasiness But the schmopperrr
itself is one 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 pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff)
doesn't do the trick Open till 3 00 or 4 00 a m, Steve's has,
since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro pizzas
people crave at that hour As in Brooklyn, tomato sauce is
sweet, with strong oregano flavor Mozzarella is applied with
abandon Toppings are stuff that give strength pepperoni,
sausage, meatballs, onions, and peppers $

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




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Theres also an all-you-can-eatdeal sushi (individual nigirl or
maki rolls) plus tempura, teriyaki, and other cooked items for
$14, three bucks more for sashimi instead of sushi $-$$

Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808
No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here No import-
ed designer ingredients either The pies are New York-style,
but the dough is made fresh daily, and the cheese is Grande
(from Wisconsin, considered America's finest pizza topper)
Also on the menu are Italian-American pastas, a large selec-
tion 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 like a textbook on how to please everyone,
with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-
American to just plain American Appetizers include honey
garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings A crab-claw starter
comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries
Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pep-
per shrimp (authentically shell-on) And New Yorkers will
find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan
Szechuan menus but not common in Miami cold sesame
noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork $$

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

Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran is
many diners favorite on the 163rd/167th Street "Chinatown"
strip because of its superior decor But the menu also offers
well-prepared, authentic dishes like peppery black bean clams,
sauteed mustard greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger
and scallions, plus ChineseAmerican egg foo young Default
spicing is mild even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chill
icons, but don't worry realizing some like it hot, the chefs will
customize 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 produc-
ing in 1938, available in three varieties salmon, mahl mahl,
and the signature blue marlin But the smokehouse now also
turns out ribs and delectable brisket Other new additions
include weekend fish fries Entry is directly from 163rd Street,
not through the main park entrance No admission fee $

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, contain-
ing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-American classic
you could name, isjust the ticket when nostalgia strikes -
from simple egg rolls to pressed almond duck (majorly bread-
ed 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 com-
panycalls "food with integrity" The fare is simple, basicallytacos
and big burrnts softflour or crisp corn tortillas stuffed with chipo-
tlemarinated steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef bar-
bacoa, or herb-scented pork carnitas Butthese bites contain no
evil ingredients (transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics, growth
hormones) And the food, while notthe authentic Mexstreetstuff
dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too $

Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave., 305-770-0434
Wraps are for wimps At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originallyfrom 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 flat-
bread is probablyjerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew
of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas
But there are about a dozen other curries from which to
choose Takeout packages of plain rotl are also available,
they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches $

El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St.
305-940-4910, www.graninka.com
Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find cevi-
ches, 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 creatons
are unique Especially recommended are two dishes adapted
from recipes by Peru's influential nlkkel (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 Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added "Hanna's" to the name, but changed little
else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north
Miami-Dade institution since 1983 Customers can get a
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Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687
One of Miami's first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amus-
ing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and
cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a peren-
nially popular after-hours snack stop The sushi menu has
few surprises, but quality is reliable Most exceptional are
the nicely priced yakitor, 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 just sushi at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makis are the
mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex
creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected
treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente makl), available a la
carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters
But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori
skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles
Another branch is now open in Miami's Upper Eastside $

Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-0064
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night,
many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking
served in grazing portions Try gistening-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 youngshoots flash-fried with
tender steak bits), or perhapsjust-caught grouper with hot/
sweet/tangy chil sauce Open till around 3 00 a m $$

1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393
If unusual Bangladeshl dishes like fiery pumpkin patey
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or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's
sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because
chef/owner Bithl Begum and her husband Tipu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa
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 Indian styles
to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus
reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$

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

Jerusalem Market and Deli
16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080
Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus,
and klbbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are
native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese
chef/owner, like this eaters Sam Elzoor, is atthe helm, you
can expect extraordinary refinement There are elaborate
daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage
with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is
special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage
and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina $-$$

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 eatery's delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-
garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma
They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-
tasting, raw klbbl naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare) It's
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., 305-940-6309
Since the 1980s this restaurant located in an unatmospheric

mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you
grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular
destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare Kormas are
properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing but
the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request They aim to
please Food arrives unusuallyfastfor an Indian eatery, too $$

King Palace
330 NE 167th St., 305-949-2339
The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue
(whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass
case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made
with the live fish swimming in two tanks bythe dining room
entrance There's also a better-than-average selection of sea-
sonal Chinese veggies The menu is extensive, but the best
ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed with Asians,
is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point $$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800
(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-945-6381, www.laurenzosmarket.com
Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge
counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this
cafeteria-style space But when negotiating this international
gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted
your energies, it's a handy place to refuel with eggplant
parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade
from old family recipes Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesday's
hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could
keep a person shopping for hours And now that pizza mas-
ter Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample
the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli $-$$

Little Saigon
16752 N. Miami Ave.
This is Miami's oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant,
but its still packed most weekend nights So even the
place's biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since
it ensures fast turnover Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in
the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noo-
dle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that

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still featuring many of your all-time favorites
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make it notjust a soup but a whole ceremony), and many
other Vietnamese classics The menu is humongous $-$$

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

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd.
For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were
standard dorm accessories These days, however, branch-
es of this chain are generally the only places to go for this
eating experience Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese
fondue, proceed to an entree with meat or seafood, plus
choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil),
finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate
Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer
in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go
with those you love $$$

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-4338, www.oishithai.com
At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical
devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in
the kitchen of Knob broiled miso-marinated black cod,
rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce, even Nobu
Matsuhisa's new style sashimi" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) The specials
menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as
veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling
filet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

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

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

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14861 Biscayne Blvd.
305-940-4443, www.paulusa.com
From one rural shop In 1889, the French bakery known simply as
Paul has grown to a worldwide chain, which fortunately chose to
open its first U S outlet in our town One bite of the crusty peasant
loaf, the olivestudded fougasse, or another of the signature artsan
breads transports you right back to France As authentic as the
boulangere breads are, the patsserie items like flan normande are
just as evocative For eat-in diners, quite continental soups, salads,
and sandwiches are equally and dependably French $$

Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd.
305-405-6700, www.pizzafusion.com
Savingthe earth one pizza at a time" is the motto atthis fran-
chise of the only pizza chain to require third-party organic restau-
rant certification at all locations Their gluten-free crusts make
it mighty friendly to pizza fanatics with food allerges Starters,
salads, desserts, and organic wines/beers are also served And
delivery is available in hybrid cars, of course Specials unique to
this N MB franchise include Sunday-Thursday happy hours, a free
Kids Organic Club class on Saturdays, 10 00-1100 a m, and
varied Monday-Wednesdayfreebies $-$$

PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St., 305-654-9646
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 ribs and pa pei duck (roasted, then
deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free of subcutaneous
fat) Available every day arejuicy, 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),
The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-bite descrip-
tion impossible Its part Italian market with salumi, cheeses,
and other artisan products plus takeout prepared foods, part
enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks like addictive Portobello fritti
with truffle aioli, especially enjoyable on the waterfront deck),
part rlstorante (pastas and other Big Food), part pizzeria Whats
important All components feel and taste authentically Italian
Just don't miss the coaloven pizza Superior toppings (including
unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishing light yet
chewy crust make Racks pies a revelation $$

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one of the
Carnegie Dells mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters
will dwarf them Consider the Carnegie-style monster contain-
ing according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat
(really 14 pounds, we weighed it), for a mere 15 bucks All the
other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour
pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef,
and the cutest two-bite mini-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 cas-
serole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like aba-
lone with sea cucumber The extensive third menu offers

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dim sum, served until 4 00 p m A live tank allows seasonal
seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion
Recently installed a Chinese barbecue case, displaying
savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached $$$

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008
At this unique Taiwanese eatery, run by a trio of Taipei-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats in the
budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock imitations made
from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables But don't mock it
till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or smoking' duck,
with slices that mimic the charcuterie item down to convinc-
Ing faux fat Other main dishes feature recognizable veggies
or noodles As for the rest of the name icee is shaved ice,
an over-the-top dessert that's a sort of a slurpee sundae,
with toppings that vary from the familiar (fresh fruits) to
the weird (grass jelly, sweet corn, kidney beans, rice balls,
chocolate pudding) And the bubble tea is a must-not-miss
Using housemade syrup, 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-diameter straws, are a guaranteed giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697
Open until 100 a m every day except Sunday (when is
closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North
Miami Beach's Chinatown" strip has become a popu-
lar late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian
restaurants And why not? The food is fresh, nicely pre-
sented, 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 Initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our area's
few Vietnamese restaurants, it's hard to bear a grudge at a
friendly, casual neighborhood place that offers monster ten-
ounce char-grilled burgers, with potatoes or salad, for $8 50,
steaks, plus a side and a sauce or veg topper, for nine bucks
at lunch, $15 to $18 75 (the menu's top price) at night, and
three-dollar glasses of decent house wine $-$$

Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama, this sushi spot seems to have
taken its cue from Philippe Starck sheer floor-to-ceiling
drapes, for starters The sushi list, too, is over the top, fea-
turing monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort spicy tuna,
soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jala-
penos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces
wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy mayo Hawaiian King Crab con-
tains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green pep-
pers, and pineapple Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and
cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-932-0630, www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com
The reincarnated Tuna's has gained new owners, a new
name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a newly
impressive selection of raw-bar specialties cold-water oys-
ters from the Northeast, plus Blue Points, Malpecs, Island
Creeks, and more Traditional house favorites remain, and

the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters Open
daily till 2 00 a m the place can get rather festive after
midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tuna's
draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too $$-$$$

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Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
305-830-2625, www.anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com
Coal is what its all about here a coal-fired oven (like that
at Lombardi's, Patsy's, John's, or Grimaldi's in New York)
producing the Intense 800-degree heat to turn out, in mere
minutes, a pie with the classic thin, crisp-bottomed, beauti-
fully char-bubbled crust that fans of the above legendary
pizzerias 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 $$

Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
19003 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-4029
One word flagels And no, that's not a typo Rather these
crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed)
are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -- and a specialty
at this bustling Jewish bakery/deli, which, since 1988,
opens at 6 30 a m -- typically selling out of flagels in a
couple of hours Since you re up early anyway, sample elabo-
rately garnished breakfast specials, including unusually fla-
vorful homemade corned beef hash and eggs For the rest of
the day, multitudes of mavens devour every other delectable
deli specialty known to humankind $$

Bar Rosso
19004 NE 29th Ave., 305-933-3418
Bar Rosso calls itself a vinoteca," and wed agree the snappy,
madeup word suits this casually stylish wine bar and restau-
rant, where the fare is Italian, American, and Italian-American
There are plenty of pastas and wood-grilled meat and fish
entrees, but artfully garnished cured meat or cheese selec-
tons and small plates are the best way to sample chef Josh
Medina's creativity from espresso-braised short ribs to salad
specials like fresh golden beets with grilled radicchio, goat
cheese, arugula, and a unique cumin-raisin vinaigrette $$-$$$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura Mall,
305-792-9330, www.bellalunaaventura.com
If the menu here looks familiar, it should Its nearly identical
to that at the Upper Eastside's Luna Cafe and, with minor
variations, at all the rest of Tom Bllante's eateries (Rosalia,
Villagglo, Carpacclo), right down to the typeface But no argu-
ment from here In a mall a setting more accustomed to
food court dishes like carpaccio al salmon (crudo, with por-
tobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dress-
Ing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta
and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air $$-$$$

Bourbon Steak
19999 W. Country Club Dr.
(Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)
786-279-0658, www.michaelmina.net
At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard
award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare
starts There are also Mina's ingenious signature dishes,
like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot
pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood
starters and sides 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
rib, all cooked to perfection $$$$$

Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave
305-935-2900, www.chefallens.com
After 20 years of success in the same location, many chefs
would coast on their backlog of tried-and-true dishes And it's
doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would freak out his many
regulars by eliminating from the menu the Bahamian lobster
and crab cakes But lobster-lovers will find that the 20th
anniversary menus also offer new excitements like tandoorl-
spiced rock lobster, along with what might be the ultimate
mac' cheese lobster crab macaroni in a Frls vodka sauce
with mushrooms, scallions, and parmesan The famous des-
sert souffle's flavor changes daily, but it always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-792-2902
Chef Neal Cooper's attractive trattoria gets the food right,
as well as the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impec-
cable ingredients and straightforward recipes that don't
overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with
that perfection Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and
mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else Neither does
the signature Polio Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and
cooked under a brick And even low-carb dieters happily go
to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound of pota-
toes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries $$-$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100
Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an interna-
tional 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 Miami's best $$-$$$

Mo's Bagels & Deli
2780 NE 187th St., 305-9368555
While the term old school" is used a lotto describe this
spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in
1995 It justso evokes the classic NY delis we left behind
that it seems to have been here forever Example Lox and
nova aren't pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from

whole slabs And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions,
not those machine-made puffy poseurs As complimentary
pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent,
sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous
Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here $$

20475 Biscayne Blvd.
305-937-2777, www.pilarrestaurant.com
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van
Aken and Mark Militello He has been executive chef at
Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed with
those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife launched
Pilar (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., 305-937-4884
Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not Rome's
wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-style pies with
medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in half for neat street
eating Unlike chains, though, this indie is accommodating, so
if you want your crust thin and crisp just ask Also featured are
Italian-American entrees like baked manicotti that'ss mani-goat",
for those not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches,
here called bullets," to putyou in a Sopranos frame of mind $$

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8, 305-466-9033
The real soup man behind this franchise is Al Yeganeh, an
antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made notorious,
on a Seinfeld episode, as the soup Nazi On the menu ten
different premium soups each day The selection is carefully
balanced among meat/poultry-based and vegetarian, clear
and creamy (like the eatery's signature shellfish-packed lob-
ster bisque), chilled and hot, familiar (chicken noodle) and
exotic (mulligatawny) All soups come with gourmet bread,
fruit, and imported chocolate Also available are salads,
sandwiches, and wraps $-$$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-8955
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