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Publication Date: February 2010
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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

Volume 7, Issue 12


Headline from a January 2006
article in the New York
Times: "Downtown Miami:
What's Hot and Trendy and Not South
Beach?" The writer of the story, I'm

embarrassed to say, was me. That real estate boom, slated for a part of the
headline, which I did not write, was, to paper's travel section aimed at buyers of
put it kindly, premature. second homes. While the piece itself did
The article was written during the make clear this was a downtown Miami
height of South Florida's most recent soon-to-come, not one already here, it

still glowed with confidence that the
3041 new downtown condominium units
just completed, plus 13,890 units then
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6 Feedback: Letters
10 Miami's King: Jack King
12 Word on the Street
8 BizBuzz
20 Jen Karetnick: Frozen Objects Falling from the Skies
22 Frank Rollason: Crooks Are Born Not Made
24 Wendy Doscher-Smith: Back Home in the Craziness
26 Rebirthing Pains
26 End of an Urban Oasis
27 Battle for the Royals
27 Shores to Shopaholics: Hop Aboard!
29 Boulevard Theater: The New Incarnation
32 Biscayne Crime Beat
34 Anne Tschida: Views from the Islands
36 Art Listings
39 Events Calendar
40 Jim W. Harper: What a Racket!
42 Kids and the City: A Band for the Ages -- All of Them
43 Harper's Environment: Don't Just Scream Do Something!
44 Pawsitively Pets: Life With Baby -- and Rover Too
46 Your Garden: Strength in Diversity
48 Restaurant Listings: 205 Biscayne Corridor
50 Wine: Red, White, and You: Buy Magnums, Save Money


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Cathi Marro, Derek McCann, Jenni Person,
Frank Rollason, Silvia Ros, Jeff Shimonski,
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South Florida Distributors
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All articles, photos, and artwork in the Biscayne Times
are copyrighted by Biscayne Media, LLC. Any duplication or
reprinting without authorized written consent from the publisher
is prohibited.

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February 2010

SLetters to
Shores to BT: More Positive
PR, Less Snooty Spin
Jen Karetnick is factually correct that
Miami Shores is not as rich, white, and
snooty as many people think ("Take a
Good Look in the Mirror, Village Beau-
tiful," January 2010). Therefore, why not
make it a positive article?
Where does the story of the house sell-
ing at 1999 prices fit into the article? Why
start off with the "lecturing" she received
about the Shores being wealthy? Why the
sarcasm about coupon-counting at Publix?
Is it not a tabloid mentality to set the
article's tone toward thefew Miami Shores
residents who are indeed SInooL "?
Miami Shores needs a bit of PR
assistance that is positive and based on
facts. The BT has a prime spot for that
kind of coverage, but you may need to
stop looking for that "spin."
Cesar Borja
Miami Shores

Shores to BT: We'll Help
Jen Pack Her Bags
I am a resident of Miami Shores. Jen
Karetnick, the woman who has been
assigned as our neighborhood correspon-
dent, is doing a horrible disservice to
the village. Her articles are repetitively
negative and come dripping with disdain
for the community. They are incredibly
self-centered, horribly misinformed, and
downright repugnant.
She has unfairly called our residents
racist, anti-Semitic, and pretentious.
Those who open the Biscayne Times
hoping to read important local news or a
neighborly human-interest story instead
are subjected to self-interested drivel
about her cat, her flute-playing, or some
other absurdity. No one cares that she has
to tent her house we all do! I'm sorry
Pelk doesn't officiate local soccer games,
but the kids are only eight years old!
Ms. Karetnick's latest article, in
which she implores us to stop being
snooty and face our own poverty, is no
different. It's ignorant.
The storefronts on NE 2nd Avenue
are not vacant because no one has the
income to shop there. The storefronts are
vacant because we live within minutes of
the largest shopping mall in Florida.
If Ms. Karetnick really wants to
bring about positive change, she should
stop complaining and actually contribute
something. Whining doesn't count. Step

If Philly Can Do It,
Shorecrest Can Do It
I feel compelled to respond to Peter
Otto's letter cautioning Shorecrest
to not seek historic designation and
warning of its horrors ("Shorecrest, We
Implore You: Don't Get Historic on Us,"
January 2010).
I'm not sure where Mr. Otto grew
up, but coming from Philadelphia, a
city that celebrates its history, I would
like to see Miami preserve its character.
Few neighborhoods in Miami possess
the charm that the homes in the Upper
Eastside have. Historic preservation
ensures the integrity of communities for
future generations. The pros of historic
designation far outweigh the cons.
Jack Spirk

the Editor
up or back off! If she finds this village so
intolerable, I am sure I am not the only
resident who would be eagerly willing to
help her pack her bags.
You would think that the BT has
some vested interest in portraying a
positive image of Miami Shores since
their offices are located here!
( 1',, Fernandez
Miami Shores

Miami's Spray Can Creativity
Kudos to Biscayne Times and Anne Tschida
for reporting on Miami's exciting develop-
ments in mural art ("Street Art Has Ar-
rived." January 2010). The current discord is
unfortunate, but the BT's overall coverage
seems fair-minded and thoughtful.
Though the issue of proper recog-
nition of outdoor mural artists can get
murky, I am sure many Miamians cel-
ebrate this profusion of visual creativity.
The abundance of energy and talent on
display does merit national and interna-
tional attention. It is a big deal.
By the way, one of my favorite local
murals, on NE 37th Street and Biscayne
Blvd (just west of the Boulevard), re-
cently had a baby! The artist is Fila.
John Chellino


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February 2010

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BizBuzz: February 2010

SSales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Tim
By Margaret Griffis Gold and Dan
BT Contributor Diamond Buyer
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T ake it easy by purchasing
your Valentine presents
at the Shops at Midtown
Miami (3401 N. Miami Ave.;
305-573-3371), where you can
get a complimentary gift wrap at Imagine
when you show your Midtown receipts.
Feel free to pick up something fun for
yourself while you wait.
While you're at Midtown, why not
grab a meal at new BT advertiser Sakaya
Kitchen (305-576-8096)? Their pan-
Asian "comfort" food allows diners to
enjoy sustainable, organic meals in a fast,
inexpensive, and casual setting. Choose
from sushi, rolls, kimchee, and other
Asian favorites. An extensive sake and
beer list will compliment your entire day.
Grill Master Don Julio at Gaucho
Ranch (7251 NE 2nd Ave., Loft 113;
305-751-0775) wants to let you in on a
tempting secret: Throughout February,

BT readers can invite themselves to
the Friday Night Tastings and sample
the juicy and flavorful grass-fed beef
Gaucho sells. It'll be cooked over an
open wood fire in a festive atmosphere.
But you must call or e-mail ahead and
mention Biscayne Times to take advan-
tage of these parties. Mention the BT at
their retail store as well, so when you
buy that grass-fed skirt steak, you'll get
a second one 50% off, or a third one free.
Decided to sell off that old watch?
With commodity prices up, you'd be foolish
not to, but where can you get a good price?
Try Gold and Diamond Buyers (13722
Biscayne Blvd.; 954-678-1097), abrand-new
Biscayne Times advertiser. They not only

offers the best prices, but BT readers who
mention this "BizBuzz" column will receive
an additional 10% on their diamonds, gold,
silver, jewelry, coins, and of course, watches.
Experience the difference of a professional
and fair evaluation from these diamond and
precious metal specialists.
Remember the O. Henry story
"Gift of the Magi"? With Valentine's
Day coming, you won't need to hock
your watch to afford stylist-to-the-stars
Hannah Lasky at Hannah & Her Scis-
sors (611 NE 86th St.; 305-772-8426).
Mention the BT and get your loved ones
Valentine's certificates at 20% off.
Show off that new hairdo later as
you and your honey enjoy a Valentine's

es possible
icewear Gallery Day dinner cruise on
Biscayne Bay. For only
$49.95 plus tax, City Light
Cruises (1717 N. Bayshore
Dr.; 305-372-5040) offers
a romantic evening that
includes a hot buffet, two
complimentary drinks,
dancing, and entertainment as you float
across the beautiful bay. Boarding is at
6:00 p.m.; the cruise ends at 9:30 p.m.
Early birds should be happy to see
the return of the breakfast special at
Bagels and Company (11064 Biscayne
Blvd.; 305-892-2435). For a ridiculously
low $2.99 you can enjoy two eggs, home-
fries, and a bagel or toast until 11:00 a.m.
Late-risers don't fret: David Cohen's
popular "Bail-Out Special" is still
available through February 28. Every
Wednesday or Thursday (excluding holi-
days) between 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
diners get a half-priced entrde from the
Bail-Out menu with beverage purchase.

Continued on page 47

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Beautifully updated chic deco 4 Beds/31/2
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4 Bed/ 32 Baths + media room 4,154 interior sq
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3400 SW 27TH AVENUE #707 -
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in the building Total luxury for less
Opportunity at: $599,000

Prestigious, safe & secure family neigh-
borhood on gated Palm Island 3/3 Lot
size 6,000 sq ft New kitchen, baths w/
high-end finishes, wood floors, fireplace &
library Immaculatel
NEW LISTING: $999,900

Tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac on
hip Upper Eastside 4/42 -3,412 sq ft +
separate guest house on double lot
NEW LISTING: $909,000
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Bloviator Nation
As the Internet soars and newspapers wither, cheats and liars rejoice

By Jack King
BT Contributor

To say that the way you receive
your news has changed dramati-
cally over the past 20 years might
be considered a striking understate-
ment. Or is it? Yes, broadcast network
news shows have less than one-third the
viewers they did in 1990, and newspaper
readership is down by 50 percent, but
that doesn't mean the news delivery
systems have changed all that much.
Newspapers have been damaged by
corporate consolidation, selling and re-
selling properties until their owners were
reeling in debt. This phenomenon has
been repeated among American business-
es of all types. It's one of the reasons so
many jobs have disappeared. If the Miami
Herald were a stand-alone business and
not part of a heavily indebted chain, it
could easily be successful as a local daily
with a complementary website. After
all, news-gathering is news-gathering,
regardless of how you distribute it.
It's true that many people now get
their news online, but they also get quite
a bit of garbage, unsubstantiated rumors,
and flat-out lies promulgated by people
with off-the-wall agendas. This has been
going for many years; only the medium
has changed. For example, consider
America's first blogger, Thomas Paine.
Best known for his pro-revolutionary
rants in pre-revolutionary times, he
became well known and well read, blog-
ging on the Internet of the day printed
pamphlets distributed on street corners.
Paine suffered from a malady that
afflicts many bloggers today: His rants
went from completely logical to completely

loony. In time he lost all
credibility and disappeared
altogether from the political
scene. He was once described
by historian Saul K. Padover
as a "corsetmaker by trade, a
journalist by profession, and
a propagandist by inclination."
That would also define many
of today's bloggers.
The early days of radio
and television had their own
versions of bloggers. How
about Walter Winchell, the
columnist and radio icon who
made up most of the stuff he
talked about and guessed at
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hope to have an informed society with
numbers like that?
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newspapers are failing because of poor
business choices, broadcast entities
are growing weak because they don't
provide much news in the few seconds
you tune in, and countless bloggers on
the Internet give you their take on issues
that generally have little or no news
content. Where do we turn?
I have a friend in Atlanta (another
unemployed journalist) who tried to set
up a not-for-profit operation that would
rely on contributions to do investigative
reporting and distribute it to local news
outlets. The goal was noble but it was a fi-
nancial bust. While journalists may know
how to live poor, they still need to eat.
The St. Petersburg Times is one
of the few bastions of good journalism

Times, is a wonderful website
called PoltiFact (www.politi-
fact.com), which rates the comments of
politicians and pundits for truthfulness.
It is a must-read, which is why it won
a Pulitzer Prize last year. Too bad we
don't have something like that for Miami
The bottom line here is that if you,
the public, don't force accountability
from our elected leaders through quality
investigative reporting with widespread
distribution, the work will be left to state
and federal prosecutors. However, the
sad reality is that prosecutors are always
behind the corruption curve. Savvy po-
litical crooks know just how much they
can steal before they catch the eye of law
enforcers. We need to stop them much
earlier than that by ensuring they'll be in
the public eye. That is the deterrent, but
only if you want it to be.

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What would be your dream vacation?

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Jeri Brooks
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Keystone Point
I have got to go to Greece!
I want to visit the ruins
and the beaches and see all
the cool Greek cats and eat
yummy food. (Anything
but grape leaves!) I'm very
interested in the architec-
ture there. Greece looks
beautiful and relaxing. If
not Greece, I would go
to Costa Rica. I'd like to
experience their rain forest
and great fishing.

North Miami
I wouldn't mind doing
some hiking up in the
White Mountains. I've
climbed Mt. Washington
many times, but not in a
while. I don't know when
I might do it again. It's too
early to tell. I've been on a
cruise before, but I'd rather
be in a whole different
environment. If I want to
be lazy, I'll go on a cruise.

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It's a big one: Two months
(or one) around the world!
I would stop everywhere
and visit at least one city
in each continent. I would
love to do this trip some-
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be nice to get a taste of
everything and experience
life in every possible place
on earth.

Robert Ruiz
Business Manager
Miami Shores
Right now, with the way
the weather is, I want to
go skiing and snowboard-
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with a fireplace and drink
plenty of wine. I like the
cold weather. It reminds
me of Chicago. I am actu-
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Smoky Mountains soon for
this dream vacation.

Joan Lafortune
El Portal
Right now I would like
to be on a beach in
Jamaica! It could be a
secluded beach or not.
It depends. I've been to
the Caribbean before but
not specifically Jamaica. I
hope to God I will make it
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dream of mine.

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If money were no object,
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mention plans filed for buildings con-
taining 10,534 more would transform
Miami's central city from a strictly
9-to-5 office area into a vibrant, 24/7
high-density urban center where people
lived, worked, and played. And soon!
The conclusion didn't seem to be
mere hype or pure delusion. After all,
buyers were lining up around the block
on the days when some luxury high-rise
residences opened for pre-construction
sales, snapping up $600,000 one-bed-
rooms like they were Hannah Montana
concert tickets.
What actually happened, of course,
was the recession. The real estate boom
turned into a bust, and many buyers
turned out to be speculators looking not
for homes but for quick and profitable
resales, which weren't about to happen
in hard times. Some condo construction
stopped cold; some stalled indefinitely.
And newspaper stories about newly
completed high-rises no longer talked
glowingly of bay views but instead about
unlit windows in unoccupied condos.
But recently I noticed something
strange. In my role as the Biscayne
Times "Dining Guide" dominatrix, I
watched as the Downtown/Brickell list-
ings section practically exploded, nearly
doubling in the past 18 months.
Odder yet was the fact that most of
the new restaurants were not located south
of the Miami River, in already restaurant-
rich Brickell but rather in the rougher-
edged area north of the river. When the
trickle of intriguing downtown eateries at
the start of 2009 became a deluge by fall, I
knew it was time to investigate.
Restaurants are renowned as
reliable urban-gentrification barom-
eters. Commonly they're the first retail
businesses to open in emerging neigh-

borhoods. Boutiques, snazzy salons,
theaters, and galleries rapidly follow.
Granted, the downtown cuisine scene
had improved since the 1990s, when
lawyer friends constantly whined that
there wasn't even one business-district
restaurant suitable for a power lunch
except the City Club. But to have four

Tre Italian Bistro owner Jose Goyanes with partner Jennifer Porciello.

such places open in July alone? With
residential skyscrapers showing very few
lit windows at night, no way could down-
town have become so hot again, so fast.
You couldn't help but wonder:
Was the owner of Mia at Biscayne
out of his freakin' mind? What was
a 14,000-square-foot, ultra-high tech
restolounge serving cutting-edge global
cuisine till the wee hours doing on the

were they foreign jet-setters with Euros
to burn the people who, in 2005, were
expected to occupy downtown's new
luxury condos. They were young renters.
"The perception has been that all of
downtown's condos are empty because
of the real estate bust that a picture of
downtown would look like one big empty
condo. But that's not true," Robertson
insists firmly. "We did a residency study,

June over the first three months of 2009,
we expect to find that occupancy is now
significantly higher than 62 percent."
That figure, she adds, is an average:
"Basically, condos that came on the market
after 2008 are still empty. Condos before
then have largely been filled."
Why have luxury condos filled up at
the same time the economy has tanked?
One reason, says Metro 1 Properties
broker Tony Cho, who has been active in
downtown since 2003, is that condo prices,
which developers doggedly kept at boom
levels for way too long, finally dropped to
an "appropriately affordable" level.
"If you look at the prices of so
many of the luxury buildings condos
that were originally going for $600 or
more per square foot you can now
get them for the low 200s, even the high
100s," he says. "Rents have gone from
$2 per square foot a month to between
$1.10 and $1.30. Prices have come down
elsewhere too, but in downtown there's
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corner of Flagler Street and Biscayne
Boulevard, an area that had, for decades,
been dead after sunset?
Feeding a lot of hungry new resi-
dents, according to Downtown Develop-
ment Authority executive director Alyce
Robertson. These were not the affluent,
older empty-nesters and snowbirds, nor

completed last July, that showed a 62-per-
cent occupancy rate for downtown condos."
The DDA is currently compiling new
figures, she adds, which are not yet avail-
able. "But based on last summer's study,
which indicated that sales and leasing
activity of new units increased over the
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"I'm in a luxury condo for half the price I'd be paying in
South Beach for a second-floor walk-up in a building with
no security and no amenities."

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Gusman director Margaret Lake: "Truly, I can now walk to get almost everything I need!"

DWNTWN live: the central business district. "In a well as some ol
Continued from page 14 ........ way," she says, "the condo sales bust has lunch-only, tha

been a more dramatic reduction than in
South Beach."
In agreement is Realtor and recent
SoBe transplant Abraham Ash, who now
lives downtown. His own condo, 50 Bis-
cayne, is a new central-business-district
high-rise whose features include a full-
service concierge, a tropically landscaped
"urban oasis" pool deck, a two-level spa/
fitness center, a two-level club room, a
two-level party room, an outdoor bay-
view party deck. You get the idea. Says
Ash: "I'm in a luxury condo for half the
price I'd be paying in South Beach for a
second-floor walk-up in a building with
no security and no amenities. I'm stuck in
downtown and I love it!"
The DDA's Robertson points out
that downtown's rental market barely
existed before the bust, but now it's prov-
ing a boon in developing a vibrant new
identity in the area where most renters

been a cloud with a silver lining, because
many speculators who bought condos
when prices were at the high end want
to hold onto them until the market goes
up again. Therefore there has been a lot
of renting for very favorable prices, and
that has brought more young people into
downtown than would otherwise have

been here. So there's a lot of youth-ori-
ented energy going on."
Hence the recent explosion of new
restaurants concentrated in the central
business district. The district's younger
energy is especially apparent at night, in
its brand-new, open-late restaurants (as

der restaurants, formerly
t started serving dinner in

the past year or so).
A restaurateur who has experienced,
and currently caters to, both the 9-to-5
business crowd and new residents is Jos6
Goyanes, who has owned businesses in
the district for 15 years. Among them
are Tre, a new, casual-chic Italian bistro/
lounge at the eastern end of Flagler

Street, and the more Old World Italian
La Loggia, one of the few upscale res-
taurants in the area suitable for a power
lunch when it opened in 2000.
"La Loggia is in front of the
courthouse," Goyanes says, "so diners
are a lot of judges and lawyers. The

atmosphere is more clubby. They like to
sit at certain regular tables and be seen.
At Tre, which is near the new condos,
days go by when you don't see judge.
We draw a residential crowd."
Locals-orientation is typical of new
enterprises in the emerging central busi-
ness district, even at Mia at Biscayne.
Though the mega-restolounge outdoes
any South Beach nightspot in ultra-high-
tech d6cor (like an "iBar" with a touch-
screen top patrons can manipulate), Mia
aims for convivial accessibility in its
entertainment, says homeboy chef ex-
traordinaire Gerdy Rodriguez. To reflect
downtown's multicultural population,
events have ranged from neighborhood
offerings like Monday _.; it Football
to an upscale Latin party running from
10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. How's that for a
24-hour downtown?
Goyanes feels that concentrating
on locals rather than tourists is vital to
building a solid 24/7 area. "In the 1990s,
downtown businesses were centered
on tourists," Goyanes says. "What was
typical to see was, during the day-
time, groups of 150 tourists going into
discount electronics and luggage stores.
That makes you susceptible to the tides
of foreign currency. You can't do that."
Tre actually was a luggage store
before Goyanes transformed it into a
place locals frequent even on nights
normally slow for restaurants. "Monday
is often our busiest night," he notes.
But Goyanes did more than focus
on locals. He became one, moving from
Coral Gables 18 months ago. "I began
to be so excited about the new quality
of life downtown, I wanted to be more a
part of it. I don't ever leave downtown!"
Nor is there practically any need
to, according to Loft 1 resident Margaret
Lake, director of the Gusman Center for
the Performing Arts. "It's got some great
stores, and downtown's easily walkable.

Truly, I can now walk to get almost ev-
,.i, I i- I need!" she enthuses. "I didn't
even buy a car for the first six months. I
wouldn't have bought one ever if down-
town had a decent supermarket."

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"I watched the lights in Loft 2 go on one by one as
people finally moved in. It was like watching a garden
grow and participating in it!"

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When downtown resident Alex
Gonzalez started his social-networking
website Miami Urban Life in 2007, "it
was mostly just some happy hours
listings," he recalls. No\\ I can go
way beyond drinking." Last month's
listings ranged from a DDA-sponsored
free concert series in Bayfront Park
and "Meet Your Neighbor" events to a
benefit for Haiti and, during the cold
spell, a blanket/clothes drop for the
neighborhood's homeless.
"Plus I try to organize my own
creative ways to get people together,"
Gonzalez continues. "We're now doing
Friday night happy hour dodgeball
events." Games are at the Downtown
Athletic Club, which, says club marketer
Rob Aylward, is doing extensive out-
reach to new residents.
"I don't live downtown. I live on
the Beach," confesses Jessica Wu, a ho-
listic practitioner and dodgeballer. "But
I play downtown. It's less pretentious
here. When I go to a club downtown, I
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in lines. I love eating out and there
are some great little bistros. I attend
a lot of free downtown events like the

DWNTWN Concert Series in Bayfront
Park, or the free events they have at the
Gusman frequently.

"In 2006 I did live in downtown
for a year," she adds, "but there wasn't
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enough for me to do. Also I found it a
little dangerous and seedy at night. Now it
reminds me of Philly, where I was raised.
There was a community feel and always
something to do as soon as you stepped

outside your house. It's where a lot of
young professionals lived, and artists, mu-
sicians, and up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
And now downtown Miami is the same."
"Four years ago I wouldn't have
dreamed of living in downtown," says
Realtor Andres del Corral, who was the
first tenant to move into the Met 1 condo,
in May 2008. "I spent two weeks in an
empty building, and downtown still had
some ghost-town feel I could sense. After

the first month it was 20 percent full. Now
it's 70 to 80 percent full, and the neigh-
borhood has suddenly bloomed. After
work there are lots of happy hours in the
nabe. The nightlife's excellent. And there
are suddenly a lot of restaurants. I go
jogging after dark, too, through Bayfront
or along the river on Riverwalk, and stroll

the street with a nice watch on and feel
absolutely no fear. This is a new down-
town! Those who haven't been here in the
past year haven't really been here."
All that might sound like cock-eyed
optimism, and no one's suggesting that
downtown Miami is suddenly New York
or San Francisco. It's just that down-
town's new residents are feeling the pull-
together spirit early pioneers had when
their gritty clumps of sod finally started

DDA executive director Alyce
Robertson says the condo bust
brought young renters, and their
energy, to downtown.

sprouting something decent.
Two years ago, for instance, when
Margaret Lake moved to Miami to

revive the historic Gusman, she settled
in one of downtown's few nonbayfront
condos, Loft 1, located in the then still-
under-construction city center. "I figured,
to restore the Gusman to its role as the
city's heart, I had to live there to under-
stand it. And I saw it blossoming. It was
phenomenal!" she exclaims. "From my
window, I watched the lights in Loft 2 go
on one by one as people finally moved
in. It was like watching a garden grow -
and -,,o ii,.I ,t-.,oi in it!"
It's natural for people to get excited
about revitalizing a blighted urban area
when they all live and work in the same
compact, densely populated area, says
Brian Basti, owner of Ecco Pizzateca,
a welcoming alt-culture hangout he
co-owns with Aramis Lorie. They were
formerly the team behind PS 14, located
in the isolated, still-tough neighborhood
west of the Arsht Center.
"We've always been in desolate neigh-
borhoods," Basti says. "I want to be the first
guy in!" But now he prefers doing it in the
central business district, where he also lives
in one of the new high-rises. "Everyone
who has a business here lives here, and
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really cares passionately about the neigh-
borhood. It's not like parts of Miami where
owners are douche-bag investors who live
in some foreign country and only care about
making money from their business. Here
everyone knows everyone, so you can get
credit everywhere. It's like a small town."
Adds Lake: "We work together to
increase the market for all our businesses.
Like, I want to encourage downtown
people to participate in building an audi-
ence for this theater, which should be their
home. So I've partnered with Tre and Ecco.
Jos6 told me: 'Tre does so well when you
do shows.' So I call him and say, 'We're
having a show next Saturday, you should
stay open late.' And then he'll distribute
my flyers to his customers beforehand.
Brian does the same. We've been discuss-
ing we should do 'Dinner and a Movie' co-
operatively. It's all about using community."
That's the grassroots DIY approach
to developing downtown.
Meanwhile, the DDA has devel-
oped an official approach to attract new
residents and businesses, support those

Fratelli Milano is one of many new downtown restaurants.

that have already migrated to downtown,
and sustain the growth. Often the DDA
partners with established entities such
as the City of Miami and Miami-Dade
County, FDOT, the City of Miami Police

Department, the Downtown Miami
Partnership, American Airlines Arena,
Gusman Center, and many more.
The list of initiatives based on
surveys to determine what downtown

residents wanted most that have already
been implemented is mind-boggling. "The
revitalization of downtown is like the
chess game on Star Trek," Robertson
explains. "Three dimensional. It's about
working on many levels at once. But what
residents most wanted was a downtown
that looks and feels clean and safe. So
since I came on as director in April 2008,
we've spent a lot of time on beautifica-
tion which is important. The idea is, if it
looks broken, it is broken. My orientation
is: 'Clean it up, green it up."'
For example, if you've been on
Flagler Street recently, have you found
yourself thinking: "Hmmm, were those
palm trees always there? What about
those mammoth decorative planters on
the sidewalks? Actually the sidewalks
look awfully new themselves. Hey, why
aren't there any cigarette butts in the
street? Oh, sorry officer! I swear there
wasn't a crosswalk here before."
Robertson continues: "One idea
behind a high-density, high-rise down-
town is that it's a walkable area, not just
a place people drive in and out of, so we
focused on amenities a pedestrian would
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want. So we're landscaped. We installed
new sidewalks and crosswalks. We're
pressure-washing Flagler Street at least
a couple of times a week, and there's a
Downtown Enhancement Team of home-
less people picking up litter.
"Better lighting is coming in the
next six months; FPL is installing poles
now. And the new chief of police com-
mitted, in a meeting last week, to putting

significantly more police on the streets."
Among the DDA's projects is
a public-transportation treat: a cute,
smart-looking, rubber-tired Brickell/
Biscayne trolley, modeled after those
in Coral Gables. The initial route, only
five months from launch, will run
from the Rickenbacker Causeway to

18th or 20th Street on the north. And
because 67 percent of surveyed down-
town residents favored extending the
route farther north, to Midtown and
the Design District, Robinson promises
that'll happen too eventually. "The
trolley will help reduce road congestion,
air pollution, and parking problems.
Mainly, it will enhance connectivity
throughout all downtown's areas."
Walking the streets of downtown,
you'll also notice numerous big, shiny,
high-impact glass picture windows

instead of old metal shutters. That's
because there are "Facade Improvement
and Shutter Removal" grants for store-
front businesses to encourage window-
shopping and decrease the war-zone feel.
To support top-quality retail and
entertainment venues, there are "Tenant
Improvement Grants" that reimburse for

property improvements, but only for busi-
nesses that residents have said they want.
Yes: Bookshops, music/video stores,
home accessory stores of the Williams
Sonoma or Restoration Hardware type.
No: Dollar stores, electronics and
luggage shops, cafeteria-style breakfast/
lunch joints.
Oh, and about that supermarket? A
first-rate supermarket topped the wish
list of every resident questioned about
downtown's current deficiencies. Whole
Foods, which signed a lease in 2004

but pulled out in 2008 when it seemed
unlikely that downtown would have
the residential base it needed by its
projected 2011 opening, hasn't yet come
creeping back.
But there's hope. Robertson says
several markets are now being "actively
recruited." Though she refuses to name

names, Fresh Market slipped out after
relentless pestering. "I do think the occu-
pancy study convinced them that the area
is close to having sufficient population
density," she says.
Should Robertson and the DDA
need any recruitment incentives, they
need look no further than their own
survey. Second on residents' wish list,
by an overwhelming margin, was no
joke "two or three dive bars."
Here's the incentive: Natural foods
markets like Whole Foods and Fresh are
very self-conscious about their "green"
profile. If they'd like to burnish their
image by helping to reduce air pollu-
tion in a dramatic way, just open a store
in downtown Miami and sponsor a
couple of dive bars.
With the market and the dive bars
in place, scores of new high-rise dwell-
ers would immediately get rid of their
cars. Hell, they'd never leave downtown.

This is the first part of a two-part story.
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Frozen Objects Falling from the Skies
Snowflakes? Maybe. Reptiles? Definitely
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BT Contributor shapes, wafting up and down on the cur-
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in Miami. It wasn't during
our recent weeks of freezing
weather, and not during the record-
breaking winter of 1977. Nobody, that
is, except the students who witnessed it
with me, and the motorists below me,
who slammed on their brakes at precisely
the same time and gazed skyward.
I was in my classroom at Miami
Arts Charter School, which occupies the
former Channel 10 building. My particu-
lar room has two large floor-to-ceiling
windows that look out onto Biscayne
Boulevard. This can be a distraction in
my middle-school classes. I constantly
have to prevent a rush to the windows
when anything vaguely exciting happens.
A cold front had just moved through,
the first of the season. Not as cold as
the weather we just experienced, but
chilly and uncomfortable for a fall day

in Miami. It was also gray as weathered
coral rock, with the kind of rain that
comes at you like electrical interference
- no matter what you do, you can't tune
it out.
This is why I noticed the snow, or
what Miami meteorologists might call
"frozen precipitate matter."

They weren't big, puffy snowflakes
like you might get on a still night in New
England. They didn't float to the ground
like downy bird feathers. Nor were
they the wind-driven mass that makes
up the blizzards of the plains. Instead
they were something in between: the
flakes were tiny, yet perfectly formed,

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classroom windows. It lasted for about
ten minutes.
I can't prove it, but that may have
been the first time it snowed in Miami
since 1977.
During last month's cold spell, there
wasn't snow anywhere near Miami
Shores. The only frozen objects my
neighbors and I saw falling from the
sky near my home were significantly
larger than snowflakes, and were various
shades of green. They were iguanas.
The terrible fate of these supposedly
nonnative lizards made national head-
lines during our weeks of unseasonably
cold weather. After days of less-than-tol-
erable chill, clouds, and rain, the iguanas
essentially hibernated in midstep, curl-
ing up and falling off their tree limbs in

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various poses. Some of those that landed
on grass and remained hidden, may have
eventually revived when the air warmed,
although most died after three days of
being in this state. Others fell on con-
crete from great distances and mortally
wounded themselves, or were victims of
cars, or were marked as easy prey.
Wildlife officials, in various media
outlets, advised against reviving the iguanas.
They'd been waiting for this day to come,
they said. It was saving the region unheralded
millions of dollars in removal and disposal
of these pesky iguanas, because while it is
legal for residents to kill the lizards, it must
be done humanely. The Sun Sentinel even
ran an article quoting homeowners who
have had problems with the foliage-eating,
foul-pooping reptiles and have wanted them
gone, but couldn't quite get up the nerve to
do it themselves. "I don't have the heart to
beat one to death," one woman said. Another
"humane" way of"disposing of" the green
iguana? Beheading.
I can understand the widespread
embrace of natural selection at work,

especially given that these reptiles are
invasive creatures, the entire population
of green iguanas thought to be the work
of pets released into the wild that then
procreated and became feral. Interest-
ingly, however, the Green Iguana Society
reports that "in the November 2009 issue
of Reptiles magazine (Vol. 17, Number
11), noted reptile vet Douglas Mader
stated the following: 'I have done a lot
of research on the origins of the igua-
nas in the Keys. There are accounts of
wild green iguanas living here from the
1950s. That's long before these animals
were ever popular as pets and long before
people could have released them back
into the wild.... My investigations so far
point to the fact that green iguanas may
have a native origin [in the Keys]."
I've read other accounts that put
populations of green iguanas in the
Keys in the 1920s. Some suggest they
migrated from South America during
hurricanes or as the result of shipwrecks.
But really there isn't a whole lot to go on.
(Black spiny-tailed iguanas, which were
imported as pets from Central America
and are also found feral in South Florida,
are an entirely different matter.)

So if it's incorrect to assume that
green iguanas are an invasive species in
South Florida, it would also be incor-
rect to assume that they have no place
in our subtropical food chain. Birds of
prey feast on the young, and so do other
reptiles. In the suburbs, however, it's
true that the largest iggies have no real
predators except cars, and can indeed
hurt people. In fact one actually jumped
on my brother-in-law while he was riding
his bike, gouging his chest and back.
Indeed I've seen these creatures at
work on more than just people, and it's
not a pretty sight. They chew through
mesh patio coverings and claw through
fences. They destroy gardens iguanas
love tomatoes and defoliate yards.
They defecate in pools. According to the
University of Florida Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences, green iguanas
also compete with us for our mangoes. (I
for one am happy to share.)
But they are also beautiful, pre-
historic creatures that fascinate, and it
appears that very few studies have been
done on their origins in South Florida.
So while wildlife personnel were busy
saving as many hypothermic manatees

and sea turtles as they could, and turning
their backs on a species they have no real
historic knowledge of, the kids in my
neighborhood were wrapping their little
catatonic carcasses in blankets.
My husband and I warmed up two of
them in heated water. One iguana died;
the other survived. The next day my
kids took it to their science teacher, who
declared it well enough to release.
Meanwhile the iguanas that officials
were so happy to let expire are litter-
ing the roadways of Miami Shores and
Biscayne Park. Not only didn't they want
to invest the funds to remove them live,
it seems they also don't want to remove
them dead. As one of my students put it:
"Every time I walk my dog, there's more
of them. It's like some weird version of
The Birds."
Perhaps we did the wrong thing,
saving a life here and there. But I can't
stand by and be inhumane, at least in my
opinion. And wouldn't it be ironic if the
green iguana turns out to be a native spe-
cies after all and is now, thanks to our
freak weather, an endangered one.

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By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor
he City of Miami is in the spot-
light again. It's under investi-
gation by the Securities and Ex-
change Commission (SEC) for allegedly
using unscrupulous methodologies in
accounting and financial reporting in
other words, cooking the books. Nothing
new, you say. The city has a history of
these kinds of shenanigans and they've
come to be expected (or at least accept-
ed) by our leadership and the electorate.
An SEC spokesman affirmed this by
commenting that these new allegations
were too egregious to ignore "even for
the City of Miami."
As the saying goes, we get the lead-
ers we deserve. Citizens who only know
their leaders in a superficial way (on the
campaign trail, for example), can unwit-
tingly end up voting for a scoundrel. I
think that when we look at individuals
who would be elected or appointed to

Crooks Are Born Not Made
- It shows up early, which is why a politician childhood matters -

positions of public trust, we need to go
back in time far enough to see how their
early lives evolved.
Psychologists tell us that a person's
value system is set by the age of four
- yes, four years old. Barring some
scientific discovery that deceitful behav-
ior is hereditary (a corruption gene?),
we can assume that an adult's actions
are the result of values internalized at a

very young age. There must be signals
that indicate a person is inclined toward
dishonesty. Consider how much we've
learned about serial killers.
Thanks to rigorous research, we now
know that serial killers are likely to be
loners, introverted, and often with a child-
hood history of abusing small animals,
which progresses to cruelty inflicted on
larger animals like cats and dogs. Typically

no one pays much attention to such traits
until a killer is caught, then people come
forward with the weird stories.
"Yes, I went to school with him and
he kept to himself and was always talk-
ing to his locker."
"He would sit down by the lake and
pull the wings off flies."
Psychologists point to such observa-
tions and say, "See? His background is
indicative of the behavior we see demon-
strated in these monstrous acts."
So why not similarly examine
the backgrounds of those who seek to
become our leaders? Maybe we could
discern traits that would give us a good
idea whether this guy or gal may be a
bad bet for a leadership position.
Take shoplifting, for example. A
crime like that at an early age is usu-
ally handled by the conscientious parent
taking the child back to the store and
making him apologize and return the roll

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of Lifesavers. The embarrassment and
threat of "going to jail" may be enough
to scare straight the good kids. But what
about the child who gets away with it?
No adverse consequences, and those
Lifesavers tasted really good! Somehow
that young boy or girl learns it's okay to
take what is not theirs, to be sneaky, to
reap rewards to which they are not en-
titled. As time goes by, the bad behavior
advances to the point that some are caught
as juveniles for more serious shoplifting,
or perhaps stealing a car for joy riding.
While such crimes may not be in the same
league as burglaries or robberies or the
violence associated with gang member-
ship, they nonetheless reveal a character
flaw, a corrupted value system.
There are also those who are able to
think through their actions and the con-
sequences if they are caught. If they are
wily and conniving, they can avoid de-
tection. These are the people who cheat
on exams and get away with it, who
cheat on their income tax and get away
with it, who can end up being elected to

office or appointed to a position of public
trust. Yet they retain a set of values in
which deception is an acceptable or even
desirable behavior. It can part of what it
means to be a "team player" whose ends
justify their means and who comes to
believe he or she is acting for the greater
good. At present the chances of weed-
ing out such people before they begin to
s. i c." the public are slim to none.
Will Rogers In my days with th
once was
the k e could always tell
the keynote
speaker at a player by the way
government quei
function. Prior
to taking the
podium, he and
the audience were subjected to a string
of politicians boasting to the crowd how
much service they had provided their
constituents over the past year. Then
Rogers rose to speak. He said that all this
talk of service to the public reminded him
of when he was a little boy on the family
farm. He sneaked into the barn, where his
father and some farmhands were assisting


a bull in impregnating one of the farm's
cows. Said Rogers: "Later I asked my dad:
What was that bull doing to that cow? To
which my dad responded: Son, that bull
was servicing that cow!"
We in the City of Miami and Miami-
Dade County have received about all the
service we can handle!
Exactly how we stop it, I am not
sure, but it must start at the polls. Term
limits would
help at the
City of Miami, you county level,
where the 13
ho was a serious eete
elected com-
ley responded to missioners
ons. serve with no
What about
requiring that all meetings between
elected officials and lobbyists take place
in the sunshine? We also should reform
the absentee-ballot process big time!
At some point, we citizens have to
say: Enough is enough! We're not going
to take it anymore!
Sound familiar? Of course. We seem
to go through public purges every few

years. And now the phenomenon has
spread to Broward County. How many of
you have recently heard comments along
these lines: "Well, it's their turn this
time." Or: "They're sure making us look
good!" Pretty sad, isn't it?
As I write this column, a recall effort
is under way to remove the county mayor.
We have two ousted Miami commission-
ers, one of whom accepted his fate while
the other is fighting the charges against
her. We have Miami city finances under
investigation and top officials choosing
their words carefully: Notll ng \ didwas
illegal or criminal." We are not hearing:
No llnng \\ %. did was immoral or unethi-
cal." For some people, right or wrong is
never black or white. It's all shades of gray.
In my days with the City of Miami,
you could always tell who was a seri-
ous player by the way they responded to
questions. If the first response to a ques-
tion was Who wants to know? you knew
you were in the presence of a player.
It shouldn't matter who is asking, but
in reality it's always about who is asking.
Who wants to know?

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By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

Sam trying to stay awake as I write
this. It's not particularly late,
but the pace of the city I love
has worn me out. Color me pooped.
Obviously I am not referring to the
MFT (Merciless Frozen Tundra) that
is Binghamton, New York, where it is
no doubt below zero and darkly over-
cast a landscape that only Edvard
Munch might appreciate. Instead I
am referring to the wonderful, insane
beauty that is Miami.
Honey, I'm home! iBienvenidos
a Miami!
I have returned to pursue another ac-
ademic degree, and quite frankly, I have
also run (not walked, not even trotted)
home to Miami because I wasn't sure I
would survive another MFT winter. So
in the interest of, oh, I don't know, not
dying, I chose life! And by that I mean
heading south.

Miami is insane, which is why we love it
-- --i

The MIA acclimation period is one here, it was the pole's fault, not mine.
fraught with possibility. I mean, I've And honestly, that bright yellow
already smashed up my car. In truth, doesn't look so bad on silver.
more like scraped it up quite badly. But that is not the point. Or is it?
See? I told you I was tired. However, Does it matter? No. As a matter of fact,
if I'm going to continue with the truth it doesn't! That is the benefit of living

Sin a truly bipolar city. Nothing matters.
SNot really. Because two minutes from
Snow, probably just as you are reading
this, everything will have changed. That
is what I have come to realize about
SMiami. And I am thankful for my time
- more accurately, doing time in the
- MFT. Because without that stint of pure,
, unadulterated misery, I might never have
Learned to peek past the curtain hemmed
with daily Miami annoyances to embrace
the craziness.
The trick to enjoying the "Magic
City" is to go with it. The moment you
fight the eccentricities and start taking
anything seriously, you are not going to
enjoy yourself. And I do mean o,,i dii,.
ranging from the guy who cut you
off from three lanes over to make a left
turn on red to the surly woman holding
up the line of five people because the
change she received from the cashier was
allegedly short by 25 cents to the utterly

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inept valet who thought your stick-shift
car was an automatic transmission to the
waiter who couldn't be bothered to bring
you a menu in less than ten minutes.
And if you're not enjoying yourself,
you will turn into one of those people
who complain about the s. a nip" that is
the South Florida summer, and kvetch
about your bagel schmear being too
onion-y. And you are going to become
just like me before I realized how bad
life really could be.
In short: You are going to miss the
point. Miami is stupid. Miami makes no
sense whatsoever. So enjoy it.
Now that I am back, I must, like the
humble caterpillar that morphs into the
butterfly, adjust to a new life, one that
allows me to fly, fluttering about from
branch to flower, rather than remaining
in the larval stage, munching and molt-
ing on only one leaf.
Thankfully, the adjustment period
coming from the MFT back to Miami is a
helluva lot more pleasant than the adjust-
ment period I had to undergo last year,

when I spent three weeks in Miami only
to return to the MFT. Unlike returning to
prison, coming back here is like drawing
a Get Out of Jail Free card. Monopoly,
anyone? I mean, it's raining as I write this.
But that's okay, because the puny little
weather front will pass, the clouds will
bundle up into cottony goodness once
more, and the sun will emerge.
The Return to Miami adjustment
period consists of getting one's bearings
in order. First on my "To do" list is the
process of de-MFTization. More pre-
cisely, de-MFTization is actually a series
of exercises in detraumatization (put
your dictionaries down, I know it's not a
word). Because, make no mistake about
it, I am traumatized.
Think that sounds a little dramatic?
Well, I assure you it is not. I'm not sure
how else to explain the rash of (new!)
irrational behaviors. Like repeatedly
swiveling my head halfway around (well,
it won't go the whole way around) in a
panicked attempt to check to see if the
sun is still out. (It is. Check.)
And how about my newfound aver-
sion to micro-fleece? I was with a friend
shopping for a blanket. The cotel (condo

hotel) where I am staying lacks a decent
blanket. My friend innocently picked out
a snuggly bit o' warmth, and I surprised
even myself when I literally backed
away, horrified. I mean, if my friend had
thrust a cobra in my face I would have
been less startled.
Well-Meaning Friend [confused]:
"What's wrong? Feel it! It's so nice!"
Me [stricken]: "No...more...fleece.
No...more... micro-fleece. Down with the
Snuggie! Fleece is the devil! You hear me?
Put it back! [Shrinking from the sea-foam
green softness.] Dammit, now!"
You see? This is not the behavior
exhibited by a normal person who is rea-
sonably well-adjusted adjusted being
the operative word here.
Fortunately I am well versed in
trauma. That's right. If anyone can deal
with PTSD, it's me. It's really more than
a state of mind for me. It's an address.
Perhaps the circumstances and the
streets are new, but the responses and
handling of such pathologies are similar.
One somewhat unexpected Miami
adjustment I am trying to gel with is the
time change. I realize I am in the same
time zone as the MFT (although, to be

fair, it does not seem like it). So it's not
a jet-lag issue. Not exactly. It's more of a
flow issue.
Back in the MFT, time stopped. I often
referred to it as the Twilight Zone, but it
could just as easily have been one loop
from the movie Groundhog Day, in which
Bill Murray must endure the same day
repeatedly. In the MFT, it just seemed like
nothing ever changed. This was probably,
in part, due to the weather, which was
always, let's call it for what it is, shit.
In Miami there is a low hum that
keeps everything moving. Besides,
given that Miami is a truly bipolar city,
the mood swings are demanding and
exhausting in and of themselves. But
they also can be fun. The Merciless
Frozen Tundra is simply exhausting in
its monotony.
Well, I must go. The rain has
stopped and sun has returned in all
its glory. And seeing as I am work-
ing on my reacclimation to paradise, I
feel I must run outside and embrace it.
Before it goes away. Because it will go
away in ten minutes. Right?

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Delray Beach shows MiMo District boosters how you can go from bust to bounty

By Karen-Janine Cohen
Special to BT
he future of Biscayne Boulevard's
most promising stretch may have
jelled on a bus trip to Delray
Beach. In mid-January about 16 people
headed up 1-95 to learn how that small
city mustered the resolve to salvage
historic, early-20th century homes,
original cottages, and unique community
buildings while attracting complimentary
downtown development.
Could a 21-block section of the Bou-
levard accomplish something similar?
And might the trip aid members of the
new MiMo Business Improvement Com-
mittee, the tour's sponsors, in persuading
Boulevard commercial property owners
to tax themselves as part of the effort?
The tour group included preservation-
ists, Boulevard business owners, Upper
Eastside residents, Miami City Hall rep-
resentatives, and a sprinkling of academ-
ics and reporters. Over pasta and chicken
wraps, current and former Delray Beach
officials explained how the city turned its
blighted center into one of the most vital
areas in Palm Beach County.
"They've just done a great job, we
can really learn from them," remarks John

Scott Timm, a veteran of Miami Beach's Art Deco success, hopes to do
the same for Biscayne Boulevard.

Bachay, after a tour of Delray Beach historic
areas and downtown. Bachay, a Miami
Shores resident, is a member of the MiMo
Biscayne Association, a group that came
together in 2007 to protect and promote the
unique Miami Modem style architecture in
the MiMo Biscayne Historic District.
His enthusiasm is understandable.
Delray Beach's decades-long efforts
succeeded in transforming a crumbling
downtown into a vibrant area of colorful
refurbished homes, unique shops, and

restrained condo development that had At-
lantic Avenue, the east-west artery leading
to the ocean, filled at midday with pedes-
trians, shoppers, and cell-phone-chatting
business people. Nary an empty storefront
or chain store to be found.
The trip comes just weeks before the
Biscayne Improvement Committee will
ask Boulevard property owners between
61st Street and 82nd Street to form a
Business Improvement District and to
fund significant upgrades to the area. If

Approved, the district's core mission
Should be to address issues specifically
Seen as hindering business.
SBackers of the committee, formed
Last year with $100,000 in city-supplied
Seed money obtained with the help of
m city Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, believe
it is the best way to build on the Boule-
vard's nascent renaissance, which took
a big leap forward in 2006, when the
city created the MiMo Biscayne Historic
District, which runs along the Boulevard
from 50th Street to 77th Street.
"In general, when a city creates an
historic district, that is the first step,"
says Scott Timm, executive director
of the MiMo Business Improvement
Committee. No%\ the question is: How
are we going to develop? What kind of
neighborhood do we want this to be?"
Timm has the kind of credentials
that may give confidence to some
long-suffering Boulevard commercial
property owners. He was previously
director of programs and outreach at
the Miami Design Preservation League,
the group that spearheaded successful
efforts to preserve Miami Beach's Art
Deco architecture.

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End of an Urban Oasis

The Upper Eastside Garden will close at the end ofFebruary

By Victor Barrenechea
BT Contributor

A after a three-year run of special
events, movies, and leisurely
A games of miniature golf, the Upper
Eastside Garden will be closing at the end
of this month. The lush garden, hidden
away at 7244 Biscayne Blvd., hosted its
farewell party this past January 30, with
complimentary beer and coffee and a video
installation by Miami artist Natalia Bene-
detti, who now resides in Chicago.
Her looped video coincidentally re-
flected a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere
that echoed the garden as oasis a cool
and quiet haven from the traffic and bustle
of surrounding city streets.
Such a serene spot along the Boulevard
would have been difficult to imagine even
five years ago. Which is one reason garden

An unlikely location amid the hustle and bustle.

director Peter Rozek decided to open it.
"We just wanted to change people's percep-
tion of the neighborhood," he says.
For the past three years the Upper
Eastside Garden did just that as a

nonprofit organization with the goal
of attracting growth, business, and
general development to the area. In an
effort to accomplish that, Rozek and his
friends staged many successful events

and parties, including a series of out-
door movie nights. They arranged for a
rotating cast of prominent local artists
to create murals on the site. Rozek also
constructed a miniature golf course and
invited some of Miami's leading artists to
customize the holes and obstacles.
The cost for attending these events
was usually no more than a $5; often they
were presented free of charge.
"It was a temporary project to begin
with," says Rozek, adding that the garden
was originally intended to stay open for
just two years. This changed in 2008,
when the Knight Foundation awarded
UEG a $25,000 Arts Challenge grant that
allowed Rozek to keep going for another
year by subsidizing the $2000 rent he
was having difficulty paying. "We stayed

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Battle for the Royals
A relentless defender ofBoulevardpalms wins the big one

By Margaret Griffis
BT Contributor

At first glance Sean-Paul Melito
doesn't look like a tree-hugger.
There's something about a man
who wears a fedora that screams "street-
smart" long before it does "activist." So
when you spot the friendly and loqua-
cious 43-year-old hoofing it down Bis-
cayne Boulevard, don't assume he's just
another smooth-talking hustler. Melito
is simply a guy enjoying a stroll among
the gorgeous royal palms he helped save
from the chainsaw.
Like many who have adopted Miami
as their home, Melito would spend child-
hood vacations in South Florida. Even
then, royal palms caught the eye of the
young New York City native and would
continue to amaze him after he relocated
here, by way of San Francisco, in 2003.
A couple years after making the move,
though, he discovered that many of the
beautiful palms he loved were slated for
removal during the Florida Department of
Transportation's massive reconstruction

Sean-Paul Melito's perseverance paid off, and the Boulevard's royal
palms are now protected.

of Biscayne Boulevard. The switch was
part of former Mayor Manny Diaz's
"canopy campaign," which sought to
bring more shade trees to the city.
While no one denies that Miami
could use more a lot more shade

trees, the one street where the new vision
seemed way off the mark was Biscayne
Boulevard. This was the gateway that
had welcomed millions of palm-seeking
tourists for nearly a century. While not all
royal palms would be eradicated, the plan

Swas to intersperse them with live oaks
and nondescript shrubbery. Live oaks are
Beautiful trees and, like the royals, they
Share native to South Florida. However,
s many believed these symbols of the Old
South would detract from the tropical feel
Sand uniqueness of Biscayne Boulevard,
and that they'd also undermine the his-
toric meaning behind the palm trees.
Just a couple months after the Great
Miami Hurricane of 1926 nearly wiped
out the young city, Biscayne Boulevard
opened to great fanfare. Armistice Day
that year was filled with the usual solemn
observances and festive parades that had
marked the end of World War I over the
previous eight years, but disaster-weary
residents also ventured downtown to
inaugurate what would become Miami's
grand thoroughfare.
Warren Manning, a nationally
renowned landscape architect, designed
both what was then known as "Bay
Front Park" and the new boulevard with
the expectation that generations would

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Miami Shores to Shopaholics: Hop Aboard!

By David L. Selling
Special to BT

At a time when most cash-strapped
municipalities are being forced to
cut services, Miami Shores has
added a new one. And it is absolutely free
to anyone who wants to take advantage
of it, residents and nonresidents alike.
This past January 15, the village
launched a weekend shuttle bus route that
picks up passengers from three loca-
tions in Miami Shores and takes them to
the Aventura Mall. Conveniently, it also
brings them home. According to vil-
lage officials, the service was initiated in
response to residents asking for more of
a good thing: free travel around town by
shuttle bus.
Three years ago Miami Shores began
a free shuttle service that circulates within
the village on weekdays between 1:00 and
6:00 p.m. For those who can't drive, or
would rather not, it's a great way to get
from here to there (and back) in a place
where county Metrobus service is limited

A new shuttle service kicks into gear -and it's free to all


Waiting for to go: Zero passengers at Barry University.

and taxis are practically nonexistent. Its
popularity seemed to have whet the appe-
tites of a number of people who wondered
whether the service could be expanded to

At times it can be lonely
include weekends, for driver Lunick Louis.
and whether it might
even ferry them up Biscayne Boulevard to .........
the bustling Aventura Mall.

The answer, in short, was: Sure, why
Sno Says Jerry Estep, director of the
I I ll._'c's recreation department: "It serves
dli need to help citizens, especially those
\ ho don't want to drive or don't have
- c.s to go to Barry University and to
I A%\ c iuura Mall for the state-of-the-art
Snoe\ i theater."

Operating Friday, Saturday,
and Sunday, the new shuttle
makes stops at Barry University,
NE 2nd Avenue at 96th Street,
and at the Miami Shores Commu-
nity Center on Park Drive. From
there it's off to shop-till-you-drop
On Friday and Saturday, the
shuttling begins at 5:30 p.m. from
Barry. The last bus home departs
the mall at 11:35 p.m. sharp.
Bleary-eyed Barry students are
dropped off at their campus
around midnight. On Sunday
the routes are the same but the

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The proposal is still being revised,
but essentially it would ask property
owners to pay on a sliding scale, with
smaller properties initially paying about
$100 annually and up to $1000 for the
largest. The aim is to raise a relatively
modest $135,000 the first year, mainly to
pay for a streetscape study.
If property owners agree in late Feb-
ruary or early March to create their own
Business Improvement District (BID),
they will be in the vanguard of such self-
taxing districts in Miami. Coconut Grove
was the first to create a BID; other Miami
neighborhoods are exploring the concept.
If property owners do pony up, one
of the first steps will be to develop a map
and business directory to promote the
area as a destination. Also at the top of
the list is the streetscape study, which
would propose methods tailored spe-
cifically for the Boulevard to attract
pedestrian shoppers while slowing traffic.
Though the MiMo District and the
blocks to its north are no longer a play-
ground for drug dealers and sex workers,
it is still not the friendly thoroughfare
many envision it could become. "We
can't even walk our pets down the
Boulevard without fearing we'll be hit
by a motorist," says Roberto Hernandez,
a resident of Palm Grove, just west of
the Boulevard. Hernandez, a structural
engineer and ardent preservationist, was
also on the Delray Beach trip.
Meanwhile Delray Beach has some
advantages Biscayne Boulevard can only
dream about. To build on its "Village by
the Sea" identity, the city developed a
funding bedrock by creating a Communi-
ty Redevelopment Agency a far more
robust mechanism than a BID.

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Delray Beach's Old School Square cultural center was once Delray High
School, c. 1925.

Decisions made at the start of the pro-
cess, Delray Beach officials say, can carry
progress along. "What you want to focus
on is creating a demand," notes Jeff Perl-
man, Delray Beach mayor between 2000
and 2007. "For us it was creating a sense of
place to bring businesses and tourists here."
In addition to taxing themselves, prop-
erty owners, with the help of city officials,
were able to leverage grants
and other funding sources.
Then came the nuts and bolts: If prop
working toward consensus and own
a vision for the future. Com- they
munity involvement was critical,
and a succession of mayors and
commissioners, who may have
clashed on other topics, re-
mained remarkably steadfast on the plan.
The results have been just as remark-
able, and may motivate Boulevard property
owners to reach into their pockets. In the
improvement area, square-foot rent rates
went from $6-$8 in the mid- to late 1980s

to $30-$50 today. That's impressive even
after accounting for inflation. Taxable value
for the Delray district went from $250 mil-
lion in 1985 to $1.6 billion in 2009.
Despite the striking numbers, some
Boulevard property owners remain skepti-
cal. Henry Patel, owner of the King Motel
at 7150 Biscayne Blvd., is less than ex-
cited about the BID idea. "Let's put it this

erty owners agree to create their
Business Improvement District,
will be in the vanguard of such
;elf-taxing districts in Miami.

way," he says. "We have paid so much in
taxes and now we are going to be added
onto?" A particular gripe is the six-percent
bed tax his guests must pay. "We haven't
gotten a dollar's benefit back in any way
shape or form," he complains.

Moreover, Patel and others along
the Boulevard say they are still smart-
ing from two years of disruptive road
construction. An economic downturn is
not the time to ask people for money, he
says. As a 25-year veteran of Biscayne
Boulevard, Patel says he'd like to see
grants and government incentives to help
businesses improve their properties, as
well as some marketing money from the
Greater Miami Convention and Visitors
Bureau, which is funded by the bed tax.
Despite some hair-pulling frustrations,
however, many other property owners be-
lieve now is the time to act. They point to
exciting changes, including installation of
the Coppertone Girl sign at 7300 Biscayne
Blvd., and to notable restaurants settling
in, such as the recently opened Balans, a
longtime Lincoln Road favorite.
Sinuhe Vega owns Uva 69, another
highly regarded restaurant. Another culinary
pioneer, he's been on the Boulevard for
several years. Today he is president of the
Business Improvement Committee's board.
Vega sees the area as a piece of a vibrant
Miami mosaic, perhaps developing into
a nesting spot for those who want to visit
Wynwood's art galleries, the Design District,
and the Adrienne Arsht Center, as well as the
beaches. "I see a viable area for caf6s and
motels turning into boutique hotels," says
Vega, who also took the Delray Beach trip.
C.J. Iannuzzi journeyed to Delray as
well. As the owner of several apartment
buildings on the Boulevard, he imagines
a time whenjazz clubs and other night-
life amenities draw people to Biscayne
Boulevard, creating an ambiance once
common in places like Coconut Grove
but now difficult to find in any part of
Miami. Says Iannuzzi: "I'd like to see
the public come back a little more, take a
chance and see what is out there."

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Boulevard Theater: The New Incarnation

For owner Leroy Griffith, it's back to old reliable: naked ladies

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

After toying with the idea of
having a weekly fight night at his
x-rated Upper Eastside venue,
the venerable Boulevard Theater, adult
entertainment entrepreneur Leroy Griffith
has decided to stick with strippers, at
least for now.
Club Madonna II, which opened on
January 14, will operate like his Club
Madonna on South Beach, Griffith says.
This means women spinning on polls
while in various stages of undress, and
offering lap dances. But unlike the Miami
Beach operation, Club Madonna II will
be open in the afternoon, have a full bar,
and offer free parking.
Ever since 1971, when Griffith
bought the Boulevard Theater, a former
one-screen cinema at 7770 Biscayne
Blvd., the theme has been sexual,
whether it showcased porn movies,
female exotic dancers, or male strippers,
whether it was called Pussycat Theater,
Black Gold, or At the Boulevard.
After his concept for a topless sports
bar flopped last November, Griffith hung
a banner on the place that read: "Look
What's Coming!" He told the BT this
past December that he planned to bring

Sports bar out, boxing arena out, lap dances in.

professional boxing and kick boxing
events to the venue on weekends. But
the boxing bouts were not to be. Griffith
claims the club was too small, that he
would need to accommodate more than
350 people.
There may have been other obstacles,
especially if Griffith really intended to
host professional fights. Julio Martinez,
a veteran of the local boxing industry,
points out that the Florida State Boxing

Commission, a division of the Department
of Business and Professional Regulation,
oversees such professional matches.
Aside from a ton of financial and regu-
latory requirements, fight promoters must
use referees, judges, and doctors assigned
by the state commission. Because of this,
he explains, it's impossible for a venue to
have even one event a week, much less the
two per week Griffith wanted. "You call
the commission and they give you [a date]

that's available for them," Martinez says.
"They don't have that many people and it
takes like 20 to 50 state employees to do
one boxing event."
Griffith remains undeterred. "I'd still
like to have one night for fights," he says.
A proprietor of burlesque clubs since
the 1960s, he'd also like to toss comedic
acts and maybe even (yes, he said this)
some dinner theater into the mix. "I used
to bring Henny Youngman and Frank
Sinatra Jr. to the Carib Theater in Lincoln
Road," Griffith says with some pride.
Upper Eastside resident Bob Flanders
thinks Griffith should accept the fact that
the neighborhood has been gentrified, and
give up on strippers altogether. He sug-
gests turning the theater into an art gallery
or independent movie house. "It's a very
difficult venue to make anything work, par-
ticularly if you do something people might
eschew as being alternative or slightly
unsavory," Flanders observes. "Who would
even be seen parking their cars there?"
"Tell him to finance it, and I'll be
glad to," Griffith replies, insisting that
Club Madonna II is making him plenty of
money. "We've been here a long time and
the only reason we're still here is because
there is still a demand for it."

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open another year," he says. "We as-
sumed the community really liked it."
Having brought much attention to the
neighborhood, Rozek is moving on to an-
other project, the Omni Board of Tourism

(OMNIBOT), which will be undertaking
similar initiatives in the Omni neighbor-
hood further south along the Boulevard.
"The Upper Eastside Garden," Rozek
says, "was only our first neighborhood-
awareness project."
This month the UEG will be open
every Saturday and Sunday from

noon to 6:00 p.m. as the golf course is
slowly dismantled. Anyone can come
by and play on whatever's left of the
course, or purchase potted plants from
an extensive selection. As for the
fate of the garden, Rozek reports that
ownership of the property recently
changed hands. At press time, plans

for its future were not known.

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enjoy the distinctive landscaping. The
"Big Blow" had ravaged the park, which
only a year earlier had been created out
of dredged bay bottom; the storm even
stranded a number of ships on the boule-
vard itself. Downtown was cleaned up as
best they could in time for the November
11 ceremonies.
A November 12 article in the Miami
Herald that year describes how Biscayne
Boulevard and its palms were dedicated
to veterans of all wars. (It would later
become an official part of the Blue Star
Memorial Highway system.) Mayor
Edward C. Romfh also declared a special
Arbor Day would coincide with Armi-
stice Day to help restore the beleaguered
town. One newspaper photo shows a large
United States map being filled with plants.
The caption boasts that the depicted 48
states will "be kept green perpetually."
Sadly, that promise was not kept.
However, Melito set out to force the
city to honor another arboreal obligation:
keeping Biscayne Boulevard's stately
palms as a unique veterans' memorial.
Oddly enough, it was a January 2006

article from his hometown paper, the New
York Times, that set Melito into motion.
The piece reported on FDOT's replace-
ment plan, but what really riled Melito
was Upper Eastside Miami Council
member Robert Flanders's description
of the trees: They "look like telephone
poles." He could not let such an insult to
Miami's top symbol go unchallenged.
Melito noticed that Momingside com-
munity activist Elvis Cruz was
featured in the same article. He
felt an instant kinship with the ME
perennial crusader and asked Decel
Cruz for advice on how to work desi
the system to save the trees. After "S
some research, Melito discovered
their historic significance and
knew where to focus his efforts
for effectiveness. As he explains, "After all,
Miami is so young. We have so little his-
tory. We must preserve what we have."
With that sales pitch, he then collected
signatures in favor of keeping the royal
palms and presented them to Miami Com-
missioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district en-
compasses the Boulevard. He also launched
www.SavePalms.com in the meantime.
While it's unlikely that any of the
original trees planted are still alive,

they have been repeatedly replaced so
the same look has been maintained on
the Boulevard for more than 80 years.
BT contributor Jeff Shimonski believes
"it is a shame to remove historical
landscapes," adding that the oaks "are
great trees but we are planting too
many of them."
Melito's efforts paid off when, on
December 10, 2010, the Miami City

ilito's efforts paid off when, in
mber, the Miami City Commission
gnated Biscayne Boulevard as a
scenic Transportation Corridor."

Commission voted to designate Biscayne
Boulevard as a "Scenic Transportation
Corridor." A number of private citizens
and veterans spoke at the meeting in
support of the palms. Their pleas were
reinforced by more prominent Miam-
ians: Becky Matkov, executive director
of Dade Heritage Trust; Ellen Uguccione,
Miami's historic preservation officer;
State Rep. James Bush III; and historian
Arva Moore Parks.

It was made clear at the meet-
ing that the live oaks and unidenti-
fied shrubs were inconsistent with the
historic vision for the Boulevard. A
week later, on December 17, Gus Pego,
FDOT's district secretary, informed
state Sen. Dan Gelber that the official
FDOT plan would be revised "to retain
as many Royal Palms as possible and
remove the shade trees and shrubs that
were proposed."
The victory was bittersweet, though,
because the commission's special desig-
nation and FDOT's plan changes came
much too late for the Boulevard construc-
tion work north of 36th Street. Today that
stretch of roadway is lined with many
fewer royal palms and many more oak
trees. But the second phase of the project,
south of 36th Street, is closer to down-
town and thus more significant. There the
royals will be preserved.
Now that Melito is part of the history
he worked so hard to preserve, he says he
hopes to continue his community activ-
ism, and perhaps add another feather to
his cap. Or should that be another frond?

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hours are curtailed, starting at noon and
ending at 8:40 p.m. Three round trips be-
tween the Shores and the mall are made
on Friday and Saturday, five on Sunday.
That's a lot of gas and driving and
general wear and tear. So how can Miami
Shores afford it, especially in this time of
economic adversity?
No, it's not being underwritten by
the Soffer family, owners of Aventura
Mall, though that would have been nice.
The new shuttle service is being funded

by the half-penny sales-tax increase
county voters approved in 2002. All those
pennies have added up to quite a lot of
money, all of it dedicated to transporta-
tion improvements and overseen by an
appointed body called the Citizens' Inde-
pendent Transportation Trust (CITT).
An earlier attempt at persuading
voters to tax themselves for better public
transportation failed miserably. So when
county leaders tried a second time, they
sweetened the deal by promising a cut
of the cash to individual cities within
Miami-Dade County. Help us to pass this
half-penny increase in the sales tax, they

said, and we'll kick back 20 percent of
the proceeds, which you can divide up
and spend on your own transportation
projects. That did the trick.
Unfortunately, as the Miami Herald
revealed in a 2008 series called "Taken
For a Ride," it now appears that it was in
fact a trick.
Investigative reporter Larry Lebowitz
found that county officials had squandered
their 80 percent of the tax money some
$800 million over five years. The list of
abuses was long and infuriating to many,
and it has crippled Miami-Dade County's
public-transportation infrastructure.

But that was the county at fault, not
the 31 incorporated municipalities. Their
20-percent share of the tax money, which
continues to flow into CITT's coffers, has
been spent on far less grandiose projects
than those promised by the county. And
they've had to abide by a set of rules
that require 80 percent of their funds be
dedicated to roadway projects, such as
maintenance, resurfacing, new pavement,
striping, and so on. The remaining 20
percent must be spent on public-transpor-
tation enhancements like new bus benches

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and shelters and shuttle services.
According to Nestor Toledo, the
CITT's municipal administrator,
Miami Shores has received about $2.2
million in sales-tax money since 2003.
A big hunk of that roughly $1.3
million was spent on the makeover
of NE 2nd Avenue between 91st and
103rd streets. The avenue is Miami
Shores' main drag, and after the
sprucing-up, the business area was
rechristened Village Place. Hopes are
high for a commercial renaissance.
Far less money has been going to
the Shores's intravillage shuttle service,
which has been contracted to a private
operator, Limousines of South Florida.
The company has also been hired to run
the new Aventura Mall route (known to
some as the "Aventura Flyer"). The cost
to Miami Shores: $48 per hour, which
pays for a driver, fuel, insurance, and
use of a 24-passenger, handicap-accessi-
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continued to the Community Center and
the mall. Undaunted, Marro trudged over
to the Community Center and waited for
the shuttle to make its return stop at 1:05.
She climbed aboard, introduced herself to
driver Lunick Louis, and took a seat. She
was the only passenger.
Downtown passenger count: Zero.
Barry University passenger count: Zero.
Marro got off the bus as it returned to
the Community Center, having enjoyed a
pleasant chat with Louis but without any
photos of delighted passengers. Louis
wondered aloud if anyone even knew
about his Aventura Flyer.
Shores recreation director Jerry
Estep isn't worried. He reports that
ridership over the first two weekends
averaged 13 on Friday, 15 on Saturday,
and 21 on Sunday. In early January, the
village did send out an announcement
and route sheet tucked in with a cham-
ber of commerce newsletter, and more
promotional efforts are in the works.
Estep is confident ridership will grow. In
fact, he says, "It started out better than
we expected."

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tools. A brave women, she jumped into her
husband's van in order to follow the culprit
and perhaps get his license plate (his car
was parked in front of the house). She
made it about halfway down the street and
her rear bumper fell off. The suspect had
damaged the vehicle, and as a result he was
able to slip away without the victim getting
his plate number. We have to admit, this
is kind of smart. Some of our Boulevard
Neanderthals seem to be evolving.

Criminals Do Not Have the
Line-Item Veto
1600 NE Miami Ct.
While on routine patrol, police officers
heard a loud banging sound coming from

a partially built condominium building
that has suffered multiple burglaries
over the past few months. Police climbed
through a hole cut in a fence and made
their way to the third floor, where they
found a man digging an aluminum
window from its foundation. Caught
in the act, the thief said he was "just
checking it out" and would prefer to be
charged only with "trespassing." He
had a hammer and hacksaw blade in his

possession. Police did not take his plea
and charged him with burglary.

Partying in Miami
100 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
At a downtown condo, a group of pool-
side revelers, stirred by their blaring
music, danced through the night, well past
the 10:00 p.m. curfew. Condo residents
started to complain. Police were called to
stop the racket, and as they were doing

so (party-pooping fuzz), one member of
the energetic party crew broke into an
equipment closet and tampered with the
condo's video-surveillance equipment. The
cameras went dark. After police left, the
party animals vandalized and ransacked
the entire pool area. Turns out they were
not residents of the condo. No arrests have
been made, nor have the suspects been
identified a result of the cameras being
compromised. Miamians take note: If you
can't beat them, by all means join them, or
perhaps simply shut your windows to keep
out the noise.

Who Do You Trust?
1700 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
Some unpleasant things can simply be
avoided. A woman had lost the key to
her apartment and had to rely on security
to let her in. The woman did not have a
spare key, but for some reason, security
personnel didn't give her a copy. Then one

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evening she found her 40th-floor apartment
burglarized with no sign of forced entry.
She had not changed her locks. The thief
apparently still has a key. Sloth is one of
the seven deadly sins. We can only hope
that someone gains the ambition to change
the locks and then keep duplicate keys.

It's a War Out There
300 Block ofNE 58th Street
A woman was walking home and noticed
her shoelaces were untied. She knelt
down to tie them and in doing so, placed
her purse on the ground. At this instant a
manic man on a bike swooped down like
a vulture and grabbed her purse, disap-
pearing westbound on NE 58th Street.

Just a Moment in Miami Time
NE 54th Street and N Miami Avenue
It is distressingly common for someone to
pump gas while leaving a car door open,
causing an easy robbery. This woman
stopped to pump gas and left her purse on
the passenger seat- but she did lock her
doors. She went into the convenience store to

purchase some items and when she returned,
the bastards had smashed her window
and stolen her purse. To their credit, police
canvassed the area, but the thug got away. Is
pumping gas now a robberyfait accompli?

Was It Booked Through
5200 Block of i :i,.. ,ii,. Boulevard
Two men were visiting Miami and decided
to stay at one of the Boulevard motels to
understand the vibe of this great city. They
invited two "ladies" to their room and
engaged in sexual intercourse. The tourists
then fell asleep and of course, when they
awoke, most of their possessions were
gone, as were the two Miami girls. One of
the victims said he knew one of the sus-
pects. Sure.... Next time, try Price Line.

Buy Him a Beer? Maybe Not
401 Biscayne Blvd.
A man was trailing a woman in a bar for sev-
eral minutes, begging her to buy him a beer.
Usually it works the other way around, but
women's rights have advanced the idea of the
male moocher. Finally the woman relented,
and opened her purse to grab her wallet. She
placed a camera and cash on the bar, but

Mr. Cheapanova grabbed both camera and
cash and bolted from the bar. The humiliated
woman was left with her unfinished drink
and new scorn for emasculated men who rob
good-hearted damsels.

Preemptive Arrest Saves
Junk-Mail Deliveries
NE 2ndAvenue and 42nd Street
Ever wish you were someone else or had
someone else'sjob? Seems that this man did.
Police stopped him as he was toting a gar-
bage bag slung over his shoulder. The cops
asked permission to search him. He gave
permission, and the officers found a crowbar
in his pants. In the garbage bag? A pile of
U.S. mail bearing many different names,
none of them the defendant's. Police detained
him and went to the nearby post office, where
they found two blue mail boxes damaged by
something that could have been a crowbar.
The defendant was immediately arrested
and the mail was returned.

Sometimes a Police Report
Is a Confession
400 Block ofNE 62nd Street
The female suspect had spent the night
with her victim. When the victim awoke

in the morning, he heard rummaging in
the bathroom and discovered his "lady
friend" was stuffing items, including a
jar of coins, into her purse. Caught in the
act, she fled. The man called police and
claimed, rather self-righteously, that the
woman is a "known prostitute." So does
that make him a knownjohn?

Tough Parking Creates
Rogue Attendants
NE 3rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard
Man had parked his car in a lot and went
to pay when he was approached by an
officious man he assumed was the lot's
attendant. The faux employee told him
it would be $5. The victim gave him a
$20. The perp said he would get change
and disappeared. Fortunately a patrol car
was in the area and officers approached
the phony employee. He promptly gave
the money back and asked police to give
him a break since he did the right thing,
apologizing profusely for his "mistake."
He was arrested and transported to the
county jail.

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Views from the Islands

Little Haiti new cultural center hosts a compelling exhibit of Caribbean art

H aitian artist Andr6 Eug6ne's
sculptures in the exhibition
'Global Caribbean" are made
from old rubber tires. They are small,
mythical creatures or "fetish effigies" -
familiar representations in Haitian art
- otherworldly and also demonic. The
material, too, is representative. Much of
that country's and the Caribbean's art is
fashioned from the commercial world's
discards, an allusion to what the nations
themselves have been made from since
their colonial days.
The carefully chosen works in this
superb show reflect the Caribbean reality
and mythology, the dark and the light,
the troubled past, present, and future,
and the incredible vibrancy of the artis-
tic output from a region that starts at the
tip of Florida and ends on the shores of
South America.
After January 12, that reality took
on new meaning. The earthquake that
ravaged Haiti gives a new poignancy
and power to this art, from 23 of the
Caribbean's top artists, being shown in a
gleaming new space in the magnificent
new Little Haiti Cultural Center.
The image of sunny isles and the
ultimate tropical tourist escape has
always clashed with the darker one, of
brutal dictatorships, occupations, and
stark social inequalities. While recent
photos and stories of unimaginable
destruction overwhelm our senses,
this beautiful show seeks to address
these contradictions.
Organized and curated by prominent
Haitian artist and Miami resident Ed-
ouard Duval-Carrid, "Global Caribbean"
deals with the lives and histories of Af-
rican descendants of the region, as well
as with the capriciousness of the very
ground itself. In the show's catalogue
- published well before the earthquake
- Duval-Carrid wrote: "A definite
constant in the region is the wrath of
mother nature.... Along with the damage
wrought by the weather, colonialization,
slavery and plantation economies could
also be seen as agents of destruction in
the region."
So Creole Portrait II: A Collection
and Singular & Scarce Creole Portrait
Heads to Perpetuate the Memory of the

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And She Swings So Sweetly: The work of Haitian-American Miami
resident Vickie Pierre is delicate and decorative, but with an underlying
suggestion of graffiti and female body parts

WOA4N of Egypt
maica, lithographs
from Barbados
native Joscelyn
Gardner, under-
scores some of the
traumatic origins of
Caribbean nations.
A centerpiece of
black-braided hair
is surrounded by
images of instru-
ments used to
torture slaves.
The everyday Hew Locke's Kingdom of the Blind # 5,6,7 weaves
violence of to- plastic toys, flowers, chains, and guns into a
day's Caribbean sculptural tapestry of modern Caribbean life.
world is inescap-
able in the work of Dominican artist But Kingdom also highlights what
Jorge Pifieda with Afro-Fight Issue this show succeeds in relating that i
III, its faceless fighter in army the face of almost insurmountable odds
fatigues butting against the wall; artistic expression can heal and even
as well as in Hew Locke's Kingdom bring joy into relentlessly joyless lives.
of the Blind, three huge sculptures While these "blind" sculptures can loo]
pieced together with plastic chains, devilish, they also include a profusion
dinosaurs, and guns. colorful plastic flowers and beads. Life

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goes on, they seem to say, especially
through art.
Jamaican-born Arthur Simms
crafted another one of the outstanding
sculptures in the exhibition, again made
from the detritus of the commercial
world: bottles, rope, scrap metal, skate-
boards, a birdcage, and a bike. While
playful, the title aims to dampen the
spirit a bit: Caged Bottle.
No country has been more trauma-
111 tized in the Western Hemisphere than
Haiti, and viewing this show in the wake
B of the earthquake can't help but color the
picture even more darkly.
Sitting on a baroque chair in his
expansive studio, Duval-Carri6 says that
art, music, and dance have always sus-
tained life in Haiti, and that it will once
again as the country struggles to recover.
But it won't be easy, says the Port-au-
Prince native, looking tired but still
filled with humor. His family there has
survived, as it appears did artist Andr6
Eug6ne, a founder of the Grand Rue art
movement. But it also appears that much
of Haiti's cultural history, and visual arts,
have disappeared maybe forever in
the rubble of the capital city and the
seaside town of Jacmel.
Duval-Carri6 believes that the Little
m Haiti Cultural Center, adjacent to his
studio, and the Haitian Cultural Arts Al-
liance that he heads, will have to play a
g major role in documenting and preserv-
( ing that culture.
In an office connected to his studio,
some of that documentation has taken
place already the alliance has a
catalogue of books, original documents,
and maps. The new cultural center is
now home to four Afro-Caribbean dance
troupes, as well as an impressive black
box theater that will host musical groups
and film screenings from the region.
But without Duval-Carri6 himself,
much of this would not exist. Although
the City of Miami initially funded the
center and now staffs it, Duval-Carri6,
long active among the Caribbean dias-
pora in Miami and abroad, brought in the
n French government to sponsor "Global
s, Caribbean," along with promises of
future exhibits and exchanges. Because
of its historic (and difficult) ties to the
k Caribbean, France has created a cultural
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Continued from page 34
outreach arm, "Caraibes en creations,"
to fund such projects, and Duval-Carrid
lobbied for Miami to be a focal point of
this initiative.
While he is currently active in vari-
ous relief efforts, Duval-Carrid says he
wants to put most of his time and energy
into raising money and awareness of
what must be done over the long haul to
resuscitate Haiti. To that end, he plans
an art auction, featuring very significant
work, that could help fund a symposium
of thinkers, scientists, and social and
environmental planners.
"We have to start from ground zero,"
he says. "We can not rebuild it the way it
was before, a complete and total disaster,
built by tyrants and crooks to benefit the
very few and starve the rest. Believe me,
as someone who knew Port-au-Prince
when the sea was crystal clear, that city
should never be rebuilt the way it was,
including its meaningless palaces and
political structures."
Anger flairs as he talks about the
past and the present, but then he smiles
as he says that the famous quilt makers

Blue Curry's Untitled drapes
yards of used cassette tape from
a shark's jaw elegant and
disturbing at the same time.

from Gee's Bend, Alabama, have already
offered to donate a quilt for such an

Edouard Duval-Carrie believes art,
music, and dance will sustain Haiti
as it struggles to recover.

auction. "Drastic measures must be
taken," he adds. "We need to formulate a
serious vision for the future."
Back in the bright exhibition space,
a current vision of the world is beauti-
fully and disturbingly expressed. Baha-
mian artist Blue Curry has suspended
from the ceiling the skeletal jaw of a
bull shark. Spilling out of the shark's

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South to the floor are 754 hours' worth
Sof used cassette tapes. It can look alter-
nately like a glamorous evening gown
Sor a hideous concoction of dead animals
- and plastic garbage.
S Duval-Carrid acknowledges that
duality: "Whether they [the artists] are
part of well-intentioned cultural direc-
tives or they are solo acts whose produc-
tions are in defiance of all odds, I want
to honor their efforts by presenting them
and their works in a pristine new facility,
which provides the proper environment
to enhance their visual acts."
You can be involved in both relief
efforts and broader planning at the
cultural center. On February 14, the
resident dance troupe Dance Now and
a drum collective will hold a benefit for
Haiti relief with a suggested donation
of $35; 305-960-2967. March 4-6, in
the black box theater, the University
of Miami will hold a seminar about the
future of Caribbean culture; 305-757-
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March at the Little Haiti Cultural Center,
260 NE 59th Terr., Miami; 305-960-2969.

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101 NE 40th St, Miami
www 101exhibit com
Call gallery for exhibition information

233 NW 36th St, Miami
www abbafineart com
February 13 through March 11
"Recent Works" by David McConnell
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www alejandravonhartz net
Through February 6
"Beloved Structure The Argentine Legacy" curated by
Eva Grinsteln with Fabian Burgos, Martin Di Paola,
Marcolina Diplerro, Veronica DI Toro, Luclo Dorr, Silvia
Gurfein, Silvana Lacarra, Adriana Minolitl, Karmna
Pelsajovich, Pablo Siquler, and Andres Sobrino
February 13 through April 3
"Monstrous Moonshine" by Magdalena Atria
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

1 NE 40th St, Miami
www artfusiongallery com
Through March 24
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111 NW 1st St, Suite 625, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

46 NW 36th St, Miami
www lurle-kavachnina com
February 11 through March 12
"Metamorphosis" by Laurie Recanati
Reception February 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

171 NW 23rd St, Miami
www artformz net
Through February 12
Works by Rosario Rivera-Bond and Donna Haynes
February 13 through March 8
"Past-Present" with Anja Marals and Gulllermo Portleles
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

561 NW 32nd St, Miami
www bacfl org
February 12 through March 1
"Found Object/Found Love 30 years of art with Pablo
Cano" by Pablo Cano
February 13
"DOG" a performance by Pablo Cano and Jim
Reception February 12, 7 to 10 p.m.
Performance February 13, noon

180 NE 39th St, #210, Miami
By appointment info@basfisherinvitational com
www basfisherinvitational com
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795 NE 125th St North Miami
www bashagallery net
February 10 through March 31
"LADIES NIGHT" with Michael Ajerman, Beatrice
Findlay, Allyson Krowitz, Arnaldo Rosello, and Kar
Reception February 26, 7 to 10 p.m.

3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
February 13 through March 5
"In Search of a Sacred Place" by Willie Birch
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

Art Listings

100 NE 38th St #3, Miami 787 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-491-1526 305-308-6561
February 13 www chirinossanchez com
"Borinquen Health Care Expo" Call gallery for exhibition
with Elizabeth Baez, H-Allen information
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Plessel, Clarice de Souza, 2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Igal Fedlda, Sophia Lacrolx, 305-573-8110
Gabriela Llascovitz, Mirabel www castilloart com
Menendez, Puchi Noriega, and Through February 6
Laura Rosen "Dark Castle" by Shelter
Reception February 13, 7 to Serra and yet nightly pitch
10 p.m. my moving tent" by Gustavo
BREVARDS GALLERY February 13 through March 6
2320 N Miami Ave, Miami "Oh the tangled webs we
305-576-5747 weave" by Karelle Levy
www brevards com Reception February 13, 7 to
Through March 30 10 p.m.
"NonDuality" by John Brevard
2301-2303 NW 2nd Ave, Miami 2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-303-6254 305-576-1804
www buttergallery com www dlfinearts com
Call gallery for exhibition Charles Koegel, Exposed Through February 6
information "Lapidus Infinitus" by Carlos
Frame Structure with Dome, Betancourt and "Geo-Graphic"
CALDWELL / LINFIELD pencil and watercolor on paper with Luls Alonzo-Barkigia, John
GALLERY & STUDIO pencil an waerco Bally, Irene Clouthler, Felice
8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami 2009, at Dimensions Variable. Grodin, Jill Hotchkiss, Laura
305-754-2093 Kina, Alberto Latorre, Michael
www susannacaldwell com Loveland, Michael Scoggins,
Ongoing Carlos de Villasante, and Annie Wharton
"Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture" by February 13 through March 6
Susanna Caldwell "Passaros geometricos e pelo menos um passaro
Reception February 20, 5 to 10 p.m. rectangular" by Jose Bechara, "The Triumph of
Patience" with Ulsuk Byeon, Young Cho, Jessica
CALIX GUSTAV GALLERY Labatte, and Briana Schwelzer, and "si no existe el mas
98 NW 29 St, Miami all6, la injusticia del pobre se prolonga eternamente"
305-576-8116 with Colectivo MR
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February 13 through April 1
"Basics" with Yvonne Cordoba, Eric Torriente, Max A DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY
Kraushaar, and Agustin de Llanos 3938 NE 39th St, Miami
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m. 305-573-4046
www diasporavibe net
158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores "The Man, The Images and His World" by Terry Brodle
305-490-6906 Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.
www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com DIMENSIONS VARIABLE
Through February 12 171 NE 38th St, Miami
"Cinematheque" by Jorge Pantoja dv
February 19 through March 14 dimenslonsvarlable net
Lynne Golob Gelfman Through March 2
Reception February 19, 7 to 11 p.m. "Summer's Gonna Hurt You" by Charles Koegel
Reception February 13, 7 to 11 p.m.
305-571-1415 2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www visual org 786-486-7248
Through February 24 www dinamitranlgallery com
"Darby Bannard The Miami Years" by Darby Bannard Through February 27
Through February 27 "The Contract" by Marina Font
"Beyond the Daily Life" with Guerra de la Paz and Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.
Teresa Dlehl
250 NW 23rd St, Miami 305-576-1278
305-292-0411 www dorschgallery com
www charest-welnberg com February 13 through March 6
Through February 28 "Pleasure Seekers" by Kyle Trowbridge, "Knock-Off" by
"Herd Thinner" with Slater Bradley, Suntek Chung, Alex Golden, and "de-lux" by Kelth Sklar
Richard Dupont, Martha Friedman, Sheree Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.
Hovseplan, Rashld Johnson, Simone Lelgh, Fernando
Mastrangelo, Raha Ralssnia, Seher Shah, Erin Shirreff, DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE
Jeff Sonhouse, and Outtara Watts 51 NW 36th St, Miami
CHELSEA GALLERIA www dotfiftyone com
2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami February 10 through March 7
305-576-2950 "Fusion" by Leonel Matheu
www chelseagalleria com Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.
February 13 through March 6
"Carnaval" by Daniel Kedar DPM GALLERY
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m. 2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
CITY LOFT ART www dpmgallery com
61 NE 40th St, Miami Call gallery for exhibition information
Through February 6 47 NE 25th St, Miami
Group show with Elmar Hund, Ekaterina More, Virginia 305-303-8852
Erdle, and Monique Wegmueller www edgezones org
February 10 through March 10 February 13 through February 27
"Light Meets Color" with Elmar Hund, Ekaterina More, "Word Play" by Glanna DiBartolomeo
and Ingrid Kaufman February 13 through March 6
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m. "Bound and Gathered" with Mora Barber, Pip Brant,
Natasha Duwin, Annie Heckman, Laurie LeBreton,

Abigail Lells, Marcela Marcuzzl, Emmy Mathis, Jason
Meyer, Isabel Moros-Rigau, Alex Trimino-K, Casey Ann
Wasnlewskl, and Plamen Yordanov
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

10 NE 40th St, Miami
www etrafineart com
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750 NE 124th St, North Miami #2
wwwfachearts com
Through February 26
"MADE IN CHILE" with Victor Mahana and Carla Fache

2247 NW 1st PI Miami
www snitzer com
February 12 through March 9
"At A Certain Date In The Future" by Bert Rodriguez
Reception February 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

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

125 NW23 St, Miami
www galerlehelenelamarque com
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2085 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www galleryschuster com
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174 NW 23rd St, Miami
www gallerydlet com
Through February 6
"Magical Powers" by Charley Friedman
February 12 through March 6
"Rachel Is by Rachel Perry Welty
Reception February 12, 6 to 9 p.m.
Reception February 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Through February 27
"Of Trees and Terra" with Mary Larsen and Elaine R

2628 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www glovannlrossifineart com
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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
February 13 through April 3
"Love, Infatuation or Lust" with Natasha Duwin, Juan
Grlego, Kate Kretz, Catalina Jaramillo, Angelica
Clyman, Magda Ortiz, Maria Lino, Julie L Frlel,
Lulsa Mesa, Aleli Egues, Gretchen Scharnagl, Hugo
Moro, Monica Travis, Rochi Llaneza, Jules Lusson,
Aleli Egues, Monica Travis, Tamara Hervera, Orion
Mansfield, Ingrid Eliasson and Jennifer Baslle, Donna
Torres, and more
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www haroldgolengallery com
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 Satterfield

147 NW 36th St, Miami
305-576-4266, www cashappeal com
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2417 N Miami Ave, Miami
Through February 26
"Archipelago" with Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
www interflightstudlo corn
Through February 5
"Above the Clouds" with PilotO, Desiree Bordes, Mike
Tesch, Jo-Ann Lizlo, Herve Alexandre, and Bernardo
February 13 through March 12
"Love is in the Air" with various artists
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

123 NW 23rd St, Miami
www kabecontemporary corn
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50 NE 29th St, Miami
www kelleyroygallery com
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2249 NW 1st PI, Miami
www kevinbrukgallery com
Through February 20
Works by Matthew Welnsteln
Reception February 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

3312 N Miami Ave, Miami
www kunsthaus org mx
February 13 through April 30
"Parallantos" by Ivan Pulg
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

Pablo Cano, The Last Judgment,
ink on paper, 1984, at Bakehouse
Art Complex.

96 NW 29th St, Miami
www ilanalllienthal com
Call gallery for exhibition information

155 NE 38th St, Miami
www locustprojects org
Through February 27
"An Uneven Floor, 2010" by Leyden Rodriguez-

2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www artnet com/reltzel html
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244 NW 35th St, Miami
www miamiartspace com
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300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
Bldg 1, Room 1365
www mdc edu
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1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
www mymlu com
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346 NW 29th St, Miami
www museovault com
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3324 N Miami Ave, Miami
February 11 through March 6
"Willow" with various artists
February 11 through March 28
"A Light Above the Rest" with various artists
Reception February 13, 6 to 10 p.m.

155 NE 38th St, Miami
www nektardestagni com
Through March 1
"Jewelry Salon" with Hernan Bas, 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

3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
www oh-wow com
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2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www panamericanart com
February 13 through March 11

"Operation Beefeater" with Magnus Sigurdarson and
Paul Stoppi
Reception February 13, 6 to 9 p.m.

2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www praxis-art com
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4100 N Miaml Ave, Miami
www pressitonart com
Through February 6
"From Across The Pond" with Mike Bernard, Jean
Robinson, and Henrick Simonsen

82 NE 29th St, Miami
artnet com/sammergallery html
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250 NW 23rd St, #202, Miami
www sethjason com
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155 NE 38th St, Miami
www spinellogallery com
Through February 27
"Resurrection" by Christina Pettersson

162 NE 50th Terr, Miami
www myspace com/stashgallery
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3821 NE 1st Ct, Miami
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2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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10 NE 3rd St, Miami
www wallflowergallery com
myspace com/wallflowergallery
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3322 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www whitevinylspace com
February 9 through 16
"Loose Exchange" with Frankle America, Harry Crofton,
Win McCarthy, Mickey Ratt, and The Noi Nerds, and
with performances by Joseph Gurls, Eric Svedas,
Work, Lowla Lawless, and more
Performance February 14, 2 p.m.

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

2242 NW 1st PI, Miami
www wynwoodcentral com
Kito Mblango

250 NW23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
www yeelenart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art
1018N Miam Ave, Maml
www clfo 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, Shlrin
Neshat, Robin Rhode, Bill Viola,
Francesca Woodman, and more
23 NE 41st St, Miami
www delacruzcollection org
Call for operating hours and Magnus Sigurdarson and Paul Stoppi, From
exhibit Information
Beefeater Series, c-print, 2009, at Pan American
UNIVERSITY FROST ART "Space as Medium" with various artists and
MUSEUM "Metamorphosis" by Carlos Bunga
11200 SW 8th St, Miaml February 28 and ongoing
305-348-0496 "Selections from the Permanent Collection with various
http //thefrost flu edu/ artists
Through April 11
"The Fantastic World of Jose Gurvich" by Jose Gurvich MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Through April 25 770 NE 125th St North Miami
"Women's Work / Men's Work Labor and Gender in 305-893-6211
America" with various artists www mocanoml org
Through February 14
LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI The Reach of Realism with Uta Barth, Olaf Breuning,
1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables Tom Burr, Talla Chetrt, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia
305-284-3535 Tkacova, Phil Collins, Thomas Demand, Alex Hubbard,
www lowemuseum org Matt Keegan, Ragnar Kjartansson, Elad Lassry, Lars
February 6 through April 4 Laumann, Adam McEwen, Wilhelm Sasnal, Xaviera
"Cuba Avant-Garde Contemporary Cuban Art from the Simmons, Martin Soto Climent, Wolfgang Tillmans,
Farber Collection" with various artists Sara VanDerBeek, Emily Wardill, Gillian Wearing, Judi
Wertheln, and Artur Zmijewski
305-375-3000 591 NW 27th St, Miami
www mlamlartmuseum org 305-576-1051
Through February 28 www margulleswarehouse com

Through April 30
"Masters of Surrealist Sculpture" with Joan Mir6 and
Isamu Noguchl, "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
www worldclassboxing org/
Through February 26
Sylvie Fleury and Raymond Pettibon
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Events Calendar

Jazz on the Boulevard
- Free!
Miami's most resilient
musical entrepreneur, Mo
Morgen, has good news: His
Friday jazz nights at Miami
Shores Country Club (Mo on
sax, keyboard, and vocals;
Madafo on percussion) will
feature some stellar guests
this month. Trumpeter and
band leader Melton Mustafa
sits in on February 5; multi-
instrumentalist Patrick Lopez on
February 12; saxophonist Jesse
Jones, Jr. on February 19 (his
new CD, The So Then Collec-
tion, is outstanding); and guitarist
Jorge Garcia on February 26.
More good news: Mo & Madafo A Fi leind
has expanded to Thursday as well boith
nights from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. No ad inis-
sion or cover, full bar, full dinner I lil n
Dress is casual elegant. Miami Shoics-
CC is at 10000 Biscayne Blvd. C(ll I 5-
751-0501 for more information.

Take Back the Street at
Flagler Fest
During rush hour, you may think of down-
town's Flagler Street as a parking lot, but
on Saturday, February 6, it will actually
transform into one and display some of the
finest classic cars and motorcycles Miami
has to offer. The 9th Annual Flagler Fest
kicks off at 9:00 a.m., when the street is
given over to pedestrians and al fresco
diners between Biscayne Boulevard
and Miami Avenue at least until 3:00
p.m. Little kids will find plenty of activi-
ties, from a petting zoo to a screening of
Herbie: The Love Bug at the Gusman,
while big kids admire the four-wheeled
gems presented by members of the
Antique Auto Club of America. Call 305-
379-7070 for more information.

A Bike Hike You'll Like
Chocolates? Red roses? Here's a better
idea: You and your Valentine hit the bike
trails in Everglades National Park. Join
Roger Hammer, renowned flora specialist,
on Saturday, February 13, as he guides
bicyclists on a seven-mile wildlife tour
along Long Pine Key Nature Trail, ending
at Long Pine Glade Lake for sunset. The
day concludes with a special treat provided
by Schnebly's Winery. Price is $60 and

includes bike rental, guided tour, and wine
tasting. This is a leisurely ride, not a cardio
workout. Call 305-365-3018 for time and
reservation information.

Puppets As Art
Miami artist Pablo Cano is acclaimed for
his puppets, elaborate and ornate mari-
onettes brought to "life" in ways that can
be dreamily surreal. At 2:00 p.m. on
Saturday, February 13, Cano teams with
master puppeteer Jim Hammond for a
special performance of DOG: A Shadonnl
Puppet Play, the metaphorical journey of a
puppy chasing a red ball through a gallery
of famous artworks. It promises to be a
captivating show for kids and adults alike,
hosted by the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561
NW 32nd St. in Wynwood. Tickets are $15
for adults, $10 for Bakehouse members,
and free for kids 13 and younger. Call 305-
576-2828 or visit www.bacfl.org.

Live from the Deauville:
Big Band Music, Dancing,
Comedy, and More!
Here's an original way to enjoy Valentine's
Day: Big Band Sundays at the Deauville.
One Sunday each month, the Le Jardin
ballroom at the storied Deauville Hotel (6701
Collins Ave.) returns to its retro glory when
Mark Fernicola and his Last Flight Out Big

We'll Always Have Paris -
and Cover Bands
Cover bands normally aren't cool. But
Nouvelle Vague is an exception. The
eclectic, co-ed group from Paris covers
Depeche Mode, the Sex Pistols, Talk-
ing Heads, Echo and the Bunnymen,
the Psychedelic Furs, and other odd-ball
favorites, but with a style all their own.
Try punk recast as bossa nova. Now that
is cool. The February 16 8:00 p.m. show
is being presented by the Rhythm Foun-
dation at Miami's Artime Theater, 900
SW 1st St. Tickets are $22 through www.
groovetickets.com or 305-672-5202.

Delta Blues from the Real Deal
At age 95, David "Honeyboy" Edwards
is among the last of the original Delta
bluesmen. He and his guitar have
mixed it up with a host of blues greats,
from Robert Johnson and "Sonny Boy"
Williamson to Lightnin' Hopkins and
Howlin' Wolf. Field recordings of his
music from the early 1940s are in the
Library of Congress. The word legend
applies. Tigertail Productions is bring-
ing him to Miami Beach's Colony The-
ater (1040 Lincoln Rd.) for one night,
February 20, a unique opportunity to
see and hear the real deal. Showtime is
8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35; VIP seats are

$50. Go to www.tigertail.org
or call 305-545-8546.

Kites in Flight -
What a Sight!
Who can resist the allure of a
beautiful kite floating high in
the sky? How about hundreds of
kites? That will be the spectacular
sight at Haulover Park (10800
Solllns Ave.) on Sunday, February 21,
\\ lcn I lie 17th annual Kite Day Festival
Ilkcs off from noon to 5:00 p.m. Admis-
sion is fIree. Bring your own kite, buy one
aIIt ki festival, or learn how to make them
al oIn of many workshops. Let's hope it's
a sUnlII, breezy day. For more information
,cll SkI ward Kites at 305-893-0906.

A Floating Tour with a
Lively Soundtrack
E inlbi i k on a leisurely cruise of Bis-
ca. 'ie Bay with illuminating narrative
I)lo\ idd by the sagacious Paul George
of the Historical Museum of Southern
Florida. This particular tour will be of
interest to BT readers because it heads
north to Indian Creek Village, then
south tracing the bay's Biscayne Cor-
ridor shoreline before sailing east toward
Miami Beach. Among other topics,
Paul will expound on the history of the
Lemon City and Buena Vista neighbor-
hoods. The three-hour tour takes place
Sunday, February 21, departing at
10:00 a.m. from Bayside Marketplace.
Tickets are $39 for HMSF members, $44
for nonmembers. Reservations required.
Call 305-375-1492.

For Everyone Who Has
Loved an Orchid to Death
The 64th Miami International Orchid
Show, the nation's biggest and one of
the world's most prestigious, blossoms
February 26-28 and features more than
500,000 orchids and orchid-related items
for viewing and sale, along with daily
demonstrations by leading experts. This
year's exhibit, which also includes an art
and photography contest, takes place at
the Doubletree Miami Mart Exhibition
Center (711 NE 72nd Ave.). Doors open
at 10:00 a.m. Daily show admission is
$15 for adults (includes a $5 merchan-
dise discount) and free for kids 12 and
younger. Visit www.sforchid.com or
call 305-255-3656.

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What a Racket!

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Free tennis, anyone? With the Sony

Ericsson Open returning to Miami
in March, tennis madness and its
requisite jet set will be taking over the
town. They can afford it. But if you're a
young local person with nothing but the
dream to play, where can you go?
Say hello to the anti-Open. There is
no charge for the young people compet-
ing in the Clayton Feig Memorial Tennis
Tournament in North Miami. Each
August Steve Feig, father of Clayton Feig,
sponsors Florida's only free tournament
sanctioned by the United States Tennis
Association. The tournament, targeting
underprivileged youth ages 11 to 18, me-
morializes his son, who died at the age of
18 from a mysterious syndrome known
as Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.
Until his death in 1993, Clayton Feig
was a regular at the tennis complex, op-
erated by the City of North Miami Parks
and Recreation Department. In the fall
of 2009, the city named the center's clay
court after him, and the Feig family do-
nated $25,000 to keep the center running.
By now you might be scratching
your head and asking: Where is this
Mecca of tennis? The full title gives you
some idea: the Penny Sugarman Tennis
Center at Sans Souci. The most obvious
landmark nearby is the Home Depot on
Biscayne Boulevard, which can be seen
from the courts.
Dedicated in 1976, the center is quite

In Sans Souci, you can get cheap tennis and green grass

p. a a )

Affordable hourly fees and free tournaments make the tennis center
perfect for kids.

large, offering 12 hard courts, the one
clay court, and two enclosed practice
walls. City of North Miami residents pay
$3.00 per hour while nonresidents are
charged $5.50 for clay. The hard courts
are $2.50 or $4.00 per hour. Private
lessons are available along with vari-
ous group lessons that keep costs down.
There is even a tiny-tot group for the
four-year-old set.
The entrance to the courts has attrac-
tive landscaping around a smallish pro
shop. And it has bathrooms. You can also
buy your tennis supplies and some snacks.
The center is definitely one of those
best-kept secrets that, unlike the Miami

Shores tennis center,
is open to everyone.
Most likely it primar-
ily attracts locals and
moms in-the-know.
Afternoons are
busy with families
scurrying around
while their budding
superstars learn how
to ace. In off-peak
hours, plenty of
courts remain open,
and access does
not seem to be a
major problem.

comes to mind. While the kids are
having fun whacking yellow balls, what
are the nonplayers supposed to do? Fear
not, for mere steps from the tennis center
sits a cozy little park where you don't
need a racket.
Alfred Besade Park is a playground
and patch of green directly behind the
Home Depot. Just don't plan on play-
ing any sports here. A sign at the south
entrance reads: "No Soccer-Baseball-
Football Allowed."
Perhaps 12-year-old boys can't read,
because they were playing banned sport
number three when I visited one after-
noon. There's enough grass for playing
catch, but not room for full-on games, so
no enforcement is necessary.
The park does most things right
within its limited space by offering a

With 12 hard courts and 1 clay court, you can almost
always swing a racket.

Park Rating

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While Fort
Lauderdale was
the staging ground
for tennis legend
Chris Evert, NoMi
has yet to produce
a major star. But
there is hope. The
tennis center's
claim to fame is
that pro player
Andy Roddick
competed in the
first Clayton Feig
tournament at the
age of 12. Every-
one is wondering
who will be next.
But a more im-
mediate question

mix of open grass, a winding path, and
plenty of playground equipment. But the
park really excels in the arena of trash
cans. There are cans at every turn, and
most of the litter seems to make it inside.
Alas, as in most parks around Miami,
recycling is not offered.
The playground glistens with the
flashy colors of a lavender dinosaur and
a teal tube slide. Underfoot, a rubber
entrance ramp onto the playground puts
a spring in your step.
Near the park's north entrance lies a
large concrete square without anything
on it or around it -just a slab for no
reason. At the opposite end, a similar
slab is covered by a metal roof, and two
picnic tables sit underneath. Although

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The sign at Besade Park says no sports games allowed, but tell that to
the kids.

You'd think designers of tne concrete tripod bencn (about $600 each)
would have solved the puddle problem.

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lacking charm, the pavilion still func-
tions as a sun and rain shelter.
Some old-growth trees inhabit the
park, and the native greenery is especial-
ly thick along the western fence. On the
other side of the fence is a thin sidewalk
where litter gathers. However, the park's
interior is mostly clean.

Heavy benches, common in sev-
eral North Miami parks, deserve a
mention for poor design, because they
tend to pool water. These brown tri-
pods have a slit in the back, but even
the slightest tilt will prevent water
from draining completely, as evi-
denced by the benches' water stains.
These three-legged monsters may be
much sturdier than wood, but no one
wants to sit in a puddle.

No one really knows about this small
park, it seems, except for the neighbors
and the film commission of Miami. In
2003 the park became the setting for an
obscure, spooky movie called Baker's
Men. I think the director got lost on the
way to Home Depot and settled on the
path of least resistance.
A plaque reveals that the park was
dedicated in 1986. It seems like a natural
extension of the tennis center around the

corner, which lacks trees and greenery
in favor of courts, and the combination
of the two makes the area worthwhile for
the entire family.
So there you have it. In this densely
populated area, there are some open
spaces with a little green and a whole lot
of courts painted blue.
In NoMi, it's tennis, everyone!

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A Band for the Ages All of Them

Coming to town for adults and kids alike: They Might Be Giants

By Jenni Person
BT Contributor

R member bouncing up and down
in a club in the 1980s or 1990s
s John Flansburgh and John
Linnell of They Might Be Gants jammed
before an adoring crowd? Remember
falling in love and totally getting the
concept of "Birdhouse in Your Soul" as
the most romantic song ever written
(from the perspective of a night light)?
Remember feeling so validated and
so proud of their commercial success
with the hit TV theme "Boss of Me" for
Malcolm in the Middle? And thinking,
\\o\\ I wonder if mainstream America
gets this on all its levels." And then
weren't you psyched when, once a parent,
you discovered that TMBG was making
kids' albums?
When Goldi was born in 2003, a
dear friend from those bygone club days
sent a baby gift: TMBG's children's CD
No! the perfect present for a new baby
of mine. My friend had been to a concert
by the band in a park in Atlanta, where
she was surprised to see an abundance
of strollers, tots, goateed dads, and inked
moms, along with the usual concert fare.
Turned out it was a family concert.
Now I find myself joining TMBG's
fan page on Facebook. My 17-year-old
niece commented, "OMG, I saw them in
concert hahahaha!"
When I asked about the "hahahaha,"
she replied, "Aren't they a kids' band?"
To which a flurry of loyal fans countered
passionately. But the fact is, They Might
Be Giants has spent much of the past
decade establishing themselves in the
world of smart music for children.

For the uninitiated, No! (2002) is a
perfectly wacky collection of whim-
sical songs like "Fibber Island," in
which everything is backwards and
upside down; and "Robot Parade,"
featuring every kid's double fantasy
of robots and parades.
The album also fully engages par-
ents with songs like "John Lee Super-
taster," giving voice to the phenomenon
all new parents quickly discover: The
exceptional sensitivity of a baby's taste

buds; and "I Am a Grocery Bag," which
features a supermarket shopping list of
things familiar to new parents, along
with adults' raised consciousness about
groceries now that they're responsible
for feeding little ones.
The CD also includes lesson-learning
songs like "Four of Two" and "Where
Do They Make Balloons?" that foreshad-
owed TMBG's subsequent efforts.
The band followed up No! with
actual educational albums that in
classic TMBG style make inanimate
things like letters and numbers em-
braceable and lovable by personifying


them. This windfall of TMBG for
children is also a dream come true for
adults: intelligent, funky music for our
kids and we still get to bop to They
Might Be Giants as our hair turns
gray and memories of dancing on the
bar seem more like the fairytales we
now read to our children at bedtime.
So Here Come the ABCs, released as
a DVD/CD in 2005, kept both me and my
kids glued to the computer screen in our
cozy little Amtrak cabin during a 2007
return trip to Florida. For Goldi, who was
four years old and just then being intro-
duced to the alphabet in preschool, it was
like a celebration of recently acquired
information, validating and reinforcing
her learning. For her brother Izzi, two
years old at the time, it was a bunch of jolly
songs that were fun to move and squirm to
while watching their bright videos dance
across the screen.

But the album wasn't just a hit with
our family. It reached number one on
Billboard's Children's Music charts, won
Parenting magazine's Children's DVD
of the Year award, and garnered two
National Parenting Publications awards.
Amazon called it "the best children's
music album of 2005" and the 13th best
overall album of the year. Rock the kids'
music world, John and John!
And rock it they do. They fol-
lowed Here Come the ABCs with
Here Come the 123s (2008), which
won the 2009 Grammy award for
Best Children's Album. Their latest,
Here Comes Science, was released in
September of last year.
The albums and videos, along with
the band's steady gigs on the Disney
Channel and the Cartoon Network, have
solidified their preeminence among the
car-seat set so much so that it seems
they've become a kind of benchmark by
which to measure other artists creating
work for kids. When friends and I talk
about the music our kids listen to that we
also like, it's always on a They Might Be
Giants sliding scale.
Conversations I have about the band
among fellow Miami parents often turn
to the prospect of seeing them live again
- with our families. Wouldn't that be
great? Well, now we have the chance.
The Adrienne Arsht Center is presenting
this award-winning alternative/geek/kid
rock group on Saturday, February 27, at
2:00 p.m. Tickets are $19.50 to $29.50
and can be purchased on the center's
website or by calling 305-949-6722. See
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Don't Just Scream Do Something!
SOne certain result of doing nothing: Miami will be under water

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
doesn't global warming make
you want to scream? Then say
it with me: Aaarrrggghhh!
I also hope it makes you want to do
something good. Climate change,
after all, is the civil rights issue of our
time. Future generations will judge us
by how well we respond to it, just as
we can point to slavery as the cross-
roads of American history.
You are either on the right side or the
wrong side.
Climate change also means that the
world will be watching Miami. Consid-
ered one of the globe's most vulnerable
locales because of its lack of coastal
elevation, metropolitan Miami may well
be where the world plants its measuring
stick to see how high and how quickly
the sea is rising.
So how does it feel to be the guinea
pig that everyone expects to drown? Say
it with me again: Aaarrrggghhh!
With relatively little progress made
at the global-warming summit in Copen-
hagen, the average person can go back
to pretending that rapid climate change
has little relevance to daily life. This
apathy equals what the natives did while
Noah was building his ark. When the
flood came, those people drowned while
Noah's family and the guinea pigs stayed
safe and dry.
Now science has given us the warn-
ing, and either we can cooperate glob-
ally to build a protective ark, or we can
continue our wasteful ways and drown.
If only the solution were as easy as
building something really big, we could

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Within your young child's lifetime, coastal Miami will be under water and

do it. Unfortunately building things is
part of the problem. We need to unbuild,
ungrow, untransport, and unenergize.
Miami's record so far on reducing
the growth of greenhouse gas emissions
is not very promising. On the plus side,
however, Miami-Dade County has been
addressing the issue since the late 1980s,
with major leadership from county clerk
and former commissioner Harvey Ruvin.
Also on the plus side, Miami ranks mod-
erately within the U.S. when it comes to
emissions per capital.
However, when it comes to meet-
ing its goals to reduce carbon emis-
sions, Miami falters. In 1993 the county
adopted a plan "to reduce CO2 emis-
sions by 20 percent below 1988 levels
by 2005." Instead, by 2005, emissions
in Metropolitan Miami had increased by
36.5 percent, according to the county's
carbon-reduction report of 2006. Grant-
ed the county's population grew by 27
percent over this period, but the report
actually places most of the blame on a
national failure to require cars to have

high fuel efficiency.
Miami's data make it clear that two
areas of energy consumption account for
more than 90 percent of consumer usage:
transportation and electricity. Therefore
changing these sectors would produce
the biggest payoffs.
In March 2009, the county resolved
to reduce electricity consumption by 20
percent by the year 2014. A longer-term
goal is reducing its carbon footprint by
80 percent by the year 2050, or approxi-
mately 2 percent per year from current
levels. As much as I support such en-
deavors and as much as I want humanity
to stop choking the planet with pollution,
I fear nothing positive will happen.
My problem is that I keep looking
at the big picture. The big picture tells
me that Miami is a very small fish in
the global pond. Even if Miami became
perfectly green, a healthy fish can't sur-
vive in a sick ocean. And even the U.S.,
despite contributing a quarter of the
world's greenhouse gases, cannot reverse
its course and fix the globe alone.

The real problem is our success.
Before humans, other species dominated
the planet and went extinct. Now we
are so successful that the earth cannot
contain us. It's human nature vs. Mother
Nature. Guess who's going to win?
Here is what I think will happen
by the end of this century. The trend of
increasing energy usage and pollution
will continue here and worldwide (as
population and wealth increase), global
warming will accelerate, and the ocean
will creep several feet higher to reclaim
land it once owned. The majority of
South Florida's residents will be forced
to migrate to higher, drier ground.
Then again, I could be wrong. Some
event could trigger a fundamental shift
in human behavior most likely a
natural disaster that would unite the
allies of good against the forces of evil.
Pollution is evil. There will probably be
much death and destruction, as with any
great struggle in history.
I wish we didn't have to wait for
death, disease, and disaster to inspire us
to action, but I can't foresee it happening
any other way.
Nevertheless we can't wait for some-
one else to change the world. There are
things you can do today. Notice when
and how much energy you consume and
think about how to reduce it. Check out
Miami-Dade's "greenprint" at www.
miamidade.gov/GreenPrint. Read the
booklet Clean Energy Common Sense by
Frances Beinecke. Talk to your neigh-
bors to see if they care about this issue.
Decide now which side you are on,
before it's too late.

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Life With Baby and Rover Too

How to prepare your pet for the arrival of that little bundle of joy

Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

Many young couples are proud
dog owners and think of
their pets as their babies. The
dog, as a surrogate child, is extremely
important to the couple and considered
a member of the family to be doted
on and cared for. But as everyone knows,
having a real baby changes everything.
Life as you know it ceases to exist for
humans and canines alike.
When new parents bring home baby,
most are relieved to find that the family
dog takes it all in stride, after a little
adjusting. The dog doesn't need much
time to become accustomed to the baby's
smells and crying, and all the new fur-
niture and baby stuff. But in most cases,
the problems haven't yet arrived.
When your little bundle of joy begins
to crawl that's when the dog starts
to react to the baby. For several months
the baby was no threat, it slept a lot and
was always swaddled in someone's arms
or confined to its "cage" (from the dog's
point of view). Life had not changed
much for Rover.
But now the baby has transformed
into some kind of alien creature: part
prey, part squeaky toy, and (possibly)
part human, moving across the floor in
choppy movements, squealing loudly,
and knocking things over in its wake.
Around this time, the parents may
hear a growl from Rover.
Obviously, when an animal is un-
comfortable with a sweet little baby, it's
not a good situation for anyone involved.
Many people are downright shocked by

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the change in their pet. But it is important
to realize that the dog is not misbehaving
on purpose. He is experiencing discom-
fort with this new creature, not sure what
to make of it, and is confused. Take the
dog's behavior as information. Don't take
it personally, but do take it seriously.
Yes, hindsight is 20-20, but in truth the
best course of action for Rover's owners
would have been to socialize the dog to
babies when he was a puppy, and continue
that socialization as he matured. Being
proactive is always better than being reac-
tive. If you buy a dog from a breeder, be
sure to find out if the puppy has undergone
such socialization to babies.
Here are some other things you can
do to ensure a safe and happy home life
for your baby and your pet:

If your dog isn't neutered, doing so
can take the edge off.
Keep up your dog's exercise and
social interaction with you. Brush up on
some obedience commands before the
baby arrives.
Audio tapes of baby noises are
now available to prepare your dog for
new sounds. Start playing the tapes at a
very low volume while feeding your dog
treats or his meals. Gradually turn up the
volume if you do not see signs of stress.
Well before the baby arrives, you
should condition the dog to being alone
in the house while you're there too.
When our dogs are our "babies," we
don't think twice about having them near
us at all times. But this is not realistic
with a baby, so your pet needs to learn

to be in a room by himself. You can do
area training and practice giving your
pet special bones or food-stuffed toys
only in his special place, which can also
serve as a safe haven when he needs to
escape the baby screaming or any other
unnerving noise. Don't always let your
dog touch you when sitting together. He
needs to be able to stand on his own.
Keep your dog at a distance from
baby for the first few weeks. Always be
calm but happy when the dog and the
baby are near each other. You want them
to have positive interactions.
Always supervise dog and baby at
all times and maintain control. Period.
Do not force the baby on the dog.
Keep the baby under your close watch.
Do not let your baby crawl or toddle
over to the dog, which may scare the
dog. Make sure your dog feels safe. The
baby should never be allowed to pull
ears or tails.
The crawling phase leads to tod-
dling, also known as running for a few
steps and then falling down. This also
makes the baby very unpredictable to the
dog. This phase in your child's develop-
ment is also when toys and baby games
will be all over the floor. Your dog
cannot be expected to understand that a
toy does not belong to him. He may also
get upset or protective if the baby picks
up an object he deems his. Again, pre-
vention of problems is the best medicine.
You cannot be too careful.
Some dogs simply have serious
trouble adjusting to a baby. They growl
or bark, some may try to play with the
baby like a toy or chase it like a squirrel.
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Other canines just seem to flip out and
try to get as far away from the baby as
possible. If a dog displays these behaviors,
you need professional help. There are
many behavior-modification and counter-
conditioning techniques available to help
change the dog's experience of the baby.
However, there are no guarantees. Each
dog is an individual with his own genetic
makeup and life experiences.

Equally important: The owners must
be willing to work with the dog and
manage the
This can be Many new parent
very difficult problems with th
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caring for the
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owners are not prepared for this, the dog
may need to be placed in a new home.

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Many new parents may not have
any problems at all with their pets.
But being
prepared and
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will turn out right, things will
turn out right.
If you are
planning to
have a baby, start preparing your dog
now. It's never too early to lay the

foundation for a happy and harmoni-
ous household.

Lisa Hartman is head dog trainer for
Pawsitively Pets. You can reach her
or www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com.
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Strength in Diversity
When it comes to landscapes, too much of one thing spells trouble

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

Recently I attended an arborists
conference in California and had the
opportunity to hear some very informa-
tive presentations. Several presenters
discussed disease issues for trees in
general, but one in particular caught my
attention. The subject was a very aggres-
sive and recently introduced disease in
California called Sudden Oak Death. It is
as dramatic as the name sounds.
Since its discovery in 1995, the
death toll from this disease has climbed
to more than a million native coast
live oaks, tanoaks, and other species
of oak trees in 14 California counties.
More than 100 other species of plants
are susceptible to the fungal pathogen
that causes this disease, but only minor
damage is normally found on them.
The fungus in question (Phytoph-
thora ramorum) prefers moist environ-
ments and mild temperatures. It is spread
very easily. Outbreaks have already been
found in the eastern states as far south
as Georgia. There is no cure for this dis-
ease, which could possibly decimate our
native oak species in South Florida.
Another aggressive and rapidly
spreading disease is Laurel wilt, which
was first detected in the United States in
2002, and in Florida in 2005. It strikes
trees in the plant family Lauraceae that
include the native redbay and the avo-
cado. Laurel wilt kills them dead when a
fungus, carried by a tiny ambrosia beetle
that bores holes into trees, grows, and
plugs up the tree's vascular system. This
is similar to lethal yellowing in palm
trees. The trees literally starve to death.

At present there
is no cure for this
disease either.
Speaking of
palms, the red
palm mite was
first documented
in Palm Beach in
2007, after infest-
ing coconut palms
in the Caribbean
the previous five
years. This can be
a serious pest in all
species of palms,
bananas, Helico-
nias, gingers,
and Pandanus.
Since I'm
discussing newly
introduced diseases
or pathogens, I
should mention

The shaving brush tree is an exotic that does very well

that ficus whitefly in our landscapes.
is still wreaking
havoc on our landscapes, although it does
seem to be stabilizing in some areas. Of
the 16 species of ficus grown at Jungle
Island, we find it on four, including our
native strangler fig.
So what is the point here, besides de-
pressing you with all the bad things that
can kill our trees? This very short list of
recently introduced diseases and pests
provides a warning: Given the ease with
which people and goods travel the globe
today, it's inevitable that many more for-
eign diseases and pests are going to enter
our ecosystem and damage our urban
and native landscapes.
At the same arborists conference,
one presenter mentioned a study that

documented various species of trees
destroyed by recent hurricanes in the Ca-
ribbean and Florida. The conclusion was
this: "Native trees fared much better than
exotics in hurricanes." I didn't ask about
trees in the Pacific region that fare well in
typhoons. Nor did I mention my visit to
Guam a couple of years after a super ty-
phoon. Of all the larger trees still growing
well, not one was a Florida native.
I'm all for the preservation of native
species, but we need to approach our urban
landscape with eyes wide open. Native
plants are not more resistant to pathogens;
nor are they necessarily more impervious
to hurricanes. Which leads me to caution
that if we plant only native species, over

time we will likely end up with fewer and
I fewer plants in the landscape.
S This is where the slogan "right plant
Sin the right place" takes on real meaning.
SFor example, planting to reduce hurricane
2 damage requires you to think about the
Origin of the plant. Did it evolve in a region
that has hurricanes and typhoons? Is it a
long-lived plant or tree? If yes, then it will
likely do well in our landscape, provided
we properly plant and care for it.
Proper plant care is critical. Many plant
pathogens exotic and native succeed
in damaging or killing because the plants
are under stress, which can be caused by
many different things drought, too
much water, nutrient deficiencies from
being planted in the wrong soil, mechani-
cal stress from wind or vehicle impact.
As you can see from these examples,
native plants and exotics alike are very
vulnerable to infection. The best way
for us to maintain a healthy and lush
urban landscape is to stop planting huge
monocultures of single species. We must
embrace diversity. Our live oak may be a
beautiful, long-living, stately tree. But as
we're learning from Sudden Oak Death
in California, a very large population of
a single species (or even plant family as
with Laurel wilt) risks being wiped out
by just one new pathogen.
To cultivate our urban landscape for
the long term, we need variety.

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Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
Designs of Florida. Contact him atjeff@
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Just two blocks from the Arsht Center,
Urbanite Bistro (62 NE 14th St.; 305-374-
0662) has been thrilling diners with its
natural, organic, and hormone-free offer-
ings since last fall. For Valentine's week-
end, though, Chef Imbarlina presents "All
Aphrodisiac" evenings on Friday, February
12, and Saturday, February 13, featuring
special tasting, entrees, and desserts.
Don't forget to take advantage of their free
valet service or pre-performance dinner
and parking voucher on any evening.
When the Royal Bavarian Schnitzel
Haus (1085 NE 79th St.; 305-754-8002)
offers you a little of their schnitzel for
Valentine's Day, of course they mean a veal
cutlet, not anything too naughty. Owner Alex
Richter's Exotic Valentine's Dinner (motto:
For Lovers and other Strangers!) offers up
a five-course meal for $99 per couple. Alex
recommends making your reservations early
for this 6:00 p.m. feast on Sunday, February
14! The outside beer garden will be available
for smoking patrons.
Speaking of munchies: How's that
post-holiday diet working out? Need

extra help? M Power
Project Fitness (9301
NE 6th Ave.; 305-
758-8600) is holding
an open house for
one and all on the
weekend of February
26, 27 and 28. Check
out their personal trainers, new equipment,
and other services, then make use of their
coupon to get either three months free on
an annual membership or training package.
Drop in Sunday, February 21, 3:00 p.m
at St. Martha Church (9301 Biscayne Blvd.;
305-751-0005), when New Yolk's Metropolitan
Klezmer brings its eclectic exuberance to South
Florida music fans. Considered one of the
best Klezmer outfits in the nation, the group's
repertoire includes wedding dances, folk
tunes, Hannukah fare, prayer melodies Ladino
jazz, tangos, and ballads. Tickets are $10 for
general admission or $20 for Blue Circle.
Did your honey go overboard on the
gift-giving? We mean i..ii o\ cibo.iid' New
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the street from Costco and offer 30-foot ceil-
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Of course you could just try buying a
bigger house. Call new BT advertiser Bobby
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gmail.com) for all your real estate needs. He
has some beautiful finds waiting for you.
The law firm of Steven K. Baird,
P.A. (166 NE 96th St.; 305-754-8170) has a
lot to celebrate this month. Not only is the
business and real-estate law office marking
12 years of service, Steve was also honored
by Florida CEO magazine as one of the
top lawyers in the area for the third
time in a row. Also Martindale-Hubbell re-
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on in if you need tip-top legal services.
Studies show that dancing is good for
the heart. Extending that logic means that

dancing is good for your Valentine
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off any dance class at the North
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125th St.; 786-238-1264). Even
smarter: If you sign up for any
class, you'll get 10% off your pur-
chases at the adjacent Dancewear
Gallery. Check their website for a
full listing of adult and kid classes.
Now that you've danced your rear off,
it's time to put it back on with a delicious pie
from Luna Corner Pizza (6815 Biscayne
Blvd.; 305-507-9209). The MiMo District
location is the first one in the U.S. for this
Italian eatery that serves specialty pies such
as the Parmigianino, the Salame Piccante,
the Salciccia, and other Italian favorites.
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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 206.

Restaurant listings for the BT DiningGuide
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.
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Brickell / Downtown

900 S. Miami Ave.,
305-347-3700, www.abokadosushi.com
Hamachi chiles rellenos? Shiso leaf "nachos" topped with
raw spicy tuna, kalware sprouts, and other Asian ingre-
dients? The Viva, a sushi roll that starts with standard
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 neigh-
borhood sushi spots, but in keeping with Abokado's Mary
Brickell Village neighbors $$$$

1435 Brickell Ave.
Four Seasons Hotel
Originally an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, this comfort-
ably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs in 2006, resulting in
a complete menu renovation Thalland's famed sense of culi-
nary balance is now evident throughout the global (though pri-
marily 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 lunch-
time's rare tuna burger with lively wasabl aloli and wakame
salad For dessert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted
tart filled with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard $$$$$

141SW 7th St.
786-871-7005, www.andurestaurant.com
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-spiked hum-
mus) 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 aloli $$$

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'ta glamorous dining setting But wed 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 cock-
tails are genuinely create 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 imaginative
global creations many of them combinations, to satisfy
those who want it all One offering, "A Study in Tuna,"
includes tuna sashimi, Maine crab, avocado tempura, and
caviar, with several Asian sauces Moroccan lamb is three
preparations (grilled chop, harlssa-marinated loin, and bas-
tilla, the famed savory-sweet Middle Eastern pastry, stuffed
with braised shank $$$$$

901 S. 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-friendly outdoor
terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an
alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster
club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion
items, and a cocktail is one of Miami's more relaxing experi-
ences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, downtown
has secret stashes- 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 rijsttafel, 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 its 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 portoned small plates
They range from traditional Items like cod fish equlxada and
saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes to inventve inspirations
like foie 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 rodlzio (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 pasteles filled with shrimp
and creamy catupiry cheese, beautifully seasoned bolinho
de bacalau (fried salt cod dumplings), and alplm frlto (house-
special yuca fries, the best in town) $$$

Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
305-9138358, www.mandarinoriental.com/miami
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as
its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more spec-
tacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing
to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly
on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired, with a few
Latin and Mediterranean accents For the health-conscious,
the menu includes low-cal choices For hedonists there'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 Lorle (of PS14) and partner Brian
Bastl, 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 Psilakls and
restaurateur Donatella Arpala 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 unfa-
miliar combinations taste accessible So skip the safe stuff
and go for the luxuriantly custardy, 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 isn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but its experienc-
ing a mini explosion of eateries open at night That includes
this family-owned rlstorante, where even newcomers feel at
home At lunch its almost impossible to resist paninl, served
on foccacla or crunchy clabatta, even the vegetarian version

bursts with complex and complementary flavors During
weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp
and grilled asparagus, homemade pastas like seafood-
packed fettuccine al scogllo, 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 espe-
cially known for imaginative meal-size salads, like one featur-
ing 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 popu-
lar grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahl mahl $-$$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza
305455-4757, www.grimpa.com
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 tradition-
al belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad,
cold cuts, and cheeses A pleasant, nontraditional surprise
unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-
based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous
chimichurri $$$$-$$$$$

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 per-
fect 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 Mullno, originally run by II
Gabblano's owners The rest of the food? Pricy. but portions
are mammoth And the champagne-cream-sauced house-
made ravioli with black truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$

638 S. Miami Ave.
Indochine has succeeded by morphing from mere restaurant
into hip hangout Copious special events draw everyone
from downtown business types to the counterculture crowd
Not thatthere'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, richlyflavored beef soup with meatballs, steak slices,
rice noodles, and add-in Asian herbs and sprouts $$-$$$

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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 cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad
dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and
Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns
for dinner, or perhapsjust stays on through the afternoon,
fueled by the Lawyer's Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked
with sweetened espresso $$$
La Moon
144 SW 8th St., 305860-6209
At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a
Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a truckers burger beef
patty bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried
egg, with an arepa corn pancake "bun" While this tiny place's
late hours (till 6 00 a m Friday and Saturday) are surprising,
the daytime menu is more so In addition to Colombian clas-
sics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared
salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites $-$$
La Provence
1064 Brickell Ave., 786-425-9003
Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate
a great meal to come But when Miamians encounter such
bread -- crackling crust outside, moist, aromatic, aerated
interior -- its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but
from La Provence Buttery croissants and party-perfect pas-
tries are legend too Not so familiar is the bakers cafe com-
ponent, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic
tastes But French items like pan bagnats (essentially
salade Nicoise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to
co-owner David Thau's Provencal homeland $$

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

MIA at Biscayne
20 Biscayne Blvd.
At this expansive, ultra-glam restolounge, the eclectic,
mostly small-plate menu ranges from the expected (grilled
skirt steak with chimichurr, new-style ceviches, and luxe
sushi rolls) to a small but tantalizing selection of chef
Gerdy Rodriguez's signature creations 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 improb-
able oozing interior $$$

Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Formerly Manny's 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 weekday lunch special of
jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties),
but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu,
carrot, and chayote curry All entrees come with rice and peas,
fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry $

1414 Brickell Ave., 305403-0900
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 jalapefios, 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.
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 supplements signature
starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated,
Peruvian-style grouper ceviche The daily-changing, 15-20
specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen
on local menus pompano, parrotfish, amberjack But even
flown-in fish (and the raw bar's cold-water oysters) are ultra-
fresh $$$$
1414 Brickell Ave.
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 wal-
nut 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.
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 $-$$
15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont),
this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's first gentr-
fled amenities At lunch chicken salad is a favorite, dinner's
strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennie's
old-fashioned lasagna to chichi flocchi purses filled with
fresh pear and gorgonzola And Sundays $15 95 brunch
buffet ($9 95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles,
smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains
one of our town's most civilized all-you-can-eat deals $$

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,
tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated
beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive
oil dipping sauces, and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one
with a luscious creme fraiche ice cream pop $$$$

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Red, White, and You

SAgreeable winefor $12 or less

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

ize matters. Oh, yes it does. Let's
say you're twice as big as average.
You can deliver twice the satisfac-
tion to twice as many people, keep going
when those smaller than you are spent,
and make it last twice as long.
Of course, size doesn't always equal
good. In fact, often it's tough to find that
perfect combination of size and -
What? You thought I was talking
about that?
Actually I was talking about big
wine bottles magnums. At 1.5 liters,
they're twice the size of your normal
bottle. They can be excellent values, de-
livering twice as much vinous satisfaction
to twice as many people for less money
- sometimes a little, sometimes a lot -
than it would cost to buy two normal, 750
ml. bottles. These one-point-fives are
great for parties, potlucks, any occasion
where you need to satisfy a lot of thirsty
folks without breaking the bank.
Unfortunately, just like the guy with
the enormous...um, you know...who's got
all the finesse of a hungry Great White at
a surfer buffet, a lot of these big boys are
John Holmes on size and John Bobbit on
quality. So offering up my taste buds to
you, dear readers, I tasted my way through

a bunch of these voluminous vessels to
find the ones that make their size count and
will leave you with a smile on your face.
Now I think I need a cigarette.
But first maybe I'll have a glass of
the 2009 Mendoza Station Torrontes.
I'm becoming more and more enamored
of Torrontes, the iconic white-wine grape
of Argentina. I love its lush, seductive,
floral-honeysuckle-tropical fruit aromas
that in this case segues into a surprisingly
dry wine that tastes of fresh-squeezed
lemons and limes with a beguiling hint
of orange-flower water. This is a terrific
wine that I'd happily serve to my vino-
phile friends; it's also a terrific value,
especially the 1.5, which costs three bucks
less than buying two 750 ml. bottles.
Two more white wines I'd be glad
to pour at my own table were the 2008
St. Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
and 2008 Summerfield California
Chardonnay. Cheap California Char-
donnay is usually a wretched thing to
drink, combining the worst aspects of
that varietal (blowsy, overdone, insipid)
with the least appealing qualities of Sau-
vignon Blanc (thin, weedy, tasteless).
The Summerfield, though, actu-
ally tastes like Chardonnay some red
apple and apricot balanced by just enough
lemon-lime acidity. The St. Martin shows
why French wine was made to go with
food. Imagine snarfing down a plate of

glistening fresh
oysters or stone
crab claws and
you'll immedi-
ately appreciate
its clean, brisk,
green apple-min-
eral flavors.
I tasted a
pair of standout
reds too. The
2008 Anakena
Carmenere is as
natural a comple-
ment to burgers
(and red meat of
any kind) as mus-
tard and ketchup.
Big and brawny,
it's redolent of
Carmenere's char-
acteristic earthi-
ness and tangy
cherry-berry fruit.
Gabbiano Chi-
anti is one of the
old reliables of the
wine world, and
the 2006 vintage
is no exception.
You'll save a buck on the 1.5 and you'll get
a well-made, medium-bodied wine whose
crispy raspberry-strawberry-lightly spiced
fruit practically begs to be poured with

roasted chicken, veal scaloppini, or pork
chops seared on the grill.
And if you like that rooty-tooty-
fresh-and-fruity thing, the 2008 Gum-
dale Shiraz has all the summer ripe
black-and-blueberry fruit you could
want. Only the 2007 Pirovano Mon-
tepulciano d'Abruzzi was a letdown,
with underripe fruit and oddly sour
aromas that only go to show that while
size does matter, it's technique that
really satisfies.

Finding magnums that go
beyond the standard jug wine
plonk usually requires a trip to a
serious wine shop. The Mendoza
Station ($8.99), St. Martin ($11.99),
Summerfield ($8.99), Anakena
($14.99), and Gumdale ($11.99)
can all be found at the North
Miami Beach Total Wine & More
(14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
354-3270). Get the Gabbiano
at the North Miami Beach ABC
Fine Wine & Spirits for $12.99
(16355 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-
6525), and don't bother with the
Pirovano at the Aventura Whole
Foods for $14.99 (21105 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-933-1543).

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Provence Grill
1001 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-1940
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 prx-
fixe menu (5 30-7 30 p m ) offers soup or salad, entree, des-
sert, and a carafe of wine for $44 per couple $$$-$$$$
Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661
The first U S venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish lit-
tie place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well
as lunch Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese rather than
effusively warm Neapolitan The food too is mostly contempo-
rary rather than traditional But in true Italian style, the best
stuff stays simple an antpasto platter of imported cold cuts
with crostini and housemade marinated veggies, crisp-fried
calamari and shrimp, airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce,
pools of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil $$-$$$
The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave.
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 diners, like
short ribs with macaroni and cheese But oyster fans will find
It difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually
large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw
and cooked fire-roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and
manchego There's also a thoughtful wine list and numerous
artisan beers on tap $$$
Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave.
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experi-
ence that's haute in everything but price Few entrees top
$20 The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly fes-
tive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn'tfear, though
nachos aren't available, there is nothing scary about zarape
de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas,
topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or
Rosa's signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside A
few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries $$$
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,
but with a stronger Latin accent There's more emphasis
on snacks, too, making happy hour a great time to sample
$2 50 tapas like conch fritters with spicy Argentine pink
sauce and palmito salad, sparkling-fresh Amarillo chili-
spiked Peruvian shrimp ceviche, or festive fish/lump crab
sliders, along with half-off drinks $$$-$$$$

Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life is complicated Food should be simple Thats 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), its fitting that the menu is dominated
by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated 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.
"Bistro" actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout,
from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but
restolounge" sounds too glitzy Think of it as a neighbor-
hood "bistrolounge" The food is mostly modernized Italian,
with Latin and Asian accents a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with

Brazilian catupiry cheese, gnocchi served either as finger
food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with
orange-ginger sauce But there are tomato-sauced meatballs
with ringawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too $$-$$$
Urbanite Bistro
62 NE 14th St.
Ambitous but neither pretentious nor pricey this mult-room,
indoor/outdoor bistro is just the sort of friendly hangout the
neighborhood needs Chef Frank Imbarlinas 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 vegsiu mai, shrimp corndogs
with mustard and mango dips Other pluses include an imagi-
natve 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, lunchtimes
imported Irish bacon or banger butty" sandwiches on crusty
baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly
terrific dipped in Waxy's curry sauce $$

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Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave.
305-371-9993, www.woktown.com
Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist decor
(with communal seating), and predominance of American
veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by
Shal 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., 305-576-1262
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne) this
Honduran restaurant seems unpromising but inside its bigger,
better, and busier than it looks Unlike many Latn American
eateries, this one stcks close to the source and proves a crowd-
pleaser On weekends especially, 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 particularly
enjoyable in the morning, over a fresh asparagus and Boursin
cheese omelet or huevos a la cubana (fried eggs and cheese
on black beans) Lunch and dinner menus are a greatest hits"
mix (steaks, pasta, Caesar salad), featuring appealing local
accents like a hefty fried or blackened grouper sandwich on
clabatta roll, with remoulade sauce $$-$$$

2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976
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 present-
ed with modern flair All meats are certified halal, Islam's
version of kosher which doesn't mean that observant
orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can $$$

Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a stylish mix of contempo-
rary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine
barrels) 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 figclutto arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramel-
ized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto Free parking
behind the building $$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909
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, its open continuously every day, with prices so
low that you can drop in anybme for authentic rlllettes (a rustic
pate) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites,
salmon atop ratatoullle, 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 break-
fasts 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 regulars) and cook
Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native Jamaican special-
tes, the intenselyspiced grilled jerk chicken has been the
main item here Other favorites savory rice and pigeon peas,
eye-opening onion/vinegar-flavored escovitch fish, sweet plan-
tains, and cabbage that redefines the vegetable $

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is familiar
- sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries,

plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differenti-
ates 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 con-
diments for the creatively minded $

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as
it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family The food is as tasty as ever, especially the
reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who 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 pioneering place
deserves to survive, even if just considering the roast beef
sandwich with creamy horseradish an inspired classic
combination that makes one wonder why more places in
this town don't serve it 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, veggie burg-
ers, and free peanuts while you walt 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 spurtingly
juicy, 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 saluml, 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
Venetan-style calves liver, rarely found outside Italy $$$
28 NE 40th St., 305-573-3355
Chef Michael Jacobs's menu travels beyond pan-Asian and
Mediterranean influences into the Americas Entrees range
from comfort food (cunningly reinvented mini pot pies) to
high-status extravagance (stone-seared, authentic Kobe
steak) For healthy grazers, raw-bar selections include cevl-
ches and a large seafood platter There's also a snack menu
(pristine coldwater oysters, a crab salad timbale, parmesan-
truffle shoestring fries, mini-Kobe burgers) served till the wee
hours, providing a welcome alternative to the Boulevard's
fastfood chains $$-$$$$$
The Girrrlz of Sandwich
555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo)
Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups, sweets,
salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette sandwiches
(like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed with a unique
sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed cafe, hidden on the
Venetia condo's mezzanine Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia
Sarkis scour local markets daily for the freshest of ingredi-
ents, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and
sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are all baked in-house On
Saturday the grrrls II even deliver you an elegant (yet inex-
pensive) breakfast in bed $
Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488
The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Cafe District, this
stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as
one would hope and as affordable There's a five-buck
half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino
for under $30 And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-
crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic
Carbonara Pastas are fresh, produce is largely local, the
mosaic-centered decor is minimalist but inviting And no
need to be wary of the warehouse district at night Valet
parking is free $$-$$$

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Kafa Caf6
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 artists)
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., 305576-8002
(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., 305-571-5080
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/
salads/starters primer What it doesn't convey is the fresh-
ness 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 accom-
panied by side salads) include a respectable 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 It's now open for dinner six nights a week,
serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices
Dishes like pinon and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-
drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable
tacos average $5-$8 Also available big breakfasts and
salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon-
crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list $

Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-571-9044
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the fea-
tures you expect, including all-you-can-eat meats carved
tableside and a lavish buffet What sets Malno apart from
typical rodlzlo palaces is its family-run feel, intimate rather
than intimidating, plus its attention to every detail While
its rare at most rodlzlo joints to get meat done less than
medium, Malno will cook to order One other welcome dif-
ference There are a la carte starters and pastas for lighter
eaters and noncarnivores, and some lunch specials Free
parking, too $$-$$$$$

163 NE 39th St.
305-572-1400, maitardimiami.com
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 aloli, 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., 305-573-5550
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 Veneta
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 wayto 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 latenight menu
provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad tll 3 00 a m $-$$

Orange Caf6 + Art
2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070
The paintings hanging in this tiny glass-enclosed cafe are for
sale And for those who don't have thousands of dollars to shell
out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get
you art on a plate, including a Picasso chorizo, prosciutto, man-
chego cheese, babyspinach, and basil on a crusty baguette
Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily
soups, several pastas (like the Matsse, flocchi pouches filled
with pears and cheese), and housebaked 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 smooth-
ies With tables, sofas, and lounge chairs inside an old
Midtown house, plus free wireless Internet access, the space
is alsojust 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 dif-
ferent 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 addi-
tion of Mediterranean influences to the Pacific Rim menu
may sound confusing, trust us A meal that includes a butter-
grilled asparagus with prosciutto, soft-cooked egg Milanese,
and preserved lemon, plus an Asian-accented creamy corn/
leek soup with Peeky Toe crab dumplings, coriander, and
mustard oil makes perfect sense on the tongue $$-$$$$

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

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 Cacclatorin, an
ultra-thin and crispy crust with indescribably rich guanclale
(cured, unsmoked pork cheek bacon), pungent artisan pep-
peroni, grana padano, locally made mozzarella, and Italian
tomatoes For meatless pies, we recommend the Blanca, a
thyme-seasoned pizza whose plentiful cheeses are beauti-
fully 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 medi-
um-thick -- sturdy enough to support toppings applied with
generous all-American abandon Take-out warning Picking
up a whole ple? Better bring the SUV, not the Morris Mini

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St.
305-755-0122, www.sakeroom.com
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated decor at
this small but sleek restolounge Among the seafood offerings,

you wont find exotica or local catches, but all the usual sush/
sashimi favorites, though in more interesting form, thanks to
sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy srracha, garlic/
ponzu oil, and many more Especially recommended the yuzu
hamachi roll, the lobster tempura makl, and panko-coated spicy
shrimp with hot-and-sour mayo and a salad $$-$$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291
Some things never change, or so it seems atthis 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 pan-
cakes, homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage -
everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict The lunch menu is
a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the
menu and go for the daily blackboard specials $-$$

Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474
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 its
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., 305-374-8888
The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks
too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese
food But the American dumbing-down is minimal Many
dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than
those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavor-
ful 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., 305-576-7775
Both bistro and retail wine shop, this Design District spot is run by
Florent Blanchet, an energetic young Frenchman who was previ-
ously 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 aloli, and smoked duck salad with goat cheese croutons
and a poached egg At night there are tapas $-$$

Upper Eastside

5600 Biscayne Blvd.
305-762-5751, www.andiamopizza.com
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside car
wash, Andlamo is also part of Mark Soyka's 55th Street
Station which means ditching the car (in the complex's
free lot across the road on NE 4th Court) is no problem
even if you re not getting your vehicle cleaned while con-
suming 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 reasonably priced
wines and beers, including a few unusually sophisticated
selections like Belgium's Hoegaarden $$

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Anise Taverna
620 NE 78th St.
The new owners of this river shack are banking on Greek
food and festivity for success a good bet, judging from
their wildly popular previous eatery, Ouzo The mainly mezze
menu ranges from traditional Greek small plates to creative
Mediterranean-inspired dishes like anise-scented fish cro-
quettes with spicy aioli 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., 305-403-2995
As with Latin American food, much Middle Eastern restau-
rant fare blurs borders, making it hard to pinpoint individual
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.
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., 305-7546551
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.
The drive-through window says "fast food," and so do this
long-lived seafood shack's low prices But there the resem-
blance 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 Eastside jewel, 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 raviolini, grilled eggplant
slices rolled around herbed goat cheese and sun-dried toma-
toes, and a light ricotta tart with lemon and rosemary $$$

Chef Creole
200 NW 54th St.
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 cre-
vette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter sauce),
lambi frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch), poisson gros sel
(local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic or Creole crabs
The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut dining $-$$

7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-7548282
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 parmi-
giana 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-garnished, 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 pumpkin
ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and
other surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peroni
beer As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or
by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande
mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese) Best
seating for eating is atthe sheltered outdoor picnic tables $

El Q-Bano Palacio de los Jugos
8650 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-2550
In case you were wondering if its too good to be true -- it isn't
El Q-Bano's 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 (especiallythe 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 $-$$

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 (prosciutto, hot cappic-
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 wait $

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-7548050
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 soysausage pattes $

Gourmet Station
7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229
Homemeal 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 decep-
tive 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 com-
fort food Food is available a la carte or grouped in multimeal
plans customized 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

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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 sand-
wiches, 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 competi-
tive sport No hard liquor, but the beer list makes up for it

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd.
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building may not
seem a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery, but
once inside, the charming decor and the staff's ebullient wel-
come 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 chickens Otherwise the menu
holds few surprises except the prices, unusually low for
such a stylish place No dish exceeds $22 $$-$$$

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
Its a restaurant Its a lounge But its decidedly 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 light-
ing, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the
ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and
a smile For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just
like mom used to make in her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756
Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first
being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant
Metro Organic 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 foccacla
Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or out-
doors on the patio Beer and wine $-$$$

6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appearances,
opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully
gentrlfled neighborhood Just be glad she did, as you dine on
white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue
cheese croquetas Though most full entrees also come in
half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add
up fast The star herself is usually in the kitchen Parking in
the rear off 69th Street $$$-$$$$

7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
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 cre-
ations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice Nearly every-
thing is low in sodium, fat, and calories A large rear patio is
inviting for dining and entertainment $$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshl Moshl is a
cross between a 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 indi-
vidual 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.
305-758-9932, www.the55thststation.com
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 recommended are fat mini-
burgers with chipotle ketchup, a brie, turkey, and mango chut-
ney sandwich on crusty baguette, and what many feel is the
original cafe's Greatest Hit creamy hummus with warm pita $
Onne Slm.

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^^BaSst-food Fitness -- capital F" intended
rome call this minimalist space a smoothie
joint, its numerous drink blends (categorized by function
-- preworkout, low-glycemic, kid-pleasers, and more, all fruit-
sweetened without added sugars) are deliberately termed
shakes to differentiate them from not-necessarily healthy
smoothies Additionally there'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 vegge terlyakis $-$$

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-7773
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-marinated, 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
notto 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 Frankles Big City Grill, and fulfills much the same purpose in
the neighborhood as an all-day family-friendly place with afford-
able prices The menu includes wraps and elaborate salads
of all nations But simple yet sophisticated Italian specialties
like spaghetti ai flume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and
a touch of cream) or yellowtail frangaise (egg-battered, with
lemon-caper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here $$-$$$

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St., 305-7548002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling 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 single-handedly sparking the revitalization of the
Biscayne Corridor's Upper Eastside Soyka remains a solid
neighborhood restaurant that is a perfectfitfor 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 $$-$$$

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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 sur-
prises, such as a unique lobster maki that's admittedly huge
in price ($25 95), but also in size six ounces of crisp-fried
lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko
(flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces Thai
dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces,
ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inventive,
such as an unconventional honey sauce $$$
UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
305-754-9022; www.uva-69.com
Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuhe
Vega, this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-cafe and lounge
has helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to
hang out Lunch includes a variety of salads and elegant
sandwiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahl-mahl with
cilantro aloli and caramelized onions on housemade foc-
cacla) Dinner features a range of small plates (poached figs
with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle) and full
entrees like sake-marinated salmon with boniato mash and
Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach $$-$$$
Ver-Daddys Taco Shop
7501 Biscayne Blvd, 305-303-9755
Atthis soulful taco shop, the menu descriptions are in com-
mon English ("cinnamon puffs" drizzled with honey and lime,
not bufuelos") But taco fillings range from ground beef and
shredded chicken to more unusual pork in chil 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 bakers
windowsills 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; 305-8644889
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 $-$$
The Crab House
155179th St. Causeway
305-868-7085, www.crabhouseseafood.com
Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by
Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain But the classic
decor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths, outdoor waterfront
deck) still evokes the good old days Though the all-you-can-eat
seafood/salad buffet ($20 lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature,
freshness fanatics will be happieststckingto a la carte favor-
ites like the All-American fisherman's platters, or global specials
like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally $$$-$$$$
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 budget-
friendly homemade pastas, made daily remains the main
draw for its large and loyal clientele Choices range from
homey meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy
lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica
such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes,
and fresh tomatoes $$-$$$
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 $-$$
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 Argentine-Itallan
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, theyll even feed Fido $$$
Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr.
305-861-6222, www.tamarindthai.us
When an eaters executive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook
author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect major media hype,
fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address Instead
Bhumichitrjoined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai
school pal whod moved to Miami) atthis unpretentious,
authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place Some standout dishes
here are featured in the chef's latest tome, but with Tamarind's
very affordable prices, you might as well let the man's impecca-
blytrained kitchen staff do the work for you $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-7540311
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches
elsewhere in town), this mostly takeout mini chain is fast
becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami And why do Mlamlans
eat here? Not ambiance There isn't any But when friends from
the Pacific Northwest, where foodies know their fish, tout the
seafood's freshness, we listen There are some surprising
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? $-$$
CBte Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112,305-754-9012
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood
restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel The menu is
mostlysimple stuff breakfast croissants, crepe, soups, sand-
wiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials
like a Tunisian-style brlk (buttery phylo pastry stuffed with tuna,
onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad But
everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared
with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and
meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons
that hold together the cafe's baguette sandwiches $-$$

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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/pistachlo-crusted lamb or tuna
tartare with srlracha aioli, 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 Colomblan-cuisine
novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice, beans,
came asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet plantains, and
an arepa corn cake) is available every day, as are antojitos -
little whims," smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn
cake with Colombian sausage) And for noncarnivores there
are several hefty seafood platters, made to order $$

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

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howle Klenberg, 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 plbil, refried beans, and pickled onions $$

Canton Caf6
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., 305-892-2812
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even
when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in
front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its 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
its garlicky scampi. smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or
hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch
or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-
priced $$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St.
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the Broad
Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/outdoor
trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars
But even newcomers feel 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 gnoc-
chi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottini beggar's
purses" stuffed with pears and cheese $$

15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must But
the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine So why blow
bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexico's
most typical dish cochinita pibil? Cheen's authentically
succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated
pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bit-
ter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a
banana leaf wrap To accompany, try a lime/soy/chill-spiced
mlchelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best
thing that ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$

Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy.
(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
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entrees (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetar-
ian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret
sun sauce" (which would probably make old sneakers taste
good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy An
under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former
long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd Frozen yogurt, fresh juices,
and smoothies complete the menu $-$$

Le Griot de Madame John
975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333
When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little
Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one,
and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous tra-
ditional Haitian dishes, includingjerked 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 Its
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 tama-
rind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers $$$

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
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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
At this North Miami Institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian spaghetti and meatballs,
lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs No
imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New
York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas, the top topping
here is the savory housemade sausage And no one leaves
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 Miglore), 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 bistro
fare free salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vin-
aigrette, truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce),
consomme with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a
buttery puff pastry dome, perfect pommes frites, and equally
perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert $$$

2214 NE 123rd St.
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, spicy shrimp, or gyoza dumplings in tangysauce
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
tojust plain American Appetizers include honey garlic chicken
wings or Buffalo wings A crab-claw starter comes with choice
of pork fried rice or French fries Seafood lovers can get shrimp
chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on) And
New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of
Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in 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 vet-
eran 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 Chinese-
American 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.
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.
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 comfortinglythick 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-
pany calls 'foo with integrity" The fare issimple, basicallytacos
and big burritos soft flour or crisp corn tortillas stuffed with chipo-
tie-marinated steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef bar-
bacoa, or herb-scented pork carnitas But these 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 Atthis small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far
more substantial and tasty roti a Caribbean mega-crepe
made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for the 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 Take-out packages of plain roti 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 creations
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 Hemmat 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
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cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce
or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and
tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dress-
ing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and
Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination $$-$$$

Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687
One of 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 yakiton, 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 main-
stay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex cre-
ations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats
like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available a la carte or
in value-priced individual and party combo platters But there
are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers,
teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles Another branch
is now open in Miami's Upper Eastside $

Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-0064
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night
many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking,
served in grazing portions Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna
can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed
with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce Other favorites
include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame
sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with
tender steak bits), or perhapsjust-caught grouper with hot/
sweet/tangy chil sauce Open till around 3 00 am $$

1550 NE 164th St.
If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or
Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's sweet-
fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner
Bithi 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, poul-
try, 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.
Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus,
and kibbeh (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
eaters 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 kibbi naye (Middle
Eastern steak tartare) Its hard to resist putting together a
grazing meal of starters and wraps, but there's also a roster of
full entrees (with soup or salad plus starch), including tempting
vegetarian and seafood meals for noncarnivores $$

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St.
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
destnaton 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 unusuallyfast for 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 by the 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., 305-653-3377
This is Miami's oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant,
but it's still packed most weekend nights So even the
place's biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it
ensures fast turnover Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the
kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle
pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make
it notjust a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other
Vietnamese classics The menu is humongous $-$$

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333
Don't be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes in
the window At this small Chinese bakery the real finds are the

Chinatown-style baked buns and other savory pastries, filled
with roast pork, bean sauce, and curried ground beef Prices
are under a buck, making them an exotic alternative to fast-
food dollar meals There's one table for eat-in snackers $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2228, www.meltingpot.com
For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were
standard dorm accessories These days, however, branches
of this chain are generally the only 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 chef's 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 auto-
matically 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 $$-$$$

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

Paul Bakery Caf6
14861 Biscayne Blvd.
From one rural shop in 1889, the French bakery known
simply as Paul has grown to a worldwide chain, which fortu-
nately chose to open its first U S outlet in our town One bite
of the crusty peasant loaf, the olive-studded fougasse, or
another of the signature artisan breads transports you right

back to France As authentic as the boulangerle breads are,
the patisserie items like flan normande arejust as evocative
For eat-in diners, quite continental soups, salads, and sand-
wiches are equally and dependably French $$

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

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 pet 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 frtti
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 coal-oven 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.
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.
Sangs has three menus The pink menu is Americanized
Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken The
white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic
Chinese fare salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip
casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like
abalone with sea cucumber The extensive third menu offers
dim sum, served until 4 00 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 $$$

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Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St., 305-6544008
At this unique Taiwanese eatery, run by a trio of Taipei-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats in
the budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock imitations
made from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables But don't
mock it till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or smoking'
duck, with slices that mimic the charcuterie item down to
convincing faux fat Other main dishes feature recogniz-
able 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, refresh-
ing boba comes in numerous flavors (mango, taro, even
actual tea), all supplemented with signature black tapioca
balls that, slurped through large-diameter straws, are a
guaranteed giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697
Open until 100 a m every day except Sunday (when is clos-
es at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami
Beach's Chinatown" strip has become a popular late-night
gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants And
why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably
priced The kitchen staff is willingto 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, featur-
ing monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort spicy tuna, soft-
shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapenos,
and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces wasabi,
teriyaki, and spicy mayo Hawaiian King Crab contains
unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers,
and pineapple Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails
are as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$

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 mid-
night, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tuna's draws
a serious late-night dining crowd, too $$-$$$

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, Patsys, 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 Anthony's
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 we'd agree the
snappy, made-up word suits this casually stylish wine bar
and restaurant, 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 selections 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 Billante'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 isjust 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," swoonworthy 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 souffles flavor changes daily, but it always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
Chef Neal Cooper's attractive trattoria gets the food right, as
well as the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable
ingredients and straightforward recipes that don't overcom-
plicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfec-
tion 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 potatoes 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 its 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.
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
Rumil 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 sweet soy 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 put you in a Sopranos frame of mind $$

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8305-466-9033
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
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