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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

March 2010 Volume 8, Issue 1

By day it was strictly a 9-to-5 busi-
ness area with mostly low-rent
support amenities fast-food
joints for office workers, discount elec-
tronics and luggage stores for tourists. At
night it was, in a word, dead.

But that was downtown Miami then.
Suddenly, almost overnight, down-
town seems to have transformed into an
exciting, vibrant, night-and-day live, work,
and play zone. In 2009 alone, according
to statistics from Miami's Downtown

Development Authority, 60 new businesses
opened, and not one of them was a dis-
count electronics and luggage emporium.
The majority were independently owned,
individualistic restaurants and lounges
with only-in-Miami personality to spare.

According to Alex Gonzalez,
founder of the social-networking website
Miami Urban Life and downtown Miami
resident since late 2007: "Downtown
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6 Feedback: Letters
10 Miami's King: Jack King
12 Word on the Street
8 BizBuzz
22 Wendy Doscher-Smith: My So-Called Cotel Life
24 Kathy Glasgow: Hurricane Lucie (Tondreau)
26 Frank Rollason: One for the Road
28 Jen Karetnick: Lust for Lice
30 Once a Beauty, Always a Beauty
30 Skateboards and Synagogues: Like Oil and Water
31 What a Hoot!
31 One Neighborhood, Two Personalities
36 Biscayne Crime Beat
38 Anne Tschida: Artists in the House
40 Art Listings
43 Events Calendar
46 Jim W. Harper: May I See Your Passport, Please?
45 Kids and the City: The Art of Family Life
48 Pawsitively Pets: When Nature Barks
50 Your Garden: Chilled Out to the Max
48 Restaurant Listings: 215 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants!
50 Wine: Red, White, and You: Blended Reds You'll Love


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Pamela Robin Brandt's article on
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February 2010) read like it was copied
off a press release from the people at
the Downtown Development Authority
(DDA), patting themselves on the back
for how well they're doing their job.
While the DDA has made tremen-
dous strides in improving the quality of
life in the Brickell area and the Central
Business District (CBD) over the past few
years, it has ignored the areas north of NE
5th Street and west of NE 2nd Avenue. In
fact all of the DDA initiatives mentioned in
the article are by definition not available to
residents and business owners north of NE
5th Street. Yet property owners living up to
NE 17th Street are required to contribute
annually to the DDA special-taxing district.
This is one of the reasons that heading
north from NE 5th Street is like being
transported from a First World country to
a Third World country.
While Brickell and CBD residents get
sidewalk pressure cleaning, landscaping,
and decorative paver crosswalks, residents
north of 5th Street are crying out for basic
sidewalk maintenance and street repairs
for overgrown weeds and potholes that
make the neighborhood look worse than
Haiti. Furthermore it is hypocritical that
certain properties owned by a DDA board
member in Park West are contributing to
the dilapidated nature of the neighborhood.
These properties feature dozens of code
violations and are strewn with trash and
collapsing barbed-wire fences.
Even though the DDA's stated mission
is "make downtown Miami the most livable
urban center in the nation," the thousands
of new residents (and taxpayers) of Park
West and Omni don't dare venture more
than a block from their homes into what Ms.
Brandt calls the "isolated and tough neigh-
borhood west of the Arsht Center."
Ignoring this area affects the image of
the entire city. Imagine the impression left
on the thousands of visitors to the American
Airlines Arena and the Arsht Center, who,
upon seeing the run-down state of the area,
may never return to downtown Miami.
In order for redevelopment to be
successful, it needs to be approached
holistically. All our downtown neighbor-
hoods are linked and interdependent, as is
the case in other cities around the world.
The DDA is shooting its long term
goals of a livable, 24/7 downtown in the

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foot by throwing millions of dollars at
the already beautiful CBD and Brickell
areas, and pennies at areas that need it
most. Let's continue to improve down-
town Miami, but ensure that all residents
benefit equally and equitably from city
initiatives, not just a chosen few.

If Leroy Griffith's
Boulevard Theater Throws
Off So Much Cash, Why
Keep Changing It?
Thank you, Erik Bojnansky, for continu-
ing to write about Leroy Griffith's Boule-
vard Theater ("Boulevard Theater: The
New Incarnation," February 2010) and
for keeping the heat up.
But come on, Erik! Just because
Griffith ,, thatl it is so, does not make it
so. If his theater were producing exces-
sive revenue, why is it that in the past
three years he has changed the name and
the services of the club more than half a
dozen times? What gives?
I wish someone would ask tougher
questions, including how much he has
contributed to local political campaigns
and who are his investors. In years past,
this is a story the Miami Herald would
have done. Now it's up to you guys.
Here's hoping you take a whack at it.
Laura Wides-Muhoz
Belle Meade

I'll Cook Your Iguana If
You'll Buy My Book
Regarding Jen Karetnick's meditation
on frozen iguanas dropping from trees
("Frozen Objects Falling from the Skies,"
February 2010), I believe it's time for
iguana meat to be baked, fried, barbecued,
boiled, stewed, or ground for consumption.
Like all large reptiles, their flesh is
edible. This delicacy can even be coined
"treetop gator tail" in South Florida to
entice consumers. There is no reason to
let the meat of an animal that can weigh
as much as ten pounds go to waste, espe-
cially when there are 50,000,000 hungry
people in the U.S. and unemployment in
certain areas is above 25 percent.
For more details, talk to your
friends from Central America. The only
reason I did not include iguanas among
edible wild game in my most recent

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BizBuzz: March 2010

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

By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor

At Bagels and Company
(11064 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-892-2435), March
brings coupon specials for starva-
tion budgets. Take a friend to
lunch, free, with the 2-for-i entire
T\ o for Tuesday" menu. On
Wednesday and Thursdays, en-
tr6es from the "Bail-Out Special"
menu are half price. And start any
weekday with a $2.99 breakfast: two eggs,
homefries, and toast or hand-rolled bagel.
To encourage more people to dine
and shop downtown, Miami's Down-
town Development Authority, a new
BT advertiser, is promoting the DWNT-
WNR, a credit card that offers up to
50% off purchases at more than 200
South Florida merchants, many of them
downtown. For an application form, go
to www.idoitdwntwn.com.
Spring cleaning time is here al-
ready? Okay then, how about a thor-
ough spring cleaning for your face? At
Hannah and Her Scissors (611 NE
86th St., 305-772-8426), famed facialist
Debbie Little has joined the team, and
during March your first facial is 15% off
(or buy five facials and the sixth is free).
Amplify the makeover with a make-up
job by Jameson and get another 15% off.
Then stuff yer face, courtesy of
Gaucho Ranch, purveyors of 100%
grass-fed Uruguayan beef. At Friday
Night Tastings throughout March, grill-
master Don Julio will be serving wood-
fire-cooked samples of all cuts at their
Biscayne Corridor warehouse. RSVP at
305-751-0775 or info@gauchoranch.com
and mention the BT. The magic words
Biscayne Times will score warehouse
customers three skirt steaks for the
price of two, or a $100 whole tenderloin
for $84.
Welcome to new advertiser Magic
Grooming, which has been operating
the one-stop shop for pets in North Bay
Village for nearly 20 years (7904 West
Dr., 305-758-1392), offering full groom-
ing, day care, a pet hotel, even dental
services. BT readers who are first-time
customers will enjoy a 25% discount on
all services.
For those not up on all foods
Asian: Dim sum are Chinese small

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plates (dumplings of all sorts, plus many
other dishes), and ssam in Korea means
"wrapped," like thin-sliced beef bulgogi
in lettuce leaves. So now it'll be clear that
the new "Dim Ssam Sundays" at Sakaya
Kitchen, a pan-Asian eatery in the Shops
at Midtown Miami (Buena Vista Avenue
#125, 305-576-8096), will feature fun
snacks inspired by numerous Asian na-
tions. Brunch starts Sunday, March 14.
Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
There's writing, and there's good
writing. For those who want the latter,
Miami Dade College's Florida Center
for the Literary Arts, a new advertiser,
offers courses by experienced published
writers in virtually any field imaginable.
Upcoming big event at the Center: the
Writers Institute, May 5-8, four days of
intensive workshopping. Call 305-237-
3940 or visit www.flcenterlitarts.com.
Every Wednesday in March, La
Provence French Bakery is offering
BT readers sweet solace for the midweek
blues at its Midtown location (2200
Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002). From
7:00 to 11:00 a.m. buy a croissant (or any
other Viennoiserie pastry) and get one
free; from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., buy
one sandwich and get a second one free.
Yes, free!
For the Doggie Bag Caf6 at Smiling
Pets clinic (7310 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
710-7266), it's March Madness. March 6:
"When Irish Dogs Are Smiling" costume
contest. March 13: Fourth annual St.
Patrick's Day "Yappy Hour." March 20:
MiMo Festival with free Cosmo-PAW-
litans. March 27: "Doggie Madness"
sports day.
Two upcoming shows will spotlight
artistic stars of tomorrow high school
and college students from the New World
School of the Arts. The extravaganza
begins March 13 with ajuried "Rising

Stars Visual Arts W j ,
Exhibition" from 7:00
p.m. at the school's
gallery (2215 NW 2nd Ave.), and culmi-
nates with a spectacular "Rising Stars
Performing Arts Showcase" on March 24
at the Adrienne Arsht Center. More info:
305-237-3852 or nwsa.mdc.edu.
With gold fetching more than $1000
an ounce, it's time to take a closer look at
that jewelry drawer, especially the lonely
earrings without mates and the bracelets
and necklaces you never wear. New BT
advertiser Cash for Gold will give you a
detailed, precise, and confidential appraisal
- and cash on the spot. Proprietor Alex
Lichtman, an expert in precious metals,
wristwatches, and rare coins, has been in
business at the same location (14390 Bis-
cayne Blvd., 305-947-1220) for the past 26
years, solid proof of his integrity.
Did you know that Bank of
America began in San Francisco in
1904? And that it catered to immigrants
other banks were too snooty to serve?
Or that after the 1906 San Francisco
earthquake, founder Amadeo Giannini
loaned money to disaster victims from a
"desk" of wood planks over two barrels?
Otherwise B of A needs no introduc-
tion, so we'll just say welcome to this
new advertiser in particular their
Aventura branch (19495 Biscayne Blvd.,
Two creative visions under one
roof, the North Miami Arts Collec-
tive and Dancewear Gallery (845 NE
125th St., 305-892-9961) are offering
dual savings to readers mentioning the
BT: Take $5 off any adult or kid's class
and/or take 10% off any purchase at
Dancewear. Class schedules: www.
From March 13-31, an "Art of
Fashion" contest at the Shops at Midtown

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Miami (3401 N. Miami Ave.)
will give shoppers a chance
mailing Pets to vote for their favorite of
12 mannequins draped in
clothing designed by local
artists. The winner gets a
month-long display at the
Shops, says general manager
Lenor Ryan.
After nearly a decade
of litigation and bankrupt-
cy, the Wynwood Foreign
Trade Zone (8.5 acres) has
Finally been sold. Accord-
ing to Metro 1 Properties
president Tony Cho, who
represented buyer Mannigan Holdings/
GRM Information Management Ser-
vices, it is the year's largest industrial
sale in Miami-Dade County. GRM's
plans to develop the site could mean
equally big things for the Wynwood
Arts District.
Last year's Miami Beach Gay
Pride Parade drew more than 24,000
people. Wow! Now it's time to start plan-
ning for this year's parade (April 17 along
Ocean Drive). To register a fabulous float
for your group or business, e-mail cindy@
miamibeachgaypride.com. For general
info: www.miamibeachgaypride.com.
High-end appliances acting up?
Is that Subzero fridge wheezing? Your
Viking range not hot enough? New
advertiser Appliance MD (954-921-
2306, www.appliancemdinc.com) works
on all top brands, plus air conditioners
and heating units. This is one doc who
always makes house calls.
With more than 20% of Florida's
population lacking health insurance (not
to mention jobs), thefree community
resource fair on March 13 at Unity on
the Bay (411 NE 21st St.; 305-573-9191)
could be a life-changing event, possi-
bly even life-saving. Available without
charge are all manner of medical and
dental screenings, as well as help with
unemployment, food stamps, bank-
ruptcy/debt consolidation, immigration,
hospice care, and more. Hours are 10:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 305-573-9191 or
see www.unityonthebay.org.

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Financial Meltdowns, Political Martyrs, and Herald Wordplay

Just another month in Miami, where theater of the absurd reigns supreme

By Jack King
BT Contributor
Special to BT

To say that the City of Miami is in
deep financial trouble would cer-
tainly be an understatement. The
budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal
year may be in the $200 million range
if you include payments the city must
make to various union pension plans.
The city commission has taken steps
to slash the budget and initiate heavy
personnel layoffs.
Up until now, city manager Pete
Hernandez has not followed any of
those directives from the commission.
This is nothing new as Hernandez
and his former boss, ex-mayor Manny
Diaz, have pretty well ignored every
directive from the commission. So
much for government by, for, and of
the people. For eight years it was gov-
ernment by Manny.
But now Hernandez has found a
new and unique way to avoid following
city commission orders: He resigned.
More accurately, he was fired by new
Mayor Tomas Regalado. That's one way
to avoid being the bad guy. Better yet,
Hernandez can now blame it on some-
body else.
Pete Hernandez is one of those
people who never belonged in govern-
ment because he did exactly what his
bosses told him to do, no matter how
damaging or stupid it was. He worked
for Miami-Dade County for years and
left them in a mess. Of course, he had
lots of help there. Now he has left
the City of Miami in a mess. Thanks,
Pete. Hope your golden parachute has

a few holes in it.
Regalado has selected 59-year-
old Miami banker Carlos Migoya to be
the new city manager. Migoya has an
extensive business background, and the
mayor has persuaded him to work for
free. Certainly sounds like a good deal
compared to the $300,000 Hernandez
was pulling in. But bear in mind that two
city managers ago, we had a guy named
Joe Arriola, another successful business-
man who worked for a dollar a year. He
also made a mess of city business, and
that doesn't count his strutting about city
hall like an arrogant dictator, ordering
people around and generally making an
ass of himself and the city.
Be careful what we wish for.

As if the city's financial melt-
down weren't bad enough, we also
have a world-class goofball in Michelle
Spence-Jones, the multi-time elected
and suspended District 5 commissioner.
Spence-Jones, whose district includes
Overtown and Liberty City, was sus-
pended from office by Gov. Charlie Crist
after she was arrested for using county
grant funds as a piggy bank for herself
and her family. She was re-elected and
Crist suspended her again. The case has
not gone to trial yet.
Spence-Jones is getting a good
public-relations boost by employing a
tried-and-true tactic: Change the subject
when your butt is in the wringer. Rather
than discuss whether she actually stole
the money, she has turned her arrest
into a fight over whether she should be
suspended from office when some white
guy on Florida's west coast who stole

money was not suspended. That guy has
since been removed from office, so soon
we should expect another red herring
from Spence-Jones.
The District 5 commission seat has
been held by a bizarre cast of charac-
ters over the years. We've had Miller
Dawkins (sent to prison for taking
bribes), Art Teele (charged with corrup-
tion but never proven before he commit-
ted suicide), Jeffery Allen (a nice guy
who did nothing right or wrong but who
actually lived in Lake Worth, 65 miles
up 1-95), and Richard Dunn, who is back
for his second turn on the commission
(completely harmless, which is why he
got the appointment).
District 5 loves to elect martyrs
so they can complain about how badly
they're being treated. Voters would
be much better served if they elected
someone who could do a good job for
both their district and the city. Until that
happens, we'll always get what we have
always gotten.

I generally don't think of the
Miami Herald as a humor publication,
but occasionally they step into Dave
Barry's world. Last month the Herald
launched a promotion about how they
were expanding the coverage of their
"Neighbors" sections. "Neighbors"
is the Herald's weak attempt to cover
very local news throughout Miami-
Dade and Broward counties. My initial
thought was: This a good idea, as the
Herald was and still is very weak on
the local scene.
But then I watched a promotional
video on the paper's website. Turns out

the Herald's idea of expanding their
coverage was to reduce the number of
"Neighbors" sections from 11 to 6. Wow,
I thought. I need to call BT publisher Jim
Mullin right now and tell him that if we
cut our circulation in half, we can tell
everyone we're expanding!
The "Neighbors" experience
over the past 40 years has been an
unmitigated disaster for the Herald.
It started out when the Herald bought
the Coral Gables Times and Guide
and the North Dade Journal. The pur-
chases were actually made by Herald
employees in the business department
so there would be no specter of mo-
nopoly. Then they got suckered into
buying the Broward Times for three
times what it was worth.
Not long after that, Community
Newspapers publisher Ron Miller
complained to the Justice Depart-
ment about the Herald's monopolis-
tic hold on the local news business.
Under pressure, the Herald "bought"
the papers from their own people and
rolled all of it into what we now know
as "Neighbors."
Community Newspapers is still
with us, but is now owned by Ron's sons,
Grant and Michael Miller, who have no
journalistic relationship to their father.
For the life of me I cannot figure
out why the Herald does this stuff. If
they would stop trying to BS everyone
and just do a good job journalistically
- like become the newspaper of Miami
instead of the newspaper of the world
- people would read it and the Herald
would have no problems.

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What impact has the earthquake in Haiti had on your life?

Compiled by Cathi Marro

BT Contributor

jean IcKFersuinu
Retail Sales
Little Haiti
I lost one uncle in the
earthquake. The rest of
my family is okay because
they are not in Port au
Prince. They live in the
northwest of Haiti. Other
countries should help Haiti
but especially America
because we have so many
Haitians living here. We
should not give money to
the Haitian government,
but direct support instead
for the people so that they
will recover and be okay
in the future.

Sr. Mary Frances
Campus Ministry
Miami Shores
It has focused my attention
on that part of the world
and the plight of the people
in Haiti. I'm surprised and
encouraged by the response
not only here in Florida,
where we have many
Haitians, but of the world
community. Barry Univer-
sity and Amor en Acci6n
have sponsored a lot of
activities to raise awareness
and collect donations. Also
many of my religious sisters
and I have been helping the
religious sisters in Haiti.

Jim Spinney
Sales Associate
North Miami
It has had a tremendous
impact on me as many of
my co-workers lost family
members. We've been
pulling together by getting
corporate to send supplies
over there. I also have high-
school friends arranging
free flights for medical per-
sonnel to go to Haiti. I hear
their stories of working
on the victims with no ER
available. It's frightening!
I pray for the people who
lost loved ones. Eventually
they will rebuild, but it will
be a long process.

Cynthia Graffeo
Salon Manager
Obviously it is a terrible
tragedy. I have lots of
friends who have family
in Haiti. Our salon has
had fundraisers and I have
donated clothing and food
for them. We raised a good
amount of money doing
before and after photo-
graphs of customers at our
salon opening. America
was there for the tsunami
victims and fighting wars
elsewhere, so it seems
like a good reason to get
involved with this island
in need of our help.

Marvin Lee Johnson
Car Wash Manager
My heart goes out to the
people but it doesn't really
effect how I live my life.
I go on with my daily
chores. I have a friend
in Haiti who got hit with
the aftermath. Luckily he
didn't get hit too badly.
I think America should
definitely help Haiti since
it is such a poor country
and we do help other
countries. I feel badly for
those who lost loved ones
and family, and I hope
God helps them.

Heathermarie Griffith
Business Owner
It has been very depress-
ing. I have many friends
who have lost family
members. A lot of people
in my neighborhood have
gotten together to donate
clothing and money. The
United States should
absolutely help Haiti, but
they have a habit of being
there when the tragedy
happens then forgetting.
I hope we stay involved
because this will take a
long time to heal.

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took a major upturn in 2009. It's like
night and day."
Actually a closer look at the DDA's
figures shows that not all of downtown's
upturn has been quite so sudden. Of the
60 new businesses, 28 set up shop in rela-
tively affluent Brickell, which the DDA
considers part of doi" moit'\ Miami.
Brickell's restaurant numbers have been
on the rise for several years. In contrast,
only eight new businesses opened last
year in the northernmost sector of the
DDA's territory, an area called the Media
and Entertainment District.
It's really the formerly blighted
Central Business District (CBD) where
revival reached warp speed last year: 23
new businesses, 18 of them restaurants
- and all those are doing well enough to
still be open in 2010. In comparison, ten
CBD restaurants opened in 2008, four of
which had closed by 2009.
"Quality restaurants are traditionally
the first retail to open in emerging areas,"
says Alyce Robertson, director of the
DDA, a quasi-independent City of Miami
agency charged with improving the qual-
ity of life for downtown businesses, resi-
dents, and visitors. "It's especially hard
for shops like boutiques to open during a
recession. But I'd say there'll be a notice-
able difference within two years."
Indeed intriguing shops are already
catching up to the CBD's explosion of
eateries, including the celebrity-studded
opening of Igal Haimov's opulent
jewelry store supplier of $62,000,
diamond-blinged designer watches to the
likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and
a host of rappers and NFL players.
Downtown's upturn has already pro-
gressed to the point that the DDA feels it's
ready for prime time as a tourism magnet.
Most of the agency's initiatives, Robertson
admits, have been oriented toward new
downtown residents. After a couple of
years of stalled luxury condo sales, new-
comers have filled the high-rises to 62 per-
cent occupancy, thanks to plunging rental
rates and sale prices. Robertson adds: "But
we've also been heavily promoting down-
town in partnership with other entities: the
Beacon Council, the Downtown Miami
Partnership, the Convention and Visitors
Bureau, American Airlines Arena, the Port
of Miami, and others, reaching out locally
but also internationally. There are cam-
paigns locals wouldn't have seen unless
they'd been in target countries, consisting

Area 31 chef John Critchley invents things, just like the new downtown itself.
Area 31 chef John Critchley invents things, just like the new downtown itself.

From his new downtown jewelry store, Igal Haimov sells very expensive
watches to very wealthy clients.

of visuals that convey the new urban expe-
rience downtown.
"The perception of downtown is
one thing. The reality," she says with
confidence, "is another."
Still skeptical that downtown's
upturn isn't mostly hype? See for your-
self on a stroll in the part of downtown
that resident and restaurateur Jos6 Goy-
anes, of La Loggia and the cool new Tre
Italian Bistro, calls "the closest thing,
structurewise, that downtown currently
has to a mini New York."
This is the southeastern section
of the Central Business District, which
contains the largest concentration of
occupied new condo buildings as well
as, not coincidentally, other amenities,

including, in Bayfront Park, a flying-tra-
peze school. Consequently it's currently
the most pedestrian-friendly part of
downtown, night and day.
A recent ramble began alongside
the Miami River, with lunch at Area 31,
downtown's most nationally recognized
new restaurant. Chef John Critchley's
swoonworthy sustainable seafood
specialties (imagine seared Key West
yellowtail snapper with salsa verde and
cloud-light chestnut pure) are definitely
chef-driven a perfect fit for an urban
area also inventing itself.
"The neighborhood spirit here
seems to be: Let's do it together," agrees
Area 31 general manager (and new
downtown resident) Carlos Bohen, who

says that even though Area 31 is located
in the Epic Hotel, 80 percent of diners,
surprisingly, have been locals. "When
I ask if they need their valet ticket
stamped," Bohen reports, "they say, 'No,
we walked tonight.' Many sound amazed
when they say it. It's like, 'Wow! Maybe
we do live in a real downtown after all!'"
Certainly the glittering views from
the 19th-floor restaurant's best tables -
on an outdoor dining balcony make
Miami look impressively urban-glam.
Walking north on SE 3rd Avenue,
the still-under-construction Met com-
plex makes the point that the emerging
urban area is still not fully emerged.
Signs on construction walls trumpet
the imminent opening of the much-
anticipated Daniel Boulud restaurant
DB Bistro Moderne, a golf school, and
several similarly upscale ventures. Mi-
amians who know that such signs mean
the venues may open anytime from later
to never will not be impressed.
Never mind. Looking to the right
after reaching SE 2nd Street, you'll see
contemporary Italian hot spot Puntino
(packed at lunch since a restaurateur
from Naples opened it in June of last
year), where a half-dozen suits are
still power-lunching al fresco at 3:00
p.m. Luckily the place is open Monday
through Saturday until 11:00 p.m.
On the same block, in the sprawl-
ing Wachovia Financial Center complex,
is the chic Roy Teeluck Salon, which
opened last fall. The Big Apple original
won Vogue's "Best Haircut in NYC"
accolade. Also in the Wachovia is the
Downtown Athletic Club, a venerable
Miami establishment that has added
many new facilities designed with
new residents in mind including a
rock-climbing wall, boxing studio, and
double-size cardio theater. "We've been
seeing a very different demographic than
even a year ago," notes marketing direc-
tor Rob Aylward.
The Wachovia complex's
35,000-square-foot outdoor plaza, al-
ready arguably downtown's most popular
urban park, is currently being renovated
to attract new restaurant and retail ten-
ants to its ground-floor level.
Continuing north on SE 3rd
Avenue, there is the stylish, fast-casual
pasta/salad place Spoon (other branches
in Beverly Hills, New York, and Paris),
which opened early in 2009. Motto:
"Create What You Crave."

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Across the street is Smokeshop,
much more elegant than Lincoln
Road's tobacconists. Aside from cigars
and imported cigarettes, the shop also
sells snazzy pens like Mont Blanc and
Look to the right at SE 1st Street
and you'll see the House of Wine &
Liquors. Admittedly the name doesn't
scream "yuppie safe," but the floor-to-
ceiling wooden bins of quality clas-
sic and boutique wines, plus chichi
packaged snacks, make it clear there's
nary a bottle of Ripple in this house.
Wine shopper and new downtown
condo resident Andres
del Corral is enthusiastic.
"If I want to stay home,"
he says, "they'll deliver
locally until 2:00 or 3:00
Turning left in front
of a Starbucks and walk-
ing west on SE 1st Street,
you'll find yourself in La
Petit Paris: Caf6 Bastille,
serving tapas but looking
like an authentic French
sidewalk caf6, then La
Paris cafe, then Croissant
d'Or. Okay, probably only
one is interesting enough
to review, but it's fun to
stroll by what's almost a
"restaurant row," down- Flossie's o
town French-style. inner hippi
Across the street is the
Downtown Book Center, whose propri-
etor, Raquel Roque, is one of the found-
ers of the Miami Book Fair. The eclectic
shop, which has been there since her
Cuban-immigrant father, Jos6 Rabide,
opened it in the mid-1960s, boasts ex-
actly the large, varied stock of books that
readers are always complaining Miami
doesn't have. Who knew?
"That's a great thing about down-
town becoming more pedestrian-friend-
ly," says the DDA's Alyce Robertson.
"There's plenty of great old stuff there
that people never discover when they just
drive in to work and then out."
In the last building before reaching
SE 2nd Avenue is Fratelli Milano, which
opened several years ago with lunch-only
hours, but expanded operations last year
to include dinner, joining some 17 other
restaurants north of the Miami River that
are now open at night.

s n s n s s.
This hidden courtyard is home to an array of restaurants.

n SE 1st Avenue will bring out your

Fratelli offers an interesting ex-
ample of the new downtown rubbing up
against the old. The restaurant, with its
outdoor tables and colorful umbrellas,
is next door to Las Palmas cafeteria and
North Rio, a discount electronics store.
But a new awning over all three estab-
lishments allows them to co-exist with
visual charm. Throughout your walk,
you'll notice many such spruced-up
storefronts, most courtesy ofbeautifica-
tion grants from the Downtown Develop-
ment Authority.
Across SE 2nd Avenue on the
corner is Ecco Pizzateca, opened in 2009
by emerging-area veterans Brian Basti
and Aramis Lorie, the duo formerly re-
sponsible for the legendary Poplife nights
at PS14 in the still-iffy western Arts and
Entertainment District of downtown.
Basti, who is taste-testing a new truffle
oil pizza (highly recommended), takes

The Downtown Athletic Club has a'
facilities for new residents.

time off from work to play tour guide,
eager to share a few of his favorite "neat
old places people never knew about,"
places he believes fit perfectly into the
new downtown.
First stop is Flossie's (111 SE 1st
Ave.), a candle/crystal jewelry/African
mask/spiritual book/Haitian art/scented
oil/potpourri/incense shop. One whiff
and you're back in 1968. Far out.
Next, catty-corner from I.M.
Pei's Bank of America tower on SE 1st
Street, sits a low-rise building whose
hidden inner courtyard houses a tropi-
cally landscaped warren of international
restaurants. At least a couple of them
serve dinner as well as lunch: attractive,

contemporary Martini 28, opened last
fall by a Peruvian husband-and-wife
team who change the menu every
few days; Giovana, where the "only
authentic Italian food in downtown"
has evidently been secreted away since
1996; and Thai Angel, which Basti as-
serts is "best Thai food in Miami."
From 2003 to 2006, the warren
also housed a charming, budget-priced
bistro called Lila's, run by three dynamic
young Peruvian sisters who tried repeat-
edly to nudge downtown tastes into this
century with evening hours, chef-driven
creative dishes, housemade sauces, and
more. When they finally folded, one
sister explained they'd held out for a year
after they'd gone broke, "hoping down-
town would turn into
a real downtown, like
New York or Chicago."
Too bad it didn't happen
for them. Today's
downtowners would
love Lila's.
Basti slows at
the landmark 1926
Olympia Theater at the
Gusman Center for the
Performing Arts. This
fantastical, Moorish-
turreted jewel, once
the cultural center of
Miami, has suffered
horrendous setbacks
for decades fiscal
disaster, artistic
decline (the theater
has been run strictly
as a rental hall since
1992, with no original
programming), serious
added new structural decay, and
a series of "improve-
ments," like a 1970s
effort that replaced the theater's brass-
and-wood-trimmed seats with bright red
plastic ones.
There was a slow fade to near black
in terms of community visibility, ac-
cording to Margaret Lake, who moved to
downtown Miami two and a half years
ago to become the Gusman's new direc-
tor. Lake has since overseen a complete
structural rebuild and restoration of the
theater's gloriously ornate d6cor. Still,
she sighs, "You wouldn't believe how
many times I've taken people inside to
see it, and they say, 'I didn't know it was
beautiful. I didn't know it was there."'

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Now Lake has some good news: The
Gusman will present a season of its own
programs, possibly as early as this fall
(depending on funding), but definitely by
2011-2012. "Presenting will restore our
credibility," she says. "When you're just a
rental hall, all you can do is hope the quality
is up to par. And there's no financial stabil-
ity because it's hard to get people to buy into
a sporadic calendar." (Currently the Gusman
operates only 75 nights a year.)
Lake hired a consulting firm, the
North Group, to assess the Gusman's
potential. The results of creating its own
programming were projected to be stun-
ning. Increasing to 125 operating nights
annually would have "a major impact
on the economic vitality" of all down-
town; 225 nights, and the effect would be
"transformative" in revitalizing the area.
So Lake is now scrambling for
money in order to develop original
programming. "I've been able to write
grants myself," she says. "Thank God I
was raised by an English teacher." In the
meantime, another summertime mini

The Gusman's ornate interior: Many more shows are planned.

season is certain. Last summer's "Flickin'
Summer Series" featured several classic
film musicals, each screening followed by
an on-stage dance party with three-dollar
beers and five-dollar cocktails.
Across SE 2nd Avenue at La Epoca,
an expansive department store inside a
striking 1936 Art Deco building, Basti
points out three stacked logos on each
floor of the Alonso family's store. The

top sign is a replica of the original La
Epoca in Havana, a massive, five-floor
structure that was the third-largest de-
partment store in Cuba.
The middle sign is from the
original, smaller Miami store that family
patriarch Diego Alonso and his two
sons opened down the block, after the
family fled Cuba in 1965. At bottom is
the sign that's been there since La Epoca

relocated in 2005.
Inside the store, son Tony Alonso, a
genial gentleman and DDA board member,
tells the story of downtown's fall and
rise, from the mid-1960s to the present.
After opening as a small corer shop in
the Alfred I. DuPont building, La Epoca
rapidly expanded to 7000 square feet.
At the time, Alonso says, downtown
was the healthy city center of a much
less populated Miami. "There were a few
suburban malls, but they weren't big.
In fact, you know what Dadeland was
nicknamed? Deadland!"
Then in the 1970s, urban sprawl vir-
tually emptied downtown Miami. Ii \\ .
happening everywhere in the country,"
Alonso recounts. "In the 1970s and 1980s,
nobody wanted to live in downtown
except New York and San Francisco.
Miami was a lot of little low-rise cities
with no personalities, a little Los Angeles.
Congestion got to the point where nobody
wanted to live downtown."
La tpoca nevertheless remained
profitable, thanks largely to its women's
boutique and electronics department,

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because, Alonso points out, "25 years
ago, it was the boom of the Latin
Meanwhile the New Urbanism
theories espoused by Miami's own Andris
Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk were
gaining adherents across the nation. (New
Urbanism advocates compact, densely
populated city centers as the solution to
ecologically and aesthetically atrocious sub-
urban sprawl.) "In the early 1990s, almost
every center city around started renovating
and bringing back residents," says Alonso.
"Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, West
Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale with Las Olas.
Every city except Miami."
Why not?
"The City of Miami went broke!"
he exclaims. "It was like, 'We don't have
time to renovate our downtown. We're
too busy going bankrupt!'"
Despite the civic neglect, Alonso
anticipated a need for more inventory and
space, so he purchased the present building in
1992, but didn't move in right away. In fact he
didn't move in for more than a dozen years.

Brothers Pepe and Tony Alonso in front of their family-owned store.

Instead he cut the old store's space and stock
in half. "The store was low price, bargain
tables. Levis were my top-of-the-line jeans."
These days, inside La Epoca's
three-story, 24,000-square-foot space,
Alonso says, "Levis are my lowest-end

jeans. The $90 Diesels outsell $35 Levis
five-to-one! The stock is high-end, simi-
lar to a Neiman-Marcus. And my sales
are going up every year."
Seems like a reason to celebrate.
And in fact La Epoca has been doing

just that every week since last year, on
"Mojito Tuesdays," a happy hour with live
bands and complimentary mojitos handed
out just inside the front door. Try finding
that in a New York department store.
Outside on Flagler Street, epicenter
of the DDA's beautification efforts (75
percent of retailers have partnered with
the agency to improve their storefronts'
aesthetics, says Robertson), downtown
Miami looks dramatically revived.
Yet as night falls, it's clear that
downtown's upswing is still a work in
progress. Even within Jos6 Goyanes'
"mini New York," pedestrians are sparse.
And Goyanes admits, "north of Flagler
has to grow yet" in terms of nighttime
restaurants and other inviting businesses.
Perhaps not surprising, given that many
new high-rise condo buildings north of
Flagler, finished more recently than those
to the south, are still largely devoid of
the residents who would create a demand
for such nightlife.
There are scattered bright lights,
like the restaurant CVI.CHE 105, nearly
always packed with diners craving

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ditos. But try venturing just a bit farther
northwest in the Central Business Dis-
trict, over near the federal courthouse,
to the Wallflower Gallery. This eclectic,
all-ages, mixed-media space with
its cutting-edge art shows plus five-
buck live band performances and large
collection of Miami indie-music CDs
- should fit perfectly into this energetic
young downtown. But the owner, Flash,
is currently seeking new digs. "I don't
think these new residents even know we
exist," he laments.
Nevertheless, strolling downtown's
southeastern streets after dark no longer
feels like creeping through a ghost
town. You'll see joggers, some couples
walking to restaurants, even a few lone
women. From his bustling Tre Italian
Bistro on Flagler, Goyanes observes, "I
see women walking their dogs at night

Ottfficer Jeffrey Glasko: "Downtown
is really a very safe place."

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Restaurant owner Jose Goyanes (with Jennifer
Porciello) sees a mini New York emerging


from Macy's to Bayfront. Just a short
while ago, a woman who did that? You'd
say: 'You're crazy!'"
At Chandi, a wine and liquor shop
across Flagler Street from La Epoca,
manager Jos6 Huaman says, "Four years
ago, when this store opened, I went home
when the business people went home, be-
cause the area was empty. But one and a
half years ago there were enough people
that we began staying open, and making
local deliveries, until midnight. Now the
area feels safe."
Jeffrey Glasko, the Miami police
department's downtown Neighbor-
hood Resource Officer, confirms that
the streets don't just feel safer they
are safer. From 2008 through 2009,

according to department
statistics, robberies (in-
cluding purse-snatching)
dropped 13.1 percent,
auto theft decreased 39.5
percent, and assaults
decreased 7.8 percent.
Comparable crime figures
in nearby areas like
Wynwood, Edgewater, and
the Upper Eastside are sig-
nificantly higher, he says.
"Downtown," he says, "is
really a very safe place."
At a January meeting
with the DDA, newly ap-

pointed Miami Police Chief
Miguel Exposito made a
commitment to beef up the police pres-
ence downtown. Says Glasko: "That is
already being implemented."
Obviously Miami's central business
district is nowhere close to New York in
terms of an energetic, 24/7 urban life.
But it is being rapidly transformed by
intrepid entrepreneurs and pioneering
residents. Now just might be a good time
to explore and enjoy downtown before it
gets too trendy.
"The area has already changed
dramatically in a very short time," Tony
Alonso says with a smile. "Everything
has a beginning, and this is the begin-
ning of downtown."

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It Miami in microcosm
By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

T he cure for my frosty MFT (Mer-

ciless Frozen Tundra) hangover
has turned out to be a hair-of-the-
dog panacea: the colorful, Brickell-based
cotel (condo-hotel) I currently occupy.
Cotels like this are peppered all over
Brickell and downtown. If you want a
true Miami experience, you can't beat it.
The cotel offers outstanding people-
watching opportunities, both in the form
of the residents (I think there are ten of
them) and the visitors. Plus there is that
bonus of the Miami brand of incompe-
tence, which never disappoints, especially
when unassuming Midwesterners or super leaving the room for the enti
uptight New Yorkers expect something to because she was having "sul
actually.. .get.. .done. Now! Ha, ha! glanced at the future shut-in
And there is the occasional odd with a perpetual, entitled po
request that is Miami all over. Like the tiently tapping her foot at th
other day, when a disgruntled guest concierge desk.
demanded that he and his wife be moved "The bed is too hard and
to a different room. The wife was not too small," the man complain

maddening and hilarious at the same time

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unmoved employee. Ah, well, if I were
getting my breasts pumped up a few
sizes and my face stretched back a few
yards, I suppose these basic comforts
would be a top priority.
Why does a city that thrives on tour-
ism have the worst service in the nation?
Because it can. People will always come

back because the sun is steady and the
landscape does not resemble the sur-
roundings of a buried coffin.
The cotel, perfectly in step with Miami,
nullifies its guests by lying. For example,
wireless Internet is advertised to be in
Every room. Except it doesn't exist. By the
time guests figure it out oh well!
So far this season the cotel visi-
tors are mostly South Americans, who
always want servicio. That's what the
housekeeping staff says while coast-
ing up and down 28 floors in the dog
'vator. (More on this later.) I've also
seen a smattering of Europeans and one
Asian tour group. The American guide
cautioned those tourists against eating
anything "sold from the street," because
"it will make you sick!" before simulating
a retching fit. That accompanied my caf6
con leche quite well.
Living in the cotel guarantees the
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who travel to Miami for popular events,
as well as their accompanying habits.
First there was the Super Bowl. That
event drew rowdy people in tacky polo
shirts. One particularly raucous group on
my floor arrived from New Orleans. They
held a loud party the night before the game.
I'm not sure what happened in there, but
the next morning there was, literally, a trail
of fairy dust (okay, it was confetti) leading
from the room to the elevators (all four of
them.) The clean-up crew looked annoyed.
I spied multiple mops.
Then the boat show came to town.
The cotel saw lots of middle-age, pot-
bellied, Docker-wearing white guys who
discussed propellers and fish finders over
heaping plates of bacon and eggs at the
restaurant. Lots of bacon.
Then there's the pool, where, sadly,
the American Abroad reputation is
earned every day. "I hope you didn't
forget the cigarettes!" yelled one en-
thusiastic man as he bee-lined for the
hot tub, where a few woman sat, toes
dangling. Another one screeched as she

was pushed into the pool, the ensuing
tsunami drenching the palm fronds in
her path.
The residents in this cotel are an
eclectic bunch. There is the Self-Impor-
tant Ex-Hippie. He is a long, dirty-blond-
haired, leathery-face burnout who air
kisses while insisting he owns "one-third
of the building." This fraction changes
according to his sobriety level. He also
says he has a son at Julliard, and one
recent evening resorted to asking the
waitress in the cotel restaurant to help
him figure out which number to dial to
reach his son.
Then there is the Smoking Blonde
Woman who has taken a particular liking
to my rent-a-dog, a bichon named Sasha
(my friend is letting me bol io\" her).
Smoking Blonde Woman, who is forever
trying to cadge free drinks, never hesitates
to tell Sasha: "God loves you!" Leaving
me to wonder: "Does God love me, too?"
Sasha doesn't like her. SBW always
has a cigarette hanging out of her hand
or mouth, or both. At first I thought
Sasha snubbed her because of the smoke.
Now I think there is something Sasha
knows about SBW that I don't.

Oh, and let's not forget Mr. Models.
Reportedly there is a guy with a pent-
house suite who caters to models. How?
I'm not sure yet. All I know is he pro-
vides "a well-stocked fridge with every
type of champagne and phone chargers
for every type of phone." And he has a
terrier who wears a green striped polo
shirt and who is walked by different
people each day.
The other beauty of the cotel is that,
as a "hotel guest," you get to experi-
ence all the inconveniences of living
in a condo without battling the condo
board. (I am a "monthly," which makes
me feel all special-like, in the same
way as renting a room by the hour in
an establishment where quarter-fed
vibrating beds and heart-shaped tubs
are highlights.)
Naturally in the cotel, Sasha is popu-
lar, often being mistaken for a gourmet
vanilla cupcake. She is also, by virtue
of being a dog living in a condo, Public
Enemy No. 1. So what this means is that
when I am with Sasha, I am relegated to
the "dog elevator."
There are four elevators in the cotel.
The dog 'vator is by far the slowest. It

is also the elevator used by the cotel's
service workers. They include the house-
keeping staffers, who push very large
carts filled with clean and dirty towels,
M&M packets, and copious rolls of toilet
paper. While I've never been a klepto, I
must fight the urge to pocket a Snick-
ers. It is there, looking uncomfortable
among the packets of Oreos and bags of
jalapeno chips.
I live on the 28th floor, or as I call
it, the "bird's nest." I almost feel at one
with the vultures.
While the view is nice, my main
fear is fire. So imagine my elation the
other night when I returned to the cotel
and encountered fire alarms ringing and
smoke in the hall. My first thought was:
Dog in Room. My second went roughly
like this: "Oh, wow 28 floors in these
platform shoes?"
Turns out it was not even a real fire,
but a prank. Seems some cotel inhabit-
ant thought it would be funny to toss the
fire extinguisher down the stairwell. My
guess? Self-Important Ex-Hippie's Jul-
liard genius paid a visit.

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Hurricane Lucie

Haitian activist, political dynamo, law student, single mom

that would be Ms. Tondreau

By Kathy Glasgow
BT Contributor

ucie Tondreau was unequivocal. "I
will never run again," she said, more
than once, when the subject of her
2002 political campaign came up during
a recent conversation at her immigration-
consultation office in North Miami.
In her first bid for political office,
Tondreau came close to unseating the
powerful Miami-Dade County Com-
missioner Dorrin Rolle. She certainly
unsettled him. Working on a fraction
of the incumbent's funds, Tondreau,
then 42 years old, ran her grassroots
campaign with unexpected elan, even
impressing the Miami Herald editorial
board with her "depth of understanding
of how county government works...that
is unusual in first-time candidates," and
garnering the Herald's endorsement.
"Until the endorsement, Rolle didn't
even notice us," Tondreau remarked
in between questioning and advising a

nonstop stream of un-
documented Haitians
seeking help filing for
temporary work visas,
which most are now
able to secure after the
January 12 earthquake
in Haiti.
"But then it got
very ugly."
"[His allies] tried
to have a war between
Haitians and African-
Americans," put in
Charles Nacivre, Ton-
dreau's assistant. There
were confrontations
and alleged assaults at
Kreyol-language radio stations, always epi-
centers of political passion, and Tondreau's
campaign complained that her yard signs
were disappearing en masse.
Rolle avoided a runoff with Tondreau
only after a recount, the results of which
remain suspect to her and to others who

tend to doubt the integrity of our county
political machinery.
But none of that is why Tondreau has
vowed not to seek political office again.
Just the opposite. "It was one of the best
experiences of my life," she said, raising
her eyebrows in appreciation. "I want

to leave it like that. Why mess it up by
trying to do it all over again? As far as
I'm concerned, I won."
^ That's not to say Tondreau is finished
With politics. Last year she worked on
Behalf of attorney Frank Wolland in his
c unsuccessful bid to serve again as mayor
of North Miami. This year, with an array
of Haitian-American hopefuls vying for
local, state, and federal elected offices,
she is likely to put her political talents
and energy to work after the primaries.
For the moment, however, the single
mother of three has more than enough to
concentrate on, including law school at
Nova University.
"I'm not supporting anyone; I'm not
going to any fundraisers," said Tondreau,
dressed in a brown pinstriped pants suit,
a spot of white-out smudged on a front
pocket, as she reached for a beeping cell
phone on her desk. "But I will always be
involved in politics. As long as there are

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politicians who ignore my people, who
don't serve the interests of their voters,
I will be doing everything I can to show
Haitians they can change that."
I first met Tondreau in 1999, when
she and her then-husband, Eddy Del-
mont, were pulling an all-nighter at a
tiny AM radio studio situated hard by
the train tracks running through Lib-
erty City. Two Haitian Americans were
first-time candidates in North Miami,
for mayor and city councilman, and
Tondreau and Delmont were getting the
word out in Kreyol. Tondreau was seven
or eight months pregnant at the time, but
she and Delmont tirelessly took calls and
urged on voters until the sun rose. (The
baby, Ludie, would be born on the day
Tondreau's mother died.)
Joe Celestin, the mayoral candidate,
didn't win that one, though Ossman
Desir did become North Miami's first
Haitian-American city councilman. But
Celestin tried again in 2001, and served
two terms as the first Haitian-American
mayor of a large U.S. municipality. At

intervals during several years of historic
unity within South Florida's Haitian
communities, both the North Miami and
El Portal city councils boasted Haitian
majorities. In 2000, Phillip Brutus was
the first Haitian-American elected to the
Florida State Legislature, and in 2002
Yolly Roberson became the second.
In retrospect, I think Tondreau's
commission campaign that same year
was even more of a gutsy groundbreaker
than it appeared at the time, because pen-
etrating the Miami-Dade County Com-
mission is among the most formidable
of challenges for any politician, far more
so for an ethnic outsider. Miami-Dade
voting districts are tough neighborhoods
controlled by deeply territorial turf lords.
Being a Haitian candidate for a county
seat, even in a so-called "black" district
with lots of Haitian residents, isn't really
an advantage.
Tondreau jumped in anyway. Back
then her surprising defiance of Miami's
African-American political establish-
ment made only a fleeting impression
before the "blinged-up fat one" (as
Rolle has been described on the Miami
political blog "Eye on Miami") resumed

his lucrative reign. But Tondreau fared
better than state Representative Brutus,
whose bid to unseat Rolle four years
later, in 2006, received little support and
less attention.
That same year Gepsie Metellus
(subject of my previous column) was
planning to run for the county commis-
sion in a different "black" district, from
which her former employer and mentor,
Barbara Carey-Shuler, was retiring. Even
Metellus's decade of experience working
at county hall and clear competence were
of no help, because she was born in Haiti
and therefore could not be a real African-
American. She had no business seeking a
"seat...carved out for an African-Amer-
ican," in Carey-Shuler's blunt words of
warning. So Metellus, who is tempera-
mentally more contemplative than the
feisty Tondreau, chose not to enter a race
that she might have won.
Tondreau told Metellus it was a "mis-
take" not to run. "An African-American
seat?" Tondreau scoffed. "What does
that mean? This is the USA. We are free!
There's no such thing!"
This year the increasingly vulner-
able Dorrin Rolle has attracted another

Haitian-American opponent, Joe Celes-
tin. "We've got 'bad' Joe and then we've
got 'worse' Dorrin," muses "Eye on
Miami" commentator Geniusofdespair.
But who can know just how
Haitian-American politics will be
affected by Haiti's earthquake? The
diaspora, especially in South Florida,
is only beginning to sort itself out
in light of that most transformative
disaster. The latest, plentiful Haitian-
American lineup of political candidates
could presage a rebirth of unity and
teamwork in a community that has
been perennially at odds and habitually
passed over by the powers that be.
Still, Tondreau, ever the activist
and bullshit-detector, is leery of the
golden opportunities for posturing and
pandering that the earthquake has pro-
vided. "In a way we are not as divided
now," she acknowledges. "But there
is still not that sense of unity. More
people are trying to do their own little
thing. Now there is a war of leadership.
Everyone wants to look like a leader,
but nothing changes."

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By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

One of the problems with writing
a monthly column is that by the
time it gets to print, the subject
matter may be old or overshadowed by
interest in other topics. Within the City
of Miami, there is now a laser focus on
the impending financial crisis, and it
rightly overshadows everything else.
My subject this month drunk
drivers and the bar owners who are serv-
ing them was under discussion at the
city commission several weeks ago. Like
all other topics, however, it has taken
a back seat to the monetary maelstrom
at city hall. But it is not old. On the
contrary, it is timeless, and it will forever
stir intense interest.
First let me state the obvious: No
one should operate a motor vehicle
when they are under the influence of
substances that impair their ability to
drive safely. Period.

One for the Road
Forcing bars to close early will not stop drunk drivers from killing people

Less obvious is the futility of casting
bar owners in the role of evildoers who
tacitly support drunk-driving. If you've
lost a loved one to a drunk driver, your
determination to prevent that from hap-
pening to other families is genuine and
valid. But it can be counterproductive

to reduce the issue to a personal level,
targeting the owners of businesses that
sell alcoholic beverages. In the recent
discussions at city hall, which centered
on Coconut Grove's late-night bars but
had implications for the entire city, in-
cluding the Upper Eastside, emotions ran

high. Those emotions can and must be
channeled in productive ways.
However, passing laws that restrict
the hours during which alcohol can be
sold is not among those productive ways.
I remember one of the first calls I
responded to as a rookie fireman back
in 1966. A drunk driver slammed into a
'55 Chevy on SR836, killing three young
men from Virginia who were trying to
change a flat tire.
And the driver? As so often happens
in such tragedies, he escaped serious
injury, though he was pissed off that he'd
been arrested. He probably served no
more than 60 days in jail, because back
then there was no vehicular homicide
statute specifically aimed at drunk driv-
ing. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk
Driving) did not exist, nor did any of the
other advocacy groups that today would
have taken up the banner for those boys
who lay lifeless at my feet.

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Unfortunately for everyone who has
a horror story to tell about the misery
inflicted by drunk drivers, restricting the
operating hours of bars is not an easy fix
to the problem. Too many other factors
play into scenarios that can lead to death
and destruction. But there may be some
alternatives worth considering, such as:
Recognizing that the drinking
individual is the first to be held respon-
sible for his or her actions. Those who
are lucky enough to be stopped by police
before taking an innocent life should
be handed an extremely stiff sentence
- at least 60 days in the slammer and
suspension of his or her license for one
year. Second offenders should have
their license revoked for life in the State
of Florida. End of story. No getting it
back, no get-out-of-jail-free card, and no
having daddy pull a few strings. You are
done driving in Florida!
Consider starting a city-sponsored
program that provides for a taxi to pick
up anyone requesting a ride home from
any bar in Miami, anyone who believes

he's not able to drive safely. Now, before
you say this may not be an appropriate
use of taxpayer dollars, consider that
we are already footing the bill for some
seniors who need a ride to the doctor
or hospital through various community
organizations that apply to the city every
year for funding. One such organization
was recently grilled by city commission-
ers over problems caused by insufficient
resources. Well, why not give them a
few more bucks and also have them pick
up individuals too drunk to drive in the
nighttime hours, when their vehicles are
sitting idle?
The bars and lounges themselves
could be required to have an in-house
program designed to get patrons home
safely when they say they're too inebri-
ated to drive. I cannot conceive of a bar
operator who'd turn his back on such a
request for help.
I am aware of an out-of-state
program that offers not only a free ride
home but provides another driver who
takes your car home too! This program
answers the argument: "I can't take a cab
home or ride with someone else because
I won't have my car in the morning." I

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listened to the guy who came up with
this program as a result of losing his
brother to a drunk driver. Funding was
provided by grants and local govern-
ments, and surprisingly among the
biggest contributors to the program
were the local taxi companies. Drivers
were volunteers as well as individuals
sentenced to community service by the
court system. Perhaps a local chapter of
MADD could sponsor such a program
countywide, funded by the county as
well as participating municipalities and
cab companies.
Taxi operators might be required
to provide a certain number of free rides
home as part of their licensing agree-
ments with the county. Let's say each cab
was required to provide one such ride per
month. With all the cabs throughout the
county, this could go a long way toward
providing options for the tipsy.
Restricting serving hours may be the
answer for those who are desperate to
solve this deadly social problem. But the
truth is that you cannot address a social
issue with an economic model. It has
never worked and never will. Bar owners
should not be made to suffer financially

for running a business within the estab-
lished laws and possessing valid licenses
from the state and the city to do so.
The objective should be to get all the
co%\ s" safely back to the barn those
who have been drinking as well as those
who have not, regardless of the time of
day. In fact you could argue that having
drunks on the road at the traditional 2:00
a.m. closing time exposes more people
to danger than a 5:00 a.m. closing time.
There are simply more people on the
roads at 2:00 a.m.
Would some tragic accidents be
averted if every bar in Miami had to
close at 2:00 a.m.? Probably. But by that
logic, it would be even better to force
them to stop serving alcohol at midnight.
So how about right after happy hour?
By the way, will someone tell me
how that one works to keep drunks off
the road? Come to happy hour after work
from 5:00 to 7:00! Half price!
Pound them down and then get
behind the wheel and rush home to
dinner with the family.
Or maybe not.

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Lust for Lice
Ifyou have a soft spot for cute little creatures, you're in luck

By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

As I cleaned up yet another ac-
cident on what was once a fairly
handsome Dade County Pine
wood floor courtesy of the most stub-
born (or dumbest) Dachshund I've ever
met it occurred to me that I've never
lived in a house without at least one
domestic animal. For virtually my entire
life I've been accompanied by multiple
mammals. Lately, though, I've reached
capacity or what my husband likes to
call my quota: five cats, three dogs.
Until recently we were also caretakers
for a colony of hermit crabs (until I donated
them to my school's science department), and
we've owned many fish that rather quickly
went to that big aquarium in the sky. And of
course we've rescued various creatures, from
the baby blue jay with the injured neck to
clearly ungrateful lizards.
So I consider myself something of an
expert in the matter of pets, which is why

I'm eager to share my latest discovery,
thanks to my kids, who owe their thanks
to some other kids, who owe their thanks
to still other kids: It's not cats and dogs
that make the best companions. It is lice.
Consider the basics. For starters,
you don't have to buy your pet lice. You
can just pick them up on the street, or
at school, or in movie theaters or on

airplane seats. And sure, they might
bite like stray dogs, but that's theirjob.
Besides, it tickles. Or maybe just itches a
little. Though sometimes a lot.
That brings us to the manner of feed-
ing them. No more lugging 20-pound
bags of dry feed home from Pet Super-
market, where you just remortgaged your
home. No more opening smelly cans of

Sweet food or, if you're really dedicated,
@ cooking up concoctions yourself.
1 To feed lice, all you have to do is
Seat. Whether your diet is all organic or
i Cheetos and Diet Coke or Jim Beam
& and cigarettes, your lice won't complain.
They're not picky that way. Lice are far
-easier to feed than children or spouses.
They're low-maintenance in other
ways, too. You bathe them when you
bathe yourself. You groom them when
you brush your own hair. No extra effort
is required to keep them clean, and you
even save on water. They don't shed or
spit up hairballs. They don't whine or
beg for food. Lice don't lick your face
when you're not expecting it, or jump
up on your new white shirt with muddy
paws. In sum, lice are all-natural, eco-
friendly creatures who are content to live
and let live.
They are also, like the most gracious
of canines, incredibly loyal. Say your

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daughter has lice and her BFF doesn't.
She can lend her lice to her friend and
they'll come right back to her. And some
of the devoted little things will opt to
stay with her BFF. How sweet is that?
You know how, when you have a dog
and he or she wants to go everywhere with
you? Well, lice are also like that. But unlike
dogs, the great thing about lice is you aren't
forced to sit at an outdoor table when you
take them with you to a restaurant. You
and your lice can step inside any restaurant
and sit right down. No one will be the least
bit suspicious, and the health department
will be none the wiser.
It's like having a hundred thousand
tiny little teacup Yorkies in teeny-weeny
Gucci purses hiding behind your ears
and on the nape of your neck. Only it's
much quieter. For that matter, they're the
only pets your son can bring to school
without his teachers yelling at you, or
making him take them to the science de-
partment, or even knowing about them.
Plus lice are so super easy to ac-
cessorize. For example, you can wear a

pinstriped fedora, which, when cocked
over your brow just so, will cover a lot
of them up but let a few peek out. Or if
you want to really show them to advan-
tage, you can just put a boho-style knit
black beret on your crown and they'll
stand out like salt over pepper. But
whatever you want to wear in your hair
- a barrette, a bow, a band it will
definitely make your lice feel special,
like you're paying attention to them
and making them pretty.
You don't have to walk lice
or clean out their litter box. One
You don't even really need to YOU
know about their elimination No n
process at all. You can't see it, produ
and as you know, out of sight is
out of mind.
Best of all, lice are
extremely kid-friendly. They don't
discriminate, plus they won't fight
with other pets you already have. In
most cases, they'll ignore the canines
and felines around the house, if only
because they can't survive on any
animals but humans.
One of the best things about lice is
that you never seem to run out of room

for them. No matter how many offspring
they produce and they do seem to
multiply rather quickly, even more than
rabbits and guinea pigs you can
always take in more lice. And more lice.
And then more lice.
Of course, it can be difficult to
distinguish lice, so naming them is not
always an option. Call them all Bill or
Freddy. It won't matter to your kids.
Their short life spans also mean you

Sof the best things about lice:
never run out of room for them.
natter how many offspring they
ce, you can always take in more.

won't have to worry about your kids
forming unhealthy emotional attach-
ments. It's the same way most people
feel about carnival goldfish. The upside
is that, when they do pass on to their
eternal reward, there won't be tears in
the family.
It's that eternal reward that's the
problem when you have lice for pets.

The only real fault lice have? They are
stubborn beyond any toddler you've
ever met. So when you decide they've
taken advantage of your hospitality long
enough, they tend to disagree. And just
to make sure you can't arbitrarily bump
them off, over the years they've devel-
oped tolerances to the top three brands
of lice-be-gone products on the market:
Nix, Pronto, and Rid.
That's when you know it's time
to do what you do with any other
unwanted pet: Advertise. "Lice free
to a good home" usually doesn't work
too well, but when you do declare
that you have a few million more lice
than you really need, you get a lot of
good advice. Most of it comes in the
form of professional services that,
for a price or for free, will help you
get rid of them with natural products,
including tea tree oil and rosemary,
flavors that lice apparently don't
much care for.
But here's the real deal: Unlike other
pets, lice cost a whole lot more to get rid
of than they do to acquire.

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Once a Beauty, Always a Beauty

SIntroducing the first completely restored MiMo motel

By Karen-Janine Cohen
Special to BT

T he neon Ni\ Yorker" sign is up,
the guest-room walls are painted
robin's egg blue, and the motel's
office is nearly ready to greet customers
with restored terrazzo floors and gleaming
tile work. "Trying to find this tile, it's a
nightmare," laughs Shirley Diaz, who, with
husband Walter Figueroa, has spent eight
months and more than $60,000 meticu-
lously restoring the motel at 6500 Biscayne
Blvd., doing much of the work themselves,
with family members pitching in.
On March 20 the former Davis Motel
will open as the Motel New Yorker, the
first of the Boulevard's midcentury
motels restored to its original appearance
and atmosphere, a classic example of
the architectural style known as Miami
Modem, or MiMo. (Also part of the
property is the Audubon Motel. Sepa-
rately constructed, it too is undergoing an
upgrade. Together the two buildings have
53 guest rooms.)
Cheering on Diaz and Figueroa
are the area's preservation devotees,
along with many businesses and resi-
dents who believe the renovation is an
important step in pushing forward the

transformation of Biscayne Boulevard's
MiMo Historic District. They hope the
New Yorker will blaze a path other local
motels will follow.
Working from old pictures and docu-
ments, Diaz and Figueroa are painstak-
ingly recreating the heyday of the New
Yorker, built in 1953 and designed by
vaunted MiMo architect Norman Giller.
The original pink-and-green or gray-
and-yellow bathroom tiles look like new.
A variety of chairs, mirrors, and other
reproduction period furniture is sprinkled

The New Yorker today.

throughout the rooms, which also boast
flat-screen TVs and other contempo-
rary amenities. Plans are under way to
reopen a bricked-over office window and
entrance door.

Boulevard boosters also hope the
icstolcd New Yorker will draw more
pcoplc Io the area and begin to change
h lie stubbom perception that Biscayne
Boulk\ ,id remains a haven for drugs,
c inic j d prostitution. "I hope people
\\ ill come and see it people who
snIIl iltnk the Boulevard is riddled with
c inc says Fran Rollason, president of
dlkc IN o Biscayne Association, whose
mc nbc is include businesses, historical
plcsc ni ,ionists, and local residents.
In 2006 the City of Miami
designated the stretch of
Biscayne Boulevard between
50th and 77th streets as the
S MiMo Biscayne Historic
District. The city also ponied
up $100,000 to fund a busi-
ness improvement committee
with the hope that commer-
cial property owners will
Agree to subsidize a business
improvement district, which
could help them upgrade their
Restoration of the Boulevard's
1950s-era motels is widely believed to
be a key to fueling regeneration. Many

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Skateboards and Synagogues Are Like Oil and Water

Miamis plan for a new skate park encounters an immovable object: Mr Stanley Tate

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor
Bureaucratic red tape may be
among the reasons the Biscayne
Skatepark project has progressed
so slowly, but should the ambitious plan
finally gain traction, it will face another
obstacle. An influential business leader
vows he'll fight the skateboard park tooth
and nail if City of Miami officials try to
build it at the selected site: adjacent to
Temple Israel.
"We don't want it to be built there,"
says Stanley Tate, a successful South
Florida developer, veteran political
player, and past president of Temple
Israel, which is located on NE 19th Street
in Miami's Midtown neighborhood. "If
we have to, we will bring a large number
of people. We have some of the oldest

Miami's new skateboard park could resemble this one in Winter Springs,
designed by Team Pain.

membership in Dade County. We are
well respected. I don't think the city
commission wants to get involved in that
kind of controversy."

Miami Commissioner Marc Samoff,
a supporter of the skate park, insists that
Tate's views are not shared by Temple
Israel's board of directors. "He said some

stupid things," Samoff says. "We had
two meetings with the temple one
meeting that Stanley Tate attended and a
second meeting where they apologized
for Mr. Tate's comments."
What exactly Tate said during that
first meeting, held in December, Samoff
declines to repeat those comments, but
Tate himself tells the BT he has two fears:
drugs and noise. "Kids go there to smoke
grass," he says. "The main thing is the
noise. They play these boom boxes that
you can't possibly believe at all hours of
the night. We have a large membership of
elderly people in their 70s and 80s. It just
does not belong there."
Douglas Jacobs, current president of
Temple Israel, says the congregation's
membership is divided over the proposed

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What a Hoot!
Whooooooose behind that surge of home-building in Biscayne Park?

By Karen-Janine Cohen
Special to BT

On a recent mild Saturday, Amy
Refeca steadied a rectangle of
cedar while Linda Dillon ham-
mered nails into it. The Biscayne Park
neighbors were constructing a birdhouse
at the village recreation center. And not
just any birdhouse, but one scaled and
tailored for the nesting preferences of the
Eastern screech owl.
Nearby lounged Amy's husband,
Roberto Refeca. "I'm "I -.p. i, ,,i I
wouldn't even say assisting," he dead-
panned, though he was actually keeping
an eye on the couple's two children play-
ing nearby.
The three were part of a group of a
dozen or so Biscayne Park residents -
plus a few Miami Shores folks who
met under the rec center pavilion at the
end of January to assemble ten birdhouses.
The houses were carefully prefabbed
by Erwin Stadler and Gary Kuhl, who
said, "I don't want to tell you how long,"
when asked about time spent cutting the

Putting all those bird homes on the market at once was bad for prices,
but great for owls.

wood, creating the round entrance holes,
and assembling the kits.
But it was probably worth it. Armed
with hammers and enthusiasm, gleeful
children and adults pounded together the
sizable nest boxes. Friends and family gave

cheerful critiques and advice to the builders.
"You've got the glue part stuck.
Why don't you just nail it?" suggested
nine-year-old Abby Carlisle to her dad,
Matthew Carlisle, who was trying to get
a side wall plumb with the back wall.

"I'm trying to square it off," he ex-
plained. Abby took charge of the hammer.
"About six months ago we came
outside and saw an owl on our awning,"
he said, with an aside to Abby suggesting
she take note of his fingers as she began
to tap. "We have a big pine tree in the
front and our house is very wooded. It
will add to our menagerie."
Like most of the Saturday carpenters,
the Carlisle family signed up for the
project in December at the Biscayne Park
Winterfest. The idea came from the vil-
lage Parks and Parkways Advisory Board,
which was considering programs resi-
dents would enjoy. Board member Lynn
Fischer broached creating a welcome
for screech owls. Other members helped
conceptualize, plan, and run the event.
Over the sound of uneven hammering,
Fischer described why she suggested the
owl project. "In the early 1980s, there
were lots of Eastern screech owls," she
said, taking a minute away from dem-
onstrating how to score the inside front

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One Neighborhood, Two Personalities
In Shorecrest, hot tempers lead to a rift and a rivalry

In the next few weeks, residents of
Miami's Shorecrest neighborhood
may find themselves a little con-
fused as they realize they now have two
homeowner associations in their little
community, which lies east of Biscayne
Boulevard and north of NE 79th Street.
There is the long-standing Shorecrest
Homeowners Association (SHOA) and
now the upstart Shorecrest United.
This sort of thing is not uncommon
in small towns filled with passionate
residents: Strongly held beliefs lead to
friction, then fracture.
Troy Howard and Chris Masciatti
grew frustrated with the slow pace of
change that has left Shorecrest, in his
opinion, lagging behind other Biscayne
Corridor neighborhoods that have seen
dramatic improvements in their quality
of life. Rather than try working within
SHOA, they recently joined forces and
struck out on their own, each bringing

Mayor Tomas Regalado meets and greets at the Shorecrest party.

special skills to the endeavor.
Masciatti is a former code-enforce-
ment officer and now a private code con-
sultant. He can easily detect abuses that

are already governed by various codes
and laws. Not only that, he can quickly
do the research required to present a
credible argument before city officials.

.. Howard's background is in public
1 relations, and he has worked in Wash-
ington, D.C., as a press secretary for
SCongresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
Sof Texas. What he brings to the mix is
his knowledge of political dealings and a
Sfiery desire to get projects moving. How-
ever, that aggressive, Beltway attitude
has perhaps strained his relations with
some neighbors, who may prefer or have
simply resigned themselves to the often
lackadaisical, when not exasperatingly
slow, local political culture.
Even as Howard and Masciatti
were trying to recruit new members to
Shorecrest United, the fledgling group
scored its first victory. On February 22, a
City of Miami special master agreed with
Howard and Masciatti that the owners
of a property at 810 NE 80th St. had
committed several code violations and
ordered it brought into compliance. For
more than two years, American Earth
Movers, a marine dredging company

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in the area see opportunities for an
appealing alternative to pricey South
Beach hotels, while also supplying
rooms for visitors to Wynwood's art
galleries, the Adrienne Arsht Center, and
other mainland attractions.
The New Yorker unveiling is also a
salve for the collective disappointment
at the failure of the Vagabond Motel's
purchasers to make good on its potential
as the Boulevard's crownjewel. Today
the Vagabond, designed by B. Robert
Swartburg, who also conceived Miami
Beach's Delano Hotel, sits vacant and
abandoned, its future a mystery.
Shirley Diaz has a long view of the
Boulevard's ups and downs. Her parents,
Victor and Elisa, bought the New Yorker
in 1987. Diaz grew up working at the
front desk. "I was 15 when I got here,"
she says. "The place was a nightmare."
And while the neighborhood has improved,

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plank of the box so baby owls could
more easily climb up and out.
Three years ago Fischer put up an
owl house in her backyard oak tree. Oc-
cupancy was almost immediate. The next
year a different pair settled in. "They
were a lot more shy. And last year we
didn't have any owls."
It's hard to know why the owls didn't
return. Still, Biscayne Park residents
would have a good chance of attracting
nesting pairs though it was a bit late
in the season if they quickly affixed
the boxes to trees, said Brian Mealey,
executive director of the Institute of
Wildlife Sciences, a nonprofit based in
Palmetto Bay.

The New Yorker's guest rooms put
you in a time warp.

she says there are still drugs and incidents.
But progress is evident, adds her
husband. For one thing, Palm Grove,

An owl expert, Mealey
explained that the village likely
has an owl population if the
eating is good: "Usually how
much food is out there will
determine how many owls you
will have in an area." Many
residents, however, may be not
be aware of the quiet, nighttime
creatures. Despite their in-
timidating name, screech owls
are petite members of the owl
family, only about eight inches
long, and emit a hooting "Brri
rather than a scary shriek.
The Eastern screech

the neighborhood just west of the
Boulevard, is steadily attracting more
professionals and middle-class fami-
lies. "We've seen this place change,"
he says. "You see a lot of people walk-
ing with their dogs, taking kids to the
park. We see a lot of things we didn't
see before."
If the New Yorker does succeed, it
will reprise a time when Miami tourists
drove, rather than flew, from the north.
Vacationers with their cars stayed in
Boulevard motels, whose architecture re-
flected postwar prosperity and optimism,
says Nancy Liebman, a well-known
preservationist who was deeply involved
in saving Miami Beach's Art Deco
structures and is now working on MiMo
historic preservation.
"It doesn't look modem now," Lieb-
man says, "but it was the modem design.
The beauty of what architect Norman
Giller and others did at that time was to
create a feeling of openness, the exciting
time of the 1950s."

Screech owls are petite members of the owl
family, only about eight inches long, and emit
a hooting "Brrr" rather than a scary shriek.

owl is one species that has adapted well occasional songbird, but as the owls are
to human habitats. They dine on large nocturnal and most songbirds are active
insects like palmetto bugs lizards, during the day, their paths don't much
mice, and frogs. They will snatch an overlap. Their toughest task is finding

Revamping buildings is only part of
the equation, Liebman believes, noting
that revitalization also depends on the
city cracking down on crime and code
violations. She also believes that motel
owners could make common cause by
marketing themselves as one. Which
is exactly what Walter Figueroa has in
mind. "We shouldn't think like we have
50 rooms," he says, "but like we have
500 rooms."
The Motel New Yorker's March 20
grand opening will get a boost as part of
the "MiMo Madness" festival that same
day. The annual event brings food, music,
and entertainment to the Boulevard. Diaz
and Figueroa are even considering syn-
chronized swimmers in their motel pool,
a bit of fun to mark the end of a long and
arduous process. Diaz puts it this way:
"We want to say: Look what a difference
we've made in the neighborhood!"

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suitable nesting sites.
Screech owls are often associated
with the red-bellied woodpecker, which
pecks open tree cavities as they hunt
insects. Owls then move in, though star-
lings, and the woodpeckers themselves,
also often use the cavities to nest. "When
you put up a screech owl box, you might
not always get a screech owl," Mealey
said. "Sometimes there is a lot of compe-
tition for these boxes."
In Florida, homeowners are quick to
clear dead and dying trees, a preferred
owl habitat, especially as hurricane
season approaches. That is just when owl
chicks are being raised in unobtrusive
hollows and corners where nests are not
noticed. When the tree or branch comes

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skateboard park. "There are people who
don't mind it and people who do," he says.
Jacobs' own feelings? "I think it
could be a very valuable asset to the
neighborhood," he says. In a written
statement, Jacobs did outline some con-
cerns: "We recognize the value this type
of park offers its users: exercise, friend-
ship, and a safe place to develop skills.
Our only concern is its placement in
front of our preschool. [Other] issues of
concern include increased traffic and
noise. We look forward to working with
the city to ensure all interested parties
benefit equally from this development."
As for Tate's opposition, Jacobs says,
"He's very passionate about the temple....
He is a valuable congregant for many
years. He only wants to see the good of
the neighborhood and the synagogue."
Founded in 1926, Temple Israel is said to
be the oldest Reform congregation south of
Baltimore. Tate himself has been attend-
ing and contributing to the synagogue ever
since he was married there 61 years ago.
In December 2008, Miami's Commu-
nity Redevelopment Agency earmarked
$1 million for the construction of a
54,000-square-foot skateboard facility on
land the city owns at 150 NE 19th St. Part
of the motivation was to provide a safe
alternative for young skateboarders in the
area, who've been using street furniture,

Stanley Tate at Temple Israel's preschool: "We will bring a large number of
people. I don't think the city commission wants that kind of controversy."

staircases, and parking garages to hone
their skills. Originally the city had hoped
to open the park by April of this year.
However, the city has yet to select a
contractor to design and build the park.
Lara De Souza, spokeswoman for Mi-
ami's parks department, says it's a com-
plicated process and it simply takes time.
She does admit that work was slowed
somewhat in order to address Temple
Israel's worries: "There was a delay due
to the concerns of Temple Israel. How-
ever..., the project is no longer being
delayed for this reason."

Tate complains that the city never
notified Temple Israel of the plans. He
says he found out by accident. "We were
out one day and there were guys measur-
ing [the city property], a surveying crew,"
Tate recounts. "I asked, 'What are you
doing here?' and they said it was for a
skate park. No one informed us."
Of particular concern to Tate is the
proposed park's proximity to the temple's
preschool, which, incidentally, is named
after him and his wife the Joni and
Stanley Tate Early Childhood Center. But
Tate also believes the park's users could

Interfere with services at Temple Israel and
Sits expansion plans, including a possible
charter school. "We are going to make the
whole temple into a major cultural area for
the Jewish community," he vows.
During a recent visit to skate park facili-
ties in South Miami and Coconut Grove, Tate
says he saw cars transporting 12 teenagers at
a time from locations as far away as North
Miami. Tate claims he also saw skateboarders
"smoking grass" and canying radios.
The only skateboard facility in
Coconut Grove is at Peacock Park. Says
Sarnoff: "Stanley must be going to a
different place than I've gone to. We've
never had any issues there."
Samoff says Biscayne Skatepark is more
likely to be killed by the city's financial
woes than opposition from Temple Israel:
"We might not have the money for it."
Delio Nufiez-Menocal, a 36-year-old
skateboard enthusiast who also owns
a mobile marketing firm, hopes Miami
moves forward with the skate park. "I
think it's about time we begin to look at
building a skate park," he says. "All the
major metropolises have one." If the city
can't build near Temple Israel, Nufiez-
Menocal has an alternate location in
mind: the downtown Miami waterfront
park where $275 million in taxpayer
money is allocated to build two museums.
"I think Museum Park would be a perfect
place," he says. "But that's just me."

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Hoot where raptors are rehabilitated. "We re- to feed and protect the wee owls, says homeowners find baby owls or a downed
.. Continued from page 32 m ha ceived more than 50 orphaned screech owl Parks-Mealey. After learning to hunt live nest, center staffers will respond and
babies last year," notes Greta Parks-Mealey, prey, chicks are provisionally released, undertake a search for the adults. "If a
down, "baby screech owls come rolling the center's director, who describes them as usually at Fairchild Tropical Botanic baby is missing, there is generally a lot
out," Mealey said. looking like "ping-pong balls with fuzz." Garden. "That," Parks-Mealey adds, "is of fretful activity going on because the
Last year, in fact, Miami-Dade hom- They are the lucky ones. Lucille, a the best scenario we can give to a very parents are looking for the baby," Parks-
eowners brought scores of baby screech human-raised screech owl at the museum, unnatural raising of chicks." Mealey says.
owls to the Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey has taken on a foster-mom role. Unable Quick action can restore owl
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with offices on NE 79th Street, had been
using a residential lot behind those of-
fices to store heavy construction vehicles
and parked cars. Residents were suffering
from the ugly appearance and noise pol-
lution produced by the illegal parking lot.
Shorecrest United's founders believe
this win underscores how their orga-
nization can shine in what Howard
and Masciatti call the "technical angle."
Some SHOA members, however, call that
"technical angle" something else, espe-
cially as it applies to Howard: unneces-
sarily combative.
Not long ago, Howard was SHOA's
vice president, but tempers eventually
flared at meetings (and outside of them)
as the clashing personalities bogged
down the group's work -just as it had
recovered from a previous schism.
In late July 2007, SHOA president
Allyson Warren was ousted during a
boisterous and vitriolic meeting in
which members challenged her leader-
ship ("The Shorecrest Insurgency," BT,
September 2007). Earlier Warren had
angered many Shorecrest residents when
she endorsed a waterfront condominium

Shorecrest Homeowners
Association president Jack Spirk:
"I believe the confusion of having
two groups will impede progress."

project called Oasis. Then, as president
of an umbrella group called the Upper
Eastside Miami Council, she had or-
chestrated the expulsion of Belle Meade
representative (and BT columnist) Frank
Rollason. Several homeowner asso-
ciations quit in protest. The Shorecrest
Home Owners Association eventually
overcame the debacle, seated an interim
board, and resumed work on community

issues together.
By contrast, the new rift whether
, mostly professional or personal be-
Stween the association and Troy Howard
Became too great to continue. Instead of
Staging his own coup, Howard chose to
Advocate separately and found a perfect
ally in his neighbor Masciatti. Together
they formed Shorecrest United and
registered with the state as a community
action organization in this past January.
Howard downplays the split: "Sho-
recrest United came about as a comple-
ment to Shorecrest Home Owners As-
sociation, not in competition or anything.
Shorecrest United is just going to take
on issues on a more technical level than
SHOA was prepared to do."
Masciatti agrees: "We need each other.
We can't do everything. We're deal-
ing with the impossible stuff, the major
zoning issues where you need a technical
background. Shorecrest Home Owners is
good for the community issues, the street
cleanup, the Crime Watch, the speed
bumps. They are focusing on the things
that are easier for them to understand and
to do, and they do a very goodjob."
So why not combine forces?
Masciatti answers: "I like every single
one of them (at SHOA), but being a part

of that would not achieve the goal of [get-
ting] Shorecrest where it needs to be. On
the day that Shorecrest is where it needs
to be, I think the two groups will probably
Meanwhile the Shorecrest Home
Owners Association is soldiering on with
resident Jack Spirk as its new president.
The recently elected board was presented
to the public during a February 26 party
at Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery. Miami
Mayor Tomds Regalado, along with
more than two dozen residents, attended
the meet-and-greet, which showcased a
friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Spirk himself is no slouch in the
world of community activism, having
worked with various advocacy groups
since moving to South Florida more than
two decades ago. He tells the BT about
various projects SHOA is pursuing, and he
disagrees that the two Shorecrest organiza-
tions should work separately on them. "I
believe the confusion of having two groups
will impede progress," he says. "Troy and
Chris could have been a more positive
force if they worked within the established
structure of the SHOA and chaired commit-
tees, not created a splinter group."

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In a kind of Extreme Makeover: Owl
Home Edition, staffers have been able to
replace a lost nest with an owl box. With
their babies tucked inside, the parents soon
arrive, no doubt astonished by the turn of
events. "So we encourage people to put the
artificial boxes up," says Parks-Mealey.
Box location makes a difference as
well, says John Ogden, director of bird
conservation at Audubon of Florida.
Boxes should be at least 15 feet above the

ground. Quiet is better than a spot with
lots of activity, and they need a clear flight
path. "Almost everybody I know who has
put them up has gotten owls," says Ogden,
adding that screech owls may scout nest
sites as early as November or December
and may roost for two or three months
before laying eggs. The young are ready
to take flight in April or May.
Meanwhile, back in Biscayne Park,
everyone had successfully finished their
owl boxes before noon. Plans to attach
them to oaks, pines, and royal palms
were discussed. "I'm very determined

this owl house is going to go up," re-
marked Abby Carlisle.
"Yes," agreed her father. "This house
is going up!"
Take a walk around Biscayne Park's
leafy streets and you'll spy some of the
owl homes. Be sure to look up at trees in
the grassy medians.
It didn't take long for the birdhouse
belonging to John and Kathy Schaefer
to get a tenant. First the Schaefers noted
various bits of straw hanging from their
box's round entrance hole. "Then we
saw the little owl face," Kathy Schaefer

recounts. "This morning I got up and sat
outside with my coffee and opera glasses.
She almost brought her whole body out."
As with all real estate, it's location,
location, location. Their box is pretty
high up. It's positioned away from the
street. And it is attached to a coconut
palm that stands close to an oak tree. The
Schaefers were delighted to discover that
the nesting owl's partner likes to sit in
the oak. Close to home. Keeping a big
eye on things.

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book, Backyard Deer Hunting: Con-
verting Deer to Dinner for Pennies Per
Pound, is that I did not think of it.
Gator recipes can be found in two
of my other books: Practical Bowfishing
and Crossbow Il, i ii Iguana meat can
be substituted in many of the recipes,
although the paws may be a tad small for
Gator Paw Soup.
William Hovey Smith
Sandersville, Georgia

Iguanas Are Dreadful, Just
Like a Certain BT Columnist
As a resident of Biscayne Park, I am writ-
ing to you in regard to Jen Karetnick's
iguana column. As an Eagle Scout and
avid outdoorsman, I am appreciative of the
unique ecosystem that exists in Florida.
This article by Ms. Karetnick,
like many of her other articles on the
Village of Miami Shores, was not only
factually incorrect but also mislead-
ing, perhaps intentionally so. In it she
quoted an article published by the Green
Iguana Society, conveniently leaving out

portions such as: "While some people
find wild green iguanas to be a beautiful
addition to the Florida ecosystem, the
fact is that they do not belong there" and
"It is illegal to relocate iguanas, because
as a nonnative species, they cannot be re-
leased into the wild even if they were
caught there to begin with." The article
also mentions that if iguanas are caught,
they should be turned over to the proper
authorities for humane euthanasia.
I would also like to point out that the
releasing of the two iguanas Ms. Karet-
nick "saved" was in direct violation of the
Florida Administrative Code 39-4.005
(which prohibits releasing nonnative spe-
cies into the wild) and 68A-4.005 (which
states that no person should release or in-
troduce in the state any wildlife, freshwa-
ter fish, or any other organism that might
transmit a disease). Iguanas are known
carriers of salmonella.
Ms. Karetnick also mentioned that
wildlife personnel "turned their backs" on
this nonnative species to help endangered
species that are native to Florida, such
as manatees and sea turtles. It's simply
laughable that she would put iguanas
in the same category as any native
threatened species. I think the qualified

personnel at the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission have more
realistic priorities than she does.
The "Florida freeze" was Mother
Nature's response to this epidemic, and
those who actually care about the well-
being of the delicate Florida ecosystem
can only hope and pray for another one
before the end of the season.
Iguanas have and will continue to
cost many people big dollars, as they
destroy large areas of local vegetation
and their burrows rapidly increase sea
wall erosion, for which repairs cost tens
of thousands of dollars. One of South
Florida's most popular attractions, Fairch-
ild Tropical Botanic Garden, is currently
having a huge problem with these pests.
They have completely destroyed their
historic hibiscus garden.
Finally, if residents want to allevi-
ate the problem, they should follow these
steps: 1) Never buy an iguana from a pet
shop, and 2) lobby the FFWC to ban the
sale of invasive species.
Perhaps Ms. Karetnick could donate
one of the rooms in her house to be turned
into a giant iguana terrarium. That way she
could house the entire population present
in both Miami Shores and Biscayne Park,

as I do not wish to continue cleaning up
their feces from my pool deck.
Sl,,. Jonckheer
Biscayne Park

A "Question" for Jen
Karetnick: Why Is "It" All
About "You"?
I have a question about the "writer"
who covers the Miami Shores beat, Jen
Karetnick. Is her writing an inside joke?
It reads like a stream-of-consciousness
diary of her life, her kids, her home.
I don't live in Miami Shores. I live
in the Upper Eastside. But my grand-
mother lived in Miami Shores for 30
years. It is a small and beautiful commu-
nity, with interesting individuals and sto-
ries to tell. Does Jen go to any city gov-
ernment meetings? Has she interviewed
people at the community center? Has she
asked any Haitians about the earthquake
and the community's response?
No, she writes about a frozen
iguana she saved.
Her writing cheapens Biscayne Times.
It's not all about you, Jen Karetnick!
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Compiled by Derek McCann

One Large Hooker, Hold
the Anchovies
5200 Block oJf : .I. c ,. Boulevard
Does this sound familiar? Two tourists
wanted to explore the idiosyncrasies
of our great city by renting a room
in a fleabag motel and ordering in a
prostitute. Here in Miami, it's just
like ordering pizza. A hooker calling
herself Karma came by and delivered
the goods. The satisfied tourists soon
fell asleep. Guess what happened when
they woke up? Right. Their wallets
were gone, along with other property.
Hey, didn't this happen last month?
The motel is equipped with security
cameras, but the tourists didn't stick
around for a screening. They left town
in a hurry.
The Jailbird as Victim
200 Block ofNE 25th Street
Even criminals get what's coming to
them, but like all victims, they need to
be respected and comforted (somewhat).

This victim was on his usual Boulevard
vacation injail and after his re-
lease, returned to a ransacked apartment.
He believed one of his neighbors broke
into his place and took his belongings.
He even saw a neighbor wearing his
clothing. Despite this, the victim did not
want to press charges. We predict "street
justice" will soon be administered and
that our victim will be taking another
vacation in the slammer.

Chico and the Watch Man
100 Block ofNE 78th Street
Police responded to the theft of several
watches from a home. The front-door
lock was compromised, and a suspicious
Ford Taurus had been seen casing the
area several hours earlier. Fortunately
one of the victim's neighbors had the
temerity to write down the license plate.
The car was traced to an address in the
Biscayne Corridor and the owner of the

vehicle was questioned. He consented
to a search of his premises, where the
watches with matching serial numbers
were discovered. The man claimed
he bought the watches from a "crack
consumer" for $10 each. He admitted
to being in the vicinity of the burglar-
ized home after dropping off his friend
"Chico" for a job interview at Burger
King, but he was merely lost and circling
the area. As his fingerprints were later
found at the crime scene, he was arrested
and charged with third-degree grand
theft. No word if Chico got the job.

Internet Love
2200 Block o i: .J.. / i,.- Boulevard
Our victim met the defendant in an
Internet chat room and invited him over
for some friendly company (G-rated
explanation). After their business had
ended, the invited guest left the premises.
However, ten minutes later he banged on
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the door and demanded to be let back in
for another round. The victim refused,
having already dispensed with him. The
guest grew irate and kicked in the door.
A neighbor called police, and when they
arrived they found the victim on the floor
and the spurned guest looming over him,
smoking a cigarette. He was immedi-
ately arrested. Time to log off.

Enhanced Interrogation
67th Street and N. Miami Avenue
A doctor had his car and diamond ring
stolen. Together they were valued at
$107,000. Police lifted prints from the
scene and came back with a match. The
suspect was a gang member with the
LHG (Little Haiti Goons), who report-
edly hang out at Little Haiti Park. After
the suspect was tracked down and
questioned, he admitted to the crime but
said he didn't have the ring, which now
belonged to an individual named Stinky.
The police officer who prepared a report
wrote that he had not yet located Stinky,

but when he did, he was "confident that I
will get a confession out of him."

The Case for
Health-Care Reform
2800 Block o i ./:.. .. i,. Boulevard
A first-time patient went to see his
new doctor but was refused treatment
because he did not have the "proper pa-
perwork." The patient became extremely
upset and threatened the doctor and staff.
He was asked to leave, which he did
- but not before grabbing the doctor's
prescription pad and running out the
door. To make matters worse, he didn't
even make his co-payment.

Some Things Are Just Too
NE 5th Street and Biscayne Boulevard
A man observed two suspects reaching
into the back of his brother's parked
car and removing an item. He called
his brother and both gave chase as the
suspects ran off, one holding a bag of
pilfered loot. Ignoring the potential
for violence, the brothers managed to
corner the bag man and call police, who

arrested the scoundrel. After the great
chase, the arrested defendant was forced
to drop the bag, which contained the
stolen items: WWE action figures.

Donuts and Coffee and Crime
5130 Biscayne Blvd.
A woman was eating an apple fritter
at Dunkin' Donuts and admitted to
having left her wallet unattended for
nearly 15 minutes. Despite the upscale
crowd Dunkin' Donuts is trying to lure
away from Starbucks, this is still Miami.
When the victim noticed that her wallet
was gone, she surveyed the scene around
her: Nothing but yuppies on laptops. Oh,
well...back to Starbucks.

Stung at Starbucks
6815 Biscayne Blvd.
As a woman was savoring her Starbucks
brew, she placed her purse under the table.
After she finished, she walked to her car in
the parking lot. That's when she realized
she'd left her purse inside. She hurriedly
ran back inside, but much to her chagrin
the purse was gone. The laptop, horn-
rimmed-glasses crowd was no help. Oh,
well...time to make coffee at home.

Get Ready for Hurricane
1000 Block oJ 1, .'. ) i,..- Boulevard
We don't like to talk about it, but hurricane
season is just around the corner. Time to
stock up on those generators! In this case,
a dynamic duo of preppy criminals wear-
ing striped shirts stole a generator from an
area business and began pushing it down
the street. As is the custom with most of
our criminals, there was no end game.
After about a block, they gave up and ran
off probably to Starbucks for some
stolen purses. The generator was returned
to its rightful owner.

The Big Sleep
NE 20th Street and Biscayne Boulevard
A man was waiting for the bus, but since
Miami's transit system leaves much to be
desired, he fell asleep from utter bore-
dom. He awakened several hours later.
Not only was there no bus, but his pock-
ets has been turned inside out and three
wallets had been taken. Police have no
suspects, and the victim has no money
for the bus that never arrived.

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Artists in the House

By Anne Tschida
BT Contributor

A stately, four-story, 1924 building
just north of downtown Miami
will soon become the new home
for six Miami artists, several visiting art-
ists and curators, offices for the nonprofit
organization LegalArt Miami, and an
exhibition space. It will also become the
latest focal point for the increasingly
prominent and important art scene in
Thanks to a $400,000 grant from the
Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Chal-
lenge, LegalArt, which provides legal
services and educational programming to
the art community, has just launched the
Live/Work Residency, the first of its kind
in Miami. The building on N. Miami
Avenue (across from the CIFO exhibition
hall) combines studio and living spaces,
shared baths and kitchen, lecture rooms,
and a library.

Kathleen Carignan is a law
and the new director of LegalA
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ago, and as she shows off the si
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LegalArt launches its live-and-work residency program
0' broader community.
SThis past February the first six resi-
dents were announced. Says Carignan:
We looked at diversity in the types of
Start, and who would work well together.
We then did studio visits, and let them
look at the space so they would know
what they were getting into. And
Swe let them know that this was
supposed to be an incubator proj-
ect for real collaboration, not just a
Studio space."
A commitment to a year of
both working and living was
Also an underlying factor in who
Should work out best. But that
process almost took care of itself.
S"If someone in town has a big
studio and established hous-
ing situation, they most likely
Legal Art director weren't applying for this in any
Kathleen Carignan. case," says Carignan.
,n In the end Carlos Ascurra,
s XPachi Giustinian, Jiae Hwang,
I Alvaro Ilizarbe, Manny Prieres, and
most ready: This building will soon be bustling with art and artists. Jen Stark were picked to set up shop
and home for the inaugural year. In
and partnerships, including pro-bo- of art, as it has been designed by artist fact the residency program was ini-
no work from the Dade County Bar Daniel Arsham and his company, Snarki- tially to include only five artists, but
Association and University of Mi- tecture. (Arsham is also on the board of Ilizarbe and Stark are a couple, and
ami's law school, LegalArt has been directors of LegalArt.) the spaces are big, and after all, it's all
able to generate unique programs for The fact that LegalArt was awarded the about intimate collaboration.
local artists. But this Knight grant Knight grant in 2008 and is ready to open Each studio will include a table and
brings it to another level or four the Live/Work Residency this spring is also a stool all other furniture the artists
levels, actually. commendable. "Everyone was committed must provide. They will also bring with
Construction workers in hard- to getting it done, in the best way, as quickly them paint brushes, sound systems, light
hats are still putting up drywall, as possible," says Carignan. projectors, video equipment, fabrics, and
and dust is everywhere, but the But in the end the building will only other materials the artists, who work in a
layout is already impressive. Each be as successful as the residents who work wide variety of media, will need to real-
of the five, 900-square-foot live- in it, and much time and effort has been ize their visions.
in studios has large windows with put into that aspect as well, Carignan And it is an interesting array of art-
expansive views, and in a nod to notes. "We looked at other residencies, ists. Jiae Hwang is well known in Miami
the realities of contemporary art, including worldwide," to design up a circles, mostly for her videos, such as
multiple power sources. There will top-notch selection process. And what the one that garnered the Museum of
be 13 studios in all, available for they came up with is a little off-beat: an Contemporary Art's "Optic Nerve" top
discounted rent, expected to be entire year-long residency for local artists, prize several years ago. But the South
around $400 per month, with two-month residencies for national Korean native is versatile, with works
"Each studio is a little different, and international artists and curators. The on paper and graphite as well, shown
in shape and layout, and there are combination is meant to be a huge incen- internationally and at the Fredric Snitzer
shared showers it's unique," says tive to keep talent in Miami, and to attract Gallery here.
Carignan. The others here. Hwang says she's long been a sup-
ic by Jen Stark. whole purpose of According to Carignan, few restric- porter of LegalArt, and of the develop-
the residency is to tions were placed on applicants, except ment of a solid, lasting community in the
courage collaboration and community that realistically "they couldn't be city she now calls home. As for sharing
velopment; all of the artists will be welders, you know, the noise factor," or close quarters with five others for the
mmitted to working with LegalArt and parents: "Kids won't work." The artists next year, she says that's the point: "To

ucational programs. Carignan likes to
nk that the building itself is a piece

also had to propose a "Give Back Proj-
ect," in which they would work with the

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me, they are not strangers, but my peers,
the majority of the people I have been
close friends with over the course of
my career." As part of her "Give Back
Project," she will offer training sessions
in video technology and graphics.
Carlos Ascurra works mostly with
sound, while Argentine transplant Pachi
Giustinian concentrates on light instal-
lations. For her "Give Back Project" she
has developed a "To See Without Sight"
program for the blind.
Manny Prieres has been active in the
local scene for years, mixing up a punk
sensibility and a Cuban heritage in his
images. His sculpture, drawings, and
watercolors were recently exhibited in a
solo show at the Spinello Gallery.
As for Alvaro Ilizarbe, originally
from Peru, his black-and-white drawings
and scribblings currently cover the walls
of the bar that was once known as PS-14,
just a stone's throw from the residency.
He's also the founder of the clothing
label Freegums. Ilizarbe says he has no
doubt that this set-up will create interac-
tion "and encourage more work to be

Jiae Hwang's Infancy of the Universe. Artist's rendering of the Live/Work Residency spaces.

produced." But he's somewhat intrigued
by how it will all pan out in terms of the
close living quarters. "Yes, there will
definitely be some issues that will arise,"
he says. "It all depends on how parties
handle it."
Jen Stark is one of Miami's most vis-
ible artists, her vibrantly colored, detailed
work popping up all over. While some
artists crave isolation, Stark's interest
in participating in this residency is all

communal: She'll be sharing an indi-
vidual studio with Ilizarbe, and showers
and kitchen and ideas with five others. "I
think it should be fine, as long as every-
one respects each other's space," she says.
But mostly Stark thinks that this
experiment "could really foster more col-
laborative projects within the community.
Having a central area where artists live
could be a good meeting place for projects
to happen and for artists to meet others."

That's the plan, at least. The north-
ern native Carignan says the uncharted
nature of Miami is what makes it excit-
ing. "In Philadelphia there are long-
standing institutions and infrastructure,"
she observes. "Here we are still making
it. It's young and we can be part of the
incubator process."

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Art Listings


101 NE 40th St, Miami
www 101exhibit com
March 13 through April 6
"Robert Flelsher New Work" by Robert Flelsher
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

233 NW 36th St, Miami
www abbafineart com
Through March 11
"Recent Works" by David McConnell
March 13 through April 8 "Recent Works" by Pip Brandt
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www alejandravonhartz net
Through April 3
"Monstrous Moonshine" by Magdalena Atria

1 NE 40th St, Miami
www artfusiongallery com
COLOR" with various artists
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

111 NW 1st St, Suite 625, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

46 NW 36th St, Miami
www lurle-kavachnina com
Through March 12 "Metamorphosis" by Laurie Recanati
March 13 through May 6
"Blue Rose Journey" by Evelyn Valdlrlo
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

171 NW 23rd St, Miami
www artformz net
Through March 8
"Past-Present" with Anja Marals and Gulllermo Portleles
March 11 through April 5
"A Terrible Beauty" with Sibel Kocabasi and Alette
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

561 NW 32nd St, Miami
www bacfl org
Call gallery for exhibition information

180 NE 39th St, #210, Miami
By appointment info@basfisherinvitational com
www basfisherinvitational com
Call gallery for exhibition information

795 NE 125th St, North Miami
www bashagallery net
Through March 31
"A Celebration of Women and Art" with Michael
Ajerman, Beatrice Findlay, Allyson Krowitz, Arnaldo
Rosello, Jorge Chirinos Sanchez, and Karl Snyder

3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
Through March 5
"In Search of a Sacred Place" by Willie Birch
March 13 "Auction to Benefit Haiti" with Women Quilters
of Gee's Bend
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

2320 N Miami Ave, Miami
www brevards com
Through March 30
"NonDuality" by John Brevard
Reception March 3, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

2301-2303 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www buttergallery com
March 11 through March 27
"7 625 FL OZ" by Ahol Sniffs Glue
Reception March 11, 7 to 11 p.m.

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

98 NW29 St, Miami
305-576-8116, calix-gustav blogspot com
Through April 1 "Basics" with Yvonne Cordoba, Eric
Torriente, Max A Kraushaar, and Agustin de Llanos
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
305-490-6906, www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
Through March 14 Lynne Golob Gelfman
March 27 through April 11 "Characters" by David Rohn
Reception March 27, 7 to 11 p.m.

541 NW 27th St, Miami
www visual org
Call gallery for exhibition information

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-292-0411, www charest-welnberg com
March 13 through May 15 "10 Years" by SunTeck Chung
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www chelseagalleria com
Through March 6 "Carnaval" by Daniel Kedar
March 13 through April 3
"Latin American Photography" with various artists
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

61 NE 40th St, Miami
www cityloftart com
Through March 10
"Light Meets Color" with Elmar Hund, Ekaterina More,
and Ingrid Kaufman
March 13
"SEA SHELLS an ecologic approach of art" by Ingrid
Reception March 13, 7 to 10:30 p.m.

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

2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www castilloart com
Through March 6
"Oh the tangled webs we weave" by Karelle Levy
March 13 through April 3
"Chained to a Creature of a Different Kingdom" with
Skip Arnold, Susan Lee-Chun, Angela Dufresne, aaron
GM, Kate Gilmore, Ann Hamilton, Micol Hebron, Dawn
Kasper, Kalup Linzy, Marilyn Minter, Shana Moulton,
All Prosch, Yvonne Rainer, Pipilotti Rist, Jimmy Joe
Roche, and Mark Verabloff
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

Kehinde Wiley, Regard the Class
Struggle as a Main Link in the
Chain, oil and enamel on canvas,
2007, at Miami Art Museum.

2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
www dlfinearts com
Through March 6 "Passaros geometricos e pelo
menos um passaro rectangular" by Jose Bechara,
"The Triumph of Patience" with Ulsuk Byeon, Young
Cho, Jessica Labatte, and Briana Schwelzer, and "si
no existe el mas all, la injusticia del pobre se prolong
eternamente" with Colectivo MR
March 13 through April 3 "Blind Enough to See"
by Ivelisse Jimenez, "Pimp Art History" by Daniel
Gonzalez, and "Rich and Famous" by Andrly Halashyn
Reception March 13, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

3938 NE 39th St, Miami
www diasporavibe net
Through March 25
"Mirrors Messages and Manifestations" with Patrick de
Castro, Jacquenette Arnette, and Hugo Moro

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

2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www dinamitranigallery com
March 13 through April 24
"Recent Dreams" by Maro Algaze
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

151 NW24th St, Miami
www dorschgallery com
Through March 6
"Pleasure Seekers" by Kyle Trowbrdge, "Knock-Off" by
Alex Golden, and "de-lux" by Keith Sklar
March 13 through April 3
"Walkabout" by Elisabeth Condon and "Don't Forget to
Crash" by Martin Murphy
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

51 NW 36th St, Miami
www dotflftyone com
Through March 7
"Fusion" by Leonel Matheu
March 13 through April 30
"Goody Two Shoes" by Leslie Gabaldon
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

47 NE 25th St, Miami
www edgezones org
Through March 6
"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
March 13 through March 31
"Prague for Haiti" with various artists
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

750 NE 124th St North Miami #2
wwwfachearts com
Through March 15
"MADE IN CHILE" with Victor Mahana and Carla Fache

2247 NW 1st PI Miami
www snitzer com
Through March 9
"I'll Cross that Bridge When I Get to It" by Bert
March 13 through April 3
"Pathological Liar" by Diego Singh
Reception March 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

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

125 NW 23 St, Miami
www galerlehelenelamarque com
Call gallery for exhibition information

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

4100 N Miami Ave, Miami
www gallery4100 com
Through April 1
"Princess for One Fucking Day" by Wulf Treu

174 NW 23rd St, Miami
www gallerydlet com
Through March 6
"Rachel Is by Rachel Perry Welty
March 12 through April 3
Sarah Conaway and Graham Hudson
Reception March 12, 6 to 9 p.m.
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www galleryld com
March 13 through April 24
"Upstate Girls What Became of Collar City" by
Brenda Ann Kenneally
Reception March 13, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

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2628 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www glovannlrossifineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
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
Basile, Donna Torres, and more
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www haroldgolengallery com
Through March 5 "Way Out Hi-Fi Beats" by DerekYaniger

2417 N Miami Ave, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-573-1673, www interflightstudlo com
Through March 12 "Love is in the Air" with various artists

123 NW 23rd St, Miami
www kabecontemporary com
Call gallery for exhibition information

Cory Arcangel, Self-playing
Sony PS1 Bowling, video game
system, hacked controller, 2009, at
Museum of Contemporary Art.

50 NE 29th St, Miami
www kelleyroygallery com
Through March 20 "Debris of Abstraction" by Miml Bates
March 25 through May 1
"Hairball Cosmology" with various artists

2249 NW 1st PI, Miami
www kevinbrukgallery com
Through March 31 Works by Matthew Weinstein
Reception March 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

3312 N Miami Ave, Miami
www kunsthaus org mx
March 13 through May 30
"homo nymos" by Ivan Puig
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

155 NE 38th St, Miami
www locustprojects org
March 13 through April 24
"The World Is Yours" by Andrew Heitzler
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

2441 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www artnet com/reitzel html
Through March 30
"Refreshing Recollection" with various artists

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

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

1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
www mymlu com
Call gallery for exhibition information

346 NW 29th St, Miami
www museovault com
Call gallery for exhibition information

3324 N Miami Ave, Miami
Through March 28
"Willow" with various artists and "A Light Above the
Rest" with various artists

3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
305-490-2976, www oh-wow com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www panamericanart com
Through March 11 "Operation Beefeater" with Magnus
Sigurdarson and Paul Stoppi
March 13 through April 17
Carolina Sardl and Ted Larsen
Reception March 13, 6 to 9 p.m.

2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2900, www praxis-art com
Call gallery for exhibition information

4100 N Miami Ave, Miami
www pressitonart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

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

250 NW 23rd St, #202, Miami
305-438-0218, www sethjason com
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155 NE 38th St, Miami
www spinellogallery com
March 13 through March 31
"My Americans" by Zack Balber and "Resurrection" by
Christina Pettersson
Reception March 13, 7 to 11 p.m.

162 NE 50th Terr, Miami
www myspace com/stashgallery
Call gallery for exhibition information

80 NE 29th St, Miami
Through March 31
"12" with John Henry, Albert Paley, Lin Emery, Henry
Lautz, Jae Hahn, and Catherine Billingsley

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

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

3322 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www whitevinylspace com
March 13 through March 31
"The Cooking of Spam in Portugal" by Jeremy Kennedy
Performance March 13, 7 to 11 p.m.

201 NE 39th St, Miami
305-576-6960, www wrpfineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

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

250 NW 23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
www yeelenart com
Call gallery for exhibition information


CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018N Miam Ave, Mami
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, Shirin Neshat, Robin
Rhode, Bill Viola, Francesca Woodman, and more

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

10975 SW 17th St, Miami
305-348-2890, http //thefrost flu edu/
Through April 11
"The Fantastic World of Jose Gurvich" by Jose Gurvich
Through April 25 "Women's Work / Men's Work Labor
and Gender in America" with various artists
Through May 16 "Talwan Discovered In Place and
Time" with various artists

Through May 16 "In Body and Soul The Performance
Art of Maria Teresa Hincapie" by Maria Teresa Hincapie
March 9 through April 18 "Aesthetics & Values 2010"
by Bhakti Baxter, Xavier Cortada, Guerra de la Paz,
Richard Haden, Bert Rodriguez, Gerry Stecca, TM
Sisters, Frances Trombly, Wendy Wischer, and Ricardo
E Zulueta
March 24 through April 18 "Wanderlust" by FlU MFA
Students, Jason Galbut, Patl Laylle, and Kim Yantis

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
www lowemuseum org
Through April 4 "Cuba Avant-Garde Contemporary
Cuban Art from the Farber Collection" with various

101 W FlaglerSt, Miami
www mlamlartmuseum org
"Selections from the Permanent Collection" with various
March 20 through June 20
"The Embodied Experience of Color" by Carlos Cruz

770 NE 125th St, North Miami
www mocanoml org
March 11 through May 9
"The Sharper Image" by Cory Arcangel and "Auto
Focus" by Ceal Floyer
Reception March 11, 7 to 9 p.m.

591 NW 27th St, Miami
www margulieswarehouse 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/
March 13 through May 28
Anna Gaskell and Marlko Morl
Reception March 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

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The Album:
Days of Future
If you remember all
the words to "Nights in
White Satin," you're of
a certain age and have
a pretty darn good
memory. But even
if you just remember
liking the song, then .
get yourself to down-
town Miami's Bayfront
Park Amphitheater for The Moody
Blues. The Moodys are among the least
embarrassing dinosaur bands. None of
that Pete Townshend thrashing around.
That was never their style. And in fact
their style remains fresh, which is
why they're still touring and have sold
some 70 million albums worldwide.
They take the stage on Friday, March
5. Tickets are $12 for the lawn to $71
for geezers who need actual seats. Visit
livenation.com or call 877-598-8698.

World Premier
Performances Right
Here and Now
Each year the Miami Light Project com-
missions new works from some of Miami's
most talented young performing artists,
often with spectacular results. For the past
few years the Here & Now festival, as it's
known, has been staged at the Adrienne
Arsht Center, and the 2010 edition prom-
ises to be compelling. The featured artists

are Rudi (ioblen, Juraj Kojs, and Jlllan
Mayer, whose performances range from
dance to theater to multimedia perfor-
mance. But these world premiers are just
part of the weekend festival, which fea-
tures a smorgasbord of related events, from
works in progress by local artists to panel
discussions with performing arts leaders
from around the nation. Tickets (305-
949-6722) are $40 and include access to
the entire weekend, Friday, March 5
through Sunday, March 7. See the

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A Most Unusual
Art Tour
If you've been feeling guilty
about that one-speed bike
rusting away in the garage,
absolve yourself during
March Bike Month. One
intriguing event is the pair-
ing of healthy exercise and
artistic appreciation with
Mo Explained Graffiti by Bike, an explo-
ration of the eye-popping
wall murals decorating the Wynwood
Arts District on Saturday, March 6. The
free tour will follow a route that high-
lights the evolution of Miami's street
artists and crews, ending at the recently
commissioned "Wynwood Walls" col-
lection. Art-loving bikers should meet
at 10:00 a.m. at the Allapattah Metrorail
Station (3501 NW 12th Ave.) for the
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ride over to Wynwood. The tour will
end around 1:00 p.m. -just in time
for lunch at Joey's Italian Caffe. E-mail
com or visit miamibikescene.blogspot.
com for more information.
The Far East Is Closer
Than You Think
The year of the tiger is here and
with it comes the annual Asian
Culture Festival, which cel-
ebrates its 20th year on Saturday,
March 6 and Sunday, March
7. You'll enjoy a diverse mix of
Asian crafts and activities, and
an even more eclectic selection of
cuisine. Starting at 10:00 a.m. at
the Fruit and Spice Park (24801
SW 187th Ave.), visitors will be
treated to Thai fruit carving and
many performances, including
fushu daiko (Japanese drumming),
native dances, and even Muay
Thai boxing. For more centered
souls, tai chi and yoga will also be offered.
Admission is $10 and free for children 12
and younger. Call 954-431-7484 or visit

Blue Grass on the Green
Grass at Greynolds Free!
Attend a real bluegrass jam on Sunday,
March 7 at the county's lovely Greynolds
Park (17530 W. Dixie Hwy.) and get in
touch with your deep American roots.
Presented in coordination with the South
Florida Bluegrass Association, this is
one in a series of Bluegrass Sundays at the
park, on the first Sunday of each month.
It kicks off with the New River Boys
and then unleashes a torrent of picking,

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strumming, and singing. The event begins
at 12:30 p.m. and food and drinks will be
available. Admission isfree, but parking
ranges from $5 to $10 depending on car
size. Park office: 305-945-3425.

MiMo Explained and
If you've ever wondered where, why,
when, and by whom the term "MiMo"
was coined, head to Bay Harbor Islands
on Saturday, March 13. A walking
tour called Bay Harbor Islands MiMo:
Architecture of a Mid-Century Town
begins at 3:30 p.m. at 1019 Kane Con-
course and is hosted by designer Teri
D'Amico, who co-founded the Miami
Modern architectural preservation

movement. The tour will explore the
perimeter of the island and make stops
at buildings designed by Morris Lapidus,
Igor Polevitzky, and other noted MiMo
pioneers. After the tour ends at 5:00 p.m.,
treat yourself to a photo exhibit and re-
ception until 8:00 p.m. A $10 donation is
requested. Call 305-945-1770 for details.

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For a complete schedule and tickets go to

MiMo Madness: Have a
Blast on the Boulevard
Portions of the MiMo Historic District
(Biscayne Boulevard between 67th
and 75th streets, to be exact) will get
a little crazy on Saturday, March 20.
That's when the third annual MiMo
Madness street festival cuts loose.
The free event begins at 10:00 a.m.
and will line the Boulevard with craft
vendors, street performers, historic
tours, stilt walkers, comic characters,
artists, custom cars, and a wide range
of live music. Historical tours of the
area begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Vaga-
bond Motel. Plenty of free parking at
75th Street. Call 305-609-4288 or go to

Dazzling Performance Art
from China
Two world-renowned Chinese choreogra-
phers and performers, Yin Mei and San
Jijia, take the stage for two nights only to
reveal the transformative powers of paper
in a multimedia work that interlaces his-
tory, contemporary and traditional dance,
music, sound, and visuals. The ancient
Chinese city of Luoyang is the setting for
Yin Mei's City ofPaper, and the Byron
Carlyle Theater (500 71st Street, Miami
Beach) is where it'll come alive. Don't
miss this exclusive event, presented by
MDC's Cultura del Lobo Performance
Series: Friday, March 19 and Saturday,
March 20. For more information and
tickets (prices vary), call 305-237-3010.

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By Jenni Person
BT Contributor

I used to hate the number on our
house. Not the numerals themselves.
It's not like I have an aversion to the
numerology behind our address. As a
matter of fact, I love the numerology as
the digits added up equal nine, which
is very powerfully three threes, which
is my favorite number. What I couldn't
stand were the standard hardware-store
frilly flower tiles. They were ugly and
no one could read them from the street.
Visiting friends often had a hard time
finding us.
Then I ran into my old buddy, mosaic
artist Carlos Alves, who is pretty well
known to those who have been around
Miami for a while. His intricate mosaics
utilize found objects, old tableware in
china and stoneware, as well as his own
sculpted and painted tiles.
His work can be seen in public-art
projects and in private homes and collec-
tions here and around the world. South
Beach crawlers from the early 1990s will
fondly remember his fountain on Lincoln
Road at Lenox Avenue, in front of where
his studio used to be. Those former
crawlers who now have tiny crawlers of
their own will recognize Carlos as the
artist behind the giant sandcastle slide at
the Miami Children's Museum.
The Lincoln Road fountain was origi-
nally created in 1992, just before Hurricane
Andrew, and had to be rebuilt after the storm
damaged it. Funded through a neighbor-
hood enhancement grant to what was then
called the South Florida Art Center (now Art
Center/South Florida), the project trans-
formed the old fountain Carlos sought help

The Art of Family Life

How a home address led to a unique and memorable creative experience

from many neighborhood artists and other
volunteers, which made it a true reflection of
the neighborhood's life at that time. "Broken
shards were brought by all kinds of people in
the community," he recalls.
Ten years later the fountain mosaic
was rebuilt a third time because the foun-
tain itself was finally made functional
after many dry years. This time Carlos
did the work with a team of professionals
and more handmade tiles thanks to
support from the City of Miami Beach's
Art in Public Places program.
My kids, and probably yours too, are
most familiar with Carlos's work on that
awesome slide at the Children's Museum.
Mine are also proud that the artist behind
it is an old friend of mom and dad's. So
they were completely thrilled when one
day I told them I'd asked Carlos to make
us a street address number for our house.
It made a lot of sense because much
of Carlos's work features sea life, and

in our family, sea life also has a big
presence. Shortly after Goldi was born,
we started occasionally referring to her
as Goldi-fish because she received so
many gifts with cute little goldfish on
them. Then, once pregnant with Izzi and
searching for name that began with "S,"
we experimented briefly and jokingly
with Starfish, which became his in-utero
code name. (Jewish superstition kept
us from ever uttering the name we had
chosen before he was born.) Somewhere
along the way, I began comparing my
partner to a seahorse. In that species, the
male takes on a significant childcare role.
As you can see, we almost had a
whole virtual underwater life. My family
then decided to bring me into the ocean
too. They deemed me to be an octopus
for all the multi-tasking tentacles I have
reaching out into different projects. I
didn't love it, but I love that it's their
vision, so I accepted it.

It turned out the way Carlos wanted
c to create the house number was to invite
us to his studio to create parts of it. He
is very experienced at working with
Skids owing to his extensive projects with
Students all over the community. Cur-
w rently he is guiding students from across
Miami-Dade County in a commissioned
project for a county courthouse.
Carlos was amazing with Goldi and
Izzi. He not only taught them about
working with clay, he empowered them
as artists. He showed them different tools
and how to use color, and he celebrated
their creativity and vision by selecting
their small creations to incorporate into
the larger piece. As we made starfish
and goldfish and octopi, Carlos loved
the fact that Goldi also created lips to
represent our family kisses. Then came
the requisite cat as well as a peninsular
shape to represent Florida. He was espe-
cially charmed that Izzi made a French
fry. Carlos used it right at the top of the
whole piece.
What we ended up with was an
amazing day engaging our kids in art.
They got their hands right on things in
the studio of an accomplished working
artist. It was a real bonding experience
in which we articulated and celebrated
our own family culture. And last but not
least, we came away with a beautiful
original artwork that is unique to our
family and our home.
Oh, and now you can read our ad-
dress from the street!

For more about Carlos Alves check out
www. carlosalvesmosaics. con.

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May I See Your Passport, Please?

One thing about Aventura s main park: It s really, really safe

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

An adventure awaits any visitor to
the parks of Aventura, much like
the adventure of trying to enter
Cuba. "No esf6cil" is a common Cuban
saying that would apply to both situa-
tions. It's not easy.
To get to Aventura's main park,
Founders Park, you may end up circling
the Aventura Mall a few times before
realizing that you should have made that
left turn at Condo Albuquerque. Once at
the entrances, you must decide if you are
a leftie or a rightie, as the park is divided
by 190th Street into the larger northern
section and the smaller southern part.
Go right, young man. The southern
part promotes socialism by allowing visi-
tors to park for free. Although small, it
boasts a walking path, clean bathrooms,
and a waterfront. Sometimes parents bring
their children here for lessons in soccer,
which seems to be a socialist sport.
Beware the left. Here capitalism
shifts into high gear in order to protect
the children (but only the children on the
left, who are clearly rightists). Visitors
must flash a residency card, which deter-
mines whether or not they are contribut-
ing to the Aventura economy.
If you live anywhere else, you're not.
Never mind the mall. Those not accom-
panied by a resident must pay $5 to enter
and an additional $10 to use the splash
pad. Fifteen bucks for a park without a
Gap and a food court? No thank you.


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Aventura's main park has a split personality.

Aventura's main park has a split personality.

Then there are the rules for jour-
nalists, especially ones with cameras.
Even if they offer to pay $5, they are not
allowed to enter. I know, because it hap-
pened to me. I had to turn on my heels,
cross the street to where I had parked my
car for free, and leave.
After obtaining the necessary paper-
work from city hall, I was "permitted" to
enter with camera and notepad in hand.
Look out! Here comes the scary jour-
nalist with his ballpoint of death!
Honestly, what did they think I was
going to do? It feels strange to register
in order to visit a park, and this level of
hoop-jumping is unprecedented. Of the
dozens of others parks in Greater Miami

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a large grass field, a playground, tennis
Courts, and the no-depth water park, or
"SplashPad," as they call it. The splash
Area opens on weekends in March and
also on weekdays during the summer.
But don't pay $10 to visit it. Skip it, or
Find a friend in Aventura who can sneak
you in for free.
Just don't pretend to be a journalist!
The playground is very popular with
the condo mothers and their nannies, and
the children seem to like it, too. A large
section is conveniently shaded in an
exemplary way, and other Miami parks
could learn something from this tarp.
Another outstanding and nearly
unique feature of this park is recycling. I
have been ranting and raving about how
almost none of Miami's parks recycle,
and here in Aventura they offer it, along

I have visited, this
was a first.
Now here's my
opinion of the park -
drum roll please I
like it. It's very clean
and feels very safe.
The restrooms are
immaculate. They
have two clay tennis
courts. But other than
that, it's not worth the
entry fee. Go to the
mall instead.
Did the park

The south part features tranquility, water, free parking,
and all are welcome.

critic scare you?
Deep breath.
If you live in Aventura, no doubt you
have taken advantage of Founders Park,
which is named after the founding of the
City of Aventura in 1995. In the center
stands a podium celebrating the city's
tenth anniversary in 2005.
The park's biggest weakness is its
location next to the William H. Lehman
Causeway (State Road 856), because that
side of the park is noisy. The south side,
on the other hand, has a tranquil canal
that connects to aptly named but mis-
spelled Dumbfoundling Bay. (It should
be Dumbfounding.) Of course, this being
Aventura, the water is secured behind a
steel fence. Don't even think about fish-
ing here.
The main features of the larger north
side are a high-quality baseball diamond,

with very good trash cans. They even
have an electric cart for shuttling staff
between parks.
Founders Park really is quite nice,
and clean, and apparently safe, but my
experience of being denied entry makes
me feel that it is overly sanitized. Much
like the rest of Aventura, everything is
enclosed behind a fence and reserved
for VIPs only. (Residents of Aventura,
you're all VIPs to me). Perhaps they
should change the name to CloroxTM
Park. Then they could earn residuals!
The park does fall short in some
areas. No barbecues and no other heat
sources of any kind are allowed, mean-
ing your children won't be eating hot
dogs and baked beans at that birthday

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party. No es f6cil.
On the south side by the water
fountain, a fire extinguisher case was
mysteriously empty. Had someone used
it recently on a flaming journalist? No
es f6cil.
The tennis courts are closed from
noon until 2:00 p.m. to allow for water-
ing of the clay. Um, isn't that the time
of day when evaporation happens most
quickly? Don't water-conservation rules
tell us not to water during the daytime? I
guess these rules don't apply to clay. No
es f6cil.
The ice-cream vending machine is
not accepting bills! ;No esfdcil!
Children of residents have many
options here to join various sports clubs:
Little League baseball/softball, soccer,
fascism for beginners. In case you were
wondering, I made up that last one.
A new baseball league for men is
also getting started.
Founders Day takes place in Novem-
ber and this year will celebrate Aven-
tura's Quince. I expect the city to do

A very nice baseball diamond amid the high-rises.

something very classy and very boring.
But the park is safe. It's safe. It's
safer than the nearby mall, where anyone
could enter. Practically any pedophile
and mass murderer could follow you into
The Gap and watch you buy jeans. That
probably won't happen in Founders Park
- at least in the northern section.

pay $10 for this?

Can you blame the residents of
Aventura for wanting to create some safe
spaces? The world is a dangerous place,
and everyone needs an escape where they
can breathe some fresh air and stretch
their legs on a quarter-mile pathway. The
residents of Aventura have that for free on
the north side of Founders Park.

For the rest of us? Well, let's party
for free on the south side of Found-
ers Park. But don't bring your camera,
and leave your press pass in Havana. I
wouldn't want you to miss the aventura.

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By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

House-training is probably one of
the top three reasons dog owners
are ready to throw in the towel
and adopt an animal-free lifestyle. Who
can blame them? Not only is it incredibly
frustrating when an animal has acci-
dents, it is downright disgusting.
The family room, where everyone
gathers to socialize and watch TV, the
place where the baby crawls, has now
become a doggy toilet. Even more dis-
tressing, it seems the dog at some point
understands that she's not supposed to
relieve herself indoors only to have the
owner stumble onto yet another accident.
But the house-training stage is no
time to get anthropomorphic and project
human emotions and characteristics on
your dog. In fact you have to remember
that, while we humans naturally steer
clear of bodily waste, dogs find it down-
right fascinating and are drawn to the
smells and information it provides. They
learn who's who in the neighborhood,
the gender of dogs or other animals who
live nearby, and more. Just as we may
be hooked on reading e-mail, dogs love
to read "pee mail." Each blade of grass,
every shrub and tree trunk serves as their
local news source, their Biscayne Times.
It is important to set up your dog
for bathroom success early, as each and
every indoor accident can work against
you. Add to that the fact that the smell
of excrement and urine is extremely
difficult if not impossible to eliminate
from some porous surfaces (which will
draw the dog to that area even more)

When Nature Barks

Som/incin'c it not what you do, but where you do it

and the importance of effective training
becomes clear.
Like humans, dogs are creatures of
habit. They will grow accustomed to
doing their business in a certain area. In
this column, I'll focus more on theory
than training specifics, beginning with
your pet's homecoming.
Immediately when you get your
new dog (puppy or adult), take her
outdoors for a walk. You can choose a
tree or bushes close to an entryway to
your home or condominium to serve as
a training area. Have some amazingly
wonderful treats with you to reward
your dog right after she goes. This is an
extremely important point: You want to
reward and praise the dog immediately

when she eliminates outdoors in order
to make the association that that is the
right place.
Do not bring the dog back indoors
and then give her a treat long after the
fact. Also do not chant phrases like "Go
potty, go potty" before the dog begins to
eliminate. Again, you want to build an
association with the phrase you use and
the dog's behavior.
It goes without saying that, in addi-
tion to bringing treats with you outdoors,
you must always have poop-scoop bags.
Once you believe your dog is
c niptl you will want to bring her
inside and begin area-training or crate-
training. Do not give her the whole house
in which to make mistakes. Depending

on the size and age of your dog, initially
you might need to take her out as often
as every 15 minutes (this usually for tiny
young dogs) so as not to miss an oppor-
tunity to reward her outside and avoid an
accident inside.
Once inside, the dog must be su-
pervised at all times. Do not even turn
around to answer the telephone. This
is usually when you will find an acci-
dent, especially if you have scolded or
punished her in the past. She'll do it the
second you're not looking.
So do not punish your young dog
for house-training accidents as that can
cause sneaky behavior. Take accidents as
information: "I need to take my dog out
more often and supervise better!"
Most important, you do not want
your dog to be afraid to eliminate in
front of you, or she may not even do
her business outside with you present,
and instead go in the house when you're
not looking. If you punish the dog for
going on the carpet in the living room,
she may try the carpet in a bedroom. If
you punish a specific spot, she may try a
new spot a few feet away. Very confus-
ing! My best advice: Reward every-
where outside and be vigilant to avoid
accidents inside.
Generally "teacups" or tiny dogs
with small bladders are the most difficult
to house-train. But even large dogs can
have issues with soiling indoors or even
in their own indoor homes or crates. This
is most prevalent with large dogs bought
at pet stores or from puppy mills.
Dogs have a natural tendency to keep
themselves and their homes clean, but
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they can lose that instinct. Puppy-mill
dogs are never let out of a crate; they
live in filth and squalor. Pet-store dogs
never see grass or get out of their cages
or pens either, and certainly when the
store closes until the store opens the next
morning, the dogs must eliminate on
themselves and stay dirty until they're
cleaned up.
If this is the case with your dog,

give her time to learn that things will be
different and cleaner with you. Young
or small dogs that seem to be doing well
with house-training may "know" to
go outside but not yet have the muscle
control to hold it. Some dogs need to go
immediately when their bladders are full.
Older dogs can become untrained
after years of perfection. Sometimes
this is a medical issue, in which case
a visit to the vet is in order. Some-
times it's the result of a change in your
lifestyle. Other times it's just a case of

"Hey, this carpet works perfectly well.
Why was I waiting to go outside?"
Whatever the case or age or the dog, go
back to the beginning for a while and
things should return to normal.
Once your dog is on the right
track, she should have a signal to
tell you she needs to relieve herself.
Whether it's a bark at the door, a look,
or a ringing of a bell, you should con-
dition a behavior that is rewarded with
you opening the door.
When house-training animals, it's

important to have patience, be consis-
tent, and build a reward history outdoors.
Soon your house will look (and smell) as
good as new!

Lisa Hartman is head dog trainer for
Pawsitively Pets. You can reach her at
pawsitivelypetsonline@yahoo.com or
www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com. You can
also keep up with her and her dogs on
Facebook at www.profile.to/dogtrainer.

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Chilled Out to the Max
These cold snaps can be killers, but there are ways you can cheat death

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

When the freeze of January 1977
occurred, I was attending
night school while working
during the day at Parrot Jungle. One eve-
ning during my plant physiology class,
I overheard two students exclaiming
that Parrot Jungle would have to close
because the garden had been wiped out
by the freeze a week earlier.
I had been wondering about that
myself because I had seen the damage
firsthand. About 15 feet of the canopy
of the giant banyan tree had been killed
by frost. Giant Areca palms with trunks
reaching 30 feet had been killed to the
ground. I still remember that morning
vividly, the owner and staff frantically
running around with hoses and sprin-
klers trying to protect all of the tender
plants by encasing then in ice. It was
quite beautiful, long icicles were hang-
ing off full-grown banana plants. The
hibiscus and crotons were encased in ice.
A lot of these plants did die.
Over the next two decades, I
learned quite a bit about protecting
plants from cold weather. During those
years, we would experience tempera-
tures briefly dropping into the high 20s
before sunrise about two or three times
a year nothing more. By the 1990s I
even stopped putting out sprinklers on
the grass and just started painting the
burned grass with green paint the day
after a freeze. In a couple of weeks the
guys would cut the grass and no one
would notice the difference.
When we started a composting
operation in the late 1980s, I noticed that

on cold days our
pile of compost was
quite warm com-
pared to the ambi-
ent temperature.
The same for the
mulch piles. This
I learned was the
result of biological
activity, all those
tiny organisms
produced quite a bit
of heat as they went
about their business
of decomposing the
organic material or
eating each other.
So we started to
take advantage of
that process.
In the winter,

Our cycad collection was undamaged by the cold. This
female cone of Encephalartos feroxjust produced

we began to mulch viable seeds.
heavily around all
of our more tender plant material like
heliconias and bananas, so that the roots
and the rhizomes would not be dam-
aged by cold. We could lose the stems
and foliage but the plants would grow
right back because underground they
had been protected by the heat from the
biological activity.
Since heat flows from the object with
the higher temperature to the object with
the lower one, we took this process one
step further. I had noticed that the same
plant species planted in a container and
in the ground would react differently
to cold. Potted plants got cold much
faster, resulting in greater damage. We
started burying some potted plants in
beds of mulch for the winter with good
results. I also found that when irrigating

the ground beneath plants the afternoon
before a cold spell, the ground would
remain much warmer and less plant
damage would result.
So now it has been almost 20 years
since we've experienced a severe cold
spell. At Jungle Island I was growing
lots of ultra-tropical plants. We had a
beautiful breadfruit tree, Artocarpus
altilis, that had been growing in the
ground for the past three winters. It had
reached 20 feet and had flowered for the
first time the week we got temperatures
in the high 30s.
I'm using the past tense because I
had to cut the tree down to the ground
a couple of weeks ago. It was dead
from the cold. The red sealing wax
palm, Cyrtostachys renda, growing in a
large container in our jungle river, has

survived. We cover it with a burlap tent
when temperatures get into the 50s. One
night we left it uncovered and all the
older foliage burned, but it is surviving.
This is a stunning palm from Malaysia
but very sensitive to the cold.
Now our cold-preparation prac-
tices are paying off. Except for some of
the more cold-sensitive tropicals, our
landscape has escaped major damage
during recent chills. This I attribute to
the judicious use of mulch and compost
in the landscape over the past few years,
irrigating well before the cold fronts, and
not fertilizing so the plants do not have
any tender new foliage to burn.
You can see a difference at the
park. Compare the stands of the corn
plant, Dracaenafragrans. Some stands
are burned more than others. I believe
this is the result of soil moisture. The
corn plants grown on slopes or areas
that received less irrigation have more
burned foliage.
The palm Carpentaria acuminata
is another excellent example. They
look great at the park. Usually this
time of year they look so burned and
beat up from the wind that you want to
cut them down.
I've also noticed something else
of significance: no fig whitefly and no
iguanas. Maybe the cold is sometimes a
good thing.

. 1i, \i,,,,, I.-,'i is an ISA-certified munic-
ipal arborist, director of horticulture at
Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
Designs of Florida. Contact him atjeff@
tropicaldesigns. con.

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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 215.



Giovana Caffe
154 SE 1st Ave., 305-374-1024
If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway
contained only one item -- pear and gorgonzola ravioli
dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce
-- we'd be happy But the cafe, formerly lunch-only but
now serving weekday dinners, is alsojustly famed for
meal-size salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly
balsamic-dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes,
bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or
an especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden
raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist $$

Martini 28
146 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414
This stylish little lunch-only spot, a labor of love from
a husband-wife chef team, serves what might well be
the most impressive meal deal in town From an ambi-
tious, daily-changing menu of fare that's geographically
eclectic but prepared with solid classic technique, diners
get a choice of about ten entrees (substantial stuff like
steak au poivre with Madeira cream sauce and roasted
potatoes, or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard
sauce, potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and
housemade dessert For just $9 99 Told ya $

Thai Angel
152 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9748
Inside a colorful courtyard that rather resembles
Munchkinland, this downtown insider'ss secret" serves
serious Thai food till 9 00 p m daily Tasty classics like
the four curries (red, green, panang, and massaman)

Brickell / Downtown

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

1435 Brickell Ave.
Four Seasons Hotel
Originally an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, this com-
fortably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs in 2006,
resulting in a complete menu renovation Thailand's

come custom-spiced -- mild to authentically brain-searing
-- and are so affordable there's no guilt in splurging on
superb house specials like crisp-coated duck or fresh
snapper (whole or filleted) in tamarind sauce The young
chef has a heavenly hand at tofu, too, so vegetarians are
very well-served $$


The Cheese Course
3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681
Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop
with complimentary prepared foods, this place's self-
service cafe component nevertheless became an instant
hit Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations
make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique
-- like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream
cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle
mayo Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized
for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompa-
nied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared
spreads, and breads $$

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066
Inside this converted 1940s home's blue-and-white din-
ing room -- or even more atmospherically, its tree-shel-
tered garden -- diners feast on authentic rustic fare from
both Greece and Turkey Make a meal of multinational
mezes a Greek sampler of creamy tzatzlki yogurt dip,
smoky eggplant puree, and airy tarama caviar spread,
and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava puree, and rich
tomato-walnut dip The meze of mussels in lemony wine
broth is, with Mandolin's fresh-baked flatbread, almost a
full meal in itself $$-$$$

famed sense of culinary balance is now evident through-
out the global (though primarily Asian or Latin American-
inspired) menu, in dishes like yuzu/white soya-dressed
salad of shrimp tempura, a tender pork shank glazed
with spicy Szechuan citrus sauce, or lunchtime's rare
tuna burger with lively wasabi atoli and wakame salad
For dessert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted
tart filled with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard

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

Sakaya Kitchen
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-8096
This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an
izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake
shop) But why quibble about words with so many more
intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The con-
cept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia,
housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients French
Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his
menu, so we'd advise immediately grabbing some crispy
Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced
roast pork buns with sweet chill sauce and homemade
pickles $$

Salsa Fiesta
2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245
The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini
chain, this "urban Mexican grill" serves health-conscious,
made-fresh-daily fare similar in concept to some fast-
casual competitors But there are indeed differences
here, notably pan-Latin options black beans as well as
red, thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a
side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal
nachos) Other pluses include weekday happy hours with
two-for-one beers -- and free parking $-$$

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3250 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0353
This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln
Road's SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane
lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than
the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as
three kitchens -- normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal
grill -- make clear Chef Timon Balloo's LatAsian small
plates range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated
salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs At the

500 Brickell Key Dr.
Floor-to-ceiling picture windows showcase Biscayne
Bay But diners are more likely to focus on the spar-
kling 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, harissa-marinated loin, and bastilla, the
famed savory-sweet Middle Eastern pastry, stuffed with
braised shank $$$$$

901S. Miami Ave.
(Mary Brickell Village)
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

daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns
with apple kimchi) are discounted $$-$$$



Luna Corner Pizza
6815 Biscayne Blvd., 305-507-9209
At this cheerful takeout/delivery place (masterminded by
the Amatruda family, pizza-makers in Italy since 1968),
the concept is fast but high-quality whole pies or single
slices Sauce is from flavorful San Marzano tomatoes,
and toppings include imported salami picante, pleasantly
spicier than American pepperoni Proprietary electric
ovens, designed to transform Luna's secret 24-flour for-
mula into perfectly pliable/foldable crusts in under five
minutes, ensure consistently street-neat eats despite the
slices' massive size (big pies are 20-inchers) $

Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse
3913 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall)
305-957-9900, www.flammasteakhouse.com
The rodizio formula is familiar Pay one price ($39 90
for dinner, $29 90 at Sunday brunch), then eat till you
drop from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive
selection of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausage, and fish
(16 varieties at dinner, 5 at brunch) carved tableside
by costumed waiters What spectacularly differenti-
ates Flamma its setting on the Intracoastal Waterway
But also spectacular is a Monday-Thursday two-for-
one dinner deal with a coupon available at Flamma
Unbelievable but true $$$$

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

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food 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 cooking is delicious, and the friendly family
feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something
new Novices will want Indonesia's signature rjsttafel,
a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condi-
ments 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
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Red, White, and You

SAgreeable winefor $12 or less

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

he box is one of mankind's most

useful inventions. It's strong and
rugged and comes in a variety of
sizes. It's inexpensive. It's perfect for
shipping everything from books to re-
frigerators. It's essential for moving and
is pretty much everyone's first choice
when it comes to storing items no longer
useful around the house.
To quote that great lifestyle maven,
Martha "Convicted Felon" Stewart, the
box "is a good thing."
Unless you're a wine lover.
To any real fan of the fruit of the
vine, the box is as much a prison as any
steel-barred jail cell in San Quentin,
albeit a biodegradable one. (We will
make an exception for the case box,
which allows us to feed our addiction
by the dozen.) The box, you see, is
what we all too often drink inside of,
thoughtlessly grabbing another bottle
of Cabernet or Merlot or Chardonnay or
Sauvignon Blanc off store shelves with-
out stopping to consider the multitude
of interesting, exciting, and perhaps
unfamiliar wines that exist outside our
(virtual) cardboard prison.
Which brings us to where we are
today (and next month, for that matter):

to thinking and then drinking outside the
viticultural box. Today we slurp some
red wines. Come April we'll swirl, sniff,
and snarf down a few whites. And the
only boxes will be those we use to haul
home our new-found booty.
Tops on this list of not the usual
suspects reds is d'Arenberg's 2007
The Stump Jump. It's an Australian
reference, mate, to a type of plow used
way back when to clear vineyard land
of the gnarly roots of eucalyptus trees.
That said, there's nothing gnarly about
this melange of Grenache (50 percent),
Shiraz (29 percent) and Mourvedre (21
percent), and at ten bucks a bottle it's a
flat-out steal.
What makes it so impressive is
you can actually taste each grape of
the blend, starting off with the peppery
spice of Shiraz, which gives way to the
earthy, musky flavors of Mourvedre, in
turn yielding to the bright red cherry
character of Grenache. Buy it by the box.
One of the best "old reliable" wines on
the market and my go-to Italian wine when
nothing else on a wine list seems appealing
is any vintage ofAntinori's Santa Cris-
tina Sangiovese. The 2007 wine contains
ten percent Merlot to soften it up a bit, but
that doesn't take away from its typical
tangy, cherry-berry flavors with earthy-
mushroomy undertones and a long citrusy

finish. If there ever was
an inexpensive red wine
made for pasta, this is it.
You might call
Tempranillo the Sangio-
vese of Spain, and the
2007 Eguren reprises
many of Sangiovese's
characteristics. It's got
a very fresh, lively nose,
with tart strawberry
and raspberry fruit and
hints of black olives. On
the palate it loses some
of that complexity, but
its light to medium body TH
and generous acidity
make it a good compan- STU !il
ion to a variety of foods. J UM
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crisp, and tangy vein i 41 i
is the 2006 Domaine u WiI I I
Andre Brunel Grenache.
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and a meal of roasted b '
chicken, veal scallopine, ti
or even meaty fish like .
salmon, swordfish, or
tuna. If you're in the
mood for a wine with
a bit more heft, the
2006 Briccotondo
Barbera delivers the kind of bold, brassy,

cassis-olive-pepper-toast flavors
that can stand up to hearty beef
stews, grilled sausages, and just
about any kind of red-sauce pasta.
Your spaghetti may come in a
box, but your wine will definitely be
outside it.

The luscious Stump Jump
blend can be found at the
North Miami Crown Wine and
Spirits (12555 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-892-9463) for $9.95.
Antinori's Santa Cristina
costs $10.99 and is available
at many Publix, including
the Biscayne Commons
store (14641 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-354-2171). The
Eguren Tempranillo and
Andre Brunel Grenache are
both at the North Miami
Beach Total Wine & More
(14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
354-3270) for $7.99 and
$8.99 respectively. And get
Briccotondo's Barbera at
the Aventura Cellars Wine
& Spirits for $11.99 (21055
Biscayne Blvd., 305-936-

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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 portioned
small plates They range from traditional items like cod
fish equixada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes
to inventive 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 res-
taurants, the conclusion would be that Brazilian people
eat nothing but rodizio (all-you-can-eat meat), and weigh,
on average, 400 pounds This Brazilian pub broadens
the picture, with a menu that offers entrees, especially at
lunch, but highlights Brazilian tapas -- mega-mini plates
meant for sharing Must-not-misses include pastels
filled with shrimp and creamy catupiry cheese, beautifully
seasoned bolinho de bacalau (fried salt cod dumplings),
and alpim frlto (house-special yuca fries, the best in town)
Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space
as its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more

spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,
owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered ter-
race directly on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired,
with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents 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.
Masterminded byAramis Lone (of PS14) and partner
Brian Basti, this hip hangout was designed to entice
downtown workers to linger after office hours And even
without the expansive, casual-chic space as bait, interna-
tionally 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 Bianca beckoning, we'll
never know $-$$$
485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel)
Unlike their Michelin-starred New Adriatic restaurant
Anthos, in Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael
Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia has influences
ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean
region, and even Latin America Unchanged is Psilakis'
solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that
makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste acces-
sible So skip the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly cus-
tardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin risotto, or
any raw seafood item, especially the unique marlin with
pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck $$$-$$$$
Fratelli Milano
213 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-2300
Downtown isn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but it's expe-
riencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night

That includes this family-owned rlstorante, where even
newcomers feel at home At lunch it's almost impossible
to resist paninl, served on foccacla or crunchy clab-
atta, 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 fet-
tuccine al scoglio, or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on
arugula $$-$$$
Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave.,
This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a
lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of
food onto its menu To the familiar Latin American/Italian
equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-
Mex but more health conscious) Menu offerings range
from designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but
the bistro's especially known for imaginative meal-size
salads, like one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado,
apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied pecans, and chicken
on a mesclun bed $$
Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr.
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries
about the seafood's freshness, on their way to the dining
deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail

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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 $-$$
Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is
sleekly contemporary, but no worries The classic
sword-wielding gauchos are here, serving a mind-reel-
ing assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork,
sausages, and fish And included in the price (dinner
$47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet
of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and
cheeses A pleasant, nontraditional surprise unusual
sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-
based BBQ. and mango chutney, along with the ubiqui-
tous chimichurri $$$$-$$$$$
II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd.
305-373-0063, www.ilgabbianomiami.com
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this
ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace)
the perfect power lunch/business dinner alternative
to steakhouses And the culinary experience goes way
beyond the typical meat market, thanks in part to the
flood of freebies that's a trademark of Manhattan's II
Mulino, originally run by II Gabblano's owners The rest
of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth And the
champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black
truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$
638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1525
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 that there's anything
mere" about the range of food served from three
Asian nations Light eaters can snack on Vietnamese
summer rolls or Japanese sushi rolls For bigger appe-
tites, there are Thai curries and Vietnamese special-
ties like pho, richly flavored beef soup with meatballs,
steak slices, rice noodles, and add-in Asian herbs and
sprouts $$-$$$
Iron Sushi
120 SE 3rd Ave.
(See Miami Shores listing)
La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St.
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant
was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown
With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti
in sage butter sauce and cllantro-spiced white bean/
vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors
Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a
lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays
on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyer's Liquid
Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso
La Moon
144 SW 8th St.
At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies
like a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a trucker's
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, indi-
cate a great meal to come But when Miamians encounter
such bread -- crackling crust outside, moist, aromatic,
aerated interior -- t's likely not from a restaurants own
kitchen, but from La Provence Buttery croissants and
party-perfect pastries are legend too Not so familiar is
the bakery's cafe component, whose sandwich/salad
menu reflects local eclectic tastes But French items
like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nicolse on artisan
bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thau's
Provencal homeland $$
Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr.
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously.
with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/
pate, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and
complete American breakfasts At lunch, generously
salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresistible But
sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the
choice tough And do not skip dessert Superb sweets
include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy
lemon tarts, traditional Madelelnes, airy layered mousses,
and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with daily-
changing fillings $-$$

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 hamachl on non Kaiser
rolls), while dinner offers edgier inventions like confit

pork belly with a panko-crusted egg yolk capsula, the yolk
nitrogen-frozen before frying to achieve a crisp crust and
delightfully improbable oozing interior $$$
Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Formerly Manny's Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse
retains basically everything but the famed name (from
the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains
Miami's most intentionally masculine steakhouse
Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything
is humongous dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the
Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in
rlbeye, described as part meat, part weapon"), king crab
legs that dwarf the plate, cocktail shrimp that could swal-
low the Loch Ness monster whole, two-fisted cocktails
that would fell a T-Rex Not for the frail $$$$$
Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254
Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been
serving her traditional homemade island specialties to
downtown office workers and college students since the
early 1990s Most popular item here might be the week-
day lunch special ofjerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried
cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well
served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry
All entrees come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and
salad, so no one leaves hungry $
1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
For those who think Argentine cuisine" is a synonym for
beef and more beef," this popular eatery's wide range
of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will
be a revelation Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here
for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative
Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia
(lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapenos, basil, and
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the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab
ravioli with creamy saffron sauce Especially notable are
the entree salads $$-$$$

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 dal-
ly-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes
local fish seldom seen on local menus pompano, parrot
fish, amberjack But even flown-in fish (and the raw bar's
cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh $$$$

1414 Brickell Ave.
The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly
popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food
is served at several newer outlets The prices are low
enough that you might suspect Pasha's was a tax write-off
rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it
was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes Dishes
range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like
muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh
yogurt cheese Everything from pltas 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
several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown
institution But the chicken is also a winner, plus there's
a full menu of soul food entrees, including what many afi-
cionados consider our town's tastiest souse 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 gentrlfled 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
Sunday's $15 95 brunch buffet ($9 95 for kids) fea-
turing 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, tarra-
gon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef
carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil
dipping sauces, and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one
with a luscious creme fralche ice cream pop $$$$

Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661
The first U S venture of a hotelier from Naples, this
stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for
dinner as well as lunch Ambiance is fashionably cool
Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan The
food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional
But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple an
antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and
housemade marinated veggies, crisp-fried calamari and
shrimp, airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of
melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil $$-$$$

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave.
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 expe-
rience that's haute in everything but price Few entrees
top $20 The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly
- festive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn't
fear, though nachos aren't available, there is nothing
scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly
made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habane-
ro-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature guacamole
en molcajete, made tableside A few pomegranate mar-
garitas ensure no worries $$$

315 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Housed in the stunning space with great water views
originally occupied by Prime Blue Grille, Solymar similarly
pursues the power lunch crowd with steaks and seafood,
but with a stronger Latin accent There's more emphasis
on snacks, too, making happy hour a great time to sam-
ple $2 50 tapas like conch fritters with spicy Argentine
pink sauce and palmito salad, sparkling-fresh Amarillo
chill-spiked Peruvian shrimp ceviche, or festive fish/lump
crab sliders, along with half-off drinks $$$-$$$$

Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life is complicated Food should be simple That's owner
Armando Alfano's philosophy, which is stated above the
entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since
it's also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food
(Alfano halls from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is
dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisti-
cated Italian entrees There are salads and sandwiches,
too The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-
air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to
accompany local musicians and artists $-$$

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave.
305-374-1198, www.tobacco-road.com
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone),
gay bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has
been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music,
primarily blues But it also offers food from lunchtime
to late night (on weekends till 4 00 a m ) The kitchen is
especially known for its chill, budget-priced steaks, and
burgers There's also surprisingly elegant fare, though,
like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli 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 hang-
out, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia,
but "restolounge" sounds too glitzy Think of it as a neigh-
borhood "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 rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too

Urbanite Bistro
62 NE 14th St.
Ambitious but neither pretentious nor pricey, this multi-
room, indoor/outdoor bistro is just the sort of friendly
hangout the neighborhood needs Chef Frank Imbarlina's
menu features hip contemporary fare like natural boar

chops with a savory-sweet soy/chopped pecan crust Fish
fans and vegetarians will find equally enjoyable large and
small plates potato-wrapped local pompano, beautifully
seasoned veg siu mai, shrimp corndogs with mustard and
mango dips Other pluses include an imaginative late-
night menu and free valet parking $$-$$$

Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct.
While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for "fun")
Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach
Waxy's, the location is far superior -- on the Miami River,
with waterfront deck And none of Miami's Irish eater-
ies offers as much authentic traditional fare Especially
evocative imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with house-
made brown bread, puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage
rolls, lunchtime's imported Irish bacon or banger "butty"
sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut
fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry
sauce $$

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
byShai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran)
may initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam
tables Wrong Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters
(like soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-
your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with
bold, fresh flavor The proof a startlingly savory miso beef
salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion dressing Bubble tea,
tool $$

Midtown / Wynwood / Design District

Adelita's Caf6
2699 Biscayne Blvd.
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside
it's bigger, better, and busier than it looks Unlike many
Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the
source and proves a crowd-pleaser On weekends espe-
cially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying
authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas
(Honduras's take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups
packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more $

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

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

Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a stylish mix of contem-
porary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from
wine barrels) Cuisine is similarly geared to the area's
smart new residents creative sandwiches and salads at
lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish,
Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night Though the
place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino
offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto arugula, gor-
gonzola dolce, caramelized 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 continu-
ously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in
anytime for authentic rlllettes (a rustic pate) with a crusty
baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop rata-
touille, or many changing blackboard specials Portions
are plentiful So is free parking $$

Clive's Caf6
2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277
Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American
breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall
has served for more than 30 years Since about 1990,
though, when owner Pearline Murray ("Ms Pearl" to regu-
lars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native
Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk
chicken has been the main item here Other favorites
savory rice and pigeon peas, eye-opening onion/vinegar-
flavored escovitch fish, sweet plantains, and cabbage that
redefines the vegetable $

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 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
differentiates the place Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne
Times, giving diners something to chat about Sandwiches
and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an
unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes,
breads, and condiments for the creatively minded $

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd.
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as
it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family The food is as tasty as ever, especially
the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who
like their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter
As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion
cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle
dishes tallerin saltado and tallerin verde $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St.
Most of the seating in this cool little breakfast/lunch room
is in a sort of giant bay window, backed with banquettes,
that makes the space feel expansive This pioneer-
ing place deserves to survive, even if just considering
the roast beef sandwich with creamy horseradish an
inspired classic combination that makes one wonder why
more places in this town don't serve it Other culinary
highlights include a turkey/pear/cheddar melt sandwich,
and really sinful marshmallow-topped brownies $

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-8341
No green-leaf faux health food here You get what the
name says, period, with three adds kosher dogs, veg-
gie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they're well-done
but 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.
This Italian cafe has been packed since the moment
it opened No surprise to any who recall owner Ken
Lyon's pioneering Lyon Freres gourmet store on Lincoln
Road (1992-97), another joint that was exactly what its
neighborhood needed The restaurants artisan salumi,
cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils, and more are so
outstanding that you can't help wishing it also had a retail
component Entrees include properly al dente pastas, plus
some regional specialties like Venetian-style calves liver,
rarely found outside Italy $$$

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28 NE 40th St., 305-573-3355
Chef Michael Jacobs's menu travels beyond pan-Asian
and Mediterranean influences into the Americas Entrees
range from comfort food (cunningly reinvented mini pot
pies) to high-status extravagance (stone-seared, authen-
tic Kobe steak) For healthy grazers, raw-bar selections
include ceviches and a large seafood platter There's also
a snack menu (pristine coldwater oysters, a crab salad
timbale, parmesan-truffle shoestring fries, mini-Kobe
burgers) served till the wee hours, providing a welcome
alternative to the Boulevard's fast food chains $$-$$$$$

The Girrrlz of Sandwich
555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo)
Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups,
sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette
sandwiches (like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed
with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed cafe.
hidden on the Venetia condo's mezzanine Owners Ana
Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the
freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crust-
ed empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are
all baked in-house On Saturdays the grrrls II even deliver
you an elegant (yet inexpensive) 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 $$-$$$

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

Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd.
305-576-3838, www.latincafe2000.com
The menu is similar to that at many of our town's Latin
cafes, largely classic Cuban entrees and sandwiches, with
a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America,
such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood),
or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries
consider a Latin country Whatjustifles the new millennium
moniker is the more modern, yuppifled/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
freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes
into their use Entree-size salads range from an elegant
spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky
homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens
Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninis, or
wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respect-
able Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-
tasting light salad cream $-$$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463
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

friendly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a week-
day-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 custom-
izable 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 Maino apart from
typical rodizio palaces is its family-run feel, intimate rather
than intimidating, plus its attention to every detail While
it's rare at most rodizio joints to get meat done less than
medium, Maino will cook to order One other welcome
difference There are a la carte starters and pastas for
lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some lunch spe-
cials Free parking, too $$-$$$$$

163 NE 39th St.
305-572-1400, maitardimiami.com
Though we admired the ambitious approach of Oak
Plaza's original tenant, Brosia, this more informal, inex-
pensive, and straightforwardly Italian concept of veteran
Lincoln Road restaurateur Graziano Sbroggio 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-bub-
bled pizza creations, plus a vintage meat slicer dispens-
ing wild boar salamino, bresaola (cured beef), and other
artisan salumi Other irresistibles fried artichokes with
lemony aioli, 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
Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a
popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journal-
ists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and
drinks Regulars know daily specials are the way to go
Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey
with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh Big burgers
and steak dinners are always good A limited late-night
menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m

Orange 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, manchego cheese, baby spinach,
and basil on a crusty baguette Other artfully named and
crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas
(like the Matisse, flocchi pouches filled with pears and
cheese), and house-baked pastries $

Out of the Blue Caf6
2426 NE 2nd Ave.
305-573-3800, www.outofthebluecafe.net
Forget impersonal chain coffeehouses This artist-friendly,
independent neighborhood cafe serves a full selection
of coffee drinks made with the award-winning beans of

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Intelligentsia, a roasting company that works directly with
artisan growers to encourage sustainable agriculture
Also served breakfast and lunch sandwiches, imaginative
salads, soups, homemade pastries, and creamy fresh-fruit
smoothies With tables, sofas, and lounge chairs inside an
old Midtown house, plus free wireless Internet access, the
space is also just a pleasant place to hang out $

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St., 305-722-7369
Everyone knew Jonathan Eismann's original Pacific Time,
for many years Lincoln Road's only serious restaurant
How different is its new incarnation? Very, and its all
good, starting with far superior acoustics, an admirably
green ecological policy, and a neighborhood-friendly
attitude While the addition of Mediterranean influences
to the Pacific Rim menu may sound confusing, trust us
A meal that includes a butter-grilled asparagus with pro-
sclutto, soft-cooked egg Milanese, and preserved lemon,
plus an Asian-accented creamy corn/leek soup with Peeky
Toe crab dumplings, coriander, and mustard oil makes
perfect sense on the tongue $$-$$$$

3801 N. Miami Ave., 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 Cacciatorini an
ultra-thin and crispy crust with indescribably rich guancia-
le (cured, unsmoked pork cheek bacon), pungent artisan
pepperoni, grana padano, locally made mozzarella, and
Italian tomatoes For meatless pies, we recommend the
Bianca, a thyme-seasoned pizza whose plentiful cheeses
are beautifully balanced by bitter arugula Bring a crowd
and taste half-a-dozen different mozzarellas $$

1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn't
have that "do drop in" locals' hangout vibe But this lively
Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighbor-
hood The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with
toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/
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 Its 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 authen-
tic Italian or delicate designer pizzas But a satisfying
Brookyn-style street slice? Fuhgedit Thankfully that's
the speciality of this indoor/outdoor pizzeria big slices
with chewy crusts (made from imported NY tap water)
that aren't ultra-thin and crisp, but flexible enough to fold

lengthwise, and medium-thick -- sturdy enough to support
toppings applied with generous all-American abandon
Take-out warning Picking up a whole pie? Better bring
the SUV, not the Morris Mini

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St.
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 won't find exotica or local catches,
but all the usual sushi/sashimi favorites, though in
more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy srlracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many
more Especially recommended the yuzu hamachi roll,
the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp
with hot-and-sour mayo and a salad $$-$$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291
Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic
diner Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday
mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous
breakfasts corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs
with grits, fluffy pancakes, homemade biscuits with gravy
and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs
Benedict The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual sus-
pects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the
daily blackboard specials $-$$

Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave., 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 it's no absentee celebrity-chef gig Bernstein
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
flavorful yu pan quail Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully
balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly
sweet/salty sauce And Peking duck is served as three tra-
ditional courses crepe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauteed
with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish $$-$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775
Both bistro and retail wine shop, this Design District spot
is run by Florent Blanchet, an energetic young Frenchman
who was previously a wine distributor His former gig led
to connections that mean if wine lovers don't find the
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 aioli, 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, Andiamo is also part of Mark Soyka's 55th
Street Station which means ditching the car (in the
complex's free lot across the road on NE 4th Court) is no
problem even if you're not getting your vehicle cleaned
while consuming the brick-oven pies (from a flaming open
oven) that are this popular pizzeria's specialty, along with
executive chef Frank Crupi's famed Philly cheese steak
sandwiches Also available are salads and panini plus rea-
sonably priced wines and beers, including a few unusually
sophisticated selections like Belgium's Hoegaarden $$

Anise Taverna
620 NE 78th St.
The new owners of this river shack are banking on Greek
food and festivity for success a good bet, judging from
their wildly popular previous eatery, Ouzo The mainly
mezze menu ranges from traditional Greek small plates to
creative Mediterranean-inspired dishes like anise-scented
fish croquettes with spicy 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 res-
taurant 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 fea-
tured $$

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, it's even more fun
on Sunday, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal
fair and the menu includes Brazil's national dish, feijoada,
a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats
But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like
pastels to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also appealing and
budget-priced $$

Le Cafe
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551
For anyone who can't get over thinking of French food as
intimidating or pretentious, this cute cafe with a warm
welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is
the antidote No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just
classic comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh
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 resemblance ends For about the price of a bucket
of the Colonel s chicken you can get a bucket of the
Captain's savory garlic crabs The King's burger meal or
the Captain's similarly priced fried (or garlic boiled or New
Orleans-spiced) shrimp meal? No contest Also popular
crab cakes and conch 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 tomatoes, 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
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce), lambi frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
son gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic
or Creole crabs The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut
dining $-$$

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

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd.
305-759-3433, www.dogmagrill.com
What could induce downtown businessmen to drive to
the Upper Eastside to eat at a few outdoor-only tables
just feet from the busy Boulevard? From the day it
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sauce-garnished, all-beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken
hot dogs The 22 varieties range from simple to the elabo-
rate (the Athens, topped with a Greek salad, including
extra-virgin olive oil dressing) to near-unbelievable combi-
nations 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 But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger
soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer
entrees like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also
has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild
mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale 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 (con-
sidered the top American pizza cheese) Best seating for
eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables $

El Q-Bano Palacio de los Jugos
8650 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-2550
In case you were wondering if it's too good to be true
-- it isn't El Q-Bano s owners are indeed related to the
family that operates the original three Palacios de los
Jugos -- which means no more schlepping way out west
Recommended are moist tamales, tasty sandwiches
(especially the drippingly wonderful pan con lechon), rich
flan, and the fresh tropical juices thatjustify the afore-
mentioned 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 croissants, and Chevron with Techron Snacks
match the casual chicness sandwiches like the Renato
prosciuttoo, hot capplcola, 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 Wednesdays, when
ladies are pampered with $10 washes and glasses of
sparkling wine while they wait $

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

Gourmet Station
7601 Biscayne Blvd.
Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with
no time to cook, has been popular for years But the
Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition
Main reason deceptive healthiness These are meals
that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for
you Favorite items include precision-grilled salmon with
lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with
homemade BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food Food is
available a la carte or grouped in multimeal plans custom-
ized for individual diner's nutritional needs $$

Go To Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
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, avo-
cado, sweet plantain, and spicy mayo), or a wonderfully
healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach,
rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry Health ensured,
you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs fried
dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with
quills -- really a delectable crunchy noodle mix $

Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmy's respects the most
important American diner tradition Breakfast at any
hour Admittedly the place closes at 4 00 p m, but still
There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles, 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-
qualitysteaks, 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, particu-
larly the Doomsday a cheese/bacon/mushroom-topped two-
pound monster that turns dinner into a competitive sport No
hard liquor, but the beer list makes up for it $$

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd.
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building may not
seem a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery,
but once inside, the charming decor and the staff's ebul-
lient welcome indeed are reminiscent of a cafe in Italy
The kitchen's outstanding feature is a brick oven, which
turns out designer pizzas and crisp-skinned roast chick-
ens Otherwise the menu holds few surprises except
the prices, unusually low for such a stylish place No dish
exceeds $22 $$-$$$

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
Its a restaurant Its a lounge But its decidedly not a
typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami

Forbidding from the outside, on the inside it's like a time-
trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin bordello-red decor,
romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar enter-
tainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated
retro food served with style and a smile For those feeling
flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to
make in her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 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
foccacia Dine either inside the architect-designed restau-
rant or outdoors 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 appear-
ances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but
far from fully gentrlfled neighborhood Just be glad she
did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly
creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas Though most
full entrees also come in half-size portions (at almost
halved prices), the tab can add up fast The star herself is
usually in the kitchen Parking in the rear off 69th Street

7100 Biscayne Blvd.
Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian
bistro serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand,
and Vietnam Menus are also similar, split between
traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion
creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura,

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

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 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 individual nigirl to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas
are intriguing, like arablki sausage, a sweet-savory pork
fingerling frank, rarely found in restaurants even in Japan,
they're popular Japanese home-cooking items And rice-
based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct.
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 recom-
mended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup, a brie,
turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette,
and what many feel is the original cafe's Greatest Hit
creamy hummus with warm pita $

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 enjoy-
ing 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 not to be missed BBQ shrimp in a tangy
Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce,
irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade Ice cream

Revales Italian Ristorante
8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010
Owned by two couples (including former Village Cafe chef
Marion Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former
space of Frankle's Big City Grill, and fulfills much the
same purpose in the neighborhood as an all-day, family-
friendly place with affordable prices The menu includes
wraps and elaborate salads of all nations But simple
yet sophisticated Italian specialties like spaghetti ai
flume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of
cream) or yellowtail frangalse (egg-battered, with lemon-
caper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here $$-$$$

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party nois-
es emanating from a new outdoor blergarten, this German
restaurant 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 dif-
ferentsauces $$-$$$

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 perfect fit for its
area Comfortably priced yuppie comfort food like meat-
loaf 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 pub-
licized restaurants have come and gone Take-out orders
and breakfast are now available $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selec-
tion of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few
surprises, such as a unique lobster maki that's admittedly
huge in price ($25 95), but also in size six ounces of
crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, let-
tuce, toblko (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 cur-
ries 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
At this soulful taco shop, the menu descriptions are in
common 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 chill verde or Baja battered fish (authentically gar-
nished 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-mind-
ed, oils are nonhydrogenated, and sauces/seasonings 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 wel-
coming 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 bakery's window sills Bernardo's pan con
lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are
legend But she also crafts treats not found at average
Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan
bread Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats pro-
duced by a few friends candies, cupcakes, and exotically
flavored flans $

Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway
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, sau-
sage, chicharron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and
beans Don't miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de
costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily home-
made soups Arepas include our favorite corn cake the
hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, came des-
mechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans,
and cheese $-$$

The Crab House
1551 79th St. Causeway
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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 happiest sticking to a la carte favorites like the
All-American fisherman's platters, or global specials like
Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally $$$-$$$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway
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 coun-
ter But chef Michlo Kushl 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 cre-
ations also tempt, as do daily entrees $

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

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

Shuckers Bar & Grill
1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570
Cheap eats and a million-dollar view" is the sound bite
manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach
bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel The joint dates from
South Beach's late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes
vibe couldn't be farther from SoBe glitz The food ranges
from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters,
raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak,
homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish $-$$

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

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

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

Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave.
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branch-
es elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is
fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami And why do
Mlamlans eat here? Not ambiance There isn't any But
when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies
know their fish, tout the seafood's freshness, we listen
There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, 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
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighbor-
hood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel The
menu is mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants, crepe,
soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more sub-
stantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo
pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes)
with a mesclun side salad But everything is homemade,
including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingre-
dients, classic French technique, and meticulous atten-
tion to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold
together the cafe's baguette sandwiches $-$$

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

Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411
If it's Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-
cuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice,
beans, came asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet
plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day,
as are antojitos little whims," smaller snacks like cho-
rizo 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
what's most important is that this is one of the area's few
sources of the real, New York-style water bagel crunchy
outside, challengingly chewy inside $

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howie Klelnberg, whose indoor elec-
tric 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 stud-
ded 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 $$-$$$

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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 dorados, and signature burritos,
including the Maya, filled with juicy cochinlta plbil, refried
beans, and pickled onions $$

Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd.
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 seafood, much of it from Capt Jim Hanson's own
fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants Now
there's a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room
with booths Whether it's garlicky scamp., smoked-fish
dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is
deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$

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

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

Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246
(See 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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supplements But the place's hearty soups, large variety
of entrees (including fresh fish and chicken as well as
vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with
secret sun sauce" (which would probably make old sneak-
ers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get
healthy An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with
the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd Frozen yogurt,
fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu $-$$

Le Griot de Madame John
975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333
When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little
Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one,
and still mostlytake-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 It's
also a good choice for diners who don't speak Spanish, but
don't worry about authenticity Classic Cuban home-style
dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with
onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu,
not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy
tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers $$$

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

Mario the Baker
13695 W. Dixie Highway
305-891-7641, www.mariothebakerpizza.com
At this North Miami Institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian spaghetti and meat-
balls, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs
No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the
New York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas, the top top-
ping here is the savory housemade sausage And no one
leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and
smashed garlic New branches are now open in Miami's
Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village $

Petit Rouge
12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676
From the mid-1990s (with Neal's Restaurant and later with
II Migliore), local chef Neal Cooper's neighborhood-oriented
Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers While this cute
32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding
pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle
bistro fare frlsee salad with lardons, poached egg, and

bacon vinaigrette, 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.
305-891-3312, www.saraskosherpizza.com
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), its also offers a full range of breakfast/lunch/dinner
vegetarian cuisine of all nations, with many dairy and sea-
food items too Admittedly the cutesle names of many items
- baygels, bergerrbite, Cezarrrr salad, hammm, meat-a-ball,
schmopperrr may cause queasiness Butthe 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 teryaki
fish (fresh fish sauteed with vegetables), curried chicken and
veggies, spicy shrimp, or gyoza dumplings in tangy sauce
There's also an all-you-can-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
imported designer ingredients either The pies are New
York-style, but the dough is made fresh daily, and the
cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered America's
finest pizza topper) Also on the menu are Italian-
American pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs,
simple salads, and a few new protein adds grilled
chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak $-$$

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

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451
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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 cus-
tomize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request $$
Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822
Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor
eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured item is
still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began 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,
notthrough the main park entrance No admission fee $
China Restaurant
178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549
When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion
dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese cuisine

in the world won't scratch the itch So the menu here, contain-
ing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-American classic
you could name, isjust the ticket when nostalgia strikes -
from simple egg rolls to pressed almond duck (majorly bread-
ed boneless chunks, with comfortingly thick gravy) $-$$
Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2779, www.chipotle.com
Proving that national fast-food chains don't have to be bad
for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what
the company calls "food with integrity" The fare is simple,
basically tacos and big burritos soft flour or crisp corn
tortillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken
chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented
pork carnitas But these bites contain no evil ingredients
(transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hor-
mones) And the food, while not the authentic Mex street
stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too $
Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave., 305-770-0434
Wraps are for wimps At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far
more substantial and tasty rot, a Caribbean mega-crepe
made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for the flat-
bread is probablyjerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew
of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas
But there are about a dozen other curries from which to
choose Take-out packages of plain roti are also available,
they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches $
El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St.
305-940-4910, www.graninka.com
Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find cevi-
ches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other expected
traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than
most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations
are unique Especially recommended are two dishes adapted
from recipes by Peru's influential nikkel (Japanese/Creole)
chef Rosita Yimura an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de
corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de
oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255
When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added "Hanna's" to the name, but changed little
else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north
Miami-Dade institution since 1983 Customers can get a
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 firstsushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing
retro-gam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked
Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popu-
lar after-hours snack stop The sushi menu has few surprises,
but quality is reliable Most exceptional are the nicely priced
yakitor, skewers of succulenly soy-glazed and grilled meat fish,
and vegetables, the unusually large variety available of the last
makes this place a good choice for vegetarians $$
Hiro's Sushi Express
17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776
Tiny, true, but there's more than just sushi at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makis are the
mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex
creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected
treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente 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 perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/
sweet/tangy chill sauce Open till around 3 00 a m $$
1550 NE 164th St.
305-919-8393, www.heelsha.com
If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or
Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's sweet-
fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner
Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such
fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa Their menu's mix-and-
match option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poul-
try fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces,
from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with
a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$
Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-2244
(See Miami Shores listing)?
Jerusalem Market and Deli
16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080
Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus,
and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are
native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese
chef/owner, like this eaters Sam Elzoor, is atthe helm, you
can expect extraordinary refinement There are elaborate
daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage
with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is
special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage
and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tarttahina $-$$
3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484
This place makes a very good tahini sauce In fact that
alone is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this
bright, cheery eatery's delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-
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They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-
tasting, raw klbbl naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare) It's
hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters
and wraps, but there's also a roster of full entrees (with
soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian
and seafood meals for noncarnivores $$

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

King 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 bythe door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made
with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room
entrance Theres also a better-than-average selection of sea-
sonal Chinese vegges The menu is extensive, but the best
ordering strategy since the place is usually packed with Asians,
is to see what looks good on nearbytables, and point $$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831 Biscayne Blvd.
(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 noo-
dle 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, branch-
es of this chain are generally the only places to go for this
eating experience Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese
fondue, proceed to an entree with meat or seafood, plus
choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil),
finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate
Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer
in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go
with those you love $$$

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-4338, www.oishithai.com
At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many
of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to
fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob
broiled miso-marinated black cod, rock shrimp tempura with
creamysauce, even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi"
(slightlysurface-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 genu-
ine Thai food in and around Miami But Panya's chef/owner, a
Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes
not found elsewhere Plus he doesn't automatically curtail
the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans Among
the most intriguing moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried
seasoned pork strips with fierytamarind 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.
305-940-4443, www.paulusa.com
From one rural shop in 1889, the French bakery known simply as
Paul has grown to a worldwide chain, which fortunately chose to
open its first U S outlet in our town One bite of the crusty peasant
loaf the olivestudded fougasse, or another of the signature artsan
breads transports you right back to France As authentic as the
boulangene breads are, the patisserie items like flan normande are
just as evocative For eat-in diners, quite continental soups, salads,
and sandwiches are equally and dependably French $$

Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd.
305-405-6700, www.pizzafusion.com
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-
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PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St., 305-654-9646
Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between 1-95 and
Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter, serv-
ing authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate dipping
sauces included Weekends bring the biggest selection,
including barbecued ribs and pa pei duck (roasted, then
deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free of subcutaneous
fat) Available every day arejuicy, soy-marinated roast chick-
ens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and whole roast ducks -
hanging, beaks and all But no worries, a counterperson will
chop your purchase into bite-size, beakless pieces $

Racks Italian Kitchen
3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall)
The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-
bite description impossible It's part Italian market, with
salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out
prepared foods, part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks
like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially
enjoyable on the waterfront deck), part rlstorante (pastas
and other Big Food), part pizzeria Whats important All
components feel and taste authentically Italian Just don't
miss the coal-oven pizza Superior toppings (including
unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light
yet chewy crust make Racks' pies a revelation $$

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one of the
Carnegie Dells mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters
will dwarf them Consider the Carnegie-style" monster contain-
ing according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat
(really 14 pounds, we weighed it), for a mere 15 bucks All the
other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour
pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef,
and the cutest two-bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per
order, served with sour cream and applesauce $$

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076
Sangs has three menus The pink menu is Americanized
Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken The
white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic
Chinese fare salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip
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 $$$

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008
At this unique Taiwanese eatery, run by a trio of Taipei-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats
in the budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock imita-
tions made from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables But
don't mock it till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or
smoking duck, with slices that mimic the charcuterie Item
down to convincing faux fat Other main dishes feature
recognizable veggies or noodles 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,

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kidney beans, rice balls, chocolate pudding) And the bub-
ble tea is a must-not-miss Using housemade syrup, the
cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors (mango,
taro, even actual tea), all supplemented with signature
black tapioca balls that, slurped through large-diameter
straws, are a guaranteed giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697
Open until 100 am every day exceptSunday (when is closes
at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beach's
Chinatown" strip has become a popular late-night gathering
spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants And why not? The
food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced The
kitchen staff is willingto customize dishes upon request, and
the serving staff is reliably fast Perhaps most important, kara-
oke equipment is in place when the mood strikes $-$$

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5588
Though some food folks were initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our area's
few Vietnamese restaurants, it's hard to bear a grudge at a
friendly, casual neighborhood place that offers monster ten-
ounce char-grilled burgers, with potatoes or salad, for $8 50,
steaks, plus a side and a sauce or veg topper, for nine bucks
at lunch, $15 to $18 75 (the menu's top price) at night, and
three-dollar glasses of decent house wine $-$$

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

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-932-0630, www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com
The reincarnated Tuna's has gained new owners, a new
name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a newly
impressive selection of raw-bar specialties cold-water oys-
ters from the Northeast, plus Blue Points, Malpecs, Island
Creeks, and more Traditional house favorites remain, and
the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters Open
daily till 2 00 a m, the place can get rather festive after
midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tuna's
draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too $$-$$$

Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
305-830-2625, www.anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com
Coal is what it's 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
Anthonys does just a few things, and does them right $$

Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
19003 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-4029
One word flagels And no, that's not a typo Rather these
crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed)
are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -- and a special-
ty 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
elaborately garnished breakfast specials, including unusu-
ally flavorful 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 Bllante's eateries (Rosalia,
Villaggio, Carpaccio), 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 its 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 tandoori-spiced rock lobster, along with
what might be the ultimate mac'n'cheese lobster crab
macaroni in a Frls vodka sauce with mushrooms, scal-
lions, and parmesan The famous dessert souffle's flavor
changes daily, but it always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-792-2902
Chef Neal Cooper's attractivetrattoria gets the food right as well
as the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredi-
ents and straightforward recipes that don't overcomplicate, cover
up, or otherwise muck about with that perfection Fresh fettuc-
cine with white truffle oil and mixed wild mushrooms needs noth-
ing 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 it's white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany
The menu is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion of
food from several African diaspora regions Carolina Low
Country (buttery cheese grits with shrimp, sausage, and
cream gravy), the Caribbean (conch-packed fritters or
salad), and the Old South (lightly buttermilk-battered fried
chicken) The chicken is perhaps Miami's best $$-$$$

Mo's Bagels & Deli
2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555
While the term old school" is used a lot to describe this
spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in
1995 Itjust so 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 cham-
pions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs As compli-
mentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the
succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm,
generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here $$

20475 Biscayne Blvd.
305-937-2777, www.pilarrestaurant.com
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman
Van Aken and Mark Militello He has been executive chef
at Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed
with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife
launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to
prove that top restaurants can be affordable Consider
it proven Florlbbean-style seafood is the specialty fresh
hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock
shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snap-
per with tomato-herb vinaigrette Forget its strip-mall loca-
tion 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's 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-8, 305-466-9033
The real soup man behind this franchise is Al Yeganeh, an
antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made notori-
ous, on a Seinfeld episode, as the soup Nazi" On the
menu ten different premium soups each day The selec-
tion is carefully balanced among meat/poultry-based and
vegetarian, clear and creamy (like the eatery's signature
shellfish-packed lobster bisque), chilled and hot, familiar
(chicken noodle) and exotic (mulligatawny) All soups
come with gourmet bread, fruit, and imported chocolate
Also available are salads, sandwiches, and wraps $-$$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-8955
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)


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