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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

The official address is 8500 Bis-
cayne Blvd., but you won't easily
see this 15-acre community from
your car. To reach it from the Boulevard,
drive west between the shuttered Price
Supermarket and the abandoned Laundry

April 2010 Volume 8, Issue 2

Partners building (with its distinctive and backgrounds uneasily co-exist in according to Jason Walker, manager
steeple) to a small roadway that leads to cramped quarters, and where police say of El Portal, within whose borders the
a metal gate. criminal activity is rampant. mobile-home community exists. Walk-
Beyond the open gate lies a mobile- Because some unknown number er's best estimate: Between 600 and 1000
home community with a 66-year history of residents are undocumented immi-
known to few, where people of all ages grants, an accurate census does not exist, Continued on page 14




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1 From Lovely to Lousy to Lost
6 Feedback: Letters
10 Miami's King: Jack King
12 Word on the Street
8 BizBuzz
22 Gaspar Gonzalez: Amped Up i
24 Jen Karetnick: If It's Spring, There Must Be Ice Cream
26 Frank Rollason: Who Will Lead in a Time of Crisis? I
28 Wendy Doscher-Smith: Spider-Man Chopper in the Hood '.
30 How Does Your Garden Grow?
30 They're Off and Running!
32 Living with Crime -- Eternally
36 Biscayne Crime Beat
38 Anne Tschida: Miami Scores with Marlins Art
40 Art Listings
43 Events Calendar
44 Jim W. Harper: In the Middle of the Road
46 Pawsitively Pets: Call of the Wild -- Canine Edition
48 Kids and the City: Munchkins and Menus
49 Your Garden: A Bit of Palmistry from Cuba
50 Vino: Forget Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
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SLetters to
Question: Are There "Dues" a
White Guy Is Supposed To Pay?
This is in response to Kathy Glasgow's
article on Haitian activist Lucie Ton-
dreau ("Hurricane Lucie," March 2010).
What I learned from reading this is that
there are the American-born blacks
and there are Haitian-born blacks. And
that there are county commission seats
reserved for American blacks, because
being born an American black, you have
paid your dues. Meaning that if you are
of Haitian decent, you haven't paid your
dues at least not in America.
I also learned that Haitian-American
citizens should vote for Haitians because
only they know what it's like to be a Haitian.
Now that we have those two mark-
ers by which to judge, how will we know
if political candidates are competent or
honest? Or does that even matter?
Is there a definition of American
black "dues"? Maybe a rating system
to determine what percentage of those
"dues" have been paid?
But what if the Haitian has an American
mother, or the African American is bi-racial?
And what happens if the Haitian is a "blinged-
up fat one" and the bulk of his donations come
from Brickell Avenue law firms?
What should a white boy to do?
Should I call Help Me Howard? Or just
stay home because I haven't paid my
dues and I don't know what it is to be
Haitian or African American?
I've got it! I think I'll ask that nice
lady Ms. Spence-Jones. She'll give me
an honest answer.
Ralph Camerlengo
Miami Shores

Wouldn't Love That
Wonderful Story?
I really enjoyed Karen-Janine Cohen's
delightful article about owl houses being
hammered together by residents in
Biscayne Park ("What a Hoot!" March
2010). It makes me feel like I want to
know more about these kinds of owls.
It makes me feel that I want to go to
Biscayne Park and try to look for these
beautiful creatures and take some pictures.
It makes me feel that good people
are still around doing great things for
animals and nature.
I loved the part where she described
the house-building as "a kind of Extreme
Makeover: Owl Home Edition".

the Editor
Thank you, Ms. Cohen. Well done!
Please write more and more!
Ingrid Barreneche

Upper Eastside Townhall
On Wednesday, April 21, Miami
Mayor Tomas Regalado, Commission-
er Marc Sarnoff, city manager Carlos
Migoya, and the directors of Miami's
code enforcement and Neighborhood
Enhancement Team departments will
take your questions at the first Upper
Eastside Quarterly Townhall Meeting.
All city residents are welcome to the
gathering, which will be held at 7:00 p.m.
at the Legion Park meeting hall, 6447 NE
7th Ave. (entrance from NE 64th Street).
The event is being sponsored by
the Shorecrest Homeowners Association
For more information contact association
president Jack Spirk at 305-756-0620.

Yes, a Nicely Restored
Motel, but Not the First
Nicely Restored Motel

I am writing in regards to Karen-Janine
Cohen's article "Once a Beauty, Always a
Beauty: Introducing the First Completely
Restored MiMo Motel" (March 2010).
I don't want to take away anything
from the New Yorker Motel renovation.
The owners should be recognized for
being true pioneers in the revitaliza-
tion of the Biscayne Boulevard. But the
New Yorker is not the first motel to be
renovated. The Motel Bianco (formerly
the Biscayne Inn) at 5255 Biscayne Blvd.
has been rehabilitated and was reopened
on January 1 of this year.
The Bianco's owners renovated
the motel rooms and the public spaces.
They're currently waiting for their new
signage and landscaping to be completed.
And they have scheduled a professional
photo shoot so they can promote the
property to the mainstream lodging
media. They hired Miami designers
DADA Interior Design studio and DEN
Architecture to oversee the design.
Ms. Cohen's New Yorker article
forgot to mention that the property owners
also hired DADA, an award-winning
hotel design firm and with expertise in
the MiMo period. DADA consulted with
the New Yorker's owners on all design

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Sailors, Senators, and Slaves

As regattas bring on the tourists, politicians bring on the yawns

By Jack King
BT Contributor

Just a few random thoughts from our
fair hometown. Everyone has been
talking about how much tourism is
down in South Florida over the past few
years and how slowly it is coming back.
But there is one area where it has been
growing steadily, though few people ever
see or even know about it: sailing.
Starting around December and
running through mid-April, some 10,000
sailors come here to participate in nu-
merous regattas. They arrive in groups
of 20 to 30 for small events, and they
surge in for large events like the Orange
Bowl Regatta, during which 700 kids
and 1000 parents invade Miami between
the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
Over the course of the year, it adds
up to about 15,000 people coming here
to sail and staying an average of one
full week. That's quite an economic
impact. And unlike the Super Bowl, in
which lots of visitors are in town for one
specific week, it's spread out over time,
which helps to sustain local businesses.
Most of this takes place in the Co-
conut Grove-Brickell corridor, and some
of it on South Beach. For years nobody
noticed, but not long ago Coconut Grove
marketing maven Daisy Lewis put
together a promotional package called
"Sail the Grove," and it has become a
huge success, both in terms of marketing
and in educating merchants and restaura-
teurs about sailing and sailors and the
fact that they spend real money.
Now a group of sailors and market-
ers, led by David Pina, has secured a
stopover for the 2011-2012 Volvo Around

the World race. It will be f;.
here in April 2012, a fitting
close to Miami's racing
season. Six Miamians
worked a year to bring us
the event, which will be
managed by a nonprofit
corporation. You'll be
hearing a lot more about it
in the coming months.

Speaking of efforts
to sustain tourism here in
South Florida, you have
to hand it to the Super
Bowl Host Committee.
According to New Times,
they persuaded the Miami-Dade Police
Department to put off their crackdown
on hookers and massage parlors until
after the Super Bowl crowds had left
town. God knows we didn't need any
adverse publicity while they were here,
so we sent them home with smiles on
their faces and empty wallets.

Five months from now we'll have
primary elections for Florida's new gov-
ernor and U.S. Senator. It appears that no
one really wants either job. In the senate
race on the Republican side we have our
illustrious and well-tanned governor,
Charlie Crist, whose claim to fame is
that he has held nearly every elective
office in Florida and has never made a
mistake. That's because he has never
actually done anything.
Also on the Republican side we
have Marco Rubio, who hasn't done
much either. Despite that, he's become
the darling of right-wing tea partiers.
(I liked it better when they called

themselves "tea baggers.") With Crist
now trailing Rubio in the polls, the can-
didates have moved into the bash-the-
other-guy and take-no-prisoners mode.
We'll see who survives politically. With
any luck, neither one will.
On the Democratic side, we have
U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who has yet
to show us much, certainly not as much
as his mother did. And running against
him is Maurice Ferre, who had a long
stint as mayor of Miami as well spend-
ing time on the Miami-Dade County
Commission. Recently Ferre has been in
a pitched battle with the Miami Herald
over who remembers what about city fi-
nances when Ferre left the mayor's office
a quarter-century ago. Really a compel-
ling discussion.
Isn't there anyone around here who
is competent and wants to be our junior
senator? We sure want you.
Then we have Republican Bill
McCollum running against Democrat
Alex Sink for governor. McCollum

(a.k.a. Howdy Doody) has the distinc-
tion of being second only to Crist in the
number of state jobs he's held. He's cur-
rently the state's attorney general and
has vowed to sue the federal govern-
ment to stop the implementation of the
new health care plan. Of course, that
was right after the Republican National
Committee promised a generous dona-
tion to his campaign.
Sink is another story. She comes
from the private sector as a banker, and
is the current chief financial officer in
Florida. She made some terrible deci-
sions concerning the state's investments,
to the point that the we lost some $61
billion. Sink & Co. have since recovered
about half that, so we're only down $30
billion now. Judging from her lackluster
campaigning, it seems she doesn't really
want the governor's job.
Isn't there anyone around here who
is competent and wants to be our gover-
nor? We sure want you.

And finally, for all of you who think
the new health plan is a governmental
intrusion into your life, think about
this: For many years the U.S. Congress
has mandated that anyone who needs
medical assistance can go to any emer-
gency room at any hospital anywhere in
America and be cared for money or
no money, U.S. citizen or illegal alien.
And this: If there had been no gov-
ernmental "intrusion" 150 years ago, all
the white guys in the South would still
own slaves.
Don't like such intrusions? Call
your congressman and complain.

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What is the most memorable meal you've ever had?

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Jackie Rodriguez
It was one I made when I
was 23 or 24 years old. It
was my first Thanksgiving
as a married woman and
I was cooking the turkey.
I seasoned it and put it in
the oven and thought I was
doing a great job, having
seen my mom cook turkey
for years. Unfortunately, I
accidentally left the plastic
bag of giblets inside!
Every woman must have
done that once in her life.
It was so funny!

Tuna and crackers. After a
six-day hike in the moun-
tains of Venezuela, we had
finally reached the summit.
Sitting on the edge by
Angel Falls we looked
down and saw the tops of
the clouds. The mountain
is more than a kilometer
high and has some of the
oldest and most unique
vegetation. I had built up
quite an appetite. The view
and the moment made the

Sherry Louis
Sales Associate
North Miami
The best meal I've ever
had was at an Italian res-
taurant on Miami Beach. It
was a couple of years ago.
I had a grilled Chilean
seabass. It was really good.
It melted in my mouth. I
like seafood and I like
Italian restaurants. This
was one of the best fish
I've ever had. It was kind
of expensive, though, so I
haven't been back there in
a while.

Marilyn Arkin
Office Manager
Miami Shores
It was on the first date my
husband and I had together
- years ago. We had a
lobster dinner in Orlando
somewhere outside of
Disney. We were staring
at each other and doing
romantic things when I
bit down on a lobster shell
and cracked my tooth.
That I will never forget! I
still have a gold inlay to
remind me of the torture.

Jack Hays
Sunny Isles
My most memorable meal
was a Thanksgiving dinner
after having to cut weight
for wrestling in high school.
During football season I
weighed over 200 pounds,
but for wrestling season I
always had to slim down
to 138 pounds. For four
years in high school I never
got to enjoy Thanksgiving
because of wrestling, so
every Thanksgiving since
then has been a favorite

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Brittany Pollack
Tanning Consultant
My most memorable
meal is probably Brownie
Obsession. They have it
at a few different places. I
order it to go about once a
month at TGI Fridays. It's
a hot fudge brownie with
a pile of vanilla ice cream.
Chocolate is my favorite!
I just love the brownies
and I could eat chocolate
any time!

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people live there.
A mixture of quaint and ramshackle
trailers share the property with an assort-
ment of dogs, cats, ducks, and the occa-
sional shrieking peacock roaming across
the FEC railroad tracks from El Portal.
Now and then a trailer will catch fire -
and they burnfast. County officials say
portions of the land are contaminated
and pose a health hazard serious enough
to have caused Wal-Mart executives to
back out of a recent deal to purchase and
develop the property.
Welcome to Little Farm Trailer Park.
"The economy has forced us to
make some adjustments," says Magidel
"Mac" Fernandez, a partner in Biscayne
Park LLC, the company that owns the
property. "What we are going to do there
- we have no idea yet." Translation: It's
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Fernandez and his partners bought
Little Farm Trailer Park and some adjacent
commercially zoned land for $8 million
in November 2006. By March 2007, retail
behemoth Wal-Mart had its sights on the
property and made a purchase offer, but
withdrew a few months later, after prelimi-
nary tests uncovered high levels of arsenic
in the soil and groundwater.
El Portal's Jason Walker says he
knows of four potential buyers who
walked away after learning about the
environmental issues. An attempt to sell
the trailer park for $17 million during
a June 2009 auction at Miami Shores

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(ont otl Club also failed.
S.N s iWalker: "It would cost $10
E million to clean up that place."
Yoklnda Dorce has lived in her
o o n Iw I iler at Little Farm for the past
1 i calsi When she moved in, the park
: nci \n.it ind well maintained, and the
.riiin in 1_ paid to the park's owners for
"he l Ilacc was within her budget. "I only
I)ld liXls a month in rent," she says.
No\ I Ipay $500 a month." Dependent
on hlm meager disability checks, Dorce
I.has haId to make some tough financial
dec islIons lately either paying the rent,
bui m e food, or doing laundry, but often
not all three. "My home is
ugly. I can't afford to fix it up
NoE B,.r make myself look pretty,"
she says with a wan smile. "I
S ""can't even buy flowers."
.. .....Security guard Jean
Reuben's monthly rent was
$320 when he first bought his
Llli .....i.......... ... trailer in 2002. No\\ it is ex-
pensive," says Reuben, who
today is paying close to $550
Y .per month. "They want too
;. much. And the new manage-
ment, when you want to find
E 7.,,` _S,,, them, it is excuses, excuses."
Still, he notes that those who
pack up and leave often come
back. "Because outside,"
R c ubcn isys, "is too expensive."
SNo\\ York native Michael Baragana
_._Z- A ,li'.,s h1c may soonbe homeless. An install-
ci of cmc agency doors in more prosperous
n iues Biagana now works whateverjobs
1ic ca n lind landscaping, moving furni-
,uc anything that will allow him to pay
$5l 1 I' month for a one-bedroom, moldy
] I.iilc I o\ ned by Fernandez and his busi-
ncI IC )lm hers. "He keeps trying to raise my
c mi. B.iigana grumbles "He now wants
.$55 ,I month. I'm trying to negotiate him
-do% n to $450."
Fe nandez denies raising rents
1i L lik Farm, countering that "some
people ,__to months and months without
pa n' il.. ic t."
Suich disputes aside, one thing
is clcii Conditions at the park are
dctcil voting rapidly. In fact so many
I ileii c iae in such poor condition that
El Pol tlI officials now refuse to issue
pc l m its for any type of construction on
Sihc p lope rty. Since last August, four

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trailers have burned to the ground.
Investigators determined that three '
of the fires were sparked by substan-
dard electrical wiring. One trailer was
burned so badly that the cause of the ,
fire remains unknown. .......
Virtually all of El Portal's police
calls come from Little Farm Trailer Park.
Last year alone there were 287, and they

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serious felonies: loud music, suspicious
persons, attempted suicide, domestic
violence, drug activity, armed assault. -
In one four-week period last year, there
were 14 hang-up calls to emergency 911. r
from the same address. The perpetual 7r. ..
crime wave persists. Just last month
there was gunplay. Someone was shot, ..
but the incident is still under investiga- H-
tion and no other details were available .
at press time, including the condition of -
the victim. :--
Sgt. Ronnie Hufnagel, a 12-year
veteran of the El Portal Police Depart-
ment, says she and her colleagues arrest
the same people over and over: "They
drink, they do drugs, they break into
each other's places."
Residents say Little Farm is un-
pleasant at night thanks in part to
the park's nonfunctioning street lights
- but they are grateful for increased
police patrols, which they believe have
frightened off many of the young hooli-
gans. Says Yolanda Dorce with a smile:
"Police come, come, come. It's some-
thing for the residents."

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Michael Baragana isn't so san-
guine. Even in the daytime, he says,
some residents think nothing of pan-
handling or even stealing. He recounts
chasing down someone who tried to
make off with his laundry detergent.
Now his garbage can is chained to his
rented trailer. "To be precise," he de-
clares, "this is a little jungle."
As you might expect in a jungle,
sanitation can be an issue. The trailer
park is not hooked up to the county
sewer system. Instead human waste from
more than 200 trailers is pumped into a
septic tank designed for just 65. Sewage
backups were not uncommon, so four
years ago the county's Department of
Environmental Resources Management
(DERM) demanded that Little Farm link
to the system. After negotiating several
extensions, and paying a $36,500 pen-
alty, Biscayne Park LLC now has until
June to comply with DERM's demands.
No overflows have been reported to
DERM since 2007, but some residents
say they keep their windows sealed
against a wafting stench.
DERM and Miami-Dade Health
Department officials are more worried
about high concentrations of arsenic in
the park's soil. Their testing found nearly
five times the level considered to be dan-
gerous to humans. Ingesting or inhaling
such high levels of arsenic over a long
period can cause a wide range of prob-
lems, such as headaches, convulsions,

diarrhea, hair loss, kidney failure, liver
failure, cancer, and lung disease.
Because Little Farm's drinking
water comes from the county, DERM
says there's no danger of arsenic or other
soil contaminants infiltrating the supply.
And the trailer park's grassy areas
reduce the risk of residents breathing in
arsenic-laced dust, says Juan Suarez, an
epidemiologist with the county health
department. However, Suarez warns that
there is danger if people "eat the dirt -
and with kids, that's possible." So far,
Suarez says, the health department is not
aware of any cases of arsenic poisoning,
but that hasn't stopped the county attor-
ney's office from filing a lawsuit against
Biscayne Park LLC to force a cleanup.
Madison Realty Capital, a private
lender, is also running out of patience
with Biscayne Park LLC. Last June Mad-
ison filed a foreclosure action to protect
its $8.15 million mortgage and take con-
trol of the trailer park and various other
properties Little Farm's investors had
offered as collateral, including a house
in neighboring Miami Shores owned by
Fernandez and his wife. The foreclosure
action also lists Carlos and Dora Carde-
nas, Martha Fernandez, and seven "John
Does" as defendants.
According to public records,
Biscayne Park LLC additionally has
been stiffing the county to the tune
of $820,000 in unpaid property taxes.
And two years ago El Portal slapped
a $991,000 lien on the property for a

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multitude of code violations. Today the
lien has grown to $2.5 million. Village
manager Walker says Biscayne Park
LLC has done nothing about the lien
and hasn't contacted him in the past
few months.
Mac Fernandez insists he's "work-
ing with everyone" to address Little
Farm's many problems. He also claims
that he and his mother, Teresa Cardenas,
are not solely responsible: "We're just
managing partners, and there are several
owners." Fernandez is also registered
as a managing partner for a bus and
truck driving school, as well as many
other Florida businesses, ranging from
hair extensions to insurance. "We can't
disclose who the actual owners are," he
says, though he's quick to blame them for
turning down a recent offer. "We've had
someone who wanted to purchase the
property but they [the other owners] were
not able to let it go."
Only a patchy history of the Little
Farm property seems to be accessible, and
the BT's efforts to locate archival photo-
graphs have been unsuccessful. A county
DERM official says in the 1930s a poultry
farm existed on part of the land where

Mary Ramos has more recent mem-
ories. She bought a trailer at Little Farm
16 years ago. "Oh, it was beautiful," she
recalls. "It was cheap, and a nice, nice
place. It was only Canadian people here.
Most of the time the place was empty."
The park was attractive, longtime
residents say, because its owners at the
time cared about it. Jack Schaufele, a ser-
geant with the El Portal Police Depart-
ment, and his wife Nancy, bought Little
Farm in 1988 for $2.73 million. "They
were beautiful people. Nice, sweet,"
Ramos says.
In 1996 the Schaufeles sold the
park for $4 million to a real estate in-
vestor named Sarika Olah. A few years
later, Ramos says, Little Farm began
accepting trailers from Nelson's Trailer
Park. That mobile-home community
shut down in 1999 to make way for the
Home Depot at 12055 Biscayne Blvd.
As the number of homes at Little Farm
increased, sewage began oozing from
the ground, sometimes backing up into
trailers' bathrooms.
"I used to have a picture of the park
from 12 years ago," says El Portal's Ser-
geant Hufnagel. "It looked like an elderly
community from Palm Beach. But then it
just went to hell."
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according to the official, arsenic was a
commonly used herbicide and pesticide.
It's also possible the name "Little
Farm" came from the Little Farm
Grocery Store, which opened at 8360
Biscayne Blvd. in 1933, according to
news reports. The now-defunct Price
Supermarket replaced it many decades
later and closed a few years ago.
By the 1940s, Miami was a popu-
lar tourist destination, with Biscayne
Boulevard serving as the area's main
artery at least until the end of the
1960s. The 1944 Miami City Directory
lists 8500 Biscayne Blvd. as the home
of Farm Side Trailer Park. Mobile-home
dealerships operated at 8400 and 8570
Biscayne Blvd.

the land for $4.8 million to Miami-based
Pinnacle Housing Group, one of the
nation's largest developers of affordable
housing. But Michael Wohl, one of Pin-
nacle's top executives, says there were a
"host of issues" attached to the land, not
least of which was zoning. Biscayne Park
LLC's parcels along Biscayne Boulevard
- the vacant supermarket and laundry,
as well as 76,000 square feet of land -
are in the City of Miami and zoned com-
mercial. Another parcel of some 27,000
square feet lies behind the trailer park
in unincorporated Miami-Dade, and is
zoned for hotel/motel use. The 13.2 acres
occupied by the trailers is in El Portal's
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removed, its current zoning would only
allow banks, office buildings, or studios,
according to Walker.
In 2005, before Wohl could
resolve these issues, Olah's company
filed for bankruptcy. Her lender, Co-
lonial Bank, demanded payment of its
$2.3 million mortgage. To raise cash,
Olah sought permission to solicit more
lucrative offers. Wohl sued to defend
his sales contract but later settled with
Olah, clearing the way for Biscayne
Park LLC to purchase the property out
of bankruptcy.
Should Little Farm close, the
mobile-home owners living there will
find themselves in a bind. Because
their homes are often no longer actu-
ally mobile, they're usually demolished
when a park is sold and redeveloped.
According to a recently released study
conducted by Florida International
University's Research Institute on Social
and Economic Policy, mobile homes,
also called manufactured homes, sell
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for an average of $14,000. But state law
doesn't require owners of trailer parks
to provide compensation to homeown-
ers who are forced to leave, according to
Alyce Gowdy Wright, executive director
of South Florida Jobs With Justice and
an advocate for trailer-park residents.
A $19 million public fund meant
to help trailer-park residents relocate
was raided by the Florida Legislature
two years ago, says Gowdy Wright:
"What they did with [the money] once
it went into the state's general fund is
anyone's guess."
During the most recent real estate
boom, many trailer parks were purchased
by a new generation of owners intent on
collecting as much rent as they could
before selling the land to a developer.
But the economic crash put a quick end
to many of those speculative endeavors,
Gowdy Wright says.
Miami-Dade County's remaining
90 trailer parks, housing close to 60,000
people, are still tantalizing for specula-
tors, she explains, because they offer the

prospect of a cheap price for distressed
property. Real estate investors, she says,
call mobile homes "low-hanging fruit."
Patrick Duffy of Duffy Realty in
Miami Shores, believes that keeping
Little Farm as a trailer park is not "the
highest and best use of the land." But
even without the liens and environmental
contamination, selling it will be a chal-

lenge. "We need more condominiums
like a hole in the head," says the veteran
Realtor. "You are not going to get financ-
ing to build anything on that property for
five or ten years."
With the land's "myriad problems,"
developer Wohl says he no longer would

touch the property, though he adds that
for "somebody with patient money" it
could be a good long-term investment.
But even if a deep-pocketed
company like Wal-Mart were willing
to invest millions in cleanup, another
obstacle looms: the El Portal Village
Council passed a law last year limit-
ing future retail development to 50,000

square feet. Anything larger would re-
quire a special vote of the council, says
village manager Walker.
According to the FIU study,
which was commissioned by Jobs With
Justice, the average annual income of a
trailer-park resident is under $12,000.

When FIU researchers asked 269
residents from several Miami-Dade
trailer parks (not including Little Farm)
what would happen if their communi-
ties were shut down, half replied they
would become homeless.
Some Little Farm homeowners say
they want to get out while they still can.
"For Sale" signs dot windows throughout
the park. Jean Reuben, who has heard
rumors since 2003 that the park would be
sold, is holding out for $6000. Neighbor
Yolanda Dorce says she'd sell her trailer
for a mere $400 if she could.
Alyce Gowdy Wright says it's
fairly common for trailer-park resi-
dents to become somewhat apathetic
about their future. "There comes a
point when the park changes hands so
many times, people get beleaguered,"
she observes. "It's difficult to have a
constant sense of uncertainty about
being able to stay in your home. It's
difficult to live in that emotional state.
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- The franchise agreement between FPL and Biscayne Park is sensational! Terrific! Best deal
By Gaspar GonzAlez .
BT Contributor

Talk about an introduction to vil-
lage politics. As a new resident
of Biscayne Park my wife and
I just moved into our house in Decem-
ber I thought I'd attend a commission
meeting. You know, get to know the
folks who represent the inhabitants of
our little burg, maybe hear them debate
the need for a new water fountain at the
rec center. Instead I walked smack into
what may be one of the most important
votes the commission takes as long as I
live here, on an ordinance to renew Bis-
cayne Park's franchise agreement with
Florida Power & Light.
A franchise agreement is a contract
between FPL and a municipality. Essen-
tially, it gives FPL the right to utilize a
municipality's rights-of-way for the pur-
pose of providing electrical service, limits
that municipality's ability to develop al-
ternative methods of energy distribution,

and locks residents into doing business
with FPLfor the next 30years.
In exchange, FPL pays the munici-
pality an annual franchise fee, roughly
six percent of the community's total elec-
tric bill. Here's the kicker: The fee comes
from a surcharge that FPL tacks on to

every electric bill in that community.
Thus the Village of Biscayne Park
gives FPL a virtual monopoly on provid-
ing electricity to its residents for the next
three decades, as well as free use of its
rights-of-way, in exchange for, uh, get-
ting our own money handed back to us.

ever! Ifyou're FPL, that is -
It's the kind of deal that makes you think
the only reason anybody in South Florida
does business with FPL is because the
Mafia hasn't gotten into the utilities
racket not yet.
Biscayne Park, in particular, has spe-
cial reason to be wary of climbing back
into the sack for another 30-year roll
with the power giant. It was only four
years ago, after all, that FPL proposed
erecting 80-foot-tall transmission lines
through "The Village of Homes." Only a
community petition effort and the fact
that there was an acceptable alternate
route through the heart of North Miami
kept us from being surrounded by a
forest of concrete redwoods. (You'll for-
give the residents of 135th Street if they
don't applaud our victory. They wake up
to those towers every morning.) FPL isn't
done planting power poles around the
county, either. Currently they're looking
to line U.S. 1 in south Miami-Dade with

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miles of 105-foot monsters.
Heading into the March 2 commis-
sion meeting, there was reason to believe
the commission would vote against the
franchise agreement (a move which,
incidentally, would have no impact on
electrical service to the village). The vil-
lage had been woefully unsuccessful in
negotiating better terms with FPL.
It had asked FPL to include language
in the new agreement expressly stat-
ing that no transmission lines would be
installed in Biscayne Park. FPL refused.
It asked that the length of the contract be
shortened from 30 years to something
more reasonable. FPL refused. It asked
for the right to have a contingent audit of
FPL's books to make sure Biscayne Park
was actually getting the money to which
it was entitled under the agreement. FPL
again refused.
The message from FPL is clear:
They don't negotiate. You do things
their way, and in exchange they'll pay
you your own money. It's the reason
other municipalities in Miami-Dade are

considering not renewing their franchise
agreements when they expire, and the
reason Parkland, in Broward, declined to
sign one almost ten years ago.
All in all, it sounds like an easy "no"
vote, right? I thought so, too until the
commission voted 3-2 to pass the ordi-
nance on first reading. Commissioners
Steve Bernard and Bryan Cooper voted
against it. Commissioners Bob Anderson
and Al Childress and Mayor Roxana
Ross voted for it. This despite the fact
that no one in the room not commis-
sioners, not the mayor, not residents -
could find one good thing to say about
the contract.
One resident got up and called it "crap,"
before saying, basically, that we had no
choice but to sign it. The reason? Money.
Under the franchise agreement,
FPL would pay the village an estimated
$120,000 per year. Again, it's our money,
but the franchise agreement allows the
village to collect what is essentially a tax
without having to label it as such. And
right now a majority of the commission
doesn't think Biscayne Park can do with-
out it. The village has no commercial
property, and residential property values

have decreased considerably. Property
taxes, based on assessed value, are going
to be down this year and, very likely, the
next few years.
That's a legitimate concern, but
committing residents and the village to
a one-sided, 30-year agreement to solve
what might well be a three- or four-year
budget crunch doesn't seem very smart,
especially when the amount in ques-
tion $120,000 constitutes less than
five percent of the village's total annual
budget. As Commissioner Bernard
pointed out, increasing the millage rate
from 9 to 9.75 percent would replace
the "income" we lose by not signing the
franchise agreement. (The increase in
the property tax would be offset partially
by the six percent annual savings each
resident would realize on his or her elec-
tric bill.) And unlike the FPL surcharge,
the millage rate can be adjusted down in
a couple of years, when property values
begin to rise.
Commissioners Bernard and Cooper
also pointed out rightly, I think -
that committing to do business with FPL
for the next 30 years at precisely the
moment alternative energy technologies

are becoming viable is incredibly short-
sighted. And then there's the question of
those transmission lines sprouting up on
our tree-lined streets.
The arguments for signing the agree-
ment, frankly, don't make a lot of sense:
A tax imposed by FPL (the six-percent
surcharge) is somehow preferable to one
the village might impose; we can rely on
FPL to do the right thing by Biscayne
Park despite what we've seen them do in
other communities; and my favorite -
the real threat to property values comes
not from a multibillion-dollar utility
company that has already demonstrated
it is more than willing to plant 80-foot
power poles in people's front yards, but
from kooky neighbors who may someday
want to install their own clean-energy
devices. (I'm not kidding.)
The only good news is that the ordi-
nance requires a second vote at this
month's commission meeting on April
6. So our representatives get another
chance to turn down a bad deal. Judging
from what I saw, though, they may need
help seeing the light.

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If It's Spring, There Must Be Ice Cream
How a smashed fire hydrant led me to Mooie -

By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

Around four months ago, I had
my first serious car accident.
As with many motor vehicle
mishaps, this one happened within a
couple of miles of my house, on 79th
Street, just a few blocks west of Biscayne
Boulevard. It was 11:00 p.m. I had been
hosting a school holiday event at the
Deli Gallery in Coral Gables all evening
and, exhausted from working multiple
jobs, I fell asleep at the wheel, crossed
several traffic lanes, and plowed into a
fire hydrant.
Despite the fact that the airbag in my
Volkswagen Eos, a hard-top convert-
ible, didn't deploy and if you'd seen
the damage to the car's front end, you'd
wonder why I escaped serious injury.
I can't say the same for the fire
hydrant, however, which my car knocked
about 30 or 40 feet. You may have seen it
lying there for a couple of weeks back in

December, wondering what lunatic had
displaced it. Now you know.
Why bring this up now? Because
the insurance company, in its wisdom,
thought my car shouldn't be totaled, but
rather fixed. Four months later, it's still
in the shop. And now that the weather
has finally changed from an unusually
cold winter to our regular 80-something-
degree spring, I long for my convertible.

Vestiges of the cold, miserable
Jersey girl I once was, I crave this time
of year. The change of light, the change
in temperature it all brings me out of
my desire to hibernate, the temptation
to sink into bed at any given moment
and sleep away the day. I didn't realize I
had Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
symptoms until I moved first to Southern
California and then to Miami, where I

was largely much happier because I was
warm, but still hated the diminished
natural sunlight during fall and winter.
In colder climates, the onset of spring
used to launch me into near mania -
what I referred to as "spring fever." Here,
where it's gentler, I just feel a general
sense of well-being, put my top down,
and cruise the broad main streets of
Miami Shores, admiring the palm trees
in the median and the well-maintained
front lawns of my neighbors as I drive
my son to baseball practice and games at
the village recreation center.
Once there, I can hang with the other
parents, absorbing even more sunshine on
the wide-open fields, because a) no one can
do any serious work, given that we have no
municipal free Wi-Fi a la Miami Beach,
and b) no one expects me to coach, ump, or
handle batting practice. (Thankfully for all
concerned, I stink at baseball.)

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Then it's a car full of sweaty little boys
- who I can't smell, of course, because
the top is once again down and the breeze
is drying them off like mango pollen from
the trees as we head to Mario's for pizza.
But closed up in my husband's
SUV? I am a very SAD little turtle right
now. It's also pretty clear my "boys of
summer" are getting older, and I should
stock the SUV with some air freshener.
Fortunately I have a time-tested way
to treat my anxiety. In fact, I have a few:
Mint Chocolate Chip. Banana Pudding.
Birthday Cake.
That's right. I may be lactose intoler-
ant but I still combat negative emotions
with ice cream. In this case, it's Blue
Bell ice cream, because I no longer have
to go to Publix when the mood strikes.
Thanks to Mooie's, our first real ice
cream parlor, which carries Blue Bell
brand exclusively, Miami Shores finally
has every spring requirement: sunshine,
baseball, and triple-decker cones.
Mooie's, at the corner of NE
2nd Avenue and 96th Street, began a

complicated life as the perpetually under-
construction Miss Moo's, then finally
opened under its current name a couple
of months after Village Place debuted. It's
run by Sean Saladino, former South Beach
restaurateur and nightlife impresario (the
now-shuttered Rumi, most notably), and
his family, now Shores residents.
For Saladino, who wears a signature
khaki cap over
his longish,
salt-and- Fortunately I have z
pepper hair treat my anxiety. I1
and who, at
and who, at Mint Chocolate Ch
press time,
was about to Birthda
become a first-
time dad, the
change isn't so startling. "We all have to
grow up sometime," he shrugs.
I'm grateful that he, like so many of
us relocated South Beach veterans, has
chosen the Shores to begin a new stage of
his life. For one thing, he finally has given
me a way to carry on a tradition in my own
family: the reward of an ice cream cone
for every home run. He also brings a very
welcome, contemporary business model
that helps when I don't have time to gossip


for two hours at practice and really need to
get some work done.
To wit: Mooie's has free Wi-Fi all
day, every day. Daily hours are 8:00
a.m. until 10:00 p.m. (11:00 p.m. on
weekends), and in addition to ice cream,
Mooie's offers bagels and croissants
for breakfast and array of sophisticated
baguette and panini sandwiches with
tossed green
salads for
time-tested way to lunch and
fact, I have a few: dinner. And
while there is
,. Banana Pudding. wh ere
no beer-and-
Cake. wine license,
it's certainly
legal to bring
in your own.
Boding well for his personal future as
well as his profits, Saladino also seems to
intuitively understand the needs of both
children and parents. Take the idea of the
"house account," in which parents deposit
money. Kids on their own can walk to
Mooie's and eat on credit until it runs out,
just as they would at their camp canteens.
Terrific for summer, no? For littler kids,
indoor game tables offer diversions, and

recent additions to Mooie's include outdoor
tables with buckets of sidewalk chalk. Thus
the art beneath your feet changes hourly.
In back of the shop, where a large
grassy patch offers cool succor for little
feet that resist the confines of shoes,
Saladino has placed comfy beanbag chairs.
I've seen everything from pillow fights
to photo shoots, and have also attended
a birthday party back there, with bounce
house, clown, and even a visit from Mooie
herself (yes, the costume has an udder, so
she is a girl cow). Saladino says he can host
whatever type of party you like, and can
even set up a grilling station as well.
This all involves ice cream, of course.
And as for that ice cream, customers
should know that Blue Bell supplies
its flavors seasonally. So while Banana
Pudding, with chunks of Nilla Wafers in
it, may be getting me through my days
presently, it might not be available in, say,
July. One more thing to be potentially SAD
about, I guess. But perhaps it'll be replaced
by something like Southern Blackberry
Cobbler. And unless another fire hydrant
gets in my way, by then I should be tooling
around in my convertible again.

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Who Will Lead in a Time of Crisis?
SA modest proposal to prepare for the worst in an uncertain world

By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

After the shoe bomber and the
underwear bomber, could the
rectum bomber be far behind?
Or should I say the body-cavity bomber,
to be politically correct? While musing
over the possibilities, I was watching
a city commission meeting online the
other day, and the thought occurred that
our local governments have not taken
seriously the possibility of a terrorist
strike at City Hall.
Think about it. What better way to
strike terror into the heart of our land
than to target local governments-the
very cornerstones of our constitutional
form of government, the basic build-
ing blocks of democracy? In Miami we
have locally elected bodies meeting on
a biweekly basis to conduct the public's
business. And within the same walls
in a fairly confined space, we put all
of our elected officials, administrative

managers, the city attorney, the city
clerk, the police and fire chiefs, our
financial brain trusts, as well as the di-
rectors of every department responsible
for delivering the day-to-day services
necessary to keep things operational.
Now envision a terrorist attack
within these same walls, and consider
the potential consequences of such an

act. We could lose all of our elected offi-
cials and administrative heads in one fell
swoop! (No laughing. Be serious!)
The federal government has long
recognized the possibility of such an oc-
currence, which is why when the presi-
dent addresses Congress (think State of
the Union), there is invariably a cabinet-
level official and some congressional

delegates elsewhere to preserve conti-
nuity of government in the event of a
catastrophe. Perhaps it's time we start
to consider similar strategies and codify
them into the local charters.
Do we have a real order of succes-
sion in the event of the unthinkable?
Sure, we outline who takes over when
the mayor falls ill, resigns, or is ousted
from office, and the same with com-
missioners. But look what we just went
through when two commissioners were
removed by the governor as a result
of criminal charges during an election
cycle-Murphy's Law at its optimum!
We were left with two sitting commis-
sioners, no quorum, and thus, no way
for them act. Local government became
paralyzed, even though no one really
took much notice. Oh, there was la-
menting that a special election costing
thousands of dollars had to be called
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the corruption jokes. But little notice
was taken of the serious ramifications if
such a situation were to be amplified or
continued for a longer period.
The risk is not too far-fetched. Look
at Homestead after Hurricane Andrew.
Homestead had a policy requiring all city
employees to live within the city limits.
Well, what happened? Andrew decimated
Homestead, and most of the finance and
police department employees lost their
homes. Rather than rebuild, many of them
moved away. The county and the City of
Miami supplied financial personnel on
loan and police support for almost a year
until Homestead could get back on its feet.
Disasters, natural and manmade, are
not only possible, but are likely to recur.
So how do we address the danger?
Several ideas occur to me. First, we
should consider amending the charter to
include a position for a vice mayor. All
mayoral candidates would select a run-
ning mate, with the victors taking office
as a pair. The vice mayor would have
day-to-day responsibilities interfacing

with the administration and would have
the primary responsibility of taking over
should the mayor become incapacitated.
Miami's vice mayor would not attend
commission meetings and would leave
city hall when such meetings take place.
At the commission level, it may make
sense to rotate one commissioner out of
the chambers
on meet-
ing days to We should consi
participate via charter to add a pc
computer link And we could rotat
or remote tele- out of chambers
vision hookup. participate via
Certainly, the
police chief
and fire chief should attend commission
meetings, but their seconds-in-command
should not same with the deputy city
attorney and deputy or assistant depart-
ment directors.
Some may say this is taking things
to extreme. After all, the county, state,
or federal government could step up in a
crisis. Keep in mind, however, that it is
the local jurisdiction that first responds
to a crisis. Look at 9/11. Who showed
up? Not the neighboring communities,


not the state, not the federal government.
It was the local police and firefighters
who responded as they always have
and always will. Do not underestimate
the importance of the critical level of
service these individuals and govern-
ments provide during emergencies. To
respond appropriately, we need the local
power and
er amending the leadership in
leadership in
ition of vice mayor. place to keep
one commissioner emergency
meeting days to operations
emote hookup. uninterrupted
and connect-
ed to state or
federal assistance.
Some may also contend that this is
paranoia. But I say that it will be consid-
ered a great vision or exceptional fore-
thought to have a plan in place and active
prior to such an incident. I guess it's the
fireman in me that looks at this type of
preparedness; it's what the fire service
instilled deep in my soul. Firefighters
plan and drill for the worst scenarios,
and every once in a while the planning
pays off. The city has only about ten

major fires a year, but that doesn't stop
the training for the big one.
The Roman poet Horace noted that
"a wise man in times of peace prepares
for war." There should be no doubt
that this country is at war. Our elected
officials should take a hard look at the
potential havoc of a terrorist act and plan
accordingly. It certainly would not be
too difficult for a suicide bomber with a
small amount of plastic explosives or a
canister of nerve gas to gain access to
city hall on commission day.
Although highly unlikely to occur,
we can no longer say the chances are nil,
not with the current state of the world.
We keep touting Miami as an interna-
tional city, and it is. Where better for
some extremist or otherwise certifiable
nut to make a statement?
Local government has the responsi-
bility to ensure stability and continuity
of services and leadership during a crisis.
After all, it was not the President of the
United States who guided us through the
immediate aftermath of 9/11. It was the
mayor of New York City.

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Spider-Man Chopper in the Hood

Aerial acrobatics next to your balcony? Just another Saturday morning in Miami

WBy Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

f there is a certain something that
doesn't happen every day, or ever,
you can bank on it happening in
Miami things like finding Elvis or
meeting Jesus or running into that ex,
the one who blew up your car and put
scissors to your cashmere sweaters
because he or she loved you that much,
or discovering that, after all these years,
you do embrace cats.
Example: Last Saturday morning,
as I padded around my Cotel apartment
in my Sock Monkey slippers, brew-
ing coffee and wondering why I was
up before 9:00 a.m., I heard a very loud
whirrwhirrwhirrrrrr. I considered the
"whirr" and decided it was a low-flying
plane. But then the whirrwhirrwhirrrrrr
became louder and more forceful. Boast-
ful, even.
"Oh, fantastic," I thought. See, for
years I've assumed that one day a plane

would fall on my head. And for years
I've said this is not an irrational fear.
People smile and think that is cute. Or
they usher their young ones away. Or
they nod in a serious manner and scrib-
ble it down on a pad. But I knew the day

would come. And apparently it arrived!
In Miami. Of course.
Full disclosure time. Okay. No, it
didn't. And whether you like it or not,
I'm still here in one piece. But no matter
- because what did transpire was pretty

Good. Figuring it was too nice a day for
Planes to fly low, and that this area is
Snot even really on a direct flight path, I
Calmly shuffled over to the sliding-glass
7 door of my 28th-floor "bird's nest" abode
to get a peek.
Z What I saw did not disappoint. A
Large orange helicopter in all its propel-
Sler-beheading-potential splendor was
hovering within a few hundred feet of
my balcony.
Oddly, I did not panic. I did not
see the sum of my life's experiences
run through my head (thank God). Nor
did I think, "The dog and I are going
to die!" The most common thought
that crosses the minds of pilots before
they crash (does anyone want to take a
guess?) is: "Oh shit!" I had no time for
that nonsense.
I merely spun around in the Sock
Monkeys and fetched my camera. In
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was no time to get dressed!) I watched
and snapped away as the copter's pilot
maneuvered between my building and
the condo located to the immediate right
of me, practically scaling the wall with
Spider Man efficiency (I sincerely hope
the occupants of those units do not suffer
from 9/11 post-traumatic stress disorder),
going down, down, down.
Then three men on the ground
hooked a ginormous metal box (gen-
erator? air-conditioning unit? Michael
Jackson's real coffin?) to the copter's
underbelly. And then up it went, again
scaling the side of the occupied residence
with superhero control and stealth before
the pilot flew over to the tippy-top of the
Conrad Hotel, hovered above the roof,
and then lowered the object.
This up-and-down scenario contin-
ued for about an hour. One of the many
amazing features was how onlookers re-
acted. Or shall I say did not react? Some
residents came out onto their balconies,
then promptly returned inside. The
Conrad Hotel guests at poolside, who

are in full view ten floors down from
my balcony, shielded their eyes from the
sun, glanced upward, then turned back
to their reading material. It seemed they
were more concerned with the pesky
copter blocking their rays than, say, a
20,000-pound steel box hovering over
their bodies, swaying in the breeze, held
up only by a cable that, for all they knew,
was constructed from dental floss.
Now, seeing as I am a recent tundra
defector myself, I appreciate the strong
appeal of the sun on your skin. Boy, do
I. However, being a Miami native and
knowing how corrupt this place is, I can
tell you with certainty that had I been the
squishy body splayed out some 35 floors
below the hotel's roof and that dangling
piece of equipment of unknown origin,
I would quickly abandon the paperback
and, as they say, run for the hills! These
folks? Not so much.
Did I mention that this helicopter was
very, very loud? All this made me think,
in this order: (1) Damn! These people are
stupid. (2) Damn! These people are the
types of folks who think, "Eh, it'll never
happen to me!" (3) Damn! These people
are trusting. (4) Damn! These people are

not who I want on my side if a zombie
outbreak occurs. (And incidentally, you
know the first outbreak would be in
Miami. It just makes sense.)
This lifting up and transporting of
heavy objects continued. But unlike the
disinterested masses, I simply could not
remove myself from my balcony. And
when the pilot balanced the helicopter
on the edge of the Conrad, with massive
cargo swaying yet somehow not smash-
ing through an (apparently unsuspecting
or perhaps deaf) guest's window, I was
dumbfounded. And I really wanted to
high-five the pilot. But I was many sto-
ries downdowndown, and in my under-
wear. And, mind you, they weren't even
an interesting pair.
When the show was over, I called the
Miami Herald's "breaking news" phone
number. I did this even though I knew
it was going to be a waste of time. I did
this out of knee-jerk journalistic training
and years of knowing that if you don't
act fast on a story, someone else will beat
you to it.
I explained what just happened to
the woman who answered the phone.
I said I had some great, timely feature

shots. "What kind of helicopter was
it?" she asked. I said I didn't know, as
it was just orange with a number sten-
ciled on it and no, it didn't appear to
be Coast Guard.
The woman didn't sound impressed.
She put me on hold and then returned
to the line and told me that although she
was sure it was all quite exciting, the
photo desk wouldn't be needing anything
from me.
As this is Miami (and that is the
Herald), I expected this answer. After
all, the helicopter did not actually
crash into the Conrad Hotel. The heavy
stuff did not actually rip loose from
the cable and create an impact crater
that swallowed up innocent bystand-
ers, cars, palm trees, and perhaps an
unlucky family pet or two.
So it's just another one of many bi-
zarre incidents happening on just another
Saturday in Miami. Yawn.
Now, if Elvis or Jesus had been pilot-
ing the chopper, then maybe it would
have been news.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Why, with marigolds and kale, and not in a row
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By Karen-Janine Cohen
BT Contributor

n a quiet Biscayne Park yard, a
pigeon pea plant is keeping unusual
company. Right out in the open. The
leafy shrub cozies close to a fragrant
Valencia orange tree, a tangelo tree, and
a pretty pomelo grapefruit tree all
planted in a raised circle. Below, pine-
apples ring the quartet.
While lovely, looks don't explain the
grouping. It's a chemical thing.
The pigeon pea pulls nitrogen from
the air, while its companions must seek
that essential element in soil. But the
pea is willing to share, especially when
supercharged with a bacteria that boosts
its abilities, says Marcus Thomson, co-
composer of this botanical symphony.
"When you cut back the pigeon pea,
its root system degrades and the nitrogen
nodule is available for these other guys,"
says Thomson, who with the home's
owner, David Tunnell, designed and
planted the riot of fruits, vegetables, and
flowers that is overtaking the front yard.
And it's no coincidence that Tunnell
is part owner of Metro Organic Bistro on
Biscayne Boulevard at 70th Street. While

The front lawn is now pea plants,
citrus, banana trees, raspberry bu
passion fruit, and Muscatine grap
all planted in whorls.

Tunnell aims first to provide for his own
family, anything extra will supplement the
organic foods already offered at Metro.

David Tunnel and Marcus Thomson in the permaculture garden taking
shape in Biscayne Park.

It \\ s always my intention to grow
food to support the restaurant," says Tun-
nell, best known as the founder of Dogma
Grill. After selling his interest in the hip
hotdog joint in 2005, Tunnell
opened Karma Car Wash &
guava. Caf6 right next door to Dogma.
dishes, Later he traveled, searching for
es a healthy environment where
he and his wife could raise their
young son. They returned to
Miami after considering Peru,
Brazil, and California. In early
2009, Karma Caf6 was reborn as Metro.
"There are places with cleaner
air, land, and water, but we missed

community," Tunnell says. He bought a
home in Biscayne Park late last year.
"This is an idea I've had for many
years," he says of his garden, "but I
wanted more than containers I wanted
a food forest."
He's halfway there.
Over the past two months, Tunnell
and Thomson, who met through the res-
taurant, stripped away the front lawn, that
iconic grassy bastion of Americana, and
replaced it with the pea plants, guava,
citrus, four kinds of banana trees, rasp-
berry bushes, blackberry bushes, passion
fruit, and Muscatine grapes all planted
in whorls, or curves, which allows for

more plants in a small area than tradi-
tional rows.
"We're all about abundance," Thom-
son explains. "You can live right off your
front yard."
And that's just the beginning. On raised
berms composed of layered seaweed,
manure, and mulch, grow kale, collards,
lettuce, and sweet potatoes. You can dance
around the mulberry bush and serenade
the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Delightful marigolds are everywhere.
"Marigolds are the flowers of organic
gardening," notes Thomson. "The vi-
brancy of the colors confuses the pests,
while the chemicals in the root system
deters them as well."
The yard has attracted plenty of at-
tention and some complaints from
neighbors who don't know what to make
of a garden that stands out like a peacock
among starlings. One nearby resident
who didn't want to be named says she
doesn't think it looks at all normal.
Biscayne Park code enforcement
Ofcr. Sira Ramos says several callers have
asked if it's legal to turn a front lawn into
produce paradise. It is. "I think it's going
to be really fun to watch," says Ramos.
And this is not your garden-variety
organic garden. The plants are grouped
to create a flowering, fruiting, leafy web,
designed to mimic what mother nature
does so casually, linking plants, insects,
and animals in a constantly renewing
cycle. It's called permaculture, and is
gaining popularity all over the country, if
not all over the world. Indeed, aid groups
expect to teach it in Haiti as part of earth-
quake reconstruction efforts.

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April 2010


They're Off and Running!

The crowded race to win Congressional District 17 could end in a fluke

By Mark Sell
Special to BT

It is barely April, but already we have
a free-for-all in the Democratic pri-
mary battle for the 17th Congressio-
nal District. The race is shaping up to be
one of the most compelling in America
- and not for the usual reasons. (Elec-
tion day is August 24.)
The district's 18 years as an exclu-
sive family franchise are about to expire.
Kendrick Meek, who inherited the seat
after his mother Carrie Meek retired, is
stepping down to wage an uphill cam-
paign for the U.S. Senate. He will face
either archconservative Republican (and
Tea Party darling) Marco Rubio or Gov.
Charlie Crist. At the moment, Rubio is
favored over Crist, and both are widely
favored over Meek.
In a wide-open race defined by a
depressed economy, foreclosures, and
rising joblessness, a remarkable lineup
of 11 striving Democrats are fighting to
succeed the House of Meek. Some have
been running
for more than
a year. Four While the 17th in(
are Haitian Haitian-American c
Americans nation, it would be
(the winner to call it a "H
would be the
first Haitian-
member of Congress), and six are African
American. If the race stays this crowded,
the one Anglo who cannonballed into
the contest last month, popular North
Miami Councilman (and six-year Carrie
Meek congressional aide) Scott Galvin,
stands a sporting chance of squeaking by


with a plurality of votes -
to become the white,
gay representative of
Florida's "blackest"
congressional district.
The primary winner
(there is no runoff) will
likely face Republican
Corey Poitier, an Afri-
can-American school-
teacher from North
Miami whose prospects
are dismal in a district
that went 87-12 for
Barack Obama in 2008.
Even after redistricting
in 2011-2012, Florida's
17th will remain among
the nation's most
Democratic, meaning the
Democratic primary winner will almost
certainly go to Washington.
This year economic pain trumps par-
tisanship and ethnic identity in this often-
gritty district, which runs along the west
side of U.S. 1 from downtown Miami to
Voters will be
udes the densest seeking solu-
ncentration in the tions while
i oversimplification candidates
tian" district, wish to be
known more
by what they
do rather than
by where they come from.
"The problems are first, jobs;
second, the rate of foreclosures; third,
economic development; and fourth,
health care," says candidate Phillip
Brutus, a former Florida state represen-
tative, in a typical response.

"I'm a problem-solver," says Andre
Williams, a Miami Gardens City Coun-
cilman, son of a schoolteacher, and
grandson of Georgia cotton-pickers. He's
a real estate lawyer with Harvard College
and Vanderbilt Law pedigrees who has
recently gained some fame by running
foreclosure clinics. "I have tried to create
jobs, attract economic development, and
keep people in their homes with foreclo-
sure clinics," Williams says. "We need
people to rise above political rancor."
The candidates generally offer
discipline, ambition, and manic, Type-A
achievement. Among them are successful
entrepreneurs, determined and effective
activists, accomplished professionals,
and seasoned politicians. Although all
would likely vote a similar liberal line
in Congress, each seeks a unique iden-
tity through experience, originality of
insight, empathy for the suffering, or any

combination of the above.
HIIy The leading fundraiser is Haiti-
born Rudy Moise, a successful
health-care entrepreneur and osteo-
path with 500 employees. Moise
has never held elective office but
boasts an MBA and law degree
from the University of Miami. He
also holds the rank of colonel as
Sa flight surgeon in the U.S. Air
Force reserve. As of December 31,
Moise had raised $213,000, much
of it from health-care enterprises.
His fundraising goal is $1.5 mil-
lion, and he has retained Cornell
Belcher, who was one of Presi-
r, dent Obama's four pollsters. He
appears set on a savvy, relentless
Says Moise's campaign man-
ager Anastasia Apa: "With this electorate
and at this time, if a green Martian could
bring better jobs and health care, the Mar-
tian would be elected. There aren't any
huge issue disparities. The issue is how
to differentiate ourselves. Rudy Moise is
a businessman, physician, father and hus-
band, and military man. He has a strong
internal compass and wants to serve.
Crossover appeal will be key. This will be
a very expensive campaign and ground
game. You have well-known candidates
who are liked. But that does not translate
into votes. People are hungry for ideas."
State Sen. Frederica Wilson she of
the trademark 300 cowboy hats, matching
colorful outfits, and reliably liberal votes
is the No. 2 fundraiser. She's col-
lected $160,692, with notable contribu-
tions from powerful plaintiffs' law firms

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Living With Crime Eternally

A scary armed robbery in Belle Meade raises fears and troubling questions

By Brandon Dane c of the most heavily policed in Miami.
Special to BT Furthermore he blames the viral
effect of social media as well as blogs
N formally the Upper Eastside and e-mail chains for distorting the facts
neighborhood of Belle Meade of crimes that have actually occurred. An
smells like jasmine in the c armed robbery in Belle Meade this past
spring. Recently, however, the smell of January, Nichols says, is "the biggest
fear has permeated the gated community thing that has happened and has every-
like a dead rat in the basement. The dead body saying that the sky is falling." Yet
rat, both real and perceived, in this case: rumors of unreported crimes persist, and
robbery, burglary, and lack of police the perception is that Belle Meade is
presence. becoming increasingly dangerous. (The
Miami Police Ofcr. Darrell Nichols same Upper Eastside phenomenon was
contends the reality is that crime is no explored in "Perception vs. Reality," a
worse in the Upper Eastside generally, or BT cover story from May 2008.)
Belle Meade specifically, than it has been Belle Meade is bordered on the east
in recent years. According police depart- by Biscayne Bay, on the north by NE
ment statistics, crime has been declining 77th Street and NE 77th Terrace, on the
since 2003. south by NE 72nd Terrace, and to the
Nichols argues, "The police are only Miami Police Ofcr. Darrell Nichols: "People are so busy on their cell phones west by NE 6th Court a short block
a tool. People cannot just sit behind their that they don't pay attention." east of Biscayne Boulevard. The January
barricades and think nothing can happen robbery occurred at NE 77th Street and
to them." Vigilance is his mantra, and in the neighborhood, including Belle Neighborhood Resource Officer for the NE 7th Avenue.
has been for the 20 years he has worked Meade, serving most of that time as the Upper Eastside. He says the area is one ................ Continued onpage33 ................

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Around midnight on January 26, just
inside Belle Meade's barricaded streets, a
neighborhood couple was walking their
dog. The police report indicates they were
approached by two men on bicycles, who
then robbed them at gunpoint, threatening,
"Give me [any valuables] or I will shoot
both of you and the dog." The victims
complied, giving up a wedding ring.
Nichols continues his argument,
which seems less a defense of the Miami
Police Department than an admonish-
ment to residents in every neighborhood
in the Upper Eastside, especially to those
in Belle Meade. "It's really frustrating,"
he says, "when people complain, but then
don't even bother to watch out for suspi-
cious activity. Purses and laptops are left
in unlocked cars. People are so busy on
their cell phones that they don't pay at-
tention. It puts the police department on
the defensive."
Margaret Tynan, president of the Belle
Meade Homeowners Association, agrees
with Nichols. "I know the police have
limited resources," Tynan says, "so we try

to do things like Citizens Crime Watch.
But for most people it's in one ear and out
the other until a crime happens to them.
People are so egocentric that they aren't
aware of their surroundings. They should
understand that they are being watched
[by thieves]." She contends that the Belle
Meade streets closest to Biscayne Boule-
vard are the most dangerous, especially
NE 7th Avenue and NE 6th Court, which
lies outside the
guard gate and
street barri- "We try to do things
cades. Tynan Watch. But for mo<
observes that ear and out the otl
most incidents, happens
like the couple
walking their
dog, seem
to be "people in the wrong place at the
wrong time."
Belle Meade is accessible by car only
at NE 76th Street, which has a guard gate,
but several other "barricaded" streets, from
NE 72nd Terrace to 77th Street, are easily
crossed on foot or by bicycle. (The bar-
ricades consist of curbs and landscaping.)
Anyone familiar with the area knows
that west of Biscayne Boulevard, the


neighborhoods begin to deteriorate, espe-
cially along 79th Street, just northwest of
Belle Meade. These neighborhoods are,
incidentally, mostly African American
and Haitian American. Officer Nichols
says that a lot of the criminal element is
coming in from that direction, but "these
criminals are often really good" at watch-
ing, waiting, and often simply "walking
down a street checking for unlocked cars
and doors."
ike Citizens Crime Meade
people it's in one resident and
er until a crime BT columnist
o them." Frank Rol-
lason sees
the crime
issue from
both perspectives law enforcement
and frightened residents. But he does
not believe recent reported crimes are
one-off, isolated incidents. "This is a
systemic problem that needs increased
police presence," he says. "But still, you
hardly ever see [residents] out in the
neighborhood unless they are walking
their dogs. Nobody really knows each
other. People are concerned and scared,

but not vigilant enough."
Rollason says the real wrench in the
works is this: Because Belle Meade is a
predominantly white and Latino neighbor-
hood, when a resident calls to report a group
of African-American teenagers riding their
bicycles through the streets, it suddenly
becomes a racial issue. "I've called to report
suspicious activity a few times and never got
a warm feeling," he says.
This puts Rollason, who lives
along NE 7th Avenue, on the defensive.
"When I work in my yard," he says. "I
tell my wife to lock the doors and call
911 if anything happens. And I carry
my gun with me. I figure I am as good a
target as anybody."
Rollason's assertion that "nobody
really knows each other" in Belle Meade
seems to be borne out by both Margaret
Tynan and Carmen Caldwell, execu-
tive director of Citizens Crime Watch
of Miami-Dade County. Tynan says that
at the March homeowners association
meeting, which addressed the controver-
sial issue of building walls or installing
fences on every street barricade along NE

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The discipline combines lessons
gleaned from ecology, organic gardening,
landscape design, and sustainability. Over
time, plant groups become almost inde-
pendent, requiring far fewer resources
and effort than do traditional gardens.
For example, Tunnell's layered benns
will decompose into a rich soil base. The
pea plants and others that pull in nitro-
gen replace commercial fertilizer. Some
plants will attract bees and other pollina-
tors. A nearby rock garden beckons small
lizards, whose insect diets will keep bugs
in check. Leftovers from Metro Organic
Bistro go to the worm-filled compost bin.
Tunnell and Thomson both came to
pennaculture from an interest in health
- and a curiosity about how food grows.
Thomson, who practices organic
gardening and permaculture techniques
at Little Haiti's Earth-N-Us Farm (see
the BT's "Inner-City Shangri-la," April
2009), moved from an interest in fitness
to teaching health and wellness. He

became a vegetarian, then a vegan. "I got
more and more connected to what I was
consuming, then more and more connect-
ed to what I was growing," he says.
Tunnell took a similar path: "If
you're eating raw produce and it doesn't
feel alive, you find yourself asking,
'What's wrong here?'" He hopes his
garden will demonstrate that people can
master methods to grow foods that are
healthy for people and the planet while
controlling one bit of an increasingly
centralized food-supply chain. "Our
society and the

lavish on landscaping. His costs would
have been even lower had he not opted to
buy more mature trees.
Even in South Florida, where "perma-
culture" conjures up B-list celebrities and
professional athletes misbehaving on South
Beach, the practice is gaining adherents.
In January, Cory Brennan, a Los Angeles-
based permaculture expert, taught a class
at Earth-N-Us, where participants received
permaculture design certificates. It included
a handful of Florida International Univer-
sity environmental studies students who
earned college

want to own "Our society wants to own everything
everything down to the seed. But you don't need a
down to the seismic shift in consciousness. It's as
seed," Tunnell easy as popping a seed into the ground."
"But you need
not have a
seismic shift in consciousness. It's as program director Krishr
easy as popping a seed into the ground achandran, who sponsor
and giving it water." for the university studer
He's spent about $10,000 creating the participate in the next E
garden far less than many Floridians ing while preparing a ca

plans another
class this fall.
FIU environ-
Smental studies
aswamy Jay-
red the first class
its, says FIU may
arth-N-Us offer-
impus course.

Pennaculture is getting a boost as
people increasingly look for ways to take
more control of their food, says Toby
Hemenway, author of Gala Garden:
A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
and a biologist who teaches at Portland
State University. Hemenway adds that
concerns about food-borne bacterial out-
breaks, factory farming horrors, the obe-
sity epidemic, and global warming have
all contributed to the attention. "People
have been thinking for years: How do
we mainstream this," he says. No\\ the
mainstream is coming to us."
Hemenway's advice is to start at
home: "The place where my actions can
have the most effect is my own yard."
Could South Florida soon be a major
pennaculture center? A stretch, perhaps,
but Tunnell and Thomson have planted
the seed. "It's basically about creating
this utopia we want to run away and
find," Tunnell says. "But running away to
the mountains is not necessarily what the
world needs right now."

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6th Court, only the association's board of
directors and three residents showed up.
With regard to the Citizens Crime
Watch, Caldwell says that while a group
has been formed on Belle Meade Island,
an island enclave within Belle Meade,
with a stellar turnout, no substantive
group had yet been formed in Belle
Meade proper. "The groups form block
by block in any neighborhood," Caldwell
explains. "It all depends on the 'block
captain.' We had a good meeting in Belle
Meade Island, but we haven't has as
much success in Belle Meade."

If a case needed to be made for
both increased police presence and
citizen involvement, Wade Hallock
would be in a position to do so. Hallock
is an interior designer and three-year
resident of
Belle Meade
whose drive- "I've called police at
way entrance report attempted br
is on NE 6th of time. The thing th
Court. For the these criminals a
past several
months he has
been renovat-
ing his house.
He says that during the renovation,
his construction crew was held up at


gunpoint. No long after that, construc-
tion equipment was stolen. Following the
equipment theft, one of his car windows
was smashed, an expensive outdoor grill
was stolen, and most recently last
month bur-
glars attempt-
east three times to ed several
ak-ins. It's a waste times to use
it scares me is that crowbars to
e so aggressive." break into his
house at night
while he slept.
did not report most of these incidents to
the police out of frustration. He recounts
an incident in which his house alarm

was activated and he arrived home from
his office in the Design District some
15 minutes before the police responded.
"I've called the police at least three times
to report the attempted break-ins. It's
just a waste of time," he says. "I have a
marble patio and have come out several
mornings to see footprints all around.
The police just say that there is nothing
they can do unless something happens.
I've never even seen a police car patrol-
ling this street. The thing that scares me
is that these criminals are so aggressive.
I hate the fact I even bought a house in
this area."

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allied with the Florida Justice Association
($7000 from the Haggard law firm of
Coral Gables; $4800 from the Hialeah
firm of Alexis Izquierdo, P.A.), followed
closely by Dosal Tobacco, a family-
owned Opa-locka cigarette manufacturer,
Flo-Sun (the Fanjul family sugar enter-
prise), and Blue Cross-Blue Shield.
The No. 3 fundraiser is Miami Gardens
Mayor Shirley Gibson, a minister, former
police officer, and community activist who
led an eight-year fight to incorporate the
city and became its charter mayor in 2003.
Her $103,368 in contributors, centered
around Miami Gardens, include car dealer
Warren Henry ($3400), Southern Wine &
Spirits ($2500), and for the gentlemen in
the audience, Tootsie's Cabaret ($2400). In
a gesture of mirrored sisterhood, attorney
Evelyn Greer, who led her own fight to
create Pinecrest in 1995 and became its
charter mayor, also donated $2400.
Gibson's occasional Miami Gardens
sparring partner, Andr6 Williams, follows
at No. 4 with $88,315 in contributions,
much of it from his fellow professionals,
followed by state Rep. Yolly Roberson,
activist Marleine Bastien, attorney Roder-
ick Vereen, and Phillip Brutus, who also
happens to be Roberson's ex-husband.
This district at the historical center of
black Miami defies conventional stereo-
types. Its densely textured population is
officially 56.9 percent black, 32.9 percent
white, and 22.1 percent Hispanic, with a
2000 median income just above $30,000.
Roughly 39 percent of its 639,000 resi-
dents are foreign-born.
The 17th District starts in the north-
west at Pines Boulevard and Flamingo
Road in Broward, jogs east to U.S. 1 in
Hollywood, funnels all the way down
to the hard-bitten blocks of Overtown

Some of the candidates (left to right from top row): Marleine Bastien,
Phillip Brutus, James Bush, Scott Galvin, Shirley Gibson, Rudy Moise,
Yolly Roberson, Frederica Wilson.

on either side of NW 2nd Avenue, and
reaches its narrow southern border in
west Brickell.
In between it encompasses the West
Indian neighborhoods of east Miramar;
Jewish enclaves in Highland Oaks and
Aventura; the middle-class reaches of
Miami Gardens (population 108,000), the
minarets of Opa-locka, unincorporated
areas east of NW 27th Avenue, which
are sprinkled with African Americans,
West Indians, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans,
Hondurans, and the occasional stray
Anglo; Liberty City, where 18 died in
the 1980 McDuffie riots; and the ascend-
ing Haitian diaspora spreading from
Little Haiti through North Miami and
into Broward; not to mention the mixed
professional enclaves of Miami Shores,
Biscayne Park, and El Portal. (The dis-
trict's boundary strays east of Biscayne
Boulevard in just three places: down NE

10th Avenue in Miami Shores and Sho-
recrest, part of Belle Meade, and a sliver
of Morningside.)
While the 17th includes the densest
Haitian-American concentration in the
nation, it would be an oversimplification
to call it a "Haitian" district. Numbers
are difficult to pin down, but estimates
of the Haitian population range between
100,000 and 125,000, perhaps 20 percent
of the population, and likely a far lower
percentage of the 390,000 eligible voters.
Marleine Bastien, child of a Haitian
village and divorced mother of three
teenage boys who leads the organization
Haitian Women of Miami, knows the
limitations of being known as a "Haitian"
candidate amid such an ethnic jumble.
In the past two months, she has visited
Haiti for earthquake relief and recently
returned from the Organization of Ameri-
can States meeting in Washington, where

she was a delegate. "People associate
me with Haiti," she says, "but for 28
years I've been intimately involved in
every major struggle in this community:
small class sizes, universal education for
four-year olds, affordable housing, and
universal health care. That's why we need
someone like me for the people, because
I believe we can make a difference. I
have been there every step of the way."
The immigrant experience has rubbed
off on Scott Galvin, born 41 years ago in
a very different North Miami. He stayed
home as the community underwent a de-
mographic transformation. "North Miami
is a wonderful melting pot and represen-
tative of the district," Galvin says. "I've
been thrilled to be here my whole life,
and I'd rather be here now than when I
was a kid, because children exposed to
different cultures and backgrounds are
making new friends.
"I've been an elected official in North
Miami for over a decade and have been
elected and re-elected and re-elected in a
community that is majority minority. I think
the electorate doesn't want this to be about
race. Voters want and expect a person who
is going to work hard, and they want to
select the best person for the job."
Yet even in a post-Obama age, race
and ethnicity lurk as poorly buried
subtexts in the discussion. Suppose, the
chatter goes, that Galvin wins by default
in a crowded field? Suppose the knives
come out again in 2012 from the van-
quished this year? Or suppose, for that
matter, that a restless Kendrick Meek
comes back to reclaim his seat if he loses
his senate bid?
"I hope God blesses me with the
re-election issue in 2012," Galvin re-
sponds. "For now, I'll focus on getting
elected in 2010."

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Biscayne Crime Beat
Compiled by Derek McCann

Couch Potato Nightmare
100 Block ofNE 59th Street
After a short walk to the neighborhood
store, our victim returned to a pilfered
home. Mortified by the fact that he had
left his window open and the screen lying
on the floor, he surveyed his abode to see
if any cherished items were missing. He
called police, and by the time they arrived,
he had assessed his losses. It seems that
just one thing had been stolen: his televi-
sion remote control. The television itself
was left behind, suggesting that the burglar
had a higher purpose in mind. By taking
the remote, he would force the victim to
get up from the couch which thankfully
was still there every time he wanted to
change channels. This was no crime. This
was a selfless act of compassion.
Why Some Motels Should
Have Bars
5200 Block ofBiscayne Boulevard
At one of the Boulevard's renovated
motels, a prospective guest asked for

a room. The manager, excited
that someone would actually
consider such a thing, placed
her purse behind counter and
walked with the man to show
him a room. Upon returning
to the motel office, she discov-
ered that her purse was miss-
ing. The victim told police she
had a possible suspect in mind
but couldn't place him at the
moment. Perhaps just too many
Boulevard suspects?

New Crime Magnet:
Manhole Vulnerability
1100 Block of Venetian Way
A commercial truck stopped along the
Venetian Causeway, where a couple of
workers opened and entered a manhole.
They toiled in an effort to make our town
a better place for everyone by tying
up traffic, of course. However, while they
were underground, they heard a strange
noise above them. They climbed up the

ladder and saw a man driving off with
most of their tools, which he had appar-
ently taken from the back of their truck.
The thief drove west toward Miami and
was not identified. But wait. Didn't he
have to go through the toll booth at the
western end of the causeway?

The Hidden Benefits of
500 Block ofNE 83rd Street
For landlords there are advantages to
advertising a furnished apartment for

rent. No worries about a tenant moving
in with roach-infested sofas, mattresses
crawling with bedbugs, or short-cir-
cuiting old appliances. However, this
particular tenant took the lease to mean
much more than that. He moved out one
morning, and in the process took all the
furniture with him. This was a Section 8
renter, and police are trying to track him
down. In Miami, furnished and unfur-
nished have become interchangeable.

The Gas Wars Redux
6800 Block of .i i,..- Boulevard
Two years ago, with gasoline hover-
ing around $4 per gallon, gas theft was
a common crime in Miami. Now our
wonderful commodities speculators
are predicting high petrol prices again.
This seems to have mobilized Miami's
criminal element. At this gas station, the
manager secured a pump at midnight,
but within two short hours an astounding
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Crime Beat
Continued from page 36
1854 gallons of gas had been stolen. Ap-
proximate value: $5500. There was no
video recording of the crime, so how this
was possible is anyone's guess.

Love and Theft, Part 7
3600 Block of i:, ..... i ,,. Boulevard
According to the police report, this victim
placed his wallet on top of his dresser. He
had invited over a friend and two females
- probably not for coffee and cake. After
the act, he fell asleep. Several hours later he
awoke and discovered that the two women
had left, along with his so-called friend. And
of course his wallet was missing from the
"secured" place where he left it. We're begin-
ning to think our local ladies of the night are
reading the BTfor tips. This sort of thing is
now happening virtually every month

Secure Your A/C Wall
Units, Part 8
8200 Block Biscayne Boulevard
This victim thought he had locked
and secured his business, but did not

have the foresight to notice there was a
potential weak spot. (We can't all think
like criminals.) After the business
owner had left, an unknown intruder
pushed in the air-conditioning unit and
gained entry to the building. The perp
raided the refrigerator and left.

Follow the
4400 Block ofNE 1stAvenue
This victim told police she was check-
ing on her property and discovered
the front door had been pried open.
Several items were missing, including
an unidentified small animal the victim
kept as a pet in a cage. The victim
believes the suspect must have been
living illegally at the location for a
period of time. A drum set that was re-
ported missing from a neighbor's home
was found on the property. Appar-
ently the suspect had burglarized the
neighbor's home, broken into this one,
and taken the victim's small animal (a
ferret perhaps?) with him for company.
The animal-loving percussionist punk
is still at large.

The Perils of Plastic
100 Block ofNE 27th Street
With credit card companies cutting off
countless people, sometimes without
notice, it pays to be perpetually paranoid if
your business uses plastic. Case in point:
A man rented an expensive generator and
left behind a credit card as a deposit. For
whatever reason, the dolt who rented it to
him did not immediately run the card. On
the scheduled return date, when the dolt
tried to charge the card, it was declined.
Numerous calls to the fraudster were in
vain no surprise. Police are now in pur-
suit, though no arrests have been made.

Nice Dance Moves
34 NE 11th St.
Gotta give Boulevard scum some credit.
They find inventive ways to steal. A
woman was dancing the night away at a
big club, enjoying her weekend. During
this pleasant revelry, a mysterious man
doing his version of the Electric Slide,
slithered over to her, somehow reached
into her purse with graceful dexterity,
and stealthily lifted her wallet. He then
moonwalked his way out of the club.

Good Luck Solving
This One
1600 block ofN. Bayshore Drive
A theft occurred at a victim's apartment,
but he waited several months before
filing a report. When asked about the
long delay, the victim told police: "I did
not want to cause any trouble."

Same Old Shenanigans
100 Block NE 68th Street
An "on-again and off-again" boyfriend
of three years entered this victim's
bedroom and grabbed her cell phone,
reportedly screaming, "Yeah, bitch, I got
your phone! I see. .1.., h,,.. now, bitch!"
Inexplicably, the victim thought nothing
of it and went back to sleep. When she
awoke hours later, she went to confront
the boyfriend at his own apartment. He
told her he had broken the phone. She
called police after this, but the "boy-
friend" has yet to be located. Guess it's
now "off-again."

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Miami Scores with Marlins Art

Lowball meets highbrow at the new \t.1aliimn

By Anne Tschida
BT Contributor

Couple of years from now you
may find yourself in a seat at the
new Marlins baseball stadium
- its retractable roof open to the night
sky, the enormous sliding-glass walls
on the east side offering panoramas of
And when the Fish hit a home run,
the midfield will explode with colorful
laser lights, water spouts, visions of peli-
cans, seagulls, and at least one jumping
marlin an elaborate interactive pop-
art installation courtesy of the pioneering
artist Red Grooms. He's internationally
known for his enormous outdoor spec-
tacles, starting with his urban "happen-
ings" back in the 1960s.
If all goes as planned, that will be the
baseball reality in April 2012. Whether
you'll be able to leave your car in a new
parking garage, or eat and shop at a
proposed restaurant and retail court is
another story. But the unique stadium
design that structurally incorporates
major artwork has the potential to be a
truly remarkable cultural asset.
With a whopping $5.2 million budget
from Miami-Dade's Art in Public Places
program (thanks to an ordinance allocat-
ing 1.5 percent of construction costs of
county buildings for the purchase or
commission of artworks), the Marlins
stadium will feature four site-specific
projects that will make it stand out
dramatically from other sports stadiums
around the country.
Maybe because our Art in Public
Places program is staffed by a pretty
sophisticated group, and maybe because
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is a well-
known art collector, these projects are
topnotch -
not the garden
variety Britto "Miami-Dade Cou
sculpture in most culturally (
the parking lot. facility in the
In addition to
Grooms and architecturally
his dazzling
displays, artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, an
originator of kinetic and color sculp-
ture, will transform the stadium's main
entrance, while local artist and archi-
tect Daniel Arsham will light up the

Overhead view of Daniel Arsham's tribute to the beloved Orange Bowl.



structure's tower- "
ing pillars and also
provide a tribute to
the now-demolished
Orange Bowl.
"We will have 1
the finest artworks -"
of any stadium in
the nation," says
a proud Michael
Spring, director
of Miami-Dade's 4
Department of Cul-
tural Affairs, which
oversees Art in
Public Places. "And '
our ballpark will Kinetic-art pion
be distinguished by vibrant paving
how prominent and
integrated the art is
into the very architectural features of
the facility."
Even from a distance while driv-
ing to it or
passing by
ity will have the it the stadi-
)nceived sports um will leave
nation, both an indelible
nd artistically." image, prom-
ises Arsham,
who is work-
ing with his
firm Snarkitecture. "It will be a magic
trick," he says of the method by which
he'll use LED lights to illuminate the
200-foot-tall support columns. "The light
will move up and down the columns, and

1 g

eer Carlos Cruz-Diez will create a
system at the stadium's main plaza.

from a distance it will look like they're
appearing and disappearing."
Upon arriving at the stadium, you'll
experience Cruz-Diez's unique perspec-
tive on perception and color when walk-
ing through the main entrance. Cruz-
Diez, an icon in his native Venezuela
and famous since the 1960s for his work
involving sensory manipulation, will
use a paving system based on color, line,
and viewer perception to create visual
signage to the various stadium entrances.
At the east entrance, Arsham will
erect his Orange Bowl tribute. Across
this plaza, ten-foot-high reproductions
of the letters that spelled out "Orange
Bowl" on the old stadium will be scat-
tered some standing, some leaning,

some on their sides, "as though they
had fallen from the old stadium and
landed like that in a state between
deconstruction and rebuilding,"
Arsham says. Depending on the van-
tage point, the letters might spell out
Orange, Game, or another word that
sparks a sports memory. For Arsham,
who fondly remembers the Orange
Bowl outings of his youth, this proj-
ect is personal: "Even the font [of the
letters], if you were there, you would
recognize them immediately."
So how were these artists two
stalwarts of contemporary art and a well-
respected up-and-comer chosen for
this monumental undertaking? Through
a process that was smooth, professional,
and efficient not exactly what some
cynics would expect of county gov-
ernment. "A call to artists was issued
internationally," says Brandi Reddick,
communications and artists manager for
Art in Public Places. "We received 432
applications, representing 19 countries.
From these 432 applications, 18 artists
were invited to develop site-specific
project proposals."
An advisory panel of national arts
experts was convened: Anabella Vogeler
Smith, principal and director of interior
design, Zyscovich Architects, Miami;
Margarita Aguilar, Latin American art
specialist for Christie's, New York; and
Glenn Weiss, public art and design man-
ager, Times Square, New York.
Marlins executives were intimately
involved as well. "The entire public-art
process was implemented in close collab-
oration with the Marlins," says Reddick.
"During project-orientation meetings
with the short-listed artists, the architects
and project team continuously referred
to the stadium as a 'white canvas for the
integration of public art."'
Repeated attempts to seek comment
from Loria or other Marlins executives
were unsuccessful. It's a strange si-
lence, as this aspect of the stadium saga
would seem to be the least controversial.
Miami-Dade taxpayers will be respon-
sible for an astronomical 80 percent of
the construction costs, estimated at $515
million. But that figure will be dwarfed
by interest payments on the county
bonds used to finance the stadium

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Daniel Arsham will perform an artistic "magic trick" in
illuminating the stadium's columns with LED lights.

Marlins Art
Continued from page 38
- projected at somewhere around $2.4
billion. Miami's new mayor was elected
partially on his early and strong opposi-
tion to the stadium. Add a deep recession
to all that and you'd think the Marlins
would welcome a little positive PR.
From previous press releases, how-
ever, it's clear that Loria, who still runs

his art dealership, was
adamant about mesh-
ing high-quality art
with his gleaming new
ballpark. Art has often A sketch of F
been used to legitimize multimedia I
and promote institutions.
Now sports franchises are jumping on
the bandwagon. Jerry Jones, flamboyant
owner of the Dallas Cowboys, whose


stadium opened
last season, just
unveiled the
Art Collection
of Cowboys
Stadium, featur-
ing 14 major
I installations. Big
difference from
Miami: Jones
himself is foot-
ing the bill.
Another big
difference: You
must pay to see
the artwork in
Dallas. Not so
in Miami, notes
Michael Spring:
"You don't
need to buy a
IGrooms's ticket to experi-
ne-run extravaganza. ence the work.
You can be at
home, watching the Marlins on TV,
and cheering as Red Grooms's sculp-
ture 'goes off,' with marlins leaping

and lasers blazing, or driving on the
expressway at night witnessing Daniel
Arsham's super columns."
Unlike the Marlins' front office,
Spring has no problem commenting on
the stadium's ambitious public-arts proj-
ects: "Miami-Dade County will have
the most culturally conceived sports
facility in the nation, both architectur-
ally and artistically."

On display ;hi. i, li June 20 at Miami
Art Museum, "Carlos Cruz-Diez: The
Embodied Experience of Color" offers a
taste of what may be coming to the Mar-
lins stadium. It also examines the origins
of color-and-light installations, ofwhich
Cruz-Diez was a pioneer. The center-
piece is a ground-breaking, site-specific
piece, Cromosaturaci6n. After putting on
shoe coverings, visitors wander ;h,. -iw
three rooms, each bathed in brilliant
blues, reds, greens, and the color
schemes that emerge among them a
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Through April 18 "Wanderlust" by FlU MFA students
Jason Galbut, Patl Laylle, and Kim Yantis
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 Hincapi" by Maria Teresa Hincapie
April 23 through May 9 "Crome Yellow, Spring Bachelor
of Fine Art Students' Exhibition" with various artists

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
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Through April 25 "Trends and Techniques A Short
History of Printmaking" with various artists

101 W FlaglerSt, Miami
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Through June 20 "The Embodied Experience of Color"
by Carlos Cruz Diez

770 NE 125th St North Miami
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Through May 9 "The Sharper Image" by Cory Arcangel
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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
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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
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Reception April 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

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Events Calendar

World Music Opera for Kid!
Meets Miami
The Rhythm Foundation's
eighth annual Heineken
TransAtlantic Festival
is always an ear-opener, a
rare opportunity to hear
contemporary World music.
This year is no exception,
though it's a slimmed-down
program four bands in
two concerts, Friday, April 9, and Sat-
urday, April 24, both at the North Beach
Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). Bogota's
Bomba Est6reo, a frenetic mash-up of
cumbia, electronic, and hip hop, opens on
April 9 for Grammy-nominated Orques-
tra Contempordnea de Olinda, the brassy
all-star fusion group from Brazil. On April
24, Miami's own Locos por Juana opens
for Mali's guitar sensation Vieux Farka
Tour. Tickets are $20 in advance for each
concert. Visit Transatlanticfestival.com or
call 305-672-5202.

From Catalonia to
the Colony
Warning: The next dance program pre-
sented by Tigertail Productions and the
Cultural Center of Spain is not for the
faint of heart. Straight from Barcelona,
Alta Realitat Olelds is the intensely
gripping tale of two estranged friends.
Jordi Cort6s and Damian Mufioz, two
of Spain's most innovative dancer/
choreographers, bring their singular
artistry to the Colony Theater (1040
Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) on Friday,
April 9, and Saturday, April 10 at
8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$50 at

The Design District: It's
Not Just For Designers
The Design District opens its doors to
the entire family on Saturday, April 10
from noon to 3:00 p.m. Merchants and
restaurateurs welcome all ages to Family
Day in the Miami Design District at
various locations around NE 40th Street.
The free event, which coincides with
Gallery Walk later that day, has plenty
of supervised creative activities for the
kids while parents explore the numerous
stores and showrooms, whether it be an
orange martini at Mai Tardi or bright and
bold fashions at Marimekko. Visit miam-
idesigndistrict.net for information.

From the Boulevard to
Bacardi: A Walk on the
Historic Side
Culture and exercise unite on the His-
torical Museum of Southern Florida's
numerous walking tours. Here's a new
one: The Biscayne to Bacardi Walk-
ing Tour, which begins at the Latin Caf6
(2501 Biscayne Blvd.) at 10:00 a.m. Sat-
urday, April 10. Voluble historian Paul
George will lead the tour and explore
the neighborhood, concluding at the
iconic Bacardi Building around 1:00 p.m.
Limited space. Museum members $20,
nonmembers $25. Call 305-375-1621 or
visit www.hmsf.org.

Opera for Kids? Magical
Oranges? Why Not?
The Playground Theatre (9806 NE 2nd
Ave.) reinterprets for kids six years and up
The Love of Three Oranges, the classic
operatic comedy in which Prince Tartaglia
hilariously searches for three enchanted
oranges and a way to avoid marrying the
repugnant Smeraldina. Performances run
from April 14 to May 23 and show times
vary. Tickets are $15. Call 305-751-9550
x233 or visit the playgroundtheatre.com.

Miami Riverday: Music,
History, Food, and Fun!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, April
10. You don't want to miss the 14th
annual Miami Riverday, a free ex-
travaganza of an event that kicks off at
11:00 a.m. in the Lummus Park Historic
District (250 NW N. River Dr.). There
will be free boat rides on the Miami

River, historical tours and re-enact-
ments, kid's activities, and musical
performances by a couple of great
local bands: the Spam Allstars and the
Resolvers. Call 305-644-0544 or visit

Baynanza 2010:
Stash the Trash
Last Saturday it was Riverday. This Sat-
urday, April 17, it's Baynanza, the 28th
annual Biscayne Bay cleanup, from 9:00
a.m. to noon. Join thousands of volunteers
countywide in this one-day, power-packed
effort to beautify the shores of Biscayne
Bay. There are 27 cleanup sites, including
Oleta River State Park, Greynolds Park,
Legion Park, Morningside Park, and the
Julia Tuttle Causeway. Space is limited, so
register early and you'll also get you a
Baynanza 2010 commemorative T-shirt.
Call 305-372-6784 or go to www.miami-

Being Out Is So In
On Saturday, April 17, from noon to 8:00
p.m., the most colorful street in America,
Ocean Drive, will host the most color-
ful parade north of Key West, the Miami
Beach Gay Pride Parade & Festival.
Expect to be fabulously entertained by
gleeful crowds, numerous food vendors,
play zones, and musical performances.
The party doesn't end there. Continue the
festivities at any of the officially sanctioned
after-party events all over the Beach.

Complete schedules at www.

Earth Day: A
Planetary Party
The Earth's birthday is
coming up on April 22 and
e C y we have a celebration sugges-
tion. Head down to Metrozoo
a nd P.Ia r\ for the Planet with the wild
Ilni,-s Tlic zoo (12400 SW 152nd St.) will
be ccIelebltilig all week, but they'll really
c i.nkl, it Il on Saturday, April 24 and
Simd.l. .April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00
p in In i I i active shows and guided tours
\\ 111i i\ i lie whole family a fresh apprecia-
Iion IfoI Iili big blue ball we call home. The
party is free with the price of admission.
Go to www.miamimetrozoo.com or call

Two Wheels Are Better
Than Four
Bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters,
and pedestrians alike will fill the streets
of Coconut Grove on Sunday, April 25,
for the second annual Bike Miami Days
(9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). The free event at
Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Rd.) and
the surrounding streets is a city initia-
tive to highlight green consciousness,
alternative transportation, and physical
fitness. Arrive early because you won't
want to miss the music and dance com-
petitions, or the art installations, or the
bike rides through lush Grove neighbor-
hoods. Call 305-416-1022 for details.

Curious About Brickell?
Here's Your Chance
Brickell is now known for its restaurants,
shops, and burgeoning nightlife. But who
has the time or money to indulge it all?
Here's an answer: On Sunday, April 25,
from noon to 5:30 p.m., you can sample
the place to your heart's content at the
first annual Taste of Brickell. Stores
and restaurants galore will set up shop
around the Brickell Metrorail station
(SW 1st Avenue and 10th Street) to bring
you the very best of Miami's first truly
urban neighborhood. Call Barbara Wal-
ters (786-287-7027) for information.

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In the Middle of the Road

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

ere can you find a happy
median? Hop on a bike and
glide around the Village of
Biscayne Park. Before you can say,
"Holy log cabin, Batman," you will run
into one. This little village looms large in
the art of landscaped streets.
Practically every road has a median
of some sort, and the main advantage of
them becomes immediately apparent: No
one wants to drive through this maze.
The streets are so quiet that I actually
saw a grown woman sitting on the pave-
ment, watching landscapers work on her
front yard. Where else in Miami can you
calmly sit in the middle of the road?
The jewel of the village's many,
many medians is a series of eight extra-
large ones. In paved-over Miami, they
qualify as parks. Biscayne Park also
has a real park, the Ed Burke Recre-
ation Center, and its review in August
2008 ("Quiet Village, Rollicking Park")
earned a respectable rating of 3.5 trees.
Likewise, the large medians of
Biscayne Park are above average; in fact,
they could easily be exceptional with a
little more TLC. Medians not only slow
traffic, they also provide shade, green
space, and a place to stretch two legs or
four. Having this kind of open space in
front of your house? Priceless.
Biscayne Park is overflowing with
green medians because a green person
was the original developer of the village.

Biscayne Park lush street medians keep birds in, traffic out
x' end looks like a log cabin. That's be-
cause it is a log cabin. Built by the WPA
and dedicated in 1935, its cost was $247.
Another sign in the village deserves
special mention, although technically
it stands outside a median on private
property. Across from this house, within
the median at NE 116th Street and 9th
Avenue, stands a green doggie trash can
for disposing of doggie waste. But not
everyone is in the habit of picking up, it
seems. The nearby private sign, in the
shape of a white terrier with the tell-tale
curved back, shows a dog going about its
business. In bold letters on the terrier's
body is written "No!"
Animal waste is not readily apparent
on the grassy medians, but it probably
is there, especially considering the large
Biscayne Park residents can thank horticulturalist Arthur Mertlow numbers of cats lounging in front yards.
Griffing for their greenery.

Horticulturalist Arthur Mertlow Griffing
lived in the area and began developing
lots in the early 1920s. His vision has
given the neighborhoods here an endur-
ing charm. Riding around the village,
I had the feeling that I was back in my
childhood, going to visit my grandpar-
ent's house in Boynton Beach. It looks
like Old Florida.
Most of these large medians are
bisected down the middle by a street,
giving them the shape of a giant egg
sliced in half. Some of them are also half
cul-de-sacs, meaning that the far ends
are closed, and the circle's only open-
ings are in the middle. All of them are

one-way streets.
Anyone attempting
to find a shortcut
through Biscayne
Park will soon get
dizzy and discour-
aged by the constant
Biscayne Park is
shaped like a trian-
gle standing on one
tip, and my favorite
median sits closest to
the southern angle.
Here you will find an

Riding around the village, I had the feeling that I was
back in my childhood. It looks like Old Florida.

intriguing mixture of
architecture and landscaping, and in one
corner hangs a hidden, swinging green
bench. I'll bet that bench was hung there
by residents of that cul-de-sac, because
it is unique among the village's large
This median, among several others,
has telephone poles running through it.
While not attractive, it sure beats the
alternative of having the poles and wires
running through your yard.
Another unique median sits on NE
114th Street and 7th Avenue. The east
half of the median features a signature
green metal bench with a stencil in large
letters reading "Biscayne Park." On the
other half stand two signs one des-
ignating the village as a bird sanctuary,
and another pointing to the town hall.
The town hall on the median's western

But the medians appear mostly clean,
trimmed, and free of litter.
The "Pine Tree Row" median at NE
118th Street and 7th Avenue features
mature Australian pines all the way
around the oval. Although attractive and
shady, the pines are considered a major
invasive species in South Florida. Some
pines are already being overtaken by the
native strangler fig, but at some point
they should be replaced by something
more American and less Australian.
Two of the medians are so large
that if relocated within the City of
Miami, they would be considered major
parks. They stretch from 8th to 10th
avenues, with one on NE 118th Street
and the other two blocks north. This

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northernmost median appears to be
planted with young oak trees, which
gives it much less shade than the other
medians that feature mature trees. These
teenager trees lack the romance and
grandeur of the mama and papa trees -
but they'll grow into it.
The larger medians seem lonelier than
the smaller ones, but all of them appear
to lack people. Although each has at least
one bench, only one of the eight medians
was occupied during recent visits. Don't
look for action in these parks.
It's interesting to note that the land-
scaping of each median is not uniform,
although they all echo the shape of the
street, with the pattern of an outer oval of
trees around an inner oval of grass. The
choice of trees, however, seems much
more random. A palm tree might pop
up in between a series of live oaks, and
flowering bushes might appear in spaces
that were clearly intended for trees.
These interrupted patterns could infuri-
ate a type-A personality.
On the other hand, the uniqueness of

Nearly every median has at least one park bench.

each median adds a bit of charm. Trees
never grown in perfect rows of uniform
heights except on a tree farm. As before,
I suspect that the neighbors took things
into their own hands, and whenever a
tree died, they replaced it with whatever
they had available.
The neighbors are also the key

ingredient to the future of these medians.
Why not have a beautification contest to
see which group of neighbors can create
the most improved median? During the
holidays, they could also come together
to make their street special.
Residents of Biscayne Park, be
thankful for your medians. You're

Telephone poles run through the
medians, but better there than
your front yard.

luckier than most in Miami. Your
green streets keep the birds in and the
traffic out.

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Call of the Wild Canine Edition
- Fido ignores you when you're calling him to come? Don't take itpersonally -

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

Last month I wrote about the most
aggravating part of being a dog-
owner: house-training your pet.
Well, close behind in terms of aggrava-
tion is this: Dogs that won't come when
you call them. Many intelligent owners
are baffled trying to fathom why Fido
takes his time moseying over, or com-
pletely ignores them, especially if they
feel they've done everything right.
They have gone through the dog-
training classes. They've doled out the
cookies. They've showered their pet with
affection. "He comes perfectly when
we're in the house," they tell me. "But
when we're outdoors, sometimes he
won't come no matter what."
There are several reasons for this.
Two of them often overlooked are
competing motivations and environmen-
tal stimuli.
Your dog knows every inch of your
house, and there's not much of interest
going on there. You are usually the most
interesting thing in the gilded cage he
calls home. In fact, when owners call
from inside the house for dogs to come,
it's usually for good things: to take a
walk, to have dinner, to receive a bone.
But when he's outdoors, the world
is his oyster. Every minute of the day,
every shift of the wind brings a new
adventure. If there are other animals out-
side, or other potent stimuli (the gardener,
the cable guy), you are truly rowing
upstream. If your dog has a strong chase
or prey drive, competing against that
natural instinct will make obedience

even more difficult.
In some important circumstances,
when you call your dog to come while
he is outdoors, you're actually punishing
him. But more on that later.
It's important to realize that a dog's
motivations and desires are always in
flux. As part of training I usually advise
clients to give their best doggie rewards
when working on calling their dogs to
come, known as the "recall." If your dog
is highly motivated by food at the time
you're in training, reward him with what
he really loves. For most dogs that would
be real meat. But a dog who is outdoors
and has been eating well every day may

not be motivated by top sirloin, especial-
ly if he's been cooped up. He just wants
his freedom.
Here's an example: My Dalmatian,
who is generally good off-leash and has
a pretty solid recall (after lots of train-
ing), spent a month with me in the North-
east during one of the coldest winters
on record. Not once did the temperature
climb above 20 degrees! Our hour-long
Florida walks turned into "Hurry up! Go
potty! Get inside!" As my BT colleague
Wendy Doscher-Smith would say, it was
the Merciless Frozen Tundra.
He got so stir-crazy that one day,
when he had a chance to bolt into the

woods and chase deer (an intoxicating
novelty for him), he literally leaped at it,
despite blizzard conditions. Even though
it was dinnertime and he was hungry,
no amount of tasty meat was going to
motivate him to come to me.
This is the crux of competing mo-
tivations. If you call your dog to come
for a reward of a favorite toy or prized
food, but he is extremely thirsty, he may
ignore your initial requests and head for
the stream or lake or swimming pool for
a drink of water. At that moment, water
is more important to him than food or
toys. Similarly, if there is a bitch in heat
somewhere in the vicinity, he may be
compelled to find her, disregarding your
efforts to call him to you.
We humans experience competing
motivations all the time. An important
client or your boss calls, but you're
watching the last few minutes of Ameri-
can Idol, so you wait for the conclusion
before returning the call. Adolescents
are told not to do things like watch
R-rated movies, but their curiosity and
raging hormones get in the way of them
doing the right thing.
That brings us back to punishment.
Calling your dog when he desperately
wants to be somewhere else is, in essence,
a form of punishment, which is a techni-
cal no-no in recall training. Think about
it. When you call your dog at the dog
park, and then slap on the leash and take
him away from his friends, he's going to
see it as punishment. In such situations,
he needs a special reward for obeying.
That means you should come to the park
prepared have a treat ready for him.
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You should never punish or scold a dog
when he returns to you or he'll learn that
coming to you is a bad thing. The next
time he'll be more reticent.
To get your dog to come when
called most of the time if not every
time you need to approach the task
from all angles. Practice not just at home,
but also outside in distracting situations.
Build a reward history so he knows it's
wonderful and always more rewarding to
come to you than do anything else.
You must be alert to competing
motivations so you can size up your sur-
roundings and manage your dog prop-
erly. Don't practice recalls if you're not
confident your dog will come. Otherwise
you'll be practicing not coming. And
remember that you must be exciting and
inviting to your dog at all times, espe-
cially outdoors. When you're outside
with your dog, it's really vital to be inter-
esting. (Put down your cell phone!)
Yet you must also be able to enforce
the recall in intermediate practice, so
he learns he must come and that you're

serious. It helps to adopt a work-to-
earn policy with your dog. Using "life
rewards" (entrance to dog parks, squir-
rel-chasing) as motivators is extremely
potent in training. I taught my Dalma-
tian that if he comes when called, even
though he may be very interested in a
particular squirrel, I won't just give him
a food reward; I'll also release him to
chase the squirrel! In situations like that,
I'm using the competing environment to
my advantage.
Perhaps most important, you must
know your dog well and recognize that
there are no guarantees. On the other
hand, the more things you do to put the
odds in your favor, the closer you will be
to a solid recall and a better under-
standing of your dog.

Lisa Hartman is head dog trainer and
founder ofPawsitively Pets. You can
reach her at pawsitivelypetsonline@
yahoo.cor or www.pawsitivelypetson-
line.com. You can also keep up with
her and her dogs on Facebook at www.

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Munchkins and Menus

The kids are hungry, you're in Wynwood or Midtown or the Design District, and you 're in luck

he Design District and its neigh-
bor Midtown Miami are rapidly
becoming Family Central. Maybe
it started with the arrival of Genius
Jones in the District a few years ago, but
more recently family friendliness has
popped up all over, along with a number
of new eateries, many of which welcome
the car-seat set with open arms and
designer highchairs.
One such place is Jonathan Eis-
mann's Pizza Volante for upscale pizza.
(Learn more about the restaurants men-
tioned here in our "Dining Guide," page
54.) The place is casually hip and perfect
for families in all states of dress. It fea-
tures wholesome and organic ingredients
that our generation wants to be feeding
our kids. And for parents there is a nice
array of wines.
When we tried it out, we felt very
much at home around one of the res-
taurant's cool long tables with a an-
other family of four at the other end. We
greeted each other with knowing looks
as we acknowledged the simplicity and
convenience of a place serving tasty
pizza in an environment parents can love.
I recently had a date night with four-
year-old Izzi -just mommy and the little
guy out for a night of dining. He wanted
to go to Sugarcane because his beloved
classmate's daddy is a chef there, but there
were no tables available at our impromptu
arrival, although I did see at least one kid
when my partner and I dined there for our
romantic Valentine's dinner.
So Q it was for me and my Iz that
night. He got all dressed up in his vest

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and cowboy boots for some cowboy
chow as we set out for yet another Jona-
than Eismann culinary destination, his
new barbecue joint on N. Miami Avenue.
Um, scratch that. This is no "joint." The
talk of the town since even before it
opened, Q may feature some down-home
taste smokiness you can smell from
around the corner but the prices are
more on the uptown side. Having spotted
many families there on my first trip, I
decided to try it out on my own ram-
bunctious little taste connoisseur.
Indeed the place is kid-friendly, the
staff being incredibly attentive to Izzi
from the moment he sauntered in, an-
nouncing that he was a cowboy. They
celebrated his real Texas cowboy boots,
complimented his unsolicited cowboy
dance, and encouraged him to do his
moves on the dance floor.
But there is no kids' menu, and the
A la carte offerings make it a bit pricey

for little ones who want fries with their
sliders. He did love the ribs I ordered
in a half slab and couldn't even finish.
However, it was a bit off-putting when
the hostess came over to coo over Izzi
again, only to try selling us T-shirts and
faux cow-skin drink coolies.
All-in-all, what was the review from
my date? "Mom," Izzi pronounced, "that
was the most deliciousest meal I ever
had. That was the most delightful meal
I've ever had in mine life."
When we first moved to the neigh-
borhood in 2004, it was always frustrat-
ing that weekend breakfast and brunch
options seemed so limited for those of us
with little ones who arise with the roost-
ers. (And yes, this is Miami, and we all
have neighbors with roosters, right?) So
I was absolutely thrilled to discover two
places right near me one only about
100 yards away that open early every
day, including weekends for breakfast.

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Owned by Claude Postel, who also owns
the beloved Buena Vista Bistro, one of the
early-morning options is the new Buena
Vista Deli. Our family can practically roll out
of bed and right into it for Goldi's bagel and
lox, Izzi's chocolate croissant, and grown-up
frittatas and cheese plates.
Heading a little farther south, we
can enjoy a more service-oriented and
more decadent breakfast at Morgans in
Wynwood. Serving up delicious and styl-
ish comfort food, Morgans is a place in
which you'd love to luxuriate forever -
in the cool white interior or relaxing on
the broad covered porch outside. And all
the while everyone around you is happy
to see your kids.
The creation of Barclay Graebner,
who many of us may remember from
Kidscape, the fantastic indoor play space
at 50th and Biscayne, the restaurant was
built with kids in mind, thanks to Bar-
clay's own five kids and sharp mommy
sensibilities. It boasts a kid-friendly
front lawn where young ones can hang
out, a spacious parking lot with ample
room for families with strollers and extra
little tykes running around, and lots of
menu choices, including some great,
healthy smoothies with catchy names
like Chunky Monkey.
We can't forget the fast-casual restau-
rants at the Shops at Midtown, either. I
know my neighbors and I spend many a
weeknight dinner in shorts and T-shirts
at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill and Five
Guys Burgers and Fries, as well as the
new, iiber-green Sakaya Kitchen, which I
really love, although you have to be mind-
ful of the heat in some of their menu items.

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A Bit of Palmistry from Cuba
- The palms of Cuba make excellent additions to South Florida landscapes -

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

Many years ago, one of my
professors lent me the multi-
volume Flora de Cuba, which
was published in 1946 in Havana. After
I had finished my project, I reluctantly
returned it, and ever since I have wanted
a set for myself. This year I finally was
able to add to my library the five-book
set. What a wonderful window into the
past. In the section on palms, there are
amazing photos taken in the 1940s of
great vistas with many of the endemic
species found nowhere else in the world.
Many of these palm species grow
very well here in South Florida. Every
once in a while, I see magnificent
specimens of these Cuban palms while
driving through older residential areas.
Several decades ago these palms could
only be seen in a botanical garden; now
many are available locally and will grow
quite well in your yard, even after being
exposed to the cold of this past winter.
This was going to be an article on
palms of the Caribbean that we can grow
in South Florida, but there are so many
endemic and native species in Cuba
that I decided to write exclusively about
them, and I have added the local names
listed in the Flora of Cuba.
One of my favorite is Copernicia
baileyana, known in Cuba as Yarey
hembra, or Cacocum in Oriente
province. This palm can eventually
grow 40 or 50 feet tall and is one of
the most distinctive palms I have ever
seen. Another very attractive palm is
Copernicia macroglossa, the Cuban
petticoat palm. This species is known

in Cuba as Palma Jata or Jata
de Guanabacoa.
The palm genus Coperni-
cia has more than 20 species
that occur in the Caribbean and
into South America. Many are
endemic to Cuba, found nowhere
else. Most grow slowly and may
not form a trunk for many years,
depending on growing conditions
and available water. It is this char-
acteristic that makes many of Co-
pernicia species great landscape
plants. The foliage is long-lived
and forms a tight, round, very
attractive rosette. They are easy to
grow in South Florida.
The palm genus Coccothrinax
has about 50 species throughout
the Caribbean, with the great-
est diversity of species, 34 or
so, occurring in Cuba. Many
palm enthusiasts are familiar
with the Old Man palm, Coc-
cothrinax crinita, also known in
Cuba as Palma petate. I grew one

once from a small container to a
20-foot-tall fruiting specimen in about
15 years. The palms in this genus are not
as massive as some of the Copernicia but
can eventually grow quite tall. As shorter
palms, they are excellent candidates for
small gardens or large pot culture. Coc-
cothrinax miraguama, in Cuba better
known as Miraguano or Yuraguana,
has attractive, stiff, round leaves with a
distinct pattern of fiber wrapped around
the trunk. Most if not all Coccothrinax
are found growing in limestone in their
natural habitats, perfect for our area.
There are several Thrinax species found
on the island. It is a genus very similar


A beautiful Copernicia baileyana in the
yard of Elvis Cruz in Morningside.

to Coccothrinax and will grow under the
same soil conditions.
What we call the Paurotis palm
is correctly known as Acoelorrhaphe
wrightii, in Cuba as Guano prieto. In
South Florida, it is a common palm often
seen with very yellow, starved-looking
foliage. This palm can be found growing
in swamps with lush green foliage; make
sure it is well irrigated in your landscape.
Our Florida native, the Sabal pal-
metto, is also found growing in Cuba,
along with several other attractive Sabal
species. There it is known as Cana Jata.
Sabal species can get quite massive, but

Along with all of the other palm species
Found in Cuba and throughout the Carib-
Sbean, they are hurricane tolerant.
Cuesta del chivo is the local Cuban
name for the Buccaneer palm, Pseu-
Sdophoenix sargentii. This is an attrac-
; tive, slow-growing palm that at one
time had been almost wiped out in the
Florida Keys.
About ten species of Royal palms are
found throughout the Caribbean basin.
Roystonea regia is the species native to
Florida and one of five species found in
Cuba. We know it grows very well here,
but we are probably planting too many
and making this species a ready target
for specific insects to dine upon. Palma
real is the Cuban name.
All of these palms either grow in
limestone or in serpentine soils in their
native habitats. Both soil conditions are
very limiting in nutrients, especially ni-
trogen. The fact that these palms evolved
to adapt to these harsh conditions makes
them not only ideal for our landscape
conditions but excellent candidates for
sustainable landscaping.
One of the palm species noted in
Flora de Cuba was La Palma barrigona,
Colpothrinax wrightii, or the Cuban
belly palm. I have never seen a mature
specimen here, but with the distinctive
belly-like buldge in it's trunk, it would
make an interesting landscape specimen.

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ipal arborist, director of horticulture at
Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
Designs of Florida. Contact him atjeff@
tropicaldesigns. con.

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Forget Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Drink Outside the Box

Red, white, and you: Agreeable wines for $12 or less

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor
Last month we threw off the chains
of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
and Pinot Noir in favor of outside-
the-box red wines. This month it's time
to break the iron grip of Chardonnay
and the weaker, let's say noodle grip, of
Sauvignon Blanc by pouring something
different into our wine glasses.
Beyond the obvious benefit of
expanding our palates and experiencing
new tastes, there are a few others. For
one, a lot of Sauvignon Blanc is just
plain sucky nowadays, bred to eliminate
the brisk, citrus acidity we crave in the
best SBs, or bulked up on fruit and oak
to imitate the worst Chardonnays, result-
ing in a wine with all the character of
lukewarm cream of wheat.
As for Chardonnay, is there anything
that says "wussie" more than walking
into a bar and ordering a glass of the
country's most-mocked and ubiquitous
varietal? It's like going to the beach in a
suit and kicking sand in your own face.
For a third, drinking outside the
Chardonnay-Sauv Blanc box is a lot
cheaper. This is particularly true in
restaurants, where Chardonnays that
are barely suitable as cleaning fluid are
marked up higher than the space shuttle,
while "lesser" varietals have to make do
with less extortionate pricing.
If you like the richness and fruitiness
typical of many domestic Chards, try
Viognier or a full-bodied, off-dry Ries-
ling. (On the other hand, if you like the
oaky, alcoholic, cloyingly sweet charac-
ter of many other domestic Chardonnays,
try soaking a two-by-four in vodka and

chasing with an overripe
mango.) If you're thirsty
for the citrus crispness
that characterizes the best
Sauvignon Blancs (which
also command the best,
i.e., highest, prices), try
Muscadet, a dry Riesling,
or Spain's answer to white
Bordeaux white Rioja.
Seriously, you have noth-
ing to lose but your chains.
For Chardonnay lovers,
one wine you can't lose
with is the 2008 McManis
Family Vineyards Viog- |
nier. It not only picked up .r
a silver medal at the 2009
San Francisco International
Wine Competition (where I l
had the privilege ofjudging
for a couple of years not all
that long ago) but costs all often bucks a
bottle. It starts off with a bit of that honey-
suckle-floral thing Viognier is known for,
but quickly segues into rich, citrusy Meyer
lemon flavors, with a Chardonnay-like
creamy, mouth-filling texture.
Another wine that hints at that ripe,
honeyed richness before revealing a
superb fruit-acid balance is one of my
favorite California Rieslings, the 2008
vintage from Monterey County's Jekel
Vineyards. Its lovely, aromatic begin-
nings can fool you into thinking it's a
sweet-style Riesling, but underneath is
a wine that tastes of apricots, peaches,
and pineapple with a taut acid backbone.
Both of these wines have the restraint to
play well with simply prepared fish and
shellfish yet the heft to stand up to light
meats like chicken and veal.

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Somewhere in the middle of Char-
donnay-Sauvignon Blanc territory is
another all-time favorite, the 2008 Dry
Creek Chenin Blanc. Crisp and smoky
in the nose, on the palate it's green
apple and grapefruit with a tiny hint of
the petroleum taste that marks many
German Rieslings. On my personal list
of outside-the-box white wines, this is in
the top five.
In the crisp, refreshing, Sauvignon
Blanc vein, the best deals are not only out-
side the box but outside the country. From
Spain is the 2008 Marques de Cecares
White Rioja, whose steely green apple-
lemon-grapefruit flavors with a slight min-
eral tang make it an ideal warm-weather,
backyard-barbecue kind of wine.
Doubling down on the lemon, grape-
fruit, and minerals is a wine that begs to

be poured with oysters, scallops, lobster,
or any rich-tasting shellfish, the 2008
Domaine de la Chauviniere Muscadet
Sevre et Maine. Like the best Musca-
dets, it's aged sur lie (on the yeasts and
other leavings of fermentation), which
gives it added fullness and complex-
ity, though it's still as crisp as a freshly
starched shirt collar.
Italy's contribution is the 2006 Cam-
pogrande Orvieto by Antinori. It might
seem that 2006 is a rather elderly vintage
for a light white wine, but you'd never
know it in the glass, where you first get
a hit of citrus and green apple and again
a tiny whiff of petroleum, then dig into
flavors of tart lemon-lime with ruffles of
minerals and flourishes of flowers.
As good a reason as any, I think, to
drink outside the box.

North Miami's Crown Wine and
Spirits (12555 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
892-9463) has the Campogrande
Orvieto for $11.95 and McManis
Viognier for $9.99. The Dry Creek
Chenin Blanc and Jekel Riesling
each cost $10.99 at the North
Miami Beach Total Wine & More
(14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-
3270). At $7.64, the Domaine de la
Chauviniere Muscadet is available
at the North Miami Beach ABC Fine
Wine & Spirits (16355 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-944-6525), while the
Marques de Caceres White Rioja
can be found at the Biscayne
Commons Publix (and other Publix
stores) for $9.99 (14641 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-354-2171).

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elements (colors, furniture, and fixtures)
to make sure they were respectful and
authentic to the midcentury period.
We hope Biscayne Times will do
an article on the Motel Bianco, and we
encourage neighbors to stop by and see
the property for themselves.
Teri D'mico
North Miami
Editor's note: Teri D'Amico is the
principal and senior designer of DADA,
D'Amico Design Associates.

So These Three Lice Walk
into a Bar...
I want to thank Jen Karetnick for the
humor she expressed in her column
"Lust for Lice" (January 2010).
We are a nonprofit treatment facility,
and we know all too well the emotions
stirred by head lice. It is always help-
ful when we can see the humor in an
unavoidable problem.
Katie Shepherd
Shepherd Institute for Lice Solutions
West Palm Beach

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March 20, 2010.

Miami: The Worst Place in
the USA for Public Parks -
and Here's Why
In the January 2010 "Park Patrol" ("One
Real Park, Five Phony Parks"), Jim W.
Harper found and revealed the truth
about the state of Miami's parks. I would
like to expose some other phony things
about our parks.
BT readers should know that Miami
ranks dead last of all U.S. cities in terms
of park space per resident. Eight years
ago we had 140 square feet per Miami
resident. What readers may not know
is that when the new vacant residential

units are occupied, the square footage
will drop to about 124 square feet, an 11
percent decline. This has occurred be-
cause the city administration and elected
commissioners have consistently opted
- year after year, project after project -
to add more residential units, but they
have failed to add any significant park
space. How did this happen?
Around 2007 the City of Miami
went through the state-required revision
of its Neighborhood Comprehensive Plan.
It was not surprising that residents in
four of five commission districts stated
they wanted more parks in their districts,
as 80 percent of all Miami parkland
lies in District 2, along the water and
on Virginia Key. This request for more
parks was repeated two years later in the
drafting of the city's Parks Master Plan,
which cost nearly $1 million.
Like most public meetings under
the Manny Diaz administration, the
public was listened to at the two afore-
mentioned meetings, but then ignored
when the pen hit the paper.
The newly revised comprehensive
plan presented to the city commission
stated that impact fees collected on new
construction for parks could be used to

"improve" parks instead of requiring the
acquisition of more parkland. Over the
past eight years, $11 million of developer-
paid impact fees have gone to improve a
few parks, but four out of five commission
districts still have no additional parks.
Before we had impact fees, Miami
residents were urged by Mayor David
Kennedy, the late Athalie Range, and
attorney Dan Paul to tax themselves in
order to acquire and improve Bicenten-
nial Park, Kennedy Park, and other city
More taxes are not necessary as the
city has the ability to keep from falling
farther behind if leaders add at least
140 square feet of land for every new
resident. Land in many areas of Miami
can be purchased for approximately $10
per square foot. For a four-person home
this adds less than $6000 per unit less
than a sales commission. Some may say
that this is unaffordable. We argue that
much of the cost can and should come
out of inflated land prices.
To learn more about park issues,
please contact me at StevenMIA@aol.com
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Parks and Public Space Committee
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Founded in 1938, Miami Country
Day School (601 NE 107th St., 305-
759-2843), an indie college-prep school
dedicated to developing the whole child
from pre-kindergarten through high
school, announces it is doing some grow-
ing itself with the groundbreaking of a
new library and media center, plus the
recent purchase of a new north property.
The new BT advertiser is now enrolling
its popular kids' summer camps, with
the first slated to begin June 21.
At two rather different schools, new
advertisers Moti Horenstein's Mixed
Martial Arts and Universal Dance Stu-
dios (18425 NE 19th Ave.), more than
2000 people of all ages have learned to
defend themselves and gotten remark-
ably physically fit in the process. Moti is
offering something special for BT read-
ers: a free introductory class any class
offered at the two studios for kids and
adults of all ages. Register at www.mhka.
com or 305-935-1855.
Last week gold bullion continued
its climb above $1100 per ounce and

pushing higher. An amazing price, really.
So what? So it's time to clean out that
old jewelry box and make your way to
Cash for Gold (14390 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-947-1220), where they'll happily pay
you top dollar for stuff you'll never use
anyway. Another sweet deal.
To support local farmers Richard
Hales, chef/owner of Sakaya Kitchen
(Buena Vista Avenue in the Shops at Mid-
town Miami, 305-576-8096), is promoting
a new local farm menu. Produce picked
Tuesday mornings usually arrives in time
to enhance that evening's Korean-influ-
enced dishes. Talk aboutfresh...
After a billion-dollar renovation
and expansion, it'd take half the BT to
cover all the offerings at the Fontaineb-
leau (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach),
a new advertiser whose physical plant
includes 11 restaurants and lounges.
Here are just two: 20% off your casual
chic French meal at La C6te, and prix
fixe bargains at Gotham Steak ($49 per
person or $79 with wine pairing). Reser-
vations: 877-854-0129.
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month's grand opening bash at new BT
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advertiser Sushi Sake (13551 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-947-4242), every night's a party
at the hip hangout, says owner Angel
Aguayo. "You dine watching the latest
music videos. We want to bring a different
twist in sushi." And on Wednesday nights,
99-cent sake jars fuel the festivities.
Alex Leonard of Yogen Friiz
announces that his newest outlet will
be opening in April at 14881 Biscayne
Blvd. Keep an eye on the chain's South
Florida Facebook page for info on the
grand opening date so you don't miss the
event's free froyo and T-shirt giveaways.
It's hard to beat the bagels at Bagels
& Company (11 I 4-1 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-892-2435), but one thing sure does:
Getting the hand-rolled beauties for free.
So be sure to check out this month's ad,
containing coupons for a complimentary
dozen when you buy a dozen, plus ad-
ditional specials for eat-in diners.
According to an old adage we just
made up: The way to a city's soul is
through its stomachs. So leave room in
yours on April 25, when the first annual

A Taste of Brickell street fair (SW 1st
Ave. and 10th St., from noon to 5:30
p.m.) will enable the curious and hungry
to discover how dramatically this down-
town neighborhood has developed.
The guys at new advertiser Morn-
ingside Commerce Center want you to
know about their completely tricked-out
live/work warehouse spaces for sale
or lease at great prices and in a great
up-and-coming neighborhood (NE 59th
Terrace). Call 305-801-4102 for details.
Tired of your home having a design-
by-default look? Drop by the new show-
room of yet another new BT advertiser,
Deco One (3900 N. Miami Ave., 305-535-
5953). These interiors specialists design
and build custom closets, media rooms,
and much more systems that make
sense and reflect your own personality.
April showers are a good thing at
Hannah & Her Scissors (611 NE 86th St.,
305-772-8426), because they're a shower
of 15% discounts for BT readers on all
services. No April foolin' with Hannah.

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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 222.

Brickell / Downtown

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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., 305-381-3190

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

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-524-5234
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 It's hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the
most impressive The food is impeccably fresh regional
fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style
The cocktails are genuinely creative Luckily you don't
have to choose one or the other $$$-$$$$

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

901 S. Miami Ave., 305-534-9191
(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 dog-friendly out-
door terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes

with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a
lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian
fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miami's more relax-
ing experiences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, downtown
has secretstashes- small joints catering to cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe
has survived and thrived for good reason The homey cook-
ing is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new Novices will want
Indonesia's signature rjsttafel, a mix-and-match collection
of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice Note
bring cash No plastic accepted here $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500
On the Conrad's 25th floor, The Bar's picture-windowed space
is notjust a watering hole with panoramic views At lunch it's
an elegant sandwich bar, at night its a raw bar (with pristine
coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos
That's just the Basque word for tapas, but here there's
nothing mere about the generously portoned small plates
They range from traditional items like cod fish 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 pic-
ture, with a menu that offers entrees, especially at lunch,
but highlights Brazilian tapas -- mega-mini plates meant
for sharing Must-not-misses include pasteles filled with
shrimp and creamy catupiry cheese, beautifully seasoned
bolinho de bacalau (fried salt cod dumplings), and alpim
frlto (house-special yuca fries, the best in town) $$$

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

The Democratic Republic of Beer
255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161
The food here? Beer is food The DRB serves 400 beers from
55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40
DeuS (an 115% alcohol Belgian method Champenoise
brew) But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global small-
ish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recom-
mended), chorizo with homemade cilantro mayo, or steak
tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy
salsa Sadlyfor 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
From the stylish setting in Miami's historic Firehouse No
4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees,



297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792
This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor
venue is described as an "art gallery/lounge," and some
do comejust for cocktails like the hefty cafe con leche
martinis But don't overlook chef Gully Booth's 12-item
menu of very tasty tapas The signature Item is a truly
jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder At
one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart
proclaimed it the best she'd ever had Our own prime
pick melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so
buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure $$

Morgans Restaurant
28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678
Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home,
Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influ-
enced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to
attract hordes Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate
comfort food the most custardy, fluffy French toast imagin-
able, shoestring frites that rival Belgium's best mouthwater-
ing maplebasted bacon, miraculously terrific tofu (crisply
panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed), even a "voluptuous
grilled cheese sandwich" -- definitely a "don'task, don'ttell
your cardiologst" item $$-$$$

4029 N. Miami Ave., 305-227-2378
Unlike most urban barbecuejoints, this neo-rustic road-
house uses a genuine wood/charcoal-fired Bewley pit from
Texas to flavor its subtly smoky slow-cooked barbecue And
anyone with working taste buds will discern the difference
in chef/owner Jonathan Eismann's vinegar-basted North
Carolina-style pulled pork, his tender-firm (rather than
inauthentically falling-off-the-bone) dry-rubbed spareribs,
succulently fatty briskets, and juicy chickens Tabletop
housemade sauces (particularly a piquant mustard-cider
St Louis potion) are enhancers, not essentials $$-$$$

Bocca Ristorante Italiano
1699 NE 123rd St., 305-891-4899
One word Spaghetti chitarra alla carbonara Okay,
four words But this one dish alone (housemade pasta
whose square-cut, irregular texture perfectly traps

which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed
pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost
either $18 or $23 And the price includes an appetizer
-- no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham
croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom
sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales The best
seats are on the glam rooftop patio $$$

Ecco Pizzateca & Lounge
168 SE 1st St., 305-960-1900
Masterminded byAramis Lone (of PS14) and partner

maximum amounts of a luscious pancetta/egg yolk/
cream sauce) is reason enough to return many times
to this friendly little trattoria Owing to a low-visibility
location, Bocca is one of those "best kept secret"
spots But an $18 95 three-course prlx fixe menu
should convince even the jaded that this easy-to-miss
place is a must-not-miss $$

Sushi Sake
13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242
Chic Asian-accented decor, video screens, 99-cent drink
deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not
just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too
That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because sea-
food is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh,
not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places)
Also notable All sauces are housemade Cooked makis
like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but
It's as sashimi that the fish's freshness truly shines

Caf6 Boogalu
14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-1900
This fast-casual Brazilian eatery is the first U S branch
of a chain from Recife, where, legend has it, the food
is unusually tasty owing to the magical influence of a
sacred African rhinoceros named Boogalu, who escaped
from a private zoo into the region's jungles some 150
years ago Judge for yourself by sampling our more
modern pick, the Boogalu salad (sesame-topped shrimp,
mixed greens, sun-dried tomato, and mozzarella, with
an unusual sweet peach dressing) For heavier eaters
there are rhino-size steak, chicken, seafood, and pasta
entrees for mouse-size prices $$

Fuji Hana
2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080
A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese
dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations
(like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/
avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and
served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made
this eatery a longtime favorite But vegetarians -- for
whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian
foods a minefield -- might want to add the place to their
"worth a special drive" list, thanks to chefs' winning ways
with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only
diets $$-$$$

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 $-$$$

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

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

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

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries
about the seafood's freshness, on their way to the dining
deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the
retail fish market Best preparations are the simplest
When stone crabs are in season, Garcla's claws are as
good as Joe's but considerably cheaper The local fish
sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper,
or mahl mahl $-$$

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 serv-
ing weekday dinners, is also justly 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 $$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly
contemporary, but no worries The classic sword-wielding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish
And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the
traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared
foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses A pleasant, nontra-
dltlonal surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion
fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney,
along with the ubiquitous chimichurrl $$$$-$$$$$

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063
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 restau-
rant into hip hangout Copious special events draw every-
one from downtown business types to the counterculture
crowd Not that there's anything "mere" about the range
of food served from three Asian nations Light eaters can
snack on Vietnamese summer rolls or Japanese sushi
rolls For bigger appetites, there are Thai curries and
Vietnamese specialties like pho, richly flavored beef soup
with meatballs, steak slices, rice noodles, and add-in
Asian herbs and sprouts $$-$$$

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

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

La Moon
144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209
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 classics, 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 -- its likely not from a restaurants own
kitchen, but from La Provence Buttery croissants and par-
ty-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., 305-372-233
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 dally-
changing fillings $-$$

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 $

MIA at Biscayne
20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-642-0032
At this expansive, ultra-glam restolounge, the eclectic,

mostly small-plate menu ranges from the expected
(grilled skirt steak with chimichurr, new-style 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 cap-
sula, the yolk nitrogen-frozen before frying to achieve a
crisp crust and delightfully improbable oozing interior

Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.,305-938-9000
Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse
retains basically everything but the famed name (from
the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains
Miami's most intentionally masculine steakhouse
Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything
is humongous dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the
Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in
rlbeye, described as "part meat, part weapon"), king crab
legs that dwarf the plate, cocktail shrimp that could swal-
low the Loch Ness monster whole, two-fisted cocktails
that would fell a T-Rex Not for the frail $$$$$

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

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
For those who think "Argentine cuisine" is a synonym for
"beef and more beef," this popular eatery's wide range of
more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a
revelation Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for tradi-
tionalists, 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 the
refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravi-
ohi with creamy saffron sauce Especially notable are the
entree salads $$-$$$

Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire may
seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida
fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to
regional tastes and fish Here in Miami, chef Sean
Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab
cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style
grouper ceviche The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen
seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on
local menus pompano, parrot fish, amberjack But
even flown-in fish (and the raw bar's cold-water oys-
ters) are ultra-fresh $$$$

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116
The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly
popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food
is served at several newer outlets The prices are low
enough that you might suspect Pasha's was a tax write-off
rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it
was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes Dishes
range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like
muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh
yogurt cheese Everything from pltas to lemonade is made
fresh, from scratch, daily $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs
(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back
several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown
institution But the chicken is also a winner, plus there's
a full menu of soul food entrees, including what many afi-
cionados consider our town's tastiest souse 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., 305-949-6722
Though the opening of Barton G s elegant performing
arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the food's
actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot
The concept is prx fixe Any three courses on the menu
(meaning three entrees if you want) for $39 Highlights
include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder,
beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mus-
tard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces, and over-the-top
playhouse desserts, one with a luscious creme fraiche 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 plat-
ter of imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade
marinated veggies, crisp-fried calamari and shrimp, airy
gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted
bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil $$-$$$

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915
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., 786-425-1001
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., 305-371-3421
Housed in the stunning space with great water views
originally occupied by Prime Blue Grille, Solymar similarly
pursues the power lunch crowd with steaks and seafood,
but with a stronger Latin accent There's more emphasis
on snacks, too, making happy hour a great time to sample
$2 50 tapas like conch fritters with spicy Argentine pink
sauce and palmito salad, sparkling-fresh Amarillo chili-
spiked Peruvian shrimp ceviche, or festive fish/lump crab
sliders, along with half-off drinks $$$-$$$$

Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life is complicated Food should be simple 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,

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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 $-$$

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

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone),
gay bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has
been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music,
primarily blues But it also offers food from lunchtime
to late night (on weekends till 4 00 a m ) The kitchen is
especially known for its chill, budget-priced steaks, and
burgers There's also surprisingly elegant fare, though,
like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aloli A meat-
smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$

Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St.
"Bistro" actually sounds too Old World for this cool 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 aloli), or

plated with orange-ginger sauce But there are tomato-
sauced meatballs with r'gawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too

Urbanite Bistro
62 NE 14th St., 305-374-0662
Ambitious but neither pretentious nor pricey, this multi-
room, indoor/outdoor bistro is just the sort of friendly
hangout the neighborhood needs Chef Frank Imbarlina's
menu features hip contemporary fare like natural boar
chops with a savory-sweet soy/chopped pecan crust Fish
fans and vegetarians will find equally enjoyable large and
small plates potato-wrapped local pompano, beautifully
seasoned veg slu mai, shrimp corndogs with mustard and
mango dips Other pluses include an imaginative late-
night menu and free valet parking $$-$$$

Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660
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 eateries offers
as much authentic traditional fare Especially evocative
imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown
bread, puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls, lunchtime's
imported Irish bacon or banger "butty" sandwiches on
crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter par-
ticularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce $$

Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993
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
byShal 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., 305-576-1262
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside
it's bigger, better, and busier than it looks Unlike many
Latin American eateries, 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 particularly
enjoyable in the morning, over a fresh asparagus and
Boursin cheese omelet or huevos a la cubana (fried eggs
and cheese on black beans) Lunch and dinner menus are
a "greatest hits" mix (steaks, pasta, Caesar salad), featuring
appealing local accents like a hefty fried or blackened grou-
per 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 pre-
sented with modern flair All meats are certified halal,
Islam's version of kosher which doesn't mean that obser-
vant 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

contemporary (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 flgclutto 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-
toullle, or many changing blackboard specials Portions
are plentiful So is free parking $$

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 accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies,
nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads $$

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,
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regulars) 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., 305-573-4634
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as
it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family The food is as tasty as ever, especially
the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who
like their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter
As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion
cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle
dishes tallerin saltado and tallerin verde $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006
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-
gle burgers, and free peanuts while you walt Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they're well-done
but spurtingly julcy, and after loading with your choice of
free garnishes, even a little" burger makes a major meal
Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut
in-house from sourced potatoes $

Fratelli Lyon
4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-2901
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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sandwiches (like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed
with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed cafe,
hidden on the Venetia condo's mezzanine Owners Ana
Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the
freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crust-
ed empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are
all baked in-house On Saturdays the grrrls'll even deliver
you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed $

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
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, yupplfled/yucafled ambiance,
encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/
salads/starters primer What it doesn't convey is the
freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes
into their use Entree-size salads range from an elegant
spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky
homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens
Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninls, or
wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respect-
able Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-
tasting light salad cream $-$$

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

Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-571-9044
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the fea-
tures you expect, including all-you-can-eat meats carved
tableside and a lavish buffet What sets Maino apart from
typical rodlzlo palaces is its family-run feel, intimate rather
than intimidating, plus its attention to every detail While
its rare at most rodlzio 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 $$-$$$$$

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163 NE 39th St., 305-572-1400
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 District's 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 $$-$$$

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066
Inside this converted 1940s home's blue-and-white dining
room -- or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered
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 egg-
plant 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 $$-$$$

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
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.
Forget impersonal chain coffeehouses This artist-friendly,
independent neighborhood cafe serves a full selection
of coffee drinks made with the award-winning beans of
Intelligentsia, a roasting company that works directly with
artisan growers to encourage sustainable agriculture
Also served breakfast and lunch sandwiches, imaginative
salads, soups, homemade pastries, and creamy fresh-fruit
smoothies With tables, sofas, and lounge chairs inside an
old Midtown house, plus free wireless Internet access, the
space is also just a pleasant place to hang out $

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St., 305-722-7369
Everyone knew Jonathan Eismann's original Pacific Time,
for many years Lincoln Road's only serious restaurant
How different is its new incarnation? Very, and it's 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-
sciutto, 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.
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 It's open past midnight every day but
Sunday $$

Primo Pizza Miami
3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555
Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant
most everywhere Today many places now offer 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

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 $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St.
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge Among the
seafood offerings, you won't find exotica or local catches,
but all the usual 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 $$-$$$

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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. $-$$

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 its 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 fig jam; 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. $$$

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3250 NE 1st Ave.
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 daily happy hour,
select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi)
are discounted. $$-$$$

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 mini-
mal Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully
prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like deli-
cate 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 traditional courses crepe-wrapped crispy skin,
meat sauteed with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish.

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

Anise Taverna
620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929
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 indi-
vidual 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., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-
culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic
indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar Especially
bustling on nights featuring live music, 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., 305-754-2722
The drive-through window says fast food," and so do
this long-lived seafood shack's low prices But there
the resemblance ends For about the price of a bucket
of the Colonel's chicken you can get a bucket of the
Captain's savory garlic crabs The 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., 305-758-3353
Tuscan-born chef/owner Sandra Stefani cooked at
Norman's before opening this Upper Eastsidejewel,
whose 30 original seats have been supplemented by a
wine room/garden for tasting events and private dining.
Stefani travels regularly to Italy to find exciting, 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., 305-754-2223
Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner
Wilkinson Sejour's two tiny but popular establishments.
While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (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 fri (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
son gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic
or Creole crabs The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut
dining. $-$$

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

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3433
What could induce downtown businessmen to drive to the
Upper Eastside to eat at a few outdoor-only tables just
feet from the busy Boulevard? From the day it opened,
people have been lining up for this stand's sauce-gar-
nished, all-beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot dogs
The 22 varieties range from simple to the elaborate (the
Athens, topped with a Greek salad, including extra-virgin
olive oil dressing) to near-unbelievable combinations like
the VIP, which includes parmesan cheese and crushed
pineapple New addition: thick, juicy burgers $

East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351
Minestrone, sure 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 that justify 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 (pro-
sciutto, hot cappicola, 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
gentrified, 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.
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 $

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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.
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., 305-757-0074
This indoor/outdoor sports bar serves low-priced but high-
quality steaks, plus more typical bar food that's actually
far from the usual processed stuff Philly cheese steak
sandwiches, big enough for two, are made from hand-
sliced rib eye, sides include fries and beer-battered onion
rings, but also lightly lemony sauteed spinach And the
burgers rule, particularly the Doomsday, a cheese/bacon/
mushroom-topped two-pound monster that turns dinner
into a competitive sport No hard liquor, but the beer list
makes up for it $$

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-5862
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building may not
seem a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery,
but once inside, the charming decor and the staffs ebul-
lient welcome indeed are reminiscent of a cafe in Italy
The kitchen's outstanding feature is a brick oven, which
turns out designer pizzas and crisp-skinned roast chick-
ens Otherwise the menu holds few surprises except
the prices, unusually low for such a stylish place No dish
exceeds $22 $$-$$$

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 plcante, pleasantly spic-
ier than American pepperoni Proprietary electric ovens,
designed to transform Luna's secret 24-flour formula into
perfectly pliable/foldable crusts in under five minutes,
ensure consistently street-neat eats despite the slices'
massive size (big pies are 20-inchers) $

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
It's a restaurant It's a lounge But it's 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
entertainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly
updated retro food served with style and a smile For
those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just like
mom used to make in her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756
Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first
being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant
Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant
where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural
flavors An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled
organic meat and fish dishes Try the steak frites -
organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurrl and
fresh-cut fries Vegetarians will love the organic portabella
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 appearanc-
es, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from
fully gentrlfled neighborhood Just be glad she did, as you
dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham
and blue cheese croquetas Though most full entrees also
come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab
can add up fast The star herself is usually in the kitchen
Parking in the rear off 69th Street $$$-$$$$

7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian
bistro serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand, and
Vietnam Menus are also similar, split between traditional
dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like
the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro,
roasted garlic) But it also carves out its own identity with
original 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
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.,
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
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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
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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-
ferent sauces $$-$$$

5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117
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
meatloaf with mashed potatoes, crab cakes with spicy-
sweet slaw, a wild mushroom/smoked mozzarella pizza,
or a Cobb salad may not be revolutionary fare, but Soyka
continues to thrive while more ambitious, nationally

publicized restaurants have come and gone Take-out
orders and breakfast are now available $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small 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
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 perish-
able offerings from a salsa bar For the heath-minded,
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, 305-864-4889
Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork
Lounge, this little luncheonette services big appetites
Along with the usual grilled churrascos, there's bandeja
paisa, Colombia's sampler platter of grilled steak, 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, care des-
mechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans,
and cheese $-$$

The Crab House
1551 79th St. Causeway,
Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired
by Landry's in 1996 and is now part of a chain But
the classic decor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths,
outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days
Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20
lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics
will be happiest sticking to a la carte favorites like the
All-American fisherman's platters, or global specials like
Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally $$$-$$$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143
Inside a small market that is widely considered Miami's
premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli"
restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch coun-
ter But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found
nowhere else in town Example traditional Osaka-style
sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated
fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into
lovely one-bite sandwich squares While raw fish is always
impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi cre-
ations also tempt, as do daily entrees $

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

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

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

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Sushi Siam
1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305-867-0106
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
When an eatery's 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 Bhumichitr joined forces with Day
Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal who'd moved to
Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neigh-
borhood place Some standout dishes here are featured

fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami And why do
Miamians eat here? Not ambiance There isn't any But
when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies
know their fish, tout the seafood's freshness, we listen
There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the
Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry
mayo And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five
assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$

CBte Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a 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 brlk (buttery phyllo
pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes)
with a mesclun side salad But everything is homemade,
including all breads, and prepared with impeccable 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 Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-759-2211
After closing for several months in early 2009, this
cafe, spruced up to look like a bistro rather than a 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 aioli,
plus reviving old favorites like pork tenderloin with ginger-

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-
rlzo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage) And
for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters,
made to order $$

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

sinful deep-fried tacos dorados, and signature burritos,
including the Maya, filled with juicy cochinita pibil, 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.
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 scampi, smoked-fish
dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is
deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St.

in the chef's latest tome, but with Tamarind's very afford- caramel sauce $$-$$$ Burritos Grill Caf6 305-899-2770
able prices, you might as well let the man's impeccably I [:llIl 11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041 Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the
trained kitchen staff do the work for you $$-$$$ N R Originally a friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/
garnered raves for its Ilmited menu of terrifically tasty outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood
MIAM S- OR S -Los Antojos treats, Marlo and Karina Manzanero's cafe is now in regulars But even newcomers feel like regulars after
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411 more sizable and atmospheric quarters But the friendly, a few minutes, thanks to the staff's Italian ebullience
Iron Sushi If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's family-run (and kid-friendly) ambiance remains, as do the Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with
9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311 national dish If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are authentic Yucatan-style specialties Standouts include
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branch- thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian- poc-chuc, a marinated pork loin, tacos al pastor, stuffed ........................................................
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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 fagottini beggar's purses" stuffed with pears
and cheese $$

15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must
But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine So why
blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean
Mexico's most typical dish cochinita pibil? Cheen's
authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped
marinated pork dish is 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 din-
ner entrees, fresh-baked apple pie, and, oddly, a whole
section of Caesar salad variations But it's also a secret
source for Chinese food, mostly chow mien/chop suey-
type dishes, but also a few dishes such as eggplant with
garlic sauce and ma po tofu that are a step up in authen-
ticity $-$$

Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St, 305-893-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of

Miami's first, there's a full stock of vitamins and nutri-
tlonal 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
sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier
way to get healthy An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is
popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd
Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the
menu $-$$

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

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-9069
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place fea-
tures 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-sauce joint has
been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners
with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meat-
balls (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala

topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-
American belly-busters All pasta or meat entrees come
with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty mine-
strone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined
olives, and pickled peppers) that's a dinner in itself
Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette
booths, add to Mama's charm $-$$

Mario the Baker
13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641
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.
From the mid-1990s (with Neal's Restaurant and later
with II Migliore), local chef Neal Cooper's neighborhood-
oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers While
this cute 32-seat charmer is French, it's no exception,
avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and
nouvelle bistro fare frlsee salad with lardons, poached
egg, and bacon vinaigrette, truite Grenoblolse (trout with
lemon/caper sauce), consomme with black truffles and
foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect
pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts
for dessert $$$

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

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd.
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


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teriyaki fish (fresh fish sauteed with vegetables), curried
chicken and veggies, spicy shrimp, or gyoza dumplings in
tangy sauce There's also an all-you-can-eat deal sushi
(individual 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 like a textbook on how to please
everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese
to Chinese-American to just plain American Appetizers
include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings A
crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or
French fries Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey,
or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on) And New
Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of
Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami
cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451
The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indie
fast-food joint, and new owners have done little to
change the time-tested formula except to stretch operat-
ing 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.
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
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eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured
item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue
began producing in 1938, available in three varieties
salmon, mahl mahl, and the signature blue marlin But
the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable
brisket Other new additions include weekend fish fries
Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main
park entrance No admission fee $

China Restaurant
178 NE 167th St.,
When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion
dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese
cuisine in the world won't scratch the itch So the menu
here, containing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-
American classic you could name, is just the ticket when
nostalgia strikes from simple egg rolls to pressed
almond duck (majorly breaded boneless chunks, with
comfortingly thick gravy) $-$$

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd.
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 hormones) 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 roti, a Caribbean mega-
crepe made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for
the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in
a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and
more chickpeas But there are about a dozen other cur-
ries from which to choose Take-out packages of plain roti
are also available, they transform myriad leftovers into
tasty, portable lunches $

Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse
3913 NE 163rd St.
(Intracoastal Mall)
The rodlzlo 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 differentiates
Flamma its setting on the Intracoastal Waterway But
also spectacular is a Monday-Thursday two-for-one dinner
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El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910
Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find
ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other
expected traditional specialties, all presented far more
elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian
fusion creations are unique Especially recommended are
two dishes adapted from recipes by Peru's influential nik-
kei (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 dressing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-
melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal
dinner date destination $$-$$$

Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St.
One of Miami's first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an
amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi
and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it
a perennially popular after-hours snack stop The sushi
menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable Most
exceptional are the nicely priced yakiton, skewers of suc-
culently 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.
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.
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/tanav chill sauce Open till around 3 00 a m $$

1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393
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, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more
than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles
to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus
reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$

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

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

3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484
This place makes a very good tahini sauce In fact that
alone is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this
bright, cheery eatery's delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-
garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma
They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-
tasting, raw kibbi 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 barbe-
cue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed
in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes,
the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks
by the dining room entrance There's also a better-than-
average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies The menu
is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the
place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks
good on nearby tables, and point $$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831 Biscayne Blvd.
(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy.
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 inter-
national gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds
has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel
with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American
classics, housemade from old family recipes Just a few
spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of
the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for
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wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest
pies outside Napoli $-$$

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

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St.
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
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
At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chef's fanatical
devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in
the kitchen of Knob broiled miso-marinated black cod,
rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce, even Nobu
Matsuhisa's new style sashimi" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) The specials
menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as
veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling
filet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

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

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

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

Paul Bakery Caf6
14861 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-4443
From one rural shop in 1889, the French bakery known
simply as Paul has grown to a worldwide chain, which
fortunately chose to open its first U S outlet in our town
One bite of the crusty peasant loaf, the olive-studded
fougasse, or another of the signature artisan breads
transports you right back to France As authentic as the
boulangerle 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
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 fran-
chise include Sunday-Thursday happy hours, a free Kids
Organic Club class on Saturdays, 10 00-1100 a m, and
varied Monday-Wednesday freebies $-$$

PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St., 305-654-9646
Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between 1-95 and
Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter,
serving 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 chickens, 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 ristorante (pastas
and other Big Food), part pizzeria What's 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 Dell's mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well,
Roasters will dwarf them Consider the Carnegie-style"
monster containing, 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 $$

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 $-$$

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 pm 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

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,
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 1 00 a m every day except Sunday (when is
closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North
Miami Beach's Chinatown" strip has become a popu-
lar late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian
restaurants And why not? The food is fresh, nicely pre-
sented, and reasonably priced The kitchen staff is willing
to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is
reliably fast Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment
is in place when the mood strikes $-$$

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5588
Though some food folks were initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our
area's few Vietnamese restaurants, its hard to bear a

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grudge at a friendly, casual neighborhood place that
offers monster ten-ounce char-grilled burgers, with pota-
toes or salad, for $8 50, steaks, plus a side and a sauce
or veg topper, for nine bucks at lunch, $15 to $18 75
(the menu's top price) at night, and three-dollar glasses of
decent house wine $-$$

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

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
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 oysters 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
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
Anthony's does just a few things, and does them right $$

Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
19003 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-4029
One word flagels And no, that's not a typo Rather these

crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed)
are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -- and a 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
If the menu here looks familiar, it should It's nearly iden-
tical to that at the Upper Eastside's Luna Cafe and, with
minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billante's eateries
(Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface
But no argument from here In a mall a setting more
accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al sal-
mone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices,
and lemon/tomato dressing) 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)
At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard
award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare
starts There are also Mina's ingenious signature dishes,
like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot
pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood
starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy
meal But don't neglect the steak -flavorful dry-aged
Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe," swoonwor-
thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime
rib, all cooked to perfection $$$$$

Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave
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.
Chef Neal Cooper's attractive trattoria gets the food right,
as well as the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impec-
cable ingredients and straightforward recipes that don't
overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with
that perfection Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and
mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else Neither does
the signature Polio Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and
cooked under a brick And even low-carb dieters happily
go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound
of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St.
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.
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 champions, not those machine-made puffy
poseurs As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the
massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami
sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines
here $$

20475 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-2777
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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