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t's Iron Chefbattling The Next Iron
Chef Also at war: eight seasons'
worth of Top Chef chefs, plus Top
Chef Champions, Top Chef Just Desserts
bakers, The Next Food Network Star,
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(C 1l111,, i,.. brawlers, restaurants fighting
Food Feuds....
With food having been transformed
into America's favorite competitive sport,
it's not a stretch to envision a battle

royale between Miami-Dade County's
two very visible culinary ivory towers:
Johnson & Wales University vs. Florida
International University.
Actually it's hard to imagine that
there would not be some spirit of rivalry

between J&W's College of Culinary Arts
and FIU's School of Hospitality & Tour-
ism Management, currently the county's
only colleges offering degree programs

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1 Kitchen Clash: It's Johnson & Wales vs. FlU
6 Feedback: Letters
12 Jack King: Miami Has Been Getting Hosed
10 BizBuzz
26 Eyesore #1: Little Haiti's Hulking Behemoth
27 Eyesore #2: MiMo's Pathetic Masterpiece
28 Just When You Thought Healthcare Was Hopeless
38 Gaspar Gonzalez: Nixon's Man in Biscayne Park
40 Jen Karetnick: Parenting in the Age of Facebook
42 Frank Rollason: Know Your Enemy Before You Go To War
44 Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer: Oasis in the Cultural Desert
46 Wendy Doscher-Smith: A Dog Named Lady
48 Biscayne Crime Beat
50 Anne Tschida: Babylon Takes the Stage for Art Basel
52 Art Listings
55 Events Calendar
56 Amid the Urban Jungle, a Real Jungle
58 Kids and the City: Three Myths About Kids and Culture
59 Your Garden: Not a Tirade Against Screaming Leaf Blowers
60 Going Green: Simple Tips on Living Wisely
61 Vino: Goes Great with Seasonal Seafood
62 Pawsitively Pets: Five Steps to a Friendlier Fido
64 Word on the Street: Are You Preparing For Your Retirement?
65 Restaurant Listings: 236 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants!

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SLetters to
Turn Signals for Bicycles:
They Could Save Your Life
In reference to Dina Weinstein's article on
the challenges of biking in the Miami area
("2 Wheels Are Better Than 4," October
2010), last year I lost a friend on his bike. If
he simply had turn signals on his bicycle,
he would be with us today. I just bought
mine at www.safetybikesignals.com.
If you believe as I do, along with
every bike-safety expert, that bicycle turn
signals should be mandatory on all bi-
cycles, then e-mail me at ackra@aol.com.
Together we will make it happen.
Marina del Rey, California

Tricks for Ticks of the
Canine Kind
In reference to Jen Karetnick's column
"Don't Tick Me Off" (October 2010),
I had a recurring issue with ticks on
my dogs (two Yorkies) that seemed to
flare up every three to four months. I
didn't notice any on the cat, but had her
groomed as a precaution (apparently
groomers do not dip cats for parasites).
You have to notify the city so they can
spray the outside areas to avoid an epidemic.
Topical ointments like Frontline
brand didn't do very much at all. I've also
used K9 Advantix on my dogs for years
and it simply did not work. I contacted the
manufacturer directly and received the
typical response (and no action).
So I did some research online and
decided to try a collar called Preventic.
I could not locate any retailers here in
Florida, so I ordered it from Amazon. It
worked like a charm and I have not had
any additional issues with ticks.
I also had an exterminator treat the
interior of my condo, dog beds and all.
Last summer was a nightmare, but the
Preventic/exterminator treatment combo
did the trick.
Cynthia M. Jones

How To Revitalize Village
Place, Increase Property
Values, and Triumph Over
Ticks in One Easy Step
I could start my letter to about "Don't
Tick Me Off" with some sort of remark
to the effect that the only pest around

the Editor
Miami Shores is our BT correspondent
Jen KareTnICK. However, given that the
poor woman takes such regular beatings,
I will go straight to the point with some-
thing I reckon could be more productive:
a Miami Shores dog park.
Village Place (NE 2nd Avenue)
lacks foot traffic. A dog park at Optimist
Park (94th Street and NE 2nd Avenue)
would draw a regular flow of residents,
on foot and by car. This would liven
up the vicinity and could even encour-
age dog-related business at the existing
stores along Village Place. For example,
Mooie's Sweets and Treats is already
Moreover, as the housing crisis
slowly recovers, buyers look for neighbor-
hoods with a real feeling of community.
Many of us consider dog parks an essen-
tial part of a desirable neighborhood.
I know detractors will complain
about noise, pests, and dog waste. Yet
dog parks across the country have en-
joyed success owing to the responsible
maintenance and social awareness of city
staff and dog owners. For example, Jen's
problem with ticks could be resolved
this way: Would it not be a lot easier for
Miami Shores to pay for tick fumigation
in a single dog park, as opposed to the
entire village?
It's time Miami Shores had a dog
park. Our canine friends could be the
answer to some of Village Place's woes!
Cesar Borja
Miami Shores

Grilled Pooch with Savory
Dipping Sauce: Yum!
After reading Shari Lynn Rothstein-
Kramer's column about the spoiled-rot-
ten dogs of Aventura and the extensive
care they get i A\ c iIl I Kids Are
Spoiled Rotten," October 2010), there
was one aspect missing that many of us
believe would be more appropriate care.
That would be having them skinned,
gutted, and skewered.
The little mutts are quite tasty when
spit-roasted over a searing grill.
Some are a bit thin on the meat
content, but like their owners, the plumper
and fatter they are, the tastier they are. And

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there is nothing better than the sound of
sizzling little rats on ropes much more
melodic than the yapping, barking, and
viciousness they all too often contribute.
Naturally, an array of dipping
sauces make them even more delicious.
And no, they do not taste like chicken.
Next month, cat-and-carrot soup
and pet-parrot pie.
Valerie Vargaz

Bobbing for Apples Is
Disgusting in a Hilarious
Sort of Way
Your new "Kids and the City" columnist,
Crystal Brewe, is a hoot! Ijust loved that
last line she wrote in "Trick or Treat:
Miami Edition" (October 2010): "I can
see the next decade consisting of battles
about why she and her sister can't dress as
amateur porn stars, why they can't go out
[trick-or-treating] alone, and why bobbing
for apples may have been okay in my day
but is now officially considered disgusting."
Now, that made me laugh.
Crystal surely is an asset with a
fun personality. I look forward to more
of her columns.
Debra Savittieri
Scottsdale, Arizona

Not All Sex Offenders Are
Alike, So Beware
It's your duty, Biscayne Times, to report
in a responsible manner, and Margaret
Griffis's story about sex offenders living
in Shorecrest ("Parks As Shields," Octo-
ber 2010) did not meet that standard.
The rates at which sex offenders re-
offend were skewed.
There are some offenders, depend-
ing on the nature of their crimes, who
have an almost zero rate of re-offending,
while others who have a particu-
lar victim preference have close to a
100-percent re-offend rate. Example:
Those male offenders who prefer male
children between the ages of 7 and 13
have many victims under their belts
before their first conviction, and they are
not all family members.
You do your readers a disservice
by blanketing offend rates and underes-
timating the danger to our women and

children. The U.S. Department of Justice
calculations are very self-serving and are
meant to diminish the impact offenders
have in our society.
In other words, do not be so quick
to Google re-offend rates and quote
them to your readers. The public is being
"conditioned" to let these offenders live
among us for no other reason than budget
woes. You perpetrate that conditioning
by quoting a government-funded thera-
pist whose objective is being financed by
the very system that doesn't want to pay.
Don't be so gullible.
Valerie Parkhurst
Fort Lauderdale

Creativity + Publicity =
I am writing to thank you for Anne Tsch-
ida's article "Experimental Lens on the
Landscape" (September 2010), about my
outdoor installation work in locations
such as Legion Park and Sewell Park.
I can't tell you how much that one ar-
ticle has done to advance my career and get
the work out about this community-based
project! So many people showed up at the
Miami Beach Botanical Garden thanks to
that coverage, and I have received a slew of
phone calls, e-mails, and other congratula-
tory messages as a result of it. I just wanted
to acknowledge you for providing a signifi-
cant contribution to this project.
Thanks also to editor and publisher
Jim Mullin for running the article, and
congratulations on the growing popular-
ity and increased sophistication of the
journalism we're seeing in Biscayne
Times since he took over. Locally based
journalism is a vital force in helping to
build a vibrant community, and the BT is
definitely creating an admirable name for
itself at the heart of that force.
Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez
Miami Beach

Wendy's Life Experience:
Compelling, Captivating,
Thank you for all the great work being
published in the BT
I love Wendy Doscher-Smith's
column each month ("Neighborhood
Correspondents: Miami at Large"). I
always look forward to what she is expe-
riencing in her life.
Karen Alvarez

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Sales, spe
By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor

T here's barely been time
to pry Halloween's
vampire fangs off your
teeth, yet candy canes have
been lining drugstore aisles for
weeks already. You know what
that means. It may seem early,
but Xmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa
shopping season is here.
Seeking some truly strik-
ing lighting and bath fixtures to
spruce your home for the holi- -
days? There's still time to catch
the final days of the annual
one-week fall sale (October 30
through November 6) at Far-
rey's Lighting and Bath (1850
NE 146th St., 305-947-5451, or
in Coconut Grove at 3000 SW 28th Ln.,
305-445-2244). Whether your tastes are
traditional or modern, you'll find what
you need at an astonishing 50-70%
off regular prices. Bring in this issue's ad
for an added 20% off sale-tagged items.
But run, don't walk. Farrey's once-a-year
blowout runs only through this Saturday.
Welcome to new advertiser Pa-
quito's Mexican Restaurant (16265
Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027), one of
our favorites for many years. This month
they're offering BT readers a free appe-
tizer and a free margarita. See their ad in
our "Dining Guide" for details.
For BT readers the fall special ex-
tends throughout November at Aventu-
ra's Budget Blinds. Mention the BT for a
30% discount on all window treatments.
Call 305-772-5660 and experts will come
to you for a complimentary consult.

BizBuzz: November 2010
cial events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times
Salsa Fiesta Yedra Palio Furniture ff:
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At Yedra
Patio Furniture
(which offers
one-stop shopping
for outdoor d6cor
accessories as well
as the big stuff),
prices are always
But they're even
friendlier this month. Mention the BT at
any of their three locations (14652 Bis-
cayne Blvd., 4700 NW 167th St., or 2272
Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach;
888-498-8058) for $100 off purchases of
$1000 or more.
One stop is also all that antiques
lovers will need, if it's at Antiques Plaza
(8650 Biscayne Blvd.). With two new
dealers setting up as we write this, the
charming mini mall's shops are now

fully occupied and full
of unique vintage treasures.
Hmmm... How good
would those fabulous new
decor items look in a fabu-
lous new office? For the
answer, consider new advertiser Bay-
point Center at 3915 Biscayne Blvd. The
classically sleek corner building is being
completely rebuilt for Class A office and
restaurant spaces. Should be open early
next year. Call Chariff Realty Group


I (it5-5-">-'4"4 Oi Ic.,sc dcitils.
NatmaLlly, an upgrade in
decor calls for an upgrade to the
wardrobe as well. New advertiser
Bahdi Boutique at Rebel (6669
Biscayne Blvd., 305-335-
3680) will fit you with
something so stylish
you'll shimmer. They're
celebrating their grand
opening by offering BT
readers a free gift. Just
tell them you read about
it here.
New advertiser
Vintage Liquor and
Wine Bar (3301 NE 1st
Ave., 305-514-0307) re-
cently opened in bustling
Midtown Miami. Very
cool place with a dizzy-
ing selection of wines and spirits. Stop
by on November 19 for a special wine
tasting (7:00-9:00 p.m.) designed to get
you set for Thanksgiving.

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Miami Has Been Getting Hosed
And now firefighters are crying foul, even though they did the hosing

By Jack King
BT Contributor

It's not often I read something that
aggravates me as much as an article
did in a recent Sunday Miami Herald.
The headline read, "Pols Lie Low as
Firehouse Opens." Seems that our won-
derful City of Miami firefighters are so
mad at Mayor Tomis Regalado and the
city commission that they voted unani-
mously to ask the mayor and the com-
missioners to stay away from the dedica-
tion ceremony for a new fire station.
According to Robert Suarez,
president of the Miami Association of
Firefighters, their complaint is that the
commissioners have cut their packages
of pay, benefits, and perks by up to
30 percent, and so the presence of the
mayor and commissioners would have
"created a hostile event out of something
that is very positive." Just to show you
that firefighters, too, can be over the top
rhetorically, one of them was quoted as
saying, "They ruined the lives of over
650 firemen."
Wait a
minute, aren't I think the citiz
these the very the ones who sh
same fire- Firefighters have be
fighters who
Raiding the city
were com-
plicit in nearly
the City of Miami with their onerous
demands under the guise of "public
safety" and their inflated salaries, which
averaged about $100,000 per year?
Aren't these the same guys who,
year after year, sold their support and
their votes to any candidate who would


support their demands?
So now they're outraged I
because they have to take
a pay cut in order to keep
their jobs?
Frankly, I think the
citizens of Miami are the
ones who should be out-
raged. Firefighters have been
getting away with raiding
the city coffers for years, all
the while working less and
getting more. The number .
of fires has been dropping,
thanks in no small part to
better building materials
and increased fire suppres-
sion. So you would think that, with the
reduction in fires, the city would reduce
the ranks of firefighters and the amount
of money spent on the fire department.
Not so.
The city has spent millions on fire
equipment, a substantial hunk of which
has never been used in actually fighting
fires. The city has the finest equipment
money can buy.
Your money.
is of Miami are The best
uld be outraged. pumpers, the
n getting away with best ladder
trucks, the
offers for years. est he
best gear. The
city even has
a fire boat. I
have seen it out on Biscayne Bay, shoot-
ing water up in the air.
Much of this money has been
spent so that Miami can maintain
what is known as a Class 1 fire depart-
ment. Sounds pretty cool, and it is an
easy sell. Class 1 means you have the

highest-rated equipment, the best-
trained firefighters, and enough stations
that you also have the fastest response
time to emergency calls.
Class 1 was initially pitched in a
way that suggested homeowners would
receive a reduction in their home insur-
ance rates, but it never happened. I
wonder how they calculate response time
for never leaving the station because
that's what is happening with most of
the equipment and firefighters, thanks to
fewer calls.
Granted, most of our current fire-
fighters have been certified as Emergency
Medical Technicians, and for good reason.
The vast majority of the calls to fire
stations are on the rescue side of the Fire-
Rescue Department. The cross-training
also allows many firefighters to keep
their $100,000 salaries even though a
registered nurse with much more medical
training would work for far less than that.
Will all of this become a wake-
up call for the city's leaders and the
firefighters? It certainly hasn't been in

SB the past, but I hope it is this
S time. This fire department
compensation system is
S unsustainable. And to me it
looks like it's being perpetu-
ated by the union and the
rank-and-file firefighters -
at least until they retire. It's
as if they don't really give
a damn about the younger
... people in the department,
and they really don't give a
damn about the city and its
residents, who are footing
the bill.
The action the city has
taken to reduce salaries, ben-
efits, and perks is only valid for one year.
Moreover it is being challenged in court
right now. That means this issue is going
to come around again next year. No one
wants to talk about that.
Miami has always had a soft
economy, unless you count real estate,
construction, and drug-dealing. How-
ever, those jobs go up and down with the
tide, and as we all know, there's a glut
of housing that will take years to absorb,
which will keep tax revenues low too
low to sustain things like $100,000 sala-
ries for firefighters.
We need a fundamental change
to our local economy, but that is many
years away. In the meantime, the fire-
fighters' union needs to take the lead
in finding a long-term solution to their
particular mess. History has shown that
Miami's city commission doesn't have
the spine for it. If the union doesn't fix it,
there may not be anything left to fix.

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for would-be professional food and bev-
erage warriors.
No, we didn't miss a school. The
self-titled "Le Cordon Bleu College of
Culinary Arts in Miami" is actually over
the border in Broward County.
J&W and FIU, on the other hand, are
almost within food-fight range -just 3.3
miles from each other along the Biscayne
Corridor, both in North Miami. You can
almost see the ducks l'orange flying.
In reality, that particular culinary
battle would be a bit like pitting l'oranges
against l'apples, since FIU doesn't offer a
culinary arts degree, or even have a formal
culinary arts major. This will doubtless
surprise many. Heck, our esteemed editor
himself didn't know it when he first made
the assignment to cover the Battle of the
Biscayne Culinary Schools.
FIU's hospitality school does offer
one 36-hour certificate program in Res-
taurant/Food Service Management, with
a few cooking-oriented though general-
ized electives like "Classical Cui-
sine" or "International Cuisine" but
it concentrates on hospitality-industry
management fundamentals, accounting,
law, and food/beverage control classes.
Additionally, the Hospitality
School's Southern Wine & Spirits Bever-
age Management Center offers another
15-hour, nondegree certificate program,
aimed as much toward interested local
residents and beverage-industry profes-
sionals as enrolled students.
But there is no undergraduate culi-
nary arts degree program, just a bach-
elor's degree (and a master's) in hospital-
ity management.
"Johnson & Wales is a culinary col-
lege," says Mohammad Qureshi, FIU assis-
tant dean. "We are a management school."
Why, then, the public perception
of FIU as a culinary arts force rival-
ing J&W? Johnson & Wales, after all,
awards four chef-oriented degrees: two
two-year associate's degrees in Culinary
Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts, plus two
four-year bachelor's degree in the same.
One contributing factor could be
that some of Miami's most celebrated
chefs have degrees from either J&W or
FIU, and the success of their restaurants
doesn't seem to correlate with one school
or the other.
Among those on J&W's side of the
scorecard is Michael Bloise, former execu-
tive chef at Wish, who later this month

FIU does have a kitchen, and a cooking class, but no cooking program.

Chef Michelle Bernstein took cooking classes at Johnson & Wales and
business classes at FIU.

Lee Schrager helped transform a modest FIU wine event into today's
South Beach Wine & Food Festival extravaganza.

will be opening his own eatery, American
Noodle Bar (featuring "tasty, cheap, non-
typical Asian dishes less rules, less con-
straints," and "sit outside with your pooch
and pals" ambiance) in BT territory (6730
Biscayne Blvd.). There is also 2008 James
Beard Award winner Michelle Bernstein,
a member of J&W's first graduating class
after it opened in 1992.
Bernstein should probably count
for FIU, too, since she later took courses
there "to learn more about business."
Business classes were part of J&W's
culinary curriculum, but.... "That was
my fault," she concedes. "I was work-
ing three jobs while at Johnson & Wales,
and trying to stay awake and alert during
anything other than the cooking classes.
But I love having both school educations
under my belt."
FIU degree chefs range from
Allen Susser, one of the original Mango
Gang who put Miami on the national
culinary map in the late 1980s to 2010
James Beard finalist Kris Wessel, chef/
owner of Red Light Little River.
In the past year, FIU also gained vis-
ibility in the world of televised competitive
cooking via Next Food Network contestant
Aria Kagan. Admittedly, Kagan's success
was not as spectacular as that of 2003
J&W alumnus Kevin Sbraga, who won
Top Chef(and $125,000) in September; or
J&W sophomore Luis Young, winner last
spring of the national S. Pelligrino Almost
Famous Chef contest (and $13,000). But
Kagan did last till round nine of ten. Today,
she says, she is frequently recognized in
her local supermarket, something she finds
sligliln embarrassing."
At any rate, Kagan credits FIU chef/
instructor Michael Moran for encourag-
ing her to pursue her longtime dream of
hosting her own TV food show. Kagan's
mentor teaches the Hospitality Manage-
ment School's only two required, hands-
on culinary courses. Which you probably
wouldn't recognize as such from perus-
ing FIU's course catalogue.
Though all FIU students inter-
viewed for this article referred to these
courses as "cooking class 1 and cooking
class 2," the school, in keeping with its
we're-all-about-business identity, calls
them "Introductory and Advanced Food
Service Management."
The public's impression of FIU as
a culinary school most likely derives
from its connection with the South
Beach Wine and Food Festival, which

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Johnson & Wales professor and accomplished chef Patricia Wilson with

FIU assistant dean Mohammad Qureshi: "Johnson & Wales is a culinary
college. We are a management school."

FIU's Michael Moran: "When South Florida has the best restaurants in
the world, that's when we can compete."

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Continued from page 14

began at FIU in 1997 under a different
name, the Florida Extravaganza. "Chip
Cassidy, who's an FIU professor and also
consults for Southern Wine & Spirits,
was developing FIU's Beverage Manage-
ment Center," recounts Lee Schrager, a
top executive at Southern Wine. "So he
came up with the idea of this fundraiser

chefs. About 450 people came, I think,
and a handful of student volunteers from
the Hospitality School were there to help
out. It went on that way for four years, as
a little on-campus event."
Schrager is often credited as the
festival's founder, but more accurately
he's the guy who grew it, after Southern
Wine hired him in 2000 as director of
media and special events. In his new
book, Food Network South Beach Wine

the growth of the festival: "The idea was
not just to raise money but to use the
festival to create better awareness for
FIU. So I changed its name and moved it
to the Beach in 2001. About 7000 people
came the first year, so it was bigger but
still small. I used to call it 'My mother's
fondue party on the beach."'
Last year more than 53,000 people
came to the party, now the nation's larg-
est such festival but still an FIU ben-
if+ l 1n

Lee Schrager: "About 7000 people came
[to the Wine & Food Festival] the first year,
so it was still small. I used to call it My
mother's fondue party on the beach."

on campus. It was one day, and more of a
wine-tasting, focused on better manage-
ment, with some food from a few local

& Food Festival Cookbook: Recipes
and Behind the Scenes Stories from
America's Hottest Chefs, Schrager tracks

covering the event,
about the neatly
litely directing you

Cit (ULgll)y 1VU
million raised so
far). It's also still
staffed by stu-
dents, about 900
of them. So if you
were a journalist
who would you write
dressed student po-
to the Portapotties, or

the 175 student prep cooks readying 1.5
tons of beef and pork, a ton of seafood,
two tons of produce, and more for Bobby
Flay and two dozen other celebrity chefs
at the festival's humongous BubbleQ
champagne barbecue?
Hence the public's perception that
FIU has some kind of culinary school.
Says FIU director of develop-
ment Jessica Siskind: "It's an amazing
career-networking opportunity, and a
hands-on culinary working opportu-
nity for FIU students."
Here's a little secret: It's a great
opportunity for some Johnson & Wales
students as well. As J&W student Gloria
Dominguez says, "A sorority sister told
me she knows Johnson & Wales pastry
students who've worked at the festival

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for the past six years."
Qureshi says he doesn't know for
a fact that the festival's FIU student
workforce has been supplemented by
J&W ringers, "but with 55 events in four
days, there have been occasions when we
didn't have enough students."
For the record, Schrager also
won't confirm that the festival has
used J&W help on the culinary end, in
deference to a former FIU dean "who
felt it's our festival and it should be for
our students."
After some relentless pestering,
however, he comes up with a tactful semi-
confirmation "Just say, 'Schrager believes in
being cooperative at using different students
for different things, and assumes that if we
need culinary support, he hopes to hell that
we're going to the fine culinary school down
the block to get it."'
Here's another surprise: That "fine
culinary school down the block" isn't
just a culinary school, either. Yes, John-
son & Wales does have its College of
Culinary Arts. And when J&W's North

J&W students must adhere to a strict dress code, in the kitchen and in
the classroom.

Miami campus opened 18 years ago,
the culinary school was all it had. But
since 1995, the campus has also housed
a College of Business, and now it has a

Hospitality College too.
"You know why they started that?"
asks Lisa Palley, whose public rela-
tions firm represents FIU's Hospitality

Management School. "Because of FIU."
All right! An opening salvo! Or at
least a tasty little appetizer.
Sadly, J&W communications direc-
tor Tonya Evans denies the competitive
motive we food-show junkies eat up.
"The Hospitality College was part of the
university's overall plan in opening the
North Miami campus," she says calmly.
"Johnson & Wales has a long history in
business education, as it was founded as
a business college in 1914." That was in
Providence, Rhode Island.
Ever since Providence's original
J&W University added a College of Cu-
linary Arts in 1973, the cooking-school
identity has overshadowed all else in the
public's perception, much like the mis-
taken view of FIU's Hospitality School.
In fact fewer than half of J&W's North
Miami students (2033 total) are enrolled
in the culinary college. At the Hospital-
ity College, enrollment is a smaller but
notable 552.
Johnson & Wales professor Patricia
Wilson gets pretty peeved at sugges-
tions, from the school up the street, that

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J&W is for students who want to learn to
cook and FIU is for students who want
to learn hospitality management. "It
may have been true when we started
in Miami," says Johnson, "but that's a
very old perception. Even though we
are a culinary school, and teach many
more hands-on food classes, we are not
a technological school. We're academi-
cally oriented and restaurant-business-
oriented in many ways. There's more
to running a successful restaurant than
making a good souffl6."
Okay, maybe there are too many
similarities between the schools. And
maybe it's just too complex a subject.
Maybe this simply doesn't lend itself to
cheapo competition.
So let's start something! Behold
our Johnson & Wales vs. FIU Spatula
All judgments are based on real
facts, double-checked with school of-
ficials, reinforced by observations during
visits to both schools, and justified by a
few choice competitive snipes obtained

during interviews.
Best Campus: This goes
to FIU. The School of Hospi-
tality Management is located
on the 200-acre Biscayne Bay
campus. The building itself
overlooks the waters of Bis-
cayne Bay and Oleta River
State Park. Very impressive.
J&W's catalogue waxes
eloquent about Miami's tropical,
glamorous ambiance. The view
from the main buildings, though,
is of the backside of a Publix
Best Culinary Facilities:
Hands down, J&W. Cooking
and restaurant front-of-the-
house classes are conducted in
17 teaching kitchens (known as
labs) plus three stylish student
dining rooms/restaurants. Kitch-
en equipment is state-of-the-art:
many different types of gas and
induction stoves so students get
used to working on anything, a
tandoor oven, built-in stockpots
so huge they look like Jacuzzis,
even a temperature-adjustable

FIU roll call at 8:00 a.m. sharp: "It
reminds me of basic training when I was
in the Air Force."

cool-room kitchen for working with
aspic sheets and ice-carving.
FIU has two kitchens with solid but
unexciting restaurant equipment, and
a student dining room/restaurant that
looks like a very dated motel conference
room. But FIU may strengthen its chal-
lenge soon, thanks to a new Southern
Wine & Spirits teaching kitchen/res-
taurant complex that, says Siskind, will
break ground in the next six months.
Best Literal Cheap Thrill: FIU's
tuition of $5103 for Florida residents
($17,502 for out-of-staters). Compare that
to J&W's $24,429.
Best Student Poaching: FIU.
Okay, we're exaggerating. This category
isn't really about stealing students. It's
about the percentage of students who
transfer from one school to the other.
Mohammad Qureshi says that many
students who've received AS degrees
from culinary arts schools, mainly the
Culinary Institute of America but also
J&W, end up at FIU for a BS degree to
beef up their restaurant business know-
how. "This fall we received just under
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10 percent of applications from culinary
schools," Qureshi says. "Our best guess
of the average number of J&W students
per year is 20 to 25."
Evidently the student flow doesn't
go the other way. Tonya Evans says J&W
doesn't even keep track of number of
FIU hospitality graduates who transfer
to her school.
Best Fanatical Dress Code: J&W
is the winner for its stupendously strict
dress code requiring full spit-polished,
college-issued chef's uniforms (includ-
ing name tags and neckerchiefs color-
coded as to class) in all culinary classes,
and formal business attire in all academ-
ic classes plus elsewhere in academic
buildings at any time. No visible body
piercings, no footwear displaying visible
toes. Essentially no wearing anything
most Miamians wear.
However, FIU is pretty darned
intense in its hospitality school kitchens,
says student Matthew Saini. "It reminds
me of basic training when I was in the
Air Force. We have roll call at 8:00 a.m.

Johnson & Wales wins our Best Culinary Facilities award hands down.

sharp, and for the length of the class, till
3:15 p.m., there is constant screening for
proper uniform attire. For the first two
weeks we would have a line-up in each
class's six designated cooking groups
and the chef or a teaching assistant would
mark us on our uniforms. If you're a
minute late or don't have the FIU School
of Hospitality hat, you lose points.

"But outside of cooking class," he
adds, "I can wear bathing trunks, flip-
flops, and an old shirt."
Best Career Orientation: This
ends in a tie. Both schools are career-
oriented, not liberal arts well-rounded.
J&W does call itself "America's
Career University," but that's mostly
clever branding. As accredited univer-
sities, both schools require students to

take a standard core academic curric-
ulum English, math, biology no
shunning calculus for cake decorating
at either place.
As career schools, both also require
substantial "experiential education,"
meaning that to graduate, students must
get a school-approved job in their chosen
careers for a good part of their schooling
- 1300 hours at FIU, a full term at J&W.
Main difference: J&W has an
innovative "upside-down" curriculum,
meaning students start studying their
projected career-oriented courses from
day one. FIU, on the other hand, divides
its degree program the more traditional
way: two years of stuff you have to take,
then two years of stuff you want to take.
But scheduling is flexible, allowing
students like Aria Kagan to make adjust-
ments for personal reasons (she's a single
mom of a four year-old son) or work
pressures. The latter refers to Kagan's
extended FIU stint, which started, after
graduating from the Culinary Institute of
America, in 2003 and still has not ended.
She's had some unexpected successes,

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Continued from page 20
first an FIU networking-generated pro-
fessorship at Le Cordon Bleu in Miami
(really Miramar), then unanticipated suc-
cess with her catering business Delish.
The third drop-out from FIU came this
past January, when she won the audition
for Next Food Network Star. "I'm on the
ten-year plan," she jokes, though admitting
it may be an 11-year plan: Her company's
business has picked up considerably.
Best Cracking of the Glass Ceil-
ing: To Johnson & Wales, with the
specific issue being the school's female-
to-male ratio. J&W's Evans reports that
the College of Culinary Arts enrollment
numbers are 537 females, 441 males.

FIU students prepare and serve special lunchs at school open to the public!

notoriously macho world of professional
kitchens, both schools are shining lights.
Best Student Chef Skills: Dis-

and FIU is never rank
tion: We'd be judging
of J&W's student dini

Best Fanatical Dress Code: J&W is the
winner for its stupendously strict
dress code requiring full spit-polished,
college-issued chef's uniforms.

FIU's Michael Moran says his "cook-
ing" classes are 52-percent female. The
former is better, but considering the

qualified category, though Johnson &
Wales is ranked in most Web surveys as
one of the USA's top six culinary schools,

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However, a
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price ($18 for three courses plus wine).
Somehow we did not feel exploited.
Best Student Hospitality Manage-
ment Skills: Sorry, J&W. In national rat-
ings, FIU is regularly ranked among the
nation's top five hospitality management
programs. "We get transfer students
from Cornell number one!" exclaims
Jessica Siskind.
Best Chocolate Chip Cookie:
This goes to J&W senior instructor Kim
Montello. In his acceptance speech, the
analytical Baking & Pastry Arts instructor
said, "When students cut themselves in a
lab class, I've often asked, 'Do you want
a Band-Aid or a chocolate chip cookie?
Nine out of ten want the cookie." Note:
We are willing to reconsider this category.
Contestants from either school should send
submissions to the BT office, ASAP
Best Public Competitive Snipe:
Awarded to J&W for the banner
incident. "Sometime after Johnson &
Wales opened their hospitality school,
they hung big banners along Biscayne
Boulevard right past our 151st
Street entrance that said, Johnson

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& Wales: The Best Hospitality School,"
laughs Qureshi. "We understood. They
were trying to put out that they were
not just about making a chef's salad.
But it was tacky."
It's a funny story, too, though not
much to sink your teeth into as far as
soul-satisfying culinary school wars
go. And we do notice that our contest's
categories are getting pretty silly.
In terms of serious stuff, every-
one interviewed for this article said
they've never felt there is competi-
tion between the schools for students,
or jobs for graduates, or virtually
anything else. "I went to a leadership
seminar at FIU with Dr. Wilson," says
J&W student Lemar Scott, who gradu-
ated with an AS in Bakery & Pastry
Arts and then transferred his credits
to J&W's College of Business pro-
gram. "There was no sense of rivalry.
It felt more like camaraderie, that we
respected each other."
"I consider Johnson & Wales less
a competitor, more a partner," says

Mohammad Qureshi.
But hope springs eternal. New,
robust competition is brewing along
the Biscayne Corridor: Miami-Dade
College's Miami Culinary Institute is
scheduled to open in January 2011.
Located in a snazzy new, $23
million building at MDC's downtown
Wolfson campus, the institute, like J&W,
will offer a career-oriented, two-year
associate of science degree in culinary

arts. And like FIU,
enthuses Qureshi,
MDC's institute is
at a public school.
"It'll be the first
public culinary
school in South
Florida so far" he

a central focus on farm-to-restaurant
local, seasonal, sustainable, and organic
ingredients. It seems the Miami Culinary
Institute isn't going to be your traditional
culinary school model.
Do we smell a three-way culinary
war about to break out?
Not really.
The food competition at this point
should be among local industry em-
ployers, to induce the well-educated

we can compete against each other."
Meanwhile, for those who can't wait
for that to happen: The full baker's dozen
of students we surveyed say they'd love to
participate in a playful, educational, FIU
vs. J&W competition- perhaps some-
thing similar to Top Chefs "Restaurant
Wars" but based on the true realities of
running a successful restaurant.
"That sounds like a really fun idea!"
exclaims Maria Spenceley, a senior from

New, robust competition is brewing
along the Biscayne Corridor: Miami-
Dade College's Miami Culinary
Institute is scheduled to open in
January 2011.

notes. "FIU has
been very supportive of MDC in this
venture because it will provide local
residents with a lower-priced alternative
to private culinary colleges."
The new school's curriculum, devel-
oped with help from some of Miami's
most green-minded chefs (including
Michelle Bernstein), also sounds like
it has some unique features, including

graduates of all the Biscayne Corridor's
schools to stay and work where they
trained. Says FIU's Moran: "Considering
the food and beverage sector as a whole
since it started exploding in about the
early 1990s, it's still a growth industry,
with a shortage of truly well-educated
personnel. When South Florida has the
best restaurants in the world, that's when

Poland who's attending FIU on a full
athletic scholarship for tennis, not
competitive cooking. "It would put the
two schools to the test. Then people
could make their own judgments instead
of going by what others are saying."
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Eyesore #1: Little Haiti's Hulking Behemoth
Battered by Hurricane Wilma, hammered by the real estate collapse, it just sits there

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor
A t the corer of 79th Street and
NE 2nd Avenue stands a seven-
story monument to the collapse
of the real estate market. Officially
known as the Little River Center, it was
once home to a Bank of America branch
and government offices such as the
Department of Children and Families and
South Florida Workforce.
Then, five years ago, Hurri-
cane Wilma blew into town. The
179,943-square-foot complex has been
empty ever since except for the
vagrants, criminals, and vandals who
regularly trespass on the property.
Three years after declaring the
abandoned Little River Center unsafe, the
City of Miami's Building Department has
condemned it. A notice issued on October
24 states that unless the building's owner
appeals within ten days, the city would
"proceed thereafter to demolish the
property." The notice is addressed to 7th
Avenue LLC, but that company no longer
owns the building.
TransAtlantic Bank, now owned by
Spain-based Sabadell United Bank, fore-
closed on the property on August 10. The
law firm of Jones Walker, which repre-
sented TransAtlantic during the foreclo-
sure, declined to comment for this story.
As of October 22, the City of Miami
had levied $17,750 in fines against the
building for the owner's failure to reg-
ister it as a vacant building, a figure that
is growing by $250 each day, says city
spokeswoman Cristina Fernandez.
The city has also slapped a lien
on the property for failing to keep the

before it was abandoned.

right-of-way clean, Fernandez says. In
addition there is a bill for $383,000 in
unpaid property taxes dating from 2007,
according to the Miami-Dade County
property appraiser. Additional infractions
for graffiti and maintaining a "vacant
and blighted" building will be heard by
Miami's Code Enforcement Board on
November 30.
In hopes of avoiding further fines,
Sabadell United Bank hired National
Structures on October 26 to begin paint-
ing over the graffiti, board up windows,
haul out garbage, and fix the fence. Ana
Miranda, secretary of National Struc-
tures, says Sabadell had only recently
received the city's violations.
D. Lavon Williams, president of the
Little River Neighborhood Improve-
ment Association, says the building is a
magnet for delinquents. "It invites some

unwanted parties whose behavior does
not mirror what our community wants
to reflect," he says. "There are bums,
crackheads, all kind of stuff going on
in there.... As a taxpaying community
person, I think it's a disgrace that such
a structure would be allowed to fall into
that kind of state."
Manuel Morales, the Miami Police
Department's commander overseeing
Little Haiti and the Upper Eastside, says
that in the past ten months, the depart-
ment has recorded some 1500 incidents
ranging from loud music to robberies
and assault all within 500 feet of the
building. "We want to make sure we keep
an eye on it," says Morales, noting that
it is just a few blocks from Villa Patricia,
an affordable-rent apartment building
for senior citizens. "It is obviously an
extreme eyesore. We would rather have

Sa healthy business. Even a park or an
Empty lot would be better now, because
it would not allow the possibility of
criminals to conceal themselves." As it is
Snow, Morales won't let his officers enter
o the building alone for fear of structural
S Marlene Louis, owner of 3D Beauty
Centers, just across the street from the
Little River Center, says she regularly
sees people cutting holes through the
fence. "A whole bunch of junkies are
living in there," she says, "and they take
whatever they can sell."
Gary Richard, manager of Chef
Creole Seafood Restaurant at 7957 NE
2nd Ave., says he regularly sees pimps
and prostitutes plying their trade in the
Little River Center's shadow. Such spec-
tacles have been bad for business. "They
[customers] don't bother to come here,"
Richard complains. "They see that, they
think the area is unsafe."
The Little River Center was con-
structed in 1973. In design, it's a classic
example of Brutalist architecture, thick
with concrete, geometrically patterned
with dark, narrow windows. The bottom
floor operated as a branch for the build-
ing's owner, Barnett Bank, which was
once the prevalent commercial bank in
Florida. In 1997 Bamett was purchased
by NationsBank. A year later Nations-
Bank merged with BankAmerica Corpo-
ration, creating Bank of America, now
the largest bank holding company in the
United States.
Even before Wilma cut through
Miami in 2005, the Little River Center
was not in great shape, says Ronald
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Eyesore #2: MiMo's Pathetic Masterpiece


By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

Wen former fashion executive
Eric Silverman bought the
Vagabond Motel for $4 million
in October 2005, he promised to renovate
the 1953 landmark and return it, and the
rest of the area, to its glory days.
Five years later, the MiMo Historic
District is humming along as a steady
stream of new restaurants and retailers
open along the Upper Eastside's commer-
cial corridor. Yet the Vagabond, at 7301
Biscayne Blvd., has been abandoned
and neglected for more than a year. And
while the three-year-old foreclosure case
surrounding the property may soon come
to an end, the property's future remains
uncertain as the City of Miami considers
moves to properly secure the motel to
keep out vagrants.
Windows are broken, weeds grow,
and garbage appears as if by magic. A
fence that barely covers the motel's rear
perimeter does nothing to prevent people
from trespassing, according to neigh-
bors. "This was the jewel of the historic
district," says Fran Rollason, president of
the MiMo Biscayne Association. No%\ it
is a disgusting mess."
So far the city has spent some $3000
cleaning up the property. As of October
22, the city had levied $64,750 in fines
for failure to register the property as an
abandoned building, a figure that is grow-
ing at $250 a day, says Cristina Fernandez,
spokeswoman for the City of Miami. A
$5000 lien was also placed on the property
for other code infractions. In addition,
nearly $260,000 is owed in property taxes,
according to the county appraiser's office.

Technically, Milano at Ocean Drive,
a company Silverman founded with his
cousin Octavio Hidalgo, still owns the
motel. However, the company dissolved
in September 2009. The BT recently
asked Silverman if he still controlled the
property. His reply: "No, sir." Silverman
who was traveling declined further com-
ment. (Brandy Gonzalez-Abreu, Milano
at Ocean Drive's attorney, did not return
phone calls.)
Vagabond Motel Inc., an entity headed
by David Shien Su Lien, has sued to
foreclose on the property after Silver-
man stopped making mortgage payments
in September 2007. In legal documents,
Vagabond Motel Inc. claims Silverman and
Hidalgo owe them more than $2.7 million.
But the litigation may soon end. Jorge
Gonzalez, Vagabond Motel Inc.'s attorney,
expects his client will regain full con-
trol of the property on December 3, in a
hearing before circuit court Judge Eugene

Fierro. "They were fighting, doing all the
typical delaying tactics," says Gonzalez.
"But now they have given up."
A major stumbling block that dragged
out the litigation was identifying who
gave Silverman a second mortgage of
$1.7 million. The names of three individ-
uals and a lending institution that were
listed in Silverman's documents were
incorrect, Gonzalez asserts. Silverman
also failed to appear at a hearing this past
June to provide those names. As a result,
he was sanctioned by the court to the
tune of $250.
Gonzalez says he finally got the cor-
rect names of the investors, who indicated
they won't fight the foreclosure action. "I
already talked to them all on the phone
and they said they will not contest. They'll
use [the financial loss] as a tax credit."
Once Vagabond Motel Inc. regains
control, the company will be responsible
for maintaining the property, paying the

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delinquent taxes, and dealing with the
accumulating fines. Gonzalez says his
clients will address those issues "at the
proper time." Gonzalez also couldn't
comment on his client's plans for the
Vagabond, offering this: "We don't have
the property yet."
Silverman's plans for the Vagabond
Motel continually changed during the time
he was active with the property. At first the
former president of Dolce & Gabanna's
North American and South American
operations wanted to open the Vagabond as
a moderately priced resort and spa with a
clothing store and restaurant.
Silverman and his wife did open
Transit clothing shop in early 2007.
The rest of the building was gutted for
renovation work as Silverman then con-
sidered transforming the Vagabond into
an office complex, or perhaps an artists'
colony and gallery.
In 2008 he operated a farmer's
market in the motel's former lobby,
initially on weekends only, then more
often. After failing to obtain the proper
permits for the market, however, Silver-
man shut it down, closed the clothing
shop, and stopped renovation work. In
September 2009, he left behind what
Margaret Tynan, president of the Belle
Meade Homeowners Association, calls a
"mess" that she compares to a "plate of
After Silverman walked away from the
Vagabond, vagrants moved in, according to
Rollason, who lives less than a block from
the motel: "At one point we had a neighbor
saying that 30 people were walking in and
out, basically living there and making a

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November 2010


Just When You Thought Healthcare Was Hopeless

The Miami Beach Community Health Center sets up shop on the Boulevard

By Margaret Griffis
BT Contributor

W at's the best kept health
secret in town? Could it be the
opening of the newest Miami
Beach Community Health Center office
at 11645 Biscayne Blvd.? While it's
not the latest fad diet, bizarre exercise
regime, or sketchy anti-aging remedy
that many people are scrambling after,
MBCHC could cure what really ails the
Biscayne Corridor: a lack of affordable,
high-quality healthcare.
The new medical center consolidates
two former offices that were located at
1100 NE 125th St. and 8260 NE 2nd
Ave., and it joins two venerable MBCHC
offices on Miami Beach, where the
original medical center, which is still in
operation on Alton Road, began serving
patients in 1977.
When CEO Kathryn Abbate talks
about the new center, her uncontainable

delight is, pardon the pun, *c
infectious and rightly .
so. "This has been a col-
laboration, many years of s
work to get where we are," 0
she says. "Just to have a a UNi
state-of-the-art medical
center, to have outpatients
go to a central location,
which attracts from the
north and the south we
talked about it for years,
but we never thought
it was going to really Miami Be
happen." Abbate: "i
The new center treated never tho
its first patient at the end
of August, but on October 14, about 100
guests packed the waiting room for a
high-spirited ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Angie Aguila, senior executive vice
president of human resources, took time
to speak about the new location and
how the organization had coveted that

ach Community Health Center's Kathryn
A state-of-the-art medical center we
ught it was going to happen."

ground-floor space since moving their
corporate offices to the same building
several years ago.
During the real estate bubble, when
even rents were too high, Aguila recounts
that MBCHC couldn't afford to open a
new medical center near their corporate

office. But just as the lease ran out at the
125th Street center, this space opened
up. Not only were the rents lower, they
also received in-kind assistance from the
property owners, the Trion Group. Top-
ping off the center's good fortune, By
His Grace Construction Services helped
by building out the empty space to fit
their specific needs. Today bright and
airy waiting areas now wrap around 13
exam rooms.
During the ribbon-cutting festivi-
ties, former board president and current
advisory board member Arnold Notkin
was reminiscing about MBCHC. He's
been involved with group since its early
days on South Beach, when it served
the former physical education teacher's
students at Fisher-Feinberg Elementary
Back then, the area was home to many
recent immigrants and other low-income
residents. Some of those former students
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Kohn, president of Kohn Commercial
Real Estate, who once considered pur-
chasing the property. "The best part of
that building was the first floor," he says,
"but as you moved up, there was further
deterioration and holes in some of the
Exactly what sort of damage Wilma
did to the Little River Center could not
be determined by deadline. Cedric Mar,
Miami's unsafe structures chief, did not
return the BT's phone calls. Court records
indicate that the building's property man-
ager rented shoring and scaffolding mate-
rial from Safway Services before Bank
of America sold it to 7th Avenue LLC for
$5.8 million one year after the storm.
The sole managing partner of 7th
Avenue LLC is Teresa Cardenas, who
also owns a commercial driving license
school, CDL Metropolitan Trucking just
a block from the building. Cardenas also
owns the long-troubled Little Farm Trail-
er Park in El Portal (see the BT's "From
Lovely to Lousy to Lost," April 2010). To
help purchase and repair the Little River

Cleanup crews expect graffiti to reappear until the building is sold.

Center, Cardenas obtained a $6.45 mil-
lion mortgage from TransAtlantic.
"She identified what she thought was
a great building with great potential,"
says her attorney, Steve Beiley ofAdorno
& Yoss. "Unfortunately, like so many

other real estate deals, the timing wasn't
TransAtlantic funneled Cardenas
$4.95 million, but when she asked for the
remainder of the money, a bank official
replied, in April 2008, that the project had

become too risky. Henceforth, Cardenas
was to give TransAtlantic money, not the
other way around. In an affidavit, Carde-
nas complained that the bank misled her.
"We would have not invested our life-
long, hard-earned savings to purchase the
subject property unless the construction
for the property was funded," she stated.
A year later TransAtlantic sued to
foreclose on the property, claiming that
Cardenas owed $6.5 million after interest
and other costs. This past August the
bank bought the property at its own auc-
tion. The winning bid: $100.
Meanwhile, Safway Services is
suing TransAtlantic for $140,000 it says
it's owed in rental fees and labor costs,
and to reclaim the scaffolding material
still attached to the building. Francisco
Touron III, Safway's attorney, says the
city's building department put his client
in a difficult situation. The city wouldn't
let Safway detach and remove the equip-
ment from the building because doing so
"would create an unsafe structure."
It wasn't until a month ago, when
TransAtlantic rented new equipment
from another company, that Safway was
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Tynan fears trespassers may inadver-
tently bur down the historically desig-
nated motel. She also partially attributes to
the Vagabond a recent increase in criminal
activity in her neighborhood. "Any time
you have homeless gathered somewhere,
and this is a stone's throw from Belle
Meade, it's bad news," she says.
This past September Tynan wrote to
Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff,
whose District 2 includes the MiMo His-
toric District and the Vagabond. Tynan
pleaded with Sarnoff to have the city
properly secure the building.
In response, Samoff pushed for a resolu-
tion at the October 27 city commission
meeting to "explore the possibility of using
funds to help secure...vacant and abandoned
properties," according a Samoff aide, William
Plasencia. Prior to the resolution, the cash-
strapped city could use Community Develop-
ment Block Grant funds only to demolish
derelict buildings, not to secure and maintain
them No one wants to see the Vagabond flat-
tened, but it remains to be seen if block-grant
money can be used to secure it.
Samoffbelieves placing plywood on
the Vagabond's windows and doors will be
enough to deter intruders and to correct the
perception that the place has been colonized
by homeless hordes. "That should take care
of most of the issues," says the commis-
sioner. "You could even take down the back
fencing. It doesn't do anything."
Fran Rollason, however, thinks
mere plywood is insufficient. She points
out that trespassers ripped off plywood
boards from a vacant building at 5212

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allowed to reclaim some of their equip-
ment. "We removed what we could,"
Touron says. "Other things have gone
missing. I don't know if they were stolen
or lost."
Even at the height of the real estate
market, office space was never in high
demand in Little Haiti, says Realtor
Kohn. If he could wave a magic wand,
Kohn would make the hulking structure
disappear and replace it with either a
small retail strip center or a mixed-use
development that would include afford-
able housing.
The Little River Center's new owners
haven't written off the building quite

Biscayne Blvd. "We asked to have the
doors [sealed] with cement blocks," she
says. "It is the only way to close it up."
Indeed Tynan's letter states that "in
our opinion, it will take a combination
of block-wall installation at several key
doorway openings and the addition of a
fence surrounding the property, especially
across the front parking lot, to make the
grounds and building safe and secure."
Neighbors agree that the perfect solu-
tion would be for the Vagabond to spring
back to life, in one form or another, but that
prospect seems remote, at least for now.
Real estate investor Charles Dusseau,
a former county commissioner, consid-
ered purchasing the Vagabond several
months ago and turning it into an artisti-
cally themed hotel. He points to the re-
developed and successful Hotel San Jose
in Austin, Texas, as a model. But after
researching the property, now valued at
$2.86 million by the county appraiser,
Dusseau determined there were too many
"complications" surrounding the Vaga-
bond. "Right now the credit market is bad
for anything like a hotel," he says.
In spite of the Vagabond's deteriorat-
ing condition, Antolin Garcia Carbonell, a
Belle Meade resident who has organized
Upper Eastside historic walking tours for
the past five years, still intends to start
his excursions at the motel, including the
upcoming MiMo arts tour on November
28. Part of the reason is that the Vagabond,
designed by renowned architect B. Robert
Swartburg, is architecturally and histori-
cally significant to the Boulevard. Another
reason: There's plenty of free parking. "It
is just a convenient spot," he says.

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yet. Ana Miranda of National Structures
says Sabadell United Bank has hired an
engineer to examine the complex. "They
hope to sell the building," she says. (The
building and land is worth $3.7 mil-
lion, according to the county property
Miranda's newly arrived cleanup
crews haven't scared off the squatters.
Every morning workers find as many as
eight men and women inside. "They'll
say, 'Okay, we're leaving.' But the next
day they'll be back," says Miranda. She
suspects her company will have to paint
over graffiti and reboard the entrances
over and over again: "It will be a never-
ending cycle until someone buys it."

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now work at the health center. No benefit
to the community, Notkin believes, is
more obvious than helping nurture a
healthy child into a productive adult.
The new medical center's opening
comes at a time when many Floridians,
from all walks of life, are finding them-
selves with inadequate health insurance
- or no health insurance of any sort.
This is a frightening situation for thou-
sands of local residents, but Abbate sees
an opportunity in it.
"What I would love for people to
know," she says, "is that we are the safety
net for the uninsured, and we're also
the safety net for the community. We
have the best possible care that anyone
could receive. If my family is sick, they
come to me because I know our doctors
provide the continuity of service that gets
people well. In these economic times,
people become uninsured all the time.
They come to a community health center
because they don't have sufficient re-
sources, and then they become employed
and they stay [with the center] because
they realize that the care we provide, doc-
tors could not match in their offices."
Indeed the health center takes a more
holistic approach to well-being than a
typical physician's office or clinic. Ac-
cording to Abbate, the staff works from
the assumption that healthcare isn't just
a matter of treating an illness or mending
an injury. It also includes acknowledging
the psycho-social problems most people
wouldn't mention to their doctors, and
providing follow-up services too.
Says Abbate: "There is a dignity to
privacy for all our patients. They need
to be treated in an environment that's
conducive to getting well. We are very
culturally centered. They're coming in
not just with issues like they have a cold
or are sick. They're poor. They can't find
ajob. Their husband left them. They have
spousal abuse. They have no money. You
need to treat them in an environment
where they feel comfortable and safe,
where they feel that you will help them.
That's what I wanted to set up at our
Biscayne location, and it's the same at
our other locations as well."
At first glance, many people might
presume that MBCHC is just another
free clinic, but that's not quite right, in
terms of service as well as finances. "One
of the things I want to clarify," Abbate
says, "is that we are a state-of-the-art

primary-healthcare center, and not a free
service. What we are is a sliding-fee-scale
center for those who meet the poverty
guidelines. And for those individuals who
are very, very poor, we work with them
so they can get access to healthcare. I will
match our center against the best the
outpatient clinics at U.M. or Mount Sinai."
In fact the largest source of the
approximately $23 million in revenue
over the past year, according to Abbate,
comes from uninsured patients who pay
using the sliding scale. As reported in the
center's latest available Form 990 (which
all nonprofits must file with the IRS),
self-paying patients provided $3,247,000
of the $20,538,000 in total revenue for
2008, or just under 16 percent. In the past
year, self-paying patients made up about
65 percent of the nearly 23,000 individu-
als who visited one of the three centers.
And most of them 90 percent of all
patients have incomes at 150 percent
of the federal poverty level or below.
MBCHC is also a partner in a service-
provider network (Health Choice Net-
work). More financial assistance comes
from other sources, such as the Miami
Beach Health Foundation (co-chaired by
Barry Gibb of Bee Gees fame), the John T
Macdonald Foundation, the Public Health
Trust and Jackson Health System, the
Children's Trust, and of course Medicare
and Medicaid. The center also receives
funds from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS
Program, which benefits the center's
Immune Support Department.
While immune support may be a
unique area of specialization, it is not the
only one. Like most primary-care outfits,
MBCHC will refer seriously ill patients
to specialists outside their network should
they require hospitalization or emergency
care, but center staff strives to provide as
much service in-house as they can.
Their doctors deliver 850 babies per
year. Pediatrics has its own suite, and they
have a large department dedicated to be-
havioral health. Patients can even get their
teeth fixed there. Overall, 21 physicians
who are board certified in internal medi-
cine, family practice, geriatrics, obstetrics/
gynecology, ophthalmology, endocrinol-
ogy, and pediatrics work for the center.
Call it a one-stop healthcare shop.
As Abbate puts it: "We are the
best kept secret. We're the safety net
for everyone in the area. Everyone is
treated the same irrespective of their
ability to pay."

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turkey day: GG Salon and Spa (9063
Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-9710) is offer-
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are also first-time customers: a mini
facial and eyebrow shaping with any
other service.
High-tech house-hunters will feel
right at home at MC2 Realty (786-581-
3937), a new boutique brokerage whose
sophisticated, multilingual website,
www.mc2realty.com, tracks real estate
trends like a hawk, providing potential
buyers access to the hottest deals in
South Florida.
For recession-strapped homeown-
ers who'd be happy just holding onto the
house they have, attorney Jake Miller
is offering free half-hour consultations
every Wednesday (6:00-8:00 p.m.) on
how your situation may be affected by
"foreclosure fraud by the robo-signing
lenders." Frankly, we've always suspect-
ed those zillionaire mortgage bankers
actually were robots. Call 305-758-2020
to schedule your session.
In keeping with the holiday
season's giving spirit, Realtors at La
Playa Properties are, from November
15 to December 31, donating 3% of
commissions received on the purchase
or sale of your home to the nonprofit
organization Stand Up For Kids. Ad-
ditionally they have a gift for anyone
dropping off a donation of food or
clothing at their office (2275 Biscayne
Blvd.). For more info: 305-672-0773 or
Kids of all ages will love Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland at The Play-
Ground Theatre (9806 NE 2nd Ave.,
305-751-9550). The show runs Novem-
ber 3 to December 19. But grown-up

theatergoers might especially enjoy
a November 13 evening performance
honoring P.R. "Prince of the Arts" Charlie
Cinnamon, who will appear onstage in
a surprise cameo role. Tix are available
online at www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.
Save the following day, Novem-
ber 14, for a 3:00 p.m. benefit concert
by acclaimed Cuban-born pianist Raul
Santiago. The Avery Fisher Prize-winner
will be performing solo at the Church
of St. Martha (9301 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-751-0005) and opening the church's
2010-2011 Yamaha Concert Series.
Acoustics, by the way, are superb. For
tix: saintmartha.tix.com.
'Tis the month of the turkey, of
course, and Balans Biscayne (6789
Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191) wants
BT readers to know they'll be serving a
special three-course feast on Thanksgiv-
ing Day. They'll be doing the same on
Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, so
mark your calendar.
Check out the ad for Bagels and
Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
892-2435) in the BT's "Dining Guide"
for their super special turkey dinner for
ten, pickup or delivery.
Last but not at all least on the turkey
front, the BT welcomes back Tuna's
Raw Bar & Grille (17850 W. Dixie
Hwy., 305-932-0630), and just in time
for a Thanksgiving Day special (noon to
midnight) that can't be beat: $24.95 for
dinner with all the trimmings (kids 12
and under $12.95).
For an enjoyable post-Thanksgiving
break from the stove, drop by Chop
Shop (7283 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-
8102) on Sunday, November 28. From
1:00-6:00 p.m. the themed salon, which
specializes in men's hair and beard
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ing free food and entertainment.
Further relaxation is guaranteed
at new advertiser Rumeur Boutique &
Spa (275 NE 18th St., 305-754-9800).
The hip hangout's ingenious concept
offers lifestyle boutique shopping while
getting glammed and unstressed by
quality day-spa services (discounted
15% on Tuesdays).
Here's a holiday you might have
missed: the first anniversary of Salsa
Fiesta (2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
400-8245), which became so instantly
popular it's hard to remember the fast/
casual eatery has only been around for
a year. In celebration, the owners will
announce two new locations that, like
the original, will serve fresh-to-order
"urban Mexican" fare. Consult their
website (salsafiestagrill.com) for details
later this month.
And a grateful welcome to new ad-
vertiser Mr. Chef's Fine Chinese Cui-
sine (18800 NE 29th St., 786-787-9030),
an elegant new restaurant that serves that
most rare of Miami-area fare: authentic
Chinese food. Owners Jin Xiang Chen
and Shu Ming Wu (a.k.a. Mr. Chef)
both come from Guang Dong province,
historically the source of one of China's
four greatest regional cuisines. For those
with especially esoteric tastes, Mr. Chef
even takes off-menu requests.
This month Hannah & Her Scissors
(611 NE 86th St., 305-772-8426) celebrates
the arrival of the dry season by offering
$10 off "dry cuts." Arrive with clean hair,
leave looking much, much better.
Longtime BT advertiser Ascot
Teak (12951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-
2131) is offering sale prices on their gor-
geous furniture this month, just in time

for the holidays. And something else: a
promise of same-day delivery.
Why do pets always seem to
postpone getting seriously ill or injured
until after the vet is closed for the night?
Whatever the reason, it's a fact, says Dr.
Raul Jimenez of Biscayne Veterinary
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1190): "The majority of emergencies
happen between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00
a.m." Hence the high-tech center's new
service: A vet is now on-duty 24 hours
a day. Call anytime and a doc will meet
owners and their furry friends at BVC to
provide immediate treatment.
If it's a human who needs medical
help, check out new advertiser Surecare
Health Mart Pharmacy (8955 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-751-3000). Can't get over there?
No problem. This friendly neighborhood
pharmacy will pick up your prescription
and deliver your meds for free, with a three-
item minimum. Both new and transferred
prescriptions will earn you a $10 gift, too.
March 26, 2011 the date of the
Miami Science Museum's ninth annual
Galaxy Gala benefit may seem light
years away, but event co-chair (and BT ad-
vertiser) Nancy Batchelor says it's not too
early to reserve tickets for the extravaganza.
For more info, contact Ruth Robinson
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Nixon's Man in Biscayne Park

SOur correspondent recalls his brief encounter with E. Howard Hunt

By Gaspar GonzAlez
BT Contributor

Think it was my Realtor who first
mentioned it to me, or perhaps it was
the seller's Realtor. Maybe it was the
house's previous owner. I don't really
remember, but I know it came up when
my wife and I were looking to buy in
Biscayne Park last year. "Do you know
who used to live a few doors down from
here?" we were asked. We shook our
heads no. "E. Howard Hunt."
A smile came to my lips. I knew that
Hunt had moved to Biscayne Park at some
point. I just hadn't known where exactly.
The idea that I would be buying so close
to where one of the principal Watergate
conspirators had lived was ironic given
that I was in the process of wrapping up a
one-hour documentary on Richard Nixon
for the local PBS affiliate. Now finished,
Nixon's the One: How Tricky Dick Stole
the Sixties and( hCi,,t,.... Iii,. rica Forever
is set to premiere (10:00 p.m., Monday,

November 15, WLRN, Channel 17) and
I find myself once again thinking about
what a small world Miami, and Biscayne
Park in particular, can be.
Although I never met Hunt, I did
speak with him once. It was right after the
presidential election in 2000, during those

tumultuous days of hanging chads, angry
demonstrations (led by, we long ago
learned, Republican operatives imported
from the heartland to disrupt the recount
effort in Miami-Dade), and general confu-
sion about whether George W. Bush or Al
Gore was going to be the next president.

I was a staff writer at Miami
New Times. (Jim Mullin, the BT's
editor and publisher, was then the
editor-in-chief at New Times.) We
had been trying to cover the recount,
but events were moving too quickly.
New Times was a weekly publication,
while the story of the century (or at
least of the new millennium) was
changing by the minute.
We needed an angle on the histori-
cal drama that was playing out at the
Stephen P. Clark Government Center
downtown that would make for good
reading regardless of how the recount
turned out.
That's when I came up with the idea
of calling E. Howard Hunt. I knew he
lived in Miami and thought he might
make a good interview. After all, it
looked like W. was trying to steal the
election. Hadn't Hunt tried to help Nixon
do the same thing in 1972? Who better

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than Hunt to give us an insider's perspec-
tive on political dirty tricks? Mullin told
me to go ahead with it.
By the time I had Hunt's number in
hand, the idea had evolved in my mind.
Interviewing Hunt wouldn't be enough.
I would try to get myself invited over,
maybe watch a couple of hours of news
coverage of the recount with him, pitch
questions to him that way. (I don't know
why, but I had this image of Hunt sitting
in a La-Z-Boy, watching Fox News.) I
called him.
It's been ten years since my conver-
sation, but I can still remember it clearly.
With perhaps one or two words changed,
it went like this:
Me: Hello. Mr. Hunt, my name is Gaspar
Gonzalez and I'm calling you from
Miami New Times.
Hunt: Whaddya want?
Me: I'd like to talk to you about what's
going on with the election, you know, the
Hunt: Why would you want to talk with
me about that?

Me: Well, I know that you've had experi-
ence with helping to fix elections...
Hunt: Those were foreign operations.
[Hunt had been the CIA's man in Latin
America in the 1950s.]
Me: I can recall at least one, uh, domes-
tic caper.
Hunt: What are you talking about?
Me: The Watergate break-in.
Hunt:: I was working for the President of
the United States.
Me: So you admit it?
Hunt: Huh?
Me: Listen, Mr. Hunt, I was just thinking
that, as long as you were watching the
coverage, I could come over, bring some
beer, and we could watch it together.
Maybe even invite some of the Cubans
over. [Three of the five burglars arrested
the night of the Watergate break-in were
Cuban. At the time of my conversation
with Hunt, all were living in Miami.]
Hunt: No, I don't think so.
Me: You sure? I think you'd enjoy it.
Hunt: No.
Me: Okay, thanks for your time, sir.
Hunt: Okay. (Click.)
So I missed my chance to meet E.
Howard Hunt, who died in 2007. Fast

forward seven years. My film about Cas-
sius Clay's transformative years in South
Florida, MuhammadAli: Made in Miami,
had been a big success; it got nice write-
ups in Sports Illustrated and in newspa-
pers around the country, and virtually
every national PBS affiliate had picked
it up. So WLRN asked what I wanted to
do as a follow-up. I told them something
on Nixon.
To me, it seemed like a natural
bookend to the Ali film. Like Ali, Nixon
had helped to shape the 1960s, and like
Ali, a big chunk of his story was rooted
in Miami.
Nixon first came to Miami spe-
cifically Key Biscayne in 1950,
following a bruising race for the U.S.
Senate against Helen Douglas (who
dubbed him "Tricky Dick" for his use
of smear tactics), and he kept coming
back for the next two decades. Miami
afforded Nixon a unique perspective on
the way America was changing on
the rise of the Sunbelt, the growing
importance nationally of middle-class
suburban voters, and their increasing
opposition to big government (including
civil rights legislation).

After losing the presidential elec-
tion to John Kennedy in 1960, and
an even more humiliating defeat two
years later in the California gover-
nor's race, Nixon capped his remark-
able comeback by securing the GOP
nomination for president in 1968 at
the Republican National Convention
in Miami Beach. The 1972 conven-
tion, where Nixon was renominated,
was also held in Miami Beach. And to
hear some tell it, Miami is where the
Watergate break-in was planned.
Originally Nixon's the One was
going to tell that whole story. Getting
into the material, though, my collabora-
tor Alan Tomlinson and I discovered the
first half alone was enough to make for
a compelling hour, so our climax isn't
Watergate, but the 1968 GOP conven-
tion, which arguably changed the course
of American politics. Think that's too
strong a claim? Watch the film.
I wish I could have shown it to Hunt.
Not that he would have agreed with
much of it, but it would have been fun to
have that beer with him.

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SThe social network can be useful, especially in a %\matll town like the Shores -

By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

rowing up in suburban New
Jersey, I had a sad little laugh
every Friday and Saturday
night when the local television sta-
tion chimed the hour with its public
service announcement: "It's ten
o'clock. Do you know where your
children are?"
My folks sure did. Whether they
were out or in, I was on the couch,
either curfew-bound or grounded for
some minor misdeed, guarded by a Si-
berian husky who threatened to attack
my feet as if they were squirrels every
time I put them on the floor. Her name
was Tika, but Resident Evil would have
been a better name for that beast. I
couldn't have slipped out of that house
unless someone else was offering her a
rabbit to chase.
Flash-forward two decades and the
public service announcements aim at

what kids are tempted to do rather than
on where they are and who is watching
them. Live "above the influence," they
implore. In one commercial, a teen girl
refuses to follow the urban fashions of
her peers, which makes her resistant

to hard-drug use. In another, a young
man is rewarded with a free meal at a
diner after turning down an invitation
to party in favor of studying. There are
perks, it's implied, to being straight,
and only you are responsible for you.

How have parents, in just a couple of
decades, become so completely cut out of
the picture? A lot of it is our fault. We've
abdicated our responsibilities, allow-
ing kids to make the rules and run the
show. This is the result of bargaining and
rationalizing with them when they were
little, instead of forcing them to swallow
the absolute law of parenting: "Because
when you live under my roof, wear the
clothes I buy you, and eat the food that
my job paid for, you do as I say."
Now our children seem, in general,
to choose whether or not to obey the
rules, and they're certainly pretty fear-
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uniform policy or adhering to the morals
and mores you thought you taught them
about personal and sexual relations. And
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playmate to cheating on the FCAT, what
could possibly happen if you get caught
smoking a little weed?
In one way, nothing has changed.
Kids today are every bit as dumb as
the kids of yesterday. They make the
universal mistake of thinking parents
are old and out of it, that we don't know
anything especially those of us
who live in boring suburbs like Miami
Shores, where the only nightlife is pasta
at Village Caf6 or ice cream at Mooie's.
They assume that we believe in their in-
nocence, and have no tools with which to
catch them in the act of losing it.
They don't count on the one thing we
Shores parents have in our arsenal that
our folks never did: Facebook.
I think of Facebook as my techno
Tika, my computerized Siberian husky
watchdog. Thank you, Big Brother.
People in general can't resist telling
each other everything on this social
network, but for Miami Shores par-
ents it's more than visual eavesdrop-
ping it's electronic babysitting.

We know when you're not studying at
a friend's house and are at Aventura
Mall instead, or ingesting caffeine at
Starbucks because you've posted it. In
other words, at ten o'clock, I don't need
a televised announcement. I know ex-
actly where at least one of my kids is:
She's updating her status on Facebook.
That's when I leave a note on her
Facebook wall and tell her, if she's at
home, to get in the shower. That's when
she deletes it before she dies of embar-
rassment, then writes back on my status,
which is usually meant for my adult
FB friends, calling me "weird." That's
when Saturday i,'i Live runs a spoofy
commercial, "Damn It, My Mom Is on
Facebook," about people who use Face-
book to parent.
(There's also an article on eHow.com,
"How to Handle Your Mom on Face-
book," and a website, Myparentsjoined-
Facebook.com, where you can repost our
awful status updates as revenge for inva-
sion of their "public privacy." I love how
our kids think Facebook was invented
for them, when a lot of us were on it for
years before they were old enough to
feed themselves.)

It's true that I have found informa-
tion on Facebook that would appall the
more uptight Miami Shores adult -
parent or not. I've seen status updates
from random teens that reference
recent and explicit sexual activity. I've
noticed items on wall-to-wall conversa-
tions about cutting days at local Miami
Shores schools.
Unless a kid I know is directly
involved, I treat these "blurts" like I do
overheard conversations. I didn't join
Facebook to spy on my daughter or her
Miami Country Day friends, or to stand
guard over my Miami Arts Charter
School students, or to figure out what the
kids over at Doctor's Charter are doing
with their time. Their socially motivated
confessions are not meant for my eyes,
and more often than not are usually a
form of bragging anyway. At first I even
ignored every friend request I received
from Zoe's friends or my students. Then
I overcame my qualms.
Now I almost relish becoming a new
breed of cliche. I have better conversa-
tions on Facebook with my daughter and
her friends short, quippy, teasing, and
all meant in good fun than I often do

with them in person. They are becoming
teenagers, after all. I'm sure you know
what I mean.
And being a grown Miami Shores
woman who is friends with Shores teens
has its advantages. Not just because I can
learn pop-culture references on the sly,
but because I can actually use the info I
receive. Recently, when I bemoaned the
demise of Sugar Bubble, Gloribel Gon-
zalez, the mother of a former student,
Gloriane, immediately contacted me
on Facebook Chat. Gloribel, or GG, as
family and friends call her, wanted me
to know that Sugar Bubble wasn't the
be-all and end-all. In fact, her GG Salon
and Spa, in the Shores Square Shopping
Plaza next to CVS, is full-service, from
facials to feet. It's even open on Sundays,
a distinct advantage for me, as I am often
too tired to move on Saturdays.
The salon is only about six blocks
from my house. So you'll understand that
there's nothing illicit about my status
when it says on a weekend afternoon:
"Massage at GG."

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Know Your Enemy Before You Go To War
Five county commnin winnerss should be recalled, not Mayor Carlos Alvarez

By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

So now Norman
Braman wants
County voters to
recall Mayor Carlos
Alvarez for submit-
ting a budget that
"forced" the county
commission to vote for a property tax
increase for many residents, raises for
county employees, a mere one-percent
reduction in county operating expenses,
and no cuts at all to each commissioner's
own expenses.
First let me disclose that Mayor
Alvarez endorsed me in my run for the
Miami City Commission back in 2006.
Loyalty is a big-ticket item in my basket
of personal ethics, so I couldn't support a
recall on that basis alone.
Had the recall been sparked by
illegal or unethical acts, I could easily

jump aboard, but for policy decisions or
actions taken as part of Alvarez's official
duties, I just cannot do it. This is why we
have elections. And besides, the mayor
is termed-out, so it's really just symbolic
and a waste of taxpayer money.
I must also add that I'm quite
disturbed over the direction the mayor
has taken this county. My number-one
problem is that he just flatly refused to
push for the elimination of the county
manager position.
Here we have a guy who ran for
office in 2004 promising that "I will
be the one accountable when the poop

hits the fan," and then championed the
"strong mayor" form of government and
got his wish in 2007.
The community overwhelmingly
gave him that title and wished him well.
What has he done with it? Not much,
in my book. He had the opportunity to
really take charge and lead the county
toward whatever future he envisioned.
Yet nothing happened. The leadership
void became ever more apparent as one
ethical or financial embarrassment after
another surfaced: widespread abuse of
cell phones, contractors who were paid
for jobs they didn't complete, trees that

were shorter than they should have been,
and scandals within his own office in-
volving questionable staff pay raises and
subordinates who abused their power.
Add the larger debacles, such as the
financial crisis at Jackson Hospital and
the poorly marketed Marlins stadium
and port tunnel, which were clearly not
supported by the public, and you have a
mayor who has fallen into the very trap
he sought to destroy.
Who else was conspicuously absent?
The county manager. Oh, he would come

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forward to defend his boss, but his answers
were always evasive. He had no idea this or
that was going on. No one advised him that
things were so bad. He truly has become
a Teflon manager, but one whose time is
coming to an end, thanks to the vote of a
community that is fed up.
The next mayor will not have a
county manager to shield him (or her)
from those who want to hold the mayor
accountable. The next mayor will have to
develop a new management model to run
the county. We can only hope this person
will rise to the occasion and establish the
office of vice mayor or deputy mayor for
the budget and operational sides of the
administration. This will place respon-
sibility squarely on the shoulders of the
individual who should be held account-
able for the direction of the ship. That
would be the captain of the county the
strong mayor.
Now let's talk about who shouldbe
considered for recall as a result of the
latest budget fiasco. In searching for those
individuals, we need look no further than

the county commissioners themselves,
who refused to make the tough budget
cuts necessary to bring well-deserved
relief to Miami-Dade residents.
Here we have a community of tens
of thousands who've been hit very hard
by the ongoing recession losing
their jobs, losing their homes, unable to
continue healthcare for their loved ones.
It has been a protracted nightmare for
many, many families, with little hope
and no help in sight. Yet the leaders
we've put in place on the county com-
mission (apparently until they either
quit, die, or get indicted) are so far out
of touch with ordinary people and the
grim realities they struggle with daily
that they're completely oblivious to
their true responsibilities.
We are truly fortunate that state law
requires balanced governmental budgets
or we would be facing the same problem as
the federal government enormous defi-
cit spending. Both county and municipal
government officials would do well to dust
off their charters and read them now and
then. They would find that local govern-
ments were established to provide certain
services through specific departments,

established and maintained for the safety
and welfare of all the residents. Period.
When budget cuts are required, the
first place to look is at those activities
which have contributed to the budget
explosion typically arising in the
manager's office, from agencies he has
created that are not mandated in the
county charter. When elected officials
want to establish something new that is
not specifically called for in the charter,
they commonly place it in the manager's
office. Why? Because the manager has
great latitude in hiring and inventing
"offices" or "agencies" that enable him
to accomplish all the missions elected
officials have pushed his way. He can
do this without having to adhere to the
constraints of a shortsighted charter.
Now enter Vanessa Brito, who
heads a political action committee
called Miami Voice (yourmiamivoice.
org/wordpress), which aims to recall
five of the eight county commissioners
who voted to pass the budget and its
property tax increase: Dennis Moss,
Natacha Seijas, Bruno Barreiro, Audrey
Edmonson, and Barbara Jordan. The
other three who voted in favor Katy

Sorenson, Dorrin Rolle, and Sally
Heyman are not currently subject to
recall for various reasons.
Therefore, if you are hell bent on
going after someone, go after these five,
who could have but did not cut their own
budgets to the point that it hurts really
hurts, the kind of hurt that many people
are feeling every day.
Unlike county commissioners,
most of us use our own cars to go to
work each day (if we have a job), and
we have to pay for the gas. Most of
us don't have a boss who pays for our
cell phones and our laptops. Most of
us don't have expense accounts, much
less expense accounts we can spend
on any damn thing we want, with no
oversight whatsoever.
So forget about gunning for the
mayor, who is basically a lame duck at
this point. Instead set your sights on
these five Moss, Seijas, Barreiro,
Edmonson, Jordan who have no term
limits and who will most likely occupy
their seats till hell freezes over.

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An Oasis in the Cultural Desert

Aventura is betting that a building can change a city

By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer
BT Contributor

Wen my writing career first
began, I loved everything
positivity and beauty ran
rampant. That was 25 years ago. As I
look at my more recent work, I seem to
have become quite the skeptic.
Could it be age? Am I just jaded?
Perhaps it's that I'm looking at life
through the eyes of a reporter who sees
too much and questions everything.
Or maybe I'm just more realistic now.
Either way, when I heard that Aventura
was building a "cultural center," I kind
of scoffed. Do "Aventura" and "culture"
really belong in the same sentence?
Perhaps "culture" and "shock" would
be more appropriate. It would certainly
make sense to anyone who's lived here
more than a few months. After all, this city
is not exactly your typical American town.
The local powers that be, it turns
out, were serious. The mayor and city

commission got
behind the proj-
ect. And now, 16
years after the
city's found-
ers dreamed of
creating a grand
cultural hub,
standing proudly
at the east end
of 188th Street,
is the beginning
of a new civic
institution, the
Aventura Arts &
Cultural Center. .
It is pretty.
The white-and-blue contemporary
facade faces the street; the rest of the
structure's glass exterior showcases
the beautiful water view. The interior
of the 15,000-square-foot, 324-seat
theater is quite impressive. Architects
PGAL (Pierce Goodwin Alexander
and Linville) created a graceful and

sophisticated design that has already
been noticed. The terrazzo floors, wide-
open lobby, well-appointed bathrooms
(stalls go from the floor up, ensuring
privacy), spacious dressing rooms, and
state-of-the-art everything won the
firm a gold medal from the Building
of America Network, and the center

was named "project of the year" by the
Florida east coast chapter of Associated
Builders and Contractors.
The 48-by-30-foot stage offers ample
space for everything from off-Broadway
shows to local school productions. Many
Aventura residents seem pleased, and
city officials' goals appear to be realistic.
"The center was built to complement
the charter school," says Mayor Susan
Gottleib, referring to the nearby Aven-
tura City of Excellence Charter School,
attended by 900 students (K-8), who
must be Aventura residents. "The school
needed an auditorium and this worked
out well. But its main function is to help
bring arts and culture to the city. We
have programming for all ages. We've
never had anything like this before, so
it's a very exciting addition."
The cultural center, which is being
managed by the Broward Center for the
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some shared programming. According to
the center's general manager, Steve Clark,
the "Family Fun Series," the "Smart
Series," and the Irving Berlin tribute
"Melodies and Memories" are examples,
and they're just part of a broader lineup.
In an effort to entice as many
local residents as possible, scheduled
programs are diverse, to say the least.
From the Aventura Marketing Coun-
cil's "Young Stars Showcase" and Arts
Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker to "Brazilian
Voices," the selections are the cultural
equivalent of fishermen casting very
wide nets: One way or another, you're
going to haul in a catch. So from the
little ones up to their great grandparents,
the Latin and Jewish communities and
beyond, there seems to be something that
will pique most everyone's interest.
"We are purposefully all over the
map with our programming right now,"
Clark says. "We're testing the waters
to see what the market will support." If
Clark's r6sum6 matters (it includes stints
as theater director at Miami Beach's

Jackie Gleason back in its heyday and
director of event services and operations
at the Miami Beach Convention Center),
he may be just the guy to help get this
venture up and running.
But will it really succeed in attract-
ing Aventura residents? So far, Clark
says, most attendees are coming from
Hallandale, Hollywood, and North
Miami Beach. That demographic infor-
mation, he explains, is based on prelimi-
nary sales data. It's still very early, but
again, I wonder if locals will support
the project. I do know one thing: They
certainly can't complain about the fact
that the $7 million project was built on
city-owned land, no money was bor-
rowed, and it came in under budget. The
result: a debt-free facility, which is never
a bad thing.
While it's not being billed as a rev-
enue-maker for the city, from the get-go
the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center will
pay for itself.
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Stewart to perform an intimate concert
as a fundraiser for a charitable endeavor
sponsored by Delilah, a radio host on
The Coast FM (97.3). The audience was
mostly record producers, executives, and
a handful of lucky station listeners. The
event was so low-key, so lacking in fan-
fare that I didn't know it was happening
- and I live on the same street, within
walking distance.
Had there been a long line of
bumper-to-bumper cars, I definitely
would have noticed. According to Clark,
traffic patterns were studied to ensure
residents would not have to endure con-
gestion. The center offers valet parking
and has added additional parking spaces
to accommodate attendees. Again, bravo.
Well done.
The box office opened at the end
of June. I had the privilege of attend-
ing a performance of Annie in July (my
girlfriend's daughter played one of the
orphans), so I witnessed first-hand just
what an impact the center could have
on the community. Parents flocked to
the event via car, on foot, some even on
bicycles. But the real hoopla has only
recently begun.



On October 17, residents were
treated to backstage tours and entertain-
ment in a high-spirited "Curtain Up"
ceremony. For $0, future ticket-buyers
got to see the inner workings of Aven-
tura's newest jewel. It fostered a whole
lot of good will.
On October 23, the official grand
opening took place. For a mere $185,
guests enjoyed "An Evening with Patti
LuPone," beginning with an al fresco
cocktail reception on the lawn adjacent
to the center, followed by a concert
by the two-time Tony award winner.
LuPone's program included "Send in the
C lo\ ns "Don't Cry for Me Argentina,"
and "My Way." She was called back for
three encores. It was a hit.
I may not know what Aventurans
truly want, but I do know that everyone
likes to be entertained. Given that there
is a dreadful lack of real cultural options
here, this may be exactly the right thing
at just the right time.
Now, if the quality is there, we'll be
in business, and I'll happily check my
skepticism at the door.

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By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor
Pie. Apple caramel and mixed berry.
Until a few days ago, I had planned
on a column about an incredible
pie discovery. These pies, I reasoned,
improved my life by approximately 12
percent. I wanted to share my Pie Lust.
That is, until I met Lady, the severely
abused Bluetick Coonhound, recuper-
ating at the Broome County Humane
Society here in Binghamton, New York
(or as I call it, the MUFT, Merciless Un-
Frozen Tundra). I had pie on the brain
until I got a look at Lady. Her beautiful
tri-colored coat not quite masking her
skeletal frame, I counted every rib. I saw
her jutting hips and sharp collarbone, her
sunken face. She was too weak to open
her eyes. I've seen ads for starving chil-
dren in poverty-stricken countries with
more flesh on their bodies.
The woman who is trying to save her,
Broome County Humane Society kennel

A Dog Named Lady
Animal-rescue worker Tarah Tripp cries for the lives she saves

manager and animal cruelty officer
Tarah Tripp, is more important than pie.
Anyone can bake a pie. Not everyone can
save lives.
This occurred to me during one of
several afternoons as I held Lady's head

up while Tripp spooned food into her
mouth, or watched as Tripp carried Lady
outside so she could go to the bath-
room, or as Tripp lay down on Lady's
blankets and spoke softly to her. Tripp,
who is fearful of needles, nonetheless

administered Lady's antibiotics IV.
Lady is a victim of dog abusers
who valued their drugs more than her
life. These people bought her and then
starved her. Their only use for her was
to "run her" after raccoons. When she
caught the raccoons, they sold the pelts
for $15 each.
Eventually Lady became so thin the
collar that kept her locked to a life of
misery slipped off and, working on pure
adrenaline, she seized her opportunity
and escaped.
A sheriff found Lady wandering the
streets, disoriented. He loaded her into
his car, and he knew exactly what to
do next: He called the Broome County
Humane Society.
I've been involved in the canine
world for years now, as a shelter worker
and volunteer, in Miami and here in the
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dog magazines. Over the years, I've
met a lot of people who are involved in
rescue work, but I've met few as selfless
and dedicated as Tarah Tripp.
Lady's story is, unfortunately, not
unusual. It is, however, a story many
people prefer not to hear. And that is
exactly why I am telling it.
People feel sorry for dogs like Lady.
They are sad for a moment and then
shrug it off, figuring someone else will
take care of her. They are right. Some
people do. People with compassion and
dedication. And fortitude. And courage.
People like Tripp.
Animal rescue is not for the faint
of heart. According to petfinder.com,
"some studies are beginning to suggest
that animal-care professionals may be
number one in vulnerability to compas-
sion fatigue and burnout." There are
good reasons for this. For one, unlike
other vocations in which workers are
viewed as noble firefighters and
paramedics, for example those who
toil in animal shelters are often not seen

or acknowledged. Many people refuse to
even visit a shelter because they find it
too upsetting.
There is nothing glamorous about
shelter work. In fact it ranks among the
most unglamorous jobs imaginable. Shel-
ters are often smelly, noisy, run-down,
and located in the worst neighborhoods.
Shelters are nonprofit, relying on dona-
tions and grants to survive. Some shel-
ters fare better than others. This is due in
part to the shelter location and, to a large
extent, the generosity of the public.
When I worked at the Humane
Society of Greater Miami a few years
ago, the shelter raised enough money to
move to a much larger facility, which
was built to state-of-the art specifica-
tions. Shelters reflect their communities,
and Miami-Dade County has pockets of
mind-blowing, jaw-dropping wealth. To
put it plainly: The wealthier the area, the
greater the chance of saving lives.
Broome County is not like Miami-
Dade County. It is a depressed, rustbelt
area that saw its heyday decades ago,
and is now primarily blue collar. People
do not spend $5000 on the handbag of
the month, not when they can barely

afford to heat their homes.
The community profiles may be dif-
ferent, but the shelter work is the same in
both places. Kennel workers pour bleach
and mop up urine and feces, only to turn
around and find they have to do it again.
Any shelter job where you work "on
the floor," directly with the animals, is
physically and emotionally demanding.
The cruel irony is that the people who
care about animals the most see them
at their worst. Some must decide when
it is time to euthanize the very animals
they have been caring for over months
or even years. And some of them do the
deed themselves.
The people who work in animal rescue
do so because they care. There is no other
reason. Broome County's Humane Society
is no exception. It manages to get by with
small crew of dedicated workers. And
it also handles cruelty cases. Many of
their adoptable animals are rescued from
atrocious conditions. Tripp and board
member Lynn Durkin bust up puppy
mills as well as hoarders, who "collect"
hundreds of animals.
People point guns in their faces.
Tripp climbs trees to rescue cats, though

she is afraid of heights. She has nursed
dozens of puppies sick with parvo (a
deadly canine disease) back from the
brink. She was recently featured in the
daily paper after rescuing a cat that had
an arrow shot through its body. Tripp
is offering a reward out of her own
pocket for anyone who helps her find
the culprit.
Thanks to Tripp's round-the clock
care, Lady is now doing somewhat better.
Tripp spent several days and nights
caring for her in the tiny shelter office,
where she was propped up on blankets.
(Tripp would come back to the shelter
at 8:00 p.m. to take Lady's temperature,
give her fluids, and then sleep next to her
on her makeshift dog bed until 2:00 or
3:00 a.m.) Lady's temperature is down,
and while far from being healthy, she re-
cently shared a cheeseburger with Tripp.
Tripp says she cries every night,
but she also says she would not have it
any other way. That sentiment is much
sweeter than any pie.
Oh, and those beasts who abused
Lady? Tripp helped send them to jail.

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Compiled by Derek McCann

The High Cost of Cheap Labor
100 Block ofNE 25th Street
Everyone has a price, but for most, that
price is usually high. Not in this economy. A
homeowner witnessed her trusted neighbor
leaving her backyard in the company of an
unknown man, and with her personal items
loaded in a shopping cart. When approached
later by police, the neighbor said the mystery
man, a homeless entrepreneur, had offered
him five dollars to remove items from the
backyard, claiming that the owner had given
permission Amazingly, without further
questioning, the neighbor complied. Showing
rare pity, police did not arrest him. What
would this man do for ten dollars?

Stickman on the Loose!
400 Block ofNE 29th Street
Enjoying a leisurely night at home
watching television, a woman was hor-
rified to see a 3-D reality show develop
in her bedroom. A stick came through
a window and behind it was an uniden-
tifiable male. The stick reached for a

purse lying near the window. The victim
screamed and scared him away, prevent-
ing him from taking her purse. Stickman
ran off, whereabouts unknown.

More Rude Awakenings
2200 Block of i:, .i. ,..- Boulevard
Woman was in a bedroom when she
heard a loud noise emanating from her
living room. She ran to check and see
if something had fallen perhaps her
newly installed television? and was
shocked when she saw a stranger in her
living room. The stranger left without
incident, but please be aware that this is
yet another home invasion along the Bis-
cayne Corridor. Criminals are becoming
more brazen in these desperate times.

Why Miami Needs More Buses
101 Biscayne Blvd.
It is really tough not having a car in Miami.
This poor, car-challenged person waited
for the bus to arrive and waited and
waited and waited. During this time, the

boredom was so intense he fell asleep.
As we know from recent home invasions,
sleeping peacefully in your own home isn't
a sure thing, but at a bus stop? It's unclear
how long it took, but very soon after his
eyes shut, his jacket and wallet were gone,

stolen by Boulevard vermin. Once again
Miami proves itself to be a city of op-
portunity. Please keep your eyes open and
walk if you have to then again, you'll
probably get mugged anyway.

The Joys of Family Reunions
100 Block ofNE 75th Street
Family reunions are heartwarming, es-
pecially when one has not seen his or her
brother for a while. Dearest brother could
be in another state, could be working really
long hours, could be serving our country
overseas, or given that this is Miami, could
be in prison. At this family reunion an
excited brother biked over to his father's
home to see his recently paroled bro. We
are sure it was touching, especially the part
when the ex-con stole his brother's bike!
Of course, the kid should have chained it to
the toilet. Thanksgiving should be interest-
ing at this household, especially the part
about armed guards protecting the turkey.

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Continued from page 48

Three Meals for a Dollar:
Recession Buster!
7700 Block oj i :... ,i,." Boulevard
Man entered a convenience store and
grabbed a small bottle of beer. He made no
attempt to pay for it and walked outside.
Police were called and found the guy down
the street (not even working a buzz). Total
price of the beer: $1.17. But at least he gets
three free meals in the county jail, so it
was a good investment. Of the hundreds of
reports Biscayne Crime Beat has compiled
over the past seven years, this breaks the
record for smallest dollar amount of stolen
goods resulting in an arrest. Will the record
be broken again? Come on, Boulevard
scum, show us your competitive pride for
the December issue!

Victim Stupidity Finally
Trumped by Criminal
NE 3rd Court and NE 53rd Street
A woman had absent-mindedly left her
wallet on the counter of this establish-
ment. Within a Boulevard minute, which is

roughly equivalent to an hour in other parts
of the country, the wallet was gone. The
sympathetic owner let the woman view
the store's surveillance video. She watched
as Mr. Obtuse, the security guard at this
store, grabbed her wallet and placed it in
his pocket. Of course the security guard
denied stealing it, despite the video. He
was at a loss when police showed him the
video evidence. Then he blurted out that he
was going to mail the wallet to the victim
- even though she was standing right
there, a few feet away and that he was
just watching out for her best interests. No
surprise, Mr. Obtuse was arrested.

So Much for Secret PIN
4700 Block ofN. Miami Avenue
This victim hired the suspect to do some
yard work around her home. Most people
secure their valuables when using free-
lance workers, just to be on the safe side.
Our victim did not. The worker stole her
wallet, which contained her debit card.
Somehow he managed to withdraw more
than $2000 from her account without
knowing the PIN. Fortunately, the bank
has a positive ID on the suspect.

Don't Take a Bullet for
4600 Block ofNE 2nd Avenue
A woman was dining at the above loca-
tion when a man slipped past and swiped
her purse from an adjacent chair. This
woman apparently is not easily intimi-
dated, as she decided to chase after the
perpetrator, followed by two witnesses.
She was stopped in her tracks when the
purse-snatcher wheeled around, pulled
out a gun, and fired two shots toward the
dining establishment. The man escaped
in a Honda Civic. Surveillance video
showed him casing the area before the
robbery. While we admire the victim's
Superwoman panache, we strongly
implore Boulevard residents to be more
careful in situations like this. Your life is
more important.

Mother of All Hangovers?
7800 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
Victim was in the hospital for six days.
He could not tell police how he ended up
there, save for the fact that he'd been in
North Miami before being hospitalized.
He didn't know why he'd been in North
Miami, or where he'd been in the city.

(North Miami can have that effect on
people.) All he recalled was being with
a friend of a friend. When he returned
home after his hospital stay, he found
$3000 worth of belongings missing. The
keys that had been on a chain around
his neck were gone, so he figured this
friend of a friend stole them from him
and burglarized the apartment. No
arrests thus far. We suggest exercising
caution when entering North Miami's
Bermuda Triangle.

Miami Apathy
100 Block ofNE 65th Street
Have we become so desensitized to crime
that we won't even help our neighbor? This
victim returned home to items missing
from his backyard tool shed. He wondered
if his neighbor had borrowed them, but he
had not. However, the neighbor did say he
saw a homeless man pushing a shopping
cart down the block. Inside it were tools
that looked like they could have belonged
to his neighbor. He never called police.
Guess these two won't be having dinner
together anytime soon.

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Babylon Takes the Stage for Art Basel

A new play about Miami artists asks: Can you sell without selling out?

By Anne Tschida
BT Contributor

The inaugural play from the newly

formed Zoetic Stage will be per-
formed during Art Basel Miami
Beach, in early December, at the Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts. The play,
which follows five South Beach artists
during the run-up to Art Basel, was writ-
ten by a local, award-winning playwright
who is part of a new repertory theater
that hopes to become a driving force in
the arts scene by producing homegrown
productions and taking them national.
What a neatly wrapped and timely cul-
tural present.
South Beach Babylon was written
by Michael McKeever and directed by
Stuart Meltzer, the former artistic direc-
tor of City Theatre, the company behind
the popular Summer Shorts Festival.
The two are the founders of Zoetic, a
collaborative of local actors, designers,
playwrights, and directors, which will
emphasize developing new, South Flori-
da-generated plays and musicals to tour
or be performed elsewhere, something
that has rarely happened in the past.
It all sounds pretty exciting, and even
more so when talking with McKeever,
whose energy and enthusiasm fly like
sparks as he speaks, and also when he
writes. McKeever has penned numerous
plays, often heavy on humor and some,
like Melt, very specific to culturally diverse
Miami. But he has also plumbed darker
realms, such as life in Germany during
the rise of the Third Reich in The Garden
ofHannah List. He has won several of
Florida's prestigious Carbonell Awards and
is an actor and designer to boot.
The origins of Babylon sprout from
the writer's own time spent living on
South Beach in the 1990s, back when
Lincoln Road was the epicenter for
visual arts in the area, when it was just
becoming the subtropical destination for
hip and cool that would seal its reputa-
tion in the years to come. "It was funky,
and the people were funky," says McK-
eever, "and I decided to base some char-
acters on those people I knew, although
they became their own personalities as
they developed in the play."
It is a comedy, but not lighthearted.
The play addresses an issue that becomes
starkly illuminated every year for the

The frenzy of Art Basel: Opening night at the Miami Beach Convention
Center, 2009.

The lights and the dazzle: Oceanfront installation, 2009.

past decade in that first week of Decem-
ber: The artist's struggle of conscience
between making art for art's sake, and
making art for the market's sake. McK-
eever sums it up this way: Can you make
art to sell without selling out?
To dive into this eternal conundrum,
McKeever sketched out six characters -
a photographer, two painters, a perfor-
mance artist, a model who is the muse,
and of course, a public-relations master.
They grapple with "what is hot and what
is not," he says, and whether that matters.

The characters inhabit South Beach
not just because McKeever himself had
done that very thing, but also because of
heightened dramatic conflict: the tension
between the sexy glitz of SoBe, with
its Babylon image of debauched party
animals in a self-obsessed world, versus
a serious, artistic one. The sets, appro-
priately, will depict local landmarks such
as the Sagamore Hotel, which boasts a
huge collection of contemporary art in
its lobby and restaurant, and hosts A-list
Basel parties; along with less glamorous

spots such as a McKeever favorite, the
dive bar Club Deuce.
Babylon's tension and humor are
not necessarily provincial. They can just
as easily apply across Biscayne Bay in the
new art hubs of Wynwood and the Design
District, as artists try to define themselves
during what is considered the biggest
contemporary art fair in the world, where
money speaks with a deafening roar.
As the play unfolds, we see the pho-
tographer "come into his own and bloom,"
explains McKeever. He is creating a "Face
of Miami Beach" poster campaign. But
how commercial has he become? The
photographer embodies the play's theme:
When you make art more accessible, do
you also diminish its integrity? More
fundamentally, is it still art?
In a twist of the plot, someone is mys-
teriously cutting out the faces of the "Face
of Miami Beach" art posters hung all over
town prior to Basel, making the image
"faceless, a little like South Beach."
One of the most intriguing threads
in the play involves the performance
artist, who is developing a real work-in-
progress a piece within the piece. The
eight-minute segment will be performed
and choreographed by Miami's own cut-
ting-edge dance innovator Rosie Herrera
(her much anticipated Various Stages of
Drowning: A Cabaret will make its debut
at the Arsht Center in January). Herrera
will be joined by another well-known
performance artist, Octavio Campos.
Very cool, and very much Miami.
Also in the cast: Mad Cat Theater
alum Erik Fabregat; Zoetic Stage com-
pany members and acclaimed actors Ste-
phen G. Anthony, Elena Maria Garcia,
and Amy McKenna; and the playwright
himself. The more this present is un-
wrapped, the better it gets.
Zoetic Stage landed at the Arsht
Center for its debut for fairly obvious
reasons, says McKeever. It is the new
nexus of cultural activity, energetically
courting the arts world. That's the kind
of artistic commotion Zoetic Stage
would like to create as well.
McKeever says he and Stuart Melt-
zer had talked for years about starting a
theater company that broadened Miami's
horizons, both at home and abroad. "You
can get stuck, in a resort town that we are,

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in forgetting about the culture all around,"
McKeever observes. "So about eight
months ago we just said, 'Let's do it!'"
According to director Meltzer, Baby-
lon is the perfect premiere for the infant
Zoetic Stage, as it represents the "com-
mitment to produce and develop daring
and exciting new work, bring together
the best of South Florida theater artists,

and produce a great evening of theater.
I feel like I have to pinch myself. We've
worked so hard over the past year, and
it's all finally coming together."
For the time being, Zoetic Stage
will be nomadic, as "rent is what kills
theater companies," says McKeever. But
eventually Zoetic (from the Greek zoe,
meaning pertaining to life) wants to find
a permanent home so that it too can be
a center of creative activity. "We don't
want to be gypsies forever, and things

Playwright Michael McKeever's
South Beach Babylon is funny -
but not lighthearted.

are happening so fast it's amazing."
Back in Babylon, the artists might
be struggling with materialism, iden-
tity, and integrity, but they are still
artists after all, so the play comes with
a warning that it contains adult themes,
language, and nudity. Just as it should.
Not coincidently, the premiere of South
Beach Babylon will be December 2, the

A poster for the new play, whose
premier coincides with Art Basel.

same day Art Basel Miami Beach opens. It
will run through December 12 at the Car-
nival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are
$40. Go to www.arschtcenter.org or call
305-949-6722 for tickets.

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November 13 through 28
"Twice Upon a Time "with Laura Villarreal and Isabel
Reception November 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

2600 NW Second Ave, Miami
www oascanlogallery com
Through November 14
November 20 through December 12
"Side by Side Contemporary Masterworks" with
various artists
Reception November 13, 8 p.m.

3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
www oh-wow com
November 13 through November 27
"Untitled Photographs" by Tim Barber
Reception November 13, 8 p.m.

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Art Listings
Continued from page 53

2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www panamericanart com
Through December 7
by Luls Cruz Azaceta

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

155 NE 38th St, Miami, 786-271-4223
www spinellogallery com
Through November 3
"The Fates" by Farely Agullar

162 NE 50thTer, Miami
www myspace com/stashgallery
November 6 and ongoing
"American Rider" by Michael Dakota
Reception November 6, 7 to 11 p.m.

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

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

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

3322 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www whitevinylspace com
"New Work" by Skip Van Cel

250 NW23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
www yeelenart com
"Aylti Krlye" by Jerome Solmaud


CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Miaml Ave, Miami
www clfo org
Through November 7
"In Transition 2010 CIFO Grants &
Commissions Exhibition" with Marco Maggl,
Elida Tessler, Tatlana Blass, Eugenla Calvo,
Runo Lagomarsino, Gisela Motta and Leandro
Lima, Jorge Pedro Nunez, Ivan Pulg, and
Gabriel Sierra

23 NE 41st St, Miami, 305-576-6112
www delacruzcollection org
Call for exhibition information

10975 SW 17th St, Miami
305-348-2890, thefrost flu edu
Through January 2 "Embracing Modernity Venez
Geometric Abstraction" with Omar Carreno, Carlos
Cruz-Diez, Narciso Debourg, Gertrude Goldschmil
(Gego), Elsa Gramcko, Carlos Gonzalez Bogen, C
Leufert, Mateo Manaure, Alfredo Maraver, Nedo, F
Nunez, Alejandro Otero, Mercedes Pardo, Jesus F
Soto, Victor Valera, and Oswaldo Vigas, among ot
Through December 5 "Florida Artists Series Sele&
From ANOMIE 1492-2006" by Arnold Mesches
Through January 2 "Sequentia" by Xavier CortadE
Through January 2 "La Habana Moderna" with va

Tim Barber, Untitled (Central Park),
photography, 2008, at OHWOW.

Ongoing "From Old to New" with various artists

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
www lowemuseum org
November 13 through January 16 "The Harmon
and Harrier Kelly Collection of African-American Art
T Works on Paper" with Henry Ossawa Tanner, Romare
Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, and Alison
Saar and "Usable Art African Aesthetics in Daily Life
from the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami" with
uelan various artists

;ert 101 W Flagler St, Miami
'uben 305-375-3000
Zafael www mlamlartmuseum org
hers Through November 7
;tions "Focus Gallery Purvis Young" by Purvis Young
November 7 through March 6
S "Moving in Place" by Susan Rothenberg
rious November 19 through April 10

"Focus Gallery" by Robert Rauschenberg
770 NE 125th St, North Miami
www mocanoml org
Through November 7
Pivot Points IV Selections From MOCA's Permanent
Collection with various artists
Through November 19
"Menagerie" by Shinique Smith
November 19 through February 13
"Haiti/Little Haiti" by Bruce Weber

591 NW27th St, Miami, 305-576-1051
www margulieswarehouse com
November 10 and ongoing
"AFRICA Photography and video" with Roger
Ballen, Peter Friedl, David Goldblat, Subodh Gupta,
Peter Hugo, Alfredo Jaar, Seydou Kelta, Zwelethu
Mthethwa, Arnold Newman, Jackle Nickerson, George
Osodl, Robin Rhode, Viviane Sassen, Malick Sidlbe,
Montslkelelo Veleko, George Rodger, and Lyle
Owerko, "JENE HIGHSTEIN Large Stone Carvings"
Broken Mirror Painting" by Michelangelo Pistoletto,
Margulies Collection" with William Beckman, Oliver
Dorfer, Jonathan Meese, Chris Ofili Tal R, and more,
and "BRIAN ALFRED Digital Animation" by Brian Alfred

95 NW 29th St, Miami, 305-573-6090
www rubellfamilycollection com
Call for exhibition information

Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
www worldclassboxing org
November 13 through February 19
"Drawn and Quartered" curated by Gean Moreno with
various artists
Reception November 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

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Curiouser and Dragon bo;
As Alice descends into Won-
derland, she thinks it was
much nicer at home, "when
one wasn't always growing
larger and smaller, and being
ordered about by mice and rab-
bits." Well, Alice is no longer
down a hole in the English
countryside. In this adaptation
at the PlayGround Theatre,
she's in tropical Miami but
the rabbits are still outsized,
the Hatter is still mad, and
the Queen still wants off with
the head! The Lewis Carroll
classic gets an even more
surreal treatment with video,
photography, and choreogra-
phy in Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland. The show runs Alice in W
from Wednesday, November 3
to December 5, Tuesday through Sunday.
Curtain rises at 10:00 a.m. weekdays and
2:00 p.m. weekends at 9806 NE 2nd Ave.,
Miami Shores. Call 305-751-9550 or go
to www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.

Yes It's Okay to Have Fun
in Aventura
For 15 years the City of Aventura has
been throwing a Founders Day Fest, a
community bonding event with empha-
sis on both entertainment and history.
It's a family affair with puppet shows,
a Toddler Town, and games, along
with rock climbing, live music, and an
"Aventura History & Highlights" show.
Bring lawn chairs and blankets, but
skip the beer it's alcohol-free. From
noon till 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Novem-
ber 7, at Founders Park Bayside, 3105
NE 190th St.; 305-466-8930; www.

Enter the Dragon Boat Festival
Hong Kong and Miami have a few things
in common: skylines that sit inches from
the sea, summers that give humidity new
meaning, and dragon-boat racing. The
2000-year-old Chinese sport has taken
to the waters of Miami, becoming an
increasingly popular activity, with boats
40 feet long, 20 paddlers, a drummer, and
a steerer. For the Miami Hong Kong
Dragon Boat Festival, the brightly deco-
rated boats will row out to Virginia Key
on Saturday, November 13, for 250- and

500-meter races, with
about 25,000 specta-
tors expected. It's free


and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. at the Miami Marine Stadium,
3601 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia
Key; www.miamidragon.com.

Art Market Spawns Smart
It was bound to happen. With so many
people showing up for the monthly
Wynwood art walk, who would feed
and entertain the masses? Enter the
Wynwood Market, an open-air bazaar
filled with arts and crafts, food vendors,
jewelry stalls, DJs, and more. The first
market took place in October and ap-
peared the crowds, the noise to be
a big, smart success. For this next one on
Saturday, November 13, a fashion show
with central runway and face-painting
for kids are in the works. It will take
place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the open
field next to the David Castillo Gallery,
at 210 NW 22nd Lane; e-mail wynwood-

The New Cool in Jazz
The Dutch have long been big on jazz, dating
back to as early as 1919. Back then Holland
followed the American lead, but through
the years the country has produced its own
styles like the latest New Cool school, led
by Benjamin Herman, whose eclectic ap-
proach incorporates elements of avant-garde
improvisation and classic, danceable swing.
The sax great will be joined by some of his
nation's coolest and finest for one night only

rlora Ephron at the Book Fair

on Saturday, Novem-
ber 13, in another in-
spired production from
Tigertail. New Jazz
from the Netherlands
starts at 8:30 p.m. at the
Byron Carlyle Theatre, 500 71st St., Miami
Beach; 305-324-4337; www.tigertail.org.

Long Live the Printed Page!
Although the Miami Book Fair Inter-
national is always an immensely popular
event, it would be wise to show up extra
early for Jonathan Franzen's reading, as
his novel, Freedom, is the most talked-
about release in literary ages. But no
worries, tons of other heavyweights will
again be on hand this year, from Salman
Rushdie, Nora Ephron, and Sebastian
Junger to perennial local favorite Dave
Barry. The 27th annual fair will take
place Sunday, November 14 through
Sunday, November 21 (the outdoor
street fair runs Friday through Sunday,
$8 admission, 18 and younger free) at the
downtown campus of Miami-Dade Col-
lege and on NE 2nd Avenue. For details
on schedules and tickets, go to www.
miamibookfair.com or call 305-237-3528.

Comedy of Eco Errors
When Kermit the Frog crooned, "It's not
easy being green," comic actress Kristina
Wong could relate. She was the not-too-
proud owner of a pink Mercedes that ran
on vegetable oil and eventually blew up on
a L.A. freeway. Her further travels along a
weird and humorous path trying to be green
resulted in this one-woman play, which Mad
Cat Theatre's Paul Tei is directing. Going
Green the Wrong Way has its premiere here
in Miami at the Carnival Studio at the Arsht
Center on Thursday, November 18 and
Friday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m., Satur-
day, November 20 at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.

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Reeling in the Reggae Years
Somewhere along the line, reggae became
the universal beat for the laid-back groove,
the soundtrack to beach parties, barbecues,
and birthdays. Bob Marley set the tone, but
groups such as Steel Pulse and Toots &
the Maytals also became ingrained in the
global musical fabric. Get back to those
roots with both groups, along with Bunny
Wailer and others for Bayside Rocks,
which starts at 3:00 p.m. and plays on until
midnight at Bayfront Park's spruced-up
amphitheater, on Saturday, November 20.
General admission is $35; www.ticketweb.
com or call 305-542-7560.

Oh, How We Love a
Real Parade!
Thanksgiving Day and parades used to
be synonymous, but that combo seems to
have become a quaint memory. Fortunately
that's not the case in North Miami, where
for the 36th year the city will hold a full-
fledged, old-fashioned parade, starting at
10:00 a.m. Along NE 125th Street between
NE 4th and 12th avenues, floats, com-
munity groups, and high school marching
bands will strut their stuff for the Win-
temational Thanksgiving Day Parade
on Thursday, November 25; visit www.
northmiamifl.gov for more information.

An Early Start to Art,
MiMo Style
The spirit that inhabits Miami in Decem-
ber is not religious, it's cultural, thanks
to Art Basel Miami Beach. To help
us get into that spirit, the first annual
MiMo ART Boulevard Festival will
take place along Biscayne Boulevard
Sunday, November 28. Presented by
the MiMo Biscayne Association, the
day of ART (Art+Resturants+Talent)
will include artists, dancers, chefs, and
tour-guide historians and everyone
who wants to interact with them and
the neighborhood. From noon till 6:00
p.m. along the Boulevard between 65th
and 77th streets, with the (kid- and pet-
friendly) main festival grounds at 7500
Biscayne. At 7:30 p.m. the New Yorker
Boutique Hotel at 65th Street will hold a
tree-lighting ceremony. For more details
go to www.mimoartboulevard.com.

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Amid the Urban Jungle, a Real Jungle

Simpson Park is unlike any other

it is a preservedpiece of original Miami

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Miami, I thought I knew you. I
went from place to place and
thought, "This is the real
Miami, given to us by nature." I went to
the beaches and thought I had arrived at a
natural wonder, but then I learned that the
sand on those beaches had been coughed
up by machines, and I learned that most
of Miami Beach, before its development,
had been a fertile mangrove swamp.
I left the beach and saw Star Island,
Palm Island, Hibiscus Island, and the many
smaller and undeveloped islands scattered
throughout northern Biscayne Bay, and
then I learned that these were not natural
either, because they were created by the
deposits of dredging projects. The same
goes for the shoreline of Bayfront Park -
this land used to be underwater.
I looked to the Miami River, surely a
natural waterway, and then I learned that
this river once had rapids. There was a
waterfall in Miami, and it was dynamit-
ed for the sake of development. Every-
where I looked, Miami's natural beauty
had been exploited and altered to allow
us, its modern inhabitants, to live here.
Then I went to Brickell Avenue, made
a right turn on SW 15th Road, and wound
up in one of the wildest places in South
Florida. I had arrived in a real slice of
natural Miami called Simpson Park.
Miami historian Paul George recom-
mended this City of Miami park years
ago when I took one of his classes, but

Miami's early settlers didn't have gravel pathways they had to hack
their way through a nearly impenetrable jungle.

I'd never taken the time to find it until
now. When I got there, I was shocked -
in the good way. One minute I was on
Calle Ocho in the thick of urban Miami,
and the next minute I was in the jungle.
What other cities have a concrete
jungle and a real jungle right next to
each other? Walking into the park from
the sidewalk is a day-to-night experi-
ence, because the thick, towering tree
canopy blocks the sunlight. It feels like
you walked through a portal into the past.
Here is what Miami looked like to the
pioneers, and here is Miami's clearest
reminder of how much our natural envi-
ronment has been deconstructed.

Simpson Park is not a typical urban
park at all. It has no grass, no play-
ground, and inside you are limited to
walking on a gravel path because the
undergrowth is so thick. Suddenly you're
faced with what Miami's early settlers
faced: How long can I survive in this
nearly impenetrable, semi-tropical forest?
If you're afraid of spiders, the answer
would be "not very long." Simpson Park
features two things prominently at eye
level: tree trunks and Golden Silk spiders,
commonly known as banana spiders.
The large spiders (the largest in North
America with the exception of tarantulas)
and their very impressive webs are every-
where. Even before entering the park, I
saw a mature banana spider, measuring
about four inches from leg to leg, sitting
in the middle of a web at least the size
of a bicycle wheel. It was having lunch,
chomping away on a bee it had captured.
Inside the park, most of the banana
spiders hang more than six feet above
the pathway, although walking along
I did feel several sticky strands grace
my forehead. If left to nature, the park
would probably become one giant,
sticky web. It must be someone's job
each morning to walk the pathway and
clear away the webs. Obviously this
place is not for the arachnophobic.
The park's eight-legged residents
cannot be blamed for taking advantage
of the mature canopy of native trees. The
many fallen tree trunks add horizontal

elements to the otherwise towering verti-
cal growth. Look for the huge Pigeon
Plum tree taken over by a Strangler Fig
and marked by a mostly illegible sign
that has also been strangled by nature's
erasers of fungi and other decomposers.
Simpson Park has a long history of
defying the odds to remain undeveloped.
Naturally it belongs to Brickell Ham-
mock, a hardwood forest standing atop
the high ground of the Atlantic Ridge
(other sections of the hammock remain
in Alice Wainwright Park and the
Barnacle Historic State Park). A group
of concerned citizens established the
preserve in 1913, and the following year
it was named Jungle Park.
This lush park was uprooted by hur-
ricanes and by gardeners who wanted to
plant exotic species, which can displace
native plants if not removed. The exotics
were first expelled in 1927 by horticul-

A chainlink fence was added
atop the stone one in an effort to
reduce criminal activity.

turalist Carl Dahlburg and most recently
beginning in 1995 by the City of Mi-
ami's official naturalist, Juan Fernandez.
The park was renamed in 1932 in
honor of another local horticulturalist,
Charles Torrey Simpson, and a garden
center bearing his name was constructed
in 1940. The park survived threats posed
by the construction of 1-95 in the 1960s
and of Metrorail in the 1970s, but the

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horizontal component to a vertical

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rail's proximity to the park's western
border essentially seals that side from
public access.
Simpson Park was further enclosed
in 1991 at the request of the Miami
Roads Neighborhood Civic Association,
which represents a beautiful residential
area of mansions located immediately
east and south of the park. A fence was

Not your typical urban park:
Benches and abundant shade, yes,
but no grass, no playground, no
tennis courts.

added on top of the park's oolitic lime-
stone walls to keep out criminal activity.
The park's walls are understandable,
but they are also sad. They call to mind
the lyrics of the Joni Mitchell song that
says, "They took all the trees, and put

Golden Silk spiders, or banana
spiders, are big, create impressive
webs, and they're everywhere.

them in a tree museum." To protect them
and the people who want to enjoy them,
these trees have been put behind bars.
There are other weird elements to
Simpson Park: The entrance on 17th
Street goes through an old house with

The City of Miami's official
naturalist has kept out invasive
plant species.

chandeliers; the newer entrance on 15th
Road is often closed owing to its slippery
wood; and a manmade pond in the park's
center features a singing fish. The park's
interpretive signs are clearly outdated.
But Simpson Park should be required
viewing by every schoolchild in Miami-
Dade County, because it is living and
natural history. It's a reservation for trees.
It's a jungle in there. It's the real Miami.

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Three Myths About Kids and Culture

By Crystal Brewe
BT Contributor

Art Basel Miami Beach is my
favorite holiday. What? Not a
holiday, you say? Well, what else
would celebrate and rejoice culture, art,
big tents, and the best people-watching
on this side of the Atlantic?
Now, in full disclosure, I live right
next to the Basel fringe festivities in the
Design District, in the Historic Buena
Vista East neighborhood, and I serve on
the board of directors of Locust Proj-
ects, the pioneering art organization. So
perhaps my world view is skewed when
it comes to the importance of this annual
event, but the first weekend of December
is a valued antidote to Miami's untz,
untz, untz of the clubs (although there
are plenty of Basel parties), an unrivaled,
celebratory embrace of art.
Basel weekend gives my husband
and me the opportunity not only to de-
velop our humble art collection, but also
to expose our little ones to culture that
doesn't involve a large bird on a stage or
a princess on ice.
Art Basel isn't for kids, you say?
I am here to assure you that it can be,
despite the very pointed disagreement I
got from Art Basel Miami Beach's snotty
communications office.
Let's dispel myth #1: Miami Beach
isn't the only place to be during Art Basel.
The many satellite events actually offer the
real goods. An afternoon stroll through
Wynwood, with more than 70 galleries,
funky thrift stores, and amazing outdoor
murals, is a perfect outing for the brood
on Basel weekend. SCOPE Art Show,
one of the premiere satellite exhibits, is in

Art Basel weekend
Midtown Miami,
just steps from
Wynwood and the
Design District, and
offers works from
emerging contem-
porary artists.
My favor-
ite family Basel
encounter was in
2007, when we
stumbled upon a
"farm house" that
had both turn-of-
the-century and fu-
turistic components,
right in the middle
of the Design Dis-
trict's historic Palm
Lot, between 38th
and 39th streets. Design Miami's "Farm
Project" turned out to have (you guessed it)
live sheep, goats, and pigs! More than just
a petting zoo, the exhibit explored alterna-
tive design, life and death, and the past
and the present. My six-year old, Matilda,
talked about it for weeks.
This year the artist-run think tank
FriendsWithYou is slated to take over
the lot with an affordable and fascinat-
ing option for families. In 2008 Matilda
was in heaven when we discovered
that FriendsWithYou created a magical
bounce house at the center of SCOPE.
The key to Basel with babes is prepara-
tion. As with any family outing, it is im-
perative not to set out for a day-long death
march, but instead to understand your
budding art lovers' limitations, engage
them through conversation about the art,
and understand that there will be crowds
and multiple trips to the restroom.

Sisn justt for adults

Let's eliminate myth #2: Strollers are
allowed in the exhibit tents and galleries.
In fact they are usually welcomed with
smiles from the gallerists and artists.
The artists especially seem to drink up
the excitement and point of view that the
kids bring to art spectatorship.
Kathryn and Dan Mikesell of Morn-
ingside have immersed their children
(seven-year-old Skye and nine-year-old
Galt) in Basel, museum events, and gallery
walks since their stroller days. "The kids
always have an opinion, which is often-
times surprising," says Kathryn. "They
see things in the art that adults sometimes
don't." Skye and Galt play a big role in the
selection of art for the family collection,
and often befriend visiting artists through
the Mikesells' renowned Fountainhead
Residency program.
"We've been lucky through the
years that the children have never

broken anything," Kathryn continues
with a laugh. "The artists all really
seem to love the kids and we recipro-
cate by encouraging that the kids be
considerate and respectful of the art.
At one event an artist insisted that the
children climb and play on an installa-
tion that was particularly compelling
for kids. They enthusiastically accept-
ed the invitation and had a blast."
Time to correct myth #3: Art and
culture consumption for the entire family
is not expensive. Much of it can be
free. One of the most intriguing official
Basel activities this year looks to be
"Art Public," which features projects by
internationally acclaimed artists installed
in outdoor public spaces near Basel's
headquarters, the Miami Beach Conven-
tion Center. These works will engage
observers of all ages, interrupting the
daily routine of passersby in poetic and
surprising ways.
There will also be opportunities for
kids to create their own original works at
the popular "ArtKids," Basel's daycare
program presented by the Miami Chil-
dren's Museum. "ArtKids" welcomes
children ages 4 to 12 for up to four
hours. Advance registration is highly
Not all my friends and relatives share
my passion, but those I do manage to
persuade really enjoy the many options
available for the entire family. So go
forth, partake in this inspiring holiday,
and have a happy Art Basel weekend!

ArtBasel Miami Beach runs December 2-5.
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Not a Tirade Against Screaming Leaf Blowers

Well, not entirely

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

We throw out too much. It
seems our lifestyles are built
on consumption and then
carelessly dumping whatever we don't
use or want anymore. Since the time I
ran a county-licensed composting facil-
ity at the original Parrot Jungle 20 years
ago, I have felt we were wasting a great
horticultural resource: anything organic.
At home for the past couple of years
we have been vermicomposting all our
food waste except meat and dairy prod-
ucts. Vermicomposting utilizes earth-
worms to decompose organic material.
The resulting soil is a very nutritious ad-
dition to our vegetable and spice garden.
I also try to keep all landscaping
cuttings on my property. If a tree gets
pruned or a palm is removed (I've had
two struck by lightning recently), I have
it chipped into mulch and spread around
the yard.
As landfills everywhere reach capac-
ity, finding sites for new ones is becom-
ing increasingly difficult. We should not
be removing any organic material from
our properties. It doesn't make sense.
What also doesn't make any sense is
landscaping crews who blow leaf litter
into the streets or onto other people's
property. I am not going to rant here
about high-decibel blowers that sound
like jet planes landing in the backyard.
And I am not going to point out the sig-
nificant level of pollution these machines
dispatch into the atmosphere.
Nor am I not going to complain about
individuals who don't stop blowing
debris into the street even as you drive

by, hopefully with your win-
dows up and your air condi-
tioning on, which also makes it
easier to hear those little rocks
sandblasting your car.
Instead I would like to ad-
dress the issue of pollution.
One type of pollution is
known as nonpointt source,"
as opposed to "source pollu-
tion." Nonpoint source pollution
comes from many different loca-
tions and sources. Example: All
those folks blowing plant debris
into the street to make their cli-
ent's property look good are also
creating pollution that degrades
our waterways.
The storm drains next to
our streets are there to reduce

flooding from heavy rains.
They channel the runoff and
everything carried with it into our canals
and lakes and estuaries. All of this yard
debris along with excess fertilizer,
pesticides, and animal feces that finds
its way into the street starts to decom-
pose soon after mixing with water.
This bacterial action uses up the
oxygen in the water and creates anaero-
bic conditions, which leave no oxygen
for organisms that live in the water, like
fish. The results can be lethal. Next time
you see a dead fish floating in a lake or
canal, try to imagine what may have
been dumped into the water to create
such deadly conditions.
Also during this bacterial decom-
position, nitrogen is created, which just
adds to the nitrogen from all the excess
fertilizer washed off our landscapes
during heavy rains. The excessive

there is also nasty fungi

Orange-peel fungus is one of the weirder-lookir
that can be found growing in our area.

nutrients now in the water create a great
resource for algae, which will grow thick
enough to keep sunlight from penetrat-
ing below the surface of the water. It
also uses up all available oxygen. Please
explain this to your yard guy.
Enough about leaf blowers and the
attendant noise, air, and water pollution
they cause.
The photo accompanying this article
is of a species of fungus I find occasion-
ally in decomposing mulch. Fungi are
the organisms that decompose carbon,
the woody part of plant material. Bacte-
ria decompose the nitrogenous com-
pounds like grass and leaves. There are,
of course, other organisms that partici-
pate in decomposition, but fungi and
bacteria do the heavy lifting.
Fungi are everywhere and often appear
when least expected. The orange-peel fungus

ng fungi

in the photo works on dead
material, but many species
of fungus are able to attack
and decompose healthy living
wood. These are the more
insidious fungi that often live
inside a tree or palm for years
before you see mushrooms or
conks growing out of the trunk.
What you see are merely the
fruiting bodies of the fungus.
Damage to roots is a
common reason many trees
and palms are lost to fungi.
The fungi enter through the
wound and eventually (some-
times years later) migrate to
the main trunk, decomposing
all the wood it touches along

the way. This is a major cause
of trees falling over or break-
ing apart.
Sometimes there are no visible external
signs that a fungus is inside a tree. The
same is true for telephone poles, sign poles,
and wooden poles holding up children's
playgrounds. The rot on poles in the ground
usually isjust below the surface. Any type of
wood, alive or dead, is vulnerable to fungal
rot. If wood posts or poles are in areas of
high activity, they should be inspected on a
regular basis by a competent person who can
use the sophisticated equipment now avail-
able for this type of inspection.

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Simple Tips on Living Wisely
- This is Miami, not Duluth, so embrace the heat and dial back the A/C -

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Going green means many differ-
ent things, but in this new BT
column we're going to explore
how to change our dirty, wasteful habits
into cleaner, more balanced ones. We're
going to take the mantra "think globally,
act locally" and apply it to the reality of
living in South Florida. I welcome your
tips and ideas for how to live here in a
more sustainable way.
Before we can make changes and
move in a greener direction in South
Florida, however, we need to think about
the local environment in which we live.
Within the United States, semi-tropical
South Florida is an anomaly. Our envi-
ronment shares more in common with
Brazil and Paraguay than with Illinois
and Indiana. Things are different down
here (or "up here" for our Latin readers).
Most Americans live in more
temperate climates. Many of those
people have migrated to South Florida
and brought that perspective with them.
Some of them try to recreate those tem-
perate conditions by pumping up the air
conditioning until indoor temperatures
feel like the tundra, while the outdoor
temperature melts wax. Such behavior
is the opposite of going green it is
going gray, and it makes me see red. It
attempts to subdue the environment
instead of living in harmony with it.
We have major hurdles of ignorance
and indifference to overcome. "I'm from
Michigan" or "soy cubano" are ways
of saying that this place, South Florida,
is not my home and therefore not my
responsibility. Why should I care?

But if you live here, you live here.
You're no longer living in another envi-
ronment. Look out the window that is
your environment, and you are respon-
sible for taking care of it. No one else
will do it for you.
As a returning Florida native, I feel
a deep sadness and urgency to fight
the destruction of our state's incredible
natural resources. It used to be a much
wilder place, although we still enjoy a
relative abundance of nature nearby. To
the west lies a sea of grass, the Ever-
glades, and to our east stands the mighty
Atlantic Ocean. These places remind us
of nature's power and of how the earth
looked before humans took over.
Florida's main environmental prob-
lem has been a population explosion over
the past century, and in South Florida
the population is predicted to continue
its rapid expansion. This reality paral-
lels what is happening globally, as the
world's population has been exploding
and continues to do so. Now over six
billion, the world's population is heading

toward the ten-billion mark this century.
Global population growth is not
something you can control, so let's
talk about something that you can: the
place where you live. Looking at greater
Miami, where is the "greenest," most
sustainable place to reside?
The answer is not as simple as you
might think. Urbanites have a surprising-
ly strong claim to sustainability, because
they live very close to the places where
they work and can reduce their reliance
on transportation powered by fossil fuels.
Rural folks clearly have the advantage
of living closer to the land than others,
and everything they need can potentially
come from their neighborhood. Subur-
banites can claim to be living in balance
between city and country.
But beyond the location of our homes,
there are problems with the homes them-
selves. A study this year found that Miami's
housing ranks far below other major cities in
North America in terms of sustainability.
"We were shocked. Miami has by
far the lowest percentage of houses

with any environmental feature," says
John Brown, associate dean and profes-
sor of architecture at the University of
Calgary. Brown acted as leader of the
study, called the Slow Home Project. In
comparison, Los Angeles was very high.
Brown found only 25 percent of
homes in South Florida have even a
single environmental feature, such as an
energy-efficient appliance. "It's shocking
that it's that low, given the overall aware-
ness of environmental issues. It doesn't
seem to be on the radar at all," he says.
For people wishing to save energy
and the planet, Brown has three funda-
mental recommendations. First, avoid
commuting. He says that the location of
your home should be a primary "design"
Second, think higher in quality but
smaller in size.
Third, avoid the trap of a "fast-food,"
cookie-cutter house. Instead design for
the natural environment. In Miami that
means minimizing windows that face
west and south because of the intense
afternoon sunlight.
"Pay attention to solar orientation,"
Brown urges. "Just that single thing
would make a huge difference."
Each of us can make a difference by
paying attention for real to where
we live.
Join me in trying to make a differ-
ence by figuring out where to live and
how to live in a green, sustainable way
in South Florida. We can do this.

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Goes Great with Seasonal Seafood
Red, white, and you: Agreeable wines for $12 or less

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

Everybody says we don't have
seasons in South Florida. That is
just so wrong. Of course we have
There's tourist season, for one. Plus
hurricane season, rainy season, mosquito
season, and several different swarm-
ing seasons. Spring training season and
spring break season. Lightning-strike
season and immigrant-smuggling season,
locals get out of Dodge season, and
everyone's favorite, tax season.
Why, not all that long ago we added
foreclosure season (which now seems to
exist year-round). And we can all breathe
a sigh of relief at the end for this year,
at least of political season, which is
sort of like the Gulf oil spill, except the
holes spewing a constant stream of vile
black slime aren't so easily capped.
We have some rather more pleas-
ant seasons, too, especially if you enjoy
dining on all good things from the sea.
October 15 marked the start of stone
crab season, the seven-month statewide
Stuffing of the Faces with sweet, suc-
culent meat from the cast-iron claws of
Menippe mercenaria, not to mention the
ritual 14-hour wait for a table at Joe's.
We also have the good fortune to
be in the middle of Florida spiny lobster
season, when three-quarters of all the
drawn butter south of the Mason-Dixon
Line is consumed. Good fortune, too,
was the lifting in May of the ban on
commercial and recreational fishing
for Atlantic grouper, so now there's no
excuse for your fish sammie to be made
with anonymous chum raised in toxic

waste pits in South-
east Asia.
All of which
brings us to the sub-
ject of this month's
"Vino" wines that
will make Florida's
abundance of fresh
fish and shellfish
taste that much
better. We assembled
a fairly eclectic as-
sortment of wines for
that purpose, since,
after all, a wine
that's perfect with
stone crab dipped in
Joe's mustard sauce
may not play so well
with grilled grouper
in a spicy fish taco or poached Florida
lobster with tarragon vinaigrette.
For that Joe's mustard sauce thing,
or any rich, luscious seafood preparation
heavy on the sauce, butter, or mayo, the
obvious first choice here is Sauvignon
Blanc, which when true to the grape's
varietal character (which is to say, not
pimped out to be a faux Chardonnay)
is a no-brainer with seafood. Both the
2009 Oyster Bay from New Zealand and
2009 Joel Gott from California require
only $12 and an appreciation of well-
made Sauvignon Blanc to pour with your
favorite piscine delicacy.
The Oyster Bay is classic New
Zealand. Though not quite as austere as
some of its kiwi compatriots, it deliv-
ers plenty of clean, crisp lemon and
grapefruit flavors balanced by a slightly
creamy texture and acidity that's more
mild than puckery.

Joel Gott
may be one of
the best Cali-
fornia vintners
you've never
heard of, but
", wines like his
suave, beauti-
'_ fully structured
Sauvignon Blanc
11 may change that.
It takes a while
for the wine to
S5 open up; when it
oil ft does, however, it
offers a beguiling
blend of Meyer
lemon, grapefruit,
and tropical fruit
aromas and fla-
vors with an underlying minerality that
only adds to the mix.
A less obvious but equally worthy
choice is white Bordeaux. Though tradi-
tionally a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and
Semillon, the 2009 Chateau de Fonte-
nille softens the sometimes knife-sharp
acidity of that duo with the addition of
Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle, making
it more accessible without losing its es-
sential character.
For those seafood dishes that
demand a fuller-bodied wine, a good
place to start is with my new favorite
grape: Torrontes. With its vaguely
floral, honeysuckle aromas and trace
of tropical fruit beneath predominant
Meyer lemon and lime flavors, this
signature Argentine grape is the poor
man's Viognier. Whether you're rich or
poor, the 2009 Bodega Callia Torron-
tes is an excellent deal.

Another wine that offers a some-
what different flavor profile is the Valley
of the Moon 2008 Pinot Blanc from
Sonoma. The first whiff is of fresh-
baked bread, though as the wine devel-
ops in the glass it hints at tropical fruit
and tangy citrus. On the palate it opens
even more, blending mango, peach, and
apricot with an orange-lemon backbone
and a long lemony finish.
Then there's Chardonnay. Of
course, there has to be a Chardonnay.
And the 2008 Tin Roof is as good as
any, better than most at a penny under
$10. It delivers everything a Chardon-
nay lover would want flavors of ripe
pears and apricots and red apple, an
appreciable hit of oak and a creamy,
mouth-filling texture. It's a fine wine
for South Florida's winter season,
when we have to crank the air-condi-
tioning down a notch.

The Biscayne Commons Publix
(14641 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-
2171) is the source for the Tin Roof
and Bodega Callia, both for $9.99,
while the North Miami Beach Total
Wine & More (14750 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-354-3270) carries the
Joel Gott and Valley of the Moon,
which each sells for $11.99. The
Oyster Bay can be found at the
North Miami Beach ABC Fine
Wine & Spirits for $11.99 (16355
Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-6525). The
Chateau de Fontenille is available
at the North Miami Crown Wine
and Spirits (12555 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-892-9463) for $11.95.

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Five Steps to a Friendlier Fido
- You don't need a degree in psychology or fancy equipment just willpower -

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

f there's a shortcut, we'll take it. If
there's a guarantee, we'll demand it. If
a remedy exists, we want the cure. And
we want it now. Such is human nature,
whether we're dealing with people or pets.
Time and again I'm asked for advice on
how to solve a problem quickly. Often
those insistent requests are accompanied
by another question: What do I do with my
own dogs? How do I train them, live with
them, play with them?
Well, I practice what I preach. There
are no quick fixes, but there are certainly
some easy things you can do that will
help you attain the dog of your dreams.
Or at the very least, a dog you can live
with. Here are five tips excerpted from
my new book Dial a Dynamite Dog.
Play with your dog daily. Never
underestimate the power of play. Play-
ing with your dog burns a lot of excess
energy, which will be channeled else-
where if not used. Play is a great stress-
reliever, not to mention downright fun!
Everyone needs a break from their
routines, some time off from work to have
some fun. Most important, play builds the
bond between you and your best friend. In-
stead ofjust sending your pet to the doggie
park, play with him yourself Games like
hide and seek, fetch, tug, teaching tricks
and dance routines ( do,-, freestyle") are
just some of the ways you can play and
connect with your dog. Play also helps to
establish you as the kind and benevolent
leader, and the bearer of all things fun. The
more your dog plays with you, the less
trouble he is likely to get into.

Give your dog tons of attention
when he is being good. By far this is
probably the most commonly forgotten
and underutilized methods for training
a well-behaved dog. The squeaky wheel
gets the grease; the good wheel goes un-
noticed. And so it goes for dogs. Remem-
bering to praise or reward your dog when
he is good is extremely important.
You must give your dog positive
feedback when he is being good: Good
sit! Good boy! Generally this means
rewarding him for all the possible stuff
he is not doing For example, when your
dog is sitting quietly on his bed, give
him a belly rub (assuming he likes belly
rubs). When you greet friends and he
is not jumping on them, praise him and
give him a favorite food reward.

I- -
When he passes someone on a
bicycle and for whatever reason does not
lunge for them, clap your hands, smile
warmly, and tell him how good he is.
"Oh, you are such a good boy! Yes you
are! Yes you are! Mommy is so proud of
you!" (Treat, treat, treat.)
If your dog potties outside and you
like that, praise him! Even older, house-
broken dogs like to be acknowledged
occasionally for eliminating in the right
place. Acknowledge the positive things
your dog does (or doesn't do), and you
will get more of that behavior.
Ignore behavior you don't like.
Negative attention is still attention, so
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Manage her better so she is not always in
trouble. For example, if your small dog
has accidents on the living room carpet,
then do not let her in the living room
unsupervised. Furthermore, take her
to the appropriate potty spot often and
reward generously when she eliminates
in the right area.
Think in terms of opposites. For
every action your dog is taking that you
don't like, there is probably an opposite
action that you would like. If your dog is
jumpy, teach him to sit, and then reward
sitting. If your dog likes to run away,
develop a rock-solid recall and call him
back to you. Then praise and reward like
mad when he comes back.
If your dog likes to "counter surf,"
how about filling treat balls with peanut
butter cookies or hiding carrots around
the house? Pretty soon he will focus
more on what you provide for him that is
acceptable and less on the kitchen coun-
ter. There is always something better
your dog could be doing, and as the
leader it is your job to provide an alterna-
tive outlet, or instruct him to conduct
himself in a more suitable manner.
Remember that jumping up, chasing
moving objects, scavenging for food,
digging, and so on all of it is natu-
ral doggy behavior. If you don't like it,
channel it into another activity or behav-
ior that is more to your liking. Then give
him positive feedback for it.
Make your dog a super sitter. It
seems so elementary but it is so true. Dogs
who sit more are better behaved. A sitting
dog is not knocking people down. A sitting
dog is patiently waiting for his supper.
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Five Steps
Continued from page 62
Dogs generally bark less when sitting. Sit
is the most underused of all commands.
Too many people ask their dog to sit
only rarely: In the kitchen by the cookie
jar, waiting for a treat. Or sitting and wait-
ing as their supper is prepared. But how
about asking him to sit as you put on his
leash for a walk? How about asking that
his rear end be patiently planted on the
ground before entering a dog park?

A "Super Sitter" is especially ap-
preciated when greeting people. Ask all
of your friends and passersby not to greet
your dog until
he is sitting. If
There are some ea
your dog thinks
that sitting is that will help you
his key to the dreams. Or at the
kingdom of can I
happy life, he
will start sitting
all the time, or "throwing sits," as we say.
That is a very good thing! Your job is to


acknowledge him and let him know how
much you like that.
Of course there are many other tips
and tricks for a
Things you can do
dog, and
ain the dog of your none of them
ry least, a dog you requires you
With. to have an
degree in
animal psychology or to purchase and
use painful equipment. You simply need

to train your dog a few of the basics, and
trainyourselfto think like a modern dog
trainer. With a little consistency, you too
can have a dynamite dog.

Lisa Hartman is a dog-friendly trainer
and behavior specialist in Miami and the
Hamptons, New York. She is the author
of Dial a Dynamite Dog. You can reach
her at ,i -i i.1. l,..1.. i i, ., .. .com, or
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What are you doing to prepare for your retirement?
Compiled by Cathi Marro -BT Contributor

Matthew Gordon
Lead Game Advisor
North Miami
I have a savings account
but it's not specifically
for retirement. I've been
putting money into it
every month or so for the
past five years. I'm pretty
young so I don't really
have any idea about retire-
ment. This is not a topic
that has come up with my
friends or family. I can't
imagine my dad retiring.
What would he do all day?

Yashica Bent
Stay-at-Home Mom
Buena Vista East
As a stay-at-home mom, my
contribution is to take care
of the house and the family.
My husband takes care of
the retirement planning. We
are investing and saving
money, not keeping up with
the Joneses, not going out
(the dinner table is the new
restaurant), using coupons
like on livingsocial.com,
and living below our means.

Travis 1.0
Upper Eastside
That's quite a long ways
away for me. I don't know
if I'm doing much at all
to prepare for something
that's too far away. I'm
preparing for now. I go
with my intuitions. I don't
have retirement accounts
or big plans. I think if you
stay positive, opportuni-
ties can find you. Negativ-
ity attracts negativity.

Joana Marquez
Lead Key Holder
I'm not planning anything
for my retirement. That's
sad. My friends and I
are not thinking about
retirement at this age, but
my mother talks about it
because she has just retired.
She mentions savings,
41I lk 'si and the whole thing.
I have a vision for my future
but I don't think of it in a
retirement state of mind.
Maybe in the next five years
I'll start planning for that.

Jonathan Martinez
Interior Designer
North Bay Village
Ijust finished college and
started working. Even
though it's in the back of my
head, at this point in my life
I haven't started anything
concrete other than the
obvious 401(k). I want to do
more than just that. I feel like
I have to. I need to educate
myself on the subject. I come
from a family where my
parents and grandparents
love theirjobs. My grandpa
is 80 and still works!

Jean Stefanick
Office Assistant
Miami Shores
My husband and I have a
4' 111,k) and he has a retire-
ment plan at work. They
don't offer a retirement
plan where I work, so I
have set up an IRA that I
put money in every year.
On top of that, I am not
exorbitant in my spending.
We own a house in Geor-
gia that we may retire to,
but we don't want to be
too far from our children.
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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 236.

Brickell / Downtown

900 S. Miami Ave., 305-347-3700
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 aloli 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., (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, butthe same
simple yet sophisticated global menu The indoor space can
get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor ter-
race, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an allur-
ingly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on
onion toast, some surprisinglysolid Asian fusion items, and a
cocktail Is one of Miami's more relaxing experiences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easytofind in Miami, downtown

has secret stashes -small joints catering to cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe
has survived and thrived for good reason The homey cook-
ing is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new Novices will want
Indonesia's signature rjsttafel, a mix-and-match collection
of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice Note
bring cash No plastic accepted here $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500
On the Conrad's 25th floor, The Bar's picture-windowed
space is notjust a watering hole with panoramic views At
lunch it's an elegant sandwich bar, at night it's a raw bar
(with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar
serving pintxos That's just the Basque word for tapas, but
here there's nothing mere about the generously portioned
small plates They range from traditional Items like cod
fish equlxada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes
to inventive inspirations like fole gras and goat cheese-
stuffed empanadas $$$

bistro e
485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373
A full power lunch from a Michelin-starred chef for $15?
Sounds unbelievable, but you II find just such a dailyspecial
(like corn/jalapeno soup, a grilled-cheese BLT, airy cheesecake,
and a pint of beer) at bistro e, daytime name for Michael
Psilakis dinner-only new Aegean eatery Eos The name change
emphasizes lunchtime's wholly different, gobally influenced
menu Among a la carte temptations pork belly tacos, a
Korean BBQ prawn salad, or a brlsket/gruyere sandwich with
dippingjuice Breakfast too, from 6 30 a m $$-$$$

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 rodizlo (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 alplm
frlto (house-special yuca fries, the best in town) $$$

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 come just for cocktails like the hefty cafe con leche
martinis But don't overlook chef Guily 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 $$

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 ter-
race directly on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired,
with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents For the
health-conscious, the menu includes low-cal choices
For hedonists there's a big selection of artisan sakes

Cvi.che 105
105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454
Fusion food -- a modern invention? Not in Peru, where
native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more

than a century But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches
and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin
Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood cre-
ations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish
in citrus-spiked chill/cream sauce) But traditional fusion
dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed
with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun,
as well as surprisingly affordable $$

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

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

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

485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373
Unlike their Michelin-starred New Adriatic restaurant
Anthos, in Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael
Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpala has influences
ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean
region, and even Latin America Unchanged is Psilakis'
solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that
makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste acces-
sible So skip the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly
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 $$$-$$$$

First & First Southern Baking Company
109 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-6446
How Southern is this restaurant/bakery? During the course
of one breakfast of fluffy biscuits with rich sausage gravy, a
friend from Italy, we swear, developed a drawl While yall will
also find familiar fare (burgers, salads, etc), highlights here
are traditional and/or reinvented country cooking favorites
-- especially homemade sweets More than two dozen desserts
daily are featured, from a roster topping 150 chocolate pecan
pie, lemon bars, potato candies, seven-layer cookies, and Jack
Daniels pound cakes, which are perfect for parties, though you
won't want to share $-$$

Fratelli Milano
213 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-2300
Downtown isn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but it's



Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
1W Flager St, Suite 7, 305-789-9929
(See Midtown/ Wynwood / Design District listing)

experiencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night
That includes this family-owned rlstorante, where even
newcomers feel at home At lunch it's almost impossible
to resist panini, served on foccacla or crunchy clabatta,
even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and com-
plementary flavors During weekday dinners, try generous
plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus, home-
made pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio, or
delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula $$-$$$

Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave., 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/Itallan 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 alsojustly famed for meal-size
salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-
dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-
boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially
lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins,
apples, and basil, an Italian twist $$

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-
ditlonal surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion
fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney,
along with the ubiquitous chimichurrl $$$$-$$$$$

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Half Moon Empanadas
192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525
As with South Beach's original Half Moon, you can get
wraps or salads But it's this snackery's unique take
on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a
natural for national franchising The soft-crusted, doughy
crescents -- baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -- are
amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken,
either mild or spicy) and creative the bacon cheeseburg-
er, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and
several vegetarian options Atjust over two bucks apiece,
they're a money-saving moveable feast $

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

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 daytme menu is more so In addition to Colombian clas-
sics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared
salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites $-$$

La Provence
1064 Brickell Ave., 786-425-9003
Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate
a great meal to come But when Miamians encounter such
bread -- crackling crust outside, moist, aromatic, aerated
interior -- its likely not from a restaurant's own kitchen, but
from La Provence Buttery croissants and party-perfect pas-
tries are legend too Not so familiar is the bakers cafe com-
ponent, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic
tastes But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade
Nicolse on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-
owner David Thau's Provengal 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, charcuterle/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 Madelenes, airy layered mousses, and addictive

mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with daily-changing fill-
ings $-$$

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 signa-
ture creations Lunch fare includes modernized Minuta" fish
sandwiches (avocado/habanero vinaigrette-dressed hamachi
on non Kaiser rolls), while dinner offers edgier inventions like
confit pork belly with a panko-crusted egg yolk capsula, the
yolk nitrogen-frozen before frying to achieve a crisp crust and
delightfully improbable oozing interior $$$

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

Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254
Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been
serving her traditional homemade island specialties to
downtown office workers and college students since the

early 1990s Most popular item here might be the week-
day lunch special ofjerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried
cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well
served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry
All entrees come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and
salad, so no one leaves hungry $

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

Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem
more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish
shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional
tastes and fish Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supple-
ments signature starters like lump crab cakes with his
own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche
The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection
includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pompa-
no, parrot fish, amberjack But even flown-in fish (and the
raw bar's cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh $$$$

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

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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 con-
cept is prlx fixe Any three courses on the menu (meaning
three entrees if you want) for $39 Highlights include silky,
tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated
beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive
oil dipping sauces, and over-the-top playhouse desserts,
one with a luscious creme fralche ice cream pop $$$$

Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661
The first U S venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish
little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner

as well as lunch Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese
rather than effusively warm Neapolitan The food too is
mostly contemporary rather than traditional But in true
Italian style, the best stuff stays simple an antipasto 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 $$-$$$

Raja's Indian Cuisine
33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551
Despite its small size and decor best described as
"none," this place is an institution thanks to south Indian
specialties rarely found in Miami's basically north Indian
restaurants The steam-tabled curries are fine (and nicely
priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice
crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker
pancakes, layered with onions and chills, both served with
sambar and chutney $$

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.
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 $$$

Sandwich Bar
40 NE 1st Ave.
This cool hideaway has a limited menu Which is a good
thing when it means everything served is solidly crafted
by hands-on chef/owners, two of whom amassed sous-
chef chops at Cloppino and Sardinia The main fare is
imaginative sandwiches on fresh breads, an especially
delicious creation features slow-braised short ribs, cara-
melized onions, and melting muenster and provolone
cheeses Finish with fine-shaved Aloha Ice topped with
fresh fruit and other full-flavored syrups, all housemade,
plus rich condensed milk A sno-cone for sophisticates $

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 hails from Pompeii), it's fitting that the menu is
dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisti-
cated Italian entrees There are salads and sandwiches,
too The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-
air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to
accompany local musicians and artists $-$$

Sparky's Roadside Restaurant & Bar
204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877
This cowboy-cute eatery's chefs/owners (one CIA-trained,
both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional
purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked
rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of
slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion ribs, chopped pork,
brisket, and chicken Diners can customize their orders
with mix-and-match housemade sauces sweet/tangy
tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-
Asian holsin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/
habanero Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as
good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits $-$$

Sushi Maki
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779
Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables
will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branch's
menu But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes
introduced to honor the eatery's tenth anniversary- and

Miami multiculturalism "sushi tacos" (fried gyoza skins
with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chill-garlic
sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated
Asian/Latin tiraditos, addictive rock shrimp tempura with
creamy/spicy dip Also irresistible four festive new sake
cocktails $$-$$$

49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097
This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by
each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion items with added
Caribbean touches Cooked entrees, all Peruvian, include an
elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes
in peppery cream sauce) But the emphasis is on contemporary
ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chill sauce
particularly plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild
When was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered
tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Peru's traditional
potato garnish, huancalna cheese sauce? $$

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 $$

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Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303
"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 neighbor-
hood "bistrolounge" The food is mostly modernized Italian,
with Latin and Asian accents a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with
Brazilian catupiry cheese, gnocchi served either as finger
food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with
orange-ginger sauce But there are tomato-sauced meat-
balls with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too $$-$$$

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 Waxys,
the location is far superior -- on the Miami River, with
waterfront deck And none of Miami's Irish eateries offers
as much authentic traditional fare Especially evocative
imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown
bread, puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls, lunchtime's
imported Irish bacon or banger butty" sandwiches on
crusty baguettes, served with hand-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 by
Shai 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 $$

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277
This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on
San Pellegrinos list of the world's best restaurants, and a

similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates
(robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for shar-
ing over drinks Suffice to say that it would take maybe
a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous
menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as
well as carnivores Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth
pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the
exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks $$$$

Midtown / Wynwood / Design District

Adelita's Cafe
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 par-
ticularly enjoyable in the morning, over a fresh asparagus
and Boursin cheese omelet or huevos a la cubana (fried
eggs and cheese on black beans) Lunch and dinner
menus are a "greatest hits" mix (steaks, pasta, Caesar
salad), featuring appealing local accents like a hefty fried
or blackened grouper sandwich on clabatta roll, with
remoulade sauce $$-$$$

2010 Biscayne Blvd.,
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts "Modern Indian Cuisine"
to match the look Classicists, however, needn't worry
America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here,
though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and

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

Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd.
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a stylish mix of contem-
porary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from
wine barrels) Cuisine is similarly geared to the area's
smart new residents creative sandwiches and salads at
lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish,
Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night Though the
place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino
offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto arugula, gor-
gonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs,
and prosciutto Free parking behind the building $$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave.
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, it's open continu-
ously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in
anytime for authentic rlllettes (a rustic pate) with a crusty
baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop rata-
touille, or many changing blackboard specials Portions
are plentiful So is free parking $$

Buena Vista Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave.
At this casual cafe/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista
Bistro's Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French
fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond
croissants, and other delights At lunch cornichon-
garnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade
pates, sinfully rich pork rlllettes, superb salami, and other
charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted,
custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little
more than a fast-food combo meal As for Postel's home-
made French sweets, if you grab the last Parls-Brest, a
praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we May have to kill
you $-$$

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-ser-
vice 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 prefer-
ence from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropri-
ate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and
breads $$

Clive's Cafe
2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277
Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American
breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall
has served for more than 30 years Since about 1990,
though, when owner Pearline Murray ("Ms Pearl" to
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
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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 Caf4
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 $

4029 N. Miami Ave., 305-227-2378
Like the other restaurants in Jonathan Eismann's Design
District mini empire, this upscale fish house is intended
to be product-driven rather than chef-driven, a place
where you II find some of Miami's freshest seafood
Everything on the changing menu was swimming no
more than 48 hours earlier That said, don't expect plat-
ters with fries and slaw From an amuse of tuna tartare
through entrees like Alaskan halibut with preserved
lemon risotto and lemongrass nage, the menu features
Eismann's distinctive Asian and

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Ave., 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 wait Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they're well-done
but spurtingly 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 artsan 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 $$$

3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520
As befits its location in artful, working-class Wynwood, Gigl has
minimalist modern diner ambiance paired with truly create
contemporary Asian-influenced comfort food from Top Chef
contender Jeff Mclnnis (formerly of the South Beach Ritz-
Carlton) at surprisingly low prices From a menu encompassing
noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and
raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed
buns, and possiblythe world's best BLT, featuringAsian bun
toast" thick pork bellyslices rather than bacon, and house-
made pickles Theres $2 beer, too $-$$

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

Hurricane Grill & Wings
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133
This Florida fast/casual chain became an instant hit in
Midtown Miami owing to a winning concept more than 35
heat-coded sauces and dry rubs meant for custom-tossing
with wings and other things (including white-meat "bone-
less wings," really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces),
accompanied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and
celery It would be silly to not pair your main with garlic/
herb-butter parmesan fries There are many other items,
too, including salads But hey, celery is salad, right? $$

Joey's Italian Cafe
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 $$-$$$

Joumou Cafe
4424 NE 2nd Ave., 305-542-0646
Upon entering this recently renovated rustc restaurant the
wave of intense spice aromas wafting through the space serve
notice that the "contemporary Haltan-American" cuisine served
here is something special Along with signature joumou soup
(pumpkin with beef, dumplings, and veggies) and other Haitian
classics, you can also get all-American comfort food, plus occa-
sional fusion items like zesty Kreyol-spiced burgers Low prices,
warm ambiance, and Prestige beer make this a great place for
group gatherings $-$$

La Provence
2200 Biscayne Blvd.
(See Brickell / Downtown listing)

Latin Cafe 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 Whatjustifies the
new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppifled/
yucafled ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic
wooden deck $$

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

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an
instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout
as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food The concept
is "fast casual" rather than fast food meaning nice
enough for a night out It also means ingredients are
always fresh Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the
menu gets, but the mahl mahl for fish tacos comes from
a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily Niceties
include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers $

Lim6n y Sabor
3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739
In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now
light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with
seafood a specialty Portions are huge, prices low, quality
high Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo
macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy,
zesty sauce), jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed
seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa),
and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chill cream sauce $$

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 Its now open for dinner six nights a week,
serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices
Dishes like pinon and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-
drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable
tacos average $5-$8 Also available big breakfasts and
salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon-
crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list $

Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd., 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

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typical rodlzlo palaces is its family-run feel, intimate rather
than intimidating, plus its attention to every detail While
it's rare at most rodlzlojoints to get meat done less than
medium, Maino will cook to order One other welcome
difference There are a la carte starters and pastas for
lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some lunch spe-
cials Free parking, too $$-$$$$$

163 NE 39th St., 305-572-1400
Though we admired the ambitious approach of Oak
Plaza's original tenant, Brosla, this more informal, inex-
pensive, and straightforwardly Italian concept of veteran
Lincoln Road restaurateur Grazlano Sbrogglo 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 saluml Other irresistible 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 gar-
den -- diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece
and Turkey Make a meal of multinational mezes a Greek
sampler of creamy tzatzlki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant puree,
and airy tarama caviar spread, and a Turkish sampler of
hummus, fava puree, and rich tomato-walnut dip The meze
of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolin's fresh-
baked flatbread, almost a full meal in itself $$-$$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St., 305-438-0228
(See North Miami listing)

Mercadito Midtown
3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423
Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge,
festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a

bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously
smooth margaritas But the main must-haves here are
tacos, encased in a rarity genuinely made-from-scratch
corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed Of 11 varieties, our
favorite is the carnitas (Juicy braised pork, spicy chill de
arbol slaw, toasted peanuts) A close second the hongos,
intensely flavorful hultlacoche and wild mushrooms, with
manchego and salsa verde -- a reminder that vegetarian
food need not be bland $$-$$$

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550
An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented res-
taurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth
fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor
setting Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but
dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with
whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to
simple comfort food deviled eggs, homemade potato chips
with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken
There's also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to
encourage frequent visits Michael's Genuine also features
an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar $$-$$$$

Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731
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

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 imaginable, shoestring frites that rival Belgium's
best, mouthwatering maple-basted bacon, miracu-
lously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/

soy-glazed), even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich"
-- definitely a don't ask, don't tell your cardiologist" Item

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 Plcasso
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 $

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

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

1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn't
have that do drop in" locals' hangout vibe But this lively
Italian spot is actually a great addition to the 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 ple? Better bring the
SUV, not the Morris Mini

Prosecco Ristorante
3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-438-2885
Its sheltered location, in a showroom building's central
atrium, makes Prosecco not the Design Districts easiest-
to-find Italian eatery/enoteca But the owner's longtime
experience in Tom Billante restaurants like Carpacclo
tells you the place is a people-pleaser, with food and
wine that's accessible, affordable, and worth the hunt
Beautifully garnished carpacclos (like mustard-vinalgrette-
dressed smoked salmon with baby beets, purple potatoes,
and a soft-cooked egg), pastas like ricotta and spinach-
stuffed agnolotti with sage/butter sauce, and similar
temptations ensure you'll return $$$

4029 N. Miami Ave.
Unlike most urban barbecuejoints, this neo-rustic
roadhouse 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 dis-
cern 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 $$-$$$

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Buena Vista Avenue
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., 305-755-0122
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge Amongthe
seafood offerings, you wont find exotica or local catches,
but all the usual sushl/sashiml favorites, though in
more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy srlracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many
more Especially recommended the yuzu hamachi roll,
the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp
with hot-and-sour Mayo and a salad $$-$$$

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 Bernsteln has opened in the
area But it's no absentee celebrity-chef gig Bernstein
is hands-on at both places Her exuberant yet firmly
controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen
hot and cold tapas on the menu Items are frequently
reinvented Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego
croquetas with 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.,786-369-0353
This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln
Road's SushlSamba 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 klmchl)
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 minimal
Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared
than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but
flavorful yu pan quail Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully
balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly
sweet/salty sauce And Peking duck is served as three tra-
ditional courses crepe-wrapped crispy skin, meatsauteed
with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish $$-$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775
This venerable wine shop and bistro, where diners can
enjoy boutique bottles for retail price plus $15 corkage,
has acquired new owners, a new chef, and a new menu,
which added more globally inspired tapas and entrees
without losing the French classics that made it a neigh-
borhood favorite Outrageously rich croque monsieur
sandwiches, or an admirable steak/frites with peppery
cream sauce, almost make you feel you're in Paris $$

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 Cr upl'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

Balans Biscayne
6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191
It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third
Miami venue finally opened, and rather quietly -- which
has an upside It's easier to get a table here (and to park,
thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln

Road or Brickell This, along with the venue's relatively
large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to
a more relaxed, neighborhood-focused vibe The fun
menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a
creamy-centered cheese souffle through savory Asian pot-
stickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished
pancakes) and prepared as reliably well $$-$$$

916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-
culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic
indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar Especially
bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun
on 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 Caf6
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), Nicolse
salad, quiche, and homemade creme brulee A respectable
beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as is the house-
made sangria Top price for entrees is about $14 $-$$

Chef Creole
200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223
Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner
Wilkinson Sejour's two tiny but popular establishments
While some meatier Haitian classics like grlot (fried pork
chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3 99
roast chicken special seafood is the specialty here
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce), lambl frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
son gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic
or Creole crabs The Miami branch has outdoor tlkl-hut
dining $-$$

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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-
glana 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 $

La Q-Bana
8650 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-2550
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(especially the drippingly wonderful pan con lechon), rich
flan, and the fresh tropical juices thatjustify the afore-
mentioned excesses For even heartier eaters, there's a
changing buffet of daily specials and sides $-$$

Europa Car Wash and Cafe
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-
sclutto, hot capplcola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers,
and Romano cheese dressing), an elaborate almond-
garnished Chinese chicken salad, H&H bagels, the world's
best, flown in from NYC And the car cleaning are equally
gentrlfled, especially on Wednesdays, when ladies are
pampered with $10 washes and glasses of sparkling wine
while they walt $

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

Gourmet Station
7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229
Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with
no time to cook, has been popular for years But the
Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition
Main reason deceptive healthiness These are meals
that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for
you Favorite Items include precision-grilled salmon with
lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with
homemade BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food Food is
available a la carte or grouped in multimeal plans custom-
ized for individual diner's nutritional needs $$

Go To Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers
original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green
parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avo-
cado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully
healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach,
rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry Health ensured,
you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs fried
dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with
quills -- really a delectable crunchy noodle mix $

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

6708 Biscayne Blvd., 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 $$

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
It's a restaurant Its a lounge But it's decidedly not a
typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami
Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-
trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin bordello-red decor,
romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar enter-
tainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated
retro food served with style and a smile For those feeling
flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to
make- in her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 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.
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appear-
ances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but
far from fully gentrlfled neighborhood Just be glad she
did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly
creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas Though most
full entrees also come in half-size portions (at almost
halved prices), the tab can add up fast The star herself is
usually in the kitchen Parking in the rear off 69th Street

7100 Biscayne Blvd.
Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian
bistro serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand,
and Vietnam Menus are also similar, split between tradi-
tional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations
like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilan-
tro, roasted garlic) But it also carves out its own identity
with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried
rice Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories
A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd.
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshl Moshl is
a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese
tapas bar) Even more striking than the hip decor is the
food's unusually upscale quality Sushi ranges from
pristine individual nigirl to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas
are intriguing, like arablki sausage, a sweet-savory pork
fingerling frank, rarely found in restaurants even in Japan,
they re popular Japanese home-cooking items And rice-
based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct., 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.,305-757-7773
From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Krls Wessel's inten-
tionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant,
you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoy-
ing eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge
(sour-orange-marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster
with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old
South fried green tomatoes) Not surprisingly, the chef-
driven menu is limited, but several signature specialties,
if available, are not to be missed BBQ shrimp in a tangy
Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce,
irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade Ice cream

Revales Italian Ristorante
8601 Biscayne Blvd.
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.
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
Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited
with sparking the Upper Eastside's revival Now the arrival
of new executive and pastry chefs plus a wine-wise gen-
eral manager, all Joe Allen veterans, signals a culinary
revival for this neighborhood focal point The concept
is still comfort food, but a revamped menu emphasizes
fresh local ingredients and from-scratch preparation
(The meatloaf gravy, for instance, now takes 24 hours
to make) Unique desserts include signature sticky date
pudding, a toffee-lover's dream And the wine list features
new boutique bottles at the old affordable prices $$-$$$

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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, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special
sauces Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a
dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green 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 mahi-mahl with
cilantro aloli and caramelized onions on housemade foc-
cacia) 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

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 Abbie
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 $-$$

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 II even feed Fido $$$

1130 Normandy Dr.
305- 864-8872
Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space
is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -- but not fusion The
Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to
country Most Big Food comes from Peru fresh ceviches, clas-
sic cooked entrees But its the Venezuelan breakfast/snack
items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas,
somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants
These moist pancakes, made from ground corn kernels
instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty white cheese
for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and savor $-$$

Lemon Twist
908 71st St., 305-865-6465
In warm weather, we like to hit this French bistro for
either a cornichon-garnished charcuterie platter (includ-
ing mouthwatering Rosette de Lyons salami, hard to find
in Miami) or the frlsee salad with lardons and poached
egg Add lies flottantes (merengue islands on a creme
anglaise pond) and a glass of wine, et voilal A perfect
Parisian light supper But there's honest heftier fare,
too, like the steak/frites entrecotee with choice of sauce,
housemade fries, and a salad), and rich fig tarts $$$

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222
When an eaters executive chef is best-selling Thai
cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect
major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy
SoBe address Instead 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
in the chef's latest tome, but with Tamarind's very afford-
able prices, you might as well let the man's impeccably
trained kitchen staff do the work for you $$-$$$

C6te 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 $-$$

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

Miami Shores Country Club
10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363
Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities
of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public -
always, lunch and dinner Not surprisingly, ambiance is
retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar
and indoor/outdoor dining room The surprise is the food
-some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes
quite contemporary an Asian ahi tuna tower, a lavish
candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad, and
fresh pasta specials Prices are phenomenal, with dinner
entrees $9 to $17, drinks average $3 to $4 There's live
jazz on Thursday and Friday nights, too $$

9545 NE 2nd Ave.
"Kid friendly" generally means restaurants will tolerate young-
sters Mooids, an Ice cream parlor plus, positively pampers

them, from the cute play area out back (equipped with old-
school toys like giant bean bags) to a children's' menu that
doesn't condescend (Who says kids don't appreciate pizzas
with fresh mozzarella?) For grown-ups there are sophisticated
salads and sandwiches like a turkey, pear, garlic oil, and brie
panini on housebaked bread Just don't neglect Mooies
mainstay ice cream, dense yet creamy-soft Blue Bell Pistachio
almond is our pick $

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-
caramel sauce $$-$$$

Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411
If it's Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If it's Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-
cuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice,
beans, care 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
what's most important is that this is one of the area's few
sources of the real, New York-style water bagel crunchy
outside, challengingly chewy inside $

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

Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041
Originally a friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that
garnered raves for its limited menu of terrifically tasty
treats, Marlo and Karma Manzanero's cafe is now In
more sizable and atmospheric quarters But the friendly,
family-run (and kid-friendly) ambiance remains, as do the
authentic Yucatan-style specialties Standouts include
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with subtly smoky steak, onion, cilantro, and pineapple,
sinful deep-fried tacos dorados, and signature burritos,
including the Maya, filled with juicy cochinlta plbil, refried
beans, and pickled onions $$

Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However, there are also about
two dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards like kung po
shrimp, ma po tofu, and General Tso's chicken And there
are a few imaginative new items, like the intriguingly
christened Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore curried
rice noodles, crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts,
and Mongolian beef (with raw chills and fresh Oriental
basil) Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner $$

Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim
even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica
tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness
of its seafood, much of it from Capt Jim Hanson's own
fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants Now
there's a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room
with booths Whether it's garlicky scamp., smoked-fish
dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is
deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$

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

Over 200 ITEMS!
Including fresh seafood,
soup salad and dessert.

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 $-$$

Flip Burger Bar
1699 NE 123rd St., 305-741-3547
Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are
still rare farther north One reason this easy-to-miss venue
is a must-not-miss for North Miami locals The hefty half-
pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious
patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade
The Fireman is a jalapeno/chipotle scorcher There are
even turkey and veggie variations Other draws are hand-
cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list,
budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acous-
tics, and a South Beach rarity free parking $-$$

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, not just a
meal Its also a good choice for diners who don't speak
Spanish, but don't worry about authenticity Classic Cuban
home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado,
topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated
on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like
pork filet in tangy 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., 305-892-7676
From the mid-1990s (with Neal's Restaurant and later
with II Migliore), local chef Neal Cooper's neighborhood-
oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers While
this cute 32-seat charmer is French, it's no exception,
avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and
nouvelle bistro fare frlsee salad with lardons, poached
egg, and bacon vinaigrette, truite Grenobloise (trout with
lemon/caper sauce), consomme with black truffles and
foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect
pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts
for dessert $$$

2214 NE 123rd St., 305-891-3312
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 cutesie
names of many items baygels, bergerrbite, Cezarrrr
salad, hammm, meat-a-ball, schmopperrr May cause
queasiness But the schmopperrr itself is one helluva
high-octane veggie burger $-$$

Sehor Cricket
2286 NE 123rd St.
Theres Tex-Mex food, and authentic Mexican food This festive
eatery has both, with particular people-pleasing points goingto
the former Junk food chains have given it a bad rap, butthe
best is tasty fusion fare, and if diners stock to Tex-Mex combo
platters, they can stuff themselves silly for under ten bucks At
dinner, meanwhile, purists can enjoy platters of pork carnitas
and other classics Tip for tpplers Pair margaritas with queso
fundido (melted cheese with chorizo) for one of lifes great
guilty pleasures $-$$

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202
At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-
thin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or
similar fluff) doesn't do the trick Open till 3 00 or 4 00
a m Steve's has, since 1974, been serving the kind of
comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour As in
Brooklyn, tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano
flavor Mozzarella is applied with abandon Toppings are
stuff that give strength pepperoni, sausage, meatballs,
onions, and peppers $

Tokyo Bowl
12295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-9400
This fast-food drive-thru (unexpectedly serene inside) is
named for its feature item, big budget-priced bowls of rice
or noodles topped with cooked Japanese-style items like
teriyaki fish (fresh fish sauteed with vegetables), curried
chicken and veggies, spicy shrimp, or gyoza dumplings in
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 pep-
per shrimp (authentically shell-on) And New Yorkers will
find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan
Szechuan menus but not common in Miami cold sesame
noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork $$

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd.
The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indle
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 $-$$

Yes Pasta!
14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006
The space, formerly a Pasha's, isn't posh But minimalism
fits a partially self-service Italian eatery centering on a
DIY concept mix-and-match pastas Diners choose one
of seven pasta types, then one of 15 sauces, ranging
from simple tomato/basil to funghi e tartufi (wild mush-
rooms in truffle sauce), decadent Alfredo, creamy yet
clean-tasting Flaminia (pureed yellow peppers with black
pepper), and more Also available are panini (on excellent

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bread), salads, soups, imported saluml or cheese platters,
desserts, and several wines $$

Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St.,
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this
veteran is many diners' favorite on the 163rd/167th
Street Chinatown" strip because of its superior decor
But the menu also offers well-prepared, authentic
dishes like peppery black bean clams, sauteed mustard
greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger and scal-
lions, plus Chinese-American egg foo young Default
spicing is mild even in Szechuan dishes marked with
red-chill icons, but don't worry, realizing some like it
hot, the chefs will customize spiciness to heroic heat
levels upon request $$

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

China Restaurant
178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549
When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion
dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese
cuisine in the world won't scratch the itch So the menu
here, containing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-
American classic you could name, is just the ticket when
nostalgia strikes from simple egg rolls to pressed
almond duck (majorly breaded boneless chunks, with
comfortingly thick gravy) $-$$

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779
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 to rtillas 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 rotl, a Caribbean mega-
crepe made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for
the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in
a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and
more chickpeas But there are about 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 $

Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY
3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318
In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that
swallowed Manhattan -- and transformed public percep-
tions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area Before
bland faux-Cantonese dishes After lighter, more fiery
fare from Szechuan and other provinces This Miami
outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized
items, but don't worry Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns,
Empire's Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar
pleasantly spicy specialties, and you'll be a happy camper,
especially if you're an ex-New Yorker $$

Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse
3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall)
The rodlzlo formula is familiar Pay one price ($39 90
for dinner, $2990 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
deal with a coupon available at Flamma Unbelievable but
true $$$$

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 nlk-
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 Sla and Nicole Hemmatl 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 Mlami-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., 305-948-3687
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 yaklton, 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., 305-949-0776
Tiny, true, but there's more than just sushi at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makls are the
mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more
complex creations like multi-veg futomakl, and a few
unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente makl),
available a la carte or in value-priced individual and party

combo platters But there are also bento boxes featuring
tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and
udon noodles Another branch is now open in Miami's
Upper Eastside $

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

1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393
If unusual Bangladeshl 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, it's because
chef/owner Bithl Begum and her husband Tipu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renalsa
Their menu's mix-and-match option allows diners to pair
their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more
than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles
to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshl citrus
reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy.
(See Miami Shores listing)?

Jerusalem Market and Deli
16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080
Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hum-
mus, and klbbeh (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 plta is also
stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus
unusually rich and tart tahina $-$$

3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484
This place makes a very good tahini sauce In fact that
alone is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this
bright, cheery eaters delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-
garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma
They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-
tasting, raw klbbl naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare) It's
hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters
and wraps, but there's also a roster of full entrees (with
soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian
and seafood meals for noncarnivores $$

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St.
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 Cafe
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 interna-
tional gourmet market's packed shelves and crowds has
depleted your energies, it's a handy place to refuel with
eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics,
housemade from old family recipes Just a few spoonfuls
of Wednesday hearty pasta faglole, one of the daily
soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours
And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-
fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies
outside Napoli $-$$

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

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Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333
Don't be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes
in the window At this small Chinese bakery the real finds
are the Chinatown-style baked buns and other savory
pastries, filled with roast pork, bean sauce, and curried
ground beef Prices are under a buck, making them an
exotic alternative to fast-food dollar meals There's one
table for eat-in snackers $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228
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 $$$

New China Buffet
940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266
The venue (a former Bennigan's) is clean, casual, and not
kitschy The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -- scores
of Chinese dishes (recommended Mongolian pork, spicy
garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish
with ginger and scallion), international oddities (pizza,
plantains, pigs-in-blankets), plus sushi, salad, and pastry/
ice cream bars And the price is sure right Lunch is
$6 75 ($7 75 Saturday and Sunday) Dinner features
more seafood, $9 55 There's an inexpensive take-out
option, too, and reduced kids' prices $

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 chefs fanatical
devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in
the kitchen of Knob broiled miso-marinated black cod,
rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce, even Nobu
Matsuhisa's new style sashimi" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) The specials
menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as
veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling
filet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

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

16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldn't
be easier to overlook Inside, however, its festivity is
impossible to resist Every inch of wall space seems to be
covered with South of the Border knickknacks And if the
kitschy decor alone doesn't cheer you, the quickly arriving

basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi
band, or the knockout margaritas will Food ranges from
Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic
Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations
like albondigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs $$-$$$

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 pet duck
(roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free
of subcutaneous fat) Available every day are juicy, 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 Its part Italian market, with
salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out
prepared foods, part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks
like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially
enjoyable on the waterfront deck), part rlstorante (pastas
and other Big Food), part pizzeria Whats important All
components feel and taste authentically Italian Just don't
miss the coal-oven pizza Superior toppings (including
unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light
yet chewy crust make Racks' pies a revelation $$

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one of
the Carnegie 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 1 4 pounds, we weighed it), for
a mere 15 bucks All the other Jewish deli classics are
here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced
nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-
bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served
with sour cream and applesauce $$

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076
Sangs has three menus The pink menu is Americanized
Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken The
white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic
Chinese fare salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip
casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like
abalone with sea cucumber The extensive third menu
offers dim sum, served until 4 00 pm A live tank allows
seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and

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scallion Recently installed a Chinese barbecue case,
displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling
attached $$$
Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008
At this unique Talwanese eatery run by a trio of Talpel-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats
in the budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock imita-
tions made from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables But
don't mock it till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or
smoking duck, with slices that mimic the charcuterie item
down to convincing faux fat Other main dishes feature
recognizable veggies or noodles As for the rest of the
name icee is shaved ice, an over-the-top dessert that's a
sort of a slurpee sundae, with toppings that vary from the
familiar (fresh fruits) to the weird (grassjelly sweet corn,
kidney beans, rice balls, chocolate pudding) And the bub-
ble tea is a must-not-miss Using housemade syrup, the
cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors (mango,
taro, even actual tea), all supplemented with signature
black tapioca balls that, slurped through large-diameter
straws, are a guaranteed giggle $
Siam Square
54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697
Open until 1 00 a m every day except Sunday (when is
closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North
Miami Beach's Chinatown" strip has become a popu-
lar late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian
restaurants And why not? The food is fresh, nicely pre-
sented, and reasonably priced The kitchen staff is willing
to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is
reliably fast Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment
is in place when the mood strikes $-$$
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, it's hard to bear a
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 $-$$
Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama, this sushi spot seems to have
taken its cue from Philippe Starck sheer floor-to-ceiling
drapes, for starters The sushi list, too, is over the top, fea-
turing monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort spicy tuna,
soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jala-
pefos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces
wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo Hawaiian King Crab con-
tains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green pep-
pers, and pineapple Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and
cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$
Sushi Sake
13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242
Chic Asian-accented decor, video screens, 99-cent drink
deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not
just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too That
said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood
is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not
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notable All sauces are housemade Cooked makls like a
crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but it's as
sashimi that the fish's freshness truly shines $$-$$$
Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630
The reincarnated Tuna's has gained new owners, a new
name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a newly
impressive selection of raw-bar specialties cold-water oys-
ters from the Northeast, plus Blue Points, Malpecs, Island
Creeks, and more Traditional house favorites remain, and
the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters Open
daily till 2 00 a m the place can get rather festive after
midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tuna's
draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too $$-$$$
Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin
73 NE 167th St., 305-405-6346
Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted
bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent.
Not at this modest-looking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian)
restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfast's
blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable
stews sparkle with vivid flavors. Especially impressive:
mock meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat
many carnivorous competitors. Skeptical? Rightly. But
we taste-tested a "Philly cheese steak" sandwich on the
toughest of critics -- an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-
old. She cleaned her plate. $$

Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625
Coal is what its all about here a coal-fired oven (like that
at Lombardi's, Patsy's, John's, or Grimaldi's in New York)
producing the intense 800-degree heat to turn out in mere
minutes, a pie with the classic thin, crisp-bottomed, beauti-
fully char-bubbled crust that fans of the above legendary
pizzerias crave Expect neither bargain-chain prices, a
huge selection of toppings, nor much else on the menu
Anthonys does just a few things, and does them right $$
Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
19003 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-4029
One word flagels And no, that's not a typo Rather
these crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or
sesame seed) are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid
-- and a specialty at this bustling Jewish bakery/deli,
which, since 1988, opens at 6 30 a m -- typically sell-
ing out of flagels in a couple of hours Since you're up
early anyway, sample elaborately garnished breakfast
specials, including unusually flavorful homemade corned
beef hash and eggs For the rest of the day, multitudes
of mavens devour every other delectable deli specialty
known to humankind $$
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, Villagglo, Carpacclo), 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 $$-$$$

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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 it's doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would
freak out his many regulars by eliminating from the menu
the Bahamian lobster and crab cakes But lobster-lovers
will find that the 20th anniversary menus also offer new
excitements like tandoori-spiced rock lobster, along with
what might be the ultimate mac'n'cheese lobster crab
macaroni in a Frls vodka sauce with mushrooms, scal-
lions, and parmesan The famous dessert souffle's flavor
changes daily, but it always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-792-2902
This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as
the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable
ingredients and straightforward recipes that don't over-
complicate, 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

Fuji Hana
2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1,
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 $$-$$$

The Grill on the Alley
19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall)
Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood every-
where and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks,
you'd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -- or
in the new millennium This upscale mini chain salutes
America's great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with pro-
digious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus
classics like creamy chicken pot pie New retro dishes are
added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday night's

prime rib special a $32 hunk ofjuicy beef that'll take
care of Monday's meals too $$$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100
Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an inter-
national clientele since retired major league outfielder
Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place
in 2007 Today it's white tablecloths and, naturally,
mahogany The menu is a sort of trendy yet tradi-
tional soul fusion of food from several African diaspora
regions Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits
with shrimp, sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean
(conch-packed fritters or salad), and the Old South
(lightly buttermilk-battered fried chicken) The chicken is
perhaps Miami's best $$-$$$

Mo's Bagels & Deli
2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555
While the term old school" is used a lot to describe
this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually
opened in 1995 Itjust so evokes the classic NY delis
we left behind that it seems to have been here forever
Example Lox and nova aren't pallid, prepackaged fish,
but custom-sliced from whole slabs And bagels are hand-
rolled, chewy 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 $$

Peppermill on the Waterway
3595 NE 207th St., 305-466-2016
Charming Alpine decor and elegant yet accessible tra-
ditional Continental comfort foods make this indoor/
outdoor restaurant a perennially popular special-occasion
place to take the parents Definitely don't tell the folks'
cardiologist about indulging in fine-dining fare from the
precholesterol-obsession era trout almondine with beurre
blanc, salmon with hollandaise and creamed spinach, or
for super-splurgers, lobster thermidor While seafood is
a specialty, butter-sauteed breaded schnitzels like the
chicken Holsteiner (topped with capers, anchovies, and
an egg) are a treat $$-$$$

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 Rumil and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed
with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife
launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to
prove that top restaurants can be affordable Consider
it proven Florlbbean-style seafood is the specialty fresh
hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock
shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail 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'ss mani-goat", for those not from NJ) big
enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called bullets,"
to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind $$

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