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On this recent Second Saturday art
walk in Wynwood, people are
packed elbow-to-elbow in the
area straddling NW 2nd Avenue between
22nd and 28th streets, and parking is im-
possible. The dozens of galleries in this

small slice of the neighborhood alone are
experiencing an unprecedented pedes-
trian parade.
As visitors revolve in and out of gal-
lery doors, they can help themselves to
street food or buy up some trinkets, even

hang out at the new open-air Wynwood
market. After strolling about and taking
in the street murals covering almost
every building, they might find a seat
at one of several restaurants, if they're

That snapshot was inconceivable
in the year 2000, when a few stray art
galleries were forging their way in this
decaying urban center. Back then it was
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December 2010


1 Wynwood: A Portrait
8 Feedback: Letters
14 Jack King:
10 BizBuzz
30 The Dark Side of Solar
32 Developers' Dreams, Part 5
34 Two Elections, Two Upsets
46 Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer: The Winter Migration
48 Gaspar Gonzalez: Nothing but Good News
50 Frank Rollason: Fearsome Crime, Appropriate Response
52 Jen Karetnick: Shores Out Loud
54 Wendy Doscher-Smith: Over the Top with Undergarments
56 Crystal Brewe: Off the Basel Path 2010
58 Art Listings
62 Events Calendar
64 Biscayne Crime Beat
66 First the Demolition, Then the Acquisition
68 Kids and the City: Down the Chimney and Up for Fun
69 Your Garden: A Gift That Keeps on Giving and Greening
70 Going Green: Gardens You Can Eat
71 Vino: As the Bubbles Rise, So Will Your Spirits
72 Pawsitively Pets: Weekend Getaways for You and Yours
74 Word on the Street: Where Would You Like To Live?
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SLetters to the Editor

Breaking Basel Barriers
Great article by Crystal Brewe about Art
Basel and kids ("Three Myths About
Kids and Culture," November 2010).
When you live in Miami, you know that
Basel is one of those events that brings
so much to the community, and also at-
tracts so much attention from afar.
But the event can be intimidating if
you're not "in the know." It's refreshing
and exciting to read an article that breaks
down some of those barriers that families
have toward Basel, with tips on how to
enjoy one of the best art festivals in the
world, right in our own backyard.
Thank you for giving us this per-
spective, BT.
Giselle Ferro

Eagle-Eyed BTAficionado
Cries Foul
I really enjoy getting the BT and am proud
to have a publication of this caliber serv-
ing our coastal communities. However, I
have a problem with an ad on page 44 of
the November issue. Promoting a Veter-
ans' Day ceremony in North Miami, it
features a Coast Guard petty officer who
has his decorations on backward and is
saluting with the wrong hand.
Since almost any service member
would know better than to present
himself this way, it looks as if someone
may have flipped the image in Photoshop
to improve the ad's layout. Or perhaps
a stock photo was used that had already
been flipped.
Either way, as a veteran and a
journalist, I ask that you discontinue this
practice as it doesn't reflect favorably on
either profession. Apart from that, your
publication is excellent. Please keep up
the good work!
Michael C. Dougherty
North Bay Village

E. Howard Hunt Was Fond
of Scotch, Not Nixon
After reading Gaspar Gonzflez's ar-
ticle concerning Richard Nixon and E.
Howard Hunt i NI \on s Man in Biscayne
Park," November 2010), I would like to
offer my opinions as to why his attempt
to meet with Hunt didn't go so well.
As someone who knew Hunt during
the 1970s, I feel certain he never saw
himself as the alleged Watergate bur-
glar. More like James Bond. Hunt was a

published author, a painter, and someone
who spoke several languages. He also
appreciated good Scotch, so I wasn't
surprised that he was not too open to
the offer of Gonzalez "coming over and
bringing some beer." Maybe if he had
specified the beer as Dos Equis XX,
Hunt might have considered his proposal.
Neither was Hunt a great fan of
Nixon, especially after Nixon threw ev-
eryone under the bus after the Watergate
fiasco. I think the only person I ever heard
him speak of with more contempt was
John Dean, whom he clearly despised.
Had Gonzalez called Hunt explaining
that he was doing a documentary about
the unscrupulous Tricky Dick, and that he
had a bottle of fine Scotch being saved for
a very special occasion such as this, the
outcome may have been different.
Your writer didn't do his homework
on someone who was an intensely private
man, and therefore lost out on what could
have been a memorable encounter with a
very interesting person. Too bad.
George Cravero

"Going Green" a Boon to
Dim-Witted Miami
I'm delighted to see Jim W. Harper's
"Going Green" column that started
with the November Biscayne Times. As
someone who grew up in Seattle, where
recycling is a high art, I'm shocked by
the lack of consideration for the environ-
ment natural and social here in
I'm an actress (funnily enough,
I was mentioned in the same issue,
in "Babylon Takes the Stage for Art
Basel"), and between acting jobs, I
freelance as an organizer. I see first-hand
the waste people live with. I feel like a
missionary sometimes, spreading the
word of the Joy of Not Having Too Much
Crap to a tribe of natives who look at me
in puzzlement.
Harper mentioned looking for
topics for future stories. He may want
to check out Swamp Cabbage, a docu-
mentary being made by a friend of
mine, Hayley Downs. She's passionate
about the subject of Florida ecology and
cracker culture. He should check out
I'm glad BT has started "Going
Green." It's a great idea.
Amy McKenna

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BizBuzz: December 2010
Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

By Pamela Robin Brandt Heroes Un
BT Contributor F

If you make someone happy,
sang the wise old phi-
losopher Jimmy Durante,
you'll be someone happy. And
you can do that this holiday
season by dropping off a new,
unwrapped toy at Chop Shop
(7283 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-8102).
The barbershop is aiding the Miami
Firefighters Benevolent Association in its
annual toy drive for kids.
Also accepting toy donations (for
Toys for Tots) is Smoothie King (2001 Bis-
cayne Blvd. #107, 305-576-5464). Bring in
a new unwrapped toy by December 20 and
get a free small smoothie. The Pizza Fusic
eatery is also giving away a free
small smoothie with every $25
gift card purchase, so you give a
little and you get a little.
Yes, Christmas is for
kids, but here's a concept,
parents: What about De-
cember 24-26 with the kids,
and then let Miami Shores's
PlayGround Theatre (9806
NE 2nd. Ave.) handle the rest
of the school break? Holiday
theater "mini-camps," for kids
6 to 12, run December 20-23 .
and December 27-30. For
more info about the camps,
plus ongoing kids' theater activities:
www.theplaygroundtheatre.com or
Several other BT advertisers also
now focus on kids all year long. Wel-
come to Jackson Health System, a
new advertiser whose Holtz Children's

Hospital has a newly
renovated 24/7
emergency room
Dental Op-
tions has just started
providing fear-free pediatric dentistry in
its North Miami office (11645 Biscayne
Blvd. #204, 305-892-2960). Bring in
the kid for a free consultation, then let
them slap on those braces, and continue
on a low-cost monthly plan. How low?
As little as $99 per month. Plus Dental

Options welcomes new patients with a
great deal: initial exam, digital x-ray, and
cleaning all for just $59.
And Heroes Unite (305-981-7780,
www.heroesunite.org), an organization
empowering youth and families through
innovative arts and cultural programs,
invites readers to its upcoming production,
Journey to Shaolin II. The performance is
at the Byron Carlyle Theater (500 71st. St.,
Miami Beach) at 6:00 p.m. on December 5.
But enough of the kids. Let's talk
about all the good stuff advertisers have

for us grown-
ups. Particu-
larly during Art
Basel week,
Wynwood is an
area that would
seem to be more
about cutting-
edge art than
cutting hair.
But the stylists at Control Hair Salon
(2814 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-6910)
have the same unbound-by-convention
artistic imagination as Wynwood's other
wildlife. (No fears; it's combined with
solid training at places like Vidal Sas-
soon.) And BT readers get a phenomenal
December deal: $120 worth of services
for $60.
At Hannah and Her
Scissors (611 NE 86th
St., 305-772-8426), famed
hair artist/fine artist
l. Hannah Lasky is offering
a holiday deal to those
wishing to gift a friend, as
well as themselves, with
beautification: Make the
two appointments on the
same day, mentioning the
BT, and get 20% off. Note: Lasky's line of
hair care products, labeled with her own
playful paintings, come in perfect little
stocking-stuffer sizes.
New advertiser Anastasia Mol-
chanov Salon (7242 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-756-7755) offers one-stop-shopping/
self-improvement for readers who don't
have enough hours in the day this month.
In addition to salon services (which are

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10% off through December), you'll find
one-of-a-kind jewelry items, designed by
Anastasia, that make unique gifts. And
you won't want to miss the shop's only-in-
Miami special events, including "Cham-
pagne & Botox" (the first Friday of every
month, 6:00-9:00 p.m.) and Wednesdays
from 5:00-9:00 p.m., "Cigars & Cognac,"
a gents' evening with cuts, color, and
shaves plus beverage and stogie.
BTW: An apology to Rumeur Bou-
tique & Spa (275 NE 18th St. #109) for
the incorrect phone number in Novem-
ber's "BizBuzz." The correct number
of this cool Edgewater establishment,
where spa-goers can also shop at an in-
house lifestyle boutique, is 305-758-5750.
If home beautification is on your
holiday wish list, the first step is clearing
up clutter. Hide it away in sleekly designed
cabinets from new advertiser Armarium
Custom Woodworks (345 NE 59th St.).
Go to www.armariumdesigns.com for a
look at the company's drop-dead gorgeous
designs, and feel free to speak directly
with owners Claudio Riess (786-281-9192)
and Williams Bicelis (786-356-8823).
Those wanting to upgrade their
outdoor furniture are in luck this month at
Ascot Teak (12951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
892-2131), which is celebrating its tenth
anniversary in Miami with huge discounts
on teak sets, benches, and pool lounges.
And Loft Sofas (2450 Biscayne
Blvd., 786-228-8981) has just expanded
its stock to include a category of fur-
niture not carried before: upholstered
beds. Like the store's chairs, the beds are
contemporary but comfortable and
reasonably priced.
This month's record-busting
"BizBuzz" includes an unusual number
of new advertisers who are upscale
Realtors, something we hope bodes well
for economic recovery in the new year.
Welcome to Ana Teresa Rodriguez
from Coldwell Banker (954-536-3929), a
specialist in luxe residential real estate;
Kimberly O'Mahony (305-970-6000),
an Esslinger Wooten Maxwell associate
(and third-generation South Florida Real-
tor) with numerous luxury listings; and
the Majestic Properties sales team rep-
resenting boutique condo los on the Bay
(305-677-9000), a waterfront enclave
designed with assistance from Majestic's
founder Jeff Morr.
New advertiser Bill Wilk has listed
his upscale Shorecrest solar house, a

rarity in Miami. Contact realtors Robert
Bourne (786-281-8376) or Chip Shepard
(786-335-4656) for the scoop on, and
perhaps a snoop at the property.
Looking for a unique holiday gift
that'll thrill eco-conscious urban garden-
ers? Check out the Woolly Pockets at
new advertiser Pots and Plants (t',41i
N. Miami Ave., 305-803-0533), an urban
garden center. Fill these modular wall
systems, made from recycled plastic
bottles, with plants for a stylish hanging
"vertical garden," indoors or outside. The
shop sells plants (and other pots), too.
For gifting style-conscious friends,
new advertiser Bahdi Boutique (6669
Biscayne Blvd., inside Rebel) has the
hippest and hottest labels plus majorly
fun lifestyle accessories (pole dancing
skivvies, erotic literature, much more).
And during December, BT readers who
try on a pair of Hard Tail Supplex work-
out pants will receive a free soy candle.
Art walks? Done that. But every
third Thursday through April, downtown
Surfside (Harding Ave./A1A southbound,
96th-94th St.) is offering a new variation:
culinary walks, with a different nation
highlighted each month. In keeping with
this month's spirit of abundance, reports
Surfside Tourism director Duncan Ta-
vares, the featured nation will be all of
them! Drive over December 16, from 6:00-
9:00 p.m. for a multicultural snackfest.
Speaking of our neighbors across
the water, every Friday this month,
Sunny Isles Beach's Kitchen 305 (in the
Newport Beach Resort, 16701 Collins
Ave.) is offering all-you-can-eat stone
crabs, with soup and sides plus live en-
tertainment, for just $42. Reservations:
A wonderfully weird urban American
holiday tradition that inexplicably encom-
passes all religions is eating Chinese on
Christmas Eve. And Mr. Chef's Fine Chi-
nese Cuisine & Bar (18800 NE 29th Ave.
#10, 786-787-9030, www.aventurachef.com)
has two December offers. Customers who
buy two sake martinis get one free. And
take-out or delivery orders placed online
will be discounted 10%.
Welcome to Kampai (3575 NE
207th St., 305-931-6410), a new adver-
tiser that's an old favorite Aventura sushi
source. But don't allow the makis' renown
to overshadow Kampai's many other
Japanese and Thai dishes especially
not this month, since through December
23, the eatery is offering 15% off any

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MIA is one huge ATM for local politicos and their cronies

By Jack King
BT Contributor

Over the past five months, I've
had a chance to do some travel-
ing. Just about all the trips have
been by airplane, which has given me a
chance to observe the changes at Miami
International Airport.
When I was a kid, it was not un-
usual for my parents to take me to the
airport just to see the planes take off and
land. If I was lucky, I got to have lunch
while watching all the extremely well-
dressed international travelers. Septem-
ber 11 changed all that. Now you can't
get close to the airport unless you have a
ticket and identification, and most people
wear T-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops to
reduce the security hassle.
A slight aside here about the new
security scanners. I haven't been through
one, but I have been patted down.
Frankly, it doesn't bother me one iota. If
they want me to stand there naked, that's
just fine. I'm not particularly concerned
about the high moral values held by my
fellow Americans. I have a far greater
concern about the plane being blown out
of the sky. Can you still have high moral
values if you're dead?
But back to MIA. The place sure is
pretty, but so far not very efficient. Back
in June, I saw the first signs touting the
new "sky train," a gazillion-dollar trol-
ley that goes just 1.4 miles. The signs
stayed up all summer, but no train until
last month, when I came back from
Spain. And what a train it is! We had to
walk a half-mile in the wrong direction
from U.S. Customs to get on the train,
which then took us to a station that was a

half-mile on the other side of Customs.
Late in the summer I came back
from Chicago to the new Concourse D.
In the middle of the concourse, there was
an intersection that had three directions.
I looked up at the signs and there was not
a single one telling you how to get out
of the airport. There were signs saying
you could take the sky train to baggage
claim. Unfortunately the train had not
begun operations. I felt like Charlie on
the MTA.
There was enhanced security
flying in and out of Spain, and it was no
problem. Flying within Spain was quick
and easy. And the high-speed trains were
even better and sometimes faster get-
ting you to your destination. So why don't
we have high-speed trains in America?
They work well throughout the world.
Speaking of trains, Metrorail will
finally have a spur to service the airport.

Now, isn't that a novel concept? Why not
earlier? Because former airport director
Dick Judy didn't want Metrorail at MIA
as it would adversely impact parking
revenues, and 30 years ago, parking was
the biggest source of income.
How did we end up in this mess?
Twenty years ago the county commis-
sion came up with a grandiose plan to
expand the airport. The logic was that
tourism was growing at a phenomenal
rate, and our wonderful commissioners
believed it would continue to grow at the
same rate forever.
They did have one moment of
sanity. They selected an aviation profes-
sional to run MIA. That worked for
about a year before commissioners came
to their greedy senses and selected one
of their personal pals to run the place
into the ground while making sure all
their friends made lots of money.

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sion was $3.9 billion. Now it's $6.2 bil-
lion and counting. It got so big they had
to hire a firm to manage all the contrac-
tors and the money. That cost about $500
million and is still growing.
So many things have gone wrong
over the years that a number of the projects
have had to be rebuilt several times. In-
dustry professionals have stated repeatedly
that it would have been much less expen-
sive and much better if they had torn the
thing down and started from scratch.
This project is so huge that it has
kept three cycles of county commission-
ers and all their friends rolling in dough.
No-bid contracts were the rule, not the
exception. People with no experience
would get a contract, thanks to their po-
litical friends, and then subcontract the
work to a company that could actually
do it. For zero work they could pocket as
much as 25 percent of the contract.
I'd been thinking that the Marlins
stadium was just another project like
MIA, but they are truly different. The
Marlins are actually trying to complete
the stadium on time because they need a
place to play that is, if they have any
name players left on the roster by 2012.
The airport is an ATM that just
keeps on giving. It is worth more "under
construction" than completed. Do you
honestly think the clowns on the county
commission and their cronies want this
cash cow to be finished?
I think not. Plus the county would
have to start paying back that $6.2 billion.
And since the county is broke, that's not
going to happen. Not in my lifetime.

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only the adventurous who made their
way to Wynwood, those souls in search
of alternative, contemporary art.
The only parking problem when
pulling up to the Dorsch Gallery, Locust
Projects, Bernice Steinbaum's gallery, or
Rocket Projects was the very real possibil-
ity that your car might not be there when
you returned. The dark and dirty streets,
while adding a certain cred to the alt-art
experience, were downright scary and
most of the time they were almost entirely
empty. There certainly was no place to eat.
That the Wynwood arts scene has
changed dramatically during the first
decade of the new millennium is not a
question. Exactly what it has morphed
into, and what direction it is heading -
those are open questions. A portrait of
Wynwood today is complex and compel-
ling, and evokes a gamut of emotions,
from hopeful and romantic to disap-
pointed and resigned.

It's important to lay out what has hap-
pened in the past ten years. Following
those first four galleries, other locals
soon transplanted themselves, such
as Fredric Snitzer, Diana Lowenstein,
Kevin Bruk, and Ingalls & Associates.
New ones opened doors as well, such as
the David Castillo Gallery. While these
early art inhabitants differed somewhat

have the largest concentration of wall murals in the world.

in their approach to contemporary
exhibits, almost all were considered
serious in their mission to promote
high-quality work. Still, it was a fairly
quiet and small gathering.
Then Art Basel Miami Beach
(ABMB) blew in. At the outset, no one
could have anticipated just how much
this singular event would transform Mi-
ami's art scene and its blossoming new
hub in Wynwood. In its first year, 2002,
ABMB was confined to the Beach, but
four local galleries were included in the
exclusive group of exhibitors, immedi-
ately shining a spotlight on the local art
displayed in those booths, and by exten-
sion, elsewhere. As Art Basel exploded
in popularity, with numerous satellite
fairs joining in on the extravaganza,
local art gained more exposure. Some
began to wonder if this once-a-year art
fair was overshadowing Miami's indig-
enous scene, even hindering its growth.
Nonetheless, the momentum
couldn't be halted.
A nascent arts association was
formed in the Wynwood district, which
loosely stretches from about 20th Street
at the southern end up to 36th Street,
bounded by Biscayne Boulevard to the
east and NW 6th Avenue to the west. It
encompassed the prominent Rubell and
Margulies collections, as well as a grow-
ing number of galleries that specialized
in Latin American art. Eventually the
area achieved a kind of critical mass,
and the galleries decided it would be in
their best interest for all of them to open

on a single night. With that, the Second
Saturday art phenomenon was born.
Also thriving by the middle of the
decade: the real estate market. Develop-
ers like Tony Goldman and David Lom-
bardi had their sights set on Wynwood in
particular, while other projects, such as the
massive Midtown Miami residential and
commercial complex, broke ground nearby.
After the international heavyweight
out of Paris, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin,
unveiled its gleaming, two-story space,
many were prompted to ask: Has Wyn-
wood as an arts district finally arrived?
Then the Great Recession hit.
Building stopped, galleries like Perrotin,
Kevin Bruk, and Lyle O. Reitzel sud-
denly closed. At the same time, people
began to question whether Wynwood had
really developed a serious, grounded art
scene at all. Maybe it was, like so much
of Miami, a mirage based on image
and not much else. Did collectors and
international buyers and institutions
actually support the scene here? Were
art outlets just popping up to capitalize
on Basel and ignoring the area and its
development the rest of the year? Did
newcomer galleries care about quality, or
just about selling junk while riding the
Wynwood art wave?
As a new decade approaches, it's
a good time to sketch a fresh portrait.
Despite the recession, new galleries and
complexes have been opening. There's
now an officially titled Wynwood Arts
District Association (WADA) and a newly
forming Miami Art Dealers Alliance.

Commissioned street art may cover
more wall space now than anywhere else
in the world. There are places to eat and
drink, and more on the way.
Yet the streets can still be pretty
lonely in the middle of the day, and when
the street lamps aren't working properly,
pretty dark and dodgy. And what about
the art itself? Is it developing?
What's the real picture?

Historically Wynwood had been a
wholesale garment district, dominated by
functional, chunky warehouses. North
of 29th Street the area is predominately
residential, a long-settled working-class
neighborhood. (Another pocket of older
homes lies south of 29th Street, just west
of N. Miami Avenue.) The architecture
itself, in other words, wasn't much to
write home about.
That is, if you weren't Tony Gold-
man. The developer has been credited
with helping to turn around struggling
neighborhoods while maintaining an
authentic, and artistic, ambiance from
SoHo to South Beach.
When he turned his gaze across the
causeway, he liked what he saw in Wyn-
wood. "There is no other place in greater
Miami that has a built environment that is
so conducive to creative types," Goldman
says of his early interest in buying proper-
ty there. "These are buildings with 15-foot

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ceilings, built close to the street, that are
inexpensive to retrofit. That's exactly
what galleries and restaurants want. There
was simply a natural growth opportunity
there that didn't exist anywhere else."
Plus, he adds, it is also about loca-
tion: "Fifteen minutes from everywhere.
And there is a 'cool factor' about the
urban environment as well."
Goldman Properties (which in-
cludes daughter Jessica and son Joey)
moved in to the area in a big way,
purchasing some 20 properties, help-
ing define an actual and city-sanctioned
Wynwood arts district, and acquiring the
requisite liquor licenses that are needed
to open viable restaurants.
Another developer, David Lom-
bardi, also envisioned a live-and-work
artistic environment that would spur
growth in the area by enticing artists and
galleries, then merchants and restau-
rants. He built the Wynwood Lofts on
NW 23rd Street, a high-end art storage
facility called MuseoVault, and helped
form WADA. "It took a while" he says
of WADA's creation. "Tony [Goldman's]
involvement added a lot of credibility.
People knew he had a track record of
coming through. He puts his money
where his mouth his. But we had to work
out some kinks," he adds, referring to
the need for balance among the needs of
all involved with the association mer-
chants, galleries, and city officials.

About 150 members now pay a fee to
WADA to promote the area. A new glossy
map published by the association lists
about 50 galleries; a number of collections
and complexes, including those of univer-
sities; a dozen retail outlets; eight restau-
rants; events venues; and artist studios.
And those are just the ones officially lo-
cated on the WADA map. Says Lombardi:
"Any way you look at it, a lot of positive
things have been happening. There is just
more activity than ever before."

How does all that activity affect the com-
mercial galleries? Some gallerists will
attest that being in Wynwood is crucial
these days to be anywhere else and
off the beaten path is silly. Others think
that the arts district designation is an
artificial creation meant to further almost
anything but art.
In either case, it's revealing to
hear the voices of the newcomers -
those who have decided to open up in
what most still consider recessionary
times, and what some still don't con-
sider a tried-and-true art center, such as
London, New York, or Los Angeles.
Black Square Gallery just opened
its doors this fall, in the area's epicenter
at 23rd Street and NW 1st Place. Director
Anna Milashevych showed off the inaugu-
ral exhibit a Ukrainian-born photogra-
pher who has made a name for himself in

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Paris with his photographic reenactments
of paintings of Renaissance masters.
Maybe the most interesting thing about this
new gallery is that the owners and much of
the art hail from Eastern Europe and the
former Soviet Union, something not seen
in Miami's Latin-dominated art world.
Milashevych explains that the
United States is different from Europe,
"where art galleries are often situated
in a city center, in beautiful areas. But
I think here in America, if you want to
be a serious and successful gallery, you
have to be in a special art district, as
Wynwood is for Miami."
As for opening in these economi-
cally challenging times, she says, "My
opinion is that the American art market
is recovering faster than the European.
Also I think it is a challenge to the gal-
lerist to survive in difficult times it
forces some changes, to find new ideas
and opportunities, and to try new ways."
Gallery co-owner Marite Iglesias
opened up Gallery I/D in time for last
year's Art Basel, on NW 2nd Avenue.

Oscar Ascanio recently opened his gallery: "In Venezuela, no work of art
has been purchased for museums in over eight years."

The venue focuses on photo-journalism,
something she found to be lacking here.
"There are always fluctuations in the art
market, and truth be told, we never ex-
pected to make a lot of money from Gal-
lery I/D," says Iglesias. "We saw a need
in the area for a photojournalism gallery,

a space that hosted exhibits about things
people really needed to see."
And the location? "We chose Wyn-
wood because we believe in the area's
future as an arts destination."

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Fredric Snitzer: "It's come to the
point where anyone who puts
paintings up on the wall is a
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The artistic offerings have become
quite diverse. For instance, the two-year-
old Charest-Weinberg Gallery, an anchor
for Wynwood Lofts, shows both local
and international talent, and now will be
representing local artists as well. One
difference is that Eric Charest-Weinberg
will keep exhibits up longer than the cus-
tomary month "in the belief that longer
exhibitions are the key to sparking an
open-ended and on-going dialogue with
the local Miami arts community." Also
adding to the artistic diversity of the
neighborhood have been Butter Gallery,
which concentrates on low-brow art;
Galerie Schuster Berlin, one of the first
contemporary galleries to open in that
aesthetically charged city when the Wall
fell in 1989; Mexico's Nina Torres; and
Venezuela's O. Ascanio.
For owner Oscar Ascanio, this is
his first venture outside Caracas, and he
is unabashed in his support of his new
northern home. "In Venezuela, no work
of art has been purchased for muse-
ums in over eight years. In the United



Black Square Gallery is one of Wynwood's newcomers all the way
from Eastern Europe.

States, in general, art and capitalism are
celebrated. Art has become a fantastic
investment. It's a financial haven. Prices
haven't just remained steady, but have
continued to increase even during times
of economic crisis."
Ascanio has been concentrating
on both secondary art (resold) and new
works, mostly from Venezuela and South
America. "When choosing where to open
my gallery, Miami was a top location, in
large part because of Art Basel, but also

because of its gateway status" between
the United States and Latin America.
The geographic location of Wyn-
wood within Miami and the Western
Hemisphere is high on most everyone's
list of positive attributes. After years
working in New York, Julian Navarro
is moving back to Miami to take over
Praxis International Art on NW 2nd
Avenue. His job is to revamp the gallery,

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David Lombardi: "Any way you
look at it, a lot of positive things
have been happening. There is just
more activity than ever before."

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Brook Dorsch: "More and more people are coming who are interested.
And I think there are more and more good galleries, too."

Second Saturday gallery nights are jammed, but Wynwood remains
virtually deserted during the daytime.

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emphasizing ultra-contemporary works
heavy on installation, sculpture, and site-
specific structures.
Wynwood is the right place, he
laughs: "And I say Wynwood, not Miami.
Since I've been gone, it's become its own

brand Wynwood. But truly, it's in the
right place. Two hours from New York,
from the Caribbean, Latin America -
it's in the heart."

Those who have been here for a while
have a somewhat different view in the

case of Fred Snitzer, a far less rosy one.
"There was an opening once, an opportu-
nity to create a serious art scene here, but
I think it has passed," says the owner of
one of the most prominent local galler-
ies. "Restaurants are good, that part is
fine. But I'm disappointed that Wynwood
wasn't able to sustain a certain tier of
gallery, that a Perrotin and Kevin Bruk

couldn't make it. I imagined once another
level [of galleries] setting up here."
By which Snitzer means that no
major New York or London gallery has
made the move here. "It's come to the
point," he says, "where anyone who puts
paintings up on the wall is a gallery, even

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if the quality is crap." Snitzer says he
doesn't believe in quantity for quantity's
sake; he believes in developing quality,
and a sophisticated understanding of art.
Just who would sit in judgment of
quality is, of course, problematic. Some
already believe that a tiered structure of
prominent artists and galleries plays too
big a role, that it stifles communal col-
laboration and experimentation.
Nonetheless, these days Snitzer sees
few positive developments, least of all
Second Saturdays. "Those mob scenes,"
he grumbles, "people looking for alcohol
before going to clubs, barbecues and
rickshaws on the streets, that circus -
what does that do to educate?"
Brook Dorsch moved into his large
warehouse gallery very early on. He too
has been a keen observer of Wynwood's
evolution, and his view is mixed. "It's
positive the amount of people that come
through now, the growth in that," he
says. "But a lot of people [on Second
Saturday] aren't there for the art. A
number of us open twice now, the night

The Goldmans commissioned art inside and out at their new restaurant,
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar.

before and on Saturday because
whatever you think, it's still an impor-
tant night."

Dorsch believes the number of
local collectors has grown, along the
much bigger number of people who have

learned to appreciate art. He credits
Art Basel for that, but lately he has also
seen the positive impact of the Midtown
Miami development. "There are still
the 'Honey that would look great in the
living room' type of buyers, but more
and more people are coming who are
living in the neighborhood, who are
going to the restaurants at Midtown, and
who are interested. And I think there are
more and more good galleries, too."

New arrivals and veterans alike agree
on one point: Pedestrian traffic needs to
increase during daylight hours, and the
streets they traverse must be safer. Ob-
serves Black Square's Milashevych: "I've
been in Wynwood less than three months,
but I can see already some problems. First
of all, it is safety. Wynwood is still a bit
dangerous. Second is infrastructure. The
district doesn't have enough restaurants
and places for a nice rest."
Marite Iglesias agrees. "It's improved
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streets are full on art-walk nights, but it's
simply not enough to sustain a gallery busi-
ness. We are lucky that we are across the
street from Joey's restaurant, which offers
us more visibility than other galleries in the
area. But more people coming to Wynwood,
especially during the daytime, would go a
long way to improve business."
It would be great, says Dorsch, "if
we could draw more people, and visi-
tors, off the Beach. More people walk-
ing around would also be a good way to
make the streets safer."
Those behind the Wynwood Arts
District Association know all this. "We've
got 24-7 security in the district," says Lom-
bardi while admitting it could be better.
"There were 24 street lights out the other
day. We had to get on the city about that."
And the people are coming, he
claims. The residential/commercial
complex Cynergi recently opened on N.
Miami Avenue at 27th Street. "Out of 96
units, only four are vacant," Lombardi
notes, adding that Jimmy'z Kitchen is set
to open on the ground floor.

Tony Goldman with daughter Jessica: "First comes the arts community,
then the restaurants, then the businesses, then more people."

I The Goldmans just opened their
Second eatery, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar,
o across the street from their first, Joey's
Italian Caf. Tony Goldman's "Wynwood
Walls" mural park will expand once
again this year, while he is also involved
in cataloguing many of the other wall
murals in what he says will become the
biggest street-art museum in the world.
And about those rickshaws pedi-
cabs really he wants to get them roll-
ing, circus be damned, along with other
business-supportive, pedestrian-friendly
ventures. "It's all a progression," he says.
"First comes the arts community, then the
restaurants, then the businesses, then more
people. We need to work on this together."

And what about those who actually make
the work? Not surprisingly, with a less
direct commercial interest in the neighbor-
|hood, the impressions are nuanced. Magnus
Sigurdarson has been working in Wynwood
for four years. This year he exhibited work
Sat Dorsch Gallery and another established
gallery, Pan American Art Projects, and
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his studio will be included on the Art Basel
Miami Beach tour of artist spaces. He
watched foreign galleries come and then
go with the recession, then come again this
year with Midtown Miami's growth.
As for whether Wynwood is a viable
art center, the Icelandic transplant says
this: "Does that really matter? Wynwood
will never be Chelsea, just as Miami will
never become New York. Wynwood is
what it is. Little by little this will become
a lovely neighborhood and rents will go
sky high and only the rich will survive.
That's the story of all places!"
Gavin Perry, who shows with
Snitzer, has had his studio across from
the gallery since 2003; it will also be on
the ABMB tour. He's seen new shiny
cars, upscale buildings, "and near corpo-
rate graffiti" hit the neighborhood since
then, but some things have remained the
same: "The 24-hour, seven-day-a-week
'body shop' is still open and has regular
visits from the local PD."
He says his particular situation
has worked well, with "access to a

large space and the
ability to realize
important work
there." He sees
rising rents becom-
ing a problem for
working artists,
although "this is
the process."
Sara Stites is
one of several artists
with studios in the
20/20 Building off
20th Street on NW
Miami Court, at
the southern edge
of Wynwood. She

thinks it's important fears rising rents.
to be close to an art
hub, and for now that is the Wynwood
area. "The occasional meeting and
mutual studio visits with my neighbors
feeds my artist's need to see work in
progress and show the same," she ex-
plains. "We share the tenderest parts of
ourselves unfinished work and if
it's a good visit, some inspiration. Visits
from outside eyes, either from neighbors,
friends in the area, or gallery directors,

are a vital part of studio life." She Cyne
would, however, like to see some deve
kind of subsidized system to keep encc
artists working in the area so they
don't get priced out.
Enhanced value now seems inevi-
table, if for no other reason than Wyn-
wood's location. It is central to most
places. Local aficionados or visitors from
abroad have easy access, whether they're

trgi, a residential and commercial
lopment on N. Miami Avenue, is an
iuraging example of new development.

coming from Miami Beach, Coral Gables,
New York, or Buenos Aires. As Magnus
Sigurdarson observes: "Art thrives quite
well in these in-between places."

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The Dark Side of Solar

Local homeowners are rushing to buy solar panels, som0c/l/inl'v at their peril

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

Following the publication of Jim W.
Harper's cover story "Off the Grid"
(September 2010), Biscayne Times
was flooded with messages responding to
the story. "Off the Grid" chronicled the
struggles of three local homeowners who
attempted to make their dwellings more
eco-friendly by utilizing new technolo-
gies such as geothermal cooling, rainwa-
ter toilets, and solar power.
Among those responding to the story
was Upper Eastside resident Brian Wilk,
an information technology security spe-
cialist who invested more than $55,000
to lessen his reliance on the grid. He
installed a solar pool heater, a solar water
heater, solar panels on his roof, a solar
attic fan, battery backups, and attic insu-
lation. "I have seen my electricity bills
drop to the $50-$75 range in the winter
to the $150-$190 range in the summer,"
Wilk wrote to the BT.
But Wilk also said he was upset that
"Off the Grid" had quoted an employee of
Electron Solar Energy, a Wynwood-based
solar panel company run by CEO Chris
Quinn. "I signed a contract in November
2008 and my system wasn't finished until
January 2010," Wilk stated. "I had to get
my attorney involved on two separate oc-
casions to get this project completed, and
I almost lost out on the Florida rebates. If
I didn't get my lawyer involved, I would
have never completed the project."
Wilk didn't just turn loose his lawyer
on Electron Solar Energy, he tracked
down other Electron Solar customers
with incomplete systems, at least one dis-
gruntled investor, and three lawsuits filed
against the company, including one by a
client who uncovered evidence that the
company was not licensed to install solar
panels. Wilk also discovered that the pub-
licly traded company has stopped submit-
ting federally required financial reports to
the Securities Exchange Commission.
Wilk says he wants to warn BT read-
ers. "It was just a really bad experience,"
he recounts. "The job should not have
taken 13 months to do."
That may be true, but such delays
might be expected in South Florida today,
as many companies involved with these
new technologies are basically learning
on the job.

It took 13 months and 1 attorney to finally finish Brian Wilk

Wilk: "I don't want my experience to scare other people frc
plunge and going green."

One of the homeowners profiled in
"Off the Grid" was Spike Marro, who has
solar panels on his Miami Shores home.
Though he's not familiar with Electron
Solar Energy, Marro says he researched
local solar-panel companies and found
that many lacked the proper licenses. A
few even admitted they'd never per-
formed a solar installation.
"They just started up," says Marro, an
executive at Universal Music Group. "Cali-
fornia is a much more mature solar market.

Here it really is a small m
new market. It's really nic
starting up [solar company
I wouldn't get surgery fro
never performed an opera
In Marro's case, due
off. Even with the convo
and inspection processes
based company he hired
on his home in less than
When the BT caught
tron Solar's Chris Quin

office (2801 NW 6th Ave.) facing 1-95,
7 7 he explained that his business grew so
Fast "things got delayed." Demand for
-. solar power has been so high that Elec-
Stron Solar relocated from a small office
in the Upper Eastside's 55th Street Sta-
tion to their current 27,000-square-foot
facility, which sports a neon sign visible
from the expressway.
Quinn, who previously owned a bat-
tery business, says he got involved with
solar panels "by chance" when he was in
the Amazon, setting up systems for indig-
enous tribes. "It's awesome," he enthuses.
"You take a solar panel, you pay to have
it installed, and afterward [the energy] is
free.... And it lasts for over 25 years."
Noting that he has partnered with
companies all over the Western Hemi-
sphere, Quinn says he has completed
hundreds of projects valued at $3.3
's solar array. million in the United States, Central
SAmerica, and South America. Local
; clients touted on Electron Solar Energy's
website include Camillus House and the
Miami Science Museum.
Because of the dismal economy,
some clients have been slow to pay,
Quinn says. He admits that poor cash
flow and a complicated permitting
Process have held up completion of local
projects. But he vows to make good on
all his promises or to provide refunds.
"This is my life savings," he says, refer-
ring to Electron Solar Energy. "I take this
very seriously and no one should get hurt
or even bruised."
Jeff Stone, a paramedic and Coral
Gables homeowner, says Quinn already
has bruised him financially. Stone hired
S .... .i Electron Solar to install panels on the roof
of his 2130-square-foot house soon after
meeting Quinn at a 2009 Labor Day home
m taking the design and remodeling show. Stone says
Quinn urged him to pay the $53,160 fee
up front, claiming it would allow the work
market, a brand- to be done more quickly. But after 12
;e that people are months of sporadic work, Stone says the
ies] in Florida, but electrical hookups remain incomplete and
m a doctor who's vulnerable to lightning strikes.
tion." Stone also missed the state's deadline
diligence paid for its solar-panel rebate program, which
diluted permitting he had hoped would offset the home
;, the Hollywood- equity loan he took out to pay for the
completed work work. Now, Stone says, he can't reach
three months. Quinn on his office phone, cell, or e-mail,

Sup with Elec-
n at his two-story

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Developers' Dreams, Part 5

North Miami Biscayne Landing beckons like a mirage

so close, so tempting

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

according to the mission statement
on his r6sum6, William Green,
Jr., wants to become a city or
county administrator, or maybe even a
congressman, so he can "make a real
change" in the economic futures of low-
income individuals.
"Everybody has a dream, right? I
know my mother would have loved me
to be a congressman," laughs Green, who
once worked as an aide to county Com-
missioner Betty Ferguson and as an assis-
tant to Miami Gardens's city manager.
For now, though, Green is concen-
trating on real estate ventures, which
have included part-ownership of at
least four shopping centers three in
Miami Gardens and one in Jackson-
ville including the recent purchase
of the 100,000-square-foot Miami
Gardens Plaza.
The next project he's aiming for:
Becoming the new developer of Biscayne
Landing, a long-promised community
spread over nearly 200 acres along Bis-
cayne Boulevard between NE 137th and
151st streets.
In an attempt to get the North Miami
City Council to amend a 192-year lease
he wants to buy from Credit Suisse,
Green, as the managing member of
North Miami Development Team LLC,
will present his plans to the public at
7:00 p.m. on December 15, at Biscayne
Landing's sales center (15055 Biscayne
"It is a great piece of property with a
great location," says Green, who envi-
sions building on the site one million
square feet of big-box retail, an assisted-
living facility, hotels, and maybe even a
wind farm. "There are a lot of upsides to
this property."
But first Green wants to work out
a deal that will reduce his financial
obligations to the city and allow him to
divide the land and sublease portions of
it. Already some North Miami residents
are skeptical. "The city needs to do its
due diligence to determine the viability
of that developer," warns Carol Keys,
president of Keys Title Company, who
has already declared herself a candidate
to run against North Miami Mayor Andre

Biscayne Landing today: Two towers and not much else, except
broken promises.

Interama was a 1960s fantasy with soaring ambitions.

Pierre in 2011. "We're not looking for
someone to make a deal with our city [for
the land] and then flip it."
Aside from skepticism, Green will
also have to overcome decades of history
associated with a swathe of land that has
seen many an ambitious plan collapse
in failure. In the 1960s, 1600 acres that
included the future Biscayne Landing
was to become a permanent World's Fair
called the Inter-American Cultural and
Trade Center, or Interama, that glorified
the Western Hemisphere and included
a 1000-foot-tall Tower of Freedom
designed by renowned architect Minoru
But the ambitious plan fizzled, so
North Miami decided to buy 291 acres
of Interama in 1970 for $12 million. Two
years later, North Miami officials were
seized by the next great idea: a champi-
onship golf course. They leased the land

to a company called Munisport, which
decided that the best way to create rolling
hills for golfers was to operate the site as
a landfill and collect material.
Collect they did. Among the stuff
buried there between 1974 and 1981 were
countless containers filled with hazard-
ous chemicals and biomedical wastes. By
1983 North Miami's share of Interama
had earned a place on the Environmental
Protection Agency's notorious Superfund
list, where it would languish for the next
16 years.
In 1999 the EPA decided the former
Munisport dump had been decontami-
nated sufficiently to be removed from
the list, allowing North Miami officials
to once again dream of building things
In 2003 Boca Developers signed a
complicated, 200-year lease with the city
for 193 acres of the land. Their grandiose

plan called for the construction of 6000
high-end condo units, 150 hotel rooms, a
100,000-square-foot commercial "town
center," clubhouses, pools, 38.5 acres
of passive parks and lakes, a six-acre
"active children's park," and the cleanup
of any contaminates found on the site.
Boca Developers was also to pay
the city $1500 per condo unit plus four
percent of the proceeds of all condo
sales. In addition the developer would
fund more than $25 million in "off-site
improvements," including the expan-
sion of the city's library, developing a
K-8 charter school, building a certified
Olympic training facility, allocating $3.5
million per year to assist in obtaining
land for affordable housing elsewhere
in the city, and donating $1 million each
year to the city's Museum of Contempo-
rary Art through 2017.
Eventually Boca Developers took
out mortgages totaling $200 million.
By 2007 they had managed to build two
25-story condo towers with 373 units.
Then the real estate market imploded.
The developers surrendered 160 unsold
condo units to iStar Financial in a
"friendly" foreclosure action. In 2009
Credit Suisse, which held the mortgage,
moved in to foreclose on 188 acres of
undeveloped land.
However, to retain control and
eventually sell the lease, Credit Suisse
has been forced to continue Boca Devel-
oper's financial commitments to North
Miami, or else the land will revert to
the city. "So far they have made all their
payments and are up to date," says city
manager Russell Benford.
This past April investors known as
the Solar Mountain Management Corp.
won a bid to buy Biscayne Landing's
lease from Credit Suisse for just $30
million. Their plan: Build a $500 mil-
lion sports-themed amusement park that
would include a 55-story indoor snow
skiing complex powered by solar panels.
The developers also wanted to reduce
their off-site obligations to the city by
$15 million in exchange for giving the
city 25 cents of each park admission
ticket they sold. The Solar Mountain
group happened to be led by Marc Dou-
thit, Mayor Pierre's former law partner,

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Two Elections, Two Upsets

Jean Monestime and Dorothy Bendross-Mininingall overcame the odds and emerged victorious

By Mark Sell
BT Contributor

In this season of surprises, the Novem-
ber 2 elections of Jean Monestime to
the county commission and Dorothy
Bendross-Mindingall to the school board
shattered all presumptions that anything
can be taken for granted.
Both elections signaled dynastic
change. The candidates'
strategies and the precinct
votes provide clues as to
how the elections played
out and why, along the Bis-
cayne Corridor and in the
parallel and adjacent uni-
verses of African-American
churches, Kreyol radio, and
door-to-door canvassing
from Brownsville to Lib-
erty City to North Miami.
Monestime, 47 years old,
is now the first Haitian-Amer-
ican county commissioner
ever, and the first to unseat
an incumbent in 16 years,
upending the 12-year reign
of Dorrin Rolle, who raised
$388,000 to Monestime's
$106,000. Most of Mones-

Dorrin Rolle was dogged by
ethics violations, investigations,
and the clergy's disaffection.

time's money was gathered in the final seven
weeks, including $6500 from auto-dealer
and activist Norman Braman and his entities
(first reported in the "Eye on Miami" blog),
and lots of $10 and $25 checks.

The North Miami resident, who
moved to the United States at age five
and runs a real estate and insurance
company, is pledging to stress economic
development in the district.
On the school board, 68-year-old
Bendross-Mindingall, a former state
representative and school principal, de-
cisively cast out the shadow of Solomon
Stinson, a 50-year veteran of the school
system and 14-year school
board member. She de-

Jean Monestime unseated
a commission incumbent
for the first time in 16 years.

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Both successful candidates overcame
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Vulnerabilities afflicted both Rolle and
Vangates. Ethical violations and investiga-
tions dogged Rolle throughout his tenure,
while much of his District 2 remained
mired in poverty and blight. He was criti-
cized for making nearly $200,000 a year
as head of the James E. Scott Community
Association (JESCA) as it spiraled into

insolvency. Driving a $125,000 Mercedes
through his poverty-stricken district likely
did not help.
Vangates, a one-time teenage mother
who worked her way through law school to
become a political heavy hitter, came under

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and Willis Howard, Pierre's former cam-
paign manager. By the end of June, Solar
Mountain backed out of their bid.
Less than seven months later, William
Green and his partners began negotiating
with Credit Suisse to buy the lease. Green
assembled partners such as Texas-based
SRS Real Estate and affordable-housing
builder Carlisle Group. Together they
were supposed to contribute $350 million
to the project.
Despite the pledge of millions, the
initial proposal from Green and his
partners called for the city to guarantee
$82 million in federal Build America
bonds before the program expires at
the end of this month. Green also wanted
the city to pay his group a $13 million
developer's fee for upgrading the city's
water-treatment plant, which is adjacent
to the Biscayne Landing property.
City manager Benford rejected the
bid. He also yanked Biscayne Landing
from the November 9 city council meet-
ing agenda, according to Councilman
Scott Galvin.

Yet at the very end of that
meeting, Mayor Pierre invited
Green to the podium "as the
new developer of Biscayne
Landing." (Replied a bewil-
dered Councilman Michael
Blynn: "There is no devel-
oper, last I heard.")
By a 3-to-2 vote (Blynn
and Galvin dissenting), the
council instructed Benford
to continue discussions with
Green. Pierre says he has
never met Green and has
limited knowledge of the
proposed project, but insists
that there is "no way I would
allow the city to be [on the
hook] for $82 million." As for
his vote to continue discus-
sions, Pierre says, "We have
to allow professional staff to
hear what they have to offer."
On the day before the
regularly scheduled Novem-
ber 23 North Miami City
Council meeting, Green sent
Benford a letter with a new
offer. The developer fees and

Japanese architect Minoru Yamasaki gave
Interama a futuristic look.

bond guarantee were out. He would
pay $10 million to the city once he
obtained the lease from Credit Suisse,
then $1.5 million per year thereafter
and five percent of "any percentage
rents received from his subtenants of
the project."
Green also wanted the city to
scrap the original concept plan for
a "replacement" plan to be detailed
later, to allow him to divide and sell
portions of the lease to other develop-
ers, and to be free of any "off-site"
building commitments.
"This is a straightforward
ground-lease proposal," explains
Green. "I'm trying to keep it as
simple and straightforward as
During the November 23 council
meeting, at least four residents
pleaded for a public workshop before
the city entered into any agreement
with Green, insisting that a better
deal should be worked out.
"It is a gift to whoever wrote this
up," says real estate attorney Helen

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but did find him at an Electron Solar
booth during a recent home show.
"I wanted to just knock him out or
scream and shout, but I didn't," Stone
recalls. "We had a civil conversation. He has
a million excuses." Among Quinn's excuses,
according to Stone, was that Electron Solar
itself was owed millions of dollars.
Stone says he received a message
from Quinnjust three months ago, claim-
ing he would make things right. Since
then, however, Stone says he's been
unable to reach him. (Quinn tells the BT
that work on Stone's home is complete,
though he did not produce documentation
supporting that claim.)
Ken Fields, an investor who also did
marketing work for Electron Solar Energy
in 2008 and 2009, says the business's per-
formance has a lot to do with its finances.
"The company is in financial trouble," he
asserts. "They are taking deposits from
one customer and using it to fulfill a previ-
ous customer's order. Is it illegal? No. Is it
bad cash management? Yes. Could it bite
him in the ass? Probably."

Fields says he and his family invested
$250,000 in Electron Solar Energy stock
via the online, over-the-counter Pink
Sheets exchange in January 2009. About
that same time, Quinn stopped filing finan-
cial reports with the SEC. That resulted
in the company's stock listing trading
under the symbol ESRG for two cents a
share at press time carrying an official
warning against trading the stock, under
threat of prosecution. Fields says his fam-
ily's shares in the company now amount to
little more than C\pcl nsi\ wallpaper."
Says Fields: "It's hard for me to
determine whether Chris Quinn is a
crook or just an idiot. There is a fine line
between the two."
Replies Quinn: "If Fields wants a
refund, I'll give it to him. I'm not here to
fight anyone."
Quinn also dismisses the Pink Sheets
warning as a imiiiI and points out
that the stock is still being traded on the
unregulated Pink Sheets exchange.
Fields says his attorneys have sent
Quinn several letters demanding that he
either file Electron Solar Energy's finan-
cial information or step down as CEO.
At one point, Fields offered Quinn a head

Electron Solar Energy's Chris
Quinn at Brian Wilk's home.

sales position if he would let someone
else run the company. Quinn, he says,
ignored the offer.
Today Fields thinks it would be
cheaper to start a new company than to

reorganize Electron Solar. Regardless, he
is contemplating suing Quinn "to teach
him a lesson."
Sunwize Technologies, a vendor of
solar panels, has already taken Electron
Solar to court. Theodore Bayer, attorney
for Sunwize Technologies, says Quinn
"kept making promises and then breaking
them" when it came to paying his client
for 68 solar panels. After months of litiga-
tion, Bayer finally got the $54,000 owed
to his client. Last month they sent the
sheriff and movers to impound the con-
tents of Quinn's office. "He got us a check
within an hour and a half," Bayer says.
Miami-Dade resident James Kushlan
also sued Electron Solar for $66,905, a
refund for incomplete work on his home.
In the course of his litigation, Kushlan's
attorneys discovered that Electron Solar
had no electrician's license or, as his
lawsuit states, "any other type of license
which would enable them to legally per-
form their obligations under the contract."
Quinn says the Kushlan suit was
settled, and indeed court records confirm
an August 2010 settlement date. But when

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criticism forjudgment and
temperament, if not ethics. She
was criticized for stopping a
school police investigation into
a star football player at North-
western High who'd been
accused of having sex with

Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall made campaign
visits to many African-
American churches.

a 14-year-old girl in a school
bathroom. She was cleared of
wrongdoing, but had trouble
living down a violent con-
frontation with a high-ranking
school district employee in
which police dragged Van-
gates away. The incident was
caught on videotape.
While Vangates prom-
ised nic\ leadership" and
worked hard in an energetic campaign,
the Stinson endorsement was a mixed
blessing. Stinson was respected for his
institutional knowledge, but he was also
criticized for patronage, nepotism, intimi-
dation, and perceived detachment from
the problems of a district with the highest
ratio of "F" schools in the state.
On the ground, Rolle's margin of
victory in African-American areas was
not as rock-solid as presumed, and the
sheer volume of turnout for Monestime in
Haitian-American precincts won the day.
The district is roughly 60 percent black
- half of that Haitian and the rest is
about 20 percent non-Hispanic white and
about 17 percent Latin.
Monestime's campaign manager,
Willis Howard, credits economic frustra-
tion as the decisive issue. "People are
hit with high unemployment and rising
crime," he says. "They knew about
JESCA. Most folks already knew the neg-
ative stuff about Rolle. We didn't have to
tell them. To add insult to injury, he voted
to raise taxes by 14 percent while people
are hit hard by rising foreclosures and
rents. They just couldn't take it anymore."
Turnout was 34 percent, below the
countywide average of 41.37 percent.
Rolle's strongest support was in Liberty
City and Brownsville, where his margins
varied from 50 percent in his favor to
almost 2-1. Turnout in the strongest Rolle
precincts went as high as 40 percent.

Even so, Howard says the results in the
precincts south of 95th Street and west of
1-95 exceeded his expectations. "I figured
at first that we would be
lucky to get 25 percent," he
says. "But then I saw we
got as much as 40 percent
around Arcola Lake and in
The precincts toward
Opa-locka went for Rolle
by a 3-2 margin. Precincts
moving westward along
95th and 103rd streets were
swing districts, almost
dead-even between Mones-

Ronda Vangates was
anointed by the outgoing
Solomon Stinson, which
may have hurt.

time and Rolle.
North of NW 103rd
Street, east of NW 22nd
Avenue, and all the way
up the Biscayne Corridor
to 163rd Street, the election was Mones-
time's all the way, fortified by endorse-
ments from current and former North
Miami officials (including his old op-
ponent, former Mayor Kevin Bums) and
crossover support from some African-
American pastors.
Here voters chose Monestime by
decisive margins from 3-2 to more than 3-1,
strongest in the voter-rich precincts in North
Miami with typical turnout of 40 percent.
The result: a trouncing, if not a landslide, of
53-47 percent in Monestime's favor.
In the District 2 school board race, Doro-
thy Bendross-Mindingall registered most
strongly in the high-turnout (48-57 percent)
precincts in Miami Shores and Biscayne
Park, with 3-2 margins over Vangates. Sandy
Moise, assistant principal at MAST Academy,
performed strongly in this area in the August
24 primary as a self-styled reform candidate,
and promptly swung her support to Bendross-
Mindingall, as did Vanessa Woodard-Byers,
a school system internal auditor who was
endorsed by the Miami Herald.
Vangates, however, won by 3-2
margins in heavily Haitian neighbor-
hoods in North Miami and Little Haiti.
One possible reason: Vangates advertised
aggressively on Kreyol-language radio, a
major source of news.
Both Bendross-Mindingall and Van-
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Cohen, referring to Green's new offer.
Carol Keys, also a real estate at-
torney, claims Green's new proposal is
worse than the Solar Mountain deal. "I
would also like if anyone [representing
the city] has any relationship with the
attorney or principals in the project to
disclose it," she says.
So far Green says he's been repre-
senting his own project, though several
lobbyists have been offering their ser-
vices, including Jeff Cazeau, an attorney
who served as Mayor Pierre's campaign
treasurer. "I am in talks with these guys,"
acknowledges Cazeau, though he empha-
sizes that he hasn't been hired yet.
"I really don't see the need for lobbyists
at this moment," Green says. "It is way too
early in this process. My primary focus is
dealing with [the mortgage's] servicer"
Green also asserts he intends to be
involved with the project from start to

Boca Developers envisioned a
sleek urban center with thousands
of residents.
finish, and dismisses criticism that the
land is worth far more than what he's of-
fering. "There is a great opportunity with
Biscayne Landing," he says, "but there
are also great risks, and it is going to take
a lot of time and a tremendous amount of
money with the right experts involved to
get it done."
North Miami activist Annie Montgom-
ery believes the city council is moving too
quickly to make a decision on the land's
fate. "I think it is unfair to the public,"
she complains. "It is our land. It is our
heritage. It is ours. Why the rush?"
Answer: If a deal isn't reached very
soon, the note is scheduled to be auctioned
off by Credit Suisse on January 24.
Keys says it might be better for
everyone if Credit Suisse allowed the
land to revert to North Miami's com-
plete ownership. "We can start from
scratch," she offers, "with a serious,
experienced developer."

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the BT inquired about the lack of proper li-
censes, Quinn answered that he had "many
different companies in many different
states," but was too busy to go into details.
Electron Solar Energy is a Nevada-
registered corporation, while another
Quinn company, Electron Industries,
is based in Florida. A search of Florida
state records shows a pending license
for Quinn Development Services, but no
licenses for other South Florida compa-
nies registered to Christopher P. Quinn.
A general-contracting license featured
on Electron Solar's website belongs to
Deerfield-based Zinda Development Inc.
Its owner, Chad Allen Zinda, did not
respond to the BTby deadline.
Fields says Quinn subcontracts with
companies licensed for roofing, electrical,

and solar work, but he would also try to
perform the jobs himself a detail sup-
ported by Brian Wilk, Jeff Stone, and a
southwest Miami-Dade homeowner who
wishes to remain anonymous. All three
say Quinn often appeared confused or, as
the anonymous former client put it, "in
over his head." (That homeowner, who
paid $100,000 up front to Electron Solar
but had to hire outside contractors to
complete the work, says Quinn recently
issued a small refund and has promised
future payments.)
Wilk, whose home is now humming
along using the sun for power, does not
regret going solar, despite the many prob-
lems he faced. In fact he encourages others
to do the same. "I don't want my experi-
ence," he says, "to scare other people from
taking the plunge and going green."

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the district, and both got plenty of
small checks from residents. Bendross-
Mindingall was particularly assertive in
African-American churches west of 1-95,
which function as political-action centers
and sanctuaries for spiritual solace and
friendship. This might have paid divi-
dends, for she tended to outdo Vangates
by 3-2 margins in many African-Ameri-
can precincts, which helped to swing the
election in her favor by 55-45 percent.
"It all came down to how we com-
municated to voters," says Greg King,
Bendross-Mindingall's chief strategist.
"We have a proven, trusted candidate, a
leader with lots of experience. Our focus
is going to be on the children. She is one
of the best around at parental involvement,
and she figured out how to do it as princi-
pal of an inner-city elementary school."

With the elections done, the real work
begins. As most elected officials from
Barack Obama on down have noticed,
voters canbe fickle in fraught times. "We
are determined to represent the entire
district and make our office available to
everyone in it" Monestime says. "I want to
work with all the stakeholders in the district
to bring economic development and jobs."
Willis Howard, as Monestime's strate-
gist, knows that, whether at the county
commission or school board level, a
groundswell or a movement does not guar-
antee reelection. "We changed this from a
campaign on the early end to a movement
on the later end," he says. "But at the end of
the day, if you can't do something to make
lives better, you get voted out of office. A
county commissioner does not have to be
there for life. And we don't need elected
officials dragged away in handcuffs."

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Welcome the Winter Migration
They arrive by the thousands, these creatures with four wheels and honking horns

By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer
BT Contributor

It's December, we're well into the
season, and in Aventura that means
two things: traffic and crowds.
As if enough people don't already
live here year-round, the snowbirds
descend, bringing with them a couple
of more cars each that clog up the roads,
take up coveted parking spaces in shop-
ping centers (most of our stores and
restaurants do not have adequate park-
ing, so more cars plus scarcity of spots
equals nightmare parking situations),
and make it more difficult to get into
already crowded restaurants.
Since this city was practically built
around the Aventura Mall, it seems like
pretty much a given that many people
would choose to come here to get their
shop on. After all, what used to be a nice
little mall has turned into South Florida's
number-one choice for international
shoppers (according to the city's own

hype) and was voted number one among
locals in Miami's hot list.
With high-end department stores
like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's,

along with designer shops such as Mis-
soni, Henri Bendel, Herve Leger by Max
Azria, True Religion Brand Jeans, 7 for
all Mankind, and the like, who doesn't

want to shop there? The only person I
know who doesn't is me. I prefer quirky
boutiques and vintage, but hey, that's
just me.
The behemoth shopping Mecca is ac-
tually 2.7 million square feet in size, has
more than 280 stores, close to a dozen
restaurants not counting food-court
spaces and get this, it has 9489 total
parking spots. So why is it that I can't
ever score a spot remotely close to the
main entrance by the Cheesecake Fac-
tory? Call me loony, but I think they still
need to add more.
I know I may sound like I'm whin-
ing, but honestly it is not just the shop-
ping. It's the anger and carelessness of
the drivers, and the dramatic increase
in traffic congestion on every thorough-
fare that gets to me. It's the holiday
season, why not be jolly? Granted, there
seems to be a higher concentration of
"me-oriented" people living in my fair

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city full-time, but during season, it's
crazy! Moreover, I have noticed the
influx of snowbirds is earlier this year
than ever before.
My office is on W. Dixie Highway.
On a normal day it takes five minutes
maximum to get there from my condo
in Aventura. Not anymore. I actually
clocked my trip home just the other
day. It took me four tries to make it to
the light at the four-way intersection at
186th and West Dixie. When I finally
got there, I waited patiently until I could
make a right. The usually challenging
task became almost impossible. No one
would let me in. They blocked the box
and ran red lights. It took me 25 minutes
to make it to my home. That is not okay.
Now, I realize that Aventura is not
the only place facing this crisis of con-
gestion. I am realistic enough to know
that this occurs almost everywhere.
But there is a difference. In fact there
are two: 1) I live here, so it directly
affects me on a day-to-day basis, and
2) it's not like this in the spring and

summer, so I know a different Aven-
tura can and does exist.
Head down Biscayne Boulevard
either way and glance around. Parking
lots (no, not the actual street, which often
will resemble a parking lot, with cars at
a standstill and traffic jams abundant)
at strip malls such as Champion Retail
Plaza on 199th Street (which houses Bed
Bath & Beyond, Starbucks, Old Navy,
and now the International Jewelry Ex-
change) or Aventura Commons at 210th
Street (which is home to mega stores
Target, PetSmart, Whole Foods, and Best
Buy, along with other businesses) are
filled to overflowing. You either have to
get to the stores by 8:30 a.m., pray to the
parking gods (which isn't really the most
reliable method), or get really lucky. Oh,
one more option: You can walk and
walk and walk and walk.
I live close enough to my local
Publix that I've taken to walking there.
True, I can't buy as much per visit, but in
the grand scheme of things, it's probably
better for me anyway. I feel safer. I am
certainly less likely to get into a fender
bender. It's easier to stop walking than
it is to avoid the car making a right from

the left lane without his blinker on and
with nowhere for you to move your car.
Not only annoying, but not safe. And
that's the worst part.
Now let's get to the restaurants. For
some reason, the most popular restau-
rants in Aventura are actually in North
Miami Beach Houston's and PF.
Chang's. On the best days there is an
45-minute wait to get in. Thank good-
ness for valets or patrons would have
to be bused over from, well, the only
places that seem to be empty are the
nearby strip clubs. But seriously, the
parking lots serving the aforementioned
two restaurants as well as Morton's are
packed to the brim continuously. Wait
time during season can be more than one
and a half hours. Be prepared to hit the
bar or opt for takeout.
Miami Prime Grill, which is just
south on Biscayne, is also slammin'
right now. The newer kid on the block,
this sports bar/casual restaurant has
really done well for itself especially
in a town where many places change
owners, names, and angles as often
as I change clothing and still get a
decent crowd.

But let me not digress. Miami Prime
saw its popularity growing and did the
right thing it added an outdoor area
for more seating. The parking situation
is still tough, but at least there is parking
in the rear, and the spillover can park
next door at Area Code 55, a somewhat
troubled restaurant that looks as though
it may finally be finding its clientele with
the onset of the season.
It is daunting to be a full-time
resident and see the vast differences
from one month to the next, but this is
the price we pay. Believe it or not, I do
love where I live. I'm centrally located to
everything, and with those conveniences
come the sacrifices. After all, why
should I be the only one to reap all of the
pros and not endure the cons?
So I say, "Everyone from Pembroke
Pines, Margate, Central and South
America, come on over to the Aventura
Mall. Buy, eat, enjoy." Who cares if it
takes a few extra minutes (or more) to
find a decent parking spot? If it helps en-
ergize the economy and generate revenue
for Aventura, it can't be all bad.

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Nothing but Good News
Haven 'tyou heard? Everything in BiPa C is A-OK all the time!

By Gaspar GonzAlez
BT Contributor

It's been pretty quiet around the Park
lately. We haven't heard the kind of
acrimonious rumblings from the vil-
lage commission that we did earlier this
year, when the FPL franchise agreement
was up for renewal or when one of the
commissioners proposed "code of con-
duct" and decorum ordinances designed
to limit debate.
Indeed, unless you've been attend-
ing the monthly commission meetings,
or have been watching the rebroadcasts
(nightly on Comcast Channel 77), you'd
swear village government was running
like a Swiss watch. Efficiently. Quietly.
This impression is reinforced by the new
version of the quarterly newsletter that
the village deposits at every resident's
door, filled as it is only with news of vil-
lage improvements, upcoming celebra-
tions, and other evidence of Mayor Rox-
anna Ross's stated commitment to make

Biscayne Park "A Better Place To Be." to eliminate the publication's "commis-
A difference of opinion or a slightly sioner comments" section.
different take on some of the issues Previously, commissioners had been
before the commission? You won't find given space in the newsletter to com-
it in the newsletter. That's because, back municate directly with village residents.
in June, Mayor Ross and commissioners They could use that space as they saw
Bob Anderson and Al Childress voted fit. Commissioners Steve Bernard and

Bryan Cooper routinely discussed up-
coming votes, offered their own views
on issues, and solicited feedback from
residents. To the other members of the
commission who on major matters
usually vote as a bloc, against Bernard
and Cooper the section was just a
vehicle for unseemly, partisan swipes
aimed at them. (Ironically, the final
straw appears to have been Commis-
sioner Cooper's characterization of the
decorum ordinances as an unconsti-
tutional attempt to limit free speech.
Submitted in draft form to the village,
the comments were never published.) So
now our lone community bulletin con-
tains only the "facts" of village life or
at any rate, those deemed acceptable for
public consumption.
Some would say that's censor-
ship certainly it betrays the same low
regard for the public's ability to think for
itself but I'll be kinder and call it the

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Chamber of Commerce approach to local
government. That is, there are those who,
their rhetoric notwithstanding, appear
to be less interested in making Biscayne
Park a better place than they are in
selling the idea of Biscayne Park as an
already ideal place.
They don't like negative comments,
negative headlines, or anything that
points to a potential problem even
though identifying a problem is often
the first step in correcting it. To them,
what Biscayne Park needs isn't visionary
leadership and robust conversation about
the challenges and opportunities we face,
but a marketing makeover. (That's not
only my term; at the meeting where the
commission voted to eliminate commis-
sioner comments, Mayor Ross said her
idea was precisely for the newsletter to
act as a "marketing tool.")
This kind of mindset appears to be
contagious, at least within the mayor's
circle. When, for example, I recently
wrote positively about the Biscayne Park
Police Department's efforts to stem the

tide of break-ins in the area, a supporter
of the mayor congratulated me for
the first time ever on my column,
saying it was precisely the type of piece
that "would make someone think about
buying a home here."
The person meant well, but it struck me
as a strange kind of compliment, a backslap-
ping reminder that, to some, the goal of any
public utterance made by any person in
Biscayne Park should be to promote the vil-
lage energetically and uncritically. To them,
Babbittry isn't a bad thing. It's something to
which we should all aspire.
Well, you know what? It's the holi-
day season and I'm feeling generous. So
I'm going to offer up an idea I think will
really help sell (sell! sell!) our com-
munity to residents and outsiders alike.
Biscayne Park needs a new name.
I don't mean a new ,ffic ial name.
More like a nickname. Something hip,
like the cool abbreviated monikers for
neighborhoods in New York: SoHo, for
South of Houston Street; NoHo, for (nat-
urally) North of Houston; TriBeCa, for
Triangle Below Canal Street; and even
Dumbo, for Down Under the Manhattan
Bridge Overpass. The last one is a fairly

recent invention. I visited that corner
of Brooklyn a few years ago and it was
nothing but blocks and blocks of empty
warehouses but they had a catchy
nickname, and that was enough to help
turn it into a happening arts district.
Of course, Miami long ago figured
out what an awesome nickname could
do for a neighborhood. Just off the top
of my head, there's SoBe (South Beach),
SoFi (South of Fifth Street in South
Beach), the MiMo District (Miami
Modernism), NoMi (North Miami),
SoMi (South Miami), and the just-coined
NoBri (North ofBrickell Avenue).
It hardly matters that the names
sound like foreign cars. Maybe it helps.
They excite people, baby. And don't even
get me started on "Upper Eastside." To
paraphrase a famous political bon mot: I
grew up in Lemon City. I knew Lemon
City. Lemon City was my stamping
ground. And let me tell you, Lemon
City was no Upper Eastside. Until they
started calling it that. And now it is.
You see where I'm headed with this.
We need a name that people will remem-
ber. Something snappy. I think I have
one. Are you ready? I say we go with...

BiPa C. Try it out and see how it feels.
Repeat after me:
"Where do I live? I live in BiPa ."
"It's pretty late. I think I'll head
home to BiPa ."
"SoBe used to be the hot spot, but
now it's BiPa ."
Pretty nice, huh? Or if we want
something a little more clever, how
about TriGriBi C? That stands for "The
Triangle Between Griffing and Bis-
cayne." We could even have names for
pockets within Biscayne Park, as in
BiPaNEBReC C ("Biscayne Park, Near
the Ed Burke Rec Center"). People will
love that so much we'll have to build new
houses to sell to them.
Silly? Perhaps. But no sillier than
the notion that only feel-good stories
and self-congratulating opinions should
be circulated, or that the way to achieve
a sense of community is by omitting
competing viewpoints from village
publications. That doesn't unite us in any
meaningful way, unless you count the
lowering of our collective intelligence.
Happy holidays.

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A Fearsome Crime, an Appropriate Response
If you try, you can be safe without being paranoid

By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

Recently in our Belle Meade neigh-
borhood, we experienced one of
the more horrific crimes anyone
can be subjected to a home-invasion
robbery. Guns were placed to the heads
of our neighbors. They were threatened
with certain death by the assailant, and
generally terrorized for roughly half an
hour before the suspect fled with miscel-
laneous valuables hardly worth a
human life.
We can never really be sure of the
psychological makeup of such an armed
intruder. The victims have only moments
to assess the situation and their options:
fight or flight, or succumbing to the will
of the criminal.
For you or a family member to be
threatened with death has to be one of the
most terrifying events anyone can endure.
Even our military personnel, who are
extensively trained to deal with this type

of situation, can be brought to their knees
when captured and confronted with what
they perceive to be certain death.
The home-invader may be high on
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Desperate people do desperate things,
and they commonly have no concern for
or even awareness of possible negative
outcomes. They may not initially intend
to harm their victims, but sometimes


things escalate and spin out of control.
This is why it is so critical for
victims to quickly and correctly assess
conditions and react appropriately. Ex-
perts in law enforcement tell us over and
over that our material possessions are not
worth dying for, and I agree with that po-
sition. You, Mr. Bad Guy, want my stuff?
Have at it! I could just as easily lose it
through an act of stupidity or a natural
disaster like a hurricane or tornado.
Either way I am out the possessions.
When faced with a violent intruder,
however, I cannot fathom anyone evalu-
ating the situation in the same way you
would when a hurricane approaches,
even though our objective is the same:
Screw the goods, I want to survive alive!
The primary difference between
these two scenarios is that in the former,
you are eye-to-eye with the enemy, the
adrenalin is pumping, the fear is rising,
and a decision must be made in a split
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second. What do I do? Do I resist? Do I
fight? Do I flee? These tough decisions
are made worse by an intruder or intrud-
ers who want to quickly gain control of
the situation and bring you into submis-
sion. Criminals use the element of fear
as their primary weapon, and guns as
the tool of choice to maintain domina-
tion while they go about their business.
The higher the level of victims' fear, the
better for the bad guys.
When I was with Miami's fire
department, we had a catch phrase
for handling emergency situations:
"Circumstances dictate procedures."
It sounds simple, but the problem, as
in all simple statements, lies in the
implementation correctly assessing
the circumstances and choosing the
appropriate procedure. Does a husband
,illo\\" his wife to be assaulted even
though he may be powerless to prevent
it? Does a mother perform a sexual act
without resistance in order to protect
her child? Not so easy to answer these
questions, is it?

If circumstances should dictate
procedures, then in most cases involving
armed intruders, I would highly recom-
mend a passive approach: Simply obey
their orders.
Fortunately the statistics tell us that
a random home invasion is extremely
rare and that most of them end, as did the
one in Belle Meade, with no one being
seriously hurt or killed. So chances are
that you'll physically survive the ordeal.
Psychological trauma, however, is a dif-
ferent matter.
The likelihood of long-term psycho-
logical scarring depends upon a range of
factors, from the details of the incident
to the mental makeup of each individual
victim. Remember, the same heat that
melts butter makes steel strong. Certain-
ly if a home invasion includes a physical
or sexual assault, psychological recovery
will have additional demons to deal with.
It is said that we live in difficult
times. Well, we humans have always
lived in difficult times. I can't imagine
it was any easier for the caveman (or
woman), or the serf who lived at the will
of the king, or the pioneer who faced the
trials of the wilderness.

Our 21st-century lives are no better
or worse. They are just different. Today
we're instantly overwhelmed by every
sensational and horrible event from
around the globe. It's no wonder we
all know people who never watch the
news on television or read newspapers.
It's just too depressing, they say. The
truth is that horrible events have been
going on since the beginning of time,
but we were not aware of them. Think
back to when we were kids and how
often we heard of some girl or boy who
"ran away from home." Many of us now
realize that these kids probably didn't
"run away," but rather were snatched
by some no-good scumbag, never to be
seen again.
Survival is a basic instinct of all
creatures, but you cannot live a useful
and productive life with mere survival
as your predominant goal. By the time
the dinosaurs' primary mission became
survival, they were already doomed. We
are far from doomed as a society or a
species, but we do have to deal rationally
with the daily threats around us.
We need to adopt specific behaviors,
develop certain skills, and incorporate

them into our daily lives in such a way
that they'll become second nature. Safe
but not paranoid should be the rule.
This means simple things like keeping
the house doors locked whether you are
inside or outside, keeping the front porch
light on at night, and keeping our car
doors locked at all times. If you have a
fence with a gate, consider locking the
gate, day and night.
After a terrible event like our
neighbor's home invasion, one question
inevitably arises: Should I buy a gun? A
gun is like any other tool you may own.
It takes a level of skill to use it properly,
just like a hammer or a saw. You need to
know when to use what tool for what job,
and how to use that tool effectively. In
other words, it's another case of circum-
stances dictating procedures.
Miami police have arrested a suspect
in the Belle Meade case, which is good
news, a hopeful way to end 2010. And on
that note, I want to wish all our BT read-
ers a very pleasant holiday season and a
happy and prosperous new year.

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or the past two months, my Miami
Arts Charter creative-writing
students have been making altered
books. We rescued torn, banged-up
books from the backs of thrift stores and
moldy boxes at garage sales and painted,
plastered, and sculpted them into honest
- if not necessarily wondrous works
of art.
Some of them turned out quite vi-
sionary. One crafty senior used the front
and back panels from hardcover books
to build a functional mail box, complete
with a text-decorated post and a stand
made from whole painted tomes. Inside
it she placed mail, envelopes folded from
the pages of children's books, which
contained "letters" ripped from various
other manuscripts.
This was in advance of what we
thought would be our booth at the Miami
Book Fair International, for which I

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bookmarks and CD ornaments from Except that when I went to claim
recycled materials. The seniors also our table at the book fair, we didn't have

one. When I finally tracked down the
woman to whom I had spoken a couple
of months earlier, she sailed into the
room ready to do battle (in fact, I heard
her screaming over the phone when a
colleague called her to tell her I was
there). "Oh yes," she said. "I remember
your application. I didn't run it because
you wanted a discount."
That's not exactly how the conver-
sation had gone. Yes, I initially called
to see if the book fair offered schools a
preferred rate; when she said they didn't,
I agreed to pay full price $400 for
half of a booth and sent in my applica-
tion, complete with my personal credit
card number. Then another director
e-mailed both of us to say that she'd not
only give my students space and time for
a reading, but that there was a discount
available the half booth would cost
$250 for organizations like mine. That
should have been the end of the story.

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Had my reputation preceded me?
Perhaps. Had someone taken umbrage
because another director had superseded
her decision? More likely. The end result,
however, is that my school and I were left
bereft, and the organizer in charge of tables
didn't have the courtesy to let me know.
Nor, when confronted, would the
organizer take responsibility. When I
asked why I received no phone call about
her executive decision, she said, "Oh, it's
because an intern who quit two weeks
ago lost your application." She then
wanted me to fill out an entirely new
four-page form on the spot and said she
would squeeze me in. There would be no
signage, of course, and I would be well
out of the way, "but I should consider
myself lucky," she shot at me, "because
no one gets this price. You really should
be grateful."
Grateful that she screwed up? At
this point I was pretty sure I wouldn't
even make back the $250. That's when I
lost my temper and told her that I didn't
need her charity. There's a big difference

between fundraising and begging. I'm all
for the former; I refuse to do the latter.
While I regret my choice of words,
now that I've had time to reflect in this
season of gratitude, I really am grate-
ful to the book fair. Sure, this particular
organizer screwed up big time, and I hope
she's not organizing tables and booths next
year. True, my seniors didn't have a large
turnout for their reading, but I blame that
on myself: I should have required the rest
of my students to attend. And yes, I am
left with a ton of materials to sell, though
you can bet I'll be sitting with them every
Saturday during the November-to-April
Redland Organic farm-share co-op site at
my house, as well as at the school's upcom-
ing open house for prospective parents and
But mostly what I'm grateful for is
the real organizer, the true visionary
of the Miami Book Fair International,
Mitchell Kaplan. He saw my bunch of
teenagers lingering in the guest authors'
suite, took them in hand, and introduced
them to Laurie Halse Anderson, an
extremely popular, best-selling young-
adult writer (Speak, Chains, Winter
Girls). Anderson, in turn, was gracious

enough to invite them all to sit down and
ask her questions in the ten minutes she
had before her scheduled appearance. It
truly resonated with the kids, who were
both impressed and a little intimidated.
As one of my seniors put it: "She made
a huge impact on my life. It was such an
honor to meet her."
This recent session of mutual inter-
est I say mutual because I think
Anderson enjoyed bonding with a small
audience of budding high school writers
as opposed to workshopping indifferent
grad students or reading to anonymous
masses made me feel like I've been
on the right track for the past two years.
Middle school and high school is the
time to build creative writers.
This, of course, made me wonder
why there is no reading series for young
adults in our city. I require my MAC
students to go to one professional or
graduate student reading per quarter as
part of their curriculum, and they often
complain there's nothing appropriate for
them. That's not true, as I'll even accept
a cookbook signing. The problem is that
they usually wait until the last minute,
when all that's available at Books &

Books is a rabbi or priest with his latest
religious text.
But I do see their point. There's not
a tremendous amount of opportunity.
Books & Books does a fantastic job
bringing in writers of all kinds; the
colleges host well-known alumni and
visiting authors. At the Miami Children's
Museum there's an occasional presenta-
tion, such as a recent one about Curious
George, for little kids. But creative-
writing teenagers frequently are left out
of the loop.
I aim to fix that right here in Miami
Shores with a monthly reading series that
targets young adults whenever possible.
"Shores Out Loud" will engage our
underutilized venues the library, the
country club (if they're willing) and
host poetry slams, workshops, and other
fun, literary-driven activities that em-
brace our bored, highly talented teens.
I know they're out there. Despite how
uncommunicative your own teen might
be with you, deep down he or she really
just wants to be heard. And sometimes,
to listen.

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Over the Top with Undergarments
To anyone living in Miami, "winter layering" is an alien concept

By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

There is a huge debate (maybe?)
raging among people who aren't as
lucky (definitely!) as you, assuming
you are in Miami and reading this while
sipping a cool beverage perhaps an iced
tea or a smoothie in December.
This debate has nothing to do with
politics, as people of all stripes suffer
each winter from the affliction I call
"Frozen Ass, Hands, and Feet" (FAHF).
In many places that are not South
Florida, such as the MUFT (Merciless
Un-Frozen Tundra) of Binghamton, New
York, in which I currently reside, tem-
peratures drop obnoxiously and unapolo-
getically below freezing in December. In
these types of temperatures, it is simply
not sufficient to just "get dressed."
The brisk change in the air from
chilly to FAHF, which usually begins in
late October or early November, marks
the start of the Great Undergarment

Debate. Or maybe it doesn't. Maybe I
am just a displaced, subtropical freak
in the MUFT, the only one fretting over
Actually, no. I know this is a matter
of great importance because the cata-
logues tell me so! Also when Googled,
"winter layering" produces more than

two million listings.
Each fall, as the leaves die, the FAHF
Prevention Wardrobe literature fills my
MUFT mailbox like so many dead trees.
It comes in all forms, from the preppy
and traditional L.L. Bean and Eddie
Bauer to the practical and outdoorsy
Campmor to the totally useless Victoria's

Secret (they have yet to offer a MUFT-
worthy winter contribution, and their
tree death count is off the abacus). And
then there are the ones that really puzzle
me. Catalogues like WinterSilks.
When I'm homicidally cold, my
tingling extremities don't scream out for
silky or satiny. However, WinterSilks, a
company that specializes in silk under-
wear, insists they deliver warmth.
This is a pretty bold assertion
coming from a company that peddles
products most commonly associated with
teddies taken on honeymoon cruises to
tropical islands. Especially when you
consider silk underwear is compet-
ing with such ruling masters as Under
Armour (recommended by two out of
three MUFTers!), which is constructed
out of materials like goat guts. (Really,
primarily, polyester.)
There is ColdGear, an Under Armour
specialty line, which features a women's
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"Frosty Tight" with "Flatlock" weaving
and has UPF 30+ technology to protect
your legs from sun damage those
damned skiers!
Pants are layers, too. Pants that go
under pants. But they are not called "un-
derpants." They are long underwear. Or
leggings, tights, or the latest and my per-
sonal favorite: jeggings. Jeggings stands
for jeans/leggings. They look like jeans
but weigh next to nothing. What all these
layers have in common is that they are
supposed to keep you warm. Here's some
trivia: Long underwear, the choice of
northerners since wooly mammoth pelts,
is the modern-day version of the 19th-
century, one-piece "union suit." Problem
with it is, unless you have a penis, you
can't do your business without taking
the entire thing down, thus defeating the
purpose. No good.
"There's No Such Thing As Too
Cold," asserts Under Armour. Cer-
tainly silk, one tough and warm bastard,
agrees. At least that's the assertion
of WinterSilks. Catalogue pages are

peppered with factoids such as: "Silk's
molecular structure resembles a string of
ladders. This causes it to feel light and
airy, but also hold in warmth." This must
be true because I just read, on a candy
bar wrapper, that silk is as strong as
steel. No, really, I did.
The silk Mafia also feature "Layer-
ing 101" suggestions whereby you can
"master the technique of indoor/outdoor
comfort." Things start to get pretty com-
plicated, though, because there are three
levels of warmth, denoted by one, two, or
three snowflakes.
Just so you know, other materials,
such as wool, still have a strong hold in
the sock division. Socks must be layered,
too. Even that gets tricky. The underlying
principle is to wick moisture away from
your body. So the first sock layer should
be lightweight and wickingg" or wick-
worthy. Wickful thinking? I wouldn't
know. None of this stuff comes cheap
($20 socks, for example) or I would have
sampled them all and passed along vital
information to all of you in MIA.
Before moving to the MUFT, I didn't
give much thought to layers. But if I did,
a layer meant a happy thing, like cake.

Or perhaps something of a geological
nature, such as sediment.
As it turns out, sediment is more like
it. December here means not survival of
the fittest but the best outfitted that is,
the best fossil. Not only do people morph
into MUFT fossils, encased in six layers
of clothing underneath their winter coats,
but when homebound, they become sed-
entary, lazing about on sofas, watching
television and eating strawberry frosted
Pop Tarts by the Walmart case.
There is nothing fun about a MUFT
layer. There is no cake involved. (Unless
you include the increased carbohydrates
you consume in order to counteract the
awfulness of the very weather conditions
that call for "layers.")
The layers are Plain Jane and mostly
long-sleeved, in varying weights. You have
your "tissue weight" layer, which is terri-
bly thin. Unless you're layering for Aruba,
I don't see the point of it. Then we get to
the meaty ribbed, midweight and lined.
Okay. Let me just stop here, because really,
fellow Miamians, this is absurd!
Look, when I moved here, I stood
outside of my brother-in-law's house,
reduced to a quivering reed, teeth

chattering. My teenage niece explained
to me, very matter-of-factly, as she stood
quite unaffected by the thar she blows!
MUFT winds, that "You need to layer."
Then she shrugged and popped her gum.
I frowned and sniffed my disapproval.
My usual Miami outfit consisted of
a sparkly pair of sandalesque type shoes
(three-inch-plus heeled or flat), one (1)
shirt, and one (1) bottom. So with my ar-
rival in the MUFT, I was not so much con-
fused as angry, though confusion arrived
with the introduction of scarves. What
was wrong with these people? I've always
loathed spending money on p-r-a-c-t-i-c-a-l
items. (See? I can barely type the words.)
I considered a place like The Gap a quick
stop for basics. That's what I called them
in Miami. Basics. Not layers. And dammit,
they were not meant to go under anything.
But I realize that if I am to survive even
part of the winter in the MUFT, I must make
like sedimentary strata and squeeze myself
under leggings, shirts, and socks. I must
layer. I guess I should be happy that at least
some of my layers may be made of silk -
not sand, mud, and rocks.

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By Crystal Brewe
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Art Basel Miami Beach is in its
ninth year, and as a sign of a
healthy festival, the main event
has grown roots in the form of numer-
ous satellite fairs, events, parties, and
pop-up shows all over town. As if giant
pink snails on the Venetian Causeway
could signify anything else, the festivi-
ties are upon us again and the city is
atwitter. Literally.
The term "Art Basel" is the most
tweeted phrase in Miami right now. Art-
ists and institutions are encouraging and
curating these conversations, and many
of them are worth following to find
out, in real time, about the hot and the
not-so-hot. To get you geared up, here is
a sampling of some of the more unusual
and experimental offerings.
Pac-Man Politics If you grew up
before Game Boy and Wii, you will
appreciate China-Man. Mixed-media
artist Claudia Calle presents an interac-
tive media installation modeled after
the Pac-Man arcade game. The instal-
lation is actually a functioning video
game that visitors will play, gobbling
up everything in their path. It's Calle's
way of having you experience China's
burgeoning consumer society and the
toll it is taking environmentally, socio-
logically, and culturally. The original
Pac-Man soundtrack has been adapted
by Mr. Pauer, one of Miami's resident
DJ royals. Claudia Calle Studio, 2722
NW 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-903-6026,
Visual Meets Performing The Adri-
enne Arsht Center and Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts put their heads
together this year for a unique collabora-
tive presentation of Lincoln Center's
esteemed ListArt Collection, showcas-
ing more than 30 works by artists who
have defined some of the most important
art trends of the 20th Century including
abstract expressionism, color-field paint-
ing, minimalism, and pop art. Among
the highlights of this seminal group of
artists: Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Helen
Frankenthaler, and Howard Hodgkin.
Free guided tours are offered Saturday,
December 4, at noon. Reservations are
recommended. Call 786-468-2326 or via
e-mail at: tours @,arshtcenter.org.

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Merce Cunningham & Robert Rauschenberg: The Legacy Tour at
Arsht Center.

Jim Drain, Saturday's Ransom, at Locust Projects.

Legacy Tour Also worth check-
ing out at the Arsht Center is the final
tour of the Merce Cunningham Dance
Company (MCDC) in a made-for-
Miami engagement in which the audi-
ence stands on stage just inches from
the dancers as they perform on multi-
level platforms, 360 degrees around.
The performance honors collabora-
tions between Cunningham and artist
Robert Rauschenberg and includes
live music featuring members of
Sonic Combine, also famous for their

work with Rauschenberg. MCDC's
engagement also features a new, site-
specific installation by Cunningham's
most recent artistic collaborator,
Miami visual artist Daniel Arsham,
who turns the Ziff Ballet Opera House
on its ear by taking over seats in the
theater as part of his work. December
2-4 at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. Buy tickets
online at www.arshtcenter.org.
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Jim Drain has been one busy guy. He
has two new site-specific pieces being

unveiled for Basel week. His first, an
art intervention in the Design District
titled Small Reprieve, will be installed
on a fence that wraps the perimeter
of a long-neglected construction
site along NE 41st Street between N.
Miami Avenue and NE 1st Avenue.
Resembling a futuristic ruin, rusted
rebar rises from concrete and weeds,
mingling with Drain's piece, which
manages not to hide it but to display
the fence itself as an architectural ele-
ment expressed with imagery drawn
from the site. Drain's mural reflects
the neighborhood's quickly evolving
landscape and urban-meets-small-town
environment. This multimedia piece
is a collaboration with ninth-grade
students from the nearby Design and
Architecture Senior High and is sup-
ported by the de la Cruz Collection.
Church of Cool Drain's second
installation, Saturday's Ransom, com-
missioned by Locust Projects, trans-
forms their Design District gallery and
window facade with a faux stained-glass,
cathedral-like space. It'll make you want
to pray to the gods of color. Composed
of translucent drawings created from
melted wax and found books, Saturday's
Ransom is a reflection on the vehicles
of transcendence, drawing specifically
from the artist's Catholic roots. A nice
aspect of this exhibit is that it is more
about the gallerygoer's experience than
the sale of any piece in the show. Re-
ception for the artist December 2, 7:00
p.m. Locust Projects, 155 NE 38th St.,
Naked Eye Who needs Mini Me
when you can have a "Micro Angelo"?
Micro-sculptor Willard Wigan's work
cannot be seen by the naked eye. It can
only be viewed through a high-powered
microscope. Art in a geeky kind of way.
Nanotechnology applied to aesthetics. I
like that. Many of Wigan's sculptures
are only three times the size of a blood
cell, and each piece detailed fairies,
animals, movie stars typically sits
framed in the eye of a needle, or on the
head of a pin. Man, I would have loved
to have seen his tenth-grade science-fair
project! Willard Wigan Gallery, 3252
NE 1st Ave., Suite 105, 786-398-4295.

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Liam Gillick, The apparent junction of earth andsky, on billboards
around Miami.
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Continued from page 56
Eyes Wide Open Just walking,
driving, or meandering around Miami
you have probably already experienced
another Locust Projects endeavor. It's
called the "Billboard Project." Interna-
tionally renowned artist Liam Gillick
was commissioned to produce artwork
for billboards, bus shelters, and bus
backs around Miami's Design District,
Wynwood, and Miami Beach. In his
piece, Gillick examines how the man-
made environment is imbued with traces
of social, economic, and political sys-
tems. Conceived specifically for Miami,
La aparente union del cielo y la tierra

(The apparent junction of earth and sky)
presents a series of abstracted and text-
based works in which Gillick invokes
the horizon, a space where viewers can
reflect and discuss how the built environ-
ment structures and patterns our lives
every day. Various locations in Miami
and Miami Beach.
Through the Peephole Dennis and
Debra Scholl's World Class Boxing,
a former boxing gym, is one of my
favorite Wynwood galleries, and this
month's exhibit, "Drawn and Quartered,"
works the voyeur in us all. Curator Gean
Moreno chose more than 100 works from
the Scholl's private collection. Moreno
has displayed them salon-style, from

Willard Wigan, Bart and Homer, at
Willard Wigan Gallery.

the floor to the rafters, and arranged
the pieces to explore four very interest-
ing and dominant lines in the Scholl's
collecting habits: figures in poses that
oscillate between vulnerability and defi-
ance; figures trapped by the codes of a
pop imagination; architectural structures
whose modernity is inseparable from
their desolation; and fantasy architecture.


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David Castillo Gallery Speaking of
Scholl, the David Castillo Gallery gave
Dennis the proverbial keys to curate
their December exhibit, and out of this
has sprung "The Maginot Line." Cas-
tillo never disappoints, but this exhibit
is especially interesting and features
a laundry list of the best and bright-
est, with works on paper by Daniel
Arsham, Ben Berlow, Michael Berry-
hill, Willem de Kooning, Jean Dubuf-
fet, Mark Grotjahn, Marie Lorenz,
Pepe Mar, Jillian Mayer, Kirsten Nash,
Kori Newkirk, William J. O'Brien,
and Claes Oldenburg. David Castillo
Gallery, 2234 NW 2nd Ave., 305-573-
8110, www.davidcastillogallery.com.
As you go out and get your Basel on,
join the thousands who are curating their
own conversations, proclamations, and
snarky jokes by tweeting your experi-
ences to the world. I want to hear what
you have to say, and what other recom-
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1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
www aquaartmiami com
December 1-5
December 1, 8pm to 11 pm
December 2-4, 11 am to 8 p m
December 5, 11a m to 4pm
Admission $10

2901 N MiamiAve, Mami
www artaslafair com
December 1-5
December 1, 11 am to 6 p m
December 2-4, 11 am to 7 p m
December 5, 11 am to 6 p m
Admission $15

1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach
www artbaselmlamlbeach com
December 2-5
December 2-4, 12 pm to 8 p m
December 5, 12 pm to 6 p m
Admission $36

3101 NE 1st Ave, Miami
www art-miami com
December 1-5
December 1-4, 11 a m to 7 p m
December 5, 11 am to 6 p m
Admission $15

2505 N Miami Ave, Miami
www fountainexhibit com
December 2-5
December 2, 11 am to 6 p m
December 3-4, 11 a m to midnight
December 5, 11 am to 7 p m

6701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
www newartdealers org
December 2-5
December 2, 2 p m to 8 p m
December 3-4, 11 am to 8 p m
December 5, 11 am to 6 p m
Admission Free

1400N Miaml Ave Mami
212-255-2327, www pulse-art com
December 2-5
December 2, 1 p m to 7 p m

Kaari Upson, It's Never Enough,
archival pigment print, 2007, at the
Rubell Family Collection.

December 3-4, 11 a m to 7 p m
December 5, 11 am to 5 p m
Admission $15

3011 NE 1stAve, Miami
www reddotfair com
December 1-5
December 1, 11 a m to 7 p m
December 2-4, 11 a m to 8 p m
December 5, 11 am to 6 p m
Admission $15

3055 N Miami Ave, Miami
www scope-art com
December 1-5
December 1, 11 a m to 6 p m
December 2-4, 11 a m to 7 p m
December 5, 11 am to 6 p m

46 NW 36th St, Miami
www sculptmlaml com
December 1-5
December 1-4, 11 a m to 8 p m
December 5, 11 am to 5 p m
Admission $5


228 NE 59th St, Miami
www mokshafamily org
December 2 through 4 "Moksha Art Fair" with lex
Grey and Allyson Grey, Robert Venosa, Martina
Hoffman, Mark Henson, Fred Weidmann, Amanda
Sage, Chris Dyer, Morgan Blair, Alex Sastoque,
and shaman Francisco Montes Shunea Local
painters Jose Mertz, Donna Torres, Eva Rulz,
Reinier Gamboa, Baba Trips, Arnold Steiner, Joe
Abbati, Alissa Christine, Ryan Cacolici and Anya
Nadal, and more
Reception December 2, 6 p.m.

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611 NE 86TH STREET MI AMI 33138
wwwaumnahandheruinomcom h.&narrq btfsu .,uthI2

101 NE 40th St, Miami
www 101exhibit com
December 2 through February 6
"New Work" by Jorge Santos, "New Work" by Jason
Shawn Alexander, and "Group Show II" with various
Reception December 2, 6 to 11 p.m.

233 NW 36th St, Miami
www abbafineart com
Through January 31
"Basel Choice" with various artists

1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
www arshtcenter org
December 1 through 5
"Timeless" by Julian Lennon
December 2 through 4
"Merce Cunningham Dance Company The Legacy
Reception December 1, noon to 10 p.m.
Performances December 2-3, 7 p.m.

2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www alejandravonhartz net
Through January 29
"New Paradigms" by Marta Chillndr6n and "Colagens"
by Henrlque Olivelra

750 NE 124th St North Miami
www alonsored com
Through December 17
"MOST WANTED -Art Basel" with Carla Fache, Victor
Nassar, Rodolfo Edwards, Valentina Brostean, and
Joseph Firbas

1 NE 40th St, Miami
www artfusiongallery com
Through December 22
with various artists
Reception December 4, 6 to 11 p.m.

171 NW 23rd St, Miami
www artformz net
Through January 20
"SPILL" with Donna Haynes, Mary Larsen, Maxine
Spector, Sara Rytteke, Rossella Ramanzini, Rosario
Bond, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Natasha Duwin,
Randy Burman
Reception December 3 and 4, 7 to 11 p.m.

2215 NW2nd Ave, Miami
http //artseenspace wordpress com/

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December 4
"Untitled" curated by Dean Cuesta and Fredric Snitzer
with various artists
Reception December 4, 7 to 10 p.m.

561 NW 32nd St, Miami
www bacfl org
Through December 5
"Sin" with various artists

180 NE 39th St, #210, Miami
By appointment info@basfisherinvitational com
www basfisherinvitational com
Through December 31
Jessie Gold

795 NE 125th St North Miami
www bashagallery net
Through January 15
"ART SHOP MEET" with Eddie Arroyo, Bram
Boomgaardt, Jorge Chirinos Sanchez, Allyson Krowitz,
Noreen Morelli, Arnaldo Rosello, Karl Snyder, and
Pedro Wilson

3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
Through December 30
"Richter Scale" by Hung Llu
Reception December 4, 7 to 9 p.m.

2248 NW 1st PI Miami
www blacksquaregallery com
Through January 3
"Dream Catcher" with Comenius Roethlisberger and
Admir Jahic, Nazar Bilyk, Pablo Lehmann, Taro Hattor,
Zhanna Kadyrova, and Volodymyr Kuznuetsov

100 NE 38th St, Miami
www borinquenhealth org
Through December 4
"Second Annual Borinquen Health Care Art Expo" with
various artists
Reception December 4, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

2320 N Miami Ave, Miami
www brevards com
Through January 24
"NonDuality" by John Brevard
Reception December 1, 4 to 9 p.m.

2301-2303 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www buttergallery com
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8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami
www susannacaldwell com
"Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture" by
Susanna Caldwell

98 NW 29 St, Miami
www calixgustav com
Through February 4
"FLASH" by Barbara Hulanicki
Reception December 4, 6 to 9 p.m.

158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
Through December 30
"a sense of place" curated by Guerra de la Paz with
Francis Acea, John Bailly, Ananda Balingit-LeFils,
Cassie Marie Edwards, Mark Messersmith, Jonathan
Rockford, and Douglas Voisin
Reception December 3, 7
to 11 p.m.

541 NW 27th St, Miami
www visual org
Through January 22
"Abstract Miami" with Darby Bannard, Kathleen
Staples, George Bethea, Sean Smith, Kerry Ware,
David Marsh, and Andy Gambrell

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
www charest-weinberg com
Through February 27
"Limestoned" by Nicolas Lobo

71 E FlaglerSt, Miami
www christophermirogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

61 NE 40th St, Miami
www cityloftart com
Through January 31
"HOW TO MAKE LOVE STAY" by Divna Pesic

2722 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www claudiacalle com
Through December 5
"ChinaMan" by Claudia Calle
Reception December 4, 7 p.m.
to midnight

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

Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 2003, at
World Class Boxing.

2509 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www curatorsvolceartprojects com
Through January 29
"TOYS ART US" with Malena Assing, Nestor Arenas,
Michel Bergeron, Rosario Bond, Belaxis Bull, LI
Bao Hua, Nahila Campos, Mariano Costa Peuser,
Guerra de la Paz, dEmo, Leslie Gabaldon, Massimo
Gammacurta, Justin Goldwater, Casimiro Gonzalez,
Lamia Khorshid, Magaly Laplana, Ena Marrero, Alicia
Meza, Mariana Monteagudo, Amy Moore, Armando
Morales, Ligia Perez, Alexandra Poleo, Rubem
Robierb, Jairo Rueda, Christian Rupp, Karl Snyder,
Chu Teppa, and Marlanna Thome
Reception December 4, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Reception December 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

Shops at Midtown Miami
Store #120 Buena Vista Blvd Miami
www danielazoulaygallery com
December 1 through February 30
Daniel De Azoulay, Carlos and Jason Sanchez, and
Lynn Goldsmith
Reception December 1, 3 to 9 p.m.

2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www davidcastillogallery com
December 4 through January 29
"The Maginot Line" curated by Dennis Scholl with
Daniel Arsham, Ben Berlow, Michael Berryhill, Willem
de Kooning, Jean Dubuffet, Mark Grotjahn, Marie
Lorenz, Pepe Mar, Jillian Mayer, Kirsten Nash, Kon
Newkirk, William J O'Brlen, and Claes Oldenburg
Reception December 4, 7 to 11 p.m.

2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
www dlfinearts com
Through December 31
"#1 Fan" by Michael Scoggins and "Precious" curated
by Annie Wharton with various artists
Reception December 4, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

3938 NE 39th St, Miami
www diasporavibe net
Through December 22
"The American" by Andrea Sampalo

171 NE 38th St, Miami
dv@dimenslonsvarlable net
dimenslonsvarlable net
Through January 1
"3 Color Sunburst" by Dan Milewski

2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www dinamitranigallery com
Through December 25
"Exposure II" with various artists

151 NW 24th St, Miami
www dorschgallery com
Through January 29
Arnold Mesches and "Orchestrated Gestures" by Clifton

Nicolas Lobo, Screwed up Alvin
and the chipmunks, Formica, granite,
limestone, grape cough syrup, 2010,
at Charest-Weinberg Gallery.

51 NW 36th St, Miami
www dotfiftyone com
Through January 20
"immense parallel" by Mauro Giaconi

2441 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www dpmgallery com
Through January 5
"Close to the cotton factory" by Roberto Noboa

47 NE 25th St, Miami
www edgezones org
December 1 through 5
Rita Bard, David Leight, Rafael Lopez-Ramos, Charo
Oquet, Raul Perdomo, Eduardo Sarmiento, Kar
Snyder, Freddy Rodriguez, Brian Reedy, Angel Vapor,
Pedro Vizcaino, and Gretchen Wagone
Reception December 4, 8 to 10 p.m.

2732 NW 2nd Av, Miami
www elitearteditions com
December 1 through 15
Group show with Carolina Rojas, Cecilia Rivera, and
Danllo Gonzalez
Reception December 2, 6 to 10 p.m.

50 NE 40th St, Miami
www etrafineart com
Through January 30
"Hartley Elegies" by Robert Indiana

90 NE 39th St, Miami
December 2
"3 x 3 Director & Artist Collaboration" with Fendl Casa
and Plum TV
Reception December 2, 6 to 9 p.m.

2247 NW 1st PI, Miami
www snitzer com
Through December 21
Jon Pylypchuk

194 NW 30th St, Miami
Through December 11
"Alter" by Daniel Arsham

125 NW23 St, Miami
www galeriehelenelamarque com
Through December 20
"Self Hybridizations" by Orlan and "Carbon Myths" by

2085 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www galleryschuster com
December 1 through February 28
"33 Moments" by Gent Koglin
Reception December 1-5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

174 NW 23rd St, Miami
www gallerydiet com
Through December 22
"Lesser Evils" by Abby Manock

2531 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www galleryid com
December 2 through January 15
"This Time in America Part I" with Juliana Beasley,
Nina Berman, Sean Hemmerle, Tim Hetherington,
Brenda Ann Kenneally, Gillian Laub, Randal Levenson,
and Emily Schiffer
Reception December 2, 7:30 to 11 p.m.

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

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1 NE 40th St #5, Miami
www godonamerica com
Call gallery for exhibition information

3825 NE 1st Ct, Miami
December 2 through 11 "Grain" by Jason Hedges
Reception and performance December 2and 11, 6to10 p.m.
Reception and performance December 3,9 a.n to noon

3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
Through February 5
Andres Michelena and Anne Brunet
Reception December 4, 7 to 10 p.m.

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www haroldgolengallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
www interflightstudlo com
Call gallery for exhibition information

123 NW 23rd St, Miami
www kabecontemporary com
Through January 5
"UNDERTOW" by Carla Arocha-Stephane Schraenen

46 NW 36th St, Miami
www lurle-kavachnina com
Through January 30
"Recent Works" by Salustiano, "Moon-Flower Series"
by Serglo Garcla, "Sculpture Collection, New Works" by
Ronald Westerhuls, and "I Will Series" by Angela Lergo

50 NE 29th St, Miami
www kelleyroygallery com
Through January 29
"Triumph in Steel, Wood and Canvas" with John Henry,
Jae Hahn, Dolly Moreno, and Sebastian Spreng
Reception December 2, 6 to 9 p.m.

521 NE 81st St, Miami
www konbitforhalti org
December 4 through 9 "Hope From Haiti" with various artists
Reception December 4, 7 to 10 p.m.

198 NW 24th St, Miami
305-438-1333, www kunsthaus org mx
December 1 through January 30 Daniela Edburg,
Tania Candiani, Ramiro Chaves, Rocio Gordillo, Ivan
Pulg, and Rafael Rodriguez
Reception December 4, 7 to 11 p.m.

Clifton Childree, Mysterium, film
still, 2010, at Dorsch Gallery.

96 NW 29th St, Miami
305-573-2002, www ilanalilienthal com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

155 NE 38th St, Miami
www locustprojects org
Through December 23 "Saturday's Ransom" by Jim Drain
Through December 31
"La Aparante Union Del Clelo y La Tlerra, 2010 ("The
Apparent Junction Of Earth and Sky)" by Llam Gillick
Reception December 2, 7 to 10 p.m.

2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www artnet com/reitzel html
Call gallery for exhibition Information

36 NW 36 St, Miami
www mlamlartsalon com
Ongoing "This Place" with Juan A "Erman" Gonzalez,
Carol Hagglag, Nerelda Garcla-Ferraz, Juan Jose
Grlego, Rosa Naday Garmendla, Dlnorah de Jesus
Rodriguez, Timothy Rush, Asser Saint-Val, Tatlana
Silvia Sainz, Lara Stein Pardo, Krlste A N Stephenson,
Noelle Theard, and Angela Valell

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

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

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

Shops at Midtown Miami
Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd, Miami
www mlchaelperez-artist com
December 1 through 5
"Technology Deconstructed, Nature Reconstructed" by
Debble Lee Mostel
Reception December 1, 10 a.m.
to midnight

3620 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
www mirlamfernandes com
Call gallery for exhibition information

4040 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
Suite 200, Second Floor
www ccemiami org
December 2 through 31
"Mover la roca" with various artists
Reception December 2, 6 p.m. to midnight

250 NW 23rd St, #404 Miami
www thenewandattractivejuveniles comr
December 1 through 5
"Amateurs" with various artists
Reception December 1, 8 p.m.

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

New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd St, Miami
Through December 17
"NWSA Exhibition 3rd Interpretation The Film Poster"
with various artists

2033 NW 1st PI Miami
December 1 through 20
"International Blennale Artists MIAMI" with various
Reception December 1-4, 6 to 10 p.m.

2561 N Miam Ave, Miami
www norman-liebman-studlo com
December 1 through March 30
"CHARACTERS" by Norman Llebman

2600 NW Second Ave, Miami
www oascanlogallery com
Through January 15
"The Visionary Eye" with Jesus Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez,
Alejandro Otero, Victor Lucena, Francisco Salazar,
Carlos Cabeza, Victor Vasarely, and Bernar Venet

90 NW 29th St, Miami
www o-cinema org
December 1 through 5
"Scissors & Glue The Miami Project Basel Cut"
documentary screening
Screening December 1-3, 7 p.m.
Screening December 4-5, 4 p.m.

3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
www oh-wow com
December 2 through January 9
"Skins" curated by Alex Gartenfeld with Hwan Jahng,
Sam Moyer, Reto Pulfer, Marlah Robertson, David
Scanavino, Ryan Sullivan, Josh Tonsfeldt, Ned Vena
and Andrea Longacre-White, and "Building Blocks" by
Reception December 2, 6 p.m.

2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www panamericanart com
Through December 7
"Trajectories/Trayectoras" by Luls Cruz Azaceta
December 11 through January 22
"Small Works Show" with various artists
Reception December 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

2311 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www miguelparedes com
December 2 through 5
SKI and 2ESAE and "Elements of an Artist A New
Series by Miguel Paredes" by Miguel Paredes
Reception December 3, 7 to 11 p.m.

2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www praxis-art com
"Super Cluster" with Firelel Baez, Darlene Charneco,
Prlscila De Carvalho, Alexis Duque, Magdalena Murua,
and Martin Perez Agrippino
Project Room "Maneem (Dream") by Teresa Dlehl

4141 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
www primaryflight com
Through December 5
"Primary Flight" with various artists
Reception December 2, 7 to 10p.m.

140 NE 39th St, Miami
www friendswithyou com
December 3 through 5
"Rainbow City" by FriendsWithYou
Reception December 3-5, 10 a.m.
to 10 p.m.

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2136 NW 1st Ave, Miami
www sohostudlosmlaml com
December 1 through December 5
"ART FOR A BETTER WORLD" with various artists

5556 NE 4th Ct, Miami
www soykarestaurat com
December 2 through December 5
MarkT Smith
Reception December 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

NE 41st St and NE 40th St between N Miami Ave
and NE 1st Ave, Miami
Through June 30
"Small Reprieve" by Jim Drain

155 NE 38th St, Miami
www spinellogallery com
Through December 5
"LITTLEST SISTER" with Farley Agullar, Aja Albertson,
Lluls Barba, Sandra Bermudez, Pablo Cano, Saul
Chernick, Esperanza Cortes, Franky Cruz, Enrlque
Gomez de Molina, Marc Dennis, Luls Diaz, Eric
Doeringer, Kim Dorland, Juliane Eirich, Andy Freeberg,
Pachi Glustinian, Colby Katz, Nicholas Klein, Krls
Knight, David Lerol, Zacharl Logan, Lee Materazzl,
Federico Nessl, Carl Pascuzzl, Christina Pettersson,
Chad Person, Manny Prleres, Melanie Ratcliff, David
Rohn, Santiago Rublno, Julika Rudelius, Kim Rugg,
Sleeper, Spunk and the Orange Kittens, Tatlana Vahan,
TYPOE, Michelle Welnberg, Agustina Woodgate,
Antonia Wright, Tim Berg, and Rebekah Myers
Reception December 2, 7 to midnight.

162 NE 50th Ter, Miami
www myspace com/stashgallery
"American Rider" by Michael Dakota

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

2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Through December 27
"Mechanomorphic Environmentally minded man\
machine" with various artists
Reception December 4 and 11, 6 to 10p.m.

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

3322 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www whitevinylspace com

Audrey Gair, The Run Away, 2010,
at New World School of the Arts
Artseen Gallery.

"New Work" by Skip Van Cel

3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami
Through December 6
Willard Wigan

201 NE 39th St, Miami

www wrpfineart com
Through January 15
"Someone Under the Carpet" with llya and Emilia

NW 2nd Ave and 26th St, Miami
Ongoing New murals by Shepard Fairey, Dearraindrop,
and Christian Awe

55 NW 30 St, Miami
December 2 through 5
"Rock and a Soft Place" with various artists
Reception December 2, 10 a.m. to noon

250 NW 23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
www yeelenart com
Through January 31 "B-SIDE" by Jerome Solmaud


CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018N Miam Ave, Mami
www clfo org
December 1 through March 6 "Inside Out, Photography
After Form Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros
Collection" curated by Simon Baker and Tanya Barson
from the Tate Modern in London with Alexander Ap6stol,
Uta Barth, Lothar Baumgarten, Berndt and Hilla Becher,
Edward Burtynsky, Amalia Caputo, Yannick Demmerle,
Juan Downey, Thomaz Farkas, Pedro Fonseca, Dan
Graham, Candida Hofer, Sabine Hornig, Gottfried Jager,
Lulsa Lambr, German Lorca, Sameer Makanus, Anna
Malagrida, Maria Martinez-Canas, Leo Matiz, Gordon
Matta-Clark, Ryuji Mlyamoto, Jose Oiticlca Fllho, Gabriel
Orozco, Paulo Pires, Georges Rad6, Man Ray, Calo
Relsewitz, Ed Ruscha, Francisco Sanchez, Karl Hugo
Schmolz, Song Dong, Thomas Struth, Hiroshl Sugimoto,
Fiona Tan, Rubens Telxelra Scavone, Pedro Teran, Frank
Thlel, Frank Van der Salm, Francesca Woodman, and
Jose Yalenti
December 2
"Brazo gitano," a performance by Los Carpinteros
December 4
"Anything Is Possible" by William Kentridge, outdoor
Performance December 2, 10 a.m.
Screening December 4, 8 p.m.

23 NE 41st St, Miami
www delacruzcollection org
Through December 5
Portrait of Dolores Suero Falla, Carlos de la Cruz's
mother, by Salvador Dali
Through March 12 Christy Gast, Karen Rifas, and
Carlos Rigau with Nancy Garcla, Justin Long, Jillian
Mayer, Martin Murphy, Sleeper, and Bryan Zanisnik

10975 SW 17th St, Miami
thefrost flu edu
Through January 2 "Embracing Modernity Venezuelan
Geometric Abstraction" with various artists
Through December 5
"Florida Artists Series Selections from ANOMIE 1492-

2006" by Arnold Mesches
Through January 2
"Sequentia" by Xavier Cortada
Check website for complete list of exhibitions

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
www lowemuseum org
Through January 16
"The Harmon and Harrier Kelly Collection of African-
American Art Works on Paper" with various artists, and
"Usable Art African Aesthetics in Daily Life from the
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami" with various

101 W Flagler St, Miami
www mlamlartmuseum org
December 4
"Mandarin Oriental Miami"
December 5
"Making Contemporary Art Fabrication and
Negotiation" a lecture by Sherri Irvin
Reception December 4, 7 to midnight
Lecture December 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Check website for complete list of exhibitions

770 NE 125th St North Miami
www mocanoml org
Through February 13
"Haiti/Little Haiti" by Bruce Weber
December 1 through February 15
"Sculpture" by Jonathan Meese

591 NW27th St, Miami
www margulieswarehouse com
"AFRICA Photography and video" with various artists,
and "Large Stone Carvings" by Jene Highstein,
"Broken Mirror Painting" by Michelangelo Pistoletto,
"Contemporary Paintings" 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
www rubellfamilycollection com
December 1 through August 26
"How Soon Now" with Cecily Brown, Thea Djordjadze,
Huan Yong Ping, Matthew Day Jackson, Analia Saban,
Ryan Trecartin, Kaarl Upson, and David Wojnarowicz,
and "Time Capsule, Age 13 to 21 The Contemporary
Art Collection of Jason Rubell" with George Condo,
Robert Gober, Andreas Gursky, Kelth Haring, Cady
Noland, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Cindy
Sherman, Rosemarle Trockel, and more

Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
www worldclassboxing org
Through February 12
"Drawn and Quartered" curated by Gean Moreno with
various artists

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Events Calendar

Acting Out About Zoo Lights
Art During Basel
It's the most artful time of the
year here, when the massive
Art Basel Miami Beach fair
rolls into town, as it has for
almost a decade now. All those
fairs and parties and glitte-
rati in tow and anxieties
about who is "in" and who is
making "real" art. So this year
local award-winning play-
wright Michael McKeever
weighs in with his own stage
version of what five artists
go through in the lead-up to
the show of shows, in South
Beach Babylon at the Arsht
Center. It's also the inaugural
outing for the Zoetic Stage
theater troupe and features a
performance-piece-within- Nutcrack
the-piece by local luminaries.
From Thursday, December 2
through Sunday, December 12 at the Car-
nival Studio. Call 305-949-6722 or go to
www.arshtcenter.org for times and prices.

Let There Be Lights, Tons
of Them
You could say it has officially become a
tradition, and a big, bright electric one at
that. For the 19th year in a row, Holiday
Lights will be dripping from the verdant
oak trees and draped on houses that line
NE 137th Street, north of Enchanted Forest
Park. To say that more than 300,000 bulbs
completely light up the neighborhood
- and the eyes of the beholders is an
understatement. As in previous years, a
donation to the nonprofit Care Resource
will be a welcome holiday treat, to help in
the fight against HIV/AIDS. The lights will
be flipped on Sunday, December 5 and
stay on through the last day of the month.
Enter through NE 16th Avenue or call

Creatures of the Night
The heat has abated, the bugs are gone,
the skies are clear. We can once again
belong to the night. And we can meet
other nocturnal critters as well on
the Night Walk & Campfire, one of
Miami-Dade County's Eco-Adventures.
A highlight is an encounter with the
Eastern screech owl. The nature trail
ends with a chance to tell tales around a
roaring campfire, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

*I on Saturday, De-
er at Gusman cember 11 (all ages
welcome). Departure
is from 17555 SW
79th Ave. Call for reservations 305-255-
4767; www.miamidade.gov/parks.

Nutty for the Nutcracker
'Tis supposed to be the season to be jolly,
but it's definitely the season to be exposed
to the Nutcracker ballet in some form at
some auditorium. For instance, just at the
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
downtown there are count them -
three performances from three different
dance companies. So which one to chose?
How about Tchaikovsky's classic put on by
Florida's newest ballet outfit, the Florida
Classical Ballet, which is a mixed troupe
of professional dancers (two from the
Boston Ballet) and students, directed by
Magaly Suarez. That combo should give a
nice twist to the tale of sugar plum fairies,
mouse kings, and of course the Prince
Nutcracker himself. One night only on
Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m.
Cost ranges from $48 to $58. Visit

Here They Come
A-Caroling to the Shores
Luminary bags and carolers will banish
the darkness from Miami Shores on
Wednesday, December 15, for an evening
of Caroling Hayride & Light Up the
Village from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Residents
will be encouraged to purchase luminary
bags to light up their front lawns, and as
a candle in the window traditionally has

Signaled, the lights
will welcome carolers
to the doors, and to
give up a song. Bags
are plentiful (from the
Community Center,
9617 Park Dr.), but space for the Hayride
Carolers is limited, so it's important to sign
up by December 10. Bring your own flash-
light, but music books will be provided. To
rsvp call 305-758-8103.

A Wild Zoo of Lights
Light festivals abound this month, but
for the young ones the best electrical
theatrical could be at Zoo Miami (for-
merly Miami MetroZoo). During Zoo
Lights, dozens of bright light sculptures
will create an animal kingdom from
Friday, December 17 through Thurs-
day, December 30 (closed Christmas
Eve and Day), from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
To add to the optical extravaganza, free
3-D glasses will be handed out, and
there will be the standard favorites of hot
chocolate and cookies, photo time with
Santa, and music. Oh, and the real ani-
mals in the zoo? They will be "opening"
their holiday gifts during the evenings
as well. 12400 SW 152nd St.; 305-251-
0400; www.Miamimetrozoo.com.

Just Play It Cool, Kosins
Detroit native and acclaimed jazz vocalist
Kathy Kosins will pay tribute to the female
voices that paved her path for The Ladies of
Cool at the glistening new waterfront com-
plex, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.
In particular she will interpret the "West
Coast cool" singers of the 1940s, such as the
legendary Anita O'Day and June Christy.
The swinging starts at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday,
December 18 at 3385 NE 188th St., Aven-
tura. Tickets are $25. Call 954-462-0222 or
go to www.aventuracenter.org.

The Best Messiah Miami
Has To Offer
Truly one of Miami's gems, the superb
singing troupe Seraphic Fire recently
finished its first international tour with
a sold-out performance in Mexico City.
Back for the winter season, the ensemble
will take the stage at the Arsht Center
for a full-throated Messiah, Handel's
signature contribution to the Western
world's holiday traditions. It should be
heavenly. At the Knight Concert Hall on
Saturday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m., with
a wide range of prices from $15 to $150;
www.arshtcenter.org; 305-949-6722.

Back to the Land: Kid's
Historically Florida has had a wide variety
of cultures working the land, from Native
Americans and Spanish colonists to Afri-
can-American former slaves and Southern
white farmers. As part of Winter Break
Camp through History-Miami's Tropical
Adventure Camps, kids ages 6 to 12 years
old will get to experience some of this
heritage by helping start a native garden
and visiting the Bob Graham Farm Vil-
lage, which houses livestock as well. The
agro excursion runs from Monday, De-
cember 20, through Thursday, Decem-
ber 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Cost
is $40 for nonmembers per day, $35 for
members. Call 305-375-1629 for details.

With a Ring and a Ball, a
New Year's For All
Downtown Miami is the place to be
for free family fun on the last day of
2010. For those not interested in facing
an insane after-midnight crowd, the
first event starts at a reasonable 6:00
p.m. with the hoisting of the 35-foot
Big Orange, an official time ball,
400 feet up to the top of the Hotel
InterContinental. Down below at 100
Chopin Plaza, fireworks and a laser
show add to the free festivities (for
more information, call 305-539-3000).
Next door at Bayfront Park, gates open
at 7:00 p.m., a concert starts at 8:00,
and fireworks explode at midnight for
the annual (and free) New Year's Eve
night at the Bayfront Park Amphithe-
ater; www.bayfrontparkmiami.com.

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entree (curries, tempura, much more).
With roughly 30 wines to sample,
tasting nights are always lavish at
Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar (3301 NE
1st Ave., 305-514-0307). But the new
Midtown shop (and new BT advertiser)
is upping the ante December 17 with a
Holiday Extravaganza Tasting, promising
"a special surprise for our customers." No,
they wouldn't tell us what it is, either.
This month at Bagels & Company
(1I 1",4 Biscayne Blvd.), it's about the com-
pany, not the bagels the company coming
for holiday meals. Owner David Cohen's
roast turkey dinner (a 15-pound bird with
stuffing, gravy, cranberry-pineapple relish,
saut6ed green beans/baby carrots, fresh-
baked dinner rolls, and sweet potato pud-
ding, plus pumpkin and apple pies) will feed
ten, for $175. To order: 305-892-2435.
You can't get much more Old World
traditional than a Christmas Eve dinner
from the home of the Christmas tree,
Germany. Just remember to reserve
ASAP for roast goose (or seafood-
stuffed salmon) and all the sumptuous
trimmings (Munich weisswurt, winter
greens with goat cheese and pecans, red
cabbage, dumplings, baked apple with
marzipan, and buzz-inducing Bavarian
gluehwein) at the festively decorated
Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus (1085
NE 79th St., 305-754-8002).
For something completely differ-
ent, try the healthy grilled Persian food
at the newest branch of new advertiser
Rice House of Kabob (14480 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-944-4899). They cater, too,
and many items (including the signature
char-broiled meat, poultry, seafood, and
vegetarian kabobs) make great finger
food for holiday parties.
This month at Pizza Fusion (14815
Biscayne Blvd., 305-405-6700), a mini-
mum $25 purchase will get kids get a
free personal cheese pie on Mondays,
while adults get a free bottle of house
wine on Tuesdays.
If you're seeking a spectacular set-
ting for a holiday event, contact Atlantic
Yacht Charters (305-949-9021, www.
atlanticyachtcharter.com), a new adver-
tiser. Captain Jean Lalonde offers a 10%
discount for any weekday charter booked
in December, and free champagne for
any full day charter. Charters come with
steward and personal chef, too.
Need classy invitations for your
event? Or maybe custom-printed table

throws? Koko Jourbadjian, longtime
owner of Alko Printing (3208 NE 2nd
Ave., 305-573-3634), can do those as
well as all your other high-quality digital
printing jobs and do them fast.
To start next year sensationally,
try a staycation at another new adver-
tiser, the Hotel Victor (1144 Ocean Dr.,
305-428-1234). Start with South Beach's
ultimate New Year's Eve party (featuring
a six-course dinner at Bice restaurant, a
martini bar, and a champagne bar). The
next day, detox with a hammam Turkish
steam bath at the hotel's Spa V.
During the holidays, home cooks
may feel like they're running a restau-
rant. But if you really do, check out new
advertiser Giochi Di Pizza (2320 N.
Miami Ave., 305-576-0002), where you'll
find phenomenal prices on a full range of
quality food-service equipment and sup-
plies, from dinnerware to dough mixers.
Man doesn't live by bread alone,
though, especially this month. For spiri-
tual sustenance, Unity on the Bay (411
NE 21st St., 305-573-9191) invites BT
readers to its Christmas Eve Candlelight
Service (7:30 p.m.) and on December
31, a Burning Bowl Service to release
the past, clearing the way for the new
year. Unity's Source bookstore has also
brought in a stock of Feng Shui kits,
mystical candles, and other items for
those seeking inspirational holiday gifts.
Positive transformational change
is also the aim of the Knight Founda-
tion, which goes about it in a different
way dear to our heart, via grants and
programs that advance journalism and
promote informed communities. For
info: www.knightfdn.org.
Finally, to finish this month's
monster "BizBuzz" on a pawsitive note:
Who doesn't love a pet story with a happy
ending? Which is what this one has,
thanks to good Samaritan Michelangelo
Cordero, who found a lost dog, just-
groomed but minus collar/tags, and took
her to Smiling Pets Animal Clinic (7310
Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0844). Fortu-
nately the pooch had been microchipped
- identification even the craftiest critter
can't slip enabling the clinic to reunite
Bella with her owner, Joseph Soto. Moral:
Get your dog, or cat, microchipped (which
involves no more time, or discomfort,
than a vaccination), so your own possible
lost pet tale ends with a wagging tail.

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Compiled by Derek McCann

Did Career Change Lead to
Brazen Robbery?
5200 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
Prints were lifted from the back doors of
a business that had been broken into. The
prints matched a former cashier. Turns
out she left the cashier business for more
challenging endeavors. A forklift had
been used to smash open the back doors,
and all the money in the cash register
was taken. Assuming Ms. Construc-
tion Worker acted alone, women's rights
groups can claim one more victory in
the ongoing struggle to have women step
into jobs traditionally held by men. Look
out, world! Girl power may be visiting
your business very soon.

Did Binge Drinker Go On a
200 Block ofNE 24th Street
The only requirement for member-
ship is a desire to stop drinking. So
says the Third Tradition of Alcoholics
Anonymous. Perhaps they need to make

some changes for the 21st Century? A
"member" of an AA clubhouse decided
to upgrade his membership and broke
into the establishment, stealing hard-
earned resources (they are self-support-
ing). He was forced to do his Ninth Step
in making amends when police arrested
him. The good news is that he stayed
sober in the county jail.

Motherly Love and Miami
2200 Block oJ :, ...i ,..- Boulevard
A mother was cooking for her children
and opened the front door for some
fresh air. Okay, folks, we have said this
before: We do not live in some idyllic
rural village. After she opened the door,
she dragged her kids to the bathroom to
give them a much-needed bath. As she
scrubbed off the dirt, an opportunist
slipped inside her home and snatched
her wallet, which was, of course, in plain
sight in the kitchen. No food was taken.
What a city!

Doors Locked, Windows Up
Biscayne Boulevard and 78th Street
This report is not so funny, but rather is
a warning to loyal BT readers. A driver
was stopped at the light at this loca-
tion when a man lunged through the

passenger window. He pulled out a silver
handgun and hit the passenger three
times with the weapon. The passenger
and driver fought back, managed to push
the pistol-wielding man back out the
window, and promptly sped away. Here's
the warning: When in doubt, lock your
doors and close your windows. Our nice
fall weather invites open-air driving with
windows down. Our enterprising crimi-
nals know that.

Daddy's Little Girl
8300 Block ofNE Miami Court
Miami denizens continue to stash their
money in inventive places. A doting
father left $700 in a shoe box. His daugh-
ter, of course, knew this and took the
money. Hey, don't judge. Doesn't your
family steal from you in other ways?
Allegedly she kicked in her father's
bedroom door and grabbed the cash.
Her father called police in an effort to

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retrieve his money, but without suc-
cess as of press time. Once again, this
is Miami, meaning you can't trust your
own family, especially the little brats
who have milked you for years.

Miami Family Life: Part 2
601 Biscayne Blvd.
Not only can you not trust your little brats,
you can't be too sure about your siblings,
either. This victim placed her personal
belonging in a locker at the American
Airlines Arena. When she returned after
performing, she discovered that everything
had been taken from the locker. The lock
was not tampered with, so the thief must
have known the lock's combination. Only
her sister knew that combination. This is
going to be an interesting holiday season
for some Miami families.

Crime Doesn't Pay Not
Even Minimum Wage
NE 30th Street and NE 4th Avenue
Police received a report that someone
was tampering with parking meters. A

squad car was dispatched and officers
saw a man who matched a witness's de-
scription. They stopped and frisked him
and found a long metal tweezer, which is
commonly used to tamper with parking
meters. They continued to pat him down.
That's when some three dollars in coins
fell to the ground. For this chump change
he was arrested and hauled off to jail.

No Beer for You!
6600 Block of i:, ... ,i ,' Boulevard
It has been a few months since we last
reported on the famous Mercy Super-
market good news for them, bad
news for us. But now they're back.
A market employee was cleaning the
parking lot with a hose when he began
talking on his cell phone. In the midst
of the conversation, a man came from
behind and grabbed the phone, then ran
- into the market. He angrily demand-
ed a beer but was told he must return
the cell phone before he could get his
beverage. Miffed, the suspect then
dashed out of the market, climbed on a
black bicycle, and pedaled south along
the Boulevard. There are no leads at
this time.

Miami Bookmarking
100 Block ofNE 48th Street
Certain people are searching for some-
thing, and what better place to look than
the Good Book? Our victim had hidden
$5000 in his Bible. (No, that is not a mis-
print.) He hosted a family get-together at
his home (we know where this is going),
during which one family member en-
tered his bedroom, possibly to meditate
on his life and to fill that spiritual hole.
Naturally he sought guidance from the
Good Book, but rather than consult John
3:16, he was apparently overcome by the
devil, who preferred 50 one-hundred-
dollar bills.

You Want Guacamole with
That Money Bag?
2929 Biscayne Blvd.
Who doesn't like the Salsa Fiesta Mexican
Grill? It serves up tasty fast-food Mexican
at a reasonable price. However, like most
businesses, they have their own problems.
The night manager was about to transport
Wednesday's deposit (more than $1100)
to the bank, but car trouble prevented it
from happening. Two days later the money,
left in the safe, was missing. According to

police, the safe was not functional and easy
to breach. We hope they don't raise their
prices to compensate.

Half Confession Fails to
Elicit Police Sympathy
NE 8th Street and NE 2ndAvenue
Victim went to his car, assuming he had
parked in a safe parking lot, and saw that
his passenger window was broken. Inside
the car sat a man holding a crack pipe. A
nearby police officer arrested the man, who
calmly explained that he did not break the
window, though he did try to steal the car
stereo because he owed someone money.
Gee, officer, that's not so bad, is it?

More Girl Power!
1501 N. Bayshore Dr.
We close with what is ostensibly a crime.
Two females were checking out of a
parking garage and were told that their
brief stay would cost them $20. Upset
with such an exorbitant parking charge,
they refused to pay anything, somehow
managed to bypass the garage gate, and
sped off into the night.

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First the Demolition, Then the Acquisition

North Miami Cagni Park has a wrecking ball in its future

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Demolitions are fun, and it's my
fantasy to demolish a swath of
structures along Biscayne Bay and
turn the reclaimed land into a giant water-
front park. Green space to the people!
Back in reality, a local demolition
is scheduled to take place next year at
the former site of the high school in the
City of North Miami. The elderly gray
buildings on NE 135th Street will be
removed to make way for phase two of
Ray Cagni Park.
Phase one of Cagni Park opened last
year as the backyard of the new North
Miami Senior High School, a sprawling
structure that took over the former loca-
tion of the middle school and the previ-
ous Cagni Park. It's as if these schools
and parkland are moving in a crop
rotation. The middle school marched
across the street into new digs two years
ago, and abuts the old high school. The
high school's ancient academic boxes
would have been demolished by now;
however, the school board reclaimed the
old school as temporary housing this
year for Opa-locka's North Dade Middle
School when it was evicted from its
campus owing to unsafe conditions.
There's a new thought: reduce, reuse,
and recycle your children.
Once the old high school comes
down, North Miami Middle School will
share its lot with athletic fields and other
outdoor amenities. But for now, those

A shiny, springy new running track tor a new school.

kids are stuck looking across the street
and through the fence into phase one of
Cagni Park, and it's not much to look at.
Ray Cagni Park, named after a coach,
is really the high school's athletic fields
and outdoor basketball courts, as the
city granted this former parkland to the
school district. The space functions as a
public park only after school is over for
the day.
Actually the park is open at any hour
of the day or night, because a section
of its new fence on NE 7th Avenue has
been peeled back, thereby allowing
backdoor access to anyone. If that snafu
were fixed, the only entrance for the
public would exist through the basketball

child stick figure. Instead of standing at
attention, it is lying in the grass.
The biggest and best feature of the
park, however, earns a gold star. The
springy orange track surrounds a grass
field and invites joggers and walkers to
enjoy a measured trot or star athletes to
sprint. The area alongside the track fea-
tures a shot-put ring, a long-jump track
and pit, and what looks like a pole vault
run. It is a track meet waiting to happen.
Inside the track is a grass practice
field with football goalposts. It appears
to be only a practice field, considering
that there are no stands for spectators
and that the North Miami Athletic
Stadium nearby is used for home football
games. Go Pioneers!
The field is used for soccer prac-
tice as well, although it fails to reach

The park's basketball courts are fenced within fencing: Playground or
prison yard?

courts near NE 8th Avenue also
known as Stickball Boulevard and the
site of the 2009 Stickball World Series.
Yeah, that really happened.
In addition to the broken fence, a dis-
turbing aspect of this park is the amount
of litter. The school buildings sparkle
with newness, yet the fences around
the athletic field are cluttered with junk.
Don't these students ever earn a deten-
tion? Send them outside to clean things
up. Don't they have any pride in their
new home? I hope the inside of the school
doesn't look as messy as the outside.
Another demerit is issued for an
inactive warning sign about children -
you know, the bright yellow one with the
walking parent stick figure guiding the

regulation width, according to Kenneth
Newman, a member of the city's official
citizen board for parks oversight. He also
complains that the field has a drainage
problem as a result of being built on
top of gravel, but that claim is disputed
by Scott Galvin, the North Miami City
Commissioner who appointed Newman
to the parks commission.
By the way, the city's Parks and
Recreation Commission is an interesting
bird, with each elected commissioner
able to appoint two citizen representa-
tives. I wonder how many municipalities
in our area have similar boards to moni-
tor their parks, and if they do have them,

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how much influence they wield.
Chain-link fencing encloses the whole
of Cagni Park, and the four basketball
courts on the east side have their own
fence within the fencing, giving it that
stark, Eastern European look. On school-
day afternoons, the courts are hopping
with pick-up games, girls marching in
unison, and boys spinning around dummy
carbines. Perhaps they are members of the
active Junior ROTC program or has
the debate club gone militant?
Framing the park at its two corners
on NE 135th Street are two long, eight-
foot-high walls that curve inwardly,
thereby cutting out two big pie slices
from the sidewalk. One half of the wall
is painted gray and the other half sports
block letters that announce: "North
Miami Senior High School / Home of
the Pioneers / Cagni Park." Strangely,
the area in front of the western wall is
concrete, whereas the area in front of the
eastern wall is grass. Lying horizontal
in this grass is yet another warning sign
that should be vertical.

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Athletic amenities like these are a
track meet waiting to happen.

Behind the eastern wall sits an unfor-
tunate, hopefully temporary dumpster/
construction-trailer combination and a
concrete slab to nowhere. Behind the
dump/trailer combo stands a nicely land-
scaped school parking lot, although none of
the park's juvenile trees casts any shade.
The thing about a place like Cagni

Litter and junk aplenty: Where's
the school pride?

Park is that its few acres get used heav-
ily by resident students, and it doesn't
need to justify its existence by offering
extracurricular activities to the public. It
probably remains accessible because of
the property's history as a public park
and because of its central location.

The eastern edge, NE 8th Avenue,
hosted the 2009 Stickball World

Next to the school is the city's aging
public library, which also had dreams
of its demolition and reincarnation as a
21st-century showcase. Its dreams were
dashed when a proposed mega develop-
ment, Biscayne Landing, collapsed along
with its anticipated tax revenue bonanza.
With luck, phase two of Cagni Park
will get its next demolition day and a
much-needed expansion.

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Down the Chimney and Up for Fun

SA holiday tradition for the little ones -and the not-so-little

By Crystal Brewe
BT Contributor

Beard, a pipe, midnight snacks,
a wicked case of the giggles,
and an unrelenting faith in elves.
I swear I knew Santa! Where did this
character come from? And why do we
foist him upon our kids?
"Yes, Matilda, there is a Santa
Claus." That's what I proclaim to my
six-year-old at the start of our annual
tradition on the day after Thanksgiving.
I don't know if Virginia bought it, but
my kids do and so did I. My goal is to
preserve this tradition long after the kids
find me out and the magic is lost.
There was a real St. Nicholas. He
was born around 280 A.D. in what today
is Turkey. Orphaned after his parents
died from the plague, he inherited a sub-
stantial fortune and went to live with his
uncle, a monk. In keeping with the monk
tradition of poverty, Nicholas gave away
his entire inheritance and traveled the
world aiding the sick and poor. Nicholas,
in Buddha-like fashion, was distressed
by the sorrow in the world and made it
his life's mission to relieve suffering,
particularly of children.
Santa's evolution since then has
morphed into the red-suited, Coke chug-
ging, elusive (except in malls) myth of a
man. Oh, what a tangled web we weave
when we explain that Santa is busily
working in the North Pole but manages to
make it simultaneously to Aventura Mall,
Dolphin Mall, Coral Gables, Bayside Mar-
ketplace, and Zoo Miami. Who is this guy?
How is he such a master multi-tasker? And
more important, how do we keep the Santa
myth alive as long as possible, despite

everything working against us?
Matilda and Everly, my 21-month-
old, both have Jewish roots, since their
preschool days were spent at Temple
Israel's daycare. While all their friends
are singing about the festival of lights,
we are celebrating not necessarily the
birth of Christ (my husband is an atheist
and I'm agnostic) but a season of giving,
family, and appreciation for our good
fortune. When I was a child, my family
had a bit more religion enforced, but the
general focus was on family, and an epic
tale about happiness.
As long as I can remember, we
would finish the Thanksgiving dishes,
dust off of L. Frank Baum's The Life
and Adventures of Santa Claus, and my
brothers and I would pile into bed and
listen intently as my mother read the first
chapter. It represented the start of an
exciting season and a lifelong tradition.
My mother had a knack for timing
the story just right, and somehow

the family would begin this story on
Thanksgiving and end it on Christmas
Eve every year (well into high school).
The tale is so fantastical, it was better
than any Harry Potter or Stieg Larsson
fix could ever be.
As with The Wizard ofOz, a good
number of the characters in The Life and
Adventures of Santa Claus are Baum's
original creations, with imaginative
creatures like knooks and ryls, and a plot
line that doesn't disappoint.
The book is broken into three sec-
tions: "Youth," "Manhood," and "Old
Age." Santa, discovered as an infant
abandoned in the Forest of Burzee, is ad-
opted by nymphs, fairies, and elves, and
he grows under the tutelage of Ak, the
Master Woodsman of the World. Claus is
bought up to appreciate and understand
that all living things are sacred and de-
serve respect. In the "Manhood" section,
Baum relays how Claus began making
toys and delivering them to the world.

In true Baum fashion, Santa runs
into problems. (What's a story without
drama?) The Awgwas, who are evil
creatures and can't tolerate happiness,
continue to plague Claus, first by inter-
cepting his toys during delivery and then
kidnapping Claus himself. "Old Age"
describes the immortals' decision to take
certain actions so that Claus can con-
tinue to give to the world.
My favorite thing about the book is
that numerous questions about our holiday
traditions are answered: What is the reason
for hanging stockings? How and why did
Santa enlist the help of the reindeer? Why
does he slide down the chimney?
A word of caution: There are valiant
but dark battle sequences that rival the
Lord of the Rings films and may be a
little much for the under-seven set, so
before jumping onto Amazon to order
this delicious book, consider the signifi-
cantly shortened version of Baum's 1902
tale, which is accompanied by plenty of
lush illustrations depicting the fairies,
sprites, knooks, and a very handsome
young Claus. In this version, Baum's
original language, ornate and verbose,
has been pared down to a more readable
and modern narrative.
For a young family, our household
has many holiday traditions, but none
are more comforting or timeless than
our preslumber, pajama jaunt through
the mystical Forest of Burzee with our
friend Claus.
Have a magical holiday season,
whatever your tradition or beliefs. And
may your New Year be full of happiness
- and free of Awgwas!

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A Gift That Keeps on Giving and Greening
Looking for that perfect present? Try a tree!

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

During the past couple of months, I've
received numerous requests for a list
of trees that can grow easily in our
area, notbe invasive, and serve the purposes
for which they were planted.
This is certainly not an exhaustive
list, and I had to drop many for lack of
space. All of these trees will drop their
leaves some time during the year, and
some have fruit that will drop to the
ground and stain concrete. But they all
are excellent trees to grow here when
planted in the right place. Consider
giving one as a gift this holiday season.
They all tolerate our alkaline soil
conditions and should never need fertil-
ization. Some of them are native to South
Florida; most are not. I have not included
many native trees because, even though
they will obviously grow well here, they
are vastly overplanted, which means a
single disease or pathogen will have a
field day if it takes hold among them.
Triplaris cumingiana Long Johns
are male or female. The females have the
pretty flowers, but you won't know you
have a female until it flowers. We have one
planted at home. It has not yet flowered but
it's still a pretty tree with attractive bark.
Ficus americana This is a very ap-
pealing, slow-growing tree with small,
dark-green leaves. It makes a great speci-
men and does not take as much space
as other ficus. It would make a great
parking lot tree.
Ficus nymphaeifolia Wavy green
leaves the size of dinner plates make
this tree distinctive. It is not too aggres-
sive and I have never seen fruit on this

The fruit of the Ackee is tasty but poisonous if not properly prepared.

species here in Miami.
Ficus variegata Not common here.
I'm growing some cuttings from a tree
I found recently in an older residential
area. Small fruit grow on the trunk (cau-
liflory) and the birds like to eat them. A
very distinctive and nonaggressive tree.
Piscidia piscipula Jamaican dog-
wood is native to our area and the Carib-
bean. This easy-to-grow tree is briefly
deciduous in the winter.
Bulnesia arborea Verawood has
beautiful yellow flowers and waxy dark
green foliage. A great parking-lot tree.
Cananga odorata Ylang-ylang is
a soft-wooded, fast-growing tree and
should be planted in a protected area.
The nondescript flowers emit an amaz-
ing fragrance at night throughout the
warmer months.
Peltophorum dubium Yellow poinciana
is a very attractive, fine-leafed tree with
yellow flowers resembling candelabras.
Peltophorum pterocarpum Copper
pod is so named because, after the

yellow flowers are pollinated, the pods
(fruit) turn a pleasing copper color.
Koelreuteria elegans Golden rain
tree. The flowers are yellow and the fruit
ripen to orange or pink. Normally found
north of us but there are many very nice
specimens in our area.
Noronhia emarginata The Madagas-
car olive tolerates wind and salt. It does
produce small fruit, but if planted away
from sidewalks and patios it will be a
good-looking tree that grows easily.
Pachira aquatica Guiana chestnut is
an easy-to-grow tree that readily produces
large, distinctive flowers throughout the
warm months. Moist areas are preferred.
Ceiba pentandra Kapok is a distinc-
tive tree that can grow very tall and wide.
Some have spines covering the trunk
while others have very few or no spines.
The flowers are relatively nondescript.
The fruit is about the size of a baseball.
Upon opening, the seeds, which are
attached to a white, cottony fluff, blow
around with the wind.

Adansonia digitata Baobab can grow
to be a huge tree. The pendant blooms are
very attractive and the fruit very healthy to
eat. This tree needs a large area to grow.
Bombax ceiba The red silk cotton
tree is another that may have spines on
the trunk. The large, waxy, red flowers
are profuse in spring. This can become a
nice large shade tree.
(C h i ., l.i Iii cainito Star apple or
caimito is a small-statured tree closely
related to the Satin leaf. The foliage is
beautiful and distinct. When the small,
tasty fruit are produced, they are usually
picked off before they fall by Miamians
who know the tree from other countries.
Simarouba glauca The Paradise tree
is one of our natives I think is underuti-
lized. It is soft-wooded and relatively fast-
growing with a very distinctive canopy.
Blighia sapida This is the Ackee of
Jamaican ackee-and-saltfish fame. The
attractive red fruit should not be eaten raw.
It is poisonous and must be properly pre-
pared. Plant this tree where the public and
your children do not have access. Named
after Captain Bligh of Mutiny fame.
Tecoma stains Yellow elder grows
as a small shrubby tree. It is very soft-
wooded, but if planted in a full-sun
area protected from the wind, you'll be
rewarded with profuse blooms of yellow
several times a year. So what if it breaks.
Cut it back and let it grow up again.

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Gardens You Can Eat
Your own home-grown food tastes better because it is better

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

One of the best ways to go green
is to take it literally. Add some
greenery to your life and to your
food supply. Do what Michelle Obama
did. Plant an edible garden.
And I mean plant it now. Today. In
South Florida, it's never the wrong
time to grow food. Although the winter
season is the best for growing "northern"
vegetables, there are plenty of herbs and
tropical fruits that thrive in the heat. I've
even heard tales of an Everglades cherry
tomato that grows through the summer.
Even condo denizens can start a
new container garden with an emphasis
on herbs and other miniature edibles. It
may seem like a simple thing to do, but
growing your own food creates a wave
of impacts. Every time you make a salad
and can toss in a few of your homegrown
tomatoes or basil leaves, it helps you and
your loved ones to remember and appre-
ciate where food really comes from.
People in South Florida think that
food comes from Winn Dixie or Publix.
It's like believing that babies come from
hospitals. We lose part of ourselves when
we forget the few organic steps that
happen before the stork delivers the baby
arugula into your shopping cart.
Greens grown at home make you
greener. By plucking lettuce from your
own garden instead of from a market,
you avoid many of the sins of industrial
agriculture. Pesticides can be avoided, or
at least minimized. (Follow Jeff Shi-
monski's "Your Garden" column in the
BT for solid advice.) You eliminate the
need for petroleum products to transport
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the food, to transport you to the market,
to wrap the lettuce in plastic, and to
place the wrapped lettuce in a plastic
grocery bag. You have more control over
unknowns such as genetically modified
crops and e-coli outbreaks. And last but
certainly not least, homegrown food
can be harvested at the right moment. It
tastes better because it is better.
But what if you don't have a green
thumb? Never fear. There are plenty of
local growers out there ready to lend a
helping hand. Besides, gardening with a
group is more fun.
Downtown Miami has its leaders in
the hot trend of urban farming, and they
can always use more volunteers. Roots
in the City, Inc., has turned Overtown
into an unlikely, ultra-urban farming
community. This year it teams up with
chic eatery Michael's Genuine Food &
Drink to launch a school garden at inner-
city Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School,
and the sprouts are a-blooming.

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You can enjoy the literal fruits of
Roots in the City at one of Miami's
newest farmers markets, opening for its
second season on December 8. It sells
produce on Wednesday and Fridays
afternoons, and is located at the corner
of NW 2nd Avenue and 10th Street. Visit
rootsinthecity.net for more information.
Other local schools have started
organic ring gardens with help from
Three Sisters Farm and the Earth Ethics
Institute at Miami-Dade College. Farmer
Clifton Middleton says that ring gardens
cost $300 to build and create a large
amount of food within a small space.
The ring's center is a compost pile that
feeds the plants, thereby teaching kids
about the cycle of life.
In Miami Beach, the past meets the
present at the Joseph J. Vallari Victory
Garden, a remnant of gardens grown
across the country during World II.
Under the jurisdiction of the Miami
Beach Parks and Recreation Department

Sbut maintained by volunteers, the garden
2 is located deep in South Beach at 226
P Collins Ave. These gardeners are spread-
Z ing the fashion trend of Farmer Chic.
Why not bring the trend to the Upper
SEastside or Aventura or North Miami or
even gasp! Miami Shores? Consid-
Sering that we are a nation at war for the
D longest period in modern history, victory
Gardens should be more common than
-Facebook postings on Farmville. Why
not plant one in your neighborhood?
Gardens and urban farms in Miami
are popping up in the most unlikely
places. One has recently emerged near
MIA. GROW, the Green Railway Organ-
ic Workshop, has the goal of transform-
ing a warehouse district into farm space,
starting with an abandoned railroad
track near the airport. As always, volun-
teers are needed (grow-miami.org).
Edible urban gardens have their limita-
tions, of course. The next best thing to grow-
ing your own food is to become a practicing
locavore someone who eats food grown
locally. Try to find a farmers market and con-
nect with an organization such as Slow Food
Miami or the Greater Everglades Foodshed.
You can try to follow the advice of one green
diet and only eat food grown within 100
miles of home.
By trying your best to grow some
food and to support local farms, you
will be moving in the right direction.
You won't just be talking the talk about
thinking globally and acting locally.
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As the Bubbles Rise, So Will Your Spirits
Red, white, and you: Agreeable wines for $12 or less

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

was the month before Christmas,
when all through the house / Not
a creature was stirring, not even
a mouse. / The stockings were empty,
the mantel was bare / The house was
foreclosed and no one was there.
The banksters were snuggled all
warm in their beds / While visions of
bonuses danced in their heads. / As mom
read the paper and dad watched the news
/ They realized once more they were
both really screwed.
Then out of the blue they heard
something strange / The voice of a man
who talked hope and change. / They lis-
tened, excited, and dared to believe / But
all that they got were tea bags aggrieved.
With hope now despair and change
but a dream / Their spirits, they fell like
a rock in a stream. / Then, behold, to
their rescue a vision it came / A fat man
in red with a case of champagne.
No\\ Cristal! Now, Heidsieck! Now,
Dom and Clicquot! / On, Chandon! On,
Gosset! On, Mumm and Venoge! / Work
your magic on those whom the banksters
have maimed / Because bubbles trump
tea leaves on this Christmas Day!"
So he popped out a cork and he
poured them a round / As they sipped
they could feel their sad spirits re-
bound. / Then they heard him exclaim
as he passed 'round some snacks /
"Merry Christmas to all! Not so fast,
Goldman Sachs."
Okay, so I'm no Clement Clarke
Moore, who actually wrote the famous
poem I've shamelessly swiped for this
bit of wine-soaked doggerel. But there

is a certain inef-
fable magic in those ji
pinpoint bubbles
rising in a shimmer-
ing, golden liquid,
creating a multitude
of tiny explosions
in your mouth with
each sip.
Here at Vino,
we're all about wines
those of us who
aren't banksters can
afford, so with the
coming of Christ-
mas, Chanukah, and
New Year's, we're
presenting a roster
of bubblies that are
as delightful on the
palate as they are
easy on the wallet.
It's become a
hopeless cliche to say that some of the
best values on the wine market today
come from Spain, but that doesn't make
it any less accurate, especially when it
comes to sparking wine, or cava, as the
Spanish call it.
If you prefer a crisp, dry, toasty-
yeasty style of bubbly, the NV Cristali-
no Brut is a smack-yo-momma bargain
for all of eight bucks. It tastes of grape-
fruit and green apples with a tart citrus
acidity, a fine and refreshing comple-
ment to stone crab or lobster on your
holiday table. On the other hand, if your
taste runs to a full-bodied sparkler, one
with richer fruit, a smoother finish, and
a bit less acidity, you could do a helluva
lot worse than the NV Conde de Caralt
Brut. Here the aromas and backbone

hint at citrus and pineapple, but the
flavor suggests ripe red apples with a
pleasing mineral undercurrent. And the
price tag ($9) suggests a damn good deal.
Sticking with the fresh and fruity
theme, we come to a rather intriguing
bubbly from Italy, the nonvintage Vignal
Prosecco la Delizia. Forget tangy lemon
and lime and green apple; think ripe pear
and apricots with a hint of sweetness and
an almost creamy texture. It's probably
too fruit-forward for serious bubble-
heads, but it might be just the flute of tea
for the acidity-adverse.
More rooty-tooty than fresh 'n'
fruity is NV Barefoot Bubbly Brut
Cuv6e. Imagine juicing a few thousand
candy canes and adding carbonation and
you'll get a pretty good idea of what's in
the bottle.

Nobody does sparkling wine with
the consistent quality and 61an of the
French. The 2008 Cuv6e Jean Philippe
Brut is downright elegant in its clean,
crisp simplicity, offering up aromas
of toast and herbs and citrus, segue-
ing into flavors of tart green apples and
And I could hardly let this opportu-
nity go by with plugging my favorite of
all bubblies, ros6. The NV Depreville
Brut Ros6, for example. Its pretty rose-
petal color hints at its rose-petal and
strawberry aromas that waft up from
the glass, while on the palate it tastes of
fresh strawberries and raspberries, with
a subtle yet bracing acidity and a splash
of minerals. Priced at a quite reasonable
$10.99, it will leave some change in your
pocket, which is, sad to say, probably the
only kind of change we can believe in.

North Miami Beach's Total Wine
& More (14750 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-354-3270) carries the Conde
de Caralt Brut ($8.99), Vignal
Prosecco ($9.99) and Depreville
Brut Rose ($10.99); the Cuvee Jean
Philippe is available for $11.99 at
the North Miami Beach ABC Fine
Wine & Spirits (16355 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-944-6525), while the
Barefoot Bubbly can be found for
$10.49 at the Biscayne Commons
Publix (14641 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
354-2171). The Cristalino Brut, a
remarkable deal at $7.95, is at
the North Miami Crown Wine and
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Weekend Getaways for You and Yours
Five nearby staycations for people and pets

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor
he holiday season is upon us, and
everyone is busy making their
last-minute travel plans, visit-
ing relatives, welcoming relatives, and
shopping for holiday gifts. Regardless of
your plans or your budget in this stand-
still economy, you have to take care
of Number One. Why not plan a small
getaway with the individual who has
always stood by you, the one who is the
first to greet you when you come home,
and the one who always is there to give
you a kiss when you have a bad day? (Or
at least, let you kiss them.)
You need not go far. In fact you can go
right around the block and stay at that nice
hotel on the corner. In fact, staying close to
home can be very stress-free. There is no
major packing or traveling required. My
two dogs and I are no strangers to what
is now commonly called the staycation.
Sometimes all I have is a day or two free
from work, so off we go to a local pet-
friendly hotel and pretend we are far, far
away. Sometimes a change of scenery and
free time (and possibly a massage) is all
you need. What's more, many pet-welcom-
ing hotels are not just dog friendly, but cat,
bird, hamster, and ferret-friendly too! Here
are a few we have been to.
If you are looking for an inexpensive
getaway with your best friend on South
Beach, then check out the Kent Hotel. It's
a small Art Deco inn with clean rooms and
helpful amenities, including DVD players,
flat-screen televisions, and free Internet
service. No goodie bag for your pup, but
as of this writing, no pet fee either! Rooms

can be had for less than $100 per night,
and sometimes they offer extra nights free,
making an overnight getaway in the heart
of South Beach affordable. Kent Hotel,
1131 CollinsAve., Miami Beach, 305-604-
5068, www.thekenthotel.com.
Of course, the alpha dog of South
Beach hotels is the Loews Miami
Beach. Their motto is "Loews Loves
Pets," and they show your pet the love
from the moment you check in. You the
pet owner may only get a room key, but
your pampered pooch is given a goodie
bag (or "amenity kit," as it is known
in the hospitality industry) filled with
doggy delights and necessities.
The last time I was there, the kit
featured a doggy bakery item, biscuits, a
Loews bowl and floor mat, tag, and menu
from the kitchen. On a beachside corner
of the property there is a dog park and
toilet area for your dog, complete with
baggie station. The Loews is adjacent
to a wide, meandering boardwalk that

is dog-friendly for an ocean-view jog or
stroll with your pet. Throughout the year,
Loews hosts special dog events, including
a lavish, dog-friendly brunch to benefit
the Humane Society of Greater Miami.
Loews Miami Beach, 1601 CollinsAve.,
Miami Beach, 305-604-1601, www.loews-
If you're looking for a change of
scenery, pack up your pet and head
across Alligator Alley, then up to the
Loews Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach, on
the laid-back Gulf Coast. But don't think
the Loews is just about dogs. Loews wel-
comes cats, too. Catnip, scratching posts,
and cat beds are just a selection of the
items that will make your feline feel right
at home. Throughout the year there are
seasonal packages offered for you and
your furry friend. The Loews are gener-
ally known to welcome pets of any size,
but of course check with each hotel prop-
erty directly for any restrictions and to
avoid extra fees. A respectable, one-time

S$25 cleaning fee is all the Loews chain
usually charges per stay, and two pets
o per room is sometimes the max. Loews
E Don Cesar, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete
SBeach, 727-360-1881, www.loewshotels.
When I want a bit of luxury with a
relaxed island feel, Saffy, Jay-J, and I head
to Casa Morada in Islamorada, Florida
Keys. A small boutique hotel with a chic,
Caribbean feel, Casa Morada welcomes
dogs, but not small children. This is a
romantic, serene, breezy place with a
lavish Continental breakfast on a second-
story deck amid the treetops. Bicycles,
snorkeling gear, and kayak rentals are in-
cluded with the price of admission, as are
seasonal yoga classes by the pool. Most
snacks in your fridge are also complemen-
tary. You are more likely to hear a bossa
nova beat here than Jimmy Buffett. I've
stayed in three different rooms and all had
something special to offer, including ter-
races, sunken tubs with views, and sitting
rooms. I've not been charged a pet fee,
but you should always check before you
make reservations. The intimate property
includes lovely gardens to walk your dog.
Pets are pretty much allowed anywhere
except the pool area. Casa Morada, 136
Madeira Rd., Islamorada, 305-664-0044,
For a more family-friendly or group-
friendly resort in the Keys that still retains
some island charm, the Islander Resort
is a solid choice. It's a beachfront hotel
(Casa Morada is on Morada Bay) also on
Islamorada, and has a selection of rooms
set aside for pets. A nonrefundable pet fee

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is charged, and at $75 it is admittedly a
bit steep. Continental breakfast and free
parking is included. Islander Resort, Mile
Marker 82.1, Islamorada, 305-664-2031,
When I'm on staycation with my
pets, I do all those things I just never
have time for during the daily grind. I
tour the local shops, swim in the ocean
and pool, and stay in bed a little longer

in the morning. Maybe I get a massage
or listen to live music. I also get to meet
a bunch of interesting people and their
pets from near
and far Jay-J, Taking a staycatiol
my Dalmatian,
loves checking you but it helps t
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vacation for his
senses. Little
Saffy just likes to know where in this
new place she'll find her food bowl and

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where she'll be sleeping.
Taking a staycation not only rejuve-
nates you but it helps the local economy
as well. Fur-
ot only rejuvenates
you will
local economy as be "going
to see if there is a green" and
ida residents. helping the
ment by not
traveling by jet to distant locales. Always
check to see if there is a special for

Florida residents. The Internet is the eas-
iest avenue to find out about pet-friendly
hotels. I'm planning my next nearby
getaway tonight. I hope you are too.

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, ,l ri .. i. ;r i0,. com, or
visit www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com.

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If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you be?

Compiled by Cathi Marro -BT Contributor

Ximena Sala Nin
Salon Technician
I would choose Miami
Shores. I love this village
because of the people
around here. It's a nice
family environment. Also I
like the houses because they
are traditional and old and
some of them have been re-
modeled beautifully. I don't
live there now, but probably
in a couple of months I will
be moving there.

David Rockowitz
Project Manager
Atlanta, Georgia. I like
the seasonal changes there
and the mountains. There
are no mountains here. I
vacation there every year.
I lived in the Northeast
for half my life, but it just
gets too cold there. Most
people come to Florida to
retire, but I want to retire
to Georgia.

Shannon Hines
Assistant Manager
Sunny Isles Beach
Right now I'd have to say
New York City because of
the diversity, the people,
and the food. I don't
particularly like the cold.
However, if I'm in New
York City, I feel like I could
deal with it. After college I
lived in NYC while doing
an internship in Manhattan,
and I'm not sure if I'll move
back there or stay here after
graduate school.

Rob Armstrong
Miami Shores
Queensland, Australia,
because it is very similar
to here, but different. It
has nice weather and
good wine and it's not
nearly as crowded as
Miami. All the chicks
have cool accents too!
I've been there before
and potentially, after
retiring, I would like to
live there.

Stazja Walls
Aveda Experience Advisor
North Miami
Miami! I'm from Philly
and I've only been here
for seven months. I love
the atmosphere here and
the cultural diversity. I've
met some awesome people
since I've been here. The
fun never ends, there's
always something to do. I
definitely think I'll stay
in Miami for the rest of
my life.

Mandy Bertematti
General Manager
Jamaica. I have been
there before. They have
lush lands, great people,
and my wife's family is
from there. My life would
be less stressful and I'd
have more family time
if I lived there. For work
I would sell flip-flops on
the beach! But I don't
think I will ever actually
move there.


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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 245.

Restaurant listings for the BT DiningGuide are
written by are written by Pamela Robin Brandt
(restaurants@biscaynetimes.com). Every
effort has been made to ensure accuracy, but
restaurants frequently change menus, chefs, and
operating hours, so please call ahead to confirm
information. Icons ($$$) represent estimates for a
typical meal without wine, tax, or tip. Hyphenated
icons ($-$$$) indicate a significant range in prices
between lunch and dinner menus, or among
individual items on those menus.
$= $10 and under
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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 aioli and wakame salad For des-
sert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled
with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard $$$$$

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234
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 grilledd chop, harissa-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, but the 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 surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a
cocktail is one of Miami's more relaxing experiences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food sn't easy to find in Miami, downtown
has 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 equixada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes
to inventive inspirations like foie 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, butyou 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, globally 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 rodizio (all-you-can-eat meat), and weigh, on
average, 400 pounds This Brazilian pub broadens the pic-
ture, with a menu that offers entrees, especially at lunch,
but highlights Brazilian tapas -- mega-mini plates meant
for sharing Must-not-misses include pasteles filled with
shrimp and creamy catupiry cheese, beautifully seasoned
bolinho de bacalau (fried salt cod dumplings), and alpim
frlto (house-special yuca fries, the best in town) $$$

Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space
as its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider It a more
spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,

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db Bistro Moderne
345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800
Just two words -- "Daniel Boulud" --should be enough for food-
ies craving creative French/American comfort cuisine to run,
not walk, to this restaurant If they can find it (Hint The mys-
terious "Avenue of the Americas" is really Biscayne Boulevard
Way Don't ask) Downtown's db is an absentee celeb chef
outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Jarrod Verbiak flawlessly
executes dishes ranging from the original NYC db Bistrds sig-
nature foie gras/short rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local
market-driven dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley
veloute $$$-$$$$

Indigo / Table 40
100 Chopin Plaza, 305-577-1000
Long known for its power-lunch buffet-- including hot entrees,
carving station, custom pastas, packed-to-the-gills salad, sushi,
and dessertstations -the InterContinental Hotel's Indigo
restaurant now has a hip offspring intended for private dining
Table 40 The charming glassed-in wine "cellar" (actually in
the kitchen) enables 12-14 diners to watch the action in heat-
shielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations by veter-
an chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental technique with
local seasonal ingredients Highlights tender house-smoked,
stout-braised short ribs, lavish lobster salad with grilled mango,
and a seductive fresh corn gazpacho $$$-$$$$$

Soi Asian Bistro
134 NE 2nd Ave, 305-523-3643
From the owners of Calle Ochds hip Mr Yum and 2B Asian
BBtro, Soi sports similar casual-chic ambiance and eclectic Tha/
Japanese cuisine Traditonal Thai curries and familiar sushi rolls
are prepared with solid skill and stye But most intriguing are new
inventions adding Peruvian fusion flair to the Asian mix such as
a spicy tangy tangle of crpfried yellow noodles with sauteed
shrimp plus slivered peppers and onions- mod mee krob, with
jalea-like tart heat replacingthe cloyngsweetness $$


Vino e Olio
139 NE 39th St., 305-573-0707
Opening a high-profile Italian restaurant in Oak Plaza seems
crazily competitive, when the plaza's only other tenant is a
popular casual Northern Italian eatery But the two are actu-
ally complementary, since this glamorous newbie features ele-
gantly upscaled rustic Tuscan fare Chef Andrea Menichetti's
superb skill set seems inherited from his mom, who has a
Michelin two-star restaurant in Tuscany Close your eyes while
tasting his faro timbale (bacon-studded spelt, creamy red
pepper sauce, and tangy aged ricotta) and you II swear you're
there $$-$$$$$

Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar
3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307
Gentrlfied atmosphere, a remarkably knowledgeable staff,
and a hip stock (including liquor and global beers as well
as wine, plus gourmet packaged foods to accompany
them), and a self-service wine dispenser for sampling
make this an enjoyable retail shop And a wine/cocktail/
tapas bar (open from 4 00 p m daily) makes it an enjoy-
able neighborhood hangout, too The simple but tasty
tapas include spinach or hummus dips, shrimp cocktails, a
traditional Spanish tortilla, and lavishly garnished imported
cheese and charcuterie platters $-$$

Kantauri Seafood Restaurant
5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-0505
Kantauri has a pleasantly split personality Diners can have
a full meal or just lounge over wine and tapas Whats
unique here, as tipped off by the friendly tavern's name, is
the focus on Basque cuisine -- not today fashionable stuff,
but traditional dishes that owner Unai Urtiberea's family
prepared for generations, while fishing the region's Kantauri
Sea Try marmitako (a full-flavored fishermen's tuna/potato
stew) or txistorro (a delectably fatty garlic/paprika-spiced
sausage) The names are a mouthful, butso are portion
sizes $$-$$$

American Noodle Bar
6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-396-3269
For us personally, a threeword Homer Simpson review says
it "Bacon sauce Mmmm "But responsibly the chef/owner
of this casual, counter-service Vietnamese fusion cheap eats
joint is Michael Bloise, formerly executive chef of Wish, one of
South Beach's most glamorous At his own antiestablishment
place, customers customize Seven bucks will get you a bowl
of thick, charmingly chewy noodles, plus one of nine sauces
(smoked lobster, lemon grass, brown sugar/gnger, bacon) and
ten toppings (recommended slow-roasted duck, sweet Chinese
sausage) Also enjoy cheeseburger dumplings, banh mi subs,
housemade fruitsodas, beer or wine, and atttudefree fun $

The Water Club
Intracoastal Mall
3969 163rd St., 305-944-8411
Of all Intracoastal Mall eateries, this huge restolounge (whose
executive chefs are the Randazzos, Andrea and Frank) has
the best water views, making outdoor tables ideal for relaxed
get-togethers Service can be slack, but lingering is a plus
when sharing a sunset, plus refreshingly briny West Coast
Maple Pointe oysters And about the only thing better than an
order of crispy fried oysters -- served atop blackened corn/
watermelon salsa, with yuzu tobiko and green chil aoli -- is
two orders There's a full menu, but grazing rules

3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410
At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restau-
rant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous
sushi specialties Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish
fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with
spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser
Don't neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and
green curries customizable as to heat(mild, medium, hot, and
authentic "Thai hot ) And for a bargain light lunch, trytonjiru,
miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork $$-$$$

Mr. Chef's Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar
18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030
Considering our counts dearth of authentic Chinese food,
this stylish eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura residents
Owners Jin Xiang Chen and Shu Ming (a k a Mr Chef) come
from China's southern seacoast province of Guangdong
(Canton) But you II find no gloppily sauced, Americanized-
Cantonese chop sueys here Cooking is properly light-handed,
and seafood specialties shine (try the spicy/crispy salt and
pepper shrimp) For adventurers, there's a cold jellyfish start-
er Even timid taste buds can't resist tender fried shrimp balls
described this way "With crispy adorable fringy outfit" $$-$$$

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owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace
directly on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired, with a
few Latin and Mediterranean accents For the health-con-
scious, the menu includes low-cal choices For hedonists
there's a big selection of artisan sakes $$$-$$$$$

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, rangingfrom $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40
DeuS (an 115% alcohol Belgian methode Champenoise
brew) But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global small-
ish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recom-
mended), chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo, or steak
tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy
salsa 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 Arpaia has influences
ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean
region, and even Latin America Unchanged is Psilakls'
solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that
makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste acces-
sible So skip the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly
custardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin risotto,
or any raw seafood item, especially the unique marlin with
pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck $$$-$$$$

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 wantto share $-$$

Fratelli Milano
213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300
Downtown isn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but it's expe-
riencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night
That includes this family-owned rlstorante, where even
newcomers feel at home At lunch its almost impossible
to resist paninl, served on foccacla or crunchy clabatta,
even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and

complementary flavors During weekday dinners, try gen-
erous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus,
homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al sco-
glio, or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula $$-$$$

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

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries
about the seafood's freshness, on their way to the dining
deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail
fish market Best preparations are the simplest When stone
crabs are in season, Garcla's claws are as good as Joe's but
considerably cheaper The local fish sandwich is most popu-
lar 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-
dltlonal surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion
fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney,
along with the ubiquitous chimichurrl $$$$-$$$$$

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

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

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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 neoclassical yet warm Italian restaurant was
unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown With alterna-
tives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnollot in sage butter sauce
and cllantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with
truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horato Oliveira con-
tinue 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
Atfour in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a
Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a truckers burger beef
patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried
egg, with an arepa corn pancake "bun" While this tny place's
late hours (till 6 00 a m Friday and Saturday) are surprising,
the daytime menu is more so In addition to Colombian clas-
sics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared
salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites $-$$

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

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233
At this French bakery/cafe mornings start seriously, with

choices ranging from quality cheese, 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
Madelelnes, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-mac-
aroon sandwich cookies with daily-changing fillings $-$$

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

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 luxesushi 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 Manny's Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse retains
basically everything but the famed name (from the original
Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miami's most inten-
tonally 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 Not for the frail $$$$$

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

1414 Brickell Ave., 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
varysignificantly accordingto regional tastes and fish Here in
Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like
lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style
grouper ceviche The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood
selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pom-
pano, parrotfish, amberjack But even flown-in fish (and the raw
bar's cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh $$$$

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116
The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly
popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food
is served at several newer outlets The prices are low

enough that you might suspect Pasha's was a tax write-off
rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it
was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes Dishes
range from falafel and gyros to more unusual Items like
muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh
yogurt cheese Everything from pitas to lemonade is made
fresh, from scratch, daily $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs
(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back sever-
al generations) are the main draw at this Overtown institution
But the chicken is also a winner, plus there's a full menu of
soul food entrees, including what many aficionados consider
our town's tastiest souse And it would be unthinkable to call it
quits without homemade sweet potato pie or banana pudding,
plus a bracing flop half iced tea, half lemonade $-$$

15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from
Vermont), this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's
first 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 prx fixe Any three courses on the menu (meaning
three entrees if you want) for $39 Highlights include silky,
tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated
beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive
oil dipping sauces, and over-the-top playhouse desserts,
one with a luscious creme fralche ice cream pop $$$$

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Specializing in regional
Japanese Cuisine,
focusing on small tapas- like
plates you will not find on menus
anywhere else.



Open 6 p.m. till 2 a.m.

Fri. & Sat. Open till 3 a.m.

After Hours Dining

25yrs. In Business

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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
rarelyfound 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 din-
ers, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese But oyster
fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on
the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are
served both raw and cooked fire-roasted with sofrito but-
ter, chorizo, and manchego There's also a thoughtful wine
list and numerous artisan beers on tap $$$

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experi-
ence that's haute in everything but price Few entrees top
$20 The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly fes-
tive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn'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-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or
Rosa's signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside A
few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries $$$

Sandwich Bar
40 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-0622
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 imagina-
tive sandwiches on fresh breads, an especially delicious
creation features slow-braised short ribs, caramelized
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 Thats owner
Armando Alfano's philosophy, which is stated above the entry
to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since its also the
formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from
Pompeii), its fittngthat the menu is dominated by authenti-
callystraightforward yet sophisticated Italian entrees There
are salads and sandwiches, too The most enjoyable place to
dine is the secret, open-air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on
Thursday only to accompany local musicians and artists $-$$

Sparky's Roadside Restaurant & Bar
204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877
This cowboy-cute eaters 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/tang tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/
mustard, pan-Asian hoisin 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 encoun-
tered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki
topped with Peru's traditional potato garnish, huancaina
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 $$

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 aloli), or plated with
orange-ginger sauce But there are tomato-sauced meat-
balls with r'gawt 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
Shal Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May
initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables
Wrong Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like
soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-your-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

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for sharing 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), 305-536-6414
This expansive restaurant has no outdoor component, but
floor-to-ceiling windows and a multi-level layout means every
table has a Biscayne Bay view, which we find particularly
enjoyable in the morning, over a fresh asparagus and
Boursin cheese omelet or huevos a la cubana (fried eggs
and cheese on black beans) Lunch and dinner menus are
a "greatest hits" mix (steaks, pasta, Caesar salad), featuring
appealing local accents like a hefty fried or blackened grou-
per sandwich on clabatta roll, with remoulade sauce $$-$$$

2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts "Modern Indian Cuisine"
to match the look Classicists, however, needn't worry
America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here,
though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and pre-
sented with modern flair All meats are certified halal,

Islam's version of kosher which doesn't mean that obser-
vant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can $$$

Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a stylish mix of con-
temporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made
from wine barrels) Cuisine is similarly geared to the area's
smart new residents creative sandwiches and salads at
lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish,
Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night Though the
place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino
offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto arugula,
gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs,
and prosciutto Free parking behind the building $$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909
If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves
supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking
distance of every Miami resident, we'd be a helluva hip
food town Like true Parisian bistros, it's open continuously,
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 frtes, salmon atop ratatoullle, or
many changing blackboard specials Portions are plentiful
So is free parking $$

Buena Vista Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945
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 per-
fectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo
meal As for Postel's homemade French sweets, if you grab
the last Parls-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry,
we May have to kill you $-$$

297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792
This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor
venue is described as an "art gallery/lounge," and some
do comejust for cocktails like the hefty cafe con leche

martinis But don't overlook chef 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 $$

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

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

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is
familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and
pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept
differentiates the place Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne
Times, giving diners something to chat about Sandwiches
and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an
unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes,
breads, and condiments for the creatively minded $

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as
it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family The food is as tasty as ever, especially
the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who
like their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter
As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion
cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle
dishes tallerin saltado and tallerin verde $$

18th Street Cafe
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 platters 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
Mediterranean-accented touch $$$-$$$$

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-
gie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they're well-done
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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 neighbor-
hood needed The restaurants artisan salumi, cheeses,
flavorful boutique olive oils, and more are so outstanding
that you can't help wishing it also had a retail component
Entrees include properly al dente pastas, plus some region-
al 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, Gigi has
minimalist modern diner ambiance paired with truly creative
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 styl-
ish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one
would hope and as affordable Theres a five-buck half-serv-
ing 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 rustic restaurant, the
wave of intense spice aromas wafting through the space
serve notice that the contemporary Haitian-American" cui-
sine 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 occasional 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., 305-576-8002
(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 Whatjustifles the new millennium
moniker is the more modern, yuppifled/yucafled ambiance,
encouraged byan 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
s "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 It's now open for dinner six nights a week,
serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices
Dishes like pinon and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-
drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable
tacos average $5-$8 Also available big breakfasts and
salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon-
crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list $

Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-571-9044
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the features
you expect, including all-you-can-eat meats carved tableside
and a lavish buffet What sets Maino apart from typical
rodizio palaces is its family-run feel, intimate rather than intim-
idating, plus its attention to every detail While it's rare at most
rodiziojoints 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 specials Free parking, too $$-$$$$$

163 NE 39th St., 305-572-1400
Though we admired the ambitious approach of Oak Plaza's
original tenant, Brosia, this more informal, inexpensive, and
straightforwardly Italian concept of veteran Lincoln Road
restaurateur Grazlano Sbrogglo seems a more universal
lure for the Design Districts central town square" The
mostly outdoor space remains unaltered save a wood-burn-
ing oven producing flavorfully char-bubbled pizza creations,
plus a vintage meat slicer dispensing wild boar salamino,
bresaola (cured beef), and other artisan salumi Other
irresistibles fried artichokes with lemony aioli, seafood
lasagna with heavenly dill-lobster sauce $$-$$$

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066
Inside this converted 1940s home's blue-and-white dining
room -- or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered gar-
den -- diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece
and Turkey Make a meal of multinational mezes a Greek
sampler of creamy tzatziki 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 $$-$$$

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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, fes-
tooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling
Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth mar-
garitas 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 $$-$$$$
Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the
Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular
lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others
who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks Regulars
know daily specials are the way to go Depending on the
day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings
are all prepared fresh Big burgers and steak dinners are
always good A limited late-night menu provides pizza,
wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m $-$$
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, miraculously 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 Picasso
chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach,
and basil on a crusty baguette Other artfully named and
crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas
(like the Matisse, flocchi pouches filled with pears and
cheese), and house-baked pastries $
3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201
(See Brickell/Downtown listing)
3918 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-5325
At this tiny pizza/mozzarella bar, Jonathan Eismann's
inspired topping combos and astonishingly high-quality
ingredients prove that star-chef skills are not wasted on
humble fare Carnivores must try the Cacciatorini an
ultra-thin and crispy crust with indescribably rich guancia-
le (cured, unsmoked pork cheek bacon), pungent artisan
pepperoni, grana padano, locally made mozzarella, and
Italian tomatoes For meatless pies, we recommend the
Bianca, a thyme-seasoned pizza whose plentiful cheeses
are beautifully balanced by bitter arugula Bring a crowd
and taste half-a-dozen different mozzarellas $$
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn't have
that do drop in" locals' hangout vibe But this lively Italian
spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood The
pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings rang-
ing from classic pepperoni to prosclutto/arugula would
be draw enough But pastas also please diners' choice
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open past midnight every day but Sunday $$
Primo Pizza Miami
3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555
Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant
most everywhere Today many places now offer authentic
Italian or delicate designer pizzas But a satisfying Brookyn-
style street slice? Fuhgedit Thankfully that's the speciality
of this indoor/outdoor pizzeria bg slices with chewy crusts
(made from imported NY tap water) that aren't ultra-thin
and crisp, but flexible enough to fold lengthwise, and medi-
um-thick -- sturdy enough to support toppings applied with
generous all-American abandon Take-out warning Picking
up a whole pie? Better bring the SUV, not the Morris Mini
Prosecco Ristorante
3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-438-2885
Its sheltered location, in a showroom buildings central atri-
um, makes Prosecco not the Design Districts easiest-to-find
Italian eatery/enoteca But the owner's longtime experience
in Tom Billante restaurants like Carpaccio tells you the place
is a people-pleaser, with food and wine that's accessible,
affordable, and worth the hunt Beautifully garnished carpac-
clos (like mustard-vinaigrette-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., 305-227-2378
Unlike most urban barbecue joints, this neo-rustic road-
house uses a genuine wood/charcoal-fired Bewley pit from
Texas to flavor its subtly smoky slow-cooked barbecue And
anyone with working taste buds will discern the difference
in chef/owner Jonathan Eismann's vinegar-basted North
Carolina-style pulled pork, his tender-firm (rather than
inauthentically falling-off-the-bone) dry-rubbed spareribs,
succulently fatty briskets, and juicy chickens Tabletop
housemade sauces (particularly a piquant mustard-cider St
Louis potion) are enhancers, not essentials $$-$$$
Sakaya Kitchen
Shops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue
This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an iza-
kaya (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 concept 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 $$
Sake Room
275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge Among the
seafood offerings, you won't find exotica or local catches,
but all the usual sushl/sashiml favorites, though in
more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy srracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many
more Especially recommended the yuzu hamachi roll,
the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp
with hot-and-sour Mayo and a salad $$-$$$
Salsa Fiesta
2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245
The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini
chain, this urban Mexican grill" serves health-conscious,
made-fresh-dally fare similar in concept to some fast-casual
competitors But there are indeed differences here, notably
pan-Latin options black beans as well as red, thin, delight-
fully crunchy tostones (available as a side or as the base
for a uniquely tasty take on normal nachos) Other pluses
include weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers -- and
free parking $-$$
S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291
Some things never change, or so it seems atthis classic diner
Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings,
waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts
corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits, fluffy pan-
cakes, homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage -
everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict The lunch menu is
a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the
menu and go for the daily blackboard specials $-$$
Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474
No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this
lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper
Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the
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is hands-on at both places Her exuberant yet firmly
controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen
hot and cold tapas on the menu Items are frequently
reinvented Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego
croquetas with fig jam, white bean stew, crisp-coated
artichokes with lemon/coriander dip, and buttery bone
marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced
by tiny pickled salads $$$

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

Le 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 tiki-hut
dining $-$$

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

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

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

La Q-Bana
8650 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-2550
In case you were wondering if it's too good to be true
-- it isn't El Q-Bano's owners are indeed related to the
family that operates the original three Palacios de los
Jugos -- which means no more schlepping way out west
Recommended are moist tamales, tasty sandwiches
(especially the drippingly wonderful pan con lechon), rich
flan, and the fresh tropical juices thatjustify the afore-
mentioned excesses For even heartier eaters, there's a
changing buffet of daily specials and sides $-$$

Europa Car Wash and Caf6
6075 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-2357
Giving new meaning to the food term "fusion," Europa
serves up sandwiches, salads, car washes, coffee with
croissants, and Chevron with Techron Snacks match
the casual chicness sandwiches like the Renato (pro-
sciutto, hot cappicola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers,
and Romano cheese dressing), an elaborate almond-
garnished Chinese chicken salad, H&H bagels, the world's
best, flown in from NYC And the car cleaning are equally
gentrlfled, especially on Wednesdays, when ladies are
pampered with $10 washes and glasses of sparkling wine
while they wait $

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

6708 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-0074
This indoor/outdoor sports bar serves low-priced but high-
qualitysteaks, plus more typical bar food that's actually far
from the usual processed stuff Philly cheese steak sand-
wiches, big enough for two, are made from hand-sliced rib
eye, sides include fries and beer-battered onion rings, but also
lightly lemony sauteed spinach And the burgers rule, particu-
larly the Doomsday a cheese/bacon/mushroom-topped two-
pound monster that turns dinner into a competitive sport No
hard liquor, but the beer list makes up for it $$

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
Its 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., 305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appearanc-
es, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from
fully gentrlfled neighborhood Just be glad she did, as you
dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham
and blue cheese croquetas Though most full entrees also
come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab

can add up fast The star herself is usually in the kitchen
Parking in the rear off 69th Street $$$-$$$$

7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian
bistro serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand, and
Vietnam Menus are also similar, split between traditional
dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like
the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro,
roasted garlic) But it also carves out its own identity with
original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice
Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories A large
rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment $$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshl Moshl is
a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese
tapas bar) Even more striking than the hip decor is the
food's unusually upscale quality Sushi ranges from
pristine individual nigirl to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas
are intriguing, like arablki sausage, a sweet-savory pork
fingerling frank, rarely found in restaurants even in Japan,
they're popular Japanese home-cooking items And rice-
based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932
Mark Soyka's new News is, as its name suggests, more
a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than
a full-fledged eatery Nevertheless the menu of light bites
is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and
rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the
reason visitors stay for hours Especially recommended are
fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup, a brie, turkey, and
mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette, and what
manyfeel 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 notto be missed BBQ shrimp in a tangy
Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce,
irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade Ice cream

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

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party nois-
es emanating from a new outdoor blergarten, this German
restaurant is owner Alex Richter's one-man gentrification
project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th
Street one pils at a time The fare includes housemade
sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork
bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard
and catsup, savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes,
and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded
pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen dif-
ferentsauces $$-$$$

5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117
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, toblko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special
sauces Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a
dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green cur-
ries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey
sauce $$$

UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022
Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuhe
Vega, this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-cafe and lounge
has helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to
hang out Lunch includes a variety of salads and elegant
sandwiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahl-mahl with
cilantro aloli and caramelized onions on housemade foc-
cacla) Dinner features a range of small plates (poached
figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle)
and full entrees like sake-marinated salmon with boniato
mash and Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305-867-0106
Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run landmark
has now taken over the block, with an outdoor terrace and
multi-roomed indoor space whose walls are full of photos of
their clientele, including national and local celebs Particularly
popular are homemade pastas, sauced with Argentine-Italian
indulgence rather than Italian simplicity crabmeat ravioletti
in lobster cream sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with
seafood Though romantic enough for dates, the place is quite
kid-friendly- and on the terrace, they ll even feed Fido $$$

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 $-$$

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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 iles 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 eatery's executive chef is best-selling Thai
cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect
major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy
SoBe address Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day
Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal who'd moved to
Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neigh-
borhood place Some standout dishes here are featured
in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds 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.
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.
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 $$

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"Kd friendly' generally means restaurants will tolerate young-
sters Mooie's, an ice cream parlor plus, positively pampers
them, from the cute play area out back (equipped with old-
school toys like gant 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 Mooids
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 its Sunday it must be sancocho de gallna, Colombia's
national dish If its Saturday it must be ajiaco Both are thick
chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-cuisine
novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice, beans,
came asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet plantains, and
an arepa corn cake) is available every day, as are antojitos -
"little whims," smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn
cake with Colombian sausage) And for noncarnivores there
are several hefty seafood platters, made to order $$

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

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

Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041
Originally a friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that
garnered raves for its limited menu of terrifically tasty
treats, Marlo and Karma Manzanero's cafe is now In
more sizable and atmospheric quarters But the friendly,
family-run (and kid-friendly) ambiance remains, as do the

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authentic Yucatan-style specialties Standouts include
poc-chuc, a marinated pork loin, tacos al pastor, stuffed
with subtly smoky steak, onion, cilantro, and pineapple,
sinful deep-fried tacos dorados, and signature burritos,
including the Maya, filled with juicy cochinita pibil, 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 scampi. smoked-fish
dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is
deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$
Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the
Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/
outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood
regulars But even newcomers feel like regulars after
a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience
Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with
some contemporary items as well Housemade pastas are
good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break,
especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet,
delicate fagottini beggar's purses" stuffed with pears
and cheese $$
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must
But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine
So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample
Caribbean Mexico's most typical dish cochinita pibil?
Cheen's authentically succulent version of the pickle-
onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic
from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly
tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap To
accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also
authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that
ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$
Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 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
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entrees, fresh-baked apple pie, and, oddly, a whole sec-
tion 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-
tional 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 $-$$
Le Griot de Madame John
975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333
When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little
Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one,
and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous tra-
ditional Haitian dishes, includingjerked beef or goat tassot
and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with
salt before poaching with various veggies and spices) But
the dish that still packs the place is the grlot marinated pork
chunks simmered and then fried till they're moistly tender
inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside $
Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-9069
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features
live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good
choice when diners want a night out, notjust a meal It's
also a good choice for diners who don't speak Spanish, but
don't worry about authenticity Classic Cuban home-style
dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with
onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu,
not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy
tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers $$$
Mama Jennie's
11720 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-3627
For more than 35 years this beloved red-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
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booths, add to Mama's charm $-$$

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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, its no exception, avoiding pre-
tense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bis-
tro fare frlsee salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon
vinaigrette, truite Grenoblolse (trout with lemon/caper
sauce), consomme with black truffles and foie gras, cov-
ered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect pommes frites,
and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert $$$

2214 NE 123rd St., 305-891-3312
While this mainly vegetarian kosher place is best known
for its pizza (New York-style medium crust or thick-crusted
Sicilian, topped with veggies and/or meat buster" imitation
meats), it's also offers a full range of breakfast/lunch/dinner
vegetarian cuisine of all nations, with many dairy and sea-
food items too Admittedly the cutesie names of many items
- baygels, bergerrbite, Cezarrrr salad, hammm, meat-a-ball,
schmopperrr May cause queasiness But the schmopperrr
itself is one helluva high-octane veggie burger $-$$

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202
At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin
designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff)
doesn't do the trick Open till 3 00 or 4 00 a m, Steve's has,
since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro pizzas
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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 tojust plain American Appetizers include honey
garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings A crab-claw starter
comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries
Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty 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 operating hours
into the night and expand its classic menu to include a few
health-conscious touches like Caesar salad, plus a note
proclaiming their oils are free of trans fats Otherwise the
famous steak sandwich is still a traditional Philly Drippin'
good burgers, too And unlike MacChain addicts, patrons
here can order a cold beer with the good grease $-$$

Yes Pasta!
14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006
The space, formerly a Pasha's, isnt 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
funghl e tartufl (wild mushrooms in truffle sauce), decadent
Alfredo, creamy yet clean-tasting Flamlnla (pureed yellow pep-
pers with black pepper), and more Also available are panini
(on excellent bread), salads, soups, imported saluml or cheese
platters, desserts, and several wines $$

Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this
veteran is many diners' favorite on the 163rd/167th
Street Chinatown" strip because of its superior decor
But the menu also offers well-prepared, authentic

dishes like peppery black bean clams, sauteed mustard
greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger and 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 produc-
ing in 1938, available in three varieties salmon, mahl mahl,
and the signature blue marlin But the smokehouse now also
turns out ribs and delectable brisket Other new additions
include weekend fish fries Entry is directly from 163rd Street
not through the main park entrance No admission fee $

China Restaurant
178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549
When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion
dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese cuisine
in the world won't scratch the itch So the menu here, contain-
ing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-American classic
you could name, isjust the ticket when nostalgia strikes -
from simple egg rolls to pressed almond duck (majorly bread-
ed boneless chunks, with comfortinglythick 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 hor-
mones) And the food, while not the authentic Mex street
stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too $

Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434
Wraps are for wimps At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is
a far more substantial and tasty rotl, a Caribbean mega-
crepe made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for
the flatbread is probablyjerk chicken, bone-in pieces in
a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and
more chickpeas But there are about a dozen other 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, $29 90 at Sunday brunch), then eat till you
drop from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive

selection of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausage, and fish (16
varieties at dinner, 5 at brunch) carved tableside by cos-
tumed waiters What spectacularly differentiates Flamma
its setting on the Intracoastal Waterway But also spectacu-
lar 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 nik-
kei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura an exquisite,
delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with
no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with
rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255
When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added "Hanna's" to the name, but changed
little else about this retro-looking French/American diner,
a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983 Customers
can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf
in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce,
iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid
salad with garlic dressing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-
melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal
dinner date destination $$-$$$

Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 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 yakiton, skewers of suc-
culently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables,
the unusually large variety available of the last makes this
place a good choice for vegetarians $$

Hiro's Sushi Express
17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776
Tiny, true, but there's more than just sushi at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makis are the
mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more
complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few
unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente makl),
available a la carte or in value-priced individual and party
combo platters But there are also bento boxes featuring
tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and
udon noodles Another branch is now open in Miami's
Upper Eastside $

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

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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, its because
chef/owner Bithl Begum and her husband Tipu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa
Their menu's mix-and-match option allows diners to pair
their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more
than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles
to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus
reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy.
(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 eatery's Sam Elzoor, is at
the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement There
are elaborate dally 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.
This place makes a very good tahini sauce In fact that
alone is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this
bright, cheery eatery's delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-
garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma
They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-
tasting, raw klbbl naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare) It's
hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters
and wraps, but there's also a roster of full entrees (with
soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian
and seafood meals for noncarnivores $$

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


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

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy.
Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge
counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this
cafeteria-style space But when negotiating this 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 it's still packed most weekend nights So even the
place's biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since
it ensures fast turnover Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically
in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef
noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments
that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and
many other Vietnamese classics The menu is humon-
gous $-$$

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St., 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 pel duck
(roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free
of subcutaneous fat) Available every day arejuicy, soy-
marinated roast chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork,
and whole roast ducks hanging, beaks and all But no
worries, a counterperson will chop your purchase into
bite-size, beakless pieces $

Racks Italian Kitchen
3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall)
The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-
bite description impossible It's part Italian market, with
salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out
prepared foods, part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks
like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially
enjoyable on the waterfront deck), part rlstorante (pastas
and other Big Food), part pizzeria What's important All

components feel and taste authentically Italian Just don't
miss the coal-oven pizza Superior toppings (including
unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light
yet chewy crust make Racks' pies a revelation $$

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one of
the Carnegie Dell's mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well,
Roasters will dwarf them Consider the Carnegie-style"
monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound
of succulent meat (really 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
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
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kidney beans, rice balls, chocolate pudding) And the bub-
ble tea is a must-not-miss Using housemade syrup, the
cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors (mango,
taro, even actual tea), all supplemented with signature
black tapioca balls that, slurped through large-diameter
straws, are a guaranteed giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697
Open until 100 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-
penos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces
wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo Hawaiian King Crab con-
tains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green pep-
pers, and pineapple Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and
cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$



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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
frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places) Also
notable All sauces are housemade Cooked makis like a
crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but it's as
sashimi that the fish's freshness truly shines $$-$$$

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 $$-$$$

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., 305-935-2900
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 souffles 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, 305-932-8080
A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese
dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like
the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/
tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a
luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a
longtime favorite But vegetarians -- for whom seafood-
based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield
-- might want to add the place to their worth a special
drive" list, thanks to chefs' winning ways with tofu and all-
around accommodation to veg-only diets $$-$$$

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 of juicy 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 Itjustso 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 Holstelner (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 Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed
with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife
launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to
prove that top restaurants can be affordable Consider
it proven Florlbbean-style seafood is the specialty fresh
hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock
shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snap-
per with tomato-herb vinaigrette Forget its strip-mall loca-
tion The restaurant itself is elegant $$-$$$

Pizza Roma
19090 NE 29th Ave., 305-937-4884
Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not
Rome's wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-
style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in
half for neat street eating Unlike chains, though, this indie is
accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just
ask Also featured are Italian-American entrees like baked
manicotti that'ss manl-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
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

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